How Europe hopes to solve its league championships

first_imgEngland. Liverpool will be champion in any case, by Alberto MuñozIn England not only nobody doubts that the Liiverpool go to be champion of the Premier LeagueThey also have no doubts that it deserves it. Although there is no regulation specifying how an eventual cancellation of the competition would be resolved, a senior executive confirmed to the newspaper The Telegraph that there would be practically no opposition to handing over the title to those of Klopp. Its maximum competitor, the Manchester City by Pep Guardiola, is currently at 25 points, and even the Catalan himself has already recognized the victory of the Reds, who have spent three decades without rising as champions. Right now, they only need two wins to be a mathematician, although the Premier will not return until the beginning of April after the most important break since the WWII. In the event that they could resume it in April, a very optimistic scenario right now, they would try to finish the competition normally, but if the predictions that they will not be able to return until May or June are fulfilled, they will have to make another decision.Italy. Serie A hopes to resume in May, by Mirko CalemmeThe A series, in principle, it will not resume until April 4, although it is practically impossible for this to be the date on which the competitions begin again. Those infected by the COVID-19 They continue to rise in Italy (20,000 cases were surpassed yesterday) and suggest that, in the best of scenarios, it can be played again in May. The League has already made it known that its intention is “to end sports activities by resuming the championships when sanitary conditions allow them”, something that would be possible by postponing the Eurocup: Yes, the competitions should end before July 1 due to the important contractual (transfer of players, for example) and economic issues. If this were not possible, one of the options that earns points is the playoff between the first four positions to establish the champion, and a playout with the last four for relegation to Series B. “It’s an old idea of ​​mine,” said the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina, to Il Messaggero. “It would be an interesting event and a test to see how they would work,” he said. Germany. The playoff is an option for the Bundesliga, by J. C. MenzelIn GermanySo far, no final decision has been made. The only thing that decided the DFL, the federation of the league in Germany, was to postpone the 26th day. In addition, he advised to prolong this pause until April 2. Next Monday there will be a meeting between the leaders of the 36 clubs of both competitions to discuss the next steps. Various scenarios are considered, from the suspension of the rest of the games and the cancellation of the course completely to the celebration of a playoff to end the season in an express way. Much depends on the decision of the UEFA with respect to Eurocup, taking into account that a possible postponement of the EURO It would give the DFL extra time until the end of June, at which time some players’ contracts expire, to play suspended games. The goal is to end the season in any way, since a suspension from the rest of the season would result in a huge economic impact for the clubs.France. Ligue 1 is debated in three possible scenarios, by Andrés OnrubiaThe LFP announced this week that French football will stop until further notice, and, at the moment, nobody knows what will happen to the future of the competition. The options, as in all leagues, are multiple: from finishing the season without champions or descendants and ending it null, until the final stretch that still remains of the championship in June is played. Classrooms, president of the Lyon, has already proposed that the Ligue 1 ends “blank” and that the European places are awarded to the teams that played Champions and Europa League This season, which would mean that Olympique Lyon could return to the Champions League, when the team is currently out of any European competition in Ligue 1. Meanwhile, the Lille he has proposed that the remaining ten games in France be played in June, and that the Euro Cup and the Champions League be postponed. The option that the PSG be champion, that there are declines and promotions as is the classification now and that the season is over in all divisions of French football. The LFP will not take action for two weeks, which is when the duration of the crisis will be elucidated.last_img read more

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Liverpool, Man City meet for first trophy

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Barely four months after arriving at Liverpool, Juergen Klopp could turn a season of transition into one of silverware and keep up the club’s strong tradition in the English League Cup. The first trophy of the English season is on offer when Liverpool face Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday. Fuelled by cash from Abu Dhabi since 2008, City are starting to make a habit of reaching title matches at Wembley Stadium. That was once the case for Liverpool, too. But the Reds – England’s dominant force in the 1970s and ’80s – have fallen on hard times over the past decade, during which time they have collected only one trophy: A record-extending eighth League Cup in 2012. Four years without a title is too long for a team of Liverpool’s heritage, but a successful era might just be around the corner under the popular Klopp, who has made a big impression since replacing Brendan Rodgers in October. A DECADE OF SUCCESS Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has compared the club’s situation to that of Chelsea, which won the League Cup in 2005 – their first season under JosÈ Mourinho – to spark a decade of success domestically and in Europe. “I remember for Chelsea a few years back, it was the League Cup they won and after that they managed to win a lot of trophies,” Mignolet said. “It gives everybody a confidence boost when you win your first trophy for a long time. “For this young group of lads, I think it could be something that pushes us on to be even hungrier for trophies.” City are bidding for their fifth trophy since 2011 and first of a possible three this season in manager Manuel Pellegrini’s last year before being replaced by Pep Guardiola. City is six points off the lead in the Premier League and took a big step towards the Champions League quarter-finals by beating Dynamo Kiev 3-1 on Wednesday. The teams last met in November, when Liverpool beat City 4-1 away. Klopp’s tactics of pressing from the front, giving City’s defence and deep-lying midfielders no time on the ball, worked perfectly and the margin of victory could have been bigger. An attacking trio of playmakers Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana were the chief protagonists of Liverpool’s big win at Etihad Stadium in November, with their relentless hounding of City’s ball-playing defenders causing errors. While mindful of that, Klopp may still choose to go with a different front line as Daniel Sturridge is fit after a long run of injuries. Klopp has previously spoken of his frustration over Sturridge’s injury problems, saying he needs to play through his problems, while critics say the England striker needs to toughen up. “To say a player doesn’t want to play is the biggest disrespect you could ever say to a footballer,” Sturridge said. “I don’t think anyone will understand how much it means to me to play football.” The Liverpool loss was one of a number of heavy defeats sustained by City this season, but captain Vincent Kompany’s recent return from injury has boosted the team ahead of a busy end to the season. There are also eight games in the Premier League this weekend, headlined by Manchester United playing Arsenal. After two weeks off, Leicester should be refreshed at home against Norwich tomorrow as the unlikely Premier League leaders look to revive their title challenge that stalled with a loss at Arsenal last time out. Leicester have a two-point lead over second-place Tottenham, who are at home to Swansea on Sunday. Third-place Arsenal are also two points behind, while Man City are in fourth place. While their title rivals are all competing in Europe and have congested schedules, Leicester can focus solely on the Premier League strengthening their bid for perhaps the most unpredictable league title victory in the history of English soccer. With Man City not in Premier League action, Man United can trim the gap to the top four to three points by beating Arsenal. Anything other than a win could see United passed by Southampton (at home to Chelsea) and West Ham (at home to Sunderland), who play tomorrow. ATTACKING TRIOlast_img read more

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Ateneo shows character in quick win over UP

first_imgMOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “We wanted to finish it,” said Tolentino, who had 12 points against the Fighting Maroons. “We saw a lot of fight in UP and it’s good to see that our team didn’t back down and didn’t let up and continued fighting. It’s just a show of character that we could finish that last set.”Madayag, who finished with a team-high 14 points, said that they had to “win convincingly” against the Lady Maroons and part of that was to end the match as quickly as possible.“Coach O (Oliver Almadro) tells us to win convincingly so this game we showed how convincingly we can win,” said Madayag. “Like what people say that you have to be better than your best.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo wasn’t leaving its game against University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament to chance.The Lady Eagles already had a comfortable 2-0 set lead when they entered a turbulent third set against the persistent Lady Maroons, but Ateneo had no plans of playing a fourth set.ADVERTISEMENT HS stars Kai Sotto, Joel Cagulangan build respective teams via draft for NBTC All-Star Game Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Going tit-for-tat, Ateneo eventually closed out UP in straight sets, 25-21, 25-15, 28-26.“We didn’t consider that there would be a fourth set,” said Madayag Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUP held the lead 26-25 in the third, but Ateneo fought back first with Madayag’s block on Maristela Layug before Deanna Wong followed it up with a drop to secure the Lady Eagles’ league-leading 4-1 record.“We really wanted to win, it was a long week for us to prepare and we had composure even though UP came back in the third set.” said Wong. Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Change Course – Says U.S. Ambassador

first_imgLiberia needs to shift its attention from dependency on concessions operating in the country to entrepreneurship, if it is to ever become developed and improve the lives of its citizens.Proposing this change of course, U. S. Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, added that if Liberia is to compete with its neighbors on the regional or continental levels it must now begin to look up to entrepreneurship to have the kind of impact it desires.“I know that Liberians stand in the face of concessions as the one model for foreign investment. This model is becoming increasingly outdated,” Ambassador Malac contended.The Liberian model of investments, where large concessions tend to provide social services like schooling and medical care just to win a contract is no longer sustainable, she cautioned. “Foreign companies will invest in Liberia only as long as it is comfortable, and when it is not done their way, they would leave.”Ambassador Malac made these comments when she served as speaker at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) President’s Lecture Series in Monrovia. She addressed over 200 students who gathered in the university’s auditorium yesterday to hear her.“In spite of Liberia’s past history, I can say to you that growth with development is possible. Though not all of the items needed for economic growth are in Liberia, yet the country’s natural resources and entrepreneurial experience would add up,” said Ambassador Malac. Liberia has always benefited from foreign direct investments that the government considers as the best model for improvement. The global economies are [facing serious challenges] and profit margins are getting slimmer, she observed.She was confident that Liberians are fully capable of creating their own economic opportunities, while providing examples of others, who have engaged in businesses and are progressing.Providing an alternative, Ambassador Malac said agricultural activities are another initiative that would help the country in its employment drive.“Processing of mango and pineapple for export would help the country generate more income, she suggested, adding that the opportunities to make Liberia a better place are many and Liberians stumble over them every day, “but it’s just that you don’t see them,” she told the students.“Success begets success,” the veteran US diplomat noted, “and as more Liberians work to create economic opportunities, more money will flow into the economy.”“As more businesses open, tax revenue will increase and will enable the government to improve its provision for basic social services.”She disclosed that she has served the majority of her time working in the diplomatic corps, working in Africa and on issues that directly affect the African continent. “So I do understand the importance of expediting development in African countries and the challenges that government faces in trying to improve the daily lives of its citizens.”As an American, she views these challenges in different lenses from how Africans themselves view them, though she acknowledged that she is not an expert on development.Ambassador Malac’s comments come in the wake of Liberia’s continued inclination to lure concessions into the country to invest in the extractive industries—on which the country has depended since the mid-1920s, but which, for the most part, has failed to develop the country.For example, the second concession, the American-owned Liberia Mining Company (LMC), began mining iron ore in 1946. But when in the late 1970s to the early 1980s its mining operations drew to a close, its headquarters, Tubmanburg, became a ghost town, with absolutely no infrastructural development left there or anywhere else in Bomi County.LAMCO, the Swedish-Canadian American conglomerate, which mined iron ore in Mount Nimba in Yekepa beginning in the early 1960s, became one of Africa’s biggest industrial enterprises. But when they departed in the mid-1980s they had made no development impact on the county. Nimba County’s capital, Sanniquellie, remained a shanty town that it still is today, without pipe-borne water or even 12 hour per day electricity.The Fuamah Chiefdom in Lower Bong County experienced the exact same scenario after the German-owned Bong Iron Ore Mining Company (1964-1990) departed. The Fuamah people, mostly Kpelle, remained as poor and deprived as they had always been, with no ancillary (additional, subsidiary) investments introduced there on which the people could depend in the post-concession period.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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Liberians Urged to Reuse Waste Water

first_imgPublic Works Minister Gyude Moore has called on Liberians to reduce and reuse waste water in their homes, gardens and plots to help achieve the country’s 6th Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Delivering a special statement on behalf of the government recently in observance of World Water Day, Minister Moore said this year’s theme clearly talks about the importance of reducing and reusing waste water.The global theme of this year’s celebration is “Waste Water” with the campaign theme: “Why Waste Water?”Minister Moore, speaking through a recorded video message, indicated that the emphasis is on improving water quality, including all water, and not just drinking water.He said globally, the vast majority of all waste water from homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused, thus polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable substances.He said the observance of World Water Day, which is now also known as Water Action Month is about taking action in tackling the water crisis. He said over 663 million people are living without safe drinking water supply close to their homes.In the special message, Minister Moore said by putting mechanisms in place to reduce and reuse waste water, it would help reduce the challenges faced by 663 million people the world over.For Liberia, Minister Moore said a large proportion of waste water is discharged directly into face basins and or informal drainage channels without treatment.He said despite these conditions, opportunities from reusing waste water are enormous. He called for concerted efforts for the reuse of waste water.Minister Moore and Assistant Public Works Minister for Community Services George Yarngo are currently in Durban, South Africa attending the AMCOW (African Ministers’ Council on Water) Water Summit as part of the commemoration of World Water Day.For his part, the Managing Director of the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation, Hunbu Tulay stressed the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) beneficiaries to join government in taking ownership of WASH facilities.Mr. Tulay indicated that the beneficiaries should help ensure that the facilities are sustained and called for the recycling of waste water to benefit all, especially in Africa.WaterAid Deputy Country Director Chuchu Selma said World Water Day is intended to raise awareness on the sustainability of water resources globally.Mr. Selma noted that sustainability will provide the platform on which water can be improved, conserved and preserved.He reiterated WaterAid’s commitment to transforming lives across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region by improving access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities.Also speaking, George Karyah of the Liberia NGOs Network called on the government to do more to ensure that Liberians have access to safe drinking water.Mr. Karyah said due to the lack of safe drinking water, Liberians are being affected on a daily basis.He said the struggle to get safe drinking water, coupled with water related diseases, is high in Liberia due to the lack of safe drinking water in most communities across the country.World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22. The Day focuses on the importance of fresh water and advocates for its sustainable use.The official celebration started with a parade from the Monrovia City Hall to the William V.S. Tubman High School in Sinkor for the indoor program which brought together WASH participants from government, development partners and civil society.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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Term-limits measure altered to help Perata

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Supporters amended a proposed term-limit initiative Friday, a day after it was unveiled, to ensure that it would allow the leader of the state Senate to run for re-election in 2008. The initiative’s drafters made minor changes and filed the amended version with the Attorney General’s Office to satisfy concerns raised by an attorney for Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. “We think it was clear from the beginning that Senator Perata is entitled to another term under the initiative, but we wanted to be responsive to his lawyer’s concerns,” said Robin Johansen, a San Leandro attorney who helped write the initiative. “We tried to nail that down.” Supporters intend for the term-limits initiative to go on a Feb. 5 ballot next year. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would schedule California’s presidential primary on that date. California’s current term limits generally allow lawmakers to serve no more than 14 years in the Legislature – six in the Assembly and eight in the Senate. But filling less than half of someone else’s unexpired term doesn’t count toward those limits. The initiative, announced Thursday by political consultants with ties to the Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, would reduce the total time lawmakers could serve to 12 years in most cases but allow them to spend all of it one house. It would give current legislators closing in on their term limits a chance at an additional four years or six years in office. Only the time a lawmaker had spent in his or her current house would count toward the 12-year limit. So a senator who spent six years in the Assembly and is approaching eight years in the Senate could still run for another four-year Senate term in 2008 if the initiative qualifies for the February ballot and is approved by voters. Similarly, an Assembly member who would be termed out next year under the current limits could run for up to three more two-year terms in that house. Perata’s concerns about the initiative stemmed from the fact that he was elected to the Senate in 1998 to finish the term of fellow Democrat Barbara Lee, who had won a seat in Congress. The exception in the current term-limits law covering lawmakers who fill less than half of an unexpired term allowed him to run for re-election in 2000 and 2004. He will have served nearly 10 years in the Senate by the time voters go to the polls in November 2008. Some of the language in the initiative filed Thursday by political consultants Gale Kaufman and Matthew Dowd raised concerns that Perata’s extra time in the Senate would prevent him from seeking another term. To ease those concerns, the initiative was amended to drop language defining when a year of service in the Legislature would begin, Johansen said. Other wording was added, emphasizing that the new term limits would not apply to less than half of someone else’s unexpired term. Perata’s attorney, Lance Olson, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Backers hope to put the initiative on the February ballot next year and need to collect the valid signatures of at least 694,354 registered voters to do it. A bill moving swiftly through the Legislature would schedule the presidential primary for Feb. 5. Approval of the measure on that ballot would allow lawmakers now facing term limits to run again in California’s regular June primary.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

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More than 60 insurgent and Iraqi militia fighters killed

first_imgThe firefight between U.S. aircraft and the insurgent fighters occurred Saturday about 17 miles northwest of the capital. The aircraft observed about 25 al-Qaida insurgents carrying AK-47 assault rifles – one brandishing a rocket-propelled grenade – walking into a palm grove, the military said. “Shortly after spotting the men, the aircraft were fired upon by the insurgent fighters,” it said. The military did not say what kind of aircraft were involved but the fact that the fighters opened fire suggests they were low-flying Apache helicopters. The command said more than 20 of the group were killed and four vehicles were destroyed. No Iraqi civilians or U.S. soldiers were hurt. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – U.S. and Iraqi forces killed more than 60 insurgent and militia fighters in intense battles over the weekend, with most of the casualties believed to have been al-Qaida fighters, officials said Sunday. The U.S. Embassy, meanwhile, joined a broad swath of Iraqi politicians – both Shiite and Sunni – in criticizing a nonbinding U.S. Senate resolution seen here as a recipe for splitting the country along sectarian and ethnic lines. The U.S. military also announced the death of an American soldier killed Saturday in a roadside bombing and gunfire attack in eastern Baghdad. There were 62 U.S. military deaths in September, the lowest monthly toll since July 2006 when 43 American soldiers were killed, according to a preliminary Associated Press tally. U.S. aircraft killed more than 20 al-Qaida in Iraq fighters who opened fire on an American air patrol northwest of Baghdad, the U.S. command said. last_img read more

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‘Rafa Benitez would be the best appointment by Newcastle since Sir Bobby Robson’

first_img Rafa Benitez 1 Rafa Benitez would be the best and classiest manager Newcastle United have had since Sir Bobby Robson if he takes charge at St James’ Park.That’s the view of former Magpies hero Micky Quinn, amid widespread reports Benitez is on the verge of replacing Steve McClaren.The Spaniard has managed some of Europe’s elite clubs and has won an array of major honours during his long and varied career, including the Champions League and La Liga.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Quinn said: “If it does happen, he is probably the best and classiest manager we have had since Sir Bobby Robson.“When you weigh up the managers since Sir Bobby Robson, he has got to be way up there.“Look at his CV – he’s a Champions League winner. And he will have no strings attached to him. He will have his own staff and he will want to do it his own way.”But, while Quinn would welcome Benitez’s appointment, he believes the club have handled the managerial situation appallingly.McClaren has been left in charge while the club try to bring in a new man, and Quinn says it is wrong to keep the ex-England boss in limbo.He added: “Whether you like Steve McClaren or not, they have dragged it out and let Steve take the training knowing they are going to sack him.“It is an absolute shambles and if there is any integrity or decency left at Newcastle while Mike Ashley is there, they should have let him go on Saturday night [after the 3-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth] and killed it there.”last_img read more

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SHOCK AS MAN UNITED TRY TO SIGN SHAY GIVEN FROM MAN CITY!

first_imgManchester United have contacted close rivals Manchester City to make discreet enquiries into the availability of second choice goalkeeper Shay Given, it is being claimed this weekend.Several British sports websites say the move happened after the David De Gea deal may not go through with the Spaniard preferring to stay in Spain.The 20 year old stopper had recently suggested that he would not mind staying with Atletico Madrid – and and also previously claimed that he would notify the media once the U21′s European Championship is over. There is concern at Old Trafford that he will remain at Atletico and the board have therefore asked about Given.The 35 year old Irishman has been at Manchester City since 2009 but has been playing second fiddle to current England number one Joe Hart.Speculation has been high regarding an exit for Shay Given who almost left the club in January to find more first team action and numerous Premiership clubs have been monitoring his situation.The latest club to be linked with the Lifford man is Aston Villa. One site reports: “Whether Manchester City would be prepared to sell the keeper to their rivals is another matter, they realise that Given is too good a player to be left on the bench and should Given ask to move on, they may just grant him his wish, regardless of which team it might be.”According to other reports Aston Villa are interested in Shay.The Daily Mail claims new Villa manager Alex McLeish is eyeing the Republic of Ireland keeper.Former Villa No 1 Brad Friedel recently left to join Tottenham and McLeish is now hunting in earnest for a replacement.However, while the Scot may see Given as a perfect successor, City’s asking price may prove an insurmountable hurdle for the former Birmingham boss. Celtic and West Bromwich Albion are also believed to be interested.SHOCK AS MAN UNITED TRY TO SIGN SHAY GIVEN FROM MAN CITY! was last modified: June 25th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Liffordman united bid for shay givenlast_img read more

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GOVERNMENT MUST HELP FAMILIES PAY FOR NEW SEPTIC TANKS, SAY DONEGAL TDS

first_imgTWO Donegal TDs have called on the Government to help families pay for septic tank upgrades.Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn spoke out as the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan announced a reduced inspection fee for septic tanks.Mr Hogan said the fee will be reduced from €50 to €5 for the first three months when the charge is introduced in April in an incentive to get tank owners to register early. But Donegal Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn are more concerned about the potential €10,000 costs some families may face after inspection.They have called on the Government to make funds available to assist families in upgrading their septic tanks.In a joint statement, they said: “The Government must come out with a clear indication that any upgrading of household septic tanks will be fully funded by the Department of Environment. Anything less is unacceptable.“By failing to comply with EEC/EU directives dating back to 1975, consecutive governments have failed both the public and the environment. It is only with the threat of EU fines that this government responded with bully boy legislation which is heavy on punishment but light on supports. It is grossly unfair to expect rural households to foot the bill for years of government incompetence.” They said Sinn Féin fully supports protecting our water supply and the wider environment. But the government must announce, sooner rather than later, that proper funding will be made available to households, they said.Their statement concluded: “This funding must fully cover any upgrading required to comply with new septic tank standards.“The current situation is farcical. We have legislation that demands the registration of septic tanks and the upgrading of these septic tanks but no standards to assess them by and no financial assistance for households to carry out the necessary work.“Sinn Féin will not be calling for householders to register their septic tanks until the standards are published by the government and until we are satisfied that this standards are fair and workable.”  GOVERNMENT MUST HELP FAMILIES PAY FOR NEW SEPTIC TANKS, SAY DONEGAL TDS was last modified: February 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chargesHoganPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNPearse Dohertyseptic tankslast_img read more

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