Dear Editor,In spite of the resolution of the imbroglio that had confronted the Local Government Commission (LGC) a few months ago with regard to the approval of its 2019 work programme and the release of funds for the payment of its expenses, including the salaries and emoluments for its staff and commissioners, which I might add are not insignificant, the LGC still seems to be paralysed, as many months are going by and yet one cannot hear anything out of them, particularly as it relates to the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the Georgetown City Council which was delivered to them almost half a year ago.With the exception of one recommendation, and that is the dethroning of the ‘Mighty King’, which was predictable due to the mountains of evidence of skulduggery in hand, there has been little or no movement on the other thirty serious recommendations. Whether politically motivated or otherwise, there seems to be a reluctance by the LGC to ‘rock the GT boat’.In the meantime, the kakistocracy at City Hall continues to bloom, with hose senior officers who were identified by the CoI for termination due to their poor management of the affairs of the city, and for a criminal investigation and charges be laid against those who were involved in irregularities that were found, continuing to operate with business as usual. This is just unacceptable and the LGC must explain to taxpayers who are paying them, why the Commission is dragging its feet on such serious matters.It makes one wonder, while Georgetown is being swallowed up in garbage, while the constabulary is playing cops and robbers at the same time with the ‘Three Card Trick Men’ and the villains under the Clock, while nepotism, cronyism and favouritism continues unabated at the Council and some sections of the Council, like their Public Relations Division, continue to do little or nothing for super salaries, whether or not there is some collusion to allow the status quo of the Council to remain the same.I ask in keeping with their constitutional duties, that the Chairman and Commissioners get on with fixing a very broken municipality.Sincerely,Mark Roopan
Just Tuesday we commended the National Oil Company (NOCAL), which we described as “the new kid on the block in Liberia’s corporate environment,” for leading this highly lucrative sector in the fight against Ebola. We urged NOCAL to ensure that the petroleum giants, which indeed consider NOCAL their local parent body, to join in the fight to expel this deadly virus from Liberia’s shores.Yesterday, Daily Observer Business Correspondent George Kennedy told the nation that petroleum giant ExxonMobil had come forward to match NOCAL by contributing US$150,000 to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS). The money is intended to enhance LNRCS’ outreach, already in 12 of the nation’s 15 counties in the anti-Ebola crusade.This is not the company’s first intervention in the fight against Ebola. The company’s official for governmental affairs, Nathaniel Jallah, announced during Monday’s presentation that not long after Ebola broke out in Liberia, ExxonMobil contributed US$75,000 to Plan International to support its public health efforts. So this brings to US$225,000 ExxonMobil’s contribution to the fight against the epidemic. The Daily Observer has reliably learnt that CHEVRON, another major world player in the petroleum industry, also present in Liberia, has purchased US$200,000 worth of materials, including much needed personal protective equipment (PPE), for medical and health workers, who are in what President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called “the frontline” of the fight against the Ebola virus.We have learnt that Chevron had requested NOCAL to donate US$27,000 for the shipment of these supplies to Liberia. We doubt whether Chevron really needs that assistance, since it is a very well off multinational corporation. Still, Liberians are grateful for theirs and all other contribution.The banking sector, which is also part of the corporate world, has taken a keen interest in the anti-Ebola crusade. To begin with, we understand that the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has been giving the government fullest cooperation in the anti-Ebola combat. The Ministry of Finance has confirmed that that it was CBL that arranged the “bridge financing” of US$5 million to GOL for its initial input toward the anti-Ebola campaign. Deputy Finance Minister James F. Kollie recently announced that CBL had made its own contribution of US$100,000 to the fight. Last week three other local banks joined in. Ecobank donated an ambulance. And on Monday, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) handed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the keys to a US$19,000 truck as logistical support in the fight.We must recall that UBA’s Group chairman, Tony Elumelu, earlier contributed US$100,000 to the government. Substantial donations continue to pour in even from the non-corporate world. Last Thursday the National Mandingo Caucus of Liberia (NMCL) gave to the National Task Force two ambulances. Former NMCL leader Musa Bility also indicated that they were feeding at least 30 homes that had been quarantined.As President Sirleaf has said on numerous occasions, all of us, citizens and residents alike, must, as a united front, confront this calamity that has befallen our country. We should all do what little we can, including obeying strictly the hygiene and other rules. We, however, understand that the many cultural and religious practices are still resistant to these rules; and that several communities continue to wash Ebola bodies. This is having a catastrophic effect on these communities, as more and more people are catching the virus and dying.The leaders of those communities must prevail on their people to give up these customs for now in the interest of saving lives. Otherwise we are feeding the plot which has allegedly been planted in West Africa by certain powerful nations—the plot to halt Africa’s increasing population growth. These people fear—fear on whose behalf, we do not know—that by a certain date, Africa’s population will surpass India’s and China’s.Ebola has reminded us of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. He said we, in this particular case we Africans, “wrestle not against flesh and blood,” but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness in this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” We, in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and the whole of Africa, must all confront this implanted plague with faith, resolve and everything else it takes to remove it far from our shores.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers suffered their third loss in four games in 2018 after falling to the Grande Prairie Athletics Wednesday night.The Flyers seemed to be a step behind the visitors from the opening face-off as the Athletics scored their first of four goals in the first frame, thirty-seven seconds into the game. They would add another in the middle stanza to take a 5-0 lead into the final twenty minutes of play.The Flyers finally woke up as the scoreboard read 6-0 visitors when Adam Horst found the back of the net at 2:47 of the third period on the power play after burying a rebound from in tight, assisted by Jeff Shipton and Rylan Sideroff. Six minutes later Jake Ebner accepted a pass from Daylen Pearson and goaltender Travis McLean, skated up the ice form his own zone, slide the puck through his legs back to himself and roofed a shot that sent the water bottle airborne. Ebner tallied his second of the period with a minute and change remaining after some down low pressure from Reid Campbell, Jeff Fast found Ebner open in the slot. At the final buzzer Athletics 6 – Flyers 3.- Advertisement -With the loss, the Flyers fell to 10-5 and remain in second place behind the Athletics for the top spot in the Western Division in the North Peace Hockey League standings.“We can’t play scared,” said head coach Andrew Leriger. “Lately we seem to be playing scared to not allowing goals especially in the first when you play tense like that more often than not you get scored on. We have to be relaxed, at the end of the day, it’s hockey a game these guys know how to play. I thought we showed some fight in the third to grab a couple goals back which is something we can build on.”Next up for the Flyers is a trip to Dawson Creek for Game Two of the Coy Cup showdown on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.Advertisement
The outgoing Fort St. John City Council holds its final meeting today.One of the items on the agenda is a 2009 Tax Ratio Review presentation from city staff.Recall last week the Stategic Planning and Finance Committee, asked staff to prepare a report regarding the proposed appointment of a Property Tax Policy Review Commissioner, to investigate business community concerns regarding the economic impact of the Cities’ taxation policy.- Advertisement -Council will consider a recommendation from City Manager Diane Hunter, to hire the Independent Commissioner, using grants from the Northern Development Initiative, to cover the cost. If council approves the recommendation it is hoped the newly elected council will have a full report from the Commissioner, by March first of next year.
NEWS UPDATE: DONEGAL COUNTY council has announced major disruption to water supplies in many areas throughout the county.Thousands of homes will be without water overnight as county engineers attempt to fix burst mains – and replenish dwindling stocks of water in many of the county’s reservoirs.A full list of those areas affected, including switch off times is listed below – along with Council advice. OFFICIAL COUNCIL NOTICE:SEVERE WEATHER PERIOD – WATER SUPPLY UPDATE Planned Restrictions to public water supplies (Monday 27th December 2010) Demand for water has increased throughout the County seriously affecting reserves. As a result water supply will be restricted in the following areas tonight, note some from as early as tea-time: GLENTIES ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00amThe RossesGweedoreLeittermacaward AreaArdara AreaGortahork FalcarraghDONEGAL ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00am BallyshannonBundoranDonegal TownFrosses MountcharlesDunkineelyKillybegs STRANORLAR ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 8:00pm until 8:00amWater Conservation AppealDonegal County Council continue to record an increase in demand on a number of water supplies in the county during the current cold weather conditions. We suspect the increased demand for water arises from ConvoyCastlefinRaphoeLiffordBallinacorTievebrackGleneely Ballybofey and Stranorlar – supply will also be turned off to the Twin Towns from midnight until 8.00am each nightINISHOWEN ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 10:00pm until 8:00amQuigley’s Point to north of Muff villageGreencastleBuncrana TownCarndonaghMalin HeadLETTERKENNY ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies may be restricted in the some areas from 10:00pm until 8:00am(depending on progress made today)Consumers will be experiencing intermittent supplies in the following areas throughout this afternoon and evening following burst watermains and production problems at water treatment plants RathmullanFanad East – including Magherawarden and Croaghan AreasCarrigart – Cranford areas taps left runningburst mains which have not yet been locatedleakage in private propertiesThe Water Service in Donegal wish to appeal to the public to help us eliminate such wastage. This will help save water stored in reservoirs and avoid further shortages throughout the county .With the experience from the widespread disruption last winter we are highlighting the following areas in particular where the public can help eliminate wastage of the public water supply: Running taps – please avoid leaving taps running. This is counter productive and will run down available water in storageBurst mains / leakage – any suspected leaks on watermains or wastage should be reported to the County Council at your local public services centre.Vacant properties – please continue to check vacant properties where internal plumbing may be damaged by freezing conditions. Ideally the water supply to vacant buildings should be turned off and systems drained of all water, e.g. where members of the public who are going on holiday during the coming months, we would recommend that they turn off the water supply to their premises and drain all water out of the system before leaving the property.Farming Community – we ask that you check all field connections and turn off leaking drinking troughs. This has proven to be a serious problem in rural areas in recent years. We also ask for your assistance in checking for burst pipes in farm buildings and burst hoses laying over ground. Essentially anywhere on the farm that water may be lostCaravan Parks – another area that is often remote where plumbing may be exposed and water losses can be slow to appear, we appeal to all caravan park owners to turn off the water supply to eliminate wastage.Once again the co-operation of every community is required if we are to avert widespread shortages in water supplies.UPDATE: FULL LIST OF AREAS HIT BY WATER SUPPLY CUTS was last modified: December 27th, 2010 by gregShare 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)
Donegal businessman Niall Callaghan has launched an innovative mobile service for his role as Commissioner for Oaths and Peace Commissioner .Callaghan runs the hugely successful Callaghan’s XL Shop on Letterkenny Main Street. Callaghan holds the honorary position of Commissioner for Oaths and Peace Commissioner, and he has devised an innovative mobile-service – which makes life easier for anybody who needs him to sign important documentation.Niall Callaghan is Commissioner for Oaths serving Letterkenny and surrounding areas.He is located at 13, Upper Main St, Letterkenny in the premises of his shop Callaghans XL.Niall told Donegal Daily, “You may have a document that needs the signature from the Commissioner of Oaths and Peace Commissioner. “With one phone call, you could have the job done today – and in the convenience of your own home or your own office – because I now offer a mobile service.“The mobile option provides people with the option of signing the documents in the convenience of their home, or in their office or place of work, or indeed any other location that suits you them in Letterkenny and the surrounding areas.“I can also travel further into Donegal if needed. This service is available 7 days a week, including evenings and weekends.COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS AND PEACE LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE MOBILE SERVICE was last modified: November 18th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnews
Farfan is “doing ok” according to Peru coach Ricardo Gareca Peru forward Jefferson Farfan will not play in their final group match against Australia as he remains in hospital after being knocked out in training at the weekend.Coach Ricardo Gareca admits the team suffered a scare when the Lokomotiv Moscow striker collided with a team-mate on Saturday, with the Peruvian Football Federation confirming he had sustained a “traumatic brain injury”. Peru are out of the World Cup after losing their opening two Group C games “Unfortunately he cannot play tomorrow but the most important thing is he is recovering and will get well.“There are some protocols in terms of recovery of a player so that means it is mandatory for a player to remain in hospital for 72 hours until he is stabilised.“He could be released from hospital but we understand the healthcare of the the players is priority.“We have to be very grateful for the immediate attention of the medical team and extremely grateful for Russia for being so well prepared for this kind of event.”Peru forward Paolo Guerrero admits losing Farfan was a big blow.“It was a scare when it happened,” he said.“He is a great loss for us tomorrow. We hope to have him back very soon because he is the spark of this team so we hope for a prompt recovery.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 2 2 Concussion protocols mean the 33-year-old will miss Peru’s last match on Tuesday before they fly home having already been eliminated after their first two fixtures.“Farfan collided with a team-mate during a training session and we were very concerned,” Gareca said in his pre-match press conference.“He was unconscious for a couple of minutes. The player received all the medical assistance required.“He is OK but it was a scare. He is doing well.
The Donegal Sports Partnership will pilot a new 8 week Outdoor Walking Programme on Saturday 15th February at The Vestry, St Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny.‘STEP ON IT’ aims to improve your functional fitness through walking, and will subsequently concentrate on walking technique, posture, warm ups/cool downs, stretching, goal setting & nutritional advice.The programme has been developed and will be delivered by a fully qualified FitWalk Ireland tutor, and will incorporate different challenges and routes each week. The programme is suitable for all fitness levels and abilities; regardless of whether you walk regularly or not.Come along and join a group that will provide the enthusiasm and motivation to help you achieve the maximum benefits from walking, and ensure your walking workout is enjoyable and worth while!Registration is from 10.45am, with the session starting at 11am. Sessions will run every Saturday morning for 8 consecutive weeks, with weekly activity plans distributed at each group meeting.A once-off registration fee of €20 will cover your 8 weeks on the programme and all additional supporting material. To pre-register, email Karen@activedonegal.com or phone/text 087-7376537 with your Name & Contact details or queries can be made by contacting the Donegal Sports Partnership Offices on 074-9116078. DONEGAL PEOPLE BEING ENCOURAGED TO ‘STEP ON IT’ was last modified: February 11th, 2014 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 SPORTS PARTNERSHIPletterkennyStep On Itwalkers
A well-known hotel outside Letterkenny has been announced as the 2016 Ulster Hotel Carvery of The Year Winner. Carvery lunches are a top dining experience across the county, and the demand for top quality food and hospitality has hotels looking for innovative ways to build on tradition with locally-sourced produce and comfortable dining.From a huge list of properties, only three hotels in Ulster made it through to the final of the KNORR Great Carvery of the Year Awards. This Silver Tassie Hotel scooped the Ulster title at the gala event in Dublin this week. Culinary staff and management of the Letterkenny hotel were delighted to claim the accolade, as head chef Karl Murtagh along with hotel owner Mr Ciaran Blaney collected the prestige award on behalf of the team.The Silver Tassie Hotel has a long-established reputation for providing good locally-produced food and a home-from-home portion size.One of the main aims of the hotel is to make eating out affordable, with their daily carvery prices ranging from €4.50 to the popular five course Sunday carvery costing €22.50 per adult and €12.00 for children (under fours eat for free).There is a supervised Kids Corner available free of charge during the award-winning Sunday lunch, which makes for happy mums and dads. The hotel’s head chef Karl and his team say that are happy to cater for any dietary requests.“So many people now have gluten, dairy etc allergies and we are happy to cater for all. Our motto at The Tassie is every taste can be catered for,” he says. “Our customers have always been our best judges and we are delighted with the loyalty both locally and further afield, thank you for your ongoing support.” says Ciaran Blaney, proprietor of the Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa. The Tassie team wish to thank their loyal customers for their continued support.Which Donegal hotel is Ulster Carvery Hotel of the Year? was last modified: October 7th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)