Stop the Bickering Now: It Can Do No One Any Good

first_imgEver since Mr. Christopher Neyor published his Open Letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last week, there has been a torrent (flood, violent flow) of accusations and counter accusations among government officials and even sponsored by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.We think this is most unfortunate, for it is tantamount to “washing our dirty clothes” in public, which is totally unnecessary.  Only people in slums, who have no washing facilities within their homes, do that—and most do so in the back, not the front yard.But here we are—Mr. Neyor and the government itself, spilling it all out there, on the front pages of the newspapers, and on the airwaves, too!Whom is this hurting? Not Mr. Neyor, who has already, by his Open Letter, opened himself up to a barrage of revelations, criticisms and attacks, true or untrue; not President Sirleaf, who has already reacted in a somewhat restrained fashion—only because she was approached for her side of the story.  No, it is hurting Liberia and her government. We say that because here we had critical negotiations between two sovereign governments, Kuwait and Liberia, having taken place, only see some of these exposed in public—and not simply that, but exposed in a vicious and acrimonious manner.Question: When will we ever be able to get the Kuwaitis to sit with us again in any negotiations for any reason?  But doing what we have done, we have created in the minds of many governments and international institutions serious apprehensions about how serious, sensible, mature and considerate we are when dealing with development partners.Let us return to Mr. Neyor’s Open Letter and reflect on what the Daily Observer and other parts of the Liberian media have been arguing about the importance of transparency in government.We have constantly frowned upon shady deals in government circles, of many GOL Ministries and Agencies of not coming clean to the media and the public, yea the Liberian people, about what government is doing. This seems to have been going on from the very beginning of the operations of this most vital sector, petroleum and the company that manages it, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).  That is why it was possible, in the very beginning, for one Nigerian businessman to walk away with US$250 million without investing a cent in Liberia.  All he did was to buy one of the oil blocks, then resell it to Chevron and walk away with that staggering amount, made off of Liberia’s resources, without the Liberian people knowing anything about it.  The President has had to higher several persons to head both the National Oil Company itself and its Board of Directors.  After she removed Dr. Foday Kromah she appointed Mr. Neyor and after him Dr. Randolph McClain. As for the Board, it was first headed, under Ellen, by Mr. Clemenceau Urey, who was summarily removed to install her son Robert Sirleaf.  That appointment was greeted with an avalanche of local and international criticism, but she remained stoic about it until she could no longer withstand it, and replaced him with her Legal Advisor, Counselor Seward M. Cooper.It seems that even up to this day the public has little knowledge of the workings of NOCAL.  This newspaper has reliably learned that there is still very serious speculation about exactly WHO is running NOCAL, even as we know that Dr. McClain is still its President and Counselor Cooper its Board Chair.  Is there, as is being talked about behind the scenes, an unseen hand calling the shots at NOCAL?We have indeed heard at least one name, but for legal considerations, we dare not mention it.Here again we reassert the need for transparency and accountability in government, to save the President herself and her government from the exact same situation that gave rise to Chris Neyor’s Open Letter.Here again we are confronted with stark reality of the Biblical dictum: “The truth shall make you free.”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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Protest Vote Against CDC?

first_img(L-r) Opposition candidates Abraham Darius Dillon and Telia Urey appear to be sweeping the ruling party candidates in the provisional votes from the just-ended Montserrado County by-elections.Opposition candidates take commanding lead in by-elections’ pollsBy all indications, these just concluded by-elections in Montserrado County and reports of results coming in so far suggests that the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) appears to be in grave danger of losing its once vaunted and seemingly impregnable Montserrado County strong-hold, with the opposition reportedly taking a commanding lead in the polls.CDC candidates, Paulita Wie and Abu Kamara, both first-time runners, are so far trailing in the polls as of late last night, and indications are that they are not likely to upset the commanding lead held by Abraham Darius Dillon and Ms. Telia Urey, also both first-time runners.Political observers here attribute their apparent victory as a sign of popular protest against President George Weah and his CDC for the difficult economic conditions faced by most people. Most public criticisms against this government appears directed at what is perceived as runaway corruption in this government, which is in turn creating much hardships for the people.On a whole, the elections have been largely peaceful, although there were reports of violence in Logan Town involving CDC supporters who, according to eyewitness accounts, stormed opposition candidate Telia Urey’s headquarters and attacked her supporters on Saturday, July 27. There were also reports of a discharge of firearms by Presidential bodyguards, while clearing a Police mounted roadblock. No fatalities or injuries were however reported.Additionally, there were public concerns about the integrity of the Voters Roll (FRR) which had not been cleaned as mandated by the Supreme Court in 2017.  A shouting match involving an exchange of invectives resulting in a near fistfight is said to have erupted between opposition leader Benoni Urey and National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Korkoya during discussions at NEC headquarters over concerns about the integrity of the Voters Roll.These concerns, notwithstanding, the polls went well with virtually no reports of vote rigging, at least from initial on the spot vote counts at the various polling places. At some polling places though, there were fears that it was getting late and the ballot boxes had not been picked up by the NEC although some results were reportedly posted relatively late well after the vote count.But at latest count, both opposition candidates, Dillon and Telia Urey appeared to be in commanding lead. The official results will, however, be officially announced by the NEC following official tallying of votes, which is expected to take a day or two.In a related development, NEC said it has not begun releasing provisional results of the Monday’s by-elections.The commission said its attention is drawn to the fact that some voters and the general public are raising concerns over the wave of public radio announcement of “unofficial results.”NEC stresses that when it begins to release provisional results,  the process will be done at its Media  Center in the full glare of national and international media practitioners, as well as national and international partners and observers. The NEC provisional results will also be posted on its official website: www.necliberia.org and on its official facebook and twitter accounts.NEC henceforth reminds journalists and political parties that it is only the Commission that has the legal mandate to conduct elections and declare results thereof. This is supported by section 2.9(g) of the New Election Law of 1986.Section 2.9(g) of the new elections law of 1986, under power and duties, states: …conduct all elections for elective public offices including the chieftaincy election and all referenda and declare the winner results thereof.The Commission has meanwhile requested all candidates to send representatives to its headquarters in Sinkor where results of Monday’s by-elections will be tallied, and that the tally process will begin today at 12 p.m.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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Moose FM – The Great Country Search – Puzzle Piece #5

first_imgThe fifth and final piece of the puzzle is available now at Quality Inn Northern Grand.  Remember the first person to find the prize wins.  You can still get the first piece of the puzzle at M&M Meats in the Totem Mall, and piece two at Smarti Pantz Kids Clothing, piece three at Casey’s Pub and piece four at Fines Organics.   – Advertisement -The first person to find the hidden envelope will win tickets to the two sold out shows at the EnCana Events Centre….Brooks and Dunn and Alan Jackson, plus a $400 video and digital camera and the chance to take photos right where the media does.  So that means you’ll be in front of everyone else for part of the show….you’ll get closer than anyone else.  ***NEW PRIZE*** We’ve also added one more prize, now you’ll get to meet Brooks and Dunn backstage, just before the show. It’s that simple……. Each Monday and Thursday we’ll announce where you can pick up a part of the puzzle.  Each piece of the puzzle will help you figure out just where in Fort St. John we’ve hidden the grand prize.  There are 5 pieces in the puzzle.center_img When you get all 5 pieces of the puzzle they will lead you to a spot in Fort St. John where we’ve hidden the grand prize. When you solve the puzzle you must bring all 5 pieces of the puzzle to Moose FM.  This first one to do this wins the grand prize.last_img read more

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RCMP searching for missing driver

first_imgPhoto: Police and fire crews attend the accident on 100th street north on Tuesday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca *Click Here for an update on this story.The Fort St. John RCMP say they are trying to locate the driver of a pick-up truck, which drove into a ditch on Tuesday afternoon.- Advertisement -At around 2:15 p.m., police and fire crews were called to the accident on 100th street, near the Northern Lights College.Constable Smith with the local RCMP says when police arrived, only one passenger was at the scene.[asset|aid=2218|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0e29be7bbe3ab51b0feb8220c59ab535-Smith 1_1_Pub.mp3]Smith says the RCMP believe that the driver of the truck left the scene. Smith says the owner of the truck is a Fort St. John resident.Advertisement He says witnesses have told police that there were four people in the truck at the time of the crash.There is a minor delay to Northbound traffic on 100th Street while the truck is being removed from the scene.If you have any information on this accident, call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140.last_img read more

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COLEMAN NOT DROPPED BECAUSE OF LIVERPOOL LINK

first_imgEVERTON manager David Moyes has dismissed rumours on Merseyside this weekend that Donegal star Seamus Coleman was dropped from the clash with Norwich on Saturday because of new rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool next month.“Seamus had a thigh strain,” insisted Moyles today.His non-inclusion in the match – a 1-1 draw at Goodison came as a surprise – particularly as the Killybegs man had been the players interviewed by the Press in the run-up to the game. But Moyles said it was an injury – and not the rumoured €7M move to Anfield which led to him being dropped.Leon Osman’s deft second-half finish rescued a point for Everton as they finally broke Norwich’s resistance.The hosts dominated throughout and created a series of chances, but it was City who took the lead when Grant Holt turned and shot low into the corner.Meanwhile another Premier League star with Donegal links is under severe pressure. Owen Coyle’s Bolton are rooted to the bottom of the table after being beaten 2-0 by Fulham on Saturday.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comCOLEMAN NOT DROPPED BECAUSE OF LIVERPOOL LINK was last modified: December 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:evertonKillybegsLiverpoolseamus colemanlast_img read more

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GAA: FANAD GAELS 0-10, MALIN 1-09

first_imgREPORT FROM MALIN GAA: Malin recorded their second league win over Fanad Gaels this year with a 1-09 to 0-10 away win this evening.Malin, with the breeze at their backs, had the better of the first half and led by 1-07 to 0-02 at half time, the goal coming from Michael Byrne, Byrne’s goal proving the all important score as Malin held on in the second half to claim two more valuable points, Malin were Daniel Mullarkey, Mick Fildara, Damian Harkin, Gary Farren, Conor Farren, John McLaughlin(JM), John C Doherty, Michael Byrne(1-02), Paddy Kelly, Dan McDaid(0-1), Matthew Byrne(0-2), Anthony Kelly(0-2), Steven Fildara, Terence Doherty, Paul Fildara(0-2) sub used Adam Byrne.The reserve side also did the double over Fanad this year winning by 1-06 to 0-06, scorers were Stephen Paddymor(1-0), Seamus Paddymor(0-3), Ryan Greene(0-2) and Daniel Mullarkey.   GAA: FANAD GAELS 0-10, MALIN 1-09 was last modified: July 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FANAD GAELS 0-10MALIN 1-09last_img read more

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AFTER A WAIT OF 36 YEARS, THE SMILES FROM DONEGAL LADIES WHICH SAYS ‘YES WE DID IT’

first_imgBY FRED AICKEN: IT HAS been a long long way of 36 years but tonight Donegal Ladies Bowls Team finally cracked it when they brought the McIlroy Cup back to the county.They were up against the mighty Armagh and this was a rerun of last year’s final, when the Orchard ladies beat our ladies by  an overwhelming margin of 28 shots.Armagh ladies have lifted the trophy six times and, on current form, the pundits considered it would be a major upset  if they failed to add to the total. The Armagh side was laden with talent including five-time ladies single champion, Pauline Beattie, her mother, May Cassells, Catherine McMillen and Flo McNally and Donegal faced a daunting task.Fortunately, Donegal did not read the script the pundits wrote and set off on the team coach with steely determination to write their own script.In the first half, on mat one,  D Montgomery, Ruby Graham, M McClintock and M Montgomery did not match their previous campaign form and went down by 13 shots to 4 shots to a very good rink skipped by Armagh’s  E Smyth.On mat three, S Bell, L O’Kane, P Eaton-Friel  and A Gilfillan had a tight battle with Armagh’s M Cassells and came out with a creditable win of 10 shots to 9 shots. However, the fireworks were occurring on mat two where P Lyttle, K Duggan, L Finlay and V Patterson were in overdrive against the unfortunate Armagh’s D Marshall running out 17 shots to 2 shots winners after the 10 ends.This left Donegal going into the second half with a 7 shots advantage but with uncomfortable feeling of the spectre of Pauline Beattie looming.However, M Beattie, R Hamilton, J Buchanan and Inishowen’s Elizabeth Doherty dug their heels in to ensure the Pauline was only one shot ahead after 8 ends.On mat two, T Jacob, S Finlay, I Duncan and R McDonnell were turning the screw on Armagh’s F McNally, building up an 18 shots to 3 shots lead and on mat one S Alexander, A McClintock, P Bustard and R Crawford were causing Armagh’s C McMillan all sorts of grief by winning 13 shots 3 shots.By winning by 67 shots to 36 shots with two ends unplayed, Donegal certainly gained revenge for last year’s rout and can now be proud of their efforts on behalf of the county. Just look at the smiles on those faces.It says it all.AFTER A WAIT OF 36 YEARS, THE SMILES FROM DONEGAL LADIES WHICH SAYS ‘YES WE DID IT’ was last modified: February 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal ladies bowls teammcilroy cup winners 2012last_img read more

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FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSBrian McCormick Cup Semi Final @ CastlefinRathmullan Celtic 2-1 Lifford (after extra time) Rathmullan booked their place in the final of the Brian McCormick Cup for the first time thanks to a battling performance against Lifford on a bitterly cold afternoon in Castlefin. A swirling breeze and a difficult surface mean it was not a thing of beauty, but Mush and his players will care little for that now.Today they showed the kind of battling skills and determination that will be needed in buckets over the next few weeks if they are to remain in the title hunt. In doing so, they eventually wore down a hardened Lifford team that appeared set to progess thanks to a first half wonder-goal from Ross Porter.Veteran striker Eamonn Sheridan levelled the game inside the final 10 minutes after the best piece of flowing football all day and Molby was once again in the right spot to hammer home after a goalmouth scramble in extra –time to the delight of a freezing cold but sizeable travelling Seaside support (pat yourselves on the back once you thaw out, you deserve it!).It seems hard to believe that in this week last year the boys secured a league title against St Catherines on a balmy sunny afternoon with shorts and tshirts the order of the day!! As their league positions suggested, there was never going to be too much between these teams, and so it proved today.Rathmullan started brightly, with the help of the strong breeze, and dictated the early play. There were no clear cut chances and Lifford soon found themselves in front.Hoops goalkeeper Shaun Gallagher was adjudged to have handled the ball outside his area by referee Joe McHugh (no yellow card mind you but sure listen, we’ll not complain, they are only rules!) after 15 minutes and from the resulting free Lifford went ahead in some considerable style.Ross Porter curled an absolute beauty over the wall into the top left hand corner giving Gallagher no chance. It was postage stamp stuff.Rathmullan had plenty possession ahead of the half time break, but rarely threatened to breach Lee White’s goal. Paddy Sheridan’s shot was well blocked after a ball broke to him on the edge of the area while the other Paddy Sheridan (Baldy) flashed wide from distance. Dara Patton had a couple of runs but that finishing touch just wasnt there. Playing into the breeze after the half time break – kudos to Castlefin, yon chocolate buns were first class – it immediately became apparent Rathmullan were more comfortable passing the ball without it getting away in the wind.The pressure was a lot more intense throughout the half and more and more Lifford seemed determined to close the game out with their advantage. White in goals was making a huge contribution to that effort as he denied Dara again and Oisin McMenamin first just wide.Rathmullan were going for it by this stage, with Shea Coyle and Reggie Miller pushing forward at any opportunity. Aaron McClafferty offered fresh legs in the middle of the field, but it looked as if Lifford’s organisation would win out.Then came the outstanding move of the game and a fully merited leveller. Paddy Baldy done well to keep a move going down the left and his cross in field came to Dara’s feet. He played in Oisin on the edge of the box who in turn quickly fed Eamonn (no easy task!). With the goal at his mercy, Molby showed all his experience to remain calm and side foot the ball past White for 1-1.Into extra time with their tales up and the wind at their backs, Rathmullan were once again pressing.From a corner, the ball broke to Molby once more at the back post and he drove it over the line to give Rathmullan a vital lead. On a bitter afternoon, it certainly warmed up the Rathmulllan crew who immediately started to dream of creamy pints in Carr’s O the Diamond come the middle of May for the Cup Final.Lifford responded with some pressure of their own, and either side could have added goals late on as the game became end to end.Rathmullan hung on grimly and will now enjoy a trip to Ballyare to face Glenea in the decider.That’s for another day though. After this one, all three teams at the top of the Premier Division are on course for a massive battle to see who comes out on top. With just a handful of games to go, it looks impossible to pick a winner. Defending champions Glenea, Lifford and ourselves can all genuinely believe this could be the year….it should be quar craic sorting this out!It would be foolish to pick a stand out performer for Rathmullan today. All 14 that played, the subs that didn’t, the manager and the club and supporters as a whole can rightfully be proud of their achievement in nailing a place in the final.For Lifford, Mark Carlin’s tenacious, all action tackling around the middle of the field typified their efforts and they won’t be far off at the end of the seasonBrian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-FinalsDonegal Town 1 Glenea United 5Old Orchard Inn Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 0 Glenea United Reserves 4In arctic conditions this game was reversed to Glasserchoo. It was the Gaeltacht side that would come out on top. Glenea started well when Shane Ferry went close on 8 minutes after he beat the defender and the keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line. Glenea opened the scoring on 40 minutes when a Shane Coll cross from the left was headed home by Martin Doohan. In the 2nd half Glenea continued to dominate but were unable extend their lead and it was the away side that came closest to scoring when Paul Doherty saw his long range effort come back off the crossbar. This near miss seemed to stir the home side and on 70 minutes Martin Maguire was on hand to force the ball home after a scramble in the box. Glenea extended their lead on 80 minutes when Lee O’ Brien got past the defence and saw his effort half blocked by the keeper but loop into the net. Glenea’s 4th goal was added by Lee O’ Brien who was on hand to finish from close range after a pull back from Shane Ferry. Best for Glenea were Shane Ferry & Martin Maguire, while it was a team effort from Kilmacrennan. Referee: Martin Coll.Ramelton Mariners 2 Glencar Celtic 1Mulroy Celtic 4 Erne Wanderers 0Glencar Inn Division TwoMilford United Reserves 5 Keadue Rovers Reserves 0Milford had a comfortable victory over an under strength Keadue in a cold and windy Rathmullan. The home team controlled the game from the beginning but it took 25 minutes before Lee Burke broke the deadlock with an excellent turn and finish. Keadue faced an uphill battle after being reduced to ten men through injury and Milford took advantage with Ciaran Blaney finding the net on 40 minutes. The second half continued with Milford attacking but failing to create many clear cut chances. The third goal came after a Ciaran Gibbons free kick was spilled by the keeper and Brendan McGinley reacted quickest to score from close range. Connor Meckin, on as a sub, scored a superb fourth from twenty yards and Ciran Blaney wrapped up the game with his second.Cranford United Reserves 0 Downtown United 1Cranford and Downtown played out an entertaining game at a cold Cranford Park. It started off evenly with neither team creating many chances but after 20 minutes Downtown got on top and had a couple of good chances through Niall Bonnar and Charlie McLaughlin. In the 35th minute Niall Bonnar finished well from inside the box to put Downtown one up. Cranford responded well and Paddy Mc Groady set up Johnny Wilhare whose shot went just over the bar.In the second half Downtown started well and Charlie McLaughlin and a couple of good chances but couldn’t finish. Cranford then came into the game in the last 30 minutes and were unlucky not to equalise when Dale McFadden hit the side net after a flick on from Paddy Mc Groady. Applying good pressure Cranford had a number of good chances and a Paddy Mc Groady shot was well saved by the Downtown keeper. A Paddy Shiels’ header went inches over the bar as Cranford tried to secure a share of the spoils but it wasn’t to be. Two good battling team performances.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 2 St. Catherines 2This game was played in Rathmullan in horrible conditions as a fierce breeze endured for the entire game. Kilmac started well creating a few half chances but Daniel Breslin almost scored for St. Catherines, only denied by Mark Gallagher in the Kilmac goal. The first goal was scored just before the half hour mark. Johnny Doherty swung in a teasing ball for Darren McGinley to blast home from close range. Catherines continued to push with Breslin and Jason Noctor going close. Kilmac scored their second moments before the half time whistle. A sweet one two between Ryan Shields and Michael McLaughlin released Timmy Burke who’s thunderous volley landed in the top corner giving the Killybegs’ keeper absolutely no chance.As expected St. Catherines came out strong in the second half and it was no surprise when Benny Maguire latched onto a Daniel Breslin flick to make it 2-1 with fifty minutes played. The visitors, with the win to their backs, went in search for an equaliser but as the game went on they were met with a resolute Kilmac defence marshalled by Shaun Sandilands and Darren Toland. The visitors must have though it wasn’t going to be their day when a free kick rattled the cross bar, much to the relief of the home side. With five minutes remaining however, a long ball by the St. Catherines keeper found its way to Jason Noctor who somehow managed to put the ball into the back of the net. Team efforts from both sides. Referee: Ronan FloydLagan Harps 1 Milford United 2Lagan were left to rue some missed chances when they slipped further into the relegation battle. Milford gave themselves some breathing space after a strong defensive showing towards the end of the game. Lagan started well with Aidan O’Donnell shooting just over. Shane Kelly was presented with a chance at the back post but shot wide. Austin Marron then did well to beat a few players at the edge of the Milford area but again shot wide. . Lagan opened the scoring on fifteen minutes when Drew Connolly broke clear on the left and curled a great finish into the far corner. Milford responded and levelled on twenty minutes. Brendan Murray seized on a loose ball in a crowded area and volleyed home. Kevin Kelly had a well struck free for Lagan, well saved by Caolan Mc Gettigan. Milford took the lead just before halftime when Joey Cullen seized on another loose ball in the Lagan area and drilled home. Milford started the second half brightly, with Brendan Murray seizing on a loose back header, but shooting over. Lagan had a great opportunity on seventy minutes when Austin Marron broke through on the left but shot into the side netting. Lagan’s next opportunity came when Kevin Kelly crossed but James Gillen failed to get the vital touch at the back post. Milford went close on eighty minutes when Bryan Kelly managed to clear a Joey Cullen header off the line. Lagan continued to press but Milford were always dangerous on the break. Lagan’s next opportunity came when James Gillen fired a cross towards the back post. Aidan O’Donnell threw himself at it but just couldn’t make contact. Lagan battled to the end but couldn’t break down a resolute Milford defence. For Lagan Conor Sweeney, Aidan O’Donnell, Kevin Kelly and Austin Marron did well. For Milford Paddy Peoples, Pauric Curley, Paul Shields and Brendan Murray were best. Referee: Paddy Duffy.Watson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 Ballybofey United 3Arranmore United lost 3 nil in this relegation battle which sees Ballybofey guaranteed at least a play-off spot to remain in the Milford Inn Division One. A youthful Arranmore team fell behind after 5 minutes through a tidy finish into the bottom corner. Arranmore came into the game after this with Christopher Mc Glanaghey and Daniel Rocky coming closest to getting the equaliser.Ballybofey went 2 ahead after 60 minutes when they scored from a free kick. Arranmore now faced an uphill battle. They battled hard with young Martin Proctor the pick of the Arranmore team, getting forward at every chance from the back but he couldn’t find the goal his efforts deserved. Shane Elliott playing up front for Arranmore missed chance after chance but could not find the target despite being set up numerous times. Chris Mc Glanaghey and Michael Regan also went close but Arranmore couldn’t find the target. The 3rd and final goal came on 70 minutes from Ballybofey who went home with all 3pts. Team performance from Ballybofey, with Martin Proctor best for Arranmore.Drumoghill FC 3 Cappry Rovers 2Drumoghill FC can breathe a sigh of relief after they held on to secure all 3 points against a brave Cappry side that came within the width of a post of completing the unlikeliest of comebacks. Trailing 3-0 at the break, Cappry had fought back to reduce the deficit to 3-2 by the time substitute Donnelly placed the ball for an 85th minute free-kick from the edge of the box. However his super effort rattled the post and with it went the visitor’s hopes of salvaging a point.Dillon Ramsey scored for Cappry on 55 minutes with a superb left footed strike which curled into the top corner and Malachy Martin on 75 minutes registered with an effort that deflected in off the unfortunate Richard Tinney to set up the frantic finish. Drumoghill only had themselves to blame though had they have taken anything less than maximum points. They got off to the perfect start racing into a 2 goal lead with strikes from Liam O’Donnell and David Carroll inside the opening 10 minutes. O’Donnell seemed to have killed the game off as a contest just before half-time, by beating the off side trap to nudge past O’Meara for the 3rd, until Cappry’s brave fight-back set up an entertaining 2nd halfCurragh Athletic 1 Cranford United 0A Dan O’ Brien goal on seven minutes proved to be the match winner in a very close game played at Killygordon. Played in freezing conditions, with both sides needing the win, Curragh just about deserved the win against a very experienced Cranford outfit. In a lively start, both Cranford and Curragh started well. But in the seventh minute, it was Curragh who made the important breakthrough. Ryan Carlin was fouled in midfield, Michael O’ Brien floated the free kick into the Cranford box and there was Dan O’ Brien with his trademark finish to score his third goal in two matches. It was the perfect start for Curragh, but with the experience of Shane Mc Elwaine, Philip Buchannan and Arthur Lynch in the Cranford team, this was never going to be an easy game. It could easily have been two nil on sixteen minutes but Shane Barclay saw his chip saved by the keeper when he ran through on goal. It could also have been even on twenty seven minutes, but Curragh got somehow off the hook when keeper Roy Duffy fouled, however, Duffy made more than up for his mistake with a double save from Philips Buchannan’s spot kick. The game then continued with both teams trying to create a chance, but the chances were few and far between with Michael O’ Brien, Gary Doherty and Emmet Mc Nulty outstanding for Curragh and Arthur Lynch dominating the defensive area for Cranford. Dan O’ Brien did almost grab a second at the back post on seventy six minutes. With the game now entering the final minutes, Cranford did go close late on, with Lynch clipping the top of the crossbar with his second attempt from a free kick. Curragh held on for an important win which puts them back on top of the table. The home side also had good performances from Gareth Gallagher and Eddie Moore with Ryan Carlin, Dan O’ Brien ever dangerous in attack.Referee: Con Mc LaughlinRaphoe Town 0 Eany Celtic 2This tightly contested match saw chances for both teams in the first half but neither could convert. It was in the 60th minute that the deadlock was broke by a freak goal when Barry Rose crossed the ball from the side line and it dropped in at the back post. Again both teams had more chances but the game was sealed in the 80th minute when Raphoe scored an OG and the match finish 2-0 to the visitors. Both teams put in good performances.CT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 3 Glenree United 4Copany welcomed Glenree to Ballykillone and produced a 7 goal thriller. Copany opened the scoring on 39 minutes with Paul Clarke slotting into the bottom corner . Glenree equalised through Karl Mc Kenny who got on the end of a long throw-in just on the stroke of half time. Copany started well in the second half and Rodger Leonard produced a piece of magic inside the Glenree box to put Copany 2-1 up . Copany had what you might call a fairly good chance to go 3-1 but failed to take the chance. Glenree pushed hard and Mc Clafferty made it 2-2. A few minutes later Glen Harron put Copany 3-2 ahead. Glenree then scored two quick goals to win it. Mc Clafferty was best for Glenree and Copany’s was a team performance.Dunlewy Celtic 2 Whitestrand United 2In an entertaining affair, with both teams needing a win to keep their promotion hopes alive, they had to settle for a point apiece. The game started well for both teams and it was the visitors who took the lead through Shaun Gallagher. The second half started well for the home side when Christy Cannon scored from a free kick, their second was scored by Stephen Gallagher when he rose highest to nod home. The visitors never gave up and got their reward when Paul lynch converted. Both teams pushed for a winner but a draw was a fair result. Best for Dunlewey: Martin McFadden, Daniel Coll and Christy Cannon. A solid team performance from Whitestrand.Gweedore United 4 Bonagee United 2This top of the table clash played on a cold day in Gweedore saw the home side claim a vital 3 points in their quest for promotion this season following a good game between two good footballing sides. In the first half both sides played a good entertaining open game of football with chances at both ends. In the 23rd minute the visitors took the lead when neat play was well finished by Ross Hamlyn to make it 1-0. Gweedore were back on level terms one minute later when Michael Connolly was brought down in the Bonagee box and Shane O’ Donnell, who was excellent on the day, scored the resulting spot kick to make it 1-1.Both sides continued to entertain a good crowd at Carrickboyle, however it remained 1-1 until half time .In the second half Brian Gallagher’s side started well and took a deserved lead in the 57th minute when a good cross from Keith Sweeney was well headed into the top corner by Michael Connolly to make it 2-1. Bonagee’s Darren Coyle hit a good shot in the 60th minute but it went just wide. The home side continued to dominate the midfield area and went 3-1 up in the 75th minute when another Sweeney cross was well finished by Darren Ferry. Gweedore made it 4-1 in the 84th minute when Ciaran Mc Fadden, who was well marked throughout this game, showed nice skill and pace to finish well. The visitors pulled one back in the 90th minute when Gary Mc Cracken tapped home from close range to make it 4-2. Paddy Mc Laughlin at left back and Paddy O’ Loan at sweeper played well for Bonagee and it was a good team performance from Gweedore with Darren Ferry, Shane O’ Donnell and Michael Connolly outstanding on the day. Referee: Vincent Mc Laughlin.Drumbar United 3 Convoy Arsenal 3On a very windy day in Drumbar the home side got off to the perfect start when Cialion Loughney on 12 minutes slotted home from 10 yards. The visitors spoiled the celebrations ten minutes later when Cialion Given finished off a good move. Drumbar went ahead again on 35 minutes when Darragh Doogan followed the ball in the box to score from close range. Pat Travers then equalised when he scored from 35 yards five minutes before half time. The second half started with the visitors playing well but Drumbar scored a great goal from 25 yards by Danny Hughes after 70 minutes. They thought they had it won but Martin Kelly had other ideas when he scored with 8 minutes of normal time remaining.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 4 Letterbarrow Celtic 1Kerrykeel ‘71 kept their promotion hopes well on track with a win against a gutsy Letterbarrow who made it far from easy for the men from Mulroy. Letterbarrow playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half took a well deserved lead on 14 minutes when James Mc Grory’s run broke the offside trap and he finished well past the advancing Mark Mc Conigley. Kerrykeel pressed with Seimie Friel and Johnny Nanny both going close. They drew level on 40 minutes when Seimie Friel fired past Charlie Bonner. The ‘71 went in front on the stroke of half time when Johnny Nanny met a brilliant Marty Mc Ateer pass and he fired home from 18 yards. Kerrykeel controlled the second half, with the breeze, and Johnny Nanny went close as did Fergal Friel who hit a great strike which skimmed the top of the bar. The points were made safe on 65 minutes when Seimie Friel was brought down in the area and Johnny converted the penalty kick to score his fifteenth goal of the season. The goal of the game came on 80 minutes when Fergal Friel sent in a corner which was headed clear by the Letterbarrow defence. The ball fell kindly to Barney Mc Bride who hit an unstoppable strike from 30 yards into the top corner. Johnny Friel was denied his hatrick in the 88th minute when he met a great Tony Mc Bride cross only to see his delightful header come back off the post.Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Patrick Mc Conigley, Aidan Mc Ateer and Marty Mc Ateer. Team effort from Letterbarrow. Referee: Brian O’ KaneDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSOld Orchard Inn Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 0 v 4 Glenea United ReservesRamelton Mariners 2 v 1 Glencar CelticMulroy Celtic 4 v 0 Erne WanderersGlencar Inn Division TwoMilford United Reserves 5 v 0 Keadue Rovers ReservesCranford United Reserves 0 v 1 Downtown UnitedDeele Harps P v P Tullyvinney RoversBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 2 St. CatherinesLagan Harps 1 v 2 Milford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 v 3 Ballybofey UnitedDrumoghill FC 3 v 2 Cappry RoversCurragh Athletic 1 v 0 Cranford UnitedRaphoe Town 0 v 2 Eany CelticCT Ball Division TwoCopany Rovers 3 v 4 Glenree UnitedDunlewy Celtic 2 v 2 Whitestrand UnitedGweedore United 4 v 2 Bonagee UnitedDrumbar United 3 v 3 Convoy ArsenalKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 4 v 1 Letterbarrow CelticBrian Mc Cormick Cup Semi-FinalsRathmullan Celtic 2 v 1 (aet.) Lifford CelticDonegal Town 1 v 5 Glenea UnitedLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsGlenea United1492330171330Rathmullan Celtic1383237142326Lifford Celtic FC138412516925Kilmacrennan Celtic FC137512619722Milford United FC137512318522Gweedore Celtic166821729-1220St Catherines FC165742730-319Lagan Harps FC155731932-1318Dunkineely Celtic FC144643333016Castlefin Celtic1501231342-293League table for Watson Hire Division OneTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsCurragh Athletic FC16101545103535Donegal Town FC15113135161934Cranford FC1695239221729Eany Celtic FC168533022827Cappry Rovers167633425924Keadue Rovers FC146353023723Drumoghill FC166822633-720Ballybofey United FC153661728-1115Arranmore United1621311544-297Raphoe Town1611321563-485League table for CT Ball Division TwoTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsGweedore United FC16123156173937Kerrykeel 71 FC16124050212936Bonagee United FC1611413930934Whitestrand United FC1696135241128Dunlewey Celtic1684438281028Glenree United FC168533327627Letterbarrow Celtic FC1641111848-3013Convoy Arsenal FC1631122846-1811Drumbar FC1611051943-248Copany Rovers FC1611142355-327League table for Old Orchard Inn Division OneTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsErne Wanderers FC14102243212232Glenea United1473427161125Ramelton Mariners FC147343226625Fintown Harps AFC1364331201121Glencar Celtic134452530-517Mulroy Celtic135712523216Castlefin Celtic134722228-614Kilmacrennan Celtic FC142841943-2410Gweedore Celtic8071825-171League table for Glencar Inn Division TwoTeamPlayedWonLostDrawnGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DiffPointsDeele Harps FC109013572828Donegal Town FC Reserves1374232191323Downtown United FC126242017322Milford United FC126511932-1319Keadue Rovers FC135532825318Glenree United FC135532118318Gweedore United FC124802329-612Cranford FC Reserves122641122-1110Tullyvinney Rovers1111001434-203FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTS was last modified: March 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE MATCH REPORTSlast_img read more

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NEW HOSPITAL GROUP IS ‘GOOD NEWS’ FOR LETTERKENNY – HSE INSISTS

first_imgBill Maher, CEO of the Galway and Roscommon University Hospital Group has welcomed the Minister’s announcement today which set out the composition of the new hospital group for the West / North West – including Letterkenny General.He said, “Today’s announcement is good news for the people living along the Western seaboard. The new hospital group will have autonomy to manage resources, both funding and staffing, in a way that is appropriate to the needs of the patients we treat.“The group will work to national standards of quality and care which set out to ensure that the quality of care is consistent across all hospitals in the country. We will implement the national care programmes and the small hospitals framework and play to the strengths of each of the hospitals in the new group so that each hospital will develop services of which their locality will be proud. “Noel Daly was appointed by the Minister for Health last June as Chair of the Galway and Roscommon University Hospital Group and five non-Executive Directors were appointed in January of this year. The remit of the board is to develop effective corporate and clinical governance structures for the group along with quality and safety systems of care for patients.“Much of this work has been completed and we will now work to integrate the new hospitals into a common governance arrangement and put structures in place to bring the hospitals to the next level of performance and accountability. All of this will be done in a manner that is transparent to the people of the region with a number of board meetings being held in public; the first of these will take place in June in Galway.“As a new hospital group we will be empowered and accountable locally, we will implement national programmes and standards and we will be results driven so that we are funded for treating patients (money following the patient) and in that way rewarded for good performance which ultimately means better and quicker access to safe services for our patients.“The Galway and Roscommon University Hospital Group was one of the first two set up in the country in January 2012. The progress the Group made in the first year and a half in terms of improvements in the services provided to patients – reduced ED waiting times, meeting the inpatient waiting list targets, developing services at Roscommon Hospital – demonstrates the success of establishing hospital groups/trusts as part of a programme of reform of the Irish health system. “One thing we will need to agree on pretty quickly is the name of the new hospital group and ensure that it encapsulates all of the member hospitals. I look forward to meeting the challenges that the expanded hospital group will bring and remain committed to developing this hospital group to ensure that we provide high quality and safe patient care to the people in this region”. NEW HOSPITAL GROUP IS ‘GOOD NEWS’ FOR LETTERKENNY – HSE INSISTS was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NEW HOSPITAL GROUP IS ‘GOOD NEWS’ FOR LETTERKENNY – HSE INSISTSlast_img read more

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DDTV: INCREDIBLE FOOTGAGE OF DONEGAL MAN’S BRAVE RESCUE OF SHIPMATE FROM PACIFIC OCEAN

first_imgA DONEGAL man is being hailed a hero after rescuing a shipmate who fell overboard.Buncrana man Sean McCarter came to the rescue when a colleague on board the Derry round-the-world clipper ship fell into the sea.Andrew Taylor (46) from London was rescued from the Pacific Ocean.The incident happened in rough weather with 35 knots of wind and clear visibility in daylight. Skipper Sean (32) reported that he was working with Andrew on a sail change near the bow when he went over the side. Sean immediately went back to the helm, stopped the yacht and initiated the MOB (man overboard) procedure.Said Sean, former RNLI volunteer: “The moment he went out of sight the Pacific all of a sudden becomes a very big place.“We had our man overboard position marked on the chart which gives us a point to start searching from and we start going through the motions, trying to estimate where he might have drifted to with the wind and current.“We started searching but I mean a needle in a haystack doesn’t even describe what we were looking for.”He said his team mate would have been unconscious and possibly dead if he had not been wearing a dry suit.Click the video to watch DDTV: INCREDIBLE FOOTGAGE OF DONEGAL MAN’S BRAVE RESCUE OF SHIPMATE FROM PACIFIC OCEAN 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:buncranaheriheropacificrescueround the world clippersean mccarterlast_img read more

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