The international central of Athletic Iñigo Martínez will be lost by sanction the Basque derby that will face the rojiblanco team with the Royal Society next Sunday at the Reale Arena after seeing the fifth yellow card of the season against Getafe.The Biscayan defender will not, therefore, face his former team, from which he arrived at Athletic two years ago, and joins the already known loss of the injured Oscar de Marcos. Who still has several weeks left to recover from the ankle operation he underwent in December.Unai Núñez is outlined in principle as the substitute of Iñigo Martínez in that Basque duel that both teams will face three days after their respective quarterfinal matches of Copa del Rey against Barcelona in San Mamés, in the case of Athletic, and Real Madrid in Bernabéu, in the set ‘txuri urdin’.
For his achievement in earning the silver medal in the 110 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Parchment clocked a season-best time of 13.03 seconds and in the process became the first Jamaican to earn a silver medal in global competition in the 110m hurdles.
Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours D’Antoni didn’t want to get into what he thinks general manager Daryl Morey should do with the roster to improve this offseason.“It’s way too early. That’s Daryl’s department,” he said. “I love each guy. So it’s hard to even be objective, me to be objective. That’s the upstairs. That’s their job to be cold and objective, and do what they think is best for the team. Then once we get in the trenches, I’ll be happy with whoever we’ve got.”But he knows the Warriors will continue to be the league’s benchmark and they’ll have to figure out a way to beat them if they hope to win a championship.“Golden State has set the bar for the whole league, not just us. We know where we have to go,” he said. “We feel like we’re really close … so I’m obviously optimistic because of the guys we’re dealing with, and they’re winners. You keep knocking on the door, and they’ll eventually open.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Way to go, Mom: In Paris, Serena Williams wins Grand Slam return Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “The first half, just our energy defensively was different. That created more opportunities for the 3 and they went in,” Harden said. “As a result of that, we got a double-digit lead going into halftime. Those same opportunities were there in the second half, we just didn’t make them. They made tough shots. That’s it pretty much.”It was a bitter end to a sweet year for Houston.Harden turned in an MVP-caliber regular season to help the Rockets get the NBA’s top seed for the first time in franchise history. Many doubted that he would play well with Paul after the point guard was acquired in a trade with the Clippers. But the two meshed nicely and helped the Rockets to a 3-2 lead in the conference finals before Paul’s season ended with a hamstring injury in Game 5.“They were devastated … we thought we were so close,” D’Antoni said. “We had it. We thought we had it. We had the first half … tip your hat to them, but at the same time guys gave everything they’ve got, so it’s normal to be devastated. I think they’re still proud of the work we did, but at the same time, it hurts.”Now the Rockets have to figure out what it will take to get over the hump next year. They have some big decisions to make with Paul, Ariza and center Clint Capela eligible for free agency. Some believe Houston could make a run at LeBron James if he chooses to leave Cleveland, but the Rockets would have to make a lot of changes to their roster to be able to afford him.ADVERTISEMENT Though Gordon believes the result would have been different if Houston had Chris Paul for the last two games of the Western Conference finals, saying: “if he was out there, we’d have been playing on Thursday,” the rest of the Rockets agreed that even the nine-time All-Star probably couldn’t have changed things on a night their shooting was historically bad.“It’s a grown man’s league,” Tucker said. “It doesn’t matter, next man up. You’ve got to play. You’ve got to win. It doesn’t matter who plays, step up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Rockets led the NBA by making an average of 15.3 3-pointers on their way to a franchise-record 65 wins in their second year in coach Mike D’Antoni’s high-octane offense. They made it to the conference finals for the first time since 2015, but were unable to overcome their worst shooting game of the postseason.Houston made just 7 of 44 attempts in Game 7 on Monday night. Trevor Ariza was 0 for 9. Harden missed his last 11 tries in a 2-for-13 night, and Gordon connected on just 2 of 12 attempts. View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (4) and guard Gerald Green, left, argue a call with official Derrick Stafford during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets were up by 14 in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors when they started missing from 3-point range. They shot themselves all the way from prime position to advance to the NBA Finals to the end of a solid season.James Harden was the first to miss. Eric Gordon soon bricked one, and P.J. Tucker did the same. It was miss after miss after miss as the cold streak stretched to nine by halftime. There were 14 more in the third quarter in a surprising performance for a team that relied on the 3 all season. By the time Tucker connected with about 6 1/2 minutes left, the Rockets had missed an NBA-record 27 straight 3-pointers and the Warriors were on their way to a 101-92 victory.ADVERTISEMENT
The County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) of Nimba, N. Samuel Kehleay, has said that the lack of coordination on the part of some partners in the agricultural sector poses problems to food production in the county.He said some projects carried out in the past few years in Nimba County by partners did not make the necessary impact.Kehleay made the disclosure to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview recently in Doumpa town, Nimba County during the dedication of three rice business hubs for local farmers.The facilities were initiated by USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program for Liberia.Kehleay said modern farming equipment donated by partners to some farmer organizations in the county are found to be in deplorable conditions.He attributed the problem to the lack of proper selection of farming organizations to benefit agricultural programs, stating that the equipment was not properly maintained.“We need to set up special criteria in identifying farmers’ organizations that will benefit from agricultural programs, if we are going to enhance food production in the county,” Kehleay suggested. He said farmers must be taught how to maintain the power tillers and different types of agriculture equipment to improve their level of productivity.“This also requires that responsible leadership be put in place to ensure that these properties are properly taken care of,” he added.Kealeay further said all farm inputs (machines) in the county must be monitored by the MoA’s sub-office for proper accountability.“When our office is informed about the contributions of partners to the various farming organizations, it should be our responsibility to ensure proper monitoring,” he said.The Nimba county CAC disclosed two tractors were given the county by government to enhance the works of farmers.He said that the tractor was in the county to expand the projects of farming organizations at a minimum cost.At the same time, Kehleay has said limited number of extension workers in Nimba County is a constraint for his office.He said there are an increasing number of farmers in need of technical assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Nimba County District #8 Rep. Larry Younquoi“As far as I know, Arcelor Mittal does not owe us any money, but money given the county has been used to purchase vehicles for county officials instead of using it for projects…”When ArcelorMittal, the London-based international mining conglomerate, amended its contract with the Liberian government in 2006, expectations for development in Nimba County soared. Among other benefits, the contract promised US$1.5 million would be given to Nimba every year to be used on projects and services that would benefit citizens. But over ten years later, the bureaucratic process that administers those funds remains confusing, with limited public information about how they are being spent.The Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) between ArcelorMittal and the Liberian government stipulates that $1.5 million dollars per year is to be contributed to Nimba for social development, in order to compensate for the effects of its operations in the county. The contribution was to be used on development projects in the county, with specific allotment for communities directly affected by mining activities.Reports published by the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) show that from 2008 to 2015, Arcelor Mittal contributed US$15,497,260.50 to the social development fund in Nimba.Under the current process, the annual contribution is initially controlled by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, where it is placed in a consolidated account and disbursed to the county during a budgetary period that begins from July and ends in June the following year.However, the manner in which the money is handled is being criticized by Nimba County District 8 Representative, Larry P. Younquoi, who says that there is little or no public information about what it’s being spent on.Younquoi says the contribution by Arcelor Mittal to the Nimba County Social Development Fund should be used for projects that will benefit the county and affected communities, but that authorities from the county inappropriately used some of the money to purchase vehicles for use by officials.In addition, the Nimba lawmaker says that US$300,000 of the annual $1.5 million should be allotted for affected communities – including Lee-Wehyeepea, Bain-Garr and Yarpeaj, which are affected by the railroad – but that these areas are yet to receive funds that were agreed upon in Nimba ‘county sitting’ meetings.“As a member of the Nimba Legislative Caucus who is in constant contact with the Executive through the office of the Superintendent, the latest information I have is that Arcelor Mittal has been very, very current in its payment. As far as I know, Arcelor Mittal does not owe us any money, but money given the county has been used to purchase vehicles for county officials instead of using it for projects, and I am clear on this,” Younquoi said.He warned that if dwellers of these communities do not feel the impact of funds allotted to their areas, tensions will rise.His concerns reflect an incident that occurred in 2014, when some residents of affected communities in northern Nimba obstructed the road to Arcelor Mittal’s mine, setting facilities ablaze, including a wooden bridge linking Yekepa with Sanniquellie.Parkinson Zuweh, a resident of Zolowii who acts as a representative for community members whose crops were affected by Arcelor Mittal’s operations, said, “Those that disturbed the company’s facility were not part of the people to be resettled, but planned to disturb because they wanted job and could not get, due to lack of the required skills.”County officials for whom vehicles were bought include the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent for Development, Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs, and County Inspector. The decision to purchase the vehicles was taken in 2015.Responding to Representative Younquoi’s allegation, former Nimba County Superintendent, Fong Zuagele said, “All decisions with respect to use of the social development fund were taken in our County Sitting from where documents from there are submitted to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the PPCC.”Additionally, Zuagele said decision to buy vehicles and motorcycles was not unilateral, but taken in the county sitting where Legislators, county officials and delegates, representing all districts and clans, converge and vote on what they want to see happening with their social and county development funds.However, efforts to acquire documents detailing the decisions taken at county sittings from Mr. Zuagele were unsuccessful, raising concerns about transparency in the process. Mr. Zuagele said until requested by an auditor he cannot release any document about the cost of vehicles and other activities undertaken during his administration – despite the fact that the requested information is supposed to be publicly available under the Freedom of Information Law.The current Superintendent, Dorr Cooper also said “I cannot comment on that matter because it was not during my administration, but Mr. Fong Zuagele’s. He can best account for what went on that time, not me.”Since 2012 the General Auditing Commission (GAC) has not released an audit on the amount of money that Nimba County has received from social development fund, and what it was spent on.However, previous reports covering 2009 to 2012 on the GAC website showed that funds were not properly managed in accordance with the guidelines.For instance, project guideline 8.5.2 requires that before funds are disbursed, the County Development Management Committee and the chairman of the Legislative Caucus of class “A” and the Superintendent of class “B” must sign the financial documents.The report said contrary to this rule, seven disbursement vouchers valued at US$43,747 were paid without being approved by the designated authorities.The report further indicated that unnecessary and bogus payments were made during this period. In one instance, it revealed, US$14,000 was paid for an office space was that not occupied. Another case showed that US$2,514 was spent to fence a building that was never occupied.The 2012 GAC report also revealed that a contract was awarded to a bogus entity identified as Wegee Consultant Inc., of James A. Thompson, to which US$12,500 was paid, along with an irregular reimbursement of US$4,000. According to the report, $3,107.00 was disbursed to one Prince Forfor, which GAC described as “Strange remuneration to personnel whose hiring is not sanctioned by the guidelines.”The total of US$5,942.00 was paid in salary to one John Yealue who was said to be a project engineer, but could never be traced.Decisions about county development fund expenditures are taken in a county sitting that brings together local officials, members of the legislative caucus and district representatives comprising youths and women.But according to reliable sources, the purchase of vehicles and motorbikes was not taken in the county sitting, but by senior county officials and their colleagues in the legislature.On this note, Yunquoi said “Vehicles for county officials should be purchased by the General Services Agency or Ministry of Internal Affairs, and we at the level of the caucus have benefits ranging from vehicles to scratch cards and gas slips. There is no need we be beneficiaries of social development fund, but anyway, since the majority agreed to do, we all did it.”The head of the NGO Network and Chairman of the Nimba County School Board, Patrick Lah, commented that “Delegates from across the county are illiterate and afraid of losing their jobs and therefore cannot speak against what the higher authorities do. We at the level of NGO are not inclusive in the discussion because the county authorities feel we are radical.”Meanwhile, 2016 ended another five years of AML’s operation and the agreement is undergoing review. Instead of paying the full $1.5 million that goes to Nimba, Mittal paid $750,000 in 2016 under an agreement with the government to compensate for the decline in the price of iron ore.According to Yunquoi, “It was a unilateral decision by the President and not in line with the mineral agreement. But Mittal will surely pay the remaining money as far as we know.”For now, there is no information made publicly available about how much of Arcelor Mittal’s annual contribution has been spent in Nimba, or who benefitted from those funds. In the absence of an audit, it is impossible to say with certainty what projects have been implemented and who was paid for them.Tthe Presidential Press Secretary, Jerolinmek Piah, did not respond to numerous email requests for the executive branch’s reaction to Younquoi’s claims.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as Pride Festival is launchedManaging Director of SASOD, Joel SimpsonManaging Director of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Joel Simpson on Friday used the Pride Festival launching event to bash the Government for its sloth in handling the amendment of laws of Guyana which will entitle them to equal rights.Speaking at the launching of the Pride Festival at SASOD’s Duncan Street, Georgetown head office, Simpson said that the group started advocacy for the project since 2017.“We wanted to do this around Independence to make a political point that Guyana’s Independence project is not yet complete if we don’t have liberation of LGBTQ (Lesbians, Gays, Transgenders and questioning or queer) Guyanese. If we still have colonial-era laws which criminalise same-sex intimacy…loitering, vagrancy…all these kinds of colonial-era laws which were meant to control the then ex-slaves and indentured immigrants and we are saying that this independence that we are celebrating, 53 years and so on is really incomplete if we still have these shackles,” Simpson related.The activist reminded that any form of intimacy between two people of the same sex is not allowed according to the laws of Guyana.When it comes to the support of the Government, the SASOD Director said he was not pleased at all. In fact, he called for changes to be made to existing laws to benefit the LGBTQ community.He informed that back in 2017, the Attorney General, Basil Williams, had requested that the community create a draft legislation which will be considered. However, fast forward to 2019, no changes have been made to the law.“For us the low hanging fruit, when it comes to legislative reform, is not that discriminatory law which criminalises same-sex intimacy, we think that should be reformed and that should go and the Government has also promised to appoint commissioners to the Law Reform Commission and we think that’s the site where that could be dealt with,” Simpson pointed out.Furthermore, he told the media that “What we think the Government needs to do is amend the Prevention of Discrimination Act 1997 to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression”.He pointed out that the bill has already been drafted by the community and they are awaiting some calm in Parliament before it is tabled. Simpson noted that he would like to see the bill deliberated on by both the Opposition and Government.The renewed calls for amended legislation by the LGBTQ community came on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) which was observed Friday.UNAIDS has called on all countries to remove discriminatory laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.This year, the Pride Festival will commence on May 28. Several events will follow including the signature activity, the Pride Parade, on June 1. The parade assembles at Parade Ground along Carmichael Street, east into Church Street and south into Vlissengen Road where the fun winds down at the Square of the Revolution.
Healthy Walks Group: The Healthy walks group continues to every Wednesday Morning from the CPI Centre at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to come along. We are also starting a on Saturday mornings starting this Saturday 24th Leaving the CPI Centre at 11:00am. Everyone is Welcome. Castlefinn Community Alert Scheme: A meeting will take place in the CPI Centre on Tuesday 4th December at 8:00pm to launch the local community alert scheme. Superintendent Vincent O Brien and Crime Prevention Officer Paul Wallace in association with local Gardaí will be in attendance on the night to give a talk on keeping safe and secure in winter. Everyone is welcome along to the talk and if you would like to get involved in the scheme we would also love to see you on the night. Refreshments will be served. For further details please contact Corina in the CPI Centre on 074 – 9143976/ 0873289170. Whist: Ladies. 1st Geraldine Vambeck, Lifford with 182, 2nd Patsy Mc Granaghan, Castlefinn with 170 and 3rd John Mc Granaghan, Castlederg with 168. Gents: 1st Joe Corry, Castlederg with 171, 2nd Angus Stewart, Lifford with 168 and 3rd Malachy Browne, Raphoe with 167. 1st Half, Willie Meehan, Castlefinn with 87. 2nd Half Nellie Carlin, Castlefinn with 87. Snowball next week is €110 for €182 or better. Big Whist Drive Wednesday 28th November at 8:00pm. Scorecards €10. Supper will be served. Castlefinn & Districts History Club will present their very popular photographic Display in St. Marys hall Castlefinn on this weekend Sat. 24th. & Sun. 25th. Nov. from 12noon to 4pm. With up to 1000 old photos of people, places and events on display plus a list of new photos not previously displayed, there will be something of interest to all attending. We always welcome additional photos which can be displayed for the interest of the local community. Please come along and enjoy. Our new website is now up and running and can be viewed at www.castlefinn&districtshistoryclub.weebly.com Robert Emmet’s: weekly bingo continues on Fri. Night with a prize fund of €2700.Our Monster Christmas Bazaar takes place this year in St. Mary’s Hall on Sun 2nd. Dec. commencing at 7-30pm. St. Vincent de Paul: Christmas is coming and Winter is well on its way. We at St. Vincent de Paul realise that this can be a very difficult time for families and for the elderly. Sadly, as the economic depression continues, for the first time in their lives many people are finding themselves caught up in a “poverty trap”. We would advise people not to approach Money-Lenders to bridge the gap in their budget. This results in borrowing money at exorbitant rates of interest and adds more pressure to families after Christmas. We help people from all walks of life. We provide practical help to those in need like the elderly, lonely and deprived. We are a place to turn to where people can find a confidential and non-judgemental listening ear. St. Vincent de Paul would like to reach out to anyone who may be struggling this year and encourage approaching us to see if we can help in any way. Please call into our office or lift the phone on 074-9146726 where you will be treated in a non-judgemental and confidential manner. LOCAL NEWS: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: November 19th, 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:LOCAL NEWS: CASTLEFIN COMMUNITY NOTES
The two team captain line up with match officials before kick-off (Photo by Racheal Tebandeke)Stanbic Uganda Cup Semi Final 2018Vipers SC 1-0 SC VillaSt. Mary’s Stadium KitendeTuesday, 05-06-2018Viper progress 1-0 on aggregate.Vipers SC defeated SC Villa 1-0 on Tuesday evening, to progress to the Stanbic Uganda Cup finals 2018.Substitute Brian Nkuubi’s second half free-kick was all that the Kitende based side required to inflict the desired damage onto the Jogoos in an eagerly anticipated encounter.Despite the fact that the build up to match day was dominated by claims that Villa fans were going to boycott the game, several Jogoo faithfuls turned up to witness the encounter.Before the match, there was drama as SC Villa’s team bus was blocked form accessing the stadium parking lot for close to an hour.The match kicked off under a slight drizzle of rain with Vipers’ Portuguese coach Miguel Da Costa turning into a ball boy of sorts the early exchanges whenever the ball went out of play near the touch-line.Viper went out of the blocks strongly as striker making the first two attempts on goal.First, Ssekisambu connected neatly with a Moses Wasswa free-kick but the ball sailed over for a goal kick only six minutes into the game.Four minutes later, the former SC Villa player unleashed a fierce shot from outside the box but failed to trouble Simon Kibumbi in the Jogoo goal.Villa’s first attempt on goal after 20 minutes of play, saw winger Martin Kizza force a save from Vipers’ custodian Ismail Watenga via a free-kick.SC Villa had a golden opportunity to take the lead a few minutes later when Mahad Kakooza tapped wide from close range with Watenga beaten.As the first half neared its climax climax, SC Villa’s John Adriko missed a free-header following a teasing free kick from Martin Kizza.In the second half, it was a slow start for Vipers SC as compared to the first. Winger Milton Karisa limped off after a collusion with left back Arthur Kiggundu but returned, much to the relief of the Vipers’faithful.Vipers’ Milton Karisa (left) dribbles past an opponent on Tuesday (Photo by Racheal Tebandeke)Villa took charge of the game and Kizza would have caused havoc had he not hesitated to shoot inside the goal area with five minutes played.On 56 minutes, Villa midfielder Abel Eturude shot wide from distance. Four minutes later, Kizza had a shot saved by Watenga to win a corner as the Jogoo stamped their authority on the game. Allan Kyambadde headed the resultant corner on to the bar for arguably Villa’s golden chance of the game.Vipers made the first change of the game with midfielder Brian Nkuubi replacing Waiswa in a precautionary measure because the latter had been booked already.Dancan Sseninde (left) dribbles past Villa’s Mahad Yaya in Vipers’ 1-0 win on Tuesday (Photo by Racheal Tebandeke)The decisive moment of the game on 69 minutes when referee Emma Kiweewa judged that Karisa had been fouled just outside 18 yard box, a decision bitterly protested by the Villa players.Nkuubi expertly curled home the resultant free-kick, coming of the foot of the upright before rolling into the net.Villa pushed numbers forward and also sent on striker Yubu Bogere in place of left back John Adriko.Vipers suffered a set back when their captain Wadada limped off 13 minutes from time and he was replaced by midfielder Tom Masiko.Another SC Villa center forward Alex Ssemuyaba replaced midfielder Abel Eturude with less than five minutes to play.Karisa had an energetic lung-bursting run down the right but his final ball was well tamed by Kivumbi in the Villa goal.Referee Kiwewa finally blown for full time which many that Vipers had qualified for the final.They will now take on KCCA at the Emokori Playground on Saturday evening.The Venoms who won the league this past seasin are seeking to emulate their Saturday opponent’s triumph last season which saw the Kasasiro Boys win the league and cup double.Tuesday’s result also means that KCCA FC will represent Uganda in the CAF Confederations Cup next season, regardless of the finals’ result.Team Line Ups on Tuesday:Vipers: Ismail Watenga (G.K), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Captain), Yayo Lutimba, Halid Lwaliwa, Bashir Aisku, Geofrey Wasswa, Milton Karisa, Moses Waiswa, Dan Sserunkuma, Duncan Sseninde.Vipers’ starting IX against Villa on Tuesday (Photo by Racheal Tebandeke)SC Villa: Samuel Kivumbi (G.K), Joseph Nsubuga, John Adriko, Isa Lumu, Henry Katongole, Bernard Muwanga, Abel Eturude, Mahad Yaya, Allan Kyambadde, Arthur Kiggundu, Martin Kizza.Comments Tags: Brian NkuubiSC Villastanbic uganda cuptopvipers sc