first_imgThe majority of people believe the Taoiseach was ‘wrong’ to appoint Joe McHugh as Minister for the Gaeltacht.Minister Joe McHughThat’s the findings of a new poll by Irish online newspaper Tuairisc.ie.The survey also found that three in every five people believe that the State should do more to promote the Irish language. The same number of people believe that the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was wrong to appoint Joe McHugh as minister with responsibility for Gaeltacht and Irish language affairs.According to a national opinion poll carried out by Millward Brown for the new Irish language online news service, 62% of of people believe that the State doesn’t do enough to promote the Irish language.The feeling that the state should do more to promote Irish was was strongest among over 55-year-olds and those resident in Munster, Connacht and Ulster.61% of those questioned disagreed with the Taoiseach’s appointment of someone who is not fluent in Irish to the Gaeltacht ministry, with those resident in Munster most likely to disagree with Enda Kenny’s decision. Only 20% of participants felt that Enda Kenny was not mistaken in appointing Joe McHugh, while support for the Taoiseach’s decision was strongest in Dublin (31%).The Tuairisc.ie/Millward Brown poll was conducted among a sample of adults representative of the approximate 3.43 million adults aged 18 and over. 1,004 adults were interviewed on a face-to-face basis in the home at 66 sampling points throughout the Republic of Ireland.The margin of error for this opinion poll is +/- 3.1%. The interviews on the poll were carried out between 23rd September and the 3rd of October 2014. TAOISEACH WAS WRONG TO APPOINT JOE McHUGH AS GAELTACHT MINISTER – POLL was last modified: October 14th, 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:donegalEnda KennyJoe McHughTuairisc.ielast_img read more


first_imgTHEY’RE celebrating another gong at Kelly’s Centra at Mountain Top in Letterkenny.Staff member Susan Doherty is not just the best in Donegal – she’s the best in Ireland and has been awarded the National Pride of Centra Award.The retail Oscar is recognition from Centra for the hard work Susan does in the community. “Obviously I’m delighted for Susan and her family,” said store owner Mairtin Kelly.“She is a great addition to our team and more importantly to the community. The award is also a testament to the focus we place on being at the heart of our community. Everyone is just delighted.” SUPER SUSAN CROWNED THE BEST WITH NATIONAL PRIDE OF CENTRA AWARD was last modified: December 8th, 2015 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:Kelly’s CentraletterkennyMountain TopSusan Dohertywinnerlast_img read more

Five Reach Double Figures As Women’s Basketball Rallies To Beat Creighton, 81-72

first_img ESPN 1350 Preview Full Schedule Roster Box Score (HMTL) Story Links Listen Livecenter_img vs. Tulsa 11/28/2015 – 4:30 PM Box Score (PDF) DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team rallied to beat the Creighton Bluejays, 81-72, Tuesday evening at the Knapp Center in front of 2,462 fans. Five players, led by junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) with a game-high 20 points, finished in double-figures for the Bulldogs.In a back-and-forth contest that featured 14 lead changes and seven ties, it was Drake (4-0) who stormed back from a five-point deficit with just under six minutes to go in the game against its former Missouri Valley Conference rival. It was a total team effort for the Bulldogs as all 10 players logged 12 or more minutes in the win.”We have this tough schedule to see where we are all at,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “With only 10 players, we have to get that experience for everyone.”Creighton (2-1) took a 69-64 lead after Marissa Janning’s layup with 5:54 on the clock in the fourth quarter. Two layups by freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) and one by sophomore Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) helped Drake grab the lead back at 70-69.Creighton freshman Audrey Faber, a Des Moines Dowling Catholic graduate, answered with her own layup and later with a free throw as she finished with a team-high 19 points. Her free throw gave the Bluejays a 72-71 lead with 1:45 to play, but it would be their final lead of the night as the Bulldogs roared back with the final 10 points to complete the comeback and improve to 4-0 on the season for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.Drake built an 18-8 advantage at the start of the first quarter behind strong shooting and the play of freshman Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) who scored five points during the run. However, Creighton climbed back into the contest with an 11-0 run to take a 19-18 lead at the end of the first quarter.Joining Wendell in doubles digit points Tuesday was Rhine with 14 points, junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) with 13, including knocking down a key three-pointer to extend the lead to four points with 46 seconds left in the game and sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) and Bachrodt with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Creighton made 13 three-pointers in the game, but made just 2-of-10 to end the game. Janning recorded 12 points while MC McGrory added 15 points and Lauren Works 13.Drake and Tulsa will square off for the first time ever Saturday at the 2015 UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up in Las Vegas, Nev. The contest will start at 4:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on the radio on 1350 ESPN Des Moines.”I’m excited to head to Las Vegas and play a very good Tulsa team,” Baranczyk said. “They are out of a very good conference and last year went to Missouri State and knocked them off in the first round of the WNIT. Then after that game we will have another tough opponent in either UNLV or George Mason the following day. It will be a great test to see where we are at.” Print Friendly Version Next Game:last_img read more

Airline group slams inconsistent electronics ban

first_imgThe US and UK governments have been urged to find an alternative to the recent ban on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins and slammed for the “woefully lacking’’ way in which the measures were introduced.The comments from International Air transport Association director general Alexandre de Juniac came in a highly critical speech in Montreal which also questioned the effectiveness of the measures to ban devices such as laptops and tablets in carry-on baggage on some flights to the two countries from North Africa and the Middle East.“The current measures are not an acceptable long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate. Even in the short term it is difficult to understand their effectiveness,’’ de Juniac said.“And the commercial distortions they create are severe. We call on governments to work with the industry to find a way to keep flying secure without separating passengers from their personal electronics.’’The IATA boss said passengers and member airlines were asking valid questions such as why the US and UK did not have a common list of airports, referring to a decision by the UK not to follow the US move to include Gulf carriers Etihad, Qatar and Emirates.They were also wondering how laptops could be secure on some flights but not others, including flights departing from the same airport.“And surely there must be a way to screen electronic equipment effectively?’’ he said. “The current situation is not acceptable and will not maintain the all-important confidence of the industry or of travelers. We must find a better way. And Governments must act quickly.’’There was also frustration about the hasty way in which the ban, which became public only after airlines tweeted about it, was implemented.De Juniac described the way in which the measures were introduced as “woefully lacking” with no prior consultation with the industry and little coordination by governments.He renewed IATA’s long-standing call for better information sharing and coordination on security measures among governments and with the industry.Airlines did not want access to state secrets but could help deliver better results if they understood the outcomes governments wanted, he said.“While governments have the primary responsibility for security, we share the priority of keeping passengers, crew and aircraft secure,’’ he said. “To do that effectively intelligence is king. And it needs to be shared amongst governments and with the industry. It’s the only way to stop terrorists before they get near an airport, let alone aircraft.’’IATA has been pushing governments to follow through on a UN Security Council resolution calling on the International Civil Aviation organisation to develop a global aviation security plan.The “very wide gaps’’ in the recent measures taken by governments had highlighted the need for such a plan, de Juniac said.last_img read more

For Vasundhara Raje, a race against time

first_imgThe ruling BJP’s embarrassing defeat in the byelections in Rajasthan has triggered a churn in the party, with senior leaders deliberating on the reasons for the triple drubbing — in one Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats. A beleaguered Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, already battling factionalism within the party and growing resentment among the people, has little time on her hands as she seeks to course-correct with Assembly elections scheduled for December this year.At a core group meeting at Ms. Raje’s residence here on Friday, BJP leaders reportedly analysed the factors responsible for the shrinkage in the party’s traditional support base. While sections of the Rajput community had announced their support to the Congress much before polling day, the impact of the Centre’s decisions of demonetisation and GST rollout was described as a “worrisome trend” beyond the State’s control.Farmers are also upset with the Raje government for its failure to act upon its announcement of agricultural loan waiver of ₹50,000 each. A committee appointed after a 13-day-long farmers’ agitation in the Shekhawati region is yet to take a decision despite having visited Kerala and other States to study their models.Rebel concernThe party is also facing resentment from a section of its workers who are drawn towards the “Deendayal Vahini” front floated by rebel MLA and former Minister Ghanshyam Tiwari. The Sanganer MLA raised the banner of revolt after he was denied a Cabinet berth and his outbursts following the bypoll results were distressful for the BJP. Mr. Tiwari alleged that the party’s central leadership was shielding a “corrupt government” in Rajasthan and questioned Ms. Raje’s continuation in office.Among the other factors responsible for the BJP’s defeat in Alwar and Ajmer parliamentary seats and Mandalgarh Assembly seat, according to political observers, are the bitterness among the business community, deteriorating law and order in semi-urban areas, enactment of a legislation to protect officers charged with graft and Gujjars and Brahmins turning against the party over reservation and other issues.The voting pattern in the urban pockets depicted a marked shift away from the BJP. In Ajmer city, considered the BJP’s stronghold, the party lost Ajmer North by 6,975 votes and Ajmer South by 13,070 votes primarily because of the traders’ anger over loss of business and complications in filing of GST returns.‘Cold shouldered’The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has maintained a distance from the Raje-led faction of the BJP ever since the party came to power in 2013. RSS volunteers were conspicuous by their absence during electioneering for the bypolls. They did not make any serious attempt to mobilise voters in the three constituencies. The “cold shoulder” given by Ms. Raje to RSS volunteers during ticket distribution in 2013 and her subsequent temple relocation drive in Jaipur are considered responsible for the Sangh’s aloofness.The Opposition Congress, on the other hand, put up a united front during the election campaign. Party leaders, including Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot, built up an atmosphere against the BJP’s policies and programmes while cashing in on the resentment among different sections of the population.In both Alwar and Ajmer, the Congress tried to forge new alliances with different caste groups in order to pose a fresh challenge to the BJP. The atmosphere was charged in Alwar in the wake of attacks on dairy farmers by cow vigilantes, while the contest in Ajmer was a direct one between Mr. Pilot and Ms. Raje.last_img read more

Beermen, Painters try to bolster Q’Final bid

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PH fighters bag 2 golds “Alaska is not a team you can relax against,” said RoS coach Caloy Garcia referring to the Aces. “We have to come out with the mentality of wanting to win rather than just playing the game.” Read Next The Beermen take on Phoenix Fuel at 7 p.m., right after the 4:15 p.m. duel between the Painters and the Alaska Aces.San Miguel coach Leo Austria got first-hand experience how it is paying against a team with nothing to lose when the Beermen needed a big finish and a huge game from June Mar Fajardo to subdue KIA Picanto, 118-112, in what he aptly described as “an ugly win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It is a wake-up call for us,” said Austria who is hoping to bring to the illustrious franchise its second Grand Slam.Rain or Shine will also guard against complacency when it battles Alaska. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine will shoot for wins on Wednesday that would push them closer to a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.And it’s not much of an advantage that the Beermen and the Elasto Painters will be facing teams that have scraped the bottom of the barrel. In fact, it could work against the two squads in the doubleheader at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIEScenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Wrestler’s attorney suggests haircut due to ref’s tardiness Another eventful year in Philippine sports has passed and there were moments that stood out from the rest.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Believe it or not, it marked only the first time in the rich history of the PBA that the three SMC squads completed a season sweep, according to league head statistician Fidel Mangonon.Magnolia punctuated SMC’s dominance after it dismantled Alaska in Game 6 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals last week while also ending the franchise’s four-year title drought.The Hotshots’ championship run was also the ninth time in 10 conferences that an SMC team won the crown.What makes SMC’s dominance more impressive is that it doesn’t look like it’s going to end soon with the 2019 Philippine Cup to come off wraps less than a month from now.The Beermen have been the undisputed all-Filipino champions for the past four seasons while the Gin Kings, who ruled the Commissioner’s Cup for the first time in 21 years, and the Hotshots appear to be just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the next several days, INQUIRER.net runs down the top 7 sports stories of 2018.We kick off the list in the PBA and a season like no other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefIt’s a good year to be under the San Miguel Corporation umbrella.Better yet, it was a historical season for SMC teams after pulling off a Grand Slam of sorts in the PBA with San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia each celebrating a championship in three separate conferences. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Working with Naseeruddin, Arshad learning experience: Sagarika

first_imgMumbai, Mar 8 (PTI) Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge says it was a learning experience working with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in the upcoming film “Irada”.The film, which revolves around a social issue, brings back the pairing of Naseeruddin and Arshad who worked together in “Ishqiya” and its sequel “Dedh Ishqiya”.Sagarika, best known for her debut role as Preeti Sabarwal in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Chak De! India”, says Naseeruddin has tremendous energy as an actor.”Working with Naseeruddin and Arshad has been a learning experience. Naseeruddin Sir has lots of energy. We shot for a combined scene recently and the feeling was amazing. He has a very warm presence on the set,” Sagarika told PTI.”While Arshad, more than anything else, is spontaneous and keeps on doing improvisations. That is a great quality to have as an actor because you get to a learn a lot as co-stars,” she added.”Irada” is helmed by debutant directors Aparna Singh and Nishant Tripathi. The actress says the directors got in touch with her as they had liked her performance in “Chak De! India”.”Aparna got in touch with me because she had seen Chak De and said she needed somebody like that character who is strong, independent and voices her opinion. That is how I came on board for the film.”Sagarika, who also participated in season six of TV reality show “Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi”, has no plans to do any more shows on the small screen.”I did Khatron Ke Khiladi because I connected with its sports, adventure theme. I have done lots of adventure sports myself. I had the time to do the show so I did it. I cherish memories from the show but TV was only a one off thing. I have no plans to get back to it.”advertisement”Irada” is scheduled to release this year. PTI JUR DK NDSlast_img read more

India aim to retain second spot in rankings in historic series against West Indies

first_imgNearly five months after a heartbreaking exit from the World T20 following a semi-final defeat at the Wankhede Stadium at the hands of West Indies, India will get a chance to square up with the Caribbean men again.Even if MS Dhoni leads his team to a 2-0 whitewash over West Indies, it would not exact revenge. That was the World T20, a do-or-die semi-final in front of home crowds at a venue where they had lifted the World Cup five years ago. (Also read: Whitewash of West Indies won’t be enough for India to get top T20I rank)But victory over the West Indies this weekend will be sweet. They are currently the most dangerous T20 unit in the world. And the short series is being played in the United States of America, at enchanting Florida. This is first time India are playing there and added to honour will be the weight of history.Both games, scheduled on Satuday and Sunday, have been sold out. There is a huge Indian presence in Miami and most of them are starved of high-quality live cricket. (Also read: T20 champions West Indies step into familiar territory with India as underdogs)To watch the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard up close would be a dream-come-true for many.Will the superstars live up to their usual hype and deliver some stunning performances over the weekend?Besides entertaining the capacity crowds, India have a lot else to play for. They will lose their second position in the International Cricket Council’s T20I rankings if they lose the series 0-2.advertisementLed by new captain Carlos Brathwaite, who had smashed four consecutive sixes in the ICC World Twenty20 final against England in Kolkata, the West Indies can move to second place on 127 points with a 2-0 win and push India to third place on 124 points. (Also read: Cricket tips to Miami Heat stars, Team India wooing the United States)However, a 2-0 win for India, captain by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will help it join number-one ranked New Zealand on 132 points but the Asian side will be ranked second when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. In this scenario, the West Indies will slip to fourth position with 118 points, one point behind South Africa. A 1-1 series draw will keep India ahead on 128 points with West Indies on 123 points.The individual performances in the series will also be keenly watched with a player from either side leading the player rankings for batsmen and bowlers.India’s Test captain Virat Kohli heads the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen with 837 points. With Australia’s Aaron Finch only 34 points behind, Kohli will be looking to consolidate his position at the top.Rohit Sharma is the next-highest ranked India batsman in 23rd position, while Dhoni, who had led India to victory in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 title in 2007, is in 50th position but the likelihood of getting more batting opportunities could see him rise in the ranks. (Also read: Cricket facilities in the United States surprise Anil Kumble)For the West Indies, big-hitting opener Chris Gayle (eighth) and experienced batsman Marlon Samuels (17th) will be looking to move up the ranks with Lendl Simmons (31st), Dwayne Bravo (37th) and Andre Fletcher (48th) also trying to climb the ladder.(With PTI Inputs)last_img read more