NEW GPC clears the air on its pharmaceutical warehouse

first_imgHere are the facts:Even after its Press Release of August 9th, there are still some misunderstandings on the facts concerning NEW GPC’s pharmaceutical warehouse in the ongoing controversy over the Ministry of Public Health signing a contract for another facility to store pharmaceuticals. This press release is to reiterate and expand on the clarifications offered earlier on the proposed charge for storage made by by NEW GPC to the Ministry of Public Health.Firstly, it was the Ministry of Public Health that approached the NEW GPC requesting specifically to rent its entire 70,000 sq ft warehouse, which was to be segregated into two equal sections of 35,000 sq ft each. These were to be used to store pharmaceuticals for the GPHC and the Ministry respectively. The price offered by NEW GPC was $237/sq ft. per month. In commercial real estate transactions on rentals charges are quoted in “dollars per square footage” so as to offer prospective clients a basis of comparison.If the MoPH wanted 10,000 sq ft for storage space from NEW GPC and requested that rather than the 70,000 sq ft it did, it would have cost the government just $2.37M/monthly. However it rented 10,000 sq ft of space from Linden Holdings Inc for $12.5M/monthly which works out to $1250 per sq ft. It was therefore surprising to readNEW GPC’s state-of-the-art storage facility at Ruimveldt, Georgetown showing air conditioning systems and loading docksthe Govt  describing NEW GPC’s quote as “punitive”, when it is less than one-quarter that of the new facility rented.Secondly, in addition to the basic storage expenses, NEW GPC’s proposed charge included the IT, security, certification and sanitation to comply with WHO/PAHO standards. The facility also has three separate temperature control zones for the storage of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals in addition to a separate area for the storage of controlled substances.It also has testing facilities for pharmaceuticals as well as several loading docks to handle the multiple containers that are usual in the government procurement shipment.If the government has to pay these charges to Linden Holdings in addition to the rental then its effective unitThe Sussex Street bondcharges will be much  higher than $1250/sq ft.The NEW GPC has no desire to become embroiled into what appears to be a political diversion from parliamentary revelations. It simply wants to have the facts as it relates to its business not be misrepresented. For instance yesterday, one section of the media reported that the corporation had “jacked up” it’s rental charges and thus implying that it had been previously charging the government for storage when in fact there were no charges for over a decade.The minimal charges were now initiated because government scrapped the pre-qualification process that demands at least 30,000 sq ft storage space.last_img read more

27 Persons Detained, For Allegedly Torturing Man to Death

first_imgAbout 27 persons are currently undergoing interrogation at the Tappita Police Station for allegedly torturing to death an elderly in the Town called Doe Zuaplay in Tappita District.On Radio Kegheaman Morning Show, the Doe Zuaplay  Administrative Commissioner Sam Nanpeh Wehyee said the man was arrested by the Poro people and taken to the Zoe Bush on Saturday 17th October 2014 where he was tortured for his failure to comply to the norms of the society.Commissioner Wehyee said  the man, Samuel Mansuo, and his son got into a tussle with one of his friends in Zuaplay over a parcel of land.During the tussle, the late Samuel Mansuo’s son vandalized the house his disputed friend was building on the land in question.Based on that behavior, the citizens of the town went through the case and fined the late Samuel’s son.  The fine consisted of bringing a pan filled with rice along with cattle.Upon the citizens’ ruling, the late Samuel Mansuo agreed to pay his son’s fine and asked for time.  But in the interim, his son escaped to an unknown destination.Commissioner Wehyee narrated that upon the expiration of the time requested for, the citizens and devil counterpart requested the late father to produce his son or make available the items agreed in the fine.“It was the failure of the man to comply that he was arrested and taken into the Poro bush and tortured for three days; with hands ties around his wrist and neck.  He was also  flogging,” Commissioner Wehyee said.“After he was tortured for two days in the bush,” Commissioner Wehyee added, “the man was released to one of his friends who begged   devil for time to provide the needed items to them. But Samuel Mansuo died a few days later at home.”In Nimba County, the Poro Society is widely practiced among the Mano communities, but in the  Dahn/Gio community, to have Poro bush controlled by the  devil was very shocking to them.Zuaplay Town is a predominately Gio settlement close to the Mano Town of Dounpa.  These two towns fall under the Doe Administrative District in Tappita Statutory District.The issue of lawless behavior is very common in Nimba.  Early this year in the Town called Soa Varyenglay, a man identified as John Miah was beaten unmercifully in the Zoe Bush after having been accused of witchcraft.In Tappita in 2009, a business woman was brutally murdered in a town called Granpea by some men and concealed her body under a creek, but the body was discovered after one of the perpetrators confessed to the police.In the incident of John Miah, Representative Garrison Yealue of Nimba Electoral District # 4 was linked to  masterminding the flogging,  which he denied. Because of his denial, case is yet to be established.But it is unclear whether this recent incident was masterminded by some officials of the district.  However, a source from Zuaplay, a former security officer, said the late Samuel Mansuo was very rude and disrespectful to the citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teah Dennis Extends Loan with Al-Ahli

first_imgLiberia’s young international central defender Dennis Teah has reportedly signed a contract extension with Jordanian football club Al-Ahli (Amman) for another year, after an impressive season.The 23-year-old’s debut season ended with the 1st division Jordanian club on May 27 this year where he missed one of nearly 35 games; he scored two goals with more than five assists.The dependable central defender most often and interchangeably plays central defense or right-back defender for Al-Ahli.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Dennis confirmed the extension and said he would return to Jordan at the end of the month.“The season was ok, I played all the games, except one, because I got two yellow cards which is equivalent to a red card — but overall I was impressive and so the team extended my contract,” Dennis said.He indicated that he made a breakthrough with the club without injuries and is grateful to God for becoming a key part of a team which finished 5th on the 1st division league in Jordan.The Liberian growing professional player didn’t mince his words to thank BYC family for its support and said his success on the team was rooted from the discipline which was instilled in him by the club.Dennis was originally scheduled to stay with DC United in the USA, but controversially came back to Liberia.Dennis also played for LPRC Oilers. Acting LFA president Musa Shannon, who is also Dennis’ advisor said the association is proud of Dennis’ performance in Jordan and is positive that he would play in one or two of the top flight leagues in Spain, England, Italy, Germany or France.“Teah is a big player, one of the best and young players to come out of our administration, and a true product and we will continue to support and wish him the best,” Shannon said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

28 ranks dismissed from Prison Service in 2018 – Samuels

first_img…Ramjattan urges officers to speak out against wrongdoingAs the 35th Prison Service Week kicked off with a thanksgiving ceremony on Sunday morning, the issue of rogue elements being within the Guyana Prison Service and contributing to contraband smuggling within the system was highlighted, and calls have been made for ranks to speak out against wrongdoing by their colleagues.In his address to the gathering at the special service held at the Cecil Kilkenny Training School at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, the acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, disclosed that so far for the year, some 28 prison officers have been dismissed, 11 of whom had facilitated or directly smuggled contraband intoDirector of Prisons (ag) Gladwin Samuelsthe prison system.Samuels said 12 ranks are currently interdicted from duty, nine of whom have been charged either departmentally or criminally for trafficking-related activities.Contraband smuggling has long been a perennial problem within the prison system, and compounded by facilitation from both prison and Police officers, the illegal trade is said to be “big business”.In fact, only last week, four prison officers were arrested for smuggling a bottle of rum and a pack of cigarettes into the Lusignan Prison the weekend prior. They were subsequently charged and interdicted from duty.Further, five other prison officers were relieved of their duties back in July after they were fingered in an incident in which a parcel containing cannabis had been thrown into the Holding Bay area of the Lusignan Prisons.Samuels told the gathering that the rogue elements within the organisation will sooner or later be weeded out of the organisation.“Of course there are some rogue elements in our midst, who are like salt and pepper in a fresh wound. But by and by, they will weed themselves out… Let them remind themselves that in Guyana we say, ‘Time longer than twine’,” the Director of Prisons asserted.Also addressing the gathering at the thanksgiving service was Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who used the opportunity to urge ranks within the Prisons Service to do better in the face of wrong, and to speak out when collusion is observed.“The fact that we can introspect and say that ‘I should not have done that’, or ‘I should not have seen my colleague done that and not speak up’, I’ve said on several occasions that silence is violence. If we shut our mouths to the wrongdoings, (they) will occur; so we must speak out,” the Public Security Minister said.Ramjattan outlined that the Prison Service has been seeing a surge in instances of collusion by some of its members. To this end, he called for a higher level of integrity to exist among officers.“We can have all the infrastructural developments and arrangements in concrete fashion, but if we do not have the professional officers and work staff wanting to do their jobs with integrity, all that is beautiful around you (will) all come to nought,” the Minister posited.He noted that great institutions are made up of individuals who, upon seeing wrongdoing, speak out.“They [did], as we must (do) today, realise that they must grow out of the wrongdoing; grow out of the corruption; grow out of the greed and avarice; and they became institutions that are world renowned,” Ramjattan said.last_img read more

Pellicano case reveals secrets true price of fame

first_imgBack in the golden days of Hollywood, the studios had in-house detectives to erase the indiscretions of their bosses and stars. In the era of outsourcing, Pellicano set himself up as a fixer for hire, on a $25,000 nonrefundable retainer, creating a character to suit whatever his clients imagined him to be: old-time shamus or shady ex-spy, geeky technophile or mobbed-up muscle. His constant allusions to being “connected,” to his roots in Al Capone’s old stomping ground of Cicero, Ill., nurtured what, for some customers, was a captivating aura of violence. From his suite on Sunset Boulevard, he maneuvered his way into the confidences of the powerful and fabulous, peddling information as ammunition or as protection from the unintended consequences of their lives. Eavesdropping was nothing new in Hollywood. As early as the 1950s, a small industry of security companies was kept busy sweeping for bugs in the homes and offices of studio executives and cheating husbands. But by the mid-1990s, Pellicano had revolutionized the practice, inventing a virtually undetectable wiretapping technique. His wiretaps were installed not inside a target location but outside, in phone company junction boxes, and connected over telephone lines either directly to his office or to a laptop in a nearby apartment that recorded every call. Eventually, he devised a way to operate many wiretaps at once. By the late 1990s, to hear him tell it in conversations with clients, he was tapping phones all over town. (His lawyers did not respond to messages requesting comment.) Pellicano’s association with Bert Fields, a litigator known for his confrontational style, gave him entree to a client list studded with stars like Tom Cruise and executives like Ovitz and the talent manager Brad Grey. “I don’t care how you get information,” David Moriarty, a lawyer helping Fields defend Grey, told Pellicano in one recorded conversation. “You’re my kind of man,” the private eye shot back. Hollywood is sustained by its own peculiar system of mutual advantage. There are the boldface names, their lives often complicated by overlapping personal and professional conflicts, who believe that one call to the right person (and a lot of money) can solve any problem. And then there are the service providers – the agents, lawyers, publicists, assistants and countless others – who stroke the egos of the people paying the bills and get to have their own egos stroked according to their proximity to celebrity. Pellicano’s consigliere persona, reinforced by the Italian opera on his telephone system, was a perfect fit. The singer and actress Courtney Love called in 2001. She was fighting to get out of her record contract, fighting the surviving Nirvana musicians over control of the estate of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, and supporting her producer and boyfriend, James Barber, in a child-custody fight. She also feared that a disgruntled former assistant who had hacked into her e-mail account might publish her correspondence with friends like Drew Barrymore, Russell Crowe and even her psychic. Love complained to Pellicano that previous private eyes had turned out to be overpriced frauds, wimps or geeks. She wanted someone who could do it all, she told him, who would use whatever tools it took to get results – from refinement to “baseball bats.” “And I need them all under one roof,” she said. “Listen, Courtney, if you come to me, that’s the end of that,” Pellicano said. “My clients are my family, and that’s it.” Love indicated her approval. “There is no other way around it,” he said. “I’m very heavy-handed, honey.” “I need heavy-handed, baby,” Love said. “I like talking to an Italian.” “Sicilian, honey,” he corrected. “Well, that’s even better.” The tapes do not tell what Pellicano ultimately did for Love, who declined to comment for this article. But for stars who lived and died on image, perhaps his most valuable service was making sure a private problem did not metastasize. In one conversation in 2001, the comedian and actor Chris Rock showed how attuned he was to the levels of outrage evoked by different types of scandal. Rock feared that his rising stardom was being threatened by an accusation that an adulterous one-night tryst two and a half years earlier had not been consensual. “I’m better off getting caught with needles in my arm, I really am,” he fretted. “Needles with pictures: `Here’s Chris Rock shooting heroin.’ Much better blow to the career.” “I’m not going to let it happen,” Pellicano assured him. “Just stick with me, baby. I’ll take care of it.” Pellicano read from the woman’s police report, saying he was not supposed to have gotten a copy, and then confided that the police were not taking her seriously. (No charges were brought. Rock declined to comment for this article.) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Perhaps the case has not lived up to its advance billing as the biggest Hollywood scandal in decades. More than a dozen people have been arrested, including a movie director, the head of a Century City law firm and a cast of minor characters. Pellicano himself sits in jail, awaiting trial on charges that his vaunted detective prowess actually boiled down to an almost addict-like reliance on illegal wiretaps. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of wiretapping and conspiracy. Only one actual wiretap has been produced by prosecutors, and defense lawyers dispute its authenticity. Still, the evidence so far – 150,000 pages of documents and hundreds of recordings Pellicano made of his own phone calls, many of which include discussions of wiretapping – is a rich sourcebook of show-business manners, mores and argot, a vicarious tour through the dysfunctional heart of Hollywood. The case file, much of which was obtained by The New York Times, illustrates the economics of information in the place that values it most – a community devoted to the manufacture, control and perpetuation of image. And it explains why Pellicano, who trafficked in all manner of potentially damaging data, was so eagerly hired and his unmasking so direly feared. The marketplace was filled with potential buyers, from the top of the town to the bottom of the D-list, in the movies, television, music, even the art and sports worlds. Stars might have had the most to lose if secrets were exposed. But entertainment executives – for whom job security is notoriously fleeting, and reputations as evanescent as last weekend’s box office – had ample reason to think others were plotting against them, or at least rooting for them to fail. Just hours after a raft of articles suggesting the impending collapse of his business hit the papers on April 11, 2002, Michael S. Ovitz did what Hollywood moguls had done for a generation: He called Anthony Pellicano. “I need to see you,” Ovitz said, asking for a private meeting at an out-of-the-way spot. “This is the single most complex situation imaginable.” They all went to Pellicano when their situations seemed too complex, or the stakes too high, to leave anything to chance: executives and actors, studio bosses and their jilted spouses, the hottest and the has-been. In nearly 20 years in Los Angeles, Pellicano had made himself into the rightful owner of that breathless title, “Detective to the Stars,” the one man who would, and seemingly could, do anything to clean up any mess. So when federal agents raided Pellicano’s office in November 2002, his case became a local obsession: who would be fingered next, people wondered anxiously, as investigators gathered evidence and listened to Pellicano’s wiretap tapes. last_img

Petr Cech struggled for Chelsea and could struggle for Arsenal, goalkeeping legend warns

first_imgPeter Shilton is warning Petr Cech will need protection from the Arsenal defence if he is to be a hit at the Emirates.The majority of Gunners fans appear delighted with the £10million deal for the veteran goalkeeper, with many suggesting his signing could transform the club into genuine title contenders.But Shilton, England’s most-capped player, believes the 33-year-old could struggle if the backline is not solid.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the goalkeeper legend said: “He is not getting any younger. I have always rated him, he is a top quality good goalkeeper, but I’ve just thought on a few occasions that when Chelsea struggled, he struggled a bit sometimes.“He was playing behind a really good defence at Chelsea and that gives you confidence week in, week out but if he doesn’t get that cover we will see if he has that top quality and that confidence to perform.”last_img read more

Lancers’ mistakes cost game

first_img The first Braves score came on an Andrew Aguila 33-yard field goal after Bishop Amat’s Victor Valdez was unable to catch a snap. Once he regained possession, he was only able to connect for a 9-yard punt. Bishop Amat (4-2) threatened to score on its next possession from the St. John Bosco 19-yard line. Quarterback Daniel Robles threw a pass into the end zone, only to have the pass intercepted, stopping the 61-yard Lancers drive. BELLFLOWER — The Bishop Amat High School football team fell to host St. John Bosco 20-10 in its Serra League opener Friday night, 20-10. Two interceptions and a pair of poor snaps on special teams contributed to the Lancers’ loss, as St. John Bosco (3-3) capitalized on the mistakes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Lancers were able to tie the score 3-3 in the third quarter when a 46-yard field goal by Jeremy Gener bounced off the crossbar. The teams went into the fourth quarter still tied, but St. John Bosco was able to score the game’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run by Lawrence Doss. Bishop Amat had another bad snap on a punt on its next possession. Valdez was unable to recover the ball this time and was downed on the Lancers’ 17-yard line. The Braves utilized the good field position by scoring on another Doss touchdown, this one from the 3. On the Lancers’ next possession, Robles hit receiver Christopher Comouche for two 15-yard pass completions. center_img The Lancers closed the gap to 17-10 when Dominique Gaisie ran for a 2-yard touchdown. Gaisie had 128 yards on 21 carries in the losing effort. It was too little, too late, however, as the Braves scored on another Aguila field goal on their next possession. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bus drivers articulate their joy

first_imgThey often rise before dawn and go to sleep before sunset, dealing all day with Angelenos’ worst nightmare: nothing but driving. The men and women who will navigate the Orange Line spend their lives on the move. All through the night, through each rainstorm, each negligent driver, each 105-degree scorching day, they sit behind the wheel. They get up at odd hours and drive long distances just to spend more time driving. To pilot its new fleet of 30 Metro Liner trailer buses, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will rely on its most seasoned personnel. Drivers from all over the agency bid for a shot at the $633,000 machines, considered a plum assignment in one of the most desirable areas. The 150 operators who made the cut then underwent even more rigorous training, spending time in the classroom, then at the helm of the 57-passenger behemoths. They are the tops in their profession. They’ve spent their entire careers working odd hours and enduring a grinding, stressful job so they now have a chance to be part of history. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week For Robert Higbee, a 33-year pro who works a 5 a.m.-to-2 p.m. shift every weekday, missing the end of the Lakers game each night and skipping breakfast each morning has just become part of life. And he loves it. “It’s up in the morning, into whatever uniform I can get into,” he said, detailing a day that begins with a 4 a.m. commute from Thousand Oaks. “I pour my own coffee into a Thermos, then go … grab your key, get in the bus and you’re ready to go. I’m headed for the Orange Line in a brand new 60-foot bus, so I’m feeling better than a lot of those guys who’re in the old, clapped-out buses.” The 56-year-old Higbee, who started driving buses before the MTA even existed, has always been drawn to scenic routes. He drove the 161 route to Thousand Oaks, the Malibu run, the Balboa line up to Sylmar where some streets still don’t have sidewalks. He calls the Orange Line “a jewel in a metropolitan jungle.” He had quite a bit of competition for the chance to cruise that jewel. Bidding for the job, awarded to the most senior drivers, was intense for a chance to get onto the unusual new line. Not only were operators eager to get a chance to play with the articulated machines that look like the Jetsons’ idea of an armored dinosaur, they relish the chance to drive on a dedicated busway unhampered by other drivers who cut in front of them or try to squeeze in between the huge vehicles and their bus stops. “There was a lot of clamoring to be one of the first,” said Gary Spivack, an MTA division transportation manager. “Most of the operators are senior operators with 10 years of service or more. They’re in love with the vehicles.” North American Bus Industries of Anniston, Ala., built the three-door mammoths especially for the Orange Line, with 170 more on the way for use in Rapid lines throughout the MTA system. They’re pushed by a six-cylinder, 8.9-liter Cummins compressed natural gas engine. Though the engine generates only 320 horsepower, less than a Chevy Suburban, that’s still 25 percent more than a standard bus engine. And with all fares handled at the station, rather than aboard, drivers now have one less thing to distract them from the road. For a bus driver, this is pretty close to nirvana. “It’s easy, just like pulling a trailer,” said Gerardo Perez, who’ll make the 11 a.m.-to-8:15 p.m. run Sundays through Thursdays. “You feel a little nervous, the first time you get on, but in a couple streets, it’s like second nature.” At 40 years old, he’s put in nearly 17 years of service with the MTA. He used to run the Red Line trains, so he’s used to handling big vehicles. Perez lives near remote Frasier Park; the trip takes him an hour and 20 minutes each way to work every day. After spending all day cruising city streets and dealing with traffic, he says he needs the fresh air and nature to get away. Before he gets into a vehicle each morning, he runs five or six miles. And after he finishes that morning workout and long commute in, he’ll be passing Shakana Contreras, who’s working 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Wednesday to Sunday. She’s a rarity on the Orange Line, with just five years with the agency. At 28 years old, the Palmdale resident wasn’t even born when guys like Higbee pulled their first assignment. Contreras, who lays out her uniform before her 6 p.m. bedtime the day before, then starts her commute at 1 a.m., relishes the opportunity to try out the new hot rod mostly reserved for senior drivers. She traded a clerical job in a windowless office in a Target store for one that lets her see the sun rise five days a week. Impressed by the Metro Liner’s bulk at first, now she slides easily behind the controls. “It feels like driving a big rig – you just don’t have that little thing you pull for the horn,” she said, laughing. “It’s our brand new toy in the yard. Everyone wants to test it out.” Before she got posted to the new line, she did just about every route in the West Valley. Now, she knows she’s part of something different, something historic. “It feels pretty good,” she said. “They want people out there who’ll be cautious and careful. I’m glad to be a part of it.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DJ NIKKI ‘OVER THE MOON’ AFTER MARRYING DONEGAL MAN FRANK

first_imgIt started with a romantic liaison in a Letterkenny nightclub.Nikki and Frank in a pre-wedding picture.It was cemented with a marriage proposal in Donegal’s Lough Eske Hotel.And yesterday Letterkenny man Frank Black finally got his bride when he married DJ girlfriend Kikki Hayes. Frank, a mechanic with the army and former 2FM radio show host Nikki, finally got hitched at a civil ceremony in Dublin.The couple were joined by their 18 month old daughter Farrah as well as family and friends for the marriage ceremony.Nikki said afterwards “I’m the happiest woman in the world. I’m now Mrs Black and I’m over the moon.”After visiting the Guinness Storehouse with a photographer, the happy couple headed to Alfie’s Bar on South William Street. The couple were joined by more than 40 friends for a cocktail party later on.DJ NIKKI ‘OVER THE MOON’ AFTER MARRYING DONEGAL MAN FRANK was last modified: May 10th, 2015 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:2FMDJdonegalfrank blackmarriagenikki hayesweddinglast_img read more

Support for Inishowen families continues after catastrophic flooding

first_imgSupport for victims of this week’s flood is continuing through the weekend.Defence Force personnel, the Irish Red Cross, and Donegal County Council continue to help those in need after the catastrophic flooding that struck Inishowen on Tuesday.County Council Offices in Buncrana and Carndonagh are to remain open this weekend to respond to the needs of those affected by the floods. Their opening hours for this weekend are 9 am to 5 pm. A spokesperson for Donegal County Council says that they are still responding to the needs of flood victims, and encourage people to get in touch if they need assistance.Donegal TD Joe McHugh said nine families were given support today by staff from the Department of Social Protection while council staff are continuing to provide accommodation to those left homeless.Some families have been able to move into replacement homes today and Defence Forces personnel are continuing to support communities.Speaking in Buncrana today where he thanked soldiers and council staff for their work, the Government Chief Whip said: “Community Welfare Officers provided assistance to nine families in Buncrana this morning and those staff remain on emergency standby if they are needed through the weekend. “I also returned to Elm Park in Buncrana where homes were ruined in the flood. I was there on Wednesday in the aftermath of the flooding and today Defence Forces personnel were helping with the clear-up.“There were also concerns for the safety of children in particular as the river fencing had been destroyed and Army personnel are erecting a new fence there.“Dozens of families have now received emergency payments of €150 per person to allow them to buy clothes and other items and further payments will follow in many of these cases. I met one family of six who were able to receive €900.“It is also important that usual means testing have been set aside under this humanitarian assistance so all those earning under €70,000 a year can access full payments with only slight reductions for those over that threshold.“Further payments are available to purchase household items and in some cases structural repair.” A Red Cross administered scheme for small business holders, voluntary groups and sporting organisations will be finalised in the coming days.Minister McHugh said: “Soldiers helping with the clean-up are now doing so at homes where insurance assessments have been completed.“I want to give a special mention to all those volunteers whose community spirit has been so incredible over the past few days and in particular local GAA clubs and sporting groups who have rallied around to offer further assistance to those worst hit.”Support for Inishowen families continues after catastrophic flooding was last modified: August 26th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FLOODINGInishowensupportlast_img read more