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ALAN SHATTER MUST GO TOO – McBREARTY

first_imgTime to go? Alan ShatterDONEGAL councillor Frank McBrearty Jnr has tonight reiterated his call for Justice Minister Alan Shatter to resign following the early retirement earlier of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.Cllr McBrearty – given €1.5M in compensation after being framed for murder by corrupt gardai – accused Deputy Shatter of failing the people of Ireland “just like every other justice minister.”The Taoiseach told opposition TDs in the Dail today that he would not be giving them “a head on a plate.” It has also emerged that calls into and out of Garda stations were recorded up until November 2013. An inquiry has been launched.Cllr McBrearty said the whole nation had lost confidence in Minister Shatter, saying: “It’s time for him to go.“The behaviour of some members of An Garda Siochana in Donegal cost this country €200M in costs through the Morris Tribunal but most of the recommendations of that tribunal were never implemented. It’s a disgrace.“Shatter must go. Simple as that. He has failed the people of this country and we still have an totally unaccountable policing service.” Earlier the Government issued a new statement on Garda station recordings.The statement says: “At its meeting today, the Government considered a new and very serious issue relating to An Garda Síochána.“The implications of this matter are potentially of such gravity that the Government has decided to set up a statutory Commission of Investigation into this matter of significant public concern. It will be chaired by a senior serving or retired member of the Judiciary.“In the context of ongoing legal proceedings in a particular case, the Government has learned that a system was in place in a large number of Garda stations whereby incoming and outgoing telephone calls were taped and recorded.“The Government was informed of this new information at its meeting today. “As the matter is before the Courts, it is not appropriate to make any further comment on the specific case.“From the information available, the practice of making recordings was in place for many years and was discontinued in November of 2013. It is not yet clear why this practice was in operation.“The Government is extremely concerned about this information.“The Government has asked for a full, detailed report on all aspects of this matter from An Garda Síochána and the Department of Justice and Equality, so that an informed decision can be made on the legal and other consequences, with the assistance of the Attorney General. “The terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation will be decided shortly, once a full report on the circumstances has been made available to the Government.“The Government also decided to agree to the retirement of Mr Martin Callinan from the position of Commissioner of An Garda Síochána.“The Government thanked the Commissioner for his long and dedicated service to the State.“In accordance with the relevant provisions of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005, Deputy Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has been appointed as interim Garda Commissioner.“Arrangements will be put in place for an open competition for a permanent appointment to the post of Garda Commissioner as soon as is practicable.“The Government reiterated its commitment to its extensive programme of reform, including the passing of the Government legislation to protect whistleblowers and to extend freedom of information.“It also reiterated its commitment to the reform of Garda oversight and accountability.“This will include the establishment of an independent Garda authority, which is appropriate to Ireland’s needs and which will maintain appropriate democratic accountability to the Oireachtas.“The Government will bring forward the full detail of its comprehensive reform proposals in the coming months.“This will be done following the completion of the current inquiries by Judge Cooke and Mr Guerin, the forthcoming hearings by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality and the Review of the Garda Síochána which is currently under way under the Haddington Road Agreement.”ALAN SHATTER MUST GO TOO – McBREARTY was last modified: March 25th, 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)last_img read more

Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital present vital equipment

first_imgIt may be Christmas but the needs of Letterkenny University Hospital is a year ’round campaign.And to the fore of that campaign in recent decades has been the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital.Pictured here are committee members and staff of the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital at their 25th Anniversary Event and Annual Draw which was held on Thursday last. The group presented equipment to five departments including the Orthopaedic Ward, Intensive Care Unit, Day Service Unit, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department and Stroke Department.All photos by Clive Wasson.Paddy Rooney with Michael McGinty , Mean IT launching the new web site at the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital 25th Anniversary Event and Annual Draw on Thursday last. Photo Clive WassonAt the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital 25th Anniversary Event and Annual Draw on Thursday last are Back from left Donal Kelly, Former Chairman, Peter Cutliff, Chairman and Brian McGarvey, Former Chairman with seated long serving committee members with 25 years each on the committee Vera Sweeney, Mary Gallagher, Ian McGarvey, Eileen Bannan and Anne McGowan. Photo Clive WassonPast and present chairmen at the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital 25th Anniversary Event and Annual Draw on Thursday last. from left are Donal Kelly, Peter Cutliee, Casmir McGill and Brian McGarvey. Photo Clive WassonPast and present chairmen at the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital 25th Anniversary Event and Annual Draw on Thursday last. from left are Donal Kelly, Peter Cutliee, Casmir McGill and Brian McGarvey. Photo Clive Wasson  Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital present vital equipment was last modified: December 28th, 2017 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:donegaldrawLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more

Open hospital wards for poor: OHRC

first_imgThe Odisha Human Rights Commission has asked the State government to consider opening dedicated wards for destitute people and make all services available to them in all medical college hospitals.During a recent surprise visit to the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, OHRC Acting Chairperson Justice B.K. Mishra and Director (Investigation) S.M. Narvane came across destitute patients lying unattended in the verandah.On seeing Justice Mishra and Mr. Narvane on campus, some attendants volunteered to show the “pathetic healthcare facilities for the poor” at the hospital. “During the visit, as many as 15 destitute female patients and eight destitute male patients were found lying in the verandah,” said Justice Mishra.last_img read more

Jaja, Dindin Worth PH team’s wait

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Though the result of the recent expansion tryouts will be released next week, LVPI president Peter Cayco said they would still welcome everyone willing to represent the country.The 6-foot-5 Santiago and her sister, who is 6-3, are currently playing in the Japan V-League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut national coach Shaq delos Santos said they can still accommodate the sisters, who also skipped the Asian Club Championships in Thailand last year due to their Japan stint.Santiago was recently named Best Player of the Game when her team, Ageo Medics, defeated NEC Red Rockets on the day she turned 23. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Philippine women’s volleyball team is not closing its doors on sisters Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago.Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. officials said it is determined to form the strongest possible team for the Southeast Asian Games to be held in the country in November.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Philippines will take part in the Asian Volleyball Confederation championships in Korea and China before seeing action in the SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC gets full backing from NSAslast_img read more

Character test

first_imgIt looks like Tim Cone actually waited for Matthew Wright’s Hail Mary heave before allowing himself to contemplate the latest victory of his Barangay Ginebra squad.“That shot of Matthew Wright, ano? Banda pa,” Cone said after the Phoenix Pulse gunner threw a desperation triple that didn’t look like it had a chance until it caught glass and spun off the rim.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy And kept at it until LA Tenorio, who will be crowned the league’s new Iron Man in his next game, made the big shots that mattered and Japeth Aguilar came up with a lead-saving swat on Calvin Abueva to seal Ginebra’s fourth win in seven games.That Cone has benchmarked Phoenix’s character for this conference speaks a lot about the Fuel Masters’ newfound identity this conference.And it showed in the way the team carried itself after the loss.“It wasn’t that tough of a loss. We’re not gonna let that emotionally affect us. They’re a good team and we have had a good season so far,” Wright said. “You know, more than anything, I’m trying to find the silver lining, this really prepared us for the playoffs—what the playoff atmosphere is like with the crowd, with the intensity.”That identity will be severely tested by San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT No. 1 Bataan opens Datu Cup playoff bid Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ But it was clear he wasn’t referring to that shot when he gave Phoenix the ultimate praise: That Ginebra’s 100-97 victory Sunday night was a result of the Gin Kings being able to match the Fuel Masters in an important aspect of the game.“There’s a reason they’re on top,” Cone said. “They’re really good … For one night, at least we were able to match their character and get a win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBarangay Ginebra simply refused to surrender despite the seeming control Phoenix had for most of the game.“We showed great character all game long,” said Cone. “Things weren’t going well for us. We just kept at it, kept at it, kept at it.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end The Fuel Masters still have a shot at the twice-to-beat incentive for the playoffs, but losing the Ginebra game could haunt them because the Gin Kings stayed at three losses. If Phoenix loses to San Miguel in its last elimination round game, the Fuel Masters will be at three losses, too.That could mean getting tied with any of the following: TNT, Ginebra, Alaska, Rain or Shine and the Beermen. Except for Alaska, four of those teams will no longer play each other—which means a Beermen win over the Fuel Masters could pave the path to a five-way tie at 8-3.And the Fuel Masters would have lost to three of those five teams, putting them at a disadvantage in the quotient count.But Phoenix isn’t overly concerned about that yet, proof that coach Louie Alas has shaped his team’s character well this season.“I feel like more important than our record right now is us getting better and becoming more cohesive as a team the next couple of weeks before playoffs,” Wright said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

SPORT-IND-BOARD (RPT)

first_imgIndore, Oct 9 (PTI) Scoreboard on the second day of the Indore, Oct 9 (PTI) Scoreboard on the second day of the third cricket Test between India and New Zealand here. ScoreboardIndia 1st innings M Vijayc Latham b Patel 10 G Gambhir lbw Boult 29 C Pujarab Santner 41 V Kohli lbw Patel 211 A Rahanec Watling b Boult188 R Sharmanot out 51 R Jadejanot out 17 Extras (b-4, lb-3, w-1, nb-2) 10Total (For 5 wickets dec; 169 overs) 557 Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-60, 3-100, 4-465, 5-504Bowling: Boult 32-2-113-2, Henry35-3-127-0, Patel 40-5-120-2, Santner 44-4-137-1, Neesham 18-1-53-0. (MORE) PTI KHS PMlast_img read more

Wijnaldum keeping £40m Fabinho from his Liverpool debut

first_imgMo Salah’s scoring, Alisson Becker’s settling and Virgil van Dijk is cruising.But amid Liverpool’s perfect start to the new Premier League campaign it is another, less-heralded star who is shining.Gini Wijnaldum is not the type of player to generate headlines anymore, with his days as a free-scoring attacking midfielder seemingly behind him. But in Jurgen Klopp’s new-look Reds side, stylish and solid, the Dutchman remains a key figure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A surprise to some, perhaps. Wijnaldum was one of the players tipped to suffer from Liverpool’s summer spending, which saw them splash out around £90 million ($115m) on two high-calibre midfield men.But while Naby Keita has slotted in seamlessly, the other new recruit, Fabinho, has been made to wait. Wijnaldum’s performances in the No.6 role mean the Brazilian has yet to make his Reds debut. The £40m ($51m) man has not even been on the bench for the Reds’ last two games.No big deal, Klopp says, and certainly not something for supporters to concern themselves over. Fabinho, he has always stated, will need time to adjust to the intensity of playing (and training) for Liverpool. His omission, rather, is a reflection of Wijnaldum and his chameleon-like qualities.“Gini can switch from one mindset to the other and that is pretty good for us,” Klopp said following last weekend’s win over Brighton.“If you ask me he was brilliant in pre-season as the eight. He was good as the six but brilliant as the eight. That’s why we never had any doubts about him. He can play both.“It was always clear he would be in the mix for the six position. He has worked hard and plays it very well. He’s a good footballer, but it is important that you have the kind of mindset that you can cool yourself down in different situations.“It’s important [as a No.6] that you don’t follow the ball or offer runs in behind when we have enough players to do that. We need a few reasonable persons on the pitch, if you want, and Gini has shown he can switch between both.”Gini Wijnaldum LiverpoolWijnaldum was, by some distance, Liverpool’s most impressive performer against Brighton, a game in which Klopp’s much-vaunted front three found life tough against a packed, well-organised defensive unit.He completed all but one of his 76 passes, not giving the ball away until the 80th minute of the game, and put in as many tackles as any Liverpool player on the field. Metronomic, disciplined and smart, his was a display to admire.To prove a point, too. Liverpool were surprised over the summer to see reports linking the 27-year-old with a move away from Anfield.Fenerbahce were the supposed suitors, though the idea of selling Wijnaldum was never realistically considered. Club sources believe the stories to be a case of 2+2 = 5. Fenerbahce’s coach is Phillip Cocu, Wijnaldum’s former boss at PSV Eindhoven. The pair, Goal understands, remain in contact.From the player’s point of view, the idea of leaving was not one to entertain. Liverpool’s midfield may be competitive this season, with the arrivals of Fabinho and Keita supplemented by Adam Lallana’s return to fitness and James Milner’s one-man fight against Father Time, but good players back themselves.In two years on Merseyside, Wijnaldum has shown an ability to adapt to the needs of the team, and of his manager. He uses the ball well, holds his position, defends well in one-v-one situations, and brings discipline and robustness.Only two players – Salah and Roberto Firmino – played more games for the Reds last season, while only one managed more appearances in 2016/17 – and that was Divock Origi, who played mostly as a substitute.In all, Wijnaldum has started 80 of a possible 106 games since joining from Newcastle, making a further 15 appearances from the bench.Klopp doesn’t have favourites, necessarily, but he has his trusted lieutenants, and the Dutchman is one. His form presently is keeping out not only Fabinho but Jordan Henderson, the club captain, too.Fabinho LiverpoolWe can expect that to change, of course. Henderson’s substitute appearances this season have been impactful, and Fabinho’s time will come. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andy Robertson have shown the benefits of a softly-softly approach with new signings.Lallana, too, remains a Klopp favourite if fit, and with Liverpool aiming to go deep in four competitions this season, opportunities for rest and rotation should be plentiful. Last season that was seldom the case.And so to Leicester this weekend.Liverpool have not won their opening four league games since the 1990/91 season (when they won their first eight), but will head to the King Power Stadium with confidence.The absence of Jamie Vardy, who has scored against them in each of his last five outings, is a welcome boost. Kelechi Iheanacho, fine footballer though he is, will not bring the same fear factor.Four from four, then, is the aim. Klopp’s men have the air of contenders about them, but proving it, week after week, is another matter. Complacency, the manager says, will not be permitted.He has named an unchanged side in each of Liverpool’s first three games, but could be tempted to freshen things up at Leicester.Wijnaldum, though, will almost certainly be in there. Not flashy, not spectacular, not headline-grabbing. Just as important as ever to the Liverpool cause. He’ll take some shifting. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Jays Homers Beat Yanks, 4-3

first_imgTORONTO — Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Cabrera each hit a solo homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays erased a three-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 on Aug. 31.Derek Jeter had a chance to tie it for the Yankees in the ninth inning. With the sellout crowd of 45,678 on its feet, Jeter popped up with a runner on third for the final out in his last regular-season at-bat in Toronto.Brett Gardner finished a single shy of the cycle, but New York lost its second straight. Gardner also had a big opportunity in the ninth, grounding out with a runner on second to bring up Jeter.Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ won for the first time in seven starts.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Midseason Position Grades: Running Back

first_imgIt would be hard to come up with a more maligned topic of conversation among Oklahoma State fans over the last couple of years than the Cowboys’ running game.3.51, 3.58, and 3.43.Those numbers represent the average yards per carry for the OSU offenses in 2014, 2015 and through the first half of 2016. Each one equally disappointing and each one ranking ninth ahead of only Kansas in the Big 12.The Cowboys haven’t enjoyed a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Randle cruised to 1,417 in 2012. A school that used to be known as Tailback U hasn’t had a running game that could get out of its own way in three years.But it looks like there might be a mini-renaissance occurring in Stillwater and it starts with a true freshman named Justice Hill. With a crowded running back group that included three seniors and a sophomore who got meaningful time last year, Hill would have made good a redshirt candidate. But he had other plans.Those plans included playing himself into meaningful reps during fall camp and then playing himself into an early starting role, despite a couple mistimed fumbles. It’s clear Hill is the best option to get the bulk of the carries. He’s shown the ability to not only make defenders miss but to attack the hole and has the type of break-away speed that can turn decent runs into big plays.Let’s take a look at his numbers:Hill: 403 yards / three touchdowns / 4.63 yards per carryIf we assume Hill continues to get 15-20 carries per game (let’s make it 15) and keeps his current average per carry, that’s an additional 486.15 yards (assuming the Cowboys go Bowling) for a total of 889.15. So, let’s round up and call it 890 yards. Chris Carson, the Cowboys’ 2015 lead rusher ended with 517 yards and 2014’s lead rusher was Desmond Roland with 770 yards. In 2013, Roland had 811. So Hill is not quite on pace to hit the 1,000-yard mark but he does have a good change to be the leading rusher since Joseph Randle.Here’s how the rest of the group has fared so far: Childs: 178 yards / six touchdowns / 4.81 yards per carryCarr: 86 yards / one touchdown / 8.60 yards per carryCarson (in two games): 45 yards / one touchdown / 3.75 per carrySanders: 41 yards / two touchdowns / 1.95 yards per carryBehind the freshman is another seemingly unlikely No. 2 back. Rennie Childs has looked as good this season as we’ve probably seen him. Again, if you were to look at my projected depth chart for the running backs two months ago, it would have been way off.I saw Childs as the odd man out with Chris Carson the starter from last year and Barry J. Sanders the supposed difference-making transfer. Of course, Carson has been injured and Carr seems to be the one lost in the mix with just ten carries from the backfield in six games. Sanders has looked good sparingly from the backfield and on special teams.Based on OSU’s recent history with running back production, I think we can grade this group on a curve. A B+ was the grade our writers came up with and that’s what I picked as well. There are definitely improvements to be made but we’ve seen a trend in the right direction.2016gradesWhile it’s taken longer than most would like, the running game is improving. We can see it on the field. Blocking is getting better and so is running back play. Whether it’s in the second half of this season or next year,  I think we’ll see it on the stat sheet as well.RB Grade: B+If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

ESPN Is Having Technical Problems With The Nebraska Game

first_imgA Nebraska cheerleader cheers in the end zone against Troy.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: A cheerleader for the Nebraska Cornhuskers performs before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is here.Fans across the nation watched Miami and Florida get the party started last weekend, but now get to watch their own teams.Among the fans trying to watch their team in action today are the Nebraska Cornhusker fans. Nebraska took the field against South Alabama for the first game of the season.However, for the fans not at the game, the video feed went dark for a minute before ESPN realized it was having technical issues.The Worldwide Leader cut to the game between Florida State and Boise State instead.It’s safe to say fans watching from home were less than pleased with the series of unfortunate events.ESPN having technical difficulties…GET THE GAME ON— CornNation (@CornNation) August 31, 2019After a few minutes away from the game, ESPN eventually regained the feed.No. 24 Nebraska has a 7-0 lead over South Alabama in the early action. Scott Frost and company are rolling on offense early and the defense has been stout.Stay tuned for the latest between these two teams.last_img read more