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All weather pitch and proposed park for Stranorlar moves a step closer

first_imgA town park and multipurpose all-weather pitch for the Twin Towns area has moved a step closer.Local county councillor Patrick McGowan has welcomed the progress after planning for the proposed €1.2M park was adopted.He said “I have been driving this project for a long time and am delighted that we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. “The decision which was proposed by me at today’s full council meeting means the Council can move to complete to purchase the lands as agreed now with planning being secured.”The townpark as recommended by council will be stand alone as one proposal was to include the all-weather multipurpose pitch in the park itself in Drumboe but that is not the case now.The proposed park will be kept for walks, children’s playground, recreational, open space andwhich will be very much in keeping with the surrounding area. The civil war monument (Martyrs monument) will act as a focal point as well .Drumboe is a very relaxing area where people regularly goe for walks in one of Ireland’s most varied woodlands. In relation to the Multipurpose, all-weather full-size pitch the council has secured €1.2M peace 1v funding which will be constructed at the Stranorlar sports master plan area located next to the existing sports facilities.Finn Harps new stadium and the Finn valley centre sports master plan area will be enhanced by the addition of this state of the art all-weather pitch which will be available to a variety of sports and will support outdoor training all year round day and night.The facility will include changing rooms and flood lighting.The Council are working on management arrangements at present and this will include equal access for all types of sports as was envisaged when applying for under the peace programmewhich was zoned almost 20 years ago will.“Two year ago I approached the land owners at Drumboe and commenced the negotiations which the council are now pursuing, this part 8 is a direct result of that and when adopted will allow the Council to complete the deal. “The multipurpose full size all weather pitch is something I have been pursuing almost as long as the town park. I persuaded the council some years ago to make an application for funding but at that stage we were unsuccessful so when peace 1V opened and the Council held meetings around the County seeking proposals I convinced my colleagues on BASICC to propose the All weather pitch and which lead to this successful project receiving funding .“I am very grateful to BASICC , Donegal CO Council managment & staff , LCDC members and staff and of course Peace1V supporting what will be a great facility.“This will be a massive boost to the County designated Stranorlar sporting centre of excellence.“All we need now is for the FAI troubles to be settled and a big dream back in 2000 by Alice Bonner, Francey Coyle, myself and others will really take off,” said Cllr McGowan. All weather pitch and proposed park for Stranorlar moves a step closer was last modified: April 25th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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Velodrome experience hailed huge success in Donegal Town during Bike Week

first_imgThe velodrome experience event held recently in Donegal Town has been hailed as a great success.Donegal Sports Partnership Community Sports Development Officer, Karen Guthrie, who helped co-ordinate the event which was part of Donegal Bike Week, said: “This is the first time local cyclists got a chance to try out the velodrome experience.“Over 100 children, 39 who are pupils at Glebe National School, took part and the good weather also helped the atmosphere.”​“This was the promo event for this year’s Donegal Bike Week and it gave people a unique opportunity to try out something novel.“There is no velodrome in Ireland – the velodrome at the National Sports Centre is currently under construction, so it was great to have a temporary velodrome in place locally to tie in with Donegal Bike Week,” she added.​“14 staff members from the Public Services Centre in Donegal Town also took time to sample the velodrome experience. They had a workplace cycle as part of Donegal Bike Week and rounded off their spin with a go in the velodrome.”​Matti Hemmings, a BMX pro, also gave a fantastic demonstration of skills and tricks.​“Overall, the day was a great success and it was a nice way for the local children to spend their last day before the start of their summer holidays,” Karen said.​StreetVelodrome is the World’s most accessible cycle sport. It brings all the excitement and drama of Olympic style track pursuit racing right into the heart of your community with its innovative pop-up velodrome complete with steeply banked corners.StreetVelodrome events are always 100% FREE to take part in. Bikes, helmets and professional coaching is always provided. There are no age limits, you don’t need any expensive equipment, its all provided. Velodrome experience hailed huge success in Donegal Town during Bike Week was last modified: July 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Stop Waiting to Share Your Gift

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Share your gift. pic.twitter.com/HKwoLddlQk— S. Anthony Iannarino (@iannarino) September 18, 2014last_img read more

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Parrikar presents Budget in Goa Assembly within hours of hospital discharge

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar presented the State’s annual budget on Thursday morning within hours of being discharged from Lilavati hospital, Mumbai, .Mr. Parrikar spoke for around eight minutes before tabling the budget, and thanked the people of Goa for all their wishes and prayers for his recovery.Mr. Parrikar, who arrived accompanied by his son Utpal, was greeted by top officials, Ministers and ruling MLAs. Parrikar tables BudgetMr. Parrikar tabled a State budget with a gross expenditure of ₹ 17,123.28 crore and fiscal deficit of ₹ 763.68 crores.No additional revenue mobilisation initiatives were announced in the budget, which has focused on generating employment in various sectors.The Chief Minister informed the Speaker that he could not write the Budget speech on account of his health condition.Mr. Parrikar was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital on February 15. Mr. Parrikar’s decision to present the annual budget came as a surprise even to his Cabinet colleagues and legislators. Police and bureaucracy had to make last-minute arrangements and security. Brief speechIn his brief speech while tabling the budget, Mr. Parrikar said: “I thank everyone who wished me for my speedy recovery through messages, letters and prayers at various temples, churches, mosques and in other way. I am overwhelmed by your love and affection. It fortifies my conviction that Goa and Goans are my extended family. It is your wishes and prayers which have helped me to recover speedily and return to Goa”. “For complete recovery, I have been advised by the doctors some precautions in the immediate short term. During this period, my interaction with the public will be limited. However, I will be discharging my regular duties and obligations as the Chief Minister of the State,” Mr. Parrikar said. Parrikar thanks coalition governmentAfter a brief Cabinet meeting, where Mr. Parrikar thanked his coalition government Ministers for their concern and promised to meet them again. Secretary for Finance Daulat Havildar told The Hindu that the Chief Minster has directed officials to get his files to his residence and was due to hold his next Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. “We are happy to have him back. He has told us that the next cabinet meeting will be convened on coming Wednesday,” said Minister for Power Pandurang Madkaikar. Opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar also said that the Assembly was glad to have Mr. Parrikar back. “We are glad to see him and we hope he recovers fully,” Mr. Kavlekar said. To a question from a reporter seeking to know his health status, Mr. Parrikar said, “Nothing is wrong with me. I have been asked not to maintain close contact”.last_img read more

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Asian Games: Indian boxers Thapa, Kuldeep in quarters

first_imgIndian boxers Shiva Thapa and Kuldeep Singh advanced to the quarterfinals while Akhil Kumar and Amritpreet Singh were knocked out of their respective categories in the 17th Asian Games at Seonhak Gymnasium on Friday.Thapa was adjudged the winner against Nadir of Pakistan by technical knockout due to injury in the round of 16 bout in the bantamweight (56kg) section . The 20-year-old took just a minute and five seconds, recording a round one TKO-I win over the Pakistani fighter. He will face Filipino Mario Fernandez in the quarterfinal slated for Tuesday.In the men’s light heavyweight (81kg) category, Kuldeep defeated Thongkrathok Anavat of Thailand by a split decision, winning 2-1 to make it to the quarters. He will next take on Iran’s Ehsan Rouzbahani on Monday.Later in the day, comeback man Akhil lost his lightweight (60kg) round of 16 match, going down 1-2 in a split decision against Charly Suarez of the Philippines’ in a tight contest that could have gone either way. Akhil took the lead after winning the first round but Suarez came back strongly to clinch the next two rounds to seal the contest in his favour. The last-eight round of this category will be held Oct 29.Amritpreet Singh’s, heavy weight (91kg) category, loss by a split decision against South Korea’s Namhyeong Park was similar to Akhil’s. Amritpreet started the contest positively bagging the first round in a split decision. But then his aggressiveness dipped as Park clawed back in the fight, bagging the bout in a split decision. The quarter-finals of this event will be held on Tuesday.advertisementlast_img read more

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ESPN Releases Preseason ‘Football Power Index’ Ratings

first_imgESPN's Football Power Index. Twitter/@bobarcher1Twitter/@bobarcher1We’re still over six months away from the start of the 2015 college football season, but it’s never too early to start debating which teams have the best shot at reaching the second College Football Playoff. While most fans believe that Ohio State has a great shot at repeating as national champion, there will be plenty of challengers. ESPN has already put together its Preseason FPI Ratings – which is basically an estimate of team strength (more on that here). Not surprisingly, the Buckeyes check in at No. 1, with Alabama sitting at No. 2. It may shock some fans to see LSU at No. 3 and Baylor at No. 4, however. Here are the top 25 schools, per ESPN. You can see the entire list here – all 128 teams are ranked.1. Ohio State 2. Alabama 3. LSU 4. Baylor 5. Oregon 6. TCU 7. Notre Dame 8. Ole Miss 9. Georgia 10. Arkansas 11. Texas A&M 12. UCLA 13. USC 14. Tennessee 15. Oklahoma 16. Michigan State 17. Stanford 18. Auburn 19. Clemson 20. Arizona State 21. Florida State 22. Mississippi State 23. Georgia Tech 24. Missouri 25. Virginia TechSome other surprises? Notre Dame, despite a quarterback controversy, sits at No. 7. Arkansas and Texas A&M – two teams that did not finish with winning records in the SEC West – come in at No. 10 and No. 11. And in total, there are 10 SEC teams in the top 25.last_img read more

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First Nations optimistic yet fearful a year after Mount Polley disaster

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis past Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the massive Mount Polley environmental disaster in British Columbia.Millions of cubic metres of waste rushed into the surrounding lakes and streams. People’s lives were turned upside down. They feared for their health and jobs.Members of the local First Nation communities are both cautiously optimistic and fearful.The leadership has united and is demanding sweeping industry reforms.APTN’s Rob Smith has the story.last_img read more

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Rep Hornberger votes to bring tax relief to Michigan seniors families

first_img Categories: Hornberger News,News 25Jan Rep. Hornberger votes to bring tax relief to Michigan seniors, families Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township joined her state House colleagues today in approving lower income taxes for Michigan families and seniors.The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents, while providing additional relief for seniors.“I’m happy to cast votes that will save money for Michigan taxpayers,” Hornberger said. “This legislation will leave money in workers’ paychecks and help families make ends meet. It is well-deserved and long overdue tax relief.”The legislation ensures Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, the legislation gradually increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 for the 2020 tax year. Taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax will continue to be able to claim exemptions.Other legislation in the package helps senior citizens in addition to the personal exemption increase. The legislation provides a $100 income tax credit for a single filer age 62 or older – or $200 for joint filers.The bills include a provision to ensure school aid funding is not negatively affected by the legislation.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more

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South African public broadcaster the SABC has seal

first_imgSouth African public broadcaster the SABC has sealed a deal for TV rights to the national football team’s games.The deal between the SABC and the South African Football Association took over a year to negotiate and covers the games played by the senior team and the under 23 side.Separately, the SABC is inaugurating a Production and Content Advisory Board, which will advise the public broadcaster on local content provision as it seeks to roll out new channels as the country completes its digital switchover.last_img read more

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Google has launched its new Daydream View VR heads

first_imgGoogle has launched its new Daydream View VR headset in five markets, along with Daydream and YouTube VR apps.The Daydream View headset and controller is available in the Google Store and via retailers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia and is compatible with any Daydream-ready phone – currently just Google’s new Pixel handset.Users can experience VR by opening the Daydream app, which will house a number of virtual reality services – including the YouTube VR app.YouTube VR lets viewers experience the entire library of YouTube videos on a ‘virtual big screen’ and experience “hundreds of thousands” of immersive videos.“We want to continue to provide you with new ways to engage with the world and with your community, and we believe virtual reality will play an important role in the future of storytelling,” said YouTube in an official blog post.“More than just an amazing new technology, VR allows us to make deep, human connections with people, places and stories. That’s why we’re committed to giving creators the space and resources they need to learn about, experiment with, and create virtual reality video.”Other Daydream apps available at launch are: Google Arts and Culture, which lets users enter a virtual gallery and view artworks from more than 50 museums; and a Google Street View, which lets users experience 150 of the world’s “most amazing places”.BBC Research & Development’s experimental The Turning Forest VR fairy tale also launches next week for Daydream. The VR story was produced by BBC R&D in collaboration with VR studio VRTOV and will be available for free.The Turning Forest was created as part of the BBC’s ongoing work exploring emerging technology and new storytelling mediums for future audiences.“Our goal with Daydream is to bring high quality, mobile VR to everyone. And this is just the beginning. There will be even more apps and games coming to Daydream in the next few weeks and even more Daydream-ready phones available over the next few months,” said Google.Google unveiled its new Pixel smartphones – the first devices that are compatible with Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform – early last month.The internet giant Google originally announced its Daydream platform at its I/O developer conference in May and said at the time that Samsung, Alcatel, Asus, Huawei, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, and ZTE will all launch Daydream ready smartphones.last_img read more

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