Chris Gayle was wrong, but …

first_imgYES! Chris Gayle was wrong to proposition Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin during the live-television interview.After all, the big Jamaican paid his US$7,000 fine and he apologised to Ms McIntosh, who duly accepted his apology, but somehow this issue just won’t go away.Some of us dare to opine that this issue has been massively blown out of proportion and that the “sin” of pursuing a woman, even though executed inappropriately and unprofessionally, in no way merits the level of vitriolic and fervent attacks and criticisms that have come the way of the swashbuckling left-handed batsman.That position is in some quarters being misconstrued to mean unequivocal support for Gayle.There appears to be an intolerant unwillingness to entertain any semblance of independence of thought on this issue, which has now ballooned beyond the point of the denouncement and condemnation of Gayle’s actions.There now appears to be much more than meets the eye swirling around Gayle’s awkward, almost embarrassing attempt at flirting with the Aussie journalist, with the introduction of agenda-laced terms such as sexual harassment, sexism, and misogyny, which forces one to wonder if the legitimate cries against Gayle’s actions have not now totally lost credibility.DOUBLE STANDARDThere is the glaring double standard and hypocrisy as it relates to tennis superstar Maria Sharapova’s equally unprofessional and inappropriate flirtation with a male journalist in the very same country, Australia. The disparity in how those moments were treated compared to how Gayle’s indiscretions have been treated locally and internationally stinks to the high heavens.Again, some of us dare to ask the question, why?When one prominent Australian commentator, Ian Chappell, the man who, incidentally, committed the far worse offence of dropping his pants in the middle of a domestic game in Australia while he was Australia’s captain, when such a compromised character comes out and advocates a worldwide ban for Chris Gayle, where else can the rational mind go but to a place that says a black man from the Caribbean is prohibited from setting his personal sights on such a symbol of white Australian beauty.Another instructive dynamic is the level of condemnation coming the way of Gayle from his fellow Jamaicans.While understanding the emotional rebuff to a prominent and successful Jamaican man choosing to pursue a foreign white woman, substantively ignoring his black Jamaican girls, outside of the understandable emotional backlash from that dynamic, there seems to be a wider, and more strident, conviction to get Chris Gayle from his very own people.Another stark reminder of our propensity as a people to tear down our own, I think Jamaicans are more expert at doing that than any other nationality in the world. We really do epitomise the ‘crab in barrell’ syndrome. If Chris Gayle was of any other nationality, he would absolutely get more support from his own people.As was the case when he strolled into the middle in the very next Big Bash game after the controversy erupted – where he was welcomed to rapturous applause by the Australian crowd – he was even hugged by an Australian woman. But with all of that healing and reconciliation taking place Down Under, here in Jamaica, the desperate hunt is on for even more of Chris Gayle’s blood. Gofigure!last_img read more

LM&TC rates, taxes collection system to be upgraded

first_imgLinden Mayor Carwyn Holland has urged members of the community to engage and embrace the Linden Mayor and Town Council, as it embarked on a number of initiatives aimed at development.Linden Mayor Carwyn HollandDuring a recent press conference, Holland said his Council, while being a cash-strapped entity, has been working to ensure that the plans for developing the town into a city were achieved.He said a number of initiatives have been planned, including an upgrade of the rates and taxes collection system. Already, the Council is pleased with its plans for rates and taxes collection, an issue which the previous Council found hard to overcome.“We are looking to upgrade our rates and taxes collection system. We’re looking to see how we can make it easier for persons to pay their rates and taxes. Also, we’re encouraging persons to start paying their rates and taxes. Business would not be as usual in Linden anymore. We have to go the legal and lawful way. In fact, persons who are building without permission, please note that building laws are here, which would cause some distress to persons who don’t follow the rules of the law. We want to encourage people to do things the right way and to come in to the Council and engage us when you’re looking at development and we’re ready to work on that,” Holland said.Additionally, he noted that the toll booth at Kara Kara has been gazetted and would soon be put into operation. The Council has also planned a market front enhancement project in an effort to forge towards making Linden a tourism hub.“It must not be Christmas time or Town Week only that we entertain tourists…We’ve engaged the local tourism body…and so far we are planning a monthly Linden trail, which will be visits to Linden…we’re doing these things to push and stay on our mandate, which is our campaign plan,” the Mayor said.Furthermore, the Mayor said the Council was looking at ways to enhance the National Library at Linden. The Council is also seeking to construct a heritage site to enhance the beauty and culture of the community; however, funding was a main issue, but the municipality has engaged the European Union (EU) in that regard. He added that the municipality was also looking at ways of enhancing the town through sports, as he hailed the recent fruitful engagement with cricket broadcaster Joseph “Reds” Perreira. The Mayor said a second engagement was in the pipeline to involve Linden, Bartica and New Amsterdam.last_img read more

Possible Tornado near Grande Prairie

first_imgPhoto:  This photo submitted to the Weather Network shows the possible tornado near Grande PrairieEnvironment Canada says it has not yet confirmed them, but it does say it received reports just after 9pm (Alberta time) last night, of a tornado that touched down, about five kilometers south of Grande Prairie.- Advertisement – The reports did prompt the government weather agency to issue a tornado warning for the area extending west to Beaverlodge.Severe thunderstorm activity was again reported across the prairies, with hail larger than a quarter, heavy rain and strong winds associated with one that hammered the city of Calgary.Environment Canada says it looks like central Saskatchewan, most of Manitoba and northwestern Ontario will bear the brunt of these storms today.last_img read more


first_imgBurt GAA Club NotesThe long awaited social event of the summer takes place this Friday 26 August. The Jigs’n’Rigs  Irish dance event sees the Burt GAA Club and Evans School of Irish Dancing come together and match members from our club with the dancers from the Evans school to raise funds for both parties.The show takes place in the Halfway House, Tooban, Burnfoot and kicks off at 8pm. Tickets for adults are €15 and children under 12 can pay at the door on the night for €7. It has nearly been a sell-out with only a few tickets left. Please check with Jigs’n’Rigs on face book for more info or contact Benny McDermott or any of the dancers. Dancing until late, with a DJ after the show. Goodluck to all involved and there’s sure to be plenty of craic for the audience too. The reserve footballers had a good win over Red Hughs in the 1st leg of their Junior B Championship match in Burt on Sunday. Goals from Christopher McDermott and two from Phelim Henry in the first half gave Burt a commanding half-time lead. The defence was well marshalled by Joe Donaghey and Michael Gallagher and the Killygordon outfit could find no way through on goal. The final score was Burt 3-9, Red Hughs 0-5.The senior footballers defeated Downings in Sunday’s second game played in Hibernian Park. Burt started off to a flyer with two goals from Paul McHugh and Joe Boyle. Downings found a way through to goal themselves midway through the half and by half-time there was two points between the sides – Burt 2-2, Downings 1-3. Downings got the first score of the second half but that was the closest they would get as Burt started to edge ahead with points coming from all over the side. Final score was Burt 2-12, Downings 1-7.The U16 hurlers had a fine win over MacCumhaills in the League semi-final last Thursday. Burt won 8-10 to 2-4 and will now face Ballyshannon in the Final this Thursday. Joe will be in contact about arrangements.
     The U12 hurlers had a comfortable win over Setanta at The Cross last Thursday despite undermanned. This Thursday they are home to MacCumhaills. Johnny will be in contact with parents. 
     The minor footballers beat Glenswilly 1-9 to 0-4 in the Northern Board Division 2 championship last Friday in Hibernian Park. The second leg will take place this Friday in Glenswilly with throw-in at 7pm.The U8 Hurling and Football Academy is now on Saturday mornings in Hibernian Park, Burt. Training starts from 10.30am to 12noon.. Any new players/members are welcome. Can parents please send lunch/drink with their child for the mid-session break. If anybody has any questions, please feel free to contact any of the coaches at anytime. The coaches and their numbers: Martin McGrath –  087 7431332; Rory Grant –  087 7763668; Benny Harrigan – 086 8670070; Johnny Downey – 086 3066874. Finally,  the club and team managers extend a warm invitation for any parents that would like to help out the coaches at these sessions in any way. All help no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated! The U13 footballers have a match away to Malin on Saturday in the NB Div 2 League. Seán will be in contact about arrangements. . U13/14 football training is on Saturday mornings at Hibernian Park from 10.30 -12 noon. Please remember to bring your water bottle for hygiene reasons. Anyone that has lotto cards or who sells lottos for the club, please remember to hand them into your coach at training.There was no winner of the lotto jackpot last week. Two weekly winners were: Breege Grant, Burt, €30 and Bobby Porter, Skeoge, €30. The numbers drawn were 2,7,8,16,19. Next week’s jackpot is €1750. Anyone with lotto’s should have them in the clubhouse by Tuesday night at 8pm or hand it to any club member. If anyone is interested in signing up to the direct debit, please contact Liam McKinney. Many thanks for your continued support.Updates on club games, activities and fundraisers can be accessed on BURT GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 22nd, 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:GAA: BURT GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Cavan prove too strong for Donegal Under-21s with second-half surge

first_imgCAVAN took a firm control in the second half to registered an ultimately comfortable win over Donegal’s Under-21s in Ballybofey.Donegal 1-6 Cavan 2-14The starting blocks for these teams in 2017 will be separated by six weeks and it told as Cavan had too much, out-scoring Declan Bonner’s team 2-8 to 0-4 in the second half. Although it was another good workout for Bonner’s boys, who are taking the place of the county seniors in the Dr McKenna Cup, the experience of Cavan proved too much.Second-half goals by substitutes Niall Dunne and Paul O’Connor fired them to the win.Cavan will be in Division 1 of the Allianz League this year meaniong that Mattie McGlennon’s men have a more pressing deadline to be ready with Bonner’s focus on being primed for an Ulster Under-21 clash with Tyrone on March 15.It is two-out-of-two for Cavan under new manager Mattie McGlennon after a useful win over Tyrone last Sunday and the Breffni are into 2017 with a sense of purpose. Cavan’s first goal arrived in the 51st minute, substitute Dunne converting from close range at the back post after Turloc Mooney scuffed his initial shot.Dunne’s goal put five points between them and was a real sucker punch for the young Donegal men and Cavan added another three-pointer late in the game when O’Connor finished from Joshua Hayes’ high ball.Cavan began with three points in the opening ten minutes, two of them frees by Seanie Johnston, either side of Martin Reilly’s score, creeping just over the Donegal crossbar after Tomas Corr broken down a kickout from Dylan Doherty.Last summer, Derry had been hopeful of getting Moville clubman Doherty into their panel for the All-Ireland qualifiers and Bonner has now drafted the Inishowen teenager into his panel.Doherty saved low from Shane Tierney’s attempt at goal in the 11th minute after Killian Clarke’s siezed possession on a kick-out from the Donegal ‘keeper that slipped through the hands of Daire Ó Baoill. Donegal showed five changed from the side that had ran UUJ agonisingly close seven days previously.Doherty took over from Danny Rodgers in goal, while IT Sligo-tied Eoghan Ban Gallagher and Jamie Brennan were replaced by Ciaran Gibbons and Adam Neely, while the injured Niall Friel’s void was filled by Ethan O’Donnell.Kieran Gillespie broke onto the Donegal senior ranks in 2016 and, having been with his college, DIT, last weekend, the Gaoth Dobhair man came in for Christian Bonner, who is away with NUIG today.Donegal had popped two early efforts into James Farrelly’s hands before they finally got off the mark – with a goal – in the 18th minute. Carroll’s shot was blocked down, but the situation was read magnificently by Ethan O’Donnell and the Glenties man neatly tucked past Farrelly.Although Ciaran Brady responded immediately for Cavan, Donegal were in front thanks to quick fire scores by Adam Neely – whose goalbound effort was deflected over by Reilly – and Carroll.Niall McDermott’s free brought Cavan level at the interval, but they were indebted to the head of Padraig Faulkner, their full-back, as they went in on an even keel.O’Donnell had a sight of a second Donegal goal late in the half after getting on the end of Langan’s pass, but his shot careered off Faulkner and out for a ’45.Faulkner registered a Cavan point early in the second half and, with Mooney and Johnston (free) on target, the visitors took control, but Conor Morrison broke up to fist over.When Jason McGee, another of the Donegal debutants, raised the roof with a huge long-range free, Donegal had hope, but they evaporated when Dunne netted.Two minutes from the end, O’Connor put complete daylight between them for an eleven-point win that was a tad harsh on the Donegal men.Donegal finish off their McKenna Cup campaign on Wednesday night when they take on Tyrone at Healy Park.Donegal: Dylan Doherty; Conor Morrison (0-1), Stephen McMenamin, Danny Monagle; Ciaran Gibbons (0-1), Kieran Gillespie, Daire Ó Baoill; Tony McClenaghan, Micheál Carroll (0-1); Conor Doherty, Michael Langan, Ethan O’Donnell (1-0); Niall O’Donnell, Gavin McBride, Adam Neely (0-2, 1f). Subs: Brendan McCole for Gillespie (19), Jason McGee (0-1, 1f) for McBride (42), Darragh Black for Neely (46), Daniel Gallagher for E.O’Donnell (53), Naoise Ó Baoill for Langan (58), Ciaran Diver for Doherty (60).Cavan: James Farrelly; Fergal Reilly, Padraig Faulkner (0-3), Killian Brady; Ciarán Brady (0-1), Martin Reilly (0-1), Gerard Smith (0-1); John McCutcheon, Tomas Corr; Joe Dillon, Turloc Mooney (0-1), Killian Clarke (0-1); Shane Tierney, Niall McKiernan, Sean Johnston (0-4, 4f), Stephen Murray for Corr (31). Subs: Niall McDermott (0-1, 1f) for Dillon (19), Rory Dunne (1-0) for Tierney (half-time), Christopher Conroy (0-1) for McKiernan (53), Paul O’Connor (1-0) for Mooney (58), Joshua Hayes for Smith (66).Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry).Cavan prove too strong for Donegal Under-21s with second-half surge was last modified: January 17th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:CavanDeclan BonnerdonegalDonegal Under 21slast_img read more


first_imgThis is the scene as the tide swallows up the materials for singer Daniel O’Donnell’s new home on Owey Island.The pictures were taken just minutes after a lorry carrying materials slipped on the island’s pier into the sea.The incident happened around 3.30pm yesterday and there were no injuries. Our pictures, snapped by a Donegal Daily reader, were taken just a few minutes after the accident.An eye-witness said the truck was already off the ferry at the island as the materials were being lifted off it.However the truck began to slip into the sea.The ferry operator tried to move the boat towards the truck but this was unsuccessful. The Arranmore lifeboat had been dispatched to the area.The Marine Casualty Investigations Board has been notified and will carry out an inquiry.The lorry was taking materials to the island for a number of people – including the O’Donnells. GOING, GOING, GONE! THE MOMENT DANIEL’S HOUSE SLIPPED INTO THE SEA was last modified: August 14th, 2012 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:accidentdaniel o’donnellferryOwey Islandlast_img read more


first_imgWhat would you do if you were standing at The Gateway to Hell in a pair of shorts? Well that’s what 250 brave men and women were faced with last Saturday at Extreme Adventure Letterkenny in The Gateway to Hell Mud Run.They came in their packs determined to take on what was ahead of them, which included mud, hills, obstacles, streams and of course more mud. Gerard and Iris ably assisted by a team of anxious but determined individuals tried to put a smile on the faces of those that came to their stations to register, but the people knew this wasn’t going to be easy!!!!As the competitors began to arrive the sun was shining and the mood lightened.DJ Scoop as ever, was banging out the tunes that reminded those worried faces that this was not an event to be feared but something to enjoy.Big Barney recently retired from managing Bonagee United was on hand to help in any way with his strong back room of Bonagee men and the local neighbours and friends. Then entered Sammy, a world renowned coach in Letterkenny to get everyone warmed up for what was ahead of them.Press ups, burpees, jogging on the spot had everyone ready and pumped for the gruelling test in front of them. Then came a moment of silence as everyone paused to take their oathOATHI will over come all ObstaclesI will punch fear in the FaceI will help out my Comrades I am not a QuitterI will not Give UpI will not SurrenderI will be a survivor from The Gateway to HellEnough talking, it was time to get it on. A shot gun start by the legend Brian Crossan who had a poor shot in his football days but none the less done what he had too, had the competitors off.The event which for some seemed like a nightmare when they first signed up, went like a dream. Weary, dirty but smiling faces came trundling over the line to be met first by Nicola with a high 5 and big well done.They came as individuals, in football teams, from sports clubs, from companies on a staff day out, as a groups of friends.They came from Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Poland and Spain but they all left with one thing in common. They had been to “The Gateway To Hell” and had all passed through with a smile.The first man home in the 10km was Martin Mooney in 52.15 followed by John Kenny 55.10 and then Ingio Cillero in 59 min. The 5km race was won by David (Reggie) Miller of Donegal League fame in 47.06 followed by Alan Boal 47.16 and Charlie Carlin in 50.45.The 10km team event was won by the Ambulance Crew and the 5km was won by Rathmullan Celtic (A 1st trophy for Dara Patton a manager)Thanks to everyone who took part and who helped out to make the event once again the success it was.The Mud Run is open to people to compete all year round for training or as part of a days craic and you can get more information by going to www.extremeadventure.ieTHEY CAME, THEY SAW, THEY CONQUERED: GATEWAY TO HELL – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: July 23rd, 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:FeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

Power fight back to defeat Oilers in NBL

first_imgMicheal Makiadi inspired Power to start a fight back scoring seven points in the process and registering vital defensive rebounds and by the end of the third quarter, Oilers lead had been reduced to 11 as it ended 52-41.Power went on a run of 9-0 at the start of the final 10 minutes with Oliers lead  trimmed to just a mere two points and wit 3:35 to play on the clock, Power took its first lead in the game as the board read 57-56.Landry Ndikumana saved Oilers blushes with a three pointer with only three seconds to play and ensure that the game goes to over time.In over time, Power never looked back as the made eight unanswered points to take a healthy 73-65 lead with just over three minutes to play and clearly Olires had lost it and could not much the energy the league leaders possessed conceding a 75-70 defeat in the process at the sound final buzzer.Power are leading the Mens’ division on 14-4 and Oilers who have four games in hand still on a record of 10-4 going into the zone five basket ball championships that start on Sunday.In the other game played on the night, KCCA Leopards three late free throws to over come a resilient  UCU side 62-61 in another thrilling encounter.KCCA still lead the women’s standings with a record of 14-0 with UCU second on 11-2. BASKETBALL–Micheal Makiadi put up urguably the best performance of the season so far as his power side defeated defending champions City Oliers 75-70 in overtime at the Lugogo indoor stadium yesterday evening.Makiadi registered a double-double in terms of points and assists for the fourth time this season as he scored a game high 25 points and 16 rebounds.It was not a roller coaster for Power as they struggled in the first quarter with Oliers coming out of the blocks with intensity registering 18-12 in terms of points.At half time, it was as if Oilers where just the referees final whistle away from registering their eleventh win of the campaign as they held a 19-point lead with the score board reading 36-17 in their favour. Power’s Micheal Makiadi (right) tries to stop Oliers’ Landry Ndikumana from converting a jump shot yesterday. Photo by Shaban Lubega.center_img National Basket Ball League:Bet Power 75-70 City OliersKCCA Leopards 62-61 UCU Lady CanonsCommentslast_img read more

‘End the rip-off’ – Doherty calls out car insurers on dual-pricing

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty is warning car owners to seek online quotes before renewing their insurance after discovering a case of dual pricing.The Donegal TD claims that loyal customers are facing unfair treatment from insurance companies when they go to renew their policies.It comes after Deputy Doharty received a letter with his insurance premium renewal being priced at €855.88. However, he found that he was able to reduce his renewal premium by €285 (33%) by applying for a premium online instead. He then called his insurance company to ask if he could get a better price. The advisor told him the best price they could offer was €814. Deputy Doherty shared his experience on social media and called on the insurance industry to end the practice of dual pricing. Teachta Doherty said: “This practice, of punishing loyal customers when they renew their premium, is called dual pricing. It is unfair, undermines consumer protection and must end immediately.“While we in Sinn Féin move forward in finding solutions to end this practice, I would advise customers to seek online quotes before automatically accepting the renewal quotes offered by the insurance companies. “There has to be a major overhaul of the insurance industry, and Sinn Féin is the party willing to take them on and end the rip off.” ‘End the rip-off’ – Doherty calls out car insurers on dual-pricing was last modified: September 25th, 2019 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:insurancePearse Doherty TDSinn Feinlast_img read more