Waite focuses on team rotation

first_imgArnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite said the aim is to keep his players fresh in a rotation system in order to repeat their feat of winning the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) title.The RSPL champions are atop in this season’s national championship on 46 points, one ahead of Montego Bay United (45).Waite intends to stay on top to first win the trophy and incentive for the team that ends the preliminary stage with the most points.Waite, who guided Arnett to three of the club’s national titles, is also looking at the bigger picture: to win the CFU championship and move to the CONCACAF stage. The CFU championship is set to kick off next month.”We want to win the national title again. It is the first time for this season that we are leading on points. We are in the lead, so I’m pretty much pleased at this point,” Waite told The Gleaner.With Arnett having scored 36 goals in 24 RSPL games this season, Waite said that the team should have scored more. However, he is pleased with the defensive system as the team has conceded 20 goals.MORE GOALS WANTED”We should have scored more goals but, defensively, we are doing well as a team,” said the coach, who guided Arnett to back-to-back titles from 2000 to 2002.”Looking back at last year, despite winning the title, I was concerned about the fact that we let in too many goals, so it is a massive improvement in that area,” he added.”We will continue to take the games step by step. My aim is to keep the team healthy and injury-free. The rotation of players is necessary. It is all about man-management. It is my duty, and I’m always thinking about the long term,” Waite reasoned.”We are also preparing for the CFU tournament in the Dominican Republic early next month. We will leave for that tournament by month end,” he said.Arnett Gardens and last season’s runners-up, Montego Bay United, will participate in the CFU championship. Arnett will play in Group Four alongside AtlÈtico Pantoja of The Dominican Republic, America des Cayes of Haiti, and Notch of Suriname in Santo Domingo.last_img read more

Senate to Ratify US$12M Loan Agreement

first_imgIn an apparent move to meet with the deadline for her promised return of electricity to Liberia by December, 2015, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has sent to the Liberian Senate for ratification a loan agreement in the tone of US$12 million.According to President Sirleaf’s communication to the Senate plenary dated March 26, 2014, the loan agreement which was signed between Liberia and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa is to help finance the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) Bushrod Island Power Generation Plant.“The agreement, which was signed on November 18, 2013, has the total value of US$12 million and is for the sole purpose of financing the Bushrod power generation special project. The project aims to help reduce the power deficit in the country, and to ensure regular supply of power to residential, commercial and industrial area, and other places like health centers, government centers and schools in Monrovia and nearby towns. This in turn is intended to improve the social development of the country, reduce poverty and create jobs…”President Sirleaf  further said in her communication that most  specifically, the project will consist of several components, such as  civil works on the foundation for the diesel unit, transformer and fuel tankers, electrical mechanical equipment, spare parts and maintenance tools,  and provision for operators training on plant operation and maintenance, supply of computers and vehicles, among others.“In view therefore, and in furtherance of the government’s response to power need of our citizenry and by extension the economy that I ask for the ratification of this loan agreement…”It may be recalled that early this year, the Senate ratified similar loan agreement in the tone of US$14 million between the government of Liberia and the Kuwaiti Bank. That loan is expected to be used for the rehabilitation of the port of Greenville, Sinoe County.The President’s communication, which is the first to be received by the Senators following their three-week Easter break and Ebola sensitization retreat, was voted upon and sent to the Senate Committees on Ways, Means & Finance, Lands, Mines & Energy, Judiciary and Foreign Affairs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rain Dampens Voter Turnout in Montserrado By-elections

first_imgA sparsely attended voting precinct in Gardnersville, Montserrad County. A little more than 500 voters have so far cast their ballots in the Montserrado County by-elections in seven Voting Precinct Centers, comprising 35 Polling Places in Grassfield and some part of New Georgia in Gardnersville, according to Political Parties and other observers.The by-elections for the representative seat for Montserrado County District #15 and the County’s senatorial seat are because of the deaths of Rep. Adolph Lawrence and Sen. Geraldine Doe-Sherif respectively.Observers said Monday’s turnout in the morning hours is even less than expected, compared to the November 20, 2018 by-elections held to fill a representative seat in Montserrado County District #13 and ad a senatorial seat in Sinoe County, adding the rain and the choice of Monday after a long weekend are keeping voters home.Last year’s by-election in District #13 Montserrado County, 15,451 voters turned out while 11,425 voted in the Senatorial by-election in Sinoe County.Observers believed Liberians are still wrapped under their sheets to dodge the wet weather, while others are still suffering from the weekend’s fatigue to locate their voting cards and, on the other hand, the burden of transportation following illegal trucking of voters is also dampening the turnout of voters.So far, there have not been any report of election violence or fraud, except cases of misspelt surnames with the matching voter ID numbers on the voters’ roll, registration center code, sex, age and county in the Gardnersville area.Also, the fate of assigned officers hangs in the balance, as the National Elections Commission (NEC) has yet to determine whether Electoral Supervisors (ES) and certain law enforcement officers (police, immigration, etc) will be allowed to vote at their assigned precincts in Montserrado County.Political observers said the weather will affect voters and the weather has taken on unusual significance, because it can be a quiet determinant of voter behavior.They argued that “rain” can depress turnout, particularly as the saying goes “Liberians are afraid of rain than guns.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pogba package to cost Man United more than £120m IF completed, talkSPORT told

first_imgPaul Pogba’s possible transfer to Manchester United could see the Premier League side fork out over £120million, according to Italian football expert Tancredi Palmeri.The Juventus midfielder’s return to Old Trafford appears to be this year’s drawn out summer transfer saga, with LaLiga giants Real Madrid also linked with securing his services.Reports suggest the 23-year-old – on United’s books as a youngster – is open to a move back to the north of England to work under Jose Mourinho.If a deal does go through to join the Red Devils, the figures could be eye-watering, for all parties involved.Palmeri told talkSPORT: “According to my information, the whole package – we don’t talk about wages here – to Manchester United would cost 145 million Euros.“Juventus would get 120m Euros, but it was leaked today a clause between Juventus and Pogba says that 20% of the selling fee would go to Pogba. Plus 25million Euros that is the personal commission for agent Mino Raiola, because if you are an agent you want that personal commission.“There is not a yes or no at this moment – it is all about convincing Juventus.“Juventus still haven’t been convinced. The president’s real obsession is bringing back the Champions League. He is completely obsessed and thinking ‘maybe one year more and we can do it’. He has to be convinced, although he won’t get a better price than that.“This offer will be brought to Juve – not by [Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward or a delegate – but his agent Raiola. When a club is finding a deal with an agent like this, it’s always a good thing.”All eyes were on France poster boy Pogba for Euro 2016, but he did not live up to expectations as team-mate Antoine Griezmann was named Player of the Tournament.He showed glimpses of his capabilities, but he could not steal the show and Palmeri says that was down to national team boss Didier Deschamps.He added: “Pogba was not played at all in his position or with his normal duties. With France he was playing as a holding midfielder in a 4-2-3-1, when Pogba is actually an internal left midfielder.“Whatever his position, by the way, he is the same danger offensively and defensively. For France he had almost no license at all to bring danger up front.”last_img read more

GARDA COMMISSIONER’S DECISION NOT TO MOUNT FRESH INQUEST INTO DONEGAL WOMAN’S DEATH SLAMMED

first_imgThe decision by the Garda Commissioner not to co-operate with the Attorney General for Northern Ireland to mount a fresh inquest in to the death of young Co Donegal woman in a road traffic accident has been described by Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins as “bizarre and illogical.”Sinead McDaid, from Carndonagh, was just 22 when her car went out of control just hours after Donegal County Council has resurfaced a stretch of road at Dunross, between Culdaff and Malin.According to Mr. Higgins the decision adds further pain to a grieving family who are determined to establish the full facts and circumstances surrounding the tragic death of their daughter. In a statement Mr. Higgins said “On 12th of June 2001 Sinead McDaid who was aged 22 years was driving unaccompanied when her car went out of control on a section of roadway which had earlier that day been re-surfaced by Donegal County Council.“Her car left the road and landed in an adjacent field. She was taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where she subsequently died.”In July 2003 an inquest was held in Derry and a verdict was returned that the death was due to multiple injuries arising from a road traffic collision.An Garda Siochana attended the inquest. Sinead’s father, Sean (pictured) wrote to the Garda Commissioner on the 19th of September 2005 complaining that all the circumstance surrounding his daughter’s death had not been properly investigated.He listed a number of question to which he felt the family was entitled to answers.In December 2005 the then Deputy Commissioner Fachtna Murphy appointed Superintendent Padraig Kennedy of Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station to carry out an independent review of the initial investigation and to conduct such further or new investigations as were deemed necessary to progress the matter to a conclusion.In February 2007 Supt. Kennedy concluded his investigation, he concluded that grave acts of omission were committed by Donegal County Council in the manner in which they conducted their road surfacing operation on the section of roadway on which Sinead’s accident occurred and in his opinion it disclosed a breach of Section 13 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997, in other words ‘reckless endangerment.’On the basis of the findings of Supt. Kennedy’s report the Farren family contacted the Attorney General for Northern Ireland requesting a further inquest in to their daughter’s death. The Attorney General contacted Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan requesting the release of a copy of Supt. Kennedy’s report n the 16th of July 2012 the Attorney General forward a copy of Commissioner Callinan’s reply to Sinead’s father in which the Commissioner refused the release of the copy of the report.MEP Higgins said today “Apart from the hurt and frustration to the deceased’s family the Commissioners’ refusal has implications for all inquests in Northern Ireland where the accident scene is in the Republic and the fatality is the subject of an inquest in Northern Ireland.“I believe that this decision by the Commissioner is not alone illogical, it is contrary to European Law and flies in the face of enhanced co-operation as envisaged as part of the Good Friday Agreement.”“I am taking up this serious matter with the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and if necessary I will ask for a full hearing on the matter before the European Parliaments Petitions Committee.” GARDA COMMISSIONER’S DECISION NOT TO MOUNT FRESH INQUEST INTO DONEGAL WOMAN’S DEATH SLAMMED was last modified: August 14th, 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:CarndonaghGarda CommissionerinquestMEP Jim Higginsroad deathSinead McDaidlast_img read more

DD LOCAL: PARENTS PLUS COURSE LAUNCHED BY THE RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE

first_imgRaphoe Family Resource Centre:Season’s Greetings:The Management Committee, Staff, and Volunteers of Raphoe Family Resource Centre would like to sincerely wish a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year to all children, young people, and families in the Rahpoe area. Thank you for your support in the past year and we look forward to your continuing support in 2015.The Family Resource Centre will close on Friday 19th December and will re-open on Monday 5th January 2015.PARENTS PLUS – SUPPORTING PARENTS6 -11 years The New Year offers an opportunity to start things on a fresh slate. It is the period for letting go of the old habits, old ways of working and makes way for the new.So it’s the ideal time to start the year off on a positive note.So book a place on our forthcoming Programme starting on Wednesday 21st January 2015 for positive parenting skills.Springboard Family Support Project in conjunction with Raphoe FRC is running an eight week Parents Plus Programme – A practical & positive guide to parenting children.Topics include: • Being a positive parent.• Encouraging and supporting children.• Promoting children’s language and development.• Helping children concentrate and learn. • Building co-operation in young children.• Managing tantrums, misbehaviour and problems.This programme is free of charge.To book a place on this programme, contact Springboard Family Support Project office on 074 9173918 or Raphoe Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBON FRIDAY NIGHT LAST RAPHOE BOXERS ORAN DEVINE AND LIAM MC MONAGLE WERE IN ACTION AT A MAJOR TOURNAMENT STAGED IN THE BALLYLIFFEN HOTEL. ORAN CAN COUNT HIMSELF VERY UNLUCKY TO HAVE LOST OUT ON A SPLIT DECISION TO CLONMANY’S E.J. GIBBONS. LIAM TURNED IN A SUPBERB DISPLAY OF RING-CRAFT WITH A CONVINCING POINTS WIN OVER DUNGLOE’S AIDAN MC COLE, LIAM ALSO RECEIVED THE BOXER OF THE NIGHT AWARD.TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR THE VLUBS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DRAW WITH THREE PRIZES UP FOR GRABS. OVEN READY TURKEY KINDLY SPONOSRED BY KIERAN MCCULLAGH, TIN OF CHOCOLATES AND BOTTLE OF VODKA AND FINALLY A CHRISTMAS CAKE AND BOTTLE OF WHISKEY. TICKETS ARE KEENLY PRICED AT 1 EURO OR BOOK OF 6 FOR 5 EURO AND AS ALWAYS YOUR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:The Club Meet every Friday in the Volt Hall from 10:30am until 1pm. For further information please contact the Secretary on 074-9145462 or the Tidy Town Office on 074-9145692.Volt HouseCalling all boys and girls. Have you been good this year? There is now a special letter box in the Volt House for all your special letters for Santa. If you would like a reply please enclose a stamped address envelope. Latest date for posting will be Thursday 18th Dec’ 2014.The Christmas Appeal for families is now open. Please help this year if possible. Further information from Martin on 0879473527. Gifts or donations may be left in Volt House. Your kindness will make a difference to a family, child or children this year for the better. Thank You to everyone for your kindness.DD LOCAL: PARENTS PLUS COURSE LAUNCHED BY THE RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWSFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

NAOMH PADRAIG LIFFORD STEP IN TO SUPPORT DONEGAL U14 GIRLS LEAGUE TEAM

first_imgDonegal U14 Development Squad who are preparing for the Ulster U14 Ulster Development league are pictured at training this morning in Lifford with coaches Sabrina White and Marty McCarron.Sabrina has done great work getting this squad up and running in what has been tough times trying to get pitches for training.“Naomh Padraig Lifford stepped in and offered their training ground for the squad to train for the past four weeks and we just want to thank them for their support,” said Sabrina. “The girls are enjoying the experience and looking forward to the Ulster league.” NAOMH PADRAIG LIFFORD STEP IN TO SUPPORT DONEGAL U14 GIRLS LEAGUE TEAM was last modified: March 8th, 2015 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:development leagueDonegal Ladies U14sGAANaomh Padraig Liffordlast_img read more

COUNCIL CONSIDERING 30KPH SPEED LIMIT IN DONEGAL HOUSING ESTATES

first_imgDonegal County Council is asking the public to get involved in reviewing speed limits in housing estates throughout Donegal.It follows a decision by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport who recently published a circular in relation to the control of vehicle speeds at these locations.Part of this relates to councils’ considering the application of 30 km/h speed limits to appropriate estates within the county. Donegal County Council is carrying out a review of speed limits within housing estates and the council’s Roads Section, as part of a wider review of speed limits on all public roads within the county, is currently compiling a schedule of roads where concern has been raised regarding the existing speed limits.The council wishes to invite submissions in relation to any housing estates where members of the public have concerns regarding the current speed of vehicles.It is intended that the locations identified will be assessed in accordance with new revised Guidelines for the Application of Special Speed Limits, which are expected to be issued by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport this month.The review of speed limits within the county is an ongoing process but all submissions to be included within the current review should be submitted by Thursday, April 2. Submissions can be sent to: Speed Limit Survey, Road Design Office, Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal or by e-mail to: speedlimitreview@donegalcoco.ie COUNCIL CONSIDERING 30KPH SPEED LIMIT IN DONEGAL HOUSING ESTATES was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHOUSING ESTATESspeed limitlast_img read more

Brand South Africa and InvestSA Embark on an Investment Promotion Roadshow

first_img–  Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry’s InvestSA will be embarking on an investment promotion roadshow to Switzerland, Germany, France and India from 19 – 30 March 2019.The primary objective of the investment promotion roadshow is to engage with stakeholders from government and business to discuss factors pertinent to enhancing South Africa as a more attractive investment destination partner to these important markets.General Manager for Global Markets at Brand South Africa, Dr Judy Smith-Höhn said: “Today, South Africa is one of the most sophisticated, diverse and promising emerging markets globally. Strategically located at the tip of the African continent, and ranked as one of the most powerful economies on the continent, the country is a key investment location, both for the market opportunities that lie within its borders and as a financial services gateway to the rest of the African continent.  Overall South Africa performs well in the Nation Brand Index and engaging business in these markets is important for Brand SA. The investment announcements that have been made by companies since the launch of President Ramaphosa’s investment drive attests to our competitiveness profile. It has boosted the economy and positioned South Africa as a key global partner for growth and investment.”Acting Deputy Director General for InvestSA, Mr Yunus Hoosen, says the investment promotion roadshow is in alignment with South Africa’s five-year investment drive which seeks to raise R1.2 trillion in domestic and international investments as a means to reigniting the economy. As part of InvestSA’s mandate to support investors exploring opportunities in South Africa by helping with information, facilitation and aftercare, the roadshow will focus on Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, local content, Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE), Equity Equivalent Investment Program, Intellectual Property and well as update on Protection and Promotion of Investment Act.“South Africa offers a combination of developed first world economic infrastructure and a growing emerging market. Its investment potential lies in its diversity of sectors and industries. It is also a major trading nation, exporting and importing more than $167 billion worth of goods every year, from a location that makes it an ideal gateway into African and other global markets.“Our objective as InvestSA is to facilitate the increase in the quality and quantity of foreign and domestic direct investment by providing an investment recruitment, problem-solving and information service to retain and expand investment in South Africa and into Africa. As well as to actively market, promote and facilitate investment in key high-yielding growth sectors of the South African economy,” added Hoosen.The India leg of the investment promotion roadshow will be hosted in collaboration with the South African High Commission and the South African Consulate-General, with business engagements scheduled to take place in New Delhi and Mumbai respectively.This visit follows on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state visit to India in January where a three-year strategic programme of cooperation was signed by both President Ramaphosa and Prime Minister Modi.Switzerland, Germany and France have been long term investors in South Africa with many of their Multinationals located in South Africa. These countries are also key trading partners of South Africa.In addition to its role as an important emerging economy, South Africa is also seen as regional manufacturing hub to other African markets by investors.  Apart from the traditional economic sectors for which South Africa is renowned for, new industries and investment opportunities in energy and infrastructure, the information and telecommunication industry, clean tech as well as the health care market are considered attractive future markets for potential investorslast_img read more

Congress calls for strike over chit fund scams

first_imgThe Congress party has called for a general strike in Tripura on May 18 citing “poor governance of the CPI(M)-led government” and “failure to detain kingpins of chit fund companies which allegedly embezzled hundreds of crores of rupees”.SIT probeThe ruling CPI(M) has opposed the decision to enforce the 12-hour bandh and made an appeal to the Congress leadership to withdraw it. In a statement, the CPI(M) said a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the directive of the High Court was investigating the financial scams that the chit fund companies were allegedly a part of. It added that the “State government will not spare anyone involved in duping people”.CPM misruleCongress leaders on Monday, however, rejected the appeal and said the strike call was part of their political campaign against the “misrule of the CPI(M)-led government and its reluctance to launch a thorough probe against the chit fund companies”. More than 100 non-banking financial companies had operated in the State. These groups, mainly Rose Valley and Sharada, allegedly raised hundreds of crores of rupees through false promises of high interest and returns. Only a few officials of the companies have been arrested in Tripura while investigation under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Economic Offence Bureau made steadfast progress in in then States of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam.Six join TMCMeanwhile, the Congress has been seeing an exodus of sorts recently with members and leaders of all rank and file deserting the party. Six party MLAs left the Congress to join TMC and another resigned from the Assembly. Some former Congress leaders and workers are also appearing in the Bharatiya janata party camp. Even the Trinamool Congress is now losing leaders and supporters to the BJP, which is eyeing an overthrow of the CPI(M) in the next Assembly elections due in early 2018.last_img read more