Dear Mountain Mama,I just took a week-long whitewater kayaking course and I’m addicted! During the course I learned so many skills that I want to practice. As much as I’d like to, I can’t afford to keep taking lessons.How do I find paddling partners?Yours,Just Learning——————————————————Dear Just Learning,Welcome to the amazing community of river folks. Fortunately for you, Just Learning, kayakers are generous with their time and happy to help beginners.Some of the best ways to meet paddling partners at your level is from the courses you take. Swap contact information and make paddling plans. Also, ask your local kayak shop for the name of kayaking clubs in your area. Start attending club meetings. Often more experienced paddlers host clinics for beginners. Intermediate boaters sometimes offer to safety boat on trips intended for paddlers who are just getting started. If kayaking clubs aren’t an option in your area, kayaking forums on websites like www.boatertalk.com are a good way to connect with other boaters.Another good option is to go to the take out of a popular run. Your chances of finding someone else to kayak with are higher on weekend days. Go early in the morning, bring a good book in case you have to wait a while, and drive a useful shuttle vehicle. If you’re car is loaded with camping gear or can’t shuttle other boats, you’re not helping your chances that others will want to boat with you.Just Learning, do your part to create good kayaking karma. That means practicing your roll so others don’t have to constantly chase down you and your gear. Be gracious for any help and tips that other boaters give to you. Buying the bear, ice cream, or gas will go a long way to make a good impression in the boating community.Here’s to a summer of paddling and new friends!Yours,Mountain Mama
Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has accused the Government of deliberately trying to confuse people over its plan for ‘stealth taxes’.Speaking in the aftermath of a Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion against any proposal to introduce a flat rate household charge, the Senator said: “The Government continues to create confusion on their proposal to introduce a Stealth Utility Charge in January after Fine Gael/Labour Senators voted against a Fianna Fáil Motion calling on the Government to refrain from introducing any flat rate household Water Charge in January 2012.“Environment Minister Phil Hogan addressed the Seanad on this motion and his own contribution crated further confusion as he did not rule out the introduction of a utility charge on every home in the Country from January 2012,” said Ó Domhnaill. “The Minister and his Government are being disingenuous on this issue and are failing to be clear and transparent on an issue which is causing considerable unease amongst the public.”“I am again calling on Minister Hogan to come clean on this issue once and for all and set out exactly what charges households will be hit with under the Fine Gael/Labour Government. The New Government, after less than three months in office, is coming up with a new charge, the utility charge, to be levied on people because they have a home.”“It’s time the new Government moved out from behind the spin on this issue and told the people the truth.”Ó DOMHNAILL FURY AT PLAN FOR RATES was last modified: June 14th, 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) Tags:Brian Ó Domhnaillrateswater charges
A WOMAN HAS died after the car she was driving entered a canal in Northern Ireland.The incident occurred earlier this afternoon on the Fathom Line, when the black-coloured car she was driving entered the water.The woman has been named by the PSNI as 50-year-old Patricia Campbell from the Newry area.The road remains closed this evening.Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police.