It is disheartening to note that the bulk of the Liberian people still live in abject poverty more than 10 years after the Sirleaf administration assumed the mantle of leadership.Though this government has achieved some successes in the areas of health, education, road construction, and also guaranteed free speech for the Liberian people, it has failed to back its pledge for “zero tolerance on corruption as declared in President Sirleaf’s inaugural address of January 16, 2006.Undeniably, development is at a snail’s pace, or confronted with stagnation because corruption continues to serve as a deterrent to their development and economic growth of the nation. It is increasing the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’, and broadening the inequality in access to basic social services at an alarming rate than imaginable. The urgency of the need to empower the locals must be emphasized, as there is an inherent danger to Liberia’s hard earned peace in having the vast majority of the citizenry without sufficient food, health, education and shelter while a privileged few especially in government circles enjoy unprecedented luxury.The late visionary Liberian President William R. Tolbert, in a speech delivered at Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. on June 11, 1973, asserted amongst others that: “A man cannot develop those skills. A man cannot think about his fellowman. A man can not begin to develop a sense of community at all – when each of his days is nothing more than a personal battle to survive”.The need for grassroots Liberians to be emancipated from economic bondage cannot be overemphasized. This is precisely why the government must be forceful in instituting policies within its own circles and those of the private sector geared towards increasing the economic wellbeing of the locals. This does not imply dishing out ‘handouts’ to the poor, but rather the empowerment of the locals to enable them take their destiny into their own hands.More importantly, the process of marginalization of the Liberian people has to be reversed through the formulation and implementation of people-oriented policies that respect local views and priorities in order to forge a more equitable income distribution. Imagine how decent life would be for ordinary Liberians if the revenues generated by government were utilized for the great benefit of the Liberian people.Sadly, the huge disparity between the salaries of civil servants and those of the bureaucrats is alarming. This is unfair and clearly reflects poor economic management. In the private sector, such as private security guard services and construction companies, it is disparaging to find employers paying their workers ‘peanuts’ for wages because these entities are more interested in profit making than fostering the wellbeing of their workers. This gross injustice is enhanced with impunity owing to the bonds between these entities and the bureaucrats.To improve the quality of life in Liberia, the idea of building a society based on joint, voluntary action by well-meaning Liberians must become a reality. Established business people and professionals will have to share their financial resources and/or knowledge with less fortunate Liberians through job creation, financial assistance and instituting skills training. There must be a strong commitment particularly on the part of government to reduce poverty and accelerate development through the empowerment of the locals.On the other hand, the locals must not sit supinely and expect development to be delivered on “silver platter”. They must put their ‘foot down’ and say a big “No” to being marginalized by a few visionless Liberians in the government circles.Let me close with this excerpt from the inaugural address delivered by U.S. President Ronald Reagan on January 20, 1981:“Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity.“But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children’s future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political and economic upheavals…“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem… Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which show signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.“It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment… The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.“Now so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back…“So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope.”Jahbulleh Dempster is Chairman of Concerned Residents/Liberia – a humanitarian NGO founded to help forge the growth and development of Mama – Liberia. His articles often published in Daily Observer reflect his ardent desire for social reforms in the Liberian society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Delgadillo joins a range of public officials and lawmakers who have proposed dozens of anti-gang measures in recent months. His package includes SB 271 by Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, which would allow prosecutors to sue gangs for monetary damages and seize their assets to satisfy the judgments. Some gang members, he said, own homes, auto-repair shops, night clubs and their own homes. The funds would be spent by the city to improve the neighborhoods terrorized by gangs. Not all anti-gang crusaders, however, agree on the best approach. Republican lawmakers have generally focused on enhanced sentences and accuse Democrats of being soft on crime. Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who has proposed his own anti-gang legislation, said the Delgadillo proposals and those by other Democrats simply tinker with existing laws. SACRAMENTO – Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo unveiled a slate of new anti-gang legislation Thursday that he said would help law enforcement tackle a “growing scourge upon our communities.” The half-dozen bills, authored by several Los Angeles-area legislators, include tougher penalties for gang-related activities and broader powers for enforcement officials. “We are here today because we have decided that enough is enough,” Delgadillo said at a Capitol news conference. “We have to get tougher and smarter. We have to forge partnerships among law enforcement agencies, public officials, the business community and local residents.” There are an estimated 150,000 gang members in California, including about 40,000 in Los Angeles. Last year, officials have said gang-related crime rose 14 percent in Los Angeles and 44 percent in the San Fernando Valley. “We are glad that there’s bipartisan recognition that gang crime should be a high priority for the Legislature. But our review of their package is that we don’t think it’s very creative,” Runner said. But Democrats said cracking down on gangs is not a partisan issue. “The last time I checked, gang members don’t interview victims as to their political affiliation or orientation,” said Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, one of the authors of Delgadillo’s measures. “They are indiscriminate in their acts of violence. It is my view that what we have here is essentially legislators, irrespective of their partisan affiliation, concerning themselves with a very serious problem in this state.” email@example.com (916) 446-6723 California gang legislation More than a dozen bills aim to toughen regulations on gangs. Six were announced Thursday: SB 271 by Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles: Would allow prosecutors to go after gang assets to satisfy criminal judgments against them. AB 1013 by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, D-Burbank: Would allow city attorneys to evict drug dealers who engage in illegal drug activity on the premises. SB 989 by Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles: Would add hate crimes to the list of crimes considered to be a pattern of criminal gang activity. AB 268 by Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Montebello: Would allow out-of-court statements by prosecution witnesses to become admissable in court. SB 844 by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello: Would toughen sentences for gang activities, child abuse and hate and drug crimes within 1,500 feet of a school. AB 1033 by Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas: Would classify gang recruiting as a criminal activity subject to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s new conservative majority gave anti-abortion forces a landmark victory Wednesday in a 5-4 decision that bans a controversial abortion procedure nationwide and sets the stage for further restrictions. It was a long-awaited and resounding win that abortion opponents had hoped to gain from a court pushed to the right by President George W. Bush’s appointees. For the first time since the court established a woman’s right to an abortion in 1973, the justices said the Constitution permits a nationwide prohibition on a specific abortion method. The court’s liberal justices, in dissent, said the ruling chipped away at abortion rights. The 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy said the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that Congress passed and Bush signed into law in 2003 does not violate a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. Dr. LeRoy Carhart, the Bellevue, Neb., doctor who challenged the federal ban, said, “I am afraid the Supreme Court has just opened the door to an all-out assault on” the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The administration defended the law as drawing a bright line between abortion and infanticide. Reacting to the ruling, Bush said it affirms the progress his administration has made to defend the “sanctity of life.” “I am pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld a law that prohibits the abhorrent procedure of partial birth abortion,” he said. “Today’s decision affirms that the Constitution does not stand in the way of the people’s representatives enacting laws reflecting the compassion and humanity of America.” It was the first time the court banned a specific procedure in a case over how – not whether – to perform an abortion. Abortion-rights groups as well as the leading association of obstetricians and gynecologists have said the procedure sometimes is the safest for a woman. They also said such a ruling could threaten most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, although Kennedy said alternate, more widely used procedures remain legal. The outcome is likely to spur efforts at the state level to place more restrictions on abortions. “I applaud the court for its ruling today, and my hope is that it sets the stage for further progress in the fight to ensure our nation’s laws respect the sanctity of unborn human life,” said Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, Republican leader in the House of Representatives. Jay Sekulow, a prominent abortion opponent who is chief counsel for the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, said, “This is the most monumental win on the abortion issue that we have ever had.” Said Eve Gartner of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America: “This ruling flies in the face of 30 years of Supreme Court precedent and the best interest of women’s health and safety. … This ruling tells women that politicians, not doctors, will make their health care decisions for them.” She had argued that point before the justices. More than 1 million abortions are performed in the United States each year, according to recent statistics. Nearly 90 percent of those occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and are not affected by Wednesday’s ruling. The Guttmacher Institute says 2,200 dilation and extraction procedures – the medical term most often used by doctors – were performed in 2000, the latest figures available. Six federal courts have said the law that was in focus Wednesday is an impermissible restriction on a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. “Today’s decision is alarming,” Ginsburg wrote in dissent for the court’s liberal bloc. She said the ruling “refuses to take … seriously” previous Supreme Court decisions on abortion. Ginsburg said the latest decision “tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure found necessary and proper in certain cases by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.” Ginsburg said that for the first time since the court established a woman’s right to an abortion in 1973, “the court blesses a prohibition with no exception safeguarding a woman’s health.” She was joined by Justices Stephen Breyer, David Souter and John Paul Stevens. The procedure at issue involves partially removing the fetus intact from a woman’s uterus, then crushing or cutting its skull to complete the abortion. Alternate method Abortion opponents say the law will not reduce the number of abortions performed because an alternate method – dismembering the fetus in the uterus – is available and, indeed, much more common. In 2000, the court with key differences in its membership struck down a state ban on partial-birth abortions in a challenge also brought by Carhart. Writing for a 5-4 majority at that time, Justice Breyer said the law imposed an undue burden on a woman’s right to make an abortion decision in part because it lacked a health exception. The Republican-controlled Congress responded in 2003 by passing a federal law that asserted that the procedure is gruesome, inhumane and never medically necessary to preserve a woman’s health. That statement was designed to overcome the health exception to restrictions that the court has demanded in abortion cases. But federal judges in California, Nebraska and New York said the law was unconstitutional, and three appellate courts agreed. The Supreme Court accepted appeals from California and Nebraska, setting up Wednesday’s ruling. Kennedy’s dissent in 2000 was so strong that few court watchers expected him to take a different view of the current case. Kennedy acknowledged continuing disagreement about the procedure within the medical community. In the past, courts have cited that uncertainty as a reason to allow the disputed procedure. “The medical uncertainty over whether the Act’s prohibition creates significant health risks provides a sufficient basis to conclude … that the Act does not impose an undue burden,” Kennedy said Wednesday. While the court upheld the law against a broad attack on its constitutionality, Kennedy said the court could entertain a challenge in which a doctor found it necessary to perform the banned procedure on a patient suffering certain medical complications. The law allows the procedure to be performed when a woman’s life is in jeopardy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Siding with Kennedy were Bush’s two appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, along with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. The law is constitutional despite not containing an exception that would allow the procedure if needed to preserve a woman’s health, Kennedy said. “The law need not give abortion doctors unfettered choice in the course of their medical practice,” he wrote in the majority opinion. Doctors who violate the law could face up to two years in federal prison. The law has not taken effect, pending the outcome of the legal fight. Erosion of rights In dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the ruling “cannot be understood as anything other than an effort to chip away at a right declared again and again by this court.”
Jack Wilshere Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has today denied reports that Jack Wilshere has suffered another injury setback, claiming the midfeidler is on course for a return.The 24-year-old has not kicked a ball since August having suffered a hairline fracture to his left fibula at the end of the Gunners’ pre-season.Rumours emerged on Monday that he had suffered an ‘adverse reaction’ to his return to full training, and could now be out for the rest of the season, putting his chances of making England’s Euro 2016 squad in jeopardy.But Wenger has rubbished the claims and predicted his midfield maestro could be playing Premier League football within a month.The French coach revealed: “Wilshere has not suffered a setback – that is wrong information.“He is looking good and I have spoken to Roy Hodgson about him, to reassure him he’s progressing well.“I am cautious, but we can say he might be playing in four weeks.” 1
Spring Home & Garden Show will feature over 120 exhibitors, 2-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Terri Burbank at (661) 259-3886. Spring Choral Concert, 7 p.m. today at Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. “Nothing But the Truth” will be presented, 7:30 p.m. today and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Theatre Q at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. Some Like it Hot dance to the music of Jimmy Raschel & Longshot, 7:30 p.m. today at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Don’t Dress For Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Moonlight hike, 8-9 p.m. today at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (6610 259-7721. Danny Villalpando and Andrew Norelli will perform, 9 p.m. today and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Super Jazz X will feature jazz music performed by local and visiting junior and senior high school jazz bands, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Valencia High School, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Admission: $5. Call Bob Babko at (661) 294-1188, Ext. 524. Unity Day is a celebration of multiculturalism with musical entertainment, an art show, auto show, basketball tournament, food court, information booths, games and more, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Bill Watford at (661) 298-8140. Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team 40th annual Regimental Horse Show, 9:30 a.m. at 9721 Hierba Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0324. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dinner Jacket” will be presented, noon Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m Sunday in Fellowship Hall at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Tickets: $15 for adults and $5 for children. Call Kathy Lively at (661) 269-1441. Dance Show, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall, Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 259-7575. LETMESAIL, Inc. will hold a Crazy Hat and Crazy Shirt Bingo Night for individuals 16 and over with disabilities, 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Requested donation: $5. Call (661) 702-8555 or visit www.letmesail.org. Music in the Mansion will feature a pianist, oboist, soprano and tenor, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the living room at Hart Mansion, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $20-$25. Call (661) 254-4584. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Spring Concert will feature the symphonic and jazz bands and orchestra, 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Ranch High School, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Admission: $5. Call (661) 222-1220. Canyon High Spring Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Admission: $5-$6. Call (661) 252-6110. Placerita Junior High Spring Orchestra and Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hart Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-1551. “BB Wolf: The Trial” will be presented, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Spring Desert Flower outing for seniors will depart, 10 a.m. Thursday from the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783 to reserve a spot. Spring Jazz concert, “All About Jazz,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Valencia High School Theater, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Cost: $5. Call (661) 294-1188. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
UPDATED: A 22-year-old man has appeared in court in Buncrana today charged in connection with the deaths of eight people in a road crash in Inishowen last year.Shaun Kelly, Hill Road, Buncrana, who turns 23 tomorrow, was charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men.He was arrested and conveyed to Buncrana courthouse by Garda Carol Doherty. He will appear again at Buncrana District Court on December 8th.Those who were died were Eamon McDaid, 21, of Ballymagan, Buncrana, PJ McLaughlin, 21, of Burnfoot, Ciaran Sweeney, 19, of Ballyliffin, James McEleney, 23, of Clonmany, Mark McLaughlin, 21, of Fahan, Paul Doherty, 19 of Ballyliffin, Damien McLaughlin, 21, of Buncrana and Hughie Friel, 66, of Urris.The crash was the worst road tragedy on our roads ever.It happened on July 11 last year and devastated several Inishowen communities.The man who appeared in court was the sole survivor of the incident.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBREAKING NEWS: MAN HAS APPEARED IN COURT IN RELATION TO INISHOWEN ROAD DEATHS was last modified: November 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:court appearanceinishowen road tragedy
A community has come together to raise funds for the family of a woman who died just two weeks after giving birth to her third child.Tragic Melissa Hamilton was just 34 when she sadly passed away in September at Letterkenny General Hospital after a brave battle with cancer.Her untimely passing was all the more devastating for her family and friends as it came just days after she gave birth to her third daughter, Grace. Now the local community has come together to support Melissa’s husband Seamus and daughters Jessica, Darcy and Grace.A fund-raising dance in aid of the Melissa Hamilton (nee Connolly) Appeal will be held in Ballybofey after Christmas.Originally from Curragh, Killygordon, Melissa was a popular member of the local community an a devoted mum to her daughters.Hundreds attended the wake at Melissa and Seamus’s home in Sallywood, and the funeral at St Patrick’s Church, Crossroads, was one of the biggest the parish has seen in many years. The fundraising dance will take place in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey, on Thursday, December 29.Music will be provided by The Kavanagh Brothers and doors will open at 10 pm.Tickets are priced at just €10 and can be purchased from the Villa Rose or any appeal fund member.Patrons can also pay at the door on the night. BRAVERY OF TRAGIC MUM TO BE REMEMBERED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS was last modified: December 14th, 2011 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:Letterkenny General HospitalMelissa Hamilton
Donegal have a comfortable lead over Armagh in the final of the Ulster Minor Football Championship at Clones.Donegal lead at the break 1-09 to 0-02, the goal coming from John Campbell, setting Declan Bonner’s young side up to clinch their first Ulster Minor title since 2006.Let’s hope Jim McGuinness’s boys are in a similar position when they take on Monaghan in the senior final later on today. Come on, Donegal!!!ULSTER MFC FINAL: DONEGAL HOLD COMFORTABLE LEAD OVER ARMAGH AT HALF TIME was last modified: July 20th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:armaghchampionshipClonesdonegalfinalhalfMinortimeUlster
The eighth of July 2018 will see South West Donegal host what could be the biggest single days sporting event Donegal has ever seen – a marathon and half marathon that runs entirely along the Wild Atlantic Way, from Killybegs to Glencolmcille!People from athletics clubs, along with recreational runners throughout Ireland, the UK and around the world, will descend on South West Donegal to take part in the inaugural running of the Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon.The marathon route will take participants along the most scenic and spectacular routes on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way! Launching the Wild Atlantic Marathon in Magee of Donegal Laura Harron, Eunan Quinn. Patrick Temple and Marion MulhernThe idea and concept of running the marathon is the brainchild of Ballybofey man Eunan Quinn, whom himself is a renowned endurance athlete. Having started athletics with Finn Valley A.C., he went on to compete in Ironman triathlons, which saw him qualify and compete in two Ironman World Championships in Hawaii (2002, 2003), and subsequently held the Irish Ironman record in 2006.For the past 20 years Eunan has been running a successful physical therapy practice. He holds an IAAF level 4 endurance coaching award, and recently obtained a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Ulster University. This knowledge and skills combined has lead Eunan into this field.With Donegal being voted ‘The Coolest Place on the Planet 2017’ by National Geographic, this inspired Eunan to set up Excel Sports a company which promotes and organises sporting events in scenic areas around Donegal. Adventure tourism is becoming increasingly popular, and Eunan himself stated that many of his own family holidays have been based around sporting events. Since opening online marathon & half marathon registration, people from as far as Boston, California, Tasmania, England and Scotland have signed up for the event, with many stating their intention to holiday in our beautiful county.Eunan’s hope is that this event will become a gathering for people from Donegal or who have an association with Donegal.We are also encouraging companies, organisations and businesses to challenge their employees to take part in the event, as part of their social and corporate team building initiative.Magee 1866 have put their name behind the event and are the event’s main sponsor. Patrick Temple commenting on behalf of Magees, says they are delighted to be associated with the event.“It’s absolutely fantastic for Magee 1866, as a homegrown Donegal brand, to be sponsoring the Magee 1866 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon and Half Marathon which is epitomising many of the things that Donegal stands for; the rugged landscape, the Wild Atlantic Way and the wonderful lifestyle we have here. We look forward to welcoming people from all over the world as well as local people to come and enjoy it.”“As a family, we are very much outdoor people. Most of our family and team at Magee 1866 have participated in a marathon but for some of us it’s been a few years! With this event taking place on our doorstep for the first time ever has motivated us to take up the challenge.” Speaking on behalf of Excel Sports, Eunan Quinn commented: “The idea came from being involved in sport all my life, along with the attraction of the beautiful scenery and coastline that we have in Donegal. No event of this scale has ever been done in South West Donegal.“I have had the idea for quite a while and am delighted to have the support of Magee 1866, a brand that fits perfectly with our vision for this event. We have gained welcome support from the local media, local businesses, people and organisations, with everyone I talk to, keen to be involved.”“It is a beautiful part of the county and the most scenic route along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. I have already hosted several small events in 2017 which were all a huge success. Along with the Magee 1866 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon, we have plans for a 2nd East Donegal Half Marathon in September, and a Gaeltacht Adventure Race in October.”It will be a challenging but rewarding marathon that will start at the stunning scenic fishing port in Killybegs, and finish at the famous Glencolmcille Folk Village. The route will take participants along the coast roads, from Killybegs to Kilcar, Carrick, Malinmore, Malinbeg, passing stunning beaches like Silver Strand beach and finish in Glencolmcille.The event will also include a Half Marathon which starts outside Carrick and finishes at the Glencolmcille folk village.“Magee 1866 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon are delighted to announce that in partnership with Wild Atlantic TV, live coverage will be streamed on the day through theirs and our online channels.“It’s an exciting opportunity for Donegal as people from all over the world will get to see and view their friends and family taking part in the first Magee 1866 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon, all the while showcasing one beautiful part of our county.”Online registration is now open at https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/MageeDonegalWildAtlanticMarathonHalfMarathon2018.You can follow the Magee 1866 Donegal Wild Atlantic Marathon on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ExcelSportsIreland/ – All details about the route, accommodation and updates will be posted here.Alternatively, if you have any queries you can contact Eunan Quinn directly by email: email@example.com.South West Donegal to host ‘The Most Scenic Marathon & Half Marathon in the World’ in July 2018! was last modified: January 19th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:coolest placedonegalmagee 1866Marathon
A GAA star who attacked an elderly man with his own walking stick after a row at a chip shop has escaped going to jail.Tyrone star Dean McNally was told by a Judge that he can consider himself “extremely lucky” after he was ordered to pay his victim €2,500 in compensation. Dean McNally, aged 27, previously appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal after being told to pay victim Eugene Ferry €2,000.The court heard how there had been a verbal row at a chip shop involving McNally, two of his friends and an elderly gentleman using a walking stick.The row spilt out onto the street outside the Downings Bay Hotel on the night of March 4th, 2017.Outside McNally, who plays for both Tyrone and Kildress, broke Mr Eugene Ferry’s walking stick on the ground.Mr Ferry was then pushed to the ground during the incident and hurt his hand.He then threw the other part of the walking stick at the elderly man hitting him in the back.The court was also told that both McNally and his two friends then began to verbally abuse Mr Ferry.Victim Eugene Ferry who was attacked with his own walking stick. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The victim made a complaint to bouncers who contacted Gardai about the matter.Garda Colm McConigley viewed CCTV footage of the attack and was able to identify McNally as the culprit.Solicitor for the accused, of 23 Cabhan Alvinn, Pomeroy, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Mr Kieran O’Gorman, said his client had no previous convictions.He said his client was of good character and never meant to get involved in any row.He is charged with being intoxicated, using threatening and abusive language and also assault.He handed in a number of references to Judge Paul Kelly on behalf of McNally whom the court was told is engaged to be married.A victim impact statement on behalf of the victim was handed into court and Judge Paul Kelly handed the statement to McNally to read.Mr Ferry said he did not have any medical expenses as a result of the attack.McNally told the court “I apologise for what happened and I should not have been involved.”The court was initially told that €500 had been paid to Mr Ferry as compensation but Mr Ferry said that this was not the case.He added that he had been offered €100 but nothing had ever come of it.Judge Paul Kelly asked if two other accused men involved in the case had appeared before the court.He then said “I’m curious about the other two individuals. The injured party said he was attacked by three males outside chip shop. Is he covering up for other people is the question I’m asking.”Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that it was a bouncer outside the premises who identified McNally and that no other people had been sought in connection with the attack.Judge Kelly ordered that €2,000 be handed over to Mr Ferry and also that another €500 lodged in court by McNally be given to the victim.“On that basis, I will strike out the charges against him. He can consider himself extremely fortunate. He can consider himself very lucky,” he added.GAA star avoids jail after paying victim €2,500 after walking-stick attack was last modified: April 12th, 2018 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:attackDean McNallydownings bay hotelEugene FerryGAAStarTyrone