Councillor says drugs are “rampant” in Donegal since garda units were downgraded

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook There are calls for the return of the Garda dedicated drugs units with claims the use of illegal substances is rampant across Donegal.The units were either removed or down graded in Donegal over the last number of years.Councillor Rena Donaghey wants their return, she says they were very effective:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterest Google+center_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Homepage BannerNews Facebook Councillor says drugs are “rampant” in Donegal since garda units were downgraded Previous articleCouncil plans workshop to review gritting prioritiesNext articleMorrison expected to line out for Derry tonight News Highland HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week By News Highland – February 10, 2015 Google+last_img read more

War of words over botched David de Gea transfer escalates

first_img The day after De Gea’s move to the Spanish capital was called off, United and Madrid blamed each other for the collapse. Madrid fired the first shot, issuing a statement early in the afternoon which claimed delays at United’s end had scuppered a deal worth £29million which would have also seen Keylor Navas head to Old Trafford. The war of words between Old Trafford and the Bernabeu escalated on Tuesday night as Manchester United robustly defended their conduct over David de Gea’s botched transfer and pointed the finger at Real Madrid. In their 443-word statement, Madrid claimed they had to wait until Monday – deadline day in Spain – to ”open any channel of negotiation” with United over De Gea. Madrid claim they had to wait over eight hours for United to return the player contracts, which were sent to Old Trafford at 12:39 BST after a deal had been struck, according to the Spanish club. Madrid added that United did not reach agreement with Navas over his part of the deal until seven minutes before the window shut. The result, they claim, was that United did not upload the details into FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) until 11pm exactly. That meant Madrid could not complete their part of the process and that is why the deal collapsed, according to the Spanish club. United, however, insist the botched transfer was all Madrid’s fault. In their statement, United angrily rejected the idea that they left it until the last minute to decide to sell De Gea. United also claim Madrid made several errors in the last couple of hours of the window. They claim they sent the transfer documents for both players to Madrid at 8:42pm and received them back at 10:32pm, without De Gea’s ”signatory page”. United also claim Madrid made ”major changes” to the documentation 20 minutes before the deadline, which ”immediately put the deals at risk”, according to the 20-time English champions. United insist they had still not received the requisite documentation for Navas’ transfer at this point either. Finally, United claim they uploaded the relevant documents at 10:58pm, two minutes before the deadline. The United statement added: ”It is our understanding that the deals couldn’t happen because: Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents onto TMS (or) the Spanish league in time.” Senior sources at Old Trafford think Madrid president Florentino Perez may have had second thoughts about the deal after the club’s fans expressed their dismay at the news that Navas was being used as part of the deal to lure De Gea to the Bernabeu. In a poll of over 55,000 Real Madrid fans on the Spanish newspaper website Marca, nearly 89 per cent said they did not agree with the idea of swapping De Gea for Navas, who starred in the club’s 5-0 over Real Betis on Saturday. There is a feeling at United that the poll may have persuaded Perez to drag his heels over the transfer and stick with Navas instead. United have played hardball with Madrid all summer. They rejected two offers for De Gea before accepting a third on Monday afternoon. They initially wanted either Sergio Ramos or a fee of £32.6million in return for the goalkeeper. Senior figures at Old Trafford insist they have no regrets about that stance even though they will now almost certainly lose their star goalkeeper on a free next summer. Until then, De Gea will remain a United player. It is hard to see Madrid coming back for the Spaniard in January, particularly when they can sign the player for nothing six months later. United are awash with cash and do not mind taking a financial hit on a player who they think would have been worth well over £70million if he were tied down to a long-term deal. De Gea is currently training with the Spanish national side ahead of their internationals against Slovakia and Macedonia. Next week he will return to Manchester and sources at the club insist the Spaniard’s relationship with manager Louis van Gaal or the board is not beyond repair. The club have noted that De Gea has acted like a professional throughout this saga. He has turned up to matches and watched from the stands in his club suit, and has entered the dressing room for post-match team talks. Van Gaal must be satisfied that De Gea is able to focus properly for him to return to the starting XI, however. United’s next match takes place a week on Saturday at home to Liverpool. Press Associationlast_img read more

D’Tigress Crush Cameroon to Reach Q’final

first_imgThe 67 points blow out of the Cameroonians goes to show the determination of the Nigerian ladies to return to Lagos with the trophy they won two years ago.They got their title defence off to a perfect start with a crushing 75-26 victory over Tunisia in Dakar on Saturday.D’Tigress are highly favoured to be the one automatic qualifier from Group B.Evelyn Akhator was a key figure in Bamako two years ago when Nigeria defeated Senegal in the final. Akhator has again indicated that she could be a central figure in the Senegal capital too with a 13-point performance, including 10 rebounds and three steals in the crushing of Tunisia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WOMEN’S AFROBASKETReigning Women’s AfroBasket champions D’Tigress defeated Cameroon 106-39 to book a place in quarter final of the ongoing continental event in Senegal.last_img read more

Flawed and unconvincing

first_imgDear Editor,The letter by Timothy Jonas which is captioned “ANUG supports the call for legalisation of marijuana in Guyana,” is highly flawed and unconvincing. Such a call by ANUG (A New and United Guyana) also comes across as an unpatriotic manipulation to attract votes.Flagrantly, ANUG fails to address the scientific influence of this substance on human behavior in the context of a profound lack of education and deep poverty, among a sea of problems in Guyana. In my view, this calculation is a pivotal frame of reference which is critically important to determine whether marijuana is suitable for legalisation at this time in Guyana. Obviously, ANUG remains clueless about the problems associated with marijuana use and misuse, particularly for a country such as Guyana.ANUG needs to be reminded that the social, political and economic dynamics in Guyana are strikingly different from those in Canada and California where marijuana is legalised. The legalisation of this substance in those countries should never be a justification for its legalisation here. Further, ANUG needs to be informed that the recreational use of marijuana remains largely illegal in both the Netherlands and Jamaica.ANUG also needs to be reminded that the legalisation of marijuana will never reduce the prison population in the face of deep poverty in Guyana. Legalisation is guaranteed to produce the opposite effect. At the very least, it can be reasoned that legalisation under current conditions will dramatically send more Guyanese into prison via armed robberies, pickpockets, burglaries and a variety of illegal means simply because unemployed users will need to come up with scarce dollars necessary to purchase such an expensive drug. I just do not see how marijuana can be affordable under conditions of poverty and where unemployment is sky-high. Legalisation under current conditions just does not make any sense. It is simply an insane proposal. At this time, Guyana can’t afford to legalise the recreational use of marijuana.If ANUG seriously cares about the welfare of marijuana users, then it must guide Guyanese to do the right thing by respecting our laws. Discipline is needed. The breaking of our laws directly expands the prison population and none of this is ever acceptable. To this end, Guyana must never rush to legalise marijuana in the absence of the required foundation just to reward those that are hell-bent on breaking our laws, or to reward those who want to profit financially from this drug at the expense of human lives or to reward those that issue hollow calls for votes.Sincerely,Annie Baliramlast_img read more

Buncrana proves it has some ‘pollen’ power!

first_imgBuncrana Tidy Towns has won the National ‘Tidy Towns’ Pollinator Award for the first time and the regional ‘Tidy Towns’ Local Authority Pollinator Award for the North West & West Region in the Large Town Category for the third year in a row. The winners were announced at the National Tidy Towns Awards in The Helix, Dublin City University on Monday, September 30.“The Tidy Towns committee in Buncrana have made a determined long-term commitment to help pollinators,” said Juanita Browne, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Project Officer at the National Biodiversity Data Centre. “Buncrana Tidy Towns do this by managing their town’s public spaces in a pollinator-friendly way, protecting existing native hedgerows as well as planting new native hedgerows, a pollinator-friendly orchard; reducing mowing to allow wildflowers to grow; and by planting pollen-rich flowers.“They have also done so much to help create awareness of our biodiversity and of the importance of pollinators by working with the local national schools, Beavers, ICA, and through a local garden competition.”“One third of our 99 bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland.  This is because we have drastically reduced the amount of food (wildflowers) and safe nesting sites in our landscapes.  The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was launched in 2015 as a shared plan of action to try to reverse these declines and work with communities, businesses, parks, schools and farms to make an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive.”“Since 2016, Local Authority Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre have sponsored an annual Local Authority Pollinator Award as part of the ‘Tidy Towns’ competition” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Office.  “The focus of the award is on biodiversity and the crucial role that the declining population of Irish bees play in the pollination of our plants, trees and vegetables.  The award encourages local groups to implement pollinator-friendly actions in their towns and villages.  The award contributes to the achievement of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.” Buncrana Tidy Towns collected the €1,000 national prize and a €1,000 regional prize.  Other regional award winners included Dunboyne, Co. Meath; Ennis, Co. Clare; Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny; Geashill, Co. Offaly; Sneem, Co. Kerry; Tullahought, Co. Kilkenny and Belmullet, Co. Mayo.  The ‘Tidy Towns’ regional awards ceremonies will take place in November.  For more information, visit  Buncrana proves it has some ‘pollen’ power! was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadonegalPollinator Awardslast_img read more

Half-time: Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgEden Hazard hit the post and Cesc Fabregas had a strong penalty appeal turned down as Chelsea had the better of the first half of their Champions League game.The Blues looked bright from the outset, winning the midfield battle through Nemanja Matic and Ramires, and looking dangerous in attack through Willian and the recalled Hazard.Hazard hit the post with a fine curling strike, Willian’s teasing free-kick almost teed up a goal for Diego Costa and Matic sent an effort just wide after a brilliant run.And Fabregas looked like he should have won a penalty when he cut in from the left and seemed to be felled by two Dynamo Kiev defenders.Dynamo threatened at times, most notably when Vitaliy Buyalskiy had a shot deflected just wide by John Terry.But Chelsea remained in control at the end of an impressive first half.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.Subs: Blackman, Baba, Mikel, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Everyday Hero: Zinhle Thabethe

first_imgHIV/AIDS ActivistWhy is Zinhle Thabethe an Everyday Hero?Zinhle Thabethe is a positive person. She is HIV-positive yes, but she is also positive that HIV is yet another challenge that South Africa can beat.She likens the challenge to that of apartheid and how South Africans came together and rallied around the cause to bring down a regime that was determined to destroy us. But it didn’t. It made us stronger. And that’s what Zinhle believes can and should happen around HIV.Zinhle is not a doctor or scientist; in fact she has very little formal education. But she knows HIV and is determined to empower other people with this knowledge.Why? Because she believes that all she needs is a moment to clarify and simplify and unpack the issues that are scary to people. Because fear and ignorance are still two of the most dangerous attributes of the disease.In her own words …“We should all be aids activists, because there is a thin line between being positive and being negative. You never know what may happen in the future.”Fast FactsZinhle grew up in Umlazi township.She is one of the lead vocalists in the Sinikithemba Choir, an internationally acclaimed HIV-positive vocal ensemble. Its name translates to “we give hope.” The choir originated with patients from a support group at the Sinikithemba Center, a clinic that provided care even before Aids treatment was available.Zinhle works as a deputy director for iTeach, an HIV/Aids-focused educational and solution-seeking programme.Zinhle is the only South African to be named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. She is one of 10 other visionaries from all over the world who have been recognised for their contributions to world knowledge through exploration.Story published on SAinfo on 12 June 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

South Africa: keep flying!

first_imgWear the colours of South Africa’s flag or the shirt of one of the national teams – Bafana Bafana, the Springboks or the Proteas – every Friday.Fly the flag at home and in the office.Buy South African goods to help create jobs and grow the economy.Once a month, give an hour (or more) of their time to helping other people. “By continuing to stand together, there is nothing we cannot do,” Miller Matola, chief executive of Brand South Africa, said this week. “As our visitors go home, let us remind them to keep coming back to South Africa, because we are a nation proud of its achievements, and a country that is open for business.” The first Fly the Flag Friday will be on 16 June 2010. SAinfo reporter and – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 13 July 2010 Brand South Africa is to keep the momentum of solidarity and national pride built up in the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup by morphing its highly successful Football Fridays campaign into a new Fly the Flag Fridays initiative. The campaign, which already has its own website and Facebook page, was endorsed by South African President Jacob Zuma in a speech delivered the day after the final whistle of the tournament was blown. “The Football Fridays campaign became highly successful,” he said. “South Africans from all walks of life proudly wore national colours every Friday. It was a meaningful collective experience of a lifetime.” Zuma then reminded South Africa that while the Fifa World Cup was over, the country could still look forward to more sporting triumphs to come. “As we draw the curtain on the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we now turn our focus to the fortunes of the nation’s Springbok Rugby Team in the Tri-Nations Series,” he said. “Let me remind South Africans that we are the reigning Tri-Nations and Rugby World Champions. Therefore, do not pack away those rainbow nation flags just yet. National duty still calls.” Fly the Flag Fridays will be an ongoing campaign, with Brand South Africa encouraging South Africans to wear the colours of their flag, to keep flying the flag on their vehicles and at their homes and offices, and to embrace the spirit created during Africa’s first, full-colour World Cup. The campaign urges people to:last_img read more

UAAP volleyball: La Salle outplays Ateneo for share of 2nd seed

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jhoanna Maraguinot had 13 points for Ateneo while Tolentino added 11. La Salle almost let go of a six-point lead late in the fourth period after  Ateneo captain Maddie Madayag cut the margin to two, 21-19 off a dump that landed in front of the Lady Spikers’ defensive line.The Lady Spikers, though, hung on when Tiamzon dumped the ball for La Salle’s 23-19 lead then Kianna Dy followed it up a solid block on Kat Tolentino to put the defending champions at the 24-19 match point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter Desiree Cheng sent the ball too far in her service, 24-20, Jules Samonte ironically followed it up with her own service error that awarded the victory to the Lady Spikers.La Salle’s victory, however, could’ve happened as early as the third set when it came back from a 21-11 hole and took a 24-22 lead. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Madayag and Tolentino, however, gutted it out for Ateneo to force the fourth set.After he called his team a “barangay level club,” La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus commended how his players put up a fight befit of a defending champion.“The determination to win is at the UAAP level but their play was like a roller coaster because they will get the lead but they will throw it away, or when they were down big they will come back,” said De Jesus. “They lack the end game finishing capability.”Dy finished with a game-high 21 points to lead La Salle while Tin Tiamzon added 13.Desiree Cheng pitched in 11 points for the Lady Spikers while Mary Joy Baron and Aduke Ogunsanya had 10 points apiece for La salle’s cause.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ LATEST STORIES La Salle Green Archers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmid the ballyhoo surrounding the finals rematch, De La Salle continued its mastery over Ateneo with a 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20 win Saturday in their first meeting this the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.The defending champions bounced back from their shock loss to Adamson and ended the first round on a high note, tied Far Eastern U at the second spot with a 5-2 record, while the Lady Eagles had their streak snapped and settled for third with a 4-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSL: Resurgent Cocolife makes it 3 in a row, dumps Fotonlast_img read more

Jerwin Gaco helps McDavid hold off Family Mart-Enderun for 1st win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Unbeaten Scorpions keep White Stallions winless Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Fortunately for McDavid, Jerwin Gaco was there to save the day.“I turned to Jerwin inside and I told him to bully his way in the paint,” McDavid coach Ricardo said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGaco posted a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.Michole Sorela also shone as he was a huge factor why McDavid pulled ahead early. PBA IMAGESMcDavid ended its winless start after holding off Family Mart-Enderun, 73-68, in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.But McDavid’s breakthrough victory could’ve easily been another loss after it blew a 19-point lead and saw Family Mart-Enderun close within two down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sorela scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half where his team took a 52-36 advantage at the break.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more