Jim Ferry confirms his candidacy for 2019 local elections

first_imgFormer Donegal waste contractor Jim Ferry has formally announced his candidacy for the upcoming local elections.Mr Ferry will stand as an Independent candidate in the Glenties electoral area.A native of Derryreel in Falcarragh, Mr Ferry confirmed on social media that he will stand in the May 24 elections. “If elected I will be a strong voice to represent you at Council level in Lifford,” Mr Ferry wrote.“I will represent you like you have never been represented before with your interest at heart, I have a good understanding of the needs of the people.“I am asking you to give me your number one vote and follow me on facebook to keep up with the drama of the campaign.”The businessman is facing an ongoing battle with the High Court over dumping on his lands at Rossbrcken outside Letterkenny as well as an investigation into his finances. He is now engaged in full-time farming and said recently that a number of issues affecting the industry will feature on his campaign trail. Jim Ferry confirms his candidacy for 2019 local elections was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 local electionsDonegal County CouncilFalcarraghFerry’s Refuse CollectionGlenties Electoral Areajim ferrylast_img read more

Play Your Part episode 15: synopsis

first_imgGet a sneak peek of episode 15 of Play Your Part, which focuses on people promoting environmental education and agriculture.Aluwani Netshia started her landscaping business in 2008. Initially designing home gardens, Greenland Landscaping Farm now produces avocados, macadamia nuts, litchis and rose geranium oil. It supplies retailers in Limpopo and in Johannesburg. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterAluwani Netshia, the owner of Greenland Landscaping Farm, is one of the guests featured on this week’s episode of the Play Your Part television series.The episode is aired on Saturday, 23 December 2017 on SABC2 at 18:00.Netshia’s agricultural business is in Thohoyandou, in Limpopo.Read more about the other guests on Play Your Part this week, episode 15 of the series:Amelia RatlhankanaAmelia RatlhankanaRatlhankana is a member of the Eco Culture Sechaba Foundation team. The social enterprise has worked in Cosmo City in Johannesburg since 2011, where it teaches people about environmental sustainability and tackles issues such as illegal dumping.Rifqah TifloenRifqah TifloenTifloen and her team on the Calabash Trust in Port Elizabeth, look at building schools as the centre of the community. Its focus is on food gardens, and the team runs a feeding scheme aimed at early childhood and youth development.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

London Eye: Michael Phelps, a marvel forever

first_imgIf there is one man who has made the Olympic arena his own in recent years, its Michael Phelps. At a time when we Indians are praying for a single gold in London, magical Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all times, winning his record 19th Olympic medal on Tuesday.The Baltimore giant’s journey began in Athens 2004 and there has been no looking back. Those lucky enough to have gotten tickets for the swimming events at the Cube in Beijing would remember his record haul of eight gold medals.This time around, even as swimmers from around the globe have been pulling their arms harder and kicking the water faster, there has been no stopping the Phelps machine. Even after all these years of being at the top, Phelps realised on Tuesday evening he can still muff a race in the final stretch when he was outtouched at the wall by South Africa’s Chad le Clos in the 200m butterfly.When Phelps saw the giant scoreboard and it flashed his name as the “No 2” swimmer, he tossed his cap, knowing he made the mistake of gliding to the wall rather than taking one more stroke.The previous record for 18 medals, spanning three Olympics, stood in the name of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, whose efforts came in the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics. Phelps’s current Olympic collection stands at 15 gold, two silvers and two bronze, with the last gold coming when he anchored the United States in the 4x200m freestyle relay.At the age of 27, this will be his last Olympics as swimmers from his country like Ryan Lochte are now breathing down his neck.The swimmers who used to lose to Phelps by a clear margin are now putting so much pressure on the champion from Baltimore that he had to ask his relay colleagues to open a lead for him.Phelps’s story is truly captivating and he is a medical marvel of sorts. He has a 12,000 calories per day diet chart, which is obviously not recommended for people like you and me. But when you factor his 80-kilometre-a-week swimming regimen, he burns it all very fast.However, London has seen Phelps in a different mode as he is no longer dead sure he will win gold in each event. Phelps in Beijing and Phelps in London are different avatars of a champion whose legacy will be remembered forever.In each sport, there are athletes who leave such a huge impact, even post retirement they are never forgotten. Carl Lewis may have moved away from the spotlight and as also Steve Redgrave, but their deeds still touch you.After Mark Spitz, if there is one swimmer who is close to my heart, it is Phelps. Had I been just a sporting fan and not a professional writer, I would have wanted to touch this giant and see what he is made of.I will keep that on hold as he still has three more events to go through in London. How I wish Phelps never retires.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgChannel V Wants to create more than music for the young. Two new programmes – Channel V Sports and The Jaaved Jaaferi Show – won’t have a music base, and even a drama series is possible. Says channel manager Don Atyeo: “Music may be reduced by 30 per cent.”By Amit,Channel V Wants to create more than music for the young. Two new programmes – Channel V Sports and The Jaaved Jaaferi Show – won’t have a music base, and even a drama series is possible. Says channel manager Don Atyeo: “Music may be reduced by 30 per cent.”By Amit Agarwallast_img read more

World Cup 2014 match preview: It’s Europe vs Africa in second-round matches

first_imgBenzema, Sissoko, Matuidi, Valbuena and Giroud were on target in France’s 5-2 win over Switzerland.Free-scoring France takes on Nigeria and Germany faces Algeria as the second round continues at the World Cup with two games pitching European teams against African opponents. Eight goals in its first two group games have made France an exciting team to watch and the favorite to reach the quarterfinals. Not the least because Nigeria’s preparations have been overshadowed by widespread reports of problems over player bonuses. Algeria has a 32-year-old score to settle with Germany following its exit from the 1982 World Cup. However, the odds are stacked against anything but a Germany victory. What to watch out for: FRANCE vs NIGERIA Apart from a 0-0 draw with Ecuador in its last group game, France’s attack has been prolific in Brazil. A 3-0 win over Honduras and a 5-2 demolition of Switzerland have made the French an outside bet for the title and won back their fans at home – four years after a training ground strike resulted in the team becoming a national disgrace. “In recent matches, we have noticed a love rekindled with the team,” France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said. With temperatures expected to reach 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), coach Didier Deschamps pointed out: “Nigeria players are more accustomed to the heat than we are, even though a lot of their players play in Europe with their clubs.” On the injury front, Mamadou Sakho needs to recover from a left hamstring problem or his place in central defense will go to Laurent Koscielny.advertisement Nigeria is waiting on the fitness of winger Victor Moses after a muscle strain and defender Godfrey Oboabona following a foot injury, though the Nigerians have also had other issues. A potential strike by players over unpaid bonuses was averted late on Thursday when Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan stepped in and spoke to coach Stephen Keshi and captain Joseph Yobo. Keshi, who said last week that France was “beatable”, is optimistic about Nigeria’s chances. On current form, the player most likely to deliver on that optimism is Ahmed Musa, who scored twice in a 3-2 loss to Argentina. GERMANY vs ALGERIA Known as the ‘Disgrace of Gijon’, West Germany’s 1-0 win over Austria at the 1982 World Cup in Spain provides the backdrop to Monday’s game. The Germans scored early and the teams just knocked the ball around for the rest of the match as that score ensured both teams progressed to the second round, and sent Algeria home – despite its earlier upset victory over the Germans. It’s taken Algeria another 32 years to finally secure its first trip to the second round. And blocking its path to the quarterfinals is none other than Germany, whose coach Joachim Loew is well aware of the talk of revenge. “Why should they be seeking to punish this generation of Germany players? I am irritated by the use of word ‘revenge,'” Loew said. “But maybe this will work as motivation for Algeria.” Germany’s attack will again be led by Thomas Mueller, who scored four goals to help Germany win Group G, though Mario Goetze is tipped to replace the injured Lukas Podolski in the other forward position. Algeria will not lack motivation and in Islam Slimani, who scored in a 4-2 win over South Korea and a 1-1 draw with Russia, it has a proven finisher. Slimani has said Algeria’s progress had been a dream so far and “I don’t want anyone to wake me up yet.” For the IndiaToday World Cup homepage, click here .last_img read more

College Football’s Biggest “Sleeping Giants”

first_imgCollege Football Map.CFB Map“Sleeping giant” is a term people love to throw around in the college football world. Everyone kind of has their own definition for what a “sleeping giant” is, but it can basically be summed up like this: a college football program that, for whatever the reason, has yet to reach its full potential, a potential that is at a national title-level. Who are the biggest sleeping giants in college football, then? SB Nation’s Bill Connelly tweeted out this question this morning. Sunday pop quiz: What program do you consider the biggest potential sleeping giant in college football?— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) July 10, 2016He didn’t himself give an answer. Other people responded, though. Here are the answers: @SBN_BillC UNC UCF is a P5 starter kit but in P5 probably UNC but that’s 60% bc of schedule. I can’t believe I’m typing this but Miami?— Geoffrey Mitchell (@geoffmitchell) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Miami— ᴏsᴄᴀʀ ɢᴀᴍʙʟᴇ (@OscarGambler) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC Neb or Miami. I would say my AU Tigers but they never really sleep, they just nap from time to time. They’re waking up for ’16.— Jarred Graves (@guitarist1984) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Houston or Colorado— Joel Smith (@joelestra) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC Georgia should be way better. Top 5 HS FBall state and no in state rivals for the top crutes. They could be ‘Bama.— That Guy (@improbus00) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Maryland.— THE KEY PLAY (@thekeyplay) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC unc— Allen Kenney (@BlatantHomerism) July 10, 2016@SBN_BillC Arizona State.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) July 10, 2016 @SBN_BillC Washington.— RS (@godaytonflyers) July 10, 2016You can read all the responses here.My answer: Georgia.last_img read more

Trump hits back at China with more tariffs amid escalating trade war

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump on Friday announced to raise existing and planned tariffs on Chinese products in retaliation for Beijing’s announcement earlier in the day of new duties on American goods. “Starting on October 1st, the 250 BILLION (US) DOLLARS of goods and products from China, currently being taxed at 25 per cent, will be taxed at 30 per cent, Trump said in a statement to the White House press corp. Additionally, the remaining 300 BILLION (US) DOLLARS of goods and products from China, that was being taxed from September 1st at 10 per cent, will now be taxed at 15 per cent. Thank you for your attention to this matter! said the US president in his unusual statement, portions of which were in capital letters. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In his statement, which was mainly against China, Trump also issued a warning to other countries as well. “For many years China (and many other countries) has been taking advantage of the United States on Trade, Intellectual Property Theft, and much more, he said. Our Country has been losing HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year to China, with no end in sight. Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of Fair and Balanced Trade that it has become a great burden to the American Taxpayer, Trump said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday As President, I can no longer allow this to happen! In the spirit of achieving Fair Trade, we must Balance this very unfair Trading Relationship. China should not have put new Tariffs on 75 BILLION DOLLARS of United States product (politically motivated!), he said. The Trump’s announcement came after China on Friday said it will impose additional 10 per cent tariffs on USD 75 billion worth of US exports in retaliation to President Donald Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs on USD 300 billion worth of Chinese imports as trade war between the top two economies continues to intensify. Since the commencement of trade war last year China and US have so far hit each other with punitive tariffs covering billions of dollars in two-way trade. Trump’s statement came hours before he was scheduled to leave for France to attend the G7 Summit. Other members of grouping are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and United Kingdom. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the G7 summit as a special guest at the invitation of the French President Emanuel Macron. Trump and Modi are scheduled to hold meetings on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. They (Modi and Trump) will look for solutions on the trade front. The US is looking to India to reduce tariffs and open its markets, a senior administration official told reporters on the eve of his departure.last_img read more

Nova Scotia fines Northern Pulp mill about 700 for failing stack test

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia pulp mill has been fined nearly $700 by the province after flunking a stack test in June, but the amount has the premier questioning whether it’s enough of a deterrent.Environment Minister Iain Rankin said Tuesday that Northern Pulp received the $697.50 summary offence ticket for failing to comply with the terms of its industrial approval.Rankin said the fine is part of a ministerial order requiring the mill to address the issues with its power boiler.“They have been in and out of compliance. There were three tests out of the last 10 were they were not in compliance, and I believe the time is now to step it up to the next level,” said Rankin.Rankin said the fine was appropriate, but he wouldn’t say whether he thought it was minuscule given the province is dealing with a large multi-national company. He said under current regulations, ministerial summary offence fines could run as high as $1,200.Premier Stephen McNeil wasn’t as reluctant to question the amount.“I think the first question, regardless of who it is, is $750 enough of a fine?” he said.McNeil said he has asked the department to review its summary fines as a result.“I think it’s an important time to look at those because there needs to be a deterrent. There needs to be a financial deterrent and I fully expect to hear from the minister and the department… Let them do their work and we’ll go from there.”The mill’s industrial approval requires it to operate within a measure of 150 milligrams per referenced cubic metre of particulate matter when stacks are tested, and the June test showed the power boiler tested at 224 milligrams.Under the minister’s order, the company will also be required to post stack test results on its web site.The Northern Pulp mill, located in Abercrombie Point near Pictou, is to undergo a scheduled shutdown this month and the order also requires it to provide detailed reports about planned maintenance and how it plans to bring the power boiler into compliance.Rankin said the order gives him the power to revoke the mill’s industrial permit. He was asked whether that was a possibility.“If they don’t come into compliance with the order of course that’s a possibility,” he said.The Environment Department issued directives and warnings for emissions from the mill’s power boiler that were over the limit in 2015 and 2016.The mill was also fined $697.50 in June of last year, but that was withdrawn after it was revealed there were technical errors with the tests, according to the department.Northern Pulp spent $35 million in 2015 on a new electrostatic precipitator to help deal with particulate in its stack.last_img read more

Thieves steal truck trailer and two side by sides from Archer CRM

first_imgOn the hood of the vehicle is large “50” written in white on a black background.The Fort St John RCMP is asking anyone with information about this incident or location of any of the vehicles to call Cst Nicole CAMPBELL of the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or attend the detachment during office hours at 10648 100th St, Fort St John, BC.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477.A second photo of the truck stolen from Archer CRM Partnership – RCMP a 2018 GMC Sierra pickup with BC licence plate MM3839,a 2018 black trailer with BC licence plate 85805U,a 2015 red Honda Side by Side with BC licence plate 10584X (4 seater) and,a 2017 red Honda Side by Side with an unknown BC licence plate (2 seater).The truck is very unique with “Archer” written in black on the side of the front door panel and a red and black checkered pattern on the rear door panel and onto the box of the truck. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a break into the yard at Archer CRM Partnership on 109 street.At approximately 2 a.m. on June 27, thieves broke into the Archer yard and stole a truck, trailer and a pair of side by sides. The vehicles taken are described as:last_img read more

New Orleanss Breakout Star Was Always There

In a series with MVP candidates like Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard, or even a scorer like C.J. McCollum, Jrue Holiday wasn’t the most likely player to have the biggest impact on the first-round series between the Pelicans and Blazers. Yet that’s what is happening so far, and the New Orleans guard — who has put the Pelicans up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series with clutch play after clutch play — is on the cusp of giving Blazers fans the sorts of nightmares they haven’t had since the Greg Oden era.Perhaps the most fascinating element of Holiday’s performance, though, is how many of the little, often unnoticeable, things he’s done to help seal each victory. A handful of plays in these two games have shown just how underrated the 27-year-old has been at times during his career, one in which many of his best attributes haven’t always been captured by traditional box-score statistics.Take a look at this reel of eight plays from the first two games of the series. Each is an example of Holiday doing something to earn an extra possession for his team while taking one away from his opponent. Also take note of the time of some of these plays: Half occur in the fourth quarter, when the stakes are highest.So far, Holiday has had a hand in basically every facet of this series, which would mark the franchise’s first playoff-round victory since 2008, when it had Chris Paul and was still named the Hornets. Holiday is executing a scary two-man game with Davis, hitting nail-in-the-coffin jumpers and averaging 27 points and 5.5 assists. On the other end of the floor, he’s suffocating Lillard (0-for-4 for zero points and two turnovers when guarded by Holiday on Tuesday night) and McCollum. In fact, the team as a whole is shooting only 25 percent (6-of-24) for the series when guarded by Holiday, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information Group.And then there are the momentum-busting 50-50 plays you just saw in the video above, in which he’s blocking shots and winning crucial loose balls. He’s single-handedly responsible for enough extra New Orleans possessions to potentially tip the scales of the series.But here’s the thing: It shouldn’t be surprising that Holiday is doing all this. He’s basically been doing it all season, despite getting limited attention. Consider, for instance, that he finished the season tied for fifth in the NBA in loose balls recovered per game, with 1.6. He had active hands on defense, ranking seventh in the number of deflections per game he caused. And he blocked 64 shots this past season, more than anyone standing 6-foot-5 or shorter, according to Basketball-Reference.com. He ranks best in the NBA among starting guards in defensive efficiency in guarding pick-and-roll ball handlers, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology.“He’s been really, really good the whole season, so this is not a surprise or anything,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. “In my opinion, and I may be a little bit biased, but if you can tell me a better two-way player in the league right now — Kawhi’s not playing, and I understand that — I’m willing to listen. What we ask him to do, and the things that we ask him to do offensively? He was just great tonight.”This isn’t to say that Holiday hasn’t ever gotten credit for his play. Once upon a time, he was an All-Star in Philadelphia, before The Process began. And he was certainly paid like a star last summer, when the Pelicans signed him to a five-year, $126 million contract. And he at least figures to be in the mix for an All-Defensive team honor this season.Still, you aren’t alone if you weren’t familiar with his game until this past weekend. Injuries held him back for a couple of years after he needed two surgeries on his right leg. And he drew headlines and well-wishes throughout the league last season when he essentially took a leave of absence to be with his wife, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the midst of a pregnancy.His offensive game took a bit of a backseat in the wake of the DeMarcus Cousins trade, which forced Holiday to figure out a way to adjust his game to fit with that of two post-oriented stars. (If he maintains this level of play, the Pelicans may be forced to make a difficult choice on whether to re-sign Cousins, the All-Star free-agent-to-be who ruptured his Achilles in the middle of the season.)But in a number of ways, this was a breakout season for Holiday, who shined in his role offensively. He was a fantastic finisher around the basket, ranking inside the top-10 in restricted-area field-goal percentage among guards. Holiday was one of the more accurate midrange shooters in the NBA. And despite playing alongside Rajon Rondo, who sometimes plays so unselfishly and records so many dimes that it can disrupt the flow of the offense, Holiday — one of the NBA’s most prolific long passers — was often the man setting up Rondo first, finishing in the top 10 in the league in secondary assists. That would get him recognized in the NHL but goes unnoticed in the NBA.So even though it has been a shock for many to see Holiday emerge before our very eyes, much of that may be because there weren’t enough eyes being directed on a player of his caliber in the first place.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more