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    first_imgFORMER Donegal TD and ex-Tanaiste Mary Coughlan has said she may now return to politics – but would let Fianna Fail decide if she should.“I’d have a lot of people who would like to see me back. The party would like to see me back but moreso outside the party, people in my area would like to see me back,” she told Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio One today.“I still enjoy politics. I’m still involved in politics… Fianna Fail has to regroup in order to get back to what was more like our heyday. I’m not sure [if I’ll run again]. It’s not for me at the end of the day. I’m a big believer in what the party decides,” she said. Ms Coughlan said the loss of her husband David to cancer in September 2012 had been tough for her.“That was very tough. He was very much part of my life. He was the backbone to my career. He passed away and he was just 49 and that was when my life changed. I thought my life changed when I lost the seat, but that was when it really changed,” she said.She also said Fianna Fail had “no choice” but to guarantee the banks during the economic crisis.   PEOPLE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE FIANNA FAIL WANT ME BACK IN POLITICS – COUGHLAN was last modified: July 23rd, 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:donegalmary coughlanRTE Radion 1Sean O’RourkeTanaisteTDlast_img read more

  • Win a trip for your entire class to Donegal’s biggest play area – Century Play!

    first_imgTo celebrate the opening of the new Century Complex, Letterkenny, they are giving away the ultimate prize for primary school pupils.Donegal’s newest go-to centre are giving one lucky boy or girl the opportunity to be the FIRST along with their school class to check out the BRAND NEW extra FUN Century Play area even BEFORE it is opened!Let’s just say it’s the third largest play area in Ireland – so brace yourselves for maximum entertainment! To WIN all you have to do is draw a picture of what you think the play area will look like and post your picture to Century Cinemas, Leckview Lane, Letterkenny, Co Donegal or drop it in to us! date is Monday November 14th 2016.. Good Luck 🙂 #CenturyComplexT&C’s apply.Win a trip for your entire class to Donegal’s biggest play area – Century Play! was last modified: November 4th, 2016 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)last_img read more

  • Half-time: Derby 0 Chelsea 1 – Blues ahead but Zouma suffers injury

    first_imgEden Hazard’s clinical low strike put Chelsea on course for the Capital One Cup semi-finals but the first half was marred by an injury to Kurt Zouma.Hazard anticipated Richard Keogh’s sloppy pass out of defence and controlled the ball neatly before racing towards goal, cutting inside and finding the bottom corner.But just before the interval Zouma had to be taken off on a stretcher after lengthy treatment when he was clattered by Petr Cech as the Blues goalkeeper cleared a corner.Derby, with Will Hughes and Omar Mascarell impressing in midfield, started brightly and had a couple of threatening moments.But the visitors settled and, with Didier Drogba in dominant form and Andre Schurrle and Hazard dangerous on the break, they posed the greater goal threat.Drogba came closest to adding a second but his goalbound effort, after great work by Schurrle, was blocked by Keogh.The Blues survived some sustained home pressure after which Branislav Ivanovic replaced Zouma following a near 10-minute delay.Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Zouma (Ivanovic 45+3), Terry, Luis; Matic, Mikel; Hazard, Schurrle, Fabregas; Drogba. Subs: Schwarzer, Ramires, Salah, Willian, Remy, Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Giants minor leaguer tweets meager paycheck, says he actually pays to play baseball

    first_imgTyler Cyr is making a name for himself. The San Francisco Giants minor league relief pitcher has climbed the organizational ladder, from rookie ball in 2015, to Triple-A Sacramento — one rung below the major leagues — this past season.What he is not making: Money.In an attempt to shine a light on the plight of minor league baseball prospects, Cyr, a Fremont native, took to Twitter on Monday to share his paycheck. Which took some courage.Cyr’s contract was worth $10,275. His net pay was …last_img read more

  • South Africa’s ‘time of renewal’

    first_img9 May 2009 South Africa’s fourth democratically elected President has called on South Africans to unite and move forward decisively together in a time of renewal for the country. Speaking after being inaugurated as President at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, Zuma held a hand out to all South Africans, saying: “Let us build a nation that remains forever mindful of its history, … of the many who put down their lives so we can be here today. “A nation filled with the laughter and joy of children. A nation filled with a hope born of the knowledge that, if we work together, we will achieve our dreams.” In a moving speech, the new President said this was “a moment of renewal”, an opportunity to rediscover “that which binds South Africans together as a nation”. As if in agreement, the skies over Pretoria cleared as Zuma took the President’s oath, after heavy rains had pounded the capital earlier in the morning. In the presence of 29 heads of state, thousands of people gathered at the Union Buildings amphitheatre and millions more watching on television, Zuma swore to be faithful to South Africa, to obey its laws, to observe its Constitution, to promote the country, and to oppose all that harmed it. This he swore to do with all his strength and talent, while being true to his conscience and doing justice to all. With streams of smoke the colours of the South African flag still trailing in the sky following a fly-past by six South African Air Force jets, Zuma said he took up the highest office in the country conscious of the responsibilities that the people of the country had entrusted him with.‘No place for complacency, cynicism, or excuses’ “I commit myself to the service of our nation with dedication, commitment, discipline, integrity, hard work and passion,” the President said, adding: “There is a lot to be done. “The dreams and hopes of all the people of our country must be fulfilled. There is no place for complacency, no place for cynicism, no place for excuses.” Despite vastly different experiences, divergent interests and varying viewpoints, South Africans, he said, shared a common desire for a better life. “We share a common conviction that never shall we return to a time of division and strife. From this common purpose we must forge a partnership for reconstruction, development and progress.” Everything the government did, Zuma said, had to contribute directly and meaningfully to improving people’s lives. To achieve this, government and civil society had to hold themselves to the highest standards of service, probity and integrity. Zuma urged South Africans to help the government build a society that prizes excellence and rewards effort while shunning laziness and incompetence, a society “that draws on the capabilities, energy and promise of all its people.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • An Extra Push for Retrofits, and It Can’t Come Soon Enough

    first_imgWhen your company is struggling to make ends meet, or you’re out of work and your unemployment benefits are almost used up, patience can seem like an awfully tiresome virtue. Just ask the current and former employees of Republic Windows and Doors, whose factory in Chicago was shut down in December but later purchased by Serious Energy (formerly known as Serious Materials) and reopened in April with a partial staff. At this point only about 20 of the approximately 250 people who worked at the factory now have jobs there.One of Serious Energy’s great, heavily publicized hopes last winter was that the weatherization portion of the government’s stimulus plan would boost retrofit activity in the Chicago area and, in turn, boost demand for the company’s energy-efficient windows. While all that might still happen, the Serious Energy/Republic Windows factory is still operating at a loss, in part, a recent Washington Post story notes, because the company’s former CEO, Richard Gillman, allegedly had begun looting and bankrupting the company. Gillman was arrested September 10 on charges of mail fraud, money laundering, organizing and continuing a financial crime enterprise, and felony theft.More pertinent, though, is the fact that the stimulus-funded expansion of the weatherization program has rolled out very bureaucratically – which is to say more slowly than anticipated.“Part of the Chicago plan was by now we’d be hot and heavy into weatherization of thousands of homes in the Chicago area,” Serious Energy CEO Kevin Surace told the Post. “It turns out everything has ended up six months slower than everyone wanted. Everyone is frustrated at every level. Is it anyone’s fault? No, it’s just the process. Shame on all of us for thinking it could be done in a few months.”Promoting weatherization beyond WAPAnother issue, the Post story explains, is that window replacements typically account for only about 10% of weatherization investments in single-family homes, although they account for 50% of weatherization investments in multifamily buildings. Multifamilies represent about 17% of eligible projects in Cook County, which includes Chicago.Of course meeting the needs of the low-income households that qualify for the government’s Weatherization Assistance Program is only one part of Serious Energy’s product strategy. Like those of most of its competitors, its windows (which offer an R value as high as 11) are designed for use in new residential and commercial projects and in retrofits undertaken by homeowners in middle-class income categories.These prospective residential retrofitters are in fact the focus of “Recovery Through Retrofit,” a 14-page government report released Monday that aims to encourage middle-class homeowners to weatherize.Weaknesses and remediesThe report cites three issues that, beyond the WAP, have kept consumers from weatherizing their homes: inadequate access to reliable information about retrofits; lack of financing to cover the upfront costs of retrofits; and a shortage of workers skilled in retrofit techniques.Among the report’s suggested remedies:1. Create a “national home energy performance measure” so that consumers have a reliable way to determine and rate the energy efficiency performance of their home;2. Make it easier for state and local governments to create financing programs that allow homeowners to add the cost of retrofits to their property tax bill (several communities have already implemented such programs); and3. Standardize training and certification for weatherization workers.A White House blog on the report says that an interagency Energy Retrofit Working Group will submit an implementation plan to Vice President Joe Biden within 30 days, and then track whatever progress is being made on the recommendations.For the workers awaiting a return to their jobs at Serious Energy’s window factory, steps like these could be helpful, but for now they likely feel like running in place. Serious Energy’s Surace told the Post he expects business to be thriving by mid-2010, noting that the company recently attracted $60 million from investors drawn by the promise of stimulus-propelled demand.But for now, workers on the outside can only watch. “There aren’t other jobs for them in this economy,” Armando Robles, president of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 1110, which represented Republic Windows workers and also signed a contract with Serious Energy, told the paper.last_img read more

  • In Maine, a Builder’s Vision of Green

    first_imgJason Peacock wants to build houses that impart the benefits of green building to the people who occupy them, and he took a major step in that quest last fall with the completion of a 950-sq.-ft. two-bedroom in Wiscasset, Maine, a village on the Sheepscot River, northeast of Portland.Peacock is a LEED Accredited Professional, and the house, which he hopes will be the first of at least four he wants to build on 36 wooded acres he owns in Wiscasset, includes a photovoltaic system and design, materials, and construction intended to conform to LEED for Homes Platinum criteria.Small house on a spacious lotCalled Souler House, it features a frost protected shallow foundation (a foundation system commonly used in Scandinavian countries; click here for a primer on the subject produced by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center), 2×6 exterior walls insulated to R-25 with open-cell spray foam. Peacock installed a VaproShield permeable moisture barrier and used fiber-cement board and a rain-screen wall.The ceiling is insulated to R-50 and the standing-seam roof is recycled aluminum. Air leakage is minimal: a blower-door test showed 1 air change per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference. Peacock also used plenty of reclaimed material, including wood around the front door, which, notes a website called Green Homes of Maine, he salvaged from an airplane hangar.An air-to-air heat pump, Convectair electric heaters, and a Regency wood stove help keep the building comfortable in winter, and a 3.6 kWh Kyocera photovoltaic system supplements the home’s electrical needs.Looking aheadPeacock told Green Homes he plans to make photovoltaics, LEED Platinum criteria, and the performance level of the house standard for all of the other homes he builds at the Wiscasset site, adding that he might offer some of them for sale or rent them to seasonal visitors. In an email to GBA, Peacock noted that the weekly off-season rental rate will be $800, and the peak-season rate will be $1,200.So far, he told GBA, he has sold three lots on the site, although because of still-lagging economic conditions he doesn’t expect building on those lots to commence until 2013. But if the rental business on Souler House is robust enough over the summer, he might build another house for himself. Souler House, he added, was appraised last year at $195,000, including the 36-acre site.Like Souler House, the other houses he builds on Wiscasset likely will be small and solar-powered.“I do like the small-house movement and I strongly believe that life is better when you have less stuff,” he said. “So my next home will potentially be smaller with a large decks to enjoy outside spaces and views. It’s not a requirement for the community, but all the homes will probably be 1,000 square feet or less. I’ve been working on a design for a 650 square foot, two bedroom home that I’m excited to build. These houses will be great for people that believe that ‘Less is More…’ ”last_img read more

  • The Saga of Indian Hand-woven Fabrics

    first_imgOn August 7 every year since 2015, India celebrates (it would perhaps be more appropriate to use the word ‘observes’) National Handloom Day. The Indian handloom industry is the largest cottage industry in the country. The sector is very important in terms of its size and employment potential. It provides direct and indirect employment to over 13 million weavers and is the single largest economic activity, second only to agriculture.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

  • Wall held out as Wizards overwhelm Hawks

    first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I thought we played with a great spirit,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “Our mindset was right where it needs to be. It’s defending and passing the ball. It was a simple game plan but they did it with great effort, great passion. Now we just need to keep doing it.”Markieff Morris matched his season high with 23 points while making four 3-pointers. Frazier had a season-high 14 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think everybody just picked up the slack for John Wall not playing,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.Wall, selected to his fifth All-Star team as a reserve Tuesday, was held out due to a recurrence of soreness and swelling in his left knee. He missed nine games earlier in the season with soreness in the knee. Anthony reaches milestone as Thunder beat Pistons 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Wizards pulled away with an 11-2 run to open the second quarter. Kelly Oubre Jr. opened the quarter with a powerful left-handed jam and free throw. Oubre, who had 15 points, capped the run with a 3-pointer for a 38-20 lead.Washington’s superior long-range shooting was decisive. While Atlanta made only 2 of its first 16 3-pointers, the Wizards made 10 of 17 in the first half and led 61-45 at the break. Morris made each of his three 3s in the half and four of five for the game.Satoransky, making his first start of the season, sank a 3-pointer for the first points of the game. He had 11 points. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Wizards, who had lost two straight and four of five, pulled away with a strong start to the second quarter and never trailed.“No offense to Atlanta, but we’re a lot better team than they are,” Morris said. “They’re a young team.”Mike Scott, who began his career in Atlanta, had 19 points. Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. each had 18 for Washington.Washington made 18 3-pointers, matching its high mark for the season.Taurean Prince, Tyler Dorsey and Dewayne Dedmon each had 14 points to lead Atlanta.ADVERTISEMENT Atlanta Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney (5) crashes into Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi as he goes to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta. APATLANTA — With John Wall held out with a sore knee, Washington’s winning game plan was executed to near perfection by his backups.Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier combined for 21 assists with only three turnovers and Washington used balanced scoring and strong 3-point shooting for a 129-104 runaway victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City View commentslast_img read more

  • Ravindra Jadeja attributes top all-rounder Test ranking to MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli

    first_imgRavindra Jadeja achieved a two-in-one yesterday when the ICC Test rankings were released where he was on top of the rankings in both the all-rounders and bowlers list.Already the top-ranked bowlers in Test cricket, Jadeja played a starring role in India’s one innings and 53-runs victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo, where he scored an unbeaten 70 in the second innings and took seven wickets, which included a five-wicket haul in the second innings.Jadeja took to Twitter to contribute his success to MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli and thanked his fans, family and BCCI for their continuous support.My humble journey 2 be #1 Test AllRounder & bowler was possible due 2 @msdhoni @imVkohli, my fans & family #bcci #icc #teamindia #rajputboy Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) August 8, 2017Jadeja came in the scene during the captaincy of Dhoni and was his teammate at Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League as well.Dhoni backed Jadeja to the fullest throughout his early years when many questioned his skills and consistency. Since Virat Kohli has come out from the same team, Kohli also has no two ways about the quality bowler that Jadeja is and has backed him to the hilt.Jadeja along with Ashwin has been lethal throughout India’s home Test season and will be crucial yet again in India’s upcoming season home and away.Jadeja has been banned for the third Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct when the all-rounder dangerously threw the ball at Malinda Pushpakumara and the ball missed Dimuth Karunaratne narrowly on the third day of the second Test at Colombo.advertisementlast_img read more