Flu-hit Nickel Ashmeade settles for seventh in 200m

first_imgRyon Jones, Staff Reporter – DOHA: Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade, battling a terrible flu that made it difficult for him even to speak, finished a disappointing seventh in the men’s 200 metres at the IAAF Doha Diamond League today. Ashmeade clocked 20.31 seconds. The world’s fastest man so far this year in the half lap event, American Ameer Webb, improved his personal best to 19.85 – a new meet record and world leading time. Panamanian Alonso Edward ran a season best 20.06 to be placed second with local boy Femi Ogunode (20.10) third.last_img

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Curling season to start on Tuesday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The curling season in Fort St. John is set to begin on October 23, following some major delays.As reported in an earlier article, the delay was due to a leak found in one of the tanks during ice preparations causing the start of the season to be pushed to a later date.Trudy Mitchell, General Manager of the Fort St. John Curling Club, said the season will start tomorrow with the ladies’ game and then with the men and mix games on Thursday.- Advertisement -“Going forward, I think it’s going to be just fine and hopefully we can have a really good curling season after all the hiccups that have happened”.For more information about participating in the 2018/2019 contact the club at (250) 785-2037last_img

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State budget battle brews

first_img“He’ll work with the legislative leaders to address the budget deficit,” spokesman Aaron McClear said, “and continue to take on the big issues, like education, health care, water and political reform.” Beyond the budget deficit, which is big enough to stifle any ambitious agenda on its own, 2008 also presents a host of other political obstacles: a potentially bitter campaign over term limits, the distraction of lawmakers running for re-election, and a possible change in the Democratic legislative leadership. All of which suggest that any vestiges of Schwarzenegger’s short-lived era of post-partisanship may be ground up in purely partisan politics. Another issue confronting lawmakers is that they haven’t finished this year’s work. The special sessions on health and water will spill over into next year – along with the divisiveness they’ve already engendered. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez’s hopes of getting health care reform done before the Feb. 5 vote on term limits hit a snag when Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, refused to take up the issue until a fiscal analysis of its impact on the budget is completed. But the most pressing issue will confront lawmakers as soon as they return to the Capitol on Jan. 7: a fiscal emergency declared by the governor and a special legislative session to address the current fiscal year’s $3.3 billion revenue shortfall. They’ll have 45 days to act on a plan, which could provide a hint of which way the meat cleaver will fall on the 2008-09 budget. Republicans say they don’t take pleasure from the prospects of cutting programs, but do believe the crisis could work to their favor. “Nobody likes to come in and swing an ax knowing there will be people affected,” said Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines, R-Fresno. “But I do believe this is an opportunity to live within our means.” Schwarzenegger also has said that the looming crisis could provide an incentive to fix the budget system. Fixing it, however, means different things to different people. Democrats would like to eliminate the two-thirds requirement to pass a budget, while Republicans would prefer to put in constitutional hurdles to spending. The problem is exacerbated because the state is running out of creative solutions – or what Republicans have called gimmicks. In the 1991 budget crisis, for example, when the government operated without a budget for 61 days, then, Gov. Pete Wilson was able to tap into a number of revenue sources that are now off limits, such as transportation funding, the pension fund or the Williamson act that protects agricultural funds. When Schwarzenegger entered office, he used bonds to borrow the state out of its huge debt – also no longer an option. This year, legislative leaders have already ordered lawmakers to refrain from pursuing bills that require spending or tax cuts. “Democrats ran for office to solve problems, and you can’t solve problems without money,” said Steve Maviglio, Nu ez’s chief of staff. “It’s very frustrating for members knowing they have only six years to get something done and are essentially cut off at the knees. It’ll be another summer of discontent if everything lines up the way it looks like it’s going to.” Amid all this is the very real possibility of turmoil at the top that could breed even more discontent and instability. If Proposition 93, the measure to loosen term limits, fails, the scramble to succeed term-limited legislative leaders Nu ez and Perata will burst into the open and might even undercut budget negotiations. Most observers say they expect the Senate to move more slowly than the Assembly in replacing its leader, partly because Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, doesn’t appear to have a serious competition for the post and is willing to allow Perata to leave on his own terms. There are, however, at least five Assembly members seriously maneuvering to replace Nu ez. Many predicted that the two leaders will be allowed to keep their posts until at least after the budget is resolved. But others say that ambitious lawmakers, no matter how green they are in negotiating budgets or maneuvering through crises, won’t hesitate to make the move as soon as the two leaders assume lame-duck status. “The fallout of a defeat of Prop. 93, which is quite likely, and all the jockeying that will come with it, will create an unstable environment,” said political consultant Frank Schubert, president of Schubert Flint Public Affairs. “There’s a natural tendency to fill a leadership vacuum as soon as possible. The history is that when the speaker is on his way out, someone will move quickly and members will tend to want to shape campaign strategy and raise money for the fall. “We could be headed for a period of great instability,” he said, “which doesn’t lend to significant accomplishment.” Even if Nu ez and Perata hold on to their power through the budget season, they will have the thankless task of saying no to their constituencies and fending off what they fear will be Draconian cuts in human services and other programs. “I’d anticipate you will see significant reductions in Gov. Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget,” said Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project, an organization advocating for poor and middle class. “But, I would hope to see a balanced approach that looks not only at cuts, but potentially for new revenues. “It’s time we have an honest conversation with voters about the reality of the state budget.” A difficult conversation in what might very well be an especially difficult year in Sacramento. sharmon@bayareanewsgroup.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe big ideas that Schwarzenegger wanted to chisel into his legacy may be out for next year, along with any other proposals that come with price tags. “It will be the year of low expectations,” said Garry South, a Democratic consultant who served under former Gov. Gray Davis. “And those probably won’t even be met.” That doesn’t mean the Capitol will be a dull place. Democrats are already grumbling about Schwarzenegger’s announced plans to slice 10percent off of every state agency’s budgets, and are saying it’s time to start thinking about increasing taxes. Republicans, emboldened by the power they wielded during this year’s budget stalemate, may have even more reason to be obstinate in 2008. For his part, Schwarzenegger is still optimistic he can tackle an ambitious agenda, a spokesman said, though he’s already told educators that, unlike health care, which the governor resolved to fix with one sweeping proposal, education reform will happen incrementally. SACRAMENTO – If you thought this year at the Capitol was ugly, wait until next year. This was a year of unfulfilled expectations, during which lawmakers failed to produce hoped-for reform in health care, water storage and political behavior. And the prospects are strong for even more legislative paralysis and partisan sniping in 2008, with lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger focused on digging out of a projected $14 billion budget hole. Forget the once-promised Year of Education Reform, political analysts say. last_img read more

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BREEZY, SUNNY SPELLS, CLOUDY: THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. It’s Josper Monday – order a Josper Grill inspired main course and get a delicious homemade dessert FREE – today at Dexter’s at Mount Errigal Hotel.Today’s Weather: A great deal more cloud across Donegal today after the bright sunny weather of the weekend. The sun will peek through from time to time as the day goes on especially in the west and north of the county. Temperatures by the afternoon will reach around 14C, perhaps a bit higher during sunny spells in the early evening. There is the chance of one or two showers but these will be confined to the far south of Donegal in the afternoon and evening.Still a good day all round for getting out and about.Tomorrow: At this stage more of the same for most of the day before a low front from the Atlantic brings wet weather to the county overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday.Sources: Met eireann, BBCNI, Sky. DON’T FORGET: It’s Josper Monday – order a Josper Grill inspired main course and get a delicious homemade dessert FREE – today at Dexter’s at the Mount Errigal Hotel. Great food and great service – in all weathers! BREEZY, SUNNY SPELLS, CLOUDY: THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:breezyCloudydonegal daily weatherdonegal weathermount errigal hotel letterkennyshowersSunny Spellsweatherlast_img read more

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Man was caught using a false driving license

first_imgA Lifford man has been fined €200 after an incident during which he was caught driving with a fake driving license.Raymond White, of Ballyduff, Lifford, was spotted by Gardai parked at a disabled bay at The Diamond in Lifford on February 13th, 2017. He produced a license to Garda Sinead McLaughlin who told Letterkenny District Court that she had concerns about its authenticity.The license was seized and sent to the Garda documents section and was discovered to be fraudulent.The court was told that the original license belonged to a dead family member.Judge Paul Kelly fined White €200 for not having insurance and struck out the charge of using a false license.Man was caught using a false driving license was last modified: July 7th, 2018 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:courtdonegalFalselicenseLiffordRaymond Whitelast_img read more

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DDTV VIDEO: BADGER WRESTLING – DONEGAL STYLE!

first_imgIT’S early morning in Inishowen – just after 6am. And wonderful wildlife photographer Martina Gardiner catches another superb moment on camera.Watch as three badgers get together for a bit of rough and tumble.Or as Martina puts it…Badger Wrestling!Press play to watch.  Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily DDTV VIDEO: BADGER WRESTLING – DONEGAL STYLE! was last modified: March 4th, 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:DDTV VIDEO: BADGER WRESTLING – DONEGAL STYLE!last_img read more

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DOCTORS STILL HOPEFUL OF GIVING DONEGAL MAN NEW FACE DESPITE SETBACK

first_imgDoctors are still hopeful of giving Donegal man Alan Doherty a new face after he suffered some medical complications.The well-known Letterkenny man, 22, was born without a jaw or a chin and has undergone numerous operations to mould him a new face.He underwent numerous operations which began in New York in 2007. However Alan and his family were left disappointed when they operations were not a complete success.He returned to Donegal in 2010 and went to see surgeon Patrick Treacy at the Ailesbury Clinic in Dublin.Dr Treacy has revealed that he had planned to continue treatment on Alan but has been forced to postpone the procedures because of a medical issue.However he vowed that when Alan is better, he will press ahead in the hope of giving the football mad Donegal man a new face. Alan became ill but we cannot reveal what it is other than it is an underlying condition but it is not life-threatening,” he said.He added that it is simply a delay and that “we will look at it again.” DOCTORS STILL HOPEFUL OF GIVING DONEGAL MAN NEW FACE DESPITE SETBACK was last modified: September 15th, 2012 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:Alan Dohertynew facesetbacklast_img read more

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‘The simple things in life’

first_imgAn Air Force veteran, Glendon Walker will be remembered by his family and friends for being a font of information on world history and pirate lore. Walker died at his Northridge home on Oct. 7. He was 68. “He was an avid reader,” said Thelma Beletzos, a friend since 1967. “He read all kinds of history. He could give you details, all kinds of trivia and dates on historical events. He liked to watch news programs, especially ‘Lou Dobbs.’ He had strong opinions on issues and political personalities.” Glendon Wayne Walker was born July 18, 1937, in Portland, Maine. He graduated from Deering High School in 1956, then enlisted in the Air Force, serving from 1957 to 1961 as a communications operator. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Walker dealt blackjack for a time in Las Vegas, before moving to Northridge, where he worked as a manufacturing supervisor for a local printing company. A car accident and disabling stroke ended his career. “The simple things in life made him happy – going out and having birthday, seeing a tree or being with his grandchildren,” said his daughter, Kimberly Whelan. Walker was an avid reader, who especially loved stories about World War II battles, espionage and pirates. “Anyone who met him would say, ‘He was the most brilliant man I ever met,”‘ she said. “He didn’t like to talk about himself. He would rather talk about you. He was smart, caring and always thankful for the little things in life.” He enjoyed listening to country music, especially songs by Johnny Cash. He had a sweet tooth and loved European licorice and See’s candy. Walker, who couldn’t drive due to his disability and relied on the Meals on Wheels program for lunches, appreciated being picked up to go to one of his favorite restaurants, Brent’s Deli in Northridge. In addition to his daughter, Walker is survived by three grandsons and a sister, Rose Helen Waker. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, followed by burial at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.com 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

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Raiders profit from Gruden, Carr bickering

first_imgFor a couple of guys who are supposed to be in the process of “tanking” a season to secure the top spot the NFL draft, Jon Gruden and Derek Carr acted Sunday in a manner that suggested a 23-21 road win over the Arizona Cardinals was kind of a big deal.They acted that way during the game, when at least two disagreements went viral on Twitter. They acted that way after the game, when they were clearly happy and relieved to have snapped a five-game losing streak.For those who believe in the …last_img

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Help beat HIV – know your status

first_img6 March 2012 When the government made antiretrovirals (ARVs) freely available to people living with HIV/Aids, Grace Seopela grabbed the opportunity. Now an HIV ambassador who has been living with HIV for eight years, Seopela knows first-hand the benefits of taking treatment. Speaking at the launch of the HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign at the construction site of Eskom’s Kusile power station in Mpumalanga on Friday, Seopela urged employees to know their status as this would empower them to make critical decisions about their lives. “If it wasn’t for government, which gives us treatment, maybe I wouldn’t be alive today … When the treatment was made available to us, I grabbed that opportunity and now [I control] HIV,” Seopela said.40 000 employees given access to testing About 80 percent of Eskom employees got tested last year when the campaign was launched at the Medupi power station in Limpopo. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was at Kusile on Friday to congratulate about 5 000 staff members who got tested during the five-day campaign which started last Tuesday. Eskom Holdings chairperson Zoli Tsotsi said the enthusiasm shown by staff members towards the campaign was encouraging, adding that 91 percent of Eskom employees now knew their HIV status, and that 40 000 employees and contractors had been given access to testing. Motsoaledi said that since the HCT campaign was launched by President Jacob Zuma in April 2010, over 14-million South Africans had taken the test. He also encouraged men to undergo medical male circumcision.‘Men are still in denial’ “Men are still in denial and in hiding,” Motsoaledi said. “When you ask them when they are going to test, they tell you, ‘my wife has tested’. I’ve since asked women to drag their partners when coming for HIV testing. “If you are uncircumcised, please come, we shall help you – but you must always wear a condom every time.” He also urged South Africans to get tested at least once a year. The director-general of the Public Enterprises Department, Tshediso Matona, commended Eskom for its commitment to beating the pandemic. “Eskom is big, and if employees participate in the campaign, the results will be huge and the message will go further to other people,” Matona said. Eskom employee Thulani Mashinini stressed the importance of using the testing facilities. “The campaign is going to be futile if we don’t test,” Mashinini said. “We need to take care of our lives; if we don’t, life will not take care of us.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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