first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Pringle wary of Ravena ahead of GlobalPort-NLEX tiff: ‘He’s already a great player’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “I still need to regain my conditioning because I went back to zero, so I’m not sure. It’s 50-50,” he said. “I no longer feel any pain in my back. What I’m thinking of is my breathing. I haven’t ran in 10 days, so that’s what I’m trying to work on.”Ever the warrior, Pingris is exhausting all means to make it by the 25th as he aims to give the injury-plagued Magnolia a boost this early in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We’ll see if I make it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf Marc Pingris will have it his way, he’s more than ready to play in front of a capacity crowd at Philippine Arena come Christmas Day.“If I’m asked, of course I want to play,” Pingris said in Filipino when asked if he’ll play in the much-awaited Manila Clasico clash between the Magnolia and Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Against all odds, Pingris is taking the 50 percent chance of him playing as he seeks to make his season debut as early as Monday.“You know me. Whatever happens, I don’t care if I feel pain. It feels good to play,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUnfortunately for Pingris, he doesn’t have the final say on whether he’ll be cleared for the Hotshots’ duel against the Gin Kings as he still recovers from his back injury.But the energetic forward should know better to heed the doctor’s advice, as even he himself admits that he’s still not in game shape. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMINISTER LEO VARADKAR has decided to retain coast guard services at Malin Head and Valenctia Island, Co Kerry.Here’s what he had to say:“The review of the Marine Survey Office and Irish Coast Guard Services, and relevant ongoing work by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, and Fisher Consultants I should like to thank Deputy McHugh for raising this issue. Value for Money reviews into the Coast Guard and Marine Surveying functions of my Department identified a number of issues which need to be addressed in Ireland’s maritime transport safety and marine emergency response regimes. These include:• enhancing Ireland’s pollution preparedness and response capability;• improving Coast Guard volunteer training and management;• addressing deficiencies in legislation relating to maritime safety; and • addressing various measures to promote greater efficiencies within the services.I informed the Government in July that I would consider the Fisher reviews in detail and prepare an action plan to address the deficiencies identified.When I published the reviews last July I made it clear that I wouldn’t accept or reject any of the recommendations until a full assessment of the proposals had been undertaken and actions prioritised to address the issues identified as requiring attention.In publishing the reports I emphasised that preparing the action plan provides a valuable opportunity to create more efficient and effective maritime safety regulatory arrangements and emergency response services. At the same time, it is important to recognise that resources available to the maritime services are very limited and they have to be deployed on a prioritised basis and as effectively and efficiently as possible to address the most urgent needs.The Action Plan is nearing conclusion and I expect to return to Government on this in the coming weeks. One aspect of the review which has attracted significant interest is that of the future of the co-ordination centres at Dublin, Valentia and Malin.There has been considerable interest in this matter, and I appreciate that in seeking to protect local services, passions can overflow. However, I should like to put on the record that I was disappointed at the treatment of officials from my Department at a recent meeting of the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications. While most of those in attendance, including Deputy McHugh engaged constructively on the matter, there were a small number of members whose contribution was deeply unfair and unjustified. I want to record on the record of the House my disappointment in the conduct of those members, and I am sure when they review the transcript of the meeting they will withdraw some of the comments made.In my Department’s review of the Coast Guard and Marine Survey Office services, all options have to be considered. That necessarily included looking at whether the current configuration of co-ordination centres was appropriate and whether changes to that would deliver greater efficiency. This was all within the context of the expenditure and human resources constraints that my Department operates under.However, after careful consideration of the various options available, I will be proposing that the three centres will remain open and that none will be closed. Rather, through the utilisation of the most modern communications and IT infrastructure across a single national Coast Guard network, I will be proposing that the three centres will be more closely aligned and integrated. Therefore the current structure of three Coast Guard Centres in Dublin, Malin and Valentia will continue to provide their current service but will be required to deliver new efficiencies in how these services are provided. External consultants are undertaking work on the details of this at the moment to assist in the preparation of the Action Plan.WHY I KEPT MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION OPEN – BY MINISTER LEO VARADKAR was last modified: November 28th, 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:WHY I KEPT MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION OPEN – BY MINISTER LEO VARADKARlast_img read more