Keavney concerned that NIB deal may compromise Post Office security

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Keavney concerned that NIB deal may compromise Post Office security Previous articleRory Gallagher statue to be unveiled in BallyshannonNext articleLetterkenny plan amended after compromise reached with families News Highland WhatsApp WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Newsx Adverts Facebook Donegal Senator Cecillia Keaveney raised the issue of the need of improved security for border Post Offices in the Seanad yesterday.It’s been annouced that National Irish Bank customers will soon be able to lodge and withdraw money from more than 1,200 Post Offices throughout the country.Senator Keaveney, says that this now makes border Post Offices vunerable to robberies…..[podcast][/podcast] Twitter Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – June 2, 2010 Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Rep. Lee Zeldin Joins Tea Party’s Ted Cruz to Bash Obama Over Israel

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York East End freshman Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) has written a joint letter with Tea Party ultra-conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to slam President Obama for letting his former campaign field director get involved with Israel’s upcoming elections.Signed by both men, the Jan. 29 letter criticizes the role of Jeremy Bird, who worked on both Obama’s successful presidential campaigns, for helping organizers of V15 or “Victory 2015” in their fight to replace Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the right-wing leader of the Likud government. The two politicians also sought to make an issue of V15’s partnership with OneVoice, a nonprofit group that twice got grants from the U.S. Department of State last year. In a recent article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, cited by Cruz and Zeldin, Bird was mentioned for having brought in a research team that “has really ignited sparks” in V15’s effort.“Of course private American citizens are free to engage in political activities according to their inclinations,” write Zeldin and Cruz, “but given the overtly partisan nature of this particular case, we are deeply concerned by the relationship that also exists between OneVoice and the U.S. Department of State.”Titled “Has President Obama Launched a Political Campaign Against Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu,” this letter marks the first time Zeldin has signed on with a senator to weigh in on a hot-button issue. Cruz may not be a household name on Long Island because he did not appear with Zeldin as he campaigned in the East End’s First District. But as long-time political observer Elizabeth Drew wrote recently in The New York Review of Books, “Ted Cruz has set himself up as the leader of the handful of Tea Party members in the Senate but he also brought pressure on House members last year to back the government shutdown.”Cruz and Zeldin, the only Jewish Republican in the House, are calling upon Secretary of State John Kerry to make “a thorough investigation.” They say they’re worried that U.S. taxpayer funds “are being used to directly shape the outcome of the upcoming Israeli election—and specifically to campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu—something all would agree would be highly inappropriate.”But when Republican House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress next month, weeks before the Israeli election on March 17—and did so without informing the White House or the State Department—the administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill were quick to call it a direct interference in that country’s election. They pointed out that the surreptitious invitation was orchestrated by the current Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer, a former Republican political operative, born in America, who is so close to Netanyahu that he is known as “Bibi’s brain,” according to The New York Times. Dermer cut his teeth in GOP politics starting in 1994 during the Republican takeover of Congress under Rep. Newt Gingrich.In the November elections, Zeldin, a major in the Army Reserve who served in Iraq, rode a nationwide Republican wave to victory over six-term incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent. In 2008, when the two men first ran against each other, Bishop handily defeated Zeldin 58 percent to 42 percent, but that was a presidential election year when turnout was high, especially for Democrats.In the 2014 mid-terms, only 28.8 percent of the eligible population voted in New York—the fourth lowest in the country in a year that saw the lowest voter turnout in 70 years, according to The New York Times—when Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on the top of the ballot running for re-election. Cuomo, a lifelong Democrat, apparently had very short coattails. By contrast, Zeldin may have benefited in his race from Speaker Boehner, who made two campaign appearances for him: a fundraiser in Bridgehampton and another in Farmingville.Maybe when Zeldin’s up for re-election in 2016, some observers wonder, he’ll be spending time on the campaign trail with Cruz.last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf aplaude a la Cámara, el llamado de los demócratas del Senado a la reforma del gobierno

first_img Español,  Press Release,  Statement El Gobernador Tom Wolf emitió hoy la siguiente declaración alabando al Senado y a los demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes por ofrecer un paquete integral de legislación que aborda la reforma del gobierno:“Si bien gran parte de nuestro esfuerzo este año se centra en abordar la crisis de salud pública de COVID-19, es importante que sigamos priorizando temas importantes como la reforma del gobierno. La legislación propuesta por los demócratas legislativos es significativa y alcanzable, y aplaudo y aliento estos esfuerzos porque un gobierno abierto y transparente es el Gobierno que funciona.“La reforma del gobierno no es un tema partidista, y necesito que estas propuestas y conversaciones continúen. Estos proyectos de ley son pasos importantes en la dirección correcta, y podemos y debemos hacer aún más.“Hace mucho tiempo que reformamos nuestras leyes de financiamiento de campañas, que no tienen límites para dar,” dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Como lo expresó el líder demócrata de la Cámara de Representantes, Frank Dermody, no se debe permitir que las voces de los ricos ahoguen las voces de las familias trabajadoras, especialmente cuando se esconden detrás de grupos sin fines de lucro, por lo que nadie sabe quién está realmente pagando la factura. Felicito al líder demócrata del Senado Jay Costa y al Representante Dermody por su claro compromiso con esta importante reforma.“Además, es hora de que la legislatura siga mi ejemplo y finalmente promulgue una prohibición de obsequios como los proyectos de ley presentados por el Senador Jim Brewster y la Representante Tina Davis. Desde el 20 de enero de 2015, toda mi Administración tiene prohibido recibir regalos de alguien que tenga negocios ante el Estado. El Senador Costa señaló correctamente que los republicanos han controlado la Asamblea General, pero han obstaculizado el progreso de estos proyectos de ley. También deberían poner fin a la práctica de permitir que los cabilderos se doblen como consultores de campaña remunerados. Actualmente, los miembros de un grupo de presión poderosos pueden contribuir a los candidatos, trabajar en sus campañas políticas y luego tratar de influir en los mismos funcionarios que ayudaron a asumir el cargo en asuntos importantes de política.“La falta de acción en estos dos espacios perpetúa una cultura de corrupción que los republicanos de la Cámara y el Senado no han logrado abordar, y la legislación para abordar estos dos temas debería considerarse este otoño”. July 31, 2020 El Gobernador Wolf aplaude a la Cámara, el llamado de los demócratas del Senado a la reforma del gobiernocenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Clippers wallop Wizards as Chris Paul, J.J. Redick out-play John Wall, Bradley Beal

first_imgWall had 19 points with 10 assists for Washington, Beal had 18 points and Nene scored 14. Paul Pierce shot just 2 of 11 from the field for six points.Clippers coach Doc Rivers was stoked about the way his team responded after its lead was cut to six, 94-88, with 8:52 left in the game.“Oh, I thought it was great,” he said. “I thought we played just good basketball throughout the game. They made a run, I figured at some point they would. But we called a timeout, we get a basket from J.J. and then we got a couple of stops and then we took it from there.”Apparently, the 104-96 loss Dec. 12 at Washington had stuck in Rivers’ craw.“I just like the way we responded,” Rivers said. “I say that because it was more of a response to the game in Washington.”The Clippers are now alone in fifth-place in the Western Conference standings. The Wizards are in fifth in the East.Paul said Rivers basically challenged the team to get revenge on the Wizards.“Yeah, we responded well,” Paul said. “Coach laid into us this morning at the shootaround about the last time we played this team and how they just pretty much punked us, so it was a good win for us.”Jordan, who has just been a beast on the boards, loved his team’s offense. The Clippers shot 52.3 percent from the field, 52.2 (12 of 23) from 3-point range.“We moved the ball around,” Jordan said. “I mean, we had 33 assists, so the ball was definitely popping around. Everybody got a lot of shots, and we were knocking down shots.”The Clippers outrebounded Washington 46-36. Griffin and Paul had six rebounds apiece, and Paul doled out 15 assists.Jordan played a whopping 42 minutes and 48 seconds.“Doc told me I was going to stay in,” Jordan said, “so I just had to make the best of my minutes and rest whenever I could during the game.”Wall was not happy.“We didn’t play our defense,” he said. “We put up points, but it was hard to overcome the (12) 3s we allowed. We have to give them credit. J.J. (Redick) made some shots and got his teammates some good looks.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It seems like this time of the NBA season, there are nothing but tough challenges. That was the case for the Clippers on Friday, when they played host to the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.The most difficult part of this game for the Clippers figured to be slowing down the highly talented Wizards backcourt of speedy point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal.Wall gets most of the publicity, but it was Beal who burned the Clippers for 29 points in a Wizards victory in December.Those two did their damage Friday. But Clippers guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick were better, coming through with 30 point and 26 points, respectively, to lead the Clippers to a 113-99 victory over the Wizards before 19,218 at Staples Center.center_img The Clippers (45-25) have now won three in a row. The Wizards (40-29) had their five-game winning streak snapped.The Clippers led 35-21 after one quarter, 66-54 at halftime and 90-77 after three quarters. That lead was whittled to six with over eight minutes to play in the game, but the Clippers restored order when Redick buried a 3-pointer off an assist from Paul, pushing the lead to 103-90 with 5:18 left.Paul sealed Washington’s fate with back-to-back baskets for a 111-94 lead with just 3:08 to play. Blake Griffin contributed 22 points for the Clippers and DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 23 rebounds.Clippers forward Matt Barnes returned after missing two games with a hamstring injury and scored eight points, but Jamal Crawford (calf) missed his ninth consecutive game. Also, Glen “Big Baby” was out with a stomach illness.last_img read more