Previous articleTown Council to ask government departments to pay ratesNext articleAtlantic Homecare to close its Letterkenny store with the loss of 18 jobs News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic The ‘Carers Count’ Campaign will be officially launched in Donegal this moring.The last Census in 2006 estimated the numbers of Family Carers in Donegal at 5,698 but he Carers Association believes this figure underestimates the current numbers.With this in mind, the Carers Count Campaign sees next months Census as a unique opportunity to quantify the unpaid work of Donegal Family Carers.Frank Goodwin, Chairman of The Carers Association, says this Census should be an oppurtunity for carers to make themselves known…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/carer830.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Twitter Newsx Adverts By News Highland – March 10, 2011 Facebook Facebook Carers urged to declare themselves in next month’s census Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
There are some truths that aren’t just hot takes.When someone comes to the table with actual math, data, or knowledge, that isn’t so much a hot take as it is information about what happened inside a campaign. So, for example, if members of a campaign staff or party apparatus were to come out and say: “Okay, we don’t know about the rest, but we know this one part really did go wrong, and here is what we think” that avoids just the blanket statements that make big assumptions. In many states, you are going to have races that can be quickly summarized: a candidate didn’t work. They didn’t raise any money. They didn’t have the prerequisite desire for the position. Those things can all be done in a way that leaves a path forward and says: okay, here is how we fix things.- Advertisement – I look at the Kansas map and one race that stands out to me is House District 70. Here, the same two candidates have faced off multiple years. They faced off in 2016, 2018, 2020. In the first two years this Republican district went, well, Republican. With the Republican representative receiving roughly ~5,400 votes. In 2020? There were 8,186 votes for the Republican—almost a three thousand vote bump this year. I’ve observed similar trends in a lot of red states where looking at the data, it was often Republicans who didn’t normally turn out who came to the ballot box. I have some theories on that—but until we start seeing better data, all we can do is say: wow, that is interesting and start listening.UGHIt is often easiest to blame everyone but the campaign itself. To say: hey, it was a vendor. It was a national trend. It was the environment. It was any other reason. All of those things have an impact. That, however, doesn’t mean that every campaign can’t learn a little bit every cycle. Campaigns can run in absolutely unwinnable districts and still come back to the table and say: okay, what went right? What went wrong? Be candid with yourself. Don’t start yelling and screaming and blaming, but start openly assessing the things that were under your control that you wish you had done differently.- Advertisement – When I talk to campaign staff and candidates, most will tell you they are open to a postmortem, a reconsideration, second-guessing, even some blame if it is due. If you are going to state your opinion though, keep it directed and specific items that you can address or are things that can be rectified. Saying: “We need a better long-term investment strategy into party infrastructure, and that may not pay off for years” is different than saying: “our party sucks.” There are, in fact, bad county and state organizations. Throwing bombs at them though has to come with a combination of truth and solution. Before you pronounce problems, see if you can find out solutions and talk to those who know if there was ever any attempt at solutions to problems you see, and how those worked out. Your criticism can help make organizations better if you do it productively—and if you decide yourself to take on that change, just do it, run for your own local party office, whether it is a county chair or a position on a state committee.Most precinct-level data isn’t available … yet.It will be some time before complete precinct-level data is back that can be matched with voter targets and ballot returns. Before we know how many of our voters actually came out and voted, or how successful our voter contact plan was, keep in mind we don’t know the entire universe of the election just yet.- Advertisement – Being willing to do that makes you better—every single cycle. Part of the growth you want to have as a volunteer, a campaign worker, or a candidate is to sit back and say: hmm, I liked this, and I didn’t like this item in our campaign. Hindsight is always 20/20. Even if it would have made no difference in the outcome of your race, looking back at those decisions can give you something to pass on to the next candidate to run or to yourself if you run again. Too many candidates say: “wipe it from your mind, just pick up and move on.” While you don’t want to dwell on a loss, taking some time to plot back through it is often comforting and can help you think about your race from a new perspective.If a take can be summed up in 140 characters or by people who don’t live by you … it generally sucks.It takes a lot more time to develop a really informed situation. There are a lot of people who will want to make assessments about your county, campaign, state, or district who have absolutely no idea what your district looks like. Value those closer to the situation far more than people far away. They have a better understanding and they have institutional knowledge that just can’t be gained from a big board. – Advertisement –
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will not face disciplinary action from the Football Association following his media comments after his side’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United. After seeing his side take the lead twice against the Barclays Premier League leaders Allardyce questioned the level of officiating and feels more should be done to improve the overall standard of referees and their assistants. “I think it is a big decision that has possibly taken the famous victory away from us,” he said immediately after the match. “To play as well as we did today and score the types of goals we scored – when you see it is an offside goal that is bitterly disappointing. “This level of football has to be equalled by the level of the officials who are in charge of the game. “His [Lennard’s] coaches have to coach him properly and coach him into getting better – that is why they are professional these days. “They need coaching on the good decisions, with a pat on the back, but also they need coaching on when they haven’t made the right call. It is a major decision that has gone against us.” Allardyce has already landed himself in hot water with the FA this season, coincidentally after an FA Cup tie against United. The former Blackburn boss was fined £8,000 back in February for suggesting United had gained from home advantage after the Red Devils won their third-round replay against West Ham 1-0. Press Association Allardyce was upset that assistant referee Harry Lennard had failed to spot Robin van Persie was offside when he scored United’s second equaliser of the game and claimed it had cost the Hammers a “famous win”. There was a suggestion the 58-year-old may have had to explain his comments to the FA but the governing body has confirmed it will not be pursuing a disciplinary case.
What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “When you are playing aggressive, trying to make things happen, it goes like that sometimes,” Randle said. “I’ve just got to be better, smarter in those situations.”The Clippers led by 18 when Gallinari sank a 3-pointer and a 6-foot pull-up in succession in the third quarter.New Orleans stormed back with a 21-4 run late in the third quarter that included back-to-back 3-pointers by Randle and Holiday.Miller’s 3-pointer with 5:23 left gave the Pelicans their first lead since the first quarter, and New Orleans briefly led by four after Davis laid in Holiday’s alley-oop lob.The crowd was energized, sensing an improbable comeback, only to see the Clippers regain control. The Clippers scored the next six points on Gallinari’s free throws, Harris’ driving floater and Harrell’s layup after Williams found him cutting down the lane between converging defenders.“We did a good job just weathering the storm,” Williams said, nodding toward the Pelicans’ locker room. “You’ve got to give those guys credit. It’s a talented group in there.”The score was tied twice more after that, but the Clippers took the lead for good on Williams’ free throws with 1:32 left.Holiday had season highs of 32 points and 14 assists, but he missed a 3-point attempt that could have given New Orleans the lead with 33 seconds left. Anthony Davis had 23 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, but he sounded frustrated after New Orleans’ sixth loss in eight games.“For the most part, we’re in every game,” Davis said. “We’re beating ourselves.”QUOTABLE“One dribble left – it’s bread and butter,” Williams said of his final shot, with his foot on the 3-point line, as he went to his left near the left sideline.Asked if he felt off-balance when he let it fly, he smiled and said, “I’m always off-balance.”Holiday, who was guarding Williams, said, “That’s what he does, and at that point, you’ve just got to hope he misses. But most of the time, going to his left, he’s probably going to make it.”TIP-INSClippers: The team’s 77 points at halftime marked a season high for a first half, but it was 10 points short of the franchise record for a half, which was set on April 14, 1984, against Utah. … Avery Bradley scored 15 points and Montrezl Harrell had 14. … Harris, who was named Western Conference Player of the Month for October/November earlier Monday, made 10 of his 16 shots. … The Clippers shot 59 percent (49 of 83) for the game.Pelicans: New Orleans has allowed 70 or more points in a first half this season three times. The Clippers’ 77 were one short of the Pelicans’ franchise high for points allowed in a first half, set by Houston last season. … Miller had 15 points. … The Pelicans shot 53 percent (49 for 92). … New Orleans played without third-leading scorer Nikola Mirotic, who was a late scratch because of an illness.UP NEXTThe Clippers next visit Memphis on Wednesday night. 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(AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)ExpandNEW ORLEANS — As comfortable as Lou Williams is going to his left, so are the Clippers in the clutch.Even on the road, after blowing an 18-point lead.Tobias Harris made two free throws with 4.7 seconds left to close out a 27-point performance, and the Clippers held off the New Orleans Pelicans 129-126 on Monday night.“We’ve had a bunch of close games,” said Williams, whose 20-point night was highlighted by his contested, off-balance jumper as he dribbled left, giving the Clippers a 127-124 lead with 6.4 seconds remaining. “If you’re going to compete in the Western Conference – there’s a lot of talented teams – you’re going to have to be able to do that,” Williams continued. “So, I think that was good for us.”After Williams’ pivotal shot, the Clippers chose to foul quickly on New Orleans’ next possession. Darius Miller made two free throws with 4.9 seconds to go and the Pelicans followed suit with a quick foul, but they had to attempt a 3-pointer as time ran out after Harris made his late free throws. E’Twaun Moore wound up with the final shot, which caromed off the rim for a long rebound as time expired.Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points for the Clippers, who scored 77 points in the first half, when they shot 65.2 percent (30 for 46) and took a 12-point lead into the locker room.“We missed defensive assignments. There were a couple of times where we were not aggressive enough, especially on guys that can really score,” Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday said. “We really didn’t make it hard on them.”Former Laker Julius Randle scored a career-high 37 points for New Orleans, but he fouled out with New Orleans leading by four with about four minutes left. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The total bonded amount to be repaid through taxes will be $4,275,000 according to the statement.Another explanatory draft statement was suggested by borough resident Marianne McKenzie which gave a fuller description of the new buildings that would be paid for by the bonds.At the July 26 meeting, Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni asked council members to submit their comments and suggestions for an explanatory statement by Thursday so one could be drawn up to be voted on at the Aug. 2 meeting.The referendum on the bond issues was required after a petition signed by 87 residents (of which 69 were qualified), was filed, according to Borough Clerk Christina Pfeiffer.She said the law states when a petition is signed by more than 15 percent of the voters in the last election in which members of the State Assembly are on the ballot, it qualifies. Pfeiffer said that number was 47.In a previous meeting, Councilman Brian Kelly said the bonds, after factoring in fees for a new metered parking system in the town and the stopping of rent payments for facilities that were paid to replace the lost buildings would raise taxpayer costs by around 2 cents per $100 of valuation.Borough official Frank Lawrence said Wednesday that the town now pays around $150,000 a year in rentals for facilities that replace the ones lost in Sandy.Lamnia, in speaking to the people who signed the referendum petition, found they were not against the replacement of the facilities but wanted them to be less costly than proposed. Lamnia said after the July 26 meeting “let the people speak.” He said he thought the added expenses in the plans for the new buildings were “not warranted.”Mayor Dina Long said after the meeting that there would be a public Town Hall presentation on the bonds at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 23, and a drop-in information session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at which time questions about the bonds can be answered by council members and members of the borough staff. Another drop-in session will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Story and photo by Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The plans drawn up after years of working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to finance the two buildings that will be replacements of the fire house, police headquarters and library, which were destroyed by Super Storm Sandy almost four years ago, and for the existing Borough Hall will be the subject of a referendum on Sept. 27.The Borough Council will consider at its Aug. 2 meeting what explanatory statement will appear on the ballot for the September bond referendum vote that will determine the fate of the three bond issues approved by the town to finance the construction of the two buildings.At its June 1 meeting, the council, in a 4-2 vote approved the bond issues, with councilmen Jack Keeler and John Lamia Jr., voting against them. Both said they were concerned with the costs and wanted less costly alternatives considered.According to a draft explanatory statement prepared by Borough Attorney Roger McLaughlin, distributed at a special meeting of the council on July 26, the total costs of the Municipal Center, which would contain municipal offices and the fire and police departments and First Aid offices, will be $7,851,721 with the Federal Emergency Management Agency funding $3,058,335 and insurance payments funding $1,032,742, with $3,942,500 to be bonded.The cost of the library and beach building is $4,875,248, the statement said, with FEMA providing $845,733 towards the library and $1,486,733 towards the beach portion of the building, and insurance payments and beach fees $813,609 to the beach section of the building and insurance payments $166,071 to the library section.The bonded amount for the library portion of the building will be $332,500 and for the beach portion, $1,486,750, with the beach amount having no effect on taxes as it will be paid by beach fees, the statement said.
After scoring two goals in two games to open the season, the Leafs dropped 15 against Fernie and Columbia Valley during the weekend — albeit, a dozen came against Ghostriders in a 12-3 shellacking.Morey believes with a little luck around the net, Nelson could be undefeated heading into the weekend.“I think we could be 4-0 had we had better finish around the net,” he said.Rookie Ryan Cooper leads Nelson in scoring with five points in three games with Jackson Zimmermann, Ethan Beattie, Sawyer Hunt and David Sanchez tied for second, each with four points.Zimmermann leads the Leafs in goals with three.In goal is where Nelson has shined with Josh Williams currently in seventh spot in goalie stats with a stingy 1.50 goals against average in two games.Quinn Yeager is 14th overall with a 2.34 average.Injury updateMorey said forward Logan Wullum is very close to returning to the lineup. Wullum, out with a hand injury, played briefly against Fernie and is now considered day-to-day.Morey said the Leaf assistant captain should be back when Nelson travels to Grand Forks to meet the Bruins.Meanwhile defenceman Michael Bladon is waiting for medical clearance.The rookie rearguard has yet to see action this season.Edmonton native Troy Glionna has left the team for personal reason and has been released.In three games with Nelson, Glionna did not register a point. Fresh from playing the past seven consecutive games at home — four regular season and three exhibitions — the Nelson Leafs venture out for a three-game road trip.The Leafs, 2-1-1, travel to the Lilac City Friday for a division rivalry game against the Spokane Braves.Spokane is off to a good start with the only blemish an overtime loss in four games. The early season result has the Braves tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks Border Bruins.Nelson will have a new face in the lineup as the Green and White acquired 6’1”, 180-pound forward Jaiden Laporte from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Leaf GM Lance Morey said Laporte became available after being a late cut from the Northern Alberta squad.“Jaiden is a power forward who processes a big league shot,” Morey said about the new acquisition.“I think it adds another dimension to help our offensive output.”“Adding another big body up front just adds to an already strong forward group that is becoming very tough to play against,” Morey added.The Leafs travel to Creston Saturday for the fourth meeting of the season against a team from the Eddie Mountain Division.Next week the Leafs conclude the three-game road trip against the Border Bruins in Grand Forks before returning to the NDCC Arena to face Creston Saturday, September 30.Lack of finish around the net proves costly early in the season
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ben Berkley is a Michigan alum, and a “Chad Henne fanatic” according to his Twitter bio. His new fiance Alex Jackson is a Wolverine fan as well. The pair got engaged last night in Los Angeles, and Berkley was anxious to share the good news with the Harbaugh clan on Twitter. He even wants Jim Harbaugh to officiate his wedding ceremony. @JayHarbaugh @CoachJim4UM I proposed last night with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind #goblue #harbaughofficiates pic.twitter.com/8K9WOfkDyZ— BB (@b_berk) June 17, [email protected] can we get @CoachJim4UM to officiate haha. We’ll have a Southern California satellite camp that weekend!— BB (@b_berk) June 17, 2015We fully support this idea, and hope Harbaugh at least attends the wedding. Congratulations to Ben and Alex!
Story Highlights “Compared to other parishes, this parish is doing very well…and I want you to take pride in that and keep that crime rate down,” he told residents of the parish. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the parish of St. Thomas for maintaining a low crime rate since the beginning of the year.“Compared to other parishes, this parish is doing very well…and I want you to take pride in that and keep that crime rate down,” he told residents of the parish.The Prime Minister was speaking at a ‘Hope for Jamaica’ Town Hall meeting, held on July 13, at the Goodyear Oval in Morant Bay, St. Thomas. The meeting was organised by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.Mr. Holness pointed out that crime can be kept under control if citizens work together to ensure that the parish remains safe.“Don’t take them (criminals) into your house and do not take them on as new boyfriend and new girlfriend…run them. Make sure that your parish remains safe and secure, because that is going to be one of the greatest attractions for investors to come here,” the Prime Minister said.Mr. Holness outlined initiatives that will be undertaken to move the parish forward, including plans to transform the parish into a tourist attraction.“Already, we have two serious prospects who want to develop a tourism resort in St. Thomas,” he said.The Prime Minister also cited plans to repair the roads leading to St. Thomas, as this will be integral in the development of the tourism industry in the parish.“The first thing that we have to do in driving the growth and development of your parish is to focus on the cliché term – the road to development starts with a road,” he said.The meeting was the second in a series to be held across Jamaica. The next parish to be visited by the Prime Minister will be Trelawny in August. Mr. Holness pointed out that crime can be kept under control if citizens work together to ensure that the parish remains safe. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the parish of St. Thomas for maintaining a low crime rate since the beginning of the year.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is providing additional resources to train more persons for job opportunities in the rapidly expanding business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. Story Highlights “The Government of Jamaica stands in support of the BPO (sector), and we will make the necessary investments to ensure that there is the flow of human resources to support the continued development and expansion of that industry,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is providing additional resources to train more persons for job opportunities in the rapidly expanding business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.“The Government of Jamaica stands in support of the BPO (sector), and we will make the necessary investments to ensure that there is the flow of human resources to support the continued development and expansion of that industry,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at the official launch of KPMG in Jamaica’s nearshore knowledge outsourcing facility – KPMG Jamaica Extended Support Services (K-JESS) – at Harbour Street in downtown Kingston on Tuesday (November 13).Mr. Holness said he is of the opinion that the BPO industry, which now directly employs 30,000 persons locally, has the potential to employ “10 times that” with good quality jobs.“The BPO industry can create good quality… high-paying jobs. It can create career opportunities – jobs with a long life cycle where you can start at one level and spend your lifetime in it, ending at a significantly higher level where a career path is established,” he said.It is in recognition of this potential that the Government has been preparing the workforce to take up lucrative job opportunities in the sector though training under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme, and the Heart Trust/NTA.The Prime Minister said he is cognisant that the industry will continue to evolve, and, as such, the Government will be investing in the higher-order services “to ensure that Jamaica continues to be an attractive destination for BPO services”.In the meantime, Mr. Holness praised the local arm of KPMG on the investment the company is making in the knowledge outsourcing sector, noting that the Government is seeking to invest in and expand this industry.“The level of analytical work that is required by your shared support service centre requires high-level trained staff to do your accounting work, to do your research work, to do your data analytics.That is what we want to train our human resources here to do, and that is the investment that the Government of Jamaica is willing to make,” he said.KPMG in Jamaica, which is a member firm of KPMG International, provides audit, tax advisory and outsourcing services from two offices in Kingston and Montego Bay. It employs over 475 professionals.K-JESS, which is Jamaica’s new knowledge outsourcing service, is projected to initially employ an additional 175 persons, which is expected to grow to around 250 individuals.