(L) Athlete Nancy Saah in action and (R) standing on the podium for finishing 3rd in the long jump event at the West Africa Region II Senior Championships and the ECOWAS Junior Tournament The Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has selected Nancy Saah to represent the country in the 10th edition of the IAAF World Under-18 Championship in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12 – 16 July.Nancy Saah, 17, earned bronze in the long jump at the West Africa Region II Senior Championship and the ECOWAS Junior Tournament in Conakry, Guinea, as well as the Sierra Leone Boxing Day Athletics Meet.Ms. Saah is a 10th grade student at the St. Samuel High School in Paynesville.She will join about 1,300 boys and girls from over 129 IAAF member federations to compete in the five-day event.According to the IAAF, the Youth Championship is not just another athletics competition but an opportunity for youngsters to gain valuable experience, to improve personal bests, and to build friendly relationships with their rivals from every corner of the world.The IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, said: “Significantly, these championships will be only the second occasion that Kenya has hosted an IAAF World Athletics Series event and the first global track championships.”He added: “This is a historic moment for a country which, since the late 1960s, has been at the forefront of middle and long-distance running and one of the top medal-winning nations at major championships.“I look forward to visiting Nairobi for the championships and the wonderful opportunity to meet with so many talented young athletes and their coaches from around the world. It will help me gain a better understanding of how we can best support their aspirations and to ensure their long-term enjoyment in athletics.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
Amb. Conteh and ISS participantsA delegation from the Nigerian Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has made an “excellent presentation” on its recent study tour of Liberia.A release from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says 13 participants undergoing an Executive Intelligence Management Course of the ISS, along with three officials of the institute, traveled to Liberia from July 3 to 9, 2017 where they undertook a study tour of the country.The Group’s study tour focused on the relationship between the Executive and the Legislative branches of the Liberian Government under the theme: “Executive-Legislative Relations: Gap, Challenges and Prospects.”They also studied security and strategic issues of bilateral importance to both Liberia and Nigeria. Officials from relevant ministries, agencies and commissions in the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary Branches of the Liberian Government provided relevant lectures on the theme of the study.Back in Abuja, the group, under Syndicate Three, provided an overall presentation of Liberia, including presentations on its historical, economic, governance and security situations.The release says the group made the presentation in the presence of the Liberian Ambassador to Nigeria, Al-Hassan Conteh, and other syndicate groups, which had also traveled to Togo, Ghana and Senegal, respectively, on similar study tours.The presentations, made on July 13, at the ISS outside Abuja, concluded with recommendations for the Nigerian Government.Amb. Conteh, in his response, praised the group for an excellent presentation of Liberia. He also supported the group’s recommendation of a reciprocal study tour of Nigeria, particularly of Liberian security agencies.As part of the presentation, the group took the Liberian envoy and others on a display-tour of various Liberian artifacts, newspapers, traditional dress which members of the group themselves wore, a sample of a jersey of the national soccer team, Lone Star, and a collection of vegetables, fruits and other Liberian food, as the sounds of some traditional Liberian music played in the background.The group has lauded the high level of hospitality accorded them by the Liberian government and people. The group said they were very impressed with the general hospitality of every Liberian its members came across. They then specifically spoke of the warm hospitality they received throughout their visit from the director of the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Augustine Konneh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Estate closureThousands gathered to participate in a march on Tuesday morning to register their concerns about Government and the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo’s) decision to proceed with closure of the Rose Hall Sugar Estate by this year-end.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) which represents the interests of the 2400 sugar workers who stand to be directly affected by the closure of this estate, said the demonstration saw the sugar workers being joined by housewives, business persons, students and pensioners who took part in a spirited march which began in the vicinity of the Rose Hall Estate and headed to the Sheet Anchor Turn, before returning to the estate; a distance of about four miles.The massive gathering that participate in a march Tuesday morningDespite the rain, protesters carried a number of placards which read; “Upturn the decision to close Rose Hall Estate”, “We would be sunk into poverty after closure”, “APNU/AFC Govt betray sugar workers”, and “Closure of RH Estate is a political act”.As workers continue to protest against Government’s decision to close the Estate, more persons and groups which are likely to be affected by the impending closure are joining forces with the workers.The workers on Tuesday were backed by their two unions – GAWU and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE).Employees from the Rose Hall, Albion and Enmore estates were joined by hire car operators, members of the business sector, civil society, politicians, social organisations, women and children and they marched from Rose Hall to Cumberland in East Canje and back to Rose Hall, covering a distance of four miles before they were addressed by union representatives and other speakers.The Rose Hall Estate employs approximately 2400 workers and even at an average of a family of four, about 10,000 persons or 1.4 per cent of the country’s population will be directly affected and impacted by a closure of the estate.GAWU in a statement said work in the sugar estate is the main avenue of employment, as has been the case for generations in that populous rural community. The closure will leave a vacuum that will not only gravely impact workers but also force businesses and service providers to curtail or end operations, and thus making the bad situation even worse.GAWU says it recognises that the estate is a major source of sustenance and its closure will be felt deeply and far and wide. “The people are rightly fearful that their tranquil communities would be destroyed, families broken up and they will be increased incidences of crime and other social problems. They are urging the Administration to re-look at their plans which will clearly be a Government-made disaster,” the Union stated.Meanwhile, Sookram Persaud of the Enmore Estate told the gathering that workers on the East Coast of Demerara are also concerned over what could potentially happen in Berbice.“It would not be for the sugar workers alone, it would be for the taxi drivers, it will be for the vendors, it would be for everybody in this country…, ” he lamented.He pointed out that keeping the Rose Hall Estate open will bring benefits to not just one particular ethnic grouping but all Guyanese.Taking a dig at Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, without calling his name, GAWU’s General Secretary Seepaul Narine said: “This march is a message to ‘Judas’; the man (in Government) who has a biblical name and with a surname with many zeroes (noughts) and he share them out…. 2015, no increase for sugar workers so one of the ‘noughts’ gone. 2016 no increase, another ‘nought’ gone. 2017, so far, no increase, another ‘nought’ gone and then the final one is when he (the Government official) took away the API [Annual Incentive Premium].”Narine said those who spoke of their connections to the sugar industry and promised that there will be no closure were not lying when they said they were so close to the sugar industry that sugar runs in their blood.“Well the man is suffering from diabetes and therefore he must have sugar in his blood…. the Vice President who comes from the Corentyne is telling us that we have to close the estate; well let them know that the people of Berbice are saying that we are not going to take it. This is a journey that if it has to lead us to Georgetown, where they are sitting comfortably in their seats, we shall see them there. We shall march and we shall defend our interest. We have to defend the people who depend on sugar,” Narine declared.Narine told the close to three thousand in attendance that victory is in sight but it can only be achieved if they unite in their ongoing struggle. (Andrew Carmichael)
The Goo Goo Dolls will perform at The Greek Theatre tonight for a concert benefiting the Griffith Park Recovery Fund. The band was originally scheduled to perform at the theater June 19. Tickets for that show will be honored at tonight’s performance. “We are honored to headline such an important concert and kick off this concert series at The Greek Theatre,” said John Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Good Dolls. A fire broke out May 8, just east of the Hollywood sign. About 800 acres, or about a fifth of the urban park, was burned. The city has embarked on a $50 million plan to restore the charred hillsides. The concert will be produced by Nederlander Concerts. “We are so excited and appreciative of Nederlander’s commitment to our Griffith Park Recovery effort,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge. “When the Goo Goo Dolls take the stage, we’ll be there wildly applauding as we will for any and all bands and individuals who want to help restore the greatest urban park in the country.” The show starts at 7:15 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Memphis Depay 1 Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign PSV starlet Memphis Depay.The Holland World Cup star will move to Old Trafford for a fee of more than £25m.Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain had been interested in the 21-year-old, but the Red Devils have moved quickest to seal the deal.Depay guided PSV to the Eredivisie title this season and has scored 27 goals in all competitions.It’s unknown whether Adnan Januzaj will be involved in the deal, after reports earlier this month claimed the Belgian winger could be sent on a year-long loan to PSV.United tweeted: “#mufc has reached an agreement with PSV Eindhoven & Memphis Depay for the player’s transfer, subject to a medical.“Pending the successful completion of the medical, the deal will go through once the transfer window opens in June.”The Dutch club also confirmed a deal had been struck for the player. They said in a statement on their website: “PSV and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the transfer of Memphis to the English club.”“We are very proud of this upcoming transfer, which came in a huge momentum,” PSV’s sporting director Marcel Brands told the Dutch club’s official website.“Memphis has gone through all the teams of the PSV youth academy and has played an important part in the national title this year.“He’s a wonderful exponent of our training and will make a nice transition to a magnificent club in a beautiful competition.“We obviously lose a fantastic player, which is of great value to the team. But PSV grants him this wonderful step.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Every Republican must decide whether they will stand with the president and his veto, or stand with our children and their right to a healthy future,” Baucus said in his party’s weekly radio address. House Democrats have scheduled for this week a vote to override the president’s veto of legislation that would increase spending for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program by $35 billion over five years. Bush has called for a $5 billion increase. The effort is not expected to succeed. An override requires a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, and the earlier House vote fell about two dozen votes short. The Senate approved the increase by a veto-proof margin. The program provides health insurance to children in families with incomes too great for Medicaid eligibility but not enough to afford private insurance. Bush has said the bill is too costly, goes beyond the program’s original intent and shifts too much insurance burden onto the government rather than private providers. Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Tuesday that Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt had called him seeking to compromise on the bill, but he refused. “We want to prevail,” Baucus said then. He said Saturday that the president is telling millions of parents that they don’t deserve the same basic care for their kids that Bush had for his.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ADDRESS: The Democratic senator encouraged a vote for expanded health care for kids. By Mary Clare Jalonick THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana asked his colleagues Saturday to override President Bush’s veto of legislation that would expand a popular children’s health-insurance program.
Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council with Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council and Paul Hannigan, President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), signing a 5-year memorandum of understanding on behalf of both organisations on Wednesday along with members of the executive board at LYIT and senior staff from Donegal County Council.Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Donegal County Council have become the first organisations of their kind in Ireland to formally sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU).This memorandum of understanding formalises the strong working relationship between both organisations and recognises the very important responsibilities that both the Council and LYIT have in delivering on national and regional policy objectives.This 5 year MoU was signed by Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Paul Hannigan, President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), in the presence of Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, on behalf of their respective organisations. “This is an historic first, as it is the first agreement of its kind in Ireland between a higher education institution and its local authority,” said Cllr Brogan.“The agreement emanates from a strong working relationship over the years and both partners wish to further develop their capacities to achieve their respective missions through enhanced cooperation”.This partnership will focus on promoting sustainable economic development and job creation by working with stakeholders to address their various education and training needs, to develop the region’s capacity for Research and Innovation and to promote and support Entrepreneurship, Investment, and Enterprise.There is particular emphasis on cross-border collaboration. This focus is consistent with the Council’s Corporate Plan 2015-19, the Donegal Local Economic & Community Plan 2016 – 2022, and LYIT’s Strategic Plan 2014-17.Paul Hannigan stated that this memorandum is “a formal recognition of the excellent working relationship that exists between Letterkenny IT and Donegal County Council. This has been built up over many years with respective staff cooperating and collaborating on many projects”.Seamus Neely believes that this MoU will solidify what is an already very strong relationship between both organisations and will further support the strategic crossborder collaborative approach that both the Council and LYIT have been pursuing.“Although we have many challenges in Donegal, we also have many strengths and one is our capacity to work in a collaborative way for the betterment of our county and our region. Both the Council and LYIT face similar challenges mainly due to our geographical location and by working together and in a regional context with our partners in Derry City and Strabane District Council we will continue to promote sustainable economic development and job creation in Donegal and the region”. COUNCIL AND LYIT MAKE HISTORY IN NEW CO-OPERATION PACT was last modified: June 11th, 2016 by John2Share 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)
A large crowd is expected at a meeting tonight being held to protest at AIB’s decision to close its branch in Goath Dobhair.The decision by AIB, which will see eight out of the sixteen branches across Donegal close in the coming months, has sent shockwaves through the community.The move will see a number of branches including Lifford, Dunfanaghy, Raphoe, Falcarragh, Gaoth Dobhair, Milford, Bundoran and Moville close its door for good. Local post offices are expected to pick up some of its basic banking services.However the closure of many West Donegal branches including Falcarragh and Gaoth Dobhair means that people will have to travel to Dungloe to carry out any business.An angry crowd is expected to demand answers as to why AIB is closing the Gaoth Dobhair branch which was a profitable business.One local banking source told Donegal Daily that as well as the economic consequences with the bank’s closure, there is also a serious social downside. “If anybody were to walk past the AIB bank in Gaoth Dobhair on any morning they would see people gathering for a chat.“That is the side of Donegal life that these banking bigwigs are no taking into account.“All they are concerned about is the bottom lie and not the welfare of their customers. This is another nail in the coffin of rural Ireland and we can’t allow it to happen,” he said.The meeting against the bank’s closure is tonight at 7pm in the Udaras na Gaeltachta offices in Gaoth Dobhair.Local public representatives including local Junior Minister Dinny McGinley have been invited to attend. LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR MEETING AGAINST BANK CLOSURES was last modified: July 30th, 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:closureGOATH DOBHAIRprotest
Pictured at the Oireachtas Media Awards in the Salthill Hotel Galway was Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh with prize for her weekly RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta show Blathnaid Libh, and Ronan Mac Aodha Bhui who won prize for Best Radio Presenter.He’s done it again! RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí was awarded Radio Presenter of the Year at the Gradaim Chumarsáide an Oireachtais media awards in Galway.The awards celebrate achievement and excellence in the Irish-language media sector and honour actors, journalists, presenters, programme makers and others who have excelled in their contributions in the last year.Rónán won the prize for Best Radio Programme last year for Rónán Beo @3, but this year he took home the prize for Best Presenter, and not for the first time either. The programme, and presenter, continue to be a favourite with listeners both young and old across the country. President Michael D. Higgins presented the awards, and in his acceptance speech Rónán spoke of those who had suffered for and worked tirelessly for the Irish language, and urged us not to forget the efforts of those who had gone before us to bring us to where we are today in this year of commemorating the Rising.Rónán Beo @3 is broadcast at 3 pm from Tuesday to Friday on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.RÓNÁN NAMED RADIO PRESENTER OF THE YEAR (AGAIN!) was last modified: May 16th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Gradaim Chumarsáide an OireachtaisRonan Mac Aodha Bhui
Shane McDermott is a Mental Health Nurse (graduate of LYIT) based in Letterkenny and Stay at Home Dad to his daughter Sally who has anaphylactic allergies to milk and egg. He is also a Parent Blogger at www.dairyallergydad.com and runs his Instagram page @dairyallergydad documenting his daily antics with Sally and their poodle Carlsson. This is Shane’s ‘My Donegal.’Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why? There are so many great places in Donegal but if I had to pick one, it would be Rathmullan. It’s got the beach, the forest, the playground and many good spots to grab a decent coffee. It would seem to have it all. I’m back there nearly every week so it must be good!Where in Donegal do you call home?I am originally from Dublin but I have called Letterkenny my home for the best part of a decade. I may always be considered a blow–in but my daughter Sally was born in LUH so I’m claiming my Donegal Residency that way!Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?It has to be the main man, Packie Bonner. A Donegal/Irish legend who I look up to both figuratively and literally. He’s a big man and I’m 6’3! What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Glenveagh National Park has to be one of the highlights of anyone’s trip to the NorthWest. When we have visitors, it’s always the first place we take them. I always brag about how lucky I am to have this amazing place in my back garden. Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?Donegal summers by a mile! Our estate often turns into an ice rink in the winter where, if you have anything but a 4×4, you’ll probably end up abandoning your car at the bottom of the hill and walking home.What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal? I would head straight for Downings for a pack walk on the beach with Sally and the fluffiest poodle in the west, Carlsson. I would then go up for a bite to eat washed down with a pint of Guinness at the Harbour Bar, looking out over Downings Bay and reflecting on how Donegal is a class the County. That’s how to spend a day!What is your favourite Donegal-made product?I’m all about gut health and the benefits of drinking kombucha and my favourite brand is Synerchi Kombucha, from a local brew-master based in Gweedore. I can’t recommend this stuff enough!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? The most prominent Donegal ambassador has to be good oul’ Daniel O’Donnell. My Granny’s all-time favourite musician. A cultural Irish icon! He waved at me once from his 10-foot parade float at the Mary of Dungloe festival. In fairness, I lifted my baby daughter Sally high in the air to get his attention! I even got a thumbs up. Sound man!Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?John O’Donnell. No hesitation. Businessman and now, the Mayor of Letterkenny. Controversial choice but true!Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Packie Bonner again – the man! I might only have been 7 years old but I will never forget that save against Romania in Italia ’90. I was kitted out in the full yellow Goalkeepers kit and I’m pretty sure I fell off the couch as I was celebrating so much. The good oul’ days of Irish football.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?My favourite place to eat is definitely Wholegreen in Letterkenny. My daughter was diagnosed with a dairy and egg allergy so their vegan options are ideal for our needs. Their cakes are dangerously good too. I usually order two slices just for myself!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I would love to see the introduction of one or two more vegan restaurants. I would really love a vegan takeaway for those Friday nights, junk-food cravings.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?I love the way you can use ‘Hi’ at the beginning or the end of a sentence. You can even use it at both the beginning and end! I was out with my friends from Dublin recently and I came out with, “Hi, its some fine day out there, Hi” They stared at me as if I had two heads! What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?As a Mental Health Nurse and with some element of bias, I consider mental health difficulties to be some of the biggest challenges facing the people of Donegal today. Substance misuse is also a serious and increasing concern and can be a contributory factor in such challenges. With a growing youngster, it plays on my mind. What is your favourite Donegal food?You can get the best scones in Donegal and that’s a fact! I still argue that a scone is pronounced rhyming with ‘cone’ though! This is a contentious matter.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?This is not centralised to Donegal, but worrying about what others think (especially the neighbours) seems to be a nationwide obsession. Too much time is wasted worrying about what others think. Life is short and we should all be buoying each other up, not taking each other down. Do you have a favourite local band?The Beefsteak Dancers are a fine band and produce some great music and really get the crowd going!If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?It probably wouldn’t go far but I think it’s horrendous that cancer sufferers often have to endure journeys of up to 5 hours just to receive chemotherapy treatment, elsewhere in the country. I would give anything I had to change this. Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?I’m going with big Packie. Daniel can never match the heroics of Italia ’90. Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? This is an easy one and is without doubt, my daughter. Donegal is the reason she is here and there is nothing in this world that makes me more proud than Sally. My Donegal – with Mental Health Nurse and blogger Shane McDermott was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)