Brandl takes title in Blizzard Bike Club’s King of Spring race

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Blizzard Bicycle Club held their annual King of Spring race this past Sunday.What started out as a potential miserable trudge turned into a wonderful spring day for the four riders competing in this year’s event. Owls and hawks were seen on several occasions as the cyclists took off for the 60 kilometre race from Wood’s Corner towards the Upper Pine School and back. After a couple of stops for fallen chains and a flat tire, the riders hit their stride near Montney before a series of hill climbs.Despite valiant efforts from the other riders, none of them were able to keep up with pack leader Barry Brandl, who broke away from the pack in the final stretch to take a decisive victory.- Advertisement -Brandl was crowned Blizzard’s King of Spring for 2017, with a time of 2:03:14. Josh Telizyn had a very fast ride of 2:08:33 to finish in 2nd place. Kristine Bock was just under two and a half minutes behind Telizyn, finishing with a time of 2:10:59. Richard Wood rounded out the pack, crossing the finish line in 2:28:45.The next big race for the Club will be happening in just under two weeks’ time, when the club hosts a 66 kilometre Road Race starting from the Cecil Lake gravel pit and heading to the Clearview School before looping back again. That race takes place on Sunday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m.Write-up submitted by Pat Ferris, edited by Chris Newton.Advertisementlast_img read more

Flexed out

first_imgBY challenging the LAPD’s three-day workweek, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry has taken on a noble cause – five years too late. In calling for the City Council to review the LAPD’s flexible-time schedule, Perry has pointed out the obvious truth to which most of her City Hall peers have been willfully ignorant: Putting cops on 3-12 work schedules – three, 12-hour days – is not in the city’s best interest. For starters, it tends to exhaust officers to work those long shifts, plus leads to moonlighting, which exhausts officers all the more. It also forces the Los Angeles Police Department to use more overtime during peak hours, which is expensive. And by all accounts, it reduces the number of cops available to patrol our streets. But like it or not – and we do not – the flexible workweek isn’t going anywhere. The compressed schedule was the product of a political deal. When James Hahn ran for mayor for the first time, he promised the perk to the Police Protective League in exchange for its endorsement. That was back in 2002, and the consequences have been clear ever since. But city leaders – with the exception of former police chief and current City Councilman Bernard Parks – have been largely silent on the issue, for fear of alienating the powerful PPL. Unfortunately, there’s nothing Perry, Parks or the council can do about it now. The three-day workweek has become a fact of life in the LAPD, part of the contract between the city and its cops. It never should have been implemented, but taking it back would probably cost a lot more than it’s worth at the bargaining table. Instead of wasting time and energy revisiting a past that can’t be changed, Perry and the rest of the council need to get to work – for a change – doing something to make this a safer city. The logical place to start would be a serious, comprehensive effort to address the scourge of gangs, not a wasteful review of the LAPD’s flexible work schedule. 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_imgA scene from the flooded hospital. Pic by donegaldaily.comThe Mayor of Letterkenny has demanded that a report into flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital be published immediately.Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle said he is disappointed with the response he received from the HSE regarding the long awaited report into the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital on the 5th August last year.Gardai at the latest flooding at Letterkenny General HospitalCllr Mc Monagle has been raising the issue of the Flood Report within the Regional Health Forum for the last twelve months. But he has been told that because of legal issues, the report will not now be published at present.Cllr Mc Monagle said he was surprised at the answer he received this week from the SAOLTA Group.“I have been pursuing the publishing of the report into the flooding of Letterkenny hospital consistently since I have been on the regional health forum.“Repeatedly been told that its release was imminent. “Now however I am dismayed to have been told that it cannot yet be published due to ‘legal proceedings’.“When I enquired further I was told that the body taking these legal proceedings were the hospitals insurance company but that they would not reveal who the proceedings were against other than to say “Third Parties”.He addd that this is extremely disappointing given the importance of Letterkenny Hospital to the community in Donegal.“Whilst I am happy that all measures are being taken to ensure that such a disaster will not happen again. It is equally important to know what impact if any this may have for services at the hospital.“Therefore I am now calling on the HSE for the report to be published immediately.” MAYOR DEMANDS HOSPITAL FLOOD REPORT BE PUBLISHED IMMEDIATELY was last modified: September 24th, 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:donegalFLOOD REPORTMayor of Letterkennylast_img read more


first_imgIreland’s most northerly point is turning green for St Patrick’s Day.Donegal Tourism has decided to turn Malin Head green in a bid to show tourists around the globe just how spectacular Inishowen and Donegal is.Tourism Development Officer for Donegal County Council, Kevin O’Connor said there is so much to learn about Malin Head and its surrounding areas. “Malin is a vital tourism attraction for the county, attracting in excess of 100,000 visitors a year, so we thought if it is good enough for the famous landmarks all across the world, why not for Ireland’s most Northerly Point.“Malin Head will be illuminated in green on the 16th and 17th March, so if you’d like to see one of the world’s spectacular landmarks lit up for Paddy’s Day you need travel no further than the top of the country”.The people of Donegal are very aware of Malin Head and its significance.In fact, almost every Irish person will have heard of Malin Head at some stage in their life – mainly due to its regular mention on national weather forecasts.But what else do you know about it? Donegal Tourism in conjunction with Donegal County Council plan to light up our very own spectacular natural landmark.It has happened to the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, and the Great Wall of China. Now it is time to illuminate one of Ireland’s most significant locations and one that has a lot more to offer than one might first imagine.When it comes to Malin Head, there is much to learn.It is an area of great scenic beauty, and also of historical, scientific and ecological importance. Come and experience spectacular rock formations of stunning beauty and imaginative names such as Banba’s Crown, Devil’s Bridge, Hell’s Hole, or Five Fingers Strand.One of the first points of interest on the newly established Wild Atlantic Way, Malin offers unique bird watching opportunities, with an array of rare and endangered species; unspoiled natural flora; and a stunning canvass for any budding or professional photographer. Historically, it has been one of the primary links between Europe and America during the dawning of the Age of Radio Signalling, from The Tower at Banba’s Crown; or at low tide, perhaps you can spot the wreck of the Twilight, which sank in 1889 on its voyage to Derry.MALIN HEAD GOES GREEN FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY was last modified: March 11th, 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:donegalMalin HeadSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Deputies Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty, along with HSE West/ North West Health Forum member Cllr. Gerry McMonagle, are to meet with Saolta Group Management to discuss the on-going issues at Letterkenny General Hospital – including the hospital’s ongoing overcrowding crisis.Letterkenny General HospitalSpeaking ahead of tomorrow’s meeting, Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said that along with recent overcrowding problems, the long term future of the hospital’s Cancer Services is also on the agenda of today’s meeting.“My Sinn Féin party colleagues and I have called today’s meeting with Management from the Saolta Group as we feel that it is vital that the unresolved issues facing the facility are appropriately addressed. “Among the issues we hope to discuss with Management are the disturbing incidents of overcrowding at the Unit’s Accident and Emergency Department, as well as the future plans for Breast Cancer Services at LGH which, as yet, remain uncertain.”“The overcrowding crisis – something which has been on-going for a number of weeks now – is largely down to inadequate resources and dangerously low staffing levels.”Over 20,000 inpatients pass through Letterkenny General Hospital each year and based on these figures, this places the hospital as the seventh largest in the State and yet it has still not been given regional hospital status, added Deputy Mac Lochlainn.“What’s worse is that based on these inpatient numbers, LGH not only has the lowest budget allocation of any hospital in the state, it also has the lowest allocation of medical staff – this simply is not good enough and is an insult to the people of Donegal.” He continued that there are also serious concerns around the long term plans for Letterkenny’s breast cancer care unit.“With the impending delivery of a Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry to provide for cancer patients in Donegal, Derry and the North West, the three stages of cancer care – diagnostics, surgical and radiotherapy – will be provided for locally.“Our goal has been to bring to an end the days of cancer patients in Donegal having to travel long distances for treatment. The people of this County have fought tooth and nail over the years to have these services provided for here in the North West, and any suggestion that cancer services be relocated to Galway is quite simply unacceptable and must be opposed.”“At the meeting, I along with Deputy Doherty and Cllr McMonagle will be seeking solutions and assurances from Saolta Group Management in relation to these issues facing LGH at present.“Naturally, in spite of the many problems which currently exist there, Letterkenny General is an institution here in the North West. It is more than just a building: it is where many of us have spent our first hours and it is likely that it is where many of us may spend our final hours.” “Despite the fact that it has played host to both some of the happiest and indeed some of the saddest moments in our lives, we in Donegal remain very proud of it which is why we must ensure that the hospital is adequately resourced and staffed, and that all services are maintained and further strengthened both now and into the future.”MEETING TO BE HELD TO DISCUSS CRISIS AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL was last modified: February 8th, 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:crisisdonegalLetterkenny General HospitalManagementSinn Feinlast_img read more


first_imgThere have been many protests at Cockhill Bridge.Work on one of Donegal’s longest-awaited building projects is to start before the end of the year, Donegal Daily can reveal.The controversial Cockhill Bridge project in Buncrana has been on the county council’s agenda for more than a decade.It follows numerous local protests as concerns grew over the dangers the bridge posed to pedestrians.It was revealed two months ago that more than €3M in funding had been put aside for the bridge. Now the final stages of the plan are being put in place before construction starts.It is hoped the new bridge will be open before the end of 2017.A spokesman for Donegal County Council told us that preparation work for the project is at an advanced stage.“Donegal County Council is currently in negotiations regarding the land transfer required for the project. Once the land transfer is completed, Donegal County Council can begin direct labour works in relation to the approach roads to the new bridge. “The council is hopeful that the land transfer negotiations can be concluded quickly and that construction will begin on the ground before the end of the year.“The bridge contractor tendering and appointment process can run concurrently with the approach road construction works so that a bridge contractor should be in place by the Spring of 2016. It is envisioned that the bridge construction works will take approximately 6 months to complete,” said the spokesperson.COUNCIL REVEALS NEW COCKHILL BRIDGE TO OPEN BY 2016 was last modified: August 18th, 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:buncranaCockhill Bridgecouncildonegallast_img read more

The only things this Donegal chef wants to burn are calories!

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon from Ramelton will leading the way to a healthy new life on the new series of Celebrity Operation Transformation.The lifestyle challenge show airs tonight and you can find out how Gary’s first week went by tuning into RTE One at 9.30pm.Gary, 39, is a well-known culinary star from TV3’s The Restaurant. A life spent in the kitchen means that he’s always around food, but it has recently impacted on his weight. Gary is now 15st 3.5lb, and is looking slice off the excess pounds. Gary leads a busy career as Head Chef at Viewmount House, Co. Longford. He’s always on the go with his young family too.  Gary lives in Granard, Co. Longford with his wife Annette and their two children, Cora (3) and Olly (11 months).Gary O’Hanlon Gary admits he has gone from a fit and healthy marathon runner to a ‘wee fat chef’ but is ready to give it his all in this challenge.Despite being constantly surrounded by food, Gary said he could go an entire day without eating a proper meal. Turning instead to energy drinks, fizzy drinks, jellies, ice-pops, crisps and chocolate to keep him going. He admits as a chef he should know better but his eating habits are out of control. Gary is known as a food expert in many circuits, but not the kind this show is looking for. He is confident he’ll still be the one ‘bringing the flavour’ to this series though.He is keen to get back to a level of fitness to run marathons again. He is a gym member but is usually only found relaxing in the jacuzzi or sauna these days! Working on his feet for 23 years has left him with joint and back pain. Even putting on socks has become torture.The devoted dad wants to be able to enjoy running around with his kids for a long time to come. He’ll be following a tailored OT food and fitness plan over the coming weeks, and you can do the same if you follow his leader page on leaders on this series are X Factor singer Mary Byrne, beauty expert Triona McCarthy, social media influencer James Patrice and singer Kayleigh Cullinan.Tune in tonight to see the team face the scales and the experts at the weekly weigh in, and experience the highs and lows as they embark on one of their biggest challenges to date. The only things this Donegal chef wants to burn are calories! was last modified: September 6th, 2017 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:celebrity operation transformationchefGary O’HanlonRTElast_img read more

Jean Barton: What a marvelous ride, celebrating Jane Spencer

first_imgFamily and friends gathered at the Yolo Fliers Club on Oct. 21 to remember the life of an amazing woman who spent 99 summers at Battle Creek Meadows Ranch at Mineral, Jane Starkweather Spencer, 1912-2016. She was equally at home on the ranch or in the city, but loved being in the mountains.Jane was born January 26, 1912 in Sacramento, the daughter of Albert and Irma Starkweather. She grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Katherine Delmar Burke School for Girls.Battle Creek Meadows was …last_img

FSA Programs in Nebraska

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterSCRIBNER, Neb. (DTN) — Nebraska farmers affected by the devastating effects of recent floods and blizzards can use USDA Farm Service Agency cost-sharing programs to help recover financially. However, there are several rules and regulations producers must follow to receive aid.At a flood information meeting in Scribner, Nebraska, on April 2, officials from FSA, NRCS and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension spoke about the different resources available to farmers affected by the severe flooding.The meeting, along with two other similar meetings held in different locations this week, drew a total of more than 180 producers from several east-central Nebraska counties that were affected by severe flooding.INS AND OUTS OF ECPThe majority of the meeting was dedicated to discussing the Emergency Conservation Program. County Executive Director for the Dodge-Sarpy/Douglas FSA Bryan Ralston told the crowd the program provides cost-share to producers who have had severe damage to farmland and pastures due to a natural disaster.The program pays up to 75% of the actual cost to repair land and the cost-share cannot exceed 50% of the agricultural market value of the affected land.Practices available to producers to address the damage include debris removal from crop and pasture land, fence restoration, grading, shaping and leveling land, conservation structure restoration and shelterbelt restoration.The requirements of ECP stipulate the damage to fields must be of such magnitude that it would be too costly for the producer to rehabilitate without federal assistance, he said. The minimum qualifying cost of restoration is $1,000 per participant.“Looking around, we certainly have this on many of our farms,” Ralston said.The ECP is limited to agricultural producers and those who have an interest in the farm and contribute part of the practice cost to be eligible. Land eligible for the program is physically located in the county approved for ECP and must be used to commercially produce agricultural commodities and must continue to be used for ag production in the future.Payment limitations would be $200,000 maximum per person or legal entity per disaster. Several questions came up in this discussion, such as if this dollar amount covered a husband and wife owning a farm, and what if you are part of a corporation.Eligible cost-share items would be things such as new or used materials, services, labor, equipment and sales tax. The ECP cost-share is not authorized for rehabilitating stream banks, channels, levees, dikes, roads or recreational uses.DON’T START YETRalston said any work done to fields before the request is fielded in the county office is ineligible. In addition, any practice started before an Environmental and Cultural Resource Evaluation was completed or before it was approved by the County FSA Committee will be ineligible as well.“You have to come talk to us first before any work begins to be eligible,” he said.He said there are four parts of the ECP: removing debris (EC1), grading, shaping and releveling (EC2), restoring permanent fences (EC3) and restoring conservation structures and other installations (EC4).The application process would start with a producer submitting an application on FSA-848. At this point an Environmental and Cultural Resource Evaluation will be completed, which is a requirement of all ECP practices.Ralston said producers will need to keep track of their bills and receipts and they will also need to separate out bills for work done on ineligible land and/or practices. Documentation, such as invoices, canceled checks, and paid receipts must be submitted for payment from FSA.Producers need to submit itemized statements if they complete practices with their own labor, equipment or materials. Dates of work performed, cost per hour charged for labor, type of equipment used, charge for equipment, type and cost of material used and other applicable information will be needed.Signup dates for ECP run from March 25 through May 25, 2019. Ralston said if you have already called his office, you are on the list to be called for an appointment.LIP QUESTIONSThe second half of Ralston’s presentation was dedicated to the Livestock Indemnity Program. This program compensates livestock owners for livestock death losses that occur in excess of normal mortality because of an adverse weather event.Normal mortality is a key part of LIP and defined as the numerical amount computed by a percentage of expected livestock deaths by category that normally occurs during a calendar year, he said.Ralston gave an example of normal mortality. A producer owned 200 head of adult beef cattle on the beginning date of an eligible adverse weather event.Normal mortality is 1.5% and five head were lost. So, you would multiple the 200 head by the 1.5% and you get three, which becomes the loss threshold.In this example, two head of adult beef cattle would be eligible for an LIP payment.Among the loss conditions in LIP would be adverse weather events. This could be blizzard, extreme cold, winter storms, flooding or a combination of weather conditions may be approved.Producers would have to document their death losses. There are different ways to do this from photos to rendering truck receipts to even bank or veterinary records. If these are not available, a third-party certification is possible in which someone not affiliated to the operation can be used as proof of death losses.Ralston said livestock death has to be within 30 days of the weather event and the notice of loss has to be filed with FSA within 30 days of death. File application for payment as well as all supporting documentation is due within 60 days of the end of the calendar year.Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(ES/SK/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ahmednagar case not honour killing, say police

first_imgThe Ahmednagar police on Friday said that the incident in which a young couple was allegedly set ablaze in by kin opposed to their inter-caste marriage was not a case of ‘honour killing’.According to information earlier given by the police, 23-year-old Mangesh Ransing, and his wife Rukmini (19), were allegedly doused in petrol and set on fire in Ahmednagar’s Nighoj village by three of Rukmini’s relatives on May 1. Rukmini Ransing had succumbed to her injuries at Sassoon Hospital and the police had arrested her relatives in connection with the case.Now, in a startling twist, the police have said that their investigations proved it was Mangesh who was the real culprit and had set his wife ablaze. “The conclusion drawn by us after thorough investigation clearly proves that this incident is not a case of ‘honour killing’ as is being touted. Mangesh, following a heated altercation with Rukmini, doused his wife with petrol. In this process, the entire room caught fire and he too suffered burn injuries as a result,” said a senior police officer who investigated the case.He also said that a completely wrong picture had been presented in this case showing the girl’s relatives to be ‘opposed’ to the marriage on account of caste.“Mangesh and Rukmini had eloped with the objective of getting married. This move, naturally, did not meet with approval from the girl’s side initially. Yet, they reconciled and Rukmini’s mother did attend their wedding contrary to what was earlier believed that no relative from her side came,” said the official.He further said that Rukmini’s uncles worked as ice cream vendors, and that investigations revealed that one of them was not even present at the time of the incident.According to him, the testimonies given by Mangesh’s brothers in Pune that Rukmini’s kin were vehemently opposed to the marriage were “misleading”.“It appears that Rukmini went back to her parent’s place after a tiff with Mangesh. He arrived there on April 30 to fetch her back. The next day [May 1], the duo had another quarrel after Rukmini refused to go back with Mangesh, who then set her ablaze,” said the investigating official.last_img read more