Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president, Mike Fennell says plans for the nation’s Olympic camp at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5-25 are going smoothly, as the JOA have already acquired a base for the camp, which will commence on July 24. The JOA boss told The Gleaner they will be holding two camps, one for athletes and another for the swimmers. But while the track and field representatives will use a Rio de Janeiro Naval Base (CEFAN), which is a physical education centre of the navy and the training site of several civil and military sports, swimmer, Alia Atkinson and diver Yona Knight-Wisdom, will decide on a location of their choice. “We have done a series of consultations with the coaches and officials from the JAAA and we have agreed on a camp at the naval base in Rio for athletics. We are also making another camp for the swimming people, Alia Atkinson and diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom, at a separate venue of their choice for pre-Olympic camp and both camps they commence on or about the 24th of July,” he said. However, pre-Olympic accommodations for the nation’s representatives in other sporting disciplines will be delayed until qualifications for these non-traditional sports have been secured. “When we know who have qualified we will make preparations for the final preparation, we won’t know fully until we sign off the qualification,” he said. “We know that as far as track and field is concern we have to wait until the trials are held at the end of June and we know the composition of who is going after the JAAA have make their selection. We have one swimmer and one diver, who have already qualify, we are hoping more will qualify because we have a number of other swimmers who are close to the qualifying standard and we are hoping for more of that. “We also have the fantastic news of a gymnast (Toni Ann Williams) qualifying and that was really tremendous. Unfortunately we didn’t make it in fencing but we are still awaiting the cyclist (Marloe Rodman) and he is pretty close to qualifying and we hope he reaches the standard, plus there is also a chance for a boxer. But we won’t know all of this until all the qualifying events have taken place,” he insisted.
Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Manchester City wrapped up the title on Sunday when Manchester United, the nearest challenger, surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion. City leads by 16 points with five games still to play.A side meticulously molded and prepared by Pep Guardiola won a record 18 straight Premier League games from August to late December, and they’ve put up plenty more impressive numbers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEighty-seven points, 93 goals, a goal difference of plus 68, 28 wins from 33 games. The current lead of 16 points is one of the biggest in the league’s history.Guardiola didn’t win a trophy in his first season at City. His reaction? To spend 200 million pounds ($260 million) of the club’s Abu Dhabi owners’ riches in the offseason, upgrade and tweak the weakest parts of the team, and deliver arguably the most stunning brand of football ever seen in English soccer. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC One performance, in a 7-2 win over Stoke in October, stands out. In that game, De Bruyne set up one goal with no-look pass to Leroy Sane, before supplying the winger for another goal with a diagonal through ball that sliced through four defenders.De Bruyne’s new role also got the best out of central midfield partner David Silva, who has played just ahead of De Bruyne and been given license to go forward more.The use of two central-midfield playmakers is new to English soccer — and has produced handsome results.WINNING STREAKWhen City beat Swansea 4-0 on Dec. 13, the team established an English top-flight record of 15 straight victories — surpassing the 14-match winning streaks of Arsenal (2002), Preston (1951), and both Manchester United and Bristol City in 1905.City would go on to win three more games before drawing 0-0 at Crystal Palace on Dec. 31, ending the winning run at 18.City was undefeated at that stage, raising the prospect of going through the season unbeaten like Arsenal’s Premier League “Invincibles” of 2003-04. A 4-3 loss at Liverpool on Jan. 14 put paid to that, but the league title was virtually wrapped up already.LATE GOALSThat winning run started with Raheem Sterling’s goal in the seventh minute of injury time in a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth on Aug. 26. It wouldn’t be the last decisive late intervention by the winger.He scored an 84th-minute winner against Huddersfield on Nov. 26, a 96th-minute winner against Southampton three days later, before David Silva grabbed an 83rd-minute winner against West Ham four days after that. All three games finished 2-1, and it revived memories of the winning goals scored in so-called “Fergie Time” by Manchester United’s trophy-winning teams under Alex Ferguson. View comments City, it seemed, wasn’t just playing the best football in the division, but had more resilience and fortune than any other team, too.KEY WINSAlong the way, some notable performances established a champion-in-waiting aura around City.The first was a dominant 1-0 victory at Chelsea on Sept. 30, when the defending champion was played off the field at Stamford Bridge. Two weeks later, that 7-2 win over Stoke featured some imperious attacking play.Then there was the 2-1 win at Manchester United on Dec.10, featuring scrappy goals at set pieces from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, that left City 11 points clear of its neighbor. With not even half the season gone, United manager Jose Mourinho said his team’s title hopes were “probably” over.Back-to-back wins across 72 hours in early March — 3-0 at Arsenal and 1-0 at home to Chelsea — all but confirmed what everyone had known for weeks: City was going to be champion.It just needed clinching then. A 3-2 home loss to United in the derby denied City the chance to win the league in record time — with six games left — but Guardiola’s team only had to wait another week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola applauds the fans as he walks from the pitch after the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)MANCHESTER, England — What do you get when you combine the world’s most coveted coach, financial backers with bottomless pockets, and the most talented group of players in the country?Answer: One of the most ruthless, convincing title triumphs in the 26-year history of the English Premier League.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Here’s a look at how Guardiola achieved the turnaround:MOMENTUMThe blueprint for this season’s record-breaking success was laid in the second half of last season, when Pep Guardiola found his formula.Largely sticking to a 4-3-3 formation with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling as wingers, Guardiola dispensed completely with his occasional use of a three-man defense. City lost just two of its last 24 games in all competitions from the middle of January last year, providing momentum to take into the 2017-18 campaign.Throw in some key summer signings and some tactical tinkering, and City has proved to be unstoppable.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ SIGNINGSFull backs were City’s offseason priority — 30-somethings Gael Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta all departed over the summer — and the club spent 120 million pounds ($155 million) to bring in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo.Pep Guardiola places huge significance on the impact of full backs in terms of his team’s attacking game plan, needing them to act as both wingers and defenders.Mendy got injured in September so his impact has been negligible while Danilo has been little more than a backup. It’s Walker’s presence that has added a new dimension to City, his raids up the right wing allowing Raheem Sterling to come inside more and give the team greater numbers in the box to convert chances.It’s no surprise that Sterling has had the most prolific season of his career, scoring 22 goals in all competitions so far.Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes joined for $45 million from Benfica and has been a huge upgrade from Claudio Bravo with his shot-stopping and pinpoint long passing with a booming left foot.Bernardo Silva, signed for $55 million from Monaco, has slowly developed into a key squad player, providing cover for Sterling and Leroy Sane.TWO PLAYMAKERSIt’s a minor tactical switch that has had a major impact.Pep Guardiola’s decision to deploy Kevin De Bruyne in a deeper central-midfield role has allowed the Belgian to demonstrate his all-round skills, notably his vision, work rate and reading of the game. He’s been able to keep up his regular supply of assists, too, setting up 16 goals, with passes and through balls that are beyond many of his peers. Alapag, Alab looking to finish strong after overcoming poor start
Dear Editor,Please permit me to make a comment on the recent Court of Appeal ruling with regards to the Validity of the no-confidence motion. I make no claim to be an attorney- at-law or an expert on constitutional law. However, based on my schooling on the general principles of English and European Law as a certified Paralegal and Certified Legal Secretary, I do have a limited understanding of the interpretation of law.Having listened attentively to the rulings of the judges that allowed the appeal, one can only conclude that in arriving at their decisions two things occurred: (a) the law was cast aside and a mathematical calculation became the basis for their decisions. (b) Words that do not appear in the Constitution were inserted to arrive at a particular outcome.Judges make good and bad decisions all the time; hence the reason for appeal to a higher Court. In the meantime, we must respect the judges and abide by the majority decision until the pronouncement of the final court of appeal that the vote of no confidence motion was not properly passed by a majority i.e. 33 votes. This case has now been filed with the CCJ, Guyana’s final court of appeal.Over a period of time, a number of generally recognised rules or cannons of interpretation have evolved by judges. Some of the most important ones are now mentioned, so that it may be determined as to whether the rules were given consideration in the recent Court of Appeal ruling.The Mischief ruleUnder this rule, the judge will look at the Act to see what its purpose was, and what mischief in the common law it was designed to prevent. (Heydon’s case 1583). Broadly speaking, this rule means that where a statute has been passed to remedy a weakness in the law, the interpretation which will correct that weakness is the one that will be adopted. The big question is whether there is any weakness in the situation that 33 is not the majority of 65. Our parliament is made up of 65 seats, which is an off-number.The Literal ruleAccording to this rule, the working of the Act must be construed according to its literal and grammatical meaning, regardless of the result. It is therefore improper to include into the statute words that are not there in order to arrive at a particular outcome. Where the statute speaks of ‘majority’, it is highly improper to insert the prefix ‘simple’ and/or ‘absolute’. The same words of the statute must normally be construed throughout the Act in the same sense.The Golden ruleThis can be seen as an extension of the Literal rule. Under this rule, the words of a statute will, as far as possible, be construed according to their plain, ordinary and natural meaning, unless this leads to an absurd result. It is used by the courts where a statutory provision is capable of more than one literal meaning. This will cause a judge to select one which avoids any absurdity.Expressio unius est exclusion alterius (The expression of one thing implies the exclusion of another)Under this rule, where specific words are used and are not followed by general words, the Act applies only to the instances mentioned.In addition to the major rules of interpretation, there are also several considerations which a judge will have in mind. The judge will concern himself/herself only with the wordings of the Act. He/she will not go to Hansard to look up reports of the debates during the passage of the Act.In the handing down of a decision, a judge can make reference to a number of comments/situations and things in the “Obita”; however, the decision must be based on a legal principle. Obita dicta are things said in passing, and they do not have any binding force, but can be of a persuasive nature. The reason that Obita dicta are merely persuasive is because the prerogative of a judge in not to make the law by formulating and declaring it (that is for the legislature), but to make the law by applying it to cases coming before the court.If the division of people and then rounding then up to whole persons within an odd number Parliament in Guyana can be upheld at the CCJ, then the law is indeed an ass.Sincerely,Pandit ChrishnaPersaud
…temporary measures being sought – CEO…normal power supply by mid-DecemberAs the Cinderella County continues to experience frequent load shedding and blackouts, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL), Albert Gordon, has said that every effort is being made by his technical team to address the situation, which he described as unfortunate.However, the GPL head told Guyana Times on Tuesday that a permanent solution to the issue may take until December, as the company is now in the process of acquiring new units to replace those that are currently not in operation due to several reasons. In the meantime, only two units are operating.“We (are) actually in the process of getting new plants to replace these, which are medium scale diesel that are more suited for (this) operation. But that is not expected until mid-December,” Gordon told this newspaper, while explaining that the GPL has been working around the clock to address the situation.He said, “We have been working with a pretty bad situation, and our team is there on the ground 24/7. We have most of our units down…the Caterpillar units used. A couple of them were rented, and they have been down for mechanical, electrical reasons. This is unfortunate.”Gordon said that based on how the situation was evolving, GPL managed to transfer two units from the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) which provided two megawatts of electricity to the county, but one of the units is not functioning to full capacity.“So we are getting half of a megawatt from it. The second one is testing and brought up to today (Tuesday), and hopefully we will get additional power from that. But most of the units are down, and only two units are operating. One rentalGPL Chief Executive Officer Albert Gordonproviding 1.4 (megawatts) and the .5 (megawatts) which we brought from Canefield.”The GPL CEO said the team is also working to repair the other units, and hopefully by Thursday there could be some significant improvements.“I don’t want to overpromise, but we are working to see what we can do. The total capacity now is only at 2 megawatts, and the average demand is over 4 megawatts, peaking at 4.8; we have to intermingle things and load shedding. A very unsatisfactory situation,” he said.The power company, he said, has catered for a worst-case scenario, but once the initial plans are in place, “this situation like this is not likely to recur. This is not going to happen again.”Gordon said he would visit the county later this week, but in the meantime, a senior team along with the public relations team are on the ground. They are also working closely with Macorp to bring some normalcy to electricity supply.ProtestMeanwhile, several residents held a peaceful protest outside of GPL’s Essequibo office at Anna Regina, demanding answers from the company.The residents held up placards detailing those concerns. Some said the frequent blackouts are affecting their businesses, while other complained that fuel is not a cheap commodity, and they cannot continue to purchase this to get electricity.On the other hand, Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) Vice Chairman and Regional Chairman acting, Nandranie Coonjah, said she cannot find a word to express her feelings as the Region continues to suffer from a total shutdown from the power company’s GPL Anna Regina office.She expressed full support for the protesting residents, and called on Government to immediately intervene and bring some relief to the affected residents, especially those in the business sector.She said she had written Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson to organise and convene an extraordinary meeting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to be held on Tuesday, but he denied that request and instead said the RDC Boardroom was being used to facilitate a workshop.The acting Regional Chairman said she was disappointed with the REO’s response, especially given the urgency of the meeting of the RDC to deal with matters of immediate public interest of the region. She said the meeting could have gone on, and stressed that the region’s business must take priority.A high level team from GPL is expected to have a special meeting with Councillors of the RDC, to brief them on the many issues facing GPL Anna Regina and give some answers to residents. On the agenda to be discussed are: GPL Anna Regina, Guyana Water Authority, Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Co Ltd, National Insurance Scheme, and Transport and Harbours Department.Also invited to attend this special sitting of the RDC are all Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of all NDCs, the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce, the Private Sector, and heads of other service providers.Coonjah told this newspaper that someone has already been contracted to prepare the site for the new generators. All works are expected to be completed for November.
John Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Rory McIlroy looks a good bet for US PGA Championship glory after returning to the top of the world rankings by winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.He also looks ahead to England’s fourth Test against India, claiming Alastair Cook could be worth a shot at 5/1 to end his long wait for a century, and reveals Manchester United are gaining support to win the Premier League title after a positive pre-season under Louis van Gaal.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
A DONEGAL man who terrorised an ex-girlfriend in her home during a night of terror has had his prison sentence cut from five years to two years.Kevin Ginty (47), formerly of St Columba’s Terrace, Letterkenny had pleaded guilty to burglary at the home of a woman he had been in a two year relationship with on April 4 2010.He was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court on July 22 last year. During that hearing the victim said that a part of her did not survive that night, and everything in her life now revolves around the fact that she was attacked.She said she has since moved house and has installed personal alarms, telling the court that this incident has prevented her from moving on with her life. “To me I am no longer living”, she said, “I survive”.In finding that the offence could be met by a sentence of two years imprisonment, Mr Justice George Birmingham said insufficient regard was paid to Ginty’s lack of previous convictions.Mr Justice Birmingham said Ginty had been in a romantic relationship with the injured party for some two-and-a-half years. The evening before the offence took place, Ginty had called to the lady’s home and had been told quite firmly by her that the relationship was very definitely over.The following evening she returned home from a “girls night out” in a taxi at 2:30am, Mr Justice Birmingham said. Very soon after entering her home she noticed a shadow passing the sitting room window. The shadow had been made by Ginty, Mr Justice Birmingham said.He said Ginty had knocked on the door and when he couldn’t gain entry into the house he climbed into her home through the sitting room window.As the woman was making her way to a neighbour’s house her phone rang and during that call her phone went dead because Ginty had come up behind her, put his arm around her and proceeded to drag her back into the house, the judge said.The judge said he banged her head against the bottom step as he dragged her up the stairs. Her phone rang again and on this occasion, Ginty answered the phone, putting on a woman’s voice to say she wasn’t there and had gone to a disco.Eventually this very unpleasant incident came to an end, the judge said and when Ginty departed the woman rang the gardaí once more.Mr Justice Birmingham said Ginty was a chiropractor and not only had he no previous convictions but he was very well thought of in his locality and native county.The incident had had a significant impact on the injured party, the judge said. She moved home and such was her loss of personal security she carries a personal security alarm around with her on all occasions.Mr Justice Birmingham said the case took an “unusual route” to the Central Criminal Court because another charge ultimately did not proceed.It was asserted without statistical evidence, Mr Justice Birmingham said, that if the case was dealt with in Donegal it might have been disposed of “non-custodially”.The Court of Appeal took the view that it was a serious offence involving violation of the dwelling. It involved an act of violence directed against a female in her own home.Mr Justice Birmingham, who sat with Mr Justice Alan Mahon and Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan said any suggestion that violence in a domestic or quasi-domestic context was less serious “should be squashed here and now”.The court took the view that Ginty’s sentence was out of line with sentences typically imposed in cases of this nature. Ultimately this was dealt with as a burglary in the course of which an assault was committed by somebody appearing before the courts for the first time.Mr Justice Birmingham said the offence could have been met with a sentence of two years imprisonment and “that is the sentence that will now be imposed”. It was backdated to the date of his conviction, July 15 2013.CRAZED DONEGAL MAN WHO TERRORISED EX-GIRLFRIEND IN HER HOME HAS PRISON SENTENCE CUT BY 3 YEARS was last modified: December 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglardonegalgirlfriendKevin Gintyletterkennynutterterror
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURES Thursday 13th August 2015Brian Mc Cormick Cup K.O. 7.30 p.m.Lagan Harps v Drumoghill F.C.Sunday 16th August 2015 Brian Mc Cormick Cup K.O. 2 p.m. ( Unless Stated )Kildrum Tigers v Convoy ArsenalCurragh Athletic v Raphoe TownBallybofey United v Lifford CelticDeele Harps v Castlefin CelticWhitestrand United v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Kilmacrennan Celtic v Bonagee UnitedMilford United v Rathmullan CelticGweedore Celtic v Cranford UnitedGlenea United v Glenree UnitedDunkineely Celtic v St. CatherinesCopany Rovers v Cappry RoversDonegal Town v Erne WanderersEany Celtic v Letterbarrow CelticSOCCER: DONEGAL LEAGUE RELEASE FIXTURES FOR NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: August 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Leaguefixtures
An Irish water application formed is burned at the protest march today. Pic by Donegal Daily.A massive crowd of more than 7,000 people has turned out in Letterkenny to send a message to Government that locals will not pay the water charges.The huge crowd marched from the Port Roundabout to Market Square where speaker after speaker sent a message back to Dail Eireann and Irish Water.The huge crowd, which included families and many children, was one of the biggest protest marches in living memory. Part of the massive crowd of more than 7,000 at Market Square in Letterkenny. Pic by Donegal Daily.Other rallies took place across Donegal in both Lifford where more than 1,000 people turned up while in Ballyshannon a large crowd of more than 3,000 people turned out.A number of people brought forward their Irish Water Registration forms which were burnt in a barbeque to cheers from the crowd.People carried banners including one which read ‘Irish Water Can Fliuch Off.’Through the march the crowd chanted slogans including ‘From the rivers to the sea, Irish water will be free.’ A number of speakers addressed the crowd including TDs Thomas Pringle (IND) and Padraig Mac Lochalinn (SF).The huge crowd walks up Letterkenny’s Port Road. PIc by North West News Pics.Deputy Pringle received a huge response when he told the crowd “I have a message for the Government – shove your water taxes back where they came from.”Deputy Mac Lochlainn said Irish politicians in Brussels had become too used to drinking wine and eating cheese to remember that Irishness was about being part of a community and being decent.Other speakers included Charlie McDyer from the Can’t Pay Won’t Pay Group, Martin Mooney from Letterkenny Against Water Charges, Eoin Curran form the Cloughnaeely Anti-Water Charges group, Corinna McCallig from Donegal Says No and Joe Murphy from Donegal Action Against Austerity.A number of other politicians and county councillors including Deputy Pearse Doherty, Deputy Charlie McConalogue, Cllr Marie-Therese Gallagher, Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Mayor of Donegal Cllr John Campbell, Cllr Paul Canning, Cllr Martin McDermott, Cllr Frank McBrearty, Cllr Gary Doherty, Cllr Jack Murray, Cllr James Pat McDaid and Cllr John McLaughlin were also present. One interested spectator was Sinn Fein’s John Downey who sparked a huge political storm when he was arrested but released for questioning in relation to the Hyde Park Bombing.MORE THAN 7,000 PEOPLE TURN UP AT DONEGAL WATER PROTEST MARCH was last modified: November 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGardaiGovernmentletterkennyprotestwater charges
New research suggests nearly three in four Irish drivers (74%) do not feel confident when driving in poor weather conditions. Those surveyed by Liberty Insurance say that they do not feel that Irish roads were equipped to deal with weather conditions such as ice, snow, strong winds and fog.Overall only 15% of drivers feel adequately prepared to drive in inclement weather following the successful completion of their driving test. Conducted by RED C Research among 724 drivers, the survey found that ice on the roads and snow have the strongest negative impact on confidence amongst drivers; less than half (43%) of all drivers are confident driving in snow, while just over a third (35%) feel confident operating their vehicle with ice on the roads.The research found confidence levels when driving in such conditions to be lowest amongst young drivers, females and those living in Munster.Young and recently qualified drivers are most nervous when driving in adverse weather conditions. 80% of drivers under the age of 30 are not confident driving in bad weather, and only 15% of newly qualified drivers feel very prepared to drive in inclement weather following the successful completion of their driving test.More than three in five drivers (62%) have felt nervous as a result of driving in bad weather. Overall, drivers in Munster tend to be most nervous, with only 22% of drivers in the region feeling confident when driving in adverse weather. The conditions most frequently cited by motorists in the region include heavy rain, snow and ice. Dublin motorists on the other hand were more concerned by driving in fog.Sunday, 19 November marks World Day of Remembrance 2017 for road traffic victims. In 2016, 187 people were killed on Irish roads, with 96% of all driver deaths occurring on non-motorways and nearly half (47%) of all driver deaths occurring on regional or local roads.Commenting on the research, Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines at Liberty Insurance, said: “Our research reveals that as a country, we currently lack confidence in our driving abilities in adverse weather conditions.“This nervousness in driving in poor weather becomes all the more concerning as we approach December and January, the two months of the year most typically associated with poor driving conditions. As we approach the festive season, we are calling on all drivers to be aware of their surroundings especially in adverse or wintry weather conditions and exercise their best judgement when travelling.”“In terms of road safety education, the Road Safety Authority has made great strides since its foundation, and its achievements are there for all to see.” 3 in 4 motorists do not feel confident driving in poor weather conditions was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:drivingMOTORISTSweatherwinter
Towns and villages in Donegal are set to benefit from €65,000 in Government funding to mark 60th anniversary of TidyTowns, a local TD has said.The funding was announced this week by the Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD.This scheme will allow each local committee to apply for a grant of between €1000 and €4000 to support the work they do. Under the scheme villages are eligible to receive €1,000; small towns are eligible to receive €2,000, large towns are eligible to receive €3,000; and large urban centres are eligible to receive €4,000.Donegal TD Joe McHugh said: “I am delighted to see even more funding going to towns and villages here in Donegal. I have no doubt that the money will be a huge boost to our local communities and will be put to great use.“This funding is an acknowledgment from our Government of the amazing work that has been done by tidy town’s organisations up and down the county for the last 60 years. These organisations have played in integral role in our local communities for decades now.“TidyTowns competition inspires a huge amount of voluntary effort in towns and villages across the country. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who give up their free time to make our communities better places to live. “Being a volunteer with TidyTowns allows individuals to practice their passion for the good of their community, whether that passion concerns the built environment, landscaping, sustainable living, and local wildlife or organising a litter collection; there is a place for it in TidyTowns.“This funding for 45 TidyTowns organisations here in Donegal will not just celebrate the last 60 years, but also help us look towards the future.”Minister Michael Ring said: “This investment is a further sign of the Government’s commitment to supporting our towns and villages. In October I announced €21.6 million in funding under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme which will help revitalise over 280 towns and villages across rural Ireland.“The grant scheme announced today is a once off investment by the Department of Rural and Community Development to mark the 60th anniversary of the TidyTowns competition in 2018 and is additional to the support provided by the Department on an ongoing basis.”How much did your town receive? €65,000 in funding for 45 Donegal towns and villages to mark 60th anniversary of TidyTowns was last modified: November 18th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegaljoe mc hughMinister Michael RingTDtidytowns