2 nabbed with unlicensed gun, ammo

first_imgTwo men were on Thursday arrested at Turtle Creek, Middle Mazaruni with an unlicensed .9mm pistol and eight matching rounds of ammunition.Based on reports, ranks of a Police mobile patrol conducted a search on the two men who were travelling on an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) during which the gun and ammunition were discovered.The men were taken into custody and charges.Charges are expected to be laid shortly.last_img

DUTCH BUSINESS DELEGATION TO LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE AND GUINEA Next Week

first_imgA Dutch business delegation is expected to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea beginning July 6-9, 2015 with possible trade and investment opportunities. According to a press release from the Liberian mission to the Hague, the Dutch business delegation will be led by Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Ms. Ploumen will travel to Monrovia on July 6, and hold discussions with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, meet with relevant agencies and senior government Ministers including the National Investment Commission and Finance and Development Planning.The delegation will also hold discussions with Liberian business executives, farmers, multinational companies, NGOs and later during the day travel to the Freeport of Monrovia and before discussing with Dutch companies doing business in Liberia.The visit was made possible when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf held discussions with the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, Ms. Lilianne Ploumen on the sidelines of the EU High Level Ebola Conference held in Brussels, Belgium in March this year.The aim of the mission is to strengthen bilateral relations with the three Ebola worst hit West Africa countries, to exchange knowledge and promote trade. “Many Dutch businesses are unaware that there are good opportunities for the production sector in West Africa, which is not all that far from the Netherlands,” Ms. Ploumen told a recent meeting in the Hague.”West Africa provides many investment opportunities in areas like rice, coffee, cocoa, water and energy. Our businesses can also set an example in corporate social responsibility. Dutch companies are already active in the region, employ thousands of people who work in good conditions and earn a living wage. This makes us a popular partner,” the minister remarked.The mission will begin in Liberia where the Minister will first meet Dutch Companies operating in Liberia before meeting female entrepreneurs and business women as well as promoting the concept of the good governance and growth programs.The delegation leaves Monrovia for Freetown, Sierra Leone on Monday evening to hold discussions with Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma and later during the day meet with Dutch business people operating in Freetown and members of the Sierra Business Community before visiting Freetown’s port.Ms. Ploumen will later travel to Conakry, Guinea to continue similar discussions and consultations with the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, where a Seminar on Doing Business in Guinea will be held. Thereafter, discussions will take place between the delegation and Guinean authorities and a visit to the Port of Conakry.Liberia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Isaac W. Nyenabo believes the mission will have positive effects on the business climate of Liberia, thus promoting Liberia’s local produce and opening up the Liberian market for not only Dutch investors but also promote trade and investment possibilities from other European companies. “The Netherlands and West Africa have many shared interests, This trade mission will help us broaden our relationship, and that will make it easier for us to discuss more relevant trade matters as well,” the Ambassador noted.At the recent program of the receiving of the Letters of Credence of Liberia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Isaac Nyenabo, the King of the Netherlands, His Majesty Williem-Alexander, revealed that a Trade Mission of Dutch investors and trade partners were planning to visit Liberia by July 6 to explore possibilities of doing business in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.King Williem-Alexander said the mission’s objective was to contribute to the economies of the worst hit Ebola affected countries and provide jobs for the people.The historical relations subsisting between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Liberia date as far back as the 17th Century when the Dutch ship “White Dog” reached the Liberian coast in 1614 and started informal trade with the inhabitants on the West Coast of Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Herrington preparing for first professional fight

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a successful amateur run which saw her win gold at the World Championships of Amateur MMA, Jamie Herrington is turning pro. Herrington will be making her pro debut at Fivestar Fight League’s “Relentless” card in Fort St. John in April.With options at amateur starting to thin out as a consequence to her success the decision to turn pro was an easy one for Herrington as it opens doors to more fight possibilities.“For as successful as my record has gone in the last year, and the limited amount of fighters that are in Canada alone, to go pro has given us a lot more women wise,” she said. “I’m pretty confident in turning pro. At the end of the day a fight is a fight whether it’s an amateur or a professional. It’s what you know in the cage and what you bring,” she said.- Advertisement -She added that after going on a brief hiatus after her gold medal win in Las Vegas she resumed training last year with a focus on becoming a more well rounded fighter.“I took a little bit of a break after the world championships just to get back into work mode and normal life. I got back into training in late October and have been going constantly working my hand game and stand up and hopefully I’ll be more than ready come April,” she said.Another change for Herrington aside from turning pro is fighting at a lower weight class. She’ll be fighting at 125 pounds, down from her past fights of competing at either 135 or 145.Advertisement Tickets for Fivestar Fight League’s “Relentless” are expected to go on sale in early March.last_img read more

Public prioritizes to help develop OCP

first_imgThe objectives presented to achieve this goal are to develop a comprehensive water conservation strategy, to develop an air pollution action plan and to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions. Although the highest priority objective was to increase investment in water, wastewater, energy and air quality management. City Planner Kevin Brooks says that these public meetings are essential, as they provide much necessary public feedback in developing the OCP. He says the next step is to summarize all the information gathered through these meetings and present that summary back to the community. Brooks says the information will be presented back to the public during Municipal Government Day on May 25, asking citizens for feedback and clarification on the progress made on the OCP.According to Brooks, it’s a long and tedious process, but one that is essential in producing a well developed OCP.If interested in providing feedback to help develop the new OCP, please visit the official website to fill out their survey. All the information presented at these meetings is available at the website. Advertisement When dealing with the issue of food security, three goals were presented. These goals include providing long-term access and provide protection for the use of agricultural land, provide the ability for residents to produce healthy food for their own consumption and to ensure residents of Fort St. John long term access to fresh/healthy food. The objectives regarding this topic include ensuring the preservation, protection and enhancement of natural environments, which took top priority. Other objectives are to provide education and training to grow/raise food within the city,  support the local farmers market and to create a healthy community through healthy living education. Food security is currently not included in the OCP, but is something the city feels is necessary to include in the future.The public meetings and opinions gathered are being used as a method to test whether or not to include this topic in the OCP.Environment was another topic presented to the public, with its goal being to approach sustainability through the preservation, protection and enhancement of the natural environment. Advertisement The Fort St. John official community plan is receiving a large amount of public input.On Saturday, multiple consultation meetings were held at the North Peace Cultural Centre, providing the general public the opportunity to provide their opinions and recommendations on the Official Community Plan or OCP.Over the past four years, the city has completed three major and two minor public consultation processes. The information presented at Saturday’s meetings were the results from those consultation sessions.- Advertisement -The meeting was designed to provide the public the opportunity to prioritize objectives presented in relation to various topics. The topics presented to the public were transportation, culture/recreation, environment, food security, economic development, affordable housing, land use and infrastructure/ growth. One topic presented was infrastructure and growth. The goal presented was to provide services and infrastructure in the most sustainable and efficient manner possible, to ensure long time fiscal and environmentally sustainable city. Some of the objectives set for reaching this goal were to ensure a well maintained community infrastructure, identify maximum limit for municipal growth and to promote water conservation. According to the general public in attendance, the highest priority objective is to ensure the natural environment is preserved, protected and enhanced. Advertisementlast_img read more

Churches to begin providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants

first_imgOrganizers don’t believe immigration agents will make arrests inside the churches. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has not tried to arrest Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant who has taken shelter at a Methodist church in Chicago since August. ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice declined to say if agents would attempt to arrest others who take sanctuary in churches, although she did say agents have “the authority to arrest those who are in violation of our immigration laws anywhere in the United States.” Participating churches in San Diego, Seattle, Chicago and New York won’t initially house illegal immigrants. Instead, leaders will provide legal counsel, accompany people to court hearings and prepare plans to house them in churches if authorities try to deport them. In New York, religious leaders gathered at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Paul the Apostle and said their promise of sanctuary could include financial assistance, legal help and physical protection, if necessary. LOS ANGELES – Two churches intend to give sanctuary to illegal immigrants to protect them from deportation and pressure lawmakers to provide a chance at U.S. citizenship. Beginning Wednesday afternoon, a Catholic church in downtown Los Angeles and a Lutheran church in North Hollywood each intend to shelter one person as part of the “New Sanctuary Movement.” A handful of churches in other U.S. cities plan similar efforts in the months ahead to spotlight the plight of illegal immigrants. “We want to put a human face to very complex immigration laws and awaken the consciousness of the human spirit,” said Father Richard Estrada of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Los Angeles, where one illegal immigrant will live. “For us, sanctuary is an act of radical hospitality, the welcoming of the stranger who is like ourselves, the stranger in our midst, our neighbors, our friends,” said Rabbi Michael Feinberg of the Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition. Two families facing deportation stood with the religious leaders. Jani, a U.S. citizen who did not give her last name, said her Haitian-born husband Jean is facing deportation because of a 1989 drug conviction in the U.S. that put him in prison for 11 years. She said the family would take refuge in a church, if necessary, rather than be separated. Anti-illegal immigration groups called the sanctuary effort misguided. The faith groups “don’t seem to realize that they are being charitable with someone else’s resources, and that’s not charity,” said Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors limits on immigration. “We are talking about illegal immigrants taking someone else’s job, filling up the classroom of someone else’s child,” he said. The sanctuary effort is loosely based on a movement in the 1980s, when churches harbored Central American refugees fleeing wars in their home countries. Organizers of the current movement include members of the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and other faiths. The plans come as immigration reform legislation has been stalled since last summer, and tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have been detained and deported in stepped-up immigration raids in recent months. The first to receive refuge in Los Angeles will be a single father from Mexico who has two children who are U.S. citizens, said Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, an interfaith association spearheading the national plans. The man, whose name was not released, worked 17 years as a cook at Los Angeles International Airport before getting injured on the job more than a year ago, she said. He has been unable to work and is facing deportation. “If he goes back to Mexico, the family will literally not have enough food to eat,” she said. The other church will shelter an unidentified Guatemalan man who runs a small gardening business and has two U.S. citizen children. He fled Guatemala in the 1990s during its civil war. He has been denied political asylum and is facing deportation. The churches put out calls for immigrants who were willing and wanted to take part in the sanctuary movement. Immigrants were screened to make sure they paid taxes and didn’t have criminal backgrounds, Salvatierra said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Senate backs border-fence construction, citizenship for illegal immigrants

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate agreed to give millions of illegal immigrants a shot at U.S. citizenship and backed construction of 370 miles of triple-layer fencing along the Mexican border Wednesday, but prospects for legislation clearing Congress were clouded by a withering attack against President George W. Bush by a prominent House Republican. “Regardless of what the president says, what he is proposing is amnesty,” said Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., the lawmaker who would lead House negotiators in any attempt to draft a compromise bill. The blast by Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, came on the day the White House dispatched top presidential aide Karl Rove to ease the concerns of rebellious House Republicans, and also coincided with a clash among GOP senators on the Senate floor. “This is not amnesty, so let’s get the terms right,” Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska lectured fellow Republicans who condemned the bill. “Come on. Let’s stop the nonsense.” “If a governor truly did not want this mission performed in their state, then the option is there for the president and the secretary of defense to federalize the Guard. And then the mission would be conducted, and then it would be without the control of the governor,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“It sort of reminds me of the famous line, `Methinks thou dost protest too much,”‘ responded Sen. David Vitter, R-La. Rhetoric aside, the votes on the Senate floor gave fresh momentum to legislation that closely follows Bush’s call for a broad bill. The measure includes steps to secure the borders, the citizenship-related provisions for illegal immigrants and a new guest-worker program for as many as 200,000 people a year. Senate passage appears likely next week. The political wheels turned as demonstrators massed within sight of the Capitol demanding greater rights for immigrants, the latest evidence of rising passions in connection with efforts to write the most significant overhaul of immigration law in two decades. With the administration eager to emphasize its commitment to border security, officials continued to flesh out details of Bush’s Monday night announcement that he would send up to 6,000 National Guard troops to states along the Mexican border. Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, raised the possibility that Guard members could be sent over the objections of a state’s governor. last_img

WE’RE BACK! DONEGAL GAA SUPPORTERS CLUB IS LAUNCHED

first_imgDonegal GAA Supporters ClubAFTER seven years absence the Donegal GAA Supporters Club is back!Father Brian Quinn became the chairperson of the newly formed Club & Catriona McCaffrey is the secretary.Grace Boyle and Brendan Brady will control the purse strings as joint treasurers. Membership was set at €20 for adults & €10 for juveniles.And Joseph Kelly, son of Kieran & Jacinta Kelly, became the first member for 2013. WE’RE BACK! DONEGAL GAA SUPPORTERS CLUB IS LAUNCHED was last modified: February 25th, 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:WE’RE BACK! DONEGAL GAA SUPPORTERS CLUB IS LAUNCHEDlast_img read more

RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE: DONEGAL STUDENT LEADER WAS ARRESTED FOR TURNING HIS BACK ON TDs

first_imgUSI PRESIDENT JOHN LOGUE BEING ARRESTED IN THE DAIL (pic USI)THE leader of Ireland’s students has been released without charge after his arrest last night in Dail Eireann.Donegal man John Logue had breached Oireachtas rules by standing up in the public gallery in protest at Government parties and their response to a Private Members Bill put forward by Fianna Fail.He had been told by security staff to sit down and when he failed to do so he was handcuffed by Gardai and led away for questioning. He was taken to Pearse Street Garda station in Dublin but was later released without charge.The 23-year-old Donegal man is President of the Union of Students in Ireland which has 240,000 members.“John Logue was arrested for the simple act for turning his back on a Dáil which has turned its back on students,” said a USI spokesman.“John was later released by Gardai. “By voting down an amendment that would have preserved the current level of the grant and stopped fee hikes, this government has once again failed students and families.“Logue was supported by more than 100 students, including sabbatical officers from TCDSU, DITSU and NCISU.“It was a peaceful act of civil disobediance, intended to highlight the issues facing students, especially as students face into €3000 fees, cuts to the grant and a grant system that has only paid out to a minority of students who qualify for it.“When the motion was introduced by Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, student observers rose to their feet in demonstration, in accordance with the campaign slogan ‘Stand Up’.“No government has had its party line defeated by a Private Members Bill – the exclusive preserve of TDs not acting on behalf of the executive government – since Charles Haughey’s Fianna Fáil in 1986.” The spokesman said that yesterday evening USI had met with students and sabbatical officers from Trinity College Dublin, National College of Ireland and Dublin Institute of Technology.The town hall-style meeting saw the presidents of all three students’ unions and Logue address the 100-strong crowd that included local Fine Gael councillors and Labour Party TD for Dublin North Central Aodhán Ó Riordáin.The meeting was the tenth of seventeen such meetings being held by USI across the country to encourage students to get involved in the ‘Fed Up? Stand Up!’ pre-budget campaign, he said.The USI said Logue was attending Dáil proceedings to observe a Private Members’ Bill proposed by Fianna Fáil calling on the government to ‘refrain from further cuts to the education budget and further increases in the registration fee’. The motion was passed but in a much-amended form that removed the call for Fine Gael and Labour to maintain the student contribution as its current level.Said the USI: “Most of the estimated crowd of 100 students then stood in unison and turned their backs on the chamber before security staff ordered all those who wished to continue observing proceedings to sit down. Logue was the last to remain standing and was arrested by Gardaí at the scene for disobeying standing orders of the Dáil having refused to leave upon request.“He was removed in handcuffs to the cheers of the students with whom he was attending proceedings. He was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station for questioning at 9:30pm and was released at 10:45pm.”RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE: DONEGAL STUDENT LEADER WAS ARRESTED FOR TURNING HIS BACK ON TDs was last modified: November 15th, 2012 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:John LogueRELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE: DONEGAL STUDENT LEADER WAS ARRESTED FOR TURNING HIS BACK ON TDslast_img read more

No. 35 Men’s Tennis Readies For Tough Weekend At No. 33 LSU, Louisiana and No. 27 Tulane

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 35th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team have a tough three-day stretch ahead of them as the Bulldogs travels to No. 33 LSU (Friday), Louisiana (Saturday) and No. 27 Tulane (Sunday). The Bulldogs are coming off an upset win over then-ranked No. 23 Minnesota. After dropping the doubles point, Drake went on to win five on the six singles matches to secure the 5-2 victory. Sophomore Ben Stride earned his first career Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week award on Tuesday after clinching the upset for the Bulldogs. In the latest ITA individual rankings, senior Ben Lott is ranked 76th in singles and 50th in doubles with Calum MacGeoch, while Vinny Gillespie and Bayo Philips are tabbed 51st. The LSU Tigers will be well rested when they host Drake on Friday as they last played on Jan. 31, falling to Rice 4-3. The Tigers are led by Jordan Daigle, who is ranked 44th in singles, and is ranked 25th in doubles with Boras Arias. Louisiana are 5-4 and are coming off a 4-2 victory over No. 65 Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Wednesday. The Ragin’ Cajuns have seen their consistent singles play from the No. 3 and No. 6 spots, recording a 6-1 and 8-0 record, respectively. Tulane’s last time on the court was at Dartmouth on Jan. 31, where the Green Wave fell to the Big Green, 4-3. Tulane will play Mississippi State prior to hosting the Bulldogs on Sunday. The Green Wave are led by the top singles player in the country, Dominik Koepfer. Koepfer won the National Indoor Intercollegiate Champion in November and holds a 16-2 record this season. Koepfer is also ranked No. 7 in doubles with Chi-Shan Jao. The Bulldogs will return to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Feb. 26 when they host Purdue.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

WOMAN GIVEN CHEQUE-BOOK TO START BUSINESS WENT ON BOGUS €6,778 SPENDING SPREE

first_imgA woman who was given a cheque-book by a bank to start a new business went on a spending spree before the loan was officially approved.Ms Devine cashed a number of cheques across Donegal.Fiona Devine, 41, approached the AIB bank to start a second-hand furniture business in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. She was told the loan application for €10,000 was looking good and was even given a cheque-book.The mother-of-five began purchasing various items over a six week period between September and October in 2013.However, two weeks alter she was told by the AIB that the loan application was being refused but could appeal the decision.Ms Devine continued to cash various cheques in towns across Donegal including Letterkenny, Milford, Burt, Fanad, Ramelton, Ballybofey and Convoy to the value of €6,778.34.Solicitor Michael Shiel, said his client, of 18 St Columba’s Terrace, Letterkenny, was realistically never going to get her business off the ground.He said she suffered from bi-polar disorder and handed a medical report into Letterkenny District Court.He said Ms Devine had bought a number of items including a laptop computer, kettle, electric blanket and toaster which had not even been taken out of their wrapping.The court heard that cash was also drawn down on top of the cheques for goods and that no compensation had been received by any of the companies defrauded.In total she faced 51 charges of theft and making gain or causing loss by deception.Judge Paul asked for a probation report in the case and adjourned the case until April 20th.WOMAN GIVEN CHEQUE-BOOK TO START BUSINESS WENT ON BOGUS €6,778 SPENDING SPREE was last modified: February 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) Tags:chequesdonegalFiona DevinefraudGardaiJudge Paul Kellyletterkennylast_img read more