Hetmyer joins Windies ODI squad

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first_img…Walton, Cottrell also called inMarlon Samuels, Sunil Narine and Alzarri Joseph have been ruled out of West Indies’ limited-overs leg of New Zealand. While Samuels was pulled out due to an injured right hand and Joseph a back strain, Narine – only in the T20 squad – made himself unavailable for personal reasons.Sunil Ambris, who took a blow to his left arm in the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton, has also been replaced by Shimron Hetmyer in the ODI squad.Shimron Hetmyer will look to grab the opportunity with both handsLeft-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell and wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, who is part of the T20 squad, were named as replacements for Samuels and Joseph for the ODIs. Cottrell had a productive 2017 CPL season, taking 11 wickets in six games at an average of 12.54 and an economy rate of 6.57.Shai Hope will stay on after the ODIs, replacing Samuels in the T20 squad, while Narine’s spot has been taken by offspinner Ashley Nurse, who was initially dropped for the three-match T20 series.The limited-overs matches begin on December 20, with the first ODI in Nelson. The T20s will begin from December 29. Updated ODI squad: Jason Holder (capt), Jason Mohammed, Shimron Hetmyer, Ronsford Beaton, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope (wk), Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams Updated T20 squad: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Shai Hope, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams. (ESPN Cricinfo)ItineraryWed December 20: 1st ODI – Cobham Oval, WhangereiSat December 23: 2nd ODI – Hagley Oval, ChristchurchTue December 26: 3rd ODI – Hagley Oval, ChristchurchFri December 29: 1st T20I – Saxton Oval, NelsonMon January 1: 2nd T20I – Bay Oval, Mount MaunganuiWed January 3: 3rd T20I – Bay Oval, Mount Maunganuilast_img read more

GECOM adamant it’s on schedule

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first_imgLGE 2018-promises to deliver results within 24 hoursThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is denying suggestions that it is behind schedule in its preparation for Local Government Elections.It has noted that, on the contrary, ballot boxes are under Police guard and are ready to be set up ahead of disciplined services ranks (D Day) voting.The GECOM position was articulated by Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield at a press conference on Monday. He explained that GECOM would be prepositioning the ballot boxes at locations around the country to aid in ease of movement for November 2, when Police, army and fire service ranks would turn out to vote early.This includes prepositioning ballot boxes at locations in E Division, which would cater to ranks in Mackenzie, Wismar, Mabura, Ituni and Kwakwani. Boxes will also be prepositioned in places like Bartica, to cater for guards from the Mazaruni prison to vote.“Going westward, we will be prepositioning ballots for ranks at Leguan, because ranks at Leguan and Sans Souci will be voting at Leguan. And going further west, in G Division, we will be prepositioning (boxes) at Anna Regina to take care of the ranks,” Lowenfield said.“We’ll be going as far west as St Mary’s Police station up the Essequibo River. So while D-Day is intended to be on the second, we are prepositioning for the ease of movement on D-Day, so that the inordinate time associated with movement will be minimised,” Lowenfield explained.He noted that preparations for the disciplined services to vote are well advanced. In addition, Lowenfield reported that he had held meetings with stakeholders earlier on Monday. He revealed that he has also advised them on the process for nominating agents and scrutineers.A total of 10,700 polling day staff has been trained. Lowenfield noted that they would be employed and carry out mock polls as practise. And in light of concerns about the time it would take to tabulate results, the CEO assured that results should be provided in 24 hours.But when it comes to polling stations, Lowenfield revealed that GECOM has 1,674 polling stations. He noted that private residences would also be used as polling stations. In fact, there are some 272 of those.Lowenfield explained that the Commission had invited comments from the commissioners on the suitability of the residences, but, for some time, none has been forthcoming.“At the level of the commission, I did indicate the areas they are located and asked if there are any comments, meaning negative comments. I have not received any negatives, so we’re moving to confirm those locations,” he explained.“The posting of polls: we have started, and that will be completed on November 2; so all electors will know, approximately 10 days prior to elections, the locations they will be voting. So the exercise has started. In my engagement this morning with political stakeholders, they indicated they do have some concerns, and I advised that they provide those details by the end of today,” Lowenfield indicated.Meanwhile, Deputy CEO Roxanne Myers related that the time period within which persons can apply to vote by proxy has begun, and would last until November 2. She noted that application forms for proxy voters will be issued on November 8.LGELGE will be held in all municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in Guyana using a mixed electoral system of Proportional Representation (PR) and First Past the Post (FPTP).The PR electoral system is one in which parties’ gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them in a municipality or NDC. For someone to be elected under the Proportional Representation system, they must be on a party list or voluntary group list. Individuals cannot contest in the PR system.The FPTP system has been explained as one in which an individual gains control by the number of votes cast for him or her. These candidates can come from a party, voluntary group, or as independent contestants.Fifty per cent of councillors for each municipality and NDC are elected through the Proportional Representation component, while the other half comes from FPTP component of the electoral system.Under the FPTP system, an individual candidate can contest for only one seat in a single constituency in which he or she is registered and resides. Candidates can only be nominated for one group for the PR and FPTP list.Photo saved in October 30 asHead tableCaption: From left: GECOM PRO Yolanda Warde, GECOM CEO Keith Lowenfield and DCEO Roxanne Myerslast_img read more

Guardiola bows to FA rules despite disagreement

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first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola wears a yellow ribbon pinned to his jumper as he attends a press conference at the City Football Academy in Manchester, north west England on March 6, 2018, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match against FC Basel.Guardiola has said he wears a yellow ribbon to support imprisoned pro-independence politicians in his native Catalonia. © AFP / OLI SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 6 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he will live by the English Football Association’s (FA) rules even if he doesn’t agree with an FA charge for wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned pro-independence campaigners in his native Catalonia.On Monday, Guardiola admitted the FA charge of wearing a political symbol, which he has sported since a number of Catalan politicians and civil society leaders were remanded in custody in October. “They are the rules, they have them and they apply them so I accept the decision because I have to,” Guardiola said on Tuesday as he addressed the media ahead of City’s Champions League clash with Basel once again wearing the yellow ribbon.Guardiola will still be free to wear the ribbon in Champions League games as UEFA have a different set of rules to the FA.“I am in this country working and under the rules, but that doesn’t mean that I agree whether they are right or wrong,” added Guardiola.“Many times in history after some time we see that decisions taken were not just.”Guardiola also rebuked FA chief executive Martin Glenn for failing to understand the significance of the yellow ribbon.Glenn publicly apologised for controversial comments comparing the Jewish Star of David with symbols such as the Nazi swastika as the FA’s reasoning for banning political symbols worn by players or coaches.However, he also claimed the yellow ribbon was “a symbol of Catalan independence”, which Guardiola strongly denied.“The first impression when I hear that is because he doesn’t understand what that means the yellow ribbon, what is symbolises,” added Guardiola.“Maybe now he will realise what it means. It’s not about independence or not independence, it is not about that.“It is about the four people or more people that are in jail and they didn’t do absolutely anything.”The former Barcelona manager has been a long-standing campaigner for Catalonia to be handed a referendum on the issue of independence.His high-profile stance has become a major talking point and, according to Spanish media reports, the City manager’s private plane was even searched at Barcelona’s El Prat airport two weeks ago by police looking for exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Brilliant talkSPORT caller! Man City fan rages at Kolarov and Pellegrini haters

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first_imgDrivetime’s day was made on Monday as a Manchester City fan launched into a passionate rant in reaction to the Blues’ FA Cup exit at the hands of Chelsea.Joining Adrian Durham and Darren Gough, Pete from Middlesbrough raged at City flops Aleksandar Kolarov – “He’s not worth two bob, mate!” – and Fernando – “He’s got a touch like a baby elephant!” – as well as criticism over Manuel Pellegrini’s team selection for Sunday’s cup clash.Pellegrini fielded a young team, handing five teenagers their first-team debuts as he rested his top stars ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Dynamo Kiev.But the call backfired as the inexperienced side were thumped 5-1 at Stamford Bridge.Former City defender Danny Mills slammed the boss’ decision, but Pete disagrees and insists the Pellegrini – “the guy is an absolute gentleman” – did City a favour.Listen to the brilliant rant in full above! And Pete? Have a lie down, mate!last_img read more

FORMER DJ TO SUE AFTER HIGHLAND FAIL TO PAY FOR CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL CASH

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first_imgHighland RadioA former Highland Radio DJ is to take the station to court after they failed to pay him €26,000 in compensation he won in a constructive dismissal case.Former afternoon show host Steven Lynch obtained a determination against the Letterkenny station on 20th October 2015 at an Employment Appeals Tribunal. This has not been paid by Highland Radio despite the fact that a six week period for an appeal has since passed.Mr Lynch has now referred the matter to the workplace relationship commission to have the determination enforced through the courts.Mr. Lynch told Donegal Daily that he is “extremely disappointed” that he has had to embark upon these further proceedings against his former employer.Asked if Highland may have lodged an appeal in the case, Mr Lynch said he has checked with his legal team and no correspondence has been filed.“I honestly thought that after all I had been through that this was the end of the matter. But even after winning the case, I am still no better off,” he said.Former Highland Radio DJ Steven Lynch.The well-known Inishowen broadcaster took the case for constructive dismissal at an Employment Appeals Tribunal held at the Silver Tassie Hotel on four separate dates last year.Both sides set out their cases at the tribunal which gave details of Mr Lynch’s working conditions and arrangements at the station.Mr Lynch claimed he was forced to leave the station in April 2013 claiming he could no longer survive on his salary after the use of a company car and a sales position were taken from him.The Employment Appeals Tribunal found that Highland’s behaviour justified Lynch resigning and claiming constructive dismissal saying there had been a “fundamental breach of contract.”The tribunal found however, that Mr Lynch’s attempts to find alternative employment was mainly limited to broadcasting which they said was too restrictive an approach at the time.They then found in favour of Mr Lynch and recommended the awarding of €26,000 by Highland to their former presenter.BACKGROUND TO THE CASELynch, 37, from Carndonagh, had been employed by the Letterkenny-based station since 2004 until before he left in May 2013.He quickly became a popular presenter on its afternoon show and his show’s listenership was second only to the flagship Shaun Doherty Morning Show.He earned a basic wage of €394 for presenting his show but also had the use of a company car from Monday until Friday and was also on 20% of any adverts he sold to a list of between 40 and 50 clients.The car was one of a pool of three cars which were sponsored by Inishowen Motors in return for €10,000 worth of advertising on the station each year.When the company was sold to the Rabbitt family in 2008, a series of cost-cutting measures were introduced.Former station manager Collins told the tribunal that the business had turnover of €2.5 million with a profit of €750,000 at the time.However, despite a turnover of €2 million in 2009, this was the year the recession started to bite and staff were asked to take a 10% pay cut.Mr Collins said he thought this was excessive as the station was still in a very healthy state.He added that during 2009, the company paid more than €700,000 in bank debt as well as €100,000 to agents for the sale of the station.Local auditors were also replaced by outside agencies leading to another substantial cost.In his evidence, former station manager Collins told how marketing manager John Clancy, who joined the company in 2012, was constantly raising the issue of Mr Lynch and how he had become “obsessed” with him.His client base on the Inishowen peninsula was eventually reduced to 15 and the use of the company car was taken from him and taken over by Mr Clancy.Mr Collins said he told the radio presenter to go and spend time with his father who was dying at the time saying “Highland Radio will still be here when you get back.”The tribunal was told that Mr Lynch was looking for an extra €200 to compensate him for the loss of both the car and his position within sales.Mr Collins took this to the board but they rejected it.Solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin said his client estimated he was at a loss of €67,294 since leaving the station in May 2013.The tribunal was told that Mr Lynch was immediately replaced by another presenter Gary Gamble who was still employed at the station.HIGHLAND Radio has had hundreds of thousands of euro pumped into it to save it from closure, its owners have said.Members of the Galway-based Rabbitte family spoke out as they gave evidence in an employment tribunal held at the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny yesterday.Gerry Rabbitte and his son Tim both told the tribunal that claims by former manager Charlie Collins that they had taken huge amounts of cash out of Highland when staff were hit with ten per cent pay cuts were wrong.Former DJ Steven Lynch is suing for more than €75,000 in lost income since he left the station in May 2013.Mr Lynch has alleged that Gerry Rabbitte’s son-in-law and marketing boss John Clancy had “chipped away” at him until he quit.He claimed his wages were cut from an average of €611 per week to €390 after most of his advertising sales clients were taken off him in January 2013.He also had access to a pool car stopped, increasing the cost of driving to and from his home in Carndonagh.Mr Lynch left saying he could not support his wife and children on the €390 he received for presenting his popular afternoon show.However Tim Rabbitte said that while Mr Lynch was a good presenter “it was clear his sales were not good enough but I wanted him to remain as a presenter”.Tim Rabbitte told the hearing: “I offered him €450 and suggest he think about it; a lot of our DJs would do other things outside work using the Highland name and thought that would help.”Highland claimed that Mr Collins had already made his mind up to leave the station and launch a rival bid for the franchise and that Mr Lynch was part of this.“It was clear his mind was elsewhere,” said Tim Rabbitte.He said the station had expected a response to an offer given via Mr Collins of €450 plus a €50 fuel allowance.“We would have considered it had he come back asking for more,” said Tim Rabbitte.But the company didn’t get a response, he said. Instead Lynch quit.“If Mr Collins came back with a compromise figure we would have looked at it; but he never came back – that was the point at which it perished; that was the end of it,” said Tim Rabbitte.He said the station was in a difficult position. Revenue was down forty per cent.He denied claims that €700,00 a year taken out of the company was for other companies or the family.“My family have never taken a penny out of that company – this was an attempt to blacken the name of Highland radio,” said Tim Rabbitte.“The money all went back to pay loans.”Gerry Rabbitte repeated this in his evidence in the case.He said they had paid too much for the station and had bank loans to pay.He accused Mr Collins of making claims that money was taken out of Highland for other companies.“I want to categorically deny this. This was planted out there by Mr Collins that we were taking money out of Highland to pay off another company; we were paying nothing other than the loan we took to buy Highland Radio.“We are there seven years now and we’ve never taken a cent out. We have put hundreds of thousands of euro into the station otherwise it would have been gone,” he said.Mr Rabbitte said he didn’t know at the time that Mr Collins was planning to launch a bid for the radio license.“In hindsight we were very gullible at the time. Mr Collins later tried to take our business off us.”He also refuted claims by Mr Lynch that he got a phone call from a member of staff at Highland Radio on the day his dad died asking him to leave the pool car to Buncrana for use by another DJ.“Nobody from our company made that call and the member of staff wants an apology for that,” said Gerry Rabbitte.Mr Lynch’s solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin responded: “It happened and I can assure you she won’t be getting one.”Mr Rabbitte confirmed his son-in-law was no longer with Highland Radio.Mr McLaughlin asked him if this was because of his role in this case.Mr Rabbitte denied this, saying Mr Clancy had taken up a better paid position elsewhere.Mr McLaughlin then asked why there had been no negotiation with Mr Lynch who had been offered €450 at that stage plus €50 diesel allowance.“I told Mr Collins he could negotiate. A child of eight could understand that,” said Gerry Rabbitte.FORMER DJ TO SUE AFTER HIGHLAND FAIL TO PAY FOR CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL CASH was last modified: January 7th, 2016 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:donegalHighland RadioSteven Lynchtribunallast_img read more

FACES OLD AND NEW GATHER TO CELEBRATE SHOP LK’S €1M SUCCESS

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first_imgMany of the familiar faces (and some new ones!) gathered yesterday to mark the magical €1 million milestone reached by the amazing Shop LK voucher scheme.From small beginnings but with a big vision Shop LK, that started way back in 2004, the scheme has come so far in such a relatively short time – less than ten years.With a vision to promote local shopping Letterkenny Chamber devised Shop LK as a way to encourage people to shop local. In 2006 the first voucher was bought by Kathleen Dunworth from Ramelton and year on year sales of Shop LK vouchers have been soaring ever since. Whether they are bought as gifts, prizes, treats, or staff bonuses, Shop LK Vouchers have really caught the imagination of the general public and it has become one of the most successful local shopping schemes nationally.Shop LK is run by Letterkenny Chamber with all revenue being invested back into the brand through advertising and promotion. With sales increasing over the last two years by over 25% per year Shop LK has reached it’s first €1million sooner than expected and the Chamber and Shop LK participants are celebrating.To mark this important milestone Letterkenny Chamber had a celebration coffee morning for invited guests including the Mayor, Councillors and some of the many businesses that participate in the scheme.At the event John Watson, Chamber President said “ We are so proud of the success of Shop LK . It is a credit to those who came up with the idea in 2004 who had the vision to see that it would be a huge success. We have nurtured and developed the Shop LK concept and consider it to be our flagship brand that is well recognised in Letterkenny and the surrounding area. “This €1million has been spent right here in Letterkenny and it’s not just about the money. Each time a voucher is bought it reinforces the idea of local shopping, of supporting local businesses and protecting local jobs. This is one of the most successful initiatives of its kind, we led the way and we are now seeing the results.He continues “We also know that there is a multiplier effect as customers consistently spend more than the voucher value so we can assume at least double the value is spent in each transaction. So whether people got the vouchers as a gift, a bonus or just a treat they are showing their support for this local initiative.”Shop LK Vouchers, that are valid for a year, are bought all year round by individuals, groups and businesses whose staff have opted to have them instead of cash bonuses. The Shop LK initiative offers local consumers an opportunity to support their local town in a really tangible way.John continues “Shop LK is more than vouchers. It’s about promoting Letterkenny as a retail destination, the commercial hub of the county. Letterkenny provides something unique not found in neighbouring towns and cities – a Main Street with many independent traders, a local town feel with high street names, a clean well kept town, ample and reasonably priced parking close to the shopping areas and not least helpful and friendly staff who will go that extra mile to give customers exactly what they need. The “Shop LK – Love Shopping Letterkenny” brand helps to underpin all that is good about shopping in Letterkenny for local people and visitors alike.”Letterkenny Chamber makes no money from the sale or redemption of vouchers so every cent brought in through Shop LK is invested back into the promotion of the brand throughout the year. This year with financial assistance from Letterkenny Town Council Shop LK will embark on a promotional campaign to really put Letterkenny on the map. This year it is intended to get the message out to everyone in the North West and Northern Ireland that Letterkenny is the place to be for a wide variety of shops and choice all in one place all wrapped up in excellent service. Shop Vouchers are bought all year round and the €1million has been spent on a wide variety of goods and services, from an oil fill to a beauty treatment, from a gourmet meal to a quick sandwich, from weekly grocery shopping to the perfect gift. Over 90 outlets, from household names to local independent traders accept the vouchers reflecting the fantastic variety that is available in Letterkenny. Available in €5, €10 and €20 denominations they make the perfect gift for old and young alike, for families, for those moving house or getting married. The list of uses is endless.Toni Forrester of Letterkenny Chamber who has watched the initiative develop and mature over the last 3 years says “Reaching the €1m milestone is great news for Letterkenny Chamber, great news for the 90 Shop LK members that contribute so much to the scheme and great news for Letterkenny. It’s been great to be able to celebrate today with the people who make it happen, those who came up with the idea in the first place and those who have supported Shop LK all along.“We are also delighted to say that the person who bought the voucher that brought us to this grand total was young Letterkenny woman Elaine Callaghan who called in to the Chamber over Easter and is a regular customer. Elaine and everyone who has contributed to this fantastic achievement ensures that Shop LK will be around well in to the future and that the next million will not be long in coming round.”At the celebration the Chamber President thanked all the participating outlets, all of those who have worked on Shop LK over the years and very importantly the Chamber community employment staff that carry out all the work associated with the vouchers day and daily. It is these frontline staff in the Chamber that provide the resources throughout the year to make Shop LK such a success. Visit the Shop LK website www.shoplk.ieNotes:Shop LK – Love Shopping Letterkenny – local shopping initiative18th April @ 11am – Coffee & Cake to celebrate reaching the €1m milestone.Vouchers started to be sold in 2006€1m sold.First buyer, Kathleen Dunworth, Ramelton.€1m buyer, Elaine Callaghan, LetterkennyFACES OLD AND NEW GATHER TO CELEBRATE SHOP LK’S €1M SUCCESS was last modified: April 19th, 2012 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:JOhn WatsonShop LKToni Forresterlast_img read more

Celtic complete signing of Olivier Ntcham from Manchester City

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first_imgCeltic have confirmed the signing of Olivier Ntcham from Manchester City.The France Under-21 international, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Serie A side Genoa, has penned a four-year contract.The 21-year-old told Celtic’s website: “It’s a nice feeling to be here at Celtic and I want to win everything at Celtic as I have never won a trophy before.“I’m most looking forward to the derby and playing in the Champions League. I remember them beating Barcelona five years ago in the group stages. Not every club gets to play in this competition so I’m happy to have the chance to play there with Celtic.“Celtic is fresh challenge for me. While Genoa are a good team, I knew they wouldn’t win Serie A as they were not a top team like Juventus, but I know Celtic are a big team in Scotland.” 1last_img read more

Letterkenny AC perform well at Ulster Road Relay Championship

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first_imgATHLETICS: Letterkenny Athletic Club’s 4 man relay team put on an excellent performance in Saturday’s Northern Ireland and Ulster Road Relay Championship, which was held in Victoria Park, Belfast.The club achieved a highly creditable 3rd place finish. The winning team was Derry Track Club, who were just 81 seconds ahead of LAC. 2nd team, North Belfast Harriers, were 34 seconds ahead. The Derry club’s total time of 39.16 was a new course record.Pauric Breslin ran the 1st of the four 2 mile legs and got the club off to a flying start in a time of 10.01. Next up was Eoghain McGinley, brother of LAC athlete Jane Toner. Eoghain was making his debut in the black and amber and his performance showed that he will be a valuable asset to the club. His time was 10.25.Danny Mooney ran the 3rd leg in 9.53. The final runner was in form Anthony Doherty, who had a strong run to come home in 10.25. This gave the LAC team a total time of 40.37.Eoin Hughes and Martin Dooley had fine runs for the LAC ‘B’ team, recording times of 11.21 and 11.12 respectively.Peter McLean had an excellent run in Saturday’s Letterkenny parkrun. His time of 25.43 for the 5K represented an improvement of more than 3 minutes on his time of just 7 days earlier. The month of October always heralds the start of the cross country season. LAC had teams competing for prizes in the Donegal Masters’ cross country championship in Ballybofey in the  W35-49, M35-49 and M50+ categories. In unseasonly pleasant overhead conditions, the LAC teams had a triple success.The women’s team were  2nd,  taking inspiration from a superb individual performance by race winner, Fionnuala Diver, whose form during the last 2 years  in cross country and on the road has been phenomenal.The 2nd LAC counter was 5th placed Jane Toner  with fine runs from the other 2 counters, Irene McFadden and Frances Judge, who were 9th and 10th respectively. Marian Kerr, who had a very successful summer in road races,  also put on a good performance. The team garnered 25 points, finishing just 3 points adrift of the victorious Finn Valley team.In the individual categories, Jane was 3rd W35 and Frances took 3rd prize in the W50 category.Despite the good overhead conditions, there were some tough underfoot conditions to deal with. However, the 2 mens’ teams put on excellent displays. The 35-49 age category team took 3rd prize. Raymond Birch had an excellent run and finished 6th overall. He was  very well backed up by Ivan Toner, who was just 1 place behind, 14th placed Daniel Hannigan and Sean McFadden, 16th. These counters had very good support from the other LAC runners- Gerard McGranaghan, Brian Crossan, Niall Barry, Michael Galvin, Adrian Callaghan, Mark McFadden and Paul Lee.LAC’s M50+ team took 3rd prize, behind Omagh Harriers and Tir Chonaill AC. Paul Cosgrove was the 1st LAC counter and was given good back up from fellow counters, Seamus Gallagher and John Hughes, who has just returned from injury. There were also fine runs from Richard Raymond and Brian McBride.The Shaun Graham Memorial 3K will be held on Thursday October 6th. Entries will be taken at Letterkenny Community Centre from 5.30pm and the  race will start at 7.00pm.Letterkenny AC wishes to extend condolences to club athlete Barry Meehan, whose mother, Ann,  died recently.The club also wishes to offer condolences to club athlete Margaret Shiels, following the death of her father, Dan Gildea.Condolences are also offered to Amanda Holian  and her children Emma and Jack, following the death of Amanda’s mother, Doreen Roarty.Ann Meehan, Dan Gildea and Doreen Roarty.  R.I.P.The club would like to congratulate club athlete Ciaran Doherty and his wife, Finn Valley AC athlete Teresa, on the recent birth of their baby daughter.Letterkenny AC perform well at Ulster Road Relay Championship was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsLetterkenny ACRoad RelayUlsterlast_img read more

Library may let collection’s cat books out

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first_imgGLENDALE – Glendale Central Library staffers are taking another look at the library’s prized collection of cat books – believed to be the nation’s largest. The nearly 4,300 books and other items range from the weird to the technical: a tarot card book for cats, a tome called “The Thalamus and Basal Telecephalon of the Cat,” porcelain cat figurines and an 1834 book on the natural history of cats. The cat books take up 300 linear feet of shelves in the special collections room, a windowless area stacked floor-to-ceiling with bookshelves on the library’s upper floor. Patrons need an appointment to get in. Librarians want to expand the local history collection, which shares limited space with the cat books in the special collections room. They also want to get more books from the cat collection into general circulation so anyone can read them without a special appointment. “I think it … has a sentimental value for the city and it’s a point of pride having this large and deep of a collection,” said Nancy Hunt-Coffey, libraries director for the city. The collection started more than 40 years ago with a large donation of books by the late orthopedic surgeon Harvey Billig, who studied cats professionally, and his wife, Roberta. As the years went on, members of Glendale’s Jewel City Cat Club sent in checks for the library to buy more books and the library itself spent money to expand the collection. The Jewel City Cat Club’s members got older and two years ago the group disbanded, said Nora Goldsmith, the library access services administrator. The library has kept adding books to the cat collection, as recently as last month buying a book called “Psycho Kitty? Understanding Your Cat’s ‘Crazy’ Behavior.” But librarians have started combing through the cat collection, and they are moving to general circulation dozens of fiction books involving cats. Next they will start putting extra copies of cat books into general circulation, and doing the same for the books that cover the same material as other books in the cat collection. “It takes someone’s time to go evaluate what’s there and think about whether it should remain in a special collection, special environment setting, or whether it should be made generally available to the public,” Hunt-Coffey said. “So we’re just working through that slowly as we have the resources available.” Billig hoped to help cure human ailments by studying the movements of cats, and many of the books he donated reflect that theme. But the collection also includes plenty of tongue-in-cheek material, including a series of recipes for cooking your cat and a book called “Catmopolitan,” a spoof on Cosmopolitan magazine. “I’ve never been there myself but I do know that it is one of the premier cat collections in the United States,” said Tom Dent, executive director of the New Jersey-based Cat Fanciers Association. “As a matter of fact, I don’t know of any others, although they could exist.” The cat book collection is not going anywhere, officials said. But some of the shelf space it occupies in the special collections room will be freed up as librarians comb through the books. “We’re kind of bursting at the seams, especially (for) local history,” Goldsmith said. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com IF YOU GO To make an appointment to see the cat books in the Glendale Central Library’s special collections room, call (818) 548-2037. The library is at 222 E. Harvard St. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ROSGUILL DELIVERS STRONG MESSAGE TO GOVT OVER FUTURE OF POST OFFICES

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first_imgCampaigners battling to save the two post offices in Rosguill got a major boost this week when 200 people attended their public meeting in Carrigart on Tuesday night.But as the meeting concluded Deputy Joe McHugh was challenged about supporting next week’s Dail motion for keeping these offices open, the Tirconail Tribune reports.“What way will you be voting: will you be backing us?” asked one of the postmasters in attendance. “No,” said McHugh, “I will be voting against the motion and supporting the Government,” and this comment was met with dismay.The services at Carrigart and Downings along with the three post offices in Fanad at Rossnakill, Cashel and Ballylar are among those in the queue for closure in the next eighteen months.If these closures go ahead the communities in Rosgull and Fanad, in many instances will be forced to travel twelve miles to either Milford or Kerrykeel.But inevitably the Govt TD’s will work hard to have any talk of the closures long-fingered until the elections are over. The political life of the Milford area came out in force and these speakers were in sparkling form at the Carrigart Hotel as they put their shoulders to the wheel backing the public campaign in a highly verbal manner that left no doubt whatever on the floor of the hall that the first shots were being fired in the local elections battle.There was much backing, good intentions and positive vibes on the night as the community initiative moves on to a more political plane of debate. And to this end, as the meeting concluded, a postmistress challenged Deputy Joe McHugh if he would vote in the Dail in support of the Postmasters motion on February 26th. ” No… I will be voting with the government and whatever lobbying I can engage within the party, I can do nothing if outside the party,” said McHugh.The meeting in Carrigart was called after the recent Postmasters Union warning that many of the small rural post office network will disappear unless urgent action is taken to save them.The Carrigart meeting heard public and community concerns about the disappearance of village life in its former format. There are now villages without shops: post offices: bank branches: Garda stations or much else and its as if the greater body politic has passed them by on the way to Leinster House and did not have time to notice the ‘state of chassis’ in the Donegal countryside.It is unlikely many improved services will come to our rural areas that have no public lighting, no footpaths, no sewerage services. There are areas that do not have public water supplies and some have extremely poor roads, the meeting was told.As the politicians made their remarks, a former Garda in Carrigart, Benny Kelly looked on…totally bemused. And when he took the microphone he made a rather telling contribution. He said that perhaps it is time to boycott the local elections because the politicians have failed the electorate.He said that it was unfortunate that the community should have to gather in a meeting to listen to these politicians.“We had a previous government that bankrupted the country and now we have another one doing exactly the same. We have a government in Dublin that couldn’t cares less about us and some day soon, Donegal will be sold off to some Arab,” he added to much acclaim. Donal Cullen and John O’Donnell, both bidding for seats on the Council were also critical of the political failures that have created these kind of problems.The other speakers included, John Sweeney, former postmaster at Carrigart: Tina Loughrey and Joan Ward, Postmasters: Cllrs. Noel McBride: Liam Blaney: Ian McGarvey: Ciaran Brogan and Deputy Joe McHugh. The proceedings were chaired by Joe Cullen.A public petition for the retention of the offices has begun this week and the community will travel to Dublin on February 26th as part of a nationwide protest outside the Dail. There are deep concerns about the future of every rural post office in Donegal says the IPU. There are complaints that all they are getting is lip service from the politicians until the local elections are over: and then the closures will be back on the agenda.The Postmasters Union points to the new departure by An Post to create a different services network outside of the company. This, they say includes services at Tesco stores, Supervalu and Green Apple filling stations. This service is called ‘Post & Pay’ and is having a serious impact on revenue in post offices. It has also emerged that the Social Welfare Contract, which is An Post’s big earner, could disappear within two year, say the postmasters. This contract believed to worth around EURO 50 million to An Post only sees EURO 20 million going into the actual network and now the Dept of Social Welfare is about to seek a reduction in the cost of this contract.At the same time many in receipt of social welfare are using the banks since An Post has not allowed many of it’s smaller offices to process the banking arrangements. An ESRI report has already highlighted the problem of financial exclusion with estimates that there are more than 300,000 households in Ireland without access to a bank account.The Union also warned that any move to remove social welfare payments from the post office network could lead to the immediate closure of 600 of the company’s 1150 branches operated by self-employed postmasters. Such a development would have a catastrophic effect on rural Ireland the Union pointed out. “Not only would post offices disappear but many shops in towns and villages would disappear too,” said general secretary, Brian McGann.While the Dail will debate the post office threats next week, the issue has already come up for debate at the end of January. Deputy Willie Penrose raised the matter with Junior Minister, Fergus O’Dowd and he said: “The programme for Government contains a specific commitment in respect of ensuring the sustainability of the post office network, which is a national and strategic asset.Commitments are easy to write and verbalise and they can easily morph into aspirations. To put flesh on the bones of the commitment to which I refer, there is a need for the Government to produce a comprehensive plan of action in respect of this matter. A whole-of-Government approach will be required in this regard, with each Department being obliged to have an input or make a submission. When this process is complete, the Government would formulate a cohesive plan of action and produce a report within six months or so. This matter cannot be placed on the long finger.A report must be produced, action must be taken and results delivered.All Departments should be obliged to identify new business opportunities they intend to pursue or existing businesses with which they are involved, the services relating to which could easily be provided by means of the post office network,” he added.In fact, said a number of postmasters the current policy of An Post to close post offices is already Government policy and it is not going to be changed. The Irish Postmasters Union has warned its members that the future of post offices is under the most serious threat it has faced in recent years.The Union has pointed to the loss of revenue as a consequence of government failure to honour their commitment as laid down in the programme for Government to retain the network. The commitment says the Union included plans to increase footfall at these offices but the opposite has happened. An Post has completed the installation of post boxes outside of offices amid complaints that this decision has reduced drastically the numbers of people using the network to purchase stamps and other services that are available in the post office.A spokeswoman for the Union told the Tribune: “Following the awarding of the welfare contract, An Post has tabled a proposal to reduce the rate paid for unemployment. This reduction, amounting to €4.6 million could result in the loss of up to 10% of their postmasters income.”The Postmasters Union has secured an agreement with Deputies Seamus Healy and John Halligan to put down a private member’s motion in the Dail to be debated on next Tuesday and Wednesday. Large numbers from around the country are expected to be outside Leinster House to lend their support to the campaign. However that motion will be hammered with support coming only from FF: SF and a number of Independent TD’s.ROSGUILL DELIVERS STRONG MESSAGE TO GOVT OVER FUTURE OF POST OFFICES was last modified: February 20th, 2014 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:Carrigartpost officesRosquilllast_img read more