In a statement issued to the president of the African body, copied to all member nations, the President of WAFF, Mr. Richard Hofmann, noted that, “After thorough research and due deliberation, the Executive Committee of the World Amputee Football Federation has determined that AFFA misrepresented its status upon initial application to become a WAFF Confederation, and that you (Mr. Sowah), personally, made false statements regarding the Association’s status as recently as June 20, 2014.”It went further to enumerate that the world federation realized that AFFA was not operating with a ratified constitution.“As you know, a valid, ratified Constitution was a primary condition of acceptance. We have determined that your Constitution has not been ratified, and that your organization is therefore not qualified to be a WAFF Confederation,” the release stated.Quoting minutes of the AFFA executive meeting held in Accra (Ghana) in November, Hofmann indicated that there was no truth in the representation that the constitution was ratified and this, according to him, had been supported by other executives of AFFA.“The WAFF Executive Committee has therefore voted to suspend AFFA’s affiliation with our organization. The fact of the suspension is non-negotiable, though conditional reinstatement may be possible at some point in the future,” Mr. Hoffman said.This implies that until AFFA fulfills certain conditions, its activities, including competitions, and decisions would not be recognized or respected by WAFF. “Tournaments and events sanctioned by AFFA will not be recognized by WAFF,” Hofmann said in the statement.However, he explained that, “AFFA’s suspension has no effect, however, on the status of any WAFF Member-in-Good-Standing. It is worthy of note that WAFF Members are not obligated to become AFFA members, nor may they be denied membership in AFFA.”The Executive Body of WAFF detected that the constitution of AFFA had not been ratified, making it ineligible to remain a member of WAFF.In reaction, an official of the Liberia Amputee Football and Sports Association expressed concern about the decision and told the Daily Observer yesterday that they are making contact with AFFA officials in Accra, Ghana to regain membership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…after GGMC orders Onderneeming sandpit closed…2 years later truckers facing economic woesBy Lakhram BhagiratThe Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) had ordered the Regional Administration of Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) to cease all operations at the Onderneeming sandpit until all the relevant permission had been obtained.That was more than two years ago, but truckers who earned their living through the operation of this sandpit continue to express their dissatisfaction at the way the issue was handled by the GGMC. They are expected to petition Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman for his intervention.Region Two Chairman Devanand RamdattRegion Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt has said the administration had received a correspondence from the GGMC instructing that the sandpit be closed because there are certain documents which the region must get before the sandpit can again be operational. He noted that since receiving that correspondence, the regional administration has organized all the relevant documents, but the process to secure permission is a lengthy one, and the time factor is important since it is the livelihood of people that is being dealt with.“The regional administration (has) done all the paperwork to secure the land, but that takes a long time, because the document requested for the land has to go to (the Guyana) Lands and Surveys Commission, and that will take a while,” he lamented.The Regional Chairman has met with truckers operating out of the Onderneeming sandpit on Thursday, and they have since expressed disappointment with how the entire situation was handled. The operators opined that there should have been some consultation between the Region, the GGMC and the local Neighbourhood Democratic Council, to arrive at an amicable solution to the issue.The Regional Chairman has reported that the truckers have been forced to increase their price per load of sand by between $3,000 and $5,000, depending on where they have to deliver sand.The current price for sand in the region ranges from $8,000 to $10,000, but can now become as high as $15,000 with the current increases, depending on the area where sand has to be transported.The Regional Chairman has noted that this could be drastically reduced if the pit is reopened. He added that although the issue has been ongoing for a while, the concerns of the truckers are of paramount importance, since addressing those is one way of addressing the economic stagnation in the region.“If the economy is struggling and you have this additional burden, then you are putting unnecessary burdens on our people. We met with our truck operators this morning (Thursday) and they indicated that they ought to have been consulted on the issue. We have to make sure that we work swiftly towards bringing an end to the issue. The operators are (going) to petition the minister, expressing their concerns,” he disclosed.Regional Chairman Ramdatt has said he would have already written Minister Trotman seeking his intervention, but he has been informed that that letter never reached the minister. He added that it is his intention to pen another letter to inform Minister Trotman of the overall negative economic impact the decision to close the sand pit has been having on the region.He reiterated that it is an additional cost factor that burdens the already struggling citizens of Region Two, and he said that decisions regarding the development of the region would have to be made in light of the issues that plague the region.“So, in the meantime, as a recommendation as was done in the past, we, as the Region, can continue to manage an area to extract sand. To carefully manage how it is being extracted and how the environment is being utilized temporarily until these paper works (have been) processed.“We are hopeful that the minister would grant the permission to reopen the pit. So if the permission is granted to reopen, we will set up a committee to monitor the operations until the relevant permission is granted (from the GGMC),” Ramdatt explained.The truckers have expressed their support for this proposed solution, since they see it alleviating their economic burden and assisting other residents who have to pay more per load of sand.
From Dawson Creek to Nashville, Tennessee and back again, 20-year-old Heidi Raye will stake her claim in Dawson Creek history on August 5, as not only the first person to take the stage at the EnCana Event Centre managed by Global Spectrum; this local performer is the opening act for the upcoming Randy Travis concert presented by Browns’ Chevrolet and Foster’s Covered Wagons West.Locals will know her as Heidi Anderson but she’s known in the music business as Heidi Raye. Raye is “chasing her dream” of being a professional musician, and although not many at this stage of their careers can call mom and dad to say, “I’m opening for Randy Travis,” she is able to do just that.“When the opportunity arose to provide another great opportunity to someone within the community and Randy Travis’s people gave us the go-ahead, we were ecstatic. The whole event; its timing, the community’s support as well as the ticket sales is just going so well, it’s amazing,” said Global-Spectrum’s general manager for the EnCana Events Centre, Gunnar Fox.- Advertisement -Singing since the age of two, Raye plays guitar, piano and writes whenever time allows. “In June I went to Nashville and sang at the CMA (Country Music Association) music showcase and everyone there was really intrigued that I was Canadian,” commented Raye. She is thrilled to about taking the stage in her home town as the opening act for such a country music icon like Randy Travis.“I’ve been involved in different things here. Like the musicals at South Peace Senior Secondary, and a variety of other performances – but this is very different.”Advertisement Talent, brains and beauty are a rare combination but this girl’s got it all. And she knows it’s not enough. Raye says it’s the connections you make in this business that move you along, and it’s becoming obvious she’s making ones that count. With her networking in Nashville, and the connections she confesses she’s made solely through myspace, Raye is well on her way to putting not only herself on the map of country music fame, but her hometown of Dawson Creek as well.Presented by Brown’s Chevrolet and Foster’s Covered Wagons West, Raye will be the opening act for Randy Travis at the EnCana Events Centre at the South Peace Community Multiplex in Dawson Creek on Monday, August 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $45 and $55 at the Tiger Box Office Plux in the EnCana Events Centre at the South Peace Community Multiplex. Buy tickets online at www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com, or call 1-877-339-8499 (1-877-339-TIXX).
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Following the Premier’s Natural Resource Forum in Prince George last week, the Northeast B.C. Resource Municipalities Coalition has now confirmed what Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman calls, ‘unanimous reaction,’ by a half dozen provincial cabinet ministers — to a Coalition call for the province to ensure B.C. tax and labour laws are being monitored and enforced.The expanded Coalition — now including business organizations — has adopted a Strategic Plan for protecting B.C. Business and Resource Communities with a specific focus on creating a level playing field to ensure that business and work force opportunities are maximized for B.C. companies and workers.This, after years of complaints from local B.C. contractors about unfair competition from out-of-province contractors who allegedly dodge B.C. imposed levies.- Advertisement -That includes not paying PST, not paying WCB rates, not insuring their vehicles through ICBC, and consistently using cheaper fuel purchased in Alberta, all adding up, to what Art Jarvis of Energy Services B.C. calls, a multiple competitive advantage.Mayor Ackerman says, “the majority of the questions and discussions at the Prince George meeting, centered on the need for research and data, to fully document with more precision, the specific issues of non-compliance with BC’s laws and regulations.”
Congress will almost certainly cut off U.S. aid to Palestinians if the militant Islamic group Hamas – which won a landslide victory in Wednesday’s parliamentary election – refuses to renounce terrorism, Southern California members of Congress said Friday. Lawmakers including Reps. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks; Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys; Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach; and Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, all sit on the House International Relations Committee that oversees U.S. foreign aid. Congress, they predicted, will overwhelmingly support ending assistance to a Hamas-led Palestinian government. “Obviously, not a penny should go to any entity that is controlled by, partially controlled by or even cooperates with terrorists,” Sherman said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Already Friday, the State Department vowed to review $150 million in aid the U.S. is providing this year for Palestinian development in the West Bank and Gaza. In the U.S. Senate, lawmakers introduced nonbinding legislation condemning Hamas and expressing support for ending U.S. aid if the party controlling the Palestinian parliament advocates the destruction of Israel – which Hamas currently does. Schiff said Friday he expects the House to pass a similar resolution when it reconvenes next week. He also noted that despite Europe’s threats to halt aid as well, he is concerned some will reinstate aid even if Hamas does not renounce terrorism. “Congress and the administration need to keep the pressure on Europe not to deal with Hamas,” he said. Schiff left the door open, however, to Congress providing assistance to the Palestinian people via private entities not connected with Hamas. Sherman, on the other hand, said he is skeptical that can be done. He said Congress should concentrate its foreign assistance elsewhere. “We have very limited foreign aid dollars,” Sherman said, adding that there is “far more suffering in two dozen countries in Africa than there is in the West Bank and Gaza combined.” Rohrabacher said he thinks Congress and the Bush administration should take a “carrot and stick” approach and also send a message that the U.S. is willing to work with Hamas if it changes its position. “I think that they need to know the consequences – that America is not going to be giving any financial assistance to people who are committed to violent actions against their neighbor, especially when that neighbor is Israel, which is a friend of the United States,” Rohrabacher said. But, he added, “we have to make sure that the message is sent that if indeed Hamas and the Palestinians are trying to solve the problems and create a peaceful Middle East, that we’re going to be working with them and there is no fixed attitude of opposition to them in our minds.” Schiff said Israel will quickly conclude it does not have a partner in seeking a peaceful solution to the conflict and continue its unilateral withdrawal from parts of the West Bank. “Congress will support Israel in that,” Schiff predicted. He said he believes Congress’ actions in regard to Hamas will be overwhelmingly bipartisan. “We should really show no daylight between our position and the administration’s,” he said. President George W. Bush said Friday that the United States would cut aid to the Palestinian government unless Hamas abolishes the militant arm of its party and stops calling for the destruction of Israel. “And if they don’t we won’t deal with them,” Bush said in an interview aired on “The CBS Evening News.” “The aid packages won’t go forward,” the president said. “That’s their decision to make, but we won’t be providing help to a government that wants to destroy our ally and friend.” The U.S. views Hamas as a terrorist organization, and if it takes control of the Palestinian government, as it appears likely, all U.S. aid to the Palestinian people will be put under review, the Bush administration said. The Associated Press contributed to this story. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A former Donegal court clerk threatened to kill a man whom he thought was having an affair with his wife.Ciaran Waldron found his now ex-wife sitting in a car park in Buncrana with another man whom he suspected of having an affair.Waldron, of 5 Riverview, Buncrana approached the man and his ex-wife Christine O’Kane, as they sat in his car by the seaside in Buncrana on August 7th, 2006. He approached the man, Anthony McColgan of Burnfoot, and threatened him that he would have him shot if he did not stay away from his children.Father-of-four Waldron, 53, was later arrested but denied making any threats to Mr McColgan.Barrister Peter Nolan said his client had been a respected district court clerk who had “jumped the fence” and had studied law for four years in the hope of becoming a solicitor.He said the threat to Mr McColgan would never have ben carried out.“He denied he ever intended to kill Mr McColgan but he did intend him to believe what he said.“There was some argument – there was a threat to kill and he intended him to believe that but he did not plan to carry out,” said Mr Nolan.He added that Waldron, who was charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Mr McColgan, was angry and that “these are the things that people say.”Letterkenny Circuit Court heard that there has been nothing between the two men since.“It was a fraught and difficult situation. He lost control of what he was saying. He knows his marriage is over and he just wants to get on with his life,” he said.Judge John O’Hagan said there was a lot of water under the bridge since five years ago when the incident happened but said he must punish Waldron.“He spotted his estranged wife who appeared to be in the company of a man whom he suspected of having an affair with. Blood went on the boil and he decided to confront the situation.“He was not in a calm manner and was not behaving rationally. There was a lot of emotion an anger,” he said.However he said he looked upon the incident as something that happened in an instant when Waldron was “in a rage and temper.”He fined him €1,000.endsFORMER DONEGAL COURT CLERK THREATENED TO KILL EX-WIFE’S ‘LOVER’ was last modified: July 13th, 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:Anthony McColganbuncranaBurnfootChristine O’KaneCiaran WaldronFORMER DONEGAL COURT CLERK THREATENED TO KILL EX-WIFE’S ‘LOVER’
Temperatures are set to plunge tonight across Donegal with a low of -3 bringing a sharp ground frost, according to the Donegal Weather Channel.However it seems that Donegal and the North West may escape any snowfall with the east and south coast of the country the most likely to get a taste of the white stuff.Temperatures will continue to remain in the minus figures with a possibility of -5 on both Wednesday and Thursday night. Motorists are also being advised to take extra care with ice and freezing fog a real threat.Friday will be another cold day but a change may come for over the weekend with milder air to push in from the west.Donegal, Derry and other county council from the north and northwest are more than prepared for any cold weather that comes there way with high levels of salt to keep roads safe. TEMPERATURES SET TO PLUNGE FROM TONIGHT BUT SNOW UNLIKELY was last modified: January 31st, 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:donegal weather channelfogicesnow
Finn Harps finished the season on a high with a 1-0 win over Longford Town at Finn Park.And not for the first time it was the Donegal side’s loyal servant Kevin McHugh who popped up with the vital strike.The game looked like it was heading for a scoreless draw when the Killea man struck in the 77th minute. McHugh found himself on the edge of the box following a good pull-back from the end-line by James Doherty.McHugh’s shot found itself in the back of the Longford net after a fortunate deflection off Chris Deans.Harps kept the visitors to a minimum of chances and can be considered good value for money after taking the points from the third placed team in the league.Peter Hutton will be pleased with his young team’s second half of the season – something he can build on with confidence. MCHUGH THE HERO AS HARPS FINISH SEASON ON A HIGH was last modified: October 13th, 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:finn harpsKevin McHughLongford Town
A Carrigart man found in possession of over €7,000 worth of drugs has been a suspended sentence.Robert Deehan (42) of 179 Church Road, Carrigart, was before Letterkenny District Court this week. Garda Stephen Moyles was on plain clothes duty on March 23, 2016 at Letterkenny Bus Station.Information had been received that drugs were being transported to Letterkenny via the bus.Garda Moyles’ colleagues were dealing with another individual when he observed Robert Deehan acting in a suspicious manner.Father-of-two Deehan was carrying a Sainsbury’s shopping bag containing nine ounces of cannabis herb and one ounce of MDMAA subsequent search of Deehan’s home in Carrigant found just over an ounce and-a-half of cannabis, weighing scales, deal bags and a separated bag of cannabis.The total street value of the drugs was €7,480.“There was a substantial amount of drugs involved,” Judge Paul Kelly said.“These are very serious charges.“I remind people of the harm done by the sale and supply of drugs to often vulnerable people.”Judge Kelly imposed a six-month suspended sentence on Deehan, who is to continue to be under the supervision of the probation service to monitor his cannabis use.Suspended sentence for Carrigart man who had €7,000 worth of drugs was last modified: September 12th, 2017 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) Tags:cannabisCarrigartdrugsGarda MoylesJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtMDMARobert Deehan
Muff is calling for a new Mayor, do you think you are up for the job?Reigning Mayor Niamh McColgan is stepping down and the position is now open for anyone who thinks they can do it.According to organisers: “Our current mayor cannot take the pressure of the switching on of the Christmas lights anymore. The pushing of the button has finally gotten to her.” If you are interested in organising events, raising money for charity and having the duties of Mayor then make sure to apply and get in touch to the Muff Festival page.The link to the page is here: Wanted: A new mayor of Muff! was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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:Mayormuff