Mayors of Fort St. John, Taylor and Dawson Creek hoping to re-establish Regional Coalition

first_img“We are facing massive demands and impacts on community and regional infrastructure, on our services, water supplies, and the environment and we believe that these impacts will know no borders and will impact all of our municipalities and electoral areas simultaneously,” write Lori Ackerman, Dale Bumstead, and Fred Jarvis. “We strongly believe that the reconstitution of a Regional Coalition is in the best mutual interests of all Peace Region Municipalities and electoral areas.” Among their top concerns is the future of the Fair Share program, and they note similar coalitions were successful in securing Fair Share Agreements in 1994, 1997, and 2005. In the spring of 2013, Premier Christy Clark committed to extending the current revenue ­sharing agreement to 2030, but the mayors are still concerned about rumours of a provincial review of the how it is allocated. “To ensure unilateral action by the Province is avoided our three communities have written to the Premier and Ministers expressing our support for continuation of the existing Fair Share program including its indexing and distribution formulas,” they explain. “We have also indicated that we would entertain a structured process to deal with extension of the Fair Share agreement as long as the process was structured and enshrined in a MOU mutually developed and agreed to by the Province and the Peace Region.” – Advertisement -The mayors have encouraged their counterparts to consider writing similar letters. Should any of the municipal and electoral areas be interested in recreating a Regional Coalition, Taylor is prepared to hold an organizational meeting on January 30.Advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League’s ‘fab four’ dominate UCL quarter-finals

first_img0Shares0000Virgil Van Dijk scored in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday © AFP / Christof StacheLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 14 – Brexit, what Brexit? All four English entrants are still in Europe.For the first time in a decade the Premier League reigns supreme, providing half of the Champions League quarter-finalists for Friday’s last-eight draw. Liverpool were the last to book their ticket, with a hugely impressive 3-1 win away to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, joining Tottenham and Manchester City in beating German opposition, while Manchester United’s miraculous comeback against Paris Saint-Germain will live long in the memory.“It had to be Liverpool ensuring a Fab Four from England were touring Europe,” wrote Henry Winter in The Times.Not since 2008/09 has the Premier League, or any other league, enjoyed such a privileged position in Europe’s premier club competition.Despite record broadcast deals bringing in billions from around the globe, English clubs have been out-thought and outplayed at Champions League level over the past decade.The 2009 final, that saw Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona defeat a much-fancied Manchester United in Cristiano Ronaldo’s last game for the English club, kicked off a decade of dominance for La Liga. That was thanks, in no small part, to the magic of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Ronaldo during his nine years at Real Madrid. Between them, those clubs have won seven of the past 10 titles.Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City crushed Schalke © AFP/File / Oli SCARFF“In the last decade Spanish teams controlled everything. It is good for us. For English football it’s incredible,” said mow City boss Guardiola after his side’s 7-0 mauling of Schalke on Tuesday.Madrid may have been dethroned as kings of Europe, but Messi and Ronaldo still pose the greatest threat to a first Premier League winner since 2011/12.Messi gave a masterclass as Barca thrashed Lyon 5-1 on Wednesday. The previous evening, Ronaldo, 34, showed why Juventus paid 112 million euros ($127 million) for a veteran last summer, with a hat-trick to break Atletico Madrid hearts.– Premier League stars –King Kane: Tottenham’s Harry Kane helped Spurs see off Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate in the last 16 © dpa/AFP / Bernd ThissenThe Premier League may not have Messi or Ronaldo but it has a collection of stars, from Virgil van Dijk to Paul Pogba, Harry Kane to Sergio Aguero.They also have each other. The constant grind of a top six vying every season for just four Champions League places allows nobody to rest on their laurels, on the pitch or off it in the recruitment process.Chelsea and Arsenal could also reach the Europa League last eight on Thursday.The two landmark victories of this round were Liverpool and United going to two very different European powerhouses — traditional giants Bayern and nouveau-riche PSG.Marcus Rashford’s late penalty saw Manchester United stun Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the French capital to progress © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATBut those clubs are hampered by a lack of domestic competition that has seen an ageing Bayern go stale and PSG fail to handle the pressure when an opponent is not easily knocked out and hits back just as hard.“England 3 Germany 0. Three matches against Bundesliga opposition for Premier League teams, three victories,” wrote Martin Samuel in the Daily Mail, who went on to refer to the recent trend of promising players leaving the youth programmes of England’s richest clubs to find regular first-team football in the Bundesliga.“Maybe there is a reason young British talent finds it easier to get a game here than they do at home. This isn’t a vintage season for German football. Munich are top of the league again but unless Liverpool caught them on an off night, look very ordinary.”Crucially, the Premier League now also boasts not only money, but world-class coaching that has been given time to build.Guardiola is in his third season as City manager, Jurgen Klopp in his fourth at Liverpool and Mauricio Pochettino near the end of season five at Spurs.Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the outlier, just three months into a temporary reign. But the Norwegian’s impact has shown the talent at the club, despite Jose Mourinho’s struggles.Liverpool showed the way last season as the first English finalist for six years, before falling at the final hurdle to Real.Klopp took extra satisfaction because the victory in his homeland on Wednesday confirmed the progress being made to make the five-time European champions serial contenders again.“It’s massive, a big step for us — a big, big, big one for us,” he said. “We will see what we can do with it, but it is still a fantastic sign that we again set a mark for LFC, for this wonderful club, that we really are back on the landscape on international, top-class football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgGlenties Community News:The Late Hugh Boyle:The death took place recently in Killybegs Hospital of Hugh Boyle, Caosan, Kilraine, Glenties. Hugh is survived by one brother, Michael and one sister, Philomena Coughlan, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His brother Patrick and two sisters, Bridget Boyle and Sarah O’ Neill predeceased him. The Late Frank Connaghan:The death took place in Letterkenny Hospital on Sunday 7th September 2014 of Frank Connaghan, Main Street (formerly Mill Road), Glenties. Frank is survived by his wife, Anne, son Manus, daughters, Tara and Francine sisters, Anne and Madge, other relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. His daughter, Nadine predeceased him in 1988.Golden Wedding:Congratulations to Jimmy and Bernadette Mc Kelvey, Beaghmore, Fintown, who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary last weekend. Silver Wedding:Congratulations to Laurence and Michelle Molloy, Narin Road, Glenties, who celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary recently. Best wishes to both couples for many more happy years together.Wedding Bells:Congratulations and Best Wishes to Aimee Mc Devitt, daughter of Jim and Sandy Mc Devitt, Glen Road, Glenties and Adam Kemp, Donegal Town, who were married in Rathmullan House on Friday 19th September 2014.Aerobics and Kettlebell Classes: Aerobics and Kettlebell classes will commence in the Highlands Hotel on Thursday 9th October from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. This is a five week course or pay as you go. Please contact Martina 086 3846302 to confirm your place.Occupational First Aid Refresher Course:St Riaghan’s NS, Drimnacrosh are running an Occupational First Aid refresher course in the school on Wednesday 8th & Wednesday 15th October- (7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening). A limited number of places are still available. If you have completed this course within the past two years and wish to renew your certificate, please contact the school on 9551591 or 086 1798692 to secure a place. The cost per person is €40 which includes exam and certificate.‘Frank Pig Says Hello’:An Grianan Theatre presents ‘Frank Pig Says Hello’ a Play by Pat Mc Cabe in Glenties Community Centre on Friday 3rd October 2014, Show starts at 8.30pm.Understanding Dyslexia:Donegal Local Development Company invites you to an Information Event; Understanding Dyslexia, a one hour session will be held ; Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday October 7th -3.30pm . Topics covered will include- understanding dyslexia, indicators of dyslexia, what an assessment involves and how to get an assessment Collection:The Annual Labour Party Collection will be taken up at Church Gates in Glenties and Edeninfagh on weekend 4th and 5th October.Glenties Community Centre:Bingo held in Glenties Community Centre every Tuesday Night at 9pm.Snooker:Snooker room is open Monday to Friday from 4pm to 10pm. Saturday, Sunday 10am to 10pmTai Chi:Tai Chi every Wednesday night 8pm -9.30pm.New CE Scheme:New CE scheme started on 22nd September 2014, any one willing to start contact 087 9695053 for more details. FAS criteria apply.DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Glenties community newslast_img read more

DD GARDENING: A TASTE OF ITALY IN DONEGAL – by GARETH AUSTIN

first_imgBasil Crimson KingWhen we think about Italian Food a key ingredient which always come to mind is Basil, gorgeous fresh basil, basil that ignites the taste buds and transports you to New York or Rome. Basil is a difficult herb to grow, needing high temperatures, high light levels and neglect to do well.‘Neglect’? Yeah, the part we find interesting and desirable about herbs is the oil they contain, and as such the more you tender and water to your herbs the better they grow, but the worse they taste….scrawny, dehydrated herbs have the best flavours…so when it comes to Basil plant it, feed it at the start and then let it be, let it mature and build flavour itself – without over tending to them. Gareth Austinby Gareth AustinGrowing Basil from seed is fairly straight forward: (a) fill some small pots with fine sieved compost which has some added Vermiculite (b) lightly sprinkle the basil seeds across the surface of the compost (c) lightly cover this with a fine layer of Vermiculite (d) stand the pots in a tray of water for an hour or two until wet through (e) place these pots in a warm location, such as a windowsill above a radiator or in a heated propagator (f) don’t water them again until the compost is starting to dry out.Alternatively you can call into your local garden centre and buy some ready-to-grow plants which are suitable for potting up into larger pots, or dividing into smaller plants. Another option is to pick up a ‘ready-to-eat’ lad at the supermarket. When this has been chopped down as a result of you harvesting it, divide it up and pot them into smaller pots 3/5 plants into a pot.Basil Harvest in early SeptemberVariety wise there’s an amazing range to choose from – ranging from the traditional sweet basil which is green leaves, to the silvery leaved Thai Basil to the red leaved Crimson King and all possess different taste notes, so not only can you grow amazing basil here in Donegal, you can also grow a range of great Basil varieties, all suitable for GreenHouse, Polytunnel and windowsill cultivation. Visit your local garden centre and look at their bulging seed ranges for some quality basil seeds for you to start this week!DD GARDENING: A TASTE OF ITALY IN DONEGAL – by GARETH AUSTIN was last modified: April 22nd, 2016 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:donegalGardeningGareth Austinlast_img read more

PATSY LOOKS ‘PRETTY IN PINK’ FOR RUN DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5K

first_imgPatsy in Pink..Irish Athletic Coach Patsy McGonagle pictured with Brigeen Doherty and Grace Boyle at the launch press launch for the forthcoming Run Donegal Women’s 5k which takes place on Sunday, April 6th at 11am.  It starts at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar  The money raised from this year’s event will go towards the purchase of a new baby oxygen delivery machine for the Paediatric Department in Letterkenny General Hospital.  Photo Brian Mc Daid/CristephPATSY LOOKS ‘PRETTY IN PINK’ FOR RUN DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5K was last modified: March 29th, 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:Donegal Women’s 5Klast_img read more

Sergio Ramos and his family received death threats after Mohamed Salah clash

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has revealed he and his family received death threats following their Champions League final win over Liverpool.The Spanish star was involved in a first-half tussle with Reds forward Mohamed Salah, which saw the Egyptian substituted with a shoulder injury. “You never expect a reception that is not good because, as I said the other day, if these [English] fans have something good, it is that they have always been with the great players. It has not been like that, but I am very calm, with my conscience very clear in that aspect.“As I said before, I have never tried to hurt a colleague. There are people who may have misunderstood it, but these are football things. It will not change anything in my game or in me.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News BEST OF REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade smart causal silverware center_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact 1 RANKED MONEY And the incident, which many Liverpool fans felt was a deliberate attempt to take out their star player, saw Ramos suffer off the pitch, he confirmed.When asked about jeering supporter at Wembley in Spain’s 2-1 win over England, he replied: “I would have liked another reception because people only remember the action of the final, and nobody remembers the death threats that my family and my children received.“It is a very sensitive issue that people maybe take as a joke about and [that’s why they] whistle in a great stadium like this. My conscience is very clear. I already explained [what happened], and I do not have to give more explanations. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack highlights Sergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah clash in the Champions League final. last_img read more

FIGHTBACK AGAINST BURGLARS IN EVERY TOWNLAND IN THE COUNTY

first_imgDONEGAL’S close knit communities will fight back against the burglars, a public meeting heard last night.More than 900 people packed inside the resource centre in Manorcunningham to hear advice from Gardaí about recent burglars in east Donegal.But a suggestion from Donegal County Councillor Ciaran Brogan could turn the fightback against crime into a county-wide effort. It follows text alert schemes in Glenties and Ardara, supported by Gardaí.Cllr Brogan took to the stage to suggest that there should be a “a leader in every townland” who could form part of a unique text alert scheme.And now communities from across Donegal are being invited to another meeting in Manor next Monday (at 9pm) to learn how the warning system will work.Local businessman Tony Morning revealed that money collected two weeks ago had been used to fit alarms and security lights in the homes of seven elderly people. Orbit Security had fitted them at cost price, whilst Sheridan Security and North West Alarms had now also offered to do the same for future jobs. Brimac Security were also heavily involved in the supply and fitting of the alarms and security lighting for concerned pensioners at cost price.Lifford-based Sgt Maurice Doyle gave advice to people at the meeting about what they could do with the Text Alert scheme.But he said this was to report suspicious activity; anyone who saw a crime being committed should dial 999.Meeting chair Jim Devenney said he had done just that last Monday.“I don’t want to go into the detail, but two Garda cars were at the scene within seven minutes,” he said. One local man wanted to know if he could shoot someone stealing a trailer from his farm.However Gda Doyle said only reasonable force could be used and he “strongly advised” against such actions; another speaker asked if he was allowed to slap someone if he saw them on premises illegally.After Cllr Brogan’s suggestion, people queued up to give their details and volunteer as Text Alert members for their town lands.Mr Morning said: “This can be used right across the county. If someone is in Kilmacrennan or Convoy or wherever they are welcome to come along next week. “This cannot be done by a few. The whole community needs to get involved.”He also said he wanted to make it clear that some names were being used in relation to attacks on elderly people in the area.“This has to stop,” he said.“I have been approached by some people who say they are completely innocent but rumours have started and their names used. We cannot allow this to go on. We need to leave that to the Gardaí. People are innocent until they are proven guilty in court. I want this to stop immediately.”Another Manor man said the anti-crime initiative needed to be widened.“Everyone here knows what I’m talking about. We live beside a main road and four or five nights a week, in the middle of the night, up to 15 cars are screeching and racing up and down the road for an hour. We need to tackle anti-social behaviour as well,” he said.He said the noise might not frighten younger people like him but would terrify elderly people.FIGHTBACK AGAINST BURGLARS IN EVERY TOWNLAND IN THE COUNTY was last modified: February 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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:burglarsmanorcunninghamtext alertsthievestony morninlast_img read more

McCONALOGUE SLAMS DELAY IN DONEGAL eFIBRE ROLL-OUT

first_imgCharlie McConalogue TD has accused the Minister for Communications of neglecting homes and businesses in Donegal as many towns across the country are still unable to connect to an eFibre service. Protracted negotiations between the telecom providers and COMREG (the Communications Regulator) have stalled the roll out of the service, leading to much frustration and anger from customers.Deputy McConalogue explained, “The introduction of eFibre in Donegal has been completely mismanaged and we are now left with a situation whereby some suburbs have a full connection while many town centres are relying on traditional broadband connections. It makes no sense. “According to COMREG, the problem is related to the type of connection in the building. The majority of businesses in the town centres are directly connected to local exchanges, which are currently unable to connect to the eFibre network. This has left hundreds of shops, offices, restaurants and pubs with a second rate system and is understandably a source of frustration among these business communities.”He added that companies in Donegal have a right to expect a fully functioning high speed eFibre service, but once again find that they have been left behind.“It is essential that the telecom providers come together and resolve their ongoing issues and secure agreement on the roll-out of this essential service.“I have written to COMREG in relation to these negotiations and they have indicated that they hope to have agreement on this issue in the coming weeks. Access to this service is vital for the expansion of our local businesses and I will be continuing to push for urgent progress on this issue”.  McCONALOGUE SLAMS DELAY IN DONEGAL eFIBRE ROLL-OUT was last modified: May 5th, 2015 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:broadbandCharlie McConaloguedonegaleFibrelast_img read more

Buncrana Pier Tragedy: Diver tells how he couldn’t open doors on submerged car

first_imgAn RNLI diver who was the first to reach a car in which five people drowned has told of how none of the doors on the Audi Q7 would open.John O’Raw, an RNLI volunteers who has been snorkelling for 40 years, was giving evidence to the inquest into the deaths of the people at Buncrana Pier in March, 2016.Mr O’Raw, a Computer Science Lecturer at LYIT, told how he tried to open the doors of the black Audi Q7 jeep after it had slipped off Buncrana Pier. There was complete silence as Mr O’Raw told how he was the first to reach the ill-fated jeep which he estimated was three metres deep.But he revealed “I was unable to open the doors. The door handles were giving freely but not engaging with the locking mechanism.”Dressed in his diving gear, with a body weight and fins on his feet and using a snorkel, Mr O’Raw went about his investigation of the jeep.Two other personnel were standing on the roof of the vehicle. He said the tailgate of the vehicle was open and that the driver’s window was partially smashed and inverted inwards.Mr O’Raw had earlier told how his RNLI pager went off at his home at 19.13pm.He immediately rushed ot the pier and was met by colleague Emmet Johnston, bried on the situation and then he returned home ot get his snorkelling gear.He entered the water at 19.55pm to carry out his investigation which was about 40 minutes after the car first became submerged.When cross-examined, Mr O’Raw said he was aware of other situation on Buncrana Pier involving vehicles entering the water. “I’m personally aware of 3 other incidents which have occurred there in past 17 years,” he said.It was put to the RNLI rescuer that with the time-lapse, it was a recovery mission when he entered the water to investigate the vehicle.He said “It’s a rescue mission until the doctor pronounces…we would always see it as an opportunity (to save someone).”Coroner Dr Denis McCauley paid tribute on a personal level to Mr O’Raw for his actions on the day and to his colleagues also. Buncrana Pier Tragedy: Diver tells how he couldn’t open doors on submerged car was last modified: November 24th, 2017 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:diverdonegalinquestRNLIlast_img read more

Former Giants manager Bruce Bochy finds work with French national team

first_imgBochy, 64, retired at … Bruce Bochy, recently retired as manager of the Giants, has signed on to manage France’s national team as it attempts to qualify for the World Baseball Classic in 2021, according to published reports.Bochy was born in France when his father was based there with the military.“I want to stay involved and give back to baseball what it gave to me,” Bochy said, according to the report.France failed to qualify for the World Baseball Classic in both 2013 and 2017.last_img read more