Donegal teen Conal O’Boyle is launching a protest in Lifford this morning in a call for action on climate change.The 16-year-old secondary school student will bring local children and young people to the County Council Offices at 11am for a ‘Donegal School Climate Strike’ demonstration.The young activists are seeking to highlight the frustration and discontent of school children at the Government’s handling of climate action in Ireland. Speaking to Donegal Daily ahead of today’s protest, Conal said: “We are hoping to send this message to Richard Bruton, Sean Canny and the Irish Government in a bid to bring around change.”Conal said he and his peers are refusing to rest without seeing real policy change.“We want the Green Party Waste Reduction Bill passed, the declaration of a climate emergency and a carbon neutral Ireland by 2030,” Conal said.He added: “It has become clear to me that the only ‘climate action’ being taken by the Government of Ireland is a media spin, in which Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton is trying to sell the fact that Ireland are becoming world leaders in climate action. “Although his blatant lies are being believed by the ignorant, they are not being believed by the children who wholeheartedly believe that planet Earth is being destroyed before their very eyes by Governments and corporations who only care about money.“The children of the forgotten county, of Ireland and the world have had enough, and on March 15th, we, the children of Donegal, are refusing to let this shameful damage go unnoticed.”Schoolboy Conal calling for climate action in protest today was last modified: March 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:climate changeconal o boyleLiffordprotest
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I was pleased to see the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recently released results of its latest National Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation national survey. Conducted every five years in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, the results show that fishing participation is up nearly 20% over the last 10 years. Anglers also increased their overall spending to participate in the sport by 2.4% during the past five years.Overall, fishing participation increased 8.2% for individuals 16 to 65 years of age over the last five years. That’s the highest level of participation since 1991. Revenue from equipment purchases and fishing trip expenditures also increased from $45 billion to $46.1 billion in the last five years.That’s encouraging, in light of hunter participation being down. The older I get the more grateful I am that I have fishing and hunting to continue to enjoy, while my peers who engaged in other sports — with the possible exception of golf (!) — are forced off their respective playing fields. That said, I may not be climbing into treestands 20 years from now, but you can bet I’ll be drowning worms off a bank somewhere as long as I can sit upright in a chair.Roosters releasedMeanwhile, I hope to continue bagging my share of some 15,000 ring-necked pheasant roosters raised by the Ohio Division of Wildlife annually at their facility in Urbana. As usual, the birds will be released at 29 public hunting areas across the state late this month and into November as part of a seasonal effort by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to increase hunting opportunities for the once-abundant gamebird. The releases take place after legal shooting hours on Oct. 20 and 27 for the two-weekend small game hunting season that is open for youth hunters on Oct. 21-22 and 28-29. Additional releases will be conducted on select dates in November for the statewide small game hunting season. For all pheasant release dates and locations visit wildohio.gov.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentOnly one in three young people say they have the skills to handle what life throws their way. If we don’t give kids the opportunity to succeed, we all fail. That’s where 4-H comes in. Ohio 4-H Youth Development programs meet youth and families where they live, serve community needs and build critical life skills young people need to thrive.Again this year, the “Raise Your Hand” initiative is an opportunity to secure funding for 4-H hands-on learning programs.4-H alumni, supporters and friends are asked to vote for Ohio to win funding to help more kids. Vote now and Ohio’s 4‑H program could win $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 to help more young people do, learn and grow.Ty Higgins visits with Ohio Farm Bureau’s First Vice President Bill Patterson about the Raise Your Hand initiative and how easy it is to take part.Raise your hand for 4-H. Voting ends May 15, 2019. Leave a Comment
With prayers on his lips, a Muslim man drove his auto-rickshaw as fast as he can in a curfew-hit town, so that a Hindu woman who was in an advanced stage of labour could reach the hospital on time. They made it and a boy, aptly named ‘Shanti’, was born on Sunday when curfew was in force in Hailakandi following communal clashes just two days ago. Accompanied by district Superintendent of Police Mohneesh Mishra, Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli visited the residence of Rubon Das and Nandita, parents of the new-born, on Wednesday and said, “We need more such examples of Hindu-Muslim unity and amity.” She also congratulated Maqbool, Rubon’s neighbour, for helping his friend at the time of distress, overriding the communal tension prevailing in the district. One person was killed in police firing and at least 15 people were injured, while more than 15 vehicles were damaged and 12 shops vandalised and set on fire in some parts of the town during communal clashes on Friday, forcing the authorities to clamp an indefinite curfew in the district. Two days later, Rubon was frantically calling his near and dear ones for help. He needed an ambulance to take Nandita to hospital as she was writhing in labour pain. In between the calls, Rubon said, “I was trying to calm my wife down saying someone will surely come to take us to hospital in Hailakandi town.” The S K Roy Civil Hospital is a few kilometres away from their Rajyeshwarpur Part I village. However, no help came for them in the curfew affected area and, in the meanwhile, Nandita’s pain increased. At that time, Rubon’s friend and neighbour Maqbool heard his predicament and rushed to his residence with his auto-rickshaw. As Maqbool was driving the vehicle, speeding along the deserted roads, the only thing haunting him was whether he would make it on time to the hospital.“I was trying to comfort them…. telling them everything will be fine. But I myself was praying,” said Maqbool. His timely help paid off and Nandita delivered a healthy boy at around 5.30 pm. Both friends heaved a sigh of relief after knowing that the condition of both the mother and the child was fine. Rubon at once decided to name his son ‘Shanti’ who was born amid curfew following a communal strife. The good news spread, with the Administrator of the hospital Bhaskar Das describing the incident as a classic instance of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood. Cuddling the baby, Jalli said, “It’s good to know that the baby has been named Shanti by the parents with the hope that lasting peace will return to Hailakandi.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: I know fans were getting frustratedby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard knows fans were frustrated during their 1-0 win over Newcastle United.A Marcos Alonso goal overcame a difficult opposition side and made it five wins in a row for the Blues.Lampard said: “The second half was the most pleasing thing. It was a good test for us today. We changed things a little in the second half and we showed a little more flexibility and creativity.”We were upbeat, we had urgency, the tempo was good, and that got us the win.”We want to score goals. You can see the fans – I think they’re happy with what they’re seeing at the moment. We want more.”If we want to keep moving up, we can do better. So far this season, though, things are going well.”On Ross Barkley’s injury, he added: “It’s an ankle injury. We need to assess it and see how bad it is.”
APTN National NewsPolice in Iqaluit were busy this past weekend.A number of drug seizures took place.Hard drugs don’t come easy that far north, but in the last few days, that seems to have changed.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has more.
APTN InFocusStarting over in a new country is stressful. There’s a lot to learn.But what happens when you hear inaccurate information? How do you know what is true and what is false?People who work with newcomers say stereotypes and myths about Indigenous peoples are repeated unchallenged, leading immigrants to be misinformed and even afraid of the population.“There is not much education for newcomers to learn about their cultures and their diversity that exists within their community of the Indigenous people,” says Hani Ataan Al-Ubeady, the community engagement co-ordinator with Immigration Partnership Winnipeg.However, his group is working to change that, he tells InFocus host Melissa Ridgen.“My perception of Indigenous people was very, for quite a while, was very negative,” says Roxanna Alchmetova, who came to Canada from Kazakhstan at 12.“It took me a while to realize and to learn that the things they were teaching me were not correct.”Alchmetova wants to take her education into her own hands and learn the truth about Indigenous peoples in Canada.She is writing her thesis on Indigenous Newcomer relations. And looks at how, among other things, new Canadians can build stronger relationships with Indigenous peoples and participate in acts of reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.Eliyana Angelova, a newcomer from Bulgaria, says she too was told many negative stories about Indigenous peoples when she first arrived.She says she was told to not live near them, that they were dangerous.But once she got to know them, she realized the stories she was told weren’t the whole story.“You need the personal story to understand and to learn. Just like listening to the histories without the face is different.”Angelova works with other newcomers and Partnership Winnipeg to help dispel stereotypes and debunk myths believed by many Canadians.“Therefore it’s essential to create an orientation toolkit to educate newcomers,” adds Al-Ubeady.He says he and the rest of the team at Partnership Winnipeg are developing materials and resources so Canadian newcomers will have the facts.
TORONTO – A study by a Toronto-based firm says the rate of insolvent borrowers using payday loans in Ontario has grown for the sixth consecutive year.Insolvency trustee firm Hoyes Michalos & Associates says 31 per cent of insolvent borrowers used the loans in 2017, up from 27 per cent the year before.The study suggests payday loans are a growing factor in personal insolvencies in Ontario, with struggling debtors are taking out fewer but larger loans despite recent changes to lower borrowing rates.As of Jan. 1, 2017, the provincial government reduced the maximum amount lenders can charge for a payday loan to $18 for every $100 borrowed, down from $21 for each $100. Earlier this year, the rate was further reduced to $15.Hoyes Michalos & Associates says they looked at 3,500 insolvency cases and found the average number of payday loans outstanding at the time of insolvency declined to 3.2 in 2017, but the average payday loan size was $1,095, an increase of 12.4 per cent from the year before.In total, insolvent borrowers owed an average of $3,464 from all their payday loans, the study says, or $1.34 for every dollar of their monthly take-home pay.“Insolvent borrowers are now 2.6 times more likely to have at least one payday loan outstanding when they file a bankruptcy or consumer proposal than in 2011,” said Ted Michalos, co-founder of Hoyes Michalos & Associates. “This is a cycle that is just not sustainable.”Although the average monthly income for a payday loan borrower is $2,589, the study also found that payday loans are more likely to be used by debtors with a monthly income of more than $4,000 than they are to be used by those with an income between $1,001 and $2,000.
TOKYO — An attorney for an American executive arrested in Japan on suspicion of collaborating with former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn in financial misconduct says his client is innocent.Aubrey Harwell said Friday that his client, Greg Kelly, did nothing wrong and that Kelly acted “according to the law and according to company policy.”Kelly and Ghosn were arrested Nov. 19 in Tokyo on suspicion they collaborated to underreport Ghosn’s income by $44 million over five years.They have not been able to make any comments while detained in Japan.Harwell said Kelly had been advised by people both inside and outside Nissan that what he was doing was legal.Harwell spoke from his office in Nashville, Tennessee.The Associated Press
FRANKFURT — 2019 is set to be a year of major change for Europe, with big decisions that will affect the continent’s economy.Britain is due to leave the European Union but there is no clarity on how that will happen, or how painful it will be economically. The EU has long seen deepening ties among countries as the best way to create prosperity, but a rise in populist and nationalist politics is likely to further test that commitment. And threats loom from outside, including possible U.S. tariffs on cars.The economy is already slipping. Growth in the 19 EU countries that use the euro enjoyed slipped from a decade-high of 2.4 per cent in 2017 to an estimated 2.1 per cent this year. It is expected to ease further to 1.9 per cent next year, according to the EU’s executive Commission.Here’s a look at the major events and challenges that will shape the coming year in the European Union.___BREXIT CHAOSEurope confronts one risk early in the year, as the British parliament faces a possible vote in mid-January on Prime Minister Theresa May’s negotiated deal on terms of an exit from the EU. If the deal is rejected, and no other solution such as a second referendum is found, the risk will increase that Britain would leave the EU as scheduled March 29 without any clarity on new trading rules. That could cause widespread disruption to business and complex supply chains such as those involving auto factories. Some predict it could even ground flights and lead to shortages of produce and some medicines.___TRUMP AND TRADEEurope and the U.S. are discussing new terms of trade after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to put tariffs on European cars. The tariffs would hurt growth in Germany and in Europe more broadly and could be imposed in 2019 if the talks fail. Angel Talavera, lead eurozone economist at Oxford Economics, says that U.S. car tariffs would lower German GDP by 0.2 per cent in 2020. That’s in addition to the U.S.-China trade conflict, which could sideswipe Europe because it trades extensively with both.___POPULISMElections to the European Parliament slated for May 23-26 can serve as a chance for voters to express dislike of their government and as a platform for populist parties that don’t like the EU. A strong showing by groups like Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France, the League in Italy and the Alternative for Germany could make it harder for the EU to agree on legislation.Italy’s populist government could further complicate things. It has smoothed over a disagreement with the EU on a budget that drastically increases spending. But the plan could leave Italy, which has a debt load of 133 per cent of GDP, more vulnerable to new financial trouble.___YELLOW JACKETSWith Britain leaving and Germany’s Angela Merkel planning her political exit, French President Emmanuel Macron had hoped to seize the European spotlight in 2019 and push his agenda of economic change at home and strengthening EU unity. But weeks of protests by yellow-vested masses angry over high taxes and shrinking pocketbooks have hobbled his credibility.Riots forced him to offer billions of euros in tax relief and aid — which in turn is damaging his European credentials, because it risks pushing France over the EU deficit limit.Some yellow-vest groups are considering a bid for the European elections, though the movement has no single political bent.Macron and his parliamentary majority don’t face new elections until 2022 and he could yet rebound. Still, he is expected to scale back the pace of change to France’s long-stagnant economy, with repercussions for the whole region.___NEW TEAMAfter the elections, European governments will choose a replacement for European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, whose eight-year term expires Oct. 31, and for Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the EU Commission, who isn’t seeking a new term.Draghi has pushed the ECB into new territory by using bond purchases to push 2.6 trillion euros ($3 trillion) in newly created money into the economy as a way of supporting a weak-post-crisis recovery. His vow to do “whatever it takes” to rescue the euro from its debt crisis — followed by a program to quell trouble in bond markets — is credited with halting market turmoil in 2012.Stimulus skeptic Jens Weidmann, head of Germany’s national central bank, was an early front runner but has faded amid media speculation Merkel may push for a German to replace Juncker. That would make it tough for Germany to also claim the ECB job under typical EU horse-trading. Other possible successors are former Finnish central bank head Erkki Liikanen and Bank of France governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau.___INTEREST RATESThe ECB could raise interest rates for the first time since 2011.The bank, which has already closed out its bond-buying stimulus program, has signalled no increase in rates before the fall. That leaves it open whether it will be Draghi or his successor to lead the decision-making on the timing of a first rate move.Higher rates could increase consumer and business borrowing costs and improve returns for savers. The first rate increase could be postponed, however, if the economy looks weak.___Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.David McHugh, The Associated Press