#JaVotes2016: Fist fight in Seaforth, Robertson accused of being an absentee MP

first_imgTempers flared in Blacksmiths Lane, Seaforth just yards away from the polling station, as the Jamaica Labour Party’s James Robertson, who is vying for another term as the Member of Parliament (MP) of Western St Thomas, addressed a small group of community members. Robertson, who was being accused of being absent in the constituency, was assuring the people of the work that he had put in over the years. “I have been a father to this lane for almost 30 years, long before I was elected as MP,” he said. Robertson’s proclamation was met with shouts and nods of agreement from a few of the people who had gathered. However, one man, who was holding a cup of what appeared to contain alcohol, approached the candidate with slurs contrary to what he had proclaimed. Another resident of the community exclaimed that the man was drunk and asked him to move away. The accusing man refused, which escalated to a brief fist fight. Robertson ensured that the dispute was settled before leaving the location.last_img read more

LAND COMMISSION ADVICES: STOP CONSTRUCTION IN SWAMPS AND WATER WAYS TO AVOID NATURAL DISASTER

first_imgThe severity of rainfall in Liberia, most especially in Monrovia the Capital City, is a well-known phenomenon, often resulting to flooding and the destruction of properties. It is during this period that Liberians make numerous calls for help from communities in and around the city. Worst affected areas normally are located in lowland areas, especially swamps that have been converted to dwelling places.Notably, the flood experience comes as a result of the rising of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as climate change and individuals constructing structures in swamps and water ways, including other factors such as encroachment on waterways and beachfronts.In Monrovia where zoning ordinances and other preconditions for housing constructions are sometimes ignored by builders and they proceed illegally to misuse these protected areas by constructing structures. Also, the heavy downpour of rain combines with the lack of adequate and properly layout drainages often exacerbate the situation.Monrovia, which continues to experience a high degree of rural-to-urban migration, is hugely affected by the development of several slum communities in swamps and waterways. Currently, Monrovia is paying host to a huge proportion of the Country’s populations, with about 1.3 million of Liberia’s 4 million people residing there, which makes it the most populated city in Liberia.For decades, urban governance in Liberia has not been given much policy and legal priority. Municipal authorities nationwide are still largely unable to respond to urbanization challenges effectively, or plan for future urban growth due to low capacity and poor resources. Neither are people willing to listen to those few regulations that are on the books.In response to situation of non-adherence to city laws, ordinance and regulations, the Government of Liberia established the Land Commission with the general mandate and purpose to propose, advocate and coordinate reforms of land policy, laws and programs in Liberia. The decision to undertake a comprehensive land reform was in recognition of the critical role of land in defining national identity, and how significantly land related issues affect national cohesion, peace, reconciliation, protection of rights and the rule of law, and economic growth and development.As part of its role in the land governance, the Land Commission has observed with serious concern, the illegal construction of structures in swamps and waterways by individuals in certain communities, especially in Monrovia and parts adjacent, and also viewed this encroachment on swamp land as illegal, a gross misuse of public property and an act against the public land use and management procedures.According to the Commission, this action if not stopped, has the propensity to eventually cause increased flooding or other natural disasters in those communities that are building in swamps, which will also affect other areas.In this regard, the Commission strongly cautions that swamps and lowland areas are not free land. They are government restricted and protected areas, which serve as habitat for fishes to spawn and reservoir for most aquatic species of animals.The Land Commission is also admonishing citizens and residents in Monrovia and other cities to help government maintain ordinances in cities across the country by not dumping wastes in drainages and building in alleys and on wet lands and waterways. The Commission wishes to warn all citizens that this act poses serious health hazard for other residents of communities in those areas. The Commission admonishes that obeying city orderliness and/or maintenance of cities are share-responsibilities of government and residents and should not be considered as solely government responsibility alone.Therefore, the Land Commission is warning all those involved in the illegal construction of structures on swamp lands and similar acts in Montserrado County, especially Congo Town, Sinkor Old Road and Airfield, Paynesville, Mount Barclay, Somalia Drive, Bushrod Island, Virginia, Brewerville, and other areas where swamps are concentrated, to desist and/or their plans and seek advice from the relevant land and environmental institutions to avoid legal actions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Figure skaters, Fort St. John Arts Council receive provincial gaming grants

first_imgJust south, the Peace Passage Skating Club in Taylor has been given $12,500. Lastly, the Community Arts Council of Fort St. John is the recipient of $11,000, up from the $6,000 it got in the last round of grants. “Gaming Grant funding helps community organizations provide some excellent programs to local residents,” says Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm. “The Community Arts Council of Fort St. John, Fort St. John Figure Skating Club, and Peace Passage Skating Club bring great benefits to the people of FortSt. John and Taylor, and I’m very happy to see these organizations receive funding.” – Advertisement -Approximately 5,300 community groups received $135 million in gaming grants over 2012/2013.last_img read more

The language gap

first_imgAt a Los Angeles movie theater recently, the predominantly African-American audience cheered throughout “Akeelah and the Bee,” a wonderful fairy tale about an 11-year-old black girl who takes command of her life by taking command of the English language. “Akeelah” was released nationwide on the same day that President George W. Bush struck a nerve by dismissing a Spanish-language version of the national anthem. The controversy re-ignited when the Senate approved one bill making English the country’s “national language” and another calling for the government to “preserve and enhance the role of English as the common and unifying language of America.” Amid the current immigration controversy, such statements can seem condescending and racist, especially when promoted by whites. But they carry truth nonetheless. I once saw a banner in South Los Angeles complaining, “English = Whites Only.” I beg to differ: English = Good for Everyone. My father, from a rural Pakistani village, looks back with minimal regret on not teaching his own children his native Urdu tongue. “I never wanted my children to be behind other children in any way,” he would tell me years later. “It would be OK if you did not learn Urdu, but I wanted you to speak perfect English, so that you wouldn’t be second-class in the classroom compared to the white children.” Sociologists would note that my parents were like many other first-generation immigrants, willing to trade off cultural background for children’s welfare. Undocumented Mexican immigrants have for various reasons not always made the same tradeoff; but for activists to discourage them from doing so is to ignore such families’ best long-term interests. America is the nation that we immigrants chose to pursue, for the sake of opportunity. Yet, such opportunity only exists if we choose to employ the tools at hand within this country. “Akeelah” was not the first movie in recent years to celebrate English as the quintessential American tool for success. The 2003 documentary “Spellbound” was, as its title suggests, a spellbinding depiction of several children’s efforts to achieve spelling-bee glory. A number of the children were of Indian, Mexican or African ancestry, whose families understood the power of excelling in America’s common language. By capturing this, the documentary served as a stirring testament to America’s greatness. The notion of a separate national anthem sung in Spanish, one with altered lyrics about “breaking chains,” defeats the whole idea of being one nation. It is an unfortunate new example of what historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., who was special assistant to President John F. Kennedy, decried as a “cult of ethnicity,” a cult that “belittles unum and glorifies pluribus.” Nation-states that house different regions with different dominant languages often suffer through separatist movements. If you force such groups to cohere when they don’t share a common language or culture, resentment mounts then come the protests, kidnappings, violence and strife. It happens far away in my Pakistani homeland, it happens next door in Quebec. It is liberalism’s noble compulsion to sniff out injustices such as racism and classism. But in this case, it is deeply unhelpful to characterize English as a weapon of the white man. For white and brown alike, English is our friend, not our enemy. And no matter how proudly you sing the national anthem, if you sing it in another language, you are not celebrating American unity. Our goal need not be about a cramming a white man’s language down the throats of immigrants. Social critic Neil Postman observed that English is the most diverse language of all, comprising words from every corner of the globe. Appreciating it helps us appreciate our cultural variety while reminding us of our unity. E Pluribus Unum, indeed: Out of Many, One. Rob Asghar is a writer based in Los Angeles. His Web site is www.AmericaBug.Typepad.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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

GAA NEWS: MILFORD HOSTS UNDERAGE EASTER CAMP

first_imgMILFORD GAA CLUB NOTES*Easter Draw*The Club launched our annual Easter Draw at the Health & Wellbeing Day on Saturday week with Fr Adrian Gavigan doing the honour of buying the first ticket. The draw will take place on Easter Sunday, 5th April. Tickets cost €10 or 3 for €20. First prize is a whopping €2,000. Full list of prizes are below: 1st – €2,0002nd – 500 Litres of Home Heating Oil (Sponsored by Donegal Oil)3rd – 2 All Ireland Final Tickets (Hurling or Football) 4th – 32″ Television5th – 6 Month Membership @ Evolution Fitness6th – €100 Travellers Inn Voucher7th – €100 Arena 7 Voucher8th – Digital Camera (Sponsored by Magees Chemist)9th – Coffee Machine (Sponsored by TV Centre Milford) 10th – CD Player (Sponsored by TV Centre Milford)11th – Digital Camera12th – Donegal GAA Jacket*Easter Camp* Camp takes place on the 7th, 8th and 9th of April from 10am to 2pm. Cost of the camp is €30 with concessions available for families. All Children will receive a goody bag and are reminded to bring a packed lunch.*The Bootroom*The club are collecting football boots in the next few weeks. The idea is that children will leave boots in that they have grown out of and are not needed by another member of the family. We will be putting these boots on display in the clubhouse on Good Friday between 7pm and 8pm. Children are invited to come and have a look at what boots are available and to see if anything is suitable for them. Ther is no charge for the boots however if you wish you can make a donation for underage funds. The only stipulation is that boots should be in reasonable condition, clean and laced. Please bring the boots into your next training session and give them to your coach.*U12 Fixtures*The U12 fixtures have been announced and Na Galloglaigh are in Group 1 along with Downings, MacCumhaills B, Termon, St Eunans A, Fanad Gaels, Cloughaneely, Gaoth Dobhair, St Michaels and Glenswilly.All games for scheduled for Wednesdays at 6.30pm.…May 6th: Glenswilly (A)May 13th: Cloughaneely (A)May 20th: Downings (H)May 27th: St Eunans A (H)June 3rd: MacCumhaills B (H)June 10th: Fanad Gaels (H)June 17th: Termon (A)June 24th: St Michaels (H)July 1st” Gaoth Dobhair (A)*Seniors*CLG BnaG 2-12 Urris 1-3Na Galloglaigh got their league campaign off to a great start after a superb all round team performance today against Urris. Kyle Black got them off to a perfect start when his great strike found the back of the net after 2 minutes. They showed great workrate and intensity in the tackle all over the pitch to turn Urris over numerous times. Urris brought a lot of numbers back and the lads had to be patient and work the openings for their score…s, but they were still able to break the Urris line several times to get some key scores. At the other end the defence was rock solid and limited Urris to a single score in the first half, to leave the half time score 1-5 to 0-1. It was much of the same in the second half with the defence standing resolute and Cathal Mc Gettigan, Kieran Mc Laughlin, and the Barrett brothers posted some fine scores. Shaun Paul Barrett made several changes in the second half and it was during these changes that Urris managed to sneak in for their goal. Substitute Dylan Hegarty cancelled out their goal with one of his own in the closing minutes to allow Na Galloglaigh run out comfortable winners 2-12 to 1-3. There is no game for the lads next week but they take on Naomh Brid the week after.Team: Sean Gallagher, Kieran Sheridan, Sean Black, Gavin Grier, Kieran McLaughlin (0-2), Enda McHugh, Tj Evesson, Luc O Bairead (0-1), Jonny Logue, Christopher Barrett, Pauric Curley (0-1), Kyle Black (1-1), Cathal McGettigan (0-6), Kane Barrett (0-1), Gary Merritt. Subs: Caolan Mc Gettigan for Gallagher (44m), Dean Burgess for Sheridan (44m), Dylan Hegarty (1-0) for McLaughlin (44m), Darragh Black for C. Barrett (52m), Barry McNulty for S. Black (54m)*Reserves*CLG BnaG 2-12 Urris 0-5The Reserves also got off to a great start to their league campaign in a similar game to the Senior match. Playing 13-a-side Joey Cullen hit the back of the net early on to give Na Galloglaigh a good foothold in the game. The defence was strong and kept Urris at bay for the majority of the half while Luke Trearty and Paul Sweeney were immense in midfield. Joey Cullen was a handful and won a lot of Urris kickouts and got himself a second goal… late on to leave the half time score 2-4 to 0-3. The defence was once again on top in the second half and the forwards took their scores well when they had their chances, with Paul Fisher racking up 4 points himself. In the end it was a comfortable run out as the lads controlled the tempo for the majority of the game, but especially the second half, to run out 2-12 to 0-5 winners. Like the Seniors the Reserves have no game next week but will play Naomh Brid the weekend after.Team: Gavin McFadden, Conor McNulty (0-1), Cormac Friel, Odhrán Coll, Paul Grier (0-1), Ryan Ferry (0-1), Paul Sweeney (0-2), Luke Trearty (0-1), Jamie Heena, Joey Cullen (2-1), Barry McNulty, Paul Fisher (0-4), Hugh Mc Menamin. Subs: Emmet Conaghan for C. McNulty (HT), Paddy Mc Carron (0-1) for McMenamin (HT), Ciaran McHugh*Senior Ladies*The Senior Ladies had 2 good wins this week beating Glenfin 5-17 to 3-7 on St Patricks Day and Carndonagh 4-10 to 0-10 on Sunday, they led only 6 points to 3 @ half time to Carndonagh but produced an excellent second half performance to finish the game convincing winners, they play away to Moville this Sunday morning, time to be confirmed.*Minors*CLG BnaG 1-7 Fanad Gaels 0-5Na Galloglaigh made it three in a row with another strong performance in a typically neighbourly derby against Fanad Gaels in Moyle Park. Playing with a slight breeze in the first half Na Galloglaigh got off to a great start when after 5 minutes Odhrán Coll finished into an empty net after good work from Kane Barrett. The defence did well in the first half and kept Fanad at bay, forcing them to pass over and back the 45 and forcing their …shots. At the other end Kane Barrett was unmarkable and scored some sublime points to keep edging the blue and navy in front. Bar a good save from Gavin McFadden late in the first half himself, Kieran Sheridan, Hayden Curran and Patrick Ferry never looked like conceding a goal throughout the game. Fanad eventually got off the mark as first half injury time approached to leave the score 1-5 to 0-1 at the break. The lads got off to a shaky start at the second half and conceded 3 unanswered points to bring Fanad back into the match. Ryan Mcmahon was superb at half back while Luke Trearty and Connor Gormley continued to dominate the midfield for the majority of the game. Adam Serrinha, Martin Doyle, Conor Mc Hugh and Cormac Toland continued to get on a lot of ball while Gavin Grier was always an outlet in the defence. It took substitute Ryan Spike Flood to get Na Galloglaighs first score of the second half with 8 minutes remaining, while half time sub Andreas Afxentiou also made a huge impact. Ronan Docherty exerted more and more influence on the game as it went on to keep the Fanad attack at bay and a final Kane Barrett score late on left the full time score 1-7 to 0-5 after a disciplined and controlled performance. The lads showed good character today to keep their discipline when at times it was tough to do so, and at the end of the day its the result that counts and the boys knew that. Next up for the lads is their final group game away to Termon on the 31st March.Team: Gavin McFadden, Hayden Curran, Kieran Sheridan, Patrick Ferry, Cormac Toland, Ronan Docherty, Ryan McMahon, Luke Trearty, Connor Gormley (0-1), Odhran Coll (1-0), Adam Serrinha, Connor McHugh, Gavin Grier (0-1), Kane Barrett (0-4), Marty Doyle. Subs: Andreas Afxentiou for Ferry (HT), Shane McNamee for Curran (40m), Ryan Spike Flood (0-1) for McHugh (50m), Owen Deely, Dermot Friel, Paddy Mc Carron, Peter Curran, James McCallum, Shane Mc Bride*U16s*CLG BnaG 4-13 Cloughaneely 1-3There were 5 games in Moyle Park the past 3 days, and the Club won all 5. After impressive victories from our Minors, Reserves and Senior Men and Ladies it was the turn of our under 16 side to cap a successful weekend for the club in their first game of this year’s league campaign. Cloughaneely were the visitors to Moyle Park on a beautiful day that promised good football and the lads certainly delivered. With the advantage of a small bre…eze they stormed into a lead with points shared between Connor Gormley, Ronan Docherty, Ryan Mcmahon and Conor Mc Hugh in the opening quarter. Na Galloglaigh were relentless in the opening half and with the midfield duo Gormally and in particular McMahon dominating in the kick outs further scores were added by Niall Trearty and Shane Mc Namee. Indeed the blues could have been home and dry in the first half only for the Cloughaneely goalkeeper making a number of fine stops after a tyrade of golden goalscoring opportunities. The visitors battled well and from a missed opportunity of goal by Na Galloglaigh seen the Falcarragh men work the ball to the other end of the field and register there first score. This was the instigator for a brief spell of fortune as a good attack forced a penalty which was cooly converted by the Cloughaneely number 8. Cloughaneely managed another score but the home side responded well with points from Ryan Toye and Gormally to leave the score 0-11 to 1-2 at half time. Although they possessed a six point lead at half time na nGalloglaigh were cautious going into the second as they lined up against the breeze however they continued to dominate the game and eventually got their goal, again after relentless pressure and good build up McHugh buried the ball low in right corner. Further goals were added by the fancy footwork of Shane Mc Namee and let’s just say an unorthodox attempt from substitute Jamie-Lee Blaney. Again further points were added by the impressive Mc Mahon and Mc Hugh and a goal from Toye who had been threatening throughout secured a fine win for new manager Aidan Cannon and Dean Boyce’s side. Man of the match performances all over the field for na Galloglaigh whilst Cloughaneely’s number 1 steals the plaudits for the away side. Next up is a home tie against local rivals Fanad.Team: Odhran Crossan, Conor Coll, Niall Ferry, Andreas Afxentiou, Peter Curran, Ronan Docherty(0-1), Oisin Doherty, Ryan Mc Mahon(0-3), Connor Gormally(0-3), Shane McNamee (1-1), Conor McHugh (1-2), Ryan Toye(1-2), Dane Dunworth, Niall Trearty(0-1), Daire Crossan, Subs: Jamie Lee Blaney(1-0) for Crossan, Gerard McAteer for Dunworth, Ross Trearty for Coll, Oisín Bradley for Afxentiou, Adrian Gallagher for Toye, Luke Serrinha for Oisin Doherty, Darragh Greene for Mc Namee.*2015 Membership*The 2015 membership rates were decided at Decembers AGM and are as follows:€200 – Database members (3 panels on weekly lotto). Entitled to 2 full adults and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€100 – Database members (1 panel on weekly lotto). Entitled to 2 full adults and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€70 – Family Membership. Entitled to 2 full adult membership and juvenile membership for all children up to 18yrs.€50 – Senior Ladies (Players). Entitled to one full adult membership.€40 – Adult membership. Entitled to one full adult membership.€30 – Juvenile membership.As well as full family membership database members are:– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– Receive 11 weeks free entry to lotto drawMembership must be paid by St Patricks Day, 17th March 2015. The Club will only be able to source Donegal tickets for fully paid up members. Membership can be paid to any team manager or member of the Executive Committee, or very easily through our Team App on your mobile phone. This extremely useful app (Team App) can be downloaded from the app store. Complete your registration on download and search for CLG BnaG. Membership can be paid via the ‘Shop/Play Lotto’ option.*Training Schedules*Seniors – Tues & Thurs @ 7pm (Pitch)Senior Ladies – Mon & Wed @ 7pm, Sat @ 10am (Pitch)G4M&O – Mon @ 8.15pm (Pitch)Minors – Fri @ 8pm, Sun @ 10am (Pitch)U16s – Fridays @ 7pm (Pitch)U16 Ladies – Thurs @ 6pm (Pitch)U14 Ladies – Mon @ 5.15pm (Pitch)U12 Mixed – Wed @ 6pm (Convent Gym)U12 Girls – Fri @ 6pm (Pitch)U10s – Fri @ 7pm (Pitch)U8s – Fri @ 6pm (Pitch)*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 3-4-14-24. 5 Match 3 get 15 Euro each, Kevin Coyle, Declan Black, Michael McBride, Aodh McCormack and Maureen McCormack. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others*Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others has resumed training and will continue every Monday at 8.15pm. Open to all newcomers and past players who are over 18 and not currently playing competitive football. These trainings are fun orientated with the focus on learning the skills of the game and interacting with other women/mothers in the community and providing opportunity to be physically active.*Topaz Cash for Clubs Scheme*Club ID: 10187For any of our members or supporters who clock up a lot of miles Topaz have a ‘Cash for Clubs’ scheme. Collect a card at your local Topaz and each time you top up by €40 get it stamped. When you have your card completed hold on to them and hand them to Barry McNulty to be entered into the draw.*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com*CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751GAA NEWS: MILFORD HOSTS UNDERAGE EASTER CAMP was last modified: March 31st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Milford GAA noteslast_img read more

TRAGIC GARDA SCREAMED IN AGONY AFTER HE WAS HIT BY SPEEDING CAR

first_imgA young Donegal Garda screamed in pain for his mother, father and girlfriend just moments after his patrol car was struck at “phenomenal” speed by another car, an inquest heard today.Garda Gary McLoughlin died after suffering multiple injuries as a result of the crash on December 13th, 2009 at Lisfannon, Burt.The inquest into the 24 year old Garda, from Foxfield, Fenagh, Co Leitrim, heard how he was asked to assist detectives who were pursuing a car during a 30km chase. Detectives Noel Jones and Bernard Mullins had followed a red Opel Astra after it had sped off from The Grove garage at Bridgend earlier that night.The Astra, driven by Martin McDermott, had reached speeds of more than 150 KPH as it tried to shake off Gardai.It travelled to the town of Manorcunningham before travelling back towards Bridgend with the aim of escaping across the border to Derry.Detectives Jones and Mullins alerted Garda Gary McLoughlin and his partner Garda Bernard McLaughlin that the car was coming their way.The uniformed Gardai asked if they would deploy the ‘stinger’ device to stop the speeding car but were told it was too dangerous as the Astra could lose control.Instead they were instructed just to get the registration number of the speeding car.Garda Bernard McLaughlin revealed how his partner had slowed down and was traveling on the hard shoulder to get the license plate.However seconds later McDermott came at them on his wrong side of the road.“I saw a haze of lights and Gary said “This is him.” I studied the car and realised instantly it was travelling towards us at phenomenal speed and I shouted that he was going to hit us. It was like a rocket.“Gary pulled left hard into the ditch and if he hadn’t it would have hit us straight on,” he said.After that Garda Bernard McLaughlin said he awoke to find his partner trapped I the car before he finally came through realising he was in horrific pain.“He was in a lot of pain and was calling for his mum and dad Noel and Una and his girlfriend Shauna,” he said.Such was the force of the collision that the engine of the Opel Astra was ripped from the car and thrown down the road.Martin McDermott, now 26, of Castlegrove, Raphoe, was also thrown out of the car and was fond 60 yards down the road by Gardai.McDermott, who has previously been jailed for eight years for the manslaughter of Garda McLoughlin, was twice over the legal drink-driving limit. He had 91 previous convictions for a range of serious crimes.Garda McLoughlin was cut from the car and rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital.He died the following day, December 14th at 2.20am, after suffering two cardiac arrests.Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said Garda McLaughlin died from multiple injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.The late Garda’s parents Una and Noel, girlfriend Shauna Bradley and extended family were in court for the inquest.The jury of seven women and two men took just twenty minutes to return a verdict of unlawful killing.Coroner John Cannon said “The fact clearly demonstrates the heroic deed exemplified by the late Gary McLoughlin killed in the line of duty. The loss of Gary McLoughlin, a young and gallant officer, reminds us of the ultimate sacrifice by Gardai and we are reminded of the burdens and demands placed on Gardai.“It is therefore that we should appreciate their hazardous task in the protection of our community underpinning the values of our society. “We are indebted to their daily roles. We appreciate the fact that in doing their duty they put themselves in harm’s way…all so the public may live in a peaceful environment.Supt Kevin English said the Gardai in Buncrana and Donegal continue to suffer the loss of Garda Gary McLoughlin.“Gary wore his uniform with pride and courage. His death was unlawful and totally unnecessary. His spirit is very much alive within the daily lives of the Gardai in Buncrana,” he said.At hearing© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTRAGIC GARDA SCREAMED IN AGONY AFTER HE WAS HIT BY SPEEDING CAR was last modified: January 17th, 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:buncranaGarda Bernard McLaughlinGarda Gary McLoughlininquestletterkennyMartin McDermottSupt Kevin Englishunlawful killinglast_img read more

HOW A DATE WITH THE DONEGAL CALENDAR GIRLS WAS WORTH €9,000 FOR CHARITY

first_imgKeeping a date with the Calendar Girls is well worth your while!Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh is pictured along with some cast and crew of Calendar Girls present a cheque for €9000 to The Oncology / Breast Care Unit of Letterkenny General Hospital. Accepting the cheque are Mary Mulvaney [Sports & Social Club], Noreen Harley [Service Manager – Oncology Unit], Evelyn Smith [Service Manager – Breast Care] and Terry Mc Donnell [Sports & Social Club]. This money was raised by The Letterkenny Music and Drama Group on the first night of their production of Calendar Girls in An Grianán Theatre on 8th November 2011 and from the sale of their Calendars.Due to the first run of Calendar Girls being sold out and by popular demand, the group are staging it again in An Grianán Theatre from Thurs 21st to Sat 23rd February 2013. Book early to avoid disappointment! HOW A DATE WITH THE DONEGAL CALENDAR GIRLS WAS WORTH €9,000 FOR CHARITY was last modified: January 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Calendar Girlslast_img read more

Sparks were flying from car during Garda pursuit

first_imgA man who led Gardai on a chase for more than six miles was traveling so fast there were sparks flying from the car.Eunan O’Loughlin appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a range of offences including having no license or insurance. Gardai became suspicious of the 21 year old when they spotted him driving in Lifford on September 24th, 2016.Inspector Sean Grant said O’Loughlin took off at speed and Gardai pursued him for more than six miles but could not keep up with him.He was traveling over rough terrain and at one stage sparks were coming from below his Vauxhall Astra car.When Gardai finally caught up with O’Loughlin of Townspark, Convoy, he had a small amount of cannabis.The court was told that the accused was awaiting a report from his doctor as he suffered from schizophrenia and also anger management issues.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case for the medical report and to pass sentence on March 26th next.Sparks were flying from car during Garda pursuit was last modified: February 4th, 2018 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:carcourtGardaLiffordsparkslast_img read more

How one Donegal businesswoman knitted a community together

first_imgA simple pair of knitting needles, a few balls of yarn and a pattern – that’s all that Rosaleen Hegarty says is required to create a beautiful garment.To create a company that has been around for 40 years and had 550 workers at its peak takes a lot more crafting.Eighty-three-year-old entrepreneur Rosaleen remains at the helm of Crana Knits. Over the years, she has delivered an amazing contribution to Donegal and her mentoring, knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit has inspired many others to think outside the box.  Rosaleen will be a keynote speaker at the Donegal Women in Business Network 2019 Conference on October 1st. She is a perfect fit for the #LookingBackMovingForward theme, which celebrates all Donegal businesswomen through the decades.Rosaleen’s workshop in Buncrana is a treasure trove of textiles from the years gone by, filled with unique pieces, 1,000 patterns and a few special sweaters made for some of the world’s biggest fashion designers. JW Anderson once hailed Rosaleen a ‘genius knitter’, while writer Vawn Corrigan saw her as the ‘doyen of Aran’.Even today, visitors from the US call to Rosaleen’s door hoping to buy an Aran sweater – a piece of Irish heritage that they know is designed and knitted to perfection. How a teacher from Inishowen became the premier name in Irish knitting is a story that weaves into Rosaleen’s personal and business life. Rosaleen recently shared her story with DonegalWoman.ie, asking this at the start of the interview: “Guess how many times I’ve been in a hospital theatre when a surgeon has lifted a knife?”“Twenty-three.“I’m a cancer survivor, I had three different types of cancer over the years, but I’m still here,” she said.Rosaleen was once a primary teacher in Cockhill, in the days when needlework was on the curriculum. She had every girl in the school trained up, so by the time they finished they were knitting sweaters.Back in 1950s Buncrana, once a girl reached the age of 14 there was no secondary school for her, and she couldn’t start in one of the local textile factories until she reached 16.  Rosaleen Hegarty, Crana KnitsAran knitting was beginning to emerge as a fashion, so Rosaleen enlisted her friends to order sweaters. She wrote the patterns and gave out the wool to the girls. “I would get 10 shillings out of the women to give to the girl for pocket money, and that’s why they loved knitting,” she said.The girls taught their mothers, sisters and neighbours to knit, and soon a knitting empire was born in Buncrana. Little did they know that this was the origin of Crana Hand Knits, a company that would represent the knitting tradition all over the world.Rosaleen Hegarty, Crana KnitsBusiness was going great until Rosaleen, who is a mother of six, was first diagnosed with cancer at the age of 46.  She underwent a hysterectomy, but two years later, she had to have a mastectomy and twelve months of chemotherapy. Many other procedures followed over the years and Rosaleen has never gotten the all-clear, and to return to teaching she had to be clear for five years. But her knitters were always there for her.“At the time of the cancer I called on the key knitters, I told them the truth – I said I don’t know how long I’m going to be here, why don’t you form yourselves into a little co-op, because there is good knitters all around and things are going well, and I’ll help you as long as I can.“They came back to me and said ‘we’re just going to do it a little different, we’ll help you as long as you are here’. I just kept on,” she said.Crana Knits was registered in 1979. The business base soon expanded from a spare room in Rosaleen’s family home to two portacabins out the back. A perfectionist in her trade, Rosaleen was motivated by poor knitting in other parts of the country to establish her own knitting school.“There was too much rubbish knitting going out,” she said. “I couldn’t bear to see knitting that wasn’t right.”The National Knitting Centre was opened in Lisfannon in 1990. From there, machine knitters and crochet workers created clothing for stores such as Dunnes Stores and Dorothy Perkins.Meanwhile, the hand-knitting business supplied Blarney, Carraig Dunn, Quills, House of Ireland and the American market.“At that time I had built up and had 550 knitters. I had a little van and about 18 full-time workers in Lisfannon. All the hand-knitting was done in the homes,” Rosaleen said.Crana KnitsRosaleen travelled the length and breadth of Ireland with suitcases of clothing, taking orders and selling to stores. She also put her own stamp on Aran through ClannArans – a brand of sweaters designed around Irish and Irish-American clan names.At the same time, Rosaleen came on the radar of international designers who ordered eclectic woollen creations from her for the catwalks and boutiques.Rosaleen Hegarty, Crana Knits, looking back at the patterns she wrote for designersA designer sweater created by Crana Hand KnitsChristian Lacroix, Jean Charles de Castelbajac and JW Anderson, to name but a few, have featured works from Crana Knits. She also supplied a baby shop owned by Susie Hilfiger.“Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Susie would have been down here quite often. If they had a gift they wanted to give anybody, they would come to me for a sweater,” Rosaleen recalled.Derry-born actress Roma Downey, star of Touched by an Angel, is also a big fan of Crana Knits. She wore a woollen coat in a winter scene of the popular series and has championed the company on social media.Some of Rosaleen’s most creative patterns were written for the catwalks, and even worn by the designers themselves.“The last big designer I had was Jonathan Anderson. We actually knitted a babysuit for him,” Rosaleen said.“He was here and he saw a baby suit I had on a doll. He decided for the show in London he wanted one, but it was to fit him. Six foot two and big long arms and big long legs. And he wanted it in pink.“I drafted out a pattern for one of my knitters and she knitted it.”The only thing Rosaleen struggled with was getting one of her male accountants to try it on for size. Inishowen men clearly weren’t too accustomed to wearing pink one-piece suits.Rosaleen Hegarty with the babysuit that inspired Jonathan AndersonNorthern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson loved the suit so much that he wore it on the catwalk twice – first in pink and dyed black the second time. Rosaleen was invited over to London Fashion Week as the fashion house won the menswear award for knitwear.Many more invitations came from the US throughout Rosaleen’s career. She represented Donegal and the Irish knitting sector at Milwaukee Irish Fest, the Ireland Show in Secaucus and in Boston with the Irish Trade Board.“I exported before I sold on the Irish market,” she explained.The Crana Knits American market sales began with Alex McGrath of Donegal Imports, who recommended Rosaleen to his contacts across the States. She still exports to Irish stores in America, as well as Japan, with around 50 Irish knitters working for her across the country.The broad reach of her company made Rosaleen stand out among the first members of the Donegal Women in Business Network. At the first-ever meeting in Ballybofey in 1999, she found that no other local businesswomen were exporting at that time. Buncrana businesswoman Rosaleen Hegarty (Crana Hand Knits) at the Donegal Women in Business Network Local Enterprise Week event on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2019Looking ahead to the future of her own sector, Rosaleen is not so hopeful for modern day knitting.“It’s dying out,” she said. “Even the small Irish shops in American are closing.”To revive the craft, she said she would love to see knitting being taught in schools again.Rosaleen is doing her part to keep the art alive by preserving her patterns. A thick folder, packed with reams of patterns is the starting point of her book. It’s a work-in-progress, she said, with 50 lessons on Irish Aran Knitting to help people discover a love for the ‘fascinating craft’.Rosaleen’s unique skill for writing patterns is what has set Crana Knits apart, she believes. “I put it all down to writing patterns, knowing your business and being unique with your designs.”Some of her staff have been with the company for over three decades. In this time though, Rosaleen has yet to find someone to continue with the art of pattern writing. This, she said, is all she needs to hand over the reins.“I will retire like that (clicks her fingers) if somebody would take over, but I have fifty people working and I am not going to let them down.”If you’d like to hear more insights from this iconic Donegal businesswoman, make sure to come to the Donegal Women in Business Network’s 20th Anniversary Conference on October 1st. Tickets are on sale now at: https://bit.ly/2MjteJTRosaleen Hegarty and Donegal Women in Business Network PRO Evelyn Mc GlynnHow one Donegal businesswoman knitted a community together was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranacrana knitsdonegal women in businessknitwearrosaleen hegartytextileslast_img read more

Notable Vertebrate Fossils

first_imgVertebrate fossils are only a tiny fraction of the record, but they are usually the most interesting to us.Underwater Fossil Graveyard Reveals Toll of Human-Caused Extinction (Live Science): “If humans had never set foot in the Bahamas, the islands today might be teeming with Cuban crocodiles, Albury’s tortoises and rock iguanas,” this article says. Remains of these creatures have been found in a flooded sinkhole, providing evidence they survived the ice age. They should have been there except for the arrival of humans later, the article argues.  PhysOrg‘s coverage suggests this is still a theory being tested.Meet Jane, the Most Complete Adolescent T. Rex Ever Found (Live Science): The authors of a study of “Jane” the teen-age T. rex have called into question the status of Nanotyrannus. Some are now arguing that Nanotyrannus is just a juvenile T. rex. Old dino digger Robert Bakker is not backing down on his claim it’s a separate species; he discovered it and named it, after all. Meanwhile, PhysOrg offers a new theory that dinosaur nasal passages kept the animals cool, and a Live Science video shares the exciting suggestion that the tail of Apatosaurus, cracking like the whip of Indiana Jones, may have broken the speed of sound.Treasure trove of late Triassic fossils discovered in Utah (PhysOrg): This “fantastic site” has creatures like pterosaurs, crocodile-like reptiles and dinosaurs. Brigham Young University is excavating the site, dubbed “Saints and Sinners” because one is a Mormon and two others are not.  Some 11,500 bones have been found so far, some of them remarkably well preserved:“It is absurdly rare to find delicate, small skeletons from anywhere in time, anywhere in the world,” said Adam Pritchard, a Yale paleontologist not part of the discovery team. “To have them from the Triassic period, which is the very beginning of the age of reptiles, is really unprecedented, especially in western north America.”76-million-year-old extinct species of pig-snouted turtle unearthed in Utah (Science Daily): The Miss Piggy of fossil turtles turned up in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Two feet long from head to tail, this “weird turtle” that walked with dinosaurs. “The new specimen includes not only the skull and the shell, but also a nearly complete forelimb, partial hindlimbs, and vertebrae from the neck and tail,” the article says. While this turtle is unlike any other ever found, “those fossil beds also hold the remains of many crocodilians, turtles, lizards and amphibians that don’t look much different from their modern relatives” in spite of being over 75 million Darwin years old.Dilophosaurus – less of a frilly, venom-spitting lizard than we thought (PhysOrg): Time to revise Jurassic Park I. The scary, frilly poison-spitter Dilophosaurus wasn’t what the filmmakers portrayed, paleontologist Robert Gay explains in a lengthy article from a PLoS blog. Three individuals are known from the Kayenta formation in Utah. Conclusions drawn from earlier studies are now in doubt. “So where does this leave the state of early theropod evolution? Pretty unsettled.”Everything’s Bigger in Texas: Ancient Supersize Shark Fossils Unearthed (Live Science): An enormous “supershark” has been found in Texas, some 25% longer than a great white. “Supershark lived before the age of the dinosaurs, which emerged about 230 million years ago. Until now, the oldest giant shark was found in rocks dating to 130 million years ago,” meaning that evolutionists have to dial back the origin of giant sharks to “much further in the fossil record than previously thought,” the article admits.Evolution: An avian explosion (Nature): This is another paper claiming that the fossil record of bird evolution can be reconciled with molecular evidence. The solution, however, requires near stasis for millions of years till after the extinction of the dinosaurs, then an explosion of diversification afterward. “Indeed, the early diversification of birds may have been so rapid that it resembles a network, or bush, rather than a beautifully bifurcating tree of life.” The latest solution requires “hopeful caution” while calling for more fossils. “In the absence of a perfect fossil record, the best we can do is experiment with different calibration dates and levels of uncertainty around those dates.” See also Current Biology‘s lengthy entry, “The Origin and Diversification of Birds,” which puts a more confident macroevolutionary face on the confusing picture. Confident, that is, if one is willing to accept bursts of evolution at arbitrary junctures, and poof-spoof excursions like, “although early birds and even some non-bird dinosaurs had volant capabilities, powered flight as we know it in modern birds most certainly developed after the origin of birds themselves.” (See Flight: The Genius of Birds for challenges to the origin of powered flight by Darwinian processes.)The horse series 3.0 (Current Biology): This primer by Ludovic Orlando describes Equids, both fossil and living horses, donkeys, and zebras. He takes the old museum line that “The evolutionary transition from multiple-toed to one-toed animals can be followed in great detail in the fossil record and represents one of the most popular textbook examples of macroevolution.” He shows the old four-toed to one-toed illustration. His tale, though, requires multiple migrations:The Old World was colonized several times by distinct equid groups, including Hipparions 12 million years ago, which, except for their three toes (Figure 2), resembled modern horses. It was not until two million years ago that the most recent common ancestor of present-day asses and zebras crossed Beringia. Within the following 500,000 years, their ancestors rapidly expanded across Eurasia and entered Africa at least twice independently. The descendants of the first migration later radiated into a diversity of zebras while those of the second migration gave rise to modern donkeys and African wild asses (Equus africanus; Figure 1).Horses entered the Old World in a separate migration, probably no earlier than 700,000 years ago, and expanded into Eurasia throughout a territory already populated by ancestors of Asiatic Wild asses. Their demographic history was punctuated by major cycles of expansions and collapses, probably related to the major glacial and interglacial cycles of the Pleistocene. Reduction in grassland cover during the Last Glacial Maximum led to a massive horse population crash in Eurasia, and to a total extinction in the Americas about 10,000 years ago. Therefore, all present-day American horses, including the free-roaming Mustangs, living symbols of the American West pioneering spirit, descend from European horses brought in after the Spanish conquest.Yet he talks very little about actual fossils. This scenario seems highly contrived to fit the dating scheme that evolutionists need to maintain against the fossil evidence. In addition to multiple migrations, the story requires seemingly reckless tales of interbreeding and hybridization. And surely there must be a lot more to macroevolution than losing toes or changing body size; what about all the organs and internal systems? Each one is clearly an Equid. Even young-Earth creationists accept that today’s horses look different from the original created kind.Sound familiar? Everything appears earlier than thought, exceptionally preserved, often just like modern representatives, buried instantly in flood conditions. Evolution is a highly-contrived “scenario” twisted and contorted to fit preconceived notions. See the process in “How not to work a puzzle” in the 5/01/2008 commentary.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more