Butaw citizens in Sinoe County and in Monrovia have warned the Liberian government against arbitrary arrests of its citizens, especially those who have fled into the bushes for fear of being imprisoned.The citizens said during a meeting here in Butaw that the prolonged hiding of their kinsmen in the bushes, villages or forest posed a health hazard and they would never “forget or forgive” the government if anyone loses his or her life for fear of being ‘brutally beaten’ or arrested over the May 26 mob violence at the Butaw headquarters of Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL).The Butaw citizens also urged the government to unconditionally free their children from prison, arguing that in concession areas, disagreements and protests would always arise.The citizens issued the stern warning on Saturday during a meeting organized by scores of Butaw citizens from Monrovia, headed by activists A. Saydee Monboe, II and K. Hasting Panyonnoh, I.The two men said their presence in the county is to intensify their campaign with what they described as the “undying commitment to fight for justice” which includes warning the government and assuring their kinsmen of their readiness to galvanize national and international support to free their children from detention.Over 20 youth, mainly males, are being held at the prison compound located at Johnston Street, Greenville, since their arrest on May 26.They have been charged with terroristic threat, armed robbery and theft of property and breach of the peace.On Friday, the preliminary hearing at the Magisterial Court to substantiate the charges failed to take place due to the ill health of the judge.Mr. Monboe, who is also the executive director of the Center for Trauma Counseling and Conflict Resolution, (CTCCR) said they have galvanized pro bono lawyers amid reports that the Sinoe County Public Defender, Atty. Wilfred Nyanti is unable to defend over 20 persons.Monboe said Cllr. Lencer Matthews and Atty. Alfred Brownell are helping to coordinate lawyers for the case for which the date of hearing has not yet been decided.According to Mr. Monboe, today there will be another meeting at Butaw Compound during which citizens will be briefed about their discussions with the County Legislative Caucus, the Green Advocates and other civil society organizations to galvanize legal support for the release of the youths.“We will mobilize our colleagues and our people to contest the judicial system against the arrest of our people. Our international partners will also help us in this legal battle,” Mr. Monboe stated.According to him, the people of Butaw are disappointed over the 65-year concession agreement that was signed by the government and the GVL without direct benefits to the people of Butaw.He said the upgrading of the schools, the lack of a hospital, roads and water in Butaw are issues that still need to be addressed and which, he said, are grounds for more protests.He, however, said the issue of the GVL agreement would be adequately tackled after the legal battle over the release of the youth in detention and the return of those in the bushes.Mr. Monboe termed the value of the GVL riot damages, which was put at over US$200K, as unrealistic and demeaning.For his part, Mr. Panyonnoh said although they are against mob violence, the arrests should not be political and the cause of the mob justice should be dealt with to avoid a recurrence.He said the release of the youth and a guarantee that those hiding in the bushes will not be arrested should claim government’s attention.According to the GVL’s report of last month’s riots, two employees were badly injured and were hospitalized in Monrovia while several others were treated locally. Employees’ houses were broken into, vandalized and their private properties stolen. GVL said the company’s rice warehouse was looted and its facility and vehicles were damaged.Sources in Butaw said the riot against GVL is owing to the unresolved land dispute between the GVL and the Butaw community. The youth and elders claim that their lands are forcibly taken from them by the Liberian government through GVL for a “nickel.”They argued that the concession agreement between the government and leeward communities should seek their input. They warned of continued unrest if there common ground were not established.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Judge has warned that too many young Donegal men are playing computer games involving high-speed car chases thinking they can out-speed Gardai.Daryl Kelly appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.Judge Paul Kelly was speaking as he jailed a 22 year old Lifford man for four months after he drove at Gardai before trying to escape. Daryl Kelly appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with a series of motoring offenses.The court heard how Kelly did a handbrake turn in front of Gardai before driving at them in his silver Honda.Inspector John O’Toole said Gardai had to take evasive action as Kelly and three passengers drove at them on December 7th, 2013.Kelly travelled onto the Lifford Road, Castlefin and was racing speeds of 90kph in a 50kph zone.Gardai had activated their siren and their flashing lights but Kelly, of 32 Beechwood grove, Lifford kept driving.Gardai eventually said they spotted dust and debris and noticed the car had mounted a footpath and had crashed into a wall at the Coneyburrow Road in Lifford.The accused still tried to flee but the driver’s door was jammed and Gardai caught him.He resisted arrest and Gardai had to use their incapacitating spray on him as thy arrested him.Judge Paul Kelly said he had noticed an increase in the number of young men coming before his court on such offenses.He said “There seems to have been an increase in the number of such offenses – young men under the influence and sometimes watching too many movies and computer games thinking they can escape Gardai and they put everyone else in considerable danger. This case only came to a halt after 3 mile and only because this man lost control and hit a wall.”The car was not insured and did not have a valid NCT cert.Kelly was also over the drink-driving limit when taken to be processed at Milford Garda station.Kelly was jailed for four months for dangerous driving at Lifford Road, Castlefin and also disqualified from driving for three years.He was also fined €200 for having no insurance and a further €200 for section 4.Other charges were either struck out or taken into consideration.JUDGE SLAMS VIDEO GAME CULTURE AS HE JAILS BOY RACER FOR FOUR MONTHS was last modified: August 25th, 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:courtdangerous drivingDaryl KellydonegalJudge Paul KellyLifford
Donegal suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Down in this game at a blustery Ballela Co. Down on Saturday.Missing a number of key players Donegal didn’t show enough belief to win this game and eventually went down on a scoreline of 2-17 to 4-3.Buncrana’s Paul Nelson got the opening score for Donegal but that was as good as it got, Down’s ability to score points was the major difference between the teams.The major turning point in this game came midway through the first half when Paddy Wilson who had been very influential up that point had to come off due to an ankle injury.A goal in injury time of the first half gave Down a half time lead of 2.7 to 1.2.Down opened the scoring in the second half with another brace of long range points, St Eunans Kevin Keely pulled a goal back for Donegal. Tom Clare’s men grew more into the game the longer it went on and finally began to believe in themselves.Aodh Ruadh’s Oisin Rooney got a brace of goals in the last 12 minutes unfortunately for Donegal the come back came too late.Carndonagh’s James Monagle made a couple of great saves in the second half.Donegal showed the Ards men too much respect but credit to them they never gave up and fought to the end.Donegal James Monagle (Carndonagh) Kevin Vaughan (Buncrana) James Doherty (Buncrana) Caoimhim Lennon (St Eunans) Paddy Wilson (Buncrana) Oisin Rooney (Aodh Ruadh) Justin Mc Bride (Setanta) Conor O’ Grady (St Eunans) Sam Doherty (Buncrana) Kevin Keely (St Eunans) Aaron Mc Cauley (Mc Cumhaills) Paul Nelson (Buncrana) Cathal Doherty (Carndonagh) Tom Clare (Buncrana) Jamie de Ward (Mc Cumhaills). Subs Declan Mc Carron (Buncrana) for Wilson, Stephen Gallagher (Burt) for de Ward, Danny Mc Carron (Carndonagh) for Mc Carron, Stephen Connolly (Aodh Ruadh) for Keely.Scorers Oisin Rooney 2.0, Sam Doherty 1.0, Kevin Keely 1.0, Tom Clare 0.2 f, Paul Nelson 0.1 HURLING: DONEGAL MINORS FALL SHORT IN ALL-IRELAND B QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: August 2nd, 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:ALL IRELAND BdonegalHURLINGMinors
Letterkenny Chamber are delighted to launch the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the town.The parade is one of the biggest in the county and this year it is getting entries already from a wide range of businesses, community organisations and bands. This year Letterkenny Chamber are making two appeals to the general public, firstly for fund raising and secondly for volunteers to steward the parade on the day.Speaking as the Chamber starts to distribute collection boxes, Chamber President John Watson said Letterkenny’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a great family event in Letterkenny and it grows year on year.“This year the parade falls on a Sunday and we can guarantee large crowds lining the streets and lots of visitors here for the weekend. The Chamber is the sole organiser of the Parade and we raise money through contributions from large and small businesses as well as bag packing and a bucket collection on the day.“This year we have added collection boxes in shops and other business in town and we hope all this goes together to cover the cost of the parade. If you see a collection tin why not help us out with a small contribution, it all adds up.” The well-known businessman also appealed for help for stewarding the event.“This year we are also appealing for volunteer stewards. The St.Patrick’s day parade takes approximately one and a half hours to complete its route and in order to keep spectators and entrants safe we need a large number of stewards to cover the whole parade. We need people who could spare a few hours to act as stewards to ensure the parade moves steadily and that all spectators are safe. It can be good fun so if you feel you could help and can spare a few hours we would be delighted to hear from you.“The Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day Parade has been growing year on year and we want to keep it as safe as possible for all involved so extra volunteer stewards would be a great help to us all in the organising committee. This is very much a community event with community groups, individuals and businesses taking part so if you can play your part we would welcome you with open arms”.The Parade, that starts at 3pm on Sunday 17th March, will include the usual mix of dancers, cars, music and colour and will be preceded by entertainment on the viewing platform at Market Square.On the day the independent judges view the parade with various categories in mind including community, sports, youth, band and dance.Each category winner receives a plaque and the overall winning entry receives the Danny Doherty Perpetual Plaque plus a cheque for €500. The parade starts at 3pm making its way from Pearse Road via Port Road, through Main Street past the viewing platform at Market Square to finish in Old Town.All types of businesses and groups can enter the parade, entries must be of entertainment value and participants must hold their own public liability and/or employers liability insurance.To volunteer as a steward, to enter a float or just for more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.HEY PADDY – CAN YOU LEND A HAND IN LETTERKENNY ON MARCH 17TH? was last modified: February 26th, 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:JOhn WatsonLetterkenny ChamberSt Patrick’s Day
17 August 2009Fifa is to give away over 120 000 category four World Cup tickets to 20 000 stadium construction workers and thousands of youngsters involved in community programmes aligned with the Ticket Fund initiative – a first in the 80-year history of the tournament.Speaking at the launch of the World Cup Ticket Fund in Johannesburg last week, Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said 40 000 of these tickets would be given to 20 000 construction workers, each worker receiving two tickets for a group stage match at the stadium they had helped to build.The remaining 80 000 tickets will be issued as a reward to thousands of South Africans, particularly youngsters, who are involved in programmes aimed at encouraging participation in football and community-oriented initiatives.These programmes range from making children and young adults aware of health issues, to equipping people with financial literacy skills to manage their lives better, to raising awareness of the need to protect the environment to score “green goals”.The 80 000 tickets will be distributed via the six Fifa partners involved with these programmes: Adidas, Hyundai/Kia, Sony, Coca-Cola, Emirates and Visa. Encouraging learning – Adidas, in partnership with the Department of Education and the 2010 Organising Committee, will award 15 000 tickets to encourage children participating in educational and soccer activities that form part of the official schools campaign, My 2010 School Adventure. Protecting the environment – Building on a partnership with the South African Department of Education established at the Fifa Confederations Cup, Coca-Cola aims to create a generation of environmentally aware children when they roll out a recycling programme to grade 8 to 12 students in schools across South Africa. 20 000 tickets have been assigned to this project. Healthy lifestyles – Kia Motors will partner with South African development organisation Sporting Chance to run street soccer leagues and health education programmes in some of South Africa’s poorest communities. 5 000 tickets have been assigned to this project.Combating HIV/Aids – Sony has teamed up with Grassroots Soccer, a South African non-profit organisation that uses football to promote HIV/Aids awareness among children and young adults across South Africa. 15 000 tickets have been assigned to this project.Financial literacy – Through Visa’s financial literacy roadshows, low-income workers in the industrial and tourism sectors will get the opportunity to learn basic financial skills. 5 000 tickets have been assigned to this project.Emirates and Hyundai have also confirmed their commitment to the Ticket Fund, with plans to award 15 000 and 5 000 tickets respectively.The Ticket Fund initiative will therefore not end when the final whistle is blown on 11 July 2010, but “will mark only the beginning of long-term partnerships that will continue to create opportunities for South Africans for years to come,” Fifa said in a statement.The Fund “aims to use the excitement and passion for the game in the country as a tool to motivate and engage people, particularly young South Africans, on topics such as education, health and the environment.”Jordaan said that despite the “massive global demand for tickets to the tournament, we are doing all we can to ensure South African residents are well represented in the stadiums with their unique vibrancy and spirit.”The Ticket Fund was also a way of showing appreciation “for the critical role played by the thousands of construction workers whose skill and dedication has made this project a vivid reality.”Source: BuaNews
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Buying houses will be dearer in Mumbai as the State government on Tuesday cleared a Bill, without discussion, to increase stamp duty on property transfers by 1%. The extra money will be transferred to transport infrastructure projects planned in the city. To ensure public projects like the coastal road, Metro, monorail and freeways have enough funds, a surcharge will be added to the stamp duty charged for the sale, gift and rental transactions of properties.The Bill was passed without discussion as it was presented amid sloganeering from Opposition and ruling party MLAs over the issue of Maratha reservation.Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said that the government acted in an authoritarian manner and similarly pushed eight other Bills too. “We were not given a chance to speak. This is not how Bills are cleared,” he said. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said,“It is important that every Bill is discussed in detail. Every aspect should be scrutinised and that is our work. But they didn’t want it to be discussed,” he said.However, Parliamentary Affairs minister Girish Bapat said the Oppositioncreated the ruckus and the government had stopped them for speaking on the Bill.
COMMENT Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today announced an award of Rs 1 crore for Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik.Sisodia visited the parents of the wrestler in Haryana’s Rohtak and announced the award.He also announced a promotion for Sakshi’s father, Sukhbir Malik, who works as a bus conductor at Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).On Wednesday, the 23-year-old wrestler had ended the country’s wait for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games as she bagged the bronze medal in the 58-kg category, pulling off a dramatic 8-5 victory in the play-off bout. SHARE sport August 20, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger 0 Published on COMMENTS