DONEGAL ‘CORNER SHOP’ IN FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL AS 40 CLOSE IN TWO YEARS

first_imgMore than 40 corner shops across Donegal have closed down in the last two years.And trade is down by more than 15% for those still in business according to Chief Executive of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association.Vincent Jennings said local shop owners are facing a huge uphill battle to keep their open signs up. He warned the recession is taking its toll with the government, banks and wholesalers heaping more pressure on shopkeepers.“Banks are withdrawing overdraft and loan facilities leaving some shop-owners unable to weather the economic storm.“Suppliers are increasing their wholesale prices, which the retailer cannot pass on to hard-pressed customers,” he said.Family-run and local shops are also facing the increasing threat of anti-social behaviour as well as an increase in shoplifting and hold-ups, he added. He also urged local authorities not to see the local shop owner as a soft touch for easy revenue but to set ‘realistic rates and fair charges’.‘Our customers value the convenience of shopping in well appointed stores open at times and in locations that suit them.“But the actions of the government, banks and wholesalers make it very hard for our members to survive without compromising on the value and service the shopper wants’, said Mr. Jennings.Accountants and business advisers are meeting Donegal shop owners on a daily basis trying to work out business survival plans, he said.He claimed government policy of implementing ‘excessive excises and VAT hikes’ is playing a major role in the sector’s dire difficulties. DONEGAL ‘CORNER SHOP’ IN FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL AS 40 CLOSE IN TWO YEARS was last modified: August 8th, 2012 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:corner shopsdonegalVincent Jenningslast_img read more

A ‘Pat’ on the back for Creeslough woman after raising €2,300 for Alzheimers Society

first_imgCreeslough woman Patricia (Pat) McCarry has said a big thank you to everyone who helped or donated in any way to her recent Alzheimers Tea Day.Pat has held the fundraiser at her home for the past number of years.And this year the event managed to raise a whopping €2,300 to add to the huge amount she has already raised for the Donegal branch of the society. “Thanks to family, neighbours and friends and everyone for their support,” said Pat.A ‘Pat’ on the back for Creeslough woman after raising €2,300 for Alzheimers Society was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:CreesloughPat McCarrytea daylast_img read more

Groups sue U.S. EPA to act on Lake Erie

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest To force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect communities and businesses from harmful algal blooms that have plagued Lake Erie for years, a coalition of businesses, conservation advocates, and sportsmen groups sued, asking a federal judge to order the agency to carry out its duty under the Clean Water Act.“We hope the lawsuit is a catalyst for the EPA to fulfill its responsibility under the Clean Water Act so that state and federal public officials can start putting solutions in place to curb harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie that are harming our drinking water, jobs, and way of life,” said Mike Shriberg, Great Lakes regional executive director of the National Wildlife Federation. “Continuing to kick the can down the road will only make the problem worse for Lake Erie, our environment and our economy.  This is a problem that you can literally see from space.”The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., is in response to U.S. EPA’s failure to accept or deny Ohio’s decisions on whether Lake Erie is “impaired,” a Clean Water Act designation that means that the water quality does not meet legal standards for fishing, swimming, and drinking. An “impaired” designation forces state and federal partners to put in place an action plan, enforceable under the Clean Water Act, to restore it to health. Despite poor water quality and Michigan’s decision to list its portion of Lake Erie as impaired, Ohio decided not to list the open waters of the western basin of Lake Erie as impaired.Under the Clean Water Act, every two years states submit a list of impaired waters to the EPA, which the agency must by law accept or deny within 30 days. The process is instrumental in helping local communities, states, and the nation identify unhealthy waters so actions can be taken to improve the health of rivers, lakes and streams. The U.S. EPA has not acted on Ohio’s list, which was submitted in October 2016.last_img read more

Unique Showreel: Juan Salvo’s Inspiring Color Reel

first_imgThis impressive showreel by colorist Juan Salvo combines his professional work with a creative personal touch.We see a lot of demos and showreels – a lot – and every once in a while one sticks out from the crowd through an impressive body or work or uncommon presentation.The following reel by professional colorist Juan Salvo uses a unique approach for reels by employing his narration to connect with the viewer, a style more familiar to advertising than demo reels. The result works. We not only see Salvo’s body of professional work, but we also see him at work – sitting at the boards, drafting out his color plan and building color grades in post. It has a humanizing effect, showing the person behind the color grading work.It’s an interesting approach to creating a demo or showreel, and one that could potentially be used for all types of production and post production positions. Something to think about. Inspiring work, Juan!last_img read more

DMK will support resolution against FDI in Parliament, ties with Cong won’t be affected: Karunanidhi

first_imgWaving a red flag over FDI in multi-brand retail and threatening to put spokes in the Centre’s pro-reform moves, the DMK – a dominant constituent of the Congress-led UPA – on Monday expressed its readiness to support a resolution in Parliament even if it is moved by the Opposition.”We will support it,” DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi told the media after the party’s executive committee meeting. This, he said without any hesitation when asked what the party’s stand would be in the event of the Opposition tabling a resolution against FDI in the retail sector.”We will not participate in the cabinet expansion and that is the reason,” was the octogenarian’s response when probed further.Coming a day after he turned down the PM’s offer for Cabinet or minister of state slots in the much-awaited ministerial expansion, this is seen as a shrewd move of the party attempting to keep the Congress at a safe distance ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.Yet, the DMK is not willing to rock the UPA II boat in the near future.Differences on some issues, Karunanidhi maintained, would not affect the party’s ties with the Congress. “They (the differences) can be sorted out,” he said and refused to accept the suggestion that the PM turning down the demand for any rethink on the reforms could be taken as a ‘challenge’. “We are striving to address the problems faced by the people and hope that the PM would take into account our views,” he pointed out.Apart from reiterating its earlier demand for a reconsideration of FDI in retail, the party executive passed a resolution pressing for the rejection of the Kelkar panel recommendations in toto, raising serious apprehensions about its impact. With this, the DMK is being seen as making common cause with the Opposition.Yet, the Congress’ southern ally does not appear to be in any haste. The DMK president sought to play down the formation of a third front or the party gravitating towards it. “Questions regarding the Third Front should be put to those engaged in its formation. We are not thinking about it,” was his terse response to a query.Offering a rationale for his party still remaining in the UPA, the octogenarian explained that the DMK was against communal forces gaining an upper hand and reactionary elements forming the government.”I am neither an astrologer nor a believer in astrology,” he quipped, dismissing rumours about a snap poll.Asked about the multi-crore granite scam in which his grandson and Union Minister M K Alagiri’s son, Durai Dayanidhi is an accused, the veteran politician sought a CBI probe to unearth the entire gamut of the scandal. “Otherwise, it will smack of a political witch hunt,” he said.On the 2G spectrum scam, in which the party is neck deep with the patriarch’s daughter Kanimozhi, MP, and Dalit leader from the state A Raja facing the trial, the party executive appealed to the Centre to file its review petition on auction before the Supreme Court. The review petition was withdrawn after the Presidential reference.The executive committee decided to observe a ‘Black Day’ on October 5 with a state-wide human chain programme by sporting black shirts to protest the vindictive and anti-people policies of the Jayalalithaa Government.advertisementlast_img read more

Echoes of Oka Trudeau minister says military involvement possible against oil pipeline

first_img(Fight between Canadian soldiers and Mohawks from Kahnawake during the Oka Crisis. APTN/File)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsNatural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggested Thursday Canada is prepared to deploy the military against anti-pipeline actions deemed “not to be peaceful,” raising the possibility the country could face a scenario last seen during the Oka Crisis in 1990.Carr made the statement in response to questions from business leaders in Edmonton worried the events unfolding in North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation could be replicated through the mounting opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project which was recently approved by the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.“If people choose for their own reasons not to be peaceful, then the government of Canada—through its defence forces, through its police forces—will ensure that people are kept safe,” said Carr, according to a video of his statements posted by BNN. “We have a history of peaceful dialogue and dissent in Canada. I’m certainly hopeful that tradition will continue. If people determine for their own reasons that that is not the path they want to follow, then we live under the rule of law.”Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. Photo/ Jim Carr’s websiteUnder existing law, the federal government has no ability to deploy the military into a domestic situation without first being asked by the provinces through an invocation of Aid to the Civil Power under the National Defence Act. Even if a province asks for military assistance, the federal government has no control over how the deployment unfolds because authority would rest solely with the Canadian Forces’ Chief of Defence Staff.Indigenous leaders expressed outrage Friday and speculated, given Ottawa’s limited role in such an event, Carr used the statement to intimidate opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project.Carr did not retract his statement on the possible use of the military in a subsequent interview with CBC News Friday morning saying only he did not intend it to be interpreted as a “threat.”The Trudeau government also did not back away from the suggestion during question period Friday when NDP MP Randall Garrison raised the issue.“What reckless, irresponsible and incendiary language from the minister and only two days since they approved this pipeline,” said Garrison in a question directed at Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. “Will he remind his colleague, the Minister of Natural Resources, that if he is truly concerned about the rule of law he should know that in this country the federal government has no such authority to use our military against pipeline protesters?”The question was fielded by Transport Minister Marc Garneau who did not deny Ottawa is prepared to use the military.“We will always respect the right of Canadians to protest when they do not agree with something. They have the right to do it, they feel strongly about it, and we are confident that they will do so peacefully,” said Garneau.Singh’s office referred media questions to Carr’s office.Carr’s office issued a statement to APTN indicating the minister may be beginning to back away from his comment.“Minister Carr did not mean to suggest action would be taken against the protesters,” said Alexander Deslongchamps, spokesperson for Carr. “We know that not everyone agrees, and the right to peaceful protest is a foundation of our rights and freedoms.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office did not provide comment as of this article’s posting.Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon, whose Mohawk community was at the centre of the Oka Crisis which saw the military move into its territory to end the standoff, called for Carr’s resignation over the statement.“I would like to see his resignation,” said Simon, who is also a leading spokesperson for an Indigenous treaty alliance against oil pipeline developments. “I find it offensive and Minister Carr should be ashamed of himself and Prime Minister Trudeau should be ashamed of himself for letting him get away with that.”Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge SimonSimon said his community still feels the effects of the Oka Crisis despite the amount of time passed since the summer of 1990 during the Battle of the Pines triggered by the Village of Oka’s desire to expand a golf course over Mohawk burial grounds.“There is still that trigger people feel even 26 years after the Oka Crisis and this guy wants to do that again, he wants to invoke calling the military in on Canadian soil?” said Simon. “Minister Carr’s statements are highly irresponsible.”Simon said he plans to raise the issue during next week’s Assembly of First Nations chiefs meeting in Gatineau, Que.The Indigenous anti-pipeline treaty alliance now has over 100 participating First Nation and Tribal signatories. The alliance has held signing ceremonies in Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia. The alliance was formed to create coordinated opposition against the Trans Mountain project, Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion, which also received Liberal approval, and TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline along with Keystone XL, which was rejected by U.S. President Barack Obama but could face resurrection under the Donald Trump presidency.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of Union of BC Indian Chiefs. APTN/PhotoGand Chief Stewart Phillip arrested on Burnaby Mountain on Nov. 27, 2014, during protest against Trans Mountain pipeline. Farrah Merali/TwitterGrand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, is also part of the alliance. He said Carr’s statements are meant to intimidate.“I think it’s a very clumsy effort to intimidate or threaten Indigenous peoples,” said Phillip. “I think it’s incredibly stupid, provocative, highly irresponsible statement to make on such a volatile issue.”Phillip said Indigenous people in Canada have faced the military in the past and are not intimidated by the prospect of it happening again.“We are certainly not the least bit frightened or intimidated by such bellicose statements,” said Phillip. “We faced off with the Canadian armed forces in the past and we know the outcome of that. It is an incredibly stupid thing to say.”Quebec has been the only province to invoke Aid to the Civil Power to deal with a civil disturbance since the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney replaced the War Measure’s Act with the Emergencies Act in 1988 to limit Ottawa’s powers in deploying the military domestically.While Ottawa has no official role under the law in such an event, it is responsible for the total cost of this type of deployment.A signal from Ottawa suggesting the Trudeau government is fine with the political implications of a move to invoke Aid to the Civil Power may give some provincial finance ministers pause when faced with the extensive police costs associated with prolonged disturbances caused by opposition to natural resource projects whenever Indigenous rights are at play.The months-long, Mi’kmaq-led, anti-shale gas demonstrations throughout 2013 in New Brunswick cost the cash-strapped province an extra $9.5 million in policing costs. While the military was never directly involved in the events which unfolded near Elsipogtog First Nation, it did provide the RCMP with field box lunches and space for a staging area at CFB Gagetown and the CF Moncton detachment through a Request for Canadian Forces Assistance.Amanda Polchies holds an eagle feather and kneels before a wall of RCMP officers on Oct. 17. APTN/Ossie MichelinThe military’s counter-intelligence unit was involved in monitoring the events in New Brunswick, but it’s unclear whether it shared any data with the RCMP.The Mounties seized three, single shot bolt-action hunting rifles, including one fitted with a bayonet, during a raid on Oct. 17, 2013, that saw 40 arrests and the torching of several police vehicles. The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society said at the time the rifles were purely for hunting and protection from black bears.The Canadian military’s last serious involvement in a conflict triggered by an assertion of Indigenous rights came in 1995 during the Gustafson Lake standoff where warriors dug in to protect Sundance grounds. The military provided the RCMP with armoured personnel carriers and drivers during the conflict which saw police and warriors exchange tens of thousands of rounds in firefights.British Columbia did not invoke Aid to the Civil Power, but did request military assistance.During the Six Nations reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Ont., in 2006, there were calls for military intervention, but Ontario stuck with its provincial police force to deal with the situation which simmered to a peaceful détente.The military at the time was on site gathering intelligence and preparing contingency plans for a “possible, yet improbably, domestic operation,” according to military historian Timothy Winegard who wrote about the event in a book called, Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State, 1968-2010.The nature of Indigenous resistance in Canada has change since the 1990s when the image of the warrior with a rifle dominated. Now, especially since the Idle No More movement, the weapons are the drum, song, sage and the eagle feather.The one image that came to define the events at Elsipogtog—despite the flaming police cars and seized rifles—was the photograph taken by APTN National News journalist Ossie Michelin of Amanda Polchies kneeling and holding a feather in the air before a line of RCMP officers.That image was replicated across the border in North Dakota during the Oct. 27 police raid against a camp set up by demonstrators, known as water protectors, to launch rolling blockades aimed at slowing down construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. During the police operation, APTN cameras captured the arrest of two women who kneeled like Polchies did three years earlier as the police line moved toward them.Women kneel before police line in North Dakota during law enforcement operation on Oct. 27. APTN/PhotoDuring an assault with a water cannon and tear gas launched by North Dakota police behind concrete barricades and concertina wire just north of Backwater Bridge by the Oceti Sakowin Camp on Oct. 20, APTN cameras captured drumming, singing, and a ceremonial dance with shakers performed by water protectors during pauses between volleys.No weapons have been brandished by water protectors in North Dakota throughout the months-long demonstrations.The last major action launched last Thursday by water protectors ended with prayer, song and the scent of sage at the foot of Turtle Island hill, which sits about a kilometer from the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the nerve-centre of the anti-pipeline movement.The ongoing events at Standing Rock—where hundreds of Tribes and First Nations across the country have backed the Standing Rock Sioux in their fight to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River, from where the Tribe draws its water—has electrified opposition to new oil developments, said Phillip.“It is the backdrop to all of this. I mean, this is an epic battle, water versus oil, and at the end of the day, it is about survival or extinction,” said Phillip. “I think people are becoming more and more aware that climate change and global warming is something that should be of grave concern to everyone….Indigenous people have been climate change refugees for a decade, at least, given the evacuations of our communities in the north by fire and flooding. We pretty much lost the winter roads and the ability to resupply our communities, so food security is threatened and the price of food in the north is outrageous because everything must be flown in.”[email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more