Project Porchlight Lightens Electrical Bills

first_imgResidents in the northeastern corner of the province can expect a hand with their outdoor lighting scheme this October.Project Porchlight is an initiative to increase use of compact fluorescent lightbulbs across the country. The group is hoping to distribute 20,000 free lightbulbs door-to-door from Chetwynd to Fort Nelson.Julia Milliken with the organization says that the lightbulbs won’t just save electricity; they’ll also save homeowners money. [asset|aid=241|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Julia Milliken_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Project Porchlight is looking for volunteers in the area. More information is available at www.projectporchlight.com.last_img read more


Artest suspected of domestic violence

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest was arrested Monday after a woman called 911 from his home saying she had been assaulted. Placer County sheriff’s deputies responded about 9:30 a.m. to Artest’s five-acre estate in the Sacramento suburb of Loomis, where they found a woman who had suffered injuries, officials said. She declined medical attention. Team spokesman Troy Hanson told The Associated Press Artest had not been suspended and still was being paid. Artest, who joined the Kings from the Indiana Pacers in January 2006, has had previous run-ins with police. He was at the center of the Nov. 19, 2004 brawl between Pacers players and Pistons fans at The Palace in Detroit. Just when a confrontation between players appeared over, Artest, lying on the scorer’s table, was hit with a cup filled with an icy beverage. He bolted into the stands in a rage, followed by teammate Stephen Jackson. Artest and teammate Jermaine O’Neal later slugged fans on the court. Two days later, Artest was suspended for the rest of the season – 73 games, plus the playoffs – in a move that cost him almost $5 million. Artest and Jackson were sentenced to one year of probation and 60 hours of community service after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault charges. In January, Artest was released from that probation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Artest, the central figure of the infamous 2004 brawl between Indiana Pacers players and Detroit Pistons fans, was booked into the Placer County Jail and later released on $50,000 bail. Erwin said she could not disclose the woman’s injuries or characterize her relationship with the player. She said Artest was cooperative when deputies arrived at his home. Sheriff’s officials obtained an emergency protective order that prevents Artest from returning to the house or contacting the woman until she can obtain a restraining order, sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Scott said during an afternoon news conference. He said such action was normal procedure in domestic violence cases. Geoff Petrie, the Kings’ president of basketball operations, said the team was removing Artest from the team, pending a full investigation. “The Kings have excused Ron Artest indefinitely from any further participation with the team due to his arrest today for domestic violence,” Petrie said in a statement. center_img Deputies arrested Artest on suspicion of domestic violence and using force or violence to prevent the woman from reporting a crime, sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin said. “He and the female were in the house and separated,” Erwin said. “The deputies interviewed them and took Mr. Artest into custody.” last_img read more


WHITTIER FOUNDERS DAY

first_imgThe Whittier High band and youngsters from Claylee’s Dance Studio in Uptown entertained the audience gathered around the park’s gazebo, while visitors snacked on bratwurst, strawberry shortcake and thick pieces of soft bread slathered with fresh butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Guests were also drawn to the antique cars and farm equipment, as well as booths with information on the Whittier Historical Society, the Friends of the Whittier Hills and the Whittier Conservancy. Although the event was meant to celebrate the city’s founding, Whittier was actually established 120 years ago – but the first Founder’s Day event didn’t take place until 1894, city employee Stacy Gonzales said. “This is put together as a sort of remembrance of things that people used to do,” Gonzales added. “We think the actual date \ is May 10, but this is Whittier’s 120th year of existence.” The parade’s grand marshals were Charles and Mary Hanson, longtime community activists. WHITTIER – It was back to the 1800s in Uptown Whittier on Saturday, where hundreds of residents and visitors savored the taste of freshly churned butter and lined the streets for a hometown parade at the 113th annual Founders Day Celebration. “It’s so nice seeing everybody in a brighter mood today with the music and performances and the young people,” said Farida Ali, 68, who attended the event with friends from the Whittier Senior Center. “This is the second time I’ve attended, and I just love this place,” Ali added. “It makes us seniors happy to be able to see all these young people around, having a good time.” The event began at City Hall at 9:30 a.m., with a small parade led by the Whittier High School band that made its way north on Friends Avenue for three blocks. It ended at Central Park, where dozens of organizations and agencies dotted the area with information and vendor booths. “Thank you all for the honor of being named grand marshals for Whittier’s 120th anniversary,” Mary Hanson told the crowd. “When we arrived here in 1951, we decided Whittier was going to be our home because we figured that a city named after a poet couldn’t be that bad,” she added. “Today, it is still home to wonderful people like yourselves – so thank you for this honor.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want 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


Liverpool line-up v Chelsea: Look who’s back to ruin Blues quadruple hopes

first_img Adam Lallana and Steven Gerrard are back for Liverpool 1 1center_img Liverpool v Chelsea in the Capital One Cup is live on talkSPORT on Tuesday 20 January 2015The last time Liverpool faced Chelsea in a domestic cup they lost the 2012 FA Cup final 2-1.Tonight, at Anfield in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, there is a chance to exact some revenge and move a step closer to glory.Cup success would be a welcome relief on Merseyside considering the difference in fortunes between this season and the last where they were narrowly beaten to the Premier League title by Man City.But Liverpool will have been boosted by recent their performances and the fact they have beaten Chelsea in their two previous League Cup meetings at Anfield.Lazar Markovic has put in some excellent displays recently and Lucas and Jordan Henderson have combined well. Adam Lallana could play some part, too, with the midfielder recovering from a thigh injury and he was on the bench against Aston Villa. Captain Steven Gerrard is also back after a minor hamstring injury kept him sidelined.However, if Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers persists with playing three at the back, then “Chelsea’s wide men will tear them apart,” according to Martin Keown.Possible Liverpool line-up v Chelsea:last_img read more


OATFIELD’S SWEET FACTORY FINALLY CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 17 JOBS

first_imgLetterkenny’s Oatfield sweet factory has finally closed today with the loss of 17 jobs.The announcement was made by the company’s owners Z Candy a short time ago.Local Letterkenny Chamber President John Watson said the news came as no surprise but was nonetheless a blow to the town. “The closure of Oatfields unfortunately does not come as a surprise and this announcement ends the speculation that has been around for a number of months about the future.“Oatfield Sweets is very much an institution in Letterkenny and part of the fabric of the Town that will be missed. The decision to move manufacturing to the base in the UK is very disappointing and a sign of the times as businesses continue to come under pressure to reduce costs.“At this time it is important that we think of the employees who have given many years to Oatfield and we offer any help we can to them. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Oatfield Sweets to the business life of Letterkenny and the support we as a Chamber have had from the company over the years.”The move has also been condemned by Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte who said the owners could have done more to engage with the workers. “Oatfield Sweets are an iconic part of the area and have been employing workers for generations.“Many families have had long links with the company and the loss of 17 is a blow to the local economy“The McKinney family have been making swwets in Letterkenny for 85 years and the new owners Z Candy have now decided to discontinue the tradition which could have been avoided,” he said.He said he spoke to workers reps today who are saddened to get this news but it was something that they were expecting.“I have to say that the owners have been gradually winding down the plant and they have not been active in trying to engage with the local agencies to save the plant. “I would ask that they now give the workers their entitlements and I have spoken with Minister Joan Burton today to ask her assistance with any issues that the staff will require.“The workers in Oatfield have been dignified throughout this period and I hope that they will be looked after now,” he said.EndsOATFIELD’S SWEET FACTORY FINALLY CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 17 JOBS was last modified: April 28th, 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)last_img read more


DDTV – MOYA BRENNAN SINGS THE PRAISES OF THE GATHERING

first_imgCLICK TO PLAYMoya Brennan is the latest edition to the growing list of ambassadors for the Donegal Gathering. “I am really pleased to be part of the Gathering; I am not shy when talking about Donegal when I am on stage. The sound that Clannad has created has come from the mountains and the valleys and the Glens in Donegal.”Moya performed at the launch of Donegal Gathering which was streamed live across the globe and directly connected our Diaspora with their friends and family at home.That seminal moment was a classic example of contemporary modernity and traditional culture reaching out, hand in glove, to our people across the world. Moya has always been an exemplary ambassador for Donegal and has never forgotten her roots regardless of where her fame has taken her on tour. Indeed, we say on tour because her home has always remained in Donegal.On that memorable night, Moya stressed how we must all be ambassadors when abroad. And now, we are proud to announce Moya as our newest ambassador.Why not click on to www.donegalgathering.com to watch her speak of her pride in Donegal and how her music has always been inspired by her native county, as she joins our continuing list of renowned Donegal ambassadors.So, like Moya, let’s all play our part in making 2013 a record year for visitor numbers to Donegal by letting friends and family know about the exciting times ahead. DDTV – MOYA BRENNAN SINGS THE PRAISES OF THE GATHERING was last modified: October 15th, 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:Moya BrennanThe Gatheringlast_img read more


GOV EDUCATION SPEND WILL NOT TACKLE KEY ISSUES – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD says Government proposals to fund 1,000 extra teachers will do nothing to improve the rising class sizes in our schools.Charlie McConalogue TDAccording to media reports at the weekend, Minister Jan O’Sullivan will be allocated funds to recruit more teachers, but the additional posts will not address the increasing pupil-teacher ratios.Deputy McConalogue said that while the move to appoint more teachers is welcome, the Government’s plan is utterly insufficient. “These additional posts, which will be shared out between primary and secondary schools will fail to have any impact on class sizes. The number of students attending school has increased and the allocation of these teachers will only maintain the status quo.“Fianna Fáil has taken a far more targeted approach in addressing the problem in our pre-Budget submission. We aim to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio from 28:1 to 27:1 across the board at primary level. There are too many over-crowded primary school classes and while we acknowledge that the problem cannot be fixed overnight, there needs to be a concerted effort to begin the process of improvement in this budget. By focusing additional teaching resources at primary level we ensure the best possible start for our children.”The Inishowen Deputy said that not only is my party committed to reducing class sizes, they want to go further.“We’re proposing to increase resource teaching hours and provide more guidance counsellors. This Government has eroded many of the positive advances that had been made in education by previous administrations. Former Minister Ruairi Quinn’s brought in a number of regressive measures over the past three budgets, including cuts to guidance counsellors and small primary schools. “Minister Jan O’Sullivan must deviate from the punitive measures implemented by her predecessor and ensure that education is made a priority for this Government. Fianna Fáil has a proud tradition of emphasising education spending, and the Fine Gael-Labour coalition needs to adopt a policy which realises the importance and value of education funding”.GOV EDUCATION SPEND WILL NOT TACKLE KEY ISSUES – McCONALOGUE was last modified: October 13th, 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:Charlie McConaloguedonegalGovernmentteacherslast_img read more


Department of Education says schools will remain open unless weather deteriorates

first_imgThe Department of Education says that unless the Met Éireann weather warning is upgraded to Status Red, schools will remain open. It is up to each individual school to decide whether or not to open this morning.A spokesperson for the Department says: “It’s entirely up to the board of management whether a school opens or closes due to snow.“Only in a red weather alert situation would there be a nationwide closure of schools.” A Status Yellow weather advisory is currently in effect for Donegal, as Met Éireann forecast high seas which may lead to an increased risk of coastal flooding. This warning is valid until 9am this morning. Heavy seas are also forecast off the coast of Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.A wind warning is also in place for Donegal, and is valid until the early hours of tomorrow morning.Currently, Donegal Daily has received no reports of school closures this morning.  If you would like to send us your closure notices/road reports, please email info@donegaldaily.comStorm Fionn: Morning travel delays expected following overnight snowfallDepartment of Education says schools will remain open unless weather deteriorates was last modified: January 17th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Department of EducationdonegalSCHOOLstorm fionnlast_img read more


Flooding concerns raised over bridge in Castlefinn

first_imgConcern has been expressed today (Sat) over a bridge in Castlefinn that is regularly under the strain of flash flooding.Councillor Gary Doherty urged motorists crossing the bridge to take care when passing.The Donegal Councillor wrote on Facebook: “Castlefinn Bridge is only just passable at the moment with extreme care, however despite the rain easing off the river is still rising.” Flooding concerns raised over bridge in Castlefinn was last modified: August 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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


Letterkenny public engages positively with Irish Language Plan

first_imgIrish language social hubs, culture nights, language lessons and many more exciting events could be in the pipeline for Letterkenny in the years to come as the town develops its own Irish Language Plan.Over the next seven years, Letterkenny will create and implement a plan to encourage a positive approach to Irish in everyday life. The town will gain significant investment to support its role as a Gaeltacht Services Town in both the business and public sectors. Líonra Leitir Ceanainn, the body appointed to draft the language plan, held an open evening on Wednesday 18th September to gain feedback from members of the public on what they believe the plan should contain. The meeting builds on a business-focused event which was held in June. Both focus groups will lead to a public consultation in the future and a dedicated person will be employed to implement the plan and use the resources and funding that will be available.Ursula Ní Shabhaois, Cinnteacht, ag caint ag an cruinniú poiblí maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn, 18ú Meán FómhairMeeting facilitator Ursula Ní Shabhaois from Cinnteacht explained that every person in Letterkenny with an interest in the plan will have an opportunity to have their say on the project.She said the Letterkenny Plan is “a local plan, by local people, for local needs”.Wednesday’s public event explored practical ways to make space for the Irish language in everyday life in a variety of ways: through learning, connecting with young people and families, through business, social events, fostering greater use of Irish in the home, in the media and in public services. An cruinniú poiblí maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn, 18ú Meán FómhairUrsula Ní Shabhaois, Cinnteacht, and Bairbre Uí Chathail, Líonra Leitir Ceanainn, ag caint ag an cruinniú poiblí maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn, 18ú Meán FómhairAttendees at the meeting held an engaging discussion on how an Irish language hub could benefit many groups in Letterkenny, such as a parent/toddler group, conversation groups or a book club. People commented that it would be important to have a central location or various spaces for locals to drop in for tea/coffee and events where they know the Irish language will be spoken.“A central hub would not only encourage language there but it would normalise it outside,” said Ursula Ní Shabhaois. She said a hub could become part of the plan’s long-term vision and would fulfil one of the plan’s key aims: “Creating links between Irish speakers.”Bairbre Uí Chathail, Anna Ní Bhraonáin, Mairéad Nic Daibheid, Aodán Mac Closcaigh and Róise Ní Laifeartaigh celebrating the prize draw for those who completed the Líonra Leitir Ceanainn: Suirbhé Pobail.Another aim of the plan is to make language learning more accessible to all. Bairbre Uí Chathail, Chair of Líonra Leitir Ceanainn said that she would like to see a database developed in the plan to show people where Irish is taught and where local groups are hosting events. Ursula Ní Shabhaois added that a clear pathway of learning Irish, from beginning to fluency, would benefit anyone with an interest.Other attendees suggested enjoyable ways to encourage a culture of positivity around Irish, such as ceilí nights, more pop-up Gaeltachts and working with schools to support teachers in speaking Irish. “This plan is about making things simple for people so they want to do things, not feel obligated to do them,” Ms Ní Shabhaois said. She said that all the language planning bodies in Donegal will soon be united in a forum to work together and share ideas.Anne Uí Chuinn and Susan McCauley ag an cruinniú poiblí maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn, 18ú Meán FómhairAn cruinniú poiblí maidir le plean teanga Leitir Ceanainn, 18ú Meán FómhairIn the meantime, the positive meeting raised many suggestions for a time of change in Letterkenny. All members of the public and businesses are invited to make their suggestions or request further information on the Letterkenny Irish Language Plan by visiting https://www.lionraleitirceanainn.ie/ or emailing Ursula Ní Shabhaois, Cinnteacht at ursula@cinnteacht.ie.Letterkenny public engages positively with Irish Language Plan was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:cinnteachtIrish language planLíonra Leitir Ceanainnlast_img read more