first_imgAs preparations for the general election take shape it is emerging that the Fianna Fail grassroots across Donegal are in favour of nominating three candidates.The Tirconail Tribune Editor John McAteer reports that the names emerging as popular favourites within the FF grassroots are Deputy Charlie McConalogue, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan and Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill in the West Donegal Gaeltacht.Party sources say that having a candidate in West Donegal is vital to their chances to take two seats in the new Donegal five seat constituency. All three candidates have a substantial number of registered support should the decision be made one of the party’s rare conventions. However we understand that in the peculiar confrontational nature of party politics the decision will be made by party headquarters, similar to 2011 and more recently in the local elections in the Letterkenny area.It has also emerged that one section of Fianna Fail is considering their position insofar as contesting a nomination and a number of meetings have taken place in recent weeks.Key players have told the Tribune that these meetings have not made any real progress on a number of matters including an issue about the cost of party membership. The cost to join the party is a mere €20.There is a clear demand, we are told, for a new Independent party in Donegal… but with a proper whip system since nothing else can pull together the strands of support needed to have a cohesive chance of success in a general election. However Cllr. John O’Donnell has already thrown his hat into the ring while at the other end of the constituency, outgoing Deputy Thomas Pringle, with the support of a number of Independent Cllrs. will start as a favourite to retain his seat.Meanwhile the latest opinion polls are spelling disaster for Fianna Fail nationally. They are on 19%: up less than two percentage points since their fall from grace in 2011 when their loss of more than 50 seats was their worst performance since they were founded in 1926.Their four year period in exile has done little for party morale and here in Donegal there is a certain amount of support to sack Michael Martin and replace him with someone else, anyone else. And Eamon O’Cuiv is the most mentioned future leader of the party since it would seem appropriate in the shadow of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.Fianna Fail is facing a major battle to win a second seat in Donegal but that pales into insignificance to the task facing Fine Gael.The last general election saw FG having a field day in Donegal’s two constituencies but the perceived political wisdom would say they don’t stand a snowball’s chance of retaining these seats in a reduced five-seater scenario. However much will depend on the next Budget if they are to win back the trust that so many people placed in them in 2011. The local elections were a catastrophe for them and a six seat group on Donegal County Council is a very poor return for a party in Government. Senior FG grassroot members who’ve spoken to us recently say the party structure is at a low ebb and the fear for their fate in the election. They point to water charges, cuts in social welfare payments, the hospital beds and waiting lists fiasco that the party promised to fix as all being key issues in public anger that the FG Leadership has not addressed.And despite the heavy duty public relations spin since in relation to job creation and the ending of emigration, the public reaction to these FG claims border on incredulity.Sinn Fein will be confident about retaining their two seats: but on a good day and with the right candidate they could take an extra seat. Party sources rue the loss of Cora Harvey since her stature, location and gender would have ticked all the boxes in mid Donegal for the Shinners.But the name of Cllr. Gary Doherty is being put about as a possible third runner…as always SF is saying nothing at this early stage of the campaign. The general election results from 2011 gave Fine Gael a huge increase nationally taking 76 seats: an increase of 25. And this result saw FG claim a share of 36.1%: up by 8.8%.In stark contrast this was the FF Election from Hell. Their seats tally dropped to 20: down by 51 but worse still their first preference vote halved and they ended up with 17.2%.Labour gained 17 seats to take a total of 37 and more importantly they won a share of 19.4%: up by 9.3% since their previous outing. At the same time Sinn Fein captured 14 seats which was a gain of nine: they won a share of 9.9%. Today they are Ireland’s leading party, according to the opinion polls on 26%.Fine Gael is on 25%, Fianna Fáil on 19% and Labour goes up to 6%. Independents take a big, down to 23% from a recent high of 32%.Satisfaction with the Government is on 23%, while the four main party leaders see their satisfaction with voters go up.72% of those polled say Leo Varadkar being gay makes no difference to his chances of being Taoiseach.FIANNA FAIL COULD RUN THREE CANDIDATES IN GENERAL ELECTION – McATEER was last modified: February 19th, 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:donegalfianna failTirconail Tribunelast_img read more

Crusaders clinch Little 4 outright

first_imgIt was senior night at St. Bernard’s Friday, and appropriately it was the seniors who led the way as the Crusaders blew open a tight game in the third quarter on the way to a 58-40 victory over Hoopa Valley.The win gives the St. Bernard’s girls the Little 4 title outright, and earns them not just a bye in next week’s Dick Niclai Tournament, but also a guaranteed home game in the North Coast Section playoffs.“I’m really pleased with their response to Hoopa’s intensity,” St. Bernard’s coach …last_img read more

Young Kroonstad train tragedy heroes nominated for National Order

first_imgThe story of two brave young Free State boys rescuing passengers during the recent Shosholoza Meyl train tragedy, has struck a chord with South Africans. The two have been nominated to receive official recognition for their bravery.Young South African heroes Mokoni Chaka and Evert du Preez are lifelong friends who instinctively stepped up to help rescue passengers during the January 2018 Hennenman–Kroonstad train accident. (Image: eNCA YouTube)CD AndersonFollowing a recent interview on the actuality programme Carte Blanche with Mokoni Chaka and Evert du Preez, there has been growing support for the boys to receive the National Order of Mendi for Bravery. The two friends were among the first people to arrive at the accident scene and rescue victims of the Hennenman–Kroonstad train tragedy on 4 January 2018. The crash claimed the lives of 21 passengers, with more than 250 injured.Evert is the son of farmer Willie du Preez, and Mokoni is the son of the  Du Preez farm’s foreman, Tshepo Chaka. The two have been lifelong friends on the Free State farm, with Evert’s mother describing the two 12-year-olds as “inseparable from a young age”.This bond was exemplified in the frantic English-Afrikaans-Sesotho linguistic shorthand the two used when describing the accident in an on-the-scene interview with eNCA News. The interview turned them into a much-needed feelgood viral hit.In the more recent Carte Blanche interview, the boys calmly describe – still in their fluid mix of languages – seeing the initial crash and instinctively joining adults in racing to the scene to help rescue efforts. The boys helped to move several small children and women through broken train windows and later helped by supplying water and food to survivors and rescue crew.The story struck a chord with many South Africans, including Renier Schoeman, the commissioner for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities. Closely following the story of the boys in the news, Schoeman, who was deputy minister of education from 1994 to 1996, promptly put their names forward for this year’s National Orders. Support for the nomination is growing on social media.Tweets about evert mokoni “I served in the first cabinet of President Nelson Mandela [in 1994],” Schoeman told Carte Blanche, “and I saw how committed he had been to not only the children of South Africa, but also the idea of reconciliation between South Africans.”He believed that the strong bond of friendship between the two boys demonstrated that Madiba ideal and, vitally, inspired their shared act of bravery. The two, he said, should be recognised not only for their actions in the aftermath of the crash, but for also representing what South Africans could do together through friendship and understanding.Evert told Carte Blanche that he and Mokoni were proud about what they had done. “We hope we have set an example for the people of South Africa to not only think about themselves, but also [about] the people next to them.”Schoeman said bravery was always an act of instinct and selflessness. “These boys could have just walked away from the crisis, but together they decided to help… It is that sort of can-do and positive attitude that gives South Africans reasons to be optimistic about the future of the country.”Watch the full Carte Blanche insert here.Read more about the country’s National Order awards: South Africa’s National Orders2017 National Orders recipients2016 National Orders recipientsSource: eNCA, Carte BlancheWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Neymar to PSG? Barcelona’s denials don’t stop transfer talk

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Fast forward, and sections of the Brazilian and Spanish media reignited the deal this month, saying that Neymar wants to emerge out of Messi’s shadow — which couldn’t happen for a while seeing as Messi has agreed a new Barcelona contract until 2021.But the last thing Valverde needs is losing Neymar.“There are rumors, we’re aware of them,” Valverde said. “We’re happy with him and he’s happy with us.”According to Spanish reports, Neymar has told club Josep Bartomeu that he wants to leave. But speaking Thursday during an interview at The Associated Press, Bartomeu said firmly : “He is not on the market.”Landing Neymar would be an even bigger coup than signing Ibrahimovic in 2012.___FEELING AT HOMEThe PSG squad features several of Neymar’s compatriots. The captain is Thiago Silva, whose center back partner is fellow Brazilian Marquinhos. PSG also recently signed rampaging Brazilian full back Dani Alves from Juventus.PSG’s Parc des Princes loves a Samba beat, too.The mesmeric Ronaldinho was a huge favorite from 2001-03, securing a big move to Barcelona — where he won the Golden Ball. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ___ANTICIPATION IN PARISReports in Spain and France state that the transfer could be completed by the end of July.“Un Pari Magique” (A Magic Gamble) read the front page headline on sports daily L’Equipe on Saturday. It was accompanied by a photo of Neymar with his hand on his forehead like a ship’s captain, gazing into the horizon as if longingly eyeing a future destination.The headline is a play on words with the favorite chant among PSG fans of “Paris est Magique” (Paris is Magic).ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet But Neymar left the stadium in New Jersey without saying anything to reporters, allowing speculation he will imminently join PSG for 220 million euros ($253 million) to persist.The Barcelona coach and president have been more willing to speak, and both are adamant the mercurial forward is staying put.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We want Neymar to be with us,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the 2-1 victory over Juventus. “We know the importance he has in our game, our dressing room, the team dynamic, and we want him with us. It’s clear.”Barcelona’s league campaign begins on Aug. 20, while PSG’s season opener is in less than two weeks on Aug. 5. Slaughter admits dealing with chemistry issues in 1st game back for Ginebra El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Before him came Rai, the classy midfield general who broke down in tears after waving good bye to PSG fans following a brilliant spell from 1993-98 where he scored 72 goals and dazzled in the City of Light. There was also Valdo — Rai’s astute midfield partner. Attacking right back Leonardo — who became the club’s sporting director, signing Ibrahimovic — and the recently retired left back Maxwell left lasting impressions.___FITTING INTO THE TEAMWhich position would Neymar play for PSG? Would he fit in or clash with star striker Edinson Cavani?Awkward questions for PSG.Neymar can play on both flanks, but should be the leading main man as center forward.That role already belongs to Cavani, who signed a new PSG contract until 2020 after netting a league-leading 35 goals last season.Having waited three years to become PSG’s No. 1, slogging it out wide right to accommodate Ibrahimovic, it is highly unlikely Cavani would welcome doing the same again if Neymar joins.Equally, having played a supporting role to Messi and — somewhat — to Luis Suarez for the past two seasons, Neymar would not want to play second fiddle again.PSG is desperate to join Europe’s elite, but signing Neymar may produce a conflict the club should avoid. For his arrival could push Cavani out of the door, depriving PSG of its best scorer. Barcelona’s Neymar, center, attacks as Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, tries to block his shot during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match, Saturday, July 22, 2017, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Juventus’ Andrea Barzagli, right, helps defend on the play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)PARIS — Denials from Barcelona are doing little to halt the fervor that Brazil star Neymar could be joining Paris Saint-Germain in a transfer that more than doubles the world record.Neymar is still playing for Barcelona, warming up for the new season by scoring twice against Juventus in a friendly on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PSG may be better served signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who is not as skillful as Neymar but more hard-working.Playing Neymar at striker would add flair, but arguably less goals: raising the question whether it’s actually worth it for PSG to sign him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Not magical enough to win the Champions League yet, or even advance past the quarterfinals in the past four seasons. To challenge for European soccer’s top prize, coach Unai Emery told L’Equipe earlier this week: “PSG must have one of the top five players in the world. We are looking to sign one this summer.”Neymar certainly fits the bill. While not at the level of Barcelona star Lionel Messi or Real Madrid’s prolific Ronaldo, the 25-year-old Neymar has longer left at the top and has not even reached his peak. Should PSG sign Neymar, the transfer would smash the previous world-record fee of 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid a year ago for France midfielder Paul Pogba.It would be a massive coup for Emery given his troubled first season.PSG relinquished its league title to Monaco and made unwanted history by becoming the first team eliminated from the Champions League knockout stages having won the first leg 4-0. PSG lost 6-1 away to Barcelona in the last 16, with PSG’s tormentor being Neymar.___PSG’S PURSUITThe Qatari-owned club’s courting of Neymar dates back to April last year.With uncertainty surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future, PSG had discussions with the player’s father and his agent, Wagner Riberio. PSG reportedly was ready to pay 190 million euros.But two months later, Neymar reached an agreement to extend his Barcelona contract until 2021, with his release clause pushed up to the existing 220 million euros and 250 million ($288 million) by the summer of 2018.It raised the question whether he just used PSG club as a bargaining tool. However, in September, Ribeiro publicly stated that Neymar had been “close to joining PSG.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

Kaden Hazzard wins NSF CAREER Award

first_img University theoretical physicist Kaden Hazzard, the winner of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, with students Zhiyuan Wang, left, and Ian White, right. Hazzard and his group will use the award to investigate new ways to simulate the states of matter at extreme cold temperatures, as close as possible to absolute zero. That could allow his experimental colleagues to bring into existence states of matter that are unavailable to them now. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to” alt=”last_img” /> read more