Labourer busted with over 600g ganja

first_imgA 29-year-old labourer of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was busted by Police with over 600 grams of cannabis in his possession.According to Police, ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) actingPortions of the sealed ganja that was unearthed during a search conducted at the home of an Enmore, East Coast Demerara residenton intelligence swooped down on the man’s Old Iron Squatting Area, Enmore residence about 14:45h on Thursday and conducted a search, unearthing the marijuana.The illicit drug was weighted and amounted to 675 grams.The suspect is being processed for court.last_img

Real Madrid travel to Girona in eye of political storm

first_img0Shares0000Fresh from picking up FIFA’s award for the best player of 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of number of Real stars to return for their match on October 29 © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLMADRID, Spain, Oct 27 – After watching Barcelona cope ably with the distraction of political tension sweeping across Spain in recent weeks, it is Real Madrid’s turn to head into the eye of the storm on Sunday when they travel to Girona.It is the European champions’ first trip to Catalonia since violence marred a separatist called independence referendum for the region on October 1 that has sparked weeks of political chaos. The atmosphere surrounding Real’s first ever top-flight visit to Girona, a heartland of pro-independence support, could be further intensified should the Spanish government follow through with plans this weekend to seize Catalonia’s autonomous powers in an attempt to stave off a declaration of independence.But the protagonists insist they are preparing solely with the 90 minutes on the pitch in mind.“We will have the security there as always to play a football match, nothing more,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.“We are thinking solely about the match as always and not about what could happen around it.”As is normal on trips to Catalonia, Real will not use their official team bus for fear of reprisals.“It won’t be the first time that this has happened and there is no need to give it any further importance,” Real’s Director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueno, told Spanish sports daily Marca.“Real Madrid are a football club and we will only talk about the football – that is all we focus on, to win and to make our fans happy.”Fresh from picking up FIFA’s award for the best player of 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of number of Real stars to return after being rested for Real’s Copa del Rey last 32, first leg at third-tier Fuenlabrada on Thursday.Gareth Bale once again misses out through injury, although there is hope the Welshman could return from a calf problem in time to face his old side Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday.– Valverde’s homecoming –Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde returns to San Mames for the first time since swapping Bilbao for Barcelona in June 2017 © AFP/File / Josep LAGOPolitical distractions aside, Real remain in need of the points in Girona in their chase of Barcelona, who travel to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday hoping to open up an eight-point lead over their rivals.Barca boss Ernesto Valverde returns to San Mames for the first time since swapping Bilbao for Barcelona in June.“No matter where you have made your career or where you have played, everyone has the club they are most defined by and mine clearly is Athletic,” Valverde told Barcelona’s website.“The first time you go back you try to concentrate on your own team because if you go around shaking hands with everyone you forget there is a game and three very important points at stake.”Valverde’s influence at both Barca and Athletic has been noted in the first few months of the campaign.Whilst the Catalans have won 12 and drawn one of their last 13 games in all competitions, the Basques have just one win in 11 and have slipped to 11th in the table.– Atletico go for goals –Atletico Madrid are better-placed just six points back on Barcelona in fourth, but have been dogged by a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal all season as they await the return of club record signing Diego Costa in January.“It is the same thing as always, our lack of efficiency in front of goal doesn’t give us the calm we need. We don’t score the goals and, in the end, we suffer,” midfielder Saul Niguez said after Atletico were held 1-1 by third-tier Elche in the Cup on Wednesday.By contrast, Atletico’s rock solid defence comes up against the most in-form striker in the league on Saturday as Cedric Bakambu’s Villarreal visit the Wanda Metropolitano.Bakambu has scored six times in his last three La Liga outings to lift Villarreal to sixth.“Three points against Villarreal will put us back in a good position and the dynamic of the group will change,” added Saul.Fixtures SaturdayAlaves v Valencia (2pm), Atletico Madrid v Villarreal (7:30pm), Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona (9:45pm), Sevilla v Leganes (11:30)SundayGetafe v Real Sociedad (1pm), Girona v Real Madrid (5:15pm), Eibar v Levante (7:30pm), Malaga v Celta Vigo (9:45pm)MondayEspanyol v Real Betis, Las Palmas v Deportivo la Coruna (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AS MOBILITY ALLOWANCE AXED

first_imgThomas Pringle TD has slammed the government’s decision to slash the Mobility Allowance Scheme and the Motorised Transport Grant Scheme, describing it as “an atrocity targeting yet again some of the most vulnerable in our society”.“Following the decision of the government to slash these mobility payments to the 5,000 people in receipt of them, all of these people with disabilities who need these payments in order to leave their house will now be down €208 per month. This is an absolute disgrace targeting yet again some of the most vulnerable in our society.“The government has said it had no choice as the exclusion of people over the age of 65 from the Mobility Allowance Scheme was illegal and breached equality law, and that the motorised transport grant operates on the basis of a very narrow definition of disability, so they decided to abolish it. “But they have a choice – this has been known by the current government for the past 2 years and the department for 13 years, there was plenty of time to resolve this situation so that no person in need of these payments to get around would be deprived.“All of those who are currently receiving these payments will continue to get them for the next four months, however they were not notified of this situation beforehand and are in great distress, while new applications won’t be considered so those who were intending to apply have now been left in the dark. I have had very upset people in Donegal contacting me about this and they are deeply concerned about being confined to their homes as public transport is next to non-existent for everyone in Donegal.“The Minister for Disabilities Kathleen Lynch has said that they will ring-fence the €10.6 million used for these payments to develop a transport system for everyone in the country and has promised a review the transport needs of people with disabilities.“It is highly unlikely that within the next 4 months, when these payments are due to end, that the government will have devised and implemented a public transport strategy which will take the transport needs of everyone in the country, including those with disabilities, into consideration. Even if the review is completed in the next few months, it would still be a long way off from seeing any change on the ground. “The people that have been targeted today are individuals who are unable to use public transport and for those who need to adapt their vehicles for driving. What are these people supposed to do while the government are awaiting yet another one of their infamous reviews?“What needs to be done is to widen this scheme so that all those who are legally eligible to apply can do so, the department and the government have had years to resolve this, this is their mess to fix,” stated Pringle. DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AS MOBILITY ALLOWANCE AXED was last modified: February 27th, 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:DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AS MOBILITY ALLOWANCE AXEDlast_img read more