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first_imgIT’S NOT just accountants, solicitors, plumbers and builders heading Down Under – the former assistant director of the Letterkenny Regional Cultural Centre has joined the new life in Australia. John Cunningham is the new Director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery in South West Victoria.And he has already caused a stir – by insisting works of art are loaned into people’s homes! And the local Chair of the Art Gallery Community Advisory Committee, Glenys Philpot, says ‘no one will go to sleep’ while John is there.A couple of contacts in Australia pointed the position out to John, who then set about researching Warrnambool via the web before applying for the position which became an opportunity he ‘couldn’t turn down’.The idea of putting the collection into people’s homes is part of his plan to ‘animate the city’ through the gallery – he talks about the gallery’s limits as stretching beyond the physical walls of the space, pushing them all the way out to the very edges of Warrnambool itself.He’s set himself three months to come up with a vision for the gallery, and is also currently reviewing some of the gallery’s past projects. EX-LETTERKENNY ARTS DIRECTOR LANDS DREAM JOB DOWN UNDER was last modified: February 11th, 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)last_img read more

first_imgDonegal will be well represented at the Rose of Tralee festival this year, after three escorts from the county made it through an intensive boot camp in order to be chosen for the glitzy pageant. Struan Charters, Tom Cranley and Mark Harley will represent Donegal at The Rose of Tralee festival which gets underway on August 17th. The three lads were put through a gruelling boot camp over the Bank Holiday Weekend where they had to showcase their skills in an array of different ways such as footing turf, sowing, ironing and surfing!Sixty-five escorts were selected following the weekend, and three Donegal showed they had what it takes to make a great escort.In fact, most counties are well represented at this year’s festival – with 26 of the 32 counties having escorts selected.John Drummey, Rose of Tralee Communications Manager, told The Irish Daily Mirror, “The Rose Escorts spent three days in Kerry where they undertook a number of endurance tasks to prepare them for the festival. “Over 200 men between 21 and 30 years applied to become Rose Escorts this year.“Following a detailed interview process, the final 65, the biggest number ever, were selected to take part in a Boot Camp weekend in Kerry, to help them cope with the demands of a busy week in Tralee.” DONEGAL WELL REPRESENTED AT ROSE OF TRALEE – AS THREE ESCORTS MAKE THE CUT was last modified: June 8th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:2016EntertainmentFeaturesnewsRose of Traleelast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – The White House on Tuesday sidestepped questions about whether Vice President Dick Cheney passed on to his top aide the identity of a CIA officer central to a federal grand jury probe. Notes in the hands of a federal prosecutor suggest that Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, first heard of the CIA officer from Cheney himself, The New York Times reported in Tuesday’s editions. A federal prosecutor is investigating whether the officer’s identity was improperly disclosed. The Times said notes of a previously undisclosed June 12, 2003, conversation between Libby and Cheney appear to differ from Libby’s grand jury testimony that he first heard of Valerie Plame from journalists. “This is a question relating to an ongoing investigation and we’re not having any further comment on the investigation while it’s ongoing,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said. Pressed about Cheney’s knowledge about the CIA officer, McClellan said: “I think you’re prejudging things and speculating and we’re not going to prejudge or speculate about things.” McClellan said Cheney – who participated in a morning video conference on the Florida hurricane from Wyoming, where he is speaking at a University of Wyoming dinner tonight – is doing a “great job” as vice president. The spokesman also said Cheney’s public comments have always been truthful. The New York Times identified its sources in the story as lawyers involved in the case. Libby has emerged at the center of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald’s criminal investigation in recent weeks because of the Cheney aide’s conversations about Plame with Times reporter Judith Miller. Miller said Libby spoke to her about Plame and her husband, Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson, on three occasions – although not necessarily by name and without indicating he knew she was undercover. Libby’s notes show that Cheney knew Plame worked at the CIA more than a month before her identity was publicly exposed by columnist Robert Novak. At the time of the Cheney-Libby conversation, Wilson had been referred to – but not by name – in the Times and on the morning of June 12, 2003 on the front page of The Washington Post. The Times reported that Libby’s notes indicate Cheney got his information about Wilson from then-CIA Director George Tenet, but said there was no indication he knew her name. The notes also contain no suggestion that Cheney or Libby knew at the time of their conversation of Plame’s undercover status or that her identity was classified, the paper said. Disclosing the identify of a covert CIA agent can be a crime, but only if the person who discloses it knows the agent is classified as working undercover. The Times quoted lawyers involved in the case as saying they had no indication Fitzgerald was considering charging Cheney with a crime. But the paper said any efforts by Libby to steer investigators away from his conversation with Cheney might be viewed by a prosecutor as attempt to impede the inquiry, which could be a crime. According to a former intelligence official close to Tenet, the former CIA chief has not been in touch with Fitzgerald’s staff for more than 15 months and was not asked to testify before the grand jury even though he was interviewed by Fitzgerald and his staff. The official told the Times that Tenet declined to comment on the investigation. Libby’s lawyer, Joseph Tate, did not return phone calls and e-mail to his office. Fitzgerald is expected to decide this week whether to seek criminal indictments in the case. Lawyers involved in the case have said Libby and Karl Rove, President Bush’s senior adviser, both face the possibility of indictment. McClellan said both Rove and Libby were at work on Tuesday. Fitzgerald questioned Cheney under oath more than a year ago, but it is not known what the vice president told the prosecutor. Cheney has said little in public about what he knew. In September 2003, he told NBC he did not know Wilson or who sent him on a trip to Niger in 2002 to check into intelligence – some of it later deemed unreliable – that Iraq may have been seeking to buy uranium there. “I don’t know who sent Joe Wilson. He never submitted a report that I ever saw when he came back,” Cheney said at the time. “… I don’t know Mr. Wilson. I probably shouldn’t judge him. I have no idea who hired him.” Asked Tuesday whether Cheney always tells the truth to the public, McClellan said, “Yes.” “Frankly I think it’s a ridiculous question,” he said. “The vice president, like the president, is a straightforward plainspoken person.” The Cheney-Libby conversation occurred the same day that The Washington Post published a front-page story about the CIA sending a retired diplomat to Africa, where he was unable to corroborate intelligence that Iraq was trying to acquire uranium yellowcake from Niger. The diplomat was Wilson. A year after Wilson’s trip, President Bush cited British intelligence in his State of the Union address as suggesting that Iraq was pursuing uranium in Africa. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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