Cope says government must reinstate Minor Works grant for schools

first_img Twitter Google+ By admin – October 21, 2016 Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Previous articleCouncil urges restraint and consideration in the use of crow bangersNext articleAGSI work to rule gets underway as talks continue admin Cope says government must reinstate Minor Works grant for schools News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Parents are paying the price of the the Government’s failure to commit to a Minor Works Grant for schools.That’s according to Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher who claims the scheme has been consistently underfunded by the government in recent years, which has led to schools having to forgo essential maintenance work.The Grant is seen as essential funding for schools allowing them to help repair damage such as leaking roofs, broken heating systems and smashed windows.Deputy Gallagher says it is often hard pressed parents who are picking up the slack………… WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Over 550 guns seized from home of felon in Southern California

first_imgLos Angeles County Sheriff’s Department(AGUA DULCE, Calif.) — A tip from a neighbor about a man in possession of “a large number of guns” turned out to be an understatement. When Los Angeles County sheriffs showed up at the home with a warrant they found 432 guns at his house — and that was just the beginning of his arsenal.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Department of Justice announced the unbelievable cache of weapons on Monday after seizing the weapons last week.Manuel Fernandez, 60, of Agua Dulce, California, was already a convicted felon and was taken into custody for being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of an assault rifle, a felon in possession of ammunition and possession of large capacity magazines.The arsenal, when laid out by sheriffs, shows at least 57 handguns and row after row of rifles.After seizing the 432 weapons at the suspect’s house, a second warrant was served at the home of a woman connected to Fernandez, where 30 illegal firearms were seized, according to the sheriff’s department. Officials said the woman was not home when the warrant was served and is still unaccounted for, though she could face charges in the future as well.A day later, law enforcement officials further searched Fernandez’s home and found 91 more weapons hidden at the residence.“Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect,” the sheriff’s department said in its release.All told, authorities seized 553 weapons alleged to belong to Fernandez. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been brought in to trace the origin of many of the weapons.Fernandez was sentenced to 486 days in jail for an unspecified felony conviction in February 2017, but was released in August 2017, according to jail records.He has been released on bail this time and is due in court on July 9.Agua Dulce is locted in a rocky, mountainous region about 45 minutes north of Los Angeles.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting prompts wide outpouring of public support

first_imgJeff Swensen/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh prompted an immediate outpouring of widespread support online, from public figures of all political leanings.The deadly shooting — which the Anti-Defamation League said is among the most deadly attacks on a Jewish community in the U.S. — is still being investigated with some victims being actively treated at local hospitals.The ongoing investigation into suspect Robert Bowers, 46, who is in police custody, didn’t stop people from talking about the apparent religious angle of the shooting, while others pointed to ongoing calls for gun control and political unity.First daughter Ivanka Trump — who converted to Judaism before marrying husband Jared Kushner, also Jewish — expressed her support on social media, posting a statement both in her Instagram stories and on Twitter.“America is stronger than the acts of a depraved bigot and anti-semite,” she wrote on Twitter, going on to call for “all good Americans stand with the Jewish people to oppose acts of terror & share the horror, disgust & outrage over the massacre in Pittsburgh. We must unite against hatred & evil.”Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to help the families of the victims and to help repair the damage to the synagogue from the gunfire.Politicians from across the political spectrum spoke out, including Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called for unity.“We must come together as Americans and empower the better angels of our nature,” he wrote on Twitter.Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also posted a note of condolences, saying her “heart breaks” for the families of those impacted.“An attack on the most sacred of places is the cruelest and most cowardly act a person can do,” she wrote on Twitter. “There is and will never be any tolerance for hate.”Actress and comedienne Amy Schumer, who has been a vocal activist for gun control, also wrote that her “heart is broken for the victims and loved ones of everyone affected by the shooting.”The hometown football team — the Pittsburgh Steelers — expressed their sympathies within an hour of the shooting taking place.“We send our thoughts and prayers to those affected by this morning’s tragedy in Pittsburgh. We will continue to pray for everyone involved,” the team wrote on their official Twitter page. Talk show host Seth Meyers, who has Jewish members of his family and whose father is from Pittsburgh, also posted about the shooting, writing: “My heart goes out to Pittsburgh, a city that is near and dear to me.”Actress and singer Mandy Moore tweeted about the news of the attack, sending her support to anyone impacted by gun violence and pointing to the elections as an opportunity for people to vote on the issue.“My heart goes out to all those affected by gun violence today and every day. Feeling helpless and frustrated by this news too? VOTE Nov 6th. VOTE. Use your voice. #GunSenseCandidates,” she wrote on Twitter.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Minnesota rests in final weekend

first_imgShe posted a career-best time in the 400-meter run at 54.41 seconds last weekend. She was just .06 seconds off the program record.She said she thinks she can beat that time at the Big Ten meet.“I definitely think that [the record] is a reachable goal for me in the next two weeks,” Geyen said. “It was probably one of the best races I’ve felt this season so far.”While Geyen and some of her peers will be in the stands instead of on the track this weekend, the team is looking forward to being together again.In the past month, different groups of the men’s and women’s teams have competed in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Washington.“When everyone’s together, I feel like we feed off each other’s energy and want to do well,” Geyen said.In early January, the Gophers women’s team had a meeting at which Bingle forecasted where he thought the team should be at various stages of the season.He said they’re currently in a good position.“We are where we wanted to be,” he said. “We’re not done with what we’re going to do.” Minnesota rests in final weekendA few Gophers athletes will try and earn a spot on the Big Ten roster. Jack SatzingerFebruary 20, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter weeks of competing on the road, the Gophers men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to the familiar confines of the University Fieldhouse this weekend.The men’s team will compete Friday in the Snowshoe Open, and the women’s team will finish competition Saturday at the Parents’ Day Invite.A bulk of Minnesota’s athletes will not compete over the weekend and instead will rest up for next week’s Big Ten indoor championships.“There’s an off-weekend for a lot of people,” head women’s coach Matt Bingle said. “Some people are going to compete and kind of fine-tune things.”A number of the athletes competing this weekend will be doing more than just fine-tuning, though.“Some people will try to earn a spot to the Big Ten,” Bingle said.That scenario stretches to the men’s side, too. Head coach Steve Plasencia said he’ll be looking for additional athletes who can make an impact next weekend.“This is the last chance to make the Big Ten [meet] for a lot of guys,” he said.Megan Geyen has already snared a spot for the Big Ten indoor championships and will not compete this weekend.last_img read more

What Police Departments and the Rest of Us Can Do to Overcome Implicit Bias, According to an Expert

first_imgJennifer Eberhardt is a MacArthur “genius grant” winner and psychology professor at Stanford University who studies implicit bias. TIME spoke with her about her new book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See Think and Do, as well as her research, her work with police departments and how implicit bias can affect us all. Read the whole story: TIME More of our Members in the Media >last_img


first_imgCanada: Stcum of Montréal has signed a co-operation agreement with Lyon transport authority Sytral and its operator SLTC. Joint development projects may include smart card ticketing.GO Transit has opened a new station at Rutherford on its Toronto – Bradford route. The station building and parking spaces for 500 cars were to be ready this month, as part of theC$8·85m project.China: Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp held a ground-breaking ceremony for its Ma On Shan feeder line on February 12. The route is expected to open in 2004.France: With the opening of Lille Line 2 to Hlast_img

Steel Sensations…Time to really question Mike Tomlin

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches during the first half in an NFL football divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)4-4, that’s the record of your Pittsburgh Steelers at the halfway point in the season. Quite honestly, it’s a disgraceful record and one that the entire team should be ashamed of.Mike Tomlin needs to recognize that his team has vastly underperformed so far this season and in particular over the last three weeks, going 0-3, twice to two AFC teams who were once again below .500.This last loss in Baltimore however was the epitome of ineptitude and while Ben Roethlisberger struggled mightily for the first three quarters of that game, the loss needs to fall on the shoulders of the coaching staff, starting with of course, Mike Tomlin.Listen folks, he’s just not a good game coach, when your teams consistently fall to sub .500 teams on a weekly and yearly basis, there is a problem. His messages appear to be falling upon deaf ears. His status as the head man doesn’t seem to be respected considering all of the discipline issues the team continues to have both on and off the field. When you commit 13 penalties the first game after a bye week, discipline is clearly at the forefront of the teams problems.It’s nearly impossible to be as unprepared as the Steelers were against their biggest rival this past Sunday on any occasion but specifically coming off of a bye week. It really has to make you wonder what in the world Tomlin and his staff are doing to prepare for games, doesn’t it?The defense is a mess as the secondary can’t cover anyone and the linebackers can’t apply pressure. The frontline can’t stop the run and the team fails to get off the field on major downs. While they have talent, it’s obvious that schematically Keith Butler is in over his head and should never have been promoted. Tomlin chose to push out Dick LeBeau, one of the best defensive minds of all time in favor of this guy.  That’s a major failure on Tomlin’s part. But don’t forget that when Butler was hired, Tomlin vowed to be more involved on the defensive side of the ball as that’s his background.  Well, the unit, despite all of its’ talent has failed miserably. It’s a coaching issue, a preparation issue and a discipline issue.  It’s a Mike Tomlin issue.It’s getting old having to preach this same thing week in and week out but the Rooneys won’t do anything about it. They don’t fire coaches and they won’t fire Tomlin.  There’s still time in the season for Tomlin to get things turned around but he better start this coming Sunday against the 7-1 Cowboys, if he doesn’t, this season could go down in flames and several of the guys he has on his staff will need to burn with it.I don’t think the Steelers have any reason to be thinking Super Bowl at this juncture but Ben Roethlisberger has come out and said “follow me”, in an effort to calm the troops. He’s been down this road a few times and I do believe in his ability to lead this team but we all need to hope that Mike Tomlin doesn’t get in his way.But there are two consoling thoughts you all can have right now about the black and gold; 1) the season is only half over and there is plenty of time to right the ship and 2) if Donald Trump can be elected as the President of the United States of America then truly anything is possible and perhaps the Steelers can duplicate that miracle and turn things around under Mike Tomlin.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association– Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Justice for Manus

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie The atrocities occurring on Manus Island are as much a local issue as they are a national…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

GMIT AND GALWAY GAA Announce Strategic Alliance For The Development Of New Academic Sports-Related…

first_imgThe agreement, which will come into effect later this year, will mean that GMIT will base its new B.Sc. (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science in Lár Ionad, Galway GAA’s Centre of Excellence at Loughgeorge, which houses state-of-the-art gymnasium and training facilities.  GMIT will provide learning technologies in the new extension currently under development at Loughgeorge as well as the use of scientific equipment to enhance the existing facilities. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and Galway GAA have announced the beginning of a strategic relationship for the delivery of the Institute’s new flagship programme, the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science, and the development of new academic programmes and research, which will be of mutual benefit to both organisations. Under the agreement, GMIT will provide Sports Science services to Galway GAA and it is anticipated that this area of activity will grow and be of significant benefit for player development at all age grades.  GMIT has been building expertise in this area and has gathered together a dynamic academic and technical team to support its new degree and research projects.Dr Fergal Barry, President of GMIT, stated: “This is an important relationship for GMIT and fits with our ethos of working closely with other organisations in the region.”Dr Des Foley, Head of the School of Science and Computing in GMIT, added: “The developing relationship with Galway GAA will strengthen our Sports and Exercise programme and research, and we, in return will  make our expertise available to Galway GAA to support their plans in this area.”John Hynes, CEO of Galway GAA, commented that this was an important alliance: “This exciting new alliance with GMIT will help support Galway GAA’s ambitious plans to significantly enhance our Player Development Programmes and create the foundations for future success.”The two organisations will also explore other areas of benefit to the region especially in the area of promotion of physical activity in young people.The new four year full-time, honours science degree in Sport and Exercise Science (GA790) is the first course of its kind in the west of Ireland. It prepares graduates to work in the growing areas of sport performance and health-related exercise science. The course can now be applied for through the Central Applications Office (CAO) through the Change of Mind option, up until 1 July.Students will learn how to apply scientific principles in order to understand and enhance sport and exercise performance, health and well-being. The course will prepare them to work in the world of sport, helping athletes and teams achieve optimum performance.  It will also prepare graduates for work in the health sector, helping individuals to manage or prevent lifestyle-related chronic diseases through training and physical activity.The new course has been designed by Dr Lisa Ryan, Head of the GMIT Dept of Natural Sciences, who will lecture on the programme.  Dr Ryan holds a first class honours degree in Nutritional Science and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry and is widely published in this area. Dr Ryan has a very keen interest in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and outside of her formal academic role has worked as a sports nutritionist for a number of rugby, hockey and AFL teams.  While in the UK, she worked with some of the triathletes and cyclists for the 2012 Olympics.For full details on the programme, visit:  or contact Dr Lisa Ryan, Head of the GMIT Department of Natural Sciences, tel. 091 742556, email [email protected] WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

The week that South Africa changed gear

first_imgIt is the very basic tenet on which the society is founded and on which the Constitution is based: ubuntu. I am because you are. And what can I be if you have no food, no proper roof over your head, if you have to go to school under a tree or are denied basic health care.This week the framework was created for us to work together rather than against each other. To put our brothers and sisters’ well being before our own enrichment and to work together for a better future for all.We desperately need a social compact in South Africa. The country has taken a major step in the right direction and the positive outcomes will start to take shape as a result.Deputy President Motlanthe said: “If we are to be competitive we must have in place sound economic policies; cultivate a favourable legal and business environment; roll out socio-economic infrastructure; constantly improve our trade and industrial policies; and lower the cost of doing business.”That is what being competitive entails. There is no place for short-cuts. No place for posturing and no time to play games.The country’s survival is at stake.The Goldman Sachs report reminded us of the many achievements we can be proud of in the first 20 years: tripling of GDP, more than halving inflation,  16-fold increase in gold reserves, six-fold increase in welfare payments, dramatic rise in the middle-class, eight-fold increase in tax collection and a six-fold increase in the number of tax payers.These are remarkable achievements.But the red lights flash on unemployment – youth in particular – inequality on racial lines, a 6.5% budget deficit and the shrinkage in the mining and manufacturing sectors.The good news is that it can all be fixed with a collective effort to improve productivity, GDP growth and foreign direct investment.We did it before and we can do it again.The tide has been going out for much of the past 20 years. This week it started coming in.Read more about the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum:Growing competitiveness, tackling povertyCompetitiveness Forum tackles education, labourPromote South Africa’s sector excellenceBrand South Africa supports governance debatelast_img read more