CONCACAF opens New Kingston office

first_imgThe Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has opened a new regional office in at the Courtleigh Corporate Centre, in New Kingston, as part of what it says is its effort to accelerate football development throughout the Caribbean. CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani was the special guest at the official opening of the office on Wednesday night and he described the move as a landmark for the entire region. “This is a milestone for the confederation and its 41-member associations. With the completion of the office, we take an important step towards accomplishing our ‘One CONCACAF’ vision to further invest in football and achieve prosperity in the game,” he said. The “One CONCACAF” initiative was conceived by its president Victor Montagliani, with the aim of setting up a financial assistance programme to aid the development of football in these member associations. It will see a pay out of US$125,000 to each on a yearly basis. The office will be headed by Horace Reid who will now serve in the role of CONCACAF Caribbean Football Director and Montagliani said that Reid was the best choice for the role. “There’s no doubt of Jamaica’s pedigree in CONCACAF, not just in the Caribbean,” Montagliani said. “There have been offices here in the past, not from a CONCACAF perspective but from a Caribbean perspective. I thought it was important that we establish roots here and Horace was the obvious choice with his pedigree as an administrator in the global game, not just the Caribbean region. So to build a team around him, to service our members in the Caribbean and to push our One CONCACAF platform forward as it relates to development and the operation of the competitions, it was just an obvious choice.” Reid said that he is not in the role for special recognition or praise, and described himself as just another member of the office when it opens its door for business. “I’m just one of the vehicles,” he said. “I’m not here to position myself as the leader of the vehicle. I’m just a member of the vehicle – a member of the team that is trying to elevate the football across the region …” CONCACAF’s 41-member associations are broken down into three from North America, seven from Central America and 31 from the Caribbean. CONCACAF is headquartered in Miami, Florida but also has another regional office in Guatemala to oversee its affairs in Central America. BEST CHOICElast_img read more

Phoenix rookie Perkins thinks he can matchup with PBA giants Fajardo, Slaughter

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Turns out, Perkins didn’t really need the extra attention as Phoenix had its eyes on him, picking him fourth overall.The 25-year-old is just grateful for the chance of a lifetime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’m really happy, I’ve been working hard for this for a really long time so finally making it, it’s like a big weight off my back. I’m so happy and thankful to be here,” he said.Perkins falls under the classification of undersized big men in the PBA. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jason Perkins was picked fourth by Phoenix in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe 2017 PBA Rookie Draft has been a long time coming for Jason Perkins, and on Sunday, he finally became and official PBA player while wearing a barong tagalog.“I’ve been working pretty hard at the gym so I feel like I needed to wear something that shows my curves,” he joked as he stood out among the 43 aspirants, who attended the annual draft selection at Robinsons Place Manila.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set But what he lacks in height, he makes up for with his effort, and that’s exactly what coach Louie Alas and the Fuel Masters will get from the former La Salle star.“I enjoy physical game play so I’m willing to sacrifice my body, do whatever I can for the team. I believe I’m pretty good at setting screens as well and I’m a good teammate so I’ll do whatever the guys need me to do, the dirty work or anything, I’ll do it,” said Perkins, who is also welcoming the challenge of defending bigger guys like four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and 7-foot Greg Slaughter“I think I can match up them,” he said confidently. “I haven’t played against them before but I’ll try my best, that’s all I can do. Control what I can control. I’m excited to play against them to see where I’m at.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Unheralded guard Geronimo fulfills PBA dreams, gets drafted Kialast_img read more

AICOL ‘Setting Standards for Insurance Agents’

first_imgIn an effort to set a standard for insurance agents and to develop an efficient sales organization in Liberia, the African Insurance Corporation of Liberia (AICOL) last Saturday graduated 46 youthful insurance agents.The agents were trained in fundamental of basics insurance policy with emphasis on life insurance and consultative selling to clients.Making brief remarks at the program, the president and chief executive officer of AICOL, Collins F. Siafa urged the newly trained agents to always strive to present their company’s products and services as relevant to clients who will then realize the need for same.Mr. Siafa told the graduates that the growth of AICOL depends on their performances as agents, which will make their clients realize the benefits that the insurance company provides.He further said that the job (insurance agent) is not an easy job and as requires commitment of individuals who are business minded.The AICOL boss advised them to continually improve their communication skills, advertisement and demonstrate as a business agent.“This training you people received today is to go out there to solve many of the problems that businesses and individuals are faced with.” He said.For his part, Jefferson Bates, a professional sales trainer hired by the company, said the primary goal of AICOL is to offer skills training for sale agents, the first Liberian insurance company to do so.Mr. Bates said AICOL wants to set a standard in the insurance industry. “Training agents is part of a vision set forth by Mr. Siafa, CEO of the company, who felt the need for us to develop an efficient sales organization at AICOL.”AICOL, he said is a Liberian company that is here to offer affordable insurance policies to its people.He noted that during the heat of the Ebola crrisis, lots of people lost their lives, homes and livelihoods.Based on that, we thought it wise to train agents that will go out there to educate the people on the importance of insurance and its benefits.“We believe that developing a skillful force will be critical and will meet the need of the people and AICOL will set the standard for all insurance industries that are operating in the country,” said Bates.Though there are many insurance companies in Liberia but AICOL is here to make them improve the lives of people because we are a Liberian company, he added.The African Insurance Corporation of Liberia (AICOL) commenced business in 2001 as a composite insurer to transact the business of Life and General Insurance (Including Special Risks).The company quickly established a reputation for exceptional competence in the delivery of services as well as product innovation. With a modest capital base, highly qualified professionals and deployment of modern marketing strategy, speed and efficiency, AICOL has become a major competitor in the insurance industry and also the preferred insurer for individuals and corporate clients seeking premium insurance and related financial services.The mission of AICOL is to protect individuals against economic loss; providing solutions and peace of mind and taking the lead in educating, developing, designing and marketing insurance and risk management services that meet the needs of clients.They are a profitable company, known for its integrity, based on the goals of long-term growth and profitability for the benefit of our clients, shareholders, employees and the community as well as creating a positive working environment, which promotes job satisfaction, personal growth and opportunity to share in the prosperity of the company.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kitty roundabout on schedule for June completion

first_img…as several roads closed for commencement of 2nd phaseOngoing construction works at the Kitty seawall roundabout – the first of its kind in Guyana – is 35 per cent complete, putting the project ahead of schedule for its June 2018 deadline.This is according to Project Engineer, Sherod Parkinson, who said the Public Infrastructure Ministry and the contractor, S Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction Services, are taking all necessary steps to ensure that the projectWorks are in full swing at the Kitty roundabout projectprogresses smoothly.On Friday, another phase of the project kicked off. This phase required the closure of sections of the roadway to facilitate works. Among the works currently underway are the construction of the circulatory lanes, truck apron, and central island.Meanwhile, the Ministry is working along with the Guyana Police Force to minimise traffic disruptions. As a result, several roads around the area have been closed to vehicular traffic.These include: Carifesta Avenue heading East; Kitty Public Road heading West to Carifesta Avenue, and JB Singh Road heading North to Rupert Craig Highway.Alternative roadways have been earmarked and drivers are advised to use these roads during this time. These are: the Seawall road; the bypass road connectingTraffic is currently being diverted along the JB Singh Road as the Kitty Roundabout enters another phase towards its completionJB Singh Road and Carifesta Avenue, and the bypass road connecting Kitty Public Road and Vlissengen Road.Further, ccommuters heading North along JB Singh Road who are desirous of heading to the East Coast can detour at David Street.The closures will be until further notice. This phase of works is expected to conclude in six to eight weeks.Works on the Kitty roundabout began earlier this year after Cabinet gave its ‘no objection’ to the award of the $78.9 million contract to the construction company. Minister of State Joseph Harmon had said at a post Cabinet press briefing back in January that preliminary works were done in preparation of construction.The decision to construct a roundabout at this busy junction was made after a sinkhole had formed nearby.The roundabout will reduce waiting and stoppage time for motorists heading to the East Coast of Demerara and those using Carifesta Avenue, Vlissengen Road, and the Kitty Public Road.When completed, the flow of traffic in the area is expected to significantly improve since vehicles heading to the East Coast of Demerara and those using Carifesta Avenue, Vlissengen Road, and the Kitty Public Road will no longer have to stop and wait on the traffic light.last_img read more

Palmdale powers through a deal

first_img“We’re moving forward,” Hofbauer said. “We’re going to be able to go to the state with our application and say there’s no question about where we’re going. We’ve got the site booked up and there’s no endangered species there.” Hofbauer said city officials met with U.S. Department of Energy officials to discuss the project. Among the officials was Alexander Karsner, assistant secretary of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Hofbauer said the city got positive feedback on the project and received information on possible federal grants involving the proposed solar energy portion of the plant and on possible investment tax credits. “I feel better knowing we won’t have people saying this is pie-in-the-sky,” Hofbauer said. The property is owned by Lockheed Martin Properties, the corporation’s real estate subsidiary, and had been earmarked for development as a possible business park. The Lockheed site is attractive because it’s close to the aerospace companies at Air Force Plant 42 and Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10, which the city envisions as the major users of the power from the plant. The site also has a single owner, simplifying its acquisition. The property was one of four considered by Palmdale as for the power plant. City officials have declined to identify the other three sites. City officials are working with a consultant, Inland Energy Inc., to secure permits to build a 500-megawatt power plant they say would provide the city with reliable, more-affordable energy. It is expected to take about two years and cost as much as $5.5 million to secure those permits. The city plans to seek permits for a plant that would operate two 165-megawatt gas-fired turbines and a steam turbine capable of generating 170 megawatts. The plant would be capable of providing energy for a city of 400,000. It is estimated that constructing such a plant would cost about $300 million. During the two years of seeking permits, city analysts studied various ways to permit the plant to best serve Palmdale’s interests. Possibilities include forming a municipal utility such as those operating in Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank; assigning the permit to a company; or selling the permit outright. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Palmdale officials said Tuesday they have reached terms with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of a site adjacent to Air Force Plant 42 for a future power plant. The two sides reached an agreement regarding the sale of the 640 acres near Sierra Highway and Avenue M. City Manager Steve Williams said he could not immediately disclose the sale price, citing documents that need to be finalized. The City Council will vote March 21 on the transaction. Williams and Councilman Steve Hofbauer, in separate interviews during breaks in a Washington, D.C., lobbying trip, confirmed the agreement on the sale. Hofbauer said a preliminary environmental study has also been conducted on the site and that there are no issues that would stop the project. last_img read more

DEELE COLLEGE WANT TO FRAME PAST PUPILS FOR 50TH CELEBRATIONS

first_imgPupils from Raphoe Vocational School pictured on a school outing in 1985. The school is hoping that former staff and students can unearth many more old photos and pieces of memorabilia ahead of the 50th anniversary celebrations in March.With hundreds of people set to return to their homes in Donegal over Christmas, the organisers of the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations at Raphoe Technical-Vocational School/Deele College, are hoping many will be marking a second return fairly soon!“Christmas is a time when lots of people come back home for a few days and many take the opportunity to meet up with old friends. What we’re hoping now is that when they do meet up people will remember the upcoming celebrations in March and make a date to come home once again,” Deele College Principal Joe Boyle said.Indeed with a special 50th anniversary publication planned for the celebrations (due to take place on the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day – March 13/14), the school is appealing for anyone with old photographs or other school memorabilia to get in touch with them. “Even though people did not have the ready access to cameras we see in these days of camera phones, I’m sure over the fifty years there must be still hundreds of old photographs around from school shows, tours and other events.“The photos are a great way of generating discussion and rekindling memories and we really would love if people would let us scan and return any old photos or other memorabilia they might have.”The celebration weekend will see a number of events at the school including a planned open day and a reunion event.“Over the years the school has developed a fantastic family atmosphere with a great rapport between students and staff and we’re hoping that the celebrations will give people an opportunity to meet up with former school-friends and staff members and reminisce about days gone by.” Further plans for the weekend are set to be unveiled in the New Year, but for now the school is hoping that current and former students and staff members will keep spreading the word so that as many people as possible can be part of the celebrations.“We kicked off the 50th anniversary celebrations in colourful fashion with a fantastic parade to the Diamond in October and in recent weeks the school’s Strictly Come Dancing contest and annual Carol Service carried on the festivities.“Hopefully now we can get as many old photos, stories and other pieces of information gathered up quickly for a publication that local journalists and past-pupils Chris McNulty and Liam Porter have agreed to help us with.”If you have any old photos or information you can send them by e.mail to liam@liamportermedia.com while you can keep up to date with all of the events planned for the school’s 50th Anniversary celebrations on their Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/DeeleCollege50Caption Photo: Old Deele 85Pupils from Raphoe Vocational School pictured on a school outing in 1985. The school is hoping that former staff and students can unearth many more old photos and pieces of memorabilia ahead of the 50th anniversary celebrations in March.DEELE COLLEGE WANT TO FRAME PAST PUPILS FOR 50TH CELEBRATIONS was last modified: December 20th, 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:50th anniversaryCelebrationsdeele collegedonegallast_img read more

MEN ON BALLYBOFEY BRAWL CHARGES FOUND NOT GUILTY

first_imgJudge Paul KellyTWO men accused of assaulting two other men on a night out in Ballybofey have been found not guilty at their trial in Letterkenny.Keith Flynn, who is 29 and from 13 Railway Ave Killygordon and Ciaran White, who is 24 and from Dreenan in Ballybofey denied a January 2011 attack on two local men – Don Moss and David Russell. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday January 6th that year.Defence lawyers accepted that Mr Moss and Mr Russell were attacked, but insisted it was a case of mistaken identity.A Garda officer told the court that his patrol car was flagged down after 3am in Glenfin Street and two men – Mr Moss and Mr Russell – reported they had been assaulted by a group of males and had facial injuries.Their friend – and Mr Moss’s sister-in-law – Linda Doherty said she had witnessed the assault and identified Mr Flynn and Mr White as the assailants.In June 2011 both men were arrested but refused to give statements.Mr Moss told Judge Paul Kelly that he had left a disco at Jacksons with his friend Mr Russell to go to Main Street for food and a taxi.“We were walking up Glenfin Street when a group people walked past us. Words were spoken – someone said something about ‘yous old men shouldn’t be out’,” said Mr Moss.Mr Moss said he backed away, fell to the ground and he was kicked repeatedly in the face, chest and head. He lost consciousness.He didn’t know who his assailants were.Mr Russell said the men who attacked them had said something like: “Boys your age shouldn’t be out at this time of night.”He said he was held whilst Mr Moss was kicked on the ground.Linda Doherty gave extensive evidence and viewed CCTV footage.She said Mr Flynn and Mr White repeatedly kicked and punched Moss.“I screamed at them to stop. I was told to stay out of it; to not get involved,” said Ms Doherty.She said two girls who were with the alleged assailants walked on.“One of them told Davy: ‘I’m going to slit your throat’,” she alleged.“I shouted ‘Please Keith stop this’; they were roaring at him (Mr Flynn) and kicking him in the head.”She was asked if she had had a relationship with Keith Flynn.But she said she knew him ten years and admitted once kissing him saying: “It was just kissing – he was always a gentleman.”She said she had known Ciaran White for around three years.The victims and Ms Doherty said Mr White and Mr Flynn were together on the night when the incident happened.However Mr Flynn and Mr White, backed up by separate witnesses, said they had even been together that night.Mr White said he hadn’t been out that night and had arrived at the scene by car along with friends Michael Lafferty and Derek Robinson.He said he saw people fighting in Glenfin Street, but didn’t know who they were.Mr Flynn told Judge Paul Kelly that he had been in Jacksons with his girlfriend, a friend and his friend’s girlfriend.He said he remembered being accused by Linda Doherty of striking somebody, but he hadn’t and told her she was confused.He said his friend Aaron Neeson got struck in the back of the head and he had gone back to see if he was ok.He said there were 20 people in the area at the time.“There was some sort of scuffle, but I didn’t see anyone getting kicked on the ground. She (Linda) was accusing me of being in a fight.“We had walked up the street and my friend had been struck and we went back to see what happened.”Mr Neeson also gave evidence and largely confirmed what Mr Flynn said.Aileen Holmes – girlfriend of Keith Flynn – told the court: “Linda was roaring at Keith. She was accusing him of hitting somebody. He hadn’t hit anyone. There was a lot of roaring and shouting going on.”Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian argued before the judge that it was clear that two men had been assaulted on the night in question but it was completely unclear as to who had carried out the attack.There were a large number of people leaving Jacksons Disco and the evidence of defence witnesses had made it clear that neither of them were involved.Judge Paul Kelly said there was “a considerable amount of confusion” about what had happened on the night.He said Ms Doherty and Ms Holmes in particular had given what they believed to be clear evidence.“But they both can’t be right,” said the judge.“There were considerable conflicts in the evidence; I have just about sufficient doubt not to proceed to convictions in this matter.”The assault charges were dismissed.MEN ON BALLYBOFEY BRAWL CHARGES FOUND NOT GUILTY was last modified: November 7th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MEN ON BALLYBOFEY BRAWL CHARGES FOUND NOT GUILTYlast_img read more

Computer expert jailed for three years for horrific sex crimes

first_imgA computer expert who spied on children in public toilets using hidden cameras and placed secret cameras in his bathroom to spy on visitors has been jailed.Kieran Griffin showed no emotion as he was sentenced to a total of three years in prison for a range of sexual offences by Judge John Aylmer at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal today. The 57-year-old had pleaded guilty to a range of offences including making child pornography and possessing child pornography.Griffin, a distinctive man who often wore a kilt, had studied computers at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Gardai first became aware of him when he was spotted indulging in lewd behaviour in the toilets of Letterkenny Shopping Centre in Co Donegal on July 8th, 2016.He was using a covert camera wrapped in a newspaper to spy on young boys in the toilets.At the time, was found in possession of two phones, a memory card and a covert pen camera.Gardai then obtained a search warrant was secured and officers raided his home at Cashel, Fanad as they continued their investigation.They seized a number of items including a Sony laptop and other hard-drives as well as a five-page child pornographic story entitled ‘Swimland Beaver Patrol.’All the items were sent for analysis to the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau in Dublin.Garda Detective Stephen McGonagle outlined to the court the contents of the material found on Griffin’s computer.He revealed how the covert camera pen had been placed in Griffin’s bathroom at the home he shared with his elderly mother.The video recordings showed Griffin setting up the camera and then it showed a young woman using the bathroom, including scenes of her naked while showering.Other material found on hard-drives on the laptop seized showed Griffin engaging semi-naked chatting in a sexually explicit manner to boys as young as 14 years old.Garda Detective McGonagle was asked by Judge John Aylmer if he knew where these victims lived or what country they were from.Detective McGonagle said the young boys spoke broken English and he thought they were foreign nationals but that Interpol had not yet traced the victims.He added that he had been told by fellow detectives who specialised in such investigations that it would be “next to impossible” to identify the boys involved.Detectives interviewed Griffin on a number of occasions and he later pleaded guilty of a range of charges including possession of child pornography and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour on dates between 2011 and 2017.The accused man’s brother John took to the witness stand and said the investigation had ripped his family apart but that Griffin was still his brother.“None of us would attempt to condone this in any way,” he said, adding that he had broken the family trust.He added that if his brother went to prison his elderly mother, whom Griffin was now a carer for, would have to go into a care home.“If she has to go into a home I don’t think she’ll survive very long,” he added.The accused man was asked to take the stand and he apologised to his victims and to his family for all he had put them through.He said he could have easily clicked past to the next screen when young boys appeared on the chat room but he chose not to.The court was told that Griffin was a daily church-goer but that he had been fired from his previous job following publicity about his pending court case.A number of reports were handed into court by Griffin’s legal team for Judge John Aylmer to consider before sentencing.His barrister Ciaran O’Rourke said there was no question that the material seized was every distributed to other people or that Griffin had profited from the material.Judge Aylmer released the accused on his own bail for sentence in March so he could consider today’s sentence.Judge Aylmer went through each of a large number of offences committed by Griffin.These included six charges of producing child pornography for which he said the term of imprisonment was six years on each charge.However, he said he placed Griffin’s offences in the mid-range and said these charges merited a term of four years.He further sentenced Griffin for charges of possession of child pornography for 18 months but was reduced to 12 months.Judge Aylmer said there were a number of mitigating factors in Griffin’s favour and these included his early guilty plea and the fact that there was no evidence of profiteering or distribution form the videos he made.He said it was also clear that Griffin had been a hard-working man who had an issue with alcohol and was in need of help with his mental health.He also noted he had been a carer for his late father and was still a carer for his mother and that his time in custody would be another unfortunate consequence of his crimes.He said he would also suspend the last 12 months of the four-year jail sentence on the agreement that Griffin agreed to comply with the probation services and other authorities for two years from when he was released from jail.Griffin was hugged by his brother as he was led away in handcuffs by prison officers.Computer expert jailed for three years for horrific sex crimes was last modified: July 18th, 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 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LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN NOTES

first_imgOfficial Opening & Charity Fun DayEasy Stop Complex, (Formally Parkside Service Station) Trentaboy, Drumkeen invites everyone to their Official opening & charity Fun Day on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May from 2-5pm.This year’s proceeds will go towards Hope International to help bring about a better situation for the people of Romania. Music on the Gig Rig by local artists, Dancing, BBQ, vintage car display and many other attractions on the day. A great afternoon’s entertainment guaranteed so please come along and support this very worthy cause. Youth ClubYouth club leaders for Fri 4th May 7.30-9.30pm Charlie Quinn, John Guthrie.St. Patrick’s NS B.C Embroidery will be available in the school on Friday 22nd June to take orders and payments for new school uniforms. We are missing some Class photos from our display for the years 95-96, 96-97, 97-98, and 98-99. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We are running the clothing collection again until Friday 22nd June. Normal refuge sacks may be used.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 25th Apr 08,14,18,24. No jackpot winner 4 match 3 Nos: €25 each Aidan Mc Gettigan, Drumkeen. Joe Coyle Jnr, Drumkeen. Brian Kerrigan, Mountcharles. Mick Quinn, Churchill. Next weeks jackpot €2925 Tickets from any committee member €2. Go raibh maith agat.Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandBand practice in the hall as usual on Tue @ 7pm Learn to play the flute or drum. New members always welcome. Contact Patrick on 086 2366004 or just turn up on the nightDrumkeen UtdOur 35th Anniversary Free Members draw takes place this Fri 4th May in Jameson’s Bar.18 prizes to be won. Tickets €10 each or 3 for €20. All proceeds in aid of new Astro Turf training pitch. Tickets available from any club member or at the clubhouse (074 9134208). Hope to see you all there. Drumkeen 3rd Annual Car Wash.Our 3rd Annual car wash which has been a great success will be taking place shortly. As you know the money we raised this past 2 years went to local issues. i.e. musical instruments for the kids in St. Patrick’s NS, equipment for the youth club, flower boxes at the entrance to the grave yard, St. Bridget’s Well and loads more!!! So if people would like to make suggestions this year please email them to the Drumkeen Notes or text your idea to 086 4083625.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608 for birthdays, Anniversaries etc.Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published please feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.comDrumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included please emaildrumkeennotes@gmail.com (Deadline Sun @ 6pm)LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN NOTES was last modified: April 29th, 2012 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:Drumkeen Local Noteslast_img read more

MINISTER FINALLY ADMITS HE GOT IT WRONG OVER STUDENT GRANT SCHEME – DONEGAL TD

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Charlie McConalogue TD, has welcomed the admission today from Minister Ruairí Quinn that he got it wrong in relation to the administration of SUSI.Deputy McConalogue commented: “All year students had to listen to Government Ministers trying to lay the blame for delays in SUSI at their door. Delays were primarily blamed on claims that students were sending in the wrong or incomplete documentation, which caused huge frustration for the thousands of students that submitted the correct forms.“Today, Minister Quinn finally admitted that he got it wrong and the primary responsibility for the fiasco lay with him and his Department. “In response to my Dáil question, Minister Quinn admitted that half of the students in receipt of a grant, 19,494 students, were not paid their first grant installation until after the New Year.“This left many families in very real financial hardship and even led to some students dropping out of college. This was a shocking indictment of the system and its mismanagement.“The recently published review of SUSI identified a delay in allocating the agreed number of staff as a problem which contributed to the delays. It is imperative that Minister Quinn ensures this is not repeated this year.“I welcome the fact that Minister Quinn has said he will not take his “eye off the ball this year”. “It is crucial that the lessons from last year are learned so that students going to college this September can have the confidence that they will receive the grant on time without undue delay.” MINISTER FINALLY ADMITS HE GOT IT WRONG OVER STUDENT GRANT SCHEME – DONEGAL TD was last modified: May 28th, 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:MINISTER FINALLY ADMITS HE GOT IT WRONG OVER STUDENT GRANT SCHEME – DONEGAL TDlast_img read more