Roadwork, more on city’s federal funding wish list

first_imgThe project is aimed at relieving rush-hour congestion around Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10 and neighboring Air Force Plant 42. The project would create three through lanes in both the eastbound and westbound directions, two left-turn lanes in each direction, and two right-turn lanes in the westbound direction. Pointing to Plant 10 and Plant 42’s contributions to national defense, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, was able to successfully lobby for $2.8 million for the project to be included in a $286.4 billion, six-year federal transportation funding bill approved in 2005. Second on the list is $380,000 for improvements to the South Valley WorkSource Center. The center provides training and resources, such as computers, fax machines and copy machines, to help job hunters find work. Employers also can use the center to conduct interviews and for training and orientation meetings. PALMDALE – Funding for work on a major intersection, improvements to an employment center and equipment for a new emergency operations center are on top of the city of Palmdale’s wish list of projects it will be seeking federal funding for this year. Mayor Jim Ledford and Councilman Tom Lackey will be in Washington, D.C., Monday through Wednesday to lobby for funding for several projects. The trip is occurring a month before the National League of Cities conference, a hectic lobbying period in the nation’s capital. “The (congressional) staff is much more relaxed,” Ledford said. “We have a much better chance to tell our story.” Topping Palmdale’s priority list is a request for $4 million for the widening of the intersection of Rancho Vista Boulevard and Sierra Highway. Also on the list is $100,000 for equipment to allow a planned recreation center at Marie Kerr Park to be used as an emergency operations center in the event of a disaster, $600,000 for expanding the parking lot at the city’s transportation center, $800,000 for improvements to aerospace and engineering training at the Palmdale AERO Institute and $380,000 for technology to help track library books and prevent theft. Looking more regionally, Palmdale officials will also lobby for funding for the High Desert Corridor, a proposed east-west freeway that would link the Antelope and Victor valleys. The Palmdale portion of that freeway would run along Avenue P-8 between the 14 Freeway and 50th Street East. That segment would help improve access to the Palmdale Regional Airport. (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Female-owned enterprises on rise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The number of women-owned businesses, many of them one-person enterprises, grew at twice the national rate for all private companies from 1997 to 2002. About 28 percent of all private companies were owned by women in 2002, according to the report being released today by the Census Bureau. The report, which found the fastest growth rates in Nevada and Georgia, focused on privately owned companies, as opposed to those with publicly traded stocks. Los Angeles County (265,919) has more women-owned businesses than any other county in the U.S. “Attitudes about women in the workplace, period, have changed, let alone women running their own businesses,” said Erin Fuller, executive director of the National Association of Women Business Owners. “It just hasn’t quickly enough or as much as we would hope for.” The report is based on the Census Bureau’s 2002 survey of 1.9 million business owners. It defines women-owned businesses as firms in which women own 51 percent or more of the interest or stock. The report identified 6.5 million firms with female owners. Some 13.2 million were owned by men, and 2.7 million firms were owned equally by men and women. The number of women-owned businesses grew by 20 percent from 1997 to 2002, while the number for men grew 16 percent. The number of all private businesses grew 10 percent to about 23 million. Most of the women-owned businesses had no employees other than the owner. But that’s true for all private businesses. According to census data, 76 percent of all private businesses had no employees other than the owner in 2002. Margaret Smith, who owns a large kitchen and home accessory store in Los Gatos, Calif., has 25 employees and sales in the millions. She has owned the store, called Domus, for 10 years, yet she still gets mistaken for the owner’s wife. She took her husband on a trip to a trade show last year and several exhibitors ignored her and tried to do business with her husband. “Of course, he knows nothing about my business, but they had a very hard time accepting that,” Smith said. Smith, who had been a business lawyer for 15 years before buying the store, said she was helped early on by a loan program at her bank for women entrepreneurs. Susan Phillips Bari, president of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, said businesses owned by women can have a hard time accessing capital and markets. “The number of women-owned businesses is astounding,” Bari said. “Our issue is not with the number of businesses, but rather with their access to contracts in the government and private sector, which would allow them to grow.” Bari said women-owned businesses landed fewer than 3 percent of federal contracts and about 4 percent of corporate contracts last year. Among the census report’s findings for 2002: Nearly a third of women-owned businesses were concentrated in health care and social services. There were 117,069 women-owned firms with receipts of $1 million or more. There were 7,240 women-owned firms with 100 or more employees. The counties with the most women-owned businesses were Los Angeles County (265,919), Cook County in Illinois (130,418), Miami-Dade County in Florida (88,173), New York County (86,364), and Harris County in Texas (86,042).last_img read more

CEOs earn far more than most investors

first_imgNEW YORK – More companies are listening to investors’ criticism that they overpay chief executives, but that doesn’t mean businesses have fixed the problem. CEO pay continued to climb in 2005, although not nearly as rapidly as in recent years, new surveys show. The median pay to CEOs rose 11.3 percent, according to a survey of more than 550 companies by The Corporate Library, a governance firm. For CEOs at the largest firms, however, pay rose 3.7 percent to a median of $5.2 million. But the size of the typical CEO’s raise varied greatly by which companies were counted, and overall figures obscure wide variations in pay. A closer look at individual companies show that more than one in four granted their CEOs raises of at least 25 percent, according to a survey of nearly 200 large firms by compensation analyst Equilar Inc. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe newest raises for top executives mean the pay of the average CEO at a Standard & Poor’s 500 firm is now 430 times that of the average U.S. worker – more than 10 times what it was in 1980, according to the AFL-CIO. Once again, the largest payouts went to CEOs cashing in huge numbers of stock options. Tops on that list was Richard D. Fairbank, the chairman and chief executive of Capital One Financial Corp., the credit card issuer. Fairbank, who earned no salary or bonus, was paid almost entirely in a grant of new options this year, valued at just over $18 million. That paled, however, with the $249.3 million Fairbank earned last year by exercising previously issued options. The list of those who profited most handsomely from cashing in options also included Bruce Karatz, the CEO of builder KB Home Inc., who pocketed $118.4 million. In many cases, such gains went to executives who have held on to options for years, waiting for their stock price to rebound. In the past few years, many companies have cut back on the number of options they issue, moving to restricted stock and long-term incentive payouts. The days of huge options payouts are hardly over. More than 80 percent of large companies still include options in CEO compensation. But gauging the suitability of CEO pay packages increasingly requires investors and directors to focus on the size of future grants, rather than leftovers from the past, compensation experts say. And even as more companies embrace changes designed to link CEO pay to executives’ proven ability to deliver results over time, serious disconnects remain, experts say. “I think some of the companies are trying to improve the situation,” said Paul Hodgson, a compensation expert for The Corporate Library. “To be honest, if I can figure it out, I don’t see why people who are leading some of the largest companies in the country shouldn’t be able to figure it out as well.” The slow pace of change means some companies continue to pay CEOs far out of proportion to the results they deliver to shareholders, experts say. For example, AT&T Inc. – until recently known as SBC Communications Inc. – paid CEO Edward E. Whitacre Jr. $17.1 million last year, a 15 percent increase. That raise brought his total pay over the past five years to more than $85 million, despite the fact that shareholder return – the potential gain to investors who own its stock – is down 40 percent over that period, according to analysis by Hodgson’s firm. Directors at software maker Ariba Inc. paid CEO Robert M. Calderoni $10.4 million in 2005 – a large part of that in restricted stock – representing a 75 percent increase over the previous year. The raise came despite the fact that return to shareholders fell 39 percent last year, according to proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 10th JuneCondolences: The club wishes to exted its deepest sympathy to the following club members Angela Deehan on the passing away of her mother Elizabeth Kelly (Carndonagh) and Ciaran and Liam Henderson on the passing away of their mother Sally. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.U12 Blitz: The U12’s headed into the unknown on Saturday with their first involvement in the John Mitchell’s Newry 40 team ‘All Ireland’ blitz. Our aim was to play well and hopefully get a win, however, the boys did far better than that. They played fantastilyc, players and parents can all be proud of the way they played and represented their club. They won the first match against a good Naomh Martin (Louth) team, 1-3 to 0-0, with Matthew Mulholland scoring 1-1. We then had to play Bredagh (Down). This was a toe to toe encounter with Buncrana having the best of it, but having a penalty saved and conceding a scuffed shot as a goal, ended up losing by 2 points with a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-4 (Oran Devlin 0-2). The next match was a must win, against Ballinteer (Dublin) who had won all of their matches so far. We again matched them in a tense low scoring game which they held a narrow lead. Adam Duffy was moved from midfield to full forward, which paid off straight away with his first touch resulting in a goal. The match was 30 seconds from the end when another scuffed shot went into our net and we lost but 1 point. 1-3 to 2-1 (adam duffy 1-1). We were so disappointed after all our good play to lose both matches was heartbreaking. We then picked ourselves up and went and got a victory over Kilcullen (Kildare) in our last game 0-4 to 0-1 (Ciaran Doherty 0-2). The Buncrana lads won two games and lost two games, and oh so close but a great learning experience and a day the boys can look back on and be proud of themselves. Better luck next year. U12 Football: The U12 Footballers continued their league fixtures with a home game against Convoy. The result was 5-16 to 3-6 to Buncrana, but the home side were made to work all the way by determined Convoy side. However, Buncrana kept playing their game, with some excellent play at the back from captain Aaron Craig, The forwards, with good help from midfield, took some fine scores and posted a high return. The next match is Monday 11th away to Glenfin, bus leaves scarvey at 4.30pm.U14 Girls Football: Our under 14 girls team participated in the Ulster Feile last weekend in the grounds of St. Malachys, Castledawson. Playing two games, the Buncrana girls registered a win against Mullabrack of Armagh and lost to the host club, St Malachys, who were themselves beaten in the final. The games were 12-a-side and the Buncrana squad of 15 had two members under 12 years of age among its ranks. The standard of football was high and our girls played very well and showed great “Buncrana” pride and determination in their performance. The whole squad of players played their part and will have learned a lot from this experience as well as the coaches. Bring on next years All Ireland Feile which is to be held in Derry. Furthermore, the under 14 girls continued on their journey in the All County “A” Division on Tuesday night, against a very strong Fanad Gaels side in Scarvey. The girls started off very brightly and were in control of the first half. The Buncrana half back line and midfield were in great form and they continually won ball and fed it into the forward line, where both Aisling Browne and Chloe Grant made great use of their opportunities and took their scores. The Fanad girls must have listened to their “pep talk” at half time as they started by scoring a quick goal. This half was far more competitive than the first and it was nip and tuck for most of the 30 minutes. Lucy Jackson in goal for Buncrana saved a penalty and made other fine saves to keep Buncrana on top. As tiredness crept in and concentration dropped, Fanad stole in for a last minute goal to win the game by 2 points. The final score was Buncrana 4-6 to Fanad 5-5. The scorers for Buncrana were Aisling Browne, Chloe Grant, Emer Clerkin and Catherine Loughrey. Again a great team effort by all the girls and we look forward to their next game against St. Eunan’s.Senior Football: Buncrana 1-20 Muff 1-9Buncrana continued their recent run of good form on Friday evening with a victory over local rivals Naomh Padriag Muff, to make it 3 wins in a row for the Scarvey side. Buncrana fielded an unchanged side and got off to a good start with a well taken score by full forward Paul McGonigle. However, Naomh Padriag began to get a hold of the game and enjoyed a good spell of possession, registering 3 scores. Buncrana responded through scores from Ryan Curran, Odhran Doherty and Adrian McColgan. McColgan was causing problems for the Naomh Padraig with his aggressive running from the wing half back position. Further scores were added for Buncrana by Adrian Doherty to give Buncrana a one point lead at the break. HT Buncrana 0-9 Naomh Padraig 1-5The second half started with Buncrana dominant, spurred on my solid defensive displays by Calvin Jones, Simon McGrory and the Doherty brothers, John and Ronan. Chances were converted by Paul McGonigle, Oisin Doherty and man of the match Adrian Doherty. A somewhat fortunate goal and a further point by Oisin Doherty put further distance between the two sides. Adrian Doherty then scored the point of the game, beating 2 Noamh Padriag defenders and slotting over from 20 yards, allowing Buncrana to run out comfortable winners. The Scarvey club will be happy with the second half performance in particular, however the performance will be slightly overshadowed by the harsh dismissal of Odhran Doherty. FT Buncrana 1-20 Naomh Padriag 1-9Senior Ladies Football: Naomh Padraig 2-7 Buncrana 6-12Our ladies team travelled to Ture, Muff to take on Naomh Padraig on Friday evening for their rearranged league game. Playing in warm conditions and having to do a bit of restructuring due to injuries and missing players, Buncrana got off to a bit of a slower start then their Muff counterparts who put the first score on the board. The girls, however, didn’t take long to settle into a rhythm and began to control most of the ball. Creating some great movements of play and even better scores.The duo of Caroline Gallagher and Maria Browne in midfield fought for every ball in the middle of the field, keeping Muffs defence on the back foot, due to some well worked passing plays and forward runs. The central forward pairing of Niamh Connolly and Natasha Craig did well to put the Muff kick-outs under pressure with some good catching, and getting themselves into some fantastic scoring positions. The Buncrana defence, when called upon, did everything right with some great tackling, blocking and pin-point forward passing into their half-forward line. They had to be alert at all times due to the fast breaking speed of Aine Breslin, Megan Grant and Catriona Margey for Muff. The Buncrana half-back line of Martina Mullan, Catherine McLaughlin and Caroline Duffy kept the pressure off their full-back line because of their determination to be first to every ball and win back possession as quickly as possible. Buncrana, having controlled most of the match, ran out well deserved winners in the end with a scoreline of 6-12 to 2-7.Gaelic4Girls: Gaelic football for girls under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18’s every Monday night from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Scarvey. As always everybody is welcome. Please remember to bring boots, your own water bottle and warm clothing.U6 FUNdamentals: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (or turning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at the Scarvey between 6.15pm and 7.00pm. Please could all children be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session.U8 Football: U8 Football Training continues every Friday and will now take place at the Scarvey from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Parents, if your child is interested in having fun whilst learning the basic skills of gaelic football please come down and try it out. U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm.New and returnig players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisí by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us or NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 4th, 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:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more


first_imgMAYO manager James Horan has refused to get involved in claims that teams have targeted Donegal players this year, insisting Donegal have brought extra physicality to the sport.“Donegal have been the leaders in that, there’s no doubt about that, they’ve brought physicality in GAA to a new level and fair play to them,” said Horan ahead of this Sunday’s quarter-final clash with Jim McGuinness’s side.“I know they’ve got a few injuries this year, every inter-county team in the country has significant injuries, more than what Donegal have had. From our position, we don’t whine or whinge about it, our two goalies were gone within two days of each other, you just dust yourself down and get on with it, and that’s one of the features of Gaelic football and top level sport.” Horan insisted: “Last year Donegal mastered many new skills and brought football to a different level on many fronts, and in particular in the area of physicality, they really ratcheted that up last year and put a lot of teams to the sword based on their strength and power and tackling.“I don’t know if any of you have been on the end of a Michael Murphy tackle recently, but there’s, serious, serious physicality in that team, they’ve been the leaders on that front.” MAYO MANAGER: ‘WE DON’T WHINE AND WHINGE OVER INJURIES’ was last modified: July 30th, 2013 by John2Share 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:MAYO MANAGER: ‘WE DON’T WHINE AND WHINGE OVER INJURIES’last_img read more


first_imgMILFORD are the Mount Errigal Hotel Junior A Champions after a nerve-wrecking comeback win over Urris.As topsy-turvy games go, this had it all.The Inishowen side looked out of the game at O’Donnell Park as they trailed by seven points at one stage.They clawed their way back into the match – hitting eight scores on the bounce – to creep into a one point lead with less than ten minutes left. With Urris leading 2-06 to 2-05, Milford looked stunned.But they were stunned into action and hit four late points without reply through Pauric and David Curley,  Conor McNulty and Cathal McGettigan to take the Dr McCloskey Cup back to Milford.Final score Milford 2-09, Urris 2-06.DDTV: LATE LATE SHOW AS MILFORD LIFT TITLE was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:GAA NEWS: LATE LATE SHOW AS MILFORD LIFT TITLElast_img read more

A one kind of business workshop comes to town!

first_imgOn November 16th next, an Outside the Box workshop called ‘Running with Scissors’ will be attended by business owners from all over the county.The workshop will cover everything from protecting your business, creating the life you want, to reaching your target market and making more money. This workshop has everything a business owner needs to know to create a successful business.The workshop, which takes place at the Letterkenny’s LYIT CoLab Building will have 5 local industry leaders speaking on all things business! The speakers include;Dearbhail Mulhern, Solicitor and owner of Mulhern Solicitors. Dearbhail will talk about how deaths, marriages and births can affect your business and how this can be managed.Joe Coyle Lifestyle and Financial Planning Coach. Joe will be talking about how business owners can create the life they want!Emma Boylan, Marketing Consultant from Outside the Box will help attendees who are struggling with sales, find a faster path to more money by developing a crystal clear message that attracts their ideal prospects and helps them say “Yes!” Bernard Gallagher, Branding Consultant from CBM Signs will show you how you can brand on a budget and still boost your sales with a expense VS investment return.Simon Cosgrove, web designer and consultant from Zynda Media will show attendees how they can build a website that works while they sleep.The speakers combined have vast experience in helping business owners achieve more, two of the speakers have even been nominated for awards for Business Person of the Year.Emma Boylan from Outside the Box commented “We decided to host this workshop as we feel our combined expertise would be useful to any business owner but also we have heard over and over business owners complaining about wasting their time going to workshops that didn’t give them any tangible takeaways. We have spent months developing ‘Running with Scissors’ so every participant will feel they have invested in themselves and their business and will walk away with a plan for success!”The group will be taking the workshop on a road trip around the country in 2017 but wanted their home county to get the first look! To book or find out more contact Emma on 086 3303986 or Book directly here ; one kind of business workshop comes to town! was last modified: November 10th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Proline host Dove FC as FUFA Big League continues

first_imgProline defeated Kireka 2-1 in their last gameFUFA Big league (Match Day 5):Thursday, 29th November 2018 Matches:Rwenzori Group:Proline Vs Dove – Star Times Stadium, LugogoKabale Sharp Vs Kiboga Young – Kabale Municipal StadiumKireka United Vs Kira United – Mandela National StadiumKitara Vs Bumate United – Kigaya Ground, HoimaElgon Group:Entebbe F.C Vs Doves All Stars – Mutesa II Wankulukuku StadiumKyetume Vs Bukedea Town Council – Mukono Bishops play groundNebbi Central Vs Amuka Bright Stars – Nebbi play groundKataka Vs UPDF – CRO Stadium, MbaleLight S.S Vs JMC Hippos – Amuria High School play groundLUGOGO – Proline FC will host Masindi based side, Dove FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo as the FUFA Big League resumes on Thursday afternoon.Shafick Bisaso’s side who are bidding to make an instant return to the Uganda Premier League after relegation last season, have been impressive so far, winning one and drawing the other of their first two games of the season. They defeated Kireka United 2-1 in their last game at Namboole.However, despite the good start, Bisaso is still concerned by the nature of opposition going into the game on Thursday but maintains his side will do all they can to defeat Dove.“The Big League one of the strongest around, said Bisaso in an interview before Thursday’s game.“Here, you head into the game with little knowledge about the opposition which makes it a whole lot complicated.“Us being Proline, other teams are informed about us but we are not and going up against Dove, it will be a learning process for us but most importantly, we will try to beat them.Proline go into the game minus up to six first team players. Ssaka Mpima, Emmanuel Asiku and Nassar Owomunda are yet to be cleared by the Federation to play the game. Egaku and Joshua Okir are both nursing injuries while Isaac Owori is currently suspended by the club for indiscipline issues.For the visitors, who head into the game also still unbeaten in their first four games after winning one and drawing the other three, they know they must give their best against one of the favourites in the Rwenzori group.“I expect a balanced game but we shall strive to win it, said Dove head coach Mark Twinamatisko.“Both clubs have good players but we are determined to give our best in the match.Other matches in the Rwenzori group will see Kabale Sharp host Kiboga Young at the Kabale Municipal Stadium. Kireka United entertains Kira United at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole and Kitara plays host to Bumate United at the Kigaya Ground in Hoima.In the Elgon Group, there are five games lined up on the day.AllanKabonge’s Entebbe F.C face Doves All Stars at Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium, Alex Isabirye’s Kyetume hosts Bukedea Town Council at Mukono Bishops playground and newly promoted Nebbi Central will face Amuka Bright Stars at their Nebbi play groundElsewhwer, Mbale based Kataka will host Steven Bogere’s UPDF at the CRO Stadium in Mbale. While in-form Light S.S host JMC Hippos at the Amuria High School playground.Wednesday Result in the Big League: Ntinda United 1-1 Water  Comments Tags: Dove FCfufa big leagueproline fctoplast_img read more

Donegal childcare providers call for funding boost ahead of pre-budget briefing

first_imgChildcare providers from Donegal will attend a special pre-budget briefing event in Dublin next week to call for greater investment in early years in Budget 2020.Hosted by Early Childhood Ireland, the event will see providers meet local representatives at Buswells Hotel, close to Leinster House.It is understood that TDs and Senators from the Donegal constituency are expected to attend the event. Early Childhood Ireland is calling on the government to prioritise the establishment of a dedicated early years agency in Budget 2020.Childcare providers representing its 108 members from across Co. Donegal will join fellow members from elsewhere in Ireland at the pre-Budget event, where they will share their experiences of delivering quality services for babies and children and call for greater funding and supports in the forthcoming Budget, including the establishment of this important agency.Speaking ahead of the event, Frances Byrne, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Early Childhood Ireland, said:  ‘We are very proud to welcome our Donegal members to Dublin for this important pre-Budget briefing.“This is a vital opportunity for TDs and Senators from across Co. Donegal to hear directly from our members about their experiences in delivering quality early years supports to local families and communities.’ She continued: ‘Ireland has, unfortunately, a long history of underinvestment in children’s earliest experiences.“We currently invest the lowest amount per capita of any EU country in early years, meaning our members face significant ongoing challenges in providing sustainable services for children and families,” she added.“At today’s event, local representatives from Donegal will have a unique opportunity to hear from our members on what is needed to ensure our youngest citizens, and the people supporting and nurturing them every day, can thrive,”Ms. Byrne concluded: ‘The establishment of a single overseeing and funding agency, and greater investment in early years and in the dedicated staff of the sector, is imperative if we are to ensure universal quality experiences for children, sustainability for providers, and affordability for parents.’Donegal childcare providers call for funding boost ahead of pre-budget briefing was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

‘Hurricane’ Huge Herrera vaults into jockey-title lead with fives wins at Humboldt County Fair

first_imgFerndale >> Jockey Hugo Herrera warned everyone that despite a sluggish start at the Humboldt County Fair, he would bounce back in his bid for a fourth riding title here in the past five years.He wasn’t kidding.The man they call “Hurricane” Hugo enjoyed the greatest day in his riding career Friday when the he booted home five winners on Humboldt County Fair horse racing’s six-race card on Friday. Herrera tallied with Ima Top Gun ($15.60) in the first race mule event, then swept the …last_img