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  • Wolmer’s launch JC appeal!

    first_imgIan Forbes, team manager of defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-Flow Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC), says there is no truth to claims that his school used an ineligible player in their 3-1 quarter-final elimination win over Wolmer’s Boys last Wednesday.His defence came after the Wolmer’s management launched an appeal to ISSA, which could see them taking JC’s place in the Manning Cup semi-finals.Wolmer’s claim that JC used an ineligible player in their recent Manning Cup game.”It’s total rubbish. We are not careless,” Forbes told The Gleaner.”It’s total BS. It is total rubbish, baseless, without any foundation, and we have not breached any rule or regulations,” Forbes hit back at the Wolmer’s claim.The teams have been locked in a tussle since Wolmer’s ousted JC from the Walker Cup semis. JC returned to eliminate the Heroes Circle-based school from the Flow Super Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 blanking.They also sent Wolmer’s packing from the Manning Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 drubbing, but the Maroon and gold are crying foul, claiming JC did so unfairly.”We launched an appeal. We identified an ineligible player from the game. I am trying not to say much right now, but we launched a protest that a player played against us who shouldn’t have played,” said Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds in a telephone interview yesterday.RED-CARDSITUATION”It’s a red-card situation, and I will leave it at that. We are hoping that ISSA will rule according to the rules they themselves lay down. No animosity thing, but we just strongly feel that JC breached the rule that ISSA has laid down,” added Reynolds.He stressed that he is confident Wolmer’s will be reinstated, but Forbes disagrees and remains confident his JC team will continue the defence of their Manning Cup title.”(There has been) absolutely no foul play from us. JC has to check with ISSA before we do anything. We are not gonna make those mistakes; its foolishness,” Forbes said.Meanwhile, ISSA’s competitions officer, George Forbes, could not be reached for a comment. His cell phone went straight to voicemail after numerous attempts.- Shayne Fairmanlast_img read more

  • Democrats issue more subpoenas

    first_imgCongress’ effort isn’t driven solely by Democrats. Republicans have barely restrained their disdain for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ accounting of the firings, including his claims of a faulty memory. Sen. Arlen Specter, ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, co-signed a letter with Leahy on Wednesday urging Gonzales to freshen his memory and provide answers within a week. “We are reviewing this request,” said Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd. Congress was ramping up investigations of the White House on several fronts: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 21-10 to issue a subpoena to Rice to compel her testimony on the Bush administration’s pre-war claims about Saddam Hussein seeking weapons of mass destruction. WASHINGTON – Putting their congressional control to work, Democrats approved new subpoenas Wednesday – and a grant of immunity – for probes ranging from the prosecutor firings and White House political activities to President George W. Bush’s justification for the war in Iraq. Democrats said the broad array of investigations represents a revival of Congress’ role after six years of little oversight of the Bush administration by Republican lawmakers. The White House is pushing back, refusing to allow officials to testify under oath about the firings and arguing that top officials – including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, subject of one of the subpoenas – already have answered questions about the administration’s now-discredited claim that Iraq was seeking uranium for a bomb. “I am beginning to wonder whether the White House has any interest in the American people learning the truth about these matters,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Next door, the House Judiciary Committee voted 32-6 to grant immunity from prosecution to Monica Goodling, Gonzales’ White House liaison, for testimony on why the administration fired eight federal prosecutors. The panel also unanimously approved – but did not issue – a subpoena to compel her to testify. In addition, the committee scheduled a May 10 hearing for Gonzales. Across Capitol Hill, Leahy’s panel approved – but did not issue – a subpoena in the firings matter for Sara Taylor, deputy to Bush political adviser Karl Rove. The House oversight committee also issued subpoenas for the Republican National Committee for testimony and documents about White House e-mails on RNC accounts that are said to be missing. The RNC released a letter to the panel listing 37 White House officials who have RNC e-mail accounts, including Rove. Gonzales, meanwhile, was trying to mend fences in his first visit to Capitol Hill since his punishing appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. He met privately with Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., who has contended Gonzales wasn’t truthful with him about the dismissal of the U.S. attorney in Little Rock. The outreach didn’t take. “I reiterated with the attorney general, face-to-face, that I think he should resign,” Pryor told reporters after the meeting. “I think it’s the best thing for the Department of Justice and it’s probably the best thing for him personally and the administration.” Lawmakers say they want to force into the open the story of why the eight U.S. attorneys were fired. Pryor’s harsh words on Gonzales were echoed by lawmakers in both parties, though Republicans tended to leave out the actual call for his resignation. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, noted a pragmatic concern: The waning months of the Bush administration complicate prospects for confirming a new attorney general. “I’ll be as vigilant as ever in overseeing the Justice Department and working with other senators, both Republicans and Democrats, for accountability from the attorney general and the department he leads,” Grassley said. On the uranium issue, Rice’s allies maintained that she has for years answered Congress’ questions under oath, as well as media inquiries, about her knowledge of Bush’s claim about Iraq. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, traveling with Rice in Europe for NATO meetings, said department officials would try to answer the committee’s questions, but he indicated Rice might not comply with a subpoena. “Those matters are covered by executive privilege,” McCormack said. “Those matters mean the questions that he has related to her tenure as national security adviser.” That position gives “us no choice but to proceed with a subpoena,” said House Oversight Committee’s chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. Even as he pressed ahead on Rice, Waxman postponed a vote on a subpoena for former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card on the same issue. Waxman said White House Counsel Fred Fielding had made a compromise proposal worth pursuing: The committee will first talk to the White House office of administration about Card’s knowledge. On the prosecutor firings, the House Judiciary Committee approved two measures that would compel Goodling’s testimony and grant her immunity from prosecution for what she says. 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

  • Five minor earthquakes in Buckinghorse area since Sunday

    first_imgThe first two occurred an hour apart from each other at 7:03 and 8:05 p.m. local time Sunday, January 12. The other three occurred Tuesday morning, with the first at 5:50 a.m. and the other two at 8:52 and 9:10 a.m. All of their epicentres were at a depth of five or 10 kilometres. None were felt at the surface. – Advertisement –last_img

  • The Calgary Herald: New entrant into B.C.’s natural gas industry

    first_imgThe Calgary-based Kanata Energy Group was formed in early last year, and it has confirmed in a news release, it has a deal to build and operate natural gas facilities.Under terms of the agreement, Unconventional Gas Resources of Calgary will build a new gas plant, as well as buy and operate its existing UGR facilities in this area.No financial details have been revealed, but Kanata President Kevin Cumming has reportedly said the agreement is expected to result in more deals with B.C. and Alberta Montney play producers in coming months.- Advertisement -“There’s lots of competition but, again, in the next six years or so, there is probably going to be in the range of about $100 billion needed to serve midstream needs,” The Herald quotes Cumming as saying.In a recent report to investors, RBC Dominion Securities analysts predicted Montney volumes would nearly double to 6 billion cubic feet per day by 2020 as technology is tweaked to optimize recovery and reduce costs.Kanata said construction of the new UGR gas plant began during the summer, and it’s expected to come on stream near the end of the year.Advertisement Click here to read the entire article by The Calgary Herald.With files from The Calgary Heraldlast_img read more

  • 1,300 immigrants arrested by feds

    first_imgIn what federal authorities are calling the largest sweep of criminal and fugitive immigrants, federal agents over the past two weeks have arrested more than 1,300 Southland immigrants in their homes, in jails and at work, officials announced Wednesday. As part of a stepped-up national crackdown on illegal immigrants, five teams of Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents raided homes in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties from Sept. 19 through Tuesday. Some arrests were easy, while others involved agents peering into clothes dryers or squeezing deep into crawl spaces to find hidden suspects. Most of those arrested were from Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala. “Too often in the past, (deportation) orders were ignored and aliens thought that after getting an order of removal they could slip back into society,” said Julie Myers, assistant secretary for ICE. “Those days are no longer.” Some of the inmates were sexual predators or gang members. About 600 of those arrested have already been deported, most to Tijuana. Immigration officials said they have alerted Mexican officials of the deportations. The crackdown is part of a national effort dubbed the Fugitive Operation Program targeting 597,000 immigrants who have been ordered by a judge to leave the country but still remain. Already, agents said, that since October, they have reduced the number of immigrants evading deportation by 35,000, marking the first-ever decline in the immigrant backlog. “This is a war against immigrants,” said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, spokesman for the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities. “In this war, there is collateral damage. The U.S. seems to be blind to the suffering of family members and anyone else who happens to be in their way. Those that are not criminal are getting arrested.” Cabrera noted one call he received last week from a University of California, Los Angeles, student whose father was deported as part of the raid. He said the family has since moved, and he suspects others are being driven further underground. Since the program began in 2003, 61,000 illegal immigrants have been arrested. Slightly less than a third had criminal records. Over the past year, immigration officials have added 23 teams of about 10 agents each to the national program, including a new one created this summer in Orange County. “It’s the kind of deterrent methods that we need to be sending instead of the message of encouragement that we have been sending for two decades,” said Rick Oltman, a spokesman for Californians for Population Stabilization, a group advocating tighter borders and fewer immigrants – legal or illegal. “It lets the worst of the worst know that there is no sanctuary anymore. This is the kind of thing that local law enforcement should be anxious to participate in.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting about a dozen of those arrested in the two-week operation for re-entering the U.S. after being deported. Most of those suspects are facing three to five years in federal prison. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Immigrant-rights groups decried the raids for stirring fear in the community, noting that more than 100 of those arrested had no criminal or court record. But amid heated public debate and increased political pressure to enforce the country’s immigration laws, the agency has waged a high-profile campaign across the country to clamp down on illegal immigrants, last month arresting dozens at McDonald’s restaurants in an identity-theft operation. In the most recent effort, agents combed through law enforcement and online databases and worked with local officials to identify hundreds of criminals here illegally and fugitives who have ignored deportation orders. Fanning out across the region in daylong raids, agents arrested 530 illegals – 269 of whom were identified as criminals and 115 of whom had been ordered deported. The rest were undocumented immigrants who had no criminal records. Officials said 797 inmates were taken from local jails, including 240 from those overseen by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Ventura County turned over 125 inmates, and the state prison in Lancaster had 41. last_img read more

  • County cuts ER closure periods

    first_imgBusy county emergency rooms turned away ambulances 8 percent more often in 2005 than the year before, prompting officials to impose new limits on how long the facilities can remain shut. Some public hospitals closed their emergency rooms to ambulances an average of 20 hours a day while some private hospitals were shuttered for 12 hours or more, according to data from the county Emergency Medical Services Agency. At times, almost all of the emergency rooms in the county were closed to ambulances. Emergency room directors attributed the overload to population growth, a greater number of seriously ill patients, greater use of the facilities for routine care and the permanent closure of nine medical centers and emergency rooms during the past four years. When emergency rooms force ambulances to divert to other locations, patient care is delayed and paramedics are prevented from responding to other calls. The county previously cut emergency room closure times from eight hours to four hours in 2001 and from four hours to two hours in 2002. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant County officials responded to the problem by cutting the amount of time emergency rooms can remain shut. Current policy allows overwhelmed emergency rooms to close for two-hour periods. The new policy would allow diversions for one-hour periods, and require emergency rooms to remain open for at least 15 minutes before returning to diversion status, said Carol Meyer, director of the Emergency Medical Services Agency. The guidelines will go into effect in a couple of weeks, she said. Some experts in emergency medicine, however, say the changes don’t address the reasons for the closures. “It’s window-dressing,” said Dr. Marc Eckstein, medical director for the Los Angeles Fire Department. “I don’t see how that’s going to help anything.” last_img read more

  • St Eunan’s make big statement as they earn win over Fishermen

    first_imgSt Eunan’s sent out a message of intent to the rest of the county with a big, big win against Killybegs tonight in their second group game of the Donegal SFC. St Eunan’s earned an 11 point win over Killybegs in Fintra this evening.David McGinley’s side were very impressive – and they reiterated once again that if anyone has any ambitions of winning the county championship, they’re probably going to need to beat the Black and Amber. St Eunan’s were held in their opener against Kilcar in O’Donnell Park in May, and headed into this game knowing they needed a win to avoid a shock exit.They delivered a ruthless, clinical and professional performance to simply blow away Killybegs on their home patch and fired a warning shot to others in the process.It has now set up a mouth-watering clash with St Michael’s in the final group game next weekend.St Michael’s face Kilcar in Towney tomorrow afternoon, and it promises to be the most intriguing game down for decision all weekend. St Eunan’s are now on three points after two games, and face St Michael’s next.St Michael’s are on two points, with Kilcar on one, and as stated above face off against each other tomorrow in their second group game.Killybegs have lost both their group games.Final score: Killybegs 1-06 St Eunan’s 2-14 St Eunan’s make big statement as they earn win over Fishermen was last modified: August 28th, 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) Tags:Donegal SFCGAAKillybegsnewsSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

  • CO DONEGAL’S TOWN COUNCILS FACE AXE IN HOGAN SHAKE-UP

    first_imgDONEGAL’ S four urban local authorities are facing the axe if Environment Minister Phil Hogan goes ahead with plans to rationalise local government.Letterkenny, Ballyshannon, Bundoran and Buncrana councils are all on the hit list for the shake-up.The move could see powers transferred to Donegal County Council and save up to a €1M a year, according to some estimates. Minister Hogan says work has already begun on merging local authorities in Limerick and Tipperary.Mr Hogan warned that smaller councils had “to go” because they could not deliver services efficiently.“What we’ve been doing with Limerick and Tipperary is an example of what we have to do more of in terms of merging smaller authorities with larger authorities,” he said.“We are going to have less councils and less councillors, and that’s going to be part of the local government package. It will come into effect for the local elections in 2014.” Donegal’s town councils have the right to grant planning permission, approve roads projects, provide social housing and set commercial rates.Councillors get around €3,000 a year plus expenses.Letterkenny is the only council which as “a realistic chance of surviving” according to Government sources. CO DONEGAL’S TOWN COUNCILS FACE AXE IN HOGAN SHAKE-UP was last modified: April 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CO DONEGAL’S TOWN COUNCILS FACE AXE IN HOGAN SHAKE-UPlast_img read more

  • Cooking up a nobel

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Dennis Dougherty, a Caltech chemistry professor who shares an office suite with Grubbs, said “Everybody was expecting this in the chemistry community. The work is so spectacular and so universally appreciated … you never know for sure and you never know when, but I think anybody who made a short list of likely chemistry prizes, this was on that list.’ Yves Chauvin of the Institut Francais du Petrole, Richard Schrock of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Grubbs will split the $1.3 million purse for developing an organic synthesis method called metathesis and the chemicals that drive the reaction. Metathesis has fueled a burst of creative innovations in the field of chemical synthesis. It allows organic chemists to tear apart two strongly bonded molecules and reconnect them to form new combinations. “It’s a conceptually completely new way to think about connecting molecules, connecting parts together. It’s not just a better way to do something that we already knew how to do,’ Dougherty said. “And in the end, it frankly was Grubbs who made it workable.’ That’s because Grubbs and the students and researchers in his lab over the years developed two catalysts, known as Grubbs catalysts, that make the reaction widely applicable. Earlier catalysts were either not active enough or were too difficult or dangerous to work with. The Grubbs catalysts, developed in the 1990s, are active, useful with a broad range of molecules and easy to use. Grubbs said he first heard about metathesis as a postdoctoral scholar in the late 1960s. “It was an unprecedented reaction. No one had any idea how it worked. I found it a fascinating process,’ he said. “I had no expectations of where it could lead.’ Now it’s led to Stockholm. PASADENA — The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences named Caltech chemistry professor Robert Grubbs as one of three 2005 Nobel Prize winners in his field Wednesday. His contributions to the efficient production of chemicals for previously unimagined pharmaceutical and material innovations have earned Grubbs a spot among 30 other Caltech giants who have won science’s most prestigious honor, including Richard Feynman and Linus Pauling. Grubbs, who is completing a month-long Erskine fellowship in New Zealand, found out about the award late at night and said he celebrated by drinking quite a bit of port. “It’s a little overwhelming,’ he said. “It’s not something that you expect to happen but when it does, certainly, it’s really exciting.’ Many of his dedicated band of about 25 graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and visiting researchers who make up “The Grubbs Group’ at Caltech said Wednesday that they had been expecting their advisor to receive a Nobel Prize. In his absence, the young chemists toasted Grubbs’ accomplishment with champagne and cider across the hall from his office. Irina Gorodetskaya, a fourth- year graduate student, said she got up at 3:30 a.m. to check the official Nobel Web site to see if her advisor’s name was on the list. “We knew he would get it sooner or later,’ she said. To help demonstrate the range of applications that Grubbs’ catalysts enable, his students and postdocs brought a baseball bat to the celebration Wednesday. The new bat, made by Easton, has a polymer chain at its core created through a metathesis reaction using a Grubbs catalyst. Thanks to the polymer, called dicyclopentadiene, the bat is light and unusually strong. “It is so broadly applicable that it is being used for drugs of all types; it’s being used for bug pheromones; it’s being used for baseball bats,’ Dougherty said. Grubbs’ work “really woke up the rest of the chemistry world,’ demonstrating the power of metathesis to simplify synthesis and make an otherwise implausible reaction quite feasible, he said. Chemists concerned with the environmental effects of their trade, so-called green chemists, point to Grubbs’ work as proof that basic chemical science can benefit both the economy and the environment. Paul Anastas, director of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute, said Grubbs’ work has allowed chemists to use less material and energy to generate product with less waste and fewer possibly harmful byproducts. He said the prize announcement shows that “the best chemists in the world are doing green chemistry.’ And the society’s president, William Carroll Jr., said in a written statement that the fruitfulness of the metathesis discoveries “underscores the relationship of chemistry to the economic engine of our country. We need to train more chemists to follow in the footsteps of this year’s winners to sustain the growth of our economy and continue improving the quality of life for people everywhere.’ The Nobel lectures in chemistry will be delivered Dec. 8 at Stockholm University. Kimm Groshong can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451, or by e-mail at kimm.groshong@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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  • Junior Cert results out for over 2,300 Donegal students today

    first_imgThe wait is over for more than 2,300 teenagers in Donegal who will receive their Junior Certificate results today.Exam results will be given out in schools across the county this Friday, three weeks later than originally anticipated.The results were due to be out in mid-September, but delays with the State Examinations Commission over the Leaving Certificate Appeals timeframe has impacted the date this year. It will be a day of celebrations in schools all over Donegal, and schools are invited to send their photos into Donegal Daily by emailing info@donegaldaily.comMinister for Education Joe McHugh has congratulated the 64,330 students who took Junior Cycle examinations across Ireland in 2019.Minister McHugh said: “Congratulations to everyone on your achievements in Junior Cycle and best of luck.“These last few years in school will have given you a solid foundation for your future studies. And it should be remembered that results day is just one day of many in your continuing education. “I would like to thank all the teachers, principals, school staff, the mothers and fathers and guardians who have been a steady hand as young people prepared for their exams.”Minister McHugh also highlighted the benefits the Junior Cycle is bringing to education.“The approach in the Junior Cycle is more engaging for young people and sets the ground for more creativity and critical thinking. It is nurturing minds and making sure young people are better equipped for deeper learning.“New specifications for Science and Business Studies were examined for the first time in 2019.“Next year, students doing Irish, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Visual Art will be examined on the new specifications for these subjects for the first time. “The Junior Cycle puts the student at the centre of the learning process. There is a greater emphasis on project work, group-based learning and achievements in areas other than academic results.”Meanwhile, gardaí are urging parents to talk to their children about safety, alcohol and drugs ahead of Junior Cert results discos.They had this advice for parents: “Please ensure that you know who your child will be attending the disco with, what their travel arrangements are and how much money they will be taking with them.“If they only have an essential amount of money with them for travel, club entry and a bite to eat/soft drinks then the hope is that they won’t be in a position to give in to the temptations that are out there.  “Please have an honest chat with your child about alcohol and drugs and establish a genuine trust where these issues are concerned. Ensure that their phone is charged and has credit on it.”Warning for Donegal parents ahead of Junior Cert results discosJunior Cert results out for over 2,300 Donegal students today was last modified: October 7th, 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:Junior Certlast_img read more