National Toshaos Conference set for July 18

first_imgThe National Toshaos Conference (NTC) has been set for July 18 to July 22, 2016.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock made the announcement, noting that at the NTC all of the leaders of the indigenous communities around the nation will gather to discuss issues and policies which affect the nation’s first peoples with Government officials and various organisations.According to Minister Allicock, the five-day NTC will be held at Arthur Chung Conference Centre.“A large turnout is expected at the National Toshaos Conference. The [Neighbourhood Democratic Councils] NDCs are expected to have a majority of the Toshaos present at the Conference if not all because the Toshaos Conference is an area of business for them. The Conference is a very important time for the Toshaos,” the Minister stated.Meanwhile, Minister Allicock confirmed the completion of the Umana Yana and noted the newly-constructed Monument has been handed over to the Education Ministry’s Department of Youth, Culture and Sport.last_img read more

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Musa Bility Intensifies Campaign for FIFA Top Job

first_imgLFA chief Musa Hassan Bility is an ambitious man who wants to be part of the elite group that determines the future of global football.He told the Daily Observer in a telephone interview last night that he was on his way out of the country, destination Russia to participate in the World Cup draw, on Saturday July 25 at the Konstantin Palace, St. Petersburg, and to also seek support for his bid to contest for FIFA’s top most job, next year.“I’m on my way to meet partners,” he said indicating that he is determined than ever before to engage in a fair contest.FIFA said special elections will be held for the presidency on February 26, 2016, and outgoing President Sepp Blatter is still holding on till the special elections. With candidates for the position of president slated to be selected in October this year, Bility is reaching out to those whose contributions could make a difference between success and failure.A recent report indicated that UEFA President Michelle Platini, 60, is being favored as the candidate from Europe and four out of six confederations want him to be the next president of FIFA.However, the Frenchman has not made a decision to contest the presidency, but he reportedly held talks in Zurich last Sunday night with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheik Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, along with Kuwait’s FIFA executive member Sheik Ahmad AL Sabah.With Bility’s trip to Eastern Europe, sources say he may garner support from unlikely but significant sources that want to see an African, who began his announcement for the FIFA job, by pointing to the need for financial accountability as the way forward to restore FIFA’s global bruised image.Though Bility did not say or rather he was not in the position to clarify areas or countries his current trip would take him, a source at the LFA told the Daily Observer that his trip is intended to secure favorable support for his presidential bid. Since his announcement, Liberians at home, some of course, have reacted unfavorably but it has not dampened Bility’s determination to walk where angels have not.Many of his countrymen have spoken about Bility’s boldness to demand what he has the right to do, and have commended him for that.“Let him go like the others,” one of his supporters said, “if others can contest for the job then of course Musa can also do so.”Though many have said he must concentrate on improving local football others have said he could do more for Liberian football when he secures the top job at FIFA and therefore he deserves Liberians moral support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Woman dies 1 month after setting husband on fire

first_imgOne month after setting her West Ruimveldt, Georgetown home on fire, killing her 56-year-old husband Christopher Bramble in the process, the woman succumbed to her injuries earlier today.Jewel Coates, 36, who suffered burns to her face, back and arms, was admitted a patient to the Burn Unit at the Georgetown Public Hospital on September 10, 2018.During her hospitalisation, Coates had suffered two heart attacks and wasThe now dead woman moments after being pulled from the firecompletely bedridden. It was previously reported that on the day in question, Coates locked herself and her husband inside their home before setting the house on fire.However, she was rescued by public spirited persons who went to her assistance. The house was completely destroyed and her husband’s remains were later found among the debris. The now dead woman was described as “abusive”.It was reported that smoke was seen emanating from the home and alert neighbours managed to rescue Coates from the building even as they summoned the Guyana Fire Service. At that time, she was covered in blood and had told rescuers that her husband was not at home.It was later that they realised the man was burnt to death.last_img read more

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Meth addicts out on a spree?

first_imgLt. Roy Jones of the Simi Valley Police Department said there have been similar break-ins in Simi Valley over the past year, but he could not recall so many occurring in such a short period of time as in Moorpark. Jones said arrests his department has made in the past confirm that people who break into cars are often also involved in illegal drug use. “Most property crimes are crimes of opportunity,” he said. “We always suggest people remove visible property from their cars.” People with information about these crimes that leads to an arrest and charges could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 from Ventura County Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers in Thousand Oaks and Moorpark can be reached at (805) 494-TALK, and at (805) 385-TALK in Camarillo, Oxnard and Port Hueneme. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOORPARK – Thieves have been breaking into cars in Ventura County in a string of auto burglaries, including a rash of break-ins this month in Moorpark. Moorpark Police Department spokesman Ed Tumbleson said most of the recent break-ins have occurred at night on residential streets and in driveways. “It’s a new trend,” he said. “It’s happening all over Ventura County. He said the thieves are targeting vehicles with valuables clearly visible inside. “They walked by cars that didn’t have anything in them,” Tumbleson said. “They are not breaking in to take stereos, but cars that they can easily get money out of.” Vehicle break-ins have also been reported over the past months in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley, where police have been warning residents and shoppers not to leave valuables visible inside their cars. In Moorpark, the break-ins were reported March 6, 8, 10 and 12 on 15 streets, including three streets inside a gated community off Miller Parkway. The thieves took laptop computers, purses, gift cards, iPods and MP3 players, and cash and checks from a bank deposit bag. Ventura County sheriff’s deputies have speculated that the break-ins might be the result of increasing methamphetamine use. last_img read more

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Province announces road upgrades in the South Peace

first_imgNow considered a major access road for the natural gas industry, Braden Road is also used as a major connector route, for traffic in this area—between Highway 97 South, and the Alaska Highway, at a point northwest of Farmington and southeast of Taylor.The other upgrades will include seal-coating of four kilometers of Vopicka road, in the Farmington area, construction and seal-coating on Adams Road south of Dawson Creek and the paving of a Tate Creek Road intersection in the Tom’s Lake area, southeast of Dawson Creek.All four projects are expected to start in mid-June and are expected to be completed by mid-September 2014.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Graham Hunter on Karim Benzema’s future amid links to Arsenal and Liverpool

first_imgGraham Hunter, talkSPORT’s Spanish football expert, discusses Real Madrid’s purchase of World Cup sensation James Rodriguez.The Colombian’s £63million arrival has led to speculation Karim Benzema could be on his way out of the Bernabeu, with Liverpool and Arsenal among a host of clubs linked with the French forward.Hunter, however, insists Rodriguez will not take Benzema’s place and claims the Frenchman is still set to be a key part of Carlo Ancelotti’s team.“Benzema is in the process of  renewing his contract. It hasn’t been done yet, but it is very clear that Real Madrid see him as their principle striker,” Hunter said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They don’t see James Rodriguez as a centre-forward, they see him as a guy who can unlock the three fabulous talents from last season, Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale.”last_img read more

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Farm visitors step into Valley history

first_imgNo telling what John Forneris would have done for a living if Grandpa Baptista hadn’t outlasted the Great Depression and saved the family farm. He certainly wouldn’t be climbing out of a warm bed at 3:30 a.m. six days a week to climb onto a cold tractor by 4. He wouldn’t have spent the last 41 years watching the sun rise standing in fields of strawberries, pumpkins, melons, squash, green beans and onions, growing every vegetable under the sun to sell at his fruit stand. No, life would have been very different if Grandpa Baptista hadn’t saved the family farm more than 75 years ago and turned his grandson into “one of the Last Mohicans in the San Fernando Valley,” Forneris said Wednesday, laughing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“There are basically only two of us working farmers left in the Valley – me and the Tapia Brothers over in the Sepulveda Basin. Somehow, we’ve dodged the bullet.” The concrete bullet. Apartments, shopping malls, office buildings and gas stations replacing agricultural fields. One-stop supermarkets killing roadside fruit and vegetable stands that once dotted just about every street corner in a young Valley. Working moms and two-paycheck families – working so long and hard they couldn’t stop at a fruit stand to buy fresh vegetables they didn’t have time to cook. “There were 50 fruit stands in the North Valley when I was a kid, and another 60 in the South Valley,” said Forneris, a-third generation farmer. “Now there are two.” And five to 10 years out, there may be only one if the 60-year-old Forneris is right when he looks into the future. When he opened Forneris Farms on Rinaldi Avenue in Mission Hills, he leased 80 acres from the Los Angeles Archdiocese, which owns the land. Today, he’s down to 20 acres as San Fernando Mission Cemetery, abutting his farm, continues to expand. “Within 10 years, I figure I’ll have to transfer the rest of the land to them,” he said Wednesday morning, getting ready for the last-minute Halloween pumpkin rush. Maybe it’s just as well, he admits. Farming’s a tough, physical job, and at 60 he isn’t a kid anymore. And it doesn’t look as if any of his four kids wants to try for a fourth generation of Forneris farmers. He still has some acreage in Ventura County he can farm if he wants, or he can do some of that traveling with his wife, Barbara, he’s been promising her. Maybe go to Italy where it all began – back to the Piemonte region that Grandpa Baptista left at the turn of the century to come to America. “He and my grandmother scraped and saved for years for a down payment on 40 acres of farmland they bought in 1921 for $24,000 in the town of Zelzah (now Northridge),” he said. “He opened a fruit stand at Plummer and White Oak, paying $600 an acre for the land. During the Depression it went down to $200 an acre. “They held on for dear life to make the mortgage payments. A lot of other farmers had to walk away from the land.” Baptista held on and then helped his son, Pete, start his own farm and fruit stand – just as Pete would help his son, John, start his. “I used a lot of his equipment and knowledge,” John said Wednesday, watching Barbara prepare for the last few days of their Fall Harvest Festival, which runs through this weekend. If you want your kids to see what a lot of the old Valley looked like before it disappears, and meet one of its pioneer farming families, bring them by. There are rides, a cornfield maze, plenty of farm animals, pumpkins and the pride and joy of Forneris Farms. And Grandpa Baptista’s old, red tractor that outlasted the Great Depression and saved the family farm. denniscarthy@dailynews.com, 818-713-3749 — WANT TO GO? Forneris Farms is located at 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills. For more information about the Fall Harvest Festival, call (818) 730-7709, or log on to www.fornerisfarms.com.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

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HUGE TURN-OUT AT WEST DONEGAL COMMUNITY FILM NIGHT

first_imgA capacity crowd packed out the Dobhar community centre in west Donegal last Saturday night to enjoy the latest film night held by the local community project Alternative Community Cinema.The evening saw the people who gathered enjoy a sit down meal and musical entertainment by the band ‘Wee Small Gods’. The main focus of the event, which was free admission, was the showing of ‘Even the Rain’, a feature film set in the year 2000 about the protest of the Bolivian people against their governments plan to privatise their water supply.The film also looked at the comparison of the private water companies actions in Bolivia at the time and the European colonisation of the region by imperial powers five hundred years ago.The evening also had guest speakers Ciaran Campbell of the trade union MANDATE and Donegal independent TD Thomas Pringle address those gathered on the current issues in Ireland regarding water charges and the ongoing protests and action against austerity measures.Deputy Pringle compared the similarities of the attempt to privatise the water supply in Bolivia to that of the plans to be implemented by the government in Lenister House and explained there was more to the comparisons than met the eye. “Just as was the case in Bolivia, the plan by our current government to implement water charges is a precursor to the privatisation of our most essential resource,” Deputy Pringle said.“They are basically aiming to commodify and privatise the most basic of lifes necessities and the first step on that road is water charges. All this is being done in an aim to raise money to pay off the debts amassed by reckless bankers and an elite few and it must be resisted at all costs.“What should be a big eye opener for the people watching this film is the fact that the private water company involved in the Bolivian water issue, Veolia, is already operating in Ireland and if we continue to ignore the actions of our government and their march towards privatisation, companies like Veolia will effectively own our water and dictate the price of every single drop.”Speaking at the event Ciaran Campbell of MANDATE commended the film night project saying it had great potential.“MANDATE are delighted to be involved with such a project” he said. “This type of event is a great opportunity to be able to educate the people first hand without the truth being manipulated by certain interests through the media.“It is understandable that the public think that many of the unions have sold out, but we in MANDATE believe the ongoing move by the government to privatise public services and utillities is one which wholly wrong and must be resisted. “Privateers like water companies are not there in the interests of consumers but profits and they also use their workers as mere commodities to make more money for themselves by lowering working conditions and rates of pay. Hopefully this film tonight shows the people we can resist such privatisation by standing together.” Alternative Community Cinema organiser Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said how happy he was with the turnout and thanked all involved.“It was fantastic to see so many people pack into to hall for the event and the genuine interest there was in the subject. The film itself showed what can be achieved when communities pull together and we have strong community spirit here in Ireland so it gives great hope for the future despite what the government continues to throw at us.“The people are coming out in greater numbers now for events and issues such as this which is great to see. The only weapon the government has against us is fear and we are not afraid anymore. So I hope the people come away from events such as this film night feeling empowered to do something about these issues” Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig said.“I would just like to thank those who attended the event, everyone who helped make the night happen including the staff at Ionad Naomh Padraig, Dobhar, the speakers, the band, those who provided the food and indeed anyone who helped in any way and we look forward to holding similar events in the future.” HUGE TURN-OUT AT WEST DONEGAL COMMUNITY FILM NIGHT was last modified: February 15th, 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:Alternative Community CinemaDeputy Thomas PringleWee Small Godslast_img read more

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WHAT A LINE-UP AT ‘THE BREWERY’ FOR PADDY’S WEEKEND!

first_imgIt’s all literally kicking off at the Brewery for Paddy’s Weekend!It may officially be ST Patrick’s Day tomorrow (THURS) but that won’t stop the party form continuing right over the weekend.And as usual your favourite Letterkenny bar has a hectic line-up for each and every night. As well as wall-to-wall sports, there is top class entertainment in the bar each night.That, along with top quality bar food and you know you don’t have to go outside the door!See you in the Brewery over the weekend. WHAT A LINE-UP AT ‘THE BREWERY’ FOR PADDY’S WEEKEND! was last modified: March 16th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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It’s the ‘Enda’ line for Rangers as Celtic thump bitter rivals!

first_imgWhat a day in ‘Paradise’ it was for Celtic fans as the Old Firm Derby roared back onto the SPFL calendar after a four-year absence.Celtic and Rangers have met in recent years in cup competitions, but today’s meeting was the first league clash between the pair was in 2012.However, it wasn’t much of a contest as Brendan Rodgers’s side hammered Rangers 5-1 to leave Celtic fans in a state of euphoria. One of those supporters was Donegal County Councillor Enda Bonner – who was in attendance at Celtic Park to witness the emphatic win.The popular Fianna Fáil politician was a talented sportsman himself and won an Ulster title with Donegal in 1974.He is pictured (above) with fellow Celtic fanatics Jamie Sweeney and Paul Sweeney.It’s the ‘Enda’ line for Rangers as Celtic thump bitter rivals! was last modified: September 10th, 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:CelticEnda Bonnernewsold firmRangersSportlast_img read more

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