Coverage of Parliament– as 2-day GPA/ACM workshop concludesThe National Assembly’s proposed draft code of conduct for Journalists who cover matters related to parliamentary sittings is being staunchly opposed by members of the local media fraternity, as consultations proved over the weekend.Some of the participants in the two-day GPA/ACM training programme on coverage of Parliament pose for the cameras on Sunday (Association of Caribbean Media Workers photo)The consultations and media training workshop were facilitated by the Canadian High Commission, the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), and the Guyana Press Association (GPA) in the parliamentary chambers on April 7 and 8.At one point during the penultimate day of training, the attendees were separated into two groups. While one group was chaired by veteran Journalist and Editor-in-Chief of the Trinidadian newspaper Newsday, Judy Raymond, the other group was chaired by founding ACM President Wesley Gibbings.It was subsequently revealed that the parliamentary chambers were formulating a draft code of conduct, as well as mulling the introduction of accreditation for parliamentary reporters. Subsequent reports from the chairpersons of these sub-meetings showed that the attending media personnel were unanimously against the measure.During her presentation on her group’s discussions, Raymond related that the media personnel were opposed to the draft code on the grounds of its potential to be used punitively. She reported that it was felt that since Journalists were already guided by ethical principles from the profession and workplace, additional codes of practice would be wholly unnecessary.“There was a concern, with regard to both issues, that conditions or penalties might be imposed which could affect individual Journalists, to their detriment and possibly detract from the range and quality of coverage in Parliament,” Raymond reported.Voicing similar views, GPA Executive Royden James reported that his group also felt that such measures should come from the media houses and not the National Assembly. Concerns were also raised about the purported security rationale behind accreditation.Last year, the National Assembly saw two breaches; one where a woman attired as Santa Claus gained access to the chambers during a presentation from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.In another breach, a spectator began singing “God is watching you”, a line from a famous Nanci Griffith song, during a sitting of the National Assembly late last year. Further, there was a case of undercover Police ranks posing as media operatives and sitting among media personnel…until they were exposed.According to Public Relations Officer of the National Assembly, Yannick December, the need for accreditation of media personnel covering parliamentary matters is made greater by these instances.“What you had there was a miscommunication,” December related, in brief comments on the undercover Police controversy. “They’re supposed to notify us in advance and we would know that these persons would be here.”Far from the media having to be subjected to security measures, former GPA President Dennis Chabrol stressed that it was the media who actually needed protection. Here, cases of the undercover ranks shadowing the media in the National Assembly were cited.Concerns were also raised by Guyana Times Journalist Jarryl Bryan about the National Assembly’s failure to aggressively update documents accessible online, such as its Hansards. The latest Hansard dates from the 71st sitting of the Assembly in November 2017. While noting that hard copies of Hansards can be provided by the library, Assistant Clerk of the National Assembly Deslyn West promised to look into the matter.The two-day media training had started on Saturday, with the aim to improve the media’s knowledge of parliamentary practices and procedures, improve the media’s understanding of its role in an evolving democracy and consider the tenets of journalistic ethics vis-à-vis parliamentary coverage.At the end of the session, media operatives received a certificate of participation.
…Harmon commits to deploying more resourcesFlood-hit Region 9Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on Friday visited the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo region (Region Nine), where he charged the Regional Administration to work collectively with every stakeholder and to utilise every available State resource at its disposal to ensure that they serve the residents affected by flooding, even as the waters continue to recede after rising as much as five feet in some areas.An aerial view of the flood situation in Region 9Minister Harmon, who first stopped at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Boardroom to meet with officials of the Regional Administration, Ministries and Government agencies, said Government is committed to bringing relief to the residents. He told the officials that every effort must be made to reach every resident who has been affected by the flood, which resulted from the overtopping of several rivers, particularly the Takutu River, due to heavy rainfall in the region and over in neighbouring Brazil.“I want to say that in a situation like this we don’t have administration and others, we have one administration, and so the resources of the administration must be put to the use of the people… if we have to take meals out to the people, we have to do so. When we speak about administration in these circumstances, we are talking about all of the resources of the region being applied to that situation.“Every Government department must chip in with (its) resources, so that the citizens are not affected in a major way. I am asking that we coordinate and cooperate where the resources of the region are concerned. This is not a normal situation, and therefore we have to act a little bit unusual. What that ‘unusualness’ means is that we have to pool our resources for the benefit of the people,” Minister Harmon is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.The State Minister said the current weather patterns in the region and in Brazil will see the water rising and receding at frequent intervals; but with a coordinated approach, some semblance of order can exist. He acknowledged the rapid response by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the Regional Administration, which have been working in tandem to respond and to continue to monitor the situation on the ground.At present, 59 persons have been evacuated and placed in three shelters which were established, and they are being tended by the region with support from the CDC.The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has also been providing support through a boat shuttle service for residents from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours every day.Minister Harmon noted that, overall, he is satisfied with the arrangements put in place, as the response and preparation this year has far surpassed those that were in place last year.“Two years ago we had this situation, and this year I am happy to see that there is a greater level of coordination of the operations here, and I am very pleased about that. So I am asking that you work together with the region,” he said.The CDC, on Friday, carried in the supplies requested by the region, including water purification tablets, collapsible bottles, detergents and cleaning supplies, beddings and blankets, among other materials.Minister Harmon noted that since the flooding is expected to be an annual occurrence, the administration will work to fast-track the construction of a bond for the CDC in the region, which would provide storage for materials in the event of a disaster.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Brian Allicock, in an invited comment, said the water has begun to recede, although it remains high in some areas. The region, he noted, is continuously monitoring the communities in the South Rupununi, particularly since 31 of the villages have had their access cut off due to the floodwaters. However, he said that he remains hopeful that the water would recede by this evening.“Yesterday (Thursday) we got scared because the water was coming in so rapidly, but thank God, this morning (Friday) the water stopped coming in. What is happening is that it is going and coming. In the forecast from Brazil, there is rain for the next couple of days, and we have a back-up of the waters in the rivers over there into the Takutu. Currently, we cannot access Karasabai by road, and even when you go by boat, you have to wade through waist-high water to get into the village; so they are totally cut off. The South villages, 31 villages in total, have been cut off. Nothing can go in or come out so far, but the water is receding and I hope to hear positive news,” Allicock said.The CDC continues to monitor the situation in the region, and will provide support as it becomes necessary.
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U-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment05-Aug-2011Aodh Ruadh3 – 112 – 11DungloeAodh Ruadh05-Aug-2011Naomh Mhuire1 – 76 – 7ArdaraNaomh MhuireU-14 Div 2 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment05-Aug-2011Naomh Columba6 – 93 – 7KillybegsNaomh NailleDiv 2 FinalU-14 Div 1 LeagueDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment03-Aug-2011Na Rossa2 – 152 – 10DungloeNa RossaGAA RESULTS: DONEGAL U-14 SOUTH was last modified: August 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
Kilcar GAA News:Our seniors drew 0-14 to 1-11 in their top of the table clash with St Michaels on Sunday both teams were without their county players and along with injury’s we were short 9 first team players but overall a draw was a fair result in a very entertaining match with some great scores from both teams, our scorers were Stephen McBrearty 0-05, Conor Doherty 0-03, Mark Sweeney 0-02, Andrew McClean 0-02, Michael Hegarty 0-01, Declan Gallagher 0-01 while an understrength reserves side were defeated 2-13 to 0-08 next league match is away to St Michaels on Sunday week. Underage Our Under 14s are home to Naomh Brid tonight, Monday at 6:30pm and they are away to Naomh Ultan next Monday (to be confirmed), our under 12s host Na Rossa on Wednesday evening at 6:30 in Towney, our Under 8s took part in a blitz in Fintra last Saturday and enjoyable day was had by all.Armagh v DonegalTickets for the Ulster Championship match away to Armagh will be given out in Towney from 7-8 on Thursday, best of luck to the Donegal team and the players from the club in this match. Club AppWe have 178 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €3,300 this week’s numbers were: 15, 20, 21 and 28 winners were: €50 Evelyn and Marie Boyle (Ballard, Glencolmcille) €30 Brid McDevitt (Drimnafinnagle) and €20 Margaret Cunningham (Kille). Lotto Plus numbers 1, 8, 16 and 17 there was no winner.Bingo Club Bingo winners were €105 Sadie McShane, €80 Mairead Galalgher (Killybegs), €75 Maria Boyle, €70 Máire McShane, Brendan O’Keeney, Teresa Gallagher, Sally Morrow, Bernie O’Gara, Kate Hargan and Evelyn Boyle. The Jackpot on Sunday is €4,700 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: STEPHEN MCBREARTY IN FINE FORM AS KILCAR EARN POINT AGAINST ST MICHAEL’S was last modified: June 9th, 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:GAAkilcarNoticesSport
GARDAÍ believe Senator Jimmy Harte suffered serious head injuries as a result of a fall.The politician is in intensive care today after undergoing surgery in Dublin after being found unconscious in the city around 3am on Saturday.He had severe injuries. Gardaí have studied CCTV in the area around Newmarket Square where the Labour politician was found. Jimmy stays nearby when he is in Dublin and Gardaí believe he was was on his way there.They believe he was hurt in a tragic fall, perhaps hurting himself after taking ill.An avid sports fan, and keen follower of Ireland, he had earlier watched Martin O’Neill’s side beat Latvia at the Aviva Stadium.The Senator has had health issues in the past but has always fought back, running marathons and raising money for good causes in the process. A Labour Party spokesman said his family are at his side at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.Senator Harte underwent surgery on Saturday evening. He remains seriously ill.The good wishes of many people in Donegal and throughout Ireland to the politician and his family have been posted on social media.Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD said: “I’m in shock. My thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy and his family.”Labour Party leader and Tanaiste Eamonn Gilmore has spoken with family members to offer his support. Padraig MacLochlainn TD said the thoughts of everyone in politics and in Donegal are with Jimmy and his family.SENATOR JIMMY WAS INJURED IN ‘TRAGIC FALL’ was last modified: November 17th, 2013 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:Beaumont Hospital DublininjuredSenator Jimmy Harte
Canada Captain Nitish Kumar summed up his team’s disappointment but remains grateful that they made it to Division II.“We bowled well to restrict them to 160 odd but we just batted poorly and made some silly mistakes. We should have chased this off easily at one point but I think more focus is now on tomorrow’s game so we are putting this disappointing result behind us,” Kumar firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Singapore.By Alvin BagayaSingapore beat early pacesetters Canada by two runs to insure their place in the ICC World Cricket League Division III yesterday.The match at Kyambogo Cricket Oval saw Canada win the toss and elect to field. For Singapore this was a do or die game and they did it in one of the most dramatic style in the tournament.Singapore’s total was helped by their senior batsmen who contributed positively even when the Canada bowling was tight and wickets were falling around them. Mutreja went early but Anish Paraam 58(75) and Chetan Suryawanshi 38(39) put on 59 for the fourth wicket to dig their side out of trouble — a worthy contribution in a tournament where senior batsmen have had to put up their hands for their side.Paraam went to Adhihetty and Suryawanshi to the left arm spin of Saad Bin Zafar but 16-year-old Janak Prakash 27(34) played an innings that may have saved his side from relegation to Division IV putting up 59 for the sixth wicket with Paraam and pushing Singapore close to the 150 mark. Singapore all-out for 166.Canada’s run chase got off to a false start losing key players Adhihetty, Kumar and Dhanuka to stand at 3/29. Hamza Tariq 18(20) and Rizwaan Cheema 42(35) put on 45 for the seventh wicket to drive Canada back into contention.Anantha Krishna, however, had other ideas and he bowled three magical balls for Singapore to pick Tariq, Cheema and Saad Bin Zafar 11(14) the last line of resistance.The pressure mounted on Canada and it was telling when Cecil Pervez attempted suicide with a needless run and Prakash and Suryawanshi combined to run him out and save Singapore from the drop to Division IV.“It was a really close game and towards the end I got too close. We batted quite well and bowled really well; focus was on bowling dot balls and in the end our plan worked, it was a great game, said man of match Janak Prakash.Singapore Captain Chetan Suryawanshi credited the team with showing up for the important match.“We needed to score big and win by a big margin but we missed out on that. However, even with the low score, we managed to restrict them. The team has been performing well for us but it is disappointing that we never made it to the top two,” he said.
The Dungloe Easter Sunday Parade was a major success as the town hosted a huge band parade and competition.A parade full of colour and beautiful music entertained the thousands of viewers on Main Street. Seventeen bands from across Donegal marched in the event, with the annual competition taking place afterwards.The Maghery Fife & Drum Band was one of the many stand-out performances of the day. A video of the troupe is still making a big impact online, gaining over 36,000 views in a week. It’s easy to see why, as the impressive routine is an amazing display of musical talent, choreography and teamwork. See the video by Mary Rodgers below:The Senior Competitive Band were the Easter Champions 2018 with this winning show. They took home the awards for Best Drum Major, Best Band on Parade and they were the C Winners. The Maghery Junior Band also won Best Juniors.Band Chairperson Annemarie O’Donnell said the total of views on this video is continuing to grow this week and has sparked interest from worldwide viewers.Annemarie said: “This is an amazing feat for not only the coastal town of Dungloe but for the All Ireland Champions Maghery Fife & Drum Band. The band will be travelling for an East Coast USA tour next year visiting several states to perform for US audiences. “It might not be what you call ‘viral’ but this type of publicity is great for the area. The Maghery band are no strangers to representing their small village, the town of Dungloe, Donegal and Ireland as a whole since they competed at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and have been successful in competing on the International Stage at Limericks International band championship where they are the first Band in Donegal to claim international titles against Irish, European & US bands.”The Band’s tour next year is highly anticipated stateside, Annemarie added, as they have an outstanding invitation dating back some 20 years.She said: “The band have never been able to commit to such a trip in the past but this version of their senior competitive band having given great commitment and dedication have a strong committee behind them and following their continued growing success now look forward to following in their neighbours Dungloe bands footsteps to perform on 5th Avenue and other US states in March 2019.”WATCH: Maghery Band’s sensational show will knock your socks off was last modified: April 10th, 2018 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:dungloe easter paradeMaghery Fife & Drum Band
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many farmers keep a pet cow or pig, but they aren’t much for sentimentality, not like your typical off-the-farm pet owner. To the farmer, medical care is important until the cost exceeds the value of an animal. When this threshold is crossed, farmers often become very pragmatic and usually opt to send the animal to market or put it down.Pet owners, on the other hand, usually want only the best for their animals. They will often spend considerable sums for an animal’s welfare and their own peace of mind. My late wife, Judy, and I have found that nine times out of 10 when our phone rang in the middle of the night, we’re being awakened by a pet owner, rather than a farmer. Compared to farmers — for whom animals are their livelihood — pet owners often lack knowledge about animal care. Many times they call with a perceived problem that isn’t a significant issue or, at the other extreme; they call after their pet has been sick for days and is at risk of dying.So, when the phone rings at night, it could be for a life-threatening emergency, or it could just as easily be for a Siamese queen (female cat) in heat or a dog with a tapeworm that hasn’t been passed entirely, driving the dog nuts as he scoots on the floor to extricate it.When I received a call one summer night around midnight from Dick, a professional horse trainer I had known casually for some years, I couldn’t determine whether his call — about a sick dog — was for an emergency or just a case of tonsillitis. In the background I could hear the frantic voice of a girl who seemed to be getting impatient as I played 20 questions with Dick to determine if I should get dressed and go into the clinic to check the dog. After discussing the dog’s choking spell with Dick, I decided to meet them at the office. It would prove to be a memorable encounter, and a simple lesson in not judging a book by its cover or a dog by its name.Judy and I had a rule that unless a call is clearly not an emergency, we conduct an examination if the owner’s requests it. We know that once in a while a case that sounds less than serious turns out to be an emergency that requires immediate treatment.Dick’s persistence, reinforced by the girl’s voice in the background, made it clear to me that they would not wait until office hours, even though I was certain that this was not urgent. Off the phone, I had grumbled to Judy as I dressed in the dark. She sleepily told me to mind my manners when I got to the clinic.Driving to the office, I thought about Dick’s persistence. He had always seemed pretty laid back about the horses that he trained professionally. He called rarely, and then only if the horse were in danger of dying and he couldn’t get a cheaper vet. I thought that maybe the girl — I presumed his daughter — was turning him around, getting him to be more concerned for their animals. I chuckled to myself, knowing that wasn’t likely the case.The more likely story was that Dick knew he wasn’t going to be allowed to get any sleep until he called the vet. He was probably more upset at his daughter’s disturbing his sleep and the fact that he would have to pay my after-hours emergency fee. I felt better picturing Dick’s squirming about the fee; I decided to maintain a good attitude about the case.To my surprise, Dick didn’t accompany his daughter and her dog to the office. She was an attractive blonde, I’d say about 22 years old, and had a dazzling smile, which I figured was enough to weaken his defenses and the grip on his wallet.I made casual conversation with her and collected information to start a medical record on her dog. I knew that Dick was in his late fifties, so I asked if she was the youngest and only one left at home. Her face flushed as she quietly told me that Dick was her husband.Red-faced, I apologized to Janeen — that is, Dick’s wife — and mumbled some excuse about not having been to Dick’s in a long time. Then I did my best to pick myself up and get on with the case at hand. And that case was Festus. Yes, the dog’s name was Festus.Just as Janeen didn’t fit my preconceived notion of the wife of a 50-something horse trainer, her white-haired little lap dog, a wiry crossbred concoction, didn’t look like a Festus. More like a Fi-Fi or Pooh-Pooh.Festus didn’t like being on my examination table. Janeen stood on the opposite side of the table not offering much encouragement as I tried to size up the dog. He certainly wasn’t an emergency case. His choking had ceased during the drive to the office. I knew that he likely had tonsillitis and I should examine the back of his throat for the tell tale swollen glands. He also needed his temperature taken. But Festus wasn’t going to have any part of it.As I tried to maneuver around and grasp him by the scruff of the neck, he circled, never taking his eyes off my hand while his lip twitched. I could see that he was likely going to make his move just about the time I would attempt mine. Janeen just stood there paying no attention to the unfolding drama. Was it going to be grabbing the dog by the back of his neck to keep him from biting me, or was Festus going to beat me to the draw?After I started to make the first move, everything else seemed to progress in slow motion, like in an action movie, guns blazing, and the hero miraculously evading each bullet. Except that Festus clamped down on my right thumb with all the might his nine-pound body could muster. He was determined that I would cry “uncle” right there in front of his master.Janeen stood by dumbfounded. She made no attempt to restrain the dog or disengage him from my thumb. I winced in pain, as I jerked back my hand. The little dog, determined to hang on against the force of my whip-like reaction, began to lose his grip, his teeth grating against the skin of my thumb like a jagged vegetable peeler.Loosed from his human tether, Festus went airborne. He made a lazy arc over my head, and like a gymnast dismounting the parallel bars somersaulting a 360 in the air before “sticking” his landing perfectly in the scrub sink behind me. Just before landing, Festus bumped the faucet, turning it on. Janeen looked incredulous. I pondered the probability of my being sued for animal endangerment and malpractice. In the sink, Festus growled menacingly, as if to say, “I dare you to touch me again!” I meekly turned to Janeen and asked her to retrieve her little Festus from the sink before he caught his death of pneumonia from the cold water running on him. She quietly moved to the sink, and with a soothing voice got her dog to come to her while getting herself wet in the process.I tried to sound professional as I cleared my throat and suggested that we dispense with the examination as it would make Festus uncomfortable. I told her that I had some antibiotics that would fix his cough and that he would be fine.Janeen was agreeable, so I fixed Festus up with an antibiotic. I told her that she had been such a kind and understanding client that I saw no need for Dick to pay the after-hours charge. She wrote a check from Dick’s horse account and thanked me for coming in to the office.The next day Judy, as she logged the checks, asked why I had let the previous night’s emergency case off without the extra charge. She teased me that if she didn’t know better she’d say I had probably felt sorry for some “sweet young thing.” I shrugged off her comment, just thankful to have gotten out of that case with both of my thumbs. Author’s note – This story first appeared in my book, “Stories from the Land of Milk and Honey.” This story is being reprinted by popular request.