Some of those who allegedly looted the company’s facilities being processed for prosecution.Police in Gbarnga City, Bong County, have rounded up more than 50 people from David Dean Town, commonly known as Gold Camp, and Sayeweh Town in Kokoyah Statutory District for reportedly vandalizing facilities of MNG-Gold.Around 4 p.m. on Monday, November 5, a vehicle belonging to a Chinese company hired by MNG-Gold was involved in an accident that resulted into the death of four persons near Sayeweh Town.The driver of the company’s vehicle reportedly escaped the scene for fear of being attacked as residents, who were already frustrated with the company’s operations, allegedly set the Toyota land cruiser four-door pickup ablaze.Fuming residents, according to reports, allegedly vandalized facilities of MNG-Gold, including the main office of the company, the gold processing plant and a high school that is being constructed by the company for the citizens, minutes after the hired Chinese land cruiser Toyota Pickup killed four residents of the town.The school is being built by MNG-Gold as part of its corporate social responsibility as enshrined in the Mineral Development Agreement signed between the government and the company.Speaking on a local radio station in Gbarnga via mobile phone from David Dean Town on Wednesday November 7, 2018, Bong County Police Commander, Fredrick Neppay, said that the suspects, though having been rounded up, are yet to be formally charged, while some of them are helping with an ongoing investigation.According to Neppay, the arrests from the Gold Camp and Sayeweh Town “does not in any way suggest that they are responsible for vandalizing the company’s facilities, while many others will be invited as long as investigation is ongoing.”He informed the Daily Observer that those who are not linked with the violence inflicted on the company’s facilities will be allowed to go home, adding, “But those who will be connected to the destruction of the company’s properties will be charged and sent to court for prosecution.”Though Commander Nappay did not state the extent of the damage done to the MNG-Gold’s facilities, police maintained that several valuables, including some gold, were looted, some of which have been retrieved by police following a cordon search.On several occasions, residents of Sayeweh Town and surrounding villages affected by the operations of MNG-Gold have complained of the company’s failure to improve their impoverished lives.Residents have persistently expressed frustration with the company’s handling of chemical waste from its gold mining operations, which allegedly spilled into nearby waterways. The management later admitted that cyanide (chemicals) from its plant affected creeks that serve as sources of water for those in Sayeweh Town.Recently residents of the area filed a US$285 million action of damage for wrong against MNG-Gold at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga City.It was also reported that 19 school-going kids were vomiting blood as a result of the company’s waste site which was constructed near the school campus. The vomiting incident led to the school administrations immediately closure of the school to the public until the situation could be addressed.Meanwhile, the citizens, through Statutory Superintendent Conde Yallah, are appealing to government to review the agreement between the citizens and MNG-Gold management.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FONTANA – On a normal Friday afternoon at California Speedway during NASCAR weekend, Jeff Gordon winning the Auto Club 500 pole would have made for the top storyline. However, this isn’t a normal year in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Gordon won his second pole with a lap speed of 185.735 mph around the two-mile oval. The DuPont Chevrolet driver was surprised it stood up, as he was ninth on the track out of a record 51 cars – three more than the previous mark. “This team has been awesome ever since we unloaded off the truck,” Gordon said. “Winning poles is something we pride ourselves on year after year. We just put a great race car out there on the track and had a really nice lap. I really thought somebody was going to beat us.” Kasey Kahne, winner of last September’s Fontana event, was second and Mark Martin third. Kahne’s speed of 185.519 mph reflected the changing track conditions, while Martin just made a strong run midway through the session with his 185.500. “I probably should have had the pole,” Kahne said. “Jeff made a great lap. We had a really good track, a really good car. We just missed it a little bit. “We’ll make some more adjustments and make it better tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll get a good result on Sunday and gain some points.” Compared to his qualifying effort last fall, Martin was stoked with his effort. “I’m really thrilled,” said Martin, who finished second by a bumper to Kevin Harvick last week. “I had a good car last fall, but overdrove in qualifying. “I feel much better today. We had great horsepower with Hendrick (Motorsports) engines. We have a fast race car. I’m old and I don’t qualify well.” Daytona 500 winner Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Burton, rookie Juan Pablo Montoya and Casey Mears rounded out the the top 10. “I think it went pretty good,” said Montoya, returning to Fontana for the first time since competing in CART in 2000. “I think it was a pretty decent qualifying effort. We had a really clean lap. I didn’t overdrive the car. “To be ninth here is pretty good. It’s a tough track, a lot harder than I thought.” It was Earnhardt’s best qualifying effort in 10 Cup races at Fontana. Gordon survived several other challenges the balance of the session, but the events of the day almost regulated him to an afterthought. The real question Friday was how many Toyotas were going to start in Sunday’s 250-lap race. The answer was four. Dave Blaney and Dale Jarrett had guaranteed positions of the seven Toyotas making their competitive debuts at Fontana, thanks to 2006 owners points and a provisional. Brian Vickers, who failed to make the opener last week in Daytona, hooked up for a solid run of 183.852 that put him 15th in the field, just behind Blaney. David Reutimann, driving fourth to last, came through with a 182.431 that put him 33rd and bumped team owner Michael Waltrip from the field. “I feel we had a better car than what we qualified, we had a top-10 car,” Vickers said. “I was just trying to be conservative. We just needed to make the race.” David Gilliland, the former Chino Hills resident who won the pole last week at Daytona, also used a provisional to make his Cup debut at Fontana. He was the fastest among Tony Raines and Robby Gordon, all of whom made the field on owners points. Joining Waltrip on the outside were Ward Burton; Toyota drivers Jeremy Mayfield and A.J. Allmendinger; Brandon Whitt, Mike Bliss, Kenny Wallace and Kevin LePage. Both Mayfield, a 2000 winner at Fontana, and Allmendinger have not made a field through two races. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of a western tour, the new Rotary District Governor, Tracey Vavrek, will be in Fort St. John on August 7 and 8.According to a release by the Sunrise Rotary Club, Vavrek will be touring the PeaceCountry and learning about the area with fellow Rotarians.Vavrek says she is looking forward to visiting Fort St. John to learn more about how Rotarians are serving the community and beyond.- Advertisement -“What I most look forward to during my visit is learning more about how Rotarians in FortSt. John are serving their local communities and people in need around the world.”Vavrek is the new District Governor for 2019-2020 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five, serving as a liaison between Rotary International President Mark Maloney, and Rotarians in her Rotary District.Starting in July and ending in November, Vavrek expects to travel more than 33,000 kilometres to visit all 60 Rotary Clubs in the District.Advertisement
BELOW is Joanne Sweeney-Burke’s MediaBox Blog…and according to it, she’s off the Apprentice tonight – and due to appear with Anton Savage! Make up your own minds! We’ll all know by 10pm!Monday Mash Up: Media Box University Goes on Tour & JSB Get’s Ready to Meet Anton Savage on TV3 Monday 5th December With Christmas songs playing in the background and the tea made, it’s another busy week at Media Box. Joanne is off delivering a training course in Public Speaking for the Donegal County Community Forum, while the remainder of the team are executing a series of marketing strategies for Media Box customers.Over at Brennans Pharmacy they have their Christmas stock in situ and some great value on top fragrance and gift set brands. Michael Black of Optimal Fitnesss is busy getting his new Personal Fitness Studio ready for his official launch on Wednesday 14th December with the help of the Media Box team.Taxsave.ie, a brand of Edwin Foley & Co Chartered Accountants, launched their “Be a Robin Hood for your Charity” campaign this week, informing PAYE and self-employed workers of how they can donate to their favourite charity while at the same time saving tax. So log onto www.edwinfoley.ie for more details.And of course it’s Monday again and as always we are hoping that JSB can survive another week in The Apprentice. It’s now week ten and there are just six candidates left in the running to become Bill Cullen’s business partner.We understand tonight’s task challenges Team Zest and Team Spirit to make a TV ad for online company justeat.ie who have many clients across Co. Donegal. There has been much speculation over the weekend as to whether or not JSB will survive another week or finally feel the wrath of Bill Cullen. Her personal facebook page has been going mad after she posted on Friday night that she would be “packing her bags.”Our sources say that indeed she feels the wrath of Bill, but is it her time to “pack her bags.” It seems that Joanne’s Certificate in Television doesn’t give her much edge in this task but is it the sword that she falls on?JSB was also busy at the weekend preparing for her impending TV3 appearance with Anton Savage and was styled by Annette in McElhinneys in Ballybofey. Joanne commented “I’m a proud Donegal woman and will be proud to wear an outfit from McElhinneys, a store that has previously dressed Jackie Lavin and Bill Cullen for The Apprentice series.”So we better get back to work – and don’t forget to tun into The Apprentice tonight at the usual time of 9.00pm on TV3. You can catch JSB on her facebok page and twitter to hear more later on tonight. Until next time , keep running in heels!The Media Box Team. x JSB’S MEDIABOX BLOG….’I’M GETTING READY TO MEET ANTON SAVAGE’ was last modified: December 5th, 2011 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:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe Apprentice
The Right2Water group say they view non-payment as a very important weapon in their arsenal of tactics.In a statement the group says it is the biggest movement fighting on the water issue.“The campaign has been responsible for the recent mass-mobilisations of people that are un-paralleled . “Already numbers are way ahead of any mobilisation that the Campaign against the Household/Property Tax could muster, for example, the biggest mobilisation during that campaign in Donegal was 2,500 approx. in Letterkenny,Right2Water had up to 10,000 in the same location last November.“We believe that many people have already made up their minds not to pay , and many more are opposed to water charges but may need to be convinced of the need for non-payment as a key tactic. Anyone who pays in our opinion ,will not because they all want to, but will out of fear or because they feel they have no choice.- we need to allow these people to remain part of a campaign as well.“This is where local groups actively organizing to address peoples doubts and helping to give them confidence to sustain non-payment will play an important role, remember sustaining non-payment in recent campaigns has been difficult.”The statement says those of us who have been active in Right2Water in Donegal understand that non-payment is seen by many who attended their meetings and joined in the huge Right2Water protests as an important next step in the struggle against water charges. However, the tactic of non-payment will not succeed unless it is combined with protests , genuine political pressure and by getting as many people involved in their own areas both as activists but also as organizers, it adds.“We don’t see it as a contradiction to be part of the broader Right2Water movement and to work to build and sustain non-payment.“Right2Water Donegal are asking any groups or individuals interested in discussing how we can sustain non-payment as part of our campaign, as least up until the election when any new government has a chance to abolish water charges to contact us at 0863122784. We will be happy to meet on this issue to begin a deeper debate on how we can work together on this.”Members of Right2Water in Donegal will also be attending a meeting in The Teachers Club , Dublin on the 10th of Jan organized by Paul Murphy T.D. One of the aims of the meeting is to pull together groups from through-out the state interested in co-operation of non-payment groups.Right2Water say they will also be organising local meetings over the next few weeks , and a protest in Letterkenny on Jan 31st to concide with the Water Charge registration deadline. RIGHT2WATER DONEGAL URGE PUBLIC TO CONTINUE TO RESIST PAYMENT OF CHARGE was last modified: January 2nd, 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)
Steven Gerrard has told Liverpool fans to put their faith in goalkeeper Loris Karius if he has received the backing of manager Jurgen Klopp. “If Jurgen doesn’t think he is capable of bouncing back from that of course he will have to go into the market and get another goalkeeper but Jurgen knows him better than me.“The easy thing to do is put a cross through his name and bin him but you have to remember he took Liverpool to the Champions League final.“He is young so we don’t want to bin a good goalkeeper because he does have the potential to be very good.” Karius’ two mistakes led to two Real Madrid goals in the Champions League final 2 Liverpool have been heavily linked with signing a new goalkeeper this summer after Karius’ Champions League final horror show, where he made two costly mistakes in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.But, reports this week have claimed the Reds have called off their search and will instead stick with the young German as their number one for the forthcoming season.Jurgen Klopp addressed the situation on Thursday and confirmed his backing of the 25-year-old, saying: “From my side everything is fine. We don’t think about that anymore and we start completely new.”READ MORE: ‘It’s the right decision to keep Karius’, says former Liverpool goalkeeper David JamesKarius’ performance in Kiev was the final straw for many fans, who have urged the club to sort out the goalkeeper problems once and for all this summer.But Gerrard says if the Reds manager trusts Karius, they should too.“Karius, to be fair to him, was getting stronger and stronger as the season when on,” the new 38-year-old Rangers manager told Press Association Sport.“I think the key is does Jurgen think he has the mental strength to bounce back?“Is he capable of parking that up, moving on and drawing from the experience? 2
First-year coach Chris Chutikorn leads a Cerritos team that has been the standard in the Suburban League for years. The Dons are led by sophomore Vijan De Los Reyes at No. 1 singles and the senior doubles team of Rachel Snyder and Sharon Kwak. “We’re aiming for the third round of CIF,” said Chutikorn. “I’m trying to keep the team on point without getting lazy.” … Mayfair has an experienced team, including seniors Melissa Freeland and Van Ngyuen at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Kelly Choi and Melissa Coxsen. First-year coach Robert Giuffre has put together a tough nonleague schedule and hopes it will pay off once league play begins. “We probably have a chance for second place (in league),” he said. … At Glenn, seniors Crystle Pleyto and Lizzette Ruezga make up the No. 1 doubles team for coach Mimi Stewart and senior Rosie Contreras returns at singles. Freshman Jasmine Hodges will play doubles. … Sophomore No. 1 singles player Jennifer Cabrera is back for her second varsity season at La Mirada. Juniors Cristina Sanchez and Jada Samala make up the No. 1 doubles team for coach Noemi Cervantes. … Senior Sonia Gutierrez will play No. 1 singles for first-year coach Jesus De La Torre at Norwalk. Two more seniors, Kristee Tinio and Bryana Montoya, are the Lancers’ top doubles team. “We depend on them a lot,” said De La Torre. SAN GABRIEL VALLEY LEAGUE Coach Teri Dugan has experience at doubles for defending league champion Lynwood. Seniors Leonela Serrato, Jenny Ozido, Janett Nolasco and Jeannette Reynaga are all seniors. … At Downey, junior Ann Kim will play No. 1 singles for coach Denise Diego. Junior Monica Martin and senior Diana Salazar are the No. 1 doubles team. … Gahr coach Martin Henry feels seven returning seniors can help the Gladiators improve on last season’s second-place finish. Defending SGVL doubles champions Karina Vega and Susan Lin are back as are Karla Vega and My Hoang, who finished third. “They’re flat-out good,” said Henry. Also back is senior No. 1 singles player Mallory Wang. … Paramount is led by the senior doubles team of Michelle Ronquilio and Lisa Leal and senior Belsy Cortez at No. 1 singles. “We’re not doing too bad,” said coach Curtis Mu. “We’ve got a brand new bunch.” … Two-time defending SGVL singles champ Katerina Vivirito is back for her senior campaign at Warren. She’s joined by seniors Ronni Yoon and Stephanie Padilla at No. 1 doubles. “We might surprise some people,” said coach Mary Starksen. SUNSET LEAGUE Los Alamitos coach Debbie Fleming feels she has the mixture of experience and youth to claim a third consecutive league title. “My whole team is strong,” she said. Leading the way is senior captain Brandy Andrews at No. 1 singles. She is joined in singles by junior Grace Lee and sophomore Alyssa Nafarrete. At No. 1 doubles are sophomore Katie Moore and junior Jocelyn Liu. “They should be very dominant in the Sunset League,” Fleming said. ACADEMY LEAGUE Whitney returns senior Andrea Vo at No. 1 singles and junior Jessica Tse at No. 2 as well as the No. 1 doubles team of Janice Park and Amanda Shen. “Our goal is to make the playoffs,” said second-year coach Wes Williams. SERRA LEAGUE Coach George Bialecki feels a playoff berth is not out of the question in a league that features powerhouse Mater Dei. The Jesters are led by seniors Justine Abella and Cynthia Manuel in singles and the doubles team of Diane Poissant and Linda Moore. ALPHA LEAGUE Valley Christian will be led by junior Cristina Stavro at No. 1 singles. “She improved a ton over the summer,” said coach Allison Fieldhouse. The Crusaders also have seniors Kim Robison and Erin Halma at No. 1 doubles. MARINE LEAGUE As usual, Carson is the team to beat. Coach Gordon Emi has two strong doubles teams in Tisha Sutphin-Sheila Pacleb and J’Aimee Mission-Teresa Macias. Freshmen Eleonor Fernandez and Cecilia Raymundo will play singles. … At Banning, seniors Jasmin Morales, Edme Nunez and Cynthia Espinoza return for coach Dan Castillo, as does sophomore Nancy Melgoza. The Pilots finished fifth a year ago and Castillo hopes for more this season. “(We’ll finish) fourth easily,” he said. “We’re hoping to finish third.” … First-year coach Gary Dunn leads a Narbonne squad that returns seniors Natalie Guardado and Denise Sun in singles and the senior duo of Tina Noda and Colleen Martin at No. 1 doubles. EASTERN LEAGUE Senior Sandra Madrid will play No. 1 singles for Huntington Park. Coach Bob Zavala’s top doubles team is Rose Mary Ibarra and Perla Munoz. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Competitive. That’s how nearly every girls tennis coach in the Moore League is describing the play so far this year, both in team competition and between individual players. Wilson is the defending league champion and returns the 2004 singles champ, junior Jovanna Sangria. But the Bruins were topped recently by Lakewood in a match that was determined by games won. And the Lancers have a potential league champ of their own in freshman Stacey Tan. “The talent is spreading throughout the league,” said Lancers coach Lisa Busch, “which is nice.” Here’s a closer look at the area’s teams: MOORE LEAGUE In addition to Sangria, Wilson returns sophomores Madeline Segura and Nicole Tigas. There is also freshman Jillian Sangria, Jovanna’s younger sister. “She’s an up-and-comer,” McBride said of Jillian. “She’s going to be one to watch.” … Poly coach Ricardo Montecinos has freshman Monica Rodriguez playing No. 1 singles. The Jackrabbits return seniors Camille Rye, Debbie Gaiz and Margaret Ivanov and juniors Sydnee Collins and Allison Desfor. Freshman Katie Campbell is playing doubles. … Lakewood has another talented freshman in singles player Summer Beaird. … Millikan is led by freshman Mimi Nguyen at No. 1 singles, junior Kim Stern and the No. 1 doubles team of senior Sara Long and junior Shannon Diaz. “I’ve heard there are a lot of incoming freshmen that are really good,” said third-year coach Bernie Barretta. … At Cabrillo, coach Karen Rodgers is counting on senior Courtney Petero who only picked up the game when she got to high school at No. 1 singles and sisters Elleniezell and Michell Namuco at No.1 doubles. “(Petero) has come a long way,” Rodgers said. “She’s our home-grown prodigy.” … First-year coach Bill Ellis hopes Jordan can battle for a playoff berth with No. 1 singles player Sara Candee and doubles players Jenny Tran and Jessica Ek. “If we can pull off fourth place, that would be very good,” said Ellis, “but I don’t see why we can’t get third if the girls play up to their potential.” SUBURBAN LEAGUE “(The Moore League) is going to be really fun,” said Wilson coach Keri McBride. “It will be a great season as far as competition.” In addition to Tan, Lakewood returns its entire varsity lineup from a year ago, including All-Moore League sisters Krista and Bree Acosta and the doubles team of Lily Roble and Amy Chen.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Vanessa Kavan has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, the organization announced Thursday. The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The Drake University women’s soccer team travels to Springfield, Mo., on Friday for its MVC Tournament semifinal showdown against Loyola. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Click here for a preview of the match. Print Friendly Version Kavan is one of 11 honorees from District Six, comprised of 11 states. She touts a 4.00 GPA as a marketing major. Kavan was honored as the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Sept. 26, and she collected the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award on Oct. 30. Last year, Kavan was selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, in addition to earning All-MVC Second Team honors for her performance on the field. On the field, Kavan has contributed two goals and a team-best three assists this season. She has played a major role in helping Drake’s defense allow just 1.00 goals per game, second-best in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Donegal band The Goats Don’t Shave and enjoyed incredible success over the years and their new single shows they still have what it takes.It is dedicated to the memory of Glasgow boxer Benny Lynch with Pat Gallagher proving why he is considered one of the best songwriters this county has ever produced. The song tells the tale of Benny Lynch whose life went from rags to riches to rags, the song outlines how Lynch fought his way out of the tough streets of the Gorbals in Glasgow to become a world champion.He was a hero to the people of Glasgow and to Scotland and was considered by Ringside magazine to be the greatest fighter Scotland has ever produced.However Lynch’s biggest demon didn’t wear gloves and due to his excessive drinking lifestyle Lynch’s career was over at 25. He battled alcoholism for years he until he died at the tender age of 33 from malnutrition.Pat Gallagher and the Goats have beautifully penned a song about a man who had the world at his feet and lost it all.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEFLyBD2Hk4DDTV – GOATS DON’T SHAVE SHOW THEY CAN STILL PACK A PUNCH WITH FANTASTIC NEW SONG was last modified: September 3rd, 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:33AlcoholismBeautiful balladBenny LynchBOXERDIEDEntertainmentFeaturesGlasgowGoats Dont ShavenewsPat GallagherSportTragic taleworld champion
Gardai in Burnfoot have arrested a motorist who was found to be under the influence of drugs. Gardai with the Buncrana Road Policing Unit were carrying out mandatory intoxicant tests (MIT) at a checkpoint in Burnfoot yesterday when the motorist was caught.The drugs test returned a positive result for cannabis in their system and the driver was subsequently arrested. They also incurred a fine for having excessively worn tyres. Road Policing Buncrana – Driver arrested at MIT Checkpoint Burnfoot Donegal. Result Positive for drugs. Also FCPN issued for 2 front tyres excessively worn pic.twitter.com/PMRqLNkK7N— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) May 21, 2018 Gardai arrest driver who tested positive for cannabis was last modified: May 21st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)