Corruption, Division and Poverty Remain Challenges in Liberia

first_imgTough-talking former UNMIL SRSG, Jacque Klein-UNMIL’s SRSGs Reveal in Separate InterviewsA book published about the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has synchronized views of the Special Representatives of the Secretary-General and concluded that corruption, tribal and sectional divide and poverty pose challenges to Liberia’s stability.The book, titled “Story of UNMIL,” was published by Shpend Bërbatovci, Head of Strategic Communications and Outreach, and provides synopses of the five SRSGs who served Liberia from 2003 to 2018, highlighting each person’s work in accordance with a specific objective.The book also provides that each SRSG was tasked with certain responsibilities according to his/her expertise and the time of service.Former UNMIL SRSG Alan DossJacque Paul Klein, the first SRSG to serve as head of UNMIL, has a background in a military career. He was the first to serve as Representative of the Secretary-General at a time Liberia was undergoing a cessation of hostilities, following the signing of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the departure of former and jailed President Charles Taylor to Nigeria.Klein is remembered for his tough-talking and candid threats to warlords who attempted to continue the war that saw thousands of Liberians killed and the country’s infrastructure destroyed.“Liberia still has a long way to go,” he said in January 2017. “The Liberian-American versus native Liberian population tensions, illiteracy and the lack of substantial foreign investment continue to undermine Liberia’s future,” Klein is quoted in the book.Klein is also quoted as saying that though UNMIL has helped to restore peace in Liberia that was once considered a failed state, its people are yet to enjoy the dividends of peace as corruption, poverty, native and Americo-Liberian divide, coupled with tribal division, continue to confront their social lives.Alan Doss succeeded Jacque Klein and was instrumental in setting up the Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP). GEMAP was meant to tackle corruption in high places and to set the pace for good governance in financial management.Although GEMAP did not resolve all of the most intractable governance problems facing the country, including corruption, it did aid Liberia to successfully complete the requirements for international debt relief.Ambassador Margaret Loj, the third SRSG to serve with UNMIL, was realistic in admitting that the mere presence of UNMIL peacekeepers on the soil of Liberia helped to keep the peace.Her advocacy was geared towards the implementation of peacebuilding and reconciliation with peacekeeping, considering that without reconciliation to allow war victims face perpetrators it will be difficult for genuine peace to be restored.“If we don’t urgently work on building the peace while we keep the peace, then we will not achieve our ultimate goal, namely sustainable peace and prosperity,” she said.Karen Landgren followed Ambassador Loj, and she met another confronting problem on the ground, in addition to the security problem that was facing the country. This was the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak.Amid the health crisis, SRSG Landgren, who began UNMIL’s drawdown process, noted that Liberia had the lowest concentration of doctors in the world, given statistics of 1.4 doctors being assigned to 100,000 people.The SRSG noted that widespread poverty was not only the problem responsible for the health crisis, but also corruption was another factor. For example, Ebola funds destined for public health had been diverted.She indicated that Liberia’s “debilitating patronage network” contributed to the country’s inability to confront the disease, as the concentration of political administration is in Monrovia.Farid Zarif, the last SRSG for UNMIL in Liberia, led the mission to a close on March 31, 2018.Ambassador Zarif, who managed the mission up to Liberia’s own sponsored election, also named reconciliation, sectional and tribal divides, regional marginalization, gender bias, among others, as some problems still confronting the peace of the country.“Another priority is national reconciliation. Liberia never got close to fully developing the concept of nationhood, because it always remained split across multiple divides; indigenous versus settlers, tribal versus regional marginalization, gender bias, inequitable sharing of national wealth and economic opportunities, monopoly of political space, impunity for war crimes and mass atrocities, etc. How can you overcome these divides and develop a concept of nationhood that brings everybody together around a common vision? That’s certainly been a priority for me too,” Ambassador Zarif said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Peace Region could be affected by literacy funding cuts

first_imgNow, the BCGEU is saying that other provinces have actually increased their funding for literacy. In their April 2009 budget, Alberta increased their funding for libraries by 39 per cent.Wilkerson says BC should be working towards that goal. [asset|aid=1671|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dbce11ad90a799dee30c7e3b5880cdda-Orland Wilkerson 1_1_Pub.mp3] BCGEU President Darryl Walkers is questioning the government, saying it just doesn’t make sense if jobs and programs are cut, which are specifically designed to improve literacy.Advertisement The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union is calling on the Provincial Government, to reinstate funding for Regional Literacy Coordinators.The BCGEU says the BC Liberal Government is cutting literacy funding, despite stating in their election platform that their number one goal is to make BC the best educated, most literate jurisdiction on the continent.Chair of the Fort St. John Literacy Society Orland Wilkerson says it’s too early to tell if the Peace Region will be affected. But, if it is, Dawson Creek could lose one Literacy Coordinator with the Northern Lights College. – Advertisement -Wilkerson says Community Adult Literacy Programs are also part of the funding review.[asset|aid=1670|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f9804a545a3c7c171c27dae53c216fa7-Orland Wilkerson 2_1_Pub.mp3]On July 16, twenty-one Regional Literacy Coordinators were informed that their jobs are being cut, one year after the government created the positions. Eight of the workers are represented by the BCGEU. Advertisementlast_img read more

Biggest problem with U.N. is member states themselves

first_img“The president of Iran is in fact saying, `There really was no Holocaust, but just in case, we shall finish the job,”‘ Israeli ambassador Dan Gillerman said. The list of countries that sponsored the resolution – which noted “that all people and States have a vital stake in a world free of genocide” – was highly predictable, from European nations to island paradises and the lone secular Muslim nation standout: “Please Admit Us to the EU” Turkey. What remains after swiping a highlighter across the names of co-sponsors is not surprising: Arab and/or predominantly Muslim nations, communist and/or dictatorial regimes, Venezuela’s buddy Nicaragua, a smattering of other nations. As one considers the resolution and its backers, the sparsely populated General Assembly Hall at the time of its adoption, the comments that drew the agenda item away from its focus of honoring the memory of Holocaust victims, one thing becomes chillingly clear: The greatest malfunction at the United Nations is not corrupt officials, kickbacks and Oil-for-Food, but the member states themselves. That anyone would not jump on board a resolution stating a belief in the existence of an indisputable genocide and honoring its victims is confounding; that few would show up to stand up for the victims is disheartening. If member states can’t be counted on to face down Iran over its reprehensible blustering, how can everyone be counted on to take down Iran when its talk turns to aggression? Today, there are still thousands of Holocaust survivors who can show doubters the tattooed numbers on their arms. But as the Greatest Generation passes on, and the War on Terror rages on with eroding support, Holocaust denial not only has the opportunity to gain a greater foothold in mainstream discourse but to provide ammunition against Israel and her allies. As genocide is regarded with convenient indifference, it becomes that much easier to perpetrate. (And just for the record, Rwanda co-sponsored the U.S. resolution.) Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. Write to her by e-mail her at bridget.johnson@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Proving that the only thing needed for evil to flourish – or have the floor, in this case – is for good men to do nothing, those who did show up used the symbolic resolution meant to defend the memory of Holocaust victims as a grandstanding opportunity to push their own anti-U.S., anti-Israel agendas. Iran, ostensibly inspiring the resolution with its nauseating Holocaust denial conference last month, staged the only formal disassociation from the resolution, calling it a “hypocritical political exercise” introduced with “mischievous” intent and against General Assembly procedure. Venezuela, evidently jonesing for a chance to get high on sulfur again, apparently heeded the call to stand up for new best friend forever Iran. “The deaths of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were also a holocaust and therefore we should remember them,” said Venezuelan representative Marco Palavicini, also bringing up the Palestinian situation. “Hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis are victims of the invasion in the name of democracy. They too are victims of a holocaust.” And in another inappropriate segue, Indonesian representative Adiyatwidi Adiwoso Asmady said that the Holocaust was hardly the first human tragedy, and then inexplicably spun toward the subject of the Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad, stating there should be respect for cultural and religious differences and suggesting the same type of moral outrage over the Holocaust could be applied to cartoons. Has moral equivalency really reached the point of comparing systemic slaughter to the simple act of publishing prophet caricatures? Can these people be brought back to Earth to see the gravity of the resolution at hand? WHEN it came time to let a world body’s collective voice be heard against Holocaust denial, to speak for the millions who were slain in mankind’s darkest hour, few countries showed up. Introduced by the United States, the United Nations resolution, passed on Jan. 26 just before the international Holocaust remembrance day, eventually drew just over 100 sponsor nations total – out of a General Assembly membership of 192. “Ambassador,” asked a reporter at a press conference afterward, “were you disappointed that there were so few members in the General Assembly hall for this -” “Yes, I was,” acting Ambassador Alejandro D. Wolff responded. An official U.N. photo of the assembly session showed the low attendance. last_img

Pochettino faces acid test after Spurs’ transfer woes

first_img0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino is confident despite Tottenham’s lack of transfer action © AFP / Ian KINGTONNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not unhappy at Tottenham’s inaction during the transfer window, but the true test of his club’s decision not to make a single signing will come as the new Premier League season unfolds.The north London club have often done things differently when it comes to buying and selling players, with chairman Daniel Levy earning a reputation as a hard negotiator who is unafraid to leave things until late in the day. This time, however, Thursday’s transfer deadline passed without any additions being made by Tottenham — the first time a Premier League club has failed to sign at least one new player during the summer window.Now Tottenham boss Pochettino will be expected to build on last season’s performances with the same group of players that took the club to a third placed finish.Saturday’s visit to Newcastle for their opening game will therefore offer few surprises, although Pochettino must decide which of the nine players who appeared in the World Cup semi-finals are ready to return to action.But anything less than a convincing victory will stir debate about Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s failure to deliver new players for his manager at the start of a campaign that will see the club move into the rebuilt White Hart Lane stadium after a year at Wembley.Speaking ahead of the trip to St James’ Park, Pochettino maintained he was not overly concerned at the inaction.“Of course, it’s difficult to understand for people that Tottenham didn’t sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently,” he said.“If we are happy with our squad and cannot improve our squad, sometimes it’s better to keep our squad together.“We believe a lot in our players and why not repeat a similar season like last year or the season before, and with more experience? We are going to be better – no doubt about that.”– Fallen short –Pochettino’s belief is strengthened by Tottenham’s success in persuading a number of key players, including England striker Harry Kane — the World Cup golden boot winner — to sign new contracts.But Spurs have fallen short in the Premier League title race in each of the last two seasons, building a belief among fans that the squad need more depth if they are to win major silverware.And the failure to conclude a deal for Jack Grealish after a series of offers for the Aston Villa midfielder were rejected by the Championship club did little to win over supporters concerned at the lack of signings.Certainly, Spurs cannot afford a repeat of the sluggish start that marred the opening weeks of last season if they are to challenge champions Manchester City and a Liverpool side that, by stark contrast, will feature £160 million of new signings this term.Twelve months ago the fixture list also delivered an opening day trip to Newcastle that was negotiated successfully thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies.But a return of just two points from their opening three home games meant Tottenham were playing catch-up virtually from the off.A similar result at Newcastle will provide the perfect response to the questions raised in recent days, yet whatever the outcome, Tottenham’s approach to the recent transfer window will continue to be placed under close scrutiny.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

History of the Rugby World Cup – part 1: 1987-1999

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, France, Sep 11 – It is odd looking back to imagine that anyone ever thought a Rugby World Cup was a bad idea. But they did.In a meeting of the International Rugby Board in 1984, both Scotland and Ireland voted against the idea while the English and Welsh each cast one vote in favour and one against, a precursor perhaps to the division which has marked Brexit. Fortunately, Australia, New Zealand, France and South Africa – who were members of the IRB in spite of the apartheid-induced international sporting sanction – all voted in favour and the idea was born.AFP Sports here chronicles the first four tournaments, from 1987 through until 1999:1987Hosts: New Zealand, AustraliaFinal: New Zealand 29 France 9 (Eden Park, Auckland)Third: Wales 22 Australia 21(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 20, 1987 French fullback Serge Blanco (L) tries to fend off a New-Zealand All Black’s player, in the first half of the rugby World Cup final, at Eden Park, Auckland.Sixteen teams were invited to the inaugural event to play for the Webb Ellis Cup, named after William Webb Ellis, the Rugby schoolboy who, according to popular legend, first picked up the ball and ran during a game of football in 1823. The most memorable match of the tournament saw a flying Serge Blanco sink Australia in the dying moments of the semi-final but Blanco’s France were no match for hosts New Zealand in the final in Auckland, David Kirk’s side gliding to a comfortable victory. The unofficial world champions now had it in the shape of a cup. © AFP/File / GEORGES GOBETSixteen teams were invited to the inaugural event to play for the Webb Ellis Cup, named after William Webb Ellis, the Rugby schoolboy who, according to popular legend, first picked up the ball and ran during a game of football in 1823. The most memorable match of the tournament saw a flying Serge Blanco sink Australia in the dying moments of the semi-final but Blanco’s France were no match for hosts New Zealand in the final in Auckland, David Kirk’s side gliding to a comfortable victory. The unofficial world champions now had it in the shape of a cup.1991Hosts: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, FranceFinal: England 6 Australia 12 (Twickenham)Third: New Zealand 13 Scotland 6(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 2, 1991 Australian captain Nick Farr-Jones (L) and team-mate David Campese raise the Webb Ellis Cup after the 1991 Rugby World Cup final match Australia vs England at Twickenham. The Home Nations quickly dropped their disregard for a World Cup when they were charged with organising the second edition. Spread across the then Five Nations, the tournament again had 16 teams although this time there had been qualifying which had led to the arrival of Western Samoa. The Pacific Islanders produced one of the biggest rugby shocks ever when they beat Wales in Cardiff. England edged Scotland in a nail-biter of a semi-final – Gavin Hastings still has nightmares over the penalty he missed in front of the posts – but Will Carling’s team were then unsettled by comments by Australia wing David Campese in the lead-up to the final and were duly outsmarted by the Wallabies at Twickenham. © AFP/FileThe Home Nations quickly dropped their disregard for a World Cup when they were charged with organising the second edition. Spread across the then Five Nations, the tournament again had 16 teams although this time there had been qualifying which had led to the arrival of Western Samoa. The Pacific Islanders produced one of the biggest rugby shocks ever when they beat Wales in Cardiff. England edged Scotland in a nail-biter of a semi-final – Gavin Hastings still has nightmares over the penalty he missed in front of the posts – but Will Carling’s team were then unsettled by comments by Australia wing David Campese in the lead-up to the final and were duly outsmarted by the Wallabies at Twickenham. The Webb Ellis Cup returned down under.1995Hosts: South AfricaFinal: South Africa 15 New Zealand 12 (aet) (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)Third: France 19 England 9South Africa had been banned from the first two editions but with apartheid gone and Nelson Mandela installed as the country’s first black president, they were permitted not just to play in the 1995 World Cup but to host it – the last in the amateur era. They did an excellent job, showing off the advantages of a single-nation tournament. Mandela and the nation got behind the hosts who duly battled their way through a controversial rain-hit semi-final against France in Durban to reach the final. There they met the Jonah Lomu-fuelled All Blacks. With Mandela wearing the number 6 shirt of Bok skipper Francois Pienaar, and a number of the All Blacks suffering from food poisoning, the hosts clung on to win the trophy thanks to Joel Stransky’s extra-time drop goal. The excitement of the event even reached Hollywood, inspiring Clint Eastwood’s 2009 film Invictus.1999Hosts: WalesFinal: Australia 35 France 12 (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)Third: South Africa 22 New Zealand 18Wales were the official hosts for an expanded tournament of 20 teams although the pool stages were played across the Five Nations countries. As in 1991 they lost to Samoa and ended up losing to Australia in the quarter-finals. The two semi-finals which were both thrillers were played at Twickenham. The first saw a titanic struggle between South Africa and Australia, the Wallabies earning their place in the final with an ugly touchline penalty from Stephen Larkham in extra-time which barely scraped over the crossbar. The next day, Lomu was on fire and appeared to be taking the All Blacks into another final when France produced one of the all-time great turnarounds. The All Blacks led 24-10 just after half-time when, in the space of 14 minutes, the French pressed the flair button and scored 26 points unanswered, going on to win 43-31. The final, though, was an anti-climax with a tight, disciplined and slightly boring Australian side seeing off the French who seemed to be spent. A second title for the Aussies.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ragnar Klavan set to seal £4.2m Liverpool switch on Wednesday

first_imgLiverpool are on the verge of making Ragnar Klavan their latest summer signing.The Estonian defender is undergoing a medical at the club on Tuesday after Augsburg accepted a £4.2m offer from the Reds.Jurgen Klopp moved to bring in the experienced 30-year-old, who has won 103 caps for his country, after seeing his central defensive options become severely depleted.Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez are set to miss the start of the season injuries and Tiago Ilori, who could have been a fall-back option, is heading to the Olympics with Portugal.Klopp’s new first-choice centre-back for the coming season Joel Matip has also picked up an injury in pre-season but is expected to return to action imminently.With Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel shown the door this summer, Dejan Lovren is the only other senior centre-back in the Liverpool squad.That prompted Klopp into making a move for Klavan and his switch to Anfield is expected to be completed on Wednesday.Klavan has made 125 appearances in the Bundesliga for Augsburg since joining them in 2012.He played against Liverpool twice in the Europa League last season. Ragnar Klavan 1last_img read more

House winebar and taproom to launch delicious new menu

first_imgHouse winebar and taproom have launched an mouth-watering new menu, including a diverse range of food, delicious cocktails, and a new-look wine menu!People are invited to pop down to House for the launch of their exciting new menu on Friday the 25th at 9pm.House on Lower Main Street is Letterkenny’s only dedicated Wine & Cocktail Bar, serving stoned baked pizzas and a selection of cheese and charcuterie boards. Their events team cater for birthdays, stag and hen parties, engagements, and much more! To get in touch simply drop them a line at housewinebarandtaproom@gmail.comHouse winebar and taproom to launch delicious new menu was last modified: November 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Cocktailshouse winebar and tap roomletterkennyMenulast_img read more

All 2017/18 Premier League home kits ranked from worst to first

first_img 20 20 20 20 20 16. Burnley – The colours work great together, but this is worse than their 2016/17 outfit. The faded shoulders are horrible, and the sides of the body do not need blue. Keep it to the arms! 20 2. West Ham United – A fantastic colour combination that always looks good. The chevron design is a nice throwback to the 1970s, but is done well enough to look modern. 17. Stoke City – Stoke stick to their typical stripes, and do it well, but lose points for having a plain back. Also lose points for choosing a trim that makes it appear they are advertising toothpaste. 20 20 19. Huddersfield Town – Why not just stick with normal stripes? Why choose the look that makes it appear the printer ran out of ink midway through production? 20 20 18. Southampton – Southampton wear stripes. This does not have stripes. In fact, it looks like they started to make a striped shirt then forgot to add the most important part. 20 10. Manchester City – At least the arms and body are the same shade of blue this season. Only one word can describe this: neat. 20. Everton – click the right arrow, above, to see the remaining 19 kits ranked – No wonder they’ve got so much money to sign players this summer – it’s clear Everton didn’t spend any on their kit design! A horrible shirt that looks like a budget training top 6. Tottenham Hotspur – The throwback shield is excellent, and really makes the shirt considering how plain the rest is. AIA need to lose the red, though. 20 20 The 2017/18 Premier League season is getting closer and closer, and all 20 clubs have finally released their kits for the new campaign.Ranging from the garish to the truly stylish, each kit will be seen by billions of people the world over throughout 2017/18 – so, no pressure on the designers then.But, which club have the best home kit for the new season? talkSPORT have taken a look at all 20, and rank them from worst to first.You can see the results by clicking the right arrow, above… 14. Arsenal – Red shirt with white shoulders? Check. Arsenal stick to tradition and keep it classy, but lack imagination. They also continue to create shirts that are far, far too tight. 4. Chelsea – The Nike template is simple, but the royal blue used by Chelsea really makes this shirt astounding. The red sponsor logo is also a nice tribute to retro shirts and the Chelsea pensioners. 20 20 15. Brighton and Hove Albion – The chest area is lovely and the gold trim works superbly, but why are the sleeves a different shade of blue? It makes this shirt look like a cheap knock off of a much nicer jersey. 20 20 20 20 8. Leicester City – A bold move to keep the gold trim despite not retaining the Premier League title, but it really does work well. The pinstripes add a classy touch, and this is a shirt that actually looks better with its sponsor. 5. Watford – The yellow and red is hard to combine, but this shirt pulls it off very well without being garish. Changing the sponsor logo to red really combines well with the shirt. A fine debut effort from Adidas for Watford. 20 7. Crystal Palace – First things first, the sponsor is horrible again. But, come on, just look at that top. It is wonderful. 12. Manchester United – Better than last season’s effort, United’s kit is simple and classy. Points taken off for the humongous, in your face sponsor, and the very tight, buttoned up collar. 3. Swansea City – A great effort from Joma. The black trim really emphasises the beauty of a kit with excellent detailing in the upper chest area. Even the sponsor kind of improves the kit. 13. AFC Bournemouth – Black and red stripes are one of the best colour combinations in football, meaning it’s hard for Bournemouth to go wrong with their shirts. That sponsor though… vulgar. It draws your eyes away from the beauty of the actual shirt. 9. Newcastle United – The 100 per cent stripe coverage is perfection, and the buttoned collar actually appears to work. The badge is superb, but once again the sponsor ruins the shirt. Why is it so big? Why is it so blue? 11. West Bromwich Albion – Suave stripes with a superb colour combination. The sponsor is disgusting, but at least uses the same colours to keep it thematic, and the Adidas badge slightly crosses over two stripes, which is one to annoy the pedants. 1. Liverpool – By far the best Premier League shirt of 2017/18. Liverpool have gone full-on retro to celebrate their 125th anniversary, and the inclusion of the gold Liver Bird really makes this one of the best top flight kits for a number of years.last_img read more

BROLLY -“IN BRINGING SUCCESS TO HIS OWN TEAM, MCGUINNESS HAS DESTROYED THE GAME”

first_imgJoe Brolly has said that in bringing success to his own team Jim McGuinness has destroyed the game.Joe Brolly has claimed that in bringing success to his own team, Jim McGuinness has destroyed the game, and says the evidence of this is currently on show in the Donegal SFC.Brolly was an interested spectator in the Donegal SFC clash between two of the best club sides in the county, St Michael’s and Glenswilly last weekend. With star forwards Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden on opposite teams, it had all the ingredients of being a fantastic game.But the game finished on a score-line of 1-04 to 1-02 in favour of Glenswilly with neither side scoring a single point from play throughout the entire match.According to Brolly this is the legacy McGuinness has left behind in Donegal, but states that blanket defences aren’t just immune to Donegal.Brolly believes that the defensive system implemented by McGuinness is being replicated all over Ireland by club and county sides alike. He says the only two counties not effected by what he describes as ‘Footebola’ are Dublin and Mayo.In his column with the Gaelic Life, Brolly penned, ” When Jimmy McGuinness introduced Footebola into Ireland in 2011, it initially caused shock and nationwide anger, not to say panic.“But we were powerless to stop it, since as even black lads from Senegal quickly realised, it wins matches.“Footebola is now a pandemic, rampaging through a defenceless nation. It rendered most of the 2014 championship unwatchable, including the All-Ireland final which was the worst since the advent of the television era.“At the weekend, Glenswilly met St Michael’s. In the old days before the plague, a game between teams spearheaded by Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden would have guaranteed excitement and pleasure.“Not in the post Jimmy era. The bald scoreline of 1-4 to 1-2 simply does not do justice to this sad affair. “Not a single point was scored from play (described nowadays as “a defensive triumph”). Glenswilly didn’t score for 44 minutes, after Murphy had pointed a free in the first minute.Brolly adds that employing such systems as effective as they might be, ruin some of the crucial components of the GAA, which are creativity, imagination and freedom.He feels the continued use of such systems will continue to have a detrimental effect on the game and damage it beyond repair.“What is wrong with this approach? Well, it defeats the human spirit and is destroying crucial components of the game: Happiness, freedom, creativity, imagination. “I suppose we shouldn’t complain. Gaelic football had a great run of it, for almost 130 years.“Sooner or later a Jimmy McGuinness was bound to come along. But in bringing success to his own team, he has destroyed the game.BROLLY -“IN BRINGING SUCCESS TO HIS OWN TEAM, MCGUINNESS HAS DESTROYED THE GAME” was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FootebolaGAAJim McGuinnessJOE BROLLYnewsSportlast_img read more

Breaking: Gardai seal off house as elderly couple found dead

first_imgGardai have sealed off a house in the village of Convoy after an elderly couple were found dead.The couple were found dead earlier today by neighbours who alerted Gardai.The coroner for Donegal, Dr Denis McCauley is on his way to the scene to carry out a further examination of the bodies. Gardai have sealed off the area and a full Garda forensic examination is expected to also take place.The married couple were very well-known in the area.A Garda spokesman said “This is very fresh and we simply cannot say at this stage how they died.“A full examination of the scene will be carried out to determine what direction our investigation will take.” We will bring you more on this story as we get it.Breaking: Gardai seal off house as elderly couple found dead was last modified: March 14th, 2019 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:convoycoronercouple deaddonegalGardailast_img read more