Father and daughter at odds over high jump focus

first_imgFifteen-year-old Janique Burgher won gold in the Class Three high jump on yesterday’s third day of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships to go with the bronze she won in the event in 2014 while competing in Class Four. Despite the Edwin Allen High School athlete’s exploits, her father is not totally satisfied, as his dream is for her to be on the track. “I am fairly proud, but I think she should doing something (running) on track as well, because I think she has the potential to do it,” 60-year-old Hopeton Burgher said. “I have been trying everything, but she is adamant on doing the high jump, so I just let her have her way.” Young Burgher said she finds running to be boring, hence her decision to stick to the high jump. “With the high jump I have something that I have to jump over, an obstacle,” the slim-built athlete said. However, her father, who represented Holmwood Technical High School in the 100m, 200m and 400m, is not giving up hope of her doing the sprints. “She is always saying she is going to be the next Shelly-Ann Fraser (Pryce), but I always tell her she can only be in the limelight if she does track,” he said. “Persons who are sponsoring they are looking for the hype, so they are not going to sponsor you if they don’t get the hype. “But in time to come I will take it back up with her and take her and make me and her go train. I think she needs to do some sprinting.” Janique was the only athlete in her event to clear 1.70 metres, which earned her the gold medal, with Hydel’s Shauntia Davidson taking the silver with her clearance of 1.65m, on the first attempt Three athletes, Kaliah Jones of Excelsior High, Lacovia High’s Kadian Myers and Camperdown High’s Ramona Hylton tied for the bronze, as they all cleared 1.65m on their second attempt. “I am happy to have won the gold medal, but I am a little bit disappointed, because my PR (personal record) is 1.75m. But my groin is hurting me right now and I am having a bellyache,” the champion athlete said. “I had to just focus on the event and forget about the pain.” ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Two Girls Drown in Ganta

first_imgAs the rainy season approaches, news of tragic deaths involving drowning has surfaced in Nimba County.On Saturday, there were two separate drowning cases involving three persons, including two teenage girls and an elderly man.Two little girls, ages 10 and 11 drowned in a pool of water in the vicinity of Ganta, precisely in the LPRC Community.They were identified as Mamie Koleh 10, and Darling Girl Koleh, 11. According to reports the girls left their LPRC home to wash their clothes at a nearby pool a few yards from their house.The girls lived with their parents, Mr. Randolph Koleh and Mrs. Ophelia Koleh. Their residence is situated around a swamp where sand mining is currently on going.As a result of sand mining, pools of water remain in abandoned pits which have now become places where residents wash their clothes and dishes, according to interviews conducted with residents.Investigations conducted by the Daily Observer indicated that after frantic searches by family members and neighbours, the girls could not be located until the evening hours when their lifeless bodies were found in one of the abandoned sand mining pits. The Liberia National Police Ganta branch confirmed the incident, pointing out that there was no foul play in their deaths. The bodies, a spokesman said, have been turned over to the family for burial.The drowning of the girls in Ganta has brought harsh criticism about the safety of the community where sand mining or other alluvial mining activities are on-going.“We don’t know what (safety) mechanism the government is putting into place for the areas where alluvial mining is on-going,” said an angry woman.“We are talking about children; it could be anyone, because these pits are not covered after the digging and there should be a mechanism in place that all miners (be required to) close their pits after mining,” she added.In another incident, an elderly man identified as Moses Tuoh drowned in the Nimba County border town of Beahplay in Buu – Yao Administrative District, according to family sources.The cause of the drowning is yet to be established. A family source in a phone interview said most residents of the town are involved in fishing in the Cestor River, bordering the Ivory Coast.Last year, two little girls went missing and later their bodies were found near a pool in Gbehlay Geh District after participating in a closing exercise of their school.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lindeners benefit from soap manufacturing workshop

first_imgSeveral residents in the mining town of Linden benefited from a soap manufacturing workshop, which was organised by the Small Business Bureau (SBB).Some of the participants and the locally-made soapsThe exercise, which targeted registered members of the Bureau, commenced on Monday, June 11, 2018 and wrapped up on Friday, June 15, 2018, with a total of 27 persons taking advantage.The exercise was spearheaded by Consultant Melissa Younge who is currently involved in the business of liquid soaps locally.During the course of the exercise, participants learned the art of making mainly beauty bars, using local ingredients such as cocoa and Shea butter, turmeric, coconut oil, avocado, honey, oats, olive oil and coffee. They were educated in both theoretical and practical forms.Skills Development Administrator with the SBB, Darren Sills, said the exercise is the first of a set of training organised for participants by the Bureau and upon completion, they will move on to the business practices segment in part two of the training programme.He explained that the aim of the training is for the participants to be well rounded business people at the end of the exercises.“This is also the first phase of the training with these clients, in terms of building their capacity as business owners. So, we’re going to start with this, showing them the trade and then in the following months we’re going to work with them on business tools; how to work with customers, how to fix their records, how to draft business plans,” he noted.Sills said other trades may also be incorporated by request.“Providing they want to do something other than soap, what we’re doing going forward is we’re going to be introducing other trades as by the request of the groups… the plan is to get them confident enough to walk into their own businesses with the skill,” he explained.The exercise will be taken to Georgetown and Lethem in the coming months. The Bureau has also conducted similar exercises in the areas of sustainable forestry, mining and cosmetology.last_img read more

Fort St. John Huskies Fill the Bus to take place this Sunday

first_imgThe Huskies’ fundraising success comes in large part to the team’s door-to-door efforts, as they’ll spend a portion of Sunday venturing around town, collecting non-perishable food donations from Fort St. John homes.Collection will start around 11 a.m. People can also drop off food at the North Peace Arena starting at noon.Last year’s event raised over 24,000 pounds of food for the Salvation Army food bank, and $17,000 in donations.- Advertisement -Over the duration of the event’s history, it’s estimated that the Huskies have raised over $250,000 dollars worth of food for the food bank.Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Anyone wanting to donate their time, food, or make a financial donation can call 250-261-9466.last_img

BITTER FEELINGS AS OATFIELD SWEET FACTORY TO BE DEMOLISHED

first_imgThe world-famous Oatfield Sweet Factory is to be flattened to the ground.An application is to be made to demolish the Letterkenny plant which closed in May last with the loss of the last remaining 17 jobs at the plant.The plant, which was the home of the famous Emerald Chocolates among other brands, once employed more than 80 people. A subsidiary of owners Donegal Creameries will make the application for the demolition to Letterkenny Town Council.There has been speculation linking German supermarket chain LIDL with the prime site at Gortlee.There is still a court case ongoing over a right to way at the site between original owners the McKinney family and Donegal Creameries.There had also ben speculation that the plant could be saved and turned into a museum dedicated to the memory of Oatfield Sweets.  BITTER FEELINGS AS OATFIELD SWEET FACTORY TO BE DEMOLISHED was last modified: January 25th, 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:demolitionOatfield Sweet Factorylast_img read more

DONEGAL STONE COMPANY BLOOMS AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

first_imgPhoto Caption : Daniel Mc Monagle, Dan McMonagle and Michael McMonagle, McMonagle Stone.A Donegal company has become one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of natural stone products in Ireland and are now the preferred stone and paving supplier to international award winning garden designers and landscape architects.Based in Mountcharles, McMonagle Stone products were an integral part of award winning designs at Bloom 2015, with their Donegal sandstone and Quartzite stone central to garden design that won Gold in a number of categories and Best in Show.This year, the famous garden designer, Paul Martin will be exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show using McMonagle Stone products as part of his garden design. Established in the 1970’s, McMonagle Stone is family business which has grown from solely producing and supplying stone locally for domestic builds to a company that sees demand for its products from international markets.Daniel Mc Monagle, Company Director, said, “We invested in state of the art machinery and are now supply paving stone for commercial, restoration and landscaping projects to countries all over the world. In recent years our focus has been on developing new products from our leftover materials, which we now package and export as part of the sand and gravel side of our business. The support we have received from Údarás na Gaeltachta has been invaluable and has helped us to refocus our business towards exporting.”“Our Donegal Quartzite products, along with our sandstone and granite range are prestigious and sought after. The quartzite that we produce from our quarry based near Gleann Cholm Cille is unique to anything found anywhere in the world. Its unique technical properties, the colour and solidity of the material, have made it a very popular product which is high in demand. As soon as the lorries leave the quarries, the materials are brought to our finishing factory at Mountcharles, where they are all carefully cleaned, cut to customer requirements, packaged and dispatched. All our staff pride themselves on their work and every one of them has their own individual roles, which makes our running operation very efficient,” said Daniel McMonagle.The company currently employs 83 people, between its quarry operations, finishing factory and showrooms in Mountcharles, Dublin and London. “Working with high profile and award winning garden designers and architects has opened up new markets internationally for us, especially within the U.K.”“These garden designers work on large-scale urban design and landscaping, state commissions and show gardens for international clients. We also work with them on commercial landscaping for hotels and resorts, rural country estates and private residential gardens, and our on demand supply and distribution makes it easier for them to have us as their partner.” says Michael McMonagle.“We have also been very fortunate to have working with us a number of highly skilled local craftsmen who have been involved in stone masonry for generations. I don’t think that there is anywhere else in the world that you will find skills like we have here in Donegal. To boast that we, a company from South West Donegal, are the preferred stone supplier for award winning and famous landscaping designers and architects all over the world, is an achievement that we are all proud of,” he said.DONEGAL STONE COMPANY BLOOMS AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Chelsea Flower ShowdonegalMcMonagle StoneMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG LAUNCH NEW CLUB APP

first_imgNAOMH PADRAIG GAA NEWS:CLUB LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto the numbers drawn were2 -5-6-4-3-1-7. There where five  €20 winners  who was as follows: Mick Mulcahy, Redcastle.Phillip Doherty, Clonmany.Bernadette Duffy, iskaheen.McMenamin Family, iskaheen. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.  If any kids would like to start selling lottos each week feel free to contact their coach for more information.Next Weeks Jackpot €850CLUB AGMThe club AGM is set for Sunday 6th December at 6.30pm. All club members are ask to attend.SCORThanks to all who helped out with Scor in St Mary’s hall. A special thanks to those club members who performed on the night.CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourselfCLUB GEARThere are No more being taken now for club gear before Christmas. All orders should be available for collection by week beginning the 7th of December.There is a limited stock of some club gear and Club Donegal gear available in the clubhouse,Please contact Dermot on 0879978968 for availability.As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.com GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG LAUNCH NEW CLUB APP was last modified: December 1st, 2015 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:GAASportlast_img read more

LACK OF RESOURCES FORCES SCHOOL TO PUT AUTISTIC PUPILS IN ENCLOSED AREA

first_imgA FAMILY in south Donegal has complained after their autistic children were segregated in the playground – due to the lack of resources.The story – revealed on the Pat Kenny radio programme on RTE Radio 1 – has led to complaints.The children were initially put into a ‘cage’ made of wire fencing. This was later changed to a wooden structure. The principal of the St Peter’s national school in Mountcharles said a ‘buddy system’ has now been introduced so that the autistic children no longer have to play on their own.“All of the children play together there now,” said Noreen Cotton.She pointed out that building work is underway to provide proper facilities which should be completed in the next couple of weeks.You can listen to the radio report here: http://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/rteradiowebpage.html#!rii=9%3A3086224%3A133%3A20%2D10%2D2011%3ALACK OF RESOURCES FORCES SCHOOL TO PUT AUTISTIC PUPILS IN ENCLOSED AREA was last modified: October 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RTE CHOOSE DANIEL FOR CHRISTMAS DAY EVENING SPECIAL

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down after RTE chose to broadcast a Christmas Day special with the man himself.Daniel At 50 will feature the life and times of the Kincasslagh singing sensation.The show will feature interviews with family and friends as well as an in-depth interview with Daniel and wife Majella at their home in Tenerife. The show will be broadcast at 7.55pm on RTE One as people sit down for the evening.An RTE insider said “Daniel might not be everybody’s cup of tea but he is one of the hardest-working entertainers around.“This show gives an insight into his private life and how he has managed to become one of the most successful entertainers in the world.”  RTE CHOOSE DANIEL FOR CHRISTMAS DAY EVENING SPECIAL was last modified: December 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) Tags:Daniel At 50daniel o’donnellRTElast_img read more

WARM TRIBUTES PAID TO KILLYBEGS WOMAN BERNIE GUERIN

first_imgWARM tributes have been paid to Killybegs woman Bernie Guerin, the mother of murdered journalist Veronica Guerin, who was laid to rest yesterday.Mrs Guerin’s daughter was shot dead by criminals in 1996.Bernie was a native of Donegal and Killybegs and never forgot those roots. After her daughter’s murder she campaigned for changes in the law and the Criminal Assets Bureau was established.She also campaigned for the proceeds of criminal gangs to be used to help the victims of drugs.Father Michael O’Grady told mourners at the Church of the Holy Family in Artane, Dublin that Bernie was a “wonderful Irish mother, the likes of whom we’ll indeed be very fortunate to see again”.He added:: “I’m often reminded that sometimes we look for heroes in all the wrong places. Our heroes are often the ones who do the ordinary things extraordinarily well, the ones whose love makes us who and what we are. And Bernie was such a hero.” Mrs Guerin was laid to rest at the cemetery in Sutton, Co Dublin.She had been ill for some time and had passed away in Co Kerry. WARM TRIBUTES PAID TO KILLYBEGS WOMAN BERNIE GUERIN was last modified: January 19th, 2014 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:Bernie GuerindonegaldublinfuneralKillybegsVeronica Guerinlast_img read more