Red-hot Molynes tipped to oust JN Open League champions

first_imgTHE qualifiers for this Thursday’s semi-finals in the JN Open League netball competition will be known today, following today’s quarter-finals at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 6:45 p.m.Defending champions Mico ‘B’, who topped Group Two with 24 points from eight wins, will be aiming to move forward in a bid to retain their title as they go up against the very dangerous Molynes ‘A’, which topped Group Seven with maximum 21 points from their seven wins.This game is expected to be very close, but Molynes ‘A’, the team with the second-highest number of goals in the competition, is given the edge to topple the defending champions.It could go either way in the UWI Pelicans vs Jamalco encounter, as both teams were red hot in the preliminary stage of the competition and topped their groups quite easily. The Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans topped Group One with maximum 21 points from seven games, and with the likes of former national senior players Nadine Bryan and Thristina Harwood, along with former national Under-21 player Shameera Sterling in their line-up, they could go all the way.After being beaten in last year’s final by Mico ‘B’, the Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco are determined to go all the way this time around, and after topping Group Seven with maximum 21 points from seven games, they will be hoping that ace shooter Marsha Murphy-Dawkins continues her impressive form and steers them to the semi-final.MICO ‘A’Last year’s beaten semi-finalists, Mico ‘A’, who were upstaged by sister team Mico ‘B’, have been the best attacking and defensive team so far this season, and after dominating Group Six with maximum 24 points from eight games, they will be hoping to get the better of Group Three winners Cablepro in the other quarter-final.Despite their impressive record, the Mico team will enter today’s encounter without ace goalshooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who played her final game on Saturday against UTech Knights.Fowler-Reid left the island on Sunday for the ANZ Championship in New Zealand, but the Annette Daley-coached team still has national senior defender Vangelee Williams in their line-up.The consolation quarter-finals will also take place today, starting at 5:54 p.m. The games are: Speg A vs Waulgrovians B, Tivoli Gardens vs Skibo, Ravens A vs UTech Knights, and Molynes United B vs Molynes United C.last_img read more

Prez. Sirleaf Recommends Economic Vision to Agricultue

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her state of the nation address on Wednesday recommended that the economic vision of the country will increasingly be shifted to agriculture. By doing so, she believes it will ensure that the country moves away from the old system of enclave (commune) extractive industries.According to Madam Sirleaf, shifting Liberia’s economy to agriculture will enable every citizen to aim at a higher potential that will make the necessary impact and export diversification through stimulating production in a select few of traditional tree crops such as rubber, oil palm and cocoa.“While continuing to support small farmers, food security can only be achieved through large scale mechanized operations as well as agro-industrial operations, which focus on our nascent (emerging) small and medium sized entities. This will include agro-processing operations that are largely dominated by women,” said President Sirleaf.He noted that her government is determined to empower the private sector in all that they do so as to make the sector viable to become the driving force of the economy, through which Liberiam entrepreneurship can play its rightful role.“This can only be achieved with your support in promoting and buying products made in Liberia, and maintaining a good credit rating, in paying your rightful taxes,” she challenged.President Sirleaf then assured Liberians that her administration will continue to do its part in making it easier to do business by reducing the bureaucratic hurdles, thereby, creating a more conducive and friendly business environment. This, she said, will ensure that the tax regime is “fair and allows businesses to expand.”The Liberian Chief Executive re-emphasized that her government will continue to improve the infrastructure required for a successful business climate in the country.She further said the setback brought onto the country by the Ebola outbreak saw the departure of contractors, technicians and stoppage of concession operations. However, she expressed her gratitude with the level of progress in the country’s infrastructure development. She attributed the backwardness in achieving most of the country’s development agenda to poor road network, but stated that basic social services, including electricity, water and sanitation, ports as well as ensuring the improvements are now re-started.”“These programs are the backbones for expanding the economy and improving the lives of our people, and therefore, critical to achieving our goal of social transformation through inclusive growth,” President Sirleaf indicated.She reiterated that without a doubt, all of these plans and efforts would require a stable environment of peace and security achieved through higher levels of support for ongoing security sector reforms, and for a stronger open and democratic society that will help to continue the fight against corruption and injustice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stop Killing the Momentum of Our National League

first_imgOne of many photos that shows how passionate our players are during the league. (Photo credit: Anthony Kokoi,)The national league ended in August 2017 with LISCR emerging double champions in the first division and Barrack Young Controllers junior team, BYC II clinching the second division category.Unlike our local league, some African leagues have resumed while others have produced fixtures and resumption dates for their respective leagues, although they climaxed their leagues after Liberia.In Nigeria, the previous league season ended on September 9, 2017, a month after Liberia, and the ongoing new league season resumed on January 14, 2018.Over the years, the national league has struggled to gain the momentum it had in the past. In the past, thousands of supporters of competing teams assembled at various match venues to cheer their respective teams to victory; something that no longer exist. This low momentum in the local league, according to some football followers, is based on the lack of competitive and entertaining matches in the league.Despite the low turnout at various matches, enthusiasm still exists among the players, and some passionate supporters regularly make their way to these matches to cheer their teams. In addition, the media and some clubs continue to provide full coverage and add some side attractions through various media platforms including social media to reawaken that momentum.Sadly, things continue to go the wrong direction and the momentum continues to die down. Since November, two months after the close of the 2016/2017 league season, several clubs resumed preparation for the new league season, with the anticipation that it will kickoff in January.Moreover, clubs expend huge funds to conduct regular training for their teams, but the frustration among players continues to grow. This also led to champions club LISCR organizing a pre-season tournament and traveling to Sierra Leone for a training camp to maintain their players’ fitness.Despite all of this, the football house seems to be comfortable with the prevailing circumstances and perhaps wants the league to resume after the congress slated for March. This is based on the disclosure made by LFA Secretary General Emmanuel Deah during the 22nd Ordinary Congress. Following the climax of the congress on November 25, 2017, Deah told sports journalists that following a meeting with club presidents, the national 1st and 2nd division leagues were set for kickoff in the second week of January.The ongoing preseason without a set date has now become boring to players and causes embarrassment to coaches due to the failure of the LFA to produce a fixed calendar of its league season.Furthermore, since the climax of the league in August, there has not been any official closing ceremony done by the LFA, not to mention the presentation of awards in recognition of the outstanding performance of individual players last season.Should our national league continue to go this direction? Should we continue to be in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons? Should this be a tradition in our footballing sector where there is no fixed calendar for our league?Please, football authorities! Stop killing the momentum of our national league.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Councillors, businesses accuse Region 8 admin of discrimination

first_imgA People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillor of Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and other party supporters who operate businesses in the mining town of Mahdia are accusing the regional administration of victimisation and discrimination against them owing to their party affiliation.A section of the mining town of MahdiaOther party supporters are accusing the regional authorities of taking away their contracts and giving same to A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) supporters. This, they say, is unfair as everyone irrespective of which party they support should be allowed to earn their daily bread.PPP/C supporter Davo Ramphal, who reached out to Guyana Times, on Wednesday explained that he was awarded the garbage disposal contract for the region; however, without reason, the contract was taken away from him and given to a known AFC supporter, who is unequipped to execute the job.“I was providing this service to the region all the time and there were never any issues. Just like that, they took the contract and give it to their supporter that didn’t even have the tools to do the job. Then after things got messy, they had to give it back to my company. They are just giving these contracts to party comrades who do not even own a spade or a shovel or even has an address. They are giving contracts to their friends without even going through the tender process,” he said.The businessman added that in some cases regional officials were deliberately stifling PPP/C supporters.Ramphal explained that during the independence celebrations in the mining town last month, when Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence attended a flag-raising ceremony, she visited the hospital where the garbage was piled up as the newly contracted service provider was doing a poor job.The authorities then requested his company do the disposal of garbage for that day after which they awarded him the contract again and it was this that angered the AFC supporter. “They behave as if only they are entitled … Once you’re a PPP in this region you should not be allowed to make a living,” a businessman said.He noted that in one case, an AFC Councillor (name withheld) was heard in a recording threatening to pull support if any PPP/C supporters were awarded any contracts or benefited in any way from the region.Other business owners also expressed their dissatisfaction with treatment they have been receiving from officials in the region who continue to encourage supporters to boycott “PPP” businesses.Another businessman told Guyana Times on Wednesday that his sales have declined significantly and he was struggling to make ends meet. He blamed the regional authorities for inciting division and discrimination within that region.“All the years we have been living and doing business here, and we have never encountered problems like this. Everyone lived well and supported each other no matter which party they support but now it’s a big race (ethnic) thing. It’s as if once you aren’t a supporter of APNU/AFC, you don’t belong. Imagine you have their councillors telling people where to shop and where to dine. It’s almost unbelievable,” he said.Meanwhile, Ramphal also disclosed that last week, the region dismissed the Manager of the Mahdia Power and Light Company and hired another AFC supporter who has no experience in that field.“This is another instance of these people doing their own thing. They don’t have a transparent process or consultation or anything like that, it’s once you’re APNU or AFC, you’re qualified,” he said.last_img read more

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Delight as lost dog reunited with owner

first_imgThis female Yorkshire Terrier was found at 11 o clock on Saturday on the roadside near DM Waste, Corkey Manorcunningham.She had wandered for about a mile, quite a distance for an older little dog!Her owners saw Donegal Daily’s appeal on Facebook and were able to contact the lady who was looking after the dog. Her owners are over the moon to have their pet back where she belongs.Delight as lost dog reunited with owner was last modified: February 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:found dogmanorcunninghamMISSING DOGlast_img read more

MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER GARDAI DISCOVER CANNABIS FACTORY

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A man is in custody in Letterkenny Garda station after the discovery of a cannabis factory.More than €20,000 of the drug was found earlier today in a house in Lettermacaward.An amount of cash was also discovered in the raid on the house. Donegaldaily.com understands that equipment used in the cultivation of the drug was also found by Gardai who raided the house.The 43 year old man who was arrested and is being quizzed is from the locality.A total of 47 plants worth an estimated €18,800 and cannabis herb worth a further €2,500 was discovered.A Garda source said “We have recovered a large consignment of cannabis and an amount of cash. “Forensics officers are currently going through the property and the details found will form part of our investigation.“This was an organised operation and a man is in custody as a result of the Garda investigation.” MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER GARDAI DISCOVER CANNABIS FACTORY was last modified: January 13th, 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:cannabis factoryGardaiLettermacawardlast_img read more

FINN HARPS’ STALWART EXPRESSES SADNESS AT DEATH OF SON IN ACCIDENT

first_imgTHE man who died in a tragic accident in Kilcar last night was John Campbell Jnr, the son of the Finn Harps stalwart John Campbell.The popular 28-year-old was killed when a car he was working on collapsed on top of him around 8.30pm last night. Gardaí are carrying out an investigation as a matter of course but it’s understood officers are treating the incident as a tragic accident.This morning his father John, a former Harps chairman who works as the club’s secretary and Director of Finn Harps Schools, posted a picture of him with his son together on his Facebook page.He wrote: “Memories that no-one can steal.”The entire sporting community in the county has expressed its sympathies to the Campbell family, their wider family circle and the community of Kilcar. The thoughts of everyone at Donegal Daily are with the Campbell family at this time. FINN HARPS’ STALWART EXPRESSES SADNESS AT DEATH OF SON IN ACCIDENT was last modified: February 5th, 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:finn harpsJohn Campbelltragic accidentlast_img read more

MOVILLE MINOR LADIES LOOK FORWARD TO ULSTER SEMI-FINAL

first_imgSt Paul’s(Antrim ) 2-7 Moville 4-13A scintillating second half performance saw Moville minor ladies progress to the Ulster club championship semi finals where they will meet Eastern Gaels from Cavan on Sunday weekThe Antrim side were probably the better team in the first half where they had Moville pegged back in defence for prolonged periods however at the break it was Moville who went in with a point lead 2-4 to 1-6 It was all square after 10 minutes at 2 points apiece with Sarah Jane McDonald and Sinead McGuinness scoring for Moville. Niamh Adams got the opening goal of the game for St Pauls. However Moville responded in emphatic fashion with 2 fine goals from Kathy McLaughlin and Sarah Jane McDonald 2 points from Nicole McDermott completed the first half scoring for MovilleMoville came out for the second half with a new sense of urgency and had the tonic of a goal after 50 seconds from corner forward Sinead McGuinness and 5 minutes later Kathy McLaughlin bagged her second. St Pauls did pull a goal back from Dearbhaile McShane but Moville were now in command all over the pitch and some great points followed from Sarah Jane McDonald Caragh and Ashling McGuinness Balannad McLaughlin Nicole McDermot and Kathy McLaughlinManager Paul McDermott can now look forward with his backroom team to an Ulster semi final, which is scheduled for Carrick at 2pm on Sunday the 6th of December at 2pm.Moville; Maelissa Mcdermott, Emma Doherty, Niamh Cavanagh,Rachel McLaughlin, Tara Hegarty, Kathy McLaughlin, Realtain McElhinney, Sarah Jane McDonald, Blannad McLaughlin, Nicole Gordon, Nicole McDermott, Aishleen McGuinness, Sinead McGuinness, Michelle Logue, Carraigh McGuinness Subs used, Aine Bradley, Ciara Harkin, Aine Hannon, Aoibh Faulkner MOVILLE MINOR LADIES LOOK FORWARD TO ULSTER SEMI-FINAL was last modified: November 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:donegal ladiesLadies FootballMoville Minorslast_img read more

That’s a ‘wrap’! Donegal doc and TV series to benefit from film fund

first_imgTwo film projects in Co. Donegal have been announced among the recipients sharing a €2m regional fund for the West of Ireland.The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund (WRAP) fund has today revealed that a new documentary and a TV series will be supported during shoots in Donegal.A documentary called ‘Screamers‘ will be filmed in Donegal and Sligo and is in pre-production with Dot Television and Marcie Films. Investment has also been awarded to ‘Weekend‘ a television series developed by Donegal production company Slipway Films and New Decade TV and written by Tara Hegarty (Donegal).The €2m WRAP fund is an initiative of the Western Development Commission (WDC) and Galway Film Centre, set up to encourage the film, television drama, animation and gaming sectors in the West of Ireland.Its aim is to support local talent and increase the economic impact of the industry in the region. Run in association with the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta, WRAP will ensure investment in the sector until 2020.It is anticipated that the projects backed by WRAP funding so far will generate in excess of €4m spend in the region generating a significant return on investment of 8:1. The WRAP Fund is also the only funding project in the Republic of Ireland which is open to the games sector. The deadline for applications for funding in the games sector was March 8, 2019 and an announcement of the games funded will follow once they are selected.Sarah Dillon, Development Manager of the WRAP Fund, said: “We are delighted to be announcing the projects in receipt of investment and it is exciting to see the calibre of applications we are receiving. This is reflective of the general standard over the last few years in Irish film, television and animation with Irish talent making its mark on a global stage at the world’s leading film festivals.“WRAP is delighted to give a platform to local talent telling stories. WRAP is focused on continuing to drive the success and growth of the screen industries in the West through targeted strategic support with the backing of our stakeholders.”That’s a ‘wrap’! Donegal doc and TV series to benefit from film fund was last modified: May 2nd, 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) Tags:documentaryEntertainmentfilmScreamersTV seriesWeekendwraplast_img read more