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6 questions for Minister Patterson

first_imgDear Editor,It is the private business of the Patterson family how they deal with their personal situation in regard to an allegation of trafficking of a controlled drug (cocaine) against one of their members. It is, however, a public matter for the people vs Derrick Patterson; not David Patterson. If anyone has an interest in this case, I suggest they take it up with the person who is charged, and not use the occasion to personally abuse the Minister.So the portions of the statement from David Patterson – the individual giving support to his brother — must be commended. We all have families, and if for any reason any one of them falls into any situational challenge, it is our duty to offer them our love, irrespective of how annoyed we are at their action.That is why I was baffled that David Patterson, the person, chose — in his statement at the bottom half — to import the voice of David Patterson, the Public Infrastructure Minister, into the debate. Since David Patterson the Minister spoke, I thought it might be wise to ask the Minister these six important questions, since he has executive access to the machinery of the State:1: Were the controlled drugs (cocaine) trafficked from Guyana to Grenada?2: Did the person on remand, who is a relative of the Minister, have a VIP Pass for our international ports of exit (airport, etc)?3: Which Minister is in charge of the airport?4: Is it common practice across the Granger Government to issue relatives of senior functionaries with VIP Passes, although they may not meet the criteria as set out by the Foreign Affairs Ministry?5: Which Minister is in charge of security at the airport? And is that Minister a member of the Alliance For Change?6: Does the security protocol allow VIP Pass-holders to be checked for controlled drugs (cocaine)?I would really appreciate full transparency and disclosure on this important matter, since if this VIP Pass situation is being abused at our ports of exit, good governance would dictate that we do the “fit and proper” thing by taking corrective measures immediately, and hold those who are abusing it accountable.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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Dreher concludes opening day one-under par

first_imgDreher’s one-under score of 70 puts her in a tie for 50 entering the second day of competition.Her first round on the Sylvania, Ohio golf course included three birdies, two of which were shot consecutively through holes seven and eight, while also shooting two bogies and 13 pars.She hit 7 of 14 fairways, drove the ball an average of 247.5 yards, hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation, while putting 31 times and managed to avoid the bunkers through all 18 holes.- Advertisement -Finishing atop the leader board on day one was Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg, who finished her opening round with a seven-under, 64.  Day two for Dreher resumes Friday, August 10.last_img read more

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A legal victory for trail fanciers

first_imgAccording to Ayers, De Vanon said he believed the county had erred in omitting trails on the final maps, but that the mistake shouldn’t deprive the public of access. “Implicitly, \ saying it’s over,” Ayers said. “It’s a fairly major thing because it’s rare to get such a clear view of where the person who is going to decide the case is at.” “This is where the lawyer turns to the client and says `You know what? We’re going to lose,”‘ he said. Attorneys for the homeowners’ association could not be reached for comment. De Vanon will hear all three La Vina trails access cases. The county’s case is scheduled for September; a lawsuit by Save the Altadena Trails and one filed by individual Altadena residents have a combined court date in November. Their outcomes are unlikely to settle the issue, however, said Ayers, who considered appeals likely. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALTADENA – Trail advocates have won a significant battle in the war over trail rights of way in the La Vina housing development. On March 13, Judge Joseph De Vanon denied the La Vina Homeowners’ Association’s motion for a summary judgement in a lawsuit filed against it by Los Angeles County. The county’s suit is one of three that seek to route trails through the edges of La Vina property, which the county argues was a condition of the development. La Vina residents say they are fighting for their property rights because there are no trails marked on the development’s final tract map. The judge’s concluding remarks were even more important than denial of the motion, said trails advocate Paul Ayers, the attorney for another of the suits. last_img
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Former Man United youngster aiming to win Blackpool deal

first_img1 Chris Eagles Former Manchester United midfielder Chris Eagles is training with Blackpool in a bid to earn a contract.The 28-year-old, who came through the ranks at Old Trafford, has been without a club since leaving Bolton at the end of last season.It has been reported that he decided against joining Ian Holloway’s Millwall earlier this month after a period of time training with the south London club.And now he is hoping to be offered a deal at Bloomfield Road if he impresses on trial.He has already played – and scored – in a behind-closed-doors friendly for the Seasiders and will get another chance to impress against his former club United in a similar clash on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Brighton sign Real Madrid striker

first_img Brighton’s home ground the Amex 1 Scottish starlet Jack Harper has quit Real Madrid to join Championship side Brighton.The 19-year-old striker, born in Malaga to Scottish parents, has been at the Bernabeu since he was 13 and was once compared to Robin van Persie by former Scotland performance director Mark Wotte.But Harper has opted to leave the Spanish giants and, having completed a medical with Brighton, he has agreed a two-year contract subject to international clearance.Albion boss Chris Hughton said: “Even at the age of 19, Jack is a well-known name and having spent the past six years at Real Madrid, there is no doubting his pedigree.“He has a lot of potential, is a skilful type, with a good eye for goal, and can operate as a striker or playing just off of a striker. We hope we can give him the platform to realise his undoubted potential.“He has had an excellent grounding, having come through the youth system at Real Madrid – and also has international experience at youth level, having featured for Scotland’s Under-17 and Under-19 sides.”last_img read more

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Putin undermines democracy in Russia

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThat might have been a strength following the tumultuous (President Boris) Yeltsin era but can only weaken Russia’s international position now. – Jyllands-Posten Aarhus, Denmark Russia has had a hard time with democracy ever since the Soviet Union collapsed, and during his nearly eight years as president, Vladimir Putin has made no effort to push development in that direction, although it has been his declared ambition to create a strong, modern and internationally respected Russia. None of these ambitions has been met, least of all the international respect, which has been further eroded by Putin’s decision to remain the central figure in the Kremlin. Quite true, he doesn’t want to be president but in the autocratic structure that he created, Russia’s next president can be the puppet of a strong prime minister. Should the next president fail to stay the course, the constitution says the presidency should be taken over by ? the prime minister. Russia today is ruled by the circle (of people) around Putin who all, by and large, have a past in the KGB, and consequently are trained to think and act uniformly. 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

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DONEGAL BUSINESSES TOLD FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL FOOD AND ARTISAN MARKETS

first_imgChef Anthony Armstrong pictured with Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal Local Enterprise Office (centre) and Martin Lynch of The Food Coast, Donegal, Steering Committee.The organisers of food and artisan markets in Donegal have been encouraged to apply for new Government funding.Deputy Dinny McGinley said the announcement is a great boost for community based markets across Donegal.The scheme is open to all rural towns and villages with populations of up to 10,000 and offers potential funding of between €5,000-10,000 for development of existing or start-up local food and artisan markets. “Those who are producing food and artisan products within their local communities deserve our support. This is the type of project which supports rural development in a very practical way, as it helps stimulate commercial and retail activity in rural high streets. It also helps to develop a strong sense of community involvement and achievement.“Other parties talk up the demise of rural Ireland. Fine Gael doesn’t buy into this. We want to ‘change the conversation’ about rural Ireland. Rural Ireland is alive and we want to support and celebrate all that is good about rural Ireland by putting a spotlight on the great spirit, drive and passion of rural communities all over the country. That’s why Fine Gael is ‘Standing up for Rural Ireland’.“Under this Fine Gael led government, the agricultural and tourism sectors are booming. Almost 200,000 people are employed in tourism and 8,000 additional jobs will be created in 2015. This Government has also overseen a 40% increase in food and beverage exports since 2009, supporting 170,000 jobs many of which are in rural areas.“I would encourage anyone who’s interested in this funding scheme for local food and artisan markets to contact the Department of Agriculture. Application forms and fuller schemes details can be found on www.agriculture.gov.ie/CEDRA/localfoodmarkets. The closing date is 14 August 2015.” DONEGAL BUSINESSES TOLD FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL FOOD AND ARTISAN MARKETS was last modified: July 10th, 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:donegalfood marketsgrantslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: URRIS EARN FANTASTIC CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY OVER ROBERT EMMETS

first_imgUrris GAA NotesJUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP: The seniors travelled to Castlefin on Saturday night last to play Robert Emmets in a must win game in the championship. A great finish by the team seen the lads winning: Urris 2-12 Robert Emmets 2-07. SENIORS & RESERVES: It’s back to league action this Saturday night with both teams home to Aodh Rua (Ballyshannon), games at 6.00pm & 7.30pm. Training continues for both teams on Tuesday & Thursday nights at 7.30pm. LADIES FOOTBALL: The ladies played Dungloe last week in Straid, final score Urris 4-11 Dungloe 4-06.MATCH “N” WIN: July 17th: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 1,5,12 & 16. €15 winners: Rose Doherty (Gill), Annaugh, Denis Donaghey, Dunaff, Nathan Doherty (Davis), Danielle Gordon, Isle of Doagh & Patricia Mc Elhinney, Gleneely. Jackpot next week €1,860. Big thanks to all our Lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly drawNIGHT AT THE RACES: The club are hosting a Race Night on Friday August 1st in the Square Bar, Clonmany. Horses now on sale at €10 from all Committee members and both Ladies & men’s team.DATES FOR THE DIARY: Big Breakfast in St. Mary’s Hall on Saturday August 9th and Quiz Night in the Strand Hotel on Wednesday August 13th. More details in coming weeks. WELL DONE: To the Donegal Senior & Minor teams on becoming Ulster Champions on Sunday and to all from Inishowen involved with both teams.BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players now up and running: In these times of financial constraints on families the club has introduced this exchange programme-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . All boots can be dropped off in the cage at all Under-age training/matches.Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email rosiekelly28@eircom.net no later than 9pm on Sunday night.   GAA NEWS: URRIS EARN FANTASTIC CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY OVER ROBERT EMMETS was last modified: July 21st, 2014 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

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MCELHINNEYS TO HOST FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR DONEGAL BRANCH OF DIABETES IRELAND

first_imgMcElhinneys Department Store will be holding an awareness and fundraising day for the Donegal Branch of Diabetes Ireland.The fundraising events takes place this Saturday, the 8th of November and a large crowd is expected to descend on the popular store to support such a great cause.In-store there will be lots of great activities to raise awareness and fundraise for Diabetes Ireland. 1 in 20 people in Ireland have diabetes, and 1 in 8 people over the age of 60 being effected.Diabetes Ireland is very close to McElhinneys heart, as one of their valued team members has a daughter Lucy Parke (13) from Raphoe who has been suffering with diabetes since she was three.Lucy has been involved immensely in raising funds over the last few years, in September this year Lucy wrote the song “Just One Day Free”, the song is about living with diabetes and how it won’t stop her following her dreams.Lucy’s CD has been a great success and has raised such vital funds for this charity. Whats going on in-store?• McElhinneys will have two Diabetes nurses available from 11am – 3pm providing free screening and offering confidential advice.• There will be a coffee morning instore from 11am – 12pm.• From 12pm Gerard Gallagher who is a senior Chairman of Donegal Diabetes branch will be available to offer information or answer any questions.• Lucy Parke will also be instore selling her CD for €5 along with making her debut appearance singing her single “Just One Day Free”. All proceeds from the CD go to Donegal Diabetic Branch. Come along for great coffee and delicious treats and get your diabetes screen free of charge.All proceeds on the day will go to the Donegal Diabetic Branch.This promises to be a great day, with lots of fun activity and all for such a worthwhile cause.MCELHINNEYS TO HOST FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR DONEGAL BRANCH OF DIABETES IRELAND was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 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:BusinessDiabetes Irelandfundraiserhome-page featuresMCELHINNEYSnewslast_img read more

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STORM RACHEL: WORKMEN RUSH TO LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL AFTER FLOOD THREAT

first_imgWORK crews spent the night in the grounds of Letterkenny General Hospital after flood waters wiped away the banks of a burn responsible for causing €30M worth of damage there 18 months ago.Cllr Michael McBride was there during the night the monitor the situation.Thankfully workers were able to prevent flood waters pouring into the hospital this time around. Cllr Michael Mc Bride, Mayor of Letterkenny municipal electoral area spent last night helping stranded motorists in and around Letterkenny.Severe flooding occurred at the dry arch roundabout and the inward bound lane of the dual carriageway was particularly badly flooded with two cars stalling in the flood.He would like to thank local resident Francie Marley for his help and to thank the Donegal County Council for their prompt response after the mayor called director of services Mr John Mc Laughlin who had council workers and Glenard plant on site within a short period of time.The workers at the scene soon cleared the majority of the flood waters and left the roads passable again. The melting snow also caused sever flooding in other areas of Letterkenny especially around the Clanree hotel, Glencar as well as high water levels at Letterkenny hospital where five staff were called in to keep the culverts free as debris and gravel were forced downstream by the powerful flow of water Mayor Mc Bride said everyone must be vigilant over the next number of days as stormy weather and snow storms are again forecasted.STORM RACHEL: WORKMEN RUSH TO LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL AFTER FLOOD THREAT was last modified: January 15th, 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:Cllr Michael McBridefloodsStorm Rachellast_img read more