first_imgThe Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) in partnership with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) has opened a three-day peacebuilding and reconciliation forum aimed at addressing and uniting Liberians after several years of civil crisis.Speaking at the three-day forum on Wednesday April 23, the Executive Director for peacebuilding at the MIA, Mr. Wilfred N. Gray Johnson, explained that the government, in 2013, developed a national reconciliation roadmap for use in the country’s reconciliatory process.According to the Executive Director, the roadmap clearly defined the reconciliation process in the Liberian context so it could be used to solve past disputes and bring together the people of Liberia through programs and other means necessary on the way forward.He said peace building and the reconciliation process would focus on the overcoming of social, political and religious divisions; and mending and transforming of relationships into what is needed for the people of Liberia.“The process will also focus on the healing of physical and psychological wounds from the civil war. If that is done, the people can be able to come together and live without bringing the past into the present,” he said. Mr. Gray Johnson further stressed that the roadmap is intended to promote and focus on reconciliation by using the palava hut and reparations programs.According to the Executive Director, the forum’s outcome would contribute to the increase of collective knowledge on the national reconciliation roadmap and share knowledge from different international experiences on related processes.“We are here to gather information about the challenges relating to the implementation of the national reconciliation roadmap, and to analyze the degree to which there is coherence and coordination among these key actors involved in it.”He said the forum also focused on creating a space for actors to shares experiences and challenges relating to the design and implementation of the action work plan and to identify inter-linkages between different actors working within the same or similar fields.The three-day forum featured government institutions and partners including the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs; the Governance Commission; the Independent National Human Rights Commission among other partners.  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_imgMin. Kruah: “I remain an ardent supporter of President George Weah.”Cllr. Cooper Kruah, a lawyer at the center of a jury tampering allegation, has described the arrest of a juror of the Civil Law Court as “a complete harassment”.He did not say what step he would take next.Juror Elizabeth Belleh was arrested last Tuesday night by officers of the Liberia National Police, after she had allegedly just left the Benson Street office of Cllr. Kruah. He denied that Ms. Belleh did not come from his office.Addressing journalists yesterday, Cllr. Kruah explained that under the law, if there is a report of juror tampering, it is the responsibility of the opposite lawyer to inform the court to conduct an investigation into the matter.“It is an unfortunate situation in the practice of law in this country for a lawyer to instruct police officers to jump on an innocent person because he or she is a juror and walking freely in the street,” he lamented.“She was not arrested near my Benson Street office either; she was arrested around the Capitol Bypass area and not at my office. It is far away from there,” he explained.He noted that jury issue should not be handled by the police; instead it is the court that is under obligation to do so under the law.“It‘s unfair for my colleagues to order the arrest of the juror who has been removed from the case and have her photo placed in all of the daily newspapers. This is unfortunate and it was intended to create public sentiment about the trial,” he opined.According to him, the action of the police was a total harassment and it should be condemned and not allowed to happen again in the judiciary.Cllr. Kruah is a lawyer of Embassy Suites, Inc., a Lebanese-owned business that is seeking a US$3 million damages lawsuit against Ecobank.He disclosed that before the trial commenced, lawyers had agreed for the jurors to be kept together at the Temple of Justice. Unfortunately, they were informed that the place where they usually keep the selected jury was under renovation.Besides, he said, Ecobank‘s lawyer also refused to have the jury kept in a Lebanese-owned hotel.“We did everything in the interest of justice, but their action could jeopardize the interest of the case that is pending before the court, and disrupt the attention of the public from following the merit of it,” Cllr. Kruah stated.He added, “I believed that justice will be done at the end of the matter. I don’t think what level of wrong information they may send out about the case that is before the court, but justice will be done at the end.”When contacted, Police spokesman Sam Collins confirmed that Ms. Belleh was arrested by the police. Collins, however, failed to say where exactly she was arrested.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_imgWhile the Police are yet to make substantial headway in their investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct of Bishops’ High School teacher Coen Jackson, the Old Students’ Association is expressing concerns over the lack of compassion of the current student body.Embattled teacher: Coen JacksonThe Bishops’ High School Old Students’ Association (BHSOSA) held an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday to address the issue and its impact on the current student body.At the meeting, three male students addressed the gathering and during their address, they were mainly concerned about law, logic and due process, but wanted little or nothing to do with the emotional aspect of addressing the issue. This caused some of the past students to register their concern over the lack of compassion for the survivors that may be in the midst of the current student body.The BHSOSA also noted that the teachers in the school were in crisis and there was a lack of leadership to help manage the grieving process. The body is also working on a counselling/education plan for the students and teachers of the institution.Additionally, the students at the BHS are reporting that they are being harassed on the road resulting in at least one physical encounter.The BHSOSA, at the meeting, also chastised the School Board for not making a statement to condemn the violence and to identify a way forward to ensure such an issue did not reoccur.Jackson is being accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher when he began grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 – the legal age of consent. Jackson has vehemently denied the accusations, but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are both in their early 20s.One of the victims related that Head Teacher Winifred Ellis was aware of her teacher’s predatory behavior, but did nothing to address it. Sources close to the institution related that the Head Teacher was expected to proceed on leave this week. There were protests calling for Ellis to be removed from the school after she berated female students for not defending Jackson after the allegations were first aired.last_img read more

first_imgReferee Michael Oliver did not witness the scenes so the FA has not received a report on the matter from him but it has given the clubs until Wednesday to reply to a request for observations following the incident.United manager Jose Mourinho and City goalkeeper Ederson are reported to have had a confrontation after the game, while it is claimed Mourinho had milk and water thrown at him from the away dressing room.The home side are understood to have taken exception to City’s post-match celebrations.The Guardian reported that Arteta’s eyebrow was split open during the melee in a narrow corridor outside City’s dressing room and said there were unconfirmed reports that another member of Guardiola’s backroom staff needed medical treatment.The corridor leading to the dressing rooms apparently became congested as players and staff made their way through it after the game, and tensions spilled over into pushing and shoving, with Arteta understood to have suffered a cut to the head.Mourinho did not make any reference to what had happened during his post-match media work, according to the report.Arteta was assessed in the City dressing room after being caught in the crossfire, the report said.The victory, courtesy of set-piece goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi propelled City 11 points clear of United at the top of the Premier League table, further enhancing their status as red-hot favourites for the title.Mourinho had accused City’s players of diving and committing “tactical fouls” prior to the game and afterwards he made an unconvincing claim his side should have been awarded a late penalty when Ander Herrera was booked for diving.But City manager Pep Guardiola said: “We won because we were better. In all departments, we were better.”The incident at Old Trafford brought to mind the famous “Battle of the Buffet” that erupted after United beat Arsenal in October 2004, when Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas threw pizza at United manager Alex Ferguson.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta was assessed in the City dressing room after being left with a cut to the head, the Guardian reported © AFP/File / Andrej ISAKOVICLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 11 – The Football Association demanded answers from Manchester United and Manchester City on Monday following reports of ugly scenes that reportedly left City assistant coach Mikel Arteta bloodied after a fracas.The Guardian newspaper said Arteta was left with blood streaming down his face after a bust-up involving up to 20 players and members of staff from the two clubs after Sunday’s Manchester derby, which City won 2-1.last_img read more

first_imgEx-Arsenal striker John Hartson believes Arsene Wenger doesn’t deserve the criticism he receives from supporters, and has told Gunners fans the manager WILL finally splash out in the summer.Wenger has come under constant bombardment from fans over the past few seasons for the team’s continued failure to end their long wait for a Premier League title and his hesitance in the transfer market.The Frenchman has faced a fresh wave of attacks in recent weeks, with Arsenal’s title challenge – having been one of the favourites over Christmas – all but gone up in smoke as table-topping Leicester sit 11 points clear of the third-placed Gunners.But former frontman Hartson says Wenger’s achievements at the club are severely undervalued and he also believes the manager will prove his critics wrong in the upcoming transfer window.“Arsene Wenger gets more stick than any other manager,” the Welshman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But if you look at their season, the title is beyond them but they’re going to finish in the top four, they were in the last 16 of the Champions League where they were knocked out by the defending champions and potential winners, they were in the later stages of the FA Cup and lost their first FA Cup game in three years, and he’s still getting an awful amount of stick.“This guy has brought in £40million for the last 16 or 17 years because of their record of qualifying for the Champions League.“Alright, they haven’t won a title in 12 years, which is not good enough for a club like Arsenal, but ultimately the amount of stick Arsene Wenger gets… I just can’t get my head around it.“He’s made the club masses and masses of money. He’s probably the most successful manager in terms of the money he’s brought in for the club, and it’s all about the money!“You look at the mess Chelsea are in, they’re way down the table and are going to be managerless in the summer, with [Antonio] Conte now saying he’s got other options. You look at Manchester United, who don’t know if they’re going to keep or sack Louis van Gaal, whereas Arsenal are likely to finish in the top three again with even more funds.“I think in the summer you’ll really see him just go to town in the transfer window. He’ll go to town with the funds available.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Travel Club book group will meet, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call (818) 719-2397. TODAY CPR and First Aid Red Cross certification class, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Cost: $51. Call (661) 255-6410. Fiction Light Book Club will meet, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Speaker Vinod Assomull will discuss health issues, 9-10 a.m. in the Community Room at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call David Sell at (661) 253-8017. Curious George program, 3:30 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Castaic Lions Club will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Workers’ Compensation seminar, 8 a.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Cost: $199. Call L/B/W Insurance at (661) 702-6000. Grand Opening of Canyon View Regional Trail, 10 a.m. at Canyon View Drive in Canyon Country. Call (661) 259-2489. Local pharmacist will go over medicines with seniors, 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Bring your medications with you. Call (661) 259-9444. M Movie showing will feature “Beauty and the Beast,” 3:30 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Business after-hours mixer, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Spectrum Club in Valencia. Call (661) 702-6977. Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club will meet, 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Visit www.w6jw.org. Artists Helping Artists (Aha!) will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-1242. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY SCV Bar Association will meet, 11:45 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 287-3260. After-School Cooking with Kids will create smoothies, 3-5 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 260-2377, Ext. 210. Stories from Ireland, 3:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Santa Clarita Corvette Club social meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Seminar for nonprofits will discuss Preparing for a Capital Campaign, 9 a.m.-noon at the SCV Resource Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $20. Call (661) 250-3720 or e-mail info@scvrc.org. Cheer tryout clinic, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Block sale to benefit the Ewart family, 7-11 a.m. on Via Escovar in Valencia. Call Deborah Mann at (661) 255-6271. Free landscape education class will discuss plant selection, 9 a.m.-noon at the Castaic Lake Water Agency above Central Park at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Karen Denkinger at (661) 513-1230. Shel Silverstein Story Time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Public meeting to share concerns or ideas regarding the city’s Transportation Development Plan, 11 a.m. in the Century Conference Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 294-2549. Cheer tryout clinic, 2-4 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Newhall branch of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Dinner: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgAvril McMonagle with Donegal County Childcare AGM and Staff. Photo:- Clive WassonDonegal County Childcare has welcomed the announcement of new education focussed inspections for early childhood services participating in the Governments Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme. The Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate will carry out the new inspections due to commence in September, and will specifically focus on the educational content of the pre-school programme.The new educational focussed inspections will complement the regulatory inspections carried out by Tusla and are one of a range of measures being taken to improve the quality of early childhood education provision.In 2014, a total of 2,297 children availed of the free pre-school year across 140 early childhood services registered to the scheme in County Donegal.The inspections will be unannounced and each inspection will result in a written report on the quality of the curriculum and educational experiences on offer in the setting. This report will then be published on the website of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for parents to view.DCCC Management Committee Members with DCCC Accountant John Burke and DCCC Manager Avril McMonagle. Photo:- Clive WassonAvril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager believes that this is a very positive development for early childhood education.She commented “The introduction of education focussed inspections provides the first real validation of early education as a fundamental component of the overall education system in Ireland. This aligns the importance of quality learning experiences in early childhood with other stages in the education system and gives recognition to early childhood practice that is of high quality’.Ms. McMonagle believes that the majority of early childhood services in Donegal are ready for this development and will welcome it as a means of demonstrating good early education standards to parents.“Donegal County Childcare has been offering training on the early childhood curriculum framework and professional early childhood teaching practice since 2009 so we are confident that those who have availed of these opportunities through Donegal County Childcare will breeze through this process’.NEW EDUCATION INSPECTIONS FOR DONEGAL EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES was last modified: May 28th, 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)last_img read more

first_imgBrian O’Donnell, Donegal Road Safety Officer with RTÉs Theresa Mannion at the Road Safety Authority Annual ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards’.The 2015 RSA Leading Light award in the Public Service Category has been awarded to the Donegal Road Safe Show. The ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards Ceremony in Farmleigh House is one of the most important events of the year, as the Road Safety Authority acknowledges those who have helped achieve safer roads.MC for the day was RTÉ News Western Reporter Teresa Mannion, fresh from her reporting on Storm Desmond. The RSA recognises the extraordinary efforts that people all over the country have made, and continue to make, to keep Ireland’s roads free of tragedy. A total of 24 awards were presented by RSA Chairperson, Ms Liz O’Donnell. Hundreds of nominations were submitted to this year’s Awards which included individuals and groups from the business, media, education, emergency service and public sectors.The Donegal Road Safe Show graphically depicts how a night out can end in death or serious injury when poor driving behavior is adopted. Short road safety videos and TV adverts are interspersed with accounts of crash scenes by a range of speakers including an A & E consultant, a Garda, a paramedic, a fire fighter, a victim of a road traffic collision and the mother of a fatally injured road traffic casualty all of whom give a first hand account of their personal experiences and emotions in the aftermath of a car crash.The show emphasises that any one of the young people in the audience could themselves become a victim with the theme, ‘Remember, the next time it could be you’.The show is organised by Donegal County Council and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group Road Safety and the show is a direct approach to improving road safety and reducing the devastating impact on communities and families in the county. The show is attended by over 2,500 students annually and School Principals continue to tell us that they believe that this is one of the most important initiatives each year for them to educate their students for the life ahead of them.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said, “This project would not be deliverable without the assistance of the emergency services and is an example of excellent interagency cooperation in the delivery of road safety education. Donegal County Council particularly acknowledges the role of An Garda Síochána, HSE Ambulance Service, HSE Emergency Department and the Fire Service in the delivery of the Road Safe Road Show. The Leading Lights Award acknowledges the commitment given by the participants to the show, who every year have heightened awareness to young people around road safety, thus reducing the potential for collisions and prepare our young people for the life ahead. To receive a national award for the show is a wonderful achievement and just knowing that everyone involved with the show have helped students in their educational journey is also a truly great reward. We are also very fortunate to know that all the participants involved have delivered a very genuine road safety message to a very appreciative audience.James McKenna, Fire Service, Dr. Gerry Lane, HSE Emergency Department, Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer, Ms Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson RSA, Sgt. Mark Traynor, Paddy Doherty, Liam Duffy, HSE Ambulance Service and Richard Alcorn.COUNCIL WINS RSA ‘LEADING LIGHTS IN ROAD SAFETY AWARD’ was last modified: December 14th, 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)last_img read more

first_imgA Donegal parish is attempting to reverse the scourge of emigration – by inviting back thousands of people whose ancestors left the area and are scattered around the world.People in Inver in south west Donegal are now taking part in the Ireland Reaching Out Project.The concept is to trace and contact descendants and families around the world whose relatives left Donegal and to invite them back to reconnect with their roots. As well as social and cultural benefits, organisers hope returning emigrants and their descendants will bring back much-needed economic benefit to Donegal.James McDaid, one of the organisers of the Donegal branch of Ireland Reaching Out, says the project has huge potential.“Over the last few years there has been an escalation of interest in genealogy here in Ireland, we hope to harness that interest with the power of volunteers in each parish using the latest online technology, communications, database tools and resources.“At one time we waited for the emigrant to find their way back to the townland or parish of their forefathers. We plan to turn this on its head. “By using local communities at townland, village and parish level to find out who was born in their area, where they went, and trace them and their living descendants, go looking for those who may have had connection with the parish in the past, invite them for an organised Week of Welcomes, where we would meet and greet them show them where there ancestors came from, where they lived and are buried,” he said.The project aims to build a global network where individuals, townlands, villages and towns can interconnect using the power of the internet.By extending the numbers of people committed to the Parish globally, we would increase local and regional tourism through the development of a global online network.They also plan to build a database of “business advisors” to assist Irish exporting firms (influencers, advisers, entrepreneurs, purchasers etc.) and aim to provide local training programmes in genealogy, history, folklore and heritage as well as in tourism, media and IT.A meeting to discuss all the ideas, plans and opportunities involved with Ireland Reaching out will be held in the Frosses Hall on Wednesday, February 15th. UNIQUE PROJECT TO INVITE THOUSANDS OF DONEGAL DESCENDANTS BACK HOME was last modified: February 13th, 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:inverIreland Reaching OutJames McDaidlast_img read more

first_imgSinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty puts up a poster outside Dail Eireann todaySinn Fein are to host a series of public meetings across Donegal in opposition ot the budget.Speaking today after Budget 2013 has been presented to the Dáil, Sinn Féin Deputies Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn said they want the public to know exactly what it means for them.“Over the weekend we will be addressing public meetings across this County in Letterkenny, Dungloe, Donegal Town, Ballybofey and Buncrana to allow people to hear first hand what this Budget means for them and their families and to mobilise opposition to the hugely unfair tax on the family home. “This Government has little to be proud of today. They have presented to us a Budget, which again reaches into the pockets of lower and middle income earners while protecting those on higher incomes. This budget is anti-children, anti-family and anti-jobs.“The Fine Gael and Labour Government has stooped to new lows with the regressive tax on the home – a tax which punishes working families and young couples in negative equity, a tax which takes no account of the ability of people to pay, a tax which will see those who cannot afford to pay chased to the grave by the Government and charged interest for the luxury.“We realise that it is not enough to simply oppose this tax, to speak empty words or to lead people up the garden path; credible, workable and fair alternatives need to be put forward. In our pre budget submission our party showed clearly that this Government had a choice. Sinn Féin put forward those alternatives,” said the Deputies.Sinn Fein added that a wealth tax of 1% on those with a net wealth of over €1 million, such as that proposed by themsleves, would generate up to €800 million. “Such a measure is in place in other countries such as France, Spain and Iceland. We have published Wealth Tax Legislation and intend to bring it before the Dáil at the earliest opportunity.“Today it is yet again proven that this Government has not listened to the people; that it is detached from the realities faced by ordinary families. This campaign is an opportunity to send a clear message to this Government on behalf of the people of Donegal– Tax Wealth, not homes.”The Deputies concluded “We are calling on individuals, community representatives and activists to attend their nearest meeting to demand fairness and make their voice heard on behalf of themselves and vulnerable members of their community.”Public Meetings will be held in the following venues:Friday 7th December Gallaghers Hotel, Letterkenny, 8pm Saturday 8th December Ionad Timpeall Croine, Dungloe 8pmSunday 9th December Dom’s Pier 1, Donegal Town 7pmMonday 10th December Villa Rose Hotel Ballybofey 8pmFriday 14th December Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana 8pm. SINN FEIN TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ACROSS COUNTY AFTER BUDGET FALL-OUT was last modified: December 6th, 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:budgetDeputy Pearse Dohertymeetingslast_img read more