21 Dec

Main Street Glenties to close for two days during Harvest Fair

first_imgThe Main Street of Glenties will be closed to traffic on Thursday 12th September and Sunday 15th September to facilitate events for the Glenties Harvest Fair.The road will be temporarily closed from 8am-9pm on Thursday for the Harvest Fair Day, as over 150 market stalls are set up on the street alongside street entertainers.The road will close again from 12noon-9pm on Sunday for the festival parade and entertainment. Donegal County Council has planned the following diversions for traffic: • Traffic from Donegal Town (R262) will be diverted left onto the N56 at Kilraine continuing on to Hillhead, Ardara and from there divert right onto the R261 continuing on this route until rejoining the N56 at Maas.• Traffic from Ardara/Killybegs will be diverted left onto the R261 at Hillhead, Ardara continuing on this route until rejoining the N56 at Maas.• Traffic from Lettermacaward/Dungloe will be diverted right on to the R261 at Maas and continue on this route rejoining the N56 at Hillhead, Ardara.• Traffic from Letterkenny/Ballybofey (R250) will be diverted right onto the N56 at Glenties Grotto and rejoin the N56 at Hillhead, Ardara via the R261 at Maas• Traffic intending to use the R253 will be diverted onto the R252 at the R253/R252 junction at Glenmore and are advised that access to Glenties is not possible via this route Main Street Glenties to close for two days during Harvest Fair was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Glentiesroad closurelast_img read more

20 Dec

Is Patrick Marleau on his way back to San Jose?

first_imgPatrick Marleau may have just moved another giant step closer to returning to the San Jose Sharks.The Carolina Hurricanes bought out Marleau’s contract on Thursday, five days after acquiring the 39-year-old from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a salary dump move, the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. reported.Hurricanes will buy out Marleau, Don Waddell said. Owe him his $3 million signing bonus now and $833,333 split … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

17 Dec

North American trade deal signed, moves to Congress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentDespite the signing of the new trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico Nov. 30, work remains as the focus now shifts to Congress and its ratification. The new free trade agreement that took more than a year of intense negotiations among the three partners to come to fruition.Officially called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) but dubbed NAFTA 2.0, the agreement must be voted on by each country’s legislative body before it takes effect.“Agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico increased from $8.9 billion to $39 billion under NAFTA,” said American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “In every way, this new agreement is just as good, if not better than, the one that came before.”According to AFBF, several provisions in the agreement will have significant impacts on the agriculture industry:USMCA will provide new market access for dairy and poultry products in Canada and maintains the zero-tariff platform on all other ag products and on all ag products to Mexico.Canada agreed to end its Class 7 pricing scheme.U.S. dairy products gain access to an additional 3.6 percent of Canada’s dairy market.Canada agreed to treat wheat imports the same as domestic wheat for grading and pricing, and Mexico and the U.S. agreed that all grading standards for ag products will be non-discriminatory.USMCA is the first free trade agreement for the U.S. that includes measures that address cooperation, information sharing, and other trade rules related to biotechnology and gene editing. There also are provisions that enhance science-based trading standards among the three nations as the basis for sanitary and phytosanitary measures for ag products, as well as progress in the area of geographic indications.However, Duvall cautioned that there is still work to be done between the three countries to make the agriculture industry whole.“As good as all this news is, farmers and ranchers still face retaliatory tariffs over steel and aluminum disputes with our North American neighbors and other trading partners,” he said. “We urge the administration to redouble its efforts to come to an agreement on those outstanding issues so we can regain the markets we had not long ago.”  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

16 Dec

Democrats Seek Extension of Tax Breaks for Renewables

first_imgFederal tax credits for wind and solar systems are to be phased out beginning next year as part of a 2015 deal that ended a ban on crude oil exports. Now, a group of Democrats in Congress would like rework the plan and keep the subsidies in place, Bloomberg reports. The 2015 agreement was a boon for renewables. A production tax credit for the wind industry, which had expired, was reinstated with a five-year phase-out to end next year. A 30% investment tax credit for photovoltaic systems also was given an extension, with a gradual reduction to begin in 2020 and go to zero in 2022. But changes in the political landscape have prompted more than 100 Democrats to sign on to a letter urging that the tax benefits be given more time.RELATED ARTICLESAfter a Long Boom, an Uncertain Future for Big Dam ProjectsA Fight Ahead For Solar Equipment Tax CreditsBill Proposes New Incentives for Electric VehiclesDitch the Tax Credits for RenewablesEnergy Tax Credits and the Fiscal Cliff The April letter, addressed to the Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, said that investments in clean energy would help the country address threats posed by climate change. It criticizes parts of the tax code that provide billions of dollars in subsidies, “many with no discernible rationale,” while leaving renewable energy companies high and dry. Among the requests: Continued incentives for wind and solar energy as a way of helping the country transition to 100% clean energy. Clarify the tax code for energy storage technologies, which lawmakers said is key to modernizing the grid. Encourage the spread of electric vehicles and vehicles that run on alternate fuels by revising a cap on subsidies for manufacturers that currently kicks in when sales top 200,000 vehicles. Support the use of biomass and wood pellets for home heating. Support policies that would continue development of the next generation of biofuels. “We are cognizant that Congress last extended many of these clean-energy tax credits with the understanding that they would eventually be phased out,” the letter reads. “However, for many of us who served in 2015 when that bipartisan agreement was reached, the facts on the ground have now changed demonstrably.” The extensions were supposed to serve as a bridge to the implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but the Trump administration has “fundamentally altered the framework by which the 2015 agreement was reached,” it says. Reaction was mixed. Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, said he favored an extension of the incentives. Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, does not. He said that he assured opponents of the wind tax credit in 2015 that he wouldn’t be back for another extension if they went along with it then.last_img read more

3 Dec

Rain pounds Gujarat, throws life out of gear

first_imgGujarat continues to be battered by heavy rains causing floods. On Thursday, Ahmedabad received 200 mm of rainfall, flooding major parts of the city. The Centre has rushed three more teams of the National Disaster Response Force to the State.The toll in Banaskantha has reached 46 while in Patan district, five persons were washed away in the floods. The total toll has reached 150 in the State since June 1.“More than 10,000 people were relocated from vulnerable areas as a precautionary measure as torrential rain continues in the State,” said a senior government official, adding that more than 1,000 people were rescued by various agencies.‘Grim situation’“Situation continues to be grim because of constant rainfall. After north Gujarat and Saurashtra, the rain is now spreading to central and south Gujarat, causing floods there,” the official added.Portions of at least 20 buildings collapsed due to heavy rains and water-logging. Three persons were injured when a building crumbled in the Gaekwad Haveli locality in the early hours, Ahmedabad Chief Fire Officer M. Dastoor said.“Three persons were injured when a building collapsed in the city. Parts of nearly 20 buildings collapsed since midnight, while 64 trees have been uprooted. Eleven instances of fire were reported due to short-circuits,” he said.The government authorities have ordered all schools and colleges to remain closed in the affected areas. Examinations have also been postponed.As on Thursday, more than 300 roads were closed and hundreds of villages submerged in darkness due to power outage as floods have damaged the power distribution infrastructure.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani visited the affected areas in Ahmedabad and conducted inspection of rescue works. The administration has warned people against venturing out. The Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation issued a warning of heavy rains on Friday and asked people to stay indoors.According to Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, 18 teams of the NDRF, six teams of the BSF, six columns of the Army, two teams of the Navy and over a dozen helicopters of the Air Force were involved in the rescue work across the State, mainly in the two worst affected districts of Patan and Banaskantha.The Ahmedabad airport runway was partly flooded due to heavy rains, though it did not affect the air traffic, its director Manoj Gangal said. Apart from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kheda also received heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours, affecting thousands of people who had to be relocated to safer areas.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

17 Nov

World Cup 2018: When Brazilian goalkeeper burst a Swiss balloon on live TV

first_imgSwitzerland, on Monday, displayed a tactical masterclass to completely neutralise the effect of the feared Brazilian quadrat to earn a 1-1 draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener.While Switzerland were always going to be a tough opposition, it was never expected that Brazil would struggle as much as they did in the second half.Switzerland did not only deny Brazil, they stopped, bullied, bruised and frustrated the Samba boys.Neymar became the most fouled player in a World Cup game since 1998 and that is how, Switzerland disintegrated the Brazilian defence.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEAs the match entered the last 10 minutes, Brazil looked completely worn out, devoid of any creative instinct and their goalkeeper Alisson stood at the back, frustratingly watching his team lose their creative flow.In the 84th minute, a red balloon appeared at the ground in the Brazilian penalty area. Alisson jogged towards the balloon looking at the stands and smashed it with his feet.Alisson Becker vs. Balloon pic.twitter.com/m3RLcKCuGBMuharrem Acar (@muharrem_acar) June 17, 2018He looked back at the stands, picked up the pieces and threw them away.The one goal that Alisson let through was a controversial header from point-blank range.Also read – Gabriel Jesus painted Brazil streets in 2014. In 2018, he’s a World CupperSwitzerland had got a corner and Steven Zuber, attempting to jump for the ball, pushed Miranda and stopped him from making a jump alongside.Rest of Brazil’s defence went to sleep as Zuber took the leap and headed home.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Lackluster Brazil held to 1-1 draw by SwitzerlandApart from that goal and another save he made, Alisson was hardly required to protect is goal. Switzerland made a total of six attempts compared to Brazil’s 20. Out of those attempts from Switzerland, four were off target and only two were shot at the goal.It was Switzerland’s staunch defending that made them trump the flow of Brazil. They recovered a total of 56 balls, made 17 tackles, blocked seven shots and made 19 clearances — a clear indication of how they earned the draw.Also read – World Cup 2018: Coach Tite says anxiety hit Brazil hard vs SwitzerlandBrazil are one of the favourites in the tournament, given their quality and even Alisson is currently being pursued by top European clubs, including Champions League holders Real Madrid.Brazil will now have to win both their matches, against Serbia and Costa Rica, to guarantee themselves a spot in the Round of 16.last_img read more