Martin County Allows Facial Covering Order for General Public to Expire

first_imgThe mask ordinance that had required all Martin County residents to wear face coverings where social distancing is not possible has expired.County officials unanimously passed the order, which was valid for 30 days and was not renewed, on July 7.As of Aug. 7, Martin County has reported 3,802 coronavirus cases and 92 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. However, facial coverings are still required for employees working inside grocery stores, restaurants, retail stores and gyms within the county.That order will not expire unless the state of emergency ends or Martin County officials decide that it is no longer needed.last_img

City of Lacey PSE Natural Gas Main Relocation Project Begins July…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyOn Monday, July 30, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will begin a project to relocate a section of natural gas pipeline on Pacific Avenue SE near the intersection of Carpenter Road SE. PSE expects the project to take up to five weeks. Work will take place Mondays through Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The City of Lacey does not anticipate any road closures; however, motorists may experience traffic delays and alternate routes are advised during project hours.While not a City of Lacey project, city officials want residents to be aware. “This is a major intersection and we want residents to know about the project so they can make alternate travel arrangements, if necessary,” said Roger Schoessel, city engineer.If you have questions about the project, contact Francisco Reyna, PSE Project Manager, at MajorProjects@pse.com or (888) 404-8773, and reference project #109089196.last_img read more

What Happened to US$10M Allotted to Revamp RIA?

first_imgThe Senate Committees on Public Accounts and Transportation have been mandated to probe into the whereabouts of US$10 million allotted in the 2013/2014 fiscal budget for the rehabilitation of the Roberts International Airport (RIA).The Senate plenary decision at its 17th day sitting Tuesday was prompted by a communication authored by three Senators requesting that body to ask the Ministry of Transport to account for budgetary allotment for fiscal year 2013/2014 intended for revamping RIA.In their communication dated March 4, the three lawmakers, Senators Henry W. Yallah of Bong, Geraldine Doe-Sherif of Montserrado, and Dallas A.V. Gueh of River Cess Counties, wrote to their colleagues “for a decision of the Ministry of Transport to account for budgetary allotment for fiscal year 2013/2014 intended for the Roberts International Airport.”According to the Senators, “The 2013/2014 national budget appropriated the amount of US$10 million for the revamping of the runway of the RIA; but to date, the runway has not been revamped and the Ministry of Transport has submitted no report on the status of this project, neither this amount…”But in a swift move immediately following the reading of the letter, Bomi County Senator Morris G. Saytumah said it was premature for the three Senators to request that the matter be discussed by plenary. He rather suggested that such a request should emanate from the Public Accounts Committee after they have done their work to ascertain whether the said amount had been disbursed.His suggestion was, however, rejected as plenary unanimously voted to send the communication to the committees of Transport, and Public Accounts, with their mandate to get detailed information pertaining to the amount from both the Transport Ministry and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.The Senators’ communication was read days after President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had sent to the Senate for ratification the finance contract agreement between Liberia and the European Investment Bank for the rehabilitation of the RIA runway. The total amount of that loan agreement, according to President Sirleaf, is US$27.3 million.The estimated cost of the RIA modernization and rehabilitation project, according to President Sirleaf’s communication, is US$60.3 million of which she said Government has concluded arrangements for the project to be bankrolled by several financial institutions.The President named some of the financiers as the Saudi Fund for Development, US$20 Million; Arab Bank for Economic Development for Africa, US$10 million; a credit from the European Investment Development Bank in the amount of US$27.3 million, and the Government of Liberia US$3 Million. The project is scheduled to be implemented by the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rudolph Johnson’s Proposal for National Conference Is the Right Approach

first_imgRudolph Johnson, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, was quite analytical in his speech to Liberians hailing from Grand Cape Mount County living in North America about problems affecting Liberia.The one-time running mate to Liberian football super star- turned presidential candidate, George Weah, identified a couple of problems facing Liberia’s socioeconomic development.Among those problems were Liberia’s identity crisis, moral decay, and incompetent and corrupt leadership, including those of the past 12 years.The decline in the moral conduct of Liberian religious institutions could not be left out of the social issues raised by the Liberian diplomat.This moral decay has aroused an increase in the crime rate because religious teachings no longer impact members of the society as rape, stealing and other sins or offenses are dominating centers of worship, especially Christian churches and the wider society.Another example of Liberia’s social malaise lies in the failure of our young people to take pride in their culture. So many of them are unwilling to wear Liberian national attire. Most of what we do here is a replica of Western culture or those of other African countries. Most Liberians, especially the younger generation, are ashamed of wearing country cloth or speaking their local languages.The Government itself does not attach significance to our national identity. President William V. S. Tubman established the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs and later the National Cultural Center (NCC) at Kindejah on the Robertsfield Highway. The Center made a great contribution to cultural reawakening in Liberia, especially through the creation of the National Cultural Troupe, which participated in many international cultural festivals, including FESTAC (World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture) in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the current government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf sold the land on which the center operated and today Liberia has no Cultural Center.Tubman’s successor, President William R. Tolbert, Jr. tried to make Kpelle, Liberia’s most widely spoken language, which he spoke fluently, to be a national language. But this noble idea and effort died with his assassination in 1980.Moral values are long lost among Liberians as respect for the elderly has drastically declined. The young have become so recalcitrant (unruly), discourteous, selfish and bereft of decency in conduct and dressing.Incompetence, as mentioned in Johnson’s speech, is indisputable as evidenced by the conduct of both public and private officials.Incompetence is lack of physical, intellectual, or moral ability to perform certain duties (Webster). Comparing this definition with performances of most of our public officials, you will note that they are concerned more about money than anything else, and most certainly not performance.The rapid spread of Ebola that killed thousands of our people was caused by gross incompetence of the Health Ministry to sensitize and devise means through which the disease could have been contained.In spite of international support to the agriculture sector, the Ministry of Agriculture is still struggling to improve food production despite vast acreage of rich soils, many rivers, creeks, and streams and more than abundant rainfall. As a result of this poor performance, Liberians continue to rely heavily on imported rice, meats and other foods.Social division is still undermining unity and reconciliation in Liberia. As manifested in our politics, Liberians vote not on the basis of competence of a person to lead, but on the basis of tribal, sectional or social connections.In the current election, politicians use the loophole in the “political participation” clause to form multiple of parties that exacerbate the tribal and sectional divide.Mr. Johnson lashed at Liberians, especially in the Diaspora, for their propensity to form tribal and county organizations, rather than those that unite our people.In support of Johnson’s suggestion about hosting a National Conference for Liberians, the Daily Observer urges the incoming government to take seriously Minister Johnson’s proposal.We believe that a National Conference is one best way to start the process of finding solutions to our many national problems.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Deschamps urges France to make amends for Euros

first_img0Shares0000France defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates his winner against Belgium in the World Cup semi-final © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 10 – France coach Didier Deschamps urged his side to seize their chance of redemption in the World Cup final after admitting he has still not got over the pain of defeat in the Euro 2016 final.Samuel Umtiti headed the only goal in a 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday, consigning the Red Devils ‘golden generation’ to another bitter defeat. France’s own supremely talented young squad will now aim to make amends for defeat on home soil to Portugal two years ago in Sunday’s showpiece against England or Croatia.“Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago,” said Deschamps.“It is something exceptional. I am very happy for my players. They are young but they have character, a (winning) mentality.”In a World Cup replete with set-piece goals, a corner again proved decisive when Umtiti timed his run perfectly to meet Antoine Griezmann’s delivery six minutes into the second half.“The difference sadly is a set play in a very close and tight game,” lamented Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.“If you are going to have to lose such a match, which is bearable, it is the manner in which our players lost, pushing for everything, trying everything until the final whistle.”Apart from being the match winner, Umtiti’s partnership with Raphael Varane in central defence continues to flourish, and when called upon, captain Hugo Lloris made important saves at key moments.At the other end of the field, teenager Kylian Mbappe was France’s biggest threat, but it was another off night for Olivier Giroud as the focal point of Deschamps’s attack.Giroud has not scored in eight games and is yet to even have a shot on target in Russia.“I’m not missing too much,” insisted Giroud. “I would have liked to help the team, make the breakthrough tonight.“That was not the case but, once again, I am confident in my chances to score in the final and help bring back the World Cup. I really hope to do it in the final.”– Hazard threat –Belgium controlled possession early on with Eden Hazard the biggest threat. The Chelsea forward pulled the first attempt of goal just beyond the far post, but his next effort was arrowing into the top corner until it flicked off Varane’s head and deflected just over.Goalkeepers Lloris and Thibaut Courtois played a huge part their sides’ quarter-final victories and it was only thanks to two of the best ‘keepers in the world that the game remained goalless at half-time.First, Lloris flew to his right to turn behind Toby Alderweireld’s shot on the turn.At the other end, Mbappe demonstrated the subtler side to his game to play in Benjamin Pavard, but Courtois used his massive 6 feet 5 inch (199 centimetre) frame to deny the Stuttgart full-back his second goal of the tournament.Giroud did at least have a part to play in the decisive opener as, after his shot was deflected wide, Griezmann’s corner was flicked in at the near post by Umtiti.Martinez introduced an extra attacker in Dries Mertens in an attempt to turn the tide and he nearly had an immediate impact as his cross was headed inches wide by Marouane Fellaini.That was as close as Belgium came to taking the game to extra-time, though, as Lloris comfortably parried a long-range pile-driver from Axel Witsel.But for Courtois, France’s margin of victory would have been greater as he made saves from Griezmann and Corentin Tolisso in stoppage time.For the generation of Hazard, De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, beating Brazil in the quarter-finals was meant to be the breakthrough on the way to winning a major tournament for the first time. Instead, it proved to be another false dawn.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

These GIFs and Vines pretty much sum up England’s Euro 2016 campaign

first_imgEuro 2016 has not been good if you’re an England fan…After two tournaments, this was Roy’s chance. There was cautious optimism, but the manager was getting deadly serious about preparing his troops…It was a solid start and fans loved Dier’s free-kick…But they couldn’t quite finish off Russia, who didn’t want to admit defeat…They fought back to beat Wales 2-1, though…But there was still the possibility of finishing second behind the Welsh (like that was going to happen)…Hodgson rested six players for the last group game against Slovakia, drew 0-0, and saw Wales nip into first and take the ‘easier’ knockout route…A last 16 match with Ronaldo’s Portugal awaited, until a last gasp Iceland goal set up a showdown against the Nordic minnows…But this England we’re talking about here. Despite taking the lead after two minutes, it was bye bye to Euro 2016…Meanwhile, in every country other than England…Head to the talkSPORT Facebook page to listen to an incredible rant about the England shambles at Euro 2016. It’s pretty spot on. These GIFs and Vines pretty much sum up England’s Euro 2016 campaign 1last_img read more

CHARITIES RECEIVE CASH WINDFALL FROM NORTH-WEST 10K

first_imgNorth West 10k Chairperson James Boyle presenting a cheque for 6,940euro to Donegal Youth Service committee members Marina Carlin(Chairperson), Lorraine Thompson (Regional Director) and CharleneLogue (Chairperson). At back are North West 10k Committee membersNancy McNamee and Bernie Brennan with the Mayor of the LetterkennyMunicipal District Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Frank Dooley (DYSDirector)Despite stiff competition from the upsurge in athletic fundraising events the 19th North West Run and Walk has raised €27,760 for four charities.The cheques were handed over to Down Syndrome Association, MS Ireland Donegal Branch, the Donegal Youth Service and Blood Bike North West last night in the Mount Errigal Hotel.In his address Chairperson James Boyle said that this year’s event had once again been a big success.For the first time there were four benefitting charities who each received €6,940.Mr Boyle praised the work of the Gardai, Irish Red Cross and all the stewards who had ensured that the 2,000 walkers and runners got through the event safely which is the number objective of the organizing committee especially with such large numbers now taking part.The invaluable support of sponsors DonegalDaily.com and Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure and was also acknowledged while the backing provided by Letterkenny Chamber was described as key to the success of an event that will be celebrating its 20th birthday in 2016.Among the special guests at the cheque presentations was the new Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District Cllr Gerry McMonagle.CHARITIES RECEIVE CASH WINDFALL FROM NORTH-WEST 10K was last modified: June 23rd, 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:chequesdonegalNorthwest 10Klast_img read more

“THIS IS THE BEST OF THEM ALL, ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!” – MICKEY HARTE

first_imgTyrone manager Mickey Harte had said that yesterday’s Ulster SFC final win over Donegal was the best victory he’s ever had in the province. Harte said the fact Tyrone had gone six years without winning the title, coupled with the fact it was Donegal they defeated in the final made it the ‘sweetest win of them all’. Harte has now won five Ulster titles during his tenure as manager of the Red Hands.Tyrone edged out Donegal in a claustrophobic battle in a baking hot Clones.Harte told The Irish Times, “This is the best, absolutely the best, this is the best of them all because of the famine that was there for six years and because of what had gone before.“And maybe Ulster titles were taken fro granted in the 2000’s and not enough joy put in when winning them. “This is different, the county was waiting on this, and the fact that it was Donegal in the final.”Donegal now face Cork in the qualifiers, and the winner of that will face the taunting prospect of Dublin in the quarter final.“THIS IS THE BEST OF THEM ALL, ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!” – MICKEY HARTE was last modified: July 18th, 2016 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:GAAmickey hartenewsSportTyronelast_img read more

Aston Villa confirm another high-profile departure from the club

first_imgAston Villa director of football Steve Round has left the club.The former Everton and Manchester United assistant manager joined in September 2016, a month before current boss Steve Bruce was appointed. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Steve Round has left Aston Villa impact Japan confirm Russia 2018 squad, including ex-Manchester United man GREAT NEWS goalless Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place stalemate EFL result REVEALED World Cup 23 REPLY German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit 1 Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues A Villa statement read: “We can confirm Director of Football Steve Round has left the club. The club would like to thank Steve for all his efforts and wish him well for the future.”Round follows Keith Wyness, Villa’s former chief executive, who was sacked last month having been suspended by owner Tony Xia.The chairman had been unhappy Wyness was seeking advice as he looked to safeguard Villa’s financial future should they fail to return to the Premier League.Wyness is now suing Villa for constructive dismissal which could cost the club over £6million.They lost the Sky Bet Championship play-off final 1-0 to Fulham in May and Xia’s financial problems have been laid bare. Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off England’s expected starting line-up for World Cup opener v Tunisia ‘THEY FAILED’ Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ He needs to raise £40million to comply with Financial Fair Play rules and has reportedly turned down offers for a stake in Villa.A Villa statement said: “We can confirm Director of Football Steve Round has left the club. The club would like to thank Steve for all his efforts and wish him well for the future.”Round is another high-profile departure from the club after Keith Wyness, Villa’s chief executive, was sacked last month after he was suspended by owner Tony Xia.The chairman had been unhappy Wyness was seeking advice as he looked to safeguard Villa’s financial future should they fail to return to the Premier League.Wyness is now suing Villa for constructive dismissal which could cost the club more than £6million.They lost the Sky Bet Championship play-off final 1-0 to Fulham in May and Xia’s financial problems have been laid bare.He needs to raise £40million to comply with Financial Fair Play rules and has reportedly turned down offers for a stake in Villa. Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada Latest Championship news UNITED ROUND-UP last_img read more

SISTER SARA’S ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ HALLOWEEN PARTY KICKS-OFF TONIGHT

first_imgSister Sara’s has a sensational line-up in-store for its loyal customers by having not ONE Halloween party but TWO!! The Halloween party extravaganza kicks-off tonight in Letterkenny’s No.1 super-pub.DJ Paddy Mac will be playing all your favourite tunes to get you in the party ‘SPIRIT’!! There will be prizes for the best dressed, and there are also great drink promotions on offer throughout the night, and over the course of the weekend.On Saturday night, another Halloween party will be hosted by Sister Sara’s and again the same rules apply.There will be loads of prizes on offer for the best dressed on the night.While resident House DJ Marty Curran will be spinning the decks and getting you pumped up for the night. After two nights of Halloween Partying at Sister Sara’s you might feel like a ‘ZOMBIE’ in the morning, but it promises to be a cracking weekend of entertainment.For more info check out their Facebook page now.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sister-Saras/154934577880211SISTER SARA’S ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ HALLOWEEN PARTY KICKS-OFF TONIGHT was last modified: October 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more