Nothing wrong with MMA-ADA Chair’s 10,000 acres of land – Agriculture Minister

first_img– says Chairman has always owned large tracts of landKelvin Saul, the Chairman of the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA), has been prominently featured in the press owing to his company’s acquisition of 10,000 acres of land. According to his subject Minister, however, there is nothing wrong with owning such a large amount of land.MMA-ADA Chair Kelvin SaulWhen contacted by this publication, Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder noted that there is nothing “sinister” about the situation. According to Holder, while Sealy is a large landowner, this was before he became a member of the MMA-ADA Board of Directors.“First of all, he’s on the Board of the MMA because many people on the Board really should come from the MMA, Region Five area. And Saul himself had land for years. On that merit, he came on the Board years ago.”“In terms of this situation, he had applied at Forestry for 10,000 acres forestry lease way up the Mahaica river in the intermediate area. It’s not rice-land or anything of the sort. Not part of the MMA system. Apparently, he applied to covert it, because he wanted to do agriculture.”Agriculture Minister Noel HolderConcern had been raised that while Sealy would have benefitted from thousands of acres of land, farmers are waiting to get their land. Holder said, however, that due to the location of the land, it would not be considered viable for farming crops such as rice.“He got permission from the Forestry Commission because he still had a forestry lease and applied to the MMA seeking permission. And MMA gave permission. I don’t see anything sinister about it. You think any farmer will want to have land in a white sand area, up to the Mahaica river?”The documents detailing the transaction was first released to the public earlier this month and it had shown that Sealy had over 10,000 acres of land, through a company called Mc Agriculture Trading and Investment Services (MATIS). Questions were then raised in another section of the media about a potential conflict of interest.In his response to the issue, Saul had said that in August 2014 himself and three other persons registered under the name Mc Agriculture Trading and Investment Services (MATIS) were granted a Forestry Permission SFP DEM 21/14 from the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC).The SFP DEM 21/14 is a block of approximately 10,609 acres of state lands lying on either side of Captain Creek in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice).“This land was essentially Forest Land in the Hinterland and Intermediate Savannahs and MATIS focused on husbandry and harvesting of forestry products with charcoal production through systematic and sustained tree felling and land clearing. In January 2016 (MATIS) took a conscious decision to diversify into other related agricultural activities (Crops). The conversion from Forestry to Crops required the intervention/permission of the MMA-ADA and to this end, an application was submitted to the MMA in January 2016 to lease the said block of land for agricultural purposes,” Saul said in his defence.He claimed that subsequently, the GFC which had granted the SFP in 2014, informed the Agriculture Ministry and the MMA-ADA on August 8, 2019, that it had no objection to the conversion and to the granting of a lease for the said land to MATIS by the MMA-ADA.“I recused myself from the MMA-ADA discussions in 2016 on the conversion and in any event, I was not a member of that Committee that deliberated, nor was I the Chairman of MMA-ADA at the time. The MMA-ADA subsequently approved the conversion,” he claimed.last_img read more

Wenger tells Sanchez to counter jeers on pitch

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal fans who jeered Alexis Sanchez during the 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 10 – Arsene Wenger has called on Alexis Sanchez to deliver on the pitch and silence those Arsenal fans who jeered him during the 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth.Sanchez came close to a deadline day move to Manchester City, only to see Arsenal pull out of the deal after they failed to land Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as his replacement. The Chile forward is out of contract at the end of the season and can walk away from the Emirates Stadium for free.Wenger had insisted all summer that he would rather allow that scenario than sell the former Barcelona man, although that stance appears to have softened towards the end of the window.Sanchez was named on the bench against Bournemouth as Danny Welbeck hit a brace and Alexandre Lacazette also netted to get Arsenal’s season back on track after successive defeats before the international break.Welbeck struck on six minutes on Saturday and wrapped up the points with a smart finish either side of Lacazette well-taken strike.Sanchez was introduced for Welbeck in the closing stages to a mixed reaction, with a number of supporters jeering his name – presumably upset with his apparent desire to leave for City.“We have to accept those responses from people,” Wenger said when asked about the negative reaction from some quarters.“I don’t know why (there were jeers). The best way to get people on your side is to perform.“I had a chat with him after the game and he didn’t look unhappy. Maybe it’s because he wanted to score.“The interpretation of the attitudes is always very dangerous.”Next up for Arsenal is their opening Europa League fixture against Bundesliga outfit Cologne.Wenger is likely to make a raft of changes, especially given a trip to reigning champions Chelsea follows on Sunday.– Wasteful –And the Frenchman admits Jack Wilshere could make his long-awaited return to the Arsenal first-team for Thursday’s game.“I told you in the pre-match press conference that he’s getting stronger and stronger,” Wenger said.“The fact that Francis (Coquelin) is now out gives him a chance as well. I don’t know yet. He’s not far from that.”Eddie Howe has now seen his Bournemouth side lose their opening four Premier League games of the campaign.The Cherries remain without a point but Howe insists he does not intend to change his approach in the coming weeks in an attempt to get off the mark.“Parking the bus is not our way,” he said. “It will never be our way but if we are going to play the way we want we have to do it better.“I don’t think losing the early goal helped, it was a poor goal to concede.“We were a bit passive, too reactive. On the ball we were negative, wasteful and slow and that is not like us.”Howe had been full of praise for his players as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City before the international break.Only a stoppage-time winner from Raheem Sterling prevented Bournemouth from taking a share of the spoils from Pep Guardiola’s men but the loss here was a different matter.“It is very, very disappointing from our perspective,” added Howe. “It was a poor performance from start to finish.“We hit the post and at 2-1 it would have been very much game on, but not only did we not score with that moment we conceded moments later which effectively ended the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United new boy keen to become ‘next Paul Scholes’

first_img1 Ander Herrera celebrates scoring for Manchester United against Leicester City Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has set his sights on becoming the next Paul Scholes.The Spaniard is a new arrival at Old Trafford, having joined in the summer for £28m from Athletic Bilbao.Herrera has made an impressive start to his Manchester United career, scoring two goals in three appearances.And the 25-year-old has revealed he now wants to emulate the goalscoring exploits Scholes enjoyed during his United career.“Goalscoring is not one of my best qualities,” Herrera told MUTV.“But I think it’s very important for midfielders. The best midfielders in the world, like Paul Scholes, scored hundreds of goals.“I want to make and score more goals and I wish one day that I can be like Scholes.”last_img read more

Umtiti sends France to World Cup final

first_imgIn a World Cup replete with set-piece goals, a corner again proved decisive when Umtiti timed his run perfectly to meet Antoine Griezmann’s delivery six minutes into the second half.France were thankful for fine saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris either side of half-time.Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne warned Kylian Mbappe was ready to take the world by storm on the eve of the game and the most expensive teenager in the history of football showed why inside the first 60 seconds.France defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates his winner against Belgium in the World Cup semi-finalHe skipped past Jan Vertonghen with ease and only a last-ditch tackle by Vincent Kompany prevented Griezmann from latching onto his cross.Thibaut Courtois rushed from his goal just in time to save Vertonghen again from Mbappe’s pace on 12 minutes, but it was Belgium who started the better in possession.One of the Red Devils’ many French connections was the biggest danger as Eden Hazard, who began his career with Lille in Ligue 1, pulled the first attempt of goal just beyond the far post.The Chelsea forward’s next effort was arrowing into the top corner until it flicked off Raphael Varane’s head and deflected just over.Lloris and Courtois played a huge part their sides’ quarter-final wins and it was only thanks to two of the best ‘keepers in the world the game remained goalless at half-time.– Goalkeepers impress –Hugo Lloris had to be at full stretch to parry Toby Alderweireld’s snap shot around the post following a Belgium corner. Photo/COURTESYFirst, Lloris flew to his right to turn Toby Alderweireld’s shot on the turn behind.At the other end, Mbappe demonstrated the subtler side to his game to play in Benjamin Pavard, but Courtois used his massive 6ft 5ins (199 centimetre) frame to deny the Stuttgart full-back his second goal of the tournament.Didier Deschamps’ men ended the opening period on top, but again Olivier Giroud looked short of confidence as the focal point of the French attack. Giroud has not scored in eight games and is yet to even have a shot on target in Russia.His best chance arrived via more good work from Mbappe with a cushioned cross, but the Chelsea striker could only slice horribly wide on his favoured left foot.Giroud did at least have a part to play in the decisive opener as, after his shot was deflected wide, Griezmann’s corner was flicked in at the near post by Umtiti.Once in front, France had even more space to exploit Mbappe’s pace, but it was a majestic piece of skill that nearly created a second with a backheel that again freed Giroud only for Mousa Dembele to block.Deschamps embraced his central defender on full time after the French held off a late rally from the Belgium teamRoberto Martinez introduced an extra attacker in Dries Mertens in an attempt to turn the tide and he nearly had an immediate impact as his cross was headed inches wide by Marouane Fellaini.That was as close as Belgium came to taking the game to extra-time, though, as Lloris parried a long-range piledriver from Axel Witsel.But for Courtois, France’s margin of victory would have been even greater as he made saves from Griezmann and Corentin Tolisso in stoppage time.For the generation of Hazard, De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, beating Brazil in the quarter-finals was meant to be the breakthrough on route to winning a major tournament.Instead, it proved to be another false dawn as France march on to Moscow.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Umtiti headed France into the lead after jumping across Marouane Fellaini before glancing his finish homeSAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, July 10 – Samuel Umtiti headed France into the World Cup final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a 1-0 win, consigning Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ to another bitter disappointment.France’s own supremely talented young squad will aim to make amends for defeat on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 in Sunday’s showpiece against England or Croatia.last_img read more


first_imgThe hugely-popular Martello Adventure Race will again take place once again in the scenic village of Maghery – four miles south-west of Dungloe.The waters around Maghery will be a challenge for the Martello Adventure Race.This is the third annual event which is part of the 2013 Mary from Dungloe International Festival.Coordinated by Dungloe GAA Club with the support of Donegal Sports Partnership, the event has become a popular event with local and visiting adventure athletes along the country roads of the Rosses area. The event which includes in this order a 5k run, 20k cycle and a 350 meter water obstacle on Maghery beach will cater for swimmers and non swimmers.This years event is sponsored by Top Shop, Dungloe and Bike It Bike Hire, Dungloe and will provide a physical and mental challenge for all abilities of athlete and will be run over some of the most scenic areas in west Donegal taking in along the route Clendra Hill (famous for the Mass Rock) Traigh Eanach Bay, Meenacross and Maghery Bay.This fun event is open to all abilities and will include age categories for adult men and women senior and over 40’s and is also open to teams of two or three participants to get together for the challenge.Preceding the Martello event will be the Mini Martello for under 12 and 16 boys and girls. In addition to the category prizes each finisher will also receive a specially designed medal and be provided with post event refreshments. Changing facilities are also availableRegistration will take place at Maghery Community Centre on the day from 12 pm for Mini event with the adult event due to commence at 2.30pm, pre registration can also be completed on the Run Ireland website, further info on our Facebook page ONLY THE BRAVE SIGN UP FOR MARTELLO ADVENTURE RACE! was last modified: July 31st, 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:dungloeMartello Adventure Racelast_img read more


first_imgGardai are investigating an incident in which a couple called to a family’s home claiming to be from Donegal County Council demanding €1,400 in rent arrears.Coupe demanded €1,400 in rent arrears from council homeowner.The incident, which happened last Friday night, in a rural part of the Letterkenny Electoral area.The couple demanded that the cash be handed over immediately but no money was handed over. The bogus callers callers then left empty-handed.Last week’s incident is the latest in a series of such bogus attempts to get cash from the public.Last month a bogus couple also called to a business premises in Lifford last month demanding rates payments.The couple had a Donegal County Council-headed letter on it but no official identification. No money was handed over on that occasion either and it is not known if the incidents are connected.A spokesman for the council said “As it turned out the person was not in rent arrears at al and no money was handed over.“We would just like to tell people that it will rarely happen that our staff will call to private homes.“If they have to then they will have official identification and will arrange to call in advance.”“We are asking all householders and business owners to be vigilant of this type of activity.” COMMUNITY ALERT: BOGUS COUPLE DEMAND €1,400 IN RENT ARREARS SCAM was last modified: December 17th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgGarda are to issue a European arrest warrant for Garda killer Martin McDermott, Donegaldaily understands.Raphoe man McDermott, who escaped from jail last week, was found in Derry.He appeared in court again today charged with criminal damage and assaulting police officers during his arrest at Altcar Park in the Galliagh area of Derry. He was sentenced to four months in prison. Gardai will then extradited him back across the Border when he completes that sentence.McDermott, 26, had been on the run after escaping from Loughlin House low security prison in Co Cavan.It is now believed that Gardai will issue the warrant so that the Donegal man can continue to serve his sentence in the Republic.He may also face further charges for escaping jail and will probably be moved to a more secure prison.Justice Minister Alan Shatter’s office has promised a full investigation into McDermott’s escape from Loughlin House.McDermott, who was serving a seven year sentence for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin in 2009, became abusive when he appeared in Derry Magistrate’s Court last week.He called Judge John Meehan a “f******* w*****r” after the judge had refused him bail.McDermott, 26, was quickly removed from court but later returned and apologised to Judge Meehan.He was fined a further £150 for misbehavior in court and was ordered to appear again by videolink today.Despite having a litany of more than 90 offences, McDermott was interred at the low security open prison after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Garda McLoughlin form Leitrim.The tragic Garda was killed after the car in which McDermott was during ploughed into a Garda patrol car at Burt in 2009.McDermot, who was found to be drunk, was being pursued y detectives after being observed acting suspiciously.GARDA KILLER JAILED AGAIN: GARDAI TO ISSUE EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT was last modified: March 22nd, 2012 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:arrestEuropean arrest warrantMartin McDermottvideolinklast_img read more


first_imgThe O’Donnell family behind Feda Buses have it covered in a big way for Naomh Muire GAA Club in West Donegal.Feda, Brian and Brid all came to the Banks this afternoon to hand over 180 jerseys which they sponsored for all age groups for boys underage teams from the 8s to 18s.This is the single biggest underage sponsorship in the County which is a tremendous gesture by the O’Donnell family. BUS FEDA – supporting their local Community – Go raibh míle maith agaibh.Meanwhile Naomh Muire are one of only 20 clubs in Ulster and only 60 in Ireland who are now part of the phase two of the GAA Healthy Clubs initiative.Healthy Clubs is a Nationwide focus on all aspects of Health and Wellbeing both physical and mental positive health.The Club were selected to represent Donegal on this project over the next two years during which time we will organise several Healthy Club events, talks and activities. The Healthy Club banner was handed over to us at the Tyrone Centre of Excellence this morning and then handed over to the underage club players this afternoon.BUS FEDA HAVE IT COVERED FOR NAOMH MUIRE! was last modified: April 24th, 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)last_img read more

Salah upgraded? Liverpool’s FIFA 19 player ratings revealed

first_img Sturridge’s 80 rating seems rather high given his struggles last season How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures tense revealed predicted In the run up to the release of the game there are numerous predictions over which players will be upgraded and decreased, but this year some ratings have leaked with over a month to go before FIFA 19 is released.Liverpool are one of the teams who have had their ratings revealed, with 15 first-team players all being leaked online.You can see their FIFA 19 ratings, compared to their FIFA 18 ratings, below…Alisson – 85 (FIFA 18 rating = 80) Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 4 possible standings getty Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Roberto Firmino – 86 (FIFA 18 rating = 84)Sadio Mane – 85 (FIFA 18 rating = 84)Xherdan Shaqiri – 81 (FIFA 18 rating = 82)Daniel Sturridge – 80 (FIFA 18 rating = 82) Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest gameday cracker smart causal The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool’s new No1 has been handed a huge five-point upgrade from FIFA 18 Trent Alexander-Arnold – 78 (FIFA 18 rating = 76)Dejan Lovren – 81 (FIFA 18 rating = 81)Virgil van Dijk – 85 (FIFA 18 rating = 83)Andy Robertson – 81 (FIFA 18 rating = 76)Fabinho – 85 (FIFA 18 rating = 84)Naby Keita – 83 (FIFA 18 rating = 83) Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City There were calls for Salah to be awarded a 90 rating after his record-breaking season at Anfield Three characters, one common goal. Become a champion. #FIFA19 #TheJourney— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) August 21, 2018On top of all these features, fans love getting their hands on the newest game so they can play with their favourite team updated for the 2018/19 season.Every squad is brought up to date to the start of the campaign, featuring not only summer transfers, but also updated player ratings. 4 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The latest edition of hit video game series FIFA will be released on September 28, just over a month from today.FIFA 19 boasts numerous improvements on last year’s instalment, with the official inclusion of the Champions League, as well as the latest chapter of Alex Hunter’s story, The Journey. 4 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Keita is in line for a winter upgrade if he continues in the brilliant style he has started the season Most read in Premier League Jordan Henderson – 82 (FIFA 18 rating = 82)Mohamed Salah – 88 (FIFA 18 rating = 85) 4 silverware SORRY Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops Georginio Wijnaldum – 82 (FIFA 18 rating = 82)James Milner – 81 (FIFA 18 rating = 80)last_img read more

Man United loanee labelled a ‘beaut’ for his part in De Bruyne scare

first_imgKevin De Bruyne goes off for City tonight injured after a tussle with Fosu-Mensah and could be out of the Manchester Derby next week. Agent Timbo, still a red.— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) November 1, 2018 ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF De Bruyne has only recently returned from a two-month spell out with a knee problem – it was a different knee this time and afterwards, manager Pep Guardiola said: “He’s being checked with the doctors so I don’t know right now (how he is).“I think today Kevin is back, the Kevin we know. He spent a lot of time injured but made a huge effort in Donetsk against Shakhtar and played a few minutes against Spurs in a difficult situation because of the pitch and the physicality.“Today again he was involved with everything offensively and defensively, so hopefully what happened in the last minutes is not serious.”City play rivals United on 11 November and a few United fans on Twitter were wondering if 20-year-old Fosu-Mensah has inadvertently helped them out. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade A new knee injury could keep Kevin De Bruyne out of the Manchester derby.Timothy Fosu-Mensah, on loan at Fulham from rivals Man United, accidentally landed on the Belgian’s knee, which forced the attacker off towards the end of the game.City won 2-0, but the sight of the club’s star man limping off the pitch took the gloss off. Yesss mensah lad— James (@Xire01) November 1, 2018 Most Popular In Football 1 REPLY no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Fosu-Mensah doing the Lord’s work. He knew De Bruyne needed another two months off.— Pandawan (@JustinJay_OD) November 2, 2018 huge blow REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Guardiola was visibly concerned as De Bruyne walked off shining RANKED REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury FOSU MENSAH YOU BEAUT 😍— Jardim SZN ⚡ (@itsthetads) November 1, 2018 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more