Go Green!

first_imgSatiricus was concerned. He was concerned about the health of our planet since all those developed countries kept pouring putrid pollution into its atmosphere which is its lungs. He was therefore pleased as punch when Pressie donated another million or so acres of our forest towards cleaning Mother Earth’s lungs.But he was more pleased with the Georgetown Municipal Elections. Not at the cleanup that preceded it – but with the results that maintained the tradition of a “Green Mayor” at the top. As a man in the newspaper business, Satiricus was keenly aware of the importance of symbolism and was perturbed no one paid any heed to this crucial detail.“Cappo, my friend,” intoned Satiricus to his friend with whom he was quaffing some beers at the Back Street Bar, “it is God’s work that we have another “Green” as Mayor.”“Wha’ mek yuh she suh?” asked Cappo idly. He was used to Satiricus’ utterances issued out of the blue.“To make sure our Garden City returns to its green glory,” said Satiricus sanctimoniously. “And our Green Mayor and Green Georgetown can both be symbols of our Green economy,”“Yes, maan. Me see how de Green Mayah ah bring in Green Parkin’ Meetah fuh put all ova de towng,” said Cappo with a smirk. “De towng guh look prappa nice an’ green!”“I never thought of it like that,” confessed Satiricus. “I was just looking at the Parking Meters to bring in money to keep the city green.”“Dat too!” laughed Cappo. “De ‘Merican money de Mayah collect green, yuh know! Me cousin in New Yark she dem a call dem money “green backs”!”Satiricus looked closely at Cappo. He suspected sometimes Cappo was pulling his leg. “It’s the City that will collect 20% of the greenbacks,” he finally said.“OK…OK…Me ‘gree dat de Green Mayah serious ‘bout dis Green Economy bizness,” said Cappo as he took a long swig of beer. “Really?” asked Satiricus with a pleased smile.“Yes, Sato,” confessed Cappo with a twinkle in his eye. “Yuh na see how she mek de Deputy DumbCan ride wan bicycle? He nah pollute de air now!!”“But he adds to global warming when he carries on all the time criticising the Green Mayor!” agreed Satiricus as he clinked his beer bottle with Cappo’s.“Leh abee drink to dat!” Cappo said with a laugh.last_img read more

Mechanized Farming Key to Improving Agriculture

first_imgSeveral dignitaries who attended the closing ceremony of 20 artisans that were trained by AfricaRice and partners have been urged to take back to their communities what they learned to build the skills of other local artisans.Speaking recently in Gbarnga, Bong County, the Country Representative of AfricaRice, Dr. Inoussa Akintayo, said the absence of mechanization has affected the productivity of agriculture in general and rice in particular in Africa.He said to alleviate the constraint AfricaRice in its new strategy has put mechanization as a top priority. Mechanization can be done by importing equipment from overseas but this is not a sustainable approach, he said, “Therefore AfricaRice has developed capacity to promote in its member countries the knowhow to fabricate local agricultural machinery. The strategy, he said has been successfully implemented in some of AfricaRice member countries, notably Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, La Cote d’Ivoire and Chad. He disclosed that AfricaRice has a project known as SAPEC that is funded by the African Development Bank (ADB) and implemented in collaboration with the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) to offer the opportunity for AfricaRice to extend its new strategy. “In a few weeks to come, training on fabrication of other equipment such as planters, cleaners, and rice mills will be conducted. Through our approach, we intend to create market opportunities for local artisans, to reduce government import bill,” he stated.Dr. Akintayo used the occasion to appreciate those who contributed to the success of the program and expressed gratitude to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who visited the training site on two occasions. The Minister of Agriculture Dr. Moses Zinnah said that partners, especially AfricaRice, are working in line with the Government of Liberia’s Agriculture Transformation Agenda, which is to promote private entrepreneurs. He mentioned the importance of artisans in the development of the agriculture sector by processing and adding value to food production.He described mechanization as the missing link in the sector that needs to be addressed to reduce labor for farmers.He urged the artisans to improve on their work and make the country proud.“Don’t sit, do something that will encourage the government to help you. Now that you have been trained, it’s time to build the skills of others,” he said.Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative Marc Abdala said his organization is involved in making agriculture effective business to fight against hunger and malnutrition.He urged the artisans to make agriculture an effective business by producing the right equipment to improve the quality of rice production. “It’s very strange to hear that the country is importing half of its food and therefore there’s a need for all partners to work together to ensure the betterment of agriculture in Liberia. Meanwhile, the artisans expressed thanks to the Government of Liberia and partners for building up their capacities through the support but requested continuous assistance to alleviate hunger in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LCDS, Norway pact can lead to a green economy – former presidential advisor

first_imgGIPEX 2018 summit…underscores importance to emerging oil and gas sectorsBy Samuel SukhnandanFormer Presidential Adviser on the Environment, Shyam Nokta, speaking at the panel “How can oil and gas support the Model Green State” at GIPEX 2018, indicated that, since 2010, Guyana had started the process towards a green economy through the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), which was supported by the Kingdom of Norway.He emphasised that the model was built on innovation, where, for the first time, forest climate services were monetised and a mechanism for payments was developed and implemented, and this had seen Guyana receiving close to US$200 million as payment for forest climate services.Nokta pointed out that the innovation showed by Guyana and Norway and the lessons learned have been valuable in helping other forest countries which are pursuing reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), and shaping elements of the Paris Agreement.He indicated that Guyana needed to build on the LCDS and to continue the Norway partnership, even as the country looks forward to an oil and gas industry.Nokta, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Environmental Management Consultants, pointed out that the two concepts are not mutually exclusive, but rather could be mutually supportive.In this regard, he emphasised that the sustainability of a green economy would hinge on a diversified economy and energy mix, and oil and gas revenue can serve as a catalyst.He further emphasised that there is urgent need for the national development framework to be put in place to facilitate this, and he highlighted the critical important of national participation and involvement of all stakeholders.The panel was chaired by former Presidential Adviser Rear Admiral (retd) Gary Best; and included Dr. David Singh, Director of Conservation International Guyana, Ndibi Schwiers, Head of the Department of Environment in the Ministry of the Presidency, and James Ellsmor, CEO of Solar Head of State, a US-based energy company.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, told the National Assembly last year that the innovative forest conservation for money Norway-Guyana deal is “well and alive”, but will be redirected to a number of different viable projects.Harmon announced that the Kingdom of Norway had agreed to release US$14 million for a sustainable land development and management project. In addition to that, to that, some US$17 million would be released for several Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects, while funding for the Amerindian Fund and Amerindian Land Titling project is ongoing.According to Harmon, Norway has also extended to December 2021 the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) Trustee Account that ended in December 2016. He said 285 grants and 120 loans have been approved under the Micro and Small Enterprise Project, as against the previous two-year figures.The release of these funds forms part of the US$80 million which were earmarked for the Amaila Falls Hydro Project. However, the Government has made its intention known that it does not wish to proceed with Amaila. Instead, the funds will now be channelled to a number of different ‘clean energy’ initiatives.The LCDS has been the brainchild of former President Bharrat Jagdeo, who introduced the revolutionary strategy in 2009, the updated version of which was confirmed in 2013.Government recently announced plans to launch the Green State Development Strategy, which is expected to replace the LCDS.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger to step down – who’s saying what

first_imgAFP Sport takes a look at who’s saying what about Wenger’s decision to leave the Gunners:– Tony Adams, Wenger’s captain when Arsenal won the Premier League and FA Cup double in 1997/98 and again in 2001/02, had no doubt about his old boss’s place in the London club’s history.“Thanks for everything Arsene. Move over Herbert (Chapman), Arsene Wenger the greatest Arsenal Manager,” Adams wrote on Instagram.– Thierry Henry, Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer who was signed by Wenger, praised the manager’s ability to inspire players and said he hoped the current side would now go on to win the Europa League — the club are in the semi-finals.“He used to make you believe you were the best player in the world,” Henry told Sky Sports. “Let’s not get lost in celebrating the end of his era. The team has to win the Europa League, it would be an amazing achievement and Arsene has never won in Europe before, so it would be a great way to give him a good exit.”– Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who when Chelsea boss labelled Wenger a “specialist in failure”, said he hoped his old rival would stay in football. “I always say for some the memory is short but the real football people don’t have short memories. If he is happy with the decision I am really happy and I hope he doesn’t retire from football.”– Spain’s Cesc Fabregas, the former Arsenal midfielder now at Chelsea, thanked Wenger for being a “father figure” to him as a young footballer.“I will never forget his guidance and support, his tutelage and mentorship. He had faith in me from day one and I owe him a lot, he was like a father figure to me who always pushed me to be the best,” Fabregas wrote on Instagram alongside a photograph of himself listening to Wenger as a young Arsenal player. “Arsene, you deserve all the respect and happiness in the world. #classact”– Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, whose Islington North constituency is home to the Gunners’ Emirates Stadium, tweeted his gratitude by saying: “Arsene Wenger, thank you for all the achievements, over such a long period, for the club I love. Three Premier League titles, the unbeaten season, a record breaking seven FA Cups and revolutionising the English game.”– Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville said Wenger deserved a fitting send-off after a glittering career. “Arsene Wenger built the best teams that I played against in English Football,” he tweeted. “The ’98 team was Amazing. The biggest compliment is that he played football that made us change the way we played against them.”– Former Arsenal midfielder Stuart Robson said Wenger ought to have quit long before now.“Wenger should have gone many years ago,” Robson told BBC radio. “You can’t take away the good things. When he came he changed the philosophy of Arsenal. He was fantastic in that period but like a lot of dictators they think they are going down the right road but even when people are saying you need to change, he wouldn’t change.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wenger lifted the FA Cup for the seventh time after Arsenal beat Chelsea in last year’s final © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Apr 20 – Premier League managers and former players showered praise on Arsene Wenger on Friday after the Frenchman announced he was stepping down from the Arsenal hotseat at the end of the season.The 68-year-old has won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups during his near 22-year stint at Arsenal but recent seasons have seen rising discontent among the fans as the club have failed to challenge for the Premier League.last_img read more

Exclusive – European football will change forever when Messi leaves Barcelona

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists European football will change forever when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi hangs up his boots.The Argentine forward has won seven La Liga titles, three Champions League trophies, along with picking up the Ballon d’Or on four separate occasions.Messi’s influence at Barcelona almost saw manager Luis Enrique sacked earlier this season, when the pair reportedly fell out as a power struggle developed.And former Real Madrid boss Mourinho has exclusively told talkSPORT the Argentine is much more important to the La Liga giants than any boss.“In ten years’ time, without Lionel Messi, the map of European football is going to change,” he told Alan Brazil.“What Barcelona have won in the last few years was with Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as manager, but it’s always with Messi.”You can listen to the full interview with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, May 19 only on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast showlast_img read more

Poll: Are Chelsea in crisis?

first_img Jose Mourinho 1 It’s been a tumultuous week for the boys in blue.One point from their opening two games, doctor-gate and a 3-0 drubbing at Man City – has Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho lost it?Have your say in the poll below…last_img


first_imgDonegalTV’s new weekly show is attracting more views than ever.And tonight’s show promises to be yet another cracker. Coming up on this weeks show, we have an exclusive interview with Donegal GAA’s senior football manager Rory Gallagher as he talks about takaing the job, the League and the Championship.We hear plans for the Relay for Life Donegal, American football touches down in Donegal and Donegal TV brings a special report from the ‘Topping Out’ ceremony at the €4.5million new Science Park in Letterkenny. RORY GALLAGHER, RELAY FOR LIFE AND AMERICAN FOOTBALL ALL ON DONEGALTV TONIGHT was last modified: January 29th, 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:DonegalTVlast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil has accused the Government of seriously misleading the Dáil and the public, by claiming that fines will be imposed on Ireland if the Septic Tank Bill is not enacted by February 3rd.Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill explained: “Fianna Fáil was told by the Government in the Dáil yesterday that the controversial Septic Tank Bill is being guillotined at Committee stage because the European Commission will fine Ireland €26,000 a day if the legislation is in place by February 3rd.“We have since contacted Commission and established that this is not true. “The office of the European Environment Commissioner has confirmed to Fianna Fáil that the European Court of Justice won’t reach its findings on this matter until the Summer at the earliest, so fines cannot be imposed before then.”The Donegal Senator hit out at how the Government has handled the issue.“This week, the Government has used threats of imminent fines to force opposition parties into hurried decisions that will have very serious consequences for hundreds of thousands of home owners across the country.  But the European Commission has informed Fianna Fáil that it is not true that Ireland will incur fines if the Bill is not passed by Feb 3,” he said.“From the very start, Minister Hogan and his Government colleagues have attempted to bully the Irish people into accepting the septic tank legislation without allowing proper debate and providing adequate information about standards and costs.  Minister Hogan has accused Fianna Fáil of ‘scaremongering’.   We have argued all along that we recognise the need to register our septic tanks, ensure our water systems are clean and adhere to the European Court order. However, we are against this Government’s attempts to push the entire cost of this process directly onto septic tank owners and to ignore their questions about inspection standards and resulting costs. “Nothing has scared septic tank owners more than the uncertainty Minister Hogan has created.  Now he and his Government are using scare tactics by threatening EU fines from next month if they do not get their way.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF LYING OVER SEPTIC TANK CHARGES was last modified: January 13th, 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:donegalseptic tank chargeslast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL forward Colm McFadden is the only county player nominated for a 2013 All Star.A year after Donegal players dominated the nominations on the back of their All-Ireland success, the St Eunan’s College teacher is the only Donegal representative this time around.Ulster champions Monaghan have six nominations, whilst Tyrone have four. The final selection will be announced live on Friday, November 8 at the All-Star banquet at Croke Park.The nominations are:Goalkeepers Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)Robert Hennelly (Mayo)Rory Beggan (Monaghan)Full backsRory O’Carroll (Dublin)Ger Cafferkey (Mayo) Keith Higgins (Mayo)Colin Walshe (Monaghan)Killian Clarke (Cavan)Chris Barrett (Mayo) Drew Wylie (Monaghan)Cathal McCarron (Tyrone)Marc Ó Sé (Kerry)Half backsConor Gormley (Tyrone)Colm Boyle (Mayo)Lee Keegan (Mayo)Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin)Donal Vaughan (Mayo)James McCarthy (Dublin)Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)Dessie Mone (Monaghan)James Loughrey (Cork)MidfieldersMichael Darragh Macauley (Dublin)Aidan O’Shea (Mayo)Séamus O’Shea (Mayo)Darren Hughes (Monaghan)Paul Conroy (Galway)Anthony Maher (Kerry)Half forwardsSeán Cavanagh (Tyrone)Colm Cooper (Kerry)Cian Mackey (Cavan)Paul Flynn (Dublin)Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin)Donnacha Walsh (Kerry)Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)Matthew Donnelly (Tyrone)Lorcan Mulvey (London)Full forwardsBernard Brogan (Dublin)James O’Donoghue (Kerry)Martin Dunne (Cavan)Paul Mannion (Dublin)Conor McManus (Monaghan)Cillian O’Connor (Mayo)Paddy Andrews (Dublin)Colm McFadden (Donegal)Michael Newman (Meath)Player of the Year NomineesMichael Darragh Macauley (Dublin)Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)Lee Keegan (Mayo)Young Player of the Year NomineesJack McCaffrey (Dublin)Cillian O’Connor (Mayo)Paul Mannion (Dublin)COLM McFADDEN NAMED IN ALL-STAR NOMINATIONS was last modified: October 4th, 2013 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:All Stars 2013Colm McFaddendonegalSt Michaelslast_img read more


first_imgLeo is surrounded by family and good friends at St Catherine’s clubhouse during his emotional return.There were tears shed and stories told when the last surviving member of the Killybegs soccer team which played in the FAI Junior Cup final against Drumcondra in 1939 made an emotional visit to the St Catherine’s Football Club clubhouse.The visit, on the eve of Leo McGinley’s 98th birthday, was organised by his nephew, Sean Mc Ginley, while holidaying in his native Kilcar.Accompanied by his son, John and daughter, Antoinette, he was greeted by officers and members of the club and by the sons, daughters and grand-children of his former club-mates from those far off days. Leo with his family.Leo has lived most of his life in Ballysheedy, Co Limerick, where he ran his own business.Leo, played right-half forward for Killybegs Emeralds, as the team was then known, But he recalled: “That was my position but I could shift over to the left, either, because I had two good feet.”He added: “I remember the last game I played, I was coming off the field when two fellows came down beside me and asked me was I Leo McGinley. I said I was and they asked me would I be interested in going over to England for a trial with Southend United.”He smiled as he remembered what he replied to their offer: “I told them that I wasn’t a soccer player at all; I was a Gaelic player.” The offer came to nothing, anyway, as World War II broke out shortly afterwards. “Then it was all over the papers that if any Irish fellow wanted, he could go over to England to work and that he wouldn’t be called up. Myself and a mate of mine, John Byrne, went to England and worked all through the war.”During his time there, Leo worked as a machine operator in Scotland, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Farnborough, Reading. Nottingham and Derby County. “I was there nine years”, he said, “and I came home every year except one year there was no boat when the War was on.”But it was Limerick he came back to after his time in Britain. “They had a GAA Club in Nottingham when I was there and I used to play. I was on the pitch one day when two big fellows came up to me and asked me would I like to go back to Ireland, driving a machine for them. I said I would. They were the Sheehy brothers and they had a business in Limerick.”However, Leo only stayed 18 months with them. “I found out that what I could do for them I could do for myself, so I bought a machine of my own and set up my own business.”It was while staying in digs in Limerick at that time that Leo met Mary Consodine. The couple married and had eight children. Mary died eight years ago. The children are Bernadette, now living in Brighton; Mary, in Cork; Eamonn and Colette, both living in Dublin, Geraldine, Claire, John and Antoinette, all in Limerick. Leo was greeted by several people who were related to the team mates he played with 76 years ago, including three sisters of the late Peadar Molloy, Moira Mallon, Esther and Mary Goretti, whose father, Willie Joe Molloy, purchased the field which is still the home ground of the club, Eithne White, whose father, Joe Cunningham was chairman of the club when Leo McGinley played and whose grand-son, Daniel Breslin, is currently first team manager.Other well-wishers included Joey Murrin, whose father played with Leo, and who himself was a player and referee, Brian McGilloway and Aideen Morrow, whose father, John McGilloway, played on the 1939 team, and several Dorrians, whose family have been stalwarts of the club since its foundation.St Catherine’s FC club chairman, Martin Murrin, presented Leo with a club jersey, scarf and hat, as a memento of his visit, along with a copy of the book, “St Catherine’s FC – A Celebration of 100 Years of Soccer in Killybegs”, which was published by the club in 1996. He was also presented with a number of framed photographs of the famous 1939 team.EMOTIONAL RETURN BY LAST SURVIVING MEMBER OF FAMOUS DONEGAL TEAM was last modified: August 10th, 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:KillybegsLeo McGinleySt Catherineslast_img read more