Rivercess Citizens’ Movement Descend on ‘Pit-sawyers’

first_imgThe Rivercess Concerned Citizens Movement, represented by their secretary-general, Dailay D. Konway, has condemned in the strongest terms the felling of high forest trees in the county by ‘pit-sawyers.’He said pit-sawyers were pillaging the forests without any due benefit to the county.According to Konway, pit-sawyers are “operating illegally in and around concessional forests.He made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer Wednesday, April 23, when he — along with a few other members of the association — walked into the McDonald Street offices of the paper to present their position statement.In Konway’s opinion, forests are not exclusively owned by community dwellers; therefore, they cannot authorize or allow pit-sawyers to operate.He then mentioned that pit-sawyers’ money does not make any positive impact on the county; instead it is used to bribe and mislead the local inhabitants while they (pit-sawyers) deplete the forest to the detriment of the county.The pit-sawyers’ action, Konway believes, has the propensity to scare away potential investors coming to the county to change the present living condition of its residents.He said, it has become an “open secret” in the county that illegal logging aimed at depleting the forests was ongoing, adding “The Concerned Citizens Movement will stand against any act that could potentially stall developmental activities in the county. We will stand against anyone; whether they are an official or a local leader.” Mr. Konway is therefore calling on those involved in “dubious and or clandestine logging activities in the county” to desist. He said this was because, “the forests belongs to the residents, who have the legitimate right to sign any agreement with any well-recognized logging company in the county.”“The movement is also calling on the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) to intervene and force any suspected illegal pit-sawyer to leave Rivercess,” he concluded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Revised assessed value of property in FSJ

first_imgDeputy assessor for the North Region Jarret Krantz says B.C. Assessment closed the roll at the beginning of December then all of the notices went out to property owners at the beginning of January.“We go through [a] review panel [and] I was showing the revised roll, which shows any changes that might have gone through that review panel,” explains Krantz. “We’re not talking about changes in the value of the property alone; we’re talking about changes in the assessed value of it.”Residential properties in Fort St. John were initially valued at a little over $2.5 billion but in its revised roll, these properties are assessed at about $2.49 billion – representing a $25.1 million decrease.- Advertisement -One of the changed assessments that really stands out it that of farmland, which was initially valued at $28,154 and is now being assessed as $46,951 – a nearly 67 per cent increase worth an additional $18,794.“A couple things with farm to remember is these numbers are for the City of Fort St. John only, so anything in the regional district are not included in these numbers,” explains Krantz. “The majority, the big producing farms are going to be in the regional district.”The other assessed change goes to “business and other” properties, a $3.5 million decrease from the initial value of $1.413 billion; it now is assessed at $1.409 billion.Advertisement Property classes that have not changed in assessed value include utilities, supportive housing, major industrial, light industrial, and recreation/non-profit.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, April 3

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Chelsea are considering a move for England forward Raheem Sterling, 20, after his contract talks with Liverpool stalled. (Daily Mail) Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, 26, told his Germany team-mates during the recent international break that a summer move to Manchester United is on the verge of being agreed. (Daily Mirror) Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 23, is set to become Juventus’ priority transfer target this summer at the request of manager Massimiliano Allegri. (Metro) Chelsea are keen on signing Pogba and may let midfielders Oscar or Ramires leave as part of the deal. However, if the London club are unsuccessful in their attempt to sign Pogba, they will try Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, 23 instead. (Telegraph) Eight clubs want to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, 24, at the end of the season. (The Sun) Manchester United are considering an £11m bid for Lille and Denmark defender Simon Kjaer, 26. (Daily Express) Lazio have earmarked Southampton’s Italy striker Graziano Pelle, 29, as a replacement for Miroslav Klose, 36, who is expected to retire this summer. (Daily Mirror) Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is keen to make four signings during the summer after the club posted a £23m pre-tax profit. (The Times) Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he is not worried that striker Romelu Lukaku has changed his agent and does not believe the 21-year-old wants to leave Goodison Park. (Daily Express)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Italian giants identify Southampton striker as prime summer transfer targetPremier League trio chase Caen star Ngolo KanteYaya Toure latest: Inter Milan still in the for hunt Man City midfield generalSerie A star’s agent explains Chelsea and Manchester City snubBordeaux move for Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City targetlast_img read more

Bozeman may return in Oregon

first_img “It’s just still tender and I can’t really bend it, so that’s really bothering me,” Francis said. Francis bruised the knee in practice Monday. “I think he will try to play, and how effective he can be I don’t know,” coach Tim Floyd said. If Francis cannot go, Floyd said senior Dwayne Shackleford would start at point guard. Matthew Kredell 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’re going to take this week (off) and see how the treatment goes, and then maybe play the Oregon game (Jan. 26),” Bozeman said. Bruin bits Cedric Bozeman, who missed UCLA’s last six games with a shoulder injury, is targeting a return to the court next week when the Bruins travel to Oregon and Oregon State. Bozeman began shooting and dribbling Tuesday, and said strengthening his left shoulder was the key to his return. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Freshman power forward/center Alfred Aboya practiced and is expected to play tonight despite missing the second half of Saturday’s loss to Washington with a right knee injury. … Center Michael Fey said he expected to play tonight because his ankle is feeling better. … UCLA signee Marko Spica, who is from Serbia and Montenegro, did not get a qualifying score on his first attempt at the SATs and will take it again later this month. : Brian Dohn Francis game-time call USC point guard Ryan Francis did not practice Tuesday and will be a game-time decision against UCLA because of a bruised knee. X-rays on the knee came back negative. last_img read more

DD Motoring: The last of his kind – Station Officer Mickey Molloy

first_imgOn the last fire drill of the last millennium at the old Letterkenny Fire Station the below firefighters signed a special drill sheet at a function at the station. That was in 1999. It was a meeting of members of the fire service past and present and it was also the start of the departure for the old station on the High Rd. as plans were well under way for a new home for Letterkenny Fire Brigade on the De Valera Rd. In them days the Sub Station officer and Station Officer were also handing over the taking of calls to a new central call centre.Danny GrieveBenny DalyTony CoyleEddie CurranRonnie WhiteKevin Mc GlynnWillie PeoplesEamonn Sam O’DonnellJim TeaseTommy FrielBobby CurranEamonn HarveyRobert Mc Menamin,Brian Mc DaidMicheal MolloyDanny Mc Glynn,Louis BradleyJim Mc GlynnPatrick DohertyLiam McGrathVincent BianconiRobert StewartMicheal HerrityTommy NoonanPaddy O’BrienGiovani Doherty Advertisement The signatures of fire fighters from Letterkenny who attended the last call in 1999. Photo Brian McDaidThree worn switches are now all that remains of the old fire station that once stood on the High Rd. in Letterkenny. If you go looking for them you will have little chance of finding them on what now is a car park on the High Rd.That old station was once a state of art purpose built to house two fire engines and was also a three bedroom home built for one of the county’s first Fire Chief’s the late, Jack Lillis.The Old Station in Letterkenny which now is a carpark in Letterkenny.On Friday night last Letterkenny said farewell to their man in charge for looking after fire cover for the biggest town in Donegal for over a quarter of a century.At the Arena 7 a reunion of sorts of fire service personnel retired and operational came together to wish Mickey Molloy a firefighter’s farewell as he stepped down after 27 years service as Sub Station and Station Officer for the Letterkenny Fire Brigade. Advertisement Station Officer with Letterkenny Fire Service, Micky Molloy with his family at his retirement function at Arena 7 included are his wife Marian, grandson Mark, back row include Ciara, Orla, Martin and Michael. Photo Brian McDaidTo finish a job with 27 years service is a great honour but as a retained firefighter it’s more than the years it suggests. For someone working in a nine to five job working 40 hours a week, they can walk away every evening and also enjoy their weekends off.If you ask the family of any retained firefighter not only have they to be available 40 hours but also have to be available the remaining 128 hours night and day that make up a full 168 hour week.Answering the callMickey Molloy started with the Letterkenny Fire Brigade in 1990 and had the extra responsibility of taking the calls for the brigade from the day he started. Letterkenny is one of the busiest stations in Co. Donegal and as the retired Chief Fire Officer Frank Keranne recalled at Mickey Molloy’s retirement function on Friday night that Micky Molloy took on the responsibility of the phones when he started as the rank of Sub Station Officer 27 years ago.In them early years Mickey shared the pressure of manning the phones with his officer in charge. Danny Grieve. Both of these families like the families before them in Letterkenny and in every fire station in Co. Donegal had to deal directly with the public in an emergency, whenever it happened and had to try to settle a distraught caller in order to get vital information to deal with an emergency call.When the old station was built in Letterkenny the Chief Fire Officer for Co. Donegal lived in the station with his family in a three bedroom house which was attached to a two bay fire station. In them early days everyone knew when there was a fire call as the siren called out from the top of the fire station to summon the fire men to make their way to the fire station. Over the years the fire siren was fazed out as new technology was introduced in the form of a small bleep that each retained firefighter was issued with. Three SwitchesTucked away under the stairs in Mickey Molloy’s home on New Line Court are three switches which were used to call out the Fire Brigade in Letterkenny, There was one to operate the old siren which could be heard all over Letterkenny to let fireman know there was a fire call, there also was a switch for 1st call bleeps and second call bleeps for the fireman which would be decided by the officer after receiving information of the extent of the firecall.Former Station Officer Mickey Molloy at the old switches which were used to callout the Fire Brigade in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidOn Friday night past that big family of firefighters from Letterkenny past and present and the administration staff at head quarters that work behind the scenes and fellow firefighter from all over Donegal came together to wish the town’s Station Officer, Mickey Molloy all the best.“I did it my way”Any firefighter will tell you that no two fires are the same. That can also be said for the people that fight fires. If it was only so simple to go by the book and a fire was everything exactly as the book described it the job would be a lot easier. It’s one million years since humans first discovered fire, firefighters on the ground still know more about fires than have ever been written in any book.Fire Fighter / Driver , Michael Purtill makes a presentation on behalf of the Donegal Fire Fighters Association to Station Officer Michael Molloy on his retirement from Letterkenny Fire Service. Photo Brian McDaid.On reflection this week Mickey Molloy took Frank Sinatra’s advice and “Did it his way!” and it seems to have work well for him. The crew that he was in charge of in Letterkenny Fire Brigade clubbed together and paid for a special farewell trip for Mickey to go to New York for St. Patrick’s Day this year.ACFO Michael Scott presents Station Officer Michael Molloy with his long Service award certificate at his retirement.Last Friday night at Mickey Molloy’s retirement function Northern Ireland Fire Service were represented where they made a presentation as was the Gardai in Letterkenny, The Donegal Fire Association, Letterkenny Fire Brigade and Donegal Co. Council who is the governing body for the Fire Service.I think the crew that worked under Station Officer Mickey Molloy summed it up the best by clubbing together and paying for a trip for their boss to America this year of the St Patrick’s Day.Members of the present day Letterkenny Fire Brigade with their station Officer Mickey Molloy. who they sent to America as a special gift to their boss for his years of service in Lettekrneny. Photo Brian McDaidMickey Molloy is the last of his type of Station Officer in Letterkenny in that he took calls for fires in his home as did all the Station Officers before him. Now the Station Officers and Sub Station officers are paged like all the other firefighter to station from a central call centre in Co. Mayo.Gone is the old siren that echoes through the town to say that someone is in bother, be that in a fire or in a car accident, Letterkenny once was a two fire engine station and over the years it was increased to a four engine station at the old premises on the High Road.Now Letterkenny is an eight fire engine station which was developed to deal with all the extra demands of safety that have been introduced over the years.And finally…There still is a part of Letterkenny Fire Station in Donegal but it’s now on an island on Arranmore, the newest part of the old Letterkenny station made in steel was dismantled when the old station closed and was modified by the fireman on the Arranmore Island to form their new Fire Station which now houses their equipment and fire tender.Part of the Old letterkenny fire Station which was refurbished to build a Fire Station on Arranmore Island.Happy Motoring Folks..DD Motoring: The last of his kind – Station Officer Mickey Molloy was last modified: September 9th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare 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:brian mc daidfire stationfirefighterletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgSenator O’DomhnaillDONEGAL Senator Brian O Domhnaill will find out today if his High Court challenge to the Standards In Public Office (SIPO) committee has been successful.SIPO wants to question Mr O Domhnaill over his expenses claims between 2006 and 2007, when he was a Donegal County Councillor but he insists the probe must be conducted in Irish. SIPO was due to begin a public session concerning the expenses matter last June, but that did not proceed after Mr O Domhnaill secured leave from the High Court days earlier to bring his challenge.In his judicial review proceedings, the Senator claims that SIPO is not entitled to deal with the case on the grounds that the matter arose from an anonymous complaint by a member of the public.He wants orders requiring the case to be heard by a commission comprising members who are bilingual and able to conduct and understand the proceedings without the assistance of an interpreter.Unless the tribunal is bilingual, his rights as an Irish speaker will be infringed, he claimed.He alleges he will be disadvantaged if an interpreter is necessary to translate the evidence and submissions given on his behalf in Irish. Translator evidence is not similar to direct evidence and he would be marginalised, he has claimed in court.The proceedings, brought against SIPO, the Minister for the Environment and the State, were conducted in Irish before Mr Justice Gerard Hogan over two days last November.The judge will issue his ruling later today.In opposing the case, SIPO and the State contend the complaint being investigated relates to alleged duplication of expenses claims and the investigation is in the public interest.SIPO said the complaint was made in a letter dated May 28, 2012, sent to it by the mayor and county manager of Donegal County Council following an investigation by the two men of a referral made to them by the ethics registrar of the council.While acknowledging information in an anonymous letter had prompted the ethics registrar to examine matters, SIPO contends the complaint being investigated by it is not a referral of that anonymous letter by the mayor and county manager – but rather a complaint by those men arising from their view certain specified acts set out in their report may have been done by Mr O Domhnaill.SIPO also denied that Mr O Domhnaill is entitled to orders requiring that members of the commission should be bilingual. As there is no requirement in the Constitution for judges or members of the Oireachtas to be bilingual, that requirement should not be imposed on commission members, it says.SENATOR O DOMHNAILL TO LEARN FATE OF HIGH COURT CHALLENGE was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SENATOR O DOMHNAILL TO LEARN FATE OF HIGH COURT CHALLENGElast_img read more

Higher taxes apparently bar to flood control acts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Each proposal was aimed solely at the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley. Local officials said the Antelope Valley has long suffered localized flood damage – like washed out Lake Los Angeles-area roads and flooded Quartz Hill homes and streets last winter – because it lacks a coordinated regional flood control agency. There was no organized opposition to the measures, but local voters were expected to resist anything that called for raising taxes. In 1995, voters by a 4-to-1 margin struck down a proposed flood control district that would have covered all of the Antelope Valley. The 1995 opponents had argued such a district would create an unnecessary bureaucracy and that a joint-powers agreement between the cities and Los Angeles County would be more practical. Efforts to fashion such an agreement, however, have failed. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 Antelope Valley voters appeared Tuesday to be rejecting proposals to either join Los Angeles County’s flood control district or create an independent regional flood control district, according to early returns. Measure J and Measure K are not binding, but are meant to measure the level of public support before officials embark on a long, costly process. Measure J asked voters whether they support creating an Antelope Valley flood control district. The district, expected to take three to four years to create, would be financed with an annual property assessment estimated to be about $150 to $200 per lot. Measure K asked if voters prefer to be annexed into the existing county district, which now ends at Avenue S. Annexation would take two to three years. Annual lot assessments were estimated at $125 to $175. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgIonad Cois Locha Dun Luiche was the place to be at the weekend as Santa, his wife and their helpers arrived for the Christmas Craft Fair.Brid Sweeney was there with her camera. PICTURE SPECIAL: BRID SWEENEY AT DUNLEWEY CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR was last modified: December 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHRISTMAS FAIRIonad Cois Locha Dun LuicheSANTAlast_img

Australia encouraging application submission to Visa Programme

first_imgAustralia are encouraging those aged between 18 and 30 to apply for their Working Holiday Visa. Tourism Australia and USIT have joined forces to organise a one way flight, visa and travel insurance for €999!The Australian Working Holiday Visa (WHM Visa) allows young people between the ages of 18 and 30 to have an extended holiday supplemented by casual employment for up to 12 months in Australia. Under the Working Holiday programme in Australia, the primary purpose of your visit must be holiday, but you are entitled to seek temporary employment in Oz to help fund your stay.The €999 package assists you in setting up an Australian bank account and registration for a tax file number.The programme, running from late November through December, is aiming to inspire young globetrotters to turn their dream of moving to Oz a reality. Requirements:> You must be aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the date of your Australia work visa application> You must not have any dependent children> You have enough funds to support yourself when you arrive in Australia> You must hold a passport from an eligible country, valid for at least one more year> You have not received an Australian Working Holiday Visa before> You must not have any serious criminal convictions> You must not have any serious medical issuesHere’s the checklist for what you need to do to begin your adventure down under!Working Holiday VisaIf you have made the exciting decision to travel and work in Oz for 12 months, you will need a working holiday visa – This VISA will enable you to work and live in Australia for up to 12 months. It is possible to obtain a Second Working Holiday Visa if you complete 3 months harvest work.Apply for an Australian Tax File NumberYou will need an Australian Tax File Number to work in Australia – Most employers will require you to provide them with this before you start work, so it is a good idea to get this sorted.Buy insuranceYou must buy travel insurance before you leave the country, fingers crossed you don’t need to use it. But it is good to be prepared just in case.Set up an Australian bank accountWhen working in Australia your wages will need to be paid into an Aussie bank account. This you can sort out when you arrive in Oz, you will need to take along your passport and some money to get started. Book your flightDecide which fantastic Aussie Gateway city you want to start your adventure in and get your flight booked.For more information click here.Australia encouraging application submission to Visa Programme was last modified: November 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

Groves eyes fight at Stamford Bridge

first_imgGeorge Groves believes he is a step closer to realising his ambition of fighting at Stamford Bridge following a hard-fought victory over Francisco Sierra on Saturday.Hammersmith’s unbeaten British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion came through a bruising encounter in California and remains on course for a world title shot.After the success of David Haye’s recent heavyweight clash with Dereck Chisora at Upton Park, promoter Frank Warren wants Chelsea fan Groves, 24, to top the bill at a London stadium in the future.And Groves, who boxes with the Chelsea badge on his shorts, is particularly keen to fight at the home of the club he supports.“That’s definitely my aim, no doubt about it,” he told West London Sport.“I was jealous of David Haye when he had his fight as I’d love to fight at a stadium – especially Chelsea.“There was talk of David fighting Wladimir Klitschko [at Stamford Bridge] and to be honest I was glad it didn’t happen, because I would have been so jealous!”See also: Bloodied Groves prevails in San Jose scrapFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more