CONCACAF boss backs US-Mexico-Canada World Cup bid

first_imgCONCACAF president Victor Montagliani is seriously considering the possibility of a shared bid between the United States, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 World Cup.Russia and Qatar will host the 2018 and 2022 instalments respectively and CONCACAF has been mentioned as a favourite to host the showpiece in the year 2026.”It’s obviously a possibility,” Montagliani told reporters at a sports conference in Dubai. “It’s time for it (World Cup) to come back (to CONCACAF).”Montagliani added that CONCACAF absolutely expects that the 2026 tournament will be held by one of its 41 members.The region has not hosted a World Cup since the United States held the event in 1994, and while the US could undertake a solo bid again, Montagliani mentioned that a joint venture could also be on the table.”We are fully aware that each country could probably host it on its own, but the opportunity for a joint bid is wide open,” he told the gathering at the Dubai International Sports Conference.He was also optimistic that incoming US President Donald Trump would support a World Cup bid, whether solo or in conjunction with other nations.”It is pretty obvious the president-elect is a supporter of sport, a supporter of the Olympic movement,” Montagliani said.”At face value, I don’t see it being a challenge, and I think any administration, whether it be in the West or, in my case, Canada, or in Mexico, would be supportive of an event like the World Cup. And no pun intended, I would think the World Cup would trump any political issues.”FIFA confirmed in October that co-hosting would be allowed at the 2026 tournament and that there would be no restrictions on the number of countries in a given bid.A successful joint bid would be the first World Cup in CONCACAF since the tournament was held in the United States in 1994 and the first co-hosted tournament since 2002 when it was held in South Korea and Japan.Formal discussions over a possible joint US-Canada-Mexico bid are likely to start in 2017 once all the rules and regulations related to the bid are announced.last_img read more

George Canyon tickets on sale now for Fort St. John show

first_imgTickets will be available for purchase on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. PST. Tickets are priced at $60.00 for reserved seating and $55.00 for general admission, plus applicable fees and taxes. Tickets may be purchased online at below, by phone at 1-250-787-7100, and in person at Moose FM in Fort St. John at 9924 101 avenue.Celebrate an evening of music hits of the past decade with award winning Canadian Country Music Star, George Canyon and his band. This much anticipated new album ‘Decade of Hits’ will highlight the show complemented with George’s personal retrospect of the last 25 years, sharing never before heard stories about his career so far. This is a must see show for George Canyon fans.Online Ticketing for George Canyon presented by C&V Trail Sales powered by Eventbrite- Advertisement –last_img

Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger announces retirement

first_img Daniel Agger was a cult hero during his eight years at Anfield 1 Former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has announced his retirement from football.The ex-Denmark captain is quitting the game at the age of 31 after a professional career stretching back to 2004.Agger moved to Anfield from boyhood club Brondby in 2006 and played 232 times for the Reds, winning the League Cup in 2012, but his time on Merseyside was beset by a number of injury problems. He returned to Brondby in 2014.“Thank you for your support. A great experience. It’s sad, but it is the right decision to stop. I’m proud of my career,” Agger, who won 71 caps for Denmark, tweeted alongside an image of the football shirts of the clubs he has represented.center_img Thank you for your support.A great experience.It’s sad,but it is the right decision to stop. I’m proud of my career. pic.twitter.com/Geu9y47vnN— Daniel Agger (@DanielAgger) June 9, 2016last_img

EQUESTRIAN: SUCCESS AT THE NORTH WEST PONY CLUB CAMP

first_imgNorthwest Pony Club Camp 2013 By Lawrence SmythThe Northwest Pony Club, which is affiliated to the National Irish Pony Club (IPC), held its annual camp last week at its unique location at Cruit Island, in Co Donegal. The camp, which catered for 30 young people with their ponies and horses, was a tremendous success.Participants had the opportunity of improving their horsemanship skills and education in Dressage, Show Jumping, Cross Country, Riding and Road Safety, and Stable Management. On the final day of camp IPC examinations were conducted and examined at D, D Plus, and C grades. Rudy Schneider, District Commissioner (DC), said that from thanked the parents for their support in organising and running the camp. The great strength of the club, he said, lies in the excellent assistance and encouragement of parents. Rudy paid tribute to Denis Greene, Assistant DC, Moira Greene, Secretary, and Edward McFadden, Treasurer.The instructors at camp were: Patricia Warren, Killult Stables, Rachel Carton, Rathmullan, Geraldine Porter, Burt, and Daniel Lusby, Lifford, and Jane Patterson, Killygordin. Patricia, Geraldine, and Daniel, who are IPC Examiners, conducted the examinations on behalf of the Irish Pony Club, Co Kilkenny.Traditionally, for many years, the Northwest Pony Club did cross country jumping at Culdooey, Cruit Island. The jumps at Kildooey were maliciously damaged on the night before the camp started. However, parents united and quickly built a temporary cross country course at another location.Those who passed the D Plus and Road Safety Examinations are: Abbie Rodgers, who passed her exams after being a member of the club for just one week (Mum, Angela must be very proud of her), Orlaith McFadden, daughter of Edward and Siobhan, Gweedore, Conor Hunter, son of Seamus and Karen, Maghery, Dungloe, and Poppy Debney, daughter of Shaun and Emily, Meencorwick, Annagry. The five riders who passed the C Test and Road Safety exams are: Dean McLaughlin, son of Noel and Mary, Maghery, Tierney Gallagher, daughter of Neil and Debbie, Meenbanad, Aine and Patrick Hunter, whose parents are Seamus and Karen, Maghery, and Caoimhe Greene, daughter of Pete and Máire, Dungloe.  EQUESTRIAN: SUCCESS AT THE NORTH WEST PONY CLUB CAMP was last modified: July 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EQUESTRIAN: SUCCESS AT THE NORTH WEST PONY CLUB CAMPlast_img read more

Power outage hits Southern California air traffic control center

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) — A power failure hit an air traffic control center for Southern California airports on Wednesday but a backup generating system kicked in and no flights were affected, authorities said. Commercial power was cut shortly before 10 a.m. at the Terminal Radar Approach Control center, or TRACON, near the Miramar Marine Corps air station. The center tracks air traffic ranging from about five miles to 30 miles from most Southern California airports, said Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said. “There was no impact to our operations at all,” he said. However, an air traffic controller at the center said there were a few seconds of delay before the center — which handles as many as 7,000 flights a day — switched over to emergency power. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “We had about a six- or seven-second outage of pretty much everything. The lights were out, the radar that we use to monitor and track airplanes,” said Tony Vella, a controller at the center and president of the local chapter of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. The center has 60 to 70 controllers and “they’re all sitting around in the dark,” he said. “I think there were a couple of guys with their hearts in their mouths.” Airports from Bakersfield to the Mexican border were affected, he said. Mike Fergus, another FAA spokesman, said the switch from commercial to backup power was instantaneous but it may have taken a few seconds for the radar screens to reactivate. The delay did not cause any safety problems, he said. San Diego Gas & Electric reported there was a problem with an underground cable that caused an outage to some industrial customers including the FAA facility. The utility said power to the TRACON was restored in about five minutes. However, the TRACON remained on backup electricity for nearly 90 minutes until officials were sure there would not be any more interruptions of the commercial power, Vella said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

BROTHERS SENT FOR TRIAL TO CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT ON MULTIPLE SEX ASSAULT CHARGES

first_imgTWO brothers in their 50s have been returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court in Dublin charged with rape and sexual assault.The men, cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the alleged victims, were served with books of evidence in the case at Letterkenny District Court today.One man is charged with 13 counts of rape and sexual assault between 1999 and 2003. The other brother faced one charge of rape and six charges of sexual assault. Those offences are alleged to have taken place between 1999 and 2000 and 2012.Judge Paul Kelly released both men on continuing bail.They will appear again at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on April 27.BROTHERS SENT FOR TRIAL TO CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT ON MULTIPLE SEX ASSAULT CHARGES was last modified: April 16th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegallettterkennyrape chargeslast_img read more

GOLFER McGINLEY LEFT IN THE ‘ROUGH’ AFTER HIS VISIT TO GLENSWILLY!

first_imgPaul gets behind his team St Michaels in Glenswilly last night. Pictures courtesy and copyright of Geraldine Diver.It’s not easy to go to the home of the county champions and get a result as golfer Paul McGinley found out last night.The Ryder Cup captain was a surprise visitor to the Glen for his side St Michael’s league game against Glenswilly.rish Golfing legend Paul Mc Ginley, Glenswilly Chairman Mick Murphy, and Club Pro Paul Gallagher at the Senior League clash between St Michael’s and Glenswilly Photo: Geraldine DiverThe affable sportsman chatted and mixed with a large contingent of fans who attended the game. And he posed happily for pictures with fans including Glenswilly stalwarts Mick Murphy and Paul Gallagher despite his side going down by a single point.McGinley is a huge GAA fan who was a fine underage player in Dublin in his day.Who he will be shouting for if Donegal meet Dublin in the semi-final of the All-Ireland championship is anybody’s guess!GOLFER McGINLEY LEFT IN THE ‘ROUGH’ AFTER HIS VISIT TO GLENSWILLY! was last modified: July 27th, 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:donegalglenswillyGolfer Paul McGinleySt Michaelslast_img read more

WHAT SORT OF LOW LIFE WOULD DUMP LIKE THIS IN THE DONEGAL COUNTRYSIDE?

first_imgRubbish dumped at Callancor BridgeIT’S BECOME a sad fact that community groups across County Donegal have to go out every week to pick up the rubbish left by others.But the mess left at Callancor Bridge in Drumkeen is probably one of the worst seen in recent years.Rotting food, newspapers and a whole lot more have been dumped there in recent weeks. Aidan Guthrie from the area was out on Saturday with local volunteers doing their latest tidy-up.“It’s incredible what people dump,” he said.“I cannot imagine what people think when they do this. I just don’t understand it.”You can help combat this scourge on our countryside. There are six Litter Wardens employed by Donegal County Council one per Electoral Area (Stranorlar, Donegal Town, Glenties, Milford, Letterkenny and Carndonagh).If you wish to report illegal dumping contact the Water & Environment Section in your local Public Service Centre. The report will be recorded and details passed onto to the Litter Warden for the area. The Litter warden will then investigate the report.Carndonagh Public Services Centre 074 9373700Donegal Town Public Services Centre 074 9724400Dungloe Public Services Centre 074 9561300Letterkenny Public Services Centre 074 9194200Lifford Environment Section 074 9172538Milford Public Services Centre 074 9153900WHAT SORT OF LOW LIFE WOULD DUMP LIKE THIS IN THE DONEGAL COUNTRYSIDE? was last modified: March 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WHAT SORT OF LOW LIFE WOULD DUMP LIKE THIS IN THE DONEGAL COUNTRYSIDE?last_img read more

JUDGE ASKS PARTIES TO ‘FOCUS THEIR MINDS’ IN CASE OF CIVIL SERVANT AT CENTRE OF COMPUTER PROBE

first_imgA Judge has asked those involved  in the case of a Donegal-based civil servant  charged with accessing information on computers at the Department of Social Protection and passing information to a third party to ‘focus their minds.’The case of Rory Lenihan, of 2A Ballaghaderg, Letterkenny, Co Donegal was mentioned at Letterkenny District Court.He is charged with a total of 64 offences. The offences are alleged to have taken place at the offices of the Department of Social Protection at Oliver Plunkett Road in Letterkenny between January 2008 and October 2010.However, when the matter was raised yesterday, the court was told by Garda Inspector David Kelly that it was not in a position to proceed.Solicitor for the accused, Kieran Dillon, said his client was anxious to have the matter moved on.He asked Judge Paul Kelly if the case could be heard the next time with pre-emptory against the State but this was declined.Inspector David Kelly said the case should be ready to proceed on the next occasion.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until december 15th next.JUDGE ASKS PARTIES TO ‘FOCUS THEIR MINDS’ IN CASE OF CIVIL SERVANT AT CENTRE OF COMPUTER PROBE was last modified: October 20th, 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:computersdonegalLetterkenny District CourtRory Lenihanlast_img read more

Keeping up with all the recent RFS developments requires some energy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ellen Essman, Ohio Law Blog, Agricultural & Resource Law Program at The Ohio State UniversityIf you’ve been keeping up with the ag news lately, chances are you’ve heard a lot about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). As a refresher, the RFS program “requires a certain volume of renewable fuel to replace the quantity of petroleum-based transportation fuel.” Renewable fuels include biofuels made from crops such as corn and soybeans. Lately, you may have heard discussion about a controversial new rule regarding the volumes of biofuels that are required to be mixed with oil. While all that talk has been going on, there has also been a lawsuit against the EPA for RFS exemptions given to certain oil refineries. Congress has been examining the exemptions as well. Having trouble keeping all of this RFS information straight? We’ll help you sort it out. EPA proposes new RFS ruleThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a notice of proposed rulemaking, asking for more public comment on the proposed volumes of biofuels to be required under the RFS program in 2020 and 2021. Agricultural and biofuels groups are not pleased with the proposed blending rules, arguing that the way EPA proposes to calculate biofuel volumes would result in much lower volumes than they were originally promised by President Trump. (The original promise was made in part to make up for waivers the Trump EPA had given to oil refineries.) Conversely, EPA and the Trump administration contend that the proposed rule does meet the previously agreed upon biofuel volumes. A hearing on the proposed rule was held on October 30, where many agriculture and biofuels groups expressed their concerns. The oil industry was also represented at the hearing. Members of the oil industry feel that the cost of mixing in biofuels is too high. It is unlikely any deal was struck at the hearing, but there is still an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule if you wish. Comments are due on Nov. 29, 2019. Ag and biofuels groups sue the EPAIn the midst of the argument over how the volumes of biodiesel under the RFS will be calculated, another related quarrel has emerged. At the center of this dispute are exemptions EPA has given to “small refineries” in the oil industry. The number of exemptions given has increased drastically under the Trump administration, which in turn has lessened the demand for biofuels made from crops like corn and soybeans. On Oct. 23, 2019, agriculture and biofuel groups filed a petition against the EPA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In the petition, the groups ask the court to review a decision made in August 2019 which retroactively exempted over 31 small refineries from meeting their 2018 biofuels requirements. The petitioning groups include Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, and National Farmers Union. How does the small refinery exemption work?Typically, an oil refinery would have to mix a set volume of renewable fuels, like biofuels, into their gasoline or diesel fuel. The volumes are set annually. Small refineries, which are defined as refineries where “the average aggregate daily crude oil throughput does not exceed 75,000 barrels,” can petition the EPA for an exemption from meeting their renewable fuel obligations. Exemptions are typically given temporarily if the refinery can show they would suffer economic hardship if they were made to blend their fuel with biofuel. A refinery seeking an exemption has to include a number of records showing their economic hardship in their petition, such as tax filings and financial statements. Why are ag and biofuel groups asking for judicial review?Why are the groups we mentioned above upset about this particular set of small refinery exemptions? Well, first of all, the groups point to the brevity of the EPA’s decision. (The decision document can be found in the link to the petition, listed above.) The EPA’s decision document uses only two pages to explain their decision on 36 small refinery petitions. Because the decision was so short, the groups feel that EPA did not include the analysis of economic hardship for each refinery that they believe is required by the Clean Air Act and RFS regulations. Essentially, the groups argue that the EPA has not provided enough evidence or explanation for awarding the exemptions.Underlying all of this is the fact that more small refinery exemptions means lower demand for biofuels. In fact, the ag and biofuel groups claim that due to the 31 exemptions made in August alone, 1.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel were not used. In addition, the 31 exemptions are just a few of many awarded by Trump’s EPA. By all accounts, since Trump took office, there has been a sharp increase in exemptions granted. EPA has data on the number of exemptions available here. The first year the Trump administration made exemptions was 2016.It seems as though the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change (part of the Committee on Energy and Commerce) is also worried about EPA’s exemptions, or waivers, for small oil refineries. On Oct. 29, 2019, the Subcommittee held an oversight hearing entitled “Protecting the RFS: The Trump Administration’s Abuse of Secret Waivers.” In fact, in their memo about the hearing, the Subcommittee cited some of the same issues in the lawsuit we discussed above; namely the increase in waivers and the consequent effect on biofuel demand. Testimony was heard from both ag/biofuels and oil representatives.In the hearing, the Subcommittee also considered the proposed “Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019.” The text of the bill is available here. The bill would require small refineries to submit petitions for exemptions from RFS requirements annually by June 1. Additionally, it would require information in the waiver petitions to be available to the American public. What happens next?As you can see, we’re playing a waiting game on three separate fronts. For the RFS rule, we’ll have to wait and see what kind of comments are submitted, and whether or not the EPA takes those comments into account when it writes the final rule. As for the lawsuit, all eyes are on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The court could determine that the law does indeed require EPA to include more information and analysis to explain their reasons for exemption. On the other hand, the court could find that EPA’s decision document is sufficient under the law. In Congress, we’ll have to wait and see whether the proposed bill gets out of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and onto the House floor.last_img read more