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Huge sadness at passing of much-loved Fanad woman Aine Friel

first_imgA cloud of immense sadness has fallen on the Fanad community following the passing of Áine Friel. Ms Aine Friel, RIPMs Friel, who was an inspirational and popular local woman, died on Sunday at the age of 28.She passed away peacefully at Letterkenny University Hospital. Ms Friel had countless friends in her local area and beyond, as her positivity and passion touched the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.Born with brittle bone disease, Ms Friel was passionate about promoting equal rights for people with disabilities. She lived independently in Fanad and was also a keen ambassador for the area through her beautiful photography.She was well-known for her bright smile, her upbeat spirit, her advocacy and, of course, her style.She is predeceased by her parents Emmanuel and Margaret and her sister Shiela. Her funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, 3rd April in her home parish.Áine’s remains will repose at her home at Cashelprehan, Portsalon from 6pm on Monday evening (1st April).Removal on Wednesday (3rd April) at 10.30am going to St. Columba’s Church, Massmount, for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining graveyard. Rosary each night at 9pm.A memorial bench is being arranged for the Friel family. Donations in lieu of flowers will go towards the placement of this bench c/o Annette Curran or Mc Ateer Funeral Directors.Huge sadness at passing of much-loved Fanad woman Aine Friel was last modified: April 3rd, 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:Aine FrielFanadRIPlast_img read more

South Africa moves to stabilise mining

first_img18 June 2013 Key players in South African mining, during a meeting chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in Pretoria at the weekend, agreed on a draft plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of the sector. In terms of the draft plan, the parties agreed to speed up transformation in the mining sector to ensure that ordinary workers see real change, with the government committed to speed up the process of upgrading human settlements in mining towns and improving infrastructure to support growth in the sector. Mining management committed to managing miners’ issues more constructively, to take measures to protect staff members from violence and intimidation, and to develop protocols for security and law enforcement. And labour committed to manage workplace conflicts by identifying and dealing with root causes, while also educating workers on labour relations and the bargaining process. The meeting was convened amid heighted tensions between rival mining unions with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) over bargaining rights at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg, where 44 people died during labour unrest last year. The government has committed to increasing police visibility after two fatal shootings involving mineworkers were reported in the area recently. After the Marikana tragedy, President Jacob Zuma appointed a judicial commission of inquiry, currently under way in Pretoria, to probe the circumstances that led to the deaths. “The parties recognise that the mining industry is central to South Africa’s economy, job creation as well as the need to strengthening the mining sector in these difficult global conditions,” Motlanthe told reporters after the meeting. With the annual wage talks looming, Montlanthe said that, for the next two weeks, the parties would engage in a consultative process to determine how best to avert potential conflicts. Motlanthe said there was broad commitment from all parties to achieve industrial peace and ensure that the mining sector continued to play a central role in South Africa’s economy. “All parties will work jointly to identify sustainable support measures required by the sector. Government will ensure that legislative and regulatory programmes provide stability and certainty for the industry,” Motlanthe said. The government would undertake an assessment of economic and social conditions in the mines and would take steps to prevent the abuse of workers by unscrupulous micro lenders, including reviewing regulations on garnishee orders. In the draft framework agreement agreed to on Friday, the parties acknowledge that the rule of law has been lacking in the mining industry, leading to some of the conflict which they all said could have been avoided. “The parties commit to restore industrial peace and that where there are disputes, those disputes are resolved through engagement, and with the support of government,” Motlanthe said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Dallas Green Building Law Takes Effect

first_imgBuilders in Dallas, Texas, are now required to meet one of several green-building standards for all residential and commercial projects.Under terms of a resolution adopted in 2008, the requirement was completely implemented on Oct. 1, 2013. Builders on residential projects will have to meet the minimum requirements of LEED for Homes, GreenBuilt Texas, or the National Green Building Standard. Water use must be reduced by 20%.Alternatively, according to a summary posted online by the city, builders will have to meet a number or prescriptive requirements for energy and water efficiency, storm water management, indoor air quality, and heat island mitigation.According to a post at the Environmental News Network, Dallas is one of the first major U.S. cities to implement a comprehensive green building requirement for both residential and commercial building.But Dallas is by no means alone. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says there are 275 cities, counties, tribes, and states that have adopted their own building codes or programs to enhance environmental or health standards. The agency lists a sampling of them at its web site.last_img read more

Bucks storm back from 20 down to frustrate Heat

first_imgKemba Walker carries Hornets past Wizards in NBA playoff push LATEST STORIES Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and finished an assist shy of a triple-double, and the Bucks tied a franchise record for second-half comebacks on the way to beating the Miami Heat 113-98 on Friday night.“It doesn’t matter if you’re down 20, 15, 10,” said Antetokounmpo, who also had 16 rebounds and nine assists. “We’re going to keep playing hard. It’s a process. You’ve got to win games like this. You’ve got to face adversity when you’re playing on the road. In the playoffs, it’s not going to be easy. We want to be a great team and that’s why we keep playing hard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Bucks were 1-100 all-time — 0-77 on the road — when trailing by 20 or more at the half. They trailed 72-52 at the half against the New York Knicks on Feb. 18, 1977, and won 124-123.On Friday, it was Heat 62, Bucks 42 at the half. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag 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 View comments Google Philippines names new country director Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants The Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon in the first quarter to a sore right heel. Brogdon was 0 for 3 in 6 1/2 minutes.The rally from 23 down was the Bucks’ biggest of the season, one better than what they did against Chicago on Nov 16. It was only the fifth game all season where the Bucks trailed by 20 or more, and they’re now 2-3 in those games.The Heat came out flying, leading 25-8 before any of the starters came out for their first rest of the night. The biggest lead was 37-14 with a minute to go in the opening quarter, and the Bucks pared that down to 13 on three occasions in the second quarter. Miami wound up closing the half on a 10-3 spurt to push the lead back to 20.It all changed — and fast.The Bucks made as many 3-pointers in the third quarter — five — as the Heat made field goals. Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova each had 10 points in the quarter, Miami shot 5 for 20 and got outrebounded 16-8, and the lead was down to one going into the fourth.The lead didn’t last long, and Milwaukee kept pulling away.“Sometimes you’re going to miss open shots,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Sometimes you’re going to miss free throws. Sometimes there are going to be turnovers. Sometimes there are going to be things you don’t agree with the officiating. All of that in the second half really distracted us and they really took advantage of that.”TIP-INSBucks: Middleton also had eight assists. … George Hill returned after a nine-game absence with an adductor strain. He played seven scoreless minutes.Heat: It was the fourth time in franchise history that Miami lost when leading by 20 or more at the half. The Heat had been 51-0 all-time at home and 71-3 all-time overall with that big a lead at the break. … Miami signed guard Charles Cooke to a 10-day contract before the game. Cooke has been with the team’s G League affiliate in Sioux Falls. CLOSING INBucks center Brook Lopez was 0 for 1 from 3-point range. He’s now up to 436 3s attempted in the 2018-19 campaign, three shy of matching Channing Frye’s mark for the most ever by a 7-footer in a season. Frye tried 439 in 2010-11.ONLY ONEMiami was bidding to become the second team this season to beat Milwaukee twice. Only Phoenix has managed to do that so far in 2018-19.UP NEXTBucks: Host Philadelphia on Sunday.Heat: Host Charlotte on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting From there, Bucks 71, Heat 36. Milwaukee also became the first team in NBA history to trail by at least 20 at the break and wind up winning by at least 15 points.“We lost our energy in the second half,” said Justise Winslow, who led Miami with 20 points — all in the first half. The Heat’s lead over Orlando and Charlotte for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference was trimmed to just one game.Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, Josh Richardson scored 11 points and Dwyane Wade was one of four players with 10 for Miami. Wade bruised his right hip on a hard fall late in the third quarter.Khris Middleton scored 21 and Eric Bledsoe had 17 for the NBA-best Bucks, who improved to 52-17. Antetokounmpo was in total control of the second half, grabbing an offensive rebound with 2:40 left and throwing a no-look, behind-the-head pass to Bledsoe for a layup and a 110-92 lead. Most fans didn’t see it — they were long gone by then.“To do what we did in the second half, I’m just pleased with the guys the way they were able to flip it,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Our defense fuels our offense. We want that to be our identity.”ADVERTISEMENT Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, blocks a shot by Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Miami. The Bucks defeated the Heat 113-98. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI— There was no yelling and screaming in the Milwaukee locker room at halftime. A little bit of film got reviewed, a couple adjustments got discussed, and the Bucks believed a 20-point deficit could be overcome.They were right.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Stars Sign Up For Annual St Jude Thanks And Giving Campaign

first_imgJennifer Aniston, Robin Williams, Sofia Vergara, Shaun White, Michael Strahan and Luis Fonsi join Marlo Thomas in leading a star-studded roster of celebrities lending their time and talents in support of the 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.St. Jude Thanks and Giving celebrity supporter Jennifer Aniston smiles alongside St. Jude patient CashSt. Jude Thanks and Giving is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media and 60 of the nation’s leading brands and companies that asks consumers to donate while they shop this holiday season and join St. Jude in finding cures and saving children. National television spots and movie theatre trailers featuring the stars alongside St. Jude patients will debut Thanksgiving week and continue running through the end of the year.This year, a new slate of exclusive online videos starring Darius Rucker, Leslie Grace, Raúl Gonzalez, Pamela Silva Conde and Daisy Fuentes have been created for the campaign. Fans from around the world will be able to view these spots from their tablets and smart phone devices across various social media and popular websites.“Every year I get the opportunity to meet extraordinary children from St. Jude and be a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Jennifer Aniston. “The research at St. Jude is shared across the country and helps so many families. This is my 8th year working with St. Jude and it is so rewarding to be a part of the team that helps save children’s lives.”In addition to the national television and online spots, St. Jude celebrity friends Sabrina Soto, Jennette McCurdy and Olivia Holt have created and designed special gifts that will be for sale during the holiday season on giftshop.stjude.org with 100 percent of profits going back to the hospital.“It’s an honor to be a part of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital family,” said Robin Williams. “This year I appeared with Darcy in one of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving television spots. Darcy and children like her from communities across America benefit from the lifesaving research and treatment being done every day at St. Jude. It means a lot to me to be involved.”“It’s a privilege to be a part of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign,” added Sofia Vergara. “As a mother and a cancer survivor, I can’t think of anything more important than helping to support the lifesaving work being done every day at St. Jude which is helping saves the lives of children around the world. I hope everyone will join me and support St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer.”Created in 2004 by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas – children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $387 million thanks to tremendous public support.“My father, Danny Thomas, founded St. Jude with big dreams and it was in that light that we created the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign ten years ago,” said Marlo Thomas. “Since the beginning, we have been blessed to have the support from our wonderful family of celebrities. It warms my heart that year after year, they lend their time, talent and generous spirit to help St. Jude raise the funds that allow us to continue our mission of finding cures and saving children’s lives.”The national television spots will air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. In addition, celebrities will be featured in a 60-second movie trailer that will appear in theatres nationwide – including Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and many others – as well as on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut at stjude.org in late November.The campaign receives additional support from celebrity friends Cedric the Entertainer, Lily Aldridge, Mark Steines, Mike Wolfe, Peyton List, Prince Royce, Maná, Banda El Recodo, Carlos Vives, Chino y Nacho, Danna Garcia, Luis Enrique, Natalia Jimenez, Candela Ferroin and Toby Love the form of radio spots, social media support, participation in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. and more.Throughout the months of November and December, consumers shopping where the St. Jude logo is displayed can make a donation at checkout or purchase specialty items that benefit St. Jude. Those wanting to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude are also invited to donate online at stjude.org or by phone at 800-4STJUDE.last_img read more