Competition does not forgive Rodrygo: the Classic will be lost

first_imgRodrygo will be very expensive his expulsion for double yellow in the duel between Real Madrid Castilla and San Sebastián de los Reyes. The sanction imposed on the Brazilian still stands, after what the alternate competition judge has dismissed the appeal that the white team presented so that he could be present in the duel against Barcelona. The appeals have not prospered and the young forward meringue He will not be present on the Bernabéu lawn in the Sunday classic.Rodrygo saw the second yellow after an incident he had with Xabier Irureta, goalkeeper of San Sebastián de los Reyes. The goal was addressed to him with a hostile attitude after he scored the second goal, The Brazilian reacted by celebrating 2-0 in his face. The referee of the clash showed the yellow card for the second time to the player dressed in white, which meant that he left for the booth before the end of the match. The competition decision is synthesized in the maintenance of sanction match for the Brazilian, who cannot play against Barça nor Nor can Raúl count on him for the duel of Castilla in Pontevedra. Further, Real Madrid will have to pay a fine of 45 euros. Something higher is that of Rodrygo, which must be paid 185.A match with David López, Cucurella, Nyom and JordanThe Competition Committee of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) imposed this Wednesday a penalty game for players David López (Espanyol), for double reprimands last day, Marc Cucurella and Allan Nyom (Getafe) and Juan Jordan (Sevilla), these for accumulation of reprimands.In Second Division they will also meet a sanction match, José Mari Martín (Cádiz), expelled by violent attitude the last day, and Gaku Shibasaki (Deportivo) for double warning.The accumulation of admonitions will also miss the next day the players Gerard Valentín (Lugo), Alberto Noguera (Numancia), Cristobal Márquez (Fuenlabrada), Gonzalo Caicedo and Ramón Folch (Elche), Enrique Márquez and Roberto Olabe (Extremadura), Pedro Alcalá (Girona), Adrián González (Málaga), Alejandro Catena (Rayo Vallecano), Cristian Fernández and Damiano Grippo (Oviedo), Javier Galán (Huesca) and Martín Mantovani (UD Las Palmas).last_img read more

Gov’t to Shutdown ‘Bad’ Water Companies

first_imgMr. Dobayou speaking to local water producers in MonroviaThe government, through the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), is poised to institute stringent measures against producers of substandard drinking water on the Liberian market.According to the EPA, those water producers who over the years have thought it prudent to put the lives of the Liberian people at risk will no longer have the free will and space to operate. “We must comply with the standard set by the government or you will be shut down. We will no longer allow our people to be shortchanged, especially with their lives in such a way,” EPA Deputy Executive Director, Randall M. Dobayou, II told an audience of producers in Paynesville on Monday.“We want to send a bigger message out there. If you are a producer and you refused to come in compliance with the law, we will come after you,” he said.Making special statement at the opening of a two-day EPA seminar for water producers, the DED noted that most producers lack not only the requisite equipment and infrastructure, but the required technical understanding of the industry as well.The seminar is meant to train technicians of packaged drinking water producing companies in Montserrado County. It is intended to enhance the quality of water being produced by packaged water manufacturers.“What some of you produce do not meet the minimal quality of what a safe drinking water supposed to look like and this is terrible. You are harming our people,” he said.The actions of those Mr. Doubayou described as ‘bad producers’ are not only tarnishing the reputation of the industry, it is on a bigger scale putting the lives of the Liberian people in danger.“Water you produced must be tasteless, odorless and colorless. You will be close if your products do not meet even the minimal requirements,” he told the gathering.It is estimated that waterborne diseases including Typhoid, Cholera, Guinea worm, and Diarrhea killed 3.4 million people, globally, each year.It is against this backdrop, the EPA said, the training was organized to help provide technicians the necessary education and awareness to help them remove or reduce bacteria and pathogens that contaminate drinking water, in order to decrease the incidents of waterborne diseasesSome productions are done in environments that are unsafe. “This is a concern to us,” he said.“We cannot permit you to carryout production in dangerous area (near cemeteries and wetlands and areas that encourage open air degradation) that will pose threats to the lives of our people. No matter how you refine your water, it remains contaminated because the environment is not suitable.”Facilitators for the training were drawn from Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), Ministry of Health, and the EPA. Participants are being lectured on how to turn ground water into fresh and safe, packaged drinking water. They are also being taught EPA’s regulation on production of packaged drinking water.EPA statistics indicate that there are about five hundred water producers nationwide, four hundred of which are in Monrovia and its immediate environs.While some of these producers endeavor to be in compliance with government’s regulations, others have refused to meet standards set and are therefore manipulating the sector. “There are many of your colleagues out there who refuse to come in compliance with government set rules and they are the ones who darken the image of the law.Ninety percent of the country’s population consumes water that is produced locally while the rest, who have the financial capabilities, consume imported water. “This means that your sector plays a cardinal role in the existence of our people and maintenance of our society.“We called you to reemphasize your role in our society and how to improve what you do. But you must be sincere to yourself, to the Liberian people and also be committed to the production high quality products,” he said.A team of inspectors will access all water producing facilities across the country to ensure that producers are in full compliance with EPA’s drinking water guidelinesHe noted that there are four recognized plastic (sachets) producers for water, but most of the products are not biodegradable, which is also a problem.“We will also go after plastics producers for the quality of plastics they produce and whether these are being sold to legitimate business people who are in compliance with the laws of the country.He said there is a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) that was signed with these producers that is being blatantly violated. “You need to abide by the MOU we signed by not selling to people who are violating our laws. If they fail to adhere to this call, we will also go after them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The TRC Recommendations, War Crimes and Justice

first_imgBy Abdoulaye W DukuléIt’s been almost a decade since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, (TRC), an instrument of the 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) that ended the civil war completed its task. The mandate of the TRC was to look back at the civil conflict, listen to both perpetrators and victims and make recommendations for national reconciliation.At the peace negotiations in Accra, which brought together the Government of President Charles Taylor, the warring factions (LURD and MODEL) who were fighting to unseat President Taylor and some 17 political parties, the Diaspora and civil society. At the end of the talks in Accra, the parties reverted to previous peace accords signed since 1990 and which called for disarmament, a transitional government not to be headed by none of the warring factions, free and fair elections under international supervision.This was the baseline crafted by the Interfaith Mediation Committee at the height of the war in 1991 and remained the pillars of all 16 peace or so peace agreements. The difference in Accra centered on how to deal with atrocities of the war. War crimes and human rights abuses had been everywhere during the war.The issue of justice and reparation for victims was on the agenda. The choice was either a war crimes tribunal or a truth and reconciliation process, where victims and perpetrators would face each other and tell their side of the story. The end of the war depended on the willingness of the warring factions to lay down the guns.The truth and reconciliation process prevailed without much surprise. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)was set-up during the administration of Transitional Chairman Gyude Bryant in 2005 but became operational and sworn into office early after the elections of Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in 2006.The TRC accomplished a tremendous task, going around the country, listening to perpetrators and victims and came up with a comprehensive document that not only provided detailed accounts of the conflict, but also looked at its root causes and made recommendations for national atonement and reconciliation.The Report was submitted to the Government. And then started the problems. Politics entered the debate, as many of those occupying high level positions in every branch of the government were indicted by the report.The discourse over the TRC Report got lost in the process and rarely went beyond the issue of punishing the perpetrators or not. As required in the CPA, the President set up a Human Rights Commission that reports to the Legislature and was charged with implementing the TRC Report.For the past 10 years, many groups have been incessantly calling for the implementation of the TRC Report, and other groups insisting on a war [and economic] crimes tribunal. The CPA was drafted by a group of political leaders and warring factions in the heat of a deadly war. None of the warring factions could claim victory but each controlled large swathes of territory.There was intense international pressure to end the war. ECOWAS appointed a former Nigerian head of state to steer the negotiations, with the UN, EU and the AU all in the process. These factors impacted the nature of the agreement. Warring factions were ready to lay down their guns in exchange for power but most importantly, for amnesty.Therefore, coming out of Accra, Liberian political leaders agreed to pursue a path to reconciliation and forgiveness rather than the punitive road of the war crimes tribunal. LURD and MODEL were warring factions fighting against an NPP (National Patriotic Party) government which itself was born out of a warring faction just a few years earlier.In the absence of a national consultative process, the people of Liberia had no say in the formulation of the CPA. It was the result of a compromise between warlords and politicians, who had not been elected nor vetted by anyone, except – ironically – the NPP government. A war crimes tribunal requires the creation of a legal framework.The International Criminal Court at the Hague does not have jurisdiction over war crimes committed prior to its coming into existence on July 1, 2002. But Liberia can create an ad hoc court to address war crimes.The advocates for a war crimes tribunal must also consider that “the Court can generally exercise jurisdiction only in cases where the accused is a national of a state party, the alleged crime took place on the territory of a state party, or a situation is referred to the Court by the United Nations Security Council.”The Court is designed to complement existing national judicial systems: it can exercise its jurisdiction only when national courts are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute such crimes. Primary responsibility to investigate and punish crimes is therefore left to individual states.” (‘The Jurisdiction Of The International Criminal Court International Law Essay‘,, August 2018).How high is this issue on the list of priorities of the Weah-led administration? The implementation of the TRC Report does not need the creation of any new legal framework. It is already part of the laws. The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC), if infused with more political and legal power as well as viable logistical support, can implement the TRC Report.That’s its mandate. Economic crimes do not need a special court, there are many institutions to tackle corruption, theft, misappropriation and so on. But again these institutions have very little capacity and support. Sometimes their efforts lead to nowhere. Results of investigation and audits are thrown on shelves or buried, encouraging impunity.Why have someone to declare their assets upon assuming office but not going back to check how rich or poor they have become at the end of their tenure? The CPA was written in the heat of the war. The TRC Report was written when the wounds of the war were still fresh.Now maybe it’s time for Liberians to sit in a truly national forum and reach consensus on many issues still hanging, from land matters to the importation of bottled water and how to deal with the TRC Report or the meaning of cultural identity and dual citizenship.Constitutions can be amended; therefore recommendations of a panel report can also be adjusted. Costly, but priceless compared to instability and chaos.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Land Policy coming soon

first_img– GL&SC CommissionerThe Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC) is currently examining the possibility of having a National Land Policy in place as early as 2018, Commissioner Trevor Benn said on Tuesday.According to Benn, Guyana has been without such a policy for many years. The Land Policy will see the proper governance of both public and private lands, he explained.“We are at the very infant stage of the policy and the board is spearheading the exercise… It will be through a participatory process, to reach out to all Guyanese to get their vision, of what that policy should look like,” the Commissioner stated. The Department of Public Information said he expressed his optimism that the policy could be ready for Parliament very soon.According to Benn, the presidential commission of inquiry on land rights issues may have some recommendations to make toward the process, which will also see much public consultations.Other initiatives, the Commission hope to get underway, include a revised National Geographic Information System Policy which will guide work in that area. Work is also ongoing on the Land Surveyors (Profession) Act, which is expected to be taken to Parliament in the New Year.The Commission will also commence the implementation of a US$14.8 million sustainable Land Development and Management Project that will have three main outcomes.Apart from non-performing leases, some of the challenges over the year for the Commission include informal subletting and transfers of public lands, highly dependent paper-based operations, insufficient resources to open and develop new areas for various land uses and informal occupation of public lands.last_img read more

Got ‘McPheever’? If so, put your digits to work

first_img“For the first 20 minutes, it’s very hard to get through (on the phone), and every third one after that is busy,” said Diane Davis, a Kat supporter and family friend who has hosted McPhee voting parties at her Studio City home. “We figured we can dial for two hours straight and get three votes in per minute on cell phones. Plus, we use all five of our land lines.” A recent “McPheever” gathering at the Davis’ home included 75 guests. The two weekly “American Idol” broadcasts draw an average total of 54 million viewers, with about 45 million voting each Tuesday. About half those votes are text-messaged by way of Cingular Wireless, the official telecommunications sponsor of the show. Most “Idol” voters are between ages 18 and 35, and it’s the younger end of the spectrum that uses the text-message voting option, polls show. “For a lot of people older than 25, it’s harder to text-message, even though it’s not really that hard,” said Jamie Davis, 22, of Studio City. “I started out using text messages, but switched to cell phone for my vote because the redial button lets me get more votes in much faster.” While it’s safe to say McPhee is a front-runner, the show does not announce vote tallies for each contestant, only the total number of votes received. Three years ago, only 134,400 votes out of 24 million separated runner-up Clay Aiken and winner Ruben Studdard. “Idol’s” producers warn that while the telephone network is designed to handle huge volumes of calls simultaneously, there may be times when it will not be able to take every call due to the sheer volume. If you call during your voting window but can’t get through to cast your vote, simply try again. Results are announced on Wednesday’s elimination show. But don’t even try to outsmart the network. The show has a system to stop “power dialing,” the practice of generating huge blocks of votes using computer modem enhancements that can place thousands of calls in mere seconds. “We put a load of really expensive equipment in place to phantom these guys out … But the truth of the matter is, in the whole time that we’ve had that apparatus in, not once has it ever been needed to be used, which leads me to believe that the whole (“power dialing”) issue was a prefabrication in the first place,” said show producer Ken Warwick. In Tarzana, Kat supporter Welby says she and her husband use both cell phones and their home’s several land lines to notch up votes for McPhee. “It was nerve-racking at the beginning,” Welby said of her first multi-voting attempts early in the series. “Now, my fingers go back and forth between the buttons and I try to focus on something else at the same time. It’s become kind of addictive. I never thought I’d call in like this for anyone on a TV show. “And I even got my mom to do it. She’s 76 years old and lives near Chicago, but she does the same thing as me every Tuesday night.” (818) 713-3676160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I felt like a rotten friend when I heard that. So, I really stepped it up.” With “Idol’s” season finale approaching May 24, McPhee – the first Los Angeles native to make it big on the smash hit Fox-TV talent contest – faces off tonight against Taylor Hicks and Elliot Yamin. And L.A. is rooting for her. Signs around town proclaim “Vote for Katharine – Catch the McPheever,” “She’s McPhine” and “McPhee is Our Favorite.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa even showed up at McPhee’s alma mater, Sherman Oaks’ Notre Dame High School, last week for a pro-Kat rally that was filmed for this week’s “Idol.” The three contestants will perform from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., with voting open from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. So you wanna vote tonight for Sherman Oaks’ own “American Idol” sweetheart Katharine McPhee? Get those dialing digits warmed up. You’ll have a hard time dialing faster than some local supporters who’ve come down with “McPheever.” Since “American Idol” doesn’t limit the number of votes from each viewer, diligent digits can rack up as many as 300 votes during the two-hour polling window. At Kat Pack parties around the area, it’s feasible that thousands of calls and text messages are generated each Tuesday. “I vote for two hours straight,” said Susie Welby, a McPhee supporter and friend of the 22-year-old singer. “The first week, I voted like 20 times, then I talked to a couple who said the two of them voted 600 times each week. last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL will be hit by snow showers on Saturday night, the BBC is reporting.The station’s forecasters say significant amounts of snow will fall over the north and east of the county late on Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning.The BBC has also issued an early weather warning for Sunday night and Monday morning when it is forecasting up to 60mm of rain. It said the west of Ulster would be the worst hit.“Our weather models are showing snow falls over Donegal for late into Saturday night and into Sunday morning,” said forecaster Cecilia Daly.“It will be a cold and icy start for Sunday and there is a weather warning for Sunday into Monday for heavy rain which will lead to flooding.”She said the snow on Saturday night will be a result of a weather front from the west meeting cold air. Met Eireann however does not have snow in any of its forecasts for the weekend.The horrible weather comes after storms hit Donegal on Friday night, knocking power off to homes. WEEKEND SNOW FOR DONEGAL, SAYS BBC was last modified: December 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:donegal weatherSAYS BBCWEEKEND SNOW FOR DONEGALlast_img read more


first_imgSimply click on the video above to view several of the new packages on offer at Arena 7 entertainment complex.Arena 7 has established itself as the No.1 entertainment complex in Donegal over the last number of years – providing fun activities that caters for all ages. Check out some of the stunning deals on offer by simply clicking on the video above.DDTV: CHECK OUT THE FANTASTIC OFFERS NOW AVAILABLE AT ARENA 7 was last modified: July 29th, 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:Arena 7DDTVEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgThis week Donegal Daily sports columnist Paddy Walsh, recalls a week when John Haran rolled back the years, Jason Quigley rolled over another opponent and Ciara Grant got rolled over. BIG JOHN WAVES THE WAND FOR MAXI THE MAGICIANMan of the Match John HaranThere were invariable concerns for the security of the door-frame in the offices where this columnist once plied his trade whenever John Haran dropped in. They don’t call him Big John for nothing but at a stoop he was always able to negotiate his entry into the working space of the Donegal People’s Press and Donegal Democrat at Larkin House in Letterkenny. And since he picked up a football at whatever age and started advancing with menace in the direction of the opposition’s goal frame that concern was equally uppermost in the minds of many an opponent.Difficult to believe that the big man turned 38 years of age yesterday – though not according to Wikipedia who still insist that Haran is a “former Gaelic football” – but not difficult to believe that he put in a man of the match performance against Glenswilly in Sunday’s Dr. Maguire Cup showdown at MacCumhaill Park.Playing a captain’s role – even though he wasn’t captain – he helped leave Michael Murphy and his side chasing shadows at times (and what a shadow the Letterkenny man casts). And, let’s lash on the credit here, the man who was captain, Rory Kavanagh, was also hugely impressive in a St. Eunan’s performance that may not have matched some of their previous thirteen successes at this level but was still solid enough to dismiss the challenge of last year’s Donegal champions.A two point gap going into the closing seven minutes meant that Glenswilly were still very much in touching distance but a strong finish by Maxi Curran’s men – what a job the new boss has done – had opened that gap and marksman, Conall Dunne, fired over the point that confirmed Dr. Maguire was packing his bags and making the short trip to the O’Donnell Park. And no better man, or voice, than Eunan’s stalwart, Brian Kelly, to lead the chorus of ‘Letterkenny Town’ as the team celebrated at the finish (I’ve heard him render it at full volume on Letterkenny Reunion events and, like John Haran, he doesn’t hold back).Meanwhile, O’Donnell Park should be fairly heaving this Sunday when Roslea roll into town for the Ulster Club quarter-final. It’s a competition that Eunan’s have struggled to make an impact in but the very fact that local rivals, Glenswilly, managed to get to the Final last year should surely inspire the Letterkenny side to at least advance into semi-final territory.And, sure, don’t they have that “former Gaelic footballer’ in their ranks to aid them. And no Crossmaglen in their way.APPEALS AND PRECEDENTSThere were invariably two disappointed losing teams come the end of Sunday’s Final. One on the pitch and the second one, listening on from the Glens of Glenties and wondering if they could have overcome the black and amber on the day had they been given the chance. They weren’t, of course – their appeal to both the Donegal Competitions Control Committee and subsequently to the Ulster Council Hearings Committee falling on deaf ears and blind to a precedent set in Munster back in January.That match in Killarney involved a quarter-final tie pairing Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and Colaiste Chriost Ri which the former won after extra-time. But it transpired that the match referee had not sent off Corca Dhuibhne player, Barra O’Suilleabhain during normal time despite the fact that he had been shown a black card after previously picking up a yellow. Because of the error, the eventual winners were allowed to bring on a replacement for O’Suilleabhain.Cue an objection from Colaiste Chriost Ri and one upheld by the Munster Post-Primary CCC, resulting in a replay between the sides.Precisely the same situation confronted Naomh Conaill in their semi-final clash with Glenswilly. Ciaran Bonner, first of all given a yellow card, and later in the game shown a black variety and then permitted to be replaced by Oisin Crawford. The only difference is the Glenties team were not afforded the opportunity of a replay.Ah, sure that game in Munster was only a schools outing, some will cry, but it still fell under the rules and the umbrella of the Gaelic Athletic Association and was therefore a precedent to be followed – or not as was the case – elsewhere.No?KERRING FOR PAT’SBrian KerrAs if it wasn’t bad enough having three Dubs in the studio panel for Sunday’s F.A.I. Cup Final, we had another one in the R.T.E. co-commentating box in the form of Brian Kerr. And not alone a Dub but a confirmed St. Patrick’s Athletic supporter, having once managed the club and so obviously not lost any of his passion for the Inchicore outfit.That was clearly evident throughout the game – frequent Christian name references to the Pat’s players – and never more so than at the end when Christy Fagan had netted the decisive second score and George Hamilton reported thus:…”AND BRIAN KERR IS IN TEARS.” [Note: not tears of disappointment on Derry City’s behalf but instead from sheer delight that the Cup was destined for Richmond Park after a gap of fifty-three years].And the photograph of Kerr locked in an embrace with man of the match, Greg Bolger, dominant in some of the Monday paper coverage, and sporting a smile the width of the Liffey, offered, as if we needed it, another clue as to the affiliations of the R.T.E. pundit.Couldn’t – shouldn’t – the national broadcaster have roped in a complete neutral for the job, given that this was a Cup Final and not an international when you can get away with such bias? Someone like Dave Barry or Pat Morley – anyone but a blatant St. Pat’s disciple. Seriously doubt that Liam Coyle or the likes would have been slotted in beside Hamilton for the live coverage.But now a plus mark for the same Brian Kerr. You might have heard or read Roddy Collins remarks on the match and how he was “embarrassed” by the quality of it and how he had brought over Luton Town manager, John Still, to the Aviva to help him scout for potential talent.Apparently the latter – whose team occupy second spot in League Two in England – reported to Collins after the game: “There’s not one of those players would get into my team.”What? Not even former international, Keith Fahey, who has played at the top level in England? Or double scorer, Fagan? Or Chris Forrester? Or the afore-mentioned Bolger?True, the game didn’t live up to expectations as a spectacle though it had its moments but then how many Finals, either here or abroad, do? Answer – the four or five that were previously played at the Aviva since the League of Ireland’s premier Cup competition was relocated to the old Lansdowne Road. Thrillers all.Kerr was quick to hit back at the much-travelled Collins claiming that there were a number of players who could play at a higher level than the L.O.I.And Fahey, too, was critical of the comments by the former Bohemians, Athlone Town, Derry City and Carlisle United boss. “I could play League Two with my eyes closed,” he indicated modestly in a tweet.But then you’d sense that Collins was hardly likely to sing the praises of a game involving one of those sides that let him go.RAMELTON LIVEWIREStill on the Cup Final, I know he had been carrying an injury in the week leading up to the game but judging by the recording of the game I watched, Barry McNamee, when eventually introduced into the fray by Peter Hutton, could have made the difference had he been on from the start.The Ramelton native was a livewire and while he squandered a decent opportunity that would have put City level, he was still head and shoulders – though perhaps not physically – over his fellow Candystripers. Perhaps, another prospect for a cross-channel club though obviously one above the stature of Luton Town.Sean Houston – was his father, Mickey at the Aviva or at MacCumhaill Park watching his old side, St. Eunan’s in action in the county decider? – came on with two minutes of stoppage time left, not enough to make any sort of impact.But there were a couple of other Donegal images in the post match scenes, former Harps goalkeeper, Declan McIntyre, now in Derry’s backroom staff, warmly congratulating Pat’s boss, Liam Buckley. And another familiar figure lurking in the background, one Gerry McDermott, former sports reporter and editor with the ‘Donegal Democrat’, who was appointed F.A.I. Communications Officer back in 2006.Due to a slight reversal in the semi-final, Finn Harps were unable to make it to the Aviva but sent their regards.JASON FLEECES ANOTHERThe affable but deadly Jason QuigleyWhat about young Jason Quigley, then? At seven years of age engaged in his first ever contest up against an equally young – we presume – Noel McBride of St. Mary’s B.C. of Annagry.And here he is sixteen years on having claimed his third professional victory in the ring.That’s three professional bouts to date and three wins under the belt. And on course for his ultimate objective – a World title. Just don’t be surprised when – no if’s here – it comes.It must be said that he certainly wasn’t stretched in two of those fights – clearing the decks with last weekend’s opponent, Greg McCoy inside three minutes at the Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts (far from the tender age of seven was Mr McCoy – more in the region of 38 and just back after three years out of competitive boxing).It took the Twin Towns man less time to dispose of his debut opponent in the professional arena – a technical knock-out 82 seconds into the first round leaving Howard Reece wondering what hit him.Fernando Najera lasted until the third round but was forced to retire against the Donegal Super Middleweight.The U.S., where Quigley is based for the time being, is beginning to take note but there’ll be much tougher bouts ahead if – sorry, when – he fulfils that ambition. Much tougher.But what a start for the likeable Ballybofey native.LUCKLESS CIARACiara Grant celebrates another stunnerNo joy for former Kilmacrenan Celtic player, Ciara Grant and her U.C.D. Waves team-mates in the Women’s F.A.I. Cup Final, the Aviva Stadium taster to the men’s equivalent.The Donegal woman scored a wonder goal for Sunday’s opponents, Raheny United in last year’s Final but having switched sides in the close season, there was to be no repeat despite an impressive performance in the right full-back slot. Indeed a 2-1 win for Raheny might have been greater had Grant not cleared off the line in a match that went into extra-time.WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE?New Donegal manager Rory Gallagher.Will Rory Gallagher be taking, or seeking, any advice from Jim McGuinness when the business end of his regime as Donegal manager gets underway in earnest?As much hope, I should think, as Irish Water have of being named semi-state body of this or any other year.WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY – WHY ANYONE CAN GET ROLLED OVER IN SPORT! was last modified: November 5th, 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:Donegal DailyPaddy Walshsports columnlast_img read more

‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP

first_imgDonegal people have significantly lower levels of Vitamin D due to a lack of sunshine in the county, according to new findings.Sun levels are lower in Donegal than the rest of the country due to its northern location, which is causing low levels of the vitamin which is crucial to bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.Donegal GP Martin Coyne, who has a special interest in osteoporosis, told the Irish Times that his results from tests at Letterkenny University Lab were “frightening”. He found that 75% of 10,000 vitamin D test results in Letterkenny had insufficient vitamin D levels and 12% were extremely low.The findings were so low that they had to be rechecked to ensure the machines were working properly. ‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP was last modified: August 14th, 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)last_img read more

Turkish ad wins hearts

first_imgFour young stars of Turkish Airlines’ new ad campaign have stolen the hearts of millions and are enjoying their fame according to the**See the full video below**Apparently their lives and dreams have been completely transformed, but they are not complaining about the attention according to reporter Ozlem Sakin.Ozlem takes up the story.The ad campaign first aired for National Sovereignty and Children’s Day celebrated in Turkey on April 23 immediately become a hit as it charmed a nation and even led to a tear or two. While Turkish Airlines’ previous campaigns included prominent names such as Argentinean footballer Lionel Messi and U.S. basketball player Kobe Bryant, this time children were the stars. The shooting took place at Imecik, a village in Mediterranean Antalya, lasting three months and was shot by the talented advertising director and winner of the prestigious 25th Crystal Apple Awards in Turkey, Bahadir Karatas. The village children were photographed and four of them – three boys and a girl – were chosen to star in the campaign that is now one of the most watched videos online.Kerim Ardic, known as “Shorty” among his friends, is seen saluting an airplane. He told TV reporters and journalists who visited the village after the ad aired, he now wants to become a pilot when he grows up and added, “I have to attend my classes and do my homework first.” He also noted his friends at school congratulated him on the ad and he is happy to be on TV.His father, who makes a living out of stock breeding in the village, said Ardic’s classes are suffering as a result of the shoots, so they will ensure that he focuses more on school.Similar to Ardic, Oguzhan Yavuz also said he now wants to become a pilot. “We went to Istanbul for the shooting and it was the first time I got on a plane. I loved it and I also got to talk to the pilots,” said Oguzhan.To read the full story click here.last_img read more