Watanga FC made nonsense of pre-match predictions and kicked out Monrovia Club Breweries out of the 2014 FA Cup with a 4-1 thrashing in the first match of the tournament at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, yesterday.In the second match, LPRC-Oilers came from a 1-0 down in the second half to find the equalizer and then moved on to eliminate the Liberian champions BYC, 5-4 on penalties.Oilers will now face FC Fassell who drew a bye and moved to the semi-finals automatically.Now with Oilers as their opponents, they will clash in the semi-finals on March 3, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Oilers yesterday had their game, putting lots of pressure on BYC who played their game with occasional counter attacks. Oilers’ Soto Roberts cancelled BYC’s goal that right winger Lamin Jabateh scored in the 43rd minute midway in the second half.By all indications LPRC-Oilers deserved their victory since they played a much better and purposeful game.Left winger Vincent Joseph, Myers Gallo and striker Adonis Peter fought bravery but their attempts at goal could not materialize because they were too hasty outside their opponents’ area that they could not initiate any effective tactic to beat the offside traps set by their opponents.They would attack from the wings and push BYC into their own area but forgot that the officiating referee and his linesmen were keeping watch of the offside rules.The players would simply rush, ignoring the offside rule and they were caught at each occasion. They earned several corner-kicks but they could not convert them into goals.At least two of their players earned an unnecessary yellow card caution when they played rough against their opponents.The game ended 1-1 and the five-five penalty kicks were applied and the Oilers managed to win 5-4.The third match was in progress at press time between LISCR FC and NPA, in match that was expected to be more exciting.There were side attractions worth mentioned here. Vuvuzelas blew across the stadium, along with two drummer groups who entertained the crowd and the teams as well as a brass band. The band played memorable tunes that delighted the fans who witnessed some of the best games of the year.The winner of LISCR FC v NPA will meet Watanga in the second game on March 3 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… says he is unprofessional, reckless, anchored in pastManaging Director of the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU), Valmikki Singh finds it “reckless” and “unprofessional” that Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) Board member, Tony Vieira, is attempting to stymie Guyana’s advancement into the digital technology age. Vieira, in a recent public statement, argued that Guyana “(does) not have to go digital”, referring to the evolution from analogue transmission to digital transmission.GNBA Board memberTony VieiraAnalogue transmission is a method of conveying voice, data, image, signal, or video information, using a continuous signal varying in amplitude, phase, or another property that is in proportion to a specific characteristic of a variable.Analogue transmission could mean that the transmission is a transfer of an analogue source signal which uses an analogue modulation method. FM and AM are examples of such a modulation.Digital transmission, on the other hand, is a literal transfer of data over a point to point (or point to multi-point) transmission medium – such as copper wires, optical fibres, wireless communications media, or storage media. The data that is to be transferred is often represented as an electro-magnetic signal (such as a microwave).Anchored in the pastVieira argued that there is “nothing which is written in stone” that says Guyana must go digital and accused the NFMU of planning the change-over withoutNFMU Managing Director,Valmikki Singhconsultation and consideration of how such a radical transformation will affect the poor.“Are we going to do like Mexico, just go digital and buy US$2 billion worth of TVs for our citizens, a lot of whose television sets cannot receive digital signals and who would have to purchase additional equipment to demodulate the digital signal to analogue form to accommodate the change-over,” he contended.However, the NFMU asserts that Guyana must embrace digital technology if the country wishes to develop and move forward.“The television broadcasting sector has been one of the areas that has been benefiting from the rapid advancement in technology. The global transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting started several years ago. The developed world and many developing countries have already completed the transition or are actively in the process of the transition,” the NFMU outlined in a letter to the editor, noting that Guyana cannot afford to be left behind.According to Singh, in this information age, where the limited radio spectrum is increasingly becoming scarcer, efficiency in its use is a key element in the success of a business and ultimately the development of a country. In addition to its technical superiority to analogue TV, Digital TV is inevitable, the regulation body underscored.The NFMU finds it “unbelievable” that persons are so anchored in the past and unaware of the tremendous benefits of going digital.“It is unbelievable that in this day and age of computers, tablets, smart-TVs and the Internet, we have to still debate the benefits of digital over analogue,” the NFMU Managing Director posited.He also criticised the GNBA member for peddling falsehoods regarding the consultation process on the move towards digital transmission.Singh explained that the Guyana Government was offered and accepted assistance from the International Telecommunication Union (funding was provided by the Republic of Korea) to develop a Roadmap for the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting in Guyana.RoadmapHe said a National Roadmap Team, comprising representatives of the GNBA, the GNBS, MTIC, GRA, NCN, the Guyana Consumers Association and the NFMU was established in 2013.Additionally, Singh explained that public consultations, as well as consultations with TV broadcasters on the development of the Roadmap for the transition to Digital terrestrial television were held in July 2013 and January 2014.This final report was delivered to the NFMU in January 2016, according to the NFMU Managing Director. He said the report was promptly sent to the Public Telecommunications Ministry for discussion and further action.Further, Singh asserted that the NFMU sent copies of the Roadmap report to the GNBA in February 2016, which were subsequently sent to all Board members in early April 2016.“In its letter to the GNBA, the NFMU proposed to meet at mutually convenient times to discuss the implications, impact and actions necessary as a result of the imminent transition to DTT (this was also expressed to the Board). To date, there has been no response to NFMU’s request to meet,” the NFMU outlined.In this regard, the NFMU berated Vieira for holding on to the report for some eight months, but did not even offer a response regarding its contents. “(He) did nothing with it but now states boldly that Guyana does not have to go digital. This is the kind of unprofessionalism and recklessness that will stymie and retard the development of the Broadcasting, Telecom and ICT sectors in Guyana,” the NFMU contended.Singh expressed that it is unfortunate that Vieira, a prominent GNBA Member, wishes to keep Guyana rooted in the 1980s where technology was limited.
Social justice seems lost on our current generation. Today’s working American finds it much easier to fight with immigrants over the crumbs that fall from the top rather than to fell the corporate thieves who toss the crumbs in the first place. Most working Americans remain in debt, without a savings account and paying more interest, while earning lower wages to the ratio of corporate executives, than ever before in American history. Life itself has become petty. There seems no great issue over throwing it all away. Rather than languishing in the comfort of peasantry, Americans should reject the informal speech and the less erudite elements of language and stand up to corporate cronyism. We are not peasants. Peasantry has not helped our country gain wealth or influence. We need articulate examples. We need passionate advocates who share common cause with the people. Essentially, we need more middle-class heroes. The American middle class holds the true core of American values. Very few upper-class citizens give us an example to follow. Leave the crumbs to the lower classes. Leave the elitism to the upper classes. We need to look more to ourselves, and see our own plight as worth saving. There are two outspoken examples of this struggle that need mention. They are, ironically, two of the richest men in the world. Microsoft founder and current philanthropist Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway fund manager Warren Buffett. Both hold fortunes in the double-digit billions, but their cause is one of social responsibility. They want to eradicate malaria, bolster education and fight the spread of AIDS. Not only do they believe that helping poorer, less fortunate people ultimately helps the entire world, but also that passing inherited wealth exclusively to one’s own children hurts the rest of the world. These men are Boy Scouts, even if they do not carry handkerchiefs. Their actions show that they value life, that life is not some mere trinket easily thrown away. Thinking back to my father, the school principal, and the handkerchief in his pocket, I hope that my generation, the parents of the future, will see fit to elevate their speech, shrug off the fallen crumbs of peasantry, and possibly even start carrying handkerchiefs of our own. Even if our collective American nose is so bloodied that we might need to throw one or two of them into the garbage, before we get back on track. Zachary Urbina is a writer/producer, based in the Los Angeles area. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Recently, the same week that saw the savings accounts of the American people hit the lowest average figure in 74 years also saw the biggest annual profit by a corporation, ExxonMobile, in American history. Slowly, the people of the United State are becoming that which we once despised. We are becoming a nation of peasants, squirming under the heel of aristocracy. American culture, once indispensable, now appears disposable, with handkerchiefs now replaced by disposable facial tissues. Ironically, one need only look just over the U.S. border, into the Mexican state of Baja California, to gauge this shift in American identity. The little shops, called tiendas, in Tijuana and Rosarito depend almost exclusively on American tourist dollars to sustain revenue. Sadly enough, they do not sell handkerchiefs. There is no market for the tourist dollar that caters to the handkerchief owners of the United States. Perhaps there never was. In one shop in Rosarito, the little knickknacks, like Mexican jumping beans or bottles of tequila with the worm in it, have given way to some of the most paltry reflections of American culture. Innumerable incantations of swag (hats, shirts, towels, clocks, mirrors) featuring Al Pacino in the 1982 film “Scarface,” glass marijuana pipes of every size and description, pharmacies with any generic drug under the sun stare back at us, the United States, like a warped fun-house mirror. Bear in mind, these are not original Mexican icons or merchandise. There are no Mexicans wandering the shaded eves of these tiendas, save the few who have carefully learned enough English to barter with the American tourist for his/her spending dollar. As corporate cronyism further yokes the working American people, the voice of opposition that struck down many of the great trusts and monopolies of a century ago today falls on silent, unarticulated breath. Corporations demonstrate to us that an entire generation of the cubicle-clad work force is disposable. Once profits shrink, outsourcing begins. Conversely, corporate workers also participate in this disposable ideology, fleeing their jobs as soon as a higher-paying position becomes available in another company. When I was a kid, I can remember my father, the Boy Scout. Although not really a Boy Scout, he was a public elementary school principal. His first name was always Mister. He was polite. He was professional. I remember that he always carried a handkerchief in his shirt pocket, not as some gaudy fashion statement that matched the color of his tie, but a well-utilized part of his ensemble, as purposeful as a pair of shoes or a wristwatch. Many a bloodied nose or scraped knee met with the careful pressure of my father’s timely handkerchief. Sometimes they would be washed and reused, other times, they were soiled beyond hope and had to be tossed out, like so much garbage. Professional workingmen do not carry handkerchiefs anymore. Occasionally, one may encounter a corporate executive with a bit more aesthetic sense than his peers, who may place a silk pin-striped kerchief in the breast pocket of his blazer, but rarely for the purpose of anything more than a fashion statement, a brief haute couture one-liner. To say that American culture is slipping is not a new position. To say that language is pandering increasingly to the lowest common denominator is hardly a fresh witticism. However, the implications of this slipping have yet to be fully realized.
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HAVE you the skills to be the next Jim McGuinness – for our rapidly expanding Ladies teams?The Donegal Ladies County Board is seeking applications for the positions of Managers of Donegal U14, U16, Minor and Senior Ladies Football County Teams.Each position is for a 3 year term with annual review. Application forms available from email@example.comClosing date for completed forms is Sept 26th 2012. FANCY MANAGING THE DONEGAL COUNTY TEAM? – FOUR POSTS UP FOR GRABS! was last modified: September 10th, 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:FANCY MANAGING THE DONEGAL COUNTY TEAM? – FOUR POSTS UP FOR GRABS!
A DONEGAL fish farm has been halted amid concerns all fish farms in the county could be facing new restrictions.The authority which regulates fish farms in the country has also issued a strongly-worded statement questioning the number of jobs created by them.It has questioned one new fish farm in Galway Bay and is opposing two others – in Donegal and Mayo. It says scientific studies show sea lice from farmed salmon are wiping out wild salmon stocks off the Irish coast. The Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is the state agency charged with the conservation, protection, development, management and promotion of Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resource.The Board of IFI agrees with the recent statement by Minister Fergus O’ Dowd on offshore salmon farming and welcomes the development of Ireland’s aquaculture sector, once any development complies with Ireland’s obligations under relevant EU environmental legislation, particularly the Habitats Directive, and does not adversely affect salmon and sea trout stocks.The Board have made a submission on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) for the proposed offshore salmon farm as part of the public consultation process, and recommends that this submission, which is on the IFI website, is read in full by any interested parties.In the submission, concerns were raised in relation to the location and scale of the proposed salmon farm and how its development and operation could impact on wild salmon and sea trout stocks and their habitat. These concerns are based on scientific reports by respected authors and knowledge of the impact of existing fish farms on salmon and sea trout populations off the west coast of Ireland. Recent peer reviewed international scientific literature on the impacts of sea lice on salmonids show them to have devastating effects on wild salmon, accounting for up to 39% of salmon mortalities. The Board does not believe that the corpus of peer reviewed international scientific literature which recognises the negative impacts of sea lice on salmonids have been adequately dealt with in the EIS.The Board says it welcomes any sustainable initiative which will provide jobs in rural coastal communities however it queries the figure of 500 jobs being associated with the proposed offshore salmon farm.Published data on employment and production in the salmon farming sector show that 9,923 tonnes of salmon were produced in 2007 and 133 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) people were employed in salmon farming.If the same ratios, 74.6 tonnes of salmon per person employed, are used in the context of the current proposal for a 15,000 tonne salmon farm this accounts for only 202 jobs.A very recent report in aquaculture news site www.fishnews.eu claims that Scottish Islanders were delighted that a new 2000 tonne salmon farm had been granted planning and would create 4 full time jobs. “Again if applying the same ratios to the current proposal this amounts to 30 jobs, assuming no economies of scale,” said the IFI.The statement went on: “Notwithstanding this the Board have serious concerns that whatever the number of jobs created by the current proposal they will be more than offset by the associated loss of jobs in the recreational angling and tourism sectors if this development proceeds without adequate environmental protections in place.“Top line figures from a recently commissioned survey of domestic recreational anglers suggest they contribute approximately €143 million to the economy, predominantly in rural areas, with the preferred locations for angling overnights in the West and South West and an additional €89 million is contributed by tourist anglers.“The Board believe that Ireland’s reputation as a pristine wild fishery destination must be safeguarded. Angling tourism is characterised by the fact that consumption takes place where the resource is readily available, such as on the West Coast. “Tourism activity is particularly concentrated in areas which lack an intensive industry base, and it is credited with having a significant regional distributive effect. Consequently, the economic benefit is kept within Ireland, and not expatriated to another country which would most likely be the case if an international operator was awarded the franchise to run the proposed offshore salmon farm.“The Board believe that proposals being brought forward for two further offshore salmon farms in Mayo and Donegal are premature given that significant issues over the current proposal have not yet been resolved. No further applications should be progressed until all stakeholders are satisfied that the current proposal is sustainable and has no adverse impact on wild salmon and sea trout stocks.“Despite the ever increasing pressures on our fisheries, Ireland still boasts a wealth of inland and sea angling resources which greatly enhance the quality of people’s lives on a daily basis as well as delivering economic and social benefits to the Irish economy in the form of job creation, social inclusion and tourism revenue. We cannot be complacent about the resource, or our management of the environment. In this regard the Board of IFI would like to reiterate its commitment to the protection of Irelands wild fish and the aquatic habitat.”FUTURE OF DONEGAL FISH FARMS IN DOUBT AFTER AGENCY’S TOUGH STATEMENT was last modified: November 25th, 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:FUTURE OF DONEGAL FISH FARMS IN DOUBT AFTER AGENCY’S TOUGH STATEMENT
Rural dwellers in a large stretch of townlands around the St. Johnston and Raphoe areas will tonight launch the latest stage of their community alert battle to beat burglars.Residents who are members of the Drumatoland, Castledooey, Sheskin and Momeen Community Alert Committee (DCSM) along with members of the neighbouring Binion View and Glenmaquinn Community Alert Committees have now launched a text alert schemes to help them report suspcious activity.Chairman of (DCSM) Joe Boland, said the alert system would help residents in the respective areas to be vigilant against any suspicious activities. “Unfortunately in all of our areas in recent years we have had residents who have been victims of break-ins and burglaries and it would seem that these thieves think that any quiet rural area is fair game.“By establishing our Community Alert Groups and indeed by extending co-operating across a number of groups, we will have even more people than ever watching for suspicious activity and will have a way of reporting that activity as well.”The new scheme is being launched in Ballylennon Church Hall tonight and present will be Garda Siochana Inspector David Kelly, local Gardai and Vanessa Clarke of Muintir na Tíre, the National Association for the Promotion of Community Development in Ireland.“The call will be assessed and if the Gardai deem it relevant, a text alert will be sent out to everyone who has signed up to the scheme in their area. We are confident that this scheme will send another message out to would-be burglars that we are mobilising our communities in association with the local Garda to be more vigilant than ever and that would be burglars have a much greater chance now of being apprehended if they think about coming into our areas,” Mr Boland concluded. RAPHOE AND ST.JOHNSTON TO UNVEIL PLAN TO BEAT BURGLARS TONIGHT was last modified: October 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglarsdonegalRaphoeSt Johnstontext alert scheme
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The report comes as the House prepares to pass Republican legislation reinforcing U.S. borders, easing deportations and creating a nationwide system whereby employers must check workers’ immigration status. And providing ammunition to both sides armed for an immigration showdown in Congress this week, the study found that immigrants in California and across the nation are more likely to receive public assistance than their American-born counterparts. The study said nearly half of all California households receiving food stamps, subsidized housing or other public assistance are headed by an immigrant. And it said immigrants and their children in California are twice as likely to be uninsured, with more than half of all immigrants in the state receiving Medicaid. Nationally, the study found, 28.6 percent of immigrant households use a welfare program compared with 18.2 percent of U.S.-born households, while 47 percent of all immigrants are either uninsured or have insurance provided through Medicaid. “Legalization will probably not solve the problem of welfare use or low income associated with illegal immigration,” wrote Camarota, who authored the report. “In fact, with regard to welfare use, legalization will almost certainly make the problem worse.” WASHINGTON – The number of immigrants in the United States reached a new high this year after the biggest five-year increase in American history, said a study released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies. Nearly 7.9 million immigrants – about half of them believed to be illegal – settled in the U.S. between January 2000 and 2005, boosting the total number of immigrants in the nation to 35.1 million, the study said. About 1.8 million immigrants during that period entered California, more than any other state, according to the study by the D.C.-based think tank that favors immigration control and analyzed Census Bureau data. “The 35.2 million immigrants living in the country in March 2005 is the highest number ever recorded – 2 times the 13.5 million during the peak of the last great immigration wave in 1910,” said Steven Camarota, the center’s director of research. Democrats and immigration advocates had mixed reactions. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, who is at the forefront of trying to enact a guest-worker program and plans to try to attach one to the legislation this week, said he is concerned by high numbers of legal immigrants using public assistance. “I don’t think we should bring people into this country to go on the welfare system,” Berman said. As for illegal immigrants’ effect on public systems, he said, “There’s no doubt illegal immigration has an impact on health services. It’s disruptive. It costs money.” Reshma Shamasunder, director of the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative, pointed out that while higher numbers of immigrants might receive public assistance, they get less from the system than Americans. At the same time, she said, they contribute more in Social Security and other taxes. The average U.S.-born Californian receives $1,212 annually from public-assistance programs while noncitizens receive $474, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Meanwhile, Shamasunder said, the average immigrant-headed household in the state contributes $2,679 to Social Security, about $530 more than the average U.S.-born household. “You’re really talking about a highly productive and employed population. These are not people who are sitting at home waiting to get welfare,” she said. “Immigrant or not, there is no easy access to health care. There’s other parts of our system that are broken, and it has nothing to do with whether a person is an immigrant or not.” Camarota noted in the report that high rates of uninsured and use of public assistance “is not caused by an unwillingness to work,” particularly among illegal immigrants. But, he said, “The use of welfare programs by immigrants does raise the question of why we have an immigration policy that admits so many individuals who are not self-sufficient.” The report also found that more immigrants lack high school educations than native-born American adults. One of the largest gaps is in California, where four times as many immigrants as natives are high school dropouts. “This huge gap has enormous implications for the social and economic integration of immigrants, because there is no single better predictor of one’s economic and social status in modern America than education,” Camarota noted. Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, said he does not believe legal immigrants should receive public assistance. “You should not have a system where people come here from another country and benefit from current American taxpayers.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway has told QPR’s website he believes the midfield battle will be crucial in tonight’s derby against Fulham.Rangers have performed better than many expected this season and the midfield trio of Luke Freeman, Massimo Luongo and summer signing Josh Scowen has been a success so far.And R’s boss Holloway said: “Through their midfield area they are as good as anyone in the division but I’m very pleased with our midfield areas as well.“That’s why I am so excited about this game. Games are won and lost with your strikers and with clinical finishing, but really it’s in that engine room.“We are going to need to be at our best but, if we are, I believe a win against this lot could start a little fire again for us.”Idrissa Sylla has been passed fit to rejoin the Rangers squad after missing the draw at Barnsley in midweek with a knee problem.See also:Win will lift Fulham ahead of derby – JokanovicHolloway hails ‘class act’ Caulker after QPR drawHolloway: I can chop and changeFulham’s Kamara could miss QPR gameQPR’s Sylla passed fit for Fulham game
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — On a night where the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues provided assists, the Sharks failed to step up and do their part, firing wide on an opportunity to gain ground in the Pacific Division standings.The Detroit Red Wings extended the Sharks season-high losing streak to six games on Monday, picking up a 3-2 win at SAP Center that further narrowed the home team’s chances of earning the top seed in …