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Torrential Rains Hit Margibi


first_imgOver 200 residents in Margibi County have been made homeless due to heavy downpour of rain on Wednesday June 29.In Kakata City alone, many residents’ homes were flooded and several houses and belongings damaged.Communities affected by the flood included Bassa Community, Denisville and Bensville, Borlorla Road, 14th Road, Kissi Community as well as other swamp areas in Kakata.Expressing frustration over the incident, Mr. Joseph S. Pallay, 63, said about 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday, he woke up to see his house entirely flooded. He said all of his belongings in his house and those of his neighbors were destroyed. He described the situation not only as embarrassing but devastating to the affected communities.Mr. Pallay said he has over 15 family members and the flooding has exhausted his resources to take care of his family. He is appealing to the government for prompt intervention.“We need food and shelter,” he said.Mr. Pallay further narrated that Wednesday’s flooding is the second since 2007. He said he moved to the community over 15 years ago. He blamed poor management of drainages in the county as one of the factors contributing to the flooding. Gbandi Governor Samakai Dunor described the flooding as troubling and wants stakeholders to promptly address issues leading to flood disaster in the city.He said if flooding in the county is not contained it could lead to environment hazard and lamented that some children in the affected communities have begun experiencing ailments, including running stomach, malaria and skin diseases.When contacted via mobile, the newly appointed Development Superintendent Joshua Robertson said, authorities in the county have begun verifying the flooding situation and they would work along with the county disaster team and humanitarian partners operating in the county to respond to concerns of affected communities.Additional areas that were badly flooded in lower Margibi County included Joe Brooks Town and Du Bridge located around Division #2, Firestone. Residents, including road users were denied entrance to the Du-River Bridge for several hours on Wednesday morning due to the flooding.Meanwhile, affected community residents are appealing to government and humanitarian partners to aid them with food and other supplies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Picture Special: All the faces and smiles as the Star Wars festival comes to a close


first_imgThe ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival wrapped up on Sunday after three days of events across Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula and Co Kerry. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.Speaking about the festival, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross said:  “The ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival was designed to attract visitors to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, not only over the May the 4th weekend but throughout the year. “With the addition of Donegal as well as Kerry as a location, this year’s festival highlighted all that the wonderful West Coast has to offer visitors.”Highlights over the weekend included an epic lightsaber battle on the streets of Portmagee, a performance from Dingle native and five-time World Champion Dancer David Geaney, who brought his hit Broadway show ‘Velocity’ to Ballyferriter and Yoda Yoga on Port Ronan Beach.Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Festivals, Ciara Sugrue said: “It has been a truly amazing weekend across Kerry and Donegal and I’d like to thank the local tourism businesses and all those involved in both areas for coming together to help us make the festival bigger and better this year.“Star Wars has created curiosity around the Wild Atlantic Way and raised its profile amongst fans both domestically and internationally and this festival and the content we have been able to capture over the last few days will only raise the profile of the region further, attracting more visitors throughout the year.” Clive Wasson was on hand to capture some of the events across north Donegal…Malin Fireworks at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way. Photo Clive WassonFireworks over Malin at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way. Photo Clive WassonThe packed car park for the 7.30 showing of Star Wars at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way. Photo Clive WassonPictured are Katie Cowell and Ronan Mahon on the good set for the late showing of Star Wars at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way. Photo Clive WassonWhich way is home? Star Wars Characters at Greencastle Planetarium at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.Alien Invasion at the Greencastle Planetarium at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.Pictured are Sally Toland, Go Visit Inishowen showing one of the out of this world visitors around Greencastle at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.Pictured are Star Wars Characters and fans in Greencastle at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.Pictured James, Shaun and Harry white on the Selfie Hunt at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.Pictured are Storm Troopers and their leader at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.Pictured is Martin Smith enjoying the sunshine and drive in at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.Pictured are Luke Weir, Seamus Coyle and Tony O’Connor at Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula. Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.Picture Special: All the faces and smiles as the Star Wars festival comes to a close was last modified: May 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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


Saints confident of seeing off Chelsea’s interest in youngster – report


first_imgSouthampton are confident they will keep defender Luke Shaw in spite of Chelsea’s £4m bid, The Sun on Sunday report.Chelsea are among several leading clubs to have shown an interest in the Saints prospect, 17, but have been told he is not for sale.Related West London Sport story: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospect (2 July)Chelsea expect to complete the signing of Victor Moses from Wigan for £8.5m this week, according to the Daily Star Sunday.Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said: “I have spoken to Chelsea’s chief executive and they are easy to deal with. We have told them the price and they will agree it or not.Striker Torres reportedly has two weeks to prove himself.“We would much prefer Victor to sign a new contract but he wants to go to Chelsea. It’s a good club so we cannot stand in his way.”The Star also say Fernando Torres has two weeks to prove he can fill the boots of Didier Drogba.It is claimed that if the Spaniard doesn’t strike – starting against Manchester City today – boss Roberto Di Matteo won’t think twice about replacing him.Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol is considering a move for Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson and is making a surprise £3m bid to sign Bolton striker David Ngog, according to The People.Richardson has been tipped to leave the Stadium of Light for £2m, while Frenchman Ngog has been linked with several clubs since Bolton were relegated last season.It is also claimed that Jol is weighing up a move for Peterborough striker Paul Taylor if he misses out on Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes.The Mail on Sunday suggest Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to offer Charlie Adam to Fulham as part of an exchange deal for Clint Dempsey.Blackpool have rejected the chance to sign Joey Barton from QPR on a season-long loan, the Sunday Mirror say.It was claimed that Barton was on the verge of a move to Bloomfield Road and that Blackpool were keen to sign him to get one over neighbours Fleetwood Town, where the midfielder had been training.It is now said that Blackpool did not think it made financial sense to sign a player who is suspended for the first 12 matches of the season.QPR are ready to tempt St Etienne with a £7.5m offer for young French centre-back Kurt Zouma, according to The Sun on Sunday.Rangers supposedly face competition from Juventus, who planned to watch the 17-year-old face Lille on Saturday.And The People pick up on R’s boss Mark Hughes’ apparent interest in signing William Gallas from Tottenham.This page is regularly updated.See also:Victor Moses ‘will complete £9m move to Chelsea’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Chelsea left-back completes Birmingham City loan move


first_imgChelsea’s Ben Gordon has joined Birmingham City on loan until January.The move was agreed some time ago but was delayed after Gordon picked up an injury.He has previously had spells on loan at Kilmarnock and Peterborough United.See also:Chelsea youngster set to complete Birmingham loan moveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img


Music is a Great Investment for Social Cohesion and Nation Building


first_imgMusic is a great way to foster social cohesion and nation building. This is the basis upon which Music is a Great Investment (MIAGI) was established by opera singer, Robert Brooks and pianist, Ingrid Hedlund in 2001.  This is a Pretoria based Non-Profit Organisation with a vision of bringing people, particularly children and youth, together through music while creating platforms for creativity, self-expression, learning, employment, cultural exchange, social development and leadership development. The idea is that music transcends many differences and cultivates innovation.  South Africa contends with factors of racial, cultural, religious, class, gender and age differences. These factors, if not addressed in an intentional manner, can have an impact on the unity of members of society and their ability to work together towards the wellbeing of all its members; as well as the development of a common identity. MIAGI aims to address this through three main methods namely, the MIAGI Orchestra, the MIAGI Music and Community Centres and using the MIAGI international profile to attract investment for development work in South Africa.  The MIAGI Orchestra is made up of group of young South African men and women of all races. This is a classically trained orchestra that have created a unique sound by infusing elements of African Jazz into their compositions. The orchestra, in its makeup, symbolises South Africa’s diversity and through its unique sound demonstrates the country’s distinct Nation Brand to the world. The MIAGI Music and Community Centres aim to provide arts and culture education for children in informal communities. MIAGI has built, developed and managed a music centre on the premises of the Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto. The success of this Centre has inspired the development of an Arts Complex in Khayelitsha aimed at young children. Through the high level visibility of the Orchestra’s international events and the success of Music and Community Centres, MIAGI has attracted investment from the international donor community. The investment has gone a long way in propelling MIAGI’s success.  Follow MIAGI on their official website and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to find where you can catch the orchestra performing and how you can play your part.last_img read more


Too much in kitty


first_imgBJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was recently elevated as deputy leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and is also the party’s general secretary, has offered to quit one of the posts.Sources said Prasad has informed party president Nitin Gadkari that as he is already the BJP’s general secretary and chief spokesperson, he is ready to relinquish charge of one. The matter is now in Gadkari’s court.last_img


Government Signs MoU to Enhance Security at Ports


first_imgThe Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)-World Customs Organisation (WCO) Container Control Programme that is expected to result in improved security at the nation’s ports. “This MoU establishes and recognises that a funded and enhanced partnership now exists between the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministries of Finance,   National Security and  Transport and Works and the UNODC and the World Customs Organisation, to improve port security and to prevent the unlawful use of cargo containers for activities, such as illicit drug trafficking, smuggling of goods, tax evasion and possible terrorist acts,” Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said at the signing at his Kingston office on Tuesday. The UNODC will provide technical assistance, equipment, analytical tools, computer stations, radio communications and field test kits to help in identifying drugs and chemicals in containers at the ports. They will also be involved in the training of the staff, selected to man the joint container control units. Programme Manager, UNODC, Troels Vester, said Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to join the programme, which is significant, due to Kingston’s role as a major transshipment hub. He stated that the container control programme aims to open fewer containers and find more illicit goods. Mr. Vester explained that 14 officers have commenced training under the programme, which began on November 26, and an ambitious deadline of December 10 has been set for the Container Control Units to become operational. In the meantime, Dr. Phillips also pointed to the possibility of earning increased revenue from the ports as a result of the programme’s implementation. “The mislabeling of containers leads to significant revenue evasion at the ports. Given our current fiscal situation, Jamaica critically needs the revenues to execute vital programmes and we also want to establish a general atmosphere of law abiding behavioor in our ports and elsewhere,” he said. The Minister pledged the Government’s commitment to establish a steering committee, and to have the participating institutions undertake to maintain and provide support to the port control units. He stated that funding has been secured from the Canadian Government in the sum of CD$500,000 for the programme to be implemented in the Kingston port, while the United States Government has committed to funding the programme for the Montego Bay port. Also at the signing was the US Ambassador, Pamella Bridgewater, who stated that her country was proud to collaborate with Canada to support the programme. “This collaboration, we firmly believe, will result in helping to preserve the security of Jamaica’s borders… and we think that it is going to be very important to ensure that the large number of shipping containers that pass through Jamaica do not contain illicit goods, such as narcotics, guns and other illicit substances. But equally important, it will be very good to know that the speedy shipment and processing of legitimate goods will be facilitated, which will be an important factor in enhancing Jamaica’s economy,” she said. For his part, Canadian High Commissioner, Robert Ready, said the project is an example of Canada’s commitment to fight  international crime in the region. He stated that the Canadian Government stood  ready to continue its support and provide expertise to Jamaica through the UNODC. The MoU follows a Letter of Intent that was signed in June of this year for the establishment of the programme. The UNODC-WCO aims to assist governments to establish effective container controls that will serve not only to prevent drug trafficking and other illicit container crime, but also to facilitate legitimate trade and raise state revenues.last_img read more


Indian mens team to tour Belgium ahead of Olympic qualifier vs Russia


first_imgBengaluru: Indian men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh on Tuesday said that his team will tour Belgium to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers match against Russia. In a favourable draw, the Indian men’s team was on Monday pitted against lower-ranked Russia in the final round of the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers. The men’s team will play back-to-matches against Russia in Bhubaneswar on November 1 and 2 to make it to the Tokyo Games. “First, we will play with Belgium and there is the (Olympic) qualifying round match later. We should not underestimate Russia as well because they have a very good defence. They also want to qualify for the Olympics,” Manpreet said here. Eight-time Olympic champions India are ranked five in the world while the Russians are placed 22 in the FIH world rankings. India had mauled Russia 10-0 during the FIH Series Final in Bhubaneswar earlier this year. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Indian women’s team, on the other hand, has been drawn against United States of America, and the two sides will take on each other on the same dates as men’s matches in Bhubaneswar. Speaking about the preparations, the women’s team captain Rani Rampal said, “Our team is very well prepared for that match. We are focusing on how to perform well. Our focus is not on the US team but on us, how better we perform.” Rampal said the fitness of the team was beyond anybody’s imagination, which will help them face any team in the world. “We have been playing together for a quite long time and now we have to implement the coordination in the match as well,” she added.last_img read more