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PROTEST TO BE HELD AS COUNCILLORS MEET IRISH WATER

first_imgCan’t Pay Won’t Pay will place a protest picket outside Donegal County Council’s office in Lifford on Monday when councillors will meet with representatives of Irish Water.Cllr Mac Giolla EasbuigSpokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig wants other councillors to join the protest instead of meeting with irish Water.He said, “As a councillor I see no value in meeting with Irish Water. I have been calling on people not to engage with Irish Water which includes not registering for their charges and not paying. Consistent with this, I will not be meeting with Irish Water in Lifford. This is a body which has wasted enormous resources in a chaotic, unnecessary and unwanted water meter installation programme instead of getting to grips with the real problems and waste in our public water supply. It should be disbanded and the council should resume responsibility in this area.” “I was heavily criticised by some councillors for not attending a previous meeting with Irish Water in Carrick-on-Shannon back in October. I said then it would be a complete waste of time. After the meeting those councillors who had been critical of me publicly admitted the meeting had been pointless. I would ask those councillors to now join with us on the protest rather than sitting down with Irish Water.”The public are invited to join the protest picket outside the Council offices at 10am on Monday.“Come along and let Irish Water know that we will not be registering with them, that we do not want their water meters and most importantly of all, we will not pay their charges,” said Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig.PROTEST TO BE HELD AS COUNCILLORS MEET IRISH WATER was last modified: January 23rd, 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:Donegal County CouncilIrish WaterprotestPubliclast_img read more

Celebrating 30 days to World Cup

first_imgA day-long procession through the city was led bythe People’s Bus and included a Joburg Tourism rig,Harley Davidson bikers and the Metro Police. The Bree Street Taxi Rank, Noord Street Taxi Rank, Gandhi Square, Jabulani Mall and Maponya Mall in Johannesburg were the places to be on 11 May to join Brand South Africa’s celebrations of 30 days to kickoff of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.• Download the press releaseA day-long procession through the city was led by the People’s Bus and included a Joburg Tourism rig, Harley Davidson bikers and the Metro Police. Starting at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, the procession made its way to Maponya Mall in Soweto, joined by South African celebrities Arthur, Chomee, Slikour and Sugarmaxx.The people of Johannesburg were able to join the procession along the way, with prizes to be won.“We encourage South Africans to be great hosts,” says Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola. “Let’s show the world our warmth, friendliness and love of the game. We should all fly the flag, sing the national anthem with pride, learn the Diski Dance and celebrate Football Fridays.“Bring along your Diski Dance moves, as well as your knowledge about all things football. Most of all though, bring all your uniquely South African passion and energy.”The People’s Bus provided an interactive 10-minute tour including Fifa World Cup team facts and trivia, foosball table fun and a mini cinema showing unforgettable moments from previous tournaments. On exiting the bus, good luck messages that will be posted on the Brand South Africa and Bafana Bafana websites can be added to the bus message board.About the International Marketing Council of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. These did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective.This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign. There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.last_img read more

Bill Simmons Tried To Troll Oregon, Failed Spectacularly

first_imgBill Simmons tries to troll Oregon with tweet.oregon bill simmons failed trollFormer ESPNer Bill Simmons – now the owner and operator of The Ringer – attended college at Holy Cross, which landed a 16-seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Friday, the Crusaders take on 1-seed Oregon for the right to play in the round of 32. As such, Simmons attempted to poke fun at the Ducks’ program – but somehow failed miserably in the process.Simmons took to Twitter this morning, posting a photo of the 1947 Holy Cross squad that won the national title, asking Oregon fans to show him a photo of their national championship team. Clearly, he didn’t they they’ve ever had one. Except they do – Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament, back in 1939. Simmons quickly admitted defeat.Where is Oregon’s NCAA championship team photo? pic.twitter.com/BP12ahS4kE— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016@BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/TnRhcz6mOd— William (John) Moore (@akajtg) March 18, 2016Touche!!! 1939 vs. 1947 – tonight at 7:30! RT @akajtg: @BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/wYfchlL2Tt— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016The two programs may have the same number of national championship teams, but we don’t think tonight’s game will be anywhere close to even. Simmons probably should have done some quick research before firing off his tweet.last_img read more

PEI RCMP probing second report of aircraft being hit by green laser

first_imgFERNWOOD, P.E.I. – A crash is inevitable if people continue to point lasers at airplanes, a P.E.I. pilot warned Tuesday as Island police announced they were investigating the second such incident in as many days.John Brewer, who has been flying planes for 50 years and holds a commercial pilot’s licence, said pointing a laser at an aircraft is extremely dangerous.“There’s going to be a major accident… It’s going to happen one of these days,” Brewer said from his home in Cavendish, P.E.I.“Just picture someone shining a spotlight in your face. You can’t see for a few seconds. That’s basically what happens, and if the pilot is hit in the eyes and the co-pilot doesn’t get a chance to react, you’re going to have a crash landing — there’s no question about it.”RCMP said they received a report on Saturday that a green laser was pointed at a search and rescue aircraft near Fernwood, roughly 60 kilometres west of Charlottetown.Police said the laser, which can temporarily blind pilots, was pointed at the aircraft for roughly 15 to 20 minutes while it was conducting exercises.Sara Keddy, a spokeswoman for the 14 Wing Greenwood air force base in Nova Scotia, said the 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron was near Summerside late Friday when the left-side pilot was “dazzled” by a laser.In addition to the pilot, she said three or four crew members aboard the Hercules military aircraft were also affected by the laser strike.Keddy said the crew followed protocol and returned to base. The pilot and crew members reported to the base medical clinic in the morning and also received an independent assessment by an eye specialist in the community.None of the crew suffered serious or lasting vision problems because of the laser strike, she said.On Sunday, a green laser was directed into the cockpit of a commercial aircraft as it approached the airport in Charlottetown.Police said the WestJet passenger aircraft encountered the beam of light at around 11 p.m. as it flew over the Brackley Beach area.The laser shone in the cockpit for about five to 10 seconds, and the pilot landed the plane without incident a few minutes later.The Mounties said Tuesday they received a call from a member of the public who witnessed Sunday’s incident. The witness said he was on the beach late Sunday hoping to see the Northern lights when he saw a family with a young child who appeared to be 10 to 12 years old.The child was playing with a green laser light and pointing it at several things including two planes that came across the sky, he said. The witness told police that the child appeared to be “tracing” the path of the plane with the laser and did not appear to be trying to shine it specifically in the cockpit of the plane.RCMP said lasers should not be used for entertainment or given to young children who are unaware of the danger they can pose.Brewer, who owns a business that repairs and maintains airplanes, said he believes not everyone is aware of the gravity of shining a laser at a plane.“I think in some cases it’s young people and they don’t realize the consequences,” said Brewer, who has never experienced a laser being pointed into his own aircraft.Aaron McCrorie, director general of civil aviation at Transport Canada, said two laser incidents in one weekend around Charlottetown is a concern.“We’ve seen a significant increase and that is of concern for us,” he said, adding that the incidents usually occur at critical points, like landings and takeoffs.The number of laser strikes across the country reported to Transport Canada ballooned from 333 in 2012 to 590 in 2015, he said. Last year, 527 laser strikes were reported.Only one laser strike was reported in P.E.I. over the last five years in 2015.McCrorie said people are likely pointing the lasers as a prank and not considering the consequences.“Imagine yourself being in an aircraft as you’re trying to land a very sophisticated, complicated and large piece of machinery and suddenly you’re blinded,” he said. “It’s a very serious offence.”Some pilots have suffered serious eye damage as a result of laser strikes, McCrorie said.Shining a laser at an aircraft is a federal offence and could carry fines of up to $100,000 and five years in prison — or both, he said.Last year, Transport Canada launched a social media campaign — #NotABrightIdea — to educate people about the dangers.– By Aly Thomson and Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Markets Right Now Retailers lead early slump on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):___9:35 a.m.Stocks are slumping in early trading on Wall Street led by steep drops in Macy’s and other retailers after several of the companies reported weak holiday sales.Macy’s plunged 18 per cent in early trading Thursday and Kohl’s dropped 10 per cent.Airlines were also taking a hit after American Airlines released a weak forecast for its fourth-quarter results.The losses, if they hold, would end a four-day winning streak for the market, its longest since September.The S&P 500 index fell 15 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,569.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 111 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 23,773. The Nasdaq gave up 50 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 6,906.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.70 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Peace Arts Gallery Society – Harvest Moon Gala and Auction

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Arts Gallery Society (PAGS) is hosting its 36th Art Auction, the primary fundraising event for the society.The Harvest Moon Gala and Auction is the opportunity for PAGS to fundraise to support the Gallery, the Let’s Art Program for youth 6 – 18 years of age and support of bursaries for school students going into art programs.Saturday, October, 5th, 2019 the Auction starts at 5:00 pm and runs through to 10:00 pm, with the cost of tickets at $75 person. Doors Open at 5:00 pm – With refreshments and music by Landis Dell and his Jazz GuitarDinner is at 6:30 pm by the Cultured CafeAuction to Follow by Rhythm AuctionsThe North Peace Cultural Centre is transformed for the event to be a venue for the dinner service of turkey and ham and auctions of artisan art pieces.38 pieces of art have been donated to the live auction for attendees to auction upon as well as silent auctions.Two photographers will be on-site with one taking complimentary portrait photographs.Tickets for the evening can be purchased from the North Peace Cultural Centre Box Office or online; CLICK HERETo view the FB Event; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Living under constant threat

first_imgMass shootings seem to have become a sad new normal in societies these days. On Friday morning, two shooting incidents were reported from the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid in Linwood, both in Christchurch, New Zealand, resulting in multiple fatalities. The Bangladesh cricket team members were present at the mosque when the shoot-out happened. Fortunately, they escaped unhurt. The third Test, which was scheduled to start at Hagley Oval on Saturday, has been cancelled. Players took to social media to express shock. Mass shootings are happening too often and at extremely unexpected venues like concerts, places of worship, even cafes and schools. And who are the targets? Anybody, actually. These incidents leave a deep impact on people including post-traumatic stress disorder. Certain debilitating psychiatric conditions may get chronic, like the survivor’s guilt, which can aggravate over time and become more difficult to treat. It is thus important to understand and consider the fears and feelings of not only children but also adults who are involved in such incidents. Very often, they have lifelong influences. Mass shootings definitely contribute to heightened societal anxiety, posing a hindrance towards effective solutions. Firsthand experience of gun violence in what should be a ‘safe place’ for them can be indeed challenging and overbearing. Violence and criminality are pervasive in popular social themes and mass murderers gain notoriety through non-stop deliberations, resulting in a culture where narratives of such shootings spread and gain momentum. Undoubtedly, such episodes evoke raw emotions. For prevention, the world has adopted a number of measures that are also endorsed by researchers and doctors. Some of them include tightening gun laws, identifying potentially dangerous people in a community, learning self-defence mechanisms, restricting depictions of mayhem in video games, social media or on prime-time television, a crackdown on bullying in schools and working towards a peaceful conflict resolution. But hate crimes are rising. And each time, such frightening cases have either close or distant association with white supremacy and far-right extremism. Regrettably, they are motivated by the victim’s ethnicity, religion, race and even gender. It is a very complicated and stubborn phenomenon where the perpetrators feel emboldened enough to disobey the law and carry out their acts of violence. Thus, only prayers are not enough. What we need are stricter laws against such acts of violence, regulations which can set a precedence of its own and be an emblematic example to society, taking us towards an enhanced pervasiveness of investigation and study of each of such acts. Behind every such action, the hate is real. And so is the threat.last_img read more

Variety key to succeed in T20 cricket Varun Aaron

first_imgNew Delhi: Rajasthan Royals pacer Varun Aaron feels the gentleman’s game is changing swiftly as batsmen today have many innovations in their kitty to cope with the bowlers. As a result, he feels that the bowlers should also come with new tricks and techniques, a thing he has focussed on in recent times. After being on the bench for most of the first-half, Aaron bowled a magnificent spell against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and played an instrumental role in his side’s three-wicket win. The Jharkhand pacer hogged the limelight after bowling an excellent inswinger to get rid of KKR opener Shubman Gill, who was completely beaten by a brilliant in-swinging knuckle ball. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe delivery from Aaron took a sharp turn and crashed into the stumps after taking a slight edge from Gill’s bat. Aaron felt the variations in his bowling is a result of his hard work and the better understanding of the game. The 29-year-old admitted that not featuring in the IPL last year helped him improve his bowling variations. “I think not playing IPL previous year really benefitted me. I used to do these (variations) all things before but as I had to play regular cricket, I didn’t get enough time to perfect it to the degree I wanted. Playing county cricket last year and getting lot of time from the mainstream Indian cricket gave me that time and platform to practise and perfect my variations. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”I really enjoyed my time with Leicestershire. Yes, I am looking to play more county cricket,” he added. Aaron also believed the game of cricket is changing and along with the batsmen, bowlers also need to emerge with innovative ideas. “My bowling has evolved in the last one year. The game is changing rapidly as batsmen are coming with innovative shots and I feel the bowlers also need to step up and should have tricks under their sleeves, a thing which I have worked on since a while and I am glad it is coming out well now,” he revealed. Asked about not being given enough chance in the playing eleven of the Royals, Aaron said: “Yes, I was given a chance after ten games and was really looking to play since the start of the season. I did get a game before but just bowled one over. I was waiting for this chance and had been preparing from a long time.” Speaking on the wicket of Gill, which grabbed everyone’s attention, he said: “I just stuck to the basics and knew the Eden (Garden) wicket was going to suit the way I bowl because there was pace and carry. I bowled a knuckle ball as I knew it would swing with the new ball. I had been bowling it for quite some time. I just feel that it happened at the right time and the wicket also helped.” Aaron however, didn’t looked disappointed after not getting much chance. “I wouldn’t say I was disappointed as in any team the management thinks of certain permutations and combinations to win a game and if they thought of making other guys play, that is fine because at the end of the day it is their call.” “I still feel we have a good chance to qualify and if I can play a major role in making my team win the trophy, missing the first ten matches wouldn’t matter,” he added. The Royals had switched captains mid-way during this season as Ajinkya Rahane had to make way for Steve Smith but Aaron said their below par performance was not because of leadership. “Both Smith and Rahane are really good captains. We didn’t do well in the first half and I don’t think that was because of leadership issue. We lost games by small margins and a captain can’t control that,” he said.last_img read more

Why Gonzaga Not Kentucky May Be The Tournaments Luckiest Team

Texas Tech863-5 Syracuse100-1 Villanova515050-1 Chances based on BPIDifferences may not add up exactly due to roundingSource: ESPN Stats & Information Group West Virginia857-2 Loyola-Chicago102+1 Chances of making Final Four Gonzaga9%23%28%+20 Nevada2120 Purdue323025-8 Texas A&M2220 Kansas St.104+4 Duke423749+7 Kansas172319+2 Gonzaga’s good luck has gotten even betterChances of making the Final Four for 2018 Sweet 16 teams before the bracket was released, after the bracket was released and if we had known each team’s opponents this far in the tournament before it began Kentucky is the envy of the college basketball world for its soft Sweet 16 landing in a region that is suddenly without any of its top-four seeds. But if we’re looking for the luckiest team in the NCAA Tournament this year, a case can be made that it’s not the Wildcats. It’s Gonzaga.That’s not to say that Kentucky hasn’t been fortunate. John Calipari’s perennial powerhouse entered the tournament with just a 2 percent chance to reach the Final Four, per ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, and an 8 percent chance based on FiveThirtyEight’s projections. Looking at each model now,1BPI is one ingredient in the FiveThirtyEight projection cocktail. that number has ballooned to 45 percent on BPI and 57 percent on FiveThirtyEight. Part of that increase is because of the strong teams in the region that fell early, but part is also based on Kentucky winning its first two games — and being only two wins from the Final Four, instead of the four it was at the start of the tourney.But what if we could isolate the effect of the upsets so far on a team’s chances? What if we had known before the tournament began that Kentucky would face Buffalo and Kansas State after opening with Davidson (avoiding Arizona and Virginia) and then face either Loyola-Chicago or Nevada in the Elite Eight (avoiding Tennessee and Cincinnati)? Given that information, Calipari’s team would have had a 21 percent chance per BPI to reach the Final Four,2FiveThirtyEight’s model doesn’t have “pre-bracket” predictions. a whopping 19 percentage point increase just because the right teams lost before Kentucky had to see them.So yes, the seas have parted for Kentucky in its region, but Gonzaga has arguably benefited more from circumstances outside of its control.Let’s do the same pre-tournament exercise with the Bulldogs. If we had known before the tournament that after the first round they would face Ohio State, Florida State and the winner of Michigan-Texas A&M, the Bulldogs would have received a modest boost (23 percent to 28 percent) to their Final Four chances, thanks to the losses of regional competitors like Xavier and North Carolina. They also would have received an increase to their title game and championship chances by 11 and 3 percentage points, respectively (compared with 8- and 2-point boosts for Kentucky).What’s helping out the Bulldogs so much? First, there’s the fact that Michigan — a worse team than Gonzaga, in BPI’s mind — is the toughest remaining out in the region for Mark Few’s squad. But then there’s this: In the Final Four, Gonzaga will basically reap all the same benefits that Kentucky received, getting to sidestep Virginia, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Arizona. At worst, the Bulldogs will face Kentucky, which is 3 points per game worse in team quality than Gonzaga on a neutral court, per BPI. If the schools met up in the Final Four, Gonzaga would have a 61 percent chance to win, according to the BPI model. In the best-case scenario for the Bulldogs, they would end up with one of the even more feeble options from the South region in Kansas State, Loyola-Chicago or Nevada.Is it cut and dried that Gonzaga has been more fortunate than Kentucky? No. But the numbers since the tournament began aren’t the whole story. See, Gonzaga’s chances also received a healthy bump from the selection committee’s layout of the bracket, which paved a relatively easy path for the Bulldogs en route to a possible trip to San Antonio — even if the bracket played to form. Before anyone had taken the court, Gonzaga’s chances to reach the Final Four increased by 14 percentage points over BPI’s pre-selection projections based on the teams it needed to get past in its region, so its Final Four chances in total have increased by 20 points (after rounding) overall. Meanwhile, the selection committee actually hurt Kentucky quite a bit, knocking its pre-selection Final Four chances down by 6 percentage points, meaning that outside forces improved the Wildcats’ Final Four chances by only 13 points. Clemson554-1 Florida St.111+1 Michigan131315+3 Kentucky8221+13 TeamPre-BracketPost-BracketPost-Bracket with Opp.overall Diff. So while the Wildcats have been lucky since the tournament began, they started out at a disadvantage. The same is true for a team like Duke, of course, whose current projection has benefited from Michigan State’s loss to Syracuse but whose original projection was hurt an awful lot by the Spartans’ nearby placement in the bracket. Duke and Villanova have seen slightly larger increases to their respective championship chances based on the bracket selection and other contenders’ losses relative to Gonzaga, but neither has been as positively affected as the Bulldogs in their chances to reach the Final Four or national championship game.If Gonzaga’s good fortune ends up helping to send the Washington school to the title game, it would not be unprecedented. Among all teams to reach the NCAA Tournament championship game since 2008, none benefited more from other teams losing than the 2017 Bulldogs, which faced No. 11 seed Xavier in the Elite Eight and No. 7 seed South Carolina in the Final Four. So while no one will feel sorry over Kentucky’s cushy path to the Final Four, it’s Gonzaga that — at least in the past two years — has had more luck on its side.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

More Zika for Grand Turk

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, January 9, 2017 –  Grand Turk sees cases of Zika virus surge as the Ministry of Health gives an update on recorded cases of the mosquito borne, sexually transmitted disease.Just days into the New Year, the public learned that there are eight new cases of Zika for the TCI, bringing the national total of on record cases to 24.   Seven of those eight cases were found in Grand Turk; the Capital and the island which hosts major cruise liners and thousands of tourists per day.  It is believed the rainy season is responsible in part for the new cases from October 14 through December 7, 2016.The ‘tip of the iceberg effect’ must be ever mindful, as Zika has the uniqueness of being asymptomatic, meaning some people do not even know that they have it, therefore the true number of cases will likely never be known in any society.Go to MagneticMediaTV.com for the tips and advice from the Ministry of Health on how to be Zika free. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img #MagneticNewsMedia#MorezikeforGrandTurklast_img read more