People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Members of Parliament and a small group of supporters picketed the Ministry of the Presidency over the delay in the establishment of the Local Government Commission by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, whom they believe is attempting to usurp its power to gain control of all the local authority areas.During the picketing exercise, PPP Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha expressed concerns over the delay in the establishment of the Local Government Commission, noting that it seemed that Government has ulterior motives for this setback.“We feel he isn’t appointing the Commission, because Government wants to control these local authority bodies,” Mustapha told media operatives.The Local Government Commission will have oversight over the various local authority areas in the country.It would be responsible for appointing officials in the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and local authority areas, as well as the approval of budgets for the NDCs.Mustapha said the Communities Minister has set many deadlines for the establishment of this critical body, but has never met any.He found this surprising since members of both the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) when in Opposition were pressing for the urgent setting up of the Local Government Commission.The PPP Executive Member also dismissed claims that the delay was as a result of his Party’s role in submitting the names of its nominees on the Commission.He explained that the PPP, upon receiving the letter from the Ministry, wasted no time in submitting the names of its nominees.Former Acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba and former Local Government Ministers Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore were nominated as the PPP representatives on the Local Government Commission.Meanwhile, the other PPP parliamentarians who participated in the protest exercise are Nigel Dharamlall and Dharamkumar Seeraj.
Mark English from Letterkenny is the toast of the county after winning the 800M to be crowned national champion at Santry’s Morton Stadium on Sunday.The 18-year-old Letterkenny AC athlete showed the class of a more experienced athlete to win the title. He overtook David McCarthy of Le Cheile as they entered the home straight, and then withstood all challenges to win his first senior title in a time of 1:50.22.Brian Kelly from St. Abban’s was second in 1:50.85 and Anthony Lieghio of Tallaght AC was third (1:50.88).It was another remarkable result for English.Tir Chonaill’s Mary McLoone wrote a new chapter into Donegal sporting history when she won the Long Jump and Triple Jump Jump at the National Senior Track and Field Championships in Santry over the last two days. The Glenswilly N.S.based teacher on Saturday won her first Long Jump title while on Sunday in the Triple Jump she stood on the winning podium for the 7th time – a record only matched by one of the counties greatest ever athletes Hugo Duggan who in a thirty year career won 7 Long jump titles.Ciaran Doherty, Letterkenny,3,000m Steeplechase, Teresa McGloin, FinnValley,5,000m won bronze medals while the ever improving Brendan Boyce was 4th in the 5k walk.Letterkenny’s Ruairi Finnegan and Tir Chonaill’s Karl Griffin, were part of a group honoured, and introduced to the crowd, for their outstanding performances at recent EYOF, WYC and European Junior and U23c/ships.Californian, Tori Penna competing in the Finn Valley colours was equally convincing in winning the Pole Vault with a best of 4.20m. Tori competes in the World championships at the end of August.ENGLISH AND McLOONE SHINE AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: August 8th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Letterkenny ACmark englishnational 800m champion
BY CATHAL MacSUIBNE IN NEWRY: While last week’s patchy performance against Meath was generally viewed as a welcome eye-opener for Donegal, today’s against Down suggests that Jim McGuinness’ men have some serious work ahead of them if they’re to slay the Oak Leaf County on May 25th.The anticipated response following the game in Ballybofey on Sunday last did not materialise in Pairc Esler and instead the county’s followers are left with more questions than answers. In some ways it is tricky to judge today’s game by comparing the teams as in truth neither side looked in any way impressive in what was a scrappy, error-strewn affair. The blustery conditions led to both teams over and under hitting passes and you wouldn’t have guessed that these sides contested the provincial championship showpiece less than two years ago. Down looked dangerous early on and scythed through Donegal’s unusually porous central channel for some easy scores. They had a few half-goal chances in the opening exchanges and when Niall Madine finally did register a major, it would prove to be the game’s crucial score as they never relinquished the lead it gave them. The main problem again today was the kick-out and it really is becoming a serious worry as we look ahead to Championship 2014. Again Donegal tried to create a large gap for their midfielders with even more emphasis being put on the defenders in creating that space. Corner backs Karl Lacey and Eamonn McGee were instructed to stay tight to the touchline on Paul Durcan’s kickouts – this either meant they were an option for short kick-outs on any occasion they weren’t picked up by their marker or it left the centre of the field largely free for Martin McElhinney and Rory Kavanagh. The problem is that Donegal without Neil Gallagher are severely depleted under their own restarts – and teams know this. Therefore opponents are happy to close off those potential short kick-outs and force Durcan to kick long. We saw it in the first half in particular today and of course we saw it to devastating effect in last year’s Mayo massacre when a far from fit Gallagher was dominated by an inspired Aidan O’Shea.With Down on top in the middle and gaining primary ball, they ran at Donegal with Mark Poland especially causing numerous problems. Poland is one of the classiest footballers in the country and he is very difficult to tackle such is his small stature and low centre of gravity. Leo McLoone at centre back tried to get forward as much as possible in an attempt to drag the Longstone clubman away from his centre-forward station and to limit his effect on the game; it was to no avail however and instead it led to space for Poland and his team mates to exploit and this they did. Frank McGlynn took over marking duties for parts of the second half and did have a bit more success but the conundrum remained largely unsolved.Kevin McKernan and Peter Turley were excellent at midfield, providing power and physicality while the hosts’ defence did well on sharpshooters Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden. In contrast to Donegal’s tactic of a roaming centre back, Down’s Aidan Carr held his position and acted as a screen in front of his full back line, particularly in the second half when the wind-assisted Donegal played a more direct game.Much was made last year of Down referencing the McGuinness template in the Ulster semi-final between the teams at Breffni Park and in particular the defensive aspects of it. On today’s showing it appears that they have now subsumed the entire portfolio with their much-improved attacking play and ability to commit more numbers to breaks a measure of their evolution. In spite of the erratic nature of today’s display, Donegal could easily have won the game such was the amount of chances wasted both before and after the short whistle – they recorded twelve wides in all. Corner forward McFadden was guilty of two poor misses from frees and his style of getting height on the ball is a risky one when the breeze is as strong as it was today; on both occasions the wind carried the ball to the right and wide on his own side, the cardinal sin for a free taker.McLoone had a bit more freedom after the break and was one of the few Donegal players who could be satisfied with their performance. He notched one wonderful point when he showed great intelligence by opting to flick the ball past an on-rushing Mourne defender instead of trying to gain possession immediately and being swallowed up in the tackle – he collected the ball on the other side and stroked over.That had come after a fine score by Martin McElhinney as Donegal started the second half with much more intent and purpose in their play. McElhinney was excellent throughout and bar one bad miss in front of the posts he performed admirably for his side throughout. With the current problems the team is experiencing around the middle third it would be no surprise to see Gallagher return alongside the current midfield pairing as opposed to replacing one of them, with Kavanagh or McElhinney possibly lining out at wing forward.The cavalry arrived in the form of Gallagher, Patrick McBrearty and David Walsh but even they couldn’t change the direction of the game and McCartan’s charges saw it out with two points to spare.It certainly isn’t a time for panic in the ranks or anything of that nature but there needs to be signs of improvement in the remaining two league games to show that the solutions to the problems that have arisen in the past week are working. It may well be three games with promotion chances and a subsequent divisional final spot still looking likely; bottom side Louth the next visitors to the North West. It is ironic though that it was this very same weekend last year, on St Patrick’s weekend, where the first cracks began to emerge. On the Saturday night in Pairc Ui Rinn in Cork, Donegal’s second half performance was light years away from the heights they had reached the previous summer. A week later we saw a similar show in Castlebar with Mayo deserving winners following another poor exhibition from the men in green and gold. The next few weeks will go a long way in telling us what 2014 holds in store. CATHAL MacSUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: DONEGAL BELOW PAR AGAINST DOWN was last modified: March 16th, 2014 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:CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOGdonegaldoneglaDownNewry
The late Maura PorterTHE man who runs the National Ambulance Service needs to resign or be fired, a grieving Donegal man said today.NAS boss Martin Dunne has been ridiculed after he told RTE’s Prime Time his service was ‘the best in the world’.Mr Dunne said everything about the service was world-leading – including ‘the best uniforms in the world’. The comments have sparked outrage – set against RTE statistics which showed how people were dying because cash-starved ambulance crews were unable to get to incidents on time.Brendan Porter, whose mother Maura died last December after waiting 50 minutes for an ambulance in Carndonagh, today called on Martin Dunne to go.“He’s completely delusional,” said Brendan.“He should resign for those comments and if he doesn’t resign then he should be fired. Simple as that.” Maura was struck by a car as she walked home from chapel in Carn.Her son, daughter and husband spent an agonising 50 minutes waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Maura later died that night at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The Porters believe Maura may have survived if the ambulance had arrived sooner.The union representing ambulance crews has also hit out at Mr Dunne, saying his comments were ill-judged and called for a massive increase in resources for under-pressure crews. ‘BEST IN WORLD’ AMBULANCE BOSS SHOULD BE FIRED, SAYS DONEGAL MAN was last modified: March 29th, 2014 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:ambulanceBrenda PorterdelayMartin DunneMaura PorterNAS
Dog just found in the Lismonaghan area of Letterkenny tonight.Donegal Daily reader Jessica would love to re-united this lovely pooch with its owner.If you can help, email email@example.com or leave a message via Facebook or Twitter. LOST IN THE STORM! DID YOU LOSE THIS BEAUTIFUL POOCH? was last modified: December 27th, 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:dog foundletterkennylismonaghan
Eileen Sweeney is a Business Customer Advisor with AIB Bank Letterkenny, with over 30 years’ experience working in the Financial Services Industry in Ireland. Eileen is a Qualified Financial Advisor and with extensive experience across the retail banking sector.Eileen Sweeney“As a Business Customer Advisor, my focus is on the delivery of ongoing superior customer service and advice to both existing and new business start-up. This is a lovely role, and I enjoy getting behind our customers’ ideas, and in particular how they come up with the names for their Limited companies. They all have a story to tell. It’s really satisfying when we can help our customer achieve their dreams and ambitions,” Eileen said. Eileen is also a proud member of the Donegal Women in Business Network.She said: “In AIB Bank, we work hard to provide strong customer relationship, and as a member of the Donegal Women in Business network, in particular, I have built up strong business relationships. This network is a credit to Donegal, but would not exist if not for the hard working committee, in particular, Evelyn, Patricia and Trish. The network is full of energetic, inspiring, like thinking women, who help each other achieve their dreams.”Eileen Sweeney, Business Customer Advisor at AIB Letterkenny and Gaye McGoldrick, AIB Donegal Service and Sales Manager at a Donegal Women in Business EventMy Donegal… with Eileen Sweeney(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?I have to say the waterfalls on the River Eany, in Inver, where I was born. They were just at the bottom of the field beside our home, You walked through a wooded area to the most beautiful falls. When the water was low you could even walk across the breast of the fall, and pick out trout from the hole on the side of the fall. Such good memories. (2) What would your ideal day off in Donegal be like?Walking up a mountain, with a few friends, my favourite is Muckish, as when you get to the top you have all that area to walk around on and such spectacular views. And of course a cold beer or two (Heineken) when you get back down. A friend of mine got me interested in walking, she took me up the Blue Stack for my first walk … 6 hours later we were still walking. And I love hill walking ever since.(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?My Sister Mary, she has always done it her own way. She was very successful in the corporate world. And at the same time, she had looked at different alternatives, yoga, reiki, meditation etc., And has since given up the corporate world to devote her time to the Isha System, and is helping people around the world to deal with their issues. She is brilliant at understanding and helping people be the best of who they are. Mary has definitely kept me sane a number of times!(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner? Packie Bonner (sorry Daniel)(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Being called the ‘Coolest Place’ by National Geographic. I think that is fantastic. Donegal is such a fabulous county.(6) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be? Nothing, I love Donegal, it’s such a beautiful County. The infrastructure could improve, make it easier to access. Donegal is a hidden gem, so many have missed out on.Donegal Women in Business Network members: Clare Mc Nickle, Eileen Sweeney, Dearbhla Kelly and Frances Spears(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Donegal Tweed, is world famous, and Magee suits, they both remind me of my Dad. He was such a smart wee man, and loved to dress well.(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?What Davitt Walsh did that day to save the Baby in Buncrana was incredible. Such a brave, selfless act. I truly applaud that.(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?David Gildea (CloudRanger) – I just love David’s story. It a fantastic example of believing in yourself, and risking all for something you know will work. In a very short time David has had great success, but went through a tough time to get there. And had to get family support which is vital.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Michael Murphy, he is brilliant on the field, and a great leader. But he is such a good guy and has time for everyone. A great example to young people, and full of community spirit.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?It’s hard to name one, but, I love Pats Pizza, my daughter and I go there a lot, it’s one of our favourites, I have the organic salmon, and my daughter has the Pepperoni Pizza. They don’t really have to ask us what we want. Lovely atmosphere, and great food.(12) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?‘What’s the craic’(13) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Brexit is a big challenge, it’s going on for so long, and we still have no idea how it will all end up.(14) What is your favourite Donegal food?Oh the wild salmon that my Dad caught in the Eany River. (I’ll not say how he caught them!!) My mum cooked it so well, all the Americans loved it. Nothing now tastes near as good.(15) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Well the biggest annoyance at the moment is all the roadworks in Letterkenny. It’s a disaster getting home from work in the evenings. I appreciate the work has to be done, but oh dear the chaos is mental.(16) Do you have a favourite local band?I would be a big fan of RAW, love it when they are playing, it’s a brilliant night’s craic. And went to see Maris McCormack at the Jazz & Blues weekend she was brilliant as well. We have so much talent, again hard to choose. I love good music. (but not country)(17) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?The roads, an airport in Letterkenny!!Donegal Women in Business members at the launch of the AIB-sponsored hotdesk at the CoLab Letterkenny(18) What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?I have been with AIB Bank for 37 years, it’s a lifetime!! I have enjoyed my Career with AIB Bank, they are a great employer, and I have made such good friends over the years. There has been a lot of moments in that time. Too many to mention at this stage. But I suppose one does stand out, last year I succeeded in getting the AIB Women in Enterprise event to Harvey’s Point in Donegal.There was just 4 of these events held in the country: one in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Donegal. So that was a great achievement for the county to get it to Donegal. It was a great event. I succeeded in getting the event to Donegal with, I must say, the help of the Donegal Women in Business (namely Evelyn). The Donegal Women in Business Network is such an energetic, enthusiastic organisation, that has a great dedicated committee, helping Donegal women in business to network, work and succeed together.It was through my conviction that, in partnership with the Donegal Women in Business, we could make the Women In Enterprise event successful in Donegal – even if it was so far away from a main city!! It was agreed to hold the event in Donegal. And it was a success. That was a great day.(19) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? The people. There is great community spirit, especially when things go bad. Everyone helps each other out. That is something we could all be proud of. It’s just in us.Would you like to share your views on Donegal? To take part in this interview series, just send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.orgMy Donegal… with Eileen Sweeney from AIB Letterkenny was last modified: July 15th, 2019 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:business customer advisoreileen sweeneyMY DONEGAL
20 August 2015The number of co.za web domain names had surpassed the one million mark, the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) announced on Twitter yesterday.ZACR manages the .co.za, .web.za, .org.za, .net.za domains as well as the recently launched city top level domains (cTLDs) of .capetown, .joburg and .durban.The organisation said there were now more than 1 000 050 active .co.za domains. However, it has taken more than 20 years for .co.za to hit the one million mark.According to a list of the early registrations on the Internet.org.za website, the .co.za domain zone was created on 4 June 1992; the first website to be added was bksinc.co.za later that month on 25 June.The second website to be added to the .co.za domain zone was paradigm.co.za. The ZACR began managing the .co.za domain in 1995.The registry has also been in a bid to manage the impending .africa domain. But the allocation of this name by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has been held back following a complaint by DotConnectAfrica Trust that its competing application for the domain name was not treated fairly.Source: News24Wire
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The late start to the planting season stunted growth in many corn and soybean fields across Ohio, and yields for both crops are expected to be the state’s smallest since 2008.Last spring’s unrelenting rain caused shallow roots to develop in both soybean and corn plants because the roots did not have to reach far down into the soil for moisture, say crop experts with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Planting in wet soils also led to soil compaction in which particles of soil became pressed together, reducing space between them and limiting the flow of water.Then summer brought little rain in much of the state, further hindering the plants’ ability to absorb water.“The issues with corn this year, I think, are pretty widespread,” said Peter Thomison, a corn field specialist with CFAES.Ohio’s corn yield is forecasted to be down 34% from last year’s yield; and its soybean yield, down 31%. The projected yields on both crops are expected to be the lowest since 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Corn in some Ohio fields is at risk of fungal rot, which can cause stalks to break off below the ears, leading to harvest losses, Thomison said.To reduce potential losses, corn growers should prioritize harvesting fields with stalk rot because delaying harvest increases the risk of stalks breaking off, he said.Corn and soybean plants in southern Ohio, south of Interstate 70, suffered higher disease rates than those in northern Ohio, said Harold Watters, an agronomy field specialist with CFAES. For corn, the most common diseases this year are northern corn leaf blight and gray leaf spot; for soybeans, frogeye leaf spot, he said.In some parts of the state, such as in portions of Union County, the lack of rain this summer will cut yields by as much as half, said Watters.“2019 will test our bank accounts and our patience,” Watters said. “For many, this year may bring in just about half the income they had last year. That means delaying purchases, reducing personal spending, and asking the bank for more loans.”The late start on planting corn and soybeans will mean that both crops could take longer to dry sufficiently in fields before they’re harvested, said Jason Hartschuh, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Crawford County. OSU Extension is CFAES’ statewide outreach arm.“You’re going to see more soybeans harvested in November than normal. There will be some that are green as grass upon the first frost,” he said.Drying crops with mechanical dryers not only adds time and expense, but the process comes with some risks, Hartschuh said. Soybeans that get too hot can shatter. Also, being high in oil content, soybeans stand a risk of igniting and starting a fire, he said. So farmers have to weigh those risks, he said.In talking to farmers in northwest Ohio, the region hardest hit by the spring rain that delayed or prevented planting, Hartschuh tries to put this year’s crop issues in perspective.“Remember this is one year. You always have next year to look forward to.”For information on predicting the drying down process for corn, visit go.osu.edu/drydown.
Sania Mirza and Somdev Devvarman bolstered India’s gold hopes in tennis on Friday as they proceeded to the singles final. But in the men’s doubles, India received a huge shock when Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi crashed out of the semi-finals.Paes and Bhupathi, the top-seeded doubles pair, were India’s brightest prospect to bring the gold medal but they failed to get past Australia’s Paul Hanley and Peter Luczak who easily won the match 6-2, 6-2.In the other semi-final, English pair Ross Hutchins and Ken Skupski got the better of Rohan Bopanna and Somdev Devvarman 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Bopanna and Somdev will now face Paes and Bhupati in the bronze medal- deciding match.In the men’s singles semi-finals, there was good news as Somdev gave no chance to his Australian opponent Matt Ebden to clinch his match 6-3, 6-1. Sania also had a fairytale win over Australian Olivia Rogowska by 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the women’s semi-final.
cricket Published on Test cricket following not declined despite popular perception: Kumble The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should be “allowed autonomy” to attend to cricket administration and implement reforms, said N Ram, Chairman, Kasturi & Sons Ltd.“We all respect the highest court in the land, the BCCI must be allowed autonomy to attend to the nitty-gritty of cricket administration and implement reforms,” he said, while speaking about the present state of affairs involving the BCCI and the Lodha Committee.According to Ram, it is unlikely to serve Indian cricket’s interest and the players, if elected office-bearers of the Board are replaced.Ram, along with BCCI President Anurag Singh Thakur, were present in the city on Sunday evening for the launch of the book India 500 Tests, published by The Hindu Group and Sportstar.Members of the Indian team Gautam Gambhir, Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav were also present, along with former cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi and national selector Devang Gandhi.The book traces India’s journey, starting with the Lord’s Test in 1932 to the team’s recent victory over New Zealand in Kanpur.It also chronicles some of India’s greatest moments in Test cricket.Test cricket will surviveThe panel discussion – ‘Future of Test Cricket’ – with former India captain and present coach Anil Kumble and other stars like VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag, maintained that Test cricket will survive. “If we keep talking about the death of Tests, then one day it will happen,” Kumble said. He further added that despite debates on dwindling spectators taken as a sign of the format’s declining popularity, the “following” may not have actually gone down.What has changed is consumption patterns and that too with the advent of social media, micro-blogging sites and other online platforms.New stepsLaxman pointed out that steps were being taken to make Tests popular again. “The BCCI is giving Test cricket importance and trying to popularise it by taking it to smaller towns,” he said. October 03, 2016 × SHARE test COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT test