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first_img…“it’s non-negotiable”- Min Holder declares The ban imposed against fishermen, preventing them from operating at the Hope Canal, is said to be “non-negotiable”.This announcement was made by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder during Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly, after he was probed by Member of Parliament (MP) Nigel Dharamlall in respect to the measures that the Ministry has set to ensure that fishermen ply their trade unhindered.Holder indicated that the fishermen had not sought permission before using the canal to dock their vessels. He recalled that for a number of years, the men were utilising the Hope Drainage Canal Outlet Channel. It was after the establishment of the Hope Canal that they chose to shift for the purpose of mooring their boats.“After the construction of the eight-door relief sluice at Hope — this was commissioned in 2015 — some fishermen from the Hope drainage outfall started to moor their vessels at the Hope Relief Outfall Channel,” the Minister stated.The Minister also highlighted that the migration, which began in early 2017, has been rapidly increasing over the past months. As a result, many challenges have been faced with when the men utilise the canal at various hours during the day, since they work in correspondence with the changing tides.“The passage of fishermen and, who knows, perhaps other persons of questionable character at varying hours during the night has caused a security nightmare at the site, and has resulted in numerous confrontations and threats between the site security and the fishermen,” he stated at the National Assembly.Furthermore, it was revealed that a site in close proximity to the canal, which normally houses valuables such as generators, motors and wenches, holds an accumulated cost of $43.7 million.“The Ministry of Agriculture is reluctant to expose the site and its valuables to any fish trader,” Holder said.In response to a question posed by Dharamlall, asking whether the gates leading to the canal would be open for the vehicles of the fish traders, Holder said that from the time the Hope Relief Sluice was constructed, there was always a gate at the beginning of the road, near the East Coast Public Road.However, that gate has been relocated, he said, and a fence has also been added to prevent vehicles from “continuing to traverse the high level dam”, as he claims that this could result in a breach, which could also prove to cause severe flooding in the Ann’s Grove village, among other nearby areas.Earlier this month, a notice was subsequently served by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), preventing the men from docking their fishing vessels at the canal. Due to this, several concerns were raised to address the situation, which led to their dockage at the opening of the canal.This included the damages that their boats receive by forceful waves when they are left in the open, which results in losses to their earnings and livelihoods.Fishermen have stated that they simply cannot relocate to the koker, since they reasoned that it was smaller and incapable of lending support to all of the vessels during high tides and inclement weather conditions. Some had even agreed to tie their fishing boats away from the canal, where it would not pose a threat to the water flow or structures.Those who operate at the canal had pleaded with Government for the decision to be reviewed, noting that their only intention is to harbour their boats and save the vessels from incurring losses.last_img read more


first_imgHe has scored five goals in five games, the best run of his Chelsea career, which is timely ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg match in Barcelona.But Conte was also pleased by the forward’s hard work off the ball.“You can see when a player is in great form, I’m the first to pick him in the starting 11,” the Italian said. “He’s playing in a fantastic way but, I want to underline, not only with the ball – also without the ball. He’s working very hard and he’s helping the team.“I think that he has shown great maturity at this point of his career. In my heart I hope to see him at this level, continuing these performances. It’s very important to have a balance in the team because when you don’t have that balance anything can happen.”Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised the all-round contribution of Willian after the in-form Brazilian helped halt a run of back-to-back league defeats © AFP / Glyn KIRKWillian also had a shot blocked on the line by James Tomkins and a free-kick saved by Wayne Hennessey as Chelsea went for a third goal, eventually leaving themselves open to a late consolation for Palace. Olivier Giroud might have had a hat-trick but is still waiting for his first Chelsea goal in the Premier League.“We made a lot of chances and it was a pity that they scored the goal and we had three minutes that were a bit nervous,” Conte said. “You hope to finish the game more relaxed. But it wasn’t just Olivier. Many players have had chances to score, not only Olivier.“We must be pleased with his commitment. He hit the post and in the first half a defender cleared a chance. He was a bit unlucky.“For sure in this league you must keep your focus the whole game but we tried to score the third goal and made a lot of chances. Sometimes you can think that the situation is easier but we played a good game, with a great desire to win. The commitment was good and we must be happy.“But the game against Barcelona will be very different. We will have to show great resilience. We will be playing against one of the best teams in the world. We have to find the right plan to face this game.”– Zaha impact –The introduction of Wilfried Zaha after six games out with a knee injury boosted Crystal Palace in the second half but by the time he set up Patrick van Aanholt for a 90th-minute consolation goal, there was no way back for the Eagles.“It’s a shame we didn’t play the whole of the game as we played the second half,” Roy Hodgson, the Palace manager, said. “We came in 2-0 down and against a team of Chelsea’s pace and power on the break it could have ended very badly. The introduction of Wilfried asked some questions and in the end we could have drawn the game.”But Hodgson dismissed suggestions that he could have let Zaha start the game. “If I’d started with Zaha and he’d broken down – after only one and a half training sessions – the question would have been very different. I wanted to keep him on the bench longer.”And Hodgson was encouraged by the display, following the narrow 3-2 defeat by Manchester United. “We’ve had defeats against top teams but haven’t discredited ourselves. It’s very clear what we’ve got to do in the remaining games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea midfielder Willian has scored five goals in five games, the best run of his Chelsea career, which is timely ahead of the Champions League last 16, second leg match in Barcelona © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised the all-round contribution of Willian after the in-form Brazilian helped halt a run of back-to-back league defeats ahead of next week’s showdown with Barcelona in Europe.Willian’s deflected shot opened the scoring in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, and it was his clever dummy that created the second, an own goal by Martin Kelly.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook ‘Say Thanks’ videos are currently clogging up the news feeds of every social media user. They’re the stomach-churning, robot-generated highlight videos that celebrate friendship, Facebook-style, otherwise known as a selection of selfies of people drunk in clubs and pubs.But some Facebook ‘Say Thanks’ videos really do come from the heart. Or, should we say, ‘the Arse’.Yes, we are proud to present a ‘Say Thanks’ video decided to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, from those Gooners who don’t necessarily give fourth the thumbs up.*DISCLAIMER: Like Arsenal’s defending against counter attacks, this is just a joke.Arsenal fans, do you think it’s time Wenger got his coat? Comment below…last_img


first_imgPICTURES taken by a soldier preparing for war a century ago at Finner Camp outside Ballyshannon will be shown for the first time tonight.A BBC1 documentary – The Man Who Shot The Great War – tells the incredible story of Lance Corporal George Hackney who, against the rules, took incredible photographs of soldiers.They detail their lives from their training in County Donegal all the way through to the Somme in 1916 and beyond. “As a collection of photographs of the First World War, they are totally exceptional. In terms of what they tell us about the First World War, the 36th Ulster Division, I’ve never seen anything like them before. I don’t suppose I ever will again,” said Amanda Moreno, Museums of The Royal Irish Regiment.Franky Bostyn, Belgian Ministry Of Defence, tells the programme-makers – DoubleBand Productions: “I think you made the photographical, World War One, discovery of the century.”Hackney set off on October 03 1915 from Belfast to fight in the First World War. He took his camera with him. He returned with a unique collection of images, unseen until now, that provide a window into what it was like to live, and die, on the Western Front.Who was this man? How did he manage to capture these remarkable scenes from a range of sites at a time when unofficial photography was illegal on the Western Front? The Man Who Shot The Great War, tells the remarkable story of Lance Corporal George Hackney.For the first time, viewers will get to see some of the most evocative images he shot and follow George’s own ethical and spiritual journey. Documented in his diaries, the film explores the profound effect war had on him. What transformed a man from fighter to pacifist, from Presbyterian Elder to the man looking for answers and embracing a new eastern religion, the Bahá’í faith, in later life?The landmark programme, made for BBC Northern Ireland by DoubleBand Films, includes George’s images of soldiers starting their journey – crossing the sea to war, relaxing with friends and comrades and life in barracks on the Front Line. These contrast with images from the first day of the Battle of the Somme, life in the trenches and poignant reminders, that for many soldiers, they would never return home.The one-hour film includes expert insight into George’s photographs and his personal journey from historians, authors and friends and tries to uncover what his duty was in the war and how he got such remarkable access. George’s words, captured in his diaries, are brought to life through dramatizations by actor Ian McElhinney taking on the role of George. Viewers can retrace young Hackney’s steps through the battlefields of Belgium and France where George courageously stood with his camera, and back to the very house in Belfast where he lived and which has lain almost untouched since his death in 1977.George donated his collection of photographs to the Ulster Museum before his death. The photographs used in the film are courtesy of National Museums Northern Ireland and will form part of an upcoming exhibition there about the Great War. Producer Dermot Lavery of DoubleBand Films said: “The full philosophical implications of George Hackney’s remarkable journey from the Battle of the Somme to the end of his life only revealed themselves as we prepared to make this documentary. He was in fact just a simple, modest Belfast man – but a man whose message still rings true even today. In a way all we had to do was not let him down.”The Man Who Shot The Great War is on BBC One Northern Ireland tonight, November 17 at 9.00pm.REVEALED AFTER A CENTURY: PICTURES OF SOLDIERS AT FINNER PREPARING FOR GREAT WAR was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BBC1DoubleBand ProductionsLance Corporal George HackneyNOrthern Irelandlast_img read more


first_imgAbout 45 of the parolees fitted with the devices so far have been charged with violating parole for behavior including being in unauthorized areas such as amusement parks or being away from home after curfew. In one case, a parolee was arrested after his GPS device tracked him to a high school campus and near a women’s locker room at the University of Redlands. Overall, Los Angeles County has some 11,400 registered sex offenders – enough so that a state Web site mapping each offender’s location with a blue dot shows solid blue stretching for miles across almost every area of the county. Of the county’s sex offenders, 391 are parolees recently released from prison and categorized by parole officials as high risk because of violence, multiple offenses, multiple victims or other factors. Of the 391 high-risk sex-offender parolees, 43 live in the Antelope Valley. That means the Antelope Valley has less than 4 percent of Los Angeles County’s population, but 11 percent of its high-risk sex offenders on parole. Antelope Valley was picked as a pilot area after state officials agreed in January to stop sending parolees there unless they had Valley connections predating their imprisonments. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Elaine Jennings said she expects GPS use in metropolitan Los Angeles to start later this year or early next year. “The Antelope Valley has had a concern about parolees. There was community involvement and we had good partners,” Jennings said. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said the Antelope Valley has been allowed to become home to too many parolees – nearly 2,000 of all sorts, or 6 percent of the county total. “We are a dumping ground,” said Ledford. “You get the headlines at Disneyland, but this is where people live … We’re fed up.” The concern about sex offenders is state and nationwide. California’s parole chief, Jim L’Etoile, either resigned or was dismissed – officials won’t say which, citing personnel law – after revelations that paroled sex offenders were placed in motels and hotels near Disneyland. The placements violated no laws, but officials moved four parolees who lived in motels within a half-mile of the amusement park. The men all wore GPS devices. In the Nov. 7 election, California voters will vote on a measure called Jessica’s Law, named for a Florida girl who was abducted from her home and slain, that would require all paroled and newly registered sex offenders to wear an electronic tracking device for life. The law would also bar them from living any closer than 2,000 feet from schools and parks, meaning many neighborhoods would be off-limits but also shifting offenders into other areas. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com (661) 167-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Satellite-tracking devices are being strapped on the ankles of 40 paroled rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in the Antelope Valley in the first such use of GPS technology in Los Angeles County. A little bit bigger than a computer mouse and weighing about 6 ounces, the device beams signals to an orbiting network of satellites that give state parole agents a computerized record of a parolee’s movements. If he or she ventures to a school or playground or leaves a designated area, the device will transmit a text message alerting his parole agent. “We believe GPS will save the lives of children,” said state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who is pushing a November ballot measure that would mandate lifetime GPS tracking for every sex offender leaving prison. GPS technology is already tracking parolees all across the United States. A study in Florida, where GPS use began in 1998, found that sex offenders wearing the devices were less likely to commit new crimes or to disappear. The devices are not a panacea – they will not send a police officer racing to a school when a sex offender walks up to the fence – but they are a deterrent, said Peggy Conway, editor of the Journal of Offender Monitoring. “There is no anonymity to a crime. They can be put at the scene of a crime,” Conway said. “They know they will get caught.” At a cost of $8.45 a day each, the GPS devices were used in a pilot program tracking high-risk sex offenders in San Diego County last July, and in October in Orange County. More than 400 are now in use in parts of California, with a state law approved last year boosting that to 2,500 over the next four years. last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal GAA star has revealed that he is fed up hearing ‘God Save The Queen’ being played during the Olympics in Rio! Mark McHugh, like thousands of other fans with a keen interest in sport, has been tuning into the games in Brazil.Irish fans are currently up in arms at the minute, following the disgusting decision given against Irish boxer Michael Conlan yesterday morning. Conlan was robbed in one of the worst decisions you’re ever likely to witness at an elite level.McHugh, like everybody else was outraged, and he tweeted, “I would love them judges to train like @mickconlan11 for 1 week and then multiply that by 4 years to realize what they just done. #NotFairHowever, blatant corruption in boxing wasn’t the only thing getting on his nerves at the Olympics – Team GB’s national anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ is also grinding his gears. The Kilcar clubman hilariously tweeted, “If that Queen isn’t saved after the amount of times I’ve heard that anthem these last few days she never will! #Rio2016Brilliant!Which GAA star has enough of ‘God Save The Queen’? was last modified: August 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AnthemGAAMark McHughnewsOympicsRioSportThe Queenlast_img read more


first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. SANTA CLARA — Dante Pettis scored the 49ers’ heroic, game-winning touchdown in Sunday’s home opener and, finally, he wasn’t being overlooked.Not like the season opener, when he played only two snaps in Tampa. Not like the next game, when he had no passes come his way at Cincinnati.Pettis did not boast about Sunday’s clutch-time emergence nor do any I-told-you-sos as he stood shirtless at his locker with his …last_img


first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook has called a sudden company-wide meeting for 4:00 pm Pacific time tomorrow to address the criticism they have received for their ongoing series of privacy changes.Whether Facebook will circle the wagons in an attempt to retain and protect their users, or in an attempt to protect themselves from what they consider unfair outside judgment is unclear. Nick O’Neill on All Facebook suggested they may institute a “a temporary removal of the ‘Instant Personalization’ service, or at the least, a shift to ‘opt-in.’”To get a feel for the cascading privacy changes on Facebook since the f8 Conference, and read analysis of their import, here is a short digest of ReadWriteWeb coverage. Is the New Facebook a Deal With the Devil? by Marshall Kirkpatrick, April 21, 2010How to Delete Facebook Applications (and Why You Should) by Sarah Perez, April 22, 2010Facebook Open Graph: The Definitive Guide For Publishers, Users and Competitors by Alex Iskold, April 23, 2010Facebook’s High Pressure Tactics: Opt-in or Else by Sarah Perez, April 28thWhat Happens When You Deactivate Your Facebook Account by Marshall Kirkpatrick, May 6, 2010How Do I Delete My Facebook Account?” A Fast Growing Query by Marshall Kirkpatrick, May 10, 2010 We will continue to follow Facebook’s changes including a report tomorrow on what we can find out about their all-hands meeting. curt hopkins Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#privacy#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more


first_imgHave you ever stopped to think about the wide range of ages of Service members, military families, Veterans and other military family service providers that you work with? Chances are, you frequently interact with individuals from most, if not all, of these five generations in your daily work:Traditionalist (born before 1946)Baby Boomer (born 1946 – 1964)Gen X (born 1965 – 1980)Gen Y (born 1981 – 1995)Gen Z (born 1996 +)People who grow up in the same era certainly may share some characteristics, preferences and ideals over their lifetime, but other generations can have aligning values. If we’re focusing just on the differences and difficulties that can come from the #generationgap we may lose sight of the value of different points of view and our common goals and values.Join us for a conversation about generationsWe believe that maximizing one another’s strengths can help us increase creativity, problem-solving, and learning, and we’d like to have a conversation about how best to do that.What strategies are you using to become a #generationalbridge builder or to engage with individuals from the various generations at key transition points? What are you interested in learning from others?Join us on Facebook (MFLN Family Transitions) and Twitter (@MFLNFT) to talk about the differences and similarities between the generations, your experiences in working various generations and your strategies for being a #generationalbridge builder.Our conversation will be anchored by a two-part webinar series examining the various generations and identifying ways to move beyond stereotypes and potential conflict to bridge across generations.On May 2, Lisa Hinz, UMN Extension Educator, will introduce us to the various generational groups, their unique mindsets, expectations, and work styles, discussing what each generational group has in common and consider strategies to enhance working relationships across generations. Plan to join us for Engaging Across Generations Part I: Unique Mindsets on May 2. Register for or learn more about this event.Lisa Hinz, UMN Extension Educator, will introduce us to the various generational groups.On May 9th, Brian Fredrickson, UMN Extension Educator, will identify potential challenges and intergenerational tensions that can come with major demographic shift and share strategies to enhance and maintain intergenerational relations over time. Plan to join us for Engaging Across Generations Part II, focusing on Tools & Strategies to communicate and engage in order to harness the strengths of each generation. Register for or learn more about this event.Brian Fredrickson, UMN Extension Educator, will identify potential challenges and intergenerational tensions that can come with major demographic shifts.Throughout the next several weeks, we hope you will join us to discuss the #generationgap and strategies for becoming a #generationalbridge builder. We look forward to the discussion!The MFLN Family Transitions team-Anita, Sara, Ellie, Mary Jo, Karen, Vicki, and Boblast_img read more


first_imgA US team visiting India’s north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh has recovered what it says are possible remains of US soldiers who died in a plane crash during World War Two. Related Itemslast_img