Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier MIKE PELAIAThere’s a new roller coaster going into Kennywood Park in 2019 called the Steel Curtain. Perhaps they should name the coaster “Steelers 2018 Season” instead because that’s exactly what this past year was, a roller coaster.From the season-opening tie to the Browns, to the six-game winning streak, to the finish to the season that saw them fall from a 7-2-1 record…a near lock to win the division, to out of the playoffs, the Steelers season couldn’t have been a crazier ride.It’s a season that started with incredible expectations of winning the Super Bowl. The thing is, those expectations were not unrealistic. As this team sits at home this offseason, they have to look at what could have been. They are easily as talented as any other team that made the playoffs.Yet, the Black and Gold sit at home, on their couches, pondering what went wrong and hopefully, what they need to do to get better in 2019 while this Super Bowl window may still be slightly ajar.This season they had their issues in many facets of the game. Offensively, they turned the ball over quite a bit, especially in the oppositions end of the field. Ben Roethlisberger was responsible for 20 turnovers this season, 16 of those interceptions, a few of which were in the opposition’s red zone, most notably in Denver, when going in for a TD at the final seconds.A quarterback of Ben’s caliber should not be turning the ball over 20 times in a season. I understand he’s one of the best in the league and he passed for over 5,000 yards to win the passing title—I don’t think there is any other quarterback worthy of taking his place but I do think his turnovers cost them a game or two and had they won that game, or two, they’d have made the playoffs.Yet, it can’t be all on Ben. It starts with Randy Fichtner. The new offensive coordinator did a good job but down the stretch, he seemed to abandon the run in favor of the pass. Quite frankly, it’s unacceptable that this was allowed to continue over the last month of the year when it was very evident that the rushing attack was more than capable of handling its own. James Conner and Jaylen Samuels more than filled in for the missing Le’Veon Bell this season, proving the Steelers didn’t need Bell. Fichtner did not appropriately use his running backs and because of that, the Steelers sit at home.Special teams didn’t do their job, either. Chris Boswell was the worst kicker in football. He shouldn’t have been allowed to kick for as many games as he did but his salary and the fact that he was a Pro Bowl player last year got in the way of just releasing him. Because of that, the Steelers missed the playoffs, and Boswell is a huge reason why.Special teams came in ranked 29th out of 32 teams this year as well. Danny Smith has to be fired for that, doesn’t he? I say bring in somebody new, they can’t possibly do much worse!But missing the playoffs isn’t just on the offense or special teams; it is also heavily on the defense led by Keith Butler. Butler’s defense ranked sixth overall in total yards allowed but that in no way truly depicts the story of their season. They flat out stunk. They had no ability to create turnovers, at all. They did nothing on third downs but give up big plays.So the Steelers and Mike Tomlin decided to let Joey Porter go after the season ended. OK, that’s fine, I think the linebackers could have done more, I’ll buy that but if they don’t fire Butler, they are making Porter the scapegoat. Butler should have been fired last offseason. The fact that we are still talking about him having to be let go is mind-boggling. His defenses are bad. He can’t scheme. He can’t motivate, he get’s outcoached consistently and he’s in over his head.Butler. Must. Go.There are some players that need to go as well, namely Bud Dupree, especially on a $9.2 million salary. If they can renegotiate a deal and cut that in half, then I’ll listen. If not, he has to follow former teammate Jarvis Jones out of town.Artie Burns should just flat out be cut. He’s a bust. Can’t play. It’s best for all parties if he’s let go, he can blow coverages for another team.They should extend Roethlisberger another three years, build around Conner and young and budding superstar JuJu Smith-Schuster. Conner and Smith-Schuster are team-first guys and guys you can win with, they are the new core of this team.And you can bet they will have a strong opinion on the most polarizing decision the team has to make this offseason, that of what to do with Antonio Brown. Brown quit on his team, there’s no arguing that. I don’t care to get into the he said she said reasons as to why he didn’t play, he just didn’t and that’s a problem.If it were up to me, I’d shop him and I’d trade him, if—and this is a big if—I got a lot in return, and that would require a top-tier cornerback or inside linebacker and a first-round pick. If they can’t get that, then Tomlin and the team must find a way to work things out with Brown and move forward. If he plays like he’s capable of, he’s a weapon who can’t be covered.
Grand Gedeh County Senator Alphonso Gaye has expressed fear on the over crowdedness of Senators from the ‘Old Order,’ in the President Pro Tempore’s race, arguing that there is a need for them to be united under a single candidate.Sen. Gaye urged veteran Senators to have combined front in order to champion the unique idea, of winning the coveted seat ahead of the freshman Senators.The Grand Gedeh lawmaker said the troop of Senators in the race for the 2nd top position at the Liberian Senate has the propensity of defeating the cause and objective of protecting the morale of the Upper Chamber, but rather give ‘Freshman Senators’ the urge to amalgamated against themselves.Senator Gaye made the remarks yesterday in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, during which he formally declined his interest for the Pro Tempore post.He joined Bong County Senator Chief Jewel Howard-Taylor, who had earlier declined because of similar reasons.Senator Gaye, who is also the Chairman of the Grand Gedeh Legislative Caucus, further argued that they have to prove to be politically mature and wise in the handling the race for a cause. The Senator’s observation is stemmed from expressions of interest from four Senators from the Old Oder, which include Senators Joseph Nagbe (Sinoe County), Armah Z. Jallah (Gbapolu), Oscar Cooper (Margibi) and Dan Morias (Maryland County).Reliable reports gather say, Grand Kru Senator, Dr. Peter Coleman has also expressed his interest for the President Pro Tempore position.The Grand Gedeh Senator has dispelled reports of not being a member of the Senate Majority Bloc, saying that all members of the ‘Old Order’ are automatically members of the Bloc which is aimed to elect one of their ‘kinds’ at the Pro Tempore seat.Sen. Gaye, is the Chairman on the Committee of Public Corporations; Co-chairman on Autonomous Commission and Agencies and Co-chairman on the Statutory Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget, after successfully serving as Chairman on the Sub-committee on Revenue and Finance.Prior to going to the Upper House of the National Legislature, Sen. Gaye served as Financial Specialist for USAID-Liberia from 2001 – 2005. He got into government where he served for16 years at the Ministry of Finance in several positions, ranging from Account Specialist to Commissioner of Customs. He also served as the Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA) and then Minister of Transport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Keylor Navas held on to his place as Real Madrid’s starting goalkeeper despite the arrival of Thibaut Courtois.Costa Rica international Navas has been first choice since 2015 but had been expected to make way for Courtois, a recent 35-million-euro recruit from Chelsea who was voted best goalkeeper at this summer’s World Cup.Julen Lopetegui, who replaced Zidane as coach, also selected Nacho at the heart of the defence rather than French World Cup winner Raphael Varane.Real, playing their first La Liga game since the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus, went into Sunday’s game on the back of a 4-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Supercup in midweek.But they were rarely in trouble on Sunday.Bale was unlucky when a diving header came back off the crossbar in the first half before the Welshman was key in the build-up to the first goal with Carvajal heading in his cross.Another defensive error helped Real grab their second goal when Marco Asensio stole the ball and sent over a cross for Bale to score with his left foot.Asensio was close to getting his name on the scoresheet but was denied by the woodwork.Meanwhile, Portuguese striker Andre Silva marked his La Liga debut with a hat-trick as Sevilla romped to a 4-1 win at Rayo Vallecano, surpassing his total of goals scored for AC Milan in the whole of last season’s Serie A.Silva had managed just two goals for the Serie A giants and was loaned out to Sevilla this summer.Franco “Mudo” Vazquez opened the scoring with a backheel in the 15th minute before Silva bagged his first just after the half hour mark.The 22-year-old added his second in first-half stoppage time after a corner and completed his hat-trick 10 minutes from time.However, he endured a nervous wait before he could celebrate, requiring the VAR to overturn an offside decision which had ruled out Silva’s effort.It was the first time in La Liga history that the VAR had made such an intervention.The system was called upon again in the last minute when Adrian Embarba converted a penalty for Rayo after the referee had initially whistled for a free-kick outside the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On target: Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring the second goal © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Aug 20 – Real Madrid got their La Liga campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory at home to Getafe on Sunday in their first league outing since the summer departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane.The European champions ensured the three points at the Santiago Bernabeu with a 20th-minute goal from Dani Carvajal and a Gareth Bale strike on 51 minutes.
Had California not changed its policy to allow for the purchase of E85 vehicles, the state would have risked significant fines from the federal government. The editorial also claimed that the state’s E85 vehicles have never been fueled with ethanol. This is not true. In 2006 alone, the state used 8,000 gallons of E85 fuel and will use well over 20,000 gallons in 2007. The pilot program mentioned in the editorial was an agreement between Caltrans, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Air Resources Board, Chevron and GM – the Department of General Services was not part of the program. Because the department’s Procurement Division is responsible for buying vehicles in accordance with state competitive bidding laws, and DGS Fleet Administration approves the purchase of state vehicles, DGS could not participate in the pilot program. This makes it impossible, as your editorial suggests, for the state to have agreed to buy flex-fuel vehicles from GM before the bid was issued, since DGS – the agency responsible for procurement – had no role in the program. The state’s flex-fuel program was conducted publicly and yielded results that are remarkably consistent with that which has been in place for years. As director of the department responsible for ensuring a fair and open bidding process on state contracts, I am proud of our civil servants who work every day to ensure that the integrity and objectivity of the process is protected. Readers of the Daily Breeze and all Californians can be assured that DGS officials have always and will continue to conduct fair and open bidding processes in accordance with the law. Will Bush is director of California’s Department of General Services.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 2006 alternative-fuel vehicle contract issued by the state Department of General Services was a normal invitation for bid. This process automatically selects the lowest bidder. While GM was the only manufacturer to bid on the E85 flex-fuel sedan class, it is common to have only one manufacturer represented in bids for vehicle contracts. For example, Honda has been the only bidder on the state’s compressed natural gas (CNG) passenger vehicles since 2002. And in 2002 and 2003, Ford was the only bidder on the same flex-fuel vehicle contract that GM is accused of getting unfairly in 2006. At the time, GM was the only manufacturer that made flex-fuel vehicles that were certified for sale in California by the California Air Resources Board. All vehicles sold in California must go through this testing and certification process – it is not just a requirement for vehicles purchased by the state, as suggested in the editorial. The state amended its vehicle purchase policy in 2006 after a deliberative process that revealed the following: The state would likely fail to meet federal Energy Policy Act regulations unless we added E85 flex-fuel vehicles to the annual contract. The federal law requires 75 percent of light-duty and passenger vehicles purchased by state governments every year to be alternative-fuel vehicles, or AFVs. Before the policy change, the state prohibited the purchase of alternative-fuel vehicles that did not have ready access to alternative fuel. Due to diminished demand, automakers had stopped making the bi-fuel CNG vehicle, which had been the mainstay of the state’s ability to meet Energy Policy Act regulations. As a result, the General Services staff recognized the need to replace the bi-fuel CNG model and resume purchasing E85 vehicles, which had been purchased from Ford in 2002 and 2003. Editor’s note: The editorial discussed in this column was based on news accounts about California’s flex-fuel program. By Will Bush The Daily Breeze’s Thursday editorial, “State flex-fuel program takes odd turns,” contained inaccuracies about the state’s flex-fuel vehicle fleet and the 2006 state contract with General Motors to supply the fleet with flex-fuel E85 vehicles. First and most important, there is no link between the governor’s relationship to General Motors and our purchasing decisions. The Governor’s Office did not direct us to any manufacturer, and we did not agree to buy flex-fuel vehicles from GM before we issued the bid.
More than 14,000 people are to descend on Letterkenny for the Oireachtas Rince Uladh 2013 / Ulster Irish Dancing Championships from 20th November until 24th November 2013.This event is being held in the Mount Errigal Hotel for five whole days in the form of high class competitive entertainment.It is estimated that in excess of 14,000 people will attend the championships from all over Ulster and some bordering counties during this five-day major cultural event. Irish dancing is becoming more popular than ever before and it is a mecca showcase for those young (4yrs – 21yrs) performing and competing in the traditional art of Irish dancing at national and world level and for the impassioned audience it attracts from all over the global Celtic community.It adds a festival dimension to the gateway town as an out-of-season event and will benefit the neighbouring towns as well.Letterkenny Town Mayor, Paschal Blake, said “It is an honour for Letterkenny to host the Ulster Dancing Championships once more in 2013. I extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to everyone who wishes to view and experience Irish Dancing at its ultimate best and to explore what the Ulster Dancing Championships event holds in store for the avid Irish dancing enthusiasts and local communities. Letterkenny has a great range of facilities to cater for everyone and I hope that everyone will enjoy their stay in the area”.Seamus Neely, County Manager said that he welcomes Oireachtas Rince Uladh back to Letterkenny for 2013 after Buncrana’s successful hosting for 2011 and 2012. He also said Donegal County Council is fully aware of the cultural, social and economic benefits that an event such as Oireachtas Rince Uladh brings to the community of Letterkenny and County Donegal. He wishes the organisers and all concerned every success. This is a Donegal County Development Board lead initiative, under the auspices of Donegal County Council, and is supported and funded by the Letterkenny Town Council. ULSTER IRISH DANCING CHAMPIONSHIPS LIGHTFOOTS ITS WAY TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 13th, 2013 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:Irish DancingletterkennyUlster Championships
The Government have launched a new initiative aimed at tackling the alarming levels of obesity in Ireland, with experts suggesting Ireland are on course to be the fattest nation in the world per capita. The government plan to tax fizzy drinks, while PE has been introduced as a subject on the Leaving Certificate.However, health experts predict that a levy on those who like fizzy drinks will do little to tackle the serious issue of obesity in Ireland. Minister for Health Simon Harris, issued the stark warning that Ireland risks becoming the fattest nation in the world unless some radical changes are made.Minister Harris said obesity is a ‘ticking time-bomb’ and said in some regards the bomb has already been detonated.National eating guidelines, calorie posting legislation and the prioritization of obesity services within HSE plans form part of the plan, which will be implemented over the next decade.A clinical lead to guide obesity policy within the health service will be appointed and a “whole of school” approach to healthy lifestyles is promised in collaboration with the Department of Education. A report in The Irish Times relayed the following information: Sixty per cent of Irish adults, and one in four children, are overweight or obese. The cost to society is estimated at more than €1 billion a year.The State’s foremost obesity expert, Prof Donal O’Shea, said the plan “could not be more different” from the 2006 report of the national obesity taskforce, on which he served. “That plan was dead in the water within the year and we weren’t even allowed hold a meeting to discuss it.”The current plan contains specific targets and timelines and the appetite for tackling obesity is much greater, he said. While he was not happy the sugar tax was not being introduced quickly, he recognised the need for compromise.Prof O’Shea said there are 300 people waiting for weight-reducing surgery in his clinic in Loughlinstown and 150 in another clinic in Galway. This year, he will perform 40 surgeries, the highest number so far, and a second surgeon may be appointed shortly.Mr Harris said there was no question of the plan having been watered down to suit the food industry. The Government was not ruling out legislation in the area, but wanted to begin with a collaborative approach. Legislation requiring restaurants to post the calorie content of meals will be law by the end of next year, his officials confirmed.Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy said the new document was a plan with specific timelines and “not designed to sit on the shelf”.Ms Corcoran Kennedy acknowledged she has had to adjust her lifestyle to deal with weight issues. “I never thought I’d look forward to the day when I was overweight, by no longer being obese but I’m on the way there.”Ireland well on course to be the fattest nation in the world was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:crisisFattestFeatureshealthNationnewsobesityWorld
Ireland’s hottest athletics talent will be on show against some of the world’s best athletes tonight (Fri) at the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event.The event will feature international athletes from USA, South Africa, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, Denmark, Uganda, England, Scotland and Wales.The first race starts at 7:00pm at the Danny McDaid Track, Aura Leisure Centre with the grande finale being the men’s mile, taking to the track at 8:45pm.The Mile is set to feature seven sub 4 minute milers in a world class field, along with seven other athletes who are all within a second of breaking the magical four minute barrier.South Africa’s Jerry Motsau, Canada’s Jeremy Rae, New Zealand’s Julian Oakley, Germany’s Clemens Bleistein, Denmark’s Mads Taersbol, England’s Matt Clowes, and Scotland’s Cameron Boyek are taking on the might of America’s best milers in Peter Callahan, Tommy Schmitz, Jon Peterson and Travis Mahoney.Two of Letterkenny’s middle distance stars, Danny Mooney and Ruairi Finnegan, will be hoping to cause an upset and steal a victory in front of the home crowd, and in the process dip under the 4 minute barrier.Last year’s race saw the first ever sub 4 minute mile in Donegal with Mexico’s Juan Luis Barrios running 3:59.42, so it will be interesting to see how much faster this year’s field can go.The women’s 3000m steeplechase looks like it is turning out to be one of the races of the meeting with a host of athletes chasing the qualification standard for the World Championships in Beijing and next year’s Rio Olympics.The Irish trio of Kerry O’Flaherty, Michelle Finn and Sara Treacy, fresh from representing Ireland at the European Team championships, have all come very close to the qualification standard of 9:45 in recent weeks. Letterkenny’s Anne-Marie McGlynn will make her debut over the steeplechase, and will look to stake her claim for a place at the World Championships, with an eye towards the Rio Olympics next year.The Irish girls will face some tough opposition from Americans Jamie Cheever, Sarah Pease, Mary Goldkamp, Addie Bracy and Maggie Callahan, along with Scotland’s Lennie Waite, Germany’s Ronja Bohrer and Uganda’s Juliet Chekwell. The fastest ever women’s steeplechase run in Ireland is 9:47 from 2013 and it looks like a new record will be on the cards in Letterkenny on Friday night.Spectators will barely get a chance to catch their breath as the action doesn’t stop there with many quality races planned.The men’s 800m event will see some of Ireland’s rising stars such as Garry Campbell and Shane Fitzsimons battle it out with Germany’s Patrick Schoenball and USA’s Sam Ellison, both with personal bests of 1:47. In the men’s 3000m, a host of the North-West’s top distance runners JP Williamson, Scott Rankin, Ciaran Doherty, Conor Duffy and Declan Reed will be up against Carl Stones of the USA, fresh from the US championships in Tracktown, Eugene last weekend. In the men’s 400m, Craig Lynch, who has been producing some very fast times, and represented Ireland at the World Relays in the Bahamas recently, will be chasing Mark English’s meeting record of 46.88. The one lap race will also be contested by England’s Rick Beardsall, along with the South African duo of Armand Van Zyl and Taylor Bieldt.In the women’s 200m, Scotland’s Diane Ramsay, who has Letterkenny family connections, will take on last year’s winner Steph Creaner and runner-up Vicky Harris. Another of last year’s winners Philip Redrick, USA, will be back to defend his title, but will face stiff opposition in the men’s 100m from three of South Africa’s most promising sprinters, Tsepo Lefete, Mpho Tladi and Lebakeng Sesele, along with Irish Junior sprint star Eoin Doherty. All eyes will also be on the centre-field action with the men’s javelin set to produce one of the best competitions seen in Ireland in years. England’s Joe Dunderdale and Switzerland’s Julian Lehmann have personal bests of 76m and 68m respectively, and this will be an impressive event to watch in the air, as they do battle with Strabane coach Damian Crawford’s stable of throwers Sean McBride, Danny Mullan and Darryl Crawford. In the women’s long jump, local girl Arlene Crossan will be out to impress the home crowd against Vivian Fleischer, both athletes edging closer to 6 metres.With many more names to be added in the coming week, and with such a high calibre of up to 100 athletes competing from all over the World, it is a great opportunity to come and see world class athletics in the North-West. The international programme will be kicking off at 7:00pm on Friday 10th July at the Danny McDaid Athletics Track, Aura Leisure Centre, and Letterkenny Athletic Club is welcoming everyone to come out and see a night of non-stop athletics action.GREAT CROWD EXPECTED TONIGHT FOR 4 MINUTE MILE CHALLENGE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: July 10th, 2015 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:4 minute miledonegalLetterkenny AC
Letterkenny Rovers team prior to their FAI Cup win over Dunboyne last week. Picture by North-West Newspix.Letterkenny Rovers FC News:The club have a big weekend ahead with the seniors involved in the last 16 of the FAI Intermediate Cup when we host Cork side Midleton at the Aura on Sunday. Kick off is at 12 noon and we would urge everyone to make the effort to cheer on our boys as they attempt to reach the quarter finals for the first time since 2004.The seniors were on league duty last weekend and had a good 4-1 win over Swilly Rovers. Goalscorers were Paul Boyle, Darren McElwaine, and Paul McVeigh x2.The Knockalla Cup draw has been made and Rovers ave been drawn at home to Drumoghill. That game will be played on 14th February.Schoolboy action on Saturday last saw the u12s Rovers win 3-1 at Swilly Rovers. Goalscorers were Ben Cassidy, Harry Winfield and Corey McCarron. Our u14s Rovers defeated the u14s Crusaders 5-1. On the mark for Rovers were Toki Hassan Callum Friel and Jake Fitzsimmons with a hattrick while Sean McVeigh replied for Crusaders. Our u16s lost out to Bonagee 5-2 with Gabriel Adouaka and Conor O’Donnell netting for Rovers.The u14s United lost out to Gweedore United 5-0.Schoolboy action this weekend sees the u12s Crusaders travel to play Milford Blues on Saturday at 1030am while our u14s Rovers play Keadue at 1145am at the Aura.Sunday sees the u12s Rovers host Milford Utd at Leckview at 1015am. while the u16s are due to play Keadue at the Aura at 215pm.The club would like to wish a large number of club representatives all the best representing Donegal schoolboys in the various SFAI inter league competitions which get underway this weekend.The club would like to thank everyone who supported the LMS competition. 27 people were eliminated in the first week and you can follow its progress on the clubs facebook page.Mini Lotto Numbers drawn this week are 11-12-15-23.3 Match 3 winners receive 25 euro; Barry McDaid,Martin O’Donnell and Neil McMonagle.Next weeks Jackpot is 3250 euro.Club bingo continues in the Station House Hotel on Thursday evenings with a 830pm start. A new snowball of 1000 euro on 45 numbers or less is up for grabs! SOCCER: LETTERKENNY ROVERS FACE MIDLETON IN CRUNCH LAST SIXTEEN FAI CUP CLASH was last modified: January 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Rovers FCNoticessoccerSport
Sheephaven SAC were featured on RTE Winning Streak last Saturday night, when the programme gave time to show how National Lottery funds were spent by the Search and Recovery Unit in the past. With a snow capped backdrop of Muckish the images of divers preparing for a simulated search presented the essence of what the Search and Recovery Unit give back to the community on a voluntary basis.The National Lottery funding referred to on Winning Streak was previously used to refurbish two of the club dive boats, which are essential to the Units capability to respond when tasked by the Irish Coastguard. Every cent of fundraising is needed to keep the Unit going, as the divers provide all their own gear to keep the dive boats and air compressors operational.With that in mind the club was delighted to be remembered by the Smith family, who lost a brother in tragic circumstances earlier this year and Sheephaven S&R unit were tasked in recovering him from the water.The family requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to Sheephaven S&R Unit and last Sunday they presented the resulting significant funds to the Unit (pictured above) – prior to a mandatory training day in Portnablagh – for which everyone involved is very appreciative of.There were 23 Search and Recovery divers present for the training day, led by John Joe Rowland on a fine April morning in Portnablagh harbour. The divers were divided into two swim-line teams, each directed on the surface by snorkelers who guided them through an elaborate 180 degree turn to bring them back to the pier without surfacing.In-water conditions were near perfect, with a little bit of a rise in water temperature – now at 8 degrees Celsius – and very good visibility at well over 10 metres horizontally.In fact the water was so clear the divers could see right across the swim-line and watch the snorkelers on the surface throughout the dive.This activity was preceded on Saturday morning by a boat dive to Black Rock, near Downings, led by Kevin Boylan.Weather conditions and the resulting sea were near perfect for the 30 minute dive, conducted in two sticks. The maximum depth achieved was 20 metres and in-water visibility was excellent at nearly 10 metres horizontally.Finally, just a word of mention for the three Sheephaven divers who successfully completed the practical element of their PADI Tec 40 course in Portroe Quarry, Co. Tipperary on Saturday morning.The redundant quarry has a maximum depth of over 30 metres and allows for such practical work irrespective of weather conditions.On successful completion of the Tec 40 course the divers involved will be qualified to conduct decompression diving to a maximum depth of 40 metres, using oxygen enriched air to accelerate decompression. Well done to all involved. Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club’s work showcased on Winning Streak was last modified: April 24th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
May 2020 “is the right moment” for a general election, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told Fine Gael TDs in a speech today. Speaking at the party’s annual away day in Cork, Varadkar said he had always believed that the next election should take place in the summer of 2020.“I think May 2020 is the right moment. It will allow to us to complete a full parliamentary session in the new year, discharge our Government duties around St Patrick’s Day and the March European Council and have a new Government in place well in advance of the next summer recess. “We should also, by then, have secured a Brexit Deal or have guided the country through the worst of No Deal. Though timelines, when it comes to Brexit, are unpredictable,” he said.The Taoiseach said it would also allow the government to spend the next few months concentrating on other items such as the Budget, Brexit, regional development, housing, health and climate action.“I believe we can win that election. In fact, I am sure of it even though it may not become apparent until the last week or ten days of the Election Campaign,” he told his party colleagues.Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said Mr Varadkar wrote to Fianna Fáil Leader Mícheál Martin to say that a general election would take place next summer, in May or June. Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One Mr Coveney said the Taoiseach wrote to Mr Martin many months ago about the date of the next electionHe said the Taoiseach asked Mr Martin for the space to allow the Government to do what it needs to for the country in relation to Brexit planning.Mr Coveney said if there was a no-deal Brexit the Government wants to be in a position to try to steer and protect Ireland.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants a general election in May 2020 was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)