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Duala Community to Host First Beauty Pageant

first_imgWhen Daniel Doe decided to host the first ever Miss Duala Beauty Pageant under the theme “Maintaining an Ebola Free Society,” it was a huge task because most of the contestants were from a very poor part of the borough and with little funds available, he couldn’t see how this was possible. But thanks to contestants from the community, he has begun to look towards hosting the pageant with pride. For while the pageant is still far ahead, contestants have begun a door-to-door campaign that could educate community members on the dangers associated with harmful substances. Some of the contestants say that while their past lives might have discouraged people from noticing adjustments in their behavior, the remarkable changes they have made so far will speak for themselves.“We should first be the change we want, then others will follow,” one of the contestants, Rachel Wleh, said.A beauty pageant helps to develop our skills and capabilities, she added.The winner is expected to walk away with a cash prize, a half semester scholarship, the latest Liberian fashion and even a crown. “But essential to the prizes is the task of continuing the ongoing awareness program in order to bring forth positive changes,” Daniel said.“Our aim for this beauty pageant is to limit the number of females taking harmful substances, and we believe that this can be done only through the contestants,” he stated.“We don’t just look for beauty and intelligence but individuals that are willing to help make a change in their neighborhood. We believe that young people understand each other better; if they can see their friends talking to them about positive things, they, too, can make a change,” he added.Elijah Geeply, one of the organizers, said contestants will compete in two categories—evening gowns and interviews before a panel of judges.“We are calling on potential sponsors to come so we all can contribute to the development of our country,” he explained.Slated for July 26, the Miss Duala Beauty Pageant is expected to take place at the Plaza Cinema in new Kru Town. Entrance fee is US$5.He disclosed that beauty pageants serve the purpose of discovering new leaders, promoting youth as agents of positive accomplishments and many things.For sponsorship please call Daniel Doe on 0776-935-355, or the above listed e-mail address.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In the words of Martin Carter

first_imgWhile much has been said and continues to be said about the successful passage of the No-confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, and its mandated constitutional process, much more will be said. This is simply because the Government, up to this point, has refused to abide by the enshrined process. It has filed an appeal to the Chief Justice’s ruling which upheld the validity of the parliamentary vote.Many have since concluded that the Government’s action is a demonstration of total disregard for the rule of law and which may be supported by recent public utterances by some senior Government officials. Just weeks after the successful holding of Local Government Elections (LGE) by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), these officials in question are trying to discredit the voters’ list used. The integrity of that list was not an issue then.Suddenly, with elections constitutionally mandated following the passage of the No-confidence Motion, the list is coming under attack by the Government with a pronouncement by one official that it is compromised. Now the Administration is intensifying its call for new house-to-house registration; the idea of which was reportedly floated by a supportive GECOM Commissioner.How could the list go from good to unacceptable within such a short time? The answer seems to lie in the prevailing belief that the attacks on the list are nothing but excuses for not having the elections within the 90-day stipulated time frame. From the thrust of its appeal of the Chief Justice’s ruling, asking primarily for the judgement to be stayed and for the Government to remain in office, seeming indefinitely in the context of the constitutional timeframe, that belief appears not to be in doubt.In what seems a desperate effort to make its case for a delay through the offering of a red-herring in the form of house-to-house registration, the Government has resorted to protest action to try and find support for its case. Not to let up, one official reportedly said that a no-confidence does not exist in our Constitution. While some comments can evoke laughter, a very worrying situation is developing as the end of the 90-day period approaches.Many are worried as to what will happen after March 21 if the elections are not held or no parliamentary extension, which must be supported by the Opposition, is agreed to. There could be economic implications in addition to a possible political impasse. There are already reports of a reduction in foreign currency with exchange rates climbing. If no reprieve, then there is a great chance of a further escalation in the cost of living.These are the realties, and the flagrant disregard for the Constitution can only worsen it. Ironically, the Government seems aware that it is caught with the holding of early elections despite seeking help from the courts to stay in office. How else can the sudden presence of officials in outreaches across the country be explained? On the heels of the passage of the No-confidence Motion, Ministers are out and about meeting and interacting with some sustaining public days.This is not to take away from the few who hold regular public days over time; however, there has been a noticeable presence of these officials in parts of the country following the December 21, 2018, vote. A few, who may have never ventured out of office for such engagements are now basking in the spotlight. Even what may be considered as insignificant, is now used as an impetus to engage residents. Similarly, within the same period, a number of potholed-roads in the city and some other areas have been fixed.This strongly suggests electioneering and may not have been realised at this juncture had it not been for the No-confidence Motion. The State media also seems to have gone in campaign overdrive in an attempt to convince the populace that the Government has their interest at heart. Accused of abandoning the electorate and alienating them through the implementation of unpopular policies, the government seems to be in catch-up mode on all fronts.Simply put, it seems to be doing everything to prop itself up and searching for straws, while ignoring the rule of law as dictated by the Constitution. This can only help to confirm the widespread belief that it is preoccupied with remaining in office, possibly at the expense of the best interest of the nation and its people. This is what continues to fuel uncertainty as what could play out after March 19 if no agreement is reached.From all perspectives the Government has a responsibility to not only adhere to the rule of law, but also not to put the welfare of the nation in jeopardy. This must be led by no other that the Head of State and for society to ensure accountability. Voices of reason must therefore continue to be heard and not be made silent. It is common knowledge that the collective has the potential to influence suggesting that much more may be said.Silence would bring into focus the words of Guyana’s renowned poet, Martin Carter, who penned that all are involved, all are consumed. The context therefore seems apt.last_img read more

Terry Truchan announced as new Chief of Charlie Lake Fire Department

first_imgHe took that position in 2011 after seven years with Kananaskis Emergency Services, in Kananaskis Village, west of Calgary. Born and raised in Edmonton he moved to Spirit River and began his career as a fire-fighter in 2000.- Advertisement –last_img

Another Severe Thunderstorm warning issued for the North Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued another thunderstorm warning for the North Peace.At 6:15 PDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a line of severe thunderstorms heading eastwards at 25 km/h. This line of severe thunderstorms will impact communites along Highway 97 between Montney to Fort St. John within the next hour. This line of severe thunderstorms is capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.- Advertisement -See the full warning below:Issued at 2019-07-16 01:18 UTC by Environment Canada: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for:B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320)Current details: At 6:15 PDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a line of severe thunderstorms heading eastwards at 25 km/h. This line of severe thunderstorms will impact communites along Highway 97 between Montney to Fort St. John within the next hour. Advertisement This line of severe thunderstorms is capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.Advertisementlast_img read more

One Direction’s Niall Horan: ‘I never thought I’d receive a pass from Cafu!’

first_imgOne Direction’s Niall Horan has told talkSPORT of an ‘unbelievable’ moment during training for Soccer Aid.The 22-year-old Irishman is part of the Rest of the World team to face England at Old Trafford on Sunday.Both teams will be made up of a mixture of ex-pros and celebrities and Horan admits to being star struck by some former footballers in training.“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Horan told Hawksbee and Jacobs.  “On the first day we were doing small possession boxes and there were two yellow bibs, everyone else blue. It was me and the other person was Cafu.“I remember saying ‘Cafu! Cafu!’ and he passed the ball to me. I stopped and I remember saying out loud: ‘I never thought in my wildest of dreams that I’d receive a pass from Cafu.’“It was unbelievable and it was the same with [ex-Manchester United defender] Jaap Stam.”Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will be in charge of the Rest of the World team and Horan has seen some of his title-winning methods at hand.He continued: “Ranieri arrived today because he was in Italy – I think getting some sort of knighthood!“[Before] we were being coached by Craig Shakespeare, who was Ranieri’s assistant with Stevie Walsh [this season].“Our sessions have been really intense and you get a feeling of what they are about, but Ranieri arrived today.“We were working on a bit of shape and I was on the wing and he was working with me. He was bringing me through the shape and giving a good insight of how to play on the wing which was really good.“He was very involved when he came in, whistle in hand, shouting analogies and he was brilliant.”last_img read more

Wie is main attraction at Sony

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first full-field event of the 2006 PGA Tour season kicks off Thursday, when the Sony Open gets underway in Honolulu with plenty of major winners in the ranks, including defending champion Vijay Singh, reigning U.S. Open titlist Michael Campbell and former No. 1 in the world David Duval. But the biggest attraction might be a 16-year-old Hawaiian schoolgirl who is making her first professional appearance in a PGA Tour event. Michelle Wie, who turned pro in October and is in the field as a sponsor’s exemption, is no stranger to pro golf tournaments, having played in a dozen of them – against men and women – as one of the most precocious amateurs ever to take up the game. The smooth-swinging six-footer first played on the PGA Tour as a high school freshman in the 2004 Sony – also on a sponsor’s exemption. She came within a stroke of making the cut after wowing the field of men’s professionals with her 300-yard drives and the 68 she shot in the second round, the lowest round ever by a female on the men’s tour. Wie, who at 13 in 2003 became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links championship and was a top-10 finisher in her first LPGA major – the Kraft Nabisco Championship – will be making her third consecutive appearance in the Sony, each time on a sponsor’s exemption. She shot 75-74-149 in missing the Sony cut at Waialae Country Club last January, then shot 70-71-141 in missing the cut at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic last summer, again as a sponsor’s exemption. Wie has earned her share of criticism at past professional events for taking a berth that might otherwise have gone to a pro player. But PGA tour vice-president Ric Clarson addressed that by stating the obvious after Wie accepted her Sony berth for this week: “We’re in the entertainment business,” Clarson told the Associated Press in October. “It’s more than just a golf tournament. So when a player like Michelle plays in the Sony Open, it creates national and international attention on, ‘Can she do it?’” Whether doing it involves outdriving tour players or outshooting enough of them to make the cut, Wie – who has helped attract record crowds at the past two Sonys – seems destined again to be one of the event’s biggest attractions this week. !arrow!Local watch:!off! The afterglow of Jason Gore’s best year of professional golf is such that even in an off week, he can be impressive. Although the 31-year-old Valencia resident averaged 80 in finishing last at the season-opening Mercedes Championships in Kapalua on the Hawaiian island of Maui, he wound up leading the young 2006 tour in driving. The one-time Hart High of Newhall phenom blasted a 406-yard drive in the opening round and finished the week with a 279.4-yard average off the tee on the designated-for-measurement holes at the 7,411-yard, par-73 Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort. Such, perhaps, is the residual burn of his sizzling season of 2005, when Gore packed more highlights into his eighth professional summer than can be reasonably prioritized. What, for example, ranks higher on a golfer’s satisfaction scale: Shooting 59 in a professional tournament? Winning a record three consecutive Nationwide Tour starts? Earning midseason promotion to the PGA Tour? Winning on the PGA Tour for the first time? Sharing the midway lead in the U.S. Open as a qualifier? Playing in the final U.S. Open twosome on Sunday with the defending champion? Gore accomplished all of that in 2005, and if it didn’t make his 2006 tour-opening numbers of 80-80-81-79 easier to take in stride at wind-buffeted Kapalua, there was also the nicety that last place in that 2005-winners-only field was worth $70,000. The good-natured ex-Hart and ex-Pepperdine golfer, who led Pepperdine to the 1997 NCAA team title, kept on smiling throughout a week when he couldn’t remember the last time he had three consecutive rounds in the 80s. He was hardly alone in inner frustration. Eight PGA Tour players shot rounds of 80 or higher at Kapalua, and only six men in the field of 28 finished under par for the tournament. Gore will try again this week at the Sony Open, where he will be joined by seven other area or former area golfers, including Occidental College alumnus Olin Browne, who also shot 59 this year – in the final round of his U.S. Open qualifier. Browne, who started the 2005 season on the Nationwide Tour, was another early leader at the U.S. Open as a qualifier, then went on to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and wound up being named the PGA Tour’s Comeback Player of the Year. Former UCLA golfers Corey Pavin and Tom Pernice Jr., ex-USC player Craig Stadler, Pepperdine alumnus Brent Geiberger, past state amateur champion Charlie Wi of Westlake Village and Tom Lehman – the one-time Wood Ranch of Simi Valley assistant pro who will be U.S. Ryder Cup captain this year – also are in the Sony field. Dave Shelburne’s golf column appears on Wednesdays. He can be reached at (818) 713-3609 or last_img read more

DDTV: Hilarious Donegal mammy stunned by daughter’s homecoming!

first_imgIt’s that time of year again – when sons and daughters from all over the world fly home to spend the holidays with their families.The growing trend of children coming home early for Christmas and sneaking in to surprise their unsuspecting parents provides some very entertaining and heartwarming videos as they are posted online.Here’s one from Letterkenny girl Lisa Shiels, who came home early from Brisbane, Australia. Her mother was completely stunned to silence as she comes into the living room looking for tea. Make sure you watch the whole thing for a hilarious Donegal mammy response to her family’s secret scheming!If you have a funny homecoming video this Christmas, share it with us on Hilarious Donegal mammy stunned by daughter’s homecoming! was last modified: December 8th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CHristmasDDTVvideolast_img read more

Killybegs GAA: A special night for the ‘Bakers’ at annual presentation night

first_imgThanks to all who attended our presentation night in the Bayview Hotel on Friday. It was a special night for John ‘Baker’ Boyle, a club stalwart who was named as the Club Person of the Year.Big congrats to all the worthy awardees, who were, U21 player of the year, Michael Gallagher; Ladies player of the year, Maire Dawn White; Most improved ladies player, Mairead McGuinness; Senior Reserve player of the year, Mark ‘Herbie’ Boyle; Young Senior Player of the year, Evan Broderick; Senior Player of the year, Shane Molloy; Club person of the year, John ‘Baker’ Boyle. Well done to the U21 B County Champions who received their medals on the night also. A special word of thanks to our Club Vice Presedent, Eddie McGuinness who presented the awards.This week’s Kilotto numbers were 9,13,19,21 There was no Jackpot winner.  Next weeks Jackpot is at €8,450. There were 3 match 3 winners this week, Annie McGinley, Glen, Brian O’Rourke, Stragar and Mary Murrin 39.You can play Kilotto online on by following this link, you enter the site it’s all very straight forward, you can pick your own numbers or do a quick pick. Good luck everyone.There was no winner of the bingo Jackpot. Next weeks bingo jackpot is at €6,200 on 45 no.’s s. Bingo every Monday at 9pm in the Foresters Hall. Any young person looking to make a few Euro for pocket money, Sellers willreceive 40c for every box filled. Please contact Carmel or Fionnuala.Donegal GAA yearbooks can be bought locally in Hegartys Centra and Sweetnews or on line on donegal for €15.The club will be starting Irish Classes in JanuaryThe club are also looking for donations of any office furniture, filing cabinets, desks etc that would suit our newly renovated office. Please contact a committee member.We’re back in action with Operation Reformation 2017! Registration and health screening will take place on Thursday the 5th of January in the ballroom in the Bayview Hotel from 5-8pm. Exercise takes place from Tuesday the 10th of January with a walk and Thursday the 12th with an exercise class with John Conwell in the tech gym! This will continue for 8 weeks with weigh ins every 2 weeks. You will need to wear hi-viz for walking and an exercise mat and water for the exercise class.Charge is €5 per week and we would hope, if possible, to collect half of this at the registration night and the other half at week 4.The funds this year will be split 2 ways between CLG Na Cealla Beaga’s new Fitness Centre and the Patients Comfort Fund in Killybegs Community Hospital.We hope this will be as big a success as last year and that we smash our previous 45 stone weight loss!Looking forward to seeing you all in January! AIB are happy to announce that any customer that takes out a Home Insurance Policy with them, they will contribute €50 towards your local GAA Club. This is a great way for the club to raise some extra money. All we ask of you is that you call into the local AIB or your nearest AIB Branch to get a Home Insurance quote, if your quote is competitive and you are happy to take out the policy then it’s a win win for us all. Cheaper Home Insurance for you and €50 contributed to the Club. It is not essential to hold an account with AIB. Any queries please do not hesitate to contact Daniel Breslin or the staff in AIB Killybegs.There are 2 types of Club Donegal Cards:Option 1, Club Pass, €150, this card grants you admission to all adult club league and championship matches within the county, plus your Killybegs GAA club membership.Option 2, Club Plus Pass, €200, as above with the addition of all National League matches for Donegal, the first round of the Championship (Donegal V Armagh), the option to purchase additional Championshio tickets as well as the option to buy an All Ireland Final ticket should Donegal qualify.Contact Sarah Tully to purchase.Anyone with information for club notes please let Aisling know by Monday evening. Killybegs GAA: A special night for the ‘Bakers’ at annual presentation night was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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_imgDONEGAL rockers Mojo GoGo have cancelled a gig planned with Aslan in Cork this weekend.The group says their thoughts are with singer Christy Dignam who has been diagnosed with cancer.“We hope Christy makes a speedy recovery,” said Mojo GoGo spokesman. Christy was diagnosed with cancer during hospital tests following a chest infection which progressed into pneumonia.His wife Katherine and 26-year-old daughter Kiera issued the following statement on the band’s Facebook page last night: “Christy was admitted to hospital last week with a suspected chest infection, this progressed into pneumonia.“After numerous tests being carried out he has been diagnosed with cancer, he is to undergo treatment immediately and will be unable to perform until he is feeling better and doctors advise it is safe to do so.“We would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and messages, we are trying to deal with this news and help him through his illness and hope fans will continue to be as supportive as they have always been. “We would like to ask for some privacy at this time thank you Kathryn and Kiera Dignam and all the members and crew of Aslan.”Billy McGuinness, Aslan’s keyboard player and guitarist, said the singer, “is holding up well.”All their planned gigs have been cancelled. DONEGAL ROCKERS MOJO GOGO SUPPORT FOR ASLAN SINGER’S CANCER BATTLE was last modified: March 13th, 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:DONEGAL ROCKERS MOJO GOGO SUPPORT FOR ASLAN SINGER’S CANCER BATTLElast_img read more


first_imgRESIDENTS of apartments in Letterkenny have praised Gardai for busting a drugs operation there.Officers moved into the Burnside apartments yesterday as part of an ongoing crackdown on a suspected drugs gang in the town.One man was arrested and drugs seized. It’s understood the search followed the granting of a warrant at Letterkenny court.A number of residents contacted Donegal Daily to thank Gardai for the crackdown.“This is a good place to live but recently there has clearly been something going on in one of the apartments with up to seven people living there and people coming and going at all hours,” said one resident.“Thank God for the guards; maybe the place can return to normality again.” Another resident told us: “Drugs are a scourge on Letterkenny and for those who think they’re ok, they should try living beside their dealers. It’s awful.“I was delighted to see the guards here.” RESIDENTS WELCOME GARDA DRUGS BUST was last modified: April 23rd, 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:arrestletterkennyRESIDENTS WELCOME GARDA DRUGS BUSTlast_img read more

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