Three Donegal gardaí and a quick-thinking member of the public have been honoured for selfless acts of bravery at this year’s Irish Water Safety Awards.Rescuers involved in two dramatic near-drowning incidents in Donegal featured in the annual awards on Wednesday.Garda Cormac McClafferty, Garda Dermot Kenny and Garda Michael McHugh received prizes at Dublin Castle for saving a man’s life at Buncrana pier. Niall Cosgrove PhotographyOn the 8th of May 2016, a man got into difficulty in the water. The quick-thinking trio of gardaí immediately made a human chain and swam out to the man, who was going under the water due to cold shock.The gardaí eventually reached the casualty and pulled him back to the pier to safety. He made a full recovery.Another local award recipient was Gerard Lally, Head Chef at the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran.Gerard Lally. Niall Cosgrove PhotographyGerard became a hero by chance when he saved two lives on Sunday the 27th of May 2018. He was on his lunch break when he saw three people in difficulty in the water at Roguey Point. Lally, who is a skilled swimmer and surfer, rushed to help the adult, a teenager and an 11 year-old boy in the water.Lally instructed both the teenager and the young boy to grab hold of a ring buoy he was able to bring them both to shore, where he stayed with them until the ambulance services arrived and subsequently took over.Meanwhile, the Bundoran RNLI had arrived and assisted the adult and successfully brought him to safety. All three made a full recovery.Thirty-six lives were saved from drowning by all the rescuers honoured at the Irish Water Safety’s National Annual Awards Ceremony.Mr Seán Canney TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural & Community Development presented the Seiko Just in Time Rescue Awards and said: “It is an honour to pay tribute to these courageous recipients. Tragically an average of 127 people drown in Ireland every year and although that’s 127 too many, the figure would be even higher but for the dramatic efforts of these individuals who saved others from drowning and the ongoing work of Irish Water Safety volunteers teaching swimming and water rescue skills.” Long-Service Volunteer Awards were also presented to 63 volunteers, recognising a combined total of 1,315 years of service teaching swimming, water rescue and survival skills in communities nationwide.Minister Canney appealed to all adults to make themselves more aware of the dangers of drowning.He said: “It only takes seconds for tragedy to strike and this can so easily be avoided if people learn about the hazards and take personal responsibility for their own safety. I ask that people encourage friends and family to read Irish Water Safety’s guidelines at www.iws.ie so that they have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to avoid becoming a drowning statistic.”Lifesaving Gardaí and hero chef honoured at Irish Water Safety Awards was last modified: November 30th, 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:buncranabundoranirish water safety awards.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina swoop for Sevilla attacker Luis Murielby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina have signed Sevilla attacker Luis Muriel.Milan had been touted as favourites to sign Muriel, but he has personally chosen to join the Viola.He joins Fiorentina on-loan to the end of the season. There is an option to make the deal permanent for €13m.Fiorentina will be Muriel’s fourth Italian club after previous spells at Lecce, Udinese and Sampdoria.
LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s talks to leave the European Union (all times local):10:30 a.m.European Council President Donald Tusk says that the European Union and Britain have agreed on a draft declaration on the future of their political relations after Brexit.Tusk said in a Tweet Thursday that “the (EU) Commission President has informed me that it has been agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level.”Tusk, who chairs meetings of EU leaders, says he has sent the draft political declaration to Britain’s 27 European partners.He says the draft declaration still requires “the endorsement of the leaders.”EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels on Sunday to rubber-stamp the declaration and a separate divorce deal.___10:00 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet Austria’s chancellor to build support for her Brexit plan ahead of a possible Sunday summit.May plans to meet Thursday with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country holds the rotating European Union presidency.The U.K. and the European Union agreed last week on a 585-page document sealing the terms of Britain’s departure, but are still working to nail down a separate political declaration on their future relations after Brexit.Kurz told the Austria Press Agency in remarks published Thursday that his trip to London is designed to help May build support for the deal, which faces opposition in the British Parliament.He also says he hopes to get a “realistic picture” of May’s chances of getting majority support for the bill.The Associated Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The 6th Semi-Annual Gala hosted by the 100 Woman Who Care Dawson Creek Chapter will be held on March 4th, 2019 at the George Dawson Inn.The 100 Woman Who Care, is a group of local woman who has come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the woman come together to listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the woman. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 woman there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity. Since 2016, members have given approximately $85,000 to local charities.To contact the Dawson Creek Chapter, email: email@example.comFB Page; CLICK HEREThe Fort St. John Chapter will be holding their event, March 12, 2019, at the Lido TheatreTo contact the Fort St. John Chapter, email: firstname.lastname@example.orgFB Event Page; CLICK HERE
New Delhi: In an unprecedented decision, the Election Commission on Wednesday ordered that campaigning for the final round of the Lok Sabha polls on Sunday will halt in West Bengal at 10 p.m. on Thursday. The campaigning would have originally ended at 5 p.m. on Friday — as it would do in the rest of the country which will see voting on Sunday. The announcement follows violence in Kolkata during BJP President Amit Shah’s roadshow on Tuesday.
Playboy TV Europe is outsourcing its broadcast operations to Los Angeles-based Encompass and has announced plans to develop new video-on-demand services and channels.Playboy TV Europe will remain in London. According to Playboy, Encompass, Playboy Plus and various third party vendors have been working together to ensure a seamless transition, which will happen later this year.“This allows us to focus on our core strengths,” says Jeremy Yates, managing director, Playboy TV Europe. “All our focus can now be on managing our TV channels in Europe and maintaining our lead position in the market. We will be able to further improve our channels and VOD and fully leverage our libraries which allow us to offer the best erotic content and highest performing adult content We have also taken the opportunity to consolidate a few of our networks on Sky, where customers now receive greatly added value from a Playboy Plus delivered TV Everywhere experience.”
Netflix has begun rolling out a new search experience on its website to complement its recommendation engine.The new search interface features cover art for titles to give a more visual presentation. Potential matches of TV programmes and cover art apprear predictively when users type in the search field, while a list of actors, directors and content creators matching the query is shown on the left hand side of the screen.Users can also now type in ‘Netflix’ to make the page display all Netflix original programmes and films.
Jana BennettDirk Hoogstra’s time with History is over, with Jana Bennett taking over the general manager post at the US cable channel.Hoogstra is credited with some of History’s biggest recent hits including scripted miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, but the channel has suffered significant dips over the past two years.Hoogstra becomes the latest high-ranking executive to leave A+E Networks since Paul Buccieri became president of History and A&E.Former BBC Worldwide channels chief Bennett replaces Hoogsta, becoming its new GM, and will also hold the president title along with Buccieri, to whom she will report.She joined A+E in 2013 to oversee the rebranding of Bio to female-skewed FYI, which has since seen double-digit growth, and was also in charge of movie channel LMN. FYI and LMN will now need a new chief, with A+E beginning a search.“I have long been a fan of Jana’s work, particularly with what she’s done with FYI and LMN,” said Buccieri. “Her vast experience in all genres of programming, marketing, distribution and digital is unparalleled and I’m very much looking forward to working with her at History.”A+E president and CEO Nancy Dubuc said Bennett had “joined our company with the mandate to take our networks into new and exciting places and what she’s done with FYI in such a short amount of time is remarkable”.Hoogstra, meanwhile, will return to independent producing. “We thank Dirk for his many contributions to History,” said Buccieri, who joined A+E this January from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. “He was the force behind some of the network’s greatest successes that helped propel History to become one of entertainment’s top brands.”Hoogstra’s exit comes after that of David McKillop, whose role at the top of A&E was handed to Rob Sharenow. McKillop has since formed Propagate Content with former National Geographic Channels president Howard T. Owens.Further to that, both A&E and History got new programming bosses soon after Buccieri’s arrival, with Elaine Frontain Bryant and Elaine Frontain Bryant taking on new responsibilities.
The dollar index opened at the 81.40 mark…and closed around 81.53. The low of 81.24 came just before 8:00 a.m. Eastern time. There was a big 50 point intraday move in less than an hour during the New York lunch hour…and I guess that would partially explain some of the price moves in gold and silver during that time period…but it certainly doesn’t explain all of it. And it certainly doesn’t explain some of the price patterns in the other two precious metals, either.The gold stocks gapped down at the open…and hit their low of the day at the low price tick for gold at 12:40 a.m. Eastern time. Then they blasted into positive territory from there, but couldn’t hold those gains once the sell-off began after the 2:20 p.m. high tick in gold was in. Still, the HUI only finished down 0.82%…which isn’t too bad, all things considered.It was mostly down for the silver stocks yesterday…but I did have a decent number of green arrows mixed amongst the red ones. Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index actually closed up a hair…0.09%.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 42 gold contracts were posted for delivery on Friday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV…and the U.S. Mint didn’t have a sales report, either.The Comex-approved depositories reported that 543,869 troy ounces of silver were added on Tuesday…and only 1,004 ounces were withdrawn. The link to that action is here.As usual, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their website yesterday. It showed that they had added another 500,000 ounces of gold to their reported reserves in May…which now sit at 29.3 million troy ounces of fine gold. The excellent chart below is courtesy of Nick Laird, for which I thank him on our behalf.(Click on image to enlarge)I have more than the usual number of stories for a midweek column…and I hope you have to time to read the ones that interest you.It is clear that China intends to be the world center for buying and selling gold…The plus in all this for Americans is that the price of gold will be out of the grip and manipulations of the Federal Reserve and the Comex. – Richard Russell, 20 June 2012Well, it was certainly a different day yesterday. I suppose that it’s possible that it was entirely free-market forces at work in all the precious metals on Wednesday. But if I had to bet a ten spot…that’s not the way I would bet it.Of course, all this had to happen on a Wednesday…and none of that price action will be in tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report. We’ll have to wait until the COT report on the 29th to get some idea of what may, or may not, have transpired.Yesterday at this time I was mentioning that silver had not been allowed over the $29 spot mark for several weeks running. Twenty-four hours later in Far East trading on their Thursday, silver is now a hair under the $28 mark. Here’s the 1-year silver chart…(Click on image to enlarge)You may have also noticed that gold ‘failed’ in its attempt to break solidly above its 50-day moving average. Here’s the 1-year chart for gold…(Click on image to enlarge)I’d be happy to bet a fair amount of money that this price action is not accidental…and where we go from here is a big unknown, at least to you and I. But I’d guess that JPMorgan et al have a much clearer picture, since they’re running this precious metals show. As a matter of fact, the two above charts were painted by JPMorgan. They haven’t signed them per se, but their footprints are everywhere…and you don’t even have to look that closely to fnd them.In Far East trading on their Thursday, the gold price dipped below the $1,600 mark on a few occasions…and about thirty minutes into the London trading day, the gold price is hanging onto that round number by its fingernails. Silver tried to rise above the $28 spot price…but obviously ran into the same sellers that prevented it from rising above the $29 spot price mark. Gold’s net volume is pretty light for this time of day…3:37 a.m. Eastern time…and silver’s net volume is more elevated, as the roll-overs out of the July delivery month gather momentum. The dollar index isn’t doing a thing.As I hit the ‘send’ button at 4:21 a.m. Eastern time, I note that gold has now slipped below the $1,600 price mark…and is down about eleven dollars from Wednesday’s close in New York. Silver is now down 42 cents from yesterday’s close…and was down well over 50 cents at one point. The dollar index is up about 20 basis points in the last hour or so, but doesn’t explain the magnitude of the sell off, as the metals were declining long before the dollar index showed any signs of life to the upside.And as I said in this space yesterday, most of the relevant price action would occur during the Comex trading session on Wednesday…and that certainly turned out to be the case. And unless something out of the ordinary develops during the morning trading session in London, I expect the same again today.I’m off to bed. I hope your Thursday goes well…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The China CatastropheChina is about to make an announcement that will shake the world to its foundations – and that will destroy everything you’ve ever worked for.So says a renowned financial journalist on assignment in Asia – and the crazy thing is, he’s famous for being right. He was one of the few to warn of the great tech stock meltdown of 2000 … the housing and banking bust of 2007 … and the recent boom in gold and commodity prices.Is he right again? Watch this shocking video for free and judge for yourself. Of course, all this had to happen on a Wednesday…and none of that price action will be in tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report.The gold price did nothing during the Far East trading day on their Wednesday…and this sideways price action lasted until a few minutes before 10:00 a.m. in London. At that point the engineered price decline began, with the most egregious part of the take-down coming during the New York lunch hour…around 12:40 p.m.This turned out to be the low price tick of the day…$1,589.20 spot. From that low a $30 short covering rally commenced. This rally lasted for about thirty minutes…and from there the gold price traded sideways into the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Gold’s New York high tick of the day [$1,622.20 spot] came around 2:20 p.m…and from that high, the gold price got sold down $16 into the close of electronic trading.Gold finished the Wednesday session at $1,606.80 spot…down $11.10 from Tuesday’s close. Net volume was an enormous 205,000 contracts.But, as always, it was silver that drew the short straw once again yesterday. I’m not even going to bother calling the price action, as it’s more than visible on the Kitco chart below…and little of the New York action had anything to do with free markets.From its New York high of $28.76 spot…to its low of $27.60 spot, silver had an intraday price move of $1.16…4.03%…in less than ninety minutes.By the time the dust had settled, silver closed at $28.12 spot…down 30 cents from Tuesday. Net volume was a very chunky 45,000 contracts.Here are the charts for platinum and palladium, so you can see that the price shenanigans didn’t just occur in gold and silver. Sponsor Advertisement
With the FOMC minutes out on Wednesday, it was a fairly wild day in US markets. First, the S&P 500 jumped to 1,687, only to retreat to the 1,654 territory by the close. The headlines were almost comical throughout the day. In the first half, they announced, “Stocks Rise on Fed Comments.” By the end of the day, the same news sources proclaimed, “Stocks Fall on Fed Comments.” So what did the Fed minutes actually say? Apparently a lot of people are confused out there. There’s good reason for the confusion. Essentially, the Fed said that it will continue to play things by ear. If the economy starts doing better, it will start to scale back on the stimulus. If it gets worse, the stimulus will continue. In a way, that statement bolsters any point of view. If one sees the glass as half full, then this means the Fed could stop the stimulus early, as things are going pretty well. If one sees the glass as half empty, it means the Fed will keep stimulating the economy. Here’s a key part of the FOMC minutes: “A number of participants expressed willingness to adjust the flow of purchases downward as early as the June meeting if the economic information received by that time showed evidence of sufficiently strong and sustained growth; however, views differed about what evidence would be necessary and the likelihood of that outcome. One participant preferred to begin decreasing the rate of purchases immediately, while another participant preferred to add more monetary accommodation at the current meeting …. Most participants emphasized that it was important for the Committee to be prepared to adjust the pace of its purchases up or down as needed.” Notice the lack of a clear message here. Some members suggested pulling back in June. One person says to add more stimulus now, but another says to stop it immediately, while others can’t agree on the evidence necessary to make a decision. The market is confused, but can you really blame traders with a Fed statement like that? Your reaction to the Fed minutes depends more on whether you’re an optimist or pessimist, rather than the language itself. Let’s take a look at a few more parts of the FOMC minutes worth noting. Again, there were issues involving a bond bubble: “At this meeting, a few participants expressed concern that conditions in certain U.S. financial markets were becoming too buoyant, pointing to the elevated issuance of bonds by lower-credit-quality firms or of bonds with fewer restrictions on collateral and payment terms (so-called covenant-lite bonds). One participant cautioned that the emergence of financial imbalances could prove difficult for regulators to identify and address, and that it would be appropriate to adjust monetary policy to help guard against risks to financial stability.” What does the Fed mean here? First, consider the problem at hand. As the minutes note, this is a situation where regulators have difficulty addressing the issue, and monetary policy could provide assistance. If I’m offering a junk bond for a very low yield, regulators can’t really do anything about that. Prices are set by markets, which are heavily influenced by the Fed’s low rate policy. As yield seekers search for yield in this environment, they’re taking more risks with junk bonds but are getting less compensation and safeguards through lower yields and weaker bond covenants. What the minutes are saying is that maybe the Fed should start raising interest rates to deter investors from those bonds. Obviously, regulators can’t force rates up nor encourage more prudence with junk bonds – only the Fed can influence markets in such a direct manner. While on the subject of low interest rates and yield seekers, the FOMC members also had a debate sure to infuriate anyone collecting ultra-low yields at the moment. See their view on inflation (all emphasis mine): “Accordingly, participants generally continued to expect that inflation would move closer to the 2 percent objective over the medium run. Nonetheless, a number of participants expressed concern that inflation was below the Committee’s target and stressed that future price developments bore careful watching. … A couple of participants expressed the view that an additional monetary policy response might be warranted should inflation fall further. It was also pointed out that, even absent further disinflation, continued low inflation might pose a threat to the economic recovery by, for example, raising debt burdens.“ In short, some of the participants think that inflation should be higher. In fact, they wouldn’t mind further monetary expansion to make it so. And if inflation rises while yields remain low, savers basically get creamed. But who cares about savers, right? Certainly not the Fed – but it does care about debtors. The minutes note that low inflation poses a threat by “raising debt burdens.” Since higher inflation helps consumers and businesses inflate away their debts, the Fed essentially wants to help debtors at the expense of savors, which seems the opposite of common sense: one should be rewarded for saving and thrift, rather than spending and debt. In summary, these weren’t the most earth-shattering FOMC minutes in the world. We basically received more affirmation of what was already known – the Fed will play it by ear and at this point, it’s willing to either push for more stimulus or withdraw it. The ultimate outcome depends on an uncertain future.