Have Local Democratic Organs in Guyana truly empowered the people?

first_imgDear Editor,Have Local Democratic Organs in Guyana truly empowered the people? Have Local Government Elections truly returned democracy to Guyana? These and other questions keep on regurgitating in the minds of the masses as we near another round of Local Government Elections on November 12th.In an article in the state newspaper dated July 29th, 2018 and captioned, ‘Empowering people through Local Government Elections’, it is stated thus, “Ensuring that democracy is maintained is paramount to ensuring that a country is run in the best interest of all its peoples, ensuring that all citizens have equal access to the nation’s resources and services offered by the State”. It went further to state that the quest for the ‘good life’ is at the foundation of the current Administration’s mandate.Are citizens really having “equal access to the nation’s resources”? This is so far from the truth! The Kilcoy/Hampshire Local Authority Area which was won by the PPP/C by an overwhelming majority in the last LGE has been assigned a mini-excavator to dig and maintain the drainage system in the NDC; but, a few months ago, this machine was taken to Georgetown under the pretext of its needing repairs. It is still to be returned, while the drains in the NDC are clogged. This is a clear case wherein the NDC is supposed to look inefficient and incompetent in the eyes of the residents. Fortunately, the rains are not here! On the other hand, the Fyrish NDC, which is next door, has been the recipient of a spanking new long-boom excavator to maintain and improve its drainage system, compliments of the President. This is the trend throughout Region 6.This Government feels that once Local Government Elections are held on a timely basis — that is, every 3 years — then that is the “democracy” and “empowerment” which citizens in every community need to propel social and economic development.Of course, all elections are about democracy, once they are deemed to be free and fair; but empowerment can only be realised when resources are sufficiently available to carry out the functions of these NDCs and municipalities. These functions are: to provide efficient services for the residents, as stated in the laws. These services include sanitation, garbage disposal, road/dam maintenance, market facilities, burial grounds, abattoirs, drainage, etc. This is in addition to maintaining and protecting public property and levying and collecting rates and taxes.How can these NDCs and municipalities function effectively without adequate resources? There can be no empowerment without sufficient resources. This Government is all about empty rhetoric!If one looks at the finance which is garnered from rates and taxes and the meagre subvention given by Central Government, one would realise that the total finance is wholly inadequate. This is compounded by the fact that proposals made by the NDCs and municipalities are badly trimmed when included in the Regional Budget. Many of the proposed projects are ‘scissored,’ leaving the few selected ones at the mercy of the Central Government. These LGOs should be able to represent themselves at the Central Government level, and this is where the Local Government Commission comes in to play.The Local Government Commission is given a varied task in terms of policies’ implementation and making recommendations, and the same with any legislation. The LGC is also tasked with examining and proposing ways to enhance the capacity of the Local Democratic Organs (LDOs). This is an area which the LGC should seriously contemplate.In terms of capacity building, we are told that the gerrymandering of the boundaries of some NDCs was to enhance these LDOs’ capacity. However, this is far from the reality. Even though the Minister can change the boundaries of these NDCs, the LGC, the Opposition and the residents should have been consulted in this “capacity enhancing” process. But the intention is not “capacity building”.On June 8th, Mr Bulkan published two orders which amended 14 Local Government Areas, removing a total of sixteen constituencies and activating nine LGAs, including the township of Mahdia. In so doing, he has incapacitated the PPP/C by 32 seats at the upcoming LGE, thus effectively closing the margin of defeat which the APNU/AFC suffered at the last Local Government Elections at the hands of the PPP/C. Is this the local democracy which this Government is boasting about? Is this how “the country is run in the best interest of all its people”?Further, the Minister accused the PPP of being more concerned with concentrating power in the hands of its appointed Minister of Local and Regional Development, but now we are seeing that the actions of Minister Bulkan were nothing short of that of a dictator! Is this how this Granger Administration is committed to “promoting democratic renewal and community development”?The recent electoral frauds perpetrated by APNU and AFC, ably assisted by GECOM, would also suggest that this Government is more concerned about “dictatorial renewal”, not “democratic renewal”.Moreover, Article 71(1) was seriously breached by Mr Bulkan, since the involvement of the people in the task of managing and developing their communities has been seriously invalidated, and the functioning of the LGC has been compromised. This Government’s penchant for breaching our Constitution, the supreme law of the land, has now become a daily pastime.Unfortunately, the quest for the “good life” still remains a quest!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor, Region 6last_img read more

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Woman shot as Police chase bandit

first_imgA woman was admitted to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after she was accidentally shot in the back.Shot: Jean RodriguesThe injured woman, who has been identified as Jean Rodrigues, of Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara, is said to be in her fifties.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, Rodrigues, along with her husband, Anthony Persaud, their three children and grandchild were all headed to a wake in Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) around 17:30h when the incident occurred.The family was in the vicinity of the Timehri bus park when they heard screams coming from a Police Officer. When they looked up, they saw the Officer (name given) in pursuit of a man.In an attempt to catch the man, the Officer discharged a round, which allegedly hit the woman. “We were all standing and this man run past us and then the Policeman that was chasing him fire off shots and miss the man, but hit my wife,” Persaud said as he recounted what happened. The distraught man relayed that his grandson was in the spot where his wife was shot, just a few seconds before.Rodrigues was picked up and rushed to the hospital’s emergency room by the Policeman.There are reports that the Police Officer told the family that he did not shoot the mother of 10, but rather it was the bandit he was pursuing.However, the family members said they saw what had occurred and claimed that the Officer was trying to “cover up the matter”.The family said that since Rodrigues was taken to the hospital around 17:30h, they have been unable to see her or to get an update on her condition.The matter was reported to the Police Outpost at the hospital. The Officer has been placed under arrest, and an investigation has been launched to ascertain what transpired.last_img read more

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Fort St. John to be well represented in national bodybuilding competition

first_imgMeanwhile, Shayleen Clausen says the chance to compete at the provincial and national level is a rare opportunity.“[It’s) incredible, once in a lifetime experience,” she says. “I was terrified, every time you get on stage, that morning show you are so scared and never know what will happen.”Her motivation for having a high level of fitness stems from her desire to be in shape after starting a family.“My first thought was I had a baby, and I wanted to be in a bikini within a year of having a baby, and eight months later I did my first show,” she explains. “I placed terrible, I got tenth out of eleven, and I just kept training on from there.”Advertisement Conway says that the experience at provincials was thrilling, and that she wasn’t expecting to finish in first place.“It was exciting, and a much bigger show than Fort St. John’s,” she says. “In all honesty, I was shocked. I really, really was shocked. I would have been happy to finish top five. I never, ever thought I would get first place, and then I got first place overall.”Going to nationals in your first year of training is a rarity. To compete at a high level is something that is very demanding, as Conway can attest to, waking up early every morning to begin her workouts.- Advertisement -“I wake up at 4:30 every morning, I’m here at five, or ten to five, 60 minutes on the elliptical, go home and have my protein pancake,” she explains. “You’re following a strict diet, you’re eating every two and a half hours, mainly consisting of chicken and broccoli, and egg whites, then I’m back here in the early evening for another hour of cardio and weight training every other day.Family support is something that’s been huge for Conway, and she says her family have been very supportive and understanding of her efforts.“My husband will send me motivational texts throughout the day, my kids have been wicked,” she says. “I feel bad for my family because after the Fort St. John show, I thought this would be over. I never in my mind thought I’d get to the provincials, win that, and now I’m headed to that nationals. I’ve had no life, my kids haven’t had a life. There’s no camping, no barbecues, but they’re good, they’re awesome.”Advertisement Taking part in competitions was never part of the plan for Clausen, however a serious injury forced her to find a new hobby.“I played hockey for 18 years, I was kind of a tomboy growing up,” Clausen says. “I broke my back about a month after I had my daughter, and wasn’t allowed to play hockey anymore, so this is where the doctor pointed me, he said go into weight training.”Clausen also wanted to give her thanks to Sandra McLean of Jiffy Lube for her sponsorship, as well as her trainer for their support.last_img read more

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Inconnu swimmers take top aggregate trophies in Prince George Invitational

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Thirteen members of the Inconnu Swim Team competed at the Prince George Medical Invitational the other weekend, competing against swimmers from across Northern BC.For a few of Inconnu’s swimmers, this was one of their first-ever swim meets. Matthew Amler, Sofie Pedersen, Viggo Pedersen, Rylan Pomeroy, and Nate Rogers are all U10 swimmers.Inconnu Assistant Coach Steve Sadownik said that overall, the experience was positive.- Advertisement -“For these young swimmers it was an opportunity to come and race in a beautiful facility with great conditions against swimmers of a high calibre,” said Sadownik. The 50 metre pool in Prince George can be separated into two 25 metre racing venues, this allowed for the meet to accommodate the 400 plus swimmers without a problem. As well, the lanes in PG are the proper regulated width which makes for fast swimming. These are things the younger swimmers have not seen before if they have only swam at our pool in Fort St John. Overall the swimmers appreciate the opportunity to come and race in such a nice facility… It makes for an enjoyable experience.”Veteran swimmers Owen Lang and Alex Hedges led the Inconnu at the senior end of the team. Lang and Hedges each took home the overall aggregate trophy for scoring in their respective age groups. To top the weekend off, Hedges took home the eliminator swim-off prize as the top female Individual Medley swimmer. Teammate Brittany Welsh placed second, and Jayden Forster finished fifth.The Inconnu will next be in action in their home swim meet at the North Peace Leisure Pool December 2nd – 4th.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Barcelona fight back to win Spanish Supercup

first_img0Shares0000Wall game: Lionel Messi tries for goal from a free-kick © AFPTANGIERS, Morocco, Aug 13 – Barcelona battled back to defeat Sevilla 2-1 and win the Spanish Supercup on Sunday with French World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele hitting a sensational winner to help give Lionel Messi a winning start as captain.It was Barcelona’s 13th Supercup and sixth in the last nine seasons. However, Sevilla squandered a golden chance to send the match into extra-time when Wissam Ben Yedder missed a last-minute penalty.Pablo Sarabia gave Sevilla the lead after just nine minutes on a counter-attack.Gerard Pique, who announced his international retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick.That set the stage for French star Dembele to take the headlines with a 78th minute screamer from 25 yards and again Messi played a crucial role with the key pass.There was still time for late drama when Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen brought down Aleix Vidal in the area as the Sevilla youngster closed in on an equaliser.But Ben Yedder hit a weak penalty which was easily saved by Ter Stegen.The match had endured a controversial build-up when Sevilla threatened to file a complaint against Barcelona if the La Liga champions fielded more than three non-EU players.The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Saturday that there would be no restrictions on players from outside the EU for the Supercup, despite only three being allowed in squads for league matches.Sevilla said they could file a complaint if Barca name an “improper lineup” in Tangier.New signings Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur were expected to be Barca’s three non-EU players on Sunday, although Brazilian centre-back Marlon also travelled with the squad.In the end, 21-year-old winger Malcom, signed from Bordeaux in the summer, was left out of the match day line-up.Philippe Coutinho has reportedly acquired a Portuguese passport through his wife in the last week, while his fellow South Americans Messi and Luis Suarez are already EU citizens.Sevilla qualified for Sunday’s match as last season’s Copa del Rey runners-up, after Barcelona won the league and cup double.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DONEGAL CIVIL DEFENCE VOLUNTEERS HONOURED WITH LONG SERVICE MEDALS

first_imgPictured from the back row, L-R, Mr. Joe Breslin, Mountcharles (30yrs), Mr. James Dolan, Stranorlar (40yrs), Ms. Anne Marie Monagle, Glengad (30yrs), Mr. Hugo Boyle, Carrigart (30yrs), Mr. Denis Gallagher, Burt (30yrs), Mr. John Quinn, Ballybofey (30yrs), Mr. Brian Spain, Director for Civil Defence, Dept of Defence, Mr. Bill Smith, Director General, Civil Defence, RoscreaFront Row, Ms. Rose Mc Namee, Letterkenny (40yrs), Ms. Jackie Mc Crudden, Burt (30yrs) Mr. Paul Kehoe, The Minister for State at the Department of Defence, TD, Ms Edel Flynn, Ballybofey, Civil Defence Officer (30yrs), Ms. Ita Wilkie, Letterkenny.The Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Paul Kehoe, has presented 10 volunteers from Donegal with long service medals in recognition of their service to Donegal Civil Defence at an awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. The medals were presented in recognition of 30, 40 and 50 years service in Civil Defence.The Donegal volunteers were among almost 300 Civil Defence Volunteers from across Ireland to be honoured with long service medals. Donegal recipients included Mr. Joe Breslin, Mountcharles, (30yrs), Mr. James Dolan, Stranorlar, (40yrs), Ms. Anne Marie Monagle, Glengad, (30yrs), Mr. Hugo Boyle, Carrigart, (30yrs), Mr. Denis Gallagher, Burt, (30Yrs) ,Mr. John Quinn, Ballybofey, (30yrs), Ms. Rose Mc Namee, Letterkenny, (40yrs), Ms. Jackie Mc Crudden, Burt, (30yrs) Ms. Ita Wilkie, Letterkenny, (30yrs) and Ms Edel Flynn, Ballybofey, Civil Defence Officer (30yrs).These medals have been awarded to honour decades of voluntary service given by these individuals to their communities. Both serving and retired members of Civil Defence with the appropriate service are eligible for these medals.At the ceremony, Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD said he was delighted to honour so many people who have given 30, 40 and even 50 years of service to Civil Defence and to their local community.“The modern, professionally trained and equipped organisation that Civil Defence is today would not have been recognisable when our medal recipients first joined up. Civil Defence has never been afraid to change and has continued to thrive with the major transformations that have taken place down through the years. That success is very much to the credit of everybody assembled here today and long may it continue. For its part this Government will continue to ensure that Civil Defence has all of the necessary supports to ensure that it does.’ Speaking following the ceremony, Cllr. John Campbell, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council also congratulated the volunteers on receiving these long service awards.“The contribution that each and every one of these volunteers makes to their community and to their county is outstanding. They truly epitomise what volunteering is all about and I am delighted that their dedication and commitment to keeping their communities safe has been acknowledged with these long service awards”. DONEGAL CIVIL DEFENCE VOLUNTEERS HONOURED WITH LONG SERVICE MEDALS was last modified: November 26th, 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:Civil Defencedonegallong service awardslast_img read more

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Festival organiser to pay compo after punching taxi-driver in face

first_imgA festival and events organiser punched a taxi-driver in the face and then wrestled a female Garda who tried to arrest him in a row over the fare.Adam Laverty, aged, 27, appeared before Letterkenny District Court following the incident on December 20th, 2018. Laverty and a friend had hailed the taxi in Letterkenny and asked to go to Ballybofey and was told by the taxi-driver that the fare would be €30 which they paid.However, half-way to Balybofey the pair decided they wanted to go to Clady in Co Tyrone but the driver refused and said he was letting the men out.The men claimed they were being left in the middle of nowhere, hadn’t got value for their €30 and a row started.Solicitor for Laverty, of Drumboe Avenue, Stranorlar, Mr Frank Dorrian, said the men felt aggrieved and had been drinking.He also revealed how one of the men said “We could kill you here right now.”The taxi-driver then called Gardai to the scene and the matter became more enflamed.Laverty became aggressive and wrestled a female Garda against the patrol car before he had to be pepper-sprayed to be brought under control.Mr Dorrian said his client had no previous convictions and said he was a successful events organiser.Judge Paul Kelly said he took a very poor view of somebody who attacked somebody else while they were going about their duty.He ordered Laverty to pay €200 compensation to the taxi-driver and also make a further donation of €200 to the Garda Benevolent Fund.Festival organiser to pay compo after punching taxi-driver in face was last modified: July 23rd, 2019 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:Adam Laffertyfestival organiserGardaipunchStranorlartaxi-driverlast_img read more

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Cristhian Stuani: From misused at Middlesbrough to outscoring Lionel Messi

first_imgAside from all that he contributes in goals and points, the spectacle the fan favourite offers up is gold dust for a modest club trying to build their local support after years of being overlooked for the Blaugrana giants down the road. With Stuani in the team, Girona can keep dreaming of further progress and European football in the near future. It may even come this season, the Catalans currently level on points with Real Madrid and in seventh place.For anyone in need of goals, top scorer in Spain with an excellent all-round game will no doubt sound like an appealing winter purchase, and in anticipation, Girona are already working on a contract extension for their talisman. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 3 Stuani’s deal is due to expire in 2020, but the Catalans want to extend it by a further year in return for an improved salary. The logic is that if you keep him happy, he’s more likely to keep scoring.Keep scoring at the rate Stuani is at present, and who knows where Girona will be this time next year. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade whoops REPLY PAYBACK Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos SORRY Most Read In Football latest Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Stuani was on target twice against Barcelona in September Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Though useful as an out-ball should Girona wish to go long, more often than not they choose not to, and their style focusing on quick combinations and play on the wing has proven that the veteran is more technically competent than we saw in his earlier time in Spain. Stuani’s pass-count is well above the average for strikers in La Liga this season, his assured link-up play making him the perfect forward for the possession-based approach of Johan Cruyff disciple Eusebio Sacristán, who took over in the summer.“He’s hugely important,” the manager gushed when describing his vital goalscorer. “He does a lot of things well, works hard in defence and helps us a lot. He has a lot of variety when it comes to striking the ball, both with his head and both feet. He’s mature, experienced, and a squad leader.” Stuani has been a huge hit for Girona Ten strikes, ten points won. Everything he touches turns to goals.Just as he twice rose above the Espanyol defence to slam home two bullet headers in Sunday’s Catalan derby, one striker towers above all other forwards in La Liga’s scoring charts at the moment – including Lionel Messi. Arise, Super Cristhian Stuani.Yes, Middlesbrough fans, that Cristhian Stuani. Stuani scored 16 goals in 68 games for Boro in all competitions scrap Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion gameday cracker 3 RANKED 3 | #LaLiga Player of the Week | Cristhian Stuani’s brace helped Girona to a 3-1 victory on Sunday, and took him to the top of the division’s scoring chart 🌟The former @Boro man is on fire 🔥 pic.twitter.com/n9MUStaCFE— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) November 27, 2018It turns out that the guy who was wasted out on the wing during his stint in English football happens to be one of the best pure number nines around.Espanyol supporters knew that before he put them to the sword; prior to scoring goals against them, he used to score goals for them.Well aware of those seasons in Barcelona, and that the Uruguayan’s brief foray in England was not representative of his true quality, Girona knew exactly what they were investing in when they made him the key striker of their historic first adventure into La Liga in 2017.“It’s true that when you bring in a footballer in his 30s there could be the risk that they’re too comfortable, or lack ambition,” Girona’s sporting director Quique Cárcel told El Pais at the time. “But we knew that wouldn’t happen with Stuani.” revealed Even if he had faith, Cárcel could not have predicted just how emphatically the attacker would burst into form when he returned to Spain. Last season was impressive enough; 21 goals in 33 La Liga games, including a brace that earned a draw against Atlético Madrid, a vital equalizer in an eventual win over Real Madrid, and another two in the return game at the Santiago Bernabéu.Stuani was one of the key cogs in Girona’s unlikely survival in the first La Liga season in the club’s modest history. A touch of ruthless efficiency that made a real difference. This season, the 32-year-old is playing on a different level entirely.Ten goals in ten games is a ridiculous rate by any standard, and had he not missed two matchdays through injury he may well have more. A new major victim was added to his Girona tally too, a brace against reigning champions Barcelona in September allowing the blanc-i-vermells to take a famous draw from the Camp Nou.Along with being important, the strikes have been varied, too. Yes, there are the bullet headers (and what headers they are, Stuani taking over from Aritz Aduriz as La Liga’s finest in the air), but there have also been plenty of others marked by class. The first touch in his initial equaliser against Barça, completely taking Gerard Piqué out of the game, was brilliant. So too was the way he struck his second in the same game, high and powerful to ensure the still recovering Marc-André ter Stegen could get nowhere near it. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? BEST OF last_img read more

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TWO HELD AS DONEGAL PAEDOPHILE INVESTIGATION WIDENS

first_imgTWO men are being questioned by gardai after raids on two homes in west Donegal earlier today.The swoop came as gardai step up their inquiries into claims that a paedophile ring was operating in the Gaoth Dobhair area over the past two decades.Two weeks ago serial rapist Michael Ferry was jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to sex attacks on local boys in the area. Gardai confirmed two properties are being searched and the two people arrested are being questioned by detectives – one at Glenties garda station and one at Letterkenny garda station.They are being held under Section 4 of the 1984 Criminal Justice Act and are being questioned about ‘serious assault’ allegations.The development comes after reports that another associate of Ferry has had serious sex assault allegations made against him.We understand that a special detective unit – under the command of the Assistant Commissioner for the area – is reviewing all cases and all allegations made both in the past and in the last few days. Up to five suspects have been identified following the conviction of Ferry.There was outrage nationally when it was learned that Ferry was convicted in 2002 – yet was given his casual job back at Ardscoil Mhuire by Colaiste Cholmcille where he went on to abuse more boys.Justice Minister Alan Shatter has confirmed that he has received a further report from the Garda Commissioner in relation to the Michael Ferry abuse scandal.Confirming receipt of the report, a spokesperson for Mr Shatter said: “In the report the Commissioner has indicated that he has asked the Assistant Commissioner of the Northern Region to investigate if any outstanding matters arise for An Garda Siochana that would require a file to the DPP including the role played by school management and their knowledge of Mr Ferry’s conviction.”The spokesperson added: “In the circumstances the Minister does not propose to make any further public comment at this stage.” Gardai say they are no releasing any further information due to the sensitive nature of the case.TWO HELD AS DONEGAL PAEDOPHILE INVESTIGATION WIDENS was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:allegations against new suspectsGaoth DobhairGlentiesletterkennyMichael Ferrypaedophilelast_img read more

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DEFENCE FORCES EXERCISE SPARKS CHOPPER ALERT

first_imgEXERCISES in the Bluestacks Mountains by members of the Defence Forces have sparked a mayday alert.The Sligo 118 Rescue helicopter was scrambled over Lough Eske after reports of a flare in the area.There had been fears that someone on the lake was in difficulty in a boat. But when the Coast Guard helicopter arrived at the scene, it discovered the Defence Forces were carrying out an exercise in the area and had fired off flares.The chopper crew were also called to another false alarm after reports of smoke coming from a boat.However nothing was found and the crew were stood down.  DEFENCE FORCES EXERCISE SPARKS CHOPPER ALERT was last modified: August 17th, 2013 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:Bluestack mountainscoast guardDefence forcesLough EskeRESCUE 118last_img read more

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