Hello again, mate: After ‘basketbrawl,’ PH battles Australia anew in Fiba U18

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Olympians group hosts sendoff for Asian Games team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bahrain pushed Batang Gilas into a 26-34 hole before the Filipinos went on a searing 21-0 run to close out the second quarter and settle the issue.As in its win over China, Batang Gilas relied on its twin towers of Kai Sotto and AJ Edu to bamboozle Bahrain. Taking a lot of lobs, Sotto finished with 21 points, 10 boards and three blocks while Edu punched in another monster game with 16 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks to power the Philippines.The Philippines had a 52-41 edge off the boards, including 19-12 off the offensive glass.“We’re all excited about booking the World Cup berth but the job isn’t done for us yet,” wingman Dave Ildefonso told the Inquirer.“There’s no time to celebrate,” added Ildefonso, who was limited to six points a day after powering the Philippines to a huge 73-63 victory over powerhouse China that charted Batang Gilas’ course to a showdown with Australia. “They (Australians) are arguably the best team in the tournament and we’ll go out there and try our best to get a podium finish.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments The Philippines weathered an early storm and whipped Bahrain, 67-52, Thursday at Stadium 29 in Thailand.Batang Gilas, which remained undefeated after four games, also clinched a berth to the Fiba U19 World Cup for the first time since 1979. It also marks the first time that a team from the Seaba subzone will be among the final four teams since 1995 and the first time that the Philippines will have a chance at a medal since 1992, according to Fiba.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Australia forged the matchup after drubbing Japan, 88-52, later in the day.But while the Australians, who leaned on Kyle Bowen’s highly efficient game, applied the chokehold on the Japanese right off the bat, the Philippines wobbled early. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Batang Gilas team. Photo from fiba.basketballFunny how things have turned out.Just over a month removed from an ugly brawl that shook the basketball world, the Philippines and Australia cross paths again in a Fiba tournament, this time in the semifinals of the U18 division, where both countries booked their tickets via dominating routs.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Australia was hardly bothered as it also nailed a fourth straight win like the Philippines.Led by Bowen, who finished with 22 points after making all but one of his 12 attempts from the field and added 13 rebounds for good measure, Australia jumped the gun on Japan and zoomed to a 42-27 halftime lead that it just kept adding to.The Philippines-Australia battle for a slot in the finale comes just over a month after an infamous brawl by both country’s senior squads during a World Cup qualifying match at Philippine Arena.Ten Gilas Pilipinas players were suspended in the aftermath of the July 2 brawl.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgSelf-care is the watch word of one of my mentors based in Montevideo, Uruguay. She has stood behind me like the rock of Gibraltar and would always tell us to practice self-care each time we went into the fields for Community Education Outreach programmes on Ebola.The volunteer peace messengers and I often wonder why is it that the head of SASEF is always requesting us to take care of ourselves. The answer to this question is never farfetched.As the incidence of Ebola Virus Disease continues to decline and schools are gearing up to re-open, self-care of those going to schools also becomes our main message to young people in Liberia.Whether we like it or not, we cannot deny that Ebola Virus Disease will remain a major threat in the years ahead. And it is based on this premise that we continue with our series on “Ebola Educates Campaign” –Self Care.It’s being a while now that school children have been taught or provided basic hygiene education, like hand washing before eating and after every toilet/bathroom break; brushing dental hygiene and hair grooming.Most people do not consider daily bathing a necessity, many more prefer to treat high fever at home through self-medication rather than go for proper medical consultation, diagnosis and treatment.In order to alleviate the social side effects of the EVD, Government and others need to put in place facilities for self-care, monitor specific self-care activities and practices such as temperature screening, hygiene kits, and water and put in place interventions to deal with potential health threats. Clean hands protect lives. By promoting hand washing techniques, we can contribute to preventing child illnesses and at the same time halt the spread of diseases, such as diarrhea, typhoid, pneumonia and Ebola.As we progress with our Ebola Educates campaign, we urge Government, faith based organizations and private sector educators to improve sanitation in our schools by dealing with the inequalities in school sanitation. Lack of access to toilets and urinals have detrimental long-term effect especially on girls.There is a need to establish a standard ratio of toilet facility to user for girls and boys alike. UNICEF standard provides one toilet for twenty-five girls and a toilet and urinal for eighty boys.Not unrelated to poor hygiene facilities in schools is the equally poor refuse disposal and insufficient water in schools and urban slums of Liberia. The adoption of best practices in one area would critically influence behaviours with respect to health care. If schools are limited in the provision of facilities that would encourage health habits and behaviours, we should not expect our school children to attach much importance to health care.Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia is committed to advocating for self-care through its peace clubs and dissemination of health education materials during its Ebola Education Outreach programmes in various communities.School proprietors, teachers and administrators have pivotal role in inculcating clean and healthy self-care habits among school children and by extension their families, friends and wider community and improving water and sanitation in schools.With the idea that everyone has a role to play in the fight against Ebola, MOP-Liberia is inviting all students to submit their stories on Ebola. Our campaign on “Ebola Educates is designed for the general public and in the best interest of school children.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous donation.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates-Schools Protocols”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Georgetown not ready for parking meters – Deputy Mayor

first_img…motorists to start paying from todayThe grace period is up and today, motorists in Georgetown will have to pay in order to park around the city or face penalties. But concerns have been raised about what benefits, if any, the project would actually bring to the city, in the absence of a publicly released feasibility study.In an interview on Sunday, Georgetown Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan questioned why the study which Smart City Solutions Incorporated (SCSI) is said to have carried out has not been released to the public.“It would definitely give more insight into the why the parking meters are being laid out in a certain way. If the city is congested, it could tell us by what percentage the parking meters will reduce this,” he said.He noted that the study would also give the public some insight into some of the stakeholders who were consulted by the company and what their contributions were.Georgetown Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan“The recommendations of such a study could be useful in allowing the public to understand what options were on the table,” he posited.Last year, Chairman of the National Parking Systems (NPS), Ifa Cush had alluded to studies his company had done. He had stated that based on those studies and on experiences in Mexico, Peru and Panama, implementation of the parking meters would be the best option to control the flow of traffic.The absence of a feasibility study was a sore point with the Finance Ministry team which reviewed the parking meter contract. In its review, the Ministry team pointed out that there was some uncertainty about how aspects of the contract, such as the fees, were arrived at.“The prices appear outlandish, since it is apparent that no feasibility study was done to determine break even and reasonable profit positions. M&CC [The Mayor and City Council] has to provide some justifications of how the parking and other fees were derived,” the review had stated.At present, the price is set at $50, plus Value Added Tax (VAT), for 15 minutes. This means that motorists will be charged $200 for every hour spent parked. At present, the least amount of time which can be purchased is 15 minutes.SCSI Public Relations Consultant Kit NascimentoOn Sunday, in response to queries from Guyana Times about the feasibility study, SCSI Public Relations Consultant Kit Nascimento emphasised that the feasibility study was in the possession of the M&CC. He acknowledged, however, that it has never been made public.Other concernsMeanwhile, Duncan raised other concerns about the project, such as the visit to Panama by Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, Town Clerk Royston King and Councillors Junior Garrett and Oscar Clark. This visit, which took place months after the contract was signed, was reportedly to perform due diligence checks on the meters already installed in the country.The Deputy Mayor also pointed out that the machines installed were seventh generation Estrada machines, noting that they were not as state-of-the-art as the Parkeon’s 2016 model.“Why are we settling for outdated technology if we must have meters?” the Deputy Mayor queried in his statement. “Everything I have heard, read, researched, and know of this project says we are on the wrong side of history to implement it. More so because of the economic impact, to say nothing of the roll-out, Georgetown is not ready for parking meters.”Nascimento acknowledged that an upgrade was necessary, but stated that the technology being installed were the best compatible with Guyana. He also noted that they were in use in many other countries.“Given the Internet and how it functions in this country, we’re using the most modern technology we can at this point of time. And the technology we’re using now happens to be in use in a very large number of other countries. We will upgrade the technology at the appropriate (time) that Guyana allows.”How it worksThe meters work by the user inputting the number of their parking space, the time they need and then a prepaid card which they would have purchased, to a card reader on the meters. Metered hours are Monday to Saturday, 07:00h to 19:00h (7am to 7pm).Any vehicle which has neither paid for parking or has exceeded the paid time would have a wheel incapacitated by a tyre booting device. This can be done whether the vehicle owner is present or not.If the owner is not there, she or he will be greeted by the sight of the incapacitated vehicle and a sticker on the driver’s window upon their return. In cases whereby the parked vehicle may obstruct the flow of traffic, they may return to an empty space as the vehicle would be immediately towed.A fine of $8000 plus VAT will have to be paid in order to unlock the vehicle. If the fine is not paid within two hours, the vehicle will be towed to an impound lot. The fine would then be $12,000 plus any VAT applicable.Already, parking meters have been installed around Georgetown, including in front of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre and the Bishops High School. This has attracted much criticism from the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and the National Disability Commission.SCSI has since agreed to meet with representatives from the group.last_img read more

Todd, Scelzi speed way to NHRA wins

first_imgThe 24-year-old, who became the first African-American to win a NHRA professional class in 2006, has won four times in his last 12 races. In all, Todd has competed 20 times in the dragster. “It’s pretty surprising to myself,” said Todd. “I never expected it to happen as suddenly. Last year was a Cinderella season, but it wasn’t surprising to ourselves.” POMONA – Neither rain or darkness failed to deter J.R. Todd or Gary Scelzi from winning performances at the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series opening Winternationals on Sunday. Todd, who opened the day with three career-best Top Fuel runs to reach the finals, took out Brandon Bernstein for his fourth career victory. His run of 4.482 seconds at 324.98 mph was the slowest of the day, but it mattered little as Bernstein lost traction 60 feet off the starting line. In the Funny Car finale, Robert Hight crossed the finish line first in the run against Scelzi. That was a remarkable feat considering that Hight crossed the centerline and hit a timing cone at 1,000 feet, an automatic disqualification. Scelzi, only the third driver in the 47 years of Winternationals to win both Top Fuel and Funny Car, was credited with a run of 4.716 at 332.26. The fact he was able to get to the line was a testament to the Don Schumacher Racing team after Scelzi drove into the sand trap after a semifinal win against Mike Ashley. “Every single guy was working on the car, trying to get the sand out,” said Scelzi. “That was a lot of hard work. We got lucky against Robert, sometimes you might get lucky early, but we got lucky in the final.” Hight was despondent. “I feel I let the team down,” said Hight. “They worked hard all winter to give me a great car and all I had to do was keep it my lane and I would have won.” center_img There was no such drama in Pro Stock. Greg Anderson defeated Greg Stanfield,6.651 at 207.05 to 7.001 at 163.64, to record his third win in the opener in the past four years. For good measure, it was the third consecutive win by Anderson over the famed Fairplex quarter-mile. “This track is magic for me,” said Anderson, whose string of three straight championships was snapped last year by teammate Jason Line. “It plays into our game plan, the 60-degree weather is right up the Pro Stock alley. When it’s like this, the horsepower shows up and we use it all.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Burbank district, teachers give tentative OK to pact

first_imgUnion co-president Kim Allender said the deal puts about 85 percent of teachers at or above the county median. The remaining 15 percent – teachers with about 10 years of experience – may still reach that goal, depending on how other school districts settle, he said. And both sides will get another chance at the table in the fall when negotiations to renew the teachers’ three-year contract begin. “We’re certainly going to continue to make the point that all Burbank teachers should be at the median,” Allender said. The raises will cost the district about $4.5 million. Also, third-grade teachers will receive extra class preparation time at a cost of $200,000 a year for the district, while spending for health benefits increased $269,000, or 0.47 percent. The union was more aggressive at the table this year as Sacramento allocated more dollars for public education after several lean years. As negotiations dragged, the school district in February applied for an impasse with the California Public Employment Relations Board. The teachers responded by picketing City Hall. BURBANK – The school district and teachers union have reached a tentative agreement for up to a 7.25 percent raise, ending nearly seven months of contentious negotiations that required intervention by a state mediator. The nearly $5 million package reached Thursday provides most of the 800-member Burbank Teachers Association a salary increase of 4 percent to 7.25 percent, depending on experience, for the 2006-07 school year. Those who have worked at the district for 24 years or more will receive a $1,000 raise. “With this behind us, we can continue to move forward for the remainder of the school year with a focus on our mission,” Burbank Unified Superintendent Greg Bowman said Friday. The settlement, which needs to be ratified by both sides, fell short of the union’s goal to move salaries for all members to at least the median for Los Angeles County teachers. The union had asked for a 7.47 percent raise overall, compared with the 6.5 percent average agreed upon. Teachers union members are scheduling a vote to ratify the agreement before spring break begins March 22, while the BUSD board will take it up April 19. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hull striker completes move to Turkey

first_imgHull striker Dame N’Doye has completed a £2.2million move to Trabzonspor.The Senegalese striker arrived from Lokomotiv Moscow on deadline day in January and made an immediate impact, scoring three times in his first four appearances.He went on to score both goals in the victory over Crystal Palace but ended the season on a five-game scoreless streak as the Tigers slipped out of the Barclays Premier League.N’Doye cost £3million but had a buy-out clause of £800,000 below that following relegation, a fee which the Turkish club have met.He was absent from the squad that beat Huddersfield 2-0 on Saturday, having flown to discuss personal terms with Trabzonspor.The 30-year-old has agreed a three-year deal. Dame N’Doye 1last_img read more

Immunity sought for companies cooperating with NSA monitoring

first_imgAttorney General Michael B. Mukasey echoed that theme in an op-ed of his own in The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, saying private companies would be reluctant to provide their “full-hearted help” if they were not given legal protections. The government’s dependence on the phone industry, driven by the changes in technology and the Bush administration’s desire to expand surveillance capabilities inside the United States, has grown significantly since the Sept. 11 attacks. The NSA, though, wanted to extend its reach even earlier. In December 2000, agency officials wrote a transition report to the incoming Bush administration, saying the agency must become a “powerful, permanent presence” on the commercial communications network, a goal that they acknowledged would raise legal and privacy issues. While the NSA operates under restrictions on domestic spying, the companies have broader concerns – customers’ demands for privacy and shareholders’ worries about bad publicity. In the drug-trafficking operation, the NSA has been helping the Drug Enforcement Administration in collecting the phone records showing patterns of calls between the United States, Latin America and other drug-producing regions. The program dates to the 1990s, according to several government officials, but it appears to have expanded in recent years. Officials say the government has not listened to the communications, but has instead used phone numbers and e-mail addresses to analyze links between people in the United States and overseas. Senior Justice Department officials in the Bush and Clinton administrations signed off on the operation, which uses broad administrative subpoenas but does not require court approval to demand the records. At least one major phone carrier – whose identity could not be confirmed – refused to cooperate, citing concerns in 2004 that the subpoenas were overly broad, government and industry officials said. The executives also worried that if the program were exposed, the company would face a public-relations backlash. The DEA declined to comment on the call-tracing program, except to say that it “exercises its legal authority” to issue administrative subpoenas. The NSA also declined to comment on it. In a separate program, NSA officials met with the Qwest executives in February 2001 and asked for more access to their phone system for surveillance operations, according to people familiar with the episode. The company declined, expressing concerns that the request was illegal without a court order. While Qwest’s refusal was disclosed two months ago in court papers, the details of the NSA’s request were not. A government official said the NSA intended to single out only foreigners on Qwest’s network, and added that the agency believed Joseph Nacchio, then the chief executive of Qwest, and other company officials misunderstood the agency’s proposal. Bob Toevs, a Qwest spokesman, said the company did not comment on matters of national security. Other NSA initiatives have stirred concerns among phone company workers. A lawsuit was filed in federal court in New Jersey challenging the agency’s wiretapping operations. It claims that in February 2001, just days before agency officials met with Qwest officials, the NSA met with AT&T officials to discuss replicating a network center in Bedminster, N.J., to give the agency access to all the global phone and e-mail traffic that ran through it. The accusations rely in large part on the assertions of a former engineer on the project. The engineer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said in an interview that he participated in numerous discussions with NSA officials about the proposal. The officials, he said, discussed ways to duplicate the Bedminster system in Maryland so the agency “could listen in” with unfettered access to communications that it believed had intelligence value and store them for later review. There was no discussion of limiting the monitoring to international communications, he said. “At some point,” he said, “I started feeling something isn’t right.” Two other AT&T employees who worked on the proposal discounted his claims, saying in interviews that the project had simply sought to improve the NSA’s internal communications systems and was never designed to allow the agency access to outside communications.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – For months, the Bush administration has waged a high-profile campaign, including personal lobbying by President Bush and closed-door briefings by top officials, to persuade Congress to pass legislation protecting companies from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program. But the battle is really about something much bigger. At stake is the federal government’s extensive but uneasy partnership with industry to conduct a wide range of secret surveillance operations in fighting terrorism and crime. The NSA’s reliance on telecommunications companies is broader and deeper than ever before, according to government and industry officials, yet that alliance is strained by legal worries and the fear of public exposure. To detect narcotics trafficking, for example, the government has been collecting the phone records of thousands of Americans and others inside the United States who call people in Latin America, according to several government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the program remains classified. But in 2004, one major phone carrier balked at turning over its customers’ records. Worried about possible privacy violations or public relations problems, company executives declined to help the operation, which has not been previously disclosed. In a separate NSA project, executives at a Denver phone carrier, Qwest, refused in early 2001 to give the agency access to their most localized communications switches, which primarily carry domestic calls, according to people aware of the request, which has not been previously reported. They say the arrangement could have permitted neighborhood-by-neighborhood surveillance of phone traffic without a court order, which alarmed them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe federal government’s reliance on private industry has been driven by changes in technology. Two decades ago, telephone calls and other communications traveled mostly through the air, relayed along microwave towers or bounced off satellites. The NSA could vacuum up phone, fax and data traffic merely by erecting its own satellite dishes. But the fiber optics revolution has sent more and more international communications by land and undersea cable, forcing the agency to seek company cooperation to get access. After the disclosure two years ago that the NSA was eavesdropping on the international communications of terrorism suspects inside the United States without warrants, more than 40 lawsuits were filed against the government and phone carriers. As a result, skittish companies and their lawyers have been demanding stricter safeguards before they provide access to the government and, in some cases, are refusing outright to cooperate, officials said. “It’s a very frayed and strained relationship right now, and that’s not a good thing for the country in terms of keeping all of us safe,” said an industry official who believes that immunity is critical for the phone carriers. “This episode has caused companies to change their conduct in a variety of ways.” With a vote in the Senate on the issue expected as early as Monday, the Bush administration has intensified its efforts to win retroactive immunity for companies cooperating with counterterrorism operations. “The intelligence community cannot go it alone,” Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, wrote in a New York Times op-ed Monday urging Congress to pass the immunity provision. “Those in the private sector who stand by us in times of national security emergencies deserve thanks, not lawsuits.” last_img read more

Newest pope views film biography of John Paul II

first_imgPope Benedict XVI watched a film Thursday about the pontificate of his predecessor, remembering the Polish-born pope as “the unforgettable John Paul II.” The made-for-TV movie “Karol, A Pope Who Remained Man,” was shown to Benedict in a Vatican auditorium. Benedict said he was left “petrified, as if we were present” when watching the reconstruction of the 1981 attempt on John Paul’s life by a Turkish gunman in St. Peter’s Square. Benedict said the screening – three days before the first anniversary of his predecessor’s death – brought to life “the phases of the pontificate of the unforgettable John Paul II” and reminded him of John Paul’s “vibrant words to condemn the oppression of totalitarian regimes, murderous violence and war.” The film tells the story of John Paul’s pontificate from his election in 1978, through his globe-trotting ministry, to the protracted suffering of his last days in 2005. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gardai get to the bottom of ‘undercover’ case

first_imgA woman told Gardai that her son was upstairs under his bedclothes when Gardai arrived to question the man about a car crash.A bench warrant had been issued for the arrest of Sheridan O’Callaghan of Windmill View, Letterkenny, Co Donegal after Gardai found a car on its roof on January 13th. When they arrived at his home, the accused man’s mother opened the door and told Gardai he was upstairs in bed.O’Callaghan claimed he had insurance for the car but no evidence of the insurance was produced at Letterkenny Garda station.The case was adjourned.Gardai get to the bottom of ‘undercover’ case was last modified: July 12th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

McBREARTY SAYS LABOUR HAS ABANDONED DONEGAL AND RURAL IRELAND

first_imgCounty councillor Frank McBrearty has launched a stinging attack on his former party saying they have ‘no shame’ for what they have done to Ireland since coming into power.Cllr Frank McBrearty has quit the Labour Party.The Raphoe politician revealed to Donegal Daily yesterday that he had resigned from the Labour Party in recent days.And now, in his first interview since quitting, the father-of-four outlined his reasons for leaving the party he has served since 2009. McBrearty said bluntly: “I joined the Labour Party for the right reasons because I felt we could genuinely make a change.“But I feel that certain people in power, both members and management in the party, know no shame.“They made promises to the people of Donegal and Ireland before the last election and they have broken those promises.Cllr McBrearty was critical of Senator Jimmy Harte and leader Eamon Gilmore.“My issues with Labour go much deeper than that and there are many facets to it but I simply could not carry on,” he said. The former Mayor of Donegal specifically cited the Family Allowance cuts and the Abortion Referendum as ‘deal breakers’ for him.He said he had huge issues with these during his time as Mayor of Donegal but he could not bring himself to resign during this time.“I did not think it was the right time because I was very proud to be Mayor of Donegal and I did not want to tarnish the office of Mayor.“I have let the dust settle and now I have made my decision and I certainly won’t be going back on it,” he said.Cllr McBrearty revealed that he held a meeting with some of his family and supporters earlier this week and told them he was considering quitting politics altogether. He says he is still not completely certain if he will stand again but will do so as an Independent candidate if he does.He added that although he respects many of the grassroots Labour supporters in Donegal, he feels they are in a weakened state than when he became a councillor in 2009.He said the issue of Senator Jimmy Harte co-opting Pascal Blake and Michael McBride onto Letterkenny Town Council and Donegal County Council was a major mistake, in his opinion.“I know Michael McBride well and I have a lot of respect for him and I know it was Jimmy Harte’s choice. “But I feel that caused a lot of tension in the party and left it in a weakened state than if the party had have decided who to co-opt,” he said.Cllr McBrearty said he feels the management and the hierarchy of the Labour Party are now simply out of touch with rural Ireland and especially those in the West of Ireland.“People like Tommy Broughan, Roisin Shortall and Colm Keaveney, I have tremendous time for.“But, in general, Labour has lost touch with its people and especially those in Donegal and the West of Ireland.“This is a sad thing to say but I do not think Labour will be in power when we celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and they will only have themselves to blame,” he said.Cllr McBrearty also produced a letter he had sent to Deputy Colm Keaveney in December last in which he said he could not support the then Budget and would be considering his position within the Labour Party when his term as Mayor of Donegal was complete.Away from the Labour Party, Cllr McBrearty says he has enjoyed himself on Donegal County Council where he says there are “more good councillors than there are bad ones.”But with the council being approximately €158M in debt, he refers to the spending of €4M on the One Sigma project as being real issues the council must address.“This is a major issue for the council – spending this large amount of money on something we may never see put to use.“The majority of county councillors are hard-working and honest but there are some who know how to play the game.“Perhaps that’s my problem, that I am too honest and that I don’t play the game. But I know that if someone comes to me with an issue I can look them in the eye and tell them the truth,” he said.He paid tribute to the council staff but said the pubic in Co Donegal should realise that there is very little money in the council’s purse to do much work.McBREARTY SAYS LABOUR HAS ABANDONED DONEGAL AND RURAL IRELAND was last modified: October 1st, 2013 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:Cllr Frank McBreartydonegalLabour partySenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more