Serious conversation needed on Border Poll – Mac Lochlainn

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By admin – June 28, 2016 Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A Donegal Senator says a proper debate is now necessary on the potential for a United Ireland following the result of last week’s Brexit referendum.56 per cent of voters in the North voted to remain the EU – leading to calls for a Border Poll.Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan says the two issues are completely separate, and would not lead to a vote on a United Ireland.However Senator Padraig MacLochlainn is questioning why other parties are refusing to even entertain the idea……….. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+center_img Pinterest Serious conversation needed on Border Poll – Mac Lochlainn Previous articleMan jailed for causing Derry gas explosion in which he was seriously injuredNext articleQueen Elizabeth II to visit Causeway Coast admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more

Tame Impala Announces First US Performance Of 2018

first_imgTame Impala last performed in the United States—well, they last performed at all—when the band headlined the Panorama Music Festival in New York City last July. The Australian rockers’ set marked only their second U.S. date of the year, which made sense considering they planned to take a bit of a hiatus in 2017.Tame Impala doesn’t yet have much planned for 2018 either, but one thing they do have in the works is a headlining set at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival, which is slated to take place in Union Park from July 20th to 22nd. The supremely hip festival, which is put on by the supremely hip music publication of the same name, just announced its initial lineup, and the Kevin Parker-led band is at the top of the bill for Friday.In addition to the massively popular psych-rockers, Pitchfork Music Festival will also feature performances by acts like DRAM, Raphael Saadiq, Japandroids, and Kelela. The first wave of artists was announced one-by-one via a Facebook live feed as each act’s name was painted on a mural in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The drawn out process will be repeated when the next few waves of artist are revealed in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for info on the festival’s expanding lineup and—hopefully—more Tame Impala tour dates in the United States.Tickets for the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival are now on sale. You can check out the entirety of the initial lineup via the event’s website.Tame Impala – Full Set – Panorama 2017[Video: BRUNNO]last_img read more

Pertamina Hospital in Jakarta to handle coronavirus patients, laboratory tests

first_imgState-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina is preparing the Pertamina Jaya Hospital (RSPJ) in Central Jakarta to serve as a referral hospital for COVID-19 patients, with a laboratory for the novel coronavirus tests.The hospital, located in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, is expected to be able to test over 1,400 samples per day, State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir said in a statement on Monday.“COVID-19 testing is very important. The machine to process COVID-19 test results will be ready to use this week,” Erick said. Pertamina hospitals operator PT Pertamina Bina Medika’s (Pertamedika) president director, Fathema Djan Rachmat, said the hospital was revamping its intensive care units, medical laboratory, radiology rooms, emergency rooms and other supporting facilities to meet the requirement to handle patients with COVID-19.Following three weeks of preparation since March 11, the hospital is expected to provide a total of 65 isolation rooms once it begins operation on Friday.Pertamina is set to employ some 700 medical workers to serve both at the hospital and another emergency hospital to be developed at the Patra Jasa Hotel, also located in Cempaka Putih, said the company’s director of human resources, Koeshartanto.The company plans to provide 52 bedrooms at the hotel for medical staff accommodation and 90 modular beds for patients.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently urged the Health Ministry and the national COVID-19 task force to improve and speed up the country’s testing capacity, especially using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method — which involves swabbing a person’s nose and throat to detect whether they have contracted the virus.The government, having tested at least 14,354 samples, announced on Tuesday that the country’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases had reached 2,738, with 221 fatalities. A total of 204 people have so far recovered from the disease.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia to administer more PCR tests, acknowledges some rapid tests ‘ineffective’Pertamina Jaya Hospital joins 64 other state-owned hospitals in supporting the government in its containment efforts against the COVID-19 outbreak. The SOEs Ministry is preparing such hospitals to increase the government’s healthcare capacity ahead of the anticipated peak of coronavirus cases in the country.last_img read more

New Zealand could delay election after virus return

first_imgNew Zealand’s looming general election could be delayed, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned Wednesday, as the shock re-emergence of the coronavirus sent the country’s largest city into lockdown and forced nursing homes nationwide to shut their doors.Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents whose positive tests on Tuesday ended the country’s envied run of 102 days without community transmission.A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland — a city of 1.5 million people — went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday, ending weeks of near normality, when thousands had flocked to restaurants and filled rugby stadiums. Topics : Election ‘very difficult’New Zealand had been held up by the World Health Organization as an example of how to contain the disease after recording only 22 deaths in a population of five million, and halting community transmission for more than three months.Ardern described the new cases as “unsettling” but said all efforts were being made to retrace the steps of the Auckland family of four who contracted it from an unknown source.Her center-left Labor Party has been riding high in opinion polls, largely on the back of its success containing the virus through a strict seven-week lockdown earlier this year.With campaigning temporarily halted by the latest virus scare, the conservative National Party said it was open to a delay if circumstances warranted.”It’s going to be very difficult to have an election in mid-September when we are now mid-August. It is very little time,” National leader Judith Collins told TV3.The initial lockdown is only for three days but University of Otago epidemiologist Amanda Kvalsvig said it could last much longer if the source of the infection was not found swiftly.”The aim is to return to alert level one (New Zealand’s lowest) and regain elimination status — but that won’t happen overnight,” she said.”Even after we stop seeing new cases it’ll take time and extensive testing to be sure the virus is once more under control.”The outbreak has already eroded some of the everyday freedoms New Zealanders had enjoyed, with Ardern urging Aucklanders to wear masks and restricting gatherings in the city to a maximum of 10 people.The final match of Super Rugby Aotearoa — which had been set to take place in front of a sold-out 43,000 crowd at Eden Park on Sunday — is also in doubt.The Auckland Blues said its players had been sent home to await advice on whether they can host the weekend’s blockbuster match against newly-crowned champions, the Canterbury Crusaders. In a statement, the legislature said that step “will no longer be held today” but could be done any time before 13 October 2020, potentially pushing the election out by months.Health officials were also locking down aged care homes across the country because they could act as transmission hotspots.”I realize how incredibly difficult this will be for those who have loved ones in these facilities, but it’s the strongest way we can protect and look after them,” Ardern said.Director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield acknowledged the heartbreak of many Kiwis as they come to terms with the return of a virus many thought had been defeated.”I know the virus re-remerging in our community has caused alarm and the unknown is scary,” he said. “[But] we’ve been here before, we can get through it if we work together.” Panic buying returned to supermarkets, huge queues formed at COVID-19 testing stations and face-masked police manned roadblocks on major roads to enforce the new measures. Ardern warned the September 19 election may be have to be delayed if the outbreak could not be contained.”We’re seeking advice from the Electoral Commission, just so that we make sure we have all options open to us,” she said. “No decisions yet, as you can imagine, have been made.”New Zealand’s parliament had been due to be dissolved Wednesday, to allow the election to go ahead.last_img read more

The Big Queasy

first_imgGumbo, cajun, catfish, katrina, jazz, saints. The aforementioned are all things about the storied city of New Orleans that we love and dislike. One thing for certain and two things for sure, the Saints, as a result of being unceremoniously dumped by the Seattle Seahawks from this year’s postseason, will not be marching west to Dallas to defend their crown in Super Bowl XLV. Sometimes things like that happen when we begin to believe our own hype and get an early start on our own personal Mardi Gras. See I, Aubrey Bruce being of an honest nature did not give the Seahawks any sort of indirect or direct shot at upending the defending Super Bowl Champs on any field, anytime, anywhere. As a matter of fact, I already had the Atlanta Falcons or the Saints penciled in.The only person that gave Seattle a legitimate shot at defeating the Saints was former wide receiver and current ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson. When he picked Seattle, I personally thought that he had taken one too many hits jogging across the middle.The Seahawks now have to travel to visit Chicago. I truly believe da Bears will not be taken by surprise as were the boys from the “big queasy.” However that being said, sometimes you can know what’s coming but can ya stop it?The Seahawks’ wings will certainly be clipped by the Bears. Why, because Bears head coach Lovie Smith will not allow Seattle QB Matt Hassleback to throw for four touchdowns. Neither will the wind or the weather conditions at Soldier Field (Bears 21-10).Now can we get to the real AFC North Championship? When it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens playing in the “end of the world” bowl that is another story. The playbooks these teams are studying are taken straight from the “Book of Eli.” This game is going to make Armageddon appear like brunch at the ‘Golden Corral.’ Throw stats out of the window. Only a tiebreaker separated Pittsburgh from Baltimore, that is how evenly matched these teams are.Both have graduates from ‘Thug University.” I am not alluding to their off the gridiron activities, I am talking about their on the field adventures. Steelers ex-head coach Charles Henry Noll once described certain players including his own Hall-of-Fame cornerback Mel Blount as being a part of a “criminal element” that existed in the NFL. He was not referring to their “rap” sheets but describing the nasty and vicious tactics they employed as part of their normal activity on the field. Noll also singled out another ‘Thug U’ alumnus, the late former Raiders cornerback Jack Tatum. Tatum sadly must list the paralysis of former Patriots wide receiver the late Darryl Stingley as one of his victims as well as Steelers former Hall-of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann, who he sent to la-la land during a game in which the Steelers and Raiders were rumbling.Let’s hit FF to 2011. The Ravens and Steelers have a few players that if not for the NFL, might be featured on a few post office walls. The first two are Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Both these gentlemen seem to almost have a sort of internal “primal” scream jumping off. That would be okay in a normal sense, playing a normal game. However, that internal chaos, compounded with a sort of “manufactured” paranoia that seems to suggest to them that everything everywhere is out to get them amounts to a volatile psychosis that may at times almost be homicidal, at least for their opponents. A couple of years ago, Lewis administered a vicious hit to Rashard Mendenhall, injuring his shoulder and ending his rookie season. The Steelers makeshift offensive line had better always have an APB out on Lewis. Steelers’ fans aren’t you feeling a bit queasy?In regards to Harrison, thank God for rule changes because of the way that he flies around. If it moves Harrison will kill it or at least attempt to. Okay, no more helmet to helmet but has anyone considered the alternative? You lower the target area six inches or more, could a well placed hit stop the heart? Steelers and Ravens nations make sure you send plenty of mint julep and pecan pie to Mr. Harrison before the upcoming match. In all of my years of observing and covering Steelers football I have never witnessed a linebacker who has competed with the guile, strength and tenacity of Mr. Harrison. He is a madman without the foam around his mouth. Steelers’ fans aren’t you feeling a bit queasy?There are other miniature psycho’s roaming on the defensive side of the ball for both squads. This game is going to be the “war of all wars.” I agree with a few of the talking heads. Will either the Ravens or the Steelers have any juice left to face the winner of the Jets/Patriots’ matchup? Who knows? Aubrey knows (Steelers win a nail biter, 20-17).(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]­pittsburgh­ or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Tournament of Roses on the horizon Tuesday at Granite Pointe

first_imgGranite Pointe will be buzzing with activity Tuesday as the ladies club welcomes the top players from the region for the annual Tournament of Roses. The Tournament of Roses is an 18-hole team affair with players playing with a partner to determine the top winner.In 2012, Sherry McIvor and Bev Poole edged out the Dorothy Garland/Sue Moisey for the overall prize in the low gross tournament.Low net winners were Linda Tamblyn and Ann Gouk by two shots better than Rose Beauchamp and Jeri Santarossa.Players from all West Kootenay Clubs are expected to attend the first major tournament of the women’s season.last_img read more

Hockey stars of the future entertain crowds at Nelson Novice Tournament

first_imgThe tournament attracted more than 500 people to the Heritage City for the annual event for boys and girls between the ages of five to eight years.The Nelson Daily dropped by the tourney to snap a few pictures of the stars in action. Fun to watch were boys and girls participating in the annual Novice tournament in Nelson.A total of five Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, South Okanagan, Fruitvale, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads each played three games during the weekend in the playday format.last_img read more


first_imgDrayden Van Dyke23824292810%$1,625,303 Tyler Baze35356463816%$2,981,258 Peter Eurton9415131616%$887,206 SHARED BELIEF TO UNDERGO NUCLEAR SCANShared Belief was scheduled to undergo a nuclear scan today after he was pulled up by jockey Mike Smith as the 3-10 favorite entering the second turn of Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile Charles Town Classic.“He’s going for a scan at a facility near the track and see if they can find anything,” Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, said Sunday at Santa Anita. “We don’t think it’s serious.”Hollendorfer told Daily Racing Form: “He seems to be doing very well today. There’s a little something bugging him in his right hind, but he walked sound, and he jogged down the road sound.“We’re going to give the horse a good going over from head to toe with a nuclear scan. Hopefully, nothing will be wrong.”            Said West Virginia State Veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Daniel after the race: “When I got to the horse, I saw a little soft tissue swelling in the right stifle. We gather it’s something that happened leaving the starting gate. He didn’t appear to be traveling well from the time he left the gate.”Shared Belief, the 2-year-old champion male of 2013, had won all three of his starts at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that ends today: the Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs; the Grade II San Antonio Invitational in which he defeated Horse of the Year California Chrome; and the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter.Shared Belief, a 4-year-old Candy Ride gelding, had won 10 of 11 starts before the Charles Town Classic and earned $2,932,200. Martin Pedroza18919272610%$827,554 MITCHELL MEMORIAL TOMORROW AT SANTA ANITAA public memorial for longtime Southern California trainer Mike Mitchell will take place tomorrow at Santa Anita. The service, which is to start at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., will be held in the track’s Chandelier Room.Mitchell, who passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66 on Tuesday, trained in California for nearly 40 years and is survived by his wife, Denise and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux). Additional surviving family includes his four siblings; a twin sister, Cheryl, and three brothers, Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey.The Mitchell family has arranged for their pastor and the choir from their church, Fellowship Monrovia, to address those attending. There will also be a few other short speeches from designated speakers.At the request of the family, donations may be made in Mike Mitchell’s name to the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA). The family has also requested that light refreshments be served at the memorial. Guests should enter by car through Gate 5 and follow signage to the Mitchell Memorial in the Chandelier Room. Mark Glatt9216181217%$695,632 Gary Stevens10919161917%$1,674,298 Mario Gutierrez12512171410%$629,090 William Spawr5886914%$254,530 Peter Miller17933312318%$1,614,206 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Kent Desormeaux22535403116%$2,164,208 (Current Through Saturday, April 18) HOLLENDORFER, MILLER VIE FOR SANTA ANITA CROWNThe leading trainer of Santa Anita’s 68-day Winter Meet may not be decided untilSunday’s penultimate race, the eighth on a nine-race program.Going into Sunday, Jerry Hollendorfer and Peter Miller were in a flat-footed tie with 33 wins apiece. Their numbers across the board were close, also, to wit:Hollendorfer has 181 starts, 23 seconds, 28 thirds and was winning at 18 percent. Miller has 179 starts, 31 seconds, 23 thirds and also was winning at 18 percent.Hollendorfer more than doubles Miller in purse earnings, however, $3,417,698 to $1,614,206.Hollendorfer, 68, had five horses entered today: 4-1 Seeking Asylum in the first race; Sweet and Fuzzy (6-1) and Dr. Fager’s Gal (9-2) in the sixth; Outside Nashville (15-1) in the seventh; and French Alps (8-5) in the eighth.The 48-year-old Miller’s runners were Easter Fever (4-1) in the second; Spirited Jacob (6-1) in the fourth; Got Even (4-1) in the fifth; and U S Citizen (6-1) in the seventh.Hollendorfer, dominant for years in the Bay Area where he has 46 titles at Golden Gate Fields alone, not to mention 36 straight at defunct Bay Meadows, has never won an outright crown at Santa Anita. He and John Sadler shared honors in 2013-14 with 34 each.Miller, based at San Luis Rey Downs this meet, has never won a Santa Anita title. He won Del Mar’s 2012 summer meet with 21 wins; Del Mar’s 2014 fall meet with 15 wins; and tied for the 2014 summer session with Hollendorfer at 20 each. Brice Blanc6873610%$354,768 Elvis Trujillo25027362611%$1,588,458 Mark Casse68107915%$825,616 TRAINERS’ RACE IS GOING DOWN TO THE WIREIT’S A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH FOR TEXAS REDTESTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR SHARED BELIEFMITCHELL MEMORIAL MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA Martin Garcia16130201719%$2,774,934 Fernando Perez2221925289%$911,858 Richard Baltas901816820%$786,885 Philip D’Amato9122141724%$1,064,780 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Edwin Maldonado14018161513%$648,914 Tiago Pereira13918111713%$537,552 Felipe Valdez11517131615%$529,217 Jerry Hollendorfer18133232818%$3,417,698center_img Jack Carava58911816%$251,170 Gonzalo Nicolas1067767%$228,236 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Richard Mandella7817131322%$1,068,326 Aaron Gryder9871287%$461,270 Michael Pender5589615%$222,200 TEXAS RED GETTING READY FOR HIS CLOSEUPKeith Desormeaux has long-range plans for Texas Red.The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner will miss the Triple Crown due to abscessissues with his right front foot, but they’re behind him and now the trainer and part owner of the son of Afleet Alex is looking to get the bay colt back in serious training soon.“He’s doing great,” Desormeaux said. “We did an ultra sound about two weeks ago last Saturday and he got a clean bill of health. They told me to go easy on him a couple more weeks, which brings us to May 1, and then I’ll start cranking up.“He’s good. That was nice news; he looks great and he’s ready to go.”Anyone can offer thoughts about the 141st Kentucky Derby on May 2, Desormeaux included, although he’s first to admit he’s not an expert.“It’s all a matter of opinion,” he said, “and to tell you the truth, I don’t have enough experience to be an authority, but in my opinion, there’s only one horse–American Pharoah.“The Derby process is a difficult one, experience is very important, and American Pharoah has never been tested at being rated; that’s what’s important. But he seems like such a sensible animal. If the pace is stupid, they should be able to rate him.” Doug O’Neill20326182713%$1,209,542 John Sadler14723202016%$1,543,920 Flavien Prat17318232110%$1,055,534 Rafael Bejarano31376494324%$3,705,408 Bob Baffert11426191523%$2,961,772 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jeff Bonde38102426%$381,976 Joseph Talamo26427294510%$1,922,288 -30- Ron Ellis651551023%$605,440 Mike Smith11522221719%$2,547,221 Steven Miyadi47106621%$339,290 Mike Puype11415171613%$662,436 Santiago Gonzalez16122192214%$981,114 J. Eric Kruljac6597914%$415,368 Thomas Proctor6288413%$596,588 James Cassidy791081313%$447,320 Victor Espinoza20039352920%$2,623,496 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, who worked five furlongs Friday morning in 1:01, will ship next Saturday, April 26, for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks, trainer John Sadler said . . . Starting on May 22 and running through June 26, Santa Anita will offer Twilight Fridays, with a 4 p.m. first post time at its upcoming Summer Meet. The Paddock Room and Sirona’s will be open for simulcast wagering at 11 a.m., and at 7:30 p.m., or right after the last race, K-Earth’s Totally 80’s Concert in Sirona’s will begin and run until 9 p.m. . . . Birdlover will seek her third straight win when she runs in next Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at one mile on turf. “She’s at the top of her game,” said Steve Rothblum, assistant to Doug O’Neill . . . Agent Tony Matos has booked come-backing Corey Nakatani on Thegirlinthatsong for Jerry Hollendorfer in the Wilshire . . . Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano rides San Luis Rey third-place finisher Power Foot for Neil Drysdale in next Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf. Other probables include Ganesh (Flavien Prat) and San Luis Rey fourth-place finisher Play Hard to Get (Kent Desormeaux).last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 30, 2016)–Longshot Anytime Anyplace broke sharply, pressed pacesetter Bluegrass Bronco to the far turn and held off hard trying Texas Two Step to take Thursday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by three quarters of a length under leading rider Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Paddy Gallagher, the 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Any Given Saturday covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.01.The longest shot in a field of six 3-year-olds and up at 12-1, Anytime Anyplace paid $27.40, $11.00 and $5.00. Owned by the Ferro Family Trust or Harlingten, he got his third win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, increased his earnings to $143,805.Breaking from the far outside, Texas Two Step was in-hand under Santiago Gonzalez while running a joint fifth into the far turn with Kenjisstorm and finished well while caught wide throughout. Off at 3-1, he paid $4.40 and $2.80.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Kenjisstorm hugged the rail around the turn and finished third while never threatening the top two. Off at 9-2, he paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.57, 44.11 and 1:08.51.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more