INESTIMABLE PLEASURES SHORT OF BRAINS On Saturday, April 2, with an awe-inspiring and emotional outpouring of love and respect, this nation bade a grand farewell to one of its most illustrious sons. Winston Blake (‘The Merritone Music Maestro’) was not universally embraced for his connections with or contribution to Sport. However, with his undying love for his alma mater, Kingston College – a virtual hotbed for the games that teenagers play – he was a fixture at the National Stadium and before that, Sabina Park, during Champs week. Without fuss or fanfare, his unsolicited support took many young athletes over the hump. Politicians from both sides of the divide, by their presence, typified the life of the man whose earthly journey they had huddled together to celebrate. He will be sorely missed. Foster’s Fairplay wishes that he be granted eternal rest. English Cricket commentator and former County of Hampshire player, Mark Nicholas, has referred to the West Indies T20 team as “short of brains”. The remark came during the build-up to the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup in that format of the game. Nicholas is described by the popular cricket website, espncricinfo, as “almost a throwback to the era of amateurs”. Anyone familiar with that period in English cricket, where there was a clear, social demarcation between two sets of cricketers, is wont to draw a single conclusion. Amateurs were referred to as gentlemen and those who looked to the game for their living were given the nomenclature of players. Given all that, the “no brains” label, coming from a white Englishman, must be seen as manifestly racist. That skipper Darren Sammy, mindful of, but not allowing the tag to disrupt his flow, could have led his team to a sound thrashing of the English, was a masterstroke. The clobbering, straight on the heels of a similar beating of the Aussies by our ladies, was a ”take that” response in the face of those who consider themselves to be ahead in quality of on-field performance. With those two title-winning victories and the still savoured under-19 triumph, the way forward is being charted by the loyal fans of the sport. They have stuck with a team whose fortunes have plummeted to rock bottom. Once ruling the roost in what is still considered to be the real cricket, they had been swept aside by teams who prepared, while the perennial high rankers remained complacent and perhaps, over-celebrated. It is quite understandable that this string of victories in a ‘slam bam, thank you, ma’am format’ has elicited shouts of “We are back”. Foster’s Fairplay urges caution. No one with a straight face can deny that there are inestimable pleasures to be derived from the shortest version of the game. The ending to the final provides stark evidence. In attacking an achievable target, the West Indies innings had fallen into serious disrepair. The strategy crafted by the ‘out of touch’ and in some quarters ‘out of favour’ Marlon Samuels was sheer brilliance. He curbed his well-known flair and ferocity to set up the Carlos Brathwaite explosion. It was the grand finale, all West Indians loyal to the cause could conceivably have wanted. It had all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller. All that said, West Indies cricket has impacted and ruled the world from the springboard of Test cricket. That and only that must be the focal point in any perceived initiative to turn that never-ending corner. The treasures of watching and appreciating the grace, elegance and charm of a Lawrence Rowe, the ability to bludgeon into surrender a savage attack as Sir Vivian Richards afforded us, are no longer. Need one to further illustrate the point; go back to the mastery of a Sir Garfield Sobers or the finesse of the great Rohan Kanhai. Set in what is now being challenged – a five-day match – like it or not, together with fierce fast bowlers, the West Indies grabbed and held on to the number one spot for close to two decades. To this place all heads must be pointed if the call of “we are back” is to be countenanced. Go for it, West Indies!
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The World Health Organization (WHO), within days after we received the alarming news of a renewed Ebola outbreak in Guinea, issued an announcement downgrading an “Ebola health risk” in the three affected countries in the Mano River basin—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.This announcement came as the editors of this newspaper, Daily Observer, had just completed an Editorial urging Liberia’s Health Ministry (MOH) to be on a vital “high alert” at the Liberia-Guinea and other borders. The editors had to adjust the editorial to reflect the WHO announcement, while yet stressing the need for the MOH to deploy an emergency team and preventive health and medical supplies. These included Clorox-supplied buckets and thermometers to Liberia’s borders with Guinea, to ensure that everyone crossing is checked, with hand washing, temperature taking and other procedures strictly enforced.A day or two later the Guinea government announced that the persons who had died had been affected not by Ebola, but by having drunk lizard-poisoned water. Shortly following that new announcement by Guinea, both sides of the border were opened. Our Nimba correspondent Ishmael Menkor, in his dispatch reporting the border reopening, noted with alarm that people were crossing the border at will, with no hand washing or temperature taking being observed. That was the reason for our Thursday Editorial, “MOH High Alert Vital at Liberia-Guinea Borders.”We know of no investigation by WHO of Guinea’s original announcement last week of a renewed Ebola outbreak in their country. All we know is that following that country’s reversal later that same week, that no, it was not Ebola, but lizard poisoning that killed the three people. Yet WHO, without any investigation that we know of, declared the three worst affected countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—“downgraded Ebola health risks.” That statement by WHO baffled many people, especially in Liberia, who wondered how the Organization, without first investigating the situation in Guinea, was able to come up with such a sweeping announcement clearing the three countries of Ebola.Is it not very surprising then, that two days following the WHO clearance of the three countries, Liberia reported that a 30-year-old woman died of Ebola later that same week, and that her immediate community in Jacob Town, Paynesville had been quarantined? A senior medical practitioner, in the business for well over 40 years, told the Daily Observer last week he strongly believed that the three countries are in this Ebola affliction for the long haul. He listed three primary reasons: first, because big money is involved—in the billions of United States dollars; second, all these vaccine trials, being undertaken by Western nations, including the USA (Centers for Disease Control—CDC); France and Germany; and thirdly, the WHO itself knows about all this and is very much part of the scheme.That, said this medical doctor, is the main reason it took WHO so long to respond to the first Ebola outbreak in the Mano River basin two years ago. So it became evident that WHO’s delay was not simply a matter of ineptitude (incompetence). The delayed reaction may have been deliberate—let the Ebola sting hit so hard that the money to be made proceeds and the stage set for the urgency of the vaccine trials.We hope and pray that this is not the case. We hope, too, that the conspiracy theories, published by several scientists, notably Dr. Cyril Broderick, a plant pathologist, are not true—that certain nations, notably the USA and its Pentagon or defense establishment—are NOT developing this deadly virus as a weapon of war.Surely these three worst affected countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—are definitely NOT at war with the USA and can never be! So it is entirely implausible (unlikely, farfetched) that such a scenario would be at play.It is also our prayer that WHO and all others concerned will take this Editorial seriously and do whatever they can to keep this deadly Ebola menace far from the Mano River basis—or anywhere else—because it is not good for any country. The consequences are too ghastly (horrifying, terrible) to contemplate. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Huskies, winners of their last five in a row hold a one point leave over the Navigators for second place in the league and are coming off of a 12-2 win over the Sexsmith Vipers.The Navigators on the other hand have also had a strong month of November but are coming off of a big 8-2 loss to the Grande Prairie JDA Kings.Travis McLean is expected to start in goal tonight. Last time he started he was key in the Huskies 7-3 win over the JDA Kings as he stopped 44 of 47 shots on goal.- Advertisement -The pregame show gets underway at 7:45 p.m. on Moose FM, with the opening faceoff slated for 8.
ALICE IN CHAINS is touring in support of Grammy-nominated album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 Chart at No. 2 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums Chart, Top Rock Albums Chart, Hard Rock Albums Chart and iTunes Rock Album Chart. The album’s first two singles, “Stone” and “Hollow,” both hit No. 1 on the rock charts, with their companion videos racking up more than 5 million combined YouTube views.In other words, it’s business as usual for this multi-platinum-selling rock band. Tickets will be available for purchase on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets may be purchased online at tigerboxofficeplus.ca, by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the 2 Tiger Box Office Plus locations in the Encana Events Centre and at Tiger Printing & Stationers. – Advertisement -Energeticcity.ca will have a special chance for you to buy tickets early this Wednesday. Just like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/energeticcity and on Wednesday morning we’ll post a special passcode to buy your tickets early. Rolling Stone gave The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here three stars, as did USA Today, who praised it as an album of “undeniable power.” Spin called it “an assured, diverse, heated record with galvanized hooks,” Pitchfork said it’s “as insistent as [1992’s landmark album] Dirt,” and the Seattle Times wrote, “Jerry Cantrell, William DuVall, Mike Inez and Sean Kinney continue to defy expectations” and that “Alice In Chains is better than ever.”Over the course of their remarkable career, ALICE IN CHAINS has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and amassed a diehard international fanbase whose members number in the millions. Alongside Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, ALICE IN CHAINS were one of the Big Four to emerge from Seattle in the 1990s and went on to change the sound of modern rock.Advertisement ALICE IN CHAINS remain one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time.Follow more Encana Events Centre updates via social media at www.facebook.com/encanaeventscentre, www.twitter.com/EventsCentreDC and www.instagram.com/EventsCentreDC
Paul Hannigan (President of LYIT), Catherine Lyster (Careers Officer, LYIT) and Billy Bennett (Registrar of LYIT) at the launch of the 2015 LYIT Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair.EDUCATION: The annual Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair which is hosted by Careers Service, LYIT will take place on Monday 19th October 2015 from 12 noon – 3 pm at the Sports Hall, An Danlann. The Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair supports all LYIT students, graduates and adults considering their career options during and after studies.These options could include graduate employment, self-employment, postgraduate studies, voluntary work and travel. In addition to meeting employers and postgraduate course providers, attendees will be able to avail of advice from the many professional bodies in attendance including education, engineering, accountancy to name but a few.In addition to the main event, there will be talks throughout the day including a CV Clinic and a Careers Seminar.For information on who will be taking part in the 2015 Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair, please visit www.lyit.ie.EDUCATION: LYIT LAUNCH CAREERS AND POSTGRADUATE STUDIES FAIR was last modified: October 16th, 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:BusinessLYITnews
Donegal men are on the move and that’s official!Men on the Move, which is being piloted by Donegal Sports Partnership, and supported by DLDC & the HSE, is an 8 week Physical Activity programme exclusively for Men over the age of 35. The programme was delivered in Letterkenny, Falcarragh, St Johnston & Killybegs, with a total of 72 men recruited.The main aims of the programme are to increase the activity levels of men, increase awareness and understanding of the benefits of physical activity, and introduce a programme of education on topics such as Diet & Mental Health.Under the guidance of a dedicated coordinator in each area, the men were introduced to a range of activities including boxercise, spinning, circuits, walking and jogging, over 16 sessions. Celebration eventOn Saturday 9th November, men from all areas attended a celebration event, hosted by Donegal Sports Partnership, at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar.The event consisted of a 5k challenge, which for the majority, was a first time experience. Some of the guys opted for a game of astro-turf football, followed by a light pool session.The project, which is funded by Donegal Local Development Company Ltd under Goal 2 of the Local and Community Development Programme 2013, has been a great success. Over 90% of men recruited were not currently meeting the recommended levels of Physical Activity, prior to joining the programme.The event was organised as a celebration of the men’s achievements, and also as an opportunity for them to come together and share stories and their experience of the programme.Inviting new membersGiven the success of the programme, Donegal Sports Partnership, along with the support of the community centres of St Johnston & Carrigan’s Family Resource Centre, the Niall Mor Centre, Killybegs & Pobal Le Cheile, Falcarragh have endeavoured to keep the programme going for an extended period of 6 weeks. Therefore, we are inviting new members to join a group in your area- Whether you want to lose weight, get more active or just join up with a group for a bit of fun, this is the programme for YOU! Tailored to your needs, we provide the motivation and support to help you achieve your individual goals.All fitness levels/abilities are welcome. Remember – Whether you exercise or not isn’t important – Men on the Move will help you get started!To join a ‘Men on the Move’ group in your area, or for more information – Contact Karen on 087-7376537 / 074-9116078 or email Karen@activedonegal.comWhere When What time Optimal fitness gym, Mountain Top, LetterkennyTuesdays & ThursdaysBoth evenings – 6.15pmSt Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre Mondays & Thursdays Monday – 6.30pmThursday – 7pmNiall Mor Centre, Killybegs Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesdays – 6.30pmThursday – 7pmThe YARD Centre, FalcarraghTuesdays & Thursdays Tuesdays – 6.30pmThursday – 6.30pmDONEGAL MEN ARE ON THE MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION was last modified: November 14th, 2013 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:donegalMen On The Move
A 45-ft sperm whale has been washed ashore on a Co Donegal beach.Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill says a decision on removing the whale from Magheraroarty beach will be taken later.It’s the latest beaching of a whale on our shores. Although very sad, it’s not unusual – and scientists still can’t agree as to why it happens. 45-FOOT SPERM WHALE WASHED UP ON CO DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: June 19th, 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:beachdonegalMAGHERAROARTYSperm whalewhale
Bealtaine 2017 got off to a great start today when the programme was launched by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. The audience was treated to a special concert by living Jazz legend Guy McIntyre accompanied by John Trotter and Roan Armstrong. Bealtaine in Donegal features a wide range of over 150 events in libraries, arts and community venues and day care centres throughout the county over the month of May. Speaking at the launch Shaun Hannigan outlined a small number of the 160+ events taking place in Donegal during Bealtaine 2017 – from Plein Air painting workshops to the Lad from Laghey showing in a number of venues throughout Donegal to the ‘Then there was Light’ event which will remember the Rural Electrification Scheme to tips on keeping your brain healthy at a dedicated event in the Central Library in Letterkenny. Many of these events are free to attend with excellent concessions available for paid events.“A lot of work has gone into putting together this extensive programme which will see over 160 events taking place in Donegal to celebrate creativity and art among older people and we are hoping that as many people as possible will come along and join us in celebrating Bealtaine. Events are taking place in libraries, arts and community venues and day care centres throughout the county” says Shaun Hannigan.Councillor Terrance Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council. Photo Clive WassonRita Chapman, Grainne Hines, Chair Active Retirement Ireland, Cllr. Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and Francis Crapmsie at the Bealtaine Festival Launch. Photo Clive WassonFrancis Crampsie, Carmel Barron, Maureen Carr, Cllr. Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Grainne Hines, Active Retirement Ireland, Cllr. Gerry McMongile and Sean Hannigan, RCC, Rory Gallagher and Rita Chatman at the Bealtaine Festival Launch. Photo Clive WassonGuests at the Bealtaine Festival Launch. Photo Clive WassonTwo Derry jazz elders, Gay McIntyre on sax and clarinet and John Trotter on piano and vocals, ably assisted by the young Rowan Armstrong on double bass. at the Bealtaine Festival Launch. Photo Clive WassonGrainne Hines from Active Retirement Ireland also spoke at the launch and highlighted the valuable work being done by older people in Donegal and how this work contributes to our positive mental health and wellbeing. Ms. Hines referred to the many challenges that older people continue to face from poverty, to access to health care, to transport needs and referred specifically to the positive role played by the Older People’s Council in Donegal which has a key role in informing policy and services as well as providing information to older people. In his official launch of the 2017 Bealtaine programme in Donegal, Cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey encouraged older people across the county to participate in and attend the many events taking place, urging people to tell their own stories, share their own experiences and enjoy the many events taking place as part of this year’s festival. Free Bealtaine events at Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny include ‘An Introduction to Plein Air Painting’ workshop at 11am on Saturday May 6th, a Tea Dance and Book Launch by Letterkenny Active Retirement Association on Thursday May 11th at 2pm and ‘The Lad from Laghey’, a one woman show starring Jean Curran on Tuesday May 16th at 2pm. ‘The Lad from Laghey’ will also be performed at Mevagh Family Resource Centre on May 17th at 6.30pm and Aislann Kilcar on May 18th at 2pm. Grainne Hines, Chair Active Retirement at the Bealtaine Festival Launch. Photo Clive WassonRita McConigley, Betty Harris and Máire Coyle Pat McPaul, Margaret Boyce, Mable McIlwaine and Kenneth McIlwaine Ester McMahon, Mary O’Donnell and Mary Duffy Anne Malone, Mary Kennedy a and Marcella Molloy Mary Toland, Dermot Toland and Martin McGinleyMonica Woods, Anne Boyle, Anna Kennedy, Graine Hines, Myra O’Reilly, Eileen Farley and Nora Curran A very extensive programme of events in libraries includes a series of, Songs and Stories by Patsy Cavanagh, Hand Weaving Demonstrations by Clare O’Presco, Music and Craic with Fergus Cleary, Basket Weaving by Brendan Farren and Tips For Personal Safety by Neil Martin. The library programme also includes lunchtime concerts by the RTE Lyric FM Quartet at Central Library, Letterkenny on May 11th at 12 noon and at Twin Towns Community Library on May 12th at 1pm and Brain Health, tips how to keep your brain healthy, at Central Library, Letterkenny on May 18th at 6.30pm. Bealtaine in Donegal is part of the national Bealtaine festival, co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity in partnership with local authorities and arts and older people’s organisations. The theme of Bealtaine 2017 is All Together Now, celebrating collective action and includes a diverse range of events throughout Ireland.For further information on what’s on in Donegal during Bealtaine 2017, click here: Bealtaine 2017 BrochurePicture Special: Jazz legend celebrates Bealtaine 2017 launch was last modified: May 2nd, 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:Artsbealtaine 2017CulturefestivalGuy McIntyrelaunch
We learned this week that Joseph Duffy doesn’t fear anyone – not even Conor McGregor!Once again it was a very busy news-week across Donegal with the Donegal Rally creating plenty of headlines – mostly for all the right reasons.Here we take a sideways look at what other things that had people chatting from Ballybofey to Buncrana and beyond.1. We learned that despite the superb organisation and genuine rally fans, there are always a few who don’t really care about motorsport. Some of them appeared at Letterkenny District Court on Monday morning.2. It may be 2015 but the sight of a ‘Union’ flag is still a dividing issue for many in Donegal after the owner of Arnold’s Hotel in Dunfanaghy found out. 3. The announcement that Donegal is to get 15 new Garda vehicles throughout 2015 was widely welcomed and it appears that we will ned every one of them.4. We learned that mountaineer Jason Black isn’t a diva as he takes the Bus Eireann coach to Dublin with all his bags to begin his three month adventure to conquer K2.5. If you are a keen shopper you can snap up your very own shopping zone after Letterkenny Retail Park was put on the market by Bank of Ireland for several million euro.6. More than 600 runners and walkers took part in the Glenswilly 5k with many once again exclaiming the event offers the best buns in Donegal! Take a bow those tea ladies. 7. We learned that if you don’t succeed, try and try again. Just ask rally driver Manus Kelly.8. Donegal UFC fighter Joseph Duffy proved he is afraid of nobody after he offered to fight the Notorious Conor McGregor after his original opponent Aldo broke a rib. Go Joe!9. We found out what will be in the many Donegal GAA fans’ Christmas stockings after Jim McGuinness revealed he is to release a book ‘Until Victory Always’ later in the year.10. We also found out just why Michael Murphy is regarded as the best footballer in the country by former Tyrone legend Peter Canavan. Oh wait….that’s one for next week’s list!THAT FRIDAY FEELING – 10 THINGS WE LEARNED IN DONEGAL THIS WEEK was last modified: June 26th, 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)