PPP will scrap coalition’s “ceremonial” GSDS – Jagdeo

first_imgDays after the Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040 was handed over to President David Granger, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo labelled the document as ceremonial and promised to have it scrapped when the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) returns to power.According to Jagdeo, the coalition’s strategy, which was handed over to President David Granger by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Director – Latin America and the Caribbean, Leo Heileman, on Tuesday, is a flawed approach since it does not focus on Guyanese and tangible returns to them.“I made it clear that the PPP will scrap this approach. The Green State Strategy, when they launch it in September, it would just be a good photo opportunity for the President and another speech touting the ‘Green Credentials’ of our Government. But in reality, it will mean very little to people in Guyana in terms of jobs, better access to health and education or anything else,” he stated.Jagdeo, who was a recipient of a Champion of the Earth Award back in 2010 while he was still President, had pioneered the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), which was launched under his regime in 2009. As such, the former President on Thursday did a comparison of the two strategies.“The fundamental thing that is different about our strategies is that one, the LCDS was an economic strategy that sought to move Guyana to perperity and our people to greater wealth and benefits, using a decarboniser, a cleaner energy and a green pathway. In their case, it is about an environment strategy mainly that they’re hoping to superimpose on the country and, therefore, it requires funding from our sources,” he said.Pointing to an advertisement that Government is circulating that it has delivered on training Guyanese for “Green jobs”, Jagdeo questioned how many such jobs were actually created “outside of planting some palms down” along the highway on the East Coast of Demerara.The Opposition Leader went on to outline the glaring differences with the coalition’s GSDS and his party’s LCDS. He pointed out that the LCDS was indigenously developed from over 1000 engagements and with one foreign consultant who did pro bono work on the theoretical base of the strategy. The GSDS, on the other hand, Jagdeo noted, was developed by external consultants.Further, the Opposition Leader outlined that unlike the coalition’s strategy which will be funded not only by taxpayers’ money but revenues from the impending oil and gas as well, the LCDS identified ways of using the country’s strategic assets to make money.“So from the forestry sector, through the sale of forest carbon, we had earned also $200 million. We had an agreement with Norway to sell them forest carbons up to $250 million – $200 million of that is already available to us and by now we should have been on a second such arrangement that would’ve seen another $400 million or so coming to Guyana,” he explained, while adding “So [one] was [strategic], is a generator of funds and the other is a user of funds from taxpayer sources as well as oil money. That’s [one of] the big differences between the two strategies.”Another area Jagdeo highlighted was the fact that LCDS had identified specific projects to decarbonise the energy sector. One such project, he noted, was the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, which was scrapped by the coalition. According to Jagdeo, the hydro project would have decarbonised the energy requirements by over 90 per cent – making it much easier for Guyana to become carbon-free.“This Government, although it promised in the Paris Agreement to do a 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, has not identified a single new project that will actually deliver this. [The GSDS] is another APNU-type promise where there is just talk with no action,” he asserted.Among the other projects the former President noted that were crafted under the LCDS were Amerindian land titling, ITC development in hinterland communities and a grant scheme for small business. Many of these projects, Jagdeo said, are being carried out by the coalition, while others are yet to take off.“[We had] specific projects that would have delivered both on the mitigation side, which is to reduce our carbon emission, and on the adaptation side, preparing our country for climate change. In this case, there are no projects. It’s just declarative statements from the consultants… In a typical APNU-style, its lofty ideas… but when you come to the specifics for delivery, [such projects] are absent,” the Opposition Leader argued.The coalition’s GSDS: Vision2040 is intended to be a living example of Guyana’s commitment to the planet while ensuring the sustainable growth and economic wellbeing of its population. It will guide Guyana’s national development policies for the next 20 years.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeolast_img read more

High Point season opening

first_imgTim Huddleston has high expectations for Chris Carmody. Carmody is part of Huddleston’s High Point Racing Driver Development Program, a four-car team that will race in the NASCAR Late Model division at Irwindale Speedway. Their season starts tonight. Jace Meier, Scott Jenkins, Carmody and Huddleston will make up the High Point Racing team. But Huddleston expects Carmody to do more than just be a driver. He expects Carmody to be a teacher and a coach to the other two drivers. Carmody has the most experience at Irwindale Speedway of the three drivers on Huddleston’s team. Meier, who lives in Las Vegas, and Jenkins, who lives in Portland, Ore., will be making their track debuts. Carmody has raced regularly at Irwindale Speedway for the past two years. And even though he’s only 22 years old, Carmody may be the most seasoned driver at High Point Racing. “He’s the most decorated champion we have on the team,” Huddleston said. Carmody, a Saugus High graduate who lives in Valencia, has won championships in go-karts and USAC. He has raced stock cars and trucks at Irwindale Speedway, Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield and at the Bullring in Las Vegas. But he hasn’t been in a stock car at Irwindale Speedway in more than a year. He competed in one truck race at Irwindale last year. Being away from Speedway stock car competition hasn’t hurt Carmody’s confidence. He has been testing his new stock car at the Irwindale track, preparing for opening night. “We tested a month ago,” Carmody said. “It was right there.” The NASCAR Super Late Models, Super Trucks and figure 8s are also scheduled to race tonight at Irwindale Speedway. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. American Le Mans Series: Valencia’s Bryan Herta, along with drivers Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan, won last weekend’s LMP2 portion of the 12 Hours of Sebring, the season-opening race of the American Le Mans Series. The team finished second overall and gave Acura a win in its debut in the American Le Mans Series. “I have to take my hat off to the group. I have never seen a group that has worked so hard and put in so much effort,” said Herta, a graduate of Hart High in Newhall. “You wouldn’t believe how many problems we had in testing, and it’s a testament to bring it here and to bring us this result. This is my most special victory for many reasons: one because I got to share it with my friends Tony and Dario.” Santa Clarita-based Honda Performance Development is providing the three Acura teams in the American Le Mans Series with engines and technology. Robert Clarke, president of Honda Performance Development, said he hopes the win at Sebring will lead to bigger races in the future. “We hoped to earn the invitation to Le Mans,” Clarke said. Race organizers invite select teams to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the premier sports car events in France. “It is more important to us to convince ourselves that we are deserving of that. We’ll know if we deserve the opportunity come the end of the season.” The three Acura teams in the American Le Mans Series went through a race simulation for the 12 Hours of Sebring a month ago. In that simulation, the Andretti Green car experienced a number of mechanical setbacks and did not complete the race. It was a different story in the real 12 Hours of Sebring. Even though the car experienced some of the same mechanical problems it did in the simulation, the crew made necessary repairs and Herta was able to finish the race. Michael Andretti, one of the team’s co-owners, said it was a great way for Acura to make its sports car race debut. “It was a tough race and we knew it coming in,” Andretti said. “But the 12-hour simulation race last month here helped us, and all of the Acura teams were prepared for (Saturday’s) race. Obviously it paid off for all three teams.” Herta, Franchitti and Kanaan, driving an Acura-powered entry for Andretti Green Racing, were teammates in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series since 2003. Franchitti and Kanaan will be at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend for the IRL IndyCar Series season opener. For the first time since 2004, Herta will not be in an Indy car to open the IRL season. He plans to watch the race from home. But Herta will be at St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 31 for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. That will be the first street course event for the IRL and the second race of the year for the American Le Mans Series. Herta will be teamed with Marino Franchitti, Dario’s younger brother and a veteran of 21 American Le Mans Series starts. Marino Franchitti has two runner-up class finishes in American Le Mans Series competition. “I’m very proud of the job that Andretti Green Racing and Acura have done producing a car that was capable of winning the Sebring 12 Hours,” Marino Franchitti said. “I thought Bryan and my other teammates drove a fantastic race.” timothy.haddock@dailynews.com (818) 713-3715last_img read more

Neymar’s dad issues shock Barcelona quit threat – Manchester United to pounce?

first_img1 Neymar Manchester United target Neymar will leave Spain if the authorities continue to investigate his financial affairs, according to the player’s father.The forward’s transfer from Santos to Barcelona is being probed by tax officers in both Spain and his native Brazil.Neymar is currently in negotiations with Barca over a new contract but his father, Neymar Sr, says his son will leave the country if the situation is not resolved, which could pave the way for United to capitalise.Louis van Gaal’s side were linked with a world-record swoop for the 23-year-old in the summer and remain keen to lure a ‘galactico’ signing.“We are talking about a contract renewal but we’re waiting to resolve some things that concern us,” Neymar Sr told Cadena SER.“We can’t have this uncertainty with the tax of not knowing if what we’re doing is right. We need to know if Spain accepts our situation.“It’s hard for us because we’re receiving many attacks, from Spain and Brazil on matters of taxation. Neymar is a media player and we work his image from Brazil.“We have to do the right things and I’d like to know if Spain will let us work or we have to leave. I don’t want to use the word ‘persecution’ but if we don’t have a comfortable situation to work we can’t stay in Spain.“If we are creating big problems for Spain, we can’t be here. We’ve never had such big tax problems.”last_img read more

UCLA not in favorite situation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAnd UCLA’s five seasons under Coach Karl Dorrell suggest it is possible. After the Bruins, as 16-point favorites, were ambushed by 38 points last month at Utah, and with a string of defeats as a heavy favorite pasted on Dorrell’s resume, losing to the Irish (0-5) doesn’t seem as outlandish as the storied Notre Dame program opening the season with five losses. “(Notre Dame) is a lot better than their record,” UCLA quarterback Ben Olson said. “They’re an athletic team. They’re not a bad team in any sense. We have to go out there and respect them. We’ve been in situations before where the team has been a little bit down and we made them look like superstars. We need to make sure that doesn’t happen.” UCLA (4-1) is a 201/2-point favorite, and excels at home, where it has won 14 of its last 15 games. However, a UCLA-induced condition is prevalent whenever the Bruins are big favorites. Dorrell’s record is 33-22, but half of those losses came when UCLA was favored, and the 44-6 loss at Utah is not an isolated incident. The Bruins were 14-point favorites and lost at home to Washington State in 2004, and as a 12-point favorite lost to Wyoming in the Las Vegas Bowl to close that season. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Bruins’ history means Notre Dame has a shot. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER Nearly 83 years have passed since Notre Dame’s four horseman traveled 2,000 miles to play Stanford in the granddaddy of all bowl games, but tonight, when the Irish return to the Rose Bowl, they will try to pull the mother of all upsets against UCLA. There is also the debacle in the desert, when the seventh-ranked and 8-0 Bruins, as nine-point favorites, were beaten by 38 points at Arizona in 2005. The common theme in many of those losses was it followed a strong effort, and the Bruins are coming off a 40-14 win at Oregon State. Now, the Irish enter today as, statistically, one of the worst teams in the nation. “We can’t take them lightly, because if we do, we can have another Utah relapse,” said UCLA defensive end Bruce Davis, who doesn’t anticipate another lackluster performance. “When we’re in the huddle, and I’m looking at the other 10 guys in the huddle, it’s like they want it. It’s like these guys are hungry and they haven’t eaten in a week. “I don’t know if you watch Discovery Channel during shark week, but it’s like we’ve got great whites out there. These guys are ready for some blood.” And the Irish offense is hemorrhaging. Notre Dame, which has scored 46 points this season, is 119th and last in the nation in rushing offense (30.4 yards per game) and sacks allowed (5.8 per game). The Irish are 118th in total offense (194.8 ypg) and scoring (9.2 ppg), and 106 in passing offense (164.4 ypg). “Right now we’re 0-5, but our outlook on things are still very positive,” Notre Dame running back Travis Thomas said. “Everyone is still working hard and everyone still believes we can win. We’re still going out there with the mind-set and the belief that we can win, and we’re going to win when we step on the field.” UCLA players said all week motivation came in many forms, including the memories of the Utah game, and last year’s collapse at Notre Dame Stadium. After throttling Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn for 59 minutes, all of UCLA’s good vibes were sliced apart in 35 seconds. That’s how long it took the Irish to go 80 yards, and to take a 20-17 lead with 27 seconds left as a flailing UCLA secondary allowed Jeff Samardzija to catch and run for a 45-yard touchdown. “I’m still bitter about that,” said UCLA left guard Shannon Tevaga, who is returning after missing two games with a knee injury. “Not until we beat them, and beat them badly (will Tevaga get over the loss). I wanted to play in this game.” This will mark Notre Dame’s second game at the now-world famous stadium, but it comes with a vastly different goal. When Notre Dame played Jan. 1, 1925, its 27-10 defeat of Stanford gave the school its first national championship. When the Irish meet the Bruins today, the only thing on Notre Dame’s mind is ending the worst start in the school’s history. But the question may not be whether the Irish are ready to finally win, but whether UCLA has finally learned how not to lose. brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ultimate White House insider reveals all

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The first lady wore green, the queen yellow. “I could only think that here I am, the grandson of immigrants, dancing at the White House with the Queen of England,” Landau said. Barry Landau. He’s the kind of guy you may not notice in the pictures with celebrities. He is 59 and has been in the company of presidents for nearly 50 years. He is tall and bearded, with a home full of history and a head crammed with names, like boxes in an overstuffed closet ready to tumble out. He is at work on a trilogy of books about political pomp and protocol. The first, just released, is “The President’s Table,” a 200-plus-year sampling of White House cuisine, to be followed by a history of inaugurations, then a volume on presidential style. “We couldn’t get it all into one book,” Landau said with a laugh. NEW YORK – Barry H. Landau, presidential collector and connoisseur, remembers the time he was dancing with Betty Ford at the White House and Fred Astaire cut in. Oh? “I recall I was doing a `Lindy’ with Mrs. Ford, and remember `spinning her out’ when I suddenly received a tap on my shoulder; turning around to be face to face with Hollywood icon Fred Astaire,” he explained. “It’s customary for the couple to then switch partners, only to realize that Mr. Astaire was dancing with Queen Elizabeth. This didn’t faze me, as I had met the Queen 10 years earlier at a royal command performance in England.” Enter his midtown Manhattan high-rise and you might think the Smithsonian Institution had opened a new wing. The walls are covered with vintage black and white etchings of 19th-century inaugurations. A cabinet holds presidential mugs, plates, goblets and a skeleton key that fits right into the front door of the White House, or did during the administration of John Adams. Few have succeeded so well in mingling with the famous without becoming famous himself. Like a true insider, his office has a wall of inscribed photographs of presidents from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, of Herbert Hoover and J. Edgar Hoover, of an inaugural ball in which Landau stands on a stage along with Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and many others. “He’s made it his business somehow to know everybody,” said CBS newsman Mike Wallace, a friend of Landau’s. Born in Manhattan and raised in the borough of Queens, Landau did not grow up in a political family. His father was a theater ticket broker, his mother worked in real estate and other fields, and was a photographer for columnist Walter Winchell, a source of endless show business anecdotes. Landau remembers himself as always very curious, not to mention “creative, impulsive and determined to do as many interesting things in life as I could.” Also, he had chronic bronchitis and asthma and couldn’t play sports. “So I gravitated toward older people.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Revealed: The clubs with most EC/UCL final appearances plus their win percentage

first_imgJuventus aren’t that good when it comes to European finals.Sure, they’ve won the UEFA Cup three times and the Cup Winners Cup once, but have only been successful in the European Cup/Champions League twice. This is despite playing in seven finals, including three successive appearances in 1996, 1997 and 1998.Now, though, they have a chance to win a third European crown having secured a place in their second final in three years after beating Monaco in the semi-final.Here, talkSPORT.com looks at the teams who have appeared in more finals than anyone else and their success rate.REMEMBERING THE LAST JUVE TO WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 10 Joint 10. Man United and Inter have both played in five European Cup/Champions League finals, winning three and losing two apiece – Man United and Inter share a 60 per cent win rate. 10 10 10 7. Benfica have played in seven European Cup/Champions League finals (won two and lost five) – Benfica have won 28.5 per cent of the European Cup finals they have contested. 10 5. Barcelona have played in eight European Cup/Champions League finals, winning five and losing three – Barcelona have won 62.5 per cent of their finals. 8. Ajax have appeared in six finals and won four of them – Ajax have won 66.6 per cent of their finals. 10center_img 10 2. Milan have made 11 appearances in European Cup/Champions League finals, winning seven and losing four – Milan have won 63.6 per cent of their finals. 4. Juventus have reached nine European Cup/Champions League finals (losing six and winning two, with another to come this June) – They’ve just made it to the 2017 edition, but have a 25 per cent win rate when it comes to the big day. 6. Liverpool have played in seven finals – you may be aware they have won five, losing two – Liverpool have been successful 71.4 per cent of the time. 3. Bayern have played in 10 European Cup/Champions League finals, winning five and losing five – The German have club have a 50 per cent win rate in finals. 10 10 10 1. Real Madrid have reached 15 finals and won 11 of them (with the 2017 final to come) – That’s a win percentage of 78.5 per cent from their previous 14 finals.last_img read more

Bush makes USC go

first_img “We could have played a whole lot better,” Carroll said. “We gave them a lot of freebies with the penalties. (Our punt team) is terrible. I’m embarrassed. We have to deal with it. It’s terrible.” Carroll also said he’s still wondering how 16 seconds elapsed on the second-to-last play, when Leinart fumbled, leaving USC with seven seconds for the final play. “It couldn’t have lasted more than six or seven seconds, we should have had more than twice as much time,” he said. Carroll said he went for it because the official told him the ball was spotted on the “three-inch line.” “It wasn’t quite that close,” Carroll said. “It was a one-shot deal or nothing.” After reviewing the film, Carroll said Bush didn’t push Leinart into the end zone, which is considered illegal, but rarely called. “He didn’t push him in,” Carroll said. “He did knock into him. He didn’t pile drive him into the end zone.” Another issue was Carroll’s decision to forbid instant replay in the game. “I thought a lot about it last night,” he said. “One play they would have replayed whether Matt scored or not (before he fumbled). And on Brady Quinn’s touchdown, they could have reviewed it because he got pulled back.” Asked about any lingering memories from probably the most emotional victory in his tenure, Carroll said he remembered going into the kickoff team huddle with three seconds left. “I’m looking at a bunch of young guys and they wanted to end the game in the worst way,” Carroll said. “I’m trying to explain to Troy Van Blarcom how I want him to kick it and (linebacker) Rey Maualuga says, ‘Coach, can I ask a question?’ “And I’m like, ‘No, no, shut up.’ And he says, ‘Can I ask? Does the clock start when we kick it or touch someone?’ I thought it was funny.” Notes: Carroll said tailback Desmond Reed will miss the rest of the season with torn knee ligaments after getting his knee stuck in the turf on a kickoff. He refused to blame the high grass at Notre Dame Stadium. “I don’t think so. His stride was so out of whack,” Carroll said. “The turf felt really good to run on but it gave way everywhere and there were divots everywhere.” Carroll said Justin Wyatt would not replace Reed on kickoffs, even though he did Saturday. … USC will be first in today’s initial Bowl Championship Series rankings. The Trojans should control their own destiny, remaining first as long as they win their remaining games. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607, scott.wolf@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For every reference to USC owning the greatest offense in college football history, another equally compelling comment could be made about the No. 1-ranked Trojans at the halfway mark of the season. Without tailback Reggie Bush, USC often looks like a pretty average team. The Trojans basked in the afterglow Sunday of their 34-31 victory over Notre Dame, which goes down as one of the most memorable of the series and probably the most memorable college football game this year. “I have never been in a game like this,” defensive end Lawrence Jackson said. “I will remember it for the rest of my life.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Jackson and his teammates can thank Bush, who bailed out the Trojans repeatedly in South Bend, Ind., especially with quarterback Matt Leinart in a funk and tailback LenDale White in another one of those reduced roles. “I wouldn’t say he bails us out, but he turns a lot of 6-yard plays into big plays,” offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin said. Bush scored touchdowns on runs of 36, 45 and 9 yards against Notre Dame and without him, there wasn’t much difference between the Trojans and Irish. In fact, Notre Dame was actually superior at quarterback, no matter who won the Heisman Trophy. USC has scored 24 touchdowns this season and Bush has nearly 50 percent (11). But even with Bush, USC coach Pete Carroll found plenty to complain about even after a thrilling victory. last_img read more

Softball Falls At Iowa State, 15-12

first_imgIowa State scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning and tacked on one more run in the fourth inning and finally scored four runs in the sixth inning. Box Score AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State Cyclones came out on top in a high-scoring game with the Drake University softball team on Wednesday at Cyclone Sports Complex. Iowa State (19-26) defeated Drake (24-22) by a score of 15-12 as the teams split the season series. Alexander and Wright led Drake with three hits each. Sophomore Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) drove in three runs as junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) and freshman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) each drove in two runs. Pena and Wright each scored two runs. The Bulldogs will host UNI Wednesday night at 6 p.m.Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs trailed 15-9 going into their final at-bat, but sophomore Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) blasted a pinch-hit, three-run home run to pull within three runs at 15-12. It was the first career home run for Newman. Sophomore Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) followed with a double, but was stranded as fellow sophomore Kelsey Wright’s (Olathe, Kan.) deep shot to the centerfield warning track was caught to end the game. Drake took the lead back once again the top of the third inning. With the bases loaded, Pena hit a slow roller to the ISU pitcher, who couldn’t field the ball as Wright raced home to give the Bulldogs an 8-7 lead. However, Drake couldn’t capitalize for more runs with the bases loaded as the next two batters were retired. Iowa State tied the game in its next at bat, but Drake limited the damage to just the one run after relief pitcher Mariah McKinnon (Oxford, Iowa) worked out of bases loaded with zero outs situation by recording three-straight outs. McKinnon took the loss in the circle as her record dropped to 5-9. McKinnon pitched four innings and allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits. Smith started the game and later reentered. She pitched two total innings and allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Drake jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Wright and Frank each hit singles and Sowa followed with a double that plated the pair. Freshman Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) later drove in Sowa with an RBI single for the third run. Unfortunately, Iowa State came right back in the bottom of the frame to score six runs to take the lead at 6-3 after one inning of play. The Cyclones’ lead didn’t last long as the Bulldogs came back in the top of the second. Drake scored one run on a bases loaded walk by Pena and the next batter, Smith, cleared the bases with a double to take a 7-6 lead.last_img read more

DONEGAL LIBRARIES PROMISE NOT TO ‘BOOK’ LATE BORROWERS WITH AMNESTY

first_imgA library amnesty for people who have forgotten to bring back books, DVDs and other items to Donegal’s 13 outlets has just started.Get your books back to the library now!The amnesty started yesterday and will run for the entire month of March.It is estimated that there are more than 2,500 items outstanding from Donegal’s libraries. “We hope by waiving fines, it will encourage readers who feel embarrassed by their oversight to rediscover the pleasures in their local library, which include free access to books, online resources and weekly activities.“This is our first ever county-wide fines amnesty and it applies to all Donegal libraries. The public can return any overdue book, CD or DVD to any of our 13 libraries without any fear of fines,” said a spokesman.To celebrate fines amnesty month the council is holding a competition for the ‘best excuse’ for a late book!So get your best story to us at your local library or forward it to Facebook or Twitter at Donegal County Library. And the good news is that Donegal’s library are now more popular than ever with more than 350,000 people visiting the county’s libraries last year.For more information why not visit www.donegallibrary.ie or contact your local library.DONEGAL LIBRARIES PROMISE NOT TO ‘BOOK’ LATE BORROWERS WITH AMNESTY was last modified: March 2nd, 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:amnestybooksdonegalLIBRARIESlast_img read more

MAN WHO TRIED TO PUNCH WOMAN IS ORDERED TO KEEP THE PEACE

first_imgA Letterkenny man who Gardai claimed tried to punch a woman in the face at a fast-food restaurant has been ordered to keep the peace for a year.Letterkenny court.Adrian Brogan had stopped off for something to eat at the Four Lanterns restaurant in Letterkenny on December 13th last year. However, a row ensued and Brogan ended up in a scuffle with a young woman and her friend.Garda Sean Barrett told Letterkenny District Court that when he arrived at the restaurant, Brogan was about to swing and punch a woman.However, he was stopped when another Garda managed to pull his hand.Brogan, of 25 McGinley Road, Letterkenny was charged with using threatening and abusive language in a public place – a charge he denied.Garda Sean Barrett that only for another Garda managed to step in, Brogan could have caused the woman a serious injury.“If that punch had not been deflected, that woman could have received a very serious injury,” claimed Garda Barrett.Brogan was eventually pepper-sprayed and was brought to Milford Garda station.Garda Barrett said he drove the accused home the following morning and said he was very apologetic and admitted he had very little memory of what happened.However, when giving evidence Mr Brogan had a completely different story of what had happened.He said he had ben standing with his hands in his pockets when a woman, whom he did not know, got into his face and began abusing him.He said he merely pushed her away and that is when Gardai arrived and pepper-sprayed him.He said he had gone into the Four Lanterns the following day having been released by Gardai and viewed the CCTV footage with the manager on duty.He said the CCTV footage showed the woman approaching him for not reason and getting into his face.It also showed him pushing the woman away in self-defense.He added that he would never strike a woman and if he had, he would have admitted it.Garda Barrett said he went to view the CCTV footage a number of weeks later but it had been erased.Judge Paul Kelly said Mr Brogan was not charged with assault but using threatening and abusive behaviour and that Garda Barrett’s evidence was clear.“He should not have responded the way he did and that led to him being pepper-sprayed. I find the facts proved,” said Judge Kelly.He ordered Brogan to keep the peace for a period of 12 months.MAN WHO TRIED TO PUNCH WOMAN IS ORDERED TO KEEP THE PEACE was last modified: June 24th, 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:Adrian Brogandonegalletterkennylast_img read more