Although he is no longer a Minister of Government, Joseph Harmon will be attending Cabinet meetings and will continue to host the post-Cabinet press briefings, as he did in the past as Minister of State.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph HarmonHarmon, who was forced to resign as a parliamentarian and a Minister, was recently appointed Director General of the Ministry of Presidency and among his new responsibilities will be to continue hosting the post-Cabinet press conference.This, he added, will result in him still having to attend Cabinet meetings.“I can say to you; one specific responsibility I’ve been given is the continuation of the post-Cabinet press briefing. Hence my being here today, and the fact that the President has invited me to sit in the Cabinet meetings so that I can brief the nation on the things that are dealt with in the Cabinet,” Harmon stated.According to the Director General of Ministry of the Presidency, he is still unclear as to what his full responsibilities will entail.“[The nature of my new duties] is a work in progress and that [hosting the post-Cabinet press briefing] was one of the duties that has been assigned to me. As the other duties are made clear and certain, I will give that information out,” the State Minister told reporters at Thursday’s post-Cabinet media briefing.Harmon, along with three other senior Government Ministers, were forced to resign as parliamentarians due to their dual citizenship status.By resigning as Members of the National Assembly, they also effectively resigned as Cabinet Ministers.President David Granger told reporters on Thursday morning that he needs Harmon to help him manage the Ministry of the Presidency.“All Ministers are my assistants but Mr Harmon, in particular, will have a non-ministerial role in helping me to manage the Ministry of the Presidency,” he posited.According to the Head of State, the Ministry of the Presidency has several large Departments which effectively places him with the responsibility over several critical areas such as defence, environment and energy. Hence the need for help.“There are three large Departments – the Department of Public Service, the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport and the Department of Energy. These are all very huge administrative responsibilities and I needed assistance in helping me to manage them,” the President noted.However, along with Harmon, the Ministry of the Presidency has Dawn Hastings-Williams, who was appointed the new Minister of State, and a Permanent Secretary. There is also a Cabinet Secretary, Edward Persico.Furthermore, the Ministry of the Presidency also includes Tabitha Sarabo-Halley as the Public Service Minister and Simona Broomes as the Minister with responsibility for Youth Development.These new appointments and reassignments within the coalition Government came on the heels of recent court rulings barring persons with dual citizenship from sitting in the National Assembly.This saw, in addition to Harmon, former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and former Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine being forced to resign.Nevertheless, it was noted that the President is in talks with these other resigned Ministers on their role in the Government. In fact, he has already met with Greenidge and Dr Roopnaraine.“I would like to have them on board… I hope that they continue to assist the Government. Minister Greenidge, for example, served under President [Forbes] Burnham and President [Desmond] Hoyte so he has immense experience and I hope he continues to serve but it is up to him. Minister Roopnaraine as well is not without experience as an academic and again, it’s up to him… I would like them to work but it is up to them to decide if they want to continue to serve,” the Head of State asserted.As his coalition Administration undergoes this rebalancing period, President Granger further noted that there could be more additional appointments at the junior ministerial level if the need arises.
Brian Mc Cormick pictured presenting the Cup to Kieran Brennan captain of Castlefin Celtic. Included are League Executive members Terry Leyden and Christina O’ Donnell, Ciara Mc Cormick and Leah Brennan. Pic.: Gary Foy, League PROCastlefin Celtic 2 Milford United 1 (a.e.t.)The Brian Mc Cormick Cup will reside at Park View, Castlefin for the first time in the club’s history. What a difference a week can make and these very same players who stood defeated and deflated in Diamond Park, Ballyare just seven days ago, having lost the Promotion / Relegation Play-Off against Cranford United, are now on top of the world.Milford United from the Premier Division were many people’s favourites going into the Brian Mc Cormick Cup Final and it was little surprise to them that Milford United took an early lead in this match which was switched to Dry Arch Park, Bonagee due to Diamond Park becoming unplayable on Saturday evening. Gary Merritt’s free-kick may have taken a slight touch on its way through the Castlefin Celtic penalty area but Merritt was rightly credited with breaking the deadlock.As the match progressed both sides had to settle for mainly half chances as neither outfit could find the killer final ball when well positioned. It was the stubbornness of Castlefin’s striker JP Malley that brought about his side’s leveller. Defiantly he chased down a back-pass to Caolan Mc Gettigan in the Milford net and after bringing a great save from the keeper he followed through to deflect the ball into the net after Mc Gettigan parried it away. Whether or not it took a touch off Brendan Murray matters not as Malley was credited with the strike.The remainder of the game saw both keepers make very fine saves and in doing so each kept their side in the match. The loss of Ciaran Mc Ginley was a blow to Milford as the right-back had carried a threat along the right wing until his dismissal. Damien Casey then saw red when he was yellow carded for the second time by match referee Marty Mc Garrigle.Despite going down by numbers Milford battled well and indeed created some good openings without reward. Castlefin never really made their numerical advantage count and the game went to extra time. Castlefin Celtic’s Simon Mc Glinchey was also dismissed for receiving two yellow cards. With time running out and a penalty shoot-out looking likely Castlefin found a winning goal. Emmett White went on a rare forward mission and when he received the ball thirty five yards from goal he displayed the coolest head on the pitch as he looked up and curled his pass between two Milford defenders to JP Malley who stole in behind the Milford rearguard. Malley composed himself before curling the ball past Mc Gettigan high into the Milford net. A killer blow at the worst possible time for Milford who had no time to respond. A celebration invoking signal for the Castlefin faithful who had watched their teams loose the Promotion / Relegation Play-Off seven days earlier and less than twenty four hours ago watched their Reserves side narrowly lose the Downtown Cup to Glenea United Reserves. Brian Mc Cormick was present to present the Cup on a fine day for football at the Dry Arch Park, Bonagee.Castlefin Celtic: Anthony O’ Hagan, Michael Dunnion, P.J. Mc Menamin, Emmett White, Kieran Brennan, Dominic Mc Glinchey, Mark Carlin, Simon Mc Glinchey, J.P. Malley, Matthew O’ Rourke, Ronan Tourish. Subs: Colin Carlin, Anthony White, Damien Mc Annaney, Peter Bryson, Damien Doherty, James Mc Menamin, Cormac O’ Brien, Milford United: Caolan Mc Gettigan, Ciaran Mc Ginley, Paul Shields, Mark Flood, Paddy Peoples, Damian Casey, Jamie Henna, Joey Cullen, Gary Merritt, P.J. Hagan, Brendan Murray. Subs: Cathal Mc Gettigan, Peter Doherty, T.J. Evesson, Lee Burke, Ciaran Gibbons, Christy Mc Cafferty, Gavin Grier, Ciaran Blaney, Johnny Sweeney. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle. Assistants: Joe Mc Hugh & Marty Quinn DONEGAL LEAGUE: CASTLEFIN CELTIC PIP MILFORD IN BRIAN McCORMICK CUP FINAL was last modified: May 11th, 2014 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:Brian McCormick CupCASTLEFIN CELTICDOENGAL LEAGUEMILFORD UTD
One of the biggest mysteries following the Deepwater Horizon oil blowout in April 2010 has been solved. Scientists are now confident the abnormally high numbers of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) that have died—and continue to die—in the oil spill area are suffering from ailments caused by oil byproducts. Although researchers don’t have exact numbers of how many dolphins perished following the spill, they’ve found 1281 stranded and dead between 30 April 2010 and 17 May 2015—the highest number ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico. Barataria Bay, Louisiana, was particularly hard hit by the spill. Half of the dead dolphins found in this region between June 2010 and November 2012 had a thin adrenal gland cortex—a key indicator of an ailment known as adrenal insufficiency which often leads to death in dolphins, particularly among those who are pregnant. This same lesion was found in one of every three dolphins examined in oil-contaminated areas across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, the team reports today in PLOS ONE. In comparison, only 7% of 106 dolphins found stranded in other coastal areas away from the spill had this adrenal gland ailment. In addition, the researchers found that more than one in five dolphins that died in the Deepwater Horizon spill area and time frame had bacterial pneumonia. The lead pathologist of the study says that the lung lesions were some of the most severe she has examined in 13 years of analyzing dolphin lung tissue from animals in U.S. waters. Oil products are known to injure the lungs and alter the immune function of mammals, leading to an increased susceptibility to pneumonia. And dolphins are particularly susceptible because of their large lungs, deep breathing, and need to hold their breath for long periods.