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Sinn Fein Cllr Ruiari McHugh has been appointed as new chair of Strabane District…

first_imgNews Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Google+ By News Highland – June 6, 2013 Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSiptu briefing Donegal health workers on Haddington Road agreementNext articleRent allowances in Donegal to be cut from next week News Highland Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Sinn Fein Cllr Ruiari McHugh has been appointed as the new chair of Strabane District Council.Fellow Sinn Fein Cllr Michelle McMackin was appointed vice-chair.It is likely this year will be the last sitting of Strabane District Council, with Strabane due to merge with Derry City Council next year.Cllr McHugh said it’s a very proud moment to take up a position his late father held 12 years ago……[podcast][/podcast]center_img Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Sinn Fein Cllr Ruiari McHugh has been appointed as new chair of Strabane District Council Twitter Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Twitter 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Facebooklast_img read more

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Talladega wreaks havoc on NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs picture

first_imgTALLADEGA, Ala. — As many anticipated it would be, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Sugarlands Shine 250 at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday afternoon was full of drama, excitement and this weekend, a big impact on the 2019 championship outlook.Spencer Boyd was named the winner shortly after Johnny Sauter took the checkered flag at the track. Race officials ruled Sauter illegally dropped below the boundary line 200 yards before the flag stand while leading the race. So instead, the 24-year-old Boyd hoisted his first-ever NASCAR national series trophy.RELATED: Boyd wins after Sauter penalty | Truck race resultsThe challenge for championship position was equally dramatic. Five of the six championship-eligible drivers finished fourth through eighth in the race standings. Reigning series champion Brett Moffitt’s fourth-place finish kept him atop the standings — 23 points up on fifth-place finisher and fellow playoff contender Stewart Friesen.Austin Hill was sixth, 18-year-old Tyler Ankrum was seventh and two-time series champion Matt Crafton was eighth. Ross Chastain finished 22nd after being in an accident while leading the race on Lap 87.Races on Oct. 26 at Martinsville and Nov. 8 at Phoenix’s ISM Raceway will set the four-driver championship field for the Nov. 15 finale. Beyond Moffitt and Friesen, Austin Hill is now third in the championship standings, 33 points below Moffitt and Crafton is fourth, 44 points behind. With two races remaining to set the Championship 4, Ankrum and Chastain are ranked fifth and sixth. Ankrum is a single point behind Crafton in the cutoff position. And Chastain is two points behind Crafton.Although Moffitt didn’t help decide the victory today, it was a huge effort for the championship leader, who along with Friesen was penalized mid-race for locking bumpers in front of the field. Friesen was leading Moffitt at the time. But both drivers had to drop off the track and serve a stop-and-go penalty. They returned to competition in 25th and 26th place and spent the rest of the race in a highly determined rally-mode.Both Moffitt and Friesen were still shaking their heads at the penalty after the race.“I don’t really know what to say about anything,’’ Friesen said, smiling. “I didn’t see it. I have no idea, no clue.“But we were fortunate to get back to the lead lap and get a fifth out of it.’’Moffitt, a series best four-time winner this season, was more insistent that they weren’t breaking any rules and sure that he may have pushed but did not lock bumpers.“I would love to see it, love to see where we locked bumpers because I was very conscious of it and staying off him, giving him a bubble,’’ Moffitt said. “I would love to see proof. Everyone’s pushing the limit.’’NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller addressed the officiating call after the race.“So those are tough calls and I think there were several instances where we were all looking at each other, ‘Is that too much? Is that too much?’ ” Miller said.“So there was really no other choice but to make that call.”Although frustrated at the time of the penalty, Moffitt conceded that he and his team kept composure and focused on the bigger goal — leading for the championship.“It fires you up, but it’s Talladega you know,” Moffitt said. “You got to slow back down. Now had that played out like Daytona where we (went to) the back and ended up in a wreck I’d be a little more upset about it.“But the fact we had really good Chevrolets here today and were able to rebound — all three of us — it’s frustrating but ultimately we did our job and out-pointed everyone in the playoffs. Now we have what I’d call a more comfortable buffer going into the next two races moving forward.”One of Moffitt’s toughest championship contenders Ross Chastain had a tougher Talladega day. Also while leading the race, he misjudged a run from Sheldon Creed and the two trucks collided resulting in the day’s only “Talladega Big One” as the multi-car crashes are known. Ten cars were involved and Chastain’s day ended early.“I’m glad more people weren’t caught up,” said Chastain, who drives the No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet. “Poor execution on my part. Sheldon [Creed] looked like he had position there and I turned left trying to keep him on my rear bumper and I just made a mistake.“We’ll go on to Martinsville, Phoenix and Homestead and I’ll try to do a better job of executing.”The three-race winner insisted his strategy will not change even though he’s dropped to last place among the six playoff drivers.“Absolutely not,” he said. “We’ll try to win practice, try to win qualifying and the race. We will try to win and execute. That was just a poor judgement call on my part. We had a truck capable of winning.”last_img read more

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After sharp rejection last month, Overland Park council now appears ready to approve Galleria 115 project

first_imgAfter rejecting the project a few weeks ago, the Overland Park City Council has reconsidered its position on Ken Block’s Galleria 115 project. Renderings credit Block Real Estate Services LLC.One month after angrily calling out developer Ken Block for “bait and switch,” the Overland Park City Council has patched things up and is ready to go ahead with adding two drive-thru restaurant sites to the Galleria 115 center.The council had sent the retail and multi-family project at 115th Street and Nall Avenue back to the planning commission, but changed its mind after hearing a detailed presentation by Block. In the end, council members voted to revisit the plans, ultimately voting 9-2 to approve the changes. Council members Faris Farassati and Gina Burke voted against.The revisions had mistakenly been put on the non-controversial consent agenda a month ago, leading to a misunderstanding about how much of a presentation would be given, said Councilmember Paul Lyons as he asked that the council reconsider. A renewed discussion would allow Block a better chance to explain the reasoning for the plans, he said.After the presentation, a majority said they were convinced that Galleria will become a worthy competitor to upscale Leawood shops and would attract nearby officer workers and people from the convention center. At the October meeting, some of the same council members said they feared the additional drive-thru restaurant sites would cheapen the development with fast-food vendors.Councilmember Curt Skoog, who a month ago said the revisions were “bait and switch,” said Block’s comments about the changing restaurant industry have made him more comfortable with allowing the drive-thrus.“Development has always required trust and some people have burned our trust in the past, “he said. “That’s why we’re sometimes quick to react.”Block told the council that the drive-thrus are needed because restaurant patrons now expect to order food online and then pick it up or have it delivered. Average lunchtimes have dwindled to a half hour, he said, and the addition of Uber Eats and Grubhub have changed the landscape for restaurants, with many more people using delivery or drive-thru for even higher quality restaurants. Nowadays, restaurants like Panera don’t want to open a new location if a drive-thru option is not included, Block said.“In the future, no restaurant won’t have a drive-thru,” he said.Mix of restaurants needed on pad sitesThe Galleria plan will need a mix of restaurant types on its seven pad sites, he said, but pledged they will be quality restaurants. He mentioned Panera Bread and 54th Street Grill & Bar as possibilities.The $252 million Galleria project is considered by the council an important first step toward revitalizing the College Boulevard corridor with a more walkable atmosphere that will draw office workers and conventioneers. That street is now dominated by fast traffic, with entertainment and night-life business flowing more toward Leawood.The development got off to an awkward start after it was proposed about a year ago as a joint venture between Block and Dallas-based The Retail Connection. Block was to handle the multi-family part, but TRC eventually backed off the retail side, and Block decided to take it on himself.Shortly after, Block said he conferred with other Kansas City retail experts and discovered numerous shortcomings in the plan TRC had drafted. “The retail guys said there were so many things in here that won’t work this plan is dead on arrival,” he said of the original version.In addition to rock and elevation problems, the plan had six sit-down restaurants with one drive-thru. The new plan has seven pads, with four sit-down restaurants and three drive-thrus.“You can’t put seven sit-down restaurants next to each other. They cannibalize each other,” resulting in failure, he added.On questioning, Block said he wasn’t prepared to name tenants for the entertainment part of the development. But he mentioned game centers like Punch Bowl Social or Main Event Entertainment as examples of how he’s thinking.Council members Farassati and Burke pointed out that the amended plan is the same as the one the council bounced back to the planning commission a month ago. Farassati said there’s no real guarantee that the center won’t have fast food tenants. “I don’t see anything new that would change my decision,” he said.Block pointed to his history of quality development in Overland Park. “It’s out of my realm of thinking that some other restaurants would fit this site,” he countered. “I’m a high-end developer.”last_img read more

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Consumers trust financial institutions to protect data

first_imgby: Brandon BoglerRetailer data breaches that continue to expose millions of card credentials have increased public attention on cybercrime and data security. Not surprisingly, the high-profile incidents also shook consumer confidence in retailers.Fortunately for financial institutions (FIs), the majority of consumers still trust them more than almost any other type of organization to protect their data, according to a new study by ACI Worldwide and Aite Group.The report, Global Consumers: Concerned and Willing to Engage in the Battle Against Fraud, found 58 percent of the more than 6,100 consumers surveyed believe FIs do a better job of safeguarding data than retailers, governments or law enforcement agencies.Not surprisingly, given the number of recent merchant breach announcements, retailers garnered very little consumer trust when it comes to data security. Specifically, only 55 percent of respondents said they think stores they frequent deploy security systems of any kind to prevent data breaches. Also, 29 percent said they don’t trust retailers to protect their personal and financial data from criminals. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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College basketball: BPCC’s Jacobs, four others honored

first_imgBossier Parish Community College Lady Cavaliers guard Ashlyn Jacobs was selected today to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region XIV All-Region and All-Conference Teams.Jacobs, a sophomore from Mansfield, holds nearly every offensive record in program history, including the leading scorer with 1,178 points. Jacobs set a single-game record with 43 points versus Blinn on Dec. 2, 2017. Despite standing just 5-3, Jacobs averaged 21.7 points per game this season, which was third best in Region XIV.Courtesy of BPCCAshlyn JacobsTwo Cavaliers men’s basketball players, Brandon Moore and Mubarak Muhammed were named to the Region XIV second team. Moore, who has signed with Nicholls State, averaged 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.Muhammed averaged 14.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game this season for the Cavaliers. “Mo” as he’s affectionately known, registered 15 double-doubles this season. He had 17 games in which he has hauled down 10 or more rebounds.Lady Cavaliers guard Monette Bolden and Cavaliers guard Dezmond McDaniel were both honorable mentions. Bolden, a freshman from Erath, averaged 15.2 points per game, while McDaniel, a sophomore transfer from Kansas City, Mo., led BPCC in scoring with a 15.0 points per game average.Courtesy of BPCCBrandon MooreCourtesy of BPCCDezmond McDanielCourtesy of BPCCMonette BoldenCourtesy of BPCCMubarak Muhammad— Staff Reports, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams open up about James Toback’s alleged sexual harassment

first_img Related Selma Blair/Getty Images for H&M x ERDEM/Stefanie Keenan(LOS ANGELES) — Days after director James Toback was accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment and, in some cases, assault over the years, Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams have shared their personal stories in first-person accounts with Vanity Fair.On Sunday, The Los Angeles Times ran a report featuring 38 women accusing the Two Girls and a Guy director of sexual misconduct. Though he didn’t reply to ABC News’ request for comment Thursday, Toback told the Times that some of the women’s allegations were “biologically impossible” due to medical conditions.In Vanity Fair, Blair and McAdams share similar stories that include a hotel room and sexual innuendos.Blair said her meeting with Toback happened in 1999 after she filmed Cruel Intentions. She says that while she protested, Toback insisted they meet in his hotel room to talk about a new project called Harvard Man, which would eventually star Sarah Michelle Gellar and Joey Lauren Adams as two of the female leads.She says less than an hour into their meeting, he asked her to “do this monologue naked.”After taking off her sweater, Blair says he asked if she would sleep with him. She said, “No,” but that when she “went to leave,” he stopped her. To avoid being assaulted, she says she conceded to let him touch her while he masturbated.She says he also threatened her life if she ever talked about what happened.McAdams, 38, says she was also invited to his hotel room to read for Harvard Man, where he allegedly admitted to masturbating while thinking about her.The Oscar nominee added, “I was very lucky that I left and he didn’t actually physically assault me in any way.”Toback told Vanity Fair that he had no comment on any of these new allegations.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more