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Prince George resident continues to break records and hike across Trans Canada Trail

first_imgIn fact, Meise has already hiked approximately 16,500 kilometres and is just about to reach Fort St. John.“Today, I’m officially going to walk into Fort St. John and then I am just going to walk about a kilometre short of my 18,000th kilometre because tomorrow is my birthday, so I want to celebrate the 18,000th kilometre in Fort St. John on my birthday,” Meise said on his final day before turning 40.Meise says he’s wanted to break the record since being a young boy, and has found inspiration in his father, who continues to live in a permanent care home at Simon Fraser Lodge after suffering a stroke and loosing the ability to walk.- Advertisement -“He’s a huge inspiration for me, you know, life is short and you never know what’s going to happen,” Meise explained, going on to say he promised his dad that he would “walk enough for the both us.”“Follow your dream is basically the big message. I know it sounds cliché, but until you have something effect your life like I did,” Meise said, adding his father also had a brain aneurysm before the stroke when Meise was just a child, watching him for years trying to regain the ability to walk.The journey will end for Meise when he reaches Inuvik, a small town in the Northwest Territories. That is until the arctic freeze is underway, at which point Meise plans to do the last 90 kilometres around the Arctic Ocean.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Stones rejects Barca in favour of Man City, PLUS Pogba and Balotelli latest

first_imgHere are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…TOP STORY – Several newspapers claim Jamie Vardy will be dropped from the starting line-up for England’s opening game of Euro 2016 against Russia.Everton and England defender John Stones has reportedly turned down an approach from Barcelona, and is instead hoping for a move to Manchester City (Daily Mail)Real Madrid will offer Spain midfielder Isco to Juventus in an attempt to sign Manchester United target Paul Pogba. (Daily Mail)The Red Devils are set to offer Matteo Darmian to Juve as Jose Mourinho attempts to bring in–demand Pogba back to Old Trafford. (The Sun)Mourinho also wants to bring 29-year-old Portugal international Nani back to the Theatre of Dreams. The Fenerbahce winger has a £6.3m release clause. (talkSPORT.com)United have been boosted by reports that Real Madrid are no longer interested in signing goalkeeper David de Gea. (Marca) Mario Balotelli could have a future at Liverpool. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants the Italian striker to attend the club’s pre-season training after AC Milan decided not to sign the 25-year-old. (Gazzetta dello Sport)Watford have rejected a £20million bid from Premier League champions Leicester City for Hornets captain Troy Deeney. (talkSPORT.com)But it is claimed the striker wants to join the Foxes, despite the Vicarage Road outfit insisting he is not for sale. (Daily Mirror)Inter Milan will look to sign Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure this summer after being bought out by Chinese investors. (Manchester Evening News)Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins says the club are interested in re-signing Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool. (South Wales Evening Post)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Shock Manchester United transfer report: Jose Mourinho interested in bringing Luis Nani back to Old TraffordLeicester City have ‘substantial bid’ for Watford captain Troy Deeney rejected – talkSPORT sourcesMichael Carrick signs new Manchester United contractJermain Defoe pens new Sunderland deal until 2019Manchester United transfer news: World record bid plotted, Pogba news, and moreManchester United transfer news: ‘Jose Mourinho clearly plays Football Manager!’ – fans react to Breel Embolo rumourNapoli make first bid for Manchester City and Manchester United target FabinhoNapoli defender open to talks with new Chelsea boss Antonio Contelast_img read more

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More farmworkers on job, but their salaries are falling

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Ventura County Supervisor Judy Mikels said the study highlights the importance of farmworkers in the community and the problems they face, including housing. “Agriculture is critical to Ventura County,” she said. “It’s a major industry, but we can’t have an industry if we don’t have a work force. And if we don’t have properly housed workers, they won’t be successful.” The study was released during an agriculture conference called “Cultivating a Better Future for Ventura County Agriculture” and attended by economists, farmers, politicians and others. Advocates for farmworkers stressed the need for housing, health care, safe working conditions and a better immigration policy. The percentage of Ventura County agricultural workers who are in the country illegally is probably increasing, based on national figures, according to the study. “While data for Ventura County is not available, the percentage of illegal workers directly hired by growers nationwide increased from 37 percent to 49 percent between 1993-1994 and 2001-2002,” the study said. “The percentage of illegal workers hired through labor contractors increased from 58 percent to 66 percent over the same period.” OXNARD – Ventura County’s billion-dollar agriculture industry has added thousands of new jobs to the county since the 1980s, but the farmworkers’ average salary has fallen, something economic analysts see as an alarming trend because it shows growth in jobs that pay below the poverty level. “This is perhaps the most ominous finding in this report,” said the authors of a study released Thursday looking at the county’s agriculture industry and possible future developments. There were 5,000 more agriculture jobs in 2003 in the county than in 1983, more than a 30 percent increase, according to the study prepared for the federally funded Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County. But during the same period, inflation-adjusted agricultural workers’ average salaries fell from $20,503 in 1983 to $17,055 in year-2000 dollars. The seasonal and transient nature of the work and number of illegal immigrants with fake identification make it difficult to determine exactly how many farmworkers there are in the nation or Ventura County, officials said. The use of multiple Social Security numbers by some farmworkers could also distort government record-keeping. Estimates of the number of farmworkers in Ventura County both legally and illegally during peak seasons generally range upward from about 20,000. The vast majority of Ventura County residents are unaware of the problems these workers face, including the inability to afford basic housing and medical care, and sometimes working under dangerous conditions, according to the study. The analysis was done by Bill Watkins, executive director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, and Charles Maxey, dean of the School of Business at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. They said although there is increasing political pressure to enforce immigration law, California agriculture would not be economically viable without immigrant farm labor. As valuable as Ventura County’s agriculture is, the annual crop value in the county estimated at $1.4 billion has remained about the same in inflation-adjusted dollars since the 1970s, and the county crop actually represents a declining percentage of the county’s total economy. In 1991, the value of Ventura County’s crop represented more than 5 percent of the county’s economy, but by 2003 it had fallen to only 2.5 percent. “It’s hard for local farmers to raise wages given world competition,” Watkins said. “The price is the price. You can’t afford to pay more and stay in business.” All agreed that one of the biggest problems facing immigrant farmworkers is housing. From the 1930s to the 1970s, many growers provided housing for their own workers. That stopped in the 1980s, partly because of more stringent government standards and concern about increasing liability from people living in employer-provided housing. Rodney Fernandez, executive director of the Cabrillo Economic Development Corp., an affordable housing group, said more housing would help keep in the county the experienced workers growers seek. Cabrillo has been helping provide housing for farmworker families in Ventura County for 25 years to make up for the loss from the 1970s, but there is still a tremendous need, particularly to house single men and women who work in the fields. “There is no solution on the horizon,” Fernandez said. Watkins said a good guest-worker program could help meet the needs of both farmworkers and growers. “The workers are here. It would be devastating for the agricultural sector if they weren’t. If you had a reasonable guest-worker program, the quality of your worker would probably increase.” Cesar Hernandez, an organizer for the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, said current guest-worker legislation does not provide a path for the workers to become permanent residents of the United States. He said this is a key issue. “The reality is that this is a human issue, about humans with families and ambitions for their families,” he said. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 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

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Competition: Win a meal for two for ‘Fab Friday’s at The Brewery Bar!

first_imgCOMPETITION: Do you fancy winning a FREE meal for two at the fantastic Brewery Bar? The Brewery Bar, is one of best pub and restaurant in the North-West – and has established itself as one of the market leaders in Letterkenny.Management, not one to rest on their laurels – have decided to ‘revamp’ their menu, and have launched ‘Fab Friday’s! To celebrate, The Brewery in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving away a fabulous FREE meal for TWO this Friday!All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the brilliant competition is to Like and Share this post on our Donegal Daily Facebook timeline.It’s that simple!Winner will be announced tomorrow. 🙂 Competition: Win a meal for two for ‘Fab Friday’s at The Brewery Bar! was last modified: October 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:competitionEntertainmentFeaturesLike and SharenewsThe Brewery Barlast_img read more

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CASE AGAINST DANCE TEACHER PUT ON HOLD AS VICTIM CHALLENGES HOUSE OWNERSHIP

first_imgA High Court action by a Donegal woman abused as a child by her Irish dancing teacher has been put on hold to await the result of his Supreme Court appeal.
Michael Quigley of Barnhill Park, Letterkenny is challenging a ruling from last year that ordered him to pay 42-year-old Dana Doherty €400,000 damages.Her lawyers say the former printer and dance teacher has not paid her any of the award and has claimed that he is a man of no means. He is retired form his job and has no regular means of income.She claims he got a substantial payment when he took voluntary redundancy as a printer with the Derry Journal in the late 1990s, and had also made good money from his dancing classes in Derry and Letterkenny.They are now challenging the transfer of two houses owned by Mr Quigley to his wife Alice in 1998 and 2000 in which no money changed hands.Both sides have now agreed to adjourn the case until after his appeal.Mr Quigley, 69, had sought to keep his identity a secret during the case but Ms Doherty won the right to name her abuser.Through her solcitor, Ms Doherty, had said she hopes the relevant authorities in Irish dancing circles, on hearing her story, will ensure all necessary steps are taken to protect children under their care.By taking this civil action, Ms Doherty had at last had her voice heard and she was eternally grateful to two fellow Irish dancers who came forward to corroborate her evidence, he said.Mr Quigley has always maintained his innocence.CASE AGAINST DANCE TEACHER PUT ON HOLD AS VICTIM CHALLENGES HOUSE OWNERSHIP was last modified: July 6th, 2012 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:DANA DOHERTYIrish dance teacherMICHAEL QUIGLEYsex abuselast_img read more

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USL LEAGUE CUP: BONAGEE HIT FANAD FOR FIVE

first_imgUSL League Cup game at Traigh a Loch Tues 16th April 2013 Fanad Utd 3 – Bonagee Utd 5Played in a blustery breeze in Traigh a Lough both teams served up plenty of goals in this league cup match. Fanad started the better and played some nice flowing football and took the lead after 15 minutes.After a foul on a Fanad player the veteran Paddy Mc Grenaghan played in a wonderful freekick to the back post where the on-rushing Conor Matthewson finished with a fine header.The game ebbed and flowed after this but against the run of play Fanad found themselves 2-1 down in quick succession.Firstly a long ball over the top was finished by George Larkin to make it 1-1 and then after a mix up in the Fanad defence Anthony Appiah finished expertly after rounding the keeper. Great credit to the young Fanad team who battled it out for the rest of the first half and they were rewarded following yet another delightful Mc Grenaghan corner by the head of Daire McDaid to leave the game level at half time.The second half started with Fanad having much of the possession but could not turn possession into goals and was soon trailing after a great finish from close range from Aiden McLaughlin.Bonagee then pressed home their advantage and made it 4-2 after Jason Ashmore finished after a mix up in the youthful Fanad defence.Bonagee really finished the home team off after their big centre forward’s shot was saved by the keeper only for the on rushing Geoff Kelly to finish from close range. Fanad pulled a late consolation goal back on the 87 minute when Shane Buchanan ran onto a ball over the top and finished clinically, but it was too little too late for the home side.Best for Bonagee on the night was Anthony Appiah and Aiden McLaughlin with Daire McDaid, Shane Buchanan and the ever young Paddy Mc Grenaghan best for Fanad. Referee: T. Mc Aree.USL LEAGUE CUP: BONAGEE HIT FANAD FOR FIVE was last modified: April 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BONAGEE UNITEDFANAD UNITEDUSL LEAGUE CUP: BONAGEE HIT FANAD FOR FIVElast_img read more

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In pouring booze, glass size can prove deceiving

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The so-called portion distortion illusion that causes people to misjudge volume based on container shapes is well established. But Wansink wanted to find out if training could correct the bias. Researchers recruited 198 students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pour 1“-ounce shots from a bottle into one of two types of glasses: tall and slender or short and wide. Students poured 30 percent more into the stubby glasses than the tall glasses. Even a subgroup of students with 10 practice pours made the misjudgment. Experienced bartenders did better, but not by much. Eighty-six Philadelphia bartenders asked to pour out shots on the job put 20 percent more into the short glasses. Bartenders asked to pay careful attention to their task were a bit more on target. In cases where more booze was poured into taller glasses, the amount was negligible. Wansink concludes that the pour-more-in-short-glass effect is only slightly reduced by practice, concentration or experience. That extra splash of alcohol per glass can add up. Drinking a quarter more alcohol per drink could even skew calculations of bar patrons and partygoers trying to stick to one cocktail an hour. Wansink suggests measuring out shots – or using tall glasses. Baylor College of Medicine obesity researcher John Foreyt, who was not involved in the study, said he was surprised that even experienced bartenders fell prey to portion distortion. He said the study underscored the need for people to be careful not to underestimate their intake, be it alcohol or food. Wansink said the effect also could skew epidemiological studies since alcohol consumption per glass could be underrepresented by a quarter. Not to mention the financial implications for bars and restaurants if bartenders are overgenerous, even unintentionally.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALBANY, N.Y. – Here’s a new tip to help curb drinking over the holidays: Ask for your scotch-and-soda in a highball glass. That’s because people tend to unwittingly pour more alcohol into short, wide glasses compared to tall, skinny ones – meaning two cocktails from a squat tumbler might actually pack the punch of 2“ drinks. The phenomenon is so pervasive even experienced bartenders do it, according to a study published today in the BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal. “People say, ‘Oh, the bartender knows what he’s doing.’ Well, the bartender does know what he’s doing in a lot of cases, but he falls victim to these illusions,” said lead author Brian Wansink, a Cornell University marketing professor.last_img read more

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Rumsfeld hints at troop reduction

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The president, Rumsfeld and other Bush administration and military officials long have said that U.S. troop reductions would occur as the Iraqis show signs of being able to take control of their country. As evidence of progress, these officials in recent weeks have pointed to growing numbers of Iraqi troops they say are capable of lead combat roles. The reductions discussed Thursday would come in addition to Rumsfeld’s previous announcement that about 20,000 troops are to return home after bolstering security during Iraq’s fall elections. There were 159,000 U.S. troops in Iraq on Thursday. The American force peaked at 192,000 during the March 2003 invasion; the monthly low was 109,000 in January 2004. Rumsfeld, on an unannounced trip to Iraq, was asked by reporters whether he had decided to hold back the deployment of the 1st Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kan., and the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division, now in Kuwait. Other officials have said those brigades’ planned deployments would be canceled, with small parts of each brigade probably going to help train Iraqis. BAGHDAD, Iraq – The United States soon will trim its military force in Iraq to slightly below 138,000 troops, the level it has considered its core force this year, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials hinted Thursday. The cuts, probably in the 5,000 to 7,000 range, would be achieved by canceling the planned deployment to Iraq of two Army brigades and could be announced as early as today, officials said. The reduction would bring the troop level in the insurgency-torn country to just above 130,000 sometime in the spring, said one U.S. Defense Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement was not yet finalized. President George W. Bush is under growing pressure from two fronts to pare back the American force in Iraq: the Republican-run Congress and a public increasingly disenchanted with the war and its growing casualties, which have surpassed 2,100 U.S. war dead and 15,000 wounded. Rumsfeld would not answer directly, but hinted that an internal decision had been made. “Until it’s announced, the government’s decision hasn’t been announced. Therefore it’s not final,” he said. Upon his arrival in the Iraqi capital, Rumsfeld met with Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad. Pressed later to explain the rationale for canceling the two brigades’ deployments, Casey said, “Not until it’s announced – if it’s announced.” At the Pentagon, Lt. Gen. James T. Conway, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the 1st Infantry Division is expecting further orders. “We owe … the 1st Infantry Division another order, if you will, to somehow change their status,” he said. “And that will happen sometime, I think, before the end of the year.” It was Rumsfeld’s 11th trip to Iraq since the war began. For the first time since the insurgency took hold in Iraq in midsummer 2003, Rumsfeld was spending the night in the country. He previously had made day trips to Iraq but spent the night in other countries in the region. The issue of troop reductions arose earlier Thursday during Rumsfeld’s visit to Afghanistan, although in a different context. “Some folks who look at what’s taking place in Iraq say we should withdraw, that it (victory) can’t be done, that we’re losing,” he said, his voice evidently cracking with emotion. “It is being won and we are winning it,” Rumsfeld said. “The worst thing in the world we could do is withdraw precipitously” because Iraq would then become a haven for terrorists bent on attacking moderate Muslim governments in the Middle East and going after the U.S. “Well, we’re not going to withdraw precipitously. We’re going to finish the important work that’s being done there,” he said.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

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REVEALED: PRIVATE INVESTORS POURING MONEY INTO DONEGAL OFFICE DEVELOPMENT

first_imgPrivate investors are building this office development in LetterkennyMAYBE they know something we don’t – but private investors are behind a series of projects which point to new jobs for County Donegal.Pictured above is a new three-storey building at the Business Park in Letterkenny.But it’s not government money going into the development; it has been funded privately. However it’s not the only project which private investors are turning to.An Antrim-based company last night announced it had bought the Letterkenny Court Hotel, securing 30 jobs with 27 new ones still to come.And we have also learned that private investors are hovering around several other projects – both office developments and tourism sector businesses.The positive signs come as Deputy Joe McHugh confirmed he is meeting the head of the IDA next week in an effort to bring new technology jobs to Donegal. Deputy Joe McHugh “We have to acknowledge the vast numbers of talented young people who have left this country and our challenge is and has been to create the environment to bring them home. We need to ensure that the potential in existing facilities in rural areas and towns, like Letterkenny, is fully developed and built on. Awareness will be a key factor in doing this.“There have been almost 700 additional jobs created by the IDA supported companies in Co Donegal since 2011 and we need to build on this in places like the IDA business park in Letterkenny. Along with Athlone and Waterford, Letterkenny has been identified as having the potential for further growth and expansion.“The private sector in Letterkenny has confidence in future growth in the area and private companies have invested in the construction of a modern building to attract high value and high tech companies to the town which is both welcome and also a positive commitment to the future of Letterkenny.“I have arranged a meeting with Frank Ryan, Chairman of IDA to discuss the ever-growing need for attracting new industry to the County. This is following the recent meeting by the Minister for Jobs and Enterprise, Richard Bruton TD, to see first hand the development and progress of existing FDI companies, like Zeus, who are currently investing over €10 million in further expansion and with the creation of over 100 jobs.“During this week’s Parliamentary Party meeting, I called on the Cabinet to include a focus on rural development in the SME sector as we are all aware that much of the job creation throughout the country is city led. While there is always a high demand for job creation in cities, with larger populations and infrastructure in place, there needs to be a separate focus on creating and building on existing foundations in rural Ireland. “The North West Science Park investment by the Government of €4 million, which is part of a cross border project, and the announcement of 60 jobs is very welcome and positive. It also highlights the potential that is in place and I intend to exhaust the potential in Donegal to ensure this momentum is both followed through and built on.”REVEALED: PRIVATE INVESTORS POURING MONEY INTO DONEGAL OFFICE DEVELOPMENT was last modified: May 31st, 2014 by John2Share 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:BusinessIDAinvestmentjoe mchugh tdletterkennyoffice developmenttourismlast_img read more

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WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY HOTEL IS FIRST SOLD IN 2015

first_imgA well-known Letterkenny hotel has been purchased by a business group from the Middle East.Gallagher’s HotelThe group who purchased Gallagher’s Hotel  have now appointed the McGettigan Management group to run the hotel for the foreseeable future.The 82 bedroom hotel, which has five function rooms, is the first hotel to be sold in Ireland in 2015. It was previously run by receivers KPMG and it was sold on their instructions.There was no disclosure on the price of the hotel.   WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY HOTEL IS FIRST SOLD IN 2015 was last modified: January 13th, 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:GALLAGHER’S HOTELletterkennysoldlast_img read more

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