Christopher Ram challenges Govt’s “business as usual” approach to contracts

first_imgNo-confidence resolution …seeks order preventing payment of contracts over $15M As the Coalition Government continues its “business as usual” approach following the passage of the no confidence motion back in December, Political Commentator and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram has turned to the High Court to stop the awarding and payment of contracts over $15 million.The legal proceedings were filed on Friday by Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall on behalf of Ram, and named Attorney General Basil Williams and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, Abena Moore, as the respondents.Ram is asking the court to declare, among other things, that any procurement (contract) in excess of $15 million approved by a purported Cabinet after the evening of 21st December, 2018 is unconstitutional, unlawful, null, void, and is of no legal effect; and that the court should issue an order restraining Permanent Secretaries within all Government Ministries from making any payment towards any contracts in excess of $15 million approved by a purported Cabinet after the passage of the no confidence motion.The High Court is also being asked for a declaration to state that “…there exists no Cabinet to review or award any contract which exceeds fifteen million Guyana dollars (G$15,000,000).”It was noted in the court documents seen by Guyana Times that Section 54 (1) of the Procurement Act gives Cabinet the right to review and approve all procurements (contracts) in excess of $15 million. However, Ram pointed out in his grounds for the application that all functions and duties of the Cabinet ceased on December 21, 2018 when the no confidence motion was successfully passed against the Coalition Administration.The Resolution gives effect to Article 106 (6), which states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”According to the legal documents, the subsequent ruling of acting Chief Justice Roxane George (on January 31 in a case filed by Ram) was that the National Assembly properly, validly and lawfully passed the motion, which immediately effected the resignation of the Cabinet.“…the president and the ministers who constitute the Cabinet [were] compelled to resign their functions in Cabinet but retain their office until elections are held… I have observed that the Cabinet has not complied… and neither the Cabinet nor the President has expressed a public intention to resign or fixed a date prior to or on 21st March, 2019 for the holding of national and regional elections, nor has a resolution supported by no less than two-thirds of the National Assembly determined that elections should be held after an extended period,” Ram outlined in his application to the court.Immediately after the passage of the motion, the Coalition Government had said it would uphold the Constitution, but subsequently took a U-turn, ignoring calls from stakeholders, including the Opposition, to resign.President David Granger has maintained on several occasions that there is no provision in the constitution for a “caretaker” Government. Furthermore, the Government went on to challenge the passage of the motion in the National Assembly back in December.However, the acting Chief Justice found that the no-confidence motion was validly passed, and that Cabinet should have resigned. Government has since appealed this decision, and those matters are expected to come up for hearing at the Appeal Court next week.Meanwhile, following the High Court ruling, the Coalition has been meeting as a ‘Ministerial Plenary’, which is imbued with Cabinet powers, to carry on Government business. In fact, they have noted contracts from the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) and given their approval for various appointments.This is a move which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called illegal. “They have a ministerial plenary to bypass the Chief Justice’s ruling, which is illegal,” the Opposition Leader has said.Jagdeo had noted, too, that if the People’s Progressive Party, of which he is also the General Secretary, returns to office, then all the actions and decisions of the Coalition Government since December 21 will be reviewed and reversed.last_img read more

Fancy a Donegal island retreat for just €50,000?

first_imgPROPERTY: Do you fancy this island retreat which is set to go under the hammer for just €50,000? The property, which is new on the market – has generated great interest since being published on Campbell’s Auctioneers website.The derelict property is described as being the ideal project for a DIY enthusiast – and is situated on the beautiful island of Arranmore. This property consists of several outhouses in various states of repair together with an old ruin thereon and approximately 2.25 acres. It is the location of the property that has attracted most interest with its unrestricted sea views – and an incredibly beautiful looking beach literally across the road!! You could secure the land for this island retreat for just €50,000.Fancy a Donegal island retreat for just €50,000? was last modified: September 8th, 2016 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:Campbell’s AuctioneersdonegalislandnewsRetreat€50klast_img read more


first_imgMaxi CurranBY PADDY WALSHOH WHEN THE SAINTS…..It’s the match many would have billed as the dream final but at least we get to anticipate the pairing of the Saints in the semi-finals of the Donegal Senior Championships following impressive performances last weekend. Didn’t make it to MacCumhaill Park for Sunday’s evening clash when St. Eunan’s put the clampers over their old rivals, Glenswilly, but I did see St. Michael’s do a demolition job over Malin in the day’s other quarter-final at O’Donnell Park.Difficult to believe that this was the same Malin team that took care of a fancied Gaoth Dobhair in their final group game.A hefty exodus from the stands midway through the opening half might have suggested Malin supporters were beating the hastiest of retreats at an early stage in the proceedings but it was just in response to a tannoy announcement urging motorists to remove their vehicles from illegal parking berths near the ground.Had only Liam Bradley been able to park his defence as easily with St. Michael’s easing into a half-time lead of 2-8 to 0-2 and never looking likely to allow the Inishowen men back into it in the second. Indeed it was only a late goal that put some measure of consolation on the scoreboard for Malin as they were comprehensively taken apart. Long, long before the finish, Malin heads were dropping and St. Michael’s supporters were dreaming. Perhaps Liam Bradley’s head was filled with other matters such as the vacancy for Derry senior manager but whatever this was a hugely disappointing day for his current side.St. Michael’s, meanwhile, never took the foot of the accelerator as they hit Malin right from the start and had it all wrapped up even before all the half-time draw tickets were sold. I thought Michael Langan was excellent along with Ciaran Gallagher – apart from an energetic display throughout he ghosted through the Malin defenders to score his team’s second goal – and Andrew Kelly but every player wearing red did their bit.St. Eunan’s were equally impressive by all accounts in their dismantling of Glenswilly – pointing to a semi-final pairing that will, as the old Carlsberg advertisement declared, be worth waiting for.Not that the men from Kilcar will be focusing too much on that side of the draw. Again, going on reports and the result, they too impressed in their win over Four Masters but should find Naomh Conaill a tougher nut to crack in the second semi-final even if the Glenties team were far from dazzling in their quarter-final win over Termon.THE KINGDOM TO BE TOPPLED – TWICE! Will Kerry do it on Sunday? Not if Charlie McGeever has anything to with it. And he will have in his capacity as manager of the Tipperary Minors who face the Kingdom in the All-Ireland Final (the main event really as Charlie won’t be looking on it as any sort of curtain raiser).A narrow squeak it may have been but a two point win over Kildare in the semi-final has brought them to the ultimate – within touching distance of an All-Ireland title for both the Derryconnor man and his team.You should never mix politics with sport, they say (and whoever they are, I wholeheartedly agree) but McGeever did draw on a famous election slogan as he anticipated Sunday’s Final. “Anybody looking at us in the All-Ireland semi-final would use the old Fianna Fail saying, ‘a lot done more to do’ because there was much more to give,” he told the ‘Irish Examiner’ this week.His Tipp side have already faced Kerry in a Final this year but lost out in the Munster Minor showdown.  The sweet taste of revenge hovers invitingly over the Tipperary team as they go in search of glory with a Donegalman at the helm. Let’s admit it, sometimes we gave these Minors matches a miss but it’s fair to say a fair percentage of us here in McGeever’s native patch will be tuned in and becoming self-declared Tipperary men, women and children for the day.And who will we be rooting for in the afternoon’s other encounter? Difficult one to call but it’s safe to say that the two best teams in the county are competing in it and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends in a draw and less surprised if the Dubs ultimately put one over on their old rivals.McGUINNESS TO FOCUS ON THE BUSINESS END OF THINGSFor those of us who once watched the wild-haired one in the colours of his county or his club side, it’s a fairly safe bet that we would never have envisaged him at some time in the future delivering, say, a talk to the Irish Management Institute’s annual conference.All those suits and suavity would hardly have been the most apt company for the man who occupied the midfield sector for Donegal and Naomh Conaill, one Seamus Mag Aonghusa, or to give him his better known title, Jim McGuinness, as he will indeed be introduced to the members of the I.M.I. at that conference in Dublin’s Sandyford at the end of the week.A guest speaker at the event he will, of course, be familiar to most of his audience of business executives or at least those who know anything at all about Gaelic Football or indeed, Glasgow Celtic F.C. Whatever the case, they will be duly impressed during his address when he talks on leadership and the qualities needed to make it to the top or indeed just to make it.A couple of years ago, I heard McGuinness deliver such a talk at the Adult Learner Fair in Letterkenny organised by the Donegal ETB. The packed function room in the Mount Errigal Hotel was held almost spellbound for an hour as he reflected on his own elevating career from a far from academic minded student at the Glenties Comprehensive School – he was, he told us, invariably first in the queue for the buses travelling to sporting events – to his third level studies and branching into sports psychology and leading his county to All-Ireland glory.Truly one of the success stories of the past few decades but again, I ask, could we have seen it back in the day when that frizzy haired midfielder got to grips with his opponents and any refereeing decisions that went against him or his team?Answers on the agenda for the I.M.I. annual conference.YOUTHS IN THE PINKCan’t in all honesty see anyone – Harps or U.C.D. – catch Wexford Youths after the latter’s victory over the students last weekend. The south-easterners have been the most consistent side in the First Division and have shown their mettle on many an occasion, coming back late on in games to turn defeat into full point territory.With Ollie Horgan’s men facing their longest trip of the season to Cobh – never an easy venue to get anything from least of all the three points necessary to keep the pressure on at the top – the Youths and the students meet again this weekend with Wexford enjoying a nine point advantage over the Belfielders.Had Harps not run up against that old stumbling block called inconsistency, they may well have been holding all the aces in the race for promotion but with seven points now separating them from the league leaders, that automatic rise into the Premier Division is looking as likely as University College Dublin accepting me for a degree course.A win for both U.C.D. and Harps might, just might, make it interesting again but even then I couldn’t see Wexford throwing away all their good work in the remaining matches.Striker Rob Waters will be, if selected, turning out against his old club on Friday night and we can only hope that he performs better than he did in Harps goal-less draw with Waterford United. He looked sluggish throughout, perhaps owing to lack of game time and I felt he should have been replaced long before he was with Harps looking more lively up front when Nathan Boyle came on.Lively is what they’ll have to be in Cobh if they are to shorten that journey home.WORLD CUP WONDER (AS IN WE WONDER CAN WE WIN IT?)The Rugby World Cup? I can’t see it. What I mean is I will be able to see it – after long years of trying, I’m almost proficient in using the old remote – but I can’t see the Boys in Green coming home with it.It was only a few months ago and certainly at the end of another successful Six Nations that some pundits were tipping Joe Schmidt’s side to go all the way but there’s been a lack of spark about the team in the warm-up games and while players will have performed with less of an edge than normal given the injury potential, they just didn’t look like a team with eyes confidently on the big prize.Schmidt will have his own ideas and will be encouraged, as we all can hope to be, at the fact that the Green tops will be facing the slight of Canada and Romania in their opening two matches in Pool D. Lose to either of those rugby minnows and we can start preparing for next year’s Six Nations but they do give the opportunity to sharpen up those edges in preparation for the sterner test against Italy and the real examination against Les Bleus in the final group game.Can we go beyond the quarter-finals where we have been halted in our tracks in the past? And can T.V.3 do justice to their coverage of the whole thing? At this stage, I believe we have a better chance of making the semi-finals.HOW IS GREAT BRITAIN A NATION?Last week’s European Championship qualifiers may not have provided the results Northern Ireland or Wales wanted to confirm their places in the Finals in France next summer but really it’s only a matter of time – as in next month – before Michael O’Neill and Chris Coleman can start preparing for a long awaited participation in the tournament.Thanks to their involvement in a group that didn’t require them breaking sweat in any of their games, England are already home and hosed, and for obvious reasons we, on this side of the Irish Sea, won’t be hoping Scotland join them.But were the Scots to qualify at the expense of the Republic, it would mean four “British” nations taking part in the Finals, undoubtedly unprecedented in the history of the competition.But not, as it happens, unprecedented in other fields of endeavour such as the recent World Athletics Championships in Beijing. There they ran, hurdled, jumped, and whatever else under the collective banner of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. They came home with four gold medals, one silver and two bronze, finishing fourth in the overall medal table. Nice haul if you can get it.Which you can if you give yourself a more than odds on chance by having access to athletes from four different countries to help you on the way.That has always struck me as a bit of an imbalance when the vast majority of competing nations do so as one (and, yes, I am aware that Ireland has had performers from Northern Ireland participating in the green singlet).But surely if the Britain and Northern Ireland soccer teams can go it alone in World and European competitions, the athletics fraternity can do the same. If only in the interests of fair play for all.FOR STEPHANIE ROCHE, READ CIARAN KILDUFFGoal of the weekend? Most of you will probably be awarding it to Christian Benteke for his spectacular scissors kick at Old Trafford on Saturday or even Anthony Martial’s effort in the same game.But brilliant as they were could they have been any better than the peach executed by Ciaran Kilduff for Dundalk in their F.A.I. Cup quarter-final tie against Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park?Did you see it? And if you didn’t check  YouTube and be prepared to be impressed. Kilduff got on the end of a Darren Meenan free-kick to guide the ball over Richard Brush’s head with the cheekiest of back flicks. We may even have a successor to Stephanie Roche as a nominee for the Puskas international goal of the year award.And then Ross Gaynor popped up with a stunning volley for Cork City in their Cup replay with our Candystripe neighbours – a weekend indeed of top quality strikes in the League of Ireland.Ah, but it’s a dead league, many will argue (mainly many who haven’t been at a domestic game in years, if ever) and the facilities are tripe.Quite a few L.O.I. grounds have improved their lot in recent times – there’s even talk that the Harps will move into their new stadium some time in the future – but too many, it has to be admitted, are threadbare and one of the images that caught this eye after watching Kilduff’s cracker was the sight of the handful of Dundalk fans dancing on the grass embankment behind the goal at Oriel Park. A grass terracing at the home of the current Premier League champions – and well on course to repeating the feat this season – hardly does much to promote the image of the League even if all four of the goals struck by the Louth team in front of that terracing showed a much better side to the product.POINTNG THE FINGERHands up the guilty out there who wanted to see British athlete Paula Radcliffe fail a doping test so you could all have a snigger at our media friends across the channel who climb on the highest of horses whenever focusing on competitors from other nations who have done the dirty or are under suspicion of doing so?Radcliffe has reacted quickly to a suggestion by the Tory M.P., Jesse Norman, who had referred to a London marathon winner with what the politician called “suspicious blood values”. Norman didn’t name the athlete but the finger was, according to Radcliffe, clearly pointing at her. And she has been quick out of the blocks to deny any wrong-doing where doping is concerned.I don’t believe that she is guilty of any misdemeanour when it comes to cheating. Paula Radcliffe has always struck me as an honest competitor who does things strictly by the book and has looked to her training regime – and not any illegal substances – as the key to her medal winning days on the track and the road.The shadow of doping does, sadly, hang over the entire sport of athletics but it nevertheless appears outrageous that an M.P. can use parliamentary privilege to cast serious doubts over the pedigree of an athlete such as Radcliffe without any shade of proof to back up that suggestion.Packie BonnerPUTTING SHAY ON THE SPOTPackie Bonner, a man from The Rosses who isn’t featuring on Strictly Come Dancing, revealed this week that his fellow Donegal netminder, Shay Given, wanted to take a penalty during the shoot-out against Spain at the 2002 World Cup Finals.The Lifford goalkeeper’s first words to Big Packie when the latter approached him to help put him in the right frame of mind before the spot-kick lottery, were: “I want to take a kick”.Reflecting back on it, Bonner maintained: “I found this unusual to say the least but I suppose that is the modern young player in many ways. They think they can do almost everything.”But who knows, it might even have altered the outcome. And we could have dined out, not just on one of our goalkeeping greats helping to get us through to the later stages of a World Cup (Italia ’90) but another one doing something similar at the other end of the field (Espana ‘O2).Meanwhile, look out for the big Cloughglass native’s memoirs, ‘The Last Line’ which will be published at the beginning of October.There’s a few references to the Boy Keane (Roy, not Robbie) in there and not all of them complimentary which should help with the sales.WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: BATTLE OF THE SAINTS, McGEEVER’S CROKER TIPP AND PACKIE ON ‘THE BOY KEANE’ was last modified: September 16th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:columnglenswillyN ConaillPackie BonnerPaddy WalshShay GivenSportSt EunansSt Michaelslast_img read more

The brilliant omen for Man United despite disastrous start to the season

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT whoops gameday cracker smart causal Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update In those historic days, the Red Devils lost both their opening games, and only managed to draw their third one, making it just one point from an available nine.However, Dion Dublin scored an 88th minute winner at Southampton the following matchday to get United off and running, with Alex Ferguson’s men then going on to win the league by 10 points.It was United’s first league championship in 26 years, and it started the Red Devils’ dominance of English football with eight of the next 11 Premier League titles ending up at Old Trafford. tense 2 Most read in Premier League predicted Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 revealed The pressure has been piled on Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager REVEALED silverware SORRY How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings latest England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won It’s crisis time at Old Trafford after a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham left the Red Devils with just three Premier League points from an available nine.Jose Mourinho’s side followed up last week’s horrific loss to Brighton with an improved performance, though that is not saying much as they were still dismantled by a Spurs team far from their best. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Having narrowly defeated Leicester on the opening weekend, United’s record so far reads one win and two defeats from their opening three matches – making it the Old Trafford club’s worst start to a campaign in 26 years.You have to go all the way back to the inaugural Premier League season of 1992/93 to find a worse start by United. The Red Devils won the first ever Premier League to kickstart an era of dominance In the short hours since the final whistle blew on Tottenham’s defeat of United, Mourinho has been backed to face the axe and the club’s title hopes have been written off.However, there are still 105 points on offer, and United’s own history shows that writing someone off too early is a perilous and often foolish decision to make.last_img read more

Noel Gallagher: ‘I’m watching Man United unravel with great pleasure’

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware Noel Gallagher has told talkSPORT he is taking great delight in Manchester United’s apparent decline.English football’s most successful club have failed to win the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, which Gallagher jokes was a “great for day for British football.” gameday 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Gallagher believes Liverpool, whose fans he branded “deluded” and likened to the Queen Mother, will prove to be City’s fiercest rivals this season, while he is also tipping Chelsea to shine.“Chelsea might struggle against the top six but I still think they will beat everyone else,” he said.“I wouldn’t count Chelsea out just yet but definitely Liverpool and City look the most settled.“They have a plan, they know where they are going, they have great goalkeepers, great defenders, great midfielders and great attackers so I think it will be a two-horse race at some point.” REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Manchester United have suffered successive defeats to Brighton and Tottenham Listen to Noel Gallagher’s full interview on talkSPORT above Noel Gallagher celebrates Manchester City’s 2017/18 title success with Pep Guardiola possible standings Latest Premier League News Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Asked what the differences are between the two clubs, Gallagher responded: “City have bought incredibly well. Even the squad players are amazing.“United have just gone for expensive players.“They went after Sanchez because City were after him, they went after Fred because City were after them, they went after Pogba because everyone else was after him. There doesn’t seem to be any plan there where they are buying players for the future. That is the big difference.“Nobody was after Bernardo Silva, nobody was after [Leroy] Sane – people laughed when we bought Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker.” REVEALED huge blow gameday cracker no dice Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT shining 3 smart causal He added: “The fan of the Premier League wants all of the teams to be strong so everybody takes points off each other so you keep it going until the last weekend season. The diehard City fan in me wants United to go out of business tomorrow!”While United have failed to lift the title in five years, Gallagher’s beloved City have won it on two occasions since 2013.Last season, they racked up a record-breaking 100 points under Pep Guardiola, finishing 19 points ahead of their neighbours. Having lost two of their opening three games this season and amid reports of tensions behind the scenes, few are backing them to mount a serious challenge under Jose Mourinho this season.There are even reports Mourinho could be axed if United lose their next game, against Burnley, after the United boss ranted at journalists following Monday night’s home loss to Tottenham.And Gallagher, a lifelong of United’s bitter rivals and the current champions, Manchester City, has no sympathy for the Red Devils.Speaking on the Sports Breakfast, the British music icon said: “He [Mourinho] seems to be sinking at the minute and if he is asking for the press to give him more respect, this is the start of the unravelling I think.“When I was growing up, Liverpool were the best team in the 80s – you couldn’t even envisage they would go 20-odd years without winning the league.“In the 90s, when United were winning three in a row, the Champions League and doubles and trebles, you couldn’t envisage United going ten minutes without winning the league, but it does happen and since Ferguson left United, which was a great day for British football, it is all beginning to unravel. And I am going to sit back and watch it with great pleasure.” Liverpool are considered Man City’s biggest challengers this season Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more

Rashford volley prevents England from going on worst ever run

first_img highlights smart causal silverware Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 5 Rose made the most of his opportunity Danny Rose’s effort was comfortably saved by Yann Sommer in a first-half where the hosts really struggled for creativity.But England were much better after the break and took the lead through Rashford’s composed finish on 54 minutes.Kyle Walker retrieved an over-hit corner before brilliantly picking out the Manchester United striker, who did the rest with a calm volley.However, Switzerland did not give up on the game without a fight and England needed a heroic sliding block from Stones to deny Shaqiri’s powerful goalbound effort. 5 5 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 5 This was Rashford’s fifth goal for his country England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Shaqiri was the visitors’ biggest threat Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade But there would be no equalising goal as the Three Lions avoided a fourth loss in a row which would have been their worst run in the national team’s history.STAR MANRashford will get all the headlines and he’s done a good job in the international break but England’s best player in this game was Rose.The left-back had a point to prove having lost his place to Luke Shaw at the weekend and he was actually England’s biggest threat going forward in the first-half, forcing a solid save from Sommer. Rose was very consistent at the back throughout the game and has certainly given Southgate a selection headache for the Nations League games at Croatia and Spain next month.MOMENT OF THE MATCHRashford’s goal was very pleasant on the eye in a game which lacked quality.It was a composed finish from the striker who has had a very good few days with England. REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible standings England managed to avoid a fourth straight defeat after earning a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Switzerland at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.Marcus Rashford’s second-half strike was all that separated the two sides in a game where Gareth Southgate’s men were far from their best. impact Southgate made nine changes from the loss to Spain Off the back of a disappointing defeat to Spain in their UEFA Nations League opener, England made a very shaky start and were fortunate to not be behind after six minutes.Jack Butland’s sloppy clearance went unpunished but just seconds later his weak pass to John Stones was intercepted before the ball fell to Xherdan Shaqiri, whose shot struck the post.The Swiss continued to have the better chances and Butland was forced into saving Ricardo Rodriguez’s driving effort with his feet.And Rodriguez nearly scored moments later when his angled cross nearly crept into the corner of the net. Some Manchester United fans think these performances should allow the 20-year-old to be given more of an opportunity to play as a centre forward at Old Trafford.Rashford will have certainly given Mourinho something to think about now.UPCOMING FIXTURESFriday October 12 – Croatia v England (UEFA Nations League)Monday October 15 – Spain v England (UEFA Nations League) 5 Latest Football News RANKED Rashford has scored two goals in his last two games for the Three Lions MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?last_img read more


first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: Have you seen this lorry, which was stolen in Manorcunningham last night.It was seen being driven towards the border.If you can help please ring 086 4043248.  COMMUNITY ALERT: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS LORRY STOLEN IN MANORCUNNINGHAM was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lorry stolenmanorcunninghamlast_img read more

‘Rain, sleet and hail – nonstop’

first_img “The weather was so incredible,” said Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Hagel. “Cascading rain, sleet and hail – nonstop.” Because the hunters had planned to be out only a few hours, they didn’t bring along extra food or emergency gear. Lost and hungry, Ritz said, he decided to hike to the top of Reyes Peak to make it easier for any search team to find him. “That hill beat me – it kicked my butt,” said Ritz, who had just two canteens of water with him. “I told myself, Just keep going, just keep going, or the inevitable is going to happen.” A sheriff’s rescue helicopter set out to find Ritz, but was forced to return to base because of the weather, officials said. “The winds and the clouds came down over the mountains, and we couldn’t get up to the elevation he was at,” said Deputy Jim Dalton, the helicopter’s pilot. OJAI – Two dozen search and rescue volunteers, aided by a sheriff’s helicopter, battled cold winds and heavy sleet to save a deer hunter lost without food in the mountains above Ojai, officials said Sunday. Paul Ritz, 35, of Port Hueneme was discovered about 10 p.m. Saturday, roughly 12 hours after he got separated from his hunting partner, John Palomarez, 27, of Ventura. Palomarez searched for his friend for about four hours before using a cell phone to summon rescuers. “I was exhilarated when I saw them,” Ritz said in a phone interview Sunday. “I was, like, ‘Right on!’ Those guys were great. I’m really appreciative.” Ritz and Palomarez had planned a half-day hunting trip in Los Padres National Forest and were equipped for the cold, but not for the storm that moved in from the north. Heavy sleet and 45 mph winds lowered the wind chill factor to 14 degrees at the 6,000-foot level, making conditions tough for Ritz and the rescuers, officials said. The Ojai and Fillmore search and rescue teams then were sent out about 4 p.m., and located Ritz about 10 p.m. It took until about 1 a.m. to hike back to Ojai. “I was going to kick his butt when we got back, but I was too tired,” Palomarez said. “I just told him, when you go hunting, you don’t walk off like that. It was a learning experience. He won’t do it again.” Ben Jauron, (818) 713-3699 160Want 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

Brave Richard Alcorn wins Road Safety Supreme Award

first_imgInspirational Donegal man and road safety campaigner Richard Alcorn has been awarded the Road Safety Authority ‘Gertie Shields Supreme Award’ for 2017.Richard survived a road traffic collision in 2006 and now gives his time freely to delivering road safety messages to young adults.The overall award was presented to Richard Alcorn by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, at the RSA’s 10th annual ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards in Croke Park. In 2006, Richard Alcorn was involved in a very serious road traffic incident near his home town of Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal. He lost an arm, broke his neck, shattered his pelvis and broke both hips.  He has battled to overcome his horrific injuries and has taken on a new role, advocating for road safety.‘Education – Community’ Award: Richard AlcornHe was also honoured with the ‘Education – Community’ Award at the RSA event for his work to promote the message of ‘Remember, the next time it could be you’ to countless people across Ireland.Richard delivers the road safety message to young people in Donegal, Mayo, Cavan and Kildare at events including Donegal County Council’s Road Safe Road Show, held annually in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Richard has given his time freely and is always available to assist any group helping to promote road safety awareness.A total of 25 individuals and organisations were honoured for their commitment and dedication to road safety at the tenth annual ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards which were presented by RSA Chairperson Liz O’Donnell and RSA Chief Executive Moyagh Murdock in Croke Park today. MC for the day was RTÉ News Correspondent Teresa Mannion, with awards presented in categories including media, education, business, emergency services and public sector. Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD said: “Congratulations to everyone who received an award today and on behalf of all road users, thank you for your commitment and dedication to making our roads safer. I’d like to particularly commend Richard Alcorn, a true inspiration. His bravery in not only dealing with the aftermath of such a life-changing incident but also using his experience to teach others, is why he is so deserving of the RSA Leading Lights in Road Safety Supreme Award.”Ms Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson of the RSA presented the awards, saying: “Road safety is about making the roads we share with our family, neighbours, friends and colleagues a safer place.  It’s about keeping our local communities safe. And that’s why we are recognising the great work being celebrated here today. Work that is helping to make communities right across the country safer for all. Work that is making a difference and saving lives.”Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority said: “We received over 160 nominations across the Leading Lights awards categories this year. The high quality of projects being entered meant that is was the toughest year yet to pick winners. I’d like to commend those who sent in nominations, who recognised Leading Lights in their school, office or community, who are making a difference, and put them forward for awards. It is thanks to them that we hear about the great work being done around the country to promote road safety.”Brave Richard Alcorn wins Road Safety Supreme Award was last modified: December 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:richard alcornRoad Safety Awardslast_img read more

Darwin Day Gift Ideas

first_imgNeed ideas for that special someone on your shopping list?  With Darwin Day upon us (Feb. 12), it’s not too late to find the gift that’s just right for the occasion.  See our Top Ten list below.Top Ten Darwin Day Gift IdeasA blindfolded Tinker Bell doll (01/13/2006), or a Tinker Toy Set with a hammer.Framed picture of Haeckel’s embryos (02/08/2007) and the updated version (CMI).The Cambrian Explosion (a toy grenade with animals that pop out fully formed).For a disliked person, this gag gift: a Truth in Science information pack (01/11/2007, bullet 6; 11/27/2006).An amber necklace containing bacteria that haven’t evolved at all in 220 million years (12/13/2006, bullet 6).Golf balls that wobble at random (01/09/2007).A Charlie statuette that looks like Buddha.  The deluxe edition includes a niche with bamboozle curtains (11/27/2006 commentary).A glider parachute (see story on National Geographic) to help your friend evolve on the way down (12/13/2006, bullet 6).A human-cow chimera (11/29/2006) that can milk itself.For that special person, a radiation belt to induce beneficial mutations (12/14/2006).Remember also that you can find stimulating games and activities for your Darwin Day party right here.  See the 12/09/2006 and 02/13/2004 commentaries for details.    If you think silly game suggestions are just a satire, you need to read this essential article by John West posted for Darwin Day on National Review Online.  Another good article by Anika Smith can be found on Falcon Online.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more