AMAI questions Hogan’s Town Council strategy


first_img Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By News Highland – February 18, 2013 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook The group representing town councils believes that the Governments local reform plan will cost jobs and deprive communities of local services.Under the Governments plan named ‘Putting People First’ the country’s 80 town councils, including Letterkenny, Buncrana, Ballyshannon and Bundoran will be replaced by municipal districts and the number of councillors will be cut by 40 per cent.According to the Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland, this would mean a hike in commercial rates and fewer public services in urban areas.Environment Minister Phil Hogan  says his plan will save 420 million euro, however AMAI President Councillor Willie Callaghan says that’s a false economy…………[podcast][/podcast] Google+ Previous articleLetterkenny Mayor welcomes development activityNext articleVisiting restrictions remain in place at St Joseph’s Hospital Stranorlar News Highland WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter AMAI questions Hogan’s Town Council strategycenter_img Google+ Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebooklast_img read more

Saint Mary’s student crowned Miss Great Lakes


first_imgSaint Mary’s junior Amanda Fischer wouldn’t be where she was today without pageants.Fischer was crowned Miss Great Lakes at the beginning of September, and is now working towards winning the title of Miss Indiana. She first began competing in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant program when she was 13. Fischer said these pageants have provided her with countless opportunities, including discovering Saint Mary’s. “I was downstate [in Michigan] doing some community service work at an apple blossom festival in Niles, Michigan, that happens at the end of September,” Fischer said. “I was helping out with the fair and the parade and all that fun stuff. That weekend, I told [my pageant director] that I needed to go to Mass somewhere, and she said, ‘Oh, I’ll just take you to Notre Dame.’ … I knew nothing. … Long story short, I fell in love with the campuses, so here I am. It was all meant to be.” Photo courtesy of Amanda Fischer Amanda Fischer, second from the right, was crowned Miss Great Lakes in September. As representative of the Miss America Organization, Fischer’s responsibilities include advocating for the Children’s Miracle Network and attending community events.After a semester abroad, Fischer said she was unsure about competing in the Miss Great Lakes competition, but due to a large amount of free time in the summer, she decided to go for it. Despite her busy schedule, Fischer said she is eager to complete her duties as an advocate.“The national platform for the Miss America Organization is the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals,” she said. “I’m an advocate and spokesperson for Children’s Miracle Network. For the remainder of my year, and on campus, I’m still waiting to hear back to see if I’m on the morale committee for Dance Marathon because Dance Marathon is affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network. It’s all connected. That’s one of the things I’m doing, just raising money in general for that at a variety of locations, like free ice cream cone day and all that jazz.”The Miss America Organization recently underwent a change in leadership that has led to a change in the competition that some see as controversial, Fischer said. The Organization has replaced the swimsuit competition with time for contestants to give a social impact initiative statement.Fischer said her social impact initiative is Eye to Eye, a mentorship and arts based curriculum for students with attention and learning deficits.“I’m currently in the process of starting my own chapter here at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame,” she said. “We’re going to try and partner with both of the campuses, so we can have more mentorship and co-ed mentorship to really cater to more students because that’s really what it’s about.”Fischer said the new initiative provides contestants with an avenue to make a change and is combating the pageant girl stereotype.“The new leadership of the Miss America Organization are trying to show the public that we’re way more than just a pretty face with a crown and sash on,” Fischer said. “We are actively involved in our communities, really striving to socially impact everyone around us. It’s extremely empowering, much like Saint Mary’s, actually. It empowers every contestant to find their voice. I’ve come full circle, and I couldn’t be happier with where I’m at.”Another of Fischer’s responsibilities as Miss Great Lakes is to make appearances at community events like Girls on the Run activities and the South Bend Christmas tree lighting. She said meeting people is one of the best parts of the job.“I always love when little girls come up to me and ask me to take a picture with them,” Fischer said. “I talk to them about following their dreams and be that bright light. What I really strive to be is the Miss America in this community.”Tags: beauty pageants, Miss America, Miss America Organization, Miss Great Lakeslast_img read more

Black Princesses resume camping


first_imgThirty-one players have earned call ups to the National U-20 female team, Black Princesses to begin camping ahead of the 2020 FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifying matches.The Black Princesses started preparation in March before traveling to participate in an International Women’s Day friendly with Morocco.The team was in shape for their first leg encounter with Guinea Bissau but was forced to break camp due to the Corona Virus pandemic.All players, technical staff members and essential service providers went through the mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival.The Black Princesses will take on Guinea Bissau in a World Cup qualifier game in September, 2020.Here is the full list:GOALKEEPERSGrace Banwaa – Hasaacas LadiesBarikisu Ishahaku- Northern LadiesSelina Abalansa – Soccer IntellectualsCynthia Kolan – Pearlpia LadiesKerrie McCarthy- Kumasi Sports AcademyDEFENDERSJustice Tweneboa – Ampem Darkoa LadiesCecelia Hagan – Sea LionsQueenabel Ankrah – Hasaacas LadiesTedina Sekyere- Dreamz LadiesFaustina Aidoo -Halifax LadiesSophia Dadzie- Sea LionsNina Norshie – Valued GirlsDiana Antwi – Ampem Darkoa LadiesBlessing Shine Agbomadzi- Sea LionsLauratu Issaka – Mfantsiman LadiesMIDFIELDERSPatience Kundok-Peterson- Ampem Darkoa LadiesGrace Acheampong – Ashtown LadiesFuseina Mumuni – PearlPia LadiesEvelyn Badu – Hasaacas LadiesComfort Yeboah – Soccer IntellectualsJoyce Larbi – Kumasi Sports AcademySuzzy Dede Teye – LadystrikersATTACKERSMilot Abena Pokua – Hasaacas LadiesMukarama Abdulai – Northern LadiesAbdul Rahman Barikisu – PearlPia LadiesFaustina Akpo- Halifax LadiesDoris Boaduwaa – Hasaacas LadiesSandra Owusu Ansah – Zouch Mosbec FCRahama Jafar – Northern LadiesRafia Kulchire Alhassan – Hasaacas LadiesAbigail Tutuwaa – Prisons Ladies Source: Tags: Black PrincessesFIFA Women’s U-20 World Cuplast_img read more