PORTLAND, Oregon (AP): As CJ McCollum sees it, there’s no time like the present for the Trail Blazers to snap out of their losing run. McCollum scored 20 points and Portland snapped a six-game losing streak with a 102-89 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. The win ended the Blazers’ longest skid of the season and was the second straight game they have shown intensity on defence – something that has eluded them at times this season. “The sense of urgency has risen. We understand where we’re at in the season. We understand where we turned the corner at last year, about the same time. So if we want to get better, the time is now,” McCollum said. Meyers Leonard added 16 off the bench for the Blazers, playing without leading scorer Damian Lillard for the second straight game because of a sprained left ankle. DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points but the Kings had their four-game winning streak snapped. The Kings trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half. Matt Barnes’ corner 3-pointer with 2 minutes to go pulled Sacramento within 98-87, before Cousins hit on a floater to get closer. Mason Plumlee answered with a dunk for Portland and the Kings couldn’t catch up. Plumlee finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Other results: Orlando Magic 101 Charlotte Hornets 120; Washington Wizards 111 Indiana Pacers; Atlanta Hawks 102 New York Knicks 98; Detroit Pistons 94 Milwaukee Bucks 119; Chicago Bulls 101 Brooklyn Nets 99; New Orleans Pelicans 102 Los Angeles Clippers 98; San Antonio Spurs 119 Phoenix Suns 98; Denver Nuggets 105 Minnesota Timberwolves 103; Golden State Warriors 121 Toronto Raptors 111.
Dear Editor,General and Regional Elections 2019 are seen by many uninformed persons as ‘the grab for control of oil money’. This is a most unfortunate conclusion, not supported by facts. The 2019 Administration will in fact face the massive challenge of rebuilding an economy devastated by APNU/AFC profligate spending and wanton waste that reduced reserves by US$350 million, increased debt by US$900 million, increased taxation in every sector, and lowered export earnings.The hard work of rebuilding a thriving economy based on Agriculture (sugar, rice, fisheries); Mining (gold and bauxite), Forestry and Commerce has been largely undone by the Granger’s Oil inebriation. The job will be made that much more difficult by the continuous reckless claims of fabulous Oil wealth from ‘first oil’. Oil revenues are expected to inject US$300 million per annum for the first five years. The incoming administration will have to deal with expectations made by these claims of windfall riches versus the reality of the contractions of 8-30% in all the productive sectors of the economy.The recent Oil and Gas forum exposed the vacuity of the APNU/AFC administration. The political decision to host an event for ‘youth’ and have no answers to the very real thirst for knowledge about the industry and, importantly, the jobs available to Guyanese was a misguided exercise in puffery. To boast, “Guyana has benefitted directly to the tune of over US$65 million from local content in 2018 alone,” to 500 young people who have not earned a dollar of that, or seen a positive impact on their lives demonstrates the problem caused when the rubber of propaganda hits the road of reality.Guyana needs an administration that understands the importance of a job to a person’s psyche, their sense of wellbeing. Our people want to earn a living by honest means in any sector of the economy. Talk of a sovereign wealth fund means very little to a citizen without job prospects.Guyanese need to listen carefully, over the coming weeks, to the utterings of those seeking support at the polls. Distinguishing between plans for developing all of Guyana and promises meant as comfort to fools has never been more important.Yours truly,Vickram Bharrat
…says “unrest” might follow adverse ruling against GovtAttorney General of Guyana, Basil Williams has asked that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) confirm the decision of Guyana’s Court of Appeal in relation to the question of the votes being required for the validity of the passage of the No-Confidence Motion to be 34 votes in the National Assembly as against 33.In his submissions to the court on Thursday, he also reiterated that “the principle is, the majority cannot be the same for simple and in absolute”. In this argument, the coalition Government presented that given the fact that there is no half human or half vote, one had to be added to make it 34 for an absolute rather than a simple majority in Guyana’s 65-member Parliament.This argument was first proffered by Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes, the husband of sitting Government Minister, Cathy Hughes, following the passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018. Since then, Government has held on to the notion and moved to the courts to offer validity to the view.“The provisions in Section 106 (7) and 106 (7) of Guyana’s Constitution have dire consequences, catastrophic consequences, for Government. If successful, the motion could lead to the premature fall of the Government and possibly the premature disillusion of the National Assembly,” Williams told the Court in his submissions.He stated that the move by former AFC parliamentarian, Charandass Persaud, to vote in favour of an Opposition tabled No-Confidence Motion on December 21, last, is an “act of treachery” alluding to the fact that the coalition Government had only entered office for some three and a half years before this and that the former Member of Parliament’s vote should not be seen as valid given the arguments put forward by other attorneys representing the Government of Guyana.In relation to elections being held in Guyana, the AG noted that in previous years, the country’s history has seen some unrest and aftermaths. He said that this could be repeated if an election is held in Guyana without the proper steps in place.“That is the difficulty that we have. And which the Court, we are asking to take judicial notice of, that around elections if the list is not right, if there is a perception of people multiple voting, phantoms etc, and the list is not a credible list, it is going to be difficult and that is the history of Guyana.”AG Williams added that the second highest court in the land had already spoken on this issue and, therefore, urged that the CCJ rule in that light as well.The Court of Appeal, in March, last, had ruled in a 2-1 split decision, that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass a motion brought against the Government.Attorney General Basil Williams
SharesKepa Arrizabalaga made an impressive return in Chelsea’s win at Fulham © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 3 – Maurizio Sarri declared the Kepa Arrizabalaga controversy was over after the Chelsea goalkeeper began to make amends for his Wembley mutiny with an impressive display in Sunday’s 2-1 win at Fulham.Sarri’s side took the lead through Gonzalo Higuain before Calum Chambers equalised at Craven Cottage.
THEY’RE some of the biggest names in the music industry – and it seems many of them are coming to Donegal.BBC Radio One’s ‘Big Weekend’ will be in Derry next month and every hotel between the city and Letterkenny is fully booked as thousands of people descend on the North West for a series of shows – with Olly Murs the headline act.Other acts who will play at the music festival include Two Door Cinema Club on May 22 to May 24 (Friday to Sunday).Ben Cooper, Controller BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio1Xtra said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing our DJs and the biggest artists to a city that is famous for its love of live music.“This will be the first time the Big Weekend has been held over three days so we want as many people involved as possible – at the gigs, listening on Radio 1, watching on BBC 3, on their mobile, online, everywhere!” More than 37,000 tickets will be given away by the BBC for the events.All hotels in the North West are already booked – every Letterkenny hotel booked out well in advance. DONEGAL HOTELS BOOKED OUT FOR DERRY’S RADIO ONE WEEKEND WITH OLLY MURS was last modified: April 15th, 2013 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:DONEGAL HOTELS BOOKED OUT FOR DERRY’S RADIO ONE WEEKEND WITH OLLY MURS
DONEGAL NORTHU16 League Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 11-Jul-2014 Red Hughs 5 – 7 1 – 11 Glenfin Crossroads Play-offU16 League Group 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 11-Jul-2014 Carndonagh 5 – 7 5 – 9 Naomh Padraig Muff Malin Play-offU16 League Group 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jul-2014 Fanad Gaels 2 – 11 5 – 8 Gaoth Dobhair Fanad Gaels Portsalon11-Jul-2014 St Michaels 0 – 6 4 – 12 St Eunans DunfanaghyU16 League Group 1 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jul-2014 Convoy 3 – 5 3 – 8 Sean MacCumhaills ConvoyU16 League Group 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 11-Jul-2014 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 4 – 11 3 – 12 Termon Pairc Colmcille NewtonU16 League Group 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jul-2014 Cloughaneely 5 – 10 5 – 11 Fanad Gaels CloughaneelyU18 Championship Division 1 Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jul-2014 Letterkenny Gaels 1 – 5 0 Urris Pairc Na nGael-LetterkennyU16 League Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jul-2014 Letterkenny Gaels 3 – 16 3 – 5 Red Hughs Pairc Na nGael-Letterkenny Play-offU18 Championship Division 1 Group 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Jul-2014 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 0 1 – 5 Glenfin Pairc Colmcille NewtonU18 Championship Division 2 Group 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Jul-2014 Sean MacCumhaills 0 – 11 1 – 10 St Michaels Mac Cumhaill ParkU18 Championship Division 2 Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Jul-2014 Naomh Padraig Lifford 1 – 2 4 – 18 Naomh Mhuire Convoy Lifford-Pairc Mac DiarmadaU18 Championship Division 2 Group 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Jul-2014 Malin 4 – 4 0 – 12 St Eunans B MalinU18 Championship Division 2 Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Jul-2014 Naomh Padraig Muff 1 – 7 4 – 15 Glenswilly MuffU18 Championship Division 1 Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Jul-2014 St Eunans 1 – 5 0 Urris O Donnell Park-LetterkennyU18 Championship Division 2 Group 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Jul-2014 Milford 2 – 9 3 – 13 Red Hughs Moyle Park MilfordU18 Championship Division 1 Group 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Jul-2014 Gaoth Dobhair 4 – 19 1 Mulroy Gaels Machaire GathlanU18 Championship Division 2 Group 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Jul-2014 Moville 2 – 7 1 – 9 Carndonagh Moville-Carrick FieldU18 Championship Division 2 Group 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Jul-2014 Buncrana 5 – 15 2 – 5 Cloughaneely Scarvey-BuncranaDONEGAL SOUTHUnder 16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jul-2014 Aodh Ruadh 4 – 13 2 – 7 Naomh Conaill Aodh Ruadh11-Jul-2014 Naomh Muire 0 – 10 4 – 14 Ardara Naomh Muire11-Jul-2014 Four Masters 2 – 14 3 – 13 Dungloe Four MastersALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAA RESULTS
Site where sewage outflow pipe is plannedGREEN campaigners say a decision to hold a conference on saving Ireland’s native oysters on the shore of Lough Foyle is yet another reason why Irish Water and Donegal County Council must finally abandon plans to pump treated sewage into the lough.The authorities admit raw sewage will be pumped into the lough at times of flooding or during emergencies.The native oyster is under threat; with the Foyle particularly vulnerable to pollution. The Campaign for a Clean Estuary group (CFCE ), based in Greencastle and Moville has welcomed the Loughs Agency announcement regarding the upcoming Conference in the Redcastle Hotel on “Native oyster regeneration” on 11th and 12 June.CFCE spokesman Enda Craig said that it is “fitting” that this third conference by the IBIS partnership should meet on the shores of Lough Foyle one of the last remaining sites for the native oyster in these islands.IBIS are a partnership which include the Loughs Agency as lead partner and University of Glasgow and Queens University, whose function is to help protect aquatic resources across the North, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.Mr Craig said that he expected the conference might focus specifically on the problems relevant to Lough Foyle as an example, as a native oyster fishery and on measures to protect and expand activities there. “Our Group the CFCE have always had the protection of Lough Foyle and the protection of its fisheries as one of its major aims frequently referring to the native oyster beds,” he said.“We must complement the Northern Ireland Authorities for the manner in which the effluent pipe from the treatment plant at Magilligan was altered to discharge outside of Lough Foyle in recognition of the sensitivity of Lough Foyle’s fisheries and in anticipation of any increased designations for Lough Foyle.“Our authorities in Donegal however have been completely blind to safeguarding the environment, with the intention of discharging into Lough Foyle, directly into the site of a native oyster bed.“Our group the CFCE has also informed the Loughs Agency and presented a map of the projected pollution to our beaches and shoreline in the event of catastrophic plant failure, from Kinnego Bay to Redcastle.“Let’s be frank and honest about this …the man in the street knows that the proposed Moville Greencastle Sewerage Scheme in its entirety makes a mockery of any attempts to enhance and protect the fisheries, including native oyster fishery in Lough Foyle”. Mr Craig claimed the current proposal flies in the face of the precautionary principle and against the democratic decision of Donegal Co Councillors who held executive function in 1990, when they unanimously voted, as a matter of record, to place the treatment plant and outfall outside the environs of Lough Foyle.“On this basis the plant must be reinstated as per the agreed 1990 motion. The manipulation of the plant location since 1990 through undemocratic, unprofessional and unfair processes has to be revisited and reversed,” he said.“This is an ill conceived sewerage scheme proposal both in terms of its configuration and location of plant, pumping stations and outfall. It lacks any sense of natural justice for the people most affected.“We strongly contend that there needs to be an investigation into the conduct of this project from its inception and into how this shambles denied Moville and Greencastle appropriate treatment works for so long. “It must be remembered that these specific issues were outside the scope of An Board Pleanala and the subsequent Judicial Review, hence they have never been scrutinised.“The continuous dabbling with elements of the configuration, as opposed to taking a holistic approach is unacceptable and merely adds insult to injury to those most affected. The very fact that this project has been running for over 30 years must raise concerns in the minds of the public at large. We have been highlighting these fundamental issues for years. It is now past time that these were addressed by the relevant authorities.”CONFERENCE ON SAVING NATIVE OYSTERS – ON LOUGH WHERE COUNCIL PLANS SEWAGE PIPE! was last modified: June 8th, 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:Donegal County CouncilGreencastleIBISLough Foylemovillenative oystersoutflow piperedcastlesewage plant
28 June 2013South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare has signed a R10-billion deal with Dutch pharmaceutical firm MSD to acquire an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing business in the Netherlands and satellite office in the United States.The API business sites are made up of manufacting operations based in Oss, parts of the Moleneind and De Geer sites and the Boxtel site in the Netherlands, as well as Sioux City, Iowa in the US.“The products manufactured at the sites fall into two categories, namely biochemicals, where biological processes are involved, and chemicals where the process is fully synthetic,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.The deal also includes the option to acquire a portfolio of 11 branded finished dose form molecule products from MSD, known as Merck in the US and Canada.These finished dose products cover a range of treatments such as hormone replacement therapy, corticosteroids, anabolic steroids, oral contraceptives and anti-coagulants with brands such as Benutrex, Orgaran and Ovestin, among others.Aspen is Africa’s largest generic pharmaceutical company and ninth in the world.“One of Aspen’s primary strategic intents is to further globalise its business, increase its representation across a number of additional territories and provide support to its growing global presence with a differentiated pipeline,” said Aspen Group chief executive, Stephen Saad.“This transaction provides a platform to contribute to the achievement of this strategic intent by enabling Aspen to access a niche range of APIs and finished dosage products.”The deal is expected to become effective on 1 October, and if Aspen take the option to acquire the finished dosage products, it will take effect on 31 December.“These niche Products will substantially supplement Aspen’s growing footprint in a number of emerging and established markets – the notable presence of these products in Latin America and Asia Pacific is supportive of Aspen’s aspirations for these regions,” Aspen said.SAinfo reporter
Last week’s announcement of Jonathan Schwartz replacing Scott McNealy as CEO at Sun has met with mixed reviews, although most people agreed that a change was long due at Sun. Sun has been struggling for some time, trying to redefine itself in a marketplace that’s moving quickly.Schwarz has been with Sun for more than 10 years and worked closely with McNealy over much of that time. In fact many credit Schwartz with setting Sun’s agenda over the last couple of years, particularly with deicisons like the open sourcing of Sun’s Solaris OS. While much of Sun’s past has focused on hardware, a successful turnaround seems to depend more on what they can do with software.But why blog about Sun here? How is Sun relevant to Formtek’s business and the ECM market?Formtek has been around since 1982, and during a good part of Formtek’s past nearly every developer had a Sun workstation at their desk. Sun was for a long time Formtek’s main software development platform. Once a new version of software was up and running on Sun, it would be tested, built and tweeked as necessary to run on secondary platforms, like Windows, IBM, HP, and Mac. But all that has changed and now Windows has become the preferred Formtek development environment. Factors like cost, development tools, platform environment, and easy laptop portability have given a decided edge to Windows.Both Windows and Linux have become major problems for Sun. While many agree that Sun Solaris is a better OS than Linux, Linux has proved to be a reliable ‘good enough’ alternative that has been able to garner significant market share. Unfortunately, Schwartz/McNealy’s decision to open source Solaris came too late and doesn’t appear to be able to stop Linux’s momentum.So while I can’t count that many new Solaris machines humming in Formtek offices, the development machines we are using here all have the latest versions of Sun’s Java Development Kit installed. The Formtek stack has been re-architected to become Java-centric. We selected Sun’s Java because it is an elegant language with a well-defined set of APIs. It is OS-neutral, secure, and provides Unicode support. Java’s strong developer base has created a wealth of documentation in publications and on-line documentation. And there are good development tools and IDEs that are available for Java, like Eclipse and Oracle’s JDeveloper, both of which are free.And there’s also Suns’ own Java Studio Enterprise IDE.Schartz’s decision for Sun to purchase StorageTek made Sun a player in the world of content and shows that Sun recognizes the growing demand for high-volume storage of unstructured data, especially for use in compliance applications. For example, Sun’s Honeycomb product was announced this week and positioned to compete with EMC’s Centera compliance appliance. And Sun’s Thumper high-performance high-capacity file server can manage 48 hard drives.Schwartz has been positioning Sun in hardware to move beyond just the workstation to areas like storage. In software, Sun has been sitting on a gem with Java, but so far has not been able to turn it too much to its own advantage. But Sun Java-based software development tools are beginning to show promise and Sun is making some attempt to start providing some software in the areas of compliance and collaboration. It looks like Formtek and Sun paths will continue to cross for some time in the future.