Qatar World Cup head say blockade poses ‘no risk’ to event

first_imgFILE- In this May 14, 2010 file photo, a Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. military says it has halted some military exercises with Gulf countries over the ongoing diplomatic dispute targeting Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)LONDON — The regional blockade on Qatar poses “no risk” to the 2022 World Cup going ahead, the tournament head said on Friday, maintaining that logistical obstacles are being overcome and building work is continuing with only “minimal” cost increases.The energy-rich nation’s land border and its air and sea routes have been closed off for four months since Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched an economic boycott. It has forced World Cup organizers to find alternative sources for materials to complete the venues being used by the region’sfirst major soccer tournament.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winner at last as UE picks up first victory, sends UST to 0-7 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Only the Khalifa International Stadium, which will also host the world track championships in 2019, has been completed. Qatar is building another seven stadiums for use by 32 teams at the tournament in five years.“I’m very happy to say that our project scale is on time and there is no significant impact on our projects,” Al Thawadi said. “As of today we haven’t seen a significant impact on the cost. There might have been some minimal increase in terms of establishing alternative supply chains but these have been absorbed very, very quickly and been normalized as these supply chains have been put in place.”Qatar is investing more than $150 billion on infrastructure to handle the World Cup in the tiny desert nation. Under pressure from activists, Qatar has been compelled to raise living standards and worker rights for the large migrant workforce being relied on to construct venues. Al Thawadi said organizers are “always improving” worker welfare standards.Qatar has also staved off calls for the country to be stripped of the World Cup after facing investigations into the conduct of its bid.FIFA ethics investigators found that the Qataris used a full range of lavishly funded state and sports agencies to deliver the victory in the 2010 vote. But a World Cup bidding report, published for the first time in June, concluded there was no “evidence of any improper activity by the bid team.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We have come under criticism and attack over the years, but we have always faced our critics,” Qatar World Cup supreme committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi told The Associated Press. “Our projects are going ahead as scheduled. This (blockade) is no risk in relation to the hosting of the World Cup.”The diplomatic crisis that has torn apart the Gulf Cooperation Council stems from allegations Qatar supports for extremist groups in the region, charges denied by Doha.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWhen Qatar’s sole land border with Saudi Arabia was closed and sea traffic cut off, World Cup organizers were forced to instigate their “Plan B,” including brining in supplies from Turkey. The Qataris express confidence FIFA is not exploring a “Plan B” of its own for an alternate 2022 host.“Every project has contingency plans and we have had contingency plans in place from the very start,” Al Thawadi said in an interview during a visit to London to attend a summit staged by the Doha-based sports organization, Aspire Academy. “Once the blockade came into play we contacted the main contractors, we putin place alternative supply chains, we sourced alternative materials from alternate suppliers.”last_img read more

Pensioner confesses to raping 4-year-old

first_img…jailed for 20 yearsJustice Simone Morris-Ramlall on Monday handed down a 20-year imprisonment sentence to a 63-year-old man, who on his first court appearance admitted to the offence of rape committed in 2016.The charge against Gregory Ramkissoon also known as “Skeage” stated that on January 4, 2016, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration with a four-year-old child.Presenting the State’s case in the Sexual Offences Court of the Demerara High Court were Prosecutors Tuanna Hardy in association with Sarah Martin. Meanwhile, the now convicted man was represented by Attorney Ravindra Mohabir.Before handing down the sentence, Justice Morris-Ramlall took into consideration the nature and gravity of the offence, the manner in which it was committed, and the fact that Ramkissoon took an early plea and did not waste the court’s time.He was given a total of 20 years’ imprisonment and will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.Ramkissoon was also convicted of indecent assault and sexual assault committed on the same victim.last_img read more

Travolta rides to victims’ aid

first_imgJohn Travolta donated $15,000 to central Florida tornado victims at the premiere of his new film, “Wild Hogs.” Travolta presented a personal check for $15,000 to Lady Lake Mayor Max Pullen before a screening of the biker-buddy comedy Friday night that raised an additional $15,000 in donations. A string of tornadoes killed 21 people, many from Lady Lake, and destroyed hundreds of homes as they skipped across central Florida on Feb. 2. “These things happen in Florida and when they happen we all have to do something to help,” said Travolta, who has lived in Ocala for about four years. “I just felt the time was right,” the 53-year-old actor said. “We’re promoting a movie. I think the best movie openings and promotions are when you can do it for charity and help people. I live here. These are my people.” Pullen said he was moved by Travolta’s gesture, and Ocala Mayor Randy Ewers presented the actor with a key to the city. “This means a lot and helps lift the spirit of our people,” Pullen said. “When they know somebody as big a star as John Travolta cares about them, it makes a difference.” 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

He’s a great guy! Stoke new boy Shaqiri hails Hughes as key to record move

first_img Xherdan Shaqiri Xherdan Shaqiri believes he has made the ‘perfect move’ in opting to link up with Mark Hughes at Stoke.The talented Swiss star has joined the Potters from Inter Milan in a deal worth a club record £12million.Shaqiri had initially rejected the club’s advances, but the 23-year-old admits the chance to work under Hughes at the Britannia Stadium was key to changing his mind.“It is very important for me to have the coach behind me, showing great belief in me and Mark Hughes has done that,” he said.“He is a great guy, a great coach and somebody that I am really, really excited to work for.“We have had many conversations, spoken about lots of different things and in the end this was the move that I really wanted to make.“It is the perfect move for me, everything about it fits and for me it is the perfect decision.” 1last_img read more


first_imgThe ongoing dispute over the closure of a right of way at Aghadachor near Carrigart is to hit the airwaves on this coming Monday morning on the Today with Sean O’Rourke programme.RTE has taken a keen interest in the developments at Carrigart since it was first featured in the Tirconaill Tribune in early September.And after the headline revelations in the paper on Thursday last about a Government Dept. raising serious concerns about the planning status of the beach activity centre at Carrigart, RTE decided to come and meet the community and try to find answers to the crux. And on Saturday, the show’s senior reporter Valerie Cox came to Carrigart to walk the 500 metres long right of way only to be stopped in sight of the beach by a seven foot tall gate, locked and solidly welded in a number of places.As a Dublin based security patrol kept watch from a distance, Ms Cox interviewed a group of local whose lives have been affected by the closure of the right of way.Those interviewed included James McCorkell: Tony and Frances McCarry: Andrew Speer: 87 years old Patricia Coyle: Donal Cullen: Brendan McFadden: Senator Brian O’Domhnaill: the Mayor of Donegal, Cllr. Ian McGarvey and John McAteer, Editor, Tirconaill Tribune.Over two hours was spent at the scene on Saturday and it is expected the item will feature in the first hour of Monday morning’s show. The last time that Valerie Cox covered such an obstacle was when she reported on the demolition of the Berlin Wall from the Brandenburg Gate.The Sean O’Rourke Show airs between 10.00 am and noon daily Monday to Friday.DONEGAL BEACH DISPUTE TO FEATURE ON RTE’S ‘TODAY’ SHOW was last modified: November 23rd, 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:AGHADACHOR BEACHbeachCarrigartSean O’RourkeTODAYlast_img read more

New look for downtown Lancaster

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Among the trends being seen nationwide that could apply to Lancaster’s case is the desire for simpler lifestyles, particularly for the “gray tsunami” of aging baby boomers. Part of that includes having buildings in which the lower floor is for offices or retail and the upper levels for residential units, said Al Zelinka of RBF Consulting. “The trend is toward single- and two-person households,” Zelinka said. “They want to be close to shopping and to civic and cultural amenities.” City officials and the consultants said there will be a public outreach push to help craft the plan. The effort will involve soliciting suggestions from the business community, including the Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce, the Board of Trade and the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance, among others. “We hope to engage the ideas of all of the business interests that have a stake in our downtown business district,” City Manager Bob LaSala said. In decades past, Lancaster Boulevard was the focal point of the city. For most of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s it was about the only place to shop. But in the 1980s, the boulevard began losing businesses to new shopping centers and a couple of economic downturns. The city invested millions in Lancaster Boulevard in the 1990s, building the Lancaster Performing Arts Center and Metrolink train station and facilitating the construction of a new county library and sheriff’s station. Those buildings, along with the banks that have arrived in recent years, will be among the assets the plan can use in helping reshape the area, city officials said. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Downtown Lancaster will be revitalized as a pedestrian-friendly destination that will attract lively crowds under a plan announced Monday by city officials. The city is investing $571,000 to prepare a plan and conduct the necessary environmental studies to revitalize Lancaster Boulevard and its surrounding areas between 10th Street West and Sierra Highway. It is expected to take about a year to prepare the plan. “We need to transform Lancaster Boulevard into a destination that draws people,” Mayor Frank Roberts said. “Now we are going to do it.” The city hired RBF Consulting to lead the effort. The company is working on other planning efforts for the city, including the project to revitalize the areas immediately to the north and to the northeast of the downtown business district. last_img read more


first_imgIt’s always a sell-out and this year looks no different.With just a few days to go before Lord of the Ring 3, the gloves are off to promote the event which is being brought by Letterkenny Rugby Club in conjunction with the Donegal Hospice. The committee has put together a fantastic line up this year again including Martin Anderson aka ‘Fat Chef Slim’, Stephen ‘Head’ McConnell from Donegal Aerosoft, Cathal McGlynn from Cash4u, Jeremy Worth, Orthodentist, Leonard Watson from Classic Casuals and Karl Sweeney from Swilly Drive School of Motoring who is following in his brothers footsteps Stephen and Brian who fought in the previous two events. The night this year also includes 4 ladies bouts.The night itself is run by from Dublin. Owner of the company Mr. Cathal O’Grady said he is delighted to be back in Letterkenny for the third year running.“I travel throughout Ireland organizing white collar boxing events and the event in Letterkenny is certainly up there with the best of them in terms of atmosphere and professionalism. It is certainly a night I look forward too.” Mr Danny Ryan who coaches the boxers said he was delighted to be associated with the event this year again.“The boxers have gone through and extensive 7 week training programme and judging from the standard of the sparring it is certainly going to be as good if not better than previous years.”Boyd Robinson chairperson of the organizing committee said they are delighted with the response from the public this year.“The amount of boxers who came forward asking to participate was fantastic and testament of the high regard the event is held in the town.“This year we hope to provide the public with yet another memorable night and it is definitely a night not to be missed. We welcome our new charity partners this year the Donegal Hospice and I have no doubt the event will be the same success as it was the previous 2 years.“To date the event has raised €72,000 in total so hopefully after this year we will have surpassed the €100,000 mark. I am also delighted and would like to thank O’Gorman & Cunningham Solicitors who are our main sponsors for the event for the third year running.”The event will take place this year in the Silver Tassie on Friday 18th May and tickets are available for purchase at the Silver Tassie, Charlie Robinson estate agents or the Central Bar. LORD OF THE RING 3 – LET’S GET READY TO RRRRRRRRUMBLE! was last modified: May 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LORD OF THE RING 3last_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY Hospital management has defended the increase in car parking charges, insisting the money will be spent by them.The HSE confirmed Donegal Daily’s story that car parking for up to 4 hours will now be charged at €3.00 (previously €2.50) whilst the 24 hour charge will now be €6.00 previously €5.00.The short stay dedicated visitor car park charges will remain unchanged at €1.20 per hour. Also the weekly charge will remain unchanged at €15.00. The HSE said: “This is the first increase in hospital parking charges in over 4 years and reflects the need to fund the on-going car park developments and maintenance without utilising the budget allocated to the hospital.”Hospital Manager Seán Murphy said that “no element of this price increase will be paid to the car park operator. The total income from these charge increases will be made available to the hospital.”Peter Byrne Facilities Manager at LRH said: “The last two years have seen significant expansion of car parking spaces at the hospital.“However, further works are required to prepare for future expansion and also to improve the condition of areas of the existing car park, especially on the St. Conal’s site.”  ‘WE’RE GETTING THE MONEY FROM EXTRA CAR PARK CHARGE’ – LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL MANAGER was last modified: March 6th, 2013 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) Tags:’WE’RE GETTING THE MONEY FROM EXTRA CAR PARK CHARGE’ – LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL MANAGERlast_img read more


first_imgCllr Ciaran Brogan is calling on Donegal County Council to continue to invest in the promotion and marketing of our county through Donegal Tourism Ltd. Ciaran BroganBrogan has said that investment in the tourism sector would benefit all businesses in Donegal, and said there has to be a more pro-active approach to entice more tourists to take in the stunning beauty that Donegal possesses.Brogan told Donegal Daily, “There has to be a more pro-active approach to making this county a top tourism destination. “I am calling on Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland to increase their focus on our county.”The key routes that Brogan would like to see gain greater promotion stretches from Letterkenny to the New Mills area, which includes the historic Flax Mill, on to Churchill and the Gartan Outdoor Pursuits Centre.He also hopes that Fáilte Ireland focuses its attention on other landmark tourist attractions in an area the Glebe Gallery and the birthplace of St. Colmcille and the spectacular Glenveagh National Park.This route goes on to the Ards Friary, the Lurgyvale Thatched Cottage in Kilmacrenan, and Doon Well which also has huge potential. Then there is the spectacular scenery of the Atlantic Drive which is unrivalled anywhere.Brogan added, “I was delighted that the County Council was very active in sourcing the funding to open the Fanad Lighthouse to the public which is a magnificent facility to have and, again, can be a major tourism attraction.Brogan also feels that investment must also go into promoting the Knockalla Coast Road, yet another jewel in our crown, and the seaside resort of Rathmullan, along with the Georgian town of Ramelton.Brogan continued, “International tourism also thrives through the sport of golf and we have some of the best courses in the world.“We have the parkland course in Letterkenny and world class links facilities at Portsalon and Rosapenna. “The recently acquired St. Patrick’s golf course in Carrigart will help develop the Rosapenna complex into one of the worlds greatest golf destinations.“I would also urge investment in the development of green-ways for cycling and walking pursuits on those stretches where once the old railway systems ran – for example, the Glenswilly to Termon route should be developed as a priority facility.Brogan concluded, “We cannot sit back and expect tourists to come flocking to Donegal without playing our part, and I will be pushing for further investment in the promotion and marketing of our county and its facilities.ELECTION 2014: BROGAN – “TOURISM INVESTMENT WILL BENEFIT US ALL” was last modified: May 21st, 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:Ciaran BroganElection 2014:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Wakiso Giants FC launch season tickets, name Kalolo as 2018/19 MVP

first_imgWakiso Giants FC CEO Sula Kamoga (Left) and two other club officials pose with a Gold season ticket at Grand Imperior Hotal. (PHOTOS/ Wakiso Giants)KAMPALA – Wakiso Giants continues to take Ugandan football by storm and it looks they will not be stopping anytime soon.On Sunday, the one-year-old club launched its season tickets at an event held at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala, becoming only the second club after KCCA FC, to do so, this offseason.“Today (Sunday) we are launching our season tickets for the upcoming season. Said Wakiso CEO Sula Kamoga on Sunday.“The tickets are aimed at helping our fans avoid the inconvenience of having to buy match-day tickets each week.“We have also added other benefits like getting a Wakiso Giants FC jersey on top of others, so as the holders feel special.The tickets have been categorised into three – Gold which has been priced at UGX 500,000 while Silver and Ordinary will go for UGX 200,000 and UGX 100,000 respectively.Wakiso Giants will be participating in the top flight for the first time after achieving promotion last season.After hosting their Big League games in Bugembe last season, the club have already commission Wakisha Stadium, which they intend to use as their home ground.The club is expected to start preparations for the 2019/2020 season on Monday, 1st July, with a Gym session at Freedom City.At the same event on Sunday, Ivan ‘Kalolo’ Kiwewa was named the most valuable player (MVP) for last season.Kalolo who scored six league goals in the 2018/19 campaign, beat off competition from Hassan Wasswa and goalkeeper Ivan Mutumba, to walk away with a 55′ flat-screen TV.Kalolo poses with is falt screen.Wasswa was given a 42′ TV while Mutumba received UGX 500,000, for finishing third.It should also be remembered that Kefa Kisala was unveiled as the new head coach and it was on Sunday that out-going tactician Ibrahim ‘Uchumi’ Kirya handed over to the former.“I and my technical team did our job and elevated this team (Wakiso Giants FC) to the top tier but now I want to hand it over to you so as you continue from where we left off. Said Kirya while welcoming Kefa.Kirya (right) shakes Kisala’s (left) on Sunday.Club President Musa ‘Atagenda’ Ssebulime thanked everyone who was part of Wakiso’s journey to the top flight and urged them not to stop.“We thank the players for the efforts you put in last season, the outgoing coaching staff, media and everyone who helped us in one way or the other, we can’t stop thanking you,” said SSebulime.“I would like to urge you not to stop because the journey to becoming the best team in Uganda has just started.To earn promotion to the top tier, Wakiso topped the Elgon Group of the FUFA Big League, before losing the play-off final to Elgon Group winners-Proline FC so as to finish second overall.Wakiso Giants Season TicketsGold (UGX 500,000)-Free access to all home games-club Jersey-VIP treatment-Car parking-Drinks and snacks.Silver (UGX 200,000)-All Home games-Jersey-Seat in covered stands-DrinkOrdinary (UGX 100,000)-All home games-JerseyComments Tags: Hassan WasswaIvan KiwewaIvan MutumbaMusa SsebulimetopWakiso Giantslast_img read more