Human Resource Critical to Organization’s Effectiveness

first_imgCentral Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, has observed that organizational effectiveness depends on having the right people in the right jobs at the right time to meet the rapidly changing organizational requirements. According to Governor Jones, managing people is a dynamic, endlessly changing complex “and sometimes frustrating business.”The CBL boss’ observation was contained in a statement read on his behalf yesterday by CBL’s Director of Administration, Madam D. Sheba Brown, at the opening of a week-long regional course on managing human resources for organizational effectiveness organized by the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM). Thirty six participants representing financial institutions and governments of Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia attended the opening ceremony with more than six additional participants expected to arrive in the country.In his speech, Dr. Jones noted that the dynamic and often nebulous nature of the employment relationship increases the difficulty of managing it.He also noted that the problem is compounded because of the multiplicity of factors that influence the contract; the culture of the organization; the prevailing management style; the values adopted and practiced by top management; the existence or non-existence of the climate of trust; day-to-day interaction between employees and line managers; and the personnel policies and practices of the organization.Governor Jones pointed out that the most critical component of the vast array of organizations’ resources are their human resource as it galvanizes the other resources needed to produce goods, provide services and to give the organization its character and identity.“It is also acknowledged as a vital instrument for organizational growth and survival and an invaluable asset to invest in so as to add to its inherent value,” Jones.Earlier, WAIFEM’s Director General, Professor Akpan H. Ekpo, gave hints that the objective of the course is to examine the role efficient human resource management can play in organizational effectiveness and economic development.According to the WAIFEM Director General, the course would specifically prepare participants to appreciate the need for change management, organizational culture as well as gender issues at work place.“Also, the course would reel out strategic and policy issues in human resource management and their linkages to national and regional economic development,” he stated.The broad themes to be covered in the seminar include: evolution and overview of human resource management; strategic and policy issues in human resource management—what it is, and difference from regular human resource practice; development and appreciation of human resource value to firms in the 21st century; diversity and inclusion in a work place, amongst many others.Professor Ekpo, meanwhile, thanked the CBL Management for supporting the training and for the hospitality the Bank is providing to WAIFEM officials including the facilitators and the participants. The training exercise runs from March 17-25.       Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FITUG proposes 25% income tax rates to Govt

first_imgBudget 2017The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) on Thursday proposed to Government, through engagements with the Finance Ministry, that the income tax threshold be increased to $70,000, while the personal income tax rate be reduced to 25 per cent.Junior Finance MinisterJaipaul SharmaOn Thursday, Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma met with the union on issues relating to the 2017 National Budget, where a number of measures were proposed by the treasurer of the FITUG Seepaul Narine.An income tax threshold of at least $70,000 monthly which would be up from $50,000 currently was proposed, and that the personal income tax rate be 25 per cent rather than 30 per cent.“FITUG also sought to have the promised reduction in the rate of VAT be reflected in the 2017 Budget. To bring relief to families, especially with children, FITUG advised the Minister to once again make provision for tax relief for spouses and children under age 16,” said a statement from FITUG.Other proposals included an increased minimum wage for workers and continued Government support for the sugar industry.Taking into account that when the National Minimum Wage was introduced in 2013 it was about 85 per cent of the Public Sector minimum wage, the Federation suggested that the National Minimum Wage be set to 85 per cent of the prevailing Public Sector Minimum Wage. It also proposed that that the sectorial minimum wages, last adjusted in 2012, be adjusted once again.On sugar, FITUG called on the Government to adopt the Sugar Commission of Inquiry (CoI) recommendation to have the Skeldon Co-Generation Plant returned to GuySuCo and a revised Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) be put in place.Additionally, the Federation proposed that the industry’s diversification be furthered through; other co-generation plants, the construction of a refinery to take advantage ofthe Caricom market demand, and the establishment of a distillery in Berbice.seepaul narine“The diversification initiatives FITUG advised could be pursued following discussions with various stakeholders, including the respective Trade Unions in the industry. FITUG also called on the Government to reverse its decision to close Wales Sugar Estate in view of the negative impact the closure will have on the economy and on the affected workers and their families, among others,” the statement indicated.Meanwhile, the unions and the Minister discussed bringing the qualification for Old Age pension to begin at 50 per cent of the Public Sector Minimum Wage. “With respect to NIS, old age pensions, FITUG proposed that the increases in pensions be linked to the annual Public Sector wage rise as was the practice in the past.”FITUG also recommended that the Government consider significant salary increases for all Government employees including those employed by semi-autonomous agencies, State-owned companies and public corporations.Additionally, FITUG suggested that the Government consider compiling and publishing reports on the impact and performance of various foreign investment projects in an effort to determine whether the Guyanese people are receiving the best possible returns.Sharma acknowledged FITUG’s proposals and assured them that the proposals would be taken into consideration by the budgetary team in the process of the Budget formulation.“FITUG hopes that unlike the previous consultations the Minister had with FITUG on his Budgets, that we will see some of our proposals reflected in this Budget in the making,” the statement said.last_img read more

Criminal charges against NBS Directors dismissed

first_imgCriminal charges of false imprisonment which were filed against three Directors of New Building Society (NBS) in March 2018 were dismissed against them on Thursday at Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The eight charges were dismissed by Senior Magistrate Dellon Bess on the grounds the special Prosecutor and Assistant Counsel failed to attend court or provide the court with any explanation for their absence on several appearances.Attorney for the Directors, Nigel Hughes, informed the press that the dismissal came after the court waited in excess of 90 minutes for counsel to appear and after causing several inquiries to be made about whether the Prosecutor had informed the Clerk of Court or any other court official about their absence. The inquiries revealed that no such notification had been sent.The charges detailed that on January 23, 2018, Anil Beharry, Anil Vishnu, and Deka Tularam prevented eight persons, inclusive of Court Marshals and Police officers, from leaving NBS’ Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown office.The prosecution was contending that on January 23, 2018, Court Marshals and Police officers had visited the lending agency to execute a levy of the business’ assets.Just two days prior, Justice Brassington Reynolds awarded some $59 million in damages to the company’s former CEO, Maurice Arjoon, for wrongful dismissal and pension. The company had locked its doors, claiming that it was under the impression the lending agency was being robbed, preventing customers from leaving the building.However, during the six-hour standoff Gina Arjoon, Martin Brown, Alex Green, Patrick Higgins, Joseph Allen, Ganesh Hira, Shawn Kalicharran, and Goodish Singh were all confined within the building.last_img read more

State experiments with crops to make biodiesel

first_imgCalifornia farmers are hoping to strike oil – vegetable oil, that is – with a series of experimental trials involving crops that can be processed into biodiesel, an increasingly sought-after fuel squeezed from oilseed plants. Some of the efforts call for growing hearty crops such as canola on unproductive land that can’t support higher-value produce. Other farmers are eyeing oilseed plants as a cover crop that might improve soil quality between more profitable plantings of berries or leafy greens. Researchers have even started experimenting with varieties of algae that can be farmed in ponds and converted into biodiesel. It’s not yet clear, though, that growing canola or other oilseed crops would make economic sense for California, which produces some of the nation’s most valuable vegetables. Many farmers are awaiting the results of a state study of the economic and environmental costs and benefits of bioenergy crops. Some observers point out that land and labor are much cheaper in Midwestern states, where such commodity crops are generally produced. A typical biodiesel crop could earn California growers a maximum of $200 an acre each year – far less than their current average annual yield of $2,000 an acre, said Robert Van Buskirk, a scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy. “There’s a lot of research that needs to be brought to bear to incorporate these oilseed crops,” said Steve Shaffer, environmental stewardship chief for the California Food and Agriculture Department. Biodiesel producers would also be competing for market share and investment and research money with other biofuels such as ethanol. Some 620,000 acres of corn are expected to be planted in California this year, much of which could be used to produce ethanol. In addition, new research suggests that the 40,000 acres of sugar beets grown in the state could be turned into that fuel. Still, many farmers see opportunity in biodiesel crops, even if the yield is only enough to power their own equipment or supply fuel to nearby filling stations. Some are closely watching a University of California research program that has planted acres of canola in small plots throughout the state to see where it fares best. “Our goal is to be able to provide a type of crop that will be economically feasible and return a profit back to the producer, as well as be a crop that might be able to meet industry bioenergy needs,” said Rick Bottoms, who is tending an acre of canola in the Imperial Valley as part of the program. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We have one of the world’s most fertile and productive growing regions,” said Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue, a radicchio farmer. “It doesn’t make any sense that we shouldn’t be involved in the future that’s shaping up.” The trials are being conducted as high gas prices and stringent environmental regulations drive the market for alternative energy sources such as biodiesel. Derived from vegetable oils and other sources, the fuel is used to run diesel engines that have undergone slight modifications. Transit agencies in several cities – including Houston and Columbus, Ohio – run biodiesel bus fleets. The University of California system is converting its campus fleets to run on 100-percent biodiesel. And Disneyland uses biodiesel to fuel the trains that circle the popular theme park. Nationwide, biodiesel production has tripled in each of the past two years to reach nearly 250 million gallons in 2006, National Biodiesel Board spokeswoman Amber Pearson said. last_img read more

Coventry hand professional contract to academy graduate Maddison

first_img1 Coventry have given a professional contract to academy graduate James Maddison.The 18-year-old has penned a three-and-a-half year deal after breaking into the under-21 side and impressing manager Steven Pressley“I’m delighted, this is what I’ve worked hard towards,” Maddison said. “All the way through from the academy up to this stage and all that work was to get the contract. It is the best feeling in the world.“I’ve grown up supporting the club, I remember going to block 33 at the Ricoh as a fan watching the players and I’m nearly at that stage myself.  I want to give the gaffer and the club something back as they’ve given me this contract.“You want to go to the top it’s everyone’s dream – of course I want to get there but I want to get there with Coventry City. They’ve put a lot of work into me and I owe something back, hopefully I can get a run in the team soon and help the team as best as I can.” James Maddison in action for Coventry last_img read more

Traffic victims stay in heart

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – On Saturday, a serene monument will open in Central Park, devoted to the memory of young people whose lives were cut short by traffic crashes. Fifty-six lives will be remembered at a dedication ceremony. “Seeing this completed, it is one more thing (as) we are trying to reach kids out there,” said Alice Renolds, whose sons Danny and Tim Renolds were among four who died in a crash on Soledad Canyon Road in 2000. “And some parents don’t have a place to be with their child who was cremated or buried out of state.” Tree-stump sculptures ringing the monument are a graphic reminder of the severed lives. Bearing inscriptions like those carved by teens in love, these forms testify to loss. Each stump will be inscribed with a young person’s name and age. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The memorial, beyond the park’s grass playing fields, is designed to encourage teens to drive more carefully and to prevent more driving deaths, as well as to give people a quiet place to remember those who have died. Organizers plan to hold annual vigils at the site, with memorial banners flying overhead. The project has been in the works for about three years, driven by members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, which educates the community on teen issues. The group helped raise about $130,000 to build the exhibit. In-kind donations from local businesses have helped defray costs, expected to be about $250,000, said Tess Simgen, community-services analyst. Kathy Tabajdi, 22, had proposed the grove to honor three friends who lived on her street and died in collisions. She sees the tranquil setting as a place those who are left behind may cross paths. “It’s almost like more of a gift to the parents, something other than a headstone to visit. Their child is a part of the memorial,” Tabajdi said. And for strangers who visit, “when you see one name, and you don’t know that person, the name is not that significant,” she said. But seeing dozens of names will underscore the fact to teens that they are “definitely not invincible,” she said. “It adds up. It tallies everything up. This is the cost. This is the bill.”‘ She hopes the message will not seem like a scolding but rather a reminder of the importance of defensive driving and of “all those (safety) tricks your parents said to you 1,000 times in the car (and) you didn’t pick up.” A central monument features a vow composed by Tabajdi’s mother, Debbie Knight. “It is a vow to drive safe,” Knight said. “The high cost of reckless driving is too much to pay. We have 99 names so far. One is too many.” Some parents have not given permission to name their children in the exhibit. Those named in the memorial were 24 or younger and had a Santa Clarita connection by birth, education or location of the fatal incident. Simgen is still accepting names to be included. Renolds praised city officials for forging ahead with the project, for “not hiding their heads in the sand and always trying to help kids in the valley.” The dedication will take place at 10 a.m. at Santa Clarita Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, in Saugus. For further information, contact Simgen at 255-4956. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 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_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SUNDAY 25-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupArranmore United 5 Strand Rovers 0 Arranmore United welcomed Strand Rovers to Rannagh Park for their first home game of the season and ran out 5-0 winners. Arran started well with Daniel O’ Donnell controlling the tempo in the middle of the field. Arran took the lead on 10minutes when a 40 yard ball from Danny Rodgers found Gavin Mc Glanaghey at the back post and he controlled well before firing home left footed. Strand threatened on occasions from set pieces but were marshalled well throughout by Danny Rodgers, Ruan Reynolds and Peter Dillon, although Brendan Glackin did go close early on. Arran doubled their lead when Gavin Mc Glanaghey found his brother Chris who tapped home from a yard out. Almost immediately from the restart Ruan won possession and played the ball to Daniel O’ Donnell who curled home left footed from 30 yards. Mark Ward and went close again before number 4 came as a great cross from Peter Dillon was converted by Michael Regan. The away side upped the tempo at the start of the second half and didn’t let the home side have it all their own way, with Hanlon, Glackin and Brennan threatening. Arran also had several chances with the Mc Glanagheys forcing the visiting keeper into several saves. With 5 minutes left Chris Mc Glanaghey scored his second goal from 6 yards out to make it five for the home side. Chris Mc Glanaghey stood out for Arranmore in a great team performance. Brendan Brennan and Brendan Glackin stood out for Strand Rovers.Rathmullan Celtic 3 Orchard F.C. 0Defending Brian McCormick Cup holders Rathmullan Celtic advanced to the Area final of this season’s curtain raiser to the league proper with a comprehensive three goal win over Orchard F.C. at Tri-A-Lough with Eoin Sheridan, Aaron Mc Clafferty and Eamonn Sheridan finding the net following his exploits on the African plains this summer. Paddy Sheridan and Paddy Burger’s Hoops made it three wins and a draw from four in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup as the new look Seasiders found their rhythm and groove with ease against the Letterkenny outfit.Talismanic midfielder Eoin Sheridan, after missing a penalty, scored to set the Seasiders on their way. Player-manager Burger made a classic goal line clearance on 42 minutes to deny Niall Bonar after the striker’s effort seemed to have equalised proceedings approaching half time. The Hoops came out of the blocks stronger in the second period and increased their lead on 50 minutes after Niall Doherty mesmerised on the right wing before crossing for Mc Clafferty who tucked away his strike from inside the area. The match was over as a contest on 65 minutes when former Finn Harps striker Eamonn Sheridan scored an unstoppable header. Best for Rathmullan: Paddy Burger, Lenny Boyce and Shea Coyle. Best for Orchard: Niall Bonner. Referee: Marty Mc AnennyKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 6 Mulroy Celtic 1Kerrykeel ‘71 earned the bragging rights on derby day in Fanad with a comprehensive victory over Mulroy Celtic. The ‘71 started well with mark Friel pulling the springs in midfield and he opened the scoring on six minutes when Shaun Friel finished off a fine move which involved Barney Mc Bride and Kevin Loughrey. It was 2 nil on eleven minutes, this time Johnny Friel finishing well from a shot inside the box. Mulroy were finding it hard to deal with the ‘71 front two and Johnny Nanny got his second when he headed home a Tony Mc Bride cross. Mulroy went close on twenty minutes with a fine strike from 20 yards which Hughie Walsh tipped over the bar. Kerrykeel made the points safe on thirty-six minutes when Mark Friel beat the off-side trap and coolly rounded Jerome Doherty in the Mulroy goal. To Mulroy’s credit they never gave up and pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time when Paul Coyle brilliantly crossed for Paul Martin to tap home at the back post. The second half swung from end to end with both keepers making fine saves. Kerrykeel struck twice in the space of five minutes to wrap up the scoring with Shaun Friel and Mark Friel finishing off great Kerrykeel moves.Best for Kerrykeel ‘71: Mark Friel, Kevin Loughrey and Shaun Friel Best for Mulroy Celtic: Eamonn Sweeney and Michael Mc GroryReferee: Joe Mc HughKilmacrennan Celtic 4 Glencar Celtic 4Action from the Brian Mc Cormick Cup match between Kilmacrennan Celtic and Glencar Celtic at Diamond Park, Ballyare. Pic.: Gary Foy, League PROBoth sides knew that only a win would guarantee passage to the next stage of the Cup but it wasn’t to be for either side. Glencar started the brighter with midfield dynamo Eugene Sullivan running the midfield and Pajo causing all sorts of problems for the Kilmac defence. The opening goal came from a corner. Glencar crossed what looked like a harmless ball into the six yard box that went unchallenged by the Kilmac rearguard. Eugene Sullivan tapped in from one yard what was a gift of an opener. Kilmac sprung to life with Burke showing his magic on the turn in the box. A throw-in wide on the right came to Burke and no danger was apparent until he squared the ball for Edwin Doherty and Eddie never misses. Outstanding goalkeeper Dom Friel was injured in the build-up but could do nothing to prevent Doherty’s goal. Glencar shifted gears and Pajo turned sharply at the edge of the box leaving Kilmac for dust and squared for Sullivan’s second of the game. Glencar seemed to take every chance they got in the first half.Shortly after the break Kilmac assumed control. A long ball from the back found Kilmac’s Kieran Doherty who headed to Burke who cleverly found Edwin Doherty breaking the Glencar line. And Eddie never misses. Friel couldn’t reach Doherty’s sublime lob to make it 2-2.The Saturday team outfit didn’t rest. Soon after the equaliser Paddy O’ Kane found the net with an neat finish followed by a killer goal from Paddy Collins that looked to have secured 3 points for Glencar.The Kilmac bench decided to bring on Garry Gorman for the remaining 25 minutes and it wasn’t long before it paid off. A long ball from Tolland found Gorman on the edge of the area who found Edwin Doherty from the flick on. Doherty squared to Gorman who’s diving header gave Kilmac hope.Kilmac pushed hard for an equaliser as Seamus Peoples played Gorman behind the Glencar defence but Dom Friel was equal to the challenge. With one minute remaining on the clock Peoples found himself out wide again with numbers in the box. A sublime cross found Gorman again at the back post who headed home to break Glencar hearts.Best for Glencar: Sullivan, Pajo and FrielBest for Kilmac: Eddie Doherty, Peoples and GormanReferee: Brian O’ KaneKeadue Rovers 4 Dunlewy Celtic 0Keadue Rovers were comfortable winners over Dunlewey Celtic in this second group match in the Brian McCormick Cup. It was an ideal day for football and it was Dunlewey who had slightly the better of the opening exchanges. Keadue however took the lead on nine minutes when Packie Mc Gonagle’s through ball found Ryan Greene and he beat the keeper and drilled low to the net. Dunlewey had chances after this shooting wide on eleven minutes and following a good move down the wing on fifteen minutes their shot scraped the crossbar. On the half hour mark an effort from Keadue’s Luke Neely went just wide and Packie Mc Gonagle also had a header and long range effort go narrowly wide. On forty four minutes a good move from Adam Neely and David Sweeney down the left wing ended with Martin Redmond scoring. Into the second half and the home team were still on top and on forty seven minutes Donal Rodgers made it three from close range. It was four on the hour when Donal Rodgers converted a penalty. Despite being four down Dunlewey fought very well and had a good ten minute spell near the end forcing the home keeper into a few saves.Overall a well deserved Keadue victory from a continually improving young side for whom Packie Mc Gonagle and Martin Redmond stood out. A good team performance from Dunlewey. Referee: Gerry Rodden.Glenea United 6 Glenree United 1Glenea qualified for the Brian McCormick Cup Area Final with this well earned victory over Glenree. In fine conditions Glenea took the lead within a minute when Darren Mc Geever took advantage of hesitation in the away defence to roll the ball home. Glenea continued to press for another goal and were rewarded on 20 minutes when Sean Coll’s through ball found Michael Barry and he slotted the ball into net. Glenree tried hard to get back into the game and came close through Andrew Mc Clafferty on a couple of occasions with Joe Coll and the bar coming to the home team’s aid. Glenea extended their lead on 35 minutes when Ryan McFadden played in Michael Barry and he converted for his 2nd goal. Darren Mc Geever got a fourth on 43 minutes when he fired home after good work by Donal Coll. In the 2nd half Glenree pushed to get back into the game and were rewarded on 70 minutes when Darren Ellis slotted the ball home from the edge of the box. Glenea finished the game strongly and added 2 further goals. Darren Mc Geever completed his hat trick when he met Shane Coll’s cross and in the final minute Donal Coll fired home from the corner of the box. Best for Glenea were Sean Coll and Shane Ferry while it was a team effort from Glenree. Referee: Raymond Floyd.Cranford United 1 Gweedore United 2Cranford United’s Arthur Lynch and Gweedore United’s Matthew Byrne in action during their Brian Mc Cormick Cup encounter at Cranford Park. Pic.: Gary Foy, League PROGweedore United took the spoils in this Brian McCormick Cup clash in Cranford park. Cranford started brightly and controlled the first twenty minutes with a couple of half chances coming their way. The pressure eventually paid off in the 20th minute when Shaun Mc Elwaine headed home a Chris Carr cross. Gweedore came back into the game and started to put some good moves together. In the 35th minute Paul Doohan fired into the roof of the net to leave it 1-1 at the break. It was end to end in the second half with chances plentiful at both ends. In the 89th minute Gweedore finally took their chance when Ciaran McFadden beat the offside trap and slotted home. Brian Gallagher excelled for Gweedore with Shaun Gallagher best for the home team. Referee: James MalseedLifford Celtic 3 Tullyvinney Rovers 0Played in perfect conditions at Green Brae Park Lifford ran out comfortable winners against Tullyvinney who worked tirelessly until the final minute. Lifford took the lead on the half hour mark when Ian Ward broke clear from the Tullyvinney defence to finish to the bottom corner. From the restart Darragh Crossan had Tullyvinney’s best chance only for his effort to be saved by Lee White in the Lifford goal. Lifford went further ahead on the stroke of half time when Ross Porter cooly finished following good approach play from Mark Neeson. With 15 minutes remaining Lifford ensured there would be no fight back from Tullyvinney when Ian Ward grabbed his second and Lifford’s third with a fine finish to the top corner. As the game came to a close Tullyvinney pushed more men forward but the Lifford rearguard remained entact to ensure a clean sheet and 3-0 victory.Castlefin Celtic 5 Deele Harps 1Deele harps had a strong start in Park View as they took the lead on 5 minutes when Shane Gallagher caught out the Castlefin defence and found the top corner. On 12 minutes Castlefin equalised when a good cross from Colin Carlin found JP Malley who got his head to it. Three minutes later Malley was on the end of another cross for his and Castlefin’s second. Deele’s Shane Gallagher should have made it two each on 27 minutes but Paul Lafferty tipped over. Hard work from Colin Carlin and JP Malley made it 3-1 to the home team and a hat-trick for Malley who found the bottom corner from edge of the box on 35minutes. On 60 minutes Castlefin got through to make it 4-1, when a Malley shot was well saved by Deele’s keeper Christopher Roulston, Colin Carlin tapped in the rebound. Castlefin finished the scoring on 72 minutes when Colin Carlin got his second from a through ball from Malley to make it 5-1. Best for Deele Harps: Shane Gallagher, Best for Castlefin: JP Malley and Colin Carlin.Referee: John Mc GlanagheyDrumoghill F.C. 3 Curragh Athletic 1Drumoghill FC put themselves into contention for progression to the knockout stages of the Brian Mc Cormick Cup with this crucial 3-1 victory over Curragh Athletic. Jason Burke’s second half brace was ultimately the difference between the sides but in all honesty the game could have went either way. Both teams had opportunities to assume control after Ryan Carlin had cancelled out Carlos Rodgers’ first half strike to level the scores, but it was Burke who was the most lethal thereafter. On 67 minutes the striker found time and space to fire home to put Drumoghill 2-1 up and then with Curragh chasing an equaliser he broke free from O’Donnell’s clearance to settle the issue on 84 minutes.Earlier, Carlos Rodgers had given the home side the lead midway through the first half when he drove home from inside the penalty area before Ryan Carlin equalised on 57 minutes after breaking clear to beat Regan. And so it was left to Burke to grab the headlines and send his side into their final group game with every chance of advancing to the next phase. Referee: Paddy MartinLagan Harps 2 Ballybofey United 2A draw was a fair outcome in a closely fought encounter between two young sides. Lagan got off to a great start taking the lead on five minutes. James Gillen took a short corner to Drew Connolly who curled in a shot via the back post. Lagan went close again on twelve minutes when Eunan Diver met Ross Hamlyn’s cross with an overhead kick which went just over. The game turned in a five minute spell before half time. Darragh Redmond broke through a couple of weak tackles on the half way line and finished well to equalise for Ballybofey. Ballybofey took the lead just before half time when Chris Darby headed down and Darragh Redmond fired home. Lagan pressed at the start of the second half with James Gillen driving a shot narrowly wide. The equaliser arrived on fifty six minutes when Ross Hamlyn and James Gillen interchanged passes before putting Jay Dee Olawiye through and he finished superbly. Both teams pressed hard for a winner but both defences held firm. For Lagan Eunan Diver and Paul Rodgers were best while Gavin Doherty and Darragh Redmond were best for Ballybofey. Referee: Paddy Duffy.Eany Celtic 0 Cappry Rovers 6Cappry Rovers had an easy win in this Brian McCormack Cup clash. The visitors got their first goal in the 8th minute when Alan Patton found space in the box and slotted the ball into the net. Michael Lafferty added a second on the half hour . The half time score was 0-2. Alan Patton got his second early in the second half with a long range shot. Eany battled hard but were unable to make any impact on the Cappry defence. Alan Patton got his third on the hour with Dylan Ramsey and Bernie McLaughlin completing the scoring.Drumbar F.C. 0 Fintown Harps AFC 1Fintown travelled to Drumbar to contest this group game. The spectators were treated to a fine display of football. It was the home side that started the brighter using the full width and pace of the pitch. The Fintown full backs were put through their paces from the wide duo of Adam Enright and Daniel Brogan. Despite the best efforts of Ray Balogun and Mark Quinn it was the visitors who managed to go ahead just before the break. A free kick was nodded home from 6 yards giving Joe O’ Donnell no chance from close range. The second half continued like the first and the solid back line of Fintown dealt consistently with the waves of attack from the home side in search of the equaliser. The Fintown management will be content with this solid team effort away from home. Adam Enright and Conor Cotton were best performers in the Drumbar team.St. Catherines 2 Donegal Town 0St. Catherine’s played Donegal Town on Sunday in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup. Both teams started the game brightly and created a couple of chances. The Saints went close to opening the scoring in the 30th minute when Gerry Mc had a header that just went over the bar. In the 34th minute it was that man again Mc Cabe who saw his header go just over the bar from a corner. In the 39th minute the Donegal Town keeper made a good save from a shot and it rebounded out to Shane Mc Guinness but he saw his shot go over the bar from a couple of yards. Donegal had a couple of half chances but they came to nothing. As the second half started the Saints took the lead in the 48th minute when the ball broke out to the edge of the box and there was Conor O’ Rourke who fired home. On 54 minutes the Saints nearly doubled their lead when Cormac Cannon got the ball and beat a couple of the Donegal Town defenders but he saw his shot hit the side netting. Donegal Town had chances to get level but it would just not happen for them. In the 73rd minute the Saints went two up when Cormac Cannon got the ball and beat two defenders and slotted into the net to put the Saints well into control. The game finished 2-0 to the Saints.Erne Wanderers 3 Copany Rovers 3Erne Wanderers hosted Copany Rovers in a local derby at the Lakeside Centre on Sunday. The away team left the happier of the two teams as they came back from 3-1 down to secure a share of the spoils. It was the home side who started the better of the two teams and were creating numerous chances in the opening ten minutes and it was no surprise when Mark Dorrian gave them the lead on 13 minutes when he headed home from 12 yards from Diarmuid Spratt’s centre. The home team doubled their lead on 19 minutes when Spratt raced through on goal and although the ball got stuck under his feet recovered and placed his shot into the roof of the net. Erne were threatening to run away with it as this stage but some complacent play at the back resulted in David Graham nipping in to lift the ball over the out-rushing Karl O’ Brien in the 25th minute. The second half started with Copany trying to force Erne onto the back foot but the home side were still in control of the game at this stage. In the 55th minute Copany forced a corner and from the resulting cross Erne failed to clear properly and when O’ Brien punched instead of catching the ball it was hooked back in and it fell to Erne old boy Mark Lyons who forced home from 6 yards. At this stage Erne were nervous at the back and it spread through the team. On 65 minutes a long ball from a kick out deceived the Erne backline and David Graham gambled and got on the end of it and eventually found the bottom corner. Wanderers never recovered their composure after this and were struggling with Copany’s route one approach but O’Brien wasn’t troubled. Then Erne nearly won the game twice in the last two minutes when first Mark Dorrian blazed over from 4 yards at the back post and then in an identical position Alan Russell put it wide of the far post with the keeper rooted to his line. Best for Erne Daniel Kelly. Best for Copany David Graham. Referee: John Coyle.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSUNDAY 25-8-2013Brian Mc Cormick CupArranmore United 5 v 0 Strand RoversRathmullan Celtic 3 v 0 Orchard F.C.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 6 v 1 Mulroy CelticRamelton mariners – v – Milford United (Tuesday 27th in Milford)Kilmacrennan Celtic 4 v 4 Glencar CelticKeadue Rovers 4 v 0 Dunlewy CelticGlenea United 6 v 1 Glenree UnitedCranford United 1 v 2 Gweedore UnitedLifford Celtic 3 v 0 Tullyvinney RoversCastlefin Celtic 5 v 1 Deele HarpsDrumoghill F.C. 3 v 1 Curragh AthleticLagan Harps 2 v 2 Ballybofey UnitedEany Celtic 0 v 6 Cappry RoversDrumbar F.C. 0 v 1 Fintown Harps AFCSt. Catherines 2 v 0 Donegal TownErne Wanderers 3 v 3 Copany RoversDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESTUESDAY 27-8-2013 K.O. 6.45 p.m.Brian Mc Cormick CupRamelton Mariners v Milford UnitedTHURSDAY 29-8-2013 K.O. 7p.m.Ballybofey United v Drumoghill F.C.SUNDAY 01-9-2013 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick CupKeadue Rovers v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)Strand Rovers v Dunlewy CelticGlenree United v Cranford UnitedGweedore United v Gweedore CelticTullyvinney Rovers v Castlefin CelticDeele Harps v Convoy ArsenalCurragh Athletic v Lagan HarpsBallybofey United v Raphoe TownCappry Rovers v Drumbar F.C.Fintown Harps AFC v Dunkineely CelticDonegal Town v Erne WanderersCopany Rovers v Letterbarrow CelticOrchard F.C. v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. (K.O. 7p.m.)Mulroy Celtic v Bonagee United (K.O. 7p.m.)Milford United v Kilmacrennan Celtic (K.O. 7 p.m.)Glencar Celtic v Whitestrand United (K.O. 7 p.m.)DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: August 26th, 2013 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:Donegal Junior LeaguefixturesreportsResultstableslast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Staff at AIB across Donegal have been left devastated this morning after the bank announced it was closing dozens of branches across the country.Donegal Daily understands that workers in Donegal were told of the pending bank closures this morning.A number of branches across the county are set to close as part of the shape-up including Falcarragh, Raphoe, Dunfanaghy, Gaoth Dobhair, Lifford, Moville, Bundoran and Milford. It is unclear yet as to how many jobs will be lost as part of the cost-cutting measures.The closures come just months after a voluntary redundancy package was offered to AIB staff across the country.It is believed that the deal was over-subscribed and not everyone who applied for redundancy packages got them.One AIB staff member in Donegal told us “We were told earlier this morning but were asked not to mention it until after 10am. “We’re not sure how it will hit people here but there will be closures of several banks across Donegal and that’s not good news.”The news has been confirmed by AIB head office. STAFF SHOCKED AS AIB ANNOUNCE BANK CLOSURES ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: July 27th, 2012 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


first_imgThe scene of the turbine crash. Minister says she wants a reportDONEGAL politicians are backing a Bill which would put minimum setback distances from wind turbines to homes enshrined in law – with one Donegal Senator calling for a minimum 1km distance.Senator Brian O Domhnaill, who spoke in the debate in the Seanad, was backing proposals put forward by Labour senator John Kelly.“Setback distances deals predominantly with the noise issue and genuine health concerns,” said O Domhnaill. “There is medical evidence to suggest there are genuine health concerns that must be addressed. Setback distances of at least 1 km from any occupied dwelling and, thereafter, further setback distances according to the height of the turbines must be set in legislation in order to alleviate concerns raised by genuine groups and members of the public.“The Bill introduced by Senator Kelly was supported but it seems to be sitting in the Department of the Communications, Energy and Natural Resources gathering dust. Why is the Bill not being supported by the Government and brought forward before the House so that we can have an input into the debate?“Since the original (500m) guidelines were drafted in 2006, much has changed. We know about the exploitation of the potential of wind energy by multinationals and the money they bring.“Very often, local authorities, the Government and the Department listen to the large multinationals instead of the communities. That happened in the constituency in which I live and it is not right. “The height of wind turbines has increased threefold. Other issues are the shadow flicker nuisance, the impact on the local economy in terms of tourism dependent enterprises, the noise and its effect on health and the reduction in the residential property values for properties in close proximity to the turbines.”Senator Jimmy Harte also back new laws.“This all comes down to local communities getting a say and ensuring that fears are allayed,” told the Seanad.“I am a supporter of alternative energy and believe everybody has a positive view of it. However, this should not be to the detriment of the tourism industry and local community.”He said wind farm companies need to engage with local communities – and referred to a proposed mobile phone mast in Ramelton three years ago which was moved by the company, even though they had all the medical evidence to show it was safe at their first preferred location. Senator Kelly also raised the issue of the turbine that collapsed at Loughderryduff wind farm on 25th March last and he echoed concerns that the owners, manufacturers and others are not providing answers on how it happened. Minister Jan O Sullivan was present in the Seanad and said she will look into this.Senator John Kelly told the hearing: “To learn the effects of wind turbines on people, all one needs to do is talk to Dorothy and Michael Keane in Roscommon who lived 750 m from wind turbines and had to leave their house. I passed by the turbines last week and on a close-by road.“The turbines are 100 m high and it is scary to look at them. They are monstrous, yet they are only 100 m high. When the guidelines were introduced in 2006, they were based on turbines that were 54 m high, approximately half of 100 m.“The turbines being erected at present all around the country are as high as 185 m, which is three and a half times the height of the original turbines, yet the specified set-back distance of 500 m is the same for all. This guideline is being breached right across the country. “My Bill was endorsed by many county councils from around the country. When the Bill went as far as Donegal County Council, the county manager asked that the 500 m guideline already in place be lifted so turbines could be put at every crossroads in the county.“Since the introduction of my Bill, it seems there has been a race to the finish line. Wind energy developers are trying to get planning permission applications in as quickly as possible in case there is any change with regard to the guidelines.“The Minister of State, who was in the House last week when the findings of the European Court of Justice were raised, will know that all the planning permissions granted between 1999 and 2012 were deemed illegal because they did not comply with an EU directive. As a result of the court ruling, which I put on the record of the House last week, the Government, local authorities and wind energy sector will be open to being sued unless the issue is dealt with.”SENATOR CALLS FOR 1KM MINIMUM SETBACK DISTANCES FOR WIND TURBINES was last modified: May 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:SENATOR CALLS FOR 1KM MINIMUM SETBACK DISTANCES FOR WIND TURBINESlast_img read more

Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits for 2014

first_imgThe U.S. Congress has voted to extend a variety of tax credits for energy upgrades, giving homeowners a bit of good news as tax time approaches.Credits apply to improvements such as new windows and insulation, water heaters, heat pumps, furnaces, and air-sealing materials, according to The Tax Incentives Assistance Project, or TIAP.The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy reported that the incentives actually expired at the end of 2013. The last-minute move in Congress keeps them on the books until the end of this year, but it will be up to the next Congress to decide whether they will be extended to cover improvements made in 2015.Each product category or type of improvement has its own rules and credit caps. For example, furnaces and boilers with an Annual Fuel Use Efficiency of 95 or more are eligible for credits of up to $150, while air conditioners, wood stoves, and water heaters top out at $300. Credits on certain fans are capped at $50. (Use the link to the TIAP website for a complete rundown on what’s eligible.)Other energy improvements, such as ground-source heat pumps and renewable energy systems, are covered separately under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 and qualify for a credit equal to 30% of the installed cost. There is no cap. Those incentives are scheduled to end in 2016.Builders who produce energy-efficient homes also quality for credits of up to $2,000.last_img read more