Cllr Martin Harley to stand in next General Election

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Martin Harley is expected to announce that he is to contest the forthcoming general election.The Ballybofey politician and businessman is due to be added to the Fine Gael party ticket in Donegal later today.Cllr Harley topped the polls in the Finn Valley after May’s local elections, following ten years on the council representing the Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District. The Frosses native served as Leas Ceann Comhairle of the county council in the last term. Ireland is expected to go to the polls in May 2020 after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ruled out any possibility of a pre-Christmas general election.In 2018, Donegal Daily first reported on speculation that Cllr Harley would run for the second seat for the party alongside Education Minister Joe McHugh.Speaking about his decision to throw his hat into the ring in 2020, Cllr Harley said that the time is right:“Since the election in May I have come under pressure locally, on a county-wide basis and from party officials national to consider running alongside the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in the next general election. “I have been giving the matter serious consideration and following discussions with my family, my supporters, the party locally and more broadly, I think the time is right for a challenge like this.”Cllr Martin HarleyCllr Harley said that he plans to focus on local and county-wide issues if elected as a TD.“There are plenty of issues I feel I could work on if I was elected a TD including flood relief works for the Finn Valley, Donegal Town and all through county that need addressed immediately; the need to develop a town park for Ballybofey and Stranorlar; the need to keep our community hospitals including St Josephs, Lifford and Ramelton so that their future is secured and funding provided in each budget to staff the facilities.“I would also keep pressure on the government and the judicial system tackle insurance fraud and corruption that is closing businesses every day. The claims culture in Ireland and excessive payouts that are five times higher than other countries in Europe and that is wrong,” he said.The development of the Twin Towns bypass, the Stranorlar treatment plan and greenway projects are among his other priorities he said, as he vows to represent the entire county of Donegal if he is successful in becoming a candidate: “If I enter the race I will be fighting for centre, west, south and south-west Donegal if the constituency is carved up on a geographical basis but you can take it I will also be fighting for all of Donegal and making sure we get our fair share now and into the future,” Cllr Harley concluded.Cllr Martin Harley to stand in next General Election was last modified: October 31st, 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)Tags:Fine GaelGeneral ElectionMartin Harleylast_img read more

49ers Kittle, Juszczyk make Pro Bowl; were others snubbed?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Tight end George Kittle’s record-setting season earned him his first Pro Bowl invitation Tuesday, and 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk will join him at next month’s all-star festivities.Three other 49ers are Pro Bowl alternates: defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, kicker Robbie Gould and special-teams player Mark Nzeocha.Other 49ers who were thought to draw consideration but got snubbed were cornerback Richard Sherman and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey.Kittle, a …last_img read more

Their future their choice

first_imgThrough teaching young people skills and values such as tolerance, perseverance and resilience, Life Choices helps them to overcome their challenges and be the best they can be. (Image: Life Choices, via Facebook)Inspired by the work of a Catholic priest in a small Italian town in the 1800s, the Life Choices organisation works to support youth in difficult circumstances overcome their challenges and provide them with skills, information and resilience for them to live to their fullest potential.Learn about Life Choice’s history:Through its approach, Life Choices tries to address the many factors that hold back some of South Africa’s youth, be these poor education, malnutrition, illness or simply not being aware of their own potential and the opportunities available to them.LIFE CHOICES PROGRAMMESThe organisation runs three programmes in and around Cape Town, each aimed at areas it has identified as needing to be dealt with in order for young minds to thrive. These key programmes focus on personal health, how best to manage family affairs, and leadership development, which is aimed at helping youth take charge of their lives.Its Health4Life programme is primarily aimed at children living without their parents. It works with schools and community centres to help ensure the mental, physical and social health of pupils and children out of school.It provides relevant HIV and Aids counselling and testing to ensure children are informed, gender relevant talks about sexual health and wellness, as well as psychological support to those suffering from trauma of any sort.The Family Affairs programme aims to improve well-being among families facing challenges that keep them from having healthy relationships. Again by providing counselling and guidance, Life Choices hopes to bring families closer together and develop support structures within families.Lastly, it focuses on developing leadership and teamwork skills to prepare young people for life after school when competencies such as teamwork, time management and resilience are important for success.Its Leaders’ Quest challenges bright pupils at the schools where it works to give leaders of the future the head start they need, while addressing the causes of bad leadership instead of looking to correct the symptoms.Watch what matriculants had to say about Life Choices: GET INVOLVEDAn aim of Life Choices is to improve the lives of as many youths as it can, and it urges the public to get involved and help it help these youngsters reach for their dreams.If you as an individual, group or business want to get involved, have a look at the get involved section of the Life Choices website for more details about how to do so.The organisation is open to financial donations and also welcomes volunteers who want to spend time with it and the youths with which it works.PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you toshare your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you,submit your story or videoto our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

New Series! Secrets of Self-Care

first_imgSelf-care is an important issue for caregivers and helping professionals.  A 2015 study conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute found that 35% of the caregivers who provide at least 20 hours of unpaid care each week want to have conversations with helping professionals about self-care, and that in many cases these conversations are not taking place.The Secrets of Self-Care series features research-based strategies to inspire wellness among busy caregivers and helping professionals.  Each installment highlights practices that have the potential to improve physical, mental and emotional functioning, while requiring little time and no money.  Videos, tips and additional resources make trying and sharing these self-care strategies easy.last_img read more

IRCTC hotels case: Tejashwi seeks time to appear before CBI

first_imgFormer Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday sought 15 days from the CBI to appear for questioning in a case related to alleged corruption in giving the contract for running two IRCTC hotels to a private firm in 2006, sources said.Mr. Yadav, who was summoned to appear on Tuesday, sent his counsel who submitted the request seeking time to appear before the investigation team, sources in the agency said. The contracts were given in 2006 when his father Lalu Prasad was the Union railway minister.The case pertains to allegations that Mr. Lalu Prasad, as railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two hotels run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, in Ranchi and Puri to Sujata Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company.The FIR alleged that the RJD leader, as the railway minister, abused his official position for extending undue favours to the Mr. Kochhar and acquired a “high value premium land” through a benami firm Delight Marketing Company. As a quid pro quo, he “dishonestly and fraudulently” managed award of leasing of the two hotels.After the tender was awarded to Sujata Hotel, the ownership of Delight Marketing also changed hands from Sarla Gupta to Rabri Devi and Mr. Yadav between 2010 and 2014. By this time, Mr. Lalu Prasad had resigned as railway minister.The CBI has registered the case against Mr. Lalu Prasad, his wife Ms. Rabri Devi, a former Bihar chief minister, son Mr. Yadav, who was deputy CM until a few months ago, and Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former union minister.Others named as accused in the FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar, both directors of Sujata Hotels and owner of Chanakya Hotel, Delight Marketing Company, now known as Lara Projects, and then IRCTC managing director P K Goel.last_img read more

Probe ordered into Assam SP’s assault on magistrate

first_imgAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday ordered a probe into a case of a superintendent of police allegedly assaulting a magistrate. Mr Sonowal has directed the Commissioner of Lower (western) Assam Division to initiate the inquiry and submit a report within September 25. A CCTV footage, released by RTI activist Dulal Bora on Friday, showed Kokrajhar SP Rajen Singh allegedly dragging the district’s Extra Assistant Commissioner Sailen Das out of a hotel and assaulting him.The two reportedly got into a heated argument at a party attended by many senior officers of Kokrajhar district. The SP allegedly slapped the magistrate in front of many employees in the parking area. The release of the video almost coincided with a case filed against a sub-inspector and some constables for allegedly assaulting the members of a Muslim family in western Assam’s Barpeta district. One of the victims was a pregnant woman who allegedly suffered a miscarriage.Barpeta district’s SP Robin Kumar said the case was registered based on the complaint against sub-inspector Binod Choudhury and others. The police from the adjoining Chirang district had followed up a case of abduction of a 15-year-old Muslim girl by one Shahidul Ali of Barpeta Road town. The police did not find him but allegedly assaulted his brother Rohis Ali, a driver, and other members of his family.Sahidul Ali is believed to be absconding along with the girl he is said to have abducted.A few days ago, a policeman and a policewoman in Darrang district were suspended for allegedly stripping and assaulting three sisters of a married Muslim man who was accused of having abducted a Hindu girl.last_img read more

After Mahesh Vithika fights with Punarnavi Varun takes Navis side in Bigg

first_imgVithika Sheru’s argument with Bigg Boss Telugu 3Screenshot of hotstar videoAfter Mahesh Vitta, Vithika Sheru was seen having a heated argument with Punarnavi Bhupalam in Bigg Boss Telugu 3 on Tuesday. But her husband Varun Sandesh took Navi’s side and said that his wife was at fault.As the July 30th episode of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 began, Vithika and Punarnavi were seen having a difference of opinion over giving Sreemukhi a responsibility. Later in the day, Bigg Boss informed that the gas and water supply was cut as a part of the luxury budget task and the housemates have to keep cycling 3 bicycles in the garden area to get continuous supply to the house. Everyone tried their best in the task.In the middle of the task, Punarnavi asked Vithika to take part in the task to which Vithika replied that she prepared 35 to 40 dosas for the inmates and others taking part in the task voluntarily. But Punarnavi’s reply irked Vithika, who yelled at her. To this, Varun took Navi’s side and cross-questioned his wife. Have your say in the pollVote: Who among these 8 contestants should be eliminated from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in week 2? 1. Vithika Sheru 18.4% 2. Sreemukhi 17.89% 3. Mahesh Vitta 15.59% 4. Jaffar Babu 12.21% 5. Himaja Reddy 10% 6. Varun Sandesh 9.46% 7. Punarnavi Bhupalam 8.78% 8. Rahul Sipligunj 7.67% This lead to an argument between all the three. Vithika burst into tears and walks away when her husband continued to support Punarnavi. Ravi, Rohini and others tried to console her. Finally, Varun tries to convince the issue to Vithika in the restroom. The two sorted out their differences and apologized to each other.When the couple entered the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 3, many viewers feared that they should not have come together on the show. Their decision might lead to creating differences between the two and lead to divorce. After seeing the drama on Tuesday, some of them felt that the couple is slowly heading towards splitting. Here is what they have to say about this whole episode.•✨♡Arshi Stuck♡✨• @YouMeRabbaVe VR @imrvishnu #vithika ‍♂️  irritated a lot in today episode… didn’t understand whether she suffering with stomach pain or head ache  … not sure whether she knows   #BiggBossTelugu3 Sreemukhi is wayyyy better than Punarnavi. Punarnavi aa nasa enti thali. Vithika vanta chesindi ga. It is team wrk n if not today, she will do it tomm. Big deal. Eeme ki task artam kaaka andarni nasa pertundi  #BiggBossTelugu3 Vitika simple issue ni serious ga teesukuntadi and normal ga cheppedi kuda chala harsh ga convey chestadi. Short temper and loud mouth. #BiggBossTelugu3 I agree with her point. But punarnavi didn’t say it rudely no. She has to take it easy. She could have said the same thing normally without shouting. The way she responds to an issue is not good. She takes everything as an attack on her. #BiggBossTelugu3 Vitika got pissed with punarnavi. Navi got upset. Varun tried to calm them down. Vitika shouted again.. Even though her points are valid.. Varun supported navi because she was ‘shouting’ and he doesn’t want his wife to screw up her relationship with her friend. #BiggBossTelugu3 She is not the only one who cooked Ashu Reddy also helped if u see properly. Unadhi 15 members each 2 dosa Total 30.then she hardly made 15 to 20 dosa and she is saying 35 to 40 ❓❓ they limited luxury budget too BiggBossTeluguFan @BiggBossTelugu2 Why #VithikaSheru keep on checking cameras while she talks??? She is definitely big irritating woman in the house #BiggBoss3Telugu #BiggBossTeluguSeason3 #BiggBossTelugu3 @StarMaa Episode10: #VarunSandesh is an active volcano who doesn’t know when he will explode on his wife. Clearly not showing his anger because of cameras.#biggbosstelugu3 @StarMaa #BiggBossTelugu3 #VithikaSheru BiggBossTelugu3 @TeluguBiggBoss3 #BiggBossTelugu3 Don’t see logic in pple’s voting if U R not vting for vithika for ystday’s over drama then same logic shd be applied on punarnavi as well. She instigated her basing on the fact that she didnt participate in cycle task with out considering her effort in kitchen.. TeluguBiggBoss @RealMeSunny Sandhya @Sandhyaa1996 The writer @ThewriterVS I don’t think so.. Wife tho issues quite common. ayina aa godava ninna ne sorry cheppukoni idaru cool ayyaru. ippudu godava vere la anipistundi. #BiggBossTelugu3 I support vithika in today’s episode.she cooked..punarnvi pointing her was not fair.there is no point if everyone starts fightng to be on cycle..punarnavi is being overconfident n showing her real self.rahul simplignj is in love it seems, blindly supportng her #BiggBossTelugu3 I am sure punarnvi will take all the praises to her head..today we saw her attitude while speaking to vithika and shivjyoti..ppl callng her mature shud w8 n see how she changes..just don’t fall for her looks.outer beauty need not make a persn beautiful frm inside #BiggBossTelugu3 #BiggBoss3Telugu #BiggBossTelugu3  #Telugubiggboss3 Looks like punarnavi wantedly locking horns with Vithika for some reason, nd Vthika is exactly getting trapped in Punarnavi’s scheme of whatever it is. Vthika is definitely getting into bad books for not controlling her emotions Visa Sriram @visasriram Today’s drama provided as per the script by Vithika Sheru, the drama queen of #BiggBossTelugu3. Varun has patience which comes with being with a woman like Vithika, no doubt, but I guess he needs to take a stand for himself in the #BiggBossTelugu3 house, unless it’s a plan (looks like it) by the couple. People know Varun more than Vithika. He needs the win more than her. Sammakka.Saarakka @SSaarakka It’s time for #VithikaSheru to exit the house. 1. She is gossiping 2. Just want to make big scene for small things (last with week #Mahesh and this week with #punarnavi)  3. #Varun would play better without her. This video an example of her drama! #BiggBossTelugu3 biggbosstelugu3 @biggbosstelugu9 Hari Krishna @Krishna19Hari Lalitha @Lalitha12618607 Aruna vedula karra @Arunaved272 I think Vithika is Right Cooking is not an easy thing.it exhausts our body and it requires atleast 15 mins to recover from that stress.what is Navi is doing in house actually.never seen her doing any work. another Sunayana without tanish #BiggBossTelugu3 She’s not mad on Navi. She’s mad on his Hus for supporting navi instead of her.its every wife’s nature around the world. No women on earth like this thing even though it’s her mistake. #BiggBossTelugu3 strategic move by vithika and varun… to gain screen space and image. Last week screen space for Issue with mahesh, this week screen space for remainding the task… by navi… punarnavi most deserved candidate for final..5last_img read more

3 awarded death penalty one 20yr jail for war crimes

first_imgwar crimesThe International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Tuesday sentenced three war criminals to death and one another to 20-year jail for crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 liberation war in Sudharampur upazila of Noakhali district.The three condemned convicts are – Amir Ahmed alias Amir Ali, Abul Kalam alias AKM Mansur, Md Joynul Abedin. Abdul Kuddus was sentenced to 20-year jail.Of them, Abul Kalam alias AKM Mansur has been on the run.A three-member ICT bench led by justice Md Shahinur Islam pronounced the verdict, said prosecutor Jahid Imam.Earlier on 6 February, the tribunal concluded the hearing of arguments from both sides on the trial of four men for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity conducted during the liberation war in 1971 in Noakhali’s Sudharampur upazila and kept the verdict pending for any day.The prosecution pressed charges against five people, including the four in the war crimes case. As another accused of the case, M Yusuf, died after the pressing of the charges, the deceased was not indicted.On 20 June 2016, the tribunal framed three specific charges against four people for their alleged involvement in crimes.The investigators started the probe against the five suspected war criminals on 16 November 2014 and submitted a report before the prosecution on 31 August, 2015.Three charges include killing of over 100 people, including 41 of Sonapur and Sreepur villages, in Sudarampur upazila on 15 June 1971.last_img read more

Younis may quit ODI cricket after Eng series

first_imgSenior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is contemplating calling it a day from one-day internationals after the series against England in the UAE.Well-informed sources told PTI on Monday that Younis might announce his retirement from one-day internationals during or after the four-match series.“There has been so much controversy over his selection in the one-day team and plus the clear indications from the team management that they want to build a young team for the World Cup 2019 that Younis is contemplating retirement,” one source confirmed. Also Read – A league of his own!He said that Younis, 37, has been waiting for the right time to call it a day from 50-overs cricket and the series against England gives him this chance.“He has not decided as yet but he himself is keen to end the controversy surrounding his selection for ODIs and there is a chance he might decide to take a bow himself after having played the series against England,” the source said. Younis was recalled to the Pakistan squad for the series last week after he last played an ODI in the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in March 2015. Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coachSince March 2013 the senior batsman, who has been in record breaking form in Test cricket, has been out of the ODI squad for long periods and has played just 11 matches in the last two and half years. “His close friends and cricket advisors also feel Younis should retire from ODIs when he is in the team and do it himself,” the source stated. Sources close to the national selectors also said they got vibes from Younis that he might quit ODIs next month. The selectors earlier this year had made an offer to Younis to lead the team in Zimbabwe when Azhar Ali was not available but quit afterwards but he declined the offer saying he will quit on his own terms. Head coach Waqar Younis during his recent meetings with chief selector Haroon Rasheed in Sharjah assured him that Younis would not sit on the bench and get a chance to play the full series. The chief selector after much difficulty managed to convince the head coach to give the in-form Younis a shot in the ODI series.last_img read more