Being honest with the people is cause for PPP/C’s success

first_imgDear Editor,I was in a conversation with some individuals on Facebook, a few of them of them with suspect pseudonyms, on the subject of politics and political parties in Guyana. As expected, those pseudonyms eventually zeroed in on the upcoming elections and the inevitable win by the PPP/C – like winning is a bad omen for the party.They are in great fear as to a sure win for the PPP/C and the consequential loss of the coalition due to its incompetence and mismanagement of the economy. They were also of the view that the coalition might never again be able to hold power in this country. They opined that the people would be unforgiving of this coalition due to the fact that it fooled the electorate with all these lies and propaganda to get into power when in stark reality they did abominably worse. The people have seen corruption and nepotism at its worse these past three and a half years that the mood right now is an anxious awaiting of the earliest opportunity to get rid of them.And here’s my point, the fear, the fright, the foreboding of those of our opponents that the PPP/C will win the next election. The fear is real because the people whom they fooled have seen them for who they really are, naked and exposed in their lies. I am also saying that the people have seen that there is a party waiting in the wings ready and able to bring them out into a path of peace and progress. That party is the PPP/C. This is their plight.But I will tell them that it is not about winning elections and getting into position and power, far from it, our greatness lies in being honest and true to the people of this country. We win because of our honesty and forthrightness with the people. Team spirit and our allegiance to the people have been our mantra all these years, we cannot change now! To lie and be so brazen about it like the PNC-led coalition, is alien to our nature. The fabric of our party is to build, to lift up, to help people and bring prosperity to this country.The party says what it does, and this is what the people respect, which goes all across the political divide. That makes for greatness! We do not, and I repeat, we do not lie to the electorate. That is something the PNC and its lackeys are gifted with – lies, innuendos, and more lies are not our orientation, we are cut from a different cloth. Yes, team PPP/C, ours is the best form of national front governance seen anywhere in the Caribbean.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Mother, stepfather bailed after beating man who visited teen daughter

first_imgA woman and her common-law husband who beat a man, who was found hiding in the couple’s D’Urban Street, Georgetown home after being invited by the couple’s 15-year-old daughter, were taken before the court for unlawful and malicious wounding.Kerwin James, 32, and his common-law wife Lusha Adams appeared before a city Magistrate on Monday and denied the allegations that were made out against them.It is alleged that the couple, Adams and James unlawfully and maliciously wounded 21-year-old Mario Bruce with intent to maim, disfigure and to cause actual bodily harm to Bruce on August 22, 2018 at D’Urban Street, Georgetown.The Police prosecutor is contending that on August 22, 2018, the defendants left their 15-year-old daughter at home alone when she allegedly invited the 21-year-old with whom she allegedly shared a relationship with, over to the house.Upon returning home, Bruce was found in the upper flat of the house and was allegedly dealt a sound thrashing by the teen’s parents who said they thought he was a thief.Defence attorney for the couple, in an application for bail, told the court that when his clients returned home, the man was hiding in a bedroom and upon seeing them, he attempted to run. It was at that time he was caught and questioned by the girl’s mother and step-father about his presence in their home.Bruce later went to the Police and made a report and the couple was arrested. It was unclear why the charges were instituted almost two months later. They were each released on $50,000 bail. The case will continue on November 12.last_img read more

Striker would be a cut-price stop-gap solution for Tottenham, says German football expert

first_imgGerman football expert Raphael Honigstein has poured cold water on rumours Miroslav Klose could join Tottenham Hotspur.The 36-year-old is currently plying his trade in Serie A with Lazio after successful spells with Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich but will be available on a free transfer this summer when his contract ends in Rome.Reports have linked the World Cup’s all-time top goalscorer with Spurs, among other clubs, but Honigstein believes it is unlikely the veteran would be anything more than a bit-part player under Mauricio Pochettino.last_img read more

MEAT SALE: UP TO 40% OFF AT AWARD-WINNING JOE’S BUTCHERS

first_imgFEATURES: The award-winning Joe’s Butchers is rewarding their loyal customer base by offering a sensational deal on their MEAT stock.Management at the popular business are offering up to 40% on MEAT as part of their HALLOWEEN sale.  Their sale has some ‘spooktacularly’ low prices on the following products.Steak Roasts Strip-loin Steaks Round Steak Mince Special Mince Pork Loin Roasts Stuffed Pork Loin Roasts 3-3.5 Fresh Chicken Gammon Joints Turkey Breast (plain & stuffed)The deals started today and will last until Sunday – the deal is available at ALL THREE of Joe’s Butchers in Letterkenny.You can find Joe’s Butchers at Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Glencar Shopping Centre or the Forte Retail Park.Avail NOW and get some top class produce at an absolute steal! MEAT SALE: UP TO 40% OFF AT AWARD-WINNING JOE’S BUTCHERS was last modified: October 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

CHARGED WITH TODDLER’S DEATH

first_imgA Letterkenny man has appeared in court charged in relation to the death of a toddler in the town in February of this year.Little Patrick McDonagh was just three years old when he was killed by a bin lorry on the Ballymacool estate on the outskirts of the town.Alex McDaid, the man who was driving the bin lorry at the time of the horrific accident, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with dangerous driving causing the death of the child on February 16th last. Mr McDaid of Bonmany, Letterkenny, is also charged with driving without a driving license on the same date.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher sought legal aid which was agreed to by Judge Seamus Hughes.The case was adjourned and will be heard again on December 12th.Copyright: DonegalDaily.comCHARGED WITH TODDLER’S DEATH was last modified: November 29th, 2010 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE GIRLS’ SAYS LADIES FOOTBALL MANAGER DAVY

first_imgGeraldine: Missing from the action this weekendARMAGH will be slight favourites against Donegal’s Ladies on Sunday – but the roar of some extra Donegal fans might just swing things our way.With the Minors and Senior Men playing at Clones earlier in the day, a quick jaunt up the road to Lisnaskea will hopefully entice football fans to go and support the Senior Ladies in their Ulster Championship semi-final clash with the Orchard County (throw-in at 5pm).“Both sides will be in Division 2 of the league next year,” says Donegal manager Davy McLaughlin. “We were relegated from Division 1 having lost all the games, whilst Armagh were promoted from Division 3 having won all of theirs, so they are probably slight favourites because of that; they’ve been winning.“But we’ve come a long way in a short time. I’m there 10 or 11 weeks and we’re going to give it a good go. We’ll throw everything at it.”A few extra supporters from Tir Chonaill might help.“I was delighted with the slot and venue; it means fans leaving Clones can stop off in Lisnaskea, get a bite to eat and come and support the Ladies,” says Davy. He has lost some well-known players for various reasons “but we’ve planned for most of those” says the Moville man.Therese McCafferty and Roisín Friel are in America on holidays.He knew he’d be without Geraldine McLaughlin after a cartilage operation, but has also now lost her sister Nicole to a hamstring injury. His own daughter Niamh will be missing as she’s still at college in Britain.“I saw Armagh beat Tyrone and they beat them well, so they’re a good team,” says Davy.“But we’re going to go in and give it a go. If fans from Clones come along and get behind the girls, it might give us that wee edge and get us to an Ulster final.” ‘COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE GIRLS’ SAYS LADIES FOOTBALL MANAGER DAVY was last modified: June 21st, 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)Tags:armaghdonegal ladiesFootballUlster semi-final clashlast_img read more

WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: BATTLE OF THE SAINTS, McGEEVER’S CROKER TIPP AND PACKIE ON ‘THE BOY KEANE’

first_imgMaxi CurranBY PADDY WALSHOH WHEN THE SAINTS…..It’s the match many would have billed as the dream final but at least we get to anticipate the pairing of the Saints in the semi-finals of the Donegal Senior Championships following impressive performances last weekend. Advertisement Didn’t make it to MacCumhaill Park for Sunday’s evening clash when St. Eunan’s put the clampers over their old rivals, Glenswilly, but I did see St. Michael’s do a demolition job over Malin in the day’s other quarter-final at O’Donnell Park.Difficult to believe that this was the same Malin team that took care of a fancied Gaoth Dobhair in their final group game.A hefty exodus from the stands midway through the opening half might have suggested Malin supporters were beating the hastiest of retreats at an early stage in the proceedings but it was just in response to a tannoy announcement urging motorists to remove their vehicles from illegal parking berths near the ground.Had only Liam Bradley been able to park his defence as easily with St. Michael’s easing into a half-time lead of 2-8 to 0-2 and never looking likely to allow the Inishowen men back into it in the second. Indeed it was only a late goal that put some measure of consolation on the scoreboard for Malin as they were comprehensively taken apart. Long, long before the finish, Malin heads were dropping and St. Michael’s supporters were dreaming. Advertisement Perhaps Liam Bradley’s head was filled with other matters such as the vacancy for Derry senior manager but whatever this was a hugely disappointing day for his current side.St. Michael’s, meanwhile, never took the foot of the accelerator as they hit Malin right from the start and had it all wrapped up even before all the half-time draw tickets were sold. I thought Michael Langan was excellent along with Ciaran Gallagher – apart from an energetic display throughout he ghosted through the Malin defenders to score his team’s second goal – and Andrew Kelly but every player wearing red did their bit.St. Eunan’s were equally impressive by all accounts in their dismantling of Glenswilly – pointing to a semi-final pairing that will, as the old Carlsberg advertisement declared, be worth waiting for.Not that the men from Kilcar will be focusing too much on that side of the draw. Again, going on reports and the result, they too impressed in their win over Four Masters but should find Naomh Conaill a tougher nut to crack in the second semi-final even if the Glenties team were far from dazzling in their quarter-final win over Termon.THE KINGDOM TO BE TOPPLED – TWICE! Will Kerry do it on Sunday? Not if Charlie McGeever has anything to with it. And he will have in his capacity as manager of the Tipperary Minors who face the Kingdom in the All-Ireland Final (the main event really as Charlie won’t be looking on it as any sort of curtain raiser).A narrow squeak it may have been but a two point win over Kildare in the semi-final has brought them to the ultimate – within touching distance of an All-Ireland title for both the Derryconnor man and his team.You should never mix politics with sport, they say (and whoever they are, I wholeheartedly agree) but McGeever did draw on a famous election slogan as he anticipated Sunday’s Final. “Anybody looking at us in the All-Ireland semi-final would use the old Fianna Fail saying, ‘a lot done more to do’ because there was much more to give,” he told the ‘Irish Examiner’ this week.His Tipp side have already faced Kerry in a Final this year but lost out in the Munster Minor showdown.  The sweet taste of revenge hovers invitingly over the Tipperary team as they go in search of glory with a Donegalman at the helm. Let’s admit it, sometimes we gave these Minors matches a miss but it’s fair to say a fair percentage of us here in McGeever’s native patch will be tuned in and becoming self-declared Tipperary men, women and children for the day.And who will we be rooting for in the afternoon’s other encounter? Difficult one to call but it’s safe to say that the two best teams in the county are competing in it and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends in a draw and less surprised if the Dubs ultimately put one over on their old rivals.McGUINNESS TO FOCUS ON THE BUSINESS END OF THINGSFor those of us who once watched the wild-haired one in the colours of his county or his club side, it’s a fairly safe bet that we would never have envisaged him at some time in the future delivering, say, a talk to the Irish Management Institute’s annual conference.All those suits and suavity would hardly have been the most apt company for the man who occupied the midfield sector for Donegal and Naomh Conaill, one Seamus Mag Aonghusa, or to give him his better known title, Jim McGuinness, as he will indeed be introduced to the members of the I.M.I. at that conference in Dublin’s Sandyford at the end of the week.A guest speaker at the event he will, of course, be familiar to most of his audience of business executives or at least those who know anything at all about Gaelic Football or indeed, Glasgow Celtic F.C. Whatever the case, they will be duly impressed during his address when he talks on leadership and the qualities needed to make it to the top or indeed just to make it.A couple of years ago, I heard McGuinness deliver such a talk at the Adult Learner Fair in Letterkenny organised by the Donegal ETB. The packed function room in the Mount Errigal Hotel was held almost spellbound for an hour as he reflected on his own elevating career from a far from academic minded student at the Glenties Comprehensive School – he was, he told us, invariably first in the queue for the buses travelling to sporting events – to his third level studies and branching into sports psychology and leading his county to All-Ireland glory.Truly one of the success stories of the past few decades but again, I ask, could we have seen it back in the day when that frizzy haired midfielder got to grips with his opponents and any refereeing decisions that went against him or his team?Answers on the agenda for the I.M.I. annual conference.YOUTHS IN THE PINKCan’t in all honesty see anyone – Harps or U.C.D. – catch Wexford Youths after the latter’s victory over the students last weekend. The south-easterners have been the most consistent side in the First Division and have shown their mettle on many an occasion, coming back late on in games to turn defeat into full point territory.With Ollie Horgan’s men facing their longest trip of the season to Cobh – never an easy venue to get anything from least of all the three points necessary to keep the pressure on at the top – the Youths and the students meet again this weekend with Wexford enjoying a nine point advantage over the Belfielders.Had Harps not run up against that old stumbling block called inconsistency, they may well have been holding all the aces in the race for promotion but with seven points now separating them from the league leaders, that automatic rise into the Premier Division is looking as likely as University College Dublin accepting me for a degree course.A win for both U.C.D. and Harps might, just might, make it interesting again but even then I couldn’t see Wexford throwing away all their good work in the remaining matches.Striker Rob Waters will be, if selected, turning out against his old club on Friday night and we can only hope that he performs better than he did in Harps goal-less draw with Waterford United. He looked sluggish throughout, perhaps owing to lack of game time and I felt he should have been replaced long before he was with Harps looking more lively up front when Nathan Boyle came on.Lively is what they’ll have to be in Cobh if they are to shorten that journey home.WORLD CUP WONDER (AS IN WE WONDER CAN WE WIN IT?)The Rugby World Cup? I can’t see it. What I mean is I will be able to see it – after long years of trying, I’m almost proficient in using the old remote – but I can’t see the Boys in Green coming home with it.It was only a few months ago and certainly at the end of another successful Six Nations that some pundits were tipping Joe Schmidt’s side to go all the way but there’s been a lack of spark about the team in the warm-up games and while players will have performed with less of an edge than normal given the injury potential, they just didn’t look like a team with eyes confidently on the big prize.Schmidt will have his own ideas and will be encouraged, as we all can hope to be, at the fact that the Green tops will be facing the slight of Canada and Romania in their opening two matches in Pool D. Lose to either of those rugby minnows and we can start preparing for next year’s Six Nations but they do give the opportunity to sharpen up those edges in preparation for the sterner test against Italy and the real examination against Les Bleus in the final group game.Can we go beyond the quarter-finals where we have been halted in our tracks in the past? And can T.V.3 do justice to their coverage of the whole thing? At this stage, I believe we have a better chance of making the semi-finals.HOW IS GREAT BRITAIN A NATION?Last week’s European Championship qualifiers may not have provided the results Northern Ireland or Wales wanted to confirm their places in the Finals in France next summer but really it’s only a matter of time – as in next month – before Michael O’Neill and Chris Coleman can start preparing for a long awaited participation in the tournament.Thanks to their involvement in a group that didn’t require them breaking sweat in any of their games, England are already home and hosed, and for obvious reasons we, on this side of the Irish Sea, won’t be hoping Scotland join them.But were the Scots to qualify at the expense of the Republic, it would mean four “British” nations taking part in the Finals, undoubtedly unprecedented in the history of the competition.But not, as it happens, unprecedented in other fields of endeavour such as the recent World Athletics Championships in Beijing. There they ran, hurdled, jumped, and whatever else under the collective banner of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. They came home with four gold medals, one silver and two bronze, finishing fourth in the overall medal table. Nice haul if you can get it.Which you can if you give yourself a more than odds on chance by having access to athletes from four different countries to help you on the way.That has always struck me as a bit of an imbalance when the vast majority of competing nations do so as one (and, yes, I am aware that Ireland has had performers from Northern Ireland participating in the green singlet).But surely if the Britain and Northern Ireland soccer teams can go it alone in World and European competitions, the athletics fraternity can do the same. If only in the interests of fair play for all.FOR STEPHANIE ROCHE, READ CIARAN KILDUFFGoal of the weekend? Most of you will probably be awarding it to Christian Benteke for his spectacular scissors kick at Old Trafford on Saturday or even Anthony Martial’s effort in the same game.But brilliant as they were could they have been any better than the peach executed by Ciaran Kilduff for Dundalk in their F.A.I. Cup quarter-final tie against Sligo Rovers at Oriel Park?Did you see it? And if you didn’t check  YouTube and be prepared to be impressed. Kilduff got on the end of a Darren Meenan free-kick to guide the ball over Richard Brush’s head with the cheekiest of back flicks. We may even have a successor to Stephanie Roche as a nominee for the Puskas international goal of the year award.And then Ross Gaynor popped up with a stunning volley for Cork City in their Cup replay with our Candystripe neighbours – a weekend indeed of top quality strikes in the League of Ireland.Ah, but it’s a dead league, many will argue (mainly many who haven’t been at a domestic game in years, if ever) and the facilities are tripe.Quite a few L.O.I. grounds have improved their lot in recent times – there’s even talk that the Harps will move into their new stadium some time in the future – but too many, it has to be admitted, are threadbare and one of the images that caught this eye after watching Kilduff’s cracker was the sight of the handful of Dundalk fans dancing on the grass embankment behind the goal at Oriel Park. A grass terracing at the home of the current Premier League champions – and well on course to repeating the feat this season – hardly does much to promote the image of the League even if all four of the goals struck by the Louth team in front of that terracing showed a much better side to the product.POINTNG THE FINGERHands up the guilty out there who wanted to see British athlete Paula Radcliffe fail a doping test so you could all have a snigger at our media friends across the channel who climb on the highest of horses whenever focusing on competitors from other nations who have done the dirty or are under suspicion of doing so?Radcliffe has reacted quickly to a suggestion by the Tory M.P., Jesse Norman, who had referred to a London marathon winner with what the politician called “suspicious blood values”. Norman didn’t name the athlete but the finger was, according to Radcliffe, clearly pointing at her. And she has been quick out of the blocks to deny any wrong-doing where doping is concerned.I don’t believe that she is guilty of any misdemeanour when it comes to cheating. Paula Radcliffe has always struck me as an honest competitor who does things strictly by the book and has looked to her training regime – and not any illegal substances – as the key to her medal winning days on the track and the road.The shadow of doping does, sadly, hang over the entire sport of athletics but it nevertheless appears outrageous that an M.P. can use parliamentary privilege to cast serious doubts over the pedigree of an athlete such as Radcliffe without any shade of proof to back up that suggestion.Packie BonnerPUTTING SHAY ON THE SPOTPackie Bonner, a man from The Rosses who isn’t featuring on Strictly Come Dancing, revealed this week that his fellow Donegal netminder, Shay Given, wanted to take a penalty during the shoot-out against Spain at the 2002 World Cup Finals.The Lifford goalkeeper’s first words to Big Packie when the latter approached him to help put him in the right frame of mind before the spot-kick lottery, were: “I want to take a kick”.Reflecting back on it, Bonner maintained: “I found this unusual to say the least but I suppose that is the modern young player in many ways. They think they can do almost everything.”But who knows, it might even have altered the outcome. And we could have dined out, not just on one of our goalkeeping greats helping to get us through to the later stages of a World Cup (Italia ’90) but another one doing something similar at the other end of the field (Espana ‘O2).Meanwhile, look out for the big Cloughglass native’s memoirs, ‘The Last Line’ which will be published at the beginning of October.There’s a few references to the Boy Keane (Roy, not Robbie) in there and not all of them complimentary which should help with the sales.WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: BATTLE OF THE SAINTS, McGEEVER’S CROKER TIPP AND PACKIE ON ‘THE BOY KEANE’ was last modified: September 16th, 2015 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:columnglenswillyN ConaillPackie BonnerPaddy WalshShay GivenSportSt EunansSt Michaelslast_img read more

YOUTH GETS A CHANCE AS JAMES PAT McDAID LAUNCHES HIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN

first_imgOne of the youngest candidates to put himself forward for the forthcoming elections will launch his campaign tonight.James Pat McDaid launches his election campaign tonight.James Pat McDaid has been nominated by the Fianna Fail party as one of four candidates to run in the Letterkenny/Milford electoral area.Coming from a well-known family from Glenswilly, James Pat will be known to many from his GAA achievements as the outgoing captain of county champions Glenswilly. His election launch will take place in the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny at 8pm and all are invited.The election launched will be hosted by former Government Minister and local GP, Dr James McDaid.Refreshments will be served afterwards.  YOUTH GETS A CHANCE AS JAMES PAT McDAID LAUNCHES HIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN was last modified: March 26th, 2014 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:donegalelection launchfianna failJames Pat McDaidletterkennylast_img read more

FOOD FOR THOUGHT FROM MARY’S MEALS AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR FIFTH BIRTHDAY!

first_imgThe Mary’s Meals team from LetterkennyA very special group of people based in Letterkenny is celebrating a milestone in September. Mary’s Meals Support Group is five years old.As most people know, the Letterkenny Mary’s Meals Support Group like to act their age so being ‘five’ they are going to have a wee PARTY to CELEBRATE their fifth birthday. It takes place on Monday 15th September starting with a Mass of Thanksgiving in St Eunan’s Cathedral at 8 pm. This will be followed by a cup of tea up in the Conference Room.After being set up in 2009, the support group made a commitment to sponsor a school. This entailed funding the feeding programme being run by Mary’s Meals.Around 300 pupils attended the John Parvola School, in Liberia. These were fed on a daily basis thanks to funds raised by the group in Letterkenny.By 2014 the number attending the school has risen to over 800, all of whom are receiving a daily meal thanks to the Mary’s Meals Support Group in Letterkenny. THE JOHN PARVOLA SCHOOLThe John Parvola school now has 800 children, all who are fed by Mary’s Meals.The Mary’s Meals Support Group in Letterkenny was established by local businessman Marcus McClintock and vet Gerald Roarty of the Donegal Animal Hospital. Mr Roarty first heard about the Mary’s Meals while he was working in Zambia and Mr McClintock became aware of their good work during a visit to Medjugorje.They were both impressed with the work undertaken by Mary’s Meals and decided to set up a group. They organised cake sales and bag packing in local supermarkets in a bid to raise funds for the school feeding programme at the John Parvola School where many of the children were ex child soldiers.Scottish International Relief (which began Mary’s Meals) had worked in Liberia for over ten years, and introduced Mary’s Meals in 2002. This was shortly after the end of the civil war that had devastated the country, including the education system. The war had forced children into becoming soldiers which has left a devastating legacy for their lives and for the country.Overall Today Mary’s Meals is a global charity. It currently provides a meal every school day for 923,572 children across five continents. The aim of Mary’s Meals is to address the immediate needs of a hungry child by giving him or her something to eat. This enables the child to receive the education that can offer an escape from poverty. The average global cost to feed a child for a whole school year is just €14.50.In the areas were Mary’s Meals operates, there is a rise in enrolment, attendance and academic performance. Mary’s Meals is a low cost charity that is committed to spending at least 93 cent of every Euro donated on its charitable work. Last year this figure was surpasses and Mary’s Meals spent 95 cent of every Euro donated on tis charitable workLETTERKENNY MARY’S MEALS SUPPORT GROUPLetterkenny Mary’s Meals Support Group launched “STEP by STEP to FEED a CHILD” in August 2013. This was a sponsored walk and many of the members walked over 236 km from Malin (Donegal) to Knock (Mayo) to create awareness and raise funds for the charity. This was such a success that many of the group members undertook the walk again this year. The support group took part in Donegal is happy and has held a number of fundraising events over the last five years including the “M Factor”, a number of table quizzes, coffee mornings, raffles and guest teas. The group has a book (Mercy at Work) and a CD (We can make a difference) on sale. The Chairperson of the Letterkenny Support Group, Fr Eamonn Kelly said ‘Letterkenny Mary’s Meals Support Group are ordinary people trying to make a difference to the lives of our wee brothers and sisters. When we look at the fact that millions of children are starving in the world, many people are so overwhelmed that we do nothing to help. But when we find that with Mary’s Meals we can feed a child in a place of education for €14.50 for a year then we feel that we can make a difference. I like to call Mary’s Meals the ‘do-able charity. I can raise €14.50. I can feed a child. We can improve a child’s life. I am empowered to feed the next child’THE INSPIRATION BEHIND MARY’S MEALSMagnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals said: “Today, around the world, fifty-seven million children miss school because of poverty. Instead of sitting in a classroom getting an education, they are working in fields, begging on street corners, or scavenging among the garbage to survive.“Our vision is that every child should be able to receive one good meal every day in a place of education. Working together with people who share our ideals, we believe that our vision can be achieved in this world of plenty, where there is enough food for everyone.”For more information please contact Letterkenny Mary’s Meals Support Group, Ard Choluim, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.Phone 087 7080736Email: marysmealsletterkenny@outlook.comFor more information on Mary’s Meals please visit www.marysmeals.ie or follow the charity on www.twitter.com/marysmeals and on www.facebook.com/marysmeals* Mary’s Meals began in Malawi in 2002 when its founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow met a young woman called Emma who was dying from AIDS. She was sitting on the mud floor of her hut surrounded by her children. When Magnus asked her 14-year-old son what his dreams were in life, his stark reply was: “To have enough food to eat and to go to school one day”. This was a key part of the inspiration that led to the Mary’s Meals campaign.Mary’s Meals began feeding 200 children in one Malawian primary school in 2002. Today, the organisation reaches 923,572 children with a daily meal in school, across five continents.FOOD FOR THOUGHT FROM MARY’S MEALS AS THEY CELEBRATE THEIR FIFTH BIRTHDAY! was last modified: September 10th, 2014 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:donegalJohn Parvola HospitalMary’s Mealslast_img read more

Exclusive: Fufa certain of Micho leaving, says official

first_imgWith confirmation from Micho that Libya was no longer in the picture, the question on who is flashing irresistible pay cheques in his face goes down to south.This news website reported yesterday that Micho had received a mouth-watering offer from South African struggling giants Orlando Pirates.The Absa Premier League side have reportedly thrown cheques worth $50,000 in monthly emolument at Micho. That is at least five times what the man whose tactical acumen won Uganda Premier League record champions SC Villa their last title 13 years ago earns in Kampala.Fufa can’t match the offer from Orlando Pirates even if they wanted to. The most they could do is convince him to see through the World Cup qualification campaign with the hope that the prospect of taking Cranes to Russia in 2018 would be more appealing for a legacy than the pay cheques the Pirates were throwing at him.Micho is said to debating on whether to for the lucrative offer or stay and flirt with legacy. The latter scenario I hinged  the fact that having rebuilt the Cranes into a formidable side and exorcised the jinx that had befuddled Uganda in major showpieces for 38 years, his market value will remain on the high end regardless of whether Cranes make it to Moscow or not.However, such is the position FIFA, rather than Nicholas, are in. The Serbian is only hesitating as he waits on the federation to sort his outstanding arrears.“He hasn’t yet officially resigned but it 100 percent certain that Micho is leaving,” the source said.Enter the Pharaohs and WC campaignMeanwhile fears of the invisible hands poking Micho continue to grow. There is growing sense that World Cup qualification Group E leaders Egypt are working behind the curtains to unsettle the Cranes coach.Things were not helped yesterday when Micho took to Twitter to question why Egyptian media were poking their nose so much into his pending decision.Wondering why EGYPT media is so interested I will be or not UGcoach. With or without me UG won’t be easy as we made team one ball to decide— MICHOcoach-WOLF OF SERBIA (@michocoach) July 24, 2017Although Egypt top the group and are now firm favourites to qualify, they have infamously faltered whenever most in World Cup campaigns.The Pharaohs were the first African nation to play in a World Cup final in 1934 and made the grade once more at Italia ’90. But since then they have been bridesmaids.But the road to Moscow has started brightly from the record African champions after two straight wins over Ghana and Congo. With Ghana failing to beat Uganda in Accra, Egypt now feels the Cranes pose the biggest threat to their dream.Egypt top Group E after beating Congo in Brazzaville and Ghana in Cairo. Uganda, who held Ghana to a priceless draw in Accra, are second, two points behind the North African giants.But there is a double header up next and the Pharaohs are feeling jittery over the chances of Cranes under Micho. August 31 is so far away, yet so close for the Egyptians. Uganda Cranes are unfazed at Namboole.The Egyptians are not taking anything for granted. Already, their ‘spies’ have touched base in Kampala as advance party with a strict assignment: Digging up every information available on Uganda football that can be used in the double header to ensure Egypt do not drop points. That is their assignment.Win in Kampala and Egypt will virtually have put a leg in Russia ahead of the match in Port Alexandria six days later. That August 31 match in Kampala will be at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, at 4pm local time.Only Togo has the magic to unlocking Cranes at the stadium, but the Egyptians are not leaving anything to chance: their advance party has already reported that Namboole is in shambles.To this end, Egyptian FA is seeking a way to have Namboole’s ‘potato pitch’ worked on so that their players, who are used to better playing turfs in Europe or in better managed facilities at home and in other countries, will not feel the bump.Egypt intends to get Namboole stadium managers to agree a deal where the North Africans fund the refurbishment of the pitch ahead of August 31.However, as the Pharaohs try to find favourabe grounds, they are aware that the current Cranes set up is not an equation of good turf. Egypt know what it was like and they need not look further than when the two sides locked horns in Port Gentil.Back in Gabon, it took the record champions 89 minutes to break Cranes courtesy of substitute Abdallah El Said. It was a drab game, but that was not the true account; Uganda were good and are still good.Drawing with Ghana away was no fluke either. Egypt knows if they cannot beat Cranes home and away, they will hand the leverage to top the group and qualify on a silver platter to Uganda Cranes, who will only have to beat Ghana at the fortress that is Namboole and pick up the mandatory three points in Brazzaville to qualify for their first World Cup final.The Egyptian advance party appear to have indicated Micho as the quota pin in Cranes rise and removing that pin will dislocate the Cranes wheel. And by remove, it means by any means, including coaxing South African struggling giants Orlando Pirates to tap Micho.With the Egyptian hell-bent on leaving nothing to chance, it is understandable that Micho has questioned their interest in his fate and that some Ugandans are already faulting them for playing with third parties to price Micho away.Micho fact fileDate of birth: 1 Sept 1969 (age 47)Place of birth: Prokuplje, SerbiaCurrent team: Uganda CranesSenior career1987–1988: Svoboda Ljubljana1988–1989: Sin?eli? Belgrade1989–1991: Grafi?ar Belgrade1991–1993: FK Zorka Subotica1993–1999: FK Pionir SuboticaTeams managed1994–2000: FK Pali?2000–2001: FK Spartak Subotica2001: Yugoslavia U202001: FK Hajduk Kula2001–2004: Villa SC2004–2006: Saint-George SA2006: Orlando Pirates2007: Young Africans FC2007–2010: Saint-George SA2010–2011: Al-Hilal Omdurman2011–2013: Rwanda2013– UgandaNotable honoursWith SC Villa (2001-2004)Four league titlesKakungulu CupCecafa CupWith Al Hilal (2010-2011)Caf Champions League semis in 2011Caf Confederation Cup semis in 2010With Uganda2015 CecafaQualifying for 2017 AfconLeading Uganda at AfconLast 10 Uganda Cranes coaches1999: Paul Hasule (Ugandan)1999–2001: Harrison Okagbue (Nigerian)2001–2003: Paul Hasule (Ugandan)2003: Pasculli (Argentine)2003–2004: Leo Adraa (Ugandan)2004: Mike Mutebi (Ugandan) 122004–2006: Muhammed Abbas (Egyptian)2006–2008: Csaba László (Hungarian)2008–2013: Bobby Williamson (Scottish)2013 to date: MichoStats courtesy of Daily MonitorComments FOOTBALL—Federation of Uganda Football Association is resigned to losing Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic according to information PML Daily has obtained.A source at Fufa House in Mengo told this news website Monday evening that the day-long meetings that saw Fufa officials try to persuade Micho to stay were fruitless.The source who did not want to be named because they are not authorised to speak to the media about the matter until the federation calls a news conference, said officials are now expecting to receive a formal letter of resignation from the Serbian tactician in the next few days.At the centre of Micho’s expected untimely departure are lucrative offers from other clubs as well as what officials believe is the sneaky works of Egyptian officials to throw the Cranes off balance ahead of their crunch Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifier double header.Monday evening, Micho, who had on Saturday told the nation that he would reveal his decision within 48 hours, tweeted that he had stayed the decision to give negotiations a chance to prevail.48hours expired I couldn’t come out with final outcome as promised due to human wish that unfortunate situation is sorted in civilised way— MICHOcoach-WOLF OF SERBIA (@michocoach) July 24, 2017 The 47-year-old tactician had also earlier lashed out at former Fufa executive Allan Ssewanyana, who has often accused of meddling in his affairs and dragging his name in politics.Ssewanyana, who is also a legislator, has continuously announced Micho’s positions on social media, but the coach always counters them, insisting that the MP was only using his (Micho’s) predicaments and other issues for political gain.On Monday, the Serbian accused Sswanyana of constantly linking him with a move to Libya. “Please stop picking political points via my unfortunate situation. I closed Libya deal months back blocking all calls from +218,” Micho tweeted.HON.SEWANYANA Please stop picking political points via my unfortunate situation.I closed LIBYA deal month back blocking all calls from +218— MICHOcoach-WOLF OF SERBIA (@michocoach) July 24, 2017center_img Tags: toplast_img read more