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first_imgView comments “I am terribly disappointed that I am forced to withdraw,” Djokovic said in a statement on his website.“Unfortunately, in the past few days I started to feel pain in the elbow and after several tests, my medical team has advised me not to risk anything, to withdraw from the tournament and to immediately continue with the therapies.“This might affect the start of the season and the tournament plan, but the decision will be made in the following days.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDjokovic is entered in the Qatar Open starting on Monday in Doha, where he’s the defending two-time champion. That’s his lead-in tournament for the Australian Open, which starts in just over two weeks.Exhibition tournament organizers have arranged a substitute match between Andy Murray, another former No. 1 who has been out since Wimbledon with a hip injury, and Bautista Agut. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Murray has been in Abu Dhabi only to train for the tour.Bautista Agut will take on the winner of the other semifinal between Dominic Thiem of Austria and Kevin Anderson of South Africa.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FILE – In this Wednesday, July 26, 2017 file photo, tennis player Novak Djokovic pauses during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia. Novak has withdrawn from the Mubadala WTC exhibition event due to pain in his right elbow. The Serbian star was scheduled to return to tennis on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 after being out of the game for nearly six months.(Andrej Isakovic, Pool Photo via AP, File)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The comeback plans for Novak Djokovic stalled on Friday when a recurrence of pain in his right elbow forced him to withdraw from an exhibition tournament in the United Arab Emirates.Djokovic hasn’t played competitively since he retired in the Wimbledon quarterfinals because of the elbow injury. He was scheduled on Friday to play Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the exhibition semifinals, his first match in nearly five months.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Tautuaa happy to see results as he finally lives up to potentiallast_img read more

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first_imgBarely days after the World Health Organization (WHO) made the alarming prediction of 90,000 Liberian deaths from Ebola by mid-December contrary to credible reports on the ground indicating a slowing down of the virus, WHO yesterday made an incredible U-turn. WHO now agrees that the virus is waning in Liberia, supporting government officials’ position that progress in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease is being made.Commented journalist Alvin Worzi of the Daily Observer, “It shows we are making progress and what we need now are holding centers where those who are suspected of the virus can isolate themselves for the required period.”  Liberians are pleased that sustained efforts coupled with preventive measures have resulted in our progress in the fight against Ebola and must be continued, Worzi said.  In its editorial yesterday,  the Daily Observer examined the implications of the alarming and apocalyptic predictions of not only the WHO but also the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Yale Scientists, reported by the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, which also warned that by mid-December 171,000 will be infected and 90,000 not might, but will die.“It would then suggest that we were doing nothing here,” said 22-year-old university student, James Kollie, who spoke to the Daily Observer yesterday.Mr. William K. Guyan, 66, told the Daily Observer that with the change of position, WHO is confirming what Liberian officials have said that progress is being made, noting, “It means we must continue the fight to defeat the virus.”  Mr. Arthur Solomon, 38, a street vendor commented that “WHO’s reversal means that now they have correct information to agree with Liberian officials that their efforts are paying off.” “It’s also due to the effective global response, including tracing infected persons as well as those they might have come in contact with, that the WHO is able to calm the fears of Liberians by stating that infections are slowing down,” stated Richelieu Barclay, 42, of Monrovia.In a release yesterday, WHO’s Assistant Director General, Bruce Aylward, said he is confident the response to the virus is now gaining the upper hand, but warned against any suggestion that the crisis was over, the identical position of Liberian officials, including James Dorbor Jallah, head of Logistics at the Incident Management System. Aylward said the new number of cases globally was 13,703 and that the death toll, expected to be published yesterday, would probably exceed 5,000. The figure of 13,703 is a significant leap on the previous WHO situation report on Saturday, which showed cases rising above 10,000 for the first time to 10,141.  But Dr. Aylward said that this increase was due to data being updated with old cases, rather than new cases being reported. Saturday’s situation report put the death toll at 4,922.  Liberia’s Red Cross said its teams collected 117 bodies last week, down from a high of 315 in September. Treatment centers also have empty beds available for patients.The slowdown is real  Dr Aylward said: “It appears that the trend is real in Liberia and there may indeed be a slowing.”  “Do we feel confident that the response is now getting an upper hand on the virus? Yes, we are seeing a slowing rate of new cases, very definitely.”  Dr Aylward said there had been “a huge effort to inform the population about the disease, to change the behaviors that put them at risk”.  And he said there had been “a real step up in the work to put in place safe burials”.  But Dr Aylward said the data was still being examined and cautioned against thinking the crisis was over.  He said: “A slight decline in cases in a few days versus getting this thing closed out is a completely different ball game. It’s like saying your pet tiger is under control.”  The vast majority of cases and deaths from the disease have been in three countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.  On Wednesday, South Africa’s first black billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, donated $1m (£620,000) to Guinea to help the country fight Ebola.  The mining magnate said he hopes the donation will assist with clinical management, social mobilization and other key steps in controlling the deadly virus. His donation was announced as the US welcomed the international aid effort.  America’s UN envoy Samantha Power, who has been concluding her visit to the region, praised the efforts of Ebola-hit nations and foreign donors and urged them to continue to help. Her final stop was the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Accra, Ghana. She will now fly on to Brussels.A winnable war  Meanwhile, a source at the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare told the Daily Observer late last night that nationwide, there are 279 confirmed cases, and urged Liberians and all to be vigilant in taking measures because, “it is a winnable war, if we continue the fight.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgWith Guyana still lagging behind with its epidemiology coverage, the Public Health Ministry will embark on a triple therapy programme this year, beginning in October which will see persons being given about seven to nine pills to tackle Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), also called filaria.In a newspaper advertisement published on Sunday, the Ministry, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), announced that the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) will commence in October.Moreover, it noted that a new drug, Ivermectin, will be introduced along with the two pills already known to the public – Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) and Albendazole.The combination of pills, referred to as IDA, is very effective and safe, the Ministry said. More importantly, Guyana will move closer to its target of eliminating filaria with the use of these drugs. In fact, Guyana requires only two more rounds of successful MDA with this regimen.As such, the Ministry has urged persons to drink their pills when pill distributors come around.The new drug, Ivermectin, is a medication used to treat many types of parasitic infestations. This includes head lice, scabies, and LF.Research shows that it is better to take the drug on an empty stomach or one to two hours after a meal.Side effects of the drug include headache; dizziness; muscle pain; nausea; diarrhoea, swelling of hands, ankles or feet; swelling or tenderness of lymph nodes and/or itching.Earlier this year, it was revealed that epidemiology coverage increased from 45.7 per cent in 2015 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Four (Demerara-Mahaica); and Five (Mahaica-Berbice) to 54.2 per cent in 2016 and 82 per cent in 2017 and 79 per cent in 2018 in the four targeted Regions – Three, Four, Five and 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice).Presently, those four regions are benefiting from the free pills as these were found to be the most affected Regions during a survey conducted by the Ministry a few years ago.At the same event, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO), Dr Karen Campbell pointed out that nine of Guyana’s 10 Administrative Regions are plagued by the disease. These Regions, she added, have surpassed a one per cent prevalence in each.According to the DCMO, the country’s current strategy would not be able to interrupt the transmission of LF by 2020 and so it is important for the programme to be implemented.In fact, she said, “Our current use of DA (Diethylcarbamazine and Albendazole) would not achieve this and, therefore, we don’t really have much choice. We have to embrace IDA if we want to qualify.”last_img read more

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first_imgMEDICINE HAT, A.B. – United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says if he were Alberta’s next premier he would bring in a law to turn off the oil taps to British Columbia and wouldn’t be afraid to use it.In a speech to supporters in Medicine Hat, Kenney said the NDP brought in legislation after pressure from the UCP but never proclaimed it or used it.Kenney says he would proclaim the law in his first day on the job if his party were to be elected on April 16.- Advertisement -He says he would make it clear that Alberta would be prepared to scale back exports of its crude to B.C. refineries if the government there continued to obstruct the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Kenney says gasoline prices have hit an all-time high of $1.67 a litre in B.C. and predicted they would remain high if Alberta were to turn off the taps.Earlier Monday, NDP Leader Rachel Notley said she’s confident the pipeline expansion will be approved by the federal government by the end of May.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgEXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION LATEST: DOZENS OF investors in an illegal Donegal investment scheme fear they may never get their money back – though one of those who sold investments insists everyone will get their cash.The scheme is similar to one employed by notorious American crook Bernard Madoff (pictured right). His son Mark Madoff committed suicide in the US last night.In these sort of schemes, many people do get returns. But many others do not. The get-rich-quick scheme however is illegal and Garda sources have confirmed that even if all investors get their cash back, they will seek a number of prosecutions.The Garda Fraud Squad investigation into the mafia scam centres on an ex-prisoner foreign national. However we can reveal tha at least one well-known Donegal man has defended his role in the scheme, insisting it is a legitimate business, that his boss is in the clear and that everyone will get their money back.In a conversation relayed to donegaldaily.com the well-known Donegal man initially denied Gardai were investigating the scheme. When it was pointed out that his boss’s premises had in fact been raided by the cops, he then admitted there is an investigation but that he believed the investment scheme was and is legitimate. He said he hasn’t seen his boss ‘for several weeks’.Friends believe that he too has been taken in by the scam too – and that he thought he was selling legitimate investments. Donegaldaily.com has interviewed a number of people around the county throughout the day. These included people who did invest in the scheme and did make substantial returns. A number of other investors said they had been told they will get their cash back in the next few days.One of those told us last night: “I know people think we were mad investing in this scheme but it was presented very well and by people I knew very well.“I have to believe I will get my money back because I simply can’t afford to lose it. I don’t care at this stage if I don’t make any money on it. I have been told that I will get my money in the next couple of days but I don’t know if I will or not. I can only hope I will.“To be honest I’m just sickened by it all. I can’t even think about Christmas at the moment.”The so-called Ponzi Scheme was a fraudulent operation that paid returns to separate investors from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering returns other investments cannot guarantee, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent.They always collapse, with some of those behind them making off with the cash.The Donegal scheme involved the scamsters telling investors that they could get between 10% and 40% on their cash investments in just TWO MONTHS.The elaborate ‘get rich quick’ con involved false claims that people were investing in a company approved by Lloyds of London and Deloittes which bought liquidated stock, which was then sold at huge profit. Neither company was actually involved. One investor was told that the company had bought four luxury Bentley cars for just €10k each and re-sold them to wealthy Arabs for ten times that figure. No such transactions ever took place. The cars didn’t exist.Another investor told us that he was told the money was used to buy cheap airline tickets in bulk which were then sold off at huge profit.However he told us today: “I suppose if it was that easy to get 20% return on an investment, everyone would be doing it. The government could save the country if it was that easy – and the banks would be in better shape. But I got my money back – and more.”Yesterday, Friday, we reported how several premises have been raided in several towns in the county as part of a complicated Garda inquiry. Fraud Squad officers have spent a huge amount of time in undercover vehicles and premises in Ballybofey.We can now reveal that a considerable number of leading business personalities have been interviewed as part of the investigation. Some are extremely well known in the county and beyond.Gardai began their inquiry after a tip-off from the German police which had closed down a similar scheme run by the same convicted fraudster.As a result of the scam, many innocent local people are set to lose fortunes after investing in schemes which have collapsed. Some of the victims are pensioners – others are ordinary workers who were sucked into the scam by professional fraudsters aided by scamsters here in Donegal.Donegaldaily.com understands that the some investors have received their money back without the high returns promised.However we know of one person owed €1.8M and another owed €200k. One man did get his €70k back last week after revealing to one of the crooks that he carried a legally-held firearm!Others however have been promised their money back this weekend, but we are told a €10M account has been ’emptied’. Regardless of those claims, the ‘scheme’ was illegal.Computers and paperwork were removed from several different premises for examination as part of the probe by detectives from the Garda Fraud Squad.However it is not believed any arrests have been made at this stage.A Garda source revealed the investigation is a part of an international inquiry and that offices at businesses in Germany have also been visited and police in Estonia are also helping the inquiry. Police in France and the UK have also been contacted.The PSNI are closing in on a former bank employee in the North who is also linked to the scam.Last night a well-placed source aware of the scheme told us: “I warned several friends to stay well away from this. If it sounds too good to be true, then it is too good to be true.“A lot of people have invested huge sums. The way the Ponzi scheme works, there will always be those at the top who get their money back with interest, but there is never enough for everyone at the end and many people will lose out.“Let’s put it this way – if people are still waiting on their money, I’d be surprised if they ever see it now.”A Garda source said: “A number of premises were visited and different people were spoken to on an informal basis.“Those who were spoken to may not have even been aware that they were involved in anything illegal.“The investigation is part of a wider international investigation but we can’t say too much more about it at this stage,” said the source.It’s understood Gardai are carrying out the inquiry with the help of a number of other international police forces.Today a well-placed source told us: “We are looking at figures between €10M and €20M. And a lot of Donegal people will have lost a fortune in the elaborate money-laundering and investment scam.”The foreign national behind the Donegal con could not be contacted tonight.Many of the con’s records taken by cops appear to show huge takings at a legimitate food establishment – compared to exaggerated lodgements from the same business. Gardai believe large amounts of cash lodged in the name of the apparently legitimate business could not have come from it.For example a Wednesday lunchtime trade involving just six diners apparently led to the lodgement of more than €10k!* Bernard Madoff – the American scamster – is serving 150 years in jail for his part in ripping people off for $18 Billion.* Our investigation is continuing and we hope to expose more details in the next few hours. If you have been a victim, contact us in complete confidence using the contact form on our home page. Several victims already have. We never reveal sources and never use the names of our sources or reveal those sources to anyone.* Please note that several Authorities have informed us that the scheme was ENTIRELY ILLEGAL. However an amnesty may be available for whistleblowers.* This story/investigation is the subject of Copyright Laws and Action will be taken against any newspaper/website taking this story in whole or in part without prior Consent. Copyright donegaldaily.com‘PEOPLE WILL GET THEIR MONEY BACK’ SAYS DONEGAL INVESTMENT MAN – BUT NO SIGN OF HIS ELUSIVE BOSS was last modified: December 12th, 2010 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

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first_imgTHE ORGANISATION which represents fishermen in Killybegs and Greencastle has welcomed new annual fishing quotas agreed in Brussels.The Federation of Irish Fishermen said there had been a “successful defence” of many quotas but there had been some tough cuts too.FIF chairperson Eibhlin O’Sullivan said: “The Commissions Proposal for splitting the quota for Prawns, which would have led to untold operational difficulties, was not implemented and the quota cut was confined to 3%. “We are also relieved that the Council did not proceed to introduce cuts on allowable fishing days off the southeast coast but has given space for an Industry led Management Plan which is in development with strong impetus from the Federation.”The Federation said there had been effective efforts by Minister of State for Fisheries Sean Connick in securing the vital Hague Preferences which ensure that Ireland receives a greater share of quotas for key stocks.Important increases in Haddock and Whiting in the Celtic Sea reflect the scientific analysis of considerable improvements in the state of these stocks which is a welcome development for fishermen.There will however be a further 25% cut for 2011 in Demersal (Whitefish) fishing opportunities and Cod quotas in the Irish Sea and the North West – however Irish vessels will get the majority of that quota. They welcomed the fact that Ireland has secured 67% of the quota now placed on a newly developed fishery for Boarfish, although there remains a major challenge for the European Parliament in early 2011 to put through revised Regulations needed on mesh sizes to give effect to the share-out in 2011.They also welcomed another increase of 30% in the Celtic Sea Herring quota for 2011.Pat The Cope Gallagher has welcomed the deal, saying the massive share in the lucrative Boarfish quota will help Donegal fishermen.FISHERMEN DELIGHTED AT DONEGAL CATCH AS NEW QUOTAS SET BY EU was last modified: December 15th, 2010 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)last_img read more

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first_imgDonegal County Council has issued its planned restrictions to water supplies for the county for tonight, Thursday, and early tomorrow, Friday. Planned Restrictions to public water supplies (Thursday 30th December 2010) Demand for water has increased throughout the County seriously affecting reserves. As a result water supply will be restricted in the following areas tonight, note some from as early as tea-time: Whilst these are planned shut downs to conserve water – the public are reminded that other areas may be interrupted at anytime to facilitate repairs to mainsGLENTIES ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00amThe RossesGweedoreLeittermacaward AreaArdara AreaGortahork FalcarraghCreeslough Dunfanaghey    DONEGAL ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00am BallyshannonBundoranBallintraRossnowlaghFrosses Mountcharles STRANORLAR ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 6:00pm until 8:00am ConvoyCastlefinRaphoeLiffordBallinacorTievebrackGleneely     Ballybofey and Stranorlar – supply will also be turned off to the Twin Townsfrom midnight until 8.00am each night      INISHOWEN ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas from 8:00pm until 8:00am Three Glens  There may be interruptions in the Quigley’s Point / Iskaheen areas wheredemand remains very high.Water Service staff continue to check locally for losses. That said there ispresently no planned restrictions to supplies in that area overnight.   LETTERKENNY ELECTORAL AREAWater supplies will be restricted in the following areas South Letterkenny Area from 8:00pm until 8:00amincluding Rahan, Ballyboe, Scibley, Lismonaghan, Correnagh, Rockhill,Newmills and Conwall   The following areas of Letterkenny from 8:00pm until 8:00amGlencar Road, Pearse Road, Canal Road, Neil T. Blaney Road andGlenmaquinn    The following areas of Letterkenny Town from midnight until 8:00amLetterkenny Town CentreLower Main Street    Ballyraine Area from midnight until 8:00amincluding Sylvan Park, Ashlawn, Ballyraine Park, Orchard Grove,Thorndale, Magherannan Heights and Elmwood Downs    Aughnagaddy Group Scheme Ramelton from 8:00pm until 8:00amincluding Moorfield, Breaghy and Carnisk Areas     East Ramelton from 8:00pm until 8:00am including supply area from Killycrean reservoir Water Conservation Appeal   The important message here is that we wish to continue our appeal to the public to help eliminate wastage and conserve water we are seeking key holders of all types of properties where water may be lost to return and check for lossesThe Council are very actively involved throughout the county responding to bursts on watermains, however the sooner we get that level of buy-in from the public the sooner we can reduce the exceptional demand for water and return to normality    We suspect the increased demand for water arises fromtaps left runningburst mains which have not yet been locatedleakage in private propertiesThe Water Service in Donegal wish to appeal to the public to help us eliminate such wastage. This will help save water stored in reservoirs and avoid further shortages throughout the county .With the experience from the widespread disruption last winter we are highlighting the following areas in particular where the public can help eliminate wastage of the public water supply:Running taps – please avoid leaving taps running. This is counter productive and will run down available water in storageBurst mains / leakage – any suspected leaks on watermains or wastage should be reported to the County Council at your local public services centre. Vacant properties – please continue to check vacant properties where internal plumbing may be damaged by freezing conditions. Ideally the water supply to vacant buildings should be turned off and systems drained of all water, e.g. where members of the public who are going on holiday during the coming months, we would recommend that they turn off the water supply to their premises and drain all water out of the system before leaving the property.Farming Community – we ask that you check all field connections and turn off leaking drinking troughs. This has proven to be a serious problem in rural areas in recent years. We also ask for your assistance in checking for burst pipes in farm buildings and burst hoses laying over ground. Essentially anywhere on the farm that water may be lostCaravan Parks – another area that is often remote where plumbing may be exposed and water losses can be slow to appear, we appeal to all caravan park owners to turn off the water supply to eliminate wastage.Once again the co-operation of every community is required if we are to avert widespread shortages in water supplies. DONEGAL WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTION LIST FOR THURSDAY PM/FRIDAY AM was last modified: December 30th, 2010 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)last_img read more

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first_imgDONEGAL North East Labour candidate Jimmy Harte has demanded An Post create two more post offices in Letterkenny.The Letterkenny Town councillor and county councillor said two new post offices in Gortlee and Glencar must be opened up to serve the town.“I am firmly of the view that we need post offices in these areas in order to service the burgeoning populations there and to ease pressure on the already-busy post office on the Main Street. “The sight of queues coming out of the post office on Letterkenny Main Street is one we are all too familiar with and it is not acceptable that people, especially the elderly, are expected to queue for a long time,” he said.Petitions asking people whether they would like a sub-post office in their area have been up in a number of local businesses for several weeks now.And Colr Harte says it’s more than obvious that people need more postl services in outlying areas of the town.“Already we have collected hundreds of signatures from people who support the campaign and we continue to do so. “The post office on the Main Street is an important asset to the town centre area but it has been overwhelmed in recent times because they are offering more services and dispensing more social welfare payments than before.“Now, more than ever, sub-post offices would help take the pressure of the main facility, which is an integral part of the Main Street area,” he said.EndsHARTE DEMANDS TWO MORE POST OFFICES FOR LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 19th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgDonegal’s postmen could never be accused of skirting around the issue when it comes to delivering the goods.But when it comes to measuring up in the trouser department – that seems to be an altogether different scenario.donegaldaily.com has learned that almost 70 postmen in Donegal have issues with the new Paul Costello-designed uniform which was rolled out across Ireland in January. That’s how many have been forced to send back the trousers form the new uniform after problems with the fittings.And now we have also learned that other postmen who were on holidays or sick during the official ‘measurement day’ still haven’t been suited and booted.The uniforms were made in Derry by well-known and highly respected outfitters Hunter Apparel Solutions.A spokesman for An Post said the issue was a nationwide one but denied there was any great problem. “There’s 5,000 staff and they all got three pairs of trousers. That’s 15,000 pairs of trousers. Now even if 1% of them needed adjustment, that 150 pairs and 1% would be a lot less than you’d expect in an exercise like this,” she said.However the spokesperson refused to reveal exactly how many pairs of trousers have been returned.However a source at An Post in Letterkenny admitted the strange fittings have been a source of amusement among staff.“One lad I know if a 30 inch waist but when his trousers arrived, they were more like a 40 inch waist. They were swimming on him!“He got some stick form the rest of the lads but that’s just the way it goes. Most of the trousers have been refitted now and it hasn’t stopped the lads from doing their rounds. “It takes a lot for a Donegal postman not to deliver the goods,” he laughed.As well as the dodgy trousers some postmen also complained about the lack of a jumper during the cold snap.The new uniform consists of a jacket and a body-warmer but the traditional jumper is not part of the new set-up.“Some of the lads are complaining they’re freezing because there’s no jumper. You can take the postman out of Donegal, but you can’t take Donegal out of the postman,” laughed the An Post source. EndsWHY DONEGAL POSTMEN ARE LACKING IN THE TROUSER DEPARTMENT! was last modified: February 6th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgA NOTORIOUS  speech delivered in Co Donegal in 2007 by then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has come back to haunt him.An independent report has revealed that his Government IGNORED all the warnings about the possibility of the bubble bursting the Celtic Tiger economy.And now a speech made by Ahern in Bundoran in July 2007 – which was branded crass at the time – is even more disturbing in light of the report, In July 2007 in Bundoran, Co. Donegal, told a meeting of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions: “Sitting on the sidelines, cribbing and moaning is a lost opportunity. I don’t know how people who engage in that don’t commit suicide because frankly the only thing that motivates me is being able to actively change something.”He was later forced to apologise to families of the victims of suicide for his choice of words.However it is the fact that international experts have found the former Taoiseach and his cabinet colleagues – including Mary Coughlan – ignored warnings about the economic model of Ireland that is now at the centre of controversy.The independent review of the performance of the Department of Finance over the past decade has found that the Department did warn the Government about the dangers of the economic policy it was following, but that its advice was overruled by the Cabinet. The review by independent experts from Canada and Holland looked at the advice the Department provided to Cabinet over the past decade.Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan welcomed publication of the report, saying: ‘It provides a very fair and thoughtful assessment of the Department’s performance over the past ten years.’The report found the Department of Finance was aware of the dangers of the Government’s pro-cyclical economic policy of increasing spending and cutting taxes – and of the overheating of the property and construction sectors, and of the vulnerability of the tax system to a downturn.The report says the Department did provide clear warnings on the risks of the Government’s policy, and that its advice was more direct and comprehensive than concerns expressed by others in Ireland or abroad.But it found that in every year except 2003 the Cabinet increased spending above the levels advised by the Department. It calls for big changes to the way budget information is prepared, published and independently assessed.endsBERTIE AHERN’S INFAMOUS BUNDORAN SPEECH COMES BACK TO HAUNT HIM was last modified: March 2nd, 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)last_img read more

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