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US$2.5M Needed for Urgent Coastal Defense Works

first_imgThe Chairman of Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Grand Kru County Senator Albert Chie, has reechoed recently recommended findings to plenary that a minimum annual appropriation of US$2.5 million is needed in the National Budget for Coastal Defense Works. Senator Chie’s statement was contained in a report dated April 24, in which he recounted the findings from an investigation conducted by his committee and the Ministry of Public Works & Rural Development on the devastating effects of sea erosion on coastal infrastructure in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Sinoe and other coastal counties. The committee’s report highlighted what Senator Chie described as “the precarious situation that still persists in Buchanan due to uncompleted coastal defense works, the threat sea erosion poses to the J. F. K Memorial Hospital in Sinkor, the gradual disappearance of the D. Twe High School in New Kru Town, the perennial submergence of West Point, Hotel Africa and now Greenville, Sinoe County.”In the course of the committee’s investigation of the sea erosion situation, Senator Chie informed plenary that the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ministry of Public Works indicated that “they have completed the relevant baseline studies and assessments and have the requisite know-how and manpower to contain the coastal erosion situation using mostly local materials.”Senator Chie also disclosed that those government agencies started a pilot coastal defense project in Buchanan and expressed the urgent necessity to replicate that along the most vulnerable coastal areas. “While some funds could be available under the United Nations Climate Change adaptation program for erosion related work, the government is always expected to carry out its own program and also provide some matching funds.”It was in this regard, asserted Senator Chie, that “the committee recommended to Plenary a minimum annual appropriation of US$2.5 million in the National Budget for coastal defense works, and the Plenary unanimously endorsed this recommendation on July 16, 2015, and mandated its Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget to include this amount, under the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy or the EPA, in the 2015/2016 National Budget. Unfortunately, this was not done and no erosion control work has taken place.”Concluding, the Grand Kru lawmaker pleaded with his colleagues that as the budget formulation process for 2016/2017 is under way, “I wish to draw the attention of Plenary to the serious threat of sea erosion to our very existence and to request the reinforcement of its previous mandate to the Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget.”The Senate voted to turn over the report to the committee as requested and mandated it to give consideration to the allotment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Brazilian navy ships in Guyana for military drills

first_imgThree ships belonging to the Brazilian Navy are currently in Guyana to conduct a military exercise, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has announced.The vessels are docked at Port Georgetown and are berthed at the wharf at Coast Guard Ship Hinds (GDF Coast Guard Headquarters), Ruimveldt.The patrol vessels, the NPa BRACUI, the NPa GUANABARA, and the NPa GUAIBA, form the Brazilian naval contingent which is conducting the 2019 edition of CARIBEX.CARIBEX is an annual operation conducted by the Brazilian Navy, which sends a task force to navigate Caribbean waters and to visit ports of friendly nations in the region.“The mission’s objective is to carry out military drills at sea in order to increase training and operational readiness among the ships involved, as well as to contribute to closer ties of friendship with the countries visited,” GDF said.War and Sea Captain, Robledo de Lemos Costa e Sa commands the Brazilian military seafarers who number 121 in total.As is customary, Captain Coata e Sa along with his senior naval officers, are scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Patrick West, prior to his contingent’s departure on Saturday morning.last_img read more

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Djokovic only played “with left hand” since injury

first_img0Shares0000Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, pictured in July 2017, has been struggling with an elbow injury © POOL/AFP/File / ANDREJ ISAKOVICPARIS, France, Nov 3 – Former world number one Novak Djokovic has only played twice since ending his season in July, “with his left hand”, according to Paris Masters director Guy Forget.The 12-time Grand Slam champion has been struggling with an elbow injury and will drop out of the world’s top 10 next week for the first time since March 2007. The Serb has not played since retiring from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych four months ago.“Novak pulled out, but he hasn’t been playing for two and a half months,” Forget said on Friday after Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from his tournament in Paris.“When he (Djokovic) came to see me last Saturday he said, ‘I played twice since I stopped, with my left hand’.”Djokovic said last month he was hoping to return to action at the exhibition World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi next month.Current world number one Nadal pulled out before his quarter-final in Paris with a knee injury, leaving Marin Cilic as the only Grand Slam champion left in the draw after Roger Federer also withdrew before the start of the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Transfer latest: Monaco star NOT moving to Manchester United

first_imgManchester United target Joao Moutinho will be staying put at Monaco until at least the summer, according to reports in France.The 29-year-old midfielder, who has made 14 Ligue 1 appearances so far this term, has been heavily linked with a move away from Monaco.It has even been suggested that Moutinho has instructed his agent to actively seek a new club for him to join during the transfer window.Manchester United was said to be a potential destination for the Portuguese, with manager Louis van Gaal hoping to improve his squad this January.But French newspaper L’Equipe claims Moutinho now wants to stay at Monaco until the summer.It is suggested that Moutinho has had a change of heart because he does not want to risk his place in the Portugal squad in Euro 2016 by moving so close to the finals. 1 Joao Moutinho last_img read more

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Comparing Liverpool’s Salah with Ronaldo and Messi at 26

first_imgOn the day he turns 26, Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah has been left out of his nation’s first World Cup match since 1990.Egypt take on Uruguay in Group A, but will do so without their star man, who starts on the bench.After performing at a world class level last season, the winger generated a lot of comparisons to the two best attackers in world football, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.To celebrate Salah’s birthday, talkSPORT.com decided to see how he stacks up against the 26-year-old versions of Messi and Ronaldo.The truth is that there is really no comparison. 4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Turned 26 on February 5 2011)Ronaldo celebrated his 26th at a time when he was starting to be surpassed by Messi, despite being a supreme talent in his own right. ‘CR7’ as he’s known to fans was yet to win any trophies with Madrid at this point. Having joined them for £80m in 2009, the club had been shut out by Barcelona in his debut Spanish season, though he did pick up the Copa Del Rey a few months after his birthday. While his time in Madrid hadn’t yet hit its prime when he turned 26, it would be impertinent to forget his three league titles, European Cup and domestic cup victories with Manchester United. He also picked up the 2008 Ballon d’Or before that mind-blowing transfer to the Bernabeu.Honours at 261x Champions League: 2007/083x Premier League: 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/091x FA Cup: 2003/042x League Cup: 2005/06, 2008/091x Ballon d’Or: 2008 Salah hasn’t enjoyed the rapid rise Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have enjoyed Salah starred for Liverpool in his debut season as a Red Lionel Messi (Turned 26 on June 24 2013)When he celebrated his 26th birthday at the end of the 2012/13 season, Lionel Messi had just hit what we can look back on now as his absolute prime form. Barcelona’s Argentine set a record by scoring a legendary 91 goals in a single calendar year (2012) and coasted to another Ballon d’Or triumph, his fourth in a row. Messi at this time was quite possibly the greatest player to have ever lived; he had already won six league titles, three European Cups and two domestic cups.Honours at 263x Champions League: 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/116x La Liga: 2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2012/132x Copa del Rey: 2008/09, 2011/124x Ballon d’Or: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Mo Salah (Turned 26 on June 15, 2018)The brutal truth of the matter is that Salah has turned 26 after just one truly world class season where he scored 44 goals in all competitions. While he has reached the finals of both the Champions League (with Liverpool) and Africa Cup of Nations (with Egypt) his sole major honour to date is a Swiss league title won with Basel. At 26, Salah appears to be coming into his prime and *may* match up to Messi and Ronaldo on current form. However, in terms of longevity and achievements, he still has a long, long way to go to reach their level.Honours at 261x Swiss Super League: 2012/13center_img Messi was an unstoppable goal machine at 26 years old and not much has really changed Ronaldo joined Real Madrid for £80m in 2009 4 4 4last_img read more

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Julian Brandt says Germany ‘defended like kids’ in World Cup loss to Mexico

first_imgJulian Brandt claimed Germany “defended like kids” as the reigning champions’ 2018 World Cup campaign got off to a bad start with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico.Hirving Lozano’s first-half strike was all that separated the two sides in a game where Mexico restricted Joachim Low’s men to few clear-cut opportunities. Germany were off the pace at the Luzhniki Stadium Meanwhile, the Germans were caught on the counter-attack numerous times and were perhaps fortunate to only concede one goal in the game.Brandt, who made the cut for Germany’s final 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia in place of Manchester City star Leroy Sane, only came on as a substitute in the 86th minute.Joachim Low’s decision to leave Leroy Sane out of World Cup squad ridiculed by fansBut the Bayer Leverkusen man came the closest to scoring when his fierce drive from 20 yards out clipped the post moments after he came on. 2 2 However, despite admitting Germany were below par, Brandt claimed they came up against a good Mexico side who could potentially reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.Brandt said to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams after the game: “We made a lot of mistakes. We defended like kids and Mexico were the better team.“Mexico are a good team. They defended well together and set up to counter us. If they get through the group stage they could be a team that could possibly make it to the semi-finals.“To lose the first game is not good. We are under pressure for the next two games but I think we are a good team and we have had a lot of good games in the past.“Every team wants to push you from the throne so they are probably extra motivated when they play us.“It’s better we lost now because we now have a wake-up call.” Brandt was brought on in the 86th minute as Germany desperately searched for an equaliser last_img read more

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CROWDS COME OUT AS SAM MAGUIRE BEGINS TO ‘EVOLVE’!

first_imgThere is standing room only at the Evolve Menswear shop in Letterkenny today with the arrival of a well-known VIP.A certain Mr S Maguire has moved to Donegal for the year ahead and he was on display at the well-known clothing outfitters this morning.And he is accompanied by two well-known friends – Donegal captain Michael Murphy and the fantastic Karl Lacey. Once again the players went out of their way to accommodate the large crowds looking for photos and autographsParents and children, many dressed in their Donegal GAA colours, queued from early morning for a look at Sam and a quick chat with their heroes.Evolve Menswear owners JP and Mark McCloskey, who have been behind the team from day one, said they were delighted with how the visit is going.And the even better news is that the Sam Maguire and the lads will be there until 3pm. So get down to Evolve and see what all the fuss is about.* If you miss Sam and the lads at Evolve you can also catch him later today at 4pm at Brian McCormick Sports.CROWDS COME OUT AS SAM MAGUIRE BEGINS TO ‘EVOLVE’! was last modified: October 6th, 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:Evolvekarl laceyMichael MurphySam Maguirelast_img read more

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OMBUDSMAN TELLS CUSTOMS OFFICIALS: ‘VRT-DODGING SUSPECTS MUST GET WARNING ON FIRST DETECTION’

first_imgCUSTOMS officers must issue a warning when they first detect a car which hasn’t had VRT paid on it and aren’t allowed to seize it, a landmark ruling says.A report from the Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, following the seizure of a vehicle by Customs in Dublin has been welcomed by Donegal’s ‘Abolish VRT’ campaigners.Campaigners believe that the findings in the report will have a significant impact on how Customs deal with the public in the future, seized vehicles being returned to their owners, and may even result in compensation being offered to those who have had vehicles seized over the past few years. In the Dublin case the person who took the complaint received more than €5k.Donegal campaigner, Ryan Stewart said, “This judgement is of huge importance in Donegal, and has vindicated my stance since I began this campaign.“It is no secret that I have been critical of how Customs officers have handled themselves, and critical of how they enforce the law relating to VRT in Donegal, in particular.“The only consistent approach to VRT enforcement in Donegal is that it has in some cases been contrary to the Customs’ own enforcement manuals, which this report has now clarified. I have always agreed that Customs officers have a job to do, but they have continually failed to do it right in some cases in my opinion.”The Inishowen man went on: “The case reported has been in train since 2008, so the difficulty in pursuing a case against the Customs is clear for all to see, however in the end, justice was served.“The Ombudsman’s findings, that a warning should have been issued as this was a first offence has huge importance. I am regularly contacted by people who have had vehicles seized on a first offence, or where delays were experienced in paying VRT. This report clearly shows that in the majority of cases, seizure for a first offence is not warranted.“Secondly, the Ombudsman also made it abundantly clear that randomly challenging vehicles is not permitted under the procedures. In the last three years, Customs have consistently breached their own procedures by holding checkpoints, and randomly stopping any vehicle with a yellow plate, without reasonable cause. The findings should also not come as any surprise to the Customs’ top-brass either.“In June 2010, I held a meeting in Donegal Town with several local councillors and senior Revenue officials, including those who were co-ordinating the ‘blitz’ VRT operation in Donegal, where all of these concerns were outlined, yet still very little has changed. The instructions seem to be coming from the top down, and if they are not, then action should be taken to discipline, or at least retrain officers who consistently break their own rules.”In her findings in this particular case, the Ombudsman has been critical of Customs lack of consistency and adherence to it’s own procedures, poor and incomplete record keeping, and that the seizure was ‘contrary to fair or sound administration,’ and also that Customs should not engage in random stops, which would also include checkpoints, as they would not have sufficient evidence or time to correctly profile ‘offenders.’ The complainants in the case, who were fined €3699, were also reimbursed by the Revenue Commissioners, in the amount of €5300.When asked what this could mean for those who have had their vehicles seized in the past, Mr Stewart confirmed that he has already been in contact with the office of the Ombudsman.“I have explained to the Ombudsman’s office, the regularity these actions have occurred across Donegal. Since that conversation, I am in the process of preparing a number of complaints on behalf of others for the Ombudsman to examine. It would be my expectation in most of these cases that the Ombudsman will see an identical pattern emerging to the case on which this decision has been ascertained,” he said.“This report may also have an impact on any cases which Customs are trying to prosecute through the courts, as the seizures may have been incorrectly executed. I would also like to see some form of compensation from the Revenue Commissioners where procedures were not followed, similar to the case upon which this report was issued. Given the similarities, I anticipate that subsequent investigations of complaints will be much more quickly. I want people who have had their cars seized in the past few years to get in touch with me, so that we can move this process forward. However, I have quite a few people looking to put their complaints forward already.”Mr Stewart said that the campaign against VRT is not about confrontation with Customs Officers, but that this was only part of the solution.“Hopefully this case will see a marked change in how VRT is enforced, and that it can now be done in a reasonable manner, treating people with dignity. This is progress, but we are still continuing to press government that this tax should be abolished, from a economic point of view – car sales are still falling, yet the government increased VRT in the budget. This is costing jobs in the Irish motor industry and forcing dealers to close, and also damaging the VAT intake from the car industry.“I am also still pressing the overall legality of the tax at European level. Three judgements have been made against Ireland in the last year regarding it’s VRT regime, yet the government has still not implemented the instructed changes required to comply with EU law. There is further to go and a lot more to do, but the campaign will continue.”OMBUDSMAN TELLS CUSTOMS OFFICIALS: ‘VRT-DODGING SUSPECTS MUST GET WARNING ON FIRST DETECTION’ was last modified: February 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:OMBUDSMAN RULES CUSTOMS OFFICIALS VRT-DODGING SUSPECTS MUST GET WARNING ON FIRST DETECTIONlast_img read more

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COUNCIL AND LYIT ‘ENGINEERING’ NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN KILLYBEGS

first_imgDonegal County Council in partnership with Letterkenny IT and in conjunction with Engineers Ireland STEPS Programme are hosting an event ‘Engineering Opportunities in Donegal’ on Monday, 10th February 2014 from 10am – 2pm in the Killybegs Tourism College, Training Restaurant MB103/Upper Level.This exciting showcasing event will host various Electronic and Engineering companies who will provide information and advice to those wishing to pursue a career in engineering. This event is aimed primarily at second level Students and will provide them with a chance to speak to representatives from various companies. However, the event is open to anyone who would like to attend.Speaking this week, County Manager Seamus Neely said ‘we are very happy to collaborate with Engineers Ireland to support Engineers Week 2014. We welcome involvement of Engineering companies in Killybegs area as well as Letterkenny IT to promote opportunities in the field of engineering as a career path”.He added “Killybegs, with hydraulic and mechanical services infrastructure, plays a pivotal role in the development and support of fishing, energy and cruise sectors, creating employment opportunities for people with the right skills set. We hope to build on this event in the future by highlighting the many strands and opportunities the engineering sector has to offer”.To book your place at this event visit www.engineersweek.ie . This year Engineers Week will take place from 9th to 15th February and will highlight the possibilities a career in engineering can offer and the vital role played by engineers in the community today.John Power, Chartered Engineer and Director General, Engineers Ireland, said: “Engineers are central to Ireland’s economic development and we need to ensure that well-qualified engineers are available in the future.“Engineers Week is a great opportunity for those of us in the profession to introduce our young people to the world of engineering. It is a week when hundreds of educational and fun engineering, technology and science events take place across the country for people of all ages to enjoy.”Companies, local authorities, third-level institutes and outreach organisations around the country have been invited to get involved by hosting an engineering-related event or taking part in visits to local schools during the week.Engineers Ireland’s schools outreach programme, STEPS, is providing support for these organisations as they engage directly with students, promoting the significant contribution of engineers to their localities.Last year, over 33,000 participants took part in 497 events during Engineers Week, supported by the efforts of 1,800 volunteers from the engineering profession, with almost 160 organisations involved around the country. Commenting on Engineers Week Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government said: “SFI is pleased to partner with Engineers Ireland to support Engineers Week 2014. It is vital that we work in partnership with industry to encourage our young people to increase their knowledge of science and engineering and consider further study in these disciplines. It is these skills that are required to both drive sustainable economic recovery in Ireland and to ensure future employment.”COUNCIL AND LYIT ‘ENGINEERING’ NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN KILLYBEGS was last modified: February 3rd, 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:Donegal County CouncilEngineer’s WeekLYITlast_img read more

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49ers mailbag: Does Garoppolo have tools for red-zone success?

first_imgThe 49ers had the league’s sixth-worst red-zone percentage last year, converting touchdowns on 47 percent of drives inside the 20-yard line. But they were 60 percent … Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.SANTA CLARA — Exhibition season is here, and so are answers to your 49ers questions submitted via Twitter. Let’s get it on:How do you think the Niners will improve on scoring touchdowns in the red zone?— Maryann (@matrem11) August 8, 2018last_img

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