DONEGAL WINS ALL-IRELAND PRICE OF PLACE AWARD

first_imgPhil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment Community and Local Government and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA along with Co-operation Ireland Chairman Christopher Moran, Derry City Council Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly, IPB Chairman George Jones and Chairman of the Pride of Place Committee Tom Dowling present Mr. Seamus Neely, County Manager Donegal County Council and Ms. Cait Ui Cochlainn , Donegal County Council with their winning Local Authorities AwardDonegal County Council has been announced as top Local Authority in this years All Island Pride of Place Competition. The IPB All-Island Pride of Place Competition, which is run by Co-operation Ireland, recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society.  The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area.Speaking following the award ceremony which was held in The Venue in Derry, the County Manager Seamus Neely expressed his delight with this achievement saying: “I am delighted to be in a position to accept this award on behalf of the elected members, staff and management of Donegal County Council. “The Council has been working closely with communities in Donegal for many years and we believe that the Pride of Place competition is a great way to recognise and showcase the tremendous work that takes place throughout the county.“It is a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation to the many community volunteers and workers who undertake this work.  To receive this prestigious award is a great honour for all of us.”The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Ian McGarvey joined with the Manager in expressing his delight in receiving this award.  The Mayor paid tribute to the great work being undertaken by the staff, management and elected members of Donegal County Council.  He said “as Mayor of Donegal I want to acknowledge the great honour that has been bestowed on us by the adjudicators of the All Island Pride of Place Competition.  The Council recognises the enormous contribution made by communities and volunteers to life in the county.  Community development and participation is a core value of the Council and I am delighted that this value and the work that is done day in day out by Council staff and elected members is being acknowledged in this award”.The Mayor also congratulated Clogher le Chéile who received the top award in Category 1 which is for population of less than 200 people, Insight Inishowen for receiving a special award and Comharchumann Árainn Mhór for runner-up in the Islands category.  DONEGAL WINS ALL-IRELAND PRICE OF PLACE AWARD was last modified: November 19th, 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)last_img read more

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House spending panel calls for cuts at NASA NOAA and NIST small

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) The National Science Foundation (NSF) would get a small increase, and NASA’s science programs would see a tiny cut, under a draft 2016 appropriations bill released today by a U.S. House of Representatives spending panel. But it would boost funding for NASA’s planetary science missions above the White House’s request.The bill, released by the House commerce, justice, and science (CJS) appropriations subcommittee, also proposes cuts to science programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a cut in the overall budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).The panel is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday. The subcommittee “markup” is the first step toward revising and sending the bill, which provides funding for the 2016 fiscal year that begins 1 October, to the full House. 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That is $1.3 billion more than current spending for these programs, notes a subcommittee press release, but $661 million below the president’s request. The bill and release provide primarily top-line numbers; more detail will be provided in a committee report that will be publicly released once the bill is sent to the full appropriations panel.Here are a few details, by agency:National Science Foundation: NSF’s budget would grow by only $50 million—a tiny 0.7% increase over the current $7.345 billion. Not only would that be $329 million below the president’s request, but it’s also $200 million below the level authorized by the controversial America COMPETES Act that is expected to come before the full House of Representatives for a vote next week.At the same time, some NSF activities are likely to be squeezed more than others. The subcommittee’s chair, Representative John Culberson (R–TX), has long been a big supporter of NSF’s education programs, although his bill is unlikely to be as generous as the $96 million boost requested by the Obama administration. And any increase for education could well come at the expense of NSF’s research directorates. NSF supporters will be watching closely to see if the subcommittee has sided with the House science committee in making severe cuts to research in the geosciences and the social and behavioral sciences. A requested 9% boost in operations, much of it to prepare for NSF’s pending move from Ballston to Alexandria, Virginia, is also vulnerable under a flat budget.NASA: The subcommittee requests $18.529 billion overall for NASA, a $519 million increase over current levels, matching the president’s request. NASA’s science programs would see a $7 million cut, to roughly $5.2 billion; the White House had requested a $44 million increase. But the bill includes “funding above the President’s request for planetary science,” including $140 million for a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter and a favorite project of Culberson’s. The White House had requested just $30 million for the Europa mission, which the bill says should launch by 2022. The subcommittee does not say which science programs may see cuts to pay for the planetary science funding.NIST: NIST would get $855 million, $9 million below current levels and far below the White House request for a 29% increase to $1.12 billion. “[I]mportant core research activities are funded at $675 million,” the subcommittee release states. That would be a $1 million cut to NIST’s Scientific and Technical Research and Services program, and far below the White House’s request for $755 million.NOAA: A $5.2 billion allotment would amount to a $274 million cut below current levels, and far less than the president’s request for $5.98 billion. The bill would maintain funding for major weather satellite programs, but the subcommittee provided few other details.Census Bureau: A $1.1 billion budget would be $25 million above current spending, but $387 million below the request. “The additional funding is for research and planning activities as we approach the next decennial census,” according to the statement.The Senate has yet to release a draft of its version of the CJS spending bill.last_img read more

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