Dear Editor,Of recent, a topical issue has been the estimated $700,000 that is being spent on food every time the National Assembly meets, which means almost $80 million would have been spent in the next three years on food alone for the National Assembly and Committee Meetings.And one can understand the concern, when ordinary persons are struggling to put food on their tables to feed their families.But one has to understand that it is not at the National Assembly alone that this dietary extravagance exists, it also exists at the Georgetown Municipality. Now, at City Hall, which claims to be in dire financial straits, there seems to be a meeting held every day of the week.Apart from their fortnightly statutory meetings, there exists a plenitude of sub-committees, which achieve very little, as their recommendations have to go to the full statutory meeting, where they are debated all over again before approval.Then there are the ad hoc committees, such as the parking meter negotiating and renegotiating committees, anniversary planning committees, among a host of others, all for which snacks and meals are provided to cater for them to devour.And meals and drinks are not only provided to the City Councillors, but also to the plethora of staff members who are required to sit through these meetings.They can even be seen carting away boxes of food apart from consuming their share.We’re reminded by the Georgetown City Council of the immensely popular song titled Hotel California, which was created by the legendary group Eagles, the lyrics of which went like this:“Mirrors on the ceiling,The pink champagne on iceAnd she said ‘We are all just prisoners here, of our own device’And in the master’s chambers,They gathered for the feastThey stab it with their steely knives,But they just can’t kill the beastLast thing I remember, I wasRunning for the doorI had to find the passage backTo the place I was before‘Relax,’ said the night man,‘We are programmed to receive.You can check out any time you like,But you can never leave …”Citizens need to keep a tab on City Hall’s food bill also.Regards,Jermain Johnson
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies have a challenging weekend ahead of them with two games on their schedule. Saturday night they’ll be on home ice against the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings, and on Sunday afternoon they’ll be on the road against the North Peace Navigators.The Huskies have a win over the Kings this season but have yet to get the better of the Navigators who are in second in the league standings with a record of 22-4-0 this season.Saturday’s game against the Kings is also minor hockey night. All local minor hockey players from the community are able to get into the game for free.- Advertisement -Saturday’s faceoff is at 8 p.m.
Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Rob Green has claimed Manchester City’s indifferent form will not influence the way his team will play when the two sides meet at Loftus Road on Saturday.Despite a derby win against Manchester United last weekend, City’s chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League were dealt a huge blow after a lacklustre 2-1 defeat against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.Although the former England keeper admitted he would rather be playing City while they are suffering a dip in form, he acknowledged QPR must focus on their own game in order to get a positive result.“They’ve [City] obviously not had the results that they would want,” said Green. “We’ll give ourselves a chance this weekend if we go about things in the right way and the right manner, but it’s tough whenever you play them.“Obviously you’d rather be playing them in not such great form than when they’re flying.“It’s [City’s form] not going to affect the way we play. They’ve got their issues and their feelings about games but we need to concentrate and focus on what we need to do.“If we take our eye off ourselves then we’ll start causing our own problems.”The Hoops enjoyed a 2-0 win against Aston Villa and two performed admirably against Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks, and Green was full of praise for his team, in particular striker Charlie Austin.“It’s particularly good for him [Austin] because there is always that question mark of forwards who have can up through the divisions that say ‘can he do it at the top level’? In ten games he’s already answered that.“It’s fantastic for him and we’re pleased for him and hopefully he can do the same on Saturday.”
1 Riyad Mahrez is a frontrunner for Player of the Season Would Riyad Mahrez improve Man United’s faltering attack? WhoScored.com reveal just how good the Algeria international has been this season…If Leicester’s 2-1 win against Chelsea on Monday night did not consolidate their place as Premier League title contenders, then little else will.The Foxes may have ridden their luck during periods of the second half in the victory, but the three points ultimately lifted them back to the summit of England’s top tier.Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante and Christian Fuchs were three to come away with plenty of credit, but the star of the show was Riyad Mahrez.The Algerian received the WhoScored.com man of the match award with a rating of 8.95. It was the eighth time he’s won the accolade this term – more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues – and the fourth in his last six league outings.Mahrez’s WhoScored.com rating (8.37) is also the best in the Premier League this term and many at this stage of the campaign already believe the Leicester star is the front runner to win Player of the Season ahead of the likes Vardy and Mesut Ozil.The aforementioned duo may have impressed for Leicester and Arsenal respectively, but Mahrez has simply been a step above for the Foxes, building on a respectable debut campaign last season in the top flight.The 24-year-old has been directly involved in 18 league goals, (11 goals, seven assists) more than any other Premier League player this campaign, which has helped propel him into the spotlight.Talk of a move in January has understandably gathered pace, with Manchester United reportedly keen on Mahrez, but the attacker would be wise to remain at the King Power Stadium given United’s monotonous attack at present.Under manager Claudio Ranieri, Mahrez is able to express himself in the final third and has made more successful dribbles (54) than any other Premier League player this season.That return is the sixth best in Europe’s top five leagues this term and accentuates his WhoScored.com strength of ‘dribbling’. His showing against Chelsea, though, was one that really stood him in excellent stead.Mahrez gave left-back Cesar Azpilicueta the run around before the midfielder was substituted in the second half.Azpilicueta was widely considered one of the better full-backs in the top flight last season, yet was made to look a run of the mill defender against Mahrez, with the highlight coming when he twisted and turned before firing an unstoppable curling effort past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.The Spain international struggled to contain him, though that shouldn’t be a stick with which to beat the Chelsea full-back.Azpilicueta wasn’t the first and he certainly won’t be the last full-back Mahrez embarrasses over the campaign.His form has been more impressive than any would have expected, with Ranieri helping the young wide man take his game to the next level. Should he maintain this consistency over the hectic festive period and into 2016, it would be nigh-on impossible for him to be overlooked when the nominees for Player of the Season are announced closer to the end of the campaign.For more stats on Riyad Mahrez, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page
Victim Patsy pictured with his son PadraigA CO Tyrone who was two-and-a-half times the legal drink drive limit when he killed popular Donegal GAA fan Patsy McCroary in a head-on collison was today sentenced to two and half years in prison and banned from driving for six years.Judge Paul Ramsey QC told 50-year-old Paul Nicholl that his history of alcohol abuse, which plagued him all his life, had led him to the ultimate horror of being responsible for and causing the death of another human being. The Omagh Crown Court judge said while he could accept Nicholl’s early guilty plea, his remorse, lack of criminal driving record and the fact he himself was injured, he could not “overlook the very high reading” of his alcohol level.Nicholl, of Carnkenny Road, Newtownstewart, had pleaded guilty to causing the death of the 62-year-old avid GAA fan, known affectionately as ‘Donegal Patsy’, by careless driving with excess alcohol and causing grievous bodily injury to his wife and children.Judge Ramsey in outlining the steps governing sentence said that the leading case from the Court of Appeal, “sadly …. emanates from this very jurisdiction, so the people of Co Tyrone are no strangers to the scourge of death on our roads.“The McCroary family,” he added, “are not the first, nor sadily will they be the last as we have had poignant reminders in recent times of the devastion such offences case”.Judge Ramsey said he had been given”eloquent, moving and heart rendering” victim impact reports from the family which spoke volumes of Mr McCroary both as a husband and father.His wife Geraldine said she still missed him, “as do the children…our lives have not been the same”, while his son Padraig commented that, “I was his only son and miss him so much”.The court had heard Nicholl lost control of his Suzuki car after hitting a kerb and careering into a car carrying Mr McCroary, his wife and two children in January 2014.Originally from Upper Art, Castlefin, he had been living in Castlederg and just days before the horror smash, was hailed as “Donegal’s number one supporter” during the Dr McKenna Cup game between Donegal and Tyrone in Letterkenny.Simon Reid, prosecuting, told the court that on the morning of January 8, 2014, Mr McCroary was a front seat passenger in a blue Toyota Avensis car being driven by his son Padraig. His wife Geraldine and their daughter Samanatha were rear seat passengers.He said they were travelling at 40 mph towards Strabane on the Mellmount Road between Sion Mills and Victoria Bridge when the collision happened.“As their car approached a left hand bend, Padraig McCroary saw a vehicle coming towards them. It had crossed into their lane,” said Mr Reid.“He realised that there was nothing he could do at that point. He was knocked out by the collision and the next thing he realised was people coming to assist him.”A female witness described seeing Nicholl trying to “correct his steering but strayed into the opposite lane, veering across the road and into the oncoming traffic, colliding with the McCroary car.”Police later reported smelling drink on Nicholl’s breath and also noticed that there was a 12 pack of beer in the car and one of them had spilled as a result of the accident.A blood sample taken from Nicholl revealed a reading of 204 milligrammes of alcohol to 100 millilitres of blood …. two and a half times the legal limit.Nicholl later told police during interview he had gone to a bar that morning to have a couple of pints and while on his way back home stopped off a shop and bought a 12 pack of beer and some sausage rolls, “but had no recollection after that”.The court also heard that although taken to the accident and emergency department at Altnagelvin Hospital in L’Derry for treatement, Mr McCroary, “sadly, despite the efforts to save his life, he didn’t recover from his injuries.”His son Padraig sustained a fracture to the sternum, seven broken ribs and three bone fractures to his foot, while his mum Geraldine, had multiple spine fractures, a broken pelvis, rib fractures, a fracture to her lower left leg. She also “had to be treated by the trauma team” at Altnagelvin.Her daughter Samantha had to be “put into an induced coma and had to be put on a life support machine” after sustaining a fracture to her skull, fractures to her eye socket and nose along with a contusion to her lung.Defence lawyer Ivor McAteer said Nicholl had a long history of dealing with his “alcohol demons” and was “deeply rmorseful” for causing the death of Patsy McCroary and seriously injuring his wife and two children.“He does not row back from his culpability and there is no trying to deflect or diluting the pain and hurt felt by the family of Mr McCroary.“It is a heartfelt approach by him and I was specifically requested to say that.”Nicholl will serve two and a half years in prison, followed by two and a half years on licence.M & M News ServicesTWO AND HALF YEARS IN PRISON FOR DRUNK DRIVER WHO KILLED ‘DONEGAL PATSY’ was last modified: May 10th, 2016 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:drink drive deathPATSY MCCROARY.
Maurizio Sarri is hopeful Eden Hazard will be able to play some part in the game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Chelsea forward has missed the last three games due to a back injury but returned to full training on Thursday. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Hazard was on a rampage before the setback BEST OF Latest Football News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Hazard will return to the Chelsea squad on Sunday Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY huge blow 2 The Belgian has been out for two weeks following the dramatic 2-2 draw with Manchester United.Nonetheless, Chelsea have won every game in his absence with victories over BATE Borisov, Burnley and Derby.Prior to his injury, Hazard was the Premier League’s standout performer, scoring seven goals in his opening nine games to claim the Player of the Month award for September.He remains the league’s joint-top scorer with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED RANKED And while it may be to soon for Hazard to start the Premier League clash, Sarri expects to have him available in some capacity.“Yesterday Eden had a large part of training with the team,” said Sarri. “Maybe he will not be ready to play for 90 minutes at the moment, because it was his first training in the last two weeks.“But probably he will be able to play for 40, 45 minutes. So for us it’s important.”Asked whether Hazard could start on Sunday, Sarri added: “I don’t know, I want to speak with him first.”
Harvey’s Point Hotel hosted one of the first Humanist Weddings to be held in Donegal following the passing of the Civil Registration Amendment Act .Swans floated gracefully on Lough Eske, a piper played traditional airs and the sun shone brightly when Catherine McGeehan from Finntown, Co. Donegal and Paul Murray from Dublin exchanged vows before Humanist Solemniser Billy Hutchinson.The Humanist ceremony took place just a fortnight after the General Registry Office added all Humanist Association of Ireland-accredited Solemnisers to its list of approved wedding celebrants. Harvey’s Point Hotel responded with delight to the invitation to host the Humanist Ceremony, creating a romantic and magical setting on the pier in the hotel gardens which reaches out into Lough Eske.The Bride and Groom joined the Solemniser under a lakeside canopy specially created for the occasion while guests were seated on the pier , looking onto the still waters of Lough Eske and a background of the Bluestack Mountains.Following the Marriage Ceremony which was devised in consultation with the Bride and Groom, the Wedding Party celebrated in the hotel’s Banquet Suite, enjoying the gourmet food for which Harvey’s Point is renowned.Since the passing of the Civil Registration Act, Harvey’s Point Hotel, which was voted ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ in 2012 and 2013, has been receiving many enquiries from couples wishing to have Humanist and Civil Weddings. ‘The new Act offers couples additional options regarding the type of wedding they wish to have and we are delighted to enable every Bride and Groom to experience their Perferct Day’, says hotelier Deirdre McGlone.A new addition to Harvey’s Point Hotel’s romantic setting is the ‘Lover’s Bridge’ spanning an inlet from Lough Eske where couples (not just newly weds) are invited to fasten ornamental padlocks to the paparet as a symbol of their commitment to each other.‘The new bridge is very popular and we are watching the number of “love locks” grow’, says Deirdre. LOVE IN THE HARVEY’S POINT AIR AS HOTEL HOSTS FIRST HUMANIST WEDDING was last modified: July 30th, 2013 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:LOVE IN THE HARVEY’S POINT AIR AS HOTEL HOSTS FIRST HUMANIST WEDDING
A BIG ‘Thank You’ to Donegal Daily reader Maggie McCool and her family in Kilmacrennan for reuniting this pooch with its owner earlier today.Maggie responded to an appeal on Donegal Daily last night.We were able to put her in touch with the owner after Maggie found the dog. “I’m glad it has had a happy ending,” she said.Well done to Maggie and her son Gary. DOG REUNITED WITH DELIGHTED OWNER was last modified: November 6th, 2013 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:DOG REUNITED WITH DELIGHTED OWNER
What another unbelievable weekend at Voodoo Venue, top class entertainment was provided all weekend which ensured huge crowds attending Donegal’s No.1 nightspot all weekend.Every weekend Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily run a picture special competition.One lucky reveller is randomly selected from the pictures above and if your face is circled you’ve just won FREE entry for four and a FREE bottle of champagne on arrival. If your face is circled above then please contact Voodoo Venue via Facebook and claim your prize.Next up for Voodoo Venue is Hijacked Tuesday, it’s been a great night all summer and with the students set to arrive back on the campus the trend looks set to continue.For more information on the entertainment line-up, promotions and nights out at Voodoo Venue check their Facebook page now.https://www.facebook.com/VOOD00venueletterkenny VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE….. was last modified: September 8th, 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:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewspicture specialVoodoo Venue
The Annual Croí Golden Ticket Raffle results were announced on Wednesday, December 18, with 90-year-old Peg Murrin from Killybegs winning the top prize of €2,000! The second prize of €1,000 went to Claire Connolly from Oranmore, now living in Australia.Claire’s Grandmother Julie, a stroke survivor and member of Croí’s Stroke Support Group, purchased the ticket for her granddaughter. The draw took place at 1:30pm in Croí House, with a total prize fund of €5,000.An incredible €65,000 was raised through Croí’s annual Christmas fundraiser, with funds going to support stroke survivors and their carers. With thanks to generous donors, Croí is able to offer free stroke support services, including specialised physical activity programmes and support groups.Former Garda Sergeant John Kelly from Cregmore, Co. Galway pulled the winning names from the draw.John survived a stroke eight years ago and now receives specialist support from the Croí Health Team, including communication sessions with a Speech and Language Therapist. The winners of the 2019 Croí Golden Ticket Draw:· 1st prize, €2,000 – winner is Peg Murrin, Donegal· 2nd prize, €1,000 – winner is Claire Connolly, Australia· 3rd prize, €500 – winner is Ursula Dineen, Sligo· 4th prize, €250 – winner is Ultan McDonagh, Galway· 5th prize, €250 – winner is Kevin Cume, Co Clare6th – 15th prize, €100 – winners are Marie Partridge, Dublin; Thomas Walsh, Mayo; Flan Tierney, Clare; Margaret McLaughlan, Donegal; William Quinn; Marie Darcy, Galway; Marian Carey, Donegal; David Kavanagh, Galway; Derek Kennedy, Galway; Hugh Martyn, Galway.Seller’s prizes: Sr Margaret Coyle, Galway; Kathleen Heraty, Mayo; Kathleen Joyce, Galway.Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets – your support helps us continue to help stroke survivors and their families. Special thank you to our Golden Ticket Raffle prize fund sponsor Coen Steel for their generous support, and Corrib Oil for sponsoring the seller’s prizes.Christmas comes early for 90-year-old €2,000 raffle winner Peg! was last modified: December 19th, 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:croiKillybegsPeggy MurrinRafflewinner