Education and Agriculture: Priorities

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Commerce Ministry’s Absence Proves Guilt in Japanese Rice Donation

first_imgMembers of the joint Public Accounts, Audit and Expenditure Committee of the Legislature have said that the continuous non-appearance of key witnesses from the Ministry of Commerce at Public Hearings on the 8,612.2722 metric tons of the 2008 Japan KR rice donation to Liberia will be considered proof of guilt. On Wednesday, February 8, the joint PAC Chairman, Representative Thomas Fallah, said the committee has written the Commerce Ministry on four different occasions to appear alongside the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to answer various claims levied against it as stated in the audit report. The Ministry of Commerce has repeatedly refused to honor the committee’s request with no justification, Rep. Fallah said.According to Fallah, who is also the Representative for Montserrado County District #5, the Commerce Ministry was written on May 6, 2016; May 19, 2016; June 2, 2016 and February 1, 2017, but failed to appear for all the hearings.The joint PAC of the Legislature examines reports produced by the Auditor General of the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and all anti-graft agencies on the value of money in compliance with Section 37.6 of the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act of 2009 and Rule 51 of the Interim Financial Management RulesIn the report, the then AG (John S. Morlu II) observed that the rice donated was not handled in line with the bilateral agreement and exchange of notes signed between the governments of Liberia and Japan, which caused the loss of US$831,624.09 from under-pricing, missing bags, and other irregular (unaccounted) transactions.Members of the committee, who were present during Wednesday’s hearing, included Reps. Garrison Yealue and Clarence Massaquoi, Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh, among others. The committee termed the action by the Ministry of Commerce as a “deliberate attempt to undermine the Public Accounts Committee and above all to diminish the work of the General Auditing Commission in the eyes of the public as a meaningless institution.”The irate lawmakers said there is a need to levy the necessary punitive action on the Commerce Ministry to serve as a deterrent to other ministries and agencies that may want to emulate its bad example.The lawmakers said the Commerce Ministry’s actions suggest that the ministry is guilty of the charges levied against it as enshrined in the GAC audit report.Following hours of debate on the matter, Representative Clarence Massaquoi made a motion for the committee to accept the GAC audit report on the Japanese grant. They also unanimously agreed that punitive actions be taken against the Commerce Ministry and that such recommendations should be communicated to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.It may be recalled that in 2008, the Government of Japan provided 8,612.2722 metric tons of KR rice as Japan Food Aid to Liberia. The donation was aimed at helping to stabilize the price of the country’s staple food on the Liberian market.The GAC’s audit report was commissioned by former Auditor General John S. Morlu II on May 1, 2010.There was an agreement through the exchange of notes that the minimum revenue to be generated from the sale of donated rice would be US$4,035,552.52 or its equivalent L$256,257,556 with exchange rate of L$3.60 to US$1.Given the quantity of rice supplied by the Government of Japan, the minimum price was set at US$14.12 per bag of rice. The Inter-Ministerial Committee, based on market conditions at the time, adjusted the price to US$11.50 without a written approval from the Government of Japan or an amendment to the bilateral agreement. This resulted in an overall under-pricing variance of US$734,046.59 and contributed significantly to the overall revenue loss of US$831,624.09. This loss in revenue was due to the purported damaged bags of rice, according to the AG report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CID ranks benefit from forensic science training

first_imgRanks of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) – crime scene investigators – within the Guyana Police Force benefited from a six-week training programme at the Officers’ Training Centre in the field of photographic, fingerprint and crime scene investigation.Forensic science is a field forever evolving and advancing and as such, new techniques and equipment are constantly being developed to assist the law enforcement officer with the challenges of the “every scene, every time” concept.The first module (photography) catered for the creation of crime scene photography, with the personnel commonly referred to as a forensic photographer or an evidence photographer.The second module (fingerprint) focused on creating fingerprint technicians, who are responsible for identifying, developing, collecting, preserving, and evaluating prints (fingerprint, palm prints and footprints) as part of a crime scene investigation and submitting fingerprints to be compared with the fingerprint databases.Finally, the third module (crime scene) centred on the reasons for most crime scene investigation failures and fixing one of the main issues of inadequate crimeSenior ranks of the Guyana Police Force pose with beneficiaries of the training programme on Mondayscene processing. Delivering the feature address was Deputy Commissioner (Law Enforcement) Lyndon Alves, who indicated that honesty should be first and corruption should never be etched on any rank’s mind.The Crime Chief posited that every member of the public should be treated with respect, and equality and natural justice should always prevail. Training does not stop at this juncture but continues on the job, it was noted.Alves mentioned that technology was now more important than ever, as “we must move away from the “big stick” method and rely on it.All the participants were provided with vital information so that they can produce quality work in this department.The programme highlighted the correct procedures to be followed in crime scene investigations and the participants were taught how to analyse unforeseen situations that could come up on scenes, and how crimes could be solved in an intelligent way.last_img read more

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Woodfibre LNG Secures Deal To Export Starting In 2020

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Woodfibre LNG’s Singapore-based affiliate announced today that they have signed a Heads of Agreement with Guangzhou Gas Group Co., Ltd concerning a potential LNG offtake of 1 mtpa of liquefied natural gas for 25 years commencing in 2020.BC Premier Christy Clark was present to witness the signing of the agreement, along with her counterpart from the Chinese province of Guangdong, Hu Chunhua. The Heads of Agreement includes a potential investment of up to 10% of the equity of Woodfibre LNG Limited by Guangzhou Gas Group.A Memorandum of Understanding between Woodfibre LNG Export and Guangzhou Gas Group concerning the potential LNG offtake was previously signed between the two parties in September of 2014, the same month that the Chinese province opened a trade office in Vancouver.- Advertisement -The Woodfibre LNG Project is expected to start production in 2020 with an annual capacity of approximately 2.1 million tonnes.last_img read more

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Restaurant robbers feed fears, then vanish

first_imgThey boldly swept into Los Angeles restaurants, menacing patrons with pistols, their faces chillingly obscured. Called the Ski Mask Bandits by police, they killed the owner of Chao’s Thai Cafe in Northridge during a spree of violence that spanned two years. In all, they hit 52 restaurants, mostly in the San Fernando Valley, leaving a trail of violence and fear that received national attention. Despite a massive police effort and a $75,000 reward on their heads, they eluded capture. Then, in September 2006, they vanished after robbing a Japanese restaurant in Los Feliz. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “They’ve been quiet for a year, knock on wood,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore, head of the Valley Bureau. “Don’t wake them up, OK?” The robbers operated in two- and three-man teams, moving with a tight precision that suggested professional training. Rumors circulated in the restaurant community – maybe they were ex-cops, or soldiers who had turned their training to nefarious pursuits. The manner in which they obscured their faces made the whole thing even creepier. With their heads encased in knit-wool like terrorists, their victims couldn’t tell them apart – and police couldn’t be sure whether it was the same guys. Similar robberies caused enough concern that Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton sought a change in the law to hit similarly disguised predators with stiffer prison sentences. The department lobbied legislators to criminalize masked crime with an additional two years or an extra 25percent of a sentence. Even after things quieted down following the last robbery on Sept.14, 2006, the fear lived on. The California Restaurant Association organized meetings with police, and Moore warned, “These predators are out there, and we know they will be back.” And, yet, they never materialized. “Either they moved on or got scared off,” said City Councilman Dennis Zine, who called for the $75,000 reward. “I don’t know how the criminal mind works – were they arrested, did they stop, did it get too hot? I don’t know, but I’m glad that it’s stopped occurring.” And so is Tom Monteleone, who runs Barone’s Famous Italian Restaurant in Valley Glen with his family. Monteleone was celebrating the grand reopening of the old-time pizza joint in July 2006 when the uninvited guests arrived. “The way they came in here, they obviously staked this place out real good before they hit us,” he said. “They probably had dinner in here a couple times to get things figured out.” When they burst in, guns in hand, the bandits knew exactly what to do. One demanded money from the bartender; the other headed right for Monteleone and pressed a pistol to his head. A terrified staff fled as the robbers made off with the cash and the owner’s wristwatch. Everyone was a wreck for days. Monteleone is a tough man who’s seen plenty of tense situations, but he saw no need to take a chance on another robbery. He erected a 6-foot fence around the back of the restaurant, now locks the back door after the last delivery of the night, and hired a security guard. “The first one’s a wake-up call,” he said. “You’d have to be pretty stupid not to do something, so we took precautions. But (the robbers have) just disappeared.” Police offer few clues as to where, however. “We’re working on some suspects – this thing is active,” Lt. Jim Grayson of the Robbery-Homicide Division said. “We’ve got some things we’re working on right now, but nothing I feel comfortable talking about at this time.” Fame plays an odd role for high-profile criminals. The Zodiac Killer stoked the public interest in his murders with cryptic communiques with newspapers. The BTK Killer laid low after taunting the police in Wichita throughout the 1970s and ’80s, then resurfaced by contacting a TV station in 2005, 14 years after his last murder. The Ski Mask Bandits, for all their notoriety, never left any publicly discovered clues as to their identities. Whether they modified their habits, took them elsewhere or slipped up on another crime and ended up in jail – unpunished for their robberies – the fear the bandits brought also evaporated. After a drop in diners last fall, business has bounced back and owners have regained their optimism. “Obviously, you feel better when the thieves are caught, but who knows what happened?” said Kearsten Shepherd, a California Restaurant Association spokeswoman. “Maybe they moved on, maybe something else happened. But the community feels better, so that’s good.” For news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want 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

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LIVING THE DREAM: DONEGAL SCHOOL TEACHER’S MARATHON BID

first_imgLINDA AND THE REST OF THE SPARTAN CHALLENGERSA LETTERKENNY-based teacher is appealing for help to raise money for Donegal charities after being picked to represent the county in the Dublin marathon.Linda Sweeney, from Meenacross near Dungloe, only ran her first 5k in February.And when Spar ran a competition for a representative from each county to get specialist training, donegaldaily.com and you, our readers, got right behind her and Linda was picked. She’s certainly getting support from far and wide. From home around Dungloe of course, from Letterkenny where she teaches at Woodlands National School – and from Cranford/Milford where she now lives.Here she tells you about her progress – and hopes you will support her in raising funds for Donegal charities:LINDA WRITES: I am absolutely loving every minute of this challenge and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me because without their support I wouldnt be here!So far it has been an amazing experience. Our trainer is Karl Henry. I am currently following a 16-week training plan to prepare for the Dublin marathon which is 11 weeks on Monday! I have to do 4 runs a week – a recovery run, an interval run, a hill run and a long run. This week I am doing 23 miles in total but this will increase to 39 miles as the weeks go on. I am enjoying the runs but I find the interval training tough. I will be calling on my husband and a few of my friends in Woodlands NS to help me with these and push me.We are getting fantastic help from our nutritionists Paula Mee and Eimear Walsh. They are really supportive and if you have any queries they email you back almost instantly with a wealth of information. I am allergic to wheat, aspartame and MSG and they have taught me so much on how to manage my diet better. This will help me for the rest of my life not only through this challenge. I feel much better and have much more energy.All the Spartans are following individual  food plans. some of us have to lose weight and some have to put on weight and every one of them is doing fantastic and doing their county proud. I have another half stone to lose so I hope to have it off by our next training day in September.As well as receiving expert advice on fitness and nutrition we had the opportunity to meet Olympian runner Catherina McKiernan who gave us tips on how to run to avoid injury. We also met with Caroline Currid a psychologist that worked with the Kenyan Olympians this year. She was absolutely brilliant and coached us how to prepare our mind for the marathon to avoid hitting the wall! All of our pictures and profiles were in Irish Runners Magazine and also in Fit Magazine that comes with the Irish Independent every Thursday.The other Spartans are an amazing group of people and we all get on great. we are like a support group for each other which is great on a day that you dont feel you did your best or a day you are finding it tough because you are tired etc. We are constantly taking a hand at each other about something. They are all great craic and each and every one of them are doing brilliant and I have no doubt that we will all cross the finish line in October. So far we have completed a 5-mile race and a 10km race in Dublin as part of the Dublin Race Series. I ran the 5-mile in 50:31 and the 10k in 60:34. Our next race is on the 25th of August in Phoenix Park and it is a 10mile race. We will then be running a half marathon in September and the full Dublin City Marathon in October 26.2miles!I try to do as many local races as possible but sometimes it is hard to fit them in around my training plan. I did the run in 40k around the Bay and the Waterfall 10k in Cranford recently both of which were great events. I will be doing the semi skimmed Mooathon in Kilmacrennan in September however I have 20miles to run that day so I will have to do an additional 7 either before or after the race!I have to write blogs weekly on the Spartan challenge page. Some people have left some lovely encouraging comments and I have also got some lovely emails. This support and encouragement really keeps me going so it would be great if anyone who gets a chance could leave a comment on my blogs. you can follow my progress and blogs  by logging onto spartan.spar.ie/blog/author/39I am collecting sponsorship for the marathon. As I am running this marathon for Donegal I wanted to make sure the money stayed in Donegal so i am raising money for MS Ireland Donegal Branch and the North West Cancer Group as i believe these are two worthy charities. I will be putting sponsorship cards in businesses in Dungloe, Cranford and Milford and Tobins in Letterkenny have kindly offered to put collection boxes on each till. If anyone has a business and would be interested in taking a sponsor card or sponsoring me they can contact me lindabrennan21@yahoo.ie. I would like to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me so far as I couldn’t do it without your help. I would also like to thank my husband, family and friends for listening to me as I talk about nothing else at the minute!!!And Donegal Daily of course – for helping me get there in the first place!LIVING THE DREAM: DONEGAL SCHOOL TEACHER’S MARATHON BID was last modified: August 9th, 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)last_img read more

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It’s not easy being a mensch

first_img An example of the different take in the Men’s Seder Haggadah is the Ten Plagues, which is transformed into “The Ten Plagues of Being a Man” and includes hair loss, prostate cancer, heart disease and answering e-mail. “I think we have an epidemic of fatherlessness and we suffer from a lack of intimacy. We’re told not to cry, not to need. We don’t know how to feel,” said Jon Epstein, a member of the Men’s Group and of Temple Judea. “This is all about getting into the business of feelings. It’s a great opportunity to meet other men on the same journey.” Organizers of the Men’s Seder are hoping men from all of Judaism’s movements – Reform to Orthodox – will come together for the pre-Passover evening. They also are urging fathers to bring their sons, or vice versa. “The most important part of a Passover seder is the ability to internalize the words on the page. They’re not just words. They are a conversation,” said Rabbi Perry Netter, from Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles. “Where do men go to talk about these issues? Creating a forum to speak openly and honestly as men is a goal (of the Men’s Seder). “I hope that men will walk away knowing they’re not alone, that their experience is shared by so many other people.” The Men’s Seder, with Rabbis Dan Moskovitz and Perry Netter and Hazan Mike Stein, from Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, will be held 6 p.m. April 10 at University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. Tickets, $29. Reservations and payment required by April 4. Temple Judea at (818) 758-3800 or see www.templejudea.com. !hai rs721tag! Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Breaking a matzo in half, a ritual at the start of a Passover Seder, will serve as a symbol to participants in the Los Angeles Community Men’s Seder – the idea of which is to break down barriers and share feelings on what it is to be a Jewish man. The April 10 seder is thought by organizers to be the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area. Rabbi Dan Moskovitz, from Temple Judea, came up with the idea while leading the men’s group at the Reform congregation in Tarzana. Mentioning it to San Fernando Valley based musician-producer Craig Taubman, the Men’s Seder became part of Taubman’s brainchild, “Let My People Sing,” an April series of prayer services and musical events focusing on the message of Passover: freedom. Passover begins at sundown April 12. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “I had been doing a lot of thinking about what it means to be a Jewish man, at home and in the workplace. It’s not easy being a man today. With men, there’s so much we’re obligated to do – earning a good living for our family, being a good husband, father, son, coach,” said Moskovitz, who started the Men’s Group in 2003. “I wanted to explore these issues with other men and grapple with what it means to be a man today.” The Men’s Seder, with a Kosher festive dinner, will be held at the University of Judaism in Bel Air. It will include core elements of a traditional family Passover seder but with some unique twists. “Passover is the eternal Jewish celebration of freedom, the story of the exodus from slavery. I felt that men are slaves in some ways: enslaved to their jobs, their finances, their relationship,” Moskovitz said. “A men’s seder seemed the perfect model for men to share feelings and free our souls.” Obligations, fears, illness and other issues men deal with will be highlighted in a newly created Haggadah, the “guidebook” to participating in a Passover seder. last_img read more

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DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgREPORTS Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 1 Rathmullan Celtic 1No Report Glencar Inn Division TwoDeele Harps 2 Downtown United 1No ReportMilford United Reserves 3 Cranford United Reserves 4No ReportSATURDAY 13-4-2013Old Orchard Inn Division OneCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 Glencar Celtic 5 Castlefin ended their league campaign with a defeat after Glencar emerged winners in a eight goal thriller played in blustery conditions in Parkview. Castlefin took the lead in the 18th minute when Johnny Bogle played through Ronan Tourish who slotted home. The visitors responded brightly and equalised in the 30th minute after a well worked corner fell to Anthony Doherty who thumped home. In the 42nd minute Glencar took the lead when a cross from the right found Marty Brogan who finished well from 12 yards. In the 47th minute Glencar extended their advantage when Anthony Doherty headed in a Paddy Rafferty cross. Then a minute later Rafferty capitalised on a mix up in the home defence to score from 10 yards. In the 60th minute Castlefin pulled a goal back when Stephen Lafferty slammed home a Ronan Tourish cross. Mark Molloy pulled another goal back for the home side after good work from Darren Bogan with 70 minutes played. However in the 82nd minute Paddy Rafferty wrapped up the points for Glencar after a neat finish. Team performances. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleRamelton Mariners 3 Mulroy Celtic 1The Mariners consolidated their place as runners up in the Old Orchard Inn Division 1 of the Saturday League with a final day victory over Mulroy Celtic at a windy Kerrykeel on Saturday. The team with long standing clubman William Blaney on his 1st year as manager at the helm surpassed all expectations to have an outstanding league campaign, only bettered by a very experienced Erne Wanderers side who deservedly took the title.The match itself on Saturday was a hard fought affair with a very strong breeze favouring Mulroy in the 1st half. Chances were at a premium and after a scoreless 1st half it was the Mariners who opened the scoring in the 53rd minute when a Diggy Buchanan corner was flicked goalwards by David “Sadie” Fisher. As it was about to be cleared off the line, in nipped the little terrier Kevin “Ozil” Coyle to nod home. The Mariners immediately pressed for a 2nd but were caught on the break when Mulroy equalised in the 67th minute when Mark Griffin finished off an excellent team move. The Mariners, who needed the win to guarantee the runners up spot upped the tempo again, but so often found Michael Mc Grory and the Mulroy defence in top form. As the clock ticked down, in the 78th minute, a Mariners move saw a Barry Coyle shot parried by the Mulroy keeper, which fell to Corey Mc Cahill who crossed for Paul Stevenson who nodded the ball into the path of the inrushing Bobby Hanlon who buried the ball to the bottom corner. With Mulroy a bit deflated it was the Mariners who scored the final goal in the 85th minute when Paul Stevenson intercepted a poor pass, and cooly lobbed the Mulroy keeper , who was well off his line, from all of 30 yards.The Mariners team would wish to thank William Blaney and his wife Chanel for their continued but thankless hard work in keeping the club ticking over.Best for Mariners was man of the match Diggy Buchanan, keeper Kevvy Mc Cahill, Gavin Mackay and Joe Coyle.Mulroy were best served by Michael Mc Groary.Referee: Michael Mulhern.Fintown Harps 1 Erne Wanderers 1On a fine Friday evening for football the 1st division champions travelled to Pairc Acla. There was loads to play for with both teams still in the semi finals of the Downtown Cup and all players pushing hard for starting places . Fintown started brightest and were contesting well in the tackle and making life difficult for the visitors. On the 5th and 10th minutes Daragh Gallagher and Aaron Thompson had good opportunities. Erne started to come into the game with Ward coming close but JP Breslin in goal for Harps made no mistakes. Then on the half hour Brian Delaney did well to find Thompson inside the box. The Erne defence under pressure conceded a penalty which was well saved by the Erne keeper Boyle . Erne came close just before half time but a solid home defence cleared the ball well.The second half started well for Erne who took the lead from basically the kick-off. Fintown were forced into making three changes at the break. Erne broke through the middle and Ward’s shoot took a nasty deflection and sent JP Breslin the wrong way and Erne broke the deadlock . It didn’t faze Harps and they pushed on for the equaliser with good work from player manager Paddy Molloy and Gary Mc Hugh down the right getting Shan Mc Millan in for a chance but it was well saved by Boyle . In the 70th minute a ball over the top from defence caused confusion in the Erne rearguard and Stephan Boyle did well to pressure the keeper who lost control of the ball. His shot was blocked by the Erne centre half and from the rebound John Molloy smashed the ball to the net. Both teams had chances to grab all 3 points but it finished in a one all draw. Great team efforts from both sides. Referee : Victor RaineyGlencar Inn Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 2 Milford United Reserves 4This was an end of season match played by two teams with nothing to play for but it produced an open and entertaining game. In the twenty-sixth minute Milford scored when the Tullyvinney defence failed to clear a long ball and Christy Mc Cafferty poked the ball over the line from close range. In the thirty-fifth minute Mc Cafferty got his and Milford’s second goal of the game when he converted a controversial penalty. Lee Burke registered the third goal on fifty-three minutes after fine work down the left flank and he scored from an acute angle. In the sixty-first minute Tullyvinney registered from the penalty spot after a handball, Paddy Cassidy converted the penalty. After Tullyvinney had pulled level by the seventieth minute the game swung in Milford’s favour when Tullyvinney were reduced to ten men after a player was sent off for a second bookable offence. Tullyvinney pressed for an equaliser and were caught on the break when Gareth Kerrigan lashed on to the ball and raced through to score on the eighty-sixth minute.Team effort from both teams.Referee Andrew MullinDeele Harps 3 Donegal Town Reserves 0Deele welcomed Donegal Town to The Athletic Grounds with their objectives slightly altered. With the League Championship confirmed, Deele are now focussing on retaining their status as the only unbeaten side in all of the Donegal Leagues. Donegal themselves are pushing for promotion but found Deele to be well organised and professional. The opening exchanges were evenly matched with both defences on top. The deadlock was broken in the 28th minute when Eddie Connolly’s cross found Kieran McGowan at the back post and McGowan powered home a header across the keeper. In the 35th minute a Conor Catterson foul in the box gave Donegal Town a penalty, Ted Bustard stepped up but his penalty was brilliantly saved by Christopher Roulstone in the Deele goal. Within two minutes Deele went further ahead when left back Paul Lynch continued his goal scoring run when his shot across goal found the net with a slight deflection. The second half was controlled by Deele with the home side’s defence well marshalled by Gary Crawford and Emmet Catterson. Shane Gallagher’s cross come shot also found the net with a slight deflection in the dying minutes to confirm Deele’s superiority. Team Performances. Referee: James Malseed.Gweedore United Reserves 1 Glenree United Reserves 1This game, played at a cold and windy Carrickboyle, saw both sides come away with a share of the spoils. The visitors with the aid of the strong breeze pushed for the lead in the opening 10minutes.They got their goal in the 13th minute when the referee awarded Glenree a penalty which was well converted by Damien Nelis to make it 1-0.The home side went in search of an equaliser and had good chances through Sean Mc Mahon, Stephen O’ Donnell and Joe Coyle, however it remained 1-0 until the interval. The second half saw Gweedore with all the possession and the aid of the strong breeze. The home side pressed and pressed and in the 56th minute Sean Mc Mahon equalised when his excellent free kick went into the top right corner from 20yards to make it 1-1. Gweedore’s Ryan Duggan hit the crossbar 5 minutes later with a good shot from long range. Glenree had a number of half chances on the break through Nicholas Nelis and Vinny Mc Laughlin, however it remained 1-1 until the final whistle. Nicholas Nelis and Vinny Mc Laughlin played well for Glenree while Ryan Duggan, Aodh O Donnell and Shaun Gallagher excelled for Gweedore United in difficult weather conditions.Keadue Rovers Reserves 2 Cranford United Reserves 1Keadue ended their first season in the Saturday league with a good 2-1 victory over Cranford to finish a satisfactory 4th place in the league. The game was played in very windy and difficult conditions with most of the play in each half going to the team with wind advantage. It was Cranford, with the wind who did most of the running in the first half, a number of long range efforts however was the most they could muster, generally not forcing the home keeper into any saves. As the half went on Keadue came a little more into the game with Darragh Hanlon doing some good work. In the forty second minute Cranford went one up when Michael Logue’s shot from the edge of the area squirmed under keeper Ben Boyle to make it 1-0 at half time. Into the second half and Keadue had most of the play with the wind behind them, pushing Cranford back. In the fifty eight minute Keadue were level when a ball in midfield fell kindly for Damien Hanlon and he lobbed a great effort from thirty five yards over the keeper. The home team, now well on top, went ahead after sixty five minutes when a corner, which Cranford failed to clear, fell to Packie Mc Gonagle and he headed home from close range. Other chances fell to both Damien and Darragh Hanlon who were just unable to convert them. In the final ten minutes Cranford did push up more but Keadue held firm for the victory. Two good team performances from both sides in difficult conditions. Referee; Gerry GallagherSUNDAY 14-4-2013Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 1 Milford United 2The seaside local derby served up a high octane encounter in windy conditions. Milford scored two late goals to cancel out David Edward’s opener in the second half to steal three points and keep their title aspirations alive, while the Hoops’ dream of a treble was cruelly dashed. A Cathal Mc Gettigan free kick from 60 yards in the 85th minute proved to be the difference between both sides after Edwards had given the Hoops the lead with 15 minutes to go and a wonder over head kick from Mark Flood levelled proceedings with 10 minutes remaining. The Seasiders dominated proceedings in difficult conditions with Paddy Sheridan coming closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening half from a sumptuous free kick that was dealt superbly by Caolan Mc Gettigan in goals. Milford’s Brendan Murray saw his effort on 40 minutes go perilously wide of the far post as the sides went in level at half time. Edwards finally broke the deadlock on 75 minutes, to reward the Hoops for their domination, when Darragh Solksjaer put the young starlet through and he slotted the ball past the advancing Mc Gettigan. Just when the Hoops seemed to be heading towards a local derby win Flood unleashed a sensational overhead kick from a corner in the 80th minute to set up a nail biting finale. As a draw seemed inevitable, Cathal Mc Gettigan unleashed a ferocious free kick in the 85th minute from 60 yards that sailed right into the top corner of Ian Strain’s goals to steal the three points and break the hearts for the Hoops with a Swan song classic.Eamonn Sheridan, Ryan Connolly and Edwards were outstanding for the Hoops while Peter ‘Maverick’ Doherty inspired the Swans to a memorable derby win in the Seaside town.Referee: Mick LaganDunkineely Celtic 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1Dunkineely gave their survival hopes a great boost with this home win against Kilmacrennan. Played in very windy conditions Dunkineely took full advantage of the gale in the opening half to take a winning lead. They opened the scoring after three minutes when Dermot Gallier fired home from the edge of the box after good approach work on the right wing. They doubled their lead on ten minutes when Adrian Nesbitt beat the keeper to a through ball to lob home. For the remainder of the half Kilmacrennan had the better of the possession and carved a number of openings. They pulled a goal back on the half hour when uncertainty in the home defence allowed Liam Mc Bride to run through to score. The second half was the reverse of the first. Playing with the strong breeze the visitors failed to create any real scoring chances and the home defence dealt comfortably with what was thrown at them. Dunkineely played better against the wind and only poor finishing prevented it from being a much more convincing result for them. Cian Kennedy and Paul Mc Fadden both had chances but failed to find the target.For Dunkineely Patrick White was impressive while Timmy Burke showed that he is still one of the best footballers in the league. Referee: Liam Farren.Lagan Harps 3 Castlefin Celtic 1Played in blustery conditions in Ballyare, Lagan took the lead on five minutes when a cross delivered by Ciaran Doherty was caught up in the wind and when Castlefin goalkeeper Simon McMenamin punched clear Kevin Kelly sidestepped two players and dispatched to the net. Castlefin upped their game and Barry Tourish struck the crossbar with Mitchell beaten in the Lagan goals. Simon Mc Glinchey blazed the follow up high and over the bar. Mc Glinchey went close again on twenty two minutes, his shot across the goal eluding the inrushing Barry Tourish. James Gillen then had two good efforts on goal. Castlefin equalised on forty two minutes when Barry Tourish beat Conor Sweeney to a long ball and slid home passed Mitchell.Lagan regained the lead on fifty five minutes when a long ball from Kevin Kelly found Austin Marron who ran through and clinically beat the keeper with a great finish from fifteen yards. Castlefin again replied with Barry Tourish firing narrowly wide on sixty minutes. Lagan increased their lead when Aidan O’ Donnell found Marron wide on the right, he pulled the ball back to James Gillen who fired low to the bottom corner. Lagan could have finished the game off when Ciaran Doc found himself one on one with the keeper after some wonderful individual work but with time and only the keeper to beat he shot high over the bar. Simon Mc Glinchey forced and excellent save from Mitchell who tipped the ball over the bar. Barry Tourish again came close when he fired wide of the far post from a narrow angle.Best for Lagan were, James Gillen and Kevin Kelly. Barry Tourish was excellent for Castlefin who as a team battled hard to the end. Referee: Con McLaughlinThank you to the Donegal League for the use of the League headquarters.Lifford Celtic 1 Gweedore Celtic 0No ReportGlenea United 1 St. Catherines 0Glenea got their league challenge back on track again with this hard earned victory over St Catherine’s. The windy conditions meant good passages of play were at a premium with both teams giving their all in search of the vital points. The away side played with the aid of the elements in the 1st half and dominated possession, but were unable to create any clear cut chances, their closest efforts coming from dead ball situations. Glenea threatened occasionally on the counter attack but were unable to find the correct final pass. In the 2nd half the roles were reversed with Glenea pushing and the Killybegs men happy to defend tightly. Glenea threatened on 60 minutes when Michael Barry got onto a long clearance but headed straight at the keeper. Glenea finally broke the deadlock on 75 minutes when Lee O’ Brien and Barry McGinley combined down the left and McGinley’s cross was met by Sean McBride who turned the ball into the net. Glenea looked to double their lead but were almost made to pay on 80 minutes when Daniel Breslin broke clear but saw his effort well saved by Ciaran Gallagher. The windy conditions meant it was good team efforts from both sides. Referee: Joe McHugh.Watson Hire Division OneArranmore United 2 Keadue Rovers 0Arranmore came out on top in this local derby, winning by 2 goals to nil in blustery conditions.The away team started the better, but could not convert their chances. Mark ward powered a header from 12 yards off the away teams crossbar, and Danny Rodgers came close at the back post but could not find the crucial touch. Danny Doogan also came close for Keadue when put through one on one but could not convert.Arranmore upped the tempo in 2nd half and went close several times through Brendan Brennan and Chris Mc Glanaghey. Daniel Rocky made the breakthrough from 20 yards following a great ball from Ruan Reynolds. Chris Mc Glanaghey doubled the lead after receiving a great ball from Brendan Brennan and finishing expertly to the bottom corner of the net. Arranmore were in control after this with Danny Rodgers, Brendan Brennan and Mark Ward all going close. Shane Elliott then missed the easiest chance of the game from 2 yards out when it seemed easier to score. Mark Ward and Daniel Rocky played well for Arranmore with Martin Proctor outstanding. Best for Keadue was Danny DooganDrumoghill F.C. 1 Raphoe Town 0Drumoghill FC brought the curtain down on another season with this narrow victory over their near neighbours from Raphoe to make it four wins out of their final five games. Hero of the hour was player-manager Michael Lynch, who was making his first appearance of the season and marked it in the best possible way with the only goal of the game. It came from the penalty spot on seven minutes, when Lynch calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way after winning the penalty himself when Kelly had upended him inside the box.Despite the slender margin of victory, Drumoghill never looked in any real danger and should have added to their tally in the second half. Lynch himself came closest when his effort from the edge of the box came back off the crossbar before Liam O’Donnell had a chance to settle the issue but misheard the referee’s whistle (thinking he was offside) and stopped in his tracks when through on goal.Raphoe battled throughout with Darren Kelly always a threat, but keeper Mc Cready denied him with a late save to ensure success for the home side.Donegal Town 1 Curragh Athletic 1This winner takes all showdown at the Hospital Field in Donegal Town attracted a good sized crowd. Lying two points behind their hosts, Curragh Athletic took the lead on fourteen minutes after Ryan Carlin had been fouled, thirty yards from goal. Mickey O’ Brien floated the free kick to the near post where Carlin turned and crossed for Eddy Moore to give the visitors the lead when he side footed the ball home from eight yards through a glut of players in the Donegal Town six yard box. The lead lasted until the last minute of normal time. A seemingly harmless ball into the Curragh Athletic penalty area was nodded down by Benny Byrne into the path of Declan Brown who drove the ball home, firing low under the body of Roy Duffy in the Curragh goal. This leveller gained the point that the home side needed to secure the Division One League Title. Man of the Match: Mickey O’ Brien of Curragh Athletic. Referee: Kevin LogueCappry Rovers 2 Cranford United 0Cappry Rovers finished their season with a victory over Cranford United in an entertaining game in Cappry Park on Friday night. The home team started the strongest and had a few chances in the opening stages through Kyle Lafferty, Brendan Mc Laughlin and Eunan Doherty. Cranford also had a number of chances but to no avail with the Cappry defence holding strong.Play swung from end to end with both sides creating chances but it was the home side who took the lead in the sixty first minute when a through ball from Eunan Doherty found Kyle Lafferty who drilled the ball passed Enda Mc Hugh to the bottom corner of the net.Cranford went in search of the equaliser and they had a few near misses and good saves by Brendan O’ Meara in the Cappry goal. Cappry got their second goal in the seventy ninth minute when Malachy Martin won the ball in defence broke free and chipped the advancing keeper from fourteen yards to put the ball in the net. Both sides came close to scoring in the closing minutes but to no avail. Cranford have the play-offs to look forward to.Darren Mc Gowan and Eunan Doherty were best for Cappry.Goalkeeper Enda Mc Hugh and Chris Kelly best for Cranford.Referee: Liam Farren.Ballybofey United 2 Eany Celtic 3This Division One match was played on Friday night at the Finn Valley AC Complex in Stranorlar. Eany took a two goal lead within the opening ten minutes but the home side fought back well and by the thirty fifth minute they had drawn level after strikes by Conor Doherty and Darragh Redmond. United were then guilty of missing a couple of good chances to take the lead and were punished just before the interval when Eany reclaimed the ascendancy courtesy of a well taken goal. There were no further goals in the second half somehow to the amazement of both camps, considering the open manner in which the match was played. Eany have finished the season safe in mid-table while Ballybofey United will once again have to navigate the play-offs if they are to avoid relegation to Division Two. Referee: John Mc Glanaghey.CT Ball Division TwoDunlewy Celtic 4 Copany Rovers 0No ReportGweedore United 3 Glenree United 1Gweedore United F.C. added another Division Two title to their records after this tricky encounter against a hard fighting Glenree side at a windy Carrickboyle. The home side with the aid of the strong breeze put a lot of pressure on the Glenree defence, however Cathal Mc Bride in the visitors nets did well on a number of occasions. In the 19th minute Gweedore scored when a good pass from Ciaran Mc Fadden fell to Michael Connolly who finished well. The Gweedore pressure continued and 3 minutes later Connolly made it 2-0 after showing good skill and executing a good finish. United had a number of chances to extend their lead however it remained 2-0 until the interval. Glenree came out in the second half and tried to press to pull one back, however in the 56th minute Gweedore were rewarded with a penalty when Ciaran Mc Fadden was brought down in the box. Shane “Baggio” O’ Donnell converted the penalty to make it 3-0. The visitors with the aid of the strong breeze pushed forward and pinned the home defence back, however the home side stood firm. The visitors got a consolation in the 89th minute when Damien Nelis finished well and the game ended 3-1. It was a good team performance by both teams . Gweedore United F.C. were crowned champions at their home Carrickboyle where they haven’t lost all season and were presented with the CT Ball Cup by Terry Leyden of the Donegal Junior League.Drumbar United 2 Whitestrand United 6No ReportKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Bonagee United 1No ReportConvoy Arsenal 1 Letterbarrow Celtic 2Slow start by both teams until a through ball by Convoy allowed Mickey Melaugh to chip the stranded keeper on 20 minutes. Good play from Letterbarrow allowed Paul Murrin to beat the offside and slot home. Within 2 minutes Letterbarrow took the lead when the ball was hammered home after a great strike came of the bar. Best for Letterbarrow Emmet O’Neill, James Mc Grory and Christopher Burke.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSWEDNESDAY 10-4-2013Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 1 v 1 Rathmullan CelticGlencar Inn Division TwoDeele Harps 2 v 1 Downtown UnitedMilford United Reserves 3 v 4 Cranford United ReservesSATURDAY 13-4-2013Old Orchard Inn Division OneCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 v 5 Glencar CelticRamelton Mariners 3 v 1 Mulroy CelticFintown Harps 1 v 1 Erne WanderersGlencar Inn Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 2 v 4 Milford United ReservesDeele Harps 3 v 0 Donegal Town ReservesGweedore United Reserves 1 v 1 Glenree United ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves 2 v 1 Cranford United ReservesSUNDAY 14-4-2013Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 1 v 2 Milford UnitedDunkineely Celtic 2 v 1 Kilmacrennan CelticLagan Harps 3 v 1 Castlefin CelticLifford Celtic 1 v 0 Gweedore CelticGlenea United 1 v 0 St. CatherinesWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United 2 v 0 Keadue RoversDrumoghill F.C. 1 v 0 Raphoe TownCurragh Athletic 1 v 1 Donegal TownCappry Rovers 2 v 0 Cranford UnitedBallybofey United 2 v 3 Eany CelticCT Ball Division TwoDunlewy Celtic 4 v 0 Copany RoversGweedore United 3 v 1 Glenree UnitedDrumbar United 2 v 6 Whitestrand UnitedKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 v 1 Bonagee UnitedConvoy Arsenal 1 v 2 Letterbarrow CelticLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGlenea United 16 11 3 2 37 20 17 35Lifford Celtic FC 15 10 4 1 29 17 12 31Rathmullan Celtic 17 9 5 3 42 20 22 30Milford United FC 15 9 5 1 30 23 7 28Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 15 7 6 2 28 22 6 23St Catherines FC 17 6 8 3 30 30 0 21Gweedore Celtic 17 6 9 2 17 30 -13 20Dunkineely Celtic FC 16 5 7 4 35 36 -1 19Lagan Harps FC 16 6 9 1 19 38 -19 19Castlefin Celtic 16 0 13 3 14 45 -31 3League table for Watson Hire Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDonegal Town FC 18 13 3 2 40 19 21 41Curragh Athletic FC 18 11 1 6 50 12 38 39Cranford FC 18 10 6 2 43 25 18 32Cappry Rovers 18 9 6 3 39 25 14 30Eany Celtic FC 18 9 6 3 34 26 8 30Drumoghill FC 18 8 8 2 32 33 -1 26Keadue Rovers FC 17 6 6 5 32 31 1 23Ballybofey United FC 17 3 8 6 20 35 -15 15Arranmore United 18 3 14 1 17 49 -32 10Raphoe Town 18 1 15 2 15 67 -52 5League table for CT Ball Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGweedore United FC 18 14 3 1 61 19 42 43Kerrykeel 71 FC 18 13 4 1 53 22 31 40Bonagee United FC 18 12 4 2 44 32 12 38Whitestrand United FC 18 11 7 0 44 26 18 33Dunlewey Celtic 18 9 5 4 41 31 10 31Glenree United FC 18 8 6 4 35 31 4 28Letterbarrow Celtic FC 18 6 11 1 23 51 -28 19Convoy Arsenal FC 18 3 13 2 29 50 -21 11Drumbar FC 18 1 12 5 22 53 -31 8Copany Rovers FC 18 1 13 4 25 62 -37 7League table for Old Orchard Inn Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsErne Wanderers FC 15 10 2 3 44 22 22 33Ramelton Mariners FC 15 8 3 4 35 27 8 28Fintown Harps AFC 15 7 4 4 35 23 12 25Glenea United 15 7 4 4 27 18 9 25Glencar Celtic 15 6 4 5 37 34 3 23Castlefin Celtic 15 5 8 2 27 33 -6 17Mulroy Celtic 15 5 9 1 28 29 -1 16Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 15 2 9 4 20 50 -30 10Gweedore Celtic 8 0 7 1 8 25 -17 1League table for Glencar Inn Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDeele Harps FC 14 13 0 1 49 10 39 40Donegal Town FC Reserves 15 8 5 2 37 24 13 26Downtown United FC 15 7 3 5 25 20 5 26Keadue Rovers FC 16 7 6 3 33 33 0 24Milford United FC 15 7 7 1 27 41 -14 22Glenree United FC 15 5 6 4 23 21 2 19Gweedore United FC 15 4 9 2 26 35 -9 14Cranford FC Reserves 15 3 7 5 16 27 -11 14Tullyvinney Rovers 14 1 12 1 17 42 -25 4DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: April 14th, 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:Donegal Leaguefixturesreportsresulttableslast_img read more

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CHINESE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PART IN DONEGAL CANNABIS GROWHOUSE

first_imgA Chinese man has pleaded guilty to his part in a growhouse operation of cannabis in Co Donegal.Pui Lam Sam pleaded guilty to three charges following the discovery of the growhouse in Ballintra on January 24th last.Lam Sam appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday charged with possession, possession for sale of supply and also the cultivation of cannabis. Judge John O’Hagan asked if the case related to a growhouse situation and was told it was.He was remanded in custody to appear at a future sitting of the court for sentencing.CHINESE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PART IN DONEGAL CANNABIS GROWHOUSE was last modified: October 29th, 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:cannabisJUdge John O’HaganPui Lam Samlast_img read more

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VICTORY FOR CAMPAIGNERS AS DIABETES KIDS TO GET THEIR OWN SPECIALIST NURSE

first_imgmap showed how services here were depletedHEALTH Minister James Reilly has given the go-ahead for the appointment of a paediatric diabetes nurse for 140 patients here in Co Donegal.The victory for campaigners came after a meeting  arranged in Dublin today between Joe McHugh TD and Dr Reilly and representatives of the local campaign group.Local Fine Gael election candidate Grace Boyle however says the campaign should not end there – and wants a centre of excellence in the North West. This could be linked to the NHS in Derry.A Clinical Nurse Specialist for children with type 1 diabetes will be based in Letterkenny General Hospital.Grace Boyle said that this is service is absolutely essential for the people of Donegal. She said that the next step is to progress the plan to create a Regional Centre of Excellence to enable pump therapy to be available for children in Donegal. At the moment, children in Donegal have to travel to Dublin for this therapy.* We will have a special report on this story later today.  VICTORY FOR CAMPAIGNERS AS DIABETES KIDS TO GET THEIR OWN SPECIALIST NURSE was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:childrendiabetes nursedonegaljoe mchugh tdlast_img read more

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