Gardaí in Donegal are undertaking their largest policing operation yet to maintain order during the Donegal International Rally.Large crowds of motor enthusiasts flock to Letterkenny and towns across Donegal for the three-day competition. While the rally itself has strict safety measures and is well-marshalled, there is often trouble in areas far from the stages and at nighttime. More than 80 arrests were carried out in 2018 for a range of public order, dangerous driving and drink driving offences.Gardaí have ramped up checks and brought in extra roads policing vehicles this week as they promote the message: “Keep the race in its place.” A large Garda presence is expected on the streets of Letterkenny at night and at all times on roads across Donegal, operating a zero tolerance policy on dangerous driving.Ahead of Rally weekend, Sergeant Charlene Anderson said: “Unfortunately each year there are always quite a large number of arrests. There are people who attend whom have no interest in the rally and they make our public roads a very unsafe place to be through dangerous driving/driving under the influence and speeding/racing other cars. “We want to keep ordinary road users safe during the duration of the rally and all rally participants and enthusiasts also. “We urge everyone to adhere to speed limits, to wear their seatbelt and to never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We also ask everyone to comply with any requests made by Gardai policing the event. “We are not there to spoil anyone’s fun, rather we want to ensure that the event is safe and enjoyable for everyone.“We ask everyone to “Keep the race in its place”.”Major Garda operation launched for Donegal Rally was last modified: June 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Gardapolicingrally
SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo did not need any stinkin’ pep talk to inspire Sunday’s comeback victory, no reminder that a pair of red-zone interceptions had the once-unbeaten 49ers careening toward a second straight loss.Instead, he saved his best throw for last, to perhaps the last target anyone would suspect.Garoppolo threw a 25-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to seldom-used running back Jeff Wilson Jr. with 31 … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.
On March 19 and 20, artists Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bernie Williams, former NY Yankee and Latin Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist join leaders of the music instrument and products industry in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress on the importance of comprehensive music education in our nation’s schools.Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (photographed here) and Other Renowned Artists Join Music Industry’s DC Fly-In to Advocate for Music Education.Credit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Photo Credit: Laura GlassThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) organizes the annual Advocacy Fly-In on behalf of school music education programs in public schools, to promote the benefits that playing music can have for children and teens, and to assure that federal education policy and funding advance access to music learning for all children.Smith, long known for his music-education advocacy efforts adds his voice to NAMM’s Advocacy Fly-In and efforts to support music in America’s schools. “I am a perfect example of someone who’s been musically educated exclusively throughout grade school, middle school and high school by the public school system,” the GRAMMY-winning drummer said. “If there hadn’t been a music program in my public schools, I would not be where I am today. Every kid – and I mean everyone – needs a chance to learn and grow with music.” Smith also works with the Percussion Marketing Council’s (PMC) “Percussion In The Schools” program, The Boys Club of Milwaukee, The Collective School of Music, Harlem NYC Jazz, Fender Music Foundation, Little Kids Rock and as an ambassador for Music Drives Us.Pressure on funding for school music programs continue as many districts struggle with budgets and regulations that force schools to narrow their scholastic offerings at the expense of important core academic subjects, music and arts education.The issue of music education in schools is also close to the heart of longtime music-education advocate and gifted jazz guitarist Williams, who attended previous NAMM Advocacy Fly-in and has taken up the cause as a national advocate for music education. “As a student, music was available to me in my public school in Puerto Rico. It fostered discipline in me, and the ability to perform under pressure,” he said. “A lot of what music taught me led to my success in other areas – including professional baseball. Music has a profound effect on kids, and education must include music and the arts.”According to a Harris Poll, school principals report higher graduation rates in schools with robust music and art programs than do those without programs (90.2% as compared to 72.9%). In addition, those that rate their programs as “excellent” or “very good” have an even higher graduation rate (90.9%). Schools that have music programs have significantly higher attendance rates than do those without programs (93.3% as compared to 84.9%).Nearly 30 NAMM Members, executive committee and industry representatives will join Smith, Williams and NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond for this year’s DC Fly-In March 18-20. “NAMM Members envision a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught; and in which every adult is a passionate champion and defender of that right,” Lamond said. “Our work in Washington seeks to further that aim.”NAMM’s annual Advocacy Fly-In gives NAMM Members the opportunity to advocate to their Members of Congress for policy and funding to support music and arts education. This advocacy effort includes one day of preparation at the Kennedy Center and another day of personal meetings with representatives and other influencers. Sessions are preceded by an issues briefing and training, after which NAMM Members hit the halls of the U.S. Capitol and Congressional office buildings to lobby their representatives about the importance of music education and needed changes to assure access for music learning. During the trip NAMM Members are also trained on developing state-level advocacy efforts for music and arts education that they can take back to their communities in time for school budget season.
APTN National NewsAfter years of lobbying, the city of Winnipeg will soon have a 24-hour safe haven for youth at risk of being exploited.Until now, drop-in centres for young people have shut their doors at 11 p.m.The province and city have now put up hundreds of thousands of dollars to expand hours.But as APTN’s Dennis Ward reports the money will only cover one year of operation.