TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Mandella3883821%50%$682,805 (Current Through Saturday, March 14) John Shirreffs2444517%54%$812,511 Joel Rosario14136332226%65%$2,402,514 Jeff Mullins52108619%46%$778,851 Doug O’Neill9912181112%41%$783,141 Brice Blanc393338%23%$215,312 Michael McCarthy44115425%45%$691,705 Rafael Bejarano73512137%41%$393,166 Edwin Maldonado8271099%32%$287,955 ASHLEY MAKES RECORD FOURTH START IN SAN LUIS REYSince storied Santa Anita opened on Christmas Day, 1934, no horse has ever raced in the same stakes race four times.That lengthy streak could end Saturday if venerable Ashleyluvssugar runs in the San Luis Rey Stakes as planned. He would become the first to compete in the marathon turf event on four separate occasions.On March 15, 2015, the now nine-year-old California-bred son of Game Plan out of the Urgent Request dam Ashley’s Folly won the San Luis Rey by 2 ½ lengths under Gary Stevens.Two years later, on March 25, 2017, he led before winding up third, with Stevens aboard again.On March 29, 2019, the old bay finished fifth with Kent Desormeaux up.After an absence of four months, trainer Peter Eurton brought Ashley back to the races at Golden Gate Fields last Nov. 30, finishing fifth in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap. On Jan. 18, he was fifth going five-wide in the Turf Classic for California-breds.“I didn’t know that,” Eurton said when informed this would be Ashleyluvssugar’s fourth start in the mile-and-one-half San Luis Rey. “We love this horse and he still has the desire to race, even though he may be missing a step now.“He had a three-quarter mile open gallop Friday on the training track because I knew I wouldn’t be able to work him again before the race, with the rain and everything. He absolutely still loves to be out there and he gets into his gallops with enthusiasm.“The longer races allow him to get into a better position in early parts of the race, which he enjoys. He can lay one-two and be more a defender of his position than a closer.“He’ll fight longer and doesn’t have to go as wide, either. He saves ground and at a mile and a half, he should be right up in it.”‘QUALITY QUARTET’ VIES FOR SANTA ANITA RIDING TITLEWith the influx of Italian Stallion Umberto Rispoli, Santa Anita’s race for riding honors at the Winter Meet has increased from the usual two or three combatants to a Quality Quartet of Joel Rosario, Abel Cedillo, Flavien Prat and the aforementioned 31-year-old two-time champion in his native Italy, Rispoli.Through Saturday, Prat held a 40-36 over runner-up Rosario, with Cedillo third at 35 and Rispoli fourth with 33.Agent Derek Lawson, who represents Prat, is among those enjoying the ride.“It’s an outstanding race,” Lawson was quick to point out. “With Rispoli in the mix, it’s a very competitive group of riders. Some will be going out of town (to ride three-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations), and that will be a disadvantage to those seeking the riding title here, but as far as competition, it’s the best we’ve seen at Santa Anita in the past few years.“It’s a lot of fun, not only for the jockeys, but for the agents. We’re always trying to figure out who’s doing what and who’s riding where, but overall, with all the other stuff that’s going on in racing, it’s exciting.“This is something tangible we can look at and enjoy.”BAFFERT’S CHARLATAN HIGHLIGHTS SILENT SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITAWith apologies to Simon and Garfunkel, the Sound of Silence was indeed acutely surreal on Saturday at Santa Anita Park, as the legendary track went about the business of horse racing minus the public for the first time since its opening in December, 1934. With only credentialed media and licensed owners, trainers, jockeys, grooms and a smattering of track employees on hand, a total of eight races, including the Grade I Beholder Mile, were run without incident as the remainder of the nation’s sports and entertainment world for the most part, sat idle.The day got off to an uneventful start, as the Vladimir Cerin-trained Time for Suzzie reported home on top by a half length. Ridden by apprentice Jorge Velez, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Time to Get Even got seven furlongs over a main track listed as “good” in 1:24.75 and paid $13.40 to win on the 1/ST BET and Xpressbetapps, as well as live streaming at www.santaanita.com/.With seven horses, a total of $260,400 was wagered on race one.“As far as training, nothing’s really changed for us except the weather,” said Cerin, in reference to intermittent rain that has fallen the past few days. “I’m amazed our Trackman (Dennis Moore) is actually better than the Weather Service. This morning, I didn’t think there was any chance it wouldn’t be raining. So far, so good.”Race two went to the Matt Chew-conditioned Silken Prince, who won by 4 ¼ lengths under Jose Valdivia, Jr., while getting 6 ½ furlongs on a track upgraded to “fast” in 1:16.31. Off at 5-1, he paid $13.60 to win.“It feels eerie, coming down the stretch, not to hear the crowd,” said Valdivia.One of five first time starters, the Mark Glatt-trained Big Sweep was heavily favored at even money in race three and won by 2 ¼ lengths while paying $4.00 to win. Ridden by Flavien Prat, she got six furlongs in 1:10.59.Race four, run during a light drizzle, went to the Hector Palma-trained Kadesh. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, he won by 4 ¼ lengths while getting one mile in 1:38.87 and paid $5.80 to win.Did this victory, garnered under quite unusual circumstances, hold any particular significance to Palma, who’s called the racetrack “home” for more than 60 years?“It’s just one more, my friend.”Flavien Prat got his second win on the day as he guided Adorably Sweet to a half length win in the fifth race. Trained by Mike Puype, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Richard’s Kid got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:18.48. Off at 7-2, she paid $9.80 to win.Race six showcased the performance of the afternoon, as Bob Baffert’s Derby hopeful Charlatan demolished his competition by 10 ¼ lengths while getting one mile under Drayden Van Dyke in 1:36.24. The 1-5 favorite, he paid $2.60 to win and earned an incredible 106 Beyer Speed figure in the process.“Right now, we’re just glad they didn’t cancel (today’s races), cause we were going to go to Sunland Park,” said Baffert.The seventh race, the Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile, went Bo Hirsch’s homebred Ce Ce, who beat heavily favored Hard Not to Love by 3 ¼ lengths. Trained by Michael McCarthy and ridden by Victor Espinoza, Ce Ce paid $10.40 to win while garnering a 100 Beyer in her first stakes win.Saturday’s eighth and final race was taken by longshot Galwalksintoabar, which prompted track announcer Frank Mirahmadi to proclaim, “Galwalksintoabar is no joke…” Ridden by Van Dyke, who doubled on the day, she’s trained by Steve Miyadi and paid $21.20 to win.With no on-track wagering, Saturday’s total pari-mutuel handle was $6,523,828. Closed to the public until further notice due to local, state and national health decrees issued with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19), wagering on Santa Anita’s races is available at some brick and mortar satellite locations, Santa Anita’s 1/ST BET and Xpressbet apps.Santa Anita’s races can be viewed live via its simulcast signal, online at santaanita.com, and on TVG, which is available via DirectTV 602, Spectrum/Time Warner 413, Dish 399 and other outlets.SANTA ANITA, GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLICWith the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of our customers and employees and in following the best available guidance from local and international health authorities, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields is temporarily closed to the public.Both tracks will continue live racing as scheduled with personnel licensed by the California Horse Racing Board in attendance which will provide our fans at home with the opportunity to stay connected to the action via our 1/ST BETand Xpressbet apps.We will continue to monitor the situation and will look forward to welcoming our fans and guests back again soon. FINISH LINES: Although speculation as to the scheduling of major events such as the Kentucky Derby is rampant, Bob Baffert’s Charlatan has the racing world abuzz in reaction to his huge 10 ¼ length allowance win yesterday. Making every pole a winning one, he got a flat mile in 1:36.24, earning an incredible 106 Beyer Speed figure in just his second start…Michael McCarthy’s Ce Ce, owned and bred by Bo Hirsch and out of his Grade I Del Mar Debutante-winning mare Miss Houdini, appears headed to great things, as she took yesterday’s Grade I Beholder Mile by 3 ¼ lengths, getting the distance in 1:37.33 while earning a 100 Beyer…Racing is set to resume on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Entries will be taken on Tuesday and fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com for updates regarding the upcoming racing schedule.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 15th, 2020Derby Prospect Charlatan Crushes Allowance Foes on March 14th, 2020WORKOUTS:Zest (Outside) and Hollywood Girl (Shirreffs) 03/09/20Storm The Hill (Outside) and Mirth (D’Amato) 03/09/20Oiseau de Guerre (O’Neill) 03/09/20Eight Rings (Inside) and Ax Man (Baffert) 03/09/20Warren’s Empress (Outside) and Down Home (Lewis) 03/08/20Charlatan (Outside) (Baffert) 03/08/20Nadal (Outside) (Baffert) 03/08/20 Bob Baffert7920171525%66%$1,801,952 Victor Espinoza5598916%47%$1,083,817 Eswan Flores503356%22%$117,303 Ryan Hanson1754229%65%$146,010 Carla Gaines3159516%61%$337,700 Tiago Pereira12117161914%43%$913,042 Craig Anthony Lewis43831219%53%$455,421 Mike Smith5398517%42%$1,141,722 Drayden Van Dyke11424201021%47%$1,586,601 Jeff Bonde2466225%58%$198,161 CHARLATAN HIGHLIGHTS SILENT SATURDAY Agapito Delgadillo686599%29%$358,021 OLD ASHLEY WOULD SET MARK IN SAN LUIS REY Steve Knapp49109620%51%$392,502 Aaron Gryder544387%28%$208,061 Mario Gutierrez861011812%34%$635,801 Abel Cedillo24335393214%44%$2,300,136 Mark Glatt76891611%43%$417,441 Jorge Velez16618173111%40%$931,519 Ruben Fuentes841112613%35%$541,441 Peter Miller70199527%47%$1,109,476 Assael Espinoza5867910%38%$218,912 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas10521171120%47%$1,458,822 John Sadler7812141415%51%$1,281,719 Geovanni Franco881412716%38%$714,680 Philip D’Amato8310121112%40%$745,236 Brian Koriner4384919%49%$344,122 Hector Palma3764316%35%$200,203 SANTA ANITA, GOLDEN GATE CLOSED TO PUBLIC Flavien Prat16840343124%63%$2,273,720 Mike Puype4274617%40%$362,800 J. Eric Kruljac3574520%46%$258,340 J.C. Diaz, Jr.71761110%34%$327,261 David Hofmans1843122%44%$146,360 Peter Eurton464799%43%$342,745 Robert Hess, Jr.3858313%42%$259,135 Dean Pederson1144036%73%$214,210 Simon Callaghan2857418%57%$395,787 JOCKEYS’ BATTLE TIGHTENSUP AT SANTA ANITA SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Vann Belvoir2544716%60%$95,790 Umberto Rispoli14833232122%52%$1,500,476 Jose Valdivia, Jr.565569%29%$254,370 Andrew Lerner3165219%42%$281,642 Anna Meah1641225%44%$97,520
Jamaica will know by the end of the year whether it will be selected to host the 2016 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Volleyball Championship set for July 7-17. President of CAZOVA, Mushtaque Mohammed, visited the island from December 27 to yesterday and toured the facilities which could be used to host 16 male and female teams from across the region if Jamaica is successful in its bid. A decision should be made by the end of the week. The Jamaica Volleyball Association successfully hosted the CAZOVA Beach Volleyball Olympic qualifiers earlier this year and won rave reviews for organising the event. JAVA President Rudolph Speid said he is optimistic that Jamaica will be selected to host the tournament. He revealed that CAZOVA will donate an indoor volleyball court, which, if it gets the tournament, JAVA will use as a practice court inside the National Arena. During his short visit, Mohammed also met with Major Desmon Brown of Independence Park Limited (IPL), as well as Denzil Wilks of the Sports Development Foundation. If Jamaica is selected, the tournament would be staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) run by IPL. The CAZOVA president looked at hotels in Kingston and also the courts at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, during his trip. Mohammed, who is also a vice-president of the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation, was in attendance at the 2015 JAVA Senior Awards Ceremony held Monday evening at the offices of the Jamaica Olympic Association on Cunningham Avenue, where UWI and Vikings received their awards as the champion male and female teams for 2015. Jamaica’s male Under-19 team, the CAZOVA Under-19 champions, head coach Steve Davis, assistant coach Adrian Ramdeen, and manager Tracey Ann Findley were honoured during the ceremony. Also recognised for their significant achievements during the year was the country’s female beach volleyball team of Kai Wright, Danielle Perry, Sasha Lee Wallen, and Alicia Malcolm, who won the first round of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers in May in Ocho Rios. The men’s team of Rick Webb, Mark Lewis, Christopher Wallen, and Donovan Richards, who were second in their qualifiers in CuraÁao, were also honoured.
On this auspicious occasion of the festival of Deepavali, the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) would like to extend greetings and best wishes to all Guyanese, especially our Hindu brothers and sisters. Deepavali signifies, among other things, that light will eventually triumph over darkness which is a profound source of inspiration so that all mankind can remain hopeful. It also emboldens humanity with hope-giving surety that even in the face of insurmountable challenges, strength will be imbued for them to be overcome. These and the other important lessons of Deepavali provide guidance for us all as we continue to work assiduously towards the national goal of strengthening the bonds of friendship among our Guyanese brothers and sisters. It is through this that national harmony can be achieved so that we can confront challenges together and remove the dark veil of division. This, therefore, becomes essential for the furtherance of peace and goodwill and we can be comforted knowing that our combined efforts can realise that seemingly elusive light which can allow national harmony to shine through and for which we all yearn. Deepavali, like our other national festivals, is a much-anticipated event. It has not only transcended religious boundaries but has become a pillar of our cultural landscape. The traditional motorcades and their inherent beauty along with that of the thousands of flickering diyas are important conduits through splendour which brings our people from across the country together. The ERC, therefore, urges that we endeavour so that particular influence can be built upon for the promotion of harmony, unity and good relations among us all in this multifaceted society. As we gravitate towards that light of enlightenment, let us be reminded that Deepavali, through its significance, is replete with messages for togetherness. These, if heeded and inculcated, bode well for the advancement of our nation, its people and humanity at large. Shubh Deepavali to all!
Gbarpolu County Senator and former Senate Pro Tempore, Armah Z. JallahSenator Jallah: “It is becoming clear that we are not able to do this thing on our own…”Gbarpolu County Senator, Armah Zolu Jallah, is of the opinion that managing the Liberian economy may be a task too great fo the Government, and the country may need external assistance to get the job done.“We have to go back to manage the economy, and resources of the country,” Sen. Jallah said. “we might have to go back to the strategy that was employed by the international community to co-manage the resources as in the case of GEMAP; to co-manage the resources of the country with the international community and the government, so major institutions that are revenue generating and representing the international community should sit there and become co-partners in managing, because it is becoming clear that we are not able to do this thing on our own,” Senator Jallah said.Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP) was an effort, started September 2005, by the Liberian government and the international community, via the International Contact Group on Liberia (ICGL) to reshape the fundamentally broken system of governance that contributed to 23 years of conflict in Liberia.Senator Jallah also suggested the need to have at least a contingent of about 1000 or 500 ECOWAS peacekeepers so that those in America, Europe and Asia who want to invest in Liberia will have the confidence to come and explore opportunities and create jobs for Liberians.He emphasized the need to create the atmosphere to encourage investors to feel secured when they invest here; “where are the new major investments we can point to, we need to manage our economy with honesty, and an ECOMOG contingent can help us to build that confidence.”On the issue of printing of new banknotes, Senator Jallah said that there are still lots of unresolved issues, such as reports that the country’s reserves at the Central Bank of Liberia is not more than US$40 million, “and there is a request to print LD$35 billion. So the reserve itself will not even support the amount of money that is being requested for.”Secondly, the former Pro-Tempore maintained that to print the new currency, “we need a productive economy that can give support and value to the currency that we print. So we could print, but the amount that is being requested for to print, I will reserve my support.”“There may be a need to print some money to be able to clear the liquidity problem we have at the banks, but the quantum in which is being requested, our reserve our economic capacity does not support it. You are calling for LD$35 billion and our reserve is US$40 million. It doesn’t make sense. It is going to lead to hyper-inflation, but we should also understand that we have serious liquidity problem in the banks; we might need to print some money maybe LD$4 billion of the most recent currency to be able to serve that liquidity problem, but it can not be LD$35 billion,” the Gbarpolu Senator said.Senator Jallah said while the country is having a balance of payment issue with the economy importing more goods than it exports, “we also have the situation of trust and we need to solve that urgently, to be able to help us resuscitate the Liberian economy, and I am going to be bringing that to the debate [this week].”Mediation Ahead of CoP Planned ProtestMeanwhile, the Senate convened in executive session (behind closed doors) on Friday, December 6, for continuation of its extraordinary session with a single agenda item, to discuss the state of the economy. There was no post-discussion press briefing.With regards to the Council of Patriots’ planned protest, scheduled for December 30, Senator Jallah believes the talks are necessary to revert the country from retrogressing.He said he has initiated discussions with representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations with the aim to mediate between government and the leadership of the Council of Patriots (COP) over the planned ‘Weah Step Down Campaign’, scheduled for December 30, 2019.Jallah, a former president Pro-tempore of the Senate, said he has already started holding talks with some senators and eminent Liberians to help with the mediation process.“The planned protest and the government’s statement against granting of permit to the protesters should concern all of us, not only President George Weah and government officials,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this morning issued an executive order directing state agencies to provide additional resources to fight wildfires throughout California. The governor said dry conditions, combined with a cold winter that killed vegetation, have created an “increased risk of catastrophic wildfires” that “threatens the lives, property and economic well-being of the people of the state.” He ordered the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to mobilize additional personnel and equipment, along with other agencies such as the California National Guard and the Department of Corrections, to work together with local and federal agencies, other states and the government of Mexico to fight the fires. The governor’s order also included deploying additional fire safety inspectors, more staffing at Emergency Command Centers, assigning a Supertanker aircraft, and support quick efforts to address the bark beetle infestation that is killing off trees and leaving them more vulnerable to fire. The move came as officials said Los Angeles-area red-flag warnings will remain in effect through Thursday as hot temperatures and low humidity spur concerns about high fire danger. Conditions are expected to be especially hazardous at elevations over 800 feet, where humidity is expected to drop into the single digits. Temperatures are expected to top 90 in the inland areas. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The money helped pay for the land — but also fed unregulated and crime-driven trade.The authorities tore them down once growth picked up and Moscow acquired Western-style shopping centres.The one in Luzhniki only closed its doors in 2011.Putin told an annual televised phone-in that the World Cup kicking off next Thursday must leave a lasting sports legacy in which the new arenas play an integral part.“I want to address colleagues from the regions — no matter what, you cannot allow these venues to suddenly turn into some sort of markets like those in the mid 1990s,” Putin said.“That is categorically inadmissable.”Russia has spent at least $4 billion (3.4 billion euros) either building or refurbishing 12 arenas in 11 host cities for the month-long celebration of the world’s most popular sport.FIFA boss Giovanni Infantino said in a statement issued by the world football governing body on Wednesday that Russia was “100 percent ready” as hosts.“The whole world will see what a hospitable country Russia is, how well everything is organised,” said Infantino.But the World Cup’s entire budget adds up to more than $13 billion and FIFA is keen to see the investment pay dividends for Russia that make other nations want to stage future tournaments.The question of what happens to the huge arenas after the July 15 final has been hounding Russia since it won the hosting rights over England in 2010.Host city Sochi did not even have a football club until a second division side was moved there this week.Others are home to teams that have not played top flight football for years and draw just a few thousand people on the best of days.The head of Russia’s Premier League has also questioned why organisers decided against fitting the arenas with roofs that make watching games more inviting for fans in colder northern cities.– ‘Children’s sport’ –“We spent a lot of money and we need to make sure that all this infrastructure works first and foremost for the development of sport,” said Putin.“And it has to be popular sport, children’s sport. We have to create children’s and youth teams, leagues and organised competitions.”Putin also stressed that the stadiums have to become “self-sufficient”.Russia had earlier earmarked $190 million to help pay for the their operations over the coming five years.Putin’s plan for using as little of that money as possible included using the space inside the arenas for retail.“A modern stadium is not just a football pitch,” he said.“You can put anything you want there. You can install stores, cafes, restaurants … and special gyms,” said Putin.“Much will depend on regional leaders.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin says World Cup must leave a sporting legacy for youth built around the new and refurbished stadiums © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 7 – President Vladimir Putin firmly told regional leaders Thursday not to turn World Cup arenas into flea markets once the football showpiece wraps up next month.Space around stadiums such as Moscow’s Luzhniki became bustling hubs that sold everything from fruit to clothes during Russia’s post-Soviet economic crisis in the 1990s.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Lindsay said it will apply to work done on airplanes as well as the treatment of passengers, particularly those with disabilities. A letter is being sent to all contractors advising them of the higher standards and warning that they could lose their contracts if there are problems. A recent study by the Transportation Security Administration found that 75percent of screeners at airports across the country failed a random test to identify dangerous devices. The TSA has assured LAX officials that the screeners who failed have received upgraded training and that LAX is well within national standards. “With the holidays coming up, we have to have a sense of urgency,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “If something happens, people will be looking to us to see what went wrong.” firstname.lastname@example.org 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the holiday travel season approaching, Los Angeles officials sought assurances Wednesday that security at LAX is tightened in all areas – from federal screeners to private workers who clean airplanes. “The pressure on these folks is more intense than ever,” Councilman Jack Weiss told members of the council’s Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee. “When you’re talking about security at the airport, it has to be perfect.” Gina Marie Lindsay, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, said she has begun developing tougher standards for the private companies that provide cleaning services at Los Angeles International Airport.
The HSE has announced that a full design team have been appointed to the upgrading of Carndonagh Community Hospital.The upgrade, which will cost €1.3M, will ensure the hospital complies with the residential care standards for older people set down by Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).The team are currently progressing the preliminary design stage and carrying out condition surveys of the existing premises at the hospital. The proposed works will consist of:* Refurbishment and upgrading of the existing residential unit including maximising single and double room occupancy* Re-planning and upgrading sanitary accommodation* Enhancing accessibility for patients and visitors* Providing an extended day room and dining room for patients, with a residents garden areaImprovements with regards to infection control, energy efficiency and fabric upgrade will be included in the works.The works are planned to start on site in mid 2016 , subject to approval from HIQA and the resources being available. The projected costs will be finalised on completion of the preliminary design stage. It is expected that costs will be in the region of €1.3 million approximately.DESIGN TEAM APPOINTED FOR €1.3M UPGRADE OF CARNDONAGH HOSPITAL was last modified: June 20th, 2015 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:Carndonagh Community HospitaldonegalHSEupgrade
Fr John Joe DuffyA well-known Donegal priest has said there is now a need to de-politicise the situation concerning the campaign to save Our services in our 3 Hospitals, Lifford, Ramelton and Stranorlar.Fr John Joe Duffy of Stranorlar was speaking after Minister Kathleen Lynch declined to meet with campaigners.Fr Duffy said “We made a request for a meeting with Minister of State at the Dept., of Health, Kathleen Lynch,T.D., independent of any politicians, and we are now very disappointed at the political opportunism on the part of some to come out and reveal the response of the Minister, before the our committee was fully briefed on the reply from the Minister.“This issue is much too serious, far too important, to play politics with, for politicians to make political gain from because we are talking about our most vulnerable,our elderly and our sick and the need to care for them at the hearts of their communities. For elderly, parents, spouses, siblings and extended family to be given every opportunity to be part of their loved one’s care. “The Save Our Services, Lifford Ramelton Stranorlar, Communinty Hospitals’ Action Group are totally resolved and fully determined in carrying this battle forward, whilst the Minister will not meet us, this still remains a political decision. We are calling on the Minister to put an immediate stay on that decision made by her and her Deparment, to reverse it, and to work with us in ensuring the continuation of all current services at our 3 Hospitals.”He said the group are now calling on the Government parties to come clean and give absolute assurances of the long term future of these Hospitals, all the long term beds, the residential units, and all current services in the 3 Hospitals.“In light of the Ministers refusal, we will now redouble our efforts, we will work with all politicians, all communities and all peoples in ensuring the success of this most important campaign.“We are now calling on people from the areas served by these 3 Hospitals, and beyond to come out and support our campaign, to march with us on Saturday the 13th, Feb, beginnig from St. Joseph’s Hospital at 1.30 pm. The march will proceed through the Twin Towns to Jackson’s Hotel for a public meeting at 2.30 pm.” ‘WE MUST NOW DE-POLITICISE OUR HOSPITAL CAMPAIGNS’ – DONEGAL PRIEST was last modified: February 10th, 2016 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:CampaigndonegalFr John Joe Duffyhospitals
A brother of singer Dana Rosemary Scallon is to appear in court in two weeks time on three child abuse charges.The Metropolitan police in London says John Brown, who has a house in Urris, Inishowen, and an address in Bracknell, London, was charged yesterday with three cases of indecent assault.It follows complaints from two women. Mr Brown is well-known in County Donegal and was a regular spokesperson for Dana on local radio.He was also behind several building developments in Buncrana and Newtowcunningham.He will appear at a magistrates court hearing in London on June 7.The Metropolitan police say the charges arise out of an investigation into allegations dating back to the 1970s.DANA’S BROTHER DUE TO APPEAR IN COURT ON CHILD ABUSE CHARGES was last modified: May 23rd, 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:DANA’S BROTHER DUE TO APPEAR IN COURT ON CHILD ABUSE CHARGES