Two of the group of prominent Liberians who filed a writ of prohibition to the Supreme Court to halt the special senatorial elections, have now endorsed the High Court’s ruling for the elections to go ahead.The Supreme Court in its ruling last Saturday, lifted the stay order on the special election stating that it is not the High Court’s responsibility to make political decisions but to protect the Constitution of Liberia and the rights of the people.The two “eminent citizens”, former Information Minister Emmanuel Bowier and former Grand Kru Senator Blamo Nelson, sharing their impressions about the ruling yesterday, said their objective was to allow the rule of law to prevail instead of violence.Mr. Nelson told this newspaper, “We had an issue and took it to the court, but we are obliged to abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court, being the highest and final arbiter in a case.”He added that the Supreme Court’s ruling is important in enhancing democracy instead of allowing violence to occur.Their advocacy to suspend the election because of Ebola was not meant for their personal interest, said Mr. Nelson, but the interest of the Liberian people.One of the reasons put forward to suspend the election was the lack of a final list of voters which has not been provided by the National Elections Commission (NEC).Commenting on this matter following the ruling, Mr. Nelson said the people for whom he advocated are not concerned to ask what becomes of this cardinal electoral issue, leaving him short of words.He indicated that the pending election is not practical and holding it is not right, but he could not go against the court ruling as far as the rule of law is concerned.Former Information Minister Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, described the Supreme Court’s ruling as “reasonable.”Though their case was thrown out, what they stood for was addressed by the court and therefore they have no dissatisfaction to express against the ruling, said Rev. Bowier.He emphasized that they were concerned about the spread of Ebola, and the court in consonance with their plea cautioned NEC to put the necessary health regulations in place to avoid the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.He said they did not oppose the holding of election, but were advocating for the right thing to be done, adding, “We wanted to teach the young people a lesson so they can know how to seek redress through the court instead of using violence.”Mr. Nathaniel Barnes, one of the petitioners, also told the Daily Observer that he abides by the decision of the Supreme Court because they are the highest arbiter of the law of the land.“However, I still feel very strongly about my motivation, which is the safety and wellbeing of the Liberian people.“While there are many constitutional and legal issues that were debated,” Mr. Barnes continued, “I chose a social road because it doesn’t make any sense to me to see our foreign partners expending hundreds of millions of their taxpayers’ hard earned money and putting their nationals on the frontline of the war against Ebola in Liberia, while we spend US$16 million on elections and violate the cardinal rule in the fight against Ebola, which is avoidance of public gatherings. “Be that as it may, God bless Liberia,” Mr. Barnes concluded. Meanwhile, Liberian economist and politician, Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh, has differed with the ruling and said the verdict rendered by the Supreme Court violates the people’s right to life.Although the court has ruled and he can do nothing about it, Dr. Tipoteh indicated that the right to life is a highest constitutional requirement because the people have the right to live.He argued that in all situations the voice of the people must prevail. According to him, no one, the Supreme Court included, can say that this is not a judicial function.“In my opinion, it is unambiguously (unmistakably, definitely) judicial,” Dr. Tipoteh said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Central Bank Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones has donated US$1,500 along with buckets, Clorox and disinfectants to Ebola survivors in Small Ganta and Busie Town, Nimba County as a means of identifying with Ebola survivors.Dr. Jones’ donation to Ebola survivors in Small Ganta, Nimba County, was presented to the townsfolk last Friday by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), headed by Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee.Small Ganta is one of the badly hit areas in Nimba County, where over 50 persons died of the killer Ebola virus.Liberia’s Cultural Ambassador, Juli Endee, said Dr. Jones’ donation to Ebola survivors was due to his love for humanity and his determination to see the virus eradicated from Liberia.“When I visited my people in Small Ganta Town, I noticed the pains my people were going through, especially since the community being the worst hit by Ebola, leaving several survivors,” she said. I decided to look around for support and finally I got Dr. Mills Jones, who provided the money and other materials. That is why we came with our partner to tell you that we are with you.”Amb. Endee explained that the US$1000 was for Ebola survivors. In addition, Dr. Jones also sent buckets, Clorox and other materials to empower them to continue the fight against the virus. Upon receiving the cash and anti-Ebola materials on behalf of the survivors and people of Small Ganta, District #2, Representative Larry Youngquoi thanked the Central Bank Governor and Amb. Endee for the kind gesture toward the people of Small Ganta.Rep. Youngquoi urged the City Mayor and town chief to use the funds for a project that will benefit the survivors and people of that community. At the same time, Nimba County Health Officer, Dr. Collins S. Bowah, described the donation as timely.He promised to join Governor Jones by providing more support to Ebola survivors, through his partners, as efforts to give hope to Ebola survivors in the county.He also stated that as per his discussion with partners, there are also plans to help these survivors with vocational training which will empower them in various fields now that they have been free of the virus.As for Busie Town, which is very near the Guinea border, the Central Bank Governor gave US$500 for the renovation of the town’s hand pumps, which had been in disrepair for the past year. In addition, he also sent them materials for the anti-Ebola fight. Busie town, inhabited by roughly 1,300 people, is one of the towns in Nimba that most fortunately had not experienced an Ebola outbreak. Its people plant sugar cane and manufacture ‘cane juice,’ a popular Liberian alcoholic beverage, as a means of survival. The town is very near the Guinea Border.Busie Town Chief Philbert Nyebe and members of the community thanked Dr. Mills Jones for the support and promised to use what was given them for the purposes intended.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Fort St. John gas prices are at interesting places around the city. While most stations are sitting at $1.36.9 cents in preparation for the long weekend, some are as low as $1.26.9 by press time.The jump to $1.36.9 is not unexpected this close to a 3 day weekend, but the 7 a cent liter puts Fort St. John gas prices 6 cents higher than prices in Vancouver, and roughly 30 cents higher than the average in Grande Prairie.- Advertisement –
His latest accomplishment points to the future – a letter of intent he recently signed to play next year at UCLA. Hays, 17, has been the target of criticism his entire career for being too physical or too brash, but no one can question his work ethic, talent and dedication to a sport he loves. “Brett has played a lot in Europe and plays an aggressive, physical type of game that people out here aren’t used to,” Bonita coach John Ashby said. “His desire is something I will be able to point back to when teaching my younger players.” Hays probably would be playing football if it wasn’t for a neck injury at age 11 that prohibited him from following in his father’s footsteps. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Hays would have been a huge asset for Bonita’s football team. Hays’ dad, Jack, 53, was a defensive end at Fresno State and is a retired Sheriff’s deputy. Brett Hays scored 370 goals over his four years with the Bearcats and was All-CIF three times and MVP of Division VI in 2005. Bonita moved up to Division III this past season and lost in the quarterfinals to Damien 6-4, but earned respect from many skeptics with its success in Division VI. LA VERNE – Like it or not, Brett Hays is a winner. The Bonita High School water polo standout finished his stellar career with three CIF-Southern Section Division VI championships and four Miramonte League titles. Hays has represented the United States youth national team and development team and has played in Canada, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, and Mexico City. The Bearcats senior likes his chances to make the U.S. Olympic team in 2012 and intends to play professionally in Europe. Hays believes his experience in international play has played the biggest role in his success. He acknowledges he has his share of detractors, but to his credit, he’s shrugged off the negative energy and turned in one of the most dominant careers in the San Gabriel Valley in recent memory. “I am always looking for perfection in the water, and sometimes when I get frustrated I do things when I’m not thinking,” Hays said. “Sometimes when you get too intense, you don’t react the way you’d like.” Hays has unanimous respect among his peers for his incredible talent and the work he’s put into his craft. “Brett is definitely the best player I’ve ever played against in this area,” Damien standout Troy Carter said. Carter, who will continue his rivalry against his close friend next season when he plays at USC, said Hays’ size and speed makes him a unique player. Charter Oak’s Brad Beintema was the Miramonte League MVP, but he credited Hays for his improved level of play this season. “Playing against Brett made me want to work hard to try and reach his level. He played at a level above everyone else and I wanted to play like him,” Beintema said. “He is the most dominant player in the area.” Hays’ love of water polo has made it easier for the senior to surrender much of his social life because of his travels across the country and the world in tournaments representing the U.S. “I’d like to hang out more with my friends and go out and have fun, but water polo is my life and I am going to put all my energy into my training and my school work,” he said. Hays almost entirely was the focus of all Bearcats opponents. “In planning a game strategy against Bonita, I always had to figure out how to contain Brett,” Damien coach Andrew Gates said. “He is going to get his goals and can dominate a game, so I needed to come up with a defensive game plan to limit his touches.” Hays’ contributions at Bonita weren’t limited to water polo. The senior has seven school records for the swim team. “When people look back at my career, I hope they remember how hard I worked and how much I loved the game of water polo,” Hays said. “I want my teammates at Bonita to know if you work hard enough, you can achieve your goals.” Gates remembers Hays as “by far the most difficult player to stop that we had to play in the last two years from our area.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BOYS BASKETBALL Quinton Watkins, Sr., Dominguez In two playoff games last week, nobody was better than the Illinois-bound guard. In a CIF Southern Section Division I-AA second-round game against Poly on Tuesday, Watkins scored 22 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to help the Dons win 62-56. Then in the quarterfinals on Friday against Thousand Oaks, he came back with a season-high 29 points in a 68-60 victory that sent Dominguez into the semifinals tonight against Artesia. GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasmine Dixon, Jr., Poly The adidas All-American hit three consecutive 3-pointers during a critical stretch of Poly’s Division I-AA quarterfinal game against Buena and finished with 19 points and 14 boards. GIRLS WATER POLO Kendall Wootten, Jr., Amanda Hardy, Jr., Wilson. Wootten scored four goals and Hardy registered 12 saves in the Bruins’ narrow overtime loss to Montebello in the quarterfinals of CIF Southern Section Divison I. BOYS SOCCER Rogelio Ruiz, Sr., Wilson The Bruins’ goalie made two incredible saves Friday to preserve a 2-1 victory in the Division I quarterfinals vs. Alta Loma. GIRLS SOCCER Monique Cisneros, Sr., Mayfair Cisneros, a Cal State Fullerton-bound forward, had a pair of goals for the second-seeded Monsoons in a 5-0 quarterfinal rout of Westridge in the Division III playoffs. WRESTLING Panos Papadopoulos, Sr., Los Alamitos The Griffins’ heavyweight was the highest-placing local at last weekend’s Masters Meet, where he finished third overall. He leads a contingent of eight area wrestlers at this weekend’s CIF State Championships in Bakersfield. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ray Wilkins is backing Jose Mourinho to be a huge success as Manchester United manager.Louis van Gaal is set to be sacked this week and Mourinho is understood to have already agreed a deal to succeed the Dutchman.Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal tells reporters after FA Cup victory: ‘It’s over’Mourinho has an outstanding record of success, with two Champions League successes to his name and titles won across Europe with Chelsea, Inter Milan, Porto and Real Madrid.His most recent spell at Chelsea ended under a cloud in December when he was sacked due to dressing room unrest.But Wilkins, a former United midfielder and Chelsea assistant boss, believes the 53-year-old will prove a perfect fit for United, telling talkSPORT: “I think it is the right move.“It is the only move for them. He will get them playing again and he will get them winning again.“He is a winner, there is no two ways about it. When he goes to a club, normally he wins a big trophy within the first couple of years.”Manchester United have disrespected Louis van Gaal and should have copied City’s lead, says Ray Wilkins
A special event to celebrate the diversity of food, culture, song and dance in the North West is being held at the Regional Cultural Centre this evening.People are invited to bring along some food from their culture and share it with everyone who attends this event, organised by Raphoe Justice & Peace Group.Bring along a dish and share it with others to mark World Food Day on Thursday October 16 from 6.30-8pm. Also at the Regional Cultural centre is a fantastic exhibition of artwork by talented teenagers in Donegal.This is the 18th annual Súil na nÓg 2014 exhibition of Junior Certificate Art from Donegal Secondary Schools and is presented in partnership with the Donegal Art Teachers Association.From collage, sculpture, portraits and fantastic designs, the exhibition room is brimming with creativity.A lot of hard work has gone into each piece and the exhibition is open to the public. For school or group viewings please book in advance at the Regional Cultural Centre on 0749129186.A FEAST OF FOOD AND TALENT AT THE REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE was last modified: October 16th, 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:donegalRCCworld food day
Four games were played in the Ulster Senior League on Wednesday night with Derry City Reserves,Letterkenny Rovers, Swilly Rovers and Kildrum Tigers all recording victories.Derry City drew level on points with Cockhill Celtic at the top of the table courtesy of their 2-1 away victory over Drumkeen United and Celtic’s 3-2 defeat at the hands of Letterkenny Rovers at Leckview Park.Kildrum Tigers have 6 points out of six after their 2-1 win over reigning Champions Fanad United in Tri-a-Lough and Swilly Rovers scored a late goal to defeat Buncranna Hearts 1-0 away from home. ResultsFanad United 1-2 Kildrum TigersLetterkenny Rovers 3-2 Cockhill Celtic Buncranna Hearts 0-1 Swilly RoversDrumkeen United 1-2 Derry City ResFixtures this weekend in the Ulster Senior League are,Saturday June 3rd Ko 7.30pmSwilly Rovers v Letterkenny RoversSunday June 4th Ko 2pm Drumkeen United v Bonagee UnitedCockhill Celtic v Fanad UnitedKildrum Tigers v Derry CitySOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE -MIDWEEK ROUND-UP was last modified: May 31st, 2012 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)
Photo-Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort – winners of theIGTOA 2013 Golf Resort of the Year.L-R: Minister for Tourism Michael Ring,John Casey, Andrew McLaughlin, ShaneO’Donoghue & Frank Casey Jnr.Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort has scooped the prestigious title of 2013 Golf Resort of the Year awarded by the Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association (IGTOA). The award ceremony took place last night at the Gala Irish Golf Awards in The Europe Hotel, Killarney where a panel of highly respected industry peers selected Rosapenna to receive the prestigious accolade for the unrivalled golfing amenities available at the Co. Donegal luxury resort.John Casey, Director at Rosapenna “ The Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association is the most prestigious organization for the recognition of Irish golf at home and internationally. “Receiving the accolade of Irish Golf Resort of the Year 2013 is a tremendous honour for all at Rosapenna as we pride ourselves on providing the highest standard in championship links golf & accommodation to rival anywhere in the world for everyone that visits our resort.”Rosapenna – which features the Old Tom Morris Links, the Sandy Hills Links, the No. 3 Links, No. 4 Links and the Coastguard Nine – has a long illustrious golfing history dating to 1891 when Lord Leitrim brought Old Tom Morris of St Andrews to design the first links.The Old Links opened for play in 1893 and a timber structured hotel was also built soon afterwards, accommodating golfers from all over Europe and making Rosapenna the oldest golf resort in the country.In 1906 professional golfers Harry Vardon and James Braid both travelled to play at Rosapenna and they made some alterations to the course, adding length and more detailed bunkering. The three golfers have 16 Major Championship titles between them with Old Tom winning four Open Championships), Braid five Opens and Vardon six Opens and one US Open.The back nine of the original layout crossed the main road on a number of occasions and on September 1st 2009 the Strand Nine opened as the new front nine to link in with the original holes 2-10 (Valley Nine) which are now played as the back nine of the Old Tom Morris Links finishing at the new Golf Pavilion (clubhouse) which opened on May 1st 2005. This pure links layout is now ranked No. 34 in Golf Digest Ireland’s Top 100 Course List.Rosapenna’s newer championship course, the Sandy Hills Links was designed by Pat Ruddy and opened for play on the 25th of June 2003.It has steadily risen up the many ranking polls since and was ranked No. 42 in Great Britain & Ireland’s Top 100 List by Golf Monthly Magazine 2012, with only nine Irish courses above Rosapenna’s Sandy Hills Links in Golf Monthly’s Top 100 in GB&I it is effectively ranked 10th in Ireland.Rosapenna has been owned and operated by the Casey family since 1981 and has seen the resort grow from one 18 hole golf course with a 40-bedroom hotel to the resort as it is today, boasting a four-star, 66-bedroom hotel, a leisure centre, Golf Pavilion and now 81 links holes with the successful acquisition of the neighboring St Patrick’s Golf Links (No.3 Links & No.4 Links) in November 2012 as well as the practice facility with its own 12-hole, Par-3 course. “We are very excited that we can now extend golf at Rosapenna beyond what we know as ‘the top of the Valley’ along the shores of Tramore Beach,” said Frank Casey Snr on the St Patrick’s purchase, resort owner and operator for the last 31 years.“The dunescape is some of the finest in the world and very similar to what we already have. It is essentially one piece of dune land that is ideally suited to championship links golf and the views of Sheephaven Bay are spectacular.”Rosapenna’s continued investment in links golf in Ireland is welcomed at a difficult time for the golf industry and represents a continued commitment to the local area by the Casey Family.DONEGAL GOLF CLUB WINS GOLF RESORT OF THE YEAR was last modified: October 24th, 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:FRANK CASEYGOLF RESORT OF THE YEARROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB RESORT
The HSE has confirmed that the discovery of medical files in a park and on the streets of Letterkenny happened after a break-in to a medical recordscentre.The private file of an elderly woman was found in a Letterkenny park by a family out walking on June 9th last.A number of other letters and files were also found in separate incidents over a number of weeks. The letters also included two lists of 33 patients which had been found by litter wardens in Letterkenny in both March and May of this year.Now the HSE has admitted that storage containers at St Conal’s medical facility close to Letterkenny University Hospital was broken into.A lock on the container was smashed open and an undisclosed number of files taken.The files at this particular centre relate to the records of deceased patients as well as secondary notes on patients. A spokesperson confirmed that steel cages have now been fitted to locks around the cages on the medical records storage containers.“A thorough investigation was carried out following the most recent incident and as a result steel door cages have been ordered for all doors for the ground floor of St Conal’s.Bernard McGlinchey Town park in Letterkenny where medical files were discovered. (North West Newspix)“All containers have been fitted with lock boxes to prevent a reoccurrence of the recent breach where the lock had been broken to gain access to one of the containers.“The loss of patient files were not as a result of negligence but as a result of theft so there will be no sanctions on staff,” said a statement.Among the other information found on the street in Letterkenny were letters relating to a woman from Inishowen who was having tests for cancer. On another occasion, a member of staff left a medical file belonging to a patient in a “public premises”, according to the HSE.The HSE admitted the lapse in security when questioned by County Councillor Gerry McMonagle at the Regional Health Forum West.He asked how many locations were used to store sensitive patients files and what security measures were in place to safeguard the files.He was told that medical files are currently held in up to seven different facilities including the St Conal’s Building, a store in Glencar, Letterkenny University Hospital, Scally’s Outpatient Facility in Letterkenny, Harley’s Stores as well as five containers at St Conal’s. A response from the HSE said, “All locations where charts are stored are locked when unoccupied.”Councillor McMonagle said he was satisfied that the centres being used to store the medical files had had their security upgraded since the security breach.“However, I would question the cost of having a number of storage facilities around Letterkenny as well as staff time being used to travel to them and access them,” he said.Exclusive: HSE admits dumped medical files were stolen during break-in was last modified: July 11th, 2019 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:break-inHSEletterkenny hospitalmedical filesS Conals