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As Ebola Rages Hell in Liberia:

first_imgA man believed to be in his early 30s set the main conference room of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoSHW) on fire Wednesday, July 23.Our Health Correspondent, who was privileged to enter the room as the firefighters battled the blaze, noticed that the fire had completely burnt everything in its path, including two large standing British Thermal Unit (BTU) air conditioners and the very expensive leather-coated chairs reserved for VIPs.The arsonist, unofficially identified as Edward Willington Bailey, alleged that he set the Ministry ablaze because his 14-year-old younger brother (name not given) had reportedly died last Friday, July 18, from the deadly Ebola virus, which is raging in Liberia.He further stated “Because the health workers and the government abandoned my brother so I decided to burn down the Health Ministry.”As he spoke, he was being pushed around and hassled by some MOSHW employees, who were very angry at what he had allegedly done. The police came to his rescue and took him to the Liberia National Police Headquarters.Our correspondent said Bailey had been among health practitioners and international partners who had gathered at the Ministry on Tuesday, July 22 (the day before), when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, attended the Ebola Task Force meeting.Deputy Health Minister for Health Services, Dr. Bernice Dahn, had asked, almost at the close of the meeting, if any partner had something new that they wanted to share with the Ministry. It was following this question that Bailey got up and went to the podium, to present what he said was a business model that he and others had put together to help in the anti-Ebola campaign.But his brief presentation was reportedly so disjointed and incoherent that people started walking out of the room. Dr. Dahn asked him to go back to his seat, which he politely did.It is not yet established whether he had planned to carry out his arson attack on Tuesday when President Sirleaf and the guests, including foreign diplomats, were in the room.The conference room, which was set ablaze, had been used by the Ministry’s Ebola Task Force to meet every morning since the deadly disease’s outbreak was reported in March 2014.There are many theories now surrounding Bailey’s mental status. Bystanders, especially some of the Ministry’s employees, were heard saying that he is “mentally deranged.” If this is true then he is one of 40 percent Liberians, who a Harvard Study has said have a mental problem—Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).Neither the government nor the Ministry, has issued an official statement on Wednesday’s arson attack against the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, which is struggling to cope with the deadly Ebola outbreak.EBOLA SITUATION REPORTMeanwhile, the Health Ministry has reported in an update that at least seven (7) more persons died on Tuesday after contracting the virus. Three are from Lofa while the rest died in Montserrado County. This brings the death tally to at least 60 confirmed since March 22 when the first wave of the attack was reported.Speaking at the Tuesday Task Force Meeting, President Sirleaf told the nation that she had instructed officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the Liberia National Police to be on the standby in order to ensure that safety and preventive measures emanating from the Health Ministry in fighting the Ebola virus are adhered to by the Liberian public.The President told everyone within Liberia’s borders that the fight against Ebola should be seen as a national endeavor and as such, officers of the AFL and LNP are to contribute their quotas by making sure that citizens obey the Health Ministry’s mandates.The Health Ministry has consistently called on everyone and every community to report anyone showing symptoms of the disease. They have warned family members of a person suspected of dying from the virus not go anywhere near the corpse or touch the remains.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

COMMENTARY: Leveraging The War & Economic Crimes Court

first_imgBy Cyrus L. GrayState of the NationThe Liberian economy is shrinking daily, mostly because of uncertainty. Grant that the UN drawdown, slump in international commodity price and other cash-flow minimizing events going into 2018 started the decline, but the change of government and the first few bold but inconclusive economic initiatives by the new government have ushered an atmosphere of uncertainty not good for business. Widespread perception that the new officials have gone on a spending spree buying homes and expensive tools even outside Liberia does not help. Two major loan schemes for nearly US$1Billion on which months of tangible and political capital were expended seem to have shadowed out; the suspicion of unauthorized printing of currency and alleged thief of LD$15.5 Billion, be it founded upon fact of falsehood, has left a gaping hole in the confidence of the people and the owners of capital. As a result, dozens of missteps that would otherwise be excusable for an infant government are now glorified into scares of dooms day nearing. All this while the ability of the ordinary people to make a reasonable living is increasingly grueling, daily. People are hurting, at least for that, there is no dispute.In the wake of the economic reversals pervading the country, a voice is rising among a large segment of the population, both in the country and the diaspora, and among key international stakeholders, for a final reckoning; the establishment of a War and Economic Crime Court, to hold accountable those responsible for the violation of International Humanitarian Laws (IHL) and the pillaging of the resources of the country under the canopy of war. The trauma of war is manifest every day in the violent outburst of youths when motor accidents occur, mob executions of accused thieves in public spaces and the massive invasion of illicit drug culture among the youths, a by-product of the war.There are some who are asking, “Why now? Why wasn’t the same pressure brought to bear on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for a War Crime Court?” President Sirleaf would not have implemented the punitive recommendations of the TRC; she did not have the fortitude to hold herself accountable. (To her credit, she did implement some of the less controversial items). That should be expected, but President Weah is not anchored by the same weight. When asked about the War Crime Court on his return from France over the weekend, President George Weah, answered in such a manner as to make a disparity between the War Crime Court and his New Economic Plan, the Pro-Poor Policy for Prosperity and Development. I get the impression that key policy makers believe it is either War Crime Court or Economic Development. I think this is a misread; we can have both. In fact, the former will lift the latter.Crimes Against HumanityWe need not argue that heinous crimes were committed in Liberia that fall under the definition of crimes against humanity. Non-combatant men, women and children were killed on account of their ethnicity, some past disputes and, in some cases, for the heck of it. In countless places in the country, including St. Peter Lutheran Church, Duport Road, Fendall, Po River Bridge, Gbarnga, Buchanan, Yekepa, Zwedru, Greenville, Caldwell, Monrovia, hundreds of thousands of people were maim, drowned, decapitated, hearts taken from bodies while the victim was still alive, eaten and youths drugged and conscripted into battle to heartlessly do the dirty works of their masters. Liberians witnessed militias rip open pregnant women and extract their fetuses while dancing to their war songs in amusement and fanfare. Daughters and wives were forcefully taken from their families and made into sex slaves; some never to be seen again. Militias and their warlords commonly celebrated their cruelty by displaying skulls of their victims on their cars and even using their intestines as the line for their gates. Whole towns and villages were wiped out; people seeking rescue in God’s church were mutilated and many were stripped of their dignity. This does not begin to capture the depth of cruelty burdened on the innocent people of Liberia. For one to suggest that asking those who have been accused of such cruelties to have their day in court is unreasonable and untimely falls flat in the face of reason.The demand for accountability is a cardinal part of reconciliation and national healing. It is justified under both domestic and international law. Liberia is a signatory and state party to the Geneva Conventions, Vienna Convention and all the International Humanitarian Laws (IHL) and protocols regarding, among other things, the conduct of war and the treatment of civilians and those who surrender in armed conflict.  Like International Humanitarian Laws (IHL), the recommendation of the TRC has binding effect on the Government of Liberia and there are consequences for non-compliance. The TRC is an Act of the Legislature; it is Liberian Law. There is another argument that the Comprehensive Peace Initiative Agreement (CPA) signed between the Liberian warring factions, the very warlords who perpetrated the atrocities, granted amnesty to the perpetrators.  Self-amnesties are kinds of amnesty promulgated by persons or governments while in position of authority, purporting to protect themselves from prosecution once they relinquish their hold on power. Both self-amnesty and domestic Legislation for amnesty promulgated to unhook alleged violators of International Humanitarian Laws (IHL) are not respected under International Law.Torture, ethnic cleansing and most provisions of International Humanitarian Laws (IHL) which perpetrators, in the case of Liberia, have been accused fall under peremptory norms in international law or “jus cogens.” A peremptory norm is a fundamental principle of international law that is accepted by the international community of states as a norm from which no derogation is permitted; they are compelling laws that cannot be set aside or pardoned, recognized as a whole as being fundamental to the maintenance of the international legal order. They include the prohibition of genocide, maritime piracy, enslaving in general, torture, refoulement and wars of aggression and territorial aggrandizement, among others.Relying on the principle of “Pacta sunt servanda,”Article 26 of the Vienna Convention bars state parties to the convention from invoking provisions of their internal laws as justification for failure to perform obligation to prosecute and punish crimes under the Geneva Conventions, Vienna Convention and other conventions to which the state is a party. For example, many of those accused of crimes under the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) proffered the argument that the Lomé Accord which ended the Sierra Leone Conflict granted amnesty to the warlords but their claims to immunity were summarily denied by the court.Already, many who committed war crimes in Liberia have been brought before courts and made accountable in jurisdictions other than Liberia. Charles “Chucky” Taylor was tried in a Florida court for crimes committed in Liberia and sentenced to 99 years imprisonment. His father, former President Charles Taylor was handed to the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) by the Government of Liberia, represented by its Solicitor General Cllr Taiwan Gongloe; so to suggest that Liberia does not ascribe to the International War Crimes Court is ludicrous. Former President Johnson Sirleaf’s failure to occasion the implementation of the recommendations of the TRC was predicated purely on the principle of self-preservation. She was unwilling to rollout a program that bar her and other co-accused in positions of power from public office for thirty years. If renewed pressure on the Government of Liberia for a War and Economic Crime Court, including a recent US Congress Resolution in support of Justice for victims of the Liberia Civil War, is anything to go by, one need not be a rocket scientists to know that the quests for some form of accountability for War and Economic Crimes committed in Liberia will not dissipate. Government’s continued rejection of the notion of War Crime Court puts Liberia at odds with the key international players in a battle we, a poor and dependent country, cannot win. We may as well ride the wind.Leveraging Calls for War & Economic Crimes CourtEvery problem brings with it an equal opportunity. My advice to the Government of Liberia is that we leverage the situation and use the international quests for a War and Economic Crime Court to attract the support for our economy necessary to gender growth and the upliftment of the lives of our impoverished population. Every post war country that submitted to the demands of the international community for accountable was economically strengthened through the programs of direct economic support. Germany, Japan, Italy, Rwanda, South Africa, Vietnam, and next door Sierra Leone, are examples.Instead of fighting against the inevitable, the Government of Liberia needs to go back to the Recommendations of the TRC and the Virginia Declaration of the Liberian National Conference ( June 19, 2009) out of which most of the TRC recommendations were taken, and identifying those programs that have the highest potential of fostering reconciliation, unity and economic relief, and begin negotiations with international stakeholders with the hope of establishing a War and Economic Crime Court on Liberian soil concomitant with international provision of support for all the identified programs recommended by the TRC and the Virginia Conference.Some of the recommendations for which the government should seek international support in pair with the establishment of a War and Economic Crime Court in Liberia include:That those who died as a result of the conflict be memorialized by monuments and multi-purpose halls erected in the name of victims at all sites of massacres.That individual reparations be granted to victims of Liberia’s civil crisis in the form of psychosocial support, educational scholarships, micro-loans, livestock support, agricultural support, and food aid.That community reparations be granted to affected populations in the form of centers for psychosocial support, support to communal farming, and priority rehabilitation of roads, schools, and health facilities.That community leaders should be empowered to use “under the palava hut” management to deal with all those that have acknowledged their wrongs and are seeking forgiveness.That political appointments be based on merit.That a national culture center be established to promote Liberia’s diverse culture.That welfare centers be created to provide care to those who can no longer provide for themselves, including the elderly, mentally disturbed or mentally handicapped.That vocational education be provided to adults in the form of literacy and skills-training programs.That youth receive pre-technical qualification trainings in order to seek employment.That the curriculum for children and youth be updated to include reconciliation, peace-building, human rights, and patriotism.That more recreational opportunities be created for children and youth.That more rehabilitation centers for deviant youth be established.That a Peace and Reconciliation Commission be established to oversee, support, and encourage reconciliation activities throughout the country.That a National Peace and Reconciliation Conference be held annually, rotating between all 15 counties.Establish a special judiciary review committee to monitor the government’s progress on implementation of these and other TRC recommendationsThat the economy be Liberianized and local businesses protectedSupport for the establishment of a war crime court in Liberia, including the construction of the court, training and employment of hundreds of Liberians and the implementation of the measures listed above will require hundreds of millions of dollars that will serve to augment the weakening Liberian economy. The acceptance by Liberia of the establishment of the court will increase confidence in justice and the rule of law in Liberia. The Government may ask for international security, should it determine the need for additional security presence. The return of the international force will not only increase security but add new energy to the economy in terms of the additional cash flow affiliated with the large number of expatriate workers in the country. Handled properly, Liberia’s acceptance of the War and Economic Crime Court and the other recommendations will strengthen the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) and catapult the Liberian economy back into the high growth trajectory.Non for Self, But CountryMy recommendation to leverage may come across as blunt and insensitive to those who have been accused. Far from that; I believe in the presumption of innocence, an aged old legal doctrine ascribed in the Latin “ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat,” meaning, the burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies. Those so accused must be brought before a court of competent jurisdiction where they will have the chance to confront their charges and defend themselves, even at the expense of the sponsors of the War and Economic Crime Court, in cases where the accused are incapable of footing his own legal fees.Occasioning the court and leveraging the other growth centric programs are but small sacrifices every citizen can make to the betterment of country. For those, including my Uncle, Sen. Prince Y. Johnson, who are edgy about the prospects of a War Crime Trial and who have spent countless hours grand standing their patriotism and love for country, this is their moment to show that patriotism and be remembered for something good. Inscribed over the chapel door at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis is the Latin phrase: “Non Sibi Set Patraie.” Let me admonish those who are being cowed into fear of a War and Economic Crime Court to adopt this motor: “Not for Self, but Country.” Let’s embrace the War Crime Court and kick impunity and all its attending vices out of Liberia.Read my new book, The FOG – War, Love & Country, about my experience in the Liberian Civil War and my take on reconciliation and national unity, informed by experience of other post war countries.About the AuthorCyrus L. GrayCyrus L Gray, Jr., is the Author of the Negro Nation (www.amazion.com), the International Shipping Guidelines; and Publisher of the New Liberian Magazine (renamed LIB BUZNEY). His new book, “FOG (A Story of War, Love and Country)” will be published in December 2018 with first rollout in Monrovia. As a day job, he is a Logistics Business Development Consultant with Core competence in Air and Seaport Development. His recent work was Co-Consultant for the crafting of the Economic Analysis of the Mesurado Fishing Pier (Oct. 2018) at the Freeport of Monrovia, for Liberia’s National Aquaculture and Fisheries Authority (NaFAA). He can be reached at: cyrus.grayii@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FED UP OF DIETING? THEN SLIMMING WORLD IS THE PLACE FOR YOU

first_imgDiet? Why? If you ever read a newspaper or switch on the TV, you’ll know that we are in the middle of, what some media have termed, an ‘obesity crisis’.So it’s no wonder that the bookshops are filled with diet titles and slimming magazines, and every celebrity is endorsing their diet plans and exercise DVD’s!At Slimming World, DIET is a four letter word! And if you’ve had your fill of these “off and on eating regimes”, if you’re fed up of going to bed early because you’re hungry – and if you never want to think ‘dare I eat that’ ever again – then look no further, slimming world is the place for you!Forget calorie countingForget deprivation and hungerForget the strict rules and regulations of past dietsForget completely any previous dieting dos and don’ts – they’ll only get in your way.Forget diet pills that interfere with your body and your mind’s natural, healthy functions.Embrace completely the freedom, flexibility and generosity of Food Optimising!The stroke of genius behind Food Optimising lies in its concept of Free Food – healthy, satisfying foods that can be enjoyed in any amount whenever you’re hungry – the only limit is your appetite.They’re called Free Foods because they’re unlimited – no obsessive counting or tedious weighing; no feelings of hunger and deprivation, morning, noon or night!And because Free Foods are ordinary, wholesome, everyday foods, the whole family can enjoy them. Take care of your family’s health as well as your own; encourage them too to fill up on hunger-busting, health-giving, energy-providing Free Food – everyone will reap the benefits.With such a delicious, healthy, liberating and, yes, slimming way of eating, is it any wonder why so many people attend Slimming World groups every week – where they receive the support, encouragement and motivation of a fully trained Consultant and together with a supportive group of like-minded people, to help them reach their personal weight loss target!From a full Irish breakfast, to a sunday roast and even a dessert after, with Slimming World you really can have it all.Slimming World’s food optimising plan is safe to follow for everyone and we have extra support booklets to help pregnant and breast feeding members, members with diabetes and members looking to stop smoking.Along with a separate free to go plan for our young adults between 11-15 years to help them learn how to eat healthy while still enjoying life and never going without. There is no-one who cannot reap the benefits of the most generous eating plan around.So make it a gift to yourself – that you’ll ditch any excess ‘dieting’ baggage you’ve been carrying with you and set off on your new, exciting journey to success with Slimming World!For more information on your nearest group click on the picture above, check out Slimming World Donegal on facebook, or contact Anne Marie on 0860848705.Sample Recipie: Speedy ChineseFor a quick, filling alternative to your Friday night takeaway, rustle up your own Chinese delights by heating some low calorie oil spray (less than one calorie per spray) in a wok, adding some chopped chicken or prawns, spring onions, peppers, red chilli, finely chopped ginger and crushed garlic, fry for a couple of minutes, then throw in a pack of mixed stir-fry veg from the supermarket.If you’re feeling adventurous, add other oriental delights like water chestnuts or lychees! Add lots of Soy sauce to taste, cook for 3 or 4 minutes and serve on a mound of boiled egg noodles.Check out www.slimmingworld.ie for a 7 day sample menu.FED UP OF DIETING? THEN SLIMMING WORLD IS THE PLACE FOR YOU was last modified: April 10th, 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:BusinessFeatureshealthnewsSlimming Worldlast_img read more

Aodh Ruadh set to finish off great season with clash against Naomh Ultan

first_imgFootballOur seniors and reserves both exited their respective championships at the semi-final stages over the weekend. The seniors lost out to Milford on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-12, but it took an extra-time penalty save for Milford to ensure their progression. David McGurrin’s initial shot and his attempt from the rebound were both saved with the game pegged at 2-9 to 0-12, but Milford cleared and tagged on an insurance point to end Aodh Ruadh’s participation in the intermediate championship. There were a lot of wides from both sides and Aodh Ruadh will particularly rue some of the goal chances that went a-begging. In contrast, Milford were slightly better at finishing their three pointers and one from Cathal McGettigan helped them reach the half-time break at parity, 1-4 to 0-7. The sides went score for score in the early part of the second half with David Dolan leading the way. However a goal from Pauric Curley gave Milford a margin they were to hold to the finish, despite the best efforts of Peter Gallagher’s men. Meanwhile the reserves made a fight of things in the first half of their clash against Buncrana in the unusual surroundings of St Eunan’s college. They trailed by four points at the break, but looked like they were in with a real chance of grinding out a result. However the Inishowen men went up a gear or two in the second period to run out comfortable 4-15 to 2-9 winnersThe division 3 league campaign is now all that remains to be wrapped up as far as the senior footballers are concerned. It would be nice to finish the season with the title and we can take a step closer to that this Saturday when we are down to take on Naomh Ultan in Dunkineely at 5pm. That game is to be preceded by the reserve game at 3.30pm. The under 13 semi-final pairings have been confirmed. Aodh Ruadh travel to Fintra to take on Killybegs this Saturday with a 12 noon throw-in. Four Masters will play Dungloe on the other side of the draw on Sunday.The under 8 indoor league gets under way this Friday. The teams will be pThe under 8 indoor Gaelic football league commences this Friday in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille and concludes on Friday 14th October. We will be playing from 6pm to 8pm on each night. Because we will be in the hall for two hours each night there will be a charge of €4 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Team lists have been published on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. We ask parents / guardians to check through the team lists carefully. If your child isn’t listed, let John Hughes know and he will assign them to a team. If your child is listed and doesn’t intend to participate let him know too, so we can ensure all teams are even strength. Text him on 0876431805 or message him on Facebook The first round of games are used let players get used to the rules of the indoor game and to determine if we need to reallocate players to even the teams out. After that we play a full round of games for league points, with the league being played to a conclusion on Friday 14th October. Medals and trophies presented afterwards to all players. We will need volunteers, parents or guardians to take one of the six teams competing. This will be a very basic job consisting of picking the five starting players and shuttling subs on and off and ensuring every player gets plenty of football on the night. Advance notice of the indoor leagues for the under 10s and under 12s. The under 10 indoor league will be staged in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays 21st and 28th October, while the under 12 indoor league will run Fridays 4th and 11th November in the same time slots.Hard luck to Maurice McLaughlin, Liam Mac Laughlin and Philip O’Reilly and Erne Gaels who lost out in the Fermanagh county final by the narrowest of margins, 1-7 to 0-10.HurlingThe under 16s are away to Four Masters in the championship this Thursday. This young squad has done well to field for all games this seaon despite small numbers and a few long term injuries. They will be up against a strong Four Masters team, but knowing the boys they will give it their all.Under 8 and under 10 hurling finished on Sunday last. Both squads did well this year especially the under 8s who were unbeaten all season. Many thanks to the youngsters and their parents for their support all season. Training resumes in March 2017.Ladies The under 16 girls have training this Wednesday at 3pm. Their county semi-final against Urris will take place this Friday or Saturday in Ballyshannon. Final details will be confirmed on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.A busy week for the under 13 girls last week. They were in Kinawley last Wednesday to take on a highly rated side in pretty awful conditions. The girls showed up well with all players getting 20 minutes, whether they liked it or not! The defence was excellent with the Fermanagh side scoring infrequently. Tia McFarland was excellent in midfield while Katie O’Brien was exceptional up front and Caoimhe Hughes-O’Brien made a big contribution. Annie Keon was also good up front in the second half. Clodagh O’Connor was in good form as was Danielle Gallagher. There were points up for grabs on Saturday afternoon in Killygordon when they faced Red Hugh’s. Despite the long trip and a delayed throw-in the girls settled well and were quickly out into the lead. Caitlin McGarrigle leading the scoring in the early stages with a penalty goal and a point, she got excellent scoring support from Katie McMullan and Danielle Gallagher. Again the defence, steered by the magnificent Ciara Caldwell, was unforgiving and the hosts had to make do with a return of 1-1. There is training this Wednesday and Friday at 6pm. Players are asked to note change of time. Those sessions are ahead of the last game of the round robin stages which is at home this Saturday against Roberts Emmet’s at 12 noon. Players are to be at dressing rooms for 11.10am.Mental fitness and well-being workshopA mental fitness and well-being workshop for sports clubs is being held at the Central Hotel, Donegal town on Wednesday, 14 October at 7.30pm. This workshop is aimed at players, athletes and coaches from local sports clubs and will describe the State of Mind Ireland campaign which promotes mental fitness. The workshop will include an introduction to the State of Mind Ireland Programme and an interactive discussion on mental fitness, exercise and Take Five – Five ways to well-being. The session will close with a brief introduction to mindfulness based practice along with suggested additional resources. For more details check out www.connectmentalhealth.ie/session/state-of-mind-ireland-mental-fitness-wellbeing/ Abbey Centre BingoThe September big bingo jackpot of €800 was won by Mary McGonigle of Corlea, Ballyshannon. Brendan has to stay locked up in the abbey centre for another week! There was no winner of the summer snowball so it now stands at €650 on 49 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday night at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. An 11 game book costs just €10.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €6,500. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 16. In the lucky dip €20 went to Mary Patton, Lower Creevy; Eileen Gurn, West Port; Patricia O’Reilly, Ballinfull; Rita McGullion, Belleek; and Aisling Hannigan, Ballyshannon. Next draw is in Bridgend Bar with a jackpot of €6,600 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available in the following outlets: Seán Óg’s, The Market House, Dicey Reilly’s, The  Limit, Pat’s Bar, The Bridgend, Owen  Roe’s, Fin McCool’s, The Lantern, McGinley’s, Pearse O’Neill’s, McCosker’s Centra and Kernan’s Spar and at the weekly and weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. If not in, you can’t win!The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: BORD NA NÓG.Aodh Ruadh set to finish off great season with clash against Naomh Ultan was last modified: October 5th, 2016 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:Aodh RuadhGAASportlast_img read more

HEART-BREAKING: DONEGAL PET RESCUE IN PLEA OVER FOUND DOGS

first_imgDONEGAL Pet Rescue has issued an urgent appeal to find the owners of dogs found over the weekend.This beautiful husky above was found in the Glencar area of Letterkenny and is about a year old.The woman who found him says he is very pleasant and loveable. Meanwhile two Labradors, one golden & one chocolate brown, were found in the Muff Area – Lenamore Rd. They look like they have been left off or maybe they are someone’s pets and have strayed from home. Two very nice dogs & very well mannered.They are pictured below.Donegal Pet Rescue also says a Westie had to be put to sleep after also being found near Muff at the weekend. It had suffered extensive injuries after being hit by a car.  HEART-BREAKING: DONEGAL PET RESCUE IN PLEA OVER FOUND DOGS was last modified: February 17th, 2013 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) Tags:HEART-BREAKING: DONEGAL PET RESCUE IN PLEA OVER FOUND DOGSlast_img read more

Nightclub fight ends in shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Instead, it began with a fight at Club ICE in Studio City between Medina’s group of six friends and another group of about 15 people, Coffey said. Someone from one group bumped into someone from the second group, and the situation escalated with hard looks and stares. When a shoving match began, club security broke it up and kicked them all out. Molina’s group climbed into the Avalanche and pulled onto Cahuenga Boulevard West, driving toward the Ventura Freeway. At Cahuenga and Regal Place, a gray mid-size American car pulled up next to the Avalanche and people inside opened fire. “There’s no reason in the world why they had to go out and shoot these people,” Coffey said. “They were on their way home. They would have never seen each other again.” The driver of the Avalanche drove to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where Medina was pronounced dead. STUDIO CITY – A nightclub scuffle involving gang members escalated into a car-to-car shooting early Friday that left one man dead and three others wounded, officials said. Johnnie Medina, 23, of North Hollywood was shot in the head while sitting in the back of a 2004 Chevy Avalanche. He was pronounced dead at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank at 3:02 a.m., LAPD homicide detective Mike Coffey said. Two other passengers were shot in the chest and seriously wounded and one passenger was shot in the finger, Coffey said. Medina was a known gang member, and the suspects are believed to be gang members, but police believe the shooting was not a territorial dispute, Coffey said. Officials said Club ICE has good security and usually works with the Los Angeles Police Department to prevent violence, although fights often break out just outside the club as people leave. Police are concerned because of the late hour – after 2 a.m., when the club is supposed to close – and because two of the people in Medina’s group were underage, including a 16-year-old boy. “It’s a secondary issue, a minor aspect of this, but it speaks to the importance of parents having their kids inside at this time of night,” said Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the Valley Bureau’s commanding officer. “No good can come out of it when they’re not.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Tabbed As Summit League Preseason Favorite

first_imgThe Drake University men’s tennis team is projected to repeat as the 2019 Summit League Champions based on the league’s annual preseason poll. The Bulldogs were the unanimous favorite to win the league in their second year as a member of the conference.Drake led the poll with 36 total points and all six of the possible first-place votes. Denver was tabbed second with 31 points followed by Valparaiso in third place.In addition to the Bulldogs’ preseason honor, senior Vinny Gillespie was selected as one of the league’s nine Preseason Athletes to Watch. Gillespie is a returning all-conference talent who won 14 singles matches last season.The Bulldogs return their entire roster from their 2018 Summit League Championship team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in program history.Drake is set to begin its 2019 spring season Jan. 19 when it hosts Northern Illinois at the Roger Knapp Center.2018-19 Summit League Preseason Men’s Tennis PollTeam – Score (1st place votes)1. Drake – 36 (6)2. Denver – 31 (1)3. Valparaiso – 214. Omaha – 205. Illinois State – 19T-6. Oral Roberts – 7T-6. North Dakota – 7Summit League Preseason Athletes to WatchVinny Gillespie | Drake | SeniorJames Davis | Denver | SophomoreMattia Ros | Denver | SophomoreChad Kissell | Valparasio | SeniorAbdoul Ouattara | Omaha | JuniorDavis Lawley | Omaha | FreshmanDiego Le Gal Perez | Illinois State | SophomoreNikola Boskov | Oral Roberts | FreshmanLukas Buth | North Dakota | Junior Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Breaking: All schools and colleges closed tomorrow and Friday

first_imgEducation Minister Richard Bruton has announced that all educational institutions will remain closed tomorrow (1st March) and Friday (2nd March).“All schools, third level institutions and colleges of further education will be closed tomorrow and Friday,” he tweeted.The school closures have been made following Met Eireann’s extension of the status red snow-ice warning, with the red alert being issued nationwide tonight. Breaking: All schools and colleges closed tomorrow and Friday was last modified: March 2nd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ClosuresdonegalSCHOOLstorm emmalast_img read more

Court grants bail conditions to allow terror suspect to go on holidays to Donegal

first_imgA man from Northern Ireland charged with terrorism offences had his bail conditions altered yesterday (Thurs) to accommodate a holiday trip to Donegal.Shea Reynolds applied to have the conditions relaxed to attend a family holiday this week.According to the Belfast Telegraph, he was one of a number of men arrested in Lurgan in September 2016 and charged with being part of a terrorist plot following the discovery of a bomb. Belfast Crown Court heard Reynolds, his fiancee and their two children wished to stay at a caravan park in Donegal with her family from yesterday until July 29.The application to relax Reynolds’ bail conditions was opposed by the British Crown, with a prosecutor saying police objected to “the entire trip”.The prosecutor said the Crown had received information regarding the application which was conflicting – such as the number of the caravans on the site, the number of people staying in the caravan and the length of the holiday.He also pointed out one of Reynolds’ co-accused is Damien Duffy, who he is banned from having contact with, and who has also applied to have his bail relaxed to allow him to go to the same area of Donegal on Friday. Judge RoseAnn McCormick noted that since being granted bail, Reynolds had honoured his conditions “without incident” and agreed to vary the conditions to allow him to take a “short break”.The judge agreed to remove the tag until next Monday, but ordered that he return to this jurisdiction by 6pm on July 29.Judge McCormick also ordered that Reynolds have no contact with Duffy, and said he must sign at a local garda station each evening.Court grants bail conditions to allow terror suspect to go on holidays to Donegal was last modified: July 26th, 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)last_img read more

College of the Redwoods football struggles in the second half, falls to Merced College

first_imgEureka >> For the second straight season opener against Merced College, the College of the Redwoods football team left the field with the feeling that it let one slip away in the second half.The pendulum swung in Merced’s favor — and rather quickly — after halftime, as the Redwoods offense was shut out in the second half in a 40-18 loss to the Blue Devils at Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon.The bright start that CR did have in the first half wasn’t able to be replicated coming out of …last_img read more