Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports The legal team representing embattled Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the sprinter’s disqualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. However, Carter is allowed to compete pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings, this after the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) received confirmation from the IAAF outlining that the sprinter had not been issued a suspension after retroactively testing positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine. JAAA president Dr Warren Blake told The Gleaner yesterday that he had received confirmation from the IAAF after writing to CEO Olivier Gers and enquiring about Carter’s eligibility to compete. Gers, who was in the island recently as a guest at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards and who also had meetings with Blake and other track and field interests during his brief visit to the island yesterday responded to the JAAA president outlining that Carter was free to compete. “It appears Mr Carter is not provisionally suspended and is eligible to compete in athletics competition pending the CAS procedure,” Gers wrote in his response to the JAAA’s query after consultation with the IAAF’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission. Carter is now expected to start his season shortly after going nearly 17 months since his last race. Carter will compete this Saturday at the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex as a member of MVP’s 4x100m relay team.
A week before the 26th of July, Liberia’s independence day, a storm hit Social Media. The indomitable storm that was #libtakeover could not be ignored as I scrolled down my Facebook and Twitter news feeds. As the hashtag depicts, I too was taken over by admiration upon reading the numerous Liberian colloquialisms and parables; some old and others new, all bore a semblance of uniqueness and humor about them – a uniqueness Liberians have come to be known for. Throughout that week, it became a front on which Liberians, both at home and in the diaspora united towards one common goal, whose purpose was yet unknown, aside from the entertainment it delivered. Although I didn’t participate, I followed closely for days and wondered where the hashtag came from and what inspired its genesis. I wondered if the creator was just caught up in the celebrations or “jolly-jolly” associated with that time of year. Could the hashtag have arisen from the founder’s desire to see a new and transformed Liberia, or did it emerge from a feeling of homesickness while basking in Minnesota’s Brooklyn Park, Staten Island’s Park Hill, or Ghana’s Buduburan Refugee Camp? Did its inventor think that #libtakeover would actually take over the internet that week? Those thoughts lingered for days as the ’26’ celebrations heated up, and were reinforced when it became impossible to see regular Facebook posts from Liberians, other than those relating to the phenomenon. Scrolling through this time, I was struck and in awe – Liberian humor was certainly undeniable and at the core of every Liberian; perhaps this could be attributed to our ability to bounce back after every setback. Yes, we just laugh and shake it off! Taylor Swift must have heard about a group of people called Liberians when she made the song “Shake It Off”- that’s what we do — we shake off our trials and tribulations effortlessly. That quality, though heroic, plagued me with several questions: Are we stuck in the resilience and shake-it-off mode, waiting for our next trial to overcome, or are we waiting for the next “did-well-trophy”? Have we gotten so accustomed to shaking it off that we often ignore the recovery process of looking our challenges straight in the eye and working towards getting them completely out of our system, in order to prevent a recurrence? Yes, we are strong people, but is that all we want to be known for? Those thoughts were further emphasized when I played back a point made byU.S Ambassador to Liberia, Her Excellency Deborah Malac, while sitting next to her at the National Policy Makers’ Dialogue held at the Monrovia City Hall in May of this year. Throughout the dialogue, several Liberian speakers applauded Liberians as being a “resilient people’’. It was as if the word “resilient” was the theme of the day. Every time they’d use the word, Amb. Malac would look rather disappointed. At one point, I leaned over to chat with her briefly, and she said “It’s high time Liberians do something about the word resilient. Yes, we know and agree that you all are resilient and strong people, but how can that resilience lead to actual results? To me, using resilience to describe Liberians indicates that they’re just sitting around and waiting for the next catastrophe to befall them so that they can overcome it, instead of taking steps to ensure that they don’t happen again. Liberians should replace that word with another word that speaks to action and results. Before the close of the independence week, I began to reflect more seriously on what a true takeover would look like as Liberia turned 168 years old, with the clouds of war, Ebola, and infrastructural challenges still hanging over us. Several days after the holiday, I glanced through my feed this time, startled to discover that the #libtakeover hashtag had ended as quickly as it started, right after the independence festivities. I waited patiently to see if the same enthusiasm would resurface for the August 24th Flag Day celebrations, but the #libtakeover had vanished from our news feeds for good, thus leaving me with the conclusion that it was yet another fanfare meant for social media that week. Maybe, like the ambassador, I too had expectations and had every right to, as I yearned for the Liberia of old — the one the older folks spoke so passionately about. The one captured in Yorel Francis’ “The Wealth of Liberia Restored”, which brought me to tears when I first saw it. I, like many of my peers did not see that Liberia, because we were too little when the country’s civil war began, and we’d lost 14 years of our childhood living through those tumultuous years. The last ten years of peace in Liberia were seemingly the only peaceful years many of us had known in our lifetime – our version of “normal days”.The Oxford Dictionary defines “Takeover” as “an act of assuming control over something.”How then can we assume responsibility and take charge of the task of building a new Liberia? How do we build upon the legacy of the glorious “normal days” and move towards a brighter future? How do we reclaim our place amongst nations, as that nation which was once the beacon of hope for the rest of Africa? How can we live up to the captivating legacy of a country once considered home to the likes of the Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, and Jazz great, Hugh Masekela, who, upon visiting Liberia in the 70s was granted Liberian citizenship and passport, when he was exiled from his country due to his outspoken stance against apartheid? Intrigued by the beautiful culture and people of Liberia, Mr. Masekela would remark that our country had “some of the most beautiful women I’d seen since my return to Africa.” What was that thing that kept Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom fascinated with Liberia, to the extent of paying several state visits to the small nation? True to its name, Liberia (land of the liberty), it was indeed a land many flocked to, particularly Africans and other peoples of color, to experience what was called “Small America’’- supposedly an African equivalent of western democracy. A land whose beautiful women were lauded once more in the Michael Jackson’s hit song, “Liberian Girl”, as being “more precious than any pearl.” A land that many borrowed from and a place founded to be the safe haven for all blacks across the world. Even in its troubled days, many still cannot get enough of the fascination that is Liberia. Why is that so?I envision the #libtakeover hashtag as more than merely a spectacle, but the birth of a movement – a new renaissance born out of patriotism; a call to action that compels us to quit the “blame game” and take full responsibility for the development of Liberia. I visualized it as being a movement that unites and boldly propels us to be the change we so fervently seek. I envisage #libtakeover as a force that would resurrect us from the pits of complacency and stagnation, into a new era of transformation. To mention that the hashtag blazed a trail on social media would be an understatement, but how can we take that same zeal and enthusiasm off of social media, turning it into a movement that is as powerful as the #blacklivesmatter movement, which was also born on social media, but became an actual force of change that’s making waves across the U.S and the world? How can Liberia (LIB) takeover in the true definition of the word “takeover’’?LIB can only takeover when we invest in our educational sector, while training and producing qualified teachers to mold the young minds of our children, inculcating in them the value and importance of education. LIB can only takeover when we inspire the youth to take on the task of leadership, by educating and empowering them to become the next generation of Engineers, Doctors, Teachers, Lawyers, Geologists, Economists, Historians, Writers, Business Executives etc., to steer her into a productive future. By doing this, they become vehicles for development, not instruments of violence.LIB can only truly take over when we rebuild our roads and infrastructure, thereby strengthening regional trade and collaboration with other African states.LIB can only take over when we strengthen and equip our justice system to allow the rule of law to take its course, without fear or favor, thus reducing the culture of impunity. LIB can surely takeover when we work towards building a sustainable economy that serves as the catalyst for a strong private sector and middle class, while ensuring economic growth and equal opportunities for all.LIB can only take over when we stop cutting corners and taking the easy ride of corruption to the top, leaving the masses to suffocate at the bottom.LIB can only take over when it becomes the hub of entrepreneurship and social innovation on the African continent, boasting of ventures that are driven by young and progressive visionaries who are passionate about its future.LIB can only truly take over when basic social services are available to all regardless of socio-economic status.LIB can only take over when we strengthen our healthcare system, to reduce the high rates of infant and maternal mortality, while meeting the needs of the poor.LIB can take over when we’re able to look past religious, tribal, and political differences and work towards the common goal of nation-building.LIB can only truly take over when Gender Equality is no longer a “taboo” but a reality that enables women to thrive, while maximizing their full potential. LIB can truly take over when our Farmers are equipped to go back to the soil to grow more food, to ensure a self-sufficient Liberia.LIB can takeover when our security sector stands firm to protect and uphold the sovereignty of the state, while maintaining the peace we all enjoy today, even as UNMIL draws down next year.LIB can genuinely takeover when we are fully integrated into the 21st century’s technological revolution, equipping our young people to become the next generation of Programmers, Civil Engineers, Software Developers/Engineers, Systems Analysts, etc.LIB can completely takeover when we’re proud to identify as Liberians, embracing our beautiful cultural heritage, promoting arts & culture, and discarding the belief that we aren’t “African enough”.LIB can only takeover when we stop looking at the government as a separate entity from us, and start acknowledging the fact that we, ordinary citizens make up the government.Lastly, as the 2017 elections approach, it is important to note that LIB will certainly take over when we value the power of our votes and stop selling our “rights for rice.”In the words of British Playwright, George Bernard Shaw, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”With the Agenda for Transformation as our roadmap towards achieving the ‘Liberia Rising Vision 2030’, it is my hope that this new era of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) marks a shift in our mindsets, as we work collectively, backing our actions with renewed faith and commitment to undoubtedly usher LIB into an age of sustainable economic dominance and true developmental takeover.Patrice Juah is a Mandela Washington Fellow for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Creative Entrepreneur, Writer, Girls’ Education Advocate and Former Miss Liberia. She currently sits on the Advisory Committee for the 5th annual African Creative Economy Conference to be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon in October. Ms. Juah can be reached via email : Patjuah2001@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
..will continue to lead struggle as General Secretary regardless of CCJ’S rulingCurrent People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, has signalled his interest in returning to Government in a formal capacity should his party return to the seats of power.This was communicated by a statement on Saturday.“Unlike the 2011-2015 period, where I played no formal part in the PPP Administration, I intend to be a formal part of the next PPP Government as we resume the implementation of plans to build a better country of which all our people can feel proud,” Jagdeo related in his release.He added that the PPP is a party not built on personalities “but on policies, all designed to create a better life for our people, and forge racial, ethnic and class unity,” he continued. “I remain committed to these policies and causes and will continue to struggle with the Party to achieve them. I remain absolutely humbled at the over-whelming confidence which the Guyanese people have continued to place in me and I remain eternally grateful for their continued support.”Jagdeo’s statement comes just days before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is expected to deliver a ruling in the case of Attorney General of Guyana v Cedric Richardson. This case will have major ramifications for Guyana.Last year, Government had decided to have the case heard in the CCJ after the Appeal Court in Guyana had dismissed its appeal against the ruling of former Chief Justice (ag) Ian Chang – which had stated that in Guyana, sovereignty resides in the people, and not in the Parliament.Justice Chang’s ruling meant that certain fundamental clauses in the Constitution, which serve to define its substantive nature, could only be altered by a referendum of the people. According to Jagdeo, whatever the outcome of the ruling, he would remain on the political scene.“Multitudes of supporters of the PPP/C and even across the political divide have made contact with me. Many concerns were raised, including the public statements of those in Government in respect of a particular outcome,” Jagdeo related. “As a result, I am moved to publicly assure that whatever the ruling is, I am and will remain the General Secretary of the PPP,” Jagdeo said on Saturday.“In that capacity, I will continue to spearhead the Party’s struggle for a better life for all Guyanese, especially the working people, the poor and the under-privileged, for racial and national unity and for victory at the polls at the next Local Government, Regional and National Elections.”The challengeThe constitutional challenge case brought by Georgetown resident Cedric Richardson in February 2015 had sought the court’s interpretation of the National Assembly’s changes to Article 90, as those related to four restraints on the freedom of choice by citizens at national elections.Richardson argued, through his lawyers, Emily Dodson and Shawn Allicock, that the amendment – Article 17 of 2000 – unconstitutionally curtails and restricts his sovereign and democratic right and freedom as a qualified elector to elect a specific person of his choice as the Executive President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.Richardson had also contended that the limit was unconstitutional and illegal. He sought the court’s interpretation to determine whether a referendum on the amendment should not have been held, instead of the two-third majority in the National Assembly having the power to decide the limit on the number of terms.Justice Chang had ruled in July 2015 that the alteration of Article 90 by the Act No 17 of 2000, in substance and effect, undoubtedly diminishes the democratic rights of the electorate in electing a person of their own choice as President.The former acting Chief Justice noted that such an amendment needs a referendum and is invalid and without legal effect for reason of non-compliance. He further ruled that Act 17 of 2000 seeks to dilute the pre-existing democratic rights of the electorate to elect a President of their choice.As such, while the Constitution provides for representative democracy, such representative democracy cannot encroach on popular sovereignty from which it derives and which is entrenched by the requirement of the referendum.However, the High Court’s decision was appealed by the Attorney General’s Chambers and former Speaker of the House Raphael Trotman; both of whom were named as respondents in the court action. They asked that the ruling be “wholly set aside”.The outcome of this matter could also be a deciding factor as to whether Jagdeo will be the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) presidential candidate in the 2020 General Elections. (Jarryl Bryan)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — In November, the City received an application for the construction of a 46-metre self-supporting structure located on the property located at 8527 100 Street. City staff noted the lot has frontage on both 100 Street and 98 Street – the location of the antenna is towards 98th Street.However, the administrative report notes that the City is not the approving authority for telecommunication antenna structures. Instead, the Federal Minister of Industry is the approving authority.“In cases where the City does not support a proposal, it cannot prevent a proponent from ultimately gaining permission from Industry Canada for a telecommunication antenna structure,” reads the administrative report.- Advertisement -“The letter of concurrence or non-concurrence forms part of Industry Canada’s approval process.”City staff did not identify any concerns with the proposal, nor did the Ministry of Transportation.Notice of the proposal to construct a telecommunication tower with date and time of the Open House was shared on the City’s twitter and Facebook Page on Jul. 16, as well as through an ad in the Alaska Highway News, later on Aug. 11. Signage was also placed on site.Advertisement The Open House was held on Aug. 18, and the comment period was extended to Sept. 2. Notices were mailed to affected property owners within a 150-metre radius on Jul. 14, with Aug. 7 being the deadline for comments.Through the public process, the City says no comments were received by the applicant or by staff. Also, the Open House was attended by only the applicant and City staff.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFormer Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina readily agreed. “The truth of the matter is the tax policy has been established by the big corporations and the wealthiest Americans,” he said. “What we ought to be doing instead is getting rid of those tax breaks.” Across 90 minutes, the fierce competition between the two Iowa front-runners shone through only once – when Obama was asked how he could offer a new type of foreign policy since several of his advisers once worked for President Clinton. Hillary Clinton laughed out loud at that, and said with a smile, “I’m looking forward to hearing that.” Obama, also smiling, waited for the laughter to die down before saying, “Hillary, I’m looking forward to you advising me as well.” The discussion of taxes underscored the gulf between the two parties on economic issues. Republican candidates called repeatedly Wednesday for elimination of the estate tax – which falls principally on the largest of estates – and reduction in the income tax on corporations. JOHNSTON, Iowa – Democratic presidential hopefuls called for higher taxes on the highest-paid Americans and on big corporations Thursday and agreed in an unusually cordial debate that any thought of balancing the federal budget would have to wait. “We’re not going to be able to dig ourselves out” of Bush-era deficits in the next year or two, said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, one of six Democratic rivals sharing a stage for the final time before Iowa’s leadoff Jan. 3 caucuses. Asked about the importance of eliminating deficits, Democrats responded by criticizing President Bush’s economic policies, including some of his tax cuts. “I want to keep the middle-class tax cuts” that Congress passed during President Bush’s tenure, said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. But she said she favors raising taxes for the wealthiest. Those differences will have to wait for the general election campaign, however. For now, all presidential hopefuls in both parties are concentrating with single-minded determination on their nomination races, beginning with the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3 and the New Hampshire primary five days later. Obama, Clinton and Edwards are in a tight race in Iowa, according to numerous pre-caucus polls. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd and Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden trail badly. After months of campaigning, the six debaters stuck to well-rehearsed lines, passing up opportunities to attack one another and periodically illustrating their points with Iowa-specific examples. Dodd noted that the cost of attending the University of Iowa had risen 147percent in the past six or seven years. Obama, addressing energy issues, squeezed in a reference to a new wind-turbine manufacturing plant in Keokuk, with 400 jobs. Biden said his first trip to Iowa was a generation ago, when former Sen. John Culver ran in 1974. Biden didn’t say so, but Culver’s son, Chet, is the current governor, neutral in the race for the party’s presidential nomination. Asked how they would have voted on a Senate proposal earlier this week to shift some crop-subsidy payments into conservation and other programs, Dodd and Biden said they would have supported it. Obama and Clinton expressed opposition – and the New York senator made a point of saying she had generally been following the lead of Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin on a big farm bill. Only Richardson said balancing the budget would be a high priority. He noted that as governor in New Mexico, he is required to do so, and he called for a presidential line-item veto, a constitutional amendment to balance the budget, the elimination of “corporate welfare” and elimination of congressional earmarks to help get rid of federal red ink. Dodd jabbed at Richardson, saying the federal government is “much more complicated than state budgets. What we need to be doing is growing our economy, giving people a sense of confidence again.” Biden was one of several Democrats who noted that the Iraq war is costing $10billion a month – money that he said could be spent on education, health care and other programs, or allocated to deficit reduction. The federal budget ran a surplus of $127billion the year Bush took office. The deficit hit a record high of $413billion in 2004 before declining to $162.8billion for the 2007 budget year, which ended last Sept. 30. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The 5 to 7-year-old Manorcunningham ladybird girl guides had an exciting adventure this week as they tried their hand at canoeing for the first time at Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Center.Pamela Byrne says; “This was a day to remember, their first experience of canoeing. It was a huge success despite the drizzling weather. “With such a wide range of activities available at Gartan and in Summer camps throughout Donegal this year we can ‘gift’ our children lovely childhood memories.“This Gartan adventure marked the year end for the Manorcunningham ladybird girl guides (September to June).” Recruitment for new members in 2017 will take place in August; places are limited however parents of 5-7 year old girls can request registration forms now. Contact Zara Tel: 0863626705Manorcunningham ladybird girl guides have exciting Gartan adventure was last modified: July 2nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Canoeinggartan outdoor education and training centermanorcunningham ladybird girl guides
As the last bars of music fade away on what has been an outstanding summer of music in the North West, the Donegal Music Education Partnership is taking up the baton and inviting aspiring musicians and singers to take part in a huge range of classes aimed at beginners, intermediate and advanced students of all ages.For those who do not fancy a solo career path, there are numerous performance ensembles and choirs to join too with a repertoire covering a wide range of musical genres through classical, folk, traditional, jazz and pop – the Children’s String Orchestra, The Donegal Chamber Orchestra, The Errigal Groove Orchestra, The Donegal Youth Choir and the Inishowen Music Collective – to name just a few.In order to whet your appetite and attract new talent, the organisation is holding auditions on 7th & 8th September in Letterkenny for a number of full scholarships and half-scholarships in selected instruments. 2013 has been an amazing year for the students of DMEP and many have found themselves performing locally, nationally and internationally as well as performing for prestigious cultural events such as the EU Presidency celebrations.In February, Falcarragh-based jazz duo, Conor & Michael Murray and members of the Cloughaneely Ceili Band performed to an audience of distinguished delegates in Kilmainham Hospital, Dublin at a conference organised as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency.Conor Murray, who plays double bass, was also selected to join the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland while David Mc Kelvey, a trombone player from Glenties, was selected to join the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble.In early July, the DMEP’s Errigal Groove Orchestra, led by Inishowen saxophonist Sean McCarron, performed at the National Youth Council of Ireland’s National Youth Arts Day in Dublin, giving them an opportunity to meet Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for the Arts, & other influential people as well as to network with other youth arts groups from around the country. But perhaps the most exciting achievement of 2013 (thus far) has been the success of four young classical music students who received scholarships to attend the Summer Chamber Music Workshop at the renowned Apple Hill Centre for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, USA – an acknowledged international centre of musical excellence. Joanne Cuffe (from Ramelton), Ciara Fagan (from Carndonagh), Claire Kinsella and Jane Gormley (both from Letterkenny) are all members of the award-winning Donegal Youth Orchestra and spent the month of July in Apple Hill where they received tuition and performance experience under the direction of Leonard Matczynski and other world-class teachers.What music classes and instruments are offered by DMEP?The DMEP teaching year begins on the 9th September 2013 and the organisation is offering small-group (3 per tutor max) and individual tuition in an absolute treasure-trove of instruments and disciplines: piano and keyboard, acoustic, bass and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, uilleann pipes, harp, flute, recorder, clarinet, oboe, saxophones of all sizes., fiddle, viola, cello and a complete range of brass instruments such as trumpet, horn, tuba, trombone and euphonium.In addition to the instrumental opportunities for learning and participation, the Donegal Music Education Partnership also is a wonderful resource for vocalists and singers. Students are taught how to develop the voice safely, some sight-reading and theory, taught in the rock, pop and classical styles. Learning to perform is a big part of being a singer and students are encouraged to join the various Donegal choirs such as the Errigal Singers and Donegal Youth Choir.So where can you go to learn music, play in a band or sing with DMEP? Tuition is available at 11 teaching centres throughout Country Donegal, from Donegal Town and Ballyshannon in the south, through Letterkenny, Gortahork, Gweedore and Gelnties to Arann Mor Island and up into the Inishowen Peninsula at Buncrana, Carndonagh and Moville. There are regular meetings of each of the performing groups held in different locations throughout the county.And if you do not own your own instument or do not want to buy one yet?Well you can always hire one from DMEP at low cost, so there is absolutely no excuse why you cannot take up a new musical hobby this September, which may even one day become a successful part-time or even full-time career. And on this optimistic note the DMEP is keen to report that in times of economic hardship, unemployment or even as a student trying to pay your way through college, there are many former DMEP students who supplement their income by teaching music privately or even playing in hotels, restaurants and bars (piano players are especially in demand!).The DMEP teaching year begins on the 9th September with a full range of instrumental and singing classes on offer. Auditions will be held on 7th & 8th September in Letterkenny for a number of FULL SCHOLARSHIPS and HALF-SCHOLARSHIPS in selected instrumentsTo view a full list of music and voice classes, performing groups and teaching centres throughout the country, visit the Donegal Music Education Partnership website at: http://www.dmep.ie or ring us in our Letterkenny office in the Regional Cultural Centre on +353 (0) 74 91 76293 or +353 (0) 74 91 20012.HIT THE HIGH NOTES WITH THE DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP was last modified: September 2nd, 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:HIT THE HIGH NOTES WITH THE DONEGAL MUSIC EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter is the latest Government minister to put his foot in it, after telling anti-austerity campaigners from Co Donegal to ‘Get a life.’Mr Shatter, whose department was in trouble earlier this month for sending Raphoe Garda killer Martin McDermott to an open prison from which he escaped, didn’t mince his words.But he used the sort of language for which colleague and household tax minister Phil Hogan has faced stern criticism. As the walkers from Donegal were joined by others on the final leg of their 280-mile march to the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in Dublin today, Shatter was damning.He said the protestors – and Sinn Fein which has forwarded a bill to repeal the tax – should “get a life.”He went on: “I’ve never seen such a mountain made out of a molehill in my life.”Reacting to the comments, the Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has accused the Government of being “in denial” about public feeling towards the charge. “Justice Minister Alan Shatter is telling us to get a life. He is obviously in denial about the kind of life this Government has imposed on the citizens struggling with austerity.“Fine Gael and Labour are in denial about the social consequences of their government’s policies.”Mr Adams added: “The unemployed, the families whose loved ones have emigrated, the households in mortgage distress, those on hospitals trolleys and low and middle income households struggling to pay increasing bills and make ends meet will not be celebrating the Fine Gael Ard Fheis.” ASTONISHING: MINISTER ALAN SHATTER TELLS DONEGAL WALKERS: ‘GET A LIFE’ was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ASTONISHING: MINISTER ALAN SHATTER TELLS DONEGAL WALKERS: ‘GET A LIFE’
SAN BERNARDINO – They are from the same country. They are the same age. They are both water polo stars. They are different as night and day. They are Dordija “Jo” Radunovic and Zoran Dragomirovic., both senior standouts for the San Bernardino High School water polo team. The 18-year-old foreign-exchange students from Serbia and Montenegro lead the Cardinals with 171 combined goals. From there, the similarities fall off. “Jo is a jokester and is very easy going,” Cardinal coach Ryan Williams said. “He’s from the beachside of Montenegro and this is his first time living inland. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Zoran is more shy and does not like big crowds. He’s from Belgrade, which is the capital city of Serbia. It’s about 12 hours inland.” Together with key returnees Phillip Casillas and Greg Warm, they form the nucleus of the Cardinal team. San Bernardino (9-5) lost its San Andreas League opener 20-13 on Tuesday to visiting San Gorgonio. But Williams benched two of his starters for missing practice and played with a patchwork lineup, while still managing to keep the match close. Jo and Zoran led the Cardinals with six and five goals, respectively. Casillas and Warm scored the other goals. Zoran also played outstanding defense against San G. star Chad Rahn, who managed five goals, mostly from the perimeter, outside of the Serbian’s muscular reach. Williams said the duo’s outlook is what is refreshing. “The key for me was when I told the players what was going on (with the benchings),” he said. “Jo looked at me and said, ‘We can win with the players we have out there, because we’re a team.’ “ Today, the Cardinals will be at full strength against host Cajon at 3:15 p.m. The Serbians came to San Bernardino through a foreign-exchange program that brings about a dozen students each year to SBHS. Debbie Karris and Frank Rodriguez of San Bernardino (who host Jo) and Dennis and Leslie Williams (who have Zoran) are repeat hosts. Dennis and Leslie also happen to be Ryan Williams’ parents. Dennis has coached water polo at every large public high school in the city except Arroyo Valley, as well at San Bernardino Valley College. Dennis was at pool side Tuesday for the match, along with former Cardinals coach Dave Smith, who guided Ryan and the Cardinals to the 1993 CIF title. Everyone seems to agree these Serbians are the real deal. “They’re Division I-caliber players, playing against high school competition,” Ryan said. “Out here, it takes two or three people to guard them and they’re still scoring goals. They’re so dominant.” Both began playing in Europe in their pre-teens. They learned the physical style of play favored in the former Yugoslavia and Hungary, where water polo is king. They also lifted weights, beginning at age 16. Both are solid, with the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Zoran being the more impressive physical specimen, with a torso the shape of a V. He has scored 75 goals. Jo checks in at an also-healthy 5-10, 192. He has 96 goals. The duo is easily recognizable in warm-ups, using their powerful bodies and arms to blast shots goalward. “They have shots like college kids,” said Ryan, who played at Long Beach State. “They’ll play Division I.” Although mature for their age, boys will be boys. Each has taken a liking to Mexican food, unavailable in their homeland. Jo likes the burritos and tacos at Lucy’s, which happens to be owned by the parents of his host, Frank Rodriguez. Zoran prefers Rosa Maria’s, a popular burrito emporium on the opposite side of Sierra Avenue. “My grocery bill has gone up a lot,” Debbie Karris said. “(Jo) said he liked Italian food, so we took him to The Mug. He ate almost a whole pizza, a spaghetti dinner with two pieces of garlic bread and a salad, and washed it all down with two Pepsis. The boy was grubbin’.” The teens also are popular with the opposite sex, as shown by a trip that Jo and his host family took to Universal Studios. Jo was rushed by an excited group of teenage girls, who mistakenly thought he was a model and wanted their picture taken with him. “He just looked at us and said, ‘Oh my God, these girls are crazy,’ ” Debbie said. As for the two Serbians, they are crazy like foxes. Both want to parlay their recent experiences into college scholarships. It is a realistic goal because they are pulling B averages in college prep and advanced placement classes and are scoring 75 percent of their team’s goals. “I came here for the education and to go to college,” Jo said. “That’s the thing about America, it gives opportunity to everyone.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ROSEMEAD — You don’t have to be a genius to see why the Rosemead High School football team is 5-0 and full of confidence entering Mission Valley League play. The Panthers are keeping it simple this season under coach Matt Koffler. They run the ball well and play good defense. Beat them if you can, but no team has come even close thus far. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week All of it is by design, according to Koffler, whose foursome of Josh Casey, Cameron Cantrell, Anthony Gonzalez and Mike Morillion are in the process of doing something special. “Their role is controlling the line of scrimmage,” Koffler said. “They’re always disrupting the blocking scheme for the other team’s offense. They’re very disruptive. And if you have lineman in the backfield, it clears up lanes for our linebackers to clean up whatever they don’t get.” The numbers, or lack thereof, the Panthers defense has allowed in five nonleague games are absolutely scary. Rosemead has allowed 19 total points in 20 quarters. The only two touchdowns allowed this season came in the fourth quarter with the game already decided. Rosemead has shut out two opponents, including Baldwin Park, whose running back Aaron Harris went on to score five touchdowns in each of the Braves’ three games since facing the Panthers. Make no mistake, the Panthers have talent. Running back/defensive back Deon Sumler is among the best in the area at his respective positions. Placekicker Jose Camarena, also the team’s quarterback, is comfortable booting field goals from over 50 yards. But what sets Rosemead apart and makes them the most predictable yet unbeatable team around is a defensive line that makes things miserable for the opposition. “They’re pretty tough up front,” said Baldwin Park coach James Heggins, whose team suffered its only loss of the season against Rosemead. “They control the line of scrimmage. That was the difference in our game, which is something very different from the other ones we’ve played. They’re just very physical.” The Panthers got another ringing endorsement this past week by Temple City coach Mike Mooney, who was impressed by what he saw in a 41-7 defeat to Rosemead last Friday. “Let me tell you something, they’re as good as advertised,” Mooney said. “Anyone that’s thinking they haven’t played anyone yet, or anyone real, is crazy. Get them up close, and you’ll see they’re absolutely dominating.” Each of the Panthers’ defensive lineman have a specific strength and role. Cantrell, who plays way above his listed 5-foot-6, 150-pound frame, is a speed rusher. Casey, at 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, is a combination of power and speed. Gonzalez (275 pounds) is the resident run-stopper. He clogs the middle along with Morillion, who might be a combo of all three. “I had no idea we were going to be this good,” Casey said. “I didn’t think we were going to allow just 19 points so far, but our defense just came out there ready to play.” Although nobody will undervalue Casey, Gonzalez and Morillion based on their size, the same can’t be said for Cantrell, who opens eyes while earning respect on a weekly basis. “I feel underestimated,” Cantrell said. “They (opponents) just take me for granted and think I can’t do anything. I just put my head down and go full speed.” Full speed has produced nine sacks thus far for Cantrell, who can’t be controlled coming off the end. With such a dominating defense, it’s not hard to see why everyone around Rosemead is thinking big things. The Panthers begin league play this week against Gabrielino, and given the way the defense is playing, Rosemead could be 10-0 entering the playoffs later next month. The excitement created in just five short weeks is something that fans are justified in feeling, according to Koffler. “There’s no doubt about it, we can compete with anybody around,” Koffler said. “Our front four knows that and they love going out there and proving it to people. They want to show that defensive lineman can do special things.” And because of that, Rosemead just might do some special things, too. — Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!