Co-Defendant Testifies Against FDA Managers

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Torwan T. Yantay, the man charged with the same crimes as those for which the dismissed Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Managing Director  Moses   Wogbeh and  three  other mangers and a senior surveyor at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME)  are currently being tried, testified against his colleagues.Yantay served as acting manager for GIS and Remote Sensing of the FDA responsible to conduct field validation of communities where logging companies were operating with the Private Use Permits (PUPs).Prosecution is alleging that Yantay’s testimonies can prove that the defendants,  without following the regulations of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PCCP),  issued  sixty-one PUP licenses, which authorized commercial logging operations on the 2.5 million hectares of farmland in five of the fifteen counties in the country by the FDA. Yantay will not be charged again for any crime related to the testimony he has provided.  In his testimony, he alleged that in 2010 FDA’s management appointed him to serve as acting GIS manager after his former boss, Augustine Johnson, wen on annual leave.   But Yantay said during his interim period, the institution was carrying out PUP validation reports. In December 2010, after Johnson had left, his team was sent to the Tienpo Gbapo Chiefdom in River Gee County for field validation of the Gedeh land.According to him, in early April 2011, a team from his division was sent into the field to validate PUP areas and the team returned with its reports for signature.   Yantay said, “My boss, John B. Kantor, then technical manager of the FDA and co-defendant, informed me that the company and the regional staff of the FDA visited the area for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), so he signed and I also signed the three reports.”  According to him, in July of that same year, the management of the FDA had a meeting with donors to carry out the project called ‘Expand’ in the Grand Kru- Rivergee Counties’ proposed protected areas. He said, “When I did the overlay of the shape, it was noticed that a greater portion of the areas had been given as PUPs to the people of Jiah community in the area.”  He said he informed Mr. Kantor and one Theo Freeman about the overlap and they were asked to find the validation report.  Yantay further explained that the validation report in the contract showed that the portion of the Grand Kru-Rivergee proposed protected area had already been given under the PUP, and Kantor instructed his division to check for all other areas that were overlapped.“At that time there were only three areas that were overlapped,” he claimed.Yantay will not be charged again with any crime related to the testimony he has provided.   Prosecution is claiming that Yantay’s testimonies can prove that the defendants allegedly issued the sixty-one PUP licenses, which authorized commercial logging operation on the 2.5 million hectares of farmland in five of the fifteen counties by the FDA.At Thursday’s hearing, Yantay appeared calm throughout his testimony that lasted for almost three hours, before Presiding Judge Peter W, Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C,’ suspended the matter for an hour.   The defendants are being tried on the commission of the crimes, which include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.last_img read more

North Peace Seniors Housing Society receives $5,000 fee waiver

first_imgThe request comes as the society prepares for a $1.9 million renovation of one of their buildings – which has a cost figure of approximately $10,050 in building/plumbing fees alone.“The North Peace Seniors Housing Society made a presentation at the December 8, 2014 council meeting regarding the upcoming renovations of Apartment 4,” a request for decision from city staff to council reads. “During this presentation, the society requested council’s consideration to waive the building permit and associated fee for this project.’The money to support this request will come from the city’s Discretionary Grant-in Aid account.- Advertisement -According the city’s organization policy, “non-profit organizations have the ability for grant-in-aid from the city to assist with cost incurred for a capital expense, program funding or a fee for service.”“Requests for grants-in-aid continue to rise despite council’s financial sustainability philosophy that was adopted years ago,” the request for decision reads.In addition, the permissive tax exemption for the society’s property is estimated at $39,554.Advertisementlast_img read more

Kanyi excited with Ouma’s Starlets return

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets head coach after arriving back to the country from Zambia on Monday, March 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26- David Ouma has returned as the national women football team head coach and Richard Kanyi, the man who had been holding brief after the tactician left, says he is more than excited to have Ouma back.The former Sofapaka and Posta Rangers tactician led the team to their first ever African Women’s Cup of Nations in 2016 as well as silver in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Women’s Championship before departing for other duties in the federation. Kanyi took charge of the team last year and led them to a fourth place finish in the COSAFA Women’s Championship where they were an invited side.Ouma returns to the side just in time as they prepare to face Uganda in the first round of the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) which will be held in Ghana late November.“David has the experience because he has been there. We are working as a team now because this belongs to Kenyans. It is high time we bring our heads and expertise together to see that this team goes to the AWCON and does well,” the tactician offered.Ouma joined the team in training last week Monday before they travelled to Zambia for a friendly match against the hosts, winning 3-0.The Harambee Starlets technical bench huddle together for a photo after arriving back to the country from Zambia on Monday, March 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I am glad to be back at the team and I bring with me the experience and understanding of being at the AWCON. We would like to continue being among the best teams in Africa and I am hoping we can work together as a team and get this result,” Ouma said.A new face also joining the technical bench is experienced goalkeeper trainer Iddi Salim.The win in Zambia was a huge motivator for the team as they prepare for the first leg against Uganda’s She-Cranes next Wednesday in Machakos with the return tie set for April 8.“It is very motivating for the team because we gained a lot in terms of giving all the players an opportunity and also testing our systems. Winning builds confidence and at the moment, we are somewhere up there,” Kanyi offered.The team landed back from Zambia on Monday night and headed straight to camp in Machakos with a week of preparation left before they tackle the Ugandans.Ouma who led Starlets to two wins over the Ugandans during his last tenure believes they will not come in the same side and has urged the team to exercise caution.Harambee Starlets players walk in at Kasarani Stadium for training.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“We don’t expect it easy because definitely Uganda has been working hard since we last played against them. We will take each leg seriously and the good thing is that we are starting at home which will make it a bit more comfortable for us,” Ouma noted.A win for Kenya over the two legs will earn them a ticket to the second round of qualification where they are scheduled to face Equatorial Guinea. Winning this two-legged tie will earn them a ticket to their second ever AWCON.“We know how it feels to play at the AWCON and definitely, we will work hard to be there again. It is not easy; we need to work harder in the two qualification matches. But looking at my teammates and how much we have gelled, I am convinced that we have what it takes,” midfielder Corazon Aquino noted.Meanwhile, Kanyi has disclosed that the team has invested in a sports psychologist to help them build their mental strength ahead of the two games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Yoga festival in aid of Action for Hope and Childhood Cancer Foundation

first_imgAll day yoga classes for adults and children will take place this Sunday between 12pm – 6pm at the Famine Village, Isle of Doagh, Ballyliffin, and Inishowen.All proceeds go to The Childhood Cancer Foundation and Action for Hope, to bring Pieta House to the North West.It only costs €10 for adults and €3 for children! For more you can check out the Facebook event.Yoga festival in aid of Action for Hope and Childhood Cancer Foundation was last modified: August 23rd, 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) Tags:CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATIONInishowenPIeta Houseyoga festivallast_img read more

GAA NEWS: DONEGAL NEW YORK JUNIORS IN CONVINCING WIN OVER ROCKLAND

first_imgBy Ira Goldman in New York: A 4-13 to 2-8 win over Rockland Wednesday evening has extra satisfaction for Donegal NY’s Junior team as it was Rockland who beat them last month in the League Final.The Donegal lads were up 1-1 before Rockland got over the black spot and never were headed from then. Up 2-5 to 1-4 at the interval, Donegal opened the second half with the second of Greg King’s two goals of the day.A first half shot to the net by Brian Giveney and another by Paul Murrin in the second half left Rockland too much of a hill to climb. The dependable Daniel Shovlin scored 3 points and veterans Anton Diver and Kevin Lilly contributed 2 each.In all, a solid, well-played game with no controversy and good football by both teams added to the reputation of Junior B as perhaps the most entertaining division of the NY GAA.The table-topping Juniors take on Offaly on 18 June while Donegal’s Senior squad face Cavan on Sunday and Leitrim on 29 June to finish the month.  GAA NEWS: DONEGAL NEW YORK JUNIORS IN CONVINCING WIN OVER ROCKLAND was last modified: June 5th, 2014 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:championshipDonegal New YorkJuniorsRocklandlast_img read more

THEY’RE ALL ‘PLANE’ MAD DOWN AT BALLYLAST NATIONAL SCHOOL!

first_imgBallylast National School will be building up their courage (and their heads for heights!) over the next few days.Take your parachute and jump…!They begin their preparations to take a huge breath and a huge jump of courage and parachute their way into raising funds for their School and also for Donegal Hospice.Parents, relatives and people with a connection to the School will all be taking part in the Tandem Parachute jump. A Tandem Parachute jump is a fast falling freefall where the person will be securely connected to a highly qualified instructor who will safely control their descent. All the same this should not take away from the bravery these participants will be portraying on the day and the length they will be going to raise funds.These 15 brave people are Shauna Gallagher, Carmel Mc Cullagh, Larry Griffin, Stephen Mc Cullagh, Louise Grieve Doherty, Trevor Clarke, Joe Mc Gonagle, Andrew Neason, Andrew Tinney, Martin O Donnell, Martin Gallen, Paul Mc Nulty, Mike Byrne, Dessie Mc Laughlin and Joe Mc Nulty.The event will be taking place in Derry on Sunday 8th September 2013All proceeds will be split evenly between Donegal Hospice and Ballylast NS. The Donegal Hospice provides care when someone is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness they provide hospice/palliative care services in Donegal.Ballylast National School is a small three teacher school with 61 pupils outside Castlefin.Ballylast National School would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in advance for their kind donations and generosity.If anyone would like to make a donation please do not hesitate to contact Stephen Mc Cullagh on 0872629444 or Louise Grieve Doherty on 0872317728 for more information. THEY’RE ALL ‘PLANE’ MAD DOWN AT BALLYLAST NATIONAL SCHOOL! was last modified: August 31st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballylast National Schooldonegal hospiceparachute jumplast_img read more

BUNDORAN NAMED THE BEST SURFING BEACH IN THE WORLD!

first_imgWE already kind of knew it – now Bundoran has been named as the best surfing beach on the planet.The massive USA website amerikanki.com has named its top 9 surfing beaches in the world…with Bundoran at No1!“Ireland is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places in the world,” says its travel writers. “Here, jewel-green waters meet the kind of headlands and rock reefs that create a one-of-a-kind location.“With cold water temps and an average of ten foot waves, Bundoran (located a few hours’ drive from Dublin, in County Donegal) is not for beginners. But for surfing vets, it’s a majestic locale.” BUNDORAN NAMED THE BEST SURFING BEACH IN THE WORLD! was last modified: July 28th, 2014 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:amerikanki.combundoransurf beachlast_img read more

DD NOTICE: DUNKINEELY/BRUCKLESS FESTIVAL KICKS OFF NEXT WEEKEND

first_imgDunkineely Community NotesCoffee and scones is available at Dunkineely Methodist Church every Tuesday, during July and August from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to raise money for Marie and Eva who are going to Haiti at the beginning of January. Come along and enjoy.MC INTYRE’S BAR – Every Wednesday night have Traditional music from 10:00 pm, also Traditional music session in McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. All musicians and singers welcome. THE DUNKINEELY MONTESSORI – Are still currently enrolling for September 2014. Both ECCE places available and also mornings. Call Joanne or Sinead on: 087 3814655A MEETING – Of the DCL Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless Festival sub-committee will take place on Thursday 7th August at 8:00 pm at Dunkineely Community Limited office (The Manse, Dunkineely). All welcome.Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless Festival – 9th to 17th August 2014.Programmes are available in local business’s in Donegal, Dunkineely, Bruckless, Killybegs and Ardara etc. We also have a festival programme on our page, find us on Facebook! (Dunkineely Community ltd). DUNKINEELY IN BLOOM – This competition will brighten up the town and surrounding area. From St John’s Point to Croagh and Tullintain to Ballymagowan – if you’re in the Parish of Killaghtee, please consider entering.No fee to enter as Dunkineely Community Limited has funding from Donegal Local Development Company. We’ll be looking for winners of categories such as:Best Business > Best small town garden > Best Church > Best school > Best vegetable plotBest large garden > Best container garden etc.The main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Bruckless and Killaghtee area if we all take part however small or big a garden plot/place for window boxes/pots we have. Judging will take place Sunday 10th August but the main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless area.Entry forms available from the Dunkineely Community Limited Office and in local business’s in the Community. “This is a great Community event if we all get involved!”If you are interested contact Dunkineely Community Limited Office on 074 9737678 if you’d like enter or help organise in anyway.Bookings are now being taken for Mega Makers 5 day Summer Club, 11th -15th August at Dunkineely Methodist, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm each day for all of National School age. €15.00 for one child, €20.00 for two and €30.00 for three in one family. Booking forms available from the DCL office 074 9737678 or email dunkineelycommunity@gmail.com.For more information call Vanessa on 074 9737052.BRUCKLESS ROAD RUNNERS – THE POINT 10K CHARITY FUN/RUN/WALK – Is taking place in Dunkineely on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 11:00 am (Same route as last year).The chosen charities for this year’s event are Billy’s World Ireland and Clara House Killybegs – (Day Centre for Intellectual Disabilities).Everyone welcome!Contact Pauric McNern for further information.A DEFIBRILLATOR – Is now in Killaghtee School, it is on the wall closest to the road. The following people are trained and key holders:Andrew Walker – 087 2276366Carol Duddy – 074 9737046Norman Henry – 087 9474350Phyllis Young – 087 1300499Clive Vance – 086 8276575Georgina Armstrong – 087 3921384.There is also a key in the following places: Dunkineely Health Centre, Dunkineely Community Limited Office and Killaghtee School.DCL – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or Print Documents (20c per page).DD NOTICE: DUNKINEELY/BRUCKLESS FESTIVAL KICKS OFF NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: August 1st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BrucklessDD LocalDunkineelyFeaturesfestivalnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Donegal business require Accounts Assistant/Bookkeeper

first_imgJOB VACANCY: Our client based in Letterkenny is seeking to recruit a full-time Accounts Assistant/Bookkeeper for their busy premises in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.Contract Type: Full-time/PermanentLocation: Letterkenny, Co. DonegalSalary: Negotiable depending on experienceMain Responsibilities of the Job:Standard accounting tasks including summarising and analysing financial information and inputting onto accounting software.Processing invoices, credit control and management of client accounts.Prepare and manage weekly accounts.Dealing directly with suppliers and issuing credit notes.Daily monitoring of bank & accounts including payments and reconciliation.Completion of monthly management accounts.Liaise with other Divisions regarding the provision of office needs.Essential Criteria: 2 years’ previous experience working in a similar role, preferably in an accounts department.Excellent communication skills.Ability to work effectively in a team.Experience in SAGE Accounts.Good knowledge of Microsoft packagesJob Type: Full-timeTo apply for this position, please send your C.V. to martin@orbitsecurity.ieJob Vacancy: Donegal business require Accounts Assistant/Bookkeeper was last modified: October 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

Underwater Forest Discovered: How Old?

first_imgSixty feet down in Gulf waters off the coast of Alabama, stumps of an old cypress forest have appeared.  How can they be 52,000 years old when the wood still smells like cypress?The discovery was reported by Live Science.  It includes a five-minute video tour of the area which the discoverers are keeping secret till it can be thoroughly documented.  Hundreds of Bald Cypress stumps as large as two meters in diameter are found over a half-square-mile area, several miles from the coast of Mobile, Alabama in the Gulf of Mexico.  Fish, anemones and other marine creatures have taken up residence in the forest, causing it to decay more rapidly.The video clip claims the stumps are 12,000 years old, but the text says they have been radiocarbon dated at 52,000 years old.  The article claims that they might have been uncovered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Before that, they may have been covered in sand, preventing oxygen from accelerating decomposition.Yet it appears incredible the trees could be that old.  For one thing, “The forest contains trees so well-preserved that when they are cut, they still smell like fresh Cypress sap,” one of the divers said.  For another, are scientists ready to claim that no hurricane of Katrina’s proportions occurred in the alleged 12,000 years since the trees sank below the surface?  Now, the trees are decaying so rapidly, the discoverers fear scientists only have two years to examine the site and perform more radiocarbon or tree-ring date calculations.  Divers said they could break off chunks of the wood with their hands.Update 7/30/13: Live Science reported that the wood is so fresh, efforts are underway to protect the forest before developers start harvesting it!  “If salvage companies get their way, an underwater forest of 50,000-year-old trees only recently discovered could be destroyed to make high-end coffee tables.”  No one is questioning the credibility of the date.  “The trees were in such pristine condition that fresh sap oozed from the stumps when they were cut,” the article said.Learn to ask the questions the reporters don’t ask.  None of them ever questions the evolutionary dates, even when they lead to absurdities, like expecting fresh-smelling wood to be 52,000 years old, or asking people to believe thousands of years went by with no hurricanes strong enough to expose the forest.  And how did the forest last as it gradually sank, unless a catastrophe buried it rapidly?  The presence of this preserved forest silently cries for a recent catastrophe.Creationists argue that radiocarbon dates are unreliable before the Flood, because the atmosphere changed drastically.  Putting that together with the evolutionary absurdities, we can reason that the forest was probably buried around the time of the Flood or after.  It’s a stretch, though, to think five thousand years went by without a disturbance, so it may be younger than that.  The old date for such fresh wood, though, is clearly incredible. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more