MINISTER ORDERS INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

first_imgPLANNING Minister Jan O’Sullivan has ordered an independent investigation into planning matters in Donegal and five other local authorities.It follows a High Court settlement yesterday in which former Donegal planner Gerard Convie received an apology from the Department of the Environment, his costs and €25,000 compensation.Mr Convie had made a number of allegations about planning decisions in Donegal, but claimed these were not properly investigated. The Government has now admitted it was wrong to hold an internal Government review – set up by former minister Willie Penrose. Minister O’Sullivan says that the potential costs were part of the reason why external independent experts were not employed to conduct the review last year.“One of the concerns at the time was cost, but I wasn’t part of the decision,” she said.“Saving money was one part of it. The intention was to get as much information from departmental officials. At the time when Minister Penrose announced it, he said if anything required further review, it would warrant outside consideration. The quashing of the Donegal element of the report does require a response.“The overall package will strengthen public confidence in the system, as planning is crucial to our recovery.” She has asked the Attorney General on the best way of progressing an inquiry in Donegal.Note to readers: Comments are closed due to other ongoing legal matters. MINISTER ORDERS INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL was last modified: June 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:MINISTER ORDERS INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCILlast_img read more

Weary Angels fly into Chicago, beat White Sox in Game 1 of ALCS

first_imgCHICAGO — As the Angels spent the past couple of days rolling up their frequent flier miles, the Chicago White Sox rested and waited. It was their reward for sweeping the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox out of the playoffs, setting them up nicely for their American League Championship Series against the Angels. However, it was the White Sox who appeared soggy in the Angels’ 3-2 victory in Game 1 before 40,659 at U.S. Cellular Field, made to look that way by Angels starter Paul Byrd and relievers Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez, and an Angels team that executed nearly flawlessly. Byrd gave up two runs and five hits in six crisp innings, Shields followed with two scoreless innings and Rodriguez remained perfect in save situations in the playoffs with a scoreless ninth. Photo gallery: Angels vs White Sox The Angels did all the little things needed in a tight game, getting a bunt down, stealing bases, making plays on defense. The White Sox didn’t, looking more like they were the team that had flown from New York to Southern California to Chicago in less than 48 hours, not the Angels. “You have to execute out there,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We were fortunate we were able to. This is the way the series is going to be. The White Sox execute small ball probably better than anybody in our league.” But not in Game 1. The Angels were 2 for 2 in stolen base attempts, while the White Sox had two runners thrown out trying to steal by catcher Bengie Molina. Scott Podsednik, who finished second in the league with 59 steals behind Chone Figgins, was thrown out on a pitchout called from the bench by Scioscia in the fifth inning. “He’s a very good manager,” Molina said. “He was a catcher in the big leagues for 13 years. He has a pretty good idea who’s going.” center_img In the seventh, Molina threw out A.J. Pierzynski trying to steal. “I think he was confused,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of Pierzynski, who had zero stolen bases during the regular season. “I think he must have missed the sign.” The Angels got just enough offense against White Sox starter Jose Contreras, who had won nine consecutive starts, including one in the postseason. A home run by Garret Anderson in the second inning gave the Angels a 1-0 lead, and they turned consecutive singles by Steve Finley and Adam Kennedy to start the third into two more runs. The pitchers held on from there, but they said it wasn’t any easier than holding off the powerful Yankees lineup to win the ALDS. “It’s a different type of lineup, different type of hitters,” Shields said. “They still make you work, they run the bases, they put the ball in play. And they still have some pretty good thumpers, too. We have a little different strategy with their hitters, but you still need to make pitches.” Shields came up with probably the pitch of the game in the bottom of the eighth when the White Sox had runners on first and second with two outs and cleanup hitter Paul Konerko up. Shields retired Konerko on a flyball to center. “I was just trying to get Paul out somehow,” Shields said. “He’s had an incredible year. I was trying to make a pitch for him to pop out on, or hit a groundball at somebody. After I got him, I could breathe easier.” The Angels could also rest easier, knowing they could return to the team hotel and sleep until noon today if they wanted, with no flight planned on their itinerary. “We’re supposed to be tired, but once we’re between the white lines, you don’t think about it much,” Molina said. “You just play the game. But when we got that third out in the ninth inning, that’s when I felt tired.” Contreras had not lost a start since Aug. 15 and was the AL’s pitcher of the month for September. He retired the side in order in the first, but Anderson led off the second with a home run, blasting a 2-0 pitch into the right-field seats. In the third, the Angels flipped on their little-ball switch after Finley and Kennedy began the inning with singles. Figgins sacrificed the runners to second and third, and Orlando Cabrera drove in Finley from third with an infield single. Vladimir Guerrero followed with a comebacker to Contreras, who would have had a play at the plate on Kennedy. But Contreras never looked home, and tried to turn the double play. Cabrera was forced out at second, but his hard slide forced second baseman Tadahito Iguchi to throw wildly, allowing Guerrero to reach first and Kennedy to score for a 3-0 lead. “That helped us a lot,” Molina said. “We scored first and had a 3-0 lead, and we took over after that. Maybe you expect a lot of mistakes or miscues because of the circumstances we went through, but we played a great game.” The White Sox crept back in it, first getting a solo homer from Joe Crede in the bottom of the third to make it 3-1. In the fourth, Carl Everett singled and came around to score on Pierzynski’s two-out single to cut the Angels’ lead to 3-2. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Silsbee will retire as superintendent

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 [email protected] CASTAIC – After 28 years with the Castaic Union School District, the superintendent has announced her retirement. Beverly Silsbee, who has worked in California’s public schools for the past 37 years, will retire June 30. Afterward, she hopes to stay involved with the district in a part-time capacity. Silsbee began her career in education as a teacher in San Jose in 1969. About six years later, she moved to the Santa Clarita area and taught in the William S. Hart Union High School District. In 1978, she was hired to teach middle school for the Castaic district. Through the years, Silsbee was promoted to principal and then superintendent and has seen the district grow from 350 students to 3,500. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more