Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “This [Belingong-Nguyen] matchup gives me goosebumps and I know everyone is excited to see how it unfolds, said ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong during the press conference on Tuesday at City of Dreams Manila.“When you put two aggressive and explosive strikers in the cage together, it is sure to produce fireworks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Belingon is ready to prove his worth in front of the hometown crowd in what he feels is the biggest bout of his career—and could also be the toughest as he goes up against Nguyen, who stunned the Filipino fans the last time he was here.“I took this challenge against Martin Nguyen because I wanted to prove that I never back down from any challenge no matter how big or small,” said Belingon on Tuesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: Bolick lifts San Beda past St. Benilde in comeback win Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nguyen dethroned Folayang with a stunning second-round knockout, becoming ONE Championship’s first two-division champion November last year.He has experienced steady success since that fight at MOA Arena, but he said he remains hungry as ever to make history with three-division world titles.“I have complete and total respect for a martial artist with his values and principles. In a huge way, I see a lot of similarities between us. We are both hungry, and we are both determined for victory,” said Nguyen, dubbed “The Situ-Asian.”Folayang, meanwhile, is also determined to get back to the top of the highly-competitive lightweight division and beating Aziz Pahrudinov will be the best start.“The ONE lightweight division is incredibly deep and with lots of talent. Getting to the top is very hard, but once you are there, it’s a great feeling. I am determined to get back to the top. I can face every opponent, whether they are undefeated or not. I am willing to go in there and go to work,” said Folayang.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Martin Nguyen (left), ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong and Kevin Belingon during the ONE: Reign of Kings presscon. Photo from ONE ChampionshipExpect fireworks when two explosive fighters in Kevin Belingon and Martin Nguyen face off for the ONE Interim bantamweight title in ONE: Reign of Kings Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Their world championship bout headlines an action-packed card that also features Shinya Aoki of Japan and Shannon Wiratchai for the lightweight belt, legendary Brazilian fighter Renzo Gracie and hometown hero Eduard Folayang.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments
National debates must be characterized by patriotism, sincerity and substance. We must hold our leaders accountable by what they say they will do for the people. We must never run away from speaking the truth even if it hurts. The debate surrounding Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant is becoming increasingly interesting and I thought to weigh in from where I sit. This is just an initial analysis, but I shall endeavor to publish a full column of my thoughts in due course. Liberia is a functionally illiterate society besieged by mediocrity, self-pity, neglect and penury. Every small development in Liberia appears like a discovery of a diamond mine or a deposit of gold, even if it is overdue. This is what happens when a group of hopeless and choiceless people have been smuggled into the wilderness of uncertainty and degradation as a result of bad governance and leadership-deficit. This is what happens when basic social services (electricity, housing, health, safe drinking water, quality education, etc.) are yet too far as a result of greed and corruption. This is what happens when a nation is rich, but poor in terms of development. A few days ago, the “big light” 22 megawatts hydropower was switched on after 11 years. Is this project worth commendation? Yes, it does. Before premising my thoughts, I would like to commend President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and our partners, especially the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the European Investment Bank, the German and Norwegian Governments for such a laudable initiative. At least a portion of Monrovia will have access to hydropower after more than a decade. This 22 megawatts hydropower plant appears to be the biggest achievement of Madam President since 2006. Wowwww!!!After almost 12 years, just 18 communities in Monrovia will benefit from this 22 megawatts hydropower. A Junior Minister of the government called me and said “Martin, are you aware that the hydro is finally on? Doesn’t this call for a national celebration?” I said, “No, it doesn’t, but such project is laudable.” Another official of government said “A promise finally fulfilled and this ends the debate of the opposition.” As I browsed through series of reactions since the 22mgw hydropower was dedicated, I thought to deal with the razzmatazz and euphoria of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant in Harrisburg, Montserrado County. For the sake of our readership, let me succinctly define both razzmatazz and euphoria:1. Razzmatazz is a noisy and noticeable activity, intended to attract attention.2. Euphoria is a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.The atmosphere in Monrovia has been clouded with wild excitement by a lot of pro-regime protégés and apprentices of falsehood. Such euphoria being amplified is nothing but a gimmick, only meant to pacify our already poverty-stricken population. In pretense, some of them are even attempting to convince us that the 22 megawatts hydropower is the remedy to the socioeconomic misery of the Liberian people.So, they expect us to jubilate all day long with our hands up in prolonged applause even though most Liberian businesses are currently at risk due to the hike in taxes. The day Monrovia will reach up to Dakar, Accra, Abidjan, Johannesburg, Cairo, Kigali and Harare as a result of hydropower distribution, then it means that we will have to declare a national holiday. How I hope 25 percent of our population could briefly travel to Johannesburg or Kigali and return home. President John Magufuli of Tanzania has built 1,423 industries so far after spending just one (1) year in power. Why aren’t Tanzanians celebrating all day or all year long?Because they know that it is the responsibility of the government to promote public welfare. In Liberia, promoting public welfare through basic social services is perceived as a form of favor from the government to the people. This is what they (public officials) have made our people to believe. As a result, when little progress is made, they expect us to keep clapping and celebrating all year long. No, no, no, we cannot razzmatazz when there is one (1) good to ninety-nine (99) bad. We cannot overly celebrate when the demerits are more than the merits after almost 12 years. We cannot leap into the state of prolonged euphoria just for a 22 megawatts hydropower that cannot even produce electricity for the entire Monrovia. What happens to those living in the other 14 counties? The 22 megawatts hydropower commissioned and dedicated by President Sirleaf is not a promise fulfilled. The fact is that this government has received so much and has done so little. The achievements of this government are far less than its non-achievements. In 2005, before her ascendancy to the presidency, Madam Aspirant Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf promised to electrify Monrovia and its environs in six months; unfortunately after 11 years, this promise is yet to be fulfilled. It was on the basis of this promise that President Sirleaf’s candidature received an overwhelming support in 2005. All we now see after 132 months in power is a 22 megawatts hydropower plant. Isn’t this a promise betrayed? Of course, it is a promise betrayed because Monrovia is still rated as one of the darkest capital cities in the world after 11 years. In fact, during Liberia’s 169th Independence Day celebration in July 2006, President Sirleaf promised “Big Light” before leaving office. With less than 13 months to the end of her regime, is the 22 megawatts hydropower the “Big Light” President Sirleaf promised? Is this the big light that can only provide hydroelectric power for only 18 communities in Monrovia? I thought they told us that the“Big Light” would have electrified our entire country. What is even puzzling is that Liberia is spending US$357 million to rehabilitate a hydropower plant of 88 megawatts in 11 years while neighboring Guinea spent US$526 million to construct a hydropower plant of 240 megawatts in less than 4 years. Liberia’s hydroelectric rehabilitation project is too costly both in currency and time with less unit of power. In the case of Guinea, the hydro was constructed (and not rehabilitated) with lesser amount (US$526 million) as compared to Liberia with more unit of power (240 megawatts) in a limited period (less than 4 years). With all these glaring realities, they expect us to razzmatazz and jubilate all year long. No, we cannot!! All we can do is to appreciate the government and its partners for a step forward. Furthermore, in a bid to be reelected in 2011, Africa’s first female President signed an official contract with all Liberians through a solemn pledge consisting of twenty (20) promises. These were Madam Sirleaf’s exact words to all Liberians during the campaign period in 2011.“Our Pledge to you fellow countrymen is that if you entrust us with another 6 years, we will do the following:1. Create no fewer than 20,000 jobs (short and long term) every year for the next 6 years.2. Ensure that Mount Coffee Hydro Plant is fully rehabilitated and made functional (100 percent).3. Roberts International Airport is modernized and brought to International standards.4. Connect all county capitals with paved roads.5. Ensure that Liberian businesses have increased access to finance.6. Ensure that each county has a technical and vocational training center.7. Increase the salary of teachers and health workers, especially those working in rural areas.8. Provide more support to farmers to increase local capacity, especially those working in rural areas.9. Invest in activities that enhance true reconciliation.10. Continue to ensure that our people are safe.11. Ensure double digit growth rate to address poverty.12. Ensure that nationals have equity in relevant national assets13. Expand banking services to all counties.14. Continue the fight against corruption with emphasis on punishment.15. Complete plans for new capital at Zekepa.16. Build bridges to connect counties.17. Ensure all government agencies are in public buildings.18. Continue to expand neighborhoods and farm to market roads.19. Complete community colleges in all counties.20. Construct 3 regional sport academies.Even the second promise is yet to be fulfilled after a second term. Just 25 percent (22 megawatts out of 88 megawatts) of Mount Coffee Hydro Project has been completed. Must we Razzmatazz even though none of these promises is yet to be fulfilled in full or 100 percent? Have we connected all county capitals with paved roads? Have we created the 100,000 jobs since 2012? Where are the plans for our new capital at Zekepa? Where are the 3 regional sports academies? Have we completed community colleges in all counties? Are all government agencies in public buildings? Are banking services available in all counties? Where is the technical and vocational center in each county?It is unfortunate that our leaders want the entire world to believe that our thirst for genuine change in Liberia has been quenched as a result of the dedication of the 22 megawatts hydropower project. No, no, no…that’s not true. If Liberia must make genuine progress, we must not shy away from the hardcore facts. We must be willing to add value to our discourse by demonstrating sincerity and patriotism. Even if we are aligned with the power that be, the truth must be said. If we decide to euphorically razzmatazz about every small progress after a prolonged period, we harm our nation further by energizing complacency and undermining the snail-paced development of our country. Amid of all of these, I still remain hopeful that we can rise above this level beyond 2017. It is possible to even electrify the entire country (Liberia) in less than 4 years after 2017 elections if political will is demonstrated at all levels. An all-inclusive CHANGE is possible in Liberia through patriotism, transparency and accountability. From the largest slum of West Point and the top of Ducor, I see a new Liberia rising above the African continent. About the Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, a student leader, an emerging economist and a young writer. He currently studies Economics with distinction the University of Liberia and is a loyal stalwart of the Student Unification Party (SUP). 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Registration for the season has unfortunately concluded, and while the league is in good shape for coaches and volunteers, Media Coordinator Amy Titley still encourages people to put their names forward.“Right now we’re looking pretty good, but I would definitely say if there is any interest in coaching or reffing to contact the club, so that if we do need people we have some.”If you are interested in volunteering your time you can visit fsjsoccer.com and click on the volunteers link on the left side of the page.- Advertisement –
Photo: Construction workers continue to work on the Enerplex – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caConstruction on the Enerplex is continuing.- Advertisement -Director of Protective Services Jim Rogers with an update.[asset|aid=852|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=84396947187917fe45a1ec239d08d163-Jim Rogers 1_1_Pub.mp3]He says the real delay is with the boilers. They were stuck on a ship, and the project is awaiting their arrival.The boilers will be placed in through the roof, then the roofing material can be put on. Rogers says there will be significant change during the upcoming months.Advertisement [asset|aid=853|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=84396947187917fe45a1ec239d08d163-Jim Rogers 2_1_Pub.mp3]The Enerplex is expected to be complete this summer.
Transmission works Traffic – please use caution and obey safety signage Dam site area – north bank and south bank • Transmission line stringing is taking place on the eastern half of the transmission line. Activities will include helicopter work. There may be short delays on Jackfish Lake Road and 400 Road. • Road construction will continue in various locations on the transmission line right-of-way. This includes but is not limited to Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas. Equipment • Construction at Lynx Creek will begin. This includes clearing, vegetation removal, excavation, hauling of materials, and construction of gravel causeways in the Peace River. • Construction at the Cache Creek East embankment continues. This includes vegetation removal, excavation of existing soils, placement and grading of granular materials and site drainage. The contractor will soon be demobilizing for the winter. • Fencing is being installed along the conveyor corridor. Noise and vibration • Construction activities will continue. This could include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. • Due to equipment delivery, there may be occasional short road closures along Old Fort Road from Tahltan Road to Gate B. • Contractors will continue to mobilize equipment and materials to the site. This includes deliveries by rail and road. 85th Avenue Conveyor • Visit the website for more Highway 29 schedules, maps and construction updates. • Transmission line construction will continue. This includes the construction of stringing sites, helical pile foundation installation, tower assembly and lifting and placing on foundations. • Road building and clearing continue on the south bank of the eastern reservoir and both banks of the middle reservoirs including islands in the Peace River, east of Halfway River. Boaters are asked to stay clear of the work area. Helicopters will be used. • Forestry and access road data collection and site investigations continue. • Merchantable timber will be hauled to local mills. • Aggregate and riprap production will continue in West Pine Quarry. We will transport material by rail to the dam site and by truck to Highway 29. • Overnight deliveries of penstock pipes along Old Fort Road will result in rolling road closures and traffic delays. Deliveries will occur every one or two weeks. • Portage Mountain Quarry operations will continue but are reduced for the winter. Activity will be limited to maintenance of access roads and pick-up and hauling of rip rap. • Maintenance work will continue on roads that provide access to the transmission corridor. • Burning is taking place between the dam site and Halfway River along the Peace River. Burning is based on ground conditions, the fire danger rating, and venting conditions. Merchantable timber will be hauled to local mills. • Other areas: Trucks with heavy loads will be accessing the dam site and other project areas, using public and resource roads. Other areas • Work is occurring downstream of the dam site for the Peace River side channel fish habitat enhancements. • Highway 29: Construction-related equipment will travel along Highway 29. Learn more at drivebc.ca. Highway 29 Advertisement • Heavy machinery will be in the transmission line corridor. Please stay clear of the work areas. • Old Fort Road • Some noise and vibration may occur near the dam site and work areas, including the quarries. Boating • Burning is taking place along the transmission line corridor. Burning is based on ground conditions, the fire danger rating, and venting conditions. Waste wood may also be chipped, mulched or bucked into logs. Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The following outlines the construction details for the Site C project for December 9th – 22nd, 2019. – Advertisement -• Large sections of the penstock pipe will be transported along Old Fort Road. This requires occasional overnight rolling closures, with short delays to traffic. Check our website for upcoming deliveries. • Jackfish Lake Road and 400 Road: There may be short delays due to transmission line work. • Helicopters and commercial drones may be used to support investigative and construction works. WHAT TO EXPECT Work will take place during the day, night, and on the weekend until the project is completed. During this time, residents can expect: Reservoir area Advertisement New: BC Hydro has applied for approvals for the Dry Creek and Lynx Creek Highway 29 crossings under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. This approval application is posted on the project website. • Contractors are continuing construction and operations in their work areas: main civil works, generating station and spillways civil works, turbines and generators, and substation. Activities include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. Tower and mobile cranes will be used. Deliveries of the turbine generator components will begin in December 2019 and continue for the next three years. Excavation, including in-river excavation, will progress on both banks of the Peace River. Advertisement • Near Gate A to the dam site, drivers may encounter loose gravel and increased commercial traffic. • Please stay clear of active in-river work areas along the Peace and Moberly rivers. These areas are identified with signage and markings.
“Throw on your sequins and spandex and come have fun,” said Linda Wackerman, who is producing the show. “Disco!” with Linda Suzanne is already booked in Reno, Tahoe and Hawaii, and Wackerman said they are hoping to secure a two-year contract with Bally’s in Las Vegas. The show will feature “all-stars,” Wackerman said, from the lighting director to the dancers and musicians to the set designer. Wackerman believes the public will have fun not only because of the disco theme, but because it is a behind-the-scenes experience. “People can see how a video is done,” she said. She is expecting the theater’s 1,400 available seats to fill up fast. By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER The disco light will be shining brightly at the Warner Grand on Thursday. The San Pedro theater is hosting a shoot for a promotional video, and the public is invited to attend the disco-themed event. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A WOMAN accused of failing to provide a specimen of breath to a Garda who suspected her of drinking and driving has had the case dismissed by a judge.Judge Paul Kelly, sitting in Carndonagh District Court, made the decision after hearing evidence against the female motorist.The case was contested by solicitor Frank Dorrian on behalf of his client who was involved in a road traffic accident near Malin in 2011. A first aider at the scene said the woman was initially compliant but was clearly upset and later refused his further offers of help.The woman also later declined help from ambulance personnel, said Mr Dorrian, who argued she had suffered some sort of head injury, was upset and disorientated.A Garda, under cross-examination from Mr Dorrian, admitted that he had formed the opinion that the motorist had been drinking after observing her behaviour.He then asked her to give a roadside breath sample which she refused.The Garda agreed that the woman did later agree to giving a breath test at a Garda station.However the prosecution charged the driver with failing to give the first breath test.Mr Dorrian argued that under road traffic legislation that the Garda could not use two ways to reach a belief that someone had been drinking and driving.In this case the Garda said he had formed the opinion on observation; and then proceeded to attempt to carry out a roadside breath test.The Garda could not, said Mr Dorrian, use both methods to form an opinion before taking the woman to the Garda station.Judge Paul Kelly said there were “several frailties” in the case and dismissed the charge.WOMAN CLEARED ON DRINK-DRIVING CHARGE AFTER ANOTHER LEGAL ARGUMENT was last modified: March 2nd, 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:CarndonaghDistrict Courtdrink drivingMalin
POLICE in Glasgow are hunting two thugs after a Co Donegal man was murdered in the street as he walked home from a chip shop.The victim was white and the attackers of Asian appearance – and the scene of the attack on Glasgow’s South Side is close to where white teenager Kriss Donald was abducted and killed in a racist killing that stunned the UK.But last night Strathclyde Police stressed they had still to establish the motive.Detectives said they could not rule out the possibility that the attack on William McKeeney, originally from Malin Head, was racially motivated but there was no evidence at this stage to suggest that it was. The 57-year-old victim, a lorry driver, was found seriously injured on Melville Street in Pollokshields, just yards from his front door.He had been out to a nearby chip shop and was attacked as he made his way home early yesterday.Detective Chief Inspector David Gailey, who is leading the investigation, said: “At the moment, it would appear that it was a completely unprovoked and violent attack.“Mr McKeeney had been out locally, socialising in the Pollokshaws Road and Nithsdale Road areas. I do not know at this time if he met the two men responsible on his way home or close to his house. “The natural route home for William, who was well known in the area, would have been via Darnley Street. There is the possibility that someone heard or saw something that will help us catch those responsible for this vicious murder.”Mr McKeeney was taken to the Victoria Infirmary but he died a short while after arrival.The suspects, who ran off towards Darnley Street, are both described as being “of Asian appearance”.One is 6ft 4ins tall, of thin build and was wearing a light coloured hoodie and light grey tracksuit bottoms. The other is said to be of average height and build and wore a navy tracksuit. A female neighbour of Mr McKeeney said: “William had been coming home with a chippy. He was lying just outside the close with fish and chips spilt all over the street.“William was then taken on to a stretcher and his wife came out of the flat and went in the ambulance with him to hospital.“He was a really friendly, helpful good neighbour. I know him and his wife, Ann, and she is going to be just devastated.”There is widespread shock in Malin Head and surrounding areas today at news of the murder. © 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/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL MAN STABBED TO DEATH IN VICIOUS ATTACK IN GLASGOW was last modified: January 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:glasgow murderInishowenMalin Head
Donegal County Council has revealed that in 2017 the collection of commercial rates increased to 74% up from 68% in 2016.Director of Finance Garry Martin acknowledged this increase and thanked businesses in Donegal for their ongoing support and cooperation in the collection of commercial rates.“Our collection performance increased significantly over the last number of years despite the less favourable economic climate for small businesses in the county” says Garry Martin. “Whilst tourism generated income has increased, a significant portion of the Donegal boundary borders Northern Ireland and this does present additional challenges for businesses including currency fluctuations and the current uncertainty surrounding Brexit.”5,409 commercial properties in Donegal were billed for commercial rates in 2017 and the net value of the rate demands that issued was €30.4m and the net cash collected was €24.6mThe collection rate in 2014, which was the year that first included figures for the former Town Councils, was 56% and the arrears for the same year was €17.6m. In 2017 the collection rates increased to 74% and arrears reduced by almost €3m to €14.6m.“We are pleased with the progress made over the last number of years and I would like to acknowledge the work done by our income collection unit who have worked closely and constructively with businesses across the county during what has been a challenging time for all.” “Commercial rates are an essential income stream for the Council and allow us to fund a broad range of services including roads, housing, fire services, community supports and local development initiatives as well as enabling us to leverage additional funding from external sources including EU funding programmes to drive forward substantial strategic projects for the county” concluded Garry Martin.Irrecoverable ratesIn a report to the meeting of Donegal County Council today, it was noted that rates to the value of €6.5m was deemed to be irrecoverable in 2017 and this included €3.3m for vacant properties as rates are not due on vacant properties and €3.2m which have been deemed as uncollectable.Council collects 74% of commercial rates in 2017 was last modified: March 26th, 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)