#JaVotes2016: Comrades are already celebrating in St Thomas West

first_imgMarsha Francis, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) candidate vying for the western St Thomas seat, is feeling pretty confident about her chances. According to her, the comrades are already celebrating and as a daughter of the soil, she is confident that she will be victorious.  Francis, who was made aware of the low voter turnout, says that she knows for sure that the comrades came out to vote. “Especially in my division! Comrades definitely showed their support.  I believe that the constituency is depressed and as a daughter of the soil I have experienced it too. People are unsatisfied with level of representation so it’s time to move on,” she said. Francis told reporters that she sees herself as a hard worker who is ready to rebuild her constituency.last_img read more


first_imgA motorist drove at a Garda sergeant in a ‘mirror image’ of another incident in which a Garda died.Owen Orr dropped a gear and then drove at Sgt Eunan Walsh, Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal heard yesterday.Orr, 20, was given a three-year jail term which was suspended for three years if he kept out of trouble. Sgt Walsh said he recognised Owen Orr during the terrifying incident at Foxhills, Letterkenny in 2010.Orr, who was then 17, was charged with endangerment after Sgt Walsh had to jump into a garden to avoid being mowed down.Judge John O’Hagan had delayed sentencing from last autumn to see if Orr, who had 19 previous convictions, could ‘behave himself.’Garda Sgt John Durcan revealed how he heard the car “drop a gear” and speed towards them.“If he hadn’t got out of the way he would have been seriously injured or killed,” said Sgt Durcan.Judge O’Hagan said previously that he case was a “mirror image” of an incident in which another Garda was killed while on duty in Co Donegal.Garda Robbie McCallion died when he was struck by a car during an attempted car robbery in Letterkenny in March 2009.When asked at a previous hearing what he thought of the man who tried to run him over, Sgt Walsh said “He has had a troubled upbringing and I don’t think he knows much else.”Judge O’Hagan had remarked at the last hearing: “This is a very similar incident occurred here in Co Donegal and a Garda lost his life. The car didn’t miss – it hit him. He (the driver) was convicted of dangerous driving causing death.“Here we are in September 2010 and we have a young man practically carrying out a mirror image.”Yesterday the judge said he had read probation reports and had been assured that Orr had not come to Garda attention since.Suspending a three-year sentence for three years, the judge said: “He’s under the microscope now.”When asked if he knew what that meant, Orr told Judge O’Hagan “Yes judge, I have to keep my nose clean.”MAN WHO ENDANGERED GARDA’S LIFE GIVEN SECOND CHANCE BY JUDGE was last modified: January 30th, 2013 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:endangermentGarda Eunan WalshJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit CourtOwen Orrlast_img read more


first_imgGAA: Declan Bonner will select his Donegal U21 team before Christmas when he holds a final trial match on December 19th.  Bonner has called up FIFTY players for trials – and has been casting a watchful eye over them in the last number of weekends.Bonner took charge of the Donegal minor side over the past two seasons and won an Ulster MFC title in 2014. He also led the Donegal minors to the All-Ireland decider in 2014 – before narrowly losing out to Kerry.Donegal have lost THREE Ulster U21 finals in-a-row – and Bonner will be hoping he can go one better this season.Bonner suffered a blow when Darach O’Connor sustained a cruciate ligament injury for Buncrana.It’s unlikely he will be fit in time for the Ulster championship which gets underway in March. Donegal have been handed a home quarter-final tie with Antrim and will be confident of progressing.Stephen McBrearty, Jack O’Brien, Stephen McMenamin, Rory Carr and Ciaran Thompson are all in the Donegal Senior squad for the 2016 campaign – and will be key figures for Bonner in the U21 campaign. DONEGAL U21 SQUAD TO BE FINALISED BEFORE CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 2nd, 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:GAAnewsSportlast_img read more

Ill pensioner’s home ransacked by burglar

first_imgUpdated 2pm 29/10/2019Gardaí are investigating the burglary of a pensioner’s home in Lifford on Friday night.The incident occurred at Croaghan Heights on Gallows Lane near the town centre, where an elderly woman’s home was broken into and ransacked as the thief, or thieves, searched for cash. The woman was fortunately not home on the night, as she has been unwell and was staying with her sister.No money was taken in the incident and no other items were stolen.The burglary has left the family badly shaken and they are warning other Lifford residents to look out for their neighbours.“Keep an eye out for the old folk who could be vulnerable and make sure they’re safe. God knows what would have happened if Mum was at home,” said a family member. Gardaí have launched an investigation into the break-in.If anyone in the Croaghan Heights area or the Lifford area in general noticed any unusual behaviour or movements of people or vehicles on the 25th and 26th of October (Friday/Saturday) between 4pm and 9am, please contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.Ill pensioner’s home ransacked by burglar was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gratitude Is Good for Health

first_imgFor Thanksgiving Day in America, we should realize that gratitude is good for everyone – provided they know what it means.“Gratitude is vital to well-being, research shows.”  That’s the headline of an article on Medical Xpress that argues people should cultivate gratitude: “if we developed the discipline to be consciously grateful on a regular basis, year-round, research shows we’d be happier and suffer less depression and stress. We’d sleep better and be better able to face our problems.”The article goes on to explain that gratitude implies another virtue: humility.  Psychologists quoted in the article also said that materialism (the shopping-mall kind) has a negative relationship with gratitude.  Robert Emmons, a UC Davis psychologist, is worried about the decrease in gratitude in society:But despite the benefits, Emmons says, gratitude is in trouble. “Outside of happiness, gratitude’s benefits are rarely discussed these days. Indeed, in contemporary American society, we’ve come to overlook, dismiss or even disparage the significance of gratitude as a virtue,” he says. “We have become entitled, resentful, ungrateful and forgetful.”Gratitude is difficult to cultivate, but needs to be, the article explained, describing ways to cultivate it, such as journaling.  It’s so important that one filmmaker quoted in the article said it could “save the planet.”Usually, Thanksgiving is considered a time to be thankful to God for His provision.  This article, though, seemed to distance itself from God in favor of “science,” making psychologists the new preachers –Long embraced by religion as a “manifestation of virtue,” it’s one of the few things that “can measurably change people’s lives,” says Robert Emmons, a University of California-Davis professor who has been studying it since 1998 and is the author of the book “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.”None of the psychologists explained how gratitude (or any other “virtue”) evolved.  For that matter, they didn’t explain how or why the human products of evolution could or should be grateful except perhaps in a utilitarian sense.The article was also unclear about whom to thank.  Gratitude requires an object—someone to whom to address thanks.  Instead of illustrating the point with pilgrims or modern Bible believers thanking God, the psychologists featured a yoga practitioner who improved her health with gratitude exercises, and a non-traditional nun who said, “Gratitude gives an opening to the universe to give more good things. Gratitude is opening to receive more good things from the universe.”  But can one really thank the universe?  And is acting grateful for the purpose of getting more goodies really being grateful?Other than that, the article suggested learning to be in awe of nature, and “saying thanks” as a habit, without mentioning the object of the thanks.Psychologists have it so wrong.  If you’re trying to cultivate gratitude to get something out of it (like good mental health or a feeling of well-being), you’re not being grateful.  And if you’re trying to be humble to be thought well of, you’re not really humble.  You can’t just make grateful motions and vocalize humble words.  These things require deep introspection about one’s motives.  No faking; no duplicity allowed.  Even when you think you’ve finally achieved humility or gratitude, you prove you haven’t.Gratitude also requires an object, otherwise it’s just a selfish feeling.  We can be grateful to people, such as parents, teachers and others who have been kind to us, but ultimately all gratitude needs to point to our Creator.  One cannot thank the universe.  One certainly cannot thank a cold, pointless process of natural selection.  True gratitude is a form of praise – an act of worship.  An old hymn got it right:For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies. Lord of all, to Thee we raise, This our hymn of grateful praise.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mail of the week

first_imgFading AwayPranab Mukherjee’s humility and modesty is worth appreciating (“The Last Leg”, October 25), but there is deep sarcasm and agony in his replies. He has always been the second-best option for the top post. Loyal and most trusted, he has been used to safeguard the interests of the Congress,Fading AwayPranab Mukherjee’s humility and modesty is worth appreciating (“The Last Leg”, October 25), but there is deep sarcasm and agony in his replies. He has always been the second-best option for the top post. Loyal and most trusted, he has been used to safeguard the interests of the Congress and the UPA Governments. His endeavours have often gone unnoticed and unrewarded. He will always be remembered for his deftness in handling tricky situations and difficult allies, and to say the least, for the smooth functioning of consecutive Congress governments at the Centre.- G.M. Rama Rao, VisakhapatnamPolitical acumen, sagacity, simplicity, reliability and wisdom have made Pranab Mukherjee different from his contemporaries, both within and outside the party. He can win over his adversaries with ease and this virtue came in handy for the party, making him indispensable and irreplaceable. In a career spanning more than four decades, his selfless service to the party is an example worth emulating by politicians across party lines.- E. Krishnadas, PalakkadDemocracy today is run by diktat. The Grand Old Party of India is a shining example. It has effortlessly managed a facade of democracy while internally, the show is run by one woman. In this form of “benign dictatorship”, competence and ability are redundant and it is one’s unflinching loyalty that counts. This unadulterated sycophancy is adequately rewarded too. Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s selection of Dr Manmohan Singh as a reluctant prime minister was based more on his docility. In Pranab Mukherjee, Sonia would have missed it all. He is not submissive enough to fulfil the eligibility criteria for the top job. – Nalinaksha Mutsuddi, Gautam Budh NagaradvertisementBias of FaithReservations on the Allahabad High Court’s judgment on Ayodhya dispute are understandable (“Quiet Anger on the Muslim Street”, October 18). This verdict is not so much a burden but the bias-ideological, political, electoral-of certain public figures is fuelling disenchantment and anger in the Muslim community. It is better if judicial findings are treated as strategic parameters and shorn of political predilections. – Bishan Sahai, LucknowHard FactsWhat is the best prescription for good health (“India’s Bone Crisis”, October 25)? While orthopaedics suggest a diet rich in protein and the need for maintaining body mass index above 20, cardiologists advocate a frugal diet for a minimum body weight. Dermatologists on the other hand are against over-exposure to sun for it may lead to premature ageing and skin cancer, while osteologists insist this is imperative for the body to produce Vitamin D which is essential for calcium absorption. One has to strike the right balance, with moderation being the key word to be healthy.- Nalini Vijayaraghavan, ThiruvananthapuramTricks of the TradeThe spectre of uncertainty hanging over the Karnataka Government was expected (“A Besieged Bastion”, October 18). The recent ministry shuffle opened a can of worms and it reduced the Yeddyurappa Government to minority. Power makes strange bedfellows. To save the Government, more dirty tactics will be implemented. Uncertainty will end only when a fresh mandate is sought. – DBN Murthy, BangaloreJolly Good ShowWith 71 nations, over 6,000 participants, thousands of foreign visitors, the spectacular show that India put up for the 19th Commonwealth Games was a testimony of our strength as a nation (“The Man With The Golden Run”, October 25). Having finished on a high note does not absolve those guilty of misdeed prior to the Games. These people tarnished India’s image and made us infamously famous across the world. A thorough probe must be conducted and the guilty punished. – Colonel R.D. Singh, AmbalaThe Games were a grand success, notwithstanding the negative publicity, charges of corruption, delays in execution, reports of terror strikes and a host of other hitches and glitches, all of which were laid to rest with our extravagant show. The medal rush at the Games has given a tremendous boost to India’s image as a sporting nation and will help the cause of sports. – R.J. Khurana, Hyderabadlast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer proves Man Utd record breaker: We want to entertain

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer proves Man Utd record breaker: We want to entertainby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer admits he’s happy to be breaking records at Manchester United.Paul Pogba scored twice while Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku also netted to stun Bournemouth.And Solskjaer is only the THIRD United boss in history to win his first three games in charge.He declared: “We want to go attacking. We’ve been at home two games and have to entertain the crowd.”You have good players, they want to learn, improve — I just want to do my bit.”We created some great chances — some fantastic attacking football.”That’s what the fans want to see and the players are enjoying themselves.” last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Souness yet to be won over by Fabinho

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Souness yet to be won over by Fabinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness is yet to be won over by Fabinho.Souness has questioned whether the Brazil midfielder is up to the standards Liverpool are seeking to reach.”Liverpool don’t have what I would call milky players,” he told the Sunday Times. “Before the season began they identified midfield as an area that needed strengthening and brought in Fabinho and Naby Keita. “I am yet to be fully convinced by Fabinho and wonder why it has taken such a long time for him to get up to speed.”He has played well since getting into the team but he still has a bit to go.” last_img read more

15 days agoLiverpool ‘can’t complain’ about Adrian signing says Achterberg

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool ‘can’t complain’ about Adrian signing says Achterbergby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg says the club should be delighted with the signing of Adrian.The Reds have won every game this season with Adrian in goals following an injury to Alisson in the opening day win over Norwich City.Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo of Adrian: “He had to come in from West Ham and he had to settle quickly.”Everything he has done so far has been really good, we have not been able to complain much at all. It’s a different style of play, with West Ham he had to kick the ball long 90 per cent of the time, but we ask him to be calm on the ball and play out from the back.”To be fair, he has picked it up really quickly. He has adapted fast, even though he had a lot of experience playing in the Premier League.”It has helped him a lot to settle quickly. He is a calm and confident guy but also a really good guy. He fits in well, I would say. Big credit to him and what he has done. It has been really good, so we cannot complain.” last_img read more

Michigan Football: Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh Had “Hail To The Victors” Played As He Walked To Field At Satellite Camp In Alabama

first_imgJim Harbaugh at Satellite camp in Alabama.Jim Harbaugh Hail To The VictorsHow many times has Michigan’s “Hail To The Victors” fight song been played in the state of Alabama? At lease once. The Wolverines’ football program is currently having a satellite camp in Prattville, Ala. When Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh walked to the field this morning, he had his school’s fight song played. When was the last time Hail to the Victors played in Alabama? Harbaugh walks to field for satellite camp to the fight song— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015Just a few players here for Michigan satellite camp in Prattville pic.twitter.com/i7i4HFtuzK— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015Greetings from Prattville where Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan staff are holding their second satellite camp. pic.twitter.com/4kaAbKTbtK— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) June 5, 2015That’s a bold move, Jim.last_img read more