Septic Tank Pollution Sparks Grave Concern at Bushrod Island

first_imgA large ruptured septic tank being used by a group of Lebanese business people in the Vai Town Community on the Bushrod Island continues to generate grave concern amongst residents, environmentalists and health personnel.Affected residents and health workers in the area are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ministry of Health’s Occupational Health Department (OHD) to institute steps and action on the end-users to repair the damaged septic tank.According to the affected residents and health workers, the odors from the waste in the septic tank pose serious health and environmental hazards to the detriment of the Vai Town Community.Some of the residents interviewed by the Daily Observer claimed the septic tank burst open about two weeks ago and those connected to it continue to the treat the unsanitary situation with blind eyes. Besides children and other vulnerable groups coming in direct contact with the wastes and toxic air from the septic tank, there are other challenges for health facilities in the community.Owing to the congested nature of houses where the septic tank is situated, if urgent steps are not taken to repair the damage an outbreak of multiple diseases could soon occur in the densely populated community.The affected residents also underscored the need for the EPA, Ministry of Health and other stakeholders not to sit by idly and wait for a disease outbreak before putting pressure on the end-users to take action to remedy the sanitation threat being posed by the cracked septic tank.Mr. Sylvester B. Fahnbulleh of Vai Town expressed serious concern over the unsanitary conditions being caused by the waste leaking from the burst septic tank. He appealed to the EPA and Ministry of Health to take swift action to revert the health hazard in the area.“I’m deeply frustrated over this unsanitary situation resulting from this damaged septic tank. Our children are being exposed to multiple air and water borne diseases as a result,” Fahnbulleh lamented.Another resident, Madam Fematta M. Konneh called on the EPA and its partners to immediately come to the aid of the affected residents of Vai Town in the interest of health and good sanitation.“Our people must be rescued from such dehumanizing conditions,” Madam Konneh cautioned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellen Consoles Kenya on Garissa Attack

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to the Government and People of the Republic of Kenya following the killing of one hundred and forty eight (148) persons at the Garissa University College as a result of an attack by the Al-Shabaab Terrorist Group, an Executive Mansion press release said yesterday.In her message to His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Republic of Kenya, President Sirleaf expressed shock and extended deep condolences on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia and in her own name, especially to the bereaved families for their tragic loss.“We condemn in the strongest terms, these killings as an act of terrorism and crime against humanity,” the President declared.While expressing regret over the situation, President Sirleaf prayed that God would grant President Kenyatta and the People of Kenya strength and fortitude as they go through this difficult period of national mourning.She wished for President Kenyatta’s personal well being and for the people of Kenya unity, peace and progress under his dynamic leadership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool recall three players from loan spells amidst major injury crisis

first_img1 Tiago Ilori Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo and Tiago Llori have all been recalled from loan spells to ease Liverpool’s injury crisis.Jurgen Klopp moved to bring back the trio after Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure became the Reds’ latest casualties.Winger Kent arrives back from League One Coventry, forward Sheyi Ojo returns from Wolves, while centre-back Tiago Ilori has been summoned from Aston Villa.Ilori could go straight into the side to face Exeter in the FA Cup on Friday despite failing to make a single appearance during his Villa loan spell.He is the only fit senior centre-back in Klopp’s squad, with Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Toure and Mamadou Sakho all currently sidelined.“We have thought the last few days about what we can do in our situation and the first thing is we take back our own players,” Klopp said.“That is a normal thing, even if they have not the perfect situation at the clubs where they are on loan like it was with Ojo and Kent or Tiago.“These are our players and we have a situation. In my opinion, the best skill and the biggest talents should be in your own club so they can play together at under-21 and develop as a team.“If they make big steps then pick them so you always have them around you. Now we take them back and it is a big chance for the boys but there is no pressure because they are so young.“If they do well they can make the next step quickly but if not they have time – that is the good thing when you are young.“We want to work with them and we will see what happens. I am not too sure at this moment [whether any more will be brought back] but it is possible.“An offensive winger and centre-half is (key) for us at the moment.”Tune into talkSPORT on Friday for live and exclusive national radio coverage of Exeter v Liverpool, kick-off 19.55last_img read more

WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL FROM LETTERKENNY SUPER-PUB SISTER SARA’S

first_imgSister Sara’s Weekend Picture Special: A superb weekend of entertainment was provided for customers at Letterkenny Super-pub Sister Sara’s.The venue was packed to rafters as always, and the lively crowd present enjoyed themselves and made their presence felt on Friday and Saturday night.Above are a selection of images taken from the weekend which captures everybody in great form. Sister Sara’s is continuing to become more popular as every week passes and 2015 promises to be a brilliant year with lots of top-class entertainment lined up. WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL FROM LETTERKENNY SUPER-PUB SISTER SARA’S was last modified: January 25th, 2015 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more

JURY CALLS FOR INQUIRY INTO CHURCHILL MAN’S DEATH

first_imgThe jury at the inquest into the death of a 66-year-old Donegal man, who died five days after being involved in a car crash, have called for an investigation into his death.Dad of nine Charles McBride of Falbane, Churchill, was involved in a head on collision driving towards Gaoth Dobhair on September 13, 2009.Mr McBride was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital where he was scanned and received stitches to the back of his head and his knee, and discharged the next day. His student nurse daughter Evelyn McBride told Letterkenny coroner’s court that the consultant said her father had a crack to his sternum which would take time to heal. She however was concerned.Her dad was re-admitted to hospital on September 16 after visiting his GP. However it was too late – he had multiple undiagnosed rib fractures and was in renal failure.Pathologist Dr Gerry O’Dowd said the Churchill man had 14 rib fractures and died as a result of multi-organ failure.The jury returned a verdict consistent with Mr McBride’s injuries – that he had died as a result of multi-organ failure due to the trauma of a car accident which in turn caused renal failure.However they asked that the case being investigated further.JURY CALLS FOR INQUIRY INTO CHURCHILL MAN’S DEATH was last modified: June 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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

ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC NOTES

first_imgRosses ACWell done to the under 13 girls relay team of Ailise Greene, Tara Harley, Caoimhe Boyle & Aoise Willoughby who had an excellent relay run at the All Irelands in Nenagh.. The girls ran a great time and improved their time from the Ulsters but just missing out on a place in the finals. Well done to the girls and thanks to the parents that travelled to the All Irelands with some making two journeys down. Back to training now for the outdoor season. On Monday 9th April Tír Chonaill AC host and Annual Open Track and Field meet: U-12 (2001), U-14 (1999, 2000), U-16 (1997, 1998), U-18 (1995, 1996), Senior: Donegal Town: 11 a.m. Well done to all who took part in the Omagh Half Marathon at the weekend. Some great times and there are people are travelling to Ballyliffin this weekend for the 10 mile. Results from Omagh Half Marathon: 23rd – Shaun McShane 1:19:10, Seamus Sweeney 1:37:41, Owen Bonner 1:41:14, Mark Nicholas 1:44:23, Aine O’Callaghan 1:49:44, Tracy Boyle 1:52:44.ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC NOTES was last modified: April 3rd, 2012 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:ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC NOTESlast_img read more

Rowing Travels To Jayhawk Jamboree

first_img“This is a head race we circle on the calendar as a big race,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “This is always our fall race we’ve had the most training time for and the competition is a good mix and will be tough. The race course is one we are familiar with. We are still battling water levels here so we haven’t been able to do traditional boat selections instead relying on coaches picks.” LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Drake University rowing team travels to the Jayhawk Jamboree hosted by the University of Kansas on Sunday morning. The fourth-annual regatta is held on the Kansas River at the Kansas Rowing Boathouse at Burcham Park on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. With the ever-growing popularity of the annual regatta, this year marks the largest showing of teams with 12, including 152 boats racing. Among the competitors, include varsity and club crew teams from Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Central Oklahoma, Iowa, Creighton, Wichita State, Colorado, Grand Valley State and UMKC. “We have trained hard the past few weeks since Head of the Rock,” DiSilvestro said. “The team has handled the difficult water levels and non-traditional boat selections very well. I’m excited to see how we compete against a deep and talented field. We are familiar with everyone and know it will be a challenge.”center_img Drake will have several boats in each race that include a novice 8+, varsity 8+ and varsity 4+. The novice 8+ race starts the Bulldogs’ day at 12:15 p.m. followed by the varsity 4+ race at 1 p.m. and the varsity 4+ at 3 p.m. Following the varsity 8+ race, there will be a 300-meter sprint race for the Top 12 finishers. Drake is set to close its fall season Nov. 5 when the Bulldogs host the Creighton Bluejays for the annual end-of-fall showdown.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Donegal public asked to donate to Bikes 4 Africa

first_imgLetterkenny Rotary Club has launched their Bikes 4 Africa campaign where members of the public are being asked to donate their old bikes by leaving them at any of the six Bryson Recycling Centres from Saturday 8th to 22nd October. These bikes will be repaired and refurbished and sent to Africa where they will be allocated to secondary school children to help them get to school each day.This initiative is being supported by Donegal County Council and is part of National Reuse month campaign which is about encouraging people to rethink what we do with our waste and to pass it on, repair it or refurbish it into something new. Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with the Council believes that “this is a great initiative and one that clearly demonstrates what we are trying to achieve during national reuse month. Donating, refurbishing and repairing items are all forms of reuse and offer people a chance to save or make money, get creative, learn a new skill and be environmentally conscious”.Bikes can be left at any of the six Bryson Recycling Centres in Letterkenny, Dungloe, Milford, Carndonagh, Stranorlar, Laghey during opening hours from Saturday 8th to 22nd October.Once the bikes are collected, they are sent to Loughlan House, the correctional facility in Co. Cavan where the Irish Prison Service has arranged for the inmates refurbish the bicycles as part of their rehabilitation and training programme.The latest shipment in May of this year brought the number of refurbished bicycles to 1,000, all of which will eventually be transported to The Gambia, where Rotary’s partner organisation “Jole Rider Gambia” pre-selects the schools, and then oversees the distribution of the bikes, with the assistance of the Gambian Education Ministry. Bikes remain the property of the school, with teachers allocating them to the children according to set criteria.  When a child graduates from school, their bike is then reallocated to another child.   This means that each bike impacts positively on as many as 10 students. Letterkenny Rotary Club was successful in sending 50 + bicycles last year, and want to do the same or even more this year. It costs €10 per bike to have them transported.Shane Clerkin, Manager with Bryson Recycling said they were “delighted to support the Rotary Club’s “Bikes for Africa” campaign by providing collection points at the six Recycling Centres in Co Donegal. At Bryson we are committed to “building better futures” and where better to achieve this than gathering bicycles for school children in Africa.”For Recycling Centre opening times and more on Reuse month visit www.donegalcoco.ieDonations of old bikes to the Bike 4 Africa campaign can be left at any of the six Bryson Recycling Centres in Letterkenny, Dungloe, Milford, Carndonagh, Stranorlar, Laghey during opening hours from Saturday 8th – 22nd October.Donegal public asked to donate to Bikes 4 Africa was last modified: October 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

€12,200 funding secured for Gaeltacht groups in Cloghan, Cloughaneely, and Ranafast

first_imgThree more groups in the Donegal Gaeltacht are to receive funding, Minister Joe McHugh has announced today.The funding awards involve a school in Cloghan, the golf club Cloughaneely and community group in Ranafast.Gaeltacht Minister McHugh has awarded €8,520 to Cloughaneely Golf Club, €1,941 to Scoil Náisiúnta an Choimín in Cloghan and Áislann Rann na Feirste and €1,811 to Áislann Rann na Feirste. He said in all cases the organisations were also making their own contributions to the costs. The Donegal TD said: “I have sanctioned €1,811 to purchase computer equipment for the Áislann Centre, Rann na Feirste. The Áislann assists greatly in promoting the Irish language locally, where they run events and classes through the medium of Irish only, and this grant to upgrade their computer system will assist the centre in continuing with this work, for the local community and also visitors to the area.“The funding for Scoil Náisiúnta an Choimín will help purchase a sound system for the school. The school received €12,500 last year for sound proofing works in the hall, where they had a serious issue with echo, and it was affecting their use of the hall for dramas, concerts. I visited the school and this new sound system will benefit the pupils, teaching staff, and the local community, as well as Oideas Gael who use the school’s facilities during the summer months.“And the funding for the golf club will go towards the purchase of a lawn-mower. With the club being located on the Wild Atlantic Way, it attracts a lot of tourists to play, as well as many locals. The club hosted golf classes in the summer, where over 40 young people participated. Irish is always at the forefront of the classes, in the club-house, and at any club events.”The funding announcement today follows the sanctioning by Minister McHugh earlier this week of €66,500 to four Gaeltacht groups in Gweebarra, Ranafast, Gaoth Dobhair and Falcarragh. As Gaeilge:D’fhogair an tAire Stáit Joe McHugh go bhfuil deontas ceadaithe aige inniu do thrí ghrúpaí Ghaeltachta i Dhún na nGall – do scoil sa Chlochán, don Cumann Gailf i gCloich Cheann Fhaola agus don Ionad Pobail i Rann na Feirste.Tá €8,520 do Chumann Gailf Chloich Cheann Fhaola, €1,941 do Bhord Bainistíochta Scoil Náisiúnta an Choimín, agus €1,811 d’Áislann Rann na Feirste, ceadaithe ag an Aire McHugh.Dúirt an tAire McHugh, “Tá €1,811 ceadaithe agam d’Áislann Rann na Feirste chun trealamh ríomhaireachta a cheannach don Ionad. Tá Áislann Rann na Feirste ag cur le láidreacht na Gaeilge sa cheantar agus imeachtaí éagsúla á reáchtáil acu trí Gaeilge amháin. Cabhróidh an maoiniú atá ceadaithe córas ríomhaireachta a chur ar fáil do bhunadh na háite agus do chuairteoirí araon.“Cabhróidh an deontas do Scoil Náisiunta an Choimín córas fuaime a cheannach don scoil. Ceadaíodh €12,500 don scoil anuraidh chun painéal fuaime a chur suas chun fáil reidh le macalla i halla na scoile. Thug mé cuairt ar an scoil anuraidh, agus tuigim go mbainfidh daltaí, foireann na scoile, agus pobal na háite, chomh maith le Oideas Gael, a bhaineann úsáid as áiseanna na scoile i rith an tsamhraidh, tairbhe iontach as an gcóras fuaime seo. “Cabhróidh an deontas do Chumann Gailf Chloich Cheann Fhaola lomaire féir a cheannach daofa. Tá an-áthas orm cuidiú a thabhairt don Chumann gníomhach seo atá ag cur áis álainn ar fáil, ní amháin do mhuintir an cheantair ach do thurasóirí a bhíonn ag taisteal ar Shlí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin. D’fhreastail timpeall 40 duine óg ar ranganna gailf a cuireadh ar fáil sa samhradh. Bíonn Gaeilge á labhairt sa chlubtheach agus ar gach ócáid bronnta sa chlub. “Cheadaigh an tAire McHugh deontas de €66,500 do cheithre ghrúpaí Gaeltachta in Ghaoth Beara, Rann na Feirste, Gaoth Dobhair agus an Fál Carrach, níos luaithe an tseachtain seo.€12,200 funding secured for Gaeltacht groups in Cloghan, Cloughaneely, and Ranafast was last modified: November 24th, 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:donegalfundingGAELTACHTjoe mc hughlast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Tua to the Raiders? It’s all setting up just right

first_imgAs I wrote earlier this week, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr should be playing for his job on Sunday.A competent organization treats Raiders-Titans as a referendum on the sixth-year quarterback.Because not only is the Raiders’ game against the Titans a de-facto play-in game for the postseason, on a more basic level, given the way Carr has played the last two games — given the way Carr has played the last three seasons — if he cannot beat Ryan Tannehill, at home, in a must-win game, then he’s …last_img read more