Western Bureau: Donovan Duckie, the head coach of Manchester High, was left bitterly disappointed after last week’s Ben Francis KO final loss to St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), but he must now refocus his players for this afternoon’s daCosta Cup semi-final against Dinthill Technical. The game will be played at the Juici Field in Clarendon with kick-off set for 2:30 p.m., and this time, Duckie, along with his band of players, will want a more favourable result, one that will put them in the December 5 final against either STETHS or Lennon High, who meet tomorrow at the same venue. Manchester did not have the best of days in the knockout final and will want to put that right to reach the prestigious daCosta Cup final. But in order to get there, the likes of Duhaney Williams, the man who netted their only goal against STETHS in that final loss, must come to life. So, too, must Romaine Walsh and Jarious Mattis. DEFENSIVE LINE Their big centre half and team captain, Bobeto Stewart, along with his entire defence line, must be able to keep Dinthill’s attacking force at bay. Dinthill have Rodave Murray, a talented forward-minded midfielder, in their ranks. He is capable of creating serious problems for any defence. So, too, are Jahbari Ranger and Antoine Rhule. The Linstead-based school is keen on keeping their dream of lifting a first daCosta Cup for the first time since doing so in 1981, by getting the better of Duckie’s Manchester High in what is a high-stakes clash. The last time Manchester reached the championship game, they lost to STETHS, and that was back in 2013, but this time around, Manchester will be hoping to not only get past Dinthill but to win a first-ever daCosta Cup title.
…proposes oil-dependent power generation is not “best” way to goCiting that Guyana depends heavily on imported oil for its power needs, a country report on Guyana produced by the International Monetary fund (IMF) proposed that an oil-dependent power generation is not the best way to go.Stating the country’s installed power generation capacity is about 83 per cent oil-based and 17 per cent biomass (bagasse) fuelled, the report indicated that the oil-dependent power generation mix contributes to macroeconomic instability. It explained that high oil prices widen the external current account dearth, raise fiscal transfers to the public utility Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and reduce oil tax revenues due to the limited pass-through in the domestic fuel pricing system.An artist’s impression of the Amaila Falls Hydropower ProjectTherefore, unpleasant oil price shocks consume foreign exchange and fiscal resources and the unpredictability in oil prices quickly disseminates to the external and fiscal sectors.The report stated that these oil price shocks increase the cost of power generation and when those costs are passed on to users, they increase the cost of production and hold back investment.It emphasised that GPL’s relatively high rate of technical and commercial losses also contributed to high electricity prices, while declaring that the country’s average retail electricity prices were among the highest in the Region in 2014. Although the recent decline in oil prices has provided some respite, it purported that Guyana “remains exposed to oil price corrections”.Odds with renewable energyThe IMF stated further that the oil-dependent power generation is at odds with the vast renewable energy potential. “The country has extensive hydro power potential, estimated at 7600 MW, which by far exceeds its annual consumption and installed capacity,” it said, adding that Guyana’s climate is also apposite for wind and solar power generation, while its sugar and rice industries provide opportunities for co-generation of electricity from biomass .It noted that a transition to a green power atmosphere has been delayed by various constraints, thus reducing the chances of lowing Guyana’s carbon footprint.Guyana has always been cited for having high hydro potential, even as far back as the first oil shock in the mid 1970s. Plans were in order to build a large hydroelectric project at Amaila Falls in the late 1980s; this evolved through several proposals and rounds of negotiations but implementation has been constrained by the project’s large size, complexity, cost, and Guyana’s limited fiscal space.The project was deemed a no-priority by Government due to its purported lack of financial sustainability. Finance Minister Winston Jordan had posited that the Amaila project is too costly to pursue. He stated that it will cost GPL US$2.6 billion over 20 years (US$130 million per year) and this was too unreasonable.However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had contended that instead of Amaila Falls costing GPL US$2.6 billion over 20 years, GPL would actually be saving almost US$2 billion, or G$400 billion.Nevertheless, Guyana has launched a comprehensive review of its power sector strategy and the Government has tasked the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with a review of its optimal energy matrix. The IDB will assess the optimal power generation mix for the country, looking at a broad array of energy sources.The Government has also retained an international consultant for a review of the feasibility of Amaila Falls Hydropower Project and the power sector strategy will draw upon the results of these studies.Additionally, it has put in place fiscal incentives to promote solar power and will use solar panels and mini hydro stations in remote communities without grid access. Solar power is also increasingly used by businesses to power their buildings and operations.In this respect, enabling green technology independent power producers to sell their excess power to the grid could reduce energy losses, increase supply, and lower tariffs.The Government is also exploring the modalities of renewing its ground-breaking low carbon partnership with Norway, which has provided grants for developmental projects in exchange for Guyana’s progress in preventing deforestation and reducing the economy’s carbon footprint.
At least five people have been killed in The Bahamas, as Hurricane Dorian continues to batter the country.The storm has devastated Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands (Photos from the Guardian and BBC News)Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said the deaths were confirmed at the north-eastern Abaco Islands, which bore the brunt of the storm.Some 13,000 houses are feared damaged or destroyed, according to the International Red Cross.Dorian, the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, remains “extremely dangerous”, Minnis said.Pictures showed surging floodwaters, upturned cars, and snapped trees.Eyewitness videos and reports paint a picture of massive and widespread flooding, with panicked families fleeing to their roofs to escape rising floodwaters.Dorian is the most powerful storm to hit The Bahamas since records began and will later move “dangerously close” to the US east coast, according to forecasters.It hit The Bahamas as a category five hurricane, but has now weakened to a category four with maximum sustained winds near 240 kilometres per hour (150 miles per hour), says the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in its latest update.Dorian will, however, remain “a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days”.The NHC said that only a slight deviation in the path of the storm could bring Dorian directly over Florida’s east coast, which is already expected to face life-threatening storm surges and dangerous winds over the next couple of days.The US states of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency.The storm is moving very slowly over Grand Bahama, having earlier made landfall on the Abaco Islands.It has brought ferocious winds and massive amounts of water to both areas, which are in the north of the Bahamas archipelago. Grand Bahama, with a population of about 50,000, is only 100km (60 miles) east of West Palm Beach in Florida.Forecasters had warned the storm could create “life-threatening” storm surges as high as seven metres (23 feet).Clint Watson, a journalist based in the capital Nassau, said people in Grand Bahama were being hit with “buckets of rain” and posting videos online showing water rising to the windows of their attics.“You can’t fathom that, but that’s what people are showing us with their videos, saying ‘Please, come and rescue me. I’m in the roof of my home and this is where the water is’. And you can see the water outside pressing in. It’s stories like that and images like that that you can’t get out of your mind,” he told the BBC.International airport under waterLocal media report that the international airport is under water.Dorian is travelling west at just over 2km/h (1mph), the NHC said. It added that the hurricane would “continue to pound Grand Bahama Island” .The winds at the core of the storm are spinning so fast that the centre is collapsing on itself, stalling over the area and weakening the storm’s eye. This is making it expand and cause damage over a larger area, says BBC Weather.On Monday morning, Minnis said reports from the Abaco Islands suggested the devastation was “unprecedented”.The Abacos are home to about 17,000 people. It is unclear how many ignored evacuation orders and pleas from officials to leave low-lying areas.The International Red Cross also said as many as 13,000 houses could have been destroyed. “There might no longer be any clean water readily available on Abaco, because of storm surges flooding wells,” spokesman Matthew Cochrane told the BBC.He said that aid workers were expecting “significant humanitarian needs” in The Bahamas once the storm passes.The UK Department for International Development said it was sending three humanitarian experts to the Bahamas.How has The Bahamas prepared?The country is one of those most regularly hit by hurricanes, and homes are required to be reinforced to withstand the winds of a category four storm.PM Minnis did announce an evacuation order for parts of Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. All tourists were asked to leave.The Prime Minister said on Sunday of residents who chose to stay: “I can only say to them, that I hope this is not the last time they will hear my voice and may God be with them.”There has been no official confirmation of casualties, but TV station Eyewitness News carried an interview with a woman who said her eight-year-old grandson had drowned on the Abaco Islands.The storm is currently moving west but it is forecast to make a gradual turn north or north-west, taking it along the eastern US seaboard.But its path is difficult to predict and it’s unclear if it will make landfall.“Surge-related flooding depends on how close the centre of Dorian comes to the Florida east coast,” the NHC said.President Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday that the storm “looks monstrous” and the US east coast would “be ultimately impacted and some of it very, very severely”.Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned people not to be complacent following the change in the storm’s predicted path. “This storm at this magnitude could really cause massive destruction,” he said.Popular attractions, including Disney World in Orlando, have said they are “closely monitoring” the storm. Miami has ordered the removal of electric rental scooters from the streets to avoid them becoming projectiles.South Carolina on Sunday issued a mandatory evacuation of the entire coast, effective of noon on Monday and affecting 830,000 people. Georgia then followed suit.Is climate change making hurricanes worse?Scientists cannot say whether climate change is increasing the number of hurricanes.But the ones that do happen are more likely to be more powerful and more destructive because of our warming climate, says BBC Weather’s Tomasz Schafernaker.Here’s why:An increase in sea surface temperatures strengthens the wind speeds within storms and also raises the amount of precipitation a hurricane will dumpSea levels are expected to increase by one to four feet over the next century, bringing the potential of far worse damage from sea surges and coastal flooding during storms (BBC News)
1 Douglas Costa and his Shakhtar Donetsk teammate Alex Teixeira Monaco are preparing a double swoop for Manchester United and Arsenal target Douglas Costa and his teammate Alex Teixeira, according to L’Equipe.The Ligue 1 side are looking to add to their squad after securing Champions League football last season with a second-place finish.And they are reportedly willing to pay £51million for the Shakhtar Donetsk midfield duo, who are both looking to leave the Ukrainian club due to political violence in the region. Manchester United have been tracking Costa, as have Premier League rivals Arsenal, while the Red Devils have also been linked with Teixeira in the past.However, Monaco look to be leading the race for the Brazilian pair as they try to replace Colombia ace James Rodriguez, who joined Real Madrid for £70million earlier this month.
A woman who claimed she was doing some “last minute Christmas shopping” was caught drink-driving.Rebecca Wilkie was stopped by Gardai on December 18th last year after being detected driving in an “erratic manner.” Ms Wilkie had been out socialising the previous night but her reading, 49 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, was still over the legal limit.Letterkenny District Court was told that Ms Wilkie, of Dromore, Letterkenny, was doing some last minute Christmas shopping when stopped.Judge Paul Kelly fined the accused €200 and banned from driving for two years.‘Last minute Christmas shopper’ was caught drink-driving was last modified: May 18th, 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) Tags:CHristmasdrink drivingletterkennyRebecca Wilkie
Termon 7–9 Fourmasters 0–4Termon overwhelm Four Masters in County Ladies Final.Red hot favourites Termon captured the senior Ladies final at Cross Roads on Sunday. Termon who are notorious slow starters were first out of the traps with Geraldine Mc Laughlin to the forefront.Indeed such was McLaughlin’s contribution to this game that she ended up scoring four Goals.For Four Masters Kate Keaney, Claire Brady, Patrice Rooney, and Nicola Lacey were prominent.Termon had big performances from Geraldine Mc Laughlin , Therese mc Cafferty Nicole Mc Laughlin and Maureen O Donnell was outstanding. In a humble acceptance speech Captain O Donnell paid tribute to her entire panel and particularly the younger members of the panel.LADIES GAA: TERMON CROWNED COUNTY CHAMPIONS was last modified: September 17th, 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)
Conor McGregor has risked the wrath of Donegal MMA fans by poking fun at the Joseph Duffy online. Duffy was left devastated when UFC medical chiefs determined he was unfit to face Dustin Poirier on Saturday night – after suffering concussion in sparring.Duffy was the headline fight and tickets for the bout sold out in minutes when they went on release in early September. However, UFC superstar Conor McGregor has cruelly taunted Duffy and made a series of derogatory remarks on his social media page.The comments have drawn criticism from large sections of Irish supporters disgusted by his posts.McGregor posted, “It’s brown panty night over there right now.A few hours later he made another disguised dig at Duffy’s Irish authenticity by talking about Canadian air. McGregor wrote, “Must be that Canadian air. It’s fresh as f**k over here.“Rock chins bred on this side.McGregor then offered to step him for Duffy and give peanut (Poirier) another chance to defeat him, boastfully claiming the gate was his anyway.“I will give peanut another crack at the King no sweat. I’ll take the gate. It’s my gate anyway.“A cool 7. Cash. See you at the weigh ins. McGregor’s attitude towards Duffy and in general is really starting to get on people’s nerves – and some Irish fans are hoping he’s taken down to earth with a bang when he faces Jose Aldo.CRUEL MCGREGOR TAUNTS DUFFY OVER UFC WITHDRAWAL was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSport
Seamus Coleman is in pole position to become the next long-term captain of the Irish soccer team, according to manager Martin O’Neill.The Killybegs man wore the armband during the recent 2016 Euro Championships in France.And with John o’Shea no longer guaranteed a starting place, O’Neill says Coleman can be a great captain going forward as Robbie Keane looks forward to retirement. “As a captain, I think he was inspirational in those games in France really.“Seamus was like a man possessed, he was extraordinary. In the little huddle before the games, he got the boys wound up and that’s great to see.“Not that it came as a big surprise to me because he is very intense. He seems like a quiet lad but in the dressing room, even when he’s not been captain over the past couple of years, he’s still got a voice and that’s very, very important.“He has put himself in a very strong position.” Coleman in strong position to become Irish captain – O’Neill was last modified: July 31st, 2016 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)
TWO men are being quizzed by Gardaí in Letterkenny after being caught with a stolen Quad bike.The duo were arrested on St Stephen’s morning after being spotted loading the bike into the back of a van.It had been stolen just minutes earlier from Gary’s Bikes on the Port Road. A passing Garda patrol spotted the thieves and made two arrests. The €4,000 quad has been returned to the shop. SHARP-EYED GARDAI NAB TWO MEN AFTER QUAD BIKE THEFT was last modified: December 26th, 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:letterkennyPOrt RoadSHARP-EYED GARDAI NAB TWO MEN AFTER QUAD BIKE THEFT
The darker areas shows where there could be gold in the hills of Donegal.A major Irish company is convinced it could find gold in the hills of Donegal.Samples suggest that there could be a considerable amount of the valuable metal in our hills.Connemara Mining has now announced that it has acquired five new prospecting licences covering 187 sq km on the Innisowen peninsula in Donegal. The company’s geologists believe that the area is a chance of making a high grade gold find in the region – and that there is also the potential for other base metal deposits to be discovered.Tellus boarder survey – darker shades indicate areas where gold is more likely to be foundThe release of the the most recent Tellus geochemical field survey data confirmed the presence of elevated gold in the area – rock samples containing up to 104g/t gold were identified in 2011 by a previous licence holder.After studying the available data 16 target areas have been identified by Connemara. The company’s chairman, John Teeling says that the company is taking an “aggressive stance” in targeting Ireland’s next gold discovery.He adds, “It is worth noting that the new licence block is located within the Scottish-Irish Gold Belt along trend from the discovery by Dalradian Gold where they have recently announced an inferred gold resource of 3.5 million ounces.” GOLD RUSH! COMPANY TAKES OUT FIVE MINING LICENSES FOR DONEGAL HILLS was last modified: April 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CONNEMARAdonegalGoldInishowenMINING