Evidence presented by Jagdeo indisputable; Trevor Benn knows it

first_imgDear Editor,By exposing the massive land-grab at Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC), the Leader of the Opposition has undoubtedly disturbed a vampire’s nest. And now they are all running wild trying to cover up their tracks!At his recent press conference, Bharrat Jagdeo, armed with copies of maps with valuable information from GL&SC, very articulately exposed the shameful theft of prime real-estate by Government officials and a tiny elite cabal of the APNU.Despite this, we’re yet to hear from President Granger, under whose name strategic areas of State land were given away.It’s unbelievable how a man who avoids the press like a plague, whose Government has been engaged in scandals and corruption almost on a daily basis, gets a free pass by some sections of the media, while the PPP/C gets blamed for everything that goes wrong in Guyana by Kaieteur News and News Room even though the PPP/C has been out of office since 2015.When the land-grab scandal, complete with maps, names and file numbers was exposed to the public, Kaieteur News chose to carry a headline, “Lands and Surveys Commissioner provides facts on Opposition Leader’s land-grabbing claims”.But what “facts” were presented by Lands and Surveys to dismiss the accusations made by Jagdeo? Why accuse Jagdeo of presenting fake maps? Did the Commissioner of the GL&SC, Trevor Benn, at his press conference, present the original maps of the areas identified with different ownership to prove Jagdeo was lying? What other “facts” were produced by Benn to refute these allegations? The evidence presented by Jagdeo was indisputable, and Trevor Benn knows it. And while the Government propagandist, Gordon Mosley, was too busy trying to prevent others from airing the damaging report, News Room did not even carry the original story when it was exposed by Jagdeo, but instead carried the entire Charles Ceres statement to the media the very next day. But what else can be expected from News Room?According to a PPP press release the party notes the comments made [by] Mr Charles Ceres, who peddled a blatant lie when he denied allegedly receiving the 112 acres of land at Bohemia, Region 6, even though documents [File Number: 621112/4] indicated that he did. He also confirmed that he received 4.5 acres of land at Liliendaal, Region 4, and defended this acquisition by saying that the land was used as the site for the construction of a single office. It was disingenuous on the part of Mr Ceres to compare his land acquisition, used to build a single office, with land acquired through public tender and other allocated land, under the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, which resulted in massive investments – MovieTowne, Giftland, etc – and the creation of hundreds of jobs and opportunities for our Guyanese people. The fact that former PPP/C officials are charged now for land allocations in the same area exposes the duplicity of the coalition Administration. To further defend his acquisition of land, Mr Ceres made allegations about other land allocations under the former PPP/C Government, which will be addressed by the party in due time. Additionally, in an attempt to divert attention from his land acquisition, he also claimed that he was named because he is an Afro-Guyanese, even while he admitted that he, as an Afro-Guyanese, received over 1000 acres of land under the “Jagdeo Administration”, which he returned to the State because he was unable to pursue development on the land”.Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission is a department that falls under the President. GL&SC gives out State lands in the President’s name. It is natural for one to believe the  President would know what is going on in his own office, or what is being done in his name. The purpose of Jagdeo’s exposé was to show how key personnel in the Ministry of the Presidency and SOCU have been securing strategic tracts of Government land that are likely to flip in a year or two for millions of US dollars to the oil companies at the expense of the Guyanese people and the country at large. Thousands of acres were given away to Government officials and friends of the PNC/APNU within weeks after the No-Confidence Motion had been successfully passed in Parliament. Is that a coincidence?Head of the Project Management Office at the Ministry of the Presidency, Marlon Bristol got one acre at Mocha on February 4, 2019, and 12 acres at Dalawala in Linden where very lucrative deep-water harbour and shore-based facilities are likely to be developed in June 2019. He also got 80 acres at Bohemia in Berbice where lucrative deep-water harbour and shore-based facilities will be developed in February 2019.Charles Ceres, whose wife, Ndibi Schwiers, is Director of Environment at the Ministry of the Presidency, got 4.5 acres at Liliendaal; 112 acres at Bohemia in Berbice (File Number 621112/4) where lucrative deep-water harbour and shore-based facilities are likely to be developed.Eric Phillips, SARA Special Assistant, who lied in a letter he wrote earlier this year denying that he received land from the Government, got 1000 acres in the Essequibo River in April 2019, File Number 321132/1604, and 1000 acres in the Demerara River earlier this year. File Number 331231/7. While he now confirms that he benefited from massive land allocations, he is still to explain why, on February 22, 2019, in a letter to Stabroek News, he denied that he applied for or received land. In his letter, Eric Phillips had called for the evidence to be produced. Now that the evidence has been produced, he is attempting to argue using race. It is also important to note that while SARA is hell-bent on prosecuting Jagdeo and others for purchasing land at Pradoville 2 below market value, two members of this agency are grabbing up as much land as they can get below the market value. We’ll see how this plays out in court.Aubrey Heath-Retemeyer, Deputy Head of SARA, which falls under the Ministry of the Presidency received 10 acres on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, File Number 411412/522b; and 1 acre at Mocha earlier this year.Great Wall Inc, of which Saratu Phillips is a Director, got 20.70 acres of Schoonard Foreshore (in the Demerara River – proposed site for shore-based facility), File Number 332242/3; 20 acres of Goed Fortuin Foreshore (in the Demerara River – proposed site for shore-based facility), File Number 3322421/3 and 50.8 acres at Best Foreshore (Including parts of the Atlantic Ocean) File Number 332231/38.  Note that in his press conference, Commissioner Trevor Benn failed to explain the criteria or the business plan to justify giving away 50.8 acres of the Best Foreshore which includes parts of the Atlantic Ocean, and the 40 acres of land on the western side of the Demerara River that alone would be worth about US$100 million, given the shore-based facility that can be exploited there by oil companies. Phillips was involved in the Georgetown parking meter fiasco. The company, Gold Bar Development and Consulting Inc, headed by Saratu Phillips and Shawn Hopkinson, also benefited from a gold export licence in 2018. A former PNC Member of Parliament also got 1200 acres in the Pomeroon River, and another 6400 acres that is set to be approved. Another member of his family was also given 2900 acres in the same area.But the most shocking of all is that GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, received 216 acres of land at Millie’s Hideout in Linden in June 2019, and 2 acres of land at Mocha. Since this sensitive giveaway to Lowenfield was done earlier this month after the CCJ ruling, one has to wonder whether this is a payoff to further delay the elections by caving to Government’s demands for House-To-House Registration.Obligated to provide answers?Editor, doesn’t the President feel obligated to provide answers to the public for all the corruption that’s taking place in his name?It is my opinion that the PNC propagandist has been collaborating with Lands and Surveys to cover-up the corruption, and to use the press conference to draw attention away from the President in another attempt to protect his “clean” image. So as usual, racism lifts its ugly head again, and they’re painting this as a “Black” issue.Let’s not be fooled, this has nothing to do with racism, but everything to do with corruption. Ordinary Black people are not benefitting from this land giveaway by the Government they voted for, nor have they benefitted from the so-called “good life” they were promised. It is only a privileged few like the so-called “Black Activist” Eric Phillips, with strong connections to Granger and his cabal, who are the beneficiaries of this pathetic act of greed and corruption. And this is going on nationwide.Lands taken away from farmersJust recently in Region Five, land that was used by cattle farmers of the Shieldstown Cattle Rearer’s Co-op Society in an area known as Rampoor for over 20 years, were taken away by the MMA-ADA and were allegedly given to cronies of this Government. These include the former Chief Medical Officer of Region Five, Steven Cheefoon, who received 99.93 acres, and other members of his family. Floyd Cheefoon got 200.28 acres;  John Cheefoon, 199.98 acres; and James Cheefoon, 99.87 acres. Others include Denise Hamilton, 200 acres; Patricia Mc Pherson and Humphry Leue, 400 acres;  Dr Zulfikar Bux, 100 acres; Tazeem Bux, 100 acres;  and APNU Member of Parliament, Jennifer Wade, who received 100 acres.If this is true, I am calling for a full-fledged investigation into this matter. Despite the successful passage of the Whistleblowers Act, a dangerous trend is emerging by this Government to silence anyone who is opposed to their corrupt activities.Recently, the newly appointed Public Service Minister, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley, fired the accountant and all the staff of the Personnel Department in her Ministry because she believed that the information given to Jagdeo came from a whistleblower in her department. And so to be sure, she fired everyone for leaking information which exposed the transfer of $20 million in taxpayers’ money to the private bank accounts of the children of Minister Simona Broomes by the Ministry of the Presidency. Similarly, rather than focus on who may have been bribed to give away massive areas of strategically located State land, Trevor Benn is on a witch-hunt to find the patriotic employee who gave Jagdeo copies of the documents from Lands and Surveys to end the corruption taking place there, and is using threats to discourage whistleblowers. But Benn has no case. These documents clearly show locations, acreage, plot numbers and ownership, and could have easily be refuted by Benn at his press conference if Jagdeo’s accusations were false. But they were not! I wouldn’t be surprised if these maps no longer exist at GL&SC. I urge all patriotic public servants to continue to expose all wrongdoings in their respective departments, and to play their part in putting an end to Government corruption and to this illegal cabal that masquerades as Ministers of Government.Regards,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

Kofi Woods Ready For Gov’t

first_imgAtty. Woods wants the country’s forest remain preserved.Human Rights activist, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods, has challenged the Liberian government to do what is right, or else “take me to a court of competent jurisdiction to answer for my stewardship.”Atty. Woods’ challenge was contained in a statement he issued yesterday as a rejoinder to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent assertion, insinuating that he must take responsibility for any wrongs at the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) during his tenure.The former Minister of Public Works recently urged President Sirleaf to take responsibility for National Oil Company of Liberia’s (NOCAL) woes, which has plunged NOCAL into financial crisis.“I fully agree and commend President Sirleaf for her response to my recent comments on NOCAL intimating that “she takes responsibility for what happens in all ministries and agencies of her government, “and I should take full responsibility for what happened at the MPW during my tenure, even if I was not directly involved,” Woods noted.Woods said he has not, and would not shy away from any wrong that he may have done as Minister of Public Works.“I have repeatedly said both in public and in private, and in my various communications to the President that I stand ready for any scrutiny. I implore and challenge the government to do what is right and take me to a court of competent jurisdiction to answer for my stewardship,” Woods said in a strongly-worded defensive statement.He, however, expressed gratitude that Liberia is reaching the point where Liberians can collectively end impunity and ensure that the government accounts to the people for her stewardship, both past and present.For him, he said Liberia appears to be ushering into the age of accountability.In his recent comment, Woods urged the Liberian government to ensure that all public officials – past (he included) and present —submit to similar (accountability) processes without discrimination.He believes that the failure of the government to exhaust the process of accountability is a neglect of its duty, which encourages impunity and subject individuals in government to collective guilt.“I will not be perturbed. Liberians will seek justice and demand what is right! No smear campaign will stand the test of me as I maintain my position on NOCAL,” Woods vowed.The President, in her recent address to the nation, announced that the head of NOCAL will be honorably retired and severance benefits paid out.To that assertion, Atty. Woods disagrees, believing that a full management audit must be conducted in the NOCAL saga to include financial, procurement amongst others.He said Liberians need to know why a once potentially viable entity such as NOCAL has so spectacularly collapsed.“The response, in the immediate aftermath of what appears to be the latest evidence of the inescapable failure of a national asset is inadequate, is limited, is insufficient and is disconcerting, if not out-rightly disingenuous.”When the President openly vindicates rather than demand accountability, she sends the wrong signal to a public, which now views our government’s actions with much consternation and deep mistrust,” Atty. Woods, who was once a Labor Minister asserted.He said information on the situation at NOCAL was well known to the Administration of President Sirleaf a long time ago, “but the President chose to look the other way and do nothing.”“The full scale of the consequences of NOCAL’s decline,” he said, “must not be lost but it must be brought to the full view of the public and responsibility taken to address collateral damage to innocent citizens and institutions.”He stressed the need for Liberians to ensure that students benefitting from NOCAL’s scholarship programs are given special consideration.“We need to deal with our national human resource deficit and therefore cannot afford to let them become victims of this (embarrassment),” the rights activist noted.“I therefore, propose that the recommendation on severance and retirement payment be suspended until a full report on NOCAL is submitted to the nation through an independent process. The Board bears equal responsibility and therefore may not be the competent authority to conduct a house cleaning exercise.”He added that accountability institutions in Liberia, including the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), the General Auditing Commission (GAC), and the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) should take the lead, move in immediately and act consistently with their respective mandates to bring the ongoing situation at NOCAL to its logical conclusion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$253M upgraded Haags Bosch landfill to benefit commercial stakeholders

first_img…obtains new equipment to aid compostingThe Communities Ministry recently expended some $253 million to upgrade the Haags Bosch landfill site at Eccles, East Bank Demerara, and legislation is soon to be enacted to benefit its commercial stakeholders.The new tarp-deployerSpeaking to media operatives on Monday during a visit to the area, Site Supervisor for the Communities Ministry, Lloyd Stanton, explained that the Solid Waste Management Strategy is currently at the last stages of being finalised. This will lead to the process of legislation being enacted, after which the Haags Bosch landfill site would be ready to welcome commercial stakeholders.“In terms of whether or not we will get to (the stage of) people paying (for the collection of their refuse), the answer is yes. We’re hoping to get ‘the strategies’. For those of us who are au fait with what’s going on as it relates to waste management, we’re in the process of finalising that Solid Waste Management Strategy, and as soon as we get that ‘strategy’, then we can go to legislation. As soon as that legislation comes in place, there will be a phased system of payments, probably starting with commercial,” he explained.The contract, which was awarded in April of 2018, initiated from steps to rehabilitate the dumpsite after a fire had erupted there back in 2015. The landfill was commissioned in 2011 to replace a similar setup at Mandela, Georgetown, which used to pollute areas of the city that are contiguous to the dumpsite. The Haags Bosch landfill site has since served as the main disposal site for solid waste.Offloading a garbage truck onsite at Haags Bosch landfillWhile giving a synopsis of the current operations, Stanton noted that the site caters for 12 metres of landfill waste with an additional 3 metres underground. However, as the need progresses, interventions can be made for the waste to be piled at an increased height. As of now, monthly operational costs are pegged are some $21 million.“When the entire area is 15 metres, we can still go up further if we don’t have space. There is a relative limit that is set by the supervisors and operators at the site,” Stanton explained.According to him, if the waste is piled higher, there are chances that a garbage slide can occur. This can be prevented by maintaining a relative slope.“We’re okay right now. We’ve never had a garbage slide, but there was a fire in 2015 which everybody know about,” he said.The workers on site are subjected to regular medical evaluation to reduce the risk of fatalities occurring at the landfill site. On a yearly basis, only approximately two cases of health complications are reported, which is a noteworthy sign.“The direct safety, in terms of personal safety, is among the areas that we’re trying to improve on…If we were to be graded based on Third World (standards), we’re around 95 per cent,” said Stanton.One principal equipment recently obtained by the contracted company, Waste Solutions Landfill Incorporated, to assist with the composting is a tarpaulin-deployer. The machine covers the compost material at the end of the day, eliminating the need to place soil over the collected garbage, and increasing the volume of waste that can be stored.“Over the years, we used to use soil as a daily cover, and we’ve realised that the daily cover used to be placed in such a way that we would place a layer of soil at about 12 inches. We realised that we’re losing valuable airspace that garbage can go in,” Stanton explained. (Rupadai Seenaraine)last_img read more

Arroyo Valley advances to quarterfinals

first_imgSAN BERNARDINO – Think of Arroyo Valley athletics and you probably think offense. Michael Coleman (now at USC) throwing touchdown passes. Robbie Allen breaking off long touchdown passes. But not this year’s Arroyo Valley basketball team. It likes defense. Overplay-the-strong -hand, get-in-your-man’s-face, take-the- charge defense. That defense stepped to the fore on Tuesday night in a 46-44 victory against Chaparral. The triumph came in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs and sends the Hawks into the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. on Friday against Torrance Bishop Montgomery. “Everybody looks for a Most Valuable Player and picks the guy who scores 28 points a game,” Hawks coach Scott Smith said. “But why can’t it be the guy who takes the charge?” Chaparral had the ball in the final minute and the score tied 44-44. But whippet-quick James Sanders stripped the ball from Puma point guard Jeff Stephens and went the other way. “I knew we needed a defensive stop, so I just did what I needed to do,” Sanders said. “We did what we needed to do as a team.” Sanders was fouled with 22.4 seconds left and made two free throws, giving the Hawks the final margin of victory. But they would have to survive one final thrust by the Pumas. center_img Chaparral then let too much time run off the clock against the Hawks’ intense pressure, forcing a desperation 17-footer from the corner by Quincy Perry. But the Hawks’ Joseph Richard was equal to the challenge, blocking the shot. Antwon Taylor retrieved the block for the Pumas with fewer than three seconds left, but his 3-point attempt for the win was an air ball. As the Hawks celebrated, the Pumas (19-8) trudged slowly off the court, some of them covering their faces with their jerseys. “It came down to heart,” Sanders said. “That’s what won the game.” Chaparral coach Ed Coyle was livid with the officiating after the game. “I may get into trouble for saying this, but the officiating was absolutely terrible,” Coyle said. “We work on taking charges (offensive fouls) and those were easy calls for them to make and they weren’t making them. That was huge.” Coyle also said a bad start (Chaparral got behind 8-0) also hurt its cause. Despite its quick start, Arroyo Valley fell behind 24-17 by halftime and entered the fourth quarter trailing by two. It was a close game the rest of the way. Arroyo Valley coach Scott Smith preferred to credit his defense rather than dwell on the officiating. “These were two good defensive teams,” he said. “When you have two teams like this, there are going to be bodies flying into each other. That’s just basketball. “We played a great defensive game. In the first half we didn’t play well offensively and we were down by seven and we weren’t happy about anything. We needed to re-establish ourselves defensively and that’s what we did.” The Hawks made some adjustments at halftime, most noticeably switching Richard onto Perry, who led the Pumas with 19 points. Only eight of Perry’s points came in the second half. 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

Deal sought for term limits changes

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Three years ago, when state Sen. Alan Lowenthal first proposed that lawmakers give up the powerful job of drawing legislative and congressional districts, he couldn’t get his plan out of committee. Last year, his proposal passed the Senate, only to die in the Assembly in the final days of the Legislature’s 2006 session. This year, Lowenthal thinks the third time could be the charm. Many legislators are hoping voters will approve an initiative in February that would alter California’s term limits to allow more than 40 lame-duck lawmakers to run for re-election in 2008 or 2010, including Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate President pro tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. It would take a simple majority of commissioners to approve new state and federal districts each decade after a new national census, but that majority would have to include at least one Democrat, one Republican and one independent or minor party member. The legislation faces its first test Wednesday, when it will be considered by the Senate Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee. The committee will also take up a rival proposal by Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, that includes a similar redistricting plan – a term limit proposal modeled after the initiative that’s now in circulation and some campaign fundraising restrictions. Constitutional amendments by Nu ez and Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines, R-Clovis, that would also set up redistricting commissions are awaiting hearings in the Assembly. Ashburn argues that the redistricting and term limits changes should be lumped into the same measure to prevent them from being picked off by lawmakers and interest groups that favor one part of the proposal but not the other. But Lowenthal believes just the opposite – that putting several controversial proposals together in one measure would make it tougher to muster the two-thirds majorities required to put it on the ballot. It also could make voters suspicious that there are hidden agendas in the legislation. “People will think … it’s a shell game and we’re hiding what we’re really doing,” he said. Another question is whether Ashburn’s proposal would survive a court challenge alleging that it violates the state’s single-subject rule for ballot measures, which limits initiatives to one issue each. Ashburn says it would pass judgment because it’s a constitutional revision, not just an amendment. And there’s the question of whether the job of drawing congressional districts should be turned over to the redistricting commission or left to the Legislature. The Lowenthal legislation would give the commission that role, the Ashburn measure would not. Nu ez concedes that congressional redistricting may have to be left out of the commission’s duties to avoid members of Congress and their campaign supporters from opposing any change the Legislature approves. Congressional Democrats fear that turning redistricting over to a commission could hamper their efforts to maintain their majority in the House of Representatives. Some Republicans also are concerned they could lose House seats under a commission system. Changing redistricting procedures has always been a tough sell. Lawmakers have been wrangling over it for decades. Republicans typically have criticized the current system because Democrats have dominated both houses of the Legislature for most of the past 50 years and so have been in a position to fully control redistricting when Democrats have also held the governor’s office. How districts are drawn can determine which party maintains majorities in the Legislature and the state’s House delegation. Critics say it’s a conflict of interest for legislators to draw their own districts, but several attempts to persuade voters to take that power away from the Legislature have failed, including in 2005 when an initiative backed by Schwarzenegger was soundly defeated. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also wants a measure on the same Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot to strip legislators of their redistricting powers, and he has signaled that he won’t campaign for the term limits change if the Legislature doesn’t approve redistricting reform. “I think there is a great deal of motivation to move something forward,” said Lowenthal, a Long Beach Democrat. “If there is any major opponent for any of these issues – redistricting, term limits or any of them – that makes it much more difficult. These kinds of measures pass when everyone is together.” Lowenthal’s legislation is a constitutional amendment that would go on the ballot if lawmakers approve it. It would create an 11-member redistricting commission from a pool of 55 candidates nominated by a panel of retired judges. The Legislature’s top four leaders and members of the state Fair Political Practices Commission would select the redistricting commission from the candidate pool. The commission would be made up of four Democrats, four Republicans and three independents or minor party members. last_img read more

Costa’s sizzling return reignites Atletico

first_imgCosta came on as a 64th minute sub on Wednesday and almost immediately put his foot where it hurts to score, beating Lleida centre-back Marc Trilles to Juanfran’s drilled cross and having his shin stamped on by the defending in the process.“He’d put his foot into the blades of a fan,” said teammate Vitolo.Costa showed the other, darker side to his game soon after deciding that the knock to the shin was nothing serious, charging back onto the pitch and getting embroiled in a row with Jorge Felix for which he was lucky not to be booked.Atletico Madrid’s top scorer Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during a friendly match against Egypt’s Al-Ahly, at Borg al-Arab Stadium near Alexandria, on December 30, 2017 © AFP/File / KHALED DESOUKI“In a way he never left, despite having a very good spell at Chelsea,” said goalkeeper Miguel Anguel Moya, who stood in for Jan Oblak at Lleida.Atletico, who host Getafe on Saturday, are second in La Liga having lost only once all season but are nine points behind Ernesto Valverde’s team, on 36 points after drawing six of their 17 league fixtures, more than any team in the top half of the table.They remain as dogged and as hard to beat as ever — just eight goals conceded and one defeat in 17 league games is a testament to that — but they have scored only 25.That’s 20 fewer than Barca and a paltry total compared to third-placed Valencia, who have rattled in 36 and are two points behind Atletico.Their top scorer is Antoine Griezmann, who has improved after a slow start to the season and scored the fourth with a deflected free-kick on Wednesday but has only scored five times in the league.Sunday’s match is just the sort of match Atletico have faltered at throughout this season.As well as the six league draws against the middling likes of Girona and Leganes, four in the Champions League — including two with Azerbaijani minnows Qarabag — cost them qualification from a group many expected them to comfortably get through ahead of eventual group winners Roma.Their first league defeat of the season came at Espanyol before the Christmas break, a 1-0 loss that came thanks to shot shy striker Sergio Garcia’s first goal of the season two minutes before the end and highlighted the how blunt Atletico can look going forward against weak opposition.Atletico haven’t won La Liga since Costa left for London, where he won two Premier League titles in three years straight after rifling the Madrid club to their tenth league championship with 27 goals.Real Madrid are way back in fourth, five behind Atletico as they prepare to travel to Celta Vigo, who have held Barca to two recent draws — 2-2 at the Camp Nou in the league last month and 1-1 in the cup on Thursday.FixturesSaturdayAtletico Madrid v Getafe (3pm), Valencia v Girona (6:15pm), Las Palmas v Eibar (8:30pm), Sevilla v Real Betis (10:45pm)SundayLeganes v Real Sociedad (2pm), Barcelona v Levante (6:15pm), Athletic Bilbao v Alaves (8:30pm), Villareal v Deportivo (8:30pm), Celta Vigo v Real Madrid (10:45pmMondayMalaga v Espanyol (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, seen during a training session following his welcoming ceremony at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid, on December 31, 2017 © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jan 5 – Diego Costa’s return to Atletico Madrid began in typically explosive fashion on Wednesday night, and his second spell in La Liga has raised hopes that his new team might challenge runaway leaders Barcelona.Costa swept home his first Atletico goal since leaving the club for Chelsea in 2014 just five minutes into his first appearance since May, scoring Atletico’s third in a 4-0 hammering of third-tier Lleida Esportiu in the Copa Del Rey and showing the goalscoring prowess that Diego Simeone’s side have lacked all season.last_img read more

Every Premier League club’s final position predicted by Danny Higginbotham

first_imgtalkSPORT – your home of the Premier LeaguetalkSPORT will be bringing you 64 live Premier League commentaries this season – and Danny Higginbotham will be a regular on the station giving his expert opinions.As co-host of the Players’ Lounge on Friday night (7pm-10pm) alongside Matt Holland, he will bring you the best build-up to each weekend’s action.The former Southampton and Stoke star believes Chelsea will once again be the team to beat this season, tipping Jose Mourinho’s side to retain their Premier League trophy.Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, it’s bad news for former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri… Do you agree with Danny? Let us know by leaving your comments below…Play talkSPORT’s brilliant free Predictor game and you could win £1million! 2 2 Danny Higginbotham last_img

Top travel team shortlisted for Travel Agency of the Year Award

first_imgAtlantic Travel in Letterkenny are celebrating today’s announcement that they have been shortlisted for the ITTN Travel Agency of the Year Awards 2018.Atlantic Travel has been listed as the only Donegal group in the Top 4 Ulster finalists of the travel awards by Irish Travel Trade News.The multi award-winning Atlantic Travel team are delighted with this latest recognition. Manager Emma McHugh said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for these coveted awards. “To have been selected in the top 4 in Ulster among so many strong competitors is such an achievement.  The nomination recognises the dedication and professionalism the team deliver to our clients on a daily basis.“We have a really great team who are exceptional at what they do and are passionate about travel.“This nomination is a real compliment to our team and is testament to how the industry views them.”Atlantic Travel team unveil their new look offices in January 2018Agencies were nominated for the ITTN awards by airlines, tour operators, and transport companies who selected their preferred firm in each province. The overall winners will be revealed at a Gala Dinner for the 2018 Irish Travel Trade Awards on Friday 23rd November 2018.Atlantic Travel team members: Emma McHugh, Moya McCrossan, Caroline Kerr, Evelyn McClafferty, Mary Toye, Donna Feeney. Missing from photo: Noreen Cullen Top travel team shortlisted for Travel Agency of the Year Award was last modified: July 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:atlantic travelawardstravel agencylast_img read more

GAA: NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgBhí bua an-mhaith ag an fhoireann sinsear ag an deireadh seachtaine. Bhí siad ag imirt in éadan Gleann Súilí agus bhain siad leis an scór Gleann Súilí 0-09 Gaoth Dobhair 0-17.Ar an droch uair cheall an fhoireann tacaíochta, sé’n scór deireanach a bhí ansin nó Gleann Súilí 4-06 Gaoth Dobhair 2-05.Ní raibh cluichí ar bith socraithe nuair a bhí seo a chur i gcló. Buaiteoirí Club 100€400 Séamus Ó Gallchoir, An Chóitín.€250 Séamus Mac Suibhne, Machaire Clochair.€150 Pádraig Ó Dochartaigh, Bóthar na Trá. €100 Séamus Ó Coirbín, Cois Cladaigh.€100 Máirtín Ó Dochartaigh, Machaire Clochair.Ádh mór le fhóchumann  Chloich Cheann Fhaola agus achan nduine a bhéas ag ghlacadh páirt i gComórtas Peil na Gaeltachta 2011 ag an deireadh seachtaine.GAA: NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: May 31st, 2011 by gregShare 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:gaoth dobhair gaalast_img read more

ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY AC FIXTURE LIST – OCT 2012 TO SEPT 2013

first_imgFinn Valley Fixture List; Oct. 2012 – Sept. 2013 DATEEVENTVENUE October 2012 Sun 7thDonegal Even Ages & Masters CCCastlefinn   Sun 14thDonegal Uneven Ages & Novice CCKillybegs   Sun 21stGerry Farnan CC (Masters Trial)Phoenix Park   Sat 27thUlster Even AgesRostrevor    November 2012 Sun 4thDonegal Senior Cross CountryLetterkenny   Sun 11thUlster Uneven Ages & Novice CCKillybegs   Sat 17thBritish & Irish Masters CCStormontSun 25thAAI Even Ages & Inter Counties CCRatoath, Co Meath    December 2012 Sun 2ndTurkey TrotLetterkenny   Sun 9thEuropean Cross Country ChampionshipsBudapest, HunSun 9thAAI Uneven Ages & Novice CCAdamstown, Wex   Wed 26thFinn Valley 5k Race & WalkFinn Valley Centre    January 2013 Sat 12thUAC/ANI Senior Cross CountryGreenmount,Antrim   Sun 19thAAI Masters Indoor ChampionshipsNenaghSun 20thAAI Jun & Under 23 Indoor ChampsNenagh   Sat 26thAAI Indoors Combined EventsNenaghSat 26thANI/UAC Intermediate & Masters CCTBCSun 27thRaheny 5 Mile Road RaceDublinSun 27thAAI GamesNenagh       February 2013  Sun 3rdAAI Intermediate & Masters CCGransha, DerryGransha, DerrySun 3rdAAI Juvenile Dev CCGransha, DerryAs above    Tues 5thUlster Schools ‘C’ District Cross CountryColeraineAthloneWed 6thFloodlit Track MeetFinn ValleyMagherafelt    Sat/Sun 9/10thAAI Senior Indoor ChampionshipsAthloneinn Valley Centre    Sat/Sun 16/17thUlster Juv. Indoors Under ChampionshipsMagherafeltTullamoreSunday 17thFinn Valley 5k Series Race 1Finn Valley CentreTullamore   Wed 20thUlster Schools Cross CountryMallusk, Belfast   Sun 24thAAI Senior & Junior Cross CountryTullamoreSun 24thAAI Juv Cross Country RelaysTullamore    March 2013 Sat 2ndUlster Juvenile IndoorsJordanstownSunday 3rdFinn Valley 5k Series Race 2Finn Valley Centre    Sat 9thIrish Schools & Universities CCUlster Venue Sunday 10thFinn Valley 5k Series Race 3Finn Valley Centre     Sunday 24thFinn Valley 5k Series Race 4Finn Valley Centre Sat/Sun 23/24thAAI Juvenile Indoor ChampionshipsNenagh    Sat 30thBallyliffen Coastal 10 MilesBallyliffen,Donegal       April 2013  Sat/Sun 6/7thAAI Juvenile Indoor ChampionshipsNenagh     Sunday 14thAAI 10k Championships/Great RunPhoenix Park    Raheny, DublinFri/Sat 20/21stIUAA T & F ChampionshipsAIT Athlone    Navan. MeathSunday 21stAAI Spring Throwing Competition    Sunday 28thAAI Road RelaysRaheny, Dublin    MAY 2013 Sunday 5thNorth West 10K Road RaceLetterkenny   Wednesday 8thUlster Schools ‘C’ District T & FAntrim Forum   Tue/Wed 14/15thFinn Valley Primary Schools. 2 DaysFinn Valley Centre   Fri/Sat 17/18thUlster Schools FinalsAntrim Forum   Sunday 26thAAI National League Round 1Various   Wednesday 30thDonegal Primary SchoolsFinn Valley Centre    JUNE 2013 Saturday 1stAll Ireland Schools Track & FieldTullamoreSunday 2ndUlster Children’s Games CompetitionFinn Valley CentreMonday 3rdWomen’s Mini MarathonDublin   Saturday 8thUlster Juv T & F ChammpionshipsAntrim ForumSunday 9thAAI Games & Senior RelaysSantry   Saturday 15thUAC/ANI Senior T & F ChampionshipsAntrim ForumSunday 16thUlster Juv T&F ChampionshipsAntrim Forum   Sat/Sun 22/23rdEuropean T & F Team CompetitionSantry, dublin      Saturday 29thTailteann Schools Inter ProvincialSantrySaturday 29thAAI  Juv. Team Event Under 9, 10 & 11Finn Valley Centre   Sunday 30thAAI Junior & Under 23 ChampionshipsTullamore    JULY 2013    Sat/Sun 6/7thAAI Juvenile ChampionshipsTullamoreFri 6 – 17World Student GamesRussia   Wed 10-14thIAAF World Youth ChampionshipsUkraineThurs 11-14thEAA Under 23 ChampionshipsFinland   Sunday 14thAAI National League Round 2VariousSun 14-19thEYOFNetherlands   Wed 18-21stEAA Junior ChampionshipsRieti, Italy   Saturday 20thSchools InternationalSantry, DublinSat/Sun 20/21stAAI Juvenile Championships & RelaysTullamore   Sat/Sun 27/28thAAI Senior T & F ChampionshipsSantry    AUGUST 2013 Saturday 3rdCeltic Games Track & Field    Sat 10th-18thIAAF World ChampionshipsMoscow   Sat/Sun 10/11thAAI Senior & Juv Combined Events Sunday 11thAAI Juv Development Championships    Saturday 17thAAI Masters T & F ChampionshipsTullamoreSunday 18thAAI National League FinalTullamore   Sat/Sun 24/25thCommunity Games, National FinalsAthlone    SEPTEMBER 2012    Sunday 2ndAAI Half Marathon Championships   ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY AC FIXTURE LIST – OCT 2012 TO SEPT 2013 was last modified: October 16th, 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:ATHLETICS: FINN VALLEY AC FIXTURE LIST – OCT 2012 TO SEPT 2013last_img read more