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first_img…as Diaspora in Florida brace for impact…remittances projected to fall significantlyGuyanese have not been spared the ravages of the devastating 2017 hurricane season currently storming the Caribbean and State of Florida in the United StatesDead: Dereck Ragnauthof America where there is a significant Diaspora presence.At least one Guyanese has been confirmed among the approximately 28 dead asHurricane Irma Ravages British Virgin Islands (Pride News Magazine)a result of Hurricane Irma – the most powerful storm to make landfall in the Caribbean.Dead is Derek Ragnauth, a Guyanese native who resided on the eastern end of Tortola – the largest in the chain of British Virgin Islands (BVI).Ragnauth reportedly perished when the building he was in collapsed, as theUK police deployed to British Virgin Islands to help in Hurricane Irma responsemonster storm tore through the BVI on Wednesday last.Ragnauth was an in-law of former Amerindian Affairs Minister, now Opposition Member of Parliament, Pauline Sukhai. Another of the Caribbean territories that have been severely impacted, and the Diaspora there as well, is the isle of St Martin where hundreds of Guyanese have been displaced as a result of the widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure.In excess of 3500 Guyanese reportedly reside on the island.Social media posts emanating from that overseas territory indicate that there has also been widespread violence and looting in the wake of the destruction left behind by Hurricane Irma.Analysts have since opined that the impact will soon be felt at home since Guyanese are heavily dependent on remittances received from Caribbean jurisdictions such as the BVI, St Martin and the Turks and Caicos Islands, three ofAerial footage illustrates the extent of the damages in BVI (KCRA.com)the hardest-hit territories where a significant Guyanese population resides. Meanwhile, the Caricom grouping of which Guyana is a founding member has already indicated its readiness to provide assistance to nationals affected in the hurricane-hit regions.Caricom Chairman, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, in a public statement from the body, has stated, “The Community stands ready to render whatever assistance it can to assist in the recovery efforts which are being coordinated by CDEMA [the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency].”According to the Caricom Chair, “This massive storm has already claimed lives inDamage from Hurricane Irma is seen September 7 in Orient Bay, on the Caribbean island (CNN)many of the countries and has inflicted severe damage to infrastructure in the affected islands.”“I extend condolences to the family of the deceased and to the Governments and peoples of the countries. It is almost impossible to assess the human cost of disasters such as these.”Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vice President Carl Greenidge has beenHurricane Irma leaves trail of devastation across Caribbean (The Telegraph)quoted in local media reports indicating that Government was exploring the possibility of evacuating citizens from hard-hit areas such as St Martin.“Caricom is looking at such coordination. This is one of the things discussed yesterday (Saturday), but what I am saying is that whilst in principle, the need was recognized, the specifics by way of needs could not be determined yesterday and as soon as we have those details, we will ask whoever can help or if we can help,” one report quoted Greenidge as saying.Guyana’s Honorary Consul in French Guiana, Travis Tracey-Lecant has advised that all Guyanese who need information, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, on relatives who reside on the French territory of Saint Maarten should contact her as follows: consul.guyana.cayenne@gmail.com with their full names, dates of birth, gender and address.The powerful hurricane made landfall on Sunday in the State of Florida where surges immediately flooded large swathes of residential and business enclaves.After wreaking devastation through the Caribbean and forcing one of the largest evacuations in American history, Hurricane Irma ripped away from the Florida Keys on Sunday afternoon and made a second landfall in the United States around 15:35h at Marco Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Centre.The Marco Island Police reported wind gusts of up to 130 miles per hour. In southwest Florida, residents have been bracing for Irma after days of frantic preparation.last_img read more

first_img1 Inaki WIlliams in action for Athletic Bilbao Everton are ready to join Manchester City in the race to land Spanish ace Inaki Williams.The 21-year-old signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal at Athletic Bilbao in January but it has done little to dampen speculation surrounding his future.City scouts have watched the forward over the past 12 months and have been linked with a move this summer once Pep Guardiola takes over.But Real Madrid are also hot on his heels and desperately want to keep him in Spain this summer.And now sources in Spain have claimed that Everton are the latest club to express an interest in Williams, who has scored seven goals in 18 La Liga outings this term.The Spain Under-21 international has a minimum fee release clause set at £39m but it has been suggested that Bilbao would consider selling for around half of that.last_img read more

first_imgDeirdre with her husband Marc and their children.On Saturday night last, hundreds turned out to honour Deirdre Mc Glone as the 2015 Donegal Person of the Year.Deirdre was joined by her family, friends and many people from Donegal especially Ballintra, Donegal Town and the surrounding areas.Many of the well-known hotelier’s friends and colleagues from the tourism industry also joined her in celebrating this special accolade.The evening kicked off with a wine and gin reception in the Regency Suite and from then onwards there was a very special atmosphere for the whole event! Siobhan Shovlin, MC for the night, kicked off the proceedings shortly after 8pm in the Regency Hotel and paid tribute to the past persons of the year in attendance including John Carr, Joe Mulholland, Anne Marie Ward and Moya Doherty.Hugh Harkin and Deirdre McGlone with the piper.Hugh Harkin, President of the Association, paid tribute to the outgoing Donegal Person of the Year Moya Doherty. Hugh spoke of the fact that this is the first time in the 38 years of the award that two women have been recipients back to back. He highlighted the importance of recognising entrepreneurs and business people in our county as they contribute so much.Cathaoirleach, Elaine Caffrey addressed the crowd and thanked all in attendance including the sponsors and media for their continued support.On a sadder note Elaine remembered the late Charlie ‘Dora’ McGinley from Annagry who was such a familiar face at the ticket collection point for many years. Charlie sadly passed away before Christmas but his family attended the event on Saturday night. Elaine spoke of the hard working committee who put the evening together and the Regency Hotel for their support and dedication to making the night run so smoothly.The lady of the moment, Deirdre later addressed the crowd and spoke about how she never envisaged winning such an accolade and spoke of her desire to continue putting Donegal on the map as a tourist destination.She thanked the committee of the Donegal Association for choosing her and assured them that she would do all in her power to continue promoting the county she loves so much. She paid tribute to her own family and all those who help in the smooth running of her establishment. She spoke of her three children who were present on the night and who later presented Deirdre with a birthday cake for her 50th birthday.Pat the Cope Gallagher, Siobhan Shovlin and Noel Cunningham.She spoke about her daughter Christina’s ambitions to fill her shoes in years to come and that she should have no difficulty in doing so. Deirdre said that we really have it all in Donegal and our people are so special and referred to how proud she is to be a Donegal person and stated that her ‘feet may wander but they will always return back home to Donegal’.This year, there was a special dimension to the Gala Ball as there was a special prize for ‘The Best Dressed Lady’. The winner was Lianne Mc Crea from Donegal Town who wore a fantastic navy lace sleeved dress. Lianne walked away with a pampering voucher, dinner for two and a bottle of champagne.There was a charity raffle held on the night with proceeds going to Pieta House, who hope to set up a centre in the Northwest in the coming years, this was a very worthy cause indeed as proceeds are being ring-fenced for the centre in the Northwest.Deirdre is presented with her award by Hugh Harkin.After the meal the wonderful Noel Cunningham introduced the interval acts Eamonn Gillespie and Roly Daniels who are regular performers at the Summer Cabarets in Harvey’s Point.The crowd thoroughly enjoyed singing along to the fantastic entertainment. The night was truly fantastic from start to finish with so many special moments for Deirdre and her guests which they will cherish for many years to come. On the stroke of midnight, Deirdre’s children brought out a cake for their mother who celebrated her 50th birthday on the Sunday. The Paul and Mary B Band kept the guests entertained late into the night and ensured the dancefloor was full at all times for the final part of this special night.The Donegal Association in Dublin are delighted and proud to have Deirdre as their ambassador for the year ahead.Mayor of Donegal Ciaran Brogan and Hugh Harkin.Deirdre pictured with her husband Marc and Mayor of Donegal Town, Patricia CallaghanDEIRDRE IS DONEGAL’S PERSON OF THE YEAR – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: March 8th, 2016 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:Deirdre McGloneDonegal Person of Yearlast_img read more

first_imgA Buncrana man who was found to be in possession of cannabis after having an epileptic fit on the way from voting in last month’s Presidential Election has avoided criminal conviction.Martin Donegan, of Apartment 6, 43 Lower Main Street, was before Buncrana District Court charged with possession of a controlled drug at St Oran’s Road on October 26. The defendant, aged 56, was also charged with threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour on the day in question, Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court.Judge Kelly heard that gardaí had been called to St Oran’s Road when a hitchhiker had started acting aggressively toward the person who gave him a lift.The hitchhiker, who was Donegan, was subsequently arrested and found to be in possession of cannabis when searched at Buncrana Garda Station. Inspector Sheridan said Donegan had nine previous convictions.Solicitor, Mr Ciaran Mac Lochlainn told the court that Donegan had gone to the polling station in Fahan to cast his vote in the Presidential Election.Instead of getting a bus back into Buncrana, the defendant got a lift with a man and his child and during the trip took an epileptic fit in the car.Not knowing what to do, the court heard, the driver pulled over and called the gardaí.Mr Mac Lochlainn said that Donegan had no recollection of what had happened and wished to apologise. His solicitor added the cannabis found in Donegan’s possession was to assist him with his condition.Donegan was given a chance to avoid a criminal conviction by making a €100 donation to St Vincent de Paul and Judge Kelly struck out the charges.Man who took fit on way home from voting found with cannabis was last modified: November 13th, 2018 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:buncranacannabiscourtMartin Doneganlast_img read more

first_imgThere was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 1,9,22 and 24. Two prizes of €50 went to Connie Doherty Station Road and Patsy Mc Dyer Glen Road. Next weeks jackpot is €3,600.The U-13′s had a very comprehensive victory over Four Masters last Thursday evening. Naomh Conaill 4-15 2-09 Four Masters.The third team suffered a heavy defeat to Sean MacCumhaills in the league on Saturday evening. Naomh Conaill 0-07 4-11 Sean MacCumhaills. In the reserve championship quarter final Naomh Conaill play Bundoran in Donegal Town on Saturday evening at 5.00pm.The senior team progressed to the County semi final of the championship after beating Bundoran in the quarter final 1-10 to 0-05. Their semi final is fixed for O’Donnell Park Letterkenny on Sunday at 4.00pm. Naomh Conaill v Four Masters/ St Michaels.A full range of club merchandise is now available in the Co-Op.GAA: NAOMH CONAILL GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: October 18th, 2012 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:GAA: NAOMH CONAILL GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: Letterkenny Gaels hosted a successful under 8 and 10 football blitz against Red Hughes last Saturday at Pairc na nGael. Over 100 children, accompanied by a large crowd of parents and grandparents, enjoyed some top quality football in the beautiful sunshine at the Glebe on Saturday morning. The strength of underage football at both clubs was on show with Red Hughes and Letterkenny Gaels both fielded two very strong under 8 and two under 10 teams. All teams were very evenly matched and amazingly all eight games finished in score draws. The u8 and u10 teams involved a healthy mix of boys and girls which was very positive for girls’ football at both clubs. These football blitzes are part of the GAA Go Games series that will run during May and June. Letterkenny Gaels u8s and u10s will play against number of local clubs in a non-competitive fun environment.Training continues every Sunday morning from 11am – 12noon for u6s, u8s and u10s age groups. If Sunday morning doesn’t suit, the club also provides an additional training session for the U8s and U10s age groups on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8 pm. To enquire about the underage football training, Parents should contact John McDermott (086) 8561768 (under 6s), Brian Sweeney (087) 2282386 (under 8s), David O’Callaghan (086) 769 0305 (under 10’s) and Donal Murphy (087) 6858546 (Under 12’s) or come along any Sunday or Wednesday. New boys and Girls welcome to join in the fun any week.LETTERKENNY GAELS UNDERAGE BLITZ – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: May 30th, 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) Tags:GAALetterkenny Gaelspicture specialSportlast_img read more

first_imgIf you were in the Class of ’87 at Letterkenny’s Loreto Convent, then you can do one of two things now.You can read on and send yourself back in time for the time of your life.Or you can pretend you never read this and try to forget you listened to Spandau Ballet, The Smiths or Wham! That’s because Sandra McGettigan (we’re not sure what she was called in 1987!) is organising the school reunion of the year.It takes place in Arena 7 on July 7th and you can find out all the details by contacting her at sandramcgettigan@gmail.com.She has already contacted all the ‘B’s’ in the class including Bronagh, Bernadette, Barbara, Brid and Brenda.So now you know. You can pretend you live in Greece instead of Glencar and make your excuses.Or you can get along for the time of your life. LORETO CONVENT’S CLASS OF ’87 NEED YOU NOW! was last modified: June 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLASS OF ’87letterkennyLORETO CONVENTREUNIONlast_img read more

first_img He gave everyone else the weekend off to get their heads straight for the big game. The Mustangs (3-2, 0-0) host the Apaches (3-2, 0-0) in both teams’ league opener at 7 tonight. A week before first-year Muir High School football coach Ken Howard was to match wits with Arcadia High School’s Jon Dimalante in what could be the game that ultimately decides the Pacific League title, Howard decided he needed a vacation to relieve some of the stress. Instead of using the Mustangs’ bye week to scout Arcadia’s game at Glendora last Friday, Howard left to Yosemite with several players over the weekend, including star receivers Lance Mitchell and Tyler Roby. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Not everyone (had the weekend off), we had coaches at the Arcadia game (a 42-25 loss to Glendora),” Howard said. “But the four-day vacation was great. We did some hiking, bonding, and just hung out. I think it was a great experience because we needed to take a step back, take a deep breath and clear our minds. “I think it helped, because we had a great week of practice, and we know the league championship goes through Arcadia. I have so much respect for coach Dimalante that I know we will have to be perfect to get this done.” The Mustangs defeated the Apaches 42-21 last year and wound up finishing in a three-way tie for the league title along with Crescenta Valley. These two schools appear to be the favorites heading into league again, with the Apaches’ only losses coming against upper division schools St. Francis (No. 2 in Div. III) and Glendora (Division II). The Mustangs, coming off a 58-14 whipping of Morningside two weeks ago, have lost to a Southern Section giant in Oaks Christian and to Jefferson 22-21 in a game they had a chance to win in the final seconds. “I know a lot of people would like a game like this to be at the end of the season, but I like having it now and getting it out of the way,” Howard said. “We’ve had a week off and there’s no excuses. We feel like everyone has healed from their bumps and bruises and that we’re as ready as we’re going to be.” It will certainly be a game of matchups. The Mustangs need to find a way to contain Apaches senior running back Audarrius Bailey, who rushed for 199 yards in this game as a sophomore and is the two-time league MVP coming off three straight performances of 100 yards or more. Bailey was fighting nagging injuries in last year’s contest, and only carried the ball five times for 47 yards. “Outside of that guy at Oaks Christian (Marc Tyler), we haven’t faced a running back of Bailey’s caliber,” Howard said. “But the other guy that worries me is that quarterback (Travis Gowan). If that quarterback starts getting off like he has in other games, then you have to start picking your poison, and you don’t want to have to do that.” If there is a chink in the Apaches’ armor, it’s in their secondary, which the Mustangs hope to exploit with athletic receivers in Roby, Mitchell and a third-year starting quarterback in Forrest Elder. “It’s a big concern for us,” Dimalante said of Muir’s receiving corps. “Because they’re so fast and athletic, it’s going to create some mismatches. And what also makes them dangerous is Forrest, because he has the ability to scramble out of trouble and make something out of nothing.” — Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at fred.robledo@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals -Daily News SIMI VALLEY – Regardless of the weather, something that looks like snow is falling at the new Simi Valley Town Center each night approaching Christmas. A Los Angeles-based company, MagicSnow, provides the illusion of millions of puffs of snow floating through the air. But unlike real snow, it dissolves on contact. The snow puffs fall each night at 7 p.m. until Christmas at the mall at 1555 Simi Town Center Way. They fall at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays. The 600,000-square-foot Town Center is Ventura County’s newest regional shopping center, located north of Highway 118 between First Street and Erringer Road. last_img read more

first_imgResidents on a number of islands off Donegal coast are voting in the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.Ballots were cast on a number of islands, with polling stations opened at different times during the day.Islanders went to the polls a day ahead of the rest of the country to allow for all eventualities in getting their votes to count centres in time. In the northwest, 743 residents are registered to vote on five islands off Co Donegal.Polling stations on Toraigh (Tory Island), Inis Bó Finne (Inishbofin) and Gola Island opened at 11am and were due to close at 3pm.A total of 234 voters are registered to vote on the three islands, with 142 people eligible on Toraigh, 63 on Inis Bó Finne and 29 on Gola.More than 500 people on Aranmore cast their ballots between 10.30am and 7pm, while the four people registered on Inishfree had a two-hour window to exercise their franchise between midday and 2pm. Polling stations opened on Donegal’s five islands was last modified: May 24th, 2018 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