Two Journalists, Abdullai Kamara and Tyron Browne, Lost in a Whiff of Death!

first_imgThe Holy Bible tells us, “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that, the judgment.”What the Bible does not tell us is when death will come. For some, it comes at the end of a long life; for others, it comes very early, sometimes in infancy, childhood or young adulthood, as it happened in the wee hours of Monday morning, when a young radio journalist, Tyron Browne, believed to be in his mid-twenties, was brutally murdered and his body dumped on Du Port Road.In the case of the outstanding journalist and media advocate, Abdullai Kamara, he was not at all sick when on Monday, April 16, 2018, he left for Gbarnga in answer to the call of duty. He had traveled to the Bong capital on Monday evening as a media consultant to implement a project for Solidaridad Network, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that helps civil society groups in the improvement of the ecosystem.The Daily Observer learned that while in his hotel room Monday night he complained of feeling dizzy and his colleagues rushed him to the Phebe Hospital in nearby Suakoko that same Monday night, where he died at around 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday.What a shocking incident, that unceremoniously snatched away from us one of the nation’s leading media practitioners, who as President of the Press Union of Liberia, as an administrator in the Liberia Media Center and in many other capacities, had worked so hard and so long for the advancement of media in Liberia.Only last Wednesday Abdullai was among many media executives invited by President George Manneh Weah for a conversation on the future of media in Liberia. As was one of those who were called to make remarks on that occasion, Abdullai stressed the importance of press freedom in Liberia’s democracy and urged the government to do all in its power to ensure that the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech and of the press are practiced in an unfettered manner as an essential component in Liberia’s march to development.As for the terrible murder of young Tyron Browne, we call on the law enforcement agencies in Liberia, especially the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Liberian National Police, to launch a serious, professional and sustained investigation to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.Let this not be like the so-called investigation conducted by the previous administration into the mysterious deaths of Harry Greaves and Michael Allison. We further welcome the initiative of Counselor George Kailondo to engage a team of private investigators to find the perpetrators of this brutal murder of Tyron Browne and bring them to justice.Are there any prime suspects in this murder case? It is important to know, for example, who were Tyron’s closest associates at home and in that Super FM station? What was his relationship with them? Did any friction exist between him and any of them? What was Tyron’s relationship with the authorities at Super FM? Did he utter any words on radio that may have offended the sensibilities of those connected to his murder. And if he did offend anyone or some individuals, who could they be?Finally, we urge the government of President Weah to do everything in its power to compel all the security forces to do their job in protecting lives and property in Liberia, so that this nation under this administration, may continue to enjoy peace and security in this our “glorious land of liberty.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

De La Fuente shrugs off injuries

first_imgCOVINA – Determination. Selflessness. Perseverance. Those three words best describe Northview High School wrestler Steven De La Fuente. “Coach (Dave) Ochoa doesn’t say much, but he came up to me and said, `If anyone can do this, you can,’ and that gave me all the confidence I needed,” De La Fuente said. The Vikings captain said the hardest part of his three-week recovery was the feeling that he wasn’t helping his teammates. “It was mind-boggling, the way he handled this,” Northview assistant coach Bobby Bellamy said. “He put his hand on my shoulder and said, `Coach, we’re going to do this.’ ” “I felt like I was letting these guys down and that hurt because they’re my family,” De La Fuente said. “The way Steven dealt with this, without complaining and working so hard, was an inspiration for all of us,” Ochoa said. De La Fuente is part of the wrestling factory that Northview seems to assemble each season, but even people within the program had to be surprised at this year’s success after losing three of its best wrestlers in recent memory. Larry Medina, Caleb Flores and Shad Manigault all graduated a year ago, yet the Vikings are sending five wrestlers to Bakersfield, matching last year’s effort. “Caleb and Shad really took me under their wings and did so much in helping me become the wrestler I am today,” De La Fuente said. Flores, who has a full-ride scholarship at Northern Iowa University, said De La Fuente is the epitome of hard work and selflessness. “Steven deserves everything good that’s coming his way, because he is such a great guy and works so hard,” Flores said. “He’s like a best friend and a little brother all in one to me.” De La Fuente admits he’s not the strongest guy on the mat, but he believes his experience and wrestling IQ has translated into a lot of success. “He’s able to get kids out of position and uses leverage to his advantage,” Bellamy said. “He’s dominant like Shad and has the slickness of Caleb.” Putting the perfect season aside, his character is what many admire most about De La Fuente. “Steven is a very committed to his teammates and is as nice and respectful a guy as you’d like to represent your program,” Bellamy said. “Steven inspires me a lot because he never stops working hard,” two-time CIF-SS champion and teammate Nick Inclan said. Much of the credit for his maturity rests with his father, Joe, and his mother, Lupe. De La Fuente’s parents no longer live together, but they both play positive roles in their son’s life. “Both of them have been such loving figures in my life and have done whatever I’ve needed,” De La Fuente said. De La Fuente also credits Ochoa, Bellamy and his teammates for creating a family atmosphere that facilitates growth on and off the mat. “They’ve created an environment that helps us become winners together because we care so much for each other,” De La Fuente said. “Coach Bellamy is like a second father to me and I can talk to him about anything and know that he’s always willing to listen.” His coaches like Del La Fuente’s chances of wrestling in college. Northern Iowa, Cal State Bakersfield and UC Davis have all shown interest. De La Fuente maintains a 3.0 grade point average. De La Fuente’s intentions are nothing less than a state title this weekend, but he’ll be content if he leaves his heart and soul out on the mat. “It feels so good to be back on top. I’m not thinking about losing, but if I do, I will be prepared to bounce back because that’s what champions are made of.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Vikings senior is 28-0 and will be making his first appearance at the CIF State meet in Bakersfield on Friday, just two months after tearing cartilage in his knee. De La Fuente, 17, recently won league, CIF-Southern Section divisional and Masters Meet titles at 140 pounds, but he said none of it was possible without the reassurances he’s gotten from his coaches and teammates. last_img

Redknapp confident QPR can beat relegation this season

first_imgHarry Redknapp is confident Queens Park Rangers can beat relegation this season.The Rs are currently 19th in the Premier League table, with 10 matches gone, having won just one match of their last seven fixtures.But, following a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, the Loftus Road chief claims his side have enough quality to move away from the drop zone.“I feel we can [stay up],” he told talkSPORT. “I’m confident we can do that. We’ll be difficult to beat at home and should have got something from the Liverpool game.“We have got enough about us to stay in this division.”last_img

From player to one-man multinational — Ronaldo

first_img0Shares0000On the way to a third straight Champions League crown — which proved to be his Real Madrid swansong — Ronaldo kisses the trophy after winning The Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2017 award last October © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLMADRID, Spain, Jul 11 – He may not have added the World Cup to his Euro 16 success and hattrick of Champions Leagues.But with another Ballon d’Or looking likely and a move to Juventus complete, Cristiano Ronaldo’s status is as much that of multinational as footballer. The 33-year–old had long ago moved onto another plane in his nine years at the Bernabeu as the galactico of galacticos.Sporting Lisbon first nurtured his talents before Manchester United launched the process of turning him into a global icon over six years at Old Trafford.But his Real achievements have transformed the Portuguese into the Beautiful Game’s megastar who now embarks on a fresh challenge at a “new stage in his life”Shirt-shifter. On the pitch and off, the Ronaldo effect is already happening as fans show their appreciation of their new purchase in front of the Juventus store © AFP / Isabella BonottoAfter five Ballons d’Or and countless trophies, as well as more than a goal a game in his time with Real to capture 15 trophies, Ronaldo has nothing more to prove on the pitch as he heads for Turin on a four-year contract worth 30 million euros ($35 million) per season.His 34 hattricks in Spain are a record for La Liga, but one triple crown he missed out on this year was as the best paid athlete on the planet.Ronaldo had basked in the accolade for the past two years, but this time Forbes magazine gave that particular title to longtime rival Lionel Messi ahead of boxer Floyd Mayweather.That, and a last 16 World Cup exit was sweetened by the knowledge that still he pulled in $108 million over the past 12 months — 61 million in wages and the remainder in various endorsements.Accused by the Spanish taxman of hiding some of his off-field earnings Ronaldo agreed last month to pay 18.8 million euros to avoid jail.One thing sponsors linking their name with Ronaldo don’t do is lose their shirt — a single social media post from the player advertising merchandise can be worth millions © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOAs befits a man of his renown, CR7 has no fewer than 330 million “followers” on social media — more than any other athlete, meaning sponsors queue to make him the face of their merchandise.– Nike for life –Those sponsors include French telecoms giant SFR, Swiss watch firm Tag Heuer, Japanese gaming conglomerate Konami, oil behemoth Castrol and the Emirates airline.That breadth and depth of marketing reach means there is no risk of his being reduced to a mere “advertising hoarding,” Jean-Philippe Danglade, author of “Marketing et Celebrities,” told AFP recently.His strongest association, going back to 2003, is with Nike with whom he two years ago signed a new long-term sponsorship deal worth a minimum reported 20 milion euros a year and that he indicated was “for life.”Marca suggested if certain non publicly-specified goals are met, the annual value of the deal could be worth around 40 million.After nine years in the white of Real Madrid, Ronaldo says the time has come “for a new stage” in his life as he eyes a new on-pitch challenge in Serie A with Juve © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYS“It’s the best contract I’ve had in my entire career,” he noted.Forbes drew a comparison between the ‘bling-bling’ image of Ronaldo and the more reserved image of Messi.Whereas in 2016 Messi reportedly lifted Adidas sales by an estimated $53.3 million, the Ronaldo effect lifted Nike into the stratosphere by some 500 million.– Multimillion media post –A simple Ronaldo post to social media can shift millions, as witnessed by a post to Instagram after Portugal won Euro 2016 which according to sports sponsorship valuation platform Hookit was worth $5.8 million to Nike.Juventus shares on the Milan stock exchange jumped nearly 40% since June 28 when rumours of Renaldo’s arrival began to solidify. Shares fell mnore tha six percent early Wednesday on profit-taking.As sportsman-cum-entrepreneur Ronaldo also took a sartorial leaf out of the book of Real galactico predecessor and fashion icon David Beckham and basketball legend Michael Jordan to push sports gear to similar heights which the former England star and Jordan, notably with his “Jumpman” logo, had achieved before him.“It’s the little black book of illustrated marketing,” says Danglade, researcher at Kedge Business School, noting how Ronaldo’s image straddles everything from product, to service, to digital interface.Such huge marketing reach is “extremely rare. Madeira airport bears his name. In terms of (entering) the collective imagination it’s truly impressive.”The hottest story in town — Italian papers devote their front pages to the man who has become a one-man footballing multinational © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAThe 2006 opening of a CR7 underwear line in his native was barely an opening off-field gambit for Ronaldo, who has branched out not least in the fashion stakes into jeans, shoes and sundry accessories.Three years ago he teamed up with his country’s leading hotel chain, Pestana, for a joint venture to build five CR7 branded hotels as the chain targets a greater slice of the international luxury accommodation market.With his off-the-field interests covered, Ronaldo can concentrate on his upcoming Italian job, showcasing his brand in a country where fashion and football happily co-exist in a market seemingly tailor made for his twilight on-pitch years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY in association with the Donegal VEC Music Education Partnership presents…..3rd CELLO MEETING Ireland CELLO & CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS.The Donegal Chamber Music Society in association with the Donegal VEC Music Education Partnership presents the 3rd ‘CELLO MEETING IRELAND’ from Thur. 23 – Sun. 26 June 2011, under the Artistic Direction ofRomanian/Irish renowned cellist Mihai Dancila from Quartetto Stradivari and Quartetto Beethoven di Roma among others. This cello weekend has now become an annual event that takes place between Donegal and the City of Derry.  Acclaimed performer and teacher Mihai Dancila returns to share his cello skills and vast experience with young musicians from throughout the country. Based at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny, participants will have a unique opportunity to avail of individual master classes and to attend and perform in a variety of chamber music events happening over the weekend.Members of the public will also have an opportunity to hear some wonderful ensemble and solo cello playing as a series of concerts are planned to compliment the master classes – Two free lunchtime concerts on Friday 24th (Magee campus, Derry) and Saturday 25th (Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny), with the weekend coming to a fantastic musical close, in a concert led by Mihai Dancila (soloist/director) alongside the Donegal Chamber Orchestra and those who have taken part in the weekend masterclasses.  It promises to be a special evening of music for those young musicians who will share the stage with Mihai Dancila on his annual visit to county Donegal.CELLO & CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTSFri. 24 June, 1pm, Foyle Arts Building, Magee campus, Derry, featuring the Junior Cellists & Cello Ensemble. Music by Squire,Webster & othersSat. 25 June, 1pm, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny,featuring the Junior Cellists & Cello Ensemble with music by Bach,Marcello & others Sun 26 June, 8pm. Conwal Church, Letterkenny,Featuring Mihai Dancila, Soloist/Director, Donegal Chamber Orchestra &participants of Cello Meeting Ireland with music by Elgar, Vivaldi &others.  Adm. €10 / €5. CELLO MEETING IRELAND is supported by Donegal County Council and theRegional Culture Centre, Letterkenny, with the collaboration of theUniversity of Ulster and the European String Teachers Association.For further information, contact the Donegal Music EducationPartnership on 074 9176 293 / musiceducation@donegalvec.ieSTUNNING WEEKEND AHEAD FOR CELLO ENTHUSIASTS was last modified: June 21st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CELLO IRELANDDerryletterkennylast_img read more

Universal to settle bribery dispute

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. – Universal Music Group Recordings Inc., the world’s largest record company, has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a payola case that said the company provided vacations, electronics and other bribes to increase radio play for their artists, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said Thursday. The bribes and gifts were used to gain airplay for songs that included records by Nick Lachey, Ashlee Simpson, Brian McKnight, Big Tymers and Lindsay Lohan, Spitzer said. The California-based company agreed to pay the cash to charity along with $100,000 to cover the cost of the investigation and to adopt reforms, Spitzer said. The company didn’t admit guilt, but acknowledged “various employees and independent promoters acting on behalf of the company” engaged in the illegal practice, Spitzer said. “UMG has illegally provided radio stations with financial benefits to obtain airplay and boost the chart position of its songs,” Spitzer said in papers filed in state Supreme Court along with the settlement. “UMG has obtained airplay for its songs through such deceptive and illegal practices as bribing radio station employees, on occasion, to play UMG songs, providing a stream of financial benefits to radio stations, to assist with stations’ overhead costs or to provide promotional support, on condition that UMG records receive airplay,” Spitzer stated. UMG was also accused of “engaging in fraudulent call-in campaigns to increase airplay.” The $12 million payment will be distributed through the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to nonprofit groups in New York state to fund music education and appreciation programs. Spitzer said UMG used interns and employees and “outside vendors” to pose as listeners requesting UMG songs. In July 2004 UMG started pushing “Rain on Me” by Ashanti through its Island Def Jam label, paying $3,500 for six weeks. For the first two weeks, WGCI in Chicago and WQHT in New York City each received 25 calls. Forty calls were made to these and other stations in the final four weeks targeting black women between 18 and 24 years old, Spitzer said. Its Island Def Jam label hired another group to drum up airplay for Ludacris’ “Stand Up” at numerous radio stations including CKEY and WBLK in Buffalo and WDKX in Rochester. UMG has a nearly 26 percent share of the world market and sells one in three albums sold in the United States, according to the court filing. UMG’s labels include Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Universal Motown Records Group, UMG Nashville and Verve Music Group. The types of music involved included Top 40, Urban, Alternative Rock and Adult Contemporary. Spitzer launched a nationwide investigation in 2004 into alleged wrongdoing by music and radio companies. Earlier this year, Spitzer sued Entercom Communications Corp., accusing its executives of running scams to trade cash for airplay of songs. Entercom has denied the allegations. Sony’s music arm has already agreed to pay $10 million to settle with Spitzer, and Warner Music agreed to a $5 million settlement.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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIn January 2003, a WFLY-FM program director was provided use of a Miami hotel room for playing “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda” by Brian McKnight and putting it on the Albany, N.Y., station’s playlist, Spitzer said. The room was listed as a contest prize for accounting purposes. UMG e-mails showed WFLY asked UMG to provide an airplane trip to Madrid to see U2 perform last year, but required assigning the better seats to the program director and less expensive seats to contest winners, according to the court filing. The same program director was provided a Miami hotel stay to play a Nick Lachey song and he received use of a hotel room in New York City in April 2004 along with Yankees tickets. “We have been working cooperatively with the attorney general’s office in resolving these promotion issues and are pleased to have completed the process with this agreement,” UMG said in a statement. “The reforms that we have agreed to with the attorney general are consistent with the policies that we voluntarily implemented over a year ago.” “Consumers have a right not to be misled about the way in which the music they hear on the radio is selected,” Spitzer said. “Pay-for-play makes a mockery of claims that only the `best’ or `most popular’ music is broadcast.” last_img


first_imgAnnual Boxing Day Sponsored Swim – The club’s annual Boxing Day Sponsored Swim takes place Wednesday Dec 26th at Trabane beach, St. John’s Point. The event commences at 3pm sharp. All interested swimmers please contact John Boyle on 0872585857. Refreshments will be served after in MacLaughlin’s Point Bar. All support welcome.Club Positions – Managers to have their names in with Club Secretary the 31st of December 2012. The club is also currently seeking a Chairperson for Finance Committee for the oncoming year.  Royal Flush Draw – Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 09/12/2012 were 10, 14, 16 & 19. There was no winner. Consolation prizes went to Caroline Sweeney, Frosses, Danny Gallagher, Loughmult & John O’Shea, Castlefreane. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €5920. 25 Card Drive – The 25 card drive continues this Wednesday night. There will also be a table for ladies for any interested. It commences at it’s usual time of 8:30.pm.  Level 1 GAA Coaching Course – The club hope to hold a Level 1 GAA Coaching course in the clubhouse in January, anyone interested please text names on to club secretary Stephanie Kyles on 0876307570. Membership – Membership for the oncoming year can be paid as of now and up until the beginning of February. Please note how important membership is, it’s values were shown last year during the scramble for All-Ireland Tickets. €20 – General Membership, €50 – Senior/Reserve, €30 – Student/Unemployed, €20 – Minior, €15 – U16’s to U10’s and €50 – Family Membership. Also underage membership is €15 and the family membership is €50.GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 17th, 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) Tags:Naomh Ultan Club Noteslast_img read more

Rangers battling league rivals to sign former Premier League ace

first_img REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Scottish Premiership rivals Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts are all interested in signing Gareth McAuley, according to reports.McAuley, the centre-back, remains without a club after leaving West Brom at the end of last season following the Baggies’ relegation from the Premier League. McAuley remains a Northern Ireland international despite his age 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti McAuley left West Brom at the end of last season Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on LATEST TOP WORK McInnes’ interest comes in the wake of Aberdeen rejecting a bid from Celtic for Scott McKenna, the centre-half. The Hoops are expected to return with an new approach, and if the Scotland international is sold, bringing in a new defender will become a priority for the Dons. three-way race targets Latest transfer news Both Craig Levein and Derek McInnes, the Hearts and Aberdeen managers respectively, are hoping to signing new central defenders before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, and McAuley is being considered. The 38-year-old made over 200 appearances for West Brom in his seven-year spell at the Hawthorns, and proved, despite his age, he remains a top class defender.He is still on the lookout for a new club, and the Scottish Sun say Hearts and Aberdeen are interested in the former Ipswich star, while Rangers are also considering the Northern Ireland international as Steven Gerrard looks to bring in cover for first-choice centre-back pairing Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic. targets last_img read more


first_imgErrigal Scout County Commissioner, Dessie Taylor with some of the newly Invested leaders from the recently formed Gweedore Scout Group at their Investirue evening. Included are Fiona O’Reilly, Ray Fallon, Grainne Hoolway, Pearse Doherty, Roisin Doherty (Group Leader), David Holloway, Garth Doherty and Amanda Doherty.He’s more used to political jousting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny across the floor of Dail Eireann.But Sinn Fein Deputy Pearse Doherty equipped himself with more skills this week when he was made a leader with Ireland’s newest Scout Group.The well-known politician was among a group of adults and young people who took part in the investiture of the 22nd Donegal (Ghaoth Dobhair) scout group. 22nd Donegal (Gweedore) Group Leader Roisin Doherty with sons Padraig and Colm and husband Pearse at the newly formed groups inaugeral Investiture evening.The group is the first all Irish-speaking group to be formed in a Gaeltach area since the formation of Scouting Ireland in 2004.Pearse revealed it was his wife Roisin and another parent who first came up with the idea of Ghaoth Dobhair’s scouting group.“Roisin and another parent David Holloway were putting up flags on lampposts in the area before Donegal were playing in the All-Ireland GAA final in 2012.“Roisin remarked that it would be great to have some scouts in the area who could help put up the flags. “The next day they had a meeting and they spent the next year getting the group of the ground,” revealed Pearse.This week 64 young people and up to 20 adults took part in the investiture of the group at Ghaoth Dobhair GAA club.Pearse, who is an associate scout leader, says his only gripe is that he didn’t get involved with the scouts earlier.22nd Donegal (Gweedore) Beaver Scouts with their leaders including Group Leader Roisin Doherty and Dinny McGinley TD, at their inaugeral Investiture evening.“I was never into football and I wasn’t very athletic. I just wish there had have ben a scout group in the area at the time.“I would encourage any young person to get involved in the scouting movement. IT is non-competitive and it brings out the best in young people. “Not only does it equip them with so many life-skills, but it also helps them meet other people and it develops their character.“I would certainly recommend it to any young person or adult for that matter,” he said.22nd Donegal (Gweedore) Cub Scouts with their leaders including Group Leader Roisin Doherty at their inaugeral Investiture evening.PEARSE IS SCOUTING ABOUT AS DONEGAL’S NEWEST GROUP LAUNCHED was last modified: February 12th, 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:22nd Donegal (Ghaoth Dobhair)Pearse DohertyScoutslast_img read more


first_imgAn exciting new enterprise development called ‘The Base’, which is the brainchild of representatives of BASICC Ltd is now open for business.Historically the Railway Road was a hive of business activity, particularly from the period of the 1860’s to the 1940’s which connected the towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar with other parts of the country.However, seventy-years on the Railway Road has now been put firmly back on the map thanks to this innovative new development. In 2006 a group of innovative, determined and driven individuals came together to form a community company now known as BASICC (Ballybofey and Stranorlar Integrated Community Company) Ltd.The primary objective and aim of BASICC was to address the social, economic and environmental needs the local area required.BASICC identified that an enterprise centre would be crucial to supporting enterprise development and this became a focus for the group.Through extensive work with partners and funders BASICC secured substantial financial support in order to build ‘The BASE’ Enterprise Centre. The project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland [IFI], Donegal County Council, Enterprise Ireland and by the EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.Thanks to this new creation, the Railway Road is now a hub of activity again with much to offer.Some of the businesses in the locality are, the Finn Valley Leisure centre, Finn Community Childcare Centre and the new Finn Harps FC stadium which is currently under construction, and now ‘The BASE’.The BASE comprises over 19,000 square foot of prime space on three floors.This space has been thoughtfully designed to enable business development and growth with dedicated hot desk and start-up space, flexible arrangements, offices and units of various sizes, training facilities, Free Wi-Fi in designated areas, free parking, bright communal spaces and a range of meeting rooms. As well as attracting new business to the area ‘The BASE’ will support existing local businesses by working directly with local business owners and managers.Enterprise Centres are a proven means of generating economic growth.Research carried out on behalf of the National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC) estimates that 1,133 businesses would not have started if their local enterprise centre did not exist (data taken from 76 centres surveyed in July 2013).The BASE is located in the heart of The County, only 20 minutes’ drive from Letterkenny and Donegal Town, and close to a number of key urban centres in Northern Ireland (Derry, 50km, Strabane, 22km and Omagh 45km). The BASE is within walking distance of the Finn Valley Leisure Centre and dedicated childcare facilities.Kieran Doherty, chairperson for Ballybofey and Stranorlar Integrated Community Company (BASICC) told Donegal Daily, “This is a really exciting time for everyone involved, the centre is a great example of what can be achieved when we all work together.“BASICC was formed in 2006 to address the social, economic and environmental needs of the local area.“We identified from a very early stage that an enterprise centre would be crucial to enabling enterprise development and that it was fundamental in providing connectivity to international opportunities.“This became a focus for us and through work with our partners and funders we now have ‘The BASE’ and a new chapter for enterprise development in this area, he concluded.The ethos at The BASE is one of positive change, energy and enthusiasm.Management and Staff are dedicated to working with occupants and users to overcome barriers, identify opportunities and achieve success.If you would like to arrange a tour of The BASE or to find out more contact:Donna Maskery, Enterprise Centre ManagerTel: 087 607 5555Email: manager@thebaseenterprise.ieWebsite: www.thebaseenterprise.ieThe project is funded by the International Fund for Ireland [IFI], Donegal County Council, Enterprise Ireland and by the EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.EXCITING NEW ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT ‘THE BASE’ IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS was last modified: November 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BASICC LtdBusinessDevelopmentEnterpriseFaeturesnewsPRThe Baselast_img read more