B.C. Budget 2009 focuses on infrastructure spending

first_imgFinance Minister Colin Hansen announced today that Budget 2009 supports infrastructure projects. He says thousands of jobs and building opportunities will be available in every region of the province while providing stability and confidence for British Columbians by investing in health, education and social services. [asset|aid=953|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1dd8f4e20a7c12cd51df24726b4a7a89-Colin Hansen 2_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement – Budget 2009 will invest almost 14 billion dollars in infrastructure projects in every region of British Columbia. Mr. Hansen says the Province will move forward on its capital plan and partner with the federal government and municipalities to build and upgrade housing, hospitals, schools and roads. The new and accelerated investments are expected to generate as many as 88,000 jobs across B.C. Over the next three years, health-care funding will increase by 4.8 billion dollars. By 2011/12, total provincial health spending will be 17.5 billion dollars – an increase of 65 per cent since 2001. The budget maintains funding for kindergarten to Grade 12 education, resulting in per-student funding of 8,242 dollars, the highest level in B.C. history. The budget invests 228 million dollars over three years in post-secondary education to enhance access to institutions, expand health education programs, and fulfil the commitment to increase the number of trained physicians in B.C. Advertisement As allowed by the recently amended Balanced Budget and Ministerial Accountability Act, Budget 2009 includes a temporary deficit for two fiscal years due to the impact of the global economic crisis on provincial revenues. Hansen says this is the responsible thing to do. [asset|aid=954|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2247d155e71e51a7826a07eb2d2b87d2-Colin Hansen 1_1_Pub.mp3] The deficit is forecast to be 495 million dollars for 2009/10 and 245 million dollars for 2010/11, with a return to balanced budgets by 2011/12. For more information on the budget, visit http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/ .Advertisementlast_img read more

Genocide recognition sought Ex-U.S. ambassador to Armenia urges Congress to act on legislation

first_img“I join my fellow Americans and Armenian people around the world in commemorating this tragedy,” Bush said. “The world must never forget this painful chapter of its history.” A resolution on the issue – introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, and others – has been stalled for years. But with Democrats now in charge of Congress, some believe it’s chance of passage is close than ever before. The administration continues to oppose the bill, citing a likely and dangerous rift between the United States and Turkey if it passes. Evans, who is writing a book due out in the spring about his tenure in Armenia and his subsequent departure from foreign service, said the State Department does not to his knowledge have a written policy against using the word genocide to describe the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians. But, he said, the word is “taboo” in Washington and State Department officials refer to it internally as “the g-word.” Nearly two-dozen countries recognize the Armenian Genocide. Turkey, however, strenuously objects to the label. While Turkish officials widely acknowledge Armenians were killed, they place the number at about 300,000. They also note that Armenians joined forces with the French and Russians in the chaotic aftermath of World War I, and point out that thousands of Turks were killed as well. Evans on Tuesday said he believes all historical archives on the topic should become public and acknowledged there are unanswered questions on both sides. “Probably it is not possible to get agreement on all of the history, but if we could get agreement on some of the history, that would be progress,” he said. “You cannot have reconciliation without that important stage of recognizing the truth.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The former U.S. ambassador to Armenia called on Congress Tuesday to pass legislation officially recognizing the post-World War I slaughter of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as a genocide. John Evans, who resigned his post after coming under fire from the State Department for calling the 1915 massacres “genocide” during a 2005 speech at the University of California at Berkeley, called congressional recognition the key to moving forward. “I do believe this Congress should pass this resolution,” Evans told a gathering at the National Press Club. “The current state of affairs is not good for Turkey, is not good for Armenia … and it’s not good for America.” Evans’ speech marked the anniversary of the start of the massacres. President George W. Bush issued a statement of remembrance, but stopped short of calling the killings a genocide. last_img read more

Stars handed Algeria loss in AFCON opener

first_img0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring against Kenya’s Harambee Stars during their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match in Cairo on June 23, 2019CAIRO, Egypt, Jun 24 – Despite an improved second half performance, Kenya’s Harambee Stars fell 2-0 to Algeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group C opening match at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on Sunday night.Baghdad Bounedjah scored from the penalty spot before Riyad Mahrez’s deflected strike handed Algeria victory with a well worked first half performance. Stars had a shambolic first half, one to forget and one in which they gifted the North Africans so many fouls with both fullbacks Philemon Otieno and Abud Omar going into the referee’s book within the opening 25 minutes.With Joash Onyango out with a twisted ankle from yesterday’s training and Brian Mandela out for three months with an operated knee, head coach Sebastien Migne threw youngster Joseph Okumu into the deep end for his first competitive debut having played in the friendly games against Madagascar and DR Congo.Stars seemed jittered and Algeria started off better and came close as early as the second minute when Bounedjah raced onto a long ball and took an effort with his first touch, but it went wide.Mahrez had his first sniff at goal in the 13th minute when he stood over a freekick after Bounedjah was fouled by Abud at the edge of the box, but the Manchester City winger wrapped his freekick just wide off target.Harambee Stars defender Abud Omar vies for the ball with Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez during their Africa Cup of Nations tie at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 23, 2019. PHOTO/CAFYoucef Bellaili lined up Algeria’s next chance when he struck a powerful shot from the edge of the box after being played through by Sofian Feghouli. Patrick Matasi in Kenya’s goal spilled the effort but luckily for him Musa Mohammed whacked the ball away.Mahrez had another effort with a freekick from range but it went inches wide with Matasi caught off his guard.For all the fouls Kenya were giving away, they paid the ultimate price when Dennis Odhiambo brought down Youce Atal inside the box.Bounedjah stepped up from the spot and with Matasi going down early, he sent the ball the opposite direction to break the deadlock.Mahrez then made it 2-0 just before the break when his shot from inside the box deflected off Omar, taking it off keeper Matasi’s path and into the net.Stars had struggled to create in the opening half and the only chances they had at goal was through Ayub Timbe and Eric Johanna whose shots from the left were of little trouble to the Algerian keeper.Baghdad Bounedjah scored from the penalty spot before Riyad Mahrez’s deflected strike handed Algeria victoryIn the second half, coach Migne pulled out Francis Kahata for Eric Ouma while Johannah also came off for Eric Johannah as Kenya brought in an improved performance.However, their hunt for goals could not bear fruit with the closest being a Michael Olunga backheel that was blocked off a Timbe cross from the right.Stars will turn their guns on East Africa neighbors Tanzania who they face at the same venue next Thursday while Algeria face Senegal in a top of the table clash.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgLOCAL people have described as a “miracle” an incident in the early hours of this morning in which four teenagers escaped from a car which crashed into a river.Our picture shows the vehicle under water in the Cockhill area of Buncrana.The car went off the road through a field and backwards over a 40 to 50 foot drop into the river. You can still see the headlights still on in the car which was fully covered in the river.“There were four people on board who somehow managed to escape from the car in the river,” said one local man.Three fire crews and two ambulances attended the scene. One teenager was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.Gardai in Buncrana are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. The driver and passengers were treated at the scene before one was taken to hospital. “It’s a miracle that no-one was killed,” said another local.A Garda spokesperson said: “The collison was a single vehicle collision that occurred at Tullyavan at approx 00.10hrs.“There were three males and one female on board, ranging in agefrom 16yrs to 19 yrs. One male went to hospital with minor injuries.” ‘MIRACLE’ AS FOUR ESCAPE FROM CAR CRASH INTO RIVER was last modified: June 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:’MIRACLE’ AS FOUR ESCAPE FROM CAR CRASH INTO RIVERbuncranaCockhilllast_img read more

Doing the Business: Opportunities bloom for gardener Damien

first_imgDOING THE BUSINESS: Donegal Daily in conjunction with the ETB will be profiling a number of individuals and businesses who have successfully graduated from one of the many training programmes ETB has to offer.As the ETB launch their latest diverse range of courses, Donegal Daily spoke with Damien Egan, who successfully completed a Horticulture course at the ETB Letterkenny Training Centre this year. The Ardara native finished his course in July, and took on a part-time role at Oakfield Park just days after finishing the programme.Damien had been retired from a career working in catering for the health service when he decided to see what courses were on offer at the Donegal ETB. Horticulture appealed directly to his interests in home gardening and brought him on a journey of discovery through the landscapes of Donegal, he told Donegal Daily. The 41-week Level 5 course initially presented a tough challenge for Damien, he said. “I found it very hard as I hadn’t been in school for more than 30 years. It was tough but I got there in the end,” he said.His course involved four days of classes per week and one day per week of on-the-job training. Damien worked at Oakfield Park in Raphoe, where he had the chance to sharpen his skills among the vast parkland and rich variety of plants.The Horticulture programme was an intense learning experience, said Damien. “I soon realised that I knew very little about the subject as I was a home gardener. I knew nothing about soil science, about planting and where to plant. Then at Oakfield Park, it was very hands-on. No two days are the same and there is variety all the time.” Damien’s class learned their trade while working on a greenfield site outside their training centre in Letterkenny. They had classes focused on developing the site, including the installation of a polytunnel and raised beds.The course was intensive for a short period of time, Damien said. He would advise anyone considering taking the course to do plenty of research to make sure it’s a path that will suit them.Looking back, he realised that his gardening knowledge was very basic for taking on the horticulture training. However, the opportunities it presented him with were worth the hard work, he said.“If it’s what you want, go for it. It is very intense, but the rewards are good. I’m now in a part-time job and enjoying working out in the fresh air. It’s a healthy job,” he said.Damien’s course led him to discover beautiful gardens around Donegal he didn’t know had existed before. His training brought him to Oakfield Park for the first time, where he is happily working today.For further information on these programs and others contact Sarah on 074-9120542: Visit www.donegaletb.iehttp://www.donegaletb.ie/lang/en-uk/further-education-training/course-finder/course-detail/?CourseId=2850&course_name=HorticultureDoing the Business: Opportunities bloom for gardener Damien was last modified: October 27th, 2016 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)last_img read more