first_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal By News Highland – November 14, 2013 News Twitter Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook A Donegal Senator has hit out at the Government for failing to tackle youth unemployment in the Northwest.Currently there is 3,550 under 25 year olds on the live register in Co Donegal.On top of this, it’s also estimated that hundreds of people under 25 have left the county over the past couple of years.Fianna Fail Senator, Brian O’Domnhaill says the government pledged to tackle youth unemployment, but according to him, this is a promise they’ve broken HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleBuncrana councillor questions protocol for dealing with unpaid parking ticketsNext articleColeman yet to see scary side of Keane News Highland Pinterest Facebook O’Domhnaill says the government has failed to keep promises on youth unemployment RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgWind sculpture, Vienna Mountain. (Doug Dunlap)As March draws near, when the woods and fields hold a winter’s fill of snow, and the duration of daylight grows day by day, I take to the Kennebec Highlands on snowshoes, seeking the high ground. As is my custom, I am on trail at an early hour, joined by an old friend. The air is bracing, the forest quiet.These hills, of the Kennebec Highlands, interspersed with swift streams and small ponds, represent the highest ground between the mid-coast and the high peaks and foothills of Western Maine. Views from open ridges and hilltop summits are outstanding. Southward lies the great spread of the Belgrade Lake chain. In the far north rise the Western Maine high peaks from the Saddleback Range to Mt. Abraham, Sugarloaf, and the Bigelow Range. Closer north-lying landmarks such as Bald Mountain near Weld, Mt. Blue, the Strong mountains, and the New Vineyard mountains are all in view. On a cloudless day there is a good chance of seeing Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range in New Hampshire, in the far west.Our destination is Vienna Mountain, a nearly 1.5- mile east-west, open ridge in the heart of the Highlands. The elongated top is a wild blueberry barren; hence its openness. The blueberry fields themselves are private property, nearly encircled by the Kennebec Highlands Public Lands Unit. As is commonly a Maine tradition, public access is permitted to hikers, with the usual understandings to respect the land, and pick up after oneself.A Rainbow in WinterOur starting point is the Cross Road, off the Kimball Pond Road in Vienna. This road is plowed for one hundred yards to reach a private home. After that the route is snow covered for the remainder of the 2.5 – mile trek to the high ground.I will enjoy many a striking view before this day is over, but I am struck by one memorable sight before the hike even begins. Read on!Cross Road trail to North Vienna Mountain. (Doug Dunlap)As I park my truck with care in order not to block the road, I glance toward the sun, still low on the horizon and…a slice of rainbow! In winter! The rising sun catches the edge of a high thin cloud. For a moment, the colors of the spectrum – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet – brighten the morning sky. Such a sight! In decades of time in the outdoors I had never before seen a rainbow at this time of year. A promising start to the day!On TrailUnder way, we move readily over an old woods road topped by fresh snow cover, and lined by rock maple, white birch, beech, and fir. In 0.2 miles we reach an intersection with a well-traveled snowmobile trail, marked by a prominent directional sign. A left turn leads towards Kimball Pond. Our direction is right, towards Vienna Mountain. We are now in the Kennebec Highlands Public Land Unit, and on the North Vienna Mountain Trail, although there is no signage to that effect on this day. (See map information, at the end of this article.)Beaver Pond. (Doug Dunlap)There are animal tracks aplenty on either side of the trail: snowshoe hare, white-footed field mouse; red fox; red squirrel. We come to a beaver pond formed on the outlet stream from Boody Pond, which lies northward and out of sight. Coyote tracks lead across our trail, extend to the snow-covered top of the beaver lodge, and off to far woods. I try to recreate the story. In winters past I have seen evidence of coyote tracking beaver, and attempting to break into a beaver lodge. It seems to be an ambitious project on the part of the coyote, one I have yet to see succeed. This coyote has poked around the lodge, pawed at the snow cover, marked the spot, but not gained entrance.As I look about, I am treated to quite a different discovery. Low sun casts long shadows across the pond from standing dead fir and cedar, from both 30’ high trunks and ragged stumps. Stark beauty; utter quiet. If a person is in search of peace of mind in the outdoors, here lies a scene to inspire that. Yet one more observation: despite recent overnight temperatures in the single digits, running water flows from an outlet stream, cutting across the woods road that serves as our path. We give the flow wide berth, as have snowmobilers before us. This discovery serves as a reminder to be vigilant in winter when near inlet and outlet streams.Our hike continues, the old road cutting through mixed hardwood and softwood forest on either side. An 80’ hemlock and an equally high white pine stand as remnants of an older growth forest, likely harvested some 20 years ago. Often such relics display an imperfection – crotched, twisted, crooked – that spared them. Perhaps a lesson there against the risks of seeking perfection? They tower over younger white birch and rock maple. Sun brightens the parchment leaves of beech trees, still clinging this late in winter – a distinctive amber glow in contrast to the surrounding snow cover, and the leafless branches of other nearby hrdwoods.We cross the outlet stream from Kidder Pond, over a bridge. This and the earlier passed Boody Pond stream combine downstream to form Mill Stream, which flows through Vienna Village and into Flying Pond. Two snowmobilers pass, the only other people we will see this day. We exchange waves. Our route up to this point has been over fairly level or gently ground, but after one hour of trekking we begin steady ascent, as we draw near to the top ridge of Vienna Mountain. A Maine Public Lands sign marks the boundary between the Highlands Unit, and the private land of the blueberry barrens. We clamber onto open ground, well buried in snow, and punctuated by clusters of boulders on the highest points.Clouds build in the western sky, Vienna Mountain. (Photo by Doug Dunlap)Mountaintop ViewsScene shift! Broad snowfields sweep upwards to a bright treeless expanse of white. Bright snow cover meets winter sky on the near horizon. Massive cloud clusters, shades of black, gray, and purple; even lavender and salmon-pink, race across the sharp blue backdrop, driven by high elevation winds. This is the cloud-racing view I seek on the heights of the Saddleback and Bigelow Ranges, or on the Katahdin Tableland. Yet, here we are, making our way through the snow, where Franklin County meets Kennebec County, at an elevation of barely 1000’.The clouds are of a stop-in-my tracks beauty, billowing, breaking apart, re-forming, changing hues, in a great non-stop procession sweeping across the field of view. With what might I compare such scenes? The winter landscape paintings by the Dutch masters? (Do an online search to see what I mean.)As we move higher on the ridge, earth-side views open to us. To the north rise the high peaks, of northern Franklin County, Saddleback, Mt. Abraham, and their neighbors, topping 4000’ elevation. Closer stand Mt. Blue, the Franklin County foothills, and nearby Highlands hilltops: Round Top, McGaffey Mountain, Sanders Hill, Snow squalls move from northwest to southeast, hiding distant peaks from view, sweep on, and the views return.Boundary sign, Kennebec Highlands Public Lands. (Doug Dunlap)No Mt. Washington view today. In that westerly direction dark clouds build hiding the horizon, and the mass of mountains that lie on either side of the Maine-New Hampshire border. Beyond the east end of Vienna Mountain lie the Belgrade Lakes – Great Pond and Long Pond prominent. Here, too, snow squalls race across the hills, and over the lakes. The wind picks up where we stand. Cold! Time to move toward the shelter of a grove of hardwood trees that bisects the ridge, pull another warm layer of clothing from our packs, and enjoy some water and food.After that break we explore the eastern reach of Vienna Mountain. On this blustery-turning winter day I think forward to the coming summer, when teams of blueberry rakers will work this ridge, gathering the wild blue berries for which Maine is famous. The weather will be quite different, the sky of a remarkable beauty with a different light, the hardwoods along the base of the ridge so many shades of green, waving in warmer winds.We gain a view of tower-topped York Hill in New Sharon, and of French Mountain and nearby hills at the eastern extent of the Highlands, in Rome. By our feet, the wind has sculptured the accumulated as it whips about the ridge, shaping snow dunes on open ground, and scouring great hollows in the lee of summit boulders. In this set-apart place we are treated to wild beauty, great, and small.At turn-around time, we leave the broad expanse of Vienna Mountain, return to the woods, head back along the snowmobile trail to the Cross Road and the trailhead. There is far more ground to explore here than what we have covered this day. I will be back! For those of us who live in Franklin County, the urge to go for a hike tends to lead one northward. This day in the Kennebec Highlands reminds me that there is fine wild country to be explored, here, a few miles to the south.I hope to see you on trail in the Highlands in the coming months!A map of Kennebec Highlands trails is available from the “7 Lakes Alliance”:www.7lakesalliance.org.Sky above Vienna Mountain. (Doug Dunlap)Foot and Paddle TipsIn the market for snowshoes? Look for a pair with bindings that may be adjusted readily in the field. Practice indoors the use of the bindings such that the method becomes familiar. The fit should be snug at both the heel and over the top of the foot. Snowshoe rentals are available at many ski areas in Franklin County, and some retail shops, and offer a way to test different types of bindings, and various lengths of snowshoes. Inquire locally to find a rental location.My snowshoeing daypack has space for a down jacket, wind pants, and a wind shell. I may start a hike wearing all of these, and have a space to pack them away if I warm up. Conversely, I may start without wearing some of these items, and pull them out of the pack when I encounter cold or windy conditions at high elevations.Beech leaves in late winter. (Doug Dunlap)My standard dress calls for a wool base layer next to my skin (including wool socks), a fleece jacket, and a wind shell. Wool gloves under mitts, a balaclava (head covering and neck warmer combined), a separate neck warmer, a wool cap, and sunglasses complete the picture. For particularly cold conditions, I pack an extra fleece layer., or a wind-resistant down coat.Snowshoe poles offer stability on uneven terrain, and lead to an efficient, upright stance on level or gently sloping ground. Adjustable trekking poles with snow baskets are a good choice. Fixed length alpine ski poles may work as well, with my preferred length at mid-section height for my hands when the pole is in the snow.Water bottle freezing? I place my water bottle in a heavy wool sock, and pack it inside my daypack on very cold days. To avoid dehydration I drink water once every 60-90 minutes, even in winter, when cold temperatures may suppress the urge to drink. Water breaks are a good time to eat a wholesome snack to maintain energy level. I opt for fruit, nuts, a bagel, or a homemade energy bar. On cold days I pack hot soup in an insulated container, and for a welcome snack.last_img read more

first_img Sunderland completed their first transfer window signing last week when they paid a reported fee of around £750,000 for former Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff and he could be involved at Swansea. “We’ll train him for the next couple of days and I think we’ll probably take him in the squad,” Allardyce added. “We’ll probably make a decision (on Tuesday) whether we go with him as substitute or whether he starts. “He’ll certainly be involved against Tottenham. Hopefully he can hit the ground running. That’s the hard bit for a young man who enters the Premier League for the first time at this time of year. “Can they hit the ground running and can he produce what we know he can produce straight away? That’s the hard bit. “But it’s the risk we had to take at this moment in time – one, with the quality of the player and two, with the position we’re in – because for me we’ve got to do something more to become more resilient defensively.” Press Association “We hope to pull off a deal until the end of the season with a view to a more permanent move. “He’s experienced the Premier League before with Hull City last season and scored five goals in 12 matches. “I hope he can emulate that for us or maybe do even better.” N’Doye joined Hull from Lokomotiv Moscow in a £3million deal in early 2015 and Allardyce feels the forward’s previous spell in the English top flight will help him settle in quickly as Sunderland bid to beat the drop. “Having had that experience last year, when Hull were struggling, and scoring on a regular basis, it can be very important for him settling in straight away and scoring for us,” said Allardyce, who hopes to further strengthen his squad. “We’ve been linked with 39 players since December and probably 30 of them have been wrong,” he said. Allardyce, whose side were knocked out of the FA Cup following the 3-1 weekend defeat at Arsenal, has quickly turned his attentions to Wednesday’s crucial match at relegation rivals Swansea and next Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Tottenham. Victory for the Black Cats, second bottom, would see them close to within a point of the Welsh side, who are one place and two points above the bottom three. Striker N’Doye, 30, sold by Hull to Turkish club Trabzonspor for £2.2million in August, was at the Academy of Light on Monday afternoon to finalise the move. “Dame N’Doye is going through the process,” Allardyce said. “He’s in the building at the moment. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce expects striker Dame N’Doye to complete his move to the Stadium of Light shortly and hopes the Senegal international can have an instant impact on the club’s Barclay’s Premier League survival bid.last_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mominul Haque could be termed as Bangladesh’s accidental captain. The left-hander, who has never led even a domestic team, has been thrust into the role of Bangladesh skipper for the upcoming two-Test series against India in dramatic circumstances. Mominul became the captain of the Bangladesh side in the aftermath of Shakib Al Hasan’s two-year ban (one of which is suspended) for failing to report bookie approaches during the last three years. Mominul will captain Bangladesh for the two Tests against India, one of which will be a historic Day-Night Test at the Eden Gardens. Speaking to reporters on his arrival in India, Mominul said he was not ready at all for the role of captain but relished a challenge with Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper.”I was not ready at all. It was completely unexpected. I never thought even in my dreams that I will be the captain of Bangladesh or I will captain the Test side. I am very excited as I think Virat Kohli is the best player in the world, the best batsman in all formats combined. Thinking about that makes me feel good,” Mominul said.The second match will mark the inaugural day-night Test between the two sides, in Kolkata from November 22. Talking about playing his maiden day-night Test, Mominul said, “We have not played a Test under the floodlights and with the pink ball. It is a very good chance to play good cricket.”  Also Read | Shakib Al Hasan Appeals For Calm, Patience From Bangladesh Fans As He Opens Up On ICC SuspensionThe left-handed batsman, who has played 36 Tests and scored 2,613 runs for Bangladesh, however, said the innovation would not affect his game. “I never considered captaincy as pressure or responsibility. If I keep thinking that as a captain I have to take extra responsibility to carry the team forward then I will be under some pressure. But if I play my natural game, and think that I am a batsman who needs to score for his team, then it will not have any effect,” Mominul said.last_img read more

first_imgWe are today calling on all Liberians, between the ages of 16 and 40, who want to start their own businesses, to come forward. To do what? To apply to the Entrepreneurship Program of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). The TEF has pledged to train you in realizing your ambition to start and grow your own businesses.Our Business Reporter David Yates, who wrote the story about this challenge in Monday’s edition, said the aim of the Program is to enhance and materialize Tony Emelelu’s philosophy and vision of africapitalism, aimed at “positioning Africa’s private sector and most importantly entrepreneurs as the catalyst for the socioeconomic development of the African continent.”But first, let us explain what an entrepreneur is. An entrepreneur is one who, according to the wealthy Nigerian business tycoon, Tony Elumelu, “wishes to grow his own business in order to realize his ambition and vision. We are,” Mr. Elumelu continued, “showing what the African private sector can achieve, how hard work and enterprise can catalyze real, sustainable development.” Mr. Elumelu is a major investor in United Bank Africa (UBA). Reporter Yates also quoted TEF Chief Executive Officer Parminder Vir Obe as saying, “The program will continue to surpass the expectations of entrepreneurs and its success is palpable (real, profound).”The TEF journey, she said, “begins when you make the decision to complete the application. We are seeking real entrepreneurs, people who can take risk and reap rewards, not just for themselves, but their communities and countries.”Reporter Yates named three successful entrepreneurs who have successfully gone through the program. One is a Gambian, Mass Taal, who turned his US$5,000 seed capital into US$1.2 million in revenues.Another is Tanzania’s Bukhary Kibonajoro, who used the TEF mentorship to create within a year 34 new jobs in education and training for over 100 new local businesses.A third successful entrepreneur is Chioma Okonu, whose waste management business has created ancillary revenue for over 6,000 households, creating 40 jobs and a US$50,000 profit.The Daily Observer is today calling on Liberians between the ages of 16 and 40 to apply to the TEF Entrepreneurial Training Program for fellowships to enter its mentoring program. You may apply by using the website www.tonyelumelufoundation.org/teep/faqs. We at this newspaper have long been calling on our people, Liberians, to plunge into business by choosing a business sector, be it a grocery shop, a building materials store, an agricultural enterprise such as poultry and eggs or a vegetable or flower garden, or whatever. Plunge out into the deep, take a risk and start a business of your own, no matter how young you may be.We need, at this time, to tell you how the Daily Observer newspaper got started. When Kenneth & Mae Gene Best resigned their jobs in Nairobi, Kenya, he from the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and she from a philanthropic organization, they returned home with the aim of starting Liberia’s first independent daily newspaper.The couple had no money, except for US$4,000, which was all they had been able to save after working six and a half years in Kenya. That was the seed money we used to start the newspaper. We were also able to convince a few Liberians to take shares in the business, valued at US$10 per share, with shareholders averaging US$75 to US$150. We were also able to obtain a loan from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), which was approved on October 30, 1980.The newspaper was launched on February 16, 1981. But it was scarcely six weeks before we ran into serious trouble with Justice Minister Chea Cheapoo who, angry at a story we had carried on him, threatened to hunt down the newspaper publisher, Mr. Best, and shoot him! TheMinister also deported three of the staff back to Ghana and Nigeria, demanded that the newspaper, an entirely new business, cough up US$3,000 to pay fines he had levied against the three deportees and also to pay their transport fares back home. Three months later, in June1981, the military junta shut down the newspaper, arrested Mr. Best, Mrs. Best and several of their staff, including three other female employees, and imprisoned them; the men in the Post Stockade and the women at the CID cell. The newspaper suffered three more closures, in August 1983, January 1984 and January 1985, this time for nearly two years.But that was not all. In 1987 President Doe, who though having been elected President was still behaving like a military dictator, ordered his Defense Minister Gray D. Allison, who was also Chair of the board of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), to cut the Observer’s electricity!In addition to all this, three times the government attempted to burn the newspaper’s office. At the third attempt, they burnt the building to the ground, and we lost everything!By that time the war was on and Mr. Best and family were in The Gambia trying to establish another newspaper, which they did successfully—until the new military head of state Yaya Jammeh, deported Mr. Best in August 1994.But despite all of these trials and tribulations, the Daily Observer was able to maintain a staff of 40 full time staff and employed over 400 newspaper vendors, most of whom paid their own way through night school and many built their own houses and supported their families. The Daily Observer management was also able to pay back its LBDI loan.We wish to assure all young entrepreneurs that you will NOT suffer the same fate as befell the Daily Observer. The political and business climate has dramatically and positively changed; and we have and will continue to have for the foreseeable future, a democratic and a very business-friendly government. So we urge our young people to go forward and apply to the TEF, become entrepreneurs and create your own businesses. One day you will succeed, become your own boss, and be able to employ others and make a constructive and meaningful contribution to national development. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIf you haven’t had an overdose of compact SUVs at this year’s Auto Expo, then here is another one and a really luxurious one at that. But before we delve deeper into this important new car, there’s one important aspect that sets this new car apart – this is the car that started the trend. A fact nearly ignored by one and all but the X1 was the first to conjure the compact crossover segment in India.It’s what you don’t see under the skin that is responsible for the new look as well as a larger cabin. It’s been five years since the BMW X1 showed up in showrooms across India. Despite being a car that ushered in a new genre there was something about its oddball looks that left people a little perplexed. The X1 then, almost always left you wondering if it were a large hatchback or an SUV. The engine delivers a claimed fuel economy of 20.68kmpl. Jump forward to 2016, BMW gets their brand new X1 into the country and this one blows away all doubts about the car’s category. One look at it and it’s evidently more butch, closer to its SUV roots than the previous generation car. That X1, while still being an appealing design, drifted away from its X-lineage which we’re used to seeing in the bigger X3 and X5 SUVs. The car was just a little toned down to be as intimidating to look at.All-analogue clocks look dated now. Not this one though. That new front end design is sportier, ramped up with the M Sport trim you see on the pages, those angry LED headlamps rather than the puppy faced predecessor, sporting the trademark BMW halo-ringed DRLs and the strong lines on the bonnet scream “I’m all grown up!”. The smooth lines on the fenders continue onto become pronounced shoulder lines. Come towards the back of the car and a sporty bumper with twin, chrome-tipped tail-pipes make sure that the X1 now stands apart from any angle. And we’re not forgetting those gorgeous fibre-optic LED taillamps. This little Bimmer sure looks the part.advertisementSwitchable driving modes liven up performance. It’s what you don’t see under the skin that is responsible for the new look as well as a larger cabin. The new X1 is based on BMW’s UKL platform. This modular platform has liberated a lot of space on the inside of the car. While the driver and co-passenger sit higher now, the rear passengers get more kneeroom, headroom and the flexibility to slide the middle row back and forth and recline the seat-back. They can also enjoy the panoramic sunroof and if it gets too warm, then dual air-con vents will keep them happy.Also Read: BMW X3 to get M performance packWhat has been made even better by the new chassis is the vast improvement in ride and handling. This new car now gets an electronically assisted steering compared to the older hydraulic unit that made it hard to steer. A nagging trait especially in traffic where manoeuvring the old X1 was quite a workout. The new car in comparison is a gem to handle. The steering doesn’t make the car’s weight felt and retains the directness of the old one only robbing away some feel. The ride is now much more pliant than the previous car which was stiff and regular road undulations are easily absorbed.The centre console gets BMW’s i-controller to operate the i-Drive infotainment system. The driving modes help you switch between comfort, eco pro and sport and they only adjust engine and gearbox behaviours. The non-adjustable suspension remains pliant and keeps up with the sharper engine and gearbox responses in sport mode. The new X1 uses an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission that shifts seamlessly in any situation, even negotiating heavy traffic. There is always the option of shifting through the paddle shifter on open roads. The transmission is mated to a 2-litre, twin-turbo, diesel engine that produces 190bhp and 400Nm of torque. The most significant change here is the adoption of a front-wheel drive format with the new platform. The new X1 becomes the first car in in BMW’s current line-up to adopt this architecture. Of course, BMWs all-wheel drive tech, X-Drive features in the xDrive xLine and M Sport trims.The rear seats are divided into a 40:20:40 split offering greater flexibility. Combined boot space is 1,500-litres to carry your whole world around. VerdictThe new X1 is definitely a huge step forward. Thanks to the new platform, it’s now more spacious and offers far better comfort for occupants. Four trims lets one choose between the front-wheel drive variants and the availability of all-wheel drive slots in the X1 bang in the middle of its competition from its German arch rivals. With prices starting at Rs 29.9 lakh ex-showroom, the X1 also offer a viable option for anyone entering the premium/luxury compact segment which hasn’t seen a new product in some time now. Absence of a rear view camera is only a minor flaw that’s easy to overlook with a car that’s so much better all around than the older version.advertisementThe top of the line M Sport package misses out on a rear view camera which is disappointing.last_img read more