Councillor claims garda shortages are affecting border areas

first_img Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Councillor claims garda shortages are affecting border areas Previous articleMan charged after Bellaghy shotingNext articleTaoiseach in Donegal for engagements in Letterkenny, Milford and Twin Towns News Highland Google+ Pinterest Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter By News Highland – May 21, 2012 center_img WhatsApp Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Newsx Adverts A councillor in Newtowncunningham is claining today that burglaries and break ins are becoming more prevalent in rural communities, and the lack of a visible garda presence is adding to the problem.Cllr Paul Canning says a premises in Newtowncunningham was broken into with a number of items, including security cameras, stolen.Also, he says, a playgroup premises was targetted.Cllr Canning says under current plans, at least six rural garda stations will close in Donegal within the next three years, and that will worsen an already serious shortage of garda numbers………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/pcann10.mp3[/podcast] 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebooklast_img read more

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Saint Mary’s screens Raising Ms. President

first_imgErin Rice Saint Mary’s, the Center for Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) and the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana held a screening Wednesday evening of “Raising Ms. President,” a documentary about raising the next generation of female political leaders, followed by a panel discussion.Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of CWIL, introduced the documentary.“As you are probably well aware, despite making significant strides in achieving gender equality in this country, women still hold less than 20 percent of Congressional seats,” Meyer-Lee said. “Compared to other nations, the United States is both low and losing ground in women’s political representation. America now ranks 72nd in the world for percentage of women in its national legislature, down from 59th in 1998. We are well below Uganda, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Iraq.”Statistics show that at the rate representation is improving, women will not achieve equal representation for 500 years, Meyer-Lee said. “Having more women in office not only upholds democratic values of fairness in representative government, but … various studies have also shown that the presence of more women in legislatures makes a significant difference in terms of the kind of policies that get passed,” Meyer-Lee said.The film itself focused on how society in America specifically has created an environment in which women do not feel they can or should run for public office. It highlighted programs and ways to show young girls that politics is a place for women too. Panelists in the discussion included Mayor Blair Milo from LaPorte, Indiana; Elizabeth Bennion, professor of political science and director of the American Democracy Project at Indiana University South Bend and Councilwoman Diana Hess of St. Joseph County.“What motivated me to be able to make that decision to run for office was to do something because I saw a problem in my community,” Milo said. “There seems to be a general theme [in the documentary] about how we can overcome and encourage women in particular to become a city councilwoman or a representative or a senator or the president.“I think there is a broader question of why one would want to do that. What is it you want to do in any of these particulate positions? Not to be a senator or a representative, but what is it you want to do in any of those particular positions, and that’s a key piece I think needs to be addressed when you’re encouraging individuals to run.” The film offered provocative commentary through statistics and discussion about the differences women can make, Bennion said.“I think you have a tremendous opportunity when you have more women involved,” she said. “This is not to say that men aren’t good government leaders, but you see a different dynamic in some of the conversations when women are a part of it.”Hess said growing up during the height of the feminist movement, which happened along side the Civil Rights movement and the Anti-Vietnam war movement, helped form her political sensibilities. “I saw many battles and witnessed the victories,” Hess said. “In the years since, it seems we have not gained and in many cases have lost ground, reminding me how important it is to stay engaged and remain vigilant in the political and democratic process and just how critical it is who we elect to represent us.”Tags: Center for Intercultural Leadership, Raising Ms. President, saint mary’s, Women in Politicslast_img read more

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VAR wins but Chelsea frustrated by Arsenal stalemate

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea wasted a chance to take control of their League Cup semi-final against Arsenal as the misfiring Blues were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw in Wednesday’s first leg.Antonio Conte’s side dominated possession for long periods at Stamford Bridge — where the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) was in operation — but lacked the killer instinct required to take a step towards the final.They had 21 shots to just eight from Arsenal, yet the tie remains on a knife-edge heading into the second leg at the Emirates Stadium on January 24.While it was a frustrating evening for Chelsea as they chase a first League Cup final berth since 2015, the stalemate was a welcome tonic for their London rivals.Arsenal, who also drew both Premier League encounters with Chelsea this season, suffered one of the most chastening defeats of Arsene Wenger’s reign on Sunday as second tier Nottingham Forest won 4-2 in the FA Cup third round.While Arsenal were well below their best once again, in contrast to their surrender in Nottingham, the Frenchman will be encouraged that they showed enough spirit to keep Chelsea at bay.Conte had mostly fielded fringe players en route to the last four, but Eden Hazard, back from a calf injury, N’Golo Kante and Thibaut Courtois were called upon with a Wembley showdown against Manchester City or Bristol City in sight.Wenger surprisingly left Alexis Sanchez on the bench amid talk of the unsettled Chile forward joining Manchester City, while Mesut Ozil missed out with a knee injury.Wenger was watching from the press box as he serves his touchline ban and the Gunners boss was shifting anxiously in his seat early on when Hazard’s pass gave Alvaro Morata an opportunity that he drove into the side-netting.After a tepid opening from Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette escaped the Chelsea defence to collect Jack Wilshere’s pass, but the French striker wasted the chance as he scuffed a hurried shot wide.Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses forced David Ospina into action with a stinging drive that the Arsenal goalkeeper fumbled before recovering to snatch the ball away from Morata. – Ineffective –Moses was proving a problem for young left-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles and the Nigerian found space for another shot moments later, this time his low shot hit Ospina’s near post before Arsenal scrambled it away.Alex Iwobi was selected despite Wenger saying he could be fined for reportedly partying until the early hours of Saturday morning and the Arsenal winger almost repaid his manager’s faith with a drive that Courtois pushed away.When Maitland-Niles went down under pressure from Moses in the area, referee Martin Atkinson consulted the Video Assistant Referee, but no penalty was given.Fabregas should have given Chelsea the lead just before half-time, but the former Arsenal midfielder wastefully headed straight at Ospina from close-range.Andreas Christensen fared no better after the interval when the Chelsea defender dived to head over from inside the six-yard box.Chelsea were piecing together their most convincing spell of pressure, but they couldn’t find the finishing touch as Morata’s powerful effort was well saved by Ospina.Wenger’s response was to send on Sanchez for the ineffective Lacazette with 25 minutes left, yet within seconds Moses almost broke the deadlock when his goal-bound shot was deflected over by Shkodran Mustafi.When Christensen headed wide of an open goal after Ospina misjudged a corner, Conte must have feared it wouldn’t be Chelsea’s night.So it proved as Willian was denied by Ospina and Fabregas clipped a post in the closing moments.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Asbury Park’s Trio of Treasures

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauASBURY PARK – Grand Central Station, with its glorious main concourse and Beaux-arts façade, may be getting a lot of attention in 2013 as it celebrates its 100th year. But there is a trio of treasures in Asbury Park that was designed by the same architectural firm.Warren and Wetmore brought its vision to the historic shore resort when they built the Paramount Theatre, Grand Arcade and Convention Hall.Workers restore the rosette ceiling of the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park.Hopefully, those buildings will continue to draw tourists for another 100 years, but right now their future is uncertain. In 2007 Madison Marquette, a real estate investment firm, signed on to bring back the original splendor of the complex. While many structural and aesthetic improvements have been made, the 2011 deadline to install a state-mandated sprinkler system has long passed. Madison Marquette now says the cost, in excess of $1 million, is prohibitive, especially after Super Storm Sandy caused more than $1 million in damage. An agreement reached with the city allows the firm to forego installing sprinklers and close the building if continued operation of the complex is not economically feasible.“We are engaged in conversations with city officials on this issue, and are hopeful that we can find a way to modify how the building is currently used, comply with all code requirements and continue to keep some or most of this great building open to the public,” said Anselm Fusco, senior vice president of Madison Marquette.Pending the outcome of these conversations, no events have been scheduled in the complex after May 1.Since signing on to rebuild Asbury Park’s waterfront, Madison Marquette took on the daunting task of bringing the Paramount back to the splendor that Warren and Wetmore designed. The company made significant restorations to the historical details both inside and out. The crumbling plaster was repaired and the leaky domed ceiling was brought back to its original grandeur. Ripped seating was replaced, technical and mechanical systems were brought up to date and ornamentation was refurbished. Upgrades were made to the plumbing and air conditioning in Convention Hall, and portions of its architectural glory were restored.“When you walk through these buildings, you are taken aback by their beauty,” Fusco said. “There are even design details in areas not seen by the public, and that speaks volumes to the craftsmanship that went into these iconic buildings.”The design started with Whitney Warren, a cousin of the Vanderbilts, who studied architecture in Paris and loved the city so much he lived there for 10 years. When he returned to New York in 1896, he partnered with Harvard graduate Charles Wetmore to form the Warren and Wetmore architectural firm. They first gained prominence when they designed the New York Yacht Club in 1900.Their first high-profile commission was Grand Central Station, which opened in 1913. Their vision brought about the Steinway, Helmsley and Crown buildings; Chelsea Piers; St. James Theater; and the Biltmore, Ritz-Carlton and Vanderbilt hotels in New York.They also designed Michi­gan Central Railroad, the Ritz-Carlton in Atlantic City and the Louvain Library in Belgium, which was destroyed by the Germans during World War I, according to New York Architecture’s website.The inside of the 1,600-seat Paramount Theatre including the balcony and projection area.Meanwhile, back in Asbury Park, a group of local businessmen, hotel owners and city officials toyed with the idea of building a 5,000-seat structure along the boardwalk, but the $500,000 price tag proved too costly. According to the National Register of Historic Places, 10 years passed before any further action was taken and by then, building estimates had quadrupled. By the time Warren and Wetmore submitted their bid in 1927, the cost was more than $3 million, according to the National Register of Historic Places. But the plan was approved in the hopes it would help to draw even more tourists to the tony shore resort.“Asbury Park was the upper echelon of the social circle, so I’m sure they were used to the best,” said Angie Sugrim, promotion specialist for Madison Marquette. The complex, which was completed in 1930, was designed in Italian and French themes with an emphasis on nautical motifs.In the 1,600-seat Para­mount Theatre, one can’t help but notice the sea serpents, mermaids and shell designs in the ironwork, on the seats and on the painted dome ceiling. The outside brickwork features scallop shells and other nautical artwork. Several large copper schoon­ers and lanterns are positioned high up on the balconies. Many of the molds that were used for the plaster work are still in the theater, readily available for use in future renovations.“A lot of care went into designing this place,” said Brandon Vaught, maintenance supervisor for the complex. “I like how every day I find something new in the details.”High up in the rafters is the projection area, where five original film projectors, each 6-feet tall by 6-feet long, sit dusty and untouched. Graffiti signatures fill the concrete walls, some from recent acts that have graced the stage, including the Bouncing Souls and Blue October, and others that date back to the 1930s. Musicians must love the acoustics that Warren and Wetmore included in the domed theater because even today, it provides superior sound for the artists. Sugrim said that during a performance a few years ago, Tony Bennett demonstrated this by singing a song to the audience without a microphone.“The Paramount was built with the idea that the room had to amplify itself,” she said.Rumors run rampant that the buildings are haunted. Some say the ghosts are victims of the S.S. Morro Castle, a cruise ship that once sailed between New York and Havana. On Sept. 8, 1934, the ship caught fire and came to rest on a sandbar in front of Convention Hall. Many of the 137 victims were brought inside the auditorium. Others think the hauntings could be the spirits of two cabaret showgirls who died in a dressing room fire in the Paramount Theatre many years ago. Dressing room No. 8, down at the end of a long, narrow hallway, remains in its burned-out state and the door is always kept locked.“The buildings are definitely haunted,” Sugrim said. “We all hear things, and some of us see things.”The Grand Arcade features restaurants and shops that sell shore decorations, jewelry and Asbury Park memorabilia. It connects The Paramount Theatre, which faces Ocean Avenue, and Convention Hall, located on the beach side.The lobby of the Paramount Theatre.The grandeur of the Paramount design is missing from Convention Hall, but it still has a personality of its own. It was once home to a 700-pipe Kilgen organ, which was used to provide accompaniment for silent movies. Winged seahorse designs can be seen when entering the auditorium, which holds 3,600 people and hosts various events such as concerts, sporting events, tattoo festivals, fishing flea markets and roller derbies.“It’s nice to have a big room like this and make it into whatever you want,” Sugrim said.The nautical theme runs throughout Convention Hall, with two long paintings on either side of the stage featuring striped bass and jellyfish in an ocean scene. Though the water in the paintings is not real, the water that flowed in from Super Storm Sandy was. The basements of all three buildings, where all of the electrical panels are located, were completely flooded and about a foot of water covered the ground floors. The roof and arcade doors sustained damage, beachside stairs separated and sand was piled 5 feet high in the Grand Arcade.“Relatively speaking, we had a lot less damage than the rest of the shore,” Sugrim said.last_img read more

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Leafs, Nitehawks post shutouts in Murdoch Division action on opening night of KIJHL

first_imgWow! What a difference a week makes.Andrew Walton turned away 27 shots to power the Nelson Leafs to a 3-0 victory over the defending Kootenay Conference Champion, Castlegar Rebels, in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the Community Complex in the Sunflower City.The win gained the Green and White a little revenge after the Murdoch Division rivals pummeled Nelson by a total score of 14-5 in two exhibition games.The story of the game was the play of Walton, who started last season in Castlegar before being traded to Fernie midway through the campaign.Walton made 12 saves in the first period and 11 in the second before the Leafs took the play to the home side, out shooting Castlegar 11-4 in the third.Patrick Martens led the Nelson attack with a pair of second period goals. Colton Malmsten opened the scoring in the first frame with an assist coming from newly acquired Matti Jmaeff.Jmaeff came to the Leafs earlier this week in a four-team deal that sent former Nelson goalie Darren Hogg to Osoyoos.Grand Forks Border Bruins and Penticton Lakers were also involved in the transaction.Newcomer Connor Beauchamp took the loss in the nets for Castlegar.The two teams play the second half of the home-and-home series tonight at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.Game time is 7 p.m.Hawks rack up 13 as Beaver Valley explodes past Border BruinsThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored 10 times, that’s right, 10 times in the final 40 minutes to blast Grand Forks Border Bruins 13-0 in KIJHL opening night action Friday in the Boundary City.Chris Derochie led the attack with six points, including three goals.Craig Martin added a goal and four assists while Ryan Edwards and Scott Davidson each scored twice.Max Flanagan, Justin Niminikin, Mason Spear and Christian Johnson.Zach Perehudoff made 30 saves to register the shutout.Ryan Bryant and Jeremy Mandoli each took turns between the pipes facing the Nitehawk onslaught.The two teams play the second half of the home-and-home series tonight in Fruitvale. Game time is 7:30 [email protected]last_img read more

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GOL Must Take over Lone Star

first_imgThe former Lone Star player and national team coach, Josiah N. Johnson has expressed frustration about the 7-1 defeat of the female national team against their Nigerian counterparts last Sunday.“I want to appeal to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to help take charge of the national team in order to take its winning position like the past,” Johnson said.Making the disclosure yesterday at the Daily Observer office in Monrovia, the former player and coach said all national teams belong to the Government of the Liberia. According to him, he was disappointed when the Falconets of Nigeria defeated the female U-20 national team 7-1, home soil.He noted that Liberia lost due to lack of preparation for such an international competition.He attributed the failure of the national female team, along with other losses of the male national teams to lack of financial support from the Liberian government.Mr. Johnson said President Sirleaf must use the remaining two years of his administration to change the misfortunes of the national teams.He said it is important he clarified that “all our national teams belong to Liberia, and therefore the Liberian government.”President Sirleaf must recommit herself to take charge of the team to allow Liberia regain its past soccer glory, he said.Coach Johnson said the Liberia Football Association is only charged with the responsibility to manage the technical matters of the various teams, but not to financially sponsor them.“I found it very difficult that the president of the Liberia Football Association, Musa Bility, took the national team from the government and promised to sponsor the team. If this is true, why should the government agree to give her responsibility to LFA?” he said.Mr. Johnson said he believes that Mr. Bility will not take his personal money to sponsor the national team and as such this must be the cause of the decline of the nation’s pride, the Lone Star in international competitions.According to him, “Money that comes from FIFA is only for local football development and that is the role that Mr. Bility needs to play and not to be responsible to run the financial affairs of the national team.“The Liberian government’s responsibility is to take charge of the national team. We lost to the Nigerian girls because our girls were not prepared and therefore we are not surprised of the result and we may get more if Liberia visits Nigeria,” Coach Johnson said.He noted that past governments, including those headed by Samuel K. Doe, Charles Taylor, William V. S. Tubman and Richard R. Tolbert supported the national team over the years that led to its successes in continental and international competitions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Calls made for new building for Gaelscoil in Donegal Town

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised the issue of the need for a new school building for Gaelscoi na gCeithrel Mhaistrí in Donegal Town with the Department of Education.He said there is a clear and urgent need for a new school building for the Gaelscoil.A delegation from the school previously met with officials from the Department of Education in the Dáil while Deputy Gallagher said he has raised this issue on a continuous basis with the Minister and his officials . Pat the Cope said the reply from the Minister said the plans for the new school have been submitted.The Minister replied “My Department recently received the Stage 2a submission from the Design Team, which is now under review.  Following the Department’s review of the submission, a Stakeholders meeting will be arranged, to which the school will be invited, and if there are no issues outstanding after the Stage 2(a) meeting the project can be authorised to progress to Stage 2b (Detailed Design Stage).  This stage includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Certificate, Disability Access Certificate and the preparation of Tender Documents. ”Deputy Gallagher said that while he welcomes the progress to date on the Gaelscoil project, it must be admitted that actual progress is slow and extremely time-consuming.He added “I am imploring on the Department that a fresh impetus and renewed determination is given to this project in order to quickly move it to the next stage. “This project needs to get to actual design stage and a full planning application be lodged with Donegal County Council, until we get to this juncture in the project, we will not see the end line in sight.“Therefore, I am requesting the Minister and the Department to finalise the current stage without delay, and to sanction the next step in this project .”Calls made for new building for Gaelscoil in Donegal Town was last modified: October 16th, 2019 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 TownGaelscoilnew schoollast_img read more

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Huge Indian support matter of pride for us in World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndian captain Virat Kohli, who will be leading the country in his 1st World Cup as the skipper is banking on the large Indian contingent in England to support the team through their title campaign. Kohli, who attended the 2019 World Cup opening ceremony along with the other captains was overwhelmed by the majority Indian support at the function.Kohli, who received the loudest cheer as he walked on to the stage, said India are looking to use the incredible crowd support in the UK to their advantage in the upcoming tournament.”It’s lovely to be here. We have such a huge fan base in England. The number of people traveling from home as well. It’s great to see at every stadium we play at, at least 50 percent of the crowd is Indian fans. For us, that’s a thing of pressure but a thing of pride as well. Hopefully, we have got to use to the crowd support to our advantage,” Kohli said.All the 10 captains were in attendance later in the day at the opening ceremony held at The Mall, the iconic street in central London.Speaking at the opening party which had the Buckingham Palace as it picturesque background, hosts England captain Eoin Morgan said: “Hopefully, we will be great hosts and hopefully we will do everybody proud”.England take on South Africa in their World Cup 2019 opener at The Oval on May 30 while India will begin their own campaign against the latter on June 5.Also Read | World Cup 2019: What to expect from cricket’s biggest spectacle in the UKAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli meets the Queen ahead of the openeradvertisementlast_img read more

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9 months agoBurnley fullback Taylor: Players are behind Hart

first_imgBurnley fullback Taylor: Players are behind Hartby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley fullback Charlie Taylor says the players are behind Joe Hart.Hart, who had played in each of the first 19 league games this term, was dropped after the Everton match and Burnley have instead had Tom Heaton in goal for the last two league outings.Taylor said when asked about Hart: “Joe is a top professional and a top player.”We have a lot of top-class goalkeepers here and only one can play, so it’s a tough decision for the manager, and he made the call of putting Tom back in.”I think everyone would say Joe has played really well this season and is unlucky to lose his place, but that’s football, and Tom has come in and results have happened.”It’s unlucky on Joe, but he’s not changed anything around the place – he’s still a top pro, a top player and is brilliant to have in the dressing room.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Honouring women for their remarkable work

first_imgTo honour women for their accomplishments and leadership roles in various categories, Garnet and Gold organised ‘Women of Influence Award 2019’, at Amour Convention and Resorts, Gurugram. The event was held on the occasion of International Women’s Day.The evening began with lighting of lamps by Dr Rajshri Singh, IGP State Crime Branch, IGP Traffic and Highway Haryana, who was invited as the chief guest at the event. Following Ganesh Vandana, the awards were distributed for different categories. The event which was attended by delegates and bureaucrats of Gurugram also witnessed some cultural and artistic performance. Apart from Dr Rajshri, Bollywood Star Yashpal Sharma also graced the event with his presence along with his mother and wife. Anjali Gopalan, human rights and animal rights activist; Neeti Kaushik, Principal cum Director of Mount Olympus School; Narendra Bhaskar, Channel Promotion Head India News; Akash K Agrawal, renowned fashion designer; Tammanna Singh, MD Uber Lux; Sudhanshu Bahuguna, Music Expert; Dr Arjumand Zaidi, Human Right Activist; Veneet Gandhi, founder and CEO of Twinkcraft media and founder of Indian idol academy Delhi were also present with Dr Roma Kapoor, Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Women who were awarded at the event included Aarti Kapur, Achla Bhardwaj,, Anu Yadav, Anusha Srinivasan Iyer, Deepti Dhoot, Devangi Dalal, Dipikaa Bhatia, Kirti Sachdeva, Manisha Yadava, Meenakshi M Singh, Mehak Gupta Grover, Monika Khanna, among others. An initiative by Jacqueline Jindal, Director of Garnet and Gold, celebrates sheer will and spirit of women who broke the barrier of inequality, patriarchy and stereotypes. It envisions not only to honor the women for their remarkable work but also inspire and motivate women across the nation to break out of the cocoon and fly.last_img read more

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