Bundesliga: politicians accept May 9 to return

first_img“The condition is that there is a matured concept. What the DFL (German League Federation) has been proposing suggests that there will be protection measures. I imagine that we can resume the games behind closed doors“were Laschet’s words. Söder, for his part, was somewhat more cautious.” We are walking on the wire, “he said.”We have to be careful not to rush and act recklessly. It is feasible that we can play behind closed doors from May 9 at the earliest, “he added.For it, the political authorities of the Federal Republic will order a detailed report from the Federal Institute of Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases Robert Koch and will make a final decision always following your directions. Then, the 36 clubs of the first and second division of the Bundesliga will meet next Thursday telematically with the federation to make a final decision on the future of the Bundesliga. The policy opens the door to the possibility of resuming the Bundesliga from May 9 and ending it behind closed doors. In an interview with the online version of the German newspaper Bild, Markus Söder and Armin Laschet, Prime Ministers of Bavaria and North Rhine Westphaliarespectively they gave the go-ahead plans to resume competition in Germany in about three weeks despite the coronavirus.last_img read more

GVL Imports US$30M Palm Oil Mill Equipment

first_imgThe newly appointed administration of the National Port Authority (NPA) has said that a shipment of mill equipment valued at US$30 million has arrived at the Samuel A. Russ Port in Greenville, Sinoe County.The multi-million dollar consignment of equipment, according to NPA, was shipped to Liberia by Golden Veroleum Liberia Limited (GVL) in anticipation of the construction of a Palm Oil processing plant in the southeastern region.The equipment is also meant for the construction of a bucking station in the Greenville port facility.An NPA press statement issued yesterday quoted GVL authorities, saying that the equipment was shipped to Liberia upon the request of Vice President Joseph Boakai when he visited GVL headquarters in Indonesia. NPA said the first of four vessels shipping the mill equipment has already berthed and is currently being discharged at the Port of Greenville, and that additional shipments are expected to follow shortly.The vessel was received at the Port of Greenville by a joint government delegation headed by Deputy Agriculture Minister Thomas Gbokie.Minister Gbokie and Sinoe County Superintendent Romeo Quoi, in separate remarks at a brief ceremony held at the port, described the arrival of the equipment as “a dream come true to create more jobs that the employees would take advantage of to develop the southeastern region.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3 in custody as Police probe intensifies

first_imgCattle ranch murderThree persons are now in custody as Police continue to investigate the fatal shooting of Harrinarine Samaroo, also known as “Ding”, 51, of Betsy Ground Village, East Canje, Berbice.Dead: Harrinarine SamarooThe cattle rancher’s body was on June 4 discovered at a cattle ranch at New Forest, East Canje Berbice with suspected gunshot wounds to the neck and left ear. Reports are that the body also had what appeared to be an exit wound to the head.Police initially arrested the son of the power of attorney to the ranch, one Bascom, who was at the ranch at the time of the shooting. He reportedly told investigators that, on June 3, he was in the two-storey zinc house while Samaroo had gone to the washroom, when he heard Samaroo calling him. The Police were also told that someone had opened the door and lashed Bascom simultaneously with the sound of what appeared to be a gunshot.Bascom told Police that he jumped out of a window and fled to the bushes, where he hid. He subsequently left the area and made his way to the Reliance Police Station, where he reported that Samaroo had been shot.But Samaroo’s sister is questioning how Bascom knew that her brother had been shot if he did not go back to the camp.Police arrested Bascom after Samaroo’s body was discovered at about 13:30h on Monday, in a crouching position some twenty feet away from the camp.Police also arrested two other persons – both of whom were employed by a Canada-based Guyanese to oversee a large herd of cattle in the backlands.Meanwhile, as Police continue to investigate, it has been discovered that cattle were reported missing from the ranch.The investigation continues.last_img read more

EnCana Pipelines back up and running

first_imgThe two EnCana pipelines that were hit by explosives earlier this month have been repaired.The RCMP released the scenes back to the company this week which allowed them to do the necessary repairs and put the pipelines back into service. The investigation into the attacks continue as the RCMP still won’t say if Lloyd Gladue, from Kelly Lake, is a suspect in the investigation.Gladue was arrested in Alberta last week by the team investigating the pipeline explosions. He will be in Dawson Creek on Monday to face previous charges unrelated to the attacks.- Advertisement -Gladue is facing charges, including two counts of obstructing a police officer out of Chetwynd and one count of sexual assault.The RCMP have not laid any new charges against Gladue. The RCMP are still looking for any tips the public may have and have set up tip line just for this case. The number to call is 1-866-994-7473last_img read more

Bradley Landfill, R.I.P.

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THERE were no tears shed in Sun Valley on Saturday when Bradley Landfill accepted its last shipments of trash. The closure of the half-century-old dump marked the beginning of a welcome development in Los Angeles – the end of putting landfills in densely populated areas. The question now turns to what happens next. Waste Management, which operated Bradley, wants to build a trash-hauling and recycling center on the site. Neighbors are understandably uncomfortable with the idea, but clearly it’s an improvement over a dump. And done properly, it could provide the elusive answer for how to deal with the city’s trash in a clean, modern, environmentally appropriate way. So good riddance to Bradley’s bad trash. We look forward to a valuable discussion about Sun Valley’s future.last_img read more

Dembele gem caps France win over Italy

first_imgN’Golo Kante fired against the post from distance as Sirigu produced a fine fingertip save, but Antoine Griezmann added a second from the penalty spot following a foul on Lucas Hernandez by Rolando Mandragora.Italy cut the deficit before the break when Leonardo Bonucci alertly followed up after Hugo Lloris failed to deal with a powerful Mario Balotelli free-kick.Balotelli forced Lloris to save low with his foot within seconds of the restart after half-time, while Dembele rattled the crossbar moments later having burst past a pair of Italy defenders.But the Barcelona forward sealed victory on 63 minutes, curling a sublime first-time shot into the top corner after Mbappe’s searing run was halted on the edge of the area.“There are lots of things that pleased me beyond the three goals,” France coach Didier Deschamps told French television station TF1.“It could have been a bigger scoreline. If we had been more efficient we could have been at ease a bit earlier.“We’re not going to get carried away, there’s still a second part of our preparation ahead of us.”Paul Pogba though was jeered by a section of home fans in the second half after a misplaced pass, and again when he was replaced by Steven N’Zonzi with five minutes remaining.Pogba didn’t have his best night and was whistled by supporters in the second half © AFP / VALERY HACHEDespite an underwhelming display from the Manchester United midfielder, Griezmann quickly sprang to his team-mate’s defence.“The whistles are part of football, you have to stay tough mentally. We’re all playing for the same shirt. He plays his game, you’re used to him scoring. We don’t expect that from him, only that he rotates the ball and plays for the team,” Griezmann said.“He has had a difficult season at Manchester United but he has a lot of confidence in himself.”The match was just the second in charge for Italy coach Roberto Mancini, who took the job last month after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following the four-time world champions’ failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first since 1958.“We made some errors but France are among the best teams,” said Mancini, whose side beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in Switzerland on Monday. “We did some good things but we know that we must improve.“I even had hope of equalising but I’m not going to say we deserved to win. France are better than us. Even if it’s a friendly nobody likes to lose.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dembele scored and also hit the bar as France displayed their wealth of attacking talent against Italy © AFP / FRANCK FIFENICE, France, Jun 2 – Ousmane Dembele scored a terrific goal in an impressive display for France as the World Cup contenders defeated Italy 3-1 in a friendly in Nice on Friday.Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti grabbed the opening goal after eight minutes at the Allianz Riviera, converting a rebound from close range after Kylian Mbappe’s volley was saved by Salvatore Sirigu.last_img read more

A house of cards

first_imgLast week, city leaders agreed to a massive, five-year, 23 percent pay raise for most city workers. And they did it in the face of a slowing economy, cooling real-estate market and the very likely possibility that courts will find they have been taking the public’s money illegally. Simply put, City Hall is desperate. And in that desperation, city leaders are more dangerous than ever, willing to plunge to new depths of deceit to preserve what is a failed government. In recent months, we have seen City Hall hatch one illegal and/or unethical tax-raising scheme after another. In the interest of clarity, let’s examine these schemes one at a time: The phony phone tax City Hall currently collects $270 million a year from a 10 percent tax on all Los Angeles cellular phones and land lines. The tax could be found illegal because of a court case based on the Proposition 218 requirement that two-thirds of voters approve new taxes. With the phone companies challenging the tax in three separate lawsuits, this illicit revenue source could be cut off by next fall. That leaves Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council needing to build a budget in the face of a possible enormous loss of revenue. So they have turned, as usual, to the political consultants and operatives, who are as much a part of City Hall as the politicians, to come up with a devious plan: They’ll play fast and loose with the law, while tricking voters into re-establishing the phone tax. First, there’s the legal deception. Even though City Hall has known about the likely demise of the phone tax for months, Villaraigosa hopes to declare its potential elimination an “emergency.” That’s because under Proposition 218, tax hikes must appear on the ballot during regular municipal elections. But “emergency” measures can appear on any ballot. That includes the February presidential primary, during which – Villaraigosa’s pollsters tell him – a slew of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama voters will be more likely to vote “yes.” Plus, if the measure is classified as an emergency, it only requires 50 percent voter approval, and not the usual two-thirds. Compounding the deception, Villaraigosa has opted to seek a 9 percent phone tax to replace the 10 percent one that’s on the verge of elimination. That way he can claim the measure is a “tax cut” because it reduces the rate from 10 percent to 9 percent. This is an outrageous distortion. If voters vote “yes,” they won’t be paying 1 percent less on their phone bills, they’ll be paying 9 percent more than if they voted “no” and let the tax die on its own. But with an expensive, special interest-funded campaign, Villaraigosa is confident he can confuse more than half of the voters into doing the wrong thing. He may be right – after all they’ve already polled likely voters and found them easy to deceive. The disguised utility tax Last week, the Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners signed off on a series of rate increases over the next few years. Ostensibly, the purpose of these hikes is to pay for much-needed infrastructure upgrades. It’s true the DWP has allowed its infrastructure to become obsolete but it’s not the least bit true that it’s ratepayers’ responsibility to pay the bill for the upgrades. As the Daily News revealed, the city has quietly filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to block any public challenge to its usual process of transferring tens of millions of dollars from the Department of Water and Power to the city’s general fund. The money that’s transferred came from ratepayers and represents a profit made by overcharging the public for water and power. Turning it over to City Hall makes it arguably a tax or fee that must be approved by voters. So if the DWP has extra millions to kick into City Hall’s coffers, what business does it have raising water fees? None. Under state law, “fees” must be specifically connected to real costs associated with providing a service. That doesn’t include subsidizing inflated pay raises for City Hall’s bureaucrats. The DWP rate hikes are really just another attempt to raise taxes without getting the public’s approval. That is, they’re an other way to skirt the law and take your money. The bogus gang tax Seizing on rightful public concern about gang violence, city leaders have also come up with plans for another tax hike, a parcel tax, allegedly to fund anti-gang efforts in L.A. But there are some problems with this regressive levy, which would cost every property owner in the city – from a middle-class family struggling to cover its mortgage to the owner of a downtown skyscraper – the same $40 a month. Most notably, no one in City Hall has been able to specify what, exactly, the money would pay for. L.A. already blows nearly $100 million a year on mostly ineffective anti-gang programs, and until we make sense of how that money is spent – it’s currently being audited by Controller Laura Chick – there’s no way to know whether anti-gang efforts need more money at all, let alone how much, or for what purpose. Up until last week, City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who’s led the effort for the gang tax, said that the crisis is so great we don’t have time to wait for Chick’s audit. The city needs the cash to fight the gang scourge as soon as possible. That’s an odd position to take since City Hall has failed to take the gang problem seriously for decades. What’s even more curious is that Hahn now says she’ll hold off the parcel-tax vote until another election because she doesn’t want it to compete with the phone tax on the February ballot. Apparently the problem isn’t so serious after all. Besides, trying to defraud voters twice at the same time could be beyond the capabilities of even City Hall’s skilled politicos. A pattern and practice The list goes on and on. The City Council has approved two garbage-fee increases in the last two years. The DWP has raised its rates repeatedly. Even golf fees have gone up in City Hall’s relentless pursuit of cash. All the while, we are always told that City Hall needs the money for the best of reasons. “The mayor has a responsibility to protect the revenue that pays for critical services in the city,” Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo says of the mayor’s lawsuit against the people. The city’s chief legislative analyst, Gerry Miller, says maintaining the illegal phone tax is crucial because losing it would “impact library hours, recreation hours. It would impact street paving. It would impact tree trimming.” See, they have no choice but to gouge L.A. residents in one fraudulent and/or illegal tax hike after another. Our “critical services” depend on it. City officials must lie to us and cheat us. It’s for our own good. Never, when justifying their quest for cash, do they mention the gigantic pay hikes to the highest-paid municipal workers and local politicians in the country. Never do they mention the subsidies and giveaways to the downtown developers, who have their taxes waived. Never do they mention the handouts to Hollywood, or City Hall’s sweetheart deals with well-connected contractors and developers. Meanwhile, the city continually fails in providing the most basic services. Police coverage in the San Fernando Valley is down, while gang violence soars. The Fire Department is such a wreck that it – like the LAPD – might soon fall under federal control. The DWP, for all its money, can’t even keep the lights on in a heat wave. The sidewalks go mostly unpaved, and the potholes still form faster than they’re filled. The house is collapsing That brings us to where we are now, with the system ready to collapse. Maintaining such bloat and cronyism isn’t easy. It requires a constant stream of money, one that’s about to dry up. And it will dry up unless city leaders can fool the public once again. If they can get away with their phony phone tax, their disguised utility tax and their bogus gang tax, they will have the cash to put off the day of reckoning for at least a few more years. The voters of Los Angeles must not let that happen. We cannot tolerate such dishonesty and financial recklessness. It’s time we demanded a city government that works for the people of L.A., and not against us. It’s time we demanded an honest accounting of how and where our money is spent. It’s time City Hall and city workers make the efficiencies that are a daily part of life for those of us who pay their bills. It’s time for the house of cards to fall, and for a good, honest leadership to rise in its place.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE house of cards that is Los Angeles City Hall’s corrupt system of shifting money from taxpayers to special interests is collapsing. City leaders’ giveaways are rapidly outpacing their ability to bring in new funds, creating a perilous financial imbalance. For the insiders – the unions, developers, contractors – this is a bona fide crisis. For the rest of us, it’s a great opportunity to remake the city into one that serves the people instead of serving itself. last_img read more

Letterkenny Gaels face Naomh Colmcille in U21 B semi-final

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club NotesThe senior lads finished off their season with a defeat to Naomh Ultan on Sunday at Pairc na nGael. This weekend the U-21 lads are fixed to play neighbors Naomh Colmcille in the semi final of the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure U-21 B Football Championship. See club Facebook for day and throw in details.  The curtain came down on our successful production of ‘Its The Real Mc Coy’ on Sunday night last. Well done to James Frain, Paddy O Connor, and the cast and crew for eight wonderful nights of craic and laughter. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who helped out with the hosting of the show especially the bakers who provided the home baking, Conor Crossan who had the mammoth task of organising ticket distribution, Letterkenny Rugby Club for the use of their club room and all the patrons who attended. This was a massive effort by many dedicated club members and shows the true community spirit of Letterkenny Gaels GAA. We’re looking forward to the next production Paddy!!Well done to Aoibhinn Ní Muireadhaigh who graduated from the GAA Dermot Early Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership with NUIG. Aoibhinn represented Letterkenny Gaels as a club member and is the first of our club to do so. Comhghairdeas Aoibhinn. Sympathy is extended to Barry and all the McEleney and Kelly families on the passing of Donal.  The GAA Adult + Cards are now available to club members and can be purchased online. The purchasing of the card has benefits for both the holder and our Club.  For more details on this please see Club Facebook page. Club merchandise, which includes training tops, track-suits, jerseys, hats etc. can be purchased in Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure. The outdoor training for the Camogs has concluded for this year. Indoor training will resume for all age groups at the LYIT on the 4th of November. The outdoor underage football training has also concluded for the season. Please see Facebook in the coming weeks for dates and venues for indoor training. The indoor underage hurling continues every Thursday from 6.30-7.30pm in the Aura. Helmets and hurls will be provided for new players. The term will run for nine weeks before Christmas and six after. All welcome.  Bingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €2950. Lines are €40 and Houses are €130. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. All welcome. For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelLetterkenny Gaels face Naomh Colmcille in U21 B semi-final was last modified: October 25th, 2016 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsSportlast_img read more

Santa Clarita Football Friday

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Heading into tonight’s Valencia-Chino Hills matchup, Valencia has scored at least 21 points in all but one game, while Chino Hills has allowed fewer than 21 points in all but one game. SPOTLIGHT Canyon OL Nick Madia, who is among the area’s strongest players, is enjoying another solid season in his second year as a starter after being called up from JV last year. Madia, a 6-foot, 264-pounder, is among a group of solid juniors at Canyon who eventually figure to be top college prospects. OFFBEAT Canyon makes a 200-mile roundtrip tonight to San Clemente – the Southern Section’s Southernmost school – but at least one Canyon player is well-familiar with the area. HE SAID “We need more than luck. We need divine intervention.” – Chino Hills coach Terry Roche, on facing favored Valencia in the Div. II quarterfinals tonight. DID YOU KNOW? “I surf in San Clemente all the time,” said Austin Civita, Canyon’s shaggy-haired quarterback. “They have the best waves in California there.” OFF THE CHART Hart has appeared in 11 section title games (winning eight), while Canyon has appeared in four title games (winning three) and Valencia has been a runnerup three times. Here’s a rundown: HART Eight titles (1983, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003) Three runners-up (1985, 1994, 2002) CANYON Three titles (1983, 1984, 1985) One runner-up (1988) VALENCIA Three runners-up (1999, 2001, 2004) NUMBERS GAME .625 Canyon’s winning percentage against Orange County opponents since 1990 (5-3). The Cowboys, who play at San Clemente tonight, defeated San Clemente 35-21 in Week 1 of the 1992 season. SOUTHERN SECTION DIV. II QUARTERFINALS Tonight, 7:30 HART (9-2) vs. LOS OSOS of Rancho Cucamonga (9-2) at College of the Canyons Players to watch: Jackson Smith, Jeremy Neff and Ricky Vittallo, OLs, Hart. As Hart’s only experienced linemen, the threesome needs to pick up the slack because two starting blockers aren’t available because of disciplinary reasons. Outlook: Hart managed to survive the first round last week after pulling out a last-minute 33-27 victory over Glendora, but the Indians must avoid mistakes and tighten defensively to last much longer. In the wake of three Hart player suspensions, the good news was QB Tyler Lyon came through with perhaps his finest career performance against an elite opponent, completing 24 of 37 passes for 351 yards and two TDs with no INTs. He also scored two TDs, including a game-winning 6-yard run with 37 seconds left. “If we play like we can play, I think we can keep going,” Lyon said. Lyon, who has committed to Arizona, has passed for 1,493 yards and 10 TDs. Troy Yudin, the Foothill League’s leading receiver with 54 catches, broke out of a two-game slump last week with six receptions for 124 yards and a 50-yard TD. Patrick Sarkissian (111 tackles) is Hart’s top hitter, and James Wheeler has six INTs. QB Mike Anderson (1,636 yards, 55 pct., 12 TDs) is Los Osos’ spotlight player. He had one of his best performances of the season in a victory over Upland last week, passing for 202 yards and a TD and rushing for 106 and a TD. “They run a spread offesne and do a lot of stuff on defense. Los Osos is real solid,” Hart coach Mike Herrington said. “It’s going to be a real battle, I think.” CHINO HILLS (11-0) at VALENCIA (8-3) Player to watch: Jason Assanah, RB, Chino Hills. Assanah rushed for 206 yards and four TDs – including three in the fourth quarter – to lift Chino Hills to a 34-27 comeback victory over Rancho Cucamonga last week. Assanah, who broke the 100-yard mark for the first time this season, also leads Chino Hills with 100 tackles. Outlook: Despite a flashier record, Chino Hills coach Terry Roche swears his team is the underdog against the unseeded Vikings. “Valencia is by far better than any team we’ve seen. We hope we don’t get embarassed,” said Roche, who won four titles at Diamond Bar (the last in 1999) before arriving at Chino Hills four years ago. Valencia coach Larry Muir has his suspicions: “Terry Roche is sandbagging. Chino Hills is a very physical team.” As is usually the case in matchups involving Valencia, the key is Valencia QB Michael Herrick, California’s all-time career yardage leader. Herrick (2,854 yards, 11 TDs) was at his best last week, passing for 364 yards and a TD in a 61-42 victory at Trabuco Hills. Another vital player is Shane Vereen, who rushed for 208 yards and six TDs last week. LB Travis Marziani is Valencia’s leading tackler with 69, and Keith Klemens has 6.5 sacks. CANYON (10-1) at SAN CLEMENTE (7-4) Player to watch: Nick Peterson, OL, Canyon. Peterson has come on strong to help solidify Canyon’s blocking, which is considered one of the Cowboys’ main strengths “Nick has just been outstanding,” coach Harry Welch said. Outlook: Canyon needs to make a statement. The Cowboys are 36-4 during the regular season over the past four years but have advanced past the quarterfinals just once during that span. This is a big game for a program hoping to recapture its 1980s’ glory, when Canyon won a section-record 46 in a row and three consecutive section titles from 1983 to 1985, and was runnerup in 1988. “The kids are playing real well. I think they’ve bought into Cowboy football in total, which means we control our own effort and put total focus on ourselves and our own standard,” Welch said. Canyon’s J.J. DiLuigi, a junior, has developed into an all-state candidate in his first varsity season. He’s rushed for a school single-season record 1,602 yards and scored a state-best 39 TDs. The Cowboys received a career-best performance last week from QB Austin Civita, who completed 20 of 30 passes for 343 yards and four TDs. Richie Wirthlin had 11 receptions (10 in the first half) for 163 yards and a TD. San Clemente’s Mike Cook has passed for 1,758 yards (62 pct.) and 18 TDs. He’s also rushed for 364 yards and four TDs. Defensively, the Tritons have totaled 36 sacks. DIVISION II PLAYOFFS First round Mission Viejo 56, Saugus 0 Chino 42, Alta Loma 0 Los Osos 35, El Toro 14 Hart 32, Glendora 27 Chino Hills 34, Rancho Cucamonga 27 Valencia 61, Trabuco Hills 42 San Clemente 27, Upland 7 Canyon 49, Damien 21 Note: Semifinals, Dec. 2 (upper bracket) and Dec. 3 (lower bracket). Championship, Dec. 9 at Home Depot Center. All games 7:30 p.m. 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

PRINGLE CALLS ON MINISTER TO ADDRESS ‘UNFAIR’ FISHING PENALTY POINT SYSTEM

first_imgDeputy Thomas Pringle has slammed the fishing penalty point system after a Danish Vessel was found fishing without a quota in the Irish Sea.Deputy Thomas PringleHe said he brought this to the attention of the Minister at the Agriculture Committee meeting in June seeking an investigation into the matter.“I questioned him how Danish authorities were able to secure a quota allocation three days after the incident only to claim the vessel had a quota allowing them to fish in the first place. Danish authorities now refuse to add the penalty points to the vessel under those grounds’ explains Pringle. ‘The system is entirely unfair to Irish Vessels. Donegal fishermen have had penalty points applied to their vessels but we see once again foreign fishermen getting away scot free. The Common Fisheries Policy is supposed to be common but this case shows that other EU countries pick and choose what they want to implement’ claims Pringle.‘Too often we have seen that the Irish authorities are the best Europeans in the class by over regulating Irish fishermen while other member states ignore the rules.’‘I have written to the Minister and raised the issue numerous times but have yet to hear anything back. At the Agriculture Committee I asked the Minister how will enforcement, including of landing obligations, be handled in such situations given the fact that trawlers from Spain, Belgium and other countries operate in Irish waters. I also probed whether there will be enforcement for Irish and foreign vessels even if foreign governments pass it off?’ says Pringle.‘Minister Coveney made it clear that if authorities such as the Danish authorities do pass off penalty points, the Commission is obliged to intervene, as it must ensure fair treatment for everyone. He further stated that if a trawler is breaking the rules and is due penalty points, it should receive them. The Minister asked for specific details on the Danish Vessel so he can follow up on it, which I did.’ ‘If Minister Coveney wants to retain any credibility he has to ensure that the commission act on this issue or else cancel the penalty point system altogether’ concludes Pringle.PRINGLE CALLS ON MINISTER TO ADDRESS ‘UNFAIR’ FISHING PENALTY POINT SYSTEM was last modified: August 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more