Edwards’ opinion of minuscule value

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to respond to a letter written by Mr Maxwell Edwards, Attorney-at-Law, and published on November 28 and 29. Mr Edwards’ letter is a response to mine in which I examined what responsibility, if any, does a Member of Parliament has to produce a document to which he refers during the course of a speech in the National Assembly. My conclusion was that a Member of Parliament who is not a Minster is not obliged to produce a document to which he refers during the course of a speech in the National Assembly; on the other hand, a Minister must produce a document to which he refers in a speech in the National Assembly.I did not arrive at these conclusions capriciously or vacuously. I consulted the Standing Orders and leading texts on Parliamentary Practices and Procedures in the United States of America, the Union of India and the United Kingdom. In my letter, I named these texts. These authorities are predicated upon profound research, authored by highly qualified persons in the field and have withstood the test of longevity and critical scrutiny by millions who consult them. Indeed, they are regarded as the conclusive authority on Parliamentary matters in the respective jurisdictions.Mr Edwards takes umbrage to my aforesaid conclusions and expresses an agreement with the Speaker. While mine were based upon the venerable authorities to which I have referred, Mr Edwards grounds his contention thus, “My reasoned agreement is based on three grounds- fairness, illogicality and unwritten rules.” He cites no authority in support of his contention. In short, Mr Edwards is asking your readership to disregard the intellectual experiences propounded by those respectable authors and accept his ‘ipse dixit’ on the matter. I say so with the greatest of respect because Mr Edwards has no known training in the field of Parliamentary matters and he certainly did not allude to any, while he is entitled to an opinion on these matters every rational mind, will advise that his opinion must yield to those trained in the field. That is a fact of life.Mr Edwards may not be aware that our local Standing Orders provide that where it is silent of any matter, reference can be made to the Parliamentary Practices, Usages and Procedures of the House of Commons (UK), in force at the time, for guidance. Erskine May’s Parliamentary Practice is regarded as the premier authority of what the Parliamentary Practices, Usages and Procedures of the House of Commons are, at any given time. Hence my heavy reliance on this text.In the course of his letter, Mr Edwards took vehement objections to the differential in obligation which devolves upon a Minister when he refers to a document in the course of his speech in the House and that of a Member who is not a Minister. In my letter I highlighted this difference with a direct quote from Erskine May’s. Mr Edwards castigates me for this differential in treatment, labelling me “Orwellian”. However, it was Erskine May’s, and not me, who adumbrates the difference. Unfortunately for Mr Edwards, one of the privileges of being the leading authority in any specific field is that the authority’s opinion declares and determines what the position is on any principle in that field. So Mr Edwards’ opinion on the matter is of miniscule relevance or value when compared with Erskine May’s.Lastly, Mr Edwards and I are clearly from different philosophical schools on the issue of freedom. I am of the view that a person is free to do anything unless prohibited from doing so by some known or recognised legitimate rule, regulation, order or law. On the other hand, Mr Edwards believes in fettering freedom by his concept of “fairness, illogicality and unwritten rules.” Applying my philosophy, I am free to refer to any document in the course of my speech in the House, without having the restriction of being obliged to produce that document unless some known or recognised and legitimate rule, regulation, order or law mandates me to do so. On the other hand, Mr Edwards is of the view that although no known or recognised legitimate rule, regulation, order or law obliges me to do so, I am still obliged to produce a document to which I refer in a speech in the House because according to him, his concept of “fairness, illogicality and unwritten rules” so dictates.I will never subscribe to such a philosophy. It is inherently undemocratic. Freedom is too fundamental to modern civilization for it to rest upon such whimsical and capricious footing.Yours faithfully,Mohabir Anil Nandlall, MPAttorney-at-Lawlast_img read more

Oz’s Munchkins to get Walk of Fame star

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I feel very honored,” Swensen, 89, told the Austin American-Statesman in an interview last week. “I never thought we’d get a star.” Swensen, who can be seen as the first soldier on the fourth row closest to the camera, said he was paid $700 for the role. The star was the result of a campaign led by Ted Bulthaup, a theater owner in Woodridge, Ill., a Chicago suburb. He became acquainted with the Munchkins while at his Indianapolis theater location, which he closed last year. “I’ve known them for a number of years, but it never occurred to me that they didn’t have a star on the Walk of Fame,” Bulthaup told the Hinsdale, Ill.-based newspaper Suburban Life. “When I realized it, I said something should be done about it.” HOLLYWOOD – Seven surviving Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz” are set to attend a screening of the classic film tonight at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, site of its 1939 premiere, a day before they receive the 2,352nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Hollywood Heritage Museum, Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Community Foundation. At tomorrow’s star unveiling in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Munchkins will arrive in a carriage led by the Hollywood High School Marching Band, an organizer said. Joey Luft, the son of “Wizard of Oz” star Judy Garland, is set to speak. The Munchkins attending the screening are Jerry Maren, part of the Lollipop Guild; Mickey Carroll, the Town Crier; Margaret Pellegrini, one of the Sleepy Heads; Karl Slover, the Main Trumpeter; Meinhardt Raabe, the coroner; and Clarence Swensen, a Munchkin soldier. The original application in 2006 was rejected, but thanks to a petition drive, and help from Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Hugh Hefner, Ted Turner, Mickey Rooney and several studio executives, the request was accepted this year. The word Munchkin originated in the 1900 book by L. Frank Baum, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which the movie is based on. It is derived from their being natives of the fictional Munchkin Country. Munchkin has become a reference to small children or anything of diminutive stature and the trademarked name of small round treats made from doughnut dough sold at the Dunkin Donuts chain. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTHERE is a risk a duplication of broadband services alongside access-black spots across the county if we leave it to private companies to roll out broadband across Donegal, claims TD Thomas Pringle.The Independent Deputy says Letterkenny could see a bizarre situation where both Eir and the Vodafone/ESB joint venture are rolling out broadband to each home.This could result in duplicate access to broadband to each house while the rest of the county waits up to six years for any access at all, explained Pringle. ‘Fibre broadband access is essential for Donegal to compete locally, nationally, even globally. Without it Donegal will lag behind the rest of the country as urban centres experience a rapid growth in job creation and rural Ireland disintegrates further.’‘John O’Connell, Quality Manager in United Health Group confirmed this saying the company would like to support people to work from home but in Donegal that isn’t even a consideration because access to broadband is so unreliable’ says Pringle.In a submission to the Department of Communications this week, Pringle recommended that the broadband infrastructure be state-owned with ESB taking the lead over the upgrade project.“The ESB is a company that already has a relationship with every household and business in the country, consequently it is a perfect fit for it to be able to provide fibre-optic broadband by wrapping fibre on their existing networks.’ ‘We do not want to see the consequences of a privately-owned infrastructure where upgrading costs will be passed onto the consumer and where geographical location will once again disadvantage counties like Donegal.’‘If the state were to award funding to ESB to upgrade all premises in Ireland to fibre-powered broadband, the state could then oversee the development of the highest standard of infrastructure while still respect the market competition between providers at the point of retail and tendering for clients’ concludes Pringle.BROADBAND PLAN SHOULD PROVIDE FIBRE TO ALL DONEGAL HOMES – PRINGLE was last modified: September 24th, 2015 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:broadbanddonegalThomas Pringlelast_img read more

Whittier crime drops 9 percent

first_imgWHITTIER – Thefts and burglaries decreased in 2005, resulting in an overall 9 percent drop in crime in Whittier, statistics released Thursday show. Officials credited the drop to the Whittier Police Department’s implementation in 2004 of the “geographic policing model,” which allows officers to focus on high-crime areas, said Capt. Kenton Rainey. “We’re very pleased with the direction we’re going,” Rainey said. “The 9 percent drop is due in large part to the work our police officers are doing under very difficult circumstances.” In geographic policing, the city is divided into four districts, each covered by a team of officers headed by a supervisor. Officers in the four sectors can then focus on the areas in which they receive the most calls for service. “Officers are dealing with the same problems every day because they’re assigned a district,” Rainey said. “They identify problem areas and focus on finding solutions to those problems.” The system helped police solve a series of burglaries in the Friendly Hills area early last year. The burglars, posing as a cleaning crew, drove a white van and wore coveralls. Before burglarizing homes, they cut the telephone wires. “With the geographic policing model, we were able to pick up on the burglary series and get information out to warn the community,” Rainey said. That led to tips from residents, which in turn led to the arrests of the burglars, he added. Although there were 29 fewer burglaries last year than in 2004, and 280 fewer thefts were reported, the number of homicides, rapes, robberies, auto thefts and arson attacks either remained the same or increased. “Anybody who is victimized is one too many. Obviously, crimes of violence are a big, huge concern for us,” Rainey said. The department plans to continue working closely with community groups and state and federal agencies to decrease crime this year, he said. Officials will also concentrate on code enforcement, because crime often follows urban decay and blight; continue to make regular parole-compliance sweeps; and collaborate with the Department of Children and Family Services, he added. Methamphetamines and other drugs, gangs and paroled recidivists are some of the biggest obstacles police face in the city, he said. “All problems are not solved by taking people to jail,” Rainey said. “We have lots of tools in our tool box.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool’s Champions League qualifying round opponents – all you need to know

first_imgLast season – narrowly missed out on the Romanian league title, on goal difference to Viitorul Constanta. Steaua exited the Champions League in the play-off round, losing 6-0 on aggregate to Manchester City, including a 5-0 home defeat in the first leg. The 1986 European champions then finished bottom of their Europa League group.UEFA ranking – 76thQualified by finishing second in the Romanian league, then beat Viktoria Plzen 6-3 on aggregate in the third qualifying round, drawing 2-2 at home, then winning 4-1 in the away leg. Nice (France) Last season – A distant second to champions Basel (17 points behind) in the Swiss Super League, but well clear of third-placed Lugano (16 points ahead), Young Boys crashed out of the Champions League in the play-off round, losing 2-9 on aggregate to Borussia Monchengladbach. They subsequently exited the Europa League after finishing third in their group.UEFA ranking – 81stQualified by finishing second in the Swiss Super League, then beat Dynamo Kiev on away goals in the third qualifying round, losing 3-1 away, winning the return 2-0. Having finished fourth in the Premier League last season, Liverpool are one tie away from returning to the Champions League for the first time since 2014.They have to make it through a two-legged play-off – taking place on August 15/16 and August 22/23 – and will discover their opponents in the draw on Friday 4 August from 11am BST, broadcast live on BT Sport 3 in the UK.Who could Liverpool face?Liverpool are seeded for the draw on account of their UEFA coefficient score and, having qualified via a fourth place finish, are in the ‘League Route’ section, as opposed to the half of the draw reserved for national champions (such as Celtic). The Reds will have to overcome one of these five unseeded teams to reach the group stage…Hoffenheim (Germany) Liverpool are aiming for Champions League glory again Last season – Well behind champions Monaco and runners up Paris Saint-Germain, Nice nonetheless comfortably took third place in the French top flight. In Europe, they finished bottom of their Europa League group. Mario Balotelli top scored for Nice, with 16 goals in all competitions.UEFA ranking – 107thQualified by finishing third in Ligue 1, then beating Ajax on away goals in the third qualifying round, drawing 1-1 at home and 2-2 away (pictured above). Last season – Formed only in 1990, last season was only the third successive campaign Istanbul Basaksehir have spent in the Turkish top flight. After fourth-place finishes in 2015 and 2016, they finished runners up in 2017, four points behind champions Besiktas. In the Europa League, they exited at the third qualifying round stage, going out on away goals to Croatian club Rijeka.UEFA ranking – 150thQualified by finishing second in the Turkish Super Lig, then beat Club Brugge 5-3 on aggregate in the third qualifying round, drawing 3-3 away (pictured above) and winning 2-0 at home. Young Boys (Switzerland) Last season – The 2016-17 season was Hoffenheim’s ninth consecutive top flight Bundesliga campaign, and the club finished a comfortable fourth, 13 points clear of fifth-placed Cologne. Financial support from owner Dietmar Hopp has transformed the club from a sixth-tier amateur team into a top division side, and this will be Hoffenheim’s first ever European campaign.UEFA ranking – 125thQualified by finishing fourth in the Bundesliga. Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey) 6 6 6 Steaua Bucharest (Romania) 6 6 6last_img read more

High fives for Cappry and seven-up for Raphoe – Today’s Donegal League round-up

first_imgCAPPRY Rovers made it five wins out of five as they defeated Bonagee United in the Donegal League Premier Division today, while Raphoe Town were the big winners, scoring SEVEN goals away to Glenree United.Brian McCormick Sports Premier DivisionCappry Rovers 4 Bonagee United 1 Cappry Rovers claimed another three points in an entertaining game played in ideal conditions at Cappry Park.Cappry started the stronger and created numerous chances but good defending and goalkeeping by the visitors kept the home team from scoring. Calvin Bradley opened the scoring for Cappry in the fourteenth minute when he got on the end of a free-kick. Bonagee went in search of the equaliser but the Cappry defence held firm. Bradley got his second and Cappry’s second goal in the 19th minute with a header to the corner of the net. Bennie Gallen in the Cappry goal made a few good saves to deny the visitors. Noel O’Donnell gave Bonagee a lifeline on the stroke of half time when he headed home following a series of corners.Cappry went further ahead in the 50th minute when Sean McBride received the ball and he beat the defence and crossed the ball to Alan Gethins who scored to the corner of the net. Bonagee tried to reduce the deficit creating numerous chances but to no avail.Cappry’s fourth goal came in the 79th minute when Sean McBride received a pin point cross from Aaron Kelly, he beat the defence to once again cross for Alan Getins to score his second. Bennie Gallen made a wonder save in the 82nd minute to keep the score as it was.Alan Gethins and Calvin Bradley were best for Cappry. Goalkeeper John Carr was best for Bonagee. Referee: Paddy Duffy.Milford United 1 Cranford United 2Cranford came out on top in this local derby with Kevin Doherty scoring the winner with 15 minutes to go. In a dull first half Cranford looked the more likely to score only for some fine goalkeeping by John Matthews in the Milford net. At the start of the second half Cranford created a few good chances but the Milford defence made a few important blocks in the box and also cleared the ball off the line.  The first goal came on the hour mark when Cathal Mc Gettigan burst forward and drove the ball to the top corner from 20 yards. Five minutes later a penalty was awarded to Cranford. Chris Carr calmly slotted the ball right down the middle of the goal. The winner came from a corner and overall Cranford deserved the 3 points. Best for Milford were John Matthews and Cathal Mc Gettigan and best for Cranford were Kevin Doherty and Andrew Mc Fadden.Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneConvoy Arsenal P-P Letterbarrow Celtic(No Report, Match Postponed)Drumoghill F.C. A-A Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.(No Report, Match Abandoned)Glenea United 2 Gweedore Celtic 1Glenea came out on top in this local clash, making sure all three points remained in Glasserchoo.It was Gweedore who stuck the first blow in the 12th minute when Eamonn McGee managed to deliver a great cross from a tight angle and veteran Tomas Diver got on the end to finish high to the net. Within three minutes Glenea had a chance to equalise when Ciaran McFadden found space, his powerful shot was well saved by Michael McKelvey in goals for Gweedore.The equaliser did come in the 18th minute when Mark Harley made a great run to the by-line and his inch perfect cross was met by Ciaran McGeady who picked out the top corner. Ciaran McGeady found himself through on goal again five minutes later, but not realising he had time, his hurried effort drifted wide. Gweedore were unlucky not to be in front again in the 37th minute, Odhran Mac Niallais unleashed a 30-yard strike that rattled the crossbar and Tomas Diver failed to capitalise on the rebound. The second half started with Ciaran Mc Geady having a strike from 12 yards with Mc Kelvey getting strong hands on it, happy to concede the corner. Glenea got their second goal in the 57th minute, Ciaran McGeady who was a thorn in the Gweedore defence all afternoon was brought down in the box and Darren Ferry made no mistake from the resulting penalty.In the last 10 minutes both teams had chances to add to the scoreline. Gweedore had Ciaran Mc Hugh clip the post with a strike and Mac Niallais making Joe Coll pull off a top save while at the other end, McGeady and Ryan McFadden made the Gweedore keeper pull off a few good saves. Ciaran McGeady and Odhran Mac Niallais were the standout players on the day.Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Division TwoDunkineely Celtic 0 Swilly Rovers 6 This game kicked off at a cold but dry Darney Park and Swilly pushed from the start, creating a chance after only six minutes which was headed over the bar. Two minutes later Corey Byrne had to be at his best to get down to save to his right from a rasping shot. The breakthrough came for Swilly in the 18th minute when a shot from James McCahill found the back of the net. Ten minutes later Swilly doubled their lead when Marty McDaid found the net after a mix-up in the Dunkineely defence. Swilly took advantage of their dominance ten minutes from half-time when Tyler Dunnion got on the end of a cross to slot home. Dunkineely started the second half better but had few chances and Swilly extended their lead in the 55th minute when a corner was saved on the line only for Marty Doyle to convert the rebound. Swilly added another goal on 63 minutes, having been awarded a free kick on the edge of the box Tyler Dunnion stepped up and drove the kick under the Dunkineely wall and into the net. Swilly added their final goal ten minutes from the end when Matty Sweeney found the net. Dunkineely pushed for a goal and were awarded a free-kick from 20 yards which Mark Hutchinson hit, his effort was destined for the bottom corner but the Swilly keeper got down well to push the ball away. A good team performance from both sides.Glenree United 0 Raphoe Town 7Raphoe took this game by the scruff of the neck and played some fine passing football throughout earning themselves a deserved win. Raphoe took the lead after 15 minutes when a shot from Kyle Mullin hit the net and they got their second goal five minutes later when DJ Kelly swivelled on the edge of the box to find the top corner. Glenree were competing well around the pitch but couldn’t find a defence splitting pass to punish the visitors. In the 34th minute Raphoe got their third when a free-kick was whipped in an ended up in the net. The visitors again started the second half sharply and got their fourth goal from Paddy Kelly when a flick on at the near post landed right on his head to nod into the net in the 56th minute. The next goal came through DJ Kelly when he skipped past a few defenders to find the bottom corner in the 58th minute. Kelly completed his hat-trick in the 68th minute from the penalty spot. The final goal of the game came in the 84th minute when Kelly did well down the wing and found Darren Hughes who finished well.Man of the match was John Manus Caldwell. Referee: Marty Mc CauleyGweedore United 2 Deele Harps 4Deele Harps scored twice in each half to collect three points from their visit to Carrickboyle. They deservedly led 2-0 at the break but didn’t have thing all their own way as Gweedore United levelled within ten minutes of the start of the second half. But Deele were strong and went on to get two further goals to claim the points. Referee: Diego Rainey.Lagan Harps 2 Whitestrand United 3The game was a hard-fought encounter. Liam O’Riordan went close early on for Whitestrand with Ross Hamlyn replying for Lagan. Strand’s Darren Ferry then forced Damien Mc Fadden into a fine save. Liam O’Riordan broke through on 15 minutes to open the scoring for Whitestrand. They doubled their lead on 30 minutes when Kevin Loughrey converted a penalty. At this stage Whitestrand were well in control. Lagan began to get their act together and responded with John Rodgers heading home a Ross Hamlyn free-kick.  The second half was a keenly fought with Lagan pressing hard for the equaliser. Josh Hay got on the end of a Ronan Carlin cross but Kyle Byrnes saved well. He then produced another fine save from a Ross Hamlyn free as Lagan pushed forward. Whitestrand then scored a crucial third with a swift counter-attack, Kevin Loughrey raced through from halfway to score.Lagan responded again with Ross Hamlyn scoring from another penalty. The final twenty minutes was end to end with Josh Hay and Jack Canning going close for Lagan with Darren Ferry and Kevin Loughrey threatening for Whitestrand.Best for Lagan were Seamie Cullen, Ruairi Crawford, Nicholas Nelis and Ciaran Cunningham. Best for Whitestrand were Ronan Morris, Kevin Loughrey and Darren Ferry. Referee: Seamie Ferry.High fives for Cappry and seven-up for Raphoe – Today’s Donegal League round-up was last modified: November 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bruno Fernandes: Profile of the Man United target ahead of Nations League ties

first_img IN DEMAND What is his style of play?Fernandes is a central midfielder who has been compared to Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos.He likes to play further up the pitch to create chances for his attackers, playing through balls and shooting from distance.Ex-United boss Jose Mourinho recently admitted he’s been ‘surprised’ by the superb performances of his compatriot in recent months.“I was surprised by the season of Bruno,” he told Eleven Sports. “It was easy to predict quality, he is a very good player, but scored a very high number of goals for a midfield player. Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton have all been linked with his talents.However, it has been suggested recently that the Red Devils are frontrunners for him and may even submit a bid in the region of £62m this summer.The transfer tussle over Fernandes is likely to intensify once his involvement at the Nations League is done. Fernandes played for Portugal at the 2018 World Cup Name: Bruno Miguel Borges FernandesBorn: September 8, 1994 in Maia, PortugalInternational: 11 caps, one goalCareer highlight: In 2017/18 Fernandes was named the Primeira Liga’s Player of the Year and was named in the Europa League’s squad of the season. targets Bruno Fernandes is currently at Sporting Lisbon moving on 3 LATEST Bruno Fernandes factfile Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing TOP WORK Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets target center_img Portugal ace Bruno Fernandes will be in Nations League action this week Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 3 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 3 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer three-way race Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho He is in Portugal’s squad for their Nations League campaign this week and is set to feature against Switzerland tonight, a clash live on talkSPORT.Ahead of the tie in Porto, here is what you need to know about Fernandes. What clubs has he played for?Bruno Fernandes started off with Portuguese side Boavista but did not play any first-team games for them.He joined Serie B side Novara in 2012, making 23 appearances in his first season before Udinese signed him on a co-ownership deal and nurtured his talents for three seasons, where he scored 11 goals in 95 games.A season at Sampdoria followed before an £7million transfer to Sporting before the 2017/18 season.He enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last term, bagging 31 goals in 50 appearances for the Portuguese giants. “It shows that you need to have instinct and qualities to score and he has it all.“He strikes the ball well, heads well, cool when he is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He finds space in the penalty area. It’s all there.”International careerFernandes did not receive his first call up until in 2017 but was in Portugal’s World Cup squad and has 11 caps for his country, scoring once.Who are interested in him?United have been keeping tabs on him in recent weeks and head up a list of English big guns in the hunt for his signature. Latest Transfer News Manchester United will get the chance to see summer target and Portugal ace Bruno Fernandes in action this week.The talented 24-year-old midfielder is attracting the eye of United and several other Premier League sides with rumours he could be heading to England this summer in a deal worth over £60m.last_img read more

Two more Donegal GAA clubs appoint new managers

first_imgSt Naul’s and Cloughaneely have appointed new managers for the 2017 season, it has been confirmed.Kilcar native John McNulty takes over at St Naul’s.This year, St Naul’s will play in Division 3 of the All-County League in 2017 following their relegation last year. Donie McCole had two seasons in charge of the Mountcharles outfit, but they’ll be under McNulty’s direction this time.McNulty managed his home club at senior level and enjoyed great success at underage level.Michael Lynch has been appointed as the new senior team manager at Cloughaneely for the new campaign.After two years at the helm, John Paul Gallagher opted not to seek a third year as manager of his home club. Lynch has been selected as the successor, while Martin Duggan has been appointed as the club’s Under-21 manager.Two more Donegal GAA clubs appoint new managers was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Marshfield girls tennis finishes fourth at 2015 Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament

first_imgTeam scores: 1. Stevens Point 42; 2. Wausau East 21; 3. Wausau West 17; 4. Marshfield 16; 5. Merrill 13; 6. D.C. Everest and Wisconsin Rapids 12.Final team standings (combined with dual meet points): 1. Stevens Point 126; 2. Wausau East 65; 3. Marshfield 58; 4. Wisconsin Rapids 52; 5. Wausau West 43; 6. D.C. Everest 42; 7. Merrill 41.No. 1 singlesChampionship: Emily Luetschwager (SP) def. Sami Miles (WE) 6-0, 6-0.Third place: Ashley Schultz (MAR) def. Kaitlyn Hess (WR) 6-1, 6-2.No. 2 singlesChampionship: Sabrina Tang (SP) def. Sydney Blaskowski (WE) 6-0, 6-1.Third place: Hanah Gadke (MAR) def. Michaela Raleigh (MER) 6-2, 6-2.No. 3 singlesChampionship: Lily Firkus (SP) def. Katie Nelson (MER) 6-0, 6-1.Third place: Gabby Thao (WW) def. Sara Gliniecki (WE) 6-3, 6-3.No. 4 singlesChampionship: Suzie DeBot (SP) def. Leah Blaskowski (WE) 6-0, 6-3.Third place: Lea Beckman (MER) def. Erin Achatz (WW) 7-5, 6-1.No. 1 doublesChampionship: 1. Jaide Barber/Juliet Champion (SP) def. Sarah Snoeyenbos/Kate Peterson (WW) 6-4, 6-1.Third place: Olivia Haessly/Kessa Schreiner (MAR) def. Allie Henke/McCartney Sullivan (WR) (no scores provided).No. 2 doublesChampionship: Madison DeBot/Kayla Stutesman (SP) def. Chloe Westberg/Quinn Lodholtz (WE) 6-0, 6-0.Third place: Kaylee Heiting/Kate Welton (DC) def. Paige Vruwink/Mal Herman (WR) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.No. 3 doublesChampionship: Kaylee Bruneau/Emily Meier (SP) def. Vang/Sydney Turner (WW) 6-3, 6-1.Third place: Taylor Schneider/Erin Schneider (MAR) def. Taylor Brzezinski/Cassidy Genneman (DC) 7-6, 1-6, 10-8. Tigers have four third-place finishesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — Marshfield had four third-place finishes and took fourth in the team standings at the 2015 Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Tennis Tournament on Thursday at Wausau East and West high schools.Ashley Schultz at No. 1 singles, Hanah Gadke at No. 2 singles, the No. 1 doubles team of Olivia Haessly and Kessa Schreiner, and the No. 3 doubles team of Taylor Schneider and Erin Schneider each won third-place matches for the Tigers after losing in the semifinals.Marshfield ended up third in the overall season standings, which combines points from the six dual meets and the tournament.Stevens Point swept all four singles and all three doubles titles at the tournament. The Panthers won the overall conference team title for the third season in a row.Marshfield will compete at the WIAA Division 1 subsectional Tuesday at Stevens Point.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2015 Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Tennis TournamentOct. 1, at Wausau East and West high schoolslast_img read more

New wind farm for Oyster Bay

first_imgThe Eastern Cape and Western Cape have been earmarked as ideal locations for wind farms. (Image: ECCWEDA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Duncan Ayling  RES Southern Africa head of development  +27 21 403 6385 RELATED ARTICLES • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • Simple solar solution for rural Africa • Power from SA’s wind • E Cape to get first botanical garden • Energy-efficiency drive kicks offCadine PillayOne of the world’s leading renewable energy developers, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Southern Africa, has plans for a 62-turbine wind farm near Oyster Bay in the Eastern Cape. The project is expected to create 200 jobs.Recently authorised by the Department of Environmental Affairs, the project will hold an estimated generation capacity of 160MW, with each turbine capable of producing between 1.8MW and 3MW.“Given the high unemployment levels and limited job opportunities in the area, this will represent a significant social benefit,” said Duncan Ayling, head of development for RES.Of the jobs that are expected to be created in the construction process, said Ayling, about 15% will be available to skilled personnel such as engineers and technicians as well as individuals who will take on management and supervisory roles.A further 65% of the opportunities will go to semi-skilled personnel like drivers and equipment operators, while 20% will be made up of employees in the low skills bracket, like construction labourers and security staff.Impact on the communityMembers from the local community are likely to qualify for the majority of the low skilled and some of the semi-skilled employment opportunities.The company will provide on-site training and implement a mentoring programme in order to develop the capacity of employees. A health and safety training program will also be implemented.“RES is committed to engaging with the local community and the municipality with regard to using the project to support job creation and promote skills development,” Ayling said.He added that the social impact will be felt mostly in the employment benefits, but infrastructure spending – which is estimated at R2.4-billion (about US$289 000) during the construction phase – will help boost the local economy.The construction of the wind farm, including infrastructure, is expected to begin by 2013 at the latest, and take approximately 24 months to complete. The project is anticipated to be up and running by 2016, with an operational life expectancy of 25 years.The wind farm evolutionThe farm will also connect to Eskom’s Melkhout sub-station situated north of the nearby town of Humansdorp.According to the Southern African Alternative Energy Association, 88 applications for wind farms have been received by the Eastern and Western Cape authorities and some of these are expected to have as many as 600 turbines located on them.According to figures submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs in 2011, a total of 40 wind farms are likely to be erected in the Western Cape and if these are approved, about 2 800 turbines will be installed around the province.RES selected the site near Oyster Bay for its high wind speeds, its proximity in relation to the existing electricity grid and minimal constraints from a construction point of view. The final number and size of the turbines, according to the company, is yet to be determined and will be based on further studies of wind regime, terrain and environmental constraints.Integrated Energy Plan for South AfricaThe Oyster Bay project falls under the Department of Minerals and Energy’s Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) for South Africa, launched in 2003.The ten-year plan declares South Africa’s continued reliance on coal, but also uses modelling to forecast which energy sources can be used most effectively to meet growing demand. The plan advocates change of energy sources, including renewable technologies such as wind and solar energy, as well as fuel switching to improve energy efficiency.In her keynote address at the energy planning colloquium in Johannesburg last month, Energy Affairs minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters said gas can play a role, not only in the generation of electricity, but also as an alternate fuel in meeting household and industrial energy needs.“The IEP will provide a roadmap of the future energy landscape for South Africa and guides future energy infrastructure investments and policy development,” the minister said.last_img read more