‘Happy development’ for PH sports as Duterte signs Philippine Sports Training Center Act

first_imgMOST READ View comments A total of P3.5 billion has been earmarked for the construction of the PSTC with the ownership, including all of its facilities and amenities, vested upon the PSC.“We will be hands-on in overseeing the operation and construction of the PSTC,” said Ramirez.Among the structures that will rise inside the PSTC are the administration building, athletes and coaches dormitories, baseball field, beach volleyball courts, bowling center, covered swimming and diving pool, football field, gymnastics center;Multi-purpose gymnasium, rugby pitch, shooting range, tennis courts, velodrome, sports science building, medical center and a multipurpose field for sports such as archery, BMX cycling, lawnballs and petanque, among others.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? UAAP men’s volleyball: UST upends Ateneo, FEU thumps UP for 2nd straight win Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We, at the PSC, are extremely grateful to the President for making this historic development happen,” added Ramirez.The PSTC was established primarily to promote and develop sports in the country, achieve excellence in international sports and ensure success in the quest to win medals in the Olympics aside from promoting international amity among nations.Senator Sonny Angara is the chief sponsor of the PSTC in the Senate while Antipolo City congressman Chiqui Roa Puno and Abono partylist solon Conrado Estrella III have its backing in the House of Representatives.The PSTC, planned to be built in a 20-hectare sports hub in Rosales, Pangasinan, is envisioned as a state-of-the-art and highly scientific training center wherein facilities and amenities for majority of the sports will be constructed.It will serve as the official home and primary venue for the development of athletes in the national team and its corresponding training pools along with the sports science and research led the Philippine Sports Institute under the PSC.ADVERTISEMENT President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11214 or the Philippine Sports Training Center Act on February 14, sparking hope among Filipino athletes yearning for the best training facility for them to be at par with the world’s finest.The PSTC, which will be established under the care of the Philippine Sports Commission, will replace the 85-year-old Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and the outdated Philsports Complex in Pasig City as the training hub of the national athletes from various sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPSC chairman Butch Ramirez is upbeat on the potential impact of the PSTC not only on the improved training conditions of elite athletes, but also the opportunity it presents to develop sports on the countryside down to the grassroots level.“This is a happy development for Philippine sports,” said Ramirez during Wednesday’s ceremonial Presidential signing at Malacanang. The dream of building a new sports training center of global standards, taken for granted and shelved by past Philippine governments, finally became a reality.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Two Health Acts at Senate for Enactment

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent two health-related instruments to the Liberian Senate for enactment.The first Act is to Amend the Public Health Law Title 33, Liberian Code of Laws, Revised to add Part VIII: Health and Related Rights, Chapter 1 Reproductive Rights.The second Act sent to the Senate by President Sirleaf in her communication dated April16, 2014, is to Amend Sub-Chapter  F: Special Proceedings Concerning Mentally Disabled and Legally Incompetent Persons, Civil Procedure Law, Title 1, Liberian Code of Laws Revised (Mentally Health Procedural Act).According to President Sirleaf, the Public Health Law Act before the Senate for amendment is in furtherance of Liberia’s commitment, as a signatory to several international Resolutions and Conventions that strive to improve sexual and reproductive health including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women (CEDAW). President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that the Act seeks amongst other things, to provide for the protection and advancement of sexual and reproductive health rights for all persons, promote women’s health and maternal and newborn health, ensure the access to provision of quality family planning and counseling services, and make provisions for the preventions and management of infertility.On the Act concerning the “Mentally Disabled and Legally Incompetent Persons,” President Sirleaf said it is an “Amendment of Liberia’s Civil Procedure Law concerning mentally disabled and legally incompetent persons.”The Act according to the President’s communication, includes an expanded and revised “definition of terms” incorporating more appropriate sector-specific language. Additionally, the President said procedural safeguards have been placed in the Act concerning temporary custody of persons believed to be mentally disabled, requirements for filing a petition for judicial review of certification that a person is mentally ill; adjudication of incompetency and appointment of guardian, and restoration to legal capacity and discharge of guardians.“Mr. President Pro Tempore, these two instruments are very important to Liberia’s health sector and by extension, the general health and welfare of our citizens. The former manifests Government’s commitment to the general of …promoting safety, health and welfare facilities…as expressed and envisaged under Article 8 of the Constitution, while the latter ensures that the procedural laws and accompanying safeguards, governing special proceedings for mentally disabled persons are in harmony with the Public Health Law.”The document was sent to the Senate committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children Affairs, chaired by Grand Kru County Senator (Dr.) Peter Sonpon Coleman for recommendation to plenary for action.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Salary Cuts Top 2019/2020 Fiscal Budget

first_imgFile: Speaker Chambers (2nd from left), flanked by Deputy Finance Minister for Budget, Tanneh Brunson (left), and Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Jr. (2nd from right) another official, receives the 2019-2020 Draft National Budget for legislative scrutiny. The Center for Policy Action and Research (CePAR) has released the result of a recent research it conducted with gloomy pictures of decreased budgetary allotments for infrastructures, and key socioeconomic areas.In the wake of the result that is yet to be officially released, and passed into law, the 2019/2020 draft national budget has not being passed into law for full implementation.“Therefore, the giving whopping allotments in salaries and operational costs to the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary branches of government, has been passed by the lawmakers.The 2019/2020 draft budget is US$532,906,966, which US$489,956,966 or 91.9% goes to recurrent expenditure is yet to be officially made public.CePAR’s research result indicates that US$34,599,815 or 6.4% of the total budget is allotted to the Legislature to defray expense attached to salaries, attend to basic operations including committee hearings among others.  Of the amount allotted the Legislature, compensation accounts for 77.74 percent.For the Executive, the draft budget allots US$700,000 for the President to meet humanitarian efforts that are not defined, followed by the Judiciary that will be receiving US$15,467,612.00 in salary for the fiscal year.  Consultancy cost in the budget will take US$3,177,716.Among the 11 governing sectors, including Public Administration, Municipal Government, Transparency and Accountability, Security and Rule, of Law, Health, Social Development Services, Education, Energy and Environment, Agriculture, Infrastructure and Basic Services and Commerce and Industry Sectors that are expected to receive, budgetary allotments in the national budget for fiscal year 2019/2020, the agriculture sector has the second lowest budget allocation with an anticipated spending of US$6,208,754 or 1.16%.  The least with a pocket change amount is the Tourism Sector of US$4,000.All other spending institutions under the Agriculture Sector took huge cuts with proposed spending on supplies and inputs put at US$165,000 for the fiscal year.Taking each sector categorically, allocation for the overall healthcare system is US$75,478,910 or 14.1%, US$6 million decrease from the last appropriation.This allotment brings drastic decreases to spending entities across the health sector, except for the Ministry of Health itself whose budget was augmented as a result of USAID’s support of US$6.2 million, and the Liberia Pharmacy Board with a budget increase of US$1,600.Spending entities affected by budget cuts, include, but not limited to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Jackson Fiah Doe Hospital, Phebe Hospital, National Public Health Institute, Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Liberia Board of Nursing, National AIDS Commission, etc.Subsidies for most private healthcare providers were removed, while health centers that did not receive budget support in the past were allocated budget.  Among them are Gbarzon and Konobo Health Centers in Grand Gedeh, Gbondoi Health Center in Bong, Zekepa and Karnplay Health Centers in Nimba County, and Marshall and Kakata Health Centers in Margibi County.According to CePAR, compensation across the health sector was cut by 9.2% or almost US$5 million; the largest cut in compensation for health workers in more than two decades and the only cut in compensation for health workers in the last 14 years.Transfers or grants to all the county health teams also decreased while the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) got the deepest cut of about 70%.The Education Sector is expected to grab US$81,557,132 or 15.3% of the budget; nevertheless, compensation for staff took a cut of US$1.2 million when compared to the past budget year.  Total compensation for the education sector is US$51,208,375, while last year’s spending was US$52,414,649.All spending institutions under the education sector are said to be affected by huge cuts in line with what Finance Minister Samuel Tweah once referred to as “Salary harmonization,” and all other private institutions that once received subsidies were removed entirely except Cuttington University.Youth and Sports sector takes US$2,487,918 or 0.46% of the draft budget with a slice in budget for developmental youth programs including the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).The National Football Team is receiving US$300,000 which represents 0.56% of the budget while all 29 National Sporting Federations and Associations will receive US$69,555.Under roads and bridges, the amount of US$29,300,000 which constitutes 5.49% is allotted in the draft budget.  This is slightly below what was appropriated in fiscal year 2018/2019 which was US$29,663,236, but higher than what was actually spent last year in the tone of US$12,380,420.It is not clear how much is allotted to the Security and Rule of Law Sector; however, CePAR’s analytical comparison shows that fiscal year 2019/2020 reduced allocations to several institutions in the security sector.  Those institutions include the Liberia National Police, National Fire Service, the Palace of Correction, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Corrections.Nevertheless, even as allocations to these institutions were reduced, compensations for staffs at DEA, Liberia Immigration Services, National Police Training Academy and National Fire Service were increased.“Compensation for employees of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the LNP took significant cuts in the 2019/2020 draft budget,” said CePAR.CePAR’s analysis according to its release indicates that allocation for the Special Operations Services; Intelligence Services and Security operations under the National Security Agency (NSA) remain very high, with total allocation standing at $8.08 million.The analysis shows that the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has the lowest budget support among institutions under Public Utility and Institutions.  When compared with appropriations of fiscal year 2018/2019, the draft budget has an allocation of US$411,061 representing 57% of previous appropriation.Allocation for the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) is increased by 21% in the draft budget, but compacted in a way that makes further analysis impossible to understand funds for transmission and distribution and other core activities of the LEC.  Rural Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) took a huge cut of 42% in wages alone with only US$16,424.00 allocated for fuel and lubricants and no dollar for core operations of the institution according to CePAR’s research.The release quotes CePAR as noting that revenue estimates in the budget are not informed by quality projections as was the case of fiscal year 2018/2019.  The total envelope for fiscal year 2019/2020 is US$532,906,966, with a decrease of US$38,000,000 when compared with fiscal year 2018/2019 budget.There is accordingly anticipation of a World Bank loan of US$40,000,000   to augment the 2019/2020 budget.Tax revenue projections are much lower (US$25 million) for 2019/2020 than they were for 2018/2019; however, while projected contingent revenue for 2018/2019 of US$12.6 million was not raised, projected contingent revenue for 2019/2020 is US$47,000,000—US$34.4 million more than previous projection.State-owned enterprises to contribute to the budget this year are the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC), National Port Authority (NPA), Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NFAA).Others including, but not limited to National Housing Authority (NHA), Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) and LIBTELCO are not to make direct budgetary support to the budget.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local drama group spotlighted at CARIFESTA XIV

first_img‘Drama Night’ at CARIFESTA XIV was filled with Guyanese folk tales and poetry. From a powerful spoken-word act promoting unity to empowering women, members of the National Drama Company outdid themselves.Scene from the Guyana National Drama Company’s performance at Drama Night at SAPA in San Fernando, Trinidad during CARIFESTA XIV (DPI photo)For about an hour, onlookers sat with their eyes transfixed on the stage as the acts unfolded at Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) in San Fernando, Trinidad.The Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that, starting with the gripping short play ‘The Tadja’, to a powerful spoken-word act calling for an end to violence against women and girls, things really moved along when the Guyanese actors began their storytelling segment, thrilling the audience and keeping listeners on the edge of their seats with folk tales about our Baccoo and Massacuraman, among other things. Onlookers and patrons were enthralled with the performance.Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Albert Ishmael, a Guyanese residing in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, said he was amazed. “I was really excited to see Guyana on stage, and Guyana did not disappoint… As a Guyanese national living in Trinidad and Tobago, I am so happy that they are here showcasing what our beautiful country has to offer,” Ishmael is quoted by the DPI as saying.Trinidadian Grace John said her interest was aroused after seeing the televised version of the Guyana delegation’s presentation ‘A year in a day’. “Because I was watching and I saw Guyana on television, I thought it would be the same production. However, when I came, I realised it was more theatrical…but it was great, it was on point. I enjoyed it,” she said.Her fellow countryman, Kareem Salhab, said the performance made an impact with citizens, and he hoped that others would act on the message imparted by the performance. “I thought it was really impactful, especially the spoken word. I think that it touched a lot of the issues that we face in terms of abuse, misuse of our resources that we would later depend on; and by doing that, they have opened the eyes of many of the spectators with the hope that they will react to the message given,” he remarked.Members of the National Drama Company will next grace the stage at the Queen’s Hall Theatre with their production titled ‘Laugh of the marble queen’.last_img read more

Solid turnout for ninth annual Paddle for the Peace

first_imgPeople brought out their canoes, kayaks and boats to this years event put on by the Peace Valley Environment Association. The PVEA organizes the event jointly with the West Moberly First Nations, Treaty 8 Tribal Association and other First Nations to being awareness of the issues associated with the dam. Among those speaking before the boats were launched was Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations. He told the crowd that the joint review panel recently were critical of both B.C. Hydro and the provincial government in their pursuit of gaining approval for the Site C dam.“The joint panel review has come out. The panel themselves has stated B.C. Hydro has not clearly demonstrated the need for this power. The joint review panel called B.C. Hydro and the province out because they haven’t been looking at things like geothermal,” he said.- Advertisement -PVEA coordinator Andrea Morison said in an interview leading up to today’s event that the organization is working hand in hand with First Nations communities and environmentalists to bring awareness to the issues surrounding the potential construction.“We’re very fortunate to have a strong, collaborative working relationship with the local, provincial and federal First Nations, in addition to the support of large environmental groups throughout the province,” Morison said. “It’s also great to know that we are on the same side of the fence as a growing number of industrial and business interest in the province on this issues.”For more information on the opposition of the Site C dam the PVEA has two websites, www.stopsitec.org, and www.savebcfromsitec.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

Remember this? Ronaldo’s FIRST UCL goal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo drew level with Lionel Messi and Raul’s European scoring record on Wednesday night, by bagging the opener for Real Madrid in their 2-0 last-16 victory over Schalke.It was his 58th in the Champions League for Real and his 73rd in the competition outright, but who can remember his first European goal?While Ronaldo may be the lean, mean scoring machine he is now, it took the Portuguese more than three seasons before he netted his first continental goal.That came in Manchester United’s memorable 7-1 humbling of Roma way back in the 2006/07 season – he eventually scored twice in that game – and from then on the European goals flowed.last_img read more

Champions! 10 BRILLIANT images as Barcelona celebrate treble triumph in Berlin

first_img 10 Luis Enrique runs over to celebrate with the Barcelona fans – continue to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Spanish manager banished questions over his future in January by steering the Catalans to a stunning European and domestic treble. 10 Gerard Pique collects one of the goal nets – continue to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – A souvenir perhaps? The Spanish defender strolls off with the net over his head. Neymar gets a moment alone with the trophy – click right to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Brazilian sealed victory in injury time after a brilliant individual performance. 10 Gianluigi Buffon is left despondent after another final defeat – click right to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Italian goalkeeper is still missing the Champions League trophy from his resume after his first final for 12 years. Suarez, Messi and Neymar pose for the cameras – The Barcelona front three amassed 122 goals in all competitions this campaign – will that ever be beaten? Paul Pogba consoles Andrea Pirlo – click right to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Italian maestro is expected to leave Juventus this summer and, unlike Xavi, couldn’t mark his swansong with the perfect ending. 10 10 10 Xavi lifts the trophy aloft – click right to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Barcelona captain – the most decorated player in the club’s history – couldn’t have asked for a better way to mark his farewell appearance. 10 Lionel Messi is mobbed by the paparazzi – click right to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The mercurial Argentine had a comparatively quiet night by his standard, but he was still instrumental in Berlin. 10 The Barcelona players celebrate with their manager Luis Enrique – continue to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – The Catalans appeared to know where credit was due, throwing their boss up in the air repeatedly as the celebrations continued. 10 Goalscorers Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez celebrate – continue to see the next great image from the Champions League final’s aftermath – Suarez swapped Merseyside for Catalonia last summer and has reaped the rewards in a stunning debut season. 10 Barcelona showcased why their current crop are widely regarded as one of the greatest club sides in history with Champions League glory in Berlin.Their 3-1 victory over Juventus, provided by goals from Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar, earned a hard-fought but deserved win to complete a European and domestic trouble.The result handed Xavi Hernandez, on as a substitute in his 900th appearance for the club, the fairytale ending before he leaves for Qatar after 17 sensational years of service.After securing their first European crown since 2011, the Catalans celebrated long after the final whistle – and talkSPORT collated some of the best images from their post-match antics.last_img read more

MEETING WITH COVENEY WAS A WASTE OF TIME, CLAIM DONEGAL HILL FARMERS

first_imgThe Hill Farmers for Action Group has described last week’s meeting on the commonages row with Farm Minister, Simon Coveney as a total waste of time.Minister Simon CoveneyAnd as the row gathers pace, Mr. Coveney has been accused of ‘looking down his nose at the hill farmers’.The Minister gave no commitment whatever that the controversial collective agreement would be discarded, Henry O’Donnell, the Donegal rep on the action group told the Tirconail Tribune. He says the real elephant in the room for the Minister is that farmers are not making money.“The big problem for us as producers is that we’ve been left high and dry in favour of the food processors.”The breakaway group is now considering a return trip to meet EU farm officials in Brussels as stalemate ensues at home on how to move the issue towards a compromise.The Hill Farming Group need an urgent solution to allow them draw down much needed EU funding in future years. Henry O’Donnell who attended the meeting at the Dept of Agriculture said Simon Coveney simply had nothing to offer them by way of compromise on the highly controversial new environmental scheme for hill farmers and commonages.Henry O’Donnell said the Minister sought the meeting 60 minutes after the Hill Farmers announced the picket on Kenny’s office and it was only a token gesture because he ‘simply did not offer one single idea’ by way of offering a solution.He added that the Dept of Agriculture has been rattled with confirmation from Brussels that The Rural Development Programme (RDP) cannot be used to “mitigate the environmental impacts of Food Harvest 2020”.Henry O’Donnell say what is now a major issue for the Dept of Agriculture is the EU Commission questions about Food Harvest 2020.“The Commission raises concerns that the RDP is being used to support Ireland’s ambitious agricultural expansion plans. It also raises concerns regarding the new Leader programme which gives an expanded role to local authorities in supporting rural enterprise. In addition, the Commission asked why the Department required a minimum of 50% of active farmers to enter collective management plans for commonages in order to qualify for Glas,” he says. Adding to the crisis here in Donegal, says Mr. O’Donnell is that around one thousand farmers with enclosed hill lands will be barred from entering the Glas scheme due to the crazy rules and regulations that are being applied in the Dept of Agriculture.On Friday last over 2000 farmers, many from Donegal picketed the office of the Taoiseach in his home town of Castlebar calling for his direct intervention to resolve the crisis.The hill farmers who marched Kenny’s constituency office were demanding his intervention on rules governing entry to the GLAS environmental scheme. If he does not, he will be responsible for ending a way of life in hill areas, they say.The rally was the latest in a series of large-scale demonstrations and meetings that hill and commonage farmers have organised over the last number of months. The farmers want the collective-agreement criteria for joining the GLAS scheme to be scrapped saying the criteria is unworkable and in effect prevents them from getting into the scheme. Friday’s protest through Castlebar ended with a rally outside the Taoiseach’s constituency office on Tucker Street.A letter of protest, which was handed into the Taoiseach’s office, was read out by Colm O’Donnell of the Hill Farmers’ Action Group.“The measures proposed by your Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Simon Coveney, are totally unworkable, and if you don’t intervene on our behalf, you An Taoiseach and your Minister and your Government will be the cause of the end of the way of life in the hills and the end of rural tourism in hill areas,” he read.“We as citizens of the state and custodians of the hills will not be denied our rights and freedom to farm our land and we will not be accepting collective agreement,” he said to a roaring cheer from the crowd.Martin Gavin, a former Chairman of Mayo IFA told the rally that Minister Coveney was looking down his nose at hill farmers and it was time the Taoiseach delivered for them.“What we have here is the worst Minister for Agriculture, from the point of view of small farmers, we have ever had. The Minister does not understand the area we come from, and what more he does not care. He is standing there looking down his nose at people in hill areas,” he said..MEETING WITH COVENEY WAS A WASTE OF TIME, CLAIM DONEGAL HILL FARMERS was last modified: December 11th, 2014 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

FISHERIES OFFICER AND BROTHER OF DROWNING VICTIM ACCUSE EACH OTHER IN ASSAULT TRIAL

first_imgMr Mark ColhounA fisheries officer has claimed he felt his life was under a threat when he was attacked while investigating illegal fishing by the River Foyle.The man accused of assaulting him has in turn claimed the Loughs Agency employee threatened to drown him. Fisheries officer Donal Lynch (40) of Carrickmore St Johnston is charged with assaulting Mark Colhoun at Green Brae, Lifford on April 4th, 2012.Mr Colhoun (30) is charged with assaulting Mr Lynch on the same occasion.Mr Lynch claims Mr Colhoun hit him repeatedly in an unprovoked attack and later forced him to enter the water to escape a second attack.Mr Colhoun claims the fisheries officer challenged him to a fight and told him he would “drown you like your brother,” in a reference to the death of his brother David whose remains were discovered in the river a few weeks earlier.The case had been adjourned from April and Lynch told Letterkenny District Court that he went to the river after receiving a call from a colleague about a report of illegal fishing activity.After reaching the river at 2.30pm with his colleague, he observed two men crawling up from the banking who proceeded to run down stream from his location.Mr Lynch said Mr Colhoun then stepped forward and started punching him in the face. He said he ended up in the water where the assault continued.“I felt in extreme fear of my life at this stage,” he said.After the incident he was met by colleagues who sent him to a parked vehicle.He then said he was attacked again by Colhoun after he had met Colhoun’s girlfriend and younger brother. The two men ended up in the water again and Mr Lynch said he felt “this man was attempting to drown me”.Mr Colhoun told the court the was walking his dog along the river with a friend when he heard a man shouting “what the f**k you think you are at?” He said he was trying to calm the dog down when Lynch said: “Come here you scum bag.”He said Lynch tool off his coat and stood with his fists out and struck him in the face.He said the two men began fighting and they rolled down the banking and Lynch said: “I’ll drown you like your brother you bastard.”He told judge Paul Kelly that every time Lynch saw him he would try to start a fight.The case was adjourned until January 6th, following legal argument relating to the implications of entering previous convictions into evidence.Inspector Michael Harrison said that he would have to seek direction from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) following an application from solicitor Mr Frank Dorrian to have the case dismissed.The case had been adjourned from a previous hearing:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2014/01/14/man-claims-fisheries-officer-told-him-he-would-drown-him-like-his-dead-brother/FISHERIES OFFICER AND BROTHER OF DROWNING VICTIM ACCUSE EACH OTHER IN ASSAULT TRIAL was last modified: November 9th, 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:Donal LynchLetterkenny District CourtMark Colhounlast_img read more

GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgNaomh MhuireThe minors suffered defeat at the hands of St.Johns on Thursday last on a score-line of 1-03 – 0-07. Naomh Mhuire led with a few minutes left by a point and looked like pulling a result out of the fire after being under huge pressure for the majority of the 2nd half, however St.Johns finished with 2 frees to win by the minimum. The minors next game is away to Bundoran on Friday week.The under 10s will travel to Glenties this Saturday to play Naomh Conaill in a challenge starting at 11am. The bus will leave the banks at 10am. Players should bring their socks and shorts. The under 14 boys will play Gaoth Dobhair in a challenge this Saturday at 5 pm in Gaoth Dobhair. The bus will leave Annagry car park at 4pm.The under 12 boys took part in their 1st Go Games blitz of the year in Dooey on Monday night last. The competition was against Ardara, Kilcar and Na Rossa. Both teams won all their games on the night with good team performances from the two teams. Next Monday they travel to Ardara where they will compete against Ardara, Dungloe and Naomh Conaill.The under 16 boys have finished their league campaign and they now turn their attention to the championship which takes place on Monday 25th June and Monday 2nd July over 2 legs. Keep training boys.The summer league will start on Friday 27th April at 5.30pm in the banks and continue every Friday for 7/8 weeks. Teams will be posted on the website next week. The Seniors and Reserves played Cloughaneely last weekend. The seniors were level at halftime but Cloughaneely finished strongly taking the points. The reserves struggled in the first half and while they held their own in the second half the gap was too much. This weekend there are two games with a home game to Killybegs on Friday evening and away to N. Brid on Sunday.Peil na mBan – Ladies, u16s and minors note time change for training to 8pm Tuesday and Thursdays in Banks. The u14 Girls play Gaoth Dobhair on Tue 17th April with a 6.15 throw in at Magheragallon, parents to have girls there at 6pm sharp and please bring socks and togs. League game v N.Brid-Pettigo in the Banks Sunday 22nd of April at 12 noon. Good support would be great for this young team.The Club are organising a Scrap Saturday on Saturday May 5th. This is where we ask all from the area to bring along any old scrap metal to the GAA Club and we will separate it before off-loading it to a recognised recycling company. The Club benefits from this and uses the money raised for forthcoming developments such as the building of additional dressing rooms, improved coaching etc. The public who take the scrap down can get rid of metal which is gathering and by doing so are helping the Club and its youth.Lotto details for week 11th April. Jackpot 1580 euro. No jackpot winner. There was one match 3 winner:Peggy Boyle – Mullachdubh. As this was the last draw for this 12 month cycle of for the 100 Club, we will be commencing a new run starting at the end of April, as always we are looking for new members. Can the 100 Club sellers check how many of their members are going into the new draw for our next cycle and let the finance committee know ASAP. This is a vital fundraiser in the running of the club for the year, so we are making a special appeal to members to join and help push the club forward.Check out our club website www.naomhmhuire.ieGAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: April 18th, 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)Tags:GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more