VP Boakai Lauds Samaritan’s Purse, Others

January 14, 2020

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first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded Samaritan’s Purse for its support to Liberia, particularly the building of the new ELWA Hospital.At the re-launch of the project yesterday in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Vice President Boakai said the government is pleased to have Samaritan’s Purse as one of its partners, particularly a development partner, living up to its name, Samaritan’s Purse.According to him, Samaritan’s Purse is providing support to Liberia at a time when the country is in need and Liberia remains very grateful to the organization as well as the United States for helping Liberia achieve its goals.“Samaritan’s Purse is giving us a first class hospital to be compared to any hospital in the world, which can be considered a blessing for us as a country. The United States has been very compassionate in allowing Samaritan’s Purse to come and work with us.  We hail them for that also,” he declared.The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the country halted the construction of the hospital, causing delays in its completion and dedication.“But with the recommencement of the project and support of all partners, Liberians can celebrate this great project that will contribute to supporting the health sector of Liberia,” Ambassador Boakai noted.Providing the historical overview of the project, Samaritan’s Purse Administrator, Bev Kauffeldt, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the people of Liberia over the last twelve years. “Our mandate is always to go to places that are hard to reach. We responded to the crisis in Liberia, the transition program and also the Ebola situation.”According to her, “The greatest asset of Samaritan’s Purse is not what we have but serving people. God has brought us together regardless of race, gender, tribe and passport to do His work and His work alone.”She said Samaritan’s Purse is committed to working with the Liberian people to rebuild the country. “We are also focusing on protection, social mobilization, leadership training, nutrition and health as well as re-engaging donors for healthcare in River Gee,” she disclosed.She confirmed her organization’s commitment to supporting the Government of Liberia in delivering and building the health sector. “We hope that young Liberians will remember those who lost their lives during the outbreak of the virus. Jesus will be crafted in this hospital physically,” she maintained.In remarks, Rep. Edwin Snowe hailed Samaritan’s Purse for the initiative to ensure that Liberia has one of the best medical facilities.“We believe in your work during the Ebola crisis, including working with Dr. Brown and others and today we can celebrate the high reduction in Ebola cases,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Pirates are fishermen who threatened to kill victims if identities revealed – boat owner

January 12, 2020

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first_imgCoI into deadly piracy attackMany of the pirates who prey on fishermen are fishermen themselves.Fisherman and boat owner Mohammed Hussain Aaron testifying before the CommissionThis was revealed to the Commission of Inquiry (Col) into the deadly piracy attack in the Corentyne River, off the coast of Suriname, last year.The one-man CoI into the April 2018 piracy attacks on several boats manned by Guyanese fishermen commenced public hearings on Monday in Berbice.The sole Commissioner, Dr Rishi Thakur, has the power to summon witnesses and investigate and present the findings with respect to the piracy attack. He is also tasked with determining the identities of those killed, the motive for the attack, and possible prosecution of those culpable.In the first two days, three persons testified, including fisherman Mohammed Hussain Arron— who testified on Tuesday.He told the Commission that his boats have been attacked. In fact, in 2016, four of his workers were killed during a piracy attack. He said he was personally a victim of a piracy attack once and he knew his attackers.Days later, on the Corentyne Coast, he was confronted by a man who threatened him, saying that they were going to take his life if he revealed their identity.He said you could not give fisherman guns or they would kill themselves because of the competition at sea.Aaron also told the Commission that many of the fishermen going out to sea use marijuana and cocaine. He said sometimes the drug use led to them striking and then refusing to work. On some occasions, this will result in them attacking boats to take their catch.Aaron also expressed frustration over the lengthy time the judicial process took in Guyana. He noted that no one has been prosecuted for any of the four attacks on his boats. He is recommending the death penalty for pirates. He also said radio sets were also needed on the high seas.Asked by Commissioner Thakur why he continued to go out at sea when he keeps losing, he replied that there was nothing else to do in Guyana.According to Aaron, 50 per cent of those who go to sea use illegal drugs. He is recommending that the Government of Guyana and the Government of Suriname come together to address piracy, noting that when the fishermen leave the shores of the Corentyne, they have to first go to Suriname for ice and then go to sea. This is so because the boats are all licenced with the Suriname Government.Also taking the stand Tuesday was former Magistrate Krisondat Persaud, who said that persons going out to sea should be of good character and they should be subjected to background checks. He is advocating firearms for fishermen and that ports be monitored, while he told the Commission that those found guilty of the offence should be given the death penalty.The COI is being held at the Number 68 Primary School.On Monday, Upper Corentyne Fishermen’s Co-op Chairman Parmeshwar Jainarine spoke of the costliness of fishing in modern times and the huge losses many trawler owners incur with no guarantees of a recovery; since they don’t have the requisite insurance and the risk to life and limb they take just to make an honest dollar.He noted that Guyanese who ply their trade in neighbouring Suriname are subject to the regulations governing the industry of that country, and reiterated calls for protection, preferably bilateral arrangements in the form of military or Police patrols in the areas where fishing takes place.According to Commissioner Thakur, “The President insists that he wants to know who are the authors in this thing, because we are of the view he wasn’t sufficiently convinced that it was simply a matter of tit-for-tat. It may be that, but there is another story to be told there, and he wants to know what that story is; not only to bring to a closure for the families who had to suffer as a result of what occurred, but also as a nation to tell ourselves we can’t allow this to happen – our own citizens doing this to each other”.He said that among the challenges he encountered while doing his preliminary investigations was the difficulty posed in policing the river for the fishermen and fear of providing information publicly. He noted that since the CoI commenced its work, he, himself, was able to meet and talk with some 30 to 40 persons.Meanwhile, Commissioner Thakur is also tasked with providing the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the probe, including the role of State agencies with respect to security of the firemen. The findings have to be submitted to President David Granger by September 2, 2019.Last April and May, five fishing vessels were attacked in two separate instances. A total of 25 fishermen were affected and six survived. The bodies of three were recovered and 16 are still missing.Currently, two persons are before the local courts for those attacks. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more


Injured brothers taken overseas for treatment

January 12, 2020

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first_imgOne-year-old Besham SohanOne-year-old Besham Sohan and his older brother, four-year-old Gansham Sohan, who were severely burnt about their bodies earlier this month, will be receiving medical attention overseas as the duo was medevacked to the United States of America last Saturday to commence the treatment.The urgent medical care that the lads needed was made possible through Non-Governmental Organisation, Saving Hands Emergency Aid (SHEA), which raised funds for transporting the youngsters at the cost of US$45,000.The brothers were being treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where the younger Sohan was on life support while his older sibling was in the Burn Care Unit, but due to the severity of their burns and the unavailability of the advanced treatment in the country, overseas treatment was sought.According to information provided by SHEA via social media, the incident occurred on August 16 at their Number 48 Village, Corentyne home. The mother of the boys lit materials to drive away mosquitoes and turned her attention away for a short period of time, but by then the older Sohan had thrown dry grass into the fire, causing it to flare up and burn both him and his brother severely.last_img read more


Black Sox to open Wheatbelt Baseball League season tonight

January 12, 2020

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first_imgThe Fort St. John Black Sox will throw the first pitch on their Wheatbelt Baseball League season tonight at the college diamonds. The Sox will do battle with the Fairview Outlaws at 7 p.m.The Outlaws are making their return to the league, bringing the total up to six teams for the season.After tonight’s game the Sox will take part in a double header at home on Saturday afternoon as they’ll welcome the Peace River Stampeders. Those games are slated for 1 and 4 p.m.- Advertisement -Of note this year, the league’s all star game will be held in Fort St. John. The skills contest and the game itself will be played on June 13.last_img read more


North Peace Hockey Leagues releases season schedule

January 12, 2020

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first_imgThe North Peace Hockey League has released the schedule for the 2015-2016 season. Locally the Fort St. John Flyers will hit the ice for the first time in league play on October 24 when they host the Manning Comets.The Flyers won’t have to wait long to renew their rivalry with the Spirit River Rangers as Fort St. John’s second game will be on the road against the Rangers on October 29. Spirit River’s first visit to the North Peace Arena will come on November 13.Hockey fans won’t have to wait until the 24th to see the Flyers in action however as the team will again be welcoming the Fort Nelson Yeti for a pair of exhibition games October 17 and 18.- Advertisement -The Flyers schedule is as follows:October 24 ManningOctober 29 at Spirit RiverAdvertisement November 21 at ManningNovember 24 Dawson CreekNovember 26 at Dawson CreekNovember 28 at FalherDecember 1 Grande PrairieAdvertisement November 6  Grande PrairieNovember 13 Spirit RiverNovember 14 at GrimshawNovember 20 Grande PrairieAdvertisement December 18 at Grande PrairieJanuary 2 at Spirit RiverJanuary 5 Dawson CreekJanuary 8 Dawson CreekJanuary 9 High PrairieJanuary 15 Grande PrairieJanuary 16 at Dawson CreekJanuary 19 at Grande PrairieJanuary 23 GrimshawJanuary 28 at Spirit River December 4 Spirit RiverDecember 5 at High PrairieDecember 11 Spirit RiverDecember 12 FalherDecember 15 at Dawson CreekAdvertisementlast_img read more


Significant rainfall warning issued for Grande Prairie and area

January 12, 2020

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first_imgResidents and visitors are advised to use caution if required to travel in extreme weather conditions. Residents and business owners are advised to monitor basements and buildings for water infiltration.More information can be found on Environment Canada’s weather warnings at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/ab. – Advertisement –last_img


Just under 500 customers still without power

January 11, 2020

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first_imgMost of the outages remain in rural areas of the Peace near Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.  Most of the outages in the South Peace are expected to be restored by 5 p.m. today, while in the Fort St. John area, the outages could be restored by 9 p.m. tonight.On Friday, Hydro released a message apologizing for the recent outage and thanked residents for their patience while they restore power.  While most of the outages have been restored, Hydro is asking anyone who is still without power to contact 1-888-POWERON as soon as possible.- Advertisement -For more information about specific power outages, visit www.bchydro.com/outageslast_img read more


LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH COMMUNITY NOTES

December 29, 2019

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first_imgLocal NotesLifford Clonleigh Resource CentreLifford Clonleigh Resource Centre, under the LEADER programme has secured funding to update the existing multi-purpose recreation facility. This update is costing €115,000 and Leader are funding 75% of the amount (€87,000), with the Resource Centre making up the other 25% (€28,000).                                                                                                             Sportslawn Ireland will be carrying out the work which will be commencing in the next few weeks and weather permitting; the work will be completed with 4 – 6 weeks.                      This is to include a fifa 2 rated surface which is off such a high standard that Chelsea F.C have the same surface. The existing flood lights will be enhanced, new overhead netting will be put in place along with new perimeter fencing. The car park area will also be newly tarmaced.                                                                                                                                                All the management and staff at the Resource Centre are delighted to have secured this funding and although the closure of the pitch may cause some inconvenience, we feel that the quality of the facility will compensate for this. Blossoms (A New 2 U Shop): The Resource Centre are opening a new charity shop in Lifford over the coming weeks and are appealing to anyone who may have a few hours to spare each week to volunteer and help out your local community. If this is of interest to you please contact 074 91 41773!Further Education/Classes: We are hoping to run a number of new classes in the Resource Centre over the coming months but can only do so, if we have enough numbers to fill the class. If any of the areas listed below are of interest to you then please contact reception on 074 91 41773 and leave your details.Creative Writing: A fun class where participants can express their ideas and opinions and join in with another group of people who have an interest in storytelling. Photography: A class where participants can learn all about photography. Sign Language:  This is a beginners, accredited course where participants can further their skills with each module. Basic Irish: These classes will be for beginners or a refreshers course, ideal for parents who may want to help children with their homework or those who may have children attending Gaelscoil.Pathway/Access Closure: Due to works being carried out on the multipurpose recreation facility, the pathway leading from the Resource Centre to the ABC Childcare Centre will be closed for the duration of the works as a Health and Safety Precaution. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: October 11th, 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)last_img read more


DDTV: CRANA COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOW OFF AT TALENTFEST

December 29, 2019

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first_imgThe TalentFest held in the Inishowen Gateway on Wednesday last was a showcase of the talents of Crana College students. More than 300 people turned up on the night to enjoy a three hour festival of singing, dancing and acting talent.Stealing the show however were the first year students signalling a bright future of performing arts in Crana College. Congratulations to Music teachers Laura Keogh and Catriona Doherty for putting together a thoroughly enjoyable show and to ‘The McSheffrey Sisters’ for compering on the night.Click play to watch  DDTV: CRANA COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOW OFF AT TALENTFEST was last modified: May 10th, 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:DDTV: CRANA COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOW OFF AT TALENTFESTlast_img read more


NEPHEW OF TRAGIC PENSIONER BEGS GOVT NOT TO SCRAP PHONE ALLOWANCE

December 29, 2019

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first_imgIsa Arthur holding the telephone wires which were ripped from the wall the day she was robbed.The nephew of a woman who died weeks after she was burgled has pleaded with the Government to rethink their plan to scrap telephone allowance for pensioners.Joe McKean’s aunt Suzy Arthur died last week after she was thrown to the ground by burglars at her Raphoe home in July.Suzy, 89, suffered a broken hip and never came home from hospital after her horrific ordeal. Tragic Suzy lived with sister Isa, 89, at their farmhouse at Feddyglass on the main Letterkenny to Lifford Road.The elderly sisters, who have been the victim of SIX robberies, relied heavily on their phone to keep them secure and in contact with the outside world.The ladies installed special pendant phone alarms which was linked directly to their local Garda station in case of an emergency.On the day of the raid on July 1st, the callous gang who targeted the sisters managed to cut their phone wires rendering their alarm useless. But Joe says the cutting of the telephone allowance in this week’s budget will now put even more fear into elderly people living in rural areas.“I would genuinely ask them to rethink cutting the telephone allowance.“If they saw what Suzy and Isa went through when these people ransacked their home and attacked them, they would not even think about it.“Old people need this kind of security because very often it is the only security measure they have.“This kind of thing just frightens them even more and makes them feel as if nobody at all cares about them. “Isa and Suzy felt safe once they had this pendant in case anything happened around the house and there are thousands of old people around the country like them.“What kind of message are we sending our to our old people when we are cutting allowances from them when the number of burglaries is increasing everyday?” he said.Joe said Isa is fortunate in that she has friends and family living close by and she is now in a position to be able to install security cameras at her home.But he says that not all elderly people can afford any kind of security measure. “With each passing budget, elderly people are getting less and less.“Elderly people are trying to scrape the money together to buy a bag of coal.“People might not think losing a phone allowance is a major thing but tell that to an old person trying to budget for every penny they have each week.“People in Government need to put themselves in the shoes of old folk and see how badly something like this will put fear into them,” he said.Farmer Joe, who regularly called in to check on his elderly aunts, says Isa is trying to cope as best she can following the death of her sister last week.“I would love for them to come back and see the harm they have done.“They may have caused one death but they have ruined so many lives. I don’t know how they can lives with themselves,” he said.NEPHEW OF TRAGIC PENSIONER BEGS GOVT NOT TO SCRAP PHONE ALLOWANCE was last modified: October 17th, 2013 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:budgetburglaryISA ARTHURJoe McKeanphone allowanceRaphoeSuzy Arthurlast_img read more