President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured a United States congressional delegation of her administration’s commitment to upholding the rule of law following the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The Liberian leader said Government has initiated several measures to ensure law and order and peace, in the absence of the Mission. She named the training of the military, police and the decentralization of Liberia’s justice system by the creation of security and justice hubs across the country as some practical steps taken by her administration.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the statement when a U.S. Congressional delegation, including Adam Daniel Kinzinger (R) and David Cicilline (D) of Illinois and Rhode Island respectively, paid her a courtesy call.The delegation’s visit is aimed at assessing the United Nation’s work in Liberia. It was organized and paid for by the United Nations Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the UN’s work, established by CNN founder Ted Turner.Briefing the delegation on Liberia’s progress and challenges, President Sirleaf said while her administration is applying all efforts to upholding these national duties from its meager resources, her government is open to bilateral talks for partnership especially in training the Liberia National Police. She listed training, compensation, and logistical support, as the police critical needs. “We are equally aware that Liberians should take responsibility of their country’s security,” President Sirleaf clarified.In other areas, the Liberian leader stressed the need for robust private sector investments which will greatly address unemployment. She also spoke of the need to invest in Small Medium Enterprises which she said have demonstrated to be a stimulus to economic growth.Further on the economy, President Sirleaf said Liberia is still challenged with adding value to its products as a greater number of its exports are still done in their crude form. She however informed the delegation that the economy is growing and attributed the growth to, among other things, ten years of uninterrupted peace.The Liberian leader named ongoing road and power initiatives as some of her administration’s interventions; an initiative, she emphasized, which is well on course in restoring to the people basic social services.On the long term policy, Vision 2030, and the shorter term Agenda for Transformation, the President informed her guests that her administration has begun the implementation of these policies which, among other things, highlight youth empowerment, reconciliation and the creation of a middle class in the economy. Earlier, Illinois Republican Congressmen Kinzinger, on behalf of the delegation, praised President Sirleaf for her steadfastness in Liberia’s post-war recovery. He said they were proud of Liberia’s progress and their visit has further helped to build relations between the UN Foundation and Liberia.The delegation which departs Wednesday, November 6, has been in Liberia for the last four days meeting with U.S. Embassy officials, Liberian legislators, the heads of Liberia’s armed forces, national police, among others. The delegation was escorted to the President’s Office by US Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Guyana will soon be receiving the 14 mobile and fixed water pumps that are being funded via a US$4 million line of credit (LOC) from the Indian Government.The LOC agreement was signed back in February 2017 between Finance Minister Winston Jordan and an official from the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India. The contract was subsequently awarded to India-based Apollo International Limited (AIL) which had submitted a US$3.6 million bid for the project.During a recent interview with Guyana Times, former Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venekatachalam Mahalingam explained that the company has already commenced working on acquiring the pieces of drainage and irrigation equipment that will be used to boost flood prevention efforts in Guyana.“They are already working with their suppliers to manufacture those pumps to Government of Guyana… The timeframe should be, I think, four to six months. It takes time because they have to get it done from somebody but it’s on stream now so nothing will stop them…,” he noted.According to Mahalingam, who recently ended a five-year tour in Guyana, once the equipment is manufactured, it would just be a matter of weeks to get them to Guyana and installed across the country.The project falls under the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) and includes the design, supply, installation and commissioning of nine fixed and five mobile high-capacity pumps and associated structures and equipment.The five mobile pumps will provide drainage services to Georgetown and its environs including La Penitence South, Cummings Canal, Church Street, Sussex Street and South Ruimveldt. These mobile drainage pumps will be assigned to various locations close to existing sluices in the city and their surrounding areas and will also be deployed to other areas to alleviate flooding whenever necessary.Meanwhile, residents in Hampton Court and Devonshire Castle in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Den Amstel in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Hope and Nooten Zuil in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); Mora Point in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), and Rose Hall in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), will benefit from the placement of eight fixed pumps within their communities which will help to restrict flooding there.In addition to procuring and installing the 14 pumps, the agreement also catered for the provision of associated spares and institutional strengthening related to the use and maintenance of the equipment.The acquisition of these pumps is expected to reduce the risks of flooding in low-lying areas and will bring relief to residents and farmers whose economic activities are usually disrupted by flooding caused by intensive rainfall and overtopping of the sea defence.They will provide flood relief to approximately 25,000 acres of agricultural and residential lands.
Global T20 Canada…Winnipeg Hawks tamed Montreal Tigers by a convincing 46-run win on Friday at the Maple Leaf venue in King City, Toronto in the second round of the 2018 inaugural Global T20 Canada competition.Led by genuine all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, Winnipeg Hawks batted first at the invitation of Montreal Tigers, and were able to rattle up 203-4 from their allocation of 20 overs. Tigers, in response, could only roar erratically, and were dismissed for 157 in the penultimate over of their allotted 20 overs.Bravo also starred with the ball to help restrict the opposition. He snared three wickets for 24 runs from three medium-paced overs; while Canada’s player and leg-spinner Junaid Siddique claimed three wickets from 3.5 overs, but conceded 35 runs. Talented USA fast-bowler Ali Khan took two wickets for 18 runs from his impressive four-over spell in a supportive role.Tigers’ chase began very perilously, with them losing hard-hitting West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith, caught at the boundary area when the score was just one; but Sunil Narine and Moises Henriques put up a fighting 57-run second-wicket stand, both batsmen showing good aggression, although they fell in quick succession. Henriques made 23, while Narine contributed 20.Ashley Nurse played some attractive shots, but was brilliantly caught by David Warner at long-on to canny leg-spinner Siddique. George Worker also made 26, while Rayan Pathan hit a cameo 26.Earlier, Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan ace pacer, started proceedings by removing Warner, bowled comprehensively for 1. However, a partnership of 69 between opener Lendl Simmons and Ben McDermott provided great resistance on a deceptive surface bathed in glorious sunshine.Simmons, who was dropped on 15, went on to score 36, while McDermott impressed with a top-score of 68 from 46 deliveries, laced with seven fours and a six, before he was taken off medium-pacer Kevin Cooper.Darren Bravo, the elegant Trinidad and Tobago batsman, began his innings quite slowly, but gradually got into aggressive mode, thumping five gigantic sixes around the sward. He made 54, and featured in some valuable partnerships during his stay in the middle.South African David Miller, a world-class T20 batsman, being in phenomenal form, once again spanked several delightful shots with great confidence, to contribute 35.Malinga captured two wickets for 19 runs from his four tidy overs.At the presentation ceremony just after the game, McDermott was given the player-of-the-match award for his innings. The tournament continues on Saturday with two matches at the same facility. (Ravi Madholall)
West Ham have received a boost in their pursuit of Carlos Bacca after Paris Saint-Germain ended their interest in the forward.Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is working hard to bring in a big-name striker this summer and has already made bids for a number of top talents.One of his key targets is AC Milan hitman Bacca, who scored 18 goals in 38 Serie A appearances last season, which was his first in Italy.However, it looked as though the east London club would face competition for his signature from the French capital with PSG also keen on the former Sevilla man.But now, according to L’Equipe, manager Unai Emery has decided against sanctioning a move for Bacca because he already has a full quota of non-EU players in his squad.It had been suggested that Emery would move one of them on to make room for the Colombian but now he has decided against doing so – which is good news for the Hammers. AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca 1
Training with active sonar – the “pings” well known to movie fans – is needed to fight the threat posed as more countries acquire quiet, diesel-electric submarines that can operate close to shore, said the Nitze’s captain, Cmdr. Mike Hegarty. “There is a growing concern that such subs could deny U.S. ships access to the region if they cannot be countered effectively during the early stages of a future war,” Thompson said. Diesel-electric subs are quieter than the nuclear subs sailed during the Cold War by the former Soviet Union, which the Navy tracked through deep ocean waters with passive sonar that only listened, Hegarty said. Once they get close to shore, he said, diesel-electric subs blend in with all sorts of background noise.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ABOARD THE USS NITZE – Fifty miles off the North Carolina coast, the view of the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of a warship stretches wide in all directions, making this block of brine where the Navy wants to practice sub-hunting appear to be no more than a small patch of anonymous sea. But it’s a patch coveted by offshore fishermen, including those who return every summer to troll above an underwater formation called The Big Rock during one of the biggest blue marlin tournaments on the Eastern seaboard. Many are worried that construction of a practice range where sailors would learn to find and track submarines with sonar will destroy the coral bottom that attracts fish of all kinds, not just trophy marlin, and they’re concerned the sonar itself could drive away those fish that remain. “It’s something we don’t need here,” said Morehead City fishing guide Joe Shute. “It’s going to destroy some of the best natural live bottom on the East Coast. They’re going to put it on top of live coral that holds fish and they’re going to cut trenches through it for their cables.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe Navy is responding with an active sales pitch, learning from the fierce opposition residents of eastern North Carolina mustered to a proposed training site for jet fighters. Opponents stalled that project by persuading a federal judge to order additional environmental reviews. The service has even taken skeptical fishermen and environmental officials to sea, giving them a tour of the proposed 660-square-mile range aboard one of its newest and fastest destroyers. It’s one part of trying to convince a state that’s accustomed to doing what the military asks to say “yes” once more. “North Carolina’s traditional support of the military is being undercut by economic and community concerns,” said analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute. “The military can’t take the backing of state residents for granted.” The Navy already has a deep-water sonar range off the Bahamas, as well as shallow-water ranges off Southern California and Hawaii. But it isn’t practical to sail anti-submarine warships based at northern Atlantic ports thousands of miles to train, Thompson said. So, there’s a need for an East Coast range.
A retired postmaster has told how he cannot go out at night after he was viciously assaulted while walking back to his home on St Patrick’s Day.Ed Margey was punched from behind and repeatedly battered just yards from his home in Letterkenny, on March 17th, 2016. Mr Margey had been at a soccer game with his son, had enjoyed a couple of drinks afterwards and was walking to his home at College Farm around 10.40pm.However, he was jumped on by a man who demanded money from him after being punched in the back of the head.Mr Margey fell forward and his attacker jumped on him and repeatedly punched him while demanding cash.The victim also twisted his ankle and fell to the ground in pain.Mr Margey threw some coins out he had in his pocket but the attacker continued to demand more cash.The victim, who didn’t have his wallet on him, then threw away a €50 note he had in his pocket and his atatcker fled wiht it.He managed to call Gardai and a search was launched for the attacker.From CCTV footage, 2o year old Paddy Sweeney, of Castlerea Prison, was identified and later arrested.While in custody at Letterkenny Garda station, Sweeney was found to have a €50 note in his underwear.Although Mr Margey did not wish to address the court, he was present in court.Detective Garda Joe Kealy said Mr Margey was a retired postmaster who lived near the town who loved to walk in and out of his work on the town’s Main Street.However, since this attack he no longer walked the streets of his town at night.Sweeney also faced another charge of assault causing harm, robbery and making threats to kill from a previous incident.The court heard how on August 4th, 2015, Sweeney called to the home of neighbour Michael Boyce at Meadowbank Park in Letterkenny looking for money.He asked to use the toilet and was allowed into the house but then asked for drink from Mr Boyce.When he was refused, Sweeney jumped on him and, using a kitchen knife he grabbed from the house, stabbed his victim three times.Gardai received an anonymous call and when they arrived at the house, Sweeney had fled over a back wall but was later apprehended.Before he left the home of his victim, Sweeney shouted “I’ll kill you stone dead if you tell them it was me who did this to you.”When arrested he was covered in blood as were the sleeves of his tracksuit.Although Mr Boyce was not in court, he told Gardai how he now suffered from panic attacks, was very nervous and had been forced to move to a different town since the attack.Sweeney took to the witness stand and told his victims that he was deeply sorry for what he had done.Barrister Peter Nolan said Sweeney, who currently has no previous convictions, had a troubled background and he would have witnessed a lot of violence during his upbringing.He pleaded with Judge John Aylmer to give his client some light at the end of the tunnel.Judge Aylmer said he appreciated that these charges were very serious and that he had caused a lot of hurt to his victims.However, he added that Sweeney must get rehabilitation for his drink and drugs addiction.On the charges of assault causing harm, robbery and threats to kill Mr Boyce, he sentenced him to a total of three and half years.On charges of robbery and assault of Mr Margey, Sweeney was sentenced to two years with the last 18 months suspended.Both sentences are to run concurrently meaning that Sweeney will servea total of four years in prison.Man who mugged retired Letterkenny postmaster is jailed for four years was last modified: December 14th, 2017 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:assaultdonegalEd MargeyletterkennyPatrick Sweeneypostmaster
The New Year’s Day swim in Rathmullan has build up almost legendary status.Some of the ladies from Ramelton and Rathmullan getting ready for the swim!And this year swim organisers have selected Donegal Mountain Rescue as their worthy charity.This annual Rathmullan New Years Swim has been running for almost 20 years now and has raised many thousands for numerous charities. From a handful of participants in the early years this popular event now attracts over 400 participants.The Swim will be at 12.00 noon and once again promises to attract all sorts of crazy characters – many dressed in festive costume for the occasion.Donegal Mountain Rescue wishes to thank the Rathmullan New Year’s Swim Committee for their support and would encourage everyone to contribute generously.For further information or Sponsorship Cards contact, John Duffy………………Committee, (087)9966755Danny McLaughlin….Committee (086)0757012Brian Murray…. ………DMRT (087)2284600 RATHMULLAN’S NEW YEAR DAY SWIMMERS HAVE A ‘MOUNTAIN’ TO CLIMB was last modified: December 17th, 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:Donegal Mountain RescueNew Year SwimRathmullan
A Donegal task-force specifically organized to tackle the issue of social isolation among the elderly in communities across Donegal have launched their ‘Good Morning Service’ initiative.It is widely known that social isolation and loneliness can be felt at any age.Personal security is an issue for all of us and the need for human contact is vital for everyone’s health and wellbeing. Maintaining independence and quality of life is of key importance to people over the age of 65 years.Staff associated with the Good Morning Service organisation assist and support many people who are isolated, lonely, vulnerable and fearful.However, they also support and assist those who are quite content living alone and are leading full and active lives.Working collaboratively with all statutory, Voluntary and Community agencies to deliver responsive supports to enable people to remain living active and independent lives in their communities, and for those who are more vulnerable or have mobility difficulties to ensure they receive the homecare they need to maintain a good quality of life and wellbeing. Supported by Core funding from the HSE Older Peoples Service, the Good Morning Service offers free and confidential support to people in Donegal, the service involves local volunteers making a regular phone call to people aged over sixty, so as to ensure they are safe and well.The calls are made at an agreed time and can be daily or once a week, depending on the client’s needs and preferences.Since being established in Inishowen in 2006 we have expanded the service into five other areas across the county.The Service works in partnership with local community organisations, who host our service within their facilities.Our centre in Falcarragh serves the North West; the Donegal Town centre covers the South West; Letterkenny serves Central and North Donegal; Burtonport serves the Rosses area; while Lifford covers the east of the county. The calls are made by trained and Garda checked local volunteers who live in the area and have local knowledge, information and news to impart to the Client, a trusted and friendly voice making that vital human connection on a daily basis.Befriending and Dementia BefriendingIn Inishowen, we provide a befriending scheme that matches a volunteer with an individual who feels isolated, lonely or vulnerable; the volunteer provides companionship, friendship and a supportive relationship that elevates the effects of isolation and loneliness.The client is encouraged where possible to participate in community events or social activities, supported by the volunteer in many cases. We also have a dementia specific befriending service where we befriend someone with the condition; they visit once a week giving their full time carer a few hours respite.Addressing rural isolation through county-wide support and advocacy:Alongside the regular phone call support, the Good Morning Service advocates for older people and refers clients to health services and any other organisation that may be of help in relation to each individual’s concerns.• We provide clients with information on their rights and entitlements• Listen to their views to establish their wishes• Discuss options with them• Provide support and assistance in making informed choices• Empower clients to make decisions that affect their lives• Support clients in the actions they wish to take to resolve their concerns• We act on the clients behalf if they request our assistance• We participate in all forums where the voice of our service users can be heard and recognised• We produce and deliver a quarterly newsletter to clientsThe Service offers assistance and support with any issue the client is facing acts as intermediaries with other service providers.Advocates on older people’s issues; provides advice and information about services; and actively resolves everyday issues and difficulties that impact on the health and wellbeing of older people in Donegal.DONEGAL GROUP LAUNCH TASK-FORCE TO HELP ALLEVIATE SOCIAL ISOLATION was last modified: March 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeatureshealthnews
Gardai with the Roads Policing Unit caught this motorist in Letterkenny yesterday with no number plates on the front or back of the vehicle.The driver was on their way to the VRT Centre for registration, but didn’t make it in time before being detected by gardai.It was an unlucky day for the driver, as they had to get a Garda escort to the VRT centre – as well as a court summons. Gardai shared this warning on Twitter to alert people to the many car seizures and road offences being caught all over the country by the re-branded Roads Policing Unit:Letterkenny Roads Policing Unit stopped this vehicle. No plates displayed front and rear. Driving to vrt centre for registration. Garda escort to VRT centre. Summons to follow for no plates displayed pic.twitter.com/uJpUiLZpoy— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) May 3, 2018 Unlucky motorist gets court date for no plate was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Gardaimotoringroads policing unitVRT
OAKLAND – The Warriors lacked focus. They committed costly turnovers. They conceded too many 3’s. They played with the kind of energy they often displayed in past seasons during the NBA dog days.Yet, the Warriors finished with a 120-118 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday at Oracle Arena for primarily the same reason they have won two consecutive NBA championships.Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are really good at playing basketball. Durant scored 39 points on 16-of-24 …