The Government has announced funding of €62 million for 26 projects across the country designed to boost rural towns and villages – including projects in Donegal. The round of funding is made under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, which is part of Project 2040.One of the beneficiaries is the Killybegs town regeneration project. Details were outlined by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.He described the fund as “a game-changer for rural Ireland”.Mr Ring has said that the fund will have delivered €148m for 110 projects when the current round is spent.“I believe that it is vital that we continue to build resilience in rural communities and make our towns and villages vibrant places for families to live,” he said. The €62m from the Government is supplemented by another €33m from State-funded bodies, rural communities themselves and philanthropic sources. Killybegs regeneration project to benefit under new €62m rural scheme was last modified: November 7th, 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)
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That defeat by Wales was not the first time Scotland set off on their travels looking to play with the swagger they display at Murrayfield but ended up with their tails between their legs – their previous away trip in the competition was a 61-21 loss at Twickenham.Townsend highlighted the parochial nature of the Six Nations as a reason why his side have struggled on the road and Scotland are not alone, considering Ireland’s last-gasp win in France is the only away win of the tournament so far – if not including Rome.“You guys know our record in the Six Nations, it is tough to play away from home. England obviously found that out here,” he added. “But we have to make sure that we’ve got our focus right and we’re ready for what we’re facing in Dublin, and we’re able to play accurate rugby. We didn’t do that two or three weeks ago in Cardiff.” Share on Pinterest Share via Email Scotland rugby union team Rugby union Topics Reuse this content England and Scotland told to explain tunnel fracas involving Owen Farrell Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Six Nations 2018 Scotland’s class act Finn Russell has last laugh against England news Six Nations That optimism has returned in spades after a first win over England in a decade, and the stylish manner in which it was achieved, but Ireland are now the only side to win all three of their matches this year and Scotland have triumphed there only once in the Six Nations.“There is a twin challenge – we have to look at Ireland and what we need to do to beat them, and get our game in place but also do much better away from home,” Townsend said. “It has been an issue for Scotland since the Six Nations began and we’ve got to make sure that we play close to our potential.“If that means we win the game then brilliant but if it means we just put in a very improved performance from the likes of Cardiff and Twickenham then that’s a big step forward. For the development of where we are now, both on the mental side and the belief it creates, [this win is] really important.” Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Since you’re here… After ending the famine in his first Calcutta Cup match as Scotland coach, Gregor Townsend has turned his attention to curing his side’s travel sickness. If buoyant Scotland can clinch a first win in Ireland since 2010 on 10 March they will be catapulted firmly into contention for the title – but to do so Townsend is aware his side must start reproducing their Murrayfield magic on the road.Indeed, Scotland have won only six matches away from home since the start of the Six Nations in 2000 and four of those have come against Italy. It is a problem dating back to when Townsend was a player and one demonstrated by Scotland’s emphatic defeat at the hands of Wales in their opening fixture of this year’s competition – a match that came with lofty expectations after an autumn full of optimism. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on Messenger Read more
JACKSONVILLE, FL – MARCH 19: A cheerleader for the Arkansas Razorbacks watches on against the Wofford Terriers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Arkansas and Alabama are currently in overtime, but ask any Razorback fan, it should have never gotten this far. With under five seconds left, and a three point lead, Arkansas committed the cardinal sin of fouling a player on a layup, and sending him to the line for a game-tying free throw. Arkansas’ Bobby Portis fouled Alabama forward Michael Kessens, who made the bucket, and sunk the free throw to send the game to overtime. The game is tied at 86 with under two minutes remaining.
Twitter/Big 12The regular season is over, and we’re now jumping into one of the great events on the sports calendar: March Madness. The major conference tournaments kick off next week, with things kicking off on Wednesday, March 9. Kansas State and Oklahoma State open things up from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, with the winner advancing to face regular season champion Kansas. West Virginia finished a wild regular season in second place, and will get the Texas Tech-TCU winner. Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, and Texas have also all spent time in the polls this season. Kansas is the definite favorite here, but all of these teams are capable of making a run. Ticket information for the Big 12 Tournament is available here.Here is the full tournament bracket:Every Big 12 Tournament game will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU.Favorite: KansasThe Jayhawks ran away from the pack in February to lock up an astounding 12th straight Big 12 title. At this point, a Kansas regular season championship just feels like a certainty. The tournament has provided a bit more drama in recent years, but right now the Jayhawks are playing the best ball in the league. Veteran forward Perry Ellis mans the frontcourt for KU, averaging 16.5 points, tops on the team. He’s surrounded by a very talent group of guards. Juniors Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr., and sophomore Devonte’ Graham all average over 11 points per game, and all shoot over 40-percent from three point range. They make for a very difficult group to shut down, because of their scoring balance. Kansas is currently a favorite to land the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. With a decent showing in Kansas City, they may lock it up.Sleeper: TexasIt took a little while for the Longhorns to adjust to Shaka Smart’s “Havoc” system. Texas dropped a number of non-conference games early, and even fell to lowly TCU early in Big 12 play, 58-57. At that point, Smart’s team was 9-6, and looked like a great bet to miss the NCAA Tournament. Three days later, the Longhorns upset No. 17 Iowa State, and they’ve been competitive since. They split the season series’ with the Cyclones, Baylor, and Oklahoma, and swept West Virginia. Kansas handled Texas in both of their games, including a blowout 86-56 win on February 29, so running into the Jayhawks may make things tough, if that match-up comes to fruition in the Big 12 semifinals. We never count out Shaka Smart in a tournament, though. The system can be very hard to prepare for with quick turnarounds, and the Longhorns get better at playing in it by the game.
QUEBEC – Quebec City dumped about 46 million litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River over 12 hours in order to do scheduled maintenance work on a pumping station, the city said Friday.A spokesperson for the city said everything went as planned.The city said earlier this week that neglecting to do the repairs could lead to equipment breakdowns and more serious environmental problems down the line.“Failure to carry out this maintenace work could lead to major breaks in the equipment,” the city wrote in a press release.The riverbanks were to be inspected following the work.Quebec City treats about 137 billion liters of wastewater annually.Montreal’s administration was widely criticized in 2015 for dumping 4.9 billion litres of raw sewage into the river.An original estimate of eight billion litres was downgraded after the city finished its sewer repair work three days early.
As municipalities across Ontario weigh whether to allow cannabis retail stores in their neighbourhoods, experts and consumer choice advocates warn that having large swaths of the province opt out of brick-and-mortar pot shops could fuel the black market.Recreational cannabis can currently only be bought online in Ontario, and municipalities have until Jan. 22 to decide if they want to host private cannabis stores, which are set to open next spring.Under the rules laid out by the Progressive Conservative government, municipalities that opt out can change their minds down the line, but once they sign on, they can’t back out.In recent weeks, several municipalities — both rural communities and major urban centres such as Mississauga, west of Toronto — have chosen to reject cannabis retail stores, saying they want more control over the number and location of the shops before they consider opting in. Some have also said they want more time for public consultations.This, combined with the government’s recent announcement that it will only issue 25 retail licences by April — after initially saying it would not put a cap on the number — could embolden illegal pot sellers and allow them to thrive, experts and consumer groups said.“Unfortunately, it’s turned out to be just a comedy of errors,” said Anindya Sen, an economics professor at the University of Waterloo who specializes in the cannabis industry. “When you take (those things) together, it’s possible that despite being legalized, Ontario might become one of the biggest black markets in the world.”While the internet remains an option, Sen said delivery hiccups and limited selection at the province’s online cannabis store also undermine efforts to lure consumers away from illegal avenues.That sentiment was echoed by David Clement, manager of North American affairs for the Consumer Choice Center.“Community opt-outs and limited storefronts is a toxic combination which pretty much guarantees that the black market will thrive,” he said. “Capping retail outlets and having entire communities opt out makes the legal market in Ontario far less accessible.”The Ontario government has said it was capping licences in response to a national cannabis supply shortage, which it said can only be tackled by the federal government.“Ontario intends to transition to an open allocation system as soon as supply permits,” Jesse Robichaud, a spokesman for Attorney General Caroline Mulroney, said in an email.Robichaud further said that municipalities that have not opted out will have 15 days to provide written submissions to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the provincial agency overseeing retail cannabis stores, on any proposed storefront location. He would not say whether the province was open to giving municipalities more control over the site selection.The province has pledged $40 million over two years to help local governments with the costs of legalization, with each municipality receiving at least $10,000. A first payment will be issued this year on a per household basis, but a second payment doled out after the January deadline will go only to those that opt in, Robichaud said.As of Wednesday, roughly 30 of Ontario’s 444 municipalities had formally notified the AGCO of their decision, with at least 10 opting out, according to the agency’s website.In the Town of Erin, south of Orangeville, councillors voted on Dec. 5 to keep cannabis stores out of their community, largely over the site selection issue, said Mayor Al Alls.“Basically, we feel there’s just too many unanswered questions at this stage of the game and that we weren’t comfortable with proceeding with allowing it to be retailed in our community,” Alls said.Alls said he would reconsider if the municipality was given more control over the locations, but stressed council has not discussed that possibility and would need to be on board.The mayor also suggested a pot shop might not be successful in a small community anyway, noting people might be reluctant to be seen going in and out of a store. “It’s going to take civilization a while to accept the fact that my Joe Blow minister down the street goes in to get a joint every day,” he said.People are more likely to choose to grow it themselves, “especially in the country,” he said.Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie wrote a letter to Premier Doug Ford outlining the city’s concerns earlier this month, a day after councillors voted to hold off on hosting pot shops for the time being, but hasn’t heard back.She said that while the city isn’t opposed in principle, officials felt they did not have enough time to prepare for the shift to an open market model from the government-run system proposed by the previous Liberals regime. Municipalities should be allowed to increase the setback beyond the 150-metre minimum laid out by the province, and should receive funding even if they opt out because they still bear the costs of public education and enforcement, she said.Asked whether she feared the black market would flourish in the absence of pot shops, Crombie said every municipality has to do what’s right for its residents.“Cannabis is available online…so there is availability to residents,” she said. “And certainly there’s always the option of purchasing cannabis at a retail store outside of your own municipality, taking a trip into the city of Toronto.”At least one other municipality on the outskirts of Toronto has also opted out, prompting Toronto’s mayor to raise concerns about the pressure that will put on the city’s cannabis market.John Tory has also asked the province to give the city more control over where the stores are placed, saying he doesn’t want to see a cluster of them near the highway just to accommodate consumers from neighbouring communities without pot shops.“I think it is reasonable for us, given that there may be more pressure on the Toronto market, for us to say that we should have a hand in determining that there aren’t clusters of pot shops all together in one place or that they aren’t located near schools or community centres,” he said this week. “I’m more concerned with that at the moment than the absolute number but there’s no question that the number of pot shops will affect the continued existence or not of a black market we’re trying to eradicate.”Though she acknowledges there are many outstanding questions on how the retail model will roll out, Pauline Rochefort, the mayor of East Ferris in northeastern Ontario, said councillors wanted to get in on the ground floor.The community near North Bay chose to opt in, in part to ensure its own residents — which have a high rate of entrepreneurship — have the chance to participate in the cannabis market, she said.Rochefort said there has been no public outcry over the prospect of retail cannabis stores, but it’s unclear whether the community of roughly 5,000 can keep an outlet in business.“While we did not have…all the information, we felt comfortable that things were in good hands,” she said.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
“Canada has laid down its weapons. Now it’s time for BC to disarm. Let’s try diplomacy,” said West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson. “If the Premier truly wishes to respect the constitution and the Treaty 8 rights it protects, he shouldn’t be encouraging BC Hydro to destroy those rights before the courts have the chance to weigh in. The Premier can meet with us and our federal counterparts to work out how best to wind down work on Site C until the question of Treaty infringement is finally decided.”This is not the first time the feds have followed a different path than B.C. government over a dispute with First Nations. Last summer, the federal government backed the Tsilhqot’in First Nation’s injunction against provincial permits for the New Prosperity mine, and even got federal injunction to stop the permitted work.The decision from the federal government follows a work stoppage on Site C in February that the First Nations are claiming as a victory. Rather than oppose an interim, interim injunction threatened by the First Nations’ lawyers, BC Hydro abruptly sent home contractors that were in the process of logging a 30-kilometre tract of old growth forests for the project’s proposed transmission line. Hydro has said that the work will remain suspended until after the injunction is decided later this summer.The injunction hearing is set to take place in BC Supreme Court from July 23rd to August 4th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Court documents filed last Thursday show that the Attorney General of Canada has taken “no position” and has not filed evidence to defend against an application by the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations to seek an injunction suspending construction of the Site C dam.In January, the two First Nations announced that they would be suing the provincial government and BC Hydro after Premier John Horgan announced last December that the government was continuing with Site C. As part of their lawsuit, the two First Nations are seeking an injunction to suspend construction of the dam during the trial. If successful, the injunction will halt work on the $10.7 billion-dollar dam for anywhere from 18 months to several years while the trial concludes.In its Response to Civil Claim, which was also filed Thursday, the federal government admits that it did not make a legal determination on whether Site C infringes Treaty 8, and states that the issue must either be “tested” by the Court at trial or resolved “in other contexts beyond litigation.” The Treaty 8 First Nations opposed to the dam are now calling on the B.C. Government to follow suit.
At an open public meeting about the proposed bylaw, a number of District residents came to give their thoughts on the proposed pay raise for councillors, with mayoral candidate Laura Prosko, council candidate Sherry Davies, and Jennifer Simpson speaking out against it.Council candidate Michelle Turnbull and residents Matt Edgar and Rick Banack spoke in favour of councillors accepting meeting fees, saying that many council members have increased the hours they have spent in performing civic duties.Mayor Rob Fraser clarified that he had worked approximately 1,600 hours performing mayoral duties in the past 14 months, which works out to an average of 28.5 hours per week.Councillors voted in favour of passing McPhail’s recommendation, albeit with an amendment removing the proposed increase in the mayor’s base salary by $4,600 to $28,000 per year.Councillors did vote in favour of being able to claim meeting fees for attending pre-approved meetings outside of the District.All members of council will be eligible to claim $100 for a meeting(s) lasting up to four hours, $200 for a meeting(s) between four and seven hours, and $300 for a meeting(s) running longer than 7 hours, in addition to their base salary. TAYLOR, B.C. – Taylor councillors have voted in favour of a recommendation from Financial Services Director Michael McPhail that District councillors receive renumeration for attending meetings outside of the District, but excluded also increasing the mayor’s base salary beyond the rate of inflation.At Monday’s committee of the whole meeting, councillors discussed McPhail’s third report on the subject since the issue of mayor and council getting compensation for attending meetings outside of the District was brought up at the beginning of September.Council had deferred making a decision on the topic on two occasions, saying that more information about which meetings councillors would be able to claim meeting fees, and whether a graduated scale of renumeration should be developed depending on the length of a meeting instead of a flat meeting fee. The meeting fees will be applicable for all meetings councillors attend on or after January 1st, 2019.Council members, including the mayor, will see a Cost of Living Allowance increase in 2019, with future COLA increases to be determined based on inflation during yearly budget discussions.
Kolkata: All polling booths in the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal which will go to poll in the fifth phase on May 6, will be manned by Central Forces, said sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). According to sources, there will be a total deployment of 578 companies of Central Forces for the fifth phase, to ensure a free and fair poll. The fourth phase held on April 29 had witnessed a deployment of Central Forces in 98 percent polling stations. On May 6, elections will be held in Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampore, Hooghly and Arambagh. The Election Commission has already identified the trouble-prone areas in these constituencies. The election officials are leaving no stones unturned to present an election devoid of any major incidents. All the poll-bound district administrative officials have been issued necessary guidelines to conduct a smooth election. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that in the third phase of elections, Central Force jawans were deployed in around 90 percent polling stations. The Opposition parties had alleged many incidents of intimidation in the first two phases of elections, when lesser number of polling stations had been under the coverage of Central Forces. Meanwhile, the Election Commission on Tuesday rejected BJP’s demand of repolling at various polling stations in Nadia and Birbhum. After going through the reports submitted by the district election officials, the Commission said that there will be no repoll in the two districts.