SADNESS AT DEATH OF NOTED COUNCILLOR TADHG CULBERT

December 25, 2019

first_imgThe death has taken place of well-known Letterkenny Town Councillor Tadhg Culbert. Mr Culbert, an employee at An Post, passed away earlier today at the Donegal Hospice.He had been ill for some time. Mr Culbert, who was originally from Limerick Junction in Tipperary, came to Donegal in 1973 to work with An Post and made his home here.A member of the Fianna Fail party, he was extremely well-liked and respected both on a personal and professional level.He was first elected to the council in 1985, but lost his seat in 1999 and was re-elected in 2009.He was chairman of Letterkenny Town Council twice and in June 2010 took up the post for the third time when the title of Mayor was deferred upon him. Tributes are pouring in from across the county for the late Mr Culbert from fellow councillors including Mayor of Letterkenny Dessie Larkin and councillors Ciaran Brogan,  and Victor Fisher as well as former councillor PJ Blake and Senator Jimmy Harte.He was a fine hurler and also has close links with Letterkenny Rovers.He is survived by his wife Hilda and two children Andrew and Lisa and extended family.His removal will take place from the hospice this evening (WED) at 6pm to No 8 The Croft, Glencar.Senator Brian O Domhnaill said: Tadhg was a personable, affable and likable gentleman. While we all knew of his illness, I am greatly saddened today to learn of his passing. I will always remember him fondly. “I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his wife Hilda and his children Andrew and Lisa.”SADNESS AT DEATH OF NOTED COUNCILLOR TADHG CULBERT was last modified: April 17th, 2013 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:deathTadhg Culbertlast_img read more

HEALTH MINISTER IS FULLY COMMITTED TO CANCER SERVICES IN DONEGAL – McHUGH

December 22, 2019

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has welcomed Health Minister Leo Varadkar’s commitment to cancer services in Co Donegal.Deputy McHugh said that not only will the current cancer services remain at Letterkenny General Hospital, but that the Minister is committed to strengthening the services.“Although Minister Varadkar has admitted there are unique challenges in attracting doctors to Letterkenny for a number of different reasons, the services being provided at present will not be downgraded and the Minister is fully committed to improving the cancer care unit at the hospital for the benefit of the people of Donegal. “As a follow up to the meeting I organised earlier this year which was attended by Senior members of the Saolta University Hospital Group, HSE, NCCP, Dept of Health as well as a number of Donegal cancer community groups and Oireachtas members, we have arranged for a follow up meeting to take place next month to discuss what progress is being made on the commitments given at that meeting.“Both the Minister and the HSE have outlined their continued commitment to the services at the hospital but there are still concerns from those within the Unit and those who avail of the services and we need to ensure that any commitment given is followed through with action and. The improvement of health care services at Letterkenny General Hospital will continue to be a priority and the health and wellbeing of people in Donegal should be at the forefront of all decisions made. “HEALTH MINISTER IS FULLY COMMITTED TO CANCER SERVICES IN DONEGAL – McHUGH was last modified: July 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancer servicesdonegalMinister Joe McHughMinister Leo Varadkarlast_img read more

Cllr McBrearty: ‘A fine Gael member has attacked my family and in a personal way’

December 21, 2019

first_imgFrank McBrearty has claimed that he and his family were ‘attacked in a personal way’ in a statement confirming his resignation form the Fine Gael party.The Raphoe politician issued a statement through his Facebook page on Saturday night, suggesting that he will be ‘issuing legal proceedings in the coming days’.The Raphoe man, who joined the Fine Gael ticket in the run up to the local elections, was last weekend re-elected to Donegal County Council after taking 1,208 votes in the Stranorlar/Lifford area. McBrearty’s acceptance into the party caused strife internally and this week the matter came to a head.Just three days after the election count, it emerged that McBrearty was on the verge of quitting Fine Gael and he told Donegal Daily that there was a ‘concerted effort to get me out’.On Saturday morning, McBrearty confirmed that he offered his resignation to the party and it was accepted.“For the record I have officially resigned from the Fine Gael Party on Thursday. I was approached by Fine Gael to run in the Local Elections,” the statement read. “My team and I decided to accept on the condition that I would not run for the Dail or the Senate and that they couldn’t gag me.“I told them I was only interested in representing my communities in east Donegal on Donegal County Council.“I was not informed by them about the internal turmoil the party was in and if I had knew about it I would not have joined them.”Fine Gale Councillor Martin Harley topped the poll in the Stranorlar/Lifford area. McBrearty, previously an Independent, had won a second seat under the Fine Gael umbrella and a third FG candidate, Garvan Connolly, narrowly missed out on a seat.McBrearty said: “Fine Gael brought me in to build the party along with 4 fantastic women candidates and some other new candidates. It is my opinion that due to internal problems in the party it cost them at least 4 seats. “A fine Gael member has attacked my family and I in a personal way that affected my family and I mentally and we will be issuing legal proceedings in the coming days.“My family have been severely traumatised by what has been on going for weeks. Let me make this clear that I’m not intimidated by anyone but this has affected me mentally watching my family suffering at the abuse being thrown at me.“My personal vote elected me and gave me a mandate to represent them. 5 years ago Fine Gael in the Stranorlar MD only had 1800 votes. This time they had 3366 votes and almost got a third candidate elected.“I have served the people of east Donegal honestly and I dedicated my life to representing the most vulnerable. Due to legal reasons I can’t say much more but watch this space.” McBrearty closed the statement referencing an old Latin legal maxim ‘Let justice be done though the heavens fall.’Cllr McBrearty: ‘A fine Gael member has attacked my family and in a personal way’ was last modified: June 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Donegal Local ElectionsDonegal County CouncilFine GaelFrank McBreartyRaphoelast_img read more

Jon Gruden’s not adjusting, and that’s a big issue for the Raiders

December 20, 2019

first_imgJon Gruden is a grinder. He wakes wake up before some of us go to sleep to watch hours of tape.He loves this stuff. He lives for it. He even did it when he wasn’t coaching.And in that frame-by-frame analysis, he’s looking for advantages, big and small, for his weekly gameplan and the piece de resistance of it — his play-calling script.Gruden learned about scripting his early plays from the great Bill Walsh — the first 10, 15, sometimes 20 plays of the game will go according to the plan …last_img read more

Free tablets, wi-fi for Gauteng schools

December 18, 2019

first_img16 August 2013Gauteng’s 2 200 public schools will have access to uncapped wi-fi and 3G connectivity and 88 000 Huawei tablets will be distributed to students from next year as part of the province’s e-Learning Solution.The R396.2-million project will facilitate learning by addressing the digital divide and will provide all pupils an e-mail address and free internet access.It will replace the Gauteng Online Schools Programme, provincial Finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe said on Wednesday.“The rebranded e-learning solution will be rolled out at the beginning of next year and will be up and running in January 2014 when schools reopen,” Nkomfe said.“The Gauteng Online programme succeeded in improving computer literacy in public schools and demystified phobias associated with the world wide web.”The replacement of the initiative is expected to build on this foundation.“Exposing our learners to e-learning techniques ought to occur at a tender age,” he said. “We therefore elected an e-learning solution that could mediate meaningfully, but in a sustainable manner, while being financially viable.”Connectivity and cloud solution firm Cloudseed won a two-year contract to provide network connectivity for the project, following which the Gauteng Broadband Network will provide this service.Short-term insurance will be provided for losses and damages, along with ongoing maintenance and support.Pretoria also has an ambitious wi-fi target for the next three years, which will make it the first metro in Africa to provide its residents with access to wi-fi on a large scale.The project, in partnership with non-profit wi-fi movement Project Isizwe, is the first of its kind undertaken by local government and will give poor communities priority.Five locations in the city will have free wi-fi by November this year: the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus, the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus, Tshwane North College, the Mamelodi Community Centre and Church Square in the central business district.The first phase of the project will cost an estimated R1-million.Over 200 schools in the Soshanguve, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville areas will receive wi-fi in 2014, and 2016 will see the service being rolled out to government education institutions and other areas in the city.People will be able to access the internet without a password for free with a fair-use agreement, under which they can download 250-megabytes worth of data a day at a speed of one megabyte a second.The project is expected to contribute to making Pretoria a “research and knowledge capital city”, Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said at the launch last week.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The World Wide Web of Spiders

December 17, 2019

first_imgWhat to do if you’ve been bitSeek medical help if you think you’ve been bit by a brown recluse or black widow spiderMost spiders bites are non-venomous and require no specific treatment, but if you suspect you have been bitten by a brown recluse or black widow:Seek medical attention right awayRemain calm to keep your circulation relaxedApply a cold pack to the area to relieve swelling and discomfortDo not apply a tourniquetIf possible, bring the spider with you to the doctor’s office or ER for identification SharePrint RelatedHelp Name the Next Geocacher of the MonthJuly 11, 2014In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Geocachers Save A Woman’s LifeNovember 17, 2016In “Community” Guest blog written by avid geocacher (and dedicated nurse) Kelley Piekarek*. A Floridian geocacher was reaching for a cache when she felt something bite her arm. Thinking nothing of it, she signed the log, replaced the cache, and moved on. Shortly thereafter her arm became red, swollen, and felt hot to the touch. The area surrounding the bite began to form what appeared to be an infection; her arm became very painful and she was running a high fever.She went to the emergency room where it was confirmed that she had been bitten by a brown recluse spider. The area was surgically cleaned, she was put on antibiotics, and is now on the road to a full recovery.Most spiders are absolutely harmless to humans. Of the 4,000+ species of spiders found in North America, only two are dangerous to humans—the brown recluse and the black widow. Geocachers are fortunate to enjoy the wonders of nature. But as we all know, nature can be a bit scary sometimes. If you are informed and aware of your environment, you can avoid spiders bites and know what action to take if you’re bitten.Brown RecluseThe brown recluse can be identified by the violin-shaped spot behind its eyes.The brown recluse is ¼ to ½ inch long, and can be identified by the violin-shaped spot behind its eyes. They are native to North America and live predominantly in the Midwestern United States.  What do spider bites look and feel like?The bites from brown recluse (left) and black widow spiders (right)The bite of the brown recluse is usually painless and goes unnoticed, but it may feel like a bee sting or there may be a burning sensation. Symptoms usually develop in 2-8 hours starting with a small white blister at the site of the bite.Many bites will cause a small red mark that will heal without problems or scarring. However redness, blistering, an open sore, and a black area may develop and take months to fully heal. Other symptoms include severe pain at the site of the bite, severe itching, nausea, vomiting, fever, and/or muscle pain.The bite of the black widow is similar to the brown recluse, and initially may look like two tiny Dracula fang marks. It feels like a pinprick, but also may not be felt at all. There may be slight swelling, redness and a spot that forms a target shape. Fifteen to sixty minutes later a dull muscle pain will spread from the bite area to the entire body. If the bite is on the upper body, the pain will be in the chest. If the bite is in the lower body, the pain will be in the abdomen. Black WidowThe black widow can be identified by a red, yellow, or white hourglass shape on their lower abdomen.The black widow can be identified by a red, yellow, or white hourglass shape on their lower abdomen. There are many species of widow spiders found worldwide, but the North American variety is about ½ inch long.Black Widow Distributioncenter_img Where do spiders like to hide?Spiders like to hide in wood pilesBoth spiders are found in similar locations. Inside, they prefer to hide in small, dark locations such as closets, cellars, garages, vents, stored boxes, and within the cracks and corners of walls. Outside they prefer to live like a geocache—underneath rocks, in wood piles, and inside hollow tree trunks. *If the name Kelley Piekarek sounds familiar, it may be from this story that made national geocaching news in February 2015.Share with your Friends:More How to avoid spidersYou’ve probably heard that spiders are more afraid of you than you are of them and that’s true. They’d prefer to avoid contact with humans all together, but they will defend their space. If you live in an area where co-existing with brown recluse and black widow spiders are part of the landscape, take some precautions:OutdoorsWatch for spider webs, which are the most obvious signs a spider is nearbyWear gloves and long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy shoesMove rocks and debris with a stick when looking for your cache to protect your handsAt Home:Keep your home clean and clutter freeBits of food can attract bugs which will in turn attract spiders, so vacuum and wipe down surfaces often Store your things in sealed plastic storage boxes or plastic bags with the edges taped shutWhen unpacking stored items, shake items out thoroughly before useKeep the sides of your home free of plants and debrisKeep your house clean and clutter free to avoid spidersStay safe out there, my friends. Be prepared and know what to do should a spider bite you, and keep on cachin’! How do you stay safe while enjoying your favorite hobby?last_img read more

Children Get Back-to-School Support from PJFJ

October 24, 2019

first_img More than 5,000 backpacks have been distributed to students since 2010, and another 1,500 are to be given for the 2017 back-to-school period. ‘Uplifting our Nation’s Children, One Child at a Time’ is the mantra that characterises Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica, Inc. (PJFJ), an organisation led by Jamaicans living overseas and dedicated to providing financial support to underserved children in Jamaica who demonstrate academic excellence.Established in 2010, the organisation continues to empower children through education by spearheading several projects and fundraising initiatives locally.Founder and President of the organisation, Horace Daley, tells JIS News that the group targets needy children from inner-city and rural communities across the island to ensure that they receive the tools and resources necessary for academic success.Since its inception, PJFJ has been spearheading the Annual Scholarship Awards, The Backpack, Breakfast and Christmas Treat projects, from which thousands of children benefit.More than 200 high-school students have benefited from the scholarship programme, many of whom are now pursuing degree courses at local universities.On Sunday, August 20, eight scholarships will be awarded to selected high-school students at the eighth annual awards ceremony to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.“The organisation has a firm belief that there are academically gifted students in Jamaica who are lacking the financial support required to realise their full potential. The goal of the PJFJ is, therefore, to bridge this financial gap for these students, giving them the opportunity to excel through the scholarships and other initiatives,” Mr. Daley says.More than 5,000 backpacks have been distributed to students since 2010, and another 1,500 are to be given for the 2017 back-to-school period.“We invite members to donate basic school supplies, then we arrange for distribution in impoverished communities in Jamaica, bringing a smile to the faces of these children and parents,” the President tells JIS News.The breakfast project was first established at Trench Town Primary School in 2011, serving 76 students, and has expanded to other schools in the Corporate Area.“Through fundraisers and donation drives, we gather as many toys as possible to distribute in various locations in Jamaica over the Christmas period. Christmas is a time for sharing with others, and our organisation wants to ensure that the less fortunate children feel loved and appreciated, so we treat them with ice cream, cake and toys, and there is no limitation to the areas we serve, as our goal is to share the joy of Christmas with children in the 14 parishes of our beautiful island,” Mr. Daley says.As the organisation grows, it is committed to fostering the development of the Jamaican economy and safeguarding some of the basic rights of the country’s children.“We understand that if children are to become adults who are committed to a stable and safe environment, where all citizens can self-actualise and pursue happiness, then urgent intervention and continuous support are required,” he argues.In July, the PJFJ hosted its inaugural Pre-Independence Charity Boat Ride on the Skyline Princess in New York City as another fundraising event to obtain the well-needed resources to undertake its various projects.Mr. Daley affirms that the organisation will continue to support the local education system and the livelihood of the country’s children.“As citizens of Jamaica, we have a civic duty to our nation, and it is our responsibility to make meaningful contributions to the growth of our economy with a focus on nation building, which is critical to Jamaica achieving its Vision 2030 goal,” the President says.“While our membership continues to grow locally and in the diaspora, we seek to engage and form partnerships with like-minded citizens and friends of Jamaica who are committed to education,” he adds.Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica, Inc. is a tax-exempt organisation that was created to address the economic and educational needs of children who are challenged socio-economically and socially. The organisation is registered in the states of Connecticut and New York, and in Jamaica.For further details on the organization, or to participate in its fundraising activities, persons may visit the website at: www.pjfj.org or email: [email protected] Founder and President of the organisation, Horace Daley, tells JIS News that the group targets needy children from inner-city and rural communities across the island to ensure that they receive the tools and resources necessary for academic success. ‘Uplifting our Nation’s Children, One Child at a Time’ is the mantra that characterises Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica, Inc. (PJFJ), an organisation led by Jamaicans living overseas and dedicated to providing financial support to underserved children in Jamaica who demonstrate academic excellence. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Teekay Tankers Sees Signs of Market Upturn in 2017

October 23, 2019

first_imgzoom 2017 will present some headwinds to crude tanker rates due to cuts to OPEC production, rising oil prices, and fleet growth, however, this dip in the current market cycle will be relatively short and shallow according to Teekay Tankers, part of the Teekay Corporation.In addition, lower fleet growth, strong oil demand growth, particularly in Asia, and a potential increase in long-haul movements from the Atlantic basin to the Pacific basin is expected to provide support towards the next market upturn, according to Teekay.“We expect that the effect of OPEC cuts on Teekay Tankers will be mitigated, as OPEC oil is primarily transported on larger tankers and cuts in OPEC production are expected to be partially offset by increased non-OPEC production from the Atlantic region, which is typically transported by mid-sized tankers. In addition, while we do expect 2017 will be a challenging year overall for the tanker market, with approximately 40 percent of our fleet booked on fixed-rate time-charters and strong support from our lightering and other fee-based businesses, we believe Teekay Tankers has a strong base of cash flow to help reduce the effect of future tanker market volatility,” Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said.Tekay offered its take of what is in store for the tanker market in 2017 in its financial report for the Fiscal Year 2016.The company ended the FY 2016 with a net profit of USD 62.86 million, a 65% drop compared to 179.64 million net profit reported for the FY 2015, despite a rise in the revenues.Total revenues in the FY 2016 stood at USD 526.9 million, as compared to USD 514.2 million in revenues recorded in the FY 2015.”Tanker rates continued to be seasonally strong early in the first quarter of 2017; however, rates have recently begun to soften due to several factors, including, among others, regional refinery maintenance, an increasing number of newbuilding tanker deliveries and the effect of OPEC supply cutbacks on overall tanker demand, especially in the Arabian Gulf,” Mackay said.During the fourth quarter of FY 2016, the company completed the sale of a Medium-Range (MR) product tanker and an older Suezmax tanker in November 2016 and January 2017, respectively, with one older Suezmax tanker sale scheduled to be completed in late-February 2017.Since October 2016, Teekay Tankers entered into, and extended, time charter-out contracts for two Suezmax tankers and one Aframax tanker. These contracts have an average rate of approximately USD 20,800 per day and firm periods of 12 months each. The contracts commenced in December 2016 and February 2017.last_img read more

September 17, 2019

Two men shot one dead in Spring Valley shooting

first_img KUSI Newsroom Two men shot, one dead in Spring Valley shooting KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) – Sheriff’s detectives Thursday were investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another man hospitalized in Spring Valley, authorities said.Dispatchers received reports shortly after 11:55 p.m. Wednesday of a shooting in the 10000 block of Campo Road, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said.The circumstances leading up to the shooting were under investigation.Two men, believed to be in their early 30s, were taken to a hospital, where one was pronounced dead, Williams said. The victim’s name was withheld pending family notification.The other man was treated for at least one gunshot wound, which was not believed to be life-threatening, Williams said.A motive for the shooting is unclear. A description of the suspect or suspects was not immediately available.Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call sheriff’s homicide investigators during business hours at (858) 285-6330 or during non-business hours at (858) 565-5200. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can also call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. September 27, 2018 Posted: September 27, 2018last_img read more