Dear Editor,“Corruption matters because it corrodes the fabric of society. It undermines people’s trust in the systems of society and institutions of society; it is an obstacle to democracy and to the rule of law, it depletes national wealth and degrades the physical environment.” So said British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn. He should know because he represents a country that sent privateers on a hot afternoon in September 1668 to raid the Spanish town of Portobelo, in Central America. These British subjects working under the flag of England stole 25,000 pieces of silver from the Spanish who had in turn stolen it from the native people of today’s Panama and Colombia. Leading this band of British brigands was none other than Sir Henry Morgan, a Welshman who made his living by State-sponsored theft and violence. What Ambassador Quinn did not tell the nation is that men like Morgan were the founding fathers of today’s British wealth. Their modus operandi then was not in ruling other countries, but robbing them. So how dare the High Commissioner try to lecture Guyanese on corruption when his entire country was born in corruption and exist today because of corruption. Isn’t that hypocritical? I would gladly welcome a lecture on corruption from the Mexican Ambassador or the Indian High Commissioner, both countries that were plundered by the Spanish and British respectively, but never from a limey.Regards,Albert Allen
Work has begun to draft a National Strategy for Guyana to implement Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).REDD+ stakeholders making their input into developing the National REDD+ StrategyA critical component of Guyana’s REDD+ Readiness Process, the Strategy aims to maintain the country’s low rate of deforestation and forest degradation by continuing related policy, procedures and programmes; and by strengthening monitoring, reporting and verification systems.The Strategy, expected by November 2019, is being developed under the Natural Resources Ministry’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project.The Ministry contracted a consortium of consultants in April 2018 to prepare the REDD+ Strategy along with a Social Environmental and Strategic Assessment (SESA) and an Environment and Social Management Framework (ESMF). The latter is crucial to the REDD+ Strategy, which will also respond to environmental and social priorities for land use taking into account expected local, regional, and global benefits and opportunity costs of conserving forests.The consortium of consultants includes Winrock International, Climate Law and Policy, Conservation International (CI) Guyana and Sylvan Acres.CI has been engaging key stakeholders from Government, Private Sector, civil society and Indigenous/forest-dependent communities, to review the draft assessment of governance, and to contribute to the analysis of indirect drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, both historically and looking forward.The US$3.8 million FCPF Project, scheduled to end December 2019, supports key REDD+ Readiness Activities aimed at building Guyana’s capacity to implement REDD+, specifically by creating the organisational structures and enabling environment that could attract future investment projects for reducing carbon emissions.
BOYS SOCCERRecords through Feb. 10 1. Wilson (22-1-4) 2. Millikan (25-1-3) 3. Los Al (18-4-6) 9. Artesia (13-5-4) 10. Paramount (11-3-9) GIRLS SOCCERRecords through Feb. 10 1. Wilson (17-3-5) 2. Mayfair (21-4-2) 3. Los Al (14-7-4) 4. San Pedro (17-6) 5. La Mirada (15-9-2) 6. Poly (11-6-5) 7. Bellflower (10-10) 9. Lakewood (13-7-2) 9. Downey (14-6-2) 10. Lynwood (14-3-1) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 4. Bellflower (22-4-3) 5. La Mirada (19-5-1) 6. Norwalk (17-6-2) 7. Jordan (12-6-2) 8. Valley Chr. (12-9-1)
David Ball 1 Fleetwood Town’s David Ball is among the contenders for FIFA’s goal of the year prize.Ball has been shortlisted for an exquisite chip during his side’s League One clash with Preston in March.He is up against Lionel Messi for the Puskas Award, with the Barcelona superstar’s stunning solo strike against Athletic Bilbao in May earning him his spot on the ten-man list.Check out the strike from Ball here: And check out Messi’s stunning solo effort:
Weekend Extra Time host Tom Latchem brings you the best interviews from his show.This week he is joined by former Newcastle United and Blackpool striker Nile Ranger to talk about his career and his battle with his demons…Listen above!
COUNTY STAR Rory Kavanagh gave awe-inspiring advice to young boys and girls taking part in St Eunan’s GAA club Sunday training.The St Eunan’s Under 14 boys team were given a heroes’ welcome as they paraded their All-Ireland trophy from their weekend victory in Cork.The St. Eunan’s U14 Féile team landed their club’s first All-Ireland title in Pairc Uí Rinn when they defeated Ahan Gaels (Cork) by 0-11 to 0-02 in the final. (You can read a tournament report here: www.donegaldaily.com/2011/07/02/st-eunans-u-14s-win-all-ireland-title/). And yesterday Kavanagh told young boys and girls that they could do the same some day.“When you wear the Black and Amber of St Eunan’s you should be proud to put on that jersey and represent your club,” he told them.“You will form friendships which will last a lifetime. I am playing with boys now who I started playing with as an eight-year-old 20 years ago.”Rory praised the Under 14 side for their achievements in Cork and told his young audience how proud he was to play for the county – particularly at Croke Park in the National League final win earlier this year. COUNTY STAR AND UNDER-14 CHAMPS GIVE ADVICE TO STARS OF FUTURE was last modified: July 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalGAARory KavanaghSt Eunan’s GAA club
bingo continues in hall on tues at 8.30st marys would like to thank everyone who took part in the recent 5 k walk- run from the organisers,helpers ,photographer,garda,runners ,walkers and the local community for bearing with us during the slight traffic disruptions. congratulations to the prize winnerssenior men Paul McGlinchey Letterkenny AC time 16.57senior woman Martina Hegarty ind time 20.55senior man over 40 Kenny ODonnell ind time 18.40 senior woman over 40 Sinead McConnell time 23.17thanks again to the great turnout and supportu16 beaten at home by St Michaelsjunior ladies beaten away to St Naulssenior men beaten at home by MovilleThe club hope to host a white collar boxing event in Oct anyone interested contact oliver prunty or any commitee member ASAP. Well done to our students on thier leaving cert results best wishes as you head off to college .GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S CONVOY TO HOST WHITE COLLAR BOXING EVENT was last modified: August 20th, 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)
The Ulster & Northern Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships took place in the Meadowbank Arena in Magherafelt over the weekend with a large group from Finn Valley competing, with many outstanding performances. Sommer Lecky won double Gold in the u-16 High jump 1.66m and having 3 decent attempts at 1.71m and followed this up on Sunday with victory in the Long jump 5.29m.Janine Boyle had a busy weekend winning 3 Gold medals 60m (7.91secs), 200m (25.90secs) and 4x200m relay and a Silver medal in the Long jump 5.15m. Arlene Crossan fresh from her success at the Irish Junior Champs last weekend continued her winning ways in the U-17 girls long jump with a solid 5.53m and followed this up with a Silver in the 200m 26.39 secs and Gold as part of the 4x 200m Relay team.James Kelly continued his dominance in the u-16 Boys Shot Putt throwing 16.05m with the 4Kg implement winning the competition by almost 4m.Aaron Mc Glynn ran a very controlled 800m with a final burst of speed over the last 250m which saw him draw almost 80m clear from the rest of the field, he also ran a blistering leg in the winning 4x200m relay later in the day.Lauren Callaghan won the u-14 Long jump with a leap of 4.61m and Gold in the 60m 8.56secs leading home a 1,2,3 4 for Finn Valley athletes with Micheala Bryne 2nd 8.69sces, Bethany Lecky one of the most improved athletes at the club 3rd 8.71secs and Daniella Jansen 4th 8.84secs. Daniella Jansen won the u-14 girls 800m in convincing fashion by almost 7 seconds winning in a time of 2mins 31.31secs.Chloe Coyle won the u-13 girls 600m in a time of 1min 54.33secs with teammate Amy Mc Menamin close behind in 2nd place 1min 54.90secs.Finn Valley athletes filled the top 5 places in the u-14 Girls High jump with Micheala Byrne 1st 1.40m, Aine Wilkinson 2nd 1.40m, Lauren Callaghan 3rd 1.40m, Abby Meehan 4th 1.30m and Caitlin Mc Gonagle 5th 1.30m.Other Gold medallists were Pauric Harrold u-15 Boys Long jump 5.04m, Aine Kerr u-15 Girls Long jump 4.81m, Brother and Sister Kieran and Keeva Thompson won their High jumps Kieran u-14 1.43m and Keeva u-12 1.20m, Alex Mc Geehan again in the High jump u-15 Boys 1.45m, Jade Leeper moving up to the 4Kg Shot in her last year as a juvenile threw 9.30m when winning the u-19 girls event and Paul Johnston won the u-19 Boys 60m with a time of 7.89secs.There were a multitude of Silver medallists Dylan Kearns 60m u-17 Boys 7.62secs and Long jump 5.79m, Kyle Leeper Double Silver u-14 Boys High jump 1.35m and Shot 8.52m, Sinead Gallagher double silver Girls Long jump 4.60m and 60m Hurdles 10.35secs, Naoimh Mc Granaghan 11.16m over 11m for the first time, Jordan Mc Daid u-17 Boys 200m 24.68secs, Demi Crossan u-12 Girls 600m 2mins 6.86secs, Stephen Mitchell u-19 Boys 800m 2mins 11.37secs, Mark Mc Elhinney 10.01m u-15 Boys Shot, Ryan Galvin u-12 Boys High jump 1.15m Bronze medallists Laura Crossan u-16 Girls 800m 2mins 27.21secs, Noah Sanni u-18 Boys 60m 7.67secs, Amy Mc Menamin u-13 Girls High jump 1.20m, Paul Johnston u-19 Boys 400m 57.54secs, Michael Mc Gonagle u-12 Boys High jump 1.10m, Declan Slevin u-13 Boys High jump 1.15m, Jordan Mc Daid u-17 Boys Long jump 5.38m, Bridget Mc Dyer u-17 Girls Shot 10.50m, Aine Kerr u-14 Girls 60m Hurdles 10.43secs, Christopher Kearns u-15 Boys 60m Hurdles 11.06secs, Aine Wilkinson u-14 Girls 60m Hurdles 11.37secs and Valisa O’Donnell u-14 Girls Shot 8.79m.RelaysWe had 11 teams entered for these Championships and 10 teams won medals.Gold u-12 Boys 4x100m 1min 4.19 secsu13 Girls 4x100m 59.90secsu-14 Girls 4x200m 1min 56.63secs won with 40m to spare.u-17 Girls 4x200m 1min 52.86secsu-17 Boys 4x200m 1.39.34secs a decent timeu-19 Boys 4x200m 1min 41.25secsSilverU-15 Girls 4x200m 1min 59.61secsu-15 Boys 4x200m no time given.u-12 Girls 4x100m 1min 2.15secs.Bronzeu-18 Boys 4x200m no time given, Noah Sanni while challenging for the lead pulled up with cramp in his calf muscles but got up and finished the race so the team could win Bronze medals, great attitude.4th u-13 Boys 1min 4.06secs.OverallAthletes won 19 individual Gold, 19 individual Silver and 16 individual Bronze Medals add to that 6 Relay Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medal, with 40 plus athletes qualifying for the All-Ireland Championships in March.ATHLETICS NEWS: FINN VALLEY ATHLETES PERFORM SUPERBLY AT ULSTER INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:athleticsfinn valleyIndoor ChampionshipsNoticesSportUlster
Donegal fighter Damien McLaughlin enjoyed a sensational win on his MMA debut last night at the AKUMA Fighting Championships in Templepatrick, Antrim last night.It was a proud moment for McLaughlin who fights out of the renowned Rillion Gracie stable in Letterkenny. A large crowd of friends and family attended the AKUMA championships in Antrim to witness McLaughlin’s stunning debut win.An overjoyed McLaughlin took to his social media account on Facebook to express his delight at his maiden victory in MMA.McLaughlin said, “Unbelievably proud to be able to say I won my first MMA fight and that I got to do it whilst representing Rilion Gracie Ireland.“I’d be nowhere without the tough training and all the advice I get from all my training partners and coaches. “Was a crazy experience but it was easily one of the best experiences of my life.The second best part of the night was getting a few tins of Tuborg into my belly. 🙂The success of Irish MMA fighters like Joseph Duffy and Conor McGregor has made the sport one of the fastest growing in the world.Hopefully McLaughlin goes on to forge a successful career for himself in the sport.DELIGHT FOR DONEGAL FIGHTER AS HE WINS ON HIS MMA DEBUT IN ANTRIM was last modified: August 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSport
Owners of luxury brand prestige cars such as BMW’s, Audi’s and Mercedes in Donegal are urged to be extra vigilant after a spate of robberies of such cars.BMWs, Audis and Mercedes are top of the gang’s list in Donegal.The warning comes from local Gardaí who are urging people in the community to be vigilant and keep a sharp eye for movement of vehicles late at night or early morning.Garda Sgt Paul Wallace said an organised criminal gang have been targeting these types of cars across the North-West. These gangs are highly skilled thieves who specialise in car theft, and are moving around the country gathering intelligence of where specific vehicles are located with a view of returning at a later date to steal the cars.High-end cars may be broken into and often small items of personal property are stolen, leaving the impression that the vehicle, whose alarm has been set off, has been robbed purely for minor gain.However, the break-in allows the thieves to plug a hand-held computer into the car’s OBD (on-board diagnostic) port, and then clone the data on the car’s operating systems and keys.After the owner of the car has repaired the damage- usually a broken window – the thieves return with the new electronic programmed cloned key that allows them to drive away without any fuss most likely during the night or early morning Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Wallace said people should take precautions.‘Owners of high spec cars for example Audi’s, BMW’s & Mercedes should be mindful of this trend and any interference with high end cars should be reported to Gardaí immediately.“It is vitally important that these cars receive software updates to update locking mechanisms from established main dealers or independent specialists in an effort to beat the car thief. Simple things for example ensuring your car is locked and the keys are in your possession is a simple first step which appears logical but alas the evidence has proved at times- otherwise.“Apart from organised car thieves, if any criminal can get access to your car keys either by them being left in the vehicle or close to the front or rear door of the house they will quickly retrieve them and make good their escape- with your car!’.Stolen cars are normally sold off to unsuspecting buyers, broken down for parts and also sold on to criminal gangs for use in robberies and drugs runs. Gardai believe the luxury car gangs are part of a wider and highly organised network who have been stealing a variety of vehicle, plant and marine leisure equipment, particularly outboard engines, across Western Europe in recent years.Simple Precautions1. Parking your car in an area with good lighting or cctv cover may deter the thief.2. Ensure the keys are not easily accessed in the house. 3. Installation of a tracking device in the car should be considered.GARDAI ISSUE WARNING AFTER SPIKE IN THEFTS OF LUXURY CARS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: October 9th, 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:AudiBMWcar theftsdonegalgangGardaiMercedes