Eamon McGee admits he and his brother Neil were unwilling to sign a public statement suggested by the Donegal panel to back manager Jim McGuinness in the wake of the fallout with former star, Kevin Cassidy, in 2011.McGee opted away from inter-county football in the wake of Donegal’s defeat against Dublin in the All-Ireland quarter-final in August.Last month he caught up with his former county and Gaoth Dobhair team-mate, Cassidy, who is a columnist for Gaelic Life, for a one-on-one interview that was published this week. “It was a tough time for us,” McGee said of 2011. “Do we back up our friend and clubmate of all them years or do we stay true to the group and to what Jim was actually trying to achieve? That’s ultimately what it came down to.“We were selfish but you (Cassidy) were also wrong, in my eyes anyway.“The squad actually wanted to send out a public statement backing Jim but me and Neil wouldn’t go with it. It was a small consolation.“I always regret that whole fallout because there would have been no better person I would’ve enjoyed the whole journey with than yourself.” Cassidy, who conducted the interview at Teach Mhicí in Bunbeg, Gweedore, was removed from the Donegal panel in November 2011 for taking part in a book written by Declan Bogue called This Is Our Year, which documented that year’s Ulster championship through the eyes of its participants.The split between manager and former captain was an acrimonious one at the time and it cost Cassidy, who won his second All-Star in McGuinness’s first season in charge in 2011, an All-Ireland title a year later.No public statement from the Donegal panel was ever released.“It’s no secret our friendship has deteriorated in recent times,” Cassidy said.“I would still class you as a friend but just not as close as we once were. “I just felt that as a close friend you failed to do for me what I had did for you many times during our careers when we had disagreements with management.“I would never have expected ask anyone to take drastic actions on my behalf but it was the lack of an offer that disappointed me most.”McGee replied: “Looking back now I still believe you were in the wrong but maybe I could have chatted to Jim and said my piece but I didn’t and that’s part of life. You aren’t given a manual to deal with these situations.”McGee went onto admit that Donegal’s loss to Kerry in the 2014 All-Ireland final left a ‘scar’ on his career. And the failure to capture Sam Maguire for a second time is something the Gaoth Dobhair defender will just have to ponder in his retirement.McGuinness’s Donegal upset the football world when they defeated a heavily-fancied Dublin 3-14 to 0-17 in the 2014 All-Ireland final only to lose 2-9 to 0-12 in a drab final against Kerry.Kieran Donaghy intercepted a short kick-out from Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan to score a vital second-half goal while McGuinness’s team were denied a replay when Colm McFadden’s slap at goal struck the base of the post in injury time.“2014 is a real scar on me as a footballer and my sports career,” McGee said. “If Colm’s shot at goal had been an inch to the left, if ‘Papa’ (Durcan) had went long we would have won.“We could have pushed the bounds to being a great team by winning it again, so rather than being on the same level as the great Tyrone team of the ‘noughties’ we are on par with the Armagh team of the ‘noughties,’ which is no bad thing.”Donegal made that year’s All-Ireland final without 2012 All-Star and sweeper Mark McHugh, who opted to travel to the United States to play for Donegal New York that summer in the wake of the 2014 Allianz League Division 2 final loss against Monaghan.McGuinness, the previous September, back in 2013, had opted to change his All-Ireland winning backroom team, with Rory Gallagher — the current Donegal manager and assistant in 2012 — one of those to part company with the set-up.“We definitely would have been in a better spot if we had them two men (McHugh and Gallagher),” McGee added. “Jim is Jim, and Jim did what he felt was right; agree or disagree, that is Jim’s character and you have to take the good with the bad.”Although McGee has retired from county football at 32, he feels he can still give plenty to his Gaoth Dobhair club, although stressed the landscape of the GAA leans firmly towards the county nowadays.“I feel club players are getting shafted all over the county,” he added.“I’ve never got the balance right and one of the reasons I retired was to try and give something back to the club while I was still half-decent.“The GAA is catered toward the inter-county game. That’s fair enough but why be hypocritical and say we are all about the club when our actions are the complete opposite?“If the GAA are serious about clubs at county and national level, then they should start acting like it.”McGee brothers wouldn’t publicly back Jim on axing of Cassidy in 2011 was last modified: December 4th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:donegalEamon McGeeJim McGuinnessKevin Cassidy
DENVER — Jimmy Garoppolo reappeared in a 49ers uniform Monday night, playing for the first time since his left knee’s catastrophic injury 330 days earlier in Kansas City.It wasn’t a pretty sight, at least from an X’s and O’s standpoint.His first four passes hit Denver Broncos’ hands, and he was just 1-of-6 with one interception, no sacks, and a 0.0 passer rating in three series.“Obviously a little frustrated. But it’s the NFL,” Garoppolo said. (Full transcript posted below). “It’s …
We recently installed a Fog Harvesting system in the Alfred Nzo District Municipality at a place called Cabazana.The experience was mindblowing. Although at this stage fog occurances are low (seasonal), local residents who are to benefit from this and will for the first time be able to drink potable water when the fog starts rolling in (September – April).Congrats to the Mayor and his council for caring for the people even if it means using innovative methods.This country can only get better if all of us took as much care and cut out the RED TAPE and just made it happen.View full story Engineering News, Innovative ‘Fog Harvesting’ system installed in the Eastern Cape.Story submitted to SAinfo on 1 July 2008
15 May 2013President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by several Cabinet ministers, took time out on Tuesday to visit the people of Eldorado Park and surrounding Kliptown, south of Johannesburg, where drugs, high levels of crime and violence have resulted in residents living in fear.President Zuma’s visit was prompted by a letter by Eldorado Park resident Dereleen James, in which she documents her struggle to get her 17-year-old son off crystal meth, the drug known locally as “tik”.James’s son, who is now in rehab, will be taken to a place of safety when he comes out to prevent him relapsing.Community’s letter from the heartHis mother’s letter has since gone viral, with community members adding their own stories to it, detailing how a wave of drugs has taken over their lives, with many having lost their children to it.“The term ‘future generation’ is non-existent, meaningless to us,” the letter reads. “Sending our children to school is like sending them to the lion’s den. Drug peddlers parade and sell daily to our kids … Our children in turn sell for them to get a free ‘gage’ or two. Our community is flooded with ‘Lolli lounges’.”The community pleaded with Zuma to set up a special court for drug-related crimes, to help build a rehab centre, to dismiss all corrupt police officers, to have compulsory drug testing at schools, and to develop recreation centres to keep youngsters busy.Amid a heavy police presence, Zuma first held a meeting with the families who wrote the letter, then proceeded to meet with the community.“Mr President, we need your help,” said an emotional James, appealing for action to be taken.Local community leader and pastor Xavier Hendricks said he was afraid that if action were not taken fast, people would take matters into their own hands.Drug-fuelled crime spiralOfficials from a local drug rehabilitation centre told Zuma that a lack of funding complicated the challenge of saving the drug-ridden community.Recovering drug addict, 20-year-old Kelly-Anne, shared her life story about how she used to prostitute herself for a fix, her time in jail for possession of drugs, her struggle as a teenage mother and dropping out of school. She pleaded with the young girls in the crowd not to go down the same route she did.Many children, according to the community, are addicted to nyaope, dagga, cat, tik and alcohol, which are easily available even at schools.A “hit” of nyaope – a mixture of heroine, dagga, battery acid, rat poison, ARVs and other dangerous ingredients – costs about R30. As a result, crime has spiralled as desperate youngsters will do anything to feed their habit.A community member, who only introduced herself as Fatima, told SAnews that it would be a long road before the community won the war against drugs, as police operations only saw individuals getting arrested, and did not get the drugs off the streets.“We know these drug dens but it is difficult to stop them because they are working with the police. It is well known that the syndicates pay the police officers a ‘protection fee’, and that is why they never get arrested,” she alleged.Another visibly frustrated resident said the addicts went to extremes to finance their habit, from stealing metal sheets, taps, copper, electric cables and aluminium, which they exchanged for cash at scrapyards.“They can steal anything – from household items, clothes, food and tormenting their parents and grandparents in the process.”The impassioned man said young girls were mostly found at “Lolli lounges” – rooms where men traded sex with addicts.Most of the community members refused to be on record, saying the dealers had ears all over.‘I will drive the programme myself’Zuma told the residents, some of whom were carrying posters expressing their anger against drug lords, that when he read the letter, he was overcome with shock.“Having listened to your pleas, we understand the situation and we now have to decide what to do with it.”Zuma said the situation called for drastic measures to be taken swiftly. He committed to lead the turnaround strategy for the community himself.He told the crowd that over the next few days, the government would meet with community members to decide on the actions they needed to take.“We won’t make promises and not act. We will act. I will drive the programme myself,” he said, adding that time-frames for the turnaround strategy would be announced soon.He vowed to close down the Lolli lounges, which he referred to as “rotten houses” that were destroying children’s innocence. He said they would work with young people in the community and support initiatives to create employment in the area.“We will work together to stop this rot … Government won’t be acting alone. We will act with the community to save this community.”Zuma was accompanied on his visit by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau.Source: SAnews.gov.za
RELATED ARTICLES So You Want to Be a Passivhaus Consultant?Makin’ WUFIQ&A: Passive House Consultant trainingBlog Review: Vermont Architect Robert Swinburne I have been asked about my Passive House Consultant training by other architects enough times that I thought I’d write up a quick synopsis, one year later.For me, the training was very useful for several reasons, not the least of which was the networking aspect. It is a small community with some really great conversation happening and it is fun to be a part of that.There is a lot of controversy as well, especially here on GBA. Such as: Where does the law of diminishing returns kick in when it comes to insulating? And how to handle latent loads (excess moisture)? Plus there’s the whole U.S. vs. the rest of the world thing, which I won’t go into as I find it rather annoying, or at least boring. More confidence and added authorityMuch of my own work had been trending in the Passivhaus direction anyway, so it was good to undergo the intensive training. It helped me make decisions with much more confidence and with the authority that comes with Passivhaus credentials. As an architect who was never very (ahem) enthusiastic about the numbers and physics of things (and more into the airy-fairy poetic nature and scholarly aspect of architecture), it was also helpful in terms of training my weaknesses.I call myself a Passivhaus designer rather than a consultant, in part because If I were to attempt a full-on certified Passivhaus, I would want to hire someone more experienced who does this on a daily basis to do the actual numbers part while I looked over their shoulder through the process — at least for the first few times. ARTICLES BY ROBERT SWINBURNE Most ‘Houses That Breathe’ Aren’t Very Comfortable A simple HVAC system is bestMy approach to Passivhaus is similar to my approach to structural engineering. I try not to design anything too complicated to engineer myself. Similarly, I prefer not to design anything that would require a complicated heating and ventilating system. It does get more complicated in renovation/addition work though, for sure. My approach to structural engineering has always been very intuitive and very related to my own building experience and knowledge of materials, assemblies, and connections.My structural engineering professor once told me that the intuition part is vital and more than half the battle. First you intuit the solution, and then you apply numbers and formulas to check yourself. The Passivhaus training augmented my intuition and gave me more confidence to apply the numbers as well as a perspective on when, where, and why.Plus it was really good for marketing. Passivhaus is really all about quality, and even, as I’m finding out, represents a necessary rethinking of how to get something built. A much more collaborative approach is necessary than often happens when building even high-end projects. The process gets much less linear.I also like the idea that the Passivhaus approach is a valid part of the conversation, and not just about achieving certification and getting the plaque to hang beside the front door. I see projects being showcased that utilized the approach in a “value engineering” manner to get the most bang for the buck for projects that simply don’t have the budget to go all the way and attain certification. And I like the general consensus that that is okay. It’s not just about certificationPassivhaus represents state-of-the-art science on how to build good buildings with an overriding emphasis on simplicity and quality. Robert Swinburne is a part-time architect and full-time homemaker living on 49 acres with his wife and two young children in Halifax, Vermont. He was a carpenter for several years after architecture school and is now a licensed architect and passive house designer with over 100 completed projects in the Northeast. Bob maintains a blog (primarily for therapeutic reasons) under the moniker “Vermont Architect.”
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now When you lose a long time client, it can feel like you’re being abandoned. You’ve stood together through what seems like a lifetime of battles and challenges, always finding a way, no matter how difficult. You had a relationship. Now it’s over.But it isn’t likely that your client abandoned you. It’s more likely that you abandoned them. One of the three following reasons is at the root of your loss. Study them, make changes, and prevent the loss of another client.NeglectThe most common way to lose a client is through neglect. Relationships require careful care and feeding. Ignoring your clients is a form of neglect.You used to call. You used to make appointments for face-to-face visits. You used to send articles that your client would find helpful in thinking about their business. Now . . . nothing. It’s been a long time. Too long.Neglect is form of abandonment. When you discover that your client has opened a new relationship with your competitor, they didn’t abandon you. You abandoned them.ComplacencyAnother way you can abandon your client is to become complacent.Remember how you used to ensure that all of your client’s problems and challenges were taken care of? Remember how you used to follow up to make sure that they were getting the results that they needed? Well they remember too. And they can feel the empty space where the salesperson that cared about them used to be.Because you have a client now doesn’t mean you are entitled to keep them. Just because you created tremendous value for them in the past doesn’t mean you have a right to their business in perpetuity.Complacency is a form of arrogance or a form of laziness, and either leads to abandonment.Failure to GrowYour client’s needs are going to change over time. They are growing and their needs are growing along with them. And if they’re struggling, their needs are changing too. In order to help your clients take advantage of the opportunities they come across, you have to grow. If they have greater challenges than ever, you have to grow big enough to help them overcome those challenges.If you don’t continue to grow, you aren’t going to have the ability to help your clients keep growing. If you are going to keep your client for life, you have to match—or exceed—their growth.Failure to grow is another form of abandonment. You force your clients to need a new partner?In all of these cases, you might feel as if your client abandoned you. The truth of the matter is that your neglect, your complacency, or your failure to grow was your abandonment of your client.QuestionsDid your client abandon you or you them?How does neglect lead to lost clients?How does complacency lead to lost clients?How does a failure to grow lead your clients to need someone new?How do you prevent abandoning your clients?