Shovels in the ground for new skate park

first_img“One of the things I always tell my communities, whether it’s communities, whether it’s anybody writing grants, whatever, make sure your MLA knows about it,” Pimm says. “And this particular one, I happened to be speaking at the breakfast Rotary Club one morning, and Clinton was there doing a presentation and I thought, ‘man is that ever a good project’, so I went and started tracking down some information and we were able to come forward with some pretty good support.”Ackerman adds that the project was important to jump on because the Sport Council and DistrictSkateBoardPark had a plan for the skate park and knew how to go about executing it.“They’re young people and they had a dream – a good dream – and what was really important is they did not just say we have a dream and walked away,” Ackerman argues. “They had a dream and took ownership of it and got involved. Clinton and his group really helped us to make this all happen. It’s easy once you have all of that information to write all of the grants.The group worked with Newline Skate parks on the design of the project, and the company has been involved with the task since the beginning. Advertisement A number of guests were on hand for the ceremony including MLA Pat Pimm, Councillor Byron Stewart, Andy Ackerman of the North Peace Economic Development Commission, and Clinton Green, who helped spearhead the project.Green says it’s a great feeling to be at this point and he looks forward to the completion of the project.“I’m very excited; I can’t wait to ride it. I’m glad all the hard work that everyone put into it paid off.”- Advertisement -The project was important to Green for a number of reasons, in particular to give young people the chance to be the best that they can be.“I just want to see the youth in town have a place to put all their potential [to use], and have a place to progress and be safe in the process.”Pat Pimm said a few words before shovels went into the ground. He says he makes a point to inform his constituents that if they have projects in the works, to let him know so he can try to be of some assistance. The province chipped in with $448,000 towards the task.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has said he is disappointed that a large number of applications from across the county have been turned down under this year’s scheme.The Fianna Fáil TD has called on the Government to clearly outline the criteria they used for granting applications so the clubs that lost out this year will know how to improve their chances in the future.Deputy McConalogue said, “I welcome the fact that 25 clubs and groups in Donegal have been successful in this round of capital funding and I know that this support will make a big difference to them and their local communities. “However, there were still 88 Donegal clubs that applied this year and were unsuccessful. This is very disappointing for them and they need certainty that they will have the opportunity to apply again in the future with a better chance of succeeding. For that reason, I am calling on the Government to re-open the Sports Capital Grant Scheme again early next year.“I also want the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring to outline the criteria that were used this year so that the 88 clubs who lost out know why and can make the necessary changes to improve their chances when the next round opens.”He says he now intends to contact the Department to seek feedback about the criteria used to determine successful applications and reject others.“Sports capital funding has been of extraordinary benefit to clubs and communities in Donegal over the years. In that context I will be emphasising to Minister Ring the social and economic benefit of reopening the scheme to applications early in the New Year,” added Deputy McConalogue.  MCCONALOGUE CALLS FOR CLARITY ON CRITERIA FOR SPORTS GRANTS was last modified: December 3rd, 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguesports grantslast_img read more

Expedition to Mt Gorichen flagged off

first_imgItanagar, May 2 (PTI) An expedition to Mount Gorichen was flagged off today at the Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) campus at Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh. The 24-member expedition team to be led by NIMAS Director Colonel Sarfraz Singh would attempt summiting the 21,410 feet high mountain comprising of five peaks in about 22 days from tomorrow, an official communiqué said. Mount Gorichen in Arunachal Pradesh is the third highest peak in the north east. The pre-monsoon expedition has been planned to foster the spirit of adventurism among the locals. Besides the NIMAS personnel, a total of eight local young people, including two women are part of the expedition team, the communiqué added. PTI UPL KK KKlast_img read more

Yanks Give Headley $52M Deal

first_imgNEW YORK — Chase Headley is staying with the Yankees, agreeing Dec. 15 to a $52 million, four-year contract that signals New York is not counting on Alex Rodriguez to play third base regularly.Coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez is owed $61 million over the final three seasons of his $275 million, 10-year deal. The agreement with Headley is a sign New York plans to shift A-Rod to designated hitter, relegate him to a backup role or perhaps even seek trade offers.Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said last month that “if I signed or traded for a third baseman, that would be my third baseman.”Rodriguez has not played a full season since 2007 because of leg injuries, operations on both hips and the suspension. The three-time AL MVP turns 40 on July 27.He admitted in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing substances from 2001-03 while with Texas, but he repeatedly denied using PEDs while playing for the Yankees.Then given a grant of immunity by federal prosecutors, Rodriguez told investigators he did use banned substances between late 2010 and October 2012 supplied by Anthony Bosch, according to Drug Enforcement Administration documents provided by the government to defense lawyers. Bosch owned the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, Florida.The 30-year-old Headley was fifth in NL MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs for San Diego. He also won the Gold Glove at third base.Headley slumped to a .250 average, 13 homers and 50 RBIs the following year and was batting .229 with seven homers and 32 RBIs when the Padres traded him to the Yankees on July 22 for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. Headley had been playing with a herniated disk in his back and started to hit better after an epidural injection June 20.Headley batted .262 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 191 at-bats for New York. He arrived in the Yankee Stadium dugout in the second inning on the night of the trade following a flight from Chicago, and his 14th-inning single at the stroke of midnight gave the Yankees a 2-1 win over Texas.On Sept. 4, he following Mark Teixeira’s tying home run in the ninth off Koji Uehara with a winning drive deep into the right-field bleachers for a 5-4 victory over Boston.With Headley available to play third in A-Rod’s place, the Yankees would be able to use Martin Prado at second. New York acquired Didi Gregorius from Arizona this month, and he is expected to platoon at shortstop with Brendan Ryan.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiakos Draws 1-1 at Xanthi in Greek League

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending champion Olympiakos could not hold on to an early lead at Xanthi and was held to 1-1 in the Greek league on Saturday.Defender Bjorn Engels, in his debut for Olympiakos, opened the scoring when he headed the ball in following a Seba corner kick.During a Xanthi counterattack, Christos Lisgaras beat Olympiakos goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino to a long ball and headed in the equalizer before halftime.Olympiakos still leads the standings, but second-place Panionios has a chance to go on top when it meets visiting Panetolikos on Sunday.Also, Atromitos vs. Giannena ended in a scoreless draw, and newcomer Lamia beat host Asteras 3-1 for its first ever win at the top division.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more