Donegal housing estates given top awards

first_imgResidents from both St. Eunan’s Terrace in Raphoe and Deele View Park in Convoy were honoured in the Best Kept Council Housing Estate Competition for Stranorlar Municipal District earlier this week.At the Stranorlar Municipal District meeting on Monday 8th April 2019, Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar MD and the Elected Members made a presentation to the winners of the Best Kept Council Housing Estate Competition 2018.This competition takes place every year in each Municipal District and includes three categories. In the Stranorlar Municipal District, St. Eunan’s Terrace, Raphoe received a prize of €600 as winners of the Large Estate category (51 houses or more) and Deele View Park Convoy received a prize of €300 as winners in the Small Estate Category (20 houses or less).Speaking at the meeting Cathaoirleach Cllr. Patrick McGowan congratulated all the residents who took part in the competition and commended them for their hard work, dedication and pride in their estates. These sentiments were echoed by the other elected members of Stranorlar Municipal District and they highlighted their commitment to continuing to support the Residents Associations in all their efforts.Cllr. Patrick McGowan, Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar Municipal District presenting the winner of the 2018 Small Estate category to Mary Kilpatrick representing from the Residents Association of Deele View Park, ConvoyIt was noted that there were no entries in the Medium Estate Category (21-50 houses) in 2018. Cllr McGowan urged all Council Housing Estates to get involved in the competition.He said “It is a great way for communities to come together to make their own estate a great place to live in and to bring up their families. The work that has been done by both the residents in St. Eunan’s Terrace and Deele View Park is a great example to everyone and of course there are many other estates where people are working together creating a sense of pride and community spirit in their own areas.”Application Forms and details will be available in June 2019 and further information on this competition and setting up Residents Associations is available by calling into the Housing Section in any Council Office or by calling (074) 91 53900.Cllr. Patrick McGowan, Cathaoirleach of Stranorlar Municipal District presenting the winner of the 2018 Large Estate category to representatives from the Residents Association of St. Eunan’s Terrace, Raphoe, Danny Martin, Sadie Martin and Shirley McBreartyDonegal housing estates given top awards was last modified: April 12th, 2019 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:cllr patrick McGowandonegalEstatesStranorlartidylast_img read more

Kurtenbach: Gabe Kapler lost his press conference, but I like the hire

first_imgNew Giants manager Gabe Kapler talked and talked and talked some more.For more than an hour — including a near-20-minute introductory statement — he filled the air with platitudes, empty rhetoric, excuses, and self-help mumbo-jumbo, living up to his reputation as a wannabe baseball Tony Robbins.Ultimately, despite all that talking, we learned almost nothing from Kapler’s introductory press conference — save for the fact that he did himself few, if any, favors with an fan base.While the …last_img read more

Facebook Snags Open Web Community Leader Recordon

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… David Recordon, an outspoken young advocate for Open Source and Open Web technologies, is leaving blog software company SixApart to join Facebook. He confirmed to us that he’ll be starting on Monday with the title Senior Open Programs Manager. The move was first reported by Spencer E. Ante this afternoon in BusinessWeek.Additional Facebook hires reported by BusinessWeek today include top Yahoo Engineer Arturo Bejar, former Genentech Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman, and senior Google engineer Greg Badros. As close observers of the movement to develop open technology standards for the social web, we find the hiring of Recordon to be of greatest interest.David Recordon traveled all over the world advocating open standards apparently in the belief that an open web would ultimately benefit SixApart. By the same logic that more web use and thus more search is good for Google, so too is more blogging and more online activity good for an activity stream-savvy SixApart. But the company’s activity stream products don’t appear to have flowered as much as its blogging software, and Recordon’s international advocacy must have been expensive.Facebook, on the other hand, may have a clearer interest in fostering increased activity and syndication of that activity data. While some critics, including this site, have noted Facebook’s tendency to both horde user data and push definitions of privacy in directions most users are unlikely to approve of, the company has also been an active participant in standards discussions concerning both data syndication and privacy. (We worry that users are being pushed to open up data that developers will only be able to access in aggregate for a high price.)Recordon has been a key leader in the movement to advance standards-based technology concerning identity and activity. We hope that he will help usher in future developments at Facebook that will both make user data available to as many developers as possible to build on and help users stay in control of their privacy in ways they are comfortable with. That’s not going to be an easy job.Just like when open source advocates take jobs at Microsoft, it’s hard to know to what degree they are changing the nature of the company and to what degree they are being co-opted.Meanwhile back at SixApart, long-time team member Anil Dash has greatly increased his public profile in recent weeks with big posts about what he calls the Push-button Web.Key questions then seem to be these: can Dash and others at SixApart keep pushing the Open Web agenda by bringing new technologies to market effectively? Can Recordon help the part of Facebook that favors open innovation and not just put a happy face on what departed Forrester marketing analyst Jeremiah Owyang recently predicted would be a future of big social networks “colonizing the rest of the web.”Facebook recently announced that it will be expanding its staff by as much as 50% this year, and blogger Robert Scoble notes that he was told by Google employees today while visiting that they are being recruited hard by Facebook as well.Photo by Joi Ito. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#news#web Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Number of Indigenous youth in Manitoba jails significantly greater than in other

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA report by Manitoba’s advocate for children and youth says that Indigenous youth are overrepresented in the province’s justice system calling it a “persistent legacy of colonization and residential schools.”The report, which was released Thursday, focuses on the use of solitary confinement and pepper spray in youth custody facilities in Manitoba, also sheds light on criminal justice issues facing Indigenous youth.“What we discovered through the course of the two year investigation was extremely concerning, unacceptable and must immediately change,” said Daphne Penrose, Manitoba’s youth advocate.Read the report: Manitoba Advocate for Children and YouthAccording to the report, Indigenous youth in Manitoba are, “16 times more likely to be incarcerated than non-Indigenous youth. This over-representation signals the persistent legacy that colonization and residential schools have had on Indigenous Peoples.”Penrose’s report says that while nationally, Indigenous males make up 47 per cent of the jail population, and Indigenous females make up 60 per cent, in Manitoba the numbers are “significantly greater at 81 per cent and 82 per cent, respectively.”The main findings in the report centred around the use of solitary confinement and pepper spray inside the institutions.The report looked at 1,400 cases of solitary confinement, and 98 incidents where pepper spray was used.According to Penrose, central to this report are the stories of several youth – four out of the six youth are male, five of the six youth are Indigenous and all were under the care of child and family services. Four of the five youth became involved with community disability services during their time in custody or after their release.She said all the youth have “significant vulnerabilities and experienced trauma during childhood. Five out of six were diagnosed with FASD or alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), and all live with significant mental health issues.”But the report states that Manitoba’s justice department was not able to track the length of stay in solitary confinement for individual youth, how frequently they used it, the reasons for use, or “any trends associated with its use.”“There is a disproportionate number of Indigenous youth and young people living with mental illnesses and cognitive vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system. However, we do not have enough information to determine how often these populations were placed in solitary confinement or subjected to pepper spray in Manitoba youth custody facilities,” said the report.“The Manitoba Advocate of Children and Youth is concerned that this lack of comprehensive and systematic data collection and analysis decreases the ability to ensure accountability and transparency of practices in youth custody facilities.”The report also found that 92 per cent have endured trauma such as physical or sexual abuse prior to custody, 80 per cent have been sexually exploited by adults before entering custody,  between 11 per cent and 22 per cent have FASD, and nearly half of youth have borderline to lower intellectual functioning, with 14 per cent having extremely low functioning (IQ below 70).“Due to complex social, historical, neurobiological, and structural factors, youth who are Indigenous, experienced trauma, and live with mental illness or cognitive vulnerabilities are more likely to enter the justice system,” the report said.Penrose is making six recommendations including ending solitary confinement over 24 hours, using pepper spray only in life-threatening situations, and offering more mental health supports for youth in custody.Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said the report is still being reviewed.“Youth and segregation are there because they’re behaviour possess a risk to themselves, to other inmates or staff,” said Cullen.Penrose said the justice department has not responded to her [email protected]@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more