Ombudsman dies after prolonged illness

first_imgOmbudsman, Retired Justice Winston Moore, died on Friday after a two-year period of prolonged illness.In January 2014, Moore was sworn in as Ombudsman – a constitutional position that had been vacant since 2005.Retired Justice Winston MooreAn Ombudsman examines complaints by members of the public who feel that they have been unfairly treated by public bodies.President David Granger, in a message of condolence, expressed heartfelt sympathy to his wife Viera Moore and children Nichole, Gary, Gavin and Kevin, as well as other family members and friends.Justice Moore began his legal career as an Attorney in 1983. In 1998, he was appointed High Court Judge.In 2007, Justice Moore served as the Judge Advocate for Guyana Defence Force.last_img read more

VP Boakai Promises Modern High School for River Cess

first_imgPhoto of the only school in Gblorseo Town, River Cess that stops at the 10th grade.Parents whose children cannot attend high school in their own backyard were excited recently when the Vice President of Liberia and standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Joseph Boakai, promised to construct a modern state-of-the-art high school in Gblorseo Town, River Cess County.The school, when completed, will be the only high school in that part of the county to cater to thousands of students who are yearning for education after several years without a high school. VP Boakai made the promise when he visited the county on an invitation from the residents, who earlier endorsed his presidential bid for the October polls.Boakai’s promise to construct the school resulted from a petition by residents of Gblorseo Town, a distant town from Cestos, the political capital of the county, who appealed to him and the government for a high school annex to the Nyorwein Public School, which terminates at the 10th grade level. The residents want their children to obtain a better high school education at home before moving elsewhere to acquire university degrees.VP Boakai ” I will ensure Gblorseo Town gets a quality high school.”“When people speak with one voice to request for a specific priority like education for their children, it means they are serious about urgent intervention. Therefore, I will immediately send a team to look at the school and provide the estimate so that we can begin the project that will benefit our children who are in need of better education,” VP Boakai assured.He said it was beyond anyone’s understanding that such a populated town does not have at least a high school that will cater to the academic needs of the youth. VP Boakai promised to work with county officials and women’s groups to ensure that education is prioritized in the county, especially for those living in rural areas.The secretary of Nyorwein District Youth Caucus, Fredee Konway, said since 2011 when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the town and promised to construct a high school, “she is yet to fulfill her promise.” Konway said the town is one of the vote-rich areas in the county that unfortunately has a school that stops at the 10th grade and a clinic that can no longer handle the influx of patients.“This Nyorwein Public School is the only school that we have up to the 10th grade, which means when our children have completed the 10th grade, that is the end of their academic journey, because not many of us can afford to go to Buchanan in Grand Bassa County to complete high school. And so, the construction of an annex to raise the standard of the school to 12th grade is urgently needed,” Konway said.The request for a modern school remains a major concern of the citizens, including women, youth, and elders who all stated that it would be good to have a school that will equip their children for the job market. David Toby, who spoke on behalf of the Elders Council, told VP Boakai and his delegation that education remains a major challenge for their children, saying the young are “living in darkness.”“Limited educated people is the cause of River Cess County being underdeveloped, so if our county will be developed, government must focus on the education system, because there are too many young people who are yearning for at least a high school education,” Elder Toby said.As part of the VP’s visit to the county, he met with youth leaders, women and elders who expressed similar sentiments about their children’s education as well as the construction of a good road network in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bridge Lake Grow-Op Bust

first_imgSix adult males have been arrested in connection with a grow-op bust outside of 100 Mile House in central BC. Acting on tips from the public, officers executed a search warrant at a property on Wilson Lake Road in the community of Bridge Lake. Nearly 15,000 marajuana plants growing in 23 greenhouses were seized in the August 20th bust. The six accused are facing charges of posession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and production of a controlled substance. Their names are not being released. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Flyers change up schedule

first_imgThe senior men’s Flyers have experienced a schedule change for the month of March.The Flyers were originally set to play the AAA Prince George Mohawks on Saturday March 5 and Sunday March 6 in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -Those two games have cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with the Mohawks, who will be in Penticton that weekend.The new schedule will have the Flyers travel to Lloydminster Alta. for two exhibition games against the AAA Lloydminster Border Kings. Those games will take place on Saturday March 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday March 13 at 1 p.m.The Border Kings will be the host of the 2012 Allan Cup.The addition of the AAA exhibition games were scheduled in order to prepare the Flyers for the upcoming Savage Cup. Advertisementlast_img read more

Large power outage in Fort St. John

first_imgAt this point the cause is still under investigation.B.C. Hydro estimates power will be restored by 3:30 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img

West Ham midfielder available after red card rescinded

first_img Mark Noble 1 Mark Noble will be available for West Ham’s first fixture after the international break against Newcastle after the red card he received against Liverpool was rescinded.The Hammers captain, who scored the second goal of his side’s 3-0 Premier League victory at Anfield, was sent off in the 78th minute when referee Kevin Friend judged him to have fouled Danny Ings.Noble insisted afterwards that his challenge was not even worthy of a yellow card and manager Slaven Bilic was equally critical, revealing his optimism that they would succeed with an appeal.“Great news,” tweeted West Ham co-owner David Gold. “Mark Noble’s red card has been rescinded and he will be available to play against Newcastle. Dg”After a busy conclusion to the summer transfer window in which West Ham recruited Victor Moses, on loan from Chelsea, Alex Song, on loan from Barcelona and both Nikica Jelavic and Michail on a permanent basis, Noble is expected to feature in a new-look team against Newcastle.last_img read more

Chelsea star acknowledges his performances have not been ‘up to scratch’ this season

first_imgChelsea star Eden Hazard has acknowledged he has not been ‘up to scratch’ for the Blues so far this season.The Belgian midfielder had a stellar 2014-2015 campaign and was recognised for his performances with the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards as Chelsea sauntered to the title.But the Blues and Hazard, who is yet to score in the opening four games, have begun this season slowly, and he was the first to admit that individually and collectively Jose Mourinho’s charges have not been good enough.“It’s obvious. You don’t need to know too much about football to compare what I did last season and what I did this season. I’m not as good,” Hazard confessed in an interview with L’Equipe.“It’s more of a collective problem than an individual one. We’re professionals. We knew this season was going to be more difficult…but within the squad we have the quality to bounce back.“Individually and collectively, we’re not up to scratch. Starting with me.”Chelsea succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and are currently languishing in 13th in the Premier League table. 1last_img read more

Poll: Arnold would give Boxer good run for her money

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Boxer-Schwarzenegger hype is a product of political timing. The senator is up for re-election in 2010, just when the governor will be finishing his second and final term. The U.S. Senate might seem like a natural next stop for the notoriously ambitious Schwarzenegger, who can’t run for president because he was born outside the United States. But would Schwarzenegger run? The conventional wisdom leans decidedly toward no. More likely possibilities, some observers guess, might be a run for mayor of Los Angeles (a la former Gov. Jerry Brown, who went on to be Oakland mayor); doing environmental advocacy work (think Al Gore); becoming a Cabinet secretary in a Republican or Democratic administration; or perhaps returning to Hollywood as a producer or director. The problem, as they see it, is that Schwarzenegger’s can-do personality would be ill-suited for the Senate, whose members spend countless hours mired in mundane committee hearings and floor debates. Accustomed to being chief executive of the state, Schwarzenegger would be one of 100 senators, albeit a very recognizable one. “It would be extremely frustrating for a man whose motto is, `Action, action, action,”‘ said John Pitney, Jr. a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. “The motto of the Senate is, `Talk, talk, talk.”‘ “I just don’t think he would enjoy the Senate that much,” Stutzman added. SACRAMENTO – It’s a political throw-down that probably will never happen, but that’s not about to stop political junkies from speculating: Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood star-turned GOP governor and global-warming crusader, taking on Sen. Barbara Boxer, the scrappy, liberal, three-term Democrat. And what a race it would be. A California Field poll of registered voters released Tuesday shows the two heavyweights in a virtual tie in a hypothetical 2010 Senate election – 44 percent for Schwarzenegger, 43 percent for Boxer, well within the margin of error. “It would be a fabulous battle royale,” said GOP consultant Rob Stutzman, the governor’s former communications director, “and poll numbers like these just feed the parlor game.” But others say the lure of the nation’s “most exclusive club,” as the Senate is known, will be hard for Schwarzenegger to resist. Garry South, a longtime Democratic strategist, believes a deep anxiety will grip Schwarzenegger as 2010 approaches and the realization sets in that his political career is nearing an end. “I don’t think Arnold is any more immune to that than any politician,” South said. “There’s nothing like being in office, like people calling you governor, like having a security detail around you. You can’t underestimate the allure of that status.” South dismisses the idea that Schwarzenegger would be simply “one of 100” in the Senate. Instead, South argued, his situation would be more like that of Hillary Clinton, who’s been swarmed by reporters ever since she stepped foot in the Senate. The governor, for his part, isn’t giving any clues about his future. Boxer would certainly be in for the race of her career should Schwarzenegger decide to run against her. She has a devoted following on the left but has been seen for years as vulnerable to a challenge by a moderate Republican. Unlike her previous GOP opponents, Schwarzenegger would have millions of dollars at his disposal to tout his moderate credentials on the environment and other issues. “Of all the things the governor is worried about right now,” his communications director Adam Mendelsohn said of the Senate speculation, “this may be last on the list.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgDYS Award Winners from Malin Head Youth ClubYoung people, parents and youth club leaders gathered in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny for the recent annual celebration evening hosted by Donegal Youth Service. The event coincided with the Social Inclusion Week hosted by Donegal County Council, an opportunity to highlight the diversity of work which takes place within Donegal Youth Service projects and youth clubs throughout the county.Mayor of Donegal County Council, Councillor Ian Mc Garvey was the special guest on the evening and gave an opening address which commended the young people on their work, reflecting upon the importance of participation and volunteerism within communities, urging the young people of Donegal to become “the designers of their future”. The first award presented on the evening was the Youth Initiative Award, an award which recognises the projects developed by young people within Donegal Youth Service. The nominees in this category included Donegal Youth Council for their Music For Life event, Club Oige Chriost Ri for their Community Event, with Letterkenny YIC Youth Media Group picking up the award for their mental fitness photography and media campaign.DYS Volunteer of the Year Nominee Alison Bell pictured with Doneyloop Youth ClubDonegal Youth Service has over 600 volunteers currently working with youth clubs and other DYS projects There were seven nominees for the youth club volunteer of the year award who were nominated by fellow volunteers, youth club committees and young people involved in the service. The nominees were: Declan Dorrian – Fanad Youth Club, Michael McLaughlin – Club Oige Criost Ri, Seamus Bradley – Planet Youth, Jim Ball – Malin Head Youth Club, Dermott O’Donnell – Cockhill Youth Club, Alison Bell – Doneyloop Youth Club and Mary Gallagher of Malin Head Youth Club, with Mary Gallagher named as a worthy winner. Mary has been an extremely dedicated volunteer with Malin Head Youth Club and was nominated by youth club members at the All Ireland Youth Sport Competition in Wexford in June 2013.The Youth Project Volunteer of the Year is a new award which has been introduced this year. The title of winner was awarded to Niall Mc Donagh, volunteer with the LOFT Letterkenny, himself a past participant of the project. Lorraine Thompson, Regional Director of Donegal Youth Service congratulated Niall his fellow nominees; Michael Brady, Daybreak, Richard McGuigan, Daybreak, Marie Rochford, LOFT.The Young Person of the Year Award is presented annually to recognise the young people who triumphed over adversity, dedicated themselves to participation, social enterprise, volunteering and altruism. The nominees for 2013 were Nora Doherty – Donegal Youth Council, Shannon Duncan – Daybreak, Eve Murtagh – LOFT & Yard, Brogan Walsh – Cockhill Youth Club, Sinead McFadden – Chriost Ri, Matthew Dougan – Youth Information Centre and Amy Lafferty – Doneyloop Youth Club. Given the high calibre of nominations, three winners were announced; Nora Doherty, Brogan Walsh and Matthew Dougan. DYS Runner up Youth Club of the Year Club Oige Chriost RiThis year, Donegal Youth Service initiated a Special Recognition Award reserved for those who go above and beyond the call of duty for the organisation. The inaugural recipients of this award are Ana and Sara, the two volunteer’s currently taking part in the European Volunteer Service programme. This is the sixth year that DYS has been involved in accepting and supporting volunteers from across Europe under this programme. Since their arrival, Ana and Sara have brought a dynamic energy to their placement. Their expertise in multimedia and design has strengthened the DYS brand and been put to great use in the development of media based projects within the organisation. They frequently go above and beyond the call of duty and all at DYS will be sad to see their placement come to an end shortly.The Board of Directors of DYS gave a token of appreciation was represented to the young people who represented their club and Donegal Youth Service at the Youth Work Ireland All-Ireland finals in Youth Games and Youth Factor in Limerick. Donegal was well represented at the finals with An Croi YC, Castlefinn YC, Club Oige Criost Ri, Fanad YC, Malin Head YC and Milford YC all making the journey to represent their county.Following this year’s Youth Sport and Youth Factor National Finals, Youth Work Ireland decided to award the “Fair Play” award to the club who demonstrated sportsmanship and positive attitudes to all things youth work during the All Ireland Games and Youth Factor. This award is presented to just one club nationally and Donegal Youth Service were delighted to be in a position to present the prize to Malin Head Youth Club for their commitment to showing support for their fellow Donegal Youth Clubs at the All Ireland event in June.DYS Young People of the Year AwardThe final presentation of the evening was the DYS Youth Club of the Year award. This award is presented to the club which participates in the most DYS activities, events and training. Runners up for 2012/13 year were Club Oige Criost Ri with joint winners Planet Youth and Malin Head Youth Club.The presentations were followed by performances by the Nameless from An Croi Youth Club followed by a group of drummers from Castlefinn Youth Club. Both groups represented their clubs and Donegal at the All-Ireland Youth Factor Competition where Castlefinn were winners in their category and overall winners of the Youth Factor Award. The night concluded with a global cabaret performance by the World Voices Group. This group of young people aged 12 to 21 have come together through Donegal Youth Service and reflect the multi-cultural make-up of contemporary Donegal. Its twenty members come from all parts of the globe including Ireland, Nigeria, Poland, Ghana, Brazil, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In recent months, the group have been taking part in the Regional Culture Centre’s on-going Songfest initiative, a Peace III funded project exploring traditional song in Ireland and the United Kingdom combined with the song traditions of the main new immigrant communities in Donegal, hailing from Europe, Africa and South America. The World Voices Group’s presentation mixed traditional Irish singing, spoken word in Arabic and English, Azonto Dancing, African Drumming, vocal ensembles, rap and closed the evening to rapturous applause following their performance of ‘Waving Flags’. In closing the evening, the Chairperson of Donegal Youth Service, Tracey Peoples, commended the work of all the young people involved in the evening. She noted that despite difficult times for the county, there is great vibrancy and dedication among the young people and volunteers and commented that “this is why we do this work”.DYS Special Recognition Award WinnerDYS Youth Club of the Year Winners Planet YouthDONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE – A REAL CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION! was last modified: November 12th, 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:Donegal Youth Servicelast_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council has announced that from Monday, September 7 Donegal Library Service will be offering a new schedule of opening hours which will result in longer opening times in many local libraries across the county.These new hours will assist in continuing to offer a quality service that will meet the changing needs of the people of Donegal. The new hours will be implemented at all local libraries and the Central Library in Letterkenny will introduce these new hours in the coming months.The new schedule of opening hours means that local libraries will be extending their opening hours in the morning and details on specific opening times for each library is available on .The new schedule of opening hours will see the introduction of ‘Scheduled Time’, ‘Open Door Time’ and ‘All the Time’. Scheduled TimeLibraries now offer much more than books. An important part of the service is about meeting the changing needs of communities by providing programmed events and activities for all ages. These activities include bookclubs, summer reading programmes, rhyme time sessions, local history talks, exhibitions, art workshops and computer classes. To help maximise the use of our libraries by all the community we have introduced ‘Scheduled Time’ were we will be offering dedicated hours and support for a wide range of programmes for specific community organisations and school groups.Teachers and local groups or organisations who wish to avail of library service during scheduled hours are asked to contact their local library to make an appointment.Open Door TimeThese libraries will still continue to provide quality services during ‘Open Door Time’ which is accessible to all members of the public. As part of this ‘Open Door Time’ opening hours will be extended in the morning in many of the local libraries across the county. Specific opening times for each library is available on the TimeDonegal Library Service also provides a 24 hour eService. There are currently over 400,000 items in stock to borrow from libraries in Donegal. A quick search of the online catalogue will tell you what is available. In addition, Donegal Library Service provides a digital catalogue and you can download eBooks, audio books, eMagazines free of charge. The library also offers access to a range of national and international papers online as well as online dictionaries and encyclopaedias for adults and children. A space is just a space until it is used by the people it is created for – You! So come along and visit and sample what your local library has to offer. For more information visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.READ ALL ABOUT IT! DONEGAL LIBRARIES TO OPEN LONGER was last modified: August 28th, 2015 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