The Impact Of Eastern Champs

first_imgThe absence of Eastern Championships from the 2016 high school athletics calendar is cause for concern. It comes at a time when teams from that end of the island are on the rise. For teams like Buff Bay High and St Mary High, Eastern Champs might have been a stepping stone to strong performances at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. St Mary High is the last eastern school to win a Champs title, if you discount the win by the boys of St Jago High in 1987, which came in a period when ISSA moved the Spanish Town school from Central Champs to Eastern Champs and back. With athletes of the calibre of schoolgirl Olympian Jackie Pusey and the speedy Doreen Small, St Mary High won Girls’ Champs in 1976 and 1977. Since then, the results of eastern schools at Champs make grim reading. Only Morant Bay High School had made the top ten since 2000, with a seventh-place finish for the boys and their female teammates reaching 10th in 2004. In fact, the alma mater of Olympic medal winners Juliet Cuthbert and Hansle Parchment has been the highest-placed eastern school at Champs more than any other from that region. Besides those top ten finishes, Morant Bay High has ten other top-15 placings in the 2000 – 2015 period. The closest any other eastern school has come to the Championships top ten is the 2013 12th place finish by former giants St Mary High. Concerted action seems to be needed to strengthen athletics in the region. Despite all that, Eastern Champs is well worth saving. Cuthbert and Parchment are only two of a long list of national senior representatives who competed for schools from the East. Rosie Allwood, Nikole Mitchell, Percival Spencer, Lelieth Hodges, Carrie Russell, Wilbert Walker, a 2004 triple Champs gold medallist for Morant Bay, and Javere Bell, all emerged there, with Bell’s 2011 Class One 400 triumph for Seaforth High garnering the last Boys’ Champs gold medal to be taken eastward. Fiona Richards of Buff Bay exemplified her school’s recent rise with a Class Two discus and shot put double at Champs last year. Before her, the last winner from the east was Orethia Powell of Morant Bay in the 2006 Class Four long jump. Fittingly, Buff Bay were the highest-placed eastern school on both sides of the gender fence at Champs in 20th (girls) and 16th (boys). The simultaneous disappearance of Eastern Champs and the long-running Howard Jackson Morant Bay Relays from the 2016 schedule may have been caused by the tight financial environment. Their absence removes opportunities for student athletes to put their talent on show and enjoy an extra-curricular activity with proven benefits of exposure, exercise and tertiary educational possibilities. The sooner Eastern Champs returns, the better. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. GRIM READINGlast_img read more

ONE Championship ventures into boxing

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Pacquiao’s in-ring achievements speak for itself as he is the only pugilist in history to capture major world titles in eight different weight classes and was long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites.However, boxing’s popularity in the Asian region is slowly ebbing due to several factors, including Pacquiao’s imminent exit from the sport and the growing reputation of another form of combat sport like mixed martial arts.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’Boxing promoters such as Bob Arum of Top Rank tried to replicate Pacquiao’s magic and rise to stardom with Chinese boxer Zou Shiming, but the 86-year-old American businessman failed to get the desired result.As the demand for boxing continues to wane in Asia, the sport has found an unlikely ally in ONE Championship, a mixed martial arts organization that was established in Singapore seven years ago. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Already solidified itself as one of the premier mixed martial arts promotions in the world, ONE Championship has set its sights on boxing.ONE Championship recently announced its partnership with Nakornloung Promotion to co-promote the world title defense of WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in the main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, which is set to take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6.“Our work in boxing has always been driven by our passion and love. The best part of it is that we get to give life-turning opportunities to boxers and their families. Each of them has their own stories, but they are all driven by the same dream – to be the world champion,” said Thainchai Pisitwuttinan, the head honcho of Nakornloung Promotion.“I am glad that our promotion and ONE Championship have coalesced in having a common mission and vision for combat sports athletes around the globe,” he added.Venturing boxing is a no-brainer for ONE Championship after it launched the highly-acclaimed ONE Super Series last April, which was created with the purpose of showcasing the purest forms of striking arts such as Muay Thai and kickboxing.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 At a press conference in Manila three months ago, ONE Championship big boss Chatri Sityodtong already hinted plans to establish a professional boxing league in addition to ONE Super Series, inviting boxers from all over the globe to join the promotion.A few months later, Sityodtong proved that he was dead serious in hosting boxing matches in ONE Championship, announcing his partnership with Nakomloung Promotion in staging Rungvisai’s homecoming bout in Thailand on October 6.Sityodtong described the organization’s venture into boxing as akin to ONE Championship’s buoyant effort in elevating mixed martial arts in Asia.“When we started seven years ago, nobody wanted to talk to us. They didn’t even want to work with us. Of course, that changed eventually. We have experienced such exponential growth in all areas. If we could do for it mixed martial arts, we can do it for boxing as well,” Sityodtong stated.Since its inception in 2011, ONE Championship has taken mixed martial arts in Asia into greater heights, broadcasting to over 1.7-billion potential viewers across 136 countries around the world.With a highly-active fan base that is engaged in both digital and social media platforms, the biggest local and global brands in the world have been attracted to ONE Championship.Forming a number of key partnerships, ONE Championship is at pace for a billion dollar valuation and an initial public offering in the next couple of years.In line with ONE Championship’s strategy of developing local and homegrown mixed martial arts athletes, the promotion ventured and scouted talents into new markets like Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, India and Vietnam as well as untapped areas of the Middle East, China and Russia.Sityodtong attributes the promotion’s success to its content and its extremely-loyal fans that are growing in number every single day.“ONE Championship captures the essence of entertainment similar to a show in Las Vegas, but combines it with the sporting excellence of elite martial artists. It also breaks the mold of being a global sports media property that is based in Asia,” he explained. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ If there is one athlete who put Asia on the map of the international sporting scene, it is boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sityodtong’s claim was supported by Filipino boxing standout Jerwin Ancajas, who was at ringside to watch ONE: HEROES OF HONOR live in Manila, Philippines this past April.Ancajas, the reigning IBF super flyweight titleholder, commended ONE Championship’s work in its production and promotion of athletes.“This is the first time I’ve watched a live mixed martial arts event. I’ve always watched it on TV, but it’s a whole different experience seeing it live. I really had a delightful time. The production value is truly world-class,” the boxer said.The 26-year-old native of Panabo City, Davao del Norte pointed out that ONE Championship’s dive into the boxing scene would make a huge impact on the sport.“ONE Championship is a huge promotion. It will be good for boxing because there are only few big boxing promoters in the Philippines and in Asia. This kind of support is needed, and should boxing have this kind of events, it will be a huge help for boxing in the region,” Ancajas stressed.Sityodtong admitted that he is fully aware of the vastness of boxing history in Asia, giving birth to boxers who left indelible legacies in the sport with the likes of Pacquiao, Gerry Peñalosa, Pancho Villa, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, Chang Jung-Koo, Yoko Gushiken and Yuh Myung-Woo.With ONE Championship trying its hand in boxing, Sityodtong believes that the organization will breathe new life into the sport in Asia to produce more top-notch pugilists.“I consider ONE Championship as the caretaker of every form of martial arts in the world, including boxing. We will make sure that the new generation of boxers in Asia will be fully nurtured. The legacy that Manny Pacquiao and other boxing greats have created must continue. We are reaching out. We shall grow together,” he ended. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES LeBron just what doctor ordered for lowly Lakers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

EBD man to serve jail time for selling ganja

first_imgA 42-year-old resident of Grove, East Bank Demerara, was sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment and fined $50,000 by Magistrate Faith McGusty when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates Courts on Wednesday.Alex Pickett, a miner, pled guilty to the charge which alleged that on June 9, 2019, at Ebini Backdam, Mazaruni, Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), he had in his possession 81 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The father of one told the court that “I went selling it, I working for the shopman who does give me drugs to sell.”Prosecutor Adduni Innis told the court that police ranks were on duty in the backdam, when they noticed the defendant acting suspicious and as such, a search was conducted during which a black plastic bag was found in his possession.The black bag was subsequently inspected and the illegal plant was found. He was arrested and taken to the Bartica Police Station where he was charged.last_img read more

Dreher wins CN tour Event

first_imgFSJ’s Dreher wins Canadians Women’s Tour EventFort St. John’s Kirby Dreher has won the final CN Canadian Women’s Golf tour event of the season, at the Camelot Golf and Country Club near Ottawa.Dreher shot a 5 under par 67 to take a 4 shot lead into the final round on Wednesday.- Advertisement -Scores from Wednesday were not available at press time, but the win will give Dreher a sponsor’s exemption into the LPGA tour event in Ottawa in August.Dreher also finished second in the BC women’s amateur championships last month.Congratulations to KirbyAdvertisementlast_img

City Gives Fort Hotel Owner One Last Chance

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John says it’s giving the owner of the Fort Hotel one last chance to present a demolition plan to council before the city takes on the demolition itself. In a report to council, Director of Facilities and Protective Services Jim Rogers said that the city has been “imminently patient” with the owner, who has failed to present a valid demolition plan despite a deadline last month. Rogers says he no longer feels confident that the property owner is being upfront with his plans for the property, which may now include preserving a part of the building for an unknown purpose. On September 8th, city council passed a resolution that demanded owner Michael Seo and his consultants attend the October 14th council meeting with a complete demolition plan. Failing that, the city will begin working towards demolition the following day. – Advertisement -However, Rogers says the city hopes to come to a resolution with the property owner, as creating a new demolition plan from scratch will cost the city time and money. [asset|aid=237|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Jim Rogers – Fort Hotel_1_Pub.mp3] If the city does have to undertake the demolition itself, the cost, which the city estimates to be between $250,000 and $400,000 dollars, will be borne by the city until the property is sold.last_img read more

Finance manager dodges jail time as it would disrupt plans of billion-Euro Donegal wind farm

first_imgIn Oxford, Deputy Circuit Judge Patrick Eccles (pictured above) delivered a suspended sentence to English finance manager Michael Chase-Sarver for perverting the course of justice after dodging a speeding fine by deceiving authorities.Chase-Sarver and business partner Noel Shortt have plans to open a billion-Euro wind farm in Carrickaduff which could potentially create 300 jobs by December 2017.Despite Judge Eccles’ belief that Chase-Sarver deserves to spend time behind bars, he delivered a suspended sentence as he did not want to jeopardize the opening of the wind farm as it would ruin job prospects for 300 ‘honest’ workers. Chase-Sarver repainted his car after being caught speeding, asking mechanics to backdate the job to seem as though it had always been that colour and then claimed that someone else had been using his number plate fraudulently.‘This is Oxfordshire’ reported that although Judge Eccles believes he ‘deserved’ to go to jail, he spared him the time behind bars following evidence given from Irish engineer and property developer Noel Shortt that Chase-Sarver’s stint in jail would ‘sink’ their plans for a billion-euro 35,000 acre wind farm in Donegal which will create 300 jobs.The 35,000 acre site was bought from more than 100 individual farmers.The business men hope to have the wind farm running by December 2017 at the latest in order to cash in on a government subsidy, meaning turbines would have to be ordered this November. Judge Eccles, clearly displeased by Chase-Sarver’s actions, called him “unbelievably dishonest”, however added that he could not “allow an honest man’s life and 300 potential jobs be ruined by his actions.”A Facebook page which is supported by over 1,000 people was made by concerned locals in Donegal who opposed the plans for the wind farm. They are  investigating the impact a wind farm may have on the local community from Castlefin, through the Finn Valley, Mourne Derg and on to Barnesmore Gap.Chase-Sarver was sentenced to a four month stint behind bars, along with a two year suspended sentence. A curfew was also imposed upon him, meaning he will have to be at his home between the hours of 6pm and 6am every day.Finance manager dodges jail time as it would disrupt plans of billion-Euro Donegal wind farm was last modified: September 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crickaduffEnglandjudge patrick ecclesmichael chase-sarvernoel shorttoxfordshirewind farmlast_img read more

Public questions City Hall plan

first_imgTo pay for it, the city could use $3 million in budget reserves, a $3 million bond and $1.5 million expected from the sale of City Hall. The city would service the bond payments through its budget, Bates said. “The last project I had the opportunity to work on was under budget and on time,” he said, responding to Quade. “In my opinion, it is one of the nicest facilities in Orange County. It happens to be The Pond. I can’t guarantee anything, but I do have some experience.” But some residents remained skeptical. “I just hope you’re not playing games and will tax us later,” Michelle Harencames said. Resident Jerry Shipman questioned why officials picked a location north of City Hall for the new administrative center and fire station. He said it would be cheaper to build at the existing site. “Why do we want to spend the money to move up there, rather than doing something here? It’s not a question of whether we can afford \, it’s should we spend \,” he said. Bates said the City Hall and fire station both need to be torn down. Both buildings have asbestos in floors and ceilings and City Hall has termites. Also, electrical wiring is out of compliance with code. And the roof leaks, he said. “Whenever we move a piece of equipment, it usually blows the wiring and we have to bring in an electrician,” he said. “We have a plunger as permanent decor in our restrooms so we can keep the plumbing working. This is a tear-down.” The fire station is in no better condition, fire Chief John Nielsen said. “We also consider it as a tear-down,” he said. Besides, he added, firefighters still need a home base while a new station is being built. “What are we going to do, operate the Fire Department from Starbucks?” he asked. “We’d need to be relocated while something new is being built. That is at least $250,000 in relocation. The best way is for us to move into a new building.” One resident said he supported Bates’ plans. “It was very logical and made sense to me,” said John Beau. (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! LA HABRA HEIGHTS – City Manager Ronald Bates told residents the city can build a new City Hall and fire station for $7.4 million and it won’t cost them a dime in new taxes.Yeah, right, said residents. “I haven’t ever seen a project in this city brought in on time and on budget,” said Stan Quade. At a meeting with about 60residents this week, Bates outlined his plans calling for spending about $7.4 million to construct the two facilities at the southwest corner of Hacienda and West roads. last_img read more


first_imgMAYBE it was the weather – but Finn Harps were definitely under the weather as they crashed to a 4-0 away defeat on Friday night at Mervue United.The temperature at Fahy’s Field was still in the high 20s by kick-off, and the referee was to rightly allow water breaks through the game.But the weather was to be the only treat for the Harps fans. Kevin McHugh forced a good save after 15 minutes from the United keeper Connor Gleeson.But it was the home side which took the lead four minutes later.Harps midfielder Mark Forker was adjudged to have fouled Noel Varley on the edge of the Harps box, and Jason Molloy curley the resultant free kick into the top corner.Forker tried to make up for his error on the 34th minute as he fired in a low shot that looked bound for the equaliser, but Gleeson pulled off another fine save. At the other end Ciaran Gallagher pulled off a stunning save just before the break to leave it 1-0 to the home side at half-time.Within six minutes of the re-start Mervue extended their lead with a scrappy goal as Mike Duffy bundled the ball over the line and Harps night got much worse in the 59th minute when Marc Ludden’s stunning strike from distance found the back of the Harps’ net.Paul McVeigh had the chance to pull a goal back shortly afterwards when in on the keeper but Gleeson saved again.And in the 78th minute Ryan Manning added a stunning fourth home goal from the edge of the box. MERVUE HIT FINN HARPS FOR FOUR IN GALWAY HEAT was last modified: July 20th, 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:MERVUE HIT FINN HARPS FOR FOUR IN GALWAY HEATlast_img read more

1,000th execution nears

first_img “We have a criminal system that makes mistakes. If you accept that proposition, that means you have to be prepared for the inevitability that some are sentenced to death for crimes they didn’t commit,” said Hill. But advocates of the death penalty argue that its opponents are elitist liberals who are ignoring the real victims. “Since 1999 we’ve had 100,000 innocent people murdered in the U.S., but nobody is planning on commemorating all those people killed,” said Michael Paranzino, president of Throw Away the Key, a group that supports the death penalty. Race is also a key question in the debate. Since 1976, 58 percent of those executed in the U.S. were white while 34 percent were black, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. But non-Latino whites make up 75 percent of the U.S. population, while non-Latino blacks comprise just over 12 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Some supporters say ending the death penalty would be harmful to poor minorities, who are disproportionately murder victims. “Increasingly violent crime is primarily for the working class folks, poor people and people of color,” Paranzino said. Opponents of capital punishment also point to the unfair role of class and race in death penalty cases. “There is tremendous arbitrariness to the death penalty. … The race of the victims has a lot to do with who winds up getting executed,” said Barry Scheck, co-founder of the New York-based Innocence Project, a legal clinic that seeks to exonerate inmates through DNA testing. Death sentences nationwide have dropped by 50 percent since the late 1990s, with executions carried out down by 40 percent, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Twelve states do not have the death penalty, and at least two states – Illinois and New Jersey – have formal moratoriums on capital punishment, according to the center. An October Gallup poll showed 64 percent of Americans support use of the death penalty. But that is the lowest level in 27 years, down from a high of 80 percent in 1994. Still, some powerful political forces are looking to speed up the trying and executing of prisoners. Both houses of the U.S. Congress are considering bills that would lessen the ability of defendants in capital cases to appeal to federal courts. Proponents of the legislation say such appeals add up to 15 years to the process of executing a prisoner. Detractors say the law will not allow federal courts to review most cases and will result in innocent people being put to death. Since 1973, 122 prisoners have been freed from Death Row. The vast majority of those cases came during the last 15 years, since the use of DNA evidence became widespread. While there is no official proof an innocent person has been executed, opponents of the death penalty say the number of prisoners whose convictions have been reversed should fuel skepticism. “I don’t think any rational person seriously examining the evidence can have any confidence that an innocent hasn’t already been executed,” said Scheck. Using post-conviction DNA evidence, the Innocence Project has helped in more than half of the 163 cases vacated – 14 of which were from Death Row. “We’ve demonstrated that there are too many innocent people on Death Row,” Scheck said. But that argument does not impress Charles Rosenthal, district attorney for Harris County, Texas, which has sent more prisoners to the death chamber – 85 – than any other U.S. county and all but two states, Texas and Virginia, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice statistics. “I don’t know about every death penalty case in Texas, but I feel quite sure that no one that this office has had anything to do with was factually innocent,” Rosenthal said. Scheck believes Rosenthal’s claim is based “more on faith than fact.” He noted that the police DNA lab in Houston has been shut down since 2002 because an investigation found problems with poor training and contaminated evidence. “What kind of confidence can you have when the jurisdiction that executes more people than any other is fraught with unreliable testing results?” Scheck said. In at least two cases, questions are being raised about whether an innocent person was put to death. In St. Louis, Larry Griffin was convicted for the 1980 fatal shooting of a 19-year-old drug dealer, Quintin Moss. He was executed in 1995. His conviction largely rested on the testimony of a career criminal who was in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Now, a policeman whose testimony backed up the criminal’s story says the man was lying, and Moss’ own family thinks Griffin was innocent. In Texas, the case of Ruben Cantu, who was executed in 1993, is receiving attention. Cantu was convicted in 1985 of killing a man and wounding another during a robbery attempt that happened the previous year, when he was 17. A decade after his execution, however, the only witness in the case and Cantu’s co-defendant have both come forward to say he was innocent. In St. Louis, City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce has led a review of 1,400 cases to see if DNA evidence can prove the guilt or innocence of those convicted. With only 12 cases left to review, evidence led to the exoneration of just three men, none of whom were on Death Row. “Most of the time there is testing, it confirms the guilt of the defendant,” Joyce said. Virginia Gov. Mark Warner is examining Lovitt’s case, and could decide whether or not to grant clemency over the weekend. It would be the only likely way Lovitt could avoid execution. In October, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider the case. DNA tests on the scissors used in the stabbing were inconclusive, and the scissors were later thrown away because of a lack of storage space. One of his lawyers, former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, said though he supports the death penalty in principle, it should not apply to Lovitt for reasons “including above all right now the destruction of the DNA evidence.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – “Let’s do it.” With those last words, convicted killer Gary Gilmore ushered in the modern era of capital punishment in the United States, an age of busy death chambers that will likely see its 1,000th execution in the coming days. After a 10-year moratorium, Gilmore in 1977 became the first person to be executed after a 1976 U.S. Supreme Court decision that validated state laws to reform the capital punishment system. Since then, 997 prisoners have been executed, and next week, the 998th, 999th and 1,000th are scheduled to die. Robin Lovitt, 41, will likely be the one to earn that macabre distinction next Wednesday. He was convicted of fatally stabbing a man with scissors during a 1998 pool hall robbery in Virginia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Ahead of Lovitt on Death Row are Eric Nance, scheduled to be executed Monday in Arkansas, and John Hicks, scheduled to be executed Tuesday in Ohio. Both executions appear likely to proceed. Gilmore was executed before a Utah firing squad, after a record of petty crime, killing of a motel manager and suicide attempts in prison. His life was the basis for Norman Mailer’s book “The Executioner’s Song” and a TV miniseries. While his case was well-known, most today could probably not name even one of the more than 3,400 prisoners – including 118 foreign nationals – on Death Row in the U.S. In the last 28 years, the U.S. has executed on average one person every 10 days. The focus of the debate on capital punishment was once the question of whether it served as a deterrent to crime. Today, the argument is more on whether the government can be trusted not to execute an innocent person. Thomas Hill, an attorney for a Death Row inmate in Ohio who recently won a second stay of execution, thinks the answer is obvious. last_img read more


first_imgIndependent Councillor for the Stranorlar Electoral Area Frank McBrearty, has urged the electorate to use their vote in this Friday’s Local and European Elections as an important precursor for change. With elections due to take place this Friday 23rd May, the Raphoe based Councillor has stressed how important is it for voters to be actively involved in the democratic process.He said that the elections this Friday gives the people the opportunity to send a clear message to the country’s main political parties that they are both angry and dissatisfied with the policies of the current administration and that they demand an alternative to party politics. “I am urging everyone to get out and vote in Friday’s elections because – in doing so – the will of the people can be heard and made known to those in power.“The people of this country, especially here in Donegal, have suffered as a result of the policies and failures of the current and the previous administration.“I am urging all voters to use their vote wisely in these elections and to be an advocate for the change which we as a nation both want and deserve.”Speaking today following the publication of a Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll which reported a strong increase in support among voters for Independent candidates in the run up to these elections, Cllr McBrearty spoke of his strong belief that the electorate have become disillusioned by party politics and now seek a viable and more attractive alternative. McBrearty added, “While I do not take the outcome of the vote this Friday for granted, today’s opinion poll is a strong indication that people feel incredibly let down by all the main political parties and now there is a growing appetite for a change of direction – a new path going forward.“These past number of years the citizens of this country have been lied to and have been let down by the party mainstays; they now feel despondent and rightly so.”“However, change can happen, but this can only come about if people go out and vote for change.”“This Friday, by choosing instead to vote for candidates and not parties,a new and better political reality can be made possible.”Voting in the 2014 Local and European Elections takes place this Friday 23rd May with polls open between 7am to 10pm. ELECTION 2014: MCBREARTY URGES VOTERS TO USE VOTE WISELY AND ‘ADVOCATE CHANGE’ was last modified: May 19th, 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:Election 2014: Frank McBreartynewsPoliticslast_img read more