Some major sports moments in 2015

first_imgLONDON (AP):From Serena Williams’ near Grand Slam in tennis to Japan’s shock defeat of South Africa in the Rugby World Cup and Barcelona’s dominance on the football pitch, there was much to admire in international sports this year.But much of it was spent dwelling on scandal – from widespread allegations of bribery and corruption at FIFA to systemic doping and cover-up in athletics.Football officialdom endured a shameful year.Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president since 1998, and Michel Platini, European football’s top official, were banned from all football-related activity for eight years for a FIFA payment of about $2 million to Platini in 2011. The payment was judged by FIFA’s ethics commission to be a conflict of interest and disloyal to the world body. Both deny wrongdoing and will appeal the decision.And in athletics, Russia’s federation was suspended after it was accused of operating a state-sponsored doping program. The suspension could keep Russia out of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Athletics had its more inspiring moments, Usain Bolt in many of them. A lunge to the line saw him see off Justin Gatlin in the 100 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing – the scene of perhaps his greatest achievements in the 2008 Olympics.Golf got its own new superstar this year, too. Jordan Spieth won the first two majors, and just fell short in the other two.It was also a big year for Australia and New Zealand. The neighbours contested the finals of both the cricket and rugby World Cups. Australia won the former to claim their fifth Cricket World Cup while New Zealand got revenge when they became the first team to successfully defend the Rugby World Cup.Here are some notable moments in sports this year, as captured by photographers from The Associated Press.last_img read more

Calabar in seventh heaven

first_imgCalabar High scored their first win after three attempts in Group G of this season’s ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup competition yesterday, and they did it in some style, with a 7-0 clobbering of Campion College at Red Hills Road.Javone Francis led the onslaught with two goals in the 45th and 75th minutes. The other goals came from Herbert Redman, Scott McCoy, Renardo Burger, Orane Ferguson, and De Andre McCoy.But despite losing their first two games of the season, double goalscorer Francis, who has targeted 20 goals this season, insists their season has just started with that this game, and he is confident that they can recover and move on from the group.”Today, our campaign started and we are going to win all seven matches we have left. We are confident we can make it to the next round. My aim is to score goals, and the aim is 20 for the season,” he told The Gleaner.Calabar were all over their opponents from the opening whistle, and Redman fired home in the 16th minute to get them off the mark. Calabar doubled their lead on the half-hour thanks to McCoy’s powerful strike, and Burger produced an even more spectacular effort, curling in a shot off the post four minutes later. Francis netted his first and Calabar his fourth when he scored from inside the box on 45 minutes.MULTIPLE GOALSAfter the break, Ferguson scored with a low shot from 18 yards, and Francis added his second and Calabar’s sixth with another low strike. McCoy then sealed the win with a goal in added time.Calabar’s coach, Lijyasu Simms, reiterated that their season had just began.”The slow start we had is because we have a very young team. A lot of these guys are playing Manning Cup for the first time, so they started nervous. The two games we lost are water under the bridge. The other teams (in group) are not way ahead of us, so our destiny is in our own hands,” Simms said.last_img read more

Lawmakers and the Law

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Addressing the fomented primaeval fears expressed by PNC MP Figueira

first_imgDear Editor,I have been deeply disturbed, troubled and sitting dejected on reading the letter entitled, “Jagdeo’s system of apartheid,” in the Daily Chronicle of Thursday, March 7, 2019, submitted by Jermaine Figueira, PNC Member of Parliament for Region 10.For quite a while, I was torn in mind whether we PPP and PPP/C should respond to his repeating and so propagating the preposterous historical allegations arising out of fomented primeval fears amongst us Afro-Guyanese, of the so-called “Indian” PPP and PPP/C, herein Jagdeo and Ramotar “not liking black people,” “discriminating against black people,” “wanting to dominate black people”, “instituting a system of apartheid against black people” and so on. Editor, we of the PPP and the PPP/C of all races have been responding numerous times to these allegations. We stand on our historical record of material achievements and of embracing Guyanese of all races, of all religions and from all regions from the time of the founding of our Political Affairs Committee (PAC) in 1946 to today. Nonetheless, I go once more to the battle line. I do so cognisant that a number of my Afro brothers and sisters are still vulnerable to such preposterous charges. I start as one airline safety routine begins, to remind those who have heard these sentiments before and to inform those who are encountering these allegations for the first time, that these allegations generate lots of emotions but there is much substance to the contrary.I write also responding directly to Figueira – for I sense some playing to the gallery, some tentativeness in his opening line, as printed:“Fasten your seat belts, as I tread on delicate grounds.”Editor, Figueira’s letter seems to call for a response at a number of levels from specific/particular/tangible as well as general historical, social/economic/intangibles viewpoints. Taking account of the limitations of space and time, I will here and now address mainly the specific allegations.I contend contrary to MP Figueira that during our PPP/C period in office, October 1992 to May 2015 that:* All groups of Guyanese throughout Guyana, experienced similar levels of growth and development, in improved housing, the supply of electricity, water, telephones, education and health services. If vehicle ownership is taken as a proxy for improvement in living standards and aspirations, Afro-Guyanese and Afro-Guyanese areas did no less well than other areas.* Addressing Linden and Region 10 specifically, as we have stated a number of times before, the PPP/C entered office in 1992 meeting an International Manager, Mining and Processing Engineers  (MINPROC), installed in Linden Mining Enterprise (LINMINE) by the departed PNC Administration, in the course of covenants and conditionalities of the Economic Recovery Program (ERP). There was the covenant that after two years, MINPROC would declare whether it could see LINMINE becoming profitable or not. If profitable, LINMINE was to be sold, if not, it was to be shut down forthwith. No more monies from the nation’s treasury were to be thrown away in subsidising LINMINE. If we the PPP/C had really disliked Linden and Afro-Guyanese areas, all that we had to do was to conform to the PNC covenant. We did not; I reiterate, we did not. We squeezed, and with blood in our eyes, found ways above and below the table to resume and maintain subsidies to that company and community for many years into the future.* We the PPP and PPP/C would welcome a review and audit of our relationships with the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) during our period. The recent CoI which included looking into the actions of the former Town Clerk should have opened many eyes to the likelihood that the criticisms of our Ministers and Government were not of bad mind, nor anti-Afro-Guyanese.Recall the recent Parking Meter debacle. In 1992, my ministerial responsibilities included Local Government and Regional Development which included Georgetown. The same Parking Meter proposal and some thirty proposals for municipal incinerators were brought to me by teams including some overseas Afro-Guyanese and native New Yorkers. Inherent, often buried deep in all of them were assumptions of payment fee-structures much the same as in New York – not surprising as all the equipment and installations were as in New York, but very far from affordable by Guyanese in the mid-1990s and even now. Our public has already heard much about the Parking Meter proposal and overwhelmingly rejected it. The incinerator proposals would have incurred charges of about G$800 million per year when the Municipality of Georgetown was collecting then about G$200 million per year in taxes. The early charges by then Mayor and Council of Georgetown of our PPP/C Government’s intransigence, and stymieing of proposed revenue-generating initiatives of the M&CC, and with overtones of us not liking black people and wanting black people to fail and to look bad, flowed from my unwillingness to give the go-ahead to those unsound projects.* On the question of the alleged biased support to our various municipal areas, MP Figueira, it appears, is referring solely to the publicly stated schedule of direct grants to municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Areas (NDCs). That does not take account of the very much larger cash flows from Central Government’s overall budget from which those people and communities benefit – for example, the over $2 billion per year to subsidise electricity in the Linden area which works out to more than about $20,000: per household per month which we did not bring to the nation’s attention until forced to; nor does it consider the about $900 million spent in constructing well-surfaced roads and concrete drains in Bartica, and so on. I mention these instances to say that we tried as much as humanly possible to treat even handedly and equitably with all our communities whether mainly Afro-Guyanese, Indo Guyanese, Amerindian Guyanese, or no-nation Guyanese.* On the question of Dr Roger Luncheon’s answer on the appointment of Afro-Guyanese as ambassadors, one must see his answer in the context of the series of questions by lawyers demanding yes/no answers. A number of persons appearing to me to be Afro-Guyanese were being considered and not long after were promoted to the level of ambassador.* On the question of Sophia and the adjoining squatting areas, Figueira forces me to recall the policemen and persecution inflicted on the squatters by the PNC in the years before we the PPP/C took office, and that the PNC had earmarked Sophia in particular for high-end housing developments. We the PPP/C regularised the squatting we met in Sophia and neighbouring areas granting the land to those ordinary Guyanese, overwhelmingly Afro-Guyanese, and we sought by finding more land to grant house lots, to get ahead of the pressure for further squatting.* Concerning MP Figueira’s charges “that during Jagdeo’s 12-year imperial rule, 468 Afro-Guyanese men were killed by an alleged State-sponsored death squad and phantom gang.” Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo has spoken to these charges a number of times and has been calling for a CoI of that period. The lack of take-up on Jagdeo’s call is an indication of uneasiness somewhere in so doing. I have been maintaining that the period started with the run-up to our 1997 General Elections and the “slow fiyah, mo fiyah” marches and real fires as elitists fomented many ordinary Afro-Guyanese to reject that second PPP/C win. They were encouraged to loot, burn and vent their frustrations on Indo-Guyanese, who were once again as I said, then made to pay the price for Guyana remaining whole. I encourage MP Figueira, all Afro-Guyanese and indeed everyone interested to put hands on and read Eusi Kwayana’s letter as he left Buxton and Guyana, on the calamity that had befallen Buxton.* On the reports of UN independent expert Gay McDougal and UN Special Rapporteur Daudon Dienne, I do not know what Figueira might have been privy to but in his quotations, I read a report written in much measured statements with which I would not contest – not charges of apartheid. As an example, let us consider this quote from Figueira’s letter:[She (Mc Dougal) also said that “Ethnically based division and politics have created two separate and conflicting narratives and perceptions of reality in Guyana.” On the part of Afro-Guyanese, Ms Dougal said there is a widely held belief that they are discriminated against by an Indian dominated and supported Government that puts Indian interests to the fore, particularly in resource allocation, Government contracts and employment.]Editor, we the PPP/C are aware that narrative exists. It is exploitative of instances where any of our PPP/C leaders, members or supporters being themselves humans and members of our turbulent society, falls short of what we demand of our people – those instances are overblown. Further, we would charge that there have been persons all along, considering themselves as elites, who have fomented and cultivated the narrative which Mc Dougal refers to and which MP Figueira is perpetuating.I am prepared to argue as I have maintained on a number of occasions that much of the problems of us, the Afro-Guyanese group, flow from the inability of our leaders to find good, positive answers to our perceived problems. Editor, let me end repeating a position I have written before:“A big part of the confusion and frustration of ordinary Afro-Guyanese would be the historical seeming preferment of Afro-Guyanese in the public service and nationalised industries in the earlier years of that 28-year period, which backfired when that administration had to accept the ERP programme with its medicine of retrenchments, shrinkings and closures in the public service and nationalised companies, and future work being contracted out to the Private Sector. During that 28-year period, Afro-Guyanese were steered away from private business and into the Government sector, then, later, being largely salary and wage earners, pauperised by an effective devaluation of about 1000 over that period.”Our problems, my dear Afro-Guyanese brothers, (to paraphrase from Shakespeare somewhere) lie not in our stars, nor with others, but with we ourselves and with those we countenance to become our leaders, who take themselves and our Afro group down paths that are not progressive as they propagate narratives that keep us tied to the past and to them with them in office.MP Figueira may be earnest in his call encouraging “Guyanese from all walks of life to come together for a national and truthful discourse on ethnic relations in Guyana”, however, his letter is no starting point.Yours truly,Samuel A A HindsFormer Presidentand formerPrime Ministerlast_img read more

“Cricket bat” murder accused found guilty of manslaughter

first_imgConvicted of manslaughter: Johnathan BudhanAfter almost two hours of deliberation, a 12-member High Court jury in a 10-2 verdict on Friday found 22-year-old Johnathan Budhan guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter committed against 40-year-old Deonarine Manbodh in October of 2016.The accused upon hearing the delivered verdict broke down in tears as he now awaits his sentencing, which was deferred to June 7, 2019, to facilitate the preparation of a probation report that was requested by Defence Counsel Nigel Hughes.The trial commenced before Justice Navindra Singh, during which the State’s case was led by Tuanna Hardy in association with Teriq Mohammed and Abigail Gibbs.Budhan, upon commencement of trial, entered a not guilty plea to a murder charge.During the trial, it was revealed that the accused, formerly of Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, armed with a bat, dealt Manbodh a lash to the head after he was embarrassed and assaulted by the now dead man. The accused retaliated due to the deceased actions, demonstrating his disapproval of the relationship between his niece and the now dead man.Reports indicate that on October 20, 2016, Manbodh was beaten to his head with a bat by the accused. Manbodh was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was admitted and died five days later.The accused, who evaded Police apprehension after committing the act, later turned himself in at the Leonora Police Station and was charged for the offence.last_img read more

Top Cop announces changes for promotion

first_img… no longer need recommendations of CommandersSeeks after having voiced concerns over several ranks that were promoted during his vacation, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud has announced changes in the way junior officers can move up the ranks.This revelation comes against the backdrop that in late October, Police ranks who were promoted by Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine in Persaud’s absence feared that their promotion would have been withdrawn since there was controversy about who had powers to make promotions within the Force. However, a few days later, Minister of State Joseph Harmon advised that the promotions will remain intact.Police Commissioner Seelall PersaudSpeaking at the unveiling of a Police gym named in his honour on Wednesday, Persaud suggested that the promotion board unit will play an even more active role in the elevation of ranks, leading to less reliance on the word of Commanders. The Commissioner further disclosed that any rank who feels that he or she is suitable for upward movement can express their justifications via letters to the board.“Matters that are considered for promotion were recommendations by those Commanders only [but ranks who think that they are desirous [and] are eligible for promotion [could] make their case in writing and the board has been instructed to assess all those cases. So it’s not only limited any longer to a recommendation of a Commander but individuals themselves can make their case and those cases [will be] considered,” Persaud told the gathering which included several senior ranks.He further explained that the board is chaired by Assistant Commissioner of Police Administration and noted that the board will include all divisional and branch commanders.DonationMeanwhile, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was present to hand over a donation to the Police Force of 18 tint meters and 15 decibel meters to measure noise levels.Ramjattan announced that the donation was provided by the Chinese Embassy and further disclosed that the equipment came along with the necessary batteries and chargers. Speaking with media on the sidelines, the Police Commissioner informed that the Police will carry out several assessments to determine where the equipment will be deployed. He however disclosed that the requisite testing will get underway in time for first use of the equipment by next week Monday.Persaud further noted that the visibility will be key when Police will assess the amount of darkness the tint carries. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Rat poison was contaminant in deadly pet food

first_imgThe pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of dog and cat food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. Some pets that ate the recalled brands suffered kidney failure, and the company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and two dogs. The latest death, a Yorkshire terrier named Pebbles, occurred Thursday. The dog died of kidney failure after eating some of the food. Her owner, Jeff Kerner, said he was contacting an attorney because he wanted to prevent another pet tragedy. “Before they put this stuff in the bags, there should be some kind of test,” said Kerner of Sherman Oaks. “I can’t just let it go. Even if they just change the law.” The company expanded the recall – which initially covered only cans and pouches of food packaged from Dec. 3 through March 6 – after the FDA alerted it that some products remained on store shelves. There is no risk to pet owners from handling the food, officials said. The Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation into the pet deaths was focused on wheat gluten in the food. The gluten itself would not cause kidney failure, but it could have been contaminated, the FDA said. Paul Henderson, chief executive of Ontario, Canada-based Menu Foods, confirmed Friday that the wheat gluten was purchased from China. Bob Rosenberg, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Pest Management Association, said it would be unusual for the wheat to be tainted. “It would make no sense to spray a crop itself with rodenticide,” Rosenberg said, adding that grain shippers typically put bait stations around the perimeter of their storage facilities. Scientists at the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University and at the New York State Food Laboratory tested three cat food samples provided by the manufacturer and found aminopterin in two of them. The two labs are part of a network created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to keep the nation’s animals and food supply safe. “Any amount of this product is too much in food,” Hooker said. Aminopterin is highly toxic in high doses. It inhibits the growth of malignant cells and suppresses the immune system. In dogs and cats, the amount of aminopterin found – 40 parts per million – can cause kidney failure, according to Bruce Akey, director of Cornell’s diagnostic center. “It’s there in substantial amounts,” Akey said. Donald Smith, dean of Cornell’s veterinary school, said he expects the number of pet deaths to increase. “Based on what we’ve heard the last couple days, 16 is a low number,” Smith said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALBANY, N.Y. – Rat poison was found in pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 17 cats and dogs, but scientists said Friday that they still don’t know how it got there and predicted that more animal deaths would be linked to it. After the announcement, the company that produced the food expanded its recall to include all 95 brands of the “cuts and gravy” style food, regardless of when they were produced. The company also said it would take responsibility for pet medical expenses incurred as a result of the food. The substance in the food was identified as aminopterin, a cancer drug that once was used to induce abortions in the United States and is still used to kill rats in some other countries, state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said. The federal government prohibits using aminopterin for killing rodents in the U.S. State officials would not speculate on how the poison got into the pet food, but said no criminal investigations had been launched. last_img read more


first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 3rd JuneCongratulations: Pride of place this week must go to the U14 Hurlers who were victorious over St. Eunan’s in the A League Final. The game was an extremely tight affair where space was at a premium with both defences on top. Playing with the wind Buncrana were up 0-4 to 0-1 at half time. St. Eunans started brightly in the second half but Buncrana were able to reply to each score. In a tense closing quarter and after both sides missed goal opportunities, Buncrana got the decisive and only goal of the game. The final score was Buncrana 1-8 St. Eunan’s 0-4. A great achievement for the club, well done to all the lads and the coaches. Sponsored Walk: The club will be having a sponsored walk on Bank Holiday Monday at 3.00pm, from the Scarvey to Father Hegarty’s Rock and back. Sponsorship cards are available from club secretary Pauline Grant. Everyone is welcome. Participants who are under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.U12 Football: The U12′ team had their second league game of the season on Monday against Lifford. The ‘A’ team had a comfortable win against a Lifford team, who have to be praised for their efforts to the end with full back Deasan Stewart and midfield James Russell playing well for them. Buncrana players Aaron McDaid, Keegan Hegarty and Niall Doherty playing well for the home team. The ‘B’ team also won well with good performances from Gavin Robb, Jamie Brosan and Jack Doherty. Next league match on Monday 28th against Newtowncunningham. Bus leaving the Scarvey at 5.30 sharp. Training continues each Tuesday at 7.30-8.30pm and each friday 7.00-8.00pm. U12 Blitz: The U12 Footballers will be taking part in a prestigious blitz organised by John Mitchell’s of Newry on the 2nd of June. The tournament involves up to 40 teams from all corners of Ireland and is sure to be a great experience for the lads. Players who are interested in attending are asked to notify team coaches as soon as possible. Bus will be leaving the Scarvey at 5.45am on June 2nd.Senior Football: Buncrana 0-18 Downings 3-8Buncrana continued their recent run of good form on Friday night, with a victory over Downings. The home side got off to a blistering start and chalked up 4 unanswered points in the opening ten minute period. The return of county player Ryan Bradley to club action was a great boost to Buncrana. Bradley and Odhran Doherty dominated midfield in the first half, their attacking runs and accurate passing setting up scores for impressive young inside forwards Ryan Curran, Kevin Treacy and experienced full forward Paul McGonigle. Further scores were added for Buncrana by Oisin Doherty, Odhran Doherty and Ryan Curran before Downings found the net shortly before half-time to narrow the deficit to 6 points.Downings opened the second half brightly registering a point with their first attack. However, Buncrana responded with the accurate shooting of Ryan Bradley, Odhran Doherty and Oisin Doherty. A long hopeful ball into the Downings full forward line created confusion in the home defence and resulted in a second goal, leaving 4 points between the sides. There was further worry for Buncrana after Downings were awarded a penalty with 5 minutes remaining, which they converted. With the minimum between the sides Buncrana managed to hold on to collect the 2 points and will be happy with the overall performance, with scores coming from 7 different players. Excellent for Buncrana throughout were, Odhran Doherty, Ryan Bradley, Kevin O’Loughlin, Kevin Treacy, Ryan Curran and Calvin Jones.Senior Reserve Football: Buncrana 2-10 Downings 1-3Summer arrived at the Scarvey this week and it brought the best out of the Buncrana reserve team, with their most convincing win of the season. In a great team performance, Oisin O’Flaherty, Bruce Waldron, Stephen McGonigle, Stephen Nelson and man of the match John Cassidy were all outstandingScorers: Gerard Mclaughlin 2-4, Oisin O’Flaherty 0-3, Caolan McCann 0-1, Kevin McColgan 0-1, James Gill 0-1Gaelic4Girls: Gaelic football for girls under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18’s every Monday night from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Scarvey. As always everybody is welcome. Please remember to bring boots, your own water bottle and warm clothing. U6 FUNdamentals: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (or turning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at the Scarvey between 6.15pm and 7.00pm. Please could all children be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session.U8 Football: U8 Football Training continues every Friday and will now take place at the Scarvey from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Parents, if your child is interested in having fun whilst learning the basic skills of gaelic football please come down and try it out.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along. Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm.New and returnig players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome.Lotto: The winning numbers in the €2,760 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 22nd May in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 2-25-28-31. There was no jackpot winner this week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants:Irene Doherty, 19 Lower Main StreetJean O’Flaherty, c/o BarGary McGlinchey, TullyarvanHugh McGonagle, 23 Marian ParkConor Doherty, 12A Cluain MhuireCongratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisí by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us or NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 27th, 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:Buncrana GAA Club newslast_img read more


first_imgIT’S one of the most spectacular and exhilarating challenges of all – and the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge is back for Easter 2016.The 10-miler returns on Easter Saturday March 26 with a 1pm start and sponsorship from SpecSavers Letterkenny.So there’s a proper tech t-shirt and a goodie bag for every person – runners, joggers and walkers. Set on the Wild Atlantic Way it’s been dubbed Ireland’s most spectacular race; but it’s just as spectacular to walk.There are also children’s races on the Beach which proved such good fun on what is a great family day out in every respect.Challenge Entry fee is €25 and those wishing to take part are being encouraged to register early on this link below:  BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW FOR THE SPECTACULAR BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE was last modified: March 9th, 2016 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:10 MilesBallyliffin coastal challengelast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Mayor Frank McBrearty has expressed his anger after he was forced to wait THREE MONTHS to get a response to a letter he sent to Justice Minister Alan Shatter.And the Labour Party councillor was even more unhappy with the response he received to questions he raised about Garda resources in the county.The Mayor says he wrote to Mr Shatter on January 16th during a crimewave across the county in which several pensioners were targeted. But the Minister only replied on April 25. Mr Shatter did reveal that Gardai launched a special crackdown on the burglary gangs. He said Operation Liath in Donegal led to 34 arrests.“But he didn’t answer a single question I put to him,” said Cllr McBrearty.“The issue I raised was not the resources available to Gardai but the management of those resources and as far as I’m concerned Mr Shatter didn’t answer that.”The Minister also refused to meet the Mayor. The full correspondence is below:Mayor McBrearty – letter to Alan Shatter – dated January 16.FAO Private SecretaryDear MinisterI am writing to you concerning the cross border crime spree that is ongoing in Donegal at present and where (OAP) pensioners are being targeted by criminal gangs from across the border. As Mayor of Donegal I am being contacted by the public and the media to comment about this crime spree. I wish to express my opinion to you concerning policing in Donegal. I have listened to other political party’s views concerning Garda Station closures and the reduction of Garda personnel. I do not accept the arguments of the other political party’s and as someone who has a vast knowledge of policing, in my opinion the problem with policing in Donegal solely lies with Senior Garda management and how they are managing policing along the border in Donegal. The problems we have with the border is that it is open and that we neighbour a different jurisdiction with different laws, so it makes it impossible to police. How do we deal with this problem, we deal with it by having a proper policing plan and accountability at the highest level within Senior Garda management which we do not have at present, the word that is used by Garda management when questioned is operational. The border in Donegal has many roads that have been reopened due to the peace process and the fact is that Donegal as a county has the longest border which neighbours three county’s(Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh) that are in a different jurisdiction. There has been many questions about policing in Donegal for many years which still have not been dealt with including question that have been asked by both our parties while in opposition. The security of the state is at risk and the health and well being of law abiding citizens are at risk due to cross border criminal gangs and we should look at the role that the army could play if they are needed. It would take up too much paper for me to go into detail about policing in Donegal, which you are well aware of. If it is the case that Senior management feel that resources is the problem then they need to reflect that to you, but I personally would not agree. During the height of the troubles which were in very difficult economical times there was a lot less Gardai than there is now. I would respectively request a meeting with yourself concerning these matters. I look forward to your response,Yours Faithfully,Cllr Frank McBrearty JnrMayor of Donegal Minister Shatter’s response – dated April 25.Dear Frank,I  refer to your correspondence dated 16 January, 2013 in relation to crimein Donegal.I am very conscious of the concerns surrounding a number of incidents ofaggravated burglary in County Donegal, and can assure you that the Gardaíhave taken effective operational measures to deal with this problem,including additional patrols and checkpoints, dissemination of intelligencewithin the Force concerning potential suspects and continuing closecooperation with the PSNI.   In this regard it is important to note thatthere is excellent cooperation between An Garda Síochána and the PSNI indisrupting and investigating attempts by criminals to take advantage of theborder.As you will be aware, last year the Garda Commissioner put in place aspecific operation – Operation Fiacla – to address incidents of burglary,aggravated burglaries and related offences throughout the country.Operation Fiacla is intelligence driven and special initiatives have beenimplemented in each Garda Region to target suspect offenders.  I aminformed that as of the end of March 2013, 4,226 persons have been arrestedand 2,327 persons have been charged under Operation Fiacla.I am also informed by the Garda authorities that, running in conjunctionwith national operations such as Operation Fiacla, Operation Liath wasintroduced within Donegal Division in January 2013 as an operationalstrategy to improve public safety and enhance the effectiveness of highvisibility police resources within the Division.The main focus of the operation, which is ongoing, is to disrupt andprevent criminality against older persons within the community,  toapprehend suspects in the commission and the attempted commission ofoffences, and to fully investigate, detect and prosecute any offencesoutstanding against those suspects and groups.  This will be achievedthrough a focused, targeted and coordinated approach by An Garda Síochána.The objectives of the operation are being addressed through intelligenceled patrols, checkpoints, continued liaison between An Garda Síochána andthe Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), intelligence gathering andthe continued support and rejuvenation of Neighbourhood Watch and CommunityAlert schemes.Since the introduction of Operation Liath, 12 persons have been arrestedfor burglary related incidents and 22 persons have been arrested for theftrelated incidents in Donegal Garda Division.  These matters are currentlybefore the Courts.I regret that due to a very heavy schedule I am not in a position to meetwith you at this time. However, the Garda Commissioner has assured me thatbringing the perpetrators of the burglary attacks in the Donegal area tojustice is an absolute priority and that An Garda Síochána is devoting allthe resources necessary to achieve this.While I and the Garda Commissioner have been concerned at the incidence ofburglaries nationally during 2011, the official Central Statistics Officecrime figures for 2012 show that this trend has been reversed and thiscoincides with the introduction of Operation Fiacla by the GardaCommissioner last year.  While I am aware of the appalling impact whichsome of the burglaries in Donegal have had on the victims, I am encouragedby the fact the CSO figures for the Donegal Division show a reduction of8.8% in burglaries during 2012 which is actually ahead of the overall trendnationally. Indeed the crime statistics generally are very positive and itis clear that the Gardaí, with considerable community support, are making asignificant impact on crime.Finally, I am assured that local Garda Management closely monitors theallocation of all resources in the context of crime trends, policing needsand other operational strategies in place on a District, Divisional andRegional level, to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources, and thebest possible Garda service is provided to the public.Yours sincerely,___________________Alan Shatter T.D.MINISTER FOR JUSTICE,EQUALITY AND DEFENCEDONEGAL CRIMEWAVE: MAYOR’S ANGER AT THREE MONTH DELAY IN RESPONSE FROM JUSTICE MINISTER ALAN SHATTER was last modified: April 29th, 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:Alan ShatterCllr Frank McBreartydonegal burglariesDONEGAL CRIMEWAVE: MAYOR’S ANGER AT THREE MONTH DELAY IN RESPONSE FROM JUSTICE MINISTER ALAN SHATTERlast_img read more