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A man who was allegedly discovered with 50 grams of narcotics while lingering in front of the Camp Street Prison was on Friday morning remanded to prison by City Magistrate Leron Daly.Leon Jonas denied that he had the narcotics in his possession on August 29, 2018.According to the prosecution’s case, Jonas was seen standing across from the prison for a lengthy period, and was as such approached by ranks.He was later subjected to a search, and a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems were discovered on his person. As such he was taken into Police custody, and the substance was weighed in his presence.He was later charged with the offence of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking. The case will continue on October 2.
With four heats left to make up the final races, a lot can happen with the championship picture, as the winner of a given race is awarded 25 points. With 100 points on the table, it gives riders who are on the outside a chance to finish on top.With over 20 classes of racing competing over the double header, the weekend is sure to be jam packed with intense races throughout. The Peace Motocross Association will officially cap their season with a year end awards banquet on September 21, also in Dawson Creek. – Advertisement –
THERE is a massive jobs boost for the region tonight after healthcare company Abbott said will invest €85m into expanding its Sligo pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, which will create about 175 highly skilled jobs and 150 temporary construction jobs in the process.A number of current employees of the company are from Co Donegal and commute to the facility each day.The extra space for manufacturing operations to support Abbott’s future pharmaceutical pipeline in therapeutic areas of virology, oncology and nephrology. It will provide additional capacity in Abbot’s global pharmaceutical manufacturing network. The expansion of the facility will be completed in 2014 and the investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.The new jobs will include skilled roles in engineering, quality, pharmaceutical science and other science-based areas. The majority of jobs will be added during construction and the remainder will be recruited after the expansion is complete.In addition to these 175 jobs, another 150 temporary jobs will be created in construction. “Abbott has had a presence in Ireland for more than 65 years and began manufacturing in the country in 1974,” said Dr Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, president of Global Pharmaceutical Operations at Abbott.“Sligo is an important part of Abbott’s pharmaceutical manufacturing network and we are pleased to expand it to support future production needs. The success of our Sligo facility is due to the dedication of its staff and management.“This state-of-the-art expansion will enable us to produce innovative therapies that we expect will represent significant advances in the treatment of cancer, chronic kidney disease and viral infections,” said Saleki-Gerhardt.Barry O’Leary, CEO of Ireland, welcomed the announcement, saying that Abbott Ireland is of “key importance” to Ireland’s life sciences sector, which contributes substantially to Ireland’s export economy. “(Abbott) is part of a strong cluster of life-sciences companies in the northwest region, which is hugely important to the local economy,” said O’Leary.‘’Abbott, with 13 manufacturing, commercial and shared services sites across the country, continues to go from strength to strength and employs nearly 4,000 people. I wish Abbott Ireland every success with this new venture and offer the continued support of IDA Ireland as the company further develops its Irish operations,” he said.JOBS BOOST AS 175 NEW POSITIONS ANNOUNCED was last modified: February 9th, 2012 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)
A man has appeared in court today charged with a series of burglaries and crimes in Lifford over the last two months.Detectives investigating recent commercial burglaries in the Lifford area arrested a male in the town on Wednesday, 1st May. The man was detained at Letterkenny Garda Station and questioned over burglaries, attempted burglaries and criminal damage incidents in Lifford during March and April 2019.He was subsequently charged in connection with the crimes and appeared before a sitting of Letterkenny District Court today (Thursday) where he was remanded on bail to appear before the courts on a later date.Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance so far in this investigation.Anyone with further information regarding the burglaries can speak with detectives in Letterkenny by contacting Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or if they wish, contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Man charged in connection with Lifford burglaries was last modified: May 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:courtLifford
His fine performances have alerted some of Europe’s biggest names, with Spurs and Inter rumoured to be tracking the youngster closely.Italian champions Juventus have also been keeping a close eye on Andersen’s development but, according to Corriere dello Sport, Inter are leading the race to snap up the defender. Inter Milan have moved a step ahead of Tottenham in the race to land highly-rated Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen.The Italian giants have initiated talks with chiefs at their Serie A rivals for the 22-year-old Dane, who has been hugely impressive this season, making 12 appearances in all competitions. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2 Sampdoria’s young Danish talent Joachim Andersen. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? TOP WORK This will serve as bad news for Spurs, who are huge admirers of the Sampdoria star. huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 That is because sporting director Piero Ausilio held talks with Sampdoria chiefs earlier this week in an attempt to hammer out a deal for the in-demand Dane.It is understood that a deal is close and that Andersen would be keen on a January move to the San Siro. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings tense changes gameday cracker whoops Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen in action. Most Popular Premier League Stories Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? revealed latest SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT predicted Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2
It was scarcely a year ago when Los Angeles County voters shot down a plan to increase the sales tax by a quarter-percent to fund additional police services. It’s not that voters were against hiring more cops, they were just fed up with self-serving politicians who disingenuously plead poverty amid swelling tax coffers. Yet somehow, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca didn’t seem to get the message. A year later, Baca is pleading poverty again, encouraging county voters to consider the same tax plan they rejected last year. Only this time, Baca’s effort isn’t merely misguided, it’s pathetic. While there’s little doubt that Baca’s department can use more deputies – it’s currently hemorrhaging 430 cops a year – money isn’t the problem. The Sheriff’s Department employs 8,150 sworn officers, or about 1,100 fewer than it’s budgeted for. In other words, Baca could increase his force by nearly 13 percent simply by spending the money he already has on hand. But so far, he’s been hard-pressed to recruit, train and retain enough officers to keep the force stable, let alone expand it. That’s not all his fault. Generous pension plans make it all too appealing for deputies to retire early. Moreover, cop-hiring sprees in neighboring cities lure some 150 experienced deputies away from the department each year and drain the pool of potential recruits. But these trends only undermine Baca’s calls for the sales-tax hike, which, at least in its last incarnation, would have provided funding not only for the Sheriff’s Department, but also for law enforcement agencies throughout the county. The fact that so many cities – including Los Angeles – have found the funds to boost their forces without raising taxes exposes the hollowness of the claim that local governments are strapped for cash. They’re not. Soaring property-tax revenues have provided a municipal windfall. Los Angeles County’s budget is up $565 million this year, including $79 million more for the Sheriff’s Department. Of course, Baca wants even more than that, but he’s yet to show that he actually needs it. And unless he can, if he takes his tax-hike proposal to the people once again, he can expect the same disastrous result. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A boy smiles for the camera at Eva Orango school in Orango Island of Bijago Archipelago in Guinea-Bissau.(Image: Manoocher Deghati, Irin Photo) The record prices of staple grains in 2008 made investment in agriculture an attractive proposition for countries exporting as well as importing food. The African Union (AU), with its mix of producers and buyers, has been steadily gearing up for self-sufficiency. Shortly after Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika became AU chair in 2010, he announced a plan to make Africa food secure in the next five years.Martin Bwalya, head of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) said the AU’s seven-year roadmap to put the spotlight on farming so as to promote food security and economic growth, and reduce poverty, was set in motion five years ago.By the end of 2010, the agriculture development plans of 18 African countries had undergone a rigorous independent technical review and were being rolled out.Over 60% of Africa’s people live in rural areas and most depend on farming for food and income. Agriculture contributes between 20% and 60% to nations’ gross domestic product.In a document called The African Food Basket, Mutharika spelt out the details of his plan, which requires countries to allocate a substantial portion of their budget to agriculture, provide farming input subsidies, and make available affordable information and communications technology.This would be possible with the help of a new strategic partnership between countries, donors, aid agencies and the private sector.CAADP, initiated in 2003, covers all the main aspects of Mutharika’s plan, including African governments’ commitment to devote at least 10% of their budgets to agriculture.Under the programme, countries draw up comprehensive investment plans that include the four CAADP pillars: sustainable land and water management, improved market access and integration, increased food supplies and reduced hunger, and research, technology generation and dissemination.“We expect the countries to contribute at least 10% of the annual expenditure budget demonstrating local ownership and responsibility,” said Bwalya.He added while development aid financing remained important, it was also crucial that countries consider measures to attract direct private sector financing to agriculture.Uganda, one of the 18 states to undergo the review process, has met about 65% of its funding requirements from its own budget.The AU’s development agency, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), which runs CAADP, helps countries to mobilise funds.Is achieving food self-sufficiency in five years a realistic goal? It would be a tough call, said Ousmane Badiane, director for Africa at the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute.He noted that the AU had 53 members with varying degrees of agriculture investment, development and needs, and some countries did not have the structural capacity to reach the target of food self-sufficiency for many reasons including civil conflicts.Going regionalA more realistic option, Badiane said, would be for countries with the potential to improve food production to produce enough to feed their less productive neighbours. This called for expanding regional trade and investment in transportation, including ports, railways and highways linking countries.AU members have begun to take regional economic integration “seriously”, noted Calestous Juma, professor of international development at Harvard University in his recently released book, The New Harvest.He lists regional markets as one of the three opportunities that could fortify Africa’s food security against the rising threat of climate change.There are at least eight regional economic communities, “that are recognised by the AU as building blocks for pan-African economic integration”; these include the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, or Comesa, and the East African Community. However, “Regional cooperation in agriculture is in its infancy and major challenges lie ahead.”Regions could become food secure “by capitalising on the different growing seasons in different countries and making products available in all areas for longer periods of time”, he wrote.Both Mutharika and CAADP emphasise the development of regional markets. Mutharika listed 12 regional trade corridors identified by the various regional economic communities and suggested the AU draw up an institutional framework for each corridor.Science and technologyIn his book Juma lists advances in science and technology as another factor that could propel Africa towards food self-sufficiency, and called for more investment in the creation of regional hubs of research and innovation.Research is being carried out by groups created under Nepad, such as the Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa Network, which has been leading research on food crops, including banana, teff, cassava, sorghum and sweet potatoes. More investment in networks, especially agriculture-related ones, could produce far-reaching results.Fertiliser and subsidiesUnderuse of fertilisers has often been cited as a major cause of low production in Africa. Only four countries – Egypt, Malawi, Mauritius and South Africa – have exceeded the 50 kilograms per hectare target set by the AU, Mutharika noted in his plan.Fertiliser use in Africa accounts for less than 10% of the world average of 100 kilograms per hectare. “Just five countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria) account for about two-thirds of the fertiliser applied in Africa,” Juma said.Mutharika, who promoted the provision of subsidised fertiliser in Malawi, makes a strong case for this approach. At present 19 African countries are implementing various programmes providing fertiliser.Juma sees leaders like Mutharika, who has prioritised food security as the third factor that could set Africa on the path to food security. The Malawian government devotes 16% of its national budget to agriculture.Yet Badiane of the International Food Policy Research Institute sounded a note of caution on subsidies and cited the case of Senegal. After independence the West African country put in place an agriculture subsidy programme in the 1960s that was even more comprehensive than Malawi’s. “It had a dramatic effect on agriculture in Senegal, but by 1979 one of its [agriculture] agencies had worked up a deficit amounting to 98% of the national budget.”Carefully managed subsidies, run for a short term, and aimed at strengthening existing markets and agricultural infrastructure, were a lot more effective, he said.The Rwandan government provided free fertiliser to farmers for four years after 1994. In 1998 it wanted to hand over importing and distribution to the private sector, which unfortunately lacked capacity, so the government continued to procure and import fertiliser but left distribution and selling to the private sector.Since then, aid from financial institutions has helped the private sector build capacity to import, and at least 20 bodies now import several hundred metric tons of fertiliser, Badiane said.Way forwardThe AU’s plans for agriculture also tackle other major issues affecting food security, such as irrigation (only 4% of Africa’s crop area is irrigated, compared to 39% in South Asia); improving soil fertility (more than 3% of agricultural gross domestic product in Africa is lost annually as a direct result of soil and nutrient loss); post-harvest storage loss (sub-Saharan Africa loses about 40% of its harvest per year, against 1% in Europe); setting up databanks to share early warning information and energy.There is a high level of engagement between countries on agriculture. “They meet regularly and we support them in building evidence-based information,” CAADP’s Bwalya noted.If they stayed the course in implementing CAADP, Badiane said in five years a large number of African countries, if not food secure, would be in a much better position to feed themselves.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is getting new additions to facilitate faster services for customers. As many as 46 new e-visa counters and 14 immigration counters have been added at the airport, the Hindustan Times reported, citing officials from the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL). Passengers earlier had to wait for a longer time for the immigration process, since only six immigration counters and 18 e-visa counters were operational. “We now have 64 e-visa on arrival counters. These will contribute in reducing queue time for passengers,” a DIAL spokesperson told the publication. “The expansion work started in March this year.” The “domestic to international” transfer area at the airport has also been expanded to save the passengers’ time. It will be ready for public use by the end of this month, the report said. The airport will also have improved facilities for senior citizens and differently-abled passengers, including lifts in the transfer area that would take passengers directly to the departure level from where they can proceed to the boarding area. Passengers availing the e-visa on arrival scheme will also get dedicated routes from Sept. 30. “The e-visa on arrival passengers will be given an exclusive route. They will not be mixed up with the other immigration passengers. Flap gates have also been installed,” the report quoted the DIAL spokesperson as saying. Plans to introduce e-clearance immigration gates at the IGI Airport, which will shorten the immigration queue to 15 seconds, were announced earlier this year. The technology has been adopted at several airports abroad and will first be introduced on a trial basis at the Delhi airport, the Economic Times had previously reported. The state-of-the-art technology can scan and read passport details while a camera detects the passenger’s face at the e-gate, according to the official. The gate will swing open after the details are scanned. The machine needs to be fed with a database containing information that has been gathered beforehand. “Low-risk travelers who have been approved and verified by agencies can be allowed to go through by the machine. A database will be made for travelers who go abroad often,” the report had quoted an official as saying. The Indira Gandhi International Airport was placed among the world’s top 20 busy airports, according to Airports Council International rankings released earlier this year. The airport took the 16th spot, pushing out the John F Kennedy Airport, which had occupied the position since 2003. The Delhi airport handled 63.5 million passengers in 2017, according to ACI, which also named it as the best airport for passenger service in 2017. Related ItemsAviationIndira Gandhi international airportNew Delhi
Raking up the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a section of media for creating tension and claimed that six persons had died in the State due to fear of NRC.“I am extremely sad that in Bengal six persons have died due to fear of NRC,” Ms. Banerjee said, addressing a gathering of members of the trade union wing of Trinamool Congress.The Chief Minister said that what the BJP leaders were saying was part of their political agenda but the media “keeps doing shows after shows on that one thing to heighten tensions among the masses”.“And this has caused six people to die. I have already requested the media that we should not indulge in any provocation,” she said.The Chief Minister asked the people to have faith in her and categorically ruled out any exercise of NRC in Bengal. “NRC will take place neither in Bengal nor in any other part of the country,” she said, urging people to update their names in the voters’ list. Earlier this month, a resolution was passed in the State Assembly against the NRC and the Chief Minister had taken to the streets on the issue. Ms. Banerjee had also raised the issue of NRC during her meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.During the day, Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee visited the family members of a person who has allegedly committed suicide over fears surrounding NRC. Mr. Banerjee met the family of Kalachand Midya, who died on Sunday. BJP’s State president Dilip Ghosh said that no Hindu will be forced to leave the country and that the TMC was creating fear among the people on the issue.“No Hindu will have to leave the country. We are bringing Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will give Hindus citizenship rights. They are trying to scare Hindus who have come to Bengal as refugees,” Mr. Ghosh said in Kharagpur.