Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgMore importantly, a federal election will most certainly stall the economic recovery that our nation has just begun to experience.  In fact, the markets and the Canadian dollar dropped immediately after Mr. Ignatieff held his press conference this week to announce he was determined to bring down our Conservative Government and prompt an election this fall. Michael Ignatieff just doesn’t get it.  Canadians don’t want an election less than a year after the last one. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Cabinet and our MPs will not be distracted by Mr. Ignatieff’s call for an opportunistic election.  We remain focussed on our number one priority: protecting Canada’s economy and continuing to implement stimulus measures that will secure hope and prosperity for Canadians. – Advertisement – The rate of federally-stimulated economic activity taking place throughout Canada the past few months is unprecedented.  Federal investments in infrastructure and business are creating new jobs and long-term opportunities for growth all across the nation. The second reason Mr. Ignatieff wants to trigger an election now is that he’s trying to hang on to his majority in the Senate.  He has been using the Liberals in the Senate to block important justice reforms passed by Canada’s duly-elected Members of Parliament.  In the New Year, as more Senators retire, Mr. Ignatieff will lose his power to block the will of Canadians using the Red Chamber. However, what’s good news for the nation is not good news for Mr. Ignatieff’s political aspirations.  He can’t afford to wait for another set of positive economic figures to be released. After our Conservative Government proved we are able to govern responsibly and with cooperation by becoming the longest-serving minority parliament in Canadian history, Canadians returned us to power last October with a strengthened mandate.  No one in the REAL WORLD, certainly not in Prince George-Peace River wants another election campaign.  Mr. Ignatieff is creating uncertainty and instability with just the threat of an election.  If an actual election campaign were to take place, all federal legislative and economic business would virtually come to a halt for three months.  That’s bad for the country at this fiscally-critical time and it’s bad for the pocketbooks of Canadians. MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Canadians Don’t Want Another Election” Thirdly, if he waits until 2010, Canadians may have even more reason to feel good about themselves and our country.  History has demonstrated that voters are less likely to vote for change and against an incumbent government when feeling patriotic … and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics in February will undoubtedly inflame a greater sense of patriotism and excitement across the country. So why are the Ignatieff Liberals pushing an unwanted election on Canadians – a pointless exercise that will cost taxpayers $350-million? First, our Conservative Government’s Economic Action Plan is working!  It’s no coincidence that the day before Mr. Ignatieff demanded an election, Statistics Canada released its figures demonstrating that Canada’s economy grew in June.  This represents an important light at the end of the tunnel amidst this serious global recession.  While our economy has suffered a blow, we have fared better than most nations thanks to our Government’s policies.last_img read more

From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Russia fans outside the St Petersburg Stadium celebrate after seeing their team take a three-goal lead in the crucial match. Photo/REUTERSMOSCOW, Russia, June 19 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Germany’s floating viewer German astronaut Alexander Gerst keeping tabs on the World Cup from space© AFP MICHAEL GOTTSCHALKWorld Cup holders Germany received a morale-boosting message from the heavens after their shock opening loss to Mexico. Astronaut Alexander Gerst posted on Twitter from the International Space Station: “The first game is only to get your bearings. I’m crossing my fingers for you from the ISS.” With the words of encouragement was a selfie of Gerst in a Germany shirt, floating in front of a television watching the game.Olivia gets it wrongJapan’s match winner Yuya Osako foils Olivia’s prediction of defeat to Colombia© AFP Filippo MONTEFORTEAt the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Olivia, a grey parrot who calls home a zoo north of Tokyo, was spot on when she predicted great things for runners-up Japan. Three years later, she appears to have lost her touch after heretically suggesting defeat by Colombia for Japan in their World Cup opener. “She hesitated a moment so perhaps it will be a very close game,” said her zoo minder Nozomi Oikawa before kick-off. History records a famous 2-1 win for Japan, to avenge their 4-1 loss to the South Americans four years earlier in Brazil.Al dente NeymarNeymar’s latest look attracts plenty of comment on social media© AFP Pascal GUYOTAs well as being the most expensive player in the world, Neymar has earned himself a reputation for natty haircuts. The Brazilian’s latest blond reincarnation for the World Cup has triggered plenty of comment on social media. Manchester United great Eric Cantona posted on Instagram a caption:: “Neymar style….spaghetti al dente” alongside a picture of himself with a plate of pasta on his head and a photo of Neymar in his hands. On Tuesday the Brazil captain was seen with the noodles-bits chopped off.Sainsbury a 33rd-minute hitAustralia’s Trent Sainsbury sparks quick interest from European clubs© AFP Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVAustralia may have lost their opening match against France but defender Trent Sainsbury reportedly impressed one European club so much that his agent fielded an offer 33 minutes into the fixture. “I’ve never experienced it before and I’ve done 26 transfers overseas,” agent Tony Rallis told the Sydney Morning Herald. Melbourne’s Herald Sun reported that a total of five clubs, two of them English, had expressed interest in the 26-year-old. Sainsbury is in the final year of his contract with China’s Jiangsu Suning but spent most of last season on loan with Grasshoppers Zurich in Switzerland. Rallis said Sainsbury was concentrating on Australia’s World Cup campaign, with the Socceroos due to play Denmark in Samara on Thursday, and would not decide his playing future until the team’s tournament is over.Moscow’s rain ruseRain in Moscow, but not on parades© AFP Mladen ANTONOVMoscow makes sure nothing rains on its parades or other big days by artificially dispersing clouds before they reach the Russian capital. But weather service chief Roman Vilfand says no such plans are being made for the June 15 final in Luzhniki Stadium. “We are not going to artificially influence the weather,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ghana soccer boss suspended in corruption row – FIFA

first_imgThe suspension is pending an investigation into whether he had broken FIFA’s code of ethics, it added in a statement.Nyantakyi was this week accused in an undercover documentary of requesting $11 million from reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts.He also allegedly tried to profit personally from a $5 million-a-year, five-year sponsorship deal with the GFA.Ghana’s government on Thursday said the documentary had exposed “gross malfunctioning… characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery” at the GFA.Steps were now being taken to dissolve the body, said information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid.The conduct of all GFA officials and the suspended head of the National Sports Authority was referred to police for further investigation and any “appropriate action”, he added.Football is Ghana’s national sport and the revelations have sent shockwaves through the country, just under a week before the start of the World Cup finals in Russia.Ghana’s senior men’s team, the Black Stars, failed to qualify.Before the last tournament in Brazil in 2014, Nyantakyi was accused of signing a $170,000-deal for Ghana to play in a friendly organised by match fixers.He denied signing any contract.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000(The governing body of world football on Friday announced a 90-day suspension on the president of the Ghana Football Association, who has been at the centre of corruption claims © AFP/File / Carl DE SOUZAACCRA, Ghana, Jun 8 – The governing body of world football on Friday announced a 90-day suspension on the president of the Ghana Football Association, who has been at the centre of corruption claims.FIFA said its ethics committee had “provisionally banned” Kwesi Nyantakyi from “all football activities at both national and international level” with immediate effect.last_img read more

Chelsea set to break transfer record for this international star

first_img Yoshinori Muto in action for Japan 1 Chelsea are on the brink of landing Yoshinori Muto from FC Tokyo in the summer, the Japanese side have confirmed.The Blues have reportedly bid £4million for the attacker’s services, which would be a record for a Japanese J-League-based player.And FC Tokyo president Naoki Ogane revealed an offer has been received from Chelsea, but Muto himself insisted a deal is yet to be confirmed.He told Japanese press: “I’m honoured to receive an offer from this wonderful team, but I have not made any decision yet.”But just what can the Stamford Bridge faithful expect from Muto? Check out the video below to find out…last_img read more

Seven realistic Manchester United targets if David De Gea makes Real Madrid move

first_img Iker Casillas – Casillas’ powers are undoubtedly waning but he could prove a tidy alternative for Louis Van Gaal. Many believe the Real Madrid legend could be used as a makeweight in any deal to lure De Gea to the Bernabeu, although he has publicly expressed his desire to finish his career in Spain. Samir Handanovic – Continue to find out which 22-year-old is turning heads in Italy – Slovenian goalkeeper Handanovic is the stand-out player for his national side and has a reputation as one of the finest penalty stoppers in the world. At one stage last season, the 30-year-old saved six spot kicks in a row for current club Inter Milan. The picture above is not actually Samir Handanovic, but we got so bored of comments on this article from one person, complaining about the picture we had previously used, that we decided to publish a photo of Samir out of Corrie instead. With reports emerging on Saturday that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid, the Red Devils will have a real task replacing him if he does depart.The Spanish giants allegedly launched ‘Operation De Gea’ in their bid to lure the shot-stopper, whose stellar performances this season were recognised by being shortlisted for both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards, back to his home city this summer.Real have identified De Gea as their prime target to replace long-term goalkeeper Iker Casillas; the man the United stopper has displaced at international level in recent months.A hefty price tag would be required to prize De Gea away from Old Trafford, but if a deal did go through Louis Van Gaal could muster a contingency plan by moving for a first class replacement immediately.Here are seven realistic options for the Red Devils to pursue… Asmir Begovic – Click right to see which Serie A keeper is attracting interest from the Premier League – The fact that Real Madrid are reportedly in talks with Begovic is perhaps testament to how highly rated the Bosnian is. Mark Hughes laughed off the possibility of one of Stoke City’s prize assets leaving the Britannia but, with Begovic stalling talks over a contract extension, his future remains in doubt. He has seven clean sheets this season and even registered a goal for the Potters last term. Victor Valdes – Click right to see which Premier League stalwart has been left warming the bench this season – United snapped up Victor Valdes on a free in January after the Spaniard left Barcelona last summer, but the 33-year-old has failed to make an appearance under Louis Van Gaal due to De Gea’s imperious form. If De Gea did vacate Old Trafford, United have a ready-made replacement at their disposal. Valdes made nearly 400 appearances for the Catlans during their hugely proficient era of dominance under Pep Guardiola. 7 7 7 Hugo Lloris – Continue to find out which current United player could seamlessly fill De Gea’s boots – France No.1 Lloris’ reputation has grown in recent years and, along with De Gea and Thibaut Courtois, is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League. His leadership qualities are another added bonus, having captained both Spurs and France this season, and he has been linked with both United and PSG this campaign. 7 7 Mattia Perin – Click right to see which highly-rated French star is being linked with a move to Old Trafford – At just 22 years old, Perin is a relatively fresh face on the scene but his performances for Genoa this season has turned the heads of many managers across Europe, not least Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. With seven clean sheets in Serie A, Perin has been instrumental to Genoa’s surprise push for European qualification this campaign. Petr Cech – Continue to see which keeper offers the opportunity of a straight swap with De Gea – Petr Cech is undeniably one of the finest goalkeepers to ever grace the Premier League but he has had to play second fiddle at Chelsea this season due to the performances of Thibaut Courtois. The Czech international was one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings back in his first tenure in 2004, and the fact he sits just four clean sheets behind David James’ Premier League record might encourage the 33-year-old to stay in England. 7 7last_img read more

MERGER BREWING

first_imgRegulators might even see the pairing as helping offset Anheuser-Busch’s dominance, Mark Swartzberg, a Stifel Nicolaus analyst, wrote in a research note. Milwaukee-based Miller and Denver- based Molson Coors executives said in a conference call that approval could take six months for the joint venture. A final agreement is expected by Dec. 31, with the deal closing in mid-2008. SABMiller, which brews Miller Lite and Miller Genuine Draft, will have a 58 percent economic interest in the venture, and Molson Coors, maker of Coors and Coors Light, will own 42 percent. But they will have equal voting interests. Precise financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move positions the brewers to better compete against Anheuser-Busch, brewer of brands like Budweiser, Michelob and Bud Light, executives said. “It is clear Miller and Coors will be a stronger, more competitive U.S brewer than either company can be on its own,” said Molson Coors CEO Leo Kiely, who will be the new CEO of MillerCoors. Anheuser-Busch declined to comment publicly about the deal. Shares of Molson Coors Brewing Co. hit a 52-week high of $57.68 on the news Tuesday. The stock rose $5.32, or 10.5 percent, to $56.15. SABMiller shares rose 1.43 percent to close at 1,487 pence ($30.33) in London. Anheuser-Busch shares fell 46 cents to $51.57. Pete Coors, vice chairman of Molson Coors, will be chairman of the new company, with Kiely as CEO. Tom Long, CEO of Miller, will be president and chief commercial officer. Under the agreement, the companies said they will conduct all of their U.S. business exclusively through the venture. They project MillerCoors will sell 69 million barrels in the U.S. and reach revenue of $6.6 billion. Anheuser-Busch sold 102.3 million barrels in the U.S. last year and had net revenue of $15.7 billion. Kiely said beer sales and profits industrywide are dwindling due to rising sales of wine, spirits and craft beers. Beer Marketer’s Insights reports overall beer sales were up just over 1 percent last year, while crafts were up 11 percent to 12 percent, imports 7 percent to 8 percent and lights in the low single digits. Dragging the industry down, executive editor Eric Shepard said, is mainstream, nonlight beers, such as Bud, Miller and Coors. The merger has long been expected, he said, but the question is how Miller Lite and Coors Light will keep their own identities. “You have two powerhouse light brands,” he said. “Can they figure out how to do that and not get in each other’s way?” Bud Light is the nation’s top selling light beer, by far, he said, while Miller Lite and Coors Light have long been the second and third, sometimes swapping positions. Consumers won’t notice much difference after the merger, he said, though they can probably expect to see more national marketing campaigns. The company will decide on a location for the new headquarters as integration moves forward executives said, though they promised to keep a presence in Miller’s hometown of Milwaukee and Coors’ headquarters in Golden, Colo. Miller has 6,000 employees and eight breweries and Coors has 4,000 employees and two breweries. Executives on the call estimated the new company would have 10,000 employees and said they do not expect brewery closings.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Emily Fredrix THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MILWAUKEE – The nation’s second and third-largest brewers, Miller and Coors, are planning to blend their U.S. operations to help them compete in a struggling U.S. industry and against its leader, Anheuser-Busch. The deal, announced Tuesday, will place almost 80 percent of the U.S. beer market in the hands of just two companies, the new MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, making it a likely target for a tough antitrust review. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMiller Brewing Co., owned by SABMiller PLC, has about 18 percent of the market, as of last year, according to trade publication Beer Marketer’s Insights. Molson Coors Brewing Co. has almost 11 percent, and Anheuser-Busch Cos. has just less than half the market. The companies said the combination will have to pass an antitrust review by either the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice. Few analysts expect the government to try to block the deal, though, despite close scrutiny by regulators. Supermarkets and restaurants – two large buyers of beer – will play a large role in the review, said Veronica Kayne, an attorney at Haynes & Boone and former FTC antitrust official. But the emergence of many smaller brewers has made the industry more competitive than it was a decade ago, said William MacLeod, an attorney at Kelley Drye Collier Shannon and former antitrust official at the Department of Justice. That makes the transaction “much more feasible” now, he said. last_img read more

Water funding clogged: Politics, red tape slow spending of 2006 bonds

first_imgIn the special session, Schwarzenegger is asking lawmakers to place an additional $10 billion in water bonds on the 2008 ballot. But that proposal has stalled in the Legislature as Democrats dispute the need to spend billions of dollars on additional dam- and water-storage projects. Compromise offered Schwarzenegger has recently offered to compromise by cutting about $1.5billion from his original proposal for water storage, but Democrats have not responded. “California voters have approved more than $14billion in bonds to address water and environmental issues in the last 10 years,” Schwarzenegger said. “Billions of dollars were directly aimed at projects designed to address the crisis in the delta. “Yet the delta is in worse shape today than it was a decade ago. Throwing more money at the problem without addressing the fundamental issues to fix the delta will only allow the crisis to worsen.” Schwarzenegger said that with the risk of water rationing and rate increases on the horizon across the state, quick action is needed. But Perata said he is frustrated that the governor’s veto has stalled spending of previous bonds. “I was very upset and I still, to this moment, do not understand why you ask voters to give approval to spend money to protect their water system, which we did with Prop. 1E, and then when we want to appropriate the money, he vetoes the bill,” Perata said. “I don’t know how you go back to the voters and say: Give us more authority.” Mark Cowin, deputy director for regional water planning and management at the state Department of Water Resources, said several factors have stalled allocation of water-bond money. “I’m sure many are as frustrated as we are that we can’t move on these projects quicker,” Cowin said. Cowin said disagreements have arisen with the Legislature over spelling out how to spend the money. And he said once the Legislature passes appropriations, and the governor signs them, the department has to draft guidelines on how the money can be distributed. Often it is spent through a competitive-grant process, meaning the department first has to draft guidelines for local agencies seeking the money. Then, the actual grant process itself takes time. Proposition 84 was designed to provide $5.4 billion in bonds to fund water quality, flood control and resource protection projects; Proposition 1E was to provide $4.1billion for flood control and water supply projects. But so far, just about $588 million from Proposition 1E has been committed to specific projects; and just $1.7 billion from Proposition 84. Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University, Sacramento, said voters may have a difficult time approving additional water bonds. O’Connor said she has talked to several water agency officials who are concerned that the funds are “languishing.” H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the governor’s Department of Finance, said he does not believe that spending on water projects has been slow. He said the governor already provided about $400 million in the 2007-08 general fund to jump-start flood-control projects rather than waiting for bond funds. “We didn’t want to wait for another potential flood season to get that work done,” Palmer said. But the debate over additional water bonds comes as many water agencies are struggling with dry conditions and looking ahead to an increasingly difficult future. With traditional supplies hit by drought and strained by growing populations, most water agencies are focused on increasing conservation rather than developing new sources of imported water. Drought and federal restrictions have severely limited the amount of water Southern California can access from the Colorado River, while the snowpack in the Sierras is far below normal this year. Also, a court decision aimed at protecting the endangered delta smelt has restricted the amount of water that can be pumped through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Metropolitan Water District now serves about 18million people in Southern California and expects to serve about 25million by 2030. But the district is not anticipating importing any more water from outside sources. Instead, it is hoping to serve those additional 7million people with roughly the same amount of imported water – through increased efforts at conservation, efficiency and reclamation. Eventually, there may also be the need for forced rationing measures and a likely increase in water rates. Similarly, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has increasingly relied on conservation measures to supply a growing population. The DWP increased its reliance on the MWD this year because of the shrinking Sierra snowpack, but also has significant supplies of groundwater in the San Fernando Valley. Despite serving an additional 1 million customers, Los Angeles uses about the same amount of water as it did 25 years ago, thanks to conservation measures, said DWP spokesman Joe Ramallo. But if the Sierra snowpack does not improve this winter, the DWP might look toward prohibiting more types of water uses. Timothy Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies, said he is satisfied with how the state has been allocating funds. The state water supply is not in a desperate situation, he said, though it is getting closer. “Water managers in Southern California are sitting on top of several million acre-feet of stored water,” Quinn said. “From a myopic perspective, their canoe is not going over the waterfall just yet. On the other hand, the canoe is at a very fast current and the waterfall is visible.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – While California voters approved $9.5 billion in bonds to improve the state’s water infrastructure last year, little of that money has been allocated despite a lengthy drought and growing strains on the system. Political infighting and bureaucratic red tape have slowed spending of the 2006 water bonds, even as state lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger consider asking voters for billions of dollars in additional water bonds on next year’s ballot. Only about 14 percent of the Proposition 1E water bond approved by voters last year – and about one-third of the Proposition 84 water bond – have been committed to specific projects. And within Proposition 84, only about 9 percent of the funds dedicated specifically to water quality and supply projects – as opposed to flood control – have been committed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “A lot of (Southern California water agencies) are very hopeful that Proposition 84 will result in money for local projects, but so far we’re still waiting for some of the legislation,” said Jeff Kightlinger, CEO of the Metropolitan Water District. “It’s been a little slow getting Prop. 84 dollars out the door.” By comparison, more than 40 percent of the transportation-bond dollars approved on the same November 2006 ballot has already been allocated. Last month, Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, that would have directed spending $611 million from last year’s water bonds. In his veto, the governor said he wanted to wait until a more comprehensive solution to the state’s water crisis is crafted during the current special legislative session. last_img read more

DELIGHT FOR MCELHINNEYS AS THEY WIN PRESTIGIOUS DIGITAL MEDIA AWARD

first_imgBUSINESS: McElhinneys, Ballybofey have won one of the most sought after awards at the Digital Media Awards in Dublin last night – by winning the award for Best Search Marketing Campaign. The family owned department store stood alongside household national brands such as VHI, National Lottery, Eir plus many more only to top the list and come away with the award which recognises excellence online.  Launching in November 2012, McElhinneys website www.mcelhinneys.com has continually changed the face of retail not only locally but on a national level. Winning Best eCommerce Website in Ireland 2015 and representing Ireland in the European eCommerce Awards in Barcelona, McElhinneys continues to make huge strides in the world of eCommerce.Head of Marketing and eCommerce Roisin Woods told Donegal Daily, “It’s a fantastic achievement and a testament to our hard work and creativity winning this award. “This is an industry lead award and will take pride of place in our office” DELIGHT FOR MCELHINNEYS AS THEY WIN PRESTIGIOUS DIGITAL MEDIA AWARD was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

Water fees may increase

first_imgWHITTIER – After several years of making municipal budget cuts and raising fees, better times are back for Whittier. City Manager Steve Helvey’s proposed $90.6 million budget for fiscal 2006-07 is balanced without the kind of cuts and fee increases in previous years, although it does include proposed water and trash rate increases. The City Council will study the budget in a special session at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., Whittier. “We think it’s good right now,” Controller Rod Hill said Wednesday. “Historically we’ve used our fund balance to fund a couple of positions in the Police Department and for community services,” he said, referring to money saved in past years. “This year we have sufficient money to fund them out of the current year’s revenue. That’s a significant change.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsRevenue is projected to grow by about 8.1 percent, or about $7.1 million, to $95.2 million, in part because of expected increases in property values, sales tax and utility users tax as well as the elimination of the state take-away of property tax dollars, Helvey stated in his budget message to the council. In addition, Helvey is proposing to increase water rates by 4.5 percent and trash rates by 2.7 percent. “We’re financially sound this year,” Hill said. “We have a long-term labor contract. There’s nothing for fiscal 2006-07 that I see as a surprise.” There’s also a projected $300,000 surplus in the general fund, providing some extra money for the council to dip into for additional projects, he said. The general fund budget projects spending of $51 million and nearly $51.3 million in revenue. But the picture in the past wasn’t so good. Last year, the council cut 2 percent from all of the departments, eliminated the annual fireworks show and closed the city’s two libraries on Sundays. In 2004, the city did not replace city employees who quit or retired and cut all departments by 3.2 percent. Some of those problems were caused when the state began taking away property tax, Hill said. That program was stopped this year and will save the city $719,018. Next year’s budget reflects only a few minor changes over this year, Hill said. Only one new employee,, will be added. The budget also contains about $4.6 million for capital improvements, including repaving of Greenleaf Avenue and Mar Vista Street, more radar signs and crosswalks, new water lines, the re-carpeting of part of City Hall, and accessibility improvements at the community and senior centers. a geographic information system position mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC GIRL AILBHE JUMPS TO SILVER SUCCESS

first_imgRosses AC notesWell done to Ailbhe O’ Donnell who won a silver medal in the Girls U-16 Long Jump with a personal best jump of 4.94m at the Ulster Track & Field Ch’s in Antrim Forum last weekend. Amy Hanna also qualified in the Long Jump with 4.63m. Fodhla Mc Fadden won a bronze medal in the High Jump with 1.40m and also qualified in the 250m Hurdles with a time of 40.98 sec. Saskia Boyle also had a good run in the hurdles with a time of 41.24 sec. Jessica Oglesby threw 7.99m in the Shot Putt and 16.75m in the Javelin while Rebecca Greene jumped 1.20m in the High Jump and threw 12.27m in the Javelin.Well done to Noel Diver who ran an excellent 17:26 in the Lifford 5k and also to Brendan McBride who ran 19:53. Many athletes are focused and training hard towards this year’s Gael Force North which takes place on Saturday 28th June. Entries are still being taken if interested. Support for all athletes on the day will be a welcome site.Good luck to the four Rosses AC athletes heading to Tullamore for the Children’s Games on Saturday.Aoife Mc Gee and Tara Geoghegan will be competing in the U-10 80m and Long Jump while Emma Maloney and Emma Bonner will be competing in the U-10 Turbo Javelin.The Half and Full Donegal Marathons will take place on Sunday 24th August 2014. Every level of runner or walker is invited to participate. The 26.2 mile course will take in Letterkenny and the surrounding area. This promises to be an event which will both challenge and encourage all the participants. Discount rate available before end of June. Juvenile training for the younger athletes in Carrickfinn is now finished for the summer.Wednesday night training at the Industrial Estate will be put on hold for the summer months as many people are preparing for Gaelforce North, taking part in 5ks, etc and will commence again in late August.Fit4Life is in Mulladearg on Mondays at 6pm and Wednesdays in Carrickfinn at 6pm. All levels catered for. Walkers and beginners welcome.ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC GIRL AILBHE JUMPS TO SILVER SUCCESS was last modified: June 17th, 2014 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:donegalROSSES AClast_img read more