What if you could pay your taxes ONLINE and not have to stand IN LINE at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) payment window? What if you could apply for driver’s license ONLINE and not have to stand IN LINE at the Ministry of Transport? What if you could apply for a job ONLINE by simply uploading and submitting your CV or resume directly to the hiring entity? What if you could anonymously REPORT CORRUPTION or ABUSE online? And what if you could apply for a work PERMIT or PASSPORT while you are in a different country? More importantly, what if you could obtain GOVERNMENT SERVICES and INFORMATION from anywhere at any time using an internet-connected device? What if there was a way to actually achieve the transparency, accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness that we require of Government at a lower cost? I have two words for you: “ELECTRONIC GOVERNMENT” or “e-Government”.E-government is an idea raised by former U.S. vice president (Al Gore), within his vision of linking the citizen to the various agencies of government for getting all kinds of government services in an automated and automatic way, reducing cost, improving performance, and delivering services faster.There are several definitions of e-Government among practitioners, researchers, et al, but all of them agree to a single definition that e-Government is a government’s use of information communication technologies (ICTs) to allow citizens and businesses the opportunity to interact and conduct business with it (government). The United Nations’ website defines e-government as: “the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) – such as Wide Area Networks, the Internet, and mobile computing – by government agencies.” The World Bank on the other hand defines e-Government as: “the use by government agencies of information technologies (such as Wide Area Networks, the Internet, and mobile computing) that have the ability to transform relations with citizens, businesses, and other arms of government.” But let me give you my definition, which does not distance itself from the definitions above: “e-government is government’s use of ICTs to deliver services and information to citizens, business, and government employees/agencies.” My definition essentially sums up e-government into four delivery models: G2C (government to citizens), G2B (government to businesses), G2E (government to employees), and G2G (government to government).To achieve e-government, there is a transformation process that each nation has to follow. Many-government practitioners and researchers espouse four stages¬–Presence, Interaction, Transaction and Transformation– for the transformation process. The Presence Stage or Stage 1 is classified by simple information-providing website. The Interaction Stage or Stage 2 offers simple interactions between government and citizens (G2C), government to business (G2B), government to employees (G2E) and government to government (G2G). The Transaction Stage or Stage 3 enables transactions such as paying bills online, obtaining driver’s license, paying taxes or fees and so on. The Transformation Stage or Stage 4 is the highest stage and is closely aligned with the concept of governance and a reinvention of how government functions are conceived and organized. There are also other entities that provide varying number of e-government transformation stages. For example, a United Nations Study of 2001 lists five stages of e-government. These stages include: Emerging (stage 1); Enhanced (stage 2); Interactive (stage 3); Transaction (stage 4); and Seamless (stage 5). Another study by Gartner lists four stages of e-government. These stages include: Presence (stage 1); Interaction (stage 2); Transaction (stage 3); and Transformation (stage 4). The Presence Stage is classified by simple information-providing websites. The Interaction Stage offers simple interactions between government and citizens (G2C); government to business (G2B); government to employees (G2E); and government to government (G2G). The Transaction Stage or Stage 3 enables transactions such as paying bills online, obtaining driver’s license, paying taxes or fees and so on. The Transformation Stage or Stage 4 is the highest stage and is closely aligned with the concept of governance and a reinvention of how government functions are conceived and organized.The World Bank lists three stages of e-government transformation. These stages are independent of each other and can be done simultaneously. They include: Publish (Stage 1); Interact or Stage 2; and Transact or Stage 3. Despite the different stages, all approaches lead to the same ultimate result; the delivery of services and information to citizens, businesses, government employees/agencies using ICTs. E-government holds tremendous potential to improve the way that governments deliver public services and enhance broad stakeholder involvement in public service. An e-government program seeks to achieve greater efficiency in government performance through raising the performance of services for beneficiaries and investors from all segments of society easily, accurately, and efficiently to become a new type of performance of official governmental and governmental transactions. Online interactive services may include such facilities as petitioning, rate paying, licensing or information queries.Benefits/Advantages of e-GovernmentE-Government allows 24/7/365 access to government services and information from any location using any internet connected device; Efficiency, improved services, better accessibility of public services, sustainable community development, transparency and accountability; E-Government improves the accessibility of government information to citizens allowing it to become an important resource in the making the decisions that affect daily life; Electronic transactions save time compared to conducting business in person. There is no driving to a government office, no waiting in line. And if a transaction is not completed right away, the return trip can be made with a mouse click rather than a drive to the office; Better communications between governments and businesses. An example of this is E-Procurement; The high penetration of mobile technology allows ability of an e-government service to be accessible to citizens irrespective of location throughout the country; Open Government: The idea of an “open government” makes government policy, information and services more available to citizens businesses, et al. This would reflect a greater transparency of the service provided by the government. The public trust that is gained through transparency can be further enhanced through the free sharing of government data based on open standards; E-Government increases voter awareness, which could lead to an increase in citizen participation in elections. The ultimate goal of the e-government is to be able to offer an increased portfolio of public services to citizens in an efficient and cost effective manner. Disadvantages of e-GovernmentThe implementation of an e government does have certain constraints. Literacy of the users and the ability to use the computer: users who do not know how to read and write would need assistance; Even though the level of confidence in the security offered by government websites are high, the public are still concerned over security, fear of spam from providing email addresses, and government retention of transaction or interaction history; The lack of equality in public access to the internet, reliability of information on the web, and hidden agendas of government groups that could influence and bias public opinions; Not all citizens trust computers.The UN E-Government SurveyThe United Nations Public Administration Network conducts a biannual e-government survey which includes a section titled “e-Government Readiness”. It is a comparative ranking of the countries of the world according to two primary indicators: A) the state of e-government readiness; and B) the extent of e-participation. Constructing a model for the measurement of digitized services, the Survey assesses member states of the UN according to a quantitative composite index of e-government readiness based on website assessment; telecommunication infrastructure and human resource endowment. The UN E-Government Survey of 2014 puts the Republic of Korea at the top (0.9462) of its E-Government Index, followed by Australia (0.9103) and Singapore (0.9076). In Africa, Tunisia and Mauritius are the continent’s e-Government leaders. Liberia falls in the category with other countries that have an E-Government Development Index (EGDI) of 0.25. The emansion.gov.lr website is currently being used as Liberia’s e-government website, but there are efforts being made to develop a national web portal for Liberia. Finally, the Government of Liberia will need to make significant investments in public sector ICT in order to achieve a viable e-government platform. This is vital to achieving broad public participation in decision-making, enhancing access to information and removing barriers to public service – all essential to guarantee a future of equitable economic growth and sustainable development that are free of poverty and hunger.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After receiving complaints from Metrolink passengers, officials said Thursday they will postpone until May 11 a vote to raise fares. The board previously planned to vote today following a public hearing on its plan to raise fares as much as 10 to 30 percent annually for three years. The public hearing will still be held at 10 a.m. today at Metrolink headquarters, 700 S. Flower St.
Vettel has won only once, in Belgium last year, since that embarrassment.Five-time world champion and current series leader Hamilton has not looked back since and leads this year’s championship by 39 points, ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.Vettel, who was born at nearby Heppenheim, has endured a run of mistakes and disappointments that have thrown his future into doubt and left him languishing in pursuit.On top of that, Hamilton is seeking his fifth German triumph this weekend as Mercedes celebrate their 200th start as a constructor and his fourth at Hockenheim, where the luckless Vettel has never won.His sole German victory came at the Nurburgring in 2013, a year after Ferrari’s last triumph on German soil when Fernando Alonso won at Hockenheim in 2012 -– statistics that Vettel, a keen student of his sport, will not enjoy being reminded of as he bids to claim Ferrari’s first win since last year’s United States Grand Prix.“I know how it is and I know that we have to make up for last year,” conceded Vettel.“I am looking forward to racing at Hockenheim –- the atmosphere is phenomenal there always and the crowd is great too. I hope we can do something good for them.”Vettel has received support in his difficulties from Hamilton who reeled off another mighty victory, the 80th of his career, at the British Grand Prix where the Ferrari driver crashed into the rear of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull on another undistinguished afternoon.— ‘Mercedes stay humble’ —But he needs more than sympathy now as the 21-race season reaches its half-way point and Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc is pushed by the Italian sports media as being ready to replace him as the team’s outright number one driver.Vettel has endured a run of mistakes and disappointments that have thrown his future into doubt © AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVICThe 21-year-old Monegasque already has more poles, podiums and fastest laps than his senior partner this season and appears to have eradicated his own errors, albeit that he is still waiting for his maiden F1 victory.A special occasion for the ‘Scarlet Scuderia’ may not be expected, but should not be ruled out on the weekend that Mercedes will run in a special livery to make 125 years of motorsport at their home race where they are also title sponsors.Team boss Toto Wolff warned that Mercedes’ only defeat this year in 10 outings came in sweltering heat at the Austrian Grand Prix where Verstappen banged wheels in passing Leclerc to seize victory while Bottas and Hamilton struggled with cooling problems.“High temperatures are forecast so we must stay vigilant,” said Wolff.“We must stay humble and work hard to achieve the best possible result.”It is expected that Mercedes will introduce a new cooling system for their cars and ensure an enthralling three-team scrap for success with Ferrari and Red Bull also likely to be competitive.After seven wins in 10 races, however, it is difficult to see beyond Hamilton.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Feeling the heat: Sebastian Vettel © AFP/File / Andrej ISAKOVICHOCKENHEIM, Germany, Jul 25 – Spare a thought for Sebastian Vettel this weekend as he and Ferrari hope to push Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes out of the spotlight and off the top of the podium at their home German Grand Prix.Four-time champion Vettel will be seeking to end a miserable “nightmare” year since he crashed out of the lead at last year’s German contest and, in the process, handed a remarkable victory and the impetus in the title race to his British rival.
County FinalCongratulations to Gweedore on winning the reserve intermediate final and Glenswilly winners of the senior championship final in MacCumhaill park on Sunday. The club would like to thank all our members who turned out to steward and operate the shopsSPECIAL OCCASION Congratulations to Jack Hannigan our honouree president who celebrates his 100th birthday on Wednesday, Jack still drives himself to matches and was presented with a commemorative plaque by county chairman Sean Dunnion at Sundays final.TRAINING.Training continues for Seniors and Under 21’s every Tue and Thurs at 7.45pm. AIRTRICITY WALK.Could all sponsorship money be brought in to the club ASAP.COUCH TO 5KThe club is running a Couch to 5k programme starting on Tue 8th Oct at the clubhouse. It’ll run every Tue and Thurs at 7.17pm and lasts approx 45 mins. Its only €2 a session. Please contact Simon on 0851503092 for more details. This is a great way to get fit, lose a few lbs and have fun.CLUBHOUSE BARThe Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties. For all your special occasions, christenings, birthdays, functions. Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more information IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dance classes every Wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha.Adult keep fit non competitive Irish Dance Lessons will begin shortly. For further information contact Lorraine on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCH State of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcBINGOThe Bingo will take place in The Villa Rose Hotel this week. The Snowball Jackpot is a massive €6,700MAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of this weeks lotto.The numbers drawn were 4.21.26 and 27.There were 0 match 3 winners.3 names pulled out were, Liz Clarke, Conor Kennedy and Madeline Doherty . They each receive receive €30 each.Next weeks jackpot is €7,100Peter Maloney’s team selling next week.FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. We also stock Mac Cumhaills shorts, socks, hurls and water bottles. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose this week.GAA NEWS – MacCUMHAILLS LAUNCH COUCH TO 5K PROGRAMME was last modified: October 21st, 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:Sean MacCumhaills Club notes
3.30PM LATEST: Donegal is being hit by storm force winds this afternoon with gusts of up to 137 km/hr recorded on Arranmore Island, but the winds are easing inland.Malin Head reported a gust of 66knots (122kmph) between 12-1pm.There are trees down in a number of areas including near Glenties, Drumkeen, Ardara, Ballyshannon and Ramelton as ex-Hurricane Katia hits the county. At one stage a huge trampoline was blocking the road from Dunfanaghy to Falcarragh – blown from a garden.And just moments after Met Eireann said the winds probably wouldn’t affect power supplies, the ESB reported 6,000 homes had lost power and telephone lines are now also down in many areas in the west of the county.ESB told donegaldaily.com that power has biw been restored to 5,800 homes, with just 200 homes in the county now without a supply – but ESB emergency crews say more cuts could happen throughout the afternoon.The Mulroy Bridge is closed and the AA is warning motorists to slow down following reports to this website from several drivers that some other road users are “driving as mad as usual.” Peter O’Donnell from irishweatheronline had just reported: “We are expecting winds to gradually decrease this evening although it will remain very gusty for the next few hours.”Out of electricity? Get www.donegaldaily.com on your phone.* Got pictures? Send them to email@example.comUPDATED: DONEGAL IN THE EYE OF HURRICANE KATIA STORM was last modified: September 12th, 2011 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:Doengaldonegaldaily weatherGlentieshurricane katia
John Boyle: Denied the chargesA MAN accused of being part of a group of people who wrecked a house during a stand-off with Gardaí has been found not guilty this evening.John Boyle (25) of 14 Leck Cottages, had denied the charges in the case heard before a jury and Judge Keenan Johnson at Letterkenny Circuit Court. Two thugs who had already pleaded guilty to offences at 72 Thornbury, Letterkenny, during the disturbance on October 13, 2011, gave evidence for Mr Boyle, saying he wasn’t involved in the incident.During the two-hour stand-off furniture, iron bars and liquids were thrown at Gardai. Extra officers had to be drafted in to quell the situation and 13 people were arrested.Two videos, recorded by Gardai on their mobile phones, were shown to the jury.The prosecution alleged that Mr Boyle had been identified as having thrown furniture by Garda Darragh Craig.But Mr Boyle, supported by witnesses, insisted he was in bed with another man and two women sleeping when the commotion began.He claimed they had barricaded themselves into an upstairs bedroom because other people at the party were “going nuts down stairs.”He took the stand before the jury to repeatedly deny that he was involved in the incident.Two other men who were found hiding in the attic of the house – Eddie McLaughlin and Martin McClelland – appeared as a defence witness in the case.McClelland told the court today he was appearing as a witness “because I don’t want to see an innocent man go to jail.”Thirteen people were arrested in the house after gardaí moved in. Four – including Mr Boyle – were later charged.Garda reinforcements were sent from Ballybofey to help deal with the situation.A 20-minute video of the incident – recorded by Garda Leanne Harraghy – was shown to the jury. Part of it was shown again after the jury asked to see it for a second time.During the incident men hiding their faces with scarves or items of clothing could be seen throwing furniture and items from the house at Gardai dressed in riot gear below.On the video, men could be heard shouting ‘piggy b*******’ at officers. One of them had shouted ‘No Surrender’ over and over again whilst another voice could be heard demanding 20 Benson & Hedges cigarettes.Someone also shouted ‘Keep er lit’.Eventually gardai could be seen in the footage breaking down the front door and then had to remove a barrier made up of broken furniture.Another witness, who was 17 at the time, told the court that she, Mr Boyle, a friend Nicola O’Kane and a Gareth Southgate, were all sleeping in bed together when they were wakened by the noise downstairs.She said Mr. Boyle and Mr Southgate had barricaded the door of the bedroom with a wardrobe after they realised the front door of the house had been barricaded.But prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin, for the DPP, questioned her account of the events.Ms McLaughlin questioned why the woman and no-one else in the room had opened the window to tell Gardai that they felt threatened by the people downstairs.The video showed someone shouting at Gardai from that bedroom; but Mr Boyle denied that this was him.“Who leaned out the window?” asked Ms McLaughlin“John,” she replied.“John Boyle?” asked Ms McLaughlin.“Yes,” said the witness.This evening the jury found Mr Boyle not guilty on both charges of criminal damage and public disorder. The verdict was unanimous.NOT GUILTY: MAN CLEARED OF HOUSE SIEGE CHARGES was last modified: February 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CIRCUIT COURTGardaiJohn BoyleletterkennyriotsiegeTHORNBERRY
IT was a Finn Valley AC 1,2,3 and 4 in the Brockagh 6k this evening.Gerard Gallagher took the tape, with Dermot Brennan second – and an incredible run by Teresa Doherty in third.Results are below: Brockagh 6k 22/08/2014 Place Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club1 19.50 195 Gerard Gallagher SM Finn Valley A.C.2 20.35 189 Dermot Brennan SM Finn Valley A.C. 3 20.59 274 Teresa Doherty SW Finn Valley A.C.4 21.17 190 Oisin Gallen JM Finn Valley A.C.5 21.30 174 Jack Mc Bride JM Finn Valley A.C.6 21.55 343 Shaun Ward JM Individual7 21.57 301 Seamus O’Donnell M40+ Convoy Runners 8 22.05 168 Jude O Donnell M40+ Individual9 22.17 295 Shane McCormick JM Individual10 22.18 321 Charlie Kelly JM Individual11 22.29 294 Gavin McCormick JM Individual 12 22.50 292 Martin McCormick JM Individual13 22.55 196 Shane Mc Nulty SM Finn Valley A.C.14 23.03 183 Paddy Penrose JM Finn Valley A.C.15 23.04 337 Odhran O’Connor JM Individual16 23.46 164 Mark Connolly M50+ Finn Valley A.C.17 24.22 171 Patrick Trimble M40+ Individual18 24.30 333 Pat McGlynn SM Individual19 24.46 298 Barry Mackey M50+ Individual20 25.00 288 Irene McFadden SW Letterkenny A.C.21 25.00 165 Shane Gallagher SM Finn Valley A.C.22 25.26 302 PJ Friel M50+ Individual23 25.41 285 Gabriel O Leary SM Finn Valley A.C.24 26.03 184 Brian Mc Crea SM Finn Valley A.C.25 26.11 282 Tony Gallagher M50+ Finn Valley A.C.26 26.12 180 Richie Duncan M40+ Castlefin Runners27 26.13 330 Conor McGonagle M40+ Finn Valley A.C.28 26.41 286 Anthony Murray M60+ Individual29 26.44 270 Sinead Kenny W40+ Finn Valley A.C.30 26.52 310 Angus Hunter M40+ Individual31 26.53 163 Martin Anderson M40+ Finn Valley A.C.32 26.53 297 Andy Scanlon M40+ Finn Valley A.C.33 26.54 275 Noreen Bonner W50+ Finn Valley A.C.34 26.58 277 Mary Hippsley W40+ Finn Valley A.C.35 26.58 278 Sean O’Leary M50+ Finn Valley A.C.36 27.14 304 Brendan Patton M50+ Finn Valley A.C.37 27.21 312 Mark Mailey SM Convoy Runners38 27.38 324 Tony McNulty SM Individual39 27.59 309 Sean McMenamin M50+ Aghyaran Athletics40 28.10 354 Fintan O’Hagan M40+ Castlefin Runners41 28.16 279 Ashlean McGeehan SW Finn Valley A.C.42 28.23 328 Edel McGlynn W40+ Finn Valley A.C.43 28.23 199 Goretti Marley SW FV Fit4Life44 28.23 198 Sonya O Donnell SW FV Fit4Life45 28.29 299 Vera Haughey W50+ Tír Chonaill AC46 28.47 167 Samantha Wilkinson W40+ Finn Valley A.C.47 28.53 289 Clara Carroll SW FV Fit4Life48 28.57 300 Noel Duffy SM Individual49 29.32 344 Cathy Ward JW Individual50 30.06 200 Angela Mc Namee SW FV Fit4Life51 30.14 267 Eamonn Mc Connell M40+ Castlefin Runners52 30.14 326 Eugene Boyle M40+ Castlefin Runners53 30.24 166 Michael Thompson SM Castlefin Runners54 30.24 268 James Laird SM Castlefin Runners55 30.29 169 Linda Emery W40+ Aghyaran Athletics56 30.39 272 Jackie Gilbey SW Newry57 30.47 283 Joannne Campbell W40+ Finn Valley A.C.58 30.47 175 Joey O Leary M40+ Castlefin Runners59 31.03 162 Catherine Devlin SW Aghyaran Athletics60 31.46 325 Catherine McDevitt SW Individual61 31.54 303 Darren Mailey SM Convoy Runners62 32.06 1 Mary Martin W60+ Finn Valley A.C.63 32.21 287 Diane Gallagher SW Finn Valley A.C.64 32.24 161 Stephanie Rushe SW FV Fit4Life65 32.39 98 Patricia Houston SW FV Fit4Life66 32.59 158 Kathy Kelly W40+ FV Fit4Life67 33.21 95 Marie Duffy SW FV Fit4Life68 34.18 99 Pauline Dowds SW FV Fit4Life69 34.39 97 Miriam O Donnell SW FV Fit4Life70 35.11 306 Kay Bonner W50+ Convoy Runners71 35.33 100 Roisin Dunnion SW FV Fit4Life72 35.33 96 Sharon Mc Ginty SW FV Fit4Life73 35.42 368 James Boyle M50+ Finn Valley A.C.74 35.44 157 Catriona Mc Gee SW FV Fit4Life75 36.04 305 Bridgeen Gallen SW Aghyaran Athletics76 36.06 307 Marie Gallagher SW Finn Valley A.C.77 36.08 314 Eugene Gallen M40+ Finn Valley A.C.78 36.09 93 Selina Russell SW FV Fit4Life79 36.12 365 Michael McMenamin SM Individual80 36.14 296 Kevin McHugh M60+ Aghyaran Athletics81 36.25 323 Colleen O’Brien SW Aghyaran Athletics82 36.29 313 Margaret McConnell SW Aghyaran Athletics83 37.14 271 Betty Gallen W60+ Finn Valley A.C.84 37.33 94 Edel Neely SW FV Fit4Life85 37.33 159 Antoinette Coyle SW Finn Valley A.C.86 37.34 160 Dolours Mc Glinchey SW Finn Valley A.C.87 37.51 265 Fionnuala Mc Bride W40+ Castlefin Runners88 37.51 266 Ronnie Mc Bride M40+ Castlefin Runners89 37.57 315 Erin Gallen JW Finn Valley A.C.90 39.01 355 James Browne JM Individual91 39.27 341 Shannon McGlinchey JW Finn Valley A.C.92 39.32 2 Zoe Irwin SW FV Fit4Life93 40.57 308 Theresa McMenamin SW Aghyaran Athletics94 43.15 335 Oisin McGlynn JM Individual95 43.15 293 Ronan McCormick JM Individual96 43.15 351 Daniel Furey JM Individual97 44.36 334 Courtney McGlynn JW Individual98 45.31 366 Aibhe McMenamin JW Individual99 45.31 372 Karina McMenamin SW Individual100 45.31 371 Abigh McMenamin JW Individual101 47.12 317 Nicole Morrow JW Individual102 47.19 353 Ciara Moy JW Individual103 47.20 356 Emer Browne JW Individual104 47.44 363 Kathleen Martin JW Individual105 47.45 370 Margaret Gallagher SW Individual106 47.51 348 Deirdre Ward SW Individual107 48.28 350 Rachel Furey JW Individual108 48.28 364 Mary Martin JW Individual109 48.35 349 Rosemarie Ward SW Individual110 48.35 347 Sheila Ward SW Individual111 48.53 331 Kate Carlin JW Finn Valley A.C.112 49.23 378 Ann McGinty SW Individual113 49.24 376 Michael Gallagher SM Individual114 49.25 362 Sile Martin JW Individual115 49.25 179 Dympna Mc Ginty SW Individual116 49.26 178 Hilary Pearson W50+ Individual117 49.27 177 Jennifer Pearson SW Individual118 49.28 336 Catriona McGinty SW Finn Valley A.C.119 49.32 379 Johnny McGinty SM Individual120 49.34 318 Stephanie Morrow JW Individual121 49.36 361 Makayla Glackin JW Individual122 49.56 311 Graham McGinty SM Individual123 50.04 284 Bridgeen Doherty W50+ Finn Valley A.C.124 50.04 367 Grace Boyle W50+ Finn Valley A.C.125 51.29 291 Lauren Carroll JW Individual126 51.29 290 David Carroll SM Individual127 52.02 369 Mary McCrudden SW Individual128 52.02 370 Margaret Gallagher SW Individual129 52.09 352 Deirdre Moy SW Individual130 52.09 350 Rachel Furey JW Individual131 52.11 360 Roisin Glackin SW Individual132 55.14 329 Caitlin McGonagle JW Finn Valley A.C.133 55.31 332 Maria McGonagle SW Finn Valley A.C.134 56.01 319 Susan Morrow JW Individual135 56.05 342 Nabla McMonagle JW Individual136 56.05 338 Cora McLaughlin JW Individual137 57.10 280 John McCaughan SM Individual138 57.11 281 Mairead O’Connor SW Individual139 58.52 373 Margaret Bonner SW Individual140 58.52 322 Liam Kelly SM Individual141 60.23 357 Roisin Molloy SW Individual142 60.23 197 Lisa Mc Glynn SW Castlefin Runners143 60.23 339 Mary Gallagher SW Individual144 61.06 377 Marion Gallagher SW Individual145 61.06 359 Mary Harkin SW Individual146 61.25 340 John Gallagher SM IndividualTotal Runners: 146. RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE BROCKAGH 6K? was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2014Brockagh 6kResults
30 October 2014The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg will most probably channel part of the R100-million donation towards the Wits Arts museum, with the rest going to advance research at the institution.The donation is from a long-time supporter of Wits University who has asked to remain anonymous. Chances are that R10-million of the donation will go towards the Wits Arts Museum and the rest will go towards research and/or teaching, the university said in a statement.Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Adam Habib said the money will go a long way towards advancing higher education in general.“It is a great honour for Wits to receive funding of this magnitude from a South African who has seen it fit to invest in Wits, and in higher education, a sector that develops the future leaders of our country,’ said Habib.However, Habib said the university is still working out the “specific details’ of how the funds will be expended, but the institution is “always in need of funds to attract and retain talented academics and students, and to support the research and teaching activities’.Habib said it is rare that universities in South Africa receive funding of this magnitude from sole philanthropists, as the majority of external funding is sourced from corporates and state funding agencies locally, and international trusts and foundations.“A distinguishing feature of this donation is also that it is unrestricted. The university leadership has been granted the autonomy to deploy this donation as it deems best to enhance teaching and research at Wits. Such donations are rare and is to be particularly applauded,’ said Habib, adding that such donations, however, are important for Wits to remain a leader in research and service excellence.The Wits Group has an annual turnover of about R4-billion and to remain globally competitive, the institution is increasingly looking towards third stream income. Most universities in South Africa obtain their funding via three income streams – state subsidy, student fees and third stream income.On its website , Wits claims it is the recipient of the highest levels of external financial support of all universities in South Africa, from donors and partners all over the world.“I believe that Wits is an active social leader that seeks to advance the public good. An investment in Wits and in our universities today is an investment in our youth, and the future of our country,’ said Habib.SAinfo reporter
Odisha’s Jan Jagran Abhiyan has decided to start a Statewide movement to motivate voters to vote for able and non-corrupt candidates without considering their party affiliation or opt for NOTA in the coming elections. “The JJA is a political organisation with no intention to contest elections. We will not watch the dirty game of electoral politics from the fences but interfere in it by motivating the voters,” said JJA’s Odisha president Madhusudan Sethi. The organisation has decided to start a campaign to motivate the voters to choose their candidates based on six criteria — character, past criminal record, corruption charges against the person, if he/she is anti-caste system, anti-communal and connected to the people. “These are six Cs by which a voter can judge the candidate,” Mr. Sethi said. The JJA has decided to ask the voters to opt for NOTA (None of The Above) in case they do not find any candidate fulfilling the six Cs. Members of the organisation said voters are falling for big political parties and their charismatic leaders and electing undeserving candidates. “Let the good people get elected and they can choose an able leader,” Mr. Sethi said.
Animal rights activists have dramatically shifted their tactics over the last decade, targeting individual researchers and the businesses that support them, instead of going after their universities. That’s the biggest revelation to come out of a report released today by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States.The purpose of the report—The Threat of Extremism to Medical Research: Best Practices to Mitigate Risk through Preparation and Communication—is to provide guidance to scientists and institutions around the world in dealing with animal rights extremists. That includes individuals and groups that damage laboratories, send threatening e-mails, and even desecrate the graves of researchers’ relatives. In 2004, for example, Animal Liberation Front activists broke into psychology laboratories at the University of Iowa, where they smashed equipment, spray-painted walls, and removed hundreds of animals, causing more than $400,000 in damage. In 2009, extremists set fire to the car of a University of California, Los Angeles, neuroscientist who worked on rats and monkeys. And other researchers say activists have shown up at their homes in the middle of the night, threatening their families and children.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“We wanted to create an international document to get people thinking about the potential of animal extremism,” says Michael Conn, a co-chair of the committee that created the report and the senior vice president for research at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. “These activities can happen to anybody—no one is immune.”Personal attacks, in particular, appear to be on the rise. The report looks at 220 reported illegal incidents within the United States between 1990 and 2012. It finds that from 1990 to 1999, 61% involved universities, while just 9% involved individuals. From 2000 to 2012, however, only 13% of incidents involved universities, while 46% involved individuals. Actions against businesses are also on the rise, with 17% of incidents from 2000 to 2012 involving investors and business partners, two groups not even mentioned in the previous decade’s numbers. These latter incidents included activists threatening to protest businesses that supply animal feed to research labs and airlines that transport research animals. “If all of a sudden companies refuse to supply you with paper towels or lab coats, you have a serious problem,” says Conn, who himself was the target of animal extremism—receiving threatening phone calls and being followed through airports by activists—when he was the administrator of an animal facility at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. “It makes it very difficult to get your job done.”In response, the FASEB report contains a number of recommendations. It advises researchers to limit the amount of personal information they make available on the Internet, for example. It says universities should assemble a “crisis management team” composed of scientists, security personnel, press officers, and legal consultants, so that they can quickly respond to incidents. And it recommends that researchers and institutions actively engage with the public, inviting members of the community to view their facilities, for example, as a way to combat animal rights propaganda. OHSU, for one, allows local residents to tour its primate research center on a regular basis; it also offers summer programs, such as Camp Monkey, for grade-school students.Eric Bernthal, the chair of the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), says he agrees that scientists should combat animal rights extremism. “We don’t condone terror and destruction of property,” he says, noting that HSUS has achieved its animal welfare goals by working with legislators. But he says the FASEB report spends far too much time on how scientists can mitigate attacks and almost no time on why these attacks are occurring in the first place. “If you’re going to give advice to researchers about how to solve this problem, the most constructive way is to use fewer animals in research,” he says, “not assemble crisis communication teams.”Bernthal says HSUS would like to work with Conn and other scientists to figure out ways to reduce the number of animals in biomedical laboratories. “There are still some circumstances where animal research is vitally important,” he says. “But there are huge steps that can be taken to phase it out.”