Another Marijuana Drug Bust in Fort St. john

first_img They were arrested after police stopped and searched a truck and camper at about 5.30. They seized over five pounds of marijuana and 61 grams of hash, with an estimated street value of $23,000.The two unidentified suspects, 45 and 46 years of age, have both been granted conditional release from police custody.- Advertisement -They face drug possession and trafficking charges, but there’s no word yet on their court appearance date before a judge. Two men from Quesnel face charges, following a vehicular drug bust late yesterday afternoon in Fort St. John.last_img

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Quality of life in L.A. measured in study

first_imgIt found some gains in education and public safety, but noted the region’s residents are struggling to get by financially as housing and transportation costs increase and wages remain relatively stagnant. Lack of access to affordable health care and high incidences of several chronic diseases and obesity also leave the county well below quality standards, it said. The two-year study was funded privately by Dominic Ng of Pasadena, president of East West Bank, headquartered on Los Robles Avenue. Ng, a 10-year United Way board member, said he didn’t know how much the project cost, but it came from his accumulated annual contributions to the charity. “I personally feel that everyone who lives in the county of Los Angeles would like to improve the quality of life for themselves and future generations,” Ng said. “We put out this index as a benchmark to measure against next year when we revisit the pivotal areas of education, economic status, health care and public safety.” Ng said the United Way wanted to provide decision- and law-makers at community, county and state levels with cohesive information about areas of highest concern. “\ is innovative,” Ng said. “We want to be a leader on this front, not only to be a charity that takes money and turns around and gives money to other charities. To think we can raise money to fix all our problems is somewhat naive … It’s important to us to open the eyes of the public and policy-makers about critical areas we need to address all together.” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the report echoes an alarm he has been trying to raise since his election. “This confirms what I have been saying on the need to change our school system,” he told more than 400 business leaders gathered at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel to review the findings. “We have an emergency situation where we have to get parents and teachers involved and make sure we are providing the education that is needed to succeed in the 21st century. “It is not about preparing our kids for failure. It is about preparing them to do the jobs that will be needed in the coming years.” Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, agreed with Villaraigosa and said the county’s future hinges on major changes. “Educational improvements are an emergency situation in Los Angeles,” Cisneros said. “Unless there are improvements, we are faced with an ugly scenario and the impact will not just be felt here. It will be felt everywhere.” The report cited figures showing only 60 percent of high school seniors graduate on time, with only one in four eligible for higher education. It also showed just 12 percent of ninth-graders are proficient in algebra, while only about 30 percent of third-graders are reading at grade level. “There have been improvements in educational achievement over the past few years, but we are still far behind in adequately preparing young people for the 21st century economy,” the report’s authors wrote. Villaraigosa attributed some of the findings to the large immigrant population in the area. But he said it also reflects changes in a local economy in which the middle class is being driven out. “It is not just taxes and housing that keep people from staying in Los Angeles and threaten the middle class,” Villaraigosa said. “It is all these factors of schools, public safety and health care that are affecting us.” Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, said the index is important in providing a broad picture of life in Southern California and why people choose to stay and work here. “Just as the Dow Jones Index produces a single figure to track conditions in the stock market, the quality-of-life index provides an objective measure for tracking how Los Angeles County is doing,” Buik said. “What people may not realize is how closely these factors are interrelated. Businesses are not going to come and stay in Los Angeles if their employees can’t afford housing. Breakdowns in our health care or educational system directly impact the strength of our workforce and overall economy.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Despite improvements in recent years, the overall quality of life in Los Angeles County remains far from good, and the region faces a bleak future unless it can launch broad reforms in everything from education to housing, according to a report released Wednesday. The benchmark study by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles is the first for the region and compared local, state and national indicators in education, the economy, health and public safety over the past five years. With a score of 10 signifying a good quality of life, Los Angeles County got a rating of just 7.32. California as a whole scored 8.08. “Although a region of great wealth and roughly one-third of the population of California, Los Angeles County is behind the state in every part of the index,” the report said. last_img read more

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DISTRESSED MORTGAGE HOLDERS TO HOLD MEETINGS IN DONEGAL

first_imgDistressed Mortgage Holders and Anti Eviction Taskforce (AET) will be holding a series of events in Donegal to aid those in mortgage distress.A meeting to offer help and support to those in mortgage distress is on the Sunday evening at 7.30 pm in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny. People are invited to bring their documents along as assistance will be available on the night.The group will be attending court on the Monday to offer continued support.Also on the Monday night at 7.30pm at the Station House, there will be an information evening, this will be of help to those directly affected by the threat of repossession and to people who may want to offer support to those under threat. DISTRESSED MORTGAGE HOLDERS TO HOLD MEETINGS IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 11th, 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:distressed mortgage holdersdonegalmeetingslast_img read more

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DOES YOUR SCHOOL WANT TO GO TO THE FAI CUP FINAL?

first_imgLast year, Finn Harps FC took 175 children from Primary Schools in Donegal to the FAI Cup at Aviva Stadium. This was a massively successful day and was enjoyed by all.The club are delighted to be able to announce that they are going to run the same programme and intend to again take children from Donegal schools to the FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday 6th November.If your school is interested in taking attending this year’s FAI Cup Final as part of this programme, please contact John Campbell BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK if they wish to be included. The following will apply:1) Places are limited to no more that 50 pupils from any one school.2) Finn Harps FC will provide the tickets for the FAI Cup Final.3) Transport and food are the responsibly of the school, but as with last year the club will assist in the fundraising for this. Only Schools who register before the school holidays will be included as the event requires substantial organisingFor further details, contact John Campbell on 083 3820755 or email John at clubpromotions@finnharps.comDOES YOUR SCHOOL WANT TO GO TO THE FAI CUP FINAL? was last modified: May 24th, 2011 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

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GAA FANS LEFT OUT IN COLD AS VANDALS TARGET LETTERKENNY BUS OPERATOR

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Dozens of GAA fans are crying foul after a well-known Letterkenny bus company operator was targeted by vandals.The loyal Donegal fans had planned to travel to Clones this Sunday for the Ulster Final with bus operator Cathal McGettigan.But Mr McGettigan’s fleet of buses have been destroyed after vandals smashed a total of 21 windows on five of his seven vehicles at a cost of €15,000. The Letterkenny-based businessman, who is originally from Ard O’Donnell,  said he has been left sickened by the attack.“I have parked my buses at the yard at Long Lane for the past ten years and there has never been a problem.“When I got to the yard and saw the damage, I was just completely sick. I can’t tell you how I felt,” he said.Mr McGettigan said he suspects the attack was premeditated and that a specialist glass breaking hammer was used in the attack. He said he now has a major headache as dozens of people have already booked tickets to travel on his buses to Clones in Co Monaghan on Sunday.“I’m trying my best to get the glass replaced but it’s easier said than done. I want people to know that I’m trying my best.“It’s tight enough making ends meet with the way things are but for something like this happens just takes the wind out of your sails.“It’s a lot of money and I just hope that the insurance covers it,” he said.A spokesman for Letterkenny Gardai said the matter is being investigated. “We would appeal to anyone who noticed anybody acting suspiciously in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny in the early hours of Thursday morning to contact us.“This was a deliberate attack and has caused considerable distress to the owner,” he said.EndsGAA FANS LEFT OUT IN COLD AS VANDALS TARGET LETTERKENNY BUS OPERATOR was last modified: July 14th, 2011 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:attackCathal McGettiganletterkennyMcGettigan buseslast_img read more

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New oncology unit due to open in coming weeks

first_imgAltnagelvin’s new €50 million oncology unit is due to open within the coming weeks. The cross-border unit will provide treatments to people with cancer from both North and South of the Border.It is hoped that the establishment of this new unit will make cancer care more locally accessible and reduce waiting times.Approximately 220 new jobs will be made for nursing staff, radiographers, oncologists and radiologists. The new facility will “provide a patient centred, holistic service for cancer patients… Radiotherapy treatment, including combination radio/chemotherapy for curative and palliative purposes, for all but the most complex of tumours, will be delivered at Altnagelvin Hospital.”Over half a million people will be in the catchment area to avail of the new service. Approximately 10% of cancer patients may still have to travel to Belfast, Galway or Dublin for more advanced treatment.The catchment area for the new facilityDesigners aim to make the facility as comfortable as possible and will create a design which “helps allay fears of patients and relatives who are attending for cancer treatments, through the integration of landscapes with the internal design of the building.” It is hoped that the designers’ choice in materials will create a warm and relaxing environment. Made up of several buildings, the unit is “designed along the continuum of the “garden” that incorporates both the external existing landscape and the internal path of the patient’s journey.”Noelle Duddy of Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest said members have for over 11 years campaigned fearlessly for the retention and development of cancer services in Letterkenny University Hospital and for the provision of radiotherapy services in the NorthWest Region.And she vowed that these goals will continue despite the surprise withdrawal of Britain from the EU.She stressed that the Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin is NOT an EU project.“The NorthWest Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin is funded by both Governments, North and South. This exciting cross border Project enjoys the good will and support of Government, Politicians, Health Services and Communities from both sides of the Border. It is not an EU Project.”“Whilst CCC(NW) remains optimistic that “Brexit” will not stop patients living in Donegal from accessing radiotherapy treatments in Altnagelvin when it opens its doors, we have written to both Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill, MLA and Minister of Health, Simon Harris, TD requesting that they, “issue a clear statement as soon as possible, to reassure people living on both sides of the border, in the North West Region of this Island, that ‘Brexit’ will have no impact on cancer patients receiving radiotherapy treatments in the cross border Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin, when it becomes operational in late autumn of this year and that work to complete this project is continuing and unaffected.” The unit will be managed by the Western Health and Social Care Turst, who will work closely with the Cancer Centre in Belfast, the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, and Letterkenny University Hospital.It will be funded by the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland and the Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland. It will be commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board (NI) and the Health Service Executive (ROI).New oncology unit due to open in coming weeks was last modified: October 9th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

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Balinya, Sserunkuma out as Desabre names final squad for Tanzania qualifier

first_img Tags: 2019 AFCON qualifierdan sserunkumaJuma BalinyaSebastien DesabretopUganda Cranes Balinya (left) has scored 16 goals in the League this season (File Photo)KAMPALA – StarTimes Uganda Premier League top scorer Juma Balinya has been excluded from the players who will feature for Uganda against Tanzania on Sunday.The Police FC striker who has scored an impressive 16 goals this season has been a shock exclusion from the list of 10 locally based players who will travel to Egypt on Sunday.The list of players that was announced on Saturday night, hours after thhe Cranes defeated Kampala Select 4-0 at Lugogo, also does not include last season’s League top scorer Dan Sserunkuma.Sserunkuma who has scored 9 goals for his side Vipers SC this season, scored two of Uganda’s goals on Saturday.However, his teammate, Halid Lwaliwa makes the cut after impressing in both training an on Saturday.As expected, the duo of Hassan Wasswa and Godfrey Walusimbi have also been named on the team that will depart the country on Sunday.The other 7 are Timothy Awany (KCCA), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers), Sadam Juma (KCCA), Moses Waiswa (Vipers), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello and Henry Patrick Kaddu (KCCA).“We had a good trial match against Kampala Select, said the Frenchman.“It summarised the week of training we had with the players who are home based.Desabre speaks to the press on Saturday (Photo by FUFA MEDIA)“It was a great match and we tested the players before flying out to Egypt for the final trainig camp in Ismaily.“We expect the other players to join us there and we shall play a trail game on Wednesay for our final preparations.The 10 will depart Entebbe International Airport on Sunday at 6 PM aboard Ethiopian Airlines.They will join the 14 foreign based players in Egypt as the team prepares for its final game in Dar es salaam on Sunday, 24th March 2019.Speaking after Saturday’s game, Cranes head coach Sebastian Desabre said that the local-based players were trst well before the Egypt camp.The final team for Ismaily Camp:Goalkeepers:Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Magoola (Al Hilal, South), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia).Defenders:Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Timothy Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Geofrey Walusimbi (Free Agent), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Kirizestom Ntambi (Ethiopian Coffee), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania).Midfielders:Khalid Aucho (Churchhill brothers, India), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Free Agent), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA, Uganda), Moses Waiswa (Vipers, Uganda), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF, Denmark).Forwards:Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA,Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Henry Patrick Kaddu (KCCA, Uganda)Comments last_img read more

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One hundred dead animals on Donegal farms as dispute continues

first_imgIt is understood that more than 100 dead animals are currently waiting to be collected from farms around Donegal.The situation has arisen as a result of a dispute between local knackery operators and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.The issue is to be raised today in the Dail by Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher. He said he plans to ask the Minister to outline what interim measures he has taken to mitigate the problem of unburied animal carcasses that have been left on farms as a result of the ongoing knackery operators dispute in Donegal at present.He will also ask if he has further considered relaxing the restrictions on farmers to carry out burials of such carcasses on a controlled basis on their own farms until normal services resume by the operators; and if he will make a statement on the matter.It is understood dead animals are currently being held in storage in sheds in recent days.However, there are fears this could lead to the spread of disease on farms.  One hundred dead animals on Donegal farms as dispute continues was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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African folklore explored in animated short film

first_img7 March 2016Orisha’s Journey, a short animated film by New York City-based Ghanaian filmmaker Abdul Ndadi, brings a distinctive African feel to the world of animation, through vivid colours, its soundtrack and storytelling.In the film, the title character, Orisha, listens sceptically to a fairy tale told by her grandfather. She decides to find her own fairy tale, one that truly speaks to her. To do so, she embarks on an adventure, and along the way encounters magical creatures and monsters from African folklore.Orisha also makes new friends and realises that reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Ultimately, the girl learns more about herself, her culture and the interconnectedness of nature and humanity.ORISHA’S JOURNEY on Vimeo – https://t.co/i38WpevBWs pic.twitter.com/aDoxuFwbAk— The Sunhead Project (@sunheadmag) February 21, 2016The film began as a thesis project by Ndadi while he was studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2013. It soon evolved into a passion project, as well as his calling card for his talent in the often competitive world of animation. Orisha’s Journey, completed in 2014, has been screened at several festivals, including the 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner and the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan in 2014. In addition, it has been screened at festivals across Africa and North America, and has got a buzz among animation studios in the UK and the US.Orisha’s Journey, a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the Spirit World by Ghanaian. https://t.co/VVx9agLJ68 pic.twitter.com/9iI0OsDwBD— Afrokanist Magazine (@Afrokanistmagaz) February 20, 2016The film can be watched online, and it has notched over 20 000 views on YouTube and Vimeo combined.Speaking to the Okayafrica arts and culture website, Ndadi explains the symbolism of the film’s elements: “I wanted my film to have a certain pan- Africanism, so (African children) all could feel like they’re part of my film.”Orisha, which is a Nigerian Yoruba word, means “nature spirit”, and the character acts as a metaphor for discovering one’s true nature and identity, he says. It also identifies the yearning of young Africans in the African diaspora to rediscover their roots, and learn a history and folklore that sometimes feels as if it is in danger of being forgotten or overruled by Western modernity.Ndadi explains that “we (can) teach our youth the truth (about history) and they will carry it on and build a world where we are all truly equals”.He credits his parents for instilling this love of African history and folklore: ” (They gave me) a strong sense of pride in my culture and never (let) me forget my roots. Without one’s roots, I feel it’s easy to become like a leaf blowing in the wind, with nothing to keep you grounded in who you truly are.”Ndadi’s journey to Cannes in 2015, to show his short film at the annual film festival:http://abdulndadi.tumblr.com/post/140349901506/abdulndadi- abdulndadi-going-to-the-cannesSource: Okayafricalast_img read more

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Enough is Enough – 365 Days to End Gender-Based Violence and Femicide

first_imgBy Thandi Vivian Tobias, Brand South Africa’s Chairperson of the BoardAs we come to the end of observing 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children, we spare a thought for all those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. This has become a pandemic in our country, with women dying daily at the hands of men. It is an issue that needs to be consistently addressed for 365 days of the year.The annual commemoration stems from the United Nations campaign which takes place from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The United Nations identifies violence against women as a problem that transcends racial, cultural, religious, geographical and economic borders. This year’s theme for 16 Days of Activism for no Violence Against Women and Children is Enough is Enough – 356 Days to End Gender-Based Violence and Femicide. Violence of any kind is unacceptable, especially violence towards unfortified segments of society like women and children.We are all affected by the scourge that plagues our country, whether directly or indirectly and so; all South Africans have a responsibility to play their part and take a stand. Enough is enough.In raising awareness on issues of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, we cannot turn a blind eye to the very violent and brutal war underway against the women of South Africa. Earlier this year at a joint sitting of parliament on the scourge of violence in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “Regardless of where we stand across the political divide, each of us here recognises the reality that we are confronting a crisis of violence and intolerance. We have to act now before anger, hopelessness and despair engulfs our country.Let us to come together to signify the magnitude of the challenge we face, and the importance that our Parliament should attach to it. Confronted with this daily, the women of our country are demanding that we should have a ‘state of emergency’ which may go a long way in enabling us to deal more effectively with the scourge.”To echo the President’s sentiments, Brand South Africa pleads with communities across the country to continue to play their part by unwaveringly calling out and reporting abusers, supporting victims and educating community members. The President has also called for harsher sentences for perpetrators and this has been witnessed with the recent arrests and sentencing of Luyanda Botha and Nicholas Ninow to mention a few.South Africa can no longer afford to be seen as one of the most violent and dangerous countries for women and children. This is against our values of Ubuntu. Our focus is on positioning the brand of South Africa to be seen in a positive light and incidents on gender based violence take away from this focus.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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