Granger insists Justice Benjamin “very competent”

first_imgNominees for Chancellor, CJ…despite dismal track record in BelizePresident David Granger is maintaining support for his nominee for Chancellor — Belizean Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin –to take over the judiciary in Guyana despite his performance in Belize being criticised by the Belizean Bar Association.Asked about his nominee’s background on the side-lines of an event on Friday, President Granger reiterated his support for Justice Benjamin, and confronted the issue of the backlog of cases in Belize for which Benjamin was criticised.“I don’t know if there is any Judiciary in the Commonwealth Caribbean which doesn’t have a backlog of cases,” he said. “I don’t think that the allegations of the Bar Association are substantial enough for me to change my opinion. We had a process, by which all persons interested in the position of chancellor had appliedPresident David Grangerand had been interviewed by an expert panel,” he explained.“I am advised by that panel, and I am prepared to stick by the advice of that panel. So I have not changed my view on Justice Benjamin; he’s very competent, he’s Guyanese-born, and I think he’s working towards reducing that backlog.”Asked what distinguishes Benjamin from other potential candidates, Granger reiterated that the interview panel has already evaluated the candidates. He noted that interested persons had a chance to apply, and some — for example, Justice Roxane George — did not.Justice Benjamin was nominated by President Granger for the position of Chancellor, while the current acting Chancellor, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, was nominated for the position of Chief Justice.Back in February, Jagdeo had rejected the two nominees, though he never stated his reasons publicly.The Guyana Bar Association had even passed a motion calling on President Granger to confirm Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Roxane George in the respective positions of Chancellor and Chief Justice.It is expected that Granger will have another meeting with Jagdeo in the near future to sort out these appointments.Before his tenure had come to an end, former President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, had zeroed in on the trend of persons being appointed to top positions in Guyana’s Judiciary, but being forced to act for years while their confirmation remains in limbo.In an address to the Guyana Bar Association, he condemned the fact that since former Chancellor Desiree Bernard had demitted office, an agreement had notJustice Kenneth Benjaminbeen reached for the substantive appointment of a Chancellor.“This has brought us to the situation today, where the number one and number two officials of the Guyana Judiciary have not been substantively appointed. This is a most unfortunate state of affairs,” the legal luminaire had stated.“This situation has moved well beyond what ought to be acceptable in a modern democracy, where respect for the rule of law is maintained.“The Constitution envisages the Judiciary of Guyana to be headed by officials who are substantively appointed and enjoy all the legal and institutional mechanisms to secure their tenure,” Sir Dennis had continued, adding that the delay was a breach of the spirit and intent of the Constitution.Justice Cummings Edwards was appointed by President David Granger in May of this year. Prior to that, she acted as the Chief Justice from December 2015. She was never confirmed to the substantive position.Edwards replaced Justice Carl Singh, who retired after having acted as Chancellor since 2005. On the other hand, the currently Acting Chief Justice, Roxane George, was also appointed to her position on the same day as Edwards.last_img read more

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Body of farmer found afloat at Leguan foreshore

first_imgThe body of 69-year-old farmer George Dove of La Bagatelle, Leguan was discovered on Saturday at about 06:45h stuck between rocks in the estuary of the Essequibo River in the vicinity of La Bagatelle, Leguan.When Dove’s body was retrieved, there were abrasions on its head and on the left side, suspected to have occurred while the body was washed up between the rocks.According to Police reports, Dove left home at about 10:00h on November 20 for his farm at Parika Backdam, where he would normally spend two to three weeks before returning home.On Friday, however, at 18:30h, a woman saw the pensioner lying on the Leguan wharf apparently under the influence of alcohol. The woman offered to take him home, since they are from the same community, but he refused the offer.His body was subsequently found the following morning.Guyana Times was told that the late George Dove had been in the habit of regularly consuming alcohol and falling into trenches.last_img read more

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Golf team adapts fresh look

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I’ve never moved on (to postseason play) with a team,” James said. “It’s always been me as an individual moving on. This will be fun.” Peterson was impressed James’ manner on the course, especially after an errant shot or a misplayed ball. “He’s mature beyond his years,” the coach said. James shrugs off the compliment. “You know, I used to have a temper,” he said. “Now I realize that my temper allows me to keep playing bad. Now I’m letting it go, not getting worked up. There’s a lot of golf to play.” Greiner arrives at Canyon a hot prospect. He was a four-year letterman at Hart and a Daily News All-Area selection. “Obviously, he’s come into the program a highly touted player,” Peterson said. “We were lucky to get him. He is potentially as good as we’ve ever had here.” Old joke: Trevor James, like many left-handers on the golf course, has been kidded that he’s standing on the wrong side of the ball. His reply: “No, you are.” He’s not the only lefty with the Cougars. “We have five or six lefties on the team,” James said. “On one round, Coach put us all together on the same round. That was fun. Then he put three of us with one right-hander. He (the righty) said, ‘This feels weird.’ I said, That’s how we feel all the time.” Conference success: COC’s women’s basketball team, on a four-game skid before starting Western State Conference play, is 5-0 in conference action with wins over Glendale, Citrus, West L.A., Santa Monica and Bakersfield. The Cougars (13-8 overall, 5-0 in conference) have outscored their conference opponents 477-322. Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 nate.brown@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! College of the Canyons men’s golf coach Gary Peterson made his decision halfway through team-qualifying. The Cougars’ roster will have 14 players, including three freshmen, two of whom are expected to make immediate impacts. Freshmen Joe Greiner of Hart High, Trevor James of Oak Park and Casey Piper of Simi Valley High have claimed roster spots for Canyons, which has won 11 Western State Conference championships and three state titles. “(Greiner and James) have distinguished themselves,” Peterson said. “They’re off to a good start.” The Cougars, led by David Cape and Greg Gauvin, are expected to contend for the state crown. last_img read more

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ALMOST 300 COMPETE IN CRANA COLLEGE 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME?

first_imgBuncranaAlmost 300 runners and walkers took part in last night’s (Thurs) Crana College 5k in Buncrana.In the end it was City of Derry athlete Emmett McGinty who crossed the line first in a superb time of 16.11 followed closely by Foyle Valley AC in a time of 16.17.Place Bib Name Sex AG Club Time1 222 Emmett Mc Ginty m MO City of Derry 16:112 213 Roy Mc Gilloway m MO Foyle Valley A.C. 16:173 206 Stephen Connor m MO Foyle Valley A.C. 16:204 235 Darragh Crossan m MO Foyle Valley A.C. 16:415 232 Matt Mc Laughlin m MO Foyle Valley A.C. 16:486 252 Conor Mc Devitt m MO Foyle Valley A.C. 16:547 255 Terry Murphy m M40 Foyle Valley A.C. 17:258 159 Barry Coyle m MO 18:059 229 Martin Dunleavy m M40 18:1110 221 Frankie Bradley m MO Foyle Valley A.C. 18:1711 276 James Donaghey m M40 Convoy A.C. 18:2712 152 Martin Mc Lucas m M40 Inishowen AC 18:3213 207 Andrew Parkhill m MO Zoom Tri Club 18:3514 268 Rodney Campbell m M40 Foyle Valley 18:4015 219 Martina McMullan w FO Foyle Valley 18:4216 109 Shaun Doherty m MO 18:4317 58 Adam McCrudden m Walk 19:0318 227 Jason Ferguson m MO 19:0519 179 Frankie Lavelle m M40 19:2020 129 Éanna Mc Laughlin m Walk 19:3421 220 Mark Nolan m M40 Inishowen 19:3522 124 John Anthony Mc Mullan m M40 19:4623 236 Mark Strawbridge m MO NWCT 19:4924 262 Patrick Mc Callion m M40 19:5825 275 Sean Molloy m M40 Foyle Valley A.C. 20:0026 243 Paul Colhoun m M40 Born to Run 20:0727 242 Grainne Neill w FO Foyle Valley A.C. 20:0728 267 Sean Harkin m M40 Foyle Valley 20:1629 266 Deirdre Sheils w FO Foyle Valley 20:2530 60 Jordan Kelly m Walk 20:3131 256 Rory Mooney m MO Foyle Valley A.C. 20:3832 231 Rory Grant m MO 20:4433 279 Patrick Burke m MO Rise 20:5134 212 Patrick Doherty m M40 21:0435 313 Jamie Friel m MO 21:0536 161 Michael Gallagher m M40 Foyle Valley A.C. 21:1537 157 Siobhan Mc Laughlin w FO 21:2038 144 Cian Mc Guinness Farren m Walk 21:3239 264 Jacqueline Mc Cann w FO Foyle Valley 21:3240 33 Nathan Barron m Walk 21:4041 136 Peter Oneill m Walk 21:4842 277 Michael Mc Laughlin m M40 21:5243 237 Peter Mc Camphill m MO NWCT 21:5444 183 Damien Downey m M40 Inishowen 21:5845 1 Darragh McLaughlin m Walk Inishowen Athletics Club 22:0146 79 Kevin Gallagher m Walk 22:0147 254 Sinead O’ Brien w FO Inish Fitness 22:2048 123 Paul Mc Mullan m MO 22:2849 130 Fliónn Mc Laughlin m MO NWCT 22:3050 214 Denise Doherty w W40 Foyle Valley 22:3651 141 James Barber m Walk 22:4252 169 Adam McCallion m Walk 22:4453 162 Kieran Mc Callion m Walk 22:5654 164 Dylan Mc Daid m Walk 22:5655 215 Catherine Moran w W40 Foyle Valley 22:5656 45 Joseph mcGrenra m Walk 23:0157 233 Denis Kelly m MO 23:0458 178 Kevin Cooley m M40 23:0859 158 Gerard Marley m MO Milford A.C. 23:1160 296 Liam Daly m M40 Lifford Strabane A.C. 23:1361 230 Brendan Monagle m MO 23:2562 238 Leo Sheehy m M40 23:2963 194 Christine Porter w FO 24:1564 193 Tanya Mc Laughlin w FO 24:1765 114 Gary Mc Monagle m M40 Blast 24:2166 145 Francis Doherty m Walk 24:2967 192 Kieran Mc Callion m M40 24:5368 204 Helen Mc Daid w W40 Inish Fitness 24:5469 122 Liam Mc Mullan m M40 25:1470 316 Elliot Friel m Walk 25:2271 18 Mike Donaghey m Walk 25:3272 200 Javier Munoz m Walk 25:3473 314 Scott Friel m MO 25:3574 315 Anita Friel w Walk 25:3675 318 Jorge de La Torre Pérez m Walk 25:3776 209 Dessie Mc Court m M40 Foyle Valley A.C. 25:3877 21 Mia Gibson w Walk 25:5178 44 Catherine Loughrey w Walk 25:5379 82 Carlos De La Tolle m Walk 26:0180 28 Ben Green m Walk 26:1081 305 Ellee Doherty w FO 26:3582 143 Ciaran Lynch m Walk 26:3783 303 Rebecca Mc Daid w FO 26:3984 302 Aisling Doherty w Walk 26:3985 11 Ellen McDaid w Walk 26:4386 17 Ryan McGrath m Walk 27:0387 91 Thomas Bird m Walk 27:0988 309 Conor Mc Daid m MO 27:1489 110 Monica Gillespie w FO 27:1590 56 Karen Barber w Walk 27:2191 271 Liam Mc Daid m Walk 27:2492 299 Elaine Coyle w W40 27:3893 185 Alan Fletcher m MO 27:4394 298 Rosie Devlin w Walk 27:5395 210 Theresa Mc Crudden w W40 28:0196 199 Sandra Whoriskey w FO 28:0697 96 Lucy Jackson w Walk 28:1098 306 Cahir Mc Daid m MO 28:1899 301 Jamie Doherty m Walk 28:18100 27 Cian Downey m Walk 28:25101 177 Joe Ward m MO 28:32102 317 Jamie Friel m Walk 28:39103 112 Áine Gallagher w FO 28:47104 121 Leonie Craig w FO 28:53105 51 Michael Grant m Walk 29:02106 3 Mary Teresa Doherty w Walk Inishowen Athletics Club 29:02107 120 Trina Porter w FO 29:16108 104 Eimhear Logan w Walk 29:38109 103 Sharon Smith w W40 29:39110 155 Breda Callaghan w FO 30:09111 95 Bernie Devlin w Walk 30:38112 184 Marie Downey w FO Inishowen 30:46113 278 Racheal Mc Daid w Walk 31:07114 160 Hannah Mc Closkey w FO 31:25115 304 Jonathon Doherty m MO 31:26116 297 Louise Devlin w FO 31:28117 208 Teresa Downey w FO 31:31118 80 Robert McIntyre m Walk 31:57119 147 Sharon Mc Laughlin w FO 31:57120 246 Kevena Barron w Walk 32:00121 258 Katie Mc Gilloway w FO 32:03122 78 Lauryn Callaghan w Walk 32:04123 247 Serena Barron w Walk 32:07124 308 Lochlainn Mc Daid m MO 32:07125 310 Lorraine Mc Daid w Walk 32:08126 245 Caroline Banon w Walk 32:08127 307 Gerard Mc Daid m MO 32:09128 261 Anne Doherty w W40 Inishowen AC 32:09129 263 Labhaoise Doherty w Walk Inishowen AC 32:09130 138 Cora Boyd w Walk 32:17131 97 Emma Cooley w Walk 32:17132 189 Emma Doherty w Walk 32:38133 201 Siobhan Mc Laughlin w W40 32:42134 22 Lucy Devlin w Walk 32:44135 42 Ryan Bonner m Walk 32:53136 9 Ciara Whoriskey w Walk 32:53137 83 Chantelle McGrory w Walk 32:54138 217 Aisling Mahon w Walk 33:29139 149 Breda Quirke w FO 33:35140 202 John Mc Laughlin m M40 33:36141 312 Brenda Collins w Walk 33:53142 182 Stella Devlin w Walk 33:53143 150 Tracy Porter w FO 34:12144 43 Arlen Doherty m Walk 34:14145 75 Chloe McCallion w Walk 34:16146 55 Patricia Grant w Walk 34:16147 53 Mia McLaughlin w Walk 34:22148 284 Eimear Brennan w Walk 34:23149 151 Glenda Devlin w FO 34:27150 323 Dillion Mc Grory m Walk 34:42151 320 Gareth Mc Laughlin m Walk 34:44152 322 Shane Mc Laughlin m Walk 34:47153 319 Matthew Green m Walk 34:47154 13 Tiarnan Duddy m Walk 34:51155 293 Elainie Fallen w Walk 35:06156 294 Anges Doherty w Walk 35:07157 292 Orla Treacy w Walk 35:08158 88 Aoibhinn Doherty w Walk 35:16159 90 Maya Carlin w Walk 35:17160 148 Glenda Quirke w FO 35:28161 34 Moya McCloskey w Walk 35:32162 165 John Logan m Walk 35:36163 62 Briana Doherty w Walk 35:55164 101 Caoimhe Carter w Walk 35:55165 20 Kelly Duffy w Walk 35:55166 15 Shauna McGonagle w Walk 35:56167 70 Tegan Wilson w Walk 35:56168 73 Tara Burke w Walk 35:56169 54 Madison Doherty w Walk 35:56170 19 Caoimhe Doherty w Walk 36:01171 105 Eimear Parke w Walk 37:28172 29 Sean O’Boyle m Walk 37:49173 36 Shay Duncan m Walk 37:52174 113 Noreen Turner w Walk 38:23175 35 Shaun Bonner m Walk 38:24176 2 Georgia Brennan w Walk 38:40177 23 Molly Lavelle w Walk 38:40178 218 samantha Mahon w Walk 38:43179 216 Catherine Lynch w Walk 38:44180 61 Jack McLaughlin m Walk 39:41181 48 Vanessa Nelson w Walk 40:15182 49 Lauren Cooley w Walk 40:15183 39 Chloe Frazer w Walk 40:15184 64 Alexandra Mihoc w Walk 40:57185 259 Ellie O’Donnell w Walk 41:03186 98 Mia Fitzpatrick w Walk 41:05187 66 Ava Hirrell w Walk 41:06188 52 Kerry Doherty w Walk 41:08189 69 Naomi McLaughlin w Walk 41:08190 89 Orla Mc Dermott w Walk 41:08191 74 Eimear Graham w Walk 41:08192 191 Eimear Gallagher w Walk 41:27193 188 Aileen Gallagher w Walk 41:27194 67 Zoe McDaid w Walk 41:39195 99 Ellen Timlin w Walk 41:39196 85 Niamh Ryan w Walk 41:39197 272 Elizabeth Doherty w W40 42:56198 248 Monica Mc Guinness w Walk 42:58199 288 Aine Baber w Walk 43:01200 93 Curtis Mc Dermott m Walk 43:19201 57 John Grant m Walk 43:20202 249 Marie Mc Daid w W40 43:31203 250 Abaigh Mc Daid w Walk 43:31204 140 Aine Noone w Walk 43:32205 107 Susan Keany w Walk 43:32206 139 Emma Sheety w Walk 43:34207 253 Rosemary Callaghan w Walk 43:34208 234 Rosaleen McLaughlin w Walk 43:35209 274 Bridie Deehan w Walk 43:35210 273 Fiona Mc Carron w Walk 43:35211 257 Claire Nelson w W40 43:44212 311 Bernard Nelson m Walk 43:44213 133 Grainne Gill w Walk 43:46214 134 Eva McIntyre w Walk 43:48215 32 Mollie McGonigle w Walk 43:55216 68 Amy Staunton w Walk 43:55217 7 Lauren Duffy w Walk 44:07218 25 Niamh Grant w Walk 44:08219 128 Aislinn Carter w Walk 44:08220 153 Sinead Anderson w Walk 44:41221 265 Mary Harkin w W40 44:42222 132 Tracey McDermott w Walk 44:44223 131 Eva Gallagher w Walk 44:46224 38 Emily Dean w Walk 44:50225 37 Chloe Emery w Walk 44:51226 260 Susan O’ Donnell w W40 44:59227 321 Patricia Mc Laughlin w FO Inishowen AC 44:59228 119 Darragh Keogh m Walk 45:09229 146 Jayne Mc Sheery w Walk 45:09230 117 Laura Keogh w Walk 45:10231 118 Lailah Keogh w Walk 45:10232 295 Niamh Mc Daid w FO 45:10233 30 Caoimhe Doherty w Walk 45:10234 181 Marie Lavelle w Walk 45:28235 180 Pauline Devlin w Walk 45:28236 137 Molly Boyd w Walk 45:45237 71 Karen O’Connor w Walk 45:46238 291 Sarah Mc Dermott w FO 45:48239 270 Maeve Mc Gonigle w W40 45:48240 269 Neil Mc Gonigle m M40 45:48241 156 Sue Mc Sheffrey w Walk 46:28242 92 Erin Whorriskey w Walk 46:28243 100 Joshua Lynch m Walk 46:33244 135 Hannah McDermott w Walk 46:36245 285 Aoife Harkin w Walk 46:39246 59 Caolan McConnell m Walk 46:40247 280 Mia May Emery w Walk Inishowen AC 47:01248 281 Ava Mc Glinehey w Walk 47:02249 166 Rhys Mc Grory m Walk 47:09250 167 Noah Mc Grory m Walk 47:09251 224 Breda Grant w Walk 47:31252 190 Carmelita Friel w Walk 47:31253 186 Raymond Friel m Walk 47:31254 225 Noleen Grant w Walk 47:32255 4 Chloe McDaid w Walk 47:36256 282 Kathleen Doherty w Walk 47:38257 102 Karen Quinn w W40 47:43258 286 Lucia Mc Laughlin w Walk 47:50259 287 Clara Mc LAughlin w Walk 47:51260 46 Emma McKinney w Walk 48:31261 72 Raissa Grant w Walk 48:31262 187 Mary Gallagher w Walk 48:43263 226 Paula McGonagle w FO 48:50264 283 Caoimhe Duddy m Walk 49:06265 196 Rachel Mc Callion w Walk 49:52266 195 Gracie Mc Callion w Walk 49:53267 41 Siofra Harkin w Walk 51:09268 87 Sarah Sheehy w Walk 51:09269 142 Dara mc Bearty m Walk 51:09270 126 Ola Podalecka m Walk Fit Buncrana 51:33271 125 Megan Coyle w Walk Fit Buncrana 51:35272 127 Aisling Gallagher w Walk 51:49273 228 Ellen McGonagle w FO 51:56274 65 Andrea Mihoc w Walk 51:57275 47 Leah Quinn w Walk 51:57276 205 Mary Frazer w Walk 53:01277 198 Linda Mc Callion w Walk 53:01278 197 Emily Mc Callion w Walk 53:03279 106 Brianna Parke w Walk 53:13280 223 Chloe Grant w Walk 53:14281 203 Shannon Doherty w Walk 53:16282 8 Caoimhe McLaughlin w Walk 53:37283 168 Lorena Mc Grory w Walk 55:00284 111 Yvonne Duncan w Walk 55:01285 108 Rachel Keany w Walk 55:07286 176 Ann Marie Donaghey w W40 Zumba 55:08287 251 Rose Brennan w W40 55:14288 240 Noeleen Gallagher w W40 55:14289 244 Selena Brogan w W40 55:15290 241 Claire Mc Laughlin w W40 55:15291 239 Teresa Grant w W40 55:16 ALMOST 300 COMPETE IN CRANA COLLEGE 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: May 13th, 2016 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 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SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP

first_imgDerry City Reserves have a four point lead at the top of the Ulster Senior League after today’s results.Derry defeated second placed Cockhill Celtic 2-1.In the other games played today Drumkeen United beat neighbours Letterkenny Rovers 1-0 thanks to a late winner from Sean Ferry, Buncrana Hearts got their first victory of the season with a 3-2 victory over pointless Bonagee United and Kildrum Tigers and Swilly Rovers played out a two-all draw. RESULTSWeekending 17th June4 Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueBonagee Utd 2-3 Buncrana HeartsCockhill Celtic 1-2 Derry City ReservesDrumkeen Utd 1-0 Letterkenny RoversSwilly Roversm 2-2 Kildrum TigersDPD Couriers 1st DivisionDrumkeen United  3-3 Swilly RoversBonagee Utd 2-0  Letterkenny RoversFIXTURESWeek  beginning 18th June Wednesday, 20th June at 7:30pmDonegal News League Cup Group ACockhill Celtic v Derry City ReservesKildrum Tigers v Bonagee UnitedSaturday, 23rd June 2.00pmUSL 1st DivisionDrumkeen United v Bonagee UnitedSwilly Rovers v Kildrum Tigers4 Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueSunday, 24th June 2.00pmDerry City Reserves v Buncrana HeartsBonagee United v Letterkenny RoversSwilly Rovers v Cockhill CelticDrumkeen United v Fanad UnitedSOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP was last modified: June 17th, 2012 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:SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND UPlast_img read more

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CHARITY SPIN THIS WEEKEND AT THE ORCHARD INN

first_imgFancy a spin for charity?Do you fancy doing a spin on a bike for charity this Saturday or Sunday?Getting ready for the big spin for charity, Ewan Kavanagh, Reuben Kavanagh and Jack Harris in training for the fundraising event which takes place at the Orchard Inn, High Road, Letterkenny from 4pm Saturday to 4pm Sunday.If so make your way to the Orchard Inn, High Road, Letterkenny for a ride with a difference. It will help a group of friends undertaking a personal challenge – cycling the length of the country.Gavin Harris, Cathal Wilson, Adrian Wilson, Carl Wilson (Australia), Robert Kavanagh, Marty Burke, Wesley Moore and Michael Russell love their cycling and more often thannot, can be spotted cycling the highways and byways of the county.They are also eager not only to complete their biggest challenge to date but raise a bit ofcash in the process.Group member, Robert Kavanagh said as the Mizen to Malin cycle was no longer a novelty, they decided that the aim of the project would be to focus and promote Jigsaw Donegal and raise money for that organisation. Jigsaw Donegal provides a free and confidential support service for young people aged15 – 25, with a drop-in centre on Pearse Road in Letterkenny.As part of the national Jigsaw network supported by Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, Jigsaw Donegal aims to make sure that young people’s voices are heard and get the right support, where and when they need it.When something gets you down, or you are stressed or bothered, it can be hard sometimes to know where to turn.Jigsaw Donegal is there to help. Sometimes there’s a lot to deal with… studies, work, friends, family, sex, relationships, drugs and alcohol.These can all pile on the pressure. Its support workers are there to listen, and to help you work out where you want to be.Young people are  welcome to drop in to chat or meet with one of its support workers during the following times: Monday – Wednesday 4pm – 6pm; Thursday 4pm – 8pm and is closed on bank Holiday Mondays.“It’s a bit like that Bruce Springsteen song: ‘We Take Care Of Our Own’, that’s what we’d like to think that we’re doing with this charity cycle and as all money raised will go directly to Jigsaw, we think it will be worth the effort,” said Robert.According to Robert the riders taking part are self-funded so all money raised will godirectly to Jigsaw Donegal and will be used for the sole purpose of hiring an additionalclinical person to assist with the over-whelming demand on the service. This Saturday they are inviting people to come along and do a half-hour spin on their specially erected bikes at the Orchard Inn. Do your stint and contribute to their fund raising efforts.The cyclists’ main event takes place between Thursday August 28 and Sunday August31 when they arrive back in Donegal from Mizen.So if you meet the lads this weekend or at any of the fundraising events they will be hosting over the coming weeks and months become part of the bigger picture and help them complete this ‘jigsaw’.CHARITY SPIN THIS WEEKEND AT THE ORCHARD INN was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 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:Charity SpinFeaturesnewsNoticesOrchard Innlast_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DUBLIN STAR HITS BACK AT MCGUINNESS CLAIM

first_imgDublin star Michael Darragh McCauley has rejected suggestions by Donegal manager Jim McGuiness that Dublin are in a different league to any other county when it comes to player preparation.McGuinness said that there is now a big divide between Dublin and the rest of the counties, and that he expects that divide to widen over the next few years.He likened Dublin strength in terms of player preparation and resources to when Roman Abramovich took over Chelsea in the Premier League. McGuinness said, ” I suppose if we were having this conversation 10 years ago, you would say Kerry were the team that had all the resources.“They really looked after their players – jobs, Kerry Group supporting them and all that type of thing.“But Dublin have just, you know, it was like Abramovich going into the Premier League. It’s a different ball game now.“I think the divide is becoming bigger and bigger. I think Dublin are way out in front of any other team. But McCauley refuted those claims, saying other counties and other inter-county players have it just as good as those involved with Dublin.From playing college football, I would have got some insight into a lot of the other counties around the country and, from what I can see, it’s very similar to Dublin.“When I initially came into the Dublin set-up, I thought we were way past everybody else. But then I realised that everyone shares the same strength and conditioning coaches, shares the same techniques.“A lot of the facilities have been a lot better in different counties where we’ve been. So, to be honest, I wouldn’t agree with those comments.“I  think it’s pretty much a level playing field. Honestly, I believe that at the moment. “I would know a lot of the lads from different counties and they all have the same gig.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DUBLIN STAR HITS BACK AT MCGUINNESS CLAIM was last modified: August 20th, 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:claimsDivideJim McGuinnessMichael Darragh McCauleynewsRejectedResourcesSportSuggestionlast_img read more

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‘Climate Train’ leads way to COP 17

first_img31 October 2011The government and civil society have partnered to launch a unique Climate Train” to criss-cross South Africa raising awareness on changing weather patterns ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference starting in Durban on 28 November.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre from 28 November to 9 December.The train project has been touted by some as one the biggest campaigns in the history of the conference.The train, set to pass through 17 communities including small towns, rural areas, villages and townships, started its epic journey in Cape Town on Friday night. It is scheduled to reach Durban on 27 November, the day before the start of COP 17.Some of the areas to be visited by the train include Worcester, Beaufort West, Kimberly, Klerksdorp, Krugersdorp, Polokwane, Louis Trichardt and Ladysmith.‘Mobilisation, Dialogue and Climate Justice’Led by South African environmental agency Indalo Yethu, the project is supported by the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and the Embassy of the Republic of Germany.Traveling under the banner, “Mobilisation, Dialogue and Climate Justice”, the Climate Train aims to engage ordinary and vulnerable South Africans on their climate change “hopes, aspirations, experiences and solutions”.According to the organisers, lively meetings with locals will be held on the train and in community town halls. Schools, activists and ordinary people along the way will come to share films, industrial theatre and discussions on climate change.Other activities planned on the journey include tree planting to offset the carbon footprint of the train, with gardening, music and poetry are also on programme.Showcasing low-carbon technologiesThe train will also be used as a resource hub to showcase low-carbon technologies and present information and learning experiences on climate change mitigation, adaptation and innovation.Indalo Yethu chief executive June Josephs-Langa said the campaign would keep going even after COP 17.She said the voices that would be heard along the away would help towards crafting an African People’s Climate Charter.Josephs-Langa said that because people in small towns were sidelined by mainstream media on climate change awareness, they were not necessarily aware why weather patterns were changing and were trying to adapt.She added that the technical language used in climate change discussions tended to cut off ordinary people from the conversation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Quora’s New Algorithm for Ranking Answers

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The Q&A site Quora has detailed its plans for a PageRank, of sorts, for answers submitted to the site. In a nutshell, “good answers” from those who consistently write “good answers” will rank higher than others’ responses.Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever hinted at the changes in a post last month, following Quora’s explosive growth over the holidays. “We’re developing an algorithm to determine user quality. The algorithm is somewhat similar to PageRank,” Cheever wrote, noting that ranking people’s responses is a slightly different problem than ranking Web pages.That ranking “problem” made headlines last weekend when tech evangelist Robert Scoble retracted his initial enthusiastic endorsement of Quora (Is Quora the Biggest Blogging Innovation in 10 Years?, written December 26, 2010), with a post arguing that he’d “been wrong” about Quora’s potential. Scoble protested the up- and downvoting of the site, in no small part because his answers weren’t getting the spotlight he felt they deserved.An Algorithm for Good AnswersYesterday, Quora’s other co-founder, Adam D’Angelo, gave more details about the site’s plans for improving its answer ranking system.Answers with more upvotes are ranked higher.Answers with more downvotes are ranked lower.A vote from a user who has written good answers in the past carries more weight (both upvotes and downvotes).Answers written by users who have written good answers in the past will be ranked higher.Votes from people detected to be gaming the system (vote collusion, spam, bullying, etc.) will be ignored or minimized. This is also against policy and may result in a ban.Whether a user is an admin or reviewer does not affect the scores in this system.“Basically, if you want your votes to have more weight,” writes D’Angelo, “the best thing to do is to write good answers.”Will this settle the debate about what constitutes a “good answer” or whose answers are “useful”? And will it address some of the issues surrounding the power of “old-timers” on the site and those who are new to Quora (whether there via Scoble’s influence or not)? audrey watters Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web last_img read more

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