What’s Happening in Yekepa?

first_imgWe have long heard of the extremely slow pace of development in the formerly booming town of Yekepa, the center of mining operations in Nimba County.From the 1960s through the mid-1980s the town was the headquarters of the iron ore mining company, LAMCO, a Liberian, Swedish, Canadian an American iron ore conglomerate, known then as  one of Africa’s biggest companies.  It boasted modern housing for high, middle and low-level staff; 24-hour electricity and pipe-borne water; a modern medical center; a vocational training school; and many other social amenities available to the company’s workers.But since the Indian steel giant, ArcelorMittal, took over operation of the mines in 2005, we have heard consistent complaints about the very slow pace of work there.  Last week Nimba youths staged a sit-in on the railway in protest against the company’s failure on many of the agreed projects.Arcelor came in with great promise.  One of the major components of its concession agreement was the multimillion dollar Social Development Fund that put money into the hands of people in the three counties in which the company is involved–Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa.Is was the first such fund required from concessions in Liberia. Nimba receives US$1.5 million, Grand Bassa US$1 million and Bong US$500,000.  The Community Colleges in Nimba and Grand Bassa are direct results.But there are many problems with the Arcelor Mittal that    are frustrating Nimba citizens.   Our Nimba correspondent Ishmael Menkir visited Yekepa in February.  He found the hospital in deplorable condition, not yet renovated ever since Mittal took over the operations in 2005. Nor have most of the schools been renovated.In addition, the Ganta-Yekepa road, which Arcelor Mittal since 2007 promised to rehabilitate and pave, is yet to be done.  Another Dry Season is past and the Rainy Season is upon us.  How long can the people wait for implementation of written agreements between them, their government and this company?Liberians and their government are far more familiar with Americans and Europeans than Indians.  The country was founded by freed men and women from the United States, which has had the longer relations with us than any other country.  Our relations with Europe date back to 1848 when Liberia entered diplomatic relations with Britain, the first country to recognize our independence.  Other European nations, including the Hanseatic States, began recognizing Liberia from the 1850s.But Liberia’s first contact with Indians came in the early 1950s when an Indian national opened what he called an “Indian Bazaar” at the foot of Mechlin Street Down Waterside.  Since then many Indians, beginning with Sethi Brothers, have entered the Liberian market, especially in building materials.  Now the Indians have a serious eye on Liberia’s mineral resources, beginning with Arcelor Mittal. This multibillion dollar deal signaled a lot of hope.  But neither the Liberian government nor its people fully understood the Indians’ intentions–nor their way of doing business.Another Indian company, Sesa Goa, has also taken over the Western Cluster mines in Bomi and Cape Mount counties.  But the GOL knew little about this company and the Daily Observer warned the GOL many times about this.  But GOL went ahead and let it happen.GOL did not even know well enough Elenilto, the Israeli scrap metal company to which GOL, against the advice of the Daily Observer and many others, gave the concession to mine iron ore in the Western Cluster.  But GOL ignored the warnings and Elenilto walked away with over US$100 million when, realizing just as we had said, that they knew nothing about iron ore mining, they sold 49% of the concession to Sesa Goa, an Indian iron ore firm.A few months later, Elenilto sold to Sesa Goa the remaining 51%.  Yet GOL knew nothing about Sesa Goa.  So GOL seemed taken aback when that company one morning presented a most preposterous (absurd) proposal to ship its iron ore from Cape Mount and Bomi by truck to the Free Port of Monrovia!  Now there is another development: the company has scaled down its operation by 80% because of “difficulties.”  Did GOL really know who Sesa Goa really was?As for Arcelor Mittal, GOL needs to engage them  seriously and get them to honor their commitments to their concession agreement.  The company needs to realize that it is not doing business in Liberia in a vacuum, but among Liberians with whom the company has to live and work in order to succeed in doing business.This is the message the youth of Nimba are sending.  It is about their future that they are concerned–and rightly so.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Angel You Don’t Know: Harvard’s Fundraiser Blights Kennedy’s Values

first_imgOn May 16, 2014, the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) launched a $500 million dollars fundraising campaign. HKS claimed the funds will “allow HKS to provide a new level of leadership and innovation while bringing meaningful and positive change to the world.” HKS invited its super star, Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to showcase its global leadership model. While President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has done many important things for Liberia and Africa for which she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, her two-term record on democratic leadership disqualifies her as an envoy of Kennedy’s values of public service and democracy on the world stage. It is important for HKS not only to train “exceptional public leaders”, HKS must also model on the global stage its values by associating only with leaders committed to strengthening democracy-no matter who they are and even if such a move hurts fundraising efforts.John F. Kennedy is known worldwide for strengthening democratic institutions, empowering ordinary folks through the Peace Corps and public service, evidenced by President Kennedy’s favorite quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on the other hand, has demonstrated an extraordinary contempt for democracy by usurping the authority of citizens to vote for local government officials.The Liberian constitution gives the president vast powers, including the power to appoint all cabinet members and their deputies, heads of all government agencies and public corporations and governors of all political sub-divisions in the entire country.In 2009, President Sirleaf struck a devastating blow at the very core of the republican form of democracy by seeking new powers to exclude citizens from electing local government officials who control many basic aspects of their lives. President Sirleaf argued and won the authority to appoint all mayors and city councilors, adding to her already vast powers. This act by HKS super star and outstanding fundraiser has rendered the republic impotent by usurping the powers of citizens to vote. It is incomprehensible and unjustifiable for an elected official who sought the vote of Liberian citizens to effectively disenfranchise voters immediately after they voted to make her Africa’s first female president.This undemocratic act in a republic, not a monarchy, jeopardizes security, justice and access to equal opportunities. For example, in obtaining the power to appoint government officials in nearly all aspects of government, President Sirleaf has worked to establish undue powers in her own hands and in the hands of the elite few, including her sons, friends and family members.Considering the many top government officials recruited from HKS, including the dismissed Airport Manager and other relatives and friends of the president represented in high-salaried positions within the Sirleaf Administration, one can conclude that the administration has done more to enrich members of the elite, her sons and family members than it has done to improve the quality of life for ordinary Liberians.The administration set its own standards for who can work in government (including educational requirements that would be unavailable to ordinary Liberians) as well as corresponding salaries and benefits that far exceed those paid to public servants across America. For an impoverished post-conflict country with an annual budget of $583 million, Liberian representatives earn at least $84,000 per year while cabinet ministers and heads of public corporations can take home up to $180,000 excluding benefits such as gas slips, medical benefits, and housing privileges. Compare that to salaries earned in Massachusetts, where the annual budget is $36 billion dollars, lawmakers earn $62,000 yearly. In New Hampshire with a budget of $11 billion dollars, senators and representatives earn $100 yearly. In both cases, lawmakers receive no cars, gas slips, no armed body guards, or other tangible benefits. Liberian citizens live on less than one dollar a day but the elite officials’ excessive and costly travels include first class airline tickets. The Sirleaf administration’s standards are unrealistic, given the revenues generated by Liberia. The high salaries and benefits, in practice, only benefit the Liberian elite and these policies are helping to create an elite ruling class and permanently sowing the seeds of discord and more political instability.According to Photius.com, Liberia has 85% unemployment. Most citizens lack access to electricity, running water and basic services. In fact, Liberia, a country of 43,000 sq. miles has only one registry of motor vehicle located in the capital city Monrovia,  where the 4.5 million citizens must travel up to 300 miles go to get driver’s licenses and register their vehicles. Imagine how Americans would feel if President Obama appointed all governors, including Governor Patrick of Massachusetts, all mayors and directors of public transit such as Massport. Imagine living in a country so centralized that every citizen must travel to one office to get a driver’s license and vehicle registration. In Liberia, citizens must also travel to the centralized post office to mail letters and every citizen must rent mail boxes because the Liberian Postal Service does not deliver to homes.  President Sirleaf wields more powers in Liberia than the queen of England who rules over a monarchy, not a republic and who lacks the powers to appoint all mayors, including the mayor of London.According to the May 16, 2014 Harvard Crimson article, President Johnson Sirleaf was very clear about her primary role. “My first role is to inspire women,” she said. “You must accept the fact that there will be vulnerability in response to (disaffected citizens’) needs… and that’s part of what leadership is all about.”  After benefiting from the ballot cast by Liberian citizens, the president immediately began to undermine the voting powers of citizens in a country where bullets, not ballot determined the leaders in the past two decades.                                      Irving Christo said: “Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions; it guarantees equality of opportunities.” By concentrating undue powers in her own hands and in the hands of her children, family and friends, systematically widening the gap between filthy rich Liberians and dirt poor citizens, by closing all avenues of opportunities for Liberians without access to American colleges and universities and deliberately eroding democratic institutions through unjustifiable disenfranchisement, President Sirleaf earned for herself a seat at Harvard’s fundraising table. However, I am surprised that the HKS has betrayed the values of President Kennedy by turning a blind eye to President Sirleaf’s actions designed to weaken democracy and snatch ballot powers from citizens who have struggled for two decades to transition from bullets for ballots.Torli H. Krua is founder of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI). UHRI promotes democracy and citizens’ initiatives in Africa and refugee rights in the United States of America. Krua, a resident of Brockton, MA is a native of Liberia and pastor of Dorchester-based Ziah Mission Church. Please send comments to: harlankrua@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No Police Director Needs to Be “Harsh”: Beware the Limits of Power

first_imgPresident William V.S. Tubman, once passing by a group of well armed soldiers  in the Executive Mansion in the 1960s, told a young reporter covering him, “You  have to be careful with those ones.  They are mean men.”The President’s kind and frank advice was keenly noted.                                       True to that warning, something terrible once happened to a young reporter, employed in the late 1960s as one of the four new recruits in the Press Bureau at the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs (now Ministry).  This reporter on one fateful day was assigned to cover a political rally at Tubman Farm in Totota.  While trying to make his way through the crowd to get his story, he was brutalized by soldiers and had to be immediately hospitalized.  After three weeks in the hospital, this reporter NEVER returned to the Press Bureau, nor to Journalism.  The three remaining new recruits also eloped the Press Bureau—and  the profession.   But Tubman’s brutal soldiers, “mean men” most, did not know that there are always limits to power.  Many of those same soldiers probably never knew, though few may have heard, what really happened to the great President Tubman in London on that grim late morning of July 23, 1971.  None of these soldiers was around to protect their leader, the most powerful person that ever entered the Executive Mansion.One date which Police Director Chris Massaquoi—indeed ALL police directors, all policemen and all Attorney Generals—should never forget is April 14, 1979.  That was the day Baccus Matthews and his Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL) staged their march, which they faithfully promised would be “peaceful.”Then Attorney General Oliver Bright, President William R. Tolbert, Jr.’s chief Legal Advisor, misadvised his boss.  Mr. Bright was a lawyer and should have known that it was the young people’s constitutional right to march.   But Bright, like so many Attorney Generals before and  after him, assumed a jingoistic (intolerant) posture.  He went on air on Friday, April 13 and  threatened to shoot, if the march went ahead.  That emboldened the young people.  Bright and his Police Director, Varney Dempster, started the violent reaction long before the march began.  They sent police to the PAL office on Gurley Street, just behind the building now occupied by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and broke up the furniture, confiscated all of PAL’s  documents and took them away.  Despite all that, the march got underway peacefully, from Broad Street.  But by the time the marchers reached the Information Ministry, approaching the Mansion, the police, true to the Attorney General’s threat, opened fire, killing three youth on the spot.  It was at that point that all hell broke loose.  People, many of whom had nothing to do with the march,  started burning vehicles,   breaking into offices and stores and looting everything in sight!  Chris Massaquoi was a very young man then; but just in case he has forgotten, it is important to remind him of the aftermath.    In the end, over a hundred people had been killed and over US$100 million had been lost in the looting and destruction of property!Remember Director Massaquoi’s warning last Tuesday, that the police would be “harsh” in enforcing the State of Emergency? We all should beware being “harsh!”Mr. Massaquoi most certainly remembers from history what happened to Attorney General Oliver Bright.  By the time the April 12, 1980 coup d’etat occurred, overthrowing President Tolbert and murdering, by firing squad, his topmost officials, Oliver Bright had left the country for England, where he died in exile.  Among those on the firing pole was Oliver Bright’s successor, Cllr. Joseph J. Chesson.And what happened to Police Director Varney Dempster, whose men harshly opened fire on the PAL marchers?  He was arrested and slammed into the Post Stockade where, at 2 o’clock a.m. one fateful 1980 morning, he and A.B. Tolbert, President Tolbert’s son, were taken away, given shovels to dig their own graves on a beach, and buried alive!The purpose of this editorial is not simply to recount this horrific moment in Liberia’s history, but to offer Police Director Massaquoi a gentle reminder of the history of police force in Liberia and of a phenomenon only few powerful people ever remember: the limits of power. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

20 Broad Street squatters to be relocated to EBD

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) has embarked on the relocation of several Broad Street, Georgetown, squatters who have been the subject of a High Court legal battle for many years after they refused to remove from a local businessman’s land.Some of the squatters during a discussion with CHPA officialsOn Saturday, some 20 squatting families from Broad Street were selected for relocation to Prospect on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).Through collaboration with the Food for the Poor, the families were identified to benefit from houses which will be constructed and given to them. Among the beneficiaries are five families who were affected when a fire gutted several living quarters earlier this month.Junior Communities Minister with responsibility for Housing, Valerie Adams-Yearwood explained that the other families will be relocated to Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara. However, she added that roads are still to be built in the areas which were allocated for the squatters – both at Prospect and Cummings Lodge.“We will relocate 20 families to Prospect because we’re constructing jointly with Food for the Poor, 72 houses. The remaining families will be relocated to Cummings Lodge.We have just received the approval from Cabinet to go ahead with the development at Cummings Lodge. We have to do the land clearing and put in the roads, drains, water and light,” said Adams-Yearwood. While Adams-Yearwood has admitted that Cabinet approved the project, the Government had previously said that there is no Cabinet since the Chief Justice’s ruling that the no-confidence motion passed against the Government is valid. Instead, the Government said that there is ministerial plenary but this has been highly criticised since the “plenary” has been functioning with the same powers as the Cabinet.Since 2017, the CHPA had said that it was on the verge of relocating the persons squatting at the Broad and Lombard Street intersection.Some 68 adults and 100 children were supposed to be relocated to Barnwell North in Mocha, EBD, but residents there objected to the move.The Department of Housing, in collaboration with the Food for the Poor (FFTP) organisation, were expected to construct 72 homes for the squatters. Government had said it will match the $42 million contribution by FFTP but the Government was not pleased with the house model and the project was reportedly stalled.Meanwhile, the previous administration had discussed plans to have the squatters relocated at La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, and on the East Bank of Demerara but they had refused to remove from the area.Over 35 persons were affected after a fire gutted several shacks on Lombard and Broad Streets, Charlestown, earlier this month.last_img read more

Beaverlodge RCMP investigate armed robbery

first_imgHYTHE, A.B. – The Beaverlodge RCMP are currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred during the early morning hours of August 12 in Hythe.According to RCMP, the incident took place at around 3:20 a.m. at the Grand Marshall Inn in Hythe.Police say two male suspects entered in disguise wearing ski masks, jeans and dark hoodies and stole an undisclosed amount of money. The suspects then fled the Inn before police arrived.- Advertisement -There are no other descriptions of the suspects available at this time.Anyone with information is being asked to call the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2955 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Croatia 2-1 England live score, latest updates and talkSPORT commentary

first_img15 massive minutes. 🤞#threelions pic.twitter.com/l5ylBE8KbS— England (@England) July 11, 2018a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyJordan Pickford is in all respects a keeper. Swipe right if you see him on Tinder— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) July 11, 2018a year ago11th July 2018Alex Varneyhttps://twitter.com/talkSPORT/status/1017139719271051264a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyHalf-time of extra-time. Jordan Pickford’s heroics make sure it’s still 1-1. 15 minutes to win it or we’re going to penalties again…a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyAs he says that, Jordan Pickford makes an outstanding save to keep England level!a year ago11th July 2018Alex Varney“England look the better and fresher side in extra-time.” Stuart Pearce believes the game is there for the Three Lions to win as we approach half-time of extra-time. Listen to talkSPORT here.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyJohn Stones header cleared off the line. England pushing again.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyEngland make their third change. Jordan Henderson makes way for Eric Dier. England looking, understandably, very tired here.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyBack under way on talkSPORT with Jim Proudfoot and Stuart Pearce. Listen here.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyEngland make their second change. Danny Rose replaces Ashley Young.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyDig deep, breathe, start again. And that’s just us watching. It’s supposed to be fun, isn’t it?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 11, 2018a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyKieran Trippier’s brilliant free-kick feels like a long time ago now. Can England conjure up another bit of magic in extra-time?a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyWe are into extra-time. England hanging on at the end with Luka Modric running the show in the second half for Croatia. Hear the thoughts of Stuart Pearce on talkSPORT.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyHarry Kane heads wide two minutes into stoppage time. Looks like we’re heading into extra time.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyFive minutes left of normal time. Croatia looking most likely to find a winner. England clinging on. Listen to talkSPORT here.FirstPrev1 of 3NextLast After 28 long years, England are into the semi-finals of a World Cup.talkSPORT have been covering the Three Lions every step of the way and we are at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to bring you live commentary as Gareth Southgate’s side look to continue their historic run and reach Sunday’s final.Listen to talkSPORT here. and follow our live blog below for all the build-up, reaction and key moments of the huge showdown.FirstPrev1 of 3NextLasta year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyThat’s it for England. Read our match report and tune into talkSPORT for reaction.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyIt comes to nothing. England’s World Cup ends at the semi-final stage. It’s not coming home.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyFree-kick for England deep in the Croatia half. Surely their final chance to rescue this.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyTwo minutes of stoppage time left. The dream looks to be over for England. They are dead on their feet.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyTrippier limps off injured just after England make their final change. Down to ten men now.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyOn comes Jamie Vardy. Kyle Walker makes way. England’s final sub. Nine minutes left to salvage this.a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyMandzukic always scores big goals!!!— GIUSEPPE ROSSI (@GiuseppeRossi22) July 11, 2018a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyMario Mandzukic was the man to find the England net, firing home after John Stones switched off at the back. a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyGOAL! #ENG 1-2 #CRO ⚽️📻 Listen live ➡️ https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/WJncD2OgJD— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 11, 2018a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyGOAL CROATIA! Is that it for England?a year ago11th July 2018Alex VarneyBack under way…last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez announces split from girlfriend with bizarre Instagram video

first_imgThat’s how Alexis Sanchez chose to announce the end of his relationship with Mayte Rodriguez. pic.twitter.com/muorFtnxXy— Lucas Sposito (@LucasSposito_) September 5, 2018Rodriguez opted for a simpler message herself, simply posting: “A while ago, with a lot of love and respect, we decided to end our relationship and take different paths, wishing us all the happiness for our lives.”You can watch Alexis’ video above. The pair publicly declared the end of their relationship The short clip, accompanied by Sia’s ‘Helium’ in the background, featured photos from the couple’s relationship, along with the following message.“I wish you the best of the world, it was beautiful to have met you and to share nice moments with you, but we decided that everyone should follow their own path to seek our dreams.“I do not usually do this, but I ask respect from those who speak without knowing to hurt, because behind everything there are family and children.” 1 Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has announced he has split from his girlfriend Mayte Rodriguez.However, he chose to do so in bizarre fashion, with a tribute video on his Instagram page.last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal starlet to become naturalised citizen in Chinese Super League deal

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Nico Yennaris captains Brentford against former side Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. silverware The CSL side are looking to bolster their squad and are now looking at landing two players with Chinese heritage in a bid to improve their roster with Stabæk star John Hou Sæter joining Yennaris on their wishlist.Yennaris is eligible for citizenship through his grandparents, who are from the Guang Dong province in China. Nico Yennaris in action for Brentford last season. MONEY REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Brentford midfielder Nico Yennaris is set for a January switch to the Chinese Super League which would see him become a citizen, according to reports in China.The ex-Arsenal starlet made four appearances for the Gunners, including one Premier League cameo but has established himself with the Bees since joining in 2014. huge blow England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won He’s found game time hard to come by this season but started against his former club in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night and could leave Griffin Park.His move, though, may be to the Chinese Super League, with Beijing Sinobo Guoan, in a deal which would see him become a naturalised citizen. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack ADVICE center_img RANKED impact REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

GARDAI INVESTIGATE ARSON ATTACK ON MOUNTCHARLES HOUSE

first_imgGARDAI are investigating an arson attack on a derelict house in Mountcharles.Forensic officers spent the day at the scene in Doorin Lane, just outside the town.Fire crews brought the blaze under control in the early hours. Local people say the abandoned property had been used by teenagers in recent months. GARDAI INVESTIGATE ARSON ATTACK ON MOUNTCHARLES HOUSE was last modified: April 18th, 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:GARDAI INVESTIGATE ARSON ATTACK ON MOUNTCHARLES HOUSElast_img read more

DD LOCAL: TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS EVERY

first_imgWALKING GROUP – Meets every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am for a walk or stroll of about 30 – 40 minutes with a cup of tea afterwards if you want. All are welcome to join this group. Contact Marie Hutchinson or the Dunkineely Community Limited Office if you are interested: 074 9737678.Coffee and scones is available at Dunkineely Methodist 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 today 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 24th July at 8:00 pm at Dunkineely Community Limited office (The Manse, Dunkineely). All welcome.Dunkineely/Killaghtee/Bruckless Festival – are also having an “Open Art Competition”, Categories include: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, SKETCH OR DRAWING. €5.00 per entry. Place your Name, Address and Contact number on the reverse of the photograph clearly marking the CLASS you want to enter. Closing date is Thursday 31st July. Post your entries to Dunkineely Community Limited’s Office, Main Street Dunkineely, or just drop them into the DCL Office. Keep a look out on Dunkineely Community Limited’s Facebook page.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 plot> Best 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.Ashes of the late Bridgetta Gillespie (sister of the late Freda Gillespie) who recently passed away in South Africa will be interred in Bruckless at a requiem mass in Bruckless Chapel on Wednesday August 13th at 11:00 am. 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 9737046 Norman 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. (Roald Dhal’s Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone & The Goblet of Fire), Classics (J.R.R. Tolkien to Marian Keyes), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c or perhaps DVD’s, Lego Batman or The Patience Stone from just 50c per night.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or Print Documents (20c per page).Please note that Dunkineely Community Limited office has changed it’s number to 074 9737678.DD LOCAL: TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS EVERY was last modified: July 21st, 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:DD Local: CommunityDunkineelynewsNoticeslast_img read more