Spare none in fight against doping

first_imgExperts in the fight against doping in sports have long discussed and recognised that governments and anti-doping organisations worldwide have very little incentive to discover and prove if any of its marquee names (in any sport) has used or is using drugs to impact their performance. The change in personnel at the top of anti-doping organisations have revealed (sometimes) that there were athletes whose performances brought fame and glory to an organisation or a country, but who had suspicious or positive tests that were stifled or ignored. A change in personnel at the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) revealed that there were positive/suspicious tests on eventual gold medal winners at World Games that were ignored or forgiven. The USADA is not by any means alone. Secrets revealed Disgraced multiple Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, has given evidence of complicity of workers in drug testing labs, doping control officers and cycling administrative officers who aided and abetted his effort in not ever testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The public is now aware of leaks that suggest ‘unusual’ behaviour in anti-doping organisations of Russia and Kenya. Wholesale removal of personnel from those organisations, including whistleblowers, was thought to be the key to robust anti-doping in those countries. However, the independent review of blood tests of athletes who performed at the Olympics and World Championships over at least the last 10 years have revealed results that have cast a cloud on the effectiveness of anti-doping efforts at a higher level. The introduction of blood tests and the initiation of an athletic passport wherein blood tests taken during an athlete’s career would be recorded and analysed along with blood tests done during competition, to detect the use of performance-enhancing substances that are known to escape detection, due to the narrow window of opportunity available to anti-doping agencies who suspect drug use by a particular athlete was supposed to deter doping. Test refusal We now know that one of the above named anti-doping agencies refused point blank to do blood tests on their athletes. The allegations published in the Sunday Times of England on August 2 this year seem to suggest that the mantra of ‘protect the sport at all costs’ is not only practised by local anti-doping organisations, but now at the highest level of athletic administration, the IAAF! The oversight body of doping in sports, the World Anti-Doping Authority, has promised an immediate investigation, reminding all that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. As the investigation unfolds, what we need to recall is the strange verbal support from a very high official of the IAAF, when a global star recently tested positive for a substance known to the athletic fraternity as a masker of drug use. This recent revelation by the Sunday Times will be the subject of intensive investigation to determine its veracity. However, coming just before the World Championships in athletics, due to begin in less than three weeks, this information will remove some of the lustre associated with this event. Jamaicans can rest easy, as the same report in the Sunday Times, although not naming athletes whose blood tests were suspicious, stated categorically that British athletes Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, as well as the world’s fastest human, Usain Bolt, had NO SUSPICIOUS TEST RESULTS in the samples analysed. It must be now obvious to everyone that Bolt IS the most important icon in a sport that is fast catching up with cycling as the most suspicious sport in the world, as far as drug use is concerned. Leaks and confessions are now the number-one weapon in this fight against doping that we must win. Let us continue to identify, not only the athletes who cheat, but let us also name and shame administrative officials of any stripe who facilitate cheating.last_img read more

More questions than answers for proposed amendments

first_imgDear Editor,After all the ‘gyaff’ about Local Government Elections, the Minister of Communities is now taking to Parliament the Local Authorities (Elections) (Amendment) Bill 2018.It is widely recognised that the minister has seriously bungled the Local Government System following the still incomplete 2016 Local Government Elections. His highly questionable decisions regarding the ties in Local Authority Areas and also a tie in a Constituency at the Rose Hall Municipality Area have been justifiably challenged in the courts.It is recalled that the initial results of the 2016 Local Government Elections revealed six ‘ties’ in the NDCs and one ‘tie’ at the Mabaruma Municipality. Further, there was also a Constituency ‘tie’ at the Rose Hall Town Council, and these issues were never sorted out in an amicable manner. The result is that there were serious, incomplete issues after the 2016 Local Government Elections.At that time, the minister had taken a hands off approach, even as GECOM’s disarray at the time had resulted in non-pronouncements with respect to the way forward. The minister’s approach to resolving the issue of “ties” was to impose APNU/AFC/PNC Councillors to manage the Local Authority Areas as chairmen and mayor, as is the case at Mabaruma. The minister’s action was completely illegal and in breach of the Local Government Act, Chapter 28:02, which states that a by-election should first be utilized in resolving any ties between contesting parties at the Local Government Elections.The minister’s decisions have clearly botched the legally approved mechanism for resolving ‘ties’, and resulted in non- or sub-optimal functioning of Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and the Municipality of Mabaruma. This, in effect, had sacrificed the community-driven development of the Local Authority Areas, as the consequences were evidently dire, since there was no chairman, and no meetings were held.Very troublesome were the instances when little or no services were provided to the communities. Further, with the NDCs not functioning, there was no work programme.The minister’s intervention was the vehement imposition of whom he chooses to have on the Council as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, regardless of the countrywide criticisms and consequences.In 2018, the minister also ran into serious criticisms, as his intervention in two NDCs in Region Five were undoubtedly unacceptable. He authorised the holding of internal elections while the matter was having the attention of the courts. In Regions Three, Four and Six, there were Local Authority Areas that were tied, and of which GECOM was supposed to run off by-elections.Since GECOM had never got around to ensuring completion of these critical activities; or, rather, was seemingly pre-empted by the minister, who had said it was his responsibility to have the Overseers and Town Clerk declare the LAAs tied; and also request GECOM to conduct by-elections, it had contributed to the non-resolution of the issues. Widely considered, these have been the most frivolous of excuses.These Amendments to the Municipal and District Councils Act 28:01 — along with the Amendment of Section 28 of the Local Government Act, Ch 28:02, the Amendment of the Local Authorities (Elections) Act, 28:03, and the Amendment of Section 20 of the Local Democratic Organs Act, 28:09 — are not very important in the context.However, the minister is now trying to remove himself from making objective decisions, and is now handing over decision-making to the Administrative Officers of LAAs, who function as servants under his Ministry, along with a designated magistrate. This is very serious, because the APNU/PNC Government are trying to justify their wrongdoing and their partisan appointments with involvement of the independent judiciaryThe big questions, therefore, are: who will appoint the overseers and who will decide on the designated magistrate? Who will call the meetings with the public, and who will determine the time and place of the meetings? All these issues are relative, and knowing the PNC and their thirst for power, the people do not have any confidence in such a system, because it can be easily manipulated. Hence there are more questions than answers in these proposed amendments.One has to guard against manipulation of the system to an extent that the amendments are trampled upon to further the actions of the Coalition at the grass roots’ Level. There needs to be equity and transparency.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Remembering the struggle for independence

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, I enjoyed reminiscing with those of the older generation, and hearing their stories of the struggles and sacrifices that took place during the fight for the independence of our great nation, Guyana.The story’s setting began in the living room of a small home on Camp Street, where plans were being laid to shut down the ferries, train and buses (i.e. the transportation system of Guyana) during 1952. In attendance was Mr John Ivan Edwards, trade unionist of the Transport Workers Union; Dr Cheddi Jagan, and Forbes Burnham.At the time, all were very close friends and active members at the forefront of the PPP. They were also fully aligned and committed to the fight for our nation’s independence.However, the British team — being led by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Sir Charles Campbell Woolley, the then Governor of British Guiana; and Sir Alfred William Lungley Savage, the Governor of the British Colony of Barbados — was focused on ending the disturbance of the Independence Movement in what was considered to be a key colony of the British Empire. It was only five years prior, in 1947, that the United Kingdom had lost India to independence, and the pressure was building to stop such movements within the remaining colonies.The following year, in 1953, Sir Winston Churchill would transfer Sir Savage to British Guiana, to place increased pressure on the Independence Movement.Returning to 1952. The three men — Edwards, Jagan and Burnham — were beginning to make inroads into disrupting the transportation networks, and thus also disrupting the business of the Crown in British Guiana. This would have a significant impact on the PPP obtaining control of British Guiana in 1953. In order to end the problem, it is said, the UK lured trade unionist Mr John Ivan Edwards to Barbados to attend a seminar, where he drowned in knee-deep water on the beach, thus ending his interference in the Crown’s business via the Transport Workers Union.What was interesting in the discussion was how the older generation mentioned that the three men (Edwards, Jagan and Burnham) would work tirelessly together in good teamwork to accomplish their objectives. The British astutely dismantled this team, starting with Mr John Ivan Edwards, who was in a multiracial marriage and had influence across various races and socio-economic classes.His funeral was a display of a sea of red when they walked his casket from the funeral home in Georgetown to Le Repentir Cemetery. This sea of red was the result of him being embraced by his fellow PPP party members, the Transport Workers Union, and his Lodge colleagues. Both Burnham and Jagan were also present, and the camaraderie between the two men was still alive and well in 1952. After all, the three families had grown close over the years because of their joint efforts to obtain independence for Guyana.In 1953, after Sir Alfred Savage’s success in Barbados with Mr Edwards, Sir Winston Churchill would appoint Sir Alfred Savage to British Guiana, where he was successful in dismissing the newly elected PPP government led by Dr Jagan (Chief Minister) and supported by PPP member Burnham (Minister of Education). The British also called the PPP government communist and suspended the constitution, taking back full control of the British Guiana colony with the help of British troops.The strong alliance between the two PPP ministers would never return, and their separation due to race would ‘take over’ for years to come. Mr Edwards’s multicultural perspective was now missing, and a clear divide could easily be made between the two gentlemen. It would be a great achievement today if we, the Guyanese people, could recapture the union of our nation’s will, especially for the betterment of future generations in this current difficult economic environment, and in an environment of strong opposition from Venezuela.Sincerely,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

Rotary President Promises Next Decade of Extraordinary Support to Underprivileged

first_imgDr. Angela BensonThe president of Rotary Club of Sinkor (RCS), Dr. Angela Benson, has said the Club will intensify initiatives to meet the basic necessities of the  society’s less fortunate children.“Together, members of the RCS are making an impact on society to better the country. If the past ten years were amazing, then the next ten years will be extraordinary because the Club undertakes projects that will improve the lives of community dwellers,” she asserted.Speaking recently during a dinner ball at the Paynesville Town Hall to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the RCS, Dr. Benson, said each of the Club’s members will use their energy, talents, time and treasure to meet the needs of underprivileged Liberians.As part of its humanitarian services, Dr. Benson said the Club will join forces with other Rotary Clubs in Liberia, to address the needs of people locally and internationally.“On the national scene, we collectively contribute money, donate materials and clothes to help victims of natural disasters such as last year’s mudslide in neighboring Sierra Leone, and jointly constructed a post-Ebola triage unit at the all-girls Bromley Mission, outside Monrovia,” she noted.Dr. Benson, whose RCS has a membership that is predominately female, said the Club has lived up to the ideals of the Rotary International -“Service Above Self,” and worked to attract the next generation.One of the past presidents, Clara Doe Mvogo, who highlighted some of the achievements of the Club, said over the past ten years they provided three eye examination equipment to the New Eye sight Center (NESC), distributed white canes to the visually inpaired in Montserrado and Bong counties and donated two tractors to the African Methodist Episcopal School in Roysville.Madam Mvogo said the Club also supported Ebola widows through small business grants and distributed sanitary supplies to various health centers in Monrovia and its environs at the height of the Ebola outbreak in 2014.During the anniversary ball, three new members of the Club were inducted . They are Adolphus T. Clarke, Sando Johnson and Kpaku Abraham Dorleh, Pharmacist, Business Administrator and Community Development Specialist, respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rest is best as Angels take it easy

first_imgFor the second consecutive night since clinching the division title, Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero got much needed days off. While the Angels aren’t trying to lose games, they have not given themselves the best chance at winning either and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. “We’re trying to win every game,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We scored seven runs without these guys (Monday). We’re not giving anything away, but you have to balance it. It’s not going to do us any good to win every game and have those two guys not be in uniform for the playoffs.” The best record in the American League still isn’t out of question for the Angels, but they have more work than others to take advantage of it. Because the Angels would lose tiebreakers against both the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, they must finish ahead of those teams to wind up with the home field. Their second defeat in two games to the Rangers left the Angels 11/2 games behind the Red Sox and the Indians. The Angels are a major league best 54-27 at home, but are staring at a postseason where a bulk of their games will be on the road. The 2002 postseason, though, gives the Angels all the evidence they need to know that starting a series on the road isn’t necessarily a death sentence. BASEBALL: Anderson and Guerrero sit out for a second consecutive loss to Texas. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER ARLINGTON, Texas – Proper rest continues to take priority over home-field advantage for the Angels. When the Angels won their World Series title, they started both AL playoff series in the ballpark of their opponents. “It is an advantage, nice to have your home field where you’re comfortable, but not at the cost of not having a whole team that’s not ready to compete,” Scioscia said. “In 2002, we won the first two rounds without home field, and part of that was because we clinched and had four days to re-charge a bit. Now, we have seven days.” In 2004, the Angels clinched with just a day to spare, then were swept out of the playoffs despite having the home-field advantage over the Red Sox. It helps to prove the rest is best theory. “There were some guys running on fumes then,” Scioscia said. “Mentally, you need to re-charge as much as anything.” Dustin Moseley, who still has work to do to make the postseason roster, pitched four shutout innings in a spot start Tuesday. He figures to be up for the last bullpen spot with Chris Bootcheck. Kelvim Escobar was supposed to start Tuesday, but he was moved to Saturday at Oakland to make sure he has less downtime before his first playoff start. Erick Aybar gave the Angels a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning with his first career home run, but the Rangers broke through against the steadiest Angels reliever this month. Darren Oliver gave up three runs in the sixth inning, the first time he has allowed a run since Aug. 25 (12 outings). He claimed that home field was nowhere near his mind. “I don’t really know what other teams’ records are; we’ll find out on Sunday,” said Oliver, who saw is $2 million option for next season vest after he appeared in his 60th game. “All we can do is go out there and play the games and whatever happens, happens.” Notes: Guerrero made 30 throws from a range of between 60 to 90 feet without any discomfort as he tries to return from inflammation in his right triceps. Guerrero has not played in the outfield since Sept 4. It was the first time Guerrero threw a ball since the Sept. 14-16 series at Chicago, when he cut short his throwing session because of pain. … Scioscia refuses to make this weekend’s rotation at Oakland official, but each of the three starters have confirmed their outings. John Lackey will pitch Friday, Escobar will go on Saturday and Jered Weaver will get the regular-season finale on Sunday. None of the three are expected to throw 100 pitches in their outings. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want 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

Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas re-joins Middlesbrough on loan

first_img Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas has re-joined Championship outfit Middlesbrough in a season-long loan deal.The 22-year-old Czech Republic international spent the second half of last season at the Riverside Stadium and was given special permission by the Blues to join the Teessiders on their pre-season training trip to Marbella, where he put pen to paper on Friday morning.Now Kalas, who missed Boro’s play-off games last term because his loan deal had come to an end, is hoping to avoid the end-of-season lottery.“Obviously I wanted to be involved,” he told the club’s official website.“Those were something special at the end because you were playing for promotion and I didn’t have a chance to help the team.“It was a bit disappointing I couldn’t play, but this is a new challenge and hopefully we can get promoted without the play-offs.”Kalas revealed he did not have to think twice after being offered the chance to return to the north-east, where he made 17 appearances for the club last season.He said: “I’d already decided at the end of last season that if Chelsea would like to get me on loan again, this would be my first choice, so it was easy when I heard I could stay.“It’s been easy to adapt because I know the lads. I know Marbella because we came here last year, so it’s been easy.“I think we’re still building the team. It’s a mix of everything. Everyone is still working on it and I think we will be stronger than before.” 1last_img read more

Railroad track trespassers feel sting of fines

first_imgRENO, Nev. – Gabe Kennedy had never heard of the railroad police when a special agent for Union Pacific wrote him a $190 ticket for trespassing on a bridge university students routinely use as a shortcut to campus. Neither had Jason Ormsby, a graduate chemistry student at the University of Nevada, Reno, or Katie Carr, who is studying there to be a teacher. “I cried,” said Carr, 22, who lives in neighboring Sparks, nicknamed the “Rail City” because of its birth along the tracks at the turn of the 20th century. “I’ve never even had a speeding ticket and I get a walking ticket,” she said. “I asked if he would give me a warning and he told me, `Police don’t give warnings. The signs are the warnings.”‘ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.One of the last vestiges of the Old West, railroad police have been protecting the rails since the mid-1800s when they faced Jesse James, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Unfamiliar to most, they are railroad employees who have law enforcement jurisdiction under state and federal laws to make arrests and carry firearms. Pennsylvania became the first state to authorize its governor to appoint railroad police officers in 1865, four years before completion of the transcontinental railroad. Before that, several railroads hired famed private detective Allan Pinkerton, who foiled a conspiracy in 1861 to sabotage track between Baltimore and Wilmington, Del., as part of an attempt to assassinate President Lincoln. Nevada didn’t formally authorize railroad police until 1921 in a law that remains largely unchanged, said Guy Rocha, the state’s archivist. “In the very early period they were protecting the interests of the railroads, whether it was the instance of the assassination attempt out East or breaking unions,” Rocha said. “Most of the time it is keeping people off their property – hobos or bums or tramps.” Last month, Union Pacific’s police extended their long arm of the law to Reno college students, issuing $190 citations to two dozen who were nabbed during a four-hour special enforcement operation as they crossed the railroad bridge over U.S. Interstate 80 on the north edge of the downtown casino district. Dale Bray, Union Pacific’s director of public safety, said the railroad has conducted 208 similar special operations around the nation this year and removed 5,600 people from railroad property while issuing trespass citations to 122 people. Several Reno students claimed as many as 100 people were cited, but Bray said the agents told him the total was only 23. A number of people were stopped before they walked onto the bridge and therefore were not cited, he said. “These operations are not to punish people, it is to enforce laws that are there to protect them,” said Bray, who noted students could use pedestrian bridges within a block and a half in either direction. “One of them was wearing headphones and another was reading the newspaper as they walked across the narrow bridge,” he said. Many of those caught grudgingly paid their tickets. But about a dozen who said they were being “railroaded” showed up in Reno Justice Court to challenge the fines. “I was just trying to make it to class on time so I cut across the railroad bridge,” one student quietly explained to the judge. Ormsby said he and his friend were about two-thirds of the way across the bridge when the officer approached. “He told us in a rather aggressive way how dangerous it was to cross the bridge, but if he really was concerned about that he could have been on the other side of the bridge warning us away instead of issuing us a citation,” Ormsby said. “I thought we were just going to get a warning. The whole thing seemed pretty ridiculous,” he said. Justice of the Peace Jenny Hubach agreed. “It’s sort of silly that they charged you. I’m going to dismiss it,” she told one defendant before dismissing the cases against each of the accused railway trespassers. “They must have had a slow day.” Railroad officials said the matter is anything but silly. “We take safety very seriously here,” said James Barnes, a regional spokesman for Union Pacific, headquartered in Omaha, Neb. Last year, 517 people died while trespassing on railroad property in the United States. From January through Aug. 1 of this year, there have been more than 26,000 instances of trespassing on Union Pacific property, Bray said. This past week, a man was injured and his two dogs killed when they were hit by a train on a trestle in Verdi west of Reno near the California line. It was the same spot where this summer two people escaped but the horses they were riding were struck and killed by a train. Richard Gent, Nevada’s director of Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit group that Union Pacific helped start years ago to educate the public about railroad safety, said the Reno train bridge in question has been a popular shortcut for students years. “It is a challenge there,” he said from Fallon. “There are other places you can cross nearby where there are sidewalks.” Gent said the tickets are warranted because a train moving at 55 mph takes more than a mile to stop and if someone was on the bridge, they’d have nowhere to go. “It’s a difficult lesson to learn but you’ve got to start somewhere. The next lesson is someone gets killed out there and everybody says, `What happened?”‘ Bray said there was nothing excessive about the $190 fines. “How much money do you want to put on someone’s life?” Bray asked. “I think you could argue it’s not enough for this type of activity.” Union Pacific stepped up its enforcement of trespassing generally since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he said, “but in this particular case, I don’t think 9/11 or homeland security issues played a part in the special operation on this bridge.” “It is completely about the safety of the students who go to that university,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgMore than 1,000people have now signed a petition in honour of a donkey which died from neglect in Donegal recently.Bobby the donkey was found in a pitiful state in sheds close to Fanad Lighthouse recently.He was rescued and taken to the Raphoe Donkey Sanctuary but died a short time later. He had been left in mud and was also tramped on by bulls which had been put into the same shed.Another donkey which had been housed with Bobby is still missing.Animal-lovers launched an on-line petition to remember Bobby and to have a statue built close to Fanad Lighthouse to remind people that cruelty to animals is still a serious issue.The organisers of the campaign are now planning how the petition will be presented to Government. “It is wonderful to see how many good people in this world cared about one little donkey’s short and pitiful life.Please God that change will come and that people will not be allowed to ignore the basic needs of vulnerable and trusting animals,” said a spokesman. ‎ PETITION FOR NEGLECTED DONKEY REACHES 1,000 NAMES was last modified: January 21st, 2012 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:Bobby the dnkeypetitionRaphoe Donkey Sanctuarylast_img read more


first_imgThe search for the ten 2015 Nissan Generation Next ambassadors was launched by members of the ‘Class of 2014’ pictured (l-r) Dermot Malone, Seadna Morey, Danielle Murphy, Sean Doyle, Emma Fogarty and David O’Caoimh.Nissan is seeking ambitious people from Donegal who could use a brand new car or van to achieve their dreams of becoming one of the new generation of Irish leaders on the local, national and international stage.Nissan has launched a nationwide search to find ten ‘Nissan Generation Next’ ambassadors.Each will receive a brand new, taxed and insured Nissan of their choice to drive for a year – and anyone from Donegal can apply to put themselves in the driving seat. The Nissan Generation Next programme is designed to support ambitious Irish people, from whatever walk of life, who exemplify the drive and determination to succeed in their chosen field and who have what it takes to become tomorrow’s leaders.“Nissan Generation Next is all about helping the best and brightest on the road to success. It is open to anyone who is passionate, committed and working hard to achieve their goals and we want people from Donegal to apply,” explained James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.“Donegal is home to some great talent. There are ten places on the Nissan Generation Next programme for 2015. There is every chance that an applicant from Donegal could be selected and that we could be supporting them to become the next Daniel O’Donnell, Jim McGuinness, Shay Given or Sean McGinley,” he said.“No dream is too big or small. Tell us about it and you could find yourself with the keys to a brand new Nissan that is the right choice for you and best suited to helping you to achieve your ambitions and to succeed in your chosen field,” he explained. Applicants’ chosen field can include anything be that creating a new business, launching a new product, pioneering scientific research, winning at the top level of sport, having a chart-hitting single, to making it as an actor, top chef, dancer, writer or artist.The Nissan Generation Next progamme was created last year and the ten members of the Class of 2014, selected from over 650 applicants nationwide, have achieved remarkable success during the past year.“Our Nissan Generation Next ambassadors are truly inspirational. They only see what is possible and their ability to forge ahead and to find creative solutions to the challenges and obstacles that they encounter is something that we are Nissan are only too happy to support. These people really are the leaders of tomorrow,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland.The Class of 2014 Nissan Generation Next ambassadors included Irish writer and director Gerard Barrett whose acclaimed film ‘Glassland’ featuring Jack Reynor and Toni Colette won the best acting award at the renowned Sundance Film Festival last February.30 years old Emma Fogarty from Laois learned how to drive and became the first and oldest woman in Ireland living with EB – a painful, debilitating condition that makes her skin as fragile as a butterfly’s wing – to pass her driving test. Clare inter-county hurler Seadna Morey (21) won an U21 All-Star and was crowned Munster U21 Hurler of the Year, while Dubliner Emma Cahill (25) is set on qualifying for the 2016 Paralympics in Equestrian Games three years after a serious spinal injury and being told that she would never walk again.HOW TO APPLYApplicants for the 2015 Nissan Generation Next programme can apply online at or through the Nissan Generation Next Facebook app and will be requested to outline why they are an ideal candidate for Nissan Generation Next and how Nissan can help them to achieve their goals.The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 19th May 2015. A shortlist of 20 candidates will be announced soon after and put forward to a four-week public voting phase. The seven individuals with the largest number of votes will win a place on the Nissan Generation Next programme. The judges at Nissan will also select three applicants whom they believe are deserving of a place on the Nissan Generation Next programme, giving applicants another opportunity to achieve their dreams with the backing of Nissan’s commitment to excellence and innovation.NISSAN LOOKING TO PUT DONEGAL LEADERS IN DRIVING SEAT WITH FREE NEW CAR was last modified: April 7th, 2015 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:Nissanlast_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps will put a five game unbeaten run on the line when they host Longford Town at Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8.00pm).And although his team will go into the match with the confidence of that unbeaten run, Harps boss Ollie Horgan knows that Friday’s game provides a difficult challenge for his side.“Longford is a big game on Friday,” said Horgan. “They are in good form and come into the game with confidence having beaten Athlone Town comfortably in the Cup last weekend. “I still feel that they have the strongest squad in our Division and it will take a much better performance from us than we gave against Belgrove last weekend to get anything out of it,” he continued.That game against Belgrove/Home Farm last Friday saw Harps overcome a potential banana skin to progress to the third round of the FAI Ford Cup. But the 1-0 victory against the ten men from the Dublin side was anything but comfortable.“It wasn’t a great performance against Belgrove”, said Horgan. “We found it difficult to break them down even when they were reduced to ten men.“It was a reversal of previous weeks when we were a man down and sat deep but at least we got through the game – just about. “It is good to be still involved in the Cup, but the next round isn’t until late August so we will see what the draw brings up before we start thinking about it again.“It is always difficult to play any side in the Cup – especially away from home. I have been in Belgrove’s situation in previous years trying to beat League sides and knew that we would have nothing easy. We got through it at least although the performance left a lot to be desired.”Horgan will be able to welcome back Josh Mailey and Michael Funston from suspension, but Tommy Bonner is banned due to his red card in Wexford a fortnight ago. Shaun Patton should also be available again but Sean McCarron remains out with a broken ankle while Johnny Bonner and Paul McVeigh are doubts.Although Harps haven’t beaten Longford in any of their last three meetings – two of which were defeats at the City Calling Stadium – Longford don’t have a great recent record in Finn Park. In their last three visits to Ballybofey, Longford have failed to score in any of the games and have left twice on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat.  HARPS HOPING TO ADD TO THEIR FIVE GAME UNBEATEN RUN AGAINST LONGFORD was last modified: June 11th, 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:finn harpsLongford Townlast_img read more