Rochester hails local water polo programme

first_imgAmateur Swimming Association of Jamaica vice-president Lance Rochester remains optimistic of a bright future for Jamaica’s water polo programme following success at last weekend’s CARIFTA Championships in The Bahamas.Rochester, who led his charges successfully to gold, silver and bronze medals at the April 7-9 event, called the tournament “an excellent competition”, and Jamaica’s showing, “excellent exposure for the teams”.”We hadn’t been to the CARIFTA Games for a couple years, due to mainly financial reasons, but we are here now, and we are coming back with a gold medal, a silver and bronze,” Rochester outlined.”Overall, it was an excellent tournament, and the players are very excited for the future,” added Rochester.PROUD OF PERFORMANCEUnder-19 boys’ team captain Keith Jordon Wilkinson is very proud of their performance.His team remained undefeated in the tournament, copping gold. They defeated The Bahamas 10-9 in the final, with the hosts coming back to give them a stout challenge for gold.They previously won all three preliminary games, beating hosts Bahamas 16-13, Barbados 18-7 and Bonaire 17-1.They outclassed Bonaire 30-2 in their semi-final, before edging The Bahamas for the all important gold.”We are very excited about winning. We gave our all, and we tried our best and we just thank all the people who came out to support.”We look forward to going to tournaments in the future, and we hope that we can get some more support,” added Wilkinson.Meanwhile, the Under-19 Girls had to settle for silver in the finals, however, going down to champions Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 in a low-scoring final game.They beat Barbados twice (11-2 then 17-2 in the semi-finals) to reach the final.In Under-16 competition Jamaica’s boys bounced back from a disappointing start to earn bronze after a nail-biting 7-6 win over Trinidad and Tobago.They lost two close preliminary games to The Bahamas (10-9) and Barbados (11-10), but managed to beat Bonaire 15-3.last_img read more

2017/2018 Budget to Be Passed Today at US$562m

first_img(Far left) Chairman of the Joint Ways, Means, Finance & Budget Committee, Rep. Prince MoyeToday, the 53rd Legislature, the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate, is expected to past their sixth (6th) and final annual national budget – the 2017/2018 – at US$562m.The Budget will be concomitantly approved in their separate and respective Chamber with health and security reportedly taking the lion share, according to the Joint Ways, Means, Finance & Budget Chairman, Rep. Prince Moye.According to the Bong County District # 2 and Unity Party (UP) Representative, health will be taking US$60 million of the total budget.In keeping with the Constitution of Liberia, the Executive branch of government has submitted to the Legislature the fiscal year draft budget 2017/2018 in the tune of US$ 526.6 million,  a 12.3 % reduction from the previous year’s budget which was passed at US$ 600.2 million but reflected a 3.5% decrease on the end of year forecast of US$545.5 million.The budget was presented two weeks behind schedule with a total revenue envelope comprising US$483.7 million in revenue raised from domestic sources (tax and non-tax revenue).In the budget presented to the Legislature, tax revenue of US$393.6 Million is decreased by 8.8 percent from the approved amount for an FY2016/17 budget with non-tax revenue of US$90.2 million with US$37.9 million in grants from external sources and US$4.8 million in contingent revenue from domestic resources.The budget also shows that non-tax revenue of US$90.2 is projected to decrease by 8.2 percent compared to the US$98.3 million that was approved in the FY-2016/2017 budget.According to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) this is an improvement to the current year-end estimate and is driven by anticipated increase in petroleum storage fees, forestry, mineral mining, cellular mobile networks, as well as expected improvements in state-owned entities (SOEs) like Liberia Petroleum Refining company, National Port Authority and others.The Ministry also told lawmakers during the draft budget presentation Monday that contingent Revenue of US$4.8 million will be sourced from government domestic revenue streams, driven by an increment in international trade and forestry.In the draft budget presented, the expenditure portfolio was constrained to US$526.5 million and consists of two major segments; recurrent investment plan (PSIP) of US$27.5 million of 5.2 percent.The major components of expenditure for FY2017/18 include; US$31 million for liabilities (debt services), US$10 Million for payment of domestic liabilities (debt) principal and interests and US20.2 million for the payment of foreign liabilities, principal, and interest.Also in the draft budget, US$19.8 million was allotted for the conduct of the October 2017 Presidential and legislative elections, US$296 million for compensation of employees, US$81.1 million for goods and services including supplies for education and health.The draft budget also has in it US$3.4 million in subsidies to non-governmental Service delivery entities and US$60.3 million in grants to government service delivery entities.Making a presentation of the Budget Monday, acting Finance Minister Tanneh Brunson said the economy of Liberia, like most in the world, is experiencing some turbulence due in large part to the global economic downturn.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FAA concedes controller staff strained at LAX

first_imgThe plan lists staffing goals for each of the FAA’s 314 air traffic control facilities. It shows that staffing at the LAX tower is on the low end of what the agency considers adequate. “We can operate safely in that range,” said William Withycombe, administrator of the FAA’s Western-Pacific region. But, he added, “it’s our intent to bring in new controllers.” The controllers union has repeatedly said low staffing is a key factor in near-collisions and airfield crashes. Union leaders say overworked controllers are more prone to distraction, fatigue and mistakes. The staffing plan released Wednesday indicates the LAX tower should have at least 38 controllers on staff. It currently has 40, according to the FAA, but at least two or three are planning to retire by the fall. Nearly half of the controllers at LAX are already putting in six-day workweeks, Withycombe said. The Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged Wednesday that staffing levels are low at Los Angeles International Airport’s control tower but said an ongoing campaign to hire more controllers is expected to ease the strain. Controllers have drawn a connection between low staffing at the tower and potentially dangerous accidents at the airport. They have warned for years that the situation will worsen as an expected surge of retirements thins their ranks nationwide. The FAA estimates that it will have to recruit and train more than 15,000 new controllers in the coming decade to keep up with retirements. On Wednesday, the agency released an updated staffing plan that administrators said would meet the need for new controllers while better matching the work force to the workload. He said the FAA plans to send nine additional controllers to LAX this year, putting the tower at or above the upper range in the FAA goals. The goals were developed as part of a broader effort to cope with a wave of retirements that has been building for more than two decades. In 1981, President Reagan fired thousands of controllers who had walked off the job on strike. Most of today’s controllers were hired in the years that followed – and that means most are becoming eligible to retire in the next few years. The FAA has requested $15.9 million in the coming fiscal year to recruit and train new controllers, the Inspector General’s Office has estimated. That’s a small part of its budget request, which tops $14 billion. (310) 543-6649 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgNEW! DONEGAL Daily is kick-starting it’s new Health and Beauty section with a giveaway for one lucky reader to help kick-start your spring and summer beauty regime.All you have to do is send an email with your name, telephone number and home town and tell us what you’d like to read about in Health and Beauty.Send your email to to reach us before noon this Friday May 3rd. One reader will receive a bottle of Garnier Body Ultimate Oil and the newly launched Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur, exclusive to Boots. Usual Donegal Daily rules apply.Review: Garnier Body Ultimate Beauty Oil 150mlThis is a lightweight dry mist that super hydrates your skin. The oil is quickly absorbed so no hanging around waiting for it to dry before you dress. Another bonus is that it doesn’t transfer to clothing.I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and have seen a huge improvement in my skin. I applied it after showering and my skin felt soft and moisturised. I think it’s perfect for when it gets warmer and you will be baring your legs. It leaves a light sheen on the skin and is enriched with argan, macadamia, almond and rose oil. I loved that it wasn’t heavily scented, just a light pleasant fragrance.Review: Garnier 5 Second Perfect BlurGarnier 5 Second Perfect Blur, a smoothing and perfecting primer with optical effect. 5sec Perfect Blur takes 5 seconds to apply and improves the look of your skin immediately.This innovative formula diffuses light in all directions to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, open pores and uneven skin tone.In addition, its velvety texture leaves skin feeling incredibly smooth, soft, matte and feels comfortable to wear all day long. It blurs the appearnance of shine, fine lines and wrinkles. DONEGAL DAILY’S NEW HEALTH & BEAUTY COLUMN: WIN FABULOUS NEW GARNIER PRODUCTS was last modified: April 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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 DAILY’S NEW HEALTH & BEAUTY COLUMN: WIN GARNIER PRODUCTSlast_img read more

Macke Moves Into Second All-Time In Digs At Drake In A 3-0 Loss

first_img Full Schedule Roster ESPN3 Next Game: at Illinois State 11/9/2019 – 5 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Box Score (PDF) center_img Watch Live Story Links PEORIA, Ill. – Drake University junior Kylee Macke moved into second all-time in career digs in the Drake volleyball team’s 3-0 loss at Bradley Friday evening.Macke had 12 digs and now has 1,607 in less than three full seasons at Drake to move past Michelle Tommi.In addition to Macke making history, junior Emily Plock had 24 kills and 14 digs to continue her strong play with her fifth 20-kill night in the last six outings. Plock hit .360 in the loss as Bradley prevailed by set scores of 25-18, 27-25, 25-23.Bradley (12-11, 8-4 MVC) was led by Hannah Thompson’s 12 kills and eight kills plus seven blocks from Sara Maddox.Drake (9-18, 3-11 MVC) committed 11 errors in the first set but regrouped and committed just 11 total miscues the remainder of the evening to keep pace with Bradley.The Bulldogs looked poised to tie the match in the second set with a seven-point lead late in the set. However, Bradley fought off two set points and closed the set on a 15-6 run to take the set and a 2-0 lead in the match.Drake played very even with Bradley in the third set, but Bradley was able to get enough separation late to preserve the four-set win and end the Bulldogs’ evening early.Drake aims to rebound from the loss Saturday when they make the short trip to Illinois State for a 5 p.m. match. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: We have long been told that breakfast was the most important meal of the day.Whether your intention was weight loss or muscle gain, not eating breakfast was a complete no, no.The old adage goes that breakfast ‘kick-starts’ our metabolism and then eating small and often throughout the day keeps it ticking over. The idea was that if you eat too little or miss meals, your metabolism would slow down to a crawl and fat loss would stall altogether.Over the last few years a number of nutrition and fitness experts have been championing the idea that eating LESS OFTEN is the best way to not only burn more fat, but also to live a healthier life.John Romaniello author of ‘Engineering the Alpha’ describes Intermittent Fasting as alternating intervals of not eating (fasting) with times when you are allowed to eat.Sound confusing? It’s not really a difficult a concept to grasp.Why fasting?Researchers have found that after a few hours of fasting, the body breaks cholesterol into bile acids. 
At the same time the liver shuts down glucose production, which lowers blood glucose levels. 
This excess stored liver glucose is now used to repair damaged cells and make new DNA. 
While this is happening, liver enzymes are helping in the creation of brown fat, which converts extra calories to heat.What does this mean for you??What the science tells us is, that in a fasted state you are enhancing your body’s ability to burn fat as an energy source. 

You are basically teaching your body to become more adept at shifting back to burning fat after a meal. Intermittent Fasting has also been thought to have anti-aging effects and can help regulate blood glucose levels, and can ‘treat’ asthma, autoimmune diseases and cardiac arrhythmias.Sounds like a win-win situation doesn’t it?There are a few methods of Intermittent Fasting that the top proponents use.Brad Pilon, author of ‘Eat Stop Eat’, uses a 24 hour fasting model. He recommends it 1-2 times per week.Once per week as a full 24 hour fast or using 2, 12 hour fasts on 2 separate days.The 12 hour fasts can be done easily; 
You can simply sort your schedule so you have your last meal shortly before bed, sleep through the majority of the fasting period and have your first meal after the 12 hours are up.Pilon advocates a ‘lunch to lunch’ or a ‘dinner to dinner fast’.This kind of fasting has also been shown to help stave off degenerative brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons.Another type of fasting is Martin Berkhan’s 16-8 model.Berkhan advises condensing your nutritional intake into an 8 hour ‘eating window’ to maximise hormonal benefits.The idea behind the 16 hour fast is that you produce Growth Hormone when you sleep.Eating shuts down the body’s ability to produce Growth hormone because of spikes in insulin levels.By pushing back when your first meal and avoiding eating at night, you can maximise growth hormone production.10am to 6pm eating window.What does this mean for you?Hugh Jackman used this model of Intermittent fasting for the last ‘Wolverine’ Movie.Jackman credits this style of eating for getting him as lean and muscular as he ever has been.John Romaniello also uses the 16-8 model but with a slight difference.Romaniello adds in ‘cheat days’ which he calls the ‘Feast/Fast model with clients who have become used to the fasting model.On the cheat days you can eat whatever you like but you follow this up with a 36 hour fast.Romaniello states that this has not only physical benefits but also physiological and emotional benefits.Dieting causes Leptin levels to drop which will slow down fat loss, the cheat day allows for the boosting of leptin which in turn increases the rate of fat loss.Romaniello also says that putting a fast day after a cheat day does 2 things;1: ‘Prevents any fat gain from the extra calories of the cheat day by creating an immediate deficit the following day.’ 
2: ‘Prevents the slowing of fat loss and allows the hormonal benefits of the fast to proceed uninterrupted.’What does this mean for you as a beginner to this way of eating?These methods of fasting, when advised and monitored by an educated professional, could potentially help you to burn more fat and build lean muscle while getting some hormonal and even anti-aging effects, and did I mention that Wolverine uses it?
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* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: INTERMITTENT FASTING was last modified: October 26th, 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:emmet rushefitness columnintermittent fastinglast_img read more


first_imgLast year’s marathon.After much discussion, debate and deliberation, the NEW route of this year’s Donegal marathon has been revealed.This event aims to build on last year’s success, and continue to harness the energy, enthusiasm, and groundswell of support for running and outdoor exercise in general among the people of Donegal.Despite last year’s event, there was much discussion about the route of the course. Over the last few months, the Steering Committee has been very busy seeking feedback from those who participated in the first competitive marathon to grace this county in almost forty years.The result of this extensive process is now a route that addresses the issue of that tricky second phase of last year’s full marathon and also brings the competitors back in and onto the streets of Letterkenny for the final stages of the full marathon.These decisions will ultimately add to the excitement of the event and serve to make for an unprecedented public spectacle of personal endeavour and community spirit on the streets of Letterkenny, the likes of which is seldom seen on such a grand scale. This is the People’s Marathon; a marathon organised by the people, for the people, and supported by the people. Donegal can stand proud to recognise the achievements of so many of its residents in organising, supporting, and completing such a celebration of stamina, determination, and the strength of the human spirit.We also look forward to welcoming like-minded people from further afield who wish to tackle the challenges posed by Ireland’s newest competitive marathon.Last year, many of the participants were taking part in this type of event for the very first time; either walking the Half, running the Half, or running the Full.We hope that we can all come together this year to make the marathon Faster- Bigger- Better! Whatever your goals are, we applaud your participation and congratulate you on your personal journey towards the Starting Line on the 23rd August 2015.Below is the route of both marathons, half and full, so read through it, picture it in your mind’s eye, and hopefully you will see yourself crossing the Finish Line on the running track at Aura Leisure Centre, achieving a Personal Best to rapturous encouragement and congratulations of supporters and fellow competitors alike.Donegal Marathon 2015 Route Half Marathon:The marathon will start near Aura Leisure Centre on the main R250 road and will proceed in the direction of the town passing old Dunne’s Stores and turning left onto Pearse Road. It will then turn right at the intersection with Rosemount towards the new Dunne’s Stores Roundabout and out the Neil T. Blaney Road towards the Polestar Roundabout. Here it will turn left and proceed up the Port Road and continue straight past the Station Roundabout towards Main Street. It will follow Main Street onto Lower Main Street, proceeding straight ahead towards Aura on the R250 past St. Eunan’s GAA grounds, O’Donnell Park, and out by Conwal Cemetery where it will continue until the left turn towards Glenties. It will then take the immediate left at Rashedoge back towards the town via Newmills, Rockhill and Oldtown. It will cross the Oldtown Bridge and proceed straight ahead and back towards Aura Leisure Centre finishing on the running track.Full Marathon:The first half of the full marathon will be the same as the half marathon route ,the competitors for the full marathon will however complete another loop of the Newmills/Rashedoge section and after crossing the Oldtown Bridge for a second time will then turn right and take in a circuit of the town that includes the Pearse Road to Station Roundabout, a right along the Port Road towards the Polestar Roundabout, turning left along Ballyraine and left at the small roundabout up towards Gortlee and past the Church of the Irish Martyrs. The runners then turn right at the bottom of Gortlee and run towards the Station Roundabout, turning right towards the Port Road, onto Main Street, proceeding to Lower Main Street and out the R250 towards Aura Leisure Centre finishing on the running track.NEW ROUTE OF DONEGAL MARATHON REVEALED was last modified: May 15th, 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 MARATHONNew routeRevealedlast_img read more


first_imgThe van which was stolen and crashed overnight in Letterkenny.Thugs stole a van stolen from outside a house in Letterkenny last night.The white Citreon van was stolen from the Gleann Rua estate and crashed a short distance away.Considerable damage was caused to the vehicle. Anybody who may have witnessed the theft or witnessed anybody driving the van should contact Letterkenny Gardai.THUGS STEAL VAN FROM LETTERKENNY AND CRASH IT was last modified: September 13th, 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:GardaiLettrkennyvan stolenlast_img read more

Donegal customers to get Irish Water refund before Christmas

first_imgAnyone who paid their water charge in Co Donegal is set for a nice little bonus for Christmas.Irish Water refunds will start to be issued from today after legislation allowing the process to take place was signed at the weekend.President Higgins signed the Water Services Bill into law at the weekend after several delays in passing the bill. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that the refunds would commence this week.He said: “The Water Services Bill finally got through and that means water refunds can begin on Monday, you’ll be able to get details of when you can get your refund on the Irish Water website.”Refunds will be paid by cheque and almost a million people are set to receive a refund and most will be issued by Christmas.A refund checker will go live on the site today which allows customers to see how much they are owed and when they will receive it. Irish Water are urging account holders who may have changed address to update their details by calling 1850 448 448.Donegal customers to get Irish Water refund before Christmas was last modified: November 20th, 2017 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:customersdonegalIrish WaterRefundlast_img read more

Man charged in connection with Letterkenny jewellery store robbery

first_imgThree men have appeared in court in connection with a series of raids including one in Letterkenny.The three appeared in connection with the recovery of €250,000 of stolen jewellery from a midlands shopping centre during Storm Emma. Costel Podaru, 27, and brothers Costel Rosloveanu, 27 and Catalin Rosloveanu, 31, all originally from Romania but with addresses at Ballaghmore, Borris in Ossory, Co Laois, appeared before Portlaoise District Court.The three men were each charged with two counts of possession of stolen property.The charges related to items stolen from a jewellers in the Golden Island Shopping Centre in Athlone between 1-3 March and a second jewellery shop in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, on 7 March.Letterkenny based Detective Garda Stephen McGonagle gave evidence in relation to two further charges against one of the defendants, Costel Rosloveanu.He said Mr Rosloveanu made no reply when charged with criminal damage at Letterkenny Shopping Centre and the burglary of a jewellers in the centre on the same date, 2 October 2017.Athlone based Detective Garda Jarlath Nohilly gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to the stolen property charges.He said none of the men had made any reply when charged with possession of stolen property.The three defendants did not make an application for bail and all three were granted legal aid.Judge Catherine Staines remanded all three defendants in custody to Cloverhill Prison. They are due to appear before Cloverhill District Court on 20 March.Man charged in connection with Letterkenny jewellery store robbery was last modified: March 18th, 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) Tags:gangGardaijewelleryletterkennyrobberylast_img read more