Independent councillor Nicholas Crossan elected as Cathaoirleach

first_imgSouth Inishowen councillor Nicholas Crossan has been named as Cathaoirleach of the newly-formed Donegal County Council. The Independent councillor has taken up the chain of office today at the first sitting of the 2019-2024 council in Lifford.It is understood that parties met this week to decide to elect the Buncrana man as chairman. His appointment was formally proposed by Cllr Ian McGarvey and seconded by Cllr Frank McBrearty. Cllr Crossan, who has 25 years of experience in politics, won the fourth seat in the Buncrana Electoral Area with 1,527 votes in the May local elections.A total of 37 councillors will take their seats at County House in Lifford with a number of new faces.Donegal County Councillors take their seats in the Lifford ChamberProceedings were delayed for an hour and a half due to meetings outside the chamber.Notable people missing are outgoing Cathaoirleach Seamus O Domhnaill and veteran Fianna Fail councillor Enda Bonner who were among those who failed to be re-elected. The chairs for the council’s six strategic policy groups will also be decided upon today as well as who will sit on the 39 various committees and boards.Independent councillor Nicholas Crossan elected as Cathaoirleach was last modified: June 10th, 2019 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:CathaoirleachCllr Nicholas CrossanDonegal County Councillast_img read more

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Barton to be axed?

first_imgBetVictor make Joey Barton 9/4 to be left out of the starting XI for QPR’s match at Sunderland on Saturday after he was substituted in the game against Liverpool with the Hoops trailing 1-0.Hughes faces a big decision.Boss Mark Hughes didn’t sign Barton and in leaving Shaun Wright-Phillips on the bench last night he has shown that he is not afraid to drop big signings on big wages.Barton is the captain of course, but the fact he was booed and has been in such poor form means Hughes has a big decision to make at the Stadium of Light.Joey Barton: Will he start against Sunderland on Saturday?Yes: 1/3No: 9/4To place your bet click here.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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What are the chances Warriors’ Kevin Durant plays vs Oklahoma City?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — The Warriors (46-21) listed Kevin Durant as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-17) after missing Wednesday’s game in Houston with a right ankle contusion.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Durant is “feeling better” after practicing in all of Friday’s session. But Dr. Rick Celebrini, the Warriors’ director of sports …last_img read more

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Kejriwal announces 1time waiver on water bill arrears

first_imgNew Delhi: To get consumers to clear dues, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced a one-time waiver of arrears on water bills of about 13 lakh people with functional meters.As a result, households need not pay late payment fees and will get a waiver on the principal amount due based on their house category. He said people who have got new water connections are eligible for the waiver. Announced months ahead of the Assembly elections in the national Capital, the waiver is valid for arrears up to March 2019. If dues are paid, the state exchequer will see an inflow of Rs 600 crore. Kejriwal said there were approximately 13.5 lakh consumers in Delhi who have pending water bills. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Some of these arrears are due to consumers but some are also due to incorrect billing,” Kejriwal said. While the waiver will be for those having domestic water meters, those installing the meters by November 30 can get their late payment surcharge waived off as well. “This is an open invite to the people of Delhi to join the mainstream and install water meters. Only those consumers who have installed meters before November 30 will get the benefit of this scheme.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Chief Minister said around 10.5 lakh people who come under the E, F, G and H categories of water consumers will get a 100 percent waiver on water arrears. Those who come under categories A and B will get a waiver of 25 percent, category C will get 50 percent while D category will get 75 percent. However, Kejriwal clarified that the 100 percent waiver on late-payment charges will be applicable across all categories. He stated that at least Rs 2,500 crore is due from domestic water users and Rs 1,500 crore from commercial users.last_img read more

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Research firm touts Newfoundland and Labrador seaweed as cancer inhibitor

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A cancer researcher says he’s cautiously optimistic about an East Coast ocean technology company’s apparent discovery of properties in seaweed off Newfoundland and Labrador that inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, but warns the company still faces many hurdles.Oceans Ltd. announced Wednesday it has been studying the seaweed’s potential commercialization in pharmaceutical products for seven years, and has sampled about 70 seaweed species in Newfoundland and Labrador’s coastal waters.It said studies that used an extract from the seaweed on mice have “conclusively” demonstrated effectiveness in inhibiting the growth of breast cancer cells.Dr. David Hoskin, a professor of pathology at Dalhousie University who was not involved with the company or its research, said the product appears promising, but added there have been many natural products that have inhibited growth of human cancer in mice.“To the best of my knowledge, none of them have made it to the clinic,” said Hoskin, who researches natural products for treatment of breast cancer.“I tell my students, ‘I guarantee if you bring me a mouse with cancer, I can cure it.’ It’s pretty easy to cure cancer in a mouse. In a human, that’s a whole new ball game. That’s where a lot of the disappointments in the development of new cancer treatments have arisen from.”Oceans Ltd. president and CEO Judith Bobbitt said Wednesday its unique molecule has already undergone laboratory and animal testing at the National Research Council Canada, in accordance with Ottawa’s drug protocol.She said there are patents pending, and the company is now looking to partner with pharmaceutical companies to fund further research.“This is significant,” said Bobbitt in an interview. “It’s a novel molecule we found in a natural environment that nobody knew existed.”Hoskin said Oceans Ltd. will have to convince a company that its product is more effective and more economical than anything else the company has coming down the pipeline, and get it to agree to fund extensive clinical trials.“The only entities with deep enough pockets to fund those trials are big pharmaceutical companies,” said Hoskin, who is also the endowed chair in breast cancer research at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region.Oceans Ltd. said following treatment, the mice showed no obvious abnormalities related to metastasis, including in internal organs with high potential for metastasis such as livers, lungs, axillary lymph nodes and diaphragms.It said the molecule structure has been dubbed GorgonaDosi, and it is now being synthesized in a research lab for pharmaceutical development.Bobbitt said the molecule comes from a rare species of cold-water seaweed, and because Oceans Ltd. has defined the molecular structure, it is now able to make the seaweed synthetically.Oceans Ltd. has not yet shared the research with medical journals, as patents are pending.Hoskin said he hopes the research is submitted at some point so its scientific validity can be assessed.“Obviously a company has a vested interest in putting the best possible spin on the potential product,” he said.Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation Christopher Mitchelmore was on hand for the company’s press conference Wednesday, and praised the initiative.Oceans Ltd. is comprised of meteorologists, physical oceanographers, biologists, biochemists, chemists, and engineers who investigate the marine environment and its applications, with offices in Halifax and St. John’s.(The Canadian Press, VOCM)last_img read more

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Las Vegas approves change to shortterm rental regulations

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Officials in Las Vegas approved an ordinance change Wednesday to require homeowners to remain at their property whenever they choose to rent it out for brief periods, including through home-sharing platforms like Airbnb.The change to short-term rental properties only applies to residential homes, not to apartments in high-rise buildings. It is the latest effort from the Las Vegas City Council to crack down on an industry that has raised safety, noise and other concerns among residents and officials.The approval came after dozens of short-term rental operators, their supporters and critics spoke before council members. Those against the measure spoke about property rights and the economic benefits of the rental properties, while those in favour brought up their effect on affordable housing options and safety problems.The new requirement calls on the homeowner to be at the property throughout the rental period, except to go to work or run typical personal or household errands.Mayor Carolyn Goodman during the discussion pointed out that some of the troubled short-term rental properties are owned by people who do not live in the city or southern Nevada and neglect to monitor those who rent it.“This is a beginning, this is not a fight, but it is a protection of the rights of anybody who calls Las Vegas, the city of Las Vegas, home,” she said explaining her vote in favour of the measure.Short-term rental properties are already required to obtain a license, be 660 feet away from each other and not have more than three bedrooms. Properties already licensed won’t be affected by the change that will go into effect next week.Las Vegas drew 42.2 million visitors last year. Unincorporated Clark County, which includes properties near the Las Vegas Strip, does not allow short-term rentals in residential areas.Figures released by Airbnb in January show that 500,000 people stayed at properties in Las Vegas rented through the platform in 2017. The company reported Las Vegas hosts’ income at $63 million that ‘same year.“While cities around the world are embracing the economic benefits of short-term rentals, the City Council has doubled-down on onerous regulations, and added further restrictions,” the company said in a statement. “This vote is a disappointing blow to Las Vegas hosts who rely on short-term rentals to support their families and will hurt the local economy.”Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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JNU sedition case: Authorities yet to give sanctions to prosecute Kanhaiya, others

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Monday told a court here that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute former JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a 2016 sedition case. On January 14, police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised on the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat told the police that they could have filed the charge sheet after procuring the sanctions. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “You (police) could have filed after procuring sanction only. What was the hurry? I can go ahead with the case,” the judge said Police told the court that it would take two to three months to procure the sanctions. The court also sought a report from the deputy commissioner of police assigned to the case. It posted the matter for further hearing on March 29. The court had earlier also directed the police to ask the authorities concerned to expedite the process while granting it three weeks to procure the sanction needed to prosecute Kumar and other accused, including former JNU students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, in the case.last_img read more

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Romanian card cloner arrested from S Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A 40-year-old Romanian card cloner was arrested from MB road, police said on Friday. The police during investigation revealed that the accused with the help of skimming device targeted unmanned ATMs.Police identified the accused as Lupoi Emil, native of Constanta in Romania. “Cyber Cell South District has prevented compromising of various ATM cards users’ ATM data and thereafter unauthorised withdrawal of their harden earned money from Bank ATMs by card cloner cheats, ” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar. He stated that on March 27 police officials apprehended Romanian national red handed from Yes Bank ATM, Saidulajab, MB Road. He was trying to implant card cloning/skimming devise at the said ATM. DCP Kumar said that Emil is mechanic and driver by profession. He used to visit India for earning money through committing cheating and cyber crime for his and his family luxury livelihood. “He has visited India thrice including this time. This time he had come to India on multiple visitor visa in the second week of March 2019 along with his associate. But he was arrested this time before he would have succeeded in cloning cards and cheating Indian currency, ” said Kumar. Police claimed that during interrogation it revealed that the accused person Lupoi Emil had come to India on multiple visitor visa in the second week of March 2019 along with his associate, for the purpose of making clones of ATM cards used in India by installing skimming devices at lonely and unguarded Bank ATMs in Delhi and thereafter making clones of genuine ATM cards of different banks having actual PIN number of that particular card also and to withdraw amount unauthorizedly from different unguarded ATMs and hence robbing Indian currency for their luxury. They were staying at Green Park, New Delhi but his associate had left the place before the police reached. Efforts are on to trace him.last_img read more

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Morocco okays austerity budget as jobless clash with police

first_imgRabat — Moroccan lawmakers approved on Wednesday an austerity budget for 2014 in a vote overshadowed by clashes between police and unemployed graduates outside parliament.The draft budget, approved by a vote of 164-95, includes a 3.1 percent cut in public spending aimed at reducing the deficit to 4.9 percent of GDP.Jobless graduates, who frequently march in the streets of Rabat demanding work, protested outside the parliament, and several dozen of them clashed with the police, an AFP journalist reported. Some 15 of them who tried to climb over the fence were arrested, the official MAP news agency reported, adding that six members of the security forces were injured.Morocco needs to reassure international lenders by plugging its budget deficit.Since coming to power in 2011, the Islamist-led government has battled to fix the country’s ailing finances and reduce its ballooning deficit, which topped seven percent two years ago.The central bank governor said in September that the government should achieve its deficit target of 5.5 percent by the end of 2013.The new budget, which is based on a growth forecast of 4.2 percent, an exchange rate of 8.5 dirhams to the dollar and an average oil price of 105 dollars per barrel, aims to bring the deficit to below 5.0 percent of GDP.High youth unemployment, an unaffordable subsidies system and the crisis in the euro zone, Morocco’s top trade partner, have compounded the economic challenges facing the cash-strapped government of Abdelilah Benkirane.In a bid to rein in fuel subsidies, the government began implementing a controversial fuel price indexation system in September.last_img read more

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Ohio State mens basketball student managers arent all water and towels

The squeaking of brand new Nikes against polished hardwood fills the expansive interior of an empty Schottenstein Center. Bouncing basketballs, blowing whistles and exhausted grunts combine to form the soundtrack of a Buckeye basketball practice. Some of the members of the Ohio State men’s basketball program stand drenched in sweat, hands on their hips and watch as others participate in drills. These spectators and participants combine to comprise an indisposable crew on the floor, but they aren’t the basketball team. They’re the seven members of the Ohio State men’s basketball managerial staff. While the actual team wins the games and earns the headlines, the staff supporting the team is happy to sit behind the bench on game days, out of the spotlight. They’re OK with the idea that the outside world has no clue how important they were to coach Thad Matta and his teams’ preparations for victory. “A lot of people just think we’re all ‘water and towels’ and just kind of there,” said Weston Strayer, manager and a fourth-year in marketing. “But they don’t understand just how much time and work we put in each week to the program.” Their contributions are noticed by those who pay attention though. “The managers do everything you really don’t want to do, and they do it with a smile on their face,” said senior forward Evan Ravenel. “They’re one of the key components to our team, and we wouldn’t be half as good without those guys.” A typical OSU student gets up, goes to class, maybe goes to work afterward and then juggles homework with a social life. The managers have those same obligations, but in addition to their school obligations, they deal with between 35 and 40 hours a week of unpaid work for basketball activities. They show up for 10 a.m. practice an hour before to set up. They stay two hours after to rebound for players who want to get extra shots up or to run errands for coaches. It can end up being a five-hour shift. On game days, they’re there for the pre-game shootaround five hours before tip-off and will stay at the arena for the next eight hours, through the pre-game team meal and the game itself. During the games, they take advanced stats for the coaches, set up chairs on the court for the team during timeouts and manage Matta’s play-calling whiteboard. “Once the game starts, nothing we have done is going to change anything, but preparation-wise, we definitely help them out where we can,” Strayer said. “We try and do our best to help them prepare and make everything a little bit easier for them.” The man in charge of the managers is David Egelhoff, director of basketball operations. He’s been on the OSU staff for 10 years and in his current position for seven. In addition to handling the day-to-day, off-court activities of the basketball team, he handles the application and hiring process of the team’s managers and serves as their boss. It’s a position his past has qualified him for. Egelhoff served as a student manager for OSU’s basketball team from 1998 to 2002 under former OSU coach Jim O’Brien. He said his times as a manager make up some of his favorite college memories. “I’ve made lifelong friendships, not only with the managers but the coaching staffs and players I’ve worked with as well,” Egelhoff said. “We had a really enjoyable time doing a lot of things … those experiences we had were pretty special to me.” The sheer quantity of time the managers spend with each other has allowed them to form a special bond. “It’s a great group of guys, we joke and mess with each other and it’s a lot of fun,” Strayer said. “We kind of joke when we walk out of the tunnel (during home games), they announce the ‘three-time defending Big Ten champions’ and then we all kind of just come out before everyone, so I always wonder what people think when they see us in the suits walking out by the team.” Evan Kurt, a third-year manager and a fourth-year in marketing, said the experiences of going to the Final Four and to different venues around the country have made managing the “best time” of his life. While the managers know they will never make the game-winning shot, they also are aware that their weeklong contributions before the 40-minute games are vital. “There’s a lot that goes on at practices that people don’t see. If you don’t know all about what goes on behind the scenes, you don’t really understand,” Kurt said. “Game to game, it’s players and coaches who determine success, but behind the scenes, it’s us helping everybody improve and helping everybody get better.” The managers’ reward for the hours upon hours of dirty work isn’t fame, money or recognition. It’s something less tangible, but something the managers say is much more important. “The sense of being a part of the team,” Strayer said. “It’s one thing to be a fan, but to be emotionally involved, and to be with the team all the time and to be a part of the team is something I’ll never forget.” Ravenel, a player who has played on three Big Ten championship teams and a Final Four team, expressed the team’s gratitude for its managers. “A program like ours wouldn’t be able to be successful without guys like our managers,” Ravenel said.  This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: April 17, 2013 An earlier version of this story stated that Evan Ravenel played on two Final Four teams for OSU. In fact, he played on one. read more

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