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by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
Posted Feb 6, 2017 2:10 pm EST
Last Updated Feb 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm EST

Tearing up the North American Free Trade Agreement will mean lost jobs in all three member countries, says the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

But Tom Donohue also said there are ways to improve the 23-year-old trade deal between Canada, Mexico and the United States and there’s potential to create a stronger agreement that will improve North America’s overall competitiveness with the rest of the world.

Donohue, who was critical of U.S. President Donald Trump before he was elected, came to Ottawa on Monday with a largely conciliatory message about the need to move forward constructively on bettering the economies of NAFTA’s three countries.

He told an audience of business leaders, politicians and diplomats that the intertwined and integrated economies of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are a good thing that must be preserved.

The message was largely in synch with the approach Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has taken towards the Trump administration: stressing the deep economic ties and the fact that millions of U.S. jobs also depend on NAFTA.

Trudeau said Monday that his government has spent the last month dealing directly with the Trump administration and reinforcing the fact that the two economies are integrated “like no other two countries in the world.”

Trudeau also spoke Monday with French President Francois Hollande, two days after speaking with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Hollande and Trudeau discussed the upcoming G7 and NATO summits later this spring, gatherings that Trump is expected to attend. May’s conversation with Trudeau came after her recent meeting with Trump in Washington.

None of the readouts of the calls supplied by Trudeau’s office made any mention of Trump.

Trudeau’s cabinet ministers are also busy in Washington. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was there Monday for talks with his counterpart James Mattis, the U.S. defence secretary.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said he will travel to Washington on Wednesday to meet new appointees in the Trump administration.

Trump has threatened to abandon NAFTA if it can’t be renegotiated to his satisfaction.

Donohue said the first priority with NAFTA is to “do no harm.”

“Let me say right up front that withdrawing from NAFTA would be devastating for the workers, businesses and economies of our three countries,” he said.
Canada and Mexico have become the two top U.S. export markets since 1994, he said.

While the rules of the agreement need to be modernized and improved, that should not “disrupt” the $1.3 trillion in trade between the three countries, he said. NAFTA’s visa provisions need to be upgraded to allow more movement for skilled workers, he added.

He also dismissed the possibility of NAFTA being replaced with separate bilateral agreements with the U.S. — something Canada has said it would be open to — saying that would give rise to “divergent rules” that would raise the cost of doing business, “destroy jobs and hobble our industries.”

He said the U.S. business leaders would fight hard at the NAFTA negotiating table for its “shared priorities.” The day after Trump’s victory, Canada announced it would be willing to renegotiate NAFTA to make it stronger.

Donohue’s Canadian counterpart, Perrin Beatty, called on the Trudeau government to begin consultations with businesses on the way forward on NAFTA.
Beatty said Canada will enter the talks from a position of strength because nine million American jobs and 35 U.S. states also depend on the deep trading links.

“I don’t expect Congress will do things to do a favour for Canada,” he said.

“But they’ll listen to their own business community and their own business community sends a message loud and clear that it’s essential that we build the relationship, not that we dismantle it.”
Connacht end epic year on low note as Munster prove too strong

Connacht 9 Munster 16

It never rains but it pours. In Galway when it rains, it always pours. It was like the old days in the Sportsground but that was half the problem for Connacht. Another defeat sees them lose more ground with the gang ahead of them hoping to play Champions Cup rugby next season; Munster, despite a mish-mash of a team, had enough in them to win and stretch their lead at the head of Pro12 affairs.

Munster should have finished with 14 men after their second late yellow but played on with 15; after the Wasps dénouement, few can complain, possibly, about the letter of the law. They only know Murphy's Law at the moment.

The conditions of the game never altered but the circumstances did, wildly, on the hour with the teams level at 6-6 and the hosts more anxious about that state of affairs than the visitors.

With a five-metre lineout, Connacht fancied their chances, but another scoring opportunity went a-begging and within seconds they were defending a five-metre lineout. They couldn't and Rhys Marshall dotted down.

Jack O'Donoghue tackles Connacht's Jack Heenan.  Photo Diarmuid Greene

Keatley, unerring from the boot on a field he knows so well, added the conversion and a subsequent dropped goal and, even though they finished with 14 men - Dave Kilcoyne taking the rap for his team's poor scrum - the men in red held on.

Munster had started well, too.

There was some neat interplay from the forwards, Billy Holland offloading neatly to Jean Kleyn before Dave Foley almost made it over the line; playing with an advantage, Ian Keatley was content to nab an early three-pointer.

The Munster out-half was in familiar surroundings, of course; almost too familiar a few moments later when Connacht almost stole in for what would have been a quite bizarre try.

As Munster tried to clear from the base of a scrum, Duncan Williams was charged down and Marmion might have won the race to the line had James Cronin not effected a subtle tug on his jersey. In any event, Keatley was at home but suddenly he turned off the lights; as he waited for the ball to run dead, Marmion almost nipped in to touch down.

Luckily, Keatley's unwitting boot prevented the ultimate punishment.

Connacht grew into the game and dominated the territory as their choice of prevailing weather conditions dictated and their domination of the scrum was heartening.
Jack Carty spurned a 40-metre penalty but, from slightly further out after a second scrum penalty, he finally levelled matters in the 32nd matter, just as O'Brien was brought in for another injury, this time to Nepia Fox-Matamua.

But dropped balls and dropped chances have been the story of the season for Connacht, who desperately needed to win this one to stay in touch with any Champions Cup ambitions.

Just being level didn't seem to be adequate given the conditions and, after a Munster maul was illegally trespassed, Keatley arrowed a perfect one-iron into the fangs of the squall to ensure that his side thieved the half-time honours.

He had a chance to extend the lead after the break when Connacht messed up their own lineout but the Dubliner's long-range effort fell short.

Despite a change in the Munster front-row, a third scrum penalty in the 51st minute allowed Carty to level a second time - 6-6 - minor compensation after being clattered moments earlier by Rhys Marshall as his side were stealthily making ground in the 22.

Despite a creaking lineout, Connacht were much more direct; they couldn't maximise their chances though and another disappeared when they were camped on the Munster whitewash from a five-metre lineout, Denis Buckley panicking and Tom McCartney knocking on.

As the ball sprung on the other side, Ian Keatley cross-kicked and Andrew Conway countered; from halfway Duncan Williams kicked and suddenly Connacht were defending a five-metre drive.

They couldn't, Rhys Marshall plopping upon a puddle; Keatley hammered a conversion from way out to the left as the eerie silence echoed throughout the stunned and soaking stalwarts. It seemed like the turning point and, despite a late Kilcoyne yellow card and Carty penalty, it was. A sudden momentum shift that could define Connacht's season.

Scorers - Connacht: Carty 3 pens. Munster: Marshall try, Keatley 2 pens, drop-goal, con.

Connacht: T O'Halloran; N Adeolokun, R Parata, P Robb, M Healy; J Carty, K Marmion (C Blade 70); D Buckley (JP Cooney 77), T McCartney (D Heffernan 59), F Bealham (J Andress 71), Q Roux (N Dawai 60), J Cannon, N Fox-Matamua (S O'Brien 29), J Heenan (L Stevenson 73), J Muldoon.

Munster: A Conway; R O'Mahony, F Saili, D Goggin, K Earls; I Keatley, D Williams; J Cronin (D Kilcoyne 54), R Marshall, S Archer (T Du Toit 49); J Kleyn, D Foley (C Oliver 71); B Holland (capt), T O'Donnell (R Copeland 71), J O'Donoghue (J Cronin 72).

Referee: D Phillips (IRFU)

The controversial pundit is not happy that none of Ireland's stars at Euro 2016 made the shortlist for RTE Sports Person of the Year

By Kevin Taylor
9th December 2016, 12:22 pm


EAMON DUNPHY has slammed RTE for not including any of Ireland’s Euro 2016 stars in the shortlist for Sports Person of the Year.
The TV pundit, writing in his Irish Daily Star column, labelled the decision to include Conor McGregor and omit Robbie Brady as ‘ludicrous’.
Eamon Dunphy reckons Conor McGregor is a ‘celebrity more than a sportsperson’

Brady, 24, was Ireland’s hero in France after he scored a late winner against Italy to book a place in the last-16 – and he slotted a penalty against France as Martin O’Neill’s men went down 2-1.

And Dunphy has accused the national broadcaster of bias against soccer players, with Dundalk star Daryl Horgan the only footballer on the shortlist.
He fumed: “It is hard to figure out. It does look as if this is a mixture of a box-ticking exercise and playing to the gallery.”

McGregor is up for RTE’s Sports Person of the Year award

He added: “Including McGregor and ignoring Irish footballers – especially Brady – is ludicrous.
“Horgan got in, so did the RTE chiefs think that will keep the crowd happy?”

Despite Conor McGregor’s two-weight title triumph in the UFC, Dunphy is not convinced by the Dubliner as a sportsman.
“I do think it’s the case that many media outlets – including RTE – are desperately jumping on to the Conor McGregor bandwagon.

“They see that he’s popular with young people and feel they have to do some cheerleading.”
"Pennsylvania's Gallant 69th"
History of the 69th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, a predominantly Irish regiment (mostly from Philadelphia) which saw extensive service during the American Civil War
From soldier data bases
Names in red known to have been born Ireland.
* * County identified.
### Born Ireland
Company A
Donahue Peter Private Oct.31st 1861 3 Yrs Deserted Nov.30th 1862.
Company C
Donohue Owen Private Aug. 21st 1861 3 Yrs Wounded at Antietam Sept 17th
1862.Mustered out Aug.28th 1864 expiration of term.
Company D
* * Donahue James (Co. TYRONE) Private Oct. 31st 1861 3 Yrs. Born Co.
Tyrone Ireland: Fought at Gettysburg. Captured June 22nd 1864 Jerusalem Plank Road Petersburgh . Sent to Andersonsville but paroled to hospital care Savannah.Then to College Green Barracks Annapolis Md but died same day. Buried National Cemetery Annapolis Md. Grave 1717 E-62- Pa. (Marker image)
* * Donahue Patrick (Co. TYRONE) Private Oct.31st 1861 3 Yrs Born Co. Tyrone
Ireland: Spent time in hospital and was later discharged due health problems..
Company G
* * Donahue Hugh (Co. TYRONE) Private May 5th 1861 3 Yrs Born Co. Tyrone
Ireland : Fought Gettysburg. Mustered out May 5th 1864 expiration of term.
Company I
Donahue Henry Corp Oct.31st 1861 3 yrs Deserted March 28th 1862.
Donahue James Private Oct.31st 1861 3 Yrs Enlisted Philadelphia 16th Aug.
1861 and mustered in at Camp Observation Md. 31st Oct.1861. aged 23. Wounded
at Glendale Va. 6th March 1862.Transferred to Kirbys Battery 1st U.S. Art. 26th
Oct. 1862 per A.G.O.154 Buried Old Cathedral Cemetery Philadelphia Position Q-
3-54 .No marker.

Seventh Heaven for O'Donoghue in Oaks

Report: York, Thursday

Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+ fillies and mares

AIDAN O'BRIEN has arguably Europe's finest filly in Minding, but the master of Ballydoyle also has a formidable back-up team to rely on and it was Seventh Heaven who provided the trainer with his fourth Darley Yorkshire Oaks triumph on Thursday.

If that was not enough for the all-conquering O'Brien, he also saddled the runner-up Found and Pretty Perfect, who was fourth behind the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Queen's Trust.

The betting and jockey bookings indicated Found, one of only two horses to beat last year's Derby and Arc hero Golden Horn, was the number one contender from O'Brien's County Tipperary base.

However, O'Brien had spoken favourably of Seventh Heaven, who sprang a 14-1 shock in the Irish Oaks on her previous appearance, but went off a 100-30 chance for the £365,750 Group 1.

Patiently ridden by Ballydoyle stalwart Colm O'Donoghue, she picked up well entering the final furlong and powered home for a two-and-three-quarter length verdict over Found, who returned the 2-1 favourite.

O'Donoghue said: "She's a very good filly and was a Classic winner getting the weight allowance [8lb] from the older fillies. She's tough and genuine with a great temperament and beautiful action."

'Beautiful ride'

O'Brien, whose previous Yorkshire Oaks victories had come via Alexandrova, Peeping Fawn and Tapestry, mentioned the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf as a possible target for Seventh Heaven, who flopped in the Oaks at Epsom, but is right back on track.

He said: "Colm gave her a beautiful ride and she'd come forward lovely since the Irish Oaks. We thought the track, ground and trip would suit her well here.

"She is a beautiful traveller and a big, rangy filly. She handles fast ground well and has plenty of class. She has a lot of options and I'd say she's going to make a real four-year-old."

Found, like her stablemate a daughter of Galileo, is already a four-year-old.

She may have tired under Seamie Heffernan after having two months off since finishing second in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, but O'Brien, winning his 13th top-level Flat race of 2016, has some sexy aims for her.

He added: "The plan with her was to go to the Curragh for the Royal Whip on Sunday, but we came here as we have US Army Ranger for that, and then go to Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes and then go to the Arc so nothing might change from that."

Amanda O'Donoughue said "I worked with gorillas as a zookeeper at the Knoxville Zoo from January 2006 until August of 2008; after that I volunteered doing sanctuary work and wildlife rehab. Of the dozens of animals I worked with closely, gorillas were my favorite, for their soulfulness, curiosity, and playfulness. Since the news emerged last weekend that Cincinnati Zoo officials shot and killed the gorilla known as Harambe after a little boy fell into his enclosure, I’ve realized that there are some misconceptions out there about both the gorilla species itself and how a zoo operates in emergency situations. Here, I’d like to try to clear up those misconceptions."

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A frisky mutt stole a pickup truck - and led a cop on a quarter-mile chase before being apprehended!

"This had to be the weirdest thing I've seen in my 14 years of law enforcement," declared befuddled Patrolman James Myers.

The shaggy dog story unfolded on the evening of March 25 [1996], after Good Smaratian Brett Donohoe, 32, found the stray collie mix and put it in the cab of his truck, hoping to help the pooch.

"The guy stopped at a shopping center to pick uo some flowers and a card for his girlfriend, " said Patrolman Myers.  "He also wanted to buy some dog biscuits for the stray."

Donohoe inadvertently left the engine running - and while he was gone, the black and white canine knocked the vehicle into gear.

"I was in my squad car in the parking lot doing some paperwork when I looked up and sw this pickup suddenly take off," said the patrolman.  "The headlights were off and it kept swerving around parked cars, barely missing them.

"The vehicle headed straight at a building, then made a hard right - if it hadn't, it would have plowed right into it!"

Incredibly, the out-of-control pickup missed all 50 cars jammed into the parking lot before skidding out onto the street, said the officer.  "I thought this person has to be sick or drunk."

The cop zoomed after the 'fleeing' car, calling for backup.

The pickup ran across the median and onto the lawn of a private home.

"It barely missed the house and a parked truck, then drove between two ornamental trees and into a cornfield," said Myers.

The cop raced to catch up with the pickup as it crossed the muddy field and shot out the other side.  At one point the truck rolled to a stop and Myers pulled alongside the driver's side window.  That's when to his amazement, he saw a dog behind the wheel!

"The dog looked right at me and then  took off again.  When that happened my mind just shut down for a minute," admits the cop.

Finally the pickup careened into a telephone pole..

But luckily, the canine car thief was unhurt.  "I found him inside listening to Garth Brooks on the radio," said Myers.

Donohoe was sited for leaving his car unattended with the engine running. The court also ordered him to find a home for the dog.


The  UK GRO indexes can now be searched at


for births and deaths up to 1957.


The search facility has the bonus that the result gives the mother's maiden name for births pre-1911, and the age at death pre-1865, which were not previously given.


Searches are restricted to 5 year bands.

22.11.2016 - the official government / National Records of Scotland genealogy index/images portal - has relaunched.  A major change is that it is now free to search indexes, and you only pay to download images.


There's a search form on the home page that lets you search across all records in one go. Searching for a name is then broken down further into numbers found in specific records like the various categories of statutory registers (e.g. births, civil partnerships, deaths, divorce, marriages), census returns (1841-1911), church registers (Church of Scotland births, marriages and deaths, as well as Catholic registers and other church records), valuation rolls (various years 1855-1930) and legal records (like wills and testaments). All of these index entries can then be viewed for free. You only pay to download any images you buy.

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland  

Over 45,000 entries

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This huge new dictionary is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.

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