A former Chairman of the Buxton-Foulis Neighbouring Democratic Council (NDC) who was allegedly caught cultivating marijuana in his yard was on Tuesday charged and hauled before the court.Randolph Blair appeared at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court before presiding Magistrate Peter Hugh and had the charge read to him.He denied that on March 9, 2018 at Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD), he was found to be cultivating the illegal plants in his yard.Blair was granted $150,000 bail and was expected to return to court later this month.Reports surrounding the charge laid against him revealed that ranks of the C Division (East Coast Demerara) received information that Blair had marijuana plants in his yard.As such, the lawmen launched an operation in the area. On the day of Blair’s arrest, the ranks reportedly swooped down at the former Chairman’s farm where the discovery was made.Marijuana plants were found as well as seedlings in buckets. Blair, who was present during the search, was taken into Police custody and later charged.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a School District 60 Board meeting on Monday, Staff provided an update on the construction progress of Anne Roberts Young Elementary School.According to Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects, Doug Boyd, the construction of the school is ongoing and is constantly taking shape with the placement of more concrete forms and steel beams.Boyd says it is a very active site and there will be lots of activity going on this summer with the addition of more contractors on site.- Advertisement -“It’s a very active site happening and, over the next few months, it’s going to get increasingly active with more contractors coming on board. So, it’s good exciting times.”The new elementary school received the name Anne Roberts Young at a School District meeting in April, named after Fort St. John’s first registered nurse.The new elementary school is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital at a cost of $31.3 million. Construction started in 2018 and is expected to be complete by the Fall of 2020.Advertisement
A NUMBER of our athletes will be making their way to Raheny in Dublin on Sunday for a 5k road race. Last Sunday a number of our members performed very well in the Raphoe 5k.Humphry Murphy (17.37) was second overall and first man over V1’s and Marty Gormley (17.53) was third in the same category. Meanwhile, congratulations to Joe English (18.13) who was first Over-50. A total of 169 athletes took part including our own, Garvan McCloskey (20.05), , Paul Cosgrove, Richard Raymond (21.12),48 21.14 , Monica and Gerard McGranaghan (17.47), Annraoi Cheevers (19.13), Conor Morrisson (19.22), Glen Duncan (20.18), Seamus Morrison (20.36), Gabriel McCrossan ( 21.16), Paul Cosgrove (23.23), and Laura Corbett (24.06).While Donegal teams didn’t feature in the placings at the Northern Ireland Senior Cross Country Championship’s in Antrim on Saturday there were some strong individual displays from LAC. In the Senior Men’s Race Letterkenny’s Ciaran Doherty finished 23rd (39.29) overall followed by his club mate, Pauric McKinney (35th 41.08)Former Irish marathon champion, Gary Crossan, finished in 37th place (41.24) and the fourth scorer for LAC was the ever improving Paul McGlinchey in 67th place (44.34). Annadale Striders (73) won the team title followed by St. Malachys (80) and City of Derry ( 120). Other Letterkenny AC competitors were: Charlie Page (71st), Barry Meehan (80), Aidan McKenna (114), Padraig Friel (117) and Noel Lynch (133)In the Senior Women’s Race, Fionnuala Diver (23.24 put in a terrific performance to finish 22nd overall. She was the only Donegal competitor in the field of 52 runners and deserves great praise. The lotto numbers drawn on Saturday night were 7, 10, 20, and 24. There was one match three winner-Conal McGonigle, The Cottage Bar. The jackpot on Saturday night in The Glencar Inn will be €990.The club would like as many members as possible to support Garvan McCloskey’s Relay for Life project which was launched on Monday night in The Mount Errigal Hotel. The project aims to raise €100,000 to fight cancer. More info on facebook Relay for Life. LETTERKENNY ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 23rd, 2012 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:Letterkenny Athletic Club notes
Sean DunnionThe Donegal County Board has released the nominations for next month’s county convention at the Mount Errigal Hotel.Among the nominees for the top job are current hard-working Chair Sean Dunnion and vice chair Denis Ellis.Ellis has also been nominated for the December 13 convention to continue his current role alongside Frankie Doherty and Mick McGrath. Secretary Aideen Gillen, Assistant Secretary Declan Martin and the Treasurer Cieran Kelly are nominated unopposed for their current roles.However there are four nominations for Assistant Treasurer – Paddy Tinney, Brendan Kelly, Aidan Cannon and Fiona Shiels.Current Public Relations Office Ed Byrne has been re-nominated but faces opposition from Barry McNulty and Aidan Cannon.The Donegal County Convention will be held at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on Sunday 13th December. CathaoirleachSeán Dunnion, Denis Ellis,Leas ChathaoirleachDenis Ellis, Frankie Doherty, Mick Mc GrathRunaiAideen Gillen.Rúnaí CuntaDeclan Martin.CisteoirCieran Kelly Leas ChisteoirPaddy Tinney, Brendan Kelly, Aidan Cannon, Fiona ShielsOifigeach Caidrimh PoiblíEd Byrne, Barry Mc Nulty, Aidan Cannon,Oifigeach ForbarthaTerence McShea, Paddy Mullen, Mick Mc Grath, Oliver Prunty, Grace BoyleOifigeach Gaeilge agus CultúirFergus Mac Aoidh Oifigeach OiliúnaAnthony HarkinIonadaí ar Ard ChomhairleSeamus O Domhnaill, Aodh Mairtín Ó Fearraigh,Ionadaí ar Comhairle Uladh(2)Pat Conaghan, Aodh Máirtín Ó Fearraigh, Frankie Doherty, Brendan Kelly, PJ McGowan, Pat WalshTeachtaí go Comhdháil Bhliantúil Chomhairle UladhMick McGrath, Séamus Ó Domhnaill, Ed Byrne, Edward Molloy, Brendan Kelly, David Mc Loone, Mickey Mc Mahon, Anthony HarkinTeachtaí go Comhdháil Bhliantúil C.L.GMick McGrath, Brendan Kelly, Pat Conaghan, P.J.Mc Gowan, Ed Byrne, Pat Walsh.NOMINATIONS FOR DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD CONVENTION was last modified: November 24th, 2015 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:County ConventionGAANOMINATIONS
Damian McGarvey just sent us this picture – stuck on the GapTHERE’S chaos on one of Donegal’s main routes tonight.Traffic on the N15 at McGrory’s Brae – between the Twin Towns and Donegal Town – has ground to a halt as cars have become stuck in the snow.There are massive tailbacks in both directions with hundreds and hundreds of cars stuck in the jam. Prison vans returning inmates from Letterkenny court today to Castlerea Prison are amongst the vehicles stuck in the ice.Gardaí are on their way to the scene.“It just takes one or two motorists to become stuck in the ice and snow and that’s the journey home wrecked,” said one motorist via email from the scene.Another complained: “There are massive tailbacks. Where are all the gritters?” There were dozens of minor accidents across the county today due to the snow.Some cars have been abandoned just outside Dunlewey as blizzards hit the area.And there was only a few centimetres of snow today.Met Eireann’s Orange snow alert for Donegal runs out this evening, but with temperatures dropping below 0C, many roads are now covered in ice. CHAOS ON THE GAP AS SNOW BRINGS TRAFFIC TO A STANDSTILL was last modified: February 11th, 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:BallybofeyBarnesmoreDonegal TownicesnowThe Gap
I have a not-so-dirty secret. Every house I have built for the last three years (except one) has a bathtub that cost well upwards of $3,000.What is the payback on a $3,000 bathtub? Is it more or less than the payback on a $6,000 solar water heater? Are either of these truly rational purchases?What is the value of the enhancement to your equanimity and marital harmony from that iconic bathtub? Do I calculate the payback on that solar panel based on today’s energy cost or that in five or ten years? What about resale value?Seriously, what has logic got to do with it? It’s an emotional thing.People buy as much green as they can justify—but they work to justify as much as they can afford.I can work with that.
Leaders of the carbon reduction effort in Boulder, Colorado, want to jump start energy efficiency improvements among homeowners by going door-to-doorMany homeowners have at least considered weatherizing and otherwise improving the energy efficiency of their homes. But for a variety of reasons (I’ve got my list of excuses right here) they haven’t managed to cross the threshold into action.That is the thinking behind a plan proposed by ClimateSmart in Boulder, Colorado, where the initiative’s officials are looking for ways to encourage citizens to embrace energy efficiency not only philosophically but in very material, practical ways.On Thursday, according to a recent story published by the Daily Camera, CimateSmart will ask the Boulder City Council to fund a program that would enable ClimateSmart technicians to go door-to-door, perform on-the-spot energy audits in the homes of those who are receptive, then offer to schedule city-approved contractors to make the recommended improvements.A clearer, faster wayEventually, the techs might even be able to help arrange financing, right then and there, for prospective customers who want it.The idea, in other words, is to apply the concept of efficiency to the marketing of ClimateSmart’s greenhouse-gas reduction program, shrinking the breathing room between theoretical support for sustainable behavior, the results of an audit, and the opportunity to address whatever deficiencies the audit reveals.Informally known as “two techs and a truck,” the new plan dovetails with the notion that a combination of expertise, personal contact, and convenience can go a long way toward breaking down barriers to action.The Daily Camera cites a passage in the book “Fostering Sustainable Behavior,” by Doug McKenzie-Mohr, that focuses on the reasons large-scale information campaigns often aren’t successful at changing consumer behavior.“Is it warranted to believe that by enhancing knowledge, or altering attitudes, behavior will change? Apparently not,” he writes, highlighting research that supports his view. ClimateSmart’s proposed plan is at least partially a response to similar findings in other markets nationally where only 10% to 15% of households that received energy audits made energy efficiency improvements.As long as two techs and a truck doesn’t feel too much like a hard sell, it seems the program could improve those percentages considerably.
Tonight people are afraid. In some places they are afraid for their lives. They are afraid for the lives of their families and loved ones. They are afraid for their communities. Their fear is very real, and for many the danger they face is very real.Some fear others who don’t look like them. Some fear those who don’t believe what they believe. They fear the differences. Some have been taught this fear from the time of their birth; it’s an inherited fear that hardens their worldview from an early age. Their fear doesn’t allow them to recognize that we are all the same.For some this fear is a quiet loathing, something always simmering underneath and never spoken of. For others this fear turns into a vocal detestation. And for a few, fear turns into hatred, and hatred turns into violence. Their fear overwhelms them, and as they destroy others they unknowingly and unintentionally sacrifice themselves.At the core of the most horrific news stories you read, the cause is always the same: fear.Fear has one enemy. There is only one thing that can defeat it, and that thing is Love. Love is the heart of understanding. Love is compassion.Fear causes problems from one end of the Earth to the other, most of which are beyond your reach. But because you can’t fight it everywhere doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.Tonight do something wherever you are, however small it might be. Do what you can. The battle is being fought everywhere, every day. What you do may not make a difference everywhere, but it makes a difference where you are right now. 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
Dalit leader and BJP MP from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh Savitribai Phule on Thursday resigned from the party, accusing it of dividing society on communal lines and ‘plotting to finish the Constitution and provisions of reservation’. The MP said the BJP government was trying to erase the “history of Bahujan and minority” and spending “unnecessarily” on building statues and temples, instead on development. Ms. Phule’s announcement comes on the death anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar, December 6, which is also the day the Babri Masjid in Ayohdha was demolished in 1992. While referring to both, Ms. Phule said the VHP, the RSS and the BJP were trying to recreate the situation of 1992 and dividing society on communal lines. She was resigning in commemoration of themasjid demolition, which “hurt the feelings of Muslims, Dalits and Backwards,”,as well as the ”parinirvan diwas” of Bhimrao Ambedkar. “Instead of ensuring development, they are stoking fears of Hindu-Muslim, India- Pakistan, mandir-masjid, and spreading hate and destroying communal brotherhood,” Ms.Phule told journalists at an event organised by the Namo Budhay Sewa Samiti on Dr. Ambedkar. “I resigned becsuse the RSS and the BJP are fully prepared to finishing off the Constitution made by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and reservation,” she said.Listing out the reasons for her resignation from the BJP, Ms. Phule, who was first elected as a BJP MLA in 2012 from the reserved seat of Bansi, and then as a MP in 2014, said she had nothing to do with the party anymore. “MPs and ministers of the current government are spreading communal strife and tearing the constitution to shreds,” she said. She cited “threat to reservation, failure of the government to punish those involved in burning the Constitution and raising slogans against Baba Sahab in August” for her resignation. She said, “Some people want to run this country on the ‘manusmriti’, and don’t follow the Constitution”. Ms. Phule promisedg to launch a campaign form December 23 for the implementation of the Constitution and for the rights of Dalits and OBCs.
The uncertainty has finally ended for the Congress in Odisha with the party’s national president Sonia Gandhi dissolving the Pradesh Congress Committee office-bearers and all other committees constituted for the recently held Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the State.PCC president Niranjan Patnaik and two working presidents Chiranjib Biswal and Pradip Majhi, however, will continue in their posts as per the decision taken by the Congress president on Monday.Resigned from post Mr. Patnaik, who was appointed PCC president in April 2018, had resigned from his post following the poor performance of the Congress in the State in the recent elections. His resignation, however, was not accepted by the AICC.“We are sure and confident that we will fight back and recover our space in Odisha politics,” said Saptagiri Ulaka, party’s lone Member of Parliament from Koraput, in a tweet, while thanking the Congress leadership for taking the necessary steps in reviving the party in the State.A party leader in Bhubaneswar expressed satisfaction over the AICC decision. As Mr. Patnaik, Mr. Biswal and Mr. Majhi have remained in their posts they should constitute different committees of the PCC without delay, he said.Regaining lost ground Another office-bearer of the party said that organisational restructuring should be carried out at all levels to regain the party’s lost ground in the State. The ensuing urban body elections will offer a chance to revitalise the party across the State, he said.The Congress has been losing strength in Odisha in recent years by losing ground to the Bharatiya Janata Party that is growing fast since it emerged as the number one rival to the ruling Biju Janata Dal in the panchayat elections in 2017. The Congress bagged only one Lok Sabha and nine Assembly seats in the recent elections as against one Lok Sabha and 16 Assembly seats in 2014.