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  • If This is the State of the Republic…

    first_imgLast night’s State of the Nation address made many claims of accomplishments, backed by countless statistics, and tremendous projections for the future.Five major themes stood out – Security, Corruption, Agriculture, Infrastructure and Education.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf asserted that Liberia is prepared to handle its own security come the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown. To buttress this claim, she stated that Liberia’s military personnel and police have been trained to that effect. Of course the quality of the training remains to be seen. If the status quo is anything to go by, then we have cause for concern. Case in point, the violent clash between the two security details escorting the president to a recent state funeral.Perhaps most shocking and insulting was the President’s position on corruption in Liberia. Madam Sirleaf herself has in the past said that corruption was entrenched in Liberian society. She seems, however, to have had a change of heart! In her State of the Nation address, the President said that despite the progress being made in the fight against corruption, the “negative perceptions” of corruption continue to prevail, with “accusations made where there is no evidence”. Of course, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) went bankrupt after her son, Robert Sirleaf, became chairman and ran for political office. His predecessor had left US$31 million dollars in the entity’s coffers. But be that as it may, corruption is only a “negative perception” in Liberia.We, on behalf of the Liberian people, feel slapped in the face. We deserve it, perhaps.Several cabinet ministers were fired from their positions for corruption but were let off the hook with no reasons given for their dismissals. And who could ever forget Honorable “You Eat, I Eat”, who was caught on tape making a corrupt deal for the Montserrado County Development funds? Perhaps that was a perception of corruption too. He is still a member of the House of Representatives.One of the most anticipated parts of the President’s speech had to do with agriculture, with specific regard to the farmers in Lofa who cannot get their rice to the markets. While she praised the bumper harvest of rice and even cocoa in Lofa, the President made no mention of the urgent plight of the farmers, who cannot pay back their loans because they cannot sell their produce on the Liberian market. Even with regard to the future of agriculture in Liberia, she dusted off old promises, proposing increased production of cassava and other crops which, with value added, have high export potential. The implication here is that rice, even as Liberia’s staple food, is not a priority because its demand is not as high on the world market. So are we to sell everything we produce and not eat? Or do we then turn around and spend the money we make from exports to buy imported food? We were informed our President was an economist.In terms of infrastructure, more promises of electricity by thus and such a date, while even central Monrovia, our capital city center, remains perpetually dark. Again, it was all in the numbers – how many megawatts, how many roads had been built. Of course, the boasted Ganta-Gbeni-Sanniquelli-Fishtown road is a dirt road; not a paved one. That means come the rainy season, it will become a mud basin if not the Grand Canyon.Regarding education, the numbers abounded again – how many children are being educated in Liberia, the number of schools built and teachers trained; the number of colleges and universities, and the number of students on government scholarships. Perhaps the President forgot having described Liberia’s education system as “a mess”. Of course the President is aware that it is not about the numbers but the substance – the quality of the education our children are receiving.Perhaps the only statement more shocking than the perception of corruption was her position that the Constitution should be amended to grant Liberian citizenship to everyone who meets certain basic criteria. Madam Sirleaf urged the Legislature to do away with what she called the “race-based, discriminatory provisions of the Constitution”. Yet another slap in the face from a President who knows full well that Liberia is nowhere near ready for that. Some development experts hold the theory of sequencing and pacing. That means what is good for the United States is not necessarily good for Liberia because the two countries are at different levels in their democracies and at vastly different stages in their development. She should be the one telling the international community that Liberia does not yet have the protections in place that will make that provision possible. The vultures are circling over this nation at a time when most Liberians can scarcely afford land in their own country. But as with agriculture, education and the Liberian economy as a whole, this President, with all due respect, is pandering to foreign interests who are just waiting for the opportunity to buy up all of the prime property across the length and breadth of this country.Well, all we can say is that if this is the state of the Republic, then we are in trouble.God bless us all and indeed save the State.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Trackers victorious over visiting Sting on Saturday afternoon

    first_imgNext up for the Trackers is a date with the Grande Prairie Drilling Storm on Friday at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is noon. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers were victorious over the Sturgeon Sting on Saturday night at the North Peace Arena.The Trackers played the game with 13 players but opened the scoring with 6:43 remaining in the first period when Nick Loewen deposited a rebound from three feet out, assisted by Logan Kimmie and Connor Kindrat. The home side made it 2-0 just over five minutes later when Curtis Hammond riffled a shot top shelf from the slot after great puck movement between Aiden Craig-Steele, Jayden Viens and himself. The Trackers skated into the first intermission with a 2-0 advantage.The Sting cut into the lead midway through the middle stanza after the Trackers defenceman got caught pinching. The Trackers used the momentum from killing off a 5-3 advantage to dominate the last five minutes of play of the middle stanza.- Advertisement -The Trackers controlled play in the third stanza but didn’t find the net until Logan Kimmie buried a shot from the far hash marks off a feed from Craig-Steele, with 2:19 left to play. Devan Minard made it 4-1 with an empty net tally after great board play from Cayden Frenette and Curtis Hammond who found Minard in the open ice.Logan Kimmie, Aiden Craig-Steele and Curtis Hammond each chipped in with two-point outings.“We had a lot of chances we would have liked to capitalized on in the second period,” said assistant coach Gavin Brandl. “It was important in a game we weren’t burying our chances that you stay focused on shutting them down so you don’t have to play from behind.”Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Little things get to Lakers in loss

    first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – No twoplayers in today’s NBA have worn the jersey of the same team longer than Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant, who might as well have been kindred spirits Tuesday night at Target Center. It is the duty of Bryant and Garnett to find a way to overcome the shortcomings of their respective teams from game to game, a job description neither superstar probably ever envisioned for the second half of their careers. When the final horn sounded on a marathon game, Garnett and the direction-less Minnesota Timberwolves had a 117-107 double-overtime triumph over Bryant and the injury-ravaged Lakers, who dropped to 0-2 on this four-game road trip. All Lakers coach Phil Jackson asked with Lamar Odom and Luke Walton out was for his players to give themselves a chance to win. But the Lakers couldn’t close out the game or outlast a Minnesota team that lost in twoovertimes Sunday to Boston. The Wolves led exactly once in regulation and once in the first overtime yet wound up winning for only the second time in eightgames since the All-Star break, improving to 7-13 since Randy Wittman replaced Dwane Casey as coach. Bryant finished with 40points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in 53 minutes but the Lakers could point to Smush Parker’s fourmissed free throws at the end of regulation and the first overtime as the reason they lost. “It’s frustrating because it’s the little things that beat you,” Bryant said. “You’ve got to step to the line and knock down the free throws, make sure you don’t give guys open looks at the basket and things of that nature. “It’s just the little things that we’ve got to figure out how to close games out with. That being said, we played a good game. All the way up until the end, we played a good game. We did the things defensively we wanted to do. We just didn’t close it out.” Although he didn’t mention Parker by name, Jackson was blunt in saying: “The reality is we missed free throws at the end of regulation and overtime that cost us the game.” The Lakers also lost forward Ronny Turiaf to back spasms in the second quarter. Turiaf did not return and is listed as day-to-day for tonight’s game at Milwaukee, possibly leaving the Lakers with only 10available players. Parker, who got off to a blazing start in scoring 11 first-quarter points, wilted at the end to his night. He was in position to be the hero for the Lakers when he stole Marko Jaric’s inbounds pass with 5.7 seconds left in regulation. But Parker missed the first of two free throws, leaving an opening for the Wolves to send the game to overtime when Ricky Davis drove and was fouled by Kwame Brown. Davis sank both free throws to tie the score at 98-98. Parker, who finished with 24points, has been the Lakers’ second-worst free-throw shooter (62.8 percent) aside from Brown this season. All he could say after the game was, “Needs work.” “I was confident,” Parker added. “I want to step to that line. I want the ball down the stretch to get fouled. I’ve just got to knock them down when I get there. . . . I strive to be better. If I was a 90 percent free-throw shooter, I’d want to be 100 percent.” The Lakers also were unable to get the ball to Bryant at the end of either regulation or the first overtime for a final shot. Jackson had Sasha Vujacic inbound the ball the first time, Aaron McKie the second, and lamented not having Odom or Walton in that situation. In addition, the Lakers committed three 24-second violations in overtime against Minnesota’s zone defense and gave up twocrucial putbacks. The first was to Davis with 3.3 seconds left in the first overtime as he followed up Garnett’s miss. The second was to Randy Foye and put Minnesota ahead 111-107 in the second overtime. Davis finished with 33 points, 10rebounds and eight assists and played 56 minutes while Garnett totaled 26 points and 17rebounds in 51 minutes. The Wolves rallied from sixpoints down in the last 21/2 minutes of regulation as unheralded Mark Blount connected on three 3-pointers. They also got the defensive stop they needed with 7.9 seconds remaining when Jaric blocked Brown inside. There will be no sure victories for the Lakers on this trip, even with games against sub-.500 Minnesota, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. That fact was all too apparent as they twice gave back a 13-point lead as well as a nine-point lead in Tuesday’s game. It was instructive just what happened when Bryant and Garnett went to the bench in the game. The Wolves gave up a 12-0 run and fell behind by 13 after Garnett checked out in the second quarter. The Lakers weren’t much better without Bryant at the start of the fourth. They gave back what had been a seven-point lead entering the quarter, were outscored 10-2 and trailed 81-80 when Bryant returned for the final 8:33. Bryant scored the Lakers’ first eight points out of halftime and finished with 17 points in the third quarter. He also hit what could have been the game’s biggest shot, a 3-pointer with 43.8 seconds left in the first overtime. But it wasn’t meant to be. “I think we were despondent in that situation,” Jackson said. “In both regulation and the first overtime, we had the lead and lost the game or lost the chance to win the game. I was trying to rally them and keep their spirits up. It was tough.” ross.siler@dailynews.com (818) 713-3610 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • I turned down Real Madrid offer, reveals Wenger

    first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger departed Arsenal as manager with one year remaining on his contractLONDON, United Kingdom, May 31 – Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down Real Madrid on multiple occasions and says he wants to be “tested” in his next role.The 68-year-old Frenchman has already expressed his desire to continue his managerial career after ending his 22-year spell at Arsenal. Wenger has received more offers than he expected, but says he will not be accepting any easy options.“It is exciting because you will be tested again, that’s what I want again in my life basically I am a competitor who needs to be tested,” he told BeIN Sports.“I don’t know exactly what will happen now, but I am in front of an empty page and I will have to write the next chapter.”Wenger also explained his decision to reject offers to become Real Madrid’s head coach on more than one occasion.“Real Madrid I think I turned down two or three times you know,” he said. “It’s one of the teams I loved when I was a kid. I just felt that it was a very sensitive period for Arsenal Football Club.“When we built the [Emirates] stadium the banks asked me to commit for five years. The first time I thought it was inside the five year and I thought I cannot do that, that would betray my club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Arab dismay – and jokes – after mass World Cup exit

    first_img0Shares0000Saudi Arabia midfielder Abdullah Otayf reflects after his side were eliminated by Uruguay © AFP / JOE KLAMARNIZHNIY, Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jun 21 – No-one expected Egypt, Morocco or Saudi Arabia to win the World Cup but for all three to crash out on the same day was a disaster for Arab football.Between them they have so far mustered no points, the tournament’s biggest thrashing and just one goal — and that was a penalty. The only Arab team now with any hope is Tunisia, and they face the task of trying to beat a Belgium side who some tip to win the World Cup, after losing 2-1 to England in their first game.Reaction was swift across the football-mad region after the losses on Wednesday.Many fans took to social media to joke that they now knew what FIFA stood for — “Football Is not For Arabs”.Others claimed that “Arab teams were years behind Europe and Latin America”.Another drily noted: “Arab countries always differ in everything but agree to leave the World Cup together.”Saudi Arabia were the most disappointed. They were thumped 5-0 by Russia and then lost 1-0 to an unconvincing Uruguay.Saudi’s Argentinian coach Juan Antonio Pizzi was asked by journalists why the team had failed to make Saudi Arabian fans “proud” of their team.Turki al-Sheikh, the Saudi Arabian sports authority chief, lashed out at the players after the Russia debacle in a Twitter video, claiming the performance was a personal insult.“We’ve done everything we could for the national team players,” he thundered, before adding: “They’ve blackened my face.”Mohamed Salah arrived in Russia with an injured shoulder and Egypt’s World Cup was a disaster © AFP / Olga MALTSEVAEgypt’s tournament has been a fairytale turned horror story with the injury saga of their key player Mohamed Salah, whereas Morocco played well against Iran and Portugal but were toothless in attack.– Extra scrutiny –Teams from the region were hardly alone in experiencing disappointment, but their failure in Russia is especially relevant because the 2022 World Cup will be held in the Middle East for the first time and the performance of Arab sides will be closely scrutinised.Moroccan women watch their country’s World Cup defeat to Portugal © AFP / STRThe host nation, Qatar, has never qualified for the finals, a fact often pointed out by its many critics — it will get a free ticket in 2022 in return for organising the event.Russia defied pre-tournament expectations that they would flop on home soil, but some have predicted that Qatar will make history in 2022 by becoming the first host team to lose their opening game.Since controversially winning the right to host the tournament, Qatar has said its World Cup would be one for the whole region, a legacy now under risk.The tournament could have a different flavour to any before with the vast majority of the 1.5 million fans expected to attend coming from the Middle East region, particularly the Gulf.But an increasingly poisonous political dispute between Qatar and its rivals, including Saudi and Egypt, threatens that.The Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha has been refurbished ahead of the 2022 World Cup © AFP / KARIM JAAFARSaudis, and others from the region, are now banned from travelling to Qatar.In 2026 in North America, the first 48-team World Cup, there will be potentially more Arab teams than ever before.Sides such as Saudi qualify for the World Cup via the Asian Football Confederation and Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia via the Confederation of African Football — an Egyptian fan explained that in football, they are “Arab first, Africans second”.In eight years’ time, the AFC and the CAF will have 17 teams at the finals, instead of the nine at present.A similar poor performance in 2026 as in Russia is sure to lead to other federations questioning why these nations have so many World Cup spots.So despite the pride in Arab teams qualifying for Russia, for now there is disappointment and bitter recriminations.As one fan tweeted: “We (Arabs) have to be honest, we don’t deserve to play in big tournaments.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • ABC Radio assets to merge with Citadel Broadcasting

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card As a result of the transaction, 14 FM and 8 AM ABC radio stations in nine major markets – including KLOS-FM (95.5) and KABC-AM (790) in Los Angeles – will join Citadel Communications. The deal does not include Disney’s ESPN and Radio Disney networks. “This is going to rock the boat at ABC,” said Tom Taylor, editor-in-chief of Inside Radio, a trade publication based in Littleton, N.H. “There hasn’t been much turnover at ABC Radio for a long time. There isn’t a culture of change there.” Not so at Citadel. The Las Vegas-based company was founded in 1984 and has garnered a reputation as an aggressive suitor. The company owns and operates 177 FM and 66 AM radio stations, with formats that span the spectrum. In Citadel’s most recent quarter, the company saw revenue of $109.6 million, compared with $107.5 million in the prior year. ABC Radio, with 51 AM and 20 FM stations, also creates and distributes programming to more than 4,000 affiliates, with Paul Harvey News and Comment and The Sean Hannity Show among the group’s flagship programs. The Walt Disney Co. announced plans Monday to merge its ABC Radio assets with Citadel Broadcasting Corp. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $2.7 billion. Boards of directors at both companies have approved the move to combine ABC Radio, which includes 22 radio stations and the ABC Radio Networks, with Citadel by the end of the year. The newly combined company, Citadel Communications, will be the third largest radio group in the country, reaching more than 50 markets. As part of the deal, Disney shareholders will own approximately 52 percent of Citadel, while The Walt Disney Co. will retain $1.4 billion to $1.65 billion in cash, depending on the market price of Citadel when the deal closes. Citadel shareholders will own the remaining 48 percent of the combined company. Robert Iger, chief executive officer of Disney, characterized the move as an “opportunity to offer Disney shareholders ownership in a new radio leader that will be well positioned for long-term success.” But industry trackers said the move will likely instill trepidation among ABC Radio executives as Citadel executives learn to harness a much larger corporation. Under terms of the merger, Citadel will deliver ABC News Radio programming to terrestrial radio stations, while Disney will continue to deliver ABC News content via wireless, broadband and satellite. Shares of Citadel rose 4 cents on Monday to close at $12 on the New York Stock Exchange. Evan Pondel, (818) 713-3662 evan.pondel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • DONEGAL DANCE SCHOOL TAKES ON THE WORLD (AND WINS!)

    first_imgA school based in Ballybofey has taken home the coveted World Championship Globe at the 46th Irish Dancing World Championships held this week in Glasgow.Donegal was represented by a whole host of schools who qualified to take their place among the world’s dancing elite through the rigorous Ulster Oireachtas.One of these was the Smith McCarron school taught by proud teachers Tracy Smith-McCarron and her husband Don McCarron. One of their teams took 1st place and are now crowned the 13-16 Mixed Junior Ceili World Champions with their team consisting of 4 Boys and 4 Girls.They are the first mixed ceili champions to ever hail from Donegal!!Over 5,000 competitors from 20 different countries amassed on Glasgow for what is described as the Olympics of Irish dancing. The Royal Glasgow Concert Hall played host to this prestigious event which was watched by over 20,000 spectators.The school also enjoyed success on a solo level with Darragh McGranaghan taking 2nd place in the 15-16 Boys Championship and Sophie Duffy taking home 9th place in the 11-12 Girls competition DONEGAL DANCE SCHOOL TAKES ON THE WORLD (AND WINS!) was last modified: March 26th, 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:BallybofeydonegalIrish DancingWorld Championshipslast_img read more

  • Ronaldo can play at the top level for AT LEAST four more years – Ramon Calderon

    first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is one of Real Madrid’s greatest ever players and can keep playing at the top level with the club for AT LEAST four more years.That’s the opinion of former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon, who joined talkSPORT on Wednesday to react to the Portuguese superstar’s heroics in the Champions League semi-finals.Ronaldo scored all three Real goals to seal a commanding victory against city rivals Atletico Madrid and help the defending champions put one foot in the Champions League final in Cardiff.It was the Bernabeu hero’s 42nd hat-trick in a Los Blancos shirt, which also took his record Champions League tally to 103 goals.There have been some doubts this season over the 32-year-old’s long-term future at the Spanish giants, with some reports claiming he could seek to end his career elsewhere.But Calderon insists his Real Madrid career is not even close to being over just yet.“He’s quite happy at Madrid, he likes the team, the likes the city, the people and the people love him,” the former Real chief told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“In the end, maybe he would like to go somewhere else, but I’m sure he can play at the top level for at least three or four more years – we saw that yesterday.“He’s one of the best players in Real Madrid’s history, there’s no doubt.“What he did last night, scoring those three goals, when many people were saying he was finished…he came back at the right time to help the team. He came back and did what he did and took us 95 per cent to the final in Cardiff.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Ramon Calderon IN FULL above!last_img read more

  • DONEGAL HOMECOMING WILL BE IN DONEGAL TOWN – COUNTY BOARD

    first_imgTHE Donegal County Board has moved swiftly and decisively to end any dispute over the county team’s homecoming after the All-Ireland – the events will go ahead on Monday, September 24th at 8pm in Donegal Town.This follows bids by both Bundoran and Letterkenny to stage the homecoming event.It will go ahead, win or lose. Four Masters Club spokesman Sean Dunnion confirmed to Donegal Daily that they had been approached by the County Board and were instructed to prepare for the homecoming.“The county secretary Hugh Martin Ferry contacted us and told us to prepare for a homecoming on the Monday night at 8pm and that is what we will do.“Hopefully that will be with the Sam Maguire Cup. But thankfully this will now put to bed all this speculation and allow the team to knuckle down to the task in hand,” he said.It follows public furore over how the bids of the other two towns were handled. We understand Jim McGuinness and all his players were unanimous in their view that the Diamond in Donegal Town was their preferred venue.It’s understood that Letterkenny may host some sort of event, possibly on the Tuesday, if the players wish to take part.Earlier Jim McGuinness had described any discussions about the homecoming as “disrespectful” to Mayo and to his players and staff.“We didn’t want this to fester any longer because it gave the impression that we were preparing some sort of celebration and this wasn’t the case. It just gave the wrong impression,” we were told this morning.  DONEGAL HOMECOMING WILL BE IN DONEGAL TOWN – COUNTY BOARD was last modified: September 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS

    first_imgRAPHOE NOTES WEEK ENDING 12th JANUARYNEW AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMES:The Family Resource Centre is pleased to announce that its afterschool programme is now being extended to include several new activities. On Mondays Computer Clubs will take place for 3rd & 4th classes from 3-4pm and for 5th & 6th classes from 4-5pm (places are limited). A Homework Support Group will meet on Wednesdays from 5.30-6.30pm for 1st-6th classes and if you feel your young person would benefit from being supported in doing homework in a peaceful environment please contact any of the Youth Team on 074 9145796 as places are limited to ensure that each young person attending receives adequate support. The Youth Team are Robert, Diane, Melissa, Charlotte and Colin. In the coming weeks a Young Women’s Group and a Young Men’s Group will be established for 12-15 year olds with the Young Women’s Group taking place on Monday evenings from 5.30-7.00pm and the Young Men’s Group on Thursdays from 5.30-7.00pm. Follow us on facebook for more information on these over the coming weeksFriday nights see the return of the Movie Nite and Discos for primary school children aged 6-12 years. A tuck shop will be provided. The first Movie Nite will be held on Friday 25th January from 7.00-8.30pm with the first Disco taking place on Friday 1st February from 7.00-9.00pm. Parents/guardians are very welcome to come along to help supervise. WOMENS GROUPThe Women’s Group will resume on Monday 8th January at 8pm and thereafter every monday fortnight. The women’s group is a great opportunity for local women to get together and discuss issues that are important to them. The Women’s Group is also a great way to express or discuss any new ideas or courses that women would like to get involved in. New members are always welcome.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meet every Wednesday morning at 10.30am –12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it be an aunt / uncle/ childminder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.DOG FOULINGThank you to all responsible dog owners who do clean up after their dogs in Raphoe. Sadly not all owners are cleaning up after their dogs. We all know that Dog Mess is dirty, unpleasant; a potential risk to health and quite rightly it concerns most of us wherever we live. In recent times this problem seems to have increased all around the town and on popular walking routes such as the racecourse and Strabane and Derry Road areas. All owners of Dogs are responsible for the cleaning up any mess left by their animals. Dogs fouling on footpaths, at or near schools, playing fields and other areas where children or the general public are can cause a severe health risk. Always clean up after your dog. It is simply no longer socially acceptable to allow your dog to foul public spaces.Poop-scoop Always carry your poop-scoop or a suitable bag with you and always clean up after your dog. This is your responsibility towards your fellow citizens, and stops dogs (and their owners) getting a bad reputation. The Law.Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 makes it an offence for the person in charge of a dog not to clean up when their dog fouls in a public place. Please act responsibly – clean up after your dog and dispose of the dirt in a suitable sanitary manner; use a paper bag. Dog dirt is a health hazard and some day your child might be affected by someone else’s failure to ‘do the right thing’. Failure to clean up your dog’s waste can lead to a €150 euro “on-the-spot” fine or on summary conviction to a fine of up to €3,000 euro.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBEveryone at the Raphoe Boxing Club would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to local man former man Irish International boxer Eamon Coyle who will inducted onto Donegal’s Elite Sports-stars Hall of Fame at the Annual Donegal Sport Star Awards on Friday 25th January in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny. Eamon boxed for the Leeterkenny Club during a very distinguished career that saw him won the National Senior Superheavy-weight championship title in 1982 and he was also Ulster Senior Champion on two occasions and boxed for Ireland at the International level on many occasion. Indeed a great honour for the gentle giant. Well done Eamon from everyone at the local boxing club. Congratulations goes to everyone at the Raphoe Hockey Club who lifted the Linden Cup for the first time in their history when they defeated Bangor at Deramore Park on New Year’s Day. Well done from all Raphoe Boxing club.Congratulations goes to Chloe and Sam Magee on their recent badminton success in Turkey.The Raphoe boxing club will stage its annual major boxing tournament in the Cathedral Hall Raphoe on Friday 15th March when highly rated Raphoe team will host to “The Ulster All-Stars” and coach and match-maker Gary Mc Cullagh hopes to 14 quality contests down for decision on the night.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: January 12th, 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:DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more