10 Feb

Finch upbeat about Gayle for Big Bash League

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Australia’s Big Bash League is bracing for the arrival of West Indies star Chris Gayle, and his Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch says he is looking forward to the prospect of playing alongside one of the game’s biggest names.The left-handed Gayle will be making his first appearance in the Bash in three years, and Finch believes the big-hitting opener can make a huge impact as the Renegades challenge for their first ever title in the competition.”I’ve been on the receiving end of some of his enormous innings in the past, so it will be good to actually play with him,” Finch said.”If we can bat around Chris and allow him the right amount of time to get going, it doesn’t guarantee success, but I think it sets up a pretty good model.”He added: “The statistics would say that Chris is the best player in the world, and I’m a pretty good player as well, so it could turn out to be quite a nice combination.”Gayle came under heavy criticism during his last stint in the Big Bash when he turned out for Sydney Thunder. Then, he managed a mere 137 runs at an average of 19, with his lavish off-the-field lifestyle taking precedence.Finch downplayed the controversy, however, pointing out that with the player based this time around in Melbourne and having the presence of fellow West Indies teammate Dwayne Bravo, his focus would also be different.GREAT SPOT”He’ll be in Melbourne, for one. It’s a great spot, and Dwayne Bravo, one of his good mates, is here as well. So I think it will be a little bit more comfortable for him here, I think,” Finch contended.”He’s played enough cricket around the world – I think he’s played Twenty20 in most of the countries that you can play – so it’s just about making Chris as comfortable as he can possibly be and fit, that’s all we’re worried about.”Gayle reportedly underwent back surgery following the Caribbean Premier League in the summer and it has raised doubts about the player’s fitness.However, Finch said he was encouraged by Gayle’s readiness following his recent short stint in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.”I think it’s just a case of wait-and-see when he gets here,” Finch said. “I know he has been smacking them around in Bangladesh, and I’m sure hehas been swinging hard, testing it (back) out as well.”The Big Bash bowls off Thursday.last_img read more

18 Jan

Don’t Meddle In Politics

first_imgThe exclusion from certification by Justice-in-Chambers Philip A.Z. Banks of three senatorial candidates declared winners by the National Elections Commission (NEC), has come under sharp criticism by Speaker J. Alex Tyler, warning the Supreme Court to not meddle in political affairs.Speaker Tyler on Saturday during the formal program marking the certification of winners in last month’s Special Senatorial Election, argued that there are three separate and coordinate branches of government and the Supreme Court should deal with constitutional issues.Though the Speaker’s brief remarks did not detail what he meant, some political commentators believed that he was referring to Articles 2 and 3 of the Liberian Constitution.Article 2 says that the Supreme Court, pursuant to its power of judicial review, is empowered to declare any inconsistent laws unconstitutional if any laws, treaties, statutes, decrees, customs and regulations found to be inconsistent with it shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void and of no legal effect.And Article 3, states, that Liberia’s form of government is Republican with three separate coordinate branches: the Legislative, the Executive and Judiciary, and consistent with the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances,… no one branch shall exercise any of the powers assigned to either of the other two branches except as otherwise provided in this Constitution.The stay order from the Supreme Court denied  the certification of Cllr. Varney G. Sherman (Grand Cape Mount);  Atty. Morris G. Saytumah (Bomi) and Dr. Jim W. Tornonlah (Margibi), meaning that if they are not certificated they would not be inducted as Senators on Monday, January 12, 2015, as prescribed in the Constitution.Some pundits believe that the “stay order” is political owing to his sour relations with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and his interest in the President Pro Tempore position.They also argue that Cllr. Sherman is reportedly the only freshman Senator who is capable of becoming the President Pro Tempore owing to his wealth of legal and political experience and his financial strength. Atty. Saytumah of Bomi and Dr. Tornonlah of Margibi Counties were also prohibited from certification by the Supreme Court on account of alleged voters or elections fraud. Those who were certificated include Senators Jewel Howard-Taylor (Bong), Jonathan L. Kaipay (Grand Bassa), Marshall A. Dennis (Grand Gedeh), Albert T. chie (Grand Kru), Stephen J.H. Zargo (Lofa0 and J. Gbloh-bo Brow of (Maryland Counties).Others are Senators George M. Weah (Montserrado), Prince Y. Johnson (Nimba), Francis S. Paye (Rivercess), Commany B. Wesseh (River Gee) and Milton J. Teahjay (Sinoe).According to the Director of Communication at NEC, Mr. Joey Kennedy, the stay order was the first-time in the history of Liberia for an aggrieved candidate to not follow the protest procedure by complaining first to the County magistrate and then to the Board of Directors of NEC before going to the Supreme Court but instead filing a protest straight to the Supreme Court.Meanwhile, the President of the Liberia Bar Association, Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould, has expressed disbelief and disappointment in Speaker Tyler, who is an Attorney-at-Law, for judging the wisdom of the Supreme Court.Cllr. Gould added that the Speaker should be held in contempt for his public assertion against the Supreme Court.It can also be recalled that the Justice-in-Chambers of the Supreme Court, Philip A.Z. Banks III, issued a stay order on the December 16 Special Senatorial Election pending hearing into petitions filed before the Supreme Court of Liberia.The Justice-in-Chambers ordered the Chairman of the NEC to halt all campaign activities leading to the Special Senatorial Election.The petitions were filed on November 24, 2014 by a concerned group of eminent citizens due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Justice Banks took the decision based on two separate petitions for a Writ of Prohibition filed against the NEC and the Government of Liberia by Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus and Atty. Edwin Martin.After arguments, the stay order was lifted and the election was held on Saturday, December 20, 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

17 Jan

2 arrested after robbing city-bound passenger

first_imgTwo men are now in Police custody after executing a robbery on a passenger in a taxi who was travelling from Berbice to Georgetown on Sunday afternoon.The men were reportedly apprehended at Church View International Hotel, at Main Street, New Amsterdam with a quantity of foreign and local currency.Police investigations revealed that the victim, Shan Goasu of Regent Street, Georgetown, boarded a taxi with two other men and in the vicinity of Number 2 Village, West Coast Berbice, the driver drove the motor car along a desolate road.One of the occupants then choked the victim and relieved him of the gold jewellery he was wearing, 0,000 in local currency, 00 in Surinamese currency, one iPhone and a passport.The man was then ordered out of the car and his assailants drove away. The matter was reported to the Blairmont Police Station and based on information received; Police went to the hotel where they arrested the two men.The Police then conducted a search of the men and found the 0,000 in local currency, 00 in Suriname currency, iPhone, passport and a bag containing clothing belonging to the victim.last_img read more

11 Jan

Two SAL boys teams play tonight

first_imgMeantime, Cajon, led by Marquis Green, will play host to Fullerton in another D2AA game. In another D2AA game of interest being played locally, Bishop Montgomery is at Redlands East Valley. The Wildcats are paced by John Howard-Holcombe, Robert and Darnell Ferguson. Also in D2AA, Miller is at St. Bernard. The Rebels are paced by Zach Von Pertz. All basketball playoff games are at 7:30 p.m., unless the schools have made other arrangements. In D2A, Granite Hills is at Corona. Also, West Valley is at Serrano in D3A. Serrano is led by University of Penn-bound guard Harrison Gaines and center Durrell Norman. Another county D3A team hosting a playoff game is Sultana, which will entertain Perris. Sultana is coached by former San Bernardino coach Werner von der Heide. A pair of San Andreas League boys basketball teams heads the list of county playoff teams in action tonight. SAL champion Arroyo Valley, led by center Joseph Richard and forward James Simmons, will play host to Chaparral in a CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA quarterfinal game. center_img A pair of Sunkist League teams are on the road in D4AA. They are: Kaiser at St. Margaret’s and Bloomington at Desert Chapel. In girls D2 soccer action today, Canyon is at Redlands and REV is at Don Lugo. In D4, Oxnard is at Apple Valley, Serrano is at Palm Desert, Sultana is at Lompoc Cabrillo and Granite Hills is at Cathedral City. Holding county hopes in D5 girls soccer is Big Bear, which is hosting Maranatha. In D6, Arrowhead Christian is at St. Matthias. Finally, in D5 girls water polo, Murrieta Valley is taking on Yucaipa at 5 p.m. at Redlands East Valley and Redlands is at Temescal Canyon. Redlands, led by Brooke Vessey and Doris Tran, is coming off a 25-1 win over Norco. 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

3 Jan

Souness slammed Chelsea players but does he remember this?

first_img1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sent off against Chelsea Graeme Souness was not impressed with what he saw from Chelsea players in their Champions League defeat to PSG.Speaking on Sky Sports, he had strong words for Jose Mourinho’s men, who surrounded the referee when Zlatan Ibrahimovic collided with Oscar.IBRAHIMOVIC: ‘CHELSEA PLAYERS ACTED LIKE BABIES!’Souness the punditSouness the playerCheck him out playing for Rangers against Steaua Bucharest – Do you think that ‘left a mark’?last_img read more

30 Dec

L.A. teachers camp for dollars

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe camp-out is the latest effort by the union to step up pressure against the district to resolve the problems. Superintendent David Brewer has said they can fix all the problems by next July. “July 2008 is way too late,” UTLA President A.J. Duffy said. “Our members need support from their employer. If LAUSD cannot provide it, the union will.” Brewer announced Thursday morning that he expects 5,000 certificated employees – which includes teachers – to be affected by problems with today’s paychecks. Of those, about 300 will be underpaid, and the district has already contacted those to give them emergency checks. The district also has increased PROTEST: Union officials target the district’s ongoing problem of payroll glitches, which began in February. By Naush Boghossian STAFF WRITER United Teachers Los Angeles officers will camp out in an RV at Los Angeles Unified headquarters starting today to protest payroll glitches that have led to over- and underpayments for thousands of employees since February. customer-service hours to the weekend to help those with paycheck problems. But amid the increasing tension over the issue, LAUSD General Counsel Kevin Reed has issued a warning that UTLA should not be encouraging teacher walkouts to protest the problems. Duffy had threatened walkouts while testifying about the payroll problems in a Senate committee hearing last week. Reed said the language of the union’s collective-bargaining agreement precludes the union from engaging in work slowdowns, including walkouts. UTLA has already called for teachers to boycott after-school faculty meetings. But Reed said he hopes the teachers union will work with the district to resolve the problems. “We don’t know if (walkouts are) going to happen, but it is a situation where we believe that the instructional programs and operation of our schools are going to be impacted,” Reed said. “Right now we’re hoping to de-escalate with meaningful conversations.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com160Want 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

30 Dec


first_imgJoe Torre, making his first public appearance as manager of the Dodgers, was all dressed up, too, as he addressed a bicoastal media contingent while standing on a platform that had been constructed in center field. “This is where Willie Davis used to run down everything I hit,” said Torre, whose 18-year playing career included a National League Most Valuable Player award in 1971. “The opportunity to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers, this is one of a handful of organizations that you automatically say yes to. When I think of the Dodgers, I think of efficiency, I think of pride, and I think of a measuring stick. You were always measuring yourself against the Dodgers, because they did everything right and had a lot of class.” After a couple of hours, that large media gathering was whittled to a handful of print reporters, and moved to a board room up in the Dodgers’ corporate offices for a less formal session with the man who had guided the NewYork Yankees to playoff appearances in each of the past dozen seasons. It was there that pomp and circumstance officially gave way to nuts and bolts. Torre’s first order of business will be to complete his coaching staff. To the surprise of no one, Torre announced that Larry Bowa and Don Mattingly, two key members of his Yankees staff, will be joining him in Los Angeles, and that Bowa will be the Dodgers third base coach. To the surprise of many, though, Torre said Mattingly won’t be his bench coach as he was in New York this season, but instead will be his hitting coach, as he was from 2004-06. BASEBALL: Torre says Mattingly, Bowa will be key members of his coaching staff. By Tony Jackson Staff Writer Dodger Stadium was all dressed up Monday, the grass having been perfectly groomed, the infield having been dragged and the bases having been put in place as if it were mid-July. “Right now, unless something (else) happens when we’re hiring appropriate people to fill roles, Donnie will be my hitting coach,” Torre said. “We will hire a bench coach.” That person is likely to be Lee Mazzilli, the former Baltimore manager who served as Torre’s bench coach in 2006 before being fired and replaced by Mattingly – a decision made primarily by the Yankees front office, not by Torre – a year ago. Mazzilli also was the Yankees’ first base coach from 2000-03 before being hired to manage the Orioles in 2004. Reached Monday on his cell phone, Mazzilli wouldn’t confirm that he’ll be a part of the Dodgers staff. But it was clear from what little he did say that he has a strong chance. “Joe and I are talking, and we’re having some dialogue,” Mazzilli said. “We’re talking, but I think it’s unfair right now for me to discuss anything beyond that.” Another former Yankees coach rumored to be joining Torre with the Dodgers was Jose Cardenal, but that is looking less likely now, especially if the club retains current first base coach Mariano Duncan. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said no members of former manager Grady Little’s coaching staff have been given a definite answer as to whether they will be brought back. Despite the fact he won’t be the bench coach, Mattingly remains the heir apparent to Torre, whose three-year contract for just more than $13 million will take him past his 70th birthday in 2010. Colletti said last week in announcing Torre’s hiring that the decision was based largely on establishing continuity, and without mentioning Mattingly by name, Colletti acknowledged he hopes Torre can groom one of his coaches to eventually succeed him. For his part, Torre has no problem with that. “I feel like I have been doing it all the time,” Torre said. “I did it when (current New York Mets manager) Willie Randolph was my bench coach and even my third base coach. If you do something in a game, you tell them your reasons for doing it. When (new Yankees manager) Joe Girardi sat next to me, when (Mazzilli) sat next to me and when Donnie sat next to me as bench coaches, I was grooming all of them, and I am very comfortable doing that. “How can you be involved in the game as long as I have been and not share what you know?” Torre admitted that after having been in the American League for the past 12 years, he knows little to nothing about most of the Dodgers players. “Most of that work will be done in spring training,” he said. “There may be a time or two, and I have already talked to Jeff Kent, where I’ll try to reach out, maybe drop a note or call somebody just to get more of a feel.” Torre returned a phone message from Kent over the weekend and said he came away from the conversation with a strong sense that Kent will return for the final season of his contract and probably of his career. Of course, few seriously doubted that, given that Kent has a guaranteed salary of $9 million if he plays in 2008. Torre’s effort to familiarize himself with the players during spring training will be made more urgent by the strong likelihood that half the team will travel to Beijing for a March 14-15 exhibition series with San Diego, and the fact that anyone making the trip is expected to then spend the final two weeks of camp at a yet-to-be-determined site in Arizona rather than flying all the way back to Vero Beach, Fla. Torre takes the job knowing that the Dodgers aren’t likely to ever approach the estimated $234 million player payroll the Yankees had this season. But he also takes it believing strongly that Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt will provide him with whatever resources he needs to build a winner. Eventually, anyway. “I am convinced the McCourts are determined to bring a championship here,” Torre said. “Does that mean we have to (win) it right now? What it takes to build a foundation is to put all the blocks in place to move in that direction. Does that mean we’re not going to win (in 2008)? No, it means we can win (in 2008). But their commitment is to bringing the Dodgers name and the Dodgers franchise back to that stable organization and back to being a team that people expect to win every year.” tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want 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

27 Dec

U.S. troops routinely attack civilians, Iraqi leader says

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The denunciation was an unusual declaration for a government that remains desperately dependent on American forces to keep some form of order in the country amid a resilient Sunni Arab insurgency in the west, widespread sectarian violence in Baghdad, and deadly feuding among Shiite militias in the south. It was also a sign of the growing pressure on al-Maliki, whose coalition includes Sunni Arabs who were especially enraged by news of the killings in Haditha, a city deep in Sunni-dominated Anbar Province. At the same time, he is being pushed by the Americans to resolve the quarreling within his fragile coalition that has left him unable to fill Cabinet posts for the ministries of defense and interior, the two top security jobs in the country. Military and congressional officials have said they believe an investigation into the deaths of two dozen Iraqis in Haditha on Nov. 19 will show that a group of Marines shot and killed civilians without justification or provocation. Survivors in Haditha say the troops shot men, women and children in the head and chest at close range. For the second day in a row, President George W. Bush spoke directly about the furor surrounding the case. “Obviously, the allegations are very troubling for me and equally troubling for our military, especially the Marine Corps,” Bush said Thursday, in response to a question from a reporter after a meeting of his Cabinet. Referring to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he added, “I’ve spoken to General (Peter) Pace about this issue quite a few times.” BAGHDAD, Iraq – Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki lashed out at the American military on Thursday, denouncing what he characterized as habitual attacks by troops against Iraqi civilians. As outrage over the disclosure that American Marines killed 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha last year continued to roil the new government, the country’s Sunni Arab deputy prime minister also demanded that American officials turn over their investigative files on the killings and said that the Iraqi government would conduct its own inquiry. In his comments, al-Maliki said violence against civilians had become a “daily phenomenon” by troops in the American-led coalition who “do not respect the Iraqi people.” “They crush them with their vehicles and kill them just on suspicion,” he said. “This is completely unacceptable.” Attacks on civilians will play a role in future decisions on how long to ask American forces to remain in Iraq, the prime minister added. A Pentagon spokesman in Washington, Bryan Whitman, declined to comment Thursday on the ongoing inquiries, but he said that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had been “kept up to date on the status of the investigations.” Investigators, examining the role of senior commanders after the Haditha killings, are attempting to determine how high up culpability rests in the chain of command. Marine officials said Thursday that Maj. Gen Stephen T. Johnson, who was the top Marine commander in Iraq during the Haditha incident, had been expected to become the Marines’ senior officer in charge of manpower and personnel, a three-star position. Johnson is widely respected by the Marine Corps’ senior leadership, but officials said it is now unlikely that the Pentagon would put Johnson up for promotion until the Haditha investigations concluded. The Washington Post reported Thursday that a parallel investigation into whether the killings were covered up has concluded that some officers reported false information and that superiors failed to adequately scrutinize the reports about the two dozen deaths. The newspaper said that the inquiry had determined that Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, a squad leader present when the bomb exploded, made a false statement when he reported that the bombing had killed 15 civilians. An intelligence unit that visited the site the day of the bombing also failed to highlight that the civilians had gunshot wounds, the newspaper reported. In Baghdad, senior governmental officials began speaking of the possibility of an Iraqi investigation into the killings as well. “We in the ministers’ Cabinet condemned this crime and demanded that coalition forces show the reasons behind this massacre,” Iraqi deputy prime minister Salam al-Zaubai, one of the most powerful Sunni Arabs in the new government, said in an interview. “As you know, this is not the only massacre, and there are a lot,” he said. “The coalition forces must change their behavior. Human blood should be sacred regardless of religion, party and nationality.” Al-Zaubai, also the acting defense minister, acknowledged that Iraqi officials would probably not be able to force the extradition of any troops suspected of culpability in the Haditha killings. But he said a committee of five ministers – including ministers of defense, interior and finance – would probe the killings with the expectation that American officials will turn over their investigative files. “We do not have the security file because it is in the hands of the coalition forces,” he said. “We hope there will not be obstacles ahead.” The crisis over Haditha and other disputed killings in Sunni areas comes just as it appears that military operations may be needed to retake some Sunni areas at risk of falling to the insurgency. This week American forces ordered 1,500 troops from Kuwait into Anbar Province, a stronghold of the Sunni insurgency, in the latest sign that insurgents and terror groups, including those led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, control much of the sprawling desert region. In interviews Thursday, two senior Republicans – Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who is next in line to be committee chairman – both said it was too soon to tell whether the episode would undermine support for the war. Still, both expressed concern. Warner, who has promised to hold hearings as soon as the military completes its investigation, said he has been urging Rumsfeld to wrap up the probe as swiftly as possible. “In the interim, frankly, the public opinion on this matter is being influenced by misinformation, leaks and undocumented and uncorroborated `facts,”‘ he said. McCain said the incident harkened back to the My Lai massacre during the war in Vietnam. He added, “It certainly is harmful, but I can’t assess the extent of the damage.” Neither McCain nor Warner would say whether the defense secretary should be called as a witness. “I think it depends on what we find out,” McCain said. “I can’t say until we really know what happened. There are allegations, and I emphasize allegations, that there was a cover-up. If so, then obviously more senior people would have to be the subject of hearings.” In addition to the Haditha killings, military criminal investigators are probing the death of an Iraqi man in Hamandiya, west of Baghdad, who was killed by American Marines on April 26. Military prosecutors plan to file murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges against seven Marines and a Navy corpsman in the killing, according to a defense lawyer in the case who was quoted by The Associated Press. On Wednesday, American troops near the restive city of Samarra shot and killed two Iraqi women, including one who may have been pregnant and on her way to the hospital, after their car did not heed what American military officials said were repeated warnings to stop and signs that marked a prohibited area near an American outpost. At a news conference in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, the senior American military spokesman in Iraq, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, said that allegations of wrongdoing in Haditha and elsewhere were being thoroughly investigated and that anyone found guilty of violations would be punished. “This tragic incident is in no way representative of how coalition forces treat Iraqi civilians,” he said. In Baghdad, Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the top American ground commander in Iraq, ordered that all 150,000 U.S. and allied troops in the country receive mandatory refresher training on “legal, moral and ethical standards on the battlefield.” In a written statement, Chiarelli did not specifically cite the civilian deaths in Haditha as the reason for the unusual order. But he said that commanders would be provided with training materials and sample vignettes to use in instruction on professional military values and conduct in combat, as well as Iraqi cultural sensitivities.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
27 Dec


first_imgThe Naomh Ultan GAA AGM will be held Sunday December 2nd at 5pm upstairs in the clubhouse, all members are more than welcome. Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 28/10/2012 were 1, 11, 16 & 19. There was no winner. Consolation prizes went to Pauric McNern, Bruckless, Daniel Hegarty, Bruckless and Tully Baskin, Darney. Next weeks jackpot now stands at €5640. Bingo in the GAA Clubhouse, Dunkineely on Friday night at 9pm. Prize money of €1170 paid out. Three of the panels are €100, €150 & €200. Many thanks to all who support our weekly bingo and royal flush draws. After commencing a few weeks ago, it was decided to change the night of the 25 card drive from Thursday to Wednesday. After last years successes it will be run once again over the winter months, all who attend seem to enjoy it very much and newcomers are always very welcome, the game is a great way to pass an evening. It commences at it’s usual time of 8:30.pm.The finals of the parish league took place three weeks ago Saturday, an enjoyable day was had with lots of good football on show. Congratulations to all who participated and to the winning team. A big thank you must go out to all who supported and helped out in any way. Also the club would like to thank county star David Walsh who presented medals and the cup.  GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 5th, 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:NAOMH ULTAN GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgBrian Mc Daid celebrates last night as he reached the end of his walk from Derry to Burtonport for health Awareness last night.It was an inner journey as much as an outer journey.Over the years, many people have been the focus of Brian McDaid’s scoping lens.A face in a crowd at a sporting event, a solemn funeral cortege or a tearful youngster starting school for the first time. Gate closes on walk from Derry to Burtonport as Brian McDaid end his walk in Burtonport following a two week track by foot as he followed the line through Donegal to raise health awareness. Photo By Mary RodgersMcDaid has captured many of the events that have shaped our county over the past three decades.But for the past two weeks the well-known Donegal Democrat/People’s Press photographer turned the camera on himself.His journey was a simple one.Brian planned to walk from Derry to Burtonport, tracing the old railway line which was once the lifeblood of this part of the North West. That his journey was dedicated to men’s mental health was an acknowledgement that many of us are still trying to find our own railway line in life if you like.Along the way Brian made numerous videos which he posted on Facebook recalling the history of the area dotted by old station houses or viaducts.Many people decided to tag along with Brian on his journey of self-discovery.Brian Mc Daid celebrates with fellow walker Paddy Walsh in O Donnell’s, Burtonport after Brian completed a walk tracing the route of the Old Lough Swilly Railway Line from Derry to Burtonport. Photo By Mary RodgersThis reporter (and hopefully still friend of Brian!) is now sorry that he used the excuse of family commitments and the rapidly-approaching festive season pressures not to tag along.However several people did make it to Burtonport yesterday as Brian finally ended his two week walk of discovery. Among those there to greet he father-of-three was MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher, Cllr David Alcorn and Brian’s former work colleague Paddy Walsh.Paddy and Brian toasted the end of the journey with two glasses of well-deserved liquid refreshments.An altogether different journey of self discovery will be needed to find out exactly why they were drinking half-pints and not pints!Needless to say that and lots of other stories will be recounted in light of Brian’s little dander over several of Uncle Arthur’s dispatches over the festive season. Pat the cope Gallagher MEP pictured with members of the Burtonport Railway Walkers Committee as they make a presentation to Brian Mc Daid who completed the walk for Derry to Burtonport on Sunday.BRIAN FINDS HIS PORT AFTER WALKING THE LINE! was last modified: December 16th, 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)Tags:Brian McDaidburtonportDerryold railway lineWALKlast_img read more