Inside Conditions…Too little, too late

first_imgAubrey BruceNBC’s weather guru otherwise known as Al “the tornado” Roker has one of the best Sunday night promos for the NFL’s great post Christian Sabbath meal game.  Roker bellows in his baritone voice; “it’s  Sunday” and the phrase continues to somewhere out into the stratosphere unknown thanks to the National Broadcasting Companies expert audio team.Last Sunday night at least as far as the weather goes the city of  Pittsburgh turned into “Siberia junior.” I “plied” my trade from the confines of the press box and heck it was even cold up there.  I cannot even remotely begin to imagine for whatever reason aside from being a player making mega millions that I would spend sixty minutes hanging around on the frozen “tundra” of any gridiron located in one of the NFL’s dome less stadiums situated in the American Northeast or Midwest area.As we all know every Steelers game is sold out even if all of the paid public does not show up.All of the fans might not have shown up Sunday night but “betcha by golly wow” the Pittsburgh Steelers swaggered through and confirmed a few things for this writer along the way.First and foremost, there is nothing, nada, zilch, zero, zip, nil with the Steelers offense or defense.  When Ben Roethlisberger does not turn the ball over “trying” to make a splash play downfield and takes what the opposing defense give him and when then the Steelers defense plays and executes the defense that they are instructed to play, the Pittsburgh squad represents a formidable opponent for any of the 31 other NFL teams.No matter what their won, loss record may indicate the Pittsburgh Steelers can beat any team on any given Sunday. However, these “excellent performances” may be “too little, too late.”When Pittsburgh’s offense sticks to the game plan of the Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley regarding a decent 3.0-3.5 per carry average running game along with a 10-15 yard average per pass that play selection will cause most NFL defenses to leave the playing field with their heads bowed after the game ending gun sounds. Also, when the Steelers defense keeps any offense “in front of them” and imitates the average “chiropractor” on opposing wide receivers when they do catch the ball, well let’s put it this way; “The Nutcracker Suite” might not be so sweet for opposing NFL Offensive Coordinators.But there are still a few “warts” that have to be removed from the Steelers offensive and defensive performances.In more than one game during the 2013 season the defense against the run was less than stellar. Pittsburgh did put the brakes on the Bengals nasty running game.Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin made mention the that “small fact.”“We were ahead, so they were throwing the ball a lot. I wouldn’t necessarily say we solved any run issues if we have them. It’s just the nature of the game. They had to throw the ball a lot in the second half. They were down by multiple scores.”Tomlin also made mention that the overall performance was far from perfect by pointing out that the Steelers missed out on more than a few chances to put the game out of reach by having to settle for a few field goals as opposed to scoring touchdowns.When he was asked about the missed offensive scoring opportunities he said; “Certainly we did. We kicked three field goals. I’m glad we’ve got Shaun Suisham. We don’t want to utilize him that much unless it’s extra points.” three touchdowns as opposed to three field goals ups the “ante” from 9 points to 21 points.  Instead of a 10 point win for Pittsburgh it could have been a 21 point win and although the Steelers have a slim, slim, very slim chance of reaching the 2013 postseason, what if something mundane like points for and points against happened to be the difference from playing in February 2014 or playing “couch potato.”The Pittsburgh Steelers are a bit “long in the tooth” on defense as far as the principals in the secondary but the defense is retooling and seems to have a promising future. Pittsburgh definitely has one of the younger offenses in the league if you remove quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tight end Heath Miller and wide receiver Jericho Cotchery from the mix but ya know what?  With the weapons that they have on offense and with the offensive philosophy of their O.C. Todd Haley they should be primed and “ready for Bear.”However, from the quarterback down to the offensive line, patience is the key.  My grandpap used to say in a very loud and forceful voice from the pulpit  when someone was crying out in prayer for that new house or new car. “Sometimes the prayers of the “greedy” end up becoming the prayers of the “needy.”There were many occasions on which the Pittsburgh Steelers should have settled for eight small plays but the offense could not be satisfied unless they were able to complete one or two “big splash” plays.Also, the defense is far from blameless as well. How many times have you seen the Steelers safeties peeking into the backfield of opposing offenses reacting to a totally bogus play action, “sleight of handoff”  by the quarterback only to be beaten badly over the top.There is no acceptable excuse for the Steelers not preparing to enter the post season but ya know what boys’ and girls’?  The chickens have not only come home to roost they have pooped on all of the cars that the owner thought were safely under the “big tree.”Get it out of your heads now, Steelers nation. Many players of the Black and Gold are auditioning for a roster spot in 2014 because let’s face it. As far as 2103 is concerned it’s a wrap.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741last_img read more

Campaigns Fueled by Army of Volunteers

first_imgBy John BurtonThey are the ones who carry the water, figuratively speaking, and do much of the heavy lifting – often quite literally – during the autumn political season. Whether Republican or Democrat, volunteers are the true believers, giving of their time and effort for party and politician, hopefully putting them on the path to office.“We could not run countywide campaigns without them,” Vin Gopal, the Monmouth County Democratic Committee chairman, acknowledged about the efforts provided by the group of people who provide support for the candidates and party.“You can just feel their passion,” said Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman, as he surveyed the work they were doing at his county headquarters in Colts Neck this week. “The volunteers, they’re the heartbeat of the organization,” said Golden, who is also the incumbent Monmouth County sheriff and seeking re-election this year.“As someone who started as a volunteer,” said Vincent Solomeno, the Democrat running for county surrogate this year, “I know volunteers are the engine that drives the campaign.”Solomeno said his grandmother volunteers daily at Democratic headquarters in Hazlet working for his campaign and the slate of candidates in this year’s election.Ellen Ramey, a retired Belmar resident, said during campaign season she spends her days – all day – at the Democratic campaign headquarters on Belmar’s 10th Avenue. “I come at 8:30 in the morning and I don’t go home until 8 o’clock,” she said. Recently her days have been taken up working the phone banks, calling prospective voters, encouraging them to consider the Democrats.Ramey conceded working the phones can be tough. “Some folks are just plain nasty,” she said.But she continues to do what is needed, in part because “it’s fun,” and more importantly, “I know it’s all for the better,” of her community and county, she said.“It is kind of weird when you call someone and they tell you they don’t like you or worse,” said Lauren Albrecht, Wall, who was offering her time and energy for Democrats, too. “But I get over that pretty quickly.”“They can make a huge difference in a campaign, especially on the county and local level,” said Thomas Szymanski, the county Republicans’ executive director. Szymanski told of how volunteers last year provided support in the Red Bank Borough Council election, putting out the candidates’ message to residents. The Republican candidate won by literally a couple of votes, securing the first GOP victory in Red Bank in more than a generation.“Suffice it to say,” Szymanski said, without those volunteers we wouldn’t have had a Republican majority in Red Bank this year.”The county GOP organization has more than 250 volunteers this campaign season, with the presidential election responsible for an “uptick” in the number this year, he said.They range in age from 16 – many are students from nearby Colts Neck High School and part of an internship program – to “well into their 80s” Szymanski said.“Some just want to learn about the process,” and others are here to support individual candidates or the party, he said. Many of them return year after year. “The key is building an environment that they want to be part of,” he said, “and feel they want to make some kind of difference.”Jill Zakerowski, whose husband is the local GOP municipal chair, was on hand this Tuesday evening preparing mailers to be delivered to voters’ homes. She was here, she said, to support the GOP slate of candidates in her hometown of Neptune City Borough. “I know these people a long time,” she said, “and I’m here to keep them in our government, to keep it a great town.”Gopal said the county Democrats get “hundreds” of volunteers, without being able to get more specific, from “diverse” age groups. There are also usually 20 to 30 college student interns who get class credit for participating in the organization’s activities. “It’s great to see the enthusiasm that’s out there,” from all of those offering their support, regardless of age or background, Gopal added.These people who give up their evenings and weekends usually find themselves among others working a bank of phones, working from a brief script and hoping not to alienate any who pick up the call. Barbara Shafer, a Neptune City borough councilwoman, explained “You have to know when not to go to the door, when not to call. Don’t knock on the door during football games; don’t call during dinner hour.”Others will go out and knock on doors in neighborhoods around the county, offering campaign literature and maybe working directly with candidates as they look to engage voters. Still others, Szymanski explained, work on data collection for the professionals to analyze. Gopal said volunteers also help with social media postings, getting the message out.“It really does go back to that old saying, ‘All politics is local,’ ” observed Golden.And for their efforts they may get a T-shirt, lukewarm Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and doughnuts and maybe pizza and soda. But the reward is more than that, many of the volunteers stressed.“With the exception of my family and work, this is by far the most rewarding thing I can do with my time,” said Albrecht. She serves as the Monmouth County chair of the LGBTQ Caucus and offered a full-throated support for Hillary Clinton. “I’m willing to do whatever needs to be done,” to advance the party’s success on Nov. 8. “Fundraising, phone calls, whatever.”Gopal was joined Sunday by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Murphy, Middletown, and the party’s candidates for freeholder, sheriff and surrogate for a pep rally-style event at the Belmar location, pumping everybody up before canvassing in Belmar for the candidates.“We don’t take anything that they do for granted,” Murphy said of the group. “These are people who help make a difference, who bleed the same issues as we do. These are people who make a difference,” he said.Elijah Nishiura, Red Bank, while only a gentle 17, is already a three-year veteran of campaigning, working locally and on the county level. “This is about directly affecting public policy for a lot of people,” Nishiura said of his work. “I want to do what I can.”Besides, he acknowledged, it’s a good training ground when he pursues elected office himself in the future. “I definitely want to continue to be involved.”At Republican headquarters, just after work as it was getting dark on Tuesday, about 25 people, many from Neptune City, rolled up their sleeves and stuffed envelopes and made phone calls. “It’s a busy place,” observed Golden.“They are supportive not only in the physical tasks but the mental tasks. They bring moral support,” said Neptune City Mayor Robert Brown about those doing yeoman’s work. “They really do care.”Neptune City’s Tamara Tallman was working to get her son Alex Tallman elected to borough council and because “I’ve always been a huge supporter of the Republican party.”Interestingly, she’s found people have been more inclined to talk about local elections. “People are mum on the presidential election,” she’s noticed.She plans on continuing working through Election Day. “I’m happy to give what I can.”Matt Filosa, Old Bridge, on the Monmouth/Middlesex county border, has worked for the county GOP for nine years as a volunteer. “I think it’s important that people who have the right values and common sense ideas get elected,” he explained.Now it’s down to the wire. “This weekend we’ll be rocking,” at headquarters and in the communities, Golden maintained.On the Democratic side, volunteer Prasad Atluri, Marlboro, promised “We’ll do as much as we can.”last_img read more

Teng favored to win D-League MVP plum

first_imgLATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Their stellar play allowed the Hawkeyes to grab the second-seed and earn an outright semifinals berth with an 8-2 card.Flying V forward Gab Banal is also in the MVP race, averaging 13.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.Third-seed Tanduay has banked on Lester Alvarez all-conference long and the diminutive guard is norming 13.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. His teammate Paul Varilla is also in the mix, averaging 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.JK Casiño has been the ace for the four-seed Centro Escolar University as the playmaker is posting averages of 11.5 markers, 2.2 boards, and 2.1 dimes.Julian Sargent rounds out the candidates as his all-around effort of 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists a game, helped Marinerong Pilipino achieve this late sail to the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSetting records and chasing history, Jeron Teng has undoubtedly cemented himself as the top player this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.That’s why it’s no surprise that the 23-year-old star out of La Salle is the favorite to win the Conference Most Valuable Player plum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Averaging 23.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists, Teng has etched his name in the history books becoming the player with the most triple-doubles in league history with three, doing it all as the Thunder swept the elimination round.But his brilliance isn’t limited to his individual numbers alone, as he led Flying V to an unbeaten 10-0 run to become only the fourth team in league history to complete an eliminations sweep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Hot on Teng’s heels for the award is the Cignal HD duo of Raymar Jose and Jason Perkins.Jose, the hardworking bruiser from FEU, netting 11.8 markers, 10.4 boards, and 1.4 dimes, while Perkins, the hefty forward from La Salle, is tallying 15.3 points, 5.89 rebounds, and 1.8 assists a game in the conference. Bolt rues start, booed Gatlin hails his ‘amazing’ rival Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

Distorting, obfuscating CCJ’s recent rulings

first_imgDear Editor,Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, is now the latest member of the Government’s orchestra synchronizing to distort and obfuscate the Caribbean Court of Justice’s recent rulings, in their desperate quest to delay elections, avoid the electorate like a plague and continue to squat in Government.Not being satisfied with his comical and clumsy attempt broadcast on National Television, a few weeks ago, to explain and justify that 33 is not a majority of 65, the Prime Minister was at it again in his weekly column, ‘My Turn’, published last Sunday in the Chronicle Newspaper. In that article, Prime Minister Nagamootoo abysmally failed in his attempt to make out a case for house-to-house registration as a sine qua non for Regional and General Elections, which he so frantically set out to do. Clearly unfamiliar with the relevant statutory provisions that govern Registration and which mandate a cyclical form of continuous registration as opposed to house-to-house registration, Mr. Nagamootoo deliberately makes no reference to the law but instead premised his arguments on certain statements attributed to Dr. Steve Surujbally, allegedly, made on the eve of the 2015 elections.Conspicuously, Prime Minister Nagamootoo deliberately omitted to recall that there was no house-to-house registration immediately preceding the 2011 elections, which the APNU and AFC won the majority in the National Assembly, nor the 2015 General and Regional elections, in which APNU+AFC won Government as a coalition, nor the 2016, nor the 2018 Local Government elections, both of which were held under the Coalition Government.The nation is unaware of any criticisms, whatsoever, from the Prime Minister, or his Government, regarding the integrity of any of those elections or the lists used in respect thereof. Unsurprisingly, the Prime Minister glaringly neglected to allude to the new and emerging circumstances and factors that precipitated his sudden clamour for house-to-house registration. Unfortunately, for the Prime Minister, to the initiated, the reason is clear: it is nothing but a recent and senseless fabricated charade to delay the elections with which the Government Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and its erstwhile Chairman are willing co-conspirators.I am of the considered view that the article was intended to make an unethical and unsavoury pitch to the President of the CCJ, whom the Prime Minister knew was in Georgetown, to participate in a judicial colloquium.The Prime Minister, however, did not end his perversity there. He went on to prophesied that the CCJ “would make orders that are advisory and not coercive”. In my considered view, this is another malevolent attempt at influencing the Court. Thankfully, most law student would know that Court Orders are declaratory, coercive or prohibitory.In any event, none of the parties in the cases have approached the CCJ for “advice”. Hence, the Court has adjourned the matter to hear the parties via written submissions, in respect of “consequential orders”, not “consequential advice”.Yours faithfully,Mohabir Anil Nandlall,MPAttorney-at-Lawlast_img read more

Guyana employs UK’s ‘think tank’ to explore feasibility of oil refinery

first_imgAs Guyana prepares for oil production, Government has recruited United Kingdom’s think tank – ChathamHouse – to conduct a study on the feasibility of establishing an oil refinery here.This was announced by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, explained to reporters on Friday that the issue of the refinery is not an easy question to answer with just “a yes or no.”“We have sought assistance in giving us guidance as to whether Guyana needs an oil refinery, bearing in mind we have one find of oil so far. Our demand is by all standards low because we are less than a million people,” he stated.According to Trotman, the country has committed to go into renewable energy within 10 years and therefore, it has to forecast where the economy is likely to be in terms of its dependence on hydro carbons or petroleum. This, he noted, will inform whether or not and to what extent Guyana will get into the business of oil refinery.“So indeed, I don’t believe that the pronouncement that we shall not have is the right pronouncement and neither is a pronouncement that says we shall have so right now we have commissioned a study. I hope and expect before the end of the year, Government will be guided from an economic standpoint whether or not we should have a refinery, whether or not government should have a stake in such a venture or whether it should be left to the private sector on its own,” he outlined.Even as Government awaits the findings from the study, the Natural Resources Minister pointed out that Guyana has to be recognizant of situations that prevailed in other territories. He noted that other countries where the governments got involved in the refineries, such as Suriname, are now struggling because the prices have gone down drastically and they are left with more or less a “white elephant”.Chatham House is part of a new producer’s group, which is a group of countries that are going into new producers, literally, to provide expertise to do the review as to whether or not the benefit in having a refinery.ExxonMobil recently discovered that the second exploration well in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana has a recoverable resource of between 800 million and 1.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels. The wells are located approximately 193 kilometres (120 miles) offshore. The block is 26,800 square kilometres (6.6 million acres).Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block; Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest.ExxonMobil is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products while its chemical company is one of the largests in the world.In a previous interview with Guyana Times, Associate Professor and political activist David Hinds implored Government to develop a long-term plan to manage its oil resource. In fact, he urged that Guyana should develop its own oil refinery while adding that if it cannot do so on its own, then the country should partner with Caricom countries to construct one.“That is the way to go…that is why we have Caricom… It would be nice if we can have our own oil processing here but if we cannot do it by ourselves then we can partner with sister Caricom countries to do,” he said, explaining that this is what a single market is about.He noted that if Guyana and Trinidad could develop an arrangement where they can both manage a future oil refinery in Guyana, then both Guyanese residing in Trinidad and Guyana would benefit.“It is either we have our own processing plant or we do it through a regional emphasis,” Hinds stressed.last_img read more

PLEASE HELP THE BLIND…

first_imgMonrovia’s blind beg at intersections, but see better than the leaders in big jeeps with eyes. Be it a snapshot or the cinematic view, it neither feels nor looks good. Citizens and donors have despaired over corruption. Recycling technologies have combined with steep price drops in Liberia’s traditional exports to cancel investments in risky frontier markets. Iron ore and rubber aren’t easy options anymore. Last week Liberia’s oil company sang the national mismanagement anthem and went belly-up. Agriculture, Education and Energy languish behind, and Ebola arrived to offset the Sirleaf Economy and Development Era in blinking red lights. In the 2018 wings there’s an oversupply of candidates-without-leadership-ability towing huge deficits of viable plans.Is Liberia a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma? Why do we get generalized pessimism and national inertia after debt-relief, record-breaking budget supports and Foreign Direct Investments, unprecedented international goodwill and Sirleaf’s scintillating prize collections on the global stage? Are Liberia’s problems more intractable than those of her advancing African sister states? They are not. Aren’t there enlightened catalogs of new laws? There are. Doesn’t our democracy possess the commissions and tools to check transparency and sustain accountability? It does. Hasn’t ‘Democracy’ endowed Liberia’s leaders with more expansive appetites for their own interests over their electors? It has. How did we get so far up the wrong road? Mrs. Sirleaf changed how Liberia is perceived in the world, and has made quantifiable achievements in important sectors. They pale, however, when compared to other Liberian Presidents with whom Mrs. Sirleaf worked, and then successfully undermined. Sure, Liberia now is better than war, more repaved roads, running water and Electricity. But like Sisyphus she has accomplished far less with much more. That is the crux of our national frustrations. Where subversion catapulted Mrs. Sirleaf to the top of the greasy pole, it has proven more effective in undoing than a tool for getting things done. The buck doesn’t stop at the president’s desk alone. Enter the ‘Good Governance’ remedy of one size fits all for failed states. It’s more about appearance and process than results. The legal and administrative frameworks for checks and balances are in place. So is decentralization. We have Civil Societies and NGOs for everything, and there’s a free-wheeling media landscape. ‘Good Governance’ also got us to HIPC completion and debt relief, and the resource commitment of International Donor Communities. Yet, corruption flies vampire high, students flunk exams en masse, rape ravages unabated, most food items are imported, healthcare barely exists, the DV youth and brain drain continues, and impunity persists at all levels of the society. We have the highest per capita energy cost on earth! Can it really be true that Governance Reform leads to rapid social and economic inclusion and development? Or, has it led us away from real solutions to our citizens’ most pressing problems? Where are the products of reform? Why do we need more time for Governance solutions to work? Wasn’t this why Ebola caught Liberia naked with its Development shirt off and its healthcare pants down? Jump outside the box. It’s cultural. That’s Liberia’s problem. Good Governance has no solutions for that. We live in a crisis of inverted values which poisons everything. We have a decrepit, disjointed culture which exalts unthinking imitation over native creativity, laziness in place of hard work, lies over truth, social hatreds over one-country unity, foreigners over Nationals, crooks and murderers above Samaritans, loud aggressive talking before solemn thought, and breezy shows above concrete substance. There’s reward and celebration for deviance and perpetrators of industrial crimes.Liberia’s people are its most valuable resource. And the solutions to our problems are less in Governance fixes with statistical benchmarks than they are in direct, rubber-meeting-the road investments in the people. It’s about productivity and priority, and we need an urgent rethink about Food, Homes, Schools, Genuine Peace and Security in the land. There are no substitutes for Boldness, Leadership, Patriotism and a National Plan.The good is not the enemy of the perfect. Ebola’s onslaught united us into one ferocious fighting family. Despite our shortcomings and Leaders in big jeeps, there’s resilience, talent and heroism in Liberia’s blind who’ve survived decades of bad choices by fake politicians making false plans. But in Liberia it’s the street-working blind that deserve the right of way. The blind have less complicated needs and clearer vision than the big jeeps with eyes. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 remanded for Brazilian miner’s murder

first_imgTwo men held in connection with the death of the Brazilian miner who was found murdered in February of 2016 at Fish Creek, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) was on Tuesday taken before the Bartica Magistrate’s Court slapped with a murder charge.Remanded: Fidel WilliamsPhillip and Fidel Williams were not required to plead to the capital charge which stated that on February 9, 2016, they murdered Naldinho DeCosta Souza.They were both remanded to prison and were scheduled to return to court on January 10.Reports are DeCosta Souza’s throat was slit when he was attacked by four men.Following investigations, a wanted bulletin was issued for Fidel Williams, who was implicated in the murder by his close relative, who is presently serving a prison sentence at the Mazaruni Prison for a robbery offence.On Tuesday last, Fidel Williams was caught by lawmen and reportedly confessed to being one of the four men who was involved in the incident.last_img read more

MANORCUNNINGHAM PAEDOPHILE TRYING TO MANIPULATE LEGAL LOOPHOLE FOR SHORTER SENTENCE

first_imgBrennanA paedophile originally from Manorcunningham wants to be deported to Ireland in order to manipulate a legal loophole that would possibly see him leaving prison early.James Brennan (58), who is locked up in HMP Leyhill in England, was handed his prison sentence in February 2012; a mere seven months before the IPP terms were scrapped. The IPP terms, introduced in 2005, allowed the detention of prisoners for as long as they were considered a threat to society with a possibility of re-offence.As his sentence was handed down before the scrapping of the terms (before September 2012), the terms are still valid in Brennan’s case – allowing prison officials to keep Brennan in jail indefinitely until he can convince parole officials that he has been rehabilitated and is no longer a threat to vulnerable young women.Brennan, who opened the Movie Star Café lap-dancing club in Belfast in 2002, had previously been jailed in 2016 for sexual grooming a minor, but upon his release in 2007 he went straight back to grooming young girls on the internet.In 2012, Teeside Crown Court heard how Brennan posed as a Spanish model agency boss in order to lure in vulnerable, young girls online.The court heard of how he lured a 13 year old girl to a hotel room in Durham and encouraged her to drink vodka and then attempted to have sex with her. However the girl vomited and Brennan was arrested soon after.Last week he complained saying that as he is an Irish citizen he should be sent to an Irish prison as a “foreign national” – something he has been fighting for since 2008.Although the North had a similar scheme to the IPP, called Interdeterminate Custodial Sentences, that too was scrapped in 2005.The Republic of Ireland has no such terms in place to keep prisoners with a possibility of re-offending behind bars.If he were transferred to an Irish prison, he would have a better chance of release.Speaking to magazine ‘Inside Time’, Brennan said that ‘I have been listening to MPs and others going on about how Britain must decrease the number of foreign prisoners in her prisons… it is hard to listen to this when I and dozens, maybe hundreds, of my countrymen have been trying to get deported for years’.He goes on to state that ‘an agreement between the Irish and English government in 2007 seems to be the barrier… the UK and Eire agreed not to deport Irish prisoners. The excuse given was that the border is too soft so any Irish person deported from the UK could come back. That argument only holds water if the deportee is forced to leave. Many Irish prisoners would never want to come back and we are happy to agree not to do so’.The Prison Service said the release of prisoners serving IPP sentences was a matter for the Parole Board.MANORCUNNINGHAM PAEDOPHILE TRYING TO MANIPULATE LEGAL LOOPHOLE FOR SHORTER SENTENCE was last modified: July 6th, 2016 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:James Brennanmanorcunninghampaedophilelast_img read more

GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS FACE LETTERKENNY GAELS THIS WEEKEND IN CRUCIAL CLASH

first_img​Red Hughs GAA News:Senior MenThe men travelled to Ballintra on Saturday to take on Naomh Brid. Unfortunately the lads could not take advantage of playing with a strong breeze in the first half and went at the break all square 1-2 a piece. The Home side used the wind to their advantage in the second half and knocked over some long range points to take the points. The final score was Red Hughs 1-3 Naomh Brid 1-10The lads now travel to Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday Reserve throw in 6pm Senior 7.30pm.Under 12 Boys The boys travel to Buncranna on Tuesday in their opening fixture of the league. Throw in 6.30pm Good luck to the boys and managementUnder 14 BoysTraining continues for the boys on Friday evenings from 7-8pmUnder 16 BoysThe lads took on Urris in the quarter final of the division two league on Monday. The boys put in a great performance against a very strong Urris side and made them work hard for the victory. The final score was Red Hughs 1-2 Urris 1-14Minor Boys The lads training continues on Sundays at 12 noonUnder 14 GirlsThe girls travel to take on Glenfin in their second game of their league this Tuesday evening having beaten Robert Emmets last week the girls will be hoping for a repeat performance this time out. Throw in 7pmTraining on Wednesday at 6.15pm Under 12 GirlsThe girls had a great victory over Mc Cumhaills on Sunday morning in Ballybofey. It was a great team performance from start to finish. They now play Robert Emmets this Sunday at homeLotto & 100+ Club ResultsNumbers Drawn 6,3,8,5,2,1,7,4One Winner Matched 5 NumbersJean Doherty Mullaghaneary Wins €50Next Weeks Jackpot Is €5,250100+ Club ResultsThis Weeks Winner Is Number 34 Alex Doherty Mounthall Wins €100Thanks to everyone for your continued supportClub MeetingThe monthly club meeting is on this Wednesday in the clubhouse at 8.30pm All members are asked to make an effort to attend.Saturday Morning CoachingRed Hughs underage training on Saturday mornings from 11am to12noon. This will be for all boys and girls from u6s up to u10s and u12 boys. This year we will be collecting €2 per child and no more than €5 per family for the use of the facilities to train. This money will go straight back into the underage training funds.Any parent/guardian that may be willing to help out on Saturday mornings please don’t hesitate to contact any of the coaches on the morning of the training.​Ceile DancingThe Ceile dancing continues every Tuesday evening at 8pm in the club house . Everyone welcome​​Club Donegal CardsClub Donegal cards are now available from Liam Doherty 0860224297 The card holder gets free admission to any adult football match county wide including senior championship.​ Only a few cards left so hurry or miss out.Other News​Well done to Maura Mc Crudden whi is part of the under 14 Donegal ladies management who have qualified for the Ulster final on the 24th of May. Well done Maura keep up the good work and good luck in the final.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS FACE LETTERKENNY GAELS THIS WEEKEND IN CRUCIAL CLASH was last modified: May 5th, 2015 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:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

HUME THE HERO AS ST EUNAN’S STUN FAVOURITES KILCAR TO WIN U21 TITLE

first_imgTWO late late goals from Sean Hume helped St Eunan’s U21 footballers lift the county championship today against all the odds.Star-studded Kilcar were odds-on favourites to win the title.And with eight minutes left, they were seven points to the good and thought they had both hands on the trophy. But they hadn’t counted on a remarkable comeback by the Letterkenny team – written off by all the local media before a ball was kicked.St Eunan’s had slipped into the lead in the 17th minute when Darragh Mulgrew hit the back of the net, but five minutes later Kilcar netted themselves through Eoin McHugh.Kilcar kept that lead and extended it to three, leading 1-09 to 1-06 at the break – but they weren’t out of sight.McHugh scored two quick frees after the break before the brilliant Paddy McBrearty pointed again – his seventh of the day at that stage – to give Kilcar a six point advantage. But St Eunan’s have their own handy marksman and Sean Hume pointed yet again from distance to narrow the gap – before hammering home a goal to level the game 2-10 to 1-13.Sean Daffan was the hero in the Eunan’s goal as he pulled off a stunning save as McBrearty rifled home what looked like the winner. He had to settle instead for a point from the resulting 45, to take Kilcar a point clear.But Michael Miller pointed straight away to tie the game again – 2-12 to 1-15 in injury time.A couple of referee decisions – against Eunan’s players for over-carrying – led to frustration in the crowd.But that soon turned to delight for the Letterkenny side at least as Sean Hume fired him another goal four minutes into injury time to complete a remarkable 3-12 to 1-15 victory. HUME THE HERO AS ST EUNAN’S STUN FAVOURITES KILCAR TO WIN U21 TITLE was last modified: December 20th, 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:kilcarSt EunansU21 championshiplast_img read more