Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has urged communities to get involved in doing their bit for community spirit by supporting Tidy Towns.At the annual awards night for Letterkenny Tidy Towns last night, Minister McHugh was on hand to do the honours and praise the work of everyone involved in the activism.“Tidy Towns drives community engagement for the benefit of everyone. It brings together groups, associations and organisations which might not necessarily work with one another,” Minister McHugh said. “It’s a real privilege for me to be asked to present the awards to so many dedicated and passionate people. At all times their ambition is to make our environment a better place to live and work and socialise.“That can also be said of the regeneration funding announcements by Government in recent days, including a €1million grant that is helping to drive the Letterkenny 2040 project to rejuvenate the town centre and focus on making it a better place.“This financial support is just the start of a big, long-term strategic goal to revitalise the town and when it is combined with the tireless voluntary work through Tidy Towns I am confident it will be a success for generations to come.”Minister McHugh said he particularly wanted to thank Anne McGowan, chair of Letterkenny Tidy Towns, who has been dedicated to the organisation for something close to 30 years. “Her team, and all the volunteers and residents’ associations who make Tidy Towns the success it is, also deserve huge credit for their efforts.“I know Letterkenny Tidy Towns builds excellent networks and has been brilliant at driving connections and commitments from other organisations in the town in order to get the work done.“I’d like to see as many people, businesses, community groups and other associations join forces with Tidy Towns to promote and deliver more of their ambitious work.”Minister McHugh added: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners, particularly the young people and the schools involved. I was delighted to see Little Angel’s receive an award, especially as I had spent some time earlier in the day seeing the good work they do. It’s a great privilege to be asked to celebrate their achievements.”McHugh urges communities to get involved in Tidy Towns was last modified: November 27th, 2018 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:donegalletterkennyMinister Joe McHughtidy towns
Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers moves the ball upcourt against Tyler Ulis #8 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 14, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers will be without Darren Collison for two to three weeks after he arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.Coach Nate McMillan made the announcement before the start of Monday night’s game against Washington.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Eagles get hero’s welcome after winning 1st Super Bowl title PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid McMillan said Collison suffered the injury during Saturday’s victory over Philadelphia. A subsequent MRI showed he needed surgery, and McMillan says the Pace hope to get Collison back shortly after the All-Star break.Collison is averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 43.2 percent on 3-pointers. Cory Joseph will replace Collison in the lineup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAn illness also will keep All-Star guard Victor Oladipo out of Monday’s game. He will be replaced by Lance Stephenson. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
Both NorthEast United and Kerala Blasters will be eager to start their campaign with a win todayA humdinger of a contest is on the cards as NorthEast United FC take on Sachin Tendulkar co-owned Kerala Blasters FC in the second match of the Indian Super League(ISL) on Monday.The Ricki Herbert-coached home side will bank on the support of a fanatical home following and a potent attack to help breach the Kerala citadel, which will be guarded by a hugely competent defence.Intrigue surrounds the Kerala Blasters goalkeeping spot, as it remains to be seen whether marquee player-manager and former England goalkeeper David James will play himself, or take up managerial duties on the sidelines.The home side will reap the cohesive benefits of its youthful, albeit relatively inexperienced, Indian contingent who hail from Shillong Lajong FC.The visitors will not be disadvantaged as their Indian players have been handpicked by assistant coach Trevor Morgan from among his former East Bengal wards. All eyes will on the mercurial attacking mid-fielder Mehtab Hossain, who was Morgan’s first pick during the domestic player draft.Kerala Blasters are banking on Mehtab to unleash his destructive potential on the opposition and try to nip all NorthEast attacks in the bud in the middle of the park. This is a great chance for Mehtab to show the world why he is hailed as India’s best defensive midfielder.For the home side the match to watch out for will be Cornell Glen. The former Trinidad & Tobago World Cupper, who has past Indian experience with Shillong Lajong, is expected to front an incisive attack which has Luis Padilla, James Keene, Sergio Pardo, and Seimenlen Doungel as the support options. Expect Colin Falvey, Cedric Hengbert, Jamie McAllister and other rocks in the Kerala defence to secure their fortress with great determination.advertisementAnother NorthEast United FC who will also have his share of spotlight is Alexandros Tzarvos, Greece’s 2010 World Cup goalkeeper. His presence under the bar will lend assurance to his teammates. A clean sheet will be his great contribution to the cause.Kerala Blasters will also rely on the season Penn Orji. Morgan may rely on his trusted former hand to unlock the home defence which will be helmed by marquee player Joan Capdevila. The wily Nigerian central midfielder is quite capable of providing a few moments of magic that can create the openings and enable the likes of Michael Chopra, Iain Hume, Andrew Barisic to take full advantage.
The Government, in an effort to reduce schools’ dependency on the importation of fossil fuels to create energy, will spend approximately $120 million on the implementation of projects in schools under the Solar Systems Project.Details have been outlined in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled in the House of Representatives on February 15.Statistics have shown that an estimated annual average of 20.4 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) were imported during the 2010-2015 period for use in the electricity, manufacturing and transportation sectors, with an average import value of US$1.9 billion. The Solar Systems Project aims to reduce this number through the consumption by schools.According to the Estimates, the National Education Trust Limited (NET) will be responsible for the implementation of the project, which will provide alternative energy, including solar, from photovoltaic systems to schools across the island in an effort to lessen the dependence on the Jamaica Public Service Company and reduce the current electricity bill at schools by 40 to 70 per cent.Some of the targets under the project include complete retrofitting, upgrade and repair to roofs with solar systems at schools that have already been assessed; the payment of fees to the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) of approximately $15 million, and the development of Business Case and Cabinet Approval to proceed to Transaction Stage of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).The NET, which is responsible for the implementation of the projects on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, is a Government of Jamaica company, which is limited by guarantee and is a registered charitable organisation that mobilises financial and quality resources for schools in Jamaica.
APTN National NewsThe trial of a former senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been pushed back to Sept. 14, according to an Ottawa court official.Bruce Carson, who was once an acting chief of staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, was scheduled to stand trial Sept. 8 on a charge of influence peddling.It’s unclear why the date was changed. A call to the Crown’s office was not returned.Carson was charged following an APTN National News investigation into his lobbying activities on behalf of an Ottawa-based water filtration company that had a struck a side-deal with Carson’s fiancée, a former escort. The deal guaranteed the woman a large cut of filtration system sales to First Nation reserves suffering from water woes.Carson is also facing three charges of illegal lobbying and a charge of influence peddling from a separate RCMP investigation into his activities on behalf of the Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE) and the Energy Policy Institute of Canada (EPIC).Carson headed the CSEE which was given $15 million by the Harper government.Carson was deeply involved in helping promote Canada’s tar sands and developing a national energy strategy.Carson once brought an escort to a party at the prime minister’s residence on 24 Sussex Dr. The escort, who had been previously deported from the United States following a criminal conviction for involvement in a prostitution ring, struck up a conversation about underwear with Harper during the party. Harper reportedly firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNNews
Kent DriscollAPTN NewsIt is cheaper to fly to another country than it is to Nunavut.If you live in the territory, you’ve heard this lament, and it is true. A one-way fare from Ottawa to London, England tomorrow would cost $850. A flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit on the same day starts at $940.This has Nunavummiut worried, as they await the merger of the North’s two largest airlines, Canadian North and First Air.The federal government has approved the merger, provided the airlines follow 31 regulations and restrictions designed to maintain the status quo with Nunavut’s air travel.For the customers, that status quo was pretty expensive to begin with.“It is very expensive for me, as a single mother,” explained Jenny Ell of Iqaluit. “It’s very hard to try to leave with my children, because it’s so expensive. To leave from Ottawa to overseas, it’s cheaper to do that than from Ottawa to here, and that’s kinda not fair.”Both airlines are currently owned by Inuit corporations, one from Nunavik and another from Northwest Territories, that claim saving money on operating costs will make the airline more efficient.The 31 conditions attached to the merger are supposed to make sure prices don’t rise, but are all but guaranteed to eliminate seat sales and even the most basic of competition.Adam Arreak-Lightstone, an Iqaluit MLA, wonders if company savings will be passed on to the customers.“I share a lot of concerns like many Nunavummiut have expressed,” he told APTN News. “I understand there are many effencies when it comes to a merger, but on the other hand, I’m not completely convinced of the new airline passing on those effencies to the customer.”In Nunavut, every community is a fly-in community. To live in Nunavut is to be dependent on the airlines, whether waiting for cargo or hoping to travel.Kathy Hanson is concerned; she knows she has no choice.“I’m a little bit worried,” said the long-time Iqaluit resident. “Right nw it’s pretty costly to head out anywhere, in the North or in the South. Of course, living on an island, we have no choice but to fly out.The Competition Bureau of Canada called the merger a “monopoly” and recommended it be declined. The federal cabinet went ahead and approved it.Now, Nunavummiut are waiting for the other shoe to drop, and are wondering if these limits and rules keep airfare at the status email@example.com@KentDriscoll
Not only has Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder insisted he would not change the name of his NFL team, on Thursday the franchise formally appealed a ruling that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the Redskins’ attempt to defend its name against those who consider it a racial slur.The team announced that it had filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and that it ”points out the many errors” in the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.The office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board voted 2-1 on June 18 to cancel six uses of ”Redskins” trademarked from 1967 to 1990, saying the name is ”disparaging of Native Americans.””We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision,” Redskins lawyer Bob Raskopf said in the team’s statement.The team had previously said it would appeal the ruling and had two months to do so. The trademark protection remains in place while the matter makes its way through the courts, a process that could take years. A similar ruling by the trademark board in 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003. Native Americans have been challenging the trademark since 1992.The Redskins say they will ask the court to consider ”serious constitutional issues,” including whether the ruling penalizes the team’s right of free speech and whether the team has been unfairly deprived of ”valuable and long-held intellectual property rights.”The group of five Native Americans challenging the name is equally confident.”This effort is doomed to fail,” said Amanda Blackhorse, the lead plaintiff. ”But if they want to prolong this litigation, which has already gone on for 22 years, I guess they have that prerogative.”The Redskins have been under sustained pressure to defend the name over the last 18 months, with major political, church and sports figures joining the debate and saying it should be changed.Team owner Snyder has vowed never to change the name, calling it a ”badge of honor.””If people wouldn’t dare call a Native American a ‘redskin’ because they know it is offensive, how can an NFL football team have this name?” Blackhorse said. ”We know that time is on our side for a change in the team’s name, and we are confident we will win once again at this stage of the litigation.”
The lawyer representing Payal Tadvi’s family told the court that the circumstances of her death suggested it was a murder case.FacebookThe post-mortem report of Payal Tadvi, who allegedly ended her life after facing “extreme harassment” and casteist remarks, has revealed evidence of a ligature mark on her neck. Under ‘provisional cause of death’, the autopsy report stated ‘evidence of ligature mark over the neck.’A Mumbai court on Wednesday (May 29) sent all the three accused in the suicide case of postgraduate medical student doctor to two-day police custody as her family sought directions for the crime to be treated as a murder.The lawyer representing Tadvi’s family told the court that the circumstances of her death suggested it was a murder case.”From the circumstances of her death and bruise mark on her body, we can say that it must be a case of murder and not of suicide. Police must investigate this case in the lines of a murder investigation. Police should be given 14 days time for that,” said Nitin Satpute, counsel representing the deceased’s family as quoted by news agency ANI.Satpute alleged that the accused had taken her body to some other place and later it brought it to the hospital so there is a suspicion of tampering with the evidence.The case was being heard before magistrate RM Sadrani of a Mumbai sessions court.Seeking the maximum custody of 14 days, prosecutor Jay Singh Desai told the magistrate that the witnesses are under pressure.”The accused are superior to almost every witness in the case. Witnesses are afraid of the accused to give their statement. This case may create social unrest if not investigated properly. The police have to retrieve WhatsApp communication from the phones of the accused,” Desai argued.In defence, the lawyers representing the accused dismissed the charge of abetment of suicide and told the court that the three were not aware of Tadvi’s caste.Responding to the request of treating the case as a murder, accused Bhakti Mehre’s counsel Sandip Bali said, “As the intervener claimed that this is a murder case, I will emphasize that let all medical reports come in.”Mehre’s lawyer also contended that the abetment of suicide charge, saying that it is only based on the statement of Tadvi’s mother and is not supported by any other proof.Advocate Abad Ponda, appearing for accused Hema Ahuja and Ankita Khandelwal, rubbished the claims that the deceased was harassed on the basis of her social identity.”Accused were not aware that the deceased got admission under any quota so they did not know her caste,” he argued.The accused, Ankita Khandelwal, Bhakti Mehre and Hema Ahuja, were arrested for allegedly abetting the post-graduate medical student Dr Tadvi, who belonged to the Scheduled Tribe community, to end her life at her hostel in BYL Nair Hospital on May 22.The hospital administration had formed an anti-ragging committee to probe the case.The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) had suspended the three doctors, who on Monday, wrote to the association urging for a fair probe.
Listen This past spring, a slew of top administrators decided to leave or retire from the Houston Independent School District, including the chief of staff and deputy superintendent.News 88.7 obtained exit interviews with about a dozen of those former employees, who describe a culture of fear, “nasty politics,” and retaliation.The state conservator, Doris Delaney, who monitors Houston’s most troubled schools, interviewed half of the administrators and principals who’ve left between January and June 2018. Their tenure ranged from just under a year to over three decades.Their reasons for leaving? They cited a lack of trust, concern about the district’s future and instability and negativity from the school board. Some former employees made comments like “I pray, literally, the Board will be taken over” and “Will TEA please step in and take over.” 00:00 /00:57 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share HISD has been under pressure by the Texas Education Agency, or TEA, to improve chronically low-performing schools or face a potential state-appointed board of managers.More than half of the outgoing employees said that they were either unsure or would not recommend Houston ISD to prospective employees.“Just reading through these responses, the feeling is that people feel almost a sense of betrayal,” said Jon Taylor, who teaches political science at the University of St Thomas. Taylor said that the exit interviews reveal deep dysfunction.“They talk about things such as their voices not being heard, about toxicity of the administration, about the turnover of administration, particularly at the highest levels,” Taylor said.“There’s a gallows humor that’s in play, there’s a culture of fear, there’s a fear of not only losing their job, but of retaliation and demotion, a fear that you have a leadership group at the very top — the superintendent and the board — who are detached from the realities of the district.”The Houston Independent School District declined to comment on the exit interviews.
Kolkata: Two bikes collided with each other near Judicial Academy in New Town on Wednesday morning.One of the bikers identified as Sariful Shaikh, who is a delivery person of Swiggy, got serious head injuries and is admitted to a city hospital. The condition of the delivery person is stated to be serious. Locals told Shaikh was riding his bike at a high speed and eventually lost his control. Keeping in mind the extent of the damage, Bidhannagar Police is soon going to arrange a meeting with the food delivery agencies over the issue of rash driving by Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifedelivery persons. According to locals, Shaikh was coming from the Sapoorji area and was headed towards Narkelbagan. Near Judicial Academy, Shaikh failed to notice the speed breaker placed on the road. He crossed over the speed breaker at a high speed. Meanwhile, another bike was taking a U turn just a few meters ahead of him. As Shaikh was a high speed, he collided with the bike that came infront of him and fell on the road. The other biker also fell off the bike but suffered minor injuries. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShaikh was immediately removed to a private hospital near New Town police station and was later shifted to another private hospital near Haldiram’s. In the evening, he was again shifted to another hospital at Mullick Bazar, specialised for neurological treatment. It is alleged that food dilvery apps such as the likes of Swiggy often takes action if a delivery person fails to deliver the food within a stipulated time. They also pay some amount of money as commission for faster delivery of food. To comply with the policy and make some extra amount, delivery persons are frequently seen flouting traffic norms that results in self-harm or harm of others. The delivery persons ride very fast to reach their destinations in fear of getting penalised. “We do not encourage anyone to flout traffic norms or ride fast. There is no provision of imposing penalties,” said a Swiggy official. According to the sources, in Wednesday’s accident Shaikh’s bike had no insurance and as a result, he will not get any compensation. Police sources said after the Swiggy authority was informed about the accident, they avoided taking any liability because Swiggy has no social security scheme for their delivery persons. To sort the matter, Bidhannagar Police will call the food delivery agencies and mention some guidelines that need to be followed strictly. The agencies will also be asked to keep a periodical check of the delivery persons’ bikes and the related vehicle documents. “We will sit with the food delivery agencies and their delivery persons to ensure there is no over-speeding and rash driving by them,” said Amit P Javalgi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Headquartes) of Bidhannagar Police.