Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom addressed the inaugural meeting, of the Service Sector Advisory Committee today, in Dawson Creek. He said the new committee, plus a searchable database of BC service sector companies and, two procurement help offices, in Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson, will ensure, more BC businesses find and secure opportunities, in the oil and gas sector. The committee will consist of industry experts, economic development officers and, service sector business representatives. – Advertisement -The aforementioned database will include, at least 75 percent of all known BC service sector companies, classified as using industry standards.
The advocacy groups said high-interest rate subprime loans harm black and Hispanic homebuyers the most, citing data from 2005 showing that subprime loans represented more than 50 percent of all mortgages taken out by African-American borrowers and 40 percent of Latino borrowers, compared with 19 percent of white borrowers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Civil rights groups called Wednesday for a six-month moratorium on foreclosures resulting from high-risk loans given to people with shaky credit, arguing that lenders should help borrowers refinance their mortgages or face lawsuits. A coalition of advocacy groups said mortgage lenders should immediately halt foreclosures on so-called subprime mortgage loans made at high interest rates to people with weak credit histories. The groups, at a news conference in Washington, D.C., said a predicted wave of foreclosures stems from “reckless and unaffordable loans” for which investors bear some responsibility. They also said lenders, real estate agents and investors who bought subprime loans could face lawsuits under a federal law prohibiting housing discrimination. Lenders, they said, should help homeowners affected by the problems in the high-risk mortgage market by allowing them to refinance their mortgages into conventional 30-year mortgages with a fixed interest rate. “We know that there are safe and affordable loans that meet the needs of our communities,” said Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights group. “We are calling on them to match families to the sustainable loans that they should have gotten in the first place. … There are homes of families that can be salvaged.” The mortgage industry said lenders are already working to help distressed borrowers. John Robbins, chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association, said many lenders are setting up payment plans to help avoid foreclosures among borrowers, many of whom have a hard time qualifying for refinancing. “They are trapped and we are doing everything we can to help them, including looking at new products designed to help troubled borrowers,” Robbins said in a prepared statement. James Ballentine, director of housing and economic development at the American Bankers Association, said the call for a six-month moratorium is an “overreaction” to problems in the mortgage market. There are many reasons borrowers default – including medical bills and the loss of a jobs – that don’t necessarily mean a lender took advantage of them, Ballentine said.
0Shares0000Sterling lifts his shot over Brad Jones to score the only goal of the game with two minutes remaining on Tuesday eveningMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 21 – Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City secured top spot in Champions League Group F after Raheem Sterling’s late strike snatched a 1-0 win over Feyenoord on Tuesday.With City having already booked a place in the last 16, Guardiola shuffled his pack, making seven changes to his starting XI, and he had to wait until the 88th minute for his side to make the breakthrough. Sterling’s strike, after a one-two with Ilkay Gundogan, means City have now won their last 17 games in all competitions, including a victory on penalties over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup.Shakhtar Donetsk’s defeat at Napoli meant City would have topped the group regardless of the result at the Etihad Stadium, but Sterling’s goal maintained their 100 percent record in the competition.The match also gave Guardiola an opportunity to hand a competitive debut to 17-year-old midfielder Phil Foden, star of England’s recent triumph at the Under-17 World Cup, who came on as a late substitute.Having failed to match Napoli’s result, Dutch champions Feyenoord cannot now secure even the consolation of a Europa League berth.Though City controlled possession in the first half, the runaway Premier League leaders had trouble grinding out clear chances.Sergio Aguero sent a tame shot straight at Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones, who also produced an unconvincing parry to fend off a sighter from Sterling.With Eliaquim Mangala deputising for the injured John Stones at the other end, City looked less secure at the back than in recent weeks and the visitors gave them a number of uncomfortable moments.City goalkeeper Ederson atoned for a heavy touch with a last-ditch tackle on Jean-Paul Boethius and rushed out bravely to save from Tonny Vilhena, while Sam Larsson curled narrowly wide.When City did get in behind Feyenoord, Sterling teeing up Bernardo Silva after a left-to-right dart along the edge of the box, the Portuguese could only prod a meek effort into Jones’s gloves.Kevin De Bruyne was booked on the hour for a clumsy trip on Steven Berghuis, ruling him out of City’s trip to Donetsk on December 6.The Belgium midfielder almost put City ahead with a daisy-cutter that skimmed past the left-hand post and both Yaya Toure and Aguero also went close as the second half wore on.But City’s failure to make their territorial dominance count left them vulnerable and Berghuis almost put Feyenoord ahead with a vicious shot that Ederson did well to tip over the bar.Local youngster Foden, born in nearby Stockport, made his entrance in place of Toure with 15 minutes remaining and was roared onto the pitch.It looked like he would have to wait for his first taste of victory in a City shirt, only for Sterling to play a quick wall pass with Gundogan before coolly dinking the ball over the onrushing Jones.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
A Lifford man who was caught with a large baseball bat in his car told Gardai it was for his own protection.Jordan Porter, aged 22, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with a number of offences. He was stopped driving a VW Golf car through Croaghan Heights in Lifford on April 22nd last at 11.40pm.It followed reports of a large fight in the area between a number of youths using baseball bats and other weapons.When stopped Porter was breath-tested and was over the limit and also admitted having no insurance on the vehicle.Gardai found a large black baseball bat in the vehicle and Porter said it was for his own protection as he had been assaulted earlier that night.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was among a group of young men who had come together to purchase the car and that he was not insured to drive it as yet.The court heard that Porter has yet to complete a number of community hours service from another incident.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until July and asked for a Probation Report on Porter.“I will put it back for a while to see how he shapes up,” said Judge Kelly.Man caught with large baseball bat claims it was for his own protection was last modified: May 15th, 2018 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)
Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh)Men’s Competitions:Singles Match Play sponsored by Derryveagh Crystal. Aidan Faulkner is the Singles Match Play Champion for 2016. Aidan overcame Damien McDermott in the final while the defeated semi finalists were Damien Mulhern and Sam Trimble.Junior Golfer of the Year.Congratulations to Joseph Timoney winner of the Junior Golfer of the Year title.Men’s Competition Results: Sunday 11th Sept Sponsored by Donegal Hire & Sell1. Darren Rafferty (5) 35pts bot2. Francis Brogan (7) 35pts bot3. Michael McGroary (13) 35pts bot4. Damien Mulhern (5) 35pts Gross John Meehan (7) 28pts botSunday 4th October Sponsored by The Village Tavern1. Eamonn Cassidy (16) 40pts2. Paddy Woods (16) 40pts 3. Ronan McAleavey (19) 40pts4. Francis Brogan (8) 39ptsGross: Darren Rafferty (5) 32ptsSunday 27th September Sponsored Leslie Robinson; (Murvagh Master)1. Pauric O’Donnell (19) 68Oliver Roche (5) 71Francis Brogan (9) 71Francis McGranaghan (18) 72Gross: Jason Conway (4) 74Murvagh Master – Denis KellyMen’s Intermediate LinksResults – 7th October 2015.Winner J. Gillespie Donegal G.C. (14) 42pts BOT.1st Gross D. Devine Strabane/Donegal (11) 29pts.2nd Nett D. Sweeney Donegal G.C. (16) 42pts.2nd Gross P. Farragher Donegal G.C. (10) 28pts BOT.3rd Nett C. Patton Strabane (18) 40pts.4th Nett B. Silcock Castlehume G.C. (14) 39pts.3rd Gross V. Bradley Donegal G.C. (10) 28pts.1st 9 J. McCaughan B & S. (16) 22pts.2nd 9 R. Nolan Donegal G.C. (18) 21pts.The Next Outing is on the 28th October 2015.Ladies Competitions:The return Ladies Friendly with Narin/Portnoo GC was played on Saturday 19th September. Over 20 ladies travelled to Portnoo and received a wonderful welcome there. Once again, the benevolent weather gods worked their magic. The result in Portnoo was very close 178 v 173. The top five scores for Murvagh were Crona O’Reilly 38, Miriam Bennett 36, Maureen McKean 34, Máirin McCartney 33 & Moragh Canney 32. The top cards for Portnoo were 37, 36 & 3 x 35. The Lady Captain in Portnoo, Marie McGovern thanked Moragh Canney for initiating the inaugural Friendly last April and Moragh in turn thanked Marie for cooperating with her in getting it off the ground. Both Lady Captains are confident it will enjoy continued success into the future.Another Friendly between the Donegal Ladies and The ladies from Co Louth Golf Club took place in Murvagh on Thursday 24th September. 12 pairs played for both clubs and Donegal GC were victorious over Baltray in very challenging conditions. Doreen Browne received the trophy on behalf of the ladies from Donegal GC and thanked Rosemary from Baltray for her enthusiasm in driving the event.Ladies Competition Results:20th / 22nd Sept Sponsored by DMG Motors:1. Miriam Bennett (16) 38pts bot2. Ger Breslin (26) 383. Mary Walsh (18) 36pts bot4. Charlotte Caldwell (23) 36ptsFront Nine. Catherine Connolly (18) 21ptsBack Nine. Anne McGlynn (26) 18ptsNine Hole Comp.1. Rosemary Carr (18) 14pts27th / 29th Sept Sponsored by Rosewoods:1. Margaret Trimble (29) 37pts bot2. Catherine Connolly (18)3. Maureen McCormack (20) 35pts4. Charlotte Caldwell (23) 35ptsFront Nine. Mary McGonigle (14) 23ptsBack Nine. Helen O’Shea (14) 17ptsNine Hole Comp.1. Mary N Bonner (22) 17pts bot2. Audrey Johnston (30) 17pts4th / 6th October Sponsored by Eske Pharmacy:1. Dorothy Woods (12) 30pts2. Norma Mullooly (12) 29pts3. Michelle O’Rourke (34) 28ptsFront Nine: Maureen Childs (15) 18ptsNine Hole Comp.1. Betty Kelly (28) 20pts“World Golf Getaways” crew visit MurvaghOn the 24th of Sept, Executive Producer of “Travel Film Productions” Tricia Fusilero, together with Bob Fennell of World Golf Getaways and crew, spent some time filming at Murvagh in preparation for a program on Golf Courses along the Wild Atlantic Way. The programme “World Golf Getaways” is due to air in the US in 2016. The trip was organised by Fáilte Ireland as part of its promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way.GOLF NEWS: JOSEPH TIMONEY WINS MURVAGH JUNIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfSport
Russell Yates said he visits his former wife once a month in prison. He said she belongs in a state hospital, where “the primary emphasis is on care and not security.” The lower court, the First Court of Appeals in Houston, agreed with Yates’ attorney that erroneous testimony from forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz could have swayed jurors who otherwise might have found that Yates was insane. Dietz, who consulted for “Law & Order,” testified that shortly before the killings occurred, an episode ran about a woman who drowned her children and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. But it turned out that no such “Law & Order” episode existed. On June 20, 2001, Yates drowned her five children one by one, then called police to her Houston home and showed them the bodies of Noah, 7, John, 5, Paul, 3, Luke, 2, and 6-month-old Mary. Yates, 41, pleaded insanity, and according to testimony at the trial, she was overwhelmed by motherhood, considered herself a bad mother, suffered postpartum depression, had attempted suicide and had been hospitalized for depression. Five mental health experts testified she did not know right from wrong or that she thought drowning her children was right. Dietz was the only mental health expert to testify for the prosecution and the only one who testified she knew right from wrong. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Andrea Yates knew precisely what she was doing,” Curry said. “She knew that it was wrong.” Yates’ attorney, George Parnham, said although he wants to avoid another trial for his client, he doubts he and prosecutors can reach a plea agreement that addresses Yates’ mental health needs. Yates has been treated for years for severe depression and other disorders that require antipsychotic drugs. “We will examine all possibilities and hopefully arrive at a resolution that could prevent Andrea from going through the torment of being subjected to the evidence of this case. We all know how horrendous it was to hear this evidence,” he said. Russell Yates, who stood by his wife throughout the trial but later divorced her, said she never should have been tried for their children’s deaths. “I think everyone would lose again if they brought her back to trial,” he said. “Although, if she does go back to trial she could be found not guilty by reason of insanity.” HOUSTON – The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that threw out Andrea Yates’ murder convictions for drowning her children in a bathtub in 2001. Harris County Assistant District Attorney Alan Curry said the case will be retried or a plea bargain considered. Jurors rejected Yates’ insanity defense in 2002 and found her guilty of two capital murder charges for the deaths of three of her five children. A lower court ruling in January had thrown out the convictions because of erroneous testimony that prosecutors used to suggest that Yates had gotten the idea for the killings from an episode of the television show “Law & Order.” The episode was found later not to exist. Curry said if the case goes back to trial, he is confident Yates will be convicted again. She was sentenced to life in prison.
WOW! Justin MacLochlainn from the brilliant tourism company Donegal Photographic Tours managed to capture this incredible shot this weekend.It was taken on the North coast of Donegal at Dunaff, Inishowen of the meteor crashing through the atmosphere.“It was the last shot of the night, witnessing the Geminid shower above our heads,” he said. Fancy a night out with the professionals?donegalphototours.com0868982147WOW! JUSTIN’S INCREDIBLE PICTURE OF METEOR SHOWER ABOVE DONEGAL 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:DONEGAL PHOTO TOURSGeminidJustin Mac Lochlainn
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has reportedly been seen by a specialist pulmonologist, who treats respiratory systems. His respiratory problems date back to when he was imprisoned on Robben Island, where he suffered from tuberculosis. (Image: 46664) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zizi Kodwa Special Advisor on Communications The Presidency +27 82 330 4910 • Thabo Masebe The Presidency +27 82 410 8087 • Ndivhuwo Mabaya The Presidency +27 83 645 7838 • Sello Hatang Information communications manager Nelson Mandela Foundation +27 11 547 5600Following a health scare that has gripped the world, former South African President is to be released from hospital to receive medical care at home, it was announced at a news conference on Friday.Speaking at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, where Mandela was admitted for an acute respiratory infection on Wednesday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe thanked well-wishers at home and abroad for their messages of support for the 92-year-old former statesman.Also at the press event, Lieutenant General Vejay Ramlakan, Surgeon-General of the South African National Defence Force, said he is satisfied with Mandela’s recovery. “He will be discharged to receive home-based care at his home.”On Thursday night Motlanthe issued a statement that speculation that Mandela’s health had seriously deteriorated was unfounded and that he was in high spirits.“We wish to confirm that Mr Mandela is in Milpark Hospital undergoing a few specialised tests and investigations,” Motlanthe said. “Given the medical history of our former president, his health over the last few years and his age, these tests are necessary in order to provide optimal health care.”The Nelson Mandela Foundation, which issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon confirming that he had been admitted, issued no further comment on Thursday, leading to speculation that his health had seriously deteriorated.On Thursday, high-profile government officials, politicians, friends and family members were seen going in and out of the hospital.According to some media reports, Mandela has been seen by a specialist pulmonologist, who treats respiratory systems. His respiratory problems date back to when he was on Robben Island, where he suffered from tuberculosis.“Mandela suffers from ailments common to people of his age, and conditions that have developed over the years,” Motlanthe said. “We may recall that he suffered from tuberculosis while on Robben Island and has had previous respiratory infections.”The South African National Defence Force is responsible for the medical requirements and care of the country’s current and retired presidents. Motlanthe said that he had tasked the Defence Force with ensuring that all necessary support was provided to the former president and his family.“I can assure all South Africans and the world that Madiba is in good hands,” he said.On Thursday the presidency urged restraint in the face of growing international media frenzy over Mandela’s health and the horde of journalist camped out at the Milpark Hospital.“We urge the media to afford him the dignity and respect that he is entitled to as the country’s founding democratic president, as a national hero and also as a citizen of the republic,” presidential spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.“The media should balance the quest for stories with acting within the bounds of human decency and ensuring the respect for human dignity. The doctors also need to be allowed to do their work without undue pressure.“President Zuma wishes former President Mandela well and requests that the family be accorded space to support him in privacy and dignity.”
BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday termed the poor showing of the BJP in the recently held student union elections as a “good omen for political transformation”. She added that the people of the country were now making up their minds to show the saffron party bure din (bad days).“The BJP leaders have shown achhe din (good days) to the people of this country by misleading them. Now, the people have made up their minds to show them bure din (bad days),” the former chief minister said in a dig at the BJP’s popular slogan promising better times. In a statement released by the BSP here, Ms. Mayawati said the electoral loss suffered by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ outfit associated with RSS-BJP, in the student union elections in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Guwahati University, Delhi University and Hyderabad Central University was a “good omen for political transformation”.Anti-Dalit activities “The massive loss for ABVP and the grand victory of Alliance for Social Justice is indeed a befitting tribute to Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula. The BJP government at the Centre must learn a lesson from this…that it should stop indulging itself in anti-Dalit activities, so that no other Rohith Vemula is forced to end his life,” the BSP leader said.Ms. Mayawati also alleged that the Centre and BJP-ruled States have adopted an “indifferent approach” towards sky-rocketing prices, unemployment, illiteracy and health issues.