The city council formally thanked Lori Slater for the work she has done in the community to make it more accessible for people who are not able-bodied.Slater helped create the Mayor’s Disability Advisory Committee, and had been on the committee since it was founded in 2006.She continues to work as Peer Program Coordinator with Spinal Cord Injury BC.- Advertisement -Slater was also awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and she is a recipient of the prestigious “Mayors Choice Award of Excellence.”“We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate and work together in the future,” wrote Mayor Ackerman in a letter of gratitude. “Thank you again for all your dedication and efforts.”
1 Arsene Wenger and Aaron Ramsey Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to recapture the hunger which saw them blow away Manchester United when they head to Watford on Saturday.The Gunners resume domestic action at Vicarage Road for the late televised kick-off looking to maintain momentum from their demolition of the Red Devils, who were taken apart with three goals inside the first 20 minutes.Wenger, though, knows that stunning performance will quickly be forgotten should they fail to deliver against the Hornets.“It can increase the belief and the hunger of the team (to win convincingly). On the other hand you have to show that you can come in to every game with that focus,” said Wenger, who is hoping Alexis Sanchez returns fit from international duty with Chile having been carrying a hip problem.“The level of champions and people who want to fight at the top is urgency – and urgency is something that keeps you alert, so we know what will be expected of us.“We have to be conscious that it will be a different game at Watford, but the level of urgency is a big part of success and that is what we work on.”Wenger accepts such little time to regroup following the international break is not ideal, especially with the players having been on a high following the manner of their win over United.“It was difficult, we separated on a positive vibe. After, the task is to reconnect quickly because everybody goes to their national teams and has different worries,” said Wenger.“The target now is to refocus on what we want to achieve.“Watford are a very difficult team to play against, so we have to focus to get a positive result on Saturday.”Arsenal’s win over United moved them to within two points of Manchester City.Wenger believes this season’s title race could prove to be the most open of recent years and refused to rule out champions Chelsea – already 10 points adrift – mounting a recovery.“At the moment the top eight can mathematically compete,” said Wenger.“(Realistically), I would say five or six teams (can win the title).”The Gunners boss added: “(Chelsea) have some ground to make up. Of course when you have many teams in front of you it is difficult to catch up, but they have the quality.”
MISSION: A satellite in orbit around the moon gives country a jump on China and India. By Eric Talmadge THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTOKYO – Japan put its first satellite into orbit around the moon today, placing the country a step ahead of China and India in an increasingly heated space race in Asia. The probe was set into lunar orbit after completing a complicated navigational maneuver late Thursday, space agency officials said. The probe will gradually move into orbit closer to the surface to the moon before conducting a yearlong observational mission. “We believe this is a big step,” said project manager Yoshisada Takizawa. “Everything is going well and we are confident.” Though four years off schedule, the mission comes at a crucial time for Japan. China is expected to launch its own moon probe by the end of the year, and India is to follow with an unmanned lunar mission in 2008. Japanese officials claim the $279 million Selenological and Engineering Explorer – or SELENE – is the largest lunar mission since the U.S. Apollo program in terms of overall scope and ambition, outpacing the former Soviet Union’s Luna program and NASA’s Clementine and Lunar Prospector projects. The mission involves placing the main satellite – called “Kaguya,” after a legendary moon princess – in a circular orbit at an altitude of about 60 miles and deploying two smaller satellites in elliptical orbits, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA. Researchers will use data gathered by the probes to study the moon’s origin and evolution. Takizawa said it will begin its observation phase in mid- to late-December. “The timing was very delicate,” he said at a news conference in JAXA’s Tokyo headquarters via a video link from the mission command center south of the capital. “It was important to the completion of the mission, and it was successful.” Japan launched its first satellite in 1970 but is now struggling to keep up with rival China. Japan launched a moon probe in 1990, but that was a flyby mission. It canceled a 2004 moon shot, LUNAR-A after repeated mechanical and fiscal problems. SELENE was launched on Sept. 14 aboard one of the space program’s mainstay H-2A rockets from Tanegashima, the remote island where the agency’s space center is located. To garner public interest, the probe carries sheets engraved with messages from 412,627 people around the world in its “Wish upon the Moon” campaign. China’s minister of defense and technology told China Central Television in July that everything was ready for a launch “by the end of the year” of the Chang’e 1 orbiter, which will use stereo cameras and X-ray spectrometers to map three-dimensional images of the lunar surface and study its dust. China sent shock waves through the region in 2003 when it became the first Asian country to put its own astronauts into space. More ominously, China also blasted an old satellite into oblivion with a land-based anti-satellite missile, the first such test ever conducted by any nation. That test was widely criticized for its military implications. A similar rocket could be used to shoot military satellites out of space, and create a dangerous cloud of space debris. India plans a manned space mission by 2015, using indigenous systems and technology. That will be preceded by an unmanned moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, in April 2008.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
23!BYU 60, at Wyoming 44 Ambrosia Anderson scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Cougars. BYU (13-1, 4-0 Mountain West Conference) held the Cowgirls (12-4, 2-3) to a season-low 21.6 percent shooting. Lauren Riley added a career-high 14 points for BYU. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Texas A&M 49 Sophia Young scored 28 points and Abiola Wabara added 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead Baylor (13-2, 3-2 Big 12) to the victory over Texas A&M (14-4, 3-2). Takia led A&M with 16 points and A’Quonesia Franklin added 10. at 17 Oklahoma 63, Texas Tech 57 Freshman center Courtney Paris had her 10th straight double-double, finishing with 17 points and 19 rebounds for the Sooners (14-4, 4-0 Big 12). Texas Tech (7-8, 2-2) was without head coach Marsha Sharp, who was briefly hospitalized earlier in the day after suffering flu-like symptoms during a shootaround. Elana Larkins scored 22 points, including 14-for-14 free-throw shooting, and Ivory Latta had 17 points for the Tar Heels (17-0, 4-0 ACC). Janie Mitchell and Jill Ingram each scored 12 points to lead Georgia Tech (11-6, 0-4). at 8 Baylor 60, at 4 North Carolina 85, Georgia Tech 56
Pupils from Ireland’s first ever coffin-making course have just graduated with flying colours.Some might think they have ‘dead end’ prospects but the pupils from the Donegal Local development-run scheme are upbeat about getting a job.The twelve pupils have just completed the course today and at least two of them will now start making coffins full-time. The course, which was run in the town hall in Ramelton for the past six months, was arranged by the Green Graveyard Company.Course tutor Brendan Farren from Greencastle said he has been amazed at how dedicated the pupils have been.“We started with 13 pupils and only one person dropped out. But the rest turned up in rain, hail and snow.“These people all have one thing in common – they want to learn a new skill and get a job out of it in the end,” he said. The willow used in the coffins is taken from Tipperary while pupils were also encouraged to grow their own patch of willow to use.Owner of the Green Graveyard Company, Colin McAteer, said green coffins offer huge potential.At present just half a percent of the 50,000 funerals in Ireland each year use green coffins.But Colin said an increase and awareness of green coffins will offer huge job opportunities.“The potential is huge. People are becoming more environmentally aware and these coffins are all Irish-made. “They are made to a very high standard and are cheaper than the normal coffin. The demand is getting greater all the time,” he said.Colin first came across the idea for a green coffin more than a decade ago when a young woman he knew, who later died from leukemia, wanted to be buried in a cardboard coffin.“We searched everywhere but just couldn’t get what she was looking for. That always remained with me and then I heard about the idea of making natural coffins using willow.“The business is still getting off the ground but the fact that we now have 12 people to make them is a real bonus,” he said. Colin, who is also an undertaker, said that there was a particular demand for children’s willow coffins.“I think the most heartbreaking thing for some people is to see a tiny white, wooden coffin. The willow reminds people of a ‘Moses basket’ and I think that’s comforting for them in some way,” he said.Pupil Bernie Grier, from Ramelton, said she never in her wildest dreams thought she would be making coffins.“It has been a great experience and hopefully there will be a job in it one day. Everyone on the course has been so supportive.“I’ll definitely be ordering a willow coffin one day but hopefully that won’t be for a very long time to come,” she said.Local Sinn Fein TD, Padraig MacLochlainn, who called in to see the coffin-makers on their last day, said it was cottage industries like this which will create jobs.“These are the kinds of businesses we should be supporting because there is obvious growth.“The people here have put their hearts and souls into learning and new skill and that really lifts the spirit during these tough times,” he said.For further information on green coffins see www.greencoffinsireland.com.ALL PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYEndsDONEGAL STUDENTS PROVE COFFIN-MAKING IS NO ‘DEAD END’ JOB was last modified: June 20th, 2011 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:coffinsDLDCGreen Graveyard Company
SAN ANTONIO – The noise of chatting parishioners saturates the foyer after the five weekend Masses at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. Busy parents sympathize with one another. Kids find new playmates. And singles meet other singles. The foyer helps the 5,000 worshippers each weekend preserve their sense of community. The fast-growing congregation decided five years ago to expand into a 1,500-seat sanctuary instead of splitting into two separate congregations and search for an available priest among a shrinking pool. Catholic churches are joining their Protestant counterparts across the country in creating megachurches – where thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, of parishioners worship together. But unlike the Protestant churches that use high-profile, evangelistic campaigns to grow, dioceses say it is too few priests and too many worshippers that drives their expansion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals While the number of worshippers per parish nationwide has grown by nearly 35 percent in almost three decades, the number of priests dropped 26 percent, said Mary Gautier with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, which tracks U.S. Catholic Church growth patterns. “That’s the reality in the Catholic Church today: You don’t want to build something that will be OK for now, when you know this large population is going to get bigger,” Gautier said. Dioceses in the South and West – the hot spots for new jobs and suburban sprawl – are primarily the ones building larger parishes that are increasingly filled with Hispanic Catholics, many of whom are immigrants, Gautier said. The Midwest and Northeast are generally consolidating, Gautier said, due largely to population shifts to other regions of the country. Gautier said several dioceses, including the Archdiocese of San Antonio, seek at least 1,000 seats in design plans for new or expanded sanctuaries. Most sanctuaries used to be built with about 500 seats, she said. In the San Antonio archdiocese, at least 15 sanctuaries have doubled or tripled to at least 1,000 seats in the past eight years. “We didn’t want to put two parishes in the same town because we just didn’t have the priests to do it,” said Monsignor Larry Stuebben, vicar general of the archdiocese. Making a church bigger also drives down the average cost per church member, according to the Georgetown University research group. The research group estimates that it costs $444 per household nationwide for memberships in churches with fewer than 800 members compared to $337 for those with more than 1,000. The savings helps pay for more paid lay staff, who are increasingly picking up administrative duties to free priests for pastoral and sacramental duties, said the Rev. Larry Christian, rector of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio. “You have to have a large enough economic base to make that happen,” he said. The 65 million-member U.S. Catholic Church has generally tried to avoid the “megachurch” model, like Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston that took over the former arena for the Houston Rockets NBA team and fills it each week with more than 30,000 congregants. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops advises parishes to avoid “any semblance of a theater or an arena” in worship settings. While new Catholic churches are designed with a larger seating capacity, the pews are curved around the altar so people don’t lose a sense of intimacy during worship, said Jim Moroney, head of liturgy for the Catholic bishops conference. “The challenges are indeed significant,” Moroney said. “But we want to create sight lines to see the whites in someone’s eyes when we’re preaching to them.” And large parishes are offering more programming, especially Bible study and social action groups, so members meet one another and create a community within a community, Moroney said. That programming makes them more like Protestant megachurches, said Scott Thumma, who specializes in megachurch research at Connecticut’s Hartford Seminary. The nation’s 1,200 Protestant megachurches, defined as having at least 2,000 weekly attendees, make small group participation the crux of their organizational structure, he said. “Anything that goes beyond just a large gathering – such as using small groups to create a congregational life with their members – that’s a significant shift in the organization of a Catholic congregation,” Thumma said. St. Mark advertises its 40-plus ministries and small groups on a large sign over the main entrance to the sanctuary, including a first-ever Bible study that breaks members into groups of eight to 10. The church considered splitting into two congregations in the early 1990s because regularly 200 people would have to stand in aisles in its 750-seat sanctuary during its weekend Masses, longtime member Marybeth Green said. “It was competition to get a seat and parking spot, and that’s not the Christian spirit,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By RACHEL McLAUGHLIN: Free music, art and entertainment events are promised for September 20 as Letterkenny’s Culture Night schedule is revealed today.The seventh annual culture and heritage night will take place in venues all across the town from 6pm to 11pm. All events are family friendly and free of charge. Full Tilt Recording Studios will host an open recording session in studio, where a brand new dance track will be produced on the night.Live music performances will be held at An Grianán Theatre, the Regional Culture Centre and St. Eunan’s Cathedral, among other venues.Sports fans can admire and recall Donegal’s past and present Sporting Heroes at an exhibition in Donegal County Museum. Drama brings Ulster heritage to the fore in performances such as The Footstep Theatre’s ‘Planters, Paupers & Rebels’.Indoor and outdoor art exhibitions include the ‘Loinnir’ Sculpture Trail in Letterkenny Town Park. The illuminated display had great success over the years in many Donegal locations. Get hands-on at art workshops for all ages at Create a Link Art Studio, or sit back and relax at a special edition of North West Words open mic readings and music at Café Blend.Culture Night 2013 has something for everyone.View and download the events brochure at http://www.donegallibrary.ie/media/donegal-library/contentassets/files/pdflibrary/Culture_Night_2013_Programme.pdfLETTERKENNY CULTURE NIGHT 2013 EVENTS REVEALED was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 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)
A man has died following two car collision near Barnesmore Gap this afternoon.One man has died in the crash at Barnesmore.The man, who was in his 80s, died when his vehicle was in collision with another car around 4pm.The accident happened close to the junction for the turn-off for Harvey’s Point Hotel on the N15. No other details on the other people involved in the crash have been released at this stage.The collision occurred about 2 miles north of Clar chapel.The occupant of the second vehicle, a woman in her 60s, has been taken by ambulance to hospital.Diversions are currently in place as crash scene investigators carry out a full investigation. ONE MAN CONFIRMED DEAD IN BARNESMORE CRASH was last modified: August 7th, 2014 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:Barnesmore GapcrashdeadGardaiman
Paddy, Amy, Lauren, Ellie, Jenn, Celina and Casper as The Von Trapp children.Patrick Gallagher as Captain Von Trapp and Blathnait Gallagher as Maria. The Van Heinm singers Michaela, Ciara, Mulvina, Sarah and Ann. Above are a selection of pictures taken from the fantastic show put on by the pupils of Stramore NS in Glendowan Churchill on Sunday evening in front of a large crowd in Glenswilly GAA hall.The classes performed individually before commencing the play ‘The Sound of Music’.A great evening was had by all.Well done to all involved. 🙂PICTURE SPECIAL: STRAMORE NS IS ALIVE WITH ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’ was last modified: December 17th, 2014 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnews