Ireland’s most famous amateur weatherman has said the country’s current cold snap could last until the end of February.Postman Michael GallagherCo Donegal postman Michael Gallagher warned in December that the country would be covered in snow for the start of the New Year.And although his prediction of a white Christmas never came to pass, he is convinced the sleet and snow is here to stay. Mr Gallagher, who uses the behaviour of plants and animals in the Bluestack Mountains to make his predictions, said all the indications are that we’re set to shiver for another six weeks.“I was a little out with the Christmas prediction but I knew it was only a matter of time before snow arrived early in the New Year.“All the classic signs were there that the temperatures were going to dip.“The trees were laden with berries for the birds and foxes were spotted coming into outhouses to shelter. “The plants and animals react to nature. Previous generations used all these signs so it’s nothing new,” he said.People across the North-West awoke today to another heavy fall of sleet and snow.Met Eireann are predicting the cold snap will last until next Wednesday but say they cannot forecast beyond that accurately.However, postman Michael added “That’s certainly not the end of the snow.“In fact, we’ll have more this weekend and next week. It may clear up a little but we’re going to have a series of cold snaps with plenty of snow right up until the end of February.” POSTMAN MICKEY CLAIMS COLD SNAP WILL LAST UNTIL END OF FEBRUARY was last modified: January 17th, 2015 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:donegalMichael Gallagherpredictionsnow
National Heritage Week takes place Saturday, August 22 to Sunday, August 30, 2015 with Donegal hosting a huge number of events.The aims of Heritage Week are to raise awareness of our heritage and to encourage its preservation, conservation and promotion.County Donegal is the county with the most events taking place outside of Dublin and Cork. Events include heritage open days, guided walks, fieldtrips, exhibitions, conferences, illustrated talks, historical re-enactments, birds of prey, whale watching, garden tours, traditional skills demonstrations, craft fairs, skills training, launch events, film screenings, storytelling, traditional music and children’s activities.The County Donegal Heritage Week Event Guide is compiled by the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council and is a free, pocket-size guide with details of 105 Heritage Week events taking place across County Donegal and most of them are free. The County Donegal Heritage Week Event Guide will be launched by Dr. Lochlann McGill, President of the Donegal Historical Society, in the County Museum, Letterkenny next Tuesday, August 11 at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to attend. RSVP to County Museum at HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com or by telephone on (074) 912 4613.HUGE NUMBER OF EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE DURING DONEGAL HERITAGE WEEK was last modified: August 5th, 2015 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:Donegal Heritage Week
ENTERTAINMENT: Academics from LYIT are celebrating today – as they received their respective degree’s at a conferring ceremony at the campus earlier today.Management at Voodoo Venue are going to help the graduates celebrate in style tonight! The sweet scent of freedom is in the air as the prospect of spending the summer furiously job hunting – or sleepless night of worry are go finally over.Toss those hats and celebrate your accomplishments with a great night of entertainment at Voodoo Venue as they are hosting an unreal night for all you graduates.Complimentary entry before 12am4 JAGER-bombs €103 Fire Eater €10Vodka & Red Bull €2.50Voodoo Club accommodates any size of party ( big or small) and if you wish to book a private booth tonight drop us a message on Facebook and we will be more than delighted to welcome you to the biggest nightclub in the North West – Voodoo VenueFacebook/Voodoo VenueENTERTAINMENT: CELEBRATE YOUR GRADUATION AT VOODOO VENUE TONIGHT was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnews
RaphoeRAPHOE NOTESRaphoe Family Resource Centre:Raphoe 5k/Community Fun Run The race takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th July. Raphoe 5k is one of the racesin Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Programme. As the Family Resource Centre is celebrating 15th years in the Family and Community Resource Centre Programme we are inviting walkers to take part with families most welcome. Entry fees: Adults-€8 (chip timing); Families (2 adults +2 or more children)-€20. There will also be a Kid’s 1k race commencing at 7.00pm and the entry fee is €3. Prizes and refreshments will be available. Go on….get on those running/walking shoes! The Family Resource Centre is delighted to announce that Coyle’s Centra Raphoe will again sponsor the race This is the third year in succession that Coyle’s Centra has sponsored the race and we really appreciate their generous support once again.Decoupage ClassesThe Family Resource will be running Decoupage Classes in September starting on Tuesday 6th September from 10am-12 noon. The Classes will run for six weeks. There will be €10 registration fee to be paid on the first morning with €3 to be paid at the five remaining sessions-total cost €25. Decoupage includes up-cycling old furniture, bric-a-brac etc. working with chalk paint. To book a place please call Marie on 074-9145796/087-3641503. This course is part funded by the Donegal Education and Training Board’s Community Education Programme.50-50 Bonus Ball There was no winner of our weekly 50 / 50 Bonus Ball which means there will be a rollover with an increased jackpot.To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Seniors Alert SchemeThe objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase of equipment by a registered organisation i.e. personal alarm and/or pendant. The associated monitoring and service charges must be paid by the participant.A person will be eligible if he or she is:• Aged 65 years or older; and• Of limited means or resources; and• Living alone, living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria; and• Resides within geographical area of the relevant registered organisation; and• Able to benefit from the equipment supplied; and• Are prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.Raphoe Family Resource Centre has now taken over the administration of the Scheme. Therefore, if you or anyone you know are eligible for the scheme please do not hesitate to contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074)9145796 or 0873641503 or alternatively call into our office located on the second floor of The Volt House, Raphoe. Raphoe Friday ClubThe Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic! Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145465 and arrange.Raphoe Tidy TownsThe National Tidy Towns is now underway. A sincere thank you to everyone in our community for all your great help in keeping your respective areas and properties tidy. Thanks also to the local Tidy Towns Committee and all their staff on the C.E Project & Trevor on the DLDC Rural Scheme for all your great work around the town. This is a great help to the town. Judging will continue around the country until mid -August.Did you know that Newspapers & magazines may be left inside the main door of the Volt House for recycling. Old school books may be left also. The recycling bins for cans and glass are located at Raphoe Hardware. Both these services are free. Please keep the areas tidy. Thank You.Dog Fouling is still a problem on footpaths in various areas of the town. It is the responsibility of all dog owners to clean up any dog dirt from pathways and public areas and dispose of it in the proper manner. Thank you to all those who do clean up after their dogs. Well done to all our students who have now completed their exams. May you get a good rest now during the summer break & may God guide you in further studies or work in the future.Parish Mission in September:St Eunan’s RC Parish Raphoe will have a parish mission in September. The Franciscan Fathers will preach and minister at the mission. This will be an ideal time in this special year of mercy for prayer, confession and reflection on our relationship with God and others.Welcome to all visitors and anyone here at home on holiday at the present time. Hopefully the sun will shine and the weather will stay good during your time here in Raphoe.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE TO HOST ITS ANNUAL 5K ON JULY 5TH was last modified: June 24th, 2016 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:donegalRaphoe
Five participating community initiatives from Donegal will be at the IPB Pride of Place Gala Awards in the Waterfront in Belfast on 26th November where 1,000 people from across Ireland will gather to hear the winners of the 2016 competition.The Community Initiatives representing Donegal in the 2016 IPB Pride of Place Awards Competition are Glan agus Glas Falcarragh, Ballyshannon Regeneration Group, Letterkenny Youth and Family Service, Good Morning service Donegal and Coiste Forbartha Dhobhair in Ionad Naomh Pádraig.This event is being hosted by Belfast City Council who promise a weekend of excitement to their visitors from all over Ireland. The Pride of Place Competition is hosted by Cooperation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme which highlights their commitment to supporting active community groups to undertake initiatives to improve their communities and regions.Donegal County Council nominates five community initiatives to a maximum of five categories and only one entry in any individual category.The Pride of Place Competition is unique as it specifically recognizes the involvement of the local community in all aspects of rural and urban regeneration, including promoting social cohesion, heritage and environmental awareness.A panel of highly experienced judges visited the Donegal groups in September as part of the all-island judging process. The judges were highly impressed by the professionalism and quality of the groups’ organisational skills and continuous development in their respective areas. An Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey, this week said that “Donegal County Council is proud to be associated with the All Island Pride of Place Awards and with what it represents. I firmly believe that it is essential that we recognize communities and the thousands of volunteers across the island of Ireland that give of themselves selflessly every day. It is clear that working together and getting things done increases peoples’ pride in where they live and in turn helps build vibrant communities. I wish our five community groups all the best in the upcoming awards in Belfast and that they are winners already!”Séamus Neely, CE of Donegal County Council states that “All those nominated epitomise the sense of community spirit that can be seen all across Donegal and the whole of Ireland, with people committed to creating positive civic change in their respective communities. Cooperation Ireland are to be congratulated for giving national fame to those who deserve it and Donegal are proud of all the participants and great successes in this prestigious competition since 2007”.Five Donegal community projects in Pride of Place Gala Awards was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 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)
As a nation, we are getting busier by the day. During times of increased pressure and stress, mistakes in our dietary habits can easily happen.> You don’t have time to prepare meals.> You are snowed under at work and haven’t time for lunch. > You are rushing from place to place and grabbing the quickest thing that comes to hand and those things are usually full of calories and don’t provide much in the form of substance.Is it any wonder that some of us wake up one morning and wonder how we got so out of shape?How do we get around this problem?How do we make better choices when you are tight for time and finding it hard to think ahead? Here’s a few things that you can do to stay on track and keep mistakes to a minimum.1: Don’t eat in the car.If you are at a deli, don’t go for choices that you can eat while driving. Choose an open sandwich instead of a normal one, so you must stop and eat it with a fork.If getting a meal, balance it the same way you would the plate pictured above.1/2 a plate of veg, ¼ plate of protein and ¼ plate of carbs.2: Don’t eat while on the phoneHow many times have you been on a phone conversation while eating and reached over to finish your meal, only to realise that you had already finished it. Taking time to eat and to be present while eating will help you to acknowledge that you have eaten.You will feel fuller, be less likely to over eat and and be less likely to snack shortly after.3: Snack on fruit, protein and lower calorie foods and drinks.When you are in a hurry you always end up reaching for the quick fix food choices. Keeping portions of fruit at hand means you will always have a quick and portable snack wherever you go.There are a new range of protein bars that are great for snacking on. Fulfil, Quest and Carb-Killa bars all give around 20g of protein per bar with around 3-5g of carbs.If you want to use nuts as a snack, please be careful with your portion size, it is very easy to go over on the number of nuts you eat and take in huge amounts of calories.Portion sizes for nuts are a small palm-full or a thumb length of them (not the whole bag). You can use Diet drinks also to stave off hunger. Sprite zero, 7up Free, Coke Zero or Diet Coke are all great as they have virtually zero calories.4: Use carveries to your advantage.Just because there is a carvery at lunch, doesn’t mean you must ruin your diet.Every carvery has meat, veg and some kind of carbohydrate at it.Your portion size and what you choose it what counts.Increasing your intake of vegetables with every meal will help keep you feeling fuller for longer. You will be getting an increase of fibre and nutrients in your diet, and you will also be filling up on food that is lower in calories.Filling half of your plate with vegetable is a great way to manage calories and hunger.Protein helps with satiety levels and will keep you fuller for longer. Because it is so satisfying, it is very hard to over eat, you are getting calorie control without even knowing it. ¼ plate of protein is a good balance to a meal. Get this from all meats and fish.Carbs are not bad, we just rely on them too much for our meals. As with protein and vegetables, balance is key. If you have ½ a plate of veg, ¼ of the plate is protein, then the other ¼ can be carbohydrates. that will give you everything you need without going over on anything.These are some basic tips that you can use when you are busy and find it hard to pre-prepare your meals in advance.You can get better choices wherever you are and wherever you go, you just need to look for them.#TrainSmartYou can get in touch with me by following the link below to my website:http://www.rushefitness.ie/or contact me on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTDDD Fitness: 4 tips on healthy eating while busy was last modified: February 4th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare 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:busydietEating on the gofitnessweight lossWork
Jason Haughey arriving at court in FebruaryA MAN facing burglary and other charges has been sent for trial to the Donegal Circuit Criminal Court.Jason Haughey, from Rosemount Letterkenny, had been remanded in custody earlier this year. However it was revealed at Letterkenny District Court that he was later granted bail by the High Court in Dublin and is now living in Buncrana.Mr Haughey was sent for trial on numerous alleged offences to the Donegal Circuit Criminal Court sitting in Letterkenny on October 29.Charges include two thefts, an assault, using threatening and abusive behaviour, burglary, obstructing a police officer, unlawful possession of drugs, assault causing harm, resisting arrest and possession of drugs.All the alleged offences took place in Letterkenny on dates between March last year and February this year.MAN ON BURGLARY CHARGES ORDERED TO STAY AT BUNCRANA ADDRESS was last modified: September 10th, 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:Jason HaugheyLetterkenny Court
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWith the addition of Friday’s teachers, the educators version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame now boasts 25 plaques along the sidewalks of Sherman Way, between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The plaques feature a design of laurel leaves set in the shape of a heart, with an apple in the right corner. Among those honored was Herman Katz, credited with helping Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa finish high school and encouraging him to go on to college. Villaraigosa, who nominated Katz for the award, said Katz never gave up on him. The teacher encouraged him to take higher-level reading classes, motivated him to take his SAT exam, then encouraged him to go to college. “He took a liking to me and an interest in me,” Villaraigosa said. “This is the guy who turned my life around. This is the guy who gave me a shot.” “He was the kid with a lot of potential who wasn’t doing a lot,” Katz said. “He gives me a lot more credit than I deserve.” The teachers were nominated by students and administrators. Other teachers honored included Laura Aguilera, a math instructor at the Pacoima Skill Center who helps those who have difficulty with numbers; Donnamae Huberman, a former Granada Hills and El Camino High School science teacher known for sharing life stories that made her popular among students; and Scott King, a third-generation teacher and coach who has led track and field teams to more than 1,000 victories. In addition, Edward Moreno, a community leader with a long list of service who has taught children from the seventh to 12th grades, and college students at California State University; Fran Pikhart, who teaches children who are confined to homes because of illnesses; and Paul D. White, who has focused on teaching high-risk teens and helping schools become drug-free campuses. “This is a dream come true because teachers don’t get the recognition they deserve,” said Joe Andrews, founder and president of the Walk of Hearts Foundation. “There’s no question that our society is better because of our teachers.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANOGA PARK – At 92, Eleanor Bralver’s honors, awards and accomplishments can fill several single-spaced pages. But it was the accolades she received Friday night that made the Sylmar High School teacher realize her commitment to education will live on forever. “It’s been a labor of love,” said Bralver, who plans to retire in June, ending a seven-decade career that began in 1935 in Detroit. “This award is perpetual.” The Walk of Hearts Foundation honored Bralver along with seven other teachers from the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere in Los Angeles during a ceremony at the West Valley Playhouse in Canoga Park.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 “In a place like this, words fail; in the end, there can be only a dread silence, a silence which itself is a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?” Benedict said that just as his predecessor, John Paul II visited the camp as a Pole in 1979, he came as “a son of the German people.” “The rulers of the Third Reich wanted to crush the entire Jewish people, to cancel it from the register of the peoples of the Earth,” he said, standing near the demolished crematoriums where the Nazis burned the bodies of their victims. “By destroying Israel with the Shoah, they ultimately wanted to tear up the taproot of the Christian faith and to replace it with a faith of their own invention.” Shoah is the Hebrew term for the Holocaust, during which the Nazis killed 6 million Jews. OSWIECIM, Poland – Pope Benedict XVI visited the Auschwitz concentration camp as “a son of the German people” Sunday and asked God why he remained silent during the “unprecedented mass crimes” of the Holocaust. Benedict walked along the row of plaques at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex’s memorial, one in the language of each nationality whose members died there. As he stopped to pray, a light rain stopped and a brilliant rainbow appeared over the camp. “To speak in this place of horror, in this place where unprecedented mass crimes were committed against God and man, is almost impossible – and it is particularly difficult and troubling for a Christian, for a pope from Germany,” he said later. “A dread silence” As many as 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, died at Auschwitz and Birkenau, neighboring camps built by the German occupiers near the Polish town of Oswiecim – Auschwitz in German. Others who died there included Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma – or Gypsies, and political opponents of the Nazis. Focus on Nazis Benedict did not refer to collective guilt of the German people but instead focused on the Nazi regime. He said he was “a son of that people over which a ring of criminals rose to power by false promises of future greatness.” He also did not mention the controversy over the wartime role of Pope Pius XII, who some say did not do all in his power to prevent Jews from being deported to concentration camps. The Vatican rejects that accusation. Typically, Benedict did not mention his own personal experiences during the war. Raised by his anti-Nazi father, Benedict was enrolled in the Hitler Youth as a teenager against his will and then was drafted into the German army in the last months of the war. He wrote in his memoirs that he decided to desert in the war’s last days in 1945 and returned to his home in Traunstein in Bavaria, risking summary execution if caught. In the book, he recounted his terror at being briefly stopped by two soldiers. Held as prisoner He was then held for several weeks as a prisoner of war by U.S. forces who occupied his hometown. Earlier, the white-clad Benedict walked alone under the camp gate containing the notorious words: “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “Work Sets You Free.” He stopped for a full minute before the Wall of Death, where the Nazis killed thousands of prisoners. He was handed a lighted candle, which he placed before the wall. At the Wall of Death, a line of 32 elderly camp survivors awaited Benedict, most of them Catholic. He moved slowly down the line, stopping to talk with each, taking one woman’s face in his hands and kissing one of the men on both cheeks. Benedict then visited the dark cell in the basement of one of the buildings, the place where St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan friar, was executed after voluntarily taking the place of a condemned prisoner with a large family in 1941. Kolbe was canonized by John Paul II in 1982. The visit is heavy with significance for Roman Catholic-Jewish relations, a favorite theme for Benedict and John Paul. This was the third time Benedict has visited Auschwitz and the neighboring camp at Birkenau. The first was in 1979, when he accompanied John Paul, and in 1980, when he came with a group of German bishops while he was archbishop of Munich. A shadow was cast over the papal visit by Saturday’s attack on Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, who was to say Kaddish, or the Jewish prayer for the dead, during the ceremony led by the pope. Schudrich told The Associated Press he was attacked in central Warsaw after confronting a man who shouted at him, “Poland for Poles!” The rabbi said the unidentified man punched him in the chest and sprayed him with what appeared to be pepper spray. He was not injured. Schudrich said the most important part of Benedict’s message “was his physical presence at Auschwitz” but that some Jews wished he had gone further by directly addressing anti-Semitism. Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Associated Press that Benedict’s presence at the camp and his remarks were firm reminders that Holocaust deniers were not speaking the truth. “He wore the uniform of the Hitler Youth. For him to now go there as the pope and acknowledge the horrors the Holocaust visited on the Jewish people and all mankind is important.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Jeff O’Keefe is the new transportation manager for the city, succeeding Rob Murphy, who retired. O’Keefe has worked in public transit 25 years in California, Arizona, Nevada and Connecticut. The new job marks a return to Santa Clarita for O’Keefe, who was general manager in the mid-1990s for ATC, the contract company for city transit. “I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity in Santa Clarita,” he said in a press release. “The Santa Clarita transit system is recognized as one of the best transit systems in the nation, and I look forward to continuing to build upon this tradition in my role as transit manager. O’Keefe has been active in the American Public Transportation Association and the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. In Connecticut, he served on the State Transportation Strategy Board and was speaker of the House of the Connecticut General Assembly.
WHITTIER – It was the church the late President Richard Nixon attended when he lived in Whittier. And for a few locals like Claire Smith, it’s the church in which they were raised. East Whittier Friends Church is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend, and as many as four generations of congregants and former pastors are expected to return for the festivities. Smith, 77, said the church is “my home church.” The La Habra resident has served as East Whittier Friends’ administrator since 1972 and is one of its longest-standing members. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It’s very exciting to be involved in a church that’s been around this long,” added George Cosand, 61, of Whittier. “God’s been good to this church, and this is only one milestone – we’re expecting many more,” Cosand said. East Whittier Friends Church, which officially marks its centennial Tuesday, was founded in the Quaker tradition. But it was thrown into the public spotlight whenever Nixon visited California as vice president and then as president. Smith said Nixon, as a young boy, played piano for the church’s Sunday school. East Whittier Friends Church’s original worship building came from the New River Friends Church in what is now Downey. The structure was moved to a lot on Whittier Boulevard in 1906. It was repaired and furnished for $479.02, according to church records. Charles Tebbets, then-president of Whittier College, served as the first church’s pastor, but he could preach “only when the road was passable,” church historians said. The original church building was eventually demolished, and the current structure was completed in 1927. For many years, East Whittier Friends remained the only church on Whittier Boulevard east of Los Angeles. What makes the church’s current building so unique is its old-English design. It is one of only a few buildings on the boulevard that has a basement. And its stained-glass windows date to the original building. “The architecture is very striking,” Smith said. “There aren’t churches that look like this anymore.” Within the sanctuary, thick, wooden beams, hand hewn by a church member, line the interior of the building. Cracks along the beams are evidence of past earthquakes, including the 1987 Whittier Narrows quake. The church has expanded over the past 79 years. Officials have added classrooms and meeting rooms. The church also owns several properties along the north side of Russell Street. Several congregation members described their 250-member faith community as a “family church.” “It’s not a mega-church, but it provides,” said Melanie Lopez, the church’s youth pastor. “Everybody knows everybody’s name, and they provide for each other.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has told Diego Costa to focus on the bid for a Premier League and FA Cup double as speculation continues to surround the future of the Spain striker.Costa missed January’s trip to Leicester amid reports his head had been turned by a lucrative offer to join Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese Super League.Conte publicly insisted Costa’s absence was due to a back injury.Reports resurfaced this week of a move being agreed, although Tianjin took to Weibo – China’s equivalent of Twitter – to deny any negotiations had taken place.Conte did not clarify the situation on Friday at his media conference prior to Monday’s Premier League clash with Middlesbrough.“I don’t know about this,” Conte said.“I think now it’s very important for every single player, for every single person that works at Chelsea to be focused on the present.“The present is very important for us. Now is more important than the future.”Costa has scored 19 goals this season and 51 in 86 Premier League appearances since signing from Atletico Madrid in July 2014.However, he has two years left on his contract, is 29 in October and Chelsea may be prepared to cut their loses and reinvest the funds in the squad.Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been the subject of speculation over a return to Chelsea.There has also been speculation about the futures of Willian and Cesc Fabregas this week.“This part of the season and this period it’s normal to cope with this situation, this speculation,” Conte added.“For sure sometimes you can find the truth and a lot of the time it’s not true. The most important thing is for us to be focused.”Conte has no doubt about Costa’s focus.“I’m not worried about this,” Conte added.“I see my players every day and I can see the right concentration, the right focus about my players.“I think this part of the season, you arrive four games to go, you have the possibility to reach a fantastic target for us.”Second-placed Spurs face West Ham on Friday night, seeking to cut their four-point deficit to Chelsea.Conte is uncertain if he will watch and may instead go for dinner with his wife and daughter, who will be visiting from Italy.The Blues have three games in eight days – at West Brom next Friday and on May 15 against Watford – before the season concludes against relegated Sunderland on May 21.Conte said: “The pressure in this stage of the season is normal and you must cope with this.“Every single player and the coach in the club has a good experience to face this moment.”Defender David Luiz (groin) and midfielder N’Golo Kante (thigh) are injury doubts and will be assessed ahead of the Boro clash. 1 Diego Costa warms up for Chelsea
1 Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for Arsenal’s trip to Southampton.The Gunners travel to the south coast on Wednesday as they look to keep their top four hopes alive.However, they may have to contend without Koscielny, who is currently struggling with a calf problem.“We have a real check up today but we have some worries for Koscielny that he may not be available tomorrow,” said Wenger on Tuesday.“He will have a test today and we’ll make the decision after training.“[Granit] Xhaka is similar but he looks to have recovered quite well. The news for him is better but he will have a test as well today.” Laurent Koscielny
A Letterkenny man, who struck a bouncer and told a nightclub security staff ‘I’ll kill you all’, has been told that he needs ‘a little bit of direction’.In a separate incident, Denis Bonner, of Fairgreen Park, attempted to gain access to his next door neighbour’s house, believing himself to be at his own home after ‘losing his bearings’ due to the ‘recklessness of alcohol intake’. Gardai were called to Fairgreen Park at 11pm on February 28, 2016.“The defendant arrived at a public place and attempted to enter the premises,” Inspector Barry Doyle told Letterkenny District Court.“He started hitting the front door and the windows. He then moved to the back of the house, repeated the banging and shouting. He applied force to the back door and when Gardai arrived he failed to comply.”Mr Bonner caused €158.90 worth of damage to a door at the property.On February 26, 2017, Garda Moyles observed Bonner being ejected from Voodoo by security staff.“When they released a grip of Bonner, Garda Moyles saw him strike a member of the security staff with a closed fist, aggressively, to the face,” Inspector Barry Doyle told Letterkenny District Court.The Court heard that, as the Garda approached, Bonner shouted: ‘You shower of f***** b*******, let me go. I’ll kill you all’.Bonner remained argumentative and aggressive when apprehended.Solicitor for Bonner, Frank Dorrian, said his client was a 27year-old who had ‘cleaned up considerably’ having been before the court in his late teens.“He lost his bearings, was in the correct place bar one number,” Mr Dorrian said.“He believed that he was at home, but in failing to gain admission he thought that he was being made fun of. The recklessness of his alcohol intake drove the whole project, but he regrets and apologises for his actions.“The public order offence came as a surprise, such was his intake. He was unaware that he had struck anyone, but he acknowledges that it was he and he is responsible.“He is a very reasonable young man after from his alcohol intake. He left school at 15 and has worked on and off, but consistently, since then.”Judge Paul Kelly said he would strike out the criminal damage charge if money was paid in court and Bonner lodged €160 with court staff.“In view of the previous convictions, this man needs a little bit of direction regarding his drink problem,” Judge Kelly said.Judge Kelly said he was going to ask the probation service to examine the possibility of community service and the case was adjourned until the November 6 sitting.Man who told bouncers ‘I’ll kill you all’ needs ‘a little bit of direction’, court told was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Denis BonnerFRank DorrianJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Court
FORMER managers Felix Healy and Dermot Keely are among those being linked with the vacant job at Finn Harps.But club sources have dismissed reports that Packie Bonner – the former Celtic and Ireland goalie – has been interviewed for the position.Keely has managed a string of League of Ireland clubs and won promotion with Harps in 1996. Healy won the First Division title with the club in 2004.Other people linked with the position are ex-Coleraine manager David Platt and Cockhill Celtic boss Donal O’Brien.FELIX HEALY, DERMOT KEELY AND EVEN PACKIE BONNER LINKED TO HARPS JOB was last modified: April 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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:CelticDermot KeelyFelix Healyfinn harpsPackie Bonner
MembershipAnnual Membership is now due for renewal. All players, managers and coaches must have membership to be involved with the club. Adult membership with lotto is €80 for adults and €60 for students. Anyone wishing to purchase a Club Donegal ticket which permits access to all men’s club games in the county free of charge can do so for €200 including your club membership. Contact Essie McGrenra for more details on 086 154 2045. Minor Board:Underage training moves to the Burn Road this Saturday morning at 10.30 for the following age groups.Boys: U6s, U8s and u10s Girls: U6s, U8s, U10s and u12sParents are asked to send outdoor clothing with their child. The minors boys were defeated by a slicker Milford side last Friday night. The Minor boys take on Fanad at the Burn Road this Wednesday at 7pm.Ladies Board:The Senior ladies began their league season on Friday with a good win over Aodh Ruadh. Roisin and Olive McCafferty were best for Termon. Shauna Kelly and Caroline Gallagher made their senior league debuts and acquitted themselves very well. Training continues on Tuesdays at 6.30pm.The Under14 girls had two games last week and were unlucky to be defeated on both occasions. On Tuesday they travelled to O Donnell Park to play St Eunans. Termon made a great second half come back but Eunans were too far ahead. Lauren McElwaine and Hannah McSharry were best for Termon. Then on Easter Sunday Termon hosted Fanad under14 girls, Fanad were winners on this outing. Best for Termon were Meabh McDaid and Nicole Mc Laughlin.Senior Men:Both our Seniors and Reserves defeated Red Hughes on Easter Monday at the Burn Road. Darragh McDaid and Aidin Sweeney made their senior team debuts as subs and contributed to an excellent last 20 minutes for the home side. The Reserve and Senior teams continue their league season underway this Saturday away to Burt. All support would be appreciated.Lotto:The Lotto draw took place in place in McClaffertys on Saturday evening. The numbers were 2, 8,25 and 27. Mary McGrenra and Aine Boyle matched 3 numbers and won €40 each. Open draw winners were Niamh Friel and Peter Herrity who both won €10 each. Next week’s draw takes place in Glenveagh Inn. Eddie Harkin and Brian McDaid are the coordinators. The jackpot is now €2150.Poker Classic The club would like to thank all who took part in the poker classic last Thursday which was a great success. Thanks to the organisers and all who helped on the night. Thanks to the Lagoon for the use of the venue and the half time tea and food.Burn RoadAll managers are to take note of the calendar for the use of the Burn Road now in place at the Dressing Rooms. Any additional trainings and games times are to be cleared with Martin Friel. This is to ensure the pitch isn’t double booked in the busy weeks and months ahead.GAA NOTES: TERMON was last modified: April 10th, 2012 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:Termon GAA notes
Ballyliffin’s Damian Mooney warmed up for this week’s BMW PGA Championships at Wentworth by winning the inaugural New Ross Golf Club Pro Am with a brilliant course record of 65 at the County Wexford venue. Mooney took advantage of the better morning weather, opening with a steady outward half of 1 under par before finding his putting groove to fire 5 birdies, including a hat-trick from the 14th, and only one bogey on his back nine.His round of 65 always looked like it would be difficult to overhaul, and with a freshening afternoon breeze, the nearest challengers, Michael McGeady (unattached) and Wayne O’Callaghan (Fernhill) only came within two. The only other player in the field to break par was Ciaran Molloy (Blackwood Golf Centre) who led home the team winners.The day, according to Captain Paschal Bolger, was a resounding success for New Ross. “We set out to achieve three things – to raise the profile of the club, to get all the members behind the event and not to lose money!The event exceeded all our expectations and we were blessed with fine weather.The professionals had nothing but praise for our course and in particular our greens. We’re into our 110th year and it’s our first Pro Am – it won’t be that long again before we have the pro’s back.”GOLF NEWS: BALLYLIFFIN GOLFER WINS THE NEW ROSS PRO AM was last modified: May 19th, 2014 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:BallyliffinDamien MooneygolfNoticesSport
Naomh Colmcille GAA Club GAA National Club Draw. The GAA has launched a National Club Draw as a fundraiser for local clubs, with the draw taking place on 27 February 2015. Prizes are being provided by GAA Central Council.The proceeds from all tickets sold by Naomh Colmcille will go directly to Naomh Colmcille, and will be used towards the club’s 2015 yearly expenditure. First prize is a trip with the 2015 All-Stars. Full details available on www.gaa.ie/nationalclubdraw2015In addition, the County Board are putting up county also putting up prizes (1 x €1000, 2 x €500, 5 x €100) so local winners are guaranteed.Tickets priced €10 each are now available from Alison Ferry, Paul Callaghan, Adrian Marsh, or any committee member.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment. The club would like to offer its sincere condolences to Jean, Karen, Laura, Marty, Dylan, Oran, Darragh, Saoirse and the Hannigan family following the death of Martin Hannigan. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc .Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. Girls U12-16 Gaelic. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers will appear in next week’s notes. Next week’s jackpot €700. People who buy the Lotto next week, and people doing it on a yearly basis, will be included in the extra Xmas draw for €300 worth of prizes. Be sure to play next week to be in with an extra chance of winning! The Xmas draw takes place next weekend.The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE GAA CLUB REGISTER FOR LUCOZADE ‘KIT OUT’ PROMOTION was last modified: December 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSport
Lagan Harps FC News: Our matchs at the weekend were all called off due to the bad weather. Our u/16 girls are scheduled to play Salthill Devon in the National cup next Sunday.The venue will probably depend on the weather. We have three girls, Ciana Brogan, Zoe Green and Ciara Walshe in the Irish u/16 squad playing in Dundalk this Tuesday night. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 2,5,16 and 19, Ross Hamlyn had three numbers and wonE50. Next weeks jackpot is E5,000. The club was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Drumkeen’s Tom Bonner.Tom was a great football man and was serving on the Ulster Fa and the Donegal Schoolboys committees as well as doing trojan work for Drumkeen Utd.He will be greatly missed. The club also extends sympathy to the Wallace family Bridgend on their recent bereavement.Raymochy Parish Church Fundraiser. An Easy Listening Country and Gospel Evening is being held in the church on Sunday 25th January atSOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS U16 GIRLS FACE SALTHILL DEVON IN NATIONAL CUP COMPETITION was last modified: January 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSport
The Letterkenny Rovers team which played Portmarnock in Dublin today.A battling Letterkenny Rovers side earned themselves a draw in the FAI Senior Cup today against Portmarnock.The performance, which saw Rovers come from behind, now means that Eamon McConigley’s side will play the Dublin outfit again in two weeks time at Leckview Park.It all leads to a heck tic schedule for Rovesr who will play Cork outfit Ringmahon in the replay of their FAI Intermediate Cup semi-final fixture this Sunday, also at Leckview Park. On a very blustery day, Rovers fell behind after just nine minutes today when Chris Burgess put Portmarnock ahead.But Rovers settled themselves after a nervy first 20 minutes and began to get into the game.In the 63rd minute Darren McElwaine dragged his side back into the game with a well-taken goal to make it 1-1.The clever money was on Rovers at this stage but disaster struck when former Finn Harps player Tommy Bonner was sent of just three minutes after the equaliser. The sending-off put Rovers on the back foot and despite trying to snatch a winner, the Dublin side soaked up the pressure and used the extra man well.Eamon McConigley will be happy that his side showed great fighting spirit and will be relishing two big games in just a week of eachother. BATTLING ROVERS COME FROM BEHIND TO KEEP FAI SENIOR CUP DREAM ALIVE was last modified: April 10th, 2016 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)
FINN HARPS manager Ollie Horgan is famous for playing down his team’s chances – and this cartoon has the Harps boss to a tee.Horgan consistently speaks in negative tones about Harps and, even in the wake of positive results for his team, rarely talks them up.Barry Masterson has captured H0rgan perfectly in this illustration: Cartoonist captures Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan perfectly was last modified: December 31st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
1 Could Pickford be plying his trade in Germany? Bayern Munich will send scouts to the World Cup to watch England No.1 Jordan Pickford as doubts grow over Manuel Neuer, according to reports.The Everton shot-stopper will be Gareth Southgate’s first-choice keeper at Russia, edging out Jack Butland and Nick Pope.According to The Sun on Sunday, his performances in the Premier League have not just been recognised at international level.Bayern have sent scouts to England before to watch the former Sunderland star, as doubts grow over current first-choice keeper Manuel Neuer.The German international, who has travelled to Russia with Joachim Low’s squad, has not featured for the Bundesliga champions for eight months because of a foot injury.As a result, the 24-year-old has emerged as a surprise target for the German outfit.The Toffees will be loath to lose their star man, especially since they only signed him from the Black Cats last summer.If a deal was to be even considered, the club would want to double their money quickly on Pickford so as to give new boss Marco Silva time and money to find a suitable replacement.
Everyone loves a goalscoring goalkeeper and it’s even better when it’s a last minute winner.Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak, currently on loan at Rotherham, is our hero this time as he kept Slovakia Under-21s’ hopes of qualifying for the European Championship alive. Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak celebrates with Rotherham fans after helping them earn promotion to the Championship last season. 1 The duo are battling for the second qualifying spot in Group 2, which could put them in the play-off round, along with Northern Ireland and they played out a thriller in Reykjavik.Slovakia had taken a 2-1 lead as late as the 90th minute, but Albert Gudmundsson struck his second of the game to tie things up three minutes into injury time.But the visitors weren’t to be stopped and sent up Rodak for a corner in the dying seconds and he was the match-winner as he nodded home awkwardly in the middle of the penalty area.You can see the goal below.
Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “The closer we keep him to the goal, the more balls we can get him to receive the ball around the box, the more effective he can be.“So far we play the majority of the games so far in the opposition’s half.“You get a lot of touches of the ball, especially our strikers, in the last 20 metres, which is where a striker with my qualities would have enjoyed it very much.” 3 REVEALED RANKED Sarri and Zola are preparing for a double-header against Liverpool Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “I believe he can use his skills in a better way. I truly believe in this.“I think this year, the team, Maurizio in particular, will help him to reach his full potential.”Experience will help Hazard, says Zola, who played in a similar role at Chelsea as the 27-year-old does now. It is a role Zola would have enjoyed.The 52-year-old Italian added: “The way we try to play will benefit him a lot. We try to play (for) a long time in the opposition half. ADVICE Hazard has been deployed in a more advanced position under Sarri, devoid of defensive responsibility, and has scored five goals in four Premier League starts this season.Zola is convinced the Belgium playmaker, who hinted at a desire to join Real Madrid after the World Cup in a move which did not materialise, can get better and better.“I don’t think, in my opinion, he’s reached his full potential,” said Zola, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round tie at Liverpool. 3 Gianfranco Zola believes Eden Hazard can fulfil his true potential at Chelsea under head coach Maurizio Sarri.Zola returned to Chelsea as Sarri’s assistant, 15 years after ending a glorious playing spell at Stamford Bridge, and says his fellow Italian has opened his eyes to a “new world” of football. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Hazard has been in fine goalscoring form this season silverware LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BEST OF REVEALED 3 MONEY Zola has high expectations of Hazard Hazard was excused last week’s Europa League trip to PAOK in Greece after twice telling Sarri he was tired. But Zola hinted Hazard would feature at Anfield.“It looks like the more he plays the better he gets,” Zola added.Wednesday’s match, live on talkSPORT, is the first of two in four days with Liverpool, who visit Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade
Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest transfer news Exclusive: ‘Jose Mourinho is doing a GREAT JOB at Manchester United’… says Manchester City superfan Noel GallagherTottenham Hotspur new stadium update: Pitch is fully laid and it looks pretty incredibleGary Neville brands Manchester United ‘rotten to the core’ over report they may sack Jose Mourinho Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 4 Marco Silva insists Everton will not make any January signings until he has been able to assess every member of his current squad. (Liverpool Echo)Arsenal will sign Miguel Almiron, the Paraguay midfielder, when the January transfer window opens. (FOX Deportes USA, per 90Min)Cesc Fabregas hopes to sign a new Chelsea contract with his existing deal expiring at the end of the season. (Guardian) 4 Southampton are interested in signing Gary Cahill, the Chelsea defender, in January. (Mirror)Brentford manager Dean Smith has played down suggestions he could leave Griffin Park for the Aston Villa job, having been linked with succeeding Steve Bruce. (Birmingham Live)Newcastle United remain listed for sale according to club chiefs, including managing director Lee Charnley. (Chronicle)Neymar has been in touch with Paul Pogba, the Man United midfielder, to discuss the France star potentially moving to Paris Saint-Germain. (Goal) Jose Mourinho will be sacked by Manchester United this weekend regardless of the club’s result against Newcastle. (Mirror)However, United have denied these reports, saying the Portuguese retains the backing of the club’s board. (BBC Sport) LATEST LIVING THE DREAM Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories…Exclusive: Kevin Keegan urges Mike Ashley to sell Newcastle United on talkSPORT and lends backing to Rafa BenitezExclusive: Noel Gallagher predicts Liverpool ‘implosion’ if Manchester City win at Anfield, jokes Pep Guardiola will be arrested by Merseyside police Die-hard City fan Gallagher joined talkSPORT on Friday The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Mourinho’s position at Old Trafford is reportedly safe Take a look at all the latest transfer news and biggest football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online… RANKED Pogba is said to want to leave Man United in the coming months Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer three-way race 4 targets targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND TOP WORK REVEALED
Matthijs de Ligt is a must-have signing for several top clubs. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings whoops Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham are all tracking the 19-year-old, who is expected to leave next summer.And Ajax are now trying to create a bidding war for De Ligt.The Dutch giants are well aware of the interest in the centre-back and are working on starting a summer auction for him.The club want to maximise their profit from selling De Ligt and plan to offload him to the highest bidder. BEST OF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed Most Popular Football Stories latest scrap gameday cracker Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 LATEST Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Ajax are hoping to spark a bidding war for Matthijs de Ligt with Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham all keen, according to Corriere di Torino.The centre-back has turned heads with his stunning performances for club and country and he is now one of the most wanted players in Europe. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City SORRY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 1 predicted Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer?
Nottingham Forest sacked Waburton on the final day of 2017 Dyche and Warburton worked together at Watford whoops revealed tense latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT changes Dyche is said to be unhappy with how the club’s summer business was handled, especially in relation to just how late in the window main deals were completed; Ben Gibson, Joe Hart and Matej Vydra all arrived at Turf Moor within the final three days before the transfer deadline.Warburton is under consideration by Burnley for the position, having previously worked with Dyche at Watford before he left Vicarage Road in February 2010. Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton is being linked with a return to football ten months after being sacked from his last position with Nottingham Forest.Warburton, 56, has been out of work since last New Year’s Eve, when he was dismissed by Forest with them 14th in the Championship. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? 2 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings huge blow Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? He took the job at the City Ground in March 2017, one month after his two-and-half-year spell as Rangers’ manager came to an end upon his resignation – a resignation he disputes.And now, after being out the game just shy of ten months, Warburton has been linked with a return to football – with Burnley.According to The Sun, the Premier League side are reportedly considering moving for Warburton to become their new technical director, with Sean Dyche, the manager, hoping to bring someone in to help him in the transfer market. Most read in Premier League TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY predicted Before taking charge of Rangers, Warburton made his name as manager of Brentford, leading the club to the Championship play-offs in 2014/15.
‘We never did it for any outside accolades. We did it because we thought it was right’ – Sir Kenny Dalglish recalls helping Hillsborough victims as the football legend is knighted for his career on and off the pitch https://t.co/nOSq7vGzvp pic.twitter.com/xfzs5cUdOJ— ITV News (@itvnews) November 16, 2018The day also saw Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe awarded an OBE for services to his foundation.Defoe formed a strong bond with Bradley Lowery while playing for Sunderland, with the little boy repeatedly being picked as a mascot for the Black Cats while he battled neuroblastoma.And the striker dedicated the award to Bradley, who died in July 2017, aged six.Defoe said: “I would love to dedicate this amazing day, this OBE to my little friend Bradley, everyone knows the relationship I had with Bradley. I’ve got this for the Jermain Defoe Foundation but above all of that I think it’s the relationship I had with him that was special. RANKED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Sir Kenny paid tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster after receiving the honour He is affectionately known as “King Kenny” by Liverpool fans due to his successful playing and managerial spells at the club. He also won the Premier League title as Blackburn boss in the 1994/95 campaign.Sir Kenny also received the honour for his help during the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster and the charity work he has done alongside his wife, Marina, which has helped raise more than £10million to help treat cancer.He said: “The football was something that you looked forward to and you wanted to do it and you were lucky that you got that far and made that much success.“Then you move on in your life, and life for me is all about helping people.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 no dice Sir Kenny receives the knighthood from Prince Charles Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Sir Kenny also said the victims of the Hillsborough disaster were in his thoughts.He added: “They also stood beside us many, many times. We only did for them what I would expect you to do for somebody.“They helped us on many occasions, unfortunately it was in better circumstances, maybe during a game, so when their time came it was not much to ask, that we could turn into being the supporter.“It just came naturally to everybody. We never did it for any outside accolades. We did it because we thought it was right.” 3 Kenny Dalglish has expressed his gratitude for his successful football career after being knighted by Prince Charles.The Liverpool and Scotland legend received the honour on Thursday for his services on and off the pitch. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Defoe dedicated his OBE to Bradley Lowery Sky Sports Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Latest Football News Sky Sports huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE “You never expect to receive any award, so to receive something like this, of course it still hurts.“I’ve got some great memories of Bradley, but to receive something like this today, it makes me feel good.” REVEALED
BY PATSY McGONAGLE: In 1970 at the first ever County cross country senior champs held at Holy Cross College , Falcarragh Neil Mc Daid won leading his club Cranford to victory while Lily Quinn, Lifford, did a similar job for her club in the women’s event and one wondered what lay in store for the 2011 version at Finn Valley Sunday morning.It soon became evident shortly after 11-30 Sunday that Teresa Mc Gloin was going to retain her women’s title making it a lifetime total of 4 titles – an excellent record.Teresa led Valley to yet another team victory with Angela Speight, Noeleen Porter a former individual winner and Catherine Brogan the winning quartet. ALL THE RESULTS ARE BELOWSenior Cross Country 2011 06/11/2011Senior MenPos.No.First NameSurnameClubTime1382PatrickBrennanLetterkenny A.C.30.142378DanKingLetterkenny A.C.31.183385MichaelBlackLetterkenny A.C.31.304381PauricMc KinneyLetterkenny A.C.31.445384JohnnyPattonLetterkenny A.C.31.456371KieranCarlinFinn Valley A.C.32.137300JoeMc KinneyInishowen A.C.32.158390DominicBonnerFinn Valley A.C.33.069383CharliePageLetterkenny A.C.34.0310368DarenMc GlincheyFinn Valley A.C.34.2311360MartinMooneyInishowen A.C.34.4112372AlanMitchellFinn Valley A.C.34.4613374MarkConnollyFinn Valley A.C.34.5814362JimHarkinInishowen A.C.35.1015379BarryMeehanLetterkenny A.C.35.1916373SeanMc GettiganFinn Valley A.C.35.4417364MalcolmMc GeeInishowen A.C.35.5618370MichaelPenroseFinn Valley A.C.36.0419361NiallMc GeeInishowen A.C.36.1320380AidanMc KennaLetterkenny A.C.36.4421367DeclanCaldwellInishowen A.C.36.4722363KarlMc LaughlinInishowen A.C.37.4123389MartinErwinFinn Valley A.C.37.5424366FinbarGallagherInishowen A.C.39.1325386PadraigFrielLetterkenny A.C.39.2326365OwenMc KinneyInishowen A.C.39.2727369TonyGallagherFinn Valley A.C.41.3928376MartinAndersonFinn Valley A.C.41.3929375DwayneLongFinn Valley A.C.43.54Senior Cross Country 2011 06/11/2011Senior WomenPos.No.First NameSurnameClubTime1281TeresaMc GloinFinn Valley A.C.15.11270HelenaCrossanInishowen A.C.16.063287FionnualaDiverLetterkenny A.C.16.124278AngelaSpeightFinn Valley A.C.16.145168MichelleEnglishLetterkenny A.C.16.316286NoreenMc GettiganLetterkenny A.C.16.40771KarenCrossanInishowen A.C.16.50846EybhlinMc GinleyInishowen A.C.16.559283NoreenPorterFinn Valley A.C.16.5810280CatherineBroganFinn Valley A.C.17.1611284KathleenMc NultyFinn Valley A.C.17.4712282MaryConnollyFinn Valley A.C.18.061347ShielaDohertyInishowen A.C.18.471472YehudithTegegneInishowen A.C.18.5315285GloriaDonagheyFinn Valley A.C.19.141648TraceyHanleyInishowen A.C.19.4917279Theresa MarieSpeightFinn Valley A.C.19.5118288PatMc KennaLetterkenny A.C.19.53Donegal Athletic BoardSenior Women – Cross Country 2011VenueFinn Valley CenterDate06/11/2012PositionTeam1st2nd3rd4thTotal1Finn Valley A.C.14910242Inishowen A.C.27813303Letterkenny A.C.3561832Senior Men – Cross Country 2011VenueFinn Valley CenterDate06/11/2012PositionTeam1st2nd3rd4th5th6thTotal1Letterkenny A.C.123459242Finn Valley A.C6810121316653Inishowen A.C.7111417192189WRITTEN BY PATSY MCGONAGLE FOR DONEGALDAILY.COM© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL ATHLETIC BOARD SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS was last modified: November 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)
THERE were long tailbacks on many roads in Co Donegal this morning as overnight hail and snow froze over to leave roads treacherous.At one stage traffic was tailed back from Pramerica in Letterkenny to past Dunnes of Illistrin.And snow fell close to Mount Errigal, adding half an hour to journeys between Gaoth Dobhair and Letterkenny. Pictured is the road outside Falcarragh at 9am. The donegaldaily reader who sent it to us said: “If the roads are this bad after a wee bit of snow, what’s it going to be like when we get some real stuff.”And a Gaoth Dobhair commuter fumed: “Once again the back road was a complete joke. I know there’s no money left in the country, but this is costing money. I was an hour late for work.”There were also accumulations of snow over Barnesmore Gap but apart from slush on the roads, the main roads around Bundoran, Ballyshannon and Donegal Town were relatively clear.There was snow in Kilcar and Killybegs. Send us your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. SNOW & HAIL CAUSES CHAOS ON THE ROADS was last modified: December 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegal snowdonegal weatherdonegaldaily.comhailsleet
Donegal captain Michael Murphy may have to undergo surgery in a bid to have him ready for the county’s championship campaign.The Glenswilly star will see a specialist tomorrow and could miss a number of Donegal’s League games.The operation is believed to be related to the player’s ongoing groin injury. Donegal’s first Championship game will be against Cavan in May and Murphy is expected to be complete recovered for that encounter.The injury has plagued Murphy in recent months and made him miss a number of games including the start of the All Ireland semi-final against Dublin last summer. MURPHY MAY GO UNDER THE KNIFE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: January 15th, 2012 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:groin injuryMichael Murphyoperation
PAT The Cope Gallagher has demanded more resources for Gardai after a raid on the home of an elderly couple.“I condemn outright the dastardly attack on James and Elsie Wilkie, Kilross. I have known the Wilkies for over 30 years and together with Cllr Patrick McGowan, I spent time with them over the weekend,” said Mr Gallagher.“While they were not injured, this was no credit to the intruders as they would have caused injuries had the Wilkies confronted these spineless people; however they were of course traumatised and will take some time to recover.” The MEP said: “The family were high in their praise of the Gardai, who responded quickly after the alert was raised, as did their friends and neighbours. I call on the Minister for Justice and Garda Authorities Nationally to immediately provide Donegal with additional resources and personnel to deal with the recent spate of robberies and attacks on our elderly.“The safety of our Senior Citizens is paramount and they should be allowed to enjoy their retirement in peace without fear of such attacks. I have been assured by the Garda Authorities in Donegal that every effort is being made to apprehend those responsible for this cowardly act. I appeal to those responsible to at least arrange to return the items of sentimental value that cannot be replaced.” DEMAND FOR MORE GARDAI AFTER DESPICABLE ATTACK ON ELDERLY COUPLE was last modified: July 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DEMAND FOR MORE GARDAI AFTER DESPICABLE ATTACK ON ELDERLY COUPLE
Funding has been provided for four permanent classrooms for St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny.The news from Education Minister Ruairi Quinn as been welcomed by local Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte.” Again I am delighted that the Minister has delivered on the Education front to schools in Donegal As a proud past pupil of St Eunan’s College I warmly welcome this news that the College will now have the funding to erect these classrooms. “I spoke with Minister Quinn today at our “Think In” in Co Meath and he confirmed that the funding is in place and he announced it this after noon as promised.“St Eunan’s College has a fine tradition in Education and is an integral part of the Letterkenny community.“My own family connections to the College go back to my father, uncles , brothers and sons all attending and I look forward to future generations making the trip to Sentry Hill for their secondary education.”This news comes after the recent announcements that the Government is investing € 2..2 billion in a five year capital programme to prioritise school building projects and to ensure that every child has access to a school place. FUNDING PROVIDED FOR NEW CLASSROOMS AT ST.EUNANS COLLEGE was last modified: September 17th, 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:letterkennySenator Jimmy HarteSt.Eunan’s College
Finn Valley’s Tori Pena raised the Irish pole vault record to 4-52 m at the San Diego Triton Invitational Saturday.This is the 2nd time the London bound athlete has gone over the Olympic Qualifying mark of 4-50m.Commenting afterwards she remarked: “Lots of things are coming together. “I am very pleased and certainly 4-60m is doable this season.” TORI RAISES THE BAR AGAIN FOR OLYMPIC CHALLENGE was last modified: April 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:TORI RAISES THE BAR AGAIN FOR OLYMPIC CHALLENGE
ONE of two people held over the murder of Donegal journalist Eugene Maloney has been released without charge.A Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí investigating the murder of a male in his 50’s on Camden Street on the 24th June 2012 have released one of the males from custody.“He was released late last night (25/6/12) A file will now be prepared for the DPP. The second man is still being detained at Kevin Street Garda Station.” JOURNALIST MURDER: MAN RELEASED, ONE STILL HELD was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
The Court of Criminal Appeal has dismissed a Donegal man’s appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing three young girls in his daughter’s bed while they were on sleepovers at his house.Martin McCurdy, 45, was jailed for seven and a half years by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy after being convicted of the abuse by a Central Criminal Court jury in October 2010.McCurdy’s name was added to the Sexual Offenders Register. McCurdy, of Emmet Park, Castlefinn, Co Donegal had pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexually assaulting the then 13-year-old girls on separate dates between February 2006 and January 2007 in his home.The Court heard that the girls were all abused in a similar fashion, and involved McCurdy making them perform a sexual act.Following his conviction, the girls waived their right to anonymity so McCurdy, who was not present in court yesterday, could be publicly named.He appealed his conviction on grounds including that the type of warning given Mr Justice McCarthy to the jury in relation to corroboration of the evidence given by the complainants rendered his conviction unsafe. The DPP opposed the appeal, and argued the conviction should not be disturbed.Today the three-judge CCA comprised of Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, presiding, sitting with Mr Justice Michael Hanna, and Mr Justice Micheal White dismissed all grounds of McCurdy’s appeal.The CAA said it was satisfied the trial Judge did not err in his charge to the jury in relation to corroboration.Mr Justice McCarthy, the CCA said, had held the evidence of the complainants was capable of being corroborative of the other. However the Judge, the CCA added, had left it up to the jury to say whether it was or not.McCurdy’s appeal against sentence will be considered by the CCA at a future date.DONEGAL DAD WHO PREYED ON GIRLS DURING SLEEPOVERS LOSES APPEAL was last modified: July 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
01:42AM: THE AA and Gardai have asked us to warn motorists of ice on many of Co Donegal’s roads this morning.There is black ice on roads in and around Letterkenny, St Johnston, Convoy, Donegal Town, Raphoe and Newtowncunningham.Please be careful on the roads overnight and into New Year’s Day. ICE WARNING ON DONEGAL’S ROADS was last modified: January 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ICE WARNING ON DONEGAL’S ROADS
Strand Hotel First Division ReportsGleneely Colts 3-5 Moville ResThere was little to suggest the goals feast to come in the opening twenty minutes as chances were few and defences on top.Gleneely broke the deadlock when Eddie Mcnamee advanced unchallenged to unleash a twenty five yards effort which took a deflection on its way to the net.Minutes later they doubled their lead after a Drew Crumlish corner was headed home by Danny McLaughlin.But Moville got one back after a fine solo run by John Gillen took him past the defence before rounding Jordan McLaughlin to slot home.They equalised on the stroke of half time when Jason Mclaughlin collected a throw in and drilled a fine low shot to the bottom corner.For long periods of the second half it looked as if this was the way the game would finish but it exploded in the last ten minutes.On 80 minutes Moville took the lead when conor Lafferty converted a penalty awarded for a trip in the area.Minutes later Lafferty added another after superb play from McLaughlin presented him with a close range tap in.Gleneely hit back and reduced the deficit to the minimum on 85 minutes when McNamee played a one two with Ronan Kearney and advanced to see his twenty five yards effort take a deflection on its way to the net.But Moville sealed it with minutes remaining after substitute Danny Murphy advanced past three men into the area before sliding the ball low to the net. Buncrana Hearts Res 1-2 Dunree UnitedDunree returned to the top of the table with this narrow victory over bottom of the table Buncrana in a game played before a sizeable crowd in Maginn Park.Buncrana were first to show with Gerard Boyle unleashing a twenty five yards effort which was well saved by Paul McGettigan.Dunree responded with Conor McBride flicking a corner just wide before Liam Baldrick set up James Doherty but his effort was well saved by Caolan McGonagle.Midway through the half Buncrana’s Ryan Doherty saw his cross shot tipped over at the angle of post and bar by McGettigan.Dunree then broke the deadlock on 29 minutes after David Mclaughlin squared the ball to the unmarked McBride and he drilled low past McGonagle from ten yards.Buncrana replied and a superb Declan Fullerton pass found Kieran McDaid but McGettigan advanced to smother.Dunree started the second period on top with TJ McKinley failing to hit the target when well placed before Philip McGuinness saw his cross shot cleared off the line by Ryan Doherty.They continued to press and on 63 minutes David Laird saw his close range effort turned around the post by McGonagle. Buncrana got back on terms against the run of play when Boyle unleashed a spectacular thirty yards effort which flew into the top corner.Dunree hit back four minutes later when Laird broke on the right and saw his initial shot parried by McGonagle but he kept his composure to square the ball for the unmarked McLaughlin to tap home.Buncrana tried hard but the nearest they came was when Boyle unleashed another stunning long range effort which McGettigan managed to turn around the post by McGettigan.Rasheney FC 3-0 QPSRasheney ‘s victory has really thrown the title race wide open and they have given themselves a great chance in the process.The visitors had the first chance but Raymond Buchanan had his effort deflected wide by Emyln Doherty who picked up an injury in the process and had to be replaced. Rasheney then took the lead in their first attack on 13 minutes when John Grant fed Donal Kelly who surged through the middle and when his initial shot was parried by Conor McColgan he followed up to slot home.The point replied with Buchanan firing a long range free just over before another free found Kevin Wallace but he too headed over.The point had the first chance of the second period after a Karl Donnelly corner was scrambled clear by the home side.Minutes later Buchanan flashed a cross across the face of goal but there were no takers before the same player got on the end of Stephen McCarrons cross but blazed over.Rasheney replied and Kelly evaded two or three tackle before his shot was blocked.Just after the hour mark the home side increased their advantage when they were awarded a penalty for handball which John Grant converted.The point tried to respond but Seanan McColgan hooked an effort from eight yards wide before they suffered a blow when McCarron was sent off for a second yellow card.Rasheney then made it three nil after Kelly robbed a defender and advanced to lift the ball over McColgan from fifteen yards.The point kept pushing and Dean Barron had two great efforts one which was saved and another just wide before Wallace was off target with another long range effort. Strand Hotel First DivisionPPtsDunree1331QPS1330Rasheney1330Moville Res1525Greencastle1215Gleneely1413Carrowmena158Buncrana *135* points deductedSunday 10th Feb 2013Hannon GreeneInsuranceFr O’Gara CupCockhill Res V QPS (11am)G O KaneClonmany Res V Rasheney FC (11am)L Davenport Glengad Res V Carn Res (11am)S DeeneyCuldaff Res V Dunree United (11am)L PorterDunree Res V Greencastle Res ( 11am)D McLaughlinBuncrana V Illies Res (2pm)M McGonagle Moville Res V Rasheney Res (2pm)B BreslinGreencastle FC V QPS Res( 2pm)T McAreeINISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: EVERY REPORT FROM THE STRAND HOTEL FIRST DIVISION was last modified: February 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: EVERY REPORT FROM THE STRAND HOTEL FIRST DIVISION
The scene of the crashA 20-year-old man will appear in court today charged in connection with a series of driving offences in Co Donegal yesterday.The man, who has an address in Derry, was arrested last night by Gardaí. The arrest came just hours after a man driving a Nissan Primera fled the scene of a crash on foot – and wearing just one shoe – in Letterkenny.That man had been tailed by Gardai from Ardara on Wednesday afternoon after he was spotted driving dangerously in the area.But instead of pulling over the man continued to drive at speed.Attempts to stop the suspect using a Stinger device failed with Gardai fearing the driver could cause serious harm to other road users.The subsequent chase lasted close to an hour and came to a sudden and dramatic end in Letterkenny.He drove into an Audi A4 on De Valera Road – close to Letterkenny’s fire station – at 4.20pm.The one-shoed suspect was apprehended close to the Polestar roundabout later.He was last night charged at Letterkenny Garda Station with a number of alleged offences. He will appear at Sligo District Court later today.MAN DUE IN COURT AFTER 60KM DONEGAL CAR CHASE was last modified: March 6th, 2014 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:car crashde valera roadletterkennySligo District Court
Frances wins cash on tonight’s showDONEGAL’S astonishing run on Winning Streak continued tonight as two players pocketed €65,000 in prizes between them!And the success of people from the county will continue next week as players from Greencastle and Ramelton were picked to be on the hit National Lottery TV game show next Saturday night!!!As if the county’s luck wasn’t already on a winning streak, a woman from Cloghan won a trip to San Francisco and €2,500 spending money. Both Frances Brennan from Railway Park, Donegal Town and Daniel McLaughlin form the Isle of Doagh (or should that be the Isle of Dough!) won big money tonight.Bingo mad Frances, a huge Donegal GAA fan, won €34,000 while bus driver Daniel – whose aunt Rose won €45,000 last month – won €26,000 and a €5,000 holiday to Croatia, narrowly missing out on spinning the wheel, choosing ‘3’ instead of ‘4’ and earning an extra €1,000 instead of a go at winning a million.Aunt Rose who couldn’t be there tonight because she had taken Daniel’s mum and her sisters to Lourdes.The Inishowen League referee had been to the studios four times before – because as a bus driver he has drive previous winners there. He is planning to spend some of his winnings taking his wife and two children to New Zealand to see relatives.Donegal’s winning streak continues next week with Marina Burns, Ballymacarter, Greencastle and Joe Birney, Bridgend, Ramelton, picked to go on the show – the last in the current series.And the winner 0f trip for two is Pearl Bustard, from Cloghan, who is off to San Francisco with €2,500 spending money.Bus driver and Inishowen whistler Daniel on tonight’s show. He’s planning a trip to New Zealand DONEGAL DUO SCOOP €65,000 ON WINNING STREAK – AND TWO MORE FROM DONEGAL ON SHOW NEXT WEEK! was last modified: May 25th, 2014 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:CloghanDaniel McLaughlinDonegal TownFrances BrennanGreencastleIsle of DoaghRameltonWinning Streak
Pictured at the launch of the Donegal Hospice Coffee Morning which takes place locally on the 18th of September, included seated are Bridie Mullen and Louise Duddy, back row from left Malgodzia Cwiak, Bridget McGill Annette Cunningham, Dr Robert,Deidre Trearty, Grace Boyle and Mary Collins Photo Brian McDaidDonegal Hospice have been organising coffee mornings for the last 20 years.And the latest round of coffee mornings across the county will be held on September 18th next.The monies raised from the coffee mornings are used to provide specialist palliative care service for the terminally ill of Donegal. The hospice has six homecare nurses throughout Donegal who do trojan work for people across the county.Any one wishing to host a coffee morning can contact Isobell on 074 91 25656 or 087 2389607 or you can call to the front foyer of the Donegal Hospice where there is a registration table set up and you can register and collect you pack, containing Postor, Coffee, Collection Box and Invites.Coffee mornings do not have to be held on the 18th of September you can have it any date any month at a time suitable to you or your work place. HOSPICE ‘BREWING’ UP A STORM WITH LATEST COFFEE MORNING PLAN was last modified: September 4th, 2014 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:coffee morningdonegal hospice
The protest in Dublin was massiveDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has hit out at people misrepresenting his party’s position on water charges.The Sinn Fein Deputy was speaking as an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 people brought Dublin to a standstill on Saturday in protest at the water tax.While some platform speakers called for people not to pay the charges, Deputy Mac Lochlainn said the Right2Water protest’s official position is that each householder should make their own decision. He also said he would not be returning the Irish Water forms to the company.“There has been some confusion around Sinn Féin’s position on water charges over recent days. It has also been misrepresented by those yet again seeking division and short term political gain for themselves,” said Deputy Mac Lochlainn.He insisted: “Be very clear though. Those families who choose not to pay or those who simply cannot pay will have the full solidarity and support of Sinn Féin.”Sinn Fein says it will axe water charges if it gets into government in 2016. In an online debate, Deputy Mac Lochlainn said he and his family had decided not to return the Irish Water forms which must be returned by the end of this month.“It’s not the individual person but the family that must make that financial decision. Many families will reluctantly decide to pay voluntarily in order to avoid hundreds of euro more of a bill because they were stung before on the household charge and property tax protest,” he said.“Our household has decided not to return the form and not to pay voluntarily. But it shouldn’t be divide and conquer.“Just because some families reluctantly pay does not mean that they are not opposed to the water charges and are excluded from joining protests like the one yesterday.“Many people who travelled to the protest yesterday may reluctantly pay.” MacLOCHLAINN HITS OUT AS 100,000 PROTEST AGAINST WATER CHARGES was last modified: October 12th, 2014 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:dublin protestPadraig MacLochlainn TDSinn Feinwater chargeswater taxes
Some local restaurants are taking extra precautions because of the robberies. At Woodland Hills’ Via Piacere, manager Lynne Dilmore has alerted her valet parking staff to watch for possible suspects, and she warned her staff not to wear expensive jewelry to work. “I don’t want any family heirlooms to be taken away,” Dilmore said. “It’s scary. It’s nerve-racking.” Moore said attentive witnesses will be the most important factor in apprehending the suspects. He urged potential witnesses to comply with the robbers while mentally gathering a good description of them. “We need help on two fronts,” Moore said. “First, we need people to be the best witness possible, making note of what happened before and during the robbery and giving us the information quickly and accurately. Second, if you have any information about the identity of the robbers, help us. “The chance of us interrupting one of these robberies is low. With our resources, the ability to have police officers at the right place at the right time is like capturing fireflies. We need the people’s help.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 email@example.com! What to do if you’re a victim in a takeover-style robbery: -Comply with the robber’s instructions. -Look for distinctive attributes of the suspect – his clothes, his actions and his words. -Note in which direction the robber flees, and try to get a vehicle description or license plate number. -Call 911 immediately, wait for officers in front of the location, and be prepared to give information quickly and accurately.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “In the midst of a brutal takeover-type robbery, people’s accounts can vary,” said Deputy Chief Mike Moore, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Bureau. “These are troubling, but I don’t believe we’re dealing with the same suspects. “We’re going to go with the fact that they may be connected and we’re going to be vigilant in looking for suspects that may be carrying guns and masks.” The San Fernando Valley has been hit by a rash of takeover-style robberies at upscale restaurants by masked gunmen dating back to October, and the robberies are being investigated by the LAPD’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division. “There are significant assets out there trying to get these guys into custody,” said Capt. Robert Green. “It’ll just be a matter of time.” But Moore said that using ski masks for robberies is a growing trend to thwart identification ski masks have been used in robberies 145 times in the Valley between Jan. 1 and July 31 and the robberies are not necessarily connected. Masked gunmen hit two San Fernando Valley restaurants, and police were working Friday to determine whether they were linked to each other or to scores of other takeover-style robberies. Two armed suspects entered Alessio Restaurant in Northridge through the front door about 10:05 p.m. Thursday, then emptied the restaurant’s cash registers and stole money and jewelry from patrons, officials said. At 10:40 p.m., two armed suspects entered Darband Restaurant in Tarzana through the rear door, again stealing cash from the registers and money and jewelry from customers. But officials said they are not sure whether the robberies are connected. Witnesses described the masked suspects at Alessio as two white men, while Darband customers told police that one of the masked robbers was white and one black.
“I’m not trying to get thrown out of a playoff game. I don’t think I was adamant,” Edmonds said. “I said, ‘I’m just trying to ask you why that ball’s a strike,’ and asked him to do a better job and he threw me out.” A security guard in front of the umpires’ room at Minute Maid park said they would not be available for comment. The Astros can close it out at home tonight, with Andy Pettitte on the mound against Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter. Houston has come this far before – the Astros were one victory from the Fall Classic in 1980 and 2004, but are 0-4 overall with a chance to win the NLCS. “For us, it’s the best one out of three right now. It doesn’t get any easier,” manager Phil Garner said. “We’re in good position in terms of our pitching, our players and everything. But the job’s still got to get done.” St. Louis has quite an uphill climb if it wants to win its second consecutive pennant. The Cardinals must face Pettitte, Roy Oswalt and Roger Clemens in the next three games – if they can push it that far. Once again in this postseason, the umpires were in the middle of all the action. The Cardinals were angry about Cuzzi’s liberal strike zone all afternoon, and La Russa and Edmonds were ejected in the late innings for arguing balls and strikes. The Astros are 2 for 31 with runners in scoring position during the series, so it figures that they scored the go-ahead run without a hit. With the score tied 1-1, pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro drew a leadoff walk from Marquis, who then bobbled Biggio’s bunt for an error. One out later, Berkman walked and Ensberg hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Now it’s the steaming-mad Cardinals who are in a serious jam. “Guess what? If we’re going to be a champion, we’ve got to come back,” shortstop David Eckstein said. “We might not be able to sleep tonight, but that’s normal.” Lidge stranded the potential tying run at third base to earn his third save of the series, Jason Lane homered and Willy Taveras made a saving catch on the center-field hill. Houston took advantage of a critical error by pitcher Jason Marquis – plus the ejections of St. Louis manager Tony La Russa and star Jim Edmonds by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi – to build a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. “This game, there’s some real great things about it and there’s some things that absolutely stink,” La Russa said, declining to talk specifically about the umpires. Any postseason ejection is rare, and the last time a team lost two members came in 1998 when Cleveland pitcher Dwight Gooden and manager Mike Hargrove were tossed. HOUSTON – First baseman Lance Berkman stretched as far as he could, squeezed the throw tight and hopped high in the air with glee. One more win and the Astros will have the whole city of Houston jumping for joy. Poised closer Brad Lidge pitched his way out of a major mess in the ninth inning, defensive replacement Eric Bruntlett started a game-ending double play and Houston scratched out a 2-1 victory over St. Louis on Sunday in Game 4 of the NLCS to move within one win of its first World Series. “I’m starting to believe,” said 39-year-old Craig Biggio, on the cusp of a lifelong dream.
Kim Capicotto had nine kills and Emma Watson had 15 assists for Chaminade (9-9, 1-4). Viewpoint 3, Oakwood 0: Marisa Fair had 16 kills and five digs and Ashley Thierry had 21 assists as Viewpoint of Calabasas (9-1, 4-0) defeated host Oakwood of North Hollywood 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 in a Liberty League match. Fair, a senior, is the returning Liberty League MVP. Her Viewpoint team lost to Flintridge Prep of La Canada last season in the first round of the Div. 4A playoffs. BOYS’ WATER POLO Alemany 14, Crespi 2:Seniors Brian Taylor and Matt Zamora scored five goals each to lead Alemany of Mission Hills (15-8, 2-2) to a victory over Crespi of Encino (3-15-1, 1-3). Taylor’s five goals made him Alemany’s all-time leader in goals with 94. Senior Alejandro Maranelli added three goals and two assists for Alemany. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! La Reina’s only loss in league this year came against Oak Park. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL Senior Jesse Yaeger had 11 kills as Oak Park (21-1, 5-0) defeated host St. Bonaventure of Ventura 25-18, 25-14, 25-15 on Tuesday night to remain undefeated in a Tri-Valley League girls’ volleyball match. Samantha Macks had seven kills and Sara Majidian had four blocks for Oak Park, which plays host to La Reina of Thousand Oaks (4-1 in league) on Oct. 20 in what could determine the Tri-Valley League champion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Hillcrest Christian 3, Delphi Academy 0: Senior captain Cyndi Taylor had 12 aces and four kills to lead Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 in a nonleague victory over Delphi Academy. Junior Samm Toven added five kills and three blocks for the Eagles (8-4, 4-1), who are currently in first place in the Heritage League. Hillcrest Christian has never finished better than fourth place in league. West Valley Christian 3, West L.A. Baptist 0: Katie Matsumoto had 11 aces and Kara Bixby had six kills as host West Valley Christian of West Hills (11-0, 6-0) defeated West L.A. Baptist of Los Angeles 25-6, 25-12, 25-13 to remain undefeated. Harvard-Westlake 3, Chaminade 0: Brittney Julian had 10 kills and Nicole Goldhaber had 25 assists as Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (14-4, 3-1) defeated host Chaminade of West Hills 25-11, 25-13, 25-15 in a Mission League match.
Saugus High School Dance Team will present its annual Festival of Dance, 7 p.m. Saturday in the Hart High auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $10-$15. Call (661) 296-8005. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Run Against Hunger 5K run and walk will benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, 8 a.m. Sunday at Newhall Park, 24907 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call Laura Morefield at (661) 255-9078. Gallery of Gifts Boutique and Tea will benefit the Assistance League of Santa Clarita, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Tea: $25. The boutique is free. Call Chris Richardson at (661) 510-9226. Innerlimits will perform classic 1960s rock tunes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market: $1.50 for adults; children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Santa Clarita Symphony will present an Afternoon of Strings concert, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $20-$40. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Newhall Art Walk will feature original works of art displayed in retail stores along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall through Monday. Call (661) 286-4018. U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West will perform a free concert, 7:30 p.m. today at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.vitalexpresscenter.com. Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for the SCV Special Olympics, 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Black Angus Steakhouse, 27007 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-2121. The Bug Man will share his creepy, crawly critters, 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Radio will perform, 9 p.m. Friday at Doc’s Inn, 23912 Lyons Avenue, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1651 or visit www.radioband.net. Steve Mittleman and QueVaughn Bryant will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for the dinner show. Call (661) 259-2291. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The panel sent President George W. Bush its final report in September. He signed off on it and sent it to Congress on Sept. 15. That began a 45-legislative-day period for Congress to reject the report. Congressional critics and many local officials fear the impact of base closures on their area economies – and on their political futures. They argue that the United States should not restructure military bases while the U.S. military is engaged in war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Reps. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, and Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, voted to stop the military base closings. Each criticized the Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s decision to move weapons research, development and testing functions from Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu to China Lake in Ridgecrest. The move is expected to drain the Ventura County base of about 2,200 military and civilian jobs. “The unfortunate consequence of this decision will be a brain drain,” Sherman said in a statement. “Most of the civilian workers simply will not move from Ventura County to China Lake. It is a shame that the Pentagon is willing to waste the skills of so many talented people in Ventura County.” WASHINGTON – The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow the first round of U.S. military base closures and consolidations in a decade, clearing the way for facilities across the country to start shutting their doors as early as next month. In a 324-85 vote, the House refused to veto the final report of the 2005 base-closing commission, meaning the report seems all but certain to become law in mid-November. Targeted facilities then would have six years to close their doors and shift forces as required under the report. Both the House and Senate must pass resolutions rejecting the report to stop the Pentagon’s sweeping restructuring of its far-flung domestic base network. But, as expected, the House effort by Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., failed. And there’s no similar attempt under way in the Senate. Opposition to closing bases dropped steadily in both chambers as the nine-member commission changed parts of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s original recommendations and issues like hurricanes Katrina and Rita commanded Congress’ attention. LaHood, whose district includes a base in Springfield, Ill., that is scheduled to lose 15 National Guard fighter jets, urged his colleagues to vote to reject the report “in support of those that are citizen soldiers who come from those communities.” Closing bases during wartime, he said, “is the wrong message to send.” But Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who supports closing bases, said: “These issues have been thoroughly discussed and debated.” The Pentagon, the White House and GOP congressional leaders – and even many Democrats – contend that eliminating extra space will free up money that could be used instead to improve the United States’ fighting capabilities, and help reposition U.S. forces to face current and future threats. In a statement, the Bush administration said that halting the round of base closings now “would harm U.S. national security interests by preventing improvements designed to address the new demands of war against extremists and other 21st century needs.” Overall, the report calls for closing 22 major military bases and reconfiguring an additional 33. Hundreds of smaller facilities from coast to coast also will close, shrink or grow, under a plan that the commission says will mean annual savings of $4.2 billion. Rumsfeld had recommended closing 33 major bases and realigning 29 others, but the commission made changes even as it approved most of the plan. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Quashen, a recovering drug addict and counselor, said that when he asked the seventh- and eighth-grade students that day who in the crowd wouldn’t try drugs, not all their hands went up. Some kids may experiment with drugs before they become teens, so Quashen urges parents to talk to their children by the time they reach middle school in order to head off problems. Although there are signs of drug use – mood swings, lies, failing grades – not all symptoms are obvious and parents have to look harder for clues, according to Mary Jordan, Kyle’s mother. Because her son’s report card was good and he was friendly with his siblings, she thought his dark days from junior high were over. But when her son asked to return to a teen support group, something he scoffed at before, she knew he was back on drugs. The teen did return to the group and also went through an outpatient drug program. He said life has been getting better ever since. And now random drug testing is part of everyday life in their house, for all their children after completing sixth grade. Jordan and other parents on the panel urged the audience to go through their sons’ and daughters’ back packs if they’re suspicious, to look past the “you don’t trust me” cries from their children, to follow their guts. “Sometimes you have to be the bad guy,” she said. “You can be a good parent by being responsible.” Quashen said random drug testing at home also gives kids another reason to reject drugs and provides an excuse to tell their peers why they can’t take them. But there are still drugs that slip through the cracks and aren’t detected by drug dogs in school, such as medications used for attention deficit and hyperactive disorders. Some students taking medications for those disorders also sell them to others, Jordan said, and nobody’s monitoring the problem. Even strong concentrations of ibuprofen can provide a high. It was the over-the-counter medication Coricidin that landed Kari Suarez, 16, in the hospital two years ago after she swallowed 61 pills. Her pulse raced at 190 beats per minute as she lay on a hospital bed, barely conscious. An hour later, it dropped to 180. Her mother, Lori Diacri, watched each breath her daughter took, wondering if she was going to die of a heart attack. At the time, Suarez had been grounded. Drug dogs had come through her summer school class and found marijuana on her. Suarez said she was arrested on a charge of possession. Later, she shoplifted Coricidin Cough & Cold, also known as triple C. “The high doesn’t smell like pot; it doesn’t smell like alcohol,” said Diacri, who had attended an assembly on teen drug use a week before her daughter overdosed. “I knew we had a problem, but I had no idea what we were dealing with.” Suarez survived. After that day, she went to an outpatient care program, enrolled in Quashen’s program and started going to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. She has been sober for two years and one month. After hearing a few stories of survival, some parents somberly rose from their seats and asked the teenagers questions: How can I keep my children off drugs? Why you? Why did you get into drugs? For Kyle Salo-Jordan, it was to dull the pain of his shattered self-esteem that, day after day, had taken a beating from people at school who tormented him for the clothes he wore and called him names. He said he felt ripped to shreds. “The only thing that made me feel better was drugs,” he said. After the meeting, Lisa McMartin, a parent in the audience, wished she had heard the presentation a long time ago, because she would have recognized her 16-year-old son’s drug problem earlier. She saw his rage, knew he was sleeping a lot and said he was constantly taking private calls on his cell phone. Her son, she said, was getting deep into drugs. But now he’s getting help. With tears pouring down her face, the Canyon Country mother said all parents should attend these seminars to educate themselves about drugs. Her son, she said, had taken drugs for two years. “If we would have come to this a lot sooner, we would have recognized the symptoms,” she said. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But it was during this bad trip, an imaginary near-death experience and heavenly sighting, that the teen had a moment of clarity: He had to stop using. He’s been in recovery for about 35 days now. Each year, thousands like Salo-Jordan smoke, snort and drink their way into addiction, hiding their habits from Mom and Dad, carving out secret lives for themselves and lying their way to keep them. One night last week, a panel of teens in recovery – along with their parents – shared their gritty stories about how their lives spiraled out of control and how they got them back again. They spoke to about 120 parents at Valencia’s Rio Norte Junior High, a meeting quickly set up after a recent school assembly on drugs where nearly each of the 1,250 students in attendance said he or she knew someone who had tried them. “That scared me,” said Cary Quashen, founder of Action, a Santa Clarita-based nonprofit parent and teen support group, who led the school assembly. “I’d never seen anything like that. And I’ve been doing this for more than 10 years.” SANTA CLARITA – High on drugs, 16-year-old Kyle Salo-Jordan was sure that a car had hit him when he crossed the street, and he thought he was going to die. He grabbed his legs and headed home when another vision appeared: He was an angel and had to watch over his family. The shaggy-haired teen, who had been clean of marijuana for a year, had started using again. This time it was with harder drugs than those he had used in junior high. This time it was with cocaine, crystal meth and Vicodin. And then the hallucinations began.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Martin is expected to dissolve the House of Commons today and set a firm date for the elections. Under Canadian law, elections must be held on a Monday – unless it falls on a holiday – and the campaign period is sharply restricted. “The vote in the House of Commons did not go our way,” Martin said. “But the decision of the future of our government will be made by Canadians. They will judge us.” The Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper joined with the New Democratic and Bloc Quebecois parties to bring down the government – prompting the first Christmas and winter campaign in mostly Christian Canada in 26 years. Recent polls have given the Liberals a slight lead over the Conservatives, with the New Democrats in third place. Grace Skogstad, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, said she believes Canadians will pay little attention to the election until after the New Year, so Martin’s opponents are unlikely to face a backlash for forcing a holiday campaign. “It’s going to be those last three weeks after Jan. 1 that are going to matter,” said Skogstad, who believes the Liberals will win another minority government. “For the Liberals, they are going to try to put all the focus on the economy, which is doing phenomenally well.” TORONTO – A corruption scandal forced a vote of no-confidence Monday that toppled Prime Minister Paul Martin’s minority government, triggering an unusual election campaign during the Christmas holidays. Canada’s three opposition parties, which control a majority in Parliament, voted against Martin’s government, claiming his Liberal Party no longer has the moral authority to lead the nation. The loss means an election for all 308 seats in the lower House of Commons, likely on Jan. 23. Martin and his Cabinet would continue to govern until then. Opposition leaders last week called for the no-confidence vote after Martin rejected their demands to dissolve Parliament in January and hold early elections in February. Monday’s vote follows a flurry of spending announcements in Ottawa last week, with the government trying to advance its agenda ahead of its demise. Unemployment in Canada is at a 30-year low, and Canada runs a budget surplus. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
An inability to recruit and retain qualified deputies has contributed to a recent spate of jailhouse murders and growing response times to emergency calls, sheriff’s union officials charged Friday. While the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has hired 584 people since it began a renewed recruitment campaign in July, it has lost a similar number to surrounding law enforcement agencies and to retirement. The department has about 8,150 sworn officers – 1,100 fewer than budgeted. The department is losing about 430 officers a year, including 100 to 150 who take jobs at other law enforcement agencies, said Steve Remige, president of the 7,000-member Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. In his last semiannual report, Special Counsel Merrick Bobb wrote that the department’s recruitment and hiring challenges are a result of unprecedented attrition, increased demand for law enforcement personnel throughout Southern California and a higher than normal number of retirements. In March 2002, the department had about 9,000 sworn officers. As a result of budget cuts during the recession and a three-year hiring freeze, the department lost about 1,000 officers. The department now faces significant challenges to rebuild its force including stiff competition from local police agencies offering higher pay and superior retirement benefits, Bobb wrote. Those agencies are actively courting sheriff’s deputies with signing bonuses, new equipment and promises they will not have to work in the jails. After they are hired, deputies spend an average of five to eight years working in the jails before getting a patrol job at a sheriff’s station, Remige said. That’s up from an average of one to two years when Remige joined the department in 1979. “Supervisor (Michael D.) Antonovich urges the sheriff to revisit the practice of placing new deputies in the jails for extended periods of time and to work with the rank and file to determine how best to make the department as attractive as possible for recruits who are beginning a law enforcement career,” Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell said. Remige also said he blames the Board of Supervisors’ decision to cut $200 million from the department’s budget in the past three years for the understaffing, which he said has contributed to eight inmate murders in two years at Men’s Central Jail. “We are paying for the mistakes of the past when the majority of the Board of Supervisors cut the sheriff’s funding,” Bell said. “We’re paying for that because the sheriff was not able to recruit and train deputies and he had to close the academy.” But Baca said the increase in jailhouse slayings is a result in a variety of factors. “A lot of it is because of the faulty design of the old jail,” Baca said. “It’s also decisions made in the classification system and an antiquated jail system that is labor intensive.” Remige also said he’s received anecdotal reports from deputies that it’s taking them longer to respond to calls for service, especially in unincorporated parts of the county in the Antelope Valley and elsewhere. Sheriff’s Department response-time reports show that the time it takes for a deputy to respond to a call have been increasing countywide since the supervisors slashed the department’s budget in 2002. The reports show it took an average of 4.8 minutes to respond to an emergency call in sheriff’s contract cities in 2002 – rising to 5 minutes this year. Emergency call response times in unincorporated areas rose from 6.2 minutes in 2002 to 6.4 minutes this year. Priority calls in contract cities went from 9 minutes in 2002 to 11.1 minutes this year and similar calls in unincorporated areas rose from 10.7 minutes to 12.9 minutes. In those years, routine calls in contract cities increased from 37.6 minutes to 42.9 minutes and in unincorporated areas from 40.7 minutes to 49.9 minutes. — Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “We’ve had a net gain of 20 people,” Remige said. “If they are planning on hiring 1,100 deputies, and we’re only hiring an additional 20 a year, it’s going to take (55 years).” But Sheriff Lee Baca said he expects to hire 1,000 deputies next year for a net gain of about 600. “The hiring is not the problem,” Baca said. “It’s the fact that we have people who are retiring and leaving to work closer to home and it takes a while to get things moving in the right direction. “The Board of Supervisors have given us substantial funds in order to provide the necessary services. It also involves constant adjusting of overtime to fill vacancies to extend jail services, patrol services, as well as detectives.” Because of the staffing shortage, the department expects to spend a record $160 million on overtime this fiscal year for jail and patrol deputies to work multiple shifts.
Lavery placed tied for seventh with a score of 221 (72-74-75), earning his second top-18 flag after finishing tied for 13th-place last year. Freshman Tommi Avant carded a 76 to finish in 19th-place with a score of 228 (75-77-76), while sophomore Drew Ison also recorded a 76 for a total score of 230 (75-79-76). Freshman Jack Kennedy also finished with a total score of 230 (76-75-79) after shooting a 79 on the final 18 holes. Senior Blake Huser scored an 85 in his final collegiate round to total a score of 238 (75-78-85). The Bulldog concluded the 54-hole tournament with a 907 (297-304-306) scorecard, finishing in seventh-place. Drake was just a shot behind sixth-place Evansville and four shots back of fifth-place Bradley. HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Sophomore Matt Lavery finished in the top-10 to lead the Drake men’s golf team on the final day of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship on Tuesday at the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. The Missouri Valley Conference Championship concludes the season for Drake. Print Friendly Version
Story Links Photo Gallery (BC) Full Schedule Roster Drake returns to the road on Jan. 13 at Bradley with a 7 p.m. tipoff in Peoria, Ill. The contest will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and on the radio on ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM. Print Friendly Version HTML Box Score Hittner and sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) each had seven points while senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) just missed double digits with eight points. Ingle also recorded a game-high six assists and a career-high six steals. Next Game: Photo Gallery Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES THE VALLEY ON ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Southern Illinois was led by Carlie Corrigan with 14 points followed by Rishonda Napier and Kylie Giebelhausen who each had 12. Nicole Martin had a game-high eight rebounds. The Salukis shot 9-of-17 from beyond the arc in the first half, led by Corrigan’s four. Drake held Southern Illinois to only one three-pointer in the third and fourth quarters. The Bulldogs held their largest lead of 22 points early in the fourth quarter. at Bradley 1/13/2017 – 7 PM Drake (11-4, 4-0 MVC) shot 30-of-59 from the floor, including 9-of-14 in the third quarter. The Bulldogs held just a three-point lead of 38-35 at halftime, but limited Southern Illinois (7-8, 1-3 MVC) to just seven points in the quarter to seize control of the game and help win their fifth-straight game. Preview PDF Box Score Redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) added 13 points followed by freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) with 11. Rose nabbed five rebounds and fellow freshman Becca Hittner (Des Moines, Iowa) pulled down a team-high six. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting and added three assists and two steals. It’s Wendell’s fourth-straight game and the 57th in her career, scoring more than 20 points in a game. The Bulldogs dominated the paint with a 40-10 scoring advantage and forced 21 SIU turnovers that led to 19 points. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake women’s basketball team knocked off Southern Illinois, 75-59, Sunday, Jan. 8 night in Missouri Valley Conference play at the Knapp Center.
WICHITA, Kan. – The Drake University men’s basketball team outscored Wichita State by five points in the second half but could not overcome a 30-point halftime deficit in a 90-65 loss Wednesday evening at Charles Koch Arena.Wichita State (13-3, 3-0 MVC) were led by five players in double-figures with Daishon Smith and Shaquille Morris’ 13 points leading the way. Defensively, WSU held Drake to just 38 percent shooting on the game while outrebounding the Bulldogs 54-28 with 18 offensive rebounds.Drake (3-12, 1-2 MVC) got 13 points from De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.), who matched a career-high with three three-pointers. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) added 11 points, seven from the free-throw line, in the loss.”I’m proud of our guys’ effort in the second half,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “Beside just shooting better, there was better energy, better hustle along with our base defense. For us to give up 50 points in the first half and lose the hustle plays while shooting 26 percent, that’s not a good recipe. We just weren’t knocking down shots and we can’t be defined by whether we make or miss shots.”The Bulldogs struggled early, missing their first six shots before McMurray scored four minutes into the game, but not before WSU ran out to an 8-0 lead. That deficit was quickly compounded by a 10-0 WSU spurt to jump out to a 20-5 lead. Midway through the opening half, WSU assembled a 22-4 run to help the Shockers take a 46-14 lead en route to its 51-21 advantage at halftime while holding Drake to just 26 percent shooting. McMurray scored eight of his points in the first half along with three assists.Four Shockers scored eight or more points in the opening half as WSU shot 48.8 percent from the field and held a 36-12 advantage in rebounding to help pick up 19 second-chance points. The Shockers’ 51 first-half points were the most Drake has surrendered in a half this season.Despite besting the Shockers in most statistical categories in the second half, Drake was unable to stem the tide as WSU sank a trio of three-pointers in the first nine minutes of the period to extend its lead to 69-36. The Bulldogs continued to compete throughout the remainder of the second half, shooting 53.8 percent from the floor in the period, but could get no closer than 23 points in the second half. The Bulldogs also shot 54.5 percent from the arc in the half and were able to attack more offensively and get to the free-throw line 16 times in the second half after failing to do so in the first half.Drake returns home for a two-game homestand starting on Sunday afternoon against Evansville. Tipoff against the Purple Aces is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and on radio via ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM. Evansville 1/8/2017 – 3 p.m. Box Score (HTML) Next Game: Print Friendly Version Story Links Full Schedule Roster Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Box Score (PDF)
As a team, Drake shot 56.5 percent (35-of-62) from the floor and benefited from a total of 27 points from the bench and 24 team assists. The team also registered a total of 14 steals and four blocks. Drake controlled the paint with a 52-14 advantage and a 46-23 rebounding margin. The Bulldogs forced 17 Ramblers’ turnovers and scored 23 points off the mistakes. Drake led by as many as 46 points late in the fourth quarter on its way to its eighth-straight victory. Buy Tickets DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball concludes its homestand on Sunday when it welcomes Indiana State for a 2 p.m. matinee. The Missouri Valley Conference game will broadcast on ESPN3 and on radio via ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM. Sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) added a career-high of six assists in addition to her nine points, seven rebounds and four steals. Freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) scored 10 points and equaled her career-high of eight rebounds. Live Audio Drake Game Notes Story Links Indiana State (10-7, 4-2 MVC) had its four-game win streak stopped at UNI Friday night as the Panthers claimed a 59-47 victory over the Sycamores. Indiana State has won four of its first six league games to sit in a tie for third place with Missouri State. The Sycamores are the MVC’s top defensive team holding opponents to 57.6 points per game and 35.1 percent shooting from the field. Junior Ashley Taia is averaging a team-best 13.5 points per game. Drake and Indiana State split the series last season with the home team winning each contest. Senior Lizzy Wendall (Blue Springs, Mo.) led Drake once again in scoring with 25 points on 10-of 14-shooting in addition to three steals in 22 minutes. Freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) recorded her second career double-double with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Live Video Drake (14-4, 7-0 MVC) cruised past Loyola, 89-46, Friday night at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs had a 20-point run in the first eight minutes of the game before Loyola scored at the 2:01 mark of the first quarter. The Bulldogs lengthened their lead over the Ramblers finishing with a 48-23 halftime advantage. It is the third-straight game that all 10 available Bulldogs scored two or more points and all played 10 or more minutes of action. Drake visits fellow league-leader UNI on Jan. 24 with tipoff in Cedar Falls scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will broadcast on ESPN3 and on radio via ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM. Print Friendly Version The Drake women’s basketball annual alumni game will take place on the Knapp Center floor following the Bulldogs and Sycamores. Live Stats
Story Links Derek Dolenc Invite Live Results In the Bulldogs last time out, they put together a strong showing at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, finishing in 11th-place. Junior Jack Kennedy led the team as he fired a one-under par 71 to finish tied for 24th-place with a total score of 215 (72-72-71). Freshman Tim Lim also registered a one-under par 71 in the final round to finish is first collegiate tournament with a score of 220 (76-73-71). Senior Drew Ison shot an even par 72 to finish tied for 29th-place with a total score of 216 (75-71-72). DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team returns to competition on Monday as Bulldogs are set to play at the Derek Dolenc Invitational in Madison, Ill. at the Gateway National Golf Links. Following the Derek Dolenc Invitational, the Bulldogs will host the third-annual Zach Johnson Invitational on Oct. 2-3 at the Glen Oaks Country Club. Print Friendly Version Play will begin with at an 8:15 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, and conclude with the final 18 holes on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. The 17-team field hosted by SIUE features, Bradley, Eastern Illinois, Creighton, Drake, Iowa Western CC, Loyola, Missouri State, Murray State, Mott CC, Nicholls State, North Dakota, Northern Iowa, Omaha UT Martin, Valparaiso and Western Illinois.
Story Links Box Score (PDF) “It still remains an amazing season for Drake volleyball,” McBroom said. “They’ve taken such huge strides and this team has done some much to elevate Drake volleyball. It has been an amazing season and it’s unfortunate it had to end on a negative note. Full Schedule Roster Drake (23-10, 12-6 MVC) was paced by Odessa Cody’s (Chicago, Ill.) 11 kills on 27 attempts while Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) added 10 kills. Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.) posted a double-double with 21 assists and 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the season and third against Indiana State. Photos nNORMAL, Ill. – The Drake University volleyball team’s appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament was cut short by Indiana State as the Sycamores swept the Bulldogs, 3-0, in Thursday evening’s quarterfinal contest. Box Score (HTML) Neither led by more than three points in the second set until ISU took a 17-12 lead before Drake rattled off five-straight points, four of them from the combined efforts of Cheek and Fry to tie the match at 17-17. Each team clawed for every successive point with neither able to accumulate a two-point cushion until a kill from ISU’s Nikkie White gave the Sycamores a 30-28 advantage for a 2-0 lead in the match that they would put away in the third set. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs’ MVC Tournament appearance was their first since 2010 and first meeting with Indiana State in the six-team tournament field. The tournament berth came following one of the most successful regular seasons in program history as the team’s 23 wins are the third most in program history and most since 2010. Additionally, the team’s 12 conference wins were the second most by the program in an 18-game MVC schedule. Earlier in the day Thursday, Nov. 23, three Bulldogs collected All-MVC honors as senior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) and junior Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) earned first team All-MVC honors while Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) was named to the All-Freshman team. Inderski and Cheek’s inclusion on the first team marked just the second time in program history and the first since 1996 that two Bulldogs have earned first-team honors. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set behind Aspinwall’s serving with four of those points coming via kills. The Sycamores pulled back within two points quickly at 8-6 and a later 5-0 run capped by back-to-back blocks tied the match at 14-14. The match proceeded neck-and-neck until three-straight points gave the Sycamores their first lead of the match at 21-20 to force a Drake timeout. Those three points were part of a larger 7-3 run that Indiana State used to pull away for a 25-23 win in the first set. Gross had three of her four kills for ISU in the first set during that span. After falling behind by a two sets to none margin in the match, Drake’s offense was unable to get in gear following the intermission and hit .091 in the third set with Indiana State using a 7-0 run to take a 19-11 lead late en route to the 25-19 set win. “Indiana State came out and played very well and executed,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “We came out tentative after the first set and once we started playing tentative, we couldn’t find rhythm and get into our game.” “I’m so proud of Odessa Cody,” McBroom said. “She hasn’t gotten a lot of attention or honors, but she’s someone who walked on four years ago, earned a starting role last year then tonight in her final match had an outstanding performance. She did a phenomenal job for our team tonight.” The Sycamores prevailed by set scores of 25-23, 30-28 and 25-19 while hitting .206 with two players in double-figure kills.
NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State, the current second-place team in the Missouri Valley Conference, handed the Drake University volleyball team a 3-0 loss Friday, Nov. 2, evening at Redbird Arena.Illinois State prevailed by set scores of 25-2, 25-13, 25-18 to hold firm in second place in the MVC at 13-1 and 21-5 overall.Drake (17-11, 5-8 MVC) was led by 10 kills on 21 attempts by sophomore Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) while Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) had 11 kills to record her 10th-straight game with double-digit kills. She also added 10 digs for a double-double.Freshman Caitlyn Smith (Marion, Iowa) had 22 of the Bulldogs’ 31 assists in the loss. Illinois State had three players with double-digit kills including Ali Line (12), Lexi Varga (11) and Kaylee Martin (10). As a team, Illinois State hit .392.The Bulldogs rallied from a seven-point deficit to nearly take the opening set with a kill from Plock pulling the team within three points at 21-18. However, the Redbirds had enough of a cushion to hold off the Bulldogs and take an early lead in the match with the 25-21 win in the first set. Drake had an early 9-6 lead in the second set before Redbirds outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 the rest of the way, including nine-straight points to win the set 25-13 with seven combined kills from Line, Varga and Stef Jankiewicz. Undeterred by that finish, the Bulldogs continued to fight as they have all season in the third set by keeping pace with the Redbirds. However, Illinois State used a 7-0 run to turn a one-point lead into a comfortable advantage to win the set, 25-18, and sweep the Bulldogs. Drake continues its trip to Central Illinois when it travels to Bradley Saturday, Nov. 2, for a 7 p.m. contest. Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Box Score (HTML) Live Stats Story Links Preview Next Game: at Bradley 11/3/2018 – 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version
Day 1 Results OMAHA, Neb. – Two members of the Drake University women’s golf team are on the top-10 of the leaderboard following the first day of the Creighton Classic at Oak Hills Country Club.As a team, the Bulldogs carded a first-round 322 on the par-73 layout. UNI leads after the first day with a 303 while Creighton posted a 306.”Today wasn’t what we hoped for to start the tournament,” said Drake head coach Rachel Pruett-Hornbaker. “We struggled on the front nine and put ourselves in a tough spot for the back nine. But I’m proud of the grit the ladies showed out there today. I knew they were struggling and they kept their body language positive to neutral. I know we can bounce back from today.”Leading the Bulldogs were Kristen Giles and freshman Abby Marting. Giles is tied for fifth with a first-round 77 while Marting is tied for seventh with a 78.Reilly Krohe also competed as an individual and is tied for 18th with an 82. The second and final round of the Creighton Classic begins Tuesday at 9 a.m.Team Scores1. UNI, 3032. Creighton, 3063. Drake, 3224. Bellevue (Neb.), 3235. Omaha, 328Drake Individual Team ScorersT5. Kristen Giles, 77 T7. Abby Marting, 78T21. Aimee Gerschke, 83 T24. Sigurlaug Jonsdottir, 8427. Erica Olberding, 86Drake Individual CompetitorsT18. Reilly Krohe, 82 T21. Lexi Meade, 83 T29. Sam Paulak, 88 Story Links Print Friendly Version
Mayor Reilly awards Dr Tom McGinley his award surrounded by family and friends.Derry City Council has conferred the Freedom of the City on Gaoth Dobhair native Dr. Tom McGinley of the Foyle Hospice at a private ceremony in the Guildhall.Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly, who officiated at the ceremony, which was attended by Dr. McGinley’s family, said he felt very privileged to confer the special honour on Dr McGinley and formally acknowledge the significant role he has played to benefit the people of the city and wider North West region. Paying tribute to Dr McGinley, Mayor Reilly said: “Dr Tom McGinley has over the years made a huge contribution to the lives of many people in this city across the wider North West area.“The establishment of the Foyle Hospice and his contribution to patients with cancer and other illnesses and their families has been phenomenal and I think it is a fitting tribute to him that he has been honoured in this way.“I would like to extend my congratulations to him on behalf of the people of the city.”Following a Special Council meeting last September, members of Derry City Council unanimously agreed to confer the special honour on Dr. McGinley. The last time the honour was awarded was when Nobel Laureate John Hume was given the Freedom of the City in 2000. DONEGAL MAN DR TOM McGINLEY AWARDED FREEDOM OF DERRY was last modified: April 30th, 2014 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:City of DerrydonegalDr Tom McGinleyGaoth Dobhair
DDTV VIDEO & PICTURE SPECIAL: TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has officially opened Ireland’s newest school – Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny. Mr Kenny praised principal Michael Gibbons for his endeavour in setting in the college in the first place and praised the staff, parents and pupils for being part of “a wonderful school environment.”Click play to watch the school music group perform for Mr Kenny, local TDs and distinguished guests.And below are some pictures from an historic day for the school. VIDEO AND PICTURE SPECIAL: AN TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY OPENS COLÁISTE AILIGH was last modified: May 12th, 2014 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:Colaiste AliighEnda Kennyofficial openingTaoiseach
There has been widespread shock expressed this morning, following the news, that the famous ‘Football Special’ drinks are set to be moved from the McDaid Bottling factory in Ramelton to Northern Ireland. McDaid’s ‘Football Specials’ are famous all throughout Ireland, but are a Donegal institution, as it’s produced at its historic home in Ramelton.The two most popular flavours produced by McDaid’s are banana and, the most popular, Football Special, is apparently made with a mix of seven ‘secret’ flavours. It is believed that staff were called to a meeting yesterday, at which it was outlined to them that production would be moved to the Maine group in Ballymoney, Co.Antrim in two months time.They will take over the Football Special and Banana flavoured drinks synonymous with Edward McDaid and his firm.The news has been met, with both shock and sadness by locals in Ramelton, that this historic Donegal brand is set to move its production into Northern Ireland.No doubt, the news will be met by sadness throughout all of the county, as this much loved and famous drink leaves Donegal. It is expected that up to six jobs may be affected by the proposed move.The McDaid family are yet to comment on the developments of the past 24 hours. SHOCK AS ‘FOOTBALL SPECIAL’ MOVES TO NORTHERN IRELAND was last modified: May 15th, 2014 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:BusinessclosureFootball SpecialHome-page NewsMaine GroupMcDaidNOrthern IrelandRamelton
It appears that Donegal is certainly on a ‘winning streak’ when it comes to appearing on RTE’s lottery gameshow.Agnes McLaughlin from Carndonagh, recently won €45,000, including a car, on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show on RTE, on Saturday 12 April 2014.Another two people were chosen to appear on the show when their names were picked out by presenter Marty Morrissey on Saturday night last.Both Frances Brennan from Railway Park, Donegal Town and Daniel McLaughlin form the Isle of Doagh will appear on the show next Saturday. Both have chance to walk away with a cool €1 million if they spin the wheel.They are the latest in a long line of players from Donegal to appear on the show.Only recently three of the five people chosen for one of the shows hailed from Donegal. DONEGAL GETS LUCKY ON WINNING STREAK AGAIN! was last modified: May 18th, 2014 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:donegallottoRTEWinning Streak
All at Voodoo Venue are delighted that Jim Mc Guinness and his fantastic team have made it into the All Ireland Final.Recognized as the main ENTERTAINMENT HQ for the North West, Voodoo Venue Letterkenny really has everything to offer this weekend.There is a super line-up of entertainment for people of all genres to enjoy. Friday we welcome back the great band Project 37 from 11pm to 1am followed by DJ Kevin Lennon till late, he loves music, what you request WILL BE PLAYED.Voodoo Venue also presents DJ Paddy Friel in Main Club from 11.30pm admission €5 with a free cocktail to all ladies before 12.30 am.SATURDAY in Voodoo Lounge it’s one of the best bands local bands The Humble Earth Worms with lead singer Paul Ward.Club Voodoo presents DJ Philip McEnvoy all the way from Newry, he will be spinning his tunes on the main floor of Voodoo Club. And if you wanna feel like you haven’t left your sitting room Vintage presents special DJ’s Kaidi Tatham and Kwa Kid Cam, from Donegal but his music is truly international.He has been playing records across Ireland and the UK for over 15 years and has just been snapped up to represent Bounce at this year’s Electric Picnic.Supporting the likes of Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s), Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz), Kaidi Tatham (Bugz In The Attic), Spiritual South Sound System and Australia’s No.1 live funk band ‘The Bamboos’ Kid Cam is very much about getting moods and maintaining dance floor energy.Specialising in Dancefloor rockin’ Funk, Soul and Reggae, spiced up with the best of Nu-Funk, Breaks, Beats, Latin, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass all for the benefit of the dance floor.If you want to book a table contact the Facebook page, email email@example.com or text Emer on 0868696943 Vintage is open from 9pm and is FREE until 11pm.Sunday we have Honky Tonk Heros in Voodoo lounge from 5pm with Rack House Phlifer on stage from 10.30pm.Voodoo Venue -something for everyone this weekend check or Facebook for special promos and dealsHave you all checked out our new Guestlist/Cheaplist app called Glistrr. Simply go to the following link to get into Club Voodoo cheaper every Tuesday/ Friday or Saturday http://glist.me/voodooFORGET THE TWIN CAM YOU’LL BE ‘DIFFING’ TO THE SOUNDS OF THE ‘KID CAM’ AT VOODOO VENUE was last modified: September 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EnertainmentFeaturesnewsVoodoo Venue
Rory Kavanagh was immense for St Eunan’s in their Donegal SFC victory over Four Masters at Mac Cumhaill Park.St Eunan’s have sent out a real message of intent following their excellent Donegal SFC quarter-final victory over Four Masters at Mac Cumhaills Park this evening.St Eunan’s were utterly ruthless throughout, and disposed of the challenge of Four Masters with ease.Maxi Curran’s side have shown they’re genuine contenders to win the Donegal SFC outright and they’ll take some stopping on the evidence of this showing. Four Masters are an excellent side, and they have a hugely talented and experienced squad.However, they’ll be desperately disappointed with their performance, and the fact they just didn’t give a good account of themselves.In truth, they never turned up and St Eunan’s exploited that and delivered an assured, clinical and impressive performance to book their place in the semi-finals.St Eunan’s got off to a great start and raced into an early lead thanks to points from Conall Dunne, Conor Gibbons and well-taken goal from Rory Carr. Gibbons then added a trio of scores, before Rory Kavanagh got in on the act to make it 1-06 to 0-00 as the clock ticked towards half-time.Four Masters finally scored their first point in the 29th minute from a free by Michael Doherty, he added another in first-half stoppage time before Connie Doherty blew for the half-time whistle.Remarkably with blanket defences all the rage in this year’s Donegal SFC, all of St Eunan’s scores in the first-half were from play.Half-time score St Eunan’s 1-06 Four Masters 0-02There was then some unsavoury scenes, as a melee broke out at the end of the half which lasted for a couple of minutes. There was disgraceful scenes as players traded punches and kicks during the mass brawl.It was finally resolved and two players were issued with yellow cards.St Eunan’s maintained their dominance in the second-half with Rory Kavanagh, Gibbons and Donnacha Gallagher all adding scores.Four Masters responded through Michael Doherty from a couple of placed balls, but they never really threatened St Eunan’s. They were heavy reliant on Michael Doherty who scored six of their seven points, (five from frees) Sean O’Kennedy got their other score from play.St Eunan’s capitalized on a Paul Durcan error in injury-time and that score only added to the woe for Four Masters.On the basis of this evidence 2012 champions St Eunan’s will be hard to be stopped again this year.Final score St Eunan’s 2-10 Four Masters 0-07DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL REPORT: CLINICAL ST EUNAN’S DISPOSE OF FOUR MASTERS WITH EASE was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCfour mastersGAAnewsSportSt Eunans
Donegal Daily have joined the social media campaign which is urging people to vote for Irish Women’s soccer star Stephanie Roache to win the coveted FIFA Puskas Award. The prestigious award honours the best goal scored in the world that season.Roache has made the final three, which in itself is already a wonderful achievement.Robin Van Persie and James Rodrigeuz are the other nominees for the FIFA Puskas Award.The fact that both those goals were scored at the World Cup on the biggest stage of all highlights the achievement of Roache even more. Roache scored her amazing goal in a league match for Peamount United against Wexford Youths.Her stunning goal received huge exposure when it went viral at the time with Gary Lineker, Paul McGrath, Matthew Le Tissier and Rio Ferdinand among those who marvelled at her goal.A huge campaign was launched in the hope of seeing her shortlisted for the award.It has worked by now supporters of Roache are calling on Irish soccer fans to keep voting for the Peamount United striker.If she wins she’ll become the first woman to ever win the award.Roache will travel to Zurich for the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony which takes place on January 12.You can vote for her at the link outlined below. http://www.fifa.com/ballon-dor/puskas-award/index.htmlDDTV: LET’S GET VOTING FOR STEPHANIE ROCHE TO WIN FIFA GOAL OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FIFA Puskas AwardnewssoccerSportStephanie Roache
Eamon McGee has campaigned for a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum.A NUMBER of people walked out of a Mass in protest at comments made by a priest during a sermon on gay marriage.Father John Britto spoke out against gay marriage during a sermon in Annagry on Saturday night.And he told the congregation that Gaoth Dobhair footballer Eamon McGee was wrong to back the Yes campaign in May’s referendum on same sex marriages. A number of people attending the Mass objected to the comments and left.“A few people walked out; Father Britto was giving a very robust sermon on gay marriage and said McGee was wrong (to support the Yes campaign),” said a mother who was at the Mass.Members of one family were at the Mass for an anniversary of a dead relative. They are said to have found the sermon upsetting.The incident came just days after the Donegal defender backed the Yes campaign in the referendum. A Catholic organisation criticised McGee on social media. “The reaction has been more than positive. A Catholic organisation was ribbing me on Twitter and asking why the GAA was taking a stand on this,” said Éamon.“It’s a societal issue rather than a political issue but the majority of it has been supportive and I think it’s a good opportunity too for people to talk about it. It just shows you there’s that bit of open-mindedness there.“There’s no point lying about it: there’s certain aspects of GAA folk that are traditionalists, have Catholic viewpoints and are old school. They will view this with a bit of suspicion, this lifestyle. Maybe that’s 20-30% of them, 30% maximum. The majority of the GAA are coming on now to it.”McGee told a press conference last month that if he was lucky enough to have children he didn’t want one of them asking him in the future why he didn’t vote Yes. PEOPLE WALK OUT OF MASS OVER PRIEST’S ‘GAY’ COMMENTS ABOUT DONEGAL GAA STAR was last modified: March 10th, 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:Eamon McGeefather John Britto
PROMOTED POSTMichael McBride, Letterkenny Mayor and toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber. Photo- Clive WassonRetailers in Letterkenny are all backing the Love Sterling campaign and are displaying their exchange rate in bright pink letters as the Euro continues to weaken against sterling and they are all set to reap the rewards just in time for the Easter break.Brian McCormick, Letterkenny Chamber President said There is so much value to be had at the minute across Letterkenny. “If a customer is using sterling they can get up to 40% extra. As the commercial centre of Donegal we are well used to exchange rate fluctuations and we are taking full advantage of the exchange rate at this moment. Over Easter we generally see an increase in visitors and holiday makers from Northern Ireland and we hope that the exchange rate gives them an opportunity to shop, stay and relax in Letterkenny.”Letterkenny Chamber under its ShopLK brand is trying to keep up with the changing rate, with some businesses changing daily. This week we are seeing rates varying in the range €1.35 – €1.40 with some even offering more.Brian continues “This is Letterkenny’s time to make hay while the sun shines and we want to welcome back all our Northern customers to re-discover what Letterkenny has to offer. This town has a great shopping reputation and we are keen to keep our loyal customers and to attract back those who may not have been here for a while and with Spring in full swing what better time to experience all that Letterkenny has to offer.”It’s the value and variety that draws people to Letterkenny. It still has an active and busy traditional Main Street with big brands working alongside independent and family businesses. Then close by are the shopping centres, the retail parks and lots more in between and after a few hours shopping there’s lots of places to relax for a coffee, a meal or for family entertainment. No matter where you go in Letterkenny, you’ll see the big brands you know and love and you’ll get even more for your money.Letterkenny’s other little secret is the amount of parking available, there are over 3000 spaces some of which are free and others charging just €1.50 for the whole day. If you’re just popping in for a message there is still 30 minutes free on street parking across the town. If you haven’t heard or are a bit confused about what this means to you read on. You can park in any of the on-street spaces in Letterkenny without a ticket for 30 minutes from the time you pull in. If you want to stay longer you need to purchase a ticket from one of the parking meters and then the maximum stay is 2 hours.Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber said Letterkenny offers such a fantastic variety of retail outlets with virtually all the brand names you might recognise in other cities, but where Letterkenny stands out is the convenience and value.“All the shopping areas are easily accessible either on foot or just a short drive, parking is free and/or very reasonable and with the exchange rate at the moment what’s not to like. We know there are lots of people who haven’t visited in a while so this Easter why not do your spending in Letterkenny.”Re-discover what Letterkenny has to offer this year. Value, choice and excellent service make Letterkenny the perfect shopping destination. Letterkenny really is the shopping centre of Donegal this Easter. LETTERKENNY IS LOVING STERLING THIS EASTER was last modified: March 25th, 2015 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:donegalletterkennysterling
There are concerns that erosion could demolish Portnablagh Pier.PortnablaghMore than 85 years after the issue was first raised in the Dail, the condition of the pier at Portnablagh is back in news again this week.Local fishermen have raised new fears that erosion at the base of the structure could lead to the collapse of the structure which they say is no longer fit for purpose. And while 85 years is a bit long of a wait for essential repairs, the fishermen say that a solution to the erosion at Portnablagh is nowhere is sight.Boatmen who contacted the Tirconail Tribune this week say they been battling for a generation to get a water and power supply onto the end of pier and the place still does not a basic toilet.Apart from a breakwater the pier structure has remained unchanged for a hundred and sixty five years.Meanwhile the fishermen in Dunfanaghy have urged Donegal County Council to carry out an inspection of the pier. They say the past winter’s ferocious storms have damaged the 1849-built pier below water level, adding to the impact of heavy seas over many years. Ivan McElhinney who has operated a boat from Portnablagh since he was a teenager, says the recent low tides revealed that more damage had been caused this winter.“When the low tide occurred on last Saturday we were able to see for ourselves that some masonry was missing from the base of the pier, particularly from the most exposed corner,” he said.“We are worried that unless something is done, this may ultimately undermine the pier. We want Donegal County Council to carry out an urgent inspection and take remedial action before it is too late.”The fishermen say that several large stones which help support the pier have been dislodged over the past winter and Mr. McElhinney said the stonework was in worse condition now than he could ever remember.Around six commercial fishermen are based at Portnablagh, fishing primarily for crab and lobster and they are concerned that their livelihoods will be at stake if anything happens to the pier. The facility is also widely used for leisure boating and sport. The pier and slipway are used by sub-aqua groups, outdoor pursuits groups and the owners of leisure craft, making it a key component of the local tourist industry and an important element the area’s economy.Mr McElhinney said: “The storms have thrown stones and rocks onto the slipway and have also washed away sand and gravel from the foot of the slipway, leaving a nine inch drop. We are concerned that this may affect leisure boat owners who are launching or recovering their boats.“What is really needed is for the slipway to be extended so that it would be accessible at all tides like the slipway at Downings. This could easily be accomplished by laying a concrete extension which would be to the benefit of all.”Other locals have expressed concern that the stones which have been dislodged may prove to be a danger at low tide for children who like to “jetty jump” from the pier, as they are now lying on the seabed immediately at the end of pier. We sought information from Donegal County Council, which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the pier but no response was issued as we went to press.The structure at Portnablagh Pier was first raised in the Dail in March 1929 by one of Donegal’s eight deputies. Barrister and Cumann na Gael Deputy for Donegal,Hugh Law: asked the Minister for Lands and Fisheries whether he was aware that the Donegal County Council, at a recent meeting, agreed to pay one-third of the estimated cost of repairs urgently required to be effected at Portnablagh Pier; and whether, having special regard to the fact that since the silting-up of Dunfanaghy Harbour, this is the only pier available for fishing and other boats on the western shore of Sheephaven, he is prepared to recommend to the Department of Finance that it shall grant from State funds the balance of moneys needed for this purpose.Deputy Martin Roddy, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister said: “Portnablagh Pier is vested in the Donegal County Council, which is the body responsible for its maintenance and repair; and I am, therefore, not in a position to recommend any contribution from State Funds to the cost of repairs.”FISHERMEN EXPRESS FEARS THAT EROSION COULD COLLAPSE PORTNABLAGH PIER was last modified: March 26th, 2015 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:donegalerosionfishermenPortnablagh Pier
A recent protest by locals at Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana.The end appears to be in sight for one of Donegal’s most dangerous road crossings after €3M was announced for a new bridge in Buncrana.The funding for the new Cockhill Bridge was announced by Minister Joe McHugh this morning.It is now anticipated that work will start almost immediately on the bridge.It ends a long-running saga which has seen protests at the bridge which locals claim was a serious danger.Minister of State Joe McHugh TD, “I am delighted to announce today that €3million funding has been secured for a new bridge at Cockhill, Buncrana.“Following a meeting I organised for a deputation from Inishowen Municipal District to meet with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, a report was submitted to the Dept. and once a review was carried out, the Minister has agreed to support this project in full and provide funding.”Within the report submitted to the Dept., the plan outlined in detail provision for a new road bridge to be located south of the existing Cockhill Bridge as part of the outer relief road. This new bridge would become the main vehicular route for the R238.As the bridge would be built to current design standards there will no longer be turning issues.The road will also have footways which would constitute a pedestrian route towards Buncrana.It is expected that once the new bridge is complete, the existing bridge would most likely become redundant for motor vehicles and could be used as a pedestrian/ cycle route to access local amenities in Cockhill.“Cockhill Bridge has been a health and safety issue for local residents and those who have to use the bridge for more years than it ever should have been. The community and public representatives have been raising their concerns for years and I have been working with my colleague Minister Donohoe, and his predecessor, Minister Leo Varadkar, to highlight not only the public safety concerns but also the importance of this juncture for vehicles and the increased development of the surrounding areas. While these developments have been to the benefit of the local shop, school etc. there is no footpath at present and even an Garda Siochana have voiced concerns around the safety of the bridge,” said Minister McHugh.The announcement has also been welcomed by the Cockhill Bridge Action Group.The Minister added “The significance of this project cannot be underestimated. This new bridge opens up North and North West Inishowen – where there have been major developments from a tourism perspective. With the development and success of the Wild Atlantic Way, this will lead to the connecting of Malin Head to Fanad Lighthouse, both of which have been selected as Signature Points along the route, and today’s announcement now becomes a significant investment for these areas as well.“A lot of hard work has gone in to ensuring that this funding announced today is confirmed and I would like to acknowledge the local communities, the local authority, especially the engineers who have worked hard to ensure that this project had its homework done and was shovel-ready once monies committed, my colleagues Councillors Bernard McGuinness and John Ryan for their tireless work, and a special mention must be given to previous Cllr Peter The Egg McLaughlin who was a long-time advocate of the bridge and all his work on ensuring this bridge was a priority must be acknowledged. I would like to thank Minister Paschal Donohoe and his officials for understanding the importance of the new bridge for Buncrana and the surrounding areas. I would also like to highlight and commend in particular the Cockhill Action Group for not only campaigning on safety grounds, but for advocating so strongly that I believe they helped ensure the urgency of the issue was wholly understood by all.“I will continue to work closely with the Dept. and the Donegal County Council to help get this project moving now as quickly and efficiently as possible. Cockhill Bridge spans 24m over the Crana River and carries the Regional Route R238, the main access road serving the Inishowen Peninsula. The R238 begins at the junction with the National Primary N13 in Bridgend and passes through Burnfoot, Fahan, Buncrana, Clonmany, Ballyliffin, Carndonagh, Culdaff, Gleneely, Moville, Redcastle and Quigleys Point, before terminating in Muff at the border with Northern Ireland where it becomes the A2. The R238 therefore forms a vital commercial link between towns and villages within Inishowen, as well as being the primary access / exit route to the city of Derry and other parts of Donegal.”DELIGHT AS €3 MILLION ANNOUNCED FOR NEW BUNCRANA BRIDGE was last modified: June 11th, 2015 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:buncranaCockhill BridgefundingMinister Joe McHugh
THERE was a huge turn-out on a thankfully dry evening for this year’s Loreto Letterkenny 5k.Hundreds of pupils took part in the walk (even if most did actually run)!All the results from adults who finished are on the link below: Loreto Convent 5k 2015 RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE LORETO LETTERKENNY 5K? was last modified: September 23rd, 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)
Two people were treated for minor injuries and shock when their car overturned on the main Letterkenny to Lifford road this morning.The single vehicle accident happened around 7.30am.The road was closed for a short time but has since been re-opened. The occupants of the car were taken to hospital but their injuries are thankfully not serious.Two treated after car overturns on road was last modified: November 5th, 2016 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)
Sserunjogi (left) shares a moment with Kwezera (right) on Sunday (Photo by Shaban Lubega)LUGOGO – Hours after being named the new Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) president, Nasser Sserunjogi has vowed to take the game to schools’ level.Sserunjogi was voted into office on Sunday, 24-02-2019, during the federation Annual General Meeting held at the Uganda Olympic Committee offices in Lugogo.The KIU Titans patron got 37 votes to beat City Oilers’ Grace Kwizera who in turn collected 24 votes.“We need to take the game to schools, both primary and secondary. Said Sserunjogi.“We will co-operate with games teachers to ensure that basketball is played there.“We shall start with the schools in central then later we will traverse the whole country.Sserunjogi along with his new executive that has Hudson Ssegamwenge (Vice President, Administration), Aggrey Mbonye (Vice President, Finance), Arnold Katabi (Vice President, Marketing), Sunday Joseph Manano (Vice President, Techincal & Competitions), Stephen Nyeko (Youth Commissioner), and Sandra Munduru (Women Commissioner) will steer basketball for the next four years.FUBA’s New Executive–Nasser Sserunjogi (President)-Hudson Ssegamwenge (Vice President, Administration)-Aggrey Mbonye (Vice President, Finance)-Arnold Katabi (Vice President Marketing)-Sunday Joseph Manano (Vice President, Techincal & Competitions)-Stephen Nyeko (Youth Commissioner)-Munduru (Women Commissioner)Comments Tags: FubaGrace KwezeraNasser Sserunjogitop
Okello (right) celebrates after scoring one of his two goals against Onduparaka FC.Pilsner Super 8KCCA FC 3-1 Onduparaka FCAllan Okello scored in either half of the game as KCCA defeated Onduparaka 3-1 to reach the Pilsner Super 8 finals in a match played at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo.Teenager Ramathan Musa scored the fist goal for KCCA in the 4th minute to give them an early lead.Later on as the first half was coming to an end young star Okello made it two to the Kasasiro.In the 19th minutes Ceaser Okhuti ‘s header was saved by KCCA goalie Jamal Malyamungu in what was arguably the visitors best chance in the opening exchanges.Onduparaka made an early substitution when they replaced Saddam Norman with Joel Jangeyambe in the 26th minute.KCCA gaffer Mike Mutebi gave chance to the new club signing Simon Serunkuma, John Revita and Erisa Sekisambu.On their debut they played to impress especially Simon Serunkuma who assisted Allan Okello’s goals.The crowd was cheering for John Revita who was comfortable in defence.In the second stanza Onduparaka scored a consolation through substitute Bheto Bashir and his goal was assisted by Okhuti in the 52th minute.The caterpillars who are now coached by Livingstone Mbabazi dominated the second half though they weren’t lucky enough to score more goals.Speaking to the press after the match Coach Mike Mutebi said that this match was very important and it gave them a good test ahead of their CAF game.“This game was very important to us and it gave us a good test ahead of our second leg match against African Stars.” Said Mutebi.Sadiq Sempigi onduparaka assistant coach said that the boys didn’t utilise there chances well though they made them.“We made the chances but didn’t utilise them like our opponents did.” Said Sempigi.Allan Okello won named the Pilsner man of the match award.KCCA will play Vipers SC who edged Mbarara city in finals on a date to be communicated.Comments Tags: allan okelloKCCA FConduparaka fcPilsner Super 8Ramadhan Musa
Tags: premier leaguetop Southampton vs Man UnitedSt. Mary’s Stadium, HampshireSaturday, 31-08-2019 @2:30pmReferee: Mike DeanMan United are already enduring a trying start to the season after going two games minus victory. After defeating Chelsea 4-0 on opening weekend, United have gone on to draw 1-1 with Wolves and then lose 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace. On Match-Day three, they come up against a Southampton side that is on the back of two successive wins in the league and cup.Southampton’s Nathan Redmond is out for at least two weeks after injuring his ankle in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win, and joins Moussa Dejenpo on the sidelines. Michael Obafemi is likely to be absent after suffering cramp in midweek, while Ryan Bertrand is back in training but it remains to be seen if he is fit.Manchester United are without Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, who have hamstring and thigh injuries respectively. Defensive trio Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are also out.Southampton are winless in their last eight home league games against Manchester United (D3, L5). The side playing at home in this fixture has won just three of the past 15 Premier League encounters (D5, L7). Saints have taken the lead but ultimately lost in nine Premier League games against United.United have won just one of their last eight league fixtures (D3, L4). The Red Devils have kept only one league clean sheet in 14 league matches. They have conceded 22 goals in this run and scored just 19 times (W5, D3, L6). United are without a victory in five away league fixtures and have lost three of those matches. They won 10 of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first 12 league games in charge (drawing the other two), but have claimed maximum points in just three of his subsequent 12 matches (D3, L6). Daniel James has been fouled a league-high 11 times.Chelsea vs Sheffield UnitedStamford Bridge, LondonSaturday, 31-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Scott AttwellChelsea registered their first victory of the season, defeating Norwich 3-2 away from home last weekend. They have a chance to make it two victories in as many games when they host newly-promoted Sheffield United at the Bridge on Saturday afternoon.Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is available after overcoming the knock that forced him off at Norwich. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger are back in training but are not expected to play, while N’Golo Kante, Pedro and Reece James remain out.Sheffield United are hopeful midfielder John Fleck will feature after missing out last week with a hamstring strain. Kean Bryan suffered an ankle injury in the Carabao Cup against Blackburn and is rated doubtful. Record signing Oli McBurnie is pushing for his first Premier League start after three substitute appearances.The clubs last met in 2006-07, with Chelsea winning both top-flight encounters without conceding. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played in each game. United are looking to win at Chelsea for the first time since October 1992, when Adrian Littlejohn and Brian Deane scored in a 2-1 win. The Blades have conceded in each of their last 30 trips to Chelsea, a run dating back to October 1922. Frank Lampard faced Sheffield United twice as Derby boss last season, winning 2-1 at home and losing 3-1 away.Victory last weekend was just Chelsea’s second in eight league matches (D4, L2). The Blues are unbeaten in 10 home league fixtures (W6, D4) and have kept clean sheets in six of those games. They have lost just three of their 80 home Premier League games versus newly-promoted sides (W66, D11). Mason Mount is looking to score in three consecutive appearances for the first time in English league football. Tammy Abraham has scored 28 league goals since the start of last season, more than any other English player in the top two tiers. Abraham scored in Aston Villa’s 3-3 home draw against the Blades last February whilst on loan with the club. Jorginho is the only player to have been booked in each of the opening three rounds of Premier League fixtures this term.Crystal Palace vs Aston VillaSelhurst Park, LondonSaturday, 31-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Kevin FriendAston Villa won 1-0 at home when the sides last met in January 2016 – one of just three Villa Premier League wins during the 2015-16 season. Villa have beaten Palace twice in 12 top-flight away fixtures (D4, L6) and scored only four times. Just seven goals have been scored in the last six league meetings, including five games with one goal or fewer.Crystal Palace trio Joel Ward, Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp have been passed fit after knocks but Scott Dann is a doubt with a hand injury. Centre-backs Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are both still absent.Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett suffered a hamstring injury at Crewe on Tuesday and joins James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia on the sidelines. Marvelous Nakamba is pushing for his first Premier League appearance after impressing in the Carabao Cup.Leicester City vs AFC BournemouthKing Power Stadium, LeicestershireSaturday, 31-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Peter BankesLeicester full-back Ben Chilwell is fit after sitting out the last three league and cup matches with a hip injury. Wilfred Ndidi also returns after missing out last weekend with a hamstring strain, but Wes Morgan is doubtful because of a back problem.Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels will not play again this season after suffering another serious knee injury. Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, Lloyd Kelly, Dan Gosling, David Brooks and Junior Stanislas remain unavailable.Leicester have never lost at home to Bournemouth in the Premier League (W1, D3). In fact, the Cherries haven’t won at Leicester since 1988 when they prevailed 1-0 in an old Division Two game. Six of Leicester’s seven Premier League goals against Bournemouth have been scored in the second half, with five coming in the final 10 minutes of games. Bournemouth’s Joshua King has scored a penalty in two of the last three meetings between the sides.Man City vs Brighton Etihad Stadium, Manchester Saturday, 31-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Jonathan MossMan City resumed business as usual last weekend as they defeated Bournemouth 3-1 away from home. The victory came at the back of a frustrating 2-2 home draw against Spurs and when Brighton rolls into the Etihad on Saturday, three points will be all that City will look to take.Manchester City will monitor John Stones and Gabriel Jesus, both of whom are back in training after muscle problems and nearing full fitness. Long-term injury victims Benjamin Mendy and Leroy Sane remain absent, while summer signing Joao Cancelo awaits a first start.Brighton striker Florin Andone is suspended following his red card against Southampton. Yves Bissouma, Jose Izquierdo and Ezequiel Schelotto all remain out.Manchester City have won their last five matches against Brighton in all competitions, including all four league games in the previous two seasons and a FA Cup semi-final in April. Brighton have never won a league match away at Man City in nine attempts and have lost their last five in a row. They last claimed league points against City in a second-tier game in April 1989, winning 2-1 at the Goldstone Ground thanks to an Alan Curbishley penalty and an Ian Brightwell own goal.Manchester City have won 49 of 51 points since they lost to Newcastle in January. City have been victorious in 16 of their last 17 league matches that have kicked-off at 3pm on a Saturday – the only game that they failed to win was a 3-2 defeat to Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace in December 2018. That loss is the only one of Pep Guardiola’s 32 top-flight defeats as a manager that has come against an English boss. They have equalled their club record of scoring in 25 consecutive Premier League matches, set from April to December 2017. Only Arsenal (55 games from 2001-2002) and Manchester United (36 from 2007-2008) have had longer scoring streaks. Raheem Sterling has scored five goals this season (joint-most with Teemu Pukki) – only Edin Dzeko (six in 2011) and Chris Sutton (six in 1997) have netted more Premier League goals in August in a single season.Newcastle United vs Watford St. James Park, Newcastle upon TyneSaturday, 17-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Graham ScottNewcastle’s Matt Ritchie could be out for two months after damaging ankle ligaments in the EFL Cup in midweek. Allan Saint-Maximin misses out after aggravating a hamstring injury at Tottenham last Sunday, but Joelinton has shaken off a groin strain.Watford head coach Javi Garcia has no new injury problems, with Roberto Pereyra fit again after a thigh problem that kept him out against West Ham. Captain Troy Deeney remains sidelined after having knee surgery last week.Watford have won on three of their last four visits to Newcastle in all competitions, losing on the other occasion. Newcastle avoided defeat in both Premier League matches with Watford last season, having lost the four previous meetings.West Ham United vs Norwich CityLondon Stadium, LondonSaturday, 31-08-2019 @5pmReferee: Paul TierneyBoth the last two meetings between these sides – which came in the 2015-16 season – ended in 2-2 draws. Norwich have failed to win on their last seven league visits to West Ham (D4, L3). They have won just one of their last 11 matches against West Ham in all competitions (D6, L4).Javier Hernandez is fit again after missing West Ham’s last two games with a knee injury. Michail Antonio is being assessed after coming off against Newport County in the EFL Cup in midweek with a hamstring problem.Norwich will be without Timm Klose, who may need knee surgery, while Grant Hanley has a groin strain. But Christoph Zimmerman has shaken off a hip problem and Josip Drmic has recovered from a hamstring injury.Burnley vs LiverpoolTurf Moor, BurnleySaturday, 31-08-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Chris KavanaghLiverpool are the only side still holding a 100% record in the Premier League following a run of three consecutive victories since the start of the campaign. The Kops eased passed Arsenal 3-1 in their last game and will be confident they can move to 12 points from 4 games when they come up against Burnley on Saturday evening.Burnley manager Sean Dyche says Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s calf injury is not as bad as first feared, but he is highly unlikely to feature on Saturday. Robbie Brady is nearing a return but remains on the sidelines along with Steven Defour.Liverpool’s Naby Keita will not be fully fit until after the international break because of a muscle strain. The only other player-manager Jurgen Klopp is set to be without is first-choice goalkeeper Alisson.Burnley have won just two of their last 16 matches against Liverpool in all competitions. The Clarets have picked up just four points from a possible 30 in Premier League games versus the Reds. Sean Dyche’s side have scored against Liverpool in all six of their matches since Jurgen Klopp took over.They could equal the club’s top-flight record of six consecutive away victories, a sequence they have recorded on three previous occasions – latterly from February to April 2014. The Reds have lost just once in their last 42 league matches, winning 109 of 126 points available (W34, D7, L1). Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games played in August, winning the last eight in a row. The last team to beat them in August were Burnley in 2016 despite the Reds having 80% possession that day. They have scored 22 headed goals in the league since the start of last season, which is seven more than any other side.Everton vs WolvesGoodison Park, LiverpoolSunday, 01-09-2019 @4pmReferee: Anthoney TaylorDetails to follow shortlyArsenal vs TottenhamEmirates Stadium, LondonSunday, 01-08-2019 @6:30pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonDetails to follow shortlyComments
A woman was left in tears this morning in Letterkenny when custom officers arrived at her place of work and seized a car she had been using.The woman, who did not wish to be named, hit out at heavy-handed officials who swooped on the Letterkenny Retail Park’s car park just before noon.The officers were accompanied by two men in a recovery truck, used to tow away the Northern Ireland-registered Ford. “They shouldn’t have taken the car,” the woman told Donegal Daily.“The car belongs to my boyfriend. It is taxed in the North, it is insured in his name in the North and it is tested. The car is completely all above board.“They even damaged the front and back bumper when they were trying to put it on the lorry.” The area was a hive of Friday activity as onlookers and shoppers watched the incident unfolding.“I was at work and I was just going out to do shopping at the time. They were very cheeky to me and told me they would be calling the guards. It was very heavy-handed of them to do that, landing to my work like that.”Woman’s anger as ‘heavy-handed’ customs swoop to seize car in busy Letterkenny carpark was last modified: September 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:CUSTOMSletterkennyLetterkenny Retail ParkNOrthern Ireland
People across Donegal are remarking on the unseasonably warm weather as many cautiously step out this morning hoping to avoid bad luck.This Friday the 13th is an oddly balmy day in Ireland – reaching extreme highs which usually belong in the summertime.Weather gauges reported 18C in parts of the county on this very mild morning. Hot it may be, but it’s still like a typical summer’s day here in the north west – windy, rainy and warm! Met Eireann forecast a cloudy day with rain and drizzle turning heavy later on. It will become brighter in the afternoon with average highs of 16-17C. Tonight will turn cooler with temperatures of 10-12C.There’s no denying the heat today is unseasonal – on this day last year in Donegal we had maximum highs of 13C.At 8am it’s 18C around some coasts. That’s a temperature we normally have in the middle of the day around the end of June! pic.twitter.com/xVJKHq4XXo— Barra Best (@barrabest) October 13, 2017While we might enjoy not having to wrap up in hats, scarves and gloves today, there is some extreme weather on the way. A weather advisory warning has been issued by Met Eireann ahead of Hurriane Ophelia’s arrival in Ireland.The remnants of the storm will pass close on Monday, and could bring storm-force wins, heavy rain and very high seas.A Status Yellow warning is in place from yesterday (Thursday) to Tuesday 17th October to advise people of the incoming vigorous Atlantic weather system and Ophelia.Met Eireann have said they will maintain a close watch on the evolution and issue further advisories and warnings as these are warranted.Weather: Why this Friday the 13th is no chiller! was last modified: October 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:friday the 13thweather
The family of Orla O’Reilly who was killed by a drink-driver says there is simply no excuse for anyone to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs.The 34-year-old youth worker died when a car being driven by Kevin McClintock smashed head-on into the youth worker in Co Donegal killing her instantly.The inquests into both Mr McCintock and Ms Reilly were held today during which it was found that both died from multiple injuries suffered in a road traffic accident. The jury also came to a finding that Orla’s death was due to misadventure.Speaking directly after the inquests, Orla’s family issued a hard-hitting statement condemning the late Mr McClintock.Family solicitor Fiona Baxter said “Personal responsibility for the consequences of driving under the influence and speeding should never be excused.“A driver who speeds or drives while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and then crashes that car into innocent people bears the responsibility for the death or injuries sustained by their victims and the devastation felt by the loved ones left behind. Speeding and drink driving are personal choices and cannot be excused.” Orla was due to marry fiancee of two years Jimmy McKinney in October, 2016.The couple had spoken by phone just moments before McClintock ploughed into Orla on the M13 road at Killyverry, Newtowncunningham on Friday, November 13th.Orla’s fiancee Jimmy was flanked by Orla’s mum and dad, Helen and Brian, brother Shane and sister Maeve and other family members.The family spokesperson said that Orla was always a careful driver.The O’Reilly family solicitor, Fiona Baxter reading a statement on behalf of the family. Pic by Northwest Newspix.“On Friday the 13th November 2015 our lives were shattered when Orla was killed as she travelled to work. That day as always, Orla drove with due care on the roads. Witnesses state that a black car which was out of control, going around in circles and coming sideways on the wrong side of the road, smashed into Orla’s car killing her. “From accounts we have been given the driver should not have been behind the wheel on that day. He had got into his car in Letterkenny that day heavily influenced by drink and drove extremely dangerously until causing the death of Orla. The crash scene can only be described as horrendous.”It added that Orla, who was originally from Cavan, was a dedicated youth worker with Donegal Youth Services in Letterkenny.The many tributes, books of condolences and messages received following Orla’s death are testament to the love and influence Orla had on so many young people.A spokesperson for Donegal Youth Services said “Orla was an inspiration to us all and through her work she helped and inspired so many young people.” Orla and her fiancé Jimmy were happily planning their wedding day which was to be the 7th of October 2016.Thes spokesperson added “No words can ever describe the grief and devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Orla at such a young age when she, fiancé Jimmy and all her family had so much to look forward to. Orla had so much to do and so much more to give.“On the day of the crash Orla, who herself was a strong promoter of road safety, became another victim/ statistic of the deadly carnage on our roads caused by speeding and drunk driving.“Orla was a strong promoter of road safety. We, as her loved ones, make a plea to all to take care on our roads and remember the devastation left behind when a car is used in this manner.”Orla’s family said they would like to thank the coroner Dr. Mc Cauley, the jury, the witnesses who gave evidence here today and assistance in the immediate aftermath of the accident.“Finally we pay tribute to the emergency services and the Gardai who attended at the scene and thereafter carried out a thorough investigation.”Orla’s heartbroken family say there is no excuse to get behind the wheel drunk was last modified: October 26th, 2017 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:CavanCoroner Denis McCauleycrashdonegaldrunk driverGardaiinquestKevin McClintockmuffOrla O’Reilly
The jury at the inquest into the deaths of five people in the Buncrana Pier tragedy has found they died as a result of drowning.The jury of five men and four women took more than half an hour to return findings of death by misadventure.The jury also issued one recommendation at the suggestion of a number from coroner Dr Denis McCauley. The jury recommended that Water Safety Ireland take a prominent role in advising and working with all interested parties to introduce best international practice for safety on slipways and piers.The jury foreman added that they hoped this could be introduced as quickly as possible in light of the Buncrana tragedy.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley paid tribute to all involved in the incident including the RNLI, Gardai, Fire Service and all emergency services.He said that all at the inquest and himself as a father cannot even imagine what Louis James and members of the McGrotty family were going through. “Each death will be felt differently but it is still eternally tragic and I’d like to extend my condolences to all families,” he said.Garda Inspector David Murphy said that the impact of the events of March 20th, 2016 has been felt in Derry but also in Buncrana, Donegal, across the country and even further afield.He paid tribute to the members of the emergency services who volunteered alongside their everyday jobs such as delivering oil or making gates.He paid particular tribute to Davitt Walsh who managed to rescue a child from the sinking jeep.He said “His was such a courageous act. He is an ordinary man who did an extraordinary thing which he should be commended for.” Earlier pathologist Dr Katrina Dillon had given her medical evidence and said all five people had died as a result of drowning.* The finding of ‘misadventure’ meant jurors thought risks were associated on the day or were taken which may have increased the risk of the event happening.Buncrana Pier Tragedy: Jury returns verdict of misadventure in all five deaths was last modified: November 24th, 2017 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:buncranaDr Denis McCauleyfindingsinquestjuryrecommendationstargedy
St Eunan’s GAA club are hosting a unique fundraising match on St Stephen’s Day in aid of the Michael McGrath fund.The game, which gets underway at O’Donnell Park at 1pm, will see hurling played in the first half with football taking over for the second half.The proceeds are in aid of St Eunan’s clubman Michael McGrath, who returned to Ireland this week after two weeks of treatment in Austria for stage four bowel cancer. Michael’s story has touched the people of Donegal since the 40-year-old went public on his battle.St Eunan’s are stepping in with their unique fundraiser.The Clubhouse Bar will be opened after the game for a raffle and spot prizes with signed Donegal and Galway jerseys among the prizes on offer.The club will also be hosting a road púc on the day with entry fee at €15 for adults and €5 for minors. The “A Future for Michael’ appeal has now raised almost €155,000.You can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/a-future-for-michaelSt Eunan’s host unique ‘Match for Michael’ on St Stephen’s Day was last modified: December 24th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:letterkennymichael mcgrathMichael McGrath FundSt Eunans
Plans to open a new wildlife sanctuary in Inishowen took another step closer this week as the 22-acre site was given the go-ahead. It is hoped that the site, which is based in Dundrean in Burnfoot, could be opened within the next two months.The person behind the sanctuary, Buncrana solicitor Killian McLaughlin, is building with the aim of creating a worthy habitat for a range of different Irish animals including the rare red squirrel, foxes, hedgehogs, red deer and birds. The sanctuary, which could attract up to 24,000 visitors per year, will incorporate a reception building, vehicular entrance with car park, rehabilitation units, open viewing areas and a below the water viewing area.The site will also host a visitor centre and a score of enclosures for wildlife homed in the facility.It is understood that visitor numbers will be kept to a minimum once the sanctuary opens, with a view of using the facility to educate school children to the rich diversity of wildlife across Donegal.Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of the Donegal County Council, said he believed the development will be a great attraction for Inishowen. He told Donegal Daily: “The site is very near completion, with the launch possibly in the next six weeks, that is the hope because Killian (McLaughlin) is not ready to go yet, but he will be very shortly.“I think it will be a fabulous attraction and unique wildlife sanctuary for the area and for educational purposes, I think it will be a great idea for the Donegal area.“And especially now, when climate change is a big topic of discussion, it will be interesting to learn and watch how these beautiful animals, that people don’t realise are in their own backyards, live and survive in the wild,” Crossan added.“It will be fantastic to teach children more about nature and the spot itself is a cracking spot that has been kept as natural as possible.”New wildlife sanctuary to open in Inishowen to protect rare species was last modified: August 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Letterkenny will be hopping with music and cultural event this weekend as the International Folk Festival is revived for its 50th year. And Sister Sara’s on Port Road will be a hotspot for the celebrations, as they join the folk festivities with a top weekend line-up. From Thursday the 22nd to Sunday 25th August there will be live music, entertainment and food each day.The party begins on Thursday night with the Peach&Mesh DJs taking over Sara’s Club from 11.30pm til late.On Friday, the fantastic Sailor Bill will be rocking the bar from 11pm.DJ Keith Fletcher is on the decks this Saturday will all the best tunes from 10.30pm and free admission to the late bar. Sunday will be a fun day at Sister Sara’s, with live music from 7pm followed by the fantastic Martin Cuffe and Off the Kuff from 9pm.And Sara’s Kitchen will be open every day serving good food while you enjoy the live sports and music.Grab lunch, dinner or light bites at the restaurant, with great offers and specials available.Sara’s Kitchen is open 4-9pm Monday to Thursday 12.30-9pm Friday to Sunday.Friday night is ladies night and, every Sunday, Sister Sara’s do two courses for €15 and kids eat half price!For more info or bookings, just call (074) 912 2238 Follow @sistersaras on FacebookCheck out the Sunday lunch menu here:Every Sunday Sister Sara’s do two courses for €15 and kids eat half price.Sara’s Kitchen Value Lunch Menu available all weekFriday night is Ladies NightSister Sara’s announce exciting line-up for Letterkenny Folk Festival was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:EntertainmentLetterkenny Folk Festivalsara’s kitchenSister Sara’sWeekend
Dunfanaghy native Nora Duffy was named as one of Ireland’s most inspiring teachers at the Teachers Inspire Ireland gala event at the Helix in Dublin City University (DCU) last night (Friday). Ms. Duffy moved from Donegal to teach at St. Joseph’s Co-Educational National School on the East Wall Road in Dublin in the 1960s. At last night’s event, she scooped the Teachers Inspire Ireland Desmond Award for Leinster, fending off stiff competition from teachers across the province. The President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith; Dr. Anne Looney, Dean of DCU’s Institute of Education; and businessman and philanthropist Dermot Desmond, who generously supported the Teachers Inspire Ireland initiative, made the presentations to the awardees at a gala ceremony hosted by RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.Speaking at the event, the President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith, said: “The motivation behind Teachers Inspire was to create a platform that would highlight the work of our exceptional teachers, and give them the validation and recognition they deserve. I am delighted to say that this idea has truly captured the public’s imagination. We have received hundreds of nominations and heard incredible stories of teachers who have gone above and beyond for their students and their communities.” He continued: “The nominations highlighted teachers dealing with issues such as homelessness, mental health, immigration, unplanned pregnancies, gender identity support, community regeneration, and climate change. They were submitted by schoolchildren, parents, and people whose school days are long behind them but who remember their teachers with great fondness and gratitude.“I congratulate Nora, and all the teachers recognised and celebrated at the gala event. Their awards are hugely well deserved.”Dunfanaghy native scoops Teachers Inspire Ireland award was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Homes and businesses in the Rathmullan and Newtowncunningham areas of Donegal are without water this morning due to three separate bursts.A water mains burst is affecting Main Street Rathmullan this morning. Irish Water crews are currently working on the fault and a traffic management plan is in place for the duration of the works. Repairs are expected to be completed at 2pm this Wednesday afternoon.Meanwhile, water is also off in Newtowncunningham and in properties on the Ardee Group Water Scheme. Repairs are expected to made on the Ardee scheme by 12.30pm this afternoon. Irish Water says that repairs on the water main serving Moneygreggan and Newtowncunningham are scheduled to be carried out from 12:30pm until 4:30pm today.Traffic management systems will be in operation in the Newtown area for both sets of works.Water outages causing disruptions in parts of Donegal was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Career Guidance Counsellor Rory White begins his new column series on Donegal Daily this week, where he will be providing advice on college courses, career changes and further education. Rory has been a Guidance Counsellor at Finn Valley College for the past 10 years and is a member of the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Applying for college or changing careers is one of the most important and exciting decisions someone can make, and Rory will be here to offer advice and top tips on the many options that are available. First, we’ll start with CAO, what is it, how do you apply, and what are the key dates to remember:by Rory WhiteThere is a huge amount of information involved when it comes to thinking about moving into further or higher education and training.The changing nature of life and the workplace means that the employment and education landscape is now a constantly evolving space. The myriad of different options available to you means that there really is something for everyone. School Guidance Counsellors are an invaluable source here for students when it comes to exploring all these options.Over the course of the next few months I hope to shed light on some of the key areas that should be considered when thinking about and finding a course and career path that suits you. Applying to college.In the Republic of Ireland the system used to apply to Higher education courses is the Central Applications Office, more commonly known as CAO. The CAO handles all the applications for the Universities and Colleges in the country (See below). CAO applications for September 2020 entry opened up this week. The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is the system used to describe the levels of education available in Ireland. It ranges from Level 1 which signifies initial basic learning, through the Junior Certificate at Level 3, the Leaving Certificate at Level 4/5 right up to a Level 10 PHD.Higher education courses that can be applied to through CAO are ranked on the NFQ at-Level 6 – Higher Certificate (2 years)Level 7 – Ordinary Degree (3 years) Level 8 – Honours Degree (Usually 4 years, sometimes 3)All applications are made online at www.cao.ie. Applications cost €30 when made before January 20th 2020. (€45 before the February 1st deadline, €60 for late applications up until May 1st). While your course choices do not need to be finalised at this time, it is important to note that courses marked as Restricted in the CAO handbook must be applied for by February 1st. A change of mind option opens in early May with the absolute deadline for your final choices then by July 1st 2020. Students can insert up to 20 course choices on their application – 10 on a Level 6&7 list and another 10 on a Level 8 list. Students should always list their choices IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE. CAO will always offer the topmost choice that a student has gained entry onto. Therefore, if you decide that you actually prefer your 3rd choice more than your top one you will not be offered it.Top TipsA couple of tips I would recommend would be to back up a Level 8 choice with a corresponding choice in the Level 6/7 section. That way, if you do not gain entry into the Level 8, you have the fallback of the Level 6/7 choice which will, more often than not, lead onto the Level 8 anyway. I would also advise students when applying that, even if you feel your preference at this moment in time is to study away from home, you should also include a course closer to home as this is something that students often change their minds about. There is a useful demo facility on the CAO website where students can fill out a sample form online to become familiar with the process. There are also a couple of handy videos-http://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=demohttp://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=video&bb=parentsGaining entry onto coursesEveryone knows about the ‘Points Race’ for college and you should be aware that points can either go up or down from the previous year. A new grading and points system was introduced in 2017 that some people may not yet be aware of. (See table below) Students calculate their points from their TOP SIX results only. A bonus 25 points are awarded for students achieving a H6 or above in Higher Level Maths while the grades achieved for students studying link modules are also different.As well as needing points for entry many students often forget that there are also Minimum entry requirements that are needed to secure a place on a course. Standard entry requirements for most Level 6/7 courses are- Minimum of five O6/H7 to include F2/O6/H7 in Maths and O6/H7 in English or IrishStandard entry requirements for most Level 8 courses are- Minimum of six O6/H7 to include O6/H7 in Maths and O6/H7 in English or Irish and a minimum of two H5 grades. However, there are many exceptions to these rules. Many courses in the universities also require a ‘3rd language’, meaning Spanish, French, German or other. Some specific courses may also require grades in certain subjects, or a combination of subjects. (For example, a H4 in Gaelige is needed for Primary Teaching and Higher Maths for some Engineering degrees). There are simply too many variations of entry requirements to list off here so applicants should check these out with the relevant institution.Finally, students who will be applying to SUSI for a grant, to HEAR or DARE, mature students or those who have an exemption should all tick the relevant boxes or fill out the additional section on their CAO applications at this stage. Career Guidance with Rory White: Making sense of the CAO was last modified: November 9th, 2019 by Rory WhiteShare 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)
As the Historic Towns Initiative on Church Lane, Letterkenny nears completion, a delegation from The Heritage Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht visited project partners to view progress.Under the Historic Towns Initiative, conservation works are taking place to seven historic properties.The works include roof and chimney repairs, installation of cast-iron rainwater goods, reinstatement of timber sash windows and doors, application of lime render or lime pointing, and the repair of a historic shopfront using traditional materials and informed by best conservation practice. The conservation works are being funded by The Heritage Council, Donegal County Council and the private landowners.“The partnership between the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter, Donegal County Council, Dedalus Architecture and private landowners established under the Historic Towns Initiative has worked very well” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.“This collaborative way of working has provided us with mechanisms that facilitate heritage-led regeneration in our towns and villages and encourage greater community cohesion.“The project has also encouraged greater cross-directorate cooperation within Donegal County Council as the Conservation Office within the Community Development and Planning Directorate and the Heritage Office within the Housing, Corporate and Culture Directorate were joint project leaders. The successful approach adopted for Church Lane can be applied elsewhere.” “The Historic Towns Initiative builds on several community-led initiatives instigated by the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter as well as the designation of the Ecclesiastical Architectural Conservation Area under the Letterkenny Local Area Plan” said Collette Beattie, Conservation Officer, Donegal County Council.“Initiatives such as the ‘Save the Church Lane’ campaign started in January 2014, the Heritage Streets Alive project in 2015, the Church Lane Conservation Plan in 2016 and the Collaborative Town Centre Health Check in 2018 established strong community support and strong evidence-based support for the heritage-led regeneration of Church Lane.“The Historic Towns Initiative has benefitted immensely from the voluntary and dynamic approach of the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Committee, the grade one conservation expertise of Dedalus Architecture and the shared vision of the property owners.”During their visit to Church Lane, officials from The Heritage Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht enjoyed lunch with project partners in the Wholegreen Restaurant on Church Lane before going on a guided tour of the Historic Towns Initiative conservation works.Donnan Harvey and Shane Toolin of the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Committee highlighted the work of their group over the past five years and their aspirations for Church Lane. Conservation architect Duncan McLaren, Dedalus Architecture outlined the conservation works to the seven historic buildings and property owners spoke about their future plans to bring their properties back into use.The funding of €200,000 awarded by The Heritage Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for the Historic Towns Initiative on Church Lane, Letterkenny was the largest allocation of the six successful historic towns across Ireland under this year’s scheme.This funding is being supplemented with €40,000 from Donegal County Council and private funding from Church Lane property owners. It is anticipated that the conservation works as part of the Historic Towns Initiative on Church Lane will be completed later this month and The Heritage Council indicated that the work on Church Lane will be profiled at a national seminar on the Historic Towns Initiative in Kilkenny in January 2020.Heritage-led regeneration of Church Lane in Letterkenny continues was last modified: November 11th, 2019 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:Church LaneHeritage Councilletterkennyregeneration
He may be just learning all the details of the world wide web.But Daniel O’Donnell is catching up with technology at a rapid pace – if his Christmas wish is to be believed.The singer was asked what he was hoping for in his Christmas stocking this year. The Kincasslagh man said that he was hoping for a nice, family Christmas, saying that would be the greatest gift of all.But on the material side of things, he added “I’m hoping for an iPad. I lost mine back in February while flying to Australia. Fingers crossed.”Now his millions of fans know what to put their money towards!All Daniel wants for Christmas is …….. was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CHristmasdaniel o’donnellpresent
FA Youth CupHolders Chelsea will travel to Leeds United in the third round after the draw was made on Friday. The Blues defeated Fulham over two legs in last season’s final to lift the trophy for the third time in five years.QPR will visit Birmingham City, Fulham will be away to one of Crewe Alexandra, Abbey Hey or York City, while Brentford travel to Hull.Wealdstone could entertain Everton at The Vale, but will first have to overcome Stevenage in the second round. The third-round ties will be played by Saturday 20 December.Joe LumleyThe young QPR goalkeeper has joined Morecambe on a one-month youth loan. It will be Lumley’s second spell in League Two this season – he played five times at Accrington Stanley. The 19-year-old will be at the Globe Arena until 8 December and could make his debut in Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Dover Athletic.Michael HarrimanQPR’s 21-year-old full-back has had his loan at Luton Town extended for a further month. Harriman will now be with the Hatters until 6 December and is eligible for the FA Cup.Kit SymonsThe Fulham boss has missed out on the Championship manager of the month award for October, which was won by Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe.UxbridgeFormer Northwood and Harrow Borough striker Jon-Jo Bates, 23, has joined the club from Burnham.HarlequinsWing Aseli Tikoirotuma has been named to start at outside-centre for Fiji against France on Saturday, in the first of their autumn internationals.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Oscar is recalled to the Chelsea starting line-up for the derby at West Ham, where Willian is among the substitutes. Kurt Zouma continues in midfield for the Blues, who are without the suspended Nemanja Matic and the injured John Mikel Obi. Thibaut Courtois returns in goal.The Hammers’ former Chelsea striker Carlton Cole is out with a hamstring problem and Morgan Amalfitano is still suspended.West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Nolan, Downing, Valencia, Sakho. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O’Brien, Collins, Song, Jarvis, Nene. Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Zouma, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard, Costa. Subs: Cech, Luis, Willian, Cuadrado, Loftus-Cheek, Drogba, Remy . Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Eureka >> Three College of the Redwoods football players signed national letters of intent to play at the next level of college football on Wednesday.Defensive back Dareion Bell and defensive lineman Gerald Green have signed to play for Southern Oregon University next season while offensive lineman Michael Mazzocco will remain in the area as part of head coach Rob Smith’s newest recruiting class at Humboldt State University.Boys Prep BasketballSt. Bernard’s 70, Patten Academy 40 >> D.J. …
Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.MIAMI — For the third straight game, the Raiders led at halftime. For the third straight game, the Raiders blew that lead.Derek Carr’s fade intended for Martavis Bryant with under three minutes left in the game and the Raiders trailing by four was intercepted. Two plays later, Albert Wilson ran 74 yards to the end zone, high-fived with fellow wideout Jakeem Grant before even reaching the goal line and sent the …
ALAMEDA — Derek Carr is the face of the Raiders, player-wise at least, but that face has spent far more of this season pressed against the ground than Carr would like.He’s on pace to take 48 sacks in 2018, topping his previous single-season high by 17. Carr weathered 24 sacks his rookie season, 31 in 2015, only 16 in the Raiders’ breakout 2016, still just 20 last season and now a whopping 24 halfway through the 2018 season, tied for fifth-most in the NFL just two seasons after the Raiders …
The sport Dungeness crab season kicked off this past Saturday, Nov. 3, and those who ventured offshore reported the crabs were plentiful and good-sized, and much meatier than last year at this time. Captain Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing set gear south of the entrance this week in 90 to 120 feet of water and reported 18 to 25 keepers per pot following an overnight soak.“The reports were similar for boats fishing south of the entrance as well as those who dropped pots right outside the …
SANTA CRUZ — With about 10 minutes left in his second practice with the Santa Cruz Warriors, all-star center DeMarcus Cousins threw down a thunderous dunk that gave a glimmer of what could be when he eventually returns to the lineup.“It felt good,” Cousins said. “It’s all coming back for me, slowly but surely. But it felt good to get up and dunk a little bit.”Cousins, who tore his Achilles in January, went through a full practice with the G-League squad Wednesday morning, participating in a …
Kevin Durant’s mom revealed her son is “having a rough time right now” in the aftermath of the serious Achilles tendon injury that knocked him out of the NBA Finals.“Emotionally, it’s a little tough for him,” Wanda Durant said about her son Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “He’s having a rough time right now.”Durant suffered the devastating injury early in the second quarter of the Warriors’ eventual Game 5 victory on Monday.“It’s still kind of hurtful to see the anguish in his …
SAN FRANCISCO — It’s unclear what team one of the Giants’ top trade candidates, Will Smith, will be playing for in August, but Smith already knows he’ll be joining a new roster on July 9.The Giants closer was named as San Francisco’s lone representative on the National League All-Star team on Sunday, marking his first career All-Star nod.Smith has started his season with 21 saves in 21 opportunities and is eight saves shy of breaking Rod Beck’s franchise record of 28 consecutive saves to open …
PreviousSANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 7: San Francisco 49ers’ D.J. Jones (93) hugs his fiancee Kayla … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceDefensive tackle D.J. Jones proposed to his girlfriend, Kayla Fannin, on the field of Levi’s Stadium about two hours before kickoff against the Cleveland Browns.Jones used the age-old diversionary tactic of pointing to something behind Fannin before getting down on a knee while her back was turned.
ALAMEDA –The Raiders’ Week 5 win over the Chicago Bears came at a cost for left guard Richie Incognito and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst.Incognito was given two separate fines totaling $21,054, while Hurst was hit with a single fine of $21,056, a league source confirmed Saturday.Both Incognito fouls — each of which caried fines of $10,527 — came in the first half of a 24-21 win over the Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.On the first, Incognito drew an unnecessary roughness …
Remember the arguments put forth for why Terry Schiavo should be allowed to die? They revolved around the awareness of those said to be in a persistent vegetative state. Now, researchers reported in Science1 that a patient diagnosed in a vegetative state was aware of what was going on:We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to demonstrate preserved conscious awareness in a patient fulfilling the criteria for a diagnosis of vegetative state. When asked to imagine playing tennis or moving around her home, the patient activated predicted cortical areas in a manner indistinguishable from that of healthy volunteers.The researchers called the condition of vegetative state “one of the least understood and most ethically troublesome conditions in modern medicine.” The ran tests with functional MRI on a 23-year-old woman who had suffered severe injury in a car accident. Unresponsive but with preserved sleep-wake cycles, she was diagnosed as in a vegetative state by international criteria. These results confirm that, despite fulfilling the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of vegetative state, this patient retained the ability to understand spoken commands and to respond to them through her brain activity, rather than through speech or movement. Moreover, her decision to cooperate with the authors by imagining particular tasks when asked to do so represents a clear act of intention, which confirmed beyond any doubt that she was consciously aware of herself and her surroundings.. Of course, negative findings in such patients cannot be used as evidence for lack of awareness, because false negative findings in functional neuroimaging studies are common, even in healthy volunteers. However, in the case described here, the presence of reproducible and robust task-dependent responses to command without the need for any practice or training suggests a method by which some noncommunicative patients, including those diagnosed as vegetative, minimally conscious, or locked in, may be able to use their residual cognitive capabilities to communicate their thoughts to those around them by modulating their own neural activity.Another case was reported by the BBC News. A victim of an acute viral infection was diagnosed in a vegetative state. She could not move her facial muscles to indicate reactions, but was aware of what was being said around her, and felt scared. “I felt trapped inside my body,” she later reported. The only clue to her hopeful parents came from a brain scan that showed she was processing information presented to her.Update 09/13/2006: Nature (443, 14 September 2006) published a news item (pp 132-133) and editorial (pp 121-122) on this finding, but claimed the patient in this case “seems to have been much less severely injured than the permanently vegetative Terri Schiavo, whose case inflamed the moral debate over whether those who show no signs of recovery should be allowed to die.” Surprisingly, even though the news item admits that there is a continuum of states, that some on the continuum may be progressing toward eventual recovery, and that the binary diagnosis of “vegetative state” can no longer be taken for granted, the editorial claims, “This case has little bearing on ethical questions over whether or not the most severe cases should be denied treatment and allowed to die,” because in the most severe cases the chances of finding any sign of awareness is negligible. Yet the parents and friends of Terry Schiavo constantly argued that she was aware enough to follow objects and display emotions. Since she was killed in March 2005, we will never know if she could have passed a similar fMRI scan test.1Owen et al., “Detecting Awareness in the Vegetative State,” Science, 8 September 2006: Vol. 313. no. 5792, p. 1402, DOI: 10.1126/science.1130197.Recall the anger and outrage against the people who protested the death of Terry Schiavo. Remember the claims that they were the ones being unreasonable and insensitive, and that the compassionate thing to do was to let Terry die, because she was not really living. Now picture the possibility of her hearing all these things said about her but trapped inside, unable to communicate. Imagine the fear and helplessness and pain of knowing you were being intentionally allowed to starve and dehydrate to death. How many other times has a similar decision been made to a patient assumed to be “vegetative” and unaware? Remember, these scientists said that negative responses in the brain scans are not definitive in diagnosing the awareness of a person. What kind of nonsense applies a word like vegetative to a human being, anyway? What are they insinuating, that this patient is nothing more than a carrot or rutabaga? Notice how these researchers called the diagnosis of “vegetative state” as one of the “least understood and ethically troublesome conditions in modern medicine.” Haven’t we learned that dehumanizing an individual is often the first step toward rationalizing the unthinkable?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
What could be more iconic to evolution than dinosaurs and the horse series? Museums often display skeletons of these animals as proof of evolution. The real story told in scientific papers is often very different. Two recent studies present major, serious challenges to Darwin’s theory.Horse series: The old straight-line chart of horse evolution from a small dog-like animal to the modern thoroughbred is out. Othniel Charles Marsh and Thomas Henry Huxley in the 1870s were possessed of a vision of straight-line evolution known as orthogenesis. The iconic series presented in museums and textbooks has long been known to be erroneous. Most evolutionists today realize that Darwin’s theory does not call for a single progressive line of descent, but rather a branching tree or bush. Still, if Darwin’s theory is true, gradualism should prevail, with numerous intermediate forms progressing from ancestors to descendents. Darwin himself taught that “Natural selection acts only by taking advantage of slight successive variations; she can never take a great and sudden leap.” Then came a paper in PNAS this week.1 A team of 22 international researchers led by Ludovic Orlando of the University of Lyon in France did one of the first-ever comprehensive comparisons of ancient DNA (aDNA) from fossil equids (including horses, donkeys and zebras). These specimens came from 4 continents. The results were so shocking, they call for an almost complete overhaul of the horse series. For one thing, they concluded that many specimens relegated to separate species are actually variations on the same species. For another, they found that for evolution to be true there had to be sudden bursts of diversification – Cambrian-like explosions within the horse family – contrary to Darwin’s prohibition of great and sudden leaps. Here’s how they began:The rich fossil record of the family Equidae (Mammalia: Perissodactyla) over the past 55 MY has made it an icon for the patterns and processes of macroevolution. Despite this, many aspects of equid phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy remain unresolved. Recent genetic analyses of extinct equids have revealed unexpected evolutionary patterns and a need for major revisions at the generic, subgeneric, and species levels. To investigate this issue we examine 35 ancient equid specimens from four geographic regions (South America, Europe, Southwest Asia, and South Africa), of which 22 delivered 87?688 bp of reproducible aDNA mitochondrial sequence. Phylogenetic analyses support a major revision of the recent evolutionary history of equids and reveal two new species, a South American hippidion and a descendant of a basal lineage potentially related to Middle Pleistocene equids. Sequences from specimens assigned to the giant extinct Cape zebra, Equus capensis, formed a separate clade within the modern plain zebra species, a phenotypicically [sic] plastic group that also included the extinct quagga. In addition, we revise the currently recognized extinction times for two hemione-related equid groups. However, it is apparent that the current dataset cannot solve all of the taxonomic and phylogenetic questions relevant to the evolution of Equus. In light of these findings, we propose a rapid DNA barcoding approach to evaluate the taxonomic status of the many Late Pleistocene fossil Equidae species that have been described from purely morphological analyses.What they are saying is that the horse series had been built on morphological analyses – comparing the outward features of skeletons. The molecular data they studied (ancient DNA) doesn’t match up. They spoke of “explosive diversification” twice in the introduction, and then “rapid radiation” once for horses and another time for elephants and bears. The only time they mentioned “gradual” was to debunk it: “The original linear model of gradual modification of fox-sized animals (Hyracothere horses) to the modern forms has been replaced by a more complex tree, showing periods of explosive diversification and branch extinctions over 55 MY” [million years]. Similarly, the only instance of the word “transition” connotes another bang: “The end of the Early Miocene (15?20 MYA) marks a particularly important transition, separating an initial phase of small leafy browsers from a second phase of more diverse animals, exhibiting tremendous body-size plasticity and modifications in tooth morphology. This explosive diversification has been accompanied by several stages of geographic extension from North America to the rest of the New and Old Worlds.” What this means is that these animals appeared in the fossil record suddenly without the gradual transitions Darwin expected, then appeared quickly all over the world. They tried nonetheless to put the data into an evolutionary tree. What resulted was confusion, disjunction, and irresolution. Sample quote: “The lack of resolution is complicated by the short divergence time among caballines and New World horses (circa 0.5 MY; nodes A and B/B1/B2; Table S4) and the lack of a close outgroup, as has been noted with mammoths (30, 31). When the rhino was used as an outgroup, the data were RY coded to reduce possible mutation saturation artifacts resulting from this the deep divergence (55 MYA), but this removed support for most nodes.” Not only that, their best fit was at odds with previous theories. This quote gives the feel of their frustration:According to our molecular dating estimates, the different equid lineages (hippidiforms, NWSL, caballines, and noncaballines) originated 3.7?4.3 MYA (95% confidence range: 2.8?6.2 MYA; Table S4). This directly contrasts with classical palaeontological models of hippidiform origins as descendants of the Pliohippines (divergence time with the Equus lineage ~10 MYA) (19) or as a lineage diverging from a (Dinohippus, Astrohippus, and Equus) clade ~7?8 MYA (32), and considerably reduces the time gap between the supposed divergence of the hippidiform lineages and their first appearance in the fossil record 2.5 MYA (20).They had to leave resolution of these and other problems to future research. Here’s one of their main take-home lessons: paleontologists have been too quick to split specimens into different groups. The DNA data are showing that equids that appear morphologically different are really just variations of the same kinds. Their final paragraph showed that their bombshell discovery could have impacts on many other evolutionary trees – including those of human ancestors:This pattern of taxonomic oversplitting does not appear to be restricted to equids but is widespread amongst other Quaternary megafauna [e.g., Late Pleistocene bison (49); Holarctic cave lions (50); New World brown bears (51), and ratite moas (52, 53)]. Together, these findings suggest that the morphological plasticity of large terrestrial vertebrates across space and time has generally been underestimated, opening the way to detailed studies of the environmental, ecological, and epigenetic factors involved. Interestingly, in this regard the human lineage shows a rich fossil record over the last 6 MY, spreading over seven possible genera and 22 species (54). The exact number of taxonomic groups that should be recognized is still debated, even within our own genus (55), and in this context it is pertinent to consider the degree of taxonomic oversplitting, from species to generic levels, that aDNA has revealed amongst Late Pleistocene equids and other megafauna. A further important implication of this finding is that the number of megafaunal extinctions and loss of taxonomic diversity from the Pleistocene to modern day may not have been nearly as large as previously thought, at least at the species or subspecies level. Conversely, at the molecular level, aDNA studies on a wide range of large mammal taxa (49, 50, 56, 57) have revealed that the loss of genetic diversity over this time period has been much larger than previously recognized with major implications for the conservation biology of surviving populations (58).non-sequitur to link this story to current climate debates. At best, it is a distraction from the point of the article.Dinosaurs: Maybe Darwin’s gradualism can be rescued with dinosaur fossils. Not so; PhysOrg reported, “Fossils shake dinosaur family tree.” A well-preserved fossil found in New Mexico, named Tawa after a Hopi sun god, is generating a similar song and dance we just saw for the horse series: “…an interesting fact about dinosaur evolution: once they appeared, they very rapidly diversified into the three main dinosaur lineages that persisted for more than 170 million years.” The operative word is appeared. This leaves important questions begging: appeared how and from what? Darwin’s theory of common descent wants answers. The new fossil is roughly similar to Herrerasaurus, considered by some to be the putative ancestor of the dinosaurs. But Herrerasaurus is shown by its resemblance to Tawa to be a theropod. In short, a fully-formed theropod “appeared” followed by an explosive appearance of all three main dinosaur types, which changed little for 170 million years in the evolutionary timeline. Here’s how Sterling Nesbitt (U of Texas at Austin) explained it: “Tawa pulls Herrerasaurus into the theropod lineage, so that means all three lineages are present in South America pretty much as soon as dinosaurs evolved.” This has to include the lumbering sauropods with their bird-hips and the carnivorous monster theropods with their lizard-hips; and what about the marine reptiles and pterosaurs? They, too, “appeared” as from nowhere. Another complication about Tawa is what it suggests about the source location of the missing ancestor, and how the descendents migrated. At the New Mexico site, “Tawa skeletons were found beside two other theropod dinosaurs from around the same period,” the article continued. “Nesbitt noted that each of the three is more closely related to a known dinosaur from South America than they are to each other. This suggests these three species each descended from a separate lineage in South America, rather than all evolving from a local ancestor, and then later dispersed to North America and other parts of the supercontinent Pangaea. It also suggests there were multiple dispersals out of South America.” Positing three ancestral lines solves little; it multiplies the missing-ancestor problem threefold. More on Tawa was reported by Nature News. Jeanna Bryner at Live Science put a positive spin on the story, claiming, “Geographic Origin of Dinosaurs Pinned Down.” She even put imaginary feathers (06/13/2007) on the critter: “Like Velociraptor, the dinosaur was likely covered with feather-like structures and sported claws and serrated teeth for snagging prey.” If the ancestor if this creature crawled like a crocodile or amphibian, that’s a pretty dramatic overhaul in the body shop. And what happened to the lumbering sauropods, if this is close to the ancestor of all dinosaurs? It already looks like an advanced theropod. Bryner did not explain how these dramatic changes in morphology occurred by an evolutionary process. She only suggested that climate was a factor: “They think the answer is climate. For some reason, only the carnivorous dinosaurs found temperatures in North America to be hospitable, the researchers suggest.” (Note that her venue is Live Science, not Live Speculation.) This month in the Creation Research Society Quarterly, the multiple-PhD creationist Dr. Jerry Bergman examined the issue of dinosaur evolution.2 He showed that the ancestry of dinosaurs is a hodgepodge of speculation without evidence. He demonstrated this for the whole dinosaur clade, then specifically for the ceratopsids (like Triceratops) and the tyrannosaurids (like T. rex). The picture, he said, is one of abrupt appearance, stasis, and extinction. “Over 30 million dinosaur bones and parts, some in excellent states of preservation, have been identified, and although much speculation exists, not a single documented plausible direct ancestor has yet been located,” he said. “All known dinosaurs appear fully formed in the fossil record.” The news appears to confirm that picture. Science Daily’s write-up contained this illustration of how evolutionary speculation operates: “Based on an analysis of the relationships among Tawa and other early dinosaurs, the researchers hypothesize that dinosaurs originated in a part of Pangea that is now South America, diverging into theropods (like Tyrannosaurus rex), sauropodomorphs (like Apatosaurus) and ornithischians (like Triceratops); and then dispersed more than 220 million years ago across parts of Pangea that later became separate continents.” No basis for the analysis was given – other than a prior belief in evolution. The artist reconstruction of Tawa looks nothing like an Apatosaurus or Triceratops. The article did not mention any physical evidence of an ancestor or a location for it. It did not mention any plausible way for a putative ancestor to “originate” or “diverge” into three very different body types. Yet, somehow, this fossil “provides fantastic insight into the evolution of the skeleton of the first carnivorous dinosaurs” the article claimed. As for causes for these changes, the study attributed all the evolution to climate and the missing ancestor’s ability to move around. No evolutionary or genetic theory was defended, and no fossils were presented to support the “hypothesizing” Dittos for the short write-up in National Geographic, which partly funded the research. It claims the new fossil “boosts the theory” that dinosaurs “arose” then “diversified into three lineages and migrated out to the rest of the world, scientists say.” If anyone in any other field, or a dad telling his children a bedtime story, invoked such evidence-free speculation, would it be called science? The BBC News even allowed a scientist to state, without confrontation, that this fossil “filled a gap in the fossil record”.As icons for Darwinian evolution, it appears that horses and dinosaurs are not pulling their weight. To show this is not an isolated problem, two other articles this week proclaim the same anti-gradualistic theme of abrupt appearance. A press release from Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dec. 10 talked about experiments on stickleback fish. “Biologists have been debating since Darwin’s time about whether evolution can proceed in a single large step or if numerous, individually minor changes are necessary.” the press release said. “The new study, reported in the December 10, 2009, issue of Science Express and led by HHMI investigator David Kingsley of Stanford University, provides evidence that evolution can leap rather than shuffle.” Even so, the article is primarily about gene loss and alterations in the regulation of existing genes – not the increases in genetic information that molecules-to-man evolution would require. The best they could characterize the study was, “we are getting the first tantalizing glimpses of how new variants arise.” Call back when you can see clearly. Finally, Ken Smith reported for Nature News that “New species evolve in bursts.” PhysOrg waxed even more dramatic, saying “Evolution may take giant leaps.” What’s this about? Mark Pagel compared four models of speciation, using “more than 100 species groups from the animal and plant kingdoms, including bumblebees, turtles, foxes and roses.” His analysis refutes the “Red Queen” hypothesis of gradual, steady evolution, instead suggesting that “New species might arise as a result of single rare events, rather than through the gradual accumulation of many small changes over time, according to a study of thousands of species and their evolutionary family trees.” Though a staunch evolutionist himself, Pagel realized how anti-Darwinian his feather-ruffling conclusion is: “It really goes against the grain because most of us have this Darwinian view of speciation,” he said. “What we’re saying is that to think about natural selection as the cause of speciation is perhaps wrong.” Maybe the new motto of the evolutionists should be, “One small step for a model; one giant leap for evolution.” Or is that a leap of faith?1. Orlando et al, “Revising the recent evolutionary history of equids using ancient DNA,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published December 9, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0903672106.2. Available to the public in PDF at CRS. Bergman, Jerry, “The Evolution of Dinosaurs: Much Conjecture, Little Evidence,” Creation Research Society Quarterly (Vol. 46, No. 2), Fall 2009.Single rare events – could that include something like six days of creation? After all, the Darwinians are asking us to believe in miracles, anyway (sudden “giant leaps”, and animals that “arise” out of nowhere). While Darwin is mumbling pathetically, with tears in his beard, let’s think about what the fossil evidence is telling us.(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The redshift of galaxies has been measured for some 90 years, but the existence of “dark energy” was postulated only recently – in the late 1990s. It was needed to explain unexpected dimness of the most distant galaxies, as measured by Type Ia supernovae. Some cosmologists claim they are measuring dark energy – others say it is an unnecessary quantity that may not even exist. PhysOrg triumphantly announced that dark energy has been measured with more precision than ever before by astronomers using the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. This measurement “Sheds New Light on Universe’s Expansion,” the article states. Yet it becomes clear reading the article that what they were measuring were X-ray emissions from galaxy clusters, then combining the measurements with theoretical models of dark energy. It should be apparent that only light can be measured, not darkness (the absence of light). For instance, a record-breaking gamma ray burst was announced by Space.com: “A violent cosmic explosion has unleashed the brightest blast of X-rays ever detected from distant space, a signal so bright it temporary blinded the NASA space telescope assigned to spot it.” Speaking of the Type Ia supernovae used to measure cosmic expansion, Science Daily said that the origin of these key cosmic explosions is still a mystery. A spokeswoman for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said, “The question of what causes a Type Ia supernova is one of the great unsolved mysteries in astronomy.” Scientists have models for them – such as the accretion of matter onto a white dwarf from a binary companion, or the collision of two white dwarfs – but no model explains all the observations. This would seem to cast doubt on whether there is a single mechanism – and how, if not, astronomers can have confidence in their distance measurements (cf. 03/28/2010, bullet 5). Science magazine hosted a written debate this week on the question, “Is dark energy really a mystery?” Eugenio Bianchi and Carlo Rovelli in France answered “No.” Dark energy is nothing more than lambda, the cosmological constant Einstein erroneously tossed out of his original field equations. Since lambda is an integral part of his theory, and the current Cold Dark Matter (CDM) model employs it, there is no mystery. Dark matter is not a substance, they said. It is part of the explanatory apparatus. Taking the affirmative, Rocky Kolb of Chicago acknowledged that the CDM model is the leader, with no observations against it, but said its success comes at a price: “In the model, only about 5% of the total mass�energy of the Universe is observed and understood, and 95% of the Universe is dark.” Kolb is not impressed by attempts at alleging that a “new constant of nature” (the cosmological constant) “explains” dark energy. To him, it fits the description of a mystery in the “non-theological” sense of the word: “Something not understood or beyond understanding.” Moreover, if lambda is the measure of dark energy, it is “absurdly large” for a constant – on the order of 1028 per square centimeter. Such a constant “cannot at present be related to any other known or expected length scale in nature, and “Attempts to explain this new length scale fail by many, many orders of magnitude.” His objections then became philosophical and historical:We must demand more of cosmology than just piling on components or constants to a model to reproduce observations. Otherwise, we would still happily be adding epicycles to the Ptolemaic model of planetary motion. Cosmological models, along with their constants and components, must be grounded in laws of nature that we understand. The magnitude of the cosmological constant cannot currently be explained by any physics we know. Until it is, it is a mystery.See also the 09/28/2009, 06/30/2008 and 05/11/2006 entries, or search for “dark energy” in the search bar.1. Bianchi, Rovelli, and Kolb, “Cosmology forum: Is dark energy really a mystery?”, Nature 466, pp 321�322, 15 July 2010, doi:10.1038/466321a.What kind of science ascribes 95% of reality to mysterious, unknown stuff (MUST) that must exist to keep a theory going? (see 02/28/2008). If a religion did that, it would be laughed out of the observatory. Kolb recalled a personal communication he had with maverick astronomer Tommy Gold: “for every complicated physical phenomenon there is a simple, wrong explanation.” Scientists only fool themselves by giving names like “cosmological constant” to things they do not understand. It’s a trick the Murphy’s Law books use for entertainment: (e.g., Skinner’s Constant: that quantity which, when added to, subtracted from, multiplied or divided by the answer you got, gives you the answer you should have gotten). Make one up and explain the universe. How about Darwin’s Constant: the tendency to speak beyond experience, defined in units of hubris per square paragraph. Have some fun and send in your entry to the Feedback line.Dawkins’ Constant: The tendency for evolutionists to think they could have designed a better universe, planet, and life than God did. (Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Have embryonic stem cells made any headway toward cures? It’s sometimes hard to tell in news reports. Science Daily ran a story from Monash University about research on how stem cells in the embryo differentiate into muscle tissue, for the purpose of helping the elderly who suffer from age-related muscle wasting conditions, but did not indicate whether human embryos were involved in the research. It appears they studied chicken embryos to watch what happens as the stem cells develop into muscle, not for the purpose of injecting embryonic stem cells for treatment. A paper in Nature about embryonic stem cell research appears limited to understanding transcription in normal animals,3 without any mention of potential applications for human health. Similarly, an article on Science Daily discussed how scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are trying to understand how embryonic stem cells differentiate in living organisms. While the press release stated that “Investigators want to make embryonic stem cells for liver or pancreatic beta cells for therapies and research,” there was no indication that the team has come anywhere close to that goal. “By better understanding how a cell is normally programmed we will eventually be able to properly reprogram other cells,” one of them said. Once again, embryonic stem cell therapy looks like a pipe dream. Is there a “state of the stem cell” address? An overview of stem cell research was provided by Erika Check Hayden in Nature,4 who said, “The field of induced pluripotent stem cells has grown up fast. Now it is entering the difficult stage.” She focused on the promise of iPS cells which are changing the face of biology. “Like human embryonic stem cells, iPS cells could potentially be used as therapies, disease models or in drug screening,” she wrote. “And iPS cells have clear advantages: they can be made from adult cells, avoiding the contentious need for a human embryo, and they can be derived from people with diseases to create models or even therapies based on a person’s genetic make-up.” From there, Hayden described some of the “growing pains” of iPS stem cell research, but never mentioned any case in which embryonic stem cells are clearly superior to the ethics-friendly iPS cells. The ease of reprogramming adult cells into pluripotent stem cells has led to a gold rush of research into promising therapies. In spite of the fact that (as often happens in biology), “things are not as simple as we thought,” it was noteworthy that the thrust of Hayden’s article was about the strong momentum in the iPS research community. The silent subtext is that embryonic research has apparently lost a lot of steam. A few years ago, scientists were clamoring for access to human embryos for stem cell research. Now, the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) from human skin and other adult tissues has sidetracked interest in embryonic stem cells. The momentum is clearly going with iPS. Is there any longer a need for embryonic stem cell research? 1. Chen, Lu, Cheng, Peng, and Wang, “Isolation and Characterization of Porcine Amniotic Fluid-Derived Multipotent Stem Cells,” PLoS One 6(5): e19964. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019964. 2. Panopoulos, Ruiz et al, “Rapid and Highly Efficient Generation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells from Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells,” PLoS One 6(5): e19743. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019743. 3. Pastor, Pape, Huang et al, “Genome-wide mapping of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine in embryonic stem cells,” Nature, published online 08 May 2011, doi:10.1038/nature10102. 4. Erika Check Hayden, Stem cells: The growing pains of pluripotency,” Nature published online 18 May 2011; Nature 473, 272-274 (2011); doi:10.1038/473272a. It has been very encouraging for people who value ethics to see adult stem cell research take off, leaving embryonic stem cell research in its rear-view mirror. But what if it had turned out the other way? What if embryonic stem cells were actively producing cures? Experimenting on human embryos would still be unethical. A basic principle of ethics is that ends do not justify the means (see commentary from the 09/03/2010 entry). The past decade of stem-cell research has shown that some scientists’ greed for fame and money outruns their interest in ethics. It takes a concerned public to keep science in check, because scientists are only human, prone to the same moral lapses as the rest of us.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Skirting controversy: “Stem cell research courts both controversy and support in the community- depending on your viewpoint,” began an article on Medical Xpress. “Now, for the first time, scientists at Monash University’s Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories (MISCL) have shown that they can make human stem cells from healthy adult kidneys without working on human embryos, circumventing ethical concerns around this research.” A side-by-side comparison showed the kidney cells were just as good as embryonic stem cells in producing various tissues. Chemotherapy-resistant bone marrow: Another article on Medical Xpress reported work at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that stem cells from bone marrow can be genetically modified to resist damage from chemotherapy, helping cancer patients endure the treatment without harmful effects. Previously, chemotherapy treatments for gliablastoma, a brain cancer, have taken a harsh toll on patients’ bone marrow. “Our initial results are encouraging because our first patient is still alive and without evidence of disease progression almost two years after diagnosis,” a doctor said. Parkinson’s disease: Researchers from South Korea and Harvard have identified a “protein-based” human iPS cell” that appears promising for reversing nerve cell loss in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Their experiments “reversed disease when transplanted into the brain of rats modeling Parkinson disease.” Though the article mentioned embryonic stem cells as one of the two sources of stem cells, it did not produce any evidence that embryonic stem cells are effective – only the iPS cells. Vision forum: Eye diseases such as “age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases” affect millions worldwide, an article on Medical Xpress said. Can iPS stem cells from human skin treat these devastating conditions? Apparently so; “Scientists from Schepens Eye Research Institute are the first to regenerate large areas of damaged retinas and improve visual function using iPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) derived from skin,” they said. A paragraph in the article shows that many vision researchers would prefer to avoid ethical controversies with embryonic stem cells: While Tucker, Young and other scientists were beginning to tap the potential of embryonic and adult stem cells early in the decade, the discovery that skin cells could be transformed into “pluripotent” cells, nearly identical to embryonic cells, stirred excitement in the vision research community. Since 2006 when researchers in Japan first used a set of four “transcription factors” to signal skin cells to become iPSCs, vision scientists have been exploring ways to use this new technology. Like embryonic stem cells, iPSCs have the ability to become any other cell in the body, but are not fraught with the ethical, emotional and political issues associated with the use of tissue from human embryos. So far the tests are being done on mice. “The two scientists say their next step will be to take this technology into large animal models of retinal degenerative disease and eventually toward human clinical trials.” Amniotic fluid health potion: In a paper on PLoS One,1 Chinese researchers announced success deriving multipotent stem cells from amniotic fluid of pigs. They were able to get these stem cells to differentiate into nerve, fat, and heart tissues without producing teratomas (tumors). They said, “These optimal features of pAF-MSCs provide an excellent alternative stem cell resource for potential cell therapy in regenerative medicine and transgenic animals.”. Even in China these researchers were aware of the controversy. They said, “human amniotic fluid may be a new source of pluripotent stem cells without any ethical concerns associated with human embryonic stem cells (hES cells) research.” Umbilical vein health potion: Another paper in PLoS One by the Salk Institute showed success at getting induced pluripotent stem cells from human umbilical vein endothelial cells.2 Their process was “rapid and highly efficient,” they reported, and produced stem cells that were “indistinguishable from human embryonic stem (ES) cells with regards to morphology, pluripotent marker expression, and their ability to generate all embryonic germ layers in vitro and in vivo.” Progeria find-and-replace: An exciting discovery at Salk Institute shows the potential of adult stem cells to do “find and replace” operations on diseased genes, such as those with progeria, a degenerative disease that causes premature aging. PhysOrg explained the process: The gene-targeting approach developed by Suzuki and his colleagues relies on the use of so-called helper-dependent adenoviral vector to deliver large mutation-free DNA molecules into cells. Once there, these replacement pieces initiate a process known as homologous recombination, which works a bit like the “find-and-replace” command in a word processor. If a piece of DNA is long enough, it will find and line up with the same sequence in the genome and swap places. “The process was remarkably efficient and we couldn’t detect any undesired off-target effects such genomic instability or epigenetic abnormalities,” says Liu. “What’s more, it allowed us to show that we can correct multiple mutations spanning large genomic regions.” The team used adult mesenchymal stem cells and iPS cells from progeria patients to test the genetic editing procedure. The article said that these cells have been shown to differentiate into a wide variety of tissues, including “adipocytes, osteoblasts, chondrocytes, cardiomyocytes, adipocytes, and, as described lately, beta-pancreatic islets cells.” Regeneration takes a village of cells: Don’t expect to grow a new arm with stem cells. In an article on Science Daily, researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that, at least for zebrafish, multiple cell types are needed to regrow a lost fin. Crop yields: Plants have stem cells, too – and not just in their stems. Researchers at Texas Agrilife Research are studying stem cells in Arabidopsis to learn how to make plants produce more fruit, seeds and leaves, according to PhysOrg.
A new analysis of gender dysphoria finds causation in brain networks, not genetics or brain biology.In a day when growing numbers of people are questioning the gender of the body they were born in, and demanding laws to protect their chosen gender identity, it is vital to look at the science behind gender dysphoria. Can a person really be born in the wrong body? Is gender simply a matter of choice? Some transgender folks claim they are a man (or woman) born in the body of a woman (or man). If that were true, there should be some biological evidence: genetic, or detectable brain morphology.**Note: we are not discussing rare intersex individuals who actually have biological defects in their chromosomes or were born with ambiguous genitalia. “Transexual” individuals suffer emotional confusion about their gender with no biological basis.Credit: Chip Box, posted on World Magazine.One theory about transgenderism claims it is caused by brain structure: a boy developing a girl-type brain, or vice versa. That theory has been shot down by a study from the Society for Neuroscience, reported by Science Daily:A new theory of gender dysphoria argues the symptoms of the condition are due to changes in network activity, rather than incorrect brain sex, according to work recently published in eNeuro. (Visited 392 times, 2 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterest Gender dysphoria is a state of extreme distress caused by the feeling that a person’s true gender does not match the gender assigned at birth. The leading theory of the mechanism behind gender dysphoria attributes the condition to people possessing brains regions with the size and shape of the opposite sex, instead of their biological sex. However, recent brain imaging studies don’t support that theory.Stephen Gliske, publishing his theory in eNeuro, believes brain size and shape does not cause gender dysphoria. It’s in the brain networking, which is pliable:He proposes gender dysphoria is caused by altered activity in three networks — the distress, social behavior, and body-ownership networks — affecting distress and one’s sense of their own gender. Previous studies support the premise that activity changes in these networks are associated with anatomical changes and feelings of gender dysphoria.The new theory may disturb those looking to excuse and maintain their dysphoria. But it offers good news for people suffering from unnecessary distress who believe falsely that their brain makes them confused about their gender. “If supported by further research,” the press release says with a bit of hedging, “this theory could offer ways to treat the distress of gender dysphoria patients without relying on invasive and irreversible gender reassignment surgery.”In the paper, Gliske presents his “updated theory of gender dysphoria” with hope that it “may lead to therapies which directly address the underlying biology rather than just the subjective symptoms.” Gliske doesn’t state the following implications, but it seems the least invasive way to correct gender dysphoria is to help individuals to love and accept the gender that matches their biological reality. A healthy society should correct dysphoria with phoria, the ability for both eyes to focus together. Gender dysphoria puts the body and mind out of sync. Does a healthy culture wish to keep people cross-eyed? Like giving drug addicts free needles and drugs, acceptance only prolongs the harm. The loving thing is to help turn dysphoria into eudaimonia, a harmonious integration of mind and body.Standing up for TruthIn their Dec 6 radio broadcast Washington Watch, Family Research Council discussed a recently-discovered document that revealed a strategy by LGBT activists to push the culture toward full acceptance of their lifestyle. Host Sarah Perry interviewed Doug Mainwaring, whose article on LifeSiteNews unveiled a document that shows how they intentionally bypass legislation and the news media to surreptitiously nudge people through NGOs. The rapid success LGBT activists are achieving through these stealth methods makes it seem as if their views are on the “right side of history,” making their critics afraid to speak out.The title alone is alarming: “Only Adults? Good Practices in Legal Gender Recognition for Youth.” Although the slick 64-page document deals with specific practices and tactics that have proved successful for expanding transgender policies and power in a general way, it primarily focuses on how to hand power to children to declare whatever gender they choose while squashing parental authority and concern.Over the years, progressives who seek to fundamentally change society have diligently developed strategies that win. They don’t promote ideas that win on their own merit; in fact, they have had amazing success promoting ideas that most people would normally reject. As this newly published document demonstrates, LGBT activists rely on stealth, behind-the-scenes efforts that do an end run around public discourse and legislative processes, resulting in new laws, new regulations, and the untenable demands of the “woke” culture that are increasingly overtaking government at every level.In some cases, LGBT activists have turned to violence (WND, WND) using intimidation to make those with traditional views afraid to speak their minds. So thoroughly has the LGBT lobby brainwashed the culture about the normality of these “dysphoria” (anxiety) conditions, many normal people are afraid to state what used to be patently obvious: each of the letters in the LGBT acronym represent abnormal states of mind and behavior. That doesn’t imply that the dysphoric should be persecuted any more than drug addicts or sex addicts should be, but the proper solution cannot be to deny the truth. Academic institutions are succumbing to the pressure, not wanting to be perceived as falling behind (Phys.org).Even some Christians are compromising the clear teaching of Scripture, afraid to be judged as “homophobes” – a label often a precursor to loss of a job, funding, or even the ability to voice an opinion. A few retain the boldness to avoid being dragged along with the culture; see Erik Rush on WND, and notice how scary it sounds these days to state the obvious. Mike Brown on WND deals with strategies for pastors and businesses when faced by threats to compromise with the culture’s growing intolerance of traditional morality and biological facts.The biological family is the foundation of a healthy society.An important recent book by Nancy Pearcey, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality, analyzes the morass of sexual and political problems that sprang from “social contract” theory – the ideas of Rousseau and other Enlightenment philosophers who, by declaring independence from God as Creator, renounced the biological bases of sex, gender and marriage that people had lived by for millennia. Pearcey explains why a neo-Gnostic “two-story” philosophy that separated the body below from the self above has opened a Pandora’s box of personal and political disasters that are currently destroying marriage itself, and sending masses of people into confusion and distress in opposition to their created biological nature. The consequences of rejection of God’s order as taught in Genesis, Pearcey shows, include loss of freedom for all families. For instance, if biologically unrelated men or women can be granted parenting rights in a same-sex union, then government becomes the arbiter of who gets those rights, and who can be deprived of parenting rights. This puts all children at risk, and gives more power to civil government. In Genesis, those rights are God-given, based in our biological nature and the plan of God for marriage and family. The exceptions where biological parents are unable to fulfill their roles do not undermine the rule. Government can help in those situations, but marriage and parenting rights preceded government. They are human rights, part of the “unalienable rights” from our Creator.Well-written, honest and sensitive, without being judgmental, Pearcey’s eye-opening and well-documented book explores divorce, the hook-up culture, the collapse of marriage, homosexuality, transgenderism and gender dysphoria. Readers may become distressed at reading about these catastrophic consequences of rejecting God’s Word that are happening now with increasing intensity. But it’s the only way to understand what is going on, how society got to this messy condition, and what the solution must be. Marriage makes perfect sense biologically and morally when seen as a covenant, not a social contract, that involves not just the self but the community of relatives and children that result from a heterosexual union, creating relationships for the good of society. Throughout the book, Pearcey gives a positive message that God created sex and gender for our good. She shows why our greatest happiness will come from being what we were created to be.Everything created by God is good (I Timothy 4:4). Photo by DFC from AiG Creation Museum.
NT Energy UK, its empowerment partner Bataung Oil and the state-owned Central Energy Fund are to begin exploration for coalbed methane reserves as part of a project to develop sustainable sources of alternative energy for the country.Engineering News reported last week that GascoSA, which is exploring for the gas in three South African provinces, could be in commercial methane production in 18 months, spending US$169-million (about R1.1-billion) by the end of that period.GascoSA is 60% owned by NT Energy Africa, which comprises NT Energy UK and local empwerment company Bataung Group, and the state-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF).According to its website, CEF is involved in the search for appropriate energy solutions to meet the future energy needs including oil, gas, electrical power, solar energy, low-smoke fuels, biomass, wind and renewable energy sources.It also manages the operation and development of the oil and gas assets and operations of the South African government.According to BuaNews, the project, which is endorsed by the Department of Minerals and Energy as part of its mandage to secure energy for the coutry, represents a potential investment of U$10-billion over the next seven to 10 years in infrastructure and a pipeline rollout.Bataung Group chairman Billy Modise said that for the country to meet its development and job creation targets as outlined by the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), developing a sustainable source of alternative energy had become non-negotiable.“The development of sustainable sources of alternative energy has become a strategic priority for South Africa, especially as current demand continues to outstrip capacity,” Bataung Group MD Kinesh Pather told BuaNews. “Coal bed methane and the conversion of gas to liquid fuels provide a real, clean and long-term alternative to the current energy crisis.”NT Energy official Chris Mumby told Mining Weekly Online last week that the company had spoken informally with state-owned electricity utility Eskom about methane uptake, while it was also open to partnering with independent power producers.According to Engineering News, studies to reveal gas content would be completed by the middle of 2008, and viability studies by the fourth quarter of the year. If viable reserves are found, production drilling would take a further year.
15 May 2009The Eastern Cape government has held talks with domestic airline Airlink about the possibility of introducing flights between Cape Town, Bhisho and Mthatha.“There is a huge opportunity for us here, and any Airlink aircraft can land here,” Airlink chief operations officer Johan van Jaarsveld said in Bhisho this week, adding that the newly refurbished Bhisho Airport infrastructure met the airline’s requirements.“We will send an operations team to do an audit of operational facilities,” he said.The company has also asked the provincial transport department to upgrade its infrastructure at the Mthatha Airport in order to allow for an evening flight between Johannesburg and Mthatha.According to a statement released by the provincial government this week, the parties agreed that while waiting for the physical upgrade at Mthatha Airport to start by July 2009, the runway lights needed urgent attention.Blue SkywayThe initiative forms part of the department’s Blue Skyway Aviation Strategy, which seeks to attract investment to the Bhisho and Mthatha Airports.The department intends to have a second airline between Mthatha and Johannesburg, including an evening flight, while a future link to Durban from Mthatha is envisaged as soon as the correct type of service is developed.The provincial government also aims to link Port Elizabeth to Mthatha via Bhisho to allow faster movement between these three areas and to reduce the number of government vehicles on these routes.Wild Coast accessThis aim is also to boost tourism in the region by improving access to the Wild Coast, a popular tourist destination.The airport will also contribute to local business development, with people coming directly to Mthatha instead of having to fly to East London and then drive for three hours.“Our doors are wide open for any investor that wants to come forward and add value to this project,” said provincial transport minister Gloria Barry.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Nelson Mandela waving at the crowd at a 46664 concert, held every year to raise awareness about HIV/Aids. (Image: 46664 Arctic) The UN has declared 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African president’s commitment to human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation.Starting in 2010, the day will be observed each year on 18 July – Mandela’s birthday – and people across the world will be urged to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to uplift society in some way.UN General Assembly paid tribute to Mandela in its 64th session in New York on 10 November, adopting a draft resolution put forward by South African ambassador to the UN, Baso Sangqu. The resolution seeks to make the international community aware of Mandela’s humanitarian work.It also recognises Mandela’s “leading role in and support for Africa’s struggle for liberation and unity, and his outstanding contribution to the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist democratic South Africa”.The UN invited all member states, its organisations and other international organisations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organisations and individuals, “to observe Nelson Mandela International Day in an appropriate manner”.Mandela Day in SAThe idea of Mandela Day was first introduced by South African president Jacob Zuma in 2009. It became a nationwide campaign to get the public involved in charitable activities, also for 67 minutes on 18 July – the day Mandela turned 91.The number of minutes was significant because it represented the 67 years since the former president first started fighting for human rights and the abolition of apartheid.Although Mandela Day began as a South African initiative, the international community was involved with a launch at a glittering music concert in New York, where musicians such as Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Wycleaf Jean and French first lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy performed.At this launch, via video streaming, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and US president Barack Obama endorsed the idea to make it a worldwide event.“Mandela is a living embodiment of the highest values of the United Nations,” Ban said. “His commitment to a democratic, multi-racial South Africa; his steadfast pursuit of justice; his willingness to reconcile with those who persecuted him most – these are just some of the hallmarks of a remarkable man.”Back home, South Africans came out in numbers to support Mandela Day. Some started street clean-up campaigns, while others helped out at orphanages and old-age homes.Jeffsville – an informal settlement outside one of the country’s capital cities, Pretoria – marked the day by hosting a reconciliation event. Both South Africans and foreigners living there committed to forgive the xenophobic attacks of 2008 waged against foreign residents, which left scores dead and thousands homeless.“On 18 July 2009 millions of people across the globe came together to give 67 minutes or more of their time in community service, their actions inspired by the life’s work of Nelson Mandela,” said Sangqu in a statement.“In turn, the actions of these millions of people – men, women and youth across the globe and from all sectors of society, including heads of state, governments, NGOs and civil society – have inspired us to introduce this draft resolution to the General Assembly,” he added.The Non-Aligned Movement, an international body of states not formally aligned with any major power bloc, has been one of the strongest supporters of the campaign. During its summit in Egypt in July, the organisation passed a special declaration to lobby the UN to give Mandela Day international status.Support for resolutionCanada commended the adoption of the resolution. The country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said the day would help disseminate ideals that Mandela stands for. “This day will remind us of the importance of fighting injustice, upholding freedom and democracy and promoting a culture of peace throughout the world.“Nelson Mandela truly exemplifies commitment to a people, moral fortitude and service to humanity. He has also shown us how it is possible to be both a leading statesman and an exceptional human being. His work on conflict resolution and the protection of children’s rights only adds to his legacy,” Cannon added.Madiba, as Mandela is affectionately known, is also the recipient of a Companion of the Order of Canada and is an honorary Canadian citizen. “[He] is an inspiration to us all,” Cannon said.The Nelson Mandela Foundation has also welcomed the resolution. “The Nelson Mandela Foundation and its sister charities are pleased with the declaration of July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, as ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’ – an international day of activism,” it said in a statement.The foundation was set up after Mandela’s retirement in 1999 and works to create a legacy of his life and work.More about MadibaMandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994 after working tirelessly to unite black and white South Africans when the country was living through violent and troubled times.He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, with then South African president FW de Klerk, for his efforts in finding a peaceful resolution to the country’s deep-rooted conflicts.Before his presidency Mandela was heavily involved in anti-apartheid activities led by the then-banned African National Congress and was convicted on charges of sabotage. He served 27 years in prison, many of which were spent with other sentenced freedom fighters on the desolate Robben Island, 12km off the coast of Cape Town.As a champion of reconciliation, Mandela was also instrumental in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was set up by South Africa’s Government of National Unity to help deal with the atrocities of apartheid.Although he has officially retired, he continues to voice his opinion on topical humanitarian issues and campaigns globally for peace, children and the fight against HIV/Aids.
Presidents Ian Khama and Jacob Zumareport back on their bilateral discussions. A guard of honour welcomes the twoheads of state to Freedom Park. Khama and Zuma lay a wreath at Isivivanein Freedom Park, Pretoria.(Images: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS • Saul Kgomotso MolobiChief Director for Public Diplomacy+27 82 940 1647 RELATED ARTICLES • Science university for Botswana • Boundless Southern Africa • New Zimbabwe deal in sight • SA, Angola strengthen ties• SADC free trade area launchedJanine ErasmusSouth African President Jacob Zuma recently received the president of Botswana, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama (Ian a Sêrêtsê), on Khama’s first official state visit to his country’s southern neighbour.Khama and his entourage of seven ministers, senior government officials and representatives from the business sector, were in South Africa on 5 and 6 October at Zuma’s invitation. The intention was to strengthen relations between the two countries.Discussions between the two heads of state centred on the Zimbabwean political situation and the sanctions currently imposed on that country, but also turned to ways in which to create opportunities for economic and industrial development for their own nations, leading to job creation and better lives for citizens.Topics included the challenges faced by both countries in terms of health and communicable diseases, as well as continuing commitment to the Southern African Customs Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).The two leaders also discussed the Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation between their nations. This scheme covers a wide range of agreements on issues of mutual interest, including tourism, trade, agriculture, science and technology, health, sport, and arts and culture.Another special area of concern was that of natural heritage, which is a significant tourist drawcard for the whole region.South Africa and Botswana have worked together on the foundation of two vast trans-frontier parks – the Kgalagadi Park between South Africa, Botswana and Namibia; and the Greater Mapungubwe Park between Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.Fruitful discussionsAfter the first day of talks Zuma stated that the proceedings had gone well.“This morning we had fruitful discussions covering a wide range of areas in our bilateral cooperation,” he said. “We are satisfied with the good relations that so happily exist between our sister countries.”The two leaders then visited Freedom Park in Pretoria to host a wreath-laying ceremony during which they honoured the thousands who gave their lives during South Africa’s liberation struggle. The ceremony took place at Isivivane – the resting place of those who fought and died for freedom.Zuma took the opportunity to thank Khama and the Botswana nation for giving sanctuary to many South African refugees who were hunted by authorities during those turbulent times.Khama also visited former president Nelson Mandela during his stay in South Africa.Before departing, Khama invited his South African counterpart to visit Botswana. Zuma accepted, and the dates will be finalised through normal diplomatic channels.Contentious situationSouthern African countries have been at odds with the European Union (EU) and the US over the contentious subject of Zimbabwean sanctions, with Zuma arguing that the situation is doing more harm than good, and is in fact hindering Zimbabwe’s economic recovery. The EU and US are disputing this claim, and remain adamant that they will not lift sanctions.During his state visit Khama added his voice to the Zimbabwe debate, saying that he too was sceptical at first, believing that the imposition of sanctions was necessary. When political unrest in Zimbabwe was at its peak about two years ago, Khama was outspoken in his criticism of President Robert Mugabe, asking SADC to close the country’s borders and isolate the ageing head of state.“The sanctions are now starting to be a hindrance and we have to call on those imposing them to reconsider their position because the situation is better in Zimbabwe,” he said, referring to the establishment of the Government of National Unity in February 2009.This is the power-sharing arrangement between Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai heading his branch of the Movement for Democratic Change or MDC-T, and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara of the MDC-M.“As easily as they can be imposed,” said Khama at a media briefing in Pretoria, “sanctions can be removed, and I believe this should be done as a demonstration of goodwill with Zimbabwe”.Khama added that the embattled Southern African country has shown some progress in the economic and political sectors, and the lifting of sanctions would help that upward movement. Relations between his country and Zimbabwe, which took a turn for the worse after Khama’s condemnation of Mugabe, have recently begun to improve.“We also have concerns, but let’s remove the sanctions to demonstrate good faith and see where we go from there.”
MEDIA CONTACTS • +27 11 656 6349 +27 71 236 2118 (Image: firstname.lastname@example.org) “Chris Rock, the American comedian, jokes that if you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book. Let’s prove him wrong and let’s get reading, sistas!” That call to action comes from Sis’ Nolly, the face of Nollybooks, a new South African romance imprint aiming to make readers out of young black women. Nollybooks takes the British Mills & Boon model of chick-lit romance written to a formula and adapts it for the urban South African context, with recognisable – if aspirational – characters, settings, language and culture. But it further adapts the model for a less literate society with the “bookazines” format, with a letter from the editor – Sis’ Nolly – in the front and word games, quizzes, a glossary, book club talking points and celebrity news included at the back.The series, launched in October 2010, is an imprint of MME Media and the brainchild of Nigeria-born Moky Makura, a writer, TV presenter and producer, PR pioneer and, now, publisher.Makura, who has an Honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK, is on a mission to get “aliterate” young South Africans – particularly girls and young women aged 16 to 24 – back to books.“For many young people in this country, the last books they read were probably at school,” she told City Press a few months before the Nollybooks launch last year. “It is likely the books were not books they would have chosen to read, so it may also have been a negative experience – so they stop when they leave school.”Makura points to the fact that more than 3-million South Africans are illiterate, 8-million functionally illiterate, and many millions more aliterate – they can read books, but don’t. It’s this last, vast market that Nollybooks targets.“We’ve identified a big gap in the market and the time it takes before young people can afford to buy at Exclusive Books,” Makura said. “It’s pricey and intimidating.”Creating an entirely new market of readers out of ordinary, aliterate South Africans has been done before – to huge success. The country’s first tabloid newspaper Daily Sun revolutionised the local publishing industry by tapping into the market of working-class readers, people who had never bothered with newspapers before. Launched in 2002, Daily Sun is by far South Africa’s largest paper, with daily sales of some 500 000 – three times that of its nearest rivals – and a readership of over 3-million people.Like Daily Sun, Nollybooks seeks to attract readers with a low price – R50 a book, between half and a third of the cost of a conventional novel – and content that speaks to their lives.“I named this company Nollybooks because we must write our own stories and make them accessible,” Makura told City Press. “The best way to get people to enjoy books is to give them content they enjoy.”The name of the imprint reflects her inspiration from the success of local storytelling in her the film industry of Nigeria, her home country. “I believe we Africans want to see ourselves reflected in the content that we consume,” she said. “Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, was created by Nigerians telling their own stories to themselves. It’s an incredibly successful, self-sustaining industry. It shows that despite questionable production values, people want to see themselves.”The bookazine format is also an attempt to fit with the readers’ lives, being smaller than most books and so easier to fit in a handbag and read on a bus or taxi to and from work. The glossary of more difficult words included with each book will be useful to members of an aspirational generation, young second-language English speakers keen to improve their language. And dictionaries are rarely found in homes, let alone on public transport.Nollybooks have so far published 11 titles, including The Perfect Holiday Romance, The Spy Who Loved Him, A Man Worth Knowing and More than Friends. Most were written by first-time authors. The Nollybooks team see nurturing new writing talent as part of their goal to spread literacy in South Africa, so they encourage new writers, offer writing tips on the website and recently held a writing workshop at the National Book Week in Johannesburg.The plots of the books are fun, upbeat and very local. In The Spy Who Loved Him, journalist Thuli Mabena takes on a job as domestic worker for wealthy businessman Luasi Nkosi, all the while spying on him and reporting back to her readers on how the rich and famous treat their employees.In Looking for Mr Right, Cassandra is fed up with making wedding gowns for other women while she stays single. Online dating seems a good idea – “until she realises that what glitters in cyberspace isn’t gold in the flesh”. Neo in More Than Just Friends is excitedly awaiting her childhood friend Nceba’s return to South Africa, expecting the awkward-looking boy she grew up with. She is “stunned to see a devastatingly handsome man, and the two immediately rekindle their friendship …”Like the hugely successful international franchise Mills & Boon, all Nollybooks are put together according to a formula that dictates plots, character and writing style.“Formulaic writing works,” Makura told The Times. “It captures readers. It gives them a guarantee. They know what to expect. It’s like watching a soap opera. There is a little bit of the same in each book, and this is like what Enid Blyton does for young readers, too – helping to creating reading habits.”But unlike Mills & Boon, and despite many lines given to the protagonist’s attractions – “How did he keep his body so trim and rugged with all the time he spent in court; settlement after settlement?” – there is no sex.“We are sensitive to the reality of South Africa, to Aids and to young girls,” Makura said.“The sex happens after the story finishes.”
Ray Maota Police officers have been urged to retaintheir physique. National Commissioner of Police Bheki Celeand other top officials have given out theirmobile phone numbers as part of thepolice’s community safety initiative.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zweli MnisiChief Director: Communications/Spokesperson Ministry of Police+27 12 393 4341 / +27 21 467 7007South Africa’s National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele has made it easier for South Africans to report crime by giving out his personal mobile phone number and encouraging other top officials to do the same.Cele announced his number at a recent community meeting in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, and called on his colleagues present to follow his example.This was aimed at improving the public’s communication with police and promoting community safety.Zweli Mnisi, media liaison officer for the Ministry of Police, said: “We are in the process of printing out a national directory so all citizens will have access to the numbers of generals and other officials.”There have been talks of introducing a new nation-wide emergency number for crime reporting, but this idea has been put on hold to investigate alternative solutions.According to the Electronic Communications Act, 112 will be the new number to dial in case of a public emergency – and calls to it will be free from fixed lines and mobile phones. Operators will be able to direct the complaint to the local authorities where the call was made.The new number was proposed due to reported difficulties in reaching the police call centre on 10 111, which is the existing emergency line.In Soshanguve there have been complaints that calls to 10 111 are not being answered and there’s no follow up once a crime is reported to that number.Although there are problems with the 10 111 call centre, Mnisi said the number “is still effective in some cases”.“But there’s a combination of various issues. We’re constantly working on efficiency by training officers and making sure they’re equipped to deal with the calls – but sometimes there’s no passion and commitment from the police officers.”Mnisi added that the high incidence of prank calls to 10 111 also caused difficulties.John Moodey, Democratic Alliance leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and deputy spokesperson on community safety, said a new nation-wide emergency number was a good idea.He added that “direct communication with police officers has also proven to be useful”.Moodey pointed out that there were, however, some drawbacks of using the 112 detail. “The number will work if you have a problem at your home or place of work in the area, but what happens when you’re travelling between two districts or are just not in your area?”Crime-reporting process forBy dialling 10 111, South Africans are put through to a 24-hour crime-reporting call centre.An operator takes down all the details from the caller and a reference number is given to the person as proof of having called. All conversations are recorded for accountability.A vehicle from the nearest police station is then dispatched to the scene. The Flying Squad is called in to respond to high-priority cases that need to be reached quickly.Calls to the centre are free from a fixed line, but are charged at regular mobile phone rates when the latter is used.“An internal review of the performance of 10 111 has been done. Part of the issue is that call centre agents don’t know how to appropriately classify the cases being reported, so we are refining our recruitment,” Mnisi said.No-nonsense approachGeneral Bheki Cele was appointed police commissioner in July 2009, replacing Jackie Selebi.He soon became known for his no-nonsense approach to crime and declaring war on criminals.He was previously the MEC for Transport, Safety and Security in KwaZulu-Natal.Since his appointment, Cele has emphasised the need for police officers to be fit and in shape to fight crime effectively. He’s also vowed to fight corruption within the ranks of the police.“If you are wearing a size 32 uniform today, it must stay that way for the next seven years – don’t come back in two years time and ask for a size 34,” he said.