Major Brexit conference takes place in Letterkenny today

first_imgThe Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh. TD, is this morning, as part of the All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit, hosting a meeting of local stakeholders in Letterkenny.Minister McHugh has convened the meeting to hear, as the Brexit negotiations draw nearer, the views of those living and working in the North West and wider border region on how best to protect the progress that has been made in the area in recent years and how to maximise the regional potential in the North West and wider border region.The event has been organised in partnership with Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council. Speaking at this morning’s event Minister McHugh said he is delighted to be hosting this important discussion here in Donegal in partnership with the two Councils.“It has been recognised across the European Union and by the EU Brexit Negotiating Team that the border areas on this island are the areas that will feel the impact of Brexit most significantly.Delegates at this morning’s conference.“This gathering of interested parties provides business and community leaders in the North West region with an opportunity to feed their views into the Government’s planning.“Initiatives like the North West Strategic Growth Partnership have helped to deliver growth and prosperity over the past few years. The Partnership offers a regional-focussed forum and a lens through which the very significant challenges arising from Brexit may be addressed on the ground. “Today’s All-Island Sectoral Dialogue will allow me to hear a wide range of voices from the North West and wider border areas and to build on the spirit of cooperation and collaboration which exists in these areas as we work together to protect the gains of the Peace Process. ”Major Brexit conference takes place in Letterkenny today was last modified: May 23rd, 2017 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:Brexitconferenceletterkennylast_img read more

Tropical Storm Maria Advisory Number   2

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 16, 2017 – Providenciales –…DEPRESSION BECOMES TROPICAL STORM MARIA……ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST…SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATIONLOCATION…12.3N 52.6WABOUT 620 MI…1000 KM ESE OF THE LESSER ANTILLESMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 275 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…31 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1002 MB…29.59 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGSCHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:The government of Antigua has issued a Hurricane Watch for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…* Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and MontserratA Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* St. Lucia* Martinique and Guadeloupe* Dominica* Barbados* St. Vincent and the GrenadinesA Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.  A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.   Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of this system.  Additional Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches will likely be issued tonight or early Sunday.   For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOKAt 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 52.6 West. Maria is moving toward the west near 20 mph (31 km/h). A slower west-northwest motion is expected during the next couple of days.  On the forecast track, Maria is expected to approach the Leeward Islands on Monday.   Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Maria is forecast to be a hurricane when it approaches the Leeward Islands early next week.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.  The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).HAZARDS AFFECTING LANDWIND:    Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area by Monday night or Tuesday, with tropical storm conditions possible on Monday.   Tropical storm conditions are possible in the tropical storm watch area on Monday.STORM SURGE:    A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels within the hurricane watch area.RAINFALL:    Maria is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches across portions of the central and southern Leeward Islands through Tuesday night.  Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches will be possible for portions of the northern Leeward Islands through Tuesday night.  These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.SURF:  Swells generated by Maria are expected to begin affecting the Lesser Antilles by Sunday night.  These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please consult products from your local weather office.last_img read more

Scottish FA dismayed by referee threats

first_imgThe Scottish FA has released a statement condemning the threats made against John Beaton the referee who officiated the Old Firm clash on December 30.John Beaten and his family received threats online after the referee officiated Rangers’ 1-0 win against Celtic last month, and Scottish Police have begun an investigation into the matter.Beaton will be assigned police protection during his officiating duties at Ayr vs Falkirk in the Scottish Championship on Saturday.The Scottish FA released a statement on Saturday addressing the issue, according to Sky Sports.“It is with deep dismay, that in the last 24 hours, we learned of one of our match officials having had threats made against him and his family,” said Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive of the Scottish FA.“We are in close contact with those involved and with Police Scotland to ensure that they are safe and that those responsible are identified and held accountable for their actions.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“This is not the first time in recent weeks that our match officials have been targeted. Another referee was allegedly threatened and assaulted at a lower-league game prior to Christmas. These incidents are isolated but are they are unacceptable and extremely concerning when they occur.“Our match officials make hundreds of decisions each game. They take huge pride in their work but it is inevitable and accepted that some of their decisions will be viewed differently and debated by others. When differences of opinion, however, manifest as threats to our officials or their families, a line has been crossed.“Match officials are a vital part of the game and they work exceptionally hard to maintain high standards. We all have a responsibility to support our match officials and, as previously stated, we will shortly be engaging with stakeholders to allow them to discuss issues, air concerns and propose improvements to this area of our game.“As we look forward to 2019, I call on everyone involved in Scottish football, from the public parks to the international stage, to respect our match officials.”last_img read more