Press barred from crucial county council debate

first_img Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp By News Highland – September 26, 2011 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newsx Adverts Twitter Facebook Pinterest Twittercenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week A councilor has claimed that the council could be perceived as brushing under the carpet a debate on the ‘Whole Timed System of Work’Councillor Ciaran Brogan made the remark after the press where barred from a debate on the WSW at the request of Frank McBrearty Junior.His request was backed by most members of Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Fein.The Whole System of Work has cost over 3.5 million euro to date and is a framework with the aim of helping the council work more efficiently.The decision to block media coverage of the debate is understood to avoid litigation against the council or it’s members.Questions have been raised about how the WSW contract was procured and awarded.It is currently being tested to see if it is to be fully implemented .Greg Hughes spoke to Cllr Brogan in Lifford this afternoon. He says the decision to meet in private was the wrong one………..[podcast][/podcast] Press barred from crucial county council debate Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Previous articleDonegal primary school classrooms amongst most overcrowded in countryNext articleNew Psychiatric Unit reflects much better understanding of mental health needs – HSE News Highland WhatsApplast_img read more

Ice coaches keep options open following Major Midget evaluation camp

first_imgStep one on the road to playing for the Kootenay Ice came and went during the weekend at the NDCC Arena.More than 50 players test the Major Midget waters to sway evaluators sitting in the stands and find a spot on the Ice roster.”The camp went very well,” said Kootenay Ice head coach Mario DiBella.”We had 54 players at came, which is the largest turn out to date.” The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15-17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.Players from throughout the Kootenays took to the Heritage City to be part of the Kootenay Ice, one of 11 teams in the league.”We have 14 players returning from last season,” DiBella said.”At this point we have committed to (goalie) Adam Maida, (defenceman) Tyler Podgorenko and Austin Tambellini and (forward) Nolan Percival,” DiBella added.The Ice has a few weeks before taking to the ice for exhibition dates in September.Final roster cuts will be make September 15.The BCMMHL season opens in late September.last_img read more

West Ham 3-0 Hull: Hammers return to winning ways with comfortable victory

first_img1 West Ham’s Morgan Amalfitano celebrates West Ham United returned to winning ways with a Jekyll and Hyde display to sweep aside a depleted Hull City side at the Boleyn Ground.After an instantly forgettable first 45 – the Irons players trudging off to boos at half-time – the game burst into life in the second period as the hosts found their early season form to brush the Tigers aside.Three second half goals from Andy Carroll, Morgan Amalfitano and Stewart Downing ensured the hosts secured victory for the first time in five games.Carroll pounced on a goalkeeping error to fire the east-enders ahead four minutes into the second half, the frontman tapping into the empty net.Sam Allardyce’s men then scored two goals in three minutes, as first Amalfitano collected Alex Song’s through ball to finish cleverly over McGregor before Downing finished coolly to wrap up the win moments later.The Hammers, who were booed off despite victory in this fixture last season due to perceived negative play, picked an offensive line-up with Enner Valencia alongside Carroll as Allardyce looked to attack a struggling Hull side.But it was the depleted visitors who started the brighter, with the speedy Sone Aluko causing the Hammers back four early problems, and the Tigers had two penalty appeals turned away by referee Martin Atkinson inside the first three minutes.The English forward, who had the beating of James Tomkins early on, provided another chance on six minutes, turning his man with ease to find Ahmed Elmohamady, who could only side-foot his effort wide when handily placed inside the box.The Egyptian’s effort appeared to wake up the hosts and they twice went close through Aaron Cresswell and Valencia, who both fired wide of the post from distance.After an instantly forgettable first-half, and fresh from a Allardyce-sized flea in the ear, the Hammers broke down the right, with Downing crossing for captain Kevin Nolan who sent a half-volley inches over the crossbar.In their very next attack the Irons finally got the breakthrough, Carroll reacting quickest to following an error by McGregor, who spilled a tame Valencia shot to allow the former Liverpool man to tap the ball home.West Ham should have been 2-0 up ten minutes later, as Noble’s through ball found Valencia, who rolled his man and broke through one-on-one, only to turn around to see the flag up for offside, although replays suggested the Ecuadorian was on.The summer signing really should have doubled the hosts’ advantage as he collected Michael Dawson’s poor clearance but he could only blast his shot into the side netting.But moments later Allardyce’s men did double their lead, man-of-the-match Alex Song’s delightful through ball finding substitute Amalfitano, who raced onto the ball at pace before producing a lovely dinked finish over the ‘keeper for his third goal of the season.By now the Hammers were rampant and Downing made it three with their next attack, the former Middlesbrough man collecting another Song ball to burst through on goal before coolly slotting home to calm any nerves surfacing around Upton Park.The hosts continued to bomb forward as they searched for a fourth with Nolan and Carroll both going close, but those half-time jeers soon turned to full time cheers as the Irons continued their charge for Europe.last_img read more

Makenna Schoenhofer scores 32 points to lead St. Bernard’s in tough win over McKinleyville

first_imgMcKinleyville >> In a game that was close from the opening tip to the final buzzer, the St. Bernard’s Academy girls basketball team got 32 points from standout senior Makenna Schoenhofer and survived multiple comeback attempts to outlast a McKinleyville, 65-59, Wednesday evening at McKinleyville HIgh School. The Crusaders (7-3 overall) had a lead as high as 12 points and four double-digit leads in the game, but couldn’t put away a young and resilient Panthers team until the final minute.“Credi …last_img read more

Indonesian Hobbit No Numbskull

first_imgWhoever Homo florensiensis was (see 10/27/2004 entry), it was no dumb half-ape.  This miniature human packed a lot of brains into a small skull, says Michael Balter in Science1 (see also EurekAlert, National Geographic and BBC News).  A cast of the brain made from the skull shows complexity: convolutions in the frontal lobe suggest an intelligent mind, a revelation corroborated by the presence of stone tools and evidence of fire nearby.  Balter quotes an evolutionary anatomist on the implications: the new study “upsets one of our main concepts of human evolution, that brain size has to increase for humans to become clever.”  Another calls the finding “a real stunner.”    All the same, News&Nature is claiming this silences the critics, like Teuku Jacob (who took possession of the fossils till recently returning them) who claimed the creature was only a modern human suffering from the disease of microcephaly (small brain).  Yet with so few microcephalic skulls available for study, others are not sure Jacob’s claim has been discredited.  Because the fossil doesn’t resemble that of a pygmy or a microcephalic individual, many are ready to call it a new species of hominid.  But then, because its skull showed evidence of “advanced development of the front lobes of the brain, where reasoning occurs,” ([email protected]), it is hard to consider it primitive.  Paleoanthropologists are divided between explaining H. florensiensis as a degenerate form of modern human, or a case of “a small-brained, small-bodied, pre-erectus hominid managed to get to Flores in the distant past, and then, in a case of parallel evolution with modern humans, evolved a relatively advanced brain on its own.”    Balter quotes Fred Spoor (University College, London) giving the bottom line: “The real take-home message here is that advanced behaviors, like making sophisticated stone tools, do not necessarily require a large, modern, humanlike brain.  It can be done by reorganizing a small brain, with convolutions and rewiring, and this goes to the heart of our understanding of human evolution.”1Michael Balter, “Small but Smart?  Flores Hominid Shows Signs of Advanced Brain,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5714, 1386-1389, 4 March 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5714.1386a].Any evolutionists thinking they have an “Aha!” case of a missing-link fossil to discredit creationists have a slippery object to try to hang onto.  If brain size does not correlate with intelligence, then a century and a half of human-evolution storytelling goes down the drain.  Fine measurements of skull capacity were a staple of human phylogenetic studies; some, like Paul Broca (now considered a racist), made a career out of it.  It should have been obvious that even modern human “small people” like Tom Thumb could be smarter than local fatheads.  And didn’t we learn that birds, with much smaller brains, outwit chimpanzees? (see 02/01/2005 entry).    If hobbitkind were degenerate modern humankind, there is no evolution story to tell.  But if they evolved smart brains independently, in parallel with other upwardly-mobile hominids, then human evolution has been falsified twice (see 12/30/2004 entry).  Take your pick, Darwin Party.  If indeed “this goes to the heart of our understanding of human evolution,” it whacks it with a sharp stone tool.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Competitive Conservation Reserve Program signs up over 800,000 acres

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA and Farm Service Agency release the official number of acres recently signed up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The 800,000 acres chosen were among thousands of more acres that were offered up by farmers across the country. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins caught up with FSA Administrator Val Dolcini about the competitive program, if more acres will be added in the next Farm Bill and if this program is competing with younger farmers looking for more land to work.last_img read more

Newspapers Trumpeted ‘Solar Homes’ in the 1940s

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. What’s a “solar house”? The phrase has been used since the 1940s to refer to a house with lots of south-facing glazing — a type of house later called a “passive solar house.” The phrase is also used to refer to homes that include an active solar thermal system (one with collectors on the roof, along with pumps or fans). Finally, the phrase has recently been applied to homes with a photovoltaic (PV) array on the roof.Anyone interested in a thorough history of this subject should buy The Solar House by Anthony Denzer. (Denzer is also the author of a guest blog on GBA, “Historic Solar House Has Been Bulldozed.” Denzer’s blog recounts the sad fate of a solar house designed by George Löf, a researcher whose work is an essential part of the history of solar homes.)Denzer’s history is academic and thorough. I thought it would be fun to take a different retrospective approach to this slice of architectural history: I decided to look back at how a leading newspaper, the New York Times, has used the term “solar house” over the last 60 years. 1945: “Houses Warmed by the Sun” One of the first articles I found was published on April 15, 1945. The article, “Houses Warmed by the Sun,” was written by Mary Roche, who apparently depended heavily on press releases and promotional information issued by Libbey-Owens-Ford, an Ohio glass manufacturer. Libbey-Owens-Ford developed the insulated glazing unit (IGU), which it sold under the Thermopane brand name, and funded a significant advertising campaign promoting the so-called solar house. (In April 1986, Libbey-Owens-Ford sold its glass business to the Pilkington Group.)Roche’s article refers to several Glenview, Illinois, homes designed by architect George… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona chief Cury meets with Neymar minders, Zahavi as return project launched

first_imgBarcelona chief Cury meets with Neymar minders, Zahavi as return project launchedby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have launched their plans to bring PSG star Neymar back to the Nou Camp this summer.Driving the deal is Barca chief Andre Cury, who was crucial in Neymar’s original move from Santos to the LaLiga giants.Neymar has made it clear he is eager to return – and now Barca are putting plans in place to make the deal happen.Radio Catalunya reports Cury met with the player’s minders before Christmas. He has also since held talks with super agent Pini Zahavi, who is part of Neymar’s entourage, along with Alvaro Costa, who is a close friend of the player’s.Neymar wants to return and the feeling is mutual inside Barca where the players and coaching staff would happily welcome him back. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoEverton STUNNER! UK government blocked sensational Ferenc Puskas deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton STUNNER! UK government blocked sensational Ferenc Puskas dealby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIt’s been revealed Everton made a sensational attempt to sign Hungarian and Real Madrid great Ferenc Puskas.The move is confirmed in Gavin Buckland’s book on Everton in the 1960s “Money Can’t Buy Us Love”.The Liverpool Echo reports the book reveals that John Moores, the benefactor of the Mersey Millionaires, tried to use his financial muscle to sign the Real Madrid magician in 1960, the year Puskas scored four goals in the famous European Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt at Hampden Park.Moores’ words delivered to Everton shareholders in December 1960 are published:”It is no use people telling us to go out and buy world-class players like Real Madrid can do. The League rules will not allow it.”If I had offered Puskas a £15,000 signing on fee when he left Hungary, and made him a director of Littlewoods at £10,000 a year, I still could not have signed him for Everton because the Home Office would not have admitted him into the country as an alien, the Players’ Union would have objected and the League would have vetoed it too.”The Everton chairman then bitterly fired off his frustrations to Mike Langley of the Daily Express in August 1962.”Real Madrid, with naturalised Hungarians and Argentinians, are almost helped by the Spanish government to build the world’s best team.”Our government has no interest in football apart from taking millions in pools money out of the game and putting none of it back.” last_img read more