Christmas Day Fire Guts Voinjama Administrative Building

first_imgChristmas Day in Voinjama City witnessed the destruction by fire of four offices of the Voinjama Administrative Building which hosts the Liberian government’s line ministries and agencies in Lofa County.The four offices reportedly burnt included those of the Land Commissioner (Ministry of Internal Affairs); County Education Office (Ministry of Education); County Attorney’s Office (Ministry of Justice); and the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) Lofa Office.According to an eye-witness who spoke to the Daily Observer via mobile phone, the fire originated from the backyard of the Voinjama Administrative Building. Lofa County Joint Security sources told the Daily Observer that gardener Blama Fofana, who allegedly started the fire, is being held for investigation.When the fire broke out, hundreds of Christmas celebrants stormed the untouched left wing of the Administrative Building and made away with computers, typewriters, and other office equipment and supplies.Additional information reaching the Daily Observer alleged that some of the suspected looters were arrested by officers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Reports say suspected looters had originally gone to help put out the fire. “Joint security does not want all kinds of persons going to Fofana’s house to obtain information on what actually transpired as a result of the fire incident,” a security source said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kamara Tests Code of Conduct at Supreme Court

first_img– Advertisement – Abu B. Kamara, Assistant Minsiter, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, and Montserrado County District #5 representative aspirant The decision on whether several candidates who did not resign prior to the enforcement of the Code of Conduct (CoC) will contest the 2017 presidential and legislative elections now rests with the Supreme Court.The court will make the determination on Monday, July 10.  On March 3 of this year, however, in a majority decision (3 for and 2 against) the Supreme Court pronounced the Code of Conduct legally binding and compliant with the Liberian Constitution.The Supreme Court’s latest intervention is the result of a complaint filed by Abu Kamara, Assistant Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, and District#15 representative aspirant.If the Supreme Court denies Kamara’s request, it means that the electoral commission will be given the power to disqualify several candidates for failing to comply with all the provisions of the CoC.On the contrary, if it decides against, it will mean that the Supreme Court will at least relax its position on the CoC, which it had initially described as “constitutional.”These are some of the legal issues that the five justices of the Supreme Court will be deciding on Monday, as part of their commitment to adequately address future election disputes.In his complaint, Kamara argued that the National Elections Commission (NEC), without any legal basis and support consistent with the process, denied and rejected his application on grounds that he is prohibited from contesting public office by the Code of Conduct.Section 5.9 of the code provides that “Any public official, after due process, who is found guilty of violating any provision of this section, should be immediately removed from the position or office held by him/her and thereafter no part of the funds appropriated by any law for such position or office should be used to pay compensation to such person.”Kamara also argued that there was no due process accorded him for the NEC to disqualify his application to contest as a representative aspirant for Montserrado County District #15.PART XV, Section 15.1 of the Code of Conduct on sanctions for infringement states: “Sanctions for any breach of this Code of Conduct shall be those prescribed by the Standing Orders of the Civil Service or any other laws governing the public service.”Notwithstanding, depending on the gravity of the offense or misconduct, one or more of the following penalties may apply: dismissal; removal from office in the public interest; reprimand; fine or making good of the loss or damage of public property/assets; demotion (reduction in rank); seizure and forfeiture to the state of any property acquired from abuse of office; and interdiction/suspension from duty with half pay.Kamara argued that those enumerated sanctions made no mention of exclusion from participating in the elections.He claimed that the action and grounds used by the NEC to reject him were inconsistent with the laws and standing order.“The ground for disqualifying me was vague and ambiguous on the face of the notice of rejection and that the notice also failed to state specifically the provision of the Code of Conduct for public officials that was alleged to be violated by me,” Kamara put his defense forward. “Therefore, the court should declare NEC’s decision unlawful as well as arbitrary and unconstitutional.”Kamara said though he had not resigned two years prior to the 2017 elections, “it does not warrant disqualification to contest as a candidate in Section 15.1 of the CoC.”Section 5.2 (a) of the Code of Conduct, states that “Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Directors General, Superintendents desiring to run must resign 2 years prior to the election; and section 5.2 (b) states that any other officials appointed by the president, holding a tenured position must resign 3 years prior to the election.”Before Kamara’s disqualification, NEC chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said the NEC would strictly enforce the Code.“What the NEC will be doing is to comply strictly with the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Code of Conduct… whatever the Supreme Court says will be followed to the letter,” Cllr. Korkoya said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grande Prairie woman dies after assault by neighbour

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have laid charges of manslaughter after a female was assaulted and passed away Friday.On May 11 at 9:38 am RCMP and EMS responded to an assault complaint. The victim advised she needed medical attention and that she had been assaulted the previous night by a female tenant named Barb.The victim passed away Friday. Edmonton Major Crime Unit have assumed carriage of the file to assist Grande Prairie Detachment and their GIS unit. An Autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday May 17.- Advertisement -Barb Wright of Grande Prairie has been charged with one count of Manslaughter and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Court on Monday, May 15th.Police are asking the public if they had any contact with Sherra Eckert on May 10th or May 11th or if they have any information about this incident to contact the Grande Prairie Detachment at 780-830-5701. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phoning 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

‘This is our cup final’ – Midtjylland chief defends £71 Man United ticket price

first_imgFC Midtjylland director Cliff Crown has defended the club’s ticket prices for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Manchester United.United supporters are fuming at being forced to fork out £71 – on top of travelling costs – to watch their team take on the Danish champions at the MCH Arena.It is a huge increase on the £22 Southampton supporters were charged when they made the trip to Midtjylland in the Europa League play-off round in August.Andy Mitten, author and editor of fanzine United We Stand, has accused the Scandinavian club of “ripping fans off” and protests are planned during the game.But Crown, who also serves as chairman of Brentford, told talkSPORT on Wednesday: “We are a very small club in a very small region in Denmark and this is our cup final so we have to make the most of our opportunity.”Midtjylland’s ground will see its capacity reduced from 11,800 to just 9,500 for the United clash because of UEFA restrictions.Crown added: “It is probably the biggest game in our history.“Everbody is really excited, the town is really up for it and we probably could have sold 40,000 tickets.”last_img read more

LETTERKENNY AMONG FIRST TEN TOWNS TO GET SUPER-FAST BROADBAND

first_imgA unique link-up between two of Ireland’s leading businesses is set to bring improved broadband across Letterkenny in the coning months.The Cathedral Town has been chosen as one of the first ten towns across Ireland to receive the high-speed capacity.SIRO is an ESB/Vodafone Joint Venture company which is building Ireland’s first 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network. SIRO will offer 1 gigabit speeds to 500,000 premises in fifty regional towns.The launch of SIRO will take place in Letterkenny’s Public Services Centre on Friday, April 15th.The event will be attended by Cllr. Ciaran Brogan (Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council), Deputy Joe McHugh TD (Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources), John Bowe (President, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce) andSean Atkinson (CEO, SIRO).LETTERKENNY AMONG FIRST TEN TOWNS TO GET SUPER-FAST BROADBAND was last modified: April 5th, 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) Tags:broadbanddonegalletterkennylast_img read more

DD NOTICE: LISBON LIONS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING NEXT MONDAY

first_imgLisbon Lions Letterkenny Celtic Supporters Club have a club meeting this coming Monday the 28th of July at 8pm – upstairs in the Tir na og bar in Ballymacool. All members are asked to do their upmost to attend this meeting.Anyone wishing to be a member for what promises to be a very exciting season is also of course welcome along too. DD NOTICE: LISBON LIONS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING NEXT MONDAY was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 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:celtic fcDD LOCAL: DD NOTICENoticesSportlast_img read more

Councillor: “Where is the equality for the children in the schools that aren’t DEIS funded?”

first_imgCouncillor Michael Colm MacGiolla Eaisbig has highlighted his concern regarding the DEIS programme, and how schools in West Donegal may be missing out on the DEIS status – leading to further inequality and disadvantages.Councillor MacGiolla Eaisbig says; “The meaning of DEIS is Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools. Where is the equality for the children in the schools that aren’t DEIS funded? I have been working with Thomas Pringle and Minister Joe Mc Hugh on this matter for the last two years and would call on other TDs in Donegal to raise this issue also.”For the academic year 2016-2017, 825 schools are included within the DEIS scheme, 11 less than last year and 48 less than the schemes first operational year in 2006. Out of the 825 schools included; 80 primary schools and 11 secondary schools in Donegal are registered.Donegal’s schools account for 11% of the total number of Ireland’s DEIS schools.Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) the Action Plan for Educational Inclusion, was launched in May 2005 and remains the Department of Education and Skills policy instrument to address educational disadvantage.The action plan focuses on addressing and prioritising the educational needs of children and young people from disadvantaged communities, from pre-school through second-level education (3 to 18 years). Councillor: “Where is the equality for the children in the schools that aren’t DEIS funded?” was last modified: November 12th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Why these LYIT Graduates have a burning ambition!

first_imgOn Friday 27 October in Letterkenny and Wednesday 1 November in Killybegs, almost 1,200 students from all over Ireland and internationally will graduate from Letterkenny IT (LYIT).  A select group of students will be honoured for their achievements and commitment to a Fire Safety Engineering programme.The wonderful thing about the events is the mix of graduates conferring – from regular CAO applicant to mature student, from domestic to international students, from people completing studies on a full-time or part-time basis; all completing a plethora of different courses, at different levels.  Regardless of their situation, this is a great achievement for any individual. Anyone who has gone through third-level education will know the sacrifices that has to be made to get over the finish line. One group of graduating part-time students know this all too well.  A Dublin Fire Brigade vehicle was a regular sight in the LYIT car park over the last two years, yet no emergency had taken place. Every Thursday for three semesters a group of seven students travelled from Dublin (one from Gorey, Co. Wexford) to attend lectures for the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Fire Safety Engineering. Their aim was to achieve an honours degree, following on from having completed a part-time Bachelor of Engineering Tech (Ord) in Fire Safety Engineering at DIT. Dublin Fire Brigade vehicle at LYIT as we say farewell to one crew of part-time Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Fire Safety Engineering students and get ready to welcome another. From L-R – Billy Bennett (Registrar), Dr Paddy Lennon (Lecturer), Alan Judge (Iarnród Eireann), Paul Furlong (Dublin Airport Fire Brigade), Grant Masterson (Wexford County Council/ MSA), Anne Boner (Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction), Cathal Ryan (D.F.B.), Paul Keyes (D.F.B.), Rory McShane (Lecturer), Denis McFadden (Head of School of Engineering), Paul McGrath (D.F.B.), James Mulholland (D.F.B).The part-time mature students were all in employment in fire services – with Dublin Fire Brigade, Dublin Airport Authority, Iarnród Éireann and Wexford County Council.  Such was their routine or enthusiasm that on occasions they reportedly were in class before any of the local students got there at 9.30 am! Cathal Ryan, one of the graduates commented, “I was part of a group of six fire fighters & one Iarnród Éireannn staff member that have recently achieved our Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Fire Safety Engineering at LYIT. “We considered ourselves very lucky to have received an offer of a place on this programme but it was not without its difficulties. The average travel time from Dublin was a seven-hour round trip every Thursday beginning at 4.30am with others having to travel further, before you even sat down to a lecture! “The incredible professionalism and excellent tutors in LYIT made this trip a whole lot easier. Our time spent in LYIT was invaluable with our development as fire engineers and I would like to give a special mention to Rory McShane, Paddy Lennon & Anne Bonner for their support and assistance throughout this programme. “I’d also like to thank the chief fire officer of Dublin Fire Brigade, Mr Patrick Flemming for his continued support and assistance throughout this whole programme. “Finally, I’d personally like to congratulate and compliment my fellow students on their amazing achievement, we’ve been through so much together since 2011 in DIT, marriages, babies born and loved ones lost, I’d like to wish them all the very best in their future endeavours. Well done guys,” Cathal said.Speaking about this particular group of students and the programme, Anne Boner (Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction) outlines, “The BSc (Hons) in Fire Safety Engineering has been running at LYIT since 2001. Typically one or two students each year choose to complete the one year add-on over two years and normally this involves attending classes two days a week. “When approached by the DIT ordinary degree graduates, we took into consideration what they had already covered and came up with a programme which meant they could complete their honours degree in 20 months attending one day a week during term time. “It was a tall ask for students to complete an eight hour day on top of travelling to and from Letterkenny but, with work and family commitments precluding a longer stay, the group jumped at the chance to come to Letterkenny and judging on the results achieved, they gave it their all and it was well worth their effort!”As this specific group of fire safety graduates look forward to Friday’s graduation ceremony and say goodbye to Letterkenny, eight further students (from Dublin and Galway) have already taken their place participating in this demanding day-release routine.LYIT looks forward to welcoming all graduates back to both the Letterkenny and Killybegs campuses for graduation and encourages anyone who has any wish to begin/return to education to get in touch or start their search on www.lyit.ie – who knows you could be part of the class of 2020. Why these LYIT Graduates have a burning ambition! was last modified: October 24th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:FIRE BRIGADEFire Safety EngineeringgraduationLetterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYITlast_img read more