Beach Soccer: Keta festival to host league

first_imgThe Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA) is expected to thrill residents of Keta in the Volta region next weekend when the exciting sport returns after a break of three weeks. The spectacular Hegbotsosto festival of the Chiefs and people of Anloga in the Volta Region will provide the perfect setting for over half a dozen beach soccer matches.   This was disclosed in an interview by the association’s spokesman George Addo. “We have long planned to spread our activities beyond the La Beach Soccer Arena but it has never been financially prudent due to a number of challenges”.  He revealed that although CAL Bank sponsors the Championship to the tune of Gh44,000, the association simply cannot run an entire season on the amount. “The GBSA believes that by spreading our tentacles, we can attract potential new sponsors to come onboard and also see the limitless potential of this amazing sport”. Ghana currently has the only such set up in Africa; a double tier Championship and a Division one league that consists of twenty clubs in total. The leagues first kicked off in 2011 with Voltic Mineral water as non cash sponsors providing water and logistics for every team. The obvious lack of exposure and shoe string budget of beach soccer has meant that the GBSA is constantly facing turbulent challenges. Currently, defending champions Keta Sunset lead the Championship by with 36 points followed by city rivals Havedzi Mighty Warriors.   However, several clubs have been unable to raise teams on a weekly basis to honour matches due to lack of financial muscle.  In another development, the GBSA has confirmed that all relevant documents requested by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) have been submitted to the GFA for onward transmission to Cairo. GBSA President Yaw Ampofo Ankrah is optimistic that the process will be successful.  “We provided all our credentials to the GFA as directed by CAF in September through Caf officer Francis Oti Akenteng and GFA Gen Secretary Emmanuel Gyimah so hopefully this would allow Ghana present a team at the 2015 African qualifiers in Seychelles”.  Seychelles will host the 2015 African beach soccer championship from the 15th – 19th of April after a decision was taken by the Caf executive committee during one of its meetings at the Cairo headquarters. It is expected that eight teams, including hosts Seychelles will take part in the championship. The winners and runners-up will represent Africa in the Fifa beach soccer World Cup in Portugal. It was only last year that Seychelles launched its first beach football league and to date several teams are actively trying to develop the sport. However the country is currently putting up a state of the art beach soccer stadium which is estimated to cost about $1.1m.Fifa has described beach soccer which is the fastest growing mass participation team sport as the next frontier in the sport world wide.last_img read more

Not a bad gig if you can get it

first_imgNot a bad gig if you can get it. When most people are on their way to work, there’s a group of skiers out on Kootenay Lake.The trio, led by Nelson’s own Bruce Ramsay, take to the water near the Regional District of Central Kootenay transfer station where the waterski course is located.The boys up early when the water is like glass, before 7 a.m.last_img


first_imgCLOCKER FANCIES MIDNIGHT BISOU AND VINO ROSSI $229,671 5 13% 1 4 10 7 John Sadler49 7 10 69% 6 4 Richard Mandella29 16% 6 16 15 BREEDERS’ CUP WORK OUTS:Shadn (Balding) 10-30-19A’Ali (Crisford) 10-30-19Covfefe (Cox) 10-30-19Matera Sky (Mori) 10-30-19Heavenhasmynikki (Hess Jr.) 10-30-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-29-19United (Mandella) 10-29-19Ambassadorial (Chapple-Hyam) 10-29-19Shekky Shebaz (Servis) 10-29-19Blue Chipper (Young Kwan) 10-29-19 38% $1,164,513 17 19 7 20 58% Jorge Velez94 ITM% 10% 25% 6 10 9% 43% $374,150 14% $1,053,728 15 $648,789 3 67% 5 VALDIVIA RETURNS HOME AFTER SUCCESSFUL JUNKET 4 7 2nd 21% 45% 2 14% 2 4 8 57% John Shirreffs15 Doug  O’Neill69 Geovanni Franco53 8 TrainerSts 11 6 Rafael Bejarano61 Philip D’Amato44 Money Won 58% 9 6 55% 9 52% 3 Flavien Prat80 36% 16% 3 19 $380,150 $287,205 7 8 4 J.C. Diaz, Jr.58 33% 46% Mike Smith28 Evin Roman43 Mario Gutierrez32 JockeyMts (Current Through Thursday, Oct. 31) Bob Baffert33 33% $240,868 Abel Cedillo112 $234,970 $420,541 16% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 5 48% Mark Glatt39 8 20 Win% 47% 7 8 15% GOOD BETTING RACES FOR BREEDERS’ CUPNot surprising that Gary Young fancies Distaff favorite Midnight Bisou on Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup program, but the private clocker and bloodstock agent also cited longshot betting possibilities after having observed candidates that have been preparing at Santa Anita the past weeks for their big moment.“I think MIdnight Bisou is probably the most likely winner, but she’s also the shortest price (8-5 on Jon White’s morning line),” Young said. “The other races are very good betting races. If Covfefe hadn’t drawn the rail (for the Filly & Mare Sprint), I’d almost put her up there with Midnight Bisou, as far as likely winners. But she did draw the rail, that’s just it.“I think if Improbable breaks, he’ll run a very good race (in the Dirt Mile), and it all depends on whether Omaha Beach bounces or not. If Omaha Beach doesn’t bounce and runs his race, I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to say that he’s the best horse in the race.“A horse that’s really caught my eye since he got here is Vino Rosso for the Classic. He’s looked very, very good on the track.”     Post time for Saturday’s first live race is 10 a.m., with admission gates opening at 8 a.m. Reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday. Turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night.BALTAS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TWILIGHT DERBY DUO     Richard Baltas has two horses with contrasting styles entered in Saturday’s Grade II Qatar Twilight Derby, pace-prompting Neptune’s Storm and stone closer Succeedandsurpass.“Neptune’s Storm came out of his win in New York (Grade II Hill Prince at Belmont Park on Oct. 5) in good shape and has worked well for this, as has Succeedandsurpass,” said Baltas, tied for third in Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet standings with 10 victories.“Hopefully, we’re not coming back too quick (with Neptune’s Storm). The other horse is training unbelievable, really good. He was a little far back last time (when rallying for second in a one-mile allowance test Sept 27 at Santa Anita). I like both horses.”The Twilight Derby, race three of 12 live races: Originaire, Mike Smith, 8-1; Hackberry, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Nolde, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Temple, Manuel Franco, 20-1; Succeedandsurpass, John Velazquez, 10-1; Jais’s Solitude, Irad Ortiz Jr., 15-1; Ocean Fury, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Neptune’s Storm, Ricardo Santana Jr., 4-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 5-1; Gray Magician, Javier Castellano, 8-1; Henley’s Joy, Jose Ortiz, 10-1; Real Master, Brice Blanc, 50-1; and Mo Forza, Joel Rosario, 20-1.JOSE VALDIVIA HAPPY TO BE BACK HOME     After a successful Midwestern invasion of nearly six years, Jose Valdivia Jr. is home.Born in Lima, Peru, Valdivia resided a few furlongs from Santa Anita in Sierra Madre before seeking and finding greener pastures at Arlington Park where he was leading rider and won at a 23 percent rate the last two years.“A change in scenery helped,” said Valdivia, the nephew of Fernando Toro, one of Southern California’s most successful jockeys in the 1970s and 1980s. Jose is now represented by agent Mike Ciani, who also handles Aaron Gryder.“I had a good agent (Steve Leving) and a good trainer to ride for, Larry Rivelli, but once you leave Southern California, you’re camping out,” Valdivia said.“My family’s here, I’m here and I’m just happy to be back home. It’s a beautiful place, no place like it, so we’ll see what shakes.”SHUBACK’S ‘HOLLYWOOD AT THE RACES’ AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE SUNDAYLongtime DRF columnist and foreign correspondent Alan Shuback will be on hand to sign his newly released book, “Hollywood at the Races,” on Sunday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. near the Gift Shop in the East Paddock Gardens.Horse racing was so popular and influential between 1930 and 1960 that nearly 150 racing themed films were released, including “A Day at the Races,” “Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry,” and “National Velvet.”This fast-paced gossipy history explores the relationship between the Hollywood film industry, the horse racing industry, and the extraordinary participation of producers, directors and actors in the Sport of Kings.Celebrity presence at the racetrack generated a bevy of attention from eager photographers and movie columnists, as well as free publicity for their new films. Moreover, entertainment titans such as Louis B. Mayer, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable and Don Ameche were all major Thoroughbred owners, while Mickey Rooney, Chico Marx and John Huston were notorious for their unsuccessful forays to the betting windows.“Hollywood has gone nuts over horse racing, and by the same token, horse racing has gone nuts over Hollywood,”–Ed Sullivan.     FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup brings big earners: Breeders’ Cup horses entered on today’s card have combined earnings of $9,066,315, while on Saturday, the figure is $113,420,055 for a total of $122,436,370. Turf contender Bricks and Mortar leads the pack with $4,885,650 . . . Xpressbet’s John DeSantis will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Sunday at 10:20 a.m. in the XBTV studio.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:Breeders’ Cup Memories: Midnight Lute Powers Home in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita ParkBreeders’ Cup Memories: Zenyatta Delivers a Powering Turn of Foot to Win the 2009 Breeders’ Cup ClassicA Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith: Arrogate and JustifyA Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith: ZenyattaA Candid Conversation With Trainer Peter Eurton 5 6 12% 46% Andrew Lerner19 $764,243 7 6 5 50% 2nd 7 $363,288 Richard Baltas53 1 Peter Miller35 4 Win% Drayden Van Dyke47 4 $812,105 14% Jeff Mullins31 29% 3rd 49% Tyler Baze42 5 13% Money Won 11 1st 15 $554,458 12 19% 11 $491,102 5 Edwin Maldonado39 11 42% 6 ITM% $115,957 16 $220,712 Ruben Fuentes69 11 2 21% 30% 26% BALTAS SENDS OUT PAIR IN GRADE II TWILIGHT DERBY 24% SHUBACK SIGNS ‘HOLLYWOOD AT THE RACES’ SUNDAY 8 20% 51% $627,240 5 3rd 5 10 10 Martin Garcia55 Tiago Pereira51 38% 7 1 10 18% 48% $795,539 12 5 20% $260,090 $283,063 42% 5 Hector O. Palma25 10 $417,215 1 16% 44% $122,153 35% $316,600 21% $337,312 5 13% 1st $557,022 4 3 33% 3 46% $207,912last_img read more

Haitians fined for illegal entry

first_imgFour Haitians appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on charges of illegal entry.Fitzco Julian, Amnerfer Chriskey, Jim Richmore and Desmond Kendy, all pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Springlands, Corentyne, they entered Guyana by sea and disembarked without the consent of an immigration officer.A French translator was present in the court and assisted with the communication between the Magistrate and the French-speaking defendants.They were each fined ,000, with an alternative of six months’ imprisonment if they fail to pay the fine. They will be deported after paying the fine or serving their sentences, which whether is applicable.last_img read more

LP Wants State Burial for Bryant

first_imgThe national chairman of the opposition Liberty Party, Cllr Fonati Koffa, is calling on the family of the former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Charles G. Bryant, to re-consider its decision not to accept a state burial for Mr. Bryant.Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, April 24, at the Party’s District 7 office on Broad Street, the chairman explained that there are reports of Mr. Bryant’s disappointment over how the National Port Authority handled and reported its version of how a certain business’ transaction went down.According to the LP chairman, the former head of state, Mr. Charles Bryant, was one of the engineers of the democracy that every Liberian enjoys today.“There are certain choices that Mr. Charles Bryant should not make for himself, that are related to his service—especially his role in the peace process. Accordingly, the nation must accord him his due for the services he rendered the people of Liberia,” the Chairman emphasized.“Mr. Bryant was able to organize the general and presidential elections in 2005 that was free of violence in the country; we have enjoyed 10 years of peace through his leadership as former chairman of the Interim government,” he said.The chairman further explained that it is important for former heads of state to receive some opportunity in the government sector including special considerations on traveling, business arrangements, and in a number of other activities.“Former heads of state should not be running after their lodges in Liberia when wanting to travel and must make arrangement involved with the process,” he stated.According to the opposition political party chairman, there should be all necessary benefits for all former heads of state that would reflect their legacy of commitment that typified their service.He said, “We want to give the former head of the state, Mr. Bryant, whatsoever he deserves as chairman of the Interim Government of Liberia; this is why we are calling on the family to re-consider its position on Mr. Bryant’s burial.We hope that they (family members) can see reason to identify him as a statesman, who contributed to his country in many appropriate ways. The government must work with the family to ensure that he receives a befitting state-burial.”According to Cllr. Fonati Koffa, the decision by the family members of the former head of state to turn down a state-burial was troubling and disturbing, considering the nation’s own reconciliation and peace process.The chairman said “If the family does not agree to give the former head of state that burial, it means that he might not be given the treatment that a former chairman of the Interim Government of our country deserves.”In another development, Cllr Kofa also stated that it is prudent for the former president, Dr. Charles G. Taylor, to receive his benefit as a former head of state, despite having been prosecuted by the international community. “Mr. Taylor is due under the law of Liberia all benefits that a former president of Liberia deserves.”Meanwhile, the chairman disclosed that they are fully prepared for the upcoming special senatorial election, come October 14, and if a merger becomes necessary, it will be accepted by the Liberty Party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgOpposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has described as “pretentious and not trusted,” recent apology made by Senatorial aspirant Robert Sirleaf, when he appeared on a local radio morning show on November 20.The local media had aired remarks made by Robert in which he vowed to brutalize Liberians who will protest against him and make them “bleed till their stomachs come out of their stomachs.” He made these assertions early this month, at an Ebola awareness event in the Red Hill Field Community in Virginia, outside Monrovia.At a news conference in Monrovia over the weekend, CDC’s National Campaign Steering Committee describes Robert’s apologies as a work of deception, adding, Robert wants to divert attention from his campaign routines that is traditionally accompanied by more gun-toting members of the police than members of the public.”Robert’s apology is pretentious and deceitful, CDC vice chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu, said.CDC believes that his apology is a “smoke screen that must be cautiously studied owing to the Sirleafs’ punctuated history, which is replete with continuous disregard for the sanctity of human life and remains insensitive to the struggles and sufferings of Liberians, especially residents of Monrovia.”The party maintained that it holds firm to the belief that Robert’s threat to burst open the stomachs of residents of Monrovia and make them ‘bleed like Ebola patients’ is a threat from the seat of power.“The chilled feelings of uncertainties being generated by this threat to life make ludicrous the Sirleafs’ expectations that [Robert’s] one-line apology would instantly alleviate the fears and insecurities entrenched in his well-pronounced campaign agenda against the young men and women of Monrovia,” CDC vice chairman for Operations stated.Morlu said his party distrusts Robert’s apology, especially when there is evidence that several school-age children were allegedly beaten and brutalized, before being allegedly hustled onto a police pick-up and only released later to nurse their sustained injuries without remorse.CDC believes the Special Senatorial Election throughout the country will be about the patriotic history, professional achievements, moral integrity, and humanitarian records of all candidates, “led by Amb. George Weah’s 25-year selfless service to Liberians at home and abroad; versus candidates of the failed system, led by a pseudo-humanitarian whose consistent advice to his mother and President, and his misgoverning of the national wealth which created the mess the CDC is on a mission to cleanup.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

5 women charged for robbing man in parking lot

first_imgFive women were on Friday placed before the courts when they were charged jointly for a robbery they committed on a man.Lisa Barker of Lot 14 Rasville, Georgetown; Timeka Blair of Congress Drive, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown; Simeon Williams of West La Penitence, Georgetown; Onika Favourite of Cooper Street, Albouystown, Georgetown; and Shanella Adams of Laine Avenue, Georgetown, denied the allegation when it was read to them by Magistrate Leron Daly.The women were charged for robbing the man of items and foreign currency totalling $646,000; property of Phillip Benjamin while they were in the parking lot of Nigel’s Supermarket on September 27, 2018.According to the facts presented to the court by Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh, on the day in question, the females went to the Robb Street, Georgetown parking lot where they met with the Virtual Complainant (VC) who had his car parked.In an attempt to give the women a lift, he cleared the back seat of his vehicle, which had a suitcase and a haversack containing the valuables.Further, as the man was about to place other items into the trunk of the vehicle, which was left opened, he realised that the two pieces of luggage were missing, and the woman left.As a result, the VC then drove to the head of the corner, where he saw one of the women and inquired about the items but the woman denied knowledge of the items.A report was made, and the women were arrested and charged with the offence. The women were placed on $100,000 each. The case will continue on October 26.last_img read more

City hit Southampton to cut Liverpool lead

first_imgBut they allowed a limited Southampton side back into the game after a dominating start, which suggests there are still frailties for Liverpool to exploit.David Silva put City ahead after 10 minutes but they passed up a number of chances to add to the lead and gifted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg an equaliser in the 37th minute.For a period, Pep Guardiola’s side looked fragile, but a James Ward-Prowse own-goal and a header by Sergio Aguero just before half-time restored their confidence.-Hojberg red cardSaints’ frustrations boiled over with a red card for Hojbjerg after a wild challenge on Fernandinho late in the game.Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl sprang a surprise in his team selection by giving a debut to 18-year-old former Chelsea starlet Kayne Ramsay at right-back.City should have gone ahead in the fifth minute when Jack Stephens allowed Raheem Sterling to steal possession and set up David Silva.But the City man tried to be too deliberate, with his shot blocked by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.But Saints could also have taken a more surprising lead after eight minutes when Mohamed Elyounoussi’s clever flick over the City defence sent Charlie Austin clear.Austin’s first touch, however, was dreadful and sent the ball into Ederson’s grateful arms.-Behind againInstead of being a goal up, the home side were behind within a minute.David Silva, who opened the scoring in Manchester City’s 3-1 win away to Southampton on Sunday, applauds fans after full-time at St Mary’sThe left side of their defence was opened up with ease by a simple one-two, leaving Bernardo Silva clear of full-back Matt Targett and free to advance down the right. He had all the time he wanted to pick out the unmarked David Silva, who hit the ball first-time past McCarthy.Riyad Mahrez then shot wide after a move that began with City playing a series of passes inside their own penalty area.And Aguero squandered an excellent chance in the 25th minute, hitting his shot against McCarthy after Sterling had accelerated past the hapless Targett.But overplaying at the other end almost proved City’s undoing.-Ederson saveEderson was nearly caught by Austin before dribbling round the striker. But he showed a mastery of the more conventional goalkeeping arts on the half-hour with a diving save to keep out Austin’s glancing header from a corner by Ward-Prowse.City did not heed the warning and Saints were level after 36 minutes.Sergio Aguero scores against SouthamptonOleksandr Zinchenko was slow to see Hojbjerg closing in on him and the Southampton captain robbed the Ukraine defender and strode forward before lashing the ball in from 15 yards.– City double stuns Saints –Zinchenko could count himself lucky that referee Paul Tierney did not see his barge on Ward-Prowse after 44 minutes as a penalty.And the home crowd were still complaining about that decision when City retook the lead on the stroke of half-time.Sterling forced his way down the left and fired in a low cross that hit the foot of Ward-Prowse and zipped between the surprised McCarthy and his near post.And the crowd’s disbelief was complete three minutes into first-half stoppage time when Aguero rose unchallenged by Jan Bednarek to nod Zinchenko’s cross under McCarthy.In the second half both sides went through the motions. City had the points they needed and Southampton were happy to avoid further damage to their confidence and goal difference. But even then City could have had three or four more goals.Sterling shot straight at McCarthy, Aguero hit the angle of the post and crossbar, and Mahrez blasted straight at the goalkeeper.Frustration got the better of Hojbjerg, who launched into a scissors-style challenge on Fernandinho and was rightly sent off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Silva celebrates his goal against Southampton with teammate Bernardo Silva on December 30, 2018SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Dec 30 – Manchester City showed they are willing to accept the challenge of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title with a 3-1 win away to Southampton on Sunday.Following shock defeats by Crystal Palace and Leicester, reigning champions City cut the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Liverpool to seven points ahead of their meeting with the Merseysiders at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Colmcille Weekly Notes By Adrian MarshThe seniors recorded another home win against Carndonagh on Saturday evening. The reserves had no game this week.The seniors defeated Carndonagh in Newtown on Saturday evening, gaining another two valuable league points. The full time score was Naomh Colmcille 1-11 0-9 Carndonagh. The seniors have no match this weekend. The reserves fixture against Carndonagh didn’t go ahead as Carndonagh were unable to field. There’s no fixture for the reserves this weekend.Naomh Colmcille u10s had a fantastic Blitz at Letterkenny Gaels last Saturday (17th). The Red and White Teams had a winning streak at the Blitz, and one draw. There was outstanding leadership shown by many of the players, which led to all the players playing like teams. Termon and Letterkenny Gaels had large numbers of players attending which made for 3 games for all teams. Thank you to all family and friends for attending, helping and helping everyone have fun. One can see future senior champions in the distance on Saturday. Great effort by all players. Thank you to Letterkenny Gaels for hosting once again.The u16s got the points from their fixture against Carndonagh. See website/Facebook page for training/match news this week. The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion is on again this year. Collection bag is now in the clubhouse. Please collect the bottle tops for the club. This year we can collect for balls, equipment, jerseys etc. Thanks.Training and Match ScheduleThe use of mouthguards for all underage players will be compulsory from this year onwards, and for all ages (including seniors) from next year. More details available at; and on the club website.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. New players most welcome for all teams. Come along to the session scheduled below, or contact the team coach/manager (contact details on the training schedule section of the club website) for details.U8. Training/blitz details to follow later this week. U10. Training continues Friday 26th July at 6:30 pm sharp for one hour (tbc).U13. Training will start in August (date tbc). First match on Saturday 7th September.U14. Training – check Facebook / website for updatesU16. See Facebook page and website for updates during the week. Minors. See Facebook page and website for training updates during the week.Seniors / Reserves. Training on Tuesday (23rd) and Thursday (25th) at 7 pm sharp. The session will run for 1.5 hours. See Facebook and website during the week for updates.Naomh Colmcille Weekly LottoLast week’s numbers were 1,6,19,12,10 and the winners were Monica Mc Daid, Eileen Callaghan and Monica Mc Daid who won €25 each. This week’s numbers are 13,18,19,6,21. The three winners are Jim and John (Peters Bar), Sharon Mc Cready Manor and Rose and Eugene Coyle Newtown who win €25 each. Next weeks jackpot is €3200.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U-10s HAVE BLITZ WINNING STREAK was last modified: July 23rd, 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:GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U-10s HAVING BLITZ WINNING STREAKlast_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL TD has launched a scathing attack on Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, slamming the failure of the IDA to bring any jobs to Donegal last year and the net loss of 129 positions by Enterprise Ireland.Speaking in the Dáil tonight on a Sinn Féin Private Members Motion on job creation, Donegal TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked challenged Mr Bruton how he could justify the recent track record in Donegal of the Government’s job creation agencies, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland considering that the county has around twice the national average of unemployment at 28% of the workforce.He directly appealed to Minister Bruton who was present in the Dáil chamber for the debate, to make a special focused effort to address Donegal’s jobs crisis. Deputy Mac Lochlainn: “The Governments failure to address the jobs crisis in Donegal is on a scale that is truly shocking.“In 2012, the IDA failed to bring any potential investors to Donegal for a site visit while companies supported by Enterprise Ireland witnessed a net loss of 129 jobs, the second highest net loss per county in the state.“Tonight I asked the Minister how he can possibly defend this track record considering there are over 22,000 people unemployed in our county or around 28% of our workforce”.He continued: “This government has promised much on jobs and delivered little but spin. The Fine Gael- Labour coalition has been in power for two years and we are now onto its second Action Plan for Jobs, yet unemployment remains desperately high in Donegal and across the state. “Indeed in Donegal, emigration has a stronger impact on unemployment rates than government policy. The scale of the jobs and emigration crisis facing our people requires an immediate and focused investment to stimulate growth and jobs.“We are calling for a larger scale investment to get our people back to work and to tackle the major competitiveness issues our economy faces. It is time for this government to back up rhetoric with investment. It is what our people need and what our people expect.” GOVERNMENT IS FAILING DONEGAL’S 28,000 UNEMPLOYED, TD TELLS MINISTER was last modified: March 13th, 2013 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:000 UNEMPLOYEDGOVERNMENT IS FAILING DONEGAL’S 28TD TELLS MINISTERlast_img read more