Four Donegal schools awarded Water Flags

first_imgStudents from four Donegal schools were honoured for their efforts in promoting water conservation and awareness at an award ceremony in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny on Tuesday. Scoil Cholmcille Naofa, Scoil Naomh Padraig, St Davaddog’s NS and St Conal’s NS were awarded a Green Flag for Water at the An Taisce Green-Schools regional awards.The Donegal schools are part of the 119 schools nationwide receiving the Green Flag for Water this year. The Water theme looks at developing awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our schools and at home and is sponsored by Irish Water. Green-Schools is an international environmental management education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole-school action for the environment and is operating in 67 countries around the world. Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operations at Irish Water, said: “Helping the next generation to understand the importance of conserving water is a key part of our role in safeguarding Ireland’s water supply, so we are delighted to be partnering with An Taisce’s Green-Schools Water Theme for the sixth year running.Green-Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, spoke at the award ceremony: “It’s fantastic to be in a position to acknowledge and reward the efforts of the students, teachers, principals, parents and caretakers who have committed so much of their time to conserving water and to see the fruits of our workshops and events throughout the year.”This is the sixth year of the partnership between Irish Water and Green-Schools to promote water conservation. Over 1,000 schools across the country have attended interactive Water Workshops and Walk for Water Events since 2013. Four Donegal schools awarded Water Flags was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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)last_img read more

McHugh highlights back to school supports for struggling parents

first_imgParents in Ireland say they face substantial costs in getting their children ready to return to school each September, with basic costs range from €340-€735 per pupil.A new survey by Barnardos has found that 8% of primary and 14% of secondary school parents are forced to borrow money to cover school costs.At the same time, some 42% of primary school parents and 47% of secondary school parents say they forgo paying bills and cut back on other spends to meet the costs of returning to school. It costs an average basic cost of €340 to send a senior infant pupil to school in 2019, while a fourth class pupil is €380 and a first year pupil is €735.The Barnardos charity has called for cost-cutting measures to be introduced, such as free school books, adequate funding for schools to end the need for free school books and non-crested uniforms.In a response, the Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said that efforts are being made by the Government to support parents and families with back to school costs.Minister McHugh said: “The Government is committed to tackling back to school costs. “As part of our efforts on that front I am making final preparations to publish the Student and Parent Charter Bill.  It is an important piece of legislation and it will offer significant reform in how school management engages with the school community.“One of its key initiatives will be to allow students and mothers and fathers have a say on many aspects of life in a school. Costs will be a significant topic.”The Donegal Minister said that the School Books Grant Scheme is available to all recognised primary and post primary schools within the Free Education Scheme.“Almost €17million in funding was provided to schools in 2018 for this book scheme. It is aimed at pupils whose families are on low incomes or experience financial hardship. The grant can be used to set up a book rental scheme within the school or to help individual students buy books and all schools are encouraged to operate such a scheme.”Minister McHugh also said his Department is working to promote measures to reduce uniform costs and welcomed an increase in the back to school allowance for the 2019/2020 school year by €25. McHugh highlights back to school supports for struggling parents was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Back to schoolbarnadoseducationMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

Let’s ‘ear it for the Specsavers SuperEaro who is taking on Lorenzo!

first_imgNo storm could stop the Specsavers superhero mascot today who braved the elements in Donegal Town to raise funds for Beaumont.The SuperEaro was out and about at the Specsavers Donegal Town store as part of their October campaign to support for Beaumont Hospital.And he didn’t f’ear’ the weather in his determination to go some good work for a great cause. Specsavers Audiologists has pledged to raise €25,000 for the charity. There are around 1 in 6 people suffering from hearing loss, but unfortunately not all hearing loss can be treated by hearing aids. The National Hearing Implant and Viani Research Centre at Beaumont Hospital is the only facility in the Republic of Ireland that offers cochlear implantation to adults and children with profound hearing loss, who cannot be fitted with hearing aidsPeter Walshe, Consultant ENT Surgeon at Beaumont Hospital, says: ‘With Specsavers Audiologists’ fundraising and support we look forward to being in a position to improve care for our patients and help to restore hearing to many patients in years to come.‘Since the centre opened in 1995, over 1,350 people have received cochlear implants – 50% of them children. The clinical outcomes of the procedure are remarkable, giving children access to sound and enabling them to develop and understand speech. Since the introduction of newborn hearing screening in 2011 – which tests all babies born in Ireland – children born with hearing loss are diagnosed, referred and implanted at earlier ages which will lead to better outcomes.’ Staff at Specsavers Audiologists in Donegal Town and Letterkenny are delighted to be continuing the partnership with the National Hearing Implant and Viani Research Centre at Beaumont Hospital, as they look to encourage the Irish public to be aware of unusual hearing indicators.Aiming to prevent deafness and hearing loss, Specsavers and Beaumont Hospital are encouraging those in need to seek treatment where possible and not to feel shame or embarrassment about needing hearing aids or support.Let’s ‘ear it for the Specsavers SuperEaro who is taking on Lorenzo! was last modified: October 3rd, 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)last_img read more

More speculation over the future of QPR star Phillips

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR and Chelsea… The Daily Express claim QPR winger Matty Phillips could be heading for Aston Villa or Leicester. West London Sport recently revealed that West Brom had a bid for Phillips, 24, rejected and more recently that Rangers director of football was refusing to budge on the asking prices for Phillips and Charlie Austin.That led to reports that Albion boss Tony Pulis was ending his interest in the winger and focusing on other targets.Talks between the two clubs are ongoing and Pulis is hopeful a deal can be agreed.However, amid speculation that West Brom are no longer pursuing Phillips, the Express suggest Leicester and Villa have been boosted.Related West London Sport stories:  QPR reject £7m bid from West Brom for Phillips (7 July) No Newcastle approach for Austin – Les (14 July )Phillips impressed for Rangers during the second half of last seasonMeanwhile, the Daily Mail pick up on Crystal Palace’s £3m bid for QPR goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Related West London Sport story: McCarthy bid rejected but Palace still keen (15 July)And the Daily Telegraph reports that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will fly out to Russia personally to secure the signing of Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pitcher taken to hospital after being hit by line drive in Giants-Rangers game

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Texas Rangers pitcher Luke Farrell was helped off the field and taken to a nearby hospital after being struck in the face on a line drive hit by Giants prospect Jalen Miller on Saturday.In the bottom of the ninth inning of Saturday’s game, Miller hit a pitch from Farrell directly back at the mound. The ball hit Farrell in the face and the pitcher immediately dropped to the ground as trainers rushed onto the field to check on him.Farrell raised his glove to shield his face, …last_img read more

Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust has changed lives

first_imgThe 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust has helped a number of football-related community development organisations improve the lives of children across South Africa. They are taught everything from life skills to preventing HIV/Aids. (Image: Football Foundation of South Africa) 3 March 2014The 2010 football World Cup in South Africa may be a distant memory, but its legacy lives on through the Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust. In the first allocation of funds, 14 organisations got some financial assistance. This has had a huge impact on the lives of some of the country’s poorest children.Read more on Media Club South Africa: Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust has changed liveslast_img read more

Mobile data ‘revolution’ in Sub-Saharan Africa

first_img SAinfo reporter See the full report here: Ericsson Mobility Report – Sub-Saharan Africa 10 June 2014 Voice-call traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double and mobile internet usage to increase 20 times between 2013 and 2019 – twice the anticipated global expansion – Swedish company Ericsson says in its latest mobility report for the region. The rapid growth of 3G and 4G technology across the region follows the recent launch of under-$50 smartphones, Ericsson says in its June 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa Mobility report, released last week. The popularity of social media, content-rich apps and video content accessed from these cheaper smartphones has also contributed to the growth. Consumers in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are increasingly using video TV and media services from their smartphones, the report says. Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile penetration of 70% is fast approaching the global rate of 92%, Ericsson says. The report predicts 3G technology will become the dominant technology across the region by 2017, outstripping 2G to become the region’s dominant form of mobile connection. The report predicts that 75% of mobile subscriptions will be internet inclusive (3G or 4G) by 2019. The company expects mobile subscriptions to increase from 551-million at the end of 2013 to more than 635-million subscriptions by the end of the year. Subscriptions will reach 930-million by the end of 2019, the company predicts.Data revolution Ericsson revealed the scale of the region’s ongoing data revolution with traffic growth doubling in the past year: phone users accessed 76 000 TB (terabyte) of data a month, double the 2013 figure of 37 500 TB a month. The figure is expected to double again in 2015, with mobile phone users projected to access 147 000 TB a month. Regional head of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, Fredrik Jejdling says: “Sub-Saharan Africa is currently undergoing a mobile digital revolution with consumers, networks and even media companies waking up to the possibilities of 3G and 4G technology. “We have seen the trend emerging over a few years but in the past 12 months, the digital traffic has increased over 100%, forcing us to revise our existing predictions. “The rise of cheap smartphones will allow vast portions of the population – from middle classes in cities to small businesses in rural areas – access to mobile broadband. “M-commerce can offer endless opportunities for entrepreneurs and we’ve found that farmers are fans of mobile wallets, as well as teenagers wanting to watch music videos on their smartphone,” Jejdling says. Ericsson undertakes traffic measurements in more than 100 live networks across the world and makes predictions in collaboration with Ericsson ConsumerLab, combining its own data with population and macroeconomic trends. last_img read more

Mandela: Champion of public health

first_imgThe world was incredibly inspired by Mandela’s commitment to humanity. He taught the world to be compassionate and caring; his commitment to life, justice and fairness has left us a legacy. We need to all play our part and look out for the interests of the most vulnerable in our society. • Sello Hatang CEO Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 11 547 5600 • Sod is turned at Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital • New medical school for Eastern Cape • Nurturing the children • Mandela: a life in books • Taking a nation’s health to heartMelissa Jane Cook There were four basic and primary things for which most people wished to live, Nelson Mandela said, showing his characteristic insight into the human condition: “to live in a safe environment, to be able to work and provide for themselves, to have access to good public health, and to have sound educational opportunities for their children”. His legacy will live on for generations to come. He inspired millions of people across the world to forgive, and to work for the common good. A kind, gentle spirit, he wanted children to play in the sun and experience a life of abundant joy and happiness. In his desire for equality and justice, Madiba inspired individuals to be become socially conscious, and to be concerned about the less fortunate. He spent his life working towards these aims, and in leading the first democratically led government in South Africa, he prioritised development through the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). The focus was on redistribution of wealth, and the provision of health, education, and social services, as well as the provision of water, sanitation and housing. In 1996, children under six years of age and pregnant women were given free access to health care at the point of care in the public sector. In 1998, this expanded to include people with disabilities. The social security system was extended, and more poor children and women were able to access social support as well as cash transfers. Today, over 16 million needy South Africans have access to social assistance – just one of the many legacies of Madiba. Impact of Aids The impact of HIV and Aids on citizens of his beloved country was another issue Mandela tackled. When others were silent about the disease, he announced that his son, Makgatho, died from HIV and asked all South Africans not to hide the disease but to treat it like any other sickness. Mandela called for publicity to be given to HIV/Aids, saying that this was the only way for the disease to be recognised as a “normal illness, like tuberculosis, like cancer”. And since being established, the Nelson Mandela Foundation has developed and implemented programmes on HIV, in particular community dialogues about the virus. He regularly raised his concerns. Speaking at the 14th International Aids Conference in Paris in 2003, Mandela said that a “tragedy of unprecedented proportions” was unfolding in Africa. “Aids today in Africa is claiming more lives than the sum total of all wars, famines and floods, and the ravages of such deadly diseases as malaria… We must act now for the sake of the world… Aids is no longer a disease, it is a human rights issue.” 46664 The battle against HIV/Aids was central to Mandela’s mission and he was the driving force behind 46664, a worldwide campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids and raise funds to fight the pandemic in Africa, named for his prisoner number. At a concert in London celebrating his 90th birthday, Mandela told the Wembley Stadium audience: “Even as we celebrate, let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete. Where there is poverty and sickness, including Aids, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done… Our work is for freedom for all… It’s time for new hands to lift the burdens. It’s in your hands now.” The 46664 campaign has broadened its approach to heed Mandela’s call, taking up issues of social injustice and to ensure his humanitarian legacy. Hospital dream Known for his concern for children, Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in 1995 and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust in 1999. He had a dream – the creation of a state-of-the-art health care facility for the children of Southern Africa, to be called the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH). It will honour Mandela’s life-long commitment to children. In his words, this hospital will be a “credible demonstration of the commitment of African leaders to place the rights of children at the forefront”. The spirit of Madiba will be there to ensure that the hospital is indeed the world-class facility he wanted it to be, to serve the children of Africa. On 20 March, the trust officially celebrated the start of construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital at a sod-turning ceremony in Parktown, Johannesburg. Speaking at the event, Sibongile Mkhabela, chief executive of the trust, said: “After years of fundraising under difficult economic conditions we are proud to announce that we have raised R570-million, enabling us to break ground and start building the hospital.” The hospital, on the grounds of Wits University and near Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, will open in March 2016. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children,” Mandela said. National Development Plan Moving forward with a vision for 2030, the National Development Plan has a focus on health care and health issues. The country’s health challenges are more than medical; behaviour and lifestyle also contribute to ill-health. The vision of a health system that works for everyone and produces positive health outcomes is not out of reach. It is possible to: raise the life expectancy of South Africans to at least 70 years; ensure that the generation of under-20s is largely free of HIV; significantly reduce the burden of disease; achieve an infant mortality rate of less than 20 deaths per thousand live births, including an under-five mortality rate of less than 30 per thousand. The Ministry of Health is embarking on massive reform to achieve these aims, covering health systems, personnel and financing, among others, and is going ahead with implementing the National Health Insurance plan. The world was incredibly inspired by Mandela’s commitment to humanity. He taught the world to be compassionate and caring; his commitment to life, justice and fairness has left us a legacy. We need to all play our part and look out for the interests of the most vulnerable in our society.last_img read more

South Africa is still open for investment, says Cwele

first_img16 February 2015South Africa remained a sound business and investment destination for foreign investors, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele said at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Sunday.South Africa had anchored its foreign policies to benefit the country’s economic growth, Cwele said at a cluster briefing on International Co-operation, Trade and Security (ICTS).The briefing was part of a series of briefings planned by the government to support the messages delivered by President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation address (Sona) in Cape Town on Thursday night.Cwele said while South Africa had played a crucial role towards the building of Africa through various political and economic initiatives, on a world scale, it was forging partnerships that would enhance trade and investment.South Africa remains a competitive business and investment destination despite challenges in the global economy, Cwele said. “Our message was well received by investors” at the World Economic Forum held recently in Davos, he said.In building the country’s image, Cwele said 52 economic diplomacy-building activities that would promote national priorities had been undertaken.“As an example, a memorandum of understanding on economic and industrial co-operation was signed with Botswana, which will provide a basis for advancing mutually beneficial economic co-operation and industrial development between the two countries,” he said.He said South Africa and Botswana would identify projects that would encourage the development of cross-border value chains in key sectors including transport, mining, agro-business, tourism, agriculture, leather and the processing of natural resources, among others.African securityCwele said South Africa remained committed to contributing towards building a better Africa and supported regional integration as well as peace and security on the continent.The African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC), of which South Africa is a contributing and founding member, was now operational, the minister said. South Africa’s National Defence Force and Police Service continued to participate diligently in conflict prevention and peacekeeping in the continent, he said.South Africa also continued to support conflict resolution initiatives in Lesotho, Sri Lanka and South Sudan, led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.Economic co-operation with South Africa’s Brics partners was strengthened when the first of two intergovernmental agreements were concluded at the sixth Brics summit.European partnershipOther global regions such as Europe remained important strategic partners for South Africa through which the country was able to advance its national and foreign policies, Cwele said.“We have a valuable partnership with the European Union in, among others, the Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa valued at approximately R1.5- billion,” he said.The minister said the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) beyond September 2015 and a pledge to support African-led peace initiatives in the continent were among the significant outcomes of the US-Africa Leadership Summit held in America last year.South Africa was committed towards “playing its part in creating a better South Africa by contributing to a better and safer Africa in a better world”, Cwele said.Communication costsOther issues discussed by Cwele at the briefing included:Communication costs: Reducing the cost to communicate remained central to the country’s broadband policy. There are also new proposals in place to lower the cost to communicate in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.Market integration: South Africa continued to broaden market integration through the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) negotiations with 26 countries of East and Southern Africa. The TFTA is expected to create a market of 625-million people and a GDP of $1.2-trillion. Tourism: South Africa has received more than 3.8-million foreign visitors, generating a R20.3-billion contribution to the economy. Tourism represents 3% of South Africa’s GDP and supports more than 617 000 jobs. “Including indirect impacts, tourism generated 9.7% of the GDP and supported over 1.4- million jobs last year,” the minister said. Source: read more

DIY: How to Hide like You’ve Never Hidden Before

first_img SharePrint Related5 Geocaching Dreams — And How to Interpret ThemMarch 3, 2015In “Community”Meet the German Robin Hood. — Schinderhannes (GC23VXF) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 17, 2013In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Did you see that out-of-this-world geocache or maybe you’ve heard whispers of it in geocaching lore? It’s the geocache with King Arthur’s sword in a stone, that geocache placed at the scene of a Hollywood train wreck, or maybe it’s even a birdhouse that houses no birds or something else that’s magical, ingenious and never-before-seen in the history of the geocaching galaxy. Yeah, wow. So you’ve heard of it?A quality hide inspires and invites other geocachers to flex their geocaching creativity. There are ways for you to find the best of the best and ways to get inspired to create amazing geocaches. Use Favorite Points to find the geocaches that made your fellow adventurers’ jaws drop when they found it and follow the Geocache of the Week on our blog. Check out the Geocacher of the Month to see innovators in the geocaching world. Many of these all-stars have geocaches that have hundreds or even thousands of Favorite Points. The Geocaching YouTube channel offers a whole video series dedicated to Creative Geocaches.There’s one stop you should make before locking yourself in the garage to craft the perfect geocache hide. Check out Advice to Geocache Hiders from Law Enforcement. Then you’ll be ready! Join us on the Geocaching Facebook page to talk creative geocaches and show off your geocaching wonders to the world.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more