PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies batsman Darren Bravo is taking legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after he was dropped from the squad before the recently concluded Tri-Nations one-day series in Zimbabwe. Bravo is claiming unlawful dismissal after he was sent home by the on-tour management committee for blasting WICB president Dave Cameron in a row over contracts. The Guardian newspaper is reporting that Bravo’s lawyer has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the WICB last week, which has been received by the board. Bravo, the most consistent batsman for the Caribbean side in the longest format, was overlooked for the top tier and offered a Grade C contract. The row between the stylish Trinidadian batsman and Cameron erupted after Cameron gave an explanation for their offer, stating that Bravo’s performances were not consistent enough to merit a higher grade of pay. Bravo lashed out at Cameron on Twitter, accusing him and the board officials of never offering him a Grade A contract in the first place despite his consistency.
Liberia failed to graduate from hand to mouth farming to sufficient food production to sustain the nation, which is the first priority in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2000 – 2015.The Director General of Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Dr. Walter Wiles last Wednesday told a team of reporters that Liberia failed to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty which is the number one United Nations MDG.Speaking at his office in Gbarnga, Bong County Dr. Wiles blamed this failure to poor farming systems, lack of support to the farming sector, lack of storage facilities and inadequate manpower.While appreciating the government’s efforts to alleviate the high cost of living, he called on the government to live up to the demands of contemporary times. “Liberia has made no significant progress over the years after the civil unrest to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty,” admitted Dr. Wiles, adding that “ government needs to prioritize national food sufficiency through ceaseless productivity.”Focusing on CARI’s status and responsibilities, Dr. Wiles said CARI is now an autonomous arm of the Ministry of Agriculture responsible for research, recommendations and implementation of policies within its framework.“At CARI, we focus on research. We are scientists whose job is to find out why certain soil content is good or not good for farming. We do experiments on crops and food trees. We supply agricultural products for multiplication and build capacities in farmers to go beyond their immediate environments in food production,” Dr. Wiles informed reporters.Concerning challenges, the CARI boss said that research is expensive and takes a huge amount of resources to completely conduct one case related research. “CARI has challenges,” Dr. Wiles emphasized, adding, “We have inadequate funding; we lack sufficient manpower, logistics and lack the facilities to get all the jobs done.”On the involvement of women in the agriculture sector, Dr. Wiles said women constitute over 50% of the working population in the sector, but are also faced with challenges.“What women need to solidify their establishment in the sector is to have access to mechanical tools and the scientific understanding of the sector,” he said.In response to gender disparity, he condemned the overemphasis on women’s weaknesses and their marginalization by their male counterparts.“Women are part of society,” he said. “We need them and they need us. What we should avoid is dwelling on the negative side of their coexistence with men. Men, too, go through some constraints initiated by women, but that is no longer a problem. Are men not humans too? Let’sstop the gender politics and focus on the ways that will shape our lives and reform society for good.”Dr. Wiles challenged Liberians to learn from Nigeria’s mistake. “Nigeria, having discovered oil, put aside farming and that is today haunting its huge population,” he pointed out.He said there are varieties of rice, cassava and other cash crops in the country that can easily be multiplied to help end hunger.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We can just sit and talk,” Vizquel said. “If he can’t accommodate that, it’s fine. It’s not an obligation. They would probably listen to what I have to say – I hope so. It could be just an introduction.” Vizquel plans to play through the 2009 season and catch Venezuelan countryman and Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio in a few statistical categories for shortstops along the way. Ramirez’s drive Manny Ramirez, who received permission from the Red Sox to report late to spring training for family reasons, was scheduled to attend a car auction in Atlantic City on Saturday, according to the promoter of the auction. It wasn’t immediately clear if the team were aware of Ramirez’s scheduled appearance at the Atlantic City Classic Cars Auction. Boston’s first full-squad workout is Thursday. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the deadline for players to report to spring training is next Tuesday. Wainright to start The last time Adam Wainwright was on the mound, he was closing out the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals. The next time he pitches a meaningful game, it probably will be as a starter in the team’s rebuilt rotation. Omar Vizquel would prefer to know where he will play next season and announced upon his arrival at spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., that he hopes the San Francisco Giants will consider a contract extension. Vizquel, who will turn 40 in April, would like to set up an informal meeting this spring, though Giants general manager Brian Sabean isn’t ready to commit to such discussions with the 11-time Gold Glove shortstop. The 25-year-old right-hander is expected to open the season as part of the rotation – as long as closer Jason Isringhausen doesn’t have a setback in his rehabilitation from hip surgery. It was Isringhausen’s injury that thrust Wainwright into the closer’s role last October. Benson tries rehab Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson is trying to avoid surgery on his injured right shoulder with aggressive rehabilitation. Following the advice of two of the three medical experts he consulted, Benson will start a program geared toward easing the pain from a torn rotator cuff. If successful, it would allow him to pitch this season. Around the bases Washington Nationals closer Chad Cordero won his arbitration case, getting a raise to $4.15 million from $525,000. San Diego Padres second baseman Todd Walker won his arbitration case, getting a raise from $2.5 million to $3.95 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Mauricio Gonzalez finished with 14 points including 11 in the second half for Poly. Rojas finished with eight points and 6-foot-6 senior center Santiago Moreno had seven points for Poly. Senior Nigel Ajere, a transfer from Arcadia High, led Pasadena with 24 points. Trevon Harmon finished with 16 points, including 12 in the first half, and sophomore forward Joseph Henson chipped in 10 points for the Bulldogs. Pasadena moves onto the regional semifinals Saturday night at top-seeded Fairfax of Los Angeles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was one of those nights,” Gay said. “We weren’t expecting those guys to come out and jump on us like they did. We gave it everything we had and it was a fun ride this year.” Poly head coach Brad Katz said, “DJ is our horse. He gave it his best. He carried us all year.” Poly was outscored 15-5 to start the game and had trouble catching up from there. A glimmer of hope came in the second quarter when the Parrots (24-6) got to within nine points. However, the Div. II-A Bulldogs (32-2) ended the first half on a 17-5 run and led by 21 points at the intermission. It only got worse in the third quarter as a series of miscues pushed the lead to 30points. In one stretch of play, Pasadena’s Armond Binns made a steal and a layup, Gay missed two free throws, Poly reserve guard Ben Hernandez was issued a technical foul and Mike Rojas dropped a post entry pass out of bounds for a turnover. “The defense was no different than what we’ve seen all year,” Katz said. “The difference was they had second and third chances all night. They killed us on the glass. They are very athletic and far greater than we are. We’re just not that big.” PASADENA – The DJ Gay show came to a screeching halt Thursday in the Division I Southern regional quarterfinals of the state playoffs at Pasadena High. After thrilling the area with huge scoring bursts and dominating performances all season, Gay finished with only 14 points on 4-of-24 shooting in a 79-57 loss to Pasadena.
“I gained, like, 30 pounds,” he said with a chuckle. “When I say I was away from the game, I was away from the game.” A 6-foot-4 senior guard, Williams said he never thought about not coming back because basketball meant to much to him. So did the school and the tough-love coaching staff. He arranged for his own financial but said it also took help from his mother and his then-girlfriend with whom he was living. The academic struggles were not surprising. Oliver said Williams has the talent to play at the Division I level but had to settle for playing in junior college when he came out of Warren High School in Downey in 2000. He opted to attend Cerritos because it was close to home and traditionally fielded quality teams. There he played with James Perkins, who took a recruiting trip with Williams to Cal State and eventually decided to follow him there. “He has always been able to shoot a little,” said a sarcastic Perkins, glancing over at his teammate just a few yards away. “He does everything pretty well, though. I’m glad he’s on our side.” Williams said he likes pressure situations. He nailed a NBA-range three-pointer from the top of the key in the closing seconds against Findlay (Ohio) at Grand Canyon to send that game into overtime – although the Coyotes eventually lost. He drained eight three-pointers, seven of those coming in the first half, on his way to a career-high 32 a week ago in a loss at Monterey Bay. Williams has a better shooting percentage from long distance than inside. He is shooting 44.0 percent (55-for-125) overall but is at 44.8 percent (39-for-87) from three-point range. “I like it out there. The further out, the better,” he said. Oliver said that although Williams does have great touch, he gets a lot of clean looks because of his movement. “He works to get the shots because he moves without the ball and gets himself open,” the coach said. “That’s something I wish I (could) get some of our other guys to understand.” Not only does Oliver appreciate his player’s work ethic, he likes his passion, too. He said it is Williams that is the most down after a tough loss. And there have been many of those this season. But nothing Williams does on the court will make Oliver happier than when he graduates, most likely in June of 2007. “Nothing could make me prouder than watching him walk across that stage and get his diploma,” he said. “We’re here as coaches, but our other job is to see that kids come out of here better people. He worked hard to get where he is now.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He needed to get well academically, and he wasn’t going to do it on the school’s dime,” Oliver said. “At some point you, have to stop spoonfeeding these kids so they take responsibility for their own actions. When they leave here, they’re adults in the real world, and we do them a disservice if we’re not preparing them for that.” The move paid off for Williams, Oliver and the Coyotes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Williams matured in the year he spent focusing on school instead of sports and returned to the program this season a more responsible person. The layoff didn’t affect his game, either. He is averaging a team-high 13.4 points and has emerged as one of the most feared three-point shooters in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. He and the Coyotes (5-7 overall, 4-2 league) will face Cal Poly Pomona (8-5, 4-2) in a crucial showdown at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Coussoulis Arena. “I learned a lot in that year,” Williams said. “It was good for me to have that time to get back on track as far as school goes. I just realized how much I needed to get that degree.” Oliver said that in his year away, Williams didn’t get the benefit of any services offered to athletes. No special academic counselors. No one to schedule classes for him. No one to help him arrange supplementary aid. He was completely on his own. Williams went to most of the home games and contemplated whether he would fit in or if he could have helped when the team was struggling. But participation was limited to some shooting around with a teammate once every couple of weeks. SAN BERNARDINO – Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver acknowledges he didn’t know if he would see Curtis Williams again after he took back his scholarship following the 2003-2004 season because of his academic shortcomings. It was a chance he was willing to take.
Rosecrans Avenue, and on Lakeland Road, Norwalk Boulevard, Los Nietos Road and Pioneer Boulevard. Burlington Northern’s plans to add a third track on the line through Santa Fe Springs will mean delays of up to 20 minutes at the rail crossings unless the underpasses are built, Latham said. “We anticipate in the next five to 10 years there will be a large impact,” he said. “There’s talk of trains as long as a mile long.” Two other grade separations along the same track – one in Pico Rivera and another on the La Mirada-Santa Fe Springs border – already are fully funded. Money also may flow from the bond measure to the planned widening of the Santa Ana Freeway, which would receive an extra lane and a carpool lane from the Orange County border to the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, said Jerry Wood of the I-5 Consortium Cities Joint Powers Authority. The bond measure also included funding that would go directly to cities, which local officials said would help maintain roads. “We have a commitment to maintain our infrastructure,” La Mirada City Manager Andrea Travis said. “Annually, we determine what projects we’ll do. Hopefully, this money will assist us in meeting those projects.” In Whittier, city officials said they could use their share of bond money to improve Whittier Boulevard, while Santa Fe Springs officials are eyeing the possible windfall for repaving projects on Alondra Boulevard, Bloomfield Avenue and Slauson Avenue. Pico Rivera City Manager Chuck Fuentes said his city might use its $2.1 million share for improvements along Rosemead Boulevard, as well as other neighborhood projects. Not everyone is thrilled with the massive bonds, however. Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, said taxpayers will ultimately foot the bill. “It’s going to cost us $2 billion a year in interest,” he said, adding that the bond measure lets regional transportation agencies off the hook for improvements they should be responsible to make. “The state is taking loans but has a structural deficit,” Spence said. “How does that work?” Steven Frates, a senior fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College, said the bill’s components are “like a sausage.” “There’s a little bit of something for everybody,” he said. He expects massive campaigns supporting the bond from construction-trade unions and teachers’ unions. He also noted that most of the money will be acquired by competitive grants, meaning that cities, counties and transportation agencies will all have to go before boards in Sacramento and beg for money. There will be hired lobbyists, hearings and tons of politics, he predicted. In general, however, bonds to pay for transportation improvements score well in public opinion polls, he said, and this one could have a decent shot at passing. “The fact of the matter is, for 10-15 years, maybe even like 25 years, the state has neglected transportation projects,” said Frates. Staff Writer Ben Baeder contributed to this story. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAbout $5 billion could go straight to Los Angeles County, said David Yale, director of regional planning for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “What’s so different about this – and so good about it – is that the money doesn’t have to come in slowly,” he said. “If voters approve it, the money is there almost immediately.” If passed, Yale said, residents would see construction begin within the next few years on freeway improvements, commuter rail extensions, and on routing roads beneath train tracks to eliminate long waits at rail crossings. Locally, the most significant amount of money would go toward constructing underpasses – also called grade separations – at rail crossings at Marquardt Road and Making your way to work in Santa Fe Springs or driving on the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway could get easier if voters approve the proposed $20 million state transportation bond measure in November. According to Santa Fe Springs City Manager Fred Latham, the measure appears to include $300 million to fund the construction of five railroad grade separations along the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe railroad line that runs from east to west through the city. The bond also is expected to provide money for widening of the Santa Ana Freeway, Latham said. In addition, every city in the state would receive some money from the measure – as much as about $2.7 million in the case of Whittier.
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SATURDAY 5-1-2013Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneGweedore Celtic Reserves P v P Glencar Celtic Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCranford United Reserves P v P Downtown UnitedDowntown Cup Group AErne Wanderers 5 Milford United Reserves 1Erne Wanderers started the new year off with a comfortable win against Milford on Friday night under the lights in the Lakeside. Played in good conditions Erne started the better and took the lead in the fifth minute when they won a free kick on the right on the half way line and with Milford asleep they didnt react to the quick free played down the wing for Mark Dorrian to run into acres of space and he dribbled into the box and pulled the ball back to the edge of the area for Mulligan to run onto and pass the ball into the bottom corner for his 8th goal of the season. Wanderers were dominating all areas at this stage and creating chances at will but didn’t add to the score sheet until the half hour mark when Ryan O’ Brien returned a ball into the box after a corner was cleared to his feet. It looked harmless enough but when the ball bounced in front of the keeper the spin took it past the keeper into the net for a freak goal. The 3rd came at half time when Sticky Ward beat his man on the left side of the area and his cross come shot reached the back post where right back Micheal Dolan slid in to riffle into roof of the net. Milford made a change at half time and started the better of the two teams but did’nt create any real chances and the home team extended thier lead on the hour mark when Sticky Ward fired home from 6 yards. Milford got on the score sheet on 70 minutes when they got a penalty and it was neatly tucked into the corner under keeper O’ Brien’s dive. Wanderes got the fifth on 80 minutes when Cassidy’s long clearence caught the away defence napping and Ward raced clear to round the keeper and tap into empty net for his 7th of the season. A good team effort from the homster’s with Ward, Spratt and Cassidy the pick of the bunch and a good tem effort from Milford. Ref John McGlanagheyGlenea United Reserves 9 Tullyvinney Rovers 0Glenea got their Downtown Cup campaign underway with a comfortable win over Tullyvinney. In wintry conditions Glenea played with the aid of the wind in the 1st half and pressed for the opening goal. The home side were rewarded on 20 minutes when Lee O’ Brien was on hand to tap home after the away keeper failed to deal with a cross. Glenea extended their lead on 24 minutes when Sean Maguire released Michael Mc Clafferty and he slotted the ball home. Glenea got their third on 32 minutes when Martin Maguire converted Martin Doohan’s cross. Glenea’s fourth came on the break, with Tommy Rodgers running from the halfway line to slot the ball home. Any hope the Tullyvinney had of getting back into the game was reduced when Padraig McGee converted a penalty for Glenea on 50 minutes. Glenea added further goals from Martin Maguire, Martin Ferry and two more from Lee O’ Brien to complete his hat-trick. Best for Glena were Lee O’ Brien, Michael Mc Clafferty & Conor McGee, while it was team effort from Tullyvinney Downtown Cup Group BKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 2 Donegal Town Reserves 2Kilmacrennan were held at home on Saturday by a resilient Donegal Town side in wet, mucky conditions at Lurgy Park. Kilmacrennan started the game brightly and had a number of half chances before their reward came in the 28th minute when Liam McBride put JJ Fleming through on goal with a nice through ball and JJ made no mistake in dispatching past the goalkeeper. The home side could have been two goals up 10 minutes later after some great work from Sean O’ Donnell down the left wing, but his perfect cross bounced up in front of Cathal Gallagher when it looked almost harder to miss. Kilmacrennan started the second half well too as the pitch started to show bad signs of wear but they got their second 4 minutes into the second half when Cathal Gallagher pounced on a mistake in the Donegal Town defence to place the ball into the empty net to give the hosts a two goal lead. Donegal Town pressed hard for a way back into the game and got one on the hour mark after Ted Bustard was slid through and he beat the keeper in a one on one situation. The Donegal forward was on the mark again 15 minutes later, capitalising on a mistake in the Kilmacrennan defence to score his second. Both teams pressed hard towards the end and either could have won it only for missed chances. A draw was a fair result in the end.Downtown Cup Group C Deele Harps P v P Gweedore United ReservesGlenree United Reserves 2 Ramelton Mariners 4On a wet afternoon in Glenree Park both teams started their cup campaigns and it was the away team that started well when a free kick was whipped in by David Fisher only to be missed by everyone to nestle in the corner of the net. The home side got themselves back into the game in the 20th minute when Kevin Doherty pressurised the goalie and right back into a mistake which lead to the equaliser. Glenree took the lead in the 30th minute when another free kick lead to a goal with Vinny Mc Laughlin flicking on a header which curled nicely into the corner of the goals. Glenree went in at half time deserved leaders after a very good first half performance. The away team knew they had a fight on their hands if they wanted to take anything from the game and they started very brightly in the second half but still were not creating any clear cut chances due to the Glenree defence. Indeed the homeside should have had the game sown up after they missed some glorious chances. In the end these chances cost them the game as with eight minutes to go for the first time in the game there was a mix up in the home sides defence which lead to the equaliser from Barry Mooney. The homeside never really recovered from that blow and conceded the third moments later when Cathal Mc Gettigan finished well and an easy fourth was tapped in for the away side. It was a very flattering scoreline for the visitors as they were well contained throughout most of the game until the bitter end and were given a very tough match. The homeside must now move on and take the positives from their performance. A team performance was put in by both teams but Ian Mc Elhinney stood out as man of the match with a great performance. Referee: John FerryFAI Junior CupRichmond FC 3 Keadue Rovers 2NO REPORTSUNDAY 6-1-2013Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United 0 Rathmullan Celtic 3Rathmullan came out on top in this highly anticipated local derby game following the Christmas break. Rathmullan started brightly creating some very good crosses which were dealt with by the Milford defence and keeper Caolan Mc Gettigan. Rathmullan’s best chance came when left back Paddy Sheridan’s rocket of a shot from 25 yards was tipped over by Caolan Mc Gettigan. The best chance of the half fell to Peter Doherty who received the ball from Ciaran McGinley but his shot was saved by the feet of Ian Strain in the Rathmullan goal. Rathmullan made the break through on 21 minutes, on the counter attack, when Oisin McMenamin broke from the half way line to finish well. Again ten minutes later from another counter attack Eamon Sheridan held the ball up and put a perfect pass into the path of McMenamin who again finished well. Paddy Sheridan scored a good goal breaking from left back in the injury time to secure victory. Rathmullan were deserved winners on the day showing great hungry to win, with fitness and confidence. Best for Rathmullan were Paddy Sheridan and Oisin McMenamin. Best for Milford were Paddy Peoples and Mark Flood. Referee: Kevin LogueKilmacrennan Celtic 5 Dunkineely Celtic 1Kilmac started the new year with a fine win over Dunkineely. The hosts started at a blistering pace and their first shot on goal came from Eddie Doherty who struck a thunderous shot off the woodwork. Ryan Shiels forced the Dunkineely keeper into a fine save moments later. The breakthrough came on fifteen minutes when Ryan Shiels rose highest and headed home a Michael McLaughlin corner. With twenty minutes played Doherty shot from the edge of the box and forced the Dunkineely into another smart save however this time Caolan Kelly was on hand to tap in from close range. Dunkineely played their way into the game and scored with five minutes remaining in the first half through Martin Cunningham. Kilmac had time for another goal however, when Aidan Friel made a fantastic run down the right wing to cross for Kelly to collect his second of the game.The second half was a different story as Dunkineely held the majority of possession. The Kilmac defence held strong and caught the visitors on the break when Michael McLaughlin found himself one on one and coolly finished. Kelly collected his hatrick when Eddie Doherty found the striker unmarked to ensure the three points for Kilmac.Best for Kilmac were Ryan Sheils and Caolan Kelly. Team effort from Dunkineely.Referee: Paddy DuffyGweedore Celtic 0 Lifford Celtic 1A blustering crosswind didn’t help matters but Lifford will be satisfied to come away with three points from An Screaban on Sunday afternoon. The visitors controlled the early exchanges but a few long range shots didn’t trouble Michael Mc Kelvey the home keeper.After fifteen minutes Thomas Diver found himself clear but the Lifford keeper parried away his shot. The only goal arrived on forty minutes .A mix up in the home defence allowed Jude Patton to nip in and calmly finished from close rangeThe game became rather scrappy in the second half and despite the best efforts of both teams, neither created any clear cut chances.Best for Gweedore Damien O’Sullivan and Cathal CampbellA team effort by LiffordReferee: Joe Mc HughCastlefin Celtic P v P Glenea UnitedWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 Curragh Athletic 4Curragh claimed all 3 points on their visit to the Island scoring 4 times in the process. The goals came in the 45th 60th 70th and 82nd minutes with the following scorers Ryan Carlin, Shane Barclay, Gareth Gallagher and Dan O’ Brien. The first was scored by Shane Barclay, finishing a right wing cross at the end of 1st half then Ryan Carlin toe poked an effort home from inside the area following a long clearance. The third and fourth were from corners and quick breaks both times the visitors finishing well. Arranmore threatened on occasion going close from a free but were denied. Emmett Mc Nulty best for Curragh and team performance from Arranmore. Referee: Brian O’ Kane had an excellent game!Ballybofey United 1 Raphoe Town 1In a lacklustre affair played at the Finn Valley complex in Stranorlar Ballybofey United and Raphoe Town shared the points. Raphoe squandered an opportunity to take a first half lead when they failed from the penalty spot. Just as the half time whistle seemed imminent Alan Patton crashed home a blistering shot from forty yards to put the home side ahead. Ten minutes after the re-start Raphoe pulled themselves level but again were the authors of their own misfortune as they missed from the spot for the second time in the match and had to settle for a share of the spoils. Referee: Ed MooreDonegal Town 3 Drumoghill FC 1Donegal Town gained all three points from this evenly contested game at the Hospital Field. The best early chance came when Conor Mc Monagle slid the ball across to Benny Byrne, from the right hand side, but Byrne failed to convert knocking the ball over the bar. Drumoghill then should have taken the lead when Richard Moore’s effort hit the bottom of the post after he created space well inside the area. The opening goal came shortly afterwards when Mc Monagle produced a moment of real quality as he rose inside the area to fire home with a bicycle kick. Drumoghill got right back into it before the break when a mix up in the Donegal defence allowed Moore to race through and finish well to send the teams in level at the break. Drumoghill started brightly after the break but as the half wore on the home side grew increasingly into the game. Benny Byrne restored Donegal’s lead when he headed home powerfully from a Stuart Johnston cross. The three points were sealed in the dying moments when David Harron spun his defender on the edge of the area and fired in a low cross which was converted by Declan Brown at the back post. Best for Donegal were Mc Monagle and Byrne. Team performance from Drumoghill.Cranford United 1 Eany Celtic 1Due to the poor weather conditions the game was switched to tri-a-loughin Fanad and both teams took some time to settle into any real patternof play. On ten minutes a long ball from the goalkeeper was firedgoalwards by Neil Lloyd forcing Enda McHugh into a great save butBarry Rose forced home the rebound. Cranford quickly got back on terms when aPhilip Buchanan cross was tucked in by Danny McBride. The game ebbedand flowed from then on with not many chances at either end. Cranfordgot on top early in the second half when Eany were reduced to ten menwith half an hour remaining. They pilled on the pressure for theremainder of the match with half chances falling to Buchanan, ChrisCarr and Arthur Lynch but all were unable to find a winner. Chris Duffyand Michael McGinley were Cranford’s best with Declan Boyle and NeilLloyd the standout men for Eany. Referee: Mick Lagan.CT Ball Division TwoKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 Convoy Arsenal 2Kerrykeel ‘71 grabbed all three points in their first game of 2013 but they made hard work of it as it was simply a game of two halves with Kerrykeel ‘71 bossing the first half and Convoy Arsenal the second. The ‘71 went in front on thirteen minutes when Niall Doherty finished well after great work from Cathal Martin. Kerrykeel were playing great attacking football and made it two nil on thirty eight minutes when Miley Mc Bride cooly slotted home from six yards after a great one two with Cathal Martin. At half-time Kerrykeel probably thought the game was over but Convoy had other ideas with a great second half display of football. They got one back on fifty-six minutes when Eamonn Kelly swung in a great ball and Barney Mc Bride could only head into his own goal. Convoy kept pushing and got level on seventy two minutes after a Kerrykeel attack broke down and Paddy Melaugh broke clear and beat the advancing keeper. Convoy looked like the team that was going to lift all three points as they kept Kerrykeel on the back foot and Sean Friel making a few great stops. In the final seconds Kerrykeel launched a ball forward and Seimie Friel brought it down with a great touch driving into the box and as he was about to unleash his strike he was pulled down by the Convoy defender. With referee Dennis O’Donnell pointing to the spot, Mark “Sparky” Friel stepped up to convert from the penalty spot. Convoy didn’t deserve to loose the game, however the ‘71 grabbed all three points.Best for Kerrykeel 71: Cathal Martin, Mylie Mc Bride and Niall DohertyTeam Performance from Convoy ArsenalReferee: Dennis O’DonnellCopany Rovers 4 Dunlewy Celtic 0An emotionally inspired Copany outfit produced a four-star performance to beat promotion chasing Dunlewey by 4 goals to nil at Killowen Park.Darragh Brogan opened Copany’s account on 12 minutes when he latched onto a quickly taken throw from Marty McGrath and fired home from the edge of the box.Copany doubled their advantage on 28 minutes when Marty McGrath fired home from close range after the ‘keeper could only palm Darragh Brogans effort into his path.On 33 minutes David Graham broke the offside trap and drove the ball low past the ‘keeper to make it 3 for the hosts.Darragh Brogan wrapped up an excellent half when he broke the offside trap and fired to the corner of the net on 43 minutes following some good build up play from the Cobras.There were a few chances at either end in the second half, with both ‘keepers making two point-blank saves each. Brendan Mc Geady came closest to pulling a goal back for Dunlewey when he showed the quality of his left boot with a shot which crashed against the crossbar on 65 minutes.Team effort from Dunlewey, with a phenomenal team display of commitment from the Copany side, with every player playing their part in an outstanding win.Referee: Seamus Mc GroaryFAI Junior CupCappry Rovers 1 Innishvilla 3Cappry Rovers were defeated by a much stronger Innishvilla team in the F.A.I. Junior Cupin Cappry Park on Sunday.Play swung from end to end with both teams playing their hearts out in a good competitive opening period with both defences kept busy.Cappry opened the scoring in the twenty seventh minute when Kevin Mc Glynn fired to the bottom left hand corner of the net past the diving keeper following a cross.The visitors put the pressure on in search of the equaliser but it was Cappry who nearly scored through Malachy Martin but his shot went narrowly wide. Innishvilla got back on level terms in the thirty ninth minute when a shot from close range by Mickey Lynch deceived Benji O’ Meara and finished in the back of the net.The visitors went in front in the forty first minute through Mickey Lynch when the Cappry defence failed to clear their lines and he scored from close range.In the second half Cappry went in search of the equaliser, created a few good chances, one where the ball ran along the goal line but there was no one to finish it. Cappry had another shot which hit the crossbar. The visitors also hit the bar.Cappry threw caution to the wind and played three at the back but were caught in the eighty fifth minute when Mark Murphy beat the off side trap to drill the ball past the advancing O’ Meara in the Cappry goal to seal the game and put the Cork team through to the next round of the cup.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAY 5-1-2013Old Orchard Inn Saturday Division OneGweedore Celtic Reserves P v P Glencar CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCranford United Reserves P v P Downtown UnitedDowntown Cup Group AErne Wanderers 5 v 1 Milford United ReservesGlenea United Reserves 9 v 0 Tullyvinney RoversDowntown Cup Group BKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 2 v 2 Donegal Town ReservesDowntown Cup Group CDeele Harps P v P Gweedore United ReservesGlenree United Reserves 2 v 4 Ramelton MarinersFAI Junior CupRichmond FC 3 v 2 Keadue RoversSUNDAY 6-1-2013Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United 0 v 3 Rathmullan CelticKilmacrennan Celtic 5 v 1 Dunkineely CelticGweedore Celtic 0 v 1 Lifford CelticCastlefin Celtic P v P Glenea UnitedWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 v 4 Curragh AthleticBallybofey United 1 v 1 Raphoe TownDonegal Town 3 v 1 Drumoghill FCCranford United 1 v 1 Eany CelticCT Ball Division TwoKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 v 2 Convoy ArsenalCopany Rovers 4 v 0 Dunlewy CelticFAI Junior CupCappry Rovers 1 v 3 InnishvillaTOTAL FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE, EVERY MATCH REPORT, EVERY SCORE was last modified: January 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EVERY MATCHEVERY SCORETOTAL FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE
Ballindrait 5K 2015Overall Finish List by Chip Time July 03, 2015Results By Lifford AC Chip TimingPlaceNameTeamBib NoAge Group PlaceChip TimeGun TimeGender1Anthony Doherty210 1 Top Fin16:5816:58M 2Karl Doherty2881 W/C17:4017:40M3Clint DohertyFinn Valley AC2672 Top Fin18:1518:17M4Martin McColgan2423 Top Fin18:1618:19M5Niall ElliottLifford AC3121 M 0-1818:1718:17M6Dara McNultyfoyle valley1941 M 40-4918:2518:27M7Kenny MelaughDeele Harps2491 M 19-3918:2818:30M8James StevensonLifford AC2592 M 19-3918:3818:39M9Charlie McElwaineLifford AC3032 M 0-1818:5318:55M10Conor GallagherLifford AC2173 M 19-3919:1919:19M11John TaylorConvoy AC1931 M 50-9919:2419:27M12John McCarthyCity of Derry Spartans2002 M 50-9919:4119:43M13Warren Blackburn1834 M 19-3919:4219:42M14Evan BonnerDeele Harps2325 M 19-3919:5119:56M15Conor McGonagleFinn Valley AC2702 M 40-4919:5719:59M16John CoyleFit4Life Lifford AC2913 M 40-4920:1620:20M17Denis Lafferty1696 M 19-3920:2620:31M18Pat BonnerDeele Harps2314 M 40-4920:3820:43M19Eamonn ConnollyAghyaran Athletic2607 M 19-3920:5520:56M20Wilson CraigLifford AC3013 M 0-1820:5721:00M21Kevin Connolly2145 M 40-4921:0221:05M22Martin Devenney2158 M 19-3921:0321:05M23Adrian DevineCastlefinn Running Club2239 M 19-3921:0821:10M24Gerard CampbellLifford AC2783 M 50-9921:1121:13M25Gavin GallagherDeele Harps29810 M 19-3921:1521:26M26Ryan Campbell1724 M 0-1821:1621:19M27Gerard CrawfordLifford AC Fit4Life1646 M 40-4921:1921:22M28Norman Lindsay26311 M 19-3921:2121:28M29Sean McMenaminAghyaran Athletic2614 M 50-9921:3221:34M30Ian Alexander3047 M 40-4921:4121:45M31Dermot McGranaghanCastlefinn Running Club2585 M 50-9921:4421:46M32Eugene BoyleCastlefinn Running Club2168 M 40-4921:4421:46M33Barry PorterFit4Life Lifford AC2929 M 40-4921:4421:48M34Pauric McKinneyInishowen AC2116 M 50-9921:4721:51M35Michael McKinneyLifford AC17710 M 40-4921:4821:50M36Jay McCauleyFit4Life Lifford AC27711 M 40-4921:5421:56M37Mark MelaughDeele Harps25012 M 19-3921:5922:10M38John McElwaineLifford AC30212 M 40-4922:0322:07M39Patrick McDaidFit4Life Lifford AC2667 M 50-9922:1622:19M40Martin CrawfordLifford28513 M 19-3922:2822:33M41Noel MaileyConvoy AC18914 M 19-3922:3022:30M42William O’DonnellConvoy AC18815 M 19-3922:3622:39M43Dessie GallenKCR20713 M 40-4922:4522:49M44Liam ClearyFit4Life Lifford AC22914 M 40-4922:4522:51M45Don SmithConvoy AC2838 M 50-9922:5122:53M46Karl HoustonCastlefinn Running Club24515 M 40-4922:5122:54M47Stephen CrawfordLifford AC Fit4Life19516 M 19-3922:5122:58M48Kieran McGowanDeele Harps30517 M 19-3922:5723:06M49Amanda McBreartyCastlefinn Running Club2441 Top Fin22:5723:00F50Joe GavinLifford AC28216 M 40-4923:1123:18M51Eugene McGinleyRaphoe Road Runners2249 M 50-9923:1123:15M52John CraigFit4Life Lifford AC30017 M 40-4923:1223:17M53Chris CuskellyLifford AC23418 M 40-4923:1523:20M54Mark Glenn18418 M 19-3923:2123:21M55Liam MaguireLifford AC18619 M 40-4923:2323:23M56Adrian SheridanOmagh Wheelers1995 M 0-1823:3523:38M57Deborah ConroyLifford AC Fit4Life2012 Top Fin23:3623:39F58Ursula CoyleFit4Life Lifford AC2903 Top Fin23:3623:39F59Kevin GallagherFit4Life Lifford AC23020 M 40-4923:5023:56M60Eddie ConnollyDeele Harps18019 M 19-3923:5123:57M61Stephen BarrettFit4Life Lifford AC29720 M 19-3923:5624:01M62Barry McArdleLifford AC31121 M 40-4924:0124:06M63Joe GallenLifford AC Fit4Life20410 M 50-9924:1024:17M64Gillian SmithCastlefinn Running Club2561 F 19-3924:1624:21F65Eamonn McConnellCastlefinn Running Club28722 M 40-4924:1624:21MPlaceNameTeamBib NoAge Group PlaceChip TimeGun TimeGender66Rhonda PorterLifford AC Fit4Life1652 F 19-3924:1824:21F67Martin McCrory17523 M 40-4924:3224:41M68John Lowe26521 M 19-3924:3424:42M69Aidan McGrathFit4Life Lifford AC22824 M 40-4924:4624:50M70Declan McCallionLifford AC21911 M 50-9924:5725:03M71Anthony BolandFinn Valley AC30912 M 50-9924:5825:10M72Gary CrawfordDeele Harps31022 M 19-3925:0825:19M73Declan McCullaghDeele Harps29423 M 19-3925:0825:17M74Charles Dooher1736 M 0-1825:1625:22M75Sean McCullaghDeele Harps29524 M 19-3925:1925:29M76Aidan GallenKCR2067 M 0-1825:2025:26M77Lawrence O’HaganCastlefinn Running Club23625 M 40-4925:4725:55M78Michael FrielLifford AC21826 M 40-4925:5326:00M79Keegan GallagherDeele Harps3068 M 0-1825:5326:05M80Alisha CuskellyLifford AC2331F 0-1825:5425:58F81Caroline CrawfordLifford AC Fit4Life1633 F 19-3925:5726:00F82Roisin KerriganFit4Life Lifford AC2351 F 40-4926:1226:16F83Linda MacbethRaphoe Road Runners2934 F 19-3926:1526:21F84Irene McNultyConvoy AC1872 F 40-4926:1726:23F85Tommy McHughLifford AC Fit4Life19013 M 50-9926:2026:23M86Mark DonagheyLifford AC20227 M 40-4926:2126:27M87Joe BreslinFit4Life Lifford AC27914 M 50-9926:2226:26M88Barry DuffyAghyaran Athletic24028 M 40-4926:2526:36M89Oliver GallagherSt Johnston Men on the Move28015 M 50-9926:3126:34M90Camillus Melaugh17125 M 19-3926:3226:38M91Vanessa McHughDeele Harps2252F 0-1826:3326:35F92Sean BonnerConvoy AC28416 M 50-9926:4826:53M93Chris McCay17626 M 19-3926:5527:05M94Rosie McCaffertyMelvin WJR1855 F 19-3926:5827:07F95Karen Darragh2746 F 19-3927:2027:26F96David MeehanFit4Life Lifford AC28927 M 19-3927:2427:24M97Denise MossAghyaran Athletic2383 F 40-4927:3127:39F98Carmel BolandFinn Valley AC3081 F 50-9927:3527:47F99Oisin McKinney2139 M 0-1828:0028:04M100Padraig Gallagher20910 M 0-1828:0128:04M101Ciara McKinney2123F 0-1828:0128:04F102Oisin DohertyDeele Harps22611 M 0-1828:2828:28M103Carmel BrindleLifford AC Fit4Life1924 F 40-4928:3328:39F104Kevin BoyleLifford AC Fit4Life18217 M 50-9928:3728:43M105Peter Mackey20328 M 19-3928:5028:55M106Sarah BarrettFit4Life Lifford AC2967 F 19-3929:0029:06F107Ann DonnellFit4Life Lifford AC2545 F 40-4929:0429:10F108Teresa McMenamin2418 F 19-3929:0429:13F109Christine PattonFit4Life Lifford AC2489 F 19-3929:0429:11F110Kate MullenLifford AC Fit4Life1746 F 40-4929:0729:14F111Caroline McCurdyFit4Life Lifford AC2277 F 40-4929:0829:14F112Derek McGillionMelvin WJR17829 M 40-4929:1629:26M113Karen McGillionMelvin WJR1798 F 40-4929:1629:26F114Kieran CrawfordLifford28612 M 0-1829:1929:23M115Kevin McGlynn17029 M 19-3929:1929:25M116Cronan GallagherDeele Harps30713 M 0-1829:2029:25M117Darragh GallagherDeele Harps29914 M 0-1829:2629:37M118Amanda DuffyAghyaran Athletic2399 F 40-4929:3329:43F119Nicola GreggConvoy AC18110 F 19-3929:4529:49F120Conor CattersonDeele Harps22030 M 19-3930:0230:14M121Marian Gallagher20810 F 40-4930:1030:14F122Marie McGonagle19811 F 40-4930:1030:14F123Andy Mcbeth27231 M 19-3931:0531:13M124LeaAnn MelaughFit4Life Lifford AC24711 F 19-3931:0831:15F125Jasmine KellyDeele Harps22212 F 19-3931:2831:37F126Brid KellyDeele Harps22112 F 40-4931:3831:38F127Mairead McElhinneyDonoughmore25213 F 19-3931:4431:53F128Jenny Lowe26414 F 19-3931:4631:54F129Alison Devine26215 F 19-3932:0532:12F130Eileen CrawfordLifford AC Fit4Life19616 F 19-3932:0832:17F131Ava CrawfordLifford AC1974F 0-1832:1432:23F132Gerard MaxwellFit4Life Lifford AC23730 M 40-4932:2232:26M133Brian Loughrey28132 M 19-3932:2232:25M134Nia Loughlin16717 F 19-3933:5534:05F135Eugene McGarveyFinn Valley AC26818 M 50-9933:5734:06MPlaceNameTeamBib NoAge Group PlaceChip TimeGun TimeGender136Gina McCartney2732 F 50-9935:3835:47F137Louise Macbeth27118 F 19-3935:3935:47F138Joan Colhoun1683 F 50-9936:5136:55F139Margaret McGarveyFit4Life Lifford AC26913 F 40-4937:0937:18F140Carolann WardFit4Life Lifford AC27519 F 19-3937:4837:58F141Niall WardLifford AC27633 M 19-3937:4837:58M142Liz GallenKCR2054 F 50-9938:1738:22F143Leslie Brown1665 F 50-9938:5239:02F144Charlene McConnellDonoughmore25320 F 19-3939:4739:55F145Joan McHughLifford AC Fit4Life1916 F 50-9940:1140:16F146Anthea HegartyFit4Life Lifford AC25514 F 40-4945:5346:07F147Michael Hegarty25745:5346:07M148Kieran McColgan243MWalkers1Sylvia French2Daniel O’Hagan3Audrey Friel4Mary Friel5Derek Friel6B Gallagher7Liam Curran8Mary Curran9Kevin Boyle10Kerri Hegarty11Emma Hegarty12Mary Hegarty13Judith Smyth14Charlotte Neeson15Ellie O’Hagan16Louise Connolly17Damien Lynch18Pippa Rose Lynch19Hannah Connolly20Martina Doherty21Noel Hannigan22Patsy O’Donnell23Patricia O’Donnell24Una Gallagher25Niall Gallagher26Lauren Gallagher27Archie Melaugh28Leonard Melaugh29Paul Lynch30Kevin Lynch31Jacqueline Lynch32Lauren Lynch33Lorraine Craig34Rose Lynch35Simon Lynch36Iris Kerrigan37Muriel Gallagher38C Gallagher39Paddy McKinney40Emmet Catterson41Niamh Foley42Adam Campbell43Sean McGinley44Kate McGinley45Hazel Willoughby46Alice O’Hagan47Tony O’Neill48Catriona O’Neill49L Melaugh50Elaine McGlinchey51Lee Wood52Owen McCullagh53Stephen McCullagh54Lauren Hegarty55Jamie Hegarty56Lisa HegartyPlaceNameTeamBib NoAge Group PlaceChip TimeGun TimeGender57Katelyn Stevenson58Farrah Stevenson59Margaret Lafferty60Laurice Lafferty61Liam McMonagle62Hector Toye63Sandra O D64Shane Toye65Amanda M66Claire Curran67Eimear Curran68Barry Curran69Deirdre Hegarty70Paul Hegarty71E Hegarty72Catherine Hegarty73Liam Hegarty74Linda Hegarty75Laura Hegarty76Paula Gallagher77Francesca Colhoun78Declan Melaugh79Derek Cooke80Courtney Houston81Michael Houston82Kyle Crawford83Oisin KellyMORE THAN 200 TAKE PART IN BALLINDRAIT 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 4th, 2015 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:Ballindrait 5K
The club would like to wish all its members a happy new year, hoping 2017 can be successful on and off the pitchDinner DanceOur Annual Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday 21st January 2017 in the Malin Hotel. Make sure to Save the Date. Dr McKenna CupChristopher McLaughlin is part of the Donegal GAA Senior panel for the upcoming Dr McKenna Cup games. The fixtures are on Sunday 8th of January against Ulster University Jordanstown in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey at 2:00pm, Sunday 15th of January against Cavan in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey at 2:00pm and Wednesday 18th of January against Tyrone in Healy Park, Omagh at 8.00pm and all support would be welcome.Josh ConlanWell done to Malin player Josh Conlan and his Moville Community College teammates after winning an under 16’s Ulster Schools competition. Josh was instrumental in the final played before Christmas and the club would like to congratulate Josh. CalendarsThe club are featured on a Wild Atlantic Way calendar and are selling these now at the reduced price of €8 from the club shop or any committee member. This would make a lovely present to send to friends or relatives who may be living abroad. Contact John Byrne for further details on 0862507380.Donegal YearbookThe 2017 Donegal yearbook is out with every club is featured with reports on county teams and pictures etc. It can be purchased online priced €15 at: http://donegalgaa.ie/product/donegal-2016-yearbook/. The club has a selection available in the Club shop or contact John Byrne on 086 2507380.Club Shop The Club Shop is open every Saturday from 12.00pm to 2pm and Sunday from 11.20am to 2pm, alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242. The shop stocks a great range of in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats, gear bags and much more club merchandise. The club Facebook page has a picture of some of the many items available along with a pricelist.Facility BookingsAll bookings for sports hall/gym should be made through Susan Byrne 0867832242. All bookings for pitch should be made through Gerard Mc Laughlin 0868704255. All bookings for upstairs/ function room should be made through John Mc Laughlin 0863858654. Remember the clubhouse is available for private functions/parties with stage, sound system, kitchen, bar and toilet facilities – contact John on the above number. Also anyone looking to borrow chairs or other items from clubhouse should also contact John.Club Pool Room The pool room is open every Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the clubhouse. All welcome.Irish DancingThere will be Irish dancing lessons upstairs in the clubhouse every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:15pm and every Friday 4:00 to 5:30 for boys and girls from age 3 and upwards. All beginners welcome, competitive and non-competitive dancers. Contact Donna for more details 0862615755.Club GymGet Fit Gym Gift VouchersGift Vouchers are now available for the Get Fit Gym in the Malin GAA Clubhouse. Gym Membership is €120 and only €100 for current club members. The Gift Vouchers can be bought in the gym throughout the week. Vouchers can also be used towards fitness classes, nutritional plans and personal training with Charlie Byrne Health & Fitness.Club notesAll items for the club notes should be sent to Brendan Monagle on 0863777015 and firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda McColgan on 0863452769 and email@example.com or private message our Facebook page.FinallyThe club would like to congratulate club P.R.O Brendan Monagle and his wife Seana on the birth of their baby boy Oliver.Malin GAA club: Young starlet set to be part of Donegal panel for Dr McKenna Cup was last modified: January 2nd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Does spying on me and my family, or intruding into my life, or keeping me from saying or discussing anything about terrorism, explosives, bombs, dissatisfaction about the White House’s current occupants, their disenchanting and mesmerizing razzle-dazzle handiwork, or how our country seems to be the lowest on the totem pole for being the so-called “best country in the world” help me in any way? Just how does all of this and more keep me and my fellow Americans safe from terrorism? John C. Weaver Reseda A stepping stone Re “Bush defends secret spying in the U.S.” (Dec. 17): President Bush and Cheney are showing the public, by their domestic spying, that they have no respect for the Constitution or our Democratic society. Their Patriot Act is being used as a stepping stone toward a dictatorship. People like myself writing these articles could be hauled off in the middle of the night and never seen again. Excuse me, I have to sign off, there are two suits at the door. Ted Pearson Valencia Military presence If the naysayers, today’s liberals, had had their way, we would have declared a specific date for our pullout from the World War II theaters. They probably would have selected 5 June 1944 as an appropriate date to bring our soldiers home. Or when the newsreels (no nightly TV in those days) showed 5,000 American soldiers killed in one day on the beaches of Normandy, they surely would have demanded that we quit then and there. Fortunately, Cindy Sheehan, Jane Fonda, Rep. John Murtha, and their ilk were not around in those days. Pull out? Good grief, folks, we still have troops in Germany, Japan, and, oh yes, Bosnia. We will, and must have a military presence in Iraq and, indeed, the whole Middle East for a long time to come. Max C. Yost Northridge My second job I remember when I was excited that the workday was finished and got to go home. I now am excited that I made it to work on time and do not want to see my workday end. The traffic commute is now my second job, thanks to all who must get into that last opening in the middle of the intersection. When the greedy take a parking spot in the middle of the intersection and the light turns red, traffic can’t move, then the green for the left-turning traffic sits and waits, light after light. We need some super strict fines for those who have no care for congestion or common sense when it comes to creating traffic jams. I say it’s time to get the cameras up and running for the intersection blockers. Impose a $500 fine and call it a day. I bet traffic will flow better and maybe I can quit my second job. Mike O’Donnell Reseda The gold rules Re “House approves tough immigration bill” (Dec. 17): This is something American citizens have needed for a long, long time. Actually, we never should have allowed all the problems that lax immigration laws and subsequent lax enforcement began to create in the early 1970s. From the loss of once-dedicated American manufacturing and other jobs to Asia and Latin America, to a new Third World level of living that we mostly just seem to accept like sheep, things got worse because of the immigration mess we allowed to come into being. This bill won’t survive the Senate. The Republicans are funded by people who maximize their profits by the continued dumbing-down of the American work force. The Democrat side is funded by, frankly, strong racist groups with a pro-any-kind-of-immigration agenda. Although we voters put these people into office, they will do what their true constituencies want. Stan Bass Montrose Spying on me? Re “Bush defends secret spying in the U.S.” (Dec. 17): President Bush never ceases to amaze me on how many personal freedoms and rights he can take away from the American citizen just to keep us safe, and prevent us from being Americans. So, I have a question for the leader of our fair country.