DONEGAL FIRE FIGHTERS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR A TOTAL OF 150 YEARS OF SERVICE!

first_imgSeven Donegal Fire Fighters have received Long Service Awards for which they have served a total of 150 years of service.The fire fighters received their awards from Mr. Paudie Coffey T.D., the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government at a ceremony in the Red Cow Morans Hotel, Dublin.These awards are presented every two years and include two awards, one for 20 years service and one for thirty years service. This year there were six members of Donegal Fire Service eligible for the 20 year awards and one member eligible for the 30 year award.The 20 Year Award was presented to Firefighter Vincent Butler, Carndonagh Fire Brigade, Firefighter Philip Doherty, Buncrana Fire Brigade, Firefighter Neil Gilliland, Bundoran Fire Brigade, Firefighter John Griffin, Stranorlar Fire Brigade, Sub Station Officer Don Magee, Buncrana Fire Brigade and Firefighter Robert Quinn, Killybegs Fire Brigade.The 30 Year Award was presented to Firefighter Ronnie White, Letterkenny Fire Brigade.Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Coffey said “The rationale behind these awards remains as valid as for their launch in 1992: it is the State’s way of honouring local authority fire service personnel for ‘being there’ over all the years, for being prepared to respond to calls for help, at all times, and in all weathers.” He added “I am mindful that the Fire Fighters here today provide a core frontline service which is critical to public safety and I am grateful to have this opportunity to personally express my appreciation to you for the vital contribution you make to the safety of our society.”Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Campbell also congratulated the Fire Service Personnel on reaching their respective milestones.“These awards are a great opportunity to say thank you to our own Fire Service Personnel for their commitment and dedication to keeping our communities safe in Donegal,” he said.Acting Chief Fire Officer Mr. Joseph McTaggart joined with the Cathaoirleach saying “on my own behalf and on behalf of Donegal Fire Service I would like to congratulate the recipients of the awards for their achievement and to thank them for their many years of service”. DONEGAL FIRE FIGHTERS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR A TOTAL OF 150 YEARS OF SERVICE! was last modified: November 20th, 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:awardsdonegalFIRE SERVICElast_img read more

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Kurtenbach: We’ll find out if the Raiders are for real in Week 2

first_imgLet’s see if Jon Gruden’s team is one the rest of the NFL needs to take seriously this season.(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) I’ve heard it said that the Raiders’ Week 2 game is a must-win contest.And no, it isn’t that.But Sunday’s game at the Coliseum is a must-impress contest.Let’s see if the Raiders can keep up with one of the best teams in the NFL. Let’s see if Monday’s win over the Broncos — and all the surprising positives that made it happen — were merely mirages. To …last_img read more

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Archers survive Tams’ final rally

first_imgFEU’s Prince Orizu tries to get La Salle’s Ben Mbala out of the way, but the MVP continues to drop double-double numbers to lift the Archers past the Tamaraws . —AUGUST DELA CRUZWith reigning Ben Mbala struggling, Ricci Rivero and Jollo Go rose to the challenge anew as La Salle hammered out a thrilling 75-73 victory over Far Eastern U Wednesday to regain solo second in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sustaining his fiery form, Rivero finished with 20 points and five steals while Go made four triples en route to 14 points as they picked up the slack for Mbala, who shot just 5-of-16 from the field for 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It was really a struggle,” said Perasol.Mbala was made to work for his points by Prince Orizu and Barkley Ebonia, but La Salle’s defense also hung tough in a tight fourth period with Andrei Caracut breaking up FEU’s final inbound play with 2.2 seconds remaining.“They focused on defending Ben (Mbala), but fortunately for us, Jollo was hitting his shots,” said La Salle assistant coach Miggy Solitaria, who has been filling in for Aldin Ayo at post-match press conferences after the loss to University of the Philippines last Sept. 23.“It was all about doing my role,” said Go, who shot 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. “I’m just grateful for the trust and confidence given to me by my teammates.”The Archers could have sealed the victory earlier, but Rivero missed a couple of free throws and intentionally missed a second foul shot that failed to hit the rim for a violation, allowing the Tamaraws one last chance of stealing the win.“We just have to stick to our system,” Solitaria said. “There’s always an impact if we don’t follow the system. Fortunately, in the last few minutes of the game, we found a way (to win).” “Every time we go up against UST, it’s always going to be a classic for us,” said UP coach Bo Perasol, whose team snapped a three-game slide.“This is just too difficult for us, because we just wanted to get another win after the three losses we had. This is something that can perk us up, make us believe again that we can still do this.”A surprise starter, Jan Jaboneta went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc to topscore with 12 points for the Maroons, who once again struggled to get baskets in the endgame.“Just imagine what would have happened if we lost that game,” said Perasol. “It was a close game; it could have been the third close game that we (lost). We’re able to make a stop in that last possession, and we’re just happy about this, all of us.”Marvin Lee cut UP’s lead to a single point with a triple in transition before Manzo split his free throws, setting the stage for a wild finish. The Maroons took control in the second period, where Manzo and Desiderio joined forces in a 13-2 burst that gave UP a 31-22 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Arellano U Presses bid for final 4 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win allowed the Archers to break the tie for second with the Adamson Falcons as they improved to 6-2, while dealing the Tamaraws their second straight defeat for a 4-4 record.FEU’s loss also allowed University of the Philippines to catch up at fourth spot as the Fighting Maroons slipped past University of Santo Tomas, 71-69, earlier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJun Manzo split his free throws with seven seconds remaining, before the Maroons watched Marvin Lee’s triple rim out at the buzzer as they escaped with a narrow win just like in the first round when Paul Desiderio nailed a triple as time expired to lift UP.It was the eighth straight loss for the Tigers, who once again showed plenty of fight in the final period, before falling short. Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

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17 days agoArsenal defender Mustafi laughs off ‘irrational’ criticism: I’m mentally strong

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal defender Mustafi laughs off ‘irrational’ criticism: I’m mentally strongby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShkodran Mustafi has laughed off a poll naming his as the world’s second worst defender.The Arsenal stopper finished behind Manchester United’s Phil Jones in a survey conducted by Spanish newspaper Marca, who asked 150,000 people who was the world’s worst defender.But Mustafi says he isn’t bothered by the poll results.”In the first two years after my move to Arsenal in 2016, things went very well for me,” Mustafi told German outlet Speigel. “But shortly after Christmas 2018 there was a kink. I’ve made a few mistakes and they’ve created a mess that I’ve never experienced before.”Mustafi added: “There were days when I really doubted something about myself. But at some point I realised that I am mentally strong.”Something my wife said helped me a lot: ‘If you were really as bad as people are making you out, you would never have been a World Champion and Arsenal player, something must have brought you here’. Since then I can handle it better.”I’m self-critical enough to realise that I made mistakes. I can also deal with tough criticism. “But the criticism has become escalated and irrational. I have become a target. At some point, people even blamed me for a defeat I had not played in at all.” last_img read more

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Stars Added To Ed Asner Friends Poker Tournament

first_imgEd Asner and the Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, presents the Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament.Expected to join Ed Asner at the event are Rosie O’Donnell, Don Cheadle, Matthew Modine, Michael Chiklis, Dylan McDermott, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Bergeron, Peter Fonda, Daryl Hannah, Thomas Gibson, Lisa Loeb, Michael McKean, Elizabeth Carlisle, Holly Robinson Pete, Wayne Brady, Randy Rainbow, Sebastian Bach, Rocky Carroll, Patricia Heaton, and Greg Grunberg among others. More than 300 guests are expected at this year’s event.In addition to the Celebrity Poker Tournament, guests will also enjoy a dinner buffet, cocktails, silent/live auctions and opportunity drawings. The top three winners will be awarded prizes.The poker tournament is expecting to raise over $100,000 to support Autism Society’s mission to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education and research. Autism currently affects 1 out of every 68 individuals and their families.FOR TICKETS: go to Poker Tickets.WHEN:SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th | 5:00 PM – MIDNIGHTWHERE:HAWORTH LOS ANGELES SHOWROOM444 South Flower St., Downtown LAlast_img read more

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Unique tutorlearner relationship sets example when it comes to literacy language revitalization

first_imgChris MacIntyreAPTN NewsKwanlin’ Dun First Nation Elder Louie Smith has spent most of his 86 years living and learning on the land.When Smith was a child an outbreak of tuberculosis at the school in Carcross, YT, forced Smith’s father to remove him from class.Louie only spent two weeks at the school and never learned how to read.“A lot of kids died there,” says Smith. “You play around today and tomorrow you already die in the Carcross school.“So that’s why I never went to school”(Ted Ackerman and Louie Smith spend two days a week at the House of Learning reading, sharing stories and history with each other. Photo: Chris MacIntyre/APTN)Louie always wanted to learn how to read.He says that once you learn to read, you can learn to sing.When Smith reached his 80s , a family member suggested he register with Yukon Learn – a not for profit agency whose mandate is to help Yukon adults improve their literacy.After a few different tutors, Louie finally met Ted Ackerman in 2015.Ackerman had been volunteering with Yukon Learn since 2013 and was excited at the opportunity to work together with a First Nation Elder.For the past four years, two times a week, Louie Smith and his tutor Ted Ackerman spend their mornings surrounded by books at the House of Learning building in Whitehorse.Their reading lesson always starts off with a cup of fresh coffee and usually a story from Smith’s childhood.Smith isn’t the only one learning at these weekly tutoring sessions.Ackerman is also on the receiving end.(From the left: Kwanlin’ Dun elder Louie Smith, Ted Ackerman, Kwanlin Dun Chief Doris Bill and Yukon Premier Sandy Silver at the Council of the Federation Literacy award presentation. Photo: Chris MacIntyre/APTN)Smith shares his stories and history of First Nation’s culture and has been teaching Ackerman words in Southern Tutchone.Ackerman says being able to teach and at the same time learn is a rich experience.“Literacy is not just the reading and writing, that’s a large part but it’s also the understanding of knowledge of the world around you,” he says.“Louie is highly literate in Yukon First Nation culture and he shares that with me.”Recently Smith and Ackerman were presented with the 2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award.The award recognizes contributions to literacy and First Nation language revitalization.(Literacy Award : The Council of the Federation Literacy medals. Photo: Chris MacIntyre/APTN)With permission from the Kwanlin’ Dun First Nation, the pair have preserved over 100 items of First Nations history through recordings and books.There are no plans to stop the tutoring sessions and Smith has even said that he’d like more.Through the time spent together, Smith continues to learn how to read and Ackerman gets a greater understanding of First Nation culture.“I’ve read the Truth and Reconciliation report and I’ve read the Together Today for our Children Tomorrow and both of those documents talk about sort of what the institutions and the organizations of our cultures and country need to do to help our cultures co-exist,” says Ackerman.“I think if there’s a lot more of me and Louie doing things we wouldn’t need those big documents as much”.cmacintyre@aptn.calast_img read more

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Scheer Canada speaks with one voice on renegotiating NAFTA deal

first_imgWASHINGTON – In his first foreign trip as leader of the official Opposition, Andrew Scheer avoided any criticism of the Liberal federal government, telling a Washington audience that Canada speaks with one voice on NAFTA.The Conservative leader was at the Wilson Center on Wednesday explaining that he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have their partisan differences, but not when it comes to preserving the Canada-U.S. relationship.”On NAFTA, the Canadian Parliament … is united,” Scheer told the think tank.”We have our partisan differences. When we hold the government to account, as is our role in our parliamentary system, we will absolutely point out what we think they should be doing differently,” he added. “But when it comes to our relationship with the United States we do speak with one voice.“We want to make sure we’re here to support our government’s efforts in maintaining and protecting what we have in NAFTA. I believe it’s important to send that signal to interests here in Washington.”He later avoided being pulled into the more controversial aspects of negotiations to renew the continental trade pact. One of the attendees of the event — David Wilkins, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada — asked him to suggest what concessions Canada and the U.S. should be prepared to make to get a deal.Scheer replied: ”I don’t think it would be helpful.”Scheer is in Washington with several Conservative MPs for meetings with the U.S. transportation secretary, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, former George W. Bush-era officials Robert Zoellick and Josh Bolton, and with some lawmakers on Capitol Hill.It’s his first working visit outside Canada in his new role.The head of the Wilson Center, former nine-term Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman, contrasted Scheer’s approach to NAFTA with the partisanship in Washington. She opined that the U.S. political model is broken, with politicians being rewarded by their primary voters for bashing the other party, and punished if they try working across the aisle to solve problems”Your politics are more adult,” she told Scheer.To which the Conservative leader replied: ”You haven’t seen (our) question period.”Scheer said he’s heard lots of anxiety from businesses in Canada, asking what he’s hearing about NAFTA in Ottawa. He said he’s now trying to learn more about the state of the negotiations from people in Washington.The next round of negotiations is scheduled for next week in Montreal. While U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to start pulling out of the agreement as a negotiating ploy, lately he has made more positive comments about the negotiations.Asked later if his visit had reassured him, Scheer said he had mixed feelings: he’s more confident that many people are fighting to keep NAFTA from being cancelled but cancellation remains a possibility.”(So) yes and no,” Scheer said.”I’m encouraged that there is a high level of engagement from people here in Washington — both on the elected side and from people that represent industries. One of our concerns was, ‘Will people here in the U.S. who support NAFTA become engaged and help make the case?’ I’ve been very encouraged by that,” he said.“But at the same time it’s also clear that they’re doing so because they think the risk is real.”last_img read more

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Suncor reports lower net earnings as weather outage cuts into oilsands output

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says net earnings in the first quarter of 2018 fell to $789 million or 48 cents per share, compared to $1.35 billion or 81 cents per share in the same period of 2017.Net earnings included a $329-million non-cash foreign exchange loss and a non-cash gain of $133 million from an exchange of lands with Canbriam Energy Inc.It missed analyst expectations of $1.05 billion or 63 cents as reported by Thomson Reuters.Operating earnings, which strip out one-time and non-cash items, were $985 million or 60 cents per share, beating $812 million or 49 cents posted a year earlier as well as analyst predictions of $952 million or 53 cents per share.Suncor says a “weather-related outage” at the company’s base camp north of Fort McMurray, Alta., resulted in lower production and upgrader utilization in the first quarter, although operations returned to normal by the end of February.Suncor’s total upstream production came in at 689,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the three months ended March 31, compared to 725,100 boe/d in the prior year quarter, as oilsands output fell to 404,800 barrels per day from 448,500 bpd.CEO Steve Williams said the loss of production and ongoing effects of deeper discounts paid for western Canadian heavy crude were offset by higher prices for its offshore production, higher realized profit margins in its refining and marketing arms and lower feedstock costs.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

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Harry Winks praises Moussa Sissoko

first_imgThe English footballer wanted to represent his country in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but an ankle injury prevented this.In 2017, Harry Winks was part of the England national team, he was ready to represent his nation at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.But ankle problems took him away from his dream and he had to watch on television how five of his Tottenham Hotspur footballers contributed to England’s best run in almost 20 years.And now, the player only wants to become a great player.“I really enjoy playing in the team with Moussa [Sissoko],” he said to the club’s official website trying to explain how he feels.“We complement each other well. We’ve had a partnership for the last couple of months now and it’s been going really well.”“We’re getting results and that’s the most important thing but we both help the team out as much as we possibly can in our own individual ways and I’m just thankful that in the games we’re getting the results we need,” he explained.“No, nothing specifically together. I guess on the pitch it just comes together well and we perform well. We just like playing alongside each other!”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“[Sissoko] He’s been phenomenal,” he explained.“He’s been one of the most key players for us this season because his all-around game is massive. He’s solid off the ball, solid on the ball and he’s an important figure for us.”“He’s had difficult spells over the last couple of seasons with game time, playing in various positions and getting a run of games. We train with him every day, so we know how good he is and we’re all so happy to see him doing so well and being able to show the fans how important he is for us,” he explained.“He’s had disappointments he’s had to deal with, difficult spells to get through and that what takes you to the next level, it toughens you up. If you go through difficult spells you remember them and it’s the character building every player needs to go to the next level.”💪#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/pFuWmZwNsc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 20, 2019last_img read more

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