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Bong Senatorial Race Intensifies

first_imgAs Liberia’s midterm senatorial elections draws nearer, at least six of Bong County’s eminent citizens from its lower districts have declared their intentions to contest the senatorial post.Bong County senatorial aspirants made their declarations last Saturday in Salala Town, Salala District, at a mass citizens’ meeting.The meeting was organized 3 districts including Salala, Sanoyea, and Fuamah.It was intended to unite the citizens of the 3 districts. These districts hope to take their rightful position in the decision- making process of their county and help foster development.Several distinguished personalities from opposition political parties in Liberia, including the standard bearer of the Movement for Progressive Change, Mr. Simeon Freeman; presidential aspirant of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Benoni Urey; and others, attended the meeting.Those making declarations of intent are: incumbent senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Joseph O. Clinton, Andrew S. Allakamenin, Mannis B. Howard, James Gbarbea and former Salala District lawmaker Martin Kerkula.These individuals are expected to go through the primaries of their umbrella organization “SASAFU” (Salala, Sanoyea, and Fuamah) in order to qualify for support.Speaking at the meeting, the acting chairman of SASAFU, Momo Tehmeh, clarified that the 3 districts have resolved to unite to support a particular candidate of their choice.“In order to change and improve this age-old scenario (meaning traditional of Upper Bong Citizens in political positions) and to capture the needed developmental attention to improve the standard of living of thousandd of Lower Bong citizens, we have unanimously agreed to unite in striving for social, economic and political development,” he explained to his audience at the meeting.He said that despite the vast potential in Lower Bong, it still remains one of the most underdeveloped areas in the county.According to Tehmeh, it is important that citizens in Lower Bong enjoy equal participation in the political leadership of the county.“Our advocacy is a process that is participatory, constructive, and inclusive. It is designed to develop a shared-vision for the betterment of our people,” he reiterated. He said that SASAFU will remain a strong force in sensitizing the citizens to make decent decisions that will transform their lives.“We will ensure that we select the right person to support, in this senatorial race. Those who do not get the approval of the organization should understand that they are not the people’s choice,” he stressed.Although Tehmeh did not state the exact time for the primary, he assured all present that it would be transparent.“The primary will involve the participation of the elders, youths ,and local authorities of the 3 districts. Whoever is selected would be judged bytheir past performance in working with the citizens over the years. We will not elect a leader on the basis of financial status; rather, those elected would be chosen for their credibility,” he clarified.He used the occasion to call on his fellow citizens to unite and bring development to the 3 districts.Launching the SASAFU’s membership fund drive, CDC presidential aspirant, Benoni Urey, said that the establishment of SASAFU was a step in the right direction.“Small ideas can bring about great achievements, so I want to thank you for coming together as citizens from different districts with the shared goal of development,” he said.He urged the citizens not to be distracted in their vision and to work harder in bringing about transformation in the county.Mr. Urey further warned them to make good political decisions that would move their districts forward.“The political arena will be crowded with lots of people; so you must be careful in your selection,” he cautioned.For his part, the standard bearer of the Movement for Democratic Change, Simeon Freeman, called on members of SASAFU to decentralize its activities in the 3 districts.“By doing so, the organization would always have a voice in developments taking place in the county,” he said.Mr. Freeman also used the meeting to sound a strong warning that the citizens not to betray their districts by the election of the wrong person.If the citizens of Lower Bong succeed in supporting a single candidate in the coming senatorial race, it is expected that that individual would join seven other candidates in Upper Bong County contesting the post.At the same time, incumbent senator, Jewel Taylor stated at the meeting in Salala that she welcomes all other candidates to contest her position.Senator Taylor, who hails from Sanoyea District, told citizens from the 3 districts that she will be looking forward to their support in her re-election.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Permits approved for Site C

first_imgA ministry spokesman, along with Treaty 8 officials, were not immediately available for comment.Calls to BC Hydro earlier today have not been returned.This is a developing story, and will be updated as information becomes available. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations has announced the approval of 24 permits for the Site C dam, giving the greenlight for work to begin on the first phases of the project, which could begin any day.The ministry announced permits were authorized under several different statutes, including the provincial Land Act, the Forest Act, the Water Act, and the Wildlife Act — allowing for timber removal, road building and site preparation works.In a release, the ministry says the authorizations will allow work to begin on the dam, a date that has been in flux for months since the province confirmed it was proceeding with the project last winter.- Advertisement -According to a ministry spokesman, there are still six permit applications awaiting decisions under the Mines and Heritage Conservation Act.Another 10 applications under various statutes have been deferred to allow for more time for consultations with First Nations, the spokesman said.Media reports last month suggested BC Hydro was facing delays in receiving the permits due to Treaty 8 First Nations who were conducting an independent review of the permit applications.Advertisement The ministry says permit applications were reviewed for impacts on the environment and aboriginal treaty rights. The ministry says consultation with Treaty 8 concluded last month.Hydro has already awarded contracts for crew housing along the banks of the river, along with a land clearing contract to clear some 700 hectares of trees and vegetation in the dam’s proposed flood zone.Hydro wants the river banks cleared as soon as possible so construction of temporary coffer dams can take place to divert the river. That work can apparently only take place between August and September.It will be some time before the actual structure of the dam itself is built.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘It would be a disaster if we sell him’ – Gunners fans urge Wenger to keep ‘vital player’

first_img ‘It would be a disaster if we sell him’ – Arsenal fans urge Arsene Wenger to keep ‘vital player’ David Ospina this summer Premier League outfit Arsenal are on the verge of signing Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, which has been met with a great deal of fanfare over in north London.However, the Cezch Republic international’s arrival is bad news for David Ospina, who joined the Gunners from Ligue 1 side Nice as recently as last summer.The 26-year-old could soon be set for a spell of stagnation on the substitutes bench or, worse still, an Emirates Stadium exit.Meanwhile, the Colombia shot stopper produced a superb double save to deny Argentina pair Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero at the Copa America earlier this weekend, which proved he is no slouch between the sticks.But do Arsenal fans want Arsene Wenger to retain the South American’s services this summer? Or should he be shown the door?talkSPORT has trawled Twitter to bring you Arsenal fans’ opinions on whether Ospina should have a future with the Gunners and you can see the best ones below…. 1last_img read more

THE DONEGAL HOUSE WHICH CLAIMS THE BEST VIEWS IN IRELAND

first_imgCruit Island House is on the market with stunning views.It’s being billed as the house with the most breathtaking views in Ireland – and it’s in Co Donegal.And it can be yours for the price most people would pay for a three bedroom house in certain parts of Dublin.Perched on a cliff’s edge 750 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, Cruit Island House enjoys 360 degree views of Ireland’s Northwest coast.With the wild Atlantic Ocean to the front and Donegal’s rugged landscape to the rear, you’ll be spoiled for choice when picking a bedroom in this stunning property. The Kincasslagh house has been expertly designed to make the most of the views with huge bay windows on each floor.The interior is pretty amazing too, with a massive kitchen-cum-breakfast room and a spacious open plan drawing room-cum-dining room on the ground floor.The ground floor also features a marble fireplace and four bedrooms – three of which are ensuite.Imagine watching the sun go down or come up from this room with panoramic views!Upstairs you’ll find a light-filled study, music room and playroom, a large bathroom. The house also has tons of potential to extend with an attic room and 9 ACRES of garden surrounding the property.On sale through Savills, the asking price for Cruit Island House is €580,000 – the price of many four bedroom homes in south Dublin.Donegal – up here it’s different and much more beautiful!THE DONEGAL HOUSE WHICH CLAIMS THE BEST VIEWS IN IRELAND was last modified: January 9th, 2016 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:donegalfor saleFruit Island HouseKINCASSLAGHViewslast_img read more

GAA NEWS – FRANCIE MARTIN IS NEW NAOMH COLMCILLE MANAGER

first_imgNaomh Colmcille are pleased to announce that Francie Martin has been appointed senior manager. Good luck to Francie and the lads for the 2014 season.Naomh Colmcille and Fanad Gaels are holding a Fight Night fundraising event at The Silver Tassie, Letterkenny on 16 March 2014. We’re now looking for 18 male and 4 female fighters (15 Fights).Training 2 nights a week for 6 weeks in Letterkenny (starting January 2014). Please Contact Alison (087 9154559).GAA National Club Draw. The GAA has launched a National Club Draw as a fundraiser for local clubs, with the draw taking place on 17th March 2014. Prizes with a total value of €30,000 are being provided by GAA Central Council. The proceeds from all tickets sold by Naomh Colmcille will go directly to Naomh Colmcille, and will be used towards the club’s 2014 yearly expenditure.First prize is a trip to the 2014 International Rules series in Australia. Full list of prizes (ten total) can be seen on the club website, Facebook page and poster at clubhouse. Tickets priced €10 each are now available from Alison Ferry, Paul Callaghan, Adrian Marsh, or any committee member.Calling all parents, players past and present, and new people in our community. Please consider coming to help coach or help out with our underage teams. Next year we will have 3-4 coaches for all underage teams; 2 lead coaches and 2 assistant coaches. Coaching courses are being provided for new and existing coaches. Please text your name and underage team or teams you would like to be with next year to minor board Chairman, Gerard McFadden (087 2494908), in full confidence. Thank you.Gaelstart for all boys and girls under the age of 10 starts on Friday January 17th. Fun activities for all. Put in your calendar and get active. Further updates at the start of January.This year’s Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion has now finished. Please continue to collect bottle tops in anticipation of next year’s promotion. Thanks.Naomh Colmcille would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.Training and Match Schedule Training has now finished for the season. Reminder that the use of mouthguards will be compulsory for all players from January onwards.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s winning numbers were 2,4, 6, 9, 19 and the one winner who matched four numbers is Karen Mugan who wins €75. Next jackpot is €4,350. The results for the special Xmas draw are as follows: first prize €100 Rachel/Jordan/Conal McDaid; second prize €75 Patricia Coyle; third prize €50 Jack Conahty; fourth prize €25 David Kildea; fifth prize €10 Rachel/Jordan/Conal McDaid; sixth prize €10 Monica McDaid; seventh prize €10 Patrick Devenney; eighth prize €10 Martin Gallagher; ninth prize €10 Eunan and Joe Lagan Harps. The winning numbers for Saturday 7th December were 6,10,15, 22, 24 and the three winners who matched three numbers were Phyllis Doran, Brendan Hegarty and Looney McGee who won €25 each. The winning numbers for Saturday 14th December were 2, 17, 18, 20, 24 and the one winner who matched three numbers was Angelo and Anne Devenney who won €75,The club are seeking volunteers to act as Lotto sellers and join the existing rota. The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS – FRANCIE MARTIN IS NEW NAOMH COLMCILLE MANAGER was last modified: December 23rd, 2013 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:Naomh Colmcille GAA newslast_img read more

REFERENDUM RESULTS: JUDGES PAY CUT…BUT PEOPLE DON’T WANT MORE POWER FOR TDs

first_imgLOOKS like people still don’t trust TDs to have too much power after the Referendum on Oireachtas inquiries has been defeated.There were 928,175 votes (53.3%) against and 812,008 votes(46,7%) in favour.The referendum on Judges’ Pay has been passed by a considerable margin. Donegal voting on the 29th AmmendmentTotal poll: 28,501YES: 20,583NO:  7,167 Donegal voting on the 30th AmmendmentTotal poll: 28,477YES:  11,253NO   : 16,330The result on a national basis was as follows: 1,785,707 votes cast37,696 invalid1,748,011 valid1,393,877 in favour354,134 againstMeanwhile President Mary McAleese has congratulated Michael D Higgins on being her successor.Mrs McAleese said: “On my own behalf and on behalf of the Irish people, I warmly congratulate Michael D Higgins, our new President-elect. “His success in the Presidential election marks the start of an exciting chapter for our country, our global Irish family and for the Higgins family. To Michael D, Sabina and their children, I send my very best wishes and prayers for the years ahead.“REFERENDUM RESULTS: JUDGES PAY CUT…BUT PEOPLE DON’T WANT MORE POWER FOR TDs was last modified: October 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL SUFFERS €2.2M CUTS IN HOUSING ADAPTATION – McCONALOGUE

first_imgPeople with disabilities in Donegal have seen a €2.2 million cut in grants to help them live independently, according to Fianna Fail Deputy Charlie McConalogue.The Inishowen TD said the government’s decision to slash housing adaptation grants over the past two years is having a severe impact on people with disabilities and on the local health services.“Once again Donegal has seen one of the biggest cuts in the country. Two years ago, €3.2 million was allocated to Donegal County Council to help people with disabilities make necessary changes to their homes to allow them to live there independently, rather than be forced to stay in long-term care. This annual allocation has been slashed to just €827,280 this year,” explained Deputy McConalogue. “The Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan has decided to direct €10m on capital funding for new houses for people with disabilities, while slashing funding that helps thousands of people to adapt their homes so they can continue to live their safely and easily.“As a result, there is a massive backlog of applications from people with disabilities in Donegal who don’t need a new house, but just need help to insert access ramps or stair-lifts or specialised showers or bathrooms. Maintaining this grant, which has made an enormous difference to thousands of older and disabled people in Donegal in the past, is a much more cost-effective way of facilitating independent living.“The government’s approach towards supports for people with disabilities has been mean-spirited, short-sighted and completely nonsensical. By slashing supports to allow people to live independently, they are pushing more people onto an already overburdened hospital system.“The funding provided to Donegal County Council for Housing Adaptation Grants has been slashed by more than two-thirds since this government took up office. This is an extremely regressive cut that will have long-term consequences for our local health services.” DONEGAL SUFFERS €2.2M CUTS IN HOUSING ADAPTATION – McCONALOGUE was last modified: July 10th, 2013 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

Chelsea v Southampton: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgDiego Costa, banned for this match, scored against Southampton last seasonKick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday 3 October 2015Referee: Bobby Madley (Wakefield, Yorkshire)Five key battles: click hereMatch in a nutshell: Chelsea need a victory against the Saints to kick-start their season after a poor start.Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Thibaut Courtois (knee).Fitness tests: None.Unavailable: Diego Costa (game two of three-match ban).SOUTHAMPTONRuled out: Fraser Forster (knee), Florin Gardos (knee).Fitness tests: Jordy Clasie (ankle ligament). Possible line-upsChelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Falcao. Subs from: Blackman, Terry, Baba, Djilobodji, Aina, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Ramires, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Remy.Southampton: Stekelenburg; Soares, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand; Wanyama, S. Davis; Mane, Ward-Prowse, Tadic; Pelle. Subs from: K. Davis, Gazzaniga, Martina, Yoshida, Caulker, Targett, Romeu, Juanmi, Reed, Ramirez, Long, Rodriguez. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: D W L L W (7 points)Home: W L D W D (8 points)Southampton total: W L D W D (8 points)Away: D D D L L (3 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Willian 3; Costa 2, Oscar 2, Pedro 2, Ramires 2; Azpilicueta 1, Fabregas 1, Falcao 1, Hazard 1, Kenedy 1, Matic 1, Zouma 1.Southampton: Pelle 6; Long 4, Mane 4, Tadic 4; Rodriguez 3; Van Dijk 1.Last five meetings15 March 2015: Chelsea 1 Southampton 128 December 2014: Southampton 1 Chelsea 11 January 2014: Southampton 0 Chelsea 31 December 2013: Chelsea 3 Southampton 130 March 2013: Southampton 2 Chelsea 1Chelsea 2 wins, Southampton 1 win, 2 drawsSee also:Mourinho targets home wins to re-establish Chelsea’s ‘self-esteem’Chelsea v Southampton: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kevin Pillar out-slugs Paul Goldschmidt, Giants take down Cardinals in wild finish

first_imgST. LOUIS — Paul Goldschmidt is a six-time All-Star, a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner and one of the most physically imposing hitters in all of baseball.Kevin Pillar has never made an All-Star team, never received a MVP vote and never been the type of player opponents pitch around.The Cardinals’ top power-hitter and the Giants’ top power-hitter went head-to-head on Wednesday in St. Louis. If it wasn’t David vs. Goliath, it wasn’t far off.Goldschmidt had a chance to throw the last …last_img

US audience award for SA movie

first_img8 March 2013Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has congratulated the makers of South African film Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, which won the Audience Choice Award for Best Comedy at the 19th Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, US last week.The film, which opened in local cinemas last weekend, tackles the thorny subject of cross-cultural relationships in contemporary South Africa with humour and honesty.Fanie Fourie’s Lobola also won the Jozi Film Festival Audience Award last month, and according to website Screen Africa has been selected to screen at the 39th Seattle International Film Festival in the US, which takes place from 16 May to 9 June.“Once again, South African film makers are doing us proud on the international stage,” Mashatile said in a statement on Thursday. “This is a great achievement. We are not just sharing our stories with the globe, but also showcasing the world-class talent within our film industry.”The minister said he was confident that the South African film industry could reach even greater heights.“That is why we continue to support it, through the National Film and Video Foundation and as we implement the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy,” he said, referring to his department’s plan to increase the role of arts and culture in job creation.“It’s through these efforts that we hope to enhance skills within this crucial sector and also increase the growth of the industry locally and abroad.”The film’s producers, Lance Samuels and Kweku Mandela of Out of Africa Entertainment, said that winning the audience award “against the level of competition at Sedona is a huge accolade for Fanie Fourie’s Lobola.“This is a highly regarded festival, and the audience award is widely recognised as one of the most important awards of any festival, because the winning film is selected by the audience attending the festival rather than by a few members of a festival jury.”SAnews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more