Long Island Reps Back Bill to End NSA Bulk Collection

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The U.S. House of Representatives this week voted overwhelmingly to reign in the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of Americans’ phone data—a measure that received full support from Long Island’s Congressional delegation.All five of LI’s Representatives backed the so-called USA Freedom Act, including staunch NSA defender Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford). Joining King was lone local congressional colleague from the same party, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), as well as Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington).“It was the strongest NSA legislation that can pass the House,” King said in a statement. “Also, as a practical matter, the NSA should still be at least 90 percent as effective under the Freedom Act as it is under current law.”King has been steadfast in his support of the surveillance agency ever since the disclosures from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden sparked debate over the program nearly two years ago.The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate, where it enjoys considerably less support from a group of lawmakers unenthusiastic about stifling the NSA’s surveillance capabilities. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Kentucky) does not appear eager to coalesce around his Republican colleagues in the House in order to successfully push the bill across the goal line in the Senate.The bill has the support of several civil liberties groups and the White House. But, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group that supports a free and open Internet, withdrew its support of the bill earlier this month following a momentous US Court of Appeals ruling that determined the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data was illegal.“It is clear that Congress must do more to reign in dragnet surveillance by the NSA,” the EFF said after the ruling. The EFF had originally expressed support for the USA Freedom Act, but even then said the bill lacked critical reforms.King’s vote may be the biggest surprise. He has been a harsh critic of the journalists—most notably Glenn Greenwald—who reported on the documents leaked by Snowden, even going as far as saying “legal action” should be taken against those who initially reported on the stolen documents.“No right is absolute and even the press has certain restrictions,” King told Fox News nearly two years ago.He also didn’t mince words when it came to Snowden, the former NSA contractor.“I think he’s either a defector or a traitor—I guess take your pick,” King told CNN during the height of the explosive NSA revelations. He added, “I think what he’s done has done incredible damage to our country.”In a statement to the Press, King said he strongly supports the NSA and “would have voted to reauthorize it without any changes.” Yet, King said he voted in favor of the bill because of its chances of getting through the House without significantly impacting the NSA’s ability to operate unhindered.Zeldin was more inclined to vote “yes” because of the balance the bill struck between national security and privacy.“This legislation will significantly scale back the NSA’s data recording program, further protecting our freedoms and civil liberties,” he said in a statement.Rice, in a statement, called the bill a “common sense” measure that maintains national security “without compromising the privacy of American citizens.”“Instead of doing nothing and just allowing these programs to expire at a time when we know terrorist organizations are actively working to communicate with people in America and inspire attacks on our soil, we passed a bill that strikes a fair balance, protecting people’s privacy rights while ensuring our intelligence community still has the tools they need to keep us safe,” she said. “That’s why it received such broad bipartisan support in the House and why it deserves the same in the Senate.”Both Meeks’ and Israel’s offices did not respond to requests for comment.In its ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that bulk collection under the NSA’s metadata program is not authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the controversial post-9/11 anti-terror law that gave intelligence agencies sweeping powers in the name of national security. Mounds of significant information can be gleaned from metadata, including the length of a phone call, phone number of its participants and in some instances, the precise origins of the phone calls. The court ruled that the program exceeded the scope of Congress’ authorization.The bill also includes reforms to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts, which civil liberties groups argue has essentially acted as a rubber stamp for intelligence agencies. The bill would create the position of a special privacy advocate that would argue privacy concerns to the court and whose office would be able to appeal disputed decisions.The Senate must act on the bill in the coming weeks because the provision of the Patriot Act, which authorized the controversial practice, Section 215, sunsets on June 1.last_img read more

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Wuhan lab denies any link to first coronavirus outbreak

first_imgUS President Donald Trump again fanned speculation about the origins of the virus at a Saturday news conference, in which he said China should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the outbreak. The US president has at times referred to the disease as a “Chinese virus,” a term he said he embraced after a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman tweeted an unsubstantiated theory about US Army athletes introducing the pathogen to Wuhan.“What we know is that the ground zero for this virus was within a few miles of that lab,” Peter Navarro, a Trump trade adviser, said Sunday on Fox News. “If you simply do an Occam’s razor approach that the simplest explanation is probably the most likely, I think it’s incumbent on China to prove that it wasn’t that lab.”The US-China blame game has helped fuel scrutiny of the Wuhan lab, which was studying bat-borne coronaviruses like the one that causes Covid-19. US diplomats sent back warnings about safety procedures in the lab after visits two years ago, the Washington Post reported in an April 14 commentary, citing diplomatic cables.“They don’t have any evidence on this, what they rely on is only their guess,” Yuan told CGTN on Saturday. “I hope such a conspiracy theory will not affect cooperation among scientists around the world.” Earlier accidentsThe P4 lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology began operations in January 2018 and was the first of its kind built in mainland China.It was designed with help from France as part of a joint research initiative focused on infectious diseases and equipped for the highest level of bio-containment, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The first project undertaken at the lab was to research Xinjiang hemorrhagic fever, a tick-borne virus with a fatality rate of as much as 50% in humans, the report said.The facility has been the center of multiple conspiracy theories, including one that’s circulated on Chinese social media since late January that the new coronavirus escaped from the lab. Multiple posts have cited previous blunders by Chinese scientists as evidence that similar research projects haven’t been executed properly.Among them was a 2017 report by the Wuhan Evening News that said Tian Junhua, a researcher at the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, had to quarantine himself for 14 days after accidentally coming into direct contact with bat urine during a 2012 research trip.Social-media users also cited a 2004 accident at a national lab in Beijing during experiments with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-related coronavirus that led to infections — and one death. Five top officials at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention were punished at the time, according to China Daily.Some countries including Australia have urged an independent review of how the pandemic came to infect more than 2.4 million people and kill more than 166,000. “The issues around the coronavirus are issues for independent review and I think that is important that we do that, in fact Australia will absolutely insist,” Foreign Minister Marise Payne told ABC Australia’s “Insiders” program Sunday.While many Republicans have emphasized the Chinese origins of a virus that has killed more than 40,000 Americans, Cotton has been among the most vocal urging an investigation into the lab’s role. On Friday, he told Fox News that “circumstantial evidence” was “stacking up pretty quickly that this virus may have originated in those labs in Wuhan.”Although the first known cluster centered on a wet market in Wuhan, the ultimate origins of the virus remain a mystery and Chinese officials have raised the possibility that the virus didn’t begin in the country at all. Meanwhile, General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has endorsed studies that have shown the virus evolved naturally, as opposed to being genetically engineered.Shi Zhengli — a researcher at the institute known as “Bat Woman” for her expeditions in bat caves — said in a February social media post that she would “swear on my life” that the virus had nothing to do with the lab.On Feb. 19, the Wuhan Institute of Virology issued a letter to staff, saying it received its first sample of the virus from Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital on Dec. 30, a day before Chinese authorities first disclosed the outbreak to the world. Researchers finished gene-sequencing in 72 hours and submitted its findings to the national virus database by Jan. 9, the institute said, adding “we have a clear conscience looking back on what we’ve gone through.” A top Wuhan laboratory official has denied any role in spreading the new coronavirus, in the most high profile response from a facility at the center of months of speculation about how the previously unknown animal disease made the leap to humans.Yuan Zhiming, director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, hit back at those promoting theories that the virus had escaped from the facility and caused the outbreak in the central Chinese city. “There is absolutely no way that the virus originated from our institute,” Yuan said in an interview Saturday with the state-run China Global Television Network.Yuan rejected theories that the yet-to-be identified “Patient Zero” for Covid-19 had contact with the institute, saying none of its employees, retirees or student researchers were known to be infected. He said US Senator Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, and Washington Post journalists were among those “deliberately leading people” to mistrust the facility and its “P4” top-level-security pathogen lab.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Jimmy Gustin dominates IMCA Modified main event at Boone Frostbuster special

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxBoone, Iowa (April 4) – Jimmy Gustin raced to yet another high-profile win at Boone Speedway, on the final night of Frostbuster Week.Gustin topped the main event for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, earning $1,000 and a berth on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational for his Saturday night efforts.Eric Elliott and Josh Most drew front row starts but Gustin was quickly ahead of the field. He was checking out on everybody and catching the back of the pack when the caution waved on lap 10.He’d go on to lead the rest of the 25-lap contest and take the win ahead of Mike Van Genderen, Hunter Marriott, Ronn Lauritzen and Most.The fourth and final Frostbuster Tour event brought 200-plus entries from 11 states and Canada to Boone.Other visitors to victory lane were Trent Murphy in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Clint Luellen in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Aaron Rudolph in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Murphy took the lead at the start of the Stock Car 20-lap main and stayed in front through four restarts. Jay Schmidt worked his way to second and challenged but couldn’t catch Murphy. Canadian Brendon LaBatte was third.Lucas Lamberies led the first nine laps of the Northern SportMod feature before the 10th starting Doug Smith worked his way into first.Smith continued to lead until the caution came out on lap 17. Luellen made his pass for the point coming to the white flag when Smith made a slight mistake in turn four. Luellen took the win over Lamberies and Johnathon Logue, who made his way into the top three after starting way back in 20th.Rudolph led all 15 laps of the Hobby Stock headliner. Andrew Burg got the best of John Watson in the battle for second.Jason Wolla (Modifieds), Jay Schmidt (Stock Cars), Austin Luellen (Hobby Stocks) and Lucas Lamberies (Northern SportMods) had top Frostbuster point totals in their divisions and become eligible to qualify for their respective race of champions events at Super Nationals in Septem­ber.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 2. Mike VanGenderen, Newton; 3. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 4. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 5. Josh Most, Red Oak; 6. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 7. Eric Elliott, Boone; 8. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 9. Jonathan Snyder, Ames; 10. Scott Davis, Boone; 11. Donavon Sorenson, Laurel, Mont.; 12. Justin Medler, Minot, N.D.; 13. Chad Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; 14. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 15. Justin Sackett, Pierson; 16. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 17. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 18. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 19. Tim Pessek, Hutchinson, Minn.; 20. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 21. Joel Bushore, Boone; 22. Dennis Pittman, Jamaica; 23. Jeff Wiggins, Greenfield; 24. John Logue, Boone.Stock Cars – 1. Trent Murphy, Jefferson; 2. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 3. Brendon LaBatte, Weyburn, Sask.; 4. Jim Redmann, Lockridge; 5. Robert Stofer, Jefferson; 6. Rod Richards, Madrid; 7. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 8. Chris Pruitt, Stuart; 9. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 10. Rick Mahlberg, Denmark, Wis.; 11. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 12. Craig Carlson, Madrid; 13. Matthew West, Kellerton; 14. Les Lundquist, Sioux City; 15. Brandon Pruitt, Dexter; 16. Matthew Munyon, Kellerton; 17. Leon Sidney, Sioux City; 18. Terry Pruitt, Dexter; 19. Beau Deschamp, Bottineau, N.D.; 20. Ben Walding, Des Moines; 21. James Lynch, Kahoka, Mo.; 22. Jason York, Boone; 23. Bret Koehler, Two Rivers, Wis.; 24. Donavon Smith, Lake City.Northern SportMods – 1. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 2. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; 3. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 4. Doug Smith, Lake City; 5. Ryan Besaw, Omro, Wis.; 6. Rich Pavlicek, Casselton, N.D.; 7. Tara Longnecker, Woodward; 8. Anthony Onstot, Norwalk; 9. Ryan Wells, Tioga, N.D.; 10. Kevin Bethke, Neenah, Wis.; 11. Zach McKinnon, Antigo, Wis.; 12. Cory Rose, Boone; 13. Curtis Veber, Polk City; 14. Bryan Johnson, Roland; 15. Brandon Williams, Des Moines; 16. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 17. Brian Miller, Grand Junction; 18. Adam Shelman, Ames; 19. Kip Siems, Cedar Falls; 20. Evan Nemitz, Kiron; 21. Jeremy Pittsenbarger, Cameron, Mo.; 22. Taylor Musselman, Norwalk; 23. Dustin Dalton, Madrid; 24. Ryan King, Montour.Hobby Stocks – 1. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 2. Andrew Burg, Adel; 3. John Watson, Des Moines; 4. Austin Luellen, Minburn; 5. Matt McDonald, Scranton; 6. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 7. Jeremy Purdy, Bedford; 8. Jeremy Auten, Clarinda; 9. Ross Marshall, Granger; 10. Joshua Reynolds, Greenfield; 11. Dustin Graham, Colo; 12. Craig Graham, Webster City; 13. Jim Ball Jr., Independence; 14. Kyle Dirks, Roland; 15. Dave Schmidt, Casco, Wis.; 16. Solomon Bennett, Perry; 17. Tim Barber, Story City; 18. Warren Purvis, Boone; 19. Kevin Derry, Indianola; 20. Cody Gustoff, Scranton; 21. Chad LeGere, Des Moines; 22. Sterling Sorensen, Portsmouth; 23. Tyson Overton, Carlisle; Cody Hubbell, Pocahontas.last_img read more

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2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES: D’Tigers Hope to Bounce Back againstÂ

first_imgCanada Today after Loss to New Zealand D ’Tigers of Nigeria fell to New Zealand in their first game of the XXI Commonwealth Games holding in Australia by 65points to 110.New Zealand dominated and won all the quarters on a night that the Ike Diogu captained side will want to forget in a hurry as they focus on the next game against North American side, Canada today.After a close game in the first and second quarters which ended 24-15 and 26-20 points respectively in favour of New Zealand, D’Tigers could not cope with the firepower of the team currently ranked 38 in the latest FIBA ranking in the third quarter as they widened the margin with a 31-8 scoreline before sealing the victory with another 29-22points scoreline to wrap up the game.Kano Pillars star man, Dike Azouma was the highest scorer for the team on the night scoring 15 points (with an 80% percent success from the 3 point line), 3 rebounds and 1 assist while ever reliable Diogu scored 12 points and 7 rebounds.Making his national team debut, homeboy, Istfanus Yakubu scored 10points with just about 14minutes on the floor with the technical crew giving all the players bar Musa Usman a taste of action in the opening game.Reacting after the game, Coach Mohammed Abdulrahman who stood in alongside Aderemi Adewunmi for Alex Nwora said that apart from having a good day at the office, their opposition also dominated in rebounds and from the 3 point line.The head coach of Gombe Bulls Basketball Club conceded that his team met a more experienced team and would have lost if similar circumstance presented itself all over again.“I don’t think anything went wrong, I think we just played against a team that is more experienced than we are. New Zealand is a combination of players in the professional level and well paid playing this game.To make it even worse, they had a great day. They shot well from the 3 point line and dominated us in rebounds which played a major role in our defeat.”According to the former Nigerian international, lessons have been learnt and the team can only get better in their next game against Canada who are ranked 23 in the world.“The good thing is, we are going to get better going into the next game. We have learnt to know that the only way we can get through this is only if we play as a team.”He explained that with better sense of team play and cohesion within the squad ahead of their next game, the team will surely play better.Despite the bashing against New Zealand, Coach Abdulrahman said the team will approach their game against Canada in a more aggressive style with an aim of recording their first win.“Our game plan against Canada tomorrow will be more aggressive. We are going to play with much confidence, trust in ourselves and even more importantly play as a unit.”A loss against Canada will bring their medal chase to an abrupt end even with a game left to play against the host.Evans Wins First Gold for WalesWales claimed their first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia thanks to weightlifter Gareth Evans.Evans, who represented Team GB at London 2012, posted a total of 299kg across the snatch and clean and jerk disciplines to win the -69kg category.The 31-year-old’s total was 2kg better than the total put up by Sri Lanka’s Dissanayake Mudiyanselage with Deepak Lather claiming bronze for India.England secured a seventh Gold Coast gold medal when Sarah Vasey continued the team’s fine start to the swimming competition with victory in the women’s 50m breaststroke.Vasey was some way off the pace set by Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson in the early metres but produced a powerful finish to touch just in front of her chief medal rival.Team-mate Alice Tai made it five golds for England in the pool so far with a dominant display in the final of the women’s S9 100m backstroke, winning by almost three seconds.Scotland’s Katie Archibald celebrates taking gold in the women’s 3000m track pursuitThere was also a second success in the velodrome for Scotland, where Katie Archibald beat Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak in the final of the women’s 3000m individual pursuit.Archibald finished one-and-a-half seconds ahead of Wiasak to add to the gold medal won on Thursday by Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham in the blind and visually impaired 1000m time-trial.But there would be no dream family double as Katie’s brother John Archibald was beaten in the final of the men’s 4000m individual pursuit by England’s Charlie Tanfield.Tanfield, who had set a new Commonwealth Games record in qualifying for the final, built a healthy lead in the first half of the race and held on by seven-tenths of a second after Archibald finished strongly.He had also won a silver medal as part of England’s team pursuit squad on Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Badgers get wet in home opener

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin’s men’s and women’s swim teams have a mission this season: finish ranked in the top 20.This goal is bolstered for both teams by a strong influx of youth that supplements a talented corps of upperclassmen. Following a successful meet for both teams against UW-Green Bay, coach Eric Hansen feels confident that his teams can attain that goal.”I think we’re capable of a lot,” he said. “We have some real solid talent coming through the door this year.”For the women’s team, that incoming talent would be freshmen Margaret Meyer and Karlyn Hougan. During the women’s decisive 159-80 win over UW-Green Bay, Meyer aided the “B” medley team to tie the Wisconsin “A” team for first place, and also helped the 200-yard freestyle relay “A” team secure first place, swimming the second-fastest leg of that relay.Hougan, meanwhile, also swam in that first-place freestyle relay, while also placing fifth in the 50-yard individual freestyle, the third-highest Wisconsin finisher in that event.In the diving well, the Badgers look to have an edge with impressive incoming freshman Ciara Rinaudo. Rinaudo finished first and third with her dives, her first coming in the one-meter event in which she scored 214.28. For her efforts, she was even named the Big Ten Diver of the Week, the first time a UW athlete won that award since sophomore Jenny Hawkins did so last October. Hawkins, in the meet versus UW-Green Bay, won the three-meter event with a score of 222.38The UW women’s team’s strength is not just in its youth, but also in a group Hansen called the “very seasoned veterans.” One of those veterans is reigning Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, senior Jackie Vavrek. Vavrek helped the “A” 200-yard medley relay team tie the “B” team for first, won the 50-yard freestyle event and posted the fastest individual time of anyone in the pool for the “A” team in the 200-yard freestyle relay.”I have rather high expectations for myself this year,” Vavrek said. “After just missing the Big Ten record last year at the Big Ten Championships in the 50 (freestyle), I would love to actually break that this year.”Another senior aiding the team is Katie Imhoff-Smith, who was on the same medley relay team with Vavrek that tied for first. A butterfly specialist, she won her 100-yard race and also moonlights for the “B” team in the 200-yard freestyle relay.On the men’s side, the Badgers won 12 of their 13 events in Green Bay, winning by a 159-77 score. The top freshmen on the men’s side were Kyle Thompson and Luke Lengfeld, who took first and second, respectively, in the 1,000-yard freestyle. They also teamed up on the “B” 200-yard freestyle relay team to take second place behind the Wisconsin “A” team.Wisconsin’s men’s team is led by junior Scott Rice and sophomore Phil Davies. Rice swam the third leg of the “A” team in the 200-yard medley relay, won the 200-yard freestyle race and won his butterfly event, the 100-yard race. He also took home Big Ten Swimmer of the Week. Davies, meanwhile, took first in the 100-yard freestyle and swam the first leg of the winning “A” team of the 200-yard of the freestyle relay.Wisconsin swept the Diver of the Week awards, as freshman Caleb Percevz took the honor home thanks to a first-place finish in the one-meter and three-meter events. Percevz put up scores of 275.85 and 245.63, respectively.”The team has the potential to dominate the Big Ten,” Percevz said.Hansen was also optimistic about both the men’s and the women’s team’s chances.”The majority of how we judge ourselves is how we are ranked nationally at the end of the year,” he said. “Our expectations are to be back in the top 20 on both sides.”Both teams open up Big Ten competition against Iowa at home in the Natatorium Thursday. That is followed up with a meet against visiting UW-Milwaukee Friday. Other dates to keep an eye on this year are Nov. 2 and 3, when Wisconsin travels to Tucson, Ariz., to face off against the Wildcats, and the Northwestern Triangular meet versus Northwestern and Michigan Nov. 16 and 17.”I think we have the potential to really take a step up in the national level,” Imhoff-Smith said.”We are definitely going to turn some heads,” Vavrek added.last_img read more

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CHELSEA TRANSFER LATEST: Bologna star targeted by Blues in £18m deal

first_img1 Amadou Diawara [left] Chelsea are still pursuing Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara, according to reports in Italy. talkSPORT told you earlier this summer that Antonio Conte is a big admirer of the Guinean having watched him closely in Serie A last term. According to Tuttosport, Chelsea are prepared to pay £18m for the teenager, a fee which is likely to tempt Bologna into selling despite only signing him last year. Roma are also keen on Diawara but have yet to match the fee Chelsea have reportedly put on the table, while it is understood the 18-year-old would prefer a move to the Premier League, where he will earn a higher salary.last_img read more

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Rathmullan raises over €5,750 for life-saving local volunteers

first_imgCommunity spirit is alive and well in Rathmullan with the seaside village raising over €5750 for two worthy causes lately.The Rathmullan New Year’s Day swim collection resulted in a €4055.14 donation to Lough Swilly RNLI, and Kernan’s Ramelton raised €1,700 through their Community Recycling Initiative for Rathmullan Community First Responders which was used to purchase a defibrillator and cell phones for the group.RNLI is close to the hearts of many in the seaside village, and since they started operations in 1987, they have launched the lifeboat 750 times, rescued 650 people and saved over 50 lives. Patricia McAteer of the White Harte with John McCarter and his team with swim committee members John Duffy, Susan and Anthony O’Hanlon, Liam McLaughlin and Patricia Black.On receiving the cheque in the White Harte, John McCarter said: “A huge thanks for this fantastic effort which is very much appreciated. We love being part of the Rathmullan Community and we never cease to be amazed at the generosity shown to us here.”On behalf of the swim committee, Liam McLaughlin replied: “The RNLI is a well-deserved recipient of this year’s collection, they’re very close to the hearts of the community and have provided many happy endings over the years.”The Rathmullan Community First Responders were delighted to receive a donation which has already been put to great use.They are a fantastic volunteer group who have set up a 24-hour first response service to deal with cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest and choking in the local area. They respond to calls made to the emergency services and provide assistance at the scene until the professionals arrive.Clare Gallagher and Pauric McGarvey and team with new defibrillator purchased by the money raised at Kernan’s Ramelton.Rathmullan native Pauric McGarvey and his team at Kernan’s Ramelton were delighted to nominate the group to receive the proceeds raised from the six-week collection of unwanted clothes which were dropped in at the bins outside the store.Pauric said: “This was our biggest collection to date, and we were only happy to help this great cause in my local community.”Clare Gallagher from RCFR group said: “We were overwhelmed with the great response and money raised by Pauric and his team which enabled us to purchase an essential defibrillator and cell phones for the group. We can’t thank Kernan’s enough for their support.”Rathmullan raises over €5,750 for life-saving local volunteers was last modified: May 8th, 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:athmullan Community First RespondersLough Swilly RNLIRathmullanlast_img read more

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Sinn Féin party whip welcomes passing of council budget

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin party whip, Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher has welcomed the passing of the council’s annual budget.The council yesterday agreed an expenditure of just over €154,000,000 for across the county in 2020.A total of 27 councillors voted in favour of the budget while two, Cllr Frank McBrearty and Cllr Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig voted against. Commenting after the budget meeting, Cllr Gallagher said “I’m delighted that Donegal County Council, adopted its annual budget.In particular, Sinn Féin is happy that our proposal for a Town & Village Revitalisation Scheme was include as this will allow for a commercial rates rebate for new businesses in long-term vacant premises.Cllr Gallagher added “We are hopeful that this will spur job creation within the small local business sector across the county.“Further, we put forward the need to increase funding for Tidy Towns groups and this was also supported by all parties. This is an increase on the Tidy Towns fund which we had secured previously.” She added that some other positive developments in the budget include:– Increase in council housing maintenance budget of €500,000-€500,000 for the purpose of co-funding applications and drawing down investment.-An increase of over €3million in expenditure on roads.-No proposed increase in commercial rates. – A new budget line of €142,406 for Climate Change and FloodingAnd she added “With regard to capital investment I am also happy that there is room to move with an ambitious house-building programme and room to invest in vital community amenities across Donegal.“This is positive progress and we, as a party, look forward to continuing to work with councillors from across the political spectrum and from across the county to ensuring that this budget book is used to benefit the people of the county who elected us.”Sinn Féin party whip welcomes passing of council budget was last modified: November 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:councildonegalMarie Therese GallagherSinn Feinwhiplast_img read more

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Live postgame video: Warriors, Clippers react to stunning Game 2

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the postgame reactions from the players and coaches following an unbelievable collapse by the Warriors as the Clippers came back from a 31-point deficit to beat Golden State Monday night.The Warriors seemingly had things in control after grabbing a 31-point lead in the second half only to watch the Clippers score 44 points in the third period to set the stage for their huge comeback victory. While …last_img

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