President’s fiction far from reality

first_imgDear Editor,The January 1 Stabroek News, in its article titled “President announces launch of development decade”, referred to caretaker President David Granger New Year’s address. From the article, we learnt that the President and his Administration which have lost the legitimacy to govern, envisage that Guyana, by 2030, will become a “modern state”.According to the President, an Administration led by him will, alas, deliver the now-worn out ‘Good Life’. That Administration, he said, would be “…eradicating extreme poverty…” a goal, we believe, that is shared by all Guyanese. Mr Granger went on to say that “the ultimate measure of the good life is happy communities, happy households and happy people”. The President is known for his lofty ambitions. However, translating that talk to reality is where the Granger Administration has faltered and utterly failed time and again.The President and his Administration, who will seek re-election in a few weeks’ time, will seek to convince voters that given another chance, they will deliver not only the ‘Good Life’ but a ‘modern state’ and that they will end poverty in Guyana. But can we really and sincerely believe what Mr Granger and posse are saying and will repeat, we are sure, several times during the elections campaign.Mr Granger says he will eradicate poverty. But let’s consider what he has done to the sugar industry. In less than five years, he has put 7000 Guyanese out of work and tens of thousands of his fellow countrymen, women and children closer to or beyond the poverty line. But to rub salt in that deep wound, Mr Granger has turned his back on these people who are probably in the most miserable time of their lives. Not once has he found the time to even interact with this group of now hard-pressed Guyanese.Even his own colleague, Minister Jaipaul Sharma, on a post on his Facebook page disclosed that during the Christmas Season, with the assistance of several companies and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation, he provided hampers to communities of the shuttered Wales Estate. Minister Sharma wrote “the aim was at bringing joy to children and their parents especially during the festive season. This was not a political exercise but one of caring for our less fortunate in society and to build hope and relationships by fostering social cohesion amongst villagers and their children”.In an article published by online news outfit INews on December 25, 2019, titled “Christmas in the sugar belt”, the Guyanese public learnt that in the communities surrounding Rose Hall Estate “there have been drastic changes in several villages in East Canje… the impact the closure has had and is continuing to have on the lives of those who live in the sugar belt is most evident”.According to that article “the environment here is dead” as “…there is literally nothing to do”. One woman told the news agency that “we don’t have Christmas here in Canje”, she went on to say “I used to work at the estate and my husband and both of us get sent home. He left and he gone in the bush and since February…he hasn’t returned”.At Wales, the INews disclosed “children are not looking forward to the holidays because of the fact that there may not be a present for them”. These are hardly “happy communities, happy households and happy people” which Mr Granger promises to deliver. In fact, the INews correctly pointed out that Christmas there, which was “once an elaborate celebration is now another regular day where the worry is finding the next meal and keeping your job”.While that disheartening situation was unfolding, Mr Granger told the Guyanese nation in his Christmas 2019 message that “Christmas is a time to strengthen the bonds of fraternity, friendship and family-hood. It is a time for family reunions and for spreading cheer by exchanging gifts, visiting friends, attending church, sending greeting cards, singing carols and sharing dinners within the home and community”. We agree with the President but, again, reality is very much divorced from his fiction.So, while Mr Granger will come again with fancy talk, big promises and grandiose plans, the reality is that his time in office has exacerbated than alleviated hardship in the country. His very decisions have pushed more into poverty and misery. His policies have burdened the Guyanese people with a growing cost-of-living while he and team live the Good Life.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Trackers fall 6-3 to Grande Prairie

first_imgThe game was not a fun one for the Trackers, who found themselves down early in the contest. Grande Prairie opened the scoring less than three minutes into the first period, and led 5-0 after two periods to hold complete control of the game.However, the Trackers did show some fight in the third period. Three goals in a four minute span brought things to 5-3, but the Storm scored with just under five minutes left to make the score 6-3.Scoring goals for the Trackers yesterday were Alex Hanson, Ethan Buck, and Alex Hanson with a second. Assists went to Ricky Bateman, Matthew Apsassin, and Nolan Lagace.- Advertisement -Logan Edwards was in goal for the Trackers. He stopped 30 of the 36 shots he faced in the game.The Trackers’ next game is November 15 against the SISEC Selects in Dawson Creek, while the next game in FortSt. John will be a rematch with the Selects the following day at the North Peace Arena. Game time is 2:15 p.m.last_img read more

New sister city panel in Pico Rivera selected

first_imgCouncilman Greg Salcido said that while he hopes his appointee will do well on the commission, he did not see a reason to formalize the group further. “I continue to be against the city allocating funds and other resources to a cause, however noble, in which our 65,000 residents realize virtually no benefit,” Salcido said in an e-mailed statement. His appointee to the commission was David Angelo, an architect with 25 years’ experience on the old committee. Angelo, 60, said he wants to be a greater part of the program that promotes cultural understanding. “My goal is to promote the program and create interest among the citizens of Pico Rivera,” Angelo said. The commission will also include the mother of Councilwoman Gracie Gallegos-Smith. PICO RIVERA – The first Sister City commissioners have been selected and plan to hold their inaugural meeting in January. The commission, established in September along with a renewed Parks and Recreation Commission, will organize and oversee what had been more loosely monitored activities of the Sister City Committee, more than 40 years old. The committee will continue, and members plan to seek nonprofit status for the group to serve as an auxiliary to the new commission. The group will raise money for projects with Pico Rivera’s counterpart, San Luis Potosi in Central Mexico. “We decided that the communication was (very important), and there was a great need for better communication between our sister city in Mexico and City Hall,” City Manager Chuck Fuentes said. Grace Gallegos was appointed by Mayor Ron Beilke. Her daughter, Gallegos-Smith, abstained from the vote to confirm her. Gallegos, 70, said she believes her role on the Sister City Commission will not negatively impact her daughter’s role on the City Council. “I’m going to be impartial,” Gallegos said. “If anything, I think it would be a plus.” Gallegos said her early involvement with the Sister City Committee was what prompted her daughter to become involved in city politics, and she wants to continue the family’s record of interest in Pico Rivera. Gallegos-Smith named Pat Carillo to the commission. Carillo, 40, had been her choice for the Community Resource Commission, but was asked to move in order to help with organization and procedure for the new group. Gallegos-Smith said she plans to appoint Tamy Schaefer to the Community Resource Commission in Carillo’s place. Councilman Bob Archuleta chose Robert Solis, an antique store owner and longtime activist with sister city affairs, as his appointee. Solis, 68, said he enjoys the travel to Mexico and the camaraderie of the group. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the commission is going to be all about,” Solis said. Councilman David Armenta selected Maria Cervantes, a local restaurant owner. “She’s very well-known in the community, and I think she would be a great addition to the Sister City Commission,” Armenta said. Gallegos-Smith said she thinks there are challenges facing the new commission, despite the presence of the established committee. “They’re really going to have to organize,” Gallegos-Smith said. “They’re going to have to look at what we’ve done in the past and refresh it.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Oasis for ill kids

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Campers scheduled to attend in 2006 include children who have arthritis, asthma, Crohn’s disease or colitis, diabetes, hemophilia, kidney disease and transplants, liver transplants, skeletal dysplasia (dwarfism) and spina bifida. The Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes is the sixth in a series of Hole In The Wall Camps started by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. Funds raised through his Newman’s Own brand of foods provided much of the start-up funding for the camps, which are now supported by a variety of foundations, individuals and corporations. The Los Angeles Lakers donated the gymnasium floor. Celebrities hold bingo nights or stage special readings to raise money for the camps. Doctors and nurses donate their skills to the camp, which runs spring and summer programs that are sometimes disease-specific. Sessions also include family weekend programs and medical seminars. For directions to the camp, visit their Web site at www.thepaintedturtle.org. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailyne ws.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE HUGHES – Up in the mountains between Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley, in the town of Lake Hughes, there is an oasis for some very special people. Today, the gates will open at The Painted Turtle Camp for its second annual Open House from 1 to 4 p.m., welcoming children with special needs and their families for a peek behind the scenes of this camp, which serves those with all sorts of medical problems and is the only one of its kind on the West Coast. Located at the site of a former recreational vehicle park, the 178-acre campus was renovated by architect Michael Palladino to the tune of $28 million and dedicated in May 2004. The camp may look like any other summer camp – activities include horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, paddle boats and games in a barnlike gymnasium – because it is configured to mask the medical necessities that make it possible for every child to have fun experiences, regardless of his or her abilities. last_img read more

It’s full steam ahead on the inaugural Donegal Railway Excursion

first_imgMaking Tracks Day Out in Donegal, May 2018The success of the first ‘Making Tracks Day Out’ in Donegal was off the rails! On the 30th May a group of 28 got together at the Old Station House Donegal Town, previously knows as Donegal Town Railway Station, to enjoy the much-anticipated excursion. The idea for the excursion developed when the new manager for County Donegal Railway Restoration (CDRR) CLG, Donna Maskery visited local service providers and realised the potential for excursions that linked and promoted local places of interest in rural towns and village locations.The excursion started at the Railway Heritage Centre housed in the Old Station House, Donegal Town and visited St Connells Museum Glenties and the Isaac Butt Heritage Centre before enjoying refreshments and music at McKelveys pub in Ballybofey and returning to Donegal Town through Barnes Gap. Making Tracks Day Out in Donegal, May 2018Making Tracks Day Out in Donegal, May 2018The sun was shining and the temperature was 24 degrees when a full bus left the railway Heritage centre in Donegal Town with two local tour guides in full period costume.  The two guides Niamh and Cathal, volunteered their time on the day as well as the weeks before the trip researching information and gathering local stories to inform, engage and entertain en-route.Making Tracks Day Out in Donegal, May 2018Making Tracks Day Out was a team effort with CDRR spearheading the project but was only made possible with everyone working closely together. The day was a great success and work is now underway to scope out the next excursion.Making Tracks Day Out in Donegal, May 2018Some of the comments included:“We had a wonderful day, very informative and enjoyable I hope it really takes off.” “I think you have a real winner with this type of full day tour. It would be great day out for visitors to the area and locals alike. Well done and thank you”.“The heritage centre looks fantastic.  It’s the first time I have been in since it was done up.  Its more spacious and bright and everything is very well displayed.  Well done!”“Our guides were brilliant, informative, helpful and lovely”“They both really made our day!! Very colourful in costume and entertaining.”To keep up to date with events and learn more information, visit donegalrailway.com It’s full steam ahead on the inaugural Donegal Railway Excursion was last modified: June 18th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:County Donegal Railway RestorationDonegal Railway Heritage CentreMaking Tracks Day OutOld Station House Donegal Townlast_img read more

DONEGAL SPORTS STAR REVIEW – JUNE WAS A MONTH FOR SOCCER, CYCLING AND A LOT MORE!

first_imgJune proved to be another excellent month for Donegal sport with super successes in athletics, boxing cycling, horseracing and motorsport. The Donegal Sports Star review for June highlights those achievements locally, nationally and internationally for the county.There was a memorable weekend for the Boyle cousins Declan and Brian who became only the second crew from the county to win the Donegal International Rally while Mark English and Philip Deignan hit the headlines again in the June review and others who starred in June included the golfer Brendan McCarroll who won a Spanish title. One man who deserves special mention is Trentagh jockey Martin who had a fantastic month after returning from serious injuries sustained in a fall at Lingfield Park in May. Harley who is Marco Botti’s stable jockey rode 13 winners and the two time Donegal Sports Star Award winner is now looking forward to more success on the racetrack over the summer. At the beginning of the month Mark English ran a season’s best of 1:46:22 for the 800m, inside the qualification time for the European Championships, to finish fourth at an international race meeting in Holland. A week later the Letterkenny man ran a season’s best of 1:45:03 to take second place behind Kenyan world record holder David Rudisha at a Diamond League meeting in New York. And near the end of June English won again this time crossing the line first in an 800 metres at the European Team Championships in Tailum, Estonia in a time of 1.47.63.On the first day of the month Letterkenny cyclist Philip Deignan finished 43rd overall at the end of the three week Giro d’Italia. The highlight of the tough tour for Deignan was his third place finish in a very difficult 170km, 18th stage. Deignan then came agonisingly close to winning the second stage of the Tour de Suisse. In the end the Letterkenny man had to settle for second place.Philip DeignanBrendan McCarroll kept his dreams of joining the elite golfing world on track by winning the Alps Tour Peugeot Trophy in Madrid while two time winner of Donegal Sports Star awards Martin Harley returned from a long serious injury lay-off to ride 13 winners during the month of June. Declan and Brian became the first Donegal crew since Vincent Bonner and Seamus McGettigan to win the Donegal International Rally.Inishowen man Sean McCarter skippered the Derry/Londonderry Yacht to a fantastic victory in the New York to Derry leg of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race. The result put McCarter’s team fourth overall with two stages of the race remaining. Another big news story during June was that Seamus Coleman signed a new five-year deal reportedly worth 75,000 euro annually which will see the Killybegs man stay at Everton until 2019.Also excelling last month was Inishowen AC’s Pauric McKinney who took a silver medal in the Walled City Marathon in Derry. Brendan Boyce finished fourth overall at the British & Irish Race Walking Championships in York and was the second Irish man home. Lifford AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn was fourth in the 3000m at the European Team Championships in Estonia. Staying with athletics Cranford AC’s Claragh Giles took gold in the Shot Putt and Silver in the Javelin at the Ulster Finals at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast while Christopher Murray was second in the U-20 800m in the same finals.The boxing star of the month was undoubtedly Labhaoise Clarke from Carndonagh BC who won her fifth Irish title at the National Stadium in the Women’s Senior Cadet Championships on the last Sunday of June. She defeated Clonard’s Sophie Tierney in the final on an unanimous verdict in the Bantam Weight Division. Clarke was subsequently named on Irish squad for the European Women’s Youth Championships.In cycling there was success for Errigal CC’s Michael McBride who won the ‘Best Young Rider’ category at the Donegal Ras. Errigal also had a good weekend at the North Down GP in Donaghadee with Donal Walsh and Odhran Doogan first and second in the U-12 race while Conor Halvey and P.J. Doogan were the winner and runner-up respectively in the U-14 event.On the first Sunday of June the Termon ladies won the All-Ireland Senior Gaeltacht title for the fifth successive year with a 4-15 to 2-10 win over Clonbur in the final in Moycullen. Also in Moycullen, Kilcar won the All-Ireland Senior Gaeltacht title for the sixth time with a 3-14 to 0-13 victory over Michael Breathnach in the final. The McHugh cousins Ryan and Eoin scored a combined 3-7 in the decider. Michael MurphyMichael Murphy picked up the GAA/GPA May Player of the Month for his superb performance in Donegal’s win over Derry in the Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final clash at Celtic Park. And for his display in the same game the 2012 Overall Donegal Sports Star Award winner Karl Lacey received the Ulster GAA Writers Association May Player of the Month award.A little of bit of history was created by Aaron Bradley who became the first member of the Letterkenny Gaels Club to play in an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Inter-County game when he lined out for London who lost to Limerick in a qualifier tie at Gaelic Grounds. Donegal booked their place in a fourth successive Ulster Final following 3-19 to 0-10 win over Antrim in Clones. And the Minors made it a double for the county with a 2-19 to 1-10.In gymnastics Letterkenny girl Maria Gallagher won the Northern Ireland All Round Gymnastics Championships at Level 8 taking gold for her floor, vault and team routines and bronze on the bars. And the Finesse Gymnastics Display Team took silver at the Dublin Fleadh. The Donegal ‘B’ pool team were beaten in the All-Ireland Championship Final in Ennis by Tyrone.In snooker John Connors took the David Hanna Donegal Snooker Championship title for the fifth time with a 5-0 win over Anthony Bonner in the final. On the international soccer front there was disappointment for a former Donegal Sports Star Soccer Award winner Ramelton’s Kyle Callan-McFadden as the Republic of Ireland U-19 side’s hopes of reaching the Elite UEFA Finals were ended after losing 3-1 to Serbia in a final group qualifier at the Tallaght Stadium. McFadden was captain for one game and played in all three group fixtures in Dublin over the week with the Irish winning 2-1 against Iceland before losing 2-1 to Turkey.Ciara Grant celebrates another stunnerLetterkenny’s Ciara Grant came off the bench as a late sub for the Republic of Ireland Senior Women’s team who got an injury-time winner to defeat Croatia in a crucial World Cup qualifier at the Tallaght Stadium. The Irish followed that up with an excellent draw in Russia.Meanwhile, Shane Duffy, whose father Brian is from Letterkenny, made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland senior team in a friendly 1-1 draw against Costa Rica in Philadelphia. Finn Harps advanced to the third round of the FAI Ford Senior Cup with a hard earned 1-0 win over non-league Belgrove/Home Farm in Dublin thanks to an eighth minute Pat McCann goal but the hosts had played most of the game with just ten men.In the league it was a mixed month for Ollie Hogan’s side as late goal saw Harps slump to their fifth league defeat of the season losing 1-0 to Longford Town in Ballybofey. However, on the last Friday of June the Donegal outfit recorded only their second home win of the campaign when a Ruairi Keating goal gave his side a 1-0 victory over Waterford Utd. Ramelton’s Barry McNamee, the current Donegal Sports Star Soccer title holer, scored the first goal in a ‘Man of the Match’ performance for Derry City in a 2-0 win over Cobh Ramblers in the second round of the FAI Ford Senior Cup at St. Colman’s Park.Former Letterkenny Rovers and Derry City player Cillian Morrison completed his transfer from UCD to Cork City signing a two-and-a-half year professional contract with the Leesiders.The Donegal Women’s U-14s side finished third at the Gaynor Cup in Limerick with an Amy Boyle-Carr giving the side managed by Brid McGinty and Johnny Baird a 1-0 win in the final. St. Catherine’s defeated Bonagee Utd 4-2 to win the Donegal Schoolboys U-14 Champions League Final at Finn Park. Ballyshannon man Matthew McGarrigle won the Metalman Swimming series at Rosses Point in Co. Sligo while Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon member Aidan Callaghan finished second at the ‘Hell of the West’ Olympic distance event in Kilkee, Co. Clare.In Primary School’s sport Kilmacrennan NS won their fourth piece of silverware of the year by taking the county Cummann na mBunscoil Roinn 2 county title. The success came after also winning the Donegal and Ulster indoor GAA titles and the boys County FAIS soccer final.DONEGAL SPORTS STAR REVIEW – JUNE WAS A MONTH FOR SOCCER, CYCLING AND A LOT MORE! was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Sports Star Reviewlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE TO HOST COME DINE WITH ME EVENT

first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA News:The Last Person Standing competition is now up and running and already 33 entries are down to one life remaining after just the first series of games. See website for full update.The club will be holding a Come Dine with Me event on Saturday April 11th. Contact Alison Ferry (0879154559) if you’re interested in hosting. There will be a social night at the clubhouse to round off the event. Registrations are now open to all senior players (€50), junior players (€10), adult members (€25) and families (€50). Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559).The club Constitution is now available to view on the website. The SGM has been re-scheduled to February 23rd at 8:00 pm in the clubhouse. Anyone with any amendments must have them in writing to the Secretary 14 days prior to the meeting. The only amendment changes dealt with on the night will be the ones that have been received in writing.Any person currently coaching or intending to coach any age group are asked to make an effort to attend a coaching course this year. Courses run from the end of January up to March. Everyone must have a minimum of the Foundation and child protection courses. Please let Barry O’Hagan or Gerard McFadden know if you will participate as soon as possible.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment. Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Congratulations to Oisin Hassett on his appearance for the Ireland schools soccer team against Australia during the week.Congratulations to Brendan O’Donnell for picking up the Secondary School Sports Boy Award at the 2014 Donegal Sports Stars Awards.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page. Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors / Reserves. Training on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th at 7:00 pm. Bring boots and runners.Minors. Training on Wednesday (4th) at 7:00. Please make every effort to attend as the first game is at the start of March.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players. Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 19, 24, 10, 13, 23 and the winners are Shaun O’Donnell, Charlie Dunne and Rita McColgan who win €25 each. Next week’s jackpot €1050Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE TO HOST COME DINE WITH ME EVENT was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger rules himself out of the running for Real Madrid job

first_img Wenger says farewell to fans in his last game in charge of Arsenal last season 1 But the 69-year-old has effectively ruled himself out of the Los Blancos role, telling talkSPORT he is not looking to take another job until after the New Year.Castilla boss Santiago Solari has “provisionally” taken charge of the senior Real Madrid team, but Spanish federation regulation stipulates caretaker managers can only be in charge for two weeks, meaning a permanent successor to Lopetegui will have to be appointed before then.Speaking at the launch of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein’s ‘Twinning Project’ initiative at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, Wenger said: “Look, I am not the Real Madrid manager, I am here today to support David Dein.“Overall I don’t know what I will do next year, but I will be back in football and back in sport.“I have huge experience and a huge desire to share what I know about the game and what is important in the game with people who need it.“Where? I don’t know, but only in the New Year.”Listen to Arsene Wenger’s response to links with the Real Madrid job abovecenter_img Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled himself out of taking over at Real Madrid, saying he is not planning to return to football until next year.The Frenchman has been just one of the top bosses linked with the role since the Spanish giants sacked Julen Lopetegui on Monday following their humiliating 5-1 Clasico defeat to Barcelona.Tottenham’s Maurico Pochettino and former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte have been the two managers most strongly linked with the role, although it is now claimed Conte is out of the running.Roberto Martinez is another candidate, while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has also been linked with a shock move back to the Bernabeu.Wenger has been tentatively linked with the role, having yet to make his return to management since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years in charge.last_img read more

HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEY

first_imgHUNDREDS of people said a final sad farewell to former TD and county councillor Harry Blaney in his native Fanad today.The Fianna Fail hierarchy including party leader Micheal Martin, and former ministers Mary Coughlan and Mary Hanafin, joined family members and the wider Fanad and Donegal communities for Requiem Mass at Massmount.There were at least 2,000 people following the cortege from the Blaney family cottage at Rossnakill to the chapel, or along the route to 1km route to the church. They heard Father Patrick McGarvey speak of a man who dedicated his life to his community.Mr Blaney, who was 85, passed away on Sunday after taking ill at his home last Wednesday.He had, said the priest, a huge passion for football – having being given a trial by his beloved Glasgow Celtic in the 1950s.He went on play for Swilly Rovers, reaching the Junior Cup Final – captained by current independent councillor Ian McGarvey – in 1953; and Mr Blaney had gone on the help when Fanad United were established. A wreath from Celtic Football Club were among the floral tributes at the church as his widow Margaret was comforted by daughters Noreen, Catherine, Breideen, Patricia and Noelle, sons Liam and Niall, sons-in-law and partners, brothers Liam, Teddy, Paul and Kevin, grandchildren and extended family.Father McGarvey said Mr Blaney, who was a TD from 1997 until 2002 and a county councillor for 40 years before that, didn’t have to know you to help you.“He was a genuine person who became your friend and your neighbour,” said Father McGarvey.“He will be forever remembered for the bridge between Fanad and Rosguill which opened three years ago, but he was also a bridge builder.“He crossed over waters, over the oceans and over the politics of life to build and unite and to build hope. “He did all he could with his famous shopping list and God help God today because I’m sure he has a list for him too.”Mr Blaney’s eldest daughter Noreen, paid a wonderful eulogy to her father, detailing his passions for his family, for farming and for football.She said that his last words before he took ill were: “I’ll be all right if you get me out to the barn a run.”He detested modern farm machinery, preferring a scythe and a wheelbarrow. HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEY was last modified: May 1st, 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:HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO HARRY BLANEYlast_img read more

Cope fumes as 299 Rural Social Scheme places go unfilled

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the Department of Employment and Social Protection to immediately fill the remaining 299 Rural Social Scheme (RSS) posts.An additional 500 posts were allocated as part of Budget 2017 by former Minister Varadkar, but remain unfilled as of present right throughout the country.Deputy Gallagher says that despite the fanfare of the launch of the additional posts by the former Minister last year, it seems no effort has been made to fill these posts on the part of the Government. “It is truly shocking that 299 posts remain unfilled right throughout our rural communities, especially in the context that so many rural areas are in urgent need of these additional posts and positions.“The information indicating the 299 vacant positions on the rural social scheme was provided by way of a written reply to a Dáil question tabled by me to the Department for Employment Affairs and Social Protection this week.Pat the Cope aded this is another example of how this present Government’s rural policy simply is not working; and that there is a complete failure on the part of the Government to prioritise fair and balanced development throughout all our regions but, most especially in rural areas.“The RSS provides excellent work for our communities and voluntary sector groups right throughout rural Ireland much of this work provided through RSS would never be funded by local authorities or other funding agencies, it also provides an excellent social platform for those working on the scheme. “Rural social schemes operate in each and every one of our parishes and districts, and the failure to completely deliver on the Budget 2017 commitment to provide an additional 500 positions is impacting negatively on voluntary groups such as Tidy Town Committees, Sporting organisations, Development Committees to mention but a few.”Pat the Cope added the Minister for Social Protection needs to take action and fill the remaining 299 posts without any further delay; it is totally unacceptable that this situation was allowed to drag on for a full year without solution.“Time and time again we witness the failure of this Government to prioritise real rural development, when we breakdown the Government spin – we are only left with a vacuum of hot air and failed promises. Numerous communities are crying out for additional supports and assistance which the RSS can provide, this Government needs to realise it is failing rural Ireland and despite the PR they are light on substance,” concluded Pat the Cope.Cope fumes as 299 Rural Social Scheme places go unfilled was last modified: October 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalPat The Cope GallagherRural Social Schemeslast_img read more