Spartans and Giants volleyball teams are set for the finals to conclude the regular volleyball tournament organized by the Liberia Volleyball Association.The final game is on Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex at 3p.m. Entrance is free.The President of the Liberia Volleyball Association, Cllr. Moifee Kanneh said while the tournament has brought the best in the game, it is important for the Government of Liberia to increase its yearly allotment.“U$3,000.00 is not enough to develop a national volleyball program,” Cllr. Kanneh told sports journalists at a press conference in Monrovia.He said while his administration appreciates the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ role in gaining international recognition, it must help the association by increasing the annual financial allocation.“This will help the association to reach out to its development goals,” he said. He refuted a suggestion that volleyball is dead, and noted that Liberia is 16th among 54 volleyball countries in Africa.He added that his administration has introduced volleyball in several counties, including Grand Bassa, Bomi and Nimba.“We want to take volleyball to another level,” Cllr. Kanneh said, “and to do that we need additional funds from the government.”Contributing, the association’s vice president Derrick Dunbar said the U$3,000 provided to the association yearly is humiliating and therefore the government should consider increasing the allotment.“Volleyball as a sport helps to develop the minds and physically develop the youths. Therefore the government must help,” Dunbar, a former deputy minister of youth and sports, said.The two officials called on volleyball fans to come to the SKD Complex to enjoy the game.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberian Senate has unequivocally rejected the holding of the Special Senatorial Election across the country in December.Senators believe that holding the election at that time while Ebola continues to ravage the country shows “insensitivity to the plight of the Liberian people.”Addressing journalists after the Senate’s executive session yesterday, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Dan H. Morias, who served as the presiding officer during session, said senators rejected the proposed legislation from the House of Representatives on the National Elections Commission’s (NEC) proposed date which is Tuesday, December 16, 2014.The Maryland County lawmaker said the Senate had unanimously decided against honoring any date for the Special Senatorial Election primarily because of the pandemic which has claimed the lives of over 2,000 Liberians and foreign nationals and is still spreading in other counties including Grand Cape Mount, Rivercess, Sinoe and Grand Kru.“The Liberian Senate just concluded its deliberations as it relates to the holding of election as proposed by the National Elections Committee on the 16th of December and also upon receipt of communication from the House of Representatives requesting a concurrence from the Liberian Senate. After these deliberations the Liberian Senate voted against the holding of elections at this period,” Senator Morias said.“Our people are suffering…, our people are still under the yoke of the epidemic. The Liberian Senate feels that by [conducting elections] will show insensitivity to the plight of the Liberian people who have elected us.”He added, “The Liberian Senate also recognized in their request an ambiguity to determine as to whether which area or county will be safe or not for the conduct of the election. We feel the election should be held comprehensively in the Republic of Liberia.”On Tuesday, the House of Representatives endorsed the December 16, 2014 date as requested by NEC while the Liberian Senate resolved to Executive Session upon the receipt of a Joint Resolution on the 30th of December as the official date for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election throughout the country.The Senate proposed that NEC, the Agency of government authorized to hold public elections, is directed to schedule the commencement of the Campaign process for the 2014 senatorial elections the first week of December 2014; and that the conduct of election shall be held throughout the Republic on December 30, 2014. The House of Representatives’ version of the resolution called for the holding of election on 16th of December 2014 as requested by the NEC.Meanwhile, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya wrote the leadership of both houses that the new date was overwhelmingly accepted during consultations organized by NEC in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations (UNEAD). “I am further pleased to inform you that an overwhelming majority of those consulted proposed, and the Commission has concurred, that the Special Senatorial Election be conducted on December 16,” the NEC boss wrote.However, he stressed that in the case of an upsurge of the Ebola virus in a particular county at the time of the election, the election in such affected county should be deferred and treated as by-election under Article 37 of the Constitution of Liberia.The conduct of elections before 2015 has been met with mixed public reactions given the country’s prevailing medical emergency. Some say holding elections during the Ebola crisis is unhealthy and have stressed the need to postpone the exercise until next year since in fact election is about campaigning, which involves large gatherings of people which increase the risks of reversing the gains made against Ebola in Liberia thus far. Others say that if the election is not held before January 2015, there could be 15 vacancies in the Senate.Article 46 of the Liberian constitution says that for the seat of a senator to be vacated at the end of his 9-year tenure: “The senator with the higher votes cast shall be the senator of the first category and the senator with least votes cast shall be the second category; provided that no two senators from a county shall be placed in the same category. The seat of the Senators of the first category shall be vacated at the expiration of the ninth year,” the Constitutions states.Judging from the constitutional provision, the issue of vacancy in the Senate could be treated in keeping with Article 37 in an effort to obtain a simple majority of 16 senators needed to conduct legislative business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Epcor Utilities Incorporated has announced today that its application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Quality Wind Project in the South Peace has been accepted for review by the BC Environmental Assessment Office.The 142 point two megawatt project is proposed for an area about 10 kilometers northeast of Tumbler Ridge.A 180 day review process is underway to examine the project’s potential impacts and public input open house sessions are scheduled for June 24th and 25th in Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek.- Advertisement –
Picture: Amber DavyCongratulations to Britta Goeson, who was the lucky winner for July 23rd’s, “Hey Man, What’s Under Your Hat?” contest. She won a furniture set, courtesy of City Furniture. This prize package is worth $2,500. Their are only five more “Hey Man, What’s Under Your Hat?” contests left this summer, so if you haven’t had your chance to play yet, you have five more chances to win big! Your next chance to play is on August 1st, at Centennial Park between 3pm and 4pm.- Advertisement –
Scott Selin is the Branch Manager for the Royal Bank of Canada in FortSt. John. He says the donation is part of a program by RBC aimed at helping young people across the country.“Our After School Program is a multi-year commitment to support community-based organizations to provide children and youth with structured, supervised activities that enhance safety, social skills and self esteem,” he explains. “On October 3rd, RBC announced a five-year, $100 million commitment to improve the well-being of over one million children and youth.”Anita Lee is the Executive Director at the Fort St. John Friendship Centre. She says the extra cash will be a great help to the youth, making it easier to cover the costs associated with the program.- Advertisement -“The wonderful donation that we received from RBC goes to assist with the costs associated with our Keeginaw Kids After School Program. This particular program is for kids 6-12 years of age,” she says. “Transportation is a huge issue in our communit,y as well as affordable daycare spaces. Our program, because of the support of RBC and the way we’ve worked our programs and services and other contracts, is an amazing program in the community and it helps a lot of families.”The donation will help cover a number of costs including food, fuel, costs of activities and helping to ensure the safety of the children involved with the program.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A court hearing is scheduled today on whether Los Angeles Unified can continue considering race when deciding which students to admit to magnet schools. A lawsuit filed in October 2005 by the American Civil Rights Foundation claims the district policy is unconstitutional and violates Proposition 209, which forbids the use of racial preferences in state government. The school district is under a 1981 court order to operate the magnet school and transportation programs as it currently does, according to the district’s court papers. District officials maintain that magnet schools, and the transportation program that provides free trips between selected schools, both fall within an exemption of Proposition 209. That provision takes into consideration court-ordered desegregation programs already in effect when the initiative became law in 1996. But the Pacific Legal Foundation, which represents the American Civil Rights Foundation, maintains the 1981 decision is no longer in effect. It also says the state Constitution does not require voluntary integration as a goal or race-balancing policies as a way to achieve that end. About 53,000 of the district’s 708,000 students are enrolled in 162 magnet programs, and about 30,000 students are on a waiting list. The integration program also includes “permits with transportation,” which bus volunteer minority students to San Fernando Valley or Westside schools. About 3,000 students participate in the program. Today’s hearing, in which the LAUSD will seek dismissal of the lawsuit, comes nearly three months after the U.S. Supreme Court restricted the use of racial considerations to integrate public schools. However, the district’s attorney has said he does not believe the Supreme Court decision will have any impact on the district.
The Schools’ Business Partnership is delighted to announce that Donegal Creameries recently concluded their sixth successful year of the Skills @ Work programme for students of Deele College.This initiative provides firsthand insight into the business world to senior cycle students from Deele College and is part of the Schools’ Business Partnership programme run by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI). During the year long programme, employees of Donegal Creameries provided a number of talks on, ‘A Day in the Life of …’ ; a Company Overview session for students; they ran workshops on how to build a comprehensive CV and develop good interview skills.The students were also brought on a site visit to Waterwheel Farm and saw the various career opportunities that exist within the agricultural, business and dairy sectors.“The impact that this initiative has on the students is visible right from day one, it generates an interest and motivation for the students to succeed and to continue to work hard on their studies. The partnership has been invaluable to the school over the past six years.” said Michael Gallagher, Business Teacher, Deele College.“Donegal Creameries is delighted to be continuing our partnership with Deele College. The commitment from our employees to the programme over this year has been outstanding. It is an invaluable experience for them, from developing team-building, interpersonal and communication skills to feeling a sense of pride, value and satisfaction in their work,” said Edith Marley, HR Manager, Donegal Creameries. Funded under the National Development Plan, The Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) aims to match 200 post primary schools in Ireland with a local business by the end of 2013. DONEGAL CREAMERIES PROVIDES STEPPING STONES FOR DEELE COLLEGE STUDENTS was last modified: August 21st, 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) Tags:Delle CollegeDonegal Creameries
A basking shark off InishowenFANCY a week working with sharks?The Irish Basking Shark Study Group are running in Malin Head community centre on the 29th of July-9th of August (weekdays only, Mon to Friday, Tuesday to Friday).It is an internship which the group is calling ‘Shark Camp 2013’ for those young people in secondary school who have an interest in marine biology/science/conservation and are keen to gain experience for their c.v and have fun while learning some great skills. “Each shark camp intern will learn marine biology skills, carry out hands-on fieldwork on the shore and on boats, learn skills in multimedia and video editing and will learn about their marine heritage and potential careers in the marine field,” said Rosemary McCloskey from the group.The camp is free for successful applicants and is funded by the Inishowen Development Partnership and the Irish Basking Shark StudyApplicants can download an application from the website and should email it to me at email@example.com://www.baskingshark.ie/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=127&Itemid=105 It is a fantastic training opportunity for budding marine scientists and those with related interests. The information about the extension to the deadline is also at this link http://www.baskingshark.ie/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=131%3Ashark-camp-extended&Itemid=93 ATTENTION ALL SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN! FANCY A WEEK AT SHARK CAMP? was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
A WOMAN who got drunk at a well-known local pub after threatening staff told a Garda: “Come on to f*** you pr*** and arrest me.”Staff at the Cavern Bar in Letterkenny had to call officers after refusing to serve more drink to Charlene Montgomery.The 23-year-old from Ballinascadden, Coolboy, had become “an extreme danger to herself and others” said Inspector Goretti Sheridan at Letterkenny District Court. Montgomery admitted using threatening and abusive behaviour and being drunk in a public place.When Gardai arrived she had made the comments about being arrested, said the inspector.Her solicitor Donagh Cleary said her behaviour on the night was “somewhat bizarre.”He said his client had reacted to being spoken to in a derogatory manner by bar staff.“She was mixing medication with alcohol and it had an unfortunate outcome for everyone,” said Mr Cleary.“She has no previous convictions and is unlikely to be here again.”Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report and payment of compensation for €200 worth of damage caused in the bar.DRUNK WOMAN TOLD GARDAÍ AT PUB: ‘COME ON *****, ARREST ME’ was last modified: May 21st, 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:arrestCavern BarGardailetterkennyrow
The Donegal Michaela Foundation Summer Camp takes place in the Loreto Convent in Letterkenny next week from Monday the 14th until Friday the 18th of July.And there are just a few places left.Anyone wishing to take one of those places is being offered a special 20% off. It is tailor designed for girls aged 11-13 with fun activities based on 5 core elements: Fun, Fashion, Faith, Irish and Wellbeing. In addition to all of the treats the Campettes will make and bring home, they will also each receive an exclusive 2014 O’Neill’s Camp Jersey and a Camp Journal. LAST FEW PLACES LEFT ON MICHAELA CAMP IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 10th, 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:letterkennyMichaela foundationsummer camp