Google+ Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – May 20, 2014 Breakdown of Donegal County Councils budget spending released News Twitter WhatsApp The independent think tank Publicpolicy.ie has published a new interactive website dedicated to local authority finances.Using figures from council budgets agreed at the beginning of the year, localauthorityfinances.com provides a per-capita breakdown of every euro being spent by the 31 local councils across the country this year.In Donegal, €138.6m will be spent in 2014, amounting to €860 per person.According to the data which has been collated by publicpolicy.ie, this year will see just over €208 per person spent on on maintaining Donegal’s road network, 27% of total spending.Almost €8 per person on Local Representatives’ salaries and expenses, 72c per person on unfinished housing estates, and just over €19 on educational support services.Almost €132 was budgetted for the supply of drinking water, a function which has now been taken over by Irish Water.Overall, Donegal County Council spends roughly the same per person as the national average, although it spends comparatively less on Housing, Environmental Services and Amenities, and comparatively more on Roads, Water and Economic Development. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Pinterest Previous articleProcess to replace Eamon Gilmore as Labour leader begins todayNext articleDonegal businesses to travel to Scotland for renewable energy conference News Highland
This time of year it is not uncommon to hear the phrase “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell that to the No. 3 USC men’s volleyball team (7-4, 5-3) as it returned to the friendly confines of the Galen Center last Friday with a clunk.One would assume the team would be happy to return home, after spending the entire month of February on the road. However, the Trojans were routed by the No. 7 Pepperdine Waves in three unimpressive sets (30-28, 30-28, and 30-26), leaving the one-time No. 1 team searching for answers to their newfound woes.“The team has been able to battle through some tough challenges over the last week,” senior middle blocker Hunter Current said. “With that, there is a renewed energy and confidence that we are ready to compete again.”Thanks to quirky schedule makers, who in a few short months have made the Trojans the road warriors of collegiate sports, the team will have a chance to mend its bruised heart with back-to-back home games this weekend against two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference foes: Pacific (6-10, 0-10) and No. 2 Stanford (7-3, 6-3).Friday night’s 7 p.m. tilt against the Tigers of Pacific University is subtly one of the most important matches USC will face all season. The Tigers are at the bottom of the MPSF, have yet to win a conference game and are fragile to say the least, and the Trojans are in desperate need of a morale boost after dropping three of their past four matches.This season, Pacific is led by Serbian sensation and freshman middle blocker Nikola Vukicevic, not to be confused with USC men’s basketball big man, Nikola Vucevic. The freshman star from Belgrade is second on the team in kills per set (2.33) while also hitting at an efficient rate of .426.Although the Tigers lack the fire power compared to other teams USC has faced, like Pepperdine, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine, the Tigers started the season 4-0 en route to a top-10 standing throughout the first month of competition. Since its hot start however, the team has fallen on hard times, losing 10 of their previous 12 matches, with seven of the losses coming by way of a three-set sweep.If Friday night’s match is the tune-up game of the weekend for USC, Saturday afternoon’s clash with the No. 2 Cardinal is far and away the premiere showcase. While USC is limping into this weekend, searching for answers after the recent slump, the Cardinal are in the midst of a season-best four-match winning streak.Led by reigning National Player of the Week sophomore outside hitter Brad Lawson, Stanford heads into Saturday’s match looking like the team more apt to make a run at an NCAA title. Lawson, who leads the team in kills per set (4.91) and service aces (16), is joined by senior leader and fellow opposite hitter, Evan Romero, who last year set the school record for most kills in a season.After wins against perennial powerhouses UCLA and UC Irvine last weekend, a 4 p.m. showdown at the Galen Center with the Trojans is well worth the price of admission — which for students is free with a school I.D.For Bill Ferguson and the Trojans, the key to repairing the damage of last week’s embarrassing loss to Pepperdine is playing with the same heart and passion the team displayed so effortlessly while atop the nation’s standings just weeks earlier. While the team has found success this season as a unit, in order to regain the stride and swagger necessary to get back to the NCAA Final, junior team leaders opposite hitter Murphy Troy (4.05 kills per game), setter Riley McKibbin (552 assists this season) and middle blocker Austin Zahn (.460 hitting percentage this season) will need to do just that during this weekend’s home stand: lead.If the Trojans fail to regain that sense of leadership, résumé-boosting matches like the ones they will face this weekend will go in a bad direction and a once-promising season has the potential to follow suit.“As a senior, I would say this team has experienced worse problems than losing three of past four games,” Current said. “We are fortunate to experience some valuable ‘downs’ this early in the season, ultimately helping us to peak at the right time.”
Shaun Wright-Phillips 1 New York Red Bulls have announced the signing of former England international Shaun Wright-Phillips.The 33-year-old former Manchester City winger will join brother Bradley in the Big Apple and, while the MLS club did not disclose terms of his contract, he will be available for Saturday’s trip to the Philadelphia Union.Wright-Phillips, who has won 36 caps for England, made 299 Premier League appearances for Manchester City, Chelsea and QPR, who he left this summer after four years at Loftus Road.Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said on his club’s website: “We are pleased to add Shaun to our club.“Shaun has performed at the highest levels of the game for his entire career, in the Premier League and on the international level, and brings a wealth of talent and experience.“He has been training here and we have seen his professionalism day in and day out. We think he is a tremendous addition both on the field and as a veteran presence in our locker room.”Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, 30, joined Red Bulls in 2013 and has scored 41 goals in 63 appearances for the club.Bradley and Shaun played together at Man City in 2004.