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IPL’s juggling act – Balancing Champs with Reggae Boyz match in mind

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first_imgWith just a few days separating the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Champion-ships now under way at the National Stadium and Jamaica’s crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at the same venue, Independence Park Limited (IPL) has taken several steps to ensure that the wear on the surface is limited. IPL General Manager Major Desmon Brown told The Gleaner that every effort is being made to limit the effect that the five-day high school track and field championships will have on the infield area, with the hope of ensuring the surface remains in pristine condition with the Reggae Boyz March 25 qualifier in mind. “What we hope to do, and we will try as best as possible, is to limit any damage to the infield area during Champs of course,” said Brown. “At the same time, we don’t want to kill the spirit for Champs, but it’s also important to do our best to preserve the surface as best as we can ahead of the World Cup qualifier.” Adjustments include the repositioning of electronic advertising boards to the cycle track in front of the bleachers section – from their customary spot at the edge of the infield area – and the addition of protective mats in the shot put vector. “Basically, events like the javelin and discus don’t do too much damage to the surface itself, but for shot put, we have put in the protective turf because that can really create some problems,” Brown added. Officials will also be limiting movement across the infield and have erected protective bordering to help where this is concerned. Brown did, however, admit that they may find it difficult to enforce this restriction at the end of the championships when the winners are announced. “If it’s a one-off thing like what we see from time to time at the end of Champs when winners are announced, it wont have too much of an effect,” he reasoned. The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships will come to an end on Saturday night Calabar High and Edwin Allen High are defending their respective boys’ and girls’ titles. Meanwhile, the Reggae Boyz will be looking to improve on their three points secured to date in their CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup qualifying campaign against Costa Rica on March 25.last_img read more

Confusion reigns among GFC staff

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first_imgDear Editor,The recent media burst that the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) would soon be undergoing a restructuring has sent shock waves among the staff of the Commission. A large majority of staff are in a state of panic in regard to the sudden turn of events of this plan. What is of more concern is that several board members, when approached by staff, have indicated they were not consulted or made aware of this restructuring plan.Staff members are planning to protest, and take legal action should the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRE), or persons identified to do the restructuring, proceed with such an acrimonious idea.Staff members feel there is an ulterior motive behind this plan. Why is it that one of the most controversial board members was chosen to lead this process? Forestry has been in top performance when it comes to the Green Environment and Sustainable Forest Management. Over the years, there have been many international reviews of the GFC, and all have been very positive. Only last month, an international firm was doing an audit of GFC operations, and from all indications, there was very good compliance; so why the need for a restructuring exercise?We were told that using the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) to realign the GFC is just a ploy to make wholesale changes within the Commission. How can you use the GSDS when the staff have not seen this document? Nobody consulted with the staff to draft this document, and now you want to change GFC to suite this document? Read between the lines.Staff were told that one major area that the coordinator is pushing is to merge the Forest Monitoring Division and the Forest Resources Division, as shown in this attachment. The current head of the FMD, whom sources claim is a close associate of the coordinator, is tip to head this merged unit. This would be an area of massive corruption, as the person controlling land allocation would be the same person in charge of checking and monitoring. So who checks on whom? It is clear as day that the idea is to foster corruption and rid the Commission of technical and competent people.Staff members are calling on the good and compassionate Chair for help, as we are already undergoing a lot of stress with late payment of salaries, and are unable to service our loans, utility bills, school fees, etc on a monthly basis. How much more can we take?Sincerely,Concerned employeeslast_img read more

Avila’s heroics lead South El Monte win

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first_imgThe Vikings appeared to get some momentum going as sophomore Jorge Munoz scored back-to-back baskets to pull his team within six, 51-45. But Avila sealed the victory with less than three minutes remaining when he knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Eagles up by 12, 57-45. It was their biggest margin of the night. The Vikings tried to foul the rest of the quarter but could cut the deficit to only 10. “They (South El Monte) got all the second chances in the second half and we didn’t,” Averill said. “They rebounded and we didn’t.” The Eagles finished just 6 of 24 from the free-throw line to the Vikings’ 11 of 17. Marvin led the Vikings with 28 points. He was followed by Munoz with 10. Junior Phillip Salas was the only other Eagle in double figures with 11 points. Sophomore Manny Acosta had nine. “I told these guys that if they just keep shooting, the ball will drop in,” Burgess said. “Things started happening for us and we came out ahead.” kim.swanson@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH EL MONTE – Jonathan Avila scored 17 points Friday night, leading the South El Monte High School boys basketball team to a 59-49 victory over rival Mountain View and sole possession of second place in the Mission Valley League. Both teams were tied for second heading into the game, but the Eagles (11-11 overall, 7-3 league) passed the Vikings (13-14, 6-4) with the victory. The Eagles led by three, 40-37, at the end of the third quarter but came alive in the fourth to blow the game open. The Vikings’ Rashad Marvin began the quarter with a quick basket to pull his team within two, but the Eagles countered with eight unanswered points. “We played hard, but we couldn’t get the rebounds in the second half,” Vikings coach Robert Averill said. “South El Monte was good on the pressure and the rebounding, and that really hurt us.” Marvin pulled his team within seven, 48-41, with a layup, but Avila came right back with one of his three 3-point baskets of the quarter to put his team back up by 10. “He is a senior and this was his last home game,” Burgess said of Avila. “He was great tonight, especially knocking down those 3s.” center_img “We really needed this win,” Eagles coach Robert Burgess said. “We lost to Mountain View by three points in the first round of league and we lost by one point on Wednesday. “So I am very happy with this outcome.” last_img read more

Man claimed almost €30,000 in farm assistance payments but had €437,267 in bank

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first_imgA farmer was paid almost €30,000 in farm assistance despite having almost half a million euro in various bank accounts.Shane Dorrian appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with illegally obtaining payments from the Department of Social Protection. The court was told that Dorrian, of Ross House, Rossnakill, Letterkenny claimed a total of €29,753 in farm assistance payments while having a total of €437,267 in various bank accounts.State solicitor Ciaran Liddy told the court that Mr Dorrian had declared in 2013 that he did not have in excess of €20,000 in his bank accounts.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Cathal Quinn, told the court that his client had worked for up to fifteen years as a plasterer in America.He has saved hard and had returned home from America having paid all the taxes required of him.Mr Quinn added that Mr Dorrian had got it into his head somehow that he did not have to disclose the money he had saved.“He had it in his own head that because he paid taxes in America he should not have to disclose it. It was unwise but there was nothing devious or calculated about it,” said Mr Quinn.He said his client was now a full-time farmer after his father transferred the ownership of the farm to him.All of the €29,753 had since been repaid.Judge Paul Kelly remarked that the accused had had all this money in the bank and he still tried to take social welfare and asked if all of the €437,267 was gone.Solicitor Quinn replied that his client was “very ashamed of what he had done.”Judge Kelly said that if Mr Dorrian was willing to make a donation of €2,500 to St Vincent De Paul, then he would consider not recording a conviction.The case was adjourned until November 7th.Man claimed almost €30,000 in farm assistance payments but had €437,267 in bank was last modified: October 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDeptartment of Social Protectiondonegalpaymentlast_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN LANDS DREAM BERTH ABOARD TITANIC DISCOVERER’S EXPLORATION VESSEL

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first_imgA Donegal woman has landed a dream berth aboard Titanic discoverer Dr Robert Ballard’s exploration vessel Nautilus for the trip of a lifetime.The NautilusSusan Heaney will join the Nautilus team on the Montserrat leg of the vessel’s Caribbean Sea expedition from October 21st to 29th.Susan, from Fahan, is Titanic Belfast’s Ocean Exploration Centre manager and has been chosen as an Educator at Sea. She will be the first Irish woman to board the famous vessel for a role she describes as an “opportunity of a lifetime”.Susan will stand watch alongside scientists and engineers, as well as participate in live interactions with shore-based audiences via Exploration Now, a 24-hour interactive online portal, bringing expeditions from the field to both experts and future explorers ashore, via telepresence technology.Dr Robert Ballard with Titanic Belfast OEC Manager Susan HeaneySusan and the team will collect samples using their state-of-the-art ROV (remotely operated vehicle), investigate several unexplored underwater volcanoes and even use their equipment to explore two villages which were completely swept into the sea by a volcanic eruption in 1997.Learning of her selection following an intensive qualification process undertaken earlier this year, Susan said: “I am so excited to be joining Nautilus because, by broadcasting the expeditions live in Titanic Belfast’s OEC and online, it’s the perfect opportunity to fill our guests with the enthusiasm for ocean exploration which everyone involved in this project has.” Titanic Belfast CEO Tim Husbands said: “It is a great achievement for Susan, and for Titanic Belfast, that she has been chosen to be an Educator at Sea on the exploration vessel Nautilus. Her experience on the ship will give us a great insight into the important research work Dr. Robert Ballard continues to conduct in our oceans, as well as benefitting our overall education offering at Titanic Belfast.”Susan graduated in 2004 from Letterkenny Institute of Technology with a BSc (Hons) in analytical science followed by a post-graduate diploma in research practices, and she is currently working towards completing a PhD in marine biotechnology. DONEGAL WOMAN LANDS DREAM BERTH ABOARD TITANIC DISCOVERER’S EXPLORATION VESSEL was last modified: October 15th, 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:LYITNautilusSusan HeaneyTitanlast_img read more

DONEGAL LADIES GFA: MOVILLE TOP DIVISION ONE

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first_imgDonegal ladies – Results for Sunday 28th April.Division 1.Moville 4-14 St’Eunan’s 3-10. Ardara 2-03 Glenfin 1-06.League Table. Div. 1. 2013.TERMON…..; 3played=6ptsMOVILLE….; 2played=4pts. ST’EUNANS; 3played=2pts.GLENFIN….; 3played=1pt.ARDARA…..; 3played=1pt. DONEGAL LADIES GFA: MOVILLE TOP DIVISION ONE was last modified: April 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL LADIES GFA: MOVILLE TOP DIVISION ONElast_img read more

HERO FARMER SAYS HE WAS SIMPLY IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

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first_imgJohn along with his mother at Tullagh Beach today. Pic by Newspix Irl.The young farmer who sparked a dramatic rescue yesterday has said he believes he was simply “in the right place at the right time” when he heard a drowning fisherman’s cry for help half a mile away.John Grant’s amazing story has made national headlines today after his alert sense of hearing led to a man’s life being saved.John, 23, was tending to sheep near Clonmany yesterday afternoon when he briefly thought he heard a cry for help in the distance. He jumped on his quad bike and headed towards the sea.He asked other walkers on Tullagh Beach if they had heard someone crying for help but they said they had not.Determined John continued to listen for the voice and when he looked out to sea he saw a man in the distance waving his arms for help. John, who also work at North West Memorials in Muff, revealed “I just couldn’t believe it. I knew I had heard something but nobody else had.“It was only when I actually focused on the sea that I could see this person flapping his arms and waving for help.“I was simply in the right place at the right time. Anybody else would have done the same. I’m just so glad I listened to myself in the first place,” he said.John, from Binion, Clonmany, contacted his mother and she alerted the Malin Head radio station who set about scrambling coastal emergency services to the scene just before 2pm.By that stage the man, a local lobster fisherman, had been in the water for more than an hour and a half.The man was pulled aboard a local boat and then transferred to the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat who wrapped him in blankets and then brought him ashore. He was then met by the 118 recue helicopter which had been scrambled from Sligo and brought to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where his condition is said to be stable.Joe Joyce of the Lough Swilly RNLI, who took part in the rescue, said it was simply amazing how John was able to hear the man’s cry for help over such a distance.“It’s simply hard to believe because his voice had to carry over sand dunes and it was almost half a mile away.“Whatever happened John Grant’s actions are the reason why this man is alive today and he deserves great credit for it,” he said. HERO FARMER SAYS HE WAS SIMPLY IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME was last modified: May 20th, 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:clonmanydonegalInishowenJohn GrantLough Swilly RNLIrescueTullagh Beachlast_img read more

PEOPLE OF INISHOWEN SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE OF GAZA

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first_imgThe solidarity protest held in Muff in support of the people of Gaza.People from across Inishowen gathered in Muff  for a vigil in solidarity with the people of Gaza.A large crowd gathered with Palestinian flags and other banners calling for freedom in the the oppressed region.Cllr Jack Murray in GazaCllr Jack Murray, who visited a refugee camp in Palestine this year, paid tribute to the many people who turned out for the event. “I want to commend the huge amount of people who turned out to our vigil in Muff which was held in solidarity with the people of Palestine.“It was an expression of the support of this community with a beleaguered people. It was an opportunity for the people of this area to express our horror at the slaughter of the Palestinian people by Israeli forces,” he said.Cllr Murray visited Palestine recently and said he was dismayed by the second class status which the Palestinians live under.“They are ruled by an apartheid state which refuses to acknowledge their rights as human beings. “The current assault on Gaza is indiscriminate slaughter of men, women and children. Hospitals and schools are seen as fair targets. The UN has recently stated that there is nowhere safe in the Gaza strip for the 425,000 people who have been made homeless by the bombardment.“With this in mind, I welcome the successful passing of a Sinn Féin motion in Donegal County Council which called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Ireland and condemned the cowardly stance of the Irish government in abstaining on a UN vote on human rights in Palestine.”He added he believes strongly the ambassador should be expelled and that Ireland should not acquiesce with modern day apartheid.PEOPLE OF INISHOWEN SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE OF GAZA was last modified: August 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:Cllr Jack MurrayGAZAInishowenmuffsolidaritylast_img read more

JIM MCGUINNESS – ‘I DON’T MISS GAELIC FOOTBALL, I’M LOVING LIFE AT CELTIC’

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first_imgJim McGuinness praised the support he’s been given by his wife Yvonne and described her as incredible.Jim McGuinness has revealed that he doesn’t miss Gaelic football and is loving life in his role as a Sports Performance Consultant at Celtic FC.McGuinness was speaking to Brendan O’Connor on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1 this morning about his life at Celtic, and how he feels after stepping away from the Donegal GAA team after four glorious years.McGuinness told O’Connor that his tenure as Donegal manager was one of the most rewarding periods of his life and is something that he’ll cherish forever. However, he says he doesn’t miss Gaelic football, partly because he put absolutely everything in it when he was the manager of Donegal.McGuinness said, “It was all about the process for us, of course we wanted to win, but we created an environment in which we said we’d give it absolutely everything.“So win, lose or draw if you’d have pushed yourself and your body to its maximum then you’d have to be happy with it.“And we knew if we did give everything that we would never be far away and inevitably we became successful because of the mantra and environment we created. McGuinness was asked by O’Connor why he was so ruthless in regards to negativity around the group.“Nobody will convince me that it doesn’t fester, if you’re treating people with disrespect and talking down to them, then an issue can fester between two players and that creates negativity within the squad.“My remit to my support team was for them to be professional at all times and to support the players, don’t talk down to them and for them not to disrespect anyone in the squad.“We hoped then that in return the players would respect us and they did that and it created a healthy positivity environment between all the players and backroom team.In a candid interview McGuinness revealed that one of the biggest challenges was for players to get out of that comfort zone. “We were asking people to give it 100%, but then we’d stop a drill and say where are we at here?“We would agree were at about 70 or 75% and I’d say we’re asking you to give 100% why aren’t you giving that.“It’s human nature, it’s conservative, staying within your comfort zone, but pushing yourself to the maximum and stepping outside that comfort zone is so rewarding and the players quickly realised that.“One of the other main values we had within the group was not to get caught up in mistakes, forgot about them and move on, learn from them, but move on. “Be resilient and don’t get bogged down by mistakes because in football and life you’re going to make mistakes and your going to have ups and downs.O’Connor then asked McGuinness about life at Celtic and how it affects his family life and does he miss the GAA.“It’s an exciting time to be at Celtic, we’re still in the hunt for a treble and believe it or not Celtic have only won the treble twice before which was in 1967 and 2002, so it’s a great opportunity for us to make history.“It’s great to be part of the management set-up, it is very challenging and demanding but very rewarding and I’m really loving it at the club.“I don’t miss Gaelic football, partly because I put so much in to it, when I got the Donegal job I said to myself I’m going to make every second count and I believe myself and the players did that.“But I’m been involved in the GAA all my life so it’s refreshing to step away from it for a little while.McGuinness praised his wife Yvonne and said she was incredible and that he couldn’t do what he does without her.“She’s very understanding of my situation and very supportive, she’s been absolutely incredible and she’s almost like a single-mother.“We have five kids and she’s on the road with them every night, taking them to Speech and Drama classes, Irish classes, football training and she’s just fantastic.“It’s not easy being away from my family, but Yvonne really is incredible, she’s got a full on job too but she balances everything.“It was nice to get home this week and spend time with the kids, the twins are 18months and there great and I made my debut with the Glenties U8’s as well so that was great.JIM MCGUINNESS – ‘I DON’T MISS GAELIC FOOTBALL, I’M LOVING LIFE AT CELTIC’ was last modified: March 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAJim McGuinnessnewsSportlast_img read more

Tragic drowning victim Lee a hugely popular young man on Arranmore

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first_imgThe young man who died in a drowning tragedy on Arranmore Island this morning has been described as a hugely popular young man who was a huge part of island life.The victim has been named locally as Lee Early, a 26-year-old single man from Arranmore Island.The tightly-knit island community, which has a population of around 450 people, are grieving today following the freak accident which claimed Lee’s life. Another man in his 30s was lucky to escape after the men’s car went into the sea at Poolawaddy Pier just after 5am this morning (Sun).It has since been revealed that Mr Early, who worked on the Arranmore Ferry, was also a volunteer on the island’s RNLI lifeboat.Indeed his father Jimmy is the coxswain on the local lifeboat.Members of the lifeboat crew, whose station is close to the scene of the tragedy, rushed to save Mr Early and his friend after their car entered the water. The passenger managed to swim free but Lee died at the scene despite the heroic efforts of the lifeboat crew members to resuscitate him.RNLI area life-saving manager for Ireland, Owen Medland, said Lee’s death would be a huge loss to the island.“The deceased was one of our volunteers and was very close to us. He was a super young man who would be a loss to any community never mind a small community,” he said.“As an organisation, our thoughts are with the family, our volunteer crew who fought valiantly to save the young man’s life, and the wider Arranmore community.“We would like to assure the community that after what appears was a tragic accident, we are maintaining our lifeboat service on the island which is further testimony to the crew in Arranmore.” Local Donegal TD Pat the Cope Gallagher said he was shocked by the new of Lee’s death.He said he knew the family whom he described as “true islanders” and there was a great sense of loss as a result of Lee’s death.“A sense of deep shock descended on the island when news broke of the tragic death of Lee.“He was a highly-regarded, hard-working and popular young man from a well-respected island family. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time,” he said.A full Garda investigation into the tragedy has commenced.The investigation will probe how the men’s car ended up in the sea off the pier which is at the rear of the island.A post mortem on the late Mr Early will be carried out tomorrow (Mon) at Letterkenny University Hospital to determine an official cause of death.His family, including father Jimmy, mother Noreen, brother Adam and sisters Rachel and Laura are being comforted by family and friends on the island.The island has been at the centre of a huge campaign aimed at persuading people from around the world to live there.Locals even wrote letters to families around the globe in America and Australia telling them of the benefits of coming to live on the island.The island, which rests 5 kms off the coast of Donegal has its own health centre, community centre, three schools and even a digital hub.The hub was set up in conjunction with telecoms giant Three and offers super-speed broadband for people wishing to set up businesses on the island or who want to base themselves there.Tragic drowning victim Lee a hugely popular young man on Arranmore was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:arranmoredonegaldrowningislandLee Earlyvictimlast_img read more