NEC Co-chairperson, Cllr. Sarah J. ToeAuthorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) have said that all is set for the conduct of Montserrado Electoral District #13, and Sinoe County By-Elections, because ballot papers for the exercises have arrived in the country.The chairperson of the steering committee of the two by-elections, Cllr. Sarah Toe over the weekend made the disclosure at the Commission’s headquarters in Monrovia.“A total of 127,600 ballot papers for the two by-elections are currently in the country and under the protection of officers of the Liberia National Police,” Toe announced.She informed journalists that the ballot papers were printed in Ghana and transported via a chartered airplane to the Roberts International Airport (RIA).She said of the 127,600 ballot papers, 77,000 are for Montserrado Electoral District #13, while 57,600 are for Sinoe County Senatorial by-election.The vacancy in Montserrado District #13 was created following Representative Saah Hardy Joseph’s election to the Senate on August 31. Former Rep. Joseph, a stalwart of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), defeated six candidates in the senatorial race, while former Cuttington University President, Dr. Henrique Tokpa, defeated five other candidates in Bong County.The vacancies in Montserrado and Bong were created following the election of Senators George Weah and Jewel Howard Taylor (now President and Vice President, respectively).Sinoe County Senatorial vacancy became necessary when President Weah appointed Senator Joseph Nagbe to the Supreme Court Bench as one of the Associate Justices, following the retirement of Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, because of age limitation, which is at 70 years for Judges.As provided for by law, the NEC was notified of the two vacancies by the offices of Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie and House Speaker Bhofal Chambers on August 23 and September 3, 2018.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As US President Donald Trump forcefully pursues his crackdown on illegal immigration, Guyana may be at risk of losing critical funding and access to visas if Government refuses to accept deportees from the United States of America.Guyanese President David GrangerUS President Donald TrumpAn executive order signed by President Trump last week threatens immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to countries that do not take back deportees promptly.The executive order states, “The Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State shall cooperate to effectively implement the sanctions provided by section 243(d) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1253(d)), as appropriate.”The only time the law was triggered before against Guyana in 2001, the country cooperated fully in less than two months. Some 23 countries are currently at high risk of being sanctioned.According to testimony by a high-ranking State Department official before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in July 2016, “at the top of the current (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) ICE list of recalcitrant countries” were Cuba, China, Somalia, and India.At the same hearing, an ICE official also referenced 23 recalcitrant countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and Zimbabwe.Expanding on this list, ICE Director Sarah Saldaña told the Senate Judiciary Committee that, as of January 2016, the list of recalcitrant countries consisted of Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Cape Verde, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe.Only one of these countries, Gambia, has actually seen some visa cut-offs after that country refused to accept some 2000 deportees.Commenting on his new policy, President Trump declared that “the day is over when they can stay in our country and wreak havoc. We are going to get them out and we are going to get them out fast”.Adequate noticePresident David Granger already expressed some level of concern about Guyana’s ability and capacity to handle any possible influx of Guyanese being deported from the USA.The Guyanese President explained that a better approach to the situation would be for the US to provide ample time and adequate notice before sending the undocumented criminals back to Guyana.“We will have to put measures in place to ensure deportees do not try to perpetrate crimes when they get back here, but it is something we must prepare for,” he had stated during his televised programme, “The Public Interest”, in November.Caribbean Governments have complained bitterly over the years about nationals being deported to their country of birth without much information provided as to their medical and criminal backgrounds and even more importantly, some form of support regarding their smooth integration into their home countries.In December 2016, almost two dozen Guyanese deportees arrived from the USA having served lengthy jail sentences for various offences.Head of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Criminal Investigation Department, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum said the deportees were convicted for homicide, narcotics, robbery and other offences.Blanhum said the deportees would be monitored. “We will be monitoring them. Yes, there is legislative provision for that and we’ll be monitoring them.”In the previous year, the US deported 104 Guyanese.Meanwhile, Juncata Juvant, an organisation dedicated to improving the lot of deportees in Guyana, was recently resuscitated here. The organisation intends to establish a shelter facility, either independently or through collaboration with the Private Sector and/or Government.At the relaunching ceremony last year, the body’s Vice President, Ruth Howard had promised to deliver a wider range of initiatives to ensure holistic development, support, reintegration and assistance to involuntary remigrants under a five-year plan.
Western Stima sit at the apex of the standings with 67 points, six ahead of second placed Nairobi Stima who have played a match less. Bankers KCB who recently sacked head coach John Kamau are third on 60 points, one ahead of fourth placed Ushuru.A drop of points by either of the four sides will be detrimental to their hopes of earning qualification with six rounds of matches left.KCB, who have unsuccessfully vied to get back to the top tier have vowed to give their all in the hope of finally clinching that Premier League spot.-Lots of pressureKCB interim coach Elvis Ayany watches on during a past national Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds“Yes, there’s a lot of pressure from the management that we should get that promotion slot. KCB has been there among teams almost getting promoted but we somehow end up not earning it. This time, we don’t have much of a choice,” interim coach Elvis Ayany who stepped into Kamau’s shoes said.He added; “As a team, there is also that hunger to get back to the Premier League. It drives us a lot.”The bankers have been far from convincing though and have won three of their last five games, the most recent being against Kisumu All Stars on Monday.They face Kenya Police in a mid-morning kick off at the Camp Toyoyo ground, a tough match by its proportions and one they need to handle with care as they lost by a solitary goal to the law enforcers in the first leg.“They are a very tough team and it is not a game we can afford to go without preparing well. We are taking the game with very much seriousness and the only target is to get three points,” Ayany further noted.KCB occupy third, a spot that does not give them a surety of the top tier but promises them a chance in the play-off. Ayany says their target is to get into the top two automatic promotion slots.-Stima duoWestern Stima who have won eight of their last nine games, their only loss being a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bidco United. They face a City Stars side blowing hot and cold at sixth spot having won two and lost three of their last five games.The first leg which remains their only meeting in the second tier ended in a 1-1 draw but the powermen keen on returning to top flight after they were relegated at the end of last season are keen to bag all three and keep their bid alive.Nairobi Stima, the revelation of the season and crushing what seems to be a big boys’ party travel away to Thika on Saturday taking on a Bidco side they played to a 0-0 draw with in the first leg.Led by former internationals Fred Ambani and Ibrahim Shikanda, Nairobi Stima rose from the ashes to finally dream of making a KPL slot and a win against Bidco will be a huge step in showing they are not bridal maids to the promotion party.Stima suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to bottom side GFE 105 in their last league encounter having posted a run of five wins on the trot and they surely will be coming tong and spear to pick three points against fifth placed Bidco.-Ushuru fightingUshuru FC head coach ken Kenyatta (left) follows proceedings during his side’s National Super League match against Nairobi Stima on March 25, 2018 in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluUshuru meanwhile have duty against Kangemi All Stars, hoping to make up for all the ground lost after temporarily leading the standings.Head coach Ken Kenyatta still has his same experienced squad and having lost in the play-off last season, the tax men will want to prove their mettle and move into the top three with hope that the other compatriots drop points.Kangemi have won once over the last five games, and are struggling to match up with the big boys of the league. If they are to find inspiration, then it should be from their performance when they held Kenyatta’s charges to a 0-0 draw in the first leg.SaturdayBidco United vs Nairobi Stima (Thika Stadium, 3 pm)Kisumu All Stars vs Migori Youth (Moi Stadium, 3 pm)KCB vs Kenya Police (Camp Toyoyo, 11 am)SundayWestern Stima vs City Stars (Moi Stadium, 3 pm)Modern Coast Rangers vs Kibera Black Stars (Mbaraki Grounds, 3 pm)Nakuru All-Stars vs Coast Stima (Afraha Stadium, 11 am)Talanta vs GFE 105 (Camp Toyoyo, 2 pm)Ushuru vs Kangemi All-Stars (Camp Toyoyo, 4.15 pm)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KCB players celebrate a goal during a past national Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo GroundsNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) – sponsored duo of Western and Nairobi Stima, KCB as well as Ushuru FC will push their bid to Kenyan Premier League promotion destiny when the business end of the National Super League hots up this weekend.Leaders Western Stima will host Nairobi City Stars at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday, Nairobi Stima will be away to Bidco United in Thika, KCB will be at home to Kenya Police at the Camp Toyoyo while Ushuru will face Kangemi All Stars at the same venue on Sunday.
“Today we’re adopting 708,000 children. Actually, we have none of our own. These kids are all our kids,” Melanie Lundquist said. “We believe in the children, in their right to a good education and our civic responsibilities. And we invite each and every person to join with us on this quest to rebuild the backbone of America – public education.” The announcement also kicked off a general fundraising campaign to raise millions for all of the schools in the nation’s second-largest district. Melanie Lundquist said she plans to work on the campaign three days a week, and Villaraigosa said he hopes the district’s success will persuade others to donate. “Hopefully, we’re going to convince people as we start to turn around our schools that we’ve got to invest more in these schools if we want to be the best in the nation,” he said. “This money will support new programs at the partnership schools as well as transformative initiatives throughout the school district. It will allow us to implement reforms that the community and teachers want and need in our partnership family of schools.” Superintendent David Brewer III said the Lundquists’ donation kick-starts an effort to build partnerships with the community. “I am glad that you have put the first stake in the ground to make sure that everybody understands that we cannot educate these children by ourselves, as great as our teachers are,” he said. “The bottom line is, we need everyone in this city to educate our children.” Melanie Lundquist – who with her husband attended Los Angeles Unified schools but now live in Palos Verdes – said she began talking with Villaraigosa in 2004 about ways to make a significant contribution to the city. The Lundquists had not given to LAUSD before, she said, because they didn’t believe the money would be spent effectively. “In the philanthropic world you would never give an investment to an organization that is not prepared to handle anything like that investment,” she said. “If it’s too large, it actually would go a long way toward destroying that organization. Now the leadership is here, the team has been assembled and we can move forward.” The partnership will be rolled out in the 2008-09 school year, serving an estimated 30,000 students in two clusters that Villaraigosa will oversee. The five-year contract will be renewed only if the schools meet certain benchmarks. “It’s like a faucet,” Melanie Lundquist said. “If the plumbing goes haywire, the money doesn’t flow.” Richard Lundquist, owner of the Continental Development Corp., which owns more than 4 million square feet of commercial space in California, said education is increasingly important in a global economy. “As a biz owner, I have hundreds of tenants and I go out to lunch with them often, and what everybody says is they can’t find qualified people,” he said. “There are all sorts of high-paying jobs waiting for better-educated kids, and this region won’t prosper without this.” He also emphasized that he and his wife do not live within LAUSD boundaries, don’t vote in the district and that his company has no contracts pending within the district’s boundaries. The Lundquists’ donation pushes into high gear the mayor’s efforts to transform a group of low-performing schools. “It will provide a major boost because in the schools the partnership is engaged in, they are going to have responsibility for their budgets,” said Ray Cortines, a former LAUSD superintendent and Villaraigosa’s deputy mayor of education. “They have one pot of money – the district money – and this pot of money to supplement that.” Political experts said the mayor’s ability to attract the $50 million donation to the school district – with more likely to come – demonstrates the extent of his clout. And if he’s able to improve student performance – something that’s likely in working with smaller, more manageable clusters – it will give him even greater momentum in making a run for governor in two years. “It makes him a real political go-to in terms of a pretty decimated budget for the LAUSD to implement any real reforms,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the largest private donation ever made to Los Angeles Unified, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Wednesday a $50 million cash infusion to support two clusters of schools that he will eventually control. Real estate developer Richard Lundquist and his wife, Melanie, will give $5 million annually for 10 years to the nonprofit organization created by the mayor on the condition that the schools meet academic and safety benchmarks. Officials said money will be spent to train and support teachers and to create student and community programs and accountability systems, although details still have to be worked out. In addition, $4 million will fund Teach for America to place educators in Los Angeles Unified’s neediest schools.
St. Eunan’s G.A.A. Club, in association with Diver’s Hyundai, Letterkenny proudly present our Annual Golf Classic, this Saturday, May 23rd at Letterkenny Golf Club.Entry for a team of 4 is only €100 and we have some excellent prizes and spot prizes on offer:1st Prize – 4 x Computer Tablets2nd Prize – 4 x Golfbags3rd Prize – 4 x Donegal jackets There will also be a number of other prize categories, including:Longest Drive – LadiesLongest Drive – GentsNearest the PinPlease contact James Friel on 086-8255474 or Paul Carr on 087-2836567 for bookings and further information.SUPER PRIZES IN THE ST EUNAN’S GOLF CLASSIC THIS SATURDAY was last modified: May 21st, 2015 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:Golf classicSt Eunans
INTERNET trolls have duped hundreds of people on Facebook into entering a car competition that doesn’t exist.The trolls – based in north Donegal – have been behind a year long campaign of bullying and abuse online aimed at the Donegal Daily team.Their latest scam was to set up a Facebook page called ‘The Donegal Daily News’. The trolls then posted a fake competition to win a Ford car. Hundreds of people have ‘liked’ the bogus competition. Ford has disassociated itself from the competition.The page has nothing whatsoever to do with Donegal Daily.We have reported the page to Facebook – and we would ask our readers to also report the page.We have identified the culprits and are planning legal action. We’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank all our readers for their continued support.We will never ask you to like us on Facebook – people like us because they want to get their news first!EDITORIAL TEAM, DONEGALDAILY.COM DONEGAL INTERNET TROLLS BEHIND BOGUS FACEBOOK CAR COMPETITION was last modified: January 8th, 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) Tags:DONEGAL INTERNET TROLLS BEHIND BOGUS FACEBOOK CAR COMPETITION
The Harry Blaney Bridge – pic Brian McDaid/Cristeph StudioA COMMUNITY fightback to win tourists after being left off the Wild Atlantic Way is already starting to pay dividends.Mulroy Bay may not be on the famous route thanks – or should that be ‘no thanks’ – to the Harry Blaney Bridge.But their own Mulroy Drive is attracting tourists! Deputy Joe McHugh, who met local tourism operators this week, has praised them for their bid.“I met with the Mulroy Drive group to discuss the work the group have done and their efforts around inclusion as a sub route of the Wild Atlantic Way or possibly as an alternative ‘Plan B’ route,” said Deputy McHugh.“The group outlined that there has been an increase in the number of camper vans on the route as a result of the heavy marketing behind the Wild Atlantic Way, and this very positive development is one which should be encouraged and supported.“I have been in touch with Joan Crawford, of Failte Ireland, and I want to commend her and her team on the phenomenal work and success to date of the Wild Atlantic Way. The team have already made a huge impact on the ground and I will be suggesting that they meet with the Mulroy Drive group to see where we can be supporting each other. “I have been in touch with Minister Ring highlighting the work that the group are doing and the benefit to the area if they were to receive funding support.“I have also contacted the Donegal County Manager, Seamus Neely regarding the matter of roads assistance in tidying up laybys and hedge cutting.“I think it is important to recognise the hard work that local business are doing and I want to commend those who have come together in order to improve and promote the scenic route in the most beneficial way to the local community.“Sean Quinn CEO has also congratulated the Mulroy Drive group in their efforts to ensure there are strong grounds in place in order to entice tourists, already visiting the Wild Atlantic Way, to visit and stay in the area.“I have been pushing strongly for the route to form a significant part of the wild Atlantic way and I am calling for it to be included in the new App that people will be able to download to their phones. “I look forward to working closely with the Mulroy Drive group, highlighting the important work which is being done on an ongoing basis, and also raising awareness of the role the area could be playing as part of the Wild Atlantic Way.”TD PRAISES ‘MULROY DRIVE’ TOURISM GROUP AS FAILTE IRELAND BACK PLAN was last modified: July 3rd, 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:Harry Blaney Bridgejoe mchugh tdMulroy DriveWild Atlantic Way
Voodoo Venue is Donegal’s hottest night venue – and has established itself over the years as a leader in the industry. Management at Voodoo Venue are not one to rest on their laurels and are constantly evolving and changing to keep in toe with market trends.They provide amazing entertainment which caters for all ages, and that dedication to ensure customer satisfaction amongst revellers across the board is the reason it’s the No.1 venue in the North-West.Their innovative and dynamic marketing team have devised a sensational Halloween Line-Up, with giveaways and promotions that will ‘spook’ you out!Sue Glackin, Marketing Manager told Donegal Daily, “It all kicks-off on Saturday, October 29th with a special Halloween giveaway, in Voodoo Club.“Voodoo club will open Saturday only, at 11pm and there will be a masquerade ball theme through house and vintage, on the Sunday.“Vintage will be open from 10pm both nights, with tables bookable until 11pm.“So make sure and visit Voodoo Venue this Halloween for a ‘spooktacular time’!”Entertainment Line Up is as follows: Friday– Red Alert play the Lounge at 10.30pmSaturday– Humble earth worms play the Lounge at 10.30pmSunday– Eldorado play the Lounge at 10.30Ruairi and Sarah play house Friday at 10.30pmAdam Dolan play house Saturday at 10.30pmHeadroom playing live from 10-12 Sunday.Teen Voodoo open October 31st 9pm-12am. Lot’s of prizes for best fancy dress, including a brand new iPhone 7! Click the link below to be in with a chance of winning an exclusive Voodoo hoodie, winner announced Saturday evening.https://m.facebook.com/teenVOOD00/Voodoo Venue announce details of their ‘Spooktacular Halloween Ball’ was last modified: October 20th, 2016 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)
QPR could soon be given the green light to sign Jake Livermore on loan.Tottenham are likely to sanction the deal if they can complete the capture of Schalke’s Lewis Holtby in the coming days.The north London club recently agreed a deal to sign Holtby this summer but are trying to bring the move forward because of an injury to Sandro.Redknapp believed he had signed M’Vila.Spurs agreed to loan Livermore, 23, to Rangers before Sandro suffered knee ligament damage during the derby between the two sides at Loftus Road.Livermore’s move was therefore put on hold and QPR have been pursuing other targets but have been told they may be given the opportunity to take him if Tottenham are able to bring in another midfielder.Wilson Palacios is also on Rangers’ radar, although Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has suggested he is not interested in signing the Stoke man, who played under him at Spurs.Redknapp was dealt a blow on Wednesday when it was announced that France international Yann M’Vila has signed for Russian club Rubin Kazan.Rangers had agreed terms for the 22-year-old to join them, but Redknapp warned after Saturday’s game against West Ham: “You need to get deals done. The longer it goes on the more people get involved and people see his name in the papers.”By Monday the club believed M’Vila’s future would be resolved within 48 hours and remained optimistic they would get their man, but in the end they missed out.Meanwhile, QPR have received an approach from Turkish club Bursaspor for Anton Ferdinand but are reluctant to let him leave until they bring in at least one centre-back.Click here for today’s QPR quizSee also:Redknapp confirms interest in Spurs manRangers on the verge of a deal to sign M’VilaRedknapp unsure over deal for Spurs manQPR ‘still working’ on M’Vila dealQPR look to tie up M’Vila 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
This week South Africa returns to the global stage when we host the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, writes Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola. This follows our success at the World Economic Forum annual meeting Davos, Switzerland, a few weeks ago. Delegates at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba. (Image: Mining Indaba) Brand South Africa CEO Miller MatolaI am confident the message we conveyed to the world in Davos – that South Africa is open for business and remains a reliable and attractive investment destination – will be reinforced at the gathering of the captains of the mining industry.Mining Indaba will be followed by the annual State of the Nation address in the National Assembly in Cape Town on 12 February. This is one of the most important addresses of the year, as it accounts for the past 12 months and the guides us on priorities for the year ahead. It is an opportunity for President Jacob Zuma to take South Africans into his confidence about the state of the country.We can achieve our priorities and goals once we have the necessary economic growth and development. As a nation we need to achieve a set of goals: necessary and enabling legislation and policy, and the will and ability to implement these policies to ensure we achieve the desired outcomes. As a nation we must foster the desire to work together across all sectors because, at the end of the day, we all have a role to play in growing and building our country.Yes, we have challenges. But I remain unwavering in my belief that we– as a nation – have all the qualities necessary to drive our country’s growth and development. We were strangers to each other once, but we have given life to a resilient and agile homeland. We have the perseverance borne of a confidence and pride in our new democracy. I am confident that we will rise to the challenge to play our part and be the active citizens who will take our country to new heights.Join the conversation and follow Team South Africa at Mining Indaba on @Brand_SA via the hashtag #MiningIndaba. Follow the State of the Nation Address on #SONA2015Miller Matola is the CEO of Brand South Africa. Follow him on @MillerMatolaThis article was originally published in the 8 February edition of Sunday Independent.