Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has accused the Minister for Education of dragging his heels on the construction of a new school to replace St Mary’s in Stranorlar. The issue is expected to be raised in the Dail again next week.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher said the school must to immediately tender claiming there are inordinate delays since pre-qualification stage of contractors and in the meantime, nothing has occurred. He said “I have raised the need for a new School at Stranorlar on a continual basis since my election in 2016, and especially because the previous Government of 2011-2016 having removed the school from their Capital Building Programme , the decision of that government has caused major delays to the sanctioning of the school.“It is in this context of continual delay and time delays within the Department, that I am forcing a decision on this school, it is a full 12 months since the school was progressed to pre-qualification stage, normally it should move to tender stage within 5 months maximum added Pat the Cope“I have already decided that a motion must be put before the Dáil in order to progress this project. No further delays can be allowed to occur.“The reality is that planning permission will expire on this project by 2022, and bearing in mind the project still has to be fully tendered for, we run the serious risk of letting this project’s planning expire before we get it off the ground, stated Pat the Cope The new building will comprise of 24 new mainstream classrooms, PE Hall and a suite of resource rooms and the new school will be situated on a 5 acre site.The current enrolment of the school stands at 448 pupils and the new school building will allow for further expansion in enrolment up to 720 pupils.The new school building will be state of the art in design and layout and will serve the needs of the school community for many generations ahead.Deputy Galagher said he is directly challenging the Minister to take action and progress this project.He added “You have allowed excessive time delays at the current stage notwithstanding the removal previously of the project from the capital programme. Now, is the time to progress this project and allow it to proceed to construction or face the wrath of further scrutiny on the floor of Dáil Éireann and your poor management of this project thus far. The new school will without doubt, inject a new lease of life to the school going population who depend on St Mary’s for their primary education.“Our children deserve the best possible opportunities when they are in our educational system and having the necessary school building and facilities is an essential part in insuring they get every possible opportunity in their school going years.”Stranorlar needs a new school building immediately – Pat the Cope was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Tag: 上海zj Humboldt State football suffers first loss of the season against No. 13 Central Washington
Ellensburg, Wash. >> When it isn’t your day, it just isn’t your day.The Humboldt State football team certainly found that out in the Pacific Northwest on Saturday afternoon.The showdown between the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s two unbeatens was won handily by No. 13-ranked Central Washington, as the Wildcats started strong and never let up in a 55-27 win over No. 17 Humboldt State at a sold out Tomlinson Stadium.“We got outplayed plain and simple,” Humboldt State head coach Rob …
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Welcome to the NHL, kid. Grown up kid, that is.Lukas Radil, a 28-year-old rookie playing in just his sixth NHL game, scored his first goal the way every kid imagines it whether they’re growing up in Canada, the U.S. or Europe. With 5:47 left in the third, the Czech-native saved the Sharks (15-11-5) from another soul-crushing loss by flipping a backhander into the top shelf, breaking a 3-3 tie after the Sharks coughed up a 3-0 lead to the Arizona Coyotes.“I had a dream to …
Brand South Africa wishes Madiba a very Happy 95th Birthday tomorrow. We would like to congratulate all South Africans who will be embracing International Mandela Day and playing their part in making this country a better place for all who live in it as envisioned by Madiba.Brand South Africa has been informed of a number of International Mandela Day activities by individuals and corporates alike and citizens can be proud in the knowledge that the legacy of Nelson Mandela will live on through the actions of his countrymen by keeping his dream alive and committing 67 minutes of service for good.We would encourage every person to get involved in the campaign and play their part. Nelson Mandela played his part by dedicating so much of himself to the people of South Africa and the world and now it is up to us. As Mandela said “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference”.With that in mind Brand South Africa will be playing its part this Mandela day. The entire Brand SA team will be supporting the Ebenezer Home for the destitute, in Walkerville. This year Brand South Africa will be focusing on children aged between 1 and 19 years-old. Some of the children are HIV/Aids orphans or are from broken homes, while others come from the surrounding impoverished area. The staff will be assisting with the refurbishment of the home. They will also be hosting the children in a robust programme around literacy, games, arts and crafts and music. Brand South Africa is calling on all South Africans to do the same and continue to keep the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive and play your part.TIME: 10h00VENUE: Ebenezer Home, Walkerville………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………For further information regarding Brand South Africa Mandela Day activities contact:Maredi MogodiPR International083 760 09 70 [email protected]
Tag: 上海zj Hockey World Cup 2002: Opportunity for Indian hockey team to count itself amongst the elite
f On a sunless winter’s day, all that stood out in the grey was a flaming garland of marigolds on the statue. When the Indian hockey team left the National Stadium in Delhi on its last morning before flying off for the World Cup, they walked briskly past the statue.,fOn a sunless winter’s day, all that stood out in the grey was a flaming garland of marigolds on the statue. When the Indian hockey team left the National Stadium in Delhi on its last morning before flying off for the World Cup, they walked briskly past the statue. Maybe they were preoccupied. Maybe it was late.Maybe they were only doing what Indian hockey has been trying to do all these years. Leave the shadow of its giants behind, throw off the burden of its history and look for new routes, new roads, new histories. The statue, though, was smiling. Dhyan Chand – for it is his bronze image that backs the stadium’s new hockey turf and looks out towards India Gate – would have approved. He could use the company.To judge Indian hockey by its yesterdays is like taking modern India to task for not resembling the Gupta era – they were both Golden Ages, remember. The Olympic golds, the wizards of hockey, the breathless beauty of it all, came from a time when our mothers were fainting at the sight and sound of Elvis Presley.In the past 30 years, the honours list has grown thin: the World Cup in 1975, an Olympic gold in 1980, an Asian Games gold in 1998 and a Junior World Cup only last year. The Indian team returns to Malaysia, the country where it won the Cup 27 years ago, but it will be playing a very different game from the one played by its illustrious predecessors.advertisementDhanraj Pillai”When Dhanraj begins to run, the opposition runs with him.”CEDRIC D’SOUZA, Indian coach, on star striker PillaiIn the past quarter century, there have been few sports that have changed as much as hockey – not just in terms of equipment and surface like tennis, but also in tactics, techniques and pre-match preparation. It is where the Indians fell apart in the past two decades and it is why, along with other reasons like sheer administrative blindness, catching up has been like puffing up the Everest in bathroom slippers.When the World Cup explodes from the first whistle on February 24, the nostalgia bugs would be advised to switch channels from some damned cricket match and watch. Sixteen nations will play on a turf called System Five, the ball hit from a standing stroke will travel at speeds between 120 and 150 kmph, and go from stick to goal in 1.5 seconds. Once the wizards of hockey attacked in waves, weaving pretty rings around defenders. Today’s stickmen will play, to borrow from Harry Potter, wizard’s chess at full tilt. In this game only if the men of action and men of thought combine as a seamless whole can a team hope to succeed.Where then do the Indians fit in this intricate and grand design? Baljit Singh Dhillon, the Indian captain and a quiet man of reasonable words, says, “We have always gone one step ahead. But we have to listen to the criticism until we win something big.” The only way to judge the team – they rarely play as a unit at home – is by results. Through 2001 there have been flashes of light. The Indians won the Champions Challenge in Kuala Lumpur, earning them a ticket into the Champions Trophy, meant only for the top six hockey nations in the world.At the World Cup the Indians, who finished ninth in the last edition in Utrecht, Holland, will play seven group matches in nine days. They are in the “easier” of the two groups, but while Australia has old “pedigree”, no longer can the other teams in their group – Korea, England, Malaysia, Poland – just be sneezed away.The CompetitionGermanyEfficient set piecesSpeed on the breakConvert close to 60 per cent chancesStars: Bjorn Michel, Oliver DomkePakistanSuperior skill advantageGrasp of tactical hockeyAbility to score off penalty cornersStars: Shahbaz Ahmed, Sohail AbbasAustraliaSpeed in the D, fitnessSuperb midfieldersAggressive play in the first 10 minutesStars: Troy Elder, Brent LivermoreHollandSpeed over the groundSure hands in the DSmooth transfers out of defenceStars: Bram Lomans, Taeke TaekemaSo the Indians have prepared in three long camps, including physical training that would leave the cricket team counting its blessings (the minimum level required of the “bleep” test for endurance is set at 17 for the hockey team – the Indian cricketers strain for a bit over 11), early morning starts in freezing Ludhiana, video-analysis sessions and simulated matches in sweltering Chennai in which one half lasted an hour instead of the regulation 35 minutes, leaving athletes smelling their own blood. It is an enormous workload but it is what is being put in by every other team.advertisementThe Dutch are now in Egypt trying to duplicate Malaysian conditions and to keep set pieces away from spying eyes. For the first time the Indians sent assistant coach C. Kumar out to Malaysia for a six-nation event featuring the big daddies – Holland, Pakistan and Australia – so that he, armed with a video camera, could do a little bit of spying too. Coach Cedric D’Souza has worked out 12 penalty corner set pieces-stealthily moving arrows and dots, dodges and dashes-on his computer’s Power Point programme. It may seem obsessive and overzealous but, again, it is all mandatory.The team has headed for Kuala Lumpur on a bubble of goodwill but should they “fail” – and that’s a very loose definition – they know they will be taken to the cleaners. Indian hockey is not only a miserly employer – the players receive an allowance of $20 (Rs 960) per day and a match fee of zero – but an unforgiving one. A year after the India lost the final of the 1982 Asian Games to Pakistan, someone cut the electricity when goalkeeper Mir Ranjan Negi was getting married in Indore, the ceremony continuing in darkness.After Rajiv Mishra, a junior instrumental in taking India to the 1997 World Junior final, suffered from a knee injury, he was left out on a limb, the IHF President K.P.S. Gill remarking, “You can’t take care of someone who doesn’t want to take care of himself.” Clearly the golden era of nurturing hockey players is over too, gone like the grass on which the greats played.On the current Indian team, Jugraj Singh is already being hailed as the golden boy with the penalty corner hits and being thrown in to the sharks. Before he became a modern maestro Sohail Abbas of Pakistan was groomed for four years and sent to Holland to develop his penalty corner skills. Olympian striker Jagbir Singh says the reason Indians have won little recently has plenty to do with player morale. “We are always changing our players, putting them under pressure. Look at Pakistan – they value their players more. The confidence of their team is always higher.”The Indians now in Malaysia believe they are different. Half of the 22 now in Kuala Lumpur – the squad will be trimmed to 18 – come from the under-21 World Cup winning squad but have played on the national team as part of a core group in international competitions. Their pure optimism may be easily drained in the future but for the moment it is stuff that could be drunk neat. But only as an aperitif, to stimulate the senses.The meat and potatoes of the team remains the experience of Dhillon, the peerless Dhanraj Pillai, Sabu Varkey and defender Dilip Tirkey is worth its weight in golden boots. The pressure of playing for the “revival” of Indian hockey may just be too hot a cup of tea for the juniors.”We have to channelise their speed, thrust and off-the-ball running,” says Dhillon. “Sometimes greater the speed the greater the mistakes.”advertisementPillai, playing in his final World Cup, matching sticks and wits with the most youthful, will be the centre of attention and play two parts: that of goal-scorer and panic-creator. Says D’Souza, whose move to play Pillai out on the right instead of dead centre has caused some heartburn: “When he’s playing, the opposition is more on guard. Dhanraj’s reputation precedes him. When he runs, the opposition runs with him.” The point is whether he has the ball or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, he is able to create space for the rest of the forwards. When it works, it is pure theatre. When it doesn’t, Pillai’s skills seem wasted. The great man has a great stage again.Worth the Wait: New find Jugraj Singh’s success in converting penalty corners will be crucialD’Souza has returned to handle the hot potato of the Indian team after a stint in 1996. He says he has tried to soften his own man-management style and break down the barrier between seniors and juniors, north and south. He has set up an “inner circle” of seniors, draws up the room lists and tries to put players from different regions together. “That way the common language is hockey. And humour. To the seniors I’ve said, ‘If you want to be called seniors, you have to take the responsibility of behaving like grown men, take charge of the younger players.'” It’s a prickly subject, this, a hangover from a history of deference. As a rookie, a member of this team found himself intimidated by the aloof manner of Pargat Singh, who to him became not Pargat Singh, comrade, but Pargat Singh, “triple Olympian”. The player says, “They were all supremely talented players but as a team – what?”It is a culture that needs to be dismantled before any team can move ahead. If not checked and balanced in this World Cup, it could yet delay India’s dream. Former coach and Olympian M.P. Ganesh tries to be realistic, “Getting into the semi-final would be a very good effort. What we all really need to see is India proving that they belong to the Champions Trophy group – the elite of the hockey world.” India did in an era long gone, but this is a new century and it must find its place , in it all over again.”We must get over this psyche of, ‘We were the champions and we will remain so,'” says Jagbir. When striker Deepak Thakur came home as a junior world champion, he saw what could be: not just the headlines and TV lights, but 400 children turning out for under-15 hockey trials in Patiala. It’s like every man on the team can almost sight the corner, can sense the moment when he can stop being the ordinary son of extraordinary fathers and be himself. It is time to turn the corner and time to turn the page.A new history for Indian hockey – whether a good, bad or an ugly one – waits to be written. The team now in Kuala Lumpur comprises its writers.
zoomCar carrier Aries Leader; Image Courtesy: NYK Shipping major NYK has undertaken Japan’s first carbon-neutral voyage by offsetting 5,000 tons of CO2.The amount is equivalent to the CO2 emitted by NYK’s environmental flagship car carrier Aries Leader during one voyage between Japan and the Middle East.The vessel is equipped with the latest energy-saving technologies, reducing CO2 emissions per unit by 30% compared with existing large pure car carriers, according to the company.“This initiative demonstrates the ability of NYK to provide carbon-neutral transportation to its Japanese and overseas customers, thus meeting the demand for a more sustainable, carbon-free supply chain.“NYK will propose and expand its carbon offsets to customers as an option that benefits the environment and contributes to a zero-carbon-footprint supply chain.”The company will continue its efforts to create new green businesses through carbon credit initiatives and realize its basic philosophy of “Bringing value to life”.