JC captain targets Rio

first_imgWhen the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships get under way tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the preliminary round of the boys’ Class One long jump, O’Brien Wasome of Jamaica College (JC) will have two targets. As captain of his school team, Wasome will be expecting to advance to the final and to repeat his 2015 victory. He will also be chasing a big goal: a place on the Jamaican team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. To reach that goal, he needs to long-jump 8.15 metres, or further, before the period for seeking qualifying marks ends on July 11. If that were to happen at Championships, it would take him well past the Class One record of 7.87 metres set by Leon Gordon of Vere Technical High in 1993. It’s a task that isn’t daunting for the outgoing JC senior. “I’m looking forward to making the Olympic team,” he said with quiet assurance before a recent training session. He would also need to earn selection through his performance at the National Senior Championships. “My training is going good, so I’m putting in all the work,” said the Ruel James-coached athlete. Signs of the quality of his preparation came at the recent Carifta Trials, where he won the under-20 long jump with a distance of 7.59 metres. That is his best of the season so far. Wasome won both the Class One long jump and triple jump last year and is aiming to repeat. “I’m looking forward to breaking the long jump and triple jump records,” he said. The triple jump record belongs to his teammate, Clayton Brown, at 16.04 metres. Wasome won with a wind-aided jump of 16.24m but had a legal effort of exactly 16 metres. His 2015-winning long jump of 7.71 metres places him in joint second place on the all-time Champs performance list, with Neil Gardner of Wolmer’s Boys’ and Maurice Wignall of Calabar. They were second and third with jumps of 7.71 and 7.68 metres, respectively, when Gordon set the record in 1993. Wignall produced a 7.71m of his own at Boys’ Championships in 1994. One of Wasome’s prime rivals may miss the five-day Championship. Alrick Ottey of Cornwall College did the Class One long/triple jump double at Western Championships and produced a big jump of 7.46 metres on grass at the STETHS Invitational. However, he was injured at the Carifta Trials in the triple jump.last_img read more

Two months after World Cup final, Russia police no longer relaxed

first_imgFILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, Pyotr Verzilov invading the pitch, runs away as a steward tries to stop him during the France and Croatia 2018 World Cup final match in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Of the four people who protested on the field during the World Cup soccer final in Moscow, one is now in intensive care and another spent part of the week in a jail cell. On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 five days after speaking to the AP, Verzilov was admitted to the intensive care ward of a Moscow hospital. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)MOSCOW— Of the four people who protested on the field during the World Cup football final in Moscow, one is now in intensive care and another spent part of the week in a jail cell.Two months since the tournament ended with France beating Croatia, the tolerant image presented by Russian law enforcement to the outside world appears to be over.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pyotr Verzilov told The Associated Press last week how he and three other activists from the Russian protest group Pussy Riot used police uniforms to trick their way past security during the final.“In Russia, definitely, the uniform of any law enforcement official carries a certain magical role,” he said in an interview. “Although all the stewards at the stadium clearly knew that no police officers had the right to be inside and there were procedures that had to be followed, that they needed accreditation, no one even had the slightest idea that an officer, a major of the police, needs to have his credentials checked. This just doesn’t click in your mind.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe four charged onto the field during the second half of the July 15 game to protest police brutality and authoritarianism in Russia. They evaded security and drew mixed reactions from the players — France’s star forward Kylian Mbappe even high-fived one protester, while Croatia defender Dejan Lovren shoved Verzilov.On Wednesday, five days after speaking to the AP, Verzilov was admitted to the intensive care ward of a Moscow hospital. He regained consciousness Friday, Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina told the AP. She claimed Verzilov was poisoned — a loaded charge at a time when Britain has accused two Russian men of poisoning a former spy with a nerve agent. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal During the tournament in June and July, Russians and foreigners alike found the police on their best behavior. Officers took selfies with fans, watched as supporters partied on the street, and turned a blind eye to those drinking alcohol in public.“People have seen that Russia is a hospitable country that is welcoming to those who come here,” President Vladimir Putin said during the tournament.The government launched its widely unpopular pension reform on June 14, the day the World Cup began. Opposition was muted during the tournament, especially because protests were heavily restricted by a decree from President Vladimir Putin, but a new round of unauthorized protests across Russia on Sunday against the pension changes saw police and National Guard officers beat protesters with truncheons on streets near the Kremlin.More than 1,000 people were detained nationwide, according to data from the law enforcement monitoring group OVD Info.During the World Cup, “things started to feel more liberal than they are, but if you look at any of the political processes that were happening, there were no signs of liberalization in any way,” said Verzilov, who campaigns for reforms to the prison and law enforcement system. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny organized Sunday’s protests, but couldn’t attend because he’s serving a month in jail after authorities last month charged him over another unauthorized rally in January.Besides the shift in policing tactics, Russia is grappling with other issues raised by the World Cup.The stadiums themselves are costly to maintain — estimates range from $2.8 million to $8 million a year for different arenas. Even though more Russians are flocking to club games, it’s unlikely to be enough to cover the costs without government subsidies.Any cash shortfall can cause embarrassment, with power supply to the brand-new Samara Arena briefly turned off last month when electricity bills had reportedly gone unpaid for several months.While the World Cup was a PR success — and widely seen by fans generally as a good tournament football-wise — the need to cover ongoing costs for the sports arenas could be a sore point for Russians who end up working longer before retirement.Around the world, football fans may have moved on from the World Cup to the new league seasons, but the tournament buzz remains for Peru supporter Giovanni Falcon, who’s trying to build a new life in Russia. Vettel fastest in Singapore GP final practice, Hamilton 3rd Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 Falcon arrived in Yekaterinburg, near the Ural mountains, in June to watch Peru lose 1-0 to France. After the initial sadness of watching his team being eliminated from its first World Cup since 1982, Falcon found he was falling in love with the host nation.After going home to Peru to sort out documents, he’s now trying to learn Russian and find work in Yekaterinburg, though the process of obtaining residency could be arduous.“I started thinking ‘Why not stay in Russia?’ I found many reasons to stay here,” he said. “Here in Yekaterinburg they have many natural resources. Oil, mining, electricity, so it’s compatible with my background.”As for the protesters, Verzilov highlighted one unexpected consequence.While a video of Verzilov being berated by a senior police officer at the World Cup final went viral in Russia, he became something of a celebrity in the precinct.“A lot of the police officers liked the action,” Verzilov told the AP. “In fact, a lot of police officers at the station asked me for an autograph for their relatives.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Veronika Nikulshina, the protester who high-fived Mbappe, was detained by police Sunday ahead of a major protest in Moscow and held until Tuesday after being accused of disobeying police orders.“It’s definitely poisoning,” Alekhina said of Verzilov’s illness. “I think there’s nothing other than politics here.” Moscow police have not indicated they are investigating the case and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Russian law enforcement strived to present a tolerant image during the World Cup, and ignored rules which usually ban unauthorized public gatherings and drinking.Police forces across the country even stopped publishing news about crimes on their websites, instead giving Russians a monthlong diet of lighter fare about visits to children’s camps and Internet safety tips.Two months on, and police have shown less tolerance for dissent and last week beat unauthorized protesters in the street.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

World no. 1 Simon Halep stunned in Sydney ahead of Australian Open

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ But Barty was undaunted, using her signature court craft to break straight back and secure victory two games later.“It was extremely difficult conditions, very swirly down at court level. So I figured if I’m going to play Sim anytime, and it’s her first match, it was now. I was very happy to make the most of it,” said Barty.“I had nothing to lose out here so I just came out and played with freedom. I believed I could win.”Earlier in the week, Halep admitted the back injury that ended her 2018 season early was “very scary”, but said she had recovered and was feeling fit.The early finish to 2018 was a disappointing end to a spectacular season, which saw the 27-year-old secure the year-end number one ranking for the second year running.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nikola Jokic gets another triple double to lead Nuggets to close win over Miami LATEST STORIES Simona Halep of Romania hits the ball around her back to Ash Barty of Australia during their women’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)World number one Simona Halep’s preparations for next week’s Australian Open suffered a huge setback Wednesday when she was bundled out of the Sydney International at the first hurdle.The Romanian hadn’t played since withdrawing from the WTA Finals in October with a herniated disc, and was no match for fast-rising Australian Ashleigh Barty, who scored the biggest win of her career 6-4, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Halep, the reigning French Open champion and 2018 Australian Open runner-up, had a bye through to the second round, meaning she heads to Melbourne Park for the opening Grand Slam of the year with just one game under her belt.Barty, who ended a breakthrough 2018 with a WTA title in Zhuhai and is now ranked 15, brought the momentum into the new year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissShe had already accounted for another French Open winner, Jelena Ostapenko, in the opening round and had an extra gear against Halep, breaking serve twice to win the first set.Halep, without a coach after splitting with Darren Cahill who wanted to spend more time with his family, was first to break in the second set and had a chance to hold for 5-3. View comments She got off to a stellar start, reaching the Australian Open final and went on to win the Shenzhen Open, the Rogers Cup and her debut Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

GWI officially sacks Lear Goring − insists decision based solely on lack of qualifications

first_imgThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has officially sacked ‘drug convict,’ Lear Goring, who served as the entity’s Debt Recovery Manager.Public Relations Officer, Leana Bradshaw, released a missive from GWI to this effect on Thursday, in which the utility company explained that the decision was taken by the company’s Board of Directors.The specially convened meeting of the Board of Directors to decide on Goring’s future with the water company was held on Thursday. Goring gained prominence recently when it was discovered that he and the entity’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles were both Directors of Atlantic Fuels Inc – an entity which was issued a fuel licence under questionable circumstances.Goring was also found to have been convicted of drug trafficking twice and was deported on both occasions from the United States of America (USA). According to Bradshaw’s public missive on Thursday, “the decision comes following a review of Mr Goring’s credentials, which do not satisfy the requirements outlined for the position.” The GWI communication further stated that “It should also be noted that the decision taken was based solely on a review of his qualification for the job.”Goring had recently been sent on administrative leave pending investigations into reports that he was not qualified for the position of Debt Recovery Manager.The matter had come to light when it was discovered that Dr Van West-Charles’ business partner had been hired shortly after the Managing Director’s appointment at GWI. Publicly available US court documents show that Goring was convicted in the early 1990s before being deported to Guyana in 1993. He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine in 1995 and he later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 63 months in prison by Judge K M Moore in a Brooklyn, New York court.He had reportedly used a forged passport to make his way back to the United States.Goring and another GWI employee were hired shortly after Dr Van West- Charles took office with neither of the positions being advertised. Guyana Times understands that Lance Mars and Goring, both of whom are reportedly close friends of the GWI’s Managing Director, were employed as a Consultant and Manager of the Debt Recovery Unit.Dr Van West-Charles had told this publication that with respect to the hiring of Mars, there was “no need to advertise.” With regards to Goring’s appointment as Debt Recovery Unit Manager, Dr Van West-Charles had told this publication that Goring had applied for the job, was interviewed and subsequently hired. He had defended Goring’s employment, pointing to the $3 billion debts owed to GWI and said he needed a person in the position that he could trust.last_img read more

EU Vessels Illegally Fishing in Liberian Waters

first_imgThe Bureau of National Fisheries (BNF) has produced concrete evidence of illegal fishing of European Union (EU) vessels in Liberia’s distant waters.Mr. Berengere Prince, Senior Natural Resource Management Specialist at the World Bank and Team Task Leader of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP), said in a statement issued yesterday that, as a result, the European Union (EU) has reached a significant decision to adopt more stringent regulations that will bring transparency to the murky business of flagged vessels fishing in distant waters, the statement said. Mr. Prince said Liberia’s concrete evidence of illegal fishing by EU vessels came through the use of new satellite-based technology. “It was done through new technologies, including satellite tracking of boats’ onboard Automated Identifications System (AIS) and other vessel communication specialists have been monitoring in real time boats that are fishing off the coast of Liberia, thanks to the WARFP resources,” he said.He said the monitoring by specialists can bring suspicious boat activities to the attention of the authorities, including transshipment – which occurs when fishing vessels illegally and repeatedly load their catch onto carrier vessels further at sea to avoid detection.“The industrial fishing community is smaller than you might think,” said Stephen Akester, fisheries management adviser to the Bank’s West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP).“And this new level of accountability is happening. The Bank’s attention to governance is transforming [fishing in] the whole region,” he said of IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) Fishing on the West African coast. IUU fishing plays a huge role in the depletion of marine fish stocks, and developing nations have long been victims of this practice. Global losses have been estimated at $10 to $23 billion a year, the report said. On December 10, as part of its new Common Fisheries Policy, the European Commission proposed a system to allow authorities to better monitor EU vessels outside their traditional waters as well as international vessels in EU waters. In order to obtain permission to fish, vessels will have to comply with EU rules that include licensing and background checks concerning old violations, fines and infringements. Previously, a European vessel did not have to register within Europe before fishing in other countries’ waters or ‘Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction’ (ABNJ). By 2017, member states will have a better understanding of who is fishing in their name in Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) around the world. Liberia held its first international conference in 2012 in Monrovia in order to begin the arduous process of negotiating new agreements with EU and other regional states that would help ensure procedures and regulations were in place to sustainably manage fisheries. It was followed with more meetings in 2013, leading to a Memorandum of Understanding and Tuna Agreement on managing the resources of the region. (Participants worked toward a sustainable tuna fishery in the coastal states of West Africa, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.) Liberia’s then-Minister of Agriculture, Florence Chenoweth, was a pioneer on this project, according to Prince, and helped lead the way toward better monitoring and control measures that will support the replenishment of West Africa’s fish stock and degraded marine environment. This is key to ensuring long-term food security, livelihoods and revenues from living marine assets, the report said. “Diplomatic representatives of the European Union at the conference were shocked by the level of IUU fishing by some European flagged vessels,” Akester recalled. Initially, some diplomats attended the meetings with the idea of protecting their own fleets, he added. Ultimately, the European Commission has recognized the damage IUU fishing has caused internationally and fishery specialists are heralding the possibility of a new era. Regulation is increasingly influenced by evidence that West African countries are generating that pertains to all Distant Water Fishing Nations (DWFN). At the same time there is a promising global trend of countries that have an international fishing industry, including Korea, that are adopting legislation to maintain better control over the vessels flagged in their name around the world. However, other DWFNs have yet to follow the examples of the EU and Korea. Earlier in the year, Liberia also signed its own fishing agreement with the European Commission. The EU said in a statement that it will help both parties in their fight against IUU fishing. The new partnership with the EU is also expected to contribute to Liberia’s recovery and food security in the wake of the Ebola crisis. “When I started working on fisheries twenty years ago I had little hope about a bright future for fisheries,” Prince said. “I see change now. Market incentives against illegal fishing, new technologies for monitoring, and political mobilization at the highest levels, all give me hope.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chunk of Alberta’s Highway 43 gets twinned

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca staff An Alberta highway traveled by many Fort St. John residents is getting a major upgrade. The Alberta provincial government announced that a twinning project is set for Highway 43 between Wembley to the east of Beaverlodge. – Advertisement -That project is part of northern Alberta’s highway construction plan to meet the needs of a growing population. In 2010, the Alberta government plans to invest $1.9 billion in the provincial highway network.last_img

Ducks need a fresh face

first_imgThe Ducks showed they could match goals and blows with the scalding Vancouver Canucks for 60 minutes before falling 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night at the Honda Center. There was something missing, however. Despite 40 shots on net, the Ducks managed only two goals, giving Vancouver goaltender Dany Sabourin his first NHL victory in his 12th game in three seasons. The Ducks fired shots from all angles at Roberto Luongo’s backup. But Vancouver won it on Daniel Sedin’s power-play goal 2:19 into overtime after a debatable hooking call against Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer. Sami Salo’s perimeter shot sailed high and wide of Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s net, caromed off the glass and fell on Sedin’s stick. He stuck the puck in the back of the net. “I didn’t know where the puck was going to be,” Giguere said. “I wasn’t sure where the puck was going to go. It was a bit of a lucky bounce.” ANAHEIM – Conventional wisdom suggests the Ducks must add a fresh face before the trade deadline next Tuesday. Acquiring a rent-a-veteran such as Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk or Owen Nolan is the only way they can recapture their early season magic. Or so the theory goes. Ducks general manager Brian Burke lost out on the Peter Forsberg sweepstakes, deciding the Philadelphia Flyers’ asking price was too steep. Burke wasn’t about to give up Corey Perry and Forsberg was dealt to the Nashville Predators last week. center_img Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal in the last seconds of the second period to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Vancouver’s Markus Naslund countered with a goal early in the third to tie the score at 2-2. The Ducks earned a point by making it to overtime, and moved seven points ahead of the second-place San Jose Sharks. The Ducks have earned at least one point in four consecutive games (2-0-2). “We look at the standings occasionally,” center Andy McDonald said. “For us, the goal is to be back to having that effort we had at the beginning of the season. We’re just starting to get our game back. It hasn’t been all bad. We’ve taken some steps lately.” The Ducks recalled center Tim Brent from their minor-league affiliate at Portland, Maine, to take injured center Todd Marchant’s spot in the lineup. Brent responded by scoring his first NHL goal, slamming home a rebound from near the left post while on one knee and giving the Ducks a 1-0 lead 6:51 into the game. elliott.teaford@dailybreeze.com (310) 540-4201 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NLC students ready to`light it up`at Skills Canada

first_imgRobbie McMullin, a dual credit student in the Electrical Foundation program at NLC and North Peace Secondary School, won gold in the Secondary Division.Hayden Stebing, a Level 3 Electrical apprentice and former NLC student, won gold in the Post-Secondary Division.They’re now heading to the national championships in Toronto, June 4 – 7, pursuing the convenient chance to represent Canada at the 2015 World Skills Championships in Brazil.- Advertisement -Stebing, who works for Dalco Instruments in Fort St. John, said he felt confident at the provincials after completing his project with about an hour remaining in the six hour event.“After the first section, I looked around and everyone else was way behind where I was, “Stebing said. “When I finished with and hour left, I felt confident I was going to win.”The event had an overall attendance of approximately 7,000 participants and visitors.  Advertisement “I’m not going expecting to win, but I want to win,” says Stebing. “The Nationals will be a higher-calibre skill level. I will be super happy if I come in first, going to Brazil would be sweet.”McAleney says he’s proud of how these student successes reflect positively on NLC’s Electrical program.“This validation as an instructional team was awesome, to see that we are on the right track,” McAleney said. “…To win two gold medals at the Provincial Skills Competition is pretty impressive.” Stebing says the biggest surprise for him came when discovering an error in the drawings partway through the competition, having to reorganize his project plan.Each division featured a six-hour competition that required the completion of two projects, one focusing on residential skills and the other commercial.NLC Electrical Instructor, Robert McAleney was a judge at the provincials and say he’s impressed with the simplicity of the project, while still being challenging enough to test most of the electrical disciplines including wire, pipework and technical wiring.Both Stebing and McMullin are preparing for the nationals, as they review the tool list and scope documents, expecting to do some weekend sessions.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgGARDAÍ are searching for the occupants of a car which was disrupted during what officers believe was a crime gang’s bid to carry out house raids.It follows an incident in which a man was arrested in Letterkenny on Wednesday. Martin Stokes, from Derry, appeared in court in Sligo yesterday on 36 separate driving offence charges.He will appear in court again in Letterkenny next Monday. Gardaí are now searching for a second car which was spotted in and around Ardara on Wednesday afternoon with a number of males inside.Officers believe the men – who fled the town at high speed – may have driven across the Border.They are liaising with colleagues in the PSNI to identify the gang members.Gardaí believe good police work prevented a series of planned break-ins in and around the Ardara and Glenties areas. Officers have set up a special team in Letterkenny to coordinate a high level investigation into a series of robberies in the county in recent weeks.It’s understood detectives are looking at suspects from both Donegal and Derry in several different investigations.Some of those suspects may now be armed after stealing weapons belonging to a burglary victim in Rooskey earlier this week.So far no-one has been arrested in the hunt for the gang behind robberies at the homes of six elderly people in the east of the county in late January and early February. REVEALED: GARDAÍ HUNT CRIME GANG AMID NEW BURGLARY FEARS was last modified: March 7th, 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:ArdaraburglarsGardailetterkennythieveslast_img read more

TD slams Minister’s ‘chaotic response’ to fodder crisis

first_imgFianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson, Charlie McConalogue TD has said that there is no excuse for the “chaotic response” demonstrated this week by the Government and Minister Michael Creed to the ongoing Fodder Crisis.McConalogue said: “It is unacceptable that it took until this afternoon for the Minister to provide details of the Fodder Import Support Scheme despite the fact that the Government had been consistently warned for months of the impending crisis in fodder supply.“All week long we have witnessed confusion reign due to the unclear nature of the support scheme which the Government announced would be made available to assist the importation of fodder from abroad. “When the announcement was made yesterday, it was confined to Dairy Co-Ops meaning that many farmers struggling nationwide would have been forgotten about. Both the Suckler beef and sheep sectors in particular would have had limited access, if any, to the scheme.“Thankfully, on the foot of our party’s calls the Minister has made the belated move today to expand eligibility of the scheme to all Co-Ops and commercial feed merchants.“It is also welcome this afternoon that application forms were finally made available for participating co-ops and feed merchants so that they can now apply for the funding necessary to transport fodder into the country.“This will hopefully ensure that there are no further delays in getting much needed fodder supplies into farmyards throughout the country. He added: “Fianna Fáil have been warning the Minister since last September of the need for contingency plans to be prepared in the event of a late spring. Our special Dáil debates on the issue, as recently as last week, fell on deaf ears.“This Ministerial inaction on the fodder shortage meant there were no contingency plans in place and instead led the country having to scramble to get necessary supports in place.“It is crucial now that we all work together to ensure that support is delivered to farmers and that fodder supplies can be brought into the country in the quantities required to help farmers feed their stock over the coming few weeks.“From here, Government need to act on the requests of national farming organisations to put in place financial measures to guide farmers through the next number of weeks,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.TD slams Minister’s ‘chaotic response’ to fodder crisis was last modified: April 6th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:agriculturecharlie mc conaloguefarmersfodder crisisminister creedlast_img read more