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first_imgEducation Minister Joe McHugh has given the go-ahead for a school extension at Robertson National School, Stranorlar.A new permanent classroom will be built to replace a prefab at the 66-pupil school, along with two Special Education Teaching rooms and a fully accessible special needs bathroom.Minister Joe McHugh made the announcement during a visit to the Robertson NS on Friday 21st June. Joe McHugh, TD, Minister for Education and Skills opens the newly refurbished playground at the Robertson National School, Stranorlar annual end of year event with the 6th Year Graduaton Cereomny. Photo Clive WassonThe Minister was attending an end of year event with 6th class graduation ceremony. He also officially opened the newly refurbished climbing frame and playground.Parents, pupils, staff and Board of Management were present to hear the announcement that the Minister had given the go ahead for the much-needed school extension.Joanne Rafferty, Tusla, Joe McHugh, TD, Minister for Education and Skills and Brian Bovaird Principal with borthers Eoin, Brógán and Daithí who received full attendance certificates at the Robertson National School, Stranorlar annual end of year event with the 6th Year Graduaton Cereomny. Photo Clive WassonJoanne Rafferty, Tusla, Brian Bovaird, Principal , Joe McHugh, TD, Minister for Education and Skills, Bonnie Oliver, Chairperson, BOM, Fintan Keating, St Marys Stranorlar, Principal and Fadhil Mistafa at the Robertson National School, Stranorlar annual end of year event with the 6th Year Graduaton Cereomny. Photo Clive WassonPrincipal Brian Bovaird commented on the announcement: “We are absolutely delighted with the announcement today. Our school has grown in pupil numbers in recent years and there will be 66 pupils enrolled in the coming school year, the school accommodation simply isn’t large enough to cater for these increased number of pupils.“We have 5 teachers, with two of them sharing a very small Principal’s office and a group of 26 infants using a very small prefab. Today’s announcement will provide the accommodation that pupils and staff deserve. We are very grateful for the approval by Minister McHugh today – he really is delivering for Donegal!” Clive Wasson was on hand to capture photos on the momentous day for the school:Students try out the new playground at the Robertson National School, Stranorlar annual end of year event with the 6th Year Graduaton Cereomny. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh, TD, Minister for Education and Skills speaking at the Robertson National School, Stranorlar annual end of year event with the 6th Year Graduaton Cereomny. Photo Clive WassonStudents perfroming at the Robertson National School, Stranorlar annual end of year event with the 6th Year Graduaton Cereomny. Photo Clive WassonGuests at the Robertson National School, Stranorlar annual end of year event with the 6th Year Graduaton Cereomny. Photo Photo Clive WassonBrian Bovaird, Principal at the Robertson National School, Stranorlar annual end of year event with the 6th Year Graduaton Cereomny. Photo Clive Wasson6th Years students with their teachers at the Robertson National School, Stranorlar annual end of year event with the 6th Year Graduaton Cereomny. Back from left are Laura Gallagher, Cheryl MacBeth, Kathleen McGinty, Brian Bovaird, Principal and Ms Callaghan. Front students Ava, Kelsey Kyra, Lorcan and Cameron. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh, TD, Minister for Education and Skills planting a tree at the Robertson National School, Stranorlar annual end of year event with the 6th Year Graduaton Cereomny. Photo Clive WassonMinister gives green light for Robertson NS extension – Picture Special was last modified: June 25th, 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)last_img read more


first_img14 November 2011South African President Jacob Zuma is in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a state visit that will see the signing of multiple trade and economic agreements.Zuma, who is on a two-nation tour of the Gulf region, is visiting the UAE on Monday and Oman from Tuesday to Wednesday with the aim of identifying greater investment opportunities.“We are pleased that institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority are committed to investing in South Africa,” Zuma said on his arrival on Sunday. “Our ministers have been directed to work out roadmaps for enhancing trade relations between the two nations during this visit.”Not only is the Gulf the source of more than half of South Africa’s crude oil requirements, but it has become a major market for South African products, a significant source of investment, and home to a sizeable South African expatriate community.Both Oman and the UAE are important markets for the South African defence industry.The potential for greater interaction between the two countries is enhanced through the 56 weekly flights between South Africa and the UAE.24th largest investor in South AfricaTrade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, who is accompanying Zuma on his trip, told the SA-UAE Business Forum in Dubai on Sunday that South Africa had invested R3.33-billion in the United Arab Emirates since 2003, making the country the 19th largest investor in the UAE.The UAE, for its part, was currently the 24th largest investor in South Africa, Davies said.Davies also announced that the South African government, through the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, had proposed a protocol agreement for the direct export of horses from South Africa to UAE.“Due to instances of African Horse Sickness in South Africa, horses have been exported via Europe to UAE. This is a non-tariff trade barrier and also very costly for SA exporters.“Horses have to go via Europe for quarantine, before they are allowed into the UAE, and we hope to turn around the situation once our proposed protocol has been accepted by the UAE authorities.”10 draft agreements being negotiatedThe Middle East is an important economic region as it occupies a unique geo-political position in the tri-continental hub of Europe, Asia and Africa.It is the source of 67 percent of the world’s petroleum reserves and commands two of the most strategically important waterways in the world, namely the Gulf and the Red Sea, giving access to the Asian hinterland via the Gulf of Aqaba.South Africa and the UAE have signed five bilateral agreements, which provide the framework for co-operation.There are 10 draft agreements currently being negotiated in the areas of defence, taxation, industrial development, promotion of investments, legal matters, social development and transport, as well as a joint commission on bilateral issues.In Oman, it is expected that a “Supplementary Protocol amending the Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income” will be signed.BuaNewslast_img read more


first_imgKashmir witnessed fresh snowfall as the minimum temperature rose several notches high, the MeT department said Wednesday. Moderate snowfall in plains and heavy precipitation in the higher reaches of the Valley has been going on since early hours, it said. The weatherman said the precipitation brought major respite to residents and the minimum temperature increased several degrees across all weather stations.Drass, the second coldest inhabited place in the world, saw the mercury rise by more than 12 degrees from minus 30.4 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 18.0 degrees Celsius. In Leh district, the mercury settled at a low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius compared to previous night’s minus 17.4 degrees Celsius, he said. The minimum temperature in Srinagar Tuesday night settled at minus 0.3 degree Celsius — four degrees up from the previous night, the official said. The MeT said Qazigund — the gateway town to the Valley — in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2 degrees Celsius, while nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius Tuesday night. The mercury in Kupwara town in north Kashmir settled at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius compared to Tuesday night’s low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg ski-resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 7.5 degrees Celsius Tuesday night, rising significantly from the previous night’s minus 12.2 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam tourist resort, in South Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius — 10-degree rise over previous night, the official said. The MeT has forecast rain or snow at most places across the state over the next five days. Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan — the 40-day harshest period of winter when chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably. Chillai-Kalan will end Wednesday night, but the cold wave is expected to continue in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by 20-day long Chillai-Khurd (small cold) and 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold).last_img read more


first_imgChelsea boss Lampard pleased with 2-goal Batshuayi: We need himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard was pleased with striker Michy Batshuayi for his two goals in their Carabao Cup win over Grimsby.The Blues ran out 7-1 winners to set up a round of 16 tie with Manchester United.Lampard said, “He has worked hard and trained well. He came on at Wolves and made an impact, came on against Liverpool and nearly made an impact and that is great for me when you give a message and someone shows they can train daily and improve there. “Michy has talent, he can hold the ball up and use both feet and can score goals, and he is important for us. He got his chance and scored goals tonight which is good because we need options up front.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Philly Shipyard U.S.-based shipbuilder Philly Shipyard seems to have broken the dry spell having secured a non-binding order for the construction of two 50,000 dwt tankers.Specifically, announcing its second quarter results, the shipbuilder said that it had signed a non-binding term sheet for the construction and sale of two newbuild Jones Act Medium Range (MR) product tankers with an undisclosed customer.The two ships, if confirmed, are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2020 and Q1 2021 respectively. Their design would be similar to the yard’s MT-50 class product tankers, with the main engines upgraded from Tier II to Tier III compliant. In order to support the delivery timetable, Philly Shipyard has initiated preliminary design work for the vessels.The sealing of the contract is subject to, among other things, securing commitments for charters.The contract breaks a protracted lack of orders which resulted in layoffs and idling of the company’s facilities as a means of adjusting its business operations.Since the beginning of 2018, Philly Shipyard has laid off approximately 25 percent of its employees.The company is currently building two containerships for Matson, which were 84 pct complete as of June 30. One of the boxships, Daniel K. Inouye, was christened at the end of June and, when delivered, it will be the largest containership ever built in the United States.Philly Shipyard booked a net loss of  USD 2 million for the second quarter of 2018,  compared to net income of USD 2.2 million for Q2 2017. Net loss for the first six months of 2018 was USD 5.6 million compared to net income of USD 19.4 million in the same period of 2017.“Securing contracts for new vessels is the key to Philly Shipyard’s long-term future and ultimate return to sustained profitability, but will not materially improve its near-term forecast. Due to the under-recovery of the costs mentioned above, Philly Shipyard expects it will suffer significant losses in 2018 and 2019, even if the shipyard receives orders for new vessels,” the company said.The shipbuilder is seeking orders outside its conventional portfolio including in the fishing, offshore wind and cable laying sectors.last_img read more


first_imgKathleen Martens APTN NewsRexall PharmaPlus has apologized after two Indigenous teenagers say they were made to feel like thieves in its Comox Centre Mall store last weekend in British Columbia.The apology came after the mother of one teen sent an email to the company’s head office about how her 15-year-old daughter and 17-year-old friend say they were treated.“I’m impressed with Rexall’s response,” Carla Voyageur said of a promise by a senior manager to visit the store, speak to employees, and provide “sensitivity training.”Voyageur said a “rude” female manager at the Rexall told them they were under surveillance.Before that, at a different store, a male employee asked to see their hands were empty before they left the store.Her daughter’s friend vented her frustrations on social media.“Is this how native women are treated??” the teen wrote. “As if we are thiefs and want to attempt to steal at one store – which we were NOT.”Voyageur said the girls told her they were followed, stared at and made to feel badly about themselves while browsing makeup at the stores.The teen added in her post: “I doubt you’d have treated two non-Indigenous people with such disrespect.”Voyageur said her family moved to Vancouver Island a few months ago from Manitoba. She said they have now received warnings about “racism in the Comox Valley.”A spokesman for Rexall confirmed receiving the mother’s complaint.“On behalf of Rexall, we sincerely apologize for this unfortunate situation,” spokesman Derek Tupling said in an email to APTN News.“We take every complaint very seriously, and following a thorough review of the circumstances, this situation should have been handled differently…The store manager will also be reaching out to both individuals directly and inviting them back to the store to apologize in person.”Voyageur said the incident generated a family discussion about how the girls behaved in the store and what kind of customer service they should expect. She said they told her this never happens when they are with “non-Aboriginal friends.”Voyageur noted complaints were made to both stores but only Rexall responded.“These are responsible, goal-oriented teenagers,” she said. “I’m sorry this happened to them and for them.”kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more


In an article published Wednesday — “Was Lionel Messi Tired?” — we proposed that Messi’s sometimes-criticized “work rate” — the fact that he appears to cover less distance on the field per minute than just about any non-goalkeeper — might actually be an important part of what makes him as good as he is.It’s a counterintuitive possibility and would fly in the face of conventional wisdom, as well as decades of soccer coaching. But at the very least, it deserves to be considered.And this wouldn’t be the first time the conventional wisdom seemed lacking with regard to Messi.For example, Messi hardly ever uses “crossing passes” to set up other players. Such passes have traditionally been considered a cornerstone of soccer offense, and empirically they’re still the dominant method of delivering the ball into the penalty area. In the Opta play-by-play data set, about 42 percent of such deliveries are crosses, yet Messi has eschewed them as far back as our data goes (his comparable rate is less than 10 percent).Meanwhile, recent research suggests that crossing passes aren’t as good as people have long thought. Cursory analysis supports those findings: Non-cross passes into the penalty area seem to lead to goals slightly more often than crosses.But even if we assume the balance between crosses and not crosses was optimal, there would seem to be an even better reason why Messi doesn’t use them: comparative advantage. Although he’s good and productive when he uses crosses, he’s even better when he doesn’t. The following chart compares regular open-play (non-set-piece) passes into the penalty area by Messi and by everyone, from crosses and not-crosses:There’s this thing that everyone does that’s supposedly super-important. Except that it’s not as good as people think it is. And though Messi’s good at it, he’s better at something else. So he does that instead.Just how rare is it to cross so little?This sort of thing is style-dependent. Barcelona runs a more possession-based offense (crosses are the favored technique of the up-down, attacking-style soccer traditionally favored by England), yet Barca players other than Messi use crosses to deliver to the penalty area about 30 percent of the time — much, much closer to the 42 percent average of teams in the big five soccer leagues than to Messi’s rate.Messi also plays in the center above the box, which means he’s in position to cross less often. But this is true of many players, and Messi makes more non-cross passes and fewer cross passes (relatively) than anyone (including even midfielders):Much like how Messi “takes on” more defenders than anyone — because he’s better at it than anyone — on non-cross passes into the penalty area, Messi has an edge he likes, so he hammers it and hammers it and hammers it. read more


The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) will open divisional play this weekend, when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers (2-3). First-year coach Urban Meyer talked about the upcoming challenge the Hoosiers might present, last weekend’s game against Nebraska and recruiting at the weekly Big Ten football coaches’ teleconference Tuesday. Looking past the Hoosiers? After back-to-back wins against ranked opponents, including a 63-38 drubbing of then-No. 21 Nebraska last weekend, the Buckeyes seem to be a confident bunch. But are they too confident? Meyer said it’s important for his team to realize there is plenty of football to be played before they can be considered a great team. “These kids are 6-0 and a lot of people are telling them how good they are,” Meyer said. “Quite honestly, we have a long way to go.” It is something that, arguably, happens every year in college football. Teams can win a big game against a ranked team, ride that high all week, and then lose to an inferior opponent that they underestimate a week later. Meyer said, however, that he is not concerned with his team’s focus as they prepare for an Indiana team that has lost its last three games. “We’re not at the point that we can start overlooking anybody,” Meyer said. “I’m concerned about execution and stopping them, not overlooking them.” Last week’s win bodes well for the future Last Saturday’s win against Nebraska could have major implications on the OSU football program for years to come. Meyer wasn’t able to give an exact number of recruits in attendance, but said that “there were a lot” of prospective Buckeyes in the Horseshoe last Saturday. Meyer also said the atmosphere in the stadium during the Buckeyes’ blowout left an impression of some of the nation’s elite high school prospects. “It’s a little risky sometimes to have a bunch of recruits come in on a big game, because if you fail and you lose, it’s miserable,” Meyer said. “The atmosphere was tremendous. The way we won in the second half, that was very critical for recruiting.” Miller, the Heisman Hopeful? As one of college football’s leaders in rushing yards per game, and the quarterback of the Big Ten’s only unbeaten team, sophomore Braxton Miller is gaining hype as a Heisman Trophy contender. “He’s one of the best players in the college game,” said Indiana coach Kevin Wilson. Wilson did say that, “there are better players out there,” but pointed out that the sophomore quarterback will only improve as he grows into Meyer’s system. “He’s young,” Wilson said. “Knowing a little bit about him, and knowing the coach that he’s got, he will get better and better. You’re not seeing the best of him.” A key component in winning the Heisman Trophy is having big games on big stages against ranked opponents. Miller might have done that last Saturday, rushing for a career-high 186 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a win against Nebraska. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, however, was not willing to anoint Miller as a favorite for college football’s most prestigious individual award. “That’s up to you guys,” Pelini said. read more


Christian Bryant, safety C.J. Barnett, safety Kenny Guiton, quarterback Corey “Pitt” Brown, safety Bradley Roby, cornerback Jordan Hall, running back Andrew Norwell, offensive lineman Jack Mewhort, offensive lineman Corey “Philly” Brown, wide receiver Marcus Hall, offensive lineman Chris Fields, wide receiver Former quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) celebrates a touchdown with former wide receiver Chris Fields (80) and former center Corey Linsley (71) during a game against California Sept. 14, at California Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 52-34.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State is set to hold its Pro Day Friday, and a total of 17 former Buckeyes are on the docket to show their skills.Per an OSU press release, 69 NFL scouts and team personnel are scheduled to attend the Pro Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to get a look at the former Buckeyes — 16 of which were part of last season’s 12-2 squad.The one player who wasn’t on the team last year is Etienne Sabino, a linebacker who played for OSU from 2008-12. Sabino went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, and last played professionally with the New York Giants where he signed April 27 as an unrestricted free agent.According to the release, the NFL allows players to participate in pro days a year after leaving the school.OSU’s Pro Day is likely the final chance former Buckeyes will get to make an impression on NFL teams before the 2014 NFL Draft begins May 8.Below is list of the players scheduled to compete at Pro Day, although the events each will be participating in is unknown: George Makradis, long snapper Etienne Sabino, linebackerRyan Shazier, linebacker Drew Basil, kicker Carlos Hyde, running back Corey Linsley, offensive lineman read more


Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day will likely be the next Urban Meyer assistant coach to be hired elsewhere as a head coach. It just won’t happen this year.Meyer said Wednesday during his press conference on Early Signing Day that Day turned down an offer to be a head coach at a program in the Southeastern Conference.“Coach Day had the opportunity to potentially be a head coach in the SEC and decided to stay at Ohio State,” Meyer said. “He’s done a phenomenal job for us. There have been other coaches on our staff have opportunities to move on and they haven’t, so this coaching staff is very strong right now.”Day was hired last January and inked a two-year contract with Ohio State. He was paid a base salary of $400,000 this season, but that will increase to $800,000 next season.There were a total of six SEC head coach positions open this offseason. Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Ole Miss have all filled those positions. It’s unclear which one of those positions offered the job to Day.Day told reporters in the locker room after the Big Ten championship game that he had not been contacted by another school for another job at that point.Day, also the quarterbacks coach, was largely responsible for a turnaround of the Ohio State offense in 2017. The Buckeyes averaged the fifth-most points per game in the country with 42.5 and the passing offense ranked 28th in 2017 with an average of 274.2 yards compared to 81st in 2016 with 213.9 yards. read more