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Tony Becca | Same thing, different name, and a strike

first_img NO RIGHT MEDDLING WITH THE GAME The 2017 Senior Cup cricket season is again upon us, but despite the talk of the need to improve the game, to start the competition earlier, to play more cricket, and, hopefully, to get better cricket, it is the same old story. It is the same teams, the same number of teams, including weak teams, and a few matches for the season. There is only one thing new, and that one thing is that there will be no “trial” matches. There is also the problem of a late withdrawal of two teams in protest against what the protesters claim is a breach of promise. There is talk of a new look to the season, and that there will be no more “trial” matches at the end of the season, and that the teams will be placed in groups at the end of the Senior Cup “season”, if one can call it that, to play a super competition, from which the national team will be selected. And again, all this, regardless of the little money coming in, is old shop. It has been tried before, and it is nothing but another spin on things. It is also nothing but another useless attempt to market the game. It has nothing to do with development. CLUB/PARISH SYSTEM NEEDED It is similar to the attempts by previous administrators to meddle with the game by interfering with the orderly and its peaceful running by introducing things such as the “bowl off” of years ago when there was no winner in a game, the idea of the winners during the preliminary round of the competition going through to the semi-final some time ago, the last team dropping out, and the other six playing off for the three places to meet the preliminary-round winners in the semi-finals. I remember that Melbourne, which figured they could never finish last, allowed a couple of their players to go to the United States to play a few games, finished in the middle of the table, and when the players returned home, went on to win the Senior Cup. I remember also that once there was bonus points, and on one occasion when one team defeated another by an innings and runs early on the second day of play, they got less points than another team which won their match by a few runs late on that same second day. First off, the “trial” matches have always been a waste of time. After playing a “full” season of competitive club matches, as they were in the old days, in different conditions and pitches, “trial” matches were nothing but glorified practice sessions, especially whenever “sure”-pick players tried to get their friends into the team. The “trial” matches should have been gone a long, long time ago, and especially when Jamaica’s cricket, as one competition, became islandwide in 1990. The grouping of the clubs and parishes into teams has also been tried before, certainly in the forms of Kingston East and Kingston West, South Zone, Mid Island, and West Zone. Thank God, those are behind us. Those teams have no common ground, nowhere to meet and to train, and after a while, they usually turn up short of a player or two. Clubs are the salvation of sports; they are the life of cricket. It has been so for a long time, and it will remain so for some time. Clubs and communities, like states and provinces, are the welfare of sports generally and cricket particularly. And it is so because people feel they are a part of a club or a community, just as they feel they are a part of a country. Put the clubs together, give them a name, any name, and you get nothing, and when I say nothing, I mean nothing worthwhile. They further state that the JCA had no right in calling a meeting, listening to the meeting, and then when the meeting gave its take on how the competition should be run, the JCA went and did its own thing without even communicating with its members. The JCA claims that the special extraordinary meeting, was not really a special extraordinary general meeting but a meeting, at which there were no minutes, called to get the members opinions on how to proceed with the competition, and that this was relayed to them when they (the JCA) heard of the protest. The people involved claim that except for one terse “one-line” letter, they received no communication on the matter before the fixtures were released. It is difficult to say who is telling the truth, but one thing should be clear: if the JCA did call a meeting on the issue, any meeting involving its members, and if the meeting did decide on the way forward, the JCA had no right to ignore their wishes, or their decision, at least, not without calling another meeting. In an organisation like the cricket association, an organisation of members (or affiliates), the membership has the last say. That is democracy. What Jamaica needs is a club/parish system, and a system with a limited number of clubs, because of its size, but with participation open to all cricketers good enough to be developed into good cricketers to entertain the population and to properly represent the country. It does not need a “franchise”-style system, especially when the quality of play is so weak that nobody will sponsor it and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), with hardly any money, will have to underwrite it. The bad start to the competition saw St Thomas and Kensington pulling out in protest, and their protest follow a grouse with the way the competition is being played this time around. Importantly, however, they also claim that the JCA held a special extraordinary general meeting with the representatives of the clubs and parishes on January 27 last year, a meeting at which the representatives agreed that a new competition was necessary, that the competition would be a two-tier system involving the present 23 clubs and parishes, and that the competition would start later that year. They also stated that the clubs later got a letter from the JCA saying that the competition was put off until 2017 as the clubs said they were not prepared for the change. The idea was that the top-eight teams would play in the top tier and the others in the bottom tier in a promotion and relegation system, system which, however, was tried in the 1990s. It is also a system, or one near to it, that members of the cricket association have been talking about for a long time, but due to the fear of some clubs/parishes that they would not be included in the shake-up, and, probably, fearful of losing their support, because of that, the JCA has been marking time. Those protesting the state of things claim that on March 4 last year, the JCA wrote and informed the clubs of the change in the competition.last_img read more

LiAngelo Ball works out for Lakers with Lonzo looking on

first_imgKevin Love still in concussion program, status for Game 1 unknown Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The move was heavily scrutinized.“I think it prepared me a little better as far as going against grown men that care about their job every day,” LiAngelo Ball said. “If you’re not producing out there, they’ll fire you real quick.”During the workout, Ball was reunited with former UCLA teammate Thomas Welsh, a 7-foot center who played for the Bruins for four years. They practiced together at UCLA but didn’t play together there.“I think he’s the same guy,” Welsh said. “He’s a hard-working kid. We had a chance to play with him on 3-on-3 and 2-on-2 live action stuff. He’s a lot of fun to play with. He works his tail off. It was really good to be back on the court with him again today.”Among others at the Lakers workout Tuesday were guard Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure), guard Devon Hall (Virginia), guard Tyus Battle (Syracuse) and Dusan Ristic (Arizona).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I feel like it went good,” the younger Ball said. “It’s always fun being in here doing things I want to get better at. It was a good workout.”LaVar Ball has been outspoken about his desire for all three of his sons — Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo, the youngest — to play for the Lakers. The Lakers have the 25th pick in the first round next month, though LiAngelo Ball’s draft prospects are uncertain. He wasn’t even scheduled to be a starter at UCLA before leaving the program after being indefinitely suspended for an international incident last year in China. He also had a stint with the professional Lithuanian team Vytautas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was good that (Lonzo) was here, but if he wasn’t here I would’ve been doing the same thing,” LiAngelo Ball said. “I don’t really pay attention to who’s here and who’s not. I just do what I do.”“I showed I can knock down shots and get some wins within the 2-on-2 and 3-on-3s,” LiAngelo said. “I showed I can play together.” Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES LiAngelo Ball confirmed that he has an upcoming workout with the Golden State Warriors. He also said he’ll play in the NBA summer league, but he is not sure which team he’ll play for yet.As far as what he believes his NBA draft prospects are, Ball said: “I’m not sure what’s going on with the draft. I’m just playing my hardest and whatever team thinks I can produce for them, that’s who I’ll play for.”Ball and two teammates became an international story when they were arrested for shoplifting during UCLA’s exhibition basketball trip to China last year. They were all suspended indefinitely, and LaVar Ball pulled his son out of school while he was serving that suspension.Asked what he’ll tell NBA teams about why he left UCLA, Ball said: “I don’t really remember too much about that. That’s a closed chapter in my life. I just moved on. Went overseas. Just learned from over there. Came back.”LaVar had already pulled LaMelo out of high school to homeschool him and the two went to play professionally in Lithuania.ADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LiAngelo Ball, right, greets his brother, Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, after a pre-draft workout workout at the Lakers’ NBA basketball facility in El Segundo, Calif., Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES — Just about everything the Ball family does gets attention, and LiAngelo Ball’s pre-draft workout with the Lakers on Tuesday was no exception.About two dozen members of the media watched Ball’s final drills while Magic Johnson and Lakers coach Luke Walton looked on. Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo’s older brother, was there for the workout as well.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Ebola, AIDS Manufactured by Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?

first_imgAfrica must not relegate the Continent to become the locality for disposal and the deposition of hazardous chemicals, dangerous drugs, and chemical or biological agents of emerging diseases. There is urgent need for affirmative action in protecting the less affluent of poorer countries, especially African citizens, whose countries are not as scientifically and industrially endowed as the United States and most Western countries, sources of most viral or bacterial GMOs that are strategically designed as biological weapons. It is most disturbing that the U. S. Government has been operating a viral hemorrhagic fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Sierra Leone. Are there others? Wherever they exist, it is time to terminate them. If any other sites exist, it is advisable to follow the delayed but essential step: Sierra Leone closed the US bioweapons lab and stopped Tulane University for further testing. Dear World Citizens:I have read a number of articles from your Internet outreach as well as articles from other sources about the casualties in Liberia and other West African countries about the human devastation caused by the Ebola virus. About a week ago, I read an article published in the Internet news summary publication of the Friends of Liberia that said that there was an agreement that the initiation of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was due to the contact of a two-year old child with bats that had flown in from the Congo. That report made me disconcerted with the reporting about Ebola, and it stimulated a response to the “Friends of Liberia,” saying that African people are not ignorant and gullible, as is being implicated. A response from Dr. Verlon Stone said that the article was not theirs, and that “Friends of Liberia” was simply providing a service. He then asked if he could publish my letter in their Internet forum. I gave my permission, but I have not seen it published. Because of the widespread loss of life, fear, physiological trauma, and despair among Liberians and other West African citizens, it is incumbent that I make a contribution to the resolution of this devastating situation, which may continue to recur, if it is not properly and adequately confronted. I will address the situation in five (5) points: 5.   AFRICAN LEADERS AND AFRICAN COUNTRIES NEED TO TAKE THE LEAD IN DEFENDING BABIES, CHILDREN, AFRICAN WOMEN, AFRICAN MEN, AND THE ELDERLY. THESE CITIZENS DO NOT DESERVE TO BE USED AS GUINEA PIGS!  1.    EBOLA IS A GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM (GMO) I am now reading The Hot Zone, a novel, by Richard Preston (copyrighted 1989 and 1994); it is heart-rending. The prolific and prominent writer, Steven King, is quoted as saying that the book is “One of the most horrifying things I have ever read. What a remarkable piece of work.” As a New York Times bestseller, The Hot Zone is presented as “A terrifying true story.” Terrifying, yes, because the pathological description of what was found in animals killed by the Ebola virus is what the virus has been doing to citizens of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in its most recent outbreak: Ebola virus destroys peoples’ internal organs and the body deteriorates rapidly after death. It softens and the tissues turn into jelly, even if it is refrigerated to keep it cold. Spontaneous liquefaction is what happens to the body of people killed by the Ebola virus! The author noted in Point 1, Dr. Horowitz, chides The Hot Zone for writing to be politically correct; I understand because his book makes every effort to be very factual. The 1976 Ebola incident in Zaire, during President Mobutu Sese Seko, was the introduction of the GMO Ebola to Africa. About the Author:  The World Health Organization (WHO) and several other UN Agencies have been implicated in selecting and enticing African countries to participate in the testing events, promoting vaccinations, but pursuing various testing regiments. The August 2, 2014 article, West Africa: What are US Biological Warfare Researchers Doing in the Ebola Zone? by Jon Rappoport of Global Research pinpoints the problem that is facing African governments.  The world must be alarmed. All Africans, Americans, Europeans, Middle Easterners, Asians, and people from every conclave on Earth should be astonished. African people, notably citizens more particularly of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are victimized and are dying every day. Listen to the people who distrust the hospitals, who cannot shake hands, hug their relatives and friends. Innocent people are dying, and they need our help. The countries are poor and cannot afford the whole lot of personal protection equipment (PPE) that the situation requires. The threat is real, and it is larger than a few African countries. The challenge is global, and we request assistance from everywhere, including China, Japan, Australia, India, Germany, Italy, and even kind-hearted people in the U.S., France, the U.K., Russia, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and anywhere else whose desire is to help. The situation is bleaker than we on the outside can imagine, and we must provide assistance however we can. To ensure a future that has less of this kind of drama, it is important that we now demand that our leaders and governments be honest, transparent, fair, and productively engaged. They must answer to the people. Please stand up to stop Ebola testing and the spread of this dastardly disease. (e) Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company;   Reports narrate stories of the US Department of Defense (DoD) funding Ebola trials on humans, trials which started just weeks before the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The reports continue and state that the DoD gave a contract worth $140 million dollars to Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company, to conduct Ebola research. This research work involved injecting and infusing healthy humans with the deadly Ebola virus. Hence, the DoD is listed as a collaborator in a “First in Human” Ebola clinical trial (NCT02041715, which started in January 2014 shortly before an Ebola epidemic was declared in West Africa in March. Disturbingly, many reports also conclude that the US government has a viral fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Kenema, a town at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The only relevant positive and ethical olive-branch seen in all of my reading is that Theguardian.com reported, “The US government funding of Ebola trials on healthy humans comes amid warnings by top scientists in Harvard and Yale that such virus experiments risk triggering a worldwide pandemic.” That threat still persists. (a) The US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), a well-known centre for bio-war research, located at Fort Detrick, Maryland;  (f) The UK’s GlaxoSmithKline; and  Obvious in this and other reports are, among others:  Horowitz (1998) was deliberate and unambiguous when he explained the threat of new diseases in his text, Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola – Nature, Accident or Intentional. In his interview with Dr. Robert Strecker in Chapter 7, the discussion, in the early 1970s, made it obvious that the war was between countries that hosted the KGB and the CIA, and the ‘manufacture’ of ‘AIDS-Like Viruses’ was clearly directed at the other. In passing during the Interview, mention was made of Fort Detrick, “the Ebola Building,” and ‘a lot of problems with strange illnesses’ in “Frederick [Maryland].” By Chapter 12 in his text, he had confirmed the existence of an American Military-Medical-Industry that conducts biological weapons tests under the guise of administering vaccinations to control diseases and improve the health of “black Africans overseas.” The book is an excellent text, and all leaders plus anyone who has interest in science, health, people, and intrigue should study it. I am amazed that African leaders are making no acknowledgements or reference to these documents. (b) Tulane University, in New Orleans, USA, winner of research grants, including a grant of more than $7 million the National Institute of Health (NIH) to fund research with the Lassa viral hemorrhagic fever;  (d) Doctors Without Borders (also known by its French name, Medicins Sans Frontiers);  Sincerely, The U. S., Canada, France, and the U. K. are all implicated in the detestable and devilish deeds that these Ebola tests are. There is the need to pursue criminal and civil redress for damages, and African countries and people should secure legal representation to seek damages from these countries, some corporations, and the United Nations. Evidence seems abundant against Tulane University, and suits should start there. Yoichi Shimatsu’s article, The Ebola Breakout Coincided with UN Vaccine Campaigns, as published on August 18, 2014, in the Liberty Beacon. Dr. Cyril E. Broderick, Sr. 2.  EBOLA HAS A TERRIBLE HISTORY, AND TESTING HAS BEEN SECRETLY TAKING PLACE IN AFRICA (c) the US Center for Disease Control (CDC);  Thank you very much. (g) the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.  4.    THE NEED FOR LEGAL ACTION TO OBTAIN REDRESS FOR DAMAGES INCURRED DUE TO THE PERPETUATION OF INJUSTICE IN THE DEATH, INJURY AND TRAUMA IMPOSED ON LIBERIANS AND OTHER AFRICANS BY THE EBOLA AND OTHER DISEASE AGENTS.  3.    SITES AROUND AFRICA, AND IN WEST AFRICA, HAVE OVER THE YEARS BEEN SET UP FOR TESTING EMERGING DISEASES, ESPECIALLY EBOLA Dr. Broderick is a former professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry.  He is also the former Observer Farmer in the 1980s.  It was from this column in our newspaper, the Daily Observer, that Firestone spotted him and offered him the position of Director of Research in the late 1980s.  In addition, he is a scientist, who has taught for many years at the Agricultural College of the University of Delaware. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NATPAH, Partner Train Women and Girls on Protection of Human Rights

first_imgThe National Association on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women, Girls and Children (NATPAH) has conducted a two-day capacity building workshop to enhance the protection of the rights of women and girls in the country.The two day training brought together 16 networking groups and held recently under the theme: “Enhancing the protection of the rights of women, girls and other discriminated groups in Liberia” at a local resort in Monrovia.Giving an overview of the event, Executive Director of NATPAH Mrs. Phyllis Nguma Kimba, asserted that the Swedish Project seeks to enhance the protection of the rights of women, girls and other discriminated groups in Liberia.She said the project’s total cost is put at US$3millon, and it is expected to run for 5 years, adding that it is being implemented in 4 counties including Montserrado, Gbapolu, Bong and Grand Gedeh County.“In five years, we will reach out to over 5,000 persons, including women, girls and children, as well as, most at risk populations in 45 communities in Montserrado, Grand Gedeh, Gbapolu and Bong Counties,” Mrs. Nguma-Kimba disclosed.She named the Liberian Women Empowerment Network (LIWEN), and Stop AIDS In Liberia (SAIL) as resource partners to the Sida interventions.Also speaking at the event, Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Human Rights Division focal person, Mr. Kutaka D. Togbah, reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to protecting the rights of every individual within the borders of Liberia, regardless of their religion, culture and ethnicity.“We will protect the rights of every person in Liberia because it is fundamental to human existence,” Mr. Togbah said. The gathering was jointly organized by two distinct organizations working with women and girls and supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), through Actionaid Liberia.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berbice couple take craft to a higher level

first_imgThree years ago, Anthony and Naomi Caesar refused to purchase a birthday gift for their daughter’s first birth anniversary. They instead wanted something unique, which could stand out at the party they had thrown. They wanted all the decorations for the party to be different. “We were looking around for stuff at various party stores, but all had the same things that everybody else was using; so I decided to make decoration with the materials at (our) disposal,” it was related to this publication.The couple used brown paper bags and Mickey ears photo frames to design their decorations, thus making them unique. They had then never imagined that their ideas would eventually turn into a business venture. Today the business is called A N & K Crafts.Anthony explained that he uses foam boards, foam sheet ,velvet cloth, felt, dry leaves, green sea moss, wire, wood, sand, stones, cardboard, paper, plastic, feathers and other things to create ornaments and indoor decorations. In fact, those are the things that host homes crave at this time of the year.While much of the materials gathered were from the bins of stores and from around the community, about sixty per cent of what is needed has to be purchased.Foam, velvet, green sea moss, decorative stones, paper, plastic craft wood and craft sticks are some of the materials used to make the decorations.“We might not get the right materials in Guyana, so we might have to improvise or order it from overseas,” Anthony said as he spoke of some of the difficulties associated with the craft business.Currently, the couple sell their craft production on the pavement in New Amsterdam, Berbice.“Some people are amazed with the work, and probably have doubts in their minds when I say that the work was done by the family. My understanding is that most Berbicians move away from craft and prefer the Chinese mass (produced) flower and home decor. Probably they are cheaper and affordable, but not long lasting; that’s my take,” he declared.Anthony says that while he is not directly involved in the export of his craft, many of his customers indicate that they are sending the items overseas for family members or friends.The business of craft which might — in other parts of the world and to a lesser extent in other parts of the country — become a flourishing business, does not enjoy the same success in Berbice, he explained.The young entrepreneur, who is expected to celebrate his fourth wedding anniversary today, says sometimes the situation gets depressing.“Because people come up and say they (the craft items) are really nice and neat, but those same people do not buy. It sometimes leaves me wondering if (the items are) so great, why you don’t buy something then? I say to myself, ‘It is great, but not to be put in their homes.’“But then there is that one customer who would come and make you want to continue pressing on,” he revealed.Persons who wish to purchase décor can check out Anthony Zar’s Facebook page.last_img read more

RHT Pepsi and Blairmont to clash in historic final

first_imgBCB/New York Business Group U-19 Tournament…Kevin SinclairBlairmont Community Centre Cricket Club pushed aside Albion Community Centre Cricket Club on Sunday last to join defending champions Rose Hall Town Pepsi in the final of the 2018 edition of the Berbice Cricket Board/New York Business Group Under-19 Inter-Club Cricket Tournament.Albion Community Centre and their arch rival, the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTYSC), MS, have dominated Berbice Cricket over the last decade, and have jointly contested most of the finals at the different levels.Playing at the Albion Ground, Blairmont won the toss and elected to field first. Heavy overnight rain caused a three-hour delay in the start of play, and the match was reduced to 30 overs a side. Albion made a mess of their innings batting first, being packed away inside 24 overs for just 91 runs.Ramesh Kassinauth (37) and Antonio February (20) batted well, but without any support from their teammates. While Nigel Deodat had 3-20, Seon Glasgow and Marvin Prashad both had 2 – 10 for the opposition.Kevlon AndersonIn response, Blairmont reached 94 for 3 from 18 overs, with Glasgow returning with the bat to blast a quick-fire 55 not out, supported by Javed Karim with 14. Karran Arjpaul claimed 2 – 23 and Beesham Surujnarine 1 – 29 for Albion.Meanwhile, National middle order batsman Kevlon Anderson struck a majestic 125 to spearhead Rose Hall Town Pepsi to an imposing 235 for 6 from 35 overs. Overnight rain also affected the start of this match, but for only two hours, and the match was reduced to 35 overs per side.Anderson received support from Berbice Under-19 all-rounder Keith Simpson, who scored 35; and Berbice Under-17 batsman Chanderpaul Govindan, who scored 25. Rommel Reitman was Tucber Park’s best bowler, with 3 for 41; while Nicholas Haywood, Brandon Corlette and Abdul Ramsammy claimed a wicket apiece with 38, 42 and 28 respectively.The visitors were then restricted to 158 for 9, with Reitman scoring an aggressive 46 and Malcolm Mickle (35), Brandon Corlette (18) and Zeymul Ramsammy (14*) being the only batsmen to reach double figures. National Under-19 off-spinner Kevin Sinclair took 3 for 15, while Junior Sinclair supported with 2 for 13.The finale is scheduled to be played on Friday and Saturday at the Albion Cricket Ground from 13:30hrs. It will be concluded under lights at 20:30 hours. For the first time in Berbice, pink balls would be used.The match promises to be thriller, with both teams sporting several promising and highly talented players.The triumphant team will be $100,000 richer, while the runner-up will have to settle for $50,000. A man-of-the-match award is also up for grabs.last_img read more

22 YEAR OLD MAN KILLED AFTER HIGH SPEED GARDA CHASE

first_imgA young man died after the car in which he was a passenger flipped over and did three somersaults after being involved in a high-speed chase with Gardai.Paul McMonagle, 22, was the front seat passenger in a car being driven by his father Paul Snr through the village of Muff in the early hours of September 5th, 2008.Gardai were parked at a local petrol station around 1am when they noticed a white Vauxhall Vectra car was driving very fast and decided to pursue it. As they followed the car it picked up speed and a chase ensued.The car slowed down at one stage and a man, Sean McMonagle, ran from the car and was pursued by another unmarked patrol car who had joined the chase.Garda Paul Forrester revealed how he continued to follow Paul McMonagle Snr and Jnr and reached speeds of up to 150 kph but always stayed 150 yards behind them for safety.After doing a u-turn the car eventually clipped a kerb, hit an 18 inch wall and then somersaulted three times before landing on its roof.Garda Forrester told an inquest at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court “The rear of car began to fishtail and clipped kerb and lost control. It then did skid and was totally out of control. The passenger side struck a stone wall and there an unbelievable impact and somersaulted in the air at least two or three times and the landed on roof,” he said.Garda Forrester also revealed there had been a lot of people in the area a few minutes earlier who were returning from a 21st birthday party nearby.He said he called the emergency services and an ambulance arrived from Letterkenny while two fire brigades arrived from Derry.Paramedic Gary Gardener revealed how he arrived on the scene and both men were trapped in the car but were able to identify themselves.He revealed that Paul McMonagle Jnr, the eldest of a family of five boys, seemed fine until they reached half-way through their 25 minute journey from Muff to Letterkenny when he began to deteriorate rapidly.After arriving at Letterkenny General Hospital Mr McMonagle of 32 Manor Wood, Knightsbridge, Derry, went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at 2.58am.State Pathologist Marie Cassidy said she carried out a post mortem on the dead man and revealed how he had a number of fractures as well as bruising to his chest and breast which was most likely from a seatbelt.She said it is likely that the victim died as a result of a tear to the aorta which happened when his body was flung forward during the impact of the crash.The victim’s mother Pauline McMonagle asked Gardai and the emergency services if her son could not have been taken across the border to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry which was just five minutes away.“Why? It was five minutes to Derry hospital and his family could have been with him when he died” se said.However paramedic Gary Gardener said it was policy that patients from the south should not be brought across the border unless they were in a critical condition and at the time Mr.McMonagle was not in a serious condition.The jury returned a unanimous verdict in accordance with the direction of Coroner John Cannon that the victim died as a result of a road traffic accident with death due to haemorrhage and shock due to the laceration of the aorta.“This is an awfully sad case and a sad event for all concerned. We are left with the death of a young man in the prime of his life and the future is suddenly brought to an end,” said the Coroner.Paul McGonagle Snr was sentenced to 12 months in jail and banned from driving for ten years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of his son when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court last April.Ends22 YEAR OLD MAN KILLED AFTER HIGH SPEED GARDA CHASE was last modified: March 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NYPD ON WAY TO DONEGAL TO PUT PRESSURE ON ALL-IRELAND CHAMPS!

first_imgThe New York Police Department is on its way to Donegal!Former New York cop Paul Wallace, pictured, will have divided loyalties!As part of the Donegal Gathering 2013, the NYPD Gaelic Football Club will be flying back to Ireland to play International Tournament matches in Croke Park, Westmanstown Sports Complex and Ballybofey, Donegal.The NYPD Club has a deep and rich history in the New York City Police Department. The Club was formed in 1990, to keep Irish heritage alive and raise money for charities.The Donegal match will be played on Monday, October 7th at 6pm, in Sean Mac Cumhaill Park. Afterwards there will be a Donegal/New York night at 9pm in Jackson’s Hotel.All proceeds from both events will go to the friends of Letterkenny General Hospital.President of the NYPD Gaelic team, Peter Mc Cormack states “It is with great pride, that I lead our club in a charity match in my home town of Ballybofey.” The NYPD will be teaming up with members of the 2012 All Ireland Champions, Donegal, in a match against GPA Legends selection featuring Martin McHugh, Darragh O’Se and Joe Brolly.Peter Mc Cormack remarked “Our motto, “Keep the Heritage Alive” is our Club’s main focus and we are delighted to be part of the Gathering Calendar in Donegal.”  NYPD ON WAY TO DONEGAL TO PUT PRESSURE ON ALL-IRELAND CHAMPS! was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:All-Ireland championsNYPDThe Gatheringlast_img read more

CHRISTMAS CHEER AS GOVERNMENT MAKES DONATION TO DONEGAL ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS

first_imgDonegal TD Dinny McGinley has welcomed the allocation of €23,400 for animal welfare in the county.A grant of €21,000 has been sanctioned by Simon Coveney, T.D. Minister for Agriculture, Marine & Food for the Animals in Need Centre, Donegal Town.Another €2,400 will be given to the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, Raphoe. Minister McGinley told Donegal Daily: “It is important that we do our utmost in providing the best care for animals in our county.“Both organisations do incredible work for the welfare of animals in the county.” CHRISTMAS CHEER AS GOVERNMENT MAKES DONATION TO DONEGAL ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS was last modified: December 21st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animal charitiesanimals in needDinny McGinleyDonegal TownRaphoe Donkey Sanctuarylast_img read more

AUDITOR IN WARNING TO COUNCIL OVER ITS €2.87M AURA LOSSES

first_imgThe Local Government Auditor has told Donegal County Council that it needs to improve its oversight and review of the 11 companies that it has an interest in, today’s Tirconnaill Tribune reports.This is to ensure that proper corporate governance arrangements are in place including timely preparation of audited financial statements.Mr Raymond Lavin comments were made after the Local Authority’s Annual Financial Statement revealed that the Letterkenny Sports Complex Management Limited (LSCDL) which has responsibility for the Aura Leisure Centre had recorded accumulated losses of €2.87 at the end of 2013. And the company had incurred a deficit of €464,000 for that year. Mr Lavin noted that €2.64m of the accumulated loss figure related to depreciation of assets.The independent auditor had stated that the accounts of the company were prepared on a going concern basis because the Directors were confident that it will have the continued financial support of the Council.Responding to the Local Government Auditor’s comments the Local Authority’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely said a detailed review and analysis of the arrangements in place with LSCDL is underway to ensure the appropriate measures are taken to deal with any issue arising and to avoid financial exposure to the Council.Mr Neely added that it is proposed to carry out a review by the end of the year of all companies that the Local Authority has an interest in to ensure that appropriate governance arrangements and oversight are in place taking into account evolving company law. At the end of 2013 Letterkenny Sports Complex Development Ltd had total assets of just over €17 million and overall liabilities of close to €20 million. Total revenue was €13,000 and expenditure of €477,177. AUDITOR IN WARNING TO COUNCIL OVER ITS €2.87M AURA LOSSES was last modified: August 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:auradebtsDonegal County CouncilLosseslosssTirconnaill Tribunelast_img read more