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Ellen Frowns at ‘Abuses’ on Social Media

first_img– Advertisement – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has denounced the spate of abuses that has been posted on social media by Liberians during the recent elections , suggesting that the country’s democracy is at stake if it continues.The President’s statement came yesterday, less than two hours after Jerome Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), declared campaign open for the runoff between George Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the governing Unity Party (UP).The runoff, Korkoya said, will be held on November 7, since none of the 20 political parties that participated in the October 10 presidential elections obtained the 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast as required by the Liberian Constitution.However, President Sirleaf said she has observed that a week following the end of the first round of voting on October 10, her attention was drawn to a surge of abuses displayed on social media (mostly on Facebook) by Liberians, which she said are extremely inimical to the survival of the country’s peace and democracy.“We condemn the abuse and misuse of social media through the use of invectives, hate speech and outright vulgarity, which denigrates adversaries with whom we might hold disagreement,” the President said.She said that in light of the progress her government has made, “I call on our fellow citizens to remain civil, responsible and continue to be tolerant of diverging opinions and views that might not necessarily be favorable to ours.”She said further that resorting to profanities on social media contributes nothing to the national discourse, “but only serves to taint our national and international image.“We must all express our indignation to this unacceptable way of politicking and seek to continue the decent democratic values that have brought us this far as a nation and people,” the President said.As Liberians pat themselves on the back for peacefully voting in the October 10 polls, all must continue to demonstrate the same path of love for country by and through each of their individual actions, she said.The President also admonished that all Liberians should focus on how they will consolidate the democratic gains made over the last 12 years by voting peacefully and nationalistically, respecting the law and keeping the peace for the greater good of Mama Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Neighbourhood pharmacy hosts blood drive, health fair in Diamond

first_imgPrashad’s Medical and Pharmacy, in collaboration with the Guyana Red Cross Society, National Aids Program Secretariat (NAPS) and the Blood Bank, on Saturday held its second annual blood drive and health fair initiative at the pharmacy’s Lot 62 Second Street, Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) location.The blood drive and health fair was aimed at increasing the reserves at the National Blood Transfusion Unit, and to assist persons who are unable to access or pay for medical checkups.According to Prashad’s Chief Executive Officer, Paras Prashad, the objective of the event is also to educate persons about the importance of donating a single unit of blood, and how it can help those in need.During the six-hour activity, more than 20 units of blood were donated by persons in and around the community.The event, which also provided a medium to educate persons on the benefits of donating blood, and thereby address the reluctance associated with donating blood, targeted some 100 donors, who also benefited by receiving free gifts, door hamper prizes, free sampling of products, free medical advice, and a prestigious gift basket giveaway. Additionally, persons were able to access free testing for blood sugar, pressure, haemoglobin, cholesterol. Tests were provided also for all high school entrance students.Only recently, the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS) stated that it’s in dire need of blood to satisfy the ever-growing demand for the commodity.According to the institution, the demand is high and the blood bank is short of all blood groups.The goal of the NBTS is for all the blood supplied in Guyana to be collected from voluntary, healthy donors. Every unit of blood that is donated is screened and delivered through a network of Blood Banks countrywide, and is used as needed.last_img read more

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BC reaches carbon neutrality for sixth straight year

first_img– Advertisement – FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC has now reached carbon neutrality for the sixth straight year. This is helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions while also generating jobs.The Province was the first and continues to be the only carbon neutral jurisdiction on the continent, according to a press release released today.“In 2015, British Columbia’s 127 public sector organizations generated approximately 44,000 tonnes fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the baseline year of 2010. This is equivalent of taking approximately 9,400 cars off the road.Since the start of B.C.’s carbon neutral commitment in 2008 to 2014, the provincial offset investment has contributed $372.5 million to the provincial GDP and supported almost 4,500 jobs in person years.”BC Environment Minister, Mary Polak, says BC will always be a leader when it comes to carbon neutrality.“As we mark another year of carbon neutrality across B.C.’s public sector, we celebrate a new era of climate leadership throughout our province, our nation and the world. Carbon neutrality supports the #BCTech strategy and is one of many ways we are encouraging emission reductions while, at the same time, creating jobs and economic growth. Our carbon neutral government program will continue to be an important element of our climate agenda through the Climate Leadership Plan.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Alpha eyes K’Ogalo starting role after school

first_img“That is my ultimate goal because when I go back there I want to be in the starting team. I have been training with them every school holiday and I have grown as a player. I know the system, how things work and it is my dream to command a regular starting spot,” Onyango told Capital Sport.“Gor is a great team and training with them always made me an improved player. I am excited at the opportunity of joining them regularly after school,” he added.Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi feeds instructions to skipper Alpha Onyango during their African Under-20 Cup of Nations qualifer against Rwanda at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSo much is Onyango a core part of Gor’s future that he has not been allowed to play for the Green Commandos in the National Super League as head coach Dylan Kerr considers him a core part of the club’s future.“He is a good lad, works really hard and it is a shame we can’t have him now,” Kerr said of the industrious defensive midfielder.Nonetheless, the Form Three Student at Kakamega High says he wants to ask the Gor management whether they can loan him out to the Green Commandos who play in the National Super League for one season.“The talks have been ongoing and the teachers have been talking to Gor to make that possible. Personally, I think it would be very important for me to play in the NSL to get some experience. This will be vital for me to gel in when I return to Gor after next year,” Onyango further added.Meanwhile even as he looks forward to his footballing future, Onyango is elated at helping Kakamega to their 14th School Games title and the cherry on top of the cake; him being named the championship’s MVP.“It was a very tough tournament. School Games are usually very tough because every team comes in looking to win the title and everyone gives their all. Winning this title is such a prestigious thing for us as a team,” the midfielder noted.Kakamega High School midfielder Alpha Onyango vies for the ball with Olbolosat’s Silah Wangila during their National Secondary School Games final at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTheir next focus now is on the East Africa School Games to be held in Musanze, Rwanda in August where they hope to do better than last year when they finished third.Head coach Brendan Mwinamo is confident they will go in there an improved side and remains optimistic they will give a good account of themselves.“We have played in the NSL which is a very tough league and I think that gives us some very good edge over the others. However, we know it will be tough because we will be playing against older teams from Uganda and Tanzania now that they have form five and six. But, we will be ready,” Mwinamo said.He added; “This year we have shown a very improved game and everyone saw that from how we played. We have some areas we want to improve on especially in attacking and come the Rwanda trip, we want to bring the title home,” Mwinamo noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega High School captain Alpha Onyango receives his Most Valuable Player award at the Kenya Secondary School Games from Education Principle Secretary Bellio Kipsang in Eldoret on July 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30 – Kakamega High School midfielder Alpha Onyango is confident he has the ability to command a regular starting place at Gor Mahia when he ultimately returns to the club after completing school next year.Onyango has been contracted at Gor and captains their Under-20 team and was aptly named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the just concluded Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) National Term 2B games, playing a starring role as Kakamega won the boys’ football title.last_img read more

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Trailing scarf gives the game away for drink-driver

first_imgA man was caught drink-driving by Gardai after they noticed a scarf sticking out of his car.Seamus Gallagher was spotted by Gardai leaving a venue in Downings and driving towards Carrigart at 3.28am on February 22nd, 2015. They had noticed a piece of clothing trailing out of the car and decided to follow it.They then noticed Gallagher driving his grey BMW car erratically.As well as crossing back and forth over the white line on the road, Gallagher was driving in excess of 100 kph in an 80kph zone.Gardai activated their blue lights and stopped Gallagher at Rosapenna.When he got out of the car he was unsteady on his feet and was slurring his speech.He told Gardai that he had only consumed two pints that evening.Letterkenny District Court heard the reading taken by Gardai showed 38 microgrammes of alcohol per 200 millilitres of breath.Solicitor for the accused Frank Dorrian said the reading would suggest that his client, from Glebe, Downings, only had two pints and was only slightly over the legal limit.Judge Alan Mitchell replied that this was the classic case that not everyone reacted in the same way to the same amount of alcohol consumed.He commented that if Mr Gallagher might not have had the last sip of beer he might be facing a six-month driving ban.Mr Dorrian said his client had been doing others a favour by leaving them home and that his front seat passenger had got her scarf caught in the door and drew the Gardai’s attention.He added that his client was now based and working in the UK.Judge Mitchell fined Mr Gallagher €400 and banned him from driving for one year.Trailing scarf gives the game away for drink-driver was last modified: March 6th, 2018 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:courtdonegalDowningsdrink drivingSeamus Gallagherlast_img read more

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‘JIMMY WON THE MATCHES, JIMMY WON THE GAMES’ – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE ON McGUINNESS’ REIGN

first_imgDonegal Daily GAA columnist Cathal MacSuibhne reflects on last night’s decision by Jim McGuinness to step down as Donegal manager.Donegal Daily GAA columnist Cathal MacSuibhne with Jim McGuinness.Jimmy won the matches, Jimmy won the games, Jimmy brought Sam back to Donegal again.The news nobody wanted to hear but that we were half expecting arrived late last night. Jim McGuinness had led us all on an incredible journey since 2010 but now it has reached its conclusion. His stint as U21 manager followed by the four year plan with the seniors has been the most successful period in our county’s history. He took over a group that had been described, somewhat accurately, as half football team half stag party; what followed is one of the greatest sporting stories ever told. Breffni Park and that damn crossbar got things rolling as Jim led Michael and his team to an All Ireland U21 Final. Within a few months, the senior job was his.It all started on a wet Saturday night in Ballybofey against University of Ulster Jordanstown in a McKenna Cup tie and finished two weeks ago on the biggest stage of all. Could the few hundred of us that were in MacCumhaill Park that night have dared to dream that such days lay ahead? Jim turned all our dreams into reality.In between there have been significant milestones – a trophy captured in Croke Park, three months later 19 years of hurt were annexed with an Ulster title; then that unforgettable night with Kildare, ‘real living’ as Jim described it as. Football was supposedly close to Armageddon the next time Donegal rolled onto Jones Road as the game with Dublin became the most talked about match of all time.One year later and we were top of the pile, 2012 will forever hold the most special place in our hearts as Jim took us to the Promised Land. It looked like it would all end in a perfect fairytale after trouncing the unbeatable Dubs before going down in the final – it wasn’t to be. It doesn’t in any way dilute what Jim achieved with this team and his legacy is untouchable.Will there now be a number of players that will follow? It is safe to assume that some will certainly call time on their careers having served the green and gold jersey with distinction but with the underage talent looking quite healthy this hopefully won’t have a terminal effect on the squad. Donegal will retreat back into pack in the coming years as this team breaks up but that inevitable slide can be halted if the team and its resources are managed correctly. All successful senior teams must have some sort of underage traction however a good underage team does not guarantee a quality senior team.The big question now is who can replace the irreplaceable? Despite losing a legendary figure, an All-Ireland winning panel remains and with the right appointment our glory days can continue.Declan Bonner will most likely be the front runner after leading the minor team to an All Ireland Final. Ideally you’d like to see Declan take the group onto the U21 stage before having a second crack at the senior job but with circumstances as they are now, he is sure to be in the frame.What about a joint ticket of Jim’s former background team, Rory Gallagher and Maxi Curran? Both men are leading clubs in this weekend’s Championship action but their ears will have pricked at hearing the news last night. There may be some lingering animosity over their departure from Jim’s setup last year but for the good of Donegal football, any differences need to be put aside if they are deemed the best candidate(s). Could Jim’s outgoing backroom team be interested? Damian Diver, John Duffy and Paul McGonigle played their part in this year’s Ulster success and subsequent passage to the All-Ireland final and must surely be considered.Elsewhere in the club scene, Gary McDaid led his Glenswilly team to an Ulster Final last December. It would be a big step up from club to county but his record may be enough to put him in with a shout.Other names such as Martin McHugh and Tony McEntee will also be linked but it would be a surprise if the successor didn’t come from the first two options above.As we’ve seen with Mayo in the last fortnight, county boards have an unfortunate habit of making a mess of such appointment processes – it took Jim himself three attempts to get the post – so this has to be done right. Jim may well have a say himself. His greatest achievement is not the titles, the cups or the system. His most important gift was really highlighted in the aftermath of the defeat a fortnight ago. Despite a devastating day, Donegal supporters, one and all, were proud of their team. That was Jim’s first goal – for the team to be loved again, for everyone to have pride in their county and their jersey. Mission accomplished Jim.These thoughts have only scratched on the surface of the genius that is Jim McGuinness; a million words wouldn’t do justice to the greatest of great men.His family and his work commitments in Glasgow will obviously have had a huge bearing on his decision to stand aside. He may even have a chance to devote more time to Celtic in the months and years ahead. The words of Scotland’s most famous hero, William Wallace, (slightly altered!) might best describe our journey with Jim…In the years of our Messiah, 2011-2014, patriots of Donegal, hungry and written off, charged the fields of Clones and Drumcondra. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Tir Conaill men. And won their destiny.Our Chief. Our Leader. Our Legend. Our Messiah. Our Jimmy.Míle Buíochas agus Ádh Mór leat Jim.‘JIMMY WON THE MATCHES, JIMMY WON THE GAMES’ – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE ON McGUINNESS’ REIGN was last modified: October 4th, 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 MacSuibhnedonegalGAAJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

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Forest and West Brom share spoils, Middlesbrough sweep aside Sheffield United

first_imgNottingham Forest 1-1 West BromMatt Phillips’ last-gasp equaliser saw West Brom snatch a point against Nottingham Forest in a gripping 1-1 draw at the City Ground.Aitor Karanka’s men looked set for the three points through a 25-yard strike from Adlene Geudioura, only for Phillips to slam home a leveller on 87 minutes as the home side were left to rue numerous missed chances.West Brom handed a debut to Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo and it was in-demand Jay Rodriguez who had the game’s first chance, but Tobias Figueiredo did enough to put him off his stride and he could only hook his shot well over.At the other end, a sweeping move resulted in Forest’s record signing Joao Carvalho having an effort deflected just wide. Chris Wilder’s side have lost their opening two Championship games of the season Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer impact goalless Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Getty Images 4 Carvalho fired another shot narrowly over and Lewis Grabban cracked an effort just wide as Forest began to take control.Gil Dias, though, then did brilliantly to clear as a diving Rodriguez launched himself at the ball as West Brom threatened from a corner.Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone was called into action for the first time as he beat away a Grabban shot, before Forest should have taken the lead seven minutes before the break.Grabban took advantage of a defensive error, but with only Johnstone to beat he dawdled and the visiting goalkeeper thwarted him. The ball ran loose, with Joe Lolley eventually sending his looping effort over the bar.Lolley was in the thick of it again a minute later when he forced Johnstone into another save.Figueiredo got in a superb block to deny Phillips, before Carvalho then slipped in Lolley, whose deflected shot went out for a corner.Forest were almost to regret not taking advantage of their first-half dominance when Rodriguez contrived to shank Phillips’ superb cross high and wide on the stroke of half-time when less than two yards from goal. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack ROUND-UP Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ EFL result Phillips celebrates his equaliser 4 Tony Pulis’ side are top of the Championship center_img Another surge forward saw Downing win a corner in the seventh minute and Newton Aycliffe-born Wing’s lofted delivery skimmed Shotton’s head and fell to Braithwaite, who tucked home.Ten minutes later, the Teessiders went 2-0 up as Flint – a summer signing from Bristol City – marked his home debut with a goal by rising at the far post to head in another Wing corner.Boro exploited width for their third goal too, Shotton whipping the ball in from the right for veteran midfielder Downing to bounce over beleaguered Blades goalkeeper Henderson.A tactical switch helped United, who lost at home to Swansea on Saturday, avoid more punishment before the break, although captain Leon Clarke was booked for a needless challenge to sustain the visitors’ misery.Frustration persisted on the pitch for Chris Wilder’s Blades, who like Boro are striving to get new players on board before the window shuts; Ipswich’s Martyn Waghorn is a target for both clubs. stalemate GREAT NEWS Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Latest Championship News Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Middlesbrough 3-0 Sheffield UnitedMiddlesbrough proved they possess plenty of cut and thrust without Adama Traore as Sheffield United were carved up 3-0 at the Riverside.Incisive winger Traore, absent from the squad, is reportedly poised to join Premier League newcomers Wolves – bad news for Boro fans who have seen key men Ben Gibson and Patrick Bamford sold in recent days.Tony Pulis has been trying to bolster his ranks before Thursday’s transfer deadline but the tools already at his disposal showed that Boro can be a force in the Sky Bet Championship regardless.North-east talent Lewis Wing provided assists for Martin Braithwaite and then imposing new defensive recruit Aden Flint, with Stewart Downing chipping in with a third goal to complete the rout inside 25 minutes.Boro would strike very early but they could have done so inside a minute had Jonny Howson not shot straight at Dean Henderson after Britt Assombalonga dummied Ryan Shotton’s low cross. 4 Guedioura’s strike had seemingly given Forest the win REPLY Guedioura was renowned for scoring spectacular goals during his first spell at Forest, and the Algerian produced a piece of magic just before the hour mark, cracking a low 25-yard drive past the despairing dive of Johnstone to give Forest the lead.West Brom boss Darren Moore responded by introducing new signing Dwight Gayle, signed in a swap season-long loan deal a few days ago, with Salomon Rondon heading to Newcastle.A wayward pass from Tendayi Darikwa handed Phillips a sight of goal, but his shot was deflected over.Guedioura almost scored a remarkable goal when an Albion attack broke down. As he raced through his own half, he let fly from what must have been 70 yards and the back-pedalling Johnstone just managed to tip the ball over.But the home side were nearly caught out a minute later as the visitors sensed an opportunity to gain an undeserved equaliser, and Forest were relieved to see Gayle’s shot hit a post and rebound to safety.The danger, though, was not over as the Baggies pushed forward again and Phillips was given too much space on the right and he smashed a shot past Costel Pantilimon.Phillips then hit a post, only for Harvey Barnes to strike the rebound against the woodwork, before Grabban’s header was cleared off the line at the other end in a pulsating finish. Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Chris Basham was lucky to avoid dismissal for a heavy foul on Braithwaite before Clarke headed wide from a promising position, with substitute Ben Woodburn feeding him the cross.A poor night for Clarke continued when, set up tidily by sprightly Mark Duffy, he pinged an effort straight at Boro stopper Darren Randolph.Wing, signed quietly from non-league Shildon last year, left the pitch to great applause from the Riverside faithful as the game entered its final 10 minutes, which Boro navigated sensibly under a barrage of speculative balls forward from the blunted Blades.Boro may still have their shortcomings but, on this evidence, it is United – now riding back-to-back defeats – who have a more pressing need to strengthen if they are to build on last season’s top-half finish and consider a play-off push. 4last_img read more

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WOW! DONEGAL’S INCREDIBLE SUNSET

first_imgUPDATED: DONEGAL bathed in a stunning sunset on Saturday night in a scene not seen for some time.As clouds cleared towards dusk, people living in many areas across the county were treated to a red and purple sky.This incredible scene above was captured by Maria Diver in Ardara. So get those cameras out…and send us in your pictures to info@donegaldaily.com.The picture below was taken by Andrew Bowman in Dungloe.Patsy Ferry from Derrybeg took this picture below over Gaoth Dobhair Below – Letterkenny Sunrise on Sunday by Alan Doherty.WOW! DONEGAL’S INCREDIBLE SUNSET was last modified: October 3rd, 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:Ardaradonegal sunsetdonegaldaily pixlast_img read more

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TWO INJURED AFTER ROAD CRASH IN WEST DONEGAL

first_imgTwo people have been taken to hospital this morning after a crash in West Donegal.The accident happened at Min a Cuing on the road between Dunlewey to Crolly.Both people are understood to be in a stable condition. The road has been left in a very slippy condition as a result of an oil spillage and rain and motorists have been warned to take extra care.The road had been closed for a period of time to allow sections of the fire service and Garda to attend.This is the second crash on this stretch of the N56 wihtin the past 48 hours.Ends TWO INJURED AFTER ROAD CRASH IN WEST DONEGAL was last modified: October 10th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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THE DONEGAL HORSE WITH BUCKETS OF HORSE SENSE!

first_imgWhen it comes to having horse sense, Donegal thoroughbred Sunny B has buckets of it.So much so that he had his owners at Glenleary Stables outside Ramelton scratching their heads in disbelief.The 12 year old Irish Hunter was often hungry when its stablemate Daisy went out for gallop. So instead of waiting to be fed, it managed to use the chain on its stable to steal some of Daisy’s food.The owner of Glenleary Satbles, Mary Finnerton, said the horse belongs to 13 year old Rebecca Ryan from Milford.She said she could not believe how Sunny B had managed to learn how to throw the chain onto hay to pull it over to his side of the stable.“He’s a great horse but we have never seen anything like this. “We couldn’t understand how the hay was going missing until someone noticed what he was at,” she said. THE DONEGAL HORSE WITH BUCKETS OF HORSE SENSE! was last modified: May 20th, 2012 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:Glenleary StableshorseRameltonSunny Blast_img read more

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