GNBA seeking to regularise cable broadcasters

first_img…launches investigation into allegations against two board membersThe Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) is seeking to regularise all cable broadcasters and to have them take necessary steps to become fully compliant with the existing legal framework.GNBA Chairman Leonard CraigThis is according to GNBA Chairman Leonard Craig, who in a statement on Wednesday said that one necessary step for full compliance is for all cable broadcasters to enter into a settlement agreement with the GNBA to pay all required fees with respect to the period during which they were unregularised.“It was agreed that the Chairman of the Legal, Fees and Other Matters Committee led a meeting with unregularised cable broadcasters on the Essequibo Coast to arrive at a negotiated settlement only with respect to payment of fees up to the end of 2016,” Craig said.These operators, he said, are expected to (re)apply for licences to operate in 2017 and beyond.The GNBA Chairman said separate meetings were held with both entities that were currently operating on the Essequibo Coast and following the rounds of meetings, Charles, a cable broadcaster, asked for a meeting with him.GNBA slothfulnessMeanwhile, Craig also used the opportunity to respond to criticism about the “slothfulness” of the Board.According to Craig, “I wish to admit that our work is not as advanced as I had envisaged it should have been at this juncture.”He, however, sought to explain, saying that this state of affairs was attributable to the fact that when “we assumed office, the Authority was a far cry from what a regulator of this nature should be”.“As much as there was a regulator in place, the broadcasting landscape remained largely unregulated; weak administrative and compliance structures existed… As such, through its various committees, we set out to build an Authority literally from scratch.”Craig added that he understood the impatience of those who have applied to become broadcasters, but wished to assure those applicants and the general public that he shared this burden and was working hard to guide the Board in the direction of reviewing all existing licences and grant new ones in time for January 2017.InvestigationsOn Wednesday, Craig, in a public statement said the GNBA has launched an investigation into an allegation that two members of the Board attempted to persuade, Kenwin Charles of Northwest TV Inc into selling his operations.According to Craig, Charles pointed out that the two members attempted to improperly force him out of doing business on the Essequibo Coast where he had made significant capital investments.He has since confirmed too that at the meeting with Charles, he indicated that he met with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and a similar complaint was lodged.“I gave him every assurance that his matter will be given urgent consideration and that I will address this matter with the Board as soon as he makes a formal written complaint.”According to Craig, “If indeed his allegations can be substantiated, it will constitute a major blow on the integrity of those members concerned.”“I will carry out a complete investigation of the facts relating to matters raised by Mr Charles, I will review the reports of the meetings, elicit a response from the members concerned and will release an official statement in the coming days,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgLast Friday-1 July 2016- would go down the annals of Liberian history as an important day. As a day in which the Government of Liberia took over security responsibilities from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) following 13 years of unbroken peace.Current wave of mob violence suggests an episodic security threat that a strong security apparatus is required to manage. We are of the opinion that limited uprising could lead to wider insurrection and as we prepare for the next Presidential and Parliamentarian elections, there is need to rumours, fears and doubts.The words out there, in the public, is that Liberia is not ready to undertake such enormous responsibility, that our police are ill equipped, ill trained; our soldiers are not many; insulting our elected officials as foolish, chicken and only about one-third of planned security transitions goals have been achieved. Such unscripted comments, remarks and rumours provide a bleak snapshot of Liberia after UNMIL. The blame for ongoing violence in Liberia and restriction of freedom of the press should not be placed on UNMIL’s departure. Rather, the obstacles for peace created by disenchantment among young people, deteriorating public utilities, corruptions and weak economy should not go unchallenged and unaddressed. If young people had one percent of hope that there would be any peace from UNMIL imminent departure, then this is the time to do something about it. We now need a genuine commitment to peace not obstacles to peace.It is time to avoid sentiments and pitfalls that serve as obstacles to peace. The drawdown and imminent departure of UNMIL from Liberia and the increase in armed robbery might reflect loss of hope that conflict would end, and as some would tend to make us believe that an unstable Liberia is already in place. We should not lose hope; rather we should take on the responsibility entrusted to us with confidence and commitment that would allow peace to prevail.The success criterion of any peacekeeping mission anywhere in the world is measured by the departure of the ‘blue helmet’ and not by their continuous presence and services. Messengers of Peace (MOP) – Liberia believes that the momentum for sustainable peace and development is already in full swing and we should not allow any obstacle to derail it.The words of Farid Zarif, the UNSG at the handover ceremony last Friday should reverberate along the corridors of power and amongst young people in Liberia. We need better “intelligence” and “early warning’ systems that could settle disputes before they became violent. Liberia, he went on needs to do more work to control weapons in private and government hands. The Government of Liberia should make laws and enforce them in a way that builds confidence among the people of Liberia.In addressing the obstacles to peace, we need to motivate young people into action. Support Non-Governmental Organizations to promote peace, stability and security in the country. If we fail to assume our own security responsibility now, then remain impediment to peace.Until next week, when we continue our dialogue among Peace Messengers-What young people say is their recipe for peace, it is Peace First, Peace above all else. May Peace prevail on earth!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eyes on AFCON as Stars battle Walias in Bahir

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne during a past training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Tuesday evening news that Sierra Leone had failed to meet conditions set by FIFA to lift a suspension on the country has now thrown Group F of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier into new dimensions.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) tweeted later that the double header pitting the Leone Stars against Ghana’s Black Stars had been called off. This essentially means that on the road to qualifying for next year’s Cup of Nations, any results picked against the West Africans will be annulled. This means Ethiopia who beat Sierra Leone 1-0 last month will be on zero points while Ghana and Kenya who lost away to the Leone Stars are now on three.Breaking news: AFCON Qualifier matches Ghana vs Sierra Leone & Sierra Leone vs Ghana on the 11th and 14th of October respectively have been cancelled as SLFA did not meet the conditions stipulated in the letter sent by CAF on FIFA’s decision to suspend the federation.#AFCONQ2019— CAF (@CAF_Online) October 9, 2018The new development means that Kenya needs at least four points off Ethiopia, who they face in a span of four days, to qualify for next year’s showpiece in Cameroon.The first leg will be staged at the 60,000-seater Bahir Dar Stadium in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, almost 500km away from the capital city Addis Ababa.Kenya’s Harambee Stars go into the match tails up after last month’s win over group leaders Ghana in Nairobi and head coach Sebastien Migne has urged his charges to ‘confirm’ that the result against the Black Stars was no mere fluke and pick three points against the Ethiopians.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne passes on instructions before a training session at the Bahir Dar Stadium in Ethjiopia“It was a fantastic result but the most important thing in the high level is to confirm the same kind of performance. It is a tough challenge we have because Ethiopia is a tough team but we will try to compete well,” Migne said on Tuesday evening after the side’s training session in Bahir Dar.He added; “We are on the way to write a new page for Kenyan football but this is the beginning, we will try to write good book for the future,”The French tactician says his team is ready for the tie despite a short training period together with most of the players having joined up with the squad on Monday in Bahir Dar.He expects a tough duel especially with Bahir Dar’s intimidating atmosphere, but the French tactician says he will be happy to play in such an atmosphere.“I know Ethiopia because I have faced them previously in the World Cup qualification with Congo and I know this stadium has very good atmosphere. It is good for Ethiopia, but also good for football,” the tactician noted.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama during a training session at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 7, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHis sentiments are shared by skipper Victor Wanyama; “We are ready for the match even though we have had less time to train together. But I feel the players are in good shape and we will tackle the match with positivity,” the midfielder said.Meanwhile, Ethiopia head coach Abraham Mebratu is optimistic his side is in the right frame to pick three points from Kenya and keep their AFCON dream alive.“We are only thinking about securing maximum points in home soil. All the teams in the group picked three points that made things to start from scratch. All we need to do is win our remaining games,” the tactician noted.Stars will be stronger heading into the Ethiopia game with four players who were absent for last month’s win over Ghana returning.Skipper Wanyama is available after gaining match fitness following a month-long injury spell, same as central defender Brian Mandela who is available after serving his one match suspension following a red card against Sierra Leone.Paul Were celebrating in apast match with Harambee Stars.PHOTO/courtesySensational winger Paul Were is also back in the team after recovering from injury same as midfielder Johannah Omollo who strained his hamstring on the eve of the game against Ghana.The only absentee will be defender Joash Onyango who is suspended after picking a red card against the Ghanaians in Nairobi.Migne is expected to stick up to the team that played against Ghana, though wingback Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma might be drafted in after impressing in an off-the-bench appearance in the friendly against Malawi.The headache for the French coach is whether to stick with David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng at the heart of defense after the Sweden based stopper came in following Onyango’s red card or to pull in Brian Mandela instead.The last time Kenya played in Ethiopia was in 2015 during the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers where they lost 2-0 and missed a penalty.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Revealed! Top four longest winning streaks in English football in all competitions

first_img 3. Everton – Won 12 games in a row (all league) between 24 March and 13 October 1894. Click the arrow to see which legendary team is second! – Everton originally played at Anfield and won their first league title there in 1891, but a dispute with the landlord led the Toffees to move across Stanley Park (and to the founding of Liverpool FC). In 1894 it looked like Everton might claim their second title, winning their first eight games of the season, having won the last four of the previous campaign. But after beating Liverpool 3-0 at Goodison on 13 October, the run came to an end with a 4-3 defeat at Blackburn, and the Blues ended the season in second place, behind Sunderland. 6 2. Tottenham – Won 13 games in a row (all league) between 23 April and 1 October 1960. Click the arrow to find out which team is number one… – Spurs’ remarkable run began with a 3-1 win at Wolves and ended with a 4-0 win away to the same opposition. In between, they set a top flight record of 11 consecutive wins at the start of a league season, and by the end of the 1960/61 campaign had won the first League and FA Cup double since Aston Villa in 1897. Joint fourth: Aston Villa – Won 11 games in a row in all comps between 20 March and 18 September 1897 (9 league games and 2 FA Cup ties) – The 1896/97 season ended gloriously for Villa, as they wrapped up the league title with five consecutive wins, then won the double beating Liverpool in the FA Cup semis and Everton in the final (pictured above – not the best view!). They won four more league games at the start of the following season, but couldn’t keep it up and ended up sixth. Joint fourth: Man United – Won 11 games in a row in all comps between 17 August and 28 September 1985 (10 league games and one League Cup). Click the arrow to see which clubs can match or better United’s record! – After losing the 1985 Charity Shield to champions Everton, FA Cup holders Manchester United won their first 10 games of the league season, plus a League Cup tie away to Crystal Palace, to make it 11 wins in a row. There is contention surrounding this run, however, as the Red Devils were beaten 4-2 at home by Everton on 18 September in the short-lived ScreenSport Super Cup, a competition designed to make up for the loss of European games following the UEFA ban on English clubs after the Heysel Stadium disaster. The Super Cup is not considered a major trophy* and rarely features in official season results, so we have excluded it here. Sadly for United boss Ron Atkinson, the club’s great start to the season didn’t last and a year later he was sacked, replaced by some bloke named Alex Ferguson. Click the arrow above to see which clubs can boast better winning streaks than the Red Devils. 6 6 Real Madrid have won a Spanish record 19 consecutive games in all major competitions, but how do the best winning streaks by English top flight clubs compare?Take a look at the slideshow above to see which clubs can boast the most consecutive wins in all competitions (not just league games, for example).While the winning streaks listed above are certainly impressive, they fall short of the the official Guiness World Record for the most consecutive victories in all competitions.That honour is currently held by Brazilian club Coritiba, who won 24 matches in a row between 3 February and 5 May 2011.Coritiba’s games were played in the Paranaense State Championship (17 matches) and Brazilian Cup (seven), although it should be pointed out that Brazilian state championships vary in quality.Meanwhile, Madrid’s next five fixtures suggest Coritiba’s record is under serious threat, with the Galacticos travelling to struggling Almeria in La Liga for their next game.They will then face a probable two games at the Club World Cup in Morocco, most likely against Mexico’s Cruz Azul in the semi-final and Argentina’s San Lorenzo in the final.That is followed by a trip to Valencia in La Liga and, if they are still on a winning run, a Spanish Cup game most likely away to great rivals Atletico Madrid to tie the record. Tasty!*Please note, only English top flight games and major cup competitions have been included in these statistics. 6 6 6 Join fourth: Liverpool – Won 11 games in a row in all comps in 2006 (9 league games and 2 FA Cup ties) and 1989 (9 league and 2 FA Cup). Click the arrow to see which grand old English club can match this record run… – Liverpool have won 11 consecutive games in all competitions on two occasions, between 18 February and 11 April 1989 under the management of Kenny Dalglish, and between 15 March and 7 May 2006 with Rafael Benitez in charge. In 1989 the run put Liverpool back in the league title race, but was interrupted and overshadowed by the Hillsborough disaster. 17 years later Benitez’s Liverpool surged into the Champions League places and into the FA Cup final off the back of their winning streak, which came to an end under happy circumstances, when the Reds drew 3-3 with West Ham in Cardiff, but won the cup on penalties. 1. Arsenal – Won 14 games in a row in all competitions (10 league games and four League Cup matches) between 12 September and 17 November 1987 – The Gunners began the 1987/88 season under the management of George Graham with a 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool, but went on an incredible run of 14 consecutive wins in all competitions, going top of the table by mid-November. Unfortunately, Liverpool were in remarkable form too, and didn’t lose in their first 29 league games to streak away in first place. The Gunners, meanwhile, saw their winning run ended by a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton at the end of November. They did go on to reach the League Cup final (losing to Luton Town) and the next season ended an 18-year wait for the title. Arsenal also boast the record for most consecutive league wins in the top flight, having won 14 Premier League matches in a row between 10 February and 18 August 2002. The first 13 of those victories saw the Gunners clinch the 2001/02 title, while the 14th took them beyond Spurs’ top flight record for consecutive wins.last_img read more

Saving planet and celebrating holiday can go hand in hand

first_imgWes Novotny loves the environment. He also loves big, crazy Christmas-light displays. What to do? He drives a hybrid, recycles and religiously monitors his thermostat to keep his energy usage to a minimum. But then there’s Christmas – a time for joy, presents and, most of all, lights! He spends his entire year planning, designing and making his elaborate creations, done up in themes of Charlie Brown, the Simpsons and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Seventy-one percent of shoppers say it’s important to purchase products that won’t wreck the planet, according to Pricegrabber.com, a comparison-shopping Web site. Seventeen percent are willing to pay more for environmentally sensitive gifts, according to Deloitte & Touche’s annual holiday survey. Perhaps it’s all the talk of global warming. Or the spreading scope of organic groceries. Or Leonardo DiCaprio rolling in a Prius and Madonna rocking out at Live Earth. “It’s probably the first year it’s been a big topic,” said Ron LaPierre, president of Westwood-based Pricegrabber. “We’ve been monitoring the interest for quite some time, but this is our first holiday where we’re really talking about it. “There’s been a lot of interest from people: Are there little steps I can take or is it a massive commitment?” To justify his fantastic setup, Novotny does both. In addition to his Light Emitting Diode bulbs – which use 90percent less power and can last 200 times as long as incandescent bulbs – he recycles pieces of wood and fake snow from previous displays. To conserve energy, he invested $15,000 in new windows to better insulate the two-story home at Ash Court and Deodar Place. He also mandates even stricter conservation methods when the outdoor display is turned on. “Yeah, we keep the house lights turned off, and we freeze at night,” said a grinning John Fosterling, who shares the house with Novotny and Novotny’s mom, Jean. As a result, even with a setup that dominates the entire front of the house, their December power bill is usually about $100. And that’s how it should be, said Richard Giss, a partner of retail in Deloitte & Touche’s Los Angeles office. The professional services firm’s annual holiday survey found that almost one in five consumers will purchase more eco-friendly products this season than in the past, while 17percent will shop at more green retailers. “First and foremost, people will indulge themselves at this time of year,” Giss said. “But there’s nothing that says you can’t do both.” When people feel that sense of luxury from a green product, then it’ll really be successful, he said. That’s borne out by Pricegrabber’s numbers – half of the 10 most popular flat-screen TVs its users seek out carry the EnergyStar efficiency rating. Demand for similar products swelled so much this year that the company started Shopgreen.com to handle searches for eco-gifts and donates 5percent of the site’s profits to environmentally friendly charities. Pick local organic goods Beyond just lights and presents, people can go green in their food choices, as well. The Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter recommends opting for locally grown and raised organic food to cut down on pesticides and shipping-related pollution. Spokeswoman Jennifer Robinson said the same goes for Christmas trees – or decorators could opt to hang their ornaments on bushes and plants around the house instead. As for the loot below those pine alternatives, 20percent of respondents in Deloitte’s survey will consider ditching wrapping presents altogether to save paper. “If it were just me, I’d have no gifts, but my stepmom likes to give gifts, so we do it,” said Zan Dubin Scott, organizer of Renewable L.A., a local conservation group. “We try to wrap our presents in newspaper or a grocery bag or scrapbooking material.” Not so long ago, that would have seemed a little odd, something reserved for Lisa Simpson or guys who wore a lot of hemp clothing. But when Al Gore wins an Oscar, the green message isn’t so hard to sell. “It’s exciting – I’ve worked on this issue for seven years,” said Kristi Chester Vance, director of communications for Forest Ethics, a San Francisco-based group that advocates for environmentally sensitive holiday catalogs. “I used to feel like the Grinch. I’m the one saying, `I don’t want so many presents; let’s worry about the environment.’ But since the Oscars this year, people have really started caring.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 818-713-3738160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSo he thinks carefully about how to display the Grinch without acting like one. “You can use the LED lights. You don’t leave them on too long,” he said. “It’s hard to balance the two, but I think about it, sure. … You cut back on certain things and go forward on others. We try to be as (eco-)friendly as possible.” The words “holidays” and “eco-friendly” didn’t always play terribly well together. The California Integrated Waste Management Board says there’s an additional million tons of waste generated nationally between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. But this year, holiday green isn’t just the Christmas tree and the stuff going into the cash register. Earth on shoppers’ minds last_img

Drunk driver who left man with severe injuries gets license back

first_imgA Kilmacrennan man who drank five pints of beer and smashed into another driver leaving him temporarily in a wheelchair has been given his driving license back.Manus ‘Mandy’ Sweeney was left with horrific injuries after he was struck by a jeep being driven by Brian Rodden on September 1st, 2009. Rodden had consumed five pints at the Millbridge Bar before trying to drive just over a mile to his home.However, Rodden’s jeep veered across the road just outside Kilmacrennan village and struck Mr Sweeney’s van head-on.Mr Sweeney had to be cut from his van and was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital before being transferred to a Dublin hospital for treatment.The court was told that Mr Sweeney was initially in a wheelchair but then needed crutches to get around.Rodden told the court that he had tried to phone his victim but Mr Sweeney’s wife said she did not think it was a good idea.At the time he told Letterkenny Circuit Court “I’m very sorry for what has happened to him and his family and if I could take it back I would.”Speaking during the initial case in November, 2011, Barrister Peter Nolan said his client is trying to come to terms with his drinking and is attending addiction services.Judge John O’Hagan said it was a tragedy for both sides in the case because he did not think Rodden was a man who would normally come before the courts.He sentenced Rodden to 18 months in prison for dangerous driving causing serious injury and suspended the last six months.He also imposed a 12 year driving ban on Rodden.Rodden appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday and applied to have his driving license restored.Judge John Aylmer said it is inherent that with any disqualification, the defendant is entitled to make an application for a restoration after half of the disqualification had been served.The court also heard that a personal injuries case had been settled on behalf of the injured party and that there had been no objection from the Director of Public Prosecutions.Judge Aylmer directed that Mr Rodden’s license be restored from November 10th, 2019.Drunk driver who left man with severe injuries gets license back was last modified: July 11th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Scholes’ assessment will be nothing new to some Arsenal fans

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The Special Juan ❤️Mata makes an impact off the bench for Manchester United with a special free-kick 👏 pic.twitter.com/vmWGvuxyXS— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 7, 2018On United’s winner, Scholes said: “I think that is bad goalkeeping. He could come out but he’s indecisive and I think that is their big weakness.“He struggled for five years at Arsenal and it doesn’t look like he has improved for me.”Sitting next to him, Owen Hargreaves agreed with Scholes and suggested winning a competition like the Champions League is a tall order without an elite ‘keeper.“Scholesy makes a great point about the goalkeeper. How many sides have won the Champions League without a world class goalkeeper?“This team is ready to win the Champions League and people behind the scenes will be thinking have they missed a trick now Buffon has left.” Szczesny fails to command his own area and the ball eventually rolls into his net after the goalkeeper parried it onto team-mate Alex Sandro 27 Nov: Man United v Young Boys12 Dec: Valencia v Man United Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade In fairness to Szczesny, he was the best keeper in the league at Roma, kept Alisson on the bench there too. This was one off night – he’s been consistently great for a few seasons.— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) November 7, 2018 REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY Most Popular In Football Szczesny joined Juventus from Arsenal in 2017 in a £10m transfer having spent the previous two seasons on loan at Roma.Having joined the Gunners as a teenager in 2006, the 28-year-old played a total of 181 games for the club, but lost his place to David Ospina, with Petr Cech’s arrival pushing him further away from the no.1 shirt.Before the United game, the goalkeeper appeared to annoy team-mate, Paulo Dybala during the warm-up when he smashed a ball – accidentally – on the back of the striker’s head. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF ADVICE no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img Paulo Dybala is fuming after Wojciech Szczęsny smashes a ball at his head 😡So the keeper kisses it better! 😘🤣 pic.twitter.com/ndAB5l23vF— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 7, 2018Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, lamented his team’s wastefulness in the 2-1 defeat. The forward scored a fantastic opener, but was not impressed by United’s tactics.The win keeps Jose Mourinho’s men in second place with seven points, two clear of Valencia and two behind leaders Juventus with two games remaining. Wojciech Szczesny had an off night for Juventus as the club allowed Manchester United to leave Turin with three points.The goalkeeper, who succeeded Gianluigi Buffon as the Italian giants’ no.1, parried the ball into Alex Sandro who bundled it into his own net for the winner in the final moments of the game.Minutes earlier Juan Mata gave Szczesny no chance when he equalised with this brilliant free-kick. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United’s remaining Champions League fixtures shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more


first_imgThe Can’t Pay Won’t Pay Campaign is to stage a public protest outside Donegal County Council Offices in Lifford next week.The protest next Wednesday, December 21, is “to voice their anger at the proposed household charge and septic tank inspection charge to be implemented by the government.”The campaign group say the idea of the protest is to make the public and all the local politicians aware that there is strong and fierce opposition to the extra taxes and that they are going to fight tooth and nail with local authorities if they are going to implement the charges. The campaign against these taxes is based on the premise that all the money collected by the government will go to pay off bank debts. The meeting is being held on the day when county councillors are being asked to vote on their 2012 budget. The campaign says that this an opportunity for county councillors from all parties to vote against their proposed budget and send the message to the government that people simply cannot afford to pay these charges.A campaign spokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said “This is a chance for local representatives to stand with ordinary people and say that they wont ask people to pay unfair stealth taxes, this is their chance to break party lines and really represent their own people.“We are expecting a good turnout at this protest because the campaign is getting a great response throughout the county. People are angry and the feeling at the meetings is that people are simply not going to pay, whatever the consequences. There are local action groups set up all over the county and indeed the country, with more areas setting up every week. We will be very vocal on the day.“We are urging people to get out and attend the protest. Bring as many people you can with you on the day. We would also like to invite any groups or campaigns at odds with the government to come and stand with us on the picket line.” Because Can’t Pay Won’t Pay is a non-political party organisation, they are asking people attending the protest not to bring party banners or placards, but to design their own and show the councillors that ordinary people are not going to quietly acquiesce to the needs of “corrupt bankers and money lenders.” ‘CAN’T PAY, WON’T PAY’ CAMPAIGN PLAN LIFFORD PROTEST was last modified: December 13th, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgMore than 1,000 people gathered in New Zealand today for the funeral of millionaire Donegal-born businessman Hugh Green.Mr.Green, 80, was laid to rest after funeral mass at Christ the King Church in the Auckland suburb of Owairka.Those who attended included family, friends, politicians and business leaders. Mr Green’s family have said they plan to return to Donegal at some stage in the future to spread some of his ashes on the Green family grave in Convoy. MORE THAN 1,000 MOURNERS SAY FAREWELL TO HUGH GREEN was last modified: July 19th, 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:funeralHugh Greenlast_img read more

Giants’ rotation plans could make Bumgarner’s Saturday start his last at home

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Giants manager Bruce Bochy isn’t ready to formally announce plans for his pitching staff following the All-Star break, but he indicated on Saturday that ace Madison Bumgarner will start the first game of the second half.If the Giants send Bumgarner to the mound in Milwaukee on Friday, July 12, it’s possible Saturday’s start against the Cardinals will mark his final home outing with the club at Oracle Park.Bumgarner’s name has been floated in trade rumors for the last 12 months …last_img read more