The Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has been invited by the Sierra Leone Athletics Association to participate in that country’s 90th Traditional Boxing Day Athletics scheduled from Friday – Monday, December 23-26, at the Siaka Stevens Sports Stadium, in Freetown. According to LAF Vice President for Technical Affairs and Acting Secretary General, Frederick Krah, LAF’s acting head Coach Samuel Cooper has been instructed to begin the preparation to select at most 20 athletes for the trip.This will be the first time for the LAF to participate in Sierra Leone’s Boxing Day Meet since the end of the Ebola virus disease. Prior to the virus, LAF was always in attendance. Meanwhile, Krah has announced that the LAF is soliciting sponsorship for US$15,000 for the transportation and per diem of 20 athletes and seven officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Several homes in Wakenaam, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) were under flood waters on Boxing Day after the door for the koker at Maria’s Pleasure gave way, causing the water level to rise approximately 12 inches between 08:30h and 10:00h.Region Three Regional Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikarran confirmed that some 36 homes were affected, although he informed that the situation was resolved about 13:00h on Wednesday.He said a regional team would soon be assessing various kokers in the region ahead of future spring tides. Jaikarran added that the regional team and representatives from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) distributed cleaning agents to the affected residents.Reports stated that the Maria’s Pleasure koker was last repaired in April of this year. No damage to livestock and farmlands were recorded. Sea defence workers and Region Three officials were earlier on the ground with machinery carrying out repairs before the next tide arrived.Wakenaam sits in the mouth of the mighty Essequibo River and is one of Guyana’s largest islands.
By Elaine Regus RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE VALLE VISTA – Dogs and other animals are struck by cars every day, but it’s rare that someone is convicted of intentionally running one over. “It usually happens in the middle of the night on a rural road,” said Curt Ransom, regional program manager for the Humane Society of the United States. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But if there are witnesses, then the driver of a Ford pickup who ran over two dogs on Highway 74 in Valle Vista may have to answer for his actions. Several witnesses told investigators that the truck swerved to strike a Labrador retriever and then made two U-turns before hitting a second dog, an Alaskan malamute. Witnesses said the driver made a third U-turn in an apparent attempt to strike a man who was trying to pull the dogs out of the road. Police are looking for the owner of a diesel-powered silver truck with raised suspension and loud exhaust that residents said had been in the area before. “It’s one thing for someone to maybe swerve and hit a dog and keep going, but it’s unheard of for a driver to keep turning around,” Riverside County sheriff’s investigator Jerry Franchville said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DLDC have announced that they will host ten public information meetings about new LEADER programme funding. Would you like funding and support for a business idea, plan for your local community, or project that could benefit you, your family, your farm, or your community?Grants for projects which enhance the quality of rural life will soon be available from the European Commission’s latest LEADER funding programme and details about how to apply will be on offer at ten public information meetings that Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) is hosting from October 3rd to 10th at locations throughout the county. The meetings will provide all the information needed to apply for grants from the €12.8 million in LEADER 2014-2020 programme funding that Donegal has been allocated by the Irish government for rural business, farming, and community initiatives.“LEADER is all about local people coming up with ideas that help to economically sustain and improve the quality of life in their local areas,” said Frank Kelly, Rural Development Manager at DLDC, which has administered several LEADER programmes since 1995.“This is the first chance that promoters will have to avail of some decent funding for their projects from this particular LEADER programme.”The LEADER 2014-2020 public information meeting times and places are as follows: Monday, 3rd October, at St. John Bosco Centre in Donegal Town from 4 to 5.30 p.m. and Niall Mór Centre in Killybegs from 7.30 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 4th October, at Rosnakill Tourism Activity Centre from 4 to 5.30 p.m. and The Ozanam Centre in Dunfanaghy from 7.30 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 6th October, at the CPI Centre in Castlefinn from 4 to 5.30 p.m. and Letterkenny Public Services Centre from 7.30 to 9 p.m.; and Monday, 10th October, at Erne Enterprise Centre in Ballyshannon from 10 to 11.30 a.m., Glenties Community Centre from 1 to 2.30 p.m., Ramelton Town Hall from 4 to 5.30 p.m., and Cathedral Hall in Raphoe from 7 to 8.30 p.m. Attending one of the public information meetings will enable potential applicants to make the strongest submissions possible to the LEADER selection process, which is expected to be particularly competitive this time around.“Funding for this LEADER programme in Donegal has been reduced by up to 50 percent, from €25 million in the previous programme to €12.8 million this time around, so we are expecting that there will be quite a bit of competition for grants,” Frank said.“As a result, it will be very important for promoters to come along to one of the public information meetings and learn all of the details that they need to ensure that their proposals fully meet all of the criteria required in order to receive LEADER funding.”Details about the LEADER programme, including case studies describing the wide range of Donegal projects which have previously received LEADER funding, are available on the DLDC website at www.dldc.org.More information about the LEADER 2014-2020 funding programme is available by ringing the DLDC Letterkenny office on (074) 91 27056 or the DLDC Donegal Town office on (074) 97 23368. Would you like funding for a business idea or project for the local community? was last modified: September 26th, 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)Tags:BusinessDLDCFeaturesfundingLEADERnewsproject
Well known Ardara man John McConnell was left heart-broken by the news of the tragic death of Tomás Maguire in Australia.Here John recalls a young man full of fun, full of life and with everything to live for. He speaks for all of Co Donegal when he laments the sudden loss of a young man who had his entire life ahead of him. “I sit here tonight stunned and heartbroken at the tragic loss of our friend and teammate Tomás Maguire. Having coached Tomás from the first time he landed down in Kentucky as an 8 year old until he left the Minor ranks, it’s hard to fathom that the wee buck with the cheeky grin and the heart of a lion is no longer with us. We are just heartbroken.“I last spoke with Tomás about a week before he left, He was looking forward to a new adventure..”Heading to Oz John” he said, “Looking forward to it, should be good crack..”. I told him to take care of himself over there, “Join the nearest club and you will never be stuck for work” I said..” No bother John” he said and we left it at that.“But really and truly, we all probably knew that once he headed away, he wouldn’t be back to live at home for long enough.He had a wanderlust that he had to satisfy and get out of his system.He started off his football career as a key member of the 1996/97 Under-10 teams that went on to win County League and Championships at Under-12, Under-14 ,16 and Minor (league). “Tomás now joins his great friend from that team, Shaun Gallagher who was taken from us in 2004 at the age of 17. That team had a great bond of friendship that lasts to this day.“As the years went on, Tomas just got better and better as a player.“When the team reached their last year at Minor in 2005, he was chosen to captain the team, and boy was he chuffed..“He took the job completely to heart and was man of the match in every single game we played, and despite a heroic performance at full back in the County Minor Final, he couldnt prevent a strong Killybegs team from finally getting one over on us for the first time.“It was the biggest regret we had, that he didn’t get to lift the Domhnaill Mac a Bhaird cup after the effort he had put in that year.“He was devastated after that defeat. He had some consolation though when he won both the Minor and Reserve Player of the Year Awards at the dinner dance that year. “Tomas drifted a bit after that, he was keen to join the army, but it didn’t work out. He eventually came back to the field, and was soon a key member of our senior team. What a player, such pace, great hands and those surging runs out of defence.“It was no surprise that Jim McGuinness came calling in 2011 to join the panel, but Tomas wasn’t really into that end of things..he loved playing for the green and gold, but there was also a good time to be had, girls to be wooed and he was as good at that as he was a footballer.“But that was Tomas, it didn’t matter what odd wee scrape he got into, he was still that lovable rogue that you couldn’t put down or say a bad word about.“We can’t imagine what the Maguire family are going through, so soon after the loss of Martina, or the Egan Family who have also suffered terribly over the years. “We will do our best to support Eileen,Eunan, Tara, Claire, Eunan Jr and Darryl.“We will miss you Tomas and we will do our very best to give you the send off you deserve.“We will drape the jersey over your coffin, and we will talk about the great player you were, and the mighty player you would have become when you eventually would come back to captain the Ardara Senior team to try and win the Dr Maguire Cup.“Don’t forget to say hello to Briney for us, and wee Michael McNelis as well. We will miss you terribly, but for as long as the sun sets on the Pearse Memorial we will never forget you. Take care of yourself.” John McConnell.FULL OF LIFE, FULL OF FUN – A TRIBUTE TO TRAGIC TOMÁS was last modified: June 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ArdaradonegalFULL OF FUN – A TRIBUTE TO TRAGIC TOMÁSFULL OF LIFEJohn McConnellWestern Australia
Inishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has commended the local community in Muff after a protest was staged in the village to demand a safe crossing in the village.The protest, which was organised by the local Sinn Féin cumann in conjunction with local residents, was staged on Saturday afternoon to highlight the danger of the current road crossing.Commenting after the protest Cllr Murray said: “I want to commend all those people who came to the protest today and stood in the pouring rain to demand a safe crossing for the village. “This protest highlighted the strong community spirit in Muff and sent a clear message that local people want a safe road crossing with proper signage.“Since the installation of the current road crossing I have been inundated with calls from local residents who are deeply concerned that an accident will occur.“The crossing, while visible to pedestrians, is not clear to motorists. Therefore it could falsely give a pedestrian the indication that it is safe to cross when reality it isn’t.“We cannot wait for someone to be knocked down before taking action on this issue. “I have spoken to other councillors as well as senior roads engineers and I have asked that the crossing is discussed at the next electoral area meeting in Inishowen.“I am hopeful that we have now created enough momentum to finally deliver a safe pedestrian crossing for the village.” ANGRY VILLAGERS DEMAND SAFE CROSSING was last modified: October 26th, 2013 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:Cllr Jack Murraycrossingmuffroad safetyVILLAGE
A drunken man who attacked a Garda car with his walking stick has escaped going to prison.Tony Ward pulled the aerial off a Garda car and then attacked it with his walking aid while Gardai were at a disturbance in Letterkenny, Co Donegal on April 7th last. Ward, 53, of no fixed abode, continued to be abusive to Gardai in Letterkenny Garda station when he was arrested, Letterkenny District Court heard.His solicitor, Ms Deirdre Gallagher, said her client had been stressed out trying to find long-term accommodation.He had not been taking his medication and was drinking heavily, she added.Ward told the court “I know I was out of order and I’m extremely sorry.”Judge Paul Kelly applied the probation act.Man attacked Garda car with walking stick was last modified: April 16th, 2018 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:attackcourtletterkennyTony Wardwalking stick
It promises to be four seasons in one week across Donegal in the coming days with wind and rain giving way to lots of sunshine.A status yellow wind warning is in place for Donegal today up until 7pm this evening with plenty of rain to follow.However, Met Eireann has said that the forecast for Good Friday and into the weekend means that temperatures could reach double figures in many places and possibly up to 23 degrees. Met Eireann has warned that gusts of up to 110kmh could hit Donegal and surrounding counties today.A spokesperson warned people of falling branches as well as heavy rainfall.However, the weather will see a major turnaround as the week progresses towards the weekend.Forecaster Liz Walsh told independent.ie “As we progress into the week, it’s going to start getting warmer. By Easter weekend, we could see temperatures of up to 23C – a much better outlook for the holiday weekend. “So we just have to get through this period and the weather should be warm and settled.”Perfect! Wind and cold to give way to sizzling sunshine for Easter weekend was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalforecastMet Eireannsun
A car was taken after a burglar broke into a home in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny last weekend.The incident occurred in Manor View at around midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning.It is thought that the burglar entered the home and stole the keys to the homeowner’s car – a grey English-registered Peugeot – before driving away. The car was later found abandoned in a nearby housing area.Gardaí are investigating the burglary and unauthorised taking of the vehicle. The authorities are appealing for anybody who was in the Long Lane area at the time or who witnessed this car to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. Car taken following burglary of Letterkenny home was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Sone Aluko hit the post as Fulham bossed a goalless first half at Elland Road.The summer signing was put through by Matt Smith on 34 minutes and beat the keeper but not the upright from close range.Floyd Ayite also went close with a glancing header from 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon’s pinpoint crossSessegnon – an academy graduate left-back – made his senior league debut while new signing Jozabed Sanchez took a place on the bench.Fulham were otherwise unchanged from the side that won at Preston.Fulham: Button; Odoi, Madl, Kalas, Sessegnon; Cairney, McDonald, Parker, Ayite; Smith, Aluko.Subs: Joronen, Malone, Ream, Woodrow, Tunnicliffe, Christensen, Jozabed.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook