“Independent Power Producers, An Opportunity to Address Demand Gap”

first_imgMonie Captan, LEC Board member and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-Liberia)LEC board member Captan suggests, links power theft problems to shortage of materials need to expand gridAuthorities of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) said it is losing 62 percent of its revenue to power theft, amounting to US$4.26 million monthly, Monie Captan, LEC Board member and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-Liberia) has told a local development conference in Monrovia. The conference, according a release, was organized by the United states Agency for International Development (USAID).Captan said the theft problem is compounded by a lack of connection materials that limits the corporation’s capacity to expand connections and generate the needed revenue, to sustain itself as a viable public utility.According to the release, in spite of the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power plant and the generation of 88 Megawatts, transmission and distribution is still limited.Mr. Captan said independent power producers that will be registered and licensed by the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC) will present an opportunity to address the demand gap.The Electricity Law of 2015 created the LERC as the regulator of the electricity sector that will receive applications, screen, register and license private companies that apply to provide power.LERC executive director, Augustus Goanu, said the private sector had historically provided more access to electricity than the LEC.Goanu said the electricity sector needs to be privatized so that Liberia generates more revenue, to ensure effective service delivery.He said an independent resource plan is needed aside the donor support as a basis for sustainability.“Additional connections are expected to be done under the Regional power pool, renewable energy, mini-grid and cross border power supply as additional opportunities for increasing access to electricity in both rural and urban regions,” the release said.To ensure growth and sustain the expansion, Mr. Captan said donor partnership will be needed to expand the national access and shifting generation source to more renewable  energy.According to Captan, the lack of access to more reliable and affordable electricity is one key constraint to improving the economy of Liberia and reducing poverty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTU accuses Labour Department of bullish behaviour

first_imgWages/benefits saga…UG Professor proposed as arbitratorAnother meeting between the Education Ministry and the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) was on Tuesday held at the Social Protection Ministry’s Brickdam Office but the stalemate continued as the Union accused the Labour Department of bullying its members into accept University Professor, Leyland Lucas as the Chairman of the arbitration panel. After the meeting, it was disclosed that the LabourMinister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott, with proposed arbitrator, Professor Leyland Lucas (Dexter Ceres photo)Department proposed Professor Lucas as Chairman of the body which will be tasked with settling the impasse over teachers’ salary increases. The Teachers’ Union and its executives were however not in agreement with the selection as they opted to carry out background checks, having requested Lucas’s Curriculum Vitae (CV).“What we recognised is that the Minister with responsibility for Labour is trying to bully this process into saying to the GTU: ‘this is our prerogative to appoint and this is your chairperson and we have done so’ and we are saying to them, we have to do our groundwork. According to documents we have, it says ‘nominate’ so if we are going to nominate, we have to check the meaning of the word,” GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald told reporters.The GTU executive added that the Union has to see what Professor Lucas is bringing to the table. Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott meanwhile said that the proposed arbitrator – Professor Lucas – is highly qualified. It was said that he served as Dean at the University of Guyana’s School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (SEBI). Following talks on Tuesday, Scott also denied the GTU’s position of being bullied by the Labour Department into accepting the professor. He added that persons would often use words with which they are comfortable when engaged in a heated discussion.GTU President Mark Lyte and General Secretary Coretta McDonald accuse the Labour Minister of bullying the process“If they feel and interpret our obeying the law as bullying, how can I tell them how they must react? It is not for me to comment on the reaction of the union; it is for to ensure that we can present something to the press and people of Guyana that we are doing the right thing,” Scott disclosed.After GTU’s executives departed, Minister Scott held a private meeting with the proposed arbitrator.Concerns over the appearance of an absence of neutrality were raised with Chief Labour Officer (CLO) Charles Ogle but he told members of the media that everything done was above board as he denied Lucas’s private engagement with Minister Scott was a ‘secret meeting’.“It was not secret; we introduced the Chairman to the parties. The agreement says if the two parties disagree, then the Ministry of Labour (Social Protection) will nominate the chairperson,” Ogle said.When asked about the process of selecting Professor Lucas, the CLO offered media operatives a response of “no further comments”.The teachers’ strike was first called on August 27 but was called off some two weeks later after both sides agreed on arbitration. Both Ogle and Minister Scott say the panel’s Chairman must come from the Social Protection Ministry. There is another meeting set to continue today at 13:00h where both parties are expected to finalise and sign the Terms of Reference for arbitration. Lucas’s CV will also be assessed during the engagement. Scott said the GTU has to come with their nominee while the Labour and Education Ministries said through a statement that the Education Ministry submitted its nominee but the Union was not willing to submit same.“Dr Leyland Lucas was introduced by the Ministry of Labour as the Chairman of the arbitration panel. However, the Union requested time to consider the nomination of the chairmanship,” the statement observed. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgMP Report by Jay Hill, M.P. “$7.43M Gas Tax Payment to Local Municipalities Arrives Early” After a tough winter our local roads can end up in pretty rough shape.  Thanks to swift action and investment by our Conservative Government, communities across Canada are getting significant help to meet these challenges, and they’re getting it sooner. As of April 1st, our government has doubled the amount of money Canadian municipalities receive from the Gas Tax Fund to $2-billion and we’ve accelerated the first installment of that payment, making funds available to municipalities almost three months early. Cities, towns, villages and districts in Prince George-Peace River will collectively receive $7.43-million in 2009.  At a time when our municipalities are feeling the effects of lower tax revenues due to the global economic downturn, this increased, accelerated and permanent funding will provide more opportunities to create local jobs, boost sales for local businesses and improve the quality of life for families in our region. Here in the North our focus has been, and will continue to be, to get shovels in the ground the minute the frost comes out of the ground.  So the sooner we can get Gas Tax payments into the hands of local governments, the sooner they can move forward on important local projects. Two years ago, our government announced the 7-year, $33 billion Building Canada Plan, which helps build and revitalize infrastructure across Canada. The Gas Tax Fund is the largest component of this plan and provides municipalities with funding for road building and maintenance, and other infrastructure projects. Last year, we made the Gas Tax Fund permanent. Now, municipalities have the stable, long-term funding they have asked for to be able to plan for future projects.  In January, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced Canada’s Economic Action Plan, which doubles these payments through 2014 and beyond. Overall, throughout the next two years, an additional $12 billion is being invested in roads, bridges, water systems, sewage treatment facilities and other infrastructure projects designed to help kick-start our economy. Gas Tax payments are delivered on behalf of the Government of Canada by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM).  It is through partnerships like the one we share with UBCM that we will help our local economies through these tough times and ensure our region is positioned to be among the first to take advantage of the economic opportunities that will come again. The key to success for our Conservative Government’s Economic Action Plan is the power of cooperation.  This not only requires cooperation with the federal opposition parties, but with the 13 provincial and territorial governments and with thousands more municipal governments and other partners like UBCM. I’ve always considered myself especially fortunate as a Member of Parliament to know that I can count upon the advise, counsel, collaboration and support of my provincial and municipal colleagues, the MLAs, mayors, councillors and regional directors that represent your interests. Together we will continue to strengthen B.C.’s economy, invest in our communities to meet this global economic challenge, protect the jobs of today as best we can, while ensuring we seize the opportunities to create the jobs of tomorrow. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Update – The Fort Hotel Continues to Burn

first_imgWe will have more on this fire as it becomes available.  Do you have a photo or video of the fire you’d like to share?  E-mail contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comIf it is a large file e-mail and we’ll provide you info on how you can upload that file to the site. For the latest on this story Click Here**UPDATED at 10:45pm- Advertisement -Fort St. John Fire Crews remain on scene as the Fort Hotel continues to burn.The fire started around 5pm and crews have been on scene all night.  Right now they have brought in an excavator to help knock down the building as fire crews will not go inside the Fort.  According to Fire Chief Fred Burrows knocking down the outside walls has allowed crews to get water into the building and that has helped with the fire.With the fire, power remains out to about 1400 customers in Fort St. John west of 100th street and from the Alaska Highway to 114ave.  The power will be out until the fire is under control.   As of 10:30pm, power may not be restored until noon on Sunday.Rumors are running rampant that a person was inside the building when it went up in flames.  Police are investigating that rumor, but so far that has not been confirmed.Advertisementlast_img read more

Local economy looks good, but clouds on horizon

first_imgParks said it was clear to her that Ventura County’s Save Open-space and Agricultural Resources initiatives approved by voters in the late 1990s to limit growth are responsible for the county’s population growth rate declines. “Without SOAR, we would have seen thousands of new homes in the open spaces around our cities,” she said. “SOAR is helping maintain our quality of life and a strong economy.” Watkins did not discuss what effect SOAR might be having on the population but did point to an aging population and an exodus of younger people seeking jobs and cheaper housing elsewhere. The high cost of local housing will continue to drive away high-paying jobs, he said. As an example, his report pointed to Technicolor’s recent announcement the company is moving hundreds of manufacturing jobs out of the county. The report also noted that Countrywide Financial’s growth over the past real estate boom has greatly contributed to economic growth, so any decision it might make to relocate jobs or merge with another company could have serious economic consequences locally. OXNARD – This year should be a good one for Ventura County’s economy, with rising employment and incomes, but there are several potential problem areas, according to economists who presented their economic forecast for the area last week. “We are seeing very low population growth and very strong economic growth in Ventura County,” said Bill Watkins, executive director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project and a former research economist at the Federal Reserve. Watkins presented the project’s report on the Ventura County Economic Outlook 2007 at a seminar in Oxnard attended by 400 business and government leaders. Linda Parks, chairwoman of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, attended and said she was glad to hear the county’s economy was prospering along with a low population growth rate – less than 1 percent in 2006 – that she advocates along with preserving open space. Amgen and other technology companies should help the county continue to prosper, the report said, and Watkins predicted the county’s economic growth rate would be 3.9 percent in 2007 and 4.1 percent in 2008. He predicted the county’s job growth rate would be 1.8 percent in 2007. And he noted there are large numbers of county residents who commute to jobs in Los Angeles and might be able to fill new jobs created locally. “So far at least, the county is pulling off the economic hat trick of strong economic growth in the presence of weak population growth,” he said. As for housing, “Realtors are having a terrible year,” he said. But he added the county is facing nothing like the drop of home values in the 1990s and predicted housing prices would rise in 2008. The median price for a Ventura County home was $565,000 last month. He said the county’s high cost of housing is a threat to the local work force, with growing numbers of residents priced out of home ownership. He showed a picture of a tin-roof shack and quipped that if it were in Montecito, in Santa Barbara County, it would sell for $2 million. The pressure on the rental market has pushed rents to record heights – up 6.1 percent in 2006 to a new peak of $1,523 in the county for a two-bedroom apartment. In the Thousand Oaks area, rents were up 8.5 percent last year to an average of $1,637 a month for a two-bedroom. As for housing construction, he predicted that after a low of 1,900 permits for 2007, new housing production would climb, exceeding 2,500 new housing units in 2009 and 2,800 in 2010. Preliminary figures indicate Ventura County’s population grew more slowly last year than even Santa Barbara County. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTS SUNDAYUlster Junior CupGweedore Celtic 1 Redcastle F.C. 0A strong crossfield wind made conditions difficult but credit to both teams for serving up a good game of football. The home team should have been ahead as early as the first minute but Brendan Mc Geady scooped over from a yard out. Mc Geady turned provider on twenty five minutes when his cross wasn’t cleared and Chris Porter hit a great shot into the roof of the net. The home team were well on top for the rest of the half but could not extend the lead.The second half was a more even affair. Michael McKelvey did well to block a good shot from a Redcastle forward and shortly after Cathal Campbell cleared off the line. As Redcastle pushed for an equaliser Gweedore were content to counter-attack with chances falling for Jamie Boyle, Declan Doherty and Tommy Diver. Diver must wonder how he failed to register on the score sheet with a number of great chances. Best for Gweedore Declan Doherty and Jamie Boyle.A team performance from Redcastle. Referee: Kevin LogueMilford United 2 Carndonagh F.C. 1Milford United progressed to the next round of the Ulster Junior Cup when they defeated the holders, Carndonagh F.C., at the Flagpole Field in Rathmullan. Milford have enjoyed recent success in this competition, winning the Cup in 2012, and on this display they could be a good bet for the 2014 laurels. A strong swirling breeze didn’t make for pretty football but Milford handled the conditions well once they settled down. Gary Merritt showed early on that he was up for this game as he caused trouble for the visiting defence on numerous occasions in the opening exchanges. It was no surprise that he was the scorer when Milford took the lead just before the interval. His well placed shot giving Seamus Houghton no chance in the Carndonagh net.The Inishowen side enjoyed their best spell at the start of the second half and in this period they found an equalising goal when Ronan Doherty fired home the rebound after Donacha Gallagher’s shot was parried out by Caolan Mc Gettigan in the home net. This was to be the visitor’s only goal as Milford controlled the match until the finish. They scored their winner from the penalty spot after Gary Merritt had been fouled by Cathal Doherty in the penalty area. Mark Flood making no mistake from twelve yards. Best for Milford: Gary Merritt, PJ Hagan and Mark Flood. Referee: Paddy DuffyDunree United 1 Lifford Celtic 2 Lifford Celtic made the trip to Dunree United on Sunday for an Ulster Junior Cup match against the local side. The game was scoreless at the interval but the Donegal Junior League side went on to claim a worthwhile victory. Goals from Stuart Carlin and Jonny Robb gave the Greenbrae men a comfortable second half lead. Dunree United did muster a late reply but their single goal wasn’t enough to prevent the Lifford outfit from progressing to the next round.Gweedore United 2 Rathmullan Celtic 2 (a.e.t.)(Gweedore United won 5-4 on penalties)Gweedore United took full advantage of their floodlighting system on Saturday night when they hosted fellow Donegal Junior League side, Rathmullan Celtic, in the Ulster Junior Cup. Played in front of a sizeable attendance this was a pulsating affair from start to finish. The visitors took the lead on forty minutes when Niall Doherty sprung the Gweedore United off-side trap and finished heatedly past the home custodian Liam Mc Fadden. Hit by that late opening half strike Gweedore United didn’t allow the scoreline to deflate their ambitions. They emerged for the second half with all guns blazing. On fifty minutes Shane O’ Donnell levelled the scores when he curled a twenty five yard free-kick around the Rathmullan Celtic defensive wall beyond the reach of Shay Coyle in the visitor’s net. On sixty three minutes the home team went in front. Lee Ferry sent his right wing free-kick towards Coyle’s near hand post but before the ball could get to the waiting arms of the Rathmullan keeper Michael Connolly dived at full length to steer the ball into the net with his head. This goal was met with much applause by the Gweedore followers in the crowd and set up an exciting finish. Rathmullan equalised on eighty one minutes when Kevin Mc Carry bursts through the United defence and fired home. With neither team able to add to the scoreline during extra-time it went to penalties. Gweedore United prevailed by five goals to four from the twelve yard line. Best for Gweedore United: Shane O’ Donnell and Frank Mc Gee. Best for Rathmullan Celtic: Patrick Patton and Eamonn Sheridan. Referee: Mick Lagan. Gweedore United Reserves 1 Aileach F.C. 2This match played in terrible weather conditions saw the visitors advance to the next round of the shield following a tight encounter. Both sides had chances in the first half however Aileach broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Dermot Mc Glynn scored a good free kick from 25 yards. United had plenty of chances to equalise through Eoin Doohan, John Mc Fadden and Brian Gallagher however the Aileach keeper did well on each occasion and the score remained 1-0 until half time. In the 65th minute United got back on level terms when Stephen O’ Donnell finished well from close range following a good pass from Martin Doohan. Aileach were only behind for five minutes when they scored the winner through Liam Burke, a good individual effort. Good efforts for both sides in extremely poor weather conditions. Referee: Martin QuinnWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic 1 Dunkineely Celtic 3In this game reversed to Darney Park Dunkineely Celtic gained three valuable points in their effort to gain promotion back to the Premier Division. Played in very stormy conditions both teams struggled to take advantage when playing with the wind. Dunkineely had the wind at their backs in the first half and had the first effort on goal after nine minutes, Adrian Ward’s effort from twenty yards skimming the bar. Castlefin came into the game more after this and were playing some good controlled football into the wind. They forced a number of corners and Dunkineely were forced to defend desperately clearing one effort off the line and lucky to see another hit the post and go wide. Dunkineely failed to make the Castlefin keeper work during the first half and were lucky to go in at the break on level terms.The second half followed the same pattern as the first. Dunkineely played much better football against the wind and Castlefin struggled to create clear cut chances with the advantage of the elements. On 55 minutes Andrew Mackey had a shot blocked when set up by Cian Kennedy. Dunkineely took the lead on 65 minutes when they broke quickly following a Castlefin corner. Andrew Mackey found Cian Kennedy with a great crossfield pass and he rounded the keeper before shooting home. They doubled their lead on 75 minutes when Andrew Mackey scored from close range after good work by Cian Kennedy. Castlefin got back into the game two minutes later when Emmet White scored from 12 yards. Dunkineely wrapped up the points on 85 minutes when Pauric Conaghan and Adrian Ward combined on the left wing to set up Adrian Nesbitt who scored from close range. Best for Castlefin: Emmet White and Mark Carlin while Adrian Ward and Andrew Mackey were best for Dunkineely. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 Lagan Harps 0Kerrykeel recorded a fine win over Lagan Harps on Sunday in windswept conditions. Both teams started well with Kevin Diver going close for Lagan and Fergal Friel for the ‘71. The deadlock was broken on twenty one minutes when Johnny Nanny scored from close range after a Seimie Coshia cross. On the stroke of half time Lagan thought they had drawn level when a long range free from the halfway line was headed towards goal by Brian Kelly only for Mark Mc Conigley to pull off an outstanding save. Marty Mc Ateer hit the post for the homeside on forty six minutes from a free kick on the edge of the box. Lagan kept pushing and again Kerrykeel had keeper Mark Mc Conigley to thank with another brilliant save. Kerrykeel hit Lagan on the counter attack and made it two on seventy three minutes when Marty Mc Ateer split the Lagan defence with a great ball and Johnny Nanny played in his brother Sparky to drill home. The points were made safe on eighty two minutes, this time Fergal Friel heading home a Kevin Loughrey cross. Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Mark Mc Conigley, Johnny Nanny and Paddy Mc Grenaghan. Team effort from Lagan Harps. Referee: Mickey MulhernIMPORTANT FIXTURE NOTICEThe Downtown Cup match between Curragh Athletic Reserves and Fintown Harps AFC which was fixed for next Saturday 1st February has been brought forward and will now take place on Wednesday night next, 29th January at the New Camp in Killygordan, kick-off 7.30p.m.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSATURDAYOn Saturday only three of the six scheduled games beat the weather as the county was hit on Friday by incessant overnight rain which, accompanied by strong winds, continued in many places throughout Saturday. The games that did go ahead however produced plenty of goals with four teams hitting three apiece and another recording two.Old Orchard Saturday Division OneGlenea United Reserves 3 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3In wintry conditions Glenea and Castlefin did their best to keep the onlookers entertained. In the 1st half it was the border men that settled quickest and with the wind at their backs took control of the game. They took the lead on 20 minutes when Michael Griffin headed home Marcus Curran’s in swinging free-kick. Castlefin pushed hard to increase their lead but failed to take the chances that came their way and as the half progressed the home side came more into the game. In the 2nd half it was the away side that increased their lead with Michael Griffin converting a penalty after 50 minutes. Glenea pulled a goal back on the hour when Dean Gallagher headed home a Darren Mc Geever corner. The home side equalised on 65 minutes when Conor McGee headed home a Padraig McGee free-kick. Both sides pushed hard for a winner and on 85 minutes, Castlefin took the lead when a good counter attack left Mark Lafferty to slot the ball home. The home side were not to be denied however and in the final minute a Padraig McGee free-kick landed in the box and from the resultant scramble Mark Harley forced the ball home.Best for Glenea were Shane Penrose and Dean Gallagher while Marcus Curran and Mark Lafferty were best for Castlefin. Referee: Michael McFadden.Erne Wanderers 3 Mulroy Celtic 0Erne Wanderers hosted Mulroy Celtic on Friday night at the lakeside under the lights. It was a game that the hosts totally dominated from start to finish and only for the heroics of the away keeper, Jerome Doherty, and some terrible finishing from Erne it really could have been in double figures. The first goal came on fifteen minutes when David Dolan got on the end of an Alan Russell through ball down the left channel and he made no mistake from eighteen yards shooting across the keeper into bottom corner. The remainder of the half saw the home team camped in Celtic’s half and saw chance after chance go abegging, much to the frustration of the home team. The second goal eventually arrived right on halftime when Michael McNulty blasted into the bottom corner from just inside the box. The second half started much the same with Erne on top and dominating possession and with the front three of Dolan, Spratt and McNeely all on deadly form they were always a huge threat. The third came through Michael McNeely on 70 minutes when he showed great feet to trick three Mulroy defender’s and leave them trailing and found the back of the net with a neat finish. Erne kept pushing for more but poor finishing and some great’ keeping kept the score at just three. Best for Erne was Dolan with Russell and Spratt not far behind him. Best for Mulroy was Jerome Doherty. Referee: Seamus Mc Groary.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDonegal Town Reserves 3 Milford United Reserves 2Donegal Town gave themselves plenty to do in the last twenty minutes but managed to hold on to secure a vital three points on return to league action on Saturday. Having led three nil, two late goals from Lee Burke and Conor Murchan left the game right in the balance up until the final whistle. Donegal took the lead early in the first half when David Bustard powered home a tremendous header from a free kick just inside the Milford half. Ciaran McGinley doubled the lead before half time with a superb solo effort beating several Milford players to finish well inside the area. The home side pressed after half time and a free kick from Ciarán O’Reilly looked to have made the points safe. Milford to their credit kept battling and Murchan’s penalty and a great team goal finished off by Burke meant the visitors almost secured an unlikely point. Best for Donegal were Ciaran McGinley, Joe Lafferty and Christian Mc Gettigan with Milford putting in a solid team display.Referee: Andrew MullinDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneGlenea United Reserves 3 v 3 Castlefin Celtic ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves P v P Fintown Harps AFCErne Wanderers 3 v 0 Mulroy CelticOrchard F.C. P v P Ramelton MarinersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United P v P Glenree United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves 3 v 2 Milford United ReservesSUNDAYUlster Junior CupGweedore Celtic 1 v 0 Redcastle F.C.Milford United 2 v 1 Carndonagh F.C.Dunree United 1 v 2 Lifford CelticClonmany Shamrocks 2 v 1 Cranford UnitedGweedore United 2 v 2 (a.e.t.) Rathmullan Celtic(Gweedore United won 5-4 on penalties)Moville Celtic 4 v 2 St. CatherinesGweedore United Reserves 1 v 2 Aileach F.C.Cockhill Celtic Youths 2 v 1 Whitestrand UnitedDrumbar Celtic 0 v 3 Moville CelticRaphoe Town P v P Cockhill Celtic YouthsWatson Hire Division OneCappry Rovers P v P Bonagee UnitedDrumoghill F.C. P v P Eany CelticCastlefin Celtic 1 v 3 Dunkineely CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 3 v 0 Lagan HarpsDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESWEDNESDAY 29-01-2014 K.O. 7.30 p.m.Downtown CupCurragh Athletic Reserves v Fintown Harps AFCSATURDAY 01-02-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers v Glenea United ReservesRamelton Mariners v Mulroy CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers v Strand RoversKeadue Rovers Reserve v Donegal Town ReservesGlenree United Reserves v Gweedore United ReservesSUNDAY 02-02-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionMilford United v Lifford CelticKilmacrennan Celtic v Cranford UnitedGweedore Celtic v Glenea UnitedSt. Catherines v Rathmullan CelticCurragh Athletic v Donegal TownWatson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Castlefin CelticGweedore United v Drumoghill F.C.Bonagee United v Eany CelticKeadue Rovers v Dunkineely CelticLagan Harps v Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United v Deele HarpsDrumbar F.C. v Copany RoversConvoy Arsenal v Glenree UnitedDunlewy Celtic v Whitestrand UnitedRaphoe Town v Letterbarrow CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 26th, 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 Leaguelast_img read more

DONEGAL GARDA GETS €45,000 AFTER BEING STABBED OUTSIDE LETTERKENNY NIGHTCLUB

first_imgA Donegal Garda sergeant has been awarded a total of €45,000 after he was attacked outside a Letterkenny nightclub.Sgt Aidan Doherty was stabbed by a man using a Stanley knife.The Garda feared he was going to bleed to death, the High Court in Dublin has heard. Sgt Aidan Doherty said the man produced a Stanley knife, lashed out at him and cut an artery in his right arm as he and security men tried to subdue him on the footpath outside Voodoo Night Club in August 2011.He told Ms Justice Mary Irvine in a Garda Compensation Hearing in the High Court there was no first aid equipment available to him.He could only stem serious bleeding to a wound on his arm by applying pressure to it.Judge Irvine awarded him €25,000 damages for pain and suffering to date and a further €20,000 damages to compensate for pain and suffering into the future, a total of €45,000.A man has previously appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in court in relation to the attack.DONEGAL GARDA GETS €45,000 AFTER BEING STABBED OUTSIDE LETTERKENNY NIGHTCLUB 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:Aidan DohertyHIGH COURTSTABBEDVOODOO NIGHTCLUBlast_img read more

Uganda to take part in 2018 CECAFA Women’s Challenge cup

first_imgThe Crested Cranes is one of the five teams at this year’s CECAFA Challenge cup (Photo by FUFA Media)The CECAFA Women’ s Challenge Cup is back and Uganda is one of the countries that are going to feature in the tournament, the first since 2016.According to the fixtures released, Uganda Crested Cranes opens her account against Kenya Harambe Starlets on Thursday July 19 at Stade de Kigali.This comes after the release of the fixtures of the week-long tournament by the secretariat of the Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.The CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018 will be contested by five nations, playing in a league format to determine the eventual champion.The CECAFA General Secretary Nicholas Musonye confirmed the development in a press conference held at Azam Sports Complex in Chamazi.“Five countries have confirmed their intention to participate in this year’s CECAFA women’s cup, said Musonyi.“We will host the tournament in a league format and hosts Rwanda is ready to stage a successful tournament.The five confirmed nations for this year’s tournament are hosts Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.Tanzania won the last edition after edging out Kenya in the final of the tournament that was hosted by Uganda in 2016 at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.Ethiopia overcame Uganda to take third place.The overall winner will be crowned champions of the 2018 CECAFA Women Challenge Cup.The fixture:Thursday, July 19-Kenya vs. Uganda – 3:00 pm-Rwanda vs. Tanzania – 5:15 pmFriday, July 20: Rest DaySaturday, July 21-Ethiopia vs. Uganda – 2:00 pm-Kenya vs. Tanzania – 5:15 pmSunday, July 22: Rest DayMonday, July 23-Uganda vs. Tanzania – 3:00 pm-Rwanda vs. Ethiopia – 5:15 pmTuesday, July 24: Rest DayWednesday, July 25-Kenya vs. Ethiopia – 3:00 pm-Uganda vs. Rwanda – 5:15 pmThursday, July 26: Rest DayFriday, July 27-Ethiopia vs. Tanzania – 3:00 pm-Rwanda vs. Kenya 5:15 pmComments Tags: CECAFA Women’s challenge cuplast_img read more

Bright Stars, Villa square off at Bombo Barracks

first_img Tags: Ambrose Kiryabright stars fcEdward KazibaSC VillaUganda Premier League SC Villa have not lost a game since the opening day of the season. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier League Bright Stars FC vs SC Villa Bombo Barracks Stadium, BomboSaturday, 09-11-2019 @4pmSC Villa return to Bombo Barracks on Saturday to play Bright Stars three days after subjecting Tooro United to it’s worst defeat of the season.The Jogoos found little resistance on Wednesday against a dreadful Tooro, scoring four goals to take their tally of goals scored this term to 16.Midfielder Ambrose Kirya notched a couple of those, and he’ll be one of the guys Edward Kaziba will count on Saturday.Since losing to league debutants Kyetume on the opening day of the season, Kaziba and his boys haven’t been on a losing side; that’s a streak of nine games.The Villa faithful will hope that run continues tomorrow. Against Bright Stars, they face a side that not until last week, had not won a game this campaign.The Stars also rank as one of the worst defenders in the division, with 14 conceded thus far. Villa on the other hand are joint third on the scoring chart in the league having netted 16 goals.The Blues will hope to bag all the three points tomorrow as they look to bridge the gap between themselves and table toppers Vipers.Villa are staged third in the table standings with 20 points, while Bright Stars are seated in the red zone with 10 points.Comments last_img read more

South African sailor tackles Arctic seas

first_imgSouth African yachtsman Ralf Dominick is one of only 150 people who have sailed through the Northwest Passage, one of the world’s most severe maritime challenges. His 75 000km voyage of almost three years, circumnavigating the globe, started in February 2010 on board the 53-foot yacht Imvubu. What followed in the months leading up to the Northwest Passage crossing, and afterwards, was an adventure of a lifetime to more than 52 of the world’s most spectacular places. The highlight of his journey was arriving in Nome, Alaska, and realising he got through the passage unscathed.(Images: Ralph Dominick)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sophie ThompsonPublicity Matters+27 31 201 1638RELATED ARTICLES• Back to SA after Asian adventure • SA company selling tickets to space• Swimmer’s memoir up for award • World first for SA extreme swimmers Wilma den HartighSouth African yachtsman Ralf Dominick has added his name to a prestigious list of only 150 people who have sailed through the Northwest Passage, one of the world’s most severe maritime challenges.The notorious waterway, a sea route through the Arctic Ocean along the northern coast of North America, has historically been considered impassable by many sea explorers. Located 800km north of the Arctic Circle and 1 930km from the North Pole, the route is covered in arctic pack ice for most of the year, which prevents regular shipping in the area.Dominick describes his journey as spectacular, and he has no regret for making it.“I undertook the voyage merely to explore the world on my own terms and had no idea that it would turn out to be of such epic proportions,” he says.“I couldn’t believe that I’d done it. It is a dream come true.”The highlight of his journey was arriving in Nome, Alaska, and realising he got through the passage unscathed.On a boat, built for adventureBefore his odyssey, Dominick was the chief executive of BBD, a software development company he founded with two partners in 1984 in Johannesburg. Today he is the chairman of the board and has a PhD in the management of technology and innovation.His 75 000km voyage of almost three years, circumnavigating the globe, started in February 2010 on board the 53-foot yacht Imvubu (Zulu, meaning hippopotamus). A number of friends accompanied Dominick on various legs of the journey.The skipper describes the yacht as being built for adventure, and with a steel hull and two masts she could easily reach out-of-the-way places. “In car terms she is a comfortable, heavy 4×4 rather than a dainty saloon or a sports car,” he says. “I looked all over the world. I wanted a boat that had no limits in terms of where it could go.”Throughout the journey he wasn’t ever scared, and he says he shares the life philosophy of Captain Joshua Slocum, the first man to sail around the world alone. “His response to people asking him if he was ever scared was no, I feel more alive.”He didn’t plan the trip in too much detail either, except for his crossing through the Northwest Passage. That required good timing and planning the best route as there are numerous ways to get through.“I also met experienced sailors who provided us with a lot of knowledge and we used ice maps from the Canadian Ice Service,” he says.“We took enough provisions to last a year – just in case we got stuck in the ice. You have to be prepared, otherwise you can die.”What followed in the months leading up to the Northwest Passage crossing, and afterwards, was an adventure of a lifetime to more than 52 of the world’s most spectacular places.These included destinations such as Ascension Island; New York; Grenada; the Tobago Cays, a group of five small uninhabited islands located in the southern Grenadines; Vancouver; the US and Spanish Virgin Islands; Puerto Rico; Southern Bahamas; Washington; Newfoundland; Mexico; French Polynesia; Vanuatu; the Australian Outback and East Timor.“I had a ball,” says Dominick.He has so many memories, but a few stand out as some of his best moments on the voyage.One of them is drifting in front of the Blackstone Glacier in Prince William Sound on a clear and still autumn day. “The incredible fjords, mountains, scenery and hospitable people of Newfoundland and the Alaskan Inside Passage from Cape Spencer to Ketchikan are just spectacular,” he says.“To have been able to witness these scenes for me is just completely humbling.”At Viequez Island on the north eastern Caribbean, he encountered a large bioluminescent bay, considered one of the most spectacular in the world. The luminescence is caused by micro-organisms which glow whenever the water is disturbed, leaving a trail of neon blue.“It looks like fireworks. It was the most amazing thing,” he says.Then between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic he managed to get a permit to go to Mona Island. “It was a special place and I was the only boat there,” he says.Here he had an opportunity to see the Mona ground iguana, the largest native terrestrial lizard in Puerto Rico.A life dream realisedDominick had a desire to sail from childhood, and this expedition was a dream come true for the 53-year-old explorer.“I set a goal for myself that at 50 I would like to sail the world,” he says.He was born in Germany, but when he was a child he came out to South Africa with his family, on a boat. His father built fishing trawlers in Luderitz in Namibia.“We lived across from the boat yard and as a kid boats were my playground,” he remembers. “It gave me an appreciation for the sea.”But his love for the sea and sailing is not accidental, he believes it is genetic. All three of his uncles had careers in the maritime industry, and his grandfather worked on a German submarine in World War Two.Planning his next adventureDominick is back on solid ground, and in between connecting with family, friends and business he’s also had to renew his expired driver’s, pilot and TV license.He is already planning his next maritime adventure. Imvubu is back at the Bluff Yacht Club in KwaZulu-Natal where she is undergoing a refit after the hard use over the past three years.She is being prepared for her next voyage in November 2013. The destinations are the Antarctic, Strait of Magellan, the Chile coast, the Panama Canal and Europe.Dominick was named the Royal Natal Yacht Club’s Sailor of the Year for 2012, and through his trip he is also helping to raise the profile of sailing in South Africa and encourage more young people to take up the sport.He was also awarded the Barton Cup by the Ocean Cruising Club, an international body, for the most meritorious ocean race or passage in 2011.“I feel humbled by the accolades that have been heaped on me and wish to express my deepest appreciation to the Ocean Cruising Club, SA Sailing and the Royal Natal Yacht Club,” he says.He had more than 50 books and 1 000 movies on board to while the time away and even though his boat had many modern conveniences, he still missed a few South African comforts.“What I missed the most was biltong and dry wors,” he says.He says circumnavigating the globe has equipped him well for his next journey.“The one lesson I did learn on this trip was the amount of maintenance required to keep a boat going on an extended voyage,” he says. “I am extremely lucky that I didn’t suffer any mayor mishaps along the way.”last_img read more