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Agriculture Minister’s Approach to Media

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Arrest Warrant Out for Ex- Defense Minister

first_imgFormer Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr. and former Deputy Defense Minister for Administration, Joseph F. Johnson… and his two deputiesThe Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice  on Friday, October 11, 2019, issued an arrest warrant for three former ministers from the Ministry of National Defense, including the former minister, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., St. Jerome Larbele, and Joseph F. Johnson, on claims of misapplying some US$1.7 million from the welfare and supplementary pension benefits fund of officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), while they served in at the Ministry during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Larbele served as deputy Defense Minister for Operations, while Johnson was the deputy Minister for Administration.Samukai, together with Larbelee and Johnson were on Friday formally indicted (charged) with multiple crimes, ranging from money laundering, economic sabotage, criminal facilitation and criminal conspiracy.Credible information obtained by the Daily Observer reveals that none of the accused were served copies of the writ of arrest up to the publication of this story.The case was brought against the accused by the Assets Investigative Restitution and Recovery Team (AIRReT), headed by Cllr. Arthur Johnson.Solicitor General Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus and AIRReT Chief Prosecutor, Cllr. Arthur JohnsonThough the Government of Liberia, in August 2009, recommended that the appropriate and right thing to do is restitution or refund the full amount of US$1,147,656.35 that was expended on the AFL for the past several years. “This refund shall be immediately provided in the next budgetary appropriation to the AFL by the government, not an individual minister or its designate(s), the recommendation then said.In August 2009, the Ministry of Defense established a contributory savings involving deduction from all ranks of the AFL for their welfare and supplementary pension benefit after their years of honorable service. As of October 2017, the amount of US$2,062,160.14 (including accrued interest), were collected and deposited into that account at Ecobank. And, it was established that about US$1,147,656.35 were spent on the AFL, and the balance in the account was US$688,964.96 as of November 8, 2017.What makes the arrest warrant for the former ministers of defense a special case is that, the AIRReT chose to ignore the August 2009 recommendations of the Board of Inquiry (BOI) that was established by then Brig/Gen. Daniel Ziankahn, AFL former Chief of Staff (COS) to determine the status, utilization and balances of said account.At the conclusion of the investigation, the board, among others, said that the ministry did not establish guidelines, nor a clear policy on the utilization of this welfare account, and that the ministry did not provide timely information to personnel of the AFL on the operations and utilization of said account.The findings also said that the ministry authorized the expenditure of funds from this account on soldiers’ welfare without the requisite consent of the AFL High Command. That all monies spent on military personnel welfare should have been handled by and through the government normal budgetary appropriation, and not from the welfare of the soldiers, and that the ministry should not have used the funds for the benefit of the soldiers without requisite budgetary appropriation.It continues, “Documents revealed that expenditure made from this welfare account were for the benefits of AFL personnel and their families, but should have never been done so.”However, the findings noted that the ministry is responsible for procedural lapses in the management, expenditure and utilization of said funds, no mention of misappropriation.Consequently, the report maintained that the government has determined that it is appropriate, and the right thing to do is restitution or refund the full amount of US$1,147,656.35 that was expended on the AFL for the past several years. “This refund shall be immediately provided in the next budgetary appropriation to the AFL by the government.”Henceforth, the AFL shall manage all of its accounts by itself, including welfare account, through their chain of command without any hindrance, nor interference from authorities of the ministry, according to the findings.It went on, “There shall be no further withdrawal from this account until such time when a clear and concise policy is put into place that will articulate the management, procedure, criteria and authorization for the usage and expenditure of monies from the AFL and welfare account.Also, there shall be no further deduction from the morale and welfare account,” adding, “The ministry shall not utilize any funds appropriated for or belonging to the AFL for any purpose absolutely whatsoever.”Contrary to the findings and recommendations, the AIRReT through Solicitor General, Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus, openly disclosed that there was an initial indictment for the immediate former Minister of Defense, Brownie Samukai, as it relates to the usage of the AFL funds.But Solicitor General Cephus said that he has mandated the Asset Investigation, Restitution and Recovery Team (AIRReT), which is headed by Cllr. Arthur Johnson, to do a comprehensive review and investigation in all of the cases until an official indictment can proceed.“I asked for a more holistic and comprehensive review before any indictment can be levied against anybody,” Cephus said.It is not clear as to whether the comprehensive investigation by AIRReT’s chief prosecutor, Cllr. Johnson, takes into consideration the recommendations of the AFL’s board of inquiry.The AIRReT is charged with the responsibility to investigate, restitute and subsequently recover funds that were embezzled, and misappropriated from the government as revealed by reports submitted authorities at the General Auditing Commission (GAC), and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).It can be recalled that Sayeh and Sayeh Law Firm, representing Samukai, in its response to the indictment, admitted to the recommendations, which he said that it calls for refund by government through budgetary appropriation.However, defendant Samukai has said that from 2014 up to and including 2017, the Ministry of National Defense did not receive any operational fund to replenish the ones that were used from the Welfare Funds to support, sustain, and maintain the welfare, mission, and operations of the AFL.Also, in his in own defense, Samukai said that a decision was reached between former President Sirleaf and President George Weah during series of meetings held together between January 13 and 17, 2018, and with the leadership of the AFL, that the incoming Weah administration will refund all funds spent from the AFL Welfare Fund.For the record, Samukai said that on January 17, 2018, then President-elect George Weah held a meeting at his residence in Rehab, Paynesville, with our client, then Minister of National Defense, along with senior leadership of the AFL, where they discussed the outstanding issue of refund to the AFL Welfare Fund, and President Weah confirmed, and reiterated in that meeting that he and Madam Sirleaf had met and discussed this situation, and agreed to refund all funds spent on the AFL from the AFL Welfare Fund during the passage of the budget 2018.”“During this meeting,” Samukai said, “President-Elect Weah, also read and approved the draft press statement presented to him, which had already been read and approved by then President Sirleaf and the senior leadership of the AFL for release to the public as the official resolution of this matter.”Samukai alleged that President Weah, true to his words through budgetary appropriation, delivered on his promise and made full refund payments to the AFL as evidenced by final payment made in the amount of US$460,000 in July 2018.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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PPP/C to block swearing-in of Mayor, Deputy

first_imgSelection of Mabaruma Mayor0The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) says it will be moving to the courts today to block the swearing-in of the Mayor of the newly-created town of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) who was selected by Communities Minister  Ronald Bulkan, contrary to the Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01.In the municipality of Mabaruma, the Opposition PPP/C and the ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) each snapped up six seats on the Council – leading to a tie when the Council voted on Saturday and Tuesday to elect a mayor.In an instance like this, Chapter 28:01 Section 13 (6) provides that the Town Clerk shall appoint a date for the election of a Mayor by the people. This date shall not be later than December 28 of the same year.However, without that vote, Minister Bulkan applied Section 13 (4) which states “where at an election [as prescribed above], two or more Councillors secure an equal number of votes the Minister shall direct which of those Councillors shall perform the functions of the office of Mayor; and that Councillor shall assume and perform those functions until such time as the Mayor or Deputy Mayor as the case may be is able to act.”The Minister named APNU/AFC Councillor Henry Smith as his choice for the post of Mayor.Following this the six APNU/AFC Councillors elected Ashtrilla Gammel, another APNU/AFC Councillor as Deputy Mayor.Speaking on Bulkan’s action, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall said that his Party would be moving to the courts this morning to block the swearing in of the two “unlawfully-appointed” officials.“We will restrain them from functioning and we will quash the appointment. We will seek the courts’ intervention to seek an order that will prevent them from acting in office or secondly quash the decision that appointed them,” Nandlall told Guyana Times Tuesday evening.He said that the Minister clearly violated the law and has acted precipitously and prematurely by making appointments without going back to the electorate as the law dictated.“In other words [he] has usurped the functions of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and certainly violated the law and it is an attack on democracy, it is stealing of the will of the electorate; the people are required by law to go to an election again and only when it fails to yield a result or yield a tie result, the Minister’s powers are activated,” the former AG explained.Bulkan also went ahead and named the Chairpersons for some five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) where there were also ties between the APNU/AFC and the PPP/C.last_img read more

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Talk of the town

first_imgPULLMAN, Wash. – Ivory Clark was at the bank when astranger started chatting up Washington State’s basketball team. Later, at the store, the same thing happened. Yes, a stone’s throw from Moscow, Idaho, where the winters have a reputation for being as punishing as its namesake in Russia, an incredible moment is taking place in the unlikeliest of the Pacific-10 Conference’s nine cities. The Cougars will make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994, but there is a downside. Because the school is hosting a sub-regional in Spokane, the Cougars cannot play there. So scores of fans will not be able to cash in on years of frustration and apathy and make the 80-mile drive to see Washington State play. Instead, the Cougars will be sent a plane’s ride away. Still, it hasn’t taken away from the euphoria on campus, and the attention engulfing the program. “This is different, and in many ways it’s been a shock to me, personally, and as a team we sometimes shock ourselves,” guard Jeff Weaver said. “Seeing Washington State come across the bottom of the screen (on television) with a number (ranking) by it, it’s a dream. It’s special. I never thought it would be this good.” First-year coach Tony Bennett, who took over after his father, Dick, left following last season, melded an eclectic group of under-recruited players from across the country. Point guard and leading scorer Derrick Low (13.9 ppg) is from Honolulu; Weaver (11.1 ppg, 4.8 apg) hails from Beloit, Wis.; Clark (9.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg) is from New Orleans; forward Daven Harmeling (9.9 ppg) is from Grand Junction, Colo.; and forward Robbie Cowgill (7.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg) is from Austin, Texas. Not one Cougar is from Washington. “You could look at our whole roster and say we gambled just about on everybody,” Bennett said. “We were in a place where really not a lot of people wanted to come to Washington State, to be honest with you. We looked at kids that we projected were going to be good and we have a chance to get, and they’re legitimately excited to be playing in an elite league, like the Pac-10, and being part of rebuilding a program.” The Cougars are doing it without star power. UCLA has guards Arron Afflalo and Darren Collison, Oregon has Aaron Brooks, USC has Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt and Stanford has Anthony Goods and Brook Lopez. Washington State doesn’t have a scorer in the top 13 in the Pac-10, and its leading rebounder (Weaver) ranks 17th in the conference. Clark, a senior forward, joins four starters who are in their third season at the school. “I think part of it the kids have been in the system now for two or three years,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “They’ve been doing the same curling coming off screens, how to read screens, how to set screens, how to hedge screens, how to stay in front of the ball, how to have (their) hands high and active all the time. “Every time you play them, it’s like a root canal.” Washington State plays the same deliberate style, but Tony Bennett, who served on his father’s staff for three seasons, subtly changed the offensive approach. The Cougars were always known as a strong defensive team, but also a methodical, plodding offensive team that would rather score in the 40s than the 60s. Clark said the freedom now exists to, when open, take quicker shots and push the tempo. After averaging 57.3 points during Dick Bennett’s tenure, the Cougars are scoring 66.5 per game this season. “It’s just being free and able to express yourself on the court,” Clark said. “It’s like a painter who gets to paint freely. It lets you loosen up and play.” Rather than playing for the sole purpose of making someone else’s day miserable, Washington State is playing for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. For now, that is on everyone’s mind, but the focus will change after the season. Bennett, 37, was the primary recruiter for many of the players, responsible for selling kids from across the country on taking a chance on Pullman. Job offers are expected to fly in from around the country, causing Washington State’s administration to reconsider Bennett’s original five-year, $2 million deal. “We’re working on it,” Cougars athletic director Jim Sterk said. “We want to reward him as much as we can, and Tony made it clear he doesn’t want it to be a distraction. We’re doing some things. We’re going to do some things by the end of the season, and have some revisions.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Cougars will make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994, but there is a downside. Because the school is hosting a sub-regional in Spokane, the Cougars cannot play there. So scores of fans will not be able to cash in on years of frustration and apathy and make the 80-mile drive to see Washington State play. Instead, the Cougars will be sent a plane’s ride away. Still, it hasn’t taken away from the euphoria on campus, and the attention engulfing the program. “This is different, and in many ways it’s been a shock to me, personally, and as a team we sometimes shock ourselves,” guard Jeff Weaver said. “Seeing Washington State come across the bottom of the screen (on television) with a number (ranking) by it, it’s a dream. It’s special. I never thought it would be this good.” First-year coach Tony Bennett, who took over after his father, Dick, left following last season, melded an eclectic group of under-recruited players from across the country. Point guard and leading scorer Derrick Low (13.9 ppg) is from Honolulu; Weaver (11.1 ppg, 4.8 apg) hails from Beloit, Wis.; Clark (9.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg) is from New Orleans; forward Daven Harmeling (9.9 ppg) is from Grand Junction, Colo.; and forward Robbie Cowgill (7.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg) is from Austin, Texas. Not one Cougar is from Washington. “You could look at our whole roster and say we gambled just about on everybody,” Bennett said. “We were in a place where really not a lot of people wanted to come to Washington State, to be honest with you. We looked at kids that we projected were going to be good and we have a chance to get, and they’re legitimately excited to be playing in an elite league, like the Pac-10, and being part of rebuilding a program.” The Cougars are doing it without star power. UCLA has guards Arron Afflalo and Darren Collison, Oregon has Aaron Brooks, USC has Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt and Stanford has Anthony Goods and Brook Lopez. Washington State doesn’t have a scorer in the top 13 in the Pac-10, and its leading rebounder (Weaver) ranks 17th in the conference. Clark, a senior forward, joins four starters who are in their third season at the school. “I think part of it the kids have been in the system now for two or three years,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “They’ve been doing the same curling coming off screens, how to read screens, how to set screens, how to hedge screens, how to stay in front of the ball, how to have (their) hands high and active all the time. “Every time you play them, it’s like a root canal.” Washington State plays the same deliberate style, but Tony Bennett, who served on his father’s staff for three seasons, subtly changed the offensive approach. The Cougars were always known as a strong defensive team, but also a methodical, plodding offensive team that would rather score in the 40s than the 60s. Clark said the freedom now exists to, when open, take quicker shots and push the tempo. After averaging 57.3 points during Dick Bennett’s tenure, the Cougars are scoring 66.5 per game this season. “It’s just being free and able to express yourself on the court,” Clark said. “It’s like a painter who gets to paint freely. It lets you loosen up and play.” Rather than playing for the sole purpose of making someone else’s day miserable, Washington State is playing for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. For now, that is on everyone’s mind, but the focus will change after the season. Bennett, 37, was the primary recruiter for many of the players, responsible for selling kids from across the country on taking a chance on Pullman. Job offers are expected to fly in from around the country, causing Washington State’s administration to reconsider Bennett’s original five-year, $2 million deal. “We’re working on it,” Cougars athletic director Jim Sterk said. “We want to reward him as much as we can, and Tony made it clear he doesn’t want it to be a distraction. We’re doing some things. We’re going to do some things by the end of the season, and have some revisions.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,PULLMAN, Wash. – Ivory Clark was at the bank when astranger started chatting up Washington State’s basketball team. Later, at the store, the same thing happened. Yes, a stone’s throw from Moscow, Idaho, where the winters have a reputation for being as punishing as its namesake in Russia, an incredible moment is taking place in the unlikeliest of the Pacific-10 Conference’s nine cities. Folks are talking about Washington State basketball – for all the right reasons. The Cougars are winning, the community is bustling and support is booming. Although a loss a week ago at Oregon seriously damaged Washington State’s chances of winning a Pac-10 title, the loss did little to dampen the enthusiasm within the town of 25,000 on the Eastern edge of the state. When No. 2 UCLA visits No. 13 Washington State tonight at Friel Court, the Bruins will be greeted by the rarity of a sellout crowd of 11,500. Until this season, it had beenmore than 20 years since Washington State’s last sellout. “Walking around campus, I actually enjoy going to class,” said Clark, a senior forward in his second season in Pullman after playing at Midland (Tex.) College. “People ask for your autograph. I had to pay people to give them my autograph last year.” The Cougars use a disciplined, strong defense and a methodical offense to dictate tempo and frustrate opponents. The style, talent and experience has Washington State (23-5, 12-4) in second place in the Pac-10, and it can still earn a share of its first conference title since 1941 by sweeping UCLA and No. 23 USC this weekend, and also having the Bruins (25-3, 14-2) lose Saturday at Washington. Sure, the likelihood of those events transpiring appears small, but after what Washington State has accomplished this season, nothing seems impossible. The school’s last winning season came in 1995-96, and the Cougars’ 23 wins is tied for fourth-most in school history. Washington State is already assured of finishing at least third in the conference, which will be its highest spot since George Raveling’s 1982-83 team finished second. When No. 2 UCLA visits No. 13 Washington State tonight at Friel Court, the Bruins will be greeted by the rarity of a sellout crowd of 11,500. Until this season, it had beenmore than 20 years since Washington State’s last sellout. “Walking around campus, I actually enjoy going to class,” said Clark, a senior forward in his second season in Pullman after playing at Midland (Tex.) College. “People ask for your autograph. I had to pay people to give them my autograph last year.” The Cougars use a disciplined, strong defense and a methodical offense to dictate tempo and frustrate opponents. The style, talent and experience has Washington State (23-5, 12-4) in second place in the Pac-10, and it can still earn a share of its first conference title since 1941 by sweeping UCLA and No. 23 USC this weekend, and also having the Bruins (25-3, 14-2) lose Saturday at Washington. Sure, the likelihood of those events transpiring appears small, but after what Washington State has accomplished this season, nothing seems impossible. The school’s last winning season came in 1995-96, and the Cougars’ 23 wins is tied for fourth-most in school history. Washington State is already assured of finishing at least third in the conference, which will be its highest spot since George Raveling’s 1982-83 team finished second. Folks are talking about Washington State basketball – for all the right reasons. The Cougars are winning, the community is bustling and support is booming. Although a loss a week ago at Oregon seriously damaged Washington State’s chances of winning a Pac-10 title, the loss did little to dampen the enthusiasm within the town of 25,000 on the Eastern edge of the state. last_img read more

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Scottish Trade Minister to visit Donegal Gaeltacht

first_imgA 16 person Scottish delegation led by Minister Ivan McKee, MSP, the Scottish Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation will take part in a 3-day trade mission to the West Donegal Gaeltacht from 17th-19th October.The trade mission will be hosted by Údarás na Gaeltachta and its Scottish partner, The West Lothian Chamber of Commerce.The trade mission is the result of an invitation extended on a similar visit to meet the Irish Diaspora in Glasgow earlier this year by Minister Joe McHugh, T.D., the then Minister of State for The Irish Language, Gaeltacht and the Islands and Government Chief Whip, and representatives from Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. During this trade mission the delegates will visit the An Clochán Liath and Gaoth Dobhair areas, get a taste of the unique Gaeltacht culture and language and will make connections with a number of Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies and community organisations.The delegation will visit the state of the art Randox Teoranta facility in An Clochán Liath to see the potential of scale that exists in the Donegal Gaeltacht with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta.Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair will also be another highlight for the mission including visits to a number of companies on the business park.They will hear from start-up businesses and agencies on the practicalities of setting up business in Ireland. The three-day visit will also include a presentation and tour of gteic@Gaoth Dobhair, one of a network of 31 innovation and digital hubs being established by Údarás na Gaeltachta.The minister and delegation will also visit Donegal Airport and meet with airport management and representatives from Loganair to further support Irish – Scottish links.Micheál Ó hÉanaigh, Chief Executive Officer of Údarás na Gaeltachta, who accompanied Minister McHugh on his visit to Scotland in July 2018, was delighted to welcome the Scottish delegation to the Gaeltacht.He said “We are encouraged by the interest shown by the Scottish Delegation in this area of Donegal. This visit provides a valuable platform to showcase the Gaeltacht as a competitive location to establish a business and has a great deal to offer companies. I am delighted that in the coming days that they will be engaging with Gaeltacht businesses to explore and discuss potential business opportunities.“The links between North West Donegal and the West of Scotland are well-established and longstanding. The Donegal Gaeltacht is familiar to successive generations of Irish emigrants to the west of Scotland, many of whom come from Gaeltacht areas such as Gaoth Dobhair, Na Rosa and Cloich Chionnaola, and many have maintained regular contact with their relatives there. “These initiatives are keen to build on existing connections, build new contacts and develop stronger economic ties between the Gaeltacht regions of Ireland and the West of Scotland.“The Diaspóra na Gaeltachta project, included in our three year strategic plan, will endeavor to encourage the emigrant Gaeltacht community abroad or in Ireland to return home to the Gaeltacht, their families and communities and, thereby, bolster the Irish language as a community language in those areas.”Aire Trádála, Infheistíochta agus Nuálaíochta na hAlban ar an stiúir ar Mhisean Trádála trí lá i nGaeltacht Dhún na nGallBeidh an tAire Ivan McKee, MSP, Aire Trádála, Infheistíochta agus Nuálaíochta na hAlban ina cheann feáin ar sheisear déag cuairteoirí a bheidh ar Mhisean Trádála 3 lá chuig Gaeltacht Dhún na nGall ón 17 go 19 Deireadh Fómhair 2018. Tá an misean trádála á eagrú ag Údarás na Gaeltachta agus a gcomhpháirtithe Albanacha, Cumann Tráchtála Lodainn Thiar (West Lothian). Is mar thoradh ar chuairt a thug an tAire Joe McHugh, T.D., an tAire don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht agus do na hOileáin agus Príomh Aoire an Rialtais ag an am, agus ionadaithe ó Údarás na Gaeltachta agus an Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta ar diaspóra na hÉireann i nGlaschú níos túisce i mbliana ar glacadh leis an gcuireadh go hiarthar Thír Chonaill.I rith an mhisin thrádála seo, tabharfaidh na toscairí cuairt ar na ceantair An Chochán Liath agus Gaoth Dobhair, gheobhaidh blaiseadh de chultúr agus do theanga uathúil na Gaeltachta agus déanfaidh teagmháil le roinnt cliantchomhlachtaí de chuid Údarás na Gaeltachta agus eagraíochtaí pobail. Tabharfaidh an toscaireacht cuairt ar áis ardchaighdeáin Randox Teoranta ar an gClochán Liath chun léargas a fháil an deis atá ag comhlachtaí fás i nGaeltacht Dhún na nGall le tacaíocht Údarás na Gaeltachta.Beidh Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair mar bhuaicphointe eile don mhisean ag áireamh cuairteanna ar roinnt gnónna ar an bPáirc Ghnó. Cloisfidh siad scéalta faoi chomhlachtaí atá ag tosú amach agus gheobhaidh eolas ó ghníomhaireachtaí ar ghnéithe praiticiúla do bhunú gnó in Éirinn. Beidh turas agus cur i láthair maidir le gteic@Gaoth Dobhair, ceann de 31 mol nuálaíochta agus digiteach atá á fhorbairt ag Údarás na Gaeltachta, mar chuid den turas trí lá chomh maith.Tabharfaidh an tAire agus an toscaireacht cuairt ar Aerfort Dhún na nGall freisin agus casfaidh le bainistíocht an aerfoirt chomh maith le hionadaithe ó Loganair chun tacú tuilleadh le naisc idir Éirinn agus Albain.Tá áthas ar Phríomhfheidhmeannach Údarás na Gaeltachta, Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, a bhí ar an turas go hAlbain i mí Iúil in éindí leis an Aire McHugh, fáilte a chur roimh thoscaireacht na hAlban chun na Gaeltachta, “Cúis dóchais dúinn an spéis mhór atá léirithe ag an Toscaireacht Albanach seo sa gcuid seo de Ghaeltacht Dhún na nGall. Tugann an chuairt seo ardán luachmhar dúinn chun an Ghaeltacht a léiriú mar láthair iomaíoch inar féidir gnó a bhunú agus a bhfuil buntáistí go leor le baint ag comhlachtaí aisti. Tá ríméad orm go mbeidh siad ag caint agus ag comhrá le comhlachtaí Gaeltachta sna laethanta seo romhainn chun deiseanna féideartha gnó a phlé agus a scrúdú.”“Tá an ceangal idir iarthuaisceart Dhún na nGall agus iarthar na hAlban seanbhunaithe. Tá aithne mhór ag glúnta éagsúla d’imircigh Éireannacha go hiarthar na hAlban ar Ghaeltacht Dhún na nGall. Go deimhin is as ceantracha ar nós Gaoth Dobhair, Na Rosa agus Cloich Chionnaola go leor acu agus tá ceangal láidir rialta coinnithe acu lena ngaolta ansiúd. Tá na tionscnaimh seo bunaithe ar thógáil ar na naisc seanbhunaithe seo, caidrimh nua a thosú agus ceangail eacnamaíoch níos láidre a fhorbairt idir Gaeltacht na hÉireann agus iarthar na hAlban. Beidh togra Diaspóra na Gaeltachta, atá san áireamh ina bPlean Straitéiseach trí bliana, ag súil le pobal na Gaeltachta atá ar imirce thar lear nó atá scaipthe ar fud na tíre a mhealladh ar ais chun na Gaeltachta, le tacú leis na pobail bhríomhara teanga agus cultúir a chothú.”Scottish Trade Minister to visit Donegal Gaeltacht was last modified: October 16th, 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)Tags:donegalGAELTACHTScotlandTradevisitlast_img read more

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Highland breaks Canyon’s heart

first_imgPALMDALE – Michelle Moore thought she had done enough to extend Canyon High’s season for at least another 20 minutes. Highland freshman Kaylee Sandefer made sure the celebration lasted only four. After Moore tied the score on a breakaway goal in the 76th minute, it seemed he teams were headed for two 10-minute overtime periods Saturday in their opening-round contest in the Southern Section Div. II girls’ soccer playoffs. Sandefer quickly changed the landscape of the game, and the Cowboys’ season, when she took advantage of a mishandled ball by Canyon goalkeeper Danielle Michel to score the winning goal just before the end of regulation, lifting the host Bulldogs to a dramatic 2-1 victory. “I told them the entire game to follow, follow, follow,” said Highland coach Juan Paolo, whose team will play the winner of Agoura and Santa Barbara in Wednesday’s second round. “Just in case the ball was dropped, the girls were ready. But it was a little too close to the end for my liking.” After Moore had a shot carom off the right post in the 34th minute and a ball deflected by Highland goalkeeper Kellie Drenner and off the crossbar less than 10 minutes later, she was finally able to net the equalizer when it mattered most. Moore received a pass along the left sideline, sprinted past two Highland defenders and cut at a sharp angle near the top of the penalty area, before slipping the ball past a charging Drenner inside the right post. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, exhilaration turned to frustration, spoiling a strong effort from Moore, fellow junior Casey Stuart and seniors Jessi Locke and Alexia Zatarain. “This really sucks because we played our hearts out,” said Moore, who had a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s 3-0 wild-card victory over Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta. “For me, there’s just a lot of anger. This is the third time it’s happened to us this season. You don’t think it can happen again and then it does.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant As the game was approaching stoppage time, fellow freshman Samantha Johnson crossed the ball from the right side, hoping Sandefer could make a play near the far post. Michel appeared to have denied the attempt, but the junior couldn’t completely gain control of the ball, resulting in it landing at Sandefer’s feet before she tapped it inside the left post as Canyon (15-5-3) stood and watched in disbelief. “I knew (Sam) was going to cross it, I was just hoping she would drop it,” said Sandefer, who, after starting most of the season, played important minutes off the bench in the second half in place of Janet Mendez and Terry Solis, who were both nursing leg injuries. “(After Canyon scored), I was hoping we would get a corner kick or a throw-in by Sam, anything where we could put the ball in front of the net. It feels great (to help my team win).” Although Sandefer emerged as the hero Saturday, another freshman, Abbie D’Errico, was also instrumental in the victory, setting up the first goal for Highland (21-2-3) in the 49th minute. D’Errico played a ball from the left side into the penalty box, which Hillary Anderson one-touched to Courtney Morrell, who slipped a shot inside the left post. “Abbie was our player of the game, no doubt about it,” Paolo said. “We have such a young team, but for them to come back like that right after they scored, I’m really impressed with them. We weren’t able to do that last year (in our second-round loss to Thousand Oaks), but we had a group of 14- and 15-year-olds who stepped up and came through for us.” last_img read more

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Agent meets with Chelsea chief to discuss ex-Liverpool man’s move to Stamford Bridge

first_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 Maurizio Sarri reportedly wants to add Suso to Chelsea’s ranks The 24-year-old has begun this campaign with four goals and seven assists in just 12 appearances, further establishing himself as one of Europe’s most effective attacking players.And while earlier reports claimed Chelsea were only looking at Suso ahead of a potential swoop for the former Liverpool trainee, it now appears the west Londoners are pushing forward in an attempt to sign him. Most Read In Football gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City BEST OF SORRY LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Chelsea appear to have ramped up their interest in former Liverpool player Suso, with talks already being held between the club and his agent.The Spain winger was linked with Chelsea earlier this week, with the Blues said to be rivalling Atletico Madrid for a player who is currently enjoying a brilliant run of form. tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT scrap Calciomercato claim Suso’s agent, Alessandro Lucci, has over the past couple of weeks already held talks with Marina Granovskaia, the Chelsea director who oversees numerous deals.Furthermore, Maurizio Sarri, the Chelsea manager, is said to be a huge fan of Suso, having come up against him while in charge of Napoli. revealed RANKED whoops Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 latest Suso’s previous spell in England was massively disappointing It is also stated that further talks between Lucci and Granovskaia will be held in the coming days, though they are believed to be apropos the future of full-back Davide Zappacosta, who is also represented by Lucci.last_img read more

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Queen recalls tragic events of the past year

first_img “I believe also that it has shown us all how our faith – whatever our religion – can inspire us to work together in friendship and peace for the sake of our own and future generations.” The monarch’s Christmas address is a tradition that began with her grandfather, King George V, who delivered the first one in 1932. The queen delivered her first Christmas speech on the radio in 1952, when she took the throne after the death of her father. The broadcast was first fully televised in 1957. Following tradition, Britain’s royal family gathered Sunday at the Sandringham estate in eastern England with a new addition at the annual festivities – Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla. As they have for many years, the queen and many of her relatives attended a church service near the house.160Want 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The speech is the one occasion of the year when the queen writes a speech without government advice. It is broadcast around the country and the Commonwealth of Britain’s former colonies. Suicide bombers targeted London’s transit system July 7, killing 56 people, including themselves. Botched bombing attempts rattled the city two weeks later. Terrorists also struck Jordan and Indonesia, while hundreds have died in suicide attacks in Iraq. Praising relief and emergency workers, the queen said 2005’s string of tragedies offered opportunities for people of all faiths to unite and work together. “This last year has reminded us that this world is not always an easy or a safe place to live in, but it is the only place we have,” she said. LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II delivered a somber Christmas message Sunday, remembering those who lost loved ones in last year’s Asian tsunami and the transit bombings that shook London’s security. “The day after my last Christmas message was broadcast, the world experienced one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded,” she said, referring to the tsunami that crashed into coastlines from Asia to Africa a year ago, leaving some 216,000 people dead or missing. The Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami ushered in a year of hurricanes that devastated New Orleans and pounded the Caribbean and an earthquake that killed tens of thousands in Pakistan and India. “As if these disasters were not bad enough, I have sometimes thought that humanity seemed to have turned on itself – with wars, civil disturbances and acts of brutal terrorism,” the queen said in a prerecorded message in Buckingham Palace Chapel.last_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Perch’n on the Peninsula slated for Saturday

first_imgThe Samoa Peninsula Fire District will be hosting their 10th Annual Perch’n on the Peninsula Surfperch Fishing Tournament and Fish Fry Fundraiser this Saturday, April 6 at the Peninsula Elementary School (located across the street from the Samoa Cookhouse).This is a fun filled family-oriented fishing event that benefits the Samoa Peninsula Fire District Volunteer Organization. Adult fishing tournament entry is $20 and junior fishing tournament entry (Under 16) is only $10. Fishing tournament …last_img read more

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SETI, Miracles, and Comfort

first_imgWould knowledge that the universe is filled with aliens bring you comfort?  Or are you more comfortable thinking humans are alone in the universe?  Seth Shostak, director of the SETI Institute, was interviewed briefly by Bill Hemmer on Fox News this morning, where only one answer to this idea was assumed.    Shostak came on the program to talk about the recently-publicized views by astronomer Paul Davies that alien life may be among us in forms we cannot recognize (see PhysOrg and Breitbart News for examples).  Shostak agreed with Davies that scientists may be missing it, because we are attuned to look for DNA as evidence of life.  But aliens might be made of other stuff – QNA, ZNA or something we don’t know, he quipped.    Shostak went on to opine that since life appeared quickly on Earth after its formation, that suggests that life is easy to evolve.  He leapt from that suggestion to opine that life might be easy to evolve on other planets, too – i.e., that life is not a miracle, but will appear as a natural consequence anywhere the conditions are right.    In the respectful dialogue, Hemmer interjected the option that even if alien life is found, it doesn’t necessarily mean it wasn’t created.  After all, many people believe that life on Earth is a miracle.  Shostak responded (paraphrasing), “Well, that would be comforting, wouldn’t it?”  He said a termite in a mound might feel special until it looked out and found termite mounds all over the place.  The short interview left off on that note.Let’s see if we have this straight.  According to Shostak, (1) a scientist is allowed to defend a conclusion on a single data point; (2) it’s OK to believe in unobservables, as long as they are materialistic; (3) assumptions count as data, (4) theology brings na�ve comfort, but materialism brings realistic unexceptionalism, and (5) don’t believe in miracles – rely on them (Finagle’s Rule #6).    CEH has often challenged Shostak’s ideas (e.g., 04/01/2008, or search on Shostak in the search bar for more), but this is nothing personal; he appears to be a likeable chap and is only human.  His ideas, though, can be considered representative of many in the secular science community, particularly in the astrobiology and origin-of-life tribal cultures.  Since he often writes about them in colorful language for the media, he places himself in the dunking booth (e.g., 07/16/2009).  Our arguments, therefore, aim at the dunking lever, not the man (08/08/2008).  If he gets dunked in the process, well, we will be glad to offer him a towel with the word LOGIC printed on it.    Shostak portrays himself a scientist, but what has he just done?  He has defended philosophical materialism with its own assumptions.  He said, in short, life evolved materialistically because it evolves materialistically, and we know this because we evolved materialistically, because we are here.  This is worse than defending astrology with horoscopes, because there is zero evidence to back it up.  He assumed life emerged materialistically on an unobserved primitive earth, and since that assumption pulled itself up by its own bootstraps, he walked around in the boots and said it means life emerges materialistically everywhere – and that it means life is not miraculous.  Yet the improbability of chemicals coming together into systems with coded operating systems, able to reproduce themselves accurately, is so extreme, it makes belief in theological miracles tame by comparison.    Then he made the bizarre assertion that the belief life is a miraculous creation brings some people “comfort.”  Do you see the disgusting elitism in that remark?  It characterizes many in academia, and in progressivist politics, too.  It’s the underlying attitude that “We’re smart, and lay people (especially those who believe in a Creator) are stupid.  Their beliefs in miracles (and other fairy tales) may give them comfort, like drunkards guzzling their Southern Comfort, but we sober-minded, rational, objective scientists are the Patrons of Truth and Knowledge and Wisdom.”    This is not only patronizing nonsense, it is logical nonsense.  Those who disagree with his materialism could just as logically make the argument that SETI believers would find comfort in a universe filled with aliens.  In fact, a theist could turn the tables and argue that Shostak and his ilk have a strong emotional need to find comfort in alien life, otherwise there is the disturbing implication that life might be somehow special, and therefore might have been created.  No theist need be disturbed by the discovery of life on other worlds.  A materialist, though, would find its absence disturbingly hard to explain.  Who needs comfort but a disturbed mind?    Finally, if Shostak employs inference without evidence to explain unobservables, he should allow others to make inferences about unobservables from evidence.  Without evidence for QNA, ZNA and other unknown bases for alien life, nor any evidence it exists, he allowed Paul Davies and himself to speculate unfettered about the possibility of life-as-we-don’t-know-it living among us – and throughout the universe – as long as it matches one’s world view.  Have a little fun with that kind of liberty.  Speculate that when the aliens are detected, their first message will be that it has been revealed to them that humans are depraved sinners, so they are on the way as missionaries to bring us the gospel.    But even the material stuff physicists talk about is often inferred only by its effects.  We can’t see quarks or neutrinos, but their presence is inferred by secondary effects in expensive colliders and by the comfort it gives physicists in the elegance of their theories.  It is just as common for scientists in other scientific fields to infer intelligent causes from their effects – in forensics, cryptography, archaeology, and yes, Dr. Shostak, even in SETI itself (12/03/2005).  If you permit yourself the liberty to infer intelligent causation from communications from sentient beings without evidence for it, then allow that right to others who infer intelligent causation in the DNA of sentient beings in front of their observing eyes, right here on this planet.  If you allow yourself the liberty to believe in miracles, then don’t deny that liberty to those who define miracles not as wildly improbable chance occurrences, but as the visible effects of intelligent agents, whom we know from uniform experience are able to direct and constrain the laws of nature with goals and willful intent.  Fairness, after all, can be a very comforting thing.  So is logical consistency.  Your towel, sir.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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