Frank McBrearty packs a punch with his election launch

first_imgCouncillor Frank McBrearty is a man of his community who delivers for his community, Minister Joe McHugh said at the Raphoe man’s re-election campaign launch last night.Minister McHugh was speaking in front of guests from across east Donegal at the launch at Raphoe Boxing Club.Representatives of Fine Gael branches, sports and community organisations, and grassroots supporters joined the McBrearty family for the occasion with music from the pipers of the Raphoe Ulster Scots band. Cllr McBrearty told the audience that local politics was about working for local people, dealing with their needs and helping to provide better resources and facilities for them.He said his decision to join Fine Gael was ‘very easy’ and cited the support his family had in the past from former MEP Jim Higgins and former Donegal TD Dinny McGinley.“Fine Gael stood by me and my family, so joining Fine Gael was very easy for me,” said Cllr McBrearty.“My family has been an enormous support, especially since I became a councillor ten years ago. Frank Mc Brearty pictured with Minister For Education Joe Mc Hugh. T.D. who officially launch Frank’s elections campaign at Raphoe Boxing Club on Monday night pictured with representatives from different groups from the area. Photo Brian McDaid“I want to continue to work for communities in east Donegal, across the Finn Valley. It’s what I enjoy doing most. I am already on the election campaign and really really enjoying it.“Politics at council level has to be about local issues and that’s what I have been involved in all my life, working with community groups and individuals across a whole range of issues.”Cllr McBrearty said sporting organisations like Raphoe Boxing Club are at the heart of communities.“They are the lifeblood of our communities, bringing people together for the common good,” he said.Minister McHugh said he was honoured to be at the launch. “The representatives here tonight from our communities is evidence of the esteem in which Frank is held by the people he represents,” said the Donegal TD.“He is a real man of his community who works for his community; offering real local leadership on real issues and I look forward to working with him in the time ahead.”Boxer Jason Quigley paid tribute to Cllr McBrearty for his support over many years.“Frank is the sort of guy who helps you on the way up and I know he will be there for me when I am on my way down again some day. That’s truly what this man is about,” he said. Local representatives for the Fine Gael Party pictured at the Launch of Cllr Frank Mc Brearty election launch by Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh. T.D. in Raphoe this week.Frank McBrearty packs a punch with his election launch was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 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:electionFrank McBreartylaunchlast_img read more

Red Bluff High FFA Week celebrated by students

first_imgEach year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week; a time they share the importance of FFA and the impact it has on the members of the organization every day.National FFA Week takes place the last week in February covering President Jefferson’s birthday because of the role he had in the agricultural world. Red Bluff FFA celebrated Feb. 22 through March 3. The week was filled with fun dress up days from American Day Monday, Plaid Tuesday, Workout Wednesday, Beach Day …last_img

SA teen takes Roof of Africa victory

first_imgBrother Broadlink’s Altus de Wet, on a KTM, snatched second from Husaberg’s Jarvis when the British star lost his way on the final day. Sixteen-year-old Wade Young became the youngest ever winner of the Roof of Africa, an extreme enduro regarded as one of the toughest challenges in the sport, outriding a field filled with world-class campaigners to capture the overall honours in Lesotho on Saturday. While he had impressed in the early going during the South African enduro season, Young had mostly finished outside the top three, although excelling the 200cc class. Yet, towards the end of the season, he came on strongly and shocked his more experienced opposition when he captured the Castrol Winterberg title. The king of extreme enduro The field is made up mostly of South Africans, but also feaures some of the world’s leading enduro riders. This time around, they included defending champion Graham Jarvis and the Hemingway brothers, Tim and Dan. Time trial winnerDarryl Curtis, his teammate, a Dakar Rally rider and a former two-time winner of The Roof, enjoyed a strong showing and took fourth place, just ahead of Proudly Bidvest Yamaha’s Marc Torlage, who had won the time trial on Thursday. “He set out to win and we told him ‘calm down, bru, concentrate on a top five finish’. He’s gone out there and won!” The Roof of Africa is a challenge for the best and toughest enduro riders only. It is raced in mountainous Lesotho, a tiny country within the borders of South Africa. While Young’s father jokingly voiced his concern about his son’s school work, Wade’s career path seems certain now that he has a Roof of Africa victory to his name. He plans to campaign in the Europe as a professional once he is old enough, and there will surely be teams lining up to sign him. Improvement through the season Rounding out the top 10 were Kenny Gilbert, Wynand Badenhorst, Louwrens Mahoney, Riaan van Niekerk and Chris Birch. Birch, a former three-time winner of the Roof of Africa, dropped down the order on Saturday after struggling with heat exhaustion.center_img Nonetheless, few could have predicted he would go on to Roof of Africa victory. Young, though, had a different idea. “Winning the race is an awesome feeling,” he said. “I set my goal, and that was to win. I pulled through, and that feels great.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘Battling to comprehend what he has done’Young’s father, Nigel, smiled and said he wished his son would put in as much work at school as he does on his motorbike, but he was extremely happy. “We’re battling to comprehend what he has done,” he told The Witness. Young admitted in an interview with Lunga Biyela of The Witness: “I never thought I’d beat Graham,” adding that he had watched videos of Jarvis in action to prepare for the race. His margin of victory was 10 minutes, the same advantage he had begun the final day with over Jarvis after he had become the youngest winner of a stage on Friday. He had just missed out on that honour when he finished second on Thursday in the time trial. Earlier in the year, nine-time Roof champion Alfie Cox had predicted a big future for Young. But he surely could not have expected such a display from the Fever Criterion Yamaha star so early in his career. Jarvis was the defending champion after winning first time out in The Roof in 2011. He is also recognised as the king of extreme enduro, but he finished third this time around – his worst result of 2012. 19 November 2012 The Hemingway brothers were two of only seven finishers out of a field of 1 800 in the notorious Erzberg Rodeo in Austria earlier in the year.last_img read more

Promoting Passivhaus in Bulgaria

first_imgUpdated with a revised competition timetable.With the Passivhaus standard already well established in Western Europe, Guergana Barabonkova, a Massachusetts-based architect and cofounder of Passive House Bulgaria, sees this as a good time to give the standard a boost in her native country. Bulgaria’s generally moderate climate, after all, should make building to the standard relatively straightforward, and Passivhaus is nicely aligned with the precepts of the Kyoto protocol, which Bulgaria ratified. The building standard could help Bulgaria meet the carbon-reduction goals of the European Union.In an interview this month with urban-design forum SHIFTboston, Barabonkova highlighted these issues as part of the backdrop to an architectural initiative called the Passive House Bulgaria electronic design competition, which opened registration on January 16 and will accept both contest registrations and project submissions until March 16. The participating design teams and the public will have from March 19 to April 6 to vote for their favorites, the 10 finalists will be announced on April 9, and an eight-member jury will announce the winning projects on April 16. (Click here for more contest information.)Making the most of a temperate climateA principal of Studio GB Architecture, Barabonkova has recent experience as a design-competition contestant herself, having collaborated with a colleague, Miroslava Tevena, on a Passivhaus design for an affordable shotgun-style home suitable for the hot and humid climate of New Orleans. Presented by web-based design community DesignByMany, the competition attracted many entries, including Barabonkova and Tevena’s Resilient House, whose modeling showed airtightness of 0.2 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference; primary energy demand at 94 kWh/(m2a), and cooling energy demand at 7 kWh/(m2a).Passive House Bulgaria contestants will be given climate data for Lozen, near Sofia, the Bulgarian capital. Acquiring materials for such a project in Bulgaria should be relatively cost-effective because Europe’s running start on Passivhaus has created a solid market for building products suited to the standard, said Barabonkova, whose firm has a single-family Passivhaus project underway in Bulgaria.Despite the EU’s current debt problems, Passivhaus has the economic wind at its back in other ways as well, she added. As are most Europeans, Bulgarians “are concerned over the high prices of the gasoline and the energy, and they are looking into finding ways to reduce their energy use. And the interest in Passive House building is growing rapidly.”last_img read more

Australian umpire Simon Taufel decides to hang up his ‘hat’

first_imgIt came as a surprise to many in the cricket world when Simon Taufel, at just 41 years of age, on Wednesday announced his decision to retire from international umpiring.The Australian, perennially rated as one of the best in the world, will quit at the end of the World Twenty20 on October 7, and has already officiated in his last Test and One-Day International in the recent England-South Africa series.”I’m moving on from active international umpiring for personal and professional reasons. My wife and children have supported me immensely throughout my career and it is time for me to spend more time with them,” Taufel said in an ICC release.He will be taking up a much less hectic job – the newly-created post of ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager. “I look forward to help create professional programmes and resources to support the current and future generations of cricket match officials.”A promising fast bowler who started out alongside Adam Gilchrist but suffered a career-ending back injury, Taufel shifted to umpiring very early by normal standards. His first ODI was in 1999, at the tender age of 27, and his first Test was the Boxing Day match between Australia and West Indies in 2000.Since then, he went on to establish himself as the premier official in the world. Only Australia’s success at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups prevented him from umpiring in a World Cup final, though he did eventually do that in the India-Sri Lanka final in Mumbai last year.He won the ICC’s Umpire of the Year award for five straight years (2004-08), but had stated four years ago that the constant travel was making him weary.advertisement”It’s important to spend time with my family, spend more time with my kids. The difference between us and the players is we don’t have a home series as such. That Australian umpire Simon Taufel makes it harder.”last_img read more