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Over 100 businesses ready for Buy Donegal Weekend

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Facebook Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Buy Donegal Weekend gets underway later this week, a new campaign to showcase businesses in Donegal.It provides an opportunity for businesses across the county to highlight their range of products and services and encourage people to buy them.The initiative, developed by Donegal County Council, will take place from November 6th – 8th.Buy Donegal Weekend provides a platform for Donegal businesses to highlight their business or service.The initiative will offer consumers an opportunity to buy their special Donegal gift in time for Christmas giving their loved ones something extra special from Donegal.It is supported with an online marketing campaign including a dedicated www.buydonegal.ie website, where consumers can find out more about the products and services on offer from Donegal.People can support the campaign and Donegal businesses over the weekend by simply buying a Donegal product or service and sharing an image of this on social media using the hashtag #BuyDonegalWeekendFor Donegal businesses who have not yet signed up to the campaign, Donegal County Council are adisive they register their details on buydonegal.ie WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Google+center_img By News Highland – November 2, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFinn Harps defeated by Champions Shamrock RoversNext articleSocial housing in Falcarragh almost complete News Highland Over 100 businesses ready for Buy Donegal Weekend Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

July 1 is deadline for rookie application

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Eligible IMCA drivers who have yet to do so have until this Saturday, July 1 to complete and submit their rookie of the year application.First-year competitors can call Director of Membership and Points Vir­ginia Lindsey at the home office (319 472-2201) to sign up.Rookie application forms are also published in the Inside IMCA newsletter and can be mailed to IMCA at 1800 West D Street in Vinton, Iowa, 52349.Those applications must be postmarked on or before July 1.last_img

Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy consistent with homicide not suicide, expert says

first_imgA renowned forensic pathologist says Jeffrey Epstein may not have taken his own life.In an exclusive interview with Fox & Friends, Dr. Michael Baden said Epstein’s injuries appeared more consistent with homicidal strangulation rather than suicidal hanging.Epstein’s brother hired New York City’s former chief medical examiner to observe his brother’s autopsy after he was found hanged in his Manhattan lockup in August.Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson ruled his death a suicide “after careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings.”Baden, however, disputed those findings noting in Wednesday’s interview that what he found was something “he’s not seen in a suicidal hanging in 50 years. ”After reviewing the autopsy, Dr. Baden said he found two fractures on the side of Epstein’s larynx, and another fracture on a bone above the Adam’s Apple emphasizing that both appeared “extremely unusual.”The 66-year-old millionaire’s death came about a month after his arrest on federal sex trafficking charges, and just days after he was taken off suicide watch.Epstein’s case was highly publicized while he was alive, and his death has not been any different as a whirlwind of allegations and conspiracy theories continue to go viral.This story is developing.last_img read more

Kurth, Park sworn in

first_imgThe new president, vice president and Senate of the Undergraduate Student Government for the 2013-14 academic year were inaugurated Tuesday night after the final Senate meeting of the school year.Inauguration · Chief Justice Jimmy Castrellon swears Christian Kurth in as Undergraduate Student Government President Tuesday. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAfter voting on the last items of unfinished business, the Senate meeting transitioned into the formal inauguration. Attendees dressed in formal attire for the occasion.President-elect Christian Kurth, who previously served as the USG director of university affairs, and Vice President-elect Ryan Park, previously a Greek senator, were sworn into office by the Chief Justice Jimmy Castrellon after the new senators took their oaths. After being introduced by former USG President Mikey Geragos, Kurth delivered a speech outlining his goals for the upcoming term.“We have been entrusted with the responsibility to help students feel at home on campus, to plan the greatest concert of their lives that they can enjoy with friends, to help them experience the culture of Los Angeles and to make sure their voices are heard by the administrations,” Kurth said in his inaugural speech.During their campaign, Kurth and Park promised to create an ultimate myUSC smartphone app, increase library hours, repair sidewalks on The Row and encourage the participation of the entire student body in USG’s decisions.“We want to help students understand what we do and why we do it, which is working to improve the USC undergraduate experience,” Park said. “We want students to rally around USG and use it as a voice to communicate [with] the administration.”Park said his experiences as Greek Senator have prepared him for the vice presidency.“Vice president is definitely going to be much more dynamic of a position, but I’ve learned a lot about the vice president’s responsibilities through osmosis by being on the Senate and learning from Vinnie [Prasad],” Park said.In addition to the inauguration of the president and vice president, 12 senators were sworn into office.Sophomores Nicole Schrad and freshman Logan Heley and junior Jamie Dick were inaugurated as Greek senators, while juniors Brett Ressler, Matthew Leiv and Lorin Winata were sworn into the positions of commuter senators.Freshmen David Choi, Michael Nguyen and Samantha Cheng and sophomores Matthew Prusak, Brandon Chang and Brianna McRee were inaugurated to serve next year’s residential constituency in the Senate.Park said that though the inauguration is an important event for transitioning the new officers, the process would be better carried out sooner.“It’s essentially the passing of the torch between the old Senate and the incoming Senate, as well as the old president and vice president and the new ones,” Park said. “It’s more of a formality and should be done directly after we’re elected, in my opinion.”Geragos and Prasad said they have mixed feelings about the conclusion of their administration, but are optimistic about the future of USG.“It’s definitely bittersweet to pass the torch,” Geragos said. “I’ve had such an amazing time leading this organization and I will miss the work, but it has been a tiring process. It makes it a lot easier for me to pass it over knowing that I’m giving the presidency to one of my closest friends.”Prasad said he will always cherish the relationships he built and the things he was able to accomplish during his term, but that he is ready to move on from USG and looks forward to watching Kurth and Park head the organization.Prasad also offered words of advice for the newly inaugurated administration, encouraging them to forge connections with others as soon as possible.“I’d advise them to take the time to build relationships early, both inside of the organization and outside,” Prasad said. “Those relationships are key to tackling the challenges that come up throughout the year and creating the best possible experience for the undergraduates.”In his speech, Kurth said he would continue to follow in Geragos’ footsteps in striving to build lasting relationships. He concluded by expressing his eagerness to begin his term.“I truly believe that this year will be the greatest year USG has ever seen,” Kurth said, “and I can’t wait to get to work.”last_img read more

Zimbabwe moves forward

first_imgThe new Zimbabwe: (from left) PresidentRobert Mugabe new, Prime Minister MorganTsvangirai and deal negotiator SouthAfrica’s president Thabo Mbeki.Image: Department of Foreign Affairs MorganTsvangirai has high hopes forthe future of Zimbabwe.Image: IrinnewsKhanyi Magubane A landmark power sharing agreement in Zimbabwe signed on 15 September 2008 will formally establish a government of national unity in that country.After several weeks of hard talking, mediated by South African President Thabo Mbeki, Zimbabwe will finally move forward in what potentially signals the end of political and economic instability in the southern African country.According to the agreement, Robert Mugabe (Zanu-PF) remains president of Zimbabwe; Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai is to become prime minister and MDC faction leader Arthur Mutambara will hold the post of deputy prime minister.President Mbeki was tasked by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to mediate talks between Zimbabwe’s three main political leaders.When the three leaders attended the signing ceremony at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare, they received a standing ovation.In attendance were hundreds of party members, diplomats and African Union (AU) and SADC representatives. There were cheers all around when the leaders signed the agreement, which has been eagerly awaited, not only on the African continent, but around the world.Under the new deal, the MDC, along with another MDC breakaway faction, will together have 16 seats, while President Mugabe’s Zanu-PF will hold the remaining 15.Mbeki told the delegates they had travelled a long road to reach such a stage. He was thanked by the leaders present at the signing, for his patience and effort in seeking to bring together the country’s political bigwigs after they had a major falling out in the contentious presidential election earlier this year.The Southern African Development Community’s chairman for Organ of Politics, Defence, Security and Co-operation, Swaziland’s King Mswati thanked him for his part in successfully clinching the peace deal.“Mbeki has worked tirelessly to make this day possible and it is for this reason that the parties must make this government of national unity work.”The agreement ends a six-month deadlock that followed elections on 29 March.While Tsvangirai won the March elections, he did not win more than 50% needed to avoid a second round.Run off-elections were then scheduled for June 2008. Due to what Tsvangirai termed as insurmountable political intimidation by state police on him and his party members, he withdrew from the elections, leaving Mugabe as the only candidate. Several leaders in Africa and further abroad rejected his “one man” victory.Bringing Zimbabwe back from the edgeThe signing of the agreement is widely seen as a historic moment in African politics, as less than three months ago in June, political tension in Zimbabwe had reached a boiling point and the country was on the brink of collapse.In August startling figures were released by that country’s Central Statistical Office, which revealed that inflation was at 11.2 million percent, the highest in the world.As a result of poor living conditions, millions of Zimbabweans fled the country to find employment in other countries. A third of its 12 million citizens no longer live in the country, and those who remain live below the breadline, some surviving on mealie-meal (corn) porridge.The economic crisis, which severely dropped the value of the Zimbabwean dollar, made it almost impossible for Zimbabweans to buy basic commodities, electricity, fuel and medicines.Commenting on the signing of the historic deal, South Africa’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad said, “What we see today is Zimbabweans finding a solution for themselves.“It shows that Africans can find their own solutions, and as South Africa, we call on the international community to join in, support and help rebuild Zimbabwe.”Other leaders who have praised the deal signed between the political parties includesChairman of the Commission of the African Union, Jean Ping, who described it as further inroads made at achieving stability on the African continent.“The accord marks a turning point in the efforts aimed at promoting reconciliation, stability and fostering conditions conducive for the recovery of their country.”Ping also called on the international community to support the implementation of the agreement.Shortly after the signing, Mutumbara, Tsvangirai, and Mugabe addressed delegates in attendance.Tsvangirai, the country’s new prime minister, said he was pleased with the process leading up to the signing of the deal, “The truth is that we are facing a crisis, and we will have to work together to resolve It … and yes, we will face challenges but we are ready for them.”Tsvangirai added that the most urgent need right now was to rebuild Zimbabwe to its former glory and beyond.“We need electricity, water, petrol for our vehicles; we need to access our cash from banks,” he said.Deputy Prime Minister Mutumbara, also addressed delegates, where he admitted that it was a painful compromise that the parties had to make to reach an agreement.“We must make sure the healing is cascaded right from the top to the villages … our country has gone through a painful experience and we have to heal from the top to the bottom.”Taking to the podium and delivering a lengthy address, President Mugabe remained defiant.“Zimbabwe is a sovereign country, only the people of Zimbabwe have the fundamental right to govern it. They alone will set up government, they alone will change it.”People will want to see if what we promise is indeed what we strive to do … We are committed, I am committed, let us all be committed.”Mapping a way forward for ZimbabweThe 31-page agreement signed by the three parties, detail the way forward for Zimbabwe, from issues concerning the economy, food stability and land restitution.According to the Declaration of Commitment section of the agreement, the parties agreed to, gave their commitment to, “work together to create a genuine, viable, permanent, sustainable and nationally acceptable solution to the Zimbabwe situation and in particular to implement the following agreement with the aims of resolving once and for all the current political and economic situations and charting a new political direction for the country.”The deal stipulates in detail, how the country aims to undertake restoration of economic stability and growth. Under this section, the parties commit themselves to urgently addressing the issue of food security, poverty and unemployment and the challenges of high inflation.A National Economic Council (NEC) will also be established with representatives from the country’s manufacturing, agriculture, mining, tourism, commerce, financial, labour and academia sectors.The main objective of the NEC will include advising government on economic issues and formulating economic plans and programmes to be approved by the government.Under land redistribution, the agreement states that while parties disagree on the methodology used in the acquisition and redistribution of land in Zimbabwe, they agree that it was necessary to have a land reform programme.Moving forward on the land issue, the parties have now taken a number of agreements including the need to conduct a comprehensive and transparent land audit for the purpose of eliminating multiple farm ownerships by one individual.The parties have also agreed to secure international support and finance for the land reform programme in a bid to compensate the former landowners and support the new farmers.The parties have also agreed there is a need for women to access and control land in their own right as equal citizens.A new constitution is also underway for Zimbabwe.A Select Committee of Parliament (SCP) will set up subcommittees chaired by a member of parliament and composed of members of parliament and representatives of civil societies as may be necessary to assist the Committee in performing its mandate.Public hearings will be held in a bid to include public consultation over the making of a new constitution.A draft constitution is expected to be tabled three months after the Select Committee of Parliament has held all the necessary consultations. The draft constitution will then be tabled in parliament.After it’s debated in parliament, the necessary changes will be made and a referendum to approve the constitution will be held. If it receives the thumbs up, it will then be gazetted within one month of the referendum.Under the new agreement, the freedom of political activity, which in the past led to many deaths and the torture of hundreds of citizens, is now protected.Do you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane on [email protected] articlesNew Zimbabwe deal in sight Talks sound hope for Zimbabwe UN,AU strive for peace in Africa Leaders condemn Zim violence Useful linksGovernment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe – biographyMDCSouth African presidencylast_img read more

Markets watching as planting season gets rolling

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather will once again dominate grain markets for the next three months. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center is not currently seeing an active El Niño or La Niña. It is extremely important to monitor for that activity. The Center does see increasing odds for an El Niño in the Northern Hemisphere by late summer or fall. It’s arrival will be crucial for summer weather conditions. Other meteorologists suggest that if El Niño begins after early August, summer weather patterns could be hot and dry. Typically the El Niño pattern is not bad for crop production if present during the summer in the U.S.Corn and soybean planting is the main focus for producers across Ohio and the Midwest for the next three weeks. As of the second week of April, U.S. corn planting progress was 3%, the same as the five year average. Days before the Easter holiday, producers across parts but not all of Ohio were just beginning field preparations to plant corn and soybeans. Field activity was not yet at a fast and furious pace at that time. Mid-April Ohio weather forecasts have above normal precipitation into the end of April.Weather has not been a huge factor in Brazil or Argentina as compared to previous years. Lacking this year were the long periods of hot weather in Brazil along with prolonged rainy periods in Argentina. Missing are the concerns of reduced soybean production in Brazil and Argentina due to weather. Also missing are the huge soybean loading delays, which reached nearly 60 days at the ports in Brazil. Those delays were long enough to shift loadings from the U.S., pushing our soybean exports higher than expected.The supply and demand report increased ending stocks for soybeans and wheat. Soybean ending stocks were increased 15 million bushels while wheat ending stocks increased 30 million bushels. The March 31 quarterly stocks report estimated soybean stocks higher than traders had expected. With soybean demand consisting largely of exports and crush, usage can be readily observed with weekly export reports or monthly soybean crush reports. The reality of higher than expected soybean stocks reveals a trend that will gather steam in coming months —2016 U.S. soybean production was under-reported with previous reports. Any corrections will take place with the October Supply and Demand Report which will follow the Sept. 29 Quarterly Grain Stocks Report. Meanwhile, the residual column will change to reflect the expected higher production.The mid-April period brought two things to watch. First, South America soybean producers reduced their selling to a near crawl. It was the same selling pace seen in February when reports of the Brazilian Real moving unfavorably brought news of producers in Brazil storing, not selling soybeans. It did not affect or reduce the loading of soybean boats in Brazil during February and March. Second, the Commitment of Traders Report brought an uncommon occurrence heading into the spring planting season: managed money grain positions short in the grains. Funds have been reducing their long soybean positions for over six weeks as they grew tired of the price decline of nearly $1.40 from February into April. The price decline was not healthy to their bottom line. Mid-April managed money held short positions in soybeans of 24,000 contracts. Weeks earlier they had been long over 150,000 contracts of soybeans. The report had the same traders short 143,000 contracts of corn and short 138,000 contracts of wheat. While those traders had been short corn for weeks and short wheat for many months, the report revealed they were adding to their short positions in both corn and wheat. Corn prices were higher for several days mid-April. It had been thought with that price rally that it had been a rally of funds reducing or buying back their short positions. That was not the case. Those funds continue to believe and position themselves for lower prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat which they feel are destined to come to reality as the planting and growing seasons progress in the months ahead.last_img read more

India, Myanmar to discuss trade, security ties

first_imgIndian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna headed to Myanmar on Monday after reaffirming India’s commitment to economic and strategic cooperation with its Mayanmar’s new nominally civilian government.Krishna is the first high-level Indian official to visit Myanmar since an elected government replaced a military junta in March.India and Myanmar have developed deep economic and security ties over the past decade. India has said it believes talking quietly is a better approach than sanctions in dealing with Myanmar’s military-backed government, which has been widely criticized for human rights abuses.On Monday, Krishna did not reply directly to a question about whether he would meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his three-day visit. “I don’t know if I will get a chance to interact with other leaders during my brief stay in Yangon,” he said.India is also wary of China’s growing influence in Myanmar, and is in competition with its large regional rival for access to the country’s large natural gas resources.India and Myanmar have widened cooperation between their security forces since the mid-1990s, with both countries fighting armed insurgencies along their shared border.India says separatist rebels in its northeastern states often slip across the 1,000-mile-long border and take shelter in jungle bases inside Myanmar.Krishna, who will meet Myanmar President Thein Sein, said he will explore ways to increase trade and investment in oil and gas projects, hydroelectric power and railways.Two-way trade, which has doubled since 2006, reached $1.57 billion in 2010. The two countries will also review progress on a $110 million project to improve transport links to India’s remote northeastern states, Krishna said.advertisementThe ambitious Kaladan project includes the building of roads, a waterway on the Kaladan River and development of Sittwe port in western Myanmar, which will provide an opening to the sea for India’s landlocked northeastern states.- With AP inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Damian Lillard comes through in clutch as Trail Blazers survive Kings in OT

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lillard shook off a sluggish night to score five of his 25 points in overtime, and the Portland rallied after blowing a 14-point halftime lead to beat the Sacramento Kings 113-108 on Tuesday night.“They outplayed us for most of the second half,” a weary Lillard said. “At that point you have to come together as a group and kind of forget about everything that’s happened. You have to make plays happen from that point on to pull out a game and I thought we did a great job of that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionJusuf Nurkic had 24 points and a career-high 23 rebounds to help Portland to its fourth straight win over Sacramento. CJ McCollum added 16 points, and Maurice Harkless had 11 points and nine rebounds.“The effort it took to come back and win in overtime, I was really impressed with our guys,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “To make a comeback like that you have to be good at both ends, and we were.” BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Kawhi Leonard unleashes career-best 45 as Raptors beat Jazz Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “He picks and chooses his spots of when he wants to go,” Joerger said. “He just went around people and shot layups.”Buddy Hield scored 27 points for Sacramento. Nemanja Bjelica added 14 points and 16 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 19 points.De’Aaron Fox had 13 points on 6 of 19 shooting and missed a jumper at the end of regulation.“We just have to execute at the end of the game,” Fox said. “We had makeable shots and we just didn’t make them.”Portland led by 64-50 at halftime and was up by seven entering the fourth before Sacramento went on a big run led by Bogdanovic. He scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and scored all five of the Kings points in overtime.Hield made five 3s and had 19 points in the first half, but Seth Curry and Nurkic combined for 30 points before halftime.TIP-INSBlazers: Curry had a season-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting. … Nurkic had a double-double by halftime. … Harkless returned after sitting out against Philadelphia on Saturday because of a sore left knee. … Portland had five turnovers in each of the first three quarters.Kings: Bogdanovic missed his first eight shots. … Hield made five 3s. … Cauley-Stein had five points and 11 rebounds.NURKIC’S BIG NIGHT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lillard wasn’t much of a factor until late in the fourth quarter when he scored seven of Portland’s final nine points, including a layup with 15.5 seconds remaining to force overtime.The Blazers dominated after that while outscoring the Kings 10-5 in the overtime. Lillard made three free throws and a 20-foot jumper to spark Portland’s finish and erase an otherwise rough night shooting from its backcourt tandem of Lillard and McCollum.Lillard went 8 of 21 from the floor. McCollum shot 8 of 19.“I woke up this morning feeling a little beat up, a little bit tired,” Lillard said. “But I’ve been a lot more sick.”Kings coach Dave Joerger said Lillard was the difference, especially down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, center, tries to squeeze past Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, left, while guarding Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The Trail Blazers won in overtime, 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, California–Damian Lillard woke up Tuesday morning feeling out of sorts and didn’t get much better through the first three quarters against Sacramento. When Portland needed him the most, however, their All-Star guard came through in a big way.It wasn’t necessarily Michael Jordan dropping 38 on Utah in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals but it was more than enough to help the Trail Blazers kick off the new year the right way.ADVERTISEMENT Sacramento had no answer for Nurkic in the middle. Joerger was so frustrated that he benched 7-foot center Willie Cauley-Stein early in the first quarter after Nurkic had five points as part of a 10-3 run. Portland’s big man also a good job getting to the line, making 14 of 16 free throws to go with five blocks, five steals and seven assists.“Nurk’s been on a role,” Stotts said. “Tonight may be probably the best game he’s played as a Blazer. He did a little bit of everything.”UP NEXTBlazers: Host Oklahoma City on Friday.Kings: Host Denver on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more