Letterkenny flood threat prompts call for meeting with OPW

first_imgThe new Letterkenny-Milford council is seeking a meeting with the Office of Public Works to discover what challenges and opportunities they are focusing on for Letterkenny.The call came from Cllr Ciaran Brogan this week, who said that the new council should be updated on the work of the OPW.“This is a new council and new members. We hear a lot of talk about the flood plains and climate change. I think it’s an opportunity to meet with the OPW and see exactly what they are doing,” Cllr Brogan said. Much of Letterkenny’s retail centre is built on a flood plain. Cllr Brogan said that the members should be informed of recent works and plans to address challenges facing Letterkenny. He added that having a river so close to the town also brings huge opportunities, but raw sewage had prevented any development in the past. Now, with the Letterkenny Sewage Scheme underway, the councillor said that plans such as a walk along the Swilly could be explored again.Cllr Ian McGarvey, who seconded the motion, added that “Letterkenny is an area that is definitely under threat and there’s no reason whatsoever why we can’t meet with the OPW.” He said a meeting would help inform members to know what must be done to alleviate flooding risks in the town.Letterkenny flood threat prompts call for meeting with OPW was last modified: November 13th, 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)last_img read more

It’s Bach to the cemetery for a musical feast in Kolkata

first_imgCome Saturday, Kolkatans, both the living and the dead, can look forward to a grand musical feast as the South Park Street Cemetery, one of the city’s oldest cemeteries, will celebrate its 250th birthday by holding a concert on its premises. In a clearing amid small and giant sepulchres, ageing plaques, and 300 varieties of trees, its sprawling, leafy compound will host a performance by a string quartet and a pianist on January 6. The performances, according to the programme booklet, will mainly be of “17th and early 18th century Baroque composers” such as Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel. Some of the finest musicians of the city, including some who are based abroad, such as the violinist Prosanto Dutt, will perform. “He will also talk about the music,” said Ranajoy Bose, the architect of the two-hour show and a managing member of the Christian Burial Board, which manages the cemetery. The tickets are priced at a modest ₹20.On being asked about the low price of the tickets, Mr. Bose said, “This is a strange cemetery. For instance, there are no crosses here. Instead, the tomb designs carry the architectural imprint of many civilisations, including Greek, Roman, Turkish and Mughal influences, and some are even shaped liked Hindu temples. We would like school children to know something about these eclectic designs created by Indian masons, besides some Western classical music.”last_img read more

London Olympics: Satisfied with my effort, says Mary Kom

first_imgThe atmosphere at the Excel arena was incredible as Indian icon Mary Kom and local favourite Nicola Adams slugged it out for a berth in the 51kg final in front of an appreciative audience. Match photosAt the end of four rounds, each lasting two minutes, the Briton had sealed her spot in the London Olympics final but Mary Kom walked out smiling having won millions of hearts at home and in the United Kingdom.As Mary Kom wore the bronze medal around her neck and remembered her twin sons, she became emotional. “I am sorry I could not win gold but at least I am taking back a bronze medal home,” said the 29-year-old supermom who has made millions of sacrifices for this day.Having won five world championship titles in the 48kg category and moved to the 51kg category for the Olympics, Mary Kom was at a disadvantage.But the way the diminutive Indian boxer threw in effort, though it did not translate into points on the computers, Mary Kom was superb.The Indian’s 6-11 loss to Nicola may sound bad, but Mary Kom made everyone forget it as she had a medal to show.Nicola did take control of the proceedings from the opening bell. Fast on her feet and landing punches with panache, Nicola was smart.With British prime minister David Cameroon also watching the bout, Nicola got that extra zing into play as she adopted a smart strategy of coming in and scoring points and then moving back. It was a pattern which the Indian had not bargained for.advertisementOnce into the second round, Nicola landed two thudding upper cuts while continuing to punch beautifully off the back foot. At the end of the third round the score was 8-4.Mary Kom knew she had to show aggression in the decider as there was no other go against an opponent whose footwork was slick. The sad part for Mary Kom was despite throwing all the weight she could, the points were not being scored.As the raucous audience lapped up every minute of the action, it was clear when Nicola was declared winner, there was a huge roar.However, Mary However was not disturbed as hundreds of media personnel waited for her to speak in English and then Hindi.”I have been living this Olympic dream for years and I know what it means to me and my country. All the sacrifices I have made in this life have been rewarded through this medal,” said Mary Kom.Asked about the scoring system, Mary Kom shot back: “I am scoring but they are not pressing the button and scoring!”However, Brig Muralidharan Raja, secretary of the Indian boxing federation said there was nothing to complain about. “It was a fair contest and we cannot complain about anything,” said Raja.Mary Kom’s medal means so much for women in Indian sport. It also puts her state Manipur prominently on the India map as they have faced a clutch of problems in day to day life.As the brand ambassador for women’s boxing, Mary Kom has left an indelible mark. This is the first time two Indian women have won medals in one Olympics and Mary Kom deserves all the praise and rewards for her efforts.She has spent invaluable time away from her family. “I cannot explain my feelings and emotions and I know I had millions praying for my medal,” said Mary Kom.To be sure, unlike men’s boxing, women’s boxing is not a glamorous sport at home. The total number of women boxers who compete in India is just in hundreds and not even a thousand.So for Mary Kom to come out tops with women’s boxing making its debut at the Olympics is a big deal.”We do expect that this medal will be an inspiration for women boxers in India,” said Raja.The magnitude of Mary Kom’s achievement will only be underlined when she returns to India. After all, it is her medal which has enhanced India’s medal tally to an all-time high of four in one Olympics.last_img read more

India facing problem of plenty at top before Colombo Test

first_imgIndia’s clinical performance in thrashing Sri Lanka in the first test in Galle has left captain Virat Kohli facing a problem of plenty at the top of the batting order for the second match of the series this week.The touring side, ranked number one in the world, defeated Sri Lanka by 304 runs inside four days to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.While Shikhar Dhawan put India in the driver’s seat on the opening day with a sparkling 190 off just 168 deliveries, it was his opening partner Abhinav Mukund’s turn to shine in the second innings with an 81.Dhawan and Mukund, however, were India’s second-choice pairing, with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul unavailable.Dhawan only came into the squad as a replacement for the injured Vijay, while Rahul was forced to miss the first test due to a viral fever.With Rahul having recovered and ready to re-claim his spot, team management are left with a difficult choice before the Colombo test which starts on Thursday.”Yes, it’s a very tricky situation,” Kohli told reporters.”(And) we’ve got a fourth guy who’s a regular opener for India who’s not fit (Vijay). We’ve got all four openers firing now.”Shikhar was supposed to go (home) to Melbourne, now he’s got a 190 in Galle. So, anything can happen in life.”India piled on 600 in their first innings and then declared their second innings closed on 240 for three. Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli also got hundreds as the touring side dominated the match on all four days.advertisementKohli said he hoped whoever missed out would understand.”It’s a massive headache but I guess a good one. You know, eventually guys understand that only two can take the field and at most two or three openers make the squad,” the 28-year-old told reporters.”It’s going to be tough but it’s something that any day you’d like to be in this situation rather than having guys that are not scoring.”last_img read more

Mets Learn From The Best

first_imgThe young Mets team, who are preparing for the New South Wales Touch Association’s Junior Regionals in Forster later this month, train at the same venue as where the camp was being held and Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad thought it would be a great opportunity to help the side out. “They were training at the same venue and given that Penrith Touch Association and Mets have always bent over backwards to help us out whenever we need fields and things like that for our camps I thought it was just a way of us giving back a little bit to those permits and affiliates that help us out,” Trad said. “They were great, they were really excited but I think our guys love it too. They really enjoy getting involved with the younger kids. It was really hot out there but the boys were showing a lot of skill and some of those young boys for their age they’ve got a fair amount of skill and class about them so our future’s looking bright.”The Men’s Open squad did some skills work with the side as well as a coaching clinic and some games, and it wasn’t just the Mets boys that enjoyed the experience. “Our squad loved it, they really like to put back, they are a great bunch of young men and they like to put back into the game, especially when dealing with young kids. So for them it was a lot of fun but it was really good, they really enjoy doing that kind of work, they relish it,” Trad said. The camp was the final selection event for the squads in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Series which starts on Thursday, 26 April in Mudgee. Trad says it was one of the ‘tougher camps’ but the players are looking forward to the upcoming series. “We did a lot of good work, we played some hard games, we had good refereeing so I really enjoyed it and we got a lot out of it. A lot of questions were answered because it’s a very short preparation so we’ve got to hit the ground running so we certainly did that on the weekend.”“It’s been a long season coming from a World Cup and we’ve just had the NTL but as soon as the boys got together, and there’s a lot of young guys in that squad as well, there was definitely a sense of excitement and anticipation. I think the young boys bring out the best in the old fella’s and the old fella’s like to make sure the young guys don’t get it all their own way and that makes a nice competitive edge to the training and builds a great atmosphere and a great culture so they are really looking forward to it,” Trad said. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, please visit the following websites:www.austouch.com.au http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=6460&pID=14last_img read more

Video: Auburn DC Will Muschamp Got A 15-Yard Penalty For Losing His Mind On An Official

first_imgAn angry Will Muschamp after penalty.Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is known for his sideline intensity. That intensity boiled over and got him in trouble just now during the Iron Bowl showdown with Alabama. After Auburn defender Jonathan Ford was penalized 15 yards for a late hit, Muschamp lost his mind on the official and was docked an additional 15 yards. Muschamp wasn’t done either. After the drive ended in an Adam Griffith field goal to give the Tide a 22-13 lead, Muschamp sought out the ref he previously blasted and gave him another earful. WATCH: Auburn DC Will Muschamp goes ballistic, has to be held back as he tells the ref: “I want a fair game.” pic.twitter.com/LE8VdhY3zj— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) November 28, 2015He’s clearly very unhappy.last_img read more

SP fields Mulayam from safest Mainpuri LS seat

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party on Friday released a list of six candidates for the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh, fielding party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav from its stronghold Mainpuri. Dharmendra Yadav will contest from Badaun, Akshay Yadav from Firozabad, Kamlesh Katheria from Etawah, Bhailal Kol from Robertsganj and Shabbir Valmiki from Bahraich, the party announced. The list was signed by SP national chief general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav. The party left Mainpuri, described as its “safest” seat, from Mulayam Yadav, who is MP from Azamgarh right now. He represented Mainpuri in the Lok Sabha in 1996, 2004 and 2009. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mulayam Yadav contested from Azamgarh and Mainpuri and won both. In Mainpuri, his victory margin was a massive 3.64 lakh votes.last_img read more

EC marks six constituencies for special watch

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has identified six Lok Sabha constituencies out of 42 in Bengal for keeping special vigil. The EC has decided to deploy one Police Observer each for these six constituencies to ensure free and fair elections. There will be one police observer in charge of two constituencies in the other 36 seats.Sources in the EC said that the six constituencies which will be under special watch are Raiganj, Murshidabad, Ranaghat, Asansol, Sreerampore and Kolkata South. “There will be one Police Observer each for these six seats,” an EC official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that Police Observers for the constituencies which will go for polling in the first two phases, have already reached the state. The Police Observers will be responsible for maintaining law and order, the deployment of Central Forces, route march for area domination etc. They will also keep in touch with the state administration and send reports to the special Police Observer of Bengal as well as the Election Commission. The Election Commission takes into account a number of factors when it comes to deployment of a Police Observer. The geographical location of a constituency, its law and order situation, antecedents during previous polls and sensitivity of the polling booths under the constituency are all analysed before assigning such observers. The percentage of voting is also taken under consideration. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be noted that North Kolkata has the least voter turnout ratio among Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, in the last three Lok Sabha polls. In 2014, it had a turnout of only 66.08 percent, when the state’s average stood at a whopping 82.22 – one of the highest in the country. Sources in the EC said that there will be 44 Expenditure Observers for the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, along with 47 General Observers. The ECI on Thursday had already replaced retired BSF director general K K Sharma with 1981 batch IPS officer Vivek Dubey as Central Police Observer for Bengal. Sharma’s appointment as Central Police Observer for Bengal had been objected to by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and CPI(M) on grounds of neutrality. It may be noted that the EC has primarily approved the report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal that less than 30 percent of the total booths in the state are ‘sensitive’. As per reports of the CEO’s office, 18,461 booths in the state have been marked as vulnerable out of as total of 78,000. According to sources in the EC, South 24-Parganas, with 2,357 vulnerable pockets, is the most sensitive district in the state. Eight other districts including North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata are also under the watch of the Election Commission.last_img read more

TMC files complaint against BJP for using Khali in poll campaign

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI), protesting against BJP for engaging wrestler the Great Khali during an election campaign in favour of Anupam Hazra, who is contesting from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat on the saffron party’s ticket.A complaint lodged with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) raised questions on how a foreign national can take part election campaign for Hazra. The complaint also alleged that BJP is trying to influence the electors by using Khali, who is a national of the United States of America. The wrestler campaigned for Hazra on April 26. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”He (Khali) holds a US citizenship. Therefore, a foreigner shouldn’t be allowed to influence the minds of Indian electors,” reads the complaint. The complaint also says; “Dalip Singh Rana, who is known by the name the Great Khali, was seen campaigning for Anupam Hazra, the BJP candidate from Jadavpur. He was seen campaigning from an open top jeep on the streets of Jadavpur. Rana is not an Indian citizen and holds citizenship under the United States of America. BJP is using Rana’s celebrity status to misguide Indian voters.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is also mentioned in the complaint that Khali gave an interview saying that he would be present for Hazra whenever he would be called in. “I have specially come from America to support my younger brother. He is filing his nomination papers. I want to request everyone to cast their votes for him. Do not waste your votes. Anupam is a learned man and he knows your troubles and will be able to serve you better than anyone else,” Khali was quoted in the complaint. During his campaign, Hazra said that Khali is a popular global youth icon and many of his supporters had requested him to do something exceptional. Hence, he thought it was a unique platform to bring in the popular wrestler. The letter alleged that BJP is desperate to win the elections by any means possible. In this case, utilising the help of a non-citizen who has no information about the intricacies of Indian politics or what may be the best option for the Indian electors. Trinamool urged the Election Commission to take action against the BJP candidate in this regard. Additional CEO Sanjay Basu said that they have received the complaint and an inquiry is being conducted into the incident. “We will comment on the issue after we receive a report in this regard,” he added.last_img read more

SC to hear review pleas contempt petition against Rahul on May 10

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it was “little perplexed” over separate listing, contrary to its order, of the pleas seeking review of its verdict in Rafale case and the contempt plea against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his “chokidar chor hai” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.A special bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it had made it clear earlier that both the matters would be heard together but despite that, the contempt petition was not listed for hearing along with the review pleas on Monday. The bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, was told that the contempt petition against Gandhi was listed for hearing on May 10. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”We are little perplexed that the two cases are listed on two different dates when the order was that these matters will be heard together,” the bench observed. “This is the problem. There was order for listing both the matters together. We had dictated the order in an open court but it says one case on May 6 and other on May 10. How can this be done?,” it said. After a brief hearing, the bench ordered that the review pleas and contempt petition against Gandhi be listed together for hearing on May 10. “The present matters and contempt petition (criminal)… be listed together on May 10 at 2.00 PM,” the bench said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”We make it clear that the hearing scheduled for May 10 would be taken up and parties shall make an endeavour to complete the same on the said date. Rejoinder to the replies of Union of India may be filed, in the meantime,” the bench said in its order. At the outset, advocate Prashant Bhushan, who is one of the petitioners in the case along with former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, told the bench that there were three pleas before the court. Bhushan said besides the review plea, there were two other applications — one seeking perjury action against unknown government servants for allegedly misleading the court during the Rafale case hearing earlier and the other for production of certain documents. Bhushan said he would argue on the review plea and application for production of certain documents and the court should allow Shourie to argue on the perjury application. “Where is the connected matter of contempt?,” the bench asked. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for one of the petitioner lawyers, Vineet Dhandha, referred to the apex court’s April 30 order and said the contempt petition was listed for hearing on May 10. “We had said that both the matters will be listed together,” the bench said. When Bhushan said the court should hear his arguments on the review plea for an hour, the CJI said, “My brother (Justice Kaul) has to take up miscellaneous matters in his court”. After the court dictated the order, Bhushan said that the Centre has not filed reply on the perjury application. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, said no notice was issued to the government on the perjury application. To this, the bench told Venugopal, “Did we issue any notice to the application for production of documents? But, you have filed your reply to this application”. Bhushan also told the court that he would file rejoinder to the Centre’s affidavit which was filed last week. Gandhi had made the contemptuous remark, “chowkidar chor hai”, against Modi, which the apex court had said was wrongly attributed to it. The top court had on April 30 given another opportunity to Gandhi for filing one more affidavit for his remark.last_img read more