Dear Editor,Minutes before Exxon’s announcement that it has started production of oil in Guyana, Mr David Granger delivered an address to the nation heralding the start of oil production and assuring that “no one will be left behind”. But what has the PNC-led Granger team done over the last 4 years and 5 months but leave the people of this nation behind? All that team Granger did was to work arduously to enrich the 500 or so members of the Granger cabal and their friends and family.The question that Mr Granger should really be asking himself rather than seeking to fool the nation is – “Has a deposit of cash been made at the Bank of Guyana because of first oil”? Both he and I know that zero dollars was deposited at the Central Bank because of the first day of oil production and we may have to wait for months before we see pennies on the dollars from this Guyanese crude oil. But upon checking, I found that the investors earned some US$2.2 million for that “first day” of production which will be added to their asset base as ballast (stabiliser in the boat). This reality clearly represents the exploitation that is happening to the Guyanese people as a result of this 2016 contract that was authored and executed by Team Granger.But in addition to the exploitation of the people as is being facilitated by team Granger, these people are also disconnected from the pains of the man in the street. History has proven such indifference to the plight of the people always end up hurting the rulers at the ballot box. Does team Granger know just how angry the Guyanese people are? Those who have taken the time to study the cash distribution clauses on this Stabroek Block contract are even more outraged.The local media have done a fine job of bringing this knowledge to the people by way of their newspaper reports or publication of the actual contract documents. So if Mr Granger believes that the people are unaware of what is happening, all he has to do is to dissect why the excitement and euphoria at the announcement of first oil are so mute across Guyana. As I walk the streets of Guyana, I am reassured by many people that they are upset at how team Granger continues to play with their intelligence. The people know what is happening Mr Granger, and they are waiting for you at the ballot box.And in every circus, there must be a “dog and pony show”. And up comes Mr Moses Nagamootoo with his usual hilarious commentary. This time his parody of comedy starts with the phrase – “out of economic bondage” after the first day of oil production. How more clueless can a public official get? Over the last 4 years and 5 months, it is public policies crafted by people like Mr Nagamootoo in team Granger that has subjected the Guyanese masses to a level of economic depression, only comparable to the bad old days of the ERP under the PNC when empty rice pots was a real occurrence in many kitchens.So no amount of sugar coating from Mr Granger or Mr Nagamootoo or anyone else will erase how raped the people feel this Christmas because the PNC’s man signed on the dotted line and bequeathed our patrimony for peanuts on this oil deal.Then to add salt to our injury, team Granger has abandoned the local Private Sector by failing to put any administrative framework in place to facilitate a seamless insertion of Guyanese-owned businesses into the international oil services trade that is happening on our soil. The outcome of such policy paralysis on the part of team Granger is that many local businesses have been made into aliens in their own country when it comes to this oil services trade.So do not be surprised Mr Granger when the people speak directly to you on March 2, 2020. What is important is that you act like an adult and not a child and accept the voice of the people when they speak to you directly on March 2, 2020.Regards,Sasenarine Singh
With a view to women reaching the highest pinnacle, First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger yesterday urged women and girls to develop their capacity in Information Communication Technology, and to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger flanked on the left by Co-Founder of SheLeadsIt, Nicole Pitter-Patterson, and on the right by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Hon. Catherine Hughes (PTI) and Minister of Business, Hon. Dominic Gaskin along with students and teachers.The First Lady was at the time speaking at the launching of the Girls in ICT Day 2018 Caribbean Tech Lab-Guyana.“ICT can provide women and girls with education job training, promote literacy, improve access to health care, enable the exercise of legal rights and participation in government,” Mrs. Granger noted.Recent statistics from the United Nations show that 90 percent of the jobs in the near future will require these qualifications.Telecommunications Public Minister Cathy Hughes continued her mantra that with the emergence of the local oil and gas industry, the need for an ICT proficient population is even more relevant.“I want you to see the many possibilities that will be open to you when you continue to acquire higher skills and training in ICT,” the Minister urged the female students.Students at Thursday’s tech lab will benefit from teaching on topics such as Design Thinking with Google, and Introduction to Website Development.The Tech Lab is an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) spearheaded by GeoTech Vision in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, Cerulean Incorporated, Sites Gy, and Roraima Airways.Initiatives under the Girls in ICT day contribute to country targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5: Gender equality and empowerment for women and girls.
A section of the deplorable buildingA section of the deplorable buildingThe Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on Monday moved a motion to see the establishment of a restoration fund committee to help fast track the rehabilitation process of the historic building.According to the City’s Mayor, Ubraj Narine, every spark is the beginning to a fire, the same spark, he said, was lit during the Council’s statutory meeting, which saw nine committee members being elected.He was keen to note during his remarks that this committee will be extended to include other stakeholders such as the Private Sector, the Chambers of Commerce, the National Trust, the Department of Tourism, civil society, and others.“I believe this (building) is the eye of the City and we all, as Councillors, should work in this cohesive way to restore this historic building of our nation,” Narine said.Councillor Oscar Clarke suggested that the Mayor be Chairman over the committee of nine members, which comprises six councillors, two from each political party and three officers.Meanwhile the Deputy Mayor, Alfred Mentore, reminded that the structure was decaying in front of councillors as he urged them to support the motion. Further he said, “It’s one of those buildings that we use, but it’s now being abused and we got to do something about it. So we got to all take this very important decision to deal with this particular issue”.The executives elected to serve were Mayor Ubraj Narine as Chairman, Deputy Town Clerk Sharon Harry-Munroe as Secretary, and Councillors Deon Younge, Oscar Clarke, Eketa Edwards, and Michael Leonard. Deputy Mayor Alfred Mentore, Acting Treasurer John Douglas and Deputy City Engineer (ag) Kenson Boston were also chosen to sit on the committee.In February, the European Union (EU) handed over a document to the Mayor in relation to the restoration of City Hall’s deplorable structure and ways in which the space can be utilised to garner independent revenues.EU Ambassador to Guyana Jernej Videti? made the presentation to the Mayor alongside Deputy Mayor Alfred Mentor.Speaking with media operatives after discussions between the two parties, Videti? explained that some £280,000 was expended to craft the document, bringing new ideas to the restoration project. He noted that some plans include using the historic building as a tourism spot, where it can be booked for special events to earn money.The Georgetown M&CC has pegged the overhaul of the City Hall building at over $400 million, and noted that stakeholders would strive to attain funding for the rehabilitation works.The building has suffered much neglect over the years even though millions of dollars have been allocated to facilitate repairs, including some $20 million in 2012.Just recently, the Mayor himself had disclosed plans of relocating some staffers due to the leaking roofs.
LA PUENTE – City officials created a committee that will look at how a city-owned snack bar is used after the mayor questioned an arrangement between two sports groups. The committee, established by the City Council last week, will discuss whether a policy should be created to govern use of the snack bar at La Puente Park. A 2004 court settlement between the city and the La Puente Girls Softball Association led to softball teams sharing use of La Puente Park and its snack bar with the La Puente National Little League. Under an agreement struck between the sports groups three years ago, Little League pays about $4,200 to the softball association, which forfeits its use of the snack bar. “All the equipment is basically owned by the city of La Puente and if anybody is going to make any money it should be the city,” Perez said. The city doesn’t have a policy that would cover the practice, which City Manager Carol Cowley said isn’t illegal. “If softball says the only time it will allow the Little League to use the snack bar is to give us X amount of money, that’s fine, too,” Perez said. Councilman John Solis, who is president of the softball association, voted against the committee. Danny Ayala, the president of the La Puente National Little League, said the group is satisfied with the agreement. He declined to say how much his group pays the softball association, but said it was equitable. Ayala didn’t know why the mayor raised the issue now. He said 400 boys and girls belong to the Little League, which has 32 teams. Solis said this is the third year of the agreement and softball gets about $4,200 from Little League, which it uses for the operation of its softball teams. There are 12 teams and about 180 girls, he added. Solis said the city has no jurisdiction over the agreement. While the city owns the park and the snack bar, Solis said Little League, softball and football pay when the Coke machine, air conditioning or the plumbing breaks down. City Councilwoman Renee Chavez said she hadn’t heard anything negative about the agreement between the groups. “And my opinion is if there’s nothing wrong with the two leagues and there’s no legal issues that will hurt the city then I don’t know why we even need to bother with this item,” Chavez said. The court settlement came after the ACLU, on behalf of the La Puente Girls Softball Association, sued La Puente in 2003 claiming the city discriminated against girl softball players by denying them equal access to playing fields at La Puente Park. Back then, the girls played at Nelson Elementary and the Little League had use of the fields at the park. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 Mayor Lou Perez initially wanted a policy banning the practice, but in the end suggested creating a committee to review the practice. “Why should the Little League pay them?” he said. The committee will consist of the city attorney, city manager, Councilman Louie Lujan and representatives from both sports groups. Perez said no money should be exchanged since the city owns the park, the snack bar, lighting and the equipment in the fields. The legal settlement only ensures that the city give both groups equal use of the park and the snack bar, Perez said.
1 Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez It’s not often Arsene Wenger spends big on one player but the £33million he splashed on Alexis Sanchez last summer is turning out to be an absolute snip.The effervescent forward put on another delightful showing as he struck two goals and assisted the other in Arsenal’s comprehensive 3-0 triumph over Stoke City, which takes them into fifth place and above rivals Tottenham.When the Gunners played the Potters in December, Mark Hughes’ men ran out 3-2 victors and Wenger was verbally abused by supporters on a train.This time it was a totally different story, though, as the home support were left to coo while watching their Chilean hero make light work of an unusually mediocre Stoke side, who struggled to compete at the Emirates.Arsenal talisman Sanchez ensured Asmir Begovic was tested within the opening two minutes as his whipped strike had the Bosnian goalkeeper at full stretch, and Tomas Rosicky forced him into action moments later too.Such was the Gunners’ strong start to the game they found themselves ahead with only six minutes on the clock as Sanchez curled a cross straight to Koscielny, who powered his header home.An injury to Mathieu Debuchy, who hurt his shoulder after a clash with Marko Arnautovic, threatened to affect their rhythm, with youngster Hector Bellerin coming on in the Frenchman’s place.But soon they were back on the front foot as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cracked an effort just wide of the post. Olivier Giroud’s thunderous side-foot strike was then well saved but he later shanked a good chance horribly wide.David Ospina, in goal for Arsenal in place of Wojciech Szczesny, had a minor scare as he spilled a deflected cross but Glenn Whelan’s horrendous strike over the Colombian’s bar from a cute Bojan free-kick summed up Stoke’s afternoon.Sanchez’s form has been nothing short of sensational since his move from Barcelona and he grabbed his 11th Premier League goal of the season with 33 minutes gone as another delightful finish hit the back of the net.After exchanging passes with Rosicky he jinked his way into the box and, instead of firing into the far corner, the crafty Chilean wrapped his foot around the ball and whipped his shot inside the near post.Stoke City striker Peter Crouch was involved in a number of running battles and, while his attempts to wind up Per Mertesacker appeared to fail, he did catch Nacho Monreal in the face with a swinging arm which saw the Spaniard needing treatment and a change of shirt thanks to some spilled blood.After the break that man Sanchez was once again wheeling away and impishly wagging his finger towards his team-mates as he deceived the Stoke wall with a low free-kick, leaving Begovic to fumble his shot over the line via the upright.Santi Cazorla saw a shot deflected onto the roof of the net as Arsenal pushed for more goals and Sanchez even tried to lob Begovic from 40 yards as his confidence showed no signs of waning.A fourth goal should have been added when the Chilean teed up Theo Walcott but the pacy forward rolled the ball wide of the post.Stephen Ireland finally gave Ospina a save to make at the other end in the dying seconds and the Colombian gratefully clutched the ball to his chest when the Irishman’s shot turned out to be tame.
TODAY “Zorro” discussion for kids, 4:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Grand Opening, 5:30-7 p.m. at Santa Clarita Advanced Medical Care, 27875 Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 257-9999. ATEAM Car Wash fundraiser, 6-8 p.m. at Valencia AutoSpa, 23440 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Cost: $10. Call (661) 251-3733. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSanta Clarita Valley Bar Association will meet, 6 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 287-3260. Santa Clarita Corvette Club social meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Information meeting for those interested in being a foster or adoptive parent, 6:30-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call Children’s Bureau at (661) 272-9996. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
USL Results & Reports – 4 Lanterns USL ResultsLetterkenny Rovers 3-3 Drumkeen Utd Finn Harps Res. 0-1 Cockhill Celtic Derry City Res. 4-2 Swilly RoversFanad Utd. 1-2 Bonagee UtdDrumkeen Comeback Stuns RoversLetterkenny Rovers 3 Drumkeen Utd 3 Letterkenny Rovers threw away a 3 goal lead against neighbours Drumkeen in an enthralling game played in ideal conditions at Leckview Park on Thursday evening. In what many suggested was a must win game for Rovers in order to stay in title contention it was the Cathedral town men who dominated the first half. It was Drumkeen who almost opened the scoring though after only 2 minutes. Johnathan Minnock slipped while trying to clear a Benny Bonner cross and the ball fell to Ronan Coyle and his strike from 12 yards brought a great save from Jason Quinn low to his left. From then on in the first 45 minutes it was all Rovers who played their best football of the season. Owen Morrison had an audacious 35 yard lob just go over the Drumkeen crossbar while Oisin McMenamin should have scored after latching onto some hesitancy by Drumkeen before racing clear and rounding Drumkeen net minder Paul McCauley. With an open net looming McMenamin hit the post from an acute angle. Darren McElwaine came close with a header from a Matt Harkin cross while McMenamin had a couple more chances which went narrowly wide. On 42 minutes the best move of the half came when Owen Morrison fed McMenamin and his neat back heel found substitute Kevin McGrath and his shot was hit straight at the goalkeeper with the goals looming large. Oisin McMenamin spurned another opportunity right on 45 minutes when his low shot from the left just went wide with McCauley beaten. Rovers manager Trevor Scanlon would have been disappointed going into the break still scoreless but his team hit the ground running in the 2nd half and got the goal their display deserved on 49 minutes. Some neat play by McGrath in midfield sent Matty Harkin away and he found McMenamin on the left and his cross to the far side of the box found Darren McElwaine and the big Convoy man made no mistake heading across Paul McCauley in the Drumkeen goal to put Rovers ahead. Letterkenny were rampant at this stage and following good efforts from McGrath and McMenamin Rovers went 2 up on 65 minutes. Owen Morrison played a neat through ball to McMenamin down the right hand side and his cross found McElwaine who had the simplest tasks of finishing from 6 yards. Rovers went 3 up just two minutes later when Kevin McGrath played a good pass from the edge of his own box into space to set Oisin McMenamin away and this time the Newtowncunningham man found the back of the net to give Rovers what you would have thought was an unassailable lead. But Drumkeen were thrown a lifeline on 69 minutes. A quick free kick caught Rovers napping and Darren McCreadie’s deflected shot flew into the roof of the net. This seemed to inspire the visitors who had nothing to lose and they pushed David Shovlin into a central midfield role and it was Shovlin who was instrumental in the comeback. Eunan Kelly’s cross found Shovlin free in the box and his header sailed past Quinn on 74 minutes. By now the game was all about Drumkeen who were mounting wave upon wave of attack and the equaliser arrived on 79 minutes. Again Shovlin was pivotal when his mazy run through the heart of the Rovers defence led to him playing a jinked pass to Ronan Coyle and he had no difficulty slotting past Jason Quinn into the bottom corner. From then on it was all Drumkeen and the Letterkenny goal led a charmed existence with Conor Carlin and Darren Cassidy twice coming close before Eunan Kelly had the best chance right on 90 minutes to win it but his shot went narrowly wide Letterkennys title ambitions have taken a serious dent with this draw while Drumkeen manager Micky Rodgers will be happy with the fight shown by his team after being totally outplayed in the first 67 minutes. Letterkenny Rovers; Jason Quinn, Kieran Doherty, Neil Lloyd, John Doherty, Johnathan Minnock, Glenn Gallagher, Aaron O’Hagan, Matt Harkin, Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin, Owen Morrison. Subs; Kevin McGrath for Lloyd 30 min, Steve Okakpu for Harkin 87 mins. Drumkeen; Paul McCauley, Justin Deasley, Benny Bonner, David Shovlin, Eunan Kelly, Philip Whyte, Darren Cassidy, Darren McCreadie, Conor Carlin, Ronan Coyle, Brian McGroary. Subs: Raymond Sweeney for Deasley 8 mins. Referee; Tommy McAree Cockhill Get Late WinnerFinn Harps Res. 0 Cockhill Celtic 1Cockhill made a bright start with Conor Winn making a good save from Malachy McDermott. Liam O’Donnell, Mark Moran and Johnny Havlin all had good chances for Cockhill as they started to get a grip on the game and putting some pressure on the Harps defence. Harps then responded with Matthew Henry making space for himself and forced a good save from Gavin Cullen in the Cockhill goal. Mark Moran had another chance as he got on the end of a Gerard McLaughlin flick on and put it past Winn’s far post under pressure from Harps defender Aaron Scanlon. Carel Tiofack put a great ball in to box and it was met by “Skinny” Bonner who met it perfectly and Cullen pulled off a great save to deny the Harps man. On the stroke of half time, Jimmy Bradley had a chance that he pulled just wide, it was then followed by a Derek Doherty effort when he was straight through on goal and somehow put it past the post. The second half started in the same pattern the first half ended as Cockhill piled the pressure on again with Malachy McDermott having two efforts saved by Winn. Substitute Garbhán Friel then had two chances to put Cockhill in front but Winn made a quick double save to keep him at bay and keep the score at 0-0. Conor McBride had a chance for Harps on 70mins as his long range effort was well gathered by Cullen. Garbhán Friel then had a goal ruled out for offside as Cockhill through everything at Harps in search of a goal. The pressure paid off as on 82mins, Friel crossed for the on rushing Jimmy Bradley who headed past the diving Winn to give Cockhill a deserved 1-0 lead. Cockhill were comfortable and saw the last few minutes out to hold on for the 3points.Derry Reserves Win AgainDerry City Res. 4 Swilly Rovers 2 Derry City Reserves cut Cockhill Celtics lead at the top of the Ulster Senior League to two points after coming from 2 goals down to get the better of Swilly Rovers in a 6 goal thriller played at Maginn Park on Wednesday evening. For the first time this season Derry City did not play any of their first team squad and it was the visitors who were unchnged form their 3-0 victory over Finn Harps on sunday who settled better. Swilly should have gone ahead when the normally reliable Lawrence Toland shot wide when well positioned following an exquisite throughball from David Fisher after only 7 minutes. For the remainder of the first half defences were predominantly on top with neither keeper having a save of note to make although Toland again had a super chance on 40 minutes after Marty McDaid did well to thread an inch perfect pass through but he somehow shot straight at the keeper. If the first half was devoid of much goalmouth action then the second half was anything but and Swilly took the lead on 49 minutes. A free kick won by Lawrence Toland 20 yards out was superbly hit by Calvin Mooney and his low shot beat Derry keeper Michael Lynch at the near post to earn the Swilly man his 8th goal in the League this season. Swilly doubled their lead on 62 minutes. David Fisher released substitute Darren Dunworth down the right and he squared it beautifully to the inrushing Marty McDaid and he slotted home with ease from 10 yards. Swilly who let go a 3-1 lead against Drumkeen a couple of weeks ago would have been wary of a Derry comeback and they didn’t have to wait long. From the kick off former Swilly player Ronan Curtis broke free and he passed to Michael Barr and his low shot somehow beat Gareth Wade to bring his side back into the game. Unbelievably Derry were level just 2 minutes later. Curtis did well to win a corner which was taken by the always lively Conor McDermott and he found the head of Georgie Kelly and he made no mistake heading home from 3 yards out. Momemtum was with the Candystripes at this stage and after half chances again to Curtis and Michael Barr they went ahead from the penalty spot on 79 minutes. Following a handball in the area by a Swilly defender referee Vincent McLaughlin awarded the penalty and Georgie Kelly had no problem beating Wade with ease. To be fair Swilly pressed hard for an equaliser and Derry net minder Michael Lynch pulled off the save of the game from Marty McDaid on 83 minutes when his shot looked goal bound. Any hopes of the Ramelton men salvaging a point were finished on 85 minutes when Paul Ramsay set up Michael Barr for his second of the night and Derrys fourth and his cool finish past Wade wrapped up the points for John Quiggs side. Wednesday games for both sides next week when Swilly play Finn Harps Reserves whilst Derry travel to Letterkenny Rovers. Derry City Res: Michel Lynch, Ryan Harkin, Ryan Doherty, Dylan McCallion, Caolan McLaughlin, Conor Harkin, Aiden McCauley, Paul Ramsay, Georgie Kelly, Conor McDermott, Michael Barr. Subs: Ronan Curtis for McCallion 60, Rory Holden for McDermott 80mins. Swilly Rovers; Gareth Wade, Duncan Patteron, Gareth Colhoun, Marty Boyce, Dylan Hegarty, Ryan Shiels, Jordan Toland, Marty McDaid, Calvin Mooney, Lawrence Toland, David Fisher. Subs; Darren Dunworth for Shiels 30, Michael McHugh for Fisher 70, Ryan McDaid for Dunworth 89mins. Ref; Vincent McLaughlinBonagee Claim Double Over Fanad Fanad Utd. 1 Bonagee Utd. 2 Bonagee United came out on top in this clash of the bottom 2. The game took time to get going as both teams tried to adapt to the swirling wind. The first chance to fell to Aaron Harkin whose shot was well saved by Shane Graham in the Fanad net. Fanad grew into the game and in the 20th minute Oisin Hasset had his shot blocked by Declan Lynch. Fanad almost took the lead from the resulting corner when Daire McDaid’s in swinger hit the bar. In the 29th minute Bonagee had keeper Darren Smyth to thank when he made a good save from Caolan McDaid after he was put in by an excellent pass from James McCahill. Bonagee broke the deadlock in the 35th minute when Aaron Harkin split the Fanad defence with a pass to Mark Harkin who finished into the bottom corner. Left back Caolan McDaid had another chance in the 43rd minute but shot over after Oisin Hasset put him through. Bonagee started the 2nd half strongly and in the 46th minute Anthony Appiah’s corner struck the post. Brian McVeigh then seen a header fly wide after a Daire McDaid corner. Bonagee extended their lead in the 50th minute when Mark Harkin’s cross was met at the near post by Aidan McLaughlin who bundled the ball in. The game went into a bit of a lull then until Fanad pulled a goal back in the 79th minute. Brian McVeigh’s through ball was met by Adam Serrinha who finished at the 2nd attempt after his initial shot was blocked. Fanad continued to press without creating any clear cut chances. Undoubtedly the clash of the match was between Glenn McNulty and Anthony Appiah with neither of these 2 young players giving to other an inch. Best fro Fanad were Glenn McNulty, Brian McVeigh and James McCahill. Best for Bonagee were Anthony Appiah, Mark Harkin and Aidan McLaughlin. Fanad United: Shane Graham, Ronan Sweeney, Caolan McDaid, Kevin Murray, Glenn McNulty, Jordan McBride, James McCahill (Conor Blaney 81), Daire McDaid (David Edwards 75), Oisin Hasset, Brian McVeigh, Adam Serrinha (Dean McCarry 85) Bonagee United: Darren Smyth, Gareth Breslin, Daryl Brown, Declan Lynch, Daryl McDermott, Frank McBrearty, Kevin Barr, Aaron Harkin, Aidan McLaughlin (Sam Murphy 76), AnthonyAppiah, MarkHarkin (Jamie Lynagh 81mins) Ref: Joe McHugh Fixtures Wednesday, May 28th at 7:30pm 4 Lanterns USLLetterkenny Rovers v Derry City Res. Ref. P. Coll; Assts. TBCDonegal News League Cup at 7:30pmGroup A Drumkeen Utd. v Cockhill Celtic Ref. P. Duddy Sunday, June 1st at 2pmDonegal News League Cup Group A Swilly Rovers v Drumkeen Utd. Group B Derry City Res. v Fanad UtdUSL REVIEW: ALL THE MATCH REPORTS AND RESULTS FROM THE WEEKEND’S ACTION was last modified: May 26th, 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:Match ReportsnewsSportUSL
SACRAMENTO – Barely more than a month after the special election, more than two dozen candidates already are ramping up for next June’s primary, which is expected to be an expensive and hotly contested battle for eight major statewide offices. With only three incumbents seeking re-election – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell and Secretary of State Bruce McPherson – the races will reshape a broad swath of government. And experts say the key to party power will be whether an embattled Schwarzenegger can regain favor among a disenchanted and heavily Democratic electorate and bring in other Republican candidates on his coattails in the November 2006 general election. “For most of the Republicans running for office – if they are a challenger and not an incumbent – unless the Republican nominee for governor gets in the high 50s (percent), it’s awfully difficult for them to win,” said Allan Hoffenblum, a Republican political analyst. Political analysts expect Angelides, the more liberal of the two, to do better in the primary, though Angelides – who has raised about $16 million – maintains his focus is not on partisan politics. “It’s not a matter of left and right,” Angelides said. “It’s a matter of strength and conviction and commitment, and the toughness to stand up to Arnold Schwarzenegger when he’s wrong for the state of California.” For the Schwarzenegger administration’s part, advisers simply hope June’s primary battle is bruising enough that it leaves a weakened winner to face Schwarzenegger. They say Schwarzenegger is unlikely to use a tactic of former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, who aired ads during the 2002 GOP primary attacking Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan – a move that helped nominate Bill Simon, a candidate Davis saw as the weaker opponent. And while Democrats showed a unified front during Schwarzenegger’s special election – forming a tight coalition of labor groups and significantly outspending the governor – advisers say the effort also strained resources and they expect the unity will fade. “Some of the deep fissures within labor are actually still there,” said Rob Stutzman, the governor’s communications director, who is expected to join the re-election campaign. “I think a bruising Democratic primary will do a lot to disunify that party over the next six months.” Still, the governor’s camp also has challenges to overcome as Schwarzenegger seeks to recover from low voter approval ratings, a stinging defeat of his reform efforts in the special election, and repairing strained relations with legislators. Signaling a shift to a more moderate stance, the governor has hired Democrat Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff and has so far raised about $4 million in his gubernatorial account. But while some statewide office seekers may hope a renewed Schwarzenegger could help build momentum for their own efforts, some analysts say it will be tricky for Schwarzenegger to get too involved. In the last election, Schwarzenegger failed to add any Republican seats to the Legislature and as a moderate, he has to be careful not to tie himself to conservative candidates, said political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the University of Southern California. “My guess is he’s going to stay away from anointing candidates, having been burned once,” Jeffe said. “He’s not stupid. If he wants to run for the center, he can’t embrace a set of candidates against the conservative wing or one that comes from the conservative wing. That’s politically dicey whichever way he goes.” And some of those “down-ticket” candidates may also have a harder time raising money because donors had to dig deep for last month’s unplanned special election, where overall spending exceeded $250 million. “Coming off one of the most expensive elections in history, you have donor fatigue,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University, Sacramento. “While people have been raising money and have war chests, down-ticket they’re not as well-funded as they should be to go into a statewide primary.” “Everybody donated to the special election. So lieutenant governor and secretary of state and insurance commissioner races, particularly in the Democratic Party, took a back seat to union-dominated measures. Now they have to play catch up at a time when people are tired.” Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Vying for the Democratic nod to try to unseat Schwarzenegger are state Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly. Angelides has long criticized Schwarzenegger – even early in the administration, when the governor was wildly popular with voters – while Westly has more recently opposed the governor’s reform efforts and other proposals. Westly, a multimillionaire co-founder of eBay who has held public office for three years, portrays himself in his gubernatorial bid as a political outsider running against a lifelong insider. “People do not want to see another career politician,” Westly said. “They want to see someone who’s independent. They don’t want to see an ideologue, whether it’s on the left or right. They want to see someone who’s focused on solving problems.” But the outsider label may be a tough sell for Westly, who has raised about $18 million so far, $15 million from his own pocket, and who has been involved in Democratic politics for years, including serving on the Democratic National Committee.
The government has refused to say whether free travel will be available after 2016 on transport services that may be privatised, according to Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue.Charlie McConalogue TD In response to a Parliamentary Question from Fianna Fáil, the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton refused to state whether the free travel entitlement will be retained in full after the privatisation of certain services.“We have highlighted to Minister Burton the need to ensure that all transport services that currently offer free travel continue to do so when they are tendered out to private contractors by the National Transport Authority,” explained Deputy McConalogue. In response to questions from Fianna Fáil the Minister said “I understand that the National Transport Authority earlier this month launched a public consultation process on its plans to enter into another direct award contract with Dublin and Bus Éireann from December 2014, to amend those contracts in 2016 to reduce the services within those contracts by approximately 10% and, to provide the removed services through separate contracts following an open tender process.“An interdepartmental group, chaired by my Department and including the Department of Transport and the NTA, is currently examining the free travel scheme. This issue is one of the issues which will be considered as part of that review”Deputy McConalogue continued, “When you remove the official jargon from this reply, it is clear that the free travel scheme is under review and that its future is in doubt.“It’s also clear that the Minister is not willing to give any assurance whatsoever in relation to the continuation of free travel services on the ‘removed services’ – in other words, those services that will be privatised. “I am now calling on the Minister to clarify once and for all what her policy is in relation to free travel. She needs to clearly state whether or not it is her intention to continue with the universal free travel that has been available on all public transport since it was introduced by Fianna Fáil back in the ‘60s.” FREE TRAVEL AT RISK CLAIMS McCONALOGUE was last modified: October 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguefree travel
It doesn’t take much to spark a memory to life, be it good or bad.The smell of acid spilt from a busted battery at a serious car accident of quietness and darkness of an intensive care unit.The look that one human being can pass on to another, that things are not right. Advertisement Be it the person that’s suffering or the person that is trying to save a life.Over the last year or so in my job as a photojournalist, I have covered the arrival of a new and very specialised piece of equipment.I watched in amazement and with nervousness as people with spinal injuries or stroke patients were carefully helped from wheelchairs or walking frames and were placed into a frame that could be fully adjusted to suit before the patient is securely strapped in.To watch someone rise from a sitting position to their feet, with the aid of this frame makes you think and appreciate how difficult a small action like standing up becomes so much more complicated with injuries of disabilities. Advertisement In our dayI still have two walking sticks at home, one of them belonged to my grandfather, Pop Coyle, who used it all of his life.The walking sticks that which belonged to my grandfather and then my Auntie B also handy for directing traffic. Photo Brian McDaid.His walking stick went everywhere with him in the car when he was driving his old red Opel Kadett, or hanging on the pew in front of him when he went to mass up until he died in 1977, in his 90th year.ModifiedThen the stick was modified and shortened when his daughter Bida Deeney needed two walking sticks to get about on. Bida, who may have been weak in body, was strong in mind.She was once the county goalkeeper for Donegal in Camogie.So, the story was often told of a pushy motorist who wouldn’t let her cross the road in front of her home one day and then had second thoughts when she left the track of her fathers walking stick on the bonnet of his beautiful BMW.For those who never meet Fr. Mark or Bida Deeney, I have inched a small clip of a video of the two of them at Fr Mark’s Golden Jubilee celebration to the priesthood, which was held in And Friary a good few years ago Passing on Miah DeeneyThen at her husbands Miah’s funeral, Bida put on a brave face and weathered her sorrow, only to suffer from a stroke at the funeral meal after at Gleneany House.Knowing that time was vital in getting medical attention, we lifted Bida, chair and all, and bundled her into my car and drove her to the hospital.Even then she was looking for us to wheel her around and leave her down to the foot of the town instead of taking her to the hospital and causing any fuss.RehabAfter a long stay in both Letterkenny General and the rehab unit across the road in St. Conal’s Hospital, Bida still believed she would be able to manage at home on her own.It worked for her mother who also suffered a stroke many years before and Bida gave up her job in the Model Bakery Shop on the High Rd to look after her wheelchair-bound mother, in the home house that was converted from a garage to have all its rooms on the ground floor.HopeA team from the rehab unit travelled down from the hospital with Bida to see if she could now manage on her own in her own home.I can still remember one of the therapists checking me up when I went to slide the back of the wheelchair around to assist Bida to make it into her sitting room.Bida Deeney (centre) with the President Mary Mc Eleese and her husband Martin also pictured are Brian McDaid, Ward sister Olive Gallagher and Ward Manager Donna Gallagher Reid. Photo By Pat HarveyThe house that Bida cared for her mother in now wasn’t suitable for Bida to manage on her own.It was hard for a strong-willed person like Bida to accept, but in the long term it was for the best and Bida was lucky to get the specialised care she needed in St. Josephs Hospital in Stranorlar and also was able to continue the habit of a lifetime of getting to mass every morning where the late Monsignor McDyre was a regular celebrant.Car CrashIn 2008 her brother Fr. Mark Coyle was involved in a horrific road traffic incident in which it was thought at the time he wouldn’t survive.As a fireman attending the incident, I was trying to talk to Fr Mark (my uncle) before he became unconscious. Medics at the scene thought he wouldn’t even make it as far as the hospital and sent me back in the ambulance with him to Letterkenny.At the hospital, the emergency doctor in charge advised me to start making phone calls as the team worked on him and his injuries in an effort to save his life.Fr. Mark was induced into a coma and scans of his injuries were transported by taxi to Dublin.Fr Mark Coyle who suffered serious injuries in a road traffic incident just over ten years ago . Photo By Brendan Tiny Vaughan.The specialist spinal unit at the Mater Hospital sent word from Dublin to send Fr. Mark up.Again, we were told that he might not survive the operations that they needed to do but they had no choice.After a failed attempt where they had to abandon the operation because of other breathing complications, a second attempt they had success in dealing with his C2 fracture in his spine.Fr. Marks progress was slow.Four months into his stay in ICU and the high dependance unit in the Mater Hospital word come through that he might be going to the rehabilitation unit in Dun Laoire.Sadly other complications were to ditch that possibility.For all the injuries that he had suffered in the accident, this seemed to be the blow that was to hit him the worse much like his sister Bida a few years earlier when she got word that she couldn’t manage in her own at home following her stroke.Fr. Mark who was strong in willpower and prayer tried to come to terms with the fact that his body was at the limit of what could be achieved for him.Destination DonegalThe fingerpost on his journey to recovery change from Dun Laoire and pointed to Donegal and Letterkenny and the thought of getting home boosted his flattened batteries.The sun blinded him the day he arrived back to the ward in Letterkenny General Hospital, I went to pull the curtains and I was stopped in my tracks, leave them Fr. Mark suggested.I never thought I would see my home town again or the chapel spire so I’ll suffer a bit of sun in my eyes.The rehab unit and the staff got Fr. Mark back on his feet, one of them even took a fishing rod into work with them and had the man who loved fishing casting a line out into the gardenMaden vogueAn electric wheelchair was made to fit the dimensions of the elevator in Ards Friary, but we didn’t factor in my uncle’s enthusiasm to operate the new electric-powered wheelchair, resulting in him parking his chair on top of my foot as we took the elevator to a new development in his rehabilitation journey.Padre PioOn the first evening, Fr Mark celebrated mass from his wheelchair in Ards a well-wisher come up to him after the service to wish him well and also for to get him to bless a few things that had bought in the shop.One of them was a Padre Pio fridge magnet, somehow they doubled up as an immobiliser disabled his wheelchair on the altar and only after searching through the instruction book did we find the wheelchairs immobiliser to reverse the power of Padre Pio’s Fridge Magnet.These memories this week from over a decade were rekindled when I was asked to cover a press conference to launch the No Barriers Foundation charity ball at Castle Grove House on the 8th of June.Johnny Loughrey and his team from No Barriers Foundation as they demonstrate the robotic walking aid at Castle Grove County House Photo Brian McDaid.Money raised on the night went to support the use of a state of the art robotic technology to help spinal injury, stroke, MS and brain injury victims, amongst others, to stand up and walk.My story might be different to others that are going through an injury or illness of this type, but the work of the No Barriers team under the directorship of Johnny Loughrey has to be commended for the work they are doing and plan to do if their fundraising evening is a success.Happy Motoring Folks.No Barriers announce unmissable summer charity ballDD Motoring: Road to recovery was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)