‘No Need For Re-run Election’

first_imgBong County senatorial candidate, Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, has declined to participate in the re-run election which, as ordered by the Supreme Court, should take place at three of the polling precincts in Lower Bong County.At a news conference yesterday in Gbarnga, Dr. Tokpa said his decision not to participate in the re-run is due to consultations and advice from his supporters and national stakeholders.He added that the pursuit of his case to the Supreme Court was in no way intended to ascend to political position, but to expose irregularities in the election process, which he observed has been achieved.For that reason, he wants the money allocated by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the re-run to be used for the completion of the Bong County Technical College.He added that though many of his supporters intended protesting against the election result, he urged them to remain calm on grounds that he wanted to pursue his case through the legal means.“Despite winning six of the seven electoral districts, it was only district seven that was overshadowed with fraudulent activities on the part of election workers in favor of the incumbent Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor,” he told a news conference.The former Bong County Senatorial candidate added that during preliminary hearing at the commission’s headquarters, the NEC knew it was in the wrong, but could rule against itself.Dr. Tokpa added that the Supreme Court’s ruling is a clear sign that there are laws on the book that are being followed.Meanwhile, Dr. Tokpa has commended his supporters for the level of support given him during the course of the electoral process.Recently, the Supreme Court instructed the NEC to conduct an election re-run at three of the polling places in Lower Bong due to fraud discovered in the mid-term election conducted in those polling places.Since the ruling, some Bong citizens have expressed mix-reactions. Some want Dr. Tokpa to file law suit against the NEC, while others argue that Senator Taylor should not be recognized as the county’s legitimate senator on grounds that the election that saw her re-elected had huge irregularities and far from the will of the people of Bong County.However, some believe that the NEC needs a strong overhauling ahead of the 2017 crucial general and presidential elections.Also, at a recent press conference, Bong County Representative George Sylvester Mulbah called on Dr. Tokpa to boycott the pending re-run election as ruled by the court.The Bong County lawmaker told reporters on Capitol Hill that it will be prudent for Dr. Tokpah to boycott the election and sue the NEC for the irregularity, or cheating, which occurred at the polling places in the county.The lawmaker said the lawsuit against NEC was to prove to the public that the 2014 senatorial election was marked by cheating—over-stating numbers.He said he would advise his candidate not to become part of the election, but sue NEC for the loss he and his party incurred during the electoral period.The Bong County legislator accused NEC of lacking the will to conduct free and fair elections in the country, citing the 2014 senatorial election as a case study.Winning the case in the court, Representative Mulbah said, clearly suggests that the 2014 election was marked by fraud instituted by NEC officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

87% of $100M Natural Resources Ministry-funded UG grant spent

first_img…GGMC retained $45MThe University of Guyana’s (UG) Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Paloma Mohamed-Martin has revealed that 87 per cent of a $100 million Natural Resources Ministry-funded grant was expended with the remaining funds is expected to be used up by July. Under the objectives of this grant, was to assist in geological engineering and mining engineering programmes.The topic of funding expenditure regarding one of the premiere learning institution’s largest ever allocation came up at the University’s recent media engagement at Herdmanston Lodge, Georgetown, where the UG’s administration defended its management operations. UG received a $100 million grant from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) through the Natural Resources Ministry last year, from which $45 million GGMC retained for equipment purchased that is on its way for the Faculty of Technology to utilise. Another $55 million was handed over for the University to expend at other faculties.“$18 million was given to the different faculties ($2 million each) and we wouldPaloma Mohamed-Martinhave seen all of those monies disbursed. Most of them bought computers, equipment and supplies that were needed for the faculties,” Professor Mohamed-Martin said.The official further stated that $10 million each was spent for marketing outreach and training. “I think based on the last report that we got, 87 per cent of the fund has been exhausted, and we have one more month to go,” she disclosed.Last year, it was announced that the Faculty of Technology would benefit from supporting programmes, research and scholarships. It was expected that the geological laboratory would be re-tooled and equipped. It was also hoped that there would have had focus on providing laboratory services in the mining sector. Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith stressed that more financial input is needed from Government and Private Sector industries in the oil and gas area. He explained that there have been consultations with the Natural Resources Ministry and other stakeholders on advancing UG’s progress to this end.He explained that a $100 million grant has not only benefited the engineering department but will take into consideration that engineering and oil and gas relate to other programmes under the Social Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences departments.Observers had long called on the University to include programmes that focus on the energy sector but in 2016, a year after the oil discovery was made, UG disclosed that it was nowhere near offering such electives.last_img read more

Streeper takes first place at dog sled race in Wyoming

first_imgWYOMING, U.S.A – Streeper Kennels’ musher Lina Streeper took first place at the International Pedigree Stage Stop dog sled race in Wyoming at the beginning of February.The 330-mile race was run over seven legs across the State. Streeper and her team of sixteen dogs, four to six of which can be used as substitutes on a day to day basis, finished the race with a time 21 hours and 32 minutes.“The race runs in a new town every day,” said Streeper. “Once we are done our run we have to load up, feed the dogs [Racing Alaskan Huskies] and drive sometimes a couple of hours or sometimes longer than that to the next city.”- Advertisement -Her fellow musher from Streeper Kennels finished in second place for the seventh time overall and for the second consecutive year as the pair took home a total of $35,000 in reward money.“I grew up in Sweden and I’ve been mushing dogs in Sweden since I was a teenager,” added Streeper. “I came over to learn from my husband and father in law and decide to stay. Now I only go back to Sweden to visit.”With the winter season nearing its end, the Fort Nelson resident has races in Manitoba and two in Alaska to conclude the dog sledding season.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fort St. John wildfire risk high, but expected to decrease

first_imgThe area around Fort St. John is facing a moderate to high fire hazard, after several days of warm, dry weather.Currently, dry grass is the biggest hazard in the area, says Brent Bird, a senior fire protection officer in Prince George.- Advertisement -Bye says dry gas is extremely flammable and people should take extra precautions when starting a fire in their backyards. He also says that people should be careful when driving their ATVs, since grass can get caught near the muffler, causing a spark that could ignite.He also says dry grass has been contributing to the massive wildfires affecting parts of Alberta. There has been widespread destruction in Slave Lake in particular, where parts of the town have been reduced to ashes.There is a grass fire burning near the Doig River First Nation, northeast of Fort St. John. However, Wildfire Management officials say it is not a major concern. The 20 hectare fire is approximately 80 per cent contained and since the Peace River area is expected to receive a considerable amount of rain over the next few days, they hope the fire will be extinguished. The rain is also expected to bring the Fort St. John fire hazard rating back down to low.Despite the expected decreased forest fire risk around Fort St. John, smoke travelling from the raging wildfires in Alberta is a concern in the Peace, potentially affecting air quality in the area. However, according to the Ministry of the Environment, the anticipated rainfall will help minimize any air quality concerns.Advertisementlast_img read more

Coutinho in Barcelona to tie up third-richest transfer

first_imgSpanish league leaders Barca host Levante on Sunday at Camp Nou, but Coutinho will not be in the stands.“He will not be attending the match,” a club source told AFP.According to Catalan daily Sport, current La Liga leaders Barca want attention turned solely on the Levante match and not their new recruit, who should be officially presented to media on Monday.The swoop for the 25-year-old attacking midfielder — which contains a 400-million-euro (Sh49.7bn)release clause — is the third biggest transfer in football.It is outranked only by Paris Saint-Germain’s world record 222m-euro (Sh27.6bn) signing of Neymar from Barcelona last year, and PSG’s capture of French striker Kylian Mbappe for a deal that will eventually be worth 180 million euros (Sh22.4bn).Rio-born Coutinho arrived at Liverpool from Inter Milan for a mere £8.5 million (Sh105.6mn) in January 2013 and scored 54 goals for the club in all competitions, although he won no silverware during his five-year stay at Anfield.Barcelona had tried to sign him in the summer and his departure now is a blow to Liverpool as the playmaker has just returned to top form after an injury-hit start to the season, scoring six goals in the last seven games of 2017 to put his side firmly in the Champions League places.“It is with great reluctance that we -– as a team and club –- prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Philippe Coutinho,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.“It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known.“Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.”For Barcelona, Coutinho’s signing will allow the club to move on from the bitter experience of losing his Brazil teammate Neymar to Qatar-backed PSG last summer.Coutinho’s age is highly attractive to Barca, whose three main stars, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta are all in their thirties. Iniesta, at 33, has shown signs of fatigue this season.– ‘What will he gain?’ –French media group beIN Sports reported late Saturday that Liverpool will immediately spend 55 million euros of their windfall on Leicester striker Riyad Mahrez.They claimed Mahrez will have a medical at Liverpool on Sunday before penning a four-year contract.Reports in England though said Liverpool’s main target to replace Coutinho is Monaco forward Thomas Lemar, who Arsenal tried to sign before the season.Coutinho played no role in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over city rivals Everton in the FA Cup on Friday. Liverpool’s winning goal was scored by Virgil Van Dijk, the Dutch defender they signed last week from Southampton for £75 million, one of the biggest deals in history.Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson said his old club had probably got the better deal and questioned Coutinho’s decision to join Barca now because he will not be able to play in the Champions League for them this season having already appeared for Liverpool. Both clubs are in the last 16 of the competition.“It’s hard to get my head around what Philippe is going to gain because he can’t play Champions League football for them, they are running away with the league, and he’s got the World Cup at the end of the season,” Thompson said on Sky Sports.“Will he play regularly every week at Barcelona? I’m not too sure. Philippe could have carried on (at Liverpool). He could have been playing in the Champions League.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Philippe Coutinho scored 54 goals for Liverpool in all competitions during his five-year stay at Anfield © AFP/File / Paul ELLISBARCELONA, Spain, Jan 7 – Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho was in Barcelona Sunday to tie up a Sh19.9bn (160-million-euro) move from Liverpool, the third-richest deal of all time.“Bem-vindo! Welcome! Benvingut! ¡Bienvenido!” Barca tweeted to Coutinho along with a waving hand sign and a video showing a shirt bearing his name in a locker.last_img read more

JUDGE TELLS WASTE DISPOSAL BOSS HE HAS CASE TO ANSWER

first_imgA well-known Donegal refuse collector has been told he has a case to answer when he appeared on nine different charges of illegal dumping.Businessman Jim Ferry appeared at Letterkenny District Court in connection with the illegal disposal of household waste.The case followed a lengthy investigation by Donegal County Council into illegal dumping at Derryreel, Falcarragh. Letterkenny District Court heard how officers from the council along with Gardai carried out a surveillance operation on lands belonging to Ferry.On June 10th, 2010, a large Ferry’s Refuse truck was seen dumping a large volume of waste into an open crater.Upon investigation it was found that more than 1,000 cubic metres of waste had been illegally dumped at the site.Dearn McClintock, Waste Regulation Officer with Donegal County Council, led the extensive investigation into the incident.It followed an anonymous tip-off by a member of the public who pin-pointed the dumping location to waste management officers.The court heard that at 5am Mr McClintock and other officers came across two men dumping household waste into a crater.When they identified themselves, two men in hi-viz jackets with the ‘Ferry Refuse’ on it, ran off into the distance and were not apprehended.This evidence was backed up by various other litter wardens on the scene who were employed by Donegal County Council.The court was also shown a video which showed two men wearing hi-viz Ferry Waste jackets digging holes with a track digger and then dumping rubbish into them before covering them over.Later that day, another employee of Ferry’s Refuse, Paul Gallagher, approached council officials asking to have the vehicles back.The court also heard that Ferry, of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham, ignored an order to remove the remaining waste from the site and that it is still present there.The case was interrupted when a man entered the court and handed a letter to the barrister for Mr Ferry, Sean Gillane, SC.The letter alleged that the man, an unnamed employee of Mr Ferry, was connected to the illegal dumping of the waste.The letter was later given to sitting Judge Paul Kelly but the unidentified man has not yet given evidence.Mr Gillane made a submission to the court that his client could not be found guilty as there was no direct proof that his client had personally dumped the rubbish.Submissions were also made in relation to dates and times of the summonses and also that one summons did not have the year on it.Barrister for Donegal County Council, Richard Lyons, SC, said inferences should be drawn from all the evidence including the fact that men wearing Ferry Refuse hi-viz vests were on his land.“I think we would be living in a total air of unreality if the court didn’t draw an inference.“It would be unreal to suggest that an employee could get a key and then of all places dump it on land owned by Mr Ferry,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly retired to consider the legal submissions for more than an hour before giving his decision.He decided that Mr Ferry still had a case to answer in all but one of the nine charges.The case resumes again tomorrow.JUDGE TELLS WASTE DISPOSAL BOSS HE HAS CASE TO ANSWER was last modified: October 2nd, 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:Falcarraghferry’s refuseillegal dumpingjim ferrylast_img read more

Man City outcast hopes to ‘convince’ Pep Guardiola he deserves Etihad future

first_img1 Manchester City outcast Eliaquim Mangala is still hopeful of convincing manager Pep Guardiola that he can have a future in the Premier League.The 28-year-old was shipped out on loan to Spanish side Valencia at the start of the season after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium.City have been boosted by the return to fitness of captain Vincent Kompany in recent weeks and this was likely to have an impact on whether Guardiola would bring Mangala back at the end of the campaign.Even so, speaking to L’Equipe, the France international is still confident of making the most of his time in England and convincing the City hierarchy he can play at the highest level.“This is a coach who has his own ideas,” Mangala said.“I am fortunate to have spent a month with him, and I can tell you that I have made more progress, especially tactically, in a month with him than in two years at City.“I want to believe I can convince him. But today I’m on the market, there will be offers this summer.” Eliaquim Mangala in action against Barcelona last_img read more

MAN HAILED HERO AFTER RESCUING TWO STRANDED DOLPHINS

first_imgShea rescues one of the dolphinsA young Co Donegal man has been hailed a hero after single-handedly rescuing two dolphins from death.Shea Coyle was walking along his local beach in Downings when he thought he saw two surfboards stuck in the sand.But when he got closer Shea, 22, discovered two dolphins beached on the shoreline. Shea, a fish farm worker, rushed to the dolphins’ aid along with dad Michael.When they reached the dolphins, the creatures were desperately trying to free themselves from the sand.“I rolled up my trousers and waded into the water. They were struggling to free themselves but the more they did, they more they became trapped,” he said.Shea eventually managed to free one of the dolphins and dragged him out to deeper water to safety. Amazingly the first dolphin just sat there as if waiting for his companion to be rescued.Shea then began working on freeing the second dolphin.“I eventually managed to get the second one free and with that they just took off,” he said.But that wasn’t the end of Shea’s amazing adventure.As he watched the dolphins swim off the pair suddenly jumped out of the water as if to say ‘thank you’ to their rescuer. “It all happened so quickly but I was just delighted that we were in the right place at the right time.“It would have been such a shame if they had died.“I couldn’t believe it when they jumped out of the water as they swam away,” he said.The strandings are the latest finds in Co Donegal in recent days. The Irish Whale and Dolphin group also reported that two dead beaked whales were washed up at Five Finger Strand in Inishowen and at Trabreaga Bay.Both have been sent to the Regional Veterinary Laboratory in Athlone for analysis.MAN HAILED HERO AFTER RESCUING TWO STRANDED DOLPHINS was last modified: May 20th, 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)last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: MICHAEL O’LEARY’S DONEGAL RADIO STATION BID AXED

first_imgOff air – O’LearyBREAKING NEWS: A bid by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary to win the radio license to broadcast to north Donegal has been axed…It was, of course, an April Fool.Some of you realised that. We think the gold miner from Carndonagh was the giveaway? Or the heavy metal loving granny from Ardara?https://www.donegaldaily.com/2014/04/01/shock-last-minute-bid-for-donegal-radio-license-from-ryanair-boss/   BREAKING NEWS: MICHAEL O’LEARY’S DONEGAL RADIO STATION BID AXED was last modified: April 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:April FoolDLFMHighland Radiomichael o’learylast_img read more

GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS

first_imgResults from last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium were:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Crash My World 7/4; 2, Bovally Mist 7/4. Time 19.21. Distance:  a length.Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Wilma 9/4; Coolcholly Kate. Time: 19.57. Distance: .5 length. Race 3 Booking Office Novice 350 (350 yards): 1, Tons of Speed 6/4; 2, Bardic Rose 5/2. Time: 19.29. Distance: 3.75 lengths.Race 4 Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal (525 yards): 1, Cant Change It 4/5 fav; 2, Original Song 7/2. Time: 29.48. Distance: 6.25.Race 5 “Like” Us on Facebook (525 yards): 1, Mullrook No Cash 6/4; 2, Longrange Bazie 1/1. Time: 29.33. Distance: 5.75 lengths.Race 6 Christmas Party Nights 525 (525 yards): 1, Blackstone Maxx 2/1; 2, Hi Dibbles 6/4. Time: 29.27. Distance: a short head. Race 7 www.liffordgreyhounds.com 350 (350 yards): 1, Ghetto Buddy 5/2. Ballybun Oshea 6/1. Time: 19.09. Distance: .5 length.Race 8 Lifford €15 Special 350 (350 yards): 1, Nosey Taz 5/1; 2, Westwood Lee 5/4 fav. Time: 19.14. Distance: a short head.Race 9 Ultimate Dining Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Smurfing Convoy 7/4 fav; 2, Altmore Champ 5/2. Time: 29.98. Distance: 3.25 lengths.Race 10 Buy a Buster 350 Final (350 yards): 1, Mizen Magic 4/1; 2, Tahina Kadyn 7/4 fav. Time: 18.84. Distance: .75 length.Race 11 Gearoid McCafferty Stag Party 525 Stakes (525 yards): 1, Maid of More 3/1; 2, Mullrook Kofi 5/2. Time: 29.66. Distance: .5 length. Race 12 Getting Out 525 Bumper Stakes (525 yards): 1, Counterfit 5/1; 2, Shanmoyle Legend 2/1 fav. Time: 29.44. Distance: 3.25 lengths.GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: August 31st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacingResultslast_img read more