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Indonesia’s anti-graft agency ‘eager to intervene’ in palm oil sector

first_imgCorporate Environmental Transgressors, Corruption, Crime, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Policy, Governance, Law Enforcement, Palm Oil, Plantations, Transparency Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored A new video by Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission, the KPK, suggests the agency is taking a closer look than ever before at the country’s palm oil sector.Many palm oil companies aren’t paying their taxes, and corruption in the licensing process for plantations is rife, according to the KPK.Smallholders control only around a quarter of Indonesia’s oil palm, according to the KPK. Indonesia’s graft-ridden palm oil sector is in need of an “overhaul,” according to the nation’s anti-corruption agency.The agency, known as the KPK, is helping guide a sweeping review of outstanding licenses for oil palm plantations, many of which have been issued in violation of procedures. Indonesia is the world’s top producer of palm oil, an edible oil used throughout the industrial food system.Last week, the KPK published a video about the palm oil sector, arguing that the industry could be a force for positive change, if not for the widespread corruption that underlies the social and environmental problems with which the industry is often associated.Uncontrolled oil palm expansion has helped catapult Indonesia toward the top of the list of greenhouse gas emitters, as carbon-rich forests and peatlands are indiscriminately cleared to make way for plantations.Palm oil companies often take advantage of the lack of legal clarity over who owns land in Indonesia, seizing territory occupied by indigenous and other rural communities, and sending in the police when they resist.“There are many loopholes that open the way for corruption in the palm oil sector,” Laode Syarif, deputy head of the KPK, says in the video.Residents of Muara Tae village in eastern Borneo intervene to stop a bulldozer belonging to a palm oil company they say is operating on their land without their consent. Image courtesy of Muara Tae.One problem flagged by the KPK is that palm oil companies aren’t paying their taxes. Tax revenues from palm oil fell in 2014, even while production and exports soared.“Many companies do not comply with their tax obligations,” the video’s narrator says.Corruption is also rife in the permitting process for plantations. The KPK points out that many companies have been allowed to operate in forest areas that are supposed to be off-limits for oil palm cultivation.Only around a quarter of Indonesia’s oil palm is owned by “smallholders,” according to the KPK. That contradicts a widely circulated figure that 40 percent of the country’s oil palm belongs to smallholders.The Indonesian government considers any plantation smaller than 25 hectares (62 acres) to be a “smallholding.”“We hope that Indonesia’s oil palm belongs to the people, not to be monopolized by certain companies,” Laode says.The KPK also notes that government funds for palm oil are sucked up by the biofuels program, which is diverted to a handful of large conglomerates instead of to farmers who could use it for replanting.Earlier this year, a union of oil palm smallholders sued the Indonesian government over the allocation of a billion-dollar fund that they say fails to help them rejuvenate their low-yielding oil palms and instead unfairly subsidizes large biofuel producers.The KPK notes that almost all of the money from the fund has gone to “three large business groups”: Wilmar, Musim Mas and Darmex.“The KPK has a strong reason to assess the sector,” Laode says, citing past cases in Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi where politicians have been arrested for graft related to licensing for plantations.Rainforest cleared for an oil palm estate in Gunung Mas, on the island of Borneo. Image by Sandy Watt for The Gecko Project.Investigations published jointly by Mongabay and The Gecko Project have chronicled how politicians have used shell companies and proxy owners as vehicles for corruptly selling licenses to multinational plantation firms.In one case, the politician in charge of Seruyan, a district in Indonesian Borneo, issued licenses to 18 companies owned by his relatives and cronies. These individuals quickly flipped the companies, with the licenses attached, to Wilmar International and Triputra Agro Persada, two of the biggest conglomerates operating in the sector.The KPK investigated the politician, Darwan Ali, but never pressed charges.In another case, the politician in charge of Gunung Mas, another district in Borneo, gave licenses to five companies set up by his campaign manager in the months before he was to stand for re-election. The companies were sold to a Malaysian firm for millions of dollars. Today, the company is using the licenses to clear rainforest in the heart of Borneo.Both the politician, Hambit Bintih, and his campaign manager, Cornelis Nalau Antun, were jailed for attempting to bribe the chief justice of Indonesia’s Constitutional Court to swing the election in their favor, apparently using the money from the land deals to pay off the judge.“If managed properly, oil palm can in fact serve as an instrument to alleviate poverty and narrow down development gaps,” the video concludes. “Corrupt practices in the sector can be eliminated.”Banner: An oil palm fruitlet. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Article published by mongabayauthorlast_img read more

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Race and racism

first_imgThe classification of race and its invidious effect of racism are terms that are endemic in Guyanese social discourse, and need to be understood with greater clarity. All classifications are based on some schema that presuppose some value. “Race” was justified by the European classificatory schemes of science, dictating a hierarchical ordering of phenomena and objects from the plants of Linneaus to the atoms of Mendelev.Race was a key concept formulated during the seventeenth century, and it is not coincidental that it arose during the rise of modern slavery, in which the “Negro race” were the main victims. The concept of race was used as one of many hegemonic elements to convince the subjugated groups to accept their subordinate condition: after all, the “inferior” races were being done a favour as the White man laboured mightily to lift up his “burden”.At its logical conclusion, it was used to justify the extermination of whole groups, since if evolutionary theory showed that only the “fittest” survived; maybe it was the duty of the self-selected fittest to move the process along. While conquerors have always concluded that the conquered were in some way inferior, it was the first time that the reasons for the inferiority were given as physical characteristics. This invidious notion of race still survives in Guyana, and it is this usage that must be eradicated.In Guyana, race has been used in the invidious sense from the moment the European arrogantly announced that they “discovered the New World” – implying that the Amerindians living here were not “civilized” enough to appreciate their “discovery”.This premise was used to justify the seizure of the land of the Amerindians, and paper over the raw use of naked force that accomplished the conquest of groups such as the Incas and Aztecs that had very advanced civilizations. “Race” was being introduced as a discourse to define a group of people as a social formation, in which physical, phenotypic and biological differences were given a social significance – that the Amerindians were inferior in culture and ipso facto inferior as a people. The physical characteristics supposedly determined the group’s behavioural attributes, which were inevitably “inferior”.This discourse encompassed all other non-white groups as the colonial expansion spread exponentially, and is the beginning of “racism” in the modern sense of the word. Race and racism were born as inseparable twins: racism could never be disjunctured from race (in the sense that the latter could merely be a neutral descriptive term). The paradigmatic use of racism, of course, was used to justify the slavery of Africans, after the Spanish clerics purported to discover vestiges of a soul in the Amerindians (after they died off like flies and proved unwilling to labour for the Europeans) as so possibly capable of receiving salvation. The Africans were adjudged to be beyond this pale.To maintain consistency with the overriding need to define themselves as a superior group, the Europeans in Guyana performed all sorts of semantic convolutions. The categories of race, supposedly immutable, were adjusted in the colonial milieu as needed, and terms such as “Caucasian” – used by the British in other contexts, were jettisoned, since they could have lumped them with the Portuguese and, horror of horrors, the Indians!The dominant Europeans have oppressed all non-white groups, to one degree or another. Not in the sense that they were merely disliked by the white majority (exhibiting prejudice or racial discrimination), but that they were forced into certain roles by it – roles of subservience. Where the principle of domination (stated or unstated) of the use of power was based on race, it was racism, and this is one of the major legacies that have to be eradicated in the construction of a just and democratic Guyanese state.“Racism”, it is said, “is racial discrimination backed by the power and resources to effect unequal outcomes based on race.” Sadly, today, racism is now being used by those that suffered from its effects during colonialism to oppress others.last_img read more

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Liberia Deserves US Support

first_imgThe influential American Senator, Chris Coons, has said that Liberia deserves the support of the United States at such a critical period that the country has endured following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Senator Coons, who hails from the state of Delaware, is a ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He assured President Sirleaf that the US Congress will make sure that Liberia’s situation gets better.  A dispatch from Washington D. C said Senator Coons gave the assurance when he met with President Ellen Johnson,  along with key Congressional Leaders and ranking members of both Houses. The Liberian leader was visiting the United States to show appreciation to the U.S. Government and people for standing with Liberia during the Ebola crisis. Liberia has long standing historical, economic and social ties with the US that now spans centuries but practically, Liberia has nothing to boast of this relationship as the country still suffers from abject poverty and underdevelopment unlike its surrounding African neighbors that have historical ties with Great Britain and France.Though many Liberians have accused the United States of neglect, others have said that the United States has done well in its support of Liberia, but it is corrupt Liberian government officials that have kept the country in the state of backwardness. In the wake of these arguments, is the fact that Senator Coons stressed the need for the United States to still do more as Liberia actually deserves American support. Some of this support needs to come in the form of rebuilding the healthcare system and power supply that will help to transform the country’s economy The Senators and Representatives who met the Liberian President pledged to use their respective offices, influence and power to give Liberia the needed support to move from the fringes of Ebola to sustainable recovery and development.The need for sustainable electric power for Liberia under the Power Africa Program was stressed by Senator Coons and other Congressional leaders.  “Power is of critical importance to Liberia’s recovery process. All the developmental processes in Liberia are hinged on the provision of sustainable energy supply and we are committed to helping Liberia meet this important goal,” Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said.  He said rebuilding the healthcare system and health infrastructure are also critical to efforts aimed at helping Liberia recover from the impact of the Ebola virus disease.House Minority Leader Lauds Ellen  The US House of Representative Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, congratulated President Sirleaf for what she termed as her impressive leadership, particularly during the Ebola crisis.  “You are a true friend to the American people and we appreciate the special recognition accorded the late Congressman Donald Payne. Let me express our admiration for you and say how grateful we are for the progress made by Liberia in containing the Ebola virus disease,” Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat’s Minority Leader said.  Congresswoman Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi was the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. She is the only woman to have served as the House Speaker for the 110th and 111th Congresses, making her the highest-ranking female politician in American history. Congresswoman Pelosi, who represents California’s 12th congressional district which consists of four-fifths of the city and county of San Francisco, assured President Sirleaf that the U.S. will stand by Liberia as the country works toward reaching the zero new case level and the post-Ebola recovery plan.“We can achieve this because members of the U.S. Congress have a fan at the bi-partisan level. We are very impressed with your courageous leadership, Madam President,” Madam Pelosi indicated.President Sirleaf told the U.S. Congressional leaders that Liberia is back in business. “We have only come to say thank you on behalf of the people and in my own name for all that you have done for us, especially when we cried out for help and you responded in no small measure,” President Sirleaf stressed at the various meetings with leaders of both sides of the U.S. Congress.She pointed out that the Government was glad that kids were now back in school, markets are buzzing again, the borders have reopened and the restriction on people’s movement are all lifted. She also indicated that most importantly, the spirits of Liberians are lifted and reignited in the hope that the country was now back to business and development.She also spoke of the current state of the Ebola fight and about the country’s plan for post-Ebola, seeking the U.S. Government’s full support for Liberia’s recovery process now that Ebola is being contained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Samukai Unhappy with ‘Deception’

first_imgK-Delta female basketball owner, Abraham Samukai is unhappy with the ‘deceptive influence’ being used in resolving the leadership crisis in the Liberia Basketball Association, he told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday in Monrovia.At the June 3 final resolution meeting held at the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the current administration and aggrieved basketball stakeholders agreed on seven counts.The seventh count stated that the embattled president Rufus Anderson leadership shall remain the legitimate body to lead the process for the organization of a congress by the weekend of August 7.Prior to this arrangement, the Ministry of Youth & Sports, unable to resolve the conflict had sought the intervention of FIBA Africa, the continental body supervising basketball in Africa.FIBA Africa accepted the invitation but after several months later, contacted the Ministry of Youth & Sports to find out if something had been done.AFIBA Africa wrote: “Is there a federation on the ground? Or is it a caretaker committee? Is the Ministry of Sports running the federation?”The second recommendation to the Ministry of Youth & Sports from AFIBA Africa said: “What your ministry can do is to hold an election or set up a caretaker committee and write to AFIBA Africa and the Zone immediately….”Samukai told the Daily Observer that “The ministry did not make us aware of the suggestions from AFIBA Africa when we held the final meeting on Wednesday, June 3.”And that’s why he is angry. “I hate such deceit against our determination to resolve a conflict that has held back our basketball development,” he said.Since aggrieved stakeholders are not happy with Rufus Anderson’s leadership, and since his administration has ended, he said the ministry should not have withheld the information advanced by AFBA Africa which could have allowed the aggrieved a chance to accept the lesser of the two evils, recommendations.The Anderson administration has been accused of financial impropriety, following the hosting of a West Africa basketball tournament in Monrovia in which U$15,000 was unaccounted for, and questions were also raised on the expenditure of U$70,000 provided by the Liberian government.“If the ministry is interested in how public funds are used,” Samukai said, “it could have helped resolve the conflict by accepting the aggrieved stakeholders’ position for an interim administration.”He asked: “Why did the ministry keep the suggestions from the highest body that it has sought assistance to resolve the crisis from the stakeholders who had sought an interim leadership?”This is where he thinks the Ministry of Youth & Sports is playing a cat and mouse game and an element of deception has crept in to frustrate the best means of resolving a conflict that has bogged down all basketball activities.And while the crisis is yet to be resolved, the Ministry of Youth & Sports, though has banned all basketball activities, provided U$11,500 and Ld56,000 to the administration that had been unable to provide proper accountability to the previous U85,000 for a trip to Nigeria recently.Samukai said, “It means that documents for the forthcoming congress must include the expenditure of the recent funds for the Nigeria trip.”And may be, afterwards, Samukai’s angry could be pacified, for he told this reporter that “basketball made me who I am and I have the passion to give back to society.”Youth & Sports sources told the Daily Observer that the ministry is not neglecting its responsibility in resolving the leadership crisis.“I cannot comment on whether information was kept away from the contending parties,” a source said, “it is best we resolve the conflict and then seek to do what is right,” and hoped that Samukai could be pacified with that.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mourinho declines Sh2.716b pay-off to quit

first_img“The coach and the club agreed this is the right moment. I want to thank Jose Mourinho for the work he has done in the last few years.”Mourinho, who has been strongly linked with a return to Chelsea – a team he managed between 2004 and 2007, has endured a torrid final season in charge of Los Blancos culminating in Friday’s defeat by Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final that ensured Real end the season without a major trophy.However, Perez denied that Mourinho had been sacked by the club and said they will not have to pay the Portuguese coach compensation pegged at 17 million pounds despite the fact his current contract runs until 2016.“No one has sacked anyone, it has been a mutual agreement,” Perez said.“It is not nice for anyone to have to leave but it is also true that after three years we both decided it was the right moment to break this relationship.”And despite rumours linking Paris Sant-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti with the manager’s job at the Bernabeu, Perez also claimed he has not reached an agreement with any coach to succeed Mourinho.“I want to clarify that we have not established any agreement or pre-contract with any coach. This is a job we have ahead of us in the coming days,” he said.“I want to show my maximum respect to PSG, their president and all the clubs.”The 50-year-old Mourinho’s time in charge of the nine-time European champions has been littered with high profile bust-ups with the local media and many of his stellar squad of world class players, but Perez hailed his demanding standards throughout his time in charge.“He is a very demanding coach, with himself and with the rest and this wears you down,” he said.“The important thing is that we have recovered the level that we didn’t have before.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, May 21 – Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season after a turbulent three-year spell in charge of the Spanish giants, club president Florentino Perez confirmed last night.“After the conversations we have had with our coach Jose Mourinho we have arrived at an agreement to end our working relationship at the end of this season,” Perez told a press conference.last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP investigate fatal crash at scene of car fire

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — Police are investigating after a fatal crash happened at the end of a traffic jam north of Grande Prairie late Sunday night.At approximately 11:50 p.m. on September 3rd, members of the Grande Prairie RCMP were assisting County of Grande Prairie Fire Services at the scene of a vehicle fire on Highway 43 north of Grande Prairie. While they were on scene, police were advised that a collision had occurred at the end of the traffic queue.The crash involved a white pick-up truck and another vehicle which was stopped in the line-up. The lone occupant of the pick-up truck, a 29 year-old man from Drayton Valley, was fatally injured in the crash. His identity has not been released.- Advertisement -Police say that the cause of the collision is still under investigation.last_img read more

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Trash pickup point debated

first_imgNORTH WHITTIER – Residents here are banding together to seek limits on a proposed rail yard where trash would be loaded onto trains and taken to a desert landfill. Calling themselves the North Whittier Neighborhood Watch Avocado Heights Coalition, residents have asked the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to do several things. They want to limit the amount of trash being sent out of this rail yard to 4,000 tons daily while the Puente Hills Landfill is open and 8,000 tons daily after it closes in 2013. They want the districts to seek other locations from where trash could be transported to the desert and to move the two rail lines that will be built farther away from existing homes. Coalition members met with about about 80 North Whittier residents Tuesday in a town hall meeting to discuss their proposals and prepare for an upcoming meeting to discuss an environmental impact report on the rail yard. The report is expected to be released in August. The yard must be approved by the city of Industry. Rebecca Overmyer-Velazquez, coalition co-chairwoman, said its proposals would reduce problems from the proposed rail yard at a former Montgomery Ward’s shipping center, 2500 and 2520 Pellissier Place in Industry. “It’s not unreasonable to ask other people to deal with trash,” said Overmyer-Velazquez. “We need to find another site.” Overmyer-Velazquez said she fears the amount of trash will grow beyond the districts’ proposed 8,000 tons of trash daily. The trash is going to a landfill in Mesquite in Imperial County that can take up to 20,000 tons a day. Janet Coke, manager of the waste by rail section for the Sanitation Districts, said earlier Tuesday the rail yard is needed for when the Puente Hills Landfill closes. The rail yard is expected to open by 2011 or 2012. Coke, who did not attend Tuesday’s meeting, said she believes the residents’ proposals are premature because the environmental impact report hasn’t been released. “They need to wait and see the impacts and mitigation measures,” she said. “They’re kind of jumping the gun.” Coke also said most of the residents who are protesting don’t live close to the proposed rail yard. But Marilyn Kamimura. coalition co-chairwoman, said they’re within two miles of the yard and believe it’s unfair to put another trash facility in their area. Residents pointed out that they already have a landfill, freeway and industrial buildings surrounding them. “I used to walk twice a day in my neighborhood,” said Kamimura. “Now I go out only on Sunday mornings. If I need more exercise, I do it inside. My sinuses aren’t as bad and I’m not as hoarse as I used to be.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

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MODEL PUPIL JASON DOESN’T NEED A DIG-OUT!

first_imgA fifth year student in Deele College, Raphoe has been awarded a prestigious award in metalwork, for his hard work on his Junior Cert project.Jason Hunter-Gallagher who is studying for his Leaving Cert was selected from thousands of students throughout the country for his model bulldozer, which was deemed to be in the top ten best junior cert results. Jason and his proud family will travel to Monaghan on Saturday the 16th of November to Monaghan Education Centre, where he will receive the esteemed prize.This a brilliant achievement for both Jason and the school, where students in recent years have also been commended for their work in their Junior and Leaving Cert exams.Jason will continue his studies in Engineering and hopes to follow a career in the industry.And with his obvious talent and hard work, this shouldn’t be a problem!  MODEL PUPIL JASON DOESN’T NEED A DIG-OUT! was last modified: November 12th, 2013 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:deele collegeJason Hunter-GallagherRaphoelast_img read more

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Sean Dyche refuses to rule out Burnley return for free agent Joey Barton

first_imgFree agent Joey Barton is back in training with Burnley, whose manager Sean Dyche will not rule out a permanent reunion in the new year.Barton’s contract with Rangers was terminated earlier this month after just eight matches and plenty of ruffled feathers, and a return to the Clarets when he becomes available again in January could be in the offing.The 34-year-old played an influential role in Burnley’s promotion to the Premier League last season and was voted player of the year by the club’s fans before rejecting a new deal and heading north of the border for Rangers.He arrived amid big talk of proving himself the best player in Scotland but his most noteworthy contributions were an internal suspension for his part in a training ground bust-up following a 5-1 thrashing by Old Firm rivals Celtic and a Scottish Football Association ban for breaching gambling rules that would carry over to any new English club.Dyche, under whom Barton enjoyed one of the most serene campaigns of a colourful career, was nevertheless quick to offer assistance and the midfielder is utilising the club’s Barnfield complex for conditioning work.There is no immediate prospect of the former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR player joining first-team training but despite Dyche’s best attempts to divert speculation, it is a move that could suit both parties.There is even a possibility Barton could be eligible for Burnley’s development squad before the transfer window reopens.“I’m not ruling anything out or in,” said Dyche.“I said last week if he needed us and wanted to come in he’d be more than welcome, which he is, and he’s been training with us for a number of days now.“He’s not training with the first team, just getting fit. We’ll have a chat in the future, at the moment of truth, but not at the moment.“You tend to gravitate to where you’ve just been, myself and my staff get on with him, so I was happy to say ‘come in’.“It’s about him getting fit and sharp. That’s good for him…who knows about us? We’ll take that on when I see fit.”The appeal for Dyche is obvious, given his good personal relationship with Barton and wage demands that would be relatively modest by Premier League standards.Whether the player feels up to the pace of the division, having voluntarily walked away in the summer, is an open question and Derby are among his suitors in the Sky Bet Championship.But he may also take the chance to prove himself one last time on the big stage having fallen flat north of the border.“It’s not for me to start reflecting on his time at Rangers, but he needed somewhere, he knows what we’re about and that he’ll be looked after,” added Dyche.“Whatever peoples’ opinions are of who did what up there, the fact is you clear your mind, get your body right and who knows after that?“I don’t really see why he’d have anything to prove.” 1 Barton played an influential role in Burnley’s promotion last_img read more

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Predicted Man United XI for Europa League clash v Anderlecht

first_imgManchester United take on Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday afternoon, and you can listen to full LIVE commentary on talkSPORT.The Red Devils are widely considered favourites to win the entire tournament, though the clash at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium is sure to prove a challenge to Jose Mourinho’s side.Anderlecht sit top of the Jupiler Pro League, and have proven themselves against Zenit Saint Petersburg and APOEL in the Europa League this season.Mourinho has targeted European success as United’s best route into next season’s Champions League, and is expected to field a strong starting XI. However, he will be wary of the Premier League match against Chelsea on Sunday, knowing he will have to put out his best possible team for that clash to ensure the Red Devils are not embarrassed by Antonio Conte’s men.David De Gea is expected to sit out the game – with Sergio Romero continuing his run as United’s European goalkeeper – as the Spaniard works his way back to full fitness ahead of the visit of the Blues. Antonio Valencia is available again after recovering from an injury of his own, whilst Michael Carrick was rested for Sunday’s victory over Sunderland with a view to being used against Anderlecht.So, just who could the Portuguese select for Thursday’s match? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United line up for the match against Anderlecht…Anderlecht v Manchester United in the Europa League is LIVE on talkSPORT! Click here to listen to full commentary, kick-off 20:05. 11 11 20. Sergio Romero (Goalkeeper) 5. Marcos Rojo (Centre back) 22. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Left forward) 11 6. Paul Pogba (Centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Centre forward) 3. Eric Bailly (Centre back) – Click the right arrow to see the rest of the predicted Manchester United XI 17. Daley Blind (Left back) 14. Jesse Lingard (Right forward) 16. Michael Carrick (Centre midfield) 21. Ander Herrera (Centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 25. Antonio Valencia (Right back)last_img read more

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