CJIA Expansion ProjectAs works are progressing on the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) runway extension, so too are works on the homes for the 19 families who will be displaced.One of the houses near completionThe Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) had previously stated that the affected residents will be relocated some 200 metres to the west of their current location. Construction on the identified plot of land has already begun and is expected to be completed this year.The developed area will be equipped with roads and utilities such as electricity and water while the homes will become the legal properties of the residents. There are currently 57 house lots in the piece of area developed to relocate the residents.However, during a visit to the site Friday, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson pointed out to reporters the location where the new houses are being constructed. He noted that the residents will have basic amenities such as water and electricity, things some of them do not have currently.Minister Patterson told reporters that two homes being constructed by Government are what the two families currently have. He explained that following discussions with the residents and with their agreement, officials from the Ministry of Finance’s Evaluation Department inspected the 19 homes and drew up dimensions based on what was observed.“You will see, we will be replacing what you have – no enhancement, no devolution. Obviously, they had the option if they wanted to do the extra and make (wood houses) into concrete houses but we are replacing what you have existing. You are not making any profits, you not making any losses but they will now be legally on the lands,” the Minister stressed.He noted that one of the commitments made with the residents were that those being relocated would get the bigger lots – 100×100 – while the others will have 50×100 lots: “It’s in acknowledgement that while they don’t have any legal standing here, we are working with them to have them relocate comfortably,” he remarked. (Vahnu Manickchand)
Members of the Executive Committee of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) have resolved to appealingly write the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives for an investigation to find out who ordered their Chief Clerk and her deputy to complain the LFA President to the world’s football governing body, FIFA.The Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Alphonso Armah said the House’s Chief Clerk Mildred N. Sayon and Deputy Chief Clerk, J. Sayfura Geplay separately protested to FIFA against the eligibility of H. Musa Bility as President of the LFA.Armah said Mr. Geplay, in his letter dated the 21st of March, prayed for the intervention of FIFA because Mr. Bility is ineligible to contest as President of the LFA because he (Bility) is guilty of criminal conspiracy, theft of property, economic sabotage and tax evasion in the country.On the 14th of April, the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mildren N. Sayon, did a follow-up letter.Mr. Armah, in an exlcusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, said the letters are not only erroneous but also unethical because Bility was never found guilty in any of the accusations and the letters from the Clerks would put the Honorable House in unnecessary public ridicule.According to Armah, when the LFA contacted as to whether the House’s Committee on Youth and Sports was aware of the letter, Representative Lester Paye, Chairman on said committee, declined.Armah said it is the LFA’s belief that the leadership of the House of Representatives is neither aware nor approved the letters and would therefore want the leadership to investigate on who mandated the Clerks to write FIFA.“We want the [House] leadership to investigate who mandated the clerks to write FIFA and we hope they would,” the LFA Chief Scribe said.Meanwhile, according to FIFA’s reply to the House of Representatives, the world’s football governing body has rejected a petition protesting the candidacy of Musa H. Bility, in the recent elections of the Liberia Football Association. A copy of FIFA’s response to the letters from House of Representatives was sent to LFA.Bility went unopposed and almost all members of his team secured another four-year term.In FIFA’s response, deputy secretary general Markus Kattner, said after a thorough analysis of the facts reported in the protest, “we have to inform you that this seems to be an internal matter which does not come under the remit of FIFA authorities.”“Moreover,” FIFA said, “we must inform you that the aforementioned LFA elective congress was under the observation from a representative of CAF.”“As a consequence of the above,” Kattner said, “FIFA is not in a position to intervene in this matter.”FIFA noted that as a general principle, it corresponds or communicates only with and through its member associations.The House’s Clerks’ letters seem to be similar to the Former Lone Star Players Association.The former Barrolle and Lone Star defender, Washington Blay, among others claimed that it was public knowledge of the guilty verdict of tax evasion by a private corporation belonging to Bility.The protest further explained that the private corporation owned by Bility “defrauded the government,” in an unstated amount. “[He was] found guilty by the Tax Court and restitution plan violated,” of which the Elections Committee failed to take into account and disqualify him.However, the protest did not say whether Bility was convicted of any of the alleged crimes against the State.The letter also claimed that there was an indictment for economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and theft of property against Bility, though there was no evidence of conviction for the Elections Committee to base any punitive action on.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
53rd anniversary…as 780 new ranks welcomedAt a time when the number of Guyana Defence Force (GDF) ranks have been implicated in various types of criminal activities, acting Chief-of-Staff, Colonel Trevor Bowman has warned that any rank found involved in rape, robbery or any other crime will face the full wrath of the law.He signalled this warning at the GDF’s 53rd anniversary prayer service hosted on Thursday at Camp Ayanganna, Thomas Lands, Georgetown.“Those ranks who wear a uniform and are bent on devious acts like robbery, rape, assault and abuse must be separated from us. It must bother us when they are allowed to remain in our force, eat in our mess halls and find refuge in our barracks,” Bowman warned.The acting Chief-of-Staff told the hall of ranks who attended the church service that they ought to monitor their behaviour and pay keen attention to the posts they make on social media to ensure it does not breach the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Defence Force.Moreover, he referenced what is expected of them. “We expect you to remain committed to securing frontier and not to be consumed by the ‘get rich quick’ theme that beaches all of our Standard Operating Procedures”.Bowman also took the time to give the ranks insight as he related that their duties could become heavier as the country will become an oil producing one. According to him, the recent discoveries of commercial quantities of oil can very well impactA section of the ranks at the GDF’s 53rd Anniversary prayer service on Thursday at Camp Ayanganna, Thomas Lands, Georgetownthe country in a dramatic way.He therefore urged all the ranks to be prepared to deal with traditional and non-traditional threats.It was on that noted that the acting Chief-of-Staff pointed to the fact that the strength of the Defence Force will be boosted with the immediate appointment of 780 ranks. Bowman noted, “With effect from today (Thursday), 1st of November, 2018, the authorised strength of the force will be adjusted upwards to 3845, an increase of 780 persons. This increase in manpower is necessary as we transform to meet the challenges of a changing environment.”While speaking to the new ranks, he urged them not to abuse the power and authority being entrusted to them.Just last month, two dishonoured Guyana Defence Force (GDF) ranks who were implicated in a rape and robbery on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were charged and dismissed from the Force.It was reported that the female victim and her boyfriend were at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground, Essequibo Coast, which is close to the GDF base, for an event and about 23:30h as they were enjoying an evening together, the two ranks – 22-year-old Rawlston Reid, of Doch Four Housing Scheme, East CoastChief-of-Staff (ag), Colonel Trevor BowmanDemerara (ECD); and Isaiah Rawlins, 21, of Wisroc, Linden attacked the couple.The soldiers reportedly dealt the young man several blows about his body, took away his money and gold chain, and demanded that his girlfriend have sex with them or else they would rape him.They then allegedly took turns raping the woman as she wept bitterly and asked them to stop.The young man had no choice but to watch his girlfriend being sexually assaulted. After the ordeal, the young couple reported the matter to the Police.An identification parade was later held at the Suddie Police Station and the two perpetrators were positively identified by the victims.The duo were however granted bail when they appeared at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court later last month in the sum of $300,000 each by Magistrate Esther Sam.
LAKE ARROWHEAD – They’ve stolen cars, used drugs and forged checks. When California is burning, they fight fires. About a quarter of the 14,000 firefighters defending homes and businesses in Southern California from wildfires this week have been prisoners, officials said. Of the 4,400 inmates trained to battle fires in the state, 3,091 were on the front lines Friday from Lake Arrowhead south to San Diego. “It’s very close to the most we’ve ever used,” said Seth Unger, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. About 3,000 inmates were used in 2003 during the Cedar Fire north of San Diego. “We have to keep some of them back. We can’t deploy every one of them.” In Lake Arrowhead, where the stubborn Slide Fire scorched has burned more than 13,000 acres and destroyed at least 200 homes, more than 220 inmate firefighters were on the lines, said Lt. William Mock, who runs Fenner Canyon, a prison inmate camp in Valyermo. They stood in line Friday evening filling their plates with turkey, peas and mashed potatoes in a makeshift kitchen in Snow Valley, a ski resort serving as a base camp. All wore orange jumpsuits marked “CDC PRISONER,” instead of the canary yellow suits worn by most fire crews. “Everybody’s just hanging in there, trying to get through this,” said Jose Robert Rosales, 23, of Norwalk. “We got axes, we got tools, we cut lines, we make sure none of the houses get burnt.” Rosales said being on the fire lines had helped him to think ahead to what he wanted to do after completing his prison sentence: get back to work at his father-in-law’s body shop. “The program has helped me a lot physically and mentally,” said Rosales, who was convicted of great bodily injury and terrorist threats four years ago. “There’s less stress, and you get to go out more and make more money, which will help me when I get out.” The work is grueling. “These guys here are working hard on 24 hour-shifts,” said Kaliko Johansen, 35, an inmate crew supervisor from Las Vegas, Nev. “It’s like working with anyone else, you’ve got good guys and bad guys out there, the majority of them just want to fight the fire,” he said. Johansen was working alongside an inmate crew using axes, shovels and chainsaws to cut a fire break in an effort to stop the advance of the fire. “Those crews are a doing a lot of the grunt work,” said Adam Shay, an engineer for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “They’re gonna have some work ahead of them for a while.” At least one inmate has died in the line of duty. In July 1999, a male inmate died in Ventura County when he fell from a hillside. Some firefighters said without the help of inmates, the blazes may have caused more destruction. “I think it would be very hard without them. It would really impact us,” said Breck Wright, a state firefighter who said he has worked side by side with inmates on dozens of occasions. “They are very effective, hard-working and are well-trained. They know what they are doing.”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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Not every inmate qualifies to be a firefighter. Those who do – male or female – must be physically fit, have no history of violent crime and have four to 36 months remaining on their sentences, Unger said. Once chosen, inmates undergo a grueling, four-week program that includes training in fire safety and suppression. The program has been in existence since the 1940s and makes inmates available for other natural disasters such as earthquakes and flooding. Inmates earn only $1 an hour for their work so officials estimate the savings to California taxpayers every year is about $80 million. That’s based on 3 million hours for firefighting and other emergencies, and another 7 million hours in community service. Inmates earn two days of credit for every day on the fire lines. “The program provides great benefits to both the state and the inmate,” Unger said. “The inmate not only gets to be outside, but gives back to the community, in some cases the same communities they may have victimized before.” Inmates are often sent to cut fire breaks in locations that can’t be reached by heavy machinery. They also help protect homes and businesses.
Just over €1M has been provisionally approved for Donegal County Council to take 40 housing developments in charge.The news has been welcomed by Junior Minister Joe McHugh.He said “The Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney TD, has confirmed to me that €1,049,769 has been provisionally approved for Donegal County Council to take 40 housing developments in charge. 1818 units will be taken in charge by the Council thanks to this funding. “This is really great news for housing estates and developments right across the entire county, that have been left unfinished or in need of further work by developers. Now that these developments will be under the remit of Donegal County Council this work can finally be done, and families can expect to live in high quality developments that are properly serviced.“This funding allocation from Government also enables Donegal County Council to raise a further €347,803 through bonds and other sources, in order to help finance this initiative.“Minister Coveney has said that this initiative should be seen in the context of the Government’s forthcoming Action Plan for Housing. Funding provided through Local Authorities will support the provision of new infrastructure to support the development of high quality homes for all.”MORE THAN €1M ALLOCATED FOR COUNCIL TO TAKE OVER 40 HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS was last modified: July 8th, 2016 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:donegalfundinghousingMinister Joe McHugh
REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won English players moving to foreign leagues has been talked about at length but Sancho and Nelson are certainly showing it has been a worthwhile career choice for them.Sancho, who left Manchester City to join the Bundesliga side in August 2017, earned his first ever senior call-up to the England squad before making history when he made his debut for the Three Lions in their UEFA Nations League draw to Croatia.Meanwhile, Nelson had a very productive display for the Three Lions’ Under-21 squad – catching the eye of Arsenal fans during the victories over Andorra and Scotland. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sancho has two goals and six assists in the Bundesliga this season Nelson has four goals in four games for Julian Nagelsmann’s side BEST OF Reiss Nelson got himself another two goals for Hoffenheim today 👏🔵 Games: 4⚽️ Goals: 4⏱ Minutes: 163English youngsters are tearing up the Bundesliga 😍 pic.twitter.com/3tdhK0XRjs— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 20, 2018 2 huge blow 2 RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY REVEALED Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson were firing in the Bundesliga once again as the English youngsters both scored on Saturday to help Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim claim convincing victories.Arsenal loanee Nelson bagged a brace as Hoffenheim came from behind to win 3-1 at Nurnburg, while Sancho’s deflected effort set Dortmund on their way to a 4-0 triumph at Stuttgart. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE no dice What a season Jadon Sancho is having…🅰️ vs Leipzig⭕️ vs Hannover🅰️ vs Frankfurt⭕️ vs Hoffenheim⚽️🅰️ vs Nurnberg🅰️🅰️ vs Leverkusen🅰️ vs Augsburg⚽️ vs StuttgartHe’s only played 304 Bundesliga minutes 🔥 pic.twitter.com/vfYYiORt8C— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 20, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Below you can see Sancho and Nelson’s goals. Most Popular Football News
HE’S never one for a fuss.But the people of Kilmacrennan and beyond certainly wanted to make a fuss out of Father Paddy Dunne when he celebrated 25 years as a priest on Wednesday evening.Priests from surrounding parishes all came along for a special Silver Anniversary Mass. FR PADDY DUNNE GETS WARM CONGRATULATIONS ON HIS 25TH YEAR IN THE PRIESTHOOD was last modified: July 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Father Paddy DunnekilmacrennanmassSilver anniversary
The election opinion poll published in this week’s Tirconaill Tribune for the Letterkenny/Milford Electoral Area shows non-party candidates are set to win almost 43% of the first preference vote. And it is no big shock that there is a huge degree of apathy on voter intentions amid an urgent demand for a new political party.The poll among 500 people in the area shows party profiles since the last local elections in 2009. Fianna Fail is on 23%: down by 17.7%: Fine Gael is on 16.3%: down by 8.4%: Sinn Fein is at 13.4%: an increase of 5%. Labour remains unchanged at just 3.7%. However the non-party bandwagon is on a roll reaching a figure of 42.7%. This is an increase of 20.3% in five years.Politicians who’ve been interpreting the poll say that turn away from mainstream politics is a clear manifestation of the demand nationally for a new political party.This poll shows a number of other factors as seen through the views of the electorate and 35% of those polled do not intend voting at all.At the same time there is a factor of a further 40% that is undecided what way they intend to vote. A graph of the Tribune’s pollOne of the interesting stats from the poll is that more than half of the ‘undecided’ are non-party.However this is where real indecision raises its head in that 60% this group may not make up their minds until they visit the polling station and see the ballot paper. Their votes could cause a real upheaval as the final seats are decided.The Tribune poll also asked voters for a verdict on the performance of the Government and Irish Water.The results are quite shocking with only 12% expressing satisfaction with the Government and 96% of the poll is outraged with the prospect of water charges next year.Fianna Fail looks well placed to win two seats but once again there is no distinct evidence of vote management to ensure they hold their third seat. This will come as good news to the chasing group of four, albeit they are under half the projected quota.The leading group includes Liam Blaney: Ian McGarvey: Ciaran Brogan and Mick Quinn all within shouting distance of the quota and above a 7% first preference figure.They are followed by Noel McBride and John O’Donnell with the quota at 9% of the turnout Michael McBride and Gerry McMonagle are also doing well to give a solid enough choice for the first eight seats.Jimmy Kavanagh of Fine Gael and James Pat McDaid of Fianna Fail are also within the top ten of first preference choices in the race for seats. Tribune editor John McAteer said “That is the theory of the poll but the actual experience may well change in the coming week as pressure mounts for those last two elusive seats and a better vote management plan right across the entire panel, but especially in Fianna Fail where Blaney and Brogan have 76% of their party share.”Others contenders names well within contention are Tom Crossan: Charlie McClafferty: Donal Cullen, Paschal Blake and Grace Boyle.INDEPENDENTS DAY! SHOCK TRIBUNE POLL PUTS NON-PARTY CANDIDATES ON 43% was last modified: May 15th, 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:donegalElectionsJohn McAteerTirconaill Tribune
BBC-A joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico has won the right to host the 2026 Fifa World Cup, beating a bid from Morocco.More to follow………..Comments Tags: World Cup 2026
Tim Hoogland nodded in Fulham’s first home goal of the new season to give them a thoroughly deserved lead at the break.The German timed his run perfectly to guide Ross McCormack’s cross beyond Cardiff keeper David Marshall midway through the first half.Fulham were on top throughout the opening 45 minutes as they hunt their first points of the Championship campaign.Scott Parker was dominant in midfield, Chris David looked lively and McCormack threatened throughout from the left-hand side, while Dan Burn and the impressive full-backs snuffed out Cardiff’s much-vaunted attack.Parker and McCormack both sent efforts wide early on before Hoogland – who had also netted on the opening day at Ipswich – broke the Fulham home drought when he glanced the ball home.Emerson Hyndman drilled a shot wide and David put a free-kick past the angle of post and bar as the Whites continued to force Cardiff on the back foot. Fulham (4-2-3-1): Bettinelli; Voser, Bodurov, Burn, Stafylidis; Hoogland, Parker; David; Hyndman, McCormack; ; Woodrow.Substitutes: Kiraly, Hutchinson, Eisfeld, Roberts, Dembele, Chihi, Williams.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook