‘Armed Men’ Attack Roots FM

first_imgTalk-Show Host, Henry P. Costa-Destroyed transmission cable of the uncompromising talk-show host Henry P. CostaThree armed men early Thursday, January 31, 2019, reportedly waged a ferocious attack on the radio station of tough-talking political commentator and talk-show host Henry Pedro Costa, according to reports reaching the Daily Observer. The attack compounded the little technical problem that the station was experiencing Wednesday evening, Henry Costa, in a live social media broadcast, said yesterday.“Our station, Roots FM, was early yesterday, at 3 a.m., attacked by three armed men, who were wearing dark hood on their faces, to cause some damage,” he said.Mr. Costa noted that the armed men had gone to the facility where his station’s transmitter is housed and introduced themselves to the two watchmen on duty as inspectors who had gone to inspect and probably fix a damaged machinery.Mr. Costa, who is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the station, attributed the failure of his station to broadcast on Thursday on the attack, which saw a transmission cable damaged by the attackers. Mr. Costa said his radio station is now coming under attack because of his critical stance on national issues.Costa is widely known to be a vocal and uncompromising but popular talk show host of The Costa Show. He said, “The attackers forced their way into the fence where our materials are, after banging the gate, and the security men opened it.”“They opened the gate and let them in; they came in and immediately pulled out their guns – the three of them; they pulled out their guns on the two watchmen who were unarmed and began asking them “Where is Costa’s broadcast equipment?”“Upon realizing that the watchmen did not have the key to the building housing the equipment, the attackers went at the back of it where they cut the ground cable using a cutlass,” Costa said.This, he said, caused a power surge that blew up the power supply in the transmitter.The popular talk-show host and rights activist is a fierce critic of President George Weah —condemning many of the President’s decisions, especially for the “lackadaisical” manner in which the President is governing the state. Mr. Costa has also been very critical of the flashy and flamboyant lifestyle of President Weah and few of his officials in such an “economically constrained country.”Talk-Show Host, Henry CostaAccording to Costa, the watchmen might have allowed the armed attackers to enter the fence because technicians usually visit the facility from time to time to carry out maintenance work on the transmitter.Many Liberians, who appear wary about the manner in which the country is being led by the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), woke up to the disturbing news and have since started to condemn the attack. They are worried and afraid that critical voices against the government are being violently targeted.They made reference to the recent violent attack on Montserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah, an attack in which gunshots recently riddled his home on the Old-Road.Rep. Kolubah has also been very critical of the manner in which the president is accumulating wealth, supposedly at the detriment of the suffering Liberian masses. He believes that President Weah was acutely broke prior to ascending to the presidency; but surprisingly, the head of state is constructing luxurious duplexes and condominiums, including signing deals in the absence of legislation.Costa said that he did not believe that the attack was sanctioned by President Weah, but strongly suspects that it was orchestrated by some officials of the government or the ruling party.However, social media and local radio stations have been filled with a series of condemnations by friends, sympathizers, and followers of The Costa Show since he announced the attack on the station. The attack on Roots FM is invoking fear in Liberians both at home and abroad, and they have criticized the action on social media.“This is pretty scary, but I’m not bothered by this one. My worry now is what they are planning to do next. This could just be the beginning. The Liberian media should now come together and address this situation. I’m afraid that Liberia is gradually slipping into the dark and gloomy days. Sad!” Aaron Saydee said on Facebook.Meanwhile, Costa disclosed late Thursday evening that the station is back on air. He posted on social media, “We are back on the air! They cannot win!!”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Family demands justice for man shot by Police

first_imgInjured: Patrick GoodluckA 25-year old man is now battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after he was shot by ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Saturday at his Sophia, Greater Georgetown home.Injured is Patrick Goodluck of Lot T 72 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, who was shot to his back at about 17:00h on Saturday after returning from the sea wall. His sister, NakacIe Goodluck told Guyana Times that she was at home when she heard screams and upon running outside she saw a huge crowd of people, shouting to inform her that her brother was shot.She said she and other relatives headed for the Prashad Nagar Police outpost where they were informed that the man was taken to the Sparendaam Police Station to be “cleaned up.” However she said she was told that her brother was crying out for pains and he was subsequently taken to GPHC.“When they bring him now they just drop him off, leave an officer to guard he and gone. They ain’t tellin us what he get shoot,” she told this publication.Goodluck, who is currently unemployed, underwent a surgery on Tuesday to remove the bullet which struck his spine. He remains a patient in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).His sister explained when she visited her brother and tried speaking to him he was unresponsive but awake.The man’s sister was almost moved to tears as she complained, “I need justice for my brother,” the woman said.The GPF’s Public Relations Officer, Jairam Ramlakhan when contacted referred all questions to the East Coast Commander, Calvin Brutus. Commander Brutus on the other hand said he could not relay any information into the investigation.last_img read more

Twitter lights up for rival ‘#WordCup’

first_imgAnother, possibly a little the worse for wear, wrote: “The only #WordCup I care to see is when my cup is running over with whiskey.”Even one prominent American news organisation got in on the act: “Panama made the #WordCup for the first time then drew Belgium for its opening match.”There were more than 2,000 tweets about “#WordCup2018” on Monday, before the day’s three matches had even begun, with dozens more coming in by the hour.Twitter users were of course talking about the football World Cup in Russia, but had misspelt the word.It has echoes of the Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year.They took place in Pyeongchang, but thousands of people on Twitter wrote about Pyongyang — capital of North Korea.Following the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Twitter said there were 672 million tweets sent related to the 2014 #WorldCup, making it what the social media network called at the time “the highest number we’ve announced related to an event”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Twitter said there were were 672 million tweets sent related to the 2014 #WorldCup © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCEYAKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – While millions of people are tuning in to watch the World Cup and commenting about it online, thousands more on Twitter are talking about what appears to be a similar but equally riveting event, the #WordCup.“In #Paris, where cafe seating famously faces the street for optimal people-watching, chairs are turned inward today to catch a glimpse of France in the #WordCup!” exclaimed one Twitter user.last_img read more

Human smuggling ring busted

first_imgAuthorities allege Ramirez and two sisters from Oxnard, Maria Margarita Renovato-Rangel and Maria De Jesus Renovato, arranged for the immigrants to be brought across the border near San Luis, Ariz., and transported to Yuma. There, they were kept with little food in “drop houses” until drivers brought them to Oxnard. In addition to Ramirez and the Renovato sisters, the suspects include Joel Rodriguez-Vargas, 27, of Riverside and Manuel Leon-Morales, 62, of Los Angeles. The other suspects remained at large. They include Norma Higinia Felix De Sanchez, 41, of Yuma, who specialized in smuggling infants and children, some as young as 8 months, using false identification documents, officials said. The case is the first prosecution brought by the newly established Domestic Security and Immigration Crimes Section within the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OXNARD – Federal agents arrested 11 people suspected of running an Oxnard-based operation that illegally smuggled hundreds of immigrants – including infants – into the U.S. from Mexico, officials announced Friday. The suspects include five people arrested Thursday during a raid on a mobile home park in Oxnard, where authorities said they rescued a 9-month-old girl who was being held by the smugglers attempting to collect money from her mother. “With these arrests we have dismantled a criminal organization responsible for smuggling a significant number of aliens into the southwestern United States,” said David Wales, resident agent in charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Ventura County. The 11 suspects were charged with bringing illegal immigrants into the United States, transporting illegal immigrants, harboring illegal immigrants and conspiracy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for ICE, said illegal immigrants who come to the United States for work frequently leave their children behind, sending for them later. “Recently, we are seeing more and more smuggling of the children,” she said. “It’s very dangerous to entrust the life of a child to a smuggler.” According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the smuggling organization was headed by Juan Ramirez-Ramirez, 37, of Oxnard, who was also known as “El Diablo,” or “the Devil.” Authorities said Ramirez charged $1,600 to $2,000 for each illegal immigrant smuggled to the Los Angeles area from Mexico. The fee increased to as much as $2,800 for immigrants destined for other parts of the United States. Investigators said the ring has apparently smuggled more than 100 illegal aliens into the United States in the past six weeks alone. last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH CONAILL GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgThere was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 4,9,24 and 30. Two prizes of €50 went to Bridie Doherty Mill Road Glenties and Mary Mc Mahon Fintown. Next weeks jackpot is €4,900.The U21 team will play the winners of Ballinderry (Co Derry) or St Patricks Donagh (Co Fermanagh) in the U21 Ulster Club Championship quarter final on Sunday 10th February at 2.15pm.There will be a basic coaching course in St Nauls Clubhouse on the 18th January 7-10.30pm and 19th January 9.30am-4.30pm. It is important that anyone involved with any team this year that they have this course done. There will also be a level 1 coaching course in Donegal Town on 15th/16th February and 22nd/23rd February. Anyone interested in doing any of these courses can contact Martin Regan on 086 1020471 for more information. From 1st January it was made compulsory to use a mouthguard in all gaelic football matches and training sessions for all underage teams up to and including minor. Mouthguards are available from a number of different outlets. For further information see the Southern Regional GAA Board on the Donegal GAA Website.The clubs reconvened AGM was held last Sunday. Thanks to all who attended. The following are the club officers that were elected for 2013. President Leo Mc Loone, Chairperson Peter Mc Kelvey, Vice Chairperson Martin Shankey Smith, Secretary Vincent Cranley, Assistant Secretary Carol Gibbons, Finance Committe Patrick Mc Guigan, Martin Regan, Brian Carr, Joe Mc Closkey, Brendan Mc Dyre, Brendan O Donnell, Poggy O Donnell, Leo Mc Loone, John Molloy, Patsy Furey. PRO Eunan Mc Glinchey and Muriel Hegarty,Registar Muriel Hegarty, Childrens Officer David Kelch, Players representative Brendan Mc Dyre,Coaching officer Martin Regan. The following were appointed underage managers for the coming year. U8 Pat Ward,U10 to be appointed, U12 Martin Shankey Smith, U13 Hughie Mc Gill, U14 Martin Regan, U16 Seosamh Mc Kelvey and U18 Leo Mc Loone.Membership for 2013 is now available. Membership for adults is €40 and €20 for youths. The closing date for membership is 31st March.The clubs Last Man Standing starts on Saturday 2nd February.Entry forms are now available.€10 to enter. GAA: NAOMH CONAILL GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: NAOMH CONAILL GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

DONEGAL GATHERING LAUNCH: WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE! AND WHERE YOU ARE!

first_imgTHIS is a special call to the tens of thousands of donegaldaily.com readers abroad –   the Donegal Gathering 2012 initiative goes live later today, Wednesday.And we are encouraging the massive County Donegal diaspora to join in.That includes our tens of thousands of readers in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and 146 other countries around the world. The Donegal Gathering 2012 tourism initiative will be officially launched by Mayor of Donegal, Cllr. Noel McBride, through live webcast, broadcast worldwide to friends and family from Culdaff to California, Milford to Melbourne at 6pm Irish Time, today Wednesday 8th February in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny.The Donegal Gathering 2012 is a tourism initiative led by Donegal County Council in conjunction with Donegal County Development Board aimed at raising the profile of the county by proudly showcasing the huge range of cultural festivals and events that are held annually throughout Donegal.The initiative is a key output of the Donegal Diaspora Project which has been established to reach out and connect to our broad global Diaspora – defined as those people with a connection to, or an interest in Donegal.Said a spokeswoman: “The Donegal family is scattered across the Globe, some people have recently left while others have yet to return home from second or third generation emigration. Others act as proud ambassadors to the county everyday in a wide variety of professional roles. “Whatever the history, maintaining that connection to ‘Home’ is a cornerstone of happiness and the Donegal Gathering 2012 will connect everyone to all that’s on offer across our county, extending a heartfelt welcome to both native emigrants planning a homecoming holiday, and first-time explorers embarking on a truly unique adventure.”Mayor of County Donegal, Cllr. Noel Mc Bride commented: “The Gathering will showcase the best Donegal has to offer and target the Global Irish in all four corners of the globe. County Donegal has a jam-packed calendar of events in 2012 for every visitor.“The Gathering is also a chance for the tourism businesses and accommodation providers to put together packages, special offers that will excite visitors from all round Ireland and in the main markets of the UK, US and mainland Europe.”‘Live Trad’ will broadcast the launch using the latest technology where interaction occurs through instant messaging with thousands of online viewers worldwide. These requests and greetings will be read out on air, helping to bring viewers a little closer to where the webcast is taking place.The Gathering 2012 will be hosted by County Mayor, Noel Mc Bride and include a performance from world-renowned musician, Moya Brennan. In addition, as a token of extending the hand of friendship to our relatives and friends abroad Mayor McBride will host a draw for 12 Golden Homecoming tickets to be distributed to 12 Donegal Associations worldwide, which will include free accommodation and admission to one of the Gathering events.People everywhere can get involved. If you have friends, colleagues or family with a connection to Donegal, encourage them to log in to www.livetrad.com to watch the launch live from the Radisson today at 6pm Irish Time – even better, if you are in Donegal, come down and support us in person!DONEGAL GATHERING LAUNCH: WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE! AND WHERE YOU ARE! was last modified: February 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

REVENUE LAUNCH BLITZ AGAINST SMALL FIRMS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgThe Revenue Commissioners’ office yesterday launched a blitz against small businesses across the county including Letterkenny.The Revenue visited a number of small businesses yesterday.A number of small firms across the town were raided as part of a tax compliance operation.Employees in a number of small businesses were interviewed and asked for their employment details including PPS numbers. Among the premises visited by the Revenue was the CoLab building at Letterkenny’s Institute of Technology.A number of officers from Revenue called to the campus to carry out an audit of firms there.The CoLab is made up of small, start-up companies.The owners of various small businesses were interviewed as part of a general investigation. The latest raids are part of an overall step-up in operations by Revenue.Last month, officers raided at least two building sites around the town and interviewed a number of construction workers on site.Details of workers conditions of employment including RSI numbers were sought.  REVENUE LAUNCH BLITZ AGAINST SMALL FIRMS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: April 4th, 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:CoLabdonegalletterkennyLYITRevenue Commissioners officelast_img read more

DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: DUNGLOE AND KILLYBEGS FACE-OFF IN WINNER TAKES ALL CLASH

first_imgDungloe will be hoping Adrian Sweeney will continue his fine form when they welcome Killybegs to Rosses Park on Sunday.Dungloe welcome Killybegs to Rosses Park on Sunday afternoon, knowing they need a result to book their place in the last eight of the Donegal SFC. Tony Boyle’s side have enjoyed a good season so far, they won promotion back to Division One last month having gone the entire season unbeaten in the league.They defeated Termon in their opening Donegal SFC group game, but fell to defeat last weekend against local rival Gaoth Dobhair. It’s now left qualification from the group on a knife edge, and they welcome a Killybegs side who have found a new lease of life in the championship.Killybegs have endured a miserable league campaign, and have struggled all season in the bottom rung of Division Two.But they’ve rejuvenated themselves in the championship and are unbeaten after their opening two games.They earned a draw with Gaoth Dobhair in their opener and then last weekend a late spirited fight-back from Termon denied them a win. They’ll travel to Dungloe confident they can secure a win that would see them advance to the last eight.Killybegs didn’t win a single league game in Division One last year but that didn’t stop them reaching the Donegal SFC final last season.With home advantage and the star quality of Adrian Hanlon and Adrian Sweeney at their disposal, Tony Boyle will be confident his side has enough firepower to get the win they badly need.Killybegs have proved they’ve got fantastic championship pedigree and with Hugh McFadden, Christopher Murrin and Brendan McGuire in their ranks they’ll be confident of getting the win.VERDICT – DUNGLOE DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: DUNGLOE AND KILLYBEGS FACE-OFF IN WINNER TAKES ALL CLASH was last modified: October 10th, 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:Donegal SFCDonegal SFC PreviewdungloeGAAKillybegsnewsSportlast_img read more

Major progress made on two Donegal school projects

first_imgMajor progress has been made on two important County Donegal schools projects.The two projects are located in both Buncrana and Letterkenny.The developments have been welcomed by Minister Joe McHugh. He said “I have requested a meeting between education leaders in Buncrana and Donegal and my Cabinet colleague Richard Bruton to assess progress on the Three School Campus,” said Minister McHugh.“I am delighted that a decision on a site has now been taken and talks on technical details are now taking place between Donegal County Council on behalf of the Department of Education and the landowner.“Minister Bruton has assured me that everyone is working to progress this to a conclusion as soon as possible. The Three School Campus in Buncrana is a vital project for the town and surrounding areas. Funding for it is included in the Department’s plans.“The whole issue of sites has dragged on for some time now and I am now very hopeful we are moving in the right direction with all sides agreeing to progress matters as soon as possible.” Minister McHugh said another project included in Government financial plans is also moving forward – the planned extension at Errigal College in Letterkenny.“I understand officials from the Department will visit Errigal College shortly to commence the architectural planning process,” added McHugh.Major progress made on two Donegal school projects was last modified: July 25th, 2017 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:buncranadonegalletterkennyMinister Joe McHughschoolslast_img read more

Agriculture deemed most dangerous sector with 24 work-related deaths in 2017

first_imgAccording to figures released today, elderly farmers are the most vulnerable group when it comes to fatal work related accidents.The Health and Safety Authority says that a total of 47 fatal work related accidents took place in 2017, which is one more than 46 in 2016.Of the 47 fatal accidents, 14 were male farmers aged over 65. The agriculture sector is statistically the most dangerous, with 24 deaths being recorded. One of these deaths involved a child.This is the eighth year in a row that this sector has recorded the highest number of work related fatalities.HSA Chief Executive, Martin O’Halloran, says that a collective effort is required to reduce the high level of farm accidents.“Everyone involved in farming must aim to make whatever changes are necessary, to work practices, to stop these accidents occurring each year. That means safety must be paramount when carrying out any work, especially with tractors or farm machinery.” Elderly farmers particularly are at risk, and O’Halloran says that many of these men had been working alone when the accident occurred.“We have seen fourteen elderly farmers killed this year, many of them working alone at the time of the accident.“Finding supports for elderly farmers or farmers working alone is something that needs to be addressed. The Health and Safety Authority will continue to do its part through inspection, awareness raising and education but safe farming has to happen every day, not just after an inspection.“We need to make this a fundamental part of farming culture, until it is we will continue to have devastation and carnage on our farms.”The construction and transport sectors had the next highest number of fatalities with six each. Across all sectors, accidents involving vehicles accounted for 21 of all fatalities in 2017.O’Halloran says that safe systems of work must be implemented, particularly in environments in which vehicles are used.“We have over 2 million people at work and this is a positive development. However, this will lead to increased traffic and movement of vehicles in workplaces creating hazards that must be managed.“Regardless of the sector, where we have people and vehicles moving in close proximity, the danger is elevated. These dangers are greatly reduced when everyone is aware of the hazards and safe systems of work are implemented.” Falls from height (six) was the next most common cause of death at the workplace.Most fatalities (28) involved 18-65 years old males; there were 14 men over 65 killed in the agriculture sector.Dublin Cork and Mayo were the counties with the highest number of fatalities in 2017, with six each.Of 47 fatalities reported, 18 were self-employed persons, 15 were employees, seven non-workers and seven family workers.The youngest person to be killed in an accident was one year old, whereas the eldest was 94.None of these fatalities took place in County Donegal.Agriculture deemed most dangerous sector with 24 work-related deaths in 2017 was last modified: January 3rd, 2018 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)Tags:agriculture sectorfatalitieshealth safety authoritylast_img read more