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Jose Mourinho hails Spurs as the special club in dig at Man Utd and Chelsea

first_imgIT did not take much to get him going. Just one question — and then he was off.Jose Mourinho had just told TV and radio crews at his pre-match press conference he would not swap the Spurs manager’s job for any other in the world.4 Jose Mourinho has lavished praise on his new club while having a dig at his old employersSo when it was the turn of us scribblers to quiz him, the first question was always going to be: “Why?”And Mourinho, who took charge ten days ago, did not have to be asked twice, as without hesitation he launched into an impressive monologue Shakespeare would have been proud of.He said: “You know how much I like the Premier League, that’s the first point. You go back to Porto, my first opportunity to leave my country I had lots of options. But it was England I chose.“Then I was at Real Madrid, probably the dream club for the majority of us. I left to come to the Premier League.“Now, I’ve stayed in the Premier League which I always say is my natural habitat. So many years, I like it a lot. So that is a point.“The second point is this club. You know what the club are showing me.“They have a vision for the future and everything they are as a club in terms of structure organisation and feelings. They are a big club but with the concept of a family, working together with people. I see that everyday, everybody is around me.“Mr Levy is next door to me, his office is next door to me. Everyday I need him he is there.“If he needs me, I’m there. Then the chief scout is the next door. I meet him everyday.4“If I want to speak, he’s there. If he wants to speak with me, I’m here.“Then the academy boss three doors down. Everything is close and that shows commitment.“We all arrive here early in the morning, we leave late in the afternoon.“I like this kind of empathy very much and the way we are working.“And, again, very, very important, I like the players. Very important.” It was vintage Mourinho.Talking up his current club while having a thinly-veiled pop at his former ones.Quite what they will think about his comments in the corridors of Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge when they read them this morning will be interesting.His previous club Manchester United used to scoff: “C’mon lads, it’s only Spurs!”4The praise from such a widely-travelled manager shows how far Tottenham have come since then — even if their trophy cabinet has remained bare.Mourinho added: “I just know the difference in the stadiums.“One was a fantastic stadium to play football in but an old generation stadium.“While this one is brand new and is the best stadium in the world. The facilities in this one are the best I’ve ever seen and I’ve been at big clubs.“It’s not like I arrive here from small clubs and think ‘Wow’.“I’ve been at big, big clubs with very good conditions. Chelsea, very good conditions, United the same, Madrid, the same, Inter the same.“It’s not like I’ve been in bad conditions but here it’s fantastic.”It certainly has been so far, so good for Mourinho with victories in both of his first two games — a 3-2 win at West Ham in the Premier League last weekend and a 4-2 victory over Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday.4 Jose Mourinho has been wowed by the facilities at SpursCredit: Getty – ContributorSpurs host Bournemouth this afternoon[Saturday], looking to close the gap on the top four.Their first two performances have been largely entertaining and attacking — and in stark contrast to the club Mourinho once accused of “parking the bus” at Chelsea.He said: “They did it once. But for me to play against Tottenham was always difficult.“I never had the feeling that I was going to play Tottenham and it was going to be easy.“They always had good players. They always had good managers. White Hart Lane was always very very difficult.“OK, they have not been champions for many, many years but that’s the way it is in this country — it’s not easy to win Premier Leagues.”After 11 months out of the game following his sacking by United, Mourinho has returned with that old twinkle in his eye.Mourinho’s first ten games at SpursNov 23 – West Ham (A)Nov 26 – Olympiakos (H)Nov 30 – Bournemouth (H)Dec 4 – Man Utd (A)Dec 7 – Burnley (H)Dec 11 – Bayern Munich (A)Dec 15 – Wolves (A)Dec 22 – Chelsea (H)Dec 26 – Brighton (H)Dec 28 – Norwich (A)Mourinho added: “That is why as managers we have to try to prove every day we are the man for the job. We have to fight for our job every day.“We can no longer say the job is going to be mine for ‘X’ amount of years, we have to fight for our job every single day.But after Unai Emery’s departure from Arsenal yesterday, he is under no illusions his latest love affair will not last forever. Mourinho certainly ruled out the chance of any manager doing an Alex Ferguson or an Arsene Wenger by spending two decades at the helm again.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year“Not just with the results but with everything at the club.“It’s not just in football, either, you guys in newspapers and radio cannot afford to sleep on what you achieved five years ago, you have to work hard and prove yourself every day.“It’s life.” Jose Mourinho praises Manchester United cancer survivor Max Taylorlast_img read more

 

“Ebola Must be Isolated, not the people”

first_imgEuropean Union Ebola Coordinator and Commissioner for Humanitarian and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides has urged countries unaffected by the Ebola Virus Disease not to discriminate against or isolate people of Ebola affected countries, but isolate the disease itself.Commissioner Stylianides’ statement comes in the wake of isolation and discriminatory measures by many countries including Morocco, Australia and Canada to prevent people of Ebola affected countries from entering their countries.Speaking at a brief press conference on November 14 at the EU’s Mamba Point office, Mr. Stylianides reiterated that “we want to isolate the disease, not the people.  We must not allow fear to dictate our actions.  This is the foundation of our commitment and solidarity.”Commenting further on strategies to curb the disease and take precautionary measures to prevent future outbreaks, the EU Commissioner said now is the time to begin thinking about a plan to build infrastructures, especially the healthcare delivery system on a long-term basis, noting that success cannot be assured without a long-term plan.“It is essential to provide the necessary resources to reconstruct the health system which was overwhelmed by the Ebola offense.  We are committed to help rebuild it,” he assured.The EU diplomat further assured that Liberia, like other Ebola affected countries in the Mano River Basin, is not alone in the fight against Ebola.He said EU’s commitment to help affected countries is strong and a long-term one, recalling the union’s total commitment of US$1.2 billion since the outbreak to fight the disease.In addition to the previous commitment, Mr. Stylianides announced another amount of US$21 million.In consonance with the Liberian Government and international organizations including the MSF and WHO’s announcement of a drop in the rate of infections, Mr. Stylianides observed that, “In Liberia the nature of the epidemic is changing; we need to be more flexible in our response.”Considering that complacency may overturn the decline and cause the disease to spread with vigor again, the EU Commissioner warned that we must not lose sight of the threat.  He said we must remain on the alert as Ebola remains a “clear and present danger”.He acknowledged the presence of other international partners in the fight against Ebola and also paid tribute to frontline doctors and nurses who have lost their lives as a result of their humanitarian decision to take the risk in fighting the disease.Another high profile EU Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis who heads Health and Food Safety, added to his colleague’s view that people in other countries must not discriminate against those in affected countries but must be vigilant without fear to ensure that the disease is contained.He warned that the virus exists in communities and community dwellers need to be educated on environmental cleanliness and attitude change.This is not the first time the EU has condemned stigmatization and discrimination against people of and from Ebola affected countries.It can be recalled that a few months back Deputy Director General for Europe Aid, Marcus Cornaro frowned on those discriminating against West Africans affected by Ebola and said that approach was not the right way to solve the problem.Others including the president of the African Development Bank, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, condemned the act from the onset of the spread of the disease and said countries cancelling flights and avoiding those of Ebola affected countries were acting without expert advice.The Government of Liberia through the Foreign Ministry has cried foul against discriminatory and stigmatizing acts by many countries against people from countries affected by Ebola.Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan of late complained that some countries (not named) have cancelled flights to Liberia and put in place harsh measures for Liberians studying and working in those countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

 

State Minister calls for honourable Public Service

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday told a group of young men and women that the Government is looking for young people with integrity to lead its public service.“The new public service, therefore, has to be able to deliver in an administratively neutral way and has to be established firmly on the basis of merit and political impartiality. It must also possess expert knowledge and a high standard of academic education. In addition, it should consist of men and women of integrity who are reliable and willing to give advice without fear or favour, partiality, or prejudice,” he said.The Minister was at the time addressing the second graduating class of cadets at the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service (BCCPS) with a guest lecture titled, “The Realities of the Guyana Public Service”.Minister Harmon also spoke to the Government’s overall vision for the PUBLICMinister of State, Joseph Harmon addressing the graduates on ThursdaySERVICE of the future.“A new public service, therefore, … is envisaged by our administration. One that [is] accessible… One that [is] relevant, one that [is] reliable, one that [is] resourceful, and one that [is] responsive to the needs of the people, that [is] equally effective in all Regions of Guyana, be it on the coast and hinterland, and all communities, rural and urban,” Minister Harmon said.Celebrating the imminent success of the cadets, Harmon made an urgent call for them to take full advantage of the remainder of the BCCPS programme.“I wish to urge you to make full use of all opportunities that are made available to you to improve your skills. Remember, you are the future administrative and budget agency heads of the Public Service. In years to come, I will see many of you as Permanent Secretaries, as heads of budget agencies … Many of you will have to go to the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly … Many of you will become the subject of queries and statements made by the Auditor General of Guyana … Many of you will find yourselves on the front pages of this country because of the work which you have to perform … Pay careful attention to everything that is happening now … This is the foundation,” he said.The BCCPS is dedicated to instilling integrity, impartiality, and objectivity in the next generation of public servants. In December, the college will see its second graduation.last_img read more

 

Dodgers notes: No Hall pass for ex-players

first_imgVERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgers legends Gil Hodges, Don Newcombe and Maury Wills failed to gain entry to baseball’s Hall of Fame yet again Tuesday, and so did everyone else whose name appeared on the ballot of a veterans committee that seems to have impossibly high standards. The late Hodges, a cornerstone of the Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the 1950s, received 50of the 62 votes needed for election (75 percent of the 82ballots cast). Wills, who stole a then-record 104 bases and won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1962 and currently works as a spring-training instructor with the team, received 33 votes. The veterans committee was restructured after 2001, when it elected Bill Mazeroski to the Hall. The result was a committee that now includes all 61 living members of the Hall, along with a handful of writers and broadcasters – that has yet to elect a single player to the Hall in six years of voting. All of which leads to the question of whether they ever will. “I wish I could tell you something,” Wills said after learning of the ballot results. “But I just don’t know. I maintain the belief and the good faith that they know what they are doing, and we might not understand it.” Wills did get seven more votes than he received in 2005 (the veterans committee votes every other year), but Hodges actually lost ground after getting 52 votes two years ago. Longtime Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, who died in 1979, also fell short on the “composite” ballot for non-playing personnel. No one got in, including former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, who got 57votes. Longtime major league pitcher Jim Kaat was just behind Santo and just ahead of Hodges. Former outfielder Tony Oliva finished between Hodges and Wills. Newcombe got 17 votes. center_img Wills said he still believes he will one day get in. “But I don’t know if it will be during my lifetime,” said Wills, who is 74. “Am I going to get to enjoy it? I feel like one day Buck O’Neal (will get in), but he won’t get to enjoy it.” Lid lifter: The Dodgers will take five regular position players – one more than the league-mandated minimum for road games – to Walt Disney World for their Grapefruit League opener Thursday against Atlanta. Shortstop Rafael Furcal will lead off and be followed by center fielder Juan Pierre, with third baseman Wilson Betemit, catcher Russell Martin and right fielder Andre Ethier batting farther down the lineup. Reserve infielders Olmedo Saenz (first base) and Ramon Martinez (second base) also will start, as will outfield prospect Matt Kemp in left. Left-handed starter Randy Wolf is tentatively scheduled to pitch two innings, followed by Chad Billingsley and non-roster invitee Travis Smith for two innings each. Smith, 34, is a little-known journeyman the Dodgers signed as a free agent who realistically has no shot of making the Opening Day roster. He has 42career big-league appearances with four different clubs – including two stints with the Braves – dating to 1998, when he made his debut with a scoreless, two-inning relief appearance for Milwaukee. “I don’t know a lot about him,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “But I’m anxious to watch him pitch.” Little hopes to get an inning apiece for Chin-Hui Tsao, Tim Hamulack and Jonathan Meloan. The Dodgers have 60 players in major league camp, and Little said some of those players might have to play in minor- league games just to get enough at-bats or innings pitched. But Little said there probably won’t be any official cuts made until after March15, the last of foursplit-squad dates on the Grapefruit schedule. The Dodgers will play a four- to five-inning intrasquad game at Holman Stadium this morning. Sailing along: Although Little plans to protect Takashi Saito’s injured right calf by holding him out of game action until at least the latter part of next week, the closer has been on a regular throwing program all spring and has even started a running regimen. “He threw two innings of (live) batting practice (Monday) and came out of it great,” Little said. “He is gradually increasing his running, which is all great.” Saito hurt himself while jogging in Japan more than a month ago, then aggravated the injury when he tried to resume running about three weeks later. tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3675 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

 

Around Whittier

first_imgClass proposals being accepted PICO RIVERA – Officials with the Parks and Recreation Department are looking for new classes to offer and contract instructors to teach them to local citizens. Anyone who would like to lead a community class, particularly in the fields of dance, toddler fitness and academics, is invited to submit a new class proposal to the department. For more information, call (562) 801-4430. Counseling center to hold fundraiser WHITTIER – Intercommunity Counseling Center will hold its annual Bowling for Bucks fundraiser at 1:30 p.m. March 25. Officials invite community members to support Intercommunity Counseling by registering a team to bowl, through varied sponsorships or through its silent auction. Team registration for bowling is $80 and includes show rental, two rounds of bowling and a luncheon for four people. Trophies will be awarded to teams with top scores. Sponsorships may be made at the corporate level for $500, as lane sponsorships for $100 or individually for $5. Officials are also soliciting donations, such as movie passes, dinners and sports memorabilia, for its silent auction, which will be held during the fundraiser. For more information, or to support Intercommunity Counseling, call (562) 698-1272 or (714) 720-4306. Parent workshops begin at YMCA WHITTIER – The first in a series of parent workshops kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Uptown YMCA, at 12510 Hadley St. The remainder of the series is slated for 7 p.m. March 14 and 21. “1, 2, 3, 4 Parents!” is a three-session video-enhanced course designed to address a variety of issues for parents of children ages 1, 2, 3 or 4. The workshop will teach parents about effective discipline methods, preventing temper tantrums, establishing routines and child-proofing homes, among other guides. There is no fee to attend the workshop, although the recommended workbook costs $16. For more information, or to register, call (562) 698-1272. Lecture for youths on finances set PICO RIVERA – City officials are hosting a special workshop to help teach teenagers about the value of a dollar. “The Cost of Cool,” slated from 10 to 11 a.m. March 17, is designed to educate youths about budgeting and financial backing, opening savings accounts and about staying out of financial trouble. The free workshop is open to youths 12 to 19 and will be held at the Pico Rivera Youth Center, 4632 Orange St. For more information, call (562) 801-4430. Antonovich looks into vaccinations LOS ANGELES COUNTY – County Supervisor Michael Antonovich is expected to ask the county’s Public Health Department to investigate the feasibility of mandatory hepatitis A vaccinations for food service workers. Antonovich plans to push for a motion Tuesday for the director of Public Health to report back to the Board in 30 days with an analysis, according to a press release. Hospice care offers volunteer training SANTA FE SPRINGS – Companion Hospice Care is recruiting volunteers for its upcoming training program, which will be held April 14, 21, 28 and May 5. Volunteers can become a needed friend to someone during the last part of their journey. They can also relieve caregivers for short periods of time or help with errands and shopping. Assignments will be in volunteers’ geographical area, which includes several Whittier-area cities. Each applicant will receive 16 hours of orientation and training. Trainings will be held at 10330 Pioneer Blvd., Suite 210. For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, call (562) 944-2711 or e-mail deanna@companionhospice.com. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASSETT – Several people were cited Saturday morning at a cockfighting event. Authorities responded to a call placed at about 11 a.m. regarding people carrying roosters in and out of an empty lot at 744 Forest View Ave., said Lt. Jaime Baltazar of the sheriff’s Industry Station. When deputies did a helicopter flyover, they saw a crowd of spectators gathered in an arena set up inside the lot. Inside, they arrested several spectators and found about 400 dead and alive roosters, as well cages and various items used for cockfighting. Animal control took the animals. It is unclear who organized the cockfight and investigations are ongoing, Baltazar said. Class proposals being accepted PICO RIVERA – Officials with the Parks and Recreation Department are looking for new classes to offer and contract instructors to teach them to local citizens. Anyone who would like to lead a community class, particularly in the fields of dance, toddler fitness and academics, is invited to submit a new class proposal to the department. For more information, call (562) 801-4430. Counseling center to hold fundraiser WHITTIER – Intercommunity Counseling Center will hold its annual Bowling for Bucks fundraiser at 1:30 p.m. March 25. Officials invite community members to support Intercommunity Counseling by registering a team to bowl, through varied sponsorships or through its silent auction. Team registration for bowling is $80 and includes show rental, two rounds of bowling and a luncheon for four people. Trophies will be awarded to teams with top scores. Sponsorships may be made at the corporate level for $500, as lane sponsorships for $100 or individually for $5. Officials are also soliciting donations, such as movie passes, dinners and sports memorabilia, for its silent auction, which will be held during the fundraiser. For more information, or to support Intercommunity Counseling, call (562) 698-1272 or (714) 720-4306. Parent workshops begin at YMCA WHITTIER – The first in a series of parent workshops kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Uptown YMCA, at 12510 Hadley St. The remainder of the series is slated for 7 p.m. March 14 and 21. “1, 2, 3, 4 Parents!” is a three-session video-enhanced course designed to address a variety of issues for parents of children ages 1, 2, 3 or 4. The workshop will teach parents about effective discipline methods, preventing temper tantrums, establishing routines and child-proofing homes, among other guides. There is no fee to attend the workshop, although the recommended workbook costs $16. For more information, or to register, call (562) 698-1272. Lecture for youths on finances set PICO RIVERA – City officials are hosting a special workshop to help teach teenagers about the value of a dollar. “The Cost of Cool,” slated from 10 to 11 a.m. March 17, is designed to educate youths about budgeting and financial backing, opening savings accounts and about staying out of financial trouble. The free workshop is open to youths 12 to 19 and will be held at the Pico Rivera Youth Center, 4632 Orange St. For more information, call (562) 801-4430. Antonovich looks into vaccinations LOS ANGELES COUNTY – County Supervisor Michael Antonovich is expected to ask the county’s Public Health Department to investigate the feasibility of mandatory hepatitis A vaccinations for food service workers. Antonovich plans to push for a motion Tuesday for the director of Public Health to report back to the Board in 30 days with an analysis, according to a press release. Hospice care offers volunteer training SANTA FE SPRINGS – Companion Hospice Care is recruiting volunteers for its upcoming training program, which will be held April 14, 21, 28 and May 5. Volunteers can become a needed friend to someone during the last part of their journey. They can also relieve caregivers for short periods of time or help with errands and shopping. Assignments will be in volunteers’ geographical area, which includes several Whittier-area cities. Each applicant will receive 16 hours of orientation and training. Trainings will be held at 10330 Pioneer Blvd., Suite 210. For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, call (562) 944-2711 or e-mail deanna@companionhospice.com. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,BASSETT – Several people were cited Saturday morning at a cockfighting event. Authorities responded to a call placed at about 11 a.m. regarding people carrying roosters in and out of an empty lot at 744 Forest View Ave., said Lt. Jaime Baltazar of the sheriff’s Industry Station. When deputies did a helicopter flyover, they saw a crowd of spectators gathered in an arena set up inside the lot. Inside, they arrested several spectators and found about 400 dead and alive roosters, as well cages and various items used for cockfighting. Animal control took the animals. It is unclear who organized the cockfight and investigations are ongoing, Baltazar said. last_img read more

 

New Liverpool chief Moore insists Reds don’t have to spend big like Man City

first_img1 Liverpool’s new chief executive Peter Moore insists they will not be drawn into a buying frenzy just to match their big-spending rivals but will focus on securing the best players at the right price.While Manchester City are set to take their summer outlay to £75million with Benfica goalkeeper Ederson joining Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva – and the £100m barrier looking like soon being broken by their interest in £40m-rated Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy – the Reds have signed free transfer Chelsea youth striker Dominic Solanke.Manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to significantly strengthen his squad and is interested in Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, among others, and that could see Liverpool’s transfer spending also extend to £100m-plus.However, Moore – who is not involved in transfers as that role has been taken over by sporting director Michael Edwards but will have to sign off all expenditure – said there was still a necessity to get value for money.“I have been involved in a company that has acquired other companies for 1billion US dollars and it hasn’t quite worked out,” said the Liverpool-born former Microsoft, EA Sports and Reebok executive on his first day at work.“What I have learned over the years is that it is not how much you pay but what you get.“You have a kid called Philippe Coutinho playing out there who cost £8m and then you have other guys who cost four or five times that around the league.“That is not about ‘We have spent a lot of money so we are good’ that is about ‘We have bought the right players at the right price’.“Everyone wants to see massive money but what I want to see is talent for the right price. I might be naive in that but that seems good business.“It’s not about saying ‘They’ve spent £100m so we will spend £100m’.“I’m not looking at my competitor – let’s call City a competitor – spending this, therefore I need to spend that regardless of the quality of the players. That makes no business sense to me.“Listen, we may spend £100m. Who knows? But it won’t be because they spend £100m.“If your next door neighbour puts £50,000 into his greenhouse will you spend 50,000 quid on a greenhouse? No. You do what makes good sense for your house.“You can expect (us) to strengthen the team. There is money to back the manager and the sporting director.”Moore, a boyhood fan, freely admits he does not have the football expertise associated with many of his contemporaries but it is his business acumen which persuaded club owners Fenway Sports Group to lure him away from EA Sports in California.He has yet to drill down into the full operational workings of the club but from what he has seen already he believes he has inherited a strong platform from which to work.But that does not mean there are not improvements to be made and his job will be to increase revenue streams to allow the club to be more competitive.“I have been the CEO of a five billion dollar company with 8,500 employees and football’s big business now,” he added.“The experience and expertise I bring are suited to what my remit is. I’m not disappointed that I’m not involved in the transfer business. The expression that I use is horses for courses.“I trust Michael (Edwards) implicitly to do a value proposition of a particular player and say, based on the data analytics we have on them and the comparables we have on another player, that is what we go in to.“We have a world class manager that any club in the world would want and what we have to do as a single team is provide the team on the pitch with every resource they need to be successful.“If you are a business and you think you are perfect, you are screwed. You need to think ‘We can do better here, we can do better there’.“If you don’t think you can do any better, that is when you get into dangerous territory.” Liverpool’s new chief executive Peter Moore last_img read more

 

DONEGAL CORONER WANTS DRINK DRIVE LEVELS DEBATED BEFORE IT BECOMES LAW

first_imgA leading Donegal coroner says he wants more debate and proof before the Government decides to rubberstamp laws to reduce the drink-driving limits.Dr.Denis McCauley, GP and Coroner for Donegal North East, says he is not convinced the provision of the Road Traffic Act 2010 to reduce drink driving limits from 80mg/100ml to 50mg/100ml will have any benefit.Dr.McCauley from Ballybofey, said he wants a debate on the plan before it is finalised in law as is expected in the Autumn. He added that he wants to see a “cost benefit analysis” for the reduction saying an awful lot of money has to be spent getting it down.“I do not want the message to go out that I am condoning someone going out and having three pints and then jumping into their car.“What I want is debate that will prove that we need this reduction. If the statistics show that a reduction from 80mgs to 50mgs will have a major impact, then I will be the first to hold my hands up and support it.“What I am looking for is more debate on the issue before the law is introduced became it is very hard to rescind a law when it is brought in,” he said.While the current drink driving level of80mg/100ml is likely to be reduced to 50mg/100ml, other doctors feel the level should be lowered to a zero level.A recent Irish Medical Organisation conference in Kerry recently heard a call on Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar to reduce the drink driving level immediately.Dr.Declan Bedford said “society needed to take the next step.”“They say the reduction is going to happen in the autumn, but we should keep the pressure on,” he said.However Dr.McCauley says one of the reasons why he wants the proposed reduction debated is because he feels it have a very negative affect on social interaction in rural Ireland.“We are not just talking about the farmer having a pint and a half – we are talking about the general community, me and you.“There is no question the reduction will pose particular problems for rural communities. I feel the reduction will stop many from attending social functions altogether because they cannot have a drink at all.“I don’t think enough consideration and thought has been given to the negative affect I think it will have on the social fabric of rural Ireland and that’s one of the reasons why I think it should be debated ,” he said.EndsDONEGAL CORONER WANTS DRINK DRIVE LEVELS DEBATED BEFORE IT BECOMES LAW was last modified: May 14th, 2011 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

 

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – NOT A BAAAAAAAAD EFFORT!

first_imgWe know some people might be getting used to wacky pictures doing the rounds in the run-up to the All Ireland Final.But we just couldn’t resist putting this one up – ewe see! Patrick McGeever, from Downings (yes overlooking SHEEPhaven Bay!) wasn’t sheepish when he posed for a picture with Jimmy the Sheep at Gortamore.  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – NOT A BAAAAAAAAD EFFORT! was last modified: September 7th, 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:donegalDowningssheeplast_img read more

 

KERRYKEEL FLOODED IN TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR

first_imgPEOPLE in Kerrykeel have been left in shock this evening after a massive downpour during a thunder storm.Gardens in the village have been flooded and roads covered in two-feet of water after the deluge. Pix Martin Coyle/DonegalDaily KERRYKEEL FLOODED IN TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfloodedKERRYKEELthunder stormlast_img read more

 

WOW! SUPERSTORM SET TO HIT US ON ‘BLACK WEDNESDAY’

first_imgTHIS is the massive superstorm heading straight for Donegal next week in what is already being dubbed ‘Black Wednesday’.The storm, packing hurricane-force winds, is set to hit the North West full-on – and last into Thursday, say forecasters.Ironically the weather pattern is being tracked by surfers keen to catch some of the world’s largest waves. Ben Freeston, Head Forecaster with surfers website magicseaweed.com warned: “Where a storm might typically cool as it gets closer to becoming reality the last 48 hours have seen model forecasts intensify the call for a giant North Atlantic storm early next week.“While differing models have been agreeing on the storm for at least the last 48 hours, this morning we see both this agreement and encouraging signs hinting to the storm’s physical development.“The latest satellite images show the existence of a predicted cluster of storm activity in the Mid Atlantic that’s the precursor to a developing low forecast to be an integral part of our super system.”However he says the storm may be just a bit too much – even for the best surfers. “A rapidly deepening low pressure system is forecast to bottom out at 930 millibars and impact Northern Europe in the middle of next week with waves propagating throughout most of the Atlantic’s western fringe,” he said.“Whilst storms on this scale are difficult to surf at their full intensity (often excepting Mullaghmore) the magnitude is impossible to ignore.“Last year we regularly saw hurricane force systems like this with names like Hercules breaking records and sea defences, cutting off train lines, and reshaping our coastline. For surfers it is often a case of seeking shelter, or for Black Wednesday, heading south to the lower reaches of Europe / North Africa should score you cleaner waves.”You can track the storm here:http://magicseaweed.com/news/black-wednesday-swell-for-north-atlantic/7017/ WOW! SUPERSTORM SET TO HIT US ON ‘BLACK WEDNESDAY’ was last modified: December 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:black wednesdayHurricanesuperstormwindslast_img read more