Are the British and Irish Lions viable in the modern era?

first_img Everyone loves the British & Irish Lions. We’ve all experienced the emotional tug of that 1997 South Africa tour video. Or heard tales told by our parents about the greatest Lions team ever to tour New Zealand in 1971, tales of Gareth and Barry and Carwyn; of ‘The Invincibles’ who came back triumphant from South Africa in 1974, led by the indomitable Willie John McBride.The Lions were one of the beloved cornerstones of the amateur game, but their place in the ruthless world of professionalism is far less assured. Everybody keeps making the right noises, of course. We are constantly reminded how precious the Lions ‘brand’ is – and there is ample support in the cost of an official 18-day, three-Test tour to New Zealand priced at £6,000 and tickets for Test matches priced between £79 and £238.Dominated: The All Blacks thrashed the Lions in 05In 2005, 20,000 fans travelled to New Zealand, injecting an estimated £65m into the local economy. New Zealand Rugby calculates that 2017 will be the only year in the next five in which they will make a profit, and they are on course to make a £4.7m loss in 2016 with increased investment in the domestic game.And there is the rub. The Lions are a precious commodity, they are big business – but there is no effort made to reflect the importance of Lions tours in the administrative attitude to either a global rugby calendar or the player welfare issues that derive from it.A large rump of international players will be involved in the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 finals, which are due to be played on 27 May, only one week before the Lions’ first match in New Zealand on 3 June.Toulon’s Leigh Halfpenny could also be affected. The Top 14 play-offs run until the third week of June, which could potentially rule Halfpenny out of the entire first month of the tour.Tour matches trip over themselves after that initial encounter, with games against two Super Rugby franchises, the Blues and Crusaders on 7 and 10 June completing a very busy first week.At a reasonable guess, 20-25 leading players could be absent from the Lions’ preparatory camp and potentially, the first two matches of the tour because of their involvement in the finals of domestic competitions. Club commitment: Potential Lions Maro Itoje and George Kruis could miss game time in NZThis situation is very similar to England’s 2014 tour to New Zealand, where I was involved in the preparation and planning. England flew out missing 14 players who were involved in the Premiership final between Saracens and Northampton. Where we’d had a settled side throughout that year’s Six Nations, only regular starters Mike Brown, Jonny May, Chris Robshaw, Joe Launchbury and David Wilson were available for the crucial first Test in New Zealand.Although the makeshift XV played well at Eden Park and could easily have won the game, the selection process thereafter had already been reduced to a shambles, with a mixture of second and third stringers vying for playing time with an underprepared and mentally rundown group coming over late from the UK.Despite these recurring problems with scheduling, neither the Six Nations committee nor the RFU are prepared to consider the restructuring towards a global season, which is so clearly necessary for a solution to be reached. As recently as 26 July, the RFU’s chief executive Ian Ritchie, ruled out any changes to the key items – the Six Nations or end-of-year tours by the southern hemisphere teams.Calendar clash: Should Ian Ritchie and Mark McCafferty appease the needs of the Lions?Outsiders like Bath owner Bruce Craig have offered a sensible answer with the global season divided into more manageable blocks, and they are supported by the outlook of new World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont. But the sensible view is likely to be opposed by sectional interests.As things stand, the integration of North and South and club and country will continue to be an incoherent mishmash of fixture-splicing, and money will continue to be the main driver above player welfare. There is always a huge and long-lasting injury toll suffered by the players who go on Lions tours and return without a proper break and pre-season. The British & Irish Lions head to New Zealand next summer but such tours in an overcrowded season highlight issues like player welfare LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img TAGS: Highlight Moreover, the new generation of All Blacks will be utterly determined to send them home on the back of a beating as bad as that administered to the last Lions squad to visit New Zealand in 2005.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Zimbabwe bishop celebrates growth in Harare diocese

first_img Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] The bishop of Harare is celebrating peace and growth in his diocese two-and-a-half years after Anglicans in Zimbabwe won back their churches.In a recent update to supporters around the world, Bishop Chad Gandiya said that hard work and generosity of parishioners the diocese is going from strength to strength.“The diocese has continued to experience growth both numerically and spiritually,” he wrote. “ A few new church buildings are being built and a few are being extended in order to accommodate the numerical growth.”Gandiya also highlighted various other improvements and developments in his diocese: “Our mission schools continue to improve both academically and structurally, and two of our schools were even awarded the Ministry of Education Secretary’s Merit Award for good results and general improvements of the schools.“Just within this short period [since getting our property back], one of our schools, St. John’s High School, has managed to build two new dormitories and two new staff houses. They have also bought a luxury bus for the school and have managed to sink two boreholes.”In September 2012, the Church of the Province of Central Africa, of which Harare is a part, won a long-running legal battle involving the excommunicated former bishop, Norbert Kunonga. Kunonga and his supporters had grabbed church properties including church buildings, hospitals, orphanages and schools.Most of the church property has been run down by the time they were handed back to the church, and diocesan offices even inherited huge bills incurred by Kunonga and his supporters.Despite the challenges that the diocese continues to face, its resolve to continue contributing to the country’s development has not waned. About three weeks ago, the diocese announced its intention to build an Anglican University close to Harare.“The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has been at the vanguard of promoting formal education as an essential part of propagating and living the Christian faith in the region from the 1890s,” said Gandiya. “From the first secondary school for African people in Zimbabwe to the more than 8,179 schools in the country, opportunities have been offered to all members of our society for primary, secondary and teacher education.”He added: “A significant part of the top schools in the country have been run by Anglicans in an open, inclusive and Christian environment with many prominent members of our society and our country being beneficiaries, and we now wish to consolidate the vast experience the Church has built up in the education sector, through our contribution to university education.”The bishop announced that, while the university will offer other courses, its main focus would be the biomedical sciences.“This is much needed not only in Zimbabwe but on the continent as a whole, and we will soon be seeking all kinds of partnerships and assistance both materially and human resources,” he said. 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Curved House / Daluz Gonzalez Architekten

first_img Year:  ArchDaily Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Curved House / Daluz Gonzalez Architekten Save this picture!© Alexandra Kreja+ 15Curated by Fernanda Castro Share 2017 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Alexandra KrejaSave this picture!© Alexandra KrejaRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. Close to Basel, in an environment of family detached houses, we propose to realise one house of 6.5 Rooms with two main conditions: short execution time, and a tight budget. The object is inserted inside a plot already occupied, belonging to the parents of our client.Save this picture!© Alexandra KrejaSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Alexandra KrejaThe reduced dimensi- ons of the place, with North-South orientation on the long side, and the desire to share part of the garden, made it necessary to understand how is working the main house. This large semicircular house, was made in the 80s by the architect Max Schnetz. The spatial rotundity and the proximity to the future building, established a formal language to design the new object. We look for a curved form within the most known economic variable, which is, by de nition, „the Swiss box“.Save this picture!Ground floor The end is a result of two ideas: the curve and the „Swiss box“. Minimal deformations of the outside walls, accentuate the corners, giving an unexpected expressiveness that characterizes and identi es the object. The house, which was built in wood onto a concrete basement, forms a link with the traditional Swiss construction, emphasizing this duality between formal modernity and constructive tradition.Save this picture!© Alexandra KrejaProject gallerySee allShow lessSenbo Resort Hangzhou Tree House / WH studioSelected ProjectsAnibal Cunha Offices / depASelected Projects Share Area:  280 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses CopyAbout this officeDaluz Gonzalez ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBaselIcebergOn FacebookSwitzerlandPublished on January 29, 2021Cite: “Curved House / Daluz Gonzalez Architekten” 28 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?弧形住宅 / Daluz Gonzalez Architekten是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Architects: Daluz Gonzalez Architekten Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Switzerland Curved House / Daluz Gonzalez ArchitektenSave this projectSaveCurved House / Daluz Gonzalez Architekten CopyHouses•Basel, Switzerlandlast_img read more

Baltimore anti-police brutality fighters refuse plea deal

first_imgSupporters defend charged activists.WW photo: Chris RykielBaltimore — Two representatives of the Baltimore Peoples Assembly, the Rev. Cortly “CD” Witherspoon of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Sharon Black, an organizer for the All Peoples Congress, have refused a plea deal to do 10 hours of community service. The two activists were arrested for trespass on Aug. 6 at the Unity March to Stop Police Terror and for Jobs and Recreation Centers. Their trial is now set for Oct. 4.Witherspoon and Black marched with about 100 other people at the Aug. 6 march from East Baltimore to City Hall. Participants included victims and families of police abuse and killings, community activists advocating for jobs and recreation centers, and other groups, including the Occupy movement.At City Hall, the two activists, acting on behalf of the Baltimore Peoples Assembly, entered the building to present Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake a letter outlining what was voted on by the 142 representatives who attended the June 30 Peoples Assembly. The letter detailed a call for community control of police; the firing and adequate charging of police who have shot, killed or brutalized community members; and other key issues, including providing jobs and keeping recreation centers and fire stations open.Black and Witherspoon requested a meeting with the mayor and asked for someone from her office to meet with them regarding these emergency issues or to agree to an expedited meeting date, considering that recreation centers were to close at the end of the week and that the problem of police terror is acute.As a result, both organizers were charged with trespass, taken to Central Booking and jailed until they saw a court commissioner the following day. Supporters meanwhile continued to rally outside City Hall.Both Witherspoon and Black assert that they are innocent, which is why they refused to plead guilty or to accept a plea deal. Their charging documents state that they were on the property of the mayor and City Council. Both see it as ironic since “City Hall is the property of the people.”Black and Witherspoon’s refusal to take a plea deal was met with cheers from the group that had gathered in their support for this preliminary court appearance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Will Michel Kilo be allowed out of Adra prison?

first_imgNews to go further Organisation News Receive email alerts February 3, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa November 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Will Michel Kilo be allowed out of Adra prison? March 8, 2021 Find out more In a 2 November decision, a Damascus appeal court judge overturned a criminal court’s refusal in August to release imprisoned writer and journalist Michel Kilo on completion of three-quarters of a three-year sentence. But Kilo has not been freed and the attorney-general of the Damascus prosecutor’s office appealed today against the decision “in the interests of the law.”“Despite the appeal court’s approval of Kilo’s early release, the appeal filed by attorney-general reduces his chances of being freed soon,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If the authorities really were seriously concerned about the ‘interests of the law,’ Kilo and many other peaceful free expression activists would not be rotting in prison. The Syrian justice system has always been biased and extremely inhuman towards the country’s free thinkers.”A Damascus criminal refused to free Kilo in August although he had served three-quarters of his sentence and therefore qualified for early release under Syrian law. This decision was quashed two days ago by an appeal court judge, but Kilo has remained in the capital’s Adra prison as a result of the attorney-general’s appeal to the interior ministry, which must now decide whether to refer the appeal to a plenary session of the appeal court.Khalil Maâtouk, one of Kilo’s lawyers, told Reporters Without Borders that the attorney-general’s appeal should not have been able to hold up execution of the appeal court judge’s ruling in favour of Kilo’s release. He added that there was a “strong possibility” that the attorney-general had not notified the prison about the ruling.Now aged 68, Kilo has been held in Adra prison since 14 May 2006. He was convicted on a charge of “undermining national sentiment” along with other human rights activists.Reporters Without Borders established a system of sponsorship 18 years ago in which international media are encouraged to adopt imprisoned journalists. More than 200 news organisations, journalists’ associations, press clubs and other entities throughout the world are currently supporting journalists by regularly calling on the authorities to release them and by publicising their cases. Kilo has been adopted by Le Pèlerin (France), the 06 Mediterranean Press Club (France), various Spanish forums, the Almería Press Association (Spain) and the Calafell City Hall (Spain).Sign the petition for Michel Kilo’s release News Follow the news on Syria Help by sharing this information RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa “Despite the appeal court’s approval of Kilo’s early release, the appeal filed by attorney-general reduces his chances of being freed soon,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If the authorities really were seriously concerned about the ‘interests of the law,’ Kilo would not be rotting in prison”. last_img read more

Trapped journalists killed in hell of Homs bombardment

first_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Help by sharing this information The building was believed to have been deliberately targeted, since it was public knowledge that it was used regularly by journalists.The city of Homs has been virtually under siege since the start of pro-democracy protests, of which it is a hotbed, preventing journalists from moving around and carrying out their work. The Baba Amr district has been shelled regularly since mid-January.Reporters Without Borders recalls that since the start of the uprising, seven media workers have been killed in Syria as a result of their activities.The French journalist Gilles Jacquier of the France 2 television station was killed in Homs on 11 January, although he had entered the country legally.The Syrian journalist Shukri Ahmed Ratib Abu Burghul, who was shot in the head on 30 December, died in hospital on 2 January.Another citizen journalist, Basil Al-Sayed, was killed in Homs on 29 December, while he was filming the latest bloodbath in Baba Amr. He was shot in the head by security forces and died on the way to hospital. He was 24 years old.The photographer and video reporter Ferzat Jarban was murdered on 20 November last year, a day after he was arrested in Homs.Finally, Soleiman Saleh Abazaid, who ran the “Liberated people of Horan” Facebook page, was killed by a shot to the head on 22 July last year.Two other Syrian citizen journalists have also been killed. Ramy Al-Sayed died during a shelling attack. Mazhar Tayyara, known as “Omar the Syrian”, was killed by shrapnel from a shell while helping to rescue wounded people during a major bombardment in Homs on the night of 3 February. Aged 24, he had been working for the French news agency Agence France-Presse for two months. (,41845.html)Reporters Without Borders recalls that journalists and campaigners for freedomof information from the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression were arrested on 16 February. The women were freed three days later but nine men, including centre’s director Mazen Darwish are still held. Reporters Without Borders learned today of the deaths of the America journalistMarie Colvin and the French photographer Rémi Ochlik, killed during an intense bombardment of the Baba Amr district of the city of Homs.Several journalists were wounded, including French freelance Edith Bouvier, who works for French news organizations including the newspaper Le Figaro. She was reported to be in a serious condition.Yesterday, Ramy al-Sayed, a citizen journalist with the Shaam News Network, was killed in the same area. His car was hit during a shelling attack and he died later of his wounds.“We condemn in the strongest terms this three-fold crime. The Damascus government is persisting in its bloody policy of censorship and suppression of information,” Reporters Without Borders said.“It has decided to punish the entire population collectively and to use the most violent means to silence those journalists who witness its excesses.“The international community can no longer remain passive in the face of the tragedy sweeping towns and cities that are the strongholds of pro-democracy protests.”U.N. Security Council resolution 1738, passed on 23 December 2006, obliges states to ensure the safety of journalists in war zones. Journalists and media centres are neutral and can in no sense be regarded as targets.According to information gathered by the press freedom organization, 11 rockets this morning hit the media centre where the journalists were located. Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 8, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more News February 22, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Trapped journalists killed in hell of Homs bombardment News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Newslast_img read more

And this is how to name a Limerick bridge

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cllr Kevin SheahanWITHOUT as much as a raised voice, a meeting of the Rathkeale Arts Committee has agreed to name a bridge on Church Street in Rathkeale in honour of opera singer Christy Lynch.  Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary proposed the renaming of the bridge to go ahead.The tenor was heard by millions of American radio listeners after his debut performance to 3,000 people in Carnegie Hall saw him become a huge singing sensation in the United States in 1946.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a veiled reference to the debacle over Limerick city council’s efforts to rename the Shannon bridge in memory of President John F  Kennedy , Cllr Kevin Sheahan said they should forward a transcript of the meeting to city councillors, “so they can see how to name a bridge without any fuss.” WhatsApp TAGSChurch StreetCllr Kevin SheahanCllr Stephen KearylimerickOpera singer Christy LynchRathkeale WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories center_img NewsLocal NewsAnd this is how to name a Limerick bridgeBy Alan Jacques – July 10, 2014 581 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Previous articleHorizon mall plan would devastate Limerick city centreNext articleCouncil call for ban on animal act circuses in Limerick Alan Jacques Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Seriously Underwater Mortgage Rate Sinks to Lowest Level in Two Years

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Seriously Underwater Mortgage Rate Sinks to Lowest Level in Two Years Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Foreclosure Negative Equity RealtyTrac Seriously Underwater Mortgages 2014-10-22 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. October 22, 2014 1,299 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Foreclosure Negative Equity RealtyTrac Seriously Underwater Mortgages The number of U.S. homeowners who were seriously underwater in the third quarter declined 11 percent from the previous quarter, falling to the lowest level in more than two years, according to RealtyTrac’s Q3 2014 Home Equity & Underwater Report released Thursday.RealtyTrac reported that 8.1 million U.S. homeowners, representing 15 percent of all mortgages in the country, were seriously underwater on their mortgage in Q3, the lowest percentage of underwater mortgages nationwide since RealtyTrac began tracking the data in Q1 2012. For a mortgage to be considered seriously underwater, the combined loan amount secured by the property must be at least 25 percent higher than the property’s estimated market value.The number of seriously underwater mortgagors in the U.S. in Q3 accounted for a combined total of $1.4 billion in negative equity, according to RealtyTrac.The nation’s seriously underwater rate has been steadily declining since Q2 2012, according to RealtyTrac. For that quarter, properties with a mortgage in the U.S. that were seriously underwater reached their peak at 12.8 million (29 percent). By Q3 2013, the number of seriously underwater properties in the nation had fallen to 10.7 million, representing 23 percent of the nation’s mortgages. In Q2 2014, RealtyTrac reported there were 9.1 million seriously underwater properties, or 17 percent of all mortgages in the U.S.”The decrease in underwater properties is promising but the estimated $1.4 trillion in negative equity means that the flood waters are not receding as quickly as they were before, corresponding to slowing home price appreciation,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “Slower price appreciation means the 8 million homeowners seriously underwater could still have a long road back to positive equity.”The percentage of seriously underwater properties that were in foreclosure also declined quarter-over-quarter in Q3 from 44 percent down to 39 percent. That number has also been steadily dropping – it was reported at 56 percent for Q3 2013, according to RealtyTrac. Meanwhile, the share of foreclosures with positive equity jumped up from 34 percent in Q2 to 38 percent in Q3.RealtyTrac reported that about 8.5 million properties were on the verge of resurfacing in Q3, with between 10 percent negative equity and 10 percent positive equity. The percentage of properties on the verge of resurfacing for Q3 represented 16 percent of all mortgages in the U.S., a decline from 17 percent in Q2.Equity-rich properties, which are properties with at least 50 percent equity, increased to 10.8 million in the U.S. for Q3 (20 percent of all properties with a mortgage) from 9.9 million (19 percent) in Q2. Equity-rich mortgagors combined for about $2.9 billion in positive equity, according to RealtyTrac.”We wanted to paint a picture of the typical seriously underwater homeowner and what we found was that homeowners who bought or refinanced during the housing bubble (2004 to 2008), own a home worth less than $200,000, live in the Sun Belt or Rust Belt and live in a Democratic Congressional District were more likely to be seriously underwater. On the other end, the highest percentages of equity rich homeowners were those who bought or refinanced between 1994 and 1998, those with properties valued at $500,000 or more, live in New York, California, or D.C., and these folks also tend to live in Democratic Congressional districts.” Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Seriously Underwater Mortgage Rate Sinks to Lowest Level in Two Years Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Study: Fewer Marriages Result in Slow Housing Recovery Next: Fannie Mae Hires EVP, General Counsel Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Waiting List problems will worsen in winter – O’Rourke

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter WhatsApp A senior consultant at Letterkenny University Hospital says the bed crisis at the hospital is now so serious that consultants are surprised when their operating lists are not cancelled.Orthopedic Surgeon Peter O’Rourke today predicted that the situation will get worse rather than better with the winter approaching.Mr O’Rourke was speaking on today’s Nine ’til Noon Show…………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Waiting List problems will worsen in winter – O’Rourke Pinterest Google+center_img By News Highland – September 19, 2018 Facebook Previous articleStorm Ali: An Post say some services suspended in North WestNext articlePolice in Strabane appeal for witnesses to hit and run News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Large crowd expected at Mica information event

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter A large crowd is expected at a Mica Redress scheme and financial information event this week. The scheme was given the green light in recent weeks with Donegal County Council now actively pursuing a way forward in accepting and processing applications.The public information evening is getting underway at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny at 7pm tomorrow evening with affected homeowners urged to attend.The event is being organised by the Mica Action Group, one of the speakers on the night will be Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen MD Cllr Martin McDermott.He is encouraging all those affected to attend:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleGarda Chief warns over major cocaine problem in DonegalNext articleUlster U20 games refixed for next weekend admin Pinterest By admin – February 17, 2020 center_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Large crowd expected at Mica information event DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+last_img read more