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Hurricane Dorian not a “credible” explanation for delay of Roger Khan’s return

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first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to the Chronicle article “Hurricane delays Roger Khan’s return” (GC 9/7), which reported that according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Hurricane Dorian delayed Roger Khan’s return home on Thursday September 5, 2019.“His homecoming was adjourned, and he will be treated the same way as all deportees,” the minister said.However, Hurricane Dorian is not a “credible” explanation for Mr. Khan’s failure to arrive back in Guyana last Thursday. This is a smokescreen for Government.Even Stabroek News cartoonist Paul Harris seems to reject the hurricane explanation with his cartoon of September 8. It shows an airborne aeroplane but with the runway being yanked from underneath by a hand (arguably, the Coalition Government’s) which reads: “Elections Promises, 2015.”The cartoon depicts two voices speaking from within the aircraft, one saying, “Postpone! Repeat…post pone…over” and the other voice, asking, “Why?” to which there is no response.It reminds one of the movie “The Wild Geese”, in which a group of English mercenaries (played by Richard Burton, Richard Harris, etc.) venture into an African country, rescue a deposed president from his enemies’ prison, then wait at an old airstrip to be airlifted before the local army finds them. Their plane lands on the runway, but before anyone can board, its pilot is told to “Pass them by,” and off goes the plane back into the air, leaving the mercenaries to “fight their way out of Africa.”Well, Mr. Khan has to fight his way out of the United States. The public learned that Mr. Roger Khan was to return to Guyana last week. On Thursday September 5, 2019, at or about 7:30pm, instead of being accompanied by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) agent on to a plane bound for Guyana, Mr. Khan found himself stranded in Florida, and talking to his attorney in Guyana, Mr. Glen Hanoman.The media in Guyana, which sent reporters to the airport, said the following day that “associates” of Mr. Khan were at the airport, an indication that they also had anticipated his arrival.It is public knowledge worldwide that Florida escaped the crippling effects of Hurricane Dorian. Many television stations in the US, including CNN, covered this hurricane extensively. By Thursday September 5, 2019, the hurricane had already passed Florida.The people there returned to normal life. Miami International Airport, from where Mr. Khan was expected to depart, was operating. If I am not mistaken, an American Airlines’ flight departed Miami International Airport for Guyana that very Thursday night.Even Port Canaveral in Jacksonville, Florida, a busy port for cruise liners, was open for business. Hurricane Dorian had to first pass Miami before reaching Port Canaveral. Yet, at Port Canaveral, the US Coast Guard (Sector of Jacksonville) posted a bulletin online which stated: “As of 4 pm, 4 September, 2019, Hurricane Dorian’s severe weather is no longer a threat to the Port of Canaveral.”This was September 4, an entire day before Mr. Khan’s scheduled departure. Therefore, the hurricane explanation just does not add up.Government has a duty to ensure all deportees, including Mr. Khan, have a swift and safe return home from the US. However, the fact that the press and others were at the airport but no Police, as is customary for returning deportees, indicates that Government knew beforehand that Mr. Khan’s flight was aborted, but deliberately did not provide notice to Mr. Khan or the public.It would be a stretch of the imagination to believe that this is protocol between the US and Guyana regarding the treatment of our citizens who are deportees. For months, Mr. Khan has been trying to get home. Apart from filing a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons for early release, he even waived important rights in the US to foster a swift immigration process.Moreover, it is no secret that ICE is willingly processing deportees as well as persons deemed undocumented for rapid removal from the US under President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy. Yet, it is now this caretaker Government’s position that, despite all that he has done to facilitate his removal from the US, including flight arrangement by ICE, Mr. Roger Khan’s trip was “adjourned” because of a hurricane that had little impact on Florida, and arguably did not stop at least one other flight from leaving Miami that night for Guyana.Something else is afoot.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

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Ending Energy Poverty in Developing Countries & the Power Africa Support

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first_imgSince the proclamation of International Year of Sustainable Energy for “ALL” in 2012 up to current, there is still need for progress in terms of reducing the energy gap in developing countries. The role of renewable energy systems remains uncertain in countries like Liberia, even though their development or change is generally supposed to provide universal access to energy. However, there exists low-carbon solutions that ensure access to energy for poor populations and offer them the opportunity to make the most of their privileged access to biomass in the form of energy vectors. Based on a precise assessment of resources and needs of the target populations, certain innovative projects enable real progress to be made in addressing the link between sustainable energy and the fight against poverty in developing countries. Energy poverty is, however, a more specific concept, which refers to the relationship between limited household budget and the cost of adequate energy services. Energy poverty is also highly correlated with general poverty (John Hills, 2001 – Fuel Poverty). Yet, households face widely varying costs to achieve the same level of warmth for reasons other than income, such as energy efficiency of the dwelling or household’s ability to interact with the market. In addition, an adequate level of energy is essential for citizens to function in society.THE FIGHT AGAINST ENERGY POVERTY VS ENERGY FUTURE FOR THE POOREnergy poverty is mostly referred to as the lack of access or lack of affordability to modern energy services (International Energy Agency (IEA) website) while the lack of access is more prevalent in Liberia and other developing countries, some households also in developed countries may lack access to modern energy services such as electricity and clean cooking facilities. Access to energy is once again a current item on national and international agendas. Even though 2012 was being proclaimed the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, however, the links between poverty and sustainable energy are still poorly understood and there are still only rare real investments in the fight against energy poverty.Energy future for the poor, a striking feature of developing countries is the persistent energy gap; there is a marked dichotomy between households using modern energy vectors, hydrocarbon-based for the most part, and those that consume little or no fossil fuels. The former emits just as much CO2 as the populations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, that Liberia is a part of, accrued; and the latter group includes the majority of poor households that mostly consume biomass, which if it is not overexploited, has a neutral impact on climate. In most cases, poor households are isolated from formal energy supply chains. Lacking an organized system of electricity distribution, they use dry-cell batteries, paraffin or automotive batteries, which are costly. The traditional biomass they consume is poorly integrated in the formal economic system, although it accounts for up to 80 percent to 90 percent of final energy in Liberia and certain developing countries (http://www.worldenergy.org). According to the International Energy Agency, in 2009, 1.3 billion people in the world lacked access to electricity and 2.6 billion depended on traditional biomass for their energy supply. Dr. Charlotte Duke, from London Economics, Ipsos and VVA Consulting, in an article titled: Study on consumer vulnerability across key markets in the European Union, argued that there is an overlap between consumer vulnerability and energy poverty. As such, it is important to recognize energy poverty as a distinct issue as income is one of the drivers of vulnerability – there is a correlation between consumer vulnerability and energy poverty.The Case of Guinea Energy SectorWith regards to rural access to energy, the government has conducted several surveys; results of which show: Rural consumers and institutions only use small quantities of electricity for lighting, communication, water pumping, and refrigeration. Individual systems or collective systems could provide an intermediate solution that would be affordable for many rural (and the peri-urban) households. As the source of 12 major rivers, Guinea is endowed with significant hydropower potential. Since the commissioning of the 240 megawatt (MW) Kaleta hydropower plant in May 2015, total power production has roughly doubled and can now finally meet demand. The national grid, managed by Electricité de Guinée (EDG), serves greater Conakry, with several isolated grid networks providing service elsewhere. Based on 2013 Energy data, Guinea’s national electrification rate is approximately 26 percent (11 percent in rural areas, 53 percent in urban areas). The Case of Sierra Leone’s Energy SectorElectricity tariffs in Sierra Leone are among the highest in Africa. Yet, the public utility company cannot recover its operating costs and remains strongly dependent on government subsidies. This is because of its reliance on expensive thermal generation, the inefficiency of its transmission and distribution networks, and very high technical, commercial and collection losses. The average electricity tariff was at US 28 cents/kWh. With high tariffs and low connection rates, electricity consumption is relatively low, and the large majority of the population is forced to rely on inefficient and polluting traditional fuels to meet their basic needs, such as kerosene for lighting and fuel-wood and charcoal for cooking, resulting in adverse impact on personal health and safety as well as on the environment. Sierra Leone’s power sector is relatively small, with less than 100 MW of operational capacity and roughly 130,000 connected customers. Significant progress has been made despite the impact of the Ebola crisis. Sierra Leone’s national electrification rate of 5 percent (estimated at 11 percent in urban areas and less than 1 percent in rural areas) reflects factors including the country’s limited transmission and distribution network and the high upfront cost of household connection and wiring. Liberia’s Energy Policy and StrategyOver 14 years of civil crisis and 25 plus years of economic breakdown have led Liberia to numerous challenges with regards to energy access to the population, particularly to the previously neglected rural poor, a cornerstone of its recovery policy. In 2007, the government of Liberia published a Renewable Reform Energy Efficiency Policy and Action Plan, the document displayed government’s outline to build and increase the application of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in promoting investment, technology transfer, market development and local capacity building. In 2009 a National Energy Policy (NEP) was also formulated, which further developed the ideas of the Policy and Action Plan. Today, it is generally understood that government’s expectation to achieve its energy access goals for 2015 while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent, improving energy efficiency by 20 percent, raising the share of renewable energy to 30 percent of electricity production and 10 percent of overall energy consumption, and increasing the level of biofuels in transport fuel to 5 percent, is a show.Political actors, economics analysts, energy predictors as well as the public predated that the government would not have achieved their 2015 goals till 2020. Government redefined its goals as new goals, this time for 2030, to reach electricity coverage of 70 percent of the population in Monrovia, and 35 percent nationwide, which includes energy access to 40 percent of Liberian citizens living in rural and peri-urban areas and using traditional biomass for cooking shall have access to improved stoves and kerosene or efficient-gas cookers in order to reduce indoor pollution; 30 percent of the urban and peri-urban population shall have access to reliable modern energy services enabling them to meet their basic needs (lighting, cooking, communication, and small production-related activities); and 15 percent of the rural population and 25 percent of the schools, clinics, and community centers in rural areas shall have access to modern energy services to meet the same basic needs, something government considered as short term objectives. Power Africa Support – Power Africa’s engagement in Liberia is rooted in an agreement between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the government of Liberia signed in 2015 through a US$257 million power and roads sector compact; in Guinea, its funding is supporting Guinea’s power sector in coordination with the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), the World Bank, and other development partners; and in Sierra Leone through a US$44 million partnership agreement between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Republic of Sierra Leone. Global Development Alliance focused on Ebola Response, Recovery and Resilience in West Africa. Expanding electricity access will directly assist countries like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as they continue to recover from the Ebola epidemic’s post-disaster impacts, and build more resilient energy, educational and health care systems. ConclusionThe development of low-carbon energy does not guarantee an improvement in access to energy for poor populations. The link between energy and the fight against poverty require specific treatment based on a precise assessment. As far as the access of poor populations to modern energy vectors is concerned, the adoption of conventional solutions has only a small impact on global greenhouse gas emissions. However, renewable energy presents important comparative advantages in the supply of electricity to isolated populations. In addition, the development and structuring of the biomass energy system to which rural populations have privileged access enables the creation of value, which benefits poor populations while promoting energy with a favorable carbon footprint. Solutions for fighting poverty through low-carbon energy do therefore exist, but they differ greatly depending on the context and the energy vector in question. They are based on chains with quite distinct technical and economical characteristics. They have, however, a point in common, in that they require a long-term commitment to implementing the public policies essential for promoting investment in these domains with a strong social component. Some countries have succeeded in establishing a pro-active institutional framework for certain energy-related aspects of the link between energy and the fight against poverty. The challenge is to extend these practices so as to reduce the energy gap characteristic of developing countries.About the author: Vicent S.T. Willie II is a Liberian intellectual, academician and an advocate who believes in the theory of social justice, equal opportunity and academic freedom. He is a graduate of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Economics and Political Science; Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Strategy Management from the London School of Business and Finance, UK, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Amaila Falls back on the table – Trotman

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first_imgHydro power…says Govt will meet requirements for US$80MWhile Minister of State Joseph Harmon had said Government shelved the idea of continuing the Amaila Falls Hydro Power (AFHP) project, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Friday affirmed that the project is actually a renewable energy option for Government.The AFHP, initiated by the PPP, has been the source of political gridlock for yearsTrotman was at the time fielding questions before the Natural Resources Committee of the National Assembly. Asked about the conflicting statements on hydro, he denied that the project was off the table.But while he noted the project – which was a brainchild of former President Bharrat Jagdeo – has potential, the Minister observed that funding is an issue. In addition, Government is still interested in using the natural gas that goes hand in hand with oil production.According to Trotman, Government has every intention of fulfilling the requirements for the release of US$80 million in funds from Norway. This money was intended for hydropower development. However, it was put in limbo with the perceived shelving of the Amaila project.“There was some concern about the Amaila project,” Trotman said. “And there is $80 million gathering interest at the IDB. Government has every intention of fulfilling its obligation, to ensure we don’t lose it.”When questioned by Chairman of the Committee, Odinga Lumumba, Trotman admitted that Government has not requested the release of the funds.“The Government of Guyana, while it has voiced its concerns, has never taken it (Amaila Falls project) off the table. And even now, (we are looking at) whether or not it has the supply of water to generate (adequate power).”Minister Harmon was quoted in sections of the media in October 2017 confirming the Government’s interest in natural gas, which will be brought up alongside oil by ExxonMobil. He had noted that because of the difficulty in soliciting an investor, a decision was taken to look at other energy alternatives.Political gridlockAccording to the US State Department’s latest economic bureau, “political gridlock and infighting” is to blame for hampering Guyana’s development efforts in several instances. Relative to this, the report cites the example of the AFHP, which the coalition Government has officially abandoned.“The Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP), which would have been the largest capital project in the country’s history, fell apart after a decade of planning when the US developer and equity partner withdrew from the multinational development team in August 2013,” the report stated.“The company expressed concerns over political risk following objections to the venture by the then-Opposition party [the A Partnership for National Unity] APNU,” the report continues. “The Norwegian Government subsequently conducted a new feasibility study on the AFHP and submitted the report to the Government.”This is a reference to a report from Norwegian international consultant Norconsult. The new report had in fact concluded that the Amaila Falls Hydro Power Project was the only realistic way for Guyana to achieve an emission free electricity sector. Norconsult had noted the merits of the project, such as its completed feasibility study and a higher plant load than the other alternatives.However, the report had recommended the BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) public private partnership model is used. The consultant had urged that an international investor specialising in hydro power be invited to take a majority stake in the project. It is unclear whether this advice has been acted upon by the government.The report states: “The only realistic path for Guyana towards an emission free electricity sector is by developing its hydropower potential. The fastest way forward is to maintain AFHP as the first major step for substituting its current oil fired generation. AFHP was prioritised as the first hydropower plant because it was the only project with a full feasibility study completed; it has a higher plant load factor than the alternatives, a smaller reservoir and a unit cost in the same range as the most attractive alternatives.”US reportIn the absence of Amaila, the US State Department report acknowledged the Government touting other areas and renewable energy sources. It noted that if potential renewable energy projects are successful, this would promote more investments as high energy costs are barriers to value added investments.The AFHP, which formed part of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), was commissioned in 2009. However, having taken up office in 2015, the now Government had repeatedly stated its disapproval of resurrecting the project.But former President Jagdeo had said the coalition Government has killed the project, although it was set to provide Guyana with a massive source of electricity.OperationalThe Amaila Falls could have been almost operational by now and consumers could have been close to seeing the end to expensive and unreliable electricity. Guyana would have been entering into the ranks of the top 10 users of clean energy worldwide.The project, which would have been the largest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country’s history, had the potential to reintegrate the country with the global capital markets for the first time in over 40 years.last_img read more

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Waltrip races into Daytona 500 field

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first_imgNASCAR tossed out two key Waltrip employees, handed crew chief David Hyder a $100,000 fine – the largest in series history – and docked Waltrip 100 points. But NASCAR didn’t kick him out of the garage, something other drivers questioned. “To tell you the truth, I think he got off easy,” Joe Nemechek said. “It gave the sport a black eye. I think Michael Waltrip is very fortunate to be in this race.” Waltrip expected that reaction from some and said president Mike Helton encouraged him to race Thursday when all Waltrip wanted to do was go home and hide. “I came real close to not racing today,” Waltrip said hours before his qualifying event. “I just felt like there would be a cloud over whatever I accomplished today because of what happened.” He was contrite at his morning news conference, and that didn’t change after he secured his spot in the field. Toyota officials, conspicuously absent in his morning apology session, gathered around him after the race. “I couldn’t be happier for Michael and his organization. … What a turn of events,” said Lee White, general manager of Toyota Racing Development. “Michael Waltrip carried two cars in – that’s 7,000 pounds – a pretty heavy load for the guy.” Teammate Dale Jarrett rushed to Waltrip’s side on a chaotic pit road, grabbing his boss in a bear hug. “Proud of you. Want you to know that,” Jarrett said. “I appreciate that,” Waltrip said, lips quivering. “I knew you could handle it, anyway,” Jarrett replied. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Michael Waltrip cheated, apologized and then vindicated himself the only way he knew how: He drove his way into the Daytona 500. The two-time Daytona winner – almost too embarrassed to get behind the wheel after his team was caught in NASCAR’s biggest cheating scandal – capped a roller-coaster week Thursday by earning a spot in the Great American Race. Because of NASCAR’s complicated qualifying format for this event, it also guaranteed rookie David Reutimann a spot along with the two other Toyota Camrys that Waltrip owns. Reutimann would have had to race his way in otherwise. But there was little celebration at the finish line, where Waltrip sat stone-faced inside his car as he battled a wave of conflicting emotions. “I’m probably the most depressed guy you have ever seen make the Daytona 500,” he said with a sigh. “I’m thankful. I’m sad. I’m happy at the same time. Daytona does that to you.” So does cheating. Waltrip’s humiliating debut with Toyota began Sunday when NASCAR found a suspicious substance in his intake manifold. After three days of examination, it was determined to be a fuel additive designed to dramatically boost horsepower in a car that previously had struggled with speed. center_img “I know I am good enough to do it without having any cheating on my car,” he said. “I don’t need it. I can go fast without it. I think we proved that today.” Waltrip’s eighth-place finish in the first qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway was good enough to get him in the field. last_img read more

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Redlining’s end a pinch for some

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first_imgI gagged on my coffee Wednesday morning as I scanned the pile of bills I had been ignoring. My auto insurance carrier, Woodland Hills-based 21st Century, had sent the usual biannual renewal notice. But for some reason, my rate had doubled. Normally, my rate goes down a few bucks every year as my car depreciates and I get closer to being an old-lady driver. I hadn’t had any change in address or speeding ticket since the last bill. Perhaps, I reasoned, the company had simply decided to save paper by sending annual bills. Nope. This was my bill for six months and it wasn’t a mistake, I found out after an odyssey through voice trees, unhelpful customer service people and, finally, someone who explained that a new insurance regulation this year is sure to produce dramatic changes in insurance bills all over the state. And chances are I’m not the only one choking in surprise this month over whopping auto insurance bills. The seeds of my bad Wednesday were planted a long time ago, in the ’80s, when Californians voted for Proposition 103. This state measure reined in out-of-control home, auto and business insurance premiums. But first I have to suffer through a year of hell while the auto insurance industry soaks me while it still can. You see, I am a “bad driver.” This classification sticks to me like a bad dye job due to a fender-bender two years ago. At the time I considered the accident fairly minor because: 1) the CHP wouldn’t take an accident report; 2) while the impact buckled my hood, the car I rear-ended escaped with a dented fender; and 3) my air bag didn’t even deploy. I assumed my insurance company paid $500 or so to pay for the fender because my rates only went up slightly. Yet I found out Wednesday that insurance company settled this little incident (my buckled hood, incidently, was fixed for less than $300) for $8,000, clearly without anyone investigating the veracity of the claims. Now I have a two-point accident on my record. That means I can either pay $2,500 this year for the pleasure of having basic insurance coverage – or I can ride the bus. There’s always the third option of joining the ranks of uninsured drivers, which I am seriously considering. This whole thing would have been a lot less expensive if I had slipped a couple of grand to the person I hit right on the spot. Of course, none of this was explained to me by the impervious customer service people at 21st Century who merely said some new law required my rates to go up. And don’t expect your company to be forthcoming, either. Why? Because this whole thing wasn’t their idea. Redlining might be morally repugnant, but it’s profitable. The moral of this story is that sometimes good things are bad for a little while. Or that bad things are good, if they don’t happen to you. Or just that everyone should always have a camera in their car because the insurance company you’ve been loyally paying thousands to for a decade isn’t really on your side and, whatever you do, don’t hit anything. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There’s a provision of Prop. 103 that’s responsible for a serious change in insurance pricing that’s already being felt by California consumers. Doug Heller of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, whose founder, Harvey Rosenfeld, wrote Prop. 103, explained that last year former Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi issued a regulation forcing auto insurers to stop jacking up rates in certain neighborhoods – redlining – and base rates only on driving records. Because of redlining, residents of certain ZIP codes – such as those in Van Nuys, East L.A and South L.A. – have historically paid higher rates for the same insurance package as those in ritzier communities, even if they were good drivers. That’s good news for good drivers in Van Nuys and South L.A. who will see their premiums go down substantially. But it’s going to be an unpleasant discovery for anyone with a speeding ticket or a recent accident, especially if they live in neighborhoods that have been subsidized by redlined drivers, such as Thousand Oaks. “They will find shocking rates if they are bad drivers,” Heller said. Ultimately, it’s a fair realignment of the insurance rates. Crappy drivers should pay more than non-crappy ones. And one day I will be very happy about this change since I live in 90026, one of the traditionally redlined Los Angeles ZIP codes. last_img read more

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‘If Van Gaal can turn Ron Vlaar into world-beater, imagine what he can do with Chris Smalling’

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first_img1 When football fans discovered Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar was given the job of stopping the likes of Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain in the Netherlands’ World Cup semi-final against Argentina, not many would have predicted the outcome.That outcome was the Villans man, who was part of a team that conceded over 60 goals in last season’s Premier League, absolutely bossing the opposition.But a fairytale ending wasn’t to be for the defender, whose missed spot kick saw the South American’s progress to the final with a penalty shoot-out victory.Nevertheless, there’s no doubt the 29-year-old’s value has skyrocketed following such a performance on the greatest stage.And many fans were left to marvel at manager Louis van Gaal’s coaching mastery, and only wonder what the incoming Manchester United boss can do with the Red Devils’ under-performing squad in the coming seasons. Aston Villa and Netherlands defender kept world star Lionel Messi quiet throughout their World Cup semi-final last_img read more

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Arcadia teen crowned Rose Queen

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Dusty Gibbs, a 17-year-old student at Arcadia High School was named this morning to preside over the 2008 Tournament of Rose Parade. She will be attended by princesses Zena Brown, 18, Alverno High School; Chloe Ghoogassian, 17, Pasadena High School; Kelsey MacDougall, 17, La Ca ada High School; Katie Merrill, 17, Pasadena High School; Courtney Rubin, 17, San Marino High School; and Gaelen Stanford-Moore, 17, South Pasadena High School. The 119th Rose Parade, themed Passport to the World’s Celebrations, will begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 1. last_img read more

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SEE ONE DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE!

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first_imgLOCAL businessman Michael MacGinty has certainly been turning heads across the county in the past couple of days…after dying his beard and hair BRIGHT RED!And this is how you might be seeing him for the next few months – with a copper-coloured top!But it’s all for a good cause. Michael is trying to raise €2,500 for the Irish Cancer Society as part of Today FM’s Shave or Dye campaign.And no-one appears more amused by the whole thing than his wife Edel.That’s because Michael didn’t realise his new dye was so, well,….permanent.“Roisin and Vicky at Patrick Gildea’s Hairdressing at the Courtyard Shopping Centre did the job for me,” said Michael. “They did a great job of making me look totally crazy and it will last for about 3 months – I just did not know THAT when I agreed to do this stunt.“My wife Edel laughed all the way through the process because she KNEW I was going to be like this for a lot longer than a day.”Added the computer company boss: “Hopefully I can raise €2,500 for a very worthy cause and then I will believe it was all worthwhile!”Michael is pictured left before his do or dye effort.You can help by making a donation by clicking here: www.mycharity.ie/event/michaelmacgintydye_2012SEE ONE DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE! was last modified: February 28th, 2012 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:Michael MacGintySEE ONE DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE!last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: FORMER TYRONE STAR RYAN MCMENAMIN GUEST OF HONOUR AT KILCAR GAA DINNER DANCE

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first_imgRyan McMenamin,Kilcar GAA News:The club held their annual Dinner Dance in the Blue Haven last Saturday night where the senior panel and management were presented with their County and All Ireland Gaeltacht medals and their Division One medals by guest speaker Ryan McMenamin and there were special presentations to our five county players also.Thanks to all who attended and it was great to see such a large attendance and to the Blue Haven for their hospitality. Well done to ex senior player Michael Molloy who is part of the John Mitchells (Liverpool) side who have reached the All Ireland Junior final following a 1-09 to 1-06 win over Moate All Whites on Sunday.Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta 2015. Béidh Cill Chartha, Sinsir, as báile in eadan Naomh Micheal ins an chead bhabhta dó Comórtaisí Peile na Gaeltachtai mbhliana agus béidh na Soiear ag imirt sa bhaile in eadan Cloich Cheannfhaola. Caithfear na cluiche seo a imirt ar nó roimh 1ú Márta. Béidh na cluichí leathcheannais agus na cluichí ceannais a imirt i Árd a’ Rátha ar an Deireadh Seachtaine 3/4 Bealtaine.Collaiste na CarraigeWell done to Collaiste na Carraige seniors and under 16s who both reached the county finals last week the seniors beat Magh Ene Bundoran 0-19 to 2-07 and the under 16s beat St Columba’s Stranorlar 2-13 to 2-06.Club MembershipClub memberships are now due contact Denice McSweeney to join or you can download forms from our website or Team App.ScorAnyone who is interested in taking part in this year’s Scor could they get in contact with Honora Meehan ASAP at 087-7925603. We are looking for quiz team, a solo singer, an instrumental group and someone to do storytelling. Our club was famous not so long ago for being very competitive in the Scor competitions and it would be great to reach them heights again as we have great talent in the parish and Scor is an important part of the GAA calendars so if you think you have what it takes please get in touch. Scor Sinsir takes place in Glenfin on Friday 30th January.Ladies BoardThe Ladies Board are having a meeting in Aislann Chill Chartha this Thursday at 7pm, we are looking for a secretary and an Under 12 manager for the coming season text or ring Annmarie on 087-2715913 if you are interested. All correspondence will be sent to the chairperson Annemarie until the secretary position is filled. We are asking all parents and players to attend this meeting.Club App We have now 155 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €2,900 this week’s numbers were 3, 6, 16 and 28 winners were: €50 Arlene Cunnea €30 Barry Campbell and €20 Martina O’Donnell. Lotto Plus numbers 4, 6, 11 and 13 there was no winner.BingoClub Bingo winners were €130 Annie McGinley, €110 Roseanne Ellis, €100 Catherine Johnston, €80 Teresa Dolan, €70 Gladys Fuller, Eithna Byrne, John Cunningham, Patricia Cunningham, Francis Cunnigham, Pamela Bonner and Brendan O’Keeney. The Jackpot on Sunday is €3,750 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: FORMER TYRONE STAR RYAN MCMENAMIN GUEST OF HONOUR AT KILCAR GAA DINNER DANCE was last modified: January 26th, 2015 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:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more

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GARDAÍ AND CUSTOMS SEIZE €115K OF DRUGS IN BUNDORAN

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first_imgAs part of an ongoing operation targeting the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Ballyshannon area of Co Donegal local Gardaí accompanied by members of Revenue Customs Services and Garda Regional Support Unit, this morning seized a quantity of Methylone at a house in Bundoran, Co Donegal.The seizure was made at approximately 9.15am this morning, 21st November, 2013 and has an estimated street value of €115,000 (subject to analysis).“A vehicle and mobile phones were also recovered during this operation,” said a Garda spokesman. “Two males, both in their early 50’s, were arrested and are currently being detained at Ballyshannon Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.” GARDAÍ AND CUSTOMS SEIZE €115K OF DRUGS IN BUNDORAN was last modified: November 21st, 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)last_img read more

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