With just six weeks remaining to the close of nominations for the local elections, Fine Gael has set out their stall this week to have at least one female councillor in Lifford after the May local elections.The possibility of a candidate based in Fanad has now emerged with confirmation that Eimer Friel, the personal assistant to Minister Joe McHugh has entered the race for a nomination in Milford.The Tirconail Tribune reports today that a groundswell of grassroots support has been ongoing in the past ten day to have her name added to the FG ticket. Since 2014, FG has been represented by six male Councillors in Lifford despite their original plans back then to give top priority to gender balance in their representation.However their nominations for Letterkenny are of most interest: among names identified by party sources as potential candidates joining Jimmy Kavanagh include Bernie Moran along with another mystery guest on the night!A party spokesman said they will hold a meeting in the Raddison Hotel on Monday night at eight o’clock to confirm final details of their candidates.Meanwhile FF has completed its list for Letterkenny with Donegal Rally Champion Manus Kelly from Glenswilly added to the panel by the National Executive at the weekend. Fianna Fail is to undertake a ‘Training Day’ for their female local election candidates with Mary O’Rourke as special guest on Sunday next in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone at 1.00pm.And if Donegal supporters thought the Longford Arms was a journey too far last Friday, God only knows how they well react to this news.Ireland’s most legendary Cllr. Ian McGarvey has confirmed his intention to run and as he approaches his 90th birthday he will enter the annals of Irish history as the longest serving figure since the days of Finn MacCumhaill: the hunter-warrior of Irish mythology who built the Giant’s Causeway… £50 billion pounds under budget and a hundred years ahead of schedule.Ian’s just returned from Rudelstadt in Germany where he led a Council delegation for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations accompanied by Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh of FG.Cllr. Michael McBride has decided to run in Letterkenny and says it was the most difficult decision of his life with the Boundary Commission splitting his vote 50/50 between Letterkenny and his home area of Milford. However the McBride decision to run in Letterkenny has added to the vacuum in the Milford area.It is estimated that there are now at least 2,100 votes up for grabs and this puts pressure on all parties to win over these votes and Fianna Fail will be tempted to have a bash at securing a second seat in Milford.The new three seater looks like having at least eight runners: Cllrs Liam Blaney FF: John O’Donnell and Ian McGarvey (Independents): Noel McBride, Eimer Friel (FG): Maria Doherty (SF); Declan Meehan and Charlie McGinley (Independents).In recent days it has emerged from Fine Gael sources that a number of females have been sounded out about running for the party across all electoral areas (bar North Inishowen), with mixed reactions reported. Fine Gael sources say the most positive news for them is the emergence of Eimer Friel in Fanad as a candidate.At the same time another candidate, Charlie McGinley from Gortnabrade has confirmed he will run on an Independent ticket.For many it will not be any big surprise that FG’s Eimer Friel has emerged as a front runner for a nomination. However a final decision remains to be made by the national executive over the weekend.It is known that Ms. Friel has drawn a groundswell of support and has been strongly backed by grassroots members right across the Milford Area where their convention has already selected Noel McBride.It’s reported in FG circles that the party has been in consultation with at least four possible candidates in Letterkenny. However the only comment from a source was that they are aiming high to get two Cllrs in this electoral area… that could see two more candidates added to the list of nominations.Cllr. Michael McBride has finally come down on the side of contesting Letterkenny after much soul searching. He said that so much of his work in the community is based in Kilmacrennan and around An Craoibhin in Termon where he’s invested so much of his energy in recent years. He will continue that work in the years ahead.Cllr. McBride described this as the most difficult decision he has had to make in his political life.He said: “Following the Boundary Comission’s report the Letterkenny Municipal Area has now divided into two new areas Letterkenny (7 seats ) and Milford (3 seats).”Mc Bride’s vote has almost split in half and has forced him to consider many issues and facts in arriving at his decision. Speaking to the Tribune this week Michael McBride said: “This decision has not been taken lightly and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my constituents in the Milford area for their support over the past 15 years in political life, my door will always be open to anyone who feels I can help them at any time.”Cllr McBride is now facing a massive challenge to secure a seat in Letterkenny. However he has a base of 500 votes there and is well-known and the fact that it’s a 7 seater may well be a factor in his decision. He added: “This will not be an easy assignment but I feel I am well equipped for the challenge following my 8 years experience serving the people of Donegal on the county Council.I am privileged to have served as the first Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal Area in 2014/2015.“I have assembled an experienced political team to spearhead my campaign who I believe can help me deliver a seat come 26th of May.”Cllr Mc Bride believes his knowledge of the rural and urban areas and his vision for the developement of Letterkenny in a balanced way as the economic driver to facilitate the economic development of our county so as Donegal people can chose to live here.“I have worked for the people of the Letterkenny area as I promised I would in 2014 and I currently serve on almost 20 committees both at local and county council level.“I am asking the public to support my campaign as I feel I have shown that given a mandate by the people that I have the vision and the comittment to deliver on a raft of issues that challenge us on a daily basis in our day to day lives.”He will again run a poster free campaign.Charlie McGinley is a native of Gortnabrade and is contesting his first election. He’s been involved in retail and wholesale retail business for more than 35 years and spent four years in the manufacturing business. He’s run a licensed premises, owned a bakery (An Greim Gásta) and a café and is a Commissioner of Oaths.He’s a well-known figure locally in the Mevagh, Ramelton and Fanad areas, from where he hopes to draw a large slice of his vote. He will also anticipate that as an Independent candidate he may get a fair share of the Donal Cullen vote.He’s planning to launch his campaign in the coming weeks.Triple Donegal International Rally winner, Manus Kelly, is set to contest the upcoming local elections in the Letterkenny Electoral Area.The Glenswilly native has been added as a third candidate on the Fianna Fail ticket. He joins sitting councillor, Ciaran Brogan, and retired principal teacher, Donal Coyle.The Letterkenny-based businessman received the backing of outgoing FF councillor, James Pat McDaid, who is stepping down due to work commitments.Kelly told the Tribune: “I have always had a huge interest in politics and Fianna Fail has been my party of choice… It was just a question of timing.“For some time I have imagined one day entering the political arena with the hope of representing the people, businesses and communities of Letterkenny and surrounding areas.“I didn’t think that day would arrive as quickly as it has, and with a family, business and sporting commitments I needed to make sure that the timing was right for me.“Having taken time to consult with those closest to me and having put measures in place I am both humbled and excited by the opportunity to stand in the upcoming local elections, with a view to representing the people of the area as well as I can.“I feel the time is right for me now to make the step into the political arena. I’m really looking forward to the campaign and to working with my party colleagues who have been a great source of support to me,” he added.Minister McHugh’s personal assistant to stand in local elections was last modified: March 21st, 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:Eimer FrielelectionFanadFine Gael
Click here if you have trouble viewing this gallery in your mobile device.SAN LEANDRO — When Samantha McDuffie woke up Tuesday morning, she didn’t know her kids would be at her Tuesday night Walmart shift.She dropped off her 12-year-old son, Keyshawn, and 8-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, at the East Oakland Youth Center, where they’ve been going for five years.“You know we’ll be at Walmart on Davis today,” they told mom when they arrived. “I’m like, ‘My job?’” McDuffie said. “And they …
14 December 2009An extensive audit has revealed that South Africa has enough accommodation for fans expected to visit the country during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told the media in Cape Town last week.“The results of the audit show that South Africa has more than 202 000 rooms available across the country and I am very satisfied that this will be enough to provide for the approximately 450 000 visitors we are expecting for the World Cup.“This audit has given us the first comprehensive overview of its kind of accommodation establishments in South Africa, and the resulting National Accommodation Database will be a powerful tourism tool long beyond the Word Cup,” he said.According to a statement by the Department of Tourism, the audit was undertaken in cooperation with stakeholders from all nine provinces, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, South African Tourism, the private sector and MATCH, the professional services company appointed by Fifa to manage the official accommodation solution for the World Cup.“The wide-ranging nature of the process has ensured that we have a very good picture of the number of accommodation establishments in South Africa, the number of rooms and where these rooms are situated.“The accommodation database is a product we can be very proud of and the strategy we have developed for its future use will be to the advantage of the entire tourism industry in South Africa,” he said.Audit resultsVan Schalkwyk noted that the results of the audit showed the following:There are at least 18 882 accommodation establishments in South Africa, of which 7 492 are graded and 11 390 are ungraded.There are at least 202 712 rooms in the country, of which 107 119 are graded and 95 593 are ungraded.There are at least 7 520 accommodation establishments in host cities (within a 50 kilometre radius of stadiums).There are at least 100 853 rooms in host cities (within a 50 kilometre radius of stadiums).He pointed out that the 202 000 total rooms available included the 55 000 rooms MATCH has to contract to provide for the Fifa family – including the Fifa delegation, commercial affiliates, media and hospitality – and the participating tour operators and members of the general public who buy accommodation through MATCH.“I am very pleased that MATCH has already contracted more than 48 000 rooms and that it is nearing its target of 55 000. Our audit shows that in addition to the rooms contracted by MATCH, there are at least 152 000 additional rooms available in the country for the rest of the visitors coming to the World Cup.“I am satisfied that the supply will be enough to meet the demand during the tournament.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A researcher at The Ohio State University is conducting a multi-state study testing for flu among pigs at fairs as swine infected with a flu virus were confirmed at two recent county fairs in Ohio.Andrew Bowman, a veterinarian with Ohio State’s Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, has found that, on average, one out of every four fairs he attends every year has at least one pig infected with the Influenza A Virus Infecting Swine (IAV-S). Some of the infected pigs don’t show clinical signs of the illness when they’re tested.The influenza A virus can infect pigs as well as other animals and people. When one case is discovered at a fair, more often than not, several cases are found at the same fair, said Bowman.Bowman is little more than halfway through his seven-year study involving 100 county and state fairs in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana as well as a handful in Iowa, Kentucky and West Virginia.Besides collecting nasal swab samples from 20 pigs at each fair, Bowman and his team also study what prevention measures are taken at the fairs and how often they are used to keep people and animals safe from flu.This summer Bowman’s research is especially relevant as the Ohio Department of Agriculture has identified sick pigs with influenza A virus at agricultural fairs in Clinton and Franklin counties. The strains of the influenza A flu detected in the pigs at each of the two fairs differed, with Clinton County’s pigs having H3N2, the strain most commonly spread to humans, and Franklin County’s pigs having H1N1. At the Clinton County Fair, 11 individuals who had contact with the pigs tested positive for H3N2.In animals and people, the clinical signs of influenza can include fever, a runny nose, coughing and sometimes nausea. People previously infected with influenza from pigs generally report mild symptoms, much like seasonal flu. However, people most threatened by serious complications to influenza A virus infections are children under 5, older adults, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems.“People don’t tend to think these animals might have something, or that people might have something they can give to the pigs. They think, ‘This is my chance to see a pig,’ and they go charging into the barns,” Bowman said.In a 2012 study of 40 Ohio agricultural fairs, Bowman and his team found 10 with H3N2-infected pigs, and at the majority of fairs with infected swine, people also caught the flu.Agricultural fairs vary in prevention measures taken to keep people and pigs safe and in how well the public heeds the warnings, Bowman pointed out.His staff watched people as they exited the pig barns and recorded whether they washed their hands. Most fairs in Bowman’s multi-state study provide hand wash stations outside the animal barns, but they were used, on average, by less than 10 percent of visitors, he said.Bowman found that it’s not unusual for people showing pigs to sleep and eat in the barns with their animals, sometimes for several days, conditions that make it easy for flu, if present, to spread among people and animals. Also, keeping pigs at a county fair for more than three days puts the pigs at greater risk of catching a flu because they mingle, so illnesses can spread quickly.But encouraging people to change a longtime tradition of pigs staying at the fair for a week or people sleeping or eating in the barn with their animals is tough, Bowman said.“It’s like trying to change the rotation of the earth,” he said.Influenza A virus infections in pigs may seem inconsequential to those who aren’t especially vulnerable, but whenever a flu transitions from infecting only animals to infecting people, that can be problematic, Bowman said. Each time a new influenza A virus has emerged and spread around the world with most people not having immunity, it came from animals.One focus of Bowman’s research, he said, is to come up with scientific data “so that we can make evidence-based decisions about how to have agricultural fairs in a way that’s safe and still fun, just by doing things a little differently.”Every year, Bowman shares his test results with the participating fairs, as well as state and national animal and public health officials. His research is primarily funded through a contract with the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance with funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.Bowman advises fair goers to wash their hands after being in contact with animals, avoid eating, drinking or sleeping in the animal areas, and refrain from taking toys, baby bottles, strollers or similar items into the barns.Eating pork, as long it has been properly cooked, cannot cause someone to catch the influenza A virus.“Go ahead and enjoy a giant pork tenderloin or my favorite, a pork chop sandwich,” Bowman said. “Just don’t eat your treat in the barn.”
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said the remark made by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar about ‘namaz’ (prayer) showed that the BJP was trying to communalise the atmosphere in the country.“India was a Republic governed by a Constitution and neither Mr. Khattar nor anyone else had the right to dictate to people on where they should or should not hold prayers,” said Capt. Singh here. “The BJP seemed to be out to polarise the society on religious lines to garner votes,” he said. Mr. Khattar had on Sunday said ‘namaz’ should be offered in mosques or Eidgahs instead of public places. Reacting to the transfer of Kathua rape-murder case to Pathankot, on the direction of the Supreme Court, Capt. Singh said his government would ensure full security for the victim’s family, lawyer and others during the trial. “Our government was committed to upholding the judicial process as per the apex court’s directives,” he said.
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH U.S. forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012,even though she was one of three nominees for the women’s Player of the Year.Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women’s game by wearing tighter shorts. For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.Solo’s tenure with the national team ended following last year’s Olympics in Brazil, when the Americans were ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team “cowards” for their defensive style of play.She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned.Blatter was suspended from office and banned from soccer for six years following allegations of a widespread corruption scandal that came to light in 2015. Both U.S. and Swiss officials cooperated in the investigation, which is ongoing, and more than 40 people have been indicted.Blatter has also had a history of what many consider to be sexist behavior concerning the women’s game.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team had no further comment on the matter.Blatter could not immediately be reached for comment by the AP, but the embattled former head of soccer’s governing body told the Guardian newspaper: “This allegation is ridiculous.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSolo has been dogged by a number of off-the-field controversies. Notably, a domestic violence case stemming from a 2014 altercation at a family member’s home in Washington state.Solo anchored the U.S. team in goal during its 2015 Women’s World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament. FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo, Abby Wambach, left, of the United States is presented the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award by Hope Solo, center, goalkeeper of the U.S. team, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, during the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Blatter sexually assaulted her at the ceremony. In an interview published Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter “grabbed” her inappropriately on her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the awards event. (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt, File)Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in 2013.In an interview published Friday in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the annual soccer awards event.ADVERTISEMENT Irving gets hit in face, Celtics hold off Hornets Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ View comments
Ishan Pandita from Bengaluru has not only made his family and city proud but the entire country as he becomes the first India to sign up for a club of the popular Spanish La Liga. The 18-year-old striker has signed up a one-year contract with Club Deportivo Leganes, who are currently placed 11th in the league table. He will be seen donning the ‘No. 50’ blue and white Leganes jersey, that was presented to him at the club’s stadium Estadio Municipal de Butarque by vice-president and owner, Felipe Moreno. Although he will be playing for the main team, he would start his European football journey by appearing in the club’s U-19 squad.Ishan will indeed get a chance to play against the likes to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when he starts for the Laganes main team.It was Ishan’s dream to become a professional footballer in Europe. But it has not been an easy journey with a lot of hard work, sweat and sacrifice behind the Bangaluru boy’s success, as reported by the Times of India .A determined Ishan, who is a Kashmiri by origin, had told his parents that he wanted a sabbatical from studies to focus on football and has been training in Spain for the last three years. He was criticised and laughed at for the decision but his passion paid off. “It’s been a tough, hard three years. It feels great to be the first Indian to go down this path. Right from the moment I decided to take a break from studies till now, I never gave up on my dream,” he said.advertisementIshan’s football journey in Spain began with Alcobendas CF, a feeder club for Atletico Madrid. He had been playing for the U-18 team of club UD Almeria in Spanish Segunda Division since late last year. He had to wait to turn 18 to sign a professional deal. Before Leganes, he underwent trials for Getafe CF, another La Liga club, which got relegated this season. (Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar fire Barcelona to easy win at Leganes)Ishan is in awe of the club’s infrastructure and facilities. “We’ve got a new field for the youth players since we moved to La Liga. The facilities are state-of-the-art and we have a fantastic coaching and support staff. We get a lot of attention and in every training programme, they make you feel as professional as possible. More importantly, everyone is an equal here,” Ishan was quoted as saying by TOI. An excited Ishan, who is the one of the two only foreign players in the U-19 team, talked about the Leganes-Barcelona match, saying that it was ‘fantastic’ to watch Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez from the front row of the stadium.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re planning for January and summer windowsby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed they have plans for the January market.Solskjaer’s side have endured the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reiterated his support of the under-fire manager.”I speak to Ed loads of times and we speak regularly,” Solskjaer said. “As we’ve spoken about so many times, we do have a plan and we know that we’ve made some decisions that maybe in the short-term would harm us, but we know in the long-term will benefit us. And that’s part of the plan.”But results are always are always the main thing and we can move forward quicker if we get results and performances.”But I’m sure we will get there. It’s just still planning for the next transfer window, summer transfer window and how we see the team moving forward.”
Instagram/Taylor LewanMichigan State has owned Michigan on the gridiron in recent history, winning seven of the last eight matchups between the two programs. But one prominent former Wolverine is tired of living in the past, and Wednesday he had a little fun at the expense of his new Tennessee Titans teammate – a former Spartan.Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who was drafted 11th overall back in 2014, apparently wasn’t a fan of what former Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin, who was drafted eighth overall this year, had hanging in his locker room. Lewan, after seeing Conklin’s Spartans jersey, playfully told him to “grow up” on Instagram. He added a “Go Blue” for fun too. Lewan and Conklin are both expected to play prominent roles for the Titans this year.
As he looks around at the upscale recording studio he marvels at a little-known fact. Until recently, the university had no idea that former student Ron Nelson became the “godfather” of Toronto hip hop while sitting in a much more modest chair in a Ryerson community radio station. Mark Campbell is sitting in a bright pink chair in the Allan Slaight Radio Institute at Ryerson, recounting his younger days as a member of an east-end hip-hop sound crew and later, a DJ on a community radio station. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Campbell, 38, began documenting Toronto’s vibrant hip-hop scene in 2009 after discovering during research for a book that little had been written about it. Advertisement He has organized live events so that artists and industry insiders can tell their stories and share memorabilia. The historical material is being compiled online in the Northside Hip Hop Archive, a website that hosts a collection of audio, images and accounts — beginning in the late ’80s — that is funded by a number of partners including Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. “Ryerson had no idea that one of the first hip-hop shows in Canada came out of Jorgenson Hall in the basement. That was Ron Nelson’s show,” says Campbell, an adjunct professor at the RTA School of Media. “That should be part of Canada’s pride across the world.” Advertisement Campbell is also the lead developer of a new think tank in the faculty of communication and design at Ryerson, where he will develop strategies and partnerships to promote Canadian culture. Facebook Login/Register With: