“Customers can’t really afford any new fare increases”

first_img– taxis, minibus operators admitThe Guyana Oil Company Limited (Guyoil) has increased its rates for fuel prices, but taxi and minibus drivers have expressed concern as to what this holds for them.Taxi drivers, whose prices are higher than the bus fares charged, have related that if they should raise their prices any further, it would lessen the amount of customers they receive on a daily basis. The increased price for fuel will have to be met with their fares remaining unchanged.“People ain’t want to pay if we raise the fare for a drop-off. If the gas price increase and we raise the fare from $500 to $600, they will not travel with us. So we taxi drivers does have to do through with the same thing all the time,” said an anonymous taxi driver.“There’s nothing that I personally can do. The gas raise, I still have to work. We have to wait and see.”However, minibus drivers have expressed that this is affecting them because their fares are way lower than those of taxis, while the distance is almost the same, or even much greater.“The gas prices always going up, but we can’t raise the fare. The price for gas never decrease, it always increasing. Every time it increase, we still have to work with the same fare. We don’t really make much at the end of the day,” said a minibus driver.Fuel prices were increased this week, and gasoline now retails at $204 per litre. Kerosene, which was priced at $130, is now $137 per litre; while diesel, which was $188, has now been increased to $204 per litre.last_img read more

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Pembina Pipeline buys Kinder Morgan Canada

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:PPL, TSX:KML) CALGARY, A.B. – Pembina Pipeline Corporation will buy Kinder Morgan Canada and the Cochin Pipeline for $4.35 billion.Upon closing of the deal with Kinder Morgan Inc., Pembina says it will increase is monthly dividend by a penny per share to 21 cents.The Cochin pipeline runs 2,900 kilometres between Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., and Chicago and has a design capacity of up to 110,000 barrels per day.- Advertisement -The deal also includes an Edmonton storage and terminal business and Vancouver Wharves, a bulk storage and export-import business.Pembina is offering 0.3068 of a Pembina share per Kinder Morgan Canada share and class B unit. The acquisition is valued at approximately $2.3 billion including the assumption of Kinder Morgan Canada’s preferred shares and outstanding net debt.In addition, Pembina is paying roughly $2.05 billion in cash for Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC, which holds Cochin US.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Danelo tributes recall a dream

first_img“I thought it was a good idea,” Buehler said. During a team meeting Saturday morning, Buehler mentioned the idea to Collins. He also thought it was a good idea. “So we talked to Coach and he liked it,” Buehler said. “They had a really cool thought,” Carroll said later. They went straight to Pete and pitched the missing-man formation to him? “Yes,” Buehler said. “We went straight to Pete, ah, Coach Carroll. He liked it.” Was there any hesitation about speaking to Carroll the morning of a game? “No,” Buehler said. “Will’s a fifth-year senior. So he feels free to talk to Coach Carroll. He went up and did the talking. I just kind of sat back and looked on.” Juniors such as Buehler tend to remain a respectable distance from their coach. Initially it was quiet in the Coliseum when USC lined up with only 10 men on the field. “The crowd figured it out after a while and started cheering,” Buehler said. “It was a cool experience.” He had a satisfied smile as he talked about it. Deservedly so. “I was standing next to Coach Carroll, and he shook my hand,” Buehler said. USC took a delay-of-game penalty, the officials moved the ball back 5 yards, and Buehler went out to kick the point after touchdown. Suddenly, attention and pressure was on him. How could he miss this kick? “Good thing I didn’t miss,” he said. Now he was chuckling. “It’s a PAT,” he said nonchalant. “It’s pretty routine.” Nothing about the event was routine. The tough part of the evening was the emotion-charged pregame ceremony at midfield when Athletic Director Mike Garrett and Carroll presented the framed jersey. “That was harder than I thought (it would be),” Buehler said. “It brought so many memories back.” There were tears in his eyes as he watched the Danelo family and the video tribute to his buddy on the large screen at the peristyle end of the Coliseum. “Seeing his parents out there,” he said, “it just made me melt down. “I miss him terribly. He’ll always be with us. He was 21. He was in the early stage of his life. “He always said, `Living the dream.’ When you asked him how he was doing, he said, `Living the dream.”‘ When you’re 20, as Buehler is, you’re not supposed to have to learn how to deal with tragedy. That’s for later in life, when you already have at least a few emotional scars. Unfortunately, what we learn is we are not in control. Adding to the tribute, a banner with Danelo’s favorite message was hanging at the end of the tunnel leading from the dressing rooms to the field. The last thing the players saw in big, bold letters before going out to play football was “JUST LIVIN’ THE DREAM.” “It’s never really quieted down,” Carroll said. “Nobody here has really gotten used to the thought of Mario not being with us.” This was a moment when the game was secondary for the football coach. “I think the opportunity to make a statement for the family is a beautiful thing,” he said. “But it doesn’t really help. “It’s just what you have to do to make sure they feel the love (as) they try to find some reason here.” mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Following their first touchdown against Idaho, they sent only 10 players out for the point after touchdown. Kicker David Buehler remained on the sideline. That was a special tribute for Danelo, No. 19, the USC kicker from San Pedro High who died in a fall from a San Pedro cliff in January. “The guys who were really close to Mario, they were the ones who came up with the thought,” USC Coach Pete Carroll said of the empty-man formation. Buehler, also a kicker, and snapper Will Collins are the guys who approached Carroll about lining up without Buehler on the field. The chain of events started with a friend of Buehler’s father coming up with the idea. Father told son. They have a large 19 written in the end zone of the football practice field at USC as a daily reminder of Mario Danelo. They honored Danelo before the opening game of the season, Saturday against Idaho, presenting his parents and family a framed No. 19 Trojans football jersey. They had a moment of silence for Danelo before kickoff. Nice, nice and nice. last_img
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Arsene Wenger confirms coaching role for another Arsenal Invincible

first_img Freddie Ljungberg Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Freddie Ljungberg is returning to Arsenal as a coach.The Swede spent nine years at Arsenal from 1998 to 2007, making over 300 appearances, and was part of the famous Invincibles side which went an entire Premier League season unbeaten.He is currently studying for his coaching A licence and will take up a role with the north London club to work with the Under-15 team as part of his development.“He [Ljungberg] wants to make his licence,” said Wenger.“They have to take care of a youth team and we are happy to give him a chance to do his license.”Ljungberg follows fellow Invincible Thierry Henry in taking up a coaching role with the Gunners.Henry has been working with the club’s Under-18 and Under-19 teams as he also works towards gaining his A licence. 1last_img read more

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TORNADO CLOUDS SPOTTED OVER DONEGAL

first_imgFUNNEL clouds which can cause tornadoes have been spotted over Co Donegal in the past few hours.Donegaldaily.com reader Michelle Diver took these pictures near Clonmany at 11.50am today – there was a massive heavy shower shortly afterwards.Said Michelle: “We spotted funnel clouds which if they touch ground causes tornadoes. It was incredible.” An expert at irishweatheronline said: “Funnel clouds are condensation funnels extending from the base of a towering cumulus or Cb, associated with a rotating column of air that is not in contact with the ground.“Funnel clouds become confirmed tornadoes when they touch the ground.“Clonmany’s location next to the sea offers the possibility that the feature may have been a water spout. These features, which are more commonly associated with tropical or subtropical waters, are small, relatively weak rotating columns of air over water beneath a Cb or towering cumulus cloud.”He added: “There has been a significant increase in funnel sightings across Ireland during 2011 with confirmed sightings. While conditions have been more conducive for such developments in recent weeks, Irish Weather Online (IWO) believes advancements in mobile phone camera technology along with an increasing awareness of funnel clouds have contributed to the spike in reported funnel cloud sightings. “This might be construed by some as signs of climate change while others might see the event as another display of Mother Nature’s unpredictable behaviour. The reality, however, is that this weather phenomenon is not new to Ireland.”TORNADO CLOUDS SPOTTED OVER DONEGAL was last modified: August 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal weatherfunnel clouds donegaltornado donegaltornadoes donegaldaily.comweather donegallast_img read more

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Phenomenal effort from Donegal communities during Coca Cola Clean Coast Week

first_imgDonegal had the highest number of volunteer beach clean ups nationally during the Coca Cola Clean Coasts week, which ran from 2 – 11 June. 135 registered beach cleanups took place throughout Ireland, with 22 taking place around the coastal area’s of Donegal.This included the 10 mile Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Cleanup for World Oceans Day on the 8th of June which was the biggest clean up in the country. Coca-Cola Clean Coasts awareness week is run by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce in partnership with Coca-Cola and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The event is a celebration of our beautiful coastline and to raise awareness of the importance of keeping beaches clean from litter.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle praised the efforts of everyone that took part in the cleanups.‘The people of Donegal take enormous pride in their localities and this has been reflected by the number of people who gave up their time to help clean their local beaches,’ he said.‘Local communities undertake beach cleans ups not just during Clean Coast week but all year round and are a credit to their area.’ It wasn’t all about cleaning up. Many events were held on beaches during the week including Yoga on the Beach, Marram Grass planting  and Marine litter talks.Becky-Finn Britton, Clean Coasts Officer for Donegal highlights the importance of the event. ‘Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week is about fun and informative events with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of protecting our coastline. Coastal celebrations range from beach fitness activities that incorporate clean-ups to talks on the role of marram grass planting in halting coastal erosion. ‘For more information on Clean Coasts visit cleancoasts.org.A full list of all the Coastal Celebrations & clean up’s that took place can be seen below.Coastal Celebrations: Yoga and Mindfulness on RossnowlaghMarine Litter Talk and Beach Clean with Downings Tidy Towns, local primary school and Sarah CarrMiss Earth Eco-Warrior award winner.Marram Grass Planting at Lisfannon beach with Donegal County Council as part of Marram Grass Planting Day 10 mile Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Cleanup for World Oceans Day.Cleanups:Scoil Íosagáin (6th class) in BuncranaCarrigart Tidy Towns – Carrigart StrandCuldaff Tidy Towns – Culdaff Beach and River EstuaryMalin Head Clean Coasts GroupArranmore IslandKillybegs Tidy Towns – FintraHoly Cross NS Green-Schools – DunfanaghyGreencastle Community Childcare – GreencastleISF Donegal Crew – Inch IslandDownings Beach Clean – Downings11th Donegal Beaver Scouts – Ladies Beach BuncranaBuncrana Tidy Towns – Ladies Beach BuncranaIonad An Mhachaire – MagheryIasc na Mara Swimming Club – Thrupenny Pool to Boat Quay in BundoranDrumbeg Cleanup Crew – The Warren beach (near Inver)Keep Cruit Clean – Cruit IslandDunfanaghy Tidy Towns – Tramore Beach DunfanaghyAbbott Ireland Diabetes Care – MurvaghRossnowlagh Beach Clean – RossnowlaghKilcar Tidy Towns – MuckrossCoiste Forbairt Oileán Ruaigh – Shores of Island RoyDownings Tidy Towns – DowningsPhenomenal effort from Donegal communities during Coca Cola Clean Coast Week was last modified: July 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Clean Coast WeekDonegal County Councilgerry mcmonagleWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

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Top fashion designer to host exclusive event at Harvey’s Point

first_imgAward-winning Fashion Designer Heidi Higgins will be in Donegal this weekend to exclusively launch her stunning new collection. Donegal ladies are in for a treat when Heidi Higgins brings her latest Spring Summer collection to Harvey’s Point, Donegal Town on Sunday 29th April from 2-5pm. All are welcome to Heidi’s pop up event where she will be there to talk you through her new collection with the HH Team.Heidi Higgins pictured at the Image ‘Young Businesswomen’s Forum Sept ’17 in the Westbury Hotel. Photo: Anthony WoodsThe event will be a style lovers’ dream for anyone seeking a vibrant, flattering and elegant piece for any summer occasion. Models will be on hand to showcase Heidi’s new ‘Carpe Diem’ collection which will be launched at Harvey’s Point and is a more casual chic collection of separates (tops, trousers and jackets) part of Heidi’s ever expanding collection.HH – Baeli Navy HH – Isobela Turquoise HH – Baeli WhiteFor more information see:Website: www.heidihiggins.comInstagram: heidihigginsTwitter: @HigginsheidiFacebook: Heidi Higgins Boutique Sponsored PostTop fashion designer to host exclusive event at Harvey’s Point was last modified: April 20th, 2018 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:Fashionharvey’s pointheidi higginsStylelast_img read more

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Appeal aims to give mum-of-five a fighting chance against cancer

first_imgAn online appeal has been launched to help a young Donegal mother during her devastating cancer battle.Sonya Hamilton Mc Closkey, who is originally from St Johnston and lives in Ballybofey, was recently diagnosed with cancer of the breast, lymph nodes, pancreas, liver and lungs.The 35-year-old had been struggling with pain and illness for the past two years. But it was only in April 2019 that she received the crushing diagnosis. Sonya is married to Ballybofey man Michael McCloskey and together they have five young children. She has spent the past few weeks in an oncology ward, separated from her family as her four youngest children are too young to visit the ward. She was taken to Galway University Hospital on Tuesday in the hope of having a procedure on her liver. While she is unable to undergo chemotherapy, Sonya has discovered one option which could give her the fighting chance she needs.The strong young mum has been in contact with Oncologica, a UK company which carries out specialised tests to determine the most successful treatment options for cancer patients. “At the moment this is Sonya’s only choice to give her a fighting chance,” Sonya’s sister Lorraine wrote in the GoFundMe appeal, which was launched today.Sonya’s family are fundraising to cover the €2,000 cost of having a sample of her biopsies sent to Oncologica. The online campaign has raised an amazing €3,000 in just four hours, as almost a hundred people offer their support to the Hamilton-Mc Closkey family.Sonya, Michael and their children are well-known in the Twin Towns area. Sonya once ran her own mobile phone shop in Ballybofey.“Everyone who has ever met Sonya knows she is a giver. She gives her everything to her family and everyone she knows. Her life is completely selfless. Her children are her priority. Trying to fight this is all Sonya can do,” Lorraine said. If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page, please click here: https://www.gofundme.com/qap9y-sonyas-battleAppeal aims to give mum-of-five a fighting chance against cancer was last modified: June 20th, 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:appealcancergofundmeSonya Hamilton Mc Closkeylast_img read more

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DeGale eyes rematch with ‘chicken’ Groves

first_imgJames DeGale believes his European title challenge could pave the way for a rematch against George Groves.DeGale will take on champion Piotr Wilczewski of Poland next month, with the date and venue expected to be confirmed on Monday.It will be DeGale’s first fight since he lost his British super-middleweight title – and his unbeaten record – against fellow west Londoner Groves in May.DeGale said: “It’s been seven or eight weeks since the Groves fight. I’ve been on holiday, got it out of my system and have moved on.“I thought I won that fight – loads of people did. I can’t believe someone can win a title by throwing so few punches. Every time I hit him I hurt him, and he ran around the ring like a chicken.“I did learn loads in that fight. The main thing is that I will never, ever allow someone to nick a fight off me like that again. I fought the first eight rounds like it was a sparring session.“Hopefully now I’ll get that European title – it won’t be a walkover, it’ll be a tough fight. Then hopefully Groves will want to fight and won’t be a chicken. I just hope Groves keeps winning – that’s the real question.“After my next fight, if bigger and better things come along I’ll take that. But if the public want it [a rematch], and Groves wants it, then fine. But Groves needs me more than I need him.Harlesden’s DeGale lost against Groves on a split decision“I want a rematch. I wanted it straight after the fight and told [promoter] Frank Warren that. But Groves and his people didn’t want it.”Wilczewski has lost only once in 30 fights and is ranked number two by the World Boxing Organisation.The bout has been billed as a crossroads for DeGale, 25, as he cannot afford another defeat at this stage of his career.He hopes to follow in the footsteps of Amir Khan, who bounced back from his first professional loss to become a world champion.But unlike Khan, he is determined to resist calls to make wholesale changes and move to the United States.He said: “People have said I should change trainer and move to America – do what Amir Khan did. But I’m thinking ‘so if I’d got that decision against Groves, you wouldn’t say that?’ It doesn’t make sense.“It was such a close fight and I learned the lessons from that, so I don’t need to make those changes. I won’t make those mistakes again.”last_img read more

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Animal and Plant Tricks

first_imgThere’s no end of amazing tricks in the living world – adaptations that aid their success.  Finding them is one thing.  Explaining them is another.Electric webs:  There’s electricity in the air around spider webs, Science Now says in “Spider Silk Grabs Electrically Charged Insects in Midair.”  Flying insects pick up static eletricity as they fly (a honeybee can pick up 200 volts).  Spider silks get a charge out of greeting the food service, flexing up to 2 mm at a fast rate of 7 m/s when the prey approaches.  More study is needed, Live Science cautioned, to see if all flying insects, such as the spiders’ preferred diet of flies, pick up static electricity.Jumping fish:  A swamp dweller called the mangrove rivulus has a unique hopping method, Live Science reports.  Unlike the largemouth bass that flexes into a C-shape and jumps but gets nowhere fast, the rivulus does a unique tail flip that sends it on the path to progress (see video clip in the article).  On land, the mostly-hermaphroditic fish can live for up to two months feeding on insects while absorbing oxygen through its skin.Self-cleaning guillemot eggs:  The eggs of the guillemot, a seabird, are covered in small conical pimples that shed water, the BBC News reported.  This helps them avoid the saltwater and detritus in the birds’ crowded colonies.  The roughness of the shell may also give the eggs a better foothold on the rocky cliffs where the females lay their eggs.Bat battery:  Using elastic energy stored in their wing tendons, fruit bats get better mileage, Science Daily reports.  When taking off, this “recycled energy” stored from previous wing flaps gives them an extra boost.  This ability is apparently unique among small mammals.  The article ends with a touch of biomimetics: “This research will likely have relevance for the development of autonomous micro aircrafts and potentially also amphibious search and rescue vehicles.”Jerboa jumps:  Jerboas are little desert rodents that look like a cross between a mouse and a kangaroo (see picture in Science Daily).  The small bipedal jumpers have not been studied much.  Science Daily says that their hops, skips and jumps allow them to compete with four-footed rodents in Old World deserts.  The unpredictability of their trajectories gives the jerboas a way to coexist in the niche occupied by quadrupedal rodents.RNA regulates flowering time:  There’s new insight into how perennial plants know they are old enough to flower, and that the right season has arrived.  An article on Science Daily reports that “Alpine Rock Cress Uses a Ribonucleic Acid to Measure Its Age and Tell When It’s the Right Time to Flower.”  The concentration of a small RNA “works like an hourglass,” the article explains.One can hypothesize about the origins of these adaptations by considering horizontal and vertical axes of information.  The horizontal axis represents variations of existing genetic information.  The vertical axis would require gain or loss of information.  With that in mind, we might suspect that the guillemot egg did not require intelligent design, since it represents accentuation of existing dimples in the eggshell.  The most-dimpled ones survived the salty, steep environment to bring a new generation of birds, whereas others were more susceptible to damage or falling.  The RNA hourglass in flowering plants, though, appears to be a system that required programming from the beginning.  There’s nothing about a particular small RNA molecule that would signal a plant to flower unless other systems exist to measure its concentration and use that metric to signal downstream processes.  Try your skill with each organism to see where on the axes the adaptations might lie, realizing that scientific explanations are not necessarily part of science, especially when speculation exceeds testability.  Avoid just-so stories. (Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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