In less than a month, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition (APNU/AFC) will commemorate its first year in governance, as such, the coalition is expected to host a seminar to review its performance over the past 12 months.This was revealed by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Wednesday at the post Cabinet briefing which was held at the Ministry of the Presidency.APNU/AFC coalition to review past year’s performance“As we approach the first year in Government, there will be such a gathering where you can look at the triumphs and the hills and the valleys, the lows and the highs of the coalition Government and the relationship between the parties,” he stated.However, Trotman noted that no date has been set aside for the hosting of such a forum but assured that this event will take place within the coming weeks. He did not say whether it will on or before May 16 – the date last year when the coalition was sworn into governance after being announced the winners at the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections.Tensions risingMeanwhile, tension seems to be building within the APNU/AFC Government after the AFC, the smaller party in the coalition, recently raised concerns about the amount of authority being vested to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.Harmon has recently found himself in the midst of controversies following a recent trip to China. In this regard, the AFC had called for Harmon’s powers to be trimmed. The party had explained that the concentration of the powers of the office of the Cabinet Secretary, the Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency and the effective Head of the Presidential Secretariat in a single person is a matter of concern and that in fact, the powers should be separated.However, President David Granger had subsequently stated that Harmon’s duties and responsibilities are not too burdensome. “I don’t think that they are so burdensome that he cannot take all three responsibilities. I am standing by the duties which were assigned to him last May and this is what we have been working with for the last 11 months,” the Head of State told reporters last week.Nevertheless, Minister Trotman revealed on Wednesday that the matter was brought up before Cabinet during which President Granger encouraged the AFC Leader and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, and the party’s Vice Chairman, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, to voice their concerns.“They gave their opinions, their views (and) were not hindered in anyway… The AFC as a constituent member or a partner in a coalition may give its views and it has done so,” he stated. However, the Natural Resources Minister outlined that while the matter was raised, the issues raised by the AFC were not resolved.In fact, he pointed out that such a resolution will have to be undertaken at a different forum. “The issue of the AFC views and the APNU views cannot be settled in Cabinet. Cabinet is a governmental institution. The APNU and AFC will have to meet at some high level summit and work through those matters,” he noted.The APNU and AFC signed the Cummingsburg Accord in February 2015 to contest the national elections. They went on to win the polls, taking 33 of the 65 seats in the National Assembly in a controversial election, which results have since been challenged in court.
APNU/AFC to review performance at impending summit
Man Drops Dead in the Street
On Monday, a man identified only as Old Man Tullay dropped dead as he walked towards Miami Beach, Mamba Point.Eye witnesses, who observed the man walking at a normal pace said that as he approached Nelson Street towards Miami Beach, he suddenly fell face down onto the pavement.“The man was just walking and then the next minute, he dropped flat on his face. There was no warning sign at all” exclaimed Michael Swaray, a bystander.The man, who was not properly identified at the time, is said to have relatives living in Monrovia.A health worker, who arrived on the scene in response to numerous calls about a dead body in the street, also says he knew the victim.“He’s the little brother of Maximore, who lives in town. I know that he was sick recently and was given some money by his father to take treatment, but I don’t think he has been to the hospital yet,” stated the Ebola task force health worker who asked not to be named.A man brought mineral water in a sack and began pouring it on the unresponsive man who lay stiff on the pavement. Some people took sticks to nudge the man to see if he was still alive, but to no avail.“Cane juice alcohol killed him. Instead of taking treatment, he preferred drinking,” volunteered a bar owner working at Miami Beach.Meanwhile, Old Man Tullay’s body has been removed and relatives have been notified of his demise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Monrovia wins big
The senior scored 15 points and had 17 rebounds in a spectacular and unexpectedly dominant 73-47 Wildcats win. “I don’t know what to say,” a somewhat stunned West said. “Coach told us before the game that we had to play our best, but this score is surprising.” From start to finish, Monrovia (18-4, 10-0) controlled the game. Leading 19-11 after La Ca ada’s Joy Lelo hit a 3-pointer with 1:28 left in the first quarter, the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run over the next 3:30, led by Vanessa Hernandez. The Wildcats sophomore sharpshooter connected on six of her game-high 24 points during that period, draining two 3-pointers. “Vanessa was unbelievable,” Monrovia coach Michael Wagner said. “She started out so hot and didn’t miss for a while.” With West and teammate Jasmine Gordon causing havoc in the paint, Hernandez made the Spartans (16-10, 8-2) pay for leaving her open by connecting on 6 of 11 3-pointers. When La Ca ada did try to contain Hernandez, the Wildcats turned to another potent option, senior Krystyn Jacobs. The guard had little trouble breaking down her defenders and slashing to the basket as she finished with 15 points and six assists. Even when a Wildcat missed a shot, Monrovia dominated the boards, coming up with 14 offensive rebounds, six of which were hauled in by West. “We had an opportunity to take care of business last time at home and we didn’t do it,” La Ca ada coach Tamar Hill said. “Today was their senior night and they sure made it memorable – at least for themselves.” One of La Ca ada’s few bright spots was Lelo. The senior finished with a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds. La Ca ada’s Emily Ballard was the only other Spartan in double digits with 11 points. The Wildcats’ victory was their third in a row over La Ca ada and fifth in the last seven meetings. La Ca ada’s 26-point defeat was its worst since an 89-61 loss to Ayala on Jan. 21, 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That’s when Monrovia High School girls basketball senior Shateah West took a seat on the bench in what was the center’s final regular- season home game. Although Thursday’s contest was another meeting between La Ca ada and Monrovia in their bitter rivalry for the Rio Hondo League crown, it was difficult to overlook West’s contributions. • Slideshow: La Canada vs Monrovia MONROVIA- One of the evening’s loudest ovations came at the 1:25 mark of the fourth quarter.
Recipients of 100 Women Who Care funds upgrade bus
To view the post; CLICK HERE To read more about 100 Women Who Care; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The recipients of the 100 Women Who Cares financial infusion, will be directing their funds towards a new wheelchair accessible bus.The Fort St. John Association for Community Living (FSJACL), were chosen on September 15th, 2019, at the 100 Women Who Care event receiving $19,200.Carmela Klassen, a woman that receives services through FSJACL, put together the presentation based on her own experience then presented her story to the women that attended the event.- Advertisement -Speaking about the difference the Association has made to her life, the attendees voted in favour of her cause.Sheri Lynn Ashdown, the Employment Coordinator for the Fort St. John Association for Community Living, shared the money will be used to purchase a new wheelchair accessible bus as the Association has a home that has 5 residents that use wheelchairs.A huge thank you to all the wonderful women who participated in the 100 Women Who Care event, our organization is very grateful for your support was shared to the FSJACL FB page.Advertisement
Fuel efficiency put on fast track
WASHINGTON – The groundbreaking deal in Congress to raise mile-per-gallon standards will compel the auto industry to churn out more fuel-efficient vehicles on a faster timeline than the companies wanted, though with flexibility to get the job done. The auto industry’s fleet of new cars, sport-utility vehicles, pickup trucks and vans will have to average 35 mpg by 2020, according to the agreement that congressional negotiators announced late Friday. That compares with the 2008 requirement of 27.5 mpg average for cars and 22.5 mpg for light trucks. It would be the first increase ordered by Congress in three decades. Majority Democrats plan to include the requirement in broader energy legislation to be debated in the context of $90-per-barrel oil, $3-plus pump prices and growing concerns about climate change. The House plans to begin debate this week. “It is a major milestone and the first concrete legislation to address global warming,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWhile Senate Democrats were quick to embrace the compromise, the energy bill may face problems over requirements for nonpublic electric utilities to produce 15 percent of their power from renewable energy sources such as wind or power. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., on Saturday said that idea “will make this bill untenable for many in the Senate.” Environmentalists have sought stricter mileage standards for years, saying that is the most effective way to curb greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption. The energy bill will help accelerate plans by automakers to bring more fuel-efficient technologies to conventional engines and alternatives such as gas-electric hybrids and vehicles running on ethanol blends. For the first time, for example, manufacturers will receive credits for building vehicles running on biodiesel fuel. Domestic automakers and Toyota Motor Corp. vehemently opposed a Senate bill passed in June that contained the same mileage requirements and timeline. They warned the measure would limit the choice of vehicles, threaten jobs and drive up costs. The companies backed an alternative of 32 mpg to 35 mpg by 2022. At the time, Chrysler LLC executive Tom LaSorda told employees the Senate bill would “add up to a staggering $6,700 – almost a 40 percent increase – to the cost of every Chrysler vehicle.” But the compromise worked out by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Senate leaders maintains a significant boost in mileage standards while giving the industry more flexibility and certainty as they plan new vehicles. The proposal would continue separate standards for cars and trucks, extend credits for producing vehicles that run on ethanol blends, and allow automakers to receive separate credits for exceeding the standards and then apply those credits to other model years. Michigan lawmakers secured an extension of the current 1.2 mpg credit for the production of each “flexible fuel” vehicle, capable of running on ethanol blends of 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethanol. Without the extension, the credits may have run out by 2010, but under the deal, they will be phased out by 2020. The United Auto Workers union also won a provision intended to prevent companies from shifting production of less profitable small cars to overseas plants. At stake are an estimated 17,000 jobs. The House’s energy bill, approved in August, did not include mileage standards, and lawmakers had worked since then to include them. Rick Wagoner, General Motors Corp.’s chairman and chief executive, said the new rules would “pose a significant technical and economic challenge to the industry.” He said GM would tackle the changes “with an array of engineering, research and development resources.” GM, Chrysler and Ford Motor Co. have announced plans to double their flex-fuel vehicle production by 2010. Toyota has said it will bring the option to the Tundra pickup. Among hybrids, Toyota has dominated the market with the Prius, but several automakers are beginning to bring the technology to large SUVs and pickups. Environmental groups estimate the deal would save the country 1.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2020 while helping motorists save at the pump. “Cars are going to be more attractive to consumers because they won’t cost as much to own and operate,” said David Doniger, director of the climate center for the Natural Resources Defense Council.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Geraldine McLaughlin jets back from NY for ladies quarter-final
GAA: Donegal ladies team did themselves proud against Galway as they reached an All-Ireland quarter final.But it was a close call leaving a late, late Yvonne McMonagle point to eventually separate the sides after a late comeback by Galway.But now Donegal have been boosted by the news that sharp-shooter Geraldine McLaughlin is to make herself available for the quarter-final in Dublin. The Termon attacker is expected to fly back in from New York tomorrow, Wednesday, where she has been based this summer.McLaughlin has been a thorn in the sides of defences for the past number of years with amazing scoring tallies in single games.Her scoring power will undoubtedly increase Donegal’s chances of progressing to an All-Ireland Final.Geraldine McLaughlin jets back from NY for ladies quarter-final was last modified: August 2nd, 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:donegalGAAgeraldine mclaughlinLadies
Ison Leads Men’s Golf In Second Round of Falcon Invite
Drake will close out its opening tournament of the season on Sunday with the final round at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. Print Friendly Version Second Round Results “The goal will be the same tomorrow which is to get off to a good start and to give ourselves as many uphill birdie putts as possible,” said Lewis. “We played much better today. It was nice to get off to a better start this morning,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “The guys were focused and play hard all day. Jack [Kennedy] was very solid again and Drew [Ison] had a good round as well. I was impressed with Tim’s [Lim] play from start to finish.” Senior Drew Ison led the team in the second round by firing a one-under par 71 for a total score of 146 (75-71) and is tied for 43rd-place. Junior Jack Kennedy put together another solid performance, shooting even par for the second-straight day and is tied for 28th-place (72-72=144). Freshman Tim Lim carded a one-over par 73 for a total score of 149, while junior Tommi Avant also has a 36-hole total of 149 after recording a 75. Matt Lavery rounded out the team’s effort with a three-over par 75 for a total score of 154 (79-75). Story Links As a team the Bulldogs were six strokes better in the second round compared to the first round, recording a 291 for a total score of 588 (297-291). Drake is just five strokes back for 10th-place Utah Valley (583). Wyoming leads the 19-team field with a score of 554, 22 shots under par. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Drake University men’s golf team moved up four spots on the leaderboard on the second day of the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational on Saturday as the Bulldogs are tied for 12th-place through 36 holes.
DONEGAL DAILY COMMENT: HOW LONG IS ALAN SHATTER GOING TO ALLOW THIS THUGGERY TO CONTINUE?
Alan ShatterDONEGAL DAILY COMMENT: We write hundreds of stories every week at Donegal Daily. We rarely write an editorial comment.But today it’s time to ask a simple question: How long is our Justice Minister going to allow thugs to terrorise the people of County Donegal?Alan Shatter controls the purse strings, our courts and An Garda Siochana. And we DON’T HAVE ENOUGH GARDAÍ to deal with the sickening crimes which has left people terrified in their homes right across this county in the past few weeks.Like the weather affected by a so-called ‘Storm Factory’ in the Atlantic, Donegal is being bombard by a ‘Crime Factory’ – wave after wave of criminal attack on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.Elderly widows have been shaken out of their beds by thugs smashing their doors down with sledgehammers.Old men in the twilight of their lives have been bound, gagged and had knives put to their throats by lowlife criminals. Some Gardaí have said they’re in control; it’s just the reporting of crime by journalists which makes it look bad. What utter rubbish. People don’t want to hear statistics when they’re dealing with an elderly relative left traumatised or worse – like poor Suzy Arthur who never recovered and eventually died.But most Gardaí know what the real story is – there simply isn’t enough of them. They struggle from shift to shift (on barmy shift patterns) to get to grips with the criminals.They know for a fact that their colleagues up in Dublin have all the resources they want; whilst our county struggles to cope.Gardaí do their best. Some even work unpaid extra hours for the benefit of this community and we should be grateful for that.But when they do catch criminals – and they do catch them – we often see them bailed, given Community Service Orders and fined – fines which they don’t even pay. And what is the root cause of all of this; Alan Shatter, Minister for Justice.It is he who isn’t giving Donegal the policing resources it needs.And it is he who is telling judges to try to avoid filling up our prisons.No amount of waffle will wash anymore after another senseless attack this weekend on a couple in Lifford. No amount of rubbish about ‘specialist targeting’ of criminals counts.We’ve had enough. Health Minister James Reilly gives Letterkenny General Hospital HALF the money per patient that Dublin hospitals get.Alan Shatter is giving us half the number of Gardaí we need to fight this scourge of crime.It’s time for our SIX TDs – all of them – to stand up for Donegal.And demand that Alan Shatter either gives our Gardaí the resources they need or get the hell out of Government.DONEGAL DAILY COMMENT: HOW LONG IS ALAN SHATTER GOING TO ALLOW THIS THUGGERY TO CONTINUE? was last modified: February 23rd, 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:Alan Shattercrimehasn’t got a clueJUSTICE MINISTER
DDTV: A SHORT FILM ON THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SMOKER GERRY COLLINS
DDTV: Gerry Collins, the former smoker who, along with his family, has led this year’s QUIT campaign has inspired thousands of Donegal people to stop smoking.Gerry sadly passed away in March and as part of his and his family’s final contribution to the QUIT campaign, we are publishing a new short film called Gerry’s Story – a short film about family, loss and gratitude. The film is a final summation of Gerry’s message for smokers and for everyone.It includes many of the moments and messages that we’ve seen in his three TV ads, but allows for a more detailed and deeper picture of himself, his circle of friends and family life, the thoughts of his loved ones, how it was for all of them to be part of the campaign, and their shared experience of his smoking, his illness and his final months.Please click play to watch – and please share it. DDTV: A SHORT FILM ON THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SMOKER GERRY COLLINS was last modified: June 17th, 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:final filmGerry CollinsQUIT campaignsmokervideo
JUSTIN’S INCREDIBLE PICTURE OF MILKY WAY IN DONEGAL SKY GOES GLOBAL
PHOTOGRAPHER Justin Mac Lochlainn has done it again.The snapper whose pictures of the Northern Lights went global earlier this year has captured the Milky Way in the skies above Inishowen.And this is the incredible result. JUSTIN’S INCREDIBLE PICTURE OF MILKY WAY IN DONEGAL SKY GOES GLOBAL was last modified: August 27th, 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:InishowenJustin Mac LochlainnMilky Waypicture