first_imgDear Editor,President David Granger is reported as saying that, “…Government plans to embark on a global search for the best qualified personnel to staff the proposed department of energy (DoE)”. This, on the surface, seems to be a rational and well-considered statement by the President. Furthermore, it is difficult to argue with what the President is saying, as we should seek always to employ the ‘best qualified personnel’ to ensure our interests are sufficiently represented and our people and country are safeguarded. What is befuddling, however, is that the Administration, knowingly if one goes by what President Granger said, hadn’t the best skills but chose nevertheless to engage a mammoth corporation as Exxon and its partners in reaching agreement on the extraction of our new-found petroleum resources. Without a doubt, the absence of the right skills has caused the agreement inked with Exxon and its associates to be widely panned and as we saw recently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in diplomatic language, expressing its concern. It seems the Government has adopted a putting the cart before the horse approach to governance which has seen it committing folly after folly. Nevertheless, I indeed hope that the best possible skills, barring cronyism and nepotism, could be employed, but I will not hold my breath on this.Yours faithfully,Liebert Alleynelast_img read more

first_imgPrimary health care providers, of 28 health facilities across Region Six, were involved in a four-day training programme which would equip them with the requisite knowledge for the development of a user-friendly manual.The new manual, when completed, will outline the management of health facilities, office procedures and standards, which must be adhered to. It will eliminate all existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), that contradict or come into conflict with the proper delivery of health care.Health Minister Volda Lawrence along with PAHO/WHO Country Representative, Dr William Adu-Krow pose with the graduates of User Friendly Manual Development training programmeInstead of having each health centre or health post in the region, operating under varying SOPs, the user-friendly manual will provide universal guidelines to all facilities. As such, persons would be able to visit any of the region’s health facilities and access the same standard of healthcare.A simple graduation ceremony was held at the Japanese Hall, St Francis Developers, Rose Hall, Corentyne, Region Six. Guest speaker, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence urged the graduates to be cognisant of the magnitude of the manual which is to be compiled.The minister described Region Six as leaders for having realised a programme that will serve as a pilot for the improvement of primary health care in all other regions. “You are pacesetters and I want to say this to you. Don’t believe that you just do this and then you return to your health centre and that’s it. You may be called upon to go to Region Five and help a health centre to put theirs (manual) together or go to Region Eight or Three because you are the core group”.According to the minister, the administration’s plan to implement this system, is another shrewd move by the Public Health Ministry to bridge the gaps of inequality of healthcare among the ten administrative regions.“You have begun that race. The race that will see us having that unique and uniformed service throughout the various facilities and as we start with the clinics, then we will have to take it to the hospitals,” Minister Lawrence explained. She added that crafting of such a manual means that health service throughout the region and by later extension, the country, must reflect quality.The ministry’s Focal Point Coordinator in Region Six, Alex Foster said that following his appointment, he along with Region Six health representatives realised the necessity for this tool after conducting visits to health posts and centres throughout the region.Another major feature of the manual is the detailing of an emergency evacuation plan that caters to the particular needs of each facility.last_img read more

first_img…calls for multi-stakeholder approach to ongoing issueGiven the recent release of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services’ seventh report, which points to several social ills that continue to plague several communities in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Chairman Devanand Ramdatt is calling for a multi-stakeholder approach to addressing these ongoing issues.One of the most burning issues that were highlighted in the report is the fact that truancy remained a major issue. Ramdatt said having recognised that a number of students were not attending school regularly, the RDC had called for a stakeholder approach to address truancy, from the level of the RDC.Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt“We recommended that the Department of Education through its welfare section, that officers engage the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs)…and have outreaches with parents and to have consultation to encourage them to send their children to school,” he explained.Beyond that, Ramdatt explained that there were certain targeted communities that he believed required more attention than others, such as Charity, Lima Sands and Red Village. He said in any ideal situation, more social workers and welfare officers were needed to assist with these societal issues.“But in the short term, I think based on these outreaches, when reports come in, we will have a better understanding as to what are the factors creating a situation that students cannot attend school and more so why they are not attending school regularly,” he explained.An observation made by the Regional Chairman is the fact that several families are now returning from Venezuela and their children are also coming with them. Therefore, there is an immediate need to have them get birth certificates which will assist them in getting registered with local schools.“My suggestion to the Department of Education is they can bring the social protection and child protection officers…These officers need to engage more families and have a clearer understanding as to what the situation is and how and why is it that these children are not going to school because most of these schools are there, so transportation may not be one of the major factors,” he added.The regional official noted also that the aim is to work along with parents and to see whatever support they require and try as best as possible to find solutions to these major concerns.Ramdatt said he had formally mentioned this in the presence of a regional education officer at the last statutory meeting of the RDC. The clerk is expected to follow up with these matters.“So the decision was concertised 13th March since then we haven’t had a meeting to have the status,” he said.A perusal of the 2018 Budget estimates reveals that under the heading “Educational delivery”, monies were only set aside for “Buildings”. A sum of $172.8 million was allocated for school provisions, sanitary blocks, and retention payments.In its recommendations, the Committee urged that Counsellors be made available to all the schools. In addition, it was recommended that the welfare officers lobby for the protection of abused children.And since there were complaints of children from far-flung areas not having anything to eat, the Committee recommended that all the schools be made beneficiaries of the Government’s feeding programme.“The school should have in-house staff – secretary, typist and accounts clerk – so that teachers can concentrate on their jobs – teaching. The school (in fact) should have more teachers. The school should have separate room and washroom facilities for teachers,” the Committee added.The Committee also recommended that the Police investigate reports of persons selling drugs and alcohol to schoolchildren. It also advised that a bus be assigned to Charity school to transport children.According to the Committee, the school should have a parking lot for teachers’ vehicles and much-needed upgrades to the classrooms and the provision of essential supplies. It was also recommended that space be made to house an additional 180 students.The Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services is chaired by Dr Vindhya Persaud; the other Opposition Members of Parliament on the Committee are Alister Charlie, Vishwa Mahadeo and Indranie Chandarpal with sitting Government Ministers Raphael Trotman, Valerie Patterson, Dr Karen Cummings and Valerie Garrido-Lowe among the other members.last_img read more

first_imgBut Suarez broke down the Italians’ determined back-line with a stunning volley just before the hour and then finished off a weaving Messi run in the 84th minute to complete a pulsating 2-1 win.Inter had never beaten Barcelona away from home in the Champions League but were the better side for long spells, particularly in the first half when they should have added to their one-goal lead.Instead, Barca’s deadly duo came up trumps again, Suarez breaking through just as the hosts looked to be running out of ideas before Messi, back from injury, teed up his partner for the decisive second.Inter play Juventus at home on Sunday, sitting top of Serie A after winning all of their six games so far and on this evidence, they could go far in Europe too.Barcelona will be wary of the return fixture at the San Siro in December, which could yet decide who wins this group.For Ernesto Valverde’s team, a hard-fought victory, combined with Messi’s return, will come as a welcome boost to morale and momentum after consecutive victories in La Liga steadied the ship following a bumpy start.While they had their star striker back for only his second start of the season, Inter were without theirs, Romelu Lukaku ruled out with a thigh strain.The first half was an engrossing battle of control against counter-attack as Barcelona had 67 per cent of the ball but Inter more of the clear-cut chances.The pattern was set by Inter scoring early, after 122 seconds, as Gerard Pique was pulled out of position and Martinez sprinted into the gap, holding off Clement Lenglet before finishing inside the far post.For half an hour, Barcelona played well, switching the ball from one side to the other in an attempt to dislodge the dogged Inter defence.But the threat of their opponents on the break was always lurking and as the half wore on, Inter looked increasingly likely to grab a second.Antonio Candreva scored but was ruled offside, Nicolo Barella would have but Nelson Semedo made a last-ditch block while Martinez and Alexis Sanchez both went close, the former drawing an excellent save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.– Whistles in stands –By the end, Barca were relieved to reach half-time, even if the whistle on the pitch was greeted by a scattering of whistles in the stands too.Arturo Vidal replaced Sergio Busquets before the hour and made a difference, meeting an Antoine Griezmann cut-back before feeding Suarez for the equaliser.Suarez still had a lot to do when the clipped ball came over to him on the edge of the box but the Uruguayan caught it perfectly in the air with his right foot and sent it flying into the net.Barca wanted a winner. Vidal found Messi, who slid in Griezmann but he could only find the side-netting. Griezmann was replaced by Ousmane Dembele, who fired over.The game looked to be drifting towards a draw until Messi intervened. Collecting the ball on the right, he span around one defender, then jinked inside another before passing to Suarez, whose first touch pushed the ball perfectly into the area. From there, the finish was simple.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona forward Luis Suarez celebrates his second goal © AFP / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Oct 3 – Luis Suarez scored a scintillating double and the returning Lionel Messi set up the winner as Barcelona came from behind to beat Inter Milan in a thrilling contest at Camp Nou on Wednesday.Lautaro Martinez fired Inter ahead after just two minutes and Antonio Conte’s side, mean in defence and ruthless on the break, looked capable of pulling off an historic victory in Group F.last_img read more

first_imgAn appeal has been launched to locate the owner of this dog , who was found in the Lismonaghan area of Letterkenny.The dog was found yesterday in the Maples area of Lismonaghan.If you know who owns this dog please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Donegal Daily by emailing or send us a message on our Facebook page. Do you know who owns this dog? was last modified: April 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:found dogletterkennylismonaghanMISSING DOGlast_img read more

first_img1 Watch the luckless fan below… With the closing of White Hart Lane, Tottenham were offering season ticket holders the chance to buy their seat for £50.That is a lot of money, even for a memento of the historic north London stadium – and not everyone was willing to splash the cash on a piece of plastic.The fan in the video below was one of these people.Not ready to spend the money, he tried to take his seat from the Lane by force – but failed miserably.For over two minutes he was filmed doing all he could to remove the seat, without achieving anything.There is no knowing whether he got his prize at the end of the legendary battle, but, for his sake, we sure hope he did…Check out the video below…center_img This Spurs fan *REALLY* wanted to take a White Hart Lane seat home with him after Tottenham v Man United!If at 1st you don’t succeed…😂— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) May 15, 2017// read more

first_imgA 3k charity walk/run in memory of a young Letterkenny man who lost his life in a car crash takes place tonight.Shaun Graham was one of two young men who perished in a car crash in Rathmullan last year.The Shaun Graham Memorial 3k walk/run takes place tonight with a large crowd expected to honour the popular young man. CHARITY WALK/RUN IN MEMORY OF TRAGIC YOUNG LETTERKENNY MAN TAKES PLACE TONIGHT was last modified: September 9th, 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:donegalletterkennyMemorial runShaun Grahamlast_img read more

first_imgNaomh Padraig Uisce Chaoin NotesResults:Congratulations to the U14s and U16s on good wins over Burt in Ture at the weekend. Next for the U14s an away game to Carndonagh on Wednesday evening and next for the U16s an away game to Carndonagh. See the Facebook page for details.Seniors had a 1 point defeat away to Robert Emmet’s in a hard fought league game on Saturday evening. Final score 1-8 to 1-7. Seniors next fixture Away to Convoy on April 23rd, check out the Naomh Padraig facebook page for further details.Training:Under 8s every Friday in Ture from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. New boys and girls always welcome.Under 10s every Monday in Ture from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. For more info on these age groups contact Daniel on 0862072745 or Brendan on 0879946703.Under 12 boys training is every Sunday in Ture pitch at 12.45pm to 2pm. Children can be left down after mass as coaches will be there from 12.15pm , €2 for training, all new faces welcome.Under 14 training every Thursday evening in Ture from 6pm to 7.30pm.The Minors and U-16s. For anyone interested in playing this year they can contact Daniel on 0862072745 or Billy on 0879294352 new players always welcome.Camogie:Training in Ture on Thursdays 6-7pm. Girls from 6 years upwards welcome.Concert:Our Annual Charity Childrens Concert is in Clubhouse Ture on Friday 6th.May at 7pm.All proceeds on the night to the Children’s Ward Letterkenny Hospital.Any child that wants to sing, dance, recite, or play an instrument please contact Eileen on  086 8720734.Fixtures:Northern Board Div 1 Quarter Final Monday 18th April 2016Naomh Padraig Uisce Chaoin V Naomh Mhuire Convoy @ 6.45pm TUREU8 Buncrana V Naomh Padraig @ 11am Saturday 23rd April BUNCRANAU10 Naomh Padraig V Buncrana @ 11am Saturday 23rd April TUREInishowen Minor Final Sunday 24th April 2016Naomh Padraig Uisce Chaoin V Moville @6.30 in Connolly Park MALIN Lotto Numbers 11/4/161,7,6,4,5,3,23 winners of €35Con Logue Greenbank Quigleys PointIta Donohoe C/O The Pig MuffEugene McGeoghan C/O The Carmans TureNext Week’s Jackpot €1150Registration:Reminder to any players who have not paid their membership/insurance money please contact the club registrar as soon as possible. Forms are available in the Club house or from coaches.Club Gear:There is a limited stock of some club gear and Club Donegal gear available in the clubhouse,Please contact Dermot on 0879978968 for availabilityAs always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook, Twitter, Club APP and through the website on www.naomhpadraig.comFocal Deireanach:Many thanks to everyone who supported the Coffee Morning for Cystic Fibrosis in the clubhouse on Friday morning, and well done to all involved in organising this great event.Ní Neart go chur le Chéile!GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG U14s AND U16s HAVE WINS OVER BURT was last modified: April 18th, 2016 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)last_img read more

first_imgEddie Tobin is the proprietor of Tobin’s Service Station in Letterkenny.Eddie (pictured above with his wife Annette) was recently named Business Person of the Year for 2016 by Letterkenny Chamber.Tobin’s Service Station is well known for fantastic service, great food, and friendly staff. Nationally and locally, Tobin’s Service Station has won countless awards, having recently won gold for Hygiene & Food Safety and several Topaz awards. This is Eddie’s Donegal…(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?My favourite place is Fanad, birthplace of my mum Mary (nee McAteer). We go here as often as we can. Beauty, peace, tranquility, Fanad has it all. With the opening of Fanad lighthouse to the public more and more people will come visit and see for themselves the beauty of Fanad. (2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The road infrastructure. The poor road network is a detriment to people visiting, companies locating in our county with my own town of Letterkenny being an absolute bottleneck, traffic disaster, the new link road over Swilly should have been done in Celtic tiger days.(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I can’t name one person but I have great admiration for the unsung heroes locally like my first Ballyraine soccer manager Andy O Boyle who spent (and still spends) his lifetime working for the youth in the county, fundraising for Donegal Hospice etc.Another is Seamus Devine who also puts immense effort into our youth and fundraising for Relay for Life and others. These and others like them go through life giving greatly to their local communities without ever seeking personal recognition or gain.(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?My wife Annette is a Dungloe woman so I will be careful here. We met Packie in shop in Lanzarote last year while on holidays. Even though he was on hols himself he was happy to spend time and stand and get photos taken with kids in our party (3 families together). A Donegal legend and a gentleman.I remember also a night many years ago when Daniel was in for fuel late one night and his driver put petrol in their diesel car in error. Daniel was rushing to get to a wake in Letterkenny but did not get one bit flustered or upset and was a gentleman to all on our site while he waited for another car to come collect him.(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?All Ireland 2012. I thought being lucky enough to be at Croke park in 1992 that I may never see another Donegal all Ireland win, this one being even more special as Annette and our 3 children Patrick, Kieran and Alisha were all at the game with us to experience it.(6) What was Donegal’s saddest moment?Clonmany road tragedy. (7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Football special. As a child going to sports day at the Fanad festival we looked forward to the rare treat of a bottle of Football special.(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?The current Irish soccer captain Seamus Coleman epitomizes all that is good about Donegal people. He is a leader, modest, has grafted for all he has achieved, and comes across as an absolute gentleman No airs and graces.. Please God Ireland will qualify for next world cup in Russia and he will lead our Natonal team on the world stage.(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Hard one this but I would say Jim McGettigan. He started as a maitre d on the Queen Elizabeth liner and now leads a worldwide hospitality empire.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?My all time favourite is still competing at the top level. Best player in the country, works selflessly for the team, modest and a gentleman, can’t look past Michael Murphy. (11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Being a Letterkenny man I can’t look beyond my home town. Hard to beat Arena 7 for a steak and service second to none. Station House also provides superb food and service. Letterkenny is blessed with quality eating places.(12) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?I will go for golden eagles. In business I have come across quite a few sharks so no great love for them!(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Jesus it would founder you outside. Unfortunately with our climate this is said quite often.My least favourite is “the aul man” especially since I heard my son on the end of the phone telling his friends his “aul man” was coming to collect him.(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Mental health is still a major issue in our county and one which could not have enough time and resourses spent on it.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?I had a burger at last year’s Mary from Dungloe festival, from Ballyholey farm angus beef, it will take some beating.(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?I love Donegal and could not imagine living anywhere else. Nothing annoys me about Donegal people, now the Dubs… Stephen Maguire will probably edit that out!(17) If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?A million would not even start to look at the road / bridge needed in Letterkenny so I think it would have to be on an all weather sports facility (4g) that would enable us to further develop our youth all year round. Donegal is sadly behind other counties in having a top standard facility.(18) What’s the most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur?We are immensely proud of our business and find it rewarding when our business and staff are recognised both loacally and also in National awards, most notably the overall Nation Q Mark Award for Hygiene and Food Safety in 2015.(19) Is there anything to gave you the get-up-and-go to become an entrepreneur?My late father Pat put his heart and soul into starting and developing Tobin’s Service Station. Sadly he passed away in 1999 at only 67 years of age. His commitment to business and customer service gave me the incentive to carry on his legacy and do the best we can with the business he had started from a green field with my mother Mary.(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? We have a beautiful county and an awful lot of great people in it. There is so much to be proud of in Donegal.My Donegal… with entrepreneur Eddie Tobin was last modified: November 20th, 2016 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)last_img read more

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has ruled out a return to the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.The singer recently met with a producer from the show and she mentioned that he might want to do the Christmas Special.But Daniel told her “Do you want me to die on the spot?” Daniel was speaking on the Lorraine Show on UTV today.He told guest presenter Christine Lampard that doing the show was both the best and worst experiences of his life.He said “I would say to anybody that is asked to do it. I’ve been on stage all my life and yet on ‘Strictly’ I was just reduced to jelly every night.“When I watch it and think ‘These people have to walk down the steps now’. When I hear the song that we had to dance to on airplanes and in supermarkets I just stop when I hear it.” Daniel says he still keep in touch with other celebrities who appeared on the show with him.“We still have the What’s App group. We still have messages now and again. That was the greatest part for me – the people that I met and that includes the people backstage and the make-up people. It was just a great experience.“It was like the great escape. Usain Bolt and Mo Farah would not run as fast,” he laughed. Daniel – ‘I’d die if I had to do ‘Strictly’ again’! was last modified: October 23rd, 2019 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more