Teen hits four people with car during an altercation

first_imgAuthorities in Homestead have arrested an 18-year-old woman who reportedly purposely ran over several people during an altercation.The incident occurred on Wednesday.Officials say Jacqueline Hernandez was at her home when she noticed several people she knew drive by in a Volkswagen Jetta.She and her friend then decided to follow the vehicle and when they found it, the two stopped their car right in front of the other car.Hernandez’ friend jumped out of the vehicle as the occupants of the other vehicle got out of their car and an argument ensued.At that point, Hernandez put her car in reverse and accelerated, striking one of the victims. She then accelerated again and struck two other victims and her friend.The friend was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition, while another victim suffered multiple wrist and elbow fractures and was taken to Homestead Hospital.During a police interview, Hernandez told them “that she was just trying to bump the victims with her bumper, not kill them.”Hernandez was arrested and is now facing four counts each of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Fork in the road

first_imgLast Sunday the Steelers traveled to the Meadowlands to play the NY Giants. The game was not even a blip on the radar screen in comparison to the bleak reality facing many of the citizens of New York and New Jersey left to face the aftermath of the superstorm Hurricane Sandy. Mind you, this was not your run of the mill storm or football game. This was an emotionally charged and ambiguous contest regarding the normal amount of testosterone laced adrenaline that flows before and during a regular game.In light of the pregame circumstances it could have been difficult for the Black and Gold to get hyped in preparation to compete against a grief stricken fired up Giants team that was attempting to be the beacon of light at the end of a dark and seemingly endless tunnel of “inhumanity” facing their citizens. There were so many variables and unknowns regarding the game and the alterations of the preparations by both teams leading up to it, that no one could really accurately predict how either team was going to perform. How the game officials performed was a “zebra” of a different color.According to Steelers running back Isaac Redman, Mike Tomlin said before the game that, “This game is the fork in the road, which way [do] we want to go?”Well it seems that there were a few forked tongue game officials that either had vision problems and/or judgment problems when it came to calling the game in a fair and unbiased way. Sure we all understood the plight of the residents that follow the Giants but no one will ever have sympathy for a cheater even during the worst of circumstances. Was there an order from higher sources to take it easy on the G-men? Can’t say that for sure but damn, it looked very, very, weird. Even at the risk of being fined, Tomlin weighed in ever so “slightly” on the officiating pointing out; “Some of the penalties were suspect.” I think Tomlin, being the gentleman that he is, drastically understated the obvious. These officials were not only worse than the dreaded replacement officials, they appeared as if they were rejects from the nearby “flag football league” where tackling and hitting the opposition is frowned upon. I am going to get a tad political here. I believe wholeheartedly in the American dream, but…when I hear and see horror stories about voter suppression, voter intimidation, hanging, “chads” and efforts by the powers that be to “fix” this election as well as the altering of past elections, “fixing” a football game is “elementary, my dear Watson.” When I saw NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell taking photos with the New Jersey and New York first responders, I had an immediate flashback to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney staging a bogus Hurricane Sandy disaster relief effort in the mother of all battleground states, Ohio. Oh where by the way, they are seriously attempting to throw some sh-t in the voting game. This is supposed to be America, the place where if you work hard and play even harder, dreams and visions can and will come true.But now we live in a different America. This is now the place where if you are better than the next guy on the gridiron, court or baseball diamond, then the powers that be can throw some stuff in the game and repave the “surface.” You can be the best and still lose if you are not part of the ultimate marketing strategy. People are agonizing about the “ghost” and bogus calls that went against the Steelers. I am blistering mad about the six or seven holding infractions committed by the Giants offensive line that went totally unnoticed. When Pitt played Notre Dame at South Bend last Saturday there were bogus calls against them that altered the outcome of the game and ultimately “handed” the “Irish” the victory. Yeah I know, Pitt missed the field goal that could have sealed the victory but it should have never reached that point!Fair play! What in the hell does that mean? I once was jumped during a fight. I informed my Uncle Will. He said, “the next time you see those boys pick up a brick and hit them with it.” I replied, “that wouldn’t be fair.” He answered, “it’s only a fair fight if you win.” You see boys and girls there is no longer such a thing as fair play. Ask Lance Armstrong, the king of the “dopers” and Roger Clemons who was acquitted and seems to have gotten away with steroid “murder.” Barry Bonds was accused of steroid use, was subjected to nine years of hell from the media, fans and the justice system. He was convicted with “questionable” evidence. Marion Jones was stripped of her Olympic medals and jailed. I guess the old saying is true in politics and in life; “different strokes for different folks.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tuesdays from 10-11am during the NFL season. Listen to archived segments on worldspeakconnnection.com click on Aubrey Bruce’s “Fair Catch.”)last_img read more

Rohit Sharma reveals Test success followed after he stopped overthinking his red ball batting

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/AFPAdvertisement 7sbtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs17uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5ikw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1d4Would you ever consider trying this?😱snaCan your students do this? 🌚4o6i0Roller skating! Powered by Firework Rohit Sharma- the blistering opener of the Indian Cricket Team and one of the greatest batsmen of this generation ended the year of 2019 as the cricketer with the highest number of runs in the One Day International format. However, the Test debutant of 2013 had some trouble getting accustomed to the format. However, the Mumbai Indians captain speaks the method that helped him gain momentum in Test cricket.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/AFPSpeaking at a personal interview session with the Press Trust of India, Rohit Sharma recalled his 12 year long journey on the 22 yards, since his ODI and T20 debuts back in 2007.“Earlier, I was thinking too much about success in Tests. I would go overboard as to why is this happening, why am I playing that shot. After each Test innings, I would go to our video analyst, sit, watch and then confuse (clutter) my brain further. That wasn’t actually the right thing that I was doing,” Rohit told PTI.Advertisement The current vice captain and a legendary limited overs player, the only thing that was stopping Rohit from achieving glory in the Test format was nothing but overthinking about the very hunger for success.The 32 year old continued: “Thinking too much about technique was not allowing me to enjoy the game. All that was there in my mind was ‘Oh I need to do well in Test cricket’. So, before 2018-19 Australia series, I told myself ‘Boss whatever has to happen will happen and I am not going to think about technique’”Advertisement Following the departure of Team India’s legendary opener Virender Sehwag, Rohit grabbed the first chance to prove himself as a Test opener, and scored a double century against South Africa. Unfortunately, bad spells followed, and followed harsh criticism.But, the Mumbaiker didn’t let the reprimands get the better of himself: “You can’t allow negative thoughts to creep in when you are playing such a high profile sport,” he continued: “I know that I am no longer 22 or 23 years old that I will keep getting opportunities in Test matches and can take my place for granted.”Despite a lackluster performance in his last red ball game against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma had a marvellous spell in the South Africa series back in October 2019. Two brilliant knocks of 176 and 127 in the first test, and a swashbuckling 212 runs in the third test.“I know that every time I go out there, I have to put a high price tag on my wicket. I am blessed to get an opportunity that many are waiting for. So, why should I regret worry or think about so many things?” Rohit added.India will be touring New Zealand in their upcoming Test series in February.Also read-Rohit Sharma reacts to ending 2019 as player with most ODI runsJasprit Bumrah reveals the secret to send Steve Smith to the pavilion! Advertisementlast_img read more

George, Westbrook’s triple-double lead OKC past Grizzlies

first_imgGrizzlies: Are 7-7 against teams on the second night of a back-to-back. Oklahoma City lost to Cleveland on Tuesday night. … F Chandler Parsons returned after an extended absence with right knee soreness. He played 12 minutes, scoring five points. … At 18-38, Memphis is at its lowest percentage of wins before an All-Star break since the 2008-09 season, when it was 15-37.YOU GET A T, AND YOU GET A T, AND.The Grizzlies were whistled for four technical fouls in the game, including one for Bickerstaff and another for Evans. Harrison actually was disqualified from the game twice, first for drawing his sixth foul with 5 seconds left in the game, then getting a technical as he left — his second of the game. He was whistled for the first early in the third quarter.HARRISON IMPROVEMENTHarrison reached a career high in points for the second time in the last three games — a stretch that started after a nine-point performance with four turnovers against Atlanta on Feb. 6. Bickerstaff noted there was “a hard conversation” with Harrison before the guard eclipsed his previous career best with 23 points against Utah. “Tonight, you saw the confidence and the belief in himself,” Bickerstaff said. “You saw the shots he was making down the stretch. He just has to be that guy over and over and over again.”UP NEXTThunder: All-Star break. Return Feb. 22 for a road game against SacramentoGrizzlies: All-Star break. Return Feb. 23 to host the Cleveland Cavaliers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) is fouled by Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers (6) as he drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Despite a 28-point performance from Paul George and another triple-double by Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder still needed a last-minute push to gain a win.The Thunder almost squandered a 22-point, second-half lead before scoring the final six points to escape with a 121-114 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. The win was only Oklahoma City’s third in the last nine.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “I just thought we got hot,” said George, who was 6 of 9 from outside the arc. “We moved the ball and we just made the game easy.”Andrew Harrison led the Grizzlies with a career-high 28 points, while Evans finished with 23 points and nine rebounds. Jarell Martin had 17 points and eight rebounds as Memphis lost its seventh straight.Interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff praised his team for not quitting when they trailed 73-53 at halftime in the Grizzlies’ last game before the All-Star break.“They could’ve easily laid down, packed it in and got ready for vacation. But you see time and time again, that’s not their makeup,” Bickerstaff said. “That’s not who they are.”TIP-INSThunder: Have won eight of the last nine in the series. … The 73 first-half points were three short of Oklahoma City’s high for a half this season. . Oklahoma City is 12-5 when Westbrook records a triple-double. . George has led the Thunder in scoring in five straight. .The Thunder were 11 of 18 from the field, including 8 of 12 from outside the arc in the second quarter, while outscoring Memphis 39-20 in the frame.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments “The first half we were great and generated really good shots,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “I thought we came out in the third quarter with the right mindset, but we struggled to put the ball in the basket. That made us a little stagnant, and we were never able to find that rhythm like we had in the first half.”Westbrook finished with 15 assists and 13 rebounds in his 17th triple-double of the season. Carmelo Anthony added 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOklahoma City had a 22-point advantage early in the third, but Memphis outscored the Thunder 31-19 in the quarter to cut it to 92-84. The Grizzlies eventually cut it to 115-114 on a step-back 3-pointer from Tyreke Evans that banked in with 47 seconds left.But Anthony answered with a 3-pointer — the Thunder’s 17th of the game — with 26 seconds remaining to seal the victory. The 17 3-pointers is a record for the team since they came to Oklahoma City. The bulk of those came through the first three quarters as the Thunder built their lead. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Davis leads Pelicans’ rout of Lakers It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Neyor’s ‘Founding Campaigners’ Quit

first_imgThree members of the campaign team of Montserrado County Senatorial hopeful, Dr. Christopher Z. Neyor, have resigned from his campaign team. The three men cited toleration of corruption, engaging in tribalism and nepotism, among others.But the Friends of Christopher Z. Neyor’s Campaign Team said the resignation didn’t come as a surprise as they (3 men) allegedly failed to siphon money from Neyor. The campaign team described the men as “miscreants and money extorters.”The former campaigners, who were also founding members of the Friends of Christopher Z. Neyor, are James Hne Dossen, chief of strategy, T. Benjamin Myers, chief propagandist and Oliver Yarbah, public affairs head. They stated that the intent for the establishment of the Friends of Christopher Z. Neyor  (FOCN) was to change the course of governance in getting rid of corruption, nepotism, tribalism and the mismanagement of resources, which according to them was part of the campaign manifesto; but things are business as usual with corruption everywhere.The trio made the announcement recently in a press conference in Monrovia.However, the spokesperson of the FOCN, Mr. Chris Harris, termed as unfortunate and diabolical statements coming from their former campaign colleagues that Dr. Neyor is practicing nepotism and encouraging acts of corruption in his campaign initiatives.Harris stated that Dr. Neyor is an uncompromising campaigner of change whose personal and institutional undertakings are usually marked by fiscal prudence.He maintained that the men’s allegation against Dr. Neyor is laughable.“Christopher Z. Neyor is a character who believes in accentuating credential and performance over tribal persuasions and narrowed parochial considerations. Mr. Neyor is a patriot in whose diction there is no tribe, section and ethnicity. His history of employment since his entry in public service in the 80s is replete with geopolitical balance, cross sectional focus and equity in ethnic representation. As a campaigner against nepotism and other negative vices in the Liberian society, Dr. Neyor has won the admiration of the public and can do nothing to shoot himself in the leg,” the Campaign Committee said.Meanwhile, the three former officials of the Neyor’s Campaign accused Mr. Neyor of appointing his wife’s cousin as chairman on membership, mobilization and recruitment; his nephew, George McGill, as head of logistics; and Elijah Kaysaynee, his tribesman from Rivercess County, as the office administrator.The trio further argued that Dr. Neyor appointed another two of his kinsmen, Vincent Baryogar Smith and Agatius Cooker, campaign manager and youth coordinator respectively, both of whom have allegedly embezzled US$16,000.But, in reaction the FOCN spokesman said, “It is not a surprise that these miscreants, after having failed to siphon money from Christopher Neyor, have decided to bury their individual and collective consciences, compromise their parental upbringings and negated the call of morality because of small pocket money.”“To set the record straight,” Harris opined, “there have been no positions in the structure of the campaign team of Christopher Neyor as chief propagandist and director of public affairs, so we believed that Benjamin Myers and Oliver Yarbah purporting as former Chief Propagandist and Director of Public Affairs are elements in proxy for their new political master, who is jittery at the presence of Dr. Christopher Neyor in the Montserrado County senatorial race.”The Campaign Committee added: “We want to call on the public to give no attention to the smear campaign being propagated by Benjamin Myers and Oliver Yarbah. It is a scheme meant to scandalize the hard-earned reputation and profound character of a nationalist like Christopher Z. Neyor who has worked over the years to build a character that sails beyond reproach.”Political pundits have opined that most of this stabbing in the back and crisscrossing of supporters are expected during this election season as most of the “so-called supporters” of party/candidate ‘A’ are also members of party/candidate ‘B’, but are only in party/candidate’s A’s t-shirt just to get what he or she can.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NEW GPC awards top NGSA students

first_imgThe NEW GPC INC on Thursday rewarded six of its employees’ children for their outstanding performances at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA). The company’s annual bursary award offers six students a cash prize of ,000 each, every year, for the five years that they would spend in Secondary School. In addition to ,000 each, for two years, if they pursue the Sixth Form examinations.Michael Stephens, a representative of the Guyana Labour Union lauded the corporation for giving back to its workers, stating that it is a good thing when a corporation invests in its employees. He also congratulated the children for their excellent performances at the examination.A NEW GPC staff (left) awards top performer Kristen Bhola (right) for her excellent performance at the 2016 NGSAMeanwhile, Head of the Quality Assurance Department for NEW GPC Aruna Budram stated that she was not surprised to see the employees’ children receiving awards for their performances at the NGSA since they (employees) were hard working people.She urged the children to sacrifice their time for an education and be assured that they have a company that is willing to invest and support them in their academic endeavours. She also encouraged them to develop their strengths and select their career paths.Top performer Kristen Bhola thanked the company for acknowledging their success, as she and the other children vowed to do their best in the next five years. Bhola secured grades to attend the St Rose’s High school.last_img read more

Russia World Cup was a success – and the underdog had his day

first_img0Shares0000A Brazil fan joins the crowds gathering in Moscow’s Red Square, a focal point for visitors to Russia for the World Cup © AFP / Jewel SAMADMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 15 – The World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow on Sunday brings the curtain down on a month-long festival of football that has changed perceptions of the host country while also giving hope to the underdog on the field.Fears of racism, violence and diplomatic spats clouded the build-up in Russia, but since the football began, it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for foreign visitors, of whom there have been more than a million according to FIFA. Supporters from across the world took over the streets of Moscow and other host cities, with Latin American fans coming in especially large numbers.There have been fewer visitors from western countries for a number of reasons, including well-publicised frosty diplomatic relations with Russia. But England fans were among Europeans who roused themselves to come to Russia towards the end of the competition when they thought their team had a chance of going all the way.– A different side –Having been scared off by stories that they could be targeted by hooligans, they have seen a different side to Russia and most will leave with the same impression as their team’s manager.“The organisation of the tournament has been brilliant, our welcome in Russia in every city has been outstanding,” said Gareth Southgate after his team’s 2-0 defeat against Belgium in the third-place play-off in Saint Petersburg.“There is a lot talked about the relationship between our two countries, but on a personal level, and mixing with the people, we couldn’t have been made more welcome.”Whether it has really been “the best World Cup ever”, as FIFA president Gianni Infantino described it, is one thing. But Russia has put on a great show, and the football has been memorable.Kylian Mbappe with Lionel Messi after France eliminated Argentina in the last 16 © AFP / Luis AcostaThere have been slightly fewer goals than four years ago in Brazil (163 before the final compared with 171 in total in 2014), but there has only been one goalless draw, between France and Denmark.Initial fears about the introduction of video assistant referees have proven largely misplaced, despite some controversies during the group stage.Most refreshingly of all, Croatia’s remarkable run to the final and the premature departures of powerhouses like Germany, Spain and Argentina show that international football can still be so unpredictable, in contrast with the UEFA Champions League, a competition dominated by a few wealthy clubs.It was meant to be the World Cup of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or perhaps Neymar — Brazil went out in the quarter-finals, while Messi and Ronaldo were eliminated in the last 16 and, now in their 30s, may never win the trophy.– Croatia an inspiration –Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard and Luka Modric have shone, but this has not been a World Cup dominated by an individual, a reminder that it is wrong to reduce this team sport down to just a few names.“For me, Messi is the best player in the world, Neymar is very close to Messi, and all those star-studded teams who relied and focused exclusively on these players, went home early,” said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic.“The teams who were compact, united, who fought for something, remained longer. Maybe this is one of the weirdest World Cups.”Luka Modric in action against England — Croatia’s progress is an inspiration for smaller countries © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPerhaps it has been, especially as their run to the final suggests that it could be futile for a country to plan long-term for success.Football in Croatia is wrought by infrastructural and political problems, and Dalic himself only became coach late in their qualifying campaign, but thanks to his impact and some good players they have gone far.“It’s inspiring for anyone in the world. If Croatia win the World Cup, you should be able to fight for your dreams,” said Belgium manager Roberto Martinez.They have given hope to smaller countries, who will aspire to emulate their success as the World Cup heads for a new, uncertain era, with the 2022 tournament in Qatar being played in November and December, and the controversial expansion to 48 teams set for 2026 in North America.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S seven richest people are now worth a staggering €764 million.The latest records on Ireland’s filthy rich and famous show that Donegal is well-represented among the movers and shakers around the planet.And the good news – for them – is that they are getting richer with all but two of the seven increasing their wealth in the past year. The county’s richest man is undoubtedly the hard-working, down-to-earth businessman Hugh Green whose wealth is a wallet-bursting €240 million.Next in line is the former Formula One racing tycoon Paddy McNally who comes in a second with a personal fortune of €205 million.And all those days in her dad Leo Brennan’s bar have obviously paid off in spades for Enya who is now worth a cool €110 million.There is obviously still plenty of money in fish with the McHugh family from Killybegs still worth an estimated €76 million squid! And who would have thought that a group of Irish dancing doing their thing during an interval during the Eurovision would propel Moya Doherty and partner John McColgan on to a €68 million fortune?Sir Gerry Robinson, born in Dunfanaghy and now living in Raphoe, can still afford a few pints at his own private railway bar at his home with a fortune of €42 million.Financier Sean Ewing may not be a household name but having moved from hedge funds, he now owns a yacht-painting firm and has a nice little nest-egg of €23 million.THE MAGNIFICENT SEVENHugh Green €240 million Hugh Green is so rich that he doesn’t care who knows about it. Last year the Sunday Independent valued him at just €80 million so he called them up and told them they had their figures wrong! He owns more than 3,000 acres of land near Auckland in New Zealand and they just aren’t making land anymore. Green is known as a very decent and ordinary man and comes home to potter about Donegal every summer.Paddy McNally €205 millionHe was once estimated to be worth more than €400 million at the height of the F1 boom when his company controlled all the trackside advertising. McNally famously dated Lady Sarah Ferguson and now lives in Switzerland.Enya €110 million She has probably sold more records than EMI, SONY and every other record company you can think of or 75 million to be exact! She lives in a castle in Dublin overlooking the bay and is worth €110 million. Where did it all go right for the girl with the unique voice from West Donegal?The McHugh Family €76 millionThe death of their father Kevin in 2006 meant the wealth of the fishing magnate passed on to his family. The family sold its €50 million super trawler Atlantic Dawn but kept hold of their fishing quotas. Son Kevin McHugh is MD of the Atlantic Dawn Group with another super trawler the Veronica making the cash.Moya Doherty €68 millionWith 20 million people paying good money to see Riverdance, you can begin to wonder why Moya Doherty is worth a pretty penny. Doherty and partner John McColgan also own a huge property portfolio as well as a chunk of Today FM. Just don’t mention The Pirate Queen which lost them an estimated €10 million.Sir Gerry Robinson €42 millionOpening up his beautiful Raphoe mansion to the public for charity each year has been a masterstroke in keeping Sir Gerry grounded. The former chairman of Granada, 62, also made a cool €18 million when he sold his Compass group. His fortune is down by €4 million but then it costs a few quid to run that little steam train around his massive estate.Sean EwingEwing now lives in Majorca after cashing in his hedge fund business Absolute Capital Management and taking a 60% stake in yacht-painting business Pinmar. Chances are he’s not painting the boats himself.EndsREVEALED: DONEGAL’S RICHEST PEOPLE WORTH A STAGGERING €724 MILLION was last modified: March 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)last_img read more

Public supports government openness

first_imgTwo new polls gauging Americans’ views on government openness found a majority believe the federal government leans more toward secrecy than openness, while eight in 10 are convinced that an open government is necessary for an effective democracy. The polls released Sunday also found, however, that the public believed government should keep some information private, particularly if it was necessary to combat terrorism. One poll, by the Scripps Survey Research Center at Ohio University, found that 64 percent of respondents thought the federal government is somewhat or very secretive, while more than a third think their local and state governments lean more toward secrecy. Fifty-five percent said state and local governments were somewhat or very open. But Americans were more closely divided on when government information should be made public, according to the telephone poll of 1,007 adults. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Forty-six percent said government records should be considered public and their release should only be blocked when it “would do harm”; 42 percent said the government should protect its information and only release it if there is a “sound legal case” for it to be public. A separate poll released today found respondents were supportive of open government and access to public records – though solid majorities also said that government officials should keep records secret if “necessary,” or to help in the war on terrorism. The poll by the AccessNorthwest research and outreach project at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman found that 81 percent said democracy requires government to operate openly. Nearly seven in 10, or 69 percent, told researchers that open public records and meetings keep government honest. Nearly as many, 63 percent, said it was OK for government officials to keep records secret if they deem it necessary, and almost three-quarters, 73 percent, believe the president should “make some public records secret if it might help with the war on terrorism.” The Scripps poll was conducted from Feb. 19 to March 3. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The Washington State University poll, conducted from Feb. 19 through March 4, surveyed 403 adults nationwide. It has an error margin of plus or minus 5 percentage points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgPictured in the foyer of the Manor House Hotel, are proprietors, Mary and Liam McKenna, as they welcome their new General Manager, Eamonn Gillespie (right), to his new post.*A renowned Donegal hotelier has been appointed as the new general manager of the four-star Manor House Country Hotel in Fermanagh.Eamonn Gillespie looks forward to bringing his international experience to bear as the four-star property continues to grow its leisure travel businessA native of Bruckless in south Donegal, Eamonn Gillespie spent 13 years as director of hospitality and excellence at the award-winning four-star Harvey’s Point Country Hotel on Lough Eske in Donegal Town where he was central to the hospitality strategy which resulted in the property being named the 2008 AA Hotel of the Year. With more than 20 years of hotel and fine dining experience gained in Australia, North America and many parts of Europe, Eamonn has held senior positions in some of Ireland’s finest hotel properties.After his term at Harvey’s Point, he worked on a consultative basis with the White Hotel Group before becoming general manager at The Central Hotel, Donegal Town and then general manager of the luxurious Crover House Hotel located on the picturesque shore of Lough Sheelin in Co. Cavan.Speaking about his appointment, Eamonn Gillespie said that he was looking forward to bringing his international experience to bear as The Manor House Country Hotel continues to expand its leisure business, attracting guests from right across the island of Ireland, the UK and further afield.“I am joining The Manor House Country Hotel at an exciting time. The property enjoys an excellent reputation, something that is reflected in the number of awards the hotel has received over recent months,” said Eamonn Gillespie. “I am really looking forward to working with the team, not just in continuing to deliver a level of service that exceeds all expectations, but also in attracting new leisure guests and raising the international profile of this unique property.”Eamonn Gillespie’s international reputation also extends to his musical talents. A founder of The Donegal Tenors, Eamonn has travelled extensively both as a compère and singer on board many luxury cruise liners sailing in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Pacific regions.DONEGAL MAN APPOINTED MANAGER OF TOP HOTEL was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalFermanaghhotellast_img read more