For equality in Guyana

first_imgThe norm of equality has become the mantra of the age. But in Guyana it has become a very complex issue, which has to be demarcated very carefully so that it can be inculcated and achieved. Even in economic terms, as Thomas Piketty has shown, most of the world has moved further away from this goal, and we must ask ourselves why. There are numerous reasons for this condition, but one important one is that “equality” is one of those laudatory words which are constantly invoked, even though its users are not clear as to what it means.Now, almost everyone will agree with the statement: we are all equally human, but what does that mean? Isn’t it a tautology? We are not equally tall, strong, intelligent or beautiful; so whither equality? For the term to have any content, we have to choose any area of endeavour or personal attribute or treatment, and then discuss whether or not we are all equal in terms of the identified criteria. Two things or persons can be said to be equal only with some specific property that we have identified. Equality, from this perspective, has therefore to be contingent on the context or criteria wherein we speak: equality is a triadic relationship. We may talk about three types of equality – those pertaining to personal characteristics, to treatment, and to distribution. The last two categories are relevant to politics.There are some theories of equality that are purely formal; they specify no substantive content, simply a formula or policy. For example, when Aristotle stipulated that equals were to be treated equally and unequals unequally, there was no description as to what constituted “equals”. As such, once the rule was followed; for example, that only Greek men were “equal”, one could claim there was equality. Statements such as “equality before the law” also fall under this category: no questions arise as to what was the content of the law. Formal equality only demands consistency.It is generally accepted that, in any society, some inequalities will be morally permissible. Differences in ethnicity, interests, aptitudes, intelligence, and conception of the good are some that seem to have general approval. In Guyana, these are questions that have to be debated and agreed on. Normally, the rewards or punishment from one’s efforts (desserts) are also seen as permissible, even if not equally distributed. Once those that are not defensible have been identified, then the state/society has to decide what to do about them. Items identified from the latter category at some time or place have been political power, opportunity for scarce resources, welfare or social position, social position/class, economic resources, welfare etc. In general, some stress political equality, while others focus on economic equality: Conservatives and Libertarians balk at increased governmental intervention, while Socialists/Marxists/liberals expect the state to intervene to mitigate inequalities.In Guyana, questions of the equality of social status and political and economic parity are intensely contested between the ethnic groups in the society.As we indicated, we can only have substantive equality when there is a specific criterion identified by which policies can be assessed. For instance, in terms of “equal treatment” or opportunity, there can be formal equality if the law states that offices are open to anyone who is qualified.In this instance, one is being told that all existent inequalities of talent, birth or station etc. are morally permissible. Substantively, this may not have any effect on the concrete circumstances, since there is no stipulation that all applicants should have equal life chances. The question would be for society or the state to decide whether the still-surviving inequalities are, or are not, morally permissible. If the latter is decided on, then there may be affirmative action programmes or other compensating policies initiated.In Guyana, where there have been historically-determined structural conditions that undergird some inequalities, there may be the need for affirmative action programmes to rectify these imbalances.last_img read more

Next Fort St. John flu shot clinic November 13

first_img For more information as to whether or not a flu shot is necessary, please visit the ImmunizeBC’s official website, Northern Health’s official website, or call HealthLink B.C. at 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse. This year in B.C., the influenza vaccine will be provided for free to children six months old to less than five years of age, as well as seniors 65 years or older. The following flu clinics will be taking place in Fort St. John: Tuesday, November 13: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Senior’s Hall.- Advertisement – Tuesday, November 27: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Health Unit. Tuesday, December 11: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Health Unit.Advertisementlast_img

No date for Kvitova return after knife attack

first_img0Shares0000Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova suffered severe injuries to her left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in December 2016 © AFP/File / PATRICK HERTZOGPRAGUE, Czech Republic, Mar 20 – Petra Kvitova has regained the use of her racquet hand badly injured three months ago in a knife attack but there is still no date for her return to tennis, her spokesman said on Monday.The two-time Wimbledon champion suffered severe injuries to her left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December. The 27-year-old underwent emergency surgery, enduring a four-hour operation to repair tendon and nerve damage.“Petra uses her hand without problem for daily activities,” spokesman Karel Tejkal told AFP, saying she had been keeping up her fitness.“Of course, the hand is weakened but at first glance you can’t see that she was injured.”Doctors had previously estimated that the Czech star, ranked 15 in the world, would not be able to return to competition before the second half of the year.“At the moment no one can give a concrete date,” said the spokesman.“Petra’s convalescence is continuing as planned, so far there are no complications, but everything is up in the air as to her return.”Her recovery psychologically was “very encouraging”, he added, saying she had been fitness training in the Canary Islands.The identity of the intruder who carried out the assault remains unknown to police.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

9 bungalows sold at `e’-auction

first_imgPASADENA – All nine historic Vista del Arroyo bungalows were sold Sunday after going under the virtual hammer in an electronic auction, developer Andy Sands said. “We sold out, and people were thrilled” by the system, Sands said Monday. “It was very civilized, relative to your typical vocal auction.” Computer screens were set up in two different rooms, bidders were treated to food and drinks, a master of ceremonies helped things along and a team from Intelligent Market Systems kept the system running smoothly, he said. “It was a full house,” Sands said. They were built between 1920 and 1938 on Grand Avenue for wealthy out-of-towners as part of the grounds of the Vista Del Arroyo Hotel, now the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. They survived decades of neglect, squatters, arson, graffiti and the elements that left them basically derelict. Over the years, several unsuccessful attempts were made to develop the site on the rim of the Arroyo Seco – including demolishing the bungalows – before partners Sands, of Concert Realty Partners, and Timothy Lefevre of Lefevre Corp. acquired the property in early 2006. “We’re very pleased, the project was well received,” Sands said. “More than 600 people came through. They liked the product, liked that they were a spacious blend of historic units rebuilt with modern amenities, and they liked the community feel, with the gated entry and secure (underground) parking.” Sands said the next phase of the project, Bridgeview Terrace, is ready to go on the market. Prices for the five newly constructed flats and townhouses have not been fixed yet, Sands said, He’s not sure yet if this phase will be sold using the same auction system. “It is expensive to market, the advertising, the setup of the event and all,” Sands said. “But just because it’s expensive, that’s not a reason not to do it again.” Sunday’s auction went “without a single hiccup” he said. “We’re very pleased. It was a little stressful since we didn’t know what would happen – it’s behind us and the results were outstanding.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Using technology devised by Caltech economics professor Charles Plott, bidders could monitor the auction, simultaneously put in offers on any house and switch to another if they were outbid. Potential buyers came to two earlier tutorial sessions on the bidding system, Sands said, and although most customers were on-site Sunday, some bought their houses online. The top price was for the two-story Myron Hunt house at 11 S. Grand Ave., which went for $1,360,000. The two-bedroom, two-bath house – complete with library and butler’s pantry – was listed with a minimum bid of $1,260,000 and had an asking price of $1,950,000. Some houses on the three-acre development sold at the minimum bids, Sands said, and others went for up to 20 percent over. Prices started at $790,000. A mix of free-standing and attached houses in a courtyard setting, the bungalows were listed on the national Register of Historic Places in 1981. last_img read more

Laser test squadron saluted

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A stand-up ceremony last week recognized the 417th Flight Test Squadron, which will be responsible for testing a highly modified 747 fitted with a laser for destroying enemy missiles. The squadron ceremony formalizes the priority of the Airborne Laser program for the Air Force Flight Test Center’s 412th Test Wing, squadron commander Lt. Col. Barry St. Germain said. “We’re coming up on a milestone with weapons systems integration on the airplane and missile shoot-down,” said program manager Robert Suszek. “So as we come up on that, (the test center) is recognizing that we’re going to need our own engineering cadre, our own test-planning cadre, (and) our own operations cadre. With that comes the squadron.” The squadron is composed of about 750 people, including the contractor work force and the government work force. The laser program was formerly a part of the 452nd Flight Test Squadron’s Airborne Laser Test Force. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Designated YAL-1A, the modified Boeing 747-400 airframe is equipped with sensors, lasers and sophisticated optics to find, track and destroy ballistic missiles in their boost, or ascent, phase. Currently the YAL-1A is in Wichita, Kan., receiving modifications to the sub-structure of the aircraft to accommodate the integration of the weapons system, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2006, Suszek said. The ABL is a component of Missile Defense Agency’s boost-phase segment designed to destroy enemy missiles soon after they are launched. The 417th Flight Test Squadron was originally activated at Edwards as the 6517th Test Squadron in March 1989. It was dedicated to the C-17 Globemaster III test program. In 1992, the squadron was redesignated the 417th Test Squadron in 1994 it became the 417th Flight Test Squadron. In October 1995, the squadron was inactivated and the C-17 program was consolidated with the 418th Flight Test Squadron. 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

New venture in A.V. is old school

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Rios, who also works as a security guard at Highland High School, was born in the Dominican Republic’s capital city of Santa Domingo in 1959. Three years later, his family immigrated to the United States, but the Palmdale resident still visits his native country frequently. “I’ve made three trips to the Dominican Republic this year,” he said. “It’s really intriguing.” Rios also believes that his familiarity with the Dominican Republic sets his business apart from similar ventures. “I’ve actually been out to the tobacco fields and talked to the growers,” he said. “I know precisely where my products are coming from. I’m not a third or fourth party, so I can guarantee the quality of the products I’m bringing in.” Rios’ products are currently available online. Although orders will be placed electronically, Rios plans to provide a personal touch. PALMDALE – Miguel Rios believes his future is firmly planted in his past. That’s why Rios, who has lived in the Antelope Valley for nearly 20 years, recently launched USDR International Import/Export to import cigars, coffee, spices, and gift items from the Dominican Republic. Although his company is new, Rios isn’t a stranger to this industry, as his great-grandfather, grandfather and father all have roots as tobacco and coffee growers in the Dominican Republic. “I learned from my father; he learned from his father, who had learned from his father,” Rios said. “I’m proud of this history – that’s three generations.” “I think it’s important for customers to know that there’s a whole history behind why I got into this business,” Rios said. Rios will personally deliver all orders within a 30-mile radius of his Palmdale home. Customers will also receive free T-shirts. “I’m going to stick with tradition and offer products that are 100 percent natural,” he said. “I want my business to be much more personalized and to reflect the old world craftsmanship still found in the Dominican Republic.” Among the products he’s been importing, Rios suspects that the Caoba cigars will be the most popular. “Caoba is the original tobacco plant in the Western Hemisphere,” he said. “With our cigars, we’re going back to the basics. We’re trying to revive the long-standing tradition of the Caoba tobacco plant.” While Rios hopes USDR International becomes a prosperous company, upholding family tradition is an equally important measure of success. “There was this whole heritage I never before took seriously,” he said. “For me, it was a sense of being connected to these unique tobacco and coffee products and my family’s rich history.” Visit USDR International Import/Export at or call Miguel Rios at (661) 265-7932.160Want 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

Reds fans furious as Lallana named in starting line-up against West Ham

first_imgLiverpool face West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday night in arguably their most crucial league match of the season so far.The Reds need a victory to regain their five point lead over Manchester City – who comfortably beat Arsenal on Sunday – and get one step closer to their first league title in 29 years. It’s 2019 and Lallana still starts for Liverpool.— 👑 osikani belebele (@bondz1e) February 4, 2019 Lallana?!!! I hope Klopp knows what he’s doing with that. Lallana owes us a performance— Matt Pengelly (@Gellyfour) February 4, 2019 How Lallana starts over Shaqiri is just baffling!— Ridz (@ClassicSalah18) February 4, 2019 When Lallana starts centrally and Keita is out wide— Jamie (@JamieGriff97) February 4, 2019 Buzzing with a Fabinho-Keita midfield 2. Disappointed Gini isn’t available. Horrified that Lallana still starts for us. #LFC— BOBBY (@SpicyFirmino) February 4, 2019 No bias or no rant. But what has Lallana actually got to warrant a start over the likes of Shaqiri, Henderson or Wijnaldum?— FantasticFirmino9♥️ (@MPBFirmino9) February 4, 2019 Lallana starts..— ɴᴀᴘɪʜ 🐋 (@Nafii__) February 4, 2019 2019 and lallana starts 🤦🏾‍♂️— Meliodas (@A1damnDaniel) February 4, 2019center_img Adam Lallana starts for a vital game in a title race… Jürgen throwing the league early so we have a stress free end to the season.— Aynsley Gray (@aynsgray17) February 4, 2019 Klopp has handed Lallana a start for the West Ham clash Seeing lallana starts— lewis johnson (@lewisjohnsonli1) February 4, 2019 Lallana starts?!— Reeks (@MrAzzaReekie) February 4, 2019 📋 Tonight’s team to face @WestHamUtd…Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren are out with slight muscle issues. Gini Wijnaldum is out with a sore knee.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 4, 2019However, Jurgen Klopp has named a starting XI which has sparked outrage from Reds fans on social media – particularly for his decision to hand Adam Lallana a place in the starting team.The 30-year-old has featured just eight times in the Premier League this season, with six of them coming as a substitute – and has struggled to make an impact in his few appearances.And it’s safe to say Liverpool fans on Twitter are not pleased with their German manager.Have a look at some of their posts below… 1 Keita & Lallana together in midfield— Neil (@nellyweather) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Premier League players with the most shots on target per 90 minutes this season

first_img getty Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 22 Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday But just who are the most precise? has churned through the stats to find the top 20 players with the most shots on target per 90.As expected, the likes of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling feature, as well as Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane.There are, however, a couple of interesting inclusions… so check out the full list below. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 13. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Getty GETTY Getty Images 22 22 REPLY MOST READ IN FOOTBALL 22 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice The experienced striker made 34 appearances for the Foxes in the top flight this term (1.3 shots on target per 90 minutes) 22 22 22 The 2018/19 Premier League season is done and dusted, with Manchester City’s 4-1 victory at Brighton on Sunday sealing them a second successive league title.Part of the reason behind their success is, undoubtedly, their sharp-shooting forward line who are all accurate in front of goal, helping them to 94 goals. 21. Pedro (Chelsea) 22 huge blow 22 22 4. Harry Kane (Tottenham) 22 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The mercurial midfielder had an up and down campaign at Old Trafford and looks poised to leave this summer (1.5 shots on target per 90 minutes) 22 22 Getty ADVICE The Brazilian attacker is top of the charts with an average of 2.2 shots on target per 90 minutes The Serbian scored 11 goals in 37 appearances for the Whites, who were relegated from the top flight this season (1.3 shots on target per 90 minutes) 20. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The majestic Argentine striker averaging 1.6 shots on target per 90 minutes during the Premier League season5. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) 15. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Getty tense getty getty Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Getty Images 17. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) 18. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) getty 14. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 7. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) The 30-year-old notched 11 goals for the Hammers in the 2018/19 season (1.4 shots on target per 90 minutes) Chelsea ace Pedro remains a productive player for the Blues and could be needed next season (1.3 shots on target per 90 minutes) 8. Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) 11. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) The Egyptian’s 22 goals secured him the golden boot – alongside team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – averaging 1.8 shots on target per 90 minutes 1. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) 10. Cenk Tosun (Everton) 22 The England man was a star performer for the Premier League champions in the 2018/2019 campaign (1.3 shots on target per 90 minutes) The Red Devils star has been in patchy form for the Red Devils and hit 12 goals (1.4 shots on target per 90 minutes) 12. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) The former Borussia Dortmund man scored 22 times in 36 top-flight appearances in the 2018/2019 campaign (1.3 shots on target per 90 minutes) The Spain striker was shipped out on loan to Atletico Madrid in January, but managed to average a total of 1.5 shots on target per 90 minutes 16. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) REVEALED 22 The France Under-21 international made 24 top-flight appearances in the 2018/19 season, averaging 1.8 shots on target per 90 minutes Getty 22 22 6. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 9. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) 19. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) The French ace made 27 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils (1.3 shots on target per 90 minutes) gameday cracker The Japanese attacker will depart the Foxes this summer after a successful four-year stint (1.3 shots on target per 90 minutes) The former Leicester playmaker was on target in City’s title clinching 4-1 win at Brighton, and like Kane averaged 1.7 shots on target per 90 minutes in the Premier League The Belgian maestro looks to be on his way out of the club this summer, and he’ll be hoping to go out on a high with Europa League glory (1.3 shots on target per 90 minutes) The England striker had another productive season in the Premier League for Mauricio Pochettino’s side  – notching 1.7 shots on target per 90 minutes3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 22 The South Korean has been a revelation for Mauricio Pochettino’s men (1.3 shots on target per 90 minutes) 2. Lys Mousset (Bournemouth) Getty getty 22 22 22 22 The Turkish striker played a total of 1050 minutes in the top flight for Everton this season (1.5 shots on target per 90 minutes) The 21-year-old finished seventh in the rankings after averaging 1.5 shots on target per 90 minutes last_img read more

Will it be three-in-a-row or tournament woe for Spain in Group D?

first_imgJune 21, 8pm: Croatia v SpainIn a fiercely-contested section where one slip could be hugely damaging to qualification hopes it’s tough to single out a game but this one looks tasty. While Czech Republic face Turkey, Croatia face Spain and the personnel makes for an interesting sub-plot. The heart of Croatia’s midfield play for Spain’s big two club sides Barcelona and Real Madrid and they will come up against friends with progress likely to be on the line for one side. The technical ability across both teams is second to none and a display of attacking football looks to be on the cards.Spain’s Koke. Nick Potts / EMPICS Sport Could Spain become the first side to win three consecutive European Championships? Or will the side who dominated world football just a few years ago suffer a repeat of the failures of Brazil 2014?Group D will go some way to answering lingering questions about Spain’s current state but the clear favourites in the section might encounter some difficulty against three teams who can all justify claims they might be dark horses in the tournament.Croatia boast some stellar names and gifted attackers, Czech Republic make the team the star and Turkey have been quietly putting together an impressive record over the last 18 months.Any of these sides could emerge from the group confident and dangerous after dealing with stern examinations from the start. Equally, a mistake or two will end hopes before they’ve even begun as rivals seize on any opportunity to take advantage. PA A golden era of Spanish football came crashing to an end in just five days during the summer of 2014 as the defending world and European champions were dumped out of the World Cup after a painful 5-1 mauling at the hands of the Netherlands and a 2-0 defeat to Chile.France 2016 doesn’t just offer the chance to regain some pride but also to make history. No country has won three consecutive European Championships and that achievement isn’t outwith La Roja’s grasp.The journey back to the top has been fairly kind post-Brazil, with Spain handed one of the more straightforward qualifying groups.However, friendlies in the last two years have brought them up against France, Germany, Netherlands and Italy with three losses and a draw maybe warning that expectation should be limited this time around.On paper, there’s a lot to be positive about. A calm experienced manager in Vicente Del Bosque can still draw upon players from the absolute peak of European football. The core of Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas have shown their class at the top level time and time again. Alvaro Morata has been a livewire addition and Koke has emerged as a figure who can lead the team in years to come. There’s also a fairytale in the making should 35-year-old Aritz Aduriz continue what has been an incredible season at the end of his career.Making history won’t be easy for Del Bosque and his players but if the mainstays hit the heights of old and the attack clicks into gear, La Roja could enjoy another golden moment.Pavel Vrba, Czech Republic coach John Walton / EMPICS SportQualifying as winners of a group that included Turkey, Netherlands and Iceland shows the remarkable progress in Czech football since failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.With a squad that doesn’t boast a genuine star name outside of Petr Cech, the credit for the team’s rise goes to manager Pavel Vrba, who took the job after winning the Czech Coach of the Year award for five successive seasons.Vrba may not be able to call on players from Europe’s elite but he has built on an experienced back line with the cream of the domestic game and established an attacking style that gets the best out of the resource he has.Of the home-based players, Viktoria Plzen and Sparta Prague are well represented and the latter made a run to the quarter-finals of the Europa League this season. One standout has been midfielder Borek Dockal who will be one to watch in France.Vrba favours speed, movement and attacking instincts and that was rewarded with 19 goals in the qualifiers, including three goals in the Netherlands and two in Turkey. However, it also exposes a defence that shipped 14 in 10 games in the group. Recent friendlies have brought wins against Russia and Malta but also a home defeat to South Korea.A kinder draw might have made the Czechs favourites to progress but in a tight group Vrda will have to ensure the organisation and cohesion that has allowed his lesser-known players to thrive will pay dividends when the pressure is on. Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic PACroatia manager Ante Cacic is confident ahead of his side’s tilt at the Euros, reportedly stating his belief that a place in the final is within reach. While not listed among the favourites, a quick look at Cacic’s squad show the reason he is happy with his lot.The strength in midfield really stands out. Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Inter’s Ivan Perisic are, individually, players that any nation would covet. Collectively, they are the core that Croatia’s hopes are wrapped around. It’s not just about the all-action trio in the middle of the park though. The back line are hugely experienced and can also benefit from the protection of defensively minded midfielder Milan Badelj of Fiorentina. His club team-mate Nikola Kalinic offers support for Mario Mandzukic in the front line and the players pushing for a starting place include Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic and Dinamo Zagreb’s exciting youngster Marco Pjaca. The note of caution comes from the fact that the side finished behind an ordinary Italy side in qualification (though the only defeat came before Cacic’s appointment) and weren’t in the toughest section to begin with.The run-in to the finals has been a confidence booster for the players, culminating in a 10-0 demolition of San Marino but with that match following victory against Moldova, a draw with Hungary and a home win over Israel, there’s still a sense that there’s been no real test for a while.That will change with an opening game against Turkey in a group where every point is precious. Keep the run going and Croatia could be in a groove that carries them deep into the tournament. Fail and Cacic may be pondering how to get the most out of his attacking ingredients before it’s too late.Burak Yilmaz, Turkey. Adam Davy / EMPICS SportTurkey will arrive in France as underdogs and are fully expected to battle it out with Czech Republic for third place in the group and hope that is enough to carry them through. Considering the fact that they finished four points behind the Czechs in qualifying, it would be understandable if only the optimists expected them to avoid the first flight home.After two games in qualification it looked like a place in the finals was wildly optimistic as well. Having lost heavily to Iceland and then been defeated by the Czechs at home, Turkey looked to be in trouble. And this in a group where the Netherlands were expected to be the major power.Turkish managerial giant Fatih Terim, in his third spell as boss of the national team, turned it around, taking advantage of Holland’s implosion to steer a course through and finishing with three game run that saw off the Dutch 3-0, the Czechs 2-0 in their own back yard and a 1-0 defeat of Iceland sealed automatic qualification. The team hasn’t looked back and now boasts a run of just one loss in 16 games.Terim relies on a group of players largely taken from the Turkish league but those who play abroad play a key role. Barcelona’s Arda Turan needs no introduction and may be fresh after a season where he’s missed the punishing schedule many other have endured. Striker Burak Yilmaz was the side’s top scorer in qualifying but the China-based forward has had injury problems and faces competition for his place. Bayer Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu has the opportunity to showcase his talents to the rest of Europe and his set piece delivery will be a powerful weapon.Man for man, the side doesn’t match up to the rest of the group but as a unit, Turkey have built a reputation as being hard to beat and capable of producing a result when needed. Tipped by many as a surprise package who could go far if things fall into place, the rest of Group D would dismiss them at their peril.Turkey’s Hakan Calhanoglu celebrates. 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Agreement reached with Irish Water to replace damaged Donegal roads

first_imgAn agreement has been reached with Irish Water to reinstate the Quay Road, Dungloe and Glenties, Fintown Road.Fintown Road was left in an awful state following a pipe replacement scheme by Irish Water, while the Quay Road will also get a full reinstatement.With road grants available to the Donegal County Council for the two stretches of road, work is expected to begin next week. Speaking following the announcement, Cllr Gallagher said: “This has been an ongoing battle for almost two years to get an agreement with Irish Water.“Lessons need to be learnt, it is not good enough for road users and residents to be left with roads in terrible condition because a state agency Irish Water refuses to uphold agreement made at the construction stage.“I have called for a high-level meeting between Donegal County Council and Irish Water to ensure no other communities in the county are left the way both these communities in Dungloe and Glenties have been over the past two years with huge uncertainty.”Agreement reached with Irish Water to replace damaged Donegal roads was last modified: November 12th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:dungloeGlentieslast_img read more