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first_imgA businesswoman at the Rally Time Market on UN Drive, Monrovia, Ms. Keibbeh Kpadeh, has emphasized the need for small businesses across the country to be empowered by loans if they are to grow and fulfill expectations.Speaking in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday at the Rally Time Market, Ms. Kpadeh said since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease, (EVD) they have been experiencing difficulties.She explained, “I want to give God the glory for my life but things are very hard for us than before.“We are not making any good profits and still we have to manage to provide food for our families.”Ms. Kpadeh, 29, said she has spent over six years in her trade, selling red and argo oil, chicken soup (Maggie Cubes), onions, salt, plastic bags, peppers and seasonings.“My four children have to survive by this business and so I put all my time into it. We want the Liberian government and its partners to allocate loans or a form of financial support in order to support our market businesses, that way we can grow and make profit,” Madam Keibbeh said.She emphasized that if loans are provided for their market business, people, especially those at the various markets, will gain from their losses as a result of Ebola.“Some of us were not making any profit at some point in time and we have to start using the business money for food because of the children.“If people were buying like before the outbreak, some of us will get our money back,” she indicated.Also speaking, Jenneh Siaffa, 27, said, “Business is not going well since the Ebola outbreak in the country but we have to continue to make sure that we make money to support the family.”“I have three children, they need food everyday and things are not really working like before. My husband works as security officer with nothing much from him,” she said.She also appealed to the Liberian government and non-governmental organizations to provide some empowerment to help them grow their market businesses.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_img Manchester City welcome Newcastle United to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as the champions look to get their title defence back on track, live on talkSPORT, from 5pm. GoalkeeperJoe Hart hasn’t been entirely convincing this season but the England no.1 will continue between the sticks.DefencePellegrini will be looking to captain Vincent Kompany to help restore solidity at the back. Martin Demichelis should partner the Belgian, however, Eliaquim Mangala could come in to combat the pace of Ayoze Perez.Pablo Zabaleta should retain his place, while Gael Clicly could come in for Aleksandar Kolarov.MidfieldToure’s power and goals have been missed in City’s midfield and the Ivorian will replace Fernando.Milner’s absence should see David Silva and Samir Nasri operate on either flank, and the pair will be tasked with finding space and picking out the decisive final ball for City’s strikers.AttackAguero may not be risked with the Barca clash days away, and that could see Edin Dzeko partner new signing Bony, who was the highest scoring striker in the Premier League in 2014.Man City fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Newcastle? Comment below… 1 1 Man City v Newcastle is live and exclusive on talkSPORT on Saturday 21 February from 5pm.Premier League champions Man City welcome Newcastle to the Etihad looking to get their title defence back on track.Manuel Pellegrini’s side could be 10 points behind Chelsea come kick-off time, but the manager will be relieved to welcome back talismanic midfielder Yaya Toure and £25m January signing Wilfried Bony.City only won one of six games without the pair, who helped Ivory Coast win the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.MAN CITY UNLIKELY TO CATCH CHELSEAJames Milner will miss the game with a knee injury, and will be assessed ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona, while star striker Sergio Aguero is fit after a back injury.Possible Man City line-up against Newcastle:last_img read more

first_imgLANCASTER – A 21-year-old Lancaster man was charged today with multiple counts of child molestation and attempted lewd acts with a child involving 10 girls under the age of 14, the District Attorney’s office announced. Andrew Zach Ortega is scheduled to be arraigned after 2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Superior Court. He is charged with 10 counts, including six felonies and four misdemeanors, said Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer. Ortega allegedly approached two girls on the Sierra Elementary School campus in Lancaster about 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 23 and asked them questions before running away. That same day, he allegedly went to a second Lancaster school, Mariposa Elementary, and molested one girl and tried to molest three other girls. On Aug. 28, Ortega allegedly went back to Sierra and molested three young girls before being chased away by a school employee. He was arrested Aug. 30 by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies. 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_img1 Stoke stunned Manchester City on Saturday with a brilliant display of attacking football.The performance was in complete contrast to the direct style they had been renowned for under Tony Pulis, and the Drivetime team want to know whether you prefer Mark Hughes’ current side or the previous one under Pulis… Stoke City celebrate last_img

first_imgA man who has been diagnosed with stage four cancer and given 18-months to live has revealed the outpouring support he has received from the Donegal community over the last several months. Francis Donnelly, 49, is a local musician who travelled around Ireland performing before he received the devastating news that he said ‘broke’ his family’s heart.For several years, Donnelly received treatment for a lesion on the brain that was of ‘no great concern’ before going for his final scan of the year on Christmas week 2018. Following the revelation from his partner, Edel, to his consultant, Donnelly attended a brain scan after revealing he had been suffering from an erratic movement in his left eye.On January 31, Donnelly, who lives just outside Ballybofey, was told that a stage four cancer tumour had developed on the brain and there was nothing they could do for him.“I had no symptoms, all I had was a flicker on the left eye,” he said. “I had a lesion on the front of the brain and they thought that it could start multiple sclerosis. So, I kept going for my scans every six months and there was no change whatsoever and I went to see my consultant and he was happy.“He said that he had noticed that I previously lost power on my left-hand side but it had returned, by that stage I was playing more music. I had thrown myself back into it and I was playing steady, the relay for life, every possible charity gig I could. “He was happy and wanted to do one more scan and I told me I wouldn’t have to see him again. And it was just as I was jumping off the table, my partner Edel said to tell him about the flicker in your eye.”Mr Donnelly explained how the initial problem started when he began playing local gigs around the county were lights would cause a flicker of the eye or an irregular blind spot.“When I told the doctor he immediately said he would like to take a look and so they sent for me on Christmas week.“When I heard that, I told my partner that I wasn’t going on the week of Christmas because she had to bury a grandchild the year before and I didn’t want to destroy Christmas again but, they sent for me on the 20th of December.“I got the scan and then I went back and I remember walking in and they couldn’t find my file and I heard the girl saying that it was in with the oncology department and I said to the girl did I hear correctly and she told me I hadn’t. “But I later walked into the room and the doctor was there and she told me what I had and explained how they had discussed my case and if it was what they thought it was, a tumour, that they couldn’t do nothing for me.“Nothing, no hope.“And I thought Fu**ing hell, it was like being hit with a sledgehammer,” Donnelly said.Francis soon underwent surgery five weeks ago on February 6 to determine what treatment was viable and what could potentially shrink the tumour or lengthen the time he had left. “They told me that I was going to have an operation and what they were going to do was to go in and take a sample of the tumour to see what they were dealing with.“And tell me what treatment was available for me at this stage and what would buy me some extra time.“But they warned me before I underwent the operation that I could come out blind, paralysed or, because the blood vessels were all through the tumour, that I could bleed out and die on the table.“Well, I just looked at her in disbelief. One minute I could be bought time, the next I could die.“All I could do was laugh at that moment,” he said.“I have come out of it now and I have all my faculties about me and when I was in the hospital I see people who are worse than me, younger people, so I count myself fortunate.”While the original plan was to take a sample of the tumour, the surgeon in charge managed to remove most of the cancerous growth from Donnelly’s brain as he prepares to under further treatment for the disease in Belfast today.“She has most of the tumour removed and all that is left now is residue but, the only problem is, it is aggressive and at times things start to take their toll on me. I can’t do what I was once able to do.”Life for Francis and his family has been difficult over the last three and a half months but he stressed at times all you can do is stay positive and believe that he will beat the life-threatening disease.“All you can do is stay positive,” Donnelly explained. “I count myself lucky because I was able to get up and hug my surgeon and thank her for the work that she was able to do for me.“But then as you walk around the hospital and see these young people who have very little quality of life and have not been as lucky as I have been, and I have 49-years over me, that puts it really into perspective,” Donnelly added.“I think about that and all I can do is stay positive and I even wanted to get back to my music the weekend after my surgery but they told me I couldn’t perform so soon after my operation.“But I went back to have a meeting with them about it and I told them that I wanted to continue with my music and they agreed that I could perform as much as I liked before my next stage of treatment started on March 26th.“I played two gigs on Paddy’s night and it was the worst thing I ever have done,” Donnelly laughed.“I thought to myself, I should have listened to my doctor.“I felt so vulnerable, my vision was blurred and I couldn’t even play the chords correctly and that would’ve never have happened before in my life.“I felt like a child because I needed someone to tell me what to do next, I needed Edel.“That’s all I have left, my music, and I can’t bear to have that taken away from me.“I can’t drive anymore, Edel has to do all the driving and I can’t even fill out a form because I can’t see the thing. All I have left is music.”After revealing the news to the wider community, Donnelly’s music colleagues decided to put together a fundraising show to support the local artist with his treatment.“All the people that I would’ve played with on the social dancing scene decided to put this event together for me and it has just got bigger and bigger as I prepare to start my treatment.“I had thoughts of cancelling the event because I am about to start it but I came around and I decided to go ahead and enjoy the celebration with all of my music friends.“I am really looking forward to it and will be a good nights craic and the banter will be great, that is what life is about.“The amount of support I have received over the past couple of months has been incredible,” he added. “From people I have never met in my life to Daniel O’Donnell, the support and words of encouragement have been incredible.“So, the proceeds will go towards my treatment but I want to give money to a cancer charity.”Despite his difficulties, Donnelly is adamanat that the cancer would not stop him from doing things close to his heart.“On Sunday, I took another notion and I want to climb Mount Errigal this year and whatever I make I am going to donate to relay for life and for autism.“So, I ain’t going to let it stop me and Edel’s little boy who has autism always put a smile on my face and he lights up my whole world.“We spend a lot of time together and he makes me laugh.“I told Edel I can’t leave him because I need him more than he needs me because no matter how bad things are, the minute I walk into the room he makes everything go away.“I won’t give up.”The Fundraising Dance for Francis Donnelly will take place this Thursday night (March 28th) in Biddy Friels, at 7:30pm with musicians including Johnny Carroll, John Hogan and Olivia Douglas playing on the night. TV personality Paddy Doherty, magician Dylan Murray and local radio presenter Tommy Rosney will also all be in attendance. Power of music helping cancer battler to fight life threatening brain tumour was last modified: March 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Brain tumourcancerFrancis Donnellylast_img read more

first_imgLETTERKENNY LADIES GOLFLady Captain, Catherine Cooke-Harkin had a very successful and enjoyable Captain’s Day last Saturday.While the weather was not what we have enjoyed in June and July, the wind and showers did not deter 60 ladies competing for her prize. The winner of the 2 day event was Monica Mc Donagh, playing of 19 and with an aggregate score of 69. It must be Monica’s year as she also had a nice win in the Lotto Game Show in the summer and especially nice to win Lady Captain’s in the year that her husband Tom is Captain of the Club. Congratulations to Monica and may your luck and good golf continue for the rest of the season. Runner-Up playing of 11 was Mary Murray with an aggregarate of 68 pts., 3rd: Grainne Hines (24) agg. 64 pts. Gross Category : 1-12 Tracy Spence (10) agg 43 GPts. C at 1 : 1-18 : Veronica McAteer ( 12 ) agg 60 pts., Cat 2 : 19-28: Mary McBride (24) agg 62 pts pts., Cat 3 : 29-36 : Eleanor O’Carroll ( 36) agg 62 pts., Committee : Anne Condon (22) agg 61pts., Past Captains Angela Kilgallen ( 23) agg 59 pts., Senior Lady : Nuala McGarrigle ( 21 ) agg 57 pts.Congratulations to all the individual winners on Day 1, Rena O’Herlihly (29) was the winner with 36pts and Day 2, Cathy Marren(36) won with 35pts. The putting competition was won by Marian O Sullivan. Sinead Nangle won the non qualifiers. The mixed foursome was won by Cynthia Furey and Cliff Malone. The scramble was won by Kay Kelly, Mary Beth Mc Breaty and Sinead Nangle. The Captain’s Shoot out was won by Sandra Mc Monagle.The gent’s prize was won by Martin Gallagher and the Category 4 prize was won by John Henderson. Lady Captain, Catherine presented a table of fantastic prizes and many ladies enjoyed the surprise of hearing their name called as scores were not revealed until prize giving. The Ladies Club would like to thank Catherine for hosting a great day and evening of good food and dancing. She really deserves to rest up before the teaching duties begin again.The draw is on the notice board for Mr President’s Prize to the Ladies and will be played on the 28th Aug. There are still several competitions to be played, so plenty of golf to be enjoyed in September. Lady Captain’s outing is to Roe Valley in Limavady and all enquires to Anne Flannery and Karen Crawford.   GOLF NEWS: MONICA MCDONAGH WINS THE LADIES COMPETITION AT BARNHILL was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BarnhillgolfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_img Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place stalemate EFL result 2 Steve Bruce reportedly has just two games to save his job Speaking ahead of the clash against Preston at Villa Park, the former Manchester United man said: “If we’re patient, and that’s never a given in management these days, I know we’ve got the nucleus of a squad that will put us in contention for promotion.“That has got to be the aim. We’ve lost twice in ten games and we could quite easily have won three or four of the draws. We’d then be sitting in a different position.” Latest Championship News REPLY The club are already looking into appointing a technical director in a bid to increase their stability.However, Bruce may not be seen as a long-term solution for the club, with games against Preston North End and Millwall set to decide his fate.According to The Telegraph, newly appointed chief executive Christian Purslow is willing to give the former Birmingham City boss until at least the October international break to change the club’s fortunes.The 57-year-old has managed just one victory from his past nine games, with fans screaming ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ after substituting Tammy Abraham during the 1-1 draw against Bristol City. Defeat at home to bottom side Preston will surely only increase the fervour amongst fans who are already calling for his head.Purslow is currently overseeing the club’s new hunt for a new technical director to undertake all football operations, with talks progressing for several target already.Former Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch is one name in the frame, but the club is still reportedly considering their options.It is udnerstood Bruce has had a limited role in the selection process, only leading to further speculation his job could be on the line. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Steve Bruce has just two games to save his Aston Villa job after the club’s woeful start to the Championship season.Sitting in the 15th, the Villans are only two points off a play-off place, but the signs are already beginning to look ominous for Bruce. The former Man United defender believes he can turn things around Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer GREAT NEWS ROUND-UP 2 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ goalless Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues last_img read more

first_imgMayor Ian McGarvey and council staff launch the interactive map.Donegal County Council has launched a new Interactive Winter Roads Gritting map.This map provides motorists and road users with up to date information on routes to be gritted and basic statistics on the length of roads to be gritted on a given night. It also allows users to turn on and off different map layers and provides links to weather cameras to view live conditions. It also shows the locations of public sand and grit and provides details of the winter maintenance service routes.The winter gritting mapThe local authority has included an hourly forecast feed for most areas in the County so that the users can check their local forecast for the next 12-24 hours.This interactive map is linked to the Councils social media platforms and with a growing number of followers on the Councils Twitter accounts @roadsDCC or @donegalcouncil and Facebook page, this map should be a very useful tool for all roads users and local and national media outlets.The map allows you to change the background mapping from a topographic map to a street map to aerial and includes links to various other websites of winter interest plus a link to a help document. There is also a zoom in and out facility and you can zoom to the extent of a particular route as well as creating your own zoom to bookmarkDaragh McDonough, GIS Manager with Donegal County Council said that ‘this map has been developed with the road user and the motorist in mind. We have been working with our colleagues in our Roads Service to make sure that road users can access as much relevant information as they need to make safe driving decisions during the Winter months”.With the weather set to get colder of over the weekend, Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Ian McGarvey is encouraging the public check out this new interactive map which is available from and to stay in touch through the Council’s Twitter account and Facebook page. He is also reminding the public to visit for practical tips and advice on staying safe and warm this Winter.The Mayor said the launch of the new interactive map is in keeping with the national campaign to ‘Be Winter Ready’.“The severe winter weather conditions experienced in 2010 and 2011 highlighted for everyone the importance of being prepared and the ‘Be Winter Ready’ booklet sets out practical tips and advice on staying safe and warm this Winter. This includes tips on being prepared at home, preparing for freezing temperatures and water shortages, road safety and making sure your vehicle is winter-ready and much more”.This booklet can be found at COUNCIL SHOW TRUE GRIT WITH NEW INTERACTIVE WINTER MAP was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 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 County Councilinteractive gritting maplast_img read more

first_imgThe daughter of a couple tragically killed in their Co Donegal home has pleaded with people with mental health problems to get professional help.The late Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddity.Maureen Cuddihy made a public plea at the funerals of her beloved parents Jimmy, 77 and Kathleen, 73, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Carndonagh today.The popular pensioners were found dead at their home in Churchtown on Thursday morning last. Their youngest son Julian, 42, has been charged with their murders and Judge Kevin Kilrane has ordered a psychiatric report to be carried out on the accused.Heartbroken Maureen appealed to people suffering from depression or any form of mental health issues to speak out.“Please seek help. There are are so many brilliant services available for people, and I’d urge anyone feeling low to talk now.“Don’t wait. Speak now and get help before you do something that will cause such great pain to your family,” she said poignantly. She described her parents as loving, kind and beautiful people.“When they worked together on a project they were like a force of nature.“As both captain and president of the golf club they strived to make it the best club it could be.“Over the last five days we’ve come to realize how popular and much-loved our parents were and just how many people they actually helped.“Mum must have had half of Inishowen in the back of the ambulance and Dad has thought so many people maths over the years and given them grinds. “They were wonderful parents to all of us, and when money was tight in the house, there was always money for education.“Education would set us free they told us, and there was always money for education.“They were so kind and caring, mum always gave us supplies when we went away.“Even when we were getting a plane to London, she’s be trying to give us bags of turf and food,” she said. Hundreds of people attended the funerals of the popular couple.Guards of honour were given by the local ambulance service, Carndonagh Community School staff and by members of the Ballyliffin Golf Club.Fr Con McLaughlin, who was taught metalwork by Jimmy Cuddihy, said the couple were extremely popular in the locality.He was assisted at the mass by the Bishop of Derry, Most Reverend Donal McKeown.DAUGHTER OF TRAGIC COUPLE MAKES PUBLIC PLEA FOR PEOPLE TO GET HELP WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS was last modified: October 29th, 2014 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:daughterdeathfuneralJIMMY CUDDIHYKathleen Cuddihymental healthplealast_img read more