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‘Parker Forged Signatures on US$800K Contracts’

‘Parker Forged Signatures on US$800K Contracts’

first_imgYesterday Blamo Koffa, the chief investigator of Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), told a crowded courtroom that the former National Port Authority (NPA) managing director, Matilda Parker, allegedly forged signatures on contract documents she submitted during investigations about the disappearance of over US$837,957 at the National Port Authority.Mr. Koffa, who testified as the prosecution’s first witness at Criminal Court ‘C,’ further alleged that the act was uncovered during an investigation they held with people whose signatures appeared on documents, making reference to one Tom Kazulu, an employee of West Africa Dive Association (WADA).Parker, together with her comptroller, Madam Christiana Kpabar Paelay, are accused of duping the NPA of US$837,957 by awarding two contracts, one to remove wrecks from the Greenville Port in Sinoe County, and the other was to provide security consultancy.The prosecution claimed that the contract awarded to Mr. Deneah M. Flomo and his Demar Enterprise did not do the job.The defendants have meanwhile denied the allegation of wrongdoing, arguing that the company performed the work for which it was paid the amount of US$837,957.According to Kofa, the dismissed NPA manager allegedly presented a document which contained Kazulu’s signature, which claimed that, “Kazulu had completed his diving contract to verify whether or not Demar Enterprise actually took away ships or vessels left in the water at Greenville Port, in Sinoe County.”“Surprisingly, when our investigating team contacted Mr. Kazulu, he told us that he has never been hired by defendant Parker to perform said contract, and it was not his signature on the diving reports,” Koffa quoted Kazulu.“I never did any diving work at the Greenville Port to establish as to whether Demar Enterprise did the wrecking job for which it was contracted,” the LACC chief investigator quoted the investigation report allegedly held with Kazulu.Koffa also quoted Kazulu as saying, ‘‘I’m not educated and so how could I write such volumes of report.”Koffa said when his team also contacted the management of WADA, the institution allegedly said they have been working with the NPA for over 20 years, claiming that “all of our agreements have been done through the management, and not an individual, as the diving report showed.”The LACC chief investigator testified that information “reached my office alleging that there was a massive corruption at the Free Port of Monrovia.”He said after receiving the information they invited defendant Parker and her comptroller, Paelay, to submit contract documents bearing the signature of Tom Kazulu.According to the state witness, during the investigation they also discovered that defendant Parker did not follow the bidding process of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) and the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA) that is responsible to certificate companies involved in ship or vessel wrecking in the country.“We contacted those institutions and they claimed that they do not have any knowledge about the NPA awarding contract to and the existence of Demar Enterprise,” he said.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RDC demands February funds

RDC demands February funds

first_img$28M for Region 10 agriculture programme– Finance Ministry says January funds still unspentChairman of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), Renis Morian, is appealing with the Finance Ministry to release budgeted finances to the region.Region 10 RDC Chairman Renis MorianThe Regional Chairman, in statement from the region on Wednesday, expressed disappointment that almost at the end of February 2019 they have not received the parliamentary approved funding, under the region’s new programme of agriculture.In the 2019 Budget, Government allocated $28,992,000 under the new agriculture programme in an effort to promote agricultural development in the region.According to Morian, the region went ahead and hired a few persons who are highly qualified and experienced in the sector, as they seek to move away from mining to agriculture. However to date, they have not received any releases as yet.“I am very concerned as to date we have not received any releases from the Ministry of Finance with regards to funding for agriculture. We have put everything in place and is ready to move forward but to date we have not been able to move ahead because despite trying to access the monies we have been unable to. Our REOs have tried numerous times and to date it’s holding up the work,” the Regional Chairman said.However, in a statement on Wednesday, the Finance Ministry expressed its disappointment with the pronouncements, when in fact the region has not spent its disbursements in January.According to the Ministry, it conducts ‘other charges’ release within the first five working days of every month. However, the Region 10 RDC submitted their cash flow statement on January 12, 2019 and the first release of $1,211,833 was done on January 14, 2019.In addition, the Ministry noted that another $1,665,833 was released on February 5, 2019 to cover costs according to the cash flow submitted.However, before releasing the funds for February, the Finance Ministry said it noticed the entire release for January 2019 was unspent at the end of that month, and contact was made with the Principal Assistant Finance Secretary at the RDC, Dollette Powers, in the first week of February to enquire about the unspent releases.“In response, Powers said the region was not ready to start spending under the agriculture programme and that spending should start from February 2019 since some tenders were sent out,” the Ministry explained.But Morian noted in the missive from the region that the continued holding up of the finances can result in the region losing its momentum, as farmers and other resources have already been motivated and with no release of the required funds, it places the region’s officials at an embarrassing state. In fact, the Chairman noted that they had gone to lengths and extent in mobilising and motivating farmers to get on board.“We have a lot of farmers who are ready and prepared to get started but we still can’t access the funding and this is stymieing our programme. We are therefore appealing to all the powers that be, that we are working towards food security and if we’re going to bring down the amount of food importation and given the kind of weather that we have right now and time, we need the funding now. I am stating that whatever is the glitch we are asking that it be overridden by some official so that we can get over this glitch, thus allowing us access to the monies,” he stressed.Morian said that mining is like a navel string for Region 10, stressing that the people of Linden has been into mining for decades and seeking to remove them from mining towards agriculture has taken a lot of effort and resources, therefore the Ministry of Finance needs to address this matter urgently.“We’re seeing persons emerging who are willing to get into agriculture with our help and support and we just don’t want to lose this momentum, it’s clear that if we dilly dally these persons would view us as just making promises and starting something that we never had any intention of fulfilling,” Morian said.He added, “Apart from that, our credibility is certainly at stake because we went out onto the ground and only to tell persons that we can’t access the monies and the farmers who are on the ground would not understand why we can’t access the money and I find it difficult too, but the system is stymieing the Government’s s attempt to move agriculture in Region 10 and I will stress that this is hard for me to face yet another RDC meeting which will be held on March 7th to say the same thing.”The evidently frustrated RC said that whatever is discussed at the RDC it is discussed throughout the region, thus he would like the Government to immediately address the hiccup within the Ministry of Finance, so as to ensure that the region and ultimately farmers can access the monies in moving agriculture forward. He declared that the current situation that they are confronted with is very tough, noting that he has no intention of returning to the RDC, taking the same report.“I’m appealing to have this matter urgently addressed before the first Thursday in March as I would like the system to be freed up so that we can access this money as we have been getting ready all the time and we now needs the money,” he declared.last_img read more

AG finally concedes Article 161 (2) qualifies 2 categories of persons – PPP

AG finally concedes Article 161 (2) qualifies 2 categories of persons – PPP

first_img– says Constitution does not accord any preference…Jagdeo to submit new list of nomineesFollowing the second bout of discussions on the interpretation of the Constitution with regard to the appointment of a chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Attorney General Basil Williams seems to have conceded that the relevant laws allows for two categories of persons for the position, that is, Judges or those qualified to be Judges and “fit and proper” persons.This is according to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition, in a statement on Tuesday, after examining the interpretation of Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana, proffered by the Attorney General during the recently-concluded engagement with Attorneys Anil Nandlall and Priya Manickchand, the Party’s representatives.“While we do not agree with Williams’ interpretation, we recognise that he has finally conceded that Article 161 (2) of the Constitution qualifies two categories of persons for the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), namely: Judges, former Judges and persons qualified to hold the position of Judges AND, or any other fit and proper persons,” the Party outlined.The Opposition further posited that the Constitution does not accord any preference whatsoever to one of these categories of persons over the other as Williams contends in his arguments. Neither, it added, the letter nor the spirit of the Constitution confers such bias.“We are of the firm view that persons from either of these categories are equally qualified for the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Our position is consistent with the historical evolution of this particular Article of the Constitution, as well as, the qualities and qualifications of the persons who have held this position since this Article came into force,” the statement from the Opposition said.Nevertheless, in the interest of moving the process forward, the PPP disclosed that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday wrote to President David Granger requesting some additional clarification and informed him that six names would be submitted to him shortly in accordance with Article 161 (2) of the Constitution.Article 161 (2) states that “… the Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds or who has held office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person…”In arguing that the ejusdem generis rule applies in Guyana, the Attorney General is positing that the word “other” speaks volumes and must be interpreted to mean that such “other fit and proper persons” must possess the characteristics of the two named preceding categories. But Nandlall previously contended that the Court of Appeal had ruled that the ejusdem generis rule does not apply in Guyana.The PPP had explained on countless occasions that the Constitution was amended to include the Carter formula which was designed to expand the range of persons suitable to be appointed the GECOM Chairman (to not limit that pool of persons to Judges or those qualified to be Judges).The Opposition Leader has nominated Attorney and Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram; Executive Member of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Ramesh Dookhoo; former PSC Chairman and Army Chief Norman Mc Lean; writer Rhyaan Shah; Professor James Rose; and human rights and conflict resolution consultant Lawrence Latchmansingh.But President Granger declared that the entire list was “unacceptable” because none of the candidates met the constitutional requirement of being a judge or being eligible to be a judge.From all indications, Granger wants all six persons to meet that constitutional requirement of being in possession of such legal qualifications. He had requested the Opposition Leader submit a second list, but Jagdeo had indicated that he would await the outcome of the meeting between the Attorney General and his representatives before he made a decision.He had also suggested going to the Caribbean Court of Justice to seek an interpretation of the Guyana Constitution given the impasse locally. Based on the outcome of the meetings between the Attorney General and the PPP representatives, the nation will know how the political leaders will move forward regarding the appointment of a new GECOM Chairman.last_img read more

Stars’ hairdresser had colorful career

Stars’ hairdresser had colorful career

first_imgHe made Jean Harlow a platinum blonde and Lucille Ball a redhead. Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Ava Garner and many of the biggest female stars of the golden age of Hollywood sat in Alfred Pagano’s chair to let him work his magic on them. “We didn’t have the chemicals they have today,” the 89-year-old legendary hairdresser said Wednesday from his Valencia home. “I used peroxide, ammonia and Lux (soap) flakes to make Harlow a platinum blonde. It was hell on her head. For Lucy, I used Hopkin’s Egyptian Henna to turn her hair bright red. Up until a few weeks ago, Al was still working over at Angelo’s Salon in Sherman Oaks – the grand master showing the kids how it used to be done before they had all those chemicals. But he had to make a tough choice: help care for his ailing brother or keep working at the profession he loved. Al chose his brother. This drove a couple of dozen women – many of them customers of Al’s since he did their hair 40 or 50 years ago for their weddings – to go looking for a Valium. You don’t replace legends like Al Pagano. “He’s a master of work we don’t do anymore, and that’s a shame,” says Bill Dabbs, owner of Angelo’s. “You look at Judy Garland, Ann Miller, that special look they had. That was Al’s work. “Hairdressers aren’t trained for that look anymore. There’s an art to it, and Alfred was at the top of that art. “Watching him do pin curls and finger waves with his hands, not use a hair blower, was a thing of beauty. He could do it with his eyes closed. His last day here was a sad day for a lot of people.” Al has no regrets. He caught the best era – an era he expects we’ll see again. “It was too wonderful, too beautiful not to come back. The women were unique, not stamped-out molds. The men were dapper.” Yeah, it’s coming back, Al says. Hopefully soon. He’d just love one more shot at making the next Hollywood siren a platinum blonde and the next big TV sitcom star a redhead. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com, 818-713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“They both wanted to look different, to stand out from the rest. I think they succeeded,” he said, laughing. At the height of his popularity from the 1940s through the 1960s, Al and his twin brother, Eugene, had more than 100 hairdressers working for them at their two-story Pagano’s Salon at Wilshire Boulevard and Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills – complete with a coffee shop and jewelry store. Their older brother, Adolph, did the books, and their sister, Helen, was the receptionist. Her son, Jon (Pagano) Peters, grew up to be a famous hairdresser in his own right, and a successful movie producer. Al also had salons on Rodeo Drive and at the top of the Universal Sheraton Hotel. But the pride of his treasure chest of memories – more than the 84 awards he and his brother won, and the dozens of pictures with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars wearing his hairstyles – is a page about the Pagano family in a book of famous Italians who came to this country. Now that’s something to be proud of, Al says, looking in on his twin brother to make sure he’s OK. last_img read more

WELCOME FOR €40,000 ALLOCATION FOR FANAD LIGHTHOUSE AND SWILLY FERRY

WELCOME FOR €40,000 ALLOCATION FOR FANAD LIGHTHOUSE AND SWILLY FERRY

first_imgAn allocation of €40,000 has been made to the Lough Swilly Ferry and Fanad Lighthouse through Donegal County Council Strategic Project Allocations.Fanad Lighthouse.The allocation has been welcomed by Minister Joe McHugh TD, and Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh.Minister of State McHugh said the allocation of €20,000 each is a very welcome announcement, for both the Lough Swilly Ferry Service and for Fanad Lighthouse. “The Lough Swilly Ferry Service wasn’t in operation last year due to financial difficulties and challenges with passenger numbers, forcing the service to become commercially unviable. Since then, a lot of work has taken place behind the scenes between the various groups on the Rathmullan to Buncrana Ferry Service, myself and Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh, and we are hopeful that this financial commitment will help encourage and facilitate a positive outcome.“The Fanad Lighthouse Company has been working extremely hard over the last number of years towards the development at the lighthouse, as well as the promotion of tourism in Fanad and the surrounding areas. I am delighted that their persistence has been recognised in their successful application to the Strategic Fund Initiative. These funds will enable the continued progress of their preparation of the Lighthouse as a leading Tourism centre.Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh also welcomed the news.“€200,000 was distributed yesterday under the Strategic Development Fund, with over 100 local projects and groups being funded, and we are delighted that both the Lough Swilly Ferry Service and Fanad Lighthouse were included in the allocation. Both projects are hugely important in promoting tourism in North Donegal, and play a vital role in being part of the Wild Atlantic Way, and I believe this announcement will be to the benefit of both projects.”  WELCOME FOR €40,000 ALLOCATION FOR FANAD LIGHTHOUSE AND SWILLY FERRY was last modified: April 16th, 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)last_img read more

SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR MORE TALK ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE

SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR MORE TALK ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE

first_imgPictured with the Let’s Talk About report are Professor Philip Larkin, AIIHPC Chair; Mrs Eithne Frost, Voices4Care member attending AIIHPC Council of Partners; Ms Karen Charnley, Head of AIIHPC.More than two thirds (68%) of people with palliative care needs have said that ‘planning for the future’ is their biggest worry – in a survey of palliative care experiences across the island of Ireland.52% said they felt frustrated or helpless. 51% said their emotional and psychological needs were not met and 42% wanted better co-ordination of care or treatment.The findings are contained in the Let’s Talk About Palliative Care Survey Report launched this week. The survey was coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) and asked people to talk about their positive or negative experiences of care.It includes the experiences of 528 palliative care service users and carers from across the island (419 in the Republic of Ireland and 109 in Northern Ireland).AIIHPC Head of Institute Karen Charnley said: “The survey findings challenge those providing care to respond in ways which best support people and their families at this time in their lives. It also challenges wider society to talk and think more about palliative and end of life care.”“The survey reflected many positive experiences of palliative care as well as highlighting where we can improve. The survey found that 37% said they received too little information too late, while 22% said that sensitive issues were avoided completely. However, 48% felt communicated with clearly or sensitively and 34% experienced information being communicated timely or appropriately. “The research also highlighted the need to build the competences and communications skills of healthcare professionals to support them and those they care for to talk openly and sensitively about care. This is particularly important for those professionals who people with palliative care needs most regularly come into contact with, including GPs, nurses and medical consultants.”The study also showed that avoidance of talking about the issues, or information given too little or too late increases frustration and helplessness.Conversely, clear and sensitive communication increases the feeling of being supported.The survey was jointly commissioned by the HSE in the Republic of Ireland and Public Health Agency (PHA) in Northern Ireland.Anne Molloy of the Institute’s service user, carer, community group, Voices4Care, said: “The survey shows that we must encourage people to exercise personal choice through the timely provision of accessible and appropriate information on palliative and end of life care.” It also highlighted the importance of the involvement of family and friends. Ms. Molloy said: “50% of people felt that family and friends were involved or respected; 20% felt family and friends were forgotten about or excluded and 18% felt they were put under too much pressure.”In conclusion Karen Charnley said the survey emphasised the importance of raising awareness of palliative care and the benefits of the early integration of the palliative care approach in the care of people with life limiting conditions. In addition, helping society to normalise talking about and planning for end of life care is needed.HSE Director of Advocacy, Greg Price said: “The findings of this research will be reviewed to inform public policy and services for palliative and end of life care in Ireland. We can improve services by aligning them closer to the expressed needs and wishes of patients, their carers and families.”The full Let’s Talk About report can be viewed at: http://aiihpc.org/policy-practice/lets-talk-about/lets-talk-about-final-report/ *A talk on Palliative Care is to take place at Lettermacaward Church of Ireland on Friday, June 17th at 8pm.Palliative Care – What It Really Means. Admission is free.SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR MORE TALK ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE was last modified: June 7th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Leeds United chairman’s company signs Myanmar global rights deal

Leeds United chairman’s company signs Myanmar global rights deal

first_img Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani with Myanmar Football Federation Chairman Zaw Zaw Eleven Sports has launched a new sports service, My Sports, which will stream each of the league’s 132 matches per season, beginning in 2019.Radrizzani rejected calls from Amnesty International to cancel the Leeds tour, acknowledging the “serious issues” in the country but adding that he hoped to spread his club’s name as well as “help[ing] to develop the local sports and media sectors.”The group managing director of Eleven Sports, Danny Menken, said in a statement: “Our long-term partnership with the Myanmar National League will ensure that we help the country develop its football infrastructure over a sustained period.”In March, United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein accused Myanmar’s government of “possible crimes against humanity” relating to the persecution of Muslim Rohingyas in the country’s northern Rakhine State. 1center_img Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani’s Eleven Sports company has signed a nine-year global rights deal with the Myanmar National League.The announcement comes just six weeks after the Championship club’s controversial post-season tour of the south-east Asian nation, which stands accused of an ongoing genocide against its Muslim minority.last_img read more

PAT THE COPE NEGOTIATES AGREEMENT FOR SANCTIONS ON UNSUSTAINABLE FISHING

PAT THE COPE NEGOTIATES AGREEMENT FOR SANCTIONS ON UNSUSTAINABLE FISHING

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher MEP, the rapporteur for the report has today confirmed that the European Parliament has concluded negotiations with the Danish Presidency and that a comprehensive agreement is now in place to introduce sanctions against countries engaged in unsustainable fishing practices.The Donegal MEP said today that he was pleased that the talks between the European Parliament and the Danish Presidency have ended with agreement.“I strongly believe that the agreed text will deliver both workable and effective trade sanctions, which will act as a real deterrent to countries who engage in unsustainable fishing practices now and in the future.” “The mackerel dispute in the North East Atlantic is the moving force behind these new measures. However, I am still hopeful that the measures may never be used against Iceland and the Faroe Islands and I once again call on all four Coastal States to immediately resume talks with a view to resolving this long running dispute.”He paid tribute to all involved in the “trialogue” negotiations, which included representatives of the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and Members of the Fisheries Committee in the European Parliament (Shadow Rapporteurs). Mr. Gallagher thanked them for their close cooperation in concluding the agreement.Mr. Gallagher further stated “The agreement also highlights that ‘co-decision’ between the European Parliament and the Council on fisheries policy does work, which is a positive sign ahead of the negotiations later this year on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.”The agreement includes the following trade measures, which can be imposed on a country or territory fishing in an unsustainable manner: Quantitative restrictions on the importations of fish into the EU including the stock of common interest and associated species;The definition of associated species is broadly defined to cover a range of species other than mackerel for example and is based on FAO rules;Further measures can be applied under the scope of the Regulation, if the initial measures prove to be ineffective;Restrictions on the use of EU ports by vessels flying the flag of the country or territory deemed to be overfishing;Restrictions on the use of EU ports by vessels transporting fish and fishery products from the stock of common interest and associated species; Ban on the sale of fishing vessels, fishing equipment and supplies to the country or territory deemed to be overfishing;Ban on reflagging of fishing vessels from an EU Member State to a country or territory deemed to be overfishing.Next StepsCOREPER I (EU Ambassadors) ratified the agreement today, Wednesday 27 June. The Committee on Fisheries in the European Parliament is scheduled to adopt the agreed text on 10/11 July and then the plenary of the European Parliament, during the week of September 10th will formally ratify the Regulation.PAT THE COPE NEGOTIATES AGREEMENT FOR SANCTIONS ON UNSUSTAINABLE FISHING was last modified: June 27th, 2012 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:fisheries sanctionsPat The Cop Gallagherlast_img read more

Islanders hopeful following progress on fishing bill which is vital ‘for survival of communities’

Islanders hopeful following progress on fishing bill which is vital ‘for survival of communities’

first_imgIsland communities around Ireland are one step closer to being allowed to fish quota species on a seasonal basis, just as their ancestors did over generations. The Irish Islands Marine Resource Organisation (IIMRO) this weekend welcomed the passage of the Island Fisheries (Heritage License) Bill through the second stage debate in the Dáil on Thursday.The development, if it passes through all stages and is written into legislation, means that Ireland’s 30 offshore islands will be allowed to use low impact fishing gear and fish in a sustainable way. The move will also help non-quota species such as crab and lobster recover, which are currently fished all year round. Recognition for the offshore islands is at the heart of the Common Fisheries Policy since 2012 with the inclusion of the following text in the CFP preamble.It states: “Small offshore islands which are dependent on fishing should, where appropriate, be especially recognised and supported in order to enable them to survive and prosper.”Jerry Early, Chairperson of IIMRO said: “The introduction of measures to help return fishing opportunities to island fishers won’t come a minute too soon for communities under pressure.“Fishing is an inherent part of island culture and we have been working to address shortcomings in the current system for over ten years now. These measures will be cost neutral to the exchequer and will go a long way to help island communities survive and prosper into the future.” He added: “It’s more important than ever before for communities like ours to be able to be self-sufficient and to create employment opportunities. Allowing us to fish and responsibly use natural resources around us will keep our community, and communities like ours all over Ireland, alive.“It’s so badly needed so I hope our politicians will step up to the plate and get this over the line.”The Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017 was initiated by Donegal Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty in support of fishermen from Arranmore Island in his constituency of Donegal along with Martin Kenny, Sinn Fein TD for Sligo-Leitrim and Martin Ferris for Kerry.This came following recommendation in a 2014 cross-party Oireachtas report and it will benefit 30 island communities across Ireland.In a vote on Thursday, the bill was also supported by Fianna Fáil, The Green Party, Labour and Independent TDs from all over Ireland and has now progressed to Committee Stage in the Oireachtas. “We are delighted that this has gained the support of all of the opposition parties and groups and we look forward to the opportunity to work with all parties at Dáil Committee Stage to ensure that we bring the best bill possible forward for introduction into legislation,” a spokesperson from IMRO said.He added: “We also welcome the government’s willingness to engage positively with all parties to strengthen the Bill, despite the simplistic negative presentation on behalf of the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine in the Minister’s absence.”IIMRO have met extensively with elected representatives and EU commission officials who have assured us that measures addressed in the Heritage License Bill meet all criteria within the Common Fisheries Policy, particularly Article 17. See text below:“Criteria for the allocation of fishing opportunities by Member States: “When allocating the fishing opportunities available to them, as referred to in Article 16, Member States shall use transparent and objective criteria including those of an environmental, social and economic nature. The criteria to be used may include, inter alia, the impact of fishing on the environment, the history of compliance, the contribution to the local economy and historic catch levels. Within the fishing oppor­tunities allocated to them, Member States shall endeavour to provide incentives to fishing vessels deploying selective fishing gear or using fishing techniques with reduced environmental impact, such as reduced energy consumption or habitat damage.“This Bill is the first time that recognition for the islands will be formalised in Irish law by allowing island based fishers fair access to the fishery resource (fishing opportunities) in the inshore waters around their communities.Successful implementation will allow the island heritage model to be used as a template for the wider inshore sector in Ireland and across Europe.by Aine BonnerIslanders hopeful following progress on fishing bill which is vital ‘for survival of communities’ was last modified: February 4th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Arranmore IslandFishingiimrolast_img read more

Sun to shine as final entries being called for North West 10k

Sun to shine as final entries being called for North West 10k

first_imgFinal entries are now being taken for the 22nd Northwest 10k with another big turnout expected for Sunday’s charity run and walk in Letterkenny.With the forecast for a bright, sunny day, organisers are hopeful that a bumper crowd for this year’s event.Registrations can be made on-line at www.northwest10k.com. Entries will also be taken at Letterkenny Community Centre on this Thursday and Friday evenings from 5-7 p.m. and on Saturday between 3 and 6 p.m. On Sunday morning registrations will be taken from 11 a.m. and closing at 1 p.m. sharp. The course was changed last year and it’s the same route again with runners and walkers starting on the Pearse Road heading in the direction of the Tesco Roundabout and out the Port Road.Jimmy Harte will officially get the runners and walkers on their way in the 22nd North West 10k, which starts at 2pm sharp.Diabetes Ireland and the Breastcare Northwest are the two chosen charities this year.A medallion has been introduced for the first time and that will be presented to the first 1,500 entrants over the finish line at Letterkenny Community Centre on Sunday afternoon. The 10k t-shirts will go to ALL those who have registered for the run and walk.Meanwhile, the organizers are also asking the public to be aware that there will be some traffic disruption for a short period during Sunday’s event. Motorists are asked to cooperate with the Gardai and marshals to ensue that the charity event passes of safely for everyone.North West 10k Chairperson Neil Martin is expecting another big turnout for Sunday’s charity event.“We have a busy weekend ahead of us now and hopefully the weather will be kind to us on Sunday especially for the families and walkers that are thinking about doing the 10k. We have two very worthy charities in Diabetes Ireland and Breastcare North West who have worked extremely hard with us in trying to raise as much funds as possible. I would appeal to the public to come out in big numbers on Sunday and support them.“We would also ask people to still register on-line at www.northwest10k.com. We will also take entries on this Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoon. “There will be some traffic disruption for something over an hour from 2.00 on Sunday so I would ask motorists to be patient and cooperate with the Gardai and stewards. We all want a safe event for the runners and walkers.“I would like to thank Sergeant Eunan Walsh and his colleagues for their advice and continued support with traffic management and the safety of the runners and walkers.“We would not be able to host the Northwest 10k without the backing of our joint sponsors Brian McCormick Sports and DonegalDaily.com. So again a big thank you to Brian McCormick and Stephen Maguire.”Sun to shine as final entries being called for North West 10k was last modified: May 2nd, 2018 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)last_img read more