A ministerial team will be heading to the United Kingdom early next year to engage in talks with the hopes of having the ban on Guyana’s greenheart timber reversed.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanThis was disclosed by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman during a press conference on Friday. According to Trotman, Government is concerned about the situation and a national response will be undertaken to have the restriction lifted.“Right now we are very interested in restoring the free trade and lifting the ban. We have had communications with the British High Commission. Early in the next year, a delegation at the ministerial level will travel to the UK to press our case… Our concern of course is that this ban, if left (alone), could see its way almost like a virus, spreading itself into Europe and elsewhere,” the Minister said.He noted that Cabinet has been appraised about the matter, with the Ministries of Business, Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources working assiduously on the matter.The Natural Resources Minister posited that greenheart is the heart and soul of Guyana’s timber industry and represents, in a sense, the strength of the country; as such, Government needs to ensure that its products are not tainted on the world market.Moreover, he also pointed out that those who produce logs for export need to be given the markets they desire, which is in the UK.“So we are very close in terms of working with the EU (European Union) and the EU First Log Governance system and so for us, this is a national issue and it will receive a national response,” he assured.Furthermore, the Natural Resources Minister outlined that a number of events led to the UK’s restriction, including the practices of the controversial Chinese logging company – BaiShanLin.“There are many antidotal reasons given and I believe it was a combination of many events including the sense that our forests were being managed or mismanaged in a perilous manner. I believe it may have had some critical aspects attending to it,” he stated.Trotman continued, “Of course, there was also international lobbying by other countries that produce, not greenheart, but other species that could be used for some of the same applications. So it’s a combination of us being, I believe, outmanoeuvred.”Coincidentally, the Minister added that the ban was imposed in May last year, when relations between Guyana and Great Britain were at an all-time low.The decision by a major United Kingdom buyer to stop procuring Guyana’s greenheart lumber has since resulted in the overall export of wood products to that country being cut by almost 65 per cent.The May 2015 advisory by the Environment Agency (EA), which effected the ban on greenheart exports from Guyana to the UK, saw a dramatic slump in exports to that country, moving from US$3.2 million in 2014 to US$1 million last year; hence, local stakeholders partnered with government to launch a serious lobby to reverse the decision.EA is one of UK’s biggest buyers of lumber for State projects in that country and Guyana’s Greenheart, until a year ago, was widely used in sea defence projects by UK contractors.Only last week, the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) labelled the ban “unfair”, calling for a review.The GMSA, in a strongly-worded missive over the weekend, said the “UK agency essentially pronounced on the sustainability of forest management practices in our forests of origin with absolutely no communication or consultation with any local industry stakeholders.”It was pointed out by the GMSA that given that the markets for tropical forest products were declining and proving challenging: “Incorrect labelling of our forest management practices in this negative way can only be detrimental to the future lives and livelihoods of the 25,000 people directly employed in this industry.”The GMSA maintains too that available statistics highlight the great efforts that both the industry and the Government have made to ensure “sustainable forest management of our forests for our future generations and that in an ecological sense, our forests are being sustainably managed, an effort clearly verified through abundant, independent, third-party analysis and certification.”
Five hours after an actress was shot to death at Phil Spector’s mansion, the chauffeur who is the key witness at his murder trial told officers in a videotaped interview seen in court Tuesday that the music producer, with gun in hand, had told him: “I think I killed somebody.” Defense attorneys have been challenging whether the chauffeur, Adriano De Souza, a Brazilian immigrant with a heavy accent, clearly understood and related the potentially incriminating statement. Prosecutors won a bid to play the tape to show that even under pressure in the immediate aftermath he was able to tell the story clearly. Jurors also heard testimony that police fired a Taser electronic stun gun at Spector before he was taken into custody, apparently because he was uncooperative. But a paramedic who saw him at the jail testified that Spector “had no medical complaints” and declined treatment. De Souza was the only person to see Spector in the moments after the shooting. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weather.gc.ca.4:37 AM MST Saturday 21 November 2015Wind warning in effect for:Muncho LakeCo. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaStrong westerly winds with gusts up to 90 km/h are expected this afternoon. Winds will diminish by Sunday morningAdvertisement Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for some parts northeast B.C. and parts of the Alberta Peace.In the Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson, the forecast calls for wind gusts up to 80km/h. In Muncho Lake, and the Alberta Peace, Environment Canada has issued a wind warning as the forecast calls for wind gusts up to 90km/h.Here is the weather statement for the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson.- Advertisement -Issued at 2015-11-21 04:58 UTC by Environment Canada:Special weather statement issued for: B.C. Peace River & Fort Nelson, B.C. (087300)Current details:Southwest winds gusting to 80 km/h developing near midday Saturday.A deep Pacific low pressure system will move eastward across Southern Yukon during the day Saturday. As a result, strong southwesterly winds gusting to 80 km/h are expected to develop near midday Saturday over the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson region. Winds will ease Saturday evening as the low moves to the east.Advertisement Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. To report severe weather, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet reports to #ABStorm.
Vinicius was accompanied on his trip to Madrid by compatriot and former Real player Ronaldo, who led Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002.“Vinicius is a player with a lot of quality and talent. He’s the biggest prospect for the future of Brazilian football,” said Ronaldo.The player said he was ready to seize his chance.“This is the best opportunity a football player could have,” said the youngster who joined Flamengo at age 10.“I’m going to sacrifice a lot to show that I deserve this opportunity,” he said at his presentation alongside Madrid president Florentino Perez.“Even at this age (18) I’ll show the coach and my teammates that I’m ready to play, ready to do whatever is necessary”.Perez, has in recent days promised a series of big signings after allowing Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to move last week to Juventus.“Congratulations and welcome to your home,” he told Vinicius.“At only 16 years of age you decided that Real Madrid was going to be part of your life.“You wanted to succeed with this badge and now it’s time to work for it”.The Real president said he had the highest hope for the youngster.“We believe that he’s called to be one of the greatest of this new era that is approaching. We’re convinced that he’s one of those players who will mark the future in a very special way.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s new Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jul 20 – The 18-year-old Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr was officially unveiled by Real Madrid on Friday after completing his blockbuster transfer from Rio’s Flamengo.Madrid signed the player two years ago for 45 million euros, in a deal that would become official after his 18th birthday on July 12, 2018.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia defender Harun Shakava walks out of the pitch after warming up before their game against Posta Rangers on January 9, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 10 – Gor Mahia’s quest for a second consecutive appearance in the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup has received a massive blow after CAF suspended skipper Harun Shakava and defensive partner Joash Onyango ahead of this weekend’s play-off.Gor Mahia plays Cameroon’s New Star de Douala in the first leg in Nairobi on Sunday but will be without the two who were suspended indefinitely following chaotic scenes that were witnessed when they lost to Nigeria’s Lobi Stars in Benue, in the CAF Champions League first round last month. While Shakava has been suspended on accusation of kicking the Lobi Stars keeper in retaliation, Onyango has been accused by the match referee’s report of using abusive language towards him.“Reports indicate that player no. 12 Joash Onyango came towards the referee at the end of the match and insulted him with abusive language.” A letter sent to Gor Mahia and published on the club’s website reads.“Furthermore, the goalkeeper of Lobi Stars, John Lawrence (16) slapped player no. 18 Haron Shakava of Gor Mahia who then went to kick back the goalkeeper. The referee was about to show them red cards yet the referees were evacuated by the police due to the pitch invasion.”“Therefore, you are kindly requested to note that both Gor Mahia players no. 12 and no. 18 are provisionally suspended from taking part in CAF inter-clubs matches until the submission of the case to CAF Disciplinary board in its next meeting,” the letter further stated.-Sunday meetingThe next disciplinary board meeting will be held on Sunday where more sanctions are expected to be meted on the players.Also, Samuel Onyango, Jacques Tuyisenge, Francis Mustafa and Humphrey Mieno were all carded in the game and risk missing the return leg against New Star if they pick up booking on Sunday.Both Shakava and Onyango were on the match day squad against Posta Rangers on Wednesday, but warmed up by themselves with the subs warming together and the starting team on the other side.It is a huge blow for head coach Hassan Oktay who is now expected to use either of Charles Momanyi, Joachim Oluoch or Pascal Ogweno for the game on Sunday.Ogweno was substituted after a series of blunders on Wednesday evening and was replaced by Oluoch. Momanyi played the entire game and scored Gor’s first goal and this is expected to be the preferred starting partnership this Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Leicester City might have found themselves without top striker Jamie Vardy this season, if it weren’t for a German club’s strict transfer policy.RB Leipzig coach and sporting director of Ralf Rangnick has claimed he turned down the chance to sign the England striker TWO YEARS ago – because he was too old.The Foxes are on the brink of Premier League glory largely thanks to Vardy’s 22 goals this season.But the 29-year-old might have been playing in the German second tier had Rangnick refused to sign players over a certain age.RB Leipzig apparently doesn’t sign players over the age of 24, meaning a deal for the then-27-year-old Vardy was out of the question.But the boss revealed he did have his eye on one Liverpool starlet…“We desperately wanted to sign Joe Gomez, who later chose Liverpool, and we were flying back from London to Leipzig with his agent,” Rangnick told Sport Bild magazine.“In the plane, the agent said to me: ‘Mr Rangnick, it’s a crying shame that you are so radical about who you sign and only go for players who are under 24 because I’ve got somebody who would be just perfect for you. I can guarantee he would become a national team player under you, but he’s already 27’.“It was Jamie Vardy.”Rangnick recalled himself replying: “No, he’s 27 – we’re not doing it.”Vardy instead stayed with the Foxes, scoring five goals in his first Premier League campaign before spearheading Leicester’s unlikely title challenge the following season.He has also scored two goals in six appearances for England.Leipzig, who are backed by Austrian billionaire soft drinks tycoon Dietrich Mateschitz, are on course for promotion to the Bundesliga this summer. 1 Leicester City are on the brink of Premier League glory thanks to Jamie Vardy’s goals
Liverpool face a tough European trip to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night with their Champions League hopes in the balance.All four Group C teams can still progress to the knockout rounds of the competition, with Liverpool’s defeat at Red Star Belgrade last time out blowing the group wide open. gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Latest Liverpool FC News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury latest 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Even the brilliant Virgil van Dijk didn’t have a good game RANKED huge blow REVEALED That defeat left Jurgen Klopp’s side second in Group C as Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain played out a 1-1 draw in Naples.While Liverpool were certainly looking to get more from the game than they received, it was not a totally disastrous result.Paris Saint-Germain vs Liverpool: Champions League match preview, team news and predicted line-ups for live talkSPORT commentaryThey know, however, that there is no more room for error ahead of their final two group matches – PSG away and Napoli at home.So, what do Liverpool need to do to ensure they finish in the top two of their group come the end of matchday six? REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Group C permutationsNext up for Liverpool is PSG at the Parc des Princes followed by Napoli at Anfield and although the Reds are only on six points, they will go through if they beat the Ligue 1 champions as it will put them four points clear of Neymar and co.A draw would also be a good result ahead of the Napoli game if the Italians also beat Red Star on matchday five, as Liverpool would then only need to equal or better PSG’s result in the final round of fixtures.A loss in Paris could be disastrous as it is likely to mean Liverpool would have to beat Napoli by more than one goal, or win at all and hope Red Star can get a result when they host PSG on matchday six.There are lots of potential scenarios and complex routes out of the group but one thing is clear – Liverpool must improve.
Live Stats ESPN 1350 MVC TV Listen Live Watch Live Box Score (HTML) Story Links Photo Gallery Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Preview at Illinois State 1/26/2016 – 7:00 PM Box Score (PDF) CHICAGO, Ill. – In a game that featured 13 lead changes, Loyola secured the final lead of the afternoon to defeat the Drake University men’s basketball team, 68-63, Saturday at Gentile Arena.Ten of those lead changes came in the second half as neither team led by more than five points in the second half of the back-and-forth contest.Drake (5-15, 0-8 MVC) was led by Ore Arogundade’s (Chicago, Ill.) 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting to match his career high. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) and Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) each added 11 points with Woodward registering five of the Bulldogs’ 14 assists.”I’m proud of our guys, that’s about as good as we’ve played on the road in a while,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “I thought we did some good things and feel bad we couldn’t get over the hump. But with that kind of effort it’s going to happen eventually. We had some guys come off the bench and give us some good minutes.”Loyola (9-11, 2-6 MVC) benefitted from Montel James’ 17 points with Milton Doyle adding 13 points.Drake briefly took the lead twice in the first three minutes of the second half before Loyola rattled off 7-straight points but were unable to build a lead greater than five during that span. Drake claimed the lead via an 11-3 run, but the Ramblers went on to drain four three-pointers in 2:20 to create a 59-54 advantage with 5:25 left off back-to-back makes from Donte Ingram.Two minutes later, the Bulldogs jumped back in front off a pair of three-pointers from Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) to take a 61-60 lead. However, with 1:23 left, Loyola took the lead for good on a Montel James layup. James and Milton Doyle then combined to go 6-of-6 from the free-throw line to seal the victory as Drake could not convert on either of its two attempts during its final full possession of the game.The Ramblers began their scoring with an 8-0 ignited by a pair of three-pointers to take an early 8-5 lead. Loyola stretched that run to a 16-3 spurt to take a 16-8 lead on back-to-back layups from White with 11:38 left in the period.The Bulldogs answered by scoring 15 of the next 21 points to take a brief 23-22 lead on a Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) three-pointer with 3:13 left in the half. However, 7-straight points from Loyola erased the Bulldogs’ lead and helped account for the Ramblers’ 29-26 lead at halftime. Timmer scored seven of his points in the first half with Arogundade adding five points as the Bulldogs shot just 10-of-28 in the opening period but converted on 44.7 percent of their second-half attempts.Drake remains on the road for its next contest at Illinois State Jan. 26. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Redbird Arena with the contest broadcast on MVC TV affiliates.Print Friendly Version
A man’s search for a female companion to join him for a year on an isolated island off the Donegal coast has failed.John McManus, 36, advertised for a “wife/companion” who would accompany him to the island of Inishfree in January.McManus, from Leitrim, wanted the woman to spend the next 12 months with him while he lived off the land and wrote a book about his time. McManus was inspired by Gerald Kingsland, whose island adventures with a partner found via an ad were chronicled in the 1980s book and film ‘Castaway.’It was later reported that McManus had been involved in a scheme in which he offered to impregnate women for their husbands.The unemployed hotel worker offered his services in hotel sex sessions and had once advertised himself as a faith healer and as a “wizard seeking witches to join my coven.”McManus’s ad attracted thousands of queries from curious parties. But just before Christmas, he admitted defeat in his search for an island companion, saying he could not find anyone suitable who could commit for a full year and that he wasn’t planning to go alone. MAN’S ATTEMPT TO LURE WOMAN TO ISLAND LIFE LEFT ALL AT SEA was last modified: January 1st, 2014 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:companiondonegalInishfreeJohn McManus
Sinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has today welcomed news that Irish Water is to fund a new water main near Ballindrait.The proposed works will see 1.6km of piping replaced on the Regional Road R264 between Ballindrait village and the Murlog Junction with the N14.Cllr Doherty said locals have faced ‘unacceptable’ disruptions to water supplies of late.Cllr Doherty said: “I have made repeated representations on behalf of residents in this area to Irish Water regarding repeated bursts and water outages which have caused huge disruption to areas such as Ballindrait, Tober and Argary. I sincerely hope that this new section of water main will go some way to preventing further such water outages in these areas.”“The proposed works are scheduled to be completed by mid-October, and will be followed by road re-surfacing works which it is hoped will be completed during the school’s Halloween holidays.“I will continue to work with residents in the area to keep them updated on these works and I will continue to lobby Irish Water for further mains upgrading funding which is badly needed to prevent the unacceptable water outages we have seen in the last few years.”Ballindrait water mains replacement in the pipeline – Cllr Doherty was last modified: August 10th, 2017 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:ballindraitCLLR GARY DOHERTYwater mains