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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_imgFrosses man Donagh Kelly is patiently awaiting the arrival of a VW Polo R5 this week so he can put in some final adjustments to it in preparation for the forthcoming Harvest Rally on October 12th.The event-based in Inishowen with its headquarters in Redcastle will be the first place the Polo R5 will debut in Donegal.This Saturday morning is the due time of arrival for the white R5 Polo to Ireland. We were lucky to secure the first pictures of the car as it left the workshop before it will get all its vehicle livery in place. Advertisement Donagh Kelly who is looking forward to taking delivery of his VW Polo R5 this weekend to get the car ready for the forthcoming Harvest Rally in Inishowen. Photo Brian McDaid.Donagh seeded at number one and is looking forward to competing on the stages with Conor Foley on the notes from Monaghan in a 130 strong entry.Joe McGonagle from Muff will be the top local driver from Inishowen in his Fiesta WRC and Callum Devine who is included in the entry will be one to watch who led the Donegal back in June in the opening stages in Inishowen in his R5 Fiesta.National BattlePettigo’s Kevin Eves seeded a number five and the first car on the road in the National Rally will be the driver to beat with Chris Melly on the notes. Advertisement Letterkenny crew of Damien Gallagher and Mac Walsh and Rathmullan based engine builder, Kevin Gallagher (KGP) in his Darrian with Gerard Gallagher calling his notes making up the three top National men from Donegal that will be hard to beat as will the National champion Damien Tonner who will compete on the event on his MK 2 Escort.Exclusive photos of Donagh Kelly’s VW Polo R5 rally car pictured this week as it left the workshop and heads to Ireland and undergoes final preparation for the forthcoming Harvest Rally.By far the most popular car taking part in the harvest rally still is the MK2 Ford Escort with 43 rally cars included in the entry in different classes and different levels of modifications.In chargeClerk of the course for the event, Tony Boyle, is looking forward to getting the event underway.The rally comprises of three stages done three times with a total of 100 competitive kilometres on the day and in preparation for the event running well he has put out a call for marshals to help out on the day to cater for the huge entry on this Inishowen based event. Kevin Eves and Chris Melly who will contest the national honours in their Toyota Corolla. Photo Brian McDaidThe rally is back in Inishowen after a few years of a break. It has produced great drives from great Donegal drivers.For me, one of the best performances was that of James Cullen when he finished first overall in a 1600 Sumbeam the year the event was based in Buncrana.Turning the pageI suppose this year’s recent events can now seem so far away now while distant memories of rallies from decades ago can have a freshness in memory of happier times. I know when this rally weekend arrives and the double 00’s come through the stage and standing on a ditch in Inishowen the page will turn and a new chapter will begin.I know I’m not ready to move on to the next chapter just yet and stupid as it might sound, find comfort in a rally conversation with Manus Kelly’s name in it.Go forward a positive thumbs up from Manus Kelly and a bottle of his champagne. Photo Brian McDaid.And if I could hear him, he surely would say something like: ”Dinny be writing stuff like this sir, go and enjoy the rally.”Recently a bottle of champagne arrived from TFS / MK Rally team, a memory of happier times which was presented by Bernie Kelly.A gesture I treasure so much. It dwarfs the laptop on which I’m writing my motoring column. And makes me think that the magic is still in there waiting for the occasion to cross its path.Some random day I’ll make a complete hem of trying to pop this bottle in memory of the great days that Manus has engraved in our minds.DD Motoring: New Volkswagen Polo R5 to debut in Harvest Rally was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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_imgIt wasn’t that long ago that Yahoo stood accused of letting Flickr decay beyond repair. Today, under the guidance of new CEO Marissa Mayer, the company has given the oft maligned image-sharing community a major facelift. Yahoo’s announcement promises a Flickr that’s “more spectacular, much bigger, and one you can take anywhere.”  Introducing The GridThe most instantly noticeable change is an aesthetic one. Your photos have enlarged themselves to jaw dropping size and now dominate the screen. Taking a cue from Instagram, your home page is now an infinite scroll through your contacts’ recent photos.Your profile page has also gone the way of Pinterest and Windows 8, filling the page with a grid of images. Just like Facebook and Twitter, your profile page includes a background photo to offset your profile picture. I found that Flickr had already put one of my Favorites as my background image, a photo I didn’t even take myself. As it’s not credited, I certainly hope the photographer doesn’t take issue. Tags:#flickr#Yahoo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… lauren orsini 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the grid. Here’s what’s new on your Flickr account:Room To GrowAs recently as yesterday, free Flickr users could upload and display 200 images at a time. Now every user has one terabyte of storage space. For those of you playing along at home, that’s enough for roughly 200,000 photos. Or as the Flickr staff puts it even more dramatically, “you could take a photo every hour for forty years without filling one.”Following Flickr’s consistently freemium model, you can get even more perks by going pro. Fifty dollars will remove all advertisements. And for the serious professional, $499.99 will double your storage space to two terabytes per year. Or, you know, more than 400,000 photos. If you already had an original Flickr Pro account, priced at $24.95, you’re getting a heck of a deal. Yahoo has upgraded you to the $49.99 option until August 2013, free of charge. Pro user Aaron Brazell sent us a screenshot of his pro account, pictured below: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Wait, What’s Going On?A lot here has changed and Flickr power users are still trying to figure out what’s new. Flickr’s most active discussion forum, Flickr Central, is abuzz with comments about the change. Given that these are the people that continued to daily use Flickr even as the rest of the Internet complained it was dead, it’s no surprise they’re unhappy with the change.“I signed on Flickr to post a story about Yahoo vowing not to screw up Tumblr … and then I see the clusterfuck that is the new homepage,” one user wrote. Meanwhile, confusion abounds at Flickr’s official Help Forum. I’d be amazed if the staff can answer all 1,100 plus questions that were added in the last hour. It looks like Yahoo might want to update Flickr’s FAQ guidelines, which still link to old news like the ability to pay $24.95 for a pro subscription.If you’re confused, don’t add to the backlog. I have reached out to Yahoo for details on when the new FAQ will be up and will update when we know more. Update May 21 at 8 AM Pacific: a Yahoo spokesperson informed me the Flickr FAQ has been updated with new information about the redesign.  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more


first_imgGUWAHATI: Assam is scheduled to launch a cancer care foundation, the first for any State government in India, on Monday for making treatment of the disease more affordable and ensuring care for patients till survival.The Indian Council for Medical Research had in 2016 reported 31,825 new cancer cases in Assam. But health officials in the State said the actual number of cancer cases could be twice that number since most of those who are detected with the disease leave the State in order to access better cancer care.“A recent study found that more than 70% of the cost incurred by patients getting treated is due to peripheral expenses such as stay, travel and food. This was the reason our government initiated the non-profit Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), a pioneering model for making cancer care more affordable and address all aspects from awareness to end-of-life care,” Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Health Minister, said.ACCF is in partnership with Tata Trusts, which has committed to providing Rs 830 crore for the programme while the State government will provide ₹1,080 crore, Mr. Sarma said.The cancer care project has been designed to address three aspects of cancer care – service, education and research – with the objective of shifting care closer to patients’ homes. Accordingly, five district hospitals would be providing diagnostics and day care follow-up. These hospitals are in Darrang, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Golaghat and Sivasagar districts. Cancer centres adjacent to four existing and eight upcoming medical colleges across Assam will also provide comprehensive treatment and education, Mr. Sarma said.Cancer centres at two major medical college hospitals – Guwahati and Dibrugarh – have been tasked with advance and complex care along with cancer research.“The facilities will provide treatment at rates on par with or below the Central government health scheme rates. It is expected that a large number of patients will receive cashless treatment at these facilities through Atal Amrit Abhiyan and Ayushman Bharat schemes,” a health officer said on Sunday after Mr. Sarma and industrialist Ratan Tata inaugurated a digital information nerve centre at Guwahati Medical College Hospital.last_img read more


first_imgA mob beat up a local trader to death in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district on Monday on suspicion that he is a thief. Superintendent of Police, Cooch Behar, Bholanath Pandey, said two persons were beaten up by a mob of about 300 suspecting that they are cycle thieves. The incident occurred under the Kotwali police station in the heart of the district in north Bengal..“Abu Sahaj, 55, succumbed to his injuries and the other person has been admitted to hospital in a serious condition,” Mr. Pandey said.Both were spotted by locals at Chilkirhat Natun Bazar on Monday and were beaten with bamboo sticks and rods.last_img read more


first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conducted an aerial survey of Puri and Khurdha districts to get first hand information about the devastation caused by extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani.Expressing shock over the magnitude of damage during a review at Biju Patnaik International Airport, Mr. Modi offered all possible helps to the State to tide over the crisis and wanted the Odisha government to share its disaster management skills so that other States could be apprised on this.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan were present at the meeting. Odisha government sought immediate release of ₹1,000 crore as adhoc assistance. A detail memorandum will be submitted after assessment of the damage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar on Monday.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  Seeking central assistance for building disaster resilient infrastructure, Mr. Patnaik laid emphasis on power sector. The coastal Odisha need a fund amounting ₹10,000 crore for disaster resilient infrastructure, he said.Similarly, provision of five lakh disaster resilient affordable houses which would require ₹7,000 crore was sought on behalf of the State government at the review meeting. Odisha government demanded special allotment under Prime Minister Awas Yojna with 90:10 funding ratio.Special interventions such as permission for FCRA clearance for contribution to Chief Minister Relief Fund and contribution of corporates to CMRF should be recognized as corporate social responsibility as allowed in case of PMNRF were sought in the meeting.Taking this opportunity, Mr. Patnaik said the State deserved special category status for being the most disaster prone State in the country. Since 2013, the State government has witnessed disaster of different kinds almost every year.In 2013, the State was hit by cyclone Phailin which was followed by flood, next year in 2014 cyclone Hudhud had caused extensive damage and in 2015, 2016 and 2017, droughts and heavy rain had triggered massive damage. Cyclone Titli in 2018 and Fani this year have impacted the State’s economy badly.Meanwhile, the death toll due to Fani rose 35. Puri is worst affected district leading the table with 21 deaths, according to Special Relief Commissioners office. “The extent of damage could be gauged from the fact that 5030 km of 33 kv lines, 38613 km of 11 kv lines and 11077 number of distribution transformers and 79485 km of low tension lines were damaged,” said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.last_img read more


first_imgSahil had a bad reputation in school. At the age of 14 he had already been suspended three times for various reasons ranging from smoking, bunking school and being rude to his teachers. Most teachers had given up on him and the staff room chit-chat was spiced up with Sahil’s latest antics. When he reached class 9, Neha, his young new teacher was warned by her colleagues to keep him in check. Everyone was surprised: Neha did not seem to be keeling under pressure with Sahil in her class. In fact, she couldn’t stop talking about how bright and talented he was. And as for Sahil, he seemed to be going through a gradual transformation.Instead of the surly, angry, disrespectful Sahil, the school saw a happier, brighter, confi-dent young man who seemed to be full of life! He was taking great interest in academics and focussing his energy in excelling in his passion-football. If you are wondering what made such a turn-around possible then there is a simple answer: mentoring!So what is mentoring exactly? Mentoring is a life changing connection that can open the window to a new world of optimism and hope. Where doubt can turn into possibility and possibility into passion. It is tragic that most teachers tend to limit themselves to just teaching chemistry, physics, mathematics when they could actually be mentoring their students and enriching them for life.Sir Ken Robinson, the revolutionary educationist describes the four roles of a mentor (The Element, Penguin 2009) as follows.Mentors recognise Mentors are able to see ability and gift in each child. Be it sports, academics, theatre, music, dance, interpersonal skills, poetry, leadership qualities, or any other thing. They notice the smallest of details. They go beyond the facade children present sometimes and see what makes them truly special.Mentors encourageRather than going down the beaten path of “let’s work on your weaknesses”, they believe in highlighting, nurturing and showcasing the child’s strengths. So the artistic child gets to decorate the board, the drama queen gets to organise a skit and the high-energy child is given the responsibility of managing all class events.Mentors FacilitateHave you ever seen the Canadian game of Curling? In this game, heavy blocks of granite are pushed on ice. The team which manages to take its stone to the target first is the winner. The sweepers, who with immense skill and strategy facilitate the speed and direction of the stone by clearing the pathway with their brooms, are the most fascinating part of the game. Mentors are like sweepers in Curling who can facilitate the blossoming of every child with their magical brooms! They have the knack of sweeping away feelings of self-doubt, low self-worth and confusion with similar skill and determination.Mentors stretch and nudge. They get directly involved in the children’s lives. From making time for the child, listening, connecting with the parents, they go beyond the typical role of a teacher. They gently nudge the child to go the extra mile. From getting the math whiz in the class to enroll in Math Olympiad, to making the shy orator shine on stage, they encourage children to take risks, be comfortable with failures and then try again. And behind it all, there’s a deep faith in the ability of each child.I like to think that a true mentor is like a prism. She captures the light in each child and turns it into a brilliant rainbow. That is the power of mentoring!advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgIndia has registered its first golden success in Asian Games 2010 with Pankaj Advani topping in the English Billiards singles event of the Asian Games on Sunday.Advani won his first world championship title in 2003 IBSF World Snooker Championship in China. Advani, who is the only player to have achieved a ‘grand double’ of winning both the points and timed formats at the IBSF World Billiards Championships 2005, repeated the same feat at the 2008 Championships held in Bangalore.The ace cueist, however, failed to defend his title in the Point format, going down to nine-time world champion England’s Mike Russell in a one-sided final in August this year.With PTI inputslast_img read more


first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “KD’s not playing game one,” Kerr said after Monday’s practice. “I think we already announced that, and we’ll see where it goes from here. This is where the fact that there’s a lot of days in between games during the finals helps us, so we’ll see.”Kerr said it has yet to be determined whether Durant would travel with the Warriors to Toronto when the team charter leaves Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe said that Durant has been working out on his own but is not doing a full practice.“He’s been out kinda shooting some shots, but I haven’t talked to (trainer) Rick (Celebrini) today, so I’m not exactly sure what he’s done today.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Kerr also said that injured center DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps) is listed as “questionable.”Cousins tore the quad muscle in his left leg in game two of the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15. The injury did not require surgery.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Serena Williams survives scare at Roland Garros, wins 800th match FILE – DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on May 18, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will not play in the opening game of the NBA finals against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday because of a calf injury, coach Steve Kerr reiterated on Monday.Durant injured his right calf on May 8 in game five of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View commentslast_img read more