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46-point third quarter help Spurs overcome Celtics

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes (11) celebrates a three-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich had to use some colorful language to explain to the Spurs at halftime that their lack of aggression was troubling him.The Spurs responded with their highest-scoring quarter in 25 years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES On fire: James Harden’s 40-point triple double leads Rockets to 5th straight win “I’m wearing sunglasses, so not too good,” Irving said when asked how he felt, “but it’ll be all right though.”Still, Irving was more upset with the pounding the Spurs put on the Celtics. San Antonio attacked the paint in the second half with brawny Boston post Aron Baynes out due to a fractured finger.Aldridge finished scored 12 points in the third quarter and 17 in the second half. He finished 13 for 23 from the field along with nine rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.“He’s been a beast, without a doubt,” Popovich said.White also took advantage of the lack of rim protection, scoring 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the second half. He also led the defense on Irving.“For the game, they said you’ve got to make him work on defense,” White said. “If you just let him play one side of the court, it will be a long night for us. So, I just wanted to make him work down there and attack.”San Antonio forward Davis Bertans was 5 for 8 on 3-pointers in scoring 17 points. The Spurs finished 14 for 26 on 3-pointers.TIP-INSCeltics: After taking New Year’s Day off, Boston returns to action Jan. 2 to open a four-game homestand. . Brown’s previous season high of 23 points came Dec. 8 at Chicago.Spurs: Gay missed his fifth game of the season, missing three previously due to a sore right heel and sitting out another for rest. Popovich is not sure how long the sprained left wrist will sideline Gay. San Antonio is 2-3 without Gay. … Jakob Poeltl made his fourth start of the season and first since Oct. 24. Poeltl started three of the Spurs’ first four games before joining the team’s bench. … Spurs center Pau Gasol received a big ovation in his first game since Nov. 4. Gasol missed 26 games with a stress fracture in his right foot. He was active for the past two games on the road against the Nuggets and Clippers, but the Spurs chose to keep him out until returning home. 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We just got out (in the second half) and played like we’ve been playing.”Derrick White had a career-high 22 points for San Antonio, which has won 11 of 13 to close within four games of the top spot in the Western Conference. The Spurs made 19 of 25 shots (76 percent) in the third quarter and finished with its best period since 1993. It was their 12th-highest output of any quarter in franchise history and second-highest in the third.The Spurs opened the game 1 for 6 from the field and shot 22 percent in the opening period while scoring a season-low 17 points in the first quarter. Boston shot better from 3-point (35 percent) than San Antonio did from the field (33) in the first half.Jaylen Brown had a season-high 30 points, but Boston was unable to maintain its first-half advantage.“Seemed like they were just waiting in the weeds,” said Kyrie Irving, who had 16 points and eight assists. “I’m pretty sure Pop got in their rear ends and really told them play hard or you’re not stepping on the floor and you just see that maximum level just go up and our level just stayed the same.”Irving suffered a scratched cornea in both eyes during a collision with Marco Belinelli with 7:22 remaining in the game. Irving exited to the locker room but returned to the bench and game a couple minutes later. Boston coach Brad Stevens was unsure of Irving’s status for Wednesday’s home game against Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments WHAT’S NEXTDeRozan was extremely upset when Toronto traded him and Poeltl to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in the offseason. He vowed to gain revenge on the Raptors when they faced the Spurs but has since accepted the trade and admits he isn’t focused on Thursday’s matchup.“Honestly, I wish I had something cool to say to look for it, but I haven’t thought about it at all,” DeRozan said. “I’m pretty sure once I get the questions about it, at some point I’m going to get to it but I haven’t been thinking about it.”UP NEXTCeltics: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night.Spurs: Host Toronto on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Prince Johnson’s Pledge to Bring Killers to Justice: How Serious Can He Be?

first_imgToday he is Senior Senator of Nimba County and a candidate seeking the presidency of Liberia.But who was he yesterday?This is a question which every one of our over 20 presidential candidates should be asking themselves. Why? Because each of them, like all of us, are affected by our past. A seller down Waterside who has hardly done sixth or eight grade cannot claim that he or she is a candidate for Doctor of Medicine, or for the presidency of Liberia.This is because whatever we wish to be, we should first prepare for. If one wants to be a medical doctor, one must first know how and love to study very hard, and must have a love for Science and Math and be fairly competent at both subjects in elementary and secondary school and in college. All of this will prepare him or her for the study of Medicine.A person seeking the highest office in the land, the presidency, must also have done—or not done—certain things in order to be taken seriously when seeking such a lofty and demanding position.Can someone, for example, who has hardly done eighth grade, realistically seek the presidency, even if he has been highly successful in another area of life? There are indeed those who have ventured into areas other than the areas of their competence and failed miserably, yet are determinedly ever seeking higher office.How effectively would such a person perform in an even higher office that he or she knows practically nothing about? We in Liberia have seen this before, and where did it lead us? To disaster and state failure.That is precisely why the October 10 elections are so crucial for us as a nation and people. We cannot, MUST not take chances with it and make the same mistake.But let us turn to things people have done and are now making promises that if elected president, would correct—such things that they themselves have done, yet tell us they will, if elected, prosecute people for.Is that not why Charles Taylor miserably failed as President of Liberia? At campaign time in 1997 he promised Liberians the world. But what did he deliver—not even peace but he prolonged the civil war and caused hundreds of thousands more people to be killed. He also built nothing, but destroyed almost everything, including the water system, the hydro, bridges and so much more.Now here is Senator Prince Johnson, another warlord who during the Liberian civil war killed or commanded people to kill or be killed themselves if they did not follow his orders. Today as a presidential candidate, a popular one at that, who commands widespread loyalty and following in his vote-rich Nimba County, where most everyone knows him as “king,” here is he pledging to prosecute anyone who kills another person or persons.Yet the same General Prince Johnson has vigorously opposed a war crime tribunal in Liberia, most likely for fear of himself risking being brought to justice. How then will he muster the moral authority as president of Liberia to prosecute those who commit murder?Maybe he should, as a presidential campaigner, simply focus on other things, such as agriculture, the economy, education, health, illiteracy and poverty, and let other sleeping dogs lie.For to come now, knowing fully well his past, and promise to correct the same things of which he himself is not guiltless smacks of hypocrisy, and even mockery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LINAM Independence Day Peace Festival: A perfect Place to Spend the Sunday

first_imgLINAM founder and executive director Wilmot K. Bobbroh, III (right) at the RIA airport upon the arrival of veteran musician and maestro James Varrick ArmaahJust three days from now, the much anticipated and talked about Liberia National Academy of Music Independence and Peace Festival under the Theme: “Awake and Build our Motherland” will take stage at the Monrovia City Hall Theater.The concert promises to offer unforgettable live performances and soulful music.Concert performers, including veteran musician and maestro James Varrick Armaah of Ghana, renowned Liberian international songstress Miatta Fahnbulleh, and veteran soprano Georgia Mitchell Quaye, are expected to thrill and mesmerize the audience with their smooth, sultry and unique voices.In addition, these unique singers will be performing songs ranging from jazz and soul to blues, capable of thrilling all, most especially performances from Liberia’s own Miatta Fahnbulleh and James Varrick Armaah of Ghana.Maestro Armaah, who the special guest of the festival, is the executive director of the Harmonious Chorale of Ghana, a widely known interdenominational choir in Africa trained in performing and initiating choral works.He has composed over 200 songs and has performed in the United States and other countries around the world.LINAM founder and executive director Wilmot K. Bobbroh, III said together with maestro Armaah, he intends to use music as a therapy for peace as the country approaches the 2017 elections, and to also celebrate the Independence Day of Liberia, Africa’soldest republic.“The event will be used as a means of reawakening Liberia’s musical industry in the areas of choral performance and as a yardstick to improve the musical knowledge of Liberians, most especially live performers,” Bobbroh said.LINAM, founded in 2013, has hosted a series of unique events around Monrovia that were all successful.The organization aims to promote formal music education to the Liberian community, especially the youth, as well as digging and fostering Liberia’s musical heritage (traditional).  The academy also offers training in piano performance, strings, percussion and wind instruments, and gives voice lessons and general music education.Admission to the concert are as follows: General rate – US$10; patron – US$20; and sponsors –US$50. Children will be accepted at US$5. For more inquires or ticket reservation, please contact the following numbers: 0776312080 or 0886563121.Doors will open on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. This is a concert you don’t want to miss. See you there!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Opposition Leader calls for probe of public officials with beneficial ownerships

first_img…reiterates PPP’s adherence to Integrity CommissionThe majority of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Members of Parliament have already submitted their declarations to the Integrity Commission, according to the Party’s leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoLast month, Chairman of the Commission, Kumar Duraisami, had disclosed that only some MPs had so far submitted their declarations to the Commission, which is responsible for ensuring that public officials declare their assets annually, as required under the law.Duraisami, an attorney and former Land Court Judge, had disclosed a total of 1296 letters and declaration forms sent out to public officers – 69 to the National Assembly; 407 to the various Ministries; 242 to the 10 administrative regions and 576 to the various constitutional agencies. However, only 248 forms were returned to the Commission.However, the Integrity Commission Chairman could not say specifically at the time how many parliamentarians had complied and sent in their declarations. Noting that MPs are not the only ones with outstanding declarations, Duraisami said an additional two-month extension has been given to allow those who are required to declare their assets to do so.But Jagdeo told reporters at his weekly press briefing on Thursday that he had urged the Party’s MPs to try to get their declarations in before the end of October. However, he noted that most of the parliamentarians have been out in the field preparing for the upcoming Local Government Elections.“[But] it’s already November 1, so I have to check now how many managed to [do so] but definitely before Local Government Elections, all our members of Parliament would have submitted their statements to the Integrity Commission. I did so about two weeks ago…,” Jagdeo stated.The Opposition Leader’s comments came as he was responding to questions about beneficial ownership. Jagdeo believes that public officials who shares in companies should declare same to the Integrity Commission.“You should state there [at the Integrity Commission declaration] whether you have holdings etc. But sometimes, you know, they do it through third parties so that’s why you have to trace it. We don’t have the capability of doing it because we, the PPP, have limited funds and staff, and so on…,” the Opposition Leader stated.According to Jagdeo, his party has received information of several public officials with beneficial ownerships. One such case is a senior official at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) being a part owner of a company that is reportedly getting contracts in another agency.“He is a key figure in GECOM and the contracts are not all above board so if you start tracing some of the contracts, you would find some of the linkages of individuals,” he stated.Another instance, the Opposition Leader highlighted is the several hundred million dollars in supplementary funds that were sought for increase in fees to security services. However, Jagdeo said he does not believe that the security guards benefit from these increases.“We want to know whether this money will get into the pockets of the security guards but we suspect not, because we have started doing some investigations as to who the principals are… and you will see a direct link between some people in Government now and beneficial ownership,” he asserted.Furthermore, Jagdeo posited that the concept of “borrowing over the budget” was clear during Wednesday’s sitting of the National Assembly when Minister Rupert Roopnaraine was answering questions on a leaning college building and for which corrective works were way in excess of what the original contract cost.“So you can bid for $10 million now, and work for Government, and by the time you finish working, you get $90 million but you only bid on $10 million with the other competitors because they varied the contract throughout, this time they claiming that they finish the building and the building leaned so you had to get another $50 million to go back to the foundation,” he noted.last_img read more

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Bandari out to reclaim title as GOtv Shield enters quarters

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC players celebrate at the Thika Stadium after eliminating Gor Mahia from the GOtv Shield on July 9, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 18 – With the GOtv Shield resuming this weekend, reigning Kenyan Premier League Coach of the Year, Paul Nkata is determined to guide Bandari past Sony Sugar when the two sides meet in the quarter-finals on Saturday.Bandari, who won the GOtv Shield in 2015, have had a great turn of fortune after the arrival of Nkata from Tusker at the beginning of the season where he claimed double winning the KPL title and the first ever GOtv Shield crown for Brewers. The Dockers knocked out record 15-time KPL champions Gor Mahia and Nakumatt FC in the rounds of 32 and 16 respectively to reach the quarter-finals.Speaking to Capital Sport on Thursday, Nkata said that his target this season is to finish top eight in the League, but winning the Shield would be a plus for him.“We are in the competition to win not just to participate but our target this season has been to  finish top eight in the league. The Shield has not been in my plans but if we win and go through to the final and even win it that will be a plus for us,” Nkata revealed.Bandari FC head coach Paul Nkata issueing instructions.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBandari occupy fifth spot on the KPL table with 29 points, having played 19 games and the clash against Sony will not be easy despite the Sugar Millers sitting 14th in the standings with 19 points.“We have been preparing for the GOtv Shield match against Sony since Monday, we are just polishing. We are ready though our challenge this season has been traveling, we travel a lot more than other teams but we are used to it now. We hope for the best,” Nkata added.On the other hand, Sony head to this clash not being best of form having  recorded one win from three league matches and will hope to rediscover themselves and  bounce back.Sony bundled out Ulinzi Stars and Nzoia Sugar FC in the GOtv Shield rounds of 32 and 16 matches respectively to reach the last eight.Sony Sugar head coach Salim Babu when conducting training with the team at their Awendo’s Green Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSony last reached the quarters of the Shield tournament in 2015 but were eliminated by Nakumatt FC 3-1 on post match penalties after the match ended 1-1. Last season they pulled out of the domestic cup following what the club termed as financial constraints.Other GOtv Shield matches slated for this weekend will see National Super League side Vihiga United play defending champions Tusker FC on Saturday.On Sunday, Kariobongi Sharks take on Division One side Eldoret Youth FC, National Super League side Wazito FC will square it out with AFC Leopards.The winner of the tournament will not only earn a spot to represent Kenya in the CAF Confederations Cup but also walks home with Sh2mn cash prize.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Pogba always welcome at Barca – Suarez

first_imgThe 25-year-old rediscovered his best form away from his club, for France in the summer, when he inspired Les Bleus to World Cup glory in Russia, beating Uruguay and Suarez on the way.But since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, United have failed to go close in either the Premier League or Champions League, while Barca have won three La Ligas in that time and the Champions League once.“Pogba is an elite player who has won everything and we always want to have the best,” Suarez told RAC1 on Tuesday.“He is a player that has a lot of quality and who is one of the key players at United, and I think he would like to compete for more than he is competing for now.“But that’s how it is, he does not belong to Barcelona but he will always be welcome.”One Champions League crown in five years, however, represents a disappointing return for Barca, particularly while rivals Real Madrid have dominated the tournament, winning it three times in a row.Lionel Messi, now captain after Andres Iniesta´s departure, has expressed his own desire to make amends, with the striker also coming off the back of a harrowing World Cup with Argentina.“He’s really motivated, even more so after the World Cup and the Champions League,” Suarez said.“But it’s a really difficult competition to win and Messi can’t win it on his own. It has to be a team effort, as good as he is.“Obviously it’s infuriating for us because Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last three years. They have made history and it’s a thorn in our side.”– Overworked –One criticism levelled at coach Ernesto Valverde last season was that he overworked his players in La Liga, despite Barca enjoying a significant advantage at the top.Suarez shoulders the blame too, pinpointing a league victory against Leganes when he played 90 minutes, three days before they were beaten in Europe by Roma.“When you pass 30 you begin to realise there are times when you have to rest,” Suarez said.“I regret a lot the game against Leganes at home when we had a big lead in La Liga and the quarter-final with Roma three days later. I played the whole game and you get a bit tired.“You have to manage things to be at your best in the big games. I think the coach is seeing those little details.”Suarez turned 31 in January and scored 25 league goals last term. He would like to finish his career at the Camp Nou but admits it will be difficult.“It’s complicated,” Suarez said. “Look at players like Xavi and Andres (Iniesta), they are players who have been ingrained in the club but they have not been able to finish here.“I am aware the day I do not have the level to play for Barca I would have to leave but the desire of every player is to end here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uruguay’s Luis Suarez faced France’s Paul Pogba at the World Cup and said he would welcome the midfielder at Barcelona © AFP / Martin BERNETTIBARCELONA, Spain, Sep 5 – Luis Suarez believes Paul Pogba should be challenging for more trophies than he is at Manchester United and would always be welcome at Barcelona.Pogba has endured a turbulent two years since returning to Old Trafford for a then world-record fee of 105 million euros and his relationship with coach Jose Mourinho has become strained.last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL – JASON QUIGLEY SHOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR MICHAEL MURPHY SPORTS AND LEISURE

first_imgBoxing star Jason Quigley, popped in to wish Michael Murphy well with his new business venture, and wished him good luck ahead of Sunday’s crunch All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin. Quigley is currently back home enjoying a short holiday before he heads back to LA to begin training for his next professional bout.But before he headed back stateside, the Ballybofey boxer popped in to wish both Michael and Neil all the best with their new business and good luck against the Dubs at Croke Park on Sunday. While he was in the store, Quigley also checked out the custom-built golf section and tried out his golf swing on the northwest’s only golf simulator.The Sky Sports news team also spent the morning in the shop interviewing Michael in advance of this weekend’s showdown with Dublin.In advance of Sunday’s game, Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure is running a competition on its Facebook page inviting people to share pictures of their Donegal colours.Some lovely images have been uploaded to date and the picture with the most likes will win its owner a pair of Dublin vs Donegal tickets for this weekend. The winner will be announced on Friday at 4pm.Since opening its doors, the shop has attracted thousands of customers and a whopping 11,600 likes on Facebook.The new store offers a wide range of leading brands across almost 7,000 sq feet of retail space.Leading sports brands including O’Neills, Nike, Adidas, Asics, Puma, Mizuno and Canterbury, along with a comprehensive range of golfing brands, including Callaway, Ping, Taylormade, Titleist, Under Armour, Cobra, Footjoy, Clevland and Srixon.The new store also stocks everything required for the upcoming big match, including jerseys, hats, flags and scarves. As well as in-store, customers can shop online and sign up to a unique loyalty scheme at www.michaelmurphysports.ie or keep up to date with all the latest news, competitions and special offers via Facebook and Twitter.PICTURE SPECIAL – JASON QUIGLEY SHOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR MICHAEL MURPHY SPORTS AND LEISURE was last modified: August 27th, 2014 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:FeaturesJason QuigleyMichael Murphynewspicture specialSportlast_img read more

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Tottenham leading race to sign £40m-rated Championship star

first_img2 Grealish has rediscovered his best form playing in the Championship Tottenham are leading the race to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, according to reports.Grealish, the 22-year-old playmaker, looks likely to leave Villa Park this summer following the club’s failure to win promotion from the second tier; Villa were defeated by Fulham in the play-off final last month.Grealish caught the eye in the play-off final, even though Villa were defeated by FulhamVilla value Grealish at around £40m, according to the Daily Mail, but they may be forced to sell some of their prize assets this summer due to the perilous financial situation they find themselves in.Villa have resolved issues with HMRC over a missed tax payment, but they need to raise cash over the long-term, and owner Dr Tony Xia is considering selling the club.Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, believes Grealish has all the ability needed to fit into his young Spurs team, while Grealish himself favours a move to north London ahead of Leicester City, Everton or West Ham, who are all reported to also be keen on the 22-year-old.last_img read more

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Croatia vs England: Three Lions hold advantage in empty stadium, insists Pickford

first_imgEngland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has insisted playing in an empty stadium will give them an advantage over Croatia in their UEFA Nations League match.The two teams face each other again just months after a World Cup semi-final which the Three Lions lost 2-1 after extra-time. Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has the No.1 shirt under Gareth Southgate. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Pickford was one of many players to star for England in the World Cup before they suffered semi-final heartbreak at the hands of Croatia.The 24-year-old admits there is a hint of a revenge mission about the upcoming rematch – even if he concedes Croatia can always boast about winning that World Cup semi-final.“It would be nice to get one over them but they will always have (the ability to say) that they beat us in the semi-final,” he said. “It is another season, another campaign with England and we want to be beating the top teams and they are ranked in the top 10 as well as Spain (who England play on Monday) and we want to be pushing ourselves to beat these teams as part of our progression.“As a team we have got to take ourselves to the next step and progress even more as a group of players as staff and for England to go further this is the start of something new.” Latest Premier League News Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense huge blow 2 The match, though will be contested with no fans in attendance after Croatia were punished by UEFA for having a swastika imprinted on the pitch ahead of a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Italy.England boss Gareth Southgate has shown his players a video of Barcelona’s recent behind-closed-doors LaLiga game against Las Palmas to help their preparation, and Pickford believes the visitors could gain the edge from the empty Stadion HNK Rejika.“It is going to be very different,” the Three Lions goalkeeper said.“I played in Croatia last year for Everton (in the Europa League) and I know how hostile their fans are.“They are great for their teams so I think it gives us the upper hand going away from home and when they need their fans, they haven’t got them.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals silverware Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REAL DEAL Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Pickford reckons England have and advantage in Croatia’s empty stadium. REVEALED shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

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HARTE CLAIMS REPORT INTO CHEMICAL DUMPING OFF DONEGAL IS SITTING ON A SHELF

first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has claimed that a report into hazardous waste being dumped off Co Donegal is sitting on a shelf gathering dust – 13 years after it was due to be published.The Labour Party politician raised the matter in the Seanad yesterday with Minister for State Ciaran Cannon.The Letterkenny Senator said it had been confirmed that the British Government had admitted in the 1990s that they had dumped chemical weapons between 1940 and 1957. A former Cork TD, the late Hugh Coveney, said a report into the matter was due to be published in 2000.However, Senator Harte said that all these years later, no report had been forthcoming from the British Government.Senator Harte said an independent investigation now needed to be carried out into the claims of chemical dumping.“I would like an up-to-date report and an independent person to verify the information given to the Government because I am concerned that material may leak into the sea and cause a catastrophe of some sort,” he said. The following is the exchange between Senator Harte and Deputy Cannon about the alleged weapons dumping and the lack of action on the chemicals.Senator Jimmy Harte“I wish to raise the issue of the dumping of chemical weapons off the coast of Donegal which, according to British records, took place between 1940 and 1957. The British Ministry of Defence only admitted to these dumps in the 1990s. In 1995 politicians raised this issue in the Seanad and Dáil. The late Hugh Coveney, who was Minister at the time, said that by 2000, a comprehensive analysis of the situation would be arrived at. As far as I know, it has not been forthcoming, so it is 13 years overdue.“There are ongoing concerns along the north west coast of County Donegal about the nature of these chemicals and the risk to inhabitants, sea life and the environment. From what I have read, previous Administrations were happy with the information they received from the British Ministry of Defence as to the composition of the types of weapons. However, I would be reluctant to accept the word of the British Ministry of Defence because this was done during and after the Second World War when controls, which would be in place if it was happening today, were not in place.“I am very keen to get an updated report from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and possibly from somebody in the British Ministry of Defence to clarify the types of chemicals dumped, where exactly they were dumped, although I know there are some indications, and how dangerous they are and to perhaps get an independent expert to verify what the British Ministry of Defence is saying. I would be keen that it would be independent because I am sure many people would be wary of the UK Government admitting to dumping something which was dangerous. “I would like an up-to-date report and an independent person to verify the information given to the Government because I am concerned that material may leak into the sea and cause a catastrophe of some sort. I thank the Minister of State for listening and look forward to his reply.Deputy Ciarán CannonI thank Senator Harte for raising this matter. The UK Ministry of Defence undertook sea dumping of chemical weapons stocks and conventional munitions as a means of disposing of redundant and surplus stocks and dealing with the legacy of weapons produced in the World Wars. Information on the precise location of the dump sites used by the UK for the dumping of chemical weapons between 1945 and 1957 in waters adjacent to Irish territorial waters and the volume and composition of the weapons has, in the past, been made available to the Government. Information in regard to the dumping off the Donegal coastline has been available since 1986 and in the public domain for a number of years.The dumping of munitions in the sea does not fall under European Union law. The Oslo Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft 1972, now OSPAR, is the appropriate forum. The OSPAR Convention applies to the waters of the north east Atlantic and Ireland is a party to the convention. At the end of the Second World War, in the United Kingdom alone, there was in excess of 1.2 million tonnes of surplus ammunition and bombs. The disposal method adopted by most nations at the time was dumping at sea. Although in some cases the location and type of munitions dumped is well known, the full extent of munitions dumped in the OSPAR area will never be known.We are not alone in our concern about the use of the sea as a location for dumping such material. Information on the location and type of munitions dumped in the convention area was supplied by contracting parties and published by OSPAR in 2005. The report identified more than 140 dump sites throughout the convention area and this is believed to be the best information available. In general terms, the distribution of known conventional munitions dump sites tends to be in inshore waters whereas chemical weapons were dumped further offshore.Detailed information on the appearance and types of chemical munitions is given in the OSPAR framework for developing national guidelines for fishermen on how to deal with conventional and chemical munitions encountered at sea. Marine Notice No. 16 of 2001 issued by the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources to all fishermen and other users of the sea relates to explosives and other explosive missiles sighted, picked up in trawls at sea or removed from wrecks. This notice covers chemical and conventional munitions and requires all encounters with such munitions to be reported to the Irish Navy and the Irish Coast Guard.OSPAR Recommendation 2010/20 on an OSPAR framework for reporting encounters with conventional and chemical munitions in the OSPAR maritime area, updating an earlier OSPAR recommendation in this area, promotes, inter alia, the reporting of encounters with conventional and chemical munitions by fishermen and other users of the sea and its coastline and the establishment of a record of such encounters with the aim of facilitating discussion and informed decisions on the management options for dumping sites. This recommendation applies to contracting parties which are coastal states of the OSPAR maritime area.Senator Jimmy Harte: I thank the Minister of State for his reply which I think is the same one given in the late 1990s. According to the late Hugh Coveney, that report was due to be completed in 2000. The part from the UK Government was awaited. My information is that it was never received. It is called the quality status report and, as far as I know, the British Government’s submission to it was not received, although I stand corrected. It was due in 2000. In 1995, the late Hugh Coveney expected it within five years. Will the Minister of State ask if that report has arrived? Is it sitting on a shelf or was anything done with it? The question will be asked again and again.HARTE CLAIMS REPORT INTO CHEMICAL DUMPING OFF DONEGAL IS SITTING ON A SHELF was last modified: March 12th, 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:chamecal weaponsDeputy Ciaran CannonSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

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