GOL, Please Send Our Ugandan Sister Home—Before It Is Too Late!

first_imgIt pains us to learn that unscrupulous drug dealers take innocent young people and use them as part of their drug trafficking network, with the promise of riches.  If only more young ones would realize the grave danger of this illicit trade and run far away from it! Unfortunately, that was not the case with our 24 year-old Ugandan sister, Shirat Nalwadda, who was arrested at the Roberts International Airport on November 13, 2013 after Customs officers found 1.2 kilograms of heroin worth US$30,000 in her luggage.That landed her in a cruel and merciless web of crime.  How could she tell the security that the heroin did not belong to her?  At airports all over the world there are constant warnings to passengers to accept NOTHING from other passengers. In the case of our Ugandan sister, the evidence was clear and decisive: illicit drugs were found in her luggage.  She was sent to court, indicted and convicted of unlawful possession, trafficking and distribution of narcotics drugs and given a four year prison sentence.Judge Blamo Dixon, in his sentence, ordered that she be deported back to Uganda to serve out her sentence.It is a matter of total embarrassment that the Liberian government has not been able to find the money to send this African sister back home.  All Africans eat rice, but that is not the staple in Uganda.  There, it is matoke (pronounced ma-to-kay).  That is a special variety of banana, the staple food of a majority of Ugandans (the Muganda), that country’s largest ethnic group.That has been part of the problem with our sister Shirat.  She is not used to eating rice, and has pleaded with the jailers to serve her the matoke, which is not readily available in Liberia.Following the Ebola outbreak last year, she was transferred to a prison in Bomi County.  There she has been for several months, kept under very deprived conditions, including lack of food.  Her attorney in Monrovia told this newspaper that when she had been confined at Monrovia’s Central Prison, he made sure to take her food daily.  But Bomi is too far for that.  The result: it is reported that she has stopped eating and has fallen seriously ill.There is only one solution to this crisis: GOL should honor the judgment of its own court and SEND THE WOMAN BACK HOME!It is totally untenable (indefensible, flawed) that the Liberian government should fail to honor the judgment of its own court.  And surely, the GOL should not do itself the indignity (embarrassment, shame) of telling the world it has no money to send its own African sister back home. Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan is a student of history.  He knows that Liberia was already an independent state by over a quarter century before Uganda was colonized by Great Britain.  The colonization followed the famous meeting between Dr. David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley in Uganda, 1871.  Stanley had been sent by the British to find Dr. Livingstone, who had traveled to the East African interior and for a while no one had heard of him.  The day they met deep inside the Ugandan forest, Stanley uttered to the British explorer one of history’s most famous sentences: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume!”This historical reflection tells us how much older independent Liberia is than Uganda.So surely, we can find the thousand dollars or less to send Shirat Nalwadda back home to serve out her prison sentence among her own people.  The GOL does not want to subject itself to any embarrassment—having to deal with the far more costly and shameful option of sending her body back to Uganda.Foreign Minister Nguafuan, Justice Minister Sannoh, Finance Minister Konneh, Internal Affairs Minister Dukuly, please, act NOW before it is too late!      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Update on City Council attending Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Annual Convention.

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff of the City of Fort St. John shared members of Council and staff had a busy day Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Annual Convention.On the FB post staff share, Mayor Ackerman was a panel member to discuss BC’s Energy Futures. The panel addressed how the natural resource sector has increased the quality of life, discussed responsible resource development, how local governments can better prepare for a changing climate and the need for a balanced approach to changes.- Advertisement -The convention provides an opportunity for members of Council and staff to meet with the Provincial Government. Using the meetings to discuss items directly affecting the region and residents, including health, education, safety, housing, seniors care, and policing, shared city staff.On Wednesday, Council and staff had met with provincial cabinet ministers; Minister Doug Donaldson – Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural       Development Minister Michelle Mungall – Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Adrian Dix – Health Minister Scott Fraser – Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Selena Robinson – Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Mike Farnworth – Public Safety and Solicitor GeneralThe rest of the week includes many breakout sessions and presentation and additional meetings with provincial ministers and organizations. There are also the resolution sessions where attendees debate and determine the issues that UBCM will advance on behalf of local governments.Members of Fort St. John City Council and staff are in Vancouver for the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention. A week-long convention which facilitates bringing municipalities from across British Columbia together to provide a collective voice for local government.Advertisementlast_img read more

DONEGAL COMMUNITY FORUM HEARS OF NEED TO GET VOLUNTEER’S MESSAGES OUT

first_imgThe Annual General meeting of Donegal County Community Forum was held recently where the representational and developmental role of the forum was highlighted.The key objective of Donegal County Community Forum is to provide a vehicle through which the community & voluntary sector’s voice is heard at decision making levels. The acting chairperson of Donegal County Community Forum, Mary McGowan, outlined the range of activities that the forum has undertaken in the past 12 months to the counties community and voluntary sector representatives.Among the activities undertaken by the forum in recent include the provision of public information seminars on subjects of relevance to the community and voluntary sector, including, active ageing, safety in the home and the heritage of local areas.The community and voluntary sector in County Donegal have identified as a weakness in their structures their ability to communicate with the general public the important work being carried out in local communities on a voluntary basis. Donegal County Community Forum are helping to address this weakness by facilitating training in media skills, including print media, social media, public speaking and radio communications.Addressing the Annual General Meeting, County Manager, Seamus Neely highlighted the important role carried out by County Forum members in representing the community and voluntary sector on Donegal County Development Board Sectoral Fora and Donegal County Council Strategic Policy Committee’s. Donegal County Community Forum currently provide active representation on up to 20 decision making structures in the County, bringing a community and voluntary perspective to decision making and funding allocating bodies, and also ensuring that the sector is informed of developments at county level. Donegal County Community Forum has developed a website portal which has the objective of giving information about the activities of county and local fora and providing an information sharing platform on matters of common interest for the Community & Voluntary sector in various parts of the county.The website www.donegalcommunityforum.ie was launched by the Minister of State at the Department of Gaeltacht and Community Affairs, Dinny McGinley in May 2012.The funding for the running of the County Forum structure comes predominantly from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government with funding and developmental support from Donegal County Council.Further information on the work of Donegal County Community Forum can be had from Mary McGowan, Acting Chairperson, on 087 263 9165 DONEGAL COMMUNITY FORUM HEARS OF NEED TO GET VOLUNTEER’S MESSAGES OUT was last modified: October 4th, 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:DONEGAL COMMUNITY FORUMMARY MCGOWANSEAMUS NEELYvolunteerslast_img read more

AND THE WINNERS OF THE FREE LOTTIE DOLLS ARE ……

first_imgDonegal doll-makers Arklu recently gave us five of their Lottie dolls to give away to five Donegal Daily readers.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenWe had a huge response to the competition but unfortunately there could only be five winners.The following are the five winners. And the good news is that the winners don’t have to do anything else.Arklu will send the dolls to the winners – in time for Christmas!Congrats to all the winners and the good news is that we will have many more competitions in the coming days, weeks and months ahead.The winners of lovely Lottie dolls are: Elizabeth Ferry, Listillion, LetterkennyTreasa McGettigan, Drumoghill, TermonEva Mc Devitt, Donegal road, BallybofeyTanya Cannon, NewtowncunninghamAoife Crawford, Essex, UK AND THE WINNERS OF THE FREE LOTTIE DOLLS ARE …… was last modified: December 7th, 2013 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:ARKLUcompetitionLottie dollslast_img read more

In-form Arsenal ace Olivier Giroud to fire France into Euro 2016 final – Coral

first_imgCoral’s John Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Wales’ sensational Euro 2016 run ended at the semi-final stage on Wednesday night as Portugal ran out 2-0 winners in Lyon.France and Germany will battle it out on Thursday night to face Cristiano Ronaldo and co in the final, and the hosts are marginal 9/5 favourites to progress while the world champions are 15/8.Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is in form having scored three times for France in the tournament so far and he is the 11/2 favourite to grab the opening goal.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS – DONEGAL CRAFT VILLAGE HAS SPACE!

first_imgDonegal Craft VillageFor 30 years now the Donegal Craft Village, Lurganboy, just outside Donegal Town, has been a hub for creativity and talented artists serving both the local and tourist sectors.This remarkable facility has won widespread acclaim for its unique output which has delighted, enthralled and impressed locals and visitors alike.There are a variety of workshops clustered around a central courtyard. These are occupied by talented artists, who are highly skilled craftspeople working with glass, textiles, wood, paint, ceramics and precious metals. Visitors have an ideal opportunity to purchase unique Irish craft and design; one-off pieces unavailable anywhere else. They can also commission special bespoke items for presentations, corporate gifts or larger architectural pieces.A trip to the craft village is enhanced by the presence of a landscaped picnic area and a quaint cafe on the edge of the courtyard. Indeed the Aroma Café is renowned for its tempting menu, fresh ground coffee and delicious homemade cakes. Car and coach parking is spacious and free.It is expected that a number of vacant units will be available on short-term lease during 2015 and Donegal County Council is proposing to establish a panel of interested parties that will remain in place for a period of 12 months, which will be used to fill any vacant units that may become available within that period.For more information e-mail: eamonb@donegalcoco.ie or call: (074) 9153900. CALLING ALL CRAFTERS – DONEGAL CRAFT VILLAGE HAS SPACE! was last modified: April 24th, 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) Tags:DONEGAL CRAFT VILLAGElast_img read more

Mac CUMHAILL’S BOYS DO COUNTY PROUD AT FEILE

first_imgBy Alan Martin, MacCumhaills: Having won the County Under 13 Championship, Sean Mac Cumhaills represented Donegal in the All Ireland Feil Na Peil that took place in Connacht last weekend.Our host club were Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon.Our first match was against Shamrock Gaels on on Friday evening in Ballintober. The lads made a slow start and were two points up at half time. They settled well in the second half and won on a scoreline line of 4-07 to 1-03. Next up were Wexford champions Naomh Eanna. This time the boys started brilliantly and continued in the same vein for the rest of the match. Final score was 6-04 to 1-02. The lads returned to their host houses after the matches. Saturday morning saw us pitted against our host club Ballaghderreen. A win would leave us top of the table and automatic qualification into the Quarter Finals. Again the lads turned on the style and were comfortable winners, 6-06 to 1-06. The team returned again to the host houses to rest up for the evening quarter final.Our opposition were a much fancied team from Roscommon called Clg Oran. Mac Cumhaills got off to a great start and were 8 points up at half time. The second half was a joy to behold as Mac Cumhaills kept Oran scoreless whilst scoring at will themselves. Full time was 6-07 to 1-02.We returned to Durkins Hotel in Ballaghderrreen where the lads were fed and presentations were made to the host families. We were also treated to a wonderful Irish Dancing display by 4 times world Champion Ronan Kelly.Sunday morning saw the team travel to the Connacht Centre of Excellence were all the Semi Finals and Finals were taking place. Gac All Saints from Ballymena were the team drawn against us. We had a huge travelling support down from Donegal to cheer on the lads. We started brilliantly scoring three points on the trot. All Saints settled and scored two back. In the last min of the first half All Saints scored a goal which left us two points down at half time. The second half was very tight. Unfortunately it was one of those days were nothing fell right for us. The lads busted themselves trying to level the match but there was a goal between the teams in the end. All Saints 1-04 Mac Cumhaills 0-04. The lads can hold their heads up high as they have done the club and county proud, on and off the pitch over the weekend. Well done to all the lads and management. Mac CUMHAILL’S BOYS DO COUNTY PROUD AT FEILE was last modified: July 1st, 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:BallybofeyFeile 2014GAAMacCumhaillslast_img read more

ST EUNAN’S BOYS CROWNED DONEGAL ÓG SPORT CHAMPS

first_imgReigning Ulster Óg Sport Gael (U15) Champions, St. Eunan’s qualified for this year’s Ulster finals when they defeated Kilcar in the County Finals hosted by Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday.St. Eunan’s were drawn in Group 1 with Buncrana and Ardara and Kilcar were in Group 2 with hosts Letterkenny Gaels and Seán MacCumhaills.In their opening game the St. Eunan’s lads defeated Buncrana by 5-05 to 0-02 before taking on Ardara who had also beaten the Inishowen men with the winner moving on to the final. The Southern Area runners-up, Ardara took a narrow lead into the half-time break 0-05 to 0-04 before two second half goals from Matthew McGovern and Aaron Deeney opened up a lead for the Cathedral Town team and after some good defending and goalkeeping from Ronan McGeehin they kept Ardara from getting the goals they needed and ran out winners by 2-08 to 0-08.In Group 2 Kilcar got the better of the hosting Gaels in their opening match and MacCumhaills then also beat the Gaels to set up a semi-final showdown with Kilcar. In a very close game that could have gone either way, the Kilcar men ran out 4 point winners and set up a final meeting with St. Eunan’s.St. Eunan’s got a good start to the Final with an early Éoin McGeehin point before Jerome Atuahene and Donal Farren combined to set up Matthew McGovern for the game’s opening goal. Another McGeehin point saw the Eunan’s team turn around leading 1-02 to 0-01 with the Kilcar lads kicking a few wides that could have left the half-time score much closer.Early in the second period Donal Farren and Ryan Hilferty combined to set up Matthew McGovern again and he rounded the Kilcar net minder to blast into an empty net for his second goal. Moments later Aaron Deeney netted after a neat inter change with McGovern to put clear daylight between the sides and while Kilcar applied some pressure they found the Eunan’s rear-guard in fine form with Deeney, Farren, Alex Tinney, Ryan Hilferty, Jerome Atuahene and goalkeeper Ronan McGeehin proving impossible to breach so they had to settle for a few points before Éoin McGeehin kicked the final score for St. Eunan’s who won by 3-03 to 0-05.St. Eunan’s managed to go through their 3 games without conceding a single goal, a great achievement in 7-a-side football.The St. Eunan’s team will be hoping to emulate last year’s squad that defeated Clann Eireann from Armagh in the Ulster final to take the title to Donegal for the first ever time. O’Donnell Park will host the Ulster Finals in just two weeks’ time on Saturday, September 6th. The St. Eunan’s squad was: Ronan McGeehin, Aaron Deeney, Donal Farren, Ryan Hilferty, Jerome Angel Atuahene, Éoin McGeehin, Matthew McGovern, Shaun Curran, Alex Tinney and Darragh Morrison. ST EUNAN’S BOYS CROWNED DONEGAL ÓG SPORT CHAMPS was last modified: August 24th, 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:ArdaraChampionsDonegal Og SportGaelkilcarLetterkenny GaelsSt Eunansu15.last_img read more

CLANNAD TO HEAD DOWN UNDER TO MARK 40TH ANNIVERSARY

first_imgClannad will return to Australia for the first time in 18 years for shows in October and November.The group, from Gaoth Dobhair, are touring to mark their 40th anniversary.Clannad formed in 1970 with siblings Moya, Pol and Ciaran Brennan and their twin uncles Padraig and Noel Duggan. Their first album Clannad was released in 1970. Clannad were nominated for Grammy Awards in 1993 and 1996 and won a Grammy in 1998 for the studio album Landmarks.To mark the 40th anniversary Clannad will release Nadur, their first album since Landmarks 15 years ago.Tickets for the 2013 Australian tour go on sale at 10am August 16.Clannad will play the following dates: October 26 – Hamer Hall, MelbourneOctober 28 – City Hall, BrisbaneOctober 30 – State Theatre, SydneyNovember 1 – Astor Theatre, PerthCLANNAD TO HEAD DOWN UNDER TO MARK 40TH ANNIVERSARY was last modified: August 15th, 2013 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:AustraliaClannadlast_img read more

Tragic Gallagher family solicitor pleads with young people to talk about problems

first_imgThe solicitor representing the family of tragic teenagers Erin and Shannon Gallagher has appealed to young people to leave down their phones and talk to people.Patsy Gallagher made the impassioned plea after watching mum Lorraine bury her daughters just weeks apart after they took their own lives aged just 13 and 15 in 2012.The inquest into the death of Shannon, aged 15, heard this week how she took her life on December 12th, just six weeks after her sister Erin, aged 13, did the same on October 26th, 2012. Mr Gallagher said the case was unprecedented and appealed to young people to learn lessons from Shannon and Erin’s deaths.“If I could say one thing to teenagers today it is simply this ‘Put down your phones.’ I would ask them to move away from technology if they are going through a tough time and talk to someone.“They will not find their answers on a phone but they may find some answers by talking to people, be it a teacher or just a friend.“I have seen what Erin and Shannon went through and I would not wish that on any other child. They could not find peace on their phones,” he said. Letterkenny Coroner’s Court this week returned a finding that Shannon died by suicide.The Ballybofey teenager was found dead in her bedroom at her foster home where she had been staying for just 12 days before she ended her life.She had been wrapping Christmas presents for her family and even wrote a note to her mum Lorraine saying how much she loved her and missed her just hours before she died.Shannon had gone into a voluntary foster home as herself and mum Lorraine tried to work out their differences just weeks after the death of her younger sister Erin.Mr Gallagher said mum Lorraine was coping as best she could but this week’s inquest was particularly difficult for her. “She is trying to get on with her life as best she can but it’s at times like this that everything is brought back up again.“I know she would want the same message to go out to encourage all young people to talk about their problems to someone face-to-face.“She would never wish what happened to her on anybody else,” he said.Tragic Gallagher family solicitor pleads with young people to talk about problems was last modified: October 14th, 2017 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:Erin GallagherinquestLOrraine GallagherPatsy Gallagherphonesshannon gallagherSUICIDElast_img read more