South Africa survive early scare to beat Afghanistan in World T20

first_imgMUMBAI, India (AP):South Africa avoided another bowling nightmare to revive their World Twenty20 campaign and beat inexperienced Afghanistan by 37 runs in the Group One match yesterday.Chasing South Africa’s daunting 209-5, opener Mohammad Shahzad smashed 44 off just 19 balls before medium-fast Chris Morris grabbed 4-27 to dismiss Afghanistan for 172 in 20 overs.”We need to be a lot better, it’s as simple as that,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who won the toss and chose to bat. “It’s a big challenge for the bowlers … I guess we are a bit soft in our execution which we need to improve on.”AB de Villiers had earlier capitalised on two dropped catches to hit 64 off 29 balls. Left-handed opener Quinton de Kock made 45 and du Plessis contributed 41.South Africa lost the first match against England, which chased down a WT20 record 230-8 at the same venue on Friday to win by two wickets. It was Afghanistan’s second loss in succession after they were beaten by defending champions Sri Lanka at Kolkata.Shahzad followed the England-style run rampage when he smashed five sixes and three fours in the first three overs from fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott as South Africa rested their front-line fast bowler Dale Steyn and included David Wiese, who went for 0-47.Morris cut short the cricketing carnage and knocked back the middle stump of Shahzad, before following it up with the wicket of captain Asghar Stanikzai. He returned to clean- bowl Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran in his last over.The South African pace proved too much for Afghanistan’s middle-order batsmen as they kept losing wickets, with wicketkeeper de Kock holding on to four catches and also stumping Noor Ali Zadran.”This experience will be good for us,” Stanikzai said. “Shahzad started well but, unfortunately, we gave some quick wickets and that’s why we lost the match.”Earlier, de Kock and du Plessis set the pace of the South Africa innings by adding 65 off 42 balls after Hashim Amla was dismissed in the third over.Afghanistan came back briefly when du Plessis was run out in the 10th over and two overs later de Kock was caught behind.last_img read more

Fraser-Pryce’s MVP exit blocked

first_imgAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s plans to leave the Nike-sponsored MVP Track Club has reportedly been halted after the kit sponsor threatened to pull its support of the sprinter. News broke during the Olympic Games that the two-time Olympic gold medal winner was ending her relationship with MVP head coach Stephen Francis with the sprinter conducting her pre-season training with Reynaldo Walcott at his newly-formed St Elizabeth Technical High school-based club. Walcott has for several years been a member of MVP’s technical staff, working closely with Fraser-Pryce as well as Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day, who recently cut their ties with Bert Cameron and his Cameron Blazers to also join Walcott’s programme. The young coach is also credited for STETHS’ resurgence on the local scene and have guided some of the island’s best youngsters. According to our sources, Fraser-Pryce was fully committed to Walcott’s project and had also secured property in Santa Cruz, to ease the travelling. It is also believed that Nike had originally committed to support Fraser-Pryce even if she left their top regional club but this position is said to have changed with an apparent change of heart by Francis, who now seems determined to keep his most decorated athlete. President of the MVP Track and Field Club Bruce James, when contacted Friday afternoon, stated that he did not wish to speak on the sprinter’s training arrangements at this point. “I am not commenting on Shelly-Ann’s training arrangements at this time,” said James.last_img read more

Freeman, Coleman provide 1-2 punch

first_imgHOUSTON (AP): Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are so interchangeable in the Atlanta Falcons backfield, Matt Ryan gets a little mixed up at times. “He doesn’t even know who’s in the game,” Coleman said, breaking into a huge smile. Quite a 1-2 punch, these two are. It really doesn’t matter who you put at “1” and who goes at “2.” Sure, Freeman is the starter, but there’s no drop-off or any reason to change things up when Coleman comes into the game, a back-and-forth arrangement that keeps both backs fresh and gives fits to opposing defences. But their relationship runs beyond the field. Far beyond it. “That’s my brother,” Freeman said in the lead-up to tomorrow’s Super Bowl against the New England Patriots . “When you see someone, you see that they want to be a part of something special, they’re working hard, they’re working their butts off, you have no reason but to love that person and have the utmost respect for that person.” They’ll savour it while they can, because chances are this won’t be a long-term partnership. They’ll be friends for life, that’s for sure, but the realities of the NFL with its salary cap and other devices that make it difficult to keep a team together will likely lead to a breakup in the not-too-distant future. Freeman, a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2014, already created a bit of a stir early in Super Bowl week by bringing up his desire for a new contract. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and has been selected for the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons. Not surprisingly, he wants to be paid like one of the league’s top backs. Then there’s Coleman, a third-round pick out of Indiana in 2015. Despite missing three games with an injury this season, he rushed for 520 yards and eight touchdowns. At some point, he’s going to deserve more money and probably a larger role in someone’s offence. “We’ve thought about this a lot,” Coleman said. “But that’s going to be my brother always, wherever we’re at.” In addition to combining for just short of 1,600 yards on the ground, they are nearly as dangerous in the passing game. Freeman had 54 catches for 462 yards and a couple of scores, while Coleman hauled in 31 passes for 421 yards and three TDs.last_img read more

GECOM continues to bungle with ID cards!

first_imgClaims and Objections held over the last three months, hundreds of persons made applications at GECOM offices around the country for changes to and replacements of lost identification (ID) cards. The feedback provided confirms that they are getting the royal run-around in uplifting the new ID cards. Albeit the existing period of preparations for General and Regional Elections, the Secretariat continues the saga of unreliable response which contributed to many persons not uplifting the ID cards over the years. The GECOM procedure necessitated the thousands of applicants who went and completed their transactions to support their requested Claims on the application forms, with properly authenticated reputable Justices of the Peace stamps of affirmation. The attending staff at these offices informed applicants that GECOM would call them within two to three weeks, for them to uplift their ID cards. The GECOM Secretariat has failed once again to deliver many ID cards in a timely manner after they duped persons to register and promise them new ID cards. Over the past months since the successful passing of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, the challenge for a delivery of free and fair elections by GECOM has been facing its strongest test. The Chief Elections Officer, who has functional responsibility for the Secretariat, adopted a posture of a ‘yes man’ to the whims and fancy to the Government Commissioners. Mr Lowenfield has undertaken contemptuous actions to the rulings of the highest judicial institutions including the Caribbean Court of Justice. Included are the PNC/ APNU Commissioners’ deliberate illegal advocacy for the removal of the names of registered persons who have not uplifted ID cards from the Official List of Voters. Additionally, the commencement of the House-to-House (H2H) Registration in the absence of a Chairman of GECOM, which now creates a nest of disputable circumstances with persons on that list. Whenever a cycle of House-to-House (H2H) Registration is undertaken, the intent is for the preparation of a new Register of Registrants and the discarding of all other registers. The undertaking of such an exercise was irrational given the legally used mechanism for the upkeep of the National Register of Registrants with which there were no major issues. It means that at the end of the process, GECOM would issue all registrants new ID cards. Guyanese are thankful for the halting of the process by newly appointed Chairman, Retired Justice Claudette Singh, which obviously would have taken years, and created another unconstitutional milieu. Citizens are now demanding the strongest sanctioning and investigation of the affront created under the hands of Mr Lowenfield, regarding accountability for the millions of dollars spent on the controversial/truncated H2H Registration. Further, our people are again having to spend hard-earned money to visit GECOM, and they are being pushed around without receiving their ID cards. Obviously, all the talks and discussions on the controversial, truncated, unverified so-called results of the H2H Registration is now a matter of serious concerns. Clearly, it came because of the sinister orchestration between the PNC, their agent, the unfit unilaterally appointed Patterson and questionable Keith Lowenfield. The Claims and Objections time is over, and a big part of the questionable/truncated H2H Registration list is not being cross-matched and issued to the political parties. It is more serious that the second big half of the controversial H2H has not yet been posted up. Further, Guyanese are patiently awaiting the GECOM supplementary list, after the just-completed Claims and Objections. It is, therefore, imperative that GECOM moves to swiftly and forthwith, produce the Revised List of Electors. Practically, the publication of the list of registered persons from the truncated H2H without their previous ID card number where applicable is a total waste of money and time. All it did was to facilitate the delay of the overdue National and Regional Elections. We, therefore, ask the question; when will GECOM issue ID cards to all those persons who they took information from and promised ID cards? Moreover, what type of ID cards will GECOM issue? Citizens should recall that GECOM expended millions of dollars on cameras and on equipment to produce ID cards and apparently, they are doing nothing to improve efficacy. With GECOM’s automated system, ID cards’ changes and issues should have been possible within one day providing the necessary counter checks are in place. Again, because of GECOM’s demonstrated incompetence under Keith Lowenfield’s watch, thousands of persons are awaiting their promised ID cards. Madam Justice Claudette Singh, you must assertively deal with the new ID card scenario that is unfolding. I wish to remind Mr Vincent Alexander that the ID cards that were not collected, the residents were all verified by GECOM, in conjunction with scrutineers from the major political parties before the preparation of the ID cards. This is contrary to Lowenfield’s partisan H2H in which he did not invite scrutineers from the PPP/C. Further, Alexander must know that GECOM does not have to adjust their directory, but they have to update their Register of Registrants. As this nation awaits the results of the thousands of names sent overseas by GECOM for cross-matching after the truncated H2H Registration, a clear case for setting aside all aspects of everything done during that H2H registration emerge. Careful scrutiny of the ‘part-information’ political parties received is quite a revelation. Spelling mistakes, wrong addresses, duplications, and worst of all, hundreds of persons who registered during the controversial H2H, correctly corrected their registered position during the Claims and Objections as they sought transfers, newly registered and did other transactions. Therefore, there are people whose names were not on the PLE and their names are on the truncated H2H list. It would be unthinkable for GECOM to utilise the H2H information and place the same in the Revised List of Electors because the H2H Registration remains unverified. Clearly, GECOM has to say how the cross-matching will eliminate these issues including persons who have changed their names and applied for new ID cards. The Secretariat needs to pronounce on all these matters and stop the bungling. GECOM is in a colossal dilemma all because of Lowenfield and the determination of Mr Granger and his cabal Commissioners to postpone and delay elections, in which the APNU/AFC are afraid to contest. Sincerely, Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Ebola Virus Disease: Threat to International Peace Requires Coordinated International Response

first_imgThe World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/8-september-2014/en/#) notes exponential increase in Ebola, especially in Liberia where experts (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/05/we_could_have_stopped_this_ebola_virus_world_health_organization) an infected person passes on the disease onto many more than the two and a half persons reported for Sierra Leone. Today, even those who blithely rejected the expert prognoses belatedly admit the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as likely to eventuate in another internal war in Liberia. The Ebola epidemic rapidly consuming lives in West Africa – particularly in Liberia – could become a global pandemic besides devastating the sub-region. Article 39, Chapter VII, of the United Nations Charter mandates the Security Council to ‘determine the existence of any threat to the peace .. and .. make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken .. to maintain or restore international peace and security.’ Traditionally, this Article was used to address military threats and actions between and within states, asymmetric warfare, including terrorism, and their related consequences, such as refugee crises. More recent practice by the Council has expanded the definition of threats to international peace and security.By its resolution 1308 adopted on 17 July 2000, the Security Council, ‘[r]ecognizing that the spread of HIV/AIDS can have a uniquely devastating impact on all sectors and levels of society,’ and ‘[b]earing in mind [its] primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security,’ encouraged the development and strengthening of efforts to combat this and other diseases (see S/RES/1308 (2000). Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs, Supplement No. 10 (2000-2009; also http://legal.un.org/repertory/art39/english/rep_supp10_vol3-art39_e_advance.pdf). Further, the United Nations Millennium Declaration adopted by the General Assembly in 2000 committed the Council to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis (GA/RES/55/2 (2000).The breakthrough that paved the way for such determinations came on 31 January 1992 when the Security Council met for the first time ever at the level of heads of state and government. The members, within the framework of their commitment to the United Nations Charter, deliberated the topic: ‘The responsibility of the Security Council in the maintenance of international peace and security’. In so doing and ‘[i]n connection with its consideration of thematic and country-related issues, the Council .. expanded the definition of threats to international peace and security to include .. non-military sources of instability in the economic, social, humanitarian and ecological fields’ (Practice of United Nations Organs Supplement Nos. 7-9 (1985-1999); ¶ 2. http://legal.un.org/repertory/art39/english/rep_supp7-9_vol3-art39_e_advance.pdf) and pledged their commitment to international law and to the United Nations Charter as well as reaffirmed their commitment to the collective security system of the Charter to deal with threats to peace.Liberia’s parlous health-care system and the disparate, uncoordinated and sometimes ill-conceived responses to this crisis cry out for coordinated leadership which only can be accessed under a United Nations Security Council Resolution. The Security Council must make the determination required of it and then direct or prod relevant UN departments, specialized agencies, affiliated programmes and member states to act. The result should be a massive coordinated humanitarian effort involving: military logistics capability; health care expertise; fund raising and transparent management activities; accountability for all assets; sensitization of affected populations; and cooperation with local authorities, neighbouring affected and unaffected countries, and regional organizations.A recent article by the Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and senior fellow for global health at the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations Laurie Garrett, who chronicled the 1976 Ebola outbreak in Yambuku, the Democratic Republic of Congo and who was at Kikwit in 1995 during the Ebola outbreak there, outlines a good framework for implementing this campaign (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/09/05/we_could_have_stopped_this_ebola_virus_world_health_organization ) She envisions a global response on the order of the rescue and relief effort undertaken in the wake of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Aceh, Indonesia. The United States alone deployed 12,600 military personnel, including its entire Pacific fleet and every Navy hospital in the region. Countries most affected by the tsunami received about US$5 billion dollars in aid, according to a World Bank estimate.The Secretary-General has already observed that, in the context of the Ebola emergency, the United Nations Mission in Liberia will continue to facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance, including helping to provide the necessary security conditions’ in accordance with its initial mandate. (Letter dated 28 August 2014 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council, S/2014/644 (2 September 2014) We perceive the Secretary General’s letter as providing the impetus for the Security Council to act in the manner contemplated above. A mandate for a new mission or a reconfigured UNMIL would authorize a central management to coordinate all responses, including that envisaged by the United States in deploying its military forces to facilitate logistics and other needs.The action would ensure that adequate funds are raised and assets secured, that they are properly accounted for and utilized and that all the appropriate health, logistics, security and other responses are implemented. This mission would also coordinate with the Government of Liberia and its sub-divisions to address the economic, health, social and political impact of the EVD to prevent the looming calamity. One of the ways to do this would be to take over the health workers’ payroll and make payments directly to those in the forefront of the battle. Another way would be to help carry out the long term improvement of the health care system by investing, not only in infrastructure, but also in the training of personnel by strengthening educational institutions and providing bursaries for deserving students. Yet another way would be to help in the creation of a wildlife tracking entity to provide early warning of outbreaks in animals that pose a risk to human populations.The Liberian government should support the foregoing for, far from undermining any notions of sovereignty, this approach would identify a silver lining in this catastrophe without attempting to manufacture a silver bullet. The effective initiation of governance reform would prevent crises in education and food security. Such action would honor the memory of Liberia’s presence in San Francisco in 1945. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GECOM chair unilateral appointment case for May 8

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has set May 8 as the date to hear the case brought by the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulficar Mustapha, challenging the appointment of the current Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Justice James Patterson.Initially, Attorney General Basil Williams sought to have the matter heard until after the no-confidence cases; the hearings for which were set for May 10. According to CCJ President Adrian Saunders, however, Williams would only be afforded May 8.It was pointed out by Trinidadian Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes, who leads the legal team representing Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, that the more expedient the matter is heard, the better.“The resolution of this matter, if there is to be elections soon, may cause delay. And therefore it would follow that the earlier this matter is heard and resolved, the better. So that if this court were to approve the appellants and uphold the No-confidence Motion, then the parties could have begun the process of appointing a Chairman,” Mendes said.At this, Williams took the suggested May 8 date. The CCJ also set April 24 for the presentation written submissions and May 1 for parties involved in the matter to file their replies.The casePatterson was appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM in 2017 after President Granger had rejected three lists comprising 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for the post of GECOM Chairman.Last year, Chief Justice Roxane George had ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allows for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of Chairman of GECOM.Justice George’s ruling came after the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had, on October 23, 2017, filed an injunction to have the court rescind the unilateral appointment of Patterson as Chairman of GECOM. The motion was filed in the name of Mustapha just days after the President had made the announcement.Apart from asking that the appointment of Patterson be rescinded, the PPP had argued that he is unqualified for the post, and had petitioned the court to order the President to choose a person from the 18 names submitted by the Opposition Leader.But the Chief Justice, in her ruling, has stated that there is nothing before the court to support a finding that the President had acted unlawfully or irrationally in resorting to the proviso to Article 161(2); and there is nothing to rebut the presumption that Justice Patterson is qualified to be appointed to the post of Chairman of GECOM.According to the Chief Justice, the Opposition did not produce evidence to support the contention that Patterson was unqualified for the position. She added that even if she had agreed with the contention that the appointment was unlawful, it would not have been “permissible for this court to usurp the function of the President by directing him to choose a nominee from the third, or any, list.”last_img read more

Olwande penalty eases Mathare chop fears

first_imgNzoia had great scoring opportunities especially in the second half but they couldn’t hit the target with keeper Opiyo making some good saves to keep them in the game.In a hugely attacking game, Mathare got into the lead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot after Festus Okiring committed an outrageous foul inside the box, swinging his arms across the face of Cliff Nyakeya with no danger at all and the referee pointed to the spot.Though Nzoia players were remonstrating with first assistant referee Gilbert Cheruiyot who had waved his flag to alert the referee of the foul, head coach Bernard Mwalala was screaming on the touchline; “Get out of there that’s an obvious penalty!”, hugely enraged with the action of his left-back.Olwande stepped up and with his vast experience, in the coolest of ways sent keeper Benson Mangala the wrong way for Mathare to pick the priceless lead.The game had started with good pace, both sides not shying away from attacking.In the eighth minute, Nyakeya broke off the right before cutting in a decent low cross, but Brian Otieno slid in superbly to block the ball with John Mwangi waiting to tap into the net.In a quick transition, Nzoia had a chance as well but Luke Namanda shot wide with a good opportunity on the right after being flicked through by Patrick Kwitonda.Seven minutes after conceding, Nzoia should have drawn back level but some poor decision making saw Lawrence Juma waste a glorious opportunity.-Kwitonda miss-Skipper Vincent Ngesa picked up his team-mate well on the right with Juma twisting away from his marker to lay the ball on his left foot path, but instead of picking out Kwitonda placed well at the edge of the six yard box, he went for a curling effort which was awry.In the 27th minute, Okiring had a chance to redeem himself after giving away a cheap penalty but his curling shot unmarked on the left went over the bar.Nzoia had an even better chance in the 33rd minute when Namanda beat Olwande for pace on the right, shot in an incisive low cross but a sliding Kwitonda completely missed the ball with the goalmouth at his mercy.Mathare United defender Lennoz Ogutu vies for the ball with Nzoia Sugar’s Patrick Kwitonda in a Kenyan premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on November 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.Five minutes later, Edwin Wafula was gifted with a  chance unmarked at the far post from a Namanda cross, but he placed his shot straight at Mathare keeper Opiyo at point blank.A minute to halftime from a well executed counter attack, Nyakeya sped off on the right, cut back a cross but Chris Oduor and John Mwangi both sliding in missed with Mangala well beaten in the Nzoia goal.In the second half, it was Nzoia who had most of the chances. In the 50th minute, Lawrence Juma’s freekick from range went inches over bar while on the other end, Nyakeya had a low shot saved by Mangala.–Nzano chances-It was substitute Edgar Nzano who had the best chances of the game but all went begging. Less than two minutes after coming on for Peter Gin, Nzano was spotted unmarked by a Juma cross from the right but he headed wide.Almost immediately, he broke the offside trap once again this time to pick an Okiring cross, but his tap evaded the target once more.He finally found the bull’s eye with 15 minutes left from a Kwitonda cross, but Levis Opiyo in the Mathare goal was hawkeyed to make a superb point blank save.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United defender Martin Ongori makes a tackle to win the ball off Nzoia Sugar’s Festus Okiring in a Kenyan premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on November 5, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 5- A touch of fortune and some good goalkeeping from Levis Opiyo worked well for Mathare United on Sunday as Samuel Olwande’s first half penalty saw them beat Nzoia Sugar 1-0 at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani to ease relegation fears.With the victory Mathare moved to 35 points, maintaining their 15th position and staying clear of the red zone.last_img read more

UNIQUE PROJECT TO SAVE HISTORIC DONEGAL MILL LAUNCHED

first_imgThe launch of the Leitir Corn Mill Conservation and Restoration Project will take place at the Kilcar Fleadh Heritage day tomorrow at 1.00pm, in Áislann Chill Chartha, Kilcar.The Kilcar Heritage Committee is delighted with the generosity of the owner in donating the Mill and Miller’s House on a long term lease to the community.The mill is generally in reasonable condition, which demonstrates the care and maintenance that has been given over the years, which is a great tribute to its owner. The primary aim of the Conservation and Development Plan is to conserve the mill with a view towards re-developing it as a working heritage mill in the future. It is envisaged that the most prudent way of tackling such a large-scale project is through an incremental approach over five-years. It is hoped that the re-development of Leitir Mill may fulfil a tourism niche in Co. Donegal.Taken as a building on its own merits, the corn-drying kiln and corn mill at Leitir is undoubtedly of regional significance. However when one considers (a) the rich assembly and excellent state of preservation of authentic artefacts/machinery, (b) the associated miller’s house (little changed from its nineteenth-century state) and (c) the still functional condition of the millrace and millpond, it does not seem unreasonable to argue the entire complex is of national importance. Few of Ireland’s traditional corn mills have survived to the present day with this level of preservation and intactness.This site is an important part of the 19th century industrial heritage of not alone Kilcar, but of the county and entire northwest region.The mill building is built of stone from southwest Donegal, the internal mechanisms were made at Stevenson’s Foundry Strabane, Co. Tyrone and the grain milled was grown throughout this locality and served to provide for some of the food needs of Kilcar, Carrick and Killybegs. The mill is an outstanding reminder of the industrial/agricultural heritage of the area. John Cronin & Associates has prepared a report for the Kilcar Heritage Committee with the help of funding from Údarás na Gaeltachta, but now we need help with funding to carry on with the program of works and most importantly the emergency repair to the north-facing stone wall, which is in a state of near collapse as the internal face had a partial collapse when the corn drying floor supports crumbled and gave way.The committee are now welcoming donations from groups/companies and individuals in order to undertake this urgent remedial work. Cheques can be made payable to ‘Coiste Oidhreachta Chill Chartha’. The committee also welcome offers of voluntary help with this worthwhile community project. UNIQUE PROJECT TO SAVE HISTORIC DONEGAL MILL LAUNCHED was last modified: August 6th, 2013 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

MURRAY SLAMS CUTS TO FUNDING FOR DONEGAL ARTS GROUPS

first_imgSinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has said that a number of arts organisations in Donegal are in difficulty as a result of cuts to Arts Council.On top of cuts from previous years the annual and programme funding to 13 Donegal based, professional arts organisations was reduced from €879,000 in 2011 to €708,000 in 2012.This a represents a 19.4% cut to the Donegal based organisations. Cllr Murray said “I was contacted by a number of people involved in the Arts who are concerned at the impact of the latest round of cuts to that sector.“In Inishowen I am aware that the Inishowen Carnival Group’s funding was reduced by 86% to just €4,163.“When compared to other groups outside Donegal in the ‘Street Arts and Spectacle’ funding category a clear discrepancy can be seen. Macnas in Galway was awarded €253,000 while €245,000 was given to Spraoi, in Waterford and €70,000 was granted to Buí Bolg in Wexford.“I am calling on our government representatives in Donegal to raise this inconsistency with the Minister and demand that he stands up for Donegal. “Arts organisations like sporting and community based organisation provide an invaluable service to our communities.“In times of recession these organisations strengthen community spirit and create opportunities for young people to follow careers in drama, art, writing and much more,” he said.MURRAY SLAMS CUTS TO FUNDING FOR DONEGAL ARTS GROUPS was last modified: April 24th, 2012 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:arts fundingCllr Jack Murraycutslast_img read more

Stratton strikes first, Padres strike back as Giants fail to complete sweep

first_imgSAN DIEGO–With a violent swing of the bat, Giants pitcher Chris Stratton delivered the type of two-strike, two-out hit most of the club’s position players have struggled to produce this season.Stratton’s second-inning double cleared the bases as three of his teammates raced home to give the Giants the early lead.It was the perfect tone-setter for a team trying for a sweep. But Stratton soon found himself in a troubling situation, and he didn’t escape it in an 8-4 Giants loss.Those three runs …last_img