Slow-pitch & Softball ump clinics Saturday

first_imgFSJ Mixed Slow-pitch hosts its annual Umpire Clinic on Saturday.- Advertisement -Teams are reminded to have enough players in attendance to qualify for the performance bond reimbursement: Competitive teams need 2 players per team, Recreational teams need 4 players per team.As well, the organization says exhibition schedules should be ready on Saturday, and also online at’s clinic runs at Bert Ambrose School (9616 115 Avenue), from 1pm – 3pm.As well, FSJ Minor Softball holds its umpire clinic on Saturday, at 8:30 am, at Bert Ambrose School.Advertisement By staff For more information, contact Carlyle or Marion Krieger, at 250-787-2374.last_img read more

Millions spent to protect Mukasey

first_imgCOURTS: Attorney general nominee had guards during trial and kept them for years. By Lara Jakes Jordan and Devlin Barrett THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Protecting former federal judge Michael Mukasey cost taxpayers an estimated $28 million over more than seven years – or $10,000 a day – even as Justice Department agencies argued about how much of a threat he faced. Mukasey, who is now nominated to become the nation’s 81st attorney general, was given U.S. Marshals Service bodyguards while presiding over a high-profile terror trial in the early 1990s, when he served as a U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan. He kept the protections, code-named “Eagle Detail,” until 2005 – nine years after the trial ended. The detail was withdrawn shortly after deputy marshals who were protecting Mukasey and U.S. District Judge Kevin T. Duffy filed a grievance accusing the two jurists and their wives of assigning them valetlike chores. The U.S. Marshals Service said most of the money paid the salaries and benefits for Mukasey’s bodyguards – and would have been spent whether they were assigned to protect the judge or someone else. The marshals protect about 200 judges and other court officers annually. Still, costs to protect at least one other judge in the same Manhattan courthouse fell far below the price to protect Mukasey, according to financial records obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request. The U.S. Marshals Service records indicate the cost of Eagle Detail totaled $27.8million between 1998 until it ended in mid-2005. Budget officials with the Marshals Service did not dispute that total, which averaged $3.7 million a year. Mukasey initially was given the security detail in 1993, when he was assigned to preside over the trial of “blind sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was accused of plotting to blow up the United Nations and other New York City landmarks. Mukasey sentenced Rahman to life in prison in 1996. He also presided over the initial court hearings, in 2002, for alleged dirty bomber Jose Padilla. The financial records did not include costs before 1998 because the Marshals Service is not required to keep documents longer than seven years, an agency budget official said. Deputy marshals based in New York protected Mukasey for the last two years of his detail. Before that, the documents show, deputies from offices around the country were temporarily assigned to Manhattan – a “diversion” that Marshals Service spokesman David Turner said is not unusual. “We’re diverted to protect judges that we believe face a serious threat,” Turner said. Spokesmen for the Justice Department and the White House did not respond to requests for comment on the costs. On Friday, the White House released Mukasey’s financial disclosure report, showing he earned $1.993 million over 21 months at a law firm in New York where he was a partner after retiring from the bench in 2006. If the Senate confirms him as attorney general, Mukasey would earn $186,600 a year at the Justice Department. What threats Mukasey and his family faced when he was a judge have never been made fully clear. The 1993 indictment in the blind sheik case included allegations the conspirators targeted government officials, law enforcement officials and judicial officers for kidnap and assassination. It said the conspirators also planned to obstruct justice by conspiring to kidnap and take hostages to attempt to gain release of imprisoned colleagues.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_imgAlthough nobody was found smoking in children’s playgrounds in Donegal, there was evidence of tobacco in a number.An investigation carried out by the HSE has shown that smokers across Donegal are beginning to put their children first. It follows research across Donegal’s 47 county council playgrounds which failed to find anyone smoking in the children’s play areas.The investigation was carried out by HSE Health Promotion and Improvement staff over the last 6 months. However, there was evidence of tobacco butts and packaging at 15% of the playgrounds visited.Also signage erected in the playgrounds have been vandalised and also some of the wording on the signs has faded over the last 6 years and require replacing.The HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service and Donegal County Council have been working in partnership on the Smoke Free Playgrounds initiative since 2009.Donegal was the first county council in Ireland to introduce the Smoke Free Playground signage and currently all playgrounds owned or operated by Donegal County Council are being upgraded to include the bilingual signage below. The aim of this initiative is to discourage people from using tobacco in these children’s environments, which is a small step towards de-normalising tobacco use.Commenting Fiona Boyle, HSE Smoking Cessation Advisor in Donegal, said this initiative was developed in response to the significant amount of research available that if children see their parents, grandparents, older peers or carers using tobacco, they are more likely to experiment with this drug themselves or strive to be like their role models.“The HSE approached Donegal County Council as they own and operate a large number of playgrounds throughout Donegal, and they agreed to this project in order to promote smoke free environments where children play”.The Smoke Free Signage is also a prerequisite for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs Capital Grant Funding Scheme for Play and Recreation 2015 which some of the playgrounds in Donegal would have hoped to avail of.All projects funded under the scheme must provide confirmation that ‘No Smoking’ signage will be displayed in play spaces and facilities funded under this scheme”. ASH Ireland, which is the leading anti-tobacco advocacy organisation in Ireland, has also contacted County and City Councils throughout Ireland encouraging them to voluntarily introduce smoke free playgrounds in their local areas and there has been a very positive response with most now having smoke free signage in place.ASH Ireland suggests that ‘young people are influenced by the normalisation of tobacco use and when it is restricted for adults, especially in areas used by children, it helps to denormalise tobacco use. It also creates a cleaner environment as tobacco litter is well established as being our main urban waste and it is important that this waste doesn’t form part of our children’s play area’.The Smoke Free Playground signage also provides contact details for anyone wishing to access the 13 FREE smoking cessation clinics throughout Donegal to assist them to quit tobacco.The clinic locations are; Buncrana, Carndonagh, Carrigart, Donegal Town, Dungloe, Falcarragh, Killybegs, Letterkenny x 4 clinics, Lifford and Stranorlar. Fiona Boyle also commented that ‘the best way to quit tobacco is by using appropriate treatment i.e. Champix or Nicotine Replacement Therapy in conjunction with behavioural support, such as that offered by the HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service and they can be contacted on Tel: 074 9104693.This is one of a number of initiatives that the HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service are involved in which aim to prevent young people starting to smoke and to reduce the exposure of children to second hand smoke and the related ill health caused by this exposure.NO BUTTS – INVESTIGATION SHOWS DONEGAL PLAYGROUNDS ARE SMOKE-FREE was last modified: August 14th, 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:donegalHSEplaygroundsSMOKINGlast_img read more


first_imgLast Sunday saw a large turnout for the annual Talk and Walk event in Ards.Coillte have hosted a total of 5 of these in various locations all over Ireland during May and have allowed families to enter the parks without being charged at the entrance. The walks are part of the Green Ribbon campaign which wants to encourage everyone to talk more about mental health. Donegal Local Development Company; Irish Farmers Association and Mental Health Ireland and Coillte have all be supporting the walk in Ards Forest for the last 3 years and it seems to be growing bigger each year.Despite hail and rain in the morning, the weather improved to help everyone get the most out of the afternoon.Local World Champion and former Donegal Person of the Year Hugh Gallagher got the show going with a blow of his whistle and a hearty smile. At the young age of 92, he is still training away for forthcoming races!Then Aengus Kennedy from Nature Northwest led a very informative nature walk which was very popular. The Walking Football game proved highly entertaining. Michael Chance had several good chances but was not able to get past Kate, his wife, who gave an excellent display of man-to-man marking. There was face painting for all and some beautiful Nature Crowns on display. By 4.30pm everyone was well ready for refreshments and a rest. This was served beside the play area and people had a chance to read some of the information on the boards about Mental Health. Bill Vaughan from Mental health Ireland gave a short talk about the campaign and the importance of finding ways to slow down and unwind.The day finished on a musical high with Zara Montgomery and Michael Gillespie playing a selection of songs to suit the occasion.Well done to everyone who helped make this a very enjoyable family day out. We will see you all next year.GREAT TURN-OUT FOR ARDS WALK AND TALK EVENT – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: May 24th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe 2nd team travelled to Glenfin on Sunday morning last and came from 5 points down at half-time to secure a draw, keeping an experienced home team score-less in the 2nd half with a good battling display from all the team. Final score Glenfin 1-04 Naomh Muire 0-07.Both senior and reserve teams have a 3 week break from games as the senior championship takes place. The next scheduled division 2 league game is on the 16th June away to Cloich Cheann Fhaola.The u16 girls team exited the championship at the semi-final stages of the competition in Milford last Monday night to an excellent Moville side. Moville lead from start to finish and will be hard to beat in the final. Well done management and players for getting to the play off stages and we will push harder next year to get the silverware. Training for U-14 girls is Tuesday and Thursday in the Banks from 6 to 7pm. All girls are asked to make a big effort now to make training on both nights girls as the first game is on the 8th of June against Dungloe.On Monday evening the U-14 Girls squad will be presented with a new set of strips by Aerport Dhún na nGall. It’s great that local companies like Donegal Airport are willing to sponsor our teams and in these hard times for businesses it’s all the more appreciated by our club and members. Maith sibh Aerport Dhún na nGall.G4G enters week 6 and were are now in football situation and playing small sided game as well as putting the girls through balance coordination. We have still 74 girls attending and our coaching team and parents/helpers are doing great work to make this programme a huge success. The ‘Ready, Steady, Coach’ programme is being prepared and anybody interested just mention your interest to Dónal, Robbie, Shaun, Mary, Marie or any club member and we will get you on the list. It’s is hoped to have the programme run out in the Banks with the 10th of June as our target date or shortly after. Comhghairdeas le maor Íochtar na Rosann, Seán Mac Ruairí, a bhí 40 ansin ag deireadh na seachtaine. Mar pháirt den cheiliúradh bhí oíche carthanachta ar dóigh in Aislann Rann na Feirste áit a raibh scaifte mór i láthair. Maith thú a Sheáin ar son do chuid oibre uilig don chlub thar na mblianta.The under 14 boys will play Kilcar on Wednesday at 7.30pm in Kilcar in the championship. The lads narrowly lost out away to St. Nauls by 2 points after a strong performance last Wednesday evening in Mountcharles.Well done to club players who were part of the county minor panel for 2013.There are still a small number of club hats and training tops left for sale.Bhí an chéad tharraingt do chlub an chéid ann ar an 29 Bealtaine. Could club sellers please have your subs in on time for the co-ordinator.Ba iad 4, 11, 13, 23 na huimhreacha lotto a tarraingeadh an tseachtain seo agus níor baineadh an pota óir. Bhí trí uimhir ag Pauric Hanna as Loch na nDeoran, Síle Ferry as Cúl a Chnoic, Joe Wilson as Anagaire agus Aishling Ferry as Loch an Iúir. Beidh €2,360 sa phota óir an tseachtain seo chugainn. If you are interested in lending a hand with the ongoing development works however big or small please contact Michael on 087-2925544.GAA NEWS – NAOMH MUIRE CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 27th, 2013 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:NAOMH MUIRE CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue is urging the government not to miss the opportunity presented by Barack Obama’s visit to Ireland to highlight the plight of the undocumented Irish in the US.Speaking ahead of the visit Deputy McConalogue said we must build on the work already done to help the undocumented Irish in America.“Much has been done over the past number of years to advance the issue of the undocumented Irish in America, but we still have a long way to go. “We must use the opportunity of President Barrack Obama’s visit to Ireland to find a resolution for our relatives and friends in the US, whose illegal status has left them feeling trapped in many ways.“This is an issue I am particularly passionate about. I am contacted regularly by concerned constituents who are directly affected by the restrictions on their loved ones in the US. It is an issue which not only affects many families in Donegal but so many families throughout Ireland,” he said.He added that he has already approached Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore to highlight the issue.“I have asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore TD what the government’s position will be in relation to the forthcoming visit. “I have urged him to make use of this unique opportunity to push for a resolution for our undocumented Irish once and for all,” said Deputy McConalogue.ENDSMCCONALOGUE URGES GOVERNMENT TO USE OBAMA VISIT TO HELP UNDOCUMENTED IRISH IN US was last modified: May 16th, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgRiverdance founder Moya Doherty has tonight been named the Donegal Person of the Year.Moya Doherty speaking at the Mansion Huse this evening after receiving the Donegal Person of the year award.Ms Doherty, who is from Pettigo, received the award from the Donegal Association in Dublin tonight.Ms Doherty, who was recently appointed the chair of the RTE board, was a very popular winner of the award. She received her award at a function at Dublin’s Mansion House.Born in 1957, Ms Doherty has blazed a trail in the business world.As well as her achievements with Riverdance, Ms Doherty was a founding member of radio station Today FM.She is married to fellow Riverdance entrepreneur John McColgan. Moya and her sisters this evening. Moya with her nephews Con and Sean this evening. RIVERDANCE FOUNDER MOYA DOHERTY NAMED DONEGAL PERSON OF THE YEAR was last modified: January 28th, 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 Person of the YearMoya Dohertylast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin is to launch a major campaign in Donegal aimed at building wide public support for a fair recovery.Deputies Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn.The major campaign entitled, ‘A Fair Recovery is Possible’, will see the party engage with people from across Donegal and involve the distribution of material outlining the various policies which Sinn Féin believes will grow the economy and create a fairer more inclusive society.Speaking following the successful launch of the state-wide campaign this week, Deputies Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn said that the ambitious project aims to canvass thousands of homes across Donegal in the next few weeks. Deputy Doherty said “This campaign, which outlines our party’s priorities for Government, will see the mobilisation of Sinn Féin activists across the County and will put forward Sinn Féin’s alternative vision to the two-tier recovery of both Fine Gael and the Labour Party.“We will be canvassing thousands of homes and engaging with people in what will be a state wide conversation: a conversation about the type of society which we want to create.”“It’s Sinn Féin’s belief that a fairer recovery is possible, one which is radically different to the supposed recovery which has been proclaimed by this Government whereby many families throughout this state continue to suffer on a daily basis.”“The recovery which this Government promotes is one which excludes ordinary people, where the wealthy and the top earners of Irish society are the only group to benefit – this is not the kind of economy which we want to establish and this is not the kind of society which we envisage.”“For Sinn Féin, a fair recovery means equality, decent jobs with decent pay, protecting our public services and delivering a fair taxation system for everyone.”Deputy MacLochlainn echoed those sentiments and added this campaign is about engaging with ordinary citizens and about placing them and their families at the heart of the recovery. “In the next few weeks, our activists will be talking with people from all over Donegal and listening to their views and opinions on what a fair recovery means to them, and Sinn Féin wants to be the party that delivers that recovery.”“Despite the Government’s rhetoric, youth unemployment remains high, public services remain under threat, thousands of families urgently require social housing and thousands of people are on waiting lists for our local hospital.“Inequality has now become entrenched under this Government: we’ve seen it budget after budget, with the most well off benefitting at the expense of the most disadvantaged.”“A Sinn Féin Government would prioritise decent work for decent pay, deliver affordable childcare, social housing, first class public services, and promote an all-island economy.”FAIR RECOVERY CAMPAIGN FOR DONEGAL LAUNCHED BY SINN FEIN was last modified: July 7th, 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:donegalFair Recovery CampaignSinn Feinlast_img read more

Arcata, Fortuna to host NCS playoff games tonight

first_imgBoth Arcata High football, reigning champions of the Little 4 Conference, and Fortuna, the defending Division 5-A state champions, will begin postseason play tonight with a pair of home stands in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs.No. 9 Cloverdale (6-4) at No. 8 Arcata (6-4)After an 0-3 start to their 2018 season the Tigers, under the direction of second-year head coach Jamal Jones, won six of their last seven games including five of six league games to finish above .500 and …last_img read more

Facebook Cracking Down on Rogue Apps with New Verification Program

first_imgFacebook is launching a new security measure that is clearly a response to the recent threats caused by numerous rogue applications that have spread virally across the social network. According to news from the Facebook Developers blog, all application developers must now verify their Facebook account by either confirming a mobile phone number or adding a credit card to their account. The new procedure aims to cut down on the number of rogue applications created by hackers and spammers by forcing developers to share personally identifiable information. Unfortunately, say multiple security researchers, verification alone is not enough to stop these malicious apps. Rogue Apps on FacebookLast week, we began to wonder if Facebook needed to implement its own anti-malware service after an especially busy weekend where thousands of user accounts were compromised by rogue applications promising tantalizing videos to anyone who was willing to click here. Not surprisingly, many did just that, and ended up on an off-site Web page where malware was installed on their PCs. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… On May 15, security firm AVG reported its anti-malware service had blocked more than 30,000 rogue Facebook applications – a number so large, the company’s chief researcher officer, Roger Thompson, called it “stunning.” But will the new verification measures actually make dangerous applications a thing of the past? Probably not. Adept spammers will quickly figure out how to bypass the security procedures using stolen credit cards or disposable mobile phones. Security Researchers Response: It’s Not EnoughWe asked several security researchers what they thought about the new procedures and none believed the new program was anywhere near strong enough to thwart the onslaught of rogue apps on Facebook. According to security expert Graham Cluley of Sophos, cybercriminals won’t find that bypassing the measures will be very difficult at all, and will likely use stolen credit cards and pay-as-you-go throwaway mobile phone numbers to get their apps verified. He encourages Facebook to do more than the new measures. “As these applications are being made available to an estimated 500 million users, Facebook would be doing its users a real service if they put in place stronger controls over application developers,” Cluley says. “After all, what legitimate application developer is going to complain?”Rik Ferguson, senior security advisor at Trend Micro, calls the new program a small step in the right direction, but also feels better application approval methods are in order. “Facebook will find themselves playing the same old game of whack-a-mole unless they institute some form of application approvals process as is already the case on competitor networks,” he warns, again reiterating that neither of the new measures are enough to stop real criminals.Security Evangelist Ryan Naraine of Kaspersky, agrees, saying the only way Facebook can really fix things is to “implement some form of code signing or code inspections when the app is submitted.” However, Naraine admits the new program is at least “a step in the right direction.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#NYT#security#social networks#web sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more