DONEGAL CRIME WAVE: POLITICIAN WANTS BORDER COUNTY SUPPORT OVER GARDA CUTS SCANDAL

first_imgAlan Shatter: Hasn’t got a clue, says McGowanA DONEGAL politician is taking the case for more Gardai in the county to the other Border counties – accusing Justice Minister Alan Shatter of completely ignoring the crime wave gripping the county.Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan claimed that following several failed attempts from the Donegal Joint Policing Committee to impress on Minister Shatter and the Gardai Commissioner the importance of Donegal being considered as a special case because of location he has been backed by other representatives in Border counties in the State.“I have now received support through the members of the Border Regional Authority to write to all Border Counties Joint Policing Committees and Local Authorities seeking agreement to lobby together for special consideration for policing in borders areas,” he said. “JPCs and Local Authorities in Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Sligo and Leitrim will be contacted over the coming weeks in a effort to bring further pressure on the Minister and Senior Gardai Management.“In Donegal we are cut off from the rest of country by the North on one side and the sea on another side.“There is no possibility of getting back up from another Gardai Division in a neighboring County in case of an emergency,while at the same time the border presents criminals with an easy escape route.“I am and have been frustrated at the lack of support for the Donegal JPC since it began and I have no doubt that the ongoing cuts to Gardai numbers will be concentrated on rural areas first, leaving them wide open for all sorts of criminally.” Cllr McGowan said: “There is a continuing feeling of isolation among rural communities living in fear.“Recent reports coming from Rank and file Gardaí that Garda HQ do not understand that they can’t patrol a Frontier Border region such as Donegal without sufficient recourses should be taken on board by all the Oireachtas members representing the County.“I am afraid that Donegal is not being heard in Dublin and its perhaps time to replace those who jobs it is to represent us in the Capital.”He said Minister Shatter’s “attack” on Garda stations and Gardai resources has been “going on since he took up office and we are hearing that Gardai numbers will be cut further due to unprecedented retirements at a time when the force is under pressure and stretched beyond capacity.”He added: “It will take at least two years to train new Gardai from whatever time the Gardai training will commence . We are losing all the policing knowledge and experiences learned over the last few decades and when new recruits are ready to take the beat they will be with any experience or local knowledge.” DONEGAL CRIME WAVE: POLITICIAN WANTS BORDER COUNTY SUPPORT OVER GARDA CUTS SCANDAL was last modified: December 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Alan ShatterBorder policingcluelessdonegaldumbGarda resourcesuselesslast_img read more

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World T20: Australia defeat West Windies by 17 runs via D/L method

first_imgAustralian batsmen on Saturday gave a fitting reply to Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels’ power-hitting as they defeated the West Indies by 17 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in a ICC World Twenty20 group league game, which stopped 9.1 overs into the second innings.Chasing a daunting target of 192, the Aussie trio of David Warner, Shane Watson and Michael Hussey took the Caribbean attack to the cleaners, scoring 100 for one after 9.1 overs when the heavens opened up.When rain stopped play, the D/L par score was 83 and Australia were well ahead courtesy some big hits by their top-order batsmen. While Warner was out for 28, Watson was unbeaten on 41 off 24 balls with two fours and three sixes, while Hussey was undefeated on 28 from 19 balls with three boundaries and a six.Watson bagged his second Man-of-the-Match award for his all-round show as he also got the prize scalp of Gayle (54 off 33 balls), who along with Samuels (50 off 32), set the tone for West Indies’ mammoth total.To achieve such a huge target, the Aussies needed a good start, and Warner provided the counter-attack.The left-hander started with a lovely cover drive off Fidel Edwards and then got 20 off the second over bowled by Ravi Rampaul that included two fours and two huge sixes. One was an upper cut and the other was a pull over deep square leg region.The stocky opener scored 28 in no time but Edwards had the last laugh when he got a caught behind decision in his favour, which left the batsman unhappy. The replays didn’t show any edge and the reason for Warner’s displeasure was well understood. Watson scored 28 in 13 balls with three fours and two sixes.advertisementWhen Warner was dismissed, Watson hadn’t faced a single delivery but took off from where the former left. He found an able alley in Hussey as both found a boundary or six per over.last_img read more

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Real Madrid Wins Its 1st Spanish Title Since 2012

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Real Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years on Sunday, and kept rival Barcelona from its third straight championship.Zinedine Zidane’s team secured its 33rd league title with a 2-0 win at Malaga with goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.“To win the title in the last round feels that much better,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. “We deserved it.”The last-round victory gave Madrid a three-point advantage over second-placed Barcelona, which rallied from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2 at the Camp Nou.Madrid entered the final weekend needing a draw to guarantee its first title since 2012 and avoid its worst title drought since the 1980s.Ronaldo put Madrid in control early in Malaga, entering the area and rounding the goalkeeper before finding the open net, after a pass by Francisco “Isco” Alarcon two minutes into the match at the Rosaleda Stadium. It was Ronaldo’s 14th goal in his last nine matches in all competitions.While Barcelona struggled in its game against Eibar, Karim Benzema sealed the victory in the 55th minute off the rebound of a close-range shot by Sergio Ramos, securing Madrid its second league title in the last nine years.Madrid hadn’t gone five straight seasons without a league title since 1981-85. It will pursue its third Champions League title in four seasons in a final against Juventus in Cardiff on June 3. It would be Madrid’s first double in the European competition and in La Liga in nearly six decades.Real Madrid’s players pose for a photo as they celebrate at the end of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Malaga and Real Madrid in Malaga, Spain, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Real Madrid wins the Spanish league for the first time in five years, avoiding its biggest title drought since the 1980s. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)It was the first league title for Zidane, the former France great who took over Madrid for his first head-coaching job less than 1 ½ years ago.“It is very important to lift this trophy again after so many years without being able to win La Liga,” said Zidane, who was thrown up and down by his players after the final whistle. “I’ve won everything with this club, but this title is special. This is the happiest day in my professional career.”Players wore shirts with the No. 33 — in a reference to the 33rd title — as they celebrated on the pitch before heading back to Madrid to meet their fans in a major public plaza.Madrid has already won the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup this season.At the Camp Nou, Barcelona saw its chances of another league title take a hit after Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui scored in the seventh and 61st minutes.Barcelona started its comeback with an own-goal by Eibar defender David Junca in the 63rd, and Luis Suarez equalized in the 73rd after Lionel Messi had missed a penalty kick a few minutes earlier.Messi, the league’s scoring leader with 37 goals, converted another penalty in the 75th and closed the scoring in injury time.Eibar played a man down from the 74th as defender Ander Capa was sent off.It was Barcelona’s last game at the Camp Nou with its coach Luis Enrique, who is leaving the club after the season ends.“I can’t complain about our team,” Luis Enrique said. “We fought until the final minute and we never gave up. We have to congratulate the champions.”Barcelona will play the Copa del Rey final against Alaves next Saturday.___CALDERON’S GOODBYEAtletico Madrid earned a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in an emotional final game at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, which will be demolished to give way to a modern housing complex.Fernando Torres scored two goals early in the first half and Angel Correa added another in the second as the hosts said goodbye to the stadium where it has played for the last 50 years.Atletico next season will move into the Wanda Metropolitano, a modern 68,000-capacity stadium on the outskirts of the Spanish capital.“It’s hard to express our feelings after a day like today,” Torres said. “We have a lot of memories here, a lot of things went through your mind. It’s been 50 years of a lot of happiness in this venue. It was an honor to be part of it.”The nearly 55,000 fans who packed the Calderon stayed at the stadium long after the final whistle on Sunday as the team organized a series of tributes for the occasion.The stadium will still host the Copa del Rey final next Saturday, and a day later an exhibition match involving former players will officially close the venue.___EUROPA LEAGUE SPOTSAthletic Bilbao ended in seventh place after the loss at Atletico, without one of the two spots for the Europa League next season.Villarreal secured fifth place with a 3-1 win at Valencia, and Real Sociedad ended sixth after scoring late in a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo.Villarreal finished with 67 points, three more than Real Sociedad and four more than Athletic, which can still qualify for Europe’s second-tier tournament if Barcelona beats Alaves in the Copa del Rey final.Third-placed Atletico had already qualified for the Champions League, along with fourth-placed Sevilla, which will have to go through a playoff to get into the competition’s group stage.TALES AZZONI, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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