Upon return to Jamaica by way of deportation, former West Indies paceman, Franklyn Rose, is claiming racial injustice and wrongful deportation and recounted his story “for public information on racial profiling predominantly in a Caucasian environment”.Speaking in an interview via the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), the Jamaican shared: “I need to let people know what really happened. I am disappointed in the New Zealand immigration system. I am very disappointed,” he said of being locked up abroad and then deported.Rose’s attorney is currently pursuing the matter, and the former cricketer wants Jamaicans to understand he was not a lawbreaker.”I want people to understand my side of the story, to set the record straight,” Rose said.Rose entered a professional contract with New Zealand Cricket playing and coaching at the club level in 2010. He played two years at that level before his contract ended. Rose said he had high hopes of retaining a new contract, but it was not to be.He said that in 2012, he was victim of a traumatic racial assault.According to the Jamaican, four Caucasian men used racially discriminatory words while attacking him in an attempt to steal his car.THEY BEAT ME”They beat me down. One (guy) missed my head and chopped me on the hand,” said Rose, who was subsequently admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at hospital for three days before being released, according to him, prematurely.”The nurses kicked me out; (they) said they needed to care for other patients. After a day my friend had to take me back to the hospital. I was having some serious pains. The doctors told me I had a blood clot in my lungs and I had nerve damage in my hand,” said Rose.The former cricketer said there was no arrest related to his assault, even though the incident was reported to the police.”I reported the incident to the police, but because of the colour of my skin, they thought I was in a gang or something.”By the time he got kicked out of hospital, Rose’s cricket career was virtually over and he was on his own to pay the medical bills.”They thought that I was addicted to drugs or pain medication or something. They knew I was sick, though, that I had a blood clot. I ended up going to a private hospital instead,” he outlined, adding that he felt that his rejection was influenced by his race.Rose added that the private hospital fees were as high at US$1,500 per day, which he paid out of pocket. He was discharged after a week.He explained that the severity of his health condition and the fact that he had to be taking medication disallowed him from flying back home to Jamaica.Thus, he stayed in New Zealand for another two years while seeing various health specialists weekly to assist with his recovery.”I was prescribed very strong medication Warfarin. That’s a blood thinner. I also had internal bleeding in my brain; that meant more hospital fees and medication, and I was advised by the doctors that I could not travel by air,” he stressed.Rose admitted that it was depressing not being able to play cricket.”One morning, the police came knocking on my door. They questioned me about my immigration status and asked for my medical documents. I told them everything and gave them all my documents,” Rose said.”They put me on a reporting order. I had to report to the police station every Wednesday at 9 a.m. I did that religiously,” he said.Rose stressed that everything seemed well until eight weeks ago when the police came to his house at 6 a.m. and “dragged me out”.ALLEGED RAPERose said, to his dismay, he was told that he was under investigation for an alleged rape incident.”I was so confused. I know that it was a lie and they treated me like I was nothing.”Rose said he was advised that, irrespective of his medical condition, he would be deported because of his overstay.Rose added that while in court, the judge advised him there were no flights available for his deportation.”They threw me in prison for 10 days, among murderers, rapists and other convicts. It was crazy; I know I didn’t belong there.” Rose said.”I couldn’t get to use the shower. I couldn’t brush my teeth for 10 days and I didn’t even get my medication until after eight days of being locked up. I could have died in that cell. I was so depressed.”Rose recalled: “I was finally given shower privileges, but no one told me that each shower lasted for only five minutes. They cut off the water while I was soaped up. I had to wash off myself with the water from the toilet.”After spending 38 days in prison, he said he was taken out of his cell and escorted to the airport.”They put me in one of those prison trucks. They treated me like a criminal.”He was then seated at the back of the plane and placed under high security.He added that he is looking forward to full recovery, while enabling him to make a contribution to cricket.
Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Team Philippines stood in 23rd spot.While the lone man to win a gold for the country in the last edition of the Games failed in his defense, pencak silat got a third bet with a chance for a medal after Cherry May Regalado entered the medal round of the form event and two other bets shooting for sure silvers Sunday in singles tanding (sparring).Two fancied martial arts bets, though, crashed out after their opening bouts even as the women’s golf team led by Yuka Saso positioned itself for medal finishes, with the 18-year-old ace wheeling into solid contention for the individual gold over at Pondok Indah course.Asian champion Annie Ramirez and Apryl Eppinger took to the door in their respective jiujitsu divisions, with Ramirez ruing moving up to a heavier weight class in bowing to Kira Sung of South Korea, 0-21 in the 62-kilogram division of newaza.“I’m very sorry,” Ramirez told local scribes in Filipino, knowing the expectations of her back home. “She was really heavier than me. I had to move to this weight class because it’s the only category for me here.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 2014 Asian Games gold medalist Daniel Caluag (right) hurdles a jump on the way to a bronze medal in this Asiad’s BMX competitions. —PH ASIAN GAMES MEDIA POOLJAKARTA—Anyone wondering what shape Daniel Caluag was in in his defense of the men’s BMX gold in the Asian Games got an answer in spades, with the registered nurse—sans all the preparations as far as participating in big-time races are concerned—pocketing a bronze Saturday to add to the Philippine medal haul.“I didn’t get the result I was aiming for but I am happy with the medal I contributed,” the 31-year-old Caluag, whose day job in two hospitals three days a week as a nurse in the United States made pundits conclude that he was not in shape before coming over, told Filipino reporters at Jakarta International BMX Track here.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Onanong Sangsirichok eliminated Eppinger, who was in the 2014 Games in Incheon as a cyclist, 3-0.Sorry knockoutBoxing took another loss—literally flush on the chin this time—after Mario Fernandez was knocked out by Iraq’s Jaafar Abdulridha Al Sudani with 47 seconds left in the third round of their men’s bantamweight bout and the Filipino enjoying a wide lead in the judges’ scorecards.Fernandez was later carried out on a stretcher.Saso submitted a second straight three-under-par 69 and moved within four shots of the lead, tied for third with Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul, who also shot a 69, with a 209 aggregate going into Sunday’s final 18 holes.The Filipinos are within two shots of second place in the team event at 10-under after Bianca Pagdanganan cracked par for the second straight day with a 71. China still leads the team race with a 19-under total.The men’s team bowed out of medal contention, with Wei Wei Gao firing a 77 to also kiss his individual chances goodbye.Over in Palembang, the men’s dragon boat team finished fifth in the finals of the 200-meter race at Jakabaring Canoeing and Rowing Center, blaming the false start of the host Indonesian team for putting them off their rhythm.China won that race with a time of 50.832. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I came in wanting the gold [medal], that was the vision,” he said. “I’m happy with the way I finished. I would have been happier with a better color [of medal], though.”Yoshitaku Nagasako of Japan clocked 33.669 seconds, with Indonesian bet Gustin Bagus Saputra checking in second at 34.314.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Caluag, who knew at the start of the Asiad that the Japanese was the rider to beat, timed 35.842 as the Philippines pocketed its seventh bronze medal that went with its lone gold courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz last Tuesday.As of 7 p.m. (8 in Manila), host Indonesia is the best Southeast Asian country with a total of 38 medals, 10 of them gold, as China continued its assault on the continental sporting showpiece with 71 gold medals making a chunk of its 149 overall. 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From all indications, irate commercial drivers are ignoring the reduced fares recently announced by the Ministries of Transport and Commerce and Industry and have instead continued to hike their fares for destinations in and around Monrovia.The transport fares were reduced in line with reductions in the prices of petroleum products on the market.After the recent announcement of the new fares it was surprising, early last week, in the business district of Red Light in Paynesville, to find commuters engaged in bitter confrontation with public transport drivers who refused to accept the reduced fares.As a result of these standoffs, commercial drivers usually abort their direct trips to Monrovia and instead route passengers to Old Road, which would then require passengers to pay for the added trip from Old Road to central Monrovia. For commuters, this could mean at least one and a half times what they already pay for a direct trip.Reports received from commercial districts around Monrovia also reveal that drivers are still charging the old or even higher transport fares from the commercial districts of Waterside, Duala and Red-light to central Monrovia.“We are not going to accept the newly adjusted fares because we are only taking three persons at the back of our taxis and buses from this Red-light Market in Paynesville,” drivers contended.“As for me, I will not accept the new transport fares because nobody helped to buy my car,” driver Cyrus Thomas declared.Some observers are of the opinion that the newly announced fares are not sustainable and may be unrealistic because government simply does not have the capacity to enforce the fares.Others believe that if the fares must be enforced, then police officers and others charged with that responsibility should exhibit the highest standards of integrity and fairness.Affected commuters and businesspeople encountered at the Red-light and Waterside Markets sounded urgent appeals for the enforcement of the new fares to be carried out without fear or favor, no matter who is involved in the violations.Commuter Washington B. Kolliewala, 57, intimated that the police, as well as the Ministries of Transport and Commerce, must be vigilant and muster the courage to arrest and prosecute all violators of the transport fare regulations.Kolliewala who was visibly angry and frustrated over the fare hikes called on the Liberian Government to immediately deploy the buses recently donated by the Indian Government.“Adding more transport buses in Monrovia and other parts of the country would certainly ease the fare increases by commercial drivers and other public service transport providers in Liberia,” commuter Kolliewala suggested.Another commuter, Davidetta M. Flomo, 54, told the Daily Observer that warnings issued by ministries and agencies of the Liberian Government should be translated into concrete and practical actions.Madam Flomo claimed that each time the government pronounces new transport fares in Monrovia, defiance and confrontation take place instead of compliance to rules and regulations in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Public Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy in Liberia, Paul Hinshaw, said that if Liberian youths are to be stakeholders and stimulate positive change in Liberia’s development, they must not only be engaged, but also integrated into the economic and civil society fabric of the country.Mr. Hinshaw spoke recently at a program marking the launch of Youth Entrepreneurship Training for 100 emerging youth entrepreneurs in Kakata, Margibi County.He said that it is vital for Liberian youths to be empowered to seize opportunities available to them, and to turn ideas into actions, and actions into income.According to Hinshaw, encouraging entrepreneurship and facilitating an expanding, inclusive economy are two cornerstones of much of the Embassy’s work in Liberia, adding that the Youth Entrepreneurship Training being implemented by Better Future Foundation (BFF), a partner of the of the US Embassy, underpins this goal.Quoting a 2012 Labor Market Assessment conducted by the U.S. Embassy, Mr. Hinshaw said the informal sector of Liberia’s economy is a significant source of employment opportunity for youths. He said youth unemployment is a major threat to peace and security.Also quoting the United Nations Population Fund, Mr. Hinshaw added that young people account for about 65 percent of Liberia’s population of 4.1 million, and youth unemployment is estimated as high as 85 percent.“The young people,” he said, “must feel that their active, positive participation in civil society and in the economy are paying dividends and that a stable, economically expanding Liberia is in their best interest.”He said one way of engaging youths to make them stakeholders is through entrepreneurship, adding, “a rising tide lifts all boats.”Speaking to an audience that included senior government officials and members of the business community, Mr. Hinshaw said “Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates when he was 21 years old, and Steve Jobs was at the same age when he founded Apple, a renowned US computer conglomerate.” “But even closer to Liberia, examples abound. I was looking at a list from Forbes Magazine naming the top 30 entrepreneurs from Africa under 30 years of age. South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya dominate the listings, which include everything from tech companies to fruit processing centers. However, there is not a single Liberian young entrepreneur among this standout crowd. Now, I have only been in Liberia less than four months, but already met some impressive entrepreneurs. One has founded a clothing line and has already shown her collection in Paris; another has founded a snack company and produces banana chips with the hope of expanding her production capabilities this year. Then there is the company which makes fair-trade-certified clothing and handbags for American retailers, provides work and education opportunities for Liberian women, and invests in community development efforts here.“I want to add someone’s name from the group of participants here today to the list of successful youths when we talk about entrepreneurs in Liberia. That’s why I am pleased today to be here to inaugurate this first entrepreneurship workshop for Liberian youths to help them develop product ideas and business plans to help (them) gain more education and secure employment.” In his statement, the President Pro-Temp of the Liberian Senate, Armah Z. Jallah, applauded the training program and called on the youth to make good use of the knowledge gained from the training through service to their communities, the state and the larger society.Senator Jallah indicated that the future of the country lies in the hands of the youth, and as such, they must be educationally prepared to effectively meet future challenges.Also making remarks, Margibi County Senator, Oscar Cooper, who is an accomplished Liberian business entrepreneur, lauded the United States government, through its Embassy in Monrovia, for sponsoring the series of entrepreneurship training programs by BFF.Senator Cooper expressed delight with the significance of entrepreneurship training in the reconstruction of Liberia, saying, “Before I became a politician and Senator, I was an entrepreneur. And I can attest to the joy of being your own boss, an independent thinker, and especially the joy of empowering others, and the immense benefits of entrepreneurship.”For his part, the founder and president of Better Future Foundation (BFF), Augustine Arkoi, said the training, which catered to 100 young, emerging Liberian entrepreneurs, was aimed at sharpening the skills of Liberian youth in leadership and entrepreneurship, including how to start and sustain small business enterprises.According to Arkoi, the training was also geared towards making young Liberians develop economic literacy and freedom, career opportunities and income, promotion of learning opportunities for at-risk-youth and inspire them to seek higher education as well as development of networking skills, which would enable them to identify linkages for business advancement.An American business development specialist, Juan P. Casimiro, who is also founder and chairman of the famous Casimiro Global Foundation, an international youth development organization that provides college scholarships, global exchange internships and social ventures in marginalized communities in developing nations, served as lead facilitator for the training. Throughout his extensive career, and under his leadership, Casimiro has been actively engaged in creating and delivering effective entrepreneurship, financial literacy, sustainability and empowerment programs for youths and adults throughout the USA, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Arkoi said.The latest training marked the third in a series of youth entrepreneurship and empowerment training programs implemented in Liberia by BFF, with sponsorship provided by the United States government through its Embassy in Monrovia. Other personalities who participated in the training include Margibi County Superintendent, John Z. Buway; Bomi County Superintendent, Samuel Brown; Ganta City Mayor, Emmanuel Paye; Saclapea City Mayor, Wallace Yeedoun; and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Bomi County Head of Field Office, Mrs. Frances Alesi – all of whom underscored the importance of youth capacity-building and education for the consolidation and sustainability of peace in Liberia.A similar training was also held in Monrovia, Montserrado County, Ganta and Saclapea in Nimba County, and Tubmanburg, Bomi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Guyanese man died on Sunday morning after he was struck down by an irate driver, who drove his car into a crowd after slashing two other men during a row over parking space on Liberty Avenue near 127th Street in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York. Dead is 22-year-old Richardo Chatergoon of Far Rockaway, Queens. The suspect, Adrian Harry, 22, was on Monday charged with murder, assault, and reckless endangerment.Reports are that at 04:00h, Harry scraped a parked BMW while trying to parallel park his white Hyundai Sonata. This resulted in a heated argument among the suspect and two men, during which he whipped out a knife and slashed the victims.After committing the act, he allegedly drove his car into a half-dozen good Samaritans who had intervened. Chatergoon was one of those six people.The others hospitalised include a 29-year-old man with a head injury, a 27-year-old with a hurt leg, a 29-year-old man with a broken pelvis and a 20-year-old woman who suffered a broken leg.After fleeing the scene, the suspect was arrested. According to the New York Post, Harry was held at the 106th Precinct station house in Ozone Park until his court appearance on Monday.Chatergoon migrated to the United States about 18 months ago, to live with his family.
Two of the B.C. NDP’s high-profile members will be in Fort St. John on Thursday evening. Finance Critic Bruce Ralston will speak about the B.C. economy at the Quality Inn / Northern Grande Hotel at 7:30 p.m. The New Democrats’ Energy Critic, John Horgan, will also be on hand, to speak about the province’s energy policy. – Advertisement -The session is open to all members of the public, and the speakers will be answering questions.
WHITTIER — Coroner’s officials have identified a 12-year-old boy killed by a truck at an intersection Thursday afternoon as Elijah Ernest Valdez of Whittier. Police said Valdez was hit at about 2:50 p.m. while riding his bicycle through Painter Avenue and Lambert Road. Police said the truck had stopped for construction on Painter, and as the light turned green, the victim started to drive his bike through the intersection. The boy apparently tried to squeeze through a space between the truck and a car in front of the big-rig. The truck’s driver did not see the boy, according to Whittier Officer Jason Zuhlke. The truck struck the boy and dragged him about 40 feet. His body was pinned beneath the vehicle until a county fire rescue unit was able to free the remains. The driver was not cited or arrested, but Zuhlke said the accident is under investigation. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Mohammad Rakib is one of Bangladesh’s ardent Argentina fans. © AFP / Munir UZ ZAMANDHAKA, Bangladesh, Jun 13 – The World Cup is arousing high passions in Bangladesh, where machete-wielding fans of Brazil and Argentina have clashed in the streets and flags of the two countries are so ubiquitous that some people want to ban them.Ignoring the lack of any obvious link to the South American giants, and the absence of their national team — which is ranked 194th out of 211 teams — World Cup fever has firmly taken hold among Bangladeshi fans. Last week in the central town of Bandar, rival followers of Lionel Messi and Neymar fought with machetes, leaving a man and his son critically wounded, police said.Meanwhile, a 12-year-old boy died after being electrocuted while putting a Brazil flag on a roadside pole.Argentina and Brazil flags have been dominating towns in the country of 160 million for weeks ahead of the start of the World Cup in Russia on Thursday.Supporters of the two teams hold flag processions to show their loyalties. In the northern town of Madarganj, motorcycle rallies are staged by hundreds of rival supporters waving football banners.“They hold meetings to plan further craziness. You can feel the tension and excitement all over town,” local police chief Mohammad Rafique told AFP.Some Bangladeshis want to end the fervour, however.Brazil and Argentina flags are a common sight in Bangladesh during the World Cup. © AFP / Munir UZ ZAMANOne lawyer tried to get a court order preventing the flying of flags of World Cup nations. Barisal University in southern Bangladesh has banned its 7,000 students from flying foreign nations’ colours on campus.“The government should totally ban flying any foreign flags across Bangladesh,” university head S.M. Imamul Haq told AFP.Flag fervour is the most obvious sign of the country’s switch of allegiance every four years from cricket to football.Even though Bangladesh has never qualified for the World Cup, and has little chance of doing so in future, the country goes crazy for the tournament once every four years.– From Maradona to Messi –The South American rivalry has been traced back to broadcasts of the 1986 World Cup, when Diego Maradona’s brilliance helped Argentina win the trophy.“Pele was a household name here. His story was in our textbook. So there was a traditional support base for Brazil. But Argentina stole Bangladeshis’ hearts after Maradona’s solo feats in 1986. I think it is when this rivalry here began,” M.M. Kaiser, editor of a sports portal, told AFP.Maqsud Elahi, 13, said after buying an Argentina flag: “I support Argentina because of Messi. His dribbling is mind-blowing.”Tanvir Haider, a 29-year-old doctor, however, fell for Brazil after watching Ronaldo in his boyhood.“I love Brazil because of him. Also Brazil has a golden past. Their game is terrific and they have superstars at every World Cup,” Haider said.Even some sociologists struggle to understand Bangladesh’s fascination with Brazil and Argentina. © AFPBut sociologists struggle to explain Bangladesh’s football phenomenon, with one criticising it as “a kind of inferiority complex”.“Many of these people don’t know where Brazil and Argentina are. There is no blood or language connection, still they are mad for them,” Nehal Karim, a Dhaka University sociology professor, told AFP.“I don’t understand it,” he declared.Mokaddem Hossain, deputy head of Bangladesh Open University, said it was globalisation at work.“This is part of worldwide branding. Hoisting flags and the excitement around it is just the result of that passion,” he said.Ashif Entaz Rabi, a writer, defended the quadrennial frenzy, saying the World Cup is a joyous occasion for millions.“If an Argentina fan finds happiness by flying an Argentine flag on his roof, who are you to stop him from this joy?” Rabi wrote in a widely shared Facebook comment.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
After a start playing monthly gigs for friends at Santa Monica’s O’Brien’s Tavern in 1995, Gaelic Storm’s popularity skyrocketed when it appeared in James Cameron’s Titanic as the Celtic party band in the ship’s steerage.Now the American-based band have released this song – with a very Donegal feel! We’ve included the lyrics if you fancy singing along!Lyrics:‘was up in the Bluestack mountains, D’arcy kept a bit of a stillWe were sneaking home a bottle, when the guards came up the hill“Lose the booze” cried D’arcy and before we could reply,He’d dumped it in the nosebag of his donkey standing by.The donkey had a ganky leg, and only one good eye.When he got a lick of the whiskey, he’d swear that he could flyHe rocketed through the roundabout, and down by Jamesie’s bar,Then he vaulted through the hedges at the track at BallintraHere’s to you, to me and one and allTo the garda, and the gargle, and the trophy on the wallHere’s to you, to me and one and allThe day that D’arcy’s drunken donkey won the race at Donegal The garda chased the donkey, and we followed in pursuit,For fear they’d spill the whiskey, we begged them not to shootWe barreled through the turnstiles, we got there just in time,To place our bets before the lot of ’em reached the starting line.The flag was up, the race was on, the donkey looked behindHe saw the guards were after him but sure he didn’t mindHe had himself another sip, and a second one as well,Then bucked and kicked and knocked the competition all to hell.Here’s to you, to me and one and allTo the garda, and the gargle, and the trophy on the wallHere’s to you, to me and one and allThe day that D’arcy’s drunken donkey won the race at DonegalThe donkey passed the post about a lap or two aheadHe finished off the whiskey, then toppled over deadWe went to check the bets and found when everything was doneThe garda came in second and paid 25 to one!So we dragged the donkey’s carcass down to Jamesie’s for a pintTo drink up all our winnings, and to celebrate the nightWe missed the poor old donkey, but still we had to laughWhen Jamesie made a trophy of the donkey’s better halfSo raise a beer in the air, to the famous derriereEverybody raise a glass to D’arcy’s ass! D’arcy’s ass!Everybody raise a glass to D’arcy’s ass! D’arcy’s ass!Here’s to you, to me and one and allTo the garda, and the gargle, and the trophy on the wallHere’s to you, to me and one and allThe day that D’arcy’s drunken donkey won the race at DonegalDDTV: FROM THE DECK OF THE TITANIC MOVIE..TO D’ARCY’S DRUNKEN DONEGAL DONKEY! was last modified: September 13th, 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) Tags:donegalGAELIC STORM
LETTERKENNY Mayor Gerry McMonagle had described as ‘confused’ a tourist book guide to the town which describes it as both “buzzing” and “soulless.”While many other areas of Co Donegal gets the thumbs up from the latest ‘Lonely Planet’ guide to Ireland, the biggest town is lambasted…and praised.Says the guide: “Ruined by the excesses of the Celtic Tiger era, Letterkenny is a market town run amok. Mindless development has resulted in numerous faceless retail parks lining the roads, traffic problems and a complete lack of soul. “However, as Donegal’s largest town, it’s buzzing with students and young professionals, and there’s a good choice of restaurants and accommodation.”Mayor McMonagle however said the review “doesn’t add up.”He told us: “There’s many a town in Ireland that would love to have traffic problems!.”He went on: “We except there are issues with planning and traffic and we are doing our best to resolve both but this guide can’t say the town is both soulless and buzzing. It doesn’t make sense. “We know tens of thousands of people come to the town every year and thoroughly enjoy everything our historic town has to offer.”Meanwhile many other areas in the county are recommended once again including Malin Head, Slieve League and Dunfanaghy getting the seal of approval.There’s also praise for Glencolmcille, Ardara and many other towns.It seems our Lonely Planeters had a bad day in traffic in Letterkenny – just like last year (and the year before that).The book’s publishers said its writers spent six months compiling the latest edition. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comLETTERKENNY GETS BASHING IN TOURIST GUIDE BOOK was last modified: January 11th, 2012 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:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEletterkennylonely planet guide 2012