MFDP, GN Bank, Others Sign US$4.8M Grant Loan Agreement to Support MSMEs

first_imgFinance Minister kamara presents MOU to GN Bank Deputy Managing Director for Operations, BioThe Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) last Friday, August 25, signed a US$4.8 million participating agreement (PA) and approval of withdrawal request for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through the World Bank rural finance post Ebola reconstruction project with GN Bank and BRAC Liberia, among others.The partnership is expected to alleviate the huge financing gap faced by Liberia’s MSMEs through the World Bank Group grant and is intended to make funding available to MSMEs on sustainable terms, and to strengthen the capacity of Liberia’s private sector financial institutions and banks to lend profitably to MSMEs.The Ebola crisis in the country exacerbated challenges in the MSME sector. Some of the challenges faced by Liberian small businesses, especially lack of financing, are common among many African countries.However, the Ebola epidemic, which ravaged the economies of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, has further worsened the financing challenges. There are about 10,000 registered SMEs in Liberia many of which operate informally. And with lack of access to finance, the prospects of growth and expansion as well as opportunities for job creation are limited.Finance Minister Boima Kamara, who signed on behalf of the Government, said the initiative will provide 500 new loans to MSMEs which will create or sustain at least 2,000 jobs; limit non-performing loans to below 10 percent; and lead innovations in the use of mobile money.“Today’s signing is the culmination of months of efforts by MFDP, the Central Bank of Liberia, and the World Bank to conduct due diligence and lay the foundations for strong grant management,” he noted.Minister Kamara said at first MFDP, the CBL, and World Bank assessed the capacity of each participating institution to ensure they are ready to administer the MSME Rural Finance project.“All participating financial institutions have been found to meet stringent eligibility criteria and will be held to these standards throughout the program’s lifetime; we even expect them to strengthen their controls and performance through this program,” said Minister KamaraAccording to him, the business operations of every recipient shall be conducted with due diligence and must meet sound administrative, financial, and agricultural and rural development practices.“To ensure the highest standard of controls, he said, the funds under the project will be ring-fenced. Sub-credits will be separate and distinct from the rest of their credit portfolios. Participating institutions will be responsible for conducting due diligence on sub-credit recipients and monitoring the portfolios’ health.“This initiative is truly important because, particularly in a market like Liberia, inclusive economic development is about more than simply access to credit. To spur growth and real job creation, lending must also be about targeting financing solutions to the needs of MSME businesses – for example, loan terms and duration, particularly in agriculture – and helping them grow,” he said.The Finance boss said MSMEs are drivers of economic activity and innovation in Liberia’s economy: they are collectively the largest employers we have, outside of government. Access to financial service can boost job creation, raise income, reduce vulnerabilities and increase human capital investments. Despite their undeniable importance, World Bank data suggests that MSMEs are less likely to have access to capital – instead; MSMEs often rely on informal capital sources. 41% of MSMEs report access to finance as a major constraint to their growth and development in Least Develop Countries (LDCs).He stressed the  needs for targeted, affordable financing for MSMEs, particularly in agriculture, is vividly evident in Liberia, noting that the Liberian economy has long been driven by major concessions, in rubber and iron ore; today, the Government is shifting its focus to economic diversification, particularly through agriculture, agro-processing and manufacturing.  But this transformative shift can only happen if trade financing is unlocked.He revealed that the MSMEs represent the bulk of employment opportunities in the country, responsible for about 80% of income generations, and will lead domestic and regional transformation.“One aspect of this project to highlight here is that it also includes a component to strengthen Liberia’s local private sector and banks. This cannot be overstated: the development of Liberia’s financial sector is [an absolute] imperative for the diversification of the economy. The financial sector is an engine for growth and a key ingredient to social protection.“I would like to reemphasize Government’s commitment to this initiative, and to supporting financial sector reform and development more broadly. Liberia needs a fully functioning, developed, and stable financial sector to economically prosper,” he said.He told partners at the signing ceremony that the government remains committed to working to ensure that citizens and businesses have access to financial services to meet their income generating and household needs.Minister Kamara: “I am optimistic that, with the partnership of the World Bank and Central Bank, this new financial inclusion project will help steer Liberia’s financial sector development in the right direction, and more importantly, stimulate economic growth and development for Liberians.”Earlier, in remarks the deputy managing director for Operations at GN Bank, Kweku Bio, lauded the government and the World Bank for such partnerships that will help solve some of financial problems that Liberians are going through to make business.Mr. Bio urged those who will be applying for the loan should pay back so that others can benefit from the same opportunity.Also, Tapan Kumar Karmaker, managing director of BRAC Liberia, reiterated calls that the money is intended to provide loan for small business people and as such, participants should be able to pay back.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Remaining workers face March dismissal – sources

first_imgMeanwhile, another GuySuCo source revealed that some eight members of staff attached to the Wales office department, who are mainly women, are similarly being retrenched. Guyana Times understands that these workers are unionised under the National Association of Agricultural Commercial Employees (NAACIE). This newspaper was informed that four of these members are from the Human Resources Department and others work in the Finance section.These imminent dismissals come against the backdrop of hundreds of former sugar workers at Wales, Enmore, Skeldon and Rosehall who have expressed much frustration over the estate closures. This has spurred repeated protest actions across the sugar belt with many pleading with Government to reverse many of the decisions made on the sugar industry.It was however disclosed that the remaining Wales factory and office workers are likely to receive their severance payment within a reasonable timeframe. This is unlike what many former sugar workers at Wales have faced as they have been waiting since late 2016 to receive their termination benefits after they refused to take up employment at the Uitvlugt Estate. This refusal was formed on the basis that they cannot be compelled, under the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA) to travel beyond 10 miles from their original place of work. Uitvlugt is some 22 miles away from Wales.After word spread of Wales’ closure after Guyana Times broke the story, sugar workers were on February 9, 2016 given a three-day ultimatum to sign indicating whether they opted for severance the package from Government or be transferred to Uitvlugt Sugar Estate. These plans were however rescinded, and workers were retrenched in phases with union consultations.The closure of Wales affected and displaced over 1000 workers directly and thousands of persons in Wales and surrounding communities indirectly. Meanwhile, over 4000 workers attached to Enmore, Skeldon, Rosehall were given dismissal letters by December 2017. However, some of the former Enmore and Skeldon workers could be re-hired under plans by Special Purposes Unit (SPU) to re-open the two estates as the State-owned body eyes private investors. This revelation has prompted stakeholders to push Government on rehiring all of the dismissed sugar workers on the contention that the sugar industry remains a viable one. (Shemuel Fanfair) As former Wales Estate workers, their relatives and other residents in the surrounding communities complain of depleting finances and sustenance challenges, over 10 more families will face similar circumstances as the remaining workers will be dismissed early next month. Guyana Times had reported that while official operations were shut down in December 2016, skeletal staff was retained as the machines in the factory were kept running.However, according to sources within the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), the remaining members of staff will be retrenched by March 5, 2018. According to a source, operators within the Mechanical Tillage Department are currently being phased out.“They will be going off one after the other and two persons will remain until the 5th of March,” the source indicated. It is not clear if any of these staff will be retained at other estates.last_img read more

Corentyne farmer accuses Police of conspiring with stray catchers

first_imgA Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) cattle farmer is accusing Police of conspiring with stray catchers in the region. The woman was forced to pay almost $400,000 to have her cattle released from the pound at the Number 51 Police Station. The farmer claimed that her animals were impounded even though she had a document giving her permission to graze the cattle in the rice cultivation area. The farmer claimed that at the end of each rice crop the Water Users Association grants permission for cattle owners to graze cattle in the cultivation area. This is usually for a two-week period.Ludmila Judistit watches her cattle being released after paying $344,400Ludmila Judistit, the 49-year-old cattle framer, told Guyana Times that on Tuesday last, her employee was grazing cattle at Number Naught when he was approached by the stray catchers.According to her, when the stray catchers started rounding up the cattle, they were told that he was there with the animals. She related that the young man showed the pass to the stray catchers and they told him that the pass was not valid. A copy of the pass was shown to this publication. The document states that the woman was granted permission by the Number 52/74 Waters Users Association to graze 80 heads of cattle within the Number Naught and Number 55 area.According to her, the impounders took the cattle to the Number 51 Police Station Pound. On their way there, they had to pass another animal pound which falls under the Neighbourhood Democratic Council and provides water and grass for impounded animals, unlike the pound at the Police Station.According to Judistit, a mother of two, when she got to the Number 51 Police Station, the stray catcher was still there and was engaging a Policeman. She said she approached and saw him showing his license to impound stray animals.“‘I take out the paper and show the Policeman that I have permission to graze the cows there. I told him that the Water Users Association gave me permission and the Sergeant did not even take the paper to look at it. He told me that the man has a paper to impound the cows,” the former teacher, now farmer, said.The woman claimed it is for that reason that she suspects there is collusion between officers at the station and the stray catchers.On Thursday last, she paid $344,400 plus an additional fee for the days the animals were impounded. The farmer said she has since raised the matter with Police Commissioner Lesley James and Deputy Commissioner Paul Williams. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more


first_imgEarlier today Finn Valley AC athlete Dempsey McGuigan beat his own club, Donegal and Ulster record – on six different occasions.Competing at Oxford , Mississippi, Dempsey got the hammer out 6 times beyond the current record he set in 2013 at Watford of 63-30 .His new encouraging series of record-breaking throws was 65-44,65.20,66.15,65.21,65.80,66.39. He began an athletics scholarship with University of Mississippi in January and this sets him up extremely well for the season ahead.DEMPSEY HAMMERS HIS OWN RECORD – SIX TIMES! was last modified: March 22nd, 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:Dempsey McGuiganfinn valleyhammer throwrecordlast_img read more


first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels:SeniorsThe seniors beat Fulham Irish in Ruislip on Saturday evening with a scoreline of 4-10 to 2-10, Brian Duddy rattled the onion bag twice to give the Gaels the advantage when the fat lady sung. JuniorsThe juniors welcomed Glen Rovers from Watford to Greenford on Sunday morning. They played out an entertaining draw in in glorious conditions with Liam O’Regan, Conor McCarthy and Brendan Rice continuing to make an impressive step up from the minor ranks.Next up is Shalloe Pearses in the league on Saturday evening at 5pm.LadiesPride of the club goes to the ladies who have qualified for the championship final at the end of the month, after an impressive run in  the round robin stage, they were handed a walkover on Sunday and march on towards the holy grail. More details to follow.ReservesThe reserves kick off their campaign with games this coming Sunday Vs Fulham and Tuesday week Vs Parnells. Reports of Maurice Carr being spotted in JD sports trying on new boots are yet to be confirmed!Presentation Night/Take Me OutThe club host the presentation of awards and medals this coming Saturday night, 13th June in Greenford. All club members are invited to come along and support these functions.GAA NEWS: HANLON AND FRIEL ON FIRE AS TIR CHONAILL GAELS PUT FULHAM IRISH TO THE SWORD was last modified: June 8th, 2015 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:GAANoticesSportTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more

Villa boss Dean Smith looking forward to working with new assistant John Terry

first_img no dice Richard O’Kelly (left) joins Smith from Brentford Smith supported Villa growing up New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes John Terry joining his backroom staff will work well.Smith, who joined the Villans on a two-and-a-half-year contract from Brentford last week, is the club’s fifth permanent manager to be appointed in the last three years. MONEY The former defender started as manager at Walsall in 2009 before moving to Brentford three years ago.Smith, who played for Walsall, Sheffield Wednesday and Leyton Orient, insisted he was not an emotional decision to come to Villa.“It means a lot, due to my allegiances as a child and my father working here for 25 years as a steward,” said the 47-year-old, who replaced the sacked Steve Bruce.“People sometimes forget I’ve been involved in professional football for 30 years and none of those have been with Aston Villa. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Terry was unable to help Villa to promotion back to the Premier League last season 4 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “They’re a team, Richard and John. At Walsall (with O’Kelly) we could get by and needed to just work with two, at Brentford there was scope to add one more coach.“When we came here Richard and John will be involved in everything. Team selection, training, coaching, planning. I have an open door policy and I will take advice and opinions.”Dean Smith and John Terry can lead Aston Villa to promotion THIS SEASON, talkSPORT toldSmith, whose father was a steward at Villa Park, grew up supporting the club but has never been involved with Villa during his professional career. Richard O’Kelly (left) joins Smith from Brentford RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News ADVICE center_img BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED 4 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 4 “My allegiance was as a kid and I’ve always kept hold of that but this wasn’t an emotional decision. It was a rational decision, the emotion comes from the rest of the family and friends.”Sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has also joined Villa this month while new chief executive Christian Purslow arrived in August.“We now have a set-up that can build from the top down a truly excellent football club,” said Purslow.“You have to make excellent appointments to be successful and that is what we have done with getting Dean in as head coach. huge blow Terry – who played for Villa last season before announcing his retirement earlier this month – has been appointed as his assistant, along with Richard O’Kelly who follows Smith from Brentford.Former Chelsea and England skipper Terry made 36 appearances for Villa last season.Smith said: “When I was at Brentford I worked with Richard and Thomas Frank, it’s only natural you have another one on the coaching team to work with.“John has a wealth of experience, we all know he has played at the top level and has always been interested in coaching. Villa’s managing director Christian Purslow has suggested Smith will be given money to spend in January “It has been a very hectic 30 days in post but I think we are moving in the right direction.”last_img read more


first_imgPictures inside the hospital this eveningTHE HSE has finally issued a statement on the flood crisis at Letterkenny General Hospital.The organisation said that an emergency situation has been declared after flooding at the Emergency Department, Radiology Department, Outpatients Department, Pathology and Medical Records Departments, several wards and kitchens.The Emergency Department has been temporarily relocated to the day surgery area which is not used after 6.00 or over the weekend. It said 11 patients from the ED have been moved to the Day Surgery area and the emergency service continues to function.The statement went on: “There is no risk to patients currently in the hospital. Patients who require emergency treatment can continue to access a service but the hospital is requesting that patients contact their GP out of hours service if it is not an emergency.“The Crisis Management Team has been activated to ensure that resources and facilities are made available to the local management team to address the current flooding.“The flooding occurred following torrential rainfall in parts of Donegal earlier this evening, causing a stream at the back of the hospital to become congested and flow over onto the hospital grounds and into the hospital. The local authority fire services are on site to assist and to pump the water from the department.” Sean Murphy, General Manager, LGH, said in the HSE press release: “We are doing everything we can to minimize the impact on patients and will work continuously throughout the night to ensure that the area is cleared of water as soon as possible. We are able to use the day surgery and outpatient facilities as these areas are not used over the weekend. I want to acknowledge hospital staff, the fire service, the council, the army and the gardaí for working with us to try and manage this very difficult situation.”HSE FINALLY ISSUES STATEMENT ON HOSPITAL FLOODING CRISIS was last modified: July 26th, 2013 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:FIVE HOURS AFTER HOSPITAL FLOOD CRISISHSE FINALLY ISSUES STATEMENTlast_img read more

Volleyball beat

first_img IMMEDIATE IMPACT Some freshmen have not only made the jump to varsity in their first year, they are playing valuable roles for their teams. Some of the area’s leading ninth-graders: Jennifer Brandon, Palmdale The 6-foot-1 middle blocker, starting for a team that returned six seniors, had a team-high 15 kills and seven blocks in Thursday’s loss to Lancaster. “She’s definitely one to watch,” Palmdale coach Colleen Nua said. “She’s still got some things to learn, but she’s such a natural athlete.” Rachael Kidder, Moorpark The 6-foot middle blocker is helping the Musketeers remain in contention to repeat as Marmonte champions despite graduating key players from last season. She contributed a season-high 10 kills in a Sept. 22 victory over Royal of Simi Valley. Elizabeth Kpachavi, Notre Dame The defensive specialist is receiving the most consistent playing time of the Knights’ three varsity freshmen. She’s helped the young team to a No. 3 ranking in Div. III-A. Ashley Thierry, Viewpoint The No. 9 team in Div. IV-A is in good hands with Thierry at setter. ON TRACK TO REPEAT? The first month of the season hasn’t been encouraging for teams hoping to dethrone defending City Section champion San Pedro. The Pirates on Saturday claimed their second tournament title of the season, winning a Venice tournament filled with City teams. San Pedro defeated Chatsworth in the final. “San Pedro’s definitely the No. 1 team in the City,” said Verdugo Hills of Tujunga coach Will Reinhart, whose team lost to Venice in the tournament quarterfinals. “They’re beatable, but to me, they’re clearly the top team now.” NOT SO ROYAL SEEDINGS After finishing third at Saturday’s Royal of Simi Valley tournament at Pacifica High in Oxnard, Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada Flintridge couldn’t help but think it might have had a better shot at the title if it hadn’t done so well in pool play. An unusual format for the tournament’s playoff bracket left the third-seeded Tologs facing top-seeded South Hills of Covina in the semifinals. Simi Valley, which Flintridge Sacred Heart defeated during pool play, faced second-seeded Upland. Traditionally, Nos. 1 and 4 seeds are placed in one half of the bracket and Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in the other half. Such a format would have prevented the Tologs from facing South Hills until the final. “We got robbed,” Flintridge Sacred Heart coach Shelli Orlandini said. Her team lost 26-24, 26-24 to South Hills, which won the title. CONFIDENCE BOOSTER Despite being swept in league play by Thousand Oaks and Westlake, Simi Valley is thinking of itself as a playoff contender in the difficult Marmonte League. A strong showing at the Royal of Simi Valley tournament can do such wonders. The Pioneers were the surprise of the day Saturday, upsetting league rival Moorpark and fourth-seeded (and previously undefeated) Oak Park en route to a fourth-place finish. “This definitely gives us a lot of confidence,” Simi Valley coach Ryan Meek said. “To beat teams like Oak Park and Moorpark, we know we can play with the best in the county. Maybe now when we go into matches, there won’t be that seed of doubt, Can we play with a team like this? They can remember, ‘Hey, we beat Oak Park, and they were, like, 15-0.’ ” Much of the Pioneers’ success stemmed from seniors Christine Vaughen and Megan Metcalf, who made the all-tournament team. Simi Valley will be tested next week with rematches against Moorpark and Thousand Oaks. LEAGUE UPDATES Alpha League Paraclete of Lancaster tuned up for this week’s league opener by finishing second at Saturday’s Brentwood tournament. The Spirits lost 25-15, 25-14 to Brentwood in the final. Jenna Novelli and Angela Hupp made the all-tournament team. Golden League A year after finishing out of playoff contention, Littlerock is a frontrunner for this year’s league title. Few anticipated the Lobos’ success, considering the nine-player team features three sophomores and two freshmen. Only one player remains from Littlerock’s 2003 league-championship lineup. The Lobos, who improved to 4-0 in league play with a four-game victory Tuesday over Lancaster, can solidify their title hopes when they face defending champion Quartz Hill next Tuesday. Highland of Palmdale is saving its victories for when they count. The Bulldogs started 3-4, but all three wins were in league action, including a five-game victory over Quartz Hill last week. Mission League Several teams received a preview of the league race at Saturday’s Royal of Simi Valley tournament. Defending league champion Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada Flintridge, Louisville of Woodland Hills, and Alemany of Mission Hills faced each other during pool play. Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks also was in the tournament and was on target to face Flintridge Sacred Heart in the Gold Division quarterfinals before being upset by Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga. “I think its good for the other teams – they get up to face us and get to see what to expect,” Flintridge Sacred Heart coach Shelli Orlandini said. “But I don’t think it’s very good for our girls. They remember those teams from last year, and it’s hard to get them as excited for those games. I would have rather played teams we don’t see all the time.” Sunset Six League Verdugo Hills of Tujunga senior setter Jennifer Espindola set the team record for career assists when she recorded her 833rd Saturday during a pool-play game against San Pedro at the Venice tournament. Monday’s match between Grant of Van Nuys and Poly of Sun Valley was suspended when an air vent in the ceiling came loose during the first game. Poly was leading 18-14. West Valley League Taft of Woodland Hills took the upper hand in the league race by sweeping defending champion Chatsworth last week. But the Chancellors, led by outside hitter Chelsea Duran and middle blocker Lauren Cornell, rebounded with a solid showing Saturday at the Venice tournament, losing in the final to defending City champion San Pedro. San Pedro has defeated Chatsworth three times this season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 POTENTIAL UPSET Valencia is favored to win its fourth consecutive Foothill League title, but the Vikings won’t have an easy path. One of their biggest challenges comes Tuesday at Saugus against a Centurions lineup hungry to make amends after missing the playoffs last season. Saugus’ hot start this season is highlighted by an upset last week of Buena of Ventura, which was ranked No. 1 in Div. II-A. GAME OF THE WEEK Flintridge Sacred Heart at Harvard-Westlake, Friday, 5 p.m. The first of two league meetings, a matchup of two of the Southern Section’s highest-ranked teams, provides Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada Flintridge with potentially its biggest obstacle to a third consecutive Mission League title. Harvard=Westlake of Studio City, rebounding from a program-worst fourth-place finish last season, are ranked No. 1 in Div. III-A. The Tologs are No. 2 in Div. IV-AA. POTENTIAL HERO Quartz Hill setter Kayla Cherland made the all-tournament team at last weekend’s Royal of Simi Valley tournament and could be in the spotlight again when the defending Golden League champion plays Tuesday at first-place Littlerock. Cherland is one of three returning seniors – with Tara Henn and Stefannie Svieven – that anchors coach Larry Vocke’s team. center_img TOP 10 No., Team, Record, LW 1. Flintridge Sacred Heart 12-2 1 Showdown Friday with Harvard-Westlake. 2.Valencia 10-2 2 Undersized Wells a huge threat. 3. Thousand Oaks 6-1 3 Closes first round of league against Westlake. 4. Harvard-Westlake 11-3 5 Sizzling Sebastian had 78 assists vs. Brentwood, Rosary. 5. Oak Park 16-1 4 Unbeaten streak ended by Simi Valley. 6. Westlake 11-2 6 Johnson and Lane meeting high expectations. 7. Oaks Christian 4-3 NR Tough schedule makes record deceiving. 8. Notre Dame 10-1 7 Candelas’ absence felt at Royal tournament. 9. Verdugo Hills 12-2 9 Disappointing showing at Venice tournament. 10. Saugus 11-1 NR Entered rankings this week, No. 9 in Div. I-A. Records through Tuesday. SEVEN-DAY FORECAST last_img read more

Volleyball Falls to UNI, 3-0

first_img Valparaiso 11/22/2019 – 6 p.m. DES MOINES, Iowa – Junior Emily Plock continued her strong play with 13 kills and three aces, but it was not enough to push the Drake University volleyball team past UNI Friday night. The Panthers swept the Bulldogs, 3-0, by set scores of 25-18, 26-24, 25-17 to claim the season series and remain in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.In addition to Plock’s team-high in kills, Kylee Macke had 20 digs on defense and Paige Aspinwall recorded 17 assists for Drake (9-20, 3-13 MVC).UNI (21-9, 15-1 MVC) was led by 17 kills from Karlie Taylor and 13 by Kate Busswitz. The Panthers had 58 digs in three sets as their defense held Drake to just .106 hitting.The Bulldogs nearly crept back into the match in the second set. After trailing early, Drake went on a 10-4 run to tie the match at 23-23. Plock had two of her kills in helping tie the match as Aspinwall was able to hold serve. However, the Panthers closed the set with back-to-back kills from Taylor to hang on for the 26-24 win. Drake managed to play point-for-point in the third set until an 8-2 UNI run midway through the set separated the Panthers as they went on to take the set 25-17.The Bulldogs remain home to close the season next weekend with matches against Loyola and Valparaiso. The weekend begins Friday, Nov. 22, against Valparaiso at 6 p.m. Watch Live Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN+ Next Game:center_img Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Story Links Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Saturday, November 18. Michael LEIGHThe death has occurred of Michael Leigh, Late of Knockagar, Letterbarrow, Co. Donegal and formerly of New Addington, Croydon and Bawnogues, Baltinglass Co. Wicklow. Peacefully, at Donegal Community Hospital. Beloved father of Ann Harley and David Leigh and loving brother of Sophie Doyle, Terry (Australia), Cecelia Gahan, Mary Vernon, Gaye O’Toole and the late Anthony. Funeral Mass will take place in St. Joseph’s Church, Baltinglass, on Sunday 19th November, at 1pm followed by burial in Baltinglass Cemetery. Bernie REILLY (née Haughey)The death has occurred of Bernie Reilly (née Haughey), Chestnut Grove, Bay Estate, Dundalk, Louth / Letterkenny, Donegal, peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. Predeceased by her parents, Charlie and Kathleen Haughey (Letterkenny).Bernie, beloved wife of Ray and adored mother of Karen and loving grandmother of Conor, Ewan and Finn. Very deeply regretted and sadly missed by her husband, daughter, grandchildren, sister Lena Mc Loughlin (Templeogue), son-in-law Bob, brother-in-law Sean, nephews, nieces, cousins extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing at her home, Chestnut Grove, Bay Eatate, from Sunday 12 noon to 7pm. Removal Monday morning to Saint Joseph’s Redemptorist Church arriving for Funeral Mass at 11am followed by burial in Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, Dundalk. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Palliative Care. House private on Monday morning by family request. Kathleen GAVINThe death has occurred of Kathleen Gavin, Glassagh, Gweedore, Donegal / Dunfanaghy, Donegal.Removal took place this morning (Saturday) to St. Columcille’s Church, Knockfola for Requeim Mass at 11am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: November 18th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more