Prez. Sirleaf Endorses NOCAL Board’s Approved SAP

first_imgTo ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has endorsed the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) Board’s approved Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) aimed at ensuring the viability of the entity so that it continues to pursue its mission to develop Liberia’s hydrocarbon resources.She said the board’s action plan calls for drastic steps to control costs and put NOCAL on a more viable financial footing, adding that these would include significant staff cuts, a reconstitution of the board and retirement and replacement of the senior executive leadership.Madam Sirleaf made this announcement during a press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held in Monrovia Tuesday.“I have mandated these steps because they are necessary to ensure that NOCAL can perform its duty to manage and develop Liberia’s oil resources, and to rectify recent mistakes in its performance,” she said.She recalled that the caliber of companies that were attracted to Liberia’s acreage to pursue exploration activities was also high, with major exploration deals struck between NOCAL and the world’s top oil companies, Chevron and Exxon Mobil, as well as the largest signature bonus of US$50 million ever for a “Frontier” country such as Liberia.President Sirleaf underscored that the execution of the production sharing contracts (PSCs) with these super major and other reputable international oil companies also resulted in significant interest in Liberia’s hydrocarbon sector with record licensing of seismic data and related revenue. She also noted that during this period, average revenue generated was US$30.5 million, compared to average annual revenue of US$4.5 million in prior years.This, according to her, translated into US$10.6 million annual payments to the Government’s Consolidated Fund.The average annual revenue for the sale of seismic data/component for the period 2010–2013, was US$15.6 million; a 300 % increase when compared to annual seismic revenue generated for earlier periods, she indicated.Madam Sirleaf also said that it was regrettable, commencing in the fourth quarter of 2013, NOCAL’s revenue for seismic data sale began a precipitous decline, during which total seismic revenue fell by 29 percent from the prior fiscal year and was compounded by the Ebola virus disease of 2014 that led to a reduction in investor interest across all economic sectors for the impacted West African region.“There is no doubt that the current oil price collapse and other external factors, including our recent Ebola challenge contributed to the current financial crisis that the company is facing,” She noted.She further intimated that despite the obvious decline in revenue that began in late 2013, NOCAL continued hiring staff at an alarming rate with exorbitant benefits resulting in the current wage bill of over US$7 million per annum.”She however emphasized that the alarming situation at NOCAL prompted her action to instruct NOCAL’s Board of Directors to take immediate action to ensure that the institution is restructured as well as to ensure most prudent handling of the country’s financial resources taking into account the Board’s Sustainability Action Plan.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf said the administrative actions became prudently compelling and a few members of the board will continue until an interim board is reconstituted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Disappearing Coastline: Time to Save Liberia’s Shoreline

first_imgMore than ever before in the history of Liberia, inhabited coastal communities are being and are on the verge of being submerged beneath the vast Atlantic Ocean. From Cape Mount to Cape Palmas, coastal erosion continues to wipe out the shorelines. Experts have argued that consistent and persistent occurrence of coastal erosion along Liberia’s coastline could either result from unregulated sand mining or global climate change leading to rising sea levels compounded with abrasive currents, high energy wave patterns and storm surges, all combined to create serious levels of coastal erosion.While experts argued distinguishing fact from fiction, hundreds of people are becoming displaced on a regular basis, most of whom are already poverty-stricken. Strong storms in most parts of the country are destroying thousands of homes occupied by people who continue to taste the bitter pill of poverty and human suffering. It is not only the people that are affected, but their homes and other basic infrastructural facilities that provide the much needed social services that are getting swallowed, leaving thousands homeless without food, water, clothing – let alone access to affordable healthcare and education. Case in point: the famous D. Tweh High School, the only public high school in one of Liberia’s largest shantytowns, is on the verge of being swept away.Contemplate on the picturesque Atlantic Street in the Port City of Buchanan that is being washed away, and efforts are underway to somewhat cease the debris from falling, for a very short span of time, with huge rocks stockpiled for coastal defense. Consider the populous West Point community in the heart of our nation’s capital that is being squeezed with countless number of homes, submerged underwater or at the point of being wiped out in the not too distant future. Every now and then, coastal erosion is taking away the homes and hard-earned meager resources of our compatriots, while we sit and shift blames or badmouth authorities, or give illusive hopes or share pseudo relief items to gain political favor. However, the growing wave of coastal erosion in recent times call for decisive, appropriate and long-term action from broader and bigger perspectives involving holistic and realistic approaches that take into consideration practical solutions from experts, investment in long-standing research and grassroots actions on the part of every citizen. Notwithstanding, these are not just the solutions to the worsening coastal erosion problem along Liberia’s shorelines, but the changes in the attitude, behavior and mindset of the people who are directly affected by this devastating phenomenon. Most importantly, there must be the will of the people, institutions, international and political bodies to find amicable remedies to the worrisome, encroaching sea.Every so often, scores of coastal dwellers choose to engage in illegal beach sand mining under the canopy of earning their daily meal. There is always a demand for beach sand as people engage in the construction of their homes and businesses, without consideration environmental issues and the merciless coastal erosion. The huge demand for beach sand, even with the prohibition, leads people to go the extra mile to collect sand. Due to the limited space for building houses in most clustered coastal communities, some inhabitants choose to build their homes within the proximity of the ocean or near the very place coastal sand mining is being carried out. The exponential increase of coastal sand mining and construction of misshaped structures severely damages all or nearly all the native vegetations that usually serve as natural barriers to the destructive and seemingly unstoppable coastal erosion. Sadly, most coastal dwellers are either too busy worrying over food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and school fees, or have little or no knowledge about the effects of their accumulated activities on the coastal erosion problem they are encountering. Coastal residents need to accept the fact that their very actions and activities along the shoreline are causing the increased coastal erosion. They ought to dust themselves off, wakeup, shakeup and standup to begin the work of minimizing or stopping the disastrous coastal erosion with their own creativity, responsibility and ingenuity. Coastal dwellers can put an end to sand mining at this very moment, because every problem can be solved through the willingness of the people. This is a truism, that most shorelines lacking human habitation do not experience coastal erosion as compared to inhabited areas, since they are firmly secured with natural barriers. Therefore, coastal inhabitants must begin to plant native vegetations, create buffer zone and cease the cutting of mangrove swamps. They should and must call their government to begin taking practical steps in addressing coastal erosion as well as solicit the help of international partners and other stakeholders. They should and must tell powerful and rich nations to stop the massive pollution to stop the earth from getting warmer, leading to rising sea levels. They should and must uphold and adhere to the laws and other international regulations set forth in order to protect and preserve the environment for themselves and generations yet unborn. All of this is possible if people decide to work together with one common purpose for the good of all.Besides, regulatory institutions charged with the responsibility to safeguard Liberia’s coastline ought to galvanize all of the necessary resources and logistics in order to effectively and efficiently monitor and effectuate the rules and regulations governing beach sand mining and construction of housing units along the shoreline. These regulatory bodies should create massive publicity and outreach initiatives including organizing community based town hall styled meetings coupled with focused group discussions to explain laws as well as penalties associated with their violations. Projects implemented through these statutory institutions established under the law of Liberia should involve local coastal inhabitants in order to provide jobs and avert beach sand mining. Additionally, there should be a regulatory framework that takes into consideration early warning, evacuation plan and disaster management support for coastal residents. It is also advisable for regulatory bodies to institute working groups on coastal erosion so as to better coordinate and avoid unnecessary government bureaucracy. On the other hand, the international community must play a pivotal role in protecting coastal areas against erosion and climate change. Rich and powerful nations should muster the courage to implement the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Some countries with relatively plenty resources have got to limit investment in fossil fuel, coal and nuclear power as cheaper sources of energy and divert to clean and renewable energy. No matter how much financial aid is being provided to combat the glaring and galloping effects of climate change, developed countries should not be blindfolded as the sea swallows coastal communities and erodes shorelines. The task is upon the world’s most influential nations to prevent the glaciers from melting at a faster pace than estimated, with stronger commitment, not just through lengthy speeches and countless conferences, but rather practical actions to reduce carbon emissions and sharing the much needed technological know-how to minimize the threat of coastal erosion dislodging people and possibly adding to the refugee crises the world is currently experiencing. The world’s major emitters of emission must rethink the future of thousands of communities on the verge of being submerged underwater and millions of people that are going to be displaced without hope for a better future. We the people of this world cannot continue to ruin our planet in pursue of economic power. We are all living under “one sky,” and what sets us apart are vast oceans and imaginary border lines; and all too often, what distinguishes us is the color of our skin. Nevertheless, no matter where one lives or religion confessed or language spoken or perceived social status; know that climate change will affect us all, and it is just a matter of time. Hence, we the people of this world, rich or poor, powerful or powerless, environmental activist or social advocate; ought to do everything in our power in our lifetime to save our planet and put an end to coastal erosion.All the more so, political will is very paramount in ensuring our leaders take appropriate actions to safeguard eroding shorelines and massive coastal erosion led displacement of people. It is time to make our leaders walk the talk and uphold their promise to combat climate change and stop coastal erosion. In Liberia, our government has signed up to many international treaties, protocols and agreements as well as approved numerous legislations, regulations, policies and laws to guide against climate change; howbeit, most of these brilliant documents are yet to be turned into practical actions. The Liberian government must begin the work of ensuring the popularization and implementation of all climate change related documents through consulted and coordinated efforts involving every state actor. The time for the blame shifting game is over. Our government must keep its promises to avoid speedily contrived solutions, but instead work towards long-lasting initiatives that will make our coastline safer, healthier and cleaner. Our government must no longer wait until hundreds of homes in West Points vanish or D. Twe disappears or Atlantic Street debris fall beneath the ocean floor or another disastrous coastal erosion to occur before taking actions and calling for help. Our government must incorporate the science of climate change in the national curriculum so as to engage and educate the present generation of young Liberians to learn about the effects of the climate crisis and develop possible solutions to solve one of the greatest crises in human history. When young people are involved in putting an end to eroding shorelines and the fight against climate change with their energy, enthusiasm and innovation, there are endless possibilities. Already many voluntary grassroots organizations like Youth Exploring Solutions are leading the quest for a greener future to save our earth. Through our sweat, blood and tears, more dedicated, determined and committed environmental enthusiasts have joined the implementation of a very ambitious plan to build a sustainable Liberia and create an ecosystem of innovation in the areas of Energy, Water, Food, Waste and Ecology, utilizing a youth-led sustainability movement. Furthermore, we are informing, involving and inspiring young people to take practical grassroots actions to safeguard our one earth, whether it is community town hall engagement for coastal dwellers or nurturing emerging environmentalists or anti-plastic bag campaigns or coastal cleanup initiatives or planting trees or environmental advocacy and outreach activities, we playing our part with tremendous support from the U.S. Embassy Monrovia to help make our planet greener, our water safer and our air cleaner. However, our incredible grassroots efforts are just a drop in the ocean, because no one organization or country on the face of this earth can put an end to the climate crisis.Now, it is the time to get everyone involved in solving the climate crisis. We need not retreat from a battle affecting us all, and will definitely have substantial impact on our children, grand children and generations unborn. We have got to tackle climate change head-on through collective efforts to make our planet habitable, our water drinkable, our air breathable, our food consumable, our energy clean and our environment livable. It is up to everyone to set their sights higher from their comfort zones and imaginary border lines and begin the work of solving the climate crisis through our own creativity and collective actions. It is on us to begin taking every action possible to fight for ourselves, our country and our one world with the artisanal that defeats the climate crisis in our lifetime. It is on us to rethink the way we utilize energy that is threatening our very existence. Together, we can tackle the climate crisis and save our earth for ourselves and the next generation and put an end to the eroding Liberian shoreline. About the author: Mr. Stephen B. Lavalah is an advocate and the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a non-profit and voluntary grassroots youth-led development organization. For more information about YES’ work in Liberia, please visit http://www.liberiayes.org. The views expressed are the author’s own and do not represent YES.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President invokes executive power to prevent Finance Minister from serving jail time

first_imgJordan’s contempt sentence…interference sends bad signal to investors – JagdeoFinance Minister Winston Jordan had been depending on a reprieve from President David Granger to save him from prison over an unpaid court judgement and on Monday, the President used an executive order to shield the Minister.The executive order issued by the President on the same day his Finance Minister was staring jail in the faceSaved: President David Granger and Finance Minister Winston JordanThe President issued the grant of respite in keeping with his powers under Article 188 of the Constitution. According to the order, Jordan was granted his reprieve “until all appeals and remedies available to him and the State were exhausted”.Article 188 (b) of the Constitution of Guyana says the President may “grant to any person a respite, either indefinite or for a specified period, of the execution of any punishment imposed on that person for such an offence”.Earlier on Monday, Jordan had acknowledged the July 8 deadline for him to pay a US$2 million court awarded judgement to Dipcon Engineering. Jordan had, however, expressed the view that he should not be responsible in his personal financial capacity for the State being sued when the matter is an inherited one.Jordan also revealed that the President had been approached in order to grant an executive order protecting him from jail. Asked whether he was prepared to pay the money, he had adopted a “wait-and-see attitude”.Bad for businessIn a statement through social media, Opposition Leader and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo slammed the President’s intervention in a case between Jordan and a private company owed millions from a court judgement dating back to 2015.“We Guyanese, having observed President Granger in action over the past four years, have collectively come to the belief that on matters of policy and when dealing with evidence of corruption by those within his government, he is often unable to move with any sort of alacrity, that he is slow and aloof.“Today he has shattered this belief by moving with lightning speed to thwart a court order and (reprieve) Winston Jordan. Granger’s move to avert settlement on this instance should be contrasted against the multimillion-dollar settlements in matters which involved cronies of the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC,” the Opposition Leader said.Jagdeo also pointed to the use of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), which sent Dipcon a letter ordering it to pay $527 million in owed taxes. According to the former President, this sends a bad signal to investors and damages an already struggling investment climate.“Today’s (Monday’s) action, therefore, sends a signal that contracts can be broken at will, orders of the court against the State, even in commercial disputes, can be ignored at will and that the executive powers of the President can be invoked to protect those in his inner circle who are the violators.“All Government guarantees for loans are now worthless. Government debt is now bad debt. Once again, the protection of the APNU/AFC cabal ranks higher than the rule of law,” he also stated.Legal battleMeanwhile, the Attorney General’s Chambers has since filed an appeal of the Full Court’s decision to reject its earlier attempts to stay the court order. According to the appeal, Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry “misdirected herself in a number of points when she rejected them”.Among the contentions are a regurgitation of the previous argument they made that Dipcon’s court action fell under public law and, therefore, Jordan should not be liable in his personal capacity.Advisory Council on the Prerogative of MercyArticle 188 of the Constitution of Guyana empowers the President to grant to convicted persons, a state pardon, either conditionally or otherwise or grant a respite of the execution of the punishment imposed or substitute a less severe punishment.However, in an article published by the Ministry of the Presidency in 2016, it was pointed out that the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, under Article 189, is therefore mandated to advise the President on the aforementioned. The Prerogative of Mercy is usually exercised in response to a petition from a convicted person or someone acting on their behalf and by constitutional convention on advice from the relevant Government Minister. In Jordan’s case, it was not clear if President Granger engaged that council before invoking his executive powers on Monday.Jail timeLast month, High Court Judge, Justice Sewnarine-Beharry had ordered Minister Jordan to pay Dipcon the US$2.2 million award or face jail time. The Trinidad-based construction company had taken the Finance Minister to court for failing to honour the payment of millions of dollars, which was awarded to Dipcon by Justice Rishi Persaud in 2015.After Dipcon took the Government to court back in 2009 to recover monies owed for road works done, Justice Persaud had ordered Government to pay the company US$665,032.17 as payment for the works done along with US$1,563,368.50 for costs it incurred for those works, together with interest on both amounts, at a rate of six per cent annum from February 10, 2009, to October 21, 2015 and thereafter at the rate of four per cent per annum until fully paid.The Government has previously claimed that the previous Government had outsourced the case and when the coalition got into office, it was taken by surprise by the matter. But former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has repeatedly explained that when he left office, he briefed his successor on all outstanding matters.According to Nandlall, the Attorney General failed to file an appeal of the Rishi Persaud judgement in time, but rather, filed an application several months late asking for an extension of time. This application was denied by the court.However, since none of the payments it was owed was made, Dipcon had successfully approached the High Court for an administrative order to compel the Minister to make the payment.On Friday, Justices Diana Insanally and Simone Morris-Ramlall threw out Jordan’s application, filed by Attorney General Williams, for a stay of the court order. In their judgement, the Judges expressed their view that his application had no merit.last_img read more

Local Saddle Bronc rider heading to Oregon for Circuit Finals

first_imgThis won’t be Kjos’ first rodeo, as he will be competing for the Saddle Bronc championship for the second time.He will be one of four riders representing Canada at the international event.The two day event will run Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3.- Advertisement -Entering the Circuit Finals, Kjos is listed tenth in the standings, which include the top 12 riders.last_img

CMDRA to return to Northern Lights Raceway next month

first_imgAccording to CMDRA Spokesman Patrick Lambie two Fort St. John locals that are involved with the CMDRA circuit helped to make a return possible.“Everybody enjoyed the track. There’s Burke Forster and Bruce Romak as two regulars on the track as Fort St. John residents and they’re both very involved in the association and they want us to come back up,” Lambie said.One of the main reasons the CMDRA returned to Fort St. John in the first place last year was in part because of the improvements made to Northern Lights Raceway and the work of the staff.- Advertisement -“Everybody was really impressed with the staff at the track. You guys have a really hard working group of people there. There’s great people working both on the track and with safety and the whole behind the scenes, the admin was amazingly done,” Lambie stated. At the top end of the spectrum, racers will have the potential to blaze across the strip in under seven seconds, while reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour. There will be pro mod bikes down to regular street bikes. The Saturday morning of the event will also feature a drag race school as it did last year. It’s taught by veteran racers and racing is free your first time out.last_img read more

Apple has a juicy fourth quarter

first_imgSAN JOSE – Apple Inc.’s fiscal fourth-quarter profits jumped 67percent and easily beat Wall Street expectations, capping a record-breaking year that saw unprecedented momentum in its Mac business, ceaseless consumer interest in its iPod players and a successful introduction of its newest endeavor, the iPhone. For the three months that ended Sept. 30, Apple said Monday, it earned $904million, or $1.01 per share, compared with $542million, or 62cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue totaled $6.22billion, compared with $4.84billion in the same quarter last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were expecting earnings of 86cents per share on sales of $6.07billion. Apple’s fortunes have skyrocketed in recent years as its iPods became a cultural phenomenon. The portable players, which work on Macs as well as Microsoft Corp. Windows-based machines, have also drawn more people to Apple’s software and design, leading to what analysts call a “halo effect” on Mac sales. After hovering for years with a 2percent to 3percent share of the PC market in the United States, Apple’s slice has now grown to 8percent, according to the latest figures from market researcher Gartner Inc. Now, many investors are betting Apple’s foray in the cell-phone market will be another lucrative engine. The iPhone, a combination cell phone, iPod and multimedia Web device, “is a game-changing product,” said Stephen Coleman, chief investment officer at Daedalus Capital LLC. Based on income from the iPhone alone, “I expect Apple’s earnings to continually grow materially at 50percent a year, for the next three years,” Coleman said. For the current quarter, Apple said, it expects earnings of about $1.42 per share on revenue of about $9.2billion. Analysts on average had been expecting earnings of $1.39 per share on sales of $8.58billion. “We’re looking forward to a strong December quarter as we enter the holiday season with Apple’s best products ever,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Apple’s stock price, which has more than doubled since January, rose $3.94, or 2.3percent, to close at $174.36. After the earnings report, shares climbed $9.50, more than 5percent, in extended trading. Apple said it shipped a record 2.16million Macs in the quarter, an increase of 34percent, while it sold 10.2million iPods, up 17percent. In the first full quarter of iPhone sales – a number many on Wall Street were waiting for – Apple said it sold 1.12million units, bringing the cumulative total to 1.39million since the product debuted June 29. For the full fiscal year, Apple earned a record $3.5billion, up more than 75percent from last year when it earned $1.99billion. Yearly sales reached more than $24billion, a 24percent jump from fiscal 2006. “We had a fantastic quarter and year,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s chief financial officer. last_img read more

RADIO WARS AS COAST FM BOSS SAYS: ‘WE WANT OUR LICENCE BACK’

first_imgTHE company which lost its radio licence for south Donegal in controversial circumstances almost a decade ago says it’s hopeful of winning the franchise back again.There were street protests when North West Radio was taken off air and the licence awarded to Ocean FM.But the company behind NWR – then Ireland’s most popular local radio station – is bidding to win it back under the new name Coast FM. It already operates the successful Mid-West Radio.Coast FM spokesman Tommy Marren said: “We’re interested in getting our licence back.“We have conducted extensive market research through Red C and believe there’s an appetite for change.”The licence for north Donegal will see a battle between Highland Radio and DLFM, which is headed by former Highland stalwart Charlie Collins. It will go to an oral hearing in early March.The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will decide shortly if the Coast FM v Ocean FM battle should also go to an oral hearing.Sources say that is also “highly likely”. RADIO WARS AS COAST FM BOSS SAYS: ‘WE WANT OUR LICENCE BACK’ was last modified: December 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BAIcoast fmlicenceMid West Radioocean fmlast_img read more

TOMMY’S FILMS TO ROLL BACK THE YEARS AT LETTERKENNY REUNION

first_imgFilm footage shot by the late Fr. Tommy Doherty will provide, literally in some cases, moving images from the past during the forthcoming Letterkenny Reunion.The films have been collated on D.V.D. by the popular priest’s nephew, Tommy Francis, and will be shown during the cultural afternoon on Tuesday August 4th in the Regional Cultural Centre.Reunion chairman Dessie Kelly appealed for a huge turn-out at the event which will see people return to the Cathedral Town from across the globe.“Tommy is particularly interested in having names put to the many faces on the films and we’re hoping that some of the old stagers in the town, such as Dan McTeague, ‘Gouldie’ McGettigan, and Muriel Kelly, whose wedding features on the D.V.D., will come along to help with the task. “There’s a big collection of events and faces incorporated onto the D.V.D. including the blessing of the Burmah houses in 1946, Corpus Christi processions, pilgrimages to Fatima and Lourdes, and many others events from the Letterkenny of old.“Tommy Francis wants to get people to name as many as possible so he can identify all of those featured on the film collection,” said Dessie.The Cultural Afternoon, initiated for the last Reunion in 2012 when it proved a great success, is just one of many events lined up between August 1st and 7th.Another hugely popular event is the mystery bus tour which will see a fleet of coaches, packed with locals and emigrants, departing from the Boys School at Convent Road on Wednesday 5th. Tickets cost 6 euro each but the destination remains a closely guarded secret! The tickets are available at Niall Callaghan’s shop on Upper Main Street and at Paddy Delap’s on Lower Main Street or from any committee member.The re-enactment of the Fair Day, which also made its debut in 2012, represents another stand-out feature of the Reunion and will take place on Monday 3rd from 1.p.m. to 5.p.m.The ever popular quiz night will be held later that evening at 8.30.p.m. in the Orchard Inn.“We have a whole feast of events and activities lined up and I would appeal to as many people living in and around Letterkenny to come out and support those events and the Reunion generally,” said Dessie.“Hundreds of people travel from abroad and all corners of Ireland to come back to the town of their roots and it’s always great that the townspeople are there to welcome them home,” added the chairman.Meanwhile, the Letterkenny Reunion is hosting a special flag day this Friday (July 24th) to help raise funds for the event. Passers-by are asked to give as generously as possible at the various collection points throughout the town. TOMMY’S FILMS TO ROLL BACK THE YEARS AT LETTERKENNY REUNION was last modified: July 24th, 2015 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:donegalFr Tommy DohertyLetterkenny Reunionlast_img read more

How faithful are Donegal people to their partners?

first_imgFigures obtained by the Daily Mail from Victoria Milan, a website specializing in extra-marital affairs, have shown that people in Donegal are the seventh most likely to sign up to the website and play away from home.The website, which boasts 75,000 members in Ireland, hopes to double their membership to 150,000 in 2017.Victoria Milan claims to be the world’s #1 site for extra-marital affairs, ensuring anonymity for those browsing (which even includes the option to blur our your picture).  They also have a ‘panic button’ that one can press if their partner enters the room, loading a neutral webpage. A spokesperson reveals that 40%-50% of married or attached people have or will cheat on their partner.The top three cheating counties are; Dublin, which makes up 7% of Irish users, Cork (5.8%), and Sligo (4.6%).These were followed by Kilkenny (4.4%), Longford (4.2%), Westmeath (3.9%) and Clare (3.8%).Kildare, Donegal and Waterford follow the top six. Speaking to the Mirror, a spokesperson for the website said; “In a traditionally religious part of the world, it seems that Ireland’s strong Catholic tradition was no barrier to the numbers looking for that something extra within their existing relationship, whether or not this is denied in polite conversation.“After seeing the initial results, the data was analysed further, in order to get a more detailed picture of the numbers being generated in Ireland, on a city by city basis.“The picture that did emerge continued to surprise, in that the desire for people to seek a little bit of passion outside their marriage was consistently high and furthermore, more widely and evenly distributed than was thought across both city and rural areas.”They believe that Dublin was at the top of the list due to the fact that as a tourist centre, there are simply more possibilities and opportunities to find a bit on the side.The website also revealed that 65% of those surveyed would be less likely to cheat if their man stopped stealing the sheets at night, being narcissistic (only caring about his own pleasure), and improved his ‘pillow talking’ capabilities! Wearing socks during sex and and overall lack of quality intimacy were also blamed for why women stray.Sigurd Vedal, CEO of Victoria Milan added; “Victoria Milan did not invent infidelity and having an affair is something that is only too human.”“I strongly suspect that if you were to ask 100 people on the streets of Dublin if they had cheated, then you would get a string of denials.”How faithful are Donegal people to their partners? was last modified: January 8th, 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:cheatingmarriagepartnersrelationshipsvictoria milanlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE PLANNING CROKE PARK TRIP

first_imgNAOMH MUIRE GAA NEWS:Peil na mBan / Ladies➢ Week 10 0f Gaelic4Girls and our girls are now progressing into U-10 and U-12 teams and fixtures will be made for Blitz’s. We are in a group with Gaoth Dobhair, Cloich Cheann Fhaola and Naomh Micheal. ➢ Plans are being put in place now for the trip to Croke Park on the 15th of July where we will have two teams competing in the national G4G Blitz.➢ We will have a 9 a-side G4G team competing in mini blitz game at half time in the Ulster ladies senior championship final in Celtic Park Derry on the 14th Of July.➢ The U14 match due to be played on Monday evening in the Banks against Naomh Columba was cancelled. The next U14 girls match is in Kilcar on Thursday evening the 27th. The time and bus info will be confirmed at training 5-6 on Tuesday evening.➢ Comhghairdeas le CLG An Tearmainn. It is 50 years since the formation of their club and we wish them well in their anniversary re-union plans. Cluichí /Fixtures➢ Beidh an dá fhoireann ag imirt in éadán Bun Cranncha an Domhnach seo chugainn i gcluiche sraithe, roinn 2. Tá an chéad chluiche ag 1:30 agus an foireann sinsearach amuigh ar a trí a chlog.Bord na nÓg➢ The u12s have had a good week with 2 wins at home to Four Masters and away to Dungloe. There next game is away to St. Nauls next Monday.➢ The u16s begin their league campaign for the season with a home game against Dungloe this Friday at 7.30pm. Good luck to the lads for the season ahead. ➢ The minors play at home to Naomh Conaill in the championship this Wednesday. Throw-in is at7.30pm.➢ Under 8s and under 10s training continues on Saturday mornings from 10-11 and Monday’s from 6.30 – 7.30.➢ Under 6 training is on Saturday mornings only from 10-11.Development Work If you are interested in lending a hand with the ongoing development works however big or small please contact Michael on 087-2925544.100 Club➢ June 100 Club draw will be made on Wednesday 26th in Caisleáin Óir. Sellers please get your Subs in on time to the Co-ordinator.GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE PLANNING CROKE PARK TRIP was last modified: June 25th, 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:GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE PLANNING CROKE PARK TRIPlast_img read more