first_imgAll is now set for the successful conduct of 2014 Special Senatorial Election, that’s according to the National Elections Commission (NEC).The electoral body at the weekend issued the Writ of Election to the magistrates across the country to go out and conduct the polls.Issuance of the Writ means that resources, logistics and other vital materials needed to stage the process are either on hand or in sight.A Writ of Election is a legal instrument that authorizes election magistrates to proceed with the conduct of elections.At the ceremony in Monrovia, NEC through its Electoral Clerk mandated the 19 Elections Magistrates across the country to conduct a Special Senatorial Election for 15 senatorial seats in Liberia.Madam Antoinette B. Johnson, who is NEC’s Electoral Clerk, instructed the magistrates to hold election on October 14, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in all 15 counties of the country and report to central office with the results, as the electoral law demands.She authorized the magistrates to certify the endorsement of the Writ of Election by submitting to her office, the results of the Election following the completion of the process.Madam Johnson’s action was prompted by previous mandate issued her by NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, to issue the Writ of Election to the 19 Elections Magistrates.The issuance of the Writ is a requirement of Chapter 4 Sub-section 4.3 of the New Elections Law of 1986.The New Elections Law of 1986 requires the issuance of a Writ of Election not later than 90 days prior to the conduct of an election.Said process should have been issued on May 9, 2014 but was suspended. Sources close to the Commission had hinted to the Daily Observer “lack of resources” to hold the Special Election.With the issuance of the Writ, elections observers believe that the electoral body and national government have resolved the issue of funding for the process amidst budgetary shortfall strangulating the economy.Government attempted borrowing US$10.3 million to fund the process, but up to press time, it is unclear which chamber of the Capitol Building said financial agreement is stock in.Meanwhile, Cllr. Korkoya has directed that the last day for Nomination of Candidates by duly registered political parties, alliances, coalitions and independent candidates shall be the 24th Day of July 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Jury of Criminal Court ‘C,’ last Tuesday evening brought down a guilty verdict against a finance officer from National Drug Service (NDS) for stealing US$179,183.06 and LD$958,247.08.through a fraudulent account he opened for the company at the First International Bank (FIB).It was after a four-week trial that the jury convicted Wesley Jlue for the commission of the crimes of theft of property and forgery, of which he was indicted by the grand jury for Montserrado County.The money was raised from the sale of malaria drugs donated to the NDS by Global Funds.According to the evidence presented at trial, Jlue, from November 2012 up to March 2014, maintained the fraudulent account in the name of NDS, at the FIB.He used the account and directed checks given to him for deposit into the company’s Global Funds account with another bank, Ecobank-Liberia.All the transactions with the FIB were done through the Reconciliation officer at that bank and any communication between him and the bank had to go through the bank’s appointed officer.Despite Jlue’s intimate involvement in all of the Global Funds’ dealings at Ecobank, he lied that his managing director, Beyan K. Johnson, instructed him to open the fraudulent account at FIB. “I have never taken any corporate action without the clear written or verbal instruction from my boss,” he told the jury.Over approximately two years, Jlue obtained hundreds of thousands of both United States and Liberian dollars from the Global Fund checks, which he then diverted to his personal account at FIB.Jlue also lied to the court saying that his boss, Johnson, prepared and signed the documents used to open the account at FIB purportedly for NDS to pay staff and customers because of the difficulty they were encountering in withdrawing money from the Global Funds account at Ecobank.In fact, the NDS never made a single withdrawal from FIB, and all their payments were made from Ecobank and the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) where the company’s Global Funds accounts were kept.For his crimes, the Reconciliation officer was suspended by his institution until he could restitute the amount which it is not clear he had done.The Global Fund is the world’s largest financier of anti-AIDS, TB and malaria programs and by mid-2012 had approved funding amounting to US$ 22.9 billion that supports more than 1,000 programs in 151 countries, including Liberia.Microsoft founder Bill Gates was one of the first private foundations among many bilateral donors to provide seed money for the project.NDS is the custodian of the Global Funds in the country. It is also responsible for supplying and sell drugs including HIV/AIDS and TB medications to public and private health centers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMERRITT, B.C. – North Peace athletes are gearing up for the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals this weekend in Merritt.The rodeo will see junior and senior high school athletes from all over the country travel to Merritt for three days of rodeo action. Close to 30 athletes from the North Peace will be competing at the event.Fallyn Mills will compete in the most events for the high school seniors as shes in seven events. Tyler Pederson is in five events in the junior high school division.- Advertisement -Events North Peace Athletes are competing in are shown below:Senior High School Athletes:Fallyn Mills: Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Girls Cutting, Breakaway Roping and Reined Cow Horse.Brooke Swaffield: Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Girls Cutting and Breakaway Roping.Denton Spiers: Bull Riding.Megan Smith: Barrel Racing.Wade Roberts: Steer Wrestling and Team Roping.Tyrel Roberts: Tie-Down Roping, Saddle Bronc, and Team Roping.Tommi-Sue Little: Goat Tying.Derek Hadland: Tie-Down Roping.Ben Jackson: Steer Wrestling.Aspen Wollen: Barrel Racing.Kolton Johnson: Tie-Down Roping and Team Roping.Madalyn Fraser: Reined Cow Horse and Girls Cutting.Wyatte Copeland: Reined Cow Horse.Zane Jones: Saddle Bronc and Steer Wrestling.Hannah Pederson: Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying and Pole Bending.Junior High School Athletes:Advertisement Tyler Pederson: Tie-Down Roping, Ribbon Roping, Team Roping, Goat Tying and Chute Dogging.Kali Clare-Atkings: Barrel Racing and Team Roping.Rylie Bondaroff: Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, Ribbon Roping and Goat Tying.Wyatt Bondaroff: Chute Dogging, Ribbon Roping, Goat Tying and Breakaway Roping.Korbin Mills: Ribbon Roping, Team Roping, Breakaway Roping and Goat Tying.Twiggy Esau: Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying and Pole Bending.Danny Jones: Ribbon Roping.Milanna Jones: Breakaway Roping and Goat Tying.Jesse Jones: Chute Dogging, Goat Tying and Team Roping.Carson Gunderson: Goat Tying, Chute Dogging and Team Roping.Fallon Jones: Team Roping.Rachel Moat: Pole Bending and Goat Tying.Daylyn Carlson: Pole Bending.Cashlyn Callison: Team Roping.Carson Johnson: Team Roping, Goat Tying and Breakaway Roping.last_img read more

first_img1 Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are all scouting French starlet Paul-Georges Ntep.The attacking midfielder has been in fine form for Rennes this season, scoring seven goals in 16 games in all competitions.Ntep has also been impressing for France’s under-21s side and currently has nine goals in 15 appearances for them.The 22-year-old only joined Rennes in January of this year, but his performances in Ligue 1 have reportedly attracted interest from the Premier League.And now, according to RMC, the Gunners, Jose Mourinho’s men and City are scouting Ntep as they consider a January bid for his services.The English trio were reportedly present at Rennes match against Monaco last weekend, where Ntep claimed two assists in his team’s 2-0 victory. Paul-Georges Ntep in action last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – A new mother who wants extra breaks so she can pump milk during a nine-hour medical licensing exam has asked a judge to settle her dispute with the board that administers the test. Sophie Currier, 33, requested additional break time during the test, saying that if she does not nurse her 4-month-old daughter, Lea, or pump breast milk every two to three hours, she risks medical complications. The exam allows a total of just 45 minutes in breaks, and the National Board of Medical Examiners has refused to give Currier the extra time she says she needs. “If we are variable in the time that’s allotted to trainees, we alter the performance of the examination,” board spokeswoman Dr. Ruth Hoppe said. Currier, who lives Brookline, Mass., also has a 22-month-old son, Theo, and has already received special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act for dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She has been granted permission to take the test over two days instead of one, but is seeking an additional 60-minute break on each day. Hoppe said other nursing mothers who have taken the exam have found the 45 minutes of permitted break time sufficient. But Dr. Ruth Lawrence, who chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics’ breast-feeding section, called the medical examining board’s position too rigid. “It’s a classic institutional response,” said Lawrence, a professor at the University of Rochester. “You would hope that everyone in the medical profession had an appreciation for the tremendous importance of breast-feeding one’s infant.” Currier is feeling added pressure because she already took the test in April, when she was 8 1/2 months pregnant, and failed by a few points.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Currier has completed a joint M.D.-Ph.D. program at Harvard University while having two babies in the last two years. Her goal is a residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a career in medical research. She has been offered a residency in clinical pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital in November, but cannot accept it unless she passes the test, which she plans to take on Sept. 15. “The one requirement is to pass this exam,” she said Tuesday. Currier asked the state Superior Court in Massachusetts to intervene and grant her the extra time during the test, which she plans to take Sept. 15. A hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, but board attorney Joe Savage filed papers to have the case removed to federal court. Currier’s attorney, Christine Collins, said she didn’t know when the next hearing would be. last_img read more

first_imgThe community of Dunkineely are continuing to carry out restoration works on an EIRE sign that was erected at St John’s Point during World War II in order to help Allied Forces.The excavation of the sign has been undertaken by a group of community volunteers who aim to make it a tourist destination.During World War II Local Defence Forces were designated at lookout points around the Donegal coastline to monitor air and sea activity. The post at St John’s Point was manned on a 24-hour basis.However, at the suggestion of the American Ambassador in Dublin, massive signs spelling out EIRE to be erected around the country in order to help Allied forces flying above to establish where exactly they were.Once they completed that, the decision was then made to number the EIRE signs, so the aircraft could determine exactly where they were when flying in Irish airspace.Eight-three were made around Ireland, with twelve being created around Donegal, adjacent to the EIRE sign at St John’s Point was designated with the number 70, and the excavation on the two signs began on September 1st. A spokesman for the project said he’s been delighted with the response from the local community.“The work on the EIRE Sign and Navigational Number is going extremely well, the heavy work is over as we have removed all the grass from both of the signs.“We are now removing the soil from in between the stones using trowels.“We have had the help of over a dozen volunteers so far and we gratefully accept anybody else’s help.“Our restoration work has attracted the interest of locals and visitors alike, as there’s so much history attached to it. “It was remarkable how well intact the signs were, we need to replace a few stones, but there’s no major alterations needed to repair the signs.“We’re hoping to get some drone footage to highlight the size of the signs, and what Allied aircraft would’ve seen when flying over the Donegal coastline.”Community continue restoration works of EIRE sign at St John’s Point was last modified: September 16th, 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:CommunityDunkineelyeireExcavationFeaturesnewssignst john’s pointworkslast_img read more

first_imgThe sixth annual Charity Tractor run took place today in aid of Donegal Hospice, the Good & New Cancer Bus Service, and The Lodge in Galway.Huge crowds turned out to check out the Alan Wylie Tractor Run, with massive amounts of people taking part! The rain didn’t dampen any spirits as all funds go to such fantastic causes.All three charities provide the people of Donegal with much needed services.A great day was had by all who attended! Picture Special: Alan Wylie Charity Tractor Run a huge success! was last modified: September 24th, 2016 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:alan wylies tractor runcharitycharity tractor rundonegaldonegal hospicegood and new cancer bus servicethe lodgelast_img read more

first_imgRepresentatives from over 65 Fáilte Ireland quality assured golf courses from across the country were this weekend given a great promotional platform to showcase what they have to offer, at the Irish Open in Carton House. [Photos: Malcolm McGettigan][ Representatives from Donegal Golf Clubs were among 65 Fáilte Ireland quality assured golf courses from across the country given a key promotional platform to showcase what they have to offer, at the Irish Open in Carton House.Indeed, Irish golf has taken the world by storm in recent years with our player’s success generating great interest in coming to the land where golf giants are made. This flagship event provided an ideal opportunity for Donegal golf clubs such as the Ballyliffin Golf Club; Bundoran Golf Club and Donegal Golf Club to showcase what they have to offer for golf visitors in Donegal at the Golf Ireland stand, Carton House.This is a key promotional platform and is regarded as an event highlight of the year for the golf industry.Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Golf Tourism, Tony Lenehan  said “The quality assured golf clubs that are here today representing Donegal, take their golf standards seriously and to-date we have over 100 Irish golf courses boasting the Shamrock symbol North and South.“This weekend at the Irish Open provided a wonderful advertising opportunity to showcase the two ingredients we are most famous for – our wonderful golf courses and our warm and friendly hospitality and people. “Ireland has some fantastic golf courses but we want to be the best in the world. That’s why we have been working hard to raise standards even higher within the golf sector, thus ensuring that every single golfer who comes to Ireland has an outstanding experience. Golf is already an important part of the tourism industry, and there’s room to increase revenue further. We in Fáilte Ireland are working closely with the golf sector to build further on our success rate.”The golf sector provides a total overseas spend of €202m for the Irish economy with 163,000 overseas visitors playing golf while in Ireland in 2012, each worth on average €1200 to the economy (two and a half times that of the average tourist).Fáilte Ireland research shows that Ireland is hitting the mark on both satisfaction levels and value for money for our overseas guests – with satisfaction rates at 94% and value for money at 83%. DONEGAL GOLF CLUBS TEE OFF AT IRISH OPEN was last modified: June 30th, 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 Golf ClubsFailte Irelandlast_img read more

first_imgA grant of €88,064 for Ceiltigh Ghaoth Dobhair Soccer Club for the development of a playing pitch for children.Minister Joe McHugh has sanctioned and welcomed the grant.Minister of State McHugh said that he is very pleased to be in a position to assist this Club. “If sports clubs are to attract and retain athletes, they must provide standard facilities for everyone,” he said.The Minister of State also said that this is a great opportunity to engage children in playing soccer and to do so through Irish. “I’m pleased,” he said, “that the Club will have a Language Plan which will help to promote the Irish language in the Club itself and in the surrounding area.”Tá fógartha ag an Aire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., go bhfuil deontas de €88,064 ceadaithe aige do Chlub Sacair Cheiltigh Ghaoth Dobhair chun páirc imeartha do pháistí a fhorbairt.Ag fógairt an deontais, dúirt an tAire Stáit McHugh go raibh sé sásta go raibh ar a chumas cuidiú leis an gCumann seo. “Má tá cumainn spóirt chun lúthchleasaithe a mhealladh agus a choinneáil, caithfidh siad áiseanna caighdeánacha a chur ar fáil do gach duine,” a dúirt sé. Dúirt an tAire Stáit chomh maith gur deis iontach í an fhorbairt seo páistí a mhealladh chun sacar a imirt agus é sin a dhéanamh trí mheán na Gaeilge. “Tá áthas orm,” a dúirt sé, “go mbeidh Plean Teanga i bhfeidhm ag an gCumann a chuideoidh le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge sa chumann féin agus sa cheantar máguaird.”€88,064 sanctioned by Minister of State McHugh for Ceiltigh Ghaoth Dobhair Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, T.D., has announced that he has sanctioned a grant of €88,064 for Ceiltigh Ghaoth Dobhair Soccer Club for the development of a playing pitch for children.Announcing the grant, Minister of State McHugh said that he is very pleased to be in a position to assist this Club. “If sports clubs are to attract and retain athletes, they must provide standard facilities for everyone,” he said. The Minister of State also said that this is a great opportunity to engage children in playing soccer and to do so through Irish. “I’m pleased,” he said, “that the Club will have a Language Plan which will help to promote the Irish language in the Club itself and in the surrounding area.”GRANT OF ALMOST €90k FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR SOCCER CLUB was last modified: January 28th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more