We sat down with head coach Vicky Sunohara and team captain Becki Bowering to talk about the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey 2018-19 forwards ahead of their 2018-19 season opener this Saturday, October 13 against the Windsor Lancers at Varsity Arena.Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale here. Story Links For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
A FORMER employee of Francois de Dietrich and Etic Solutions has hit out at claims he was a company director.David Kavanagh, based in Derry, said he had only every been an employee of Etic and left ‘several years ago’.Mr Kavanagh runs a successful PR business in the North West. FORMER ETIC MAN HITS OUT AT DIRECTOR CLAIM was last modified: April 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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)
A smart Windsor knot, a warm smile, a friendly wave and a gentle deep voice. That’s how many will remember one of the last of the Donegal Railway drivers, Michael Gallen, also known as ‘Mick’, who sadly passed away last week.Time Travel Advertisement This week, the Ulster Transport museum was buzzing with the arrival of Tim Peake’s Space capsule which landed in the main hall in the transport museum near Belfast.Sitting quietly in the background not far away is the hand-painted cream over red time capsule from another era that reminds us of travel of a different type in Donegal.Tim Pikes Space Capsule at the Ulster Transport Museum this week in Belfast parked just across from a CDR Donegal Railcar used by driver like the Late Mick Gallen who passed away this week.It may be 60 years since the last railway network operated in Co. Donegal but this week with the passing of Mick Gallen (96) the times and memories came steaming back up the line as Donegal bid farewell to one of the last railway drivers.Mick drove a railcar for the CDR (County Donegal Railway) maybe even the one sitting beside Tim Peake’s Space Capsule in the Ulster Transport Museum. Advertisement While the space capsule tells the story of journeys to and from the International Space Station. Our CDR railcar was more likely to tell the story of time travel to Strabane Station, or some other station in Donegal where the train went.RailcarsRailcars were basically a modified bus on rails. The first of them came into operation as early as the 1920’s and typically were purchased second hand as an engine and chassis costing around £50 at the time.Then the CDR brought them to Lifford where a bus body was made by coach builders Doherty’s capable of carrying 40 passengers costing around £250 plus another £100 for wheels and strengthen which had an outlay of around £400.It was estimated that these railcars could save up to £600 per year in running costs compared to a steam-powered train.A picture at the closing of the railway in Donegal at the Platform in Letterkenny which includes Mick Gallen on the left when the railway in Donegal finally closed.While Lough Swilly Railway had giving up on the transport of passengers by rail in favour of buses on the road the CDR were trying everything to try and keep the passenger numbers online with these railcars. Mick Gallen worked mostly on the Strabane to Letterkenny line travelling through Lifford Ballindrat, Raphoe, and Convoy on the way into Letterkenny.As a child, Brendan Delap. who lived in the Lough Swilly railway Station House in Letterkenny, recalls going into the CDR station next door when he would see Mick Gallen arriving at the platform in his railcar and would go down the line for a spin to the turntable where Mick would turn the railcar around and then back it up to the platform so it would be ready for to go in the morning.SpecialsMick also headed to the seaside on the railcar on ‘specials’ or excursions as they were then called to Rossnowlagh in the summer then on to Ballyshannon where the line ended and drivers and conductors would head down to Dorrian’s Hotel for their tea before heading back to take the day trippers home on packed railcars in the evening. Fresh hopesThere was always talk about the CDR closing the railway but even so you would know listening to Mick Gallen talking about them years on the line he was very proud to work on the railway and even though the machinery was getting very tired he always tried to keep the railcar he was driving well presented just like the way he presented himself.Mick Gallen at the controls of the train at Oatfield House.New trackIn the late 1950s, a section of track from Ballindrat to Lifford was renewed. Mick recalled that the work was that good that the normal clicking of the wheels from a length of track to track was so even you could hardly hear anything only the sound of the cylinder Gardiner Engine.The work on the track looked to signal that possibly the Strabane to Letterkenny line was going to be kept in operation but within a year of the new track going down all of the Donegal, railways were closed.The Late Mick Gallen pictured with Gerry Robinson when he call over to Oakfield House to look at the railway set up in the park.The last day of 1959 seen the rail network in Donegal closing with the CDR moving their freight and passengers to road transport.Mick Gallen moved from driving a railcar to a bus on the road and mostly travelled the same route as he did in the rail car from Letterkenny to Strabane going through Glenmaquinn, Convoy, Raphoe, Ballindrat, Lifford and Strabane.Mister-banFriday was a big day for shopping in Strabane with the markets on. When we were wanes and couldn’t pronounce Strabane we called it Mister-ban or the ”Ister-ban bus“ and most time it was Mick Gallen who was the driver of this bus as we smuggled our shopping back over the border to Donegal.The RoyalStudents who received their second level education at The Raphoe Royal Prior and Comprehensive travelled from Letterkenny and Convoy would remember the friendly welcome Mick Gallen would greet them with every morning and afternoon over the many decades he drove the bus for the CDR which was then taken over by CIE.Parked up the busThen 31 years ago on May 8, 1988 Mick drove his bus into Letterkenny Platform for the last time when he finally retired from the service.That familiar smile at the wheel of his bus Mick Gallen pictured on his last day in 1988 when he retired from the bus service pictured arriving into Letterkenny Bus Station for the last Time.Gallen’sIf you lived in Glencar or went to St. Eunans College, Gallen’s shop was a big part of your life. That’s where I first met Mick Gallen behind the counter giving a hand serving in the family shop.“How’s young McDaid” would be typical of a greeting from this gentleman. He would be the one you would hope would appear through the multicoloured privacy blinds that divided the shop from the family home, especially on the days that you were sent to the shop without any money hoping to get the messages on “tick” to the end of the week when the bill would be squared up.Mick Gallen, behind the wheel of a bus, railcar, or behind the counter in a shop, gave young people, some of whom lived in difficult times, a great encouragement to believe in themselves and had the quality of being prepared to treat a person young or old as an equal.Mick Gallen will be sadly missed by his family and friends that had the pleasure of knowing him over his long lifetime.May he Rest In PeaceDD Motoring: Remembering Michael Gallen, the last of the Donegal Railway drivers was last modified: February 21st, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian McDaiddd motoringDonegal railwaysRailcars
Share This!©DisneyA brand new live entertainment act has debuted in World Showcase at Epcot. A new live band called Alberta Bound is now playing at The Mill Stage in the Canada Pavilion. The band plays Canadian music that includes traditional fiddle styles from across the country, as well as performing songs from beloved Canadian songwriters.Alberta Bound’s light and energetic show offers lots of opportunities for clapping and singing along as they take you on a musical journey of our neighbors to the north. They play Wednesday through Sunday with showtimes at 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:50 p.m., 5:0o p.m. and 6:15 p.m.As part of this entertainment change, the former band TradNation gave their final performance back in April. Alberta Bound will be performing in a limited engagement, as seems to be customary as of late with performers in World Showcase.
Referees chief Marcello Nicchi has pledged to create a point of contact, which allows the most controversial VAR calls in Serie A to be “reported daily”. Coaches, captains and referees met yesterday to discuss the use of VAR in the Italian top flight, and Nicchi assured there would be more transparency about the decisions being made. “We want to quickly set up tools so there can be daily and weekly reports,” the AIA President said after the summit. “Every week, we will establish something where we explain why something happened. “With the VAR control room, we will open a point of contact so the critical incidents on Sundays can be communicated immediately. Nicchi added there could be scope for referees to explain themselves too. “If the atmosphere becomes calm, I see no reason why referees can’t talk after matches either. “Once we have the technology at our disposal, we can talk about what happened a bit earlier. “We still need to evaluate things. There are also some incidents where the refereeing committee must review and discuss whether a situation has been judged in the right or wrong way. “We are working on VAR at a great pace in Coverciano.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Brighton keeper Ryan: All we need is luckby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMat Ryan thinks Brighton just need a little bit of luck.The Seagulls looked set for a 1-0 home victory over Burnley on Saturday, before Jeff Hendrick popped up late to rescue a draw for the visitors.Ryan said: “A 1-0 win and a clean sheet is a long way towards being a perfect performance – and we did a lot of things right again – but we didn’t get the result.”We have got to keep learning, growing and setting our standard high.”I feel we have demonstrated enough in all the games to suggest there is a bright future – present and future – for the club.”We have to just keep working hard. That is the best way to do it in my experience, work hard until your luck changes a little bit.”Fingers crossed that’s not too far around the corner.”
Liverpool boss Klopp says media criticism of Man Utd near insultingby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes criticism of Manchester United has bordered on insulting.The Reds go to Old Trafford on Sunday.”I saw all these things and it looks like they want to help Manchester United,” said Klopp. “All these articles look like they have been written by Man Utd supporters. So yes, that’s it. We’ll live with it. In the dressing room, that’s the one advantage they have at the moment – and playing at home.”It’s like we would have said it: ‘Here’s the combined team!’ But we had nothing to do it and that’s how it has been built up. It’s not the first time in my life that things like this have happened to me or my team. I said people are trying to create it as a banana skin.”They are trying to make it as if we are the team and they are nobody. I saw the combined line-up and it’s really funny… 11 Liverpool players and no Man Utd players! That is the situation everyone creates.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Musicians on Call recently welcomed superstar Austin Mahone to a bedside performance program at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Miami.Video: Austin Mahone Delivers the Healing Power of Music In MiamiAustin first got involved with Musicians On Call in January, when he participated in the soon-to-be released multi-artist advocacy campaign, ’We’re On Call!’ But he wanted to do more!“I love Musicians On Call and how they deliver the music and joy right to the bedside of the patients,” says Austin. “I met one little girl who they told me hadn’t smiled in days, but when we left, her smile was brightening all of our souls. Knowing that we were able to bring her and the other kids and families a bit of joy during our visit is the best gift of all.”Austin stayed at the hospital for several hours, going room to room in multiple wards, taking photos with patients and their families, and then performing at a nurse’s station for two floors of patients, visitors, staff and volunteers (accompanied by Musicians On Call volunteer Phil Barnes). He generously brought teddy bears for every child in the hospital, and took the time to distribute them himself, as he visited the kids.“Musicians On Call is an amazing organization and it’s inspiring to be part of it,” says Austin. “I’m looking forward to delivering the healing power of music to more patients during my upcoming tour.”To win Austin’s autographed guitar and handwritten sign, click here. All proceeds from this auction will help Musicians On Call expand the number of patients and hospitals they serve in Miami.Source:Musicians On Call
OTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in July. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. per cent 9.0 (8.6)— Halifax 6.5 (6.0)— Moncton, N.B. 6.4 (6.4)— Saint John, N.B. 5.4 (6.2)— Saguenay, Que. 6.8 (6.6)— Quebec 3.9 (3.8)— Sherbrooke, Que. 4.4 (4.7)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 4.8 (5.2)— Montreal 6.1 (6.0)— Gatineau, Que. 4.9 (4.9)— Ottawa 4.3 (4.3)— Kingston, Ont. 5.9 (5.6)— Peterborough, Ont. 3.3 (2.7)— Oshawa, Ont. 4.4 (4.2)— Toronto 6.1 (6.3)— Hamilton, Ont. 4.7 (4.6)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 7.0 (6.3)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.7 (6.0)— Brantford, Ont. 5.3 (5.9)— Guelph, Ont. 4.3 (4.5)— London, Ont. 5.4 (5.5)— Windsor, Ont. 6.0 (5.8)— Barrie, Ont. 7.0 (6.9)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.6 (6.8)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.0 (5.1)— Winnipeg 6.7 (6.8)— Regina 6.5 (6.5)— Saskatoon 7.1 (7.0)— Calgary 7.9 (7.7)— Edmonton 6.5 (6.6)— Kelowna, B.C. 5.7 (5.6)— Abbotsford, B.C. 4.8 (4.8)— Vancouver 4.4 (4.3)— Victoria 4.2 (4.2)
New Delhi: India on Sunday raised with Pakistan an incident of alleged abduction of two Hindu teenaged girls and their forcible conversion to Islam in Sindh province even as a war of words broke out between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary over the issue.Offcial sources said India issued a note verbale — a diplomatic communication — to Pakistan, sharing its concerns over the incident and called for suitable remedial action to protect and promote safety, security and welfare of people from the minority communities. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a tweet, Swaraj said she has sought a report from Indian envoy in Pakistan Ajay Bisaria on the incident. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has already ordered a probe into it. According to Pakistani media reports, Reena and Raveena, hailing from village Hafiz Salman near the town of Daharki in Sindh, were kidnapped and forced to convert from Hinduism to Islam on March 20, before being married to Muslim men. Separately, there were Pakistani media reports of abduction and forced conversion of another minor Hindu girl, Shania from Mirpurkhas in Sindh, sources said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBoth girls have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab to avoid their arrest by Sindh Police, they said quoting latest reports. Responding to Swaraj’s tweet asking the Indian envoy to send a report on the incident, Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: “Maam its Pakistan’s internal issue and (be) rest assured it’s not Modi’s India where minorities are subjugated, it’s Imran Khan’s Naya Pak where white colour of our flag is equally dearer to us.” “I hope you’ll act with same diligence when it comes to rights of Indian minorities,” he said. Swaraj, in her response to Chaudhry, said she had only asked for a report from the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad about the kidnapping and forced conversion of two minor Hindu girls to Islam. “This was enough to make you jittery. This only shows your guilty conscience,” she said. This prompted Chaudhry to respond again. “Madam Minister I am happy that in the Indian administration we have people who care for minority rights in other countries. I sincerely hope that your conscience will allow you to stand up for minorities at home as well. Gujarat and Jammu must weigh heavily on your soul,” the Pakistani minister tweeted. In a Twitter post in Urdu, Information Minister Chaudhry said the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls in question have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. A number of Pakistani human rights activists have claimed that it is another case of forced conversion and abduction, which are becoming increasingly common in the southern region of Sindh. After kidnapping of the two girls, a purported video emerged showing that the underage girls accepted that they were converting to Islam with their own desire. In another video, a Maulvi is seen explaining that the girls were living in an area which was surrounded by Muslims and the girls were inspired by the teachings of Islam and wanted to convert. Sources quoting reports from Pakistan said an FIR of the incident was registered in Daharki Police Station on behalf of the victims’ brother, Shaman Das, son of Hari Das Meghwar. On 20 March, Das claimed that he was at home along with his family members when six persons, armed with pistols, entered their house, the sources said. The complainant said that the six men took the family members hostage on gunpoint and took away the two girls. According to media reports, the Hindu community in the area staged protests, demanding action against perpetrators of the alleged crime.