Liberia is now facing its toughest test to date with the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever. The Ebola virus disease, extremely fatal and presently without a cure, is spreading fast throughout the country like a forest fire.The human killer disease has overloaded the country’s already brittle health system. Liberia, with a poor political system, coupled with bad investments, has worsened the country’s brain drain, making it incapable of managing the current health crisis.As a result of the country’s frail health system, the government recently cried for international help and declared a state of emergency, indicating to the world that it has lost control in its brawl against the disease.There is handful of qualified doctors and nurses remaining at the front line to confront the monster killer while others are paranoic, for fear of contracting the virus as many of their colleagues, who have lost their lives in the process of attempting to save lives.Statistics have established that the Ebola virus disease will definitely leave scars across the country and on the country’s economy which is expected to shrivel by 9% as a direct consequence of the epidemic. The American government recently offered a twinkle of hope announcing the arrival of three thousand American soldiers and the construction of a US$ 22M first class health facility for doctors and nurses who may contract the virus while fighting to save lives.While the government of Liberia and its international partners are struggling to contain the biggest worldwide epidemic, the prices of imported and locally produced commodities have skyrocketed in recent times in Bong County and in the country, due to the presence of the hemorrhagic fever.The price of a 25kg bag of rice previously sold for L$ 1,200.00 is at this moment being sold in Bong County for L$1,700.00, while the prices of cassava and local vegetables continued to climb by the day, thereby subjecting the already impoverished Bong County residents to extreme hardship.Weekly markets in the county have closed as another strategy put in place by the county authority in order to help to contain the further spread of the Ebola virus disease.Many marketers who spoke with this newspaper said the immediate closure of the weekly markets in the county has introduced untold suffering to them and has forced some of them (marketers) to auction their goods at very low prices in order to put food on their table.“Until the virus is brought under control, there will be a repeated slowdown in all sectors of this country’s economy, something from which we might not ever recover,” declared Mr. John O. Sumo a student of economics at the Cuttington University.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) statistics established that Liberia’s economy had been growing by around 10% since 2005 and will reduce by 9%–to 1% by the time Liberia is post-Ebola.The World Bank also estimates that Liberia, the worst case of the outbreak will cost US$ 228M or 11.7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).The World Bank maintained that inflation has spiked in the country, fueled by uncertainty and capital flight, while exchange rates continue to be volatile.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization statistics say agriculture contributes 39% of Liberia’s GDP and that the economy is in trouble, as the rice harvest takes place between October and November. The mining industry also contributes around 14% of Liberia’s economy, with international companies, such as Accerlor Mittal and Hummingbird operating at below capacity in the country.The Ebola outbreak has reduced labor force participation, closed places of employment and disrupted transportation across the country. This has also increased the economic hardship of the poverty stricken population.Liberia with a donor driven economy, imports annually US$220M rice that is being consumed by the inhabitants. More than 1,578 people are said to have died from the Ebola virus in Liberia alone and the government has closed the country’s major border crossings and introduced curfew in an attempt to contain the outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Northwestel has announced it will be shutting off its analog services in November. The announcement comes on the heels of a similar one from Telus, who has said it will stop providing analog services this month. Northwestel provides telecommunications services to residents in Northern BC and the territories. Anne Kennedy, Public Affairs Director for the company, says the shutoff is the result of Bell’s nationwide shutdown of their analog network. Northwestel’s analog services use Bell’s networks in the North to carry their signal. Kennedy says that the company is working on significant digital upgrades to its Northern BC networks. While she understands the switchover will affect some customers, the company also sees the need to serve customers who use digital devices. [asset|aid=227|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Anne Kennedy – Cell Phones_1_Pub.mp3] Because digital towers don’t have the coverage area of analog towers, many remote oil and gas sites will now have to rely on satellite phones, a newer — and more expensive — technology. Bob Fedderly, former president of Energy Services BC, says that translates into higher communications costs for Oil and Gas companies. [asset|aid=228|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Fedderly – Cells_1_Pub.mp3] Satellite phone handsets and airtime are both considerably more expensive than analog or digital, with the cost of satellite handsets starting at around 1500 dollars.- Advertisement –
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The restriction is in the deed passed from FEMA to the water district, Newhall district general manager Steve Cole said. The century-old Castaic Union School used to sit on the 18 acres, but under FEMA orders the school relocated. FEMA bought the land and turned it over to the water district, which operates three drinking water wells there. Little League fields there are out of the question at this point. “The deed restrictions don’t allow the district to accommodate that kind of activity,” Cole said, but noted that could change if his board of directors decided to work with FEMA. “Personally, as a manager, I think it would make sense to get beneficial use of the property,” Cole said. “It’s not a priority for the district, but I don’t like shutting the door all together. It seems like the land could be of valuable use for public benefit.” Members of the league’s board want to pursue the dream for the 7- to 14-year-old boys and girls they serve in the western Santa Clarita Valley. CASTAIC – The homeless Castaic Little League – 200 kids strong – is eyeing an abandoned lot as its field of dreams, but the federal government says no, fearing a nightmare. League officials envision baseball diamonds with real pitching mounds and grassy infields where Castaic’s first school once stood. They see bullpens and areas for batting practice, a place where coaches can store their equipment, where moms and dads can work the snack bar. “We want state-of-the-art fields, something our kids can be proud of, something that will set the tone for youth sports in Castaic,” said John Konecnik, the league’s vice president. “I have maps that show 13,000, 15,000 housing units are proposed. This is something that we can do now for the future.” But the Federal Emergency Management Agency sees Castaic Dam uphill and has prohibited the current landowner – the Newhall County Water District – from allowing structures on the property or public access. The fear is that the dam, built to withstand an 8.0-magnitude earthquake, could rupture some day and release a wall of water to wipe out anything in its path. This expanse of land along Ridge Route Road looks like the abandoned property it is; trees grow haphazardly, lush weeds fill the giant cracks of the old asphalt parking lot. Barbed-wire fencing follows the perimeter where the only bow to history is the brick pillars banking a decorative iron gate that once opened onto the campus. Ironically, the property is surrounded by development including some small retailers, fast-food restaurants, a post office and a large apartment complex. Nearby is the sprawling Castaic Sports Complex, built since the school closed. That’s where Little League plays now, but renting the facility is costly and the fields are built for softball, with dirt infields instead of grass and no pitching mounds. The league officials have come up with a three-phased plan for the old school site – working with an architect to design the fields, creating a facility perhaps replicating in miniature some of the nation’s best known baseball stadiums and finally building softball fields. While other leagues have neglected softball and been ordered to ensure facilities for a sport that involves predominantly girls, Konecnik said the demand is for baseball fields. “We have a need right now, and with limited resources we can’t do it all now,” he said. The real question is if it can be done at all on this grassy field near the center of town, land where playgrounds heard the shrieks of thousands of schoolchildren over 100 years. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal County Council has angrily denounced claims that the water supply in Letterkenny is contaminated.There were claims earlier this week that water being pumped to homes in the town might not be safe to drink but the council says this is simply untrue.In a strongly worded statement today, the council said it wish to reassure the public that the drinking water supply in Letterkenny is safe for consupmtion and that there is no risk to public health. The statement goes on: “Water for Letterkenny is currently obtained from a combination of groundwater and surface water sources. All these sources are subject to continous monitoring and disinfection, with the final waters from all sources combined to give a water suppply that is of high standard and safe for human consumption.“This includes a programme of monitoring for Cryptosporidium of any Letterkenny source considered potentially at risk of contamination and which has been agreed with the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A) and the Health Sevice Executive (H.S.E.). No cause of concern has ever been found as a result of this monitoring.“Furthermore, the Council would like to reassure the public that in the event of any contamination of the water supply that may pose a risk to public health the Council has clear communication policies and practices that would be activated in conjunction with all relevant authorities, including the H.S.E., the E.P.A. and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.“In such instances the public will of course be informed immediately as appropriate using written notices and press releases.” The statement continued: “In relation to ongoing quality control, the public should be reassured to know that the HSE’s Environmental Health Officers carry out an independent sampling and testing service on all of Donegal County Council’s public supplies to monitor compliance with current drinking water standards. The Council also carries out its own testing regime.“The Council make that information availabe to the public via ongoing reporting to the EPA (which is published in the Annual Drinking Water Report) but also the Water Quality results are posted on an ongoing basis on the Councils website.“Work is also progressing on the Council’s Capital Programme in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government in relation to a Direction issued to the Council by the EPA which calls for upgrade in the treatment process (including barrier protection against cryptosporidium). Works are likely to involve significant capital expenditure and will be delivered over the coming years.“The Council has been working closely with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and the EPA to progress all works listed on the Remedial Action List and will continue to do this.“The following is a brief outline of ongoing remedial works in relation to the various supplies which are on the EPA Remedial Action List: * Ballyshannon – Works complete* Burnfoot – Pipeline interconnector complete and switchover to alternative supply imminent.* Cashilard – Pilot water treatment process under testing.* Fintown – Contract documents for interconnector pipeline and pumping station works to alternative supply under preparation. * Greencastle – Interconnector pipelines to alternative supply under construction. Contract documents for augmentation from alternative supply under preparation.* Portnoo-Narin – Interconnector pipelines to alternative supply completed. Augmentation from alternative supply planned.* Rathmullan – Preliminary design of interconnector pipelines and pumping stations to alternative supplies completed.* Donegal Eske – Currently compliant.* Gortahork Falcarragh – Tender recommendation for water treatment plant upgrade works completed. Monitoring compliance underway.COUNCIL’S ANGER OVER DRINKING WATER CLAIMS was last modified: March 12th, 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:COUNCIL’S ANGER OVER DRINKING WATER CLAIMSletterkenny
THERE was another massive turn-out today in perfect conditions for the annual St Stephen’s Day 5k at Finn Valley Athletic Club.Joe McAllister took the honours in a stunning 15:09, with local runner Gerard Gallagher five seconds behind. Judy Carson finished third overall – on a superb 15:26.Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club 1 379 15.09 Joe McAllister SM St Malachy’s2 11 15.14 Gerard Gallagher SM Finn Valley A C3 393 15.26 Judy Carson SW Finn Valley A C4 394 15.47 Pauric McLaughlin SM Finn Valley A C 5 475 15.57 James Speight SM Finn Valley A C6 245 15.59 Gary Slevin SM City Of Derry7 246 16.03 Craig Roberts SM City Of Derry8 28 16.19 Dermot Brennan SM Finn Valley A C9 399 16.23 Peter Gibbons SM Letterkenny A C 10 307 16.26 Aaron Doherty SM City Of Derry11 221 16.28 Kieran Carlin SM Finn Valley A C12 529 16.31 David Scanlon SM Rathfarnham13 415 16.32 Daniel Hannigan SM Lifford A C 14 376 16.40 Shane McNulty M35 Finn Valley A C15 390 16.44 Ronan McLaughlin SM Individual16 738 16.45 Oisin Gallen SM Individual17 386 16.49 John Brooks M35 Individual18 68 16.51 Paul McCafferty M40 City Of Derry19 249 16.51 Michael Black SM 24/7 Triathlon20 248 16.55 Gavin Crawford SM 24/7 Triathlon21 358 17.08 Pauric Breslin SM Letterkenny A C22 312 17.17 AnneMarie McGlynn SW Lifford A C23 167 17.21 Gerard O’Callaghan M40 Wimbledon24 284 17.24 Shaun McGettigan SM Finn Valley A C25 762 17.27 Patrick Penrose SM Finn Valley A C26 830 17.31 Shaun McFadden SM 24/7 Triathlon27 100 17.42 Paul Leck SM Finn Valley A C28 75 17.44 Andrew Friel SM Individual29 638 18.00 Raymond Birch SM Letterkenny A C30 709 18.05 Dominic Boner SM Finn Valley A C31 261 18.11 Mark McPaul SM Finn Valley A C32 343 18.17 Liam Murray SM Individual33 453 18.20 Jack McBride JM Finn Valley A C34 90 18.22 Kevin Curran SM SportsworldWSAF A CWindmilers35 407 18.23 Paul Murray SM Finn Valley A C36 12 18.23 Tom Thompson W45 Finn Valley A C37 320 18.29 Zachary McGowan SM City Of Derry38 361 18.34 Dean Toland SM Finn Valley A C39 385 18.35 Helen Stockdale W45 Finn Valley A C40 276 18.39 Joe Gallagher SM Milford A C41 432 18.45 Martin Gormley M35 Letterkenny A C42 265 18.49 Shane Gallagher SM Finn Valley A C43 152 18.50 Derek Callaghan SM Finn Valley A C44 169 18.56 Hugh Coll M40 Individual45 282 18.57 Brian Doherty SM Milford A C46 706 19.00 Ciaran O’donnell SM Letterkenny A C47 726 19.01 Jason Quigley SM Finn Valley A C48 708 19.02 Aaron McBride SM Individual49 403 19.08 Mark Bonner SM Finn Valley A C50 365 19.14 Pauric Patton JM Finn Valley A C51 479 19.16 Michael Penrose Snr M40 Finn Valley A C52 89 19.18 Paul Coyle SM Individual53 408 19.21 Michael Gallagher SM Finn Valley A C54 252 19.22 Mark Cassidy SM Individual55 251 19.24 Adam Lynch JM Finn Valley A C56 466 19.28 Dermot McElchar SM Individual57 714 19.34 Damien Browne SM Individual58 311 19.37 Enda Doherty SM Finn Valley A C59 502 19.38 Ryan Gormley SM Individual60 328 19.39 Colm Conneely SM Individual61 688 19.40 Oran McDermott SM Finn Valley A C62 534 19.41 Jonathan Carlin SM Finn Valley A C63 291 19.44 Brian Doherty SM Individual64 387 19.47 Paul Cosgrave M45 Lifford A C65 428 19.48 Theresa Doherty SW Inishowen A C66 395 19.49 Catherine Dooher SW Finn Valley A C67 289 19.57 Garvan Mulligan SM Letterkenny A C68 500 20.02 Malisa McHugh SW Individual69 448 20.06 Raymond McGrory SM Milford A C70 410 20.07 Seamus Morrison M35 Letterkenny A C71 763 20.09 Joseph Carlin SM Finn Valley A C72 740 20.12 Troy McCormick SM Individual73 816 20.13 Peter Kardos SM Individual74 736 20.14 Paddy Costelloe SM Individual75 42 20.15 Jarlath Duffy SW Individual76 418 20.16 Seamus Nallen SM 24/7 Triathlon77 521 20.17 Ronan Frain JM Finn Valley A C78 441 20.18 Gary Kelly SM Individual79 644 20.19 Brian McNamee JM Individual80 304 20.23 Eugene Gallen SM Individual81 87 20.24 Shane Laverty SM Individual82 74 20.25 Michael Connelly SM Individual83 649 20.26 James Callaghan SM Individual84 612 20.28 Richard Gordon JM Individual85 613 20.29 David Gordon SM Individual86 635 20.29 James O’Brien SM Finn Valley A C87 781 20.34 Conor Lyons SM Finn Valley A C88 781 20.34 Conor Lyons SM Finn Valley A C89 88 20.34 Shaun Lally SM Individual90 489 20.38 Ben Carr JM Finn Valley A C91 368 20.38 Shaun Crossan M35 Finn Valley A C92 101 20.40 Conor Gallagher SM Finn Valley A C93 523 20.40 John Dunleavy SM Individual94 122 20.41 Adrian McHugh SM Individual95 519 20.42 Drew Doherty M50 Finn Valley A C96 290 20.44 Stephen Manley SM Letterkenny A C97 392 20.48 Adam McGranaghan JM Finn Valley A C98 288 20.48 Shane McConnell SM Castlefinn99 664 20.49 Sean P Byrne M35 Finn Valley A C100 727 20.50 Conor Gallaghan SM Individual101 266 20.51 Mervin McDowell SM Individual102 456 20.52 Conor McGonagle SM Finn Valley A C103 704 20.53 Liam McGlynn SM Mullingar104 436 20.54 Alex McGeehan JM Finn Valley A C105 264 20.55 Barry Gallagher SM Individual106 5 20.56 Declan McHugh SM Individual107 409 20.58 Karen Gallagher JW Finn Valley A C108 384 21.03 Paul Leonard SM Individual109 605 21.04 Michael McNulty M40 IndividualRunnersHarriers110 427 21.05 C.J Doherty SM Individual111 668 21.08 Michael Gallagher M35 Individual112 359 21.11 Shannon McLaughlin JW Finn Valley A C113 362 21.14 Thomas Maguire SM Individual114 478 21.14 Michael Penrose Jnr SM Finn Valley A C115 260 21.14 James Gibons M35 Milford A C116 735 21.15 John Fleming SM Individual117 10 21.16 Garvin Boyce M40 Finn Valley A C118 319 21.17 Hannah McGowan SW City Of Derry119 205 21.18 Darragh Crossan SM Derry City Track120 316 21.18 Rodney Irwin SM Individual121 424 21.19 Ton Bangert M35 Individual122 278 21.19 Shaun Boyce SM Individual123 749 21.21 Aidan McGuire SM Individual124 682 21.22 Alfie Maguire SM Individual125 505 21.23 Matthew Carlin SM Finn Valley A C126 50 21.27 Noreen Bonner W55 Finn Valley A C127 271 21.29 Mark O’Sullivan SM Individual128 315 21.31 Martin McGlinchey SM Convoy129 18 21.32 Ronan Gallen SM Individual130 452 21.34 Patrick Brennan SM Individual131 389 21.35 Alan Kavanagh SM Finn Valley A C132 280 21.36 John Anthony McMillan M40 Individual133 128 21.39 Maeve Culhane SW Finn Valley A C134 788 21.43 Seamus McMenamin SM Individual135 722 21.44 Liam Gillespie M35 Finn Valley A C136 476 21.44 Paul Dooley SM Finn Valley A C137 40 21.45 Eimear Gallen W40 Finn Valley A C138 643 21.46 Dean Bonner SM Individual139 350 21.46 Niall Mulrine SM Individual140 191 21.47 Karen Gallagher JW Individual141 116 21.56 Duane Long SM Finn Valley A C142 43 21.57 Ian McNulty M40 Cork Triathalon143 510 21.58 Wesley McCormick SM Finn Valley A C144 539 22.00 Francis Mongan SM Individual145 697 22.02 Sinead Boland SW Individual146 412 22.03 Niamh Morrison SW Letterkenny A CClub147 734 22.04 Marie Harper SW Finn Valley A C148 158 22.05 Ivor Goudie SM Raphoe149 532 22.06 Declan Carlin M40 Finn Valley A C150 59 22.08 Margo Gallinagh SW Individual151 459 22.09 Brendan Callaghan SM Individual152 263 22.10 Liam Friel SM Individual153 526 22.14 Pauric McGinley SM Individual154 491 22.17 Gillian Coyle SW Individual155 388 22.19 Carl Hughes SM Individual156 298 22.20 Johnny Gallagher SM Individual157 105 22.22 Paul Whelan SM Individual158 637 22.22 Maurice O’Donnell SM Individual159 4 22.24 Michael McMenamin SM Finn Valley A C160 130 22.31 Fintan Culhane SM Individual161 520 22.31 Franky Murray M50 Castlefinn162 437 22.31 Patrick Clohessy SM Individual163 16 22.31 Shane Thompson JM Finn Valley A C164 405 22.31 Terry McDevitt SM Individual165 129 22.33 Brendan Culhane SM Individual166 440 22.34 Charlie McElwaine JM Lifford A C167 439 22.35 Emily Greenan SW Individual168 615 22.37 Paddy Hannigan M50 Individual169 751 22.38 Michael Lavin SM Individual170 504 22.39 Gavin Carlin SM Finn Valley A C171 15 22.41 Liam McMullan M40 Individual172 554 22.42 Colette McElwaine SW Individual173 607 22.44 Garvin Muligan SM Individual174 396 22.45 Andy Clarke M50 North175 332 22.47 Jonathan Connolly JM Finn Valley A C176 525 22.49 Angus Hunter M45 Individual177 493 22.50 Barry McGill SM Finn Valley A C178 681 22.50 Jeannette Maguire SW Individual179 104 22.54 Simon Leonard SM Individual180 480 22.55 Colin Mooney SM Individual181 650 22.56 John Byrne SM Individual182 524 22.56 Brendan Coyle SM Individual183 660 22.56 Bronagh O’Doherty SW Finn Valley A CRoadrunnersRunnersFermanagh184 537 22.56 Barry Carlin SM Finn Valley A C185 297 23.00 Dennis Curran M35 Letterkenny A C186 786 23.00 John McGlinchey M35 Finn Valley A C187 604 23.00 Shane Deery M40 Finn Valley A C188 588 23.01 Stephen Stewart SM Individual189 363 23.02 Eilish Patton SW Finn Valley A C190 366 23.03 John Lynch SM Finn Valley A C191 64 23.04 Ryan Galvin JM Finn Valley A C192 669 23.08 Brian Trayers SM Individual193 606 23.08 Mark Connelly SM Individual194 655 23.08 Curtis Deery SM Individual195 333 23.08 Terry Thompson SM Individual196 141 23.08 Maria Boyle W40 Finn Valley A C197 720 23.13 Zoe Kelly JW Finn Valley A C198 587 23.16 Stephen O’Donnell SM Individual199 375 23.17 Gavin Kelly SM Individual200 182 23.18 Aidan Dullaghan SM Individual201 700 23.20 Mark Trayers SM Individual202 737 23.21 Seamus Gallen SM Individual203 345 23.24 John Doherty SM Individual204 446 23.26 Sean O’Donnell SM Lifford A C205 200 23.31 Caroline McNulty SW Finn Valley A C206 589 23.31 Shane McBride JM Finn Valley A C207 99 23.38 Paddy Kelly SM Individual208 671 23.39 Brian McMullin M35 Tír Chonaill A C209 506 23.40 Paddy Gildea SM Individual210 76 23.41 John Mulen SM Individual211 678 23.42 Fionnuala Bruton SW Finn Valley A C212 721 23.43 Don Smith M35 Convoy213 789 23.44 Peter Sweeney SM Individual214 121 23.45 Carl Houston M50 CastlefinnRunners215 785 23.47 Ollie Doherty M35 Finn Valley A C216 137 23.48 Maria Harron SW Individual217 179 23.50 Michael Doherty M50 Individual218 618 23.51 Paul Kelly SM Letterkenny A C219 401 23.55 Joanne Collins SW Individual220 31 23.55 Sinead Kenny W40 Finn Valley A C221 262 23.56 Eugene McGuiley SM Raphoe222 151 23.57 Eoin Dowling SM Individual223 383 23.59 James Marren SM Individual224 469 23.59 Joanne Campbell SW Finn Valley A C225 458 24.01 Liam McGinty SM Finn Valley A C226 117 24.02 Martin Anderson M40 Finn Valley A C227 1 24.06 James Maguire M50 Finn Valley A C228 667 24.06 Andy Scanlon M35 Finn Valley A C229 665 24.06 Steve O’Donnell SM Individual230 620 24.06 Mary Hippsley W45 Finn Valley A C231 417 24.06 Orla Nallen SW 24/7 Triathlon232 619 24.10 Sean O’Leary M50 Finn Valley A C233 400 24.12 Barry Chambers SM Individual234 114 24.12 Andy Parkinson M40 Convoy235 702 24.12 Aoife McGranaghan SW Individual236 572 24.14 Paul O’Donnell SM Individual237 611 24.15 Liam Gordon SM Individual238 645 24.17 Paul Trayers SM Individual239 457 24.18 John McElwaine SM Lifford A C240 77 24.19 Marie Mullen SW Individual241 494 24.20 Sean Marley SM Finn Valley A C242 741 24.20 LauraLee Penrose JW Finn Valley A C243 344 24.21 Lisa Doherty SW Individual244 468 24.21 Nicklus Lane JM Individual245 496 24.26 Paul Skinader SM Individual246 67 24.26 Frank O’Deorain M50 Individual247 582 24.28 Michael Murphy SM Individual248 168 24.29 Rachel Hogg SW Individual249 490 24.30 Richard Sleigh SM Individual250 71 24.31 William Doherty SM Individual251 413 24.31 Daragh 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24.57 Damien Scanlan SM Individual275 314 25.03 Adam Sweeney JM Finn Valley A C276 214 25.05 Joey O’Leary SM Individual277 674 25.07 Brian Westman SM Individual278 662 25.07 Niamh Rodgers SW Individual279 536 25.08 Eugene Carlin M50 Finn Valley A C280 404 25.08 John Reid JM Finn Valley A C281 270 25.12 Adrian Callaghan SM Loughrea282 495 25.13 Darren McCreary SM Individual283 540 25.15 Lauren Tailor JW Finn Valley A C284 250 25.16 Hayley Ferry SW Individual285 544 25.21 Roy Meehan SM Raphoe286 369 25.27 Bernie Crossan SW Finn Valley A C287 367 25.28 Caelan Reid JM Finn Valley A C288 623 25.30 Paul McLaughlin M50 Individual289 425 25.31 Caroline McElwaine SW Individual290 426 25.32 Damien McBride SM Milford A C291 9 25.33 Shea McMenamin JM Finn Valley A C292 378 25.35 Kathleen McNulty SW Finn Valley A C293 552 25.35 Louise Larkin SW Individual294 666 25.36 Yvonne O’Donnell SW IndividualRunnersRunnersRoadrunners295 672 25.36 Caher O’Donnell M35 Individual296 486 25.38 Austeja Auciete SW 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A local councillor has claimed that it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or killed because of wild deer crossing roads near one of Donegal’s most popular tourist spots.Councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig says he has been contacted by a number of motorists who have been struck by crossing deer close to Glenveagh National Park.Donegal County Council did recently issue a warning over rutting deer in several parts of the county. Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig says he has contacted staff at Glenveagh to see what can been done about the issue.“Several people have come to me say g their cars have been struck by deer and have been damaged.“I am awaiting a reply from Glenveagh staff but this is a serious issue. A car striking a deer at speed has the potential to cause serious injury or even worse to motorists and their passengers.“I am urging staff to come back to me and to let me know what measures are being taken to ensure that we take these deer off our roads,” he said. Glenveagh is home to the largest herd of red deer in Ireland.Councillor warns someone could be killed by deer crossing near Glenveagh was last modified: November 6th, 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)
Justice MalalaFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialEveryone seems to have a Confederations Cup story to tell since the spectacular opening ceremony on June 14. Here is mine.It isn’t really a Confed story, as it happened weeks before the actual tournament. But I hope it will, in its own small way, illuminate the football matches and the festivities.My wife and I went out for dinner a few weeks ago. We ended up eating at the Troyeville Hotel, a shambling but charming hotel in Kensington, just east of Johannesburg. It serves brilliant rustic Portuguese cuisine and very cold beer. The bar is unusual and fun, with an eclectic crowd. But that is not the point of the story.On leaving the hotel we followed our usual route home. But it was unusual in one way: there were building works everywhere. The Troyeville Hotel sits right behind the Ellis Park and the Johannesburg Stadium.Already among the best stadiums in South Africa, both have now been refurbished so extensively they are hardly recognisable. They look and feel like international institutions – huge, glitzy, sleek and modern.We made our way through the warren of roads that encircle Ellis Park, just below the notorious Hillbrow flatland area and Bertrams. The roads were narrowed down, with massive ditches on either side due to digging and other roadworks. As we pushed along and emerged on the Hillbrow side, near the towering cone-shaped building called Ponte City, crowned with its massive neon Vodacom advert, we realised we could not turn left onto the motorway and on home.The road was closed due to road works.We inched along into the heart of Hillbrow. Now, Hillbrow became renowned the world over for violence, drugs and other crimes in the 1990s as its buildings – formerly reserved for whites only – started to accommodate blacks. It became known as the epicenter of Johannesburg’s tragic descent into crime.I know Hillbrow. I lived right in the centre of the Hillbrow flatland – at the Highpoint building – when I first moved to Johannesburg to start a job as a journalist at the Star newspaper in the very early 1990s.I watched as Hillbrow became overrun by dirt and grime and as it nearly collapsed under the burden of maladministration and failure to deal with its myriad problems. However, there have been spectacular new developments over the past few years.Young entrepreneurs started moving in and buying old buildings and renovating them. A new breed of tenant – professional and dedicated to the neighbourhood – can be seen in many parts of the flatlands.Plus, authorities came to the party. Parks, roads and all sorts of other public facilities are constantly being done up.But back to my journey. As we inched along the dark road I realised that the neighbourhood whose streets I had walked so long ago is being transformed. There were road works all over. New, glitzy, shiny bus stops to accommodate the new bus rapid transit system were being built. They were gorgeous, and in design and structure reminded me of the London underground stations.Then we turned up into the heart of Hillbrow. The works I had noticed continued on until we reached one of my favourite sites in this town: the Old Fort building, now known as Constitution Hill, the seat of the highest court in the land.Then on into Braamfontein and around the Civic Centre. Here too the roads were narrowed as the building work continued. The whole thing was astounding.The truth is that many parts of South Africa today mirror what I saw in Hillbrow that dark night. The country is a building site. The N1 route from Johannesburg to Pretoria is clogged – and makes many motorists angry – because the three-lane highway is being widened to make more lanes and accommodate more cars. I was in Cape Town recently and the whole Sea Point area is being transformed by the Green Point Stadium, one of the venues for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.As I write this piece, new GDP figures are out and we are staring recession in the face. Yet one looks at all this work – plus the R787-billion (US$97.9-billion) that is still to be spent by government on infrastructure development – and it becomes clear that, like many parts of the world, economically we are be in a bad state. But we could have been in a far worse state.The 2010 World Cup and all the associated activity around our roads, buildings and other infrastructure are probably the single most important factor for our economy as the global economic meltdown bites. The stimulus brought on by this spending means we will not be as affected as many of our neighbours and will most likely recover far faster than many economies across the globe.From an economic perspective, the southern tip of Africa looks like the best place to be as the world faces its most turbulent economic times in decades. And it is all there for us to see: men and women in blue overalls building a country, brick by brick.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) points while walking off the court after being ejected during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NEW YORK — Golden State Warriors teammates Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have been fined by the NBA for criticizing the officiating.The league said Tuesday that Green was fined $35,000 for comments on social media that “impugned the integrity of NBA officiating.” Curry was fined $25,000 for similar reasons for his “actions and public statements.” Durant’s fine of $15,000 was for “public criticism” of the refereeing.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving The discipline was announced by NBA executive Kiki VanDeWeghe and stems from Friday night’s game at Minnesota, which the Warriors lost 131-130 in overtime.The league says the actions of the three players came during and after the game. The NBA adds that its findings came after “verifying all available information.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Who’s in, who’s out? Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments
Even as the rattled reporter responded with a quick “no” Even as the rattled reporter responded with a quick “no” and added that Dhoni was in fact “very fast”, the Indian captain further asked, “Do you think I can survive playing until the 2019 World?” The hapless reporter said sheepishly “Yes, sure.” “Then you have answered the question,” said Dhoni laughing as he patted the journalist and sent him back to his seat. Once the Australian reporter got off from the dais, Dhoni continued to say that he wished the question was asked by an Indian journalist. “I wish it was an Indian media guy who has asked the question because then I would have asked if he has a son who is old enough to play and who can play as wicketkeeper to. “He would have said no, then may be I would have said ok maybe a brother who can play and who is a wicketkeeper, so. You fired the wrong ammunition at the wrong time,” said Dhoni. PTI SSR CM PDS PDS
Early in what would become a tight test of a US Open final, Angelique Kerber sprinted forward to somehow reach a drop shot and scoop a down-the-line winner to a corner.The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd roared, and Kerber celebrated by raising her right hand and wagging her index finger in the air, as if to remind opponent Karolina Pliskova – and everyone else – “I’m No. 1!”Yes, she is. And a two-time Grand Slam champion, too.Kerber won her first US Open title and the second major trophy of her out-of-nowhere breakthrough season, taking five of the last six games to beat a fading Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Saturday.KERBER- THE NEW NO.1″It means a lot to me. When I was a kid, I was always dreaming to one day be the No. 1 player in the world, to win Grand Slams,” said Kerber, a 28-year-old German who will move up one spot from No. 2 and replace Serena Williams atop the WTA rankings on Monday. “I mean, all the dreams came true this year, and I’m just trying to enjoy every moment on court and also off court.”Never a Grand Slam finalist before 2016, Kerber beat Williams for the Australian Open title in January, then lost to her in the Wimbledon final in July.On Saturday, the No. 2-seeded Kerber trailed by a break at 3-1 in the third set before coming back against Pliskova, a 24-year-old Czech who was seeded 10th and hadn’t been past the third round at a major until this tournament.advertisement”For sure,” Kerber told Pliskova during the trophy ceremony, “you have a great future.”The present could not be brighter for the left-handed Kerber, the first woman from Germany to win the US Open – and to get to No. 1 – since her idol and mentor, Steffi Graf.It was Pliskova who guaranteed Kerber’s ascension in the rankings by beating Williams in the semifinals, ending her record-tying 186-week stay at the top, which began in February 2013.Kerber, who collected $3.5 million in prize money Saturday, lost to Pliskova the last time they met, just three weeks ago in the final of a hard-court tournament in Cincinnati.’I WAS REALLY TRYING TO STAY IN THE MOMENT’But at the outset of this final, it was Kerber who was in charge. Her defense is exemplary, scrambling along the baseline to put her racket on seemingly every ball, crouching so low that her knees would come close to scraping the ground.As she does against most opponents, Kerber would make Pliskova swing two, three, four extra times to try to end a point. And Pliskova was troubled by that in the early going, making 17 unforced errors in the first set alone, 14 more than Kerber. By the conclusion of the 2-hour, 7-minute final, Pliskova totaled 47 unforced errors, 30 more than Kerber.”I was really trying to (stay) in the moment,” Kerber said, “trying to play my game, being aggressive.”Kerber won the toss and elected to receive, perhaps for two reasons: Her serve is the biggest question mark in her otherwise solid game, and it made sense to force Pliskova to deal with an early test of nerves. Either way, the decision worked: Pliskova double-faulted on the match’s first point and got broken right from the get-go.There were plenty of lengthy exchanges in that first set, and Kerber tended to get the better of them, winning 9 of 14 points that lasted at least 10 strokes.But Pliskova hung in there. And after frittering away her first four break points of the match, she converted her fifth with a lob-volley winner that curled over Kerber and alit right by the baseline. Suddenly up 4-3 in the set, Pliskova turned to her coach up in the stands and yelled, pumping her fists.Now it was a match, filled with terrific points, tense moments and plenty of emotion. Pliskova served out the second set – the only one dropped by Kerber all tournament – and spiked a ball. Kerber got broken early in the third and bounced her racket off the court. Moments later, she trailed 3-1.But this was Kerber’s turn to show some mettle, breaking back to 3-all and again to end it. She dropped on her back after the last point, then climbed into the stands to begin the celebration with her coach and others.”She really proved she’s the world No. 1,” Pliskova told the fans. Then she addressed Kerber directly, saying: “It was a great match, and I’m very honored to play with you.”advertisement