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first_imgThe Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) says it does not owe Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC) any money, nor does Red Stripe or any other sponsor. In a release yesterday, the PLCA slammed what it described as half-truths and outright lies stated publicly by MBUFC’s representatives. “PLCA wishes to inform all interested parties that Red Stripe has no contractual relationship with or responsibility to MBUFC. Similarly, MBUFC, of its own accord, wishes and desires, was not a member of PLCA from August 12, 2016 until March 31, 2017. PLCA’s board of directors voted to accept the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) recommendation that MBUFC be readmitted as of April 1, 2017,” the release said. The PLCA added that “the incomes and other benefits obtained by it through hard work and much sacrifice are primarily for the benefit of its members and towards financing administration of the league. It is not available purely on the basis of participation in the league.” MBUFC has been at the centre of a football dispute in recent days. Last Thursday, Red Stripe, the title sponsor of the Premier League, said it would end broadcast coverage of the league until ongoing issues are completely resolved. President of MBUFC Orville Powell, in his response last weekend, said money owed to his club is yet to be paid. “The league and sponsor have not responded to us about money owed since last year. It seems we don’t have any value,” Powell said.last_img read more

first_imgHaving challenged the eligibility of several candidates of the ruling Unity Party (UP), to contest the pending special senatorial elections, Sinoe County, District #3 Representative Matthew Zarzar has been heavily criticized by executives of the party.Rep. Zarzar, a UP executive, wrote a complaint against presidential appointed officials that won their primaries and were  qualified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to contest the special senatorial elections.In his complaint, the Sinoe Lawmaker claimed that the officials continue to perform their executive functions in contravention of part five of the 2014 Code of Conduct Act.He said it was wrong  for presidential appointees who were elected by their parties to contest the elections to continue performing their executive functions.Besides, he said, the National Elections Commission should furnish him with the full names of all public officials who are in that category. However, an executive of the party, who addressed journalists on Tuesday, September 2, described the lawmaker’s action as “disappointing and an act of complete dishonesty.”Atty. Miller Catakaw  said, they were shocked and disappointed by the manner in which their executive was going about challenging his own members, who are senatorial candidates of the party. “Why would the party executive challenged his colleagues?” Atty. Catakwa wondered.He went to say; “It was the party that made him a representative; we all rallied around him, to get him to where he is.   How would he fight others and the party’s decision.”According to the lawyer, Zarzar’s complaint to the NEC  has been dismissed.“NEC said that the complaint lacked substance, because he filed it after the constitutional period provided for an individual to challenge the candidacy of an aspirant,” Atty. Catakwa asserted, quoting NEC’s ruling.“His action has brought the party into  public ridicule. He benefited from the party and does not want other executives to enjoy similar opportunity,” the UP lawyer emphasized. “Rep. Zarzar is enjoying [benefits] from the party and is now trying to undermine the efforts  of other executives.” The lawyer added,  “We are surprised by  the UP executive’s action. He benefited from the arrangement of the party and now he is fighting other partisans from enjoying similar [gestures].”Lamenting the behavior of Rep. Zarzar at the time the nation is fighting against the deadly Ebola virus, Atty. Catakwa said, “Instead of worrying about measures to defeat the Ebola virus that is killing our people, he is going about fighting his own partisans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgEuropean Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, has co-signed new regional funding for cooperation with representatives of regional organisations from West Africa up to the year 2020. The Regional Indicative Programme under the 11th European Development Fund amounts to a total of €1.15 billion, an EU release has said.Commissioner Mimica commented: “Regional integration in West Africa is already bearing impressive fruits and today’s signing is the ambitious starting point for preparing new, concrete projects that will benefit the region and its countries. Having almost doubled our support from the last programming period, we will work with a wide range of partners to tackle the challenges that remain in West Africa, such as peace and security, economic integration and trade, as well as sustainable development.”The West Africa Regional Indicative Programme was co-signed by President Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and President Cheikhe Hadjibou Soumaré of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).The Programme focuses on three areas of cooperation:Peace, security and regional Stability including support to ECOWAS in its regional peace and security mandate and funding for peace and security initiatives, including migration.It also focuses on regional economic integration and trade, to strengthen trade, the private sector and regional integration and support infrastructure.Sustainable Development of natural resources and biodiversity which cover support to resilience, food security and nutrition as well as environmental protection, biodiversity and climate change are the other areas of cooperation.The European Development Fund (EDF) is the main instrument for EU aid for development cooperation with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries (ACP). It is funded with contributions from the EU Member States. Regional Indicative Programmes represent an important step in the programming of EU aid under the EDF, complementing the National Indicative Programmes concluded with national governments of ACP states. Preparations are done in close cooperation with the regional organisations so as to ensure that the programmes support their priorities where the EU has a value added.16 Countries benefit from the EU-West Africa Regional Indicative programme. They include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana and Guinea. The others are Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.The 10th EDF Regional Indicative Programme (2008-2013) for West Africa had a budget of €595 million.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratThe A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Councillor, Ron Persaud, wrote to the Mayor and City Councillors of the City of Georgetown seeking permission to set up a used oil refinery within the confines of the City. Mayor Patricia Chase Green read the letter at Wednesday’s Statutory Meeting.“I would like to inform you of setting up a mini used oil refinery. This can produce hydraulic lubricant of 10 barrels per day so we can recycle used oil in the city. I discussed this in part with the Solid Waste Director, Mr Walter Narine, and I would like to, now, formally begin the process,” the letter stated.“There is a facility like this in Tobago just commissioned. We should also be able to get funding through the Low Carbon Development Strategy or Norwegian Region Funds among others. There are also two ways of getting between $100-500 million in revenue by getting central government to implement a used oil disposal fee. The finished product can bring in between $35-50 million as a revenue base per year,” the letter added.Persaud is the representative for Constituency Seven which comprises Bourda-Stabroek Central-Lacytown.Automotive oil recycling involves the recycling of used oils and the creation of new products from the recycled oils, and includes the recycling of motor oil and hydraulic oil. Oil recycling also aids in the preservation of the environment by lessening the likelihood of used oil being dumped on land and in waterways.Used oil re-refining is the process of restoring used oil to new oil by removing chemical impurities, heavy metals and dirt. The used oil is first tested to determine suitability for re-refining, after which it is dehydrated and the water distillate is treated before being released into the environment. Dehydrating also removes the residual light fuel that can be used to power the refinery, and additionally captures ethylene glycol for re-use in recycled antifreeze.last_img read more

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Gerrard and Rodgers will go head-to-head again next month Celtic and Rangers are battling off the pitch as well as on it huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 “That’s not due to the fact that we didn’t want to invest, there is money there that we will invest. Our priority in every window is to come out stronger than we went in.“And we are intent that going into January we will again make every effort to make sure the squad is strengthened.”He added: “We’re in great shape. We’ve got a very strong balance sheet.“Last year we made around Ł17million profit. That was mainly through the sale of players. We had a sell-on (fee) for Virgil Van Dijk and also had a transfer fee for Stuart Armstrong.“So we can see that the club is actually break-even with Champions League (revenue). We reinvest everything that comes in. All the Champions League money goes back into the club.“We have cash in the bank, we’re looking to invest that in the club, into the squad, into the team and to our facilities.“So for the challenges that we will face going ahead, we’re in a really great place.” Meanwhile, Lawwell admitted he was left frustrated by the club’s summer recruitment work.Boss Rodgers was handed Ł10million to sign Odsonne Edouard but the Northern Irishman was less than impressed with the failure to land John McGinn from Hibs.However, Lawwell says there is money for the manager to spend and has promised the club will look to do better in January.He told CelticTV: “We did bring in a number of players. We brought in a record transfer fee in Odsonne Edouard at Ł10million. We brought Lewis Morgan back, Scott Bain was signed permanently and we brought in four others.“But I think it’s fair to say it was a frustrating time for us all. The market is very, very difficult, very complicated and despite everybody working so hard to strengthen the squad further, I think we all left the window a little bit frustrated. REVEALED Ticket allocation has been a controversial issue in the previous two meetings between Scotland’s biggest clubs.Rangers cut Celtic’s away allocation in May and their rivals reacted by offering Gers fans even fewer tickets for the September meeting at Celtic Park.Five people were subsequently injured trying to gain entry to that game, which Celtic won 1-0 courtesy of an Oliver Mitcham goal.The clubs are currently separated by just two points in the Scottish Premier League, with Brendan Rodgers’ side top of the division and Steven Gerrard’s men in third.Following the annual meeting, Celtic said on their website: “There are ongoing discussions with the relevant bodies, as well as supporters’ groups, before making a final decision on whether to recommend that no tickets should be taken for the fixture.“The safety of Celtic supporters is always the number one priority for the board, something which was also stressed when crowding problems at the Celtic v Rangers game in September was raised.” REVEALED ADVICE Celtic have admitted they may refuse tickets for next month’s Old Firm derby with Rangers at Ibrox.The Hoops’ chief executive Peter Lawwell told the club’s AGM he will advice fans to steer clear of the game if he believes there are security concerns. BEST OF no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

first_imgA priest found to be one of the biggest sex abusers in a review of a religious order served in Co Donegal between 1973 and 1975.The parochial house in Letterkenny where Fr Maguire is alleged to have abused victims.The review, which was carried out by the National Board for Safeguarding Children into the Missionary Society of Columban, showed that 24 out of 41 allegations were against Fr Patrick Maguire.Fr Maguire served in Letterkenny where a report found that he visited many homes and also had altar boys stay over nights at the local parochial house. Maguire, who was laicised in 2010, was convicted of sexual abuse a number of times both in Ireland and the UK.He served as a priest between 1960 and 2000 when he was suspended by The Columbans.He is currently serving two suspended sentences of three years dating from May of last year and resides under strict supervision at the Columban’s Dalgan Park in Co Meath.He also featured in the 2009 Murphy report as he abused while in the Dublin archdiocese for a period. The Columbans have reached out to any potential victims of Maguire and a total of eleven other priests who allegations have been made against.It is thought the new appeal and review into the abuse by the NBSC may encourage other young boys abused by Maguire in Donegal to come forward.Also see how former Bishop of Raphoe Anthony McFeely allowed Maguire to get away with abuse of young boy. Click on this link….https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/12/01/raphoe-abuse-how-bishop-mcfeely-gave-notorious-paedophile-a-second-chance/PERVERT PRIEST EXPOSED BY SAFEGUARD REVIEW HAD SERVED IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 13th, 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:donegalFr Patrick MaguireletterkennyThe Columbanslast_img read more

first_imgParents, teachers and community groups are being urged to attend a public meeting in Carndonagh next week to which will address the future of local schools.Charlie McConalogue TDUnder plans by this Government, schools with less than 85 pupils are facing severe cutbacks to resources while schools with 50 pupils or less are at risk of closure or forced amalgamation, claim Fianna Fail.The party is kicking off a national campaign against the closure of small schools next Monday, 09 December in Carndonagh. The meeting takes place at 8pm upstairs in Túl Na Rí. It’s organised by local TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue and Fr John Joe Duffy will be a guest speaker.Deputy McConalogue explained, “Communities across Inishowen are at serious risk of losing their local school under plans being spearheaded by the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn.“The loss of any of our local schools in Inishowen would be felt right across the community. It’s time that we all pull together and stand up against this highly damaging policy, that will essentially amount to the loss of yet another vital local service in this region.”The Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson will be touring the country in the new year as part of his ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign. He has described the Government’s attack on small schools as ‘the latest in a series of attacks on rural communities’.“Donegal has the highest proportion of small schools in the country. In Inishowen alone, there are 17 schools at risk of severe cuts or forced amalgamation. We also have a higher proportion of minority faith schools and gaeltacht schools, which are naturally smaller in size.“Once again, this county is being forced to bear a disproportionate level of cuts to our local services. Many of these schools are the heart of the local community and they add much more to local life than traditional teaching during school hours. The ongoing uncertainty over their future is a threat in itself, as parents feel nervous about enrolling their children in a school that may soon face closure.“The Government is going about its attack on small schools in the sneakiest way possible. A series of cuts to resources coupled by deliberate uncertainty is all adding to the threat of what is a vital local service.“I am urging parents, teachers, community groups and public representatives from all sides to come to this meeting on Monday and stand up for their local school.” FF HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO ‘SAVE LOCAL SMALL SCHOOLS’ IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charlie McConaloguedonegalschoolslast_img read more

first_imgSkipper Nedum Onuoha has admitted that QPR players urged Chris Ramsey to change his methods during his final weeks as head coach. Ramsey was recently sacked with Rangers 13th in the Championship table and enduring a troubled season, partly because of their defensive shortcomings.There had been signs of improvement just before his departure – they conceded a total of two goals in his final four matches at the helm.And Onuoha believes that was largely down to Ramsey listening to players who expressed misgivings about his methods.The defender said: “As time progressed with Chris, he had some good ideas and philosophies and so on, but then certain things didn’t really fit with the way we were.“As time passed, we’d speak to him and he’d speak to us, and things were getting better because we were raising concerns that we might not be able to do some things in 100% the way he would like it.Ramsey was barracked by fans prior to his departure“We were thinking ‘We need to say something’ and he was more receptive to that. So we started to change the way we defended crosses, set-pieces and things like that.“Maybe the way we were set up initially wasn’t to our benefit, but by the end I think we were dealing with things a lot better.“At the same time, a lot of the problems came from individual errors. It can literally take one mistake to concede a goal.”Taking no chancesRamsey’s determination to play a passing style was also met with scepticism from some players.“In the last few games there’s been more of an emphasis on not taking as many chances and risks in key areas,” Onuoha explained.“I think we’ve perhaps gone too far in that direction and we need to get our key players into the game, but we aren’t conceding as much. It’s about finding the right balance.Rangers’ season has been blighted by defensive errors“In the Sheffield Wednesday game for example, there were occasions when we tried to play out from the back and it led to chances for them.“It [being more direct] was kind of something we needed to do but probably not to the extreme that we did it.”Rangers are in the process of drawing up a shortlist of candidates to replace Ramsey and expect Neil Warnock to stay as interim boss until at least the end of the month.Former Rangers manager Warnock secured a return to the club in an advisory role shortly before Ramsey was shown the door.‘Completely different’He was heavily involved in the preparations for the recent defeat at Derby – Ramsey’s last game in charge – before taking control for the 0-0 draw at home to Preston. Onuoha said: “It’s been completely different, but Neil was there for two weeks before Chris lost his job anyway, so we knew how Neil likes to work.“Although we had been following Chris’ guidelines, it wasn’t like there was a new person coming in after Chris lost his job.“Neil was involved and he was in the dressing room, but only as much as Chris wanted him to be. Chris gave him the floor to speak a few times.“I’d say Neil was involved in maybe half of the preparation for the [Derby] game, but that’s what Chris wanted – he wanted him involved as much as possible.“It’s always sad when you see someone lose their job. Unfortunately for Chris it just didn’t go his way.“I appreciate the fact that he played me through his whole tenure and made me captain. I can’t thank him enough for that.”See also:QPR hierarchy in Malaysia to discuss new head coachFerdinand laid low by food poisoning during Malaysia tripWarnock brings in Blackwell to assist him at QPRWarnock to stay at the helm as QPR take their timeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — During his first offseason as Giants president of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi was quite careful when choosing ways to describe his vision for the franchise.When asked to offer a big-picture goal for the 2019 season, Zaidi often said he wanted the Giants to play “meaningful” baseball as deep into the season as they could.Zaidi’s predecessors never shied away from explaining the team’s annual goal was to “contend” for a playoff spot, but competing for a postseason berth …last_img read more

first_imgFor one week each year, the savannah of the Karoo is turned into Tankwa Town, a vibrant yet temporary hub of creativity when thousands of South Africans gather for AfrikaBurn. Unbound creativity and cleaning up before you leave are the only rules of the festival.Tankwa Town comes alive once a year when the AfrikaBurn festival hits the Northern Cape. (Image: Ian Tunbridge, Flickr)Based on The Burning Man festival held in Nevada in the US, AfrikaBurn grew out of a loose grouping of individuals and organisations who questioned, and continue to question mainstream, highly commercialised, society and what it does to the notion and workings of community. In a nutshell, it’s about radical self-expression and it acts as a collaborative catalyst for change.The 2018 AfrikaBurn, taking place between 23 and 29 April, invites participants to embrace the “Working Title” theme. If that doesn’t inspire creativity, organisers say you can simply choose your own theme.To inspire you, take a look at some of the highlights from the 2017 AfrikaBurn.Source: 26 Degrees South: a South African Airways bloglast_img read more