NATIONAL Junior 100 metres hurdle record holder Deashon Gordon will lead 14 Jamaicans into action on today’s opening day of competition at the XVIII Pan American Junior Championships, which will be held at the Foote Field on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, Canada.The country’s athletes will be trying to better the performance of two years ago when two silver medals were mined.The three-day competition will start at 11:30 a.m. (Jamaican time), and there will be some 14 finals on today’s opening day.Gordon, who just completed her first year at the Louisiana State University (LSU), is expected to be one of the country’s main medal hopes when she competes in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles, with the preliminary round set for a 12:50 p.m. start. The final of the event will take place later on at 6:05 p.m. Gordon, who finished fifth in the women’s 100 metres hurdles at the National Senior Championship in a National Junior record of 12.97 seconds, is the number two-ranked athlete in the event, just behind the United States’ Dior Hall, who has a top time of 12.74 seconds.The Jamaican will be joined in the event by 2013 World Youth champion Yanique Thompson, who has failed to fire all season and will be hoping for a big performance here.There will also be preliminary action in the women’s and men’s 100 metres, along with the women’s and men’s 400 metres in the opening session.100 metresJoniel Smith and Sashalee Forbes will compete in the women’s 100 metres, while Xandre Blake and Shivnarine Smalling will do so in the men’s 100 metres. Dawnalee Loney and Candice Mcleod will be in action in the women’s 400 metres, while in the men’s event, it will be Ivan Henry and Bernardo Wilson. The finals of these events will be contested later in the day.Four other Jamaicans will be in action in the second session of competition. Obrien Wasome and Odaine Lewis will do battle in the men’s long jump final at 7:20 p.m., while Thaleeto Green and Shemar Salmon will contest the Men’s 5000 metres final at 8:25 p.m.
Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) is looking to boost its efficiency and capacity with the help of a Canadian-based firm, Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) Ltd, which specialises in upgrading power companies around the world.The three-year contract will see the company providing training, capacity building, and knowledge transfer to GPL’s management. MHI will support GPL in its performance of key business areas to improve the utility company’s capabilities for providing an efficient, reliable, and sustainable service.This project falls under the Management Strengthening Programme (MSP), which is a component of the multimillion-dollar Inter-American Development Bank/European Union (IDB/EU) funded Power Utility Upgrade Programme (PUUP).The project is divided into three components – the management strengthening programme valued US.3 million; improving operational efficiency at the cost of US.3 million; and some US million to be spent on improving the company’s infrastructure in order to target loss reduction.Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Chairman of GPL Board Robert Badal explained that the project is to improve the operational efficiency of GPL’s management, the reliability of the grid and to also reduce the high losses.He disclosed that the company’s level of losses is pegged at around 29 per cent, hence, the money injected will be used on measures to reduce the losses incurred with the procurement of some 54,000 smart meters that can be read remotely, among other steps.Electricity theftMoreover, he outlined that electricity theft is one of the major contributions to the losses that company incurs. To this end, the GPL Chairman urges persons to report incidents of electricity theft.He said the main goal is to reduce losses from the existing 29 per cent now to around 27 per cent or 27.5 per cent.According to the Chairman, curbing electricity theft is an ongoing process and the company’s Loss Reduction Department has been working assiduously on the matter. He noted that officers from that section usually go out to inspect meters that are defective in order to prevent theft.He added too that there are systems in place to monitor individual customer’s consumption so if there is a drastic decrease then they will look into it. However, the Chairman recognised the need for the department to be strengthened, noting that this will be done under the Management Strengthening Programme.Furthermore, Badal added that as part of the more targeted approach, GPL’s Information Technology (IT) section will be expanded.“So it’s a continuous process… the losses (GPL incurs) are a combination of issues and we can’t improve on any of this until we improve GPL’s executive management,” he stated.Nevertheless, the Head of the GPL Board posited that there has been a progressive improvement in the delivery of power over the last three years, with the Infrastructural Development Programme having a big impact on the grid.Efficient generationMHI representatives along with GPL Chairman Robert Babal, acting CEO Renford Homer and PUUP Project Coordinator Donald Nurse“Currently we have no deficit in generation, it is very efficient. Our focus here is improving management competence and the grid further,” he noted.Badal pointed out that GPL’s full capacity is some 140 mega watts and only 114 mega watts are being consumed. He added that while 95 per cent of the blackouts are not generation issues, there is still need to improve the system.“Rest assured we are improving generation but no amount of generation could ensure complete reliability without an efficient grid… We are moving forward but progressive sometimes takes time especially in a capital intensive environment,” he stated.Meanwhile, Contract Manager of Manitoba, Scott Russell, said that during the company’s tenure here, it will be working to support GPL’s key management through a combination of classroom-based training and on the job training.He explained that MHI staffs its projects with seasoned energy sector professionals in key consulting roles around the world and with many years of operational utility experience in both developed and developing countries.The team that will be coming to Guyana will include seven full-time utility specialists and eight short-term training support specialists. These specialists will work in partnership with GPL staff to achieve the utility’s objectives by couching them in specific areas.Russell sought to clarify that the experts from MHI will have no authority whatsoever over the GPL managers whom they will be coaching during their three-year tenure here. “Our mandate is to provide guidance and coaching, not to make decisions. We aren’t in any formal place of authority, we are just here to provide coaching to persons in senior positions (within GPL).Currently, MHI is conducting a needs analyst, from which the Canadian-based team will determine where GPL is and what has to be done going forward to improve its services.As a subsidiary of a Canadian energy utility, Manitoba Hydro, MHI offers clients over a century’s worth of best practice experience by helping them to deliver electricity and natural gas efficiently, effectively, and in a sustainable manner.In operation for over 130 years, Manitoba Hydro is a vertically integrated, Government-owned Canadian Provincial Crown Corporation. The corporation holds in-service assets in excess of US$17 billion, generates over US$2 billion in annual revenue, and employs over 6500 utility staff. Manitoba Hydro is a major energy utility that is intimately involved in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of electricity and gas infrastructure.
The newly inducted General Overseer (Bishop) of the United Methodist Church in Liberia, Samuel J. Quire, last weekend raised his audience to their feet in applause when he vowed that “dedicated servants of the Church will not beg for bread in their service to God and His people.”“Under my administration as head Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Liberia, I will work with all who are involved in the affairs of the church to increase productivity in agriculture, establish businesses in order to pay pastors, bishops and others well,” Bishop Quire said.He made the remark on Saturday December 31when he was inducted into office for a period of 5 years beginning 2017 to 2022.Bishop Quire who prostrated himself on the floor of the Tubman Memorial United Methodist Church in Paynesville, promised to serve the church with humility and use Jesus Christ as his torchbearer. The new bishop quoted Jesus from Matthew 16:17 and18 saying, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”He said the Church’s resources will be increased and its branches in rural parts of the country will be strengthened, noting further that tithes and offerings alone are not sufficient to deal with the pressing economic challenges of the church’s membership.“The Gospel needs to be contextualized in a more relevant way than the usual superficial way,” he pointed out, signifying that members of the Church should acquire basic education, skills and seek avenues to explore opportunities for their survival.Bishop Quire said his quest to have a paradigm shift in dealing with the church’s leadership and the rest of its congregation from an economic perspective is to curtail the rampant corrupt practices that have invaded the church and the public sector.The Bishop emphasized that unity will be the hallmark of his leadership. “We are not a divided Church but a United Methodist Church, whose mission is to bind hearts and hands together for the common good.”Bishop Quire, who was elected at the 26th West Africa Annual Conference (WAAC) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on December 17 is the 5th indigenous Liberian to be voted into office since 1964.He commended all past bishops for their dedicated services to the church and assured them of his preparedness to consult with them as he moves on with his job.Turning over the gavel of authority to Bishop Quire, Interim Bishop Arthur F. Kullah called on his successor to always be prepared to face the challenges at hand. Speaking on the theme, “Prepare to Serve,” Bishop Kullah said other nations that are progressing materially today are doing so because they value proper planning and preparation and renounce hate towards each.“Remember Sam, that promotion in the UMC is based on merit and not personality or contacts. Therefore, be fair in whatever you do as you run the office of Bishop for our church. Don’t be carried away by friendship or family connections,” Bishop Kullah admonished.A bishop has no enemy and as such Bishop Quire should not listen to gossip, advised Kullah. “Serve the church with credibility and leave a legacy worth commending,” he told Quire.On the other hand he called on all family members, friends and intimates of Bishop Quire not to overburden him with their personal problems. “When you take problems to an individual more than what he or she can possibly handle, you force him or her to steal just to satisfy you,” Bishop Kullah said.Senator Commany Wesseh, on behalf of the Government said the United Methodist Church in Liberia is noted for producing great leaders and it supports peace, unity and justice.Former House Speaker J. Alex Tyler and presidential aspirants Charles W. Brumskin and Dr. J. Mills Jones were among many personalities at the induction service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Chris Haugan led the way for the Blizzard as they brought 14 riders to the event. He won the main event at the races, clocking in at 1:23:50. Dean Gravill of Grande Prairie finished second with a time of 1:24:22, and Tyler Stadnick also of Grande Prairie took third as he finished the race in 1:25:14.Gary Hilderman won the three lap event with his time of 1:11:22. He was followed by Roger St. Jean with a time of 1:21:00, and Dawit Feyissa at 1:21:23.The winner of the two lap event was Steve Magusin from Grande Prairie. He finished the race in 46:18. Tate Haugan finished in second place at 48:38, while third went to Pat Ferris at 49:55.- Advertisement -Meanwhile, Tate Haugan won the single lap event with a time of 38:48.The Blizzard Bike Club return to racing Wednesday night as they take part in the Cactus mountain bike race at 7 p.m.
The clean-up team with some of the rubbish they collected.They came, they saw, they cleaned up!More than 30 volunteers gave their time and energy to a massive clan-up on the Dunlewey-Termon Road yesterday.And a staggering three lorry-loads of material was removed from what is undoubtedly one of County Donegal’s most beautiful locations. One of the clean-up groups with a length of cabling they found.Among the items collected were televisions, motor parts, cable and all type of general rubbish.The organisers wish to thank all the volunteers who took part including the Dublin contingent.They would also like to thank the Council Council for their support and provision of transport for rubbish removal as well as local sponsors Nora’s Bar and The Lagoon Lounge.Well done to all concerned – another corner of Donegal looking well. All sorts of weird and wonderful rubbish was found.MASSIVE CLEAN-UP SEES THREE LORRY-LOADS OF RUBBISH CLEARED FROM SCENIC STRETCH was last modified: May 16th, 2015 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)
A man who failed to stop at a Gardaí checkpoint has been fined for having no tax or insurance on his vehicle.Michael McCrudden, with an address at Tullyannon, Newtoncunningham appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday afternoon. Garda Mooney told the court that in March of this year they became aware of a Blue Rover Hatchback acting suspiciously.Garda Mooney said, “We signalled the car to stop, but when it failed to do so – we then activated our lights to pursue the vehicle.“The defendant increased the speed of their vehicle significantly – and we decided not continue with the pursuit as it was heading towards a built-up area and would’ve been dangerous.“However, a short time after that – we found the vehicle abandoned in an estate nearby.“The vehicle had no tax disc or insurance on the vehicle.”Gardaí traced the vehicle and found that the owner of the vehicle was Mr McCrudden.Judge Paul Kelly warned the defendant not to come before him again on a motoring offence – and fined him €150 for non-display of tax disc – and a further €150 for having no insurance.He gave the defendant two months to pay both fines.MAN WHO FAILED TO STOP AT GARDA CHECKPOINT ABANDONED CAR IN NEARBY ESTATE was last modified: December 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtsfinedGardaiinsurancenewstax
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback take zlat 2 Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing IN DEMAND 2 Courtois spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and may now head back to LaLiga this summer, or next year on a free transfer.And the Blues are preparing for this eventuality with by keeping a close eye on Donnnarumma, say Corriere dello Sport.Any move though will have to wait on the current managerial situation to at Stamford Bridge to be cleared up with Antonio Conte set to be replaced by ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade heading off Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star WHITE KNIGHT Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder Chelsea want to replace Thibaut Courtois with AC Milan wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma as they get ready to sell their Belgian star.The 26-year-old has a year left on his contract and has made no secret of his wish to return to Spain, where his family live. REAL DEAL RANKED Courtois has made the issue surrounding his future clear and said this week: “I already have ideas in my head but I have put my decision on hold until after the World Cup.“My children are the most important thing for me and I have had one and a half years less contact with them.“FaceTime is beautiful but seeing them grow up is something else.“So my children will play an important role in my decision.” GOSSIP Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly LIVING THE DREAM Belgium and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in action at World Cup 2018. ‘perfect fit” Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest transfer news AC Milan wonderkid Gianluigi Donnarumma has already made 106 Serie A apparances and earned six Italy caps. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father
COUNTY Mayor Ian McGarvey today banned ‘snide remarks’ being made between councillors after the resumed budget meeting this afternoon had to be adjourned following an uproar.When the meeting resumed shortly after 1pm, Independent Councillor John Campbell immediately called on Fine Gael to withdrawn their proposals. He said it would leave the council at a loss of €1.5million.“The members who voted for it need to be aware they could legally be surcharged for that amount and can be disqualified from membership of the council,” he said. Sinn Fein party whip, Cllr Mick Quinn, demanded clarity from executive around the issue.“If there is potential for surcharge against members who vote for a budget that is not balanced it requires clarity,” he added.Fianna Fail party whip, Cllr Ciaran Brogan again warned his party would not be voting for the budget until they got clarity around the issue of Irish Water.“Water rates are due to come in by October and we don’t know what it will cost for homeowners, farmers and businesses.” he said. Fine Gael spokesman, Cllr Bernard Mc Guinness, said their propsoals could be teased out with management and all other parties to make the adjustments,“What we have here is a draft revenue budget. We will try today to and achieve adjustments in the best interests of the people of Donegal. There is a lot of politics being played here about rish Water- that is for the political parties in Dail Eireann,” he said.“We’re proposing a five per cent rates reduction. That is not proposed by management and we’ll have to work with the executive to finds savings elsewhere to support hard pressed local businesses,”“We will continue to campaign for a rates exemption for start-up businesses’, but again that decision is national legislation. Our proposal to have a Donegal brand would protect local producers. Again, a central tourism fund is proper and can be achieved within adjustsments in the annual estimates book,” he added.“It amazes me that Councillor Campbell can come in here and scaremonger. We haven’t heard one firm proposal from you here, all you have done is criticise others. To have the audacity to ask us to withdraw is not on and we will work with executive and other parties to try and find agreement- at least we will try,” he said. Sinn Fein Cllr Doherty, queried why Fine Gael waited ’20 hours to produce a wish list’ late on Monday night.This angered Cllr Mc Guinness who said as a newly co-opted member he was ‘wet behind the ears’ and didn’t understand the politics of the negotiations down through the years.“I’ve been here many ways and all parties sit down and make their proposals. For someone to come in here and see this is not the proper way is incredulous.“It is the way we have done it for years. It is not a wish list- it is what we want for the people of Donegal. If we can’t achieve them- we’ll deal with it,” an irate Cllr McGuinness said. Replying, Cllr Doherty, said he ‘resented’ the tone of response from Cllr McGuinness.On behalf of the Labour Party, Cllr Martin Farren, said since he was elected in 2009 , it was the first time the budget would increase by €5million and there would be as five per cent cut in rates.“I’d like to see a small reduction in rates by management- five per cent if possible and the increase in the Development Fund initiative of 50,000 per each of the five electoral areas,” he said.“For the people of Inishowen I also want a commitmet around the Public Service Office in Carndonagh. We’ve been elected to represent the people and agree a budget. We have a responsibility to do so instead of playing politics here,” he added.“There is an onus on us to pass a budget. Common sense should prevail and we should be working to get agreement,” he adddd.As Cllr Brogan was about to speak, Cllr Frank McBrearty, made comments in the direction of the Fianna Fail benches.Cllr Brogan, said “it was a shambles that members of his party were being subjected to allegations and comments across the floor.”Cllr Brogan and if they continued he warned he’d be calling for the gardai to be brought into the chamber ‘to protect his members’.“It is a shambles what is going on here,” he said demanding a ten minute adjournment.“It is not good enough,” he added.On his return to the chamber, Mayor Ian McGarvey said: “We have spent three days and we have made no progress whatsoever and we owe it to the people of Donegal to be big enough to sort this out. The money won’t change.“I will not allow any snide remarks being thrown across the chamber. If people are speaking they must be allowed to finish what they are saying.”The meeting was adjourned until 4pm to allow inter-party discussions.Fianna Fail is trying to prevent the handing over of €352 Million worth of assets to Irish Water.MAYOR BANS ‘SNIDE REMARKS’ AMID COUNCIL MEETING UPROAR was last modified: January 7th, 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:budgetDonegal County Councilmeeting
Hollywood stuntman and Christian minister John Alden is coming to Donegal.Alden has worked on more than 150 feature films and television shows performing as a stuntman, stunt-actor or stunt coordinator.For years he was the stunt double for Harrison Ford, working on films such as “Clear and Present Danger,” “Air Force One” and “Six Days Seven Nights.” Alden is a guest of the LYIT Christian Union at An Dalann on the campus on Thursday at 7pm. STUNTMAN TO THE HOLLYWOOD STARS IN DONEGAL VISIT was last modified: January 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:HollywoodJohn AldenletterkennyStuntman
The scene of devastation following the Real IRA bomb attack on OmaghAN investigation by the North’s Police Ombudsman has confirmed that RUC Special Branch did not provide some information to detectives investigating the Omagh bombing, due to their interpretation of the law at that time.In a report published this morning, the Police Ombudsman outlines the findings of an investigation which focused on certain intelligence obtained between 15 August and 9 September 1998, held by police.A previous investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s Office had focused on the use of other information held by police at the time. A total of 29 people and two unborn children died, including three Buncrana schoolboys, when the Real IRA detonated a bomb in Omagh town centre on August 15, 1998.No one has ever been convicted of the massacre.In January 2009, Sir Peter Gibson, who led a British Government review of intelligence matters related to the bombing, published his report in which he said Special Branch had acted in a ‘cautious’ way in their provision of material to the team investigating the bombing.In March 2010, a report from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said it believed ‘further investigation was required into what Special Branch gave to the investigation team, when it was given, and what information was withheld and why.”The PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott then asked the North’s Police Ombudsman’s Office to conduct an independent investigation of a number of specific matters concerning how RUC Special Branch handled its intelligence and its relationship with Government Communication Headquarters – a Government body which deals with intelligence and security matters.Police Ombudsman investigators spoke to a range of witnesses, including Sir Peter Gibson, to serving and retired police officers and to officials from other Government agencies. They also looked at a substantial amount of ‘intelligence’ and investigative material:“I believe we had unfettered and unrestricted access to all the relevant documentation held by the PSNI,” said Dr Maguire.Like the previous report by the Police Ombudsman’s Office, in viewing this particular material, Dr Maguire also found no evidence police had information which, if acted upon, could have prevented the Omagh bombing.His investigation identified a number of occasions when information was shared with the detectives investigating the bombing.Special Branch provided detectives with details of public telephone kiosks from which the bomb warning calls were made and the identities of people who were suspected to have been involved in the bombing.However, the Police Ombudsman established that Special Branch did have information – telephone numbers – which were not passed to the detectives.Omagh town centre seconds before bomb went off. Spanish father and son picture miraculously survived the attack“The consequence was that the police investigation was required to invest substantial resources in analysing related records, resources that might well have been better utilised at that early stage of the inquiry,” he said.Dr Maguire concluded that Special Branch had acted ‘cautiously’ in not disclosing all the intelligence available to the team investigating the Omagh bombing.“I am satisfied this action was as a result of the interpretation by Special Branch of both what Sir Peter’s report called ‘ the strict conditions imposed by GCHQ’ on the RUC and the legislative framework which prevailed at the time and which, for all intents and purposes, is still in place, albeit in a different legislative form.”“The view held by the relevant police officers was a reasonable one in the circumstances,” he said.OMAGH BOMB REPORT: RUC SPECIAL BRANCH WITHHELD INTELLIGENCE FROM MURDER INQUIRY TEAM was last modified: October 30th, 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:buncranaDR MICHAEL MAGUIREOMAGH BOMB REPORT: RUC SPECIAL BRANCH WITHHELD INTELLIGENCE FROM MURDER INQUIRY TEAMPOLICE OMBUDSMAN