World Bank, Partners Conclude Review of WAAPP-Liberia Project

first_imgThe World Bank Mission to Liberia has completed the assessment of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program’s (WAAPP-Liberia) first phase implementation being carried out in the country.According to the communication specialist of WAAPP-Liberia, Elvis Sirleaf, the assessment was recently done in the project’s counties.He said that it was intended to ascertain the level of progress already made and the challenges being faced by the project in order to make corrections and recommendations for areas that need improvement.According to him, the team comprised of the World Bank Co Task Team Leader to Liberia, Dr. Abimbola A. Adubi; the coordinators of WAAPP Sierra Leone and Guinea, Pete Kaindahen and Dr. Boubacar Diallo; and the coordinator of the Mano River Union Japanese fund, Madam Kenyeh Laureh Barley among others.WAAPP-Liberia is a ten year agricultural project of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) intended to increase rice and cassava production in the country. It is being funded by the World Bank and the government of Japan.It is a regional program that is taking place in 13 West African countries.In Liberia it is being implemented in eight of the fifteen counties, including Bong, Bomi, Mar-Gibi, Gbarpolu, Grand Gedeh, and River-Gee among others.Dr. Adubi, who led the team in several field visits to the project counties, said that he was impressed with the level of work achieved so far.He said that supporting the effort of local farmers to get away from traditional farming to mechanization is significant for achieving the objectives of the World Bank funded project.“Seeing farmers at one of the out grower sites in Bomi County engage in manual labor is a clear manifestation that Liberian farmers want to farm. Helping them to achieve their desire helps to reach future food security agenda goals for Liberia,” he said to farmers in Bomi County.He stressed the need for the engagement of farmers in farmers’ field schools where they can learn new farming methods that are being introduced under the WAAPP project.“We are requesting that the improved planting materials that have been developed in the country be made available to farmers to enable them to meet the deadline of their planting season,” he said.The World Bank Co-Task Team Leader praised the producers of Bomi Gari for their value added component and called on the project to draw marketing plans for the product.He encouraged the out growers to enter in to written agreements with the original owners of the lands being used for farming in order to avoid conflict.For his part, the Development Superintendent for Bomi County, Ernest Davies, said that the county’s authority was ready to work with development partners to ensure that lives of the people in their county are transformed.“We have vast lands that are fertile for the growth of agriculture. Which is why I think there should be no reason Liberia cannot feed itself and its neighbors,” he told the visiting team.He promised his county’s commitment to farming activities in the country, adding that the notion that Bomi citizens are not good at farming is untrue.The week-long visit took the team to the Central Agricultural Research Institution (CARI) in Suakoko, Bong County, where WAAPP is presently multiplying improved rice seeds and cassava cuttings for distribution to local farmers.CARI’s manager, Aaron Marshall, guided the tour of over 50 hectares of upland and lowland rice that have been improved at the research institute, as well as tons of seed rice that are ready for distribution.According to Mr. Marshall, his institution is also engaged in the production of 50 hectares worth of improved cassava cuttings for the WAAPP project, some of which are ready for distribution.“CARI is working with scientists from Africa Rice and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in breeding and multiplying improved planting materials for the project’s counties as well as mentoring young Liberian scientists who are expected to take over when the visiting scientists leave,” he disclosed.The Coordinators of WAAPP Sierra Leone and Guinea who joined the mission to share experience from their respective countries with Liberia, said there was great potential for Liberia to develop and improve in the agro sector.They named land, rich soil, and the enthusiasm of local farmers to work even in the absence of tools as key indicators that Liberia can do well to feed itself if farmers are given all of the necessary support needed.The Mano River Union was represented by the coordinator of the Japanese Funds, Madam Kenyeh Barley.She pointed out the need for active female participation in agricultural activities of Liberia.According to her, respecting the female requirement of 40% under the regional arrangement of recruitment of women to benefit the project was important to the enhancement of WAAPP in Liberia.WAAPP-Liberia Coordinator, J. Cyrus Saygbe, at the end of the mission thanked the participants for the lesson shared and promised to improve those areas that are marked for improvement.He noted the need for more support in the areas of capacity building for CARI, the provision of machines, and help to improve the farming activities of farmers in the country; especially during this final half of the project’s first phase.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_imgThe people of Liberia and the West African region face an existential threat. The threat has implications beyond the sub-region and the African continent. The Ebola crisis constitutes a threat to international peace and security. It is far past time for the world community to step up its engagement from a “public health emergency of international concern” to a Chapter Seven Mandate to “Deliver as One.”The evidence of the threat is abundant since the Ebola outbreak began making headlines worldwide a few months ago – the unfolding  drama in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with the decimation of large population segments, destruction of cherished human values, human insecurity on an unprecedented scale, including the absence of medical attention to non-Ebola ailments.  Add to this the potential that if unchecked in time the virus could mutate, become transmissible and present a clearer and more present danger. Already some have begun to speak of a shift from linear growth to exponential, citing possibilities of 20,000 to 100,000 casualties in the months immediately ahead.Led by the international scientific community, notably Medecins Sans Frontier, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, among others, the nature of the disease has been focused and treatment requirements made clear. Even more, a host of private and governmental personnel is in the fields battling the disease and its devastating consequences for the affected populations now bearing the brunt.If one can speak of a measure of progress registered in the fight by national, regional and global actors, it is equally clear that the opportunities of this challenge loom large.  The small battles won (cases of recovery and the continuing efforts being deployed) have yet to add up, to make a significant dent in this devastating war. There are encouraging headlines such as “Obama Commits ‘Military Assets’ for Ebola Health Care Surge,” “Italy Aids Ebola Fight – Sends Mobile Lab Team, Food, Drugs,” “EU announces 140 million Euros Ebola Response Package.” All of this in addition to reported plane loads of supplies arriving from China, the U.S. and elsewhere.A few weeks ago the UN Secretary General named Dr. David Navarro, a British Physician, as his Special Envoy to West Africa with a mandate to stop the spread of the disease. No doubt serious work is underway to which we are not privy. What seems clear, however, is that the impact of that work has yet to be felt on the ground if one judges from the alarming reports pouring in daily from the fields, including a warning from the WHO that thousands of new cases will come to light in the coming weeks.While Liberians and West Africans appreciate the “international public health emergency” measures that Dr. Navarro’s mandate addresses, developments in the fields, among the populations in the affected West African countries require a ratcheting up of effort to Chapter 7 Mandate   with a UN Security Council Resolution declaring the Ebola situation a threat to international peace and security and calling forth the requisite measures to containing the threat.Here is what this would mean:That the national and regional efforts would benefit from a more robust global effort underpinned by political commitment at the highest level, including the possible re-activation of the civil war-era International Contact Group on Liberia (ICGL) to lead and monitor implementation of the Security Council Resolution;Robust command and control infrastructure replete with an epidemic response force comparable to UNMIL at the height of its operations in the country, as opposed to its current drawdown posture;The “Deliver as One” doctrine would enable decision-making and implementation mechanism that would gather all of the pieces of the international effort and direct them to the goal of reversing the current rapid spread of the disease;Envisage a division of labor where appropriate assets could be brought to bear in particular circumstance. For example, given the historic role of the US in Liberia, it would play certain central roles, as would Britain in the case of Sierra Leone.Such highly coordinated actions by governments and governmental organizations could lead to change in behavior of the international private sector such as the airlines and shipping industries, even expert workers engaged in foreign direct investment activities in the affected countries.The thrust of what I am suggesting is that the global community would—in a more supportive role, backstopping governments and regional organizations – be delivering as one.We appeal to African leaders of conscience, African leaders of earned credibility to step forward and make this happen. I have in mind non-government leaders taking the lead in exciting action on part of global leaders through the instrumentality of the United Nations. These include, but are not limited to, former Nigerian Presidents Abdulsalam Alhaji Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, former Mozambique President Jacquim Chissano, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Philanthropist Mo Ibrahim, Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and our own Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee.What this means is nothing short of a coordinated effort at national, regional and global levels driven by the need to “deliver as one.”  This is not “outsourcing” of national responsibility. This is the nation and the region availing themselves of critical international collaborative crisis leadership. For after all, when the crisis subsides, it will be national governments and their peoples who will remain to pick up the pieces as they learn lessons from this horrific experience. And the world community would have contributed to saving the lives of many West Africans while averting the prospect of the Ebola virus mutating, becoming transmissible, and therefore posing even greater threats to international peace and security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gaskin says move to produce molasses economically unfeasible

first_imgGuySuCo’s reopeningThe plan agreed by Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to have the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) produce molasses for the company’s operations is not economically feasible.This is according to outspoken commentator and economist Ramon Gaskin, who says the undertaking will only profit the company in the end.His comment comes in light of the recent disclosure by SPU Head Colvin Heath-London that DDL and the Unit had entered into an agreement wherein DDL was to advance the SPU in a collaborative effort to produce the molasses that it wants. DDL has a shortfall of more than 27,000 tonnes of molasses.Heath-London said GuySuCo was hoping that operations at both Enmore and Skeldon would be able to meet this shortfall. He noted that the DDL would be advancing monies to cover the costs for molasses production, which they would collectively use to produce the sugar by-product.Gaskin said based on his understanding, DDL is getting molasses from GuySuCo at 50 per cent of the actual cost. This may be the main reason why the company pushed to have the agreement signed so as to cover the remainder of the year.Asked whether it was feasible to reopen the estates to produce molasses, Gaskin said, “It is not feasible. DDL was able to convince the Government that they really need molasses badly and they must reopen the estate just to get molasses. But if you look at DDL books, DDL has over $10 billion worth of stock. DDL could shut down for a whole year and still have rum in the bond,” he explained.While Gaskin did not want to say more on the issue, he added that he believed GuySuCo must be able to state the cost for operating these estates to produce molasses and whether they were operating at a loss. The economist maintained, however, that it did not seem feasible to reopen the factory to produce 1000 tonnes of molasses per month, when in fact GuySuCo was producing 70,000 tonnes per year for the same company.“In my opinion, they are subsidising DDL. DDL made $4 billion in profit last year. But I am not sure that they (DDL) are paying market value for the molasses. And they tied up that deal, because the new people there wouldn’t necessarily allow that to continue,” he explained. He also argued that even with the reduced estates, they would still not be able to produce 70,000 tonnes of molasses annually or 6000 tonnes monthly.Since the thousands of workers have been fired in the downsizing of the sugar industry last year, DDL, the producer of world-renowned and award-winning El Dorado rums, has complained bitterly over this move. Together, the three remaining estates – Uitvlugt, Blairmont and Albion – are projected to produce a total of 52,000 tonnes of molasses this year. However, DDL’s molasses requirement for 2018 alone is 70,000 tonnes.The company had been exploring options, and was even contemplating importing molasses to sustain rum production to meet its increasing local and international demands.Nevertheless, as a long-term solution to this challenge, the company had submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) to NICIL and to Government for the potential purchase of the now closed Enmore Estate. This would have allowed the company to have a guaranteed steady supply of molasses.In early March, DDL said it would be partnering with the SPU and Government to restart the Enmore Estate, and almost 200 workers have been rehired to start operations to produce molasses.It was reported, too, that over 190 cane harvesters have been employed to harvest some 4300 hectares of sugar cane at Rose Hall, so that it can be used by Albion to also produce molasses for DDL.last_img read more

New legislation for left lane driving on high-speed highways

first_imgIn addition, this legislation will allow the ministry to define winter tires as those with a mountain/snowflake symbol or the M+S (mud and snow) symbol by regulation – allowing for more easily updated definitions as tire technology changes.This includes updated requirements for studded tires and traction devices such as chains.Another change will permit local governments to permit motorcycle parking within six meters of intersections with stop signs or signals as long as drivers’ views are not impeded – allowing for more efficient use of space that is not large enough for a car.There is no word yet as to when these new rules come into effect.Advertisement The Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review found there was significant public concern with slow drivers travelling in the left lane on high-speed highways, leading to driver frustration and aggressive driving behaviours.“Drivers who won’t move over can impede traffic and contribute to crashes,” writes Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “This new rule makes it clear who should travel in the left lane, and when, promoting safety on our highways.”The Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2015 clarifies that drivers are to travel in the right lane unless they are overtaking and passing another vehicle, moving left to allow traffic to merge, preparing for a left hand turn, or moving left to pass an official vehicle displaying a flashing light.- Advertisement -Drivers will be permitted to use the left-most lane if it is unsafe to use the right lane, such as if the right lane has not been ploughed or if there’s too much debris.During periods of traffic congestion when the actual travel speed drops to 50 km/h or less, drivers can use all lanes.When there is little traffic and no one is approaching from behind, a driver can also travel in the left-most lane. This was designed to allow drivers on four-lane highways in rural areas to keep a greater distance from the road sides where there may be wildlife.Advertisement Click here to read the entire Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review.last_img read more

Griezmann set for Atletico goodbye in Europa final

first_img0Shares0000That’s goodnight from me: Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is expected to leave in the summer © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, May 14 – Antoine Griezmann’s first major trophy with Atletico Madrid may well prove to be his last if they can overcome Marseille in the Europa League final on Wednesday.Griezmann’s future has dominated the build-up to this week’s showpiece match in Lyon, with the striker widely expected to join Barcelona in the summer. A string of Atletico players were quizzed at a club ‘Media Day’ last week and even if coach Diego Simeone insisted his focus was like that of a racehorse – “head forward, I don’t see or hear anything but the final” – it is impossible to ignore the noise surrounding the Frenchman.Luis Suarez had stirred the pot by speaking about Griezmann as though a deal with Barca was already completed, which prompted an angry response from Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin.“We’re fed up with Barcelona’s attitude,” he said in a statement.“How a president, player and board member speak the way they have done about the future of a player with an existing contract and just a few days before disputing a European final, is an absolute lack of respect towards Atletico.”Griezmann has certainly not dampened the speculation, saying only that he wants his future resolved before the start of the World Cup, while last week even Atletico’s president Enrique Cerezo was hardly reassuring when he said: “Antoine Griezmann is an Atletico Madrid player, as of today.”It all suggests the final could be amount to a Griezmann farewell, after a bumpy four years at Atletico, undoubtedly successful as a whole but not without a few stumbles along the way.This term, he has 30 goals in 52 appearances and, since he joined, his La Liga record stands at 79 in 142.“I think Griezmann is big enough to know what he’s doing,” his strike partner Diego Costa said.“For a player, when Barca want you, it makes you feel important, but he knows that he is important for us and that we want him here.”A departure seemed likely last summer when Griezmann rated his chances of joining Manchester United at “six out of 10” but if his teasing was then deemed slightly disrespectful, his decision to stay was applauded.Atletico had been hit with a transfer ban and Griezmann said it would feel “dirty” to leave, with the club incapable of bringing in his successor.But a new contract looked more like a stop-gap given it included a 100 million euro release clause, which will activate from July 1. For a 27-year-old in the prime of his career, before a World Cup, it is not a figure to deter his suitors.“He would be cheap for the international market,” Filipe Luis said. “And it will be even cheaper if he wins the final.”All the more reason then for Griezmann to deliver against Marseille, and for the club that took the gamble to sign him from Real Sociedad in 2014 when other elite teams looked but decided to hold off.Marseille, meanwhile, are the club Griezmann was pictured managing while playing the game ‘Football Manager’ last year, when he jokingly apologised to Valere Germain and Kostas Mitroglou for not picking them in his side.The furore surrounding Griezmann also serves to highlight the brilliant job Simeone has done, against the odds, and with rivals always circling his star players.But Griezmann too has been key to Atletico’s run to the final and his talent would be difficult to replace.“Right now he is thinking about winning a title,” Costa said. “If Griezmann can make history here with us, win that title, then afterwards there will be time for him to decide what to do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham to sign Alex Song from Barcelona on three-year deal

first_img Alex Song West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says a deal has been agreed to sign Alex Song from Barcelona, if the midfielder can pass a medical.The 27-year-old Cameroon international spent last season on loan with the Hammers and impressed sufficiently to earn a permanent move and a three-year contract, as long as the former Arsenal midfielder can prove his fitness.Speaking to the KUMB (Knees Up Mother Brown) Podcast, Sullivan said: “We have a deal in place with Alex Song subject to a medical. If the medical is okay, we’ll take him.“He’s a player we all admire and we just hope that the medical shows he’s in a sufficient state for us to gamble.“He couldn’t physically pass a medical tomorrow, but if the medics say it’s just a technical thing and he’s only a couple of weeks away you’d take that gamble and hope they’re right.“He’s still got two years left on his Barcelona contract and you’re signing a player on a three-year contract, so it’s a huge commitment. He’s a big earner, Alex.“He’s injured at the moment, which is something you’ve got to weight up. But we’ve got until September 1st to make a decision.”Song starred for West Ham in the first part of last season but his form faded like the team’s.Sullivan added: “On his pre-Christmas form he was possibly the best player we’ve ever signed. But after Christmas he was just another player.“Maybe there’s reasons for that and maybe we’ll see the true Alex Song and maybe he’ll make a huge contribution this year.“We’d like another senior pro in that position.” 1last_img read more

Liverpool will field ‘really strong side’ in EFL Cup clash against Chelsea

first_imgThe cup tie – which you can hear LIVE on talkSPORT –  will be the first in a run of tough games for the Reds – they face Chelsea again in the Premier League and Napoli in the Champions League away from home, before then hosting defending English champions Manchester City all in the space of 12 days.The Reds still hold their 100 per cent start to the season, but given a crucial run of upcoming games in the league many would forgive Klopp for resting his key stars in in the cup on Wednesday.MORE: See talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool line-up for EFL Cup clash against ChelseaBut the manager has nothing but another victory in his sights and has promised to play a strong line-up against the Blues.Klopp said at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday: “The only position I will confirm today is Simon – Simon will start.“All the rest, you have to wait until tomorrow, but it will be a good team, believe me.“We are really competitive. We really want to win that game. I have to make decisions and I will make decisions and it will be a really strong side. “It was as you can imagine – transfer window time is one of two moments in the year when you can make decisions about going somewhere and, yes, Simon would have been ready to go to another club, to be the number one, wherever in the world. That was clear.“But we couldn’t do it, and since then he has been brilliant. He trains fantastic. It’s all good and he deserves that game absolutely tomorrow. I’m really happy to give him that opportunity.” “I will not name a number of changes. It will not be the maximum and it will not be the minimum. One I have already confirmed, so it cannot be nil, and it will for sure not be 11.”The manager was then asked about Mignolet mentality having seen a potential move away from the club fail to materialise over the summer.The big-money arrival of Brazil number one Alisson saw Mignolet fall even further down the pecking order at Anfield, having lost his spot to Loris Karius.The Belgian was expected to leave this summer, but Karius, perhaps prompted by his Champions League horror show, was the one to leave – joining Turkish club Besiktas on a two-year loan.It means Mignolet is the Reds’ number two this season, and Klopp had nothing but praise for his attitude.“He has been brilliant,” the manager said on the goalkeeper. 3 3 Will Reds stars Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino start against Chelsea in the cup? center_img Mignolet is set to make his first start of the season against Chelsea Jurgen Klopp has vowed to field a strong Liverpool side for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round clash with Chelsea at Anfield.The German boss also revealed Simon Mignolet will start his first game of the season, with number goalkeeper Alisson being rested. 3 Jurgen Klopp is aiming to continue Liverpool’s 100 per cent start against Chelsea last_img read more

Vincent Turns In The Second Fastest 100 Meters In School History

first_img IOWA CITY, Iowa – Drake University track and field senior Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) shattered another school record on Saturday evening at the Musco Twilight on Saturday night at the University of Iowa.Huston turned in a time of 4:20.82 to win the 1,500 meters and break the previous school record by nearly three seconds. It was also a nine-second personal best for Huston who now owns four Drake school records.Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) also continued his stellar senior with a personal best and the second-fastest 100-meter time in school history at 10.32 to win the event. Later, he returned to the tack and finished second in the 200 meters in 21.32 to match a personal best and ran the anchor leg on the Bulldogs’ second-place 4×100-meter relay.In the longer distance events, Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) clocked a personal best for the Bulldogs to win the 3,000 meters in 10:05.99.”This team is having an amazing season with lots of personal bests today from Emma, Pierce and Bailee,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “We’re looking forward to carrying this momentum on to the Blue Oval next week at the Drake Relays.”However, the personal bests weren’t limited to the track on Saturday. Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) added to her stellar senior resume with a personal best in the long jump of 19-8.25 to finish second. The jump, which is the third-longest in school history, came on her final attempt of the competition.”Coach Brian Brown told Kayla right after that jump that it the best technical jump she’s done,” said Kaiser-Brown. “When they announced that 6-meter, personal best result it was awesome to see her hard work pay off like that.”Bell also finished second in the triple jump at 40-1.5, her best jump of the season.The teams will aim for more personal best and regional qualifying marks this week when they return to Drake Stadium for the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. 400 Meters 9. Kaylen Rettig, 58.65 10. Rai Ahmed-Green, 59.10 800 Meters 7. Laura Gann, 2:15.62 8. Meghan Kearney, 2:16.62 11. Kayla Giuliano, 2:18.73 12. Celeste Arteaga, 2:26.23 13. Samantha Nielsen, 2:27.98 14. Shelby Varney, 2:35.45 1,500 Meters 1. Emma Huston, 4:20.82 2. Taylor Scholl, 4:35.39 11. Cassie Aerts, 4:41.98 3,000 Meters 1. Bailee Cofer, 10:05.99 100-Meter Hurdles 9. Victoria Coombe, 14.62 400-Meter Hurdles 4. Victoria Coombe, 1:03.83 High Jump 5. Taylor Patton, 5-3.75 6. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-1.75 Pole Vault 2. Christina LeMunyon, 11-9.75 4. Kathryn Ambrose, 10-2 Long Jump 2. Kayla Bell, 19-8.25 Triple Jump 2. Kayla Bell, 40-1.5 2016 Musco Twilight Iowa City, Iowa April 23, 2016 Drake Individual Men’s Results 100 Meters 1. Pierce Vincent, 10.32 4. Aaron Chier, 10.59 5. Demetrius Shelton, 10.66 6. Kendall Owens, 10.79 200 Meters 2. Pierce Vincent, 21.32 7. Aaron Chier, 22.05 8. Kendall Owens, 22.20 400 Meters 16. Cory Erickson, 51.24 800 Meters 10. Alec Bognar, 2:00.61 11. John Freeman, 2:02.14 12. James Saxton, 2:17.74 1,500 Meters 14. Chris Kaminski, 4:04.28 3,000 Meters 6. Josh Yeager, 8:52.37 8. Ali Jandal, 9:09.03 4×100-Meter Relay 2. Owens, Shelton, Chier, Vincent, 40.50 High Jump 5. Ryan Cook, 6-5 6. Forest Moses, 6-3.25 Long Jump 7. Johnathan Osifuye, 21-8.75 Triple Jump 3. Johnathan Osifuye, 47-10.5 8. Sean Buczek, 44-8.25 9. Ethan Turner, 44-4.75 Story Links 2016 Musco Twilight Iowa City, Iowa April 23, 2016 Drake Individual Women’s Results 200 Meters 8. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.46 11. Kaylen Rettig, 26.24 Complete Results (PDF) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: COMMUNITY ALERT: Gardai have issued a warning about a man in an agitated state who may be in the following areas this evening:* Lifford* Castlefinn * Ballybofey/StranorlarIt follows an incident in the Brockagh area in which a man picked up a hitch-hiker in an agitated state.The man reported the incident to Gardai who have issued an alert.It is understood the man has mental health issues. He is tall, in his 30s, wearing a black hoodie and black jeans.He should not be approached under any circumstances.Anyone who has come across this individual should dial 999 or call Gardai at their nearest station.The alert follows reports to Gardaí about incidents earlier in the day. COMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAÍ WARNING ABOUT ‘AGITATED’ MAN was last modified: October 26th, 2013 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:castlefincommunity alertgarda warningLiffordlast_img read more


first_imgInishowen has been hit with the closure of two local businesses with a total loss of 19 jobs.CarndonaghJJ Kelly’s Supermarket close last Saturday night in Carndonagh after being open for 50 years.The supermarket and bakery, owned by JJ and Mary Kelly, has closed with a loss of 15 jobs. And the local O2 phone shop, which was taken over by Three, is also threatened with closure.CARNDONAGH HIT WITH UP TO 19 JOB LOSSES was last modified: May 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) Tags:CarndonaghdonegalJJ Kellys supermarketlast_img read more