Tickets for Tokyo Olympics may go on sale in late April

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The committee plans to sell tickets only on the internet for the time being. As a result of the crown prince’s accession to the throne this year, the Golden Week holiday period will last 10 days from April 27 to May 6, the longest stretch of holidays since the National Holidays Law took effect in 1948.The committee believes that people who want to buy tickets will have plenty of time to access the internet during that period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThose who want to buy tickets must register at a special website (https://id.tokyo2020.jp). Details will be provided via email after registration, such as whether a lottery will be held and the specific procedures for buying tickets. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games mascots Miraitowa (2nd L) and Someity (2nd R) ride on a boat during a parade in front of spectators with karate practitioner Kiyo Shimizu (L) and para athlete Hajimu Ashida (R) in Tokyo on July 22, 2018. – Japanese organisers formally introduced their doe-eyed 2020 Olympic mascots to the world on July 22, christening them with superhero names that could provide a tongue-twisting challenge to some. (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / POOL / AFP)TOKYO — General tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go on sale as early as late April this year, it has been learned.The Games’ organizing committee is making final arrangements with an eye on promoting ticket sales in tandem with the Golden Week holiday period and heightening the mood for the event.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phoenix’s Jason Perkins is PBA Rookie of the Year Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next03:07Massive crowd welcomes 2020 at Bangkok’s self-proclaimed Times Square of Asia00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

“Disaster risk management is everybody’s business” – Harmon tells regional heads

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon, who holds responsibility for the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), on Thursday said the responsibility of disaster risk management and response rests not only with Central Government but rather, it requires a concerted effort from every member of society.The Minister was at the time delivering the feature address at the opening of the first Annual Regional Disaster Risk Management (RDRM) Conference for Regional Chairmen and Regional Executive Officers from the 10 administrative regions at Cara Lodge, Georgetown. He noted that Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) are a very important layer in the governance system of the country and particularly in disaster risk management and response, since it is the first responder to theRegional chairpersons and REOs at the Regional Disaster Risk Management Conference held at Cara Lodge, Georgetownneeds of the citizens in their respective regions.The Minister is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying that Guyana has been experiencing the effects of climate change since the massive floods of 2005 which left many communities across the country inundated. Since then, Guyana has experienced several disastrous situations as a result of climate change and global warming. These disasters, he said, severely affected the livelihoods of many villages and the overall economic and infrastructural landscape of the respective regions. Disaster risk management and response planning must therefore become a concern of every stakeholder.Harmon then noted that the Conference will become an annual feature that will see all regions coming together and planning for the year as there is requirement for this system all across the country.Director General (Ag) of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig in his remarks to the gathering said this year’s Conference was held with the aim of examining the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in the Regional Disaster Risk Management System, which the Commission has already rolled out in eight of the 10 regions. Additionally, he noted that the work of the regions as it relates to disaster management in 2018 has been reviewed while plans for 2019 are being finalised.To date, the CDC has produced 24 community disaster risk management plans, five municipality plans, six disaster risk assessments and a risk assessment for Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). It has also finalised and handed over eight regional multi-hazard preparedness and response plans to eight regions. The Commission hopes to complete Region Four and Region Eight’s (Potaro-Siparuni) regional multi-hazard preparedness and response plans by the end of 2019, thereby equipping all of the regions to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.last_img read more

Report finds local prison system dangerous

first_img– prisoners complain of being attacked, robbed behind barsOf recent, pictures and videos of prisoners drinking high-priced liquor have dominated social media. But other prisoners have reported that the local prison environment is actually a dangerous one. Their complaints have been documented in a recent report.According to the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) prison survey, completed and handed over recently, prison was overwhelmingly perceived as an unsafe environment by the inmates, who complained of being subjected to theft and violence behind prison walls.“Prison was perceived as an unsafe place by the inmates,” the report states. “Nine out of ten inmates reported feeling less safe in prison than at their home or the place where they had lived before. Six out of ten inmates said that someone has stolen their personal belongings in the prison. A quarter of the prisoners said that, in the previous six months, they had been attacked or beaten.”Similarly, the survey found that eight out of ten inmates reported witnessing another inmate being beaten. Additionally, results showed that inmates’ participation in different kinds of activities in prison was very low.“Only 21.9 per cent of the inmates participated in entertainment activities, and 28.2 per cent participated in educational activities. To a greater degree, 48.7 per cent participated in sports activities, half of the inmates, 52.3 per cent, participated in the cleaning or maintenance of the prison, and just 47.9 per cent performed some kind of work inside the prison”, the report detailed.Positive indicatorsBut while prison was reported to be physically violent, the report did find some positives within the prison system regarding sexual violence. For instance, the inmates themselves affirmed that there are no major violations to their sexual rights behind bars… a prevalent perception surrounding prisons.Nine out of ten inmates said that, since being arrested, they had not witnessed another inmate being forced to have sexual intercourse with another person,” the report stated. “Almost all prisoners said they had not been forced to have sexual intercourse against their will since they were arrested.”Besides their right not to be raped, the report also found that the majority of prisoners are afforded the chance to maintain their personal hygiene, and have access to hygienic facilities such as toilets.According to the report, 75.1 per cent of prisoners said they had the opportunity to have a shower between eight and fourteen times per week. In a similar vein, the majority of inmates, 71.4 per cent, believed that the toilets they used were “clean” or “very clean”.“Along these lines, seven out of ten inmates, 71.3 per cent, said they had enough water to drink, although half of the respondents, 50.8 per cent, rated the water they received as “poor” or “very poor”.A renewed focus on Guyana’s prison system was brought to bear after pictures and a video of partying prisoners had recently come to light. The video had showed some of the same prisoners featured in photos shared on social media not only drinking alcoholic beverages, but smoking marijuana and counting a significant amount of cash.In one clip, which has since gone viral on social media, a prisoner was filmed counting at least 12 single $5000 bills as he placed them on a plate that was filled with what appeared to be cannabis and other prohibited substances.Another clip showed the prisoners boasting about the “sweet life” they are enjoying, despite many of these very men awaiting trial for grave breaches of the law, including rape, murder, robbery under arms, simply larceny and gun-related offences.While this in itself is disturbing, there are those who see the lack of control in the prisons in the context of the 2016 fire that resulted in the deaths of over a dozen prisoners… as well as last year’s jail break and fire that gutted most of the Camp Street prison… and they have called for heads to roll.Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, has since committed to ensuring technology such as scanners are introduced in the prisons. Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, had noted that while collusion is likely, the prisons are presently rooting out corrupt officers.last_img read more

Iraq war backers must admit our errors

first_imgBACK during the early 1990s, when the puppet regimes of the Soviet bloc collapsed in rapid succession, there was a bewildering silence from the liberal Western punditry. The once-vitriolic critics of Ronald Reagan – who warned he would lead us into nuclear war, who said communism was here to stay and must be accommodated – refused to acknowledge their error. Now as we approach the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq – which I loudly, even obnoxiously, supported – I can sympathize with the anti-Cold Warriors’ reluctance to admit being wrong about the pre-eminent issue of the day. There’s no longer any denying the war was a mistake. Although the Bush administration long insisted that things were going quite well in Iraq, even the administration now concedes there are serious problems. Thus, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation and the need for a “surge” to stave off total disaster. To be sure, the world is in some important ways better off without Saddam Hussein. And I still hold hope, based on recent, midsurge reports, that the situation in Iraq may stabilize. Moreover, I fail to see how the U.S. could possibly withdraw anytime soon without handing a massive victory to our enemies or abandoning our allies to slaughter. No, the real reason for my poor judgment – and, I suspect, that of many others – has less to do with defects in our leaders’ thinking or character than with defects in our own. As a Catholic, I believe as a matter of reason and faith that the church’s “just war” criteria are the best standards by which to decide if military action is morally legitimate. Those criteria are that “the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave and certain; all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective; there must be serious prospects of success; (and) the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.” Although I once thought the war met those standards, with the benefit of hindsight, it becomes all too clear that I was rationalizing my ideological, pro-military inclinations, as well as an urgent need to do something – anything – about the Islamist threat that so wickedly announced itself on Sept. 11, 2001. The danger Saddam ostensibly posed may have been “lasting” and “grave,” but it was far from “certain.” Even if he did have WMDs, there was no solid reason to conclude – as I and others did – that he was likely to pass them on to terrorists. After all, in a decade he had seemingly never done so before. And while it’s fair to say that peaceful means for dealing with Hussein had proved ineffective – witness the long litany of ignored U.N. resolutions – I overestimated our “prospects of success” while underestimating the “evils and disorders” that would follow Saddam’s ouster. The seminal military event of my youth was not Vietnam, but the first Gulf War – which, coupled with the likes of Grenada, Panama and the initial, apparently easy victory in Afghanistan – led me to a foolish belief in the invincibility of American forces. I also placed far too much stock in the universal appeal of American ideals – never mind the obvious, off-putting excesses of American culture. Some of these errors were predictable, others less so. Because of my own political prejudices, I failed to take seriously the war’s critics, let alone to truly question leaders whom I perceived to be on “my side” of the ideological divide. (Little did I know these leaders would go on to embrace a horrific wink-and-nod policy on torture.) The reason I catalog these errors now is not just because it’s important to own up to one’s mistakes, but also because they weren’t mine alone. The invasion, lest anyone forget, had broad public support and received overwhelming bipartisan congressional approval. There’s a valuable lesson to be learned here about the perils of ideology and letting passion override prudence. But there’s no joy in admitting one’s intellectual mistakes or moral shortcomings. That’s all the more true in the case of Iraq, where heroes and innocents have paid the price in blood for others’ shamefully bad judgment, mine included. Chris Weinkopf is the Daily News’ editorial-page editor. Write to him by e-mail at chris.weinkopf@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yet neither the slim reed of hope that still exists in Iraq, nor our obligation to stay there for the time being, can justify the decision to invade in the first place. It’s tempting, as some erstwhile invasion backers have done, to blame my one-time support on others. For liberals, the most popular dodge is to claim that President Bush lied about Hussein’s nonexistent WMD stockpile. For conservatives, the typical excuse is that, even though the war was a great idea, Bush and Co. botched its execution. Either way, fault lies entirely with the administration and not at all with those of us who cheered its policies. I don’t buy it. For one, there’s no credible evidence that Bush lied about the weapons of mass destruction. All the world’s intelligence agencies and the United Nations believed Saddam still possessed more of the WMDs he had used a decade earlier. That suspicion was only bolstered by the long-standing cat-and-mouse game he played with U.N. weapons inspectors. In retrospect, that suspicion was wrong, but it was entirely reasonable, given what we knew at the time. As for the incompetence argument, to paraphrase Rumsfeld: You go to war with the administration you have, not the administration you wish you had. Implicit in anyone’s support of the war was the belief that those in charge were up to the job of executing it. If they weren’t, we supporters share responsibility for a misplaced confidence. last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: NOEL FISHER IS THE NEW CLUB CAPTAIN AT OTWAY

first_imgOtway Golf News:The club AGM was held last Friday night in the clubhouse, where a range of issues was discussed, but as is all too common in most golf clubs these days, finances was the main topic for discussion.Ramelton’s Noel Fisher took over the reins as club captain from Martin Duffy, and will start off his year with a drive-in to be arranged soon, so watch this space for the next update. Dessie Crerand continues in his position of President, Paddy Lynch carries on as Secretary, Denis Friel as Treasurer, Brendan Gallagher & Dave Hughes as Competition Secretaries, and Martin O’Reilly as club Pro. The only position still looking for a volunteer is that of Handicap Secretary, which should be of interest to any member curious about learning more about the intricacies of calculating Standard Scratch and cutting handicaps ! Full training will be provided to the lucky volunteer, but members should remember that the club belongs to them, and everyone should make an effort to contribute to it’s running. Good luck to all the officers in their new posts, and hopefully we can all look forward to another exciting and eventful year on the wee links of Otway ! GOLF NEWS: NOEL FISHER IS THE NEW CLUB CAPTAIN AT OTWAY was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 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:GAANoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

EVIL DOUBLE KILLER PLANNED TO MOVE TO DONEGAL

first_imgCRAZED Co Derry dentist Colin Howell planned to move to Co Donegal – before he was exposed as a double killer.Howell gassed his wife Lesley and former lover’s husband Trevor Buchanan in 1991.Now a sensational new book on the affair has revealed Howell’s plans to move to Rathmullan until he lost £353k in a far east gold bullion scam! Author Deric Henderson, editor of the Press Association in Ireland, said the Howell family were regular visitors to Donegal.“Howell loved Donegal, especially Inishowen. He surfed all the time at Culdaff and he told friends he wanted a house in Rathmullan,” said Deric.“He had his eye on a place before he went bust and lost all his money.”Mr Buchanan’s widow Hazel was jailed for life earlier this year for her role in the murders. Deric will be signing copies of his book in Easons, Foyleside, Derry at 2pm to 3pm this Saturday.* Let This Be Our Secret is in the bookshops now and published by Gill and MacMillan.EVIL DOUBLE KILLER PLANNED TO MOVE TO DONEGAL was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:deric hendersonlet this be our secretlast_img read more

Appeal backfires on felon

first_imgA convict who abducted a Lancaster woman, attempted to inject a drain-cleaning chemical into her arm and then shot her until she pretended to be dead will be returned to court for a review of the prison sentence he is serving – which may get longer. An appellate court denied William Moore’s appeal of his convictions for attempted murder and kidnapping, but found the judge who presided over his trial did not impose a 25-year sentence spelled out in state law for a gun charge. “There (were) both attempted-murder and kidnapping convictions, and each of them had firearm enhancements. The trial court only imposed one and didn’t make a ruling on the second firearm enhancement,” Deputy Attorney General Lance Winters said. “They are sending him back for the trial court to exercise its discretion to impose a sentence for the additional firearm enhancement.” Moore, 35, of Carson was an ex-convict when he abducted the victim in March 2002 and, along with two female accomplices, tried to force her to tell the whereabouts of Moore’s former girlfriend, prosecutors said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Moore was sentenced in October 2004 to three consecutive terms of 25 years to life after being convicted by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury in his second trial. In the first trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury convicted Moore of being a felon with a firearm, acquitted him of attempted torture and deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt on attempted murder and 8-4 on kidnapping. Moore had previously gone to prison in 1988 for a robbery conviction and in 1996 for a drug offense. In his appeal, Moore argued that the judge in his second kidnapping trial erred in not instructing jurors that they had to agree on which act – attempting to inject the Drano or shooting the woman three times – constituted attempted murder. But the three-judge appellate panel said the prosecutor had made it clear that the act of repeatedly shooting the woman was the basis for the attempted-murder charge. After she tried to call the ex-girlfriend on a cell phone but couldn’t reach her, the victim was driven to an isolated spot near the California Aqueduct, authorities said. Moore tried to inject her with liquid Drano from a syringe, but failed to find a vein. Frustrated, Moore threw down the syringe, took a gun, pulled on gloves and shot the victim, authorities said. The wounded woman ran, and Moore chased her, firing the gun several more times. Hit in the thigh, chest and calf, the wounded woman curled up in a ball and pretended to be dead. Moore pulled the trigger twice, but the gun did not fire. He kicked and hit her, according to authorities, and then, thinking he had killed her, drove away with the two female accomplices. One of the accomplices was sentenced to life in prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder, and the other was sentenced to seven years after pleading no contest to attempted torture. The former girlfriend Moore had been trying to find was later killed in a drive-by shooting in the Los Angeles area, but authorities said her death was not related to the Antelope Valley case. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 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

DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgRaphoe Notes Week ending 21st March 2014St Mary’s Gaelic 4 mothers & othersIf you are 18 years and over and would like to get fit learn a new skill, have fun and meet new friends then this is for you! Commit to be fit. SPRINGBOARD BOOK A PLACE ON OUR FORTHCOMINGSPRING PROGRAMMEPARENTS PLUS PROGRAMME6-12YR OLDSSPRINGBOARD FAMILY SUPPORT PROJECT ARE RUNNING AN EIGHT WEEK PARENTS PLUS PROGRAMME –A PRACTICAL & POSITIVE GUIDE TO PARENTING CHILDRENTOPICS INCLUDEBEING A RESPONSIVE PARENT.ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING CHILDREN. PROMOTING CHILDREN’S LANGUAGE AND DEVELOPMENT.HELPING CHILDREN CONCENTRATE AND LEARNBUILDING CO- OPERATION IN YOUNG CHILDRENMANAGING TANTRUMS, MISBEHAVIOUR AND PROBLEMS This programme will commence Wednesday 30th April 2014Wednesday Mornings from 10am – 12noon programme is free of charge(Childcare & Travel can also be provided)To book a place on our programmeContact Springboard office on 074 9173918A.S.I.S.T.Raphoe Family Resource Centre is hosting the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.IS.T.) on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th July 2014 from 9.00am-4.30pm both days and we are now taking names of anyone interested in this informative training.A.S.I.S. T. is a training course developed for both members of the public and professionals, and aims to enhance people’s skills to intervene until either the immediate risk of suicide is reduced or additional support or resources can be found.The emphasis of the two-day workshop, which is free, is on suicide first aid, on helping a person at risk to stay safe and seek further help. To book a place please contact us on 074 9145796/087 3641503 or email raphoefrc@eircom.net2 in 2 u CampaignDoes your boyfriend get jealous when you spend time with your friends?Does he always phone or text when you’re out without him?Do you avoid disagreeing with him in case he loses his temper?If you have answered yes to any of the above, please think about taking a Relationship Health check at 2in2u.ieBECAUSE IF SOMETHING FEELS WRONG, IT PROBABLY IS.And remember, if anything about your relationship ever makes you feel anxious or worried, please call the Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline on 1800 341 900, 10am-10pm, 7 days a week.Something Special Group Tractor RunA tractor run will be held on Saturday the 19th April in aid of the “Raphoe Something Special Group which supports the needs of parent Guardians of children with delayed communications/Autism spectrum disorders & physical disabilities. Forming up in the Royal School car park across from the mart in Raphoe, moving off around 11am, registration in the car park on the morning, route will be local area, all are welcome.RAPHOE 5KRaphoe 5k in association with Lifford Athletic Club will take place on Tuesday evening 15th July so don’t forget to pencil in the date! The race, which is now into its 4th year, and which is part of Donegal Co. Athletics Board’s Grand Prix Series has been incredibly successful thanks to the large number of entrants not only from the Raphoe area but from the surrounding towns of Lifford, Convoy, Castlefin, St.Johnston, Aghyaran as well as runners from Ballybofey, Letterkenny, Strabane and Derry.Brendan O’Donnell, Lifford Athletic Club has been of tremendous support to the Family Resource Centre in the organising and running of this fundraising event and we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Brendan for that support.LAGAN PRIMARY CARE TEAMYouth Conference on Young People’s Health & Well-beingWould you like the opportunity to take part in an exciting programme aimed at 16-22 year olds?Be part of a local initiative to help identify the issues that have an impact on mental health in young people aged between 16-22. The programme will consist of workshops followed by a half day conference, meal and night of music in The Inishowen Gateway Hotel Buncrana on Friday 23rd may 2014.For further information contact Deborah at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre 074 9148551 or Melanie at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10.30am –12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ childminder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.HEALTHY WALKSIf you are in and around Raphoe and would like to keep fit, join us on our Healthy walk every Thursday morning at 10.30 a.m. The group meets in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. Everyone Welcome.BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS:Do you know that Raphoe Family Resource Centre is available for children’s birthday parties and special occasions? To find out more please contact the Centre on 074 9145796.WEEKLY EMPLOYMENT LISTRaphoe Family Resource Centre receives an updated weekly employment list and if you are interested in receiving this list through e-mail or print-out please contact 074 9145796 or call into the Centre for more details.Raphoe Tidy Towns Community Appeal 2014Raphoe will be entered in this years National Tidy Towns Competition therefore the Tidy Towns wish to request your help again please for this year. You can help our town by improvements with the following please before the end of May 2014.Painting your PropertyCleaning up and painting derelict buildingsTidying up your GardensCleaning of boundary walls/cutting hedgesRemoval of WeedsRemoval of GraffitiPutting out window boxes or hanging baskets in May/early JuneKeeping your property litter free.RecyclingIf out walking your dog/s please clean up your dogs dirt and dispose of in the proper manner.Last year the Town got very good comments and won a second Silver Medal which was a great result for all concerned. If you can help us this year again we will be delighted. We wish to take this opportunity on behalf of all in Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd, to thank you for all your help kindness and support over past years. Judging this year will be as usual sometime in June, July or early August. Further information from the Tidy Towns office on 9145692. Thank You.COUNSELLING SERVICE:The service which is free and confidential is by appointment only by telephoning 086 3601718.Little Explorers Parent & Toddler GroupParent and Toddler Group is an activity which allows Parents / guardians to attend a session which looks at different activities to promote learning and fun for children aged 0-4 years. Children will avail of a variety of activities which support their physical, social and emotional development as well as promoting their language development.Parent and Toddler also give parent / guardians the opportunity to socialize and meet up in a warm caring stimulating environment. The activities on offer at Little Explorers are: Arts & Crafts, Physical Play, Circle and Rhyme Time & Information sessions for parents. Parents are provided with a healthy snack!!!! The Parent and toddler session runs every Tuesday morning from 11.00am – 12.30pm. Why not come along and have some fun!!!Holistic Healing Centre Open DayHolistic Healing centre are having an open day on Saturday 5th April 2-5pm all free!! The healing centre invites you to sample our therapies. Scheduled demonstrations with a volunteer on the day as follows.2.30-2.30pm Indian head massage2.30-3pm aromatherapy demonstration3pm-3.30pm I.E.T demonstration3.30-4pm reflexology demonstration4.30-5pm guided meditation and the art of silence.Also get to meet our guest therapists on the day.www.holistichaven.com (phone Edna on 0876267867)email: holistichealingcentre@gmail.comMens Health EveningOn Tuesday 25th March in C.A.K.E, Oaktree Business Park, Killygordon, Co. Donegal from 7-9pm. Blood pressure and blood sugar checks available. Plus information from Dr Aidan McMenamin, Milbrae, Stranorlar.For more info and/ or to register please contact Tyrone-derry & Donegal Action on 074 9173747 or email tdaction@gmail.comEnrolment – Reminder – Saint Eunan’s N.S Raphoe.Parents who intend Enrolling their children in Saint Eunan’s for September 2014 are reminded to do so as early as possible. Enrolment forms are available in the school office. Tel: 074 9145764Raphoe Boxing ClubCongratulations goes to the clubs light weight king pin Denis Lafferty from Ballindrait who reached the finals of the national College’s Championships in the Stadium Dublin and Denis turned in an excellent performance only to lose out on a split points decision by Sean Benson Tralee I.T Well done Denis for all at the Raphoe club.Everything is in place for the club’s annual boxing show piece on Saturday night next in the C.P.I Centre Castlefinn and club coach and matchmaker Gary McCullagh has secured 14 quality contests that will feature Ulster & Irish Championships and a very special thanks goes to our main sponsor Mike Kelly(Sheercloon Developments) and to Michael Carlin and all his hard working and friendly staff at the C.P.I Centre Castlefinn for their hospitality.A very sincere thanks goes to Councilor Frank McBrearty for all his excellent work he is doing for the local boxing club. Thank you Frank it is greatly appreciated.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net every Thursday to meet the print deadline.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: March 21st, 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:Community newsnewsRaphoelast_img read more

CONFERENCE ON SAVING NATIVE OYSTERS – ON LOUGH WHERE COUNCIL PLANS SEWAGE PIPE!

first_imgSite where sewage outflow pipe is plannedGREEN campaigners say a decision to hold a conference on saving Ireland’s native oysters on the shore of Lough Foyle is yet another reason why Irish Water and Donegal County Council must finally abandon plans to pump treated sewage into the lough.The authorities admit raw sewage will be pumped into the lough at times of flooding or during emergencies.The native oyster is under threat; with the Foyle particularly vulnerable to pollution. The Campaign for a Clean Estuary group (CFCE ), based in Greencastle and Moville has welcomed the Loughs Agency announcement regarding the upcoming Conference in the Redcastle Hotel on “Native oyster regeneration” on 11th and 12 June.CFCE spokesman Enda Craig said that it is “fitting” that this third conference by the IBIS partnership should meet on the shores of Lough Foyle one of the last remaining sites for the native oyster in these islands.IBIS are a partnership which include the Loughs Agency as lead partner and University of Glasgow and Queens University, whose function is to help protect aquatic resources across the North, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.Mr Craig said that he expected the conference might focus specifically on the problems relevant to Lough Foyle as an example, as a native oyster fishery and on measures to protect and expand activities there. “Our Group the CFCE have always had the protection of Lough Foyle and the protection of its fisheries as one of its major aims frequently referring to the native oyster beds,” he said.“We must complement the Northern Ireland Authorities for the manner in which the effluent pipe from the treatment plant at Magilligan was altered to discharge outside of Lough Foyle in recognition of the sensitivity of Lough Foyle’s fisheries and in anticipation of any increased designations for Lough Foyle.“Our authorities in Donegal however have been completely blind to safeguarding the environment, with the intention of discharging into Lough Foyle, directly into the site of a native oyster bed.“Our group the CFCE has also informed the Loughs Agency and presented a map of the projected pollution to our beaches and shoreline in the event of catastrophic plant failure, from Kinnego Bay to Redcastle.“Let’s be frank and honest about this …the man in the street knows that the proposed Moville Greencastle Sewerage Scheme in its entirety makes a mockery of any attempts to enhance and protect the fisheries, including native oyster fishery in Lough Foyle”. Mr Craig claimed the current proposal flies in the face of the precautionary principle and against the democratic decision of Donegal Co Councillors who held executive function in 1990, when they unanimously voted, as a matter of record, to place the treatment plant and outfall outside the environs of Lough Foyle.“On this basis the plant must be reinstated as per the agreed 1990 motion. The manipulation of the plant location since 1990 through undemocratic, unprofessional and unfair processes has to be revisited and reversed,” he said.“This is an ill conceived sewerage scheme proposal both in terms of its configuration and location of plant, pumping stations and outfall. It lacks any sense of natural justice for the people most affected.“We strongly contend that there needs to be an investigation into the conduct of this project from its inception and into how this shambles denied Moville and Greencastle appropriate treatment works for so long. “It must be remembered that these specific issues were outside the scope of An Board Pleanala and the subsequent Judicial Review, hence they have never been scrutinised.“The continuous dabbling with elements of the configuration, as opposed to taking a holistic approach is unacceptable and merely adds insult to injury to those most affected. The very fact that this project has been running for over 30 years must raise concerns in the minds of the public at large. We have been highlighting these fundamental issues for years. It is now past time that these were addressed by the relevant authorities.”CONFERENCE ON SAVING NATIVE OYSTERS – ON LOUGH WHERE COUNCIL PLANS SEWAGE PIPE! was last modified: June 8th, 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:Donegal County CouncilGreencastleIBISLough Foylemovillenative oystersoutflow piperedcastlesewage plantlast_img read more

Every effort being sought to keep Bunbeg Post Office open

first_imgSinn Féin Councillor John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh has renewed calls to An Post to ensure that Bunbeg Post Office can remain open to the public.The Glenties Area Councillor has expressed his fear over future An Post plans that could lead to the closure of rural post offices such as Bunbeg.The programme allows for the closure of post offices in certain circumstances and following the retirement of Postmasters, if it’s believed that communities can be served by neighbouring offices. Cllr Ó Fearraigh says that while the agreement contains a number of positive developments, he is concerned about the closure of vital community services: “I understand that should a Postmaster retire, An Post will assess the future provision of services within the community in question while the company must ensure that any settlement with over 500 residents will retain its Post Office where 95% of people live within 15km of a Post Office in rural areas or 3km in urban settings.“The company has admitted that this may result in a consolidation of Post Office services in areas where a Postmaster steps down and where it’s believed that a neighbouring Post Office can service an area within these limits and thresholds.“I understand that the company has also agreed to appoint two Independent Reviewers who, if requested, will review decisions taken by An Post in relation to the future of postal services following the retirement of a Postmaster and that a recommendation will then be made.“Notwithstanding this commitment, I would be fearful that such a plan could potentially allow for the closure of rural post offices such as in Bunbeg for example, where the services it provides to the local community remains very important for those living there. “As many people are aware, I have long championed the retention of post offices and postal services in communities threatened by closures, including Bunbeg, and I am again urging the company to make every possible effort to avoid the closure of what is a vital service.”Every effort being sought to keep Bunbeg Post Office open was last modified: July 24th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bunbeg Post OfficeJohn Sheamais Ó Fearraighlast_img read more