first_imgDeputy Joe McHughFine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has acknowledged Donegal has suffered in the financial crisis – but is now bouncing back.Mr McHugh was speaking as Ireland exits the bailout today, saying it will help to build confidence in Ireland, boost our growth potential and get the country back on a sustainable economic path. “The Irish people deserve huge credit for getting the country to where it is today, after five very difficult years of economic adjustments. When the failed economic policies of Fianna Fáil led us into a bailout at the end of 2010, our public finances were in disarray, the international markets had deserted us, and Ireland reputation in Europe was in tatters,” said Deputy McHugh. “Now, the economy is recovering, the public finances are under control, the banking sector has been restructured and, most importantly, jobs are being created.“In Donegal, we continue to face challenges such as the development of the A5 road and with it the journey time from Dublin city.“However, it’s important to acknowledge that there have been some positive achievements for the county, whether it’s the investment of €19 million in a sewerage scheme or today’s announcement that Donegal will receive the highest General Purpose Grants in 2014, a total of €22,720,760.“We continue to deal with both the economic legacy issues due to partition and also historical lack of investment by previous Governments in the North West, particularly when money was readily available in the last two decades. “For the last three years, the Fine Gael-led Government has been working towards exiting the bailout, which is an important milestone on our path to economic recovery.“This doesn’t mean that all of our problems are solved overnight, but it does mean that Ireland can return to being a normal Eurozone country, putting the boom bust policies of the past behind us.“Every step that has been taken by the Government in the last three years has had a jobs focus. This approach is paying dividends.“When this Government took office, 1,600 jobs were being lost every week, now we are in a situation where more than 1,000 net new jobs are being created every week. Over the last year, employment has increased by 58,000, and unemployment has dropped for the last 17 months in a row.“It is now essential that we build on this economic progress and continue on a sustainable growth path. We are ahead of target in terms of reducing the deficit, and our debt will begin to fall from next year. The economy is expected to grow for the fourth year in a row in 2014, and consumer sentiment is at a six year high and property prices are starting to recover. “The Government is determined to pursue post-bailout policies that will safeguard the stability of our public finances and boost economic growth. Next week, the Government will publish the Mid-Term Economic Strategy, which will set out how we plan to build on the recovery and enhance job creation in the years ahead.“I know the people of Donegal have had a difficult few years, but I am encountering a renewed confidence and sense of optimism in our ability as a country and a society to get back on our feet. Our economic recovery is down to the resilience and sacrifices of the Irish people, and I am confident that their efforts will be rewarded as we continue to create jobs and prosperity returns.”RENEWED CONFIDENCE IN DONEGAL AFTER BAILOUT EXIT – McHUGH was last modified: December 13th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJoe McHughRENEWED CONFIDENCE IN DONEGAL AFTER BAILOUT EXIT – McHUGHlast_img read more


first_imgThe Odisha government is taking measures to face the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which is likely to hit the State’s coast in the Puri district on Friday evening.Twelve senior officials were on Wednesday assigned for supervision of restoration works in the coastal districts of Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Cuttack. All concerned departments were also pressed into service to focus on saving lives and property in case of any eventuality. The State government’s Health Department has set up control rooms at all levels of administration.‘Foremost priority’“Evacuation and rescue of people likely to be affected to safe places, restoration of road communication immediately after cyclone, and proper distribution of relief materials with zero casualties are is the foremost priority of Odisha Police,” said State Director General of Police R. P. Sharma.Also Read As cyclone Fani approaches, RTGS warns against selfies near the sea  While the District Collectors were busy preparing the administration to evacuate people from villages close to the sea or villages alongside the rivers from Thursday, senior police officers have been sent to the coastal districts to coordinate with the district administration and other connected line agencies and field functionaries for rescue and relief operations.MCC suspendedThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha has also taken several measures to ensure the safety of the electronic voting machines (EVM) in the constituencies along the coastal region of the State, where simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections were held recently. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended the model code of conduct (MCC) from 11 coastal districts of the State to facilitate relief and rescue operations. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Tuesday urged the ECI to lift the MCC for this.Also Read  Mr. Patnaik had also urged the ECI to postpone polling in the Patkura Assembly constituency under Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat. The ECI had earlier fixed May 19 as the date for the polling in Patkura. Polling in the constituency, which was scheduled to be held on April 29, was adjourned due to the death of Biju Janata Dal nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20. The Commission had not passed any order in this regard till Wednesday afternoon.Cancellation, reschedulingAs many as 74 trains have been cancelled by the East Coast Railway between Bhadrak and Vizianagaram from Thursday in view of the cyclone. Examinations scheduled in all colleges under the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), scheduled to be held on May, 2, 3 and 4, have been rescheduled to May 25, 27 and 28 respectively.According to the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Cyclone Fani lies over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, about 680 km south-south-west of Puri on Wednesday. It is likely to have landfall in Puri district coast on Friday with a maximum sustained wind of speed 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.The districts of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur may experience extremely heavy rainfall during the landfall. Cyclone Fani: INCOIS warns of damage along east coastlast_img read more


first_imgSports persons and officials hold Queen’s Baton at Qutub Minar in New delhi on Friday.The Commonwealth Games seems to be finally catching up with Delhi’ites as the Queen’s Baton reached the host city.The baton, which has been around the world in the 71 Commonwealth countries in a journey that took almost a year, was hosted by the three armed forces on Friday morning at the India Gate, in a ceremony that showcased all the pomp and pageantry associated with the Services.There were schoolchildren to add vibrancy and enthusiasm to the occasion and even the early morning timing could not deter them from showing their excitement.The armed forces band provided its own unique setting for the event.The baton had to rise early as it was taken to Vijay Chowk at 7 am from where it made its way to the Amar Jawan Jyoti.It then travelled to other landmarks of the city – the Lotus Temple, Teen Murti Bhawan, Qutab Minar and the Delhi Secretariat.On Saturday, it will be at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib and St. Columba’s Cathedral – before paying a visit to the Games Village.Other places the baton, which carries a message from the British monarch, will go to are Rajghat, Jama Masjid, Akshardham Temple and the Red Fort.The journey will end at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday, where the 19th Commonwealth Games will be declared open on Sunday. Queen Elizabeth’s message will be read aloud at the opening ceremony of the Games.advertisementThe nearly 20,000km the baton has travelled is the longest relay in its history. It also has the facility to capture images and sounds as it travels around the nations of the Commonwealth. With Global Positioning System technology, it can be tracked down to its exact location.The relay is said to symbolise the unity and shared ideals of the Commonwealth.The relay was launched on October 29 last year at Buckingham Palace in London, with Queen Elizabeth II handing the baton to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.The first Baton bearer was rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra, India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, making the country proud at Beijing in 2008.Bindra began the baton’s journey with a relay around the Queen Victoria Monument. The first team of baton bearers included Sebastian Coe, Kapil Dev, Sania Mirza, Milka Singh, Kelly Holmes, Vijender Kumar and Susan Gilroy, to name a few.Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi had the thrill of holding the baton and walking down the Rajpath.”I’m feeling very proud about the baton. It’s come all the way from London, covering a distance of 190,000 kilometres without a blemish,” said Kalmadi.last_img read more


first_imgBellamy steps down from Cardiff City coaching roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCraig Bellamy will step down as a youth coach at Cardiff City in order to fight bullying allegations. The former Bluebirds star was accused by parents of bullying their children, something Bellamy “categorically” denies. However, while he fights the accusations, Bellamy has stepped down from his coaching role.”I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media,” Bellamy said in a statement.”I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and – at my own suggestion – I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club’s inquiry.”Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made and I categorically refute them.”I fully expect to return to my coaching role and have sought legal advice as to my position. I will be making no further comment until the full investigation by the club has concluded.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors Monday, and three other past pageant winners will join her on the board.The new leadership comes less than two weeks after leaked emails surfaced showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas. Haskell resigned Dec. 23, along with two other top leaders.The selection of Carlson marks the first time a former pageant winner has served as the leader of the nearly 100-year-old organization. The organization also announced the appointments of three other past Miss Americas: 2012 winner Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, 2000 winner Heather French Henry and Kate Shindle, who won in 1998 and now serves as president of the Actors’ Equity Association. Their appointments take effect immediately, as does Carlson’s.“Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program,” Carlson said in a statement issued by the Miss America Organization. “In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.”Carlson said she and the new board would immediately work with all Miss America stakeholders, including the organization’s state executive directors and former state titleholders, “to continue an ongoing inclusive and transparent process to identify additional new board members and management.”The new board also looks forward to working with the organization’s many sponsors, “seeking input while creating a viable, forward-looking Miss America Organization for this and future generations of young women,” Carlson said.In the emails published last month by the Huffington Post, pageant officials ridiculed the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas. One email used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, another included a wish that a particular former Miss America had died and others speculated about the number of sex partners former Miss America Mallory Hagan has had.The ensuing uproar led to the resignations of Haskell; the group’s president, Josh Randle; board chairwoman Lynn Weidner, and another board member.The emails already cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year.Dick Clark Productions cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them “appalling.”last_img read more


first_imgTaipei: Two US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, Taiwan’s defense ministry said Monday, in a move that Beijing said threatened to hinder US-China relations. The ministry said the ships made the passage on Sunday, sailing from south to north through the waterway that divides the self-governing island from mainland China. Beijing frequently objects to the movement of foreign military vessels in the strait based on its claim to Taiwan as its own territory, to be annexed by force if necessary. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportTaiwan’s defense ministry said US ships were free to sail through the Taiwan Strait as part of their “strategic Indo-Pacific tasks.” Despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties, the US is a key ally of Taiwan and provider of defensive weapons. China has been increasingly willing to protest actions by foreign militaries in areas it considers its home waters or sphere of influence. That especially applies to the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea, which China claims almost in its entirety. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday that China has expressed concern to the US about the warships. The US should handle Taiwan-related issues “prudently” in order to avoid negatively impacting its relationship with China, Geng said, adding that “the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US relations.”last_img read more


Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan winds up for a shot during a match against Oklahoma on March 6 in Columbus. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State’s men’s tennis team has dominated the Big Ten for roughly a decade, but trips to Northwestern on Friday and Illinois on Sunday could be tests for the Buckeyes.“It’s going to be a very tough weekend. They’re big matches,” coach Ty Tucker said.The last time No. 11 Ohio State lost a Big Ten regular season matchup was on April 24, 2005, at Northwestern. This year, the No. 19 Wildcats are not only 8-1 at home but have won six of their last seven matches. The Buckeyes hit a rough patch with losses in two matches before entering Big Ten play for good, then swept the state of Michigan with wins over both the University of Michigan and Michigan State this past week. The wins serve as a nice reminder of what OSU can do, redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan said.“A win is always good, especially after two losses in a row,” he said. “Good just to get that feeling of winning back.”Even with the taste of winning back in the Buckeyes’ mouths, Tucker said he hasn’t forgotten their recent shortcomings.“Our math is a little bit short this year as far as getting to four (points), but we have to concentrate on Northwestern,” he said.Getting through Northwestern with a win is a feat in itself, but getting out of the state of Illinois without a loss will be another story. The Buckeyes became familiar with No. 3 Illinois at the ITA Indoor Team Championship this year when the Fighting Illini ended OSU’s run with a 4-2 win. “It is still Illinois … so there’s always going to be pressure no matter what,” he said.Tucker said he is extremely familiar with rivalry, saying it’s been a “battle” for the past 15 years with Illinois.Besides the streak of 96-straight conference wins that is on the line this weekend for OSU, Tucker said there is much more that can be lost.“Your goal at the beginning of the year is to win a Big Ten championship and host an NCAA regional. That’s definitely on the line this weekend,” he said.The Buckeyes are set to take on the Wildcats at 6 p.m. Friday in Evanston, Ill. read more


first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 2, 2017 – On Wednesday 1st February 2017, in the Grand Turk Supreme Court, Lavardo Smith of Kew Town Providenciales, was sentenced to Life Imprisonment for the 2011 murder of Santa Suarez Ramirez of the Dominican Republic.It was reported on Wednesday 20th July 2011 shortly after 9 pm that a female was shot at the sailing Paradise Restaurant located in Blue Hills. As a result, Police and emergency services responded where the victim, who was the barmaid was later pronounced deceased from a gunshot wound. Investigation reveals that Smith armed with a gun along with two other males, dropped off by a fourth male who was waiting in a getaway car, entered the establishment and while inside Santa Suarez Ramirez was shot and killed.Police later arrested and charged all four males. Two of the men pleaded guilty to their charges and was subsequently sentenced to 4 and seven years respectively for their roles in the incident while Smith and the fourth man maintained their not guilty plea. They both went to a trial in the Supreme Court. In 2013, Smith was charged and found guilty of murder; he was sentenced to life imprisonment, while the fourth man was charged and found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to 12 years.  Both men appealed to the Court of Appeal on a misdirection given by the trial judge which was granted. Hence a retrial was set for 2017.The matters are being tried separately, Lavardo Smith was unanimously found guilty yesterday by a 12 member jury.  The fourth male retrial commenced in April 2017.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more