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Africa Loses US$50 Billion Every Year

first_imgIllegal, unregulated and unreported fishing has reached epidemic proportions in Africa’s coastal waters, the Africa Progress Panel (APP), chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan reports.  “And West Africa is conservatively estimated to lose US$1.3 billion annually” due to illicit activities in the fishing and logging sectors which are causing tremendous damage beyond the financial costs.  “This plunder destroys fishing communities who lose critical opportunities to fish, process and trade. Another US$17 billion is lost through illicit logging activities,” says APP.“Natural resource plunder is organized theft disguised as commerce. Commercial trawlers that operate under flags of convenience, and unload in ports that do not record their catch, are unethical,” Mr. Annan said, adding that these criminal activities compound the problem of tax evasion and shell companies. The Africa Progress Report 2014 calls for a multilateral fisheries regime that applies sanctions to fishing vessels that do not register and report their catches. The report also calls on governments around to world to ratify the Port State Measures Agreement, a treaty that seeks to thwart the poachers in port from unloading their ill-gotten gains.Mismanagement of natural resources by African governments have stifled growth and development and steered much needed economic empowerment out of reach of the true owners of those resources – the African people.  Corruption schemes by government functionaries in charge of resources threaten grounds for due diligence and regulation of concessionaires that have legal interest in Africa’s extractive industries.  Out of US$ 100 billion lost globally in illegal logging every year, Africa is losing approximately US$17 billion.  West Africa alone is expected to lose US$1.3 billion out of a global US$23 billion from illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. In Liberia, an apparent go-slow in the mining sector and a recent pullout by Sesa Goa from Liberia’s controversial Western Cluster iron ore reserve, while BHP Billiton and China Union are yet to show progress toward productivity, stalling the flow of much needed projected revenue for the country.APP insists that with greater resource revenue,  African governments have the opportunity to develop more effective taxation systems – and spend public money more fairly. For example, 3 per cent of regional GDP is currently allocated to energy subsidies that principally go to the middle class. That money should be diverted into social spending to give the poor a better chance of escaping the poverty trap.As well as losing money through natural resource plunder and financial mismanagement, the APP report continues, Africans miss out on money from abroad, not only when aid donors fail to keep their promises but even when those in the African Diaspora send remittances home to their families. It is estimated that that the continent is losing US$1.85 billion a year because money transfer operators are imposing excessive charges on remittances.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, July 24

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Liverpool are ready to revive their interest in Ryan Bertrand as they continue their quest to find a new left-back. Chelsea are reluctant to do business with a side they now regard as credible title rivals and they would be looking for a fee in excess of £8million. (Daily Mail)Liverpool are hoping to hijack Manchester United’s move for Juventus star Arturo Vidal by matching their £42.5million bid for the player. (Metro)Atletico Madrid believe they can persuade Arsenal to part with Santi Cazorla this summer. The Spain midfielder is a long-term target of Diego Simeone and the Argentine hopes this could be the year he lands the 29-year-old. (Daily Mail)Arsenal have snapped up highly-rated Barcelona youth product Georgios Spanoudakis, who previously rejected a number of offers to sign with Arsene Wenger’s side. The 15-year-old central midfielder joined the Catalan club’s La Masia academy from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2009, but will now join Arsenal’s Under-18 set-up for the coming season. (Daily Mail)Arsenal have also taken Serbian wonderkid Mladen Micanovic on trial. The 17-year-old will train with the Gunners with a view to a transfer to the Emirates this summer. (Daily Mail)Harry Redknapp ?wants to strike a deal to bring former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o to Queens Park Rangers. The 34-year-old’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, is flying to London to try to thrash ?out an agreement. (Daily Mirror)Frank Lampard is set to be confirmed as a New York City FC player at 3.30pm on Thursday. A press conference has been called in New York to unveil the MLS franchise’s latest new signing, expected to be the ex-Chelsea man. (Daily Mail)Ronald Koeman will swoop for the ‘Dutch Xavi’ – his old Feyenoord captain Jordy Clasie – if he fails to persuade Arsenal and Tottenham target Morgan Schneiderlin to stay at Southampton. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham are ready to grab Aston Villa’s Dutch destroyer Ron Vlaar with a cash-plus-players bid. Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is determined to beat Southampton to the Holland World Cup centre-half and will offer money plus the chance to take German midfielder Lewis Holtby in exchange. (Daily Mirror)Everton boss Roberto Martinez will make Bosnia World Cup star Muhamed Besic his next signing – after thrashing out a £4million deal. (Daily Mirror)Burnley have made an £8million bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney. The 26-year-old has been made captain for the new season but Watford will sell if they get a bid closer to £10m. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest headlines…Atletico Madrid set sights on Man United and Man City targetSunderland boss Poyet refuses to give up on Liverpool’s BoriniEverton close in on deal for teenage Belgian starArsenal and Man United miss out as Mathieu gets Barcelona wishTottenham transfer target set for Benfica switchBayern Munich pull out of race for Man United targetBlow for Newcastle! Magpies miss out on Remy replacementCroatian defender Vrsaljko will NOT be joining Arsenal this summerArsenal flop Bendnter still a free agent as wage demands scupper Frankfurt switchSunderland and Crystal Palace keen to bring Amalfitano back to the Premier LeagueNice to battle West Brom for Ghana forward?Exclusive – Sunderland and Aston Villa go head-to-head over Evian midfielderQPR boss Redknapp rules out Defoe loan switchitalian star shuns Tottenham move to stay in Serie Alast_img read more

FIFA World Cup trophy set for Kenyan tour

first_imgThe trophy will then be paraded for public viewing at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) the following day, February 27.“This is the most coveted, top prize in football. Every footballer’s dream is to have this trophy or even come close to it and the opportunity that Coca-cola is giving the Kenyan fan to see the trophy gives the young players hope that this is what every footballers dream is all about,” Coca-cola’s Ampher Apidi said during the tour launch on Wednesday.Coca-Cola Senior Franchise Brand Manager, Rodney Nzokia (From Left), in company of Harambee Stars Head Coach, Paul Put and Coca-Cola Country Manager Satya Ram, embrace their sportsmanship in a Kodak gestural moment during the Fifa World-Cup Trophy Tour media launch. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Trophy tour kicked off last September in Russia and will visit more than 50 countries across six continents, travelling 126,000 kilometers in the nine months leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.Within Russia, the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit 25 cities – the longest host country tour in history – with one out of every three Russians having the opportunity to experience the Trophy in person.“We are proud to welcome the World Cup trophy to Kenya for the third consecutive time. This recognition and honour attests to the country’s undying love for the game. The trophy is only visiting 10 countries in Africa and this attests to the great pride Coca-Cola has for Kenyan people,” Rodney Nzioka, Cocacola’s Senior Brand Manager in Kenya said.The heavily guarded piece of silverware is only touched by Heads of State and previous winners and fans will only be allowed to view and take photos with it from a well covered podium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Coca-Cola Country Manager Satya Ram, addresses the media personalities and invited guests on the plans and logistics of the forthcoming Fifa World-Cup Trophy Tour in Kenya. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7- The 18-karat gold FIFA World Cup trophy that will be the centre of attention when the footballing world’s eyes turn to Russia in June will land in Kenya’s capital on February 26 on a two-day tour, its third ever in the country.The trophy which is on a world-wide tour of over 50 countries will land in Kenya on 26th at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before proceeding to State House, as is the norm, to be welcomed into the country by President Uhuru Kenyatta.last_img read more

Firmino good enough with one eye, says Liverpool’s Mane

first_img0Shares0000Roberto Firmino (centre) scored the decisive goal for Liverpool in their 3-2 Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain © AFP / Adrian DENNISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Sadio Mane said he had urged Liverpool match-winner Roberto Firmino to declare himself fit for the Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain, insisting he didn’t “need his eye to play”.Firmino sustained an abrasion to the cornea in his left eye in the weekend win at Tottenham after a clash with Jan Vertonghen and did not train on Sunday or Monday. Even manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he thought the 26-year-old had “no chance” of playing when he saw him on Monday, but Mane was not prepared to give up on his teammate.“I think Bobby doesn’t need his eye to play so I told him,” said Senegal international Mane after the thrilling 3-2 win over PSG at Anfield.“I sent him a message on Monday saying, ‘Hey Bobby, come on, we need you’.“You’ve all seen the ‘no look’ goals so I think he doesn’t need his eye to play. I texted him saying, ‘You don’t need your eye’.”Klopp put Firmino on the bench but brought him on with about 20 minutes to go and he scored the added-time winner to extend Liverpool’s 100 percent record to six matches.“It’s a great start. It is too early to speak about anything, but it is very important for us to focus more because we are Liverpool, we are a stronger team, and we will try to do our best every game,” said Mane.Firmino’s rare absence from the team gave Daniel Sturridge the chance for his first Champions League start for the club more than five years after joining them and he repaid Klopp’s faith with the opening goal.Defender Joe Gomez believes the depth of their squad makes Liverpool stronger than last season, when they finished in the top four of the Premier League and reached the Champions League final.“I think this year we’re confident as a team,” he said. “The squad is so strong as a unit.“With Bobby obviously struggling, Studge (Sturridge) comes in and scores for us. It shows we have so much quality.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

My Donegal… with musician Mickey Joe Harte

first_imgMickey Joe Harte is an icon on the Irish music scene. Mickey, a multi platinum award winning musician, won the music competition “You’re A Star” in 2003, and subsequently went on to represent Ireland in the Eurovision in Riga. His song “We’ve Got the World” shot to the top of the Irish charts after his Eurovision performance. Mickey, who hails from Lifford, continues to produce music and write songs.This is Mickey’s Donegal… (1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?The Atlantic drive, just around the coast from Downings is hard to beat.(2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?It has been a long time wish of mine that our local politicians will take a bipartisan approach to creating a possible way forward for the reinstating of a railway line / train service into the heart of Donegal, we are at an exceptional disadvantage when it comes to attracting tourism, investment and national and international events, to mention only a few.That’s the one thing I don’t like about my home county! Remember they put men on the moon, surely we could get a train into Letterkenny, or beyond! Or to infinity and beyond…(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Me Mammy, who else! Many reasons why, but too many to mention..(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?That’s a tough one…  Although you could have asked my preference of Margo or Shay Given, then I’d have had to bail out at this early stage!I’ve met Daniel and Packie on several separate occasions and in fairness they are both true gentlemen and fantastic ambassadors for the county, but Packie sings a mean Daniel tune, and I’ve never seen Daniel in nets, so for that reason I’ll go with big Packie in the goals! And the immense joy he brought us all with that penalty save, if you’re confused ask your parents guys.(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Jimmy Mc Guinness and the way the Donegal players have set up, and have conducted themselves in recent years, inspirational for young and old.(6) What was Donegal’s saddest moment?I will pass on this… (7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Football special and emerald guitars.(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Jeez you’re not making this easy are you! I guess I’d have to give this accolade to Daniel, he’s unmistakably Donegal and talks about it any chance he gets.. fair play!(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Well I think what Moya Doherty and Riverdance have achieved world wide is quite astonishing, and we can claim her for sure.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Ah HELLO!!! SHAY GIVEN. (11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Kitty Kelly’s from past, I kind of love most things about Harvey’s Point, and the restaurant is no different, and if anyone wants to sample what I’m talking about check out the Sunday carvery… failing that a sirloin in Friel’s of Raphoe will sort ye out!(12) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Basking sharks. I love to swim in the Atlantic so they win every time.(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Hi sir… Keep er lit, and plough on!”(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Emigration unbelievably!(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?Crab claws, mussels, dulse, all washed down with a nice Kinnegar beer.(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Sometimes we are a little narrow minded, but I think that’s an Irish thing not just Donegal. I include myself in that by the way, and I’m as guilty of it as the next person, it’s in our DNA I guess… But we can always blame the Vikings and the Brits!(17) Do you have a favourite local band? ‘In Their Thousands’, ‘The Wolves of Youth’, ‘Rainy Boy Sleep’ and ‘Rosie Carney’ come to mind!(18) What inspired you to pursue a career in music?My big brother Jim, and a few other musicians and family, and I would have to say that from the start I drew a lot of inspiration from the music and songwriting style of Paul Brady.(19) If you have a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I’d start laying a few sleepers for the new railway across the bridge at Lifford…(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?The amount of good will and support I received from the county while taking part in ‘You’re A Star’ and subsequently the Eurovision, and in many other ways since, that makes me proud to be from Donegal and still does. That’s something i’ll never forget or could ever repay, so once again thank you one and all, and sorry about the phone bills!To keep an eye on what Mickey’s been up to, you can check out his Facebook, Twitter, or website#soundofthe #summer @RTE2fm @NickyByrne @Aidanrtemusic @RTELateLateShow @rte2xm @NI_Music— Mickey Harte (@MickeyJoeHarte) May 30, 2016My Donegal… with musician Mickey Joe Harte was last modified: August 9th, 2016 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:EurovisionLiffordMickey Joe Harteyoure a starlast_img read more


first_imgDISTRICT court judge Seamus Hughes has set March 28th as the date to mention a case of a 70-year-old Milford man who insisted on speaking Irish at a recent sitting of Letterkenny District Court.Before the court was John Riney of Market Square, Milford, who faced two counts of assault and one count of breaching the peace. Mr Riney, who represented himself in the case, would only address the court in Irish.Judge Hughes said he was not proficient enough in Irish – particularly the Donegal dialect – and asked Mr Riney of he would speak in English. Mr Riney continued to speak in Irish.The judge adjourned the case until March 28th and asked for an intepreter to be present.INTERPRETER SOUGHT FOR IRISH-SPEAKING MILFORD DEFENDANT was last modified: March 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Claude Puel provides update on Van Dijk, amid Chelsea and Liverpool interest

first_img Claude Puel has no plans to sell Virgil van Dijk this summer 1 Claude Puel insists sought-after defender Virgil van Dijk will still be a Southampton player next season.Netherlands centre-half Van Dijk has been linked with a big-money move this summer, with clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly keen on the 25-year-old.Van Dijk’s season ended in January when he picked up an ankle injury, but Puel is adamant his defensive linchpin has not played his last game in a Saints shirt.“It was a bad injury for him and for us,” said Puel.“Then after Jose Fonte left (for West Ham) it was difficult for us. It’s been a good thing to see Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida play together in their place. But for Virgil it was a bad injury.“Now the surgery is finished he can work normally and be ready for next season – with us.“He’s our captain and I have said he is important for us. He has authority, the leadership of the team, he is a fantastic player.“It’s important for us, of course, to wait until the beginning of the season to see him on the pitch with Southampton.“He has a long contract and the directors want to keep him.”last_img read more


first_imgIs Seamus Coleman Old Trafford bound?The on-going speculation linking Seamus Coleman with a move to Manchester United is refusing to go away, and reports in England this morning suggest Louis Van Gaal is set to swoop for the talented full-back. Coleman had been linked with a move to Manchester United while his former manager David Moyes was in charge at Old Trafford.The move never materialized and Coleman went on to enjoy a wonderful season for the Merseyside club last season. Speculation centred on Coleman again in the summer when LVG was appointed as the new Manchester United manager.Reports recently suggested that Manchester United will bid €20 million for Coleman in the summer to solve their defensive problems at right full-back.However, with Rafael suffering a nasty injury in their FA Cup win over Yeovil Town, The Liverpool Echo are reporting LVG will attempt to sign Coleman before the window shuts at the end of January.Everton are currently enduring their worst run of form since Roberto Martinez took over and lifelong Manchester United fan Coleman would surely jump at the chance at the opportunity to move to Old Trafford.    RUMOURS REGARDING COLEMAN WON’T GO AWAY – ARE MANCHESTER UNITED SET TO SWOOP? was last modified: January 6th, 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:evertonLVGManchester Unitednewsseamus colemanSportlast_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL republican assaulted a detective and tried to take his gun after being arrested at a republican commemoration parade in 2010, a court has heard.Republican Sinn Fein member Pat Barry was drunk at the annual Wolfe Tone memorial march to Bodenstown, Kildare. When stopped by a member of the Special Detective Unit he became abusive and was arrested but not handcuffed.As he was about to be put in a cell in a garda station he repeatedly punched the detective and tried to grab his gun from its holster before being restrained. The detective suffered permanent jaw injuries and was out of work for three months. After hearing the evidence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Leonie Reynolds adjourned the matter until next month when she will impose sentence. She advised Barry to make “arrangements” before coming to court on that date.Barry (56) of St Bridget’s Terrace, Bundoran pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Detective Garda Rory Sheriff at Naas Garda Station and threatening and abusive behaviour on Main Street, Sallins on June 13, 2010.He was convicted on both counts last month at Naas Circuit Criminal Court. He has three previous convictions for assault, dangerous driving and refusing to give a breath test.Prosecuting counsel Orla Crowe BL told the court that the march was being monitored by the Special Detective Unit and was passing by peacefully. Det Gda Sheriff spotted Barry in a very drunk state and asked him his name.Barry began abusing the garda and refused to give his details. A crowd gathered around and Det Gda Sheriff said he felt Barry was “inciting” them. He went to arrest him but Barry became extremely aggressive.The detectives didn’t have any handcuffs but managed to get him in the back of a garda van which took him to the station. As Det Gda Sheriff was bringing him into the cell area, Barry turned around and punched him in the face.He continued to punch him about the head and face as the garda tried to restrain him. At one point he made a grab for the garda’s firearm but Det Gda Sheriff held it in its holster.Other gardai came to help and Barry was pepper sprayed and eventually handcuffed.Det Gda Sheriff suffered two broken teeth and a damaged jaw and shoulder. He had to receive surgery on his jaw and shoulder and missed three months of work. He said he also incurred €4700 in medical bills but the court heard this will be covered by the Garda Compensation Board.He said his wife was pregnant at the time and had to care for him. He added that the injuries to his jaw are permanent and he can no longer chew on the left side.Defence counsel James Kelly BL said he had no submissions to make but handed in three references for Barry, including one from Philip McGlynn, Chairman of Bundoran Town Council.DONEGAL REPUBLICAN SINN FEIN MAN TRIED TO GRAB GARDA’S GUN was last modified: May 14th, 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 REPUBLICAN SINN FEIN MAN TRIED TO GRAB GARDA’S GUNlast_img read more

Villa seek solace away to Onduparaka

first_img Tags: Douglas Bamweyanaonduparaka fcSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop SC Villa are on a four game winless run (Photo by Villa Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier leagueOnduparaka Vs VillaGreenLight StadiumWednesday @4:30pmARUA – Onduparaka FC host SC Villa at the GreenLight Stadium as the StarTimes Uganda Premier League continues.The Caterpillars won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Namboole courtesy of Rashid Toha free kick inside the first minute.The hosts will be favourites going into the game as SC Villa have not won in four games losing the previous two at home to Kirinya and away to KCCA FC.Unlike SC Villa, Onduparaka have won two of the previous five games losing just one.What the coaches say.Douglas Bamweyana (SC Villa) “We are aware of what is at stake, results haven’t been going our way and we need to correct the mistakes and get back to winning ways.“The weather and pitch are humid and we have the confidence that victory is achievable.Team news:Pius Wanji and Bashir Mutanda will be vital to the Jogoos attack as they seek to open a sizeable gap between them and the relegation. Habib Kavuma will not take part in the match after sustaining an injury while training but the other members of the squad are available for selection.Onduparaka’s Nicholas Ssebwato will serve his first of the two match suspension that was slapped on him for misconduct in Onduparaka’s goalless draw with Vipers. Rashid Toha has been ruled out of the game by injury.Match FactsThis will be the sixth top flight meeting between the two sides.In the first five, Villa has won three while Onduparaka have triumphed on two occasions.Onduparaka have won only two of their last 11 League games (D5 L4).For Villa, they have also won only two of their last 11 League fixtures (D5 L4).The other games to be played on Wednesday:-Vipers SC vs Maroons FC @4pm-Kirinya JSS vs KCCA FC @4:30pmComments last_img read more

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