“I have a right to speak” – Deputy Mayor

first_imgParking meter debacleBy Ramona LuthiAs a controversy regarding the installation of parking meters in Georgetown continues to rage, a war ofDeputy Mayor Sherod Duncanwords seems to be emerging between Mayor Patricia Chase Green and her deputy, Sherod Duncan, who evidently have different views on the contract for the installation of the meters.Duncan had previously stated the contract for the parking meters was shared between two companies, with Smart City Solutions receiving 50 per cent and another company the remaining 50 per cent.However that was disputed by Director of Smart City Kamau Kush, who said his company has a contract for the installation of all the meters.Commenting on Duncan’s position, Chase Green on Tuesday made it clear that the Deputy Mayor was not speaking on behalf of the Council.However, on Wednesday, Duncan fired back at the Mayor, making it clear that he was elected to represent the views of his constituency.He said while she was correct that the Council has a Public Relations Officer who speaks on the Council’s behalf, he was reelected as a Councillor to represent all of Georgetown in keeping with the laws.“The day I was elected to the Council, I did not give up my right to speak on my own behalf or my right to speak on the behalf of all those residents of my constituency and municipality at large. And I most certainly speak for the officer of the Deputy Mayor of the municipality of Georgetown. I don’t believe the argument put forward, whether in a personal capacity or officially on behalf of Council, diminishes the potency and veracity of said arguments,” Duncan asserted.Duncan also brushed aside reports that there is a “rift” between him and the Mayor.He said that there are often clashes between persons with differing opinions.“This is what happens when people with differing views meet. There is a reason why there are 30 Councillors and not just a Town Clerk or just a Mayor and administrative staff. City Hall has to become a place of rigorous discussion, high ideals, and the cross fertilisation of ideas.”Both Duncan and Chase Greene were elected on APNU/AFC tickets; however, Duncan came from the AFC faction of the coalition, while Chase Green is from the APNU.last_img read more

Anti-Corruption Children’s Book Jaadeh! Translated into Bassa Language

first_imgAlthough the Bassa language is not widely taught in Liberia, it is, however, taught at Spiritan Academy, one of Monrovia’s elite schools, which sent student and faculty representatives to the official launch of Jaadeh! at the University of Liberia on 10 May. (Photo courtesy: Front Row Media Liberia)Renowned Liberian academician and author Robtel Neajai Pailey has done it again. This time around with the translation of the Pan-African anti-corruption children’s book Jaadeh! into one of Liberia’s most spoken local languages, Bassa.Released in January 2019, Jaadeh! is a dual language sequel to the critically acclaimed anti-corruption children’s book Gbagba. Both books were illustrated by Liberian visual artist Chase Walker and published by One Moore Book. While gbagba loosely translates as trickery or corruption in Bassa, jaadeh is its opposite. And so, the eight-year-old twin main characters Sundaymah and Sundaygar encounter examples of the opposite of corruption in the second book. In a telephone interview with the Daily Observer, Dr. Pailey explained that she commissioned Bassa prelate and linguist, Bishop Amos W. Gbaa, Sr., to translate Jaadeh! into Bassa to honor the language and to have it taught in schools in Liberia and elsewhere.“It is sad that many Liberians do not value their local languages and the situation is getting worse with many young people unable to speak any of the country’s 16 languages—myself included”, said Dr. Pailey.She continued: “In response to this situation, I decided to collaborate with Bishop Gbaa to have Jaadeh! translated into Bassa to encourage its use in schools, homes, churches, mosques, etc.” Released in January 2019, Jaadeh! is a dual language sequel to the critically acclaimed anti-corruption children’s book Gbagba.Although the Bassa language is not widely taught in Liberia, it is, however, taught at Spiritan Academy, one of Monrovia’s elite schools, which sent student and faculty representatives to the official launch of Jaadeh! at the University of Liberia on 10 May.According to Dr. Pailey, the translation of Jaadeh! into Bassa is the start of her quest to have both anti-corruption children’s books translated into the most widely spoken local languages in Liberia and Africa, including Kpelle and Hausa in West Africa, Swahili in East Africa, Zulu in Southern Africa, and Berber in Northern Africa.She said: “I look forward to piloting Gbagba and Jaadeh! throughout Africa, collaborating with linguists for translations into other languages, and co-producing more multi-media tools, including TV animations.”According to Dr. Pailey, the inspiration for writing Gbagba and Jaadeh! came from working in Liberia’s highest political office and experiencing corruption first-hand in every sector of society.Since its publication in 2013, Gbagba has been adopted as a supplemental reader for 3rd through 5th grades in Liberia and for Primary 3 in Ghana. Through a grant from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the book has also been adapted into a radio drama and full-length stage play by the legendary Flomo Theater as well as a song and music video by prominent Liberian rapper Takun J. Jaadeh! has similarly been adapted into a song and music video featuring Takun J and US-based vocalist Ella Mankon Pailey, Dr. Pailey’s younger sister. There are plans to produce other multi-media adaptations of Jaadeh!, including a Youtube video of the book being read in English and Bassa by Dr. Pailey and Bishop Gbaa.Visit www.gbagba-jaadeh.com for more information about both books. 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_imgA drunk man told a Garda he hoped his mother died of cancer when he was arrested.Conan Laverty appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with being drunk and using threatening and abusive behaviour.The 24 year old was charged with two different offences in the Twin Towns on two separate occasions. The court heard that on September 26th last, he was arrested by Gardai at the Let’s Eat cafe on Main Street, Ballybofey.He was roaring and shouting and made a lunge at staff before being arrested.On October 4th last, at 11.40pm at Jackson’s Hotel, Laverty was observed in an aggressive manner and was in the company of his mother.He called Gardai ‘w*******’ on a number of occasions and was then arrested.On the way to Letterkenny Garda station, he told a Garda that he hoped his mother died from cancer.Judge Alan Mitchell asked for a probation and community service report to be carried out on Laverty of Drumboe, Stranorlar.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had mental health issues and legal aid was granted in the case.The case was adjourned until December 14th.MAN TOLD GARDA HE HOPED HIS MOTHER DIED OF CANCER was last modified: October 12th, 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_imgCHARITY: A charity football tournament has been organised to raise funds for the Marc Anderson Budapest treatment fund and the fantastic cancer bus service.The four-team tournament is being held in Ballyare and will be made up of supporters from Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and the Donegal League. The games are 11 a side and kick-off for the first game is 1:00pm.It’s a family orientated event and there will be plenty for the kids with bouncy castles, face painting and a penalty kick competition with prizes.There will also be food and refreshments for all.Ballyare has a stand with plenty of seats to enjoy the games in comfort. In the evening in Arena 7 we will also be holding a quiz, raffle and auction for some excellent prizes including something special for the winning quiz team.Prizes and auction items include a signed Damien Duff jersey, Donegal team signed jersey, 2 x Ireland team signed jerseys, a Seamus Coleman signed jersey and Shay Given signed goal keeper gloves and many more.Contact Marcus on 0863788441 to book a quiz team.Organisers of the event would like to thank Fintan Houston of FM cleaning who kindly sponsored the match balls for the day.MASSIVE DONEGAL CHARITY FOOTBALL EVENT FOR MARC ANDERSON TREATMENT FUND was last modified: July 9th, 2015 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:BudapestMarc AndersonnewsSportTreatment Fundlast_img read more


first_imgST MICHAEL’S CLUB NEWS:St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday Night last; The numbers drawn were 1,5,7, 8,11,14. The match 5 winners were John Joe Boyle Gortnalake and Jenna McMullan Hornhead who won €50 each. This weeks Jackpot be €2150. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .Drive Home in Style from the Bingo in CreesloughThe winner of the €100 on the 6th game at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre on Sunday night last was Leo Brennan Creeslough, the €100 on the 9th game was shared between Bernie Boyle and Mary Cullen Kill Dunfanaghy.You could win a car on every game every Sunday night at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre Creeslough by winning a house on 45 nos or less. Check on 45 Numbers or less with the magic number in the panel and the lucky number drawn in the first five numbers of that game, you win the car or €10,000. The normal Snowball is also in place every night. The Magic Number from 1 to 90 is drawn out every Sunday night before the bingo begins. The car was in play last Sunday night but was not won. In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €2100. The single book is €8. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre. St. Michael’s Lotto RotaThe names for the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto Rota for this Sunday night the 21st November are Dunfanaghy Hugh McGee and Daniel McColgan, Creeslough Ciaran Gallagher. AGMSenior board AGM will take place on Friday 4th Dec at 7pm in Day Centre Creeslough. As agreed any adult club member can request a nomination and motion paper from club secretary on 0863084164 or emailsecretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.ieThese are to be returned to secretary by post only no later than 5pm on 25th November.SOS for Photographs!Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.iePlease spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!!All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Annual GAA DrawSt. Michael’s club personnel will be coming around with the annual GAA Draw Tickets in the next fortnight.The tickets cost €10 each and you will be entered into three separate draw-club, county and national.The first prize is a car. Please support your local GAA Club as this is our only fundraiser this year.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michaels Minor Board Scor Na NogWell done to the quiz team of Aoife Kelly Oisin Cannon, Carlos O’Reilly and Edward O’Reilly who represented the club in the county finals of Scor in Glenfin on Friday night last, finishing third on the night was a good achievement.Well done also to Paul Johnson and Chloe Doherty who represented us in the instrumental.GAA NEWS: ST MICHAEL’S ANNUAL DRAW TICKET SELLERS COMING TO A DOOR NEAR YOU! was last modified: November 17th, 2015 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:annual drawSt Michael’s club noteslast_img read more


first_imgThe owner of the Donegal bus company at the centre of the row over rtansporting cancer patinets to Dublin has held a special meeting with a top HSE executive.Francis Marley, of Marley’s Buses form Cloghan, had the meeting this morning two weeks after the HSE dropped his service.He presented a set of figures to show his company could still operate if the HSE €100,000 subsidy was halved to around €50,000 and the shortfall made up by doubling passengers’ return fares to €25. HSE West Community Services Manager Kieran Doherty promised examine the figures and would report back before September.  CANCER BUS OPERATOR MEETS WITH HSE OFFICIAL was last modified: August 10th, 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)last_img read more

Government explains new Children’s Act

first_imgSouth Africa’s department of social development explains the objectives of the Children’s Act and things like the definition of the parental responsibilities.The Children’s Act of 2005 makes provision for matters such as children’s courts, adoption, child abduction and surrogate motherhood. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has put certain sections of the new Children’s Act, which lowers the age of majority to 18 and allows those above 12 access to HIV testing and contraceptives into immediate effect, gaining much approval from the Children’s Rights Centre.The Children’s Act of 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005) sets out principles relating to the care and protection of children, defines parental responsibilities and rights and makes provision for matters such as children’s courts, adoption, child abduction and surrogate motherhood.The principles call for the prioritisation of the best interest of the child, the right to the child being able to participate in any matter concerning that child, children living with disability or chronic illness and a child’s right of access to court.The Act also clarifies the grey area that currently exists in relation to the age of adulthood, whereby the Age of Majority Act of 1972 stipulates the age of 21 as the age of majority, while a child was defined as someone under the age of 18.“Between 18 and 21 you’re neither a child nor an adult. The Children’s Act of 2005 clarifies that grey area and brings in line with section 28 (3) of the Constitution. Now any person under 18, unless married or emancipated by order of court, is a child and any person over 18 is an adult,” the department of social development explained.It added that the Constitution and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child defined a child as any person under the age of 18 years.“[The] government felt that the changed socio-economic and political circumstances in South Africa justify the advancement of the age of majority to 18 years,” the department said.HIV testing and contraceptivesChildren’s Rights Centre spokesperson Noreen Ramsden last week welcomed the decision to give access to HIV/Aids testing contraceptives to those aged above 12 years, stating every person of a reproductive age should have such access, in addition to reproductive information.The Aids Foundation of South Africa’s deputy director Nozuko Majola agreed that this provided a platform for families, health care providers and schools to start talking about sexual reproductive health more openly with the youth.Responding to criticism that it excluded parental involvement in allowing children to undergo HIV testing or gain access to contraceptives, the department of social development said: “The Act provides that children should be provided with access to contraceptives. This is in realisation of the fact that children are sexually active at a very young age, even though the legal age of consent is 16.”“Furthermore, given HIV and Aids [prevalence], especially amongst teenagers, it would be unwise to deny children access to condoms,” the department maintained.It explained that the provision of the reproductive health services to minors would help government detect children who were in need of care.“We are mindful of the fact that a sexually active child may be a child in need of care. Therefore the health practitioners would be required to report suspicious cases to a child protection organisation, social workers, police officers or children’s court,” the department said.“The child would then receive proper attention and assistance. This would assist children who are abused, neglected and exploited.”It further emphasised that access to contraceptives should go hand in hand with appropriate sexuality education.The Act also contains new provisions on the parental responsibilities and rights of unmarried fathers relating to access to the custody of their children, with Ramsden stating that giving unmarried fathers custody of their children would encourage South African men to be better fathers.Regulations still requiredSocial Development Minister Zola Skweyiya explained last week that the bulk of the Act dealt with matters that need to be implemented on a practical level, which meant regulations were required before it could be fully implemented.“The Act, however, also deals with principles that are fundamental to the manner in which children are treated and protected,” he said.“To ensure the application of these important principles to all matters affecting children, the legislation containing the principles should be put into operation as soon as possible.”According to the department, the main objectives of the Act are to:Make provision for structures, services and means for promoting and monitoring the sound physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional and social development of children;Strengthen and develop community structures which can assist in providing care and protection for children; protect children from discrimination, exploitation and any other physical, emotional or moral harm or hazards;Provide care and protection for children who are in need of care and protection;Recognise the special needs that children with disabilities may have;Promote the protection, development and well-being of children;Promote the preservation and strengthening of families;Give effect to certain constitutional rights of children;Give effect to the Republic’s obligations concerning the well-being of children in terms of international instruments binding on the RepublicThe department said that in order for the rest of the Act to come into effect, regulations needed to be finalised first and another proclamation would be prepared at a later stage.Source: South African Government News Agency.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Considerations for extended cold, wet spring weather

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the last several days we have been monitoring soil temperatures in a field near the Seed Consultants, Inc. main office. At 9:30am on Wednesday April, 11 soil temp at a 2-inch depth was 38 degrees Fahrenheit. After warm, sunny weather, 24 hours later soil temp in the same area of the field was 51 degrees. Corn requires 55 degrees Fahrenheit for germination, soybeans require 50 degrees. Although soil temperatures can reach sufficient levels after a few days of warm weather, it is important to keep in mind that they can drop just as quickly. On Friday April 13 the soil temperatures had climbed to 69 degrees F. However, after cooler weather and 1.3 inches of rain over the weekend, soil temp was at 40 degrees F this morning.When planting into adequate conditions, it is important to keep the forecast in mind. The first 24 hours a seed is in the ground are critical to its survival, and a cold wet rain in this time period can cause cold shock, which can kill seedlings.Wet weather is delaying burndown and allowing weeds to continue to develop. Over the last week our agronomy staff has observed marestail (that emerged last fall) beginning to bolt as well as giant ragweed that are 1 to 2 inches tall. Herbicide applications should be made as soon as weather and soil conditions allow. Be sure to follow labeled rates of products and make applications when weeds are no taller than 4 to 6 inches.As we have observed in the past, spring winds and storms bring with them black cutworm and armyworm moths. Over the last several days the eastern Corn Belt has experienced weather conducive to moth migration north while growing weeds in fields provide areas for moths to lay eggs. Growers should monitor moth reports (click here for Purdue’s Moth Trap Report) and scout fields to determine if pests are present and if an insecticide treatment should be made.last_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress: Corn Planting Has Begun

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The first reports of corn planting for the season occurred last week where soils were dry enough to hold planting equipment, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 21. The western portion of the State received the largest amount of rainfall compared to the rest of the State and compared to normal conditions. Temperatures were higher than normal on the eastern portion of the State while the rest of Ohio’s temperatures hovered around, or slightly below normal for the week. Wet conditions kept top-dressing and weed spraying to a minimum. Ponding in fields with low lying areas continued to stress winter wheat. Oat planting and emergence both continued to progress ahead of the 5- year average. Fruit trees and vines were in various stages of bud formation.Click here for more of the Ohio Crop Progress update, thanks to Bane Welker Equipment.last_img read more

Tax Credits for Solar Energy Systems

first_imgI’ve been addressing tax credits for home energy improvements the past few weeks. This week, we’ll look at what’s available for solar energy systems.Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a 30% tax credit was created for a wide range of measures, including insulation, window replacement, and heating system upgrades (see January 26, 2010 column). Most of the home energy tax credits are capped at $1,500 and expire at the end of 2010. With solar energy systems and a few other measures, though, there is no cap on the dollar amount, and the program is scheduled to remain in place until the end of 2016.The 30% solar tax credit covers both solar water heating and photovoltaic (solar electric) systems. The tax credit can be earned for systems installed on new or existing homes, including second homes, but rental properties do not qualify. The tax credit is paid on the total cost, including both the equipment and installation. Specifics related to solar water heating and photovoltaic (PV) systems are described below.Solar water heating systemsTo qualify, a solar water heating system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable entity endorsed by the state in which the property is located. This provides an important level of assurance that the system will work effectively. The requirement will go a long way toward avoiding the problems that occurred with the solar tax credits in the 1970s, when poorly functioning systems gave a bad name to solar water heating. All solar water heaters that have earned Energy Star certification (products from about 20 manufacturers) satisfy the tax credit requirements, but the tax credit is not limited to Energy Star products.The tax credit provisions do not dictate the type of solar water heater. Eligible systems include those with flat-plate collectors, evacuated-tube collectors, and “integral-collector-storage” or “batch” systems. Solar water heating systems for pools and hot tubs do not qualify.Photovoltaic (PV) systemsTo qualify for the tax credit, PV systems have to meet applicable fire and electrical codes, but an independent certification of performance of the system is not required, as it is with solar water heating systems. I wish independent certification of PV systems were required, as I fear that poorly functioning systems could give the industry a black eye. This lack of oversight puts the onus on consumers to do the research on reliability and effectiveness of systems they are considering.Take advantage of the solar tax credits while you canThe 30% tax credits for solar water heating and PV systems do not have a cap, and they are set to remain in place until the end of 2016. But I don’t expect these provisions to last very long. Here’s why:First of all, the tax credits a really good deal, and as more homeowners become aware of it they’re going to take advantage of them. That will create work and stimulate the economy, which is good, but it will cost a lot, which is bad for the federal deficit. I’m predicting that we’ll shortly see a reining in of some of these costs, either limiting the maximum tax credit that can be received, or ending the opportunity well before 2016.Second, I think the no-upper-limit tax credits for solar (and wind and ground-source heat pumps) will be seen as give-aways for the rich, and that won’t play well in the political world. If an investment banker spends $500,000 from his annual bonus for a huge PV system on a second home in Aspen, the rest of us tax payers will subsidize that installation to the tune of $150,000. Once a few high-profile news stories like this have made the rounds, I think legislators will decide to put a cap on the credit.So, if you want to take advantage of the tax credits for solar water heating or PV, I’d recommend acting sooner rather than later.To obtain the solar tax credits, use IRS form 5695. This IRS guidance bulletin is also useful. Consult with your accountant or tax attorney for specific information on compliance; information provided here is for general guidance only.I invite you to share your comments on this blog. Is having no cap on the solar tax credits a good idea?To keep up with my latest articles and musings, you can sign up for my Twitter feeds.last_img read more