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Trial of a Mauritanian man held on bail for allegedly taking away his three children without the knowledge of their mother will shortly resume at the Monrovia City Court after a superior court, Criminal Court ‘A,’ on Tuesday, September 23, ordered it to do so.Mohammed Seedee Falee was charged with “Kidnapping” after an incident in which he took three of his children, Asia Mohammed, Sedemey Mohammed and Ali Mohammed to his native country without the knowledge of their biological mother, Jamelia Sylla.At Tuesday, September 23rd hearing, Judge Johannes Zlahn mandated Magistrate Kennedy Peabody to take over the case by declaring, “The Monrovia City Court is hereby ordered to resume jurisdiction over the matter.”Judge Zlahn had earlier halted Magistrate Peabody from further hearing the matter following a complaint filed against his initial ruling by lawyers representing defendant Falee.Initially, the Magistrate had mandated the defendant to produce the three children within three weeks period as of July 18.He also made defendant Falee to sign a promissory note, indicating that if he does not produce the children within the time specified, he would be jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison and his bail be set-aside.However, in the Criminal Court mandate, Judge Zlahn further declared that the court was only responsible by law to grant the defendant a bail, but not to go any further with the case.“Magistrate Peabody was to transfer the entire matter to the Criminal Court for an indictment to be drawn against the defendant by the grand jury for Montserrado County.”According to him, it was not in the preview of Magistrate Peabody to compel the defendant to prepare any promissory note or threaten to incarcerate him if he does not produce the children within three weeks.He maintained that the matter before the Monrovia City Court was for it to conduct preliminary hearing and to make sure that the defendant was bailed.“The court has the mandate to arrest and bail defendant, but not to render any decision into the matter,” he added.Before Judge Zlahn’s action, Magistrate Peabody rejected a “Motion for Enlargement of Time,” filed by Falee’s lawyers.The defense team, in their request argued that the Ebola outbreak in Liberia was making it difficult for people to travel beyond the country border.In that direction, they claimed the movement of citizens and foreigners have now become difficult, occasioned by the reported transmission of the disease to other people by travelers from Liberia.This situation and, the announced state of emergency by the government, the lawyers further claimed, have also compounded the existing problems.This, according to them, has rendered the defendant unable to produce the living bodies of the children before the court on the August 11 date.The case started in early July 2014, when Madam Sylla claimed that the defendant unlawfully took away her three children from her residence to an unknown direction where they were treated as a slave.She further alleged she feared that the children may have being killed. Therefore, she asked the court to ensure that her children are made to return to Liberia where the defendant illegally kidnapped them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director, Harrison S. Karnwea Sr., has differed with some lawmakers that the forestry sector is not impacting local communities, stressing that “the Lawmakers are basing their argument on misinformation.”Mr. Karnwea’s reaction followed recent comments by Senate Pro Temp Armah Z. Jallah during a meeting with a US delegation that the forestry sector agreement needs to be reviewed because community dwellers were not benefiting, citing road construction as something companies should do, but are not doing.Other Representatives have also weighed in that logging companies are operating in communities that are not benefiting from their activities in the southeast of the country.Reacting to the issue, Mr. Karnwea, who has been summoned by the House of Representatives, said, “The Lawmakers’ comments are based on misinformation or lack of information and such information can be attained through telephone calls inviting us to meet them and explain what is unfolding in the sector. I am willing to go there to give them the information they need, but they should not speculate in the media. I disagree with them on that.” He spoke during a review of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) between the European Union (EU) and Liberia.Though he has read from newspapers that the House has invited him, Karnwea said he has not received any invitation from the House to make clarifications on the forestry sector.In his response to Pro Temp Jallah’s comment about constructing roads in communities, Mr. Karnwea said, “No logging company can make a road free-of-charge. Logging companies are obliged to make roads for their own works, and if they should do, government will ask them to do it for a specific fee, but not free.”He said the road between Zwedru and Pleebo was done by a logging company on a contractual basis, noting, “Anybody who says logging companies make roads free-of-charge, that person may be daydreaming.”According to Mr. Karnwea, in 2015, US$1 million was transferred to forest dwelling communities, apart from other social benefits that they were receiving from logging companies.He explained that under the Forestry Law of 2006, 30 percent of the Liberian forest is set aside as protected forest and parks to mitigate global warming and climate change.“We are carrying on commercial logging activities, but done sustainably, and we observe the three Cs that have to do with conservation, commercial and community; and communities that have forests are benefiting from their resources,” he added.The VPA was negotiated between 2009 and 2011. It is aimed at ensuring that Liberia exports only legal timber products bearing the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) license to the EU. The European Union ratified the VPA in 2012 and Liberia in 2013. Following the VPA review meeting with key stakeholders including the Forestry Development Board, the Head of European Union Delegation to Liberia, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann said, “EU partnership with Liberia’s forest management is to manage the forest in a sustainable way so that in the business, tax will come to benefit the people of Liberia in their development drive.”She said the meeting is held every six months to review the forestry law, reiterating that the EU wants to buy products from Liberia’s forest, but wants to do it transparently so that there will be tax revenue from it to the government.Ambassador Intelmann disclosed that through the agreement, Liberia in 2015 received US$8 million in tax from the forestry sector.For her part, the chairperson of the FDA Board of Directors, Sister Mary Laurene Browne, expressed gratitude to the EU for the partnership, “because it brings benefit and sustainability of the Liberian forest.”She added that the “Forest is important because Liberia will benefit without destroying (it) as some countries have done and are learning from their mistakes. We do not want to learn from our mistakes.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Chairman Vickchand Ramphal has expressed concern over the unauthorised spending of Government funds by Regional Executive Officer (REO) Ovid Morrison.The Chairman has also expressed concern over the continued disruption of Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meetings in that region by the coalition Councillors and the REO.Ramphal said it was unfortunate that their most recent meeting was also disrupted making it only one meeting for the year to have been concluded. He says as a result of what has been happening people could not receive the services which as taxpayers and citizens of the Region they are entitled to.“Our council cannot elaborate on issues affecting our people of Region Number Five and more importantly, we cannot scrutinise the spending of our Regional Executive Officer. We have seen recently that the Public Accounts Committee [PAC] had sent him back to the Region to get some information because of him not providing the information and the same is happening in the Region, he is not providing information to the finance committee so that it can properly scrutinise his spending in Region Five,” Ramphal stated.The Chairman described the REO’s actions as being undemocratic. He says he wants to work for the development of the Region, but has not been getting the support of the REO and coalition Councillors.Meanwhile, the alleged secrecy under which the REO of Region Five operates allows for him to spend Government funds as if they were his own.“The Council is not being aware of the tendering of contracts, not being brought aware of monies that have been realised from savings from the previous year, and so monies are being spent without Council’s approval. This is highly unacceptable; that means that democracy is not prevailing in this region,” the Regional Chairman stressed.Making mention of the embarrassment the Region was put through when the REO was placed before the PAC to answer questions based on the Auditor General’s report, Regional Vice Chairman Rion Pieters says the breaches of contractual regulations by the REO should not go unnoticed.More recently, he added, the REO appointed a chairperson for the RDC against the regulations which govern such procedures.PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali recently told Morrison that as REO he needed to ensure efficiency, accountability, fairness and transparency, in order to afford every person equal access and equal opportunity to whatever is available in the Region.
By Paula GomesAs the Guyana Police Force (GPF) slowly unravels the web of several notorious murders and robberies following recently-acquired intelligence, former Best Cop Derwin Eastman and Jamison Williams who were implicated in the murder of businessman Godfrey Scipio, called “Saga”, were on Thursday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where they were jointly arraigned on the capital offence of murder.It was a mixed atmosphere at the courts as relatives of both the accused and the victim, coupled with media operatives and even prisoners in the lockups, anxiously awaited the arrival of Eastman and Williams.The accused cops were not required to plead to the indictable charge read by presiding Magistrate Judy Latchman, to the effect that on October 12, 2017 at Stanley Place, David Street, Kitty, they murdered Scipio, during the course or furtherance of a robbery.Defence lawyers Nigel Hughes and Dexter Todd raised concerns about the safety of their clients given that the men are both involved in investigations of numerous persons on remand; therefore, imprisonment would only place their lives in jeopardy.Responding to the Magistrate’s inquiry on the issue of safety, Police Prosecutor Steven Telford cited the nature of the charge while indicating that the issue of safety now lay in the hands of prison authorities. However, he reassured the court that these concerns would be communicated to the relevant authorities.Hereafter, Magistrate Latchman declared the men remanded to prison and adjourned the case to December 5, 2017 before the court of the Chief Magistrate.On the fateful day of October 12, 2017, Scipio, the 58-year-old proprietor of a D’Urban Street restaurant, was robbed of a quantity of gold jewellery and shot dead shortly after leaving a Kitty hotel.Former Best Cop, Derwin Eastman and Police Constable Jamison Williams making their court appearance on ThursdayAubrey Bob, a 26-year-old resident of Kitty, was recently charged for the brutal killing, but subsequent intelligence reaching the Police implicated the former Best Cop and his colleague in the purportedly calculated murder.According to Bob, Eastman is the alleged mastermind of the killing: hiring the hitman and even providing the firearm used to execute the offence. Eastman reportedly had everything planned out, assuring the hitman that a lady would deliver the target to the spot as he directed the killing to be executed in such a way to appear a robbery. Notwithstanding the assurance of protection given by Eastman, reality struck when Bob returned home the next day to find his “employer” in the company of other Police ranks, ready to arrest him.The accused was reportedly forced to make a false confession as he was intimidated by Eastman’s presence at every step of the interrogation process. However, when Bob became aware of William’s arrest, he grasped the opportunity to relate what he alleged was the true version of the story.The indictable charge against Eastman and Williams was laid mere days after the former turned himself in to Police authorities at the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Headquarters at Eve Leary, Georgetown after contacting the media and proclaiming his innocence.However, acting Crime Chief Paul Williams had seemed oblivious of the development as he cautioned members of the public to be aware of information being spread about the murder of “Saga” while Police seek information to nail the now deceased man’s killer, mere hours prior to the men’s arraignment before the courts.Williams was speaking against the backdrop of reports that four Police Constables were allegedly linked to the murder of Scipio, who was gunned down in front of a city’s hotel on the night of October 12. The acting Crime Chief believes that the release of premature information led to the current rumours.“I’m telling you while it is being prematurely released, they are being insensitive also and this could compromise the investigation and that in itself is going to put us in an uncompromising position,” Williams told the media on Thursday when asked to comment on the investigations.He was also quick to point out that under his watch, “there is no way any type of investigation or any type of evidence will be fabricated to support or satisfy what is being released in the public domain. I haven’t released them and whoever did, sorry, but I’m not going to make that happen.”However, he told members of the media that if after checking on these matters and in the end there was no evidence to substantiate any criminal charge, but it became a departmental matter, then this would bring embarrassment to the Police Force and as a result, if anyone is found guilty ‘departmentally’, persons would be dismissed.“We are investigating the matter, but we need the public to understand that there is a man who has made a confession when this crime was perpetrated. In his confession, there is no way he implicated any policeman or even to the effect that any person whether a member of the security or the Joint Services would have been involved. Then a few months after, there is a revelation that yes, these are the persons who plotted with him to commit the crime. We cannot just take that statement for what it is and just run with that. We will have to look for corroborative evidence to the effect that there would have been a time, a place of meeting, a place of discussion and everything else and so forth. And whatever is the corroborative evidence that can support that meeting, we will have to check it out. If there is any communication via telephone, we will have to check those records. Now we have to understand very seriously that these are Policemen out there fighting crimes. There are a lot of persons they would have put behind bars and if we hastily charge these Policemen and put them behind bars and their lives are jeopardised, that is a grave mistake on our part,” he said.Moreover, the acting Crime Chief deemed recent media reports about the possibility of Scipio’s murder being linked to the recapture of prison escapee Royden “Smallie” Williams as “totally wicked and misinformed information fed to the public”.According to him, Williams’ recapture came from intelligence-led “posture” between both the Police and the Joint Services, and Scipio had at no time provided any information.
After years of researching the function of classical immune cell receptors, Dr. Candace Pert, along with her partner, Dr. Michael Ruff, have developed the first of a new class of treatments for HIV/AIDS, the viral entry inhibitor Peptide T. Peptide T effectively blocks the virus from binding to the receptor on the white blood cell, leaving the virus with no means to reproduce and sustain itself in a host. At a scientific conference being held March 25-30 in British Columbia, Canada, Pert will report on her breakthrough research in developing a successful vaccine against HIV-1, which has eluded scientists for years. At the conference, titled “HIV Vaccines: From Basic Research to Clinical Trials,” Pert will expound on her research on broadly-reactive, neutralizing antibodies that can act against all strains of the ever-mutating AIDS virus. The research will be presented in the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The antibodies produced in her research have been called the “holy grail” of AIDS vaccine research. Twenty years of research led to the discovery that a short peptide, only eight amino acids long, proved to be a part of the virus that binds to receptors on cells, thus allowing the AIDS virus to enter and infect. Pert and Ruff are reporting that they have not only neutralized the viruses in their own lab, but that their rabbit antibodies yielded similar results in tests by the National Institutes of Health. Pert explained, “The AIDS researchers have not appreciated that a short, simple peptide could be the Achilles heel of the virus. Essentially all current vaccine candidates being tested consist of the entire viral envelope, 100 times larger and vastly more complex.” Remarkably, the Pert/Ruff peptide immunogen produces the highly sought, broadly reactive, neutralizing antibodies as shown in simple test tube experiments. In contrast to her own research, many large clinical trials have used immunogens that have not passed this hurdle. Eradicating HIV/AIDS from the planet is one that many have long thought unthinkable. Breaking from traditional protocols, Pert has been steadfast in proving the effectiveness of her approach, thus spawning a new scientific paradigm. Pert indicated that she was looking forward to additional small animal studies, in collaboration with the NIH, as a prelude to human testing. The city of Palmdale, long steeped in aerospace science, was selected as the site for the health science announcements because the 2007 Antelope Valley Women’s Conference will honor Candace Pert in May for her pioneering work to produce a working HIV/AIDS vaccine. Pert, an internationally recognized pharmacologist, has published more than 250 scientific articles on peptides and their receptors and the role of these neuropeptides in the immune system. A major contributor to the emergent field of psychoneuroimmunology, Pert is also an author, having written “Molecules of Emotion: The Scientific Basis Behind Mind-Body Medicine” and most recently, “Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d.” Pert is also the founder and current scientific director of RAPID Pharmaceuticals and The Institute for New Medicine. For more information on Candace Pert, go to www.candacepert.comhttp://www.candacepert.com/ and www.tinm.orghttp://www.tinm.org/ For more information on the Antelope Valley Women’s Conference 2007, go to www.avwomensconference.comhttp://www.avwomensconference.com/. The Antelope Valley Women’s Conference is being sponsored by Time Warner Cable; Antelope Valley Fairgrounds; Chapman Communications; dsh Solutions; Gordon Elder, CFP; City of Palmdale; Lancaster Community Hospital; Sanitation Districts of L.A.County and Sunset Marketing and Design. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Recovery: Alex Ferguson is out of intensive care © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Manchester United confirmed on Wednesday that legendary form manager Alex Ferguson is out of intensive care following emergency surgery on a brain haemorrhage.Ferguson, 67, was admitted to Salford Royal Hospital for the procedure on Saturday after a fall at his home near Manchester. “Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient,” United said in a statement.“His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery.”United’s statement was the first update on Ferguson’s condition provided by the club since saying the procedure on the haemorrhage on Saturday had gone “very well”.Considered the most successful manager in the history of British football, Ferguson won 38 trophies in just over 26 years in charge of United, including 13 Premier League titles and the Champions League twice before retiring in 2013.Ferguson also worked wonders at Aberdeen, winning the Cup Winners’ Cup and three Scottish league titles with the Dons, before arriving at Old Trafford in 1986.Earlier on Wednesday, current United manager Jose Mourinho said the club are “very positive” Ferguson would make a full recovery.The esteem with which Ferguson is held around the world was reflected in an outpouring of well wishes, including from a number of United’s rivals and figures the Scot challenged for trophies during a glorious career.Ferguson famously described his mission upon joining United as knocking Liverpool “off their perch”.He duly did so as United overtook Liverpool as the most successful side in English domestic football.Nevertheless, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described Ferguson as “absolutely the boss”.United have struggled to recreate the success produced by Ferguson in the five years since his departure.Not only have the 20-time English champions failed to win the league since Ferguson’s retirement, but they have failed to once finish above big-spending local rivals Manchester City.City lifted the Premier League trophy for a third time in seven seasons on Sunday.But the respect held for Ferguson was even clear in City’s celebrations as fans held up a banner reading: “Football aside get well Fergie.”“All the Manchester City fans in the stadium, you cannot find one person who does not wish the best for an amazing person,” City manager Pep Guardiola.Manchester United club captain Michael Carrick, who Ferguson brought to the club from Tottenham in 2006, thanked the well-wishers from across the globe.“The whole football world is incredible but outside of that as well, from all corners of the globe and different walks of life, people have shown their support,” Carrick told MUTV.“That’s the effect he had on people. It was the effect he had on everyone. He means a lot to me, as he does to this club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Fianna Fáil have held talks with the North’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill to propose a bilateral milk quota until 2015 to replace the current inefficient system of EU-wide national quotas.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Spokesperson Michael Moynihan TD and Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill held productive talks with Minister O’Neill and her officials in Stormont yesterday.Speaking afterwards, Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “Agreement on a bilateral milk quota now looks like a very real possibility. Minister O’Neill was very receptive to the Fianna Fáil proposals and acknowledged that steps must be taken to put an end to the current inefficient and wasteful situation facing Irish dairy farmers. “Fianna Fáil has been forced to pursue this issue due to the regrettable inaction of the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. We are in farcical situation at the moment with some countries in the EU well below quota while Irish farmers are being forced to send cows for slaughter because we’re in danger of exceeding our milk quota.“Minister Coveney has failed to raise this matter with our European counterparts so Fianna Fáil has pressed ahead with discussions on a quota agreement with the UK. The UK is expected to be below quota by as a much as 20% this year. If we could agree to a joint quota, it would ease the pressure on Irish dairy farmers at risk of over-supply.“As a result of our meeting in Stormont, the North’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has agreed to raise the matter with Minister Simon Coveney. In addition to this, I will request that a joint meeting of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee and its counterpart in Stormont takes place to discuss the issue. My colleague Deputy Michael Moynihan and I also plan to travel to London to further negotiations with the British Minister for Agriculture.“One of the cornerstones of Food Harvest 2020 is to double dairy production by the year 2020. If Minister Coveney does not take immediate and decisive action to address the barriers caused by our national quota, he is putting this strategy in jeopardy. “There is no doubt that the national quota system is a real barrier to the growth of the Irish dairy industry. I am hopeful that we have now taken the first step towards resolving this in the medium-term. Irish dairy produce is in demand and we have ample supply. We cannot continue to be blocked from taking advantage of this much needed growth opportunity for farmers and for the agriculture sector.”MILK QUOTA TALKS ‘PRODUCTIVE’ SAYS SENATOR was last modified: September 30th, 2011 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)
This past spring, L.A. voters elected a new, reform-minded school board to oversee the Los Angeles Unified School District. And last week, we may have witnessed one of the fruits of that vote. On Thursday, the district named Jose Cole-Gutierrez head of its charter schools division. This appointment, we can hope, marks a change in the way the district handles the highly successful charter movement. That’s because Cole-Gutierrez’s last job was with the California Charter Schools Association – the group that tirelessly fights for charters, headed up by L.A.’s previous reform-minded school board president, Caprice Young. Which is to say that by all indications, the LAUSD’s top official in charge of charter schools is someone who is committed to charters and their promise, someone who wants to help these campuses to thrive, multiply and succeed. 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIn the past, the LAUSD has tended to regard charters as competition, and done whatever it could to thwart them. But true reformers should recognize charters as a big part of the solution to the LAUSD’s woes. Apparently, this school board does.
“Five long months have passed since humiliation in Croke Park but the New Year brings new hope to all counties and today, players and supporters alike were glad to be back in action.Cathal MacSuibhneThe result didn’t go to plan but they generally don’t for Donegal at this time of year so nothing much to worry about there.We’ve become used to battles with the Red Hand over the past few years and again the game’s two eminent minds patrolled the sidelines at O’Donnell Park. It was Mickey Harte who won the battle of wits as his charges reacted to and bettered the home side’s tactics and were deserving winners. Jim McGuinness will be more concerned with the wars of Summer rather than battles in January. Donegal started brightly in what was a good contest throughout considering the poor underfoot conditions and the fact that McKenna Cup fare can be sloppy at the best of times.What was clear straight away was the amount of time Donegal have spent on the training field concocting ways to win primary possession from their own kickouts. Key to Dublin’s All-Ireland win last September was the ability of Stephen Cluxton to find his men on his restarts and it was particularly evident in the final against Mayo. While Durcan isn’t in the same league as Dublin captain Cluxton, his low trajectory missiles are a hugely important part of Donegal’s artillery, especially when Neil Gallagher is unavailable.Donegal’s plan today was based on their two midfielders, Rory Kavanagh and Odhran MacNiallais, along with the two wing forwards, Gary McFadden and Marty Reilly, bunching at centrefield before a pair broke to either side; if their runs weren’t followed Durcan was expected to find his player. If the run was covered then Michael Murphy, stationed at centre forward when Durcan had the ball on his tee, would make a late run into the space vacated by the quartet and he picked up plenty possession in the first half from this tactic.It was working well but once Harte got talking to his charges at the break the possession dried up. This is the manager after all who deciphered Armagh’s 2002 All-Ireland winning kick-out strategy, thus helping his own troops to the Holy Grail the following year. Harte instructed his middle four to follow their runners while the ever impressive Tyrone full back Conor Clarke was well out in front of Murphy for kick-outs, allowing him to block the Glenswilly man’s runs where possible. In truth, Tyrone today looked as they always do – comfortable in possession, eager to work and, when chances came their way, clinical. Harte has the unique ability to fit new, upcoming players seamlessly into his setup and this was conveyed today by the last of the McGuigan brother’s to make their inter-county bow, Shay.For the time Donegal were on top in the first half, they took some excellent scores and the attacks from deep we’ve become accustomed to in the McGuinness era were working well. Eamon McGee, playing at full back, got a wonderful score after gathering possession on his own 21yard line before galloping up field and finishing a move that involved Reilly, Colm McFadden and Dermot Molloy.The hosts’ dominance wasn’t showing on the scoreboard and their cause wasn’t helped by Murphy’s penalty miss – this after failing to convert a penalty against the same side in Omagh last year. Credit must go to Niall Morgan who produced a fantastic save down low to his right.Michael soon made amends though; after a delicious pick-up on the run, he bore down on goal and fired a bullet into the same corner that his penalty attempt had targeted – there was no stopping this one.The captain repeated his pick-up trick early in the second half as he hoisted a fine point over the black spot while under pressure from his marker Clarke. Murphy though was the only Donegal player to register in the second half (0-2) and the game soon got away from the men sporting their new green and (predominantly) gold jerseys. Leo McLoone brought his good form from the recent challenge games into today’s match in his centre back role. This was the role Jim had initially planned for Leo back in 2011 and he was excelling in the role at the time, most notably against today’s opposition in a league game in Healy Park that year, but a nasty ankle fracture put paid to those plans. Plan B back then wasn’t too bad though, a certain Mr Lacey becoming Footballer of the Year in the No 6 jersey a year later. Whether McLoone stays there remains to be seen but it’s quite likely he will for the league, with Lacey being moved to wing back or possibly fulfilling a wing forward berth when he regains fitness.Bar the kickouts and Leo’s positioning, Jim didn’t provide much more new material in today’s game. The team have not gone down the Dublin/Mayo route of engaging the opposition higher up the pitch at their 45m line; instead Donegal stay on their own ‘45’ and try to dispossess and counter attack from there.Every All-Ireland winning team is mimicked by all the other teams the following year – we saw that ourselves last year – but aside from putting more emphasis on primary possession from kick-outs McGuinness wont be taking too much from the Dublin blueprint.For all the talk of black cards over the Winter we only saw one shown today and that was to Eunan’s man, Kavanagh. Seeing a game in action illustrates the ‘deliberate’ ingredient in the new rules – only when a referee is certain that one of the black card category fouls has been committed deliberately can he brandish his notebook. So it may not have that big an effect on inter-county games, aside from the few controversial calls that will inevitably be made. It will be the club players the length and breadth of the country that will really feel the full force of the new rules. Kavanagh’s midfield partner MacNiallais can be happy with his day’s work and the Gaoth Dobhair youngster will be looking to nail down a starting place for the league somewhere amongst the middle eight. His dainty left foot compliments his wonderful vision and on today’s showing he is a good option for McGuinness as a deep lying playmaker. His club form in the past shows too that he’s well able to get on the scoreboard which makes him an even greater asset should he be needed further forward.So all in all it was the proverbial game of two halves for Donegal – promising and encouraging in the first but outfought and out thought in the second. That’s what these games are all about though, finding out what is working, what isn’t and how to remedy those facets of play.Next stop Athletic Grounds this day week.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY: MIXED BAG FOR DONEGAL AFTER FIRST OUTING was last modified: January 5th, 2014 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:Cathal MacSuibhnedonegalGAA diary