Inferiority Complex breeds outsourcing of Liberian History

first_imgHave you ever been around a parent who constantly calls a child “lazy,” “stupid” or “useless”? What do you think will be the long-term effect?Those who say “sticks and stones may break my bones but words can’t hurt me” are wrong. Words do hurt. And they do even deeper damage and leave lasting emotional scars. Children learn to live almost exactly as they are labelled. Call them “stupid” often enough, and they will accept your definition of them. Derogatory labels can lead people to develop deep feelings of inferiority that stunt them for life. As it is with individuals, so it is with entire countries. Keep telling them that they are lazy, and they will prove to you just how lazy they are.Most countries know that, so they refuse to let others define them and their children. After gaining independence, Americans went so far as to put their own stamp on the English language they had inherited from the British, changing “colour” to “color” and “connexion” to “connection.” That’s why Noah Webster wrote his Dictionary of American History.No change is too trivial for some nations, when it comes to defining themselves. Neither China or the United States would ever allow the other to write its history. But, self-sufficiency in writing one’s own history is not just a policy of big powers. Upon gaining “flag” independence, every former colony in the world has insisted on doing the same, including tiny islands in the Caribbean with far fewer resources than Liberia. In neighboring Senegal, for example, one of the leading universities was renamed after Chiekh Anta Diop, who spearheaded the rewriting of African history from an Africanist perspective.Not so with Liberians. Almost everything we know – or think we know – about ourselves are dokahfleh stories passed down to us by others. Some of those cast-offs came clean and pressed. Others are laced with poison, like the shining blankets infected with smallpox that were given by Europeans to Native Americans, which caused hundreds of thousands to die.Take the phrase “Country Devil,” used to describe masked ceremonial dancers. “Country” connotes rural but also “bush” and backward. “Devil” is derived from the most powerful spirit of evil in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam who is often represented as the ruler of hell. Like many such derogatory phrases used to describe features of African culture, the “Country Devil” label was first introduced by European explorers in the 1600s.Indigenous Liberian are not alone in being routinely disparaged. Take the notion that African-American repatriates to Liberia and their descendants oppressed Indigenous Liberians for over a hundred years. Crafted by white American polemicists posing as scholars, it has come to be accepted as self-evident truth, just by being repeated over and over. This dangerous claim holds the entire group responsible for the crimes, sins, and failings of any of its members. After the failed coup d’état of the late Thomas Quiwonkpa, innocent Mano and Gio were slaughtered based on that perverse way of thinking. Some people are now making similarly sweeping – and dangerous – claims about all Muslims due to the violent behavior of a few.That same flawed logic was used by the Nazis to justify their attempted extermination of Jews during World War II. It reappeared recently in Rwanda, with equally devastating consequences. That is why Rwandans wrote themselves a new history, immediately after the fighting ended. They did it to get rid of poisonous German, French and Belgium influences. And they didn’t wait for “international donors.” For that reason, I was initially excited to learn about the Liberian Historical Website at the Center for National Documentation & Research Agency. That excitement quickly turned to outrage upon discovering that our government had outsourced the writing of Liberia’s history to a consortium of American universities, led by Indiana University. While preaching “Liberianization,” our leaders sidelined widely published and internationally renown Liberian historians in favor of foreign “scholars” with less expertise.“Outsourcing” in Liberia masquerades as a policy, but it s not. It is an abdication of responsibility to organize, manage and develop the country’s human capacity. At root, it reflects an inferiority complex, a profound lack of confidence in local capabilities, and a failure of leadership. It is deeply unpatriotic because it denies the ability of Liberians to think and plan for themselves, the very raison d’être for having a nation and a government in the first place. By way of contrast to Liberia, consider Rwanda and Ethiopia. Like Liberia, both underwent massively disruptive wars. Yet, both are now more developed than they were before their wars. Is there a key difference between them and Liberia? Yes. Their leaders have the sheer audacity to believe in coherent, locally determined policies as the best solution to local problems. A nation will lack coherence if its government is driven by the conflicting agendas of external donors and their NGOs. Of course, when their agendas fail, foreign entities will be nowhere around to claim responsibility or suffer the consequences. Liberians desperately need, not just a new history, but a new sense of our commonalities, self-worth and possibilities. Well-intentioned allies can certainly help. But we must take the lead. None but ourselves can heal our minds.Liberian history is no different. Yes, many of our differences are rooted in reality. But, it is also true that our antagonisms have been fueled by foreign scholars who stand in the shadows and chuck rocks, then pin responsibility on one group of Liberians or another. No institution has been more culpable than Indiana University. Unlike our leaders, folks at Indiana know exactly how important history truly is. That is why they seem determined to control ours, with the blessings of our leading scholars. To cite just one shameful example, control of the Liberian Studies Association is lodged in Indiana, while Ph. D.’s and universities are “wasting” in Liberia.Liberia is now caught in a vicious cycle with no apparent end on the horizon. Our leaders lack confidence in what we, Africans, can accomplish because they don’t know Africa’s true history. Their commitment to Africa seems limited to their symbolic adornment in country cloth lappa suits and shirts, with no grounding in substantive ideas. Lacking self-confidence, their answer to every problem is “outsourcing,” including history which lies at the core of national identity. But a history written by others only engenders a deeper sense of inferiority. And so it goes, round and round.Unless we stop outsourcing the writing of our history, our “hay way lee insah long time.” Leave it to others, and the myths that divide us now will be passed down to our children’s children’s children.Author’s note: C. Patrick Burrowes, Ph. D.Burrowes is the author of Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea: A History of the Liberian People Before 1800. The book, which took 30 years to research, will be published in a few months. 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Goldfields refuses to meet with “unrecognised” unions

first_img…denies claims of unilaterally transferring contract workersDenying claims made by the National Mine Workers Union (NMWU) that workers’ severance benefits are in jeopardy, Guyana Goldfields official Peter Benny has said that the fact that the union is not recognised as his company’s employees’ union makes it impossible to meet the body.In an interview with Guyana Times, Benny acknowledged receiving requests from NMWU President Sherwyn Downer for a meeting. But, according to Benny, Guyana Goldfields cannot meet to discuss workers’ concerns with a union that has not gone through the process and received recognition as the workers’ union.“We do not stop our employees from unionising. That’s far from the truth. We allow them, we’ve never stopped them. However, a couple of years ago (Downer) made a claim at the Ministry of Labour that he was a representative of employees at Aurora.“The Ministry organised for us to go and give them our records. The company submitted all of its records and he was supposed to submit the signed membership forms. And he was unable to do so. He is not a bona fide representative of the workers. I cannot go discussing company business with him. If I am to do that, I would be breaching every possible code of practice,” the Human Resources Manager noted.Benny denied that Guyana Goldfields has been trying to transfer permanent employees to contracts, thus depriving them of their severance pay benefits. According to Benny, contract or temporary workers comprise a minuscule part of the workforce and there were no plans to add permanent workers to the mix. He also defended the grievance committee.“We would not do that. We’ve never done that in the past and we will not do that in the future. There is no plan to put permanent employees on contract. I know about the law as much as anybody else. I would not be working for a company that breaks the law,” Benny stressed.“The grievance committee is chaired by an employee. The grievance committee functions and is effective.”Meanwhile, when asked, Downer admitted that he did make previous efforts to have his union registered and recognised as representatives of workers from Aurora. But he noted that they experienced difficulty with the signed workers’ forms and as a consequence, the application process was aborted.“At this stage and point, I’m not asking the company to recognise the union…. I’m asking based on the email and allegations against the company by the workers to the union (for a meeting),” he stated.“At this time all the union is asking or requesting is an opportunity to and/or permission to meet with the workers … and let’s put all this to rest and let’s hear from the workers directly if they need a union or not … the media could be invited to witness it all.”This publication had previously reported Downer saying that workers from Guyana Goldfields have complained that they stand to lose their severance benefits, something they are entitled to by law, and that no one is hearing their concerns.“We have hundreds of workers who would have been working with the company since exploration days. So they have more than a decade of experience. The allegation against the company is that they are now taking steps to have these workers go on contract,” Downer had said.“These workers are going to lose their severance and their benefits. So what they want right now is attention to this issue. I wrote the company on the 10th of this month and they have not acknowledged my letter or said anything.”Downer also pointed out that workers reached out to his union, even though it is not the recognised representative of the workers, rather than the Labour Department. This, he said, would indicate a lack of faith in the Government taking action. According to Downer, workers complained that they also lacked faith in the grievance committee set up by the company.NMWU President Sherwyn DownerGuyana Goldfields Human Resources Manager Peter Bennylast_img read more

Market talks prickly, ongoing

first_imgA: Supervalu Inc.’s Albertsons, Kroger Co.’s Ralphs and Safeway Inc.’s Vons and Pavilions. The 65,000 employees at 785 stores from San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield south to San Diego are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers. Q: What is the status of the current contract and the negotiations? A: The three-year agreement expired on March 5 but has been extended twice by mutual consent and is set to expire again on Monday. However, it will automatically renew on a daily basis until any of the parties end the process. The contract would then expire 72 hours later. The talks hit a snag Wednesday when union negotiators temporarily left the table in response to the three chains saying they would lock out workers if any one of the chains is targeted by a strike. The union said it intended to resume negotiations. A representative of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service has been coordinating the talks. In recent weeks, the union has reached tentative agreements with Stater Bros. and Gelson’s Markets, two smaller regional chains. Q: What are union negotiators seeking? A: The union wants to regain concessions made three years ago that created a two-tiered system splitting employees into separate wage and benefit classes. People hired since the last contract deal have a lower pay scale than veterans and must wait at least 12 months to qualify for health coverage. It takes even longer for dependents to quality. The union is also seeking hourly wage increases of 50 cents in the first year, 40 cents in the second, and 35 cents in the third. Top scale now is $17.90 an hour. The average grocery worker makes about $13.50 an hour. Q: What do the supermarkets want? A: The chains haven’t made their demands public. Officials do say, however, that they are operating in an increasingly competitive environment and want to manage rising costs, particularly health care. Q: What is the likelihood of a strike or lockout? A: Both sides say they are eager to avoid a repeat of the strike-lockout that occurred in 2003, when union leaders ordered a strike against Vons and Pavilions stores, and Albertsons and Ralphs responded by locking out employees. The dispute lasted more than four months and cost the grocery chains more than $2 billion, by some estimates. Still, as current talks dragged on, employees at Albertsons stores voted to give union leaders the authority to call a strike. The three chains responded by forming a mutual-aid pact and agreeing to provide financial assistance to chains whose employees walk out. Q: When is the earliest a strike could happen? A: If the contract is allowed to expire on Monday, the union could order a strike against Albertsons beginning at 12:01 a.m. April 13. The union could not order a walkout against Ralphs, Vons and Pavilions unless employees at those stores take an authorization vote. Q: What would a strike mean for consumers? A: It’s all but certain that a strike order would prompt the supermarkets to retaliate with a lockout. Workers would form picket lines, and the chains would scramble to find replacement workers to keep stores open. More than likely, the chains would cut back operating hours or close stores if they couldn’t find workers. Food shipments could also be hampered. Customers would be forced to choose between crossing picket lines or shopping elsewhere.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three of Southern California’s largest supermarket chains and the union representing employees are trying to negotiate new contracts to avoid a repeat of the 2003 labor dispute that closed many stores for more than four months. The talks have taken a contentious turn in recent days. Here is a look at where things stand. Q: Who is involved in the labor talks? last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal karting centre owner has appealed to Donegal County Council to be allowed to open on Sundays to host prestigious tournaments.The Xtreme Karting track in CastlefinnCastlefin Xtreme Karting Centre is prevented from opening due to planning regulations.Karting Centre Owner Marcus Griffin said they have ben met with a wall of silence from Donegal County Council and could bring huge crowds to Donegal for such events. He revealed “At the beginning of each year we supply Donegal County Council with a list of proposed dates given to us by groups such as Super Motos NI and Mini Motos NI. These groups want to use our facilities to hold one day events which would attract a large number of visitors to the area.“Unfortunately, when we apply to Donegal County Council for planning permission for these events we are met with a wall of silence. The result is that these groups have found other Karting Centres to hold their events so we lose out.”Under existing planning regulations Sunday opening is permitted for events of this nature but strict restrictions must be met.However Marcus feels that he has met any guidelines imposed on him by Donegal County Council thus far, and feels some movement is warranted. Sinn Fein Cllr Gary Doherty is backing the appeal by the karting boss.“The Karting track in Castlefinn is one of the major tourist attractions in the area and it has the capacity to provide a valuable recreational facility for the people of the locality.“However the stringent planning regulations which prohibit any Sunday opening are seriously harming the track’s ability to function as a profitable business. I would ask Donegal County Council to seriously reconsider their position on this”The Karting track, which has been open since 2005 currently have planning permission for operation from Monday-Saturday, but only for the running of Go-Karts. Previously the track has been used for other activities such as off-road tank driving, hamster ball and car drifting but all were deemed to be non-permissible by the Council.Under existing planning regulations Sunday opening is permitted for events of this nature but strict restrictions must be met. However Marcus feels that he has met any guidelines imposed on him by Donegal County Council thus far, and feels some movement is warranted. Cllr Doherty also feels the case is justified. “Marcus has a clear business plan and has set out the limited number of Sundays he wishes to open, limiting them to one Sunday per calendar month. I feel the impact on the local environment of a limited number of Sundays would be negligible. In fact,I believe attracting more visitors to the Karting track is in the best interest of the village and the wider Finn Valley area.”KARTING BOSS CLAIMS COUNCIL IS STOPPING HIM FROM BRINGING CROWDS TO DONEGAL was last modified: January 22nd, 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:castlefinnCouncillorCtreme Kartingdonegaltournamentslast_img read more

1978 World Cup All-Stars: Who were the players voted best in Argentina?

first_img 13 13 FORWARD: Roberto Bettega (Italy)A versatile player capable of performing both in attack and in midfield, Bettega possessed numerous strengths that see him regarded as a true Juventus great. He was a fine goalscorer as well as a talented playmaker, with his position on the pitch moving further away from the opposition penalty area as he got older. He scored two goals at the 1978 World Cup, but unfortunately missed the 1982 edition – which Italy won – due to a knee ligament injury suffered whilst playing for Juve. 13 13 GOALKEEPER: Ubaldo Fillol (Argentina)Widely regarded as Argentina’s greatest ever goalkeeper, Fillol is also seen as one of the best glovesman to come from the South American continent. He played 58 times for his country, and spent the majority of his domestic career in his homeland with River Plate – although he did spend one season in Europe with Atletico Madrid. Fillol conceded just four goals in Argentina’s seven matches at the 1978 World Cup, and he impressively went the entire second round group stage without letting a single strike past him. 13 13 13 13 13 MIDFIELD: Rob Rensenbrink (Netherlands)Voted in the All-Star Team at the World Cups of 1974 and 1978, Rensenbrink was one of the Netherlands’ key players, but he didn’t actually play in his homeland. The largest spell of his domestic career was in Belgium, firstly with Club Brugge and then Anderlecht, where he helped their great team of the 1970s to 10 major honours – including the Cup Winners’ Cup on two occasions. He netted five times in 1978, but missed the opportunity for a sixth goal in the final seconds of the final against Argentina; with the game tied at 1-1, Rensenbrink’s shot hit the post and deflected wide, when a goal would have almost guaranteed a Dutch victory. Instead, the match went to extra-time, and Argentina scored twice to win the World Cup with a 3-1 victory. 13 DEFENCE: Berti Vogts (West Germany)A World Cup winner as a player and a European Championship winner as a manager, Vogts claimed further honours at domestic level with the great Borussia Monchengladbach side of the 1970s. The right-back was twice named Footballer of the Year in Germany, and he represented his nation on 96 occasions between 1967 and 1979.center_img The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner, so are trawling through the archives to relive past tournaments.Today we are taking a look at the 1978 edition, won by Argentina on their home turf with a defeat of the Netherlands in the final.It was the second final in a row the Dutch had lost, having been beaten by West Germany in 1974, but they could do nothing about Mario Kempes; the forward was on fire in his homeland and netted twice in the final to finish the tournament as top scorer.Kempes was undoubtedly the star of the tournament, but who were the other key players in Argentina? The World Cup All-Star Team was selected to remember the best performers in 1978, and you can learn about the chosen XI below…1978 FIFA WORLD CUPHosts: ArgentinaChampions: ArgentinaRunners-up:  NetherlandsThird place: BrazilFourth place: ItalyTop scorer: Mario Kempes (Argentina) – 6 goalsBest Player: Mario Kempes (Argentina)Best Young Player: Antonio Cabrini (Italy) DEFENCE: Alberto Tarantini (Argentina)Known on these shores for his short and tempestuous spell at Birmingham City, Tarantini was Argentina’s left-back throughout the World Cup. Cesar Luis Menotti, the Argentina coach in 1978, knew Tarantini well having selected him at the 1975 Toulon Tournament, when Albiceleste’s Under-23s won the gold medal. He spent the majority of his career in his homeland, playing for both Boca Juniors and River plater, but also spent one season with Birmingham just after the World Cup; it was not an enjoyable time in the West Midlands, with his most notable action when he went into the crowd and punched a fan. 13 MIDFIELD: Teofilo Cubillas (Peru)Generally accepted as Peru’s greatest ever footballer, Cubillas played 81 times for his country and helped them to the quarter-finals in 1970 and again in 1978. Cubillas was voted the best young player at the 1970 finals, and the playmaker ended the 1978 tournament as the joint-second highest scorer with five goals to his name. He possessed a venomous shot, and was the only player to score five goals in two different World Cups until Miroslav Klose repeated the feat in 2006. 13 DEFENCE: Ruud Krol (Netherlands)An incredibly versatile defender who could play anywhere along the backline or even in midfield, Krol spent the majority of his career with hometown club Ajax. A key figure in the ‘total football’ revolution, Krol won three consecutive European Cups with the Amsterdam club, but he lost successive World Cups in 1974 and 1978. Krol won 83 caps for the Netherlands, between his debut in 1969 and his final appearance in 1983. DEFENCE: Daniel Passarella (Argentina)Captain of winners Argentina, Passarella is regarded as one of the finest defenders to ever play the beautiful game. He won 70 caps for his country and was the only player to be selected in both Argentina’s 1978 and 1986 World Cup-winning squads, though he actually missed the latter tournament due to illness. A stalwart in Argentina’s backline and a talismanic figure for the nation, Passarella was also a prolific goalscorer for a defender; he netted 22 times for Argentina, and ended his club career with over 150 goals scored. 1978 WORLD CUP ALL-STAR TEAM 13 FORWARD: Mario Kempes (Argentina)The star of the 1978 World Cup, Kempes won the Golden Boot as top goalscorer – with six goals – and also claimed the Golden Ball, awarded to the best player at the tournament. The excellent forward was the perfect combination of strength, power and skill, and he was the only foreign-based player in Cesar Luis Menotti’s squad for the 1978 finals. He was playing for Valencia at the time, having left Rosario Central in his homeland a few years prior. With appearances for clubs also in Austria, Indonesia and Chile, Kempes’ career ended in 1996 with exactly 300 domestic goals scored, plus a further 20 netted on the international stage. MIDFIELD: Dirceu (Brazil)An attacking midfielder who played for 16 teams in a career that spanned 25 years, Dirceu represented Brazil 44 times and at three World Cups. He scored three times in 1978 helping his country to the bronze medal, with his final goal the winner against Italy in the third place play-off. Dirceu spent the first decade of his career in his native Brazil, before moving to Atletico Madrid and then a number of Italian sides, including Verona, Napoli, Ascoli and Como. FORWARD: Paolo Rossi (Italy)A Ballon d’Or winner in 1982 for his six goals that helped Italy to victory at that year’s World Cup, Rossi also played for Italy at the World Cups of 1978 and 1986, scoring a total 20 goals in 48 senior international appearances for the Azzurri. He established himself as one of the world’s best forwards in 1978 with three goals making him Italy’s top scorer at the World Cup, but Rossi’s most famous moment on a football pitch came four years later, when he netted a hat-trick against the Brazil of Socrates, Zico and Falcao to knock them out the finals as Italy went on to claim the famous trophy.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.last_img read more


first_imgCATHOLICS in the Raphoe Diocese are set to get their own weekly magazine, it was announced today.Simply titled ‘The Diocese’ the magazine is published by Kevin Callaghan from Newtowncunningham, with Liam Porter from Raphoe as Editor.A news and features publication, the full colour glossy magazine aims to provide “inspiration and a renewed optimism and confidence among the faithful” by highlighting the “numerous ongoing activities that Church communities across the Diocese are engaged in – many of which often go unnoticed.” The magazine’s owners add: “In doing so, it also hopes to reinforce the idea that the strength of the Church lies in its people and wishes to provide encouragement through positive publicity for those who contribute so much to their parishes.“Focussing on the people, as the strength of the church, the magazine wants to share with the Diocese the good that so often goes unnoticed.”The magazine will be on sale inside each chapel in the Raphoe Diocese and costs €2.RAPHOE DIOCESE TO GET ITS OWN WEEKLY GLOSSY MAGAZINE was last modified: August 17th, 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) Tags:The Diocese magazinelast_img read more


first_imgARE YOU A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF A CHILD WITH DELAYED COMMUNICATION OR LEARNING SKILLS?Raphoe Family Resource Centre are providing the opportunity for local parents or guardians of pre-school children to spend a Thursday morning from 10.30am -12 noon participating in fun activities, working on social skills, and establishing and maintaining friendships. Siblings welcome.If you would like further information please contact Melanie on 074 9145796 HEALTHY WALKSThe Healthy Walk will unfortunately not be taking place this Thursday 26th July but will resume the following week, Thursday 2nd August. HORSE AND PONY SHOW The Raphoe Horse and Pony Show will take place on Saturday 28th July and Sunday 29th July at Craig’s farm, Strabane Rd, Raphoe. This show had been a feature in the community in the past for many years, the last one held in 1982 until it was resurrected in 2010. There was a great response, both from competitors and the general public, and indeed over the weekend national and international riders will be taking part, with a prize fund totaling €2500 and of course, the perpetual cups. The pony show takes place on Saturday 28th July starting at 9.30 sharp. Classes are as follows:Class 1:- Sportsman 60cmsClass 2:- 128cms under 8 National Discovery LeagueClass 3:- 128cms over 8 under 10 National Discovery LeagueClass 4:- 128cms 80cm National Pony LeagueClass 5:- 128cms 80(s) under 10 Ponies over 69 pointsClass 6:- 128cms 90cms Class 7:- 128cms 1m Grand PrixClass 8:- 138cms 90cms National Pony LeagueClass 9:- 138cms 1mClass 10:- 138cms 1.10m Grand Prix Class 11:-148cmsClass 12:- 148cms 1m National Pony LeagueClass 13:- 148cms 1.10mClass 14:- 148cms Grand PrixHorse show on Sunday 29th July and classes are as follows;Class 1:- Sportsman 70/80cmsClass 2:- 90cms 2 PhaseClass 3:- 1m 2 PhaseClass 4:- 1.10m 2 PhaseClass 5:- 1.10m SpeedClass 6:- 1.20m 2 PhaseRaphoe Horse Show Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all their kind sponsors for their donations and input to make Raphoe Horse Show a success, without each and every one of the sponsors Raphoe Horse Show would not be possible. Also a big thank you to the Craig family for the use of their field, to our judges and course builders and wishing Seamus McCafferty a speedy recovery (reg. course builder). Admission is free, light refreshments available on the day. Everybody welcome and hopefully the sun will shine and a safe and happy event had by all.RAPHOE TIDY TOWNS NEWSThe Tidy Towns C.E Project staff and Supervisor will be on Holidays from Friday 27th July until Monday 13th August 2012. There will be cover provided daily for litter cleaning and emptying of bins during this period.The Town is looking well despite the unseasonal cold and wet weather we have experienced in recent months. Sadly the theft of flowers and shrubs has occurred this year again from various areas around the town. This year in particular has been difficult as the finances that were available in past years has now been cut substantially and the Tidy Towns rely on the kindness and generosity of local businesses, churches, community organisations, the Co Council and the general community, therefore it is especially unfair that some person or persons continue to remove flowers from communal displays. You should be ashamed of what you are doing for this past number of years.In some cases flower boxes and hanging baskets have also disappeared which is demoralizing and totally unacceptable. We would appeal to those responsible to think about what they are doing and to stop this behaviour. The town is kept well for everyone to enjoy, children and their families, walkers, joggers, cyclists, visitors, tourists, business people and especially our own townspeople and people from outlying areas and townlands who are in Raphoe daily. Recently during a wedding in the Cathedral many people attending commented on the beautiful clean town that we have. Many photographs were taken and some of the guests even had picnics in the Diamond on the green area and really enjoyed their time in Raphoe. Two American visitors speaking to two of the Tidy Towns C.E staff near the Castle referred to Raphoe as the “Hidden Jewel of Donegal” We do have a nice town and good hearted people and it’s nice to hear visitors making such positive comments about our town. The Tidy Towns voluntary committee continues to provide these services of environmental work and community services for Raphoe and its people with a good heart and try to help everyone as best they can with limited financial resources at present.Judging in the National Tidy Towns is ongoing until August so hopefully Raphoe will continue to do well despite the inclement weather and recent incidents of theft. A sincere thank you to everyone in the community for all your great work and tidy presentation of your respective areas. Thank You.Martin Laird Project Supervisor.RUNNING GROUPThe new running group is continuing in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at the Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm. This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. Fee: €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980.RE-CYCLING OF CANS AND GLASS IN RAPHOEDonegal County Council wish to inform members of the public that the glass and can recycling facilities in Raphoe have been relocated to Raphoe Hardware, Lifford Road, Raphoe Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm.The Bring banks are now located in the Raphoe Hardware car park near to the entrance of the shop. Thank You.SELF MANAGEMENT COURSEHSE are providing a self management course for people with long term conditions and Carers of people with long term conditions that promote self care. Self care means looking after yourself and your general health so that you can manage your life and not just your condition. The course is free of charge and is run over six weekly sessions, each lasting 2 ½ hours. Courses are being provided across the county. If you would like some more information on this course or would like to book a place on a course, you can contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 9189016 or email All enquiries are welcome.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.Community News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at or to Lisa at Thank You.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to every Thursday to meet the print deadline.LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: July 20th, 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:Raphoe Community noteslast_img read more

Council is full of energy – and their top accreditation proves it!

first_imgDonegal County Council has achieved ISO 50001accreditation for its Energy Management System. The announcement was made by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey at the SECURE launch conference which was held in the Glenveagh Visitors Centre yesterday.“This is the culmination of many months of work by the management and staff of Donegal County Council who have introduced a new Energy Management System throughout all it’s organisational operations and I am delighted to be in a position to announce today that Certification Europe has assessed the Councils Energy Management System and deems that it complies with the requirements of the ISO 50001:2011.” ISO 50001 is an International Energy Management Standard (EMS) for energy use and consumption and provides a systematic approach for the organisation to achieve continuous improvement in terms of energy performance.Donegal County Council is only the second local authority in Ireland to achieve this accreditation for all of the Council servicesSpeaking following the announcement Seamus Neely, Chief Executive with Donegal County Council said “Energy management is an all-encompassing process and includes every aspect of the organisation from finance, human resources and public relations to maintenance, purchasing and planning”.“The Councils commitment to improving our energy performance is set out in our Energy Policy and our drive to achieve this accreditation has been led by the internal Energy Management Team headed by John McLaughlin Director of Roads and Transportation”. Donegal County Council has put in place objectives and targets for energy performance improvement over the next number of years and has identified a number of Significant Energy Users or SEU’s within the organisation including Public Lighting, Offices and Cultural Services Buildings, Fire Stations, Landfill sites and the Transport Fleet.“An important part of this process has been identifying opportunities for improving energy performance and we have conducted energy assessments on a number of buildings and are putting in place mechanisms to monitor consumption and this data will be analysed regularly and used to develop energy performance indicators,” says Seamus Neely.“The staff energy awareness campaign which was launched in July is also an important part of this process. This campaign is about providing staff with information about energy, the importance of conserving it and advising on simple ways to save energy both at work and at home. Our staff have a very important role to play in improving our energy performance and I would like to thank all our staff for their continued support and commitment to the process”.Council is full of energy – and their top accreditation proves it! was last modified: November 10th, 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)last_img read more

African teams continue domination at on-going World University Netball Championships

first_img Tags: FISU World University Netball Championships Uganda (black) in action against Singapore on Tuesday afternoon (Photo by javira ssebwami)MAKERERE– African teams continue their domination at the third World University Netball Championships in Makerere.Hosts Uganda, defending champions South Africa and Zimbabwe are beating up on all opposition put in front of them in the week-long event at one of Africa’s oldest Universities.Uganda was in superb form on Tuesday beating up on neighbours Kenya 105-15 and Singapore 77-19.South Africa who are eyeing their second straight title were in equally impressive form as they overwhelmed Sri Lanka 116-6.For Zimbabwe, making their second appearance at the biennial event, they beat up on a much improved USA side, 40-28 in a tight contest.South Africa are seen by some pundits and players as the favourites to win the tournament.“They are a solid well-balanced side with the maturity far beyond most of us, Uganda’s team captain Irene Eyaru said of South Africa in the post-match interview against Singapore.Despite losing to Uganda, Singapore also displayed good organization. They made the best of spaces and regularly made good interceptions, though, like their captain Tabitha Ong noted, they were let down by their inferior size.“We played a much better team with bigger physique. It was a tough match but we did our best, said Ong after the game.This is the third edition of the World Netball University Championships.England won the inaugural tournament in 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa after beating the hosts-South Africa, however, bounced back stronger in the next edition in Miami in 2016.They beat Jamaica 43-39 in the final to emerge champions.In the semi-final, they beat Uganda, who eventually lost to Australia in the bronze medal game.Host nations organize the biennial event together with the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU). It is a women’s indoor tournament with a maximum of 12 teams competing. A total of 12 competitors and five officials are allowed per team.Uganda, has featured in all editions of the competition.Comments last_img read more

Glenswilly man bags €17,000 on Winning Streak

first_imgA Donegal-based bus driver got the chance of a lifetime to spin the wheel on RTE’s Winning Streak on Saturday – to win a whopping €17,000!Mickey McDaid told co-host, Sinead Kennedy, that when it was announced that he was to appear on Winning Streak it led to a lot of confusion as there were three other Mickey McDaid’s in the area.Meanwhile, his phone never stopped ringing with friends and family looking to know was it him who was on a Winning Streak. After a sleepless night of wondering has his luck come in, Mickey celebrated after receiving a phone call from National Lottery officials to confirm he was the Mickey McDaid in question!Mr McDaid is a bus driver, serving the Little Angels, St. Bernadette’s, and Stramore areas.Mickey is the FIFTH Donegal person to appear on Winning Streak in just six weeks.Speaking in the RTE studio in Donnybrook in Dublin, he gave a big hello to all of the school children who had designed the signs that were proudly on display in the audience. Glenswilly man bags €17,000 on Winning Streak was last modified: March 26th, 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) Tags:Winning Streaklast_img read more