Cape Breton Region Receives Recreation Funding

first_imgRecreation facilities in the Cape Breton region will receive about $726,000 through 13 grants announced today, June 16, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. Deputy Premier Frank Corbett made the announcement on behalf of Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “The government supports organizations and recreation facilities that help Nova Scotians lead healthier, more active lives,” said Mr. Corbett. “We are providing $2.94 million for projects across the province that will help families in every region get fit and have fun. That is the right decision for Nova Scotians.” Under the Recreation Facility Development Program, the grants will be used to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. The program assists community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. The Cape Breton grants were announced at the BAYplex in Glace Bay. This facility received $99,936, to build two dressing rooms. “This grant will help to enhance the BAYplex facility,” said Clarence Routledge. “In particular, it will enhance the accommodations for female hockey, which has continuously been increasing over the years.”last_img read more

Oireachtas debate tracker KildareStreetcom back in business

first_imgA POPULAR WEBSITE which helps members of the public to keep up to date with business in Leinster House has returned to full service after a seven month interruption.KildareStreet.com was left unable to track debates in the Dáil or Seanad when Oireachtas authorities changed their internal IT systems, moving to a website which did not support a feed in the programming language XML.Authorities said the moves were part of a cost-cutting drive to cut down on work for outside agencies – which saw transcripts of Dáil and Seanad debates moved from debates.oireachtas.ie, which included an XML feed, to oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie which has no such function.XML is a popular markup language used to export raw data in a way that can be easily manipulated by other services and internet users. This format allowed KildareStreet.com to interpret transcripts and send email updates to users, for example, notifying them whenever a certain TD spoke in the Dáil.The site’s administrator John Handelaar said the absence of an XML function in the new site meant the site had to be rebuilt from scratch, with a new engine built to ‘scrape’ records from the new Oireachtas website and convert it into XML.He told TheJournal.ie it had taken several months, with 12-hour days for the last month or so, in order to rebuild the site and allow it to catch up with the debates it had missed in the meantime.Full functionality should return from tomorrow, when the site will begin to automatically populate with details of Dail and Seanad debates taking place each day.Handelaar added that the work would not have been possible without the generosity of users who donated to a fundraising effort to revive the site, which brought in donations totalling around €9,000.That money was distributed to a not-for-profit company, MyGov Ltd, which is the vehicle behind KildareStreet.com and other endeavours such as FixMyStreet.ie, where residents of some counties can report issues in their locality.Oireachtas authorities had said the disruption to KildareStreet.com was an unintended consequence of its internal transitions, but the disruption prompted ire from many TDs and Senators who said the site was a way of helping the public to keep up to speed with their performance in Leinster House.KildareStreet.com uses open-source code developed by TheyWorkForYou, a site which offers similar debate-tracking features for debates in UK parliaments including the Northern Ireland Assembly.last_img read more