City Hall runs from criminal charges

first_img2016 Audit Report…succumbs to Auditor General’s threats…finds, submits previously ‘missing’ documentsAfter the last Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting, Guyana Times had reported the Auditor General’s intention to seek criminal charges if the withholding of vital information continued. It has now been revealed that City Council, in an about-turn, is cooperating in this regard.This came to light during the PAC’s considerations of the Audit Office of Guyana’s (AOG) 2016 report on Monday. City Hall Treasurer Ron McAlmont, who was previously absent due to a “doctor’s appointment”, appeared before thePAC Chairman Irfaan AliCommittee.PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali revealed to the chambers that a number of documents, including vouchers and records Auditor General Deodat Sharma was originally unable to get, had been handed over. Ali further informed the meeting that the Auditor General has requested two months to comprehensively review the new information.The matter did not end there, however, as PAC member Juan Edghill was unwilling to let City Hall off the hook so easily. He demanded to know from the Treasurer why City Hall could not provide the information in the first place.“We’re examining the audit report of 2016. We are in March of 2018. The Ministry of Communities’ principal accounting officer (Permanent Secretary Emil McGarrell) and the City Treasurer had ample opportunity before the finalising of the Auditor General’s Report, which was submitted at the ending of September 2017, to provide information to the Auditor General. That information was not provided.“Now that there has been a public exposure, all of a sudden the non-cooperation with the Auditor General’s Office has changed. (This) is a good development: thatCity Hall Treasurer Ron McAlmontdocuments are now becoming available. (But) the last time the PAC met we expressed concern about the attitude of non-cooperation. Even the Permanent Secretary said he tried and was not successful. I am not pleased that we will leave the answering of this question to the Auditor General,” Edghill said.Under a barrage of questions, McAlmont resolutely refused to provide an explanation for the delay in handing over information auditors have been after since the initial audit in 2017. His citation of the forthcoming examination of the records by the Audit Office failed to appease an infuriated Edghill, who insisted that the Treasurer be made to account for the documents.“It is unfortunate, as I said Mr Chair, that all the documents were not there, readily available at that time. As we heard, the documents were located and are with the Auditor General for them to continue to do their review,” McAlmont said in response to Edghill.Asked directly by Ali whether he was ever in possession of the documents, the Treasurer related that while the documents were always at City Hall, they were difficult to retrieve. He again expressed regret that the documents were not submitted on time. It is now expected that the PAC will wait for the AG to report on the documents he has received.Non-cooperationAt the previous PAC meeting last month, even McGarrell had complained of lack of cooperation from City Hall. Afterwards, Auditor General Sharma had revealed that another audit would be carried out at the municipality.He had made it clear that approaches would be made to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers this time around, if the intransigence continued.“Normally, in the regulations of the Audit Act it says that when I finish a forensic audit I can send it to the DPP for advice. The Public Accounts Committee was disappointed with the type of information we’re getting. Even the PS says he can’t get the cooperation in terms of the relevant information that he needs,” Sharma had told this publication.The DPP is usually called in when advice on criminal charges is being sought. In the case of City Hall, this will be done if non-cooperation over the supply of records continues.McGarrell and accounting officers from various municipalities are currently being made to give account for some $401 million in capital subventions.There are nine municipalities and 62 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs). The Audit Office of Guyana had found that as at December 31, 2016, $396.5 million was expended. From the start, City Hall’s financial status, how it spent almost $175 million and its failure to submit documentation dating from 2005 posed a challenge to the PAC.last_img read more

Phone firms at odds on dial-in costs

first_imgThe Web site for Wayland, Iowa, boasts of “clean, well-kept homes,” but the telephone lines running through town pulse with sultry talk on adult chat lines and a strange number of conference calls. There’s nothing particularly steamy or talkative about this city of fewer than 1,000 people, just a quirk in telecommunications law that gets certain large phone companies all hot and bothered. Wayland is one of at least 25 mostly Midwestern towns, about half of them in remote corners of Iowa, where the volume of incoming calls from other area codes has surged to a level that would be hard to explain even if every resident had taken to chatting long distance day and night. Instead, the spike in long-distance calls can be traced to assorted dial-in services with local phone numbers, from providers of free conference calling to chat lines with names like “Alibi” and “Butt Monkey.” Despite their differences, both sides agree on the basic facts in the escalating tussle. All agree, for example, that pennies add up quickly. AT&T and Verizon typically get billed just thousands of dollars or less per month to connect long-distance calls with a sparsely populated town, paying 2 cents or more per minute in termination charges to the local phone company. Since a growing number of consumers have regular phones and cell phones with unlimited long distance or large monthly buckets of minutes, it often costs them nothing to call rural area codes. The carriers swallow the charges as a cost of doing business. But now some rural carriers are billing the big phone companies hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars per month, sharing that revenue with partners that help drive long-distance calls onto their networks: Web sites promoting free services such as FreeConferenceCall.com and Talkee.com, a party line provider. Though usually based elsewhere, these services direct their customers to dial phone numbers in remote locales. The bounty from these partnerships can be striking for rural phone companies, many of which would struggle to make ends meet without the supplemental income that the government steers their way from the universal service surcharges that urban dwellers pay on their phone bills. Farmers Telephone of Riceville proudly reports that the long-distance traffic coming onto its local network for conference calls surged from fewer than 1.5 million minutes in April 2005 to nearly 25 million in October 2006. But in recent months, incoming traffic slowed sharply as AT&T and Sprint Nextel Corp. began blocking their cell phone customers from calling some dial-in services, while Qwest Communications International Inc. told companies that use its long-distance network it wouldn’t complete their calls to such numbers. In Riceville, conferencing traffic has fallen 30 percent, totaling 18 million minutes in March. In Lake Park and Milford, also in northern Iowa, Great Lakes Communications Corp. says its long-distance traffic fell off 50 percent from the start of the year. At least three long-distance companies also began withholding payment on invoices from rural carriers. A group of these companies from Iowa say they are collectively owed $40 million. The obligatory lawsuits have been traded, and both sides have appealed for government intervention. At issue is the system by which rural telephone companies with relatively few customers are compensated for keeping their distant corners of the nation connected. For two years, the FCC has been examining how to overhaul the system, but no end to those deliberations is in sight. Since the 1930s, when Congress set as public policy the goal of ensuring affordable phone service for every home, the government has allowed rural carriers to charge higher per-minute rates to long-distance companies for connecting their calls to the local network. The rural rates typically range from 2 cents a minute to perhaps a nickel, though they occasionally exceed a dime. By contrast, AT&T, Verizon and Qwest get paid closer to half a cent per minute when they connect one of their local customers to a long-distance call from another provider. The extra revenue enables the nation’s smallest carriers – there are roughly 500 companies with fewer than 2,000 phone lines – to generate a profit without jacking up local rates. Farmers Telephone of Riceville gets paid 5 cents per minute, which means the jump in conference call traffic alone was generating almost $1.25 million a month in revenue at the peak. The company passes on about half of that money to the conferencing providers. Most small carriers get 2 cents per minute by participating in a pool run by the National Exchange Carrier Association. NECA proposes its rate by submitting data on operating costs and past call volume to the FCC. If no objections are raised by other carriers or the FCC, the rates take effect for one year. But carriers are free to exit the NECA pool and propose their own rates with the FCC, and there’s been a dramatic spike in the number doing so, suggesting that more rural phone companies may be looking to provide a home for free call-in services. While their motivations remain unknown, 41 companies have informed NECA they are leaving the pool to file their own rates for the two-year period starting in July. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Qwest essentially view the situation as a bait and switch. In a letter to the FCC, AT&T charged that the local companies use the system to “establish grossly excessive access charges under false pretenses” and then “offer kickbacks to operators of pornographic chat lines and other calling services.” When it comes time to recalculate rates after two years, AT&T’s letter says, the offending carriers don’t submit new data to the FCC detailing their spike in long-distance traffic, “which would result in massive rate decreases.” Instead, “they simply hop back into the NECA pool” so they can charge the group rate. The rural phone companies more or less concur – and make no apology. They say FCC rules clearly allow them to pursue this business opportunity, and that they’re not responsible for any miscalculations long-distance companies made in not anticipating this possibility or pricing the calling plans they sell customers accordingly. “We’re creating a reason for their customers to make a call and use the minutes the big carriers are selling them,” said David Erickson, president of Free Conference Call Holdings Corp. “Theyre the ones in control of charging the customer …. These unlimited plans are profitable plans. Qwest’s annual report boasts about how many customers it’s brought them.” They’d also like to see their big rivals explain “how their conference services differ from what the Iowa (companies) are doing,” said Jonathan Canis, a partner at the law firm Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, which is representing some of the rural phone companies and calling services. The rural phone companies say the number blocking and withheld payments set a dangerous precedent that empowers the major phone companies to deny consumers access to competing services. AT&T warns that the situation could force higher rates for all its customers across the country to offset what the company estimates may add up to $250 million in extra costs during 2007. All sides are urging quick FCC action, including some small phone companies that oppose their Iowa peers: Four of them signed a letter to the commission saying the dial-in partnerships could ruin the rate system for everyone. Qwest filed a formal complaint on Wednesday, and AT&T may soon follow suit. The FCC declined comment on any specifics of the overall dispute or the Qwest complaint, which targets the local carrier in Wayland, Farmers & Merchants Mutual Telephone Co. That company didn’t return a call seeking comment. But the FCC may not rush to further action beyond its speedy warning to the long-distance companies that “self-help” measures like call blocking are not allowed. Instead, it may leave the rate dispute to the courts rather than weigh in on one aspect of a thorny issue amid the agency’s broader effort to overhaul the system. So for now, the phone lines to Iowa are open, steamy or otherwise.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For reasons of economics – not family values – the nation’s biggest phone companies are trying to put a stop to these calls, even going so far as to block their customers from dialing long distance to hundreds of numbers in the testy dispute. The blocking largely ceased after a firm prod by the Federal Communications Commission, which has been struggling for two years to overhaul the arcane system by which pennies per minute change hands between phone companies with every long-distance call. Long-distance providers like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are charging abuse of that system, which helps ensure phone service for every home in the most secluded parts of the country. They say customers everywhere could face rate hikes. The Iowa companies, pleased with the revenue from these calls, accuse the long-distance providers of sour grapes and really bad business judgment. They warn that consumers could lose access to useful, affordable services. “What AT&T and Sprint and Verizon may not like is the fact that it’s successful,” said Ronald Laudner, chief executive of Farmers Telephone Co. of Riceville, Iowa. last_img read more

Tottenham to rival Liverpool in race for former AC Milan star

first_img1 Alexandre Pato Tottenham are the latest Premier League club to express an interest in signing Alexandre Pato.The former AC Milan star is being tracked by Liverpool ahead of a proposed January bid, while West Ham are also scouting the Brazilian.However, according to to Calcionews24, Spurs are now frontrunners in the chase to land the Corinthians playmaker, who is currently on loan at Sao Paolo.The report claims negotiations have already begun between the two clubs with a fee of around £8m being discussed. Tottenham’s primary target is to lure Saido Berahino away from West Brom but due to the reluctance of Baggies owner Jeremy Peace to strike a deal, the north London club have a contingency plan in place which involves Pato.last_img

What is our biggest ‘Irishism’?

first_imgSSE Airtricity launched their #PowerOfGreen research findings highlighting the achievements the nation is proudest of, our stand-out character traits and the ‘Irishisms’ that people in Ireland most relate to. (1) People in Ireland take most pride in and reveals that 1 in 5 (22%) Irish people are most proud of being the first nation in the world to introduce marriage equality by populous vote. (2) This was closely followed by 1 in 6 being most proud of Ireland’s beautiful landscape.(3) The impact that Ireland has had on the global map by being the first nation in the world to introduce a ban on smoking in workplaces is still an achievement that people in Ireland are very proud of, ranking in the top 3.(4) Protecting our environment through recycling, renewable energy and waste reduction, came out as a top priority for the future, again ranking in the top 3. This reinforces the fact that being green is more than a colour to the people of Ireland and that the #PowerOfGreen is part of our identity, our energy and our traditions.(5) More than 1 in 4 (26%) of us believe we are most known for being a welcoming nation. (6) However, the trait we relate to most as a nation is our obsession with the weather with 1 in 3 people (32%) stating ‘talking about the weather constantly’ as our most relatable trait closely followed by not being able to take a compliment (16%), making a good cup of tea (15%) and adoring our Irish mammies (11%).Humour is seen as one of our top top three character traits (11%) that make us unique as a nation!Joining them was psychologist, Enda McNulty, who shared his expert point of view on what drives us as a nation, why economic recovery is at the forefront of our minds, with over 1 in 3 (37%) citing it as the biggest priority for Ireland at the moment, and why we consider Michael D. Higgins (16%) to best represent Ireland alongside Mary Robinson (12%) and Conor McGregor (10%).“As Irish people we’ve a lot to be proud of, be it the performances of our soccer team in France, our Olympic medallists in Rio, or our collective efforts in battling back from economic hardship. None of these achievements could have happened without the great personal and collective energy we put into realising them. Our willingness to put on the green jersey and pull together for our greater good is what we call the #PowerOfGreen. To better understand this we undertook research to ask Irish people what they felt our biggest achievements are and to identify the character traits and Irishisms which help us realise these achievements. We also spoke to renowned psychologist Enda McNulty and personalities from the world of sport and entertainment to tell us their thoughts on the #PowerOfGreen,” comments Ronan Brady, Head of Marketing and Digital at SSE Airtricity.What is our biggest ‘Irishism’? was last modified: September 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:#powerofgreenAirtricityIrelandpridesselast_img read more

Casting call for Donegal actors to join soap opera

first_imgCalling all aspiring actors and actresses in Donegal: Ros na Rún, Ireland’s only Irish Language soap opera is on the lookout for fresh new talent to join its cast.The search is on for an array of new actors with exciting new roles including a male aged 20-25, a male in his 30s, a female in her late 20s or early 30s and various other characters.Ros na Rún already has a strong presence from the northwest. The Donegal Daly family (Gweedore’s Niall Mac Eachmharcaigh, Brídín Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, Máire Uí Rabhartaigh and Gortahork’s Máirín De Buitléir, pictured above) have been at the heart of some of the most dramatic storylines of the past season. Máirín De Buitléir and Brídín Ní MhaoldomhnaighTalented Irish speaking actors and actresses of all ages are invited to apply for an audition and be in with a chance of starring in the next season of TG4’s flagship TV drama.The casting crew of Ros na Rún will be holding a series of auditions for the 22nd season of the soap on the set in An Spidéal, Galway on the 9th and 10th of March.Budding actors and actresses interested in sinking their teeth into challenging, exciting and dramatic storylines are encouraged to apply for an audition by emailing a CV and recent headshot to leiriuchain@rosnarun.com. Fluent Irish is essential for these roles.Ros na Rún is renowned for the high quality of its dramatic scripts and has the unique ability to portray the realities of contemporary Gaeltacht and rural living with humour and intelligence. Its realistic storylines are not afraid to tackle the challenging social issues of our times, dealing with themes of family, love, society, secrets, deceit, lust and social issues including drug addiction, adoption and fostering.The soap has screened numerous ground-breaking moments on Irish TV over the last 21 years, including the first ever gay kiss shown on screen in Ireland back in 1996. Employing over 140 people, Ros na Rún broadcasts for 35 weeks of the year and total weekly viewership figure currently stands at 150,000.Series producer Deirdre Ní Fhlatharta is excited to get started with the auditioning process.“We pride ourselves on showcasing some of Ireland’s most talented actors and actresses on Ros na Rún. We are always on the lookout for fresh talent and we look forward to attracting exciting new characters and ideas to the series.“The gripping finale of Season 21 of Ros na Rún is fast approaching, and we’re currently preparing for the dramatic opening of Season 22 which returns in September. We have a number of tricks up our sleeves that will undoubtedly shock and excite our viewers.” Filmed in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht in an Spidéal, Galway, Ros na Rún is broadcast twice weekly on TG4, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.30pm with an omnibus on Sundays at 7pm.For further information call 091 558400 or visit www.rosnarun.com.Casting call for Donegal actors to join soap opera was last modified: March 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:actorsdramaRos na RúnSoaptelevisionTG4last_img read more

Bird flu vaccine still scarce, but ethical questions abound

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Death seems more tragic when a child or young adult dies than an elderly person, not because the lives of older people are less valuable, but because the younger person has not had the opportunity to live and develop through all stages of life,” Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel and Alan Wertheimer wrote for today’s edition of the journal Science. It’s a different way of weighing the agonizing decision of how to ration scarce vaccine if a super-strain of influenza sparks a worldwide epidemic. If that flu arises, it will take manufacturers months to brew inoculations for everyone. First doses will go to workers in vaccine factories and to people caring for the ill, a Bush administration decision widely shared by health specialists, including the two bioethicists. The question is who to inoculate next. Federal health advisers have recommended that people up to age 64 who have at least two high-risk health conditions – such as asthma, heart disease, emphysema – be first in that line. WASHINGTON – Who should get the first flu vaccine during a worldwide outbreak – the 60-year-old grandmother with a weak heart and lungs or the healthy 4-year-old with decades ahead of her? If and when a bird-flu pandemic occurs, experts estimate there will be only enough vaccine to protect one in every 10 Americans. Government guidelines put the ill grandmother at the head of that line, for now. Younger, healthier people should be moved ahead, argue bioethicists at the National Institutes of Health, raising new issues to consider as federal officials review the nation’s pandemic guidelines. Next would come pregnant women and people who come in contact with people who have poor immune systems, such as HIV or chemotherapy patients. They’re followed by key government leaders and healthy people over age 65. At the end of the list, after funeral directors, come healthy people ages 2 to 64. The list is part of the government’s evolving pandemic plan. It is under discussion and not final. It rests on a long-used public-health principle, that the people most vulnerable to dying from a disease should be vaccinated first. In an average winter, flu mostly kills the elderly. No one knows whether that will hold true during a pandemic; in 1918, history’s worst pandemic, young adults were the chief victims. To the average person, protect-the-young is an equally powerful principle, argues Emanuel, who also treats cancer and notes that the 65-year-old who succumbs is often mourned with the “but he had a good life” comfort that’s missing when a child dies. But youngest-first is too simple, Emanuel concluded. So he also considered how much has been invested in a young person’s future, plus a “public order” principle that gives priorities to providers of necessities such as food and fuel. Combining those ideas, he wants healthy 13- to 40-year-olds to get scarce flu inoculations right after the vaccine makers and health workers – especially those who are police officers, utility workers or in other professions important to societal order. They would be followed by younger children and the middle-aged, with the sick elderly last in line. “We need principles people share (such as) this protective instinct for young people to allow them to lead a full life,” said Emanuel, whose paper doesn’t reflect NIH policy but his own opinion. Other alternatives already are being debated, such as whether preschoolers and schoolchildren should be among the first vaccinated during a pandemic because they are the main spreaders of influenza. And the government advisers who recommended the current guidelines first strongly considered putting police officers and truck drivers at the head of the line. Then, “not only can the truck driver keep delivering goods, he or she will be protected and cannot give it to others,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University flu specialist who was part of those debates. “There is no single right answer,” said Schaffner, who praised the new article’s call for wide public discussion about the hard choices that would have to be made. “These are prioritizations that should be transparent.” The government wants public input, said Dr. Bruce Gellin, who heads the federal vaccine policy office. “There should be vigorous public discussion about this,” Gellin said. “It’s important that people know what’s in the plan and begin to think what it may mean for them.”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

GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES

first_img*Minor Hurling*: The U18 hurlers got their season of to a good start inHibernian Park Burt on Thursday night with a hard fought win, with ascoreline of 2:9 to 1:7, whilst fielding a very young squad with only 3 ofthe team overage next year. The game was played in ideal conditions, andswung from end to end. Burt got a couple of early points to run into anearly lead, with the Scarvey boys missing several chances early on, butthey soon settled and went in at Halftime 2 points in front, thanks to aDermot Doherty goal. Burt got a goal mid-way through the second half, but abullet penalty by Jack O’Loughlin eased nerves and the boys sealed it bytagging on some late points.The swift accurate puck outs from keeper TomClare were the launch-pad for many Buncrana attacks. Donal Óg Mac Lochlainn(capt.) was a rock at full back and he was ably assisted by young cornerbacks, Paul Nelson and Darren Doherty (roe). There was many goodperformances in the middle third of the field, with veteran’s Daniel,Conor, Stephen, Jamie and Michael all playing their part with theirinvolvement with the county minor set-up baring fruit, but here too theywere aided by the impressive work of U16 players, Jack and Sam (Roe). Infront of goal Dermot Doherty showed glimpse’s of form, and when introducedas sub Kevin Crawford made a welcome return to the squad but both will knowthat more stick work is needed.*U16 Hurling*: On Saturday morning the U16 Hurlers headed to Banagher toplay in the U16 9-aside competition. They started brightly against Glen’sof Antrim side Glenshesk, losing only to a late rally from the strongAntrim outfit. Tthey then went on to comfortly beat Banagher and Belfastoutfit Pearse’s. A leg injury to Sam Doherty restricted him to netmindingduties, whilst injuries to Jack O’Loughlin and Darren Roe left the sideweakened going into the last games, where they lost to Armagh sideDerrynoose and Antrim side Larne. All in all it was a good day out and ourlads were able to play teams they would not normally get a chance to meet. *Bord na nÓg:* The Bord na nÓg meeting will now be held on Friday 20thApril at 18:30 in the clubhouse instead of Wednesday 18th April at 20:30.If you want to send any topics for the agenda please send to them Joanne bythe evening of Wednesday 18th.*Applications for U21 Football Manager*: Applications are invited for therole of U21 Football Manager for the coming season. Interested partiesshould forward applications/proposals to Club Secretary Pauline Grantsecretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ie*Gaelic4Girls:* Gaelic football for girls under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18’severy Monday night from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Scarvey. As always everybodyis welcome. Please remember to bring boots, your own water bottle and warmclothing.*U6 FUNdamentals*: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (orturning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at Scoil Mhuire between6.15pm and 7.00pm. It will also take place on Sundays at the Scarvey from11.00am until 11.45am.*U8 Football:* U8 Football Training continues every Friday and will nowtake place at the Scarvey from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Parents, if your child isinterested in having fun whilst learning the basic skills of gaelicfootball please come down and try it out. *U10 Football:* Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarveyand new players are always welcome.*Boys U14 Hurling:* Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarveyevery Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played beforeand are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.*Boys U14 Football:* Training for the boys U14 team will take place onMonday evening at 5.00pm. Competitive games are due to begin in 6 weeks soall players are asked to attend. New and returnig players are alwayswelcome.*Boys U14 & U18 Hurling:* Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 yearstakes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players arealways welcome.*U8 and U10 Hurling:* Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learnthe basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come downand try it out, new players are always welcome. *Boys U16 Football:* Training continues every Wednesday at 7.30pm sharp inat the Scarvey, please bring boots and trainers and own water bottle. Newand returning players are welcome.*Fitness Classes:* A number of Fitness classes are now taking place at theScarvey Clubhouse. Class instructor is Eileen Hegarty and everyone iswelcome. Monday 7.30-9.00pm ‘Weigh & Tone: Weigh in, nutrition andmotivational talk and excercise class’ €10. Tuesday 8.00-9.00pm andThursday 6.30-7.30pm ‘Cardio Pump’ €5. Saturday 10.00-11.00am‘Kettlebells/Circuits’ €5. If anyone would like further details please ringEileen on 0874120159 or visit ‘Get Fit With Eileen’ on Facebook.*Lotto*: The winning numbers in the €2,600 jackpot lotto draw, which tookplace on Tuesday 27th March in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are asfollows: 3-14-20-23. There was no jackpot winner that week, however therewere five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants:Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continuedsupport, it is very much appreciated.*Club Notes:* Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly clubnotes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on themailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included inthe club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín atbuncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pmon each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latestgoings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa orwww.twitter.com/buncranagaa Club P.R.O. Oisín DohertyEmail: buncrana.pro@gmail.com,Tel: 0863390666GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 9th, 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:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

CBS News gets new chief

first_imgNEW YORK – CBS News still doesn’t have a new anchor or format for its evening news broadcast, but it does have a new behind-the-scenes chief in network veteran Rome Hartman. Hartman, a longtime “60 Minutes” producer, was appointed executive producer of the third-ranked “CBS Evening News” on Tuesday, replacing Jim Murphy. Murphy’s tenure of six years was longest of any chief executive in the broadcast’s 50-year history. CBS News President Sean McManus said Murphy had asked for a new challenge. “I have tremendous respect for Jim’s talents and his accomplishments as leader of the broadcast, and he should be very proud of the job he did,” McManus said. “Jim and I will continue to discuss his future role at CBS News.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Bob Schieffer has been interim anchor at the evening news since Dan Rather stepped down in March. Network chief Leslie Moonves and McManus have been searching for a new anchor and format, and have been courting “Today” anchor Katie Couric. Hartman spent more than a decade at “60 Minutes” as a producer for Lesley Stahl, and he was senior producer at “60 Minutes II” this year before it was canceled. He joined CBS News in 1983 in Atlanta, and spent three years as a Washington-based senior producer on the evening news. CBS News is part of Viacom Inc. 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

Political opportunism

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals More reporting by politicians means more transparency and, therefore, more accountability from leaders. So why not support a law that requires reporting from every official? That means every state public official, both appointed and elected, would be required to report who pays for their trips. Including state treasurers. This seems to be a clear example of Angelides’ political opportunism. His every action appears only calculated to gain political advantage rather than improving the political system or the lives of Californians. This would be the perfect opportunity for Angelides to prove us wrong by proposing a bill that would make every public official in Sacramento disclose the same information. As perhaps the most serious contender to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s winning a second term, state Treasurer Phil Angelides is wise to issue public policy challenges. And the longtime Democratic leader surely does so whenever he can, choosing to side with the governor’s detractors and criticizing the governor’s every move. For example, Angelides this week called upon Schwarzenegger to disclose all those who funded his recent trade mission to China. When he becomes governor, Angelides says, he will support legislation requiring that California’s governors from that point forward always disclose private contribution to any trips. Great idea, Phil. But why just governors? Why just travel? last_img read more

NEW NORTH WEST NIGHTCLUB CREATING 60 NEW JOBS

first_imgMORE than 60 new jobs are on their way to the North West.An announcement is expected in the next 48 hours that the new owners of a nightclub in Strabane are creating the positions.Rubys Club is on the site of the old Katy Daly’s club in the town. However the owners have spent an astonishing €1.5M on the new premises which is expected to draw large crowds from Tyrone, Derry and here in Donegal.The club is being run by the same team who successfully run the Time Bar & Venue in Cookstown.Rubys will open to the public on Saturday, November 30 – and promising top DJs, exotic dancers, fire performers, live bands…and loads of celebrities.It’s understood there are plans to run buses to Rubys from all over Donegal.  NEW NORTH WEST NIGHTCLUB CREATING 60 NEW JOBS was last modified: November 12th, 2013 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:rubys nightclubstrabanelast_img read more