January 12

National Youth Policy implementation still in preparation stage

first_imgWhile the Department of Youth has been planning works since the passing of the National Youth Policy in Parliament in 2016, the implementation of the policy is still in its preparation stage.This is according to Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael, who at a recent Social Cohesion Ministry engagement said, “We’re still in the process of preparing the implementation plan for the policy.”Carmichael noted that consultations will be held with various youth organisations, with the aim of putting the implementation plan together.“The Department of Youth after the National Youth Policy was passed would have put together our programme for 2018 as well as 2017 based on directives from the youth policy. Whatever it contains, the various aspects of youth and youth development that it contains we would have taken that into consideration while planning our work plan for 2017 as well as 2018… so as it relates to implementing what is there, the Department of Youth has been doing that but we are still in the process of preparing the implementation plan,” the Director of Youth disclosed.That plan, however is expected to be put together before the end of June or September.“As a department, we would have discussed at various levels the fact that an implementation plan needs to be put into place and we are preparing sometime in this year to have consultations with various youth organisations with regards to putting that together… so sometime before the end of this quarter maybe next quarter we should start working on that crafting the plan” Carmichael said. The National Youth Policy is premised on improving the social, emotional and cultural skills of young people, producing a productive and enterprising youth workforce, developing quality education and market-oriented skills, encouraging leadership, participation and representation and promoting good health, security and safety.The policy caters for development of a National Youth Empowerment Action Plan which will include comprehensive and strategic programmes and projects being implemented.last_img read more

January 12

The Carbon Tax is Here

first_imgDrivers in British Columbia will have to pay more at the pumps starting today.The B-C government’s controversial carbon tax plan goes into effect this morning, and motorists in the province may soon be paying the highest gas prices in the country.The plan will be phased in over five years to allow drivers to understand that there’s a cost associated with generating greenhouse gases.- Advertisement -The tax works out to an extra 2.4 cents a litre on gas, rising to 7.24 cents per litre by 2012.British Columbians already pay a 3.5-cent-per-litre gasoline tax to help pay for transportation projects.The tax is being billed as revenue neutral, meaning the government will not use money generated from the tax to fill its coffers.Advertisement The tax is expected to bring in more than a billion dollars in revenue that will be returned through income and business tax breaksThe plan isn’t popular with drivers, but Premier Gordon Campbell says his government has come up with the most aggressive green plan in North America.last_img read more

January 11

Treasure planet: Possible habitable world discovered

first_imgWASHINGTON – European astronomers have found the most Earth-like planet outside our solar system, and here’s what it might be like to live there: The “sun” wouldn’t burn brightly. It would hang close, large and red in the sky, glowing faintly like a charcoal ember. And it probably would never set if you lived on the sunny side of the planet. You could have a birthday party every 13 days because that’s how fast this new planet circles its sunlike star. But watch the cake – you’d weigh a whole lot more than you do on Earth. You might be able to keep your current wardrobe. The temperature in this alien setting will likely be a lot like Earth’s – not too hot, not too cold. Alan Boss, who works at the Carnegie Institution of Washington where a U.S. team of astronomers competed in the hunt for an Earth-like planet, called it “a major milestone in this business.” The planet was discovered by the European Southern Observatory’s telescope in La Silla, Chile, which has a special instrument that splits light to find wobbles in different wave lengths. Those wobbles can reveal the existence of other worlds. What they revealed is a planet circling the red dwarf star Gliese 581. Red dwarfs are low-energy, tiny stars that give off dim red light and last longer than stars like our sun. Until a few years ago, astronomers didn’t consider these stars as possible hosts of planets that might sustain life. Shedding new light The discovery of the new planet, named 581 c, is sure to fuel studies of planets circling similar dim stars. About 80 percent of the stars near Earth are red dwarfs. The new planet is about five times heavier than Earth, and gravity there would be 1.6 times as strong as Earth’s. Its discoverers aren’t certain whether it is rocky like Earth or if it’s a frozen ice ball with liquid water on the surface. If it is rocky like Earth, which is what the prevailing theory proposes, it has a diameter about 1 times bigger than our planet. If it is an ice ball, as Mayor suggests, it would be even bigger. Based on theory, 581 c should have an atmosphere, but what’s in that atmosphere is still a mystery and if it’s too thick that could make the planet’s surface temperature too hot, Mayor said. However, the research team believes the average temperature to be somewhere between 32 and 104 degrees and that set off celebrations among astronomers. Until now, all 220 planets astronomers have found outside our solar system have had the “Goldilocks problem.” They’ve been too hot, too cold or just plain too big and gaseous, like uninhabitable Jupiter. Looking for liquid The new planet seems just right – or at least that’s what scientists think. “This could be very important,” said NASA astrobiology expert Chris McKay, who was not part of the discovery team. “It doesn’t mean there is life, but it means it’s an Earth-like planet in terms of potential habitability.” Eventually astronomers will rack up discoveries of dozens, maybe even hundreds of planets considered habitable, the astronomers said. But this one – simply called “c” by its discoverers when they talk among themselves – will go down in cosmic history as No. 1. Besides having the right temperature, the new planet is probably full of liquid water, hypothesizes Stephane Udry, the discovery team’s lead author and another Geneva astronomer. But that is based on theory about how planets form, not on any evidence, he said. “Liquid water is critical to life as we know it,” co-author Xavier Delfosse of Grenoble University in France said in a statement. “Because of its temperature and relative proximity, this planet will most probably be a very important target of the future space missions dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life. On the treasure map of the universe, one would be tempted to mark this planet with an X.” Other astronomers cautioned it’s too early to tell whether there is water. “You need more work to say it’s got water or it doesn’t have water,” said retired NASA astronomer Steve Maran, press officer for the American Astronomical Society. “You wouldn’t send a crew there assuming that when you get there, they’ll have enough water to get back.” The new planet’s star system is a mere 20.5 light years away, making Gliese 581 one of the 100 closest stars to Earth. It’s so dim, you can’t see it without a telescope, but it’s somewhere in the constellation Libra, which is low in the southeastern sky during the midevening in the Northern Hemisphere. Even so, Maran noted, “We don’t know how to get to those places in a human lifetime.” Getting more sun But, oh, the view, if you could. The planet is 14 times closer to the star it orbits. Udry figures the red dwarf star would hang in the sky at a size 20 times larger than our moon. And it’s likely, but still not known, that the planet doesn’t rotate, so one side would always be sunlit and the other dark. Two teams of astronomers, one in Europe and one in the United States, have been racing to be the first to find a planet like 581 c outside the solar system. The European team looked at 100 different stars, using a tool called HARPS (High Accuracy Radial Velocity for Planetary Searcher), to find this one planet, said Xavier Bonfils of the Lisbon Observatory, one of the co-discoverers. Much of the effort to find Earth-like planets has focused on stars like our sun with the challenge being to find a planet the right distance from the star it orbits. About 90 percent of the time, the European telescope focused its search more on sunlike stars, Udry said. A few weeks before the European discovery earlier this month, a scientific paper in the journal Astrobiology theorized that red dwarf stars were good candidates. “Now we have the possibility to find many more,” Bonfils said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And that “just right” temperature is one key reason astronomers think this planet could conceivably house life outside our solar system. It’s also as close to Earth-size as telescopes have ever spotted. Both elements make it the first potentially habitable planet besides Earth or Mars. Astronomers who announced the discovery of the new planet Tuesday says this puts them closer to answering the cosmic question: Are we alone? “It’s a significant step on the way to finding possible life in the universe,” said University of Geneva astronomer Michel Mayor, one of 11 European scientists on the team that found the new body. “It’s a nice discovery. We still have a lot of questions.” There’s still a lot that is unknown about the new planet, which could be deemed inhospitable to life once more is learned about it. But as galaxies go, it’s practically a neighbor. At only 120 trillion miles away, the red dwarf star that this planet circles is one of the 100 closest to Earth. The results of the discovery have not been published but have been submitted to the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. last_img read more

January 10

Teammates told me never to shoot, jokes Wanyama

first_img“I have had several shots at goal since I returned and some of the lads were not happy and they said that I should not be shooting again but i said to myself that I would continue shooting and one day it will get into the back of the net and that day was today,” Wanyama joked speaking to Spurs’ official TV stream after the game.The sentiments were shared by striker Harry Kane who was at the centre of the game, missing a penalty and scoring a late one as he joined an elite list of Premier League players to reach 100 league goals.“He’s proved us wrong! He had a few shots recently and they have all gone to the corner flag and we told him not to shoot. But fair play to him he stuck it for us today and he pulled us one of the best strikes I have seen. I probably haven’t seen a better one in my career to be fair,” the English forward who described the goal as a ‘wonder strike’ further opined.Harry Kane wheels away in celebrating his goal against Liverpool on February 4, 2018 with Victor Wanyama in the background. PHOTO/Daily MailWanyama has had a slow return to the Spurs first team since fully recovering from a knee injury that put him out for a period of four months and is yet to be in the starting 11 for a Premier League match.The midfield workhorse said he was delighted to play a positive role for the side, adding that getting a point away to Liverpool is no mean task.“I thought in the second half we played much better. We had a feeling we would score but unfortunately we didn’t until I came on and I got a goal. Sometimes it’s difficult; you can shoot and don’t score. I am happy I scored today to help the team,”“It is a difficult place to come because they always give us a tough time but today we got better and showed what we can do and I think we deserved to win today,” the midfielder further stated.The result sees Spurs remain at fifth on the English Premier League table, four ahead of North London rivals Arsenal who they face on Saturday in Wembley.Before then, Spurs will take on League Two side Newport County in the FA Cup on Wednesday and Wanyama might start the match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama wheels away in celebrating his goal against Liverpool on February 4, 2018.NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5- Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has disclosed in the aftermath of his wonder-strike against Liverpool on Sunday, that his teammates had told him never to shoot again after some below per efforts.Wanyama came on for Moussa Dembele in the 79th minute of Spurs’ 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield and with barely two minutes on the pitch struck a worldie from almost 25 yards out to pull his side level at 1-1.last_img read more

January 6

Liverpool’s Salah scoops PFA award for March

first_imgSalah is winning the award for the fourth time this season having won it in November, December and February.The Egyptian has had a brilliant season netting 38 goals for Liverpool in all competitions and also leads Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane in the race for the top goal scorer award.The 25-year-old is the Premier League’s top scorer with 29 goals, five more than Kane in second place.Salah did not play in Liverpool’s goalless draw against Everton over the weekend having suffered an injury in last week Champions League 3-0 win over Manchester City, where he scored the first goal.However, his manager Jurgen Klopp is optimistic the Egyptian will be fit to play in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed SalahLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 9- Mohamed Salah was on Monday named as the PFA Player of the Month for March after scoring six goals in four matches for Liverpool. His six goals in four matches came against Newcastle United, Manchester United, Watford and Crystal Palace.last_img read more

December 29

Donegal sees drop in number of overseas tourists visiting the ‘Coolest Place’

first_imgDonegal was the 10th most-visited county in Ireland by overseas tourists in 2017, according to new figures from Failte Ireland and CSO. Some 255,000 foreign tourists checked out the ‘Coolest Place’ last year and spent €82 million during their stay.However, the figure is a fall of 28,000 visitors from 2016, when 283,000 overseas travellers made Donegal their destination and spent €90 million. Overseas tourist visits to Ireland grew by 3.2% to 9 million in 2017, making it a record-breaking year for tourism nationally. Visitors spent a combined €4.9 billion during their visits.Irish residents took 9.6 million trips within Ireland and spent €1.9 billion last year. Domestic visitors took 376,000 trips to Donegal in 2017, spending €96 million on their travels.The number of local visitors is up by 2,000 from 2016, when 374,000 Irish residents’ trips were made to Donegal, spending  €99.9million.The number one fee-charging attraction in Co. Donegal was Glenveagh Castle and Grounds, with 211,000 visitors exploring the national park in 2017. Malin Head Viewing Point and the Sliabh Liag Cliffs were Donegal’s top free attractions, attracting 172,329 and 164,546 visitors respectively.Overseas tourists from Britain to Ireland have fallen by 5.1% in the last year, while other markets continue to grow. Mainland Europe recorded growth of 5%. North American visitor numbers increased by 16.1%, with the long haul markets increasing by 14.2% in 2017.Donegal sees drop in number of overseas tourists visiting the ‘Coolest Place’ was last modified: August 22nd, 2018 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:Failte Irelandtourismlast_img read more

December 28

Mahony urges end to hostility toward immigrants

first_img Mahony said he was concerned that “voices that are very much anti-immigrant, mostly in California and Los Angeles, are catching fire,” but didn’t name any particular group. On Tuesday, Mahony criticized the Minuteman Project and other anti-illegal-immigration groups, arguing that their efforts were misguided and wouldn’t solve national security issues. “The War on Terror isn’t going to be won through immigration restrictions,” he told the Los Angeles Times. Minuteman co-founder Jim Gilchrist accused Mahony on Wednesday of pandering to Hispanic immigrants, and said the cardinal’s stances encouraged illegal immigration. “Cardinal Mahony must be part of a lawless group,” said Gilchrist. “The church has no business messing in the rule of law.” Cardinal Roger M. Mahony called on Roman Catholics on Wednesday to embrace immigrants regardless of their legal status, criticizing what he said was increasing hostility toward the nation’s bulging undocumented population. The cardinal also said he would tell priests to defy any law enacted that would try to force churches and other organizations to determine the legality of immigrants before giving them assistance. Mahony, a longtime advocate of immigrant rights who oversees a racially diverse archdiocese of more than 4 million people, used Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season to urge Catholics to “make room” for immigrants. “Unless you are a Native American, everyone in here is the son or daughter of immigrants,” said Mahony, speaking during Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. As the illegal population balloons, now an estimated 11 million people, most of whom are Hispanic, the debate on how to deal with the phenomenon is intensifying. Anti-illegal-immigration groups regularly stage protests at day-labor sites where Hispanics wait for work, threatening to report employers who hire illegal immigrants. Immigration advocates have responded, staging counterprotests and organizing campaigns against legislation to crackdown on illegal immigrants. Mahony told those attending Mass on Wednesday that he was not in favor of “unfettered immigration,” but that the current system was inhumane and inefficient. Mahony said stringent laws and government bureaucracy meant immigrants were often separated up to 15 years from family members trying to immigrate. “We need reform that looks to family unification,” he said. “What we have now is broken and invites violation.” Reflecting positions of the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, Mahony said reform had to include a guest-worker program and the legalization of undocumented immigrants. Mahony said the church’s stance was not political, but he made reference to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which is slated to take up immigration reform this week. During an interview with Spanish-language press afterward, Mahony vowed to instruct priests to disobey any law requiring churches and other social organizations to ask immigrants for legal documentation before providing assistance. Such a provision was in the immigration bill passed by the House of Representatives in December. 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

December 27

GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 31 were Paddy Diver, Doonan and Eamonn Gorrell, 22 Ardeskin Heights. The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 13 & 24 with the jackpot now standing at €8,900.Coaching for the Under 14 Girls commences this Thursday evening February 16th from 5.15 pm to 6.30 pm on the All-Weather Training Pitch at Tir Conaill Park. Coaching is open to all girls born 1998 or 1999. Please contact team manager Michael Masterson (086) 8095521 if you require any further information. The Annual Dinner and Presentation of Club Awards for 2011 will take place this Saturday February 18th in Dom’s Pier 1 at 7.30 pm sharp. Tickets are on sale now priced at €20.00 from Sean Dunnion, Paul Timoney, Michael Martin and Maria Gorrell. Members are reminded that nominations for the Club Person of the Year 2011 award must be returned to Club Secretary, Eamonn Gorrell not later than 6.00 pm on Friday. The monthly meeting of Bord na nOg will take place next Monday night February 20th at 8.00 pm in the Abbey Hotel.GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 14th, 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

December 26

Greatest footballer of all time says he was left humbled by Old Trafford crowd

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade While United won the match 4-3, courtesy of a late double from substitute David Beckham, it was Real who advanced and Ronaldo who stole the headlines.Such was the performance of the two-time World Cup winner that night, those inside Old Trafford rose in unison to give him a standing ovation when he was substituted and it’s a moment he has never forgotten.“It was the Champions League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford,” he said. “It was a beautiful and open duel, and I scored three goals then. It was amazing.“The best came when I was changed. The whole stadium said goodbye to me with a huge ovation. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The Brazilian turned in a fine individual performance for Real Madrid Ronaldo top scored at the World Cup in 2002, but says the hat-trick and reception from the Man United fans a year later was “one of the most important in my life” REVEALED “Everyone stood up, I would never expect something like that. I was surprised by this spontaneous reaction of fans, for whom I was a rival after all.“It was a magical moment, one of the most important in my life. Football is everything to me. When I look back, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my career.” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED MONEY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 Ronaldo is widely considered to be one of the greatest players to ever play the game.Fast, strong, balanced, with a cushioned touch and a deadly finish with either foot or head – the mind boggles as to what he may have achieved had he stayed injury free.He joined PSV as a teenager in 1994 and scored 54 times in 58 games for the Dutch club and continued to hit the back of the net regularly at Barcelona, Inter and Real Madrid.The striker was just 17 when he was included in Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning squad and, after a tournament to forget in 1998, ‘El Fenomeno’ was at his blistering best in 2002. In Japan and South Korea he scored twice in the final against Germany as he also won the Golden Boot (with eight goals) and Brazil lifted their fifth World Cup.He saw out his career at Brazilian club Corinthians before eventually retiring in 2011. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED ADVICE huge blow 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice 3 Brazil legend Ronaldo has revealed the highlight of his illustrious career happened in a Champions League clash against Manchester United back in 2003.In one of the most thrilling individual performances, Ronaldo single-handedly wrecked United’s European ambitions with an incredible hat-trick in the quarter-final, second-leg clash. BEST OF Ronaldo scores the first of his three goals against Manchester United at Old Trafford Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

December 22

Young Donegal farmer has success in Silage Competition Final

first_imgA young Donegal farmer has placed in the Top 3 of a Macra na Feirme silage competition in association with Aurivo Co Op and their Nutrias brand of animal feeds.Matthew Lecky from Donegal came second in the competition which was open to young farmer members in County Donegal and across the region.The competition winner was Kevin McCaul from Monaghan Macra na Feirme, with Diarmuid Murray from Roscommon taking third place. (Featured Image:  (l-r) Justin McDonagh, Nutrias; James Healy, Macra Na Feirme National President; 2nd Placed winner Matthew Lecky and Stephen Blewitt, Aurivo General Manager Agri. Pic: Frances Muldoon Photography.)Sample bags were distributed through the Macra na Feirme young farmer development groups throughout the Winter.Samples were tested by Aurivo in their testing laboratory. Entrants were then contacted by Aurivo farm commercial specialists / nutritionists with their results. Entrants received animal nutrition advice on receipt of the results.An Aurivo nutritional analysis event was held in the Sligo Park Hotel in recent weeks where the winners were announced. The speakers on the night included Enda Faulkner, Aurivo Farm Profitablity Programme; Tom Coll, Teagasc Advisor; Colm Stenson, Macra na Feirme member who spoke about the Macra / Dawn Young Beef Farmer Sustainability programme; David Blair, Donegal Macra na Feirme member who won this competition last year and James Healy, Macra na Feirme National President. The young farmers with the top seven silage samples were interviewed by a judging panel on that evening and the winners were announced that night. Judging was based on the young farmers silage sample result but also on the young farmers farming methods.Young Donegal farmer has success in Silage Competition Final was last modified: February 15th, 2018 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:MACRA NA FEIRMEmatthew leckysilage competitionlast_img read more