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McBrearty calls on government to reduce rates

first_img Google+ Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook News Pinterest Google+ By admin – November 20, 2009 jun3pmDonegal’s eight Oireachta’s members have been called on to unite and pressure the government to help the county’s struggling businesses.Councillor Frank McBrearty made the call after being approached by a business man who pays 145 thousand euro per year in commercial and water rates while a second pays in excess of 100 thousand euro.The Councillor says that businesses simply can’t cope and that government intervention is required and the county’s Dail members need to unite to ensure that happens. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleMark Durkan says NW Gateway initiative has failedNext articleGAA – Kavanagh and Mc Gee’s not available for Donegal admin 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th McBrearty calls on government to reduce rates WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Trump must do more to help Puerto Rico

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion When “visiting” you threw paper towels to people, cut your visit short and didn’t fly over the island to survey damage.As the sister of a first responder working 18-hour shifts, I know islanders are working together sharing necessities, clearing debris with hammers, saws and their hands. Others are stranded in towns where roads and 41 bridges are washed out.Carcasses of animals on roofs need to be removed after rushing waters took them to their deaths. Despite obstacles, people carry each other on backs and do all they can to survive. We’re a culture where we say: “Mi Casa es tu Casa” [My Home is your Home]. That is who we are, and calling us ingrates demonstrates a lack of awareness and empathy of our culture. Open your heart, cease degrading tweets, and rise up to the dignity of the office you represent.No wall can be built across the Atlantic, so many Hispanic Americans will relocate and vote here in elections. So, remember, “We will not forget (no olivdaremos).Maria Mercedes KarrScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes On Sept. 30, amidst massive suffering in Puerto Rico, and on the 67th day at your golf club, you posted 18 tweets, many of them unkind and directed at San Juan’s mayor and its residents. This was a result of her pleas for faster intervention.While she was waist-high in water checking homes, you chose at that moment, to tweet, “Puerto Rican workers want everything done for them when it should be a community effort.”last_img read more

Despite club sport status, men’s club soccer finds ways to thrive

first_imgIt is past 10 p.m. on a Thursday night and the sound of cleats striking the grass, the sight of soccer balls arched into the air and the bright lights high in the sky bring Cromwell Field to life.Trevor Sochoki | Daily TrojanThis is the men’s club soccer team, the highest level for male footballers at USC because there is no Division I men’s team at the University. Team members say not many students know about it, and even fewer come to their games, but just playing a sport they love competitively is worth the time.USC used to field a Division I men’s soccer team, but it was removed following the 1980 season and relegated to a club program.“Ever since then, it’s been a real struggle coming back because of Title IX,” said Jonathan Montesdeoca, the Vice President of the club last semester, referring to the 1972 law that assured equal treatment and benefits to NCAA athletes regardless of gender.Men’s soccer wasn’t the only sport that was dropped by USC in the 1980s and 1990s; men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, men’s cross country, sailing and skiing were either eliminated or became club sports due to factors including lack of finances, facilities and participation, according to a USC spokesperson.“I definitely wish people paid more attention to us,” Montesdeoca said. “Club sports aren’t really given much attention in general.”As far as club sports go, however, men’s soccer has arguably taken the biggest step forward. Over the summer, the team traveled to Beijing to participate in the inaugural World Elite University Football Tournament, which hosted college teams from around the world for a competition. USC was the only representative from the United States, competing in the “second group” with Oxford, Peking University and Renmin University.The Trojans wound up winning first place in their group, but just participating in the tournament — and being the first club team from USC to compete internationally — warranted acknowledgment.“It’s very significant,” head coach Adam Gootnick said. “I’ve been in this program for six years now, and we’ve never gone internationally or even talked about it. To go international and play and compete on another level and win games is a next step in the process of becoming the best we could possibly become.”Montesdeoca said the team was offered a spot in the tournament “out of the blue,” with the organizers putting together a “cultural exchange event.” In addition to playing in the competition, the team toured Beijing, visiting the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace and Tiananmen Square.“Beijing was an incredible experience, not only to play in another country but to play in a country on the other side of the world that is so culturally different,” Gootnick said.Ruben España, a senior on the team, also reflected positively on the experience.“As a team, we really bonded and met interesting people over there, guys from different teams, different countries, nationalities,” España said.The team came back from China with another accolade to add to a string of recent successes — between 2011 and 2014, the club soccer team advanced to the semifinals or further in either a regional or national tournament each year. The team competes in the California Collegiate Club Soccer League of the West Coast Soccer Association, with the goal of the fall season being to earn a spot in the Championship Division of the NIRSA National Championships.The team this year consists of 26 players — out of the 90 or so hopefuls who tried out — a mix of players who transferred from Division I, II or III schools and pure walk-ons. Some players had offers from schools where men’s soccer was a varsity sport, but still chose to attend USC.España was in discussions with Amherst College in Massachusetts. Stuart Young, a junior, was in talks with the University of La Verne, which is near Los Angeles. But he chose USC instead, and despite not having the option to play soccer at the varsity level, it was worth it.“This is a very good in-between between [attending a top university] and playing Division I, which is more of a job,” Young said. “They play every day, sometimes twice a day. For us, we get just the right amount, which is 2-3 practices a week. Our team is very close because it’s the right amount of soccer and team bonding. It’s the right environment for our team to grow.”The mix of skilled former recruits with students just looking to play soccer provides an assorted roster for Gootnick, a USC alum in his first season as head coach.“We have a very diverse group of people who come from all different backgrounds, and even some international players, all way from freshman to senior,” Gootnick said. “Everyone adds different value to the team, whether that be personality, focus, left foot or right foot, in the air, offensive or defensive. There’s so many different tools a soccer player can have, and my job as a coach is to utilize them.”Players agree that the experience and the environment make the time spent worthwhile. Still, the downsides of not being a Division I team can be frustrating. The team does not draw well at the few home games it has each season. This year, it has three, but in the past, it had been relegated to one or two. According to Montesdeoca, the team also had to move from playing its games on McAllister Field — home of the Division I women’s soccer team — to the less-preferred turf of Cromwell Field. A spokesperson for the Recreational Club Council, which oversees USC club sports, noted that McAlister Field is run by USC Athletics and that RCC has no control over allocating the field to its clubs.Games have also been canceled due to “scheduling conflicts,” Montesdeoca said. Before one game, the field wasn’t even open, and the team had to call DPS officers to unlock the gates. There, players found that the goals were still locked together and the field lines weren’t clear, forcing them to use cones instead. In another instance, corner flags were missing for a game.“We just want things ready for a game,” Montesdeoca said. “It’s a lack of professionalism.”Stuart added that the issues were “embarrassing” to him.“USC is a very prestigious school,” he said. “When we show up to games and we don’t have corner flags or proper lines set up, it makes us look very amateurish.”The RCC spokesperson said that club sports in general are of low priority for the school administration and there is a lack of “proper resources.”Funding can also be an issue, though Montesdeoca pointed out that the RCC paid for a vast majority of the team’s trip to Beijing in addition to providing contingency funds for new uniforms. They have to collect money and gain attention by relying on sponsorships and other creative means, such as having a portion of the Trojan Marching Band play at a game to attract fans. RCC provides some funding, but overall the financial burden falls on the team. This includes tryout dues and a $360 membership fee — up from $300 from last year, in part to cover uniforms and practice jerseys.Montesdeoca said the ultimate goal for the club is to be a basis for a Division I men’s soccer team, though he has explored other options such as forming a Premier Development League team, which competes in the third-tier of professional soccer in the country.There are more than enough Division I sports to go around at USC, so perhaps the lack of a men’s soccer team goes unnoticed by a majority of students. But the fanfare and attention is not why members of the club team dedicate late nights to practicing; rather, it’s the chance to keep playing the game they love.“The soccer alone is worth it,” España said. “Sure, nobody shows up to our games, but we’re here for the soccer, we’re here for each other and we’re here for the experience. Honestly, this is a great way for us to do what we love, de-stress and just have fun.”Correction: This article previously stated that Jonathan Montesdeoca is the Vice President of the club. He was the Vice President last semester. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

G2 Esports secures Twitch as streaming partner for multiple years

first_imgG2 Esports has announced that Twitch is now its exclusive streaming partner, having entered a multi-year deal to deliver its streams, video premieres, and live interactions with supporters.This partnership means Twitch will be the sole live-streaming platform of G2 Esports. Thi will result in its professional players broadcasting gameplay, the organisation debuting original content via Twitch Premieres, and “joint real-life activities” to give people a look at the players beyond video games.Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez, CEO of G2 Esports discussed the partnership: “Throughout the years, Twitch has become the epitome of entertainment, reflecting a passion for video games and providing a window into how esports pros play with a great community overall. Many probably still remember my streaming days and now that I’m back at it at a regular basis, I can’t imagine doing it for any other service but Twitch. Our values align and I can’t be more excited about G2 Esports signing a multi-year contract and elevating our relationship with Twitch to new heights. I’m absolutely certain we will have an amazing time together and might even break a record or two!”Pontus Eskilsson, Sr. Partnerships Manager, EMEA of Twitch also commented: “G2 Esports has captivated fans with their impressive skills across multiple games, including winning both LCS EU Spring and Summer two years in a row. By partnering with Twitch for an exclusive multi-year deal, it ensures our global community will be able to watch and be amazed by one of esports most talented teams.”G2 Esports other partners include Logitech G, AOC, paysafecard, NEEDforSEAT, Vodafone, and ESP. Esports Insider says: Twitch is, without a doubt, the primary place to stream when it comes to esports – and gaming in general. G2 Esports is a popular organisation with 11 teams, so it should thrive on the platform if it commits to producing unique content. This is another exclusive content deal for Twitch, and esports generally, too.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, February 17, 2014:•11:30 a.m. Officers investigated sexual exploitation of a child in the 600 block N. Olive, Wellington.•12:26 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 700 block S. Washington, Wellington. Temporary license tag was issued.•2:03 p.m. Mary F M Knoepfler, 81, Medford, Okla. was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 57 mph in a 45 mph zone, and having no proof of insurance.•3:55 p.m. Troy D. Shamblin, 52, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed stop sign.•5:52 p.m. Novalee A. Alam, 50, Geuda Springs, was arrested and charged with driving while license is suspended, no proof of insurance and speeding 57 mph in a 45 mph zone.last_img

Facebook Comments Have Been Around for a Year and Haven’t Taken Over Yet

first_imgmike melanson Tags:#Facebook#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Earlier today, everyone was talking about Facebook and how it is “planning to launch a third-party commenting system in a matter of weeks.” The only problem, of course, is that Facebook Comments already exists as a plug-in for third-party sites. Facebook confirmed that it is “testing an updated plugin” on both its Facebook Blog and Developer Blog, as it has been for the past year. In that time, all these other real-time comment startups, such as Echo and Livefyre, have had time to prepare for the arrival of the 600 million member strong social network in the commenting space. So far, Facebook hasn’t managed to take over the commenting space and they had a few points to offer on why that’s the case.“Facebook is planning to launch a third-party commenting system in a matter of weeks, according to multiple sources familiar with the new product,” writes CNET’s Caroline McCarthy. “This new technology could see Facebook as the engine behind the comments system on many high-profile blogs and other digital publications very soon.” Of course, if this were the case, why hasn’t this happened over the last year that Facebook has offered the product? McCarthy points to a rather old version of Facebook’s Comment plugin, saying that the “new commenting product is a significantly deeper expansion of this.” And if you look at either of the Facebook blogs mentioned above, you can see a newer version altogether. Take a look at a screenshot from last fall:According to Livefyre founder and CEO Jordan Kretchmer, Facebook entering the comment space is certainly “no surprise.”“We’ve been expecting it for some time,” said Kretchmer, “and have been actively building Livefyre towards the things that we know Facebook will get wrong. Namely: Identity, personas, open data, and non-discriminatory social media integration.”Chris Saad, VP of strategy at real-time commenting system Echo, mostly pointed to Echo’s upcoming launch event when we asked him how Echo had prepared for Facebook’s entrance into commenting, but also agreed that there were a number of areas he expected Facebook to fall short in. According to Saad, Facebook’s commenting system would likely not be real-time, wouldn’t allow for white labeling, wouldn’t allow any other party to own the data and would only allow for Facebook login. On this one point, at least, Facebook may change its tune – Peter Kafka tweeted today that the “new FB comment system [is] designed to work with Google, Yahoo, Twitter sign-ins, if [publication] wants them.”Beyond that, however, Kretchmer expanded on many of the contention points that both he and Saad expressed. “There will be very little or no shared ownership of comment data, and probably no plug and play database syncing for different CMS platforms. I’ve seen the rumors that Twitter and Google auth will be integrated, but my gut tells me that will require connecting those services back to your central Facebook account, which would defeat the purpose of allowing login through different social graphs in the first place. People generally want the option of commenting with different personas, not “anonymously” per se, but personas that they care about and upkeep in the different communities that they comment on. Not allowing for that will diminish the overall amount of conversation publishers will see. For example, I might have something meaningful to say about a controversial topic, but not something I want connected to my true identity.The other really important thing to note, is that larger publishers have their own login and profile systems in place. If Facebook comments doesn’t allow for any kind of Single Sign On with existing user systems (not just other social nets), I can see that being a big barrier for most. Publishers would basically be giving up their own communities to Facebook.”A quick look around the Internet also shows general user perception of a Facebook-only commenting system. People want to reserve the right to anonymity on the Internet and, if not this, then at least be able to exist as a separate persona from their true identity. Facebook can be credited for getting people to openly share this true identity on the Web, but they are still reluctant to use it all over the Web.What do you think – would you use a Facebook comment system on a third party site? Would you log in and leave a comment? Or would you shun the system and the site for other systems like Disqus, Echo or Livefyre?Let us know in our Disqus-powered comments below. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Music Showcase: The Best Royalty Free Halloween Music

first_imgIf you’re creating a Halloween themed project or need scary horror music for your film or video, these top tracks will set the spooky tone.Every Halloween or horror themed project is complete with a soundtrack of eerie music! The right music can drive intensity, build suspense and get your audience’s heart rate skyrocketing.In this post, we’ve rounded up the top royalty free Halloween music for use in your video and media projects. Whether, you need a creepy film score or background track for your zombie themed app or game, one of these top tracks should fit the bill.We work exclusively with the leading production music composers to create high quality, affordably priced music tracks for media. For usage, our Standard License allows you to use our royalty free music in multiple projects without any future fees or royalties.Give your next project feelings of suspense and tension – check out our showcase of the best royalty free Halloween music:last_img read more

2014 FIFA World Cup match preview: Mexico eager to try its ‘luck’ against Croatia

first_imgGoalkeeper of Mexico Guillermo Ochoa during a training session at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. (AP Photo)Mexico coach Miguel Herrera says he’s happy to be lucky if that means advancing in the World Cup.Mexico wraps up Group A play against Croatia, whose star midfielder, Luka Modric, said that Mexico benefited from some luck in its scoreless draw with Brazil last week.Herrera indicated that he’d rather be lucky than lose 3-1 to Brazil, as Croatia did.”If we have a draw with Brazil with luck or without it, we did it, they didn’t,” Herrera said.Mexico needs only another tie against Croatia to advance to the second round, while the Croatians must win.After practice Sunday night, Herrera and defender Hector Moreno appeared at a news conference where they generally avoided opportunities to respond to some of the verbal jousts issued earlier in the day by Modric and Croatia coach Niko Kovac.Kovac suggested that his side has the requisite caliber of attacking players to become the first to score against “El Tri” and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in this World Cup, adding that “if anyone’s knees should be trembling,” it should be those of the Mexicans.”We could talk about 1,000 things here, and we could go through 1,000 circumstances that would lead us to believe that one (team) is better than the other,” Herrera said. “What we have to do is prove it on the pitch.”Mexico has played a World Cup in which we’ve proven we have an attitude of determination. It is a robust team. It is a team that has not conceded goals. It is a team that is doing things right.”advertisementMexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has posted a pair of shutouts against Cameroon and Brazil, needing a slew of spectacular saves to keep the Selecao from scoring.He could be challenged again by a Croatia side that is coming off a 4-0 victory over Cameroon, and which has several key players – from Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic to Real Madrid’s Modric – who have put together successful careers in Europe’s top leagues.Mexico defender Hector Moreno, who plays for Spanish side Espanyol and has faced Modric in La Liga play, said Mexico has no lack of respect for Croatia’s talent, “but Mexico also has great individuals and we have a great team.”Moreno added that he’s “not attaching a great deal of importance” to comments made earlier Sunday by Modric and Kovac.”We will see everything on the pitch,” Moreno said. “We will see on the field who has better players and who has a better team – and I fully trust it will be Mexico.”For Herrera, the fact that Croatia has a number of players from top European leagues should provide that much more motivation for El Tri to show the world – and European scouts at the World Cup- what Mexican football is all about.Thus far, Mexico has managed just one goal, scored by Oribe Peralta in a 1-0 victory over Cameroon. Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez not only has yet to score, but hasn’t cracked the starting lineup, instead coming in as a second-half substitute. Herrera said he isn’t planning any changes to his lineup, meaning Hernandez will open a third straight match on the bench.Both teams practiced on wet turf at Arena Pernambuco because of intermittent showers throughout Sunday, and more rain was in the forecast for Monday. Herrera joked that Mexico seems to have brought ran with it wherever it has traveled in Brazil. But El Tri has also brought fans – lots of them.A cruise ship with several thousand Mexican supporters aboard is docked in the port of Recife, and many more have been seen throughout town.Herrera said he’s expecting a heavily pro-Mexico crowd to push his players.”Of course, we have the idea, the feeling of what people in Mexico are going through, with the dreams that we’ve created,” Herrera said. “We will come out onto the field to give everything so we can obtain the objective we have set before us.”last_img read more

Not just India, our own batsmen would have struggled against us: James Anderson

first_imgEngland paceman James Anderson said it was the ideal conditions for him bowl after his 26th five-wicket haul helped the hosts bundle India out for 107 in their first innings of the second Test at Lord’s on Friday.After the entire first day was lost to rain, further wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat.Root was clearly hoping that the lingering damp and overcast conditions would benefit Anderson and the 36-year-old took full advantage with some outstanding swing bowling to finish with 5/20.”With the experience we’ve had of bowling on flat decks and the ball doing nothing, when you get the opportunity like that you lick your lips and try to show off your skills. We exploit those conditions as well as anyone in the world,” Anderson told reporters after second day’s play on Friday.Rohit Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan want fans to support Team India in tough timesAnderson said he believes even the home team’s batting line-up would have struggled against the England pacers.”I think if we were bowling at our batsmen, we’d have the better of them [too]. We exploit those conditions as well as anyone in the world. I don’t think it’s just the Indian batsmen that would have struggled.”I’d have been so disappointed if I’d messed up today because they were the ideal conditions to bowl in, the rain yesterday certainly made the decision for us at the toss but we didn’t think it’d do that much. It looked a good pitch, dry with a bit of green grass on top, but not too much. It wasn’t particularly warm, but warm enough, and that moisture that’s in the ground just helped it move around,” he said.advertisementIndia vs England: Virat Kohli’s cheeky act at Lord’s Long RoomAnderson said he feels a bit “unfortunate” to not get the better of Virat Kohli yet in the ongoing Test series. Anderson made Kohli his bunny when India toured England in 2014, dismissing him four times in 10 innings.”For me, I love playing against the best players in the world, testing yourself and seeing whether you can get the better of them. It’s a really thrilling thing to be a part of and unfortunately I’ve not got the better of him [Virat Kohli] yet, but I’ll continue to try my hardest throughout the rest of the series.”Kohli’s important because he’s captain, a leader and he’s their best player – No.1 in the world. But 90 percent of their top seven have scored runs against us in the past, so we can’t look just at Kohli as a big wicket,” he said.Virat Kohli’s mistake costs Pujara his wicket minutes before rain stoppageAnderson, who had generated movement off the seam as well as an impressive amount through the air, said he is happy to be delivering the goods for England even at this age.”All I think about is getting my body in as good a condition as it can be to cope with bowling out in the middle. I was delighted with how many overs I bowled at Edgbaston. For my body to get through that at this age I’m really happy with. I think I mean I’m doing the right stuff off the field.”But I don’t think about numbers or my age, I feel like, I won’t say 28, but 32. I don’t feel old, I feel like I can still throw myself around in the field as well as anyone else so as long as I feel like that I’m just going to keep playing as long as possible. Hopefully the wickets will keep coming as well and I can help this team keep winning,” he said.India vs England 2nd Test Day 2 at Lord’s: HighlightsEngland lead the five-match series 1-0 after a thrilling 31-run victory at Edgbaston last week in Birmingham. The third Test will be played at Nottingham from August 18.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Oklahoma State Pledge Kris McCune Named Blue-Grey All-American

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Kris McCune, a senior safety from Dallas Christian is yet another Cowboy recruit who will participate in an All-American bowl. He has received an invite to join the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl,  a bowl that Oklahoma State receiver Jalen McCleskey competed in several years ago.McCune is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete who plays both ways for Dallas Christian but will secure his role in Stillwater as a safety and projects as a defensive back at the next level.Oklahoma State will lose safeties Jordan Sterns and Derrick Moncrief after this year, and McCune, one of several safeties expected to sign in February, will likely be in the running to try and secure early playing time in their stead.last_img read more