Twitter Facebook Several senior Gardai and a senior HSE official may be recalled to give evidence to the Charleton tribunal following the discovery of two new documents relating to garda whistleblower Keith Harrison and contacts between gardaí and the HSE/Tusla.In the current module, the tribunal is looking at contacts between gardaí and the HSE/Tusla relating to Harrison.The tribunal had been scheduled to hear closing submissions from legal teams until tribunal barrister Diarmaid McDermott told the inquiry about the new documents.The first document which mentions Harrison, is the record of a meeting on 29 November 2013 of senior gardaí in the Donegal division, which was attended by senior HSE (now Tusla) official Gerry Hone. The meeting discussed the management of referrals between the two agencies.The second document, a minute of a monthly Garda regional management meeting on 5 November 2013, includes a single line that Donegal Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn “updated the meeting on the investigation into Garda Harrison”.In October 2013 a garda statement by Harrison’s partner Marisa Simms led to a Garda referral to the HSE over child welfare issues. The HSE closed the case in March 2014, having found there were no issues of concern.Both of the new documents referred to meetings held during this period. Simms withdrew her statement to gardaí in January 2014.Paul Anthony McDermott SC, representing Tusla, said the meeting Hone attended did not seem to have any relevance to the tribunal’s terms of reference, but Hone was happy to return and give further evidence if needed by the tribunal.The barrister said there were meetings all the time about all kinds of issues, and this meeting did not seem to mention Harrison.Mark Harty SC, for Harrison, said that further searches should be carried out of all records during the six month period from October 2103 and March 2014 to see if other documents were uncovered by Tusla or gardaí.Conor Dignam SC, for the Garda commissioner, said that he could provide an affidavit setting out new searches.Tribunal chairman Justice Peter Charleton said that once the methodology of the searches were set out, they could see which witnesses had to be recalled.Possible witnesses who might be recalled about the meetings included ChiefSuperintendents Terry McGinn and Jim Sheridan, Superintendent Eugene McGovern, and Gerry Hone. Retired assistant commissioner Kieran Kenny, who was out of the country on an extended vacation, may also have to be called as a witness.The tribunal has adjourned, and will resume on Tuesday 24 October. Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – October 12, 2017 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Tribunal may recall senior gardaí after previously unknown contact was discovered Facebook Twitter Google+ Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Previous articleCouncillors call for return of a Garda station in ChurchillNext articlePrecautionary deal gives Killybegs-based mackerel quota worth €61million News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
Judith Fean, director of Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry since 1995, will be the first laywoman to lead the College as vice president for mission.The vice president for mission position is a joint appointment of the president of the College and the president of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Fean will head the Division for Mission, working with both the College and the Congregation to integrate the Saint Mary’s College mission statement into community life.Fean said she looks forward to continuing to integrate the mission throughout the College.“I’m excited to work with so many people who have been developing and living the mission,” Fean said. “The position also means continuing our relationship with the sisters and assessing what it means to be a Catholic women’s college in the liberal arts tradition and how the mission guides us.”Fean said she is inspired by an iconic quote of former College President Sr. Madeleva Wolfe: “I promise you discovery — discovery of yourselves, discovery of the universe and your place in it.”“I believe in this quote because I discovered myself here and what it means to be a woman in the Church,” Fean said. “I’m excited to see what this new chapter looks like and how we can continue to promise young women discovery of themselves.”Fean said she sees the importance of connection and using the core values as stepping stones to make connections with students, faculty and staff.The four core values of Saint Mary’s are faith/spirituality, community, learning and justice, which go hand-in-hand with the mission, she said. The interconnectedness of the core values is important in making Saint Mary’s a place for young women to call home.“Coming here, students realize the importance of women and how they can develop their gifts and what a wonderful unfolding it is,” she said. “Everything we do is grounded in the philosophy of education, divine providence of God [and] the hope of prayer, and the question is how do we integrate the core values and bring them to life on campus?”In her experience as director of Campus Ministry, Fean said she has seen the mission statement guide programs such as the Ministry Assistant Program. The program, new in 2012, trains and develops a leader in each of the four residence halls to be an extension of Campus Ministry and to help students explore and deepen their spirituality.Fean said she will miss watching students grow and develop on such an intimate level, but she looks forward to working with faculty, staff and students to further the mission of the College.“I’m looking forward to breaking open the stories of the Saint Mary’s community and seeing how the lives of students, faculty and staff are centered around the mission.“The sisters were mentors for me, and I look forward to carrying on the guidance I received and making a difference.”Tags: Judith Fean, New VP, saint mary’s, Vice President for Mission
Corydon, In. — Visitors to Corydon will have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness the action as a team of Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites staff unearths the remains of prehistoric animals. On April 6, the team of experts will embark on a paleontological dig at Indiana Caverns in Corydon, just 20 miles from Louisville, KY. The excavation will last several days, depending on the amount of material discovered.During the dig, visitors will be able to get up close in order to watch from a specially designed observation platform as the team searches for bones at the paleontologically significant site. Buckets of sediment and prehistoric animal remains will be hauled to the platform from the dig area, allowing travelers to see in real-time exactly what the team discovers during the dig. Information on Indiana Caverns is found at IndianaCaverns.com, with complete area travel information and a free visitors guide available at thisisIndiana.org or (888) 738-2137.“This groundbreaking fieldwork being conducted by Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites experts offers our guests an extraordinary opportunity to be there and watch as history is being discovered,” said Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jeremy Yackle.In 2014, museum staff conducted a dig at Indiana Caverns, discovering five times more bones than they expected hidden in the depths and crevices of the cave for more than 40,000 years. This major discovery included skeletons of peccary, a pig-like mammal, as well as black bear; fisher, a carnivorous feline; owl and other birds; a bison; and snakes.“Indiana Caverns contains an extensive boneyard of buried Pleistocene-era animals and will likely give rise to the discovery of new and rare Ice Age remains in the region,” said Ron Richards, senior research curator of paleobiology at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.Richards added that he is confident he and his team will recover many more peccary skeletons. The group will also be straining sediment in search of smaller animals and remains. Such findings may offer clues to the environmental conditions when these prehistoric animals perished in the cavern. The team could potentially find bones from other animals, such as dire wolves.“Indiana Caverns is thrilled to offer this opportunity for our visitors,” said Indiana Caverns Partner Rob Houchens. “Our collaboration with Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites shows how public expertise and private resources can work together for the greater good of scientific discovery. This is a unique opportunity for our guests to watch as history is being discovered.”
From Dawson Creek to Nashville, Tennessee and back again, 20-year-old Heidi Raye will stake her claim in Dawson Creek history on August 5, as not only the first person to take the stage at the EnCana Event Centre managed by Global Spectrum; this local performer is the opening act for the upcoming Randy Travis concert presented by Browns’ Chevrolet and Foster’s Covered Wagons West.Locals will know her as Heidi Anderson but she’s known in the music business as Heidi Raye. Raye is “chasing her dream” of being a professional musician, and although not many at this stage of their careers can call mom and dad to say, “I’m opening for Randy Travis,” she is able to do just that.“When the opportunity arose to provide another great opportunity to someone within the community and Randy Travis’s people gave us the go-ahead, we were ecstatic. The whole event; its timing, the community’s support as well as the ticket sales is just going so well, it’s amazing,” said Global-Spectrum’s general manager for the EnCana Events Centre, Gunnar Fox.- Advertisement -Singing since the age of two, Raye plays guitar, piano and writes whenever time allows. “In June I went to Nashville and sang at the CMA (Country Music Association) music showcase and everyone there was really intrigued that I was Canadian,” commented Raye. She is thrilled to about taking the stage in her home town as the opening act for such a country music icon like Randy Travis.“I’ve been involved in different things here. Like the musicals at South Peace Senior Secondary, and a variety of other performances – but this is very different.”Advertisement Talent, brains and beauty are a rare combination but this girl’s got it all. And she knows it’s not enough. Raye says it’s the connections you make in this business that move you along, and it’s becoming obvious she’s making ones that count. With her networking in Nashville, and the connections she confesses she’s made solely through myspace, Raye is well on her way to putting not only herself on the map of country music fame, but her hometown of Dawson Creek as well.Presented by Brown’s Chevrolet and Foster’s Covered Wagons West, Raye will be the opening act for Randy Travis at the EnCana Events Centre at the South Peace Community Multiplex in Dawson Creek on Monday, August 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $45 and $55 at the Tiger Box Office Plux in the EnCana Events Centre at the South Peace Community Multiplex. Buy tickets online at www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com, or call 1-877-339-8499 (1-877-339-TIXX).
This week Donegal Daily’s motoring expert Brian McDaid takes you on an adventure in the Dacia Sandero.The brochure says you will get €10 change from twelve grand for a brand new car.A double check to see what year this information booklet was printed followed up by a second opinion, through Google and the news, was still good that you can still buy a new small family car going into the year 2020 for just €11,990. Advertisement The brand is Dacia and the model is entry their range in the Sandero.A view of the Sandero that we tested this week courtesy of Highland Motors. Photo Brian McDaid.I feel as I have been here before and I can trace the DNA of this car back to an ancestor of its past.The Sandero may look nothing like the car I’m thinking of but this small engined family car reminds me a lot of principals the Renault 4.The first of the Renaults had a 747cc engine in it. Advertisement We had on in the late 1960s which was very quirky at the time compared to the normal family cars in Letterkenny.The first of the Renault 4’s which we one owned many years ago.The giant European car maker Renault are making the Sandero and distributing the range in Ireland. The Dacia Duster made a great name for itself as an SUV extremely well priced starting at under the €20k.Back when we had our Renault 4L, which was the base model in the range, it had sliding windows and a gearstick in the middle of the dash.This car was the first front-wheel drive family car that Renault ever built, it had three studs on every wheel compared to four on other cars, and as my father said it would run on a sniff of ‘regular’ petrol back in those days.The Sandero parked along the same roads that we travelled along years ago in our old Renault 4. Photo Brian McDaid.That was important to us as a family not because of the developing oil crises but because times were very tight in our house and an easy run car served our immediate day to day budget rather than any bigger environment worry back then. This week we were out on the roads in Donegal in the Dacia Sandero. There is three engines to pick from the 1.5 diesel a 900cc turbo petrol and the 1000cc petrol model that we tested.Our Sandero was the entry model. The first thing that you realise once you sit in the Sandero is the amount of room available for a car that looks quite compact from the outside.The Sandero at Muckish along the same roads that we travelled along years ago our old Renault 4. Photo Brian McDaid.Every so often you can hear the offbeat sound of the three-cylinder petrol engine. It’s progressive to drive and is very comfortable and not laboured when drove at or below the national speed limit.At motorway speed, the three-cylinder engine sound becomes more pronounced. That familiar remote control on the steering column which Renault owners would be very familiar is straight forward and simple to us to adjust the volume and change the radio stations.You couldn’t have enough charging points on a car these days and this Dacia Sandero has a 12v charge for both the front and back passengers and also has a USB point on the radio.On the roadDriving this Dacia, the suspension is a bit softer than normal, which is great to absorb the ever-changing road surface in Donegal.The Sandero has a very functional theme and feel to it.A view of the Sandero that we tested this week courtesy of Highland Motors. Photo Brian McDaid.It simply gets on very well with the job of transporting someone from A to B with the least amount of fuss.The secrets in the pricingThe road forward, from an environment point of view, is aimed towards low emission petrol engines or electric power.It’s not that long ago that diesel was the signpost that we were supposed to follow for a lower carbon footprint.Diesel engines were easier to run but were more expensive to buy than the petrol equivalent, and at the moment all-electric cars are still more expensive to buy than petrol even with a rebate back.Even though the Sandero will still have a big slice of its price going to the tax man, it will have a slice of pie half the size of a car, that is twice its price respectively, to hand over in taxes.If its the future of the environment that is the reason you are considering buying this very full efficient 1000cc Sandero, or it simply down to your budget, the Sandero gets you on the road with a good warranty without the worries and pressures of spending the same amount on an equivalently priced second-hand car.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Less is more in the family friendly Dacia Sandero was last modified: April 18th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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:dd motoring
8 September 2010German-based Concentrix Solar has inaugurated its first facility in South Africa, commissioning a 60-kilowatt solar power plant at Aquila Private Game Reserve in Touwsrivier in the Western Cape.With this installation, the Aquila Private Game Reserve is able to cover all its energy requirements during daylight hours, making a positive contribution to environmentally friendly tourism.Concentrix, a leading supplier of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems, is a division of the Soitec Group, which is listed on the Euronext Paris exchange.Future project developmentThe launch of the facility is an initial step in developing large-scale solar power projects in South Africa – Concentrix Solar is actively pursuing a project development of a 50-megawatt utility-scale power plant in the Western Cape.“CPV systems are perfectly suited for the use in South Africa with its energy shortage, water scarcity and high temperatures,” Concentrix Solar CEO Hansjorg Lerchenmuller said in a recent statement.“Our systems can be easily and quickly implemented, they do not need cooling water and do not suffer from heat degradation at hot ambient temperatures.”Constant, high power outputWith a high amount of direct solar irradiation, Concentrix says South Africa is best suited for the use of its CPV technology. Due to its high efficiencies and the two-axis tracking, the systems also provide a constant high-power output throughout the day.The company has been present in South Africa since 2008, and has the ability to develop large-scale solar projects and deliver turnkey solutions under local conditions, using local content.“This facility will initiate the transfer of know-how, and serves to develop local skills in South Africa with immediate effect,” Lerchenmuller said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
4 June 2014 London Olympics sailors Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim took a massive stride towards achieving their goal of qualifying for the Rio Olympics by winning their first ever major international event at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in The Netherlands on the weekend. Going into the final medal race in fourth position, the duo managed to negotiate their way through the fleet to finish second and take the overall gold ahead of Britain’s Olympic silver medallist Luke Patience and teammate Elliot Willis.First major win The win in Medemblik marks the first major win for Jim and Hudson as a team, exactly three years after they raced there in their first regatta together in the 470 class. “We knew we had to perform and it seems that under pressure we seem to do really well. We had that pressure on us and we both love it,” said a thrilled Jim afterwards.‘A big breakthrough’ “It’s a big breakthrough for us and it’s great,” added Hudson. “It’s come at a really good time to motivate us and to keep us rolling with our project, which is obviously a four-year project going towards Rio [Olympic Games in 2016].‘Soft spot’ Reflecting on the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Hudson said: “It’s wonderful to make this breakthrough together. We’re having a good few regattas in a row and we have a soft spot for this one, as this is where we began our campaign three years ago, so we’re very happy to have had a victory here. “It’s also a nice moment to briefly reflect on what we’ve managed to achieve so far. Of course, very soon, after a short celebration it’ll be back to business. We’ve got two years to go to Rio and we have to keep making further breakthroughs to get to where we want to there.” Having been on the road for two months, Hudson and Jim will now return home to Cape Town for three weeks before continuing their campaign in Europe. Source: Road to Rio
OTTAWA – The federal government’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis is on its way back to the Senate.The House of Commons has voted 205-82 to reject 13 amendments passed by the upper house, including one which would have authorized provinces to prohibit home cultivation of marijuana plants if they choose.Senators will now have to decide whether to defer to the will of the elected government or insist on some or all of their amendments, digging in for a protracted parliamentary battle.Quebec and Manitoba have already decided to ban home-grown weed, although the bill allows individuals to grow up to four plants per dwelling.The Senate’s amendment was intended to head off any legal challenges to the provinces’ constitutional authority to prohibit home cultivation.Among the other Senate amendments rejected by the government, was one that would have prohibited any marijuana-branded swag, such as T-shirts and ball caps.
Where will the players drafted by the NFL over the past few days do the bulk of their professional work? If trends in the past two decades continue, the answer is with the team that drafted them.For the piece I wrote last week on comparing consecutive years of the NFL draft, I downloaded year-by-year draft data from Pro-Football-Reference. The site includes, for each player in each year, his weighted career Approximate Value, a modified form of the site’s Approximate Value metric. It also includes the amount of the player’s weighted career value accrued for the team that drafted him.For each draft from 1970 to 2013, I summed the career value accrued for drafting teams by the first 222 players selected — 222, because that’s the lowest number of draft picks during the period, in 1994. Then I divided that by the overall career value of the year’s drafted players.From the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to 1981, drafting teams’ share of value kept climbing, to a high of 88 percent in 1981. Then the share started to fall, precipitously as the effects of free agency in 1993 started to kick in in players’ later years. Teams’ share of their drafted players’ career value was just 56 percent for those picked in the first offseason of free agency.At the dawn of free agency, some analysts feared this trend would continue unabated. “Say goodbye to dynasties and continuity,” Alan Greenberg wrote in the Hartford Courant 20 years ago this month. “Now everyone’s a raider. If the salary cap won’t let you pay ’em, you’ll lose ’em. If they’re no good, dump ’em and steal somebody else’s guys. What uniforms should players wear on their trading cards? How about blank?”And some have perceived that the trend has continued unabated. “Fans are increasingly rooting for the decals on their team’s helmets and against the decals on the other teams’ helmets,” Elliot Harrison wrote on NFL.com last year. “The truest loyalty in the player-fan relationship is of the fantasy football variety. You can thank free agency for that.”But the reality has been different. Right after that nadir in 1993, teams’ share of their drafted players’ career value rose sharply, to 64 percent the next year and 69 percent in 1995. It remained in the high 60s nearly every year afterward. The results are similar when looking at all of a draft’s picks, not just its first 222.The downside to this approach is it can’t be updated all the way to the present. Drafted players are more likely to play for their drafting team in their first seasons in the league, before becoming eligible for free agency. So while teams’ share climbed to 86 percent in 2009 and 98 percent last year, those percentages are sure to fall.To approximate the trend in recent years, I isolated the analysis only to players who were no longer active last season. And among that group, teams kept getting a higher share of their drafted players’ value — above 70 percent every year until 2005, when retired players’ share of drafts’ value starts getting so low that the results aren’t meaningful. Here’s one piece of anecdotal evidence: Many of the most valuable players drafted since then remain with their drafting team, such as Aaron Rodgers, Frank Gore, Jahri Evans, Haloti Ngata, Patrick Willis and Adrian Peterson.What this all means is up for further analysis and debate. Maybe teams have gotten better at identifying their drafted talent before rookie contracts are up. Maybe they’ve come to value continuity in their rosters, for on-field benefits and for fan support. Perhaps players value continuity for the same reasons. Maybe the 2011 collective-bargaining agreement has changed things for some of the more-recent draft classes.Whatever the explanation, it’s clear that free agency has had a far bigger impact on players’ freedom to change teams than it has on the uniforms shown on trading cards.
The nation’s top-ranked Akron Zips men’s soccer team looks to extend its 11-game shutout streak Wednesday when it visits No. 23 Ohio State for a match in which the Buckeyes are the underdogs. “We got nothing to lose and everything to gain by getting a good result in this game,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “The pressure is all on their team.” The Buckeyes (5-2-1) are hoping to parlay last Wednesday’s scoreless tie with No. 8 Louisville and Saturday’s 1-0 win at Michigan into momentum heading into tonight’s game and the upcoming Big Ten schedule. “It’s a chance to play the No. 1 team in the country and measure yourself against them,” Bluem said. “At the end of the year, if you want to be a Big Ten Champion or an NCAA Tournament participant, this is what you’re going to face,” Bluem said. Despite their shutout streak, the Zips’ defense doesn’t match up with their offense, defender Matt Gold said. “Someone always told me that the best defense is offense and that sums it up pretty well,” he said. “They are all very technical, talented and smart players.” Bluem said that in order to end Akron’s shutout streak, OSU must concede space defensively while using more defenders with the hope of being able to capitalize on counter attacks. Gold said Akron normally controls the ball for 70 percent of the game, which means opposing teams rarely get opportunities to score. “We just have to exploit their weaknesses,” midfielder Sam Scales said. “If they make a mistake we really have to take advantage of it, especially in the back, we got to counter and finish our chances.” The recent play of goalkeeper Matt Lampson might afford OSU’s defense to play more aggressively. Monday, Lampson received the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his shutout efforts against Louisville and Michigan. He had 11 saves in Ann Arbor, Mich. “He was at his very best against Michigan,” Bluem said. “He had a great performance and he’s going to need to have a similar performance for us to be successful against Akron.” Kickoff against Akron is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.