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Agriculture Minister’s Approach to Media

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Hindering of NDC’s work

first_imgDear Editor,The Minister of Communities treatment of the established Local Government Commission (LGC), seeks to put asunder, the marriage of Local Government Organs and the communities they are elected to serve. Contrary to his advocacy leading up to the passing of, and assent to the Local Government Act 13 of 2012, we are now witnessing a more than opposite turnaround of intent.Not so long ago, the duplicitous Ronald Bulkan in his August 2013 speech on the matter to the Tenth Parliament, stated:“The Joint Task Force determined that the commission would monitor the activities of local government organs, some of which included the following: the commission will be empowered to monitor the activities of local government organs, some which include staffing matters, appointment of tribunals, disciplinary matters, hiring of personnel, remuneration matters, vacation and other leave, dismissal of personnel, receiving complaints, making rules and regulations and regulating the operations of the local authorities. What is envisaged and proposed is a system that leads to and allows for greater autonomy. You can recall article 75 of the Constitution which mandates that as well as the devolution of powers.”He further advanced that “what we want is for these local democratic organs to breathe freely and that the oversight that they would be subject to should not be suffocating and subject only to ministerial control. These local democratic organs must be empowered, as is required by our Constitution. They must be able to take decisions in the best interest of their respective communities, not of some political party; it is all about local democracy.”To date, after eons of delays towards establishment, the LGC is without an Office; without any transportation and the monies that were allocated for the LGC by the Parliament, is not being accounted for. The Commission is without any money, although appropriations were approved in the Budget for the year 2018. The bigger question is what is happening to the Commission members ‘stipend’? Months have gone by and the members are awaiting their salaries/stipend.It is known that the Commissioners have received scores of complaints that they cannot act on, due to the handed down suppression of the entity the Bulkan led Ministry under which its finances and empowerment fall. From their shameless actions, one could easily see that the APNU/AFC is deliberately frustrating the members of the Commission to take action against the many delinquent staff.While it cannot be denied that some NDC’s are doing their best, others are finding it extremely difficult to implement their work program. The Regional Executive Officers (REOs) and Overseers are hell bent on taking political directives from the APNU/AFC. As a consequence, the NDC’s are not getting their work done in the interest of the people.Recently emerging, there have been a number of negative activities by some REOs and Overseers which are outright unacceptable. In an east NDC, the Overseer has turned away numerous persons from paying their Rates and Taxes and is demanding new property valuations as the new base for the Taxes. This column wishes to make public the nasty situation of REOs enquiring as to whether particular rice farmers have PNCR membership Cards, before supporting works are done in their area.It is a travesty that persons in this employ who have responsibilities of service to the people, utilizes their position to advance partisan political positions. Also, an extreme lawless and damning position of the APNU/AFC government to offer protection to the party stooges and political hacks who are placed in these positions to misbehave and stymie the programs of elected councils. With the current approach, the impact of the 2016 Local Government Elections has turned out to be farcical.The gestation period for the empowerment of the LGC, as in the period of the bill referred to by Mr Bulkan in his speech, has gone way beyond that acceptable for Humans, Elephants and Asses. It is stifling the people, has stultified efficiency and it is leading to ultimate failure and decay. Legitimately elected Councilors are not allowed to function in a proper way, and the undermining of the Councilors is a detriment to development. The local democratic organs must be able to breathe freely and the oversight that they are subject to, should not be suffocating and subject only to ministerial control.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Linden man remanded on armed robbery charge

first_imgA Block 22, Wismar, Linden man was on Monday remanded to prison by Magistrate Wanda Fortune on a charge of armed robbery.Devon CampbellIt is alleged that Devon Campbell of Lot 245 Block 22, while being armed with a gun on October 18, 2018, robbed Virtual Complainant (VC) Leroy Nedd of a quantity of items including a silver ring.The incident is alleged to have occurred at Half Mile, Wismar. The prosecution is maintaining that Nedd was positively identified by the VC as one of the persons who robbed him on October 18, 2018. However, the defendant during his sworn statement in court maintained that he was not in Linden at the time. According to the prosecution, the defendant remained silent when the charge was read to him during his arrest by Police last November.Campbell was remanded to prison until March 29, 2019 when he is expected to call two witnesses in his defence.last_img read more

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Hesperia leads area wrestling contingent

first_img– BAKERSFIELD – Three days ago the Bakersfield Condors – that’s a minor-league hockey team – beat the Phoenix RoadRunners in a shootout. On Sunday, AFI – that’s a rock band – will blast through. In between, the best prep wrestlers in California will visit Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena for a two-day tournament beginning this morning to decide the CIF-State championships. Though it’s always tough to chase the Roadrunners and warm up AFI, San Bernardino County is sending a large contingent, including a few who could walk away with state titles. Hesperia heavyweight Ryan Hoover lost his No. 1 state ranking at last week’s CIF-Southern Section Masters meet, suffering a second-round pin to Rosemead’s Anthony Gonzalez in the final. The senior went 3-2 at last year’s state meet and is still a favorite to win it all. His first-round opponent, even more so than most heavyweights, is no pushover. John Thurston of Ferndale finished eighth at last year’s state meet and a deceptive fourth in the North Coast Section tournament last week both his losses at the double-elimination tourney came by one point. The city of Hesperia, population 84,645 according to a 2006 estimate, features a staggering 10 entries in the 532-man tournament. Hoover will be joined by teammates Daniel Gudino (a 130-pound junior), Andrew Collins (140, junior), Dominick Reyes (171, junior) and Justin Correa (189, senior). Crosstown rival Sultana, meanwhile, finished second as a team at the Masters meet. The Sultans were led by 145-pound junior Jarrod Brooksher, who beat Rim of the World’s Isaac Whisner 3-1 in overtime one week after losing to Whisner at the Masters qualifier. Sophomore Cody Bollinger (140) and senior Eli McWatters (160) both advanced to Masters title matches but came up short. “I can do better,” Bollinger said after the Masters meet Saturday. “Hopefully I can make the (state) finals.” Also competing today for Sultana will be Zac Sweeney, who took third at 215 and Erik Baker, who took fifth at 135. center_img Sweeney, who won the CIF-Eastern Division championship, suffered his only loss at the Masters meet to Diamond Bar’s Marcus Johnson Jr., the Southern Division champion. Johnson suffered a slight shoulder separation in his 215-pound Masters title match with Oxnard Pacifica’s John Hernandez, an injury that forced him to forfeit the championship, but he will be on the mat today. “He had a pretty good workout with the Irvine kid (189-pounder Tyler Garcia) this evening,” Marcus Johnson Sr., the wrestler’s coach and father, said Thursday. “He said his shoulder is the best it’s felt all week. So it seems like he’s good to go.” The forfeit dropped Johnson to third in the wrestleusa.com state rankings; Sweeney is now fifth. Yucca Valley junior Vinny Maraj is prepared to improve upon his eighth-place finish at last year’s tournament. Maraj took second in the 152-pound bracket at Masters on an injury default but was dealt a favorable bracket position: He can’t face a higher-ranked opponent until the semifinals on Saturday. Rancho Cucamonga’s Ryan Eagleson (130), who lost his first match of the season last Saturday en route to a third-place Masters finish, faces a much tougher road. The senior drew Joey Boone, a senior from Poway who is ranked second in the state, in his first match today. Senior teammate Corey Castillo (125) faces Clovis Buchanan’s Justin Arredondo in his opener. Also representing local schools are Damien senior Aaron Kunihiro (125), Cajon junior Alfonso Hernandez (130) and senior Jesse Moreno (135), and Alta Loma senior Alton Clark (145). 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

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African players in Europe: Salah ‘one of the best in the world’

first_imgSalah is joint leading scorer in the Premier League on 10 goals with another African, Gabon sharpshooter Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.EnglandMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)Fears over Salah’s demise as a goalscorer in the Premier League have been put firmly to bed. The Egyptian, 26, scored his second Premier League hat-trick for the club in the 4-0 rout of Bournemouth, taking his league tally to 10 this season.ANDRE-FRANK ZAMBO ANGUISSA (Fulham)Claudio Ranieri likened his team’s performance in the first half of a 4-1 defeat at Manchester United to lambs against wolves.Cameroon midfielder Anguissa, 23, showed some fight in the second half but received a second yellow card followed by a red just a minute after Fulham had pulled a goal back to make it 3-1.WILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)Zaha’s creative talent and goals were integral to Palace escaping the drop last season but he has not scored since mid-September.The club — with just one win in 11 Premier League games after Saturday’s loss at West Ham — are only two points above the relegation zone.They need the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international to fire.JEFFREY SCHLUPP (Crystal Palace)Ghana defender Schlupp, 25, scored his second goal of the season for Palace in the 3-2 defeat at West Ham.The 76th-minute header gave Roy Hodgson’s team hopes of a comeback from 3-1 down but they could not find an equaliser.ItalyALFRED DUNCAN/KHOUMA BABACAR (Sassuolo)/ALBAN LAFONT (Fiorentina)Sassuolo went two goals up just after the hour mark when Ghanaian Duncan broke through after pouncing on a poor clearance from Fiorentina’s Burkina Faso-born goalkeeper Lafont.Duncan then provided a pin-perfect assist for Senegalese striker Babacar to slot in from close range five minutes later.But the hosts threw away their two-goal advantage with Fiorentina scoring twice in the final minutes to snatch a 3-3 draw.ADAM OUNAS (Napoli)Algerian international Ounas claimed the second goal for Napoli with a stunning strike from distance five minutes before the break as Carlo Ancelotti’s side consolidated second place eight points behind Juventus with a 4-0 rout of Frosinone.It was the second goal in three days for the 22-year-old France-born forward in his second season with the Italian club.GermanyISHAK BELFODIL (Hoffenheim)The Algeria midfielder opened the scoring with a superb goal as Hoffenheim drew 2-2 against Wolfsburg.Belfodil met an Andrej Kramaric cross with a sweetly struck volley to rifle the ball into the bottom corner after just four minutes.AMINE HARIT (Schalke)The Moroccan international won a penalty for his side in a 2-1 derby defeat to arch rivals Borussia Dortmund.After Harit was fouled, Daniel Caligiuri converted from 12 yards to equalise before a late Jadon Sancho goal won it for Bundesliga leaders Dortmund.HAMZA MENDYL (Schalke)Fellow Moroccan Mendyl prompted a few raised eyebrows when he came on for injured striker Guido Burgstaller in the 36th minute against Dortmund.A left-back, Mendyl was forced to moonlight as a forward in the derby and cut a lonely figure.ANTHONY UJAH (Mainz)The Nigerian forward made Mainz ecstatic when he appeared to score a stoppage-time winner against Hanover, but the celebrations were cut short as the goal was ruled offside by VAR and the match finished 1-1.FranceLEBO MOTHIBA (Strasbourg)South African Mothiba scored his eighth Ligue 1 goal of the season to give eighth-place Strasbourg the lead for the second time in a 2-2 home draw with lowly Caen.FAYCAL FAJR/SAIF-EDDINE KHAOUI (Caen)Both Caen equalisers in Strasbourg came from north Africans with Moroccan Fajr claiming the first and Tunisian Khaoui the second, 10 minutes from time.NICOLAS PEPE (Lille)France-born Ivory Coast international Pepe salvaged a 1-1 home draw for second-place Lille against Reims with a 95th-minute goal, his 11th of the league campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) takes the ball around Bournemouth’s Bosnian-Herzegovinian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (L0 in the build-up to scoring his third goal, Liverpool’s fourth during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on December 8, 2018. © AFP / Glyn KIRKPARIS, France, Dec 10 – Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe called Egyptian Mohamed Salah “one of the best (footballers) in the world” after he scored a hat-trick for Liverpool against his club at the weekend.Salah was once again the outstanding African performer in the major European leagues with his treble helping Liverpool triumph 4-0 and replace Manchester City at the top of the table.last_img read more

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BUSINESSMAN ADVISES PEOPLE TO CHECK ACCOUNTS AFTER HE IS ROBBED IN BANK SCAM

first_imgA leading Donegal estate agent has warned people to check their bank accounts after he became the latest victim of a banklink gang.Well-known estate agent Keith Anderson had money taken from his account.Well-known businessman Keith Anderson, from Donegal Town, was contacted by AIB to say he is one of possibly hundreds of customers to have lost money from their accounts.Officials from AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster bank have contacted customers across the county in recent days after what they believe was an elaborate swindle. Gardai believe skimming devices were put on banklink machines in Donegal Town up to six months ago.But it is only now that the massive fraud is coming to light.The gang used the details gleaned from the cards to purchase goods across the United States in many cases.Mr Anderson, his wife and his mother were all hit in the scam. He told Donegal Daily “Personally €300 was taken from my AIB account, my wife had €240 taken from hers and my mother had €540 taken from her Ulster Bank account.“We have been told it could have happened weeks or months ago and it is only coming to light now.“If we are honest about it, who checks everything coming in and out of their accounts.“I would never have known about this only for the banks contacted us,” he said.Mr Anderson said he has already spoken to a number of people who have also had various amounts of cash stolen form their accounts. “Who knows how widespread it is or how much cash has been taken,” he said.Bank of Ireland spent Saturday contacting dozens of customers across Donegal whom they suspect had money taken from their account.Businessman Keith says AIB have told him his card is now frozen until he and dozens of others affected by the scam are issued with new cards.It is understood all the money taken from people’s accounts will be replaced. A Garda spokesman warned people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity on their account.“We would ask people to exercise all the usual precautions when withdrawing money from banklink machines.“People should also go through their accounts and if they think money has been illegally spent then they should query it with their banks and to track back where that money has been spent,” said the spokesman.BUSINESSMAN ADVISES PEOPLE TO CHECK ACCOUNTS AFTER HE IS ROBBED IN BANK SCAM was last modified: October 14th, 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:AIBBank of IrelandbanklinkDonegal TownfraudKeith Andersonulster banklast_img read more

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GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 18.03.13In Association with Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure The Minors continued their winning start on Sunday with a good victory in Cloughaneely, coming out on top by 3-11 to 1-06. They have a free weekend this week before meeting the Gaels the following week.The Seniors and Reserves will begin their campaigns on Good Friday (March 29th) with home games v Kilcar before travelling to Gaoth Dobhair on Easter Sunday (March 31st).There was a big turnout at the boxing last Friday in the Mt. Errigal. Thanks to the Rugby club and to all our boxers for giving up their time for this excellent fundraiser.The U12 Boys Go Games football commences this weekend. Keep an eye on e-mail and club Facebook page for details. The Finals of the District Schools League take place this Wednesday, March 20th in O’Donnell Park from 10:45am with some great games in store. The 2 main Cups presented on the day are in memory of Elaine Winston Friel and Susan Carr. Anyone available to help out on the day or who just wants to watch is welcome.The Sunday Morning Football Academy commences on Sunday, April 7th at 11am with Registrations from 10:30am. The Hurling & Camogie Academy will begin on Friday, April 12th at 6:30pm.Can all managers make sure at the end of training sessions that their players lift any plastic water bottles they have brought to training please. There is a bin up beside the shop so there is one easy enough to get to! The field is getting littered with bottles at present so we all need to be a little more mindful.The Golf Classic has been pencilled in for Saturday, May 25th this year – the day before the Tyrone game so big interest is expected. If you are interested in playing, helping or sponsoring please contact James Friel on 086-8255474.All managers are reminded that their players must be registered asap. The club is adopting a zero tolerance policy towards unregistered players due to strict insurance guidelines and no player at any level will be permitted to take the field without being registered. Underage players and managers are reminded that mouth guards are now also compulsory to meet the insurance guidelines and that no players are permitted to play without them, this will be strictly enforced by referees so please remind your players to also have a spare mouthguard. These rules also apply to training sessions, be advised that allowing a player to train or play without a mouhtguard may leave you liable should there be an incident.We extend our sympathies to the family of Danny McHugh, Lisnennan who passed away earlier this week. GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: March 19th, 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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A Royal showing for Ventura

first_imgVENTURA – When starting quarterback Kevin Harrington went down with a broken humerus bone in his left arm in Royal High of Simi Valley’s season opener, the Highlanders football team turned to its defense and senior running back Curtis Marsh to shoulder the load. Marsh’s running and a respectable effort on defense were the only things that kept an undermanned Royal team in Friday night’s 21-0 loss against host Ventura at Larrabee Stadium. Royal (2-1) was limited to 53 second-half yards as Ventura (3-0) saw its defense perform a remarkable turnaround from last week, when it allowed Moorpark sophomore Darrell Scott to rush for 251 yards and three touchdowns. —Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With junior quarterback Michael Long still learning the Highlanders’ offensive system, Royal – ranked No. 11 by the Daily News – managed only 51 passing yards against the Cougars. On the other side, Ventura senior quarterback Lee Mondol passed for 216 yards on his way to setting the program’s career yardage record for the third-ranked team in Southern Section Div. IV. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Royal coach Gene Uebelhardt wasn’t ready to push the panic button with Westlake waiting in next week’s Marmonte League opener. “I feel better about losing to Ventura than I do rolling up Channel Islands,” said Uebelhardt, who saw his team’s best chance to score come up empty in the first quarter when Danny Jennings missed a 37-yard field-goal attempt. “We put our defense in a bad spot a couple of times (by giving Ventura favorable field position). But this is what we’re going to see for the next month, so I’m actually pretty confident with how they played.” Marsh was limited to 60 yards on 16 carries, 45 of them coming in the second half. Mondol, who set the program’s single-game record with 347 yards in the victory over Moorpark, shook off a slow start to throw for three touchdowns for the second consecutive week. last_img read more

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DD Gardening: Double the colour – from one plant!

first_imgAs we know as gardeners some plants are prized for their flowers, some for their structure and others for habit, form etc. Some plants have more than one desirable feature…a great plant you could add to your garden is the Witch Hazel.In addition to having the fabby early spring flowers, which are wonderfully scented, Witch Hazels also have spectacular golden autumn foliage. I’ve long been a fan of Witch Hazels, their growth habit and shape is nice and ‘tight’ in the garden, so it’s useful for small gardens where space can be at a premium, and the open nature of the crown allows for lots of planting opportunities below – so no space is wasted in the garden.The colourful spider-like flowers are welcome in the early Spring months when flower colour can be in scares supply and in those calm frosty days the scent hangs about in the garden when the sun warms the flowers – and in larger garden the flower colour is bright enough to make the plant stand out in a deep border.Cost wise a Witch Hazel will be a considered purchase, expect to pay 30 Euro for a nice sized plant, so this is definitely what I often refer to as a feature plant, by this I mean a key plant which is used sparingly in the garden, and is surrounded by groupings of plants. DD Gardening: Double the colour – from one plant! was last modified: November 6th, 2016 by Gareth AustinShare 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)last_img read more

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Sunderland v Chelsea line-ups: Willian starts for unchanged Blues

first_imgChelsea named an unchanged side for the third game in a row, meaning Willian, Eden Hazard and Oscar start as the three attacking midfielders. The Premier League leaders are chasing an eleventh league win this season and a tenth consecutive away league victory at The Stadium of Light.Sunderland boss Gus Poyet selected former Manchester City man Jack Rodwell and dropped Jordi Gomez to the bench.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Drogba, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Faceboolast_img read more

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