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Local Government Act 2001

The Local Government Act, 2001 was enacted by the Oireachtas of Ireland on 21 July 2001. Most of the provisions of the Act came into operation on 1 January 2002; the act was a restatement and amendment of previous legislation, centred on the Local Government Act 1898. The 2001 act remains in force, although amended by the Local Government Reform Act 2014. According to the explanatory memorandum issued before the passing of the Act, its purposes were to: enhance the role of the elected member, support community involvement with local authorities in a more participative local democracy, modernise local government legislation, provide the framework for new financial management systems and other procedures to promote efficiency and effectiveness, underpin the programme of local government renewal; the Act established local government areas based on those created by previous legislation. The types of areas listed in the Act are: Counties: Identical to the administrative counties established by the Local Government Act 1898 and modified by legislation.

The opportunity was taken to rename Tipperary and Tipperary as North Tipperary and South Tipperary respectively. Cities: These were the County boroughs created by the 1898 Act and legislation, renamed. All the county boroughs except Galway had had the courtesy title of city by charter or letters patent. Boroughs: The five existing non-county boroughs continued in existence. In addition it was recognised that Kilkenny could continue to be called a city, in spite of being governed by a borough council and not being a former county borough. Towns: The remaining town authorities known as urban districts or towns with town commissioners, were all redesignated as towns. A council was established for each of the local government areas with the title county council, city council, borough council, or town council. One of the most controversial aspects of the Act was the abolition of the so-called "dual mandate"; this meant that members of the Oireachtas could no longer be candidates for local authority elections.

This was taken out of the original act after protests from Fianna Fáil backbenchers who were councillors. It was introduced in a 2003 amendment. Inspired by the office of Mayor of London created in 2000, Chapter 3 of Part 5 of the 2001 act as passed provided for a directly-elected chairperson of each county and city council; this was to take effect from the 2004 local elections. However, a 2003 amendment repealed the provision. Part 11 of the Act mandated the establishment of a permanent Local Government Commission to propose changes to local authority areas, local electoral areas, or local authority powers; this part never was repealed by the 2014 act. The previous practice of ad-hoc committees for boundary reviews continued after 2001 and was formalised by the 2014 act. "Local Government Bill, 2000". Legislative Observatory: Bills 1992–2014. Oireachtas. Retrieved 22 January 2014. "Local Government Act, 2001". Irish Statute Book. 21 July 2001. Retrieved 11 October 2016. "Local Government Act 2001". Revised Acts with Annotations.

Law Reform Commission. 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016

Ray Shero

Rejean "Ray" Shero is an NHL hockey executive who served as the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils franchises. Shero was the GM of the Penguins from 2006 to 2014, he was fired after the Penguins' 2nd-round exit from the 2014 playoffs. His tenure with the Devils lasted from May 4, 2015, when he replaced Lou Lamoriello, until he was fired on January 12, 2020. Shero is the son of New York Rangers coach Fred Shero. Shero played his college hockey for the St. Lawrence University Skating Saints, captaining the team from 1983–85, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1982, but never played in the NHL. Before joining the Penguins in 2006, Shero was an assistant GM first for the Ottawa Senators from 1993–98 and for the Nashville Predators from their entrance into the league in 1998 until 2006. In his first season on the job with the Penguins, Shero made a small splash in the free agent market, signing forwards Mark Recchi and Jarkko Ruutu, along with defenseman Mark Eaton.

In addition to these moves, he traded for forwards Nils Ekman and Dominic Moore, after drafting center Jordan Staal with the second overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. This choice paid immediate dividends, as Staal would score 29 goals and 42 points in his rookie year with fellow rookie Evgeni Malkin. At the trading deadline of the 2006–07 NHL season, Shero swung two major trades, sending Noah Welch to the Florida Panthers for veteran Gary Roberts, sending Daniel Carcillo and a draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for enforcer Georges Laraque. Shero made several tweaks to his club during the next offseason, signing defenseman Darryl Sydor, forwards Petr Sýkora and Jeff Taffe, backup goaltender Dany Sabourin. Shero took several steps to ensure that his nucleus of talent remained in Pittsburgh by re-signing defenseman Ryan Whitney to a six-year, $24 million contract extension, re-signing center and captain Sidney Crosby to a five-year, $43.5 million extension. On July 16, 2007, Shero announced that he had re-signed head coach Michel Therrien to a one-year extension through the 2008–09 NHL season.

The trading deadline of the 2007–08 NHL season brought two other major trades for Shero and the Pittsburgh Penguins, sending Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, prospect Angelo Esposito, a future draft pick for the Atlanta Thrashers' Marián Hossa and Pascal Dupuis, as well as bringing the Toronto Maple Leafs' defensemen Hal Gill to his team for two future draft picks. In 2009, the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to win the Stanley Cup, they won the cup on the road at the Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings defeated the Pens the year before in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena. On Friday, May 16, 2014 the Penguins fired Shero after the team fell to the Rangers 4-3 in the second round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs; the Penguins went into game 5 with a 3-1 series lead. This was the 5th straight year. Shero became the general manager of the New Jersey Devils on May 4, 2015. Notable acquisitions and free agent signings during Shero's tenure as general manager includes Taylor Hall, Will Butcher, Jesper Bratt, Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen, P.

K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier. Despite struggling for the first few years, the Devils returned to the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2018 but were eliminated in the first round 4-1 by Tampa Bay. Shero was fired by the Devils on January 12, 2020, his interim replacement is assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald. Biographical information and career statistics from, or, or, or The Internet Hockey Database Hockey Smarts Run in Shero Family at 7 Aug 2006

Greg Smith (American musician)

Gregory Smith is an American bassist and vocalist. He attended Valley Stream Central High School, he has collaborated with Billy Joel, Wendy O. Williams, Alice Cooper, Blue Öyster Cult, Vinnie Moore, Joe Lynn Turner, Ted Nugent, Tommy James & the Shondells, Alan Parsons, The Turtles, Felix Cavaliere, Chuck Negron, Joey Molland. Denny Laine, Glenn Frey, The Wizards of Winter and Mitch Ryder. Smith appears in the film Wayne's World as a member of Alice Cooper's band, performing "Feed My Frankenstein", he was the original bassist for the Tony Award-winning Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp musical Movin' Out on Broadway from June 2002 to December 2005, on the road from February 2006 to January 2007. Greg Smith Website Greg Smith Facebook Greg Smith myspace Ted Nugent Greg Smith Interview at

Winnipeg Jets (1972–96)

The Winnipeg Jets were a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Canada. They began play in the World Hockey Association in 1972; the club joined the National Hockey League in 1979 after the NHL merged with the WHA. Due to mounting financial troubles, in 1996 the franchise moved to Phoenix and became the Phoenix Coyotes. In 2011, The struggling Atlanta Thrashers franchise relocated to Winnipeg and restored the Jets name, although the prior Jets club history is retained by the Arizona club; the NHL had expanded to 16 teams, adding franchises in many hockey-hungry cities, but in Atlanta and Los Angeles. The WHA brought major professional hockey to Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg and Calgary. On December 27, 1971, Winnipeg was granted one of the founding franchises in the WHA; the original owner was Ben Hatskin, a local figure who made his wealth in cardboard shipping containers. The team took their name from the Winnipeg Jets of the Western Canada Hockey League; the Jets' first signing was Norm Beaudin.

Hull's acquisition financed by the rest of the WHA's teams, gave the league instant credibility and paved the way for other NHL stars to bolt to the upstart league. The Jets were further noteworthy in hockey history for being the first North American club to explore Europe as a source of hockey talent. Winnipeg's fortunes were bolstered by acquisitions such as Swedish forwards Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson, who starred with Hull on the WHA's most famous and successful forward line, defenceman Lars-Erik Sjoberg, who would serve as the team's captain and win accolades as the WHA's best defenceman. Behind these players and other European stars such as Willy Lindstrom, Kent Nilsson, Veli-Pekka Ketola, leavened by players such as Peter Sullivan, Norm Beaudin and goaltender Joe Daley, the Jets were the most successful team in the short-lived WHA; the team won the Avco World Trophy three times, including in the league's final season against Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers. The Jets made the finals in five of the WHA's seven seasons.

Another notable accomplishment was the Jets' 5–3 victory over the Soviet National team on January 5, 1978. In the WHA's last season, Kent Nilsson had 107 points, while Morris Lukowich had 65 goals, Peter Sullivan had 46 goals and 86 points; the Jets made it to the Avco Cup and Gary Smith gave up the last goal in WHA history to Dave Semenko in a 7–3 Jets win. Games: Bobby Hull, 411 Goals: Bobby Hull, 303 Assists: Ulf Nilsson, 344 Points: Bobby Hull, 638 Penalty Minutes: Kim Clackson, 413 Goaltending Wins: Joe Daley, 167 Shutouts: Joe Daley, 12The 1976, 1978 and 1979 Avco Cup winning Winnipeg Jets were inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in the team category. By 1979, the vast majority of the WHA's teams had folded. After the season, the Jets were absorbed into the NHL along with the Nordiques and Hartford Whalers. Pre-merger inter-league exhibitions had shown that the 1978-79 WHA Jets were the competitive equal of most NHL teams, with the possible exceptions of the three-time defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens and the rising New York Islanders.

However, the Jets had to pay a high price for a berth in the more established league. They had to give up three of their top six scorers – the core of the last WHA champion – in a reclamation draft, they were forced to draft 18th out of 21 teams. In the draft, they opted to protect defenceman Scott Campbell, who had shown a good deal of promise in the last WHA season. However, Campbell suffered from chronic asthma, only exacerbated by Winnipeg's frigid weather; the asthma drove him out of the league by 1982. Upon entering the NHL, the Jets were based in the Smythe Division of the Campbell Conference. However, with a decimated roster, the Jets finished dead last in the league for their first two seasons in the NHL, including a horrendous nine-win season in 1980–81 that still ranks as the worst in Jets/Coyotes history; this stands in marked contrast to the other 1979 Avco Cup finalist, the Oilers, who went on to dominate the league during the second half of the 1980s. The Jets' first two wretched NHL seasons did net them high draft picks.

The team developed a solid core of players by the mid-1980s, with Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, Paul MacLean, Randy Carlyle, Laurie Boschman, Doug Smail, David Ellett providing a strong nucleus. In 1981, a league-wide realignment placed the Jets with the league's other Central Time Zone teams in the Norris Division, which over the course of the decade would become the weakest division in the league. Led by Hawerchuk, Steen and Carlyle, the Jets returned to respectability quickly, made the playoffs 11 times in the next 15 years. However, regular-season success did not transfer over into the playoffs; this was because after just one season in the Norris, the relocation of the Colorado Rockies to New Jersey compelled Winnipeg to return to the more competitive Smythe Division along with the Oilers and Calgary Flames – by some accounts, the two best teams in the league during the second half of the 1980s. Due to the way the playoffs were structured at the time, whenever the Jets made the playoffs, they faced the near-certainty of having to beat either the Oilers or the Flames to get to the Campbell Conference Finals.

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Gertin Hoxhalli

Gertin Hoxhalli is an Albanian-born Greek professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. Hoxhalli started his career from Palaia Fokaia-based amateur club Proteas. On January 4, 2013, he signed a professional contract with Football League team Panachaiki, he remained in the club for 2,5 seasons. On 24 July 2015, he signed a 3-years contract with AEL. Hoxhalli was an active international player of Albania U19, he made his debut for the 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifiers, on 12 November 2014 against Denmark. As of 31 July 2015 Gertin Hoxhalli at Soccerway

1982–83 South Pacific cyclone season

The 1982–83 South Pacific cyclone season was one of the most active and longest South Pacific tropical cyclone seasons on record, with 16 tropical cyclones occurring within the South Pacific basin between 160°E and 120°W. During the season tropical cyclones were monitored by the meteorological services of Australia, French Polynesia and New Zealand; the United States Armed Forces through the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center monitored the basin and issued unofficial warnings for American interests. The first tropical cyclone of the season developed a day before the season began on October 30, while the last tropical cyclone of the season dissipated on May 16. Most of the activity during the season occurred within the central and eastern parts of the basin with French Polynesia affected by several systems; the 1982–83 season was one of the most active and longest South Pacific tropical cyclone seasons on record, with 14 tropical cyclones occurring within the South Pacific basin between 160°E and 120°W.

The season was characterised by a strong El Niño event, which resulted in eleven tropical cyclones occurring to the east of the International Dateline. Five of these tropical cyclones went on to affect the island nation of French Polynesia, which it was thought had not been affected by a tropical cyclone since another strong El Nino episode in 1905-06. During the season, ten of the fourteen tropical cyclones observed to the east of 160 E were severe tropical cyclones, with 5 of them occurring in the French Polynesia region which represented one more than was experienced in the same area over the previous 13 seasons. After the season had ended during April 30, meteorologists at the University of Hawaii identified that two tropical depressions developed on May 11 and May 16; the tropical depression that developed during May 11 was thought to be the easternmost forming South Pacific tropical cyclone observed in the satellite era, as it developed near 110°W. In April 2015, a cyclone was suspected to have become subtropical near 102.9°W, was unofficially named "Katie" by researchers.

However, since the system is not in the official database, its record is henceforth unofficial. The system, to become Tropical Cyclone Joti was first noted by the Central Pacific Hurricane Center during October 30, while it was located about 1,000 km to the north-east of Port Villa in Vanuatu. Over the next day, the disturbance developed further, as its outflow increased and atmospheric convection surrounding the system organised; the disturbance was subsequently named Joti at 00:00 UTC on November 1, by the FMS as it had developed into a tropical cyclone. As a result, this made Joti one of the earliest tropical cyclones recorded within the basin. After it was named, Joti continued to develop as it completed a cyclonic loop, before it started to move south-westwards towards Vanuatu during November 2. During November 3, the FMS reported that Joti had peaked with 10-minute sustained winds of 110 km/h, which made it a Category 2 tropical cyclone on the Australian scale; the JTWC subsequently reported that the system had peaked with 1-minute sustained winds of 120 km/h, which made it equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane on the SSHWS.

During that day the system started to move towards the west-south-west and made landfall on the northern Espiritu Santo. After the system had moved into the Coral Sea, it weakened and turned towards the south-southwest, before it degenerated into a depression during November 7. Within northern Vanautu, Joti damaged houses and fruit trees; the system, to become Tropical Cyclone Kina was first noted on November 6, while it was located just to the east of Tuvalu. Over the next few days the system moved south-westwards and developed further, before the JTWC reported that the system had developed into a tropical cyclone, with peak 1-minute sustained winds of 75 km/h during November 10. During that day the FMS reported that the system had developed into a Category 1 tropical cyclone on the Australian Scale and named it Kina; the FMS subsequently estimated during the next day that the system had reached its peak intensity, with 10-minute sustained winds of 75 km/h during November 11. That day the system's upper level circulation became sheared off from its lower and moved southwards away from it.

The degenerating system subsequently passed to the west of Fiji during November 13, before it was last noted during November 16, as it passed over the island of Efate in Vanuatu but no damage was reported. The system caused strong winds and rough seas on Viti Levu and in the Yasawas and Mamanutha group of islands. Tourists on the Blue Lagoon Cruise in the Yasawas were forced to take shelter from Kina, while 18 people on another boat were temporarily listed as missing as they took shelter. During December 10, a shallow tropical depression formed to the west of the Northern Cook Island: Penrhyn and started to move south-eastwards towards French Polynesia. Over the next couple of days, the system developed further before the FMS reported that the system had developed into a tropical cyclone and named it Lisa during December 12. During that day, gale-force winds were observed on Bora Bora before the system caused gas it passed to Mark existed from January 20 to February 1. Nano existed from January 21 to January 29.

During February 13, a depression developed just to the north of the Marquesas Islands and started moving south-westwards. Over the next four days the system maintained its intensity, before it made a sharp eastwards turn and started to develop further; the system subsequently moved in a counter clockwise loop, which allowed it to develop further and it wa