Public Transport Gets Boost

first_imgAt least some of the traveling woes of pedestrians are now relieved this festive season, with the donation of 15 new 52-seater buses to the Liberian Government by the Indian Government.The buses were yesterday dedicated and turned over to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by the Honorary Indian Consul General to Liberia, Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva, at ceremonies held on the grounds of the National Transit Authority (NTA), along the Somalia Drive.Consul General Sachdeva, commonly known in Liberia as ‘Mr. Jeety’, said the 15 buses are in fact an addition to 25 buses previously donated in October 2010 by his country’s government and people. The 25 buses were turned over to the President on her 72nd birthday in 2010.“These bus donations are a culmination of efforts at various official levels both in Liberia and India, and reflect the very cordial and mutually beneficial bilateral relations between India and Liberia,” the Indian diplomat said.According to him, the additional buses are his country’s way of identifying with GOL’s policy program of “setting up a reliable, efficient and sustainable public mass transit system in line with the Poverty Reduction Strategy.”Touching on his country’s response to the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD), he said his country has given at least US$12.5 million to the UN Trust Fund for Ebola and the World Health Organization. US$2 million of the money was used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) to assist health workers in the three worst affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.He disclosed that his Ambassador, Mr. Dinesh Bhatia, who resides in Abidjan, La Côte d’Ivoire, donated a US$50,000 worth of medicines to Liberia and “an ambulance is on the way to Monrovia as part of that assistance.”It can be recalled that the Association of Indian Community in Liberia, last August, gave US$200,000 worth of Ebola materials to the GOL.President Sirleaf, who was brief, thanked the Indians for the buses and urged the National Transit Authority (NTA) to put them on the roads so they can begin to convey people.She reminded the NTA management that one-third of the country’s population resides in Monrovia and its environs. The President, however, commended the transit authority for keeping the entity viable and for a dedicated and honest service to nation.She disclosed that the National Transit Authority management has agreed to give at least one of the buses to the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


COMMUNITY NEWS: TABLE QUIZ ON EASTER MONDAY IN AID OF ARDARA METHODIST HALL

first_imgDunkineely Community News: Dunkineely Community Ltd is considering running 2 more courses in April/May after Easter. If you are interested in any of these, please contact the DCL office on 087 3421922 or 074 9737678.1) Basic First Aid – a full one day course held on a Saturday in April or May – details to follow – please contact DCL if you might be interested. 2) A six week course in either Upcycling or a Follow On Interior Design course with Sile Kelly. (The most popular of these two would run). This course will run subject to application for ETB part funding on the Community Education Support Programme.Cllr. Niamh Kennedy will be available for members of the community in DCL office, Dunkineely on Thursday evenings 5:30 – 7:30pm. Mobile: 087 2062336 Email: niamhkennedy@donegalcoco.ieKillaghtee Parish Good Friday WalkDunkineely Community Ltd in conjunction with the three churches in Killaghtee Parish is to hold a Good Friday walk on Friday 3rd April starting at Dunkineely Methodist Church at 1pm, pausing at Killaghtee Church of Ireland and finishing at Bruckless Chapel around 2pm. They are looking for members of the parish from all church backgrounds and none to join them as they carry a cross from Dunkineely to Bruckless to mark the special day of Christ’s death shared by all Church traditions. Don your walking boots, trainers, bring the children and make it a family outing if you wish. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get together and take some exercise whilst remembering the meaning of Good Friday. Garda support will keep us safe on the main road, but once we reach Darney, the route leads along back roads and by Bruckless shore – many thanks to Joan Evans for allowing us through the grounds of Bruckless House. If you would like more details or to let the group know in advance you intend to walk, please phone the DCL Office on 074 9737678 or speak to one of the three clergy. Last year we were blessed by sunshine. Start your prayers now and we hope for more of the same! Dunkineely in Bloom ran very successfully last year with two workshops and over 30 competition entries. If you’d like to help make it bigger and better this year please contact DCL on 074 9737678 or dunkineelycommunity@gmail.comTable Quiz: A Table Quiz will take place on Easter Monday 6th April at 8.30pm in Ardara Methodist Hall. Teams of 4, €20 per table. Everyone welcome.Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page).Dunkineely Community Ltd. Main StreetDunkineelyCo. DonegalCOMMUNITY NEWS: TABLE QUIZ ON EASTER MONDAY IN AID OF ARDARA METHODIST HALL was last modified: March 23rd, 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:Community newsDunkineelyFeaturesNoticesTable quizlast_img read more


LESS THAN 1% OF ALL FLOOD SPEND SINCE 2005 ALLOCATED TO DONEGAL

first_imgCouncillor Gary Doherty has described as ‘outrageous’ figures released which show that of the amount of money spent over the last eleven years towards both major and minor flood relief projects across the state.Figures released show Donegal received just over €2.4m – less than 1% of total expenditure between 2005 and 2015.The figures, which show that just under €319m was spent between 2005 and 2015 on Major Flood Relief Schemes and Minor Flood Mitigation Works, also reveal that only €147,000 was allocated to major projects in Donegal over the last decade. The Sinn Fein councillor said “Following recent episodes of awful flooding throughout Donegal last month, many had begun to question the extent of the measures which had been undertaken over the last few years to help address flood risk and develop flood defences in the county.“In order to get answers to those questions, I asked my party colleague Deputy Pearse Doherty to ask the Minister for a breakdown of the total funding allocated to both state agencies and local authorities for the co-ordination and implementation of flood risk management and mitigation measures in each county since 2005.“In his response, the Minister stated that while not all spending may be attributed to specific counties as it was allocated across whole catchment areas, he said that data relating to expenditure on both major relief schemes and minor works on a per county basis was available and that just under €319m was spent during the period 2005 to 2015.“Of this money, the data reveals that over the last eleven years a meagre €147,000 was spent on major flood relief projects in the county while the remainder, which came to just over €2m, was allocated towards minor works and coastal protection measures in Donegal. “Collectively, the funding given to flood relief and mitigation projects in Donegal for the last eleven years accounted for less than 1% of the total amount spent on similar projects across the 26 counties.“It is simply outrageous that a county as large as Donegal, which has a number of areas which are quite prone to flood waters as recent months have shown, should be thrown the breadcrumbs while other counties are given tens of millions to protect their communities from flooding.“If we look at the data we can see that Cork for example received over €66m of this total spend, projects in Dublin accounted for €45m, while in Tipperary just shy of €42.5m was spent on measures to relieve flooding there.“What these figures highlight is that in the opinion of successive governments, the people Donegal are so far down the pecking order that we don’t even merit 1% of the resources apportioned to help tackle flooding.“In the past number of weeks, homes, business and indeed entire communities in Donegal have been left devastated by flood waters and this data proves what we’ve known all along: that we here in Donegal are constantly overlooked, neglected and forgotten.” LESS THAN 1% OF ALL FLOOD SPEND SINCE 2005 ALLOCATED TO DONEGAL was last modified: January 24th, 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)Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYdonegalfloodlast_img read more


Were you at Bump and Beyond? See our Picture Special!

first_imgLocal parenting Blogger Maria Rushe (@secretsofsmum) presented her second Pregnancy, Baby and Family event “Bump & Beyond” in The Mount Errigal Hotel on Sunday last, and what an afternoon it proved to be.Hundreds of families attended the North West’s Baby extravaganza, where they were able to browse beautiful shopping stands, get information from Qualified Experts, speak to HSE and voluntary services and listen to Keynote speakers. Everything related to Pregnancy, Baby and Family was represented: from Baby massage to Maternity Wear, baby gifts to beautiful treats for Mum.“When I initially conceived the idea for Bump & Beyond, I wanted it to be about putting correct information from the qualified professionals into a room for parents to access without waiting lists and appointments.“This was our second show, and while our debut was wonderful, Sunday’s show was much more successful for my team, as it was exactly what we had originally envisioned and we can happily build on it now,” said busy Mum of two Maria, who organised the event assisted by her husbandEmmet Rushe, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Midwife Lorraine Porter and Liam Porter Media.Among the services in attendance were Citizens Advice, Lifestart, Parent Hub, Parent Stop, TÚSLA, The Women’s Centre, Cara House, The Autism Association, Foróige, Donegal County Library, and Donegal Downs Syndrome and Special Needs Information. Experts included Paediatric OT Bríd Dunn, whose presentation on Sensory Development was excellent.  Acclaimed and highly sought after Sleep and Behavioural expert, Denise Gillespie, once again offered a superb presentation, while Emmet Rushe from Rushe Fitness spoke about returning to exercise post baby.Other experts on the main stage included Caroline Doherty-Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, local midwife Geraldine Hanley, Donegal County Library’s Karen Sheehy, Wearing your Baby with Joanne (McGrenaghan), Chef Martin Anderson who spoke about family meals and Louise from the Road Safety Authority who spoke passionately about child safety in cars.Wonder Years Childcare provided fun and games for the little ones and Chic Maternity showcased their evening and casual wear in a fashion show.  Special guests for the kids were Anna & Elsa, with a stunning performance of “Let it Go” by Elsa (local talent Katie Porter).The main stage was jam packed with interviews, launches and entertainment from two superb Performing Arts academies: Rendition represented Pinehill Studios with an energetic and perfectly executed routine, while the show was opened and closed by zombies from Triumph Performing Arts, whose “Thriller” inspired piece was phenomenal.A highlight was the Mammies and Babies from “Dance with me Baby,” whose demonstration stole the show!Proceedings were kept running smoothly by Orson Sterritt of North West Entertainments, while The S-Mum herself took to the stage as co-host. “Bump & Beyond was a wonderful day out and had a real community feel to it,” said one Mother afterwards.“It was great to see how many services are actually available to us in the county.”All pics by kind permission of Rosey McGinty. Were you at Bump and Beyond? See our Picture Special! was last modified: November 2nd, 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)Tags:Bump and BeyondMaria Rushepicture speciallast_img read more


BOYLE CROWNED GALWAY INTERNATIONAL RALLY CHAMP AS DONEGAL SWEEP THE BOARDS!

first_imgRally winners Declan and Brian BoyleDonegal’s Declan Boyle and Brian Boyle won the Colm Quinn BMW Galway International rally today in the opening round of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Championship…on a day of success for the county.Boyle, in his Subaru WRC, finished 25.5 seconds ahead of Garry Jennings, also in a Subaru.Eugene Donnelly crashed his Mini WRC out of third place when in contention ending his involvement on the first stage. The drama continued as Jennings closed to within 0.2 of a second of Boyle, who had concerns about overheating coolant that led to the car lapsing on to three cylinders.Jennings though aquaplaned on Stage 8 and lost time but he subsequently cut the deficit to 27 seconds with three stages to go.However, Boyle withstood the pressure and took his first International win.Jennings was well ahead of the Ford Focus of Donagh Kelly, who claimed third on the final stage after Sam Moffett clipped a rock and damaged a wheel rim, he had to settle for fourth. Another Donegal duo also won today – Galway National Rally winners were Declan Gallagher and Ryan Moore.And there was a third win for Donegal competitors when Galway junior rally winners were Paul Creamer and Danny McCloskey.Colm Quinn BMW Galway International Rally –Round 1, Clonakilty Blackpuddding Irish Tarmac Championship Galway: 1. D. Boyle/B. Boyle (Subaru WRC S12B) 1h. 10m. 00.0s; 2. G. Jennings/R. Kennedy (Subaru WRC S12B) 1h. 10m. 25.5s; 3. D. Kelly/K. Flanagan (Ford Focus WRC) 1h. 11m. 28.6s; 4. S. Moffett/J. O’Reilly (Ford Fiesta WRC) 1h. 11m. 32.4s; 5. J. Moffett/J. Rowan (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 15m. 44.7s; 6. S. McCann/L. O’Dowd (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 16m. 04.0s; 7. E. Meegan/S. Whelan (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 16m. 11.5s; 8. M. Doherty/C. Foley (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 16m. 40.4s; 9. B. Cumiskey/R. O’Kane (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 17m. 30.7s; 10. P. Kirk/J. McElhinney (Mitsubishi EvoIX) 1h. 17m. 47.3s. BOYLE CROWNED GALWAY INTERNATIONAL RALLY CHAMP AS DONEGAL SWEEP THE BOARDS! was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Declan BoyleGalway Rallylast_img read more


LADIES FOOTBALL: MOVILLE MINORS BLAST THEIR WAY INTO ULSTER FINAL

first_imgMOVILLE’S impressive Minors are through to the Ulster A Championship final after another incredible win on the road on Sunday.The Foylesiders travelled to Belfast to take on Antrim champions St Paul’s – and cruised into an historic Ulster final.They won the Ulster Semi Final by a score of 5-19 to 0-10, an astonishing 24-point winning margin. Moville had led at half-time by 2-09 to 0-07, but really stepped up their attack after the break with Nicole McLaughlin in goal-scoring form. LADIES FOOTBALL: MOVILLE MINORS BLAST THEIR WAY INTO ULSTER FINAL was last modified: November 24th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LADIES FOOTBALL: MOVILLE MINORS BLAST THEIR WAY INTO ULSTER FINALlast_img read more


MAJELLA O’DONNELL PLEADS WITH PEOPLE TO ASK FOR HELP IN WAKE OF ROBIN WILLIAMS DEATH

first_imgMajella O’Donnell has urged people suffering from depression to ask for help in the wake of Robin Williams’ death.Majella – has asked people battling depression to seek help.The wife of singer Daniel O’Donnell has bravely spoken about her own battle with the condition and how she too wanted to take her own life.Majella tweeted “Some of the most talented and successful people suffer from depression. Never be afraid to ask for help. You are not alone.” The mum-of-two revealed how she ended up on a toilet seat in a hotel clutching rosary beeds trying not to think about killing herself.It was only an appeal from husband Daniel to go back on her medication that helped Majealla to recover.She recalled “I found myself with a pair of rosary beads sitting on a toilet at half past four in the morning in a hotel in London rocking back and forth and crying and praying.“I said ‘Please God don’t let me go down there again.’ She revealed it was Daniel who came to her rescue leading with her to go back on her medications.“‘He said “Please go back on them and don’t ever come off them again’.“I don’t think I will. I think that’s it for life.” MAJELLA O’DONNELL PLEADS WITH PEOPLE TO ASK FOR HELP IN WAKE OF ROBIN WILLIAMS DEATH was last modified: August 12th, 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:donegalMajella O’DonnellRobin WilliamsSUICIDElast_img read more


KILLYBEGS SNATCH DRAMATIC LATE DRAW WITH GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgKillybegs earned a draw against Gaoth Dobhair thanks to a late score from Brendan McGuire.Killybegs just love championship football, they’ve struggled all year in the league, but tonight they delivered an excellent performance to earn a well-deserved draw against Gaoth Dobhair.A late point from the lively Brendan McGuire ensured Killybegs earned a share of the spoils.Gaoth Dobhair were hot favourites coming into this fixture, in contrast Killybegs have been decimated by emigration and have really struggled in Division Two this season. However, as the old saying goes, form counts for nothing when championship comes round, and so it proved to be.Killybegs took the game to Gaoth Dobhair early on and Hugh McFadden and Brendan McGuire excelled for the hosts.Points from Hugh McFadden, Brendan Boyle and McGuire gave them a good early platform to build on and when the fisherman netted midway through the first-half, they were in the driving seat.Gaoth Dobhair rallied and reeled off three points, and went in at the break trailing by three points. Half-time score Killybegs 1-03 Gaoth Dobhair 0-03.Scores were hard to come by, Gaoth Dobhair registered two points in the second half to get within a point, but a Hugh McFadden free stretched it back out to two.However, there was late drama, Gaoth Dobhair netted with a few minutes to go to lead by a point and it looked like they’d snatched an unlikely victory.But up stepped McGuire, who was a thorn in the Gaoth Dobhair defence all day to level the game.Final score Killybegs 1-05 Gaoth Dobhair 1-05  KILLYBEGS SNATCH DRAMATIC LATE DRAW WITH GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: September 27th, 2014 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:Donegal SFCGaoth DobhairKillybegsnewsSportlast_img read more


‘ARMY-GEDDON’ – VOODOO VENUE HELP ‘FINNER FIGHTERS’ AS PART OF CHARITY FUNDRAISER

first_imgTaking on Mark O Donnell will be opponent Marc Mc Hugh also a Donegal man, pictured above with Voodoo Venue General Manager Philip Ward, Voodoo Lounge Manager Sinead Devine, Bar Attentent Craig Lynch ARMY-GEDDON: Voodoo Venue are helping the ‘Finner Fighters’ fight night which has been organised to raise funds in aid of Baby Caolan Melaugh.Little Caolan Melaugh was just TEN weeks old when his parents were Gerard and Stacey were given the devastating prognosis that their son had an extremely rare form of cancer.Voodoo Venue is helping the ‘Finner Fighters’ by sponsoring Army soldier and popular Termon native Mark O’Donnell.The big fight night between the Finner men will take place this Friday at the Clanree Hotel. Gerard’s Army colleagues based in Finner Camp Donegal united together and organised this massive event ARMY-GEDDON, which promises to be a total knock-out.HOUSE Wine Bar & Tap Room Letterkenny also donated one of their luxurious Craft Beer and Wine Hampers which will be raffled off on the night..Celebrate in style at the after-party in Voodoo where all guests attending the big event will receive free entry into Voodoo Night Club..Every Friday Voodoo Club serves a range of drink promos and and offers which includes 3 shots of Micky Finns for €10 and 3 bottles of Desparado’s for €10Entertainment line-upVoodoo Lounge Friday 17th – whitewaterSaturday 18th – RoyalflushSunday 19th – Rackhouse PilferDonegals only dedicated Cocktail BarVoodoo club Friday 17th – DJ Paddy FrielSaturday 18th – DJ Kevin Lennon Vintage Saturday 18th – DJ Daithi Ramsey opened from 9pmDrink Promos all weekend Micky Finns Shots 3 for €10Desperado’s 3 for €10The Liquor Rooms LetterkennySunday 19th 12midnight DJ Paddy Kelly Best of luck Mark from all the team at Voodoo Venue..Voodoo Venue Letterkenny – Caring for our Community!!‘ARMY-GEDDON’ – VOODOO VENUE HELP ‘FINNER FIGHTERS’ AS PART OF CHARITY FUNDRAISER was last modified: July 17th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more


Five things to know about new Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.PHOENIX — The 2019 season has already been one of the most difficult in Bruce Bochy’s tenure with the Giants, so the manager never takes a positive development for granted.He’s getting a kick out of new outfielder Alex Dickerson.Dickerson arrived in the clubhouse on Friday afternoon after receiving a promotion from Triple-A Sacramento and has already rewritten several lines in the San Francisco Giants’ franchise …last_img read more