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first_imgAuthorities of the Science College at the University of Liberia have disclosed plans to begin research on viruses and other infectious diseases prevalent in Liberia.This move by the nation’s highest institution of learning is coming in the midst of the ragging deadly Ebola crisis, which has claimed and continues to claim hundreds of lives in Liberia.The UL Thomas J.R. Faulkner College of Science & Technology comprises departments, including Engineering, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.Making the disclosure on September 24, the Dean of the College, Dr. (PhD) Ophelia Inez Weeks said they have drawn the plan for the research, but were presently concentrating on creating more awareness about the deadly Ebola and waiting for it to subside, before their research work will be carried out.The University of Liberia has a number of challenges, comprising lack of up-to-date textbooks, laboratory equipment, among others. Students studying and graduating from all the departments complain about the poor condition of the university’s laboratories.Dr. Weeks in her statement said in spite of the challenges, they are strategizing means to secure funds from partners to enhance the project.As they embark on the research project and seeking outside funding, Dr. Weeks said they are also throwing out to students, staff, faculties and senior administrators of the University of Liberia to contribute certain amounts they can afford.She said while they seek assistance from outside; it is also good Liberians themselves contribute to their own project so others can take them seriously.She said a student will be asked to contribute L$25, staff L$50 and faculty L$100.Meanwhile, the Science College has also engaged in the sensitization process on Ebola but in the area of solution preparation for hand-washing.According to Dr. Weeks, even though the local populations have been sensitized about hands washing, what is lacking is the preparation of the chlorine of Clorox solution.A local resident who was taught how to prepare a solution said his family has been using solution containing unspecified quantities of Clorox, chlorine and powder soap to wash their hands.The UL Ebola Task Force is currently going from door to door in environments around the campuses to teach people how to prepare the solution. UL campuses include those on Capitol Hill, Fendell and St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Community where the Medical School is located. Another one is in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County.Dr. Weeks said it is important people be taught how to prepare the solution because excessive use of Clorox, chlorine and other detergent together has the propensity to create other health problems including skin cancer.Using the 1.5 liter water bottle, staffers forming the UL Task Force on Ebola taught residents in the Fendell campus community to put bottle caps of Clorox in a bottle of water for hand washing and multiply same by the number of bottles they would use to accommodate more people in the home.Dr. Weeks said the pilot project the UL Task Force on Ebola is carrying out is made possible through the instrumentality of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), which provided US$2,623.60.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img…official accused of calling female patrons “strippers”As the saga over the ownership and commercialisation of the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Estate’s Staff Club continues, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) is accusing the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) of breaching a legal document which transfers ownership of the LBI estate to NICIL.The tug of war between GuySyCo and NICIL, started after the refurbishing of the estate staff club into a luxury lounge/sport bar. The lounge/bar was established even though dismissed sugar workers had to wait one year for their severance payment from GuySuCo.However, as they GuySuCo and NICIL seek to determine control and ownership of the facility, it’s Public Relations Officer, Audreyanna Thomas, said the transformation of staff facility into a sports bar does not fall in line with its principles and values which resulted in it blocking the opening. She earlier indicated that the Sugar Corporation had intentions of rehabilitating the facility but was told that SPU would undertake that since their staffers would also utilise the facility. She claimed that the company was blindsided by the move to turn the staff facility to a sports bar.An outside view of the disputed sports barEver since that turn of events, the SPU and GuySuCo’s relationship continued to deteriorate. According to the manager, Thomas continues to terrorise persons accessing the facility, explaining that about a week ago, she referred to the wives of some of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority employees as strippers because they donned bathing suits while using the pool.He noted that they are at their wits’ end with the Sugar Corporation but are trying to resolve the issue amicably without going to the courts. He noted that taking legal action against GuySuCo would have to be a last resort. He also indicated that GuySuCo allegedly broke into the Staff Club’s bar and items have gone missing.According to the December 30, 2017, Vesting Order, “all movable and immovable property owned, used, leased or licensed by GuySuCo or the State save and except Albion Estate, Blairmont Estate and Uitvlugt Estate… stand transferred to and shall be vested in NICIL absolutely, free and clear from all claims and liabilities.”In essence, according to NICIL, the Vesting Order transfers all ownership of all property except those stated to them. However, GuySuCo is contending that because the LBI Estate is not stated as being transferred to NICIL, it therefore means it remains in their possession.A senior official at NICIL told Guyana Times, during an interview, that when NICIL moved into the LBI Estate, they held a consultation with GuySuCo and since they were now the new owners, they moved ahead with rehabilitating the Staff Club and have it opened as a business venture. The commercialisation body would have expended over $25 million on the project to which GuySuCo was in full agreement with.“It (the Vesting Order) has a catch; all clause where it states all other property and it did not state expressly LBI. So in legal terminology, although it did not state LBI, the ‘catch all’ phrase covers that because GuySuCo only has control of Blairmont, Albion and Uitvlugt estates and that is where the issue arises. The Vesting Order need not fully describe the property because we have a ‘catch all’ clause and it is not necessary in accordance with the law,” the official stated.“SPU (Special Purposes Unit) moved into the building since last year (2017) and we started to renovate the sports club. The pool was green and the place was termite infested and we went into renovation mode. We were empowered to renovate because we had the ownership and as the renovations were completed, they (GuySuCo) tried to say that they owned the property and they want it back. They waited until we were finished and then said that they wanted their property back,” he added.The senior manager said prior to the renovation, they commissioned a 10-person committee to manage the club and go forth with plans for its commercialisation. The committee comprised five persons from GuySuCo and five from the SPU. The club renovation was completed, and all was set for launch on September 28, 2018, but one day before the opening day, GuySuCo retaliated by issuing notices that the event was cancelled, a move that NICIL said completely blindsided them.“On the 28 (September) they stood at the gate and turned away a number of the delegates we invited from the Ministries and managers from Banks DIH and DDL because we had invited them,” the manager noted.He said the move was a complete embarrassment.“Vesting Order out of order”Meanwhile, Thomas told Guyana Times during a telephone interview that the Vesting Order is out of order since the LBI compound serves as the Corporation’s head office, hence the reason it was not listed. She questioned whether the SPU expects GuySuCo to move its head office into the air.“Assuming the Vesting Order says save and except Blairmont, Albion and Uitvlugt, everything else is vested. Where else is GuySuCo head office supposed to be, in the sky? Are we supposed to be relocated to one of these estates? If the Vesting Order did say that GuySuCo’s LBI is vested then where will the head office… be? Should it be relocated so that a club house be managed in this location? This is a business that earns billions of dollars and has 8000 plus employees,” she said.“It seems indecent and immoral that the agency that was set up to divest GuySuCo’s assets is now coming and saying that that agency (GuySuCo) does not have a head office location because this agency (SPU) is in charge of it… even if it was by error that the LBI compound was included in the Vesting Order then NICIL must have the decency to unvest it and so that it would appear to be the proper thing to do,” Thomas added.She sought to remind that the SPU’s role is to divest the four closed estates and not manage staff clubs.last_img read more


first_imgPhoto: Two vehicles were involved in a collision on the Alaska Highway on Tuesday afternoon – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caA two-vehicle collision occured on Tuesday afternoon, at the intersection of 108th Street and the Alaska Highway. Two trucks were involved, one was hauling an RV trailer. Police are currently reporting no injuries. – Advertisement -More information will be posted as it becomes available.last_img


first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka defender Willis Ouma attempts to chase down Mathare United midfielder Chrispin Oduor during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Apr 28 – Mathare United twice came from behind to hold second placed Sofapaka to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, a result that more or less dents Batoto ba Mungu’s bid for a first league title in 10 years.Cliff Nyakeya and Umaru Kassumba hit a brace each in the second half and despite Sofapaka’s bid to get a late winner, they could not hit the match winning strike. With the draw, Sofapaka remain second with 49 points, six behind league leaders Gor Mahia who now have two games at hand and might extend that gap at the top to nine points if they beat Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru on Monday.Sofapaka Would have even headed hme with nothing had John Mwangi been more clinical with two chances he got at the death. First, he connected a cross from Nyakeya just wide after Sofapaka keeper Justin Ndikumana narrowed the gap off his line.In the second instance, he raced into a James Kinyanjui cross from the right but was bungled down as he went to take in a touch at the near post with shouts for a penalty downed by the referee.The first half was limited in chances and Kinyanjui had the closest for Mathare off well executed counters.His first attempt after racing away on the right was blocked by Faina Jacobs who put up a spirited sprint to throw in a boot as Kinyanjui went for a belter, turning behind for a corner.Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza reacts on the touchline during their Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe was gifted another chance few minutes later, this time Faina miscuing a clearance on the counter and the pacy Kinyanjui broke into the box. However, the youngster shot his effort wide.The game burst into life in the second half and Sofapaka got into the lead within the opening minute with a sweet finish from Ugandan Kasumba.The forward beautifully controlled a pass from Elli Asieche before hitting the ball into the net on the half turn past Allan Owiny who had come off his line.But Mathare struck the reply just seven minutes later, Nyakeya striking a sweet low shot from the edge of the box off a Chris Oduor assist from the right.The Sofapaka defense, and in particular right back Willis Ouma, was caught flat out after a quick one-two change of passes saw Oduor break away on the right before picking out Nyakeya with a cut back.Three minutes later, Mathare who were now playing better football came close with Oduor being accorded acres of shooting space at the edge of the box but his rasping shot missed the target by a whisker.Sofapaka FC striker John Avire shields the ball against Mathare United’s Andrew Juma during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 28, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBut Batoto ba Mungu found themselves back ahead on the hour mark, Kasumba striking his second completing a brace just like he did in the first leg when they won 4-1. Off a swift counter, Stephen Waruru sent the Ugandan through who in turn skipped past the keeper before slapping the ball into an empty net.Despite going down again, Mathare still commanded the game and constantly exploited the weak right side of defense, trying to make the most of Ouma’s lack of pace.And just three minutes later, the teams were level again in almost similar fashion. Oduor found space on the right after beating Ouma for pace before cutting back for Nyakeya who did the rest hitting sweetly past Ndikumana.Mathare kept the pressure, pinning Sofapaka in their own half with the league’s second placed team trying to work on the counter.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgGuus Hiddink believes the penalty decision, which rescued Chelsea a draw with West Ham, was ‘a close call’.West Ham were leading the reigning Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge before Cesc Fabregas converted an 89th-minute spot-kick to earn a 2-2 draw. Referee Bobby Madley adjudged Ruben Loftus-Cheek had been tripped by Michail Antonio and replays suggested the initial contact was minimal and outside the area.Andy Carroll thought he had enhanced the Hammers’ bid for Champions League qualification when he scored one minute after coming off the substitutes’ bench at Stamford Bridge.But Fabregas netted his second after a brilliant free-kick had earlier cancelled-out Manuel Lanzini’s superb opener.The penalty equaliser extended the Blues’ unbeaten league run to 14 games. Eight of interim boss Guus Hiddink’s 13 league games have been drawn.The Dutchman felt the penalty was the correct decision.“It was a very close call,” Hiddink said.“Loftus-Cheek was about to score, because he was going towards the goal. I thought he was on the line when he was tripped.“And the line is part of the box, I think. When there’s any doubt, the benefit of the doubt is always going for the attacking team – by this case, by rule.”Asked if Loftus-Cheek could have stayed on his feet to score, instead of inviting controversy, Hiddink said: “Normally he is able to score in this position. (But) I think it’s not much of a discussion.“He was tripped and then I think it’s fair to have the benefit of the doubt, if there is any doubt, for the referee to (award) this penalty.”As West Ham chase the Champions League, Hiddink is still eager to secure Europa League qualification, dismissing the suggestion it could be beneficial not to play in the second-tier competition next term.Chelsea are tenth, nine points behind the Hammers, who occupy the final European spot at present.Hiddink said: “Our target now for the rest of the season is to see if we can get a European spot.“You must get the highest position possible. If you start calculating not going into Europe for whatever the reason might be… I’m not in favour to say ‘hey, let’s calculate – please let’s not play Europe’. I think then you undervalue the tournaments.”last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny at night by Pauric O’DonnellNEWSLETTER Sunday 3rd March 2013Third Sunday of Lent‘I will no longer bear the authority of the office for the government of the Church, but in the service of prayer I stay, so to speak, in the yard of St. Peter.’ Please remember in your prayers‘His Holiness Benedict XVI’.PRAYER FOR A CONCLAVE TO ELECT A NEW HOLY FATHERHeavenly Father, we, the people of God, gathered in solidarity as did the disciples in the Upper Room, pray for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the cardinals who will be in conclave for the election of the next Vicar of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the hearts of our cardinals be open to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, beyond any human judgment, to elect the candidate most pleasing to you, Heavenly Father, and who will guide the Church at this momentous time in history at the beginning of the Third Millennium. We, invoke our Mother Mary, united in prayer with the disciples in the Upper Room, to intercede for our cardinals to select the next Holy Father in docility to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, her divine Spouse. Holy Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, we entrust this conclave to your maternal Immaculate Heart and offer these prayers for your guidance and protection over the choosing of the next Vicar of your Son. (Say: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be). Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.SCOIL CHOLMCILLE, SCOIL MHUIRE GAN SMALL ANDST. BERNADETTE’S CONFIRMATIONPlease remember in your prayers all the girls and boys from Scoil Cholmcille, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal and St. Bernadette’s, their parents, families and teachers who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday 9th March. Confirmation for Scoil Cholmcille and St. Bernadette’s will be at 11 am. Confirmation for Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal will be at 3 pm.CONFESSIONS for the Children, their families and friends will take place on Thursday 7th March at 8 pm.Trocaire Boxes are available at the back of the Cathedral. Please give what you can this Lent.Confessions available after 7.30 pm Mass every MondaySUNDAY 3rd March Masses ~ 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon, 5 pm (Polish Mas) and 6.30 pmBaptisms in the Cathedral – 1.30 pmSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is open at 1 pm‘The Dead Theologians Society’ Young Adults Prayer Groupin the Cathedral Conference Room – 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmMONDAY 4th March8 am Mass ~ Packie and Ann McIntyre10 am Mass ~7.30 pm Mass ~ Annie and Peter McDermottSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openConfessions: After 7.30 pm MassReflection and Meditation during Lent on the Sunday Readings 8pmGrow Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmTUESDAY 5th March8 am Mass ~ See Mass Intentions on the next page10 am Mass ~ ®7.30 pm Mass ~ Robert BarrettSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openBaptism Preparation in the Parochial House on Tuesday at 8 pm tonightDivine Mercy Prayer Group in the Crib Room – 8 pmLegion of Mary Meeting: Conference Room – After 10 am MassLegion of Mary Meeting: Room 112, Loreto Secondary School – 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmWEDNESDAY 6th March8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~7.30 pm Mass ~ Helen MurraySt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openFirst Confession for the children from Scoil Cholmcille – 6 pmScripture Course in the Parochial House – 8.15 pmCathedral Choir Practice in the Conference Room – 8 pmMother’s Prayer Group Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmNarcotics Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmTHURSDAY 7th March8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~ ®5 pm – Confirmation – Illistrin7.30 pm Mass ~ Tommy ButlerSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openConfessions for the Confirmation Classes/Children from Scoil Cholmille, St. Bernadette’s and Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, their families and friends at 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmCharismatic Prayer Meeting in the Conference Room – 8 pmFRIDAY 8th March8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~7.30 pm Mass ~ See Mass Intentions belowSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 10.30 amAA Meeting for Women in the Cathedral Conference Room – 1 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmSATURDAY 9th March10 am Mass ~Confirmation ~ Scoil Cholmcille and St. Bernadette’s at 11 amConfirmation ~ Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal at 3 pm7.30 pm Vigil MassConfessions: after the 7.30 pm Mass (Please note NO CONFESSIONS AT 12 NOON)AA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amMass Intentions for 8 am Tuesday and 7.30 pm FridayJoe Hanlon ~ Mary McKendrick ~ Ellen McGlynn ~ Charles McGlynn ~ John Boyce Maud Boyce ~ Hughie McMenamin ~ Cecelia McMenamin ~ Margaret ShielsRECENT BAPTISMS ~ We welcome into God’s CommunityEvie Roisin Cunningham ~ Eabha Marie Gribben ~ Mark Emmet BreslinPRIEST ON DUTY: Fr. Eamonn McLaughlinPhone: 074 – 9121021Fax: 074 – 9121021Email: steunanscathedral@eircom.netSt. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Conwal and Leck ~ 9129503St. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Aughaninshin ~ 9122366Pastoral Council on conwalandleckpc@gmail.comDON’T GIVE UP – TAKE UP! Why not take something up for Lent? There will be Reflection and Meditation on the scripture readings for the Sunday’s in Lent after 7.30 pm Mass each Monday evening. These sessions will last about half an hour and will be held in LORETO CONVENT. Come and deepen your relationship with the Lord this Lent through His Word in Scripture.ALTAR SOCIETY ROTA FOR MARCH8th March ~ S. Gillen, R. Foley, S. Daly and K. McBride15th March ~ M. Gorman, M. McBride, B. McTeague and E. McGroarty22nd March ~ M. Brogan, S. Duffy, F. O’Neill and R. McMonagle29th March ~ T. Jennings, S. McBride, C. O’Donnell and M. ShanahanBASIC FIRST AID COURSE ~ Will take place on Tuesday 5th March from 9.30 am to 5 pm in the Pastoral Centre. Cost: €50. For further information or to book a place please call the Pastoral Centre on 9121853 (places limited, please book early).The Community HEALTHY WALKS are free and open to everyone (aged 18 and over) and are recommended if you want to improve your health or become more active. Each walk lasts between 30 minutes and one hour. To get involved, just come along to The Vestry, (St. Conal’s Hospital) on Tuesday 5th March at 10.30 am.A Free Public Information Meeting about HEART FAILURE will be held on Thursday 7th March in the Mount Errigal Hotel from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Speakers will include: Consultant Cardiologist, Heart Failure Nurse etc. Questions can be put to the panel and an information stand will be available. Call: 01 6685001 or 9104474.To celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, the Letterkenny Women’s Centre are hosting a COFFEE MORNING on Friday 8th March at 10.30 am.The annual CHURCH GATE COLLECTION on behalf of Diabetes Ireland (Donegal Branch) will be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March.Leslie Matthew’s fundraising ‘SPRING’ CONCERT will be held in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday 11th March at 8 pm. Everyone welcome. (Pay at the door).H.S.E. Retired Group ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will take place in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Tuesday 12th March at 12 midday. To book please contact 9126696 or 9121551 before 9th March. Complimentary lunch provided.Loreto Convent School Parents Association are hosting a FASHION SHOW AND FOOD TASTING EVENING featuring Marks and Spencer on Tuesday 12th March at 7.30 pm in the School. Spot prizes to be won on the night. Tickets only €5, available from the school. Everyone welcome!Ireland’s NET Team (National Evangelisation Team), consisting of 10 volunteers between the ages of 18-25, will be conducting a Mission at the Cathedral for all youth in the area during Holy Week. Homes are NEEDED to put up the team, in groups of two, for six nights: Monday 25th through Saturday March 30th. Team members are used to sharing rooms, travel with their own sleeping bag and pillow, and all they need is a simple meal in their tummy and a roof over their head! For more information, contact Morgan McCormick at 087- 1127039.DD LOCAL: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 3rd, 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:DD LOCAL: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL LETTERKENNYlast_img read more


first_imgA Judge has ordered that hundreds of items seized from notorious sex offender Michael Ferry be destroyed.Michael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.Ferry from CarrickBoyle, Gaoth Dobhair is currently serving a 14 year sentence for child abuse. Among the items to be destroyed are cameras, computers, DVDs, CDs and video tapes.The items were seized during an investigation into Ferry on grounds of child sex abuse, production of child pornography and possession of child pornography.Solicitor for Ferry, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client consented to the destruction of the items, apart from item 33 which was a silver revolver with a 5 shot capacity.He said his client believed the gun to be of historical significance as it was used in the war of independence and civil war.He said his client suggested the gun could be donated to a local museum.Solicitor Frank Dorrian representing one of Ferry’s victims said his client was anxious that no files on the case be destroyed.He was assured this was not the case and that any material downloaded from items seized had been preserved by gardai .Judge Paul Kelly consented to the destruction of 868 items and asked solicitor Patsy Gallagher to gather more information on the gun.He then adjourned the case until February 26th.Ferry was convicted in 2011 of abusing four boys in Gaoth Dobhair between 1990 and 2005 while working as a caretaker in Ard Scoil Mhuire, an Irish college.He was sentenced to 18 years with 4 suspended . On December 11 last he was sentenced to a seven years behind bars for abusing a teenage boy between 1984-1987 . That sentence will run concurrently with the sentence he is serving .JUDGE ORDERS DESTRUCTION OF PERVERT’S PORN STASH was last modified: January 22nd, 2014 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:Judge Paul KellyMickey Ferryporn stashlast_img read more


first_imgWainfest 2019 got off to a great start this weekend with events taking place all over the county. Children of all ages from the tiny tots to the tweens enjoyed the diverse range of activities on offer from the Harry Potter Experience at Oakfield Park in Raphoe to  treats with Mr Hullabaloo Carndonagh Library to making ‘Giants Gold’ Sun Discs with Lisa Fahy in Donegal County Museum to being creative at the ‘Can-do’ Academy – Lego Animation workshop in the Central Library in Letterkenny.Spectacular scenes from the Donegal Bay and Bluestack Festival’s Coming Home Carnival Parade in Ballyshannon on Saturday night marking the end of the festival and the start of Wainfest 2019. Photograph by Catriona Bonner“Wainfest is all about inspiring our children and allowing them to step into a world filled with imagination, stories, magic, history and heritage and instilling in them a love of reading,” says Donna Cavanagh from Donegal Library Services. Wainfest kicked off on Saturday 5th and will run until Sunday the 13th October with a full range of events for all ages from tiny tots to tweens.There are craft activities, sensory storytelling and theatre performances. Children can hop on the train and connect with Harry Potter or relax and watch a film during one of the many film screenings.There will be magic with award-winning magician Jessica Harkin, lego animation workshops, circus skills workshops, film screenings, virtual reality in the museum, YouTube workshops, yoga, beautiful theatre productions, sensory events and a range of events for babies and toddlers. This year’s festival has a range of events for children on the Autism Spectrum, with 20% of the programmed events ASD Friendly and this has been made possible by The Dormant Accounts Fund.Wainfest 2019 is presented by Donegal County Council’s Library Service with support from partners including Eclipse and Century cinemas, Oakfield Park, Inishowen Maritime Museum and An Grianan Theatre.Enjoying the ‘Can-do’ Academy – Lego Animation workshop in the Central Library Letterkenny on Saturday as part of Wainfest 2019. Photos by Paul McGuckinLisa Fahy, Metal Designer with Clodagh Boyle making her ‘Giants Gold’ Sun Disc at a workshop in Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny on Saturday as part of Wainfest.Picture special: Wainfest 2019 off to a great start! was last modified: October 7th, 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) Tags:Wainfestwainfest 2019last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain this week has continued to slow down harvest, tillage, and manure spreading, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.2 days available for field work for the week ending November 12, 2017. More wet conditions throughout the week kept farmers out of the fields, but subfreezing temperatures in the mornings reportedly helped operators gain traction and keep harvesting once the rain stopped falling. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was 19 percent and soybean moisture was 13 percent. Heavy amounts of rain fall impacted much of the state and hit especially hard in southern parts of the state. The heavy rains submerged low lying areas of fields and left farmers with little time to get into the fields in those areas. Winter wheat that was recently planted into hillsides was reportedly washed away in affected areas due to extraordinary rain events. Hay was being fed to livestock as pasture growth has stopped for the season.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more


first_img“Bruning” in PortugalPride is one word I would use to describe Portuguese geocachers. Several times throughout the five days, I had conversations with individuals or geocaching teams about the incredible efforts they’ve put into their own geocaches. In a couple of cases, the teams had spent over a year perfecting one geocache. These are the types of geocaches that would inspire me to plan a return trip to Portugal.Love (center) and Geocaching FriendsIf you are in search of a place where the people are friendly, the views are amazing, the culture is rich and the geocaching is pretty ‘darn’ good, Portugal has got you covered.Love and Geo-pupPicnic Geocaching SharePrint Related13 Years Lisboa — Bryan Roth’s Trip to a Portugal Mega-EventJuly 23, 2013In “Community”Lackey trip report: Hoorn Mega – Game OverApril 16, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Terezin Games Mega-EventJune 6, 2014In “Community” 14 Years Geocaching – Sintra | PortugalMega-Event in PortugalEditor’s note: Geocaching HQ staff are  attending dozens of Mega-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course, geocaching. Each person at Geocaching HQ brings their own unique talent to advancing the adventure. Some write code for the website, others design images for the apps, and some shoot videos explaining it all. Annie or Love works as the Partners Program Manager, supporting all international distributors. This is her Mega-Event experience.In early June, I had the pleasure to travel back to Portugal to attend 14 Years Geocaching – Sintra | Portugal. After the very warm welcome I received at Geocoinfest in Portugal two years ago, I was excited to spend some more time with the geocachers from one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  Even better, this Mega-Event would be taking place in the one of the most magical places. Sintra, a community hidden in the Sintra Mountains of the Lisbon region, is filled with unreal sites including a Moorish castle, architecturally stunning palaces and endless tiled sidewalks.Mega-Event AttendeesThe festivities spanned over five days in the Sintra region, and included a variety of geocaching walks, CITO events, a geocache lab adventure and lots of smiling faces. We walked, we cached and we blew bubbles. If you’ve ever wanted to use geocaching as your form of tourism, this Mega-Event would have been for you.Bubble-Blowing EventSome might think it’s weird to start a 14km hike at 10:30pm. Not geocachers. We thrive on adventures like that. If you can find about 35 caches on that 14km hike, even better. On the second night of the event, that’s just what we did.  When I finally returned to my hotel around 3am, I was able to reflect on a fun adventure through the mountains of Sintra with nearly 100 geocaching friends. Those are the memories that will stick with me forever.Geocaching Night Hikecenter_img Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more