SEAMUS Coleman has been ruled out of Ireland’s clash with Gibraltar on Saturday.The 25-year-old Killybegs man is now also a doubt for next Tuesday’s European championship game against World champions Germany, though Martin O’Neill has named him in his squad.Coleman has missed five games since picking up a head injury in a Europa League triumph over Wolfsburg. It subsequently emerged that a soft tissue problem with his hamstring is the reason for the 25-year-old’s prolonged absence.He missed the trip to Man United today when Everton were unlucky not to get a draw.“Seamus Coleman had concussion against Wolfsburg but then he suffered a little bit of a soft tissue problem. I don’t think it will be too long (before he is fully fit). The international break should clear those injuries,” said Everton manager Roberto Martinez.Squad: David Forde; Shay Given; Keiren Westwood; Rob Elliot, Richard Keogh; Marc Wilson; Seamus Coleman; John O’Shea; Alex Pearce; Ciaran Clark; Stephen Ward, Hendrick; Whelan; Gibson; McGeady; Walters; Pilkington; McClean; Brady; Quinn; Meyler; Hoolahan, Robbie Keane; Shane Long; Daryl Murphy; Kevin Doyle; Anthony Stokes. COLEMAN OUT OF GIBRALTAR GAME, COULD MISS GERMANY CLASH TOO was last modified: October 5th, 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:GibraltarInjuryIrelandseamus coleman
The Federal Aviation Administration in America announced Tuesday that it was downgrading Thailand’s aviation safety rating to Category 2 because the country did not comply with international standards. In stripping it of the Category 1 rating it received in 1997, the FAA said Thailand’s civil aviation authority failed to meet “minimum international standards.” Category 1 means that the country complies with International Civil Aviation Organization standards.The decision means Thai airlines will be banned from opening new routes to the United States or expanding existing ones.Whilst no Thai airlines currently operate direct routes to the U.S, the concern is that the FAA’s downgrades may be matched by other global aviation authorities such as the European Union(EU) which would have a significant impact on flag carrier Thai Airways operations. The EU used an FAA downgrade of Indonesia’s aviation-safety standards to impose a total flight ban on that country’s airlines for several years. The country came under scrutiny when the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), “red flagged” Thailand in June over safety concerns. AirlineRatings.com allocates two of its seven stars for safety to meeting or exceeding all 8 ICAO audit parameters . The ‘red flagging’ of the country in June led to an automatic deduction of 2 stars for all Thai registered airlines and today’s news has resulted in a further one star deduction.Thai Airways and subsidiary Thai Smile remain the highest scoring airline for safety in Thailand with a score of 4/7. Following this is Thai Orient and Bangkok air on three stars and on just two stars, Nok Air and AirAsia Thailand. Suggested Read: How we work out our seven star safety rating system and why In response to the FAA’s decision, Thailand’s prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, ordered a swift overhaul of his country’s aviation systems.He acknowledged the setback could undermine confidence in the military leadership that seized power in a 2014 coup.”Therefore, all must join hands to bring peace to the country,” he said, according to the Bangkok Post. “Don’t try to pick a quarrel, because doing so will not lead us out of crisis.”The country’s leading international carrier, Thai Airways, issued a statement defending its safety record.It said the decision would have no impact on its business or customers as it ceased its only U.S. destination flight, to Los Angeles, in October, although it continues to operate code share connections.”Thai confirms its commitment to aviation safety standards and assures all that Thai operates with the highest international aviation safety standards,” it said.
20 February 2013Public servants should be banned from contracting with the government, and should face consequences for benefiting from state contracts, says National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.During a briefing on the National Development Plan in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Manuel echoed Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s call, made a few days ago, that public servants should be outlawed from benefiting from government contracts.Sisulu’s department is working on amending the Public Service Act to make it law that civil servants cannot do business with the state.Public servants ‘must perform’Manuel told Parliamentarians that ensuring that public sector delivery was ratcheted up would be key to the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP).He said that, “in the interests of democracy”, public servants that were not skilled and effective should be removed.The NDP is a a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. It seeks to do this by drawing on the energies of the the country’s people, growing an inclusive economy, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.In his State of the Nation Address last week, President Jacob Zuma said the NDP was a “roadmap to a South Africa where all will have water, electricity, sanitation, jobs, housing, public transport, adequate nutrition, education, social protection, quality healthcare, recreation and a clean environment.”Five-year phasesManuel detailed how the plan will be broken up into five-year chunks, in line with the electoral cycle, with the 2014-19 medium term strategic framework to form the first five-year building block of the plan.The Presidency will lead the formulation of the 2014-19 medium-term strategic framework, and a first draft of the framework will be submitted to the Cabinet in July.The framework will include key targets from the NDP and other plans such as the New Growth Path, National Infrastructure Plan and Industry Policy Action Plan.Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane said the implementation framework of the NDP had been finalised and that following the Budget Speech later this month, departments would be expected to integrate their plans with that of the NDP.The integration with the NDP will mean that departments’ strategic plans, annual performance plans and programme plans will need to be evaluated by the Presidency to ensure that they are aligned with the plan, before being submitted to Parliament.The Presidency and National Treasury will also work with departments to clarify roles and responsibilities, ensure that plans and budgets are aligned, and to develop clear performance indicators for each programme.Implementation to begin this yearCritical steps would this year be taken to implement the NDP, including ensuring that programmes that don’t require additional resources and long lead times are implemented.The government will also focus on areas where implementation of existing policies needs to improve and will also hold focused dialogues to overcome obstacles to implementation.The government will also engage with other sectors to understand how they are contributing to implementing the NDP and to identify any obstacles they may be facing.The 2019-24 and 2024-29 planning cycles will be used to initiate the remaining activities and be informed by a performance review of the previous cycle.Manuel said the National Planning Commission had begun advertising for additional positions in its secretariat.Source: SAnews.gov.za
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