Cox Sports TV to Feature Southland Baseball, Softball

first_imgSOUTHLAND CONFERENCE ON COX SPORTS TELEVISIONSOFTBALLFeb. 8: Samford at McNeese, 5:30 pm CTFeb. 8: Arkansas at McNeese, 8 pm CTMarch 5: LSU at Northwestern State, 3:30 pm CTBASEBALLFeb. 26: Tulane at Nicholls, 6 pm CTApril 18: Nicholls at Southeastern Louisiana, 6 pm CTMay 7: Southern at New Orleans, 6:30 pm CT METARIE, Louisiana – Cox Sports Television is set to carry three baseball games involving Southland Conference teams during the 2019 season, plus three softball matchups. The league’s regional partner is available to more than 5.5 million viewers across the Gulf South.All games will be streamed on ESPN platforms outside CST’s territory, available via and ESPN apps.The schedule begins with softball at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, Louisiana. As part of the Cowgirl Classic, McNeese hosts Samford and Arkansas on Friday, Feb. 8. Baseball coverage starts Tuesday, Feb. 26, when Nicholls hosts Tulane.Initially targeted to be a Louisiana sports destination, CST has secured collegiate, professional and high school events that have expanded the network’s reach throughout the Gulf South.last_img read more

Ceballos again makes it very clear that he does not plan to go to Sevilla

first_imgNew wink from Dani Ceballos to Betis, this yet one more than wink an genuine and definitive declaration of affection. ANDThe Utreran midfielder identified within the networks with a Donald Trump meme saying ‘no’, info by which he is obtainable as a foreign money to play for Sevilla. Ceballos is on mortgage at Arsenal this season however should return to Actual Madrid when the course ends, though it is not clear that he will stay underneath the command of Zinedine Zidane.The data in query states that the white membership presents Reguilón, Ceballos himself and 30 million euros for hiring the Argentine Lucas Ocampos. And Dani does not appear to agree very a lot, as he made clear just a few weeks in the past at El Chiringuito: “I’m very Bettic. In Seville I might solely play at Betis. I did not get to communicate with Lopetegui.”Days later, the midfielder additionally remembered his debut with the Verdiblanco first group and one other phrase of unconditional love: “At this time marks 6 years of one of the best day of my life, that of my skilled debut. An unforgettable second and with my group as at all times , Actual Betis. Don’t strive to perceive it, it’s a novel feeling. I hope we will proceed to take pleasure in soccer collectively for a very long time. “ This similar Friday, Adrián San Miguel, Liverpool goalkeeper and former Heliópolis membership, made clear in El Desmarque Ceballos’ want: “It’s his choice. It’s clear that I do know that he being Beticic would love to return. The state of affairs should be given by each events as a result of he is from the Actual Madrid squad and is due to Actual Madrid. However coming residence at all times pleases. I feel if he has that alternative, alternative to return residence along with his age and proceed to present how good a footballer he is. Why not? “Mentioned the goalkeeper.last_img read more

Former NBA coach Tex Winter dies at 96

first_imgTex Winter, center, is inducted as his son Chris Winter speaks on his behalf while as Phil Jackson looks on during the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on August 12, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFPTex Winter, who teamed with Phil Jackson to lead the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers to multiple NBA championships, died Wednesday in New York. He was 96.Winter pioneered the triangle offense that the Bulls and Lakers both used to dominated the league for years.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I learned so much from Coach Winter. He was a pioneer and a true student of the game,” Michael Jordan told the Chicago Tribune.“His triangle offense was a huge part of our six championships with the Bulls. He was a tireless worker. Tex was always focused on details and preparation and a great teacher. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I was lucky to play for him. My condolences to his family.”Winter began his coaching career at Kansas State University in 1947. At age 30, he became the youngest coach in US college basketball. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Phoenix’s Phelps says San Miguel just ‘regular team’ without Fajardo MOST READ He was hired as an assistant coach with Chicago in 1985 where he joined forces with head coach Jackson to guide the Jordan-led Bulls to NBA titles in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998.Winter eventually followed Jackson to the Los Angeles Lakers. They guided the Lakers to three championships from 2000 to 2002.“On behalf of the entire Lakers organization, I’d like to express our sadness at the passing of Tex Winter,” said Jeanie Buss, the Lakers chief executive officer.“Tex was a mentor to many of our coaches and players.” ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

US$101M to Battle HIV, TB, Malaria

first_imgThe National AIDS Commission (NAC) has said that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has projected US$101,882,196 to combat these diseases for a period of three years.As a precondition to receiving this amount, the Commission said, Liberia has been requested by the Global Fund to provide only five percent (US$5M) before the money is released to the government of Liberia.This means full disbursement of the Global Fund will be contingent upon the country’s willingness to pay its contribution to the cost of the national response.Making the disclosure, the Chairman of NAC, Dr. Ivan F. Camanor, said the news of the fund is worth welcoming in that the NAC and its collaborating partner, the National AIDS Control Program (NACP)  are in need of funding to scale up the treatment of people living with HIV.He urged government to make available its portion of the fund, which serves as a ‘trump card’ to receiving the money, in order to start appropriate program for immediate and efficient HIV responses.Dr. Camanor spoke at the meeting of Board of Directors of the AIDS Commission, which was chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Liberian leader is the Chairperson of the Board of Director of NAC.The Board meeting was held in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, May 6.In a power point presentation, Dr. Camanor said out of the US$101M, US$45,238,243 is projected for HIV&AIDS response; 9,590,724 for Tuberculosis and US$ 47,053,229 for malaria, amounting to US$101,882,196. These funds will be used from 2014 to 2016 December.The NAC boss said that his institution and the NACP are anticipating a combined achievement of 80 percent coverage and the expanded eligibility guidelines and increasing Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) to nearly 19,000 by 2020.Dr. Camanor told the gathering comprising an array of partners and representatives of the UN system that he hopes the number of children receiving ART would increase from 900 to nearly 1600 in the investment framework scenario when fund is provided.He said the country hopes the number of new HIV infections would decrease and new infections would reduce by 26 percent by 2020 from 1,700 in 2013 to just 734 in 2020.The Commission reported a steady increase of HIV victims in recent years. A considerable increment among men as a result of men having sex with men (gay activities), was also reported.“Without the rapid scale-up of intervention there would still be about 1,336 new infections in 2020; note that in the base scenario adult incidence would be somewhat lower in 2020, 0.02 percent compared to 0.06 percent in 2013 but because the population is growing the number of new infections would not drop as significantly as the incidence,” the National AIDS Commission indicated.Dr. Camanor also noted that the Commission hopes the number of AIDS deaths will drop even more sharply due to the effects of scaling up ART, deaths would be 1/3 lower in 2020 with rapid scale-up, but this cannot be done in the absence of funding.For her part, President Sirleaf said she will continue to advocate that HIV/AIDS, Gender Equality, Sexual and Gender-based violence are given the priority attention they deserve at the global level in her capacity as a co-chair of the United Nations High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.She indicated that the results of her advocacy will depend greatly on how the national anti-AIDS authorities will engage the global community in achieving the agenda.President Sirleaf wants data collected from the outgoing strategic framework to form part of the development of the new HIV Strategic Plan based on the investment approach of the new funding model of the Global Fund.“In order to have an impactful participation in the new global plan, it is incumbent upon national government to mobilize domestic funding to respond to HIV which will enable the Government to consolidate past achievements and at the same time strengthen its collective determination in recording zero new HIV infections, zero new deaths and zero discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS,” she said.She encouraged members of the NAC to remain positively engaged with the international community in forming part of the new action plan that is expected to commence in 2015 and run up to 2020 as the current action plan closes later this year (2014).The Co-chair of the House of Representative committee on health, Representative Johnson Toe Chea in an exclusive interview with reporters, pledged his support to ensure that government makes available the US$5M as soon as possible.He said though the current budget preparation is at an advanced stage, he will lobby to ensure rapid progress so that Liberia would not forfeit the Global Fund.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mrs. Velma Okoro’s Funeral Saturday, Feb. 23

first_imgThe late Mrs. Velma OkoroThe mortal remains of Mrs. Velma Okoro, former Microcredit Field Monitor at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), are scheduled to be buried on Saturday, February 23, 2019, following the funeral service at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Paynesville Red Light.Mrs. Okoro died suddenly at her Paynesville home on Saturday, January 26, 2019. She was in her 71st year.According to her lifelong friend and classmate (from the eighth grade), Ms. Cecelia Morris, she and several other friends were with Velma on Friday at Hilda’s Neal funeral at Trinity Cathedral, Monrovia.On Saturday Velma was with another close friend, Mrs. Esther Paegar, who had picked her up to attend an acquaintance meeting and brunch at Golden Key Hotel, ELWA Road, stopping at Miss Cecelia Morris’ residence, talking and praying for a mutual friend, Tom Holder, Jr. “Velma then excused herself to go home and rest, according to Cecelia Morris.“Velma,” said Cecelia, “died peacefully, while sitting on her porch in a chair, but without even saying a goodbye.”Velma attended the Demonstration School in Cape Palmas, Maryland County and, upon completion, entered the Cape Palmas High School, where she graduated valedictorian of her class. She later matriculated to Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where she graduated with honors in 1970. She ventured, along with her then husband, Ephriam Okoro, also a Cuttington classmate, into private enterprise, selling dry goods, fish and drinks.She was later employed by a microfinance organization called SEPHO, headed by the late Dr. Richard Morris. Velma later joined the UNDP, from where she was recently retired, after many years. Velma also served as Comptroller and Assistant Managing Partner at the National Consumer Services (NSC), a Liberian-based credit card company located in Monrovia.Velma’s Cuttington classmates (Class of 1970), included Mrs. Williemai Tolbert King, Ephriam Okoro, Mrs. Ophelia Hoff Saytoma, Mrs. Cora Menjor Peabody, Dr. (Mrs.) Evelyn White Kandakai, Mrs. Florida Harris Traub Kweekeh, Mrs. Yei Gussie Wuo, Mrs. Mai Fredericks Karmo, Mrs. Mary Freeman Simpson, Fatu Freeman, Joe Keller and Cecelia Morris. Velma Wede Davies Okoro was the daughter of Mr. Joseph Dio Davies and Ms. Rachel Prowd, both of Maryland County.Velma was born in Cape Palmas on October 27, 1948. A lifelong Episcopalian, she was a staunch Episcopalian, member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at Paynesville Red Light, where she served as Treasurer for many years.According to Velma’s “Friends Under the Tree,” the body will be removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlor at 4 o’clock p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019, and taken to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at Paynesville Red Light.The funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, beginning at 10 o’clock a.m.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OPR concludes probe into scam

first_imgDrivers’ licence exams…file sent to DPP for adviceThe Guyana Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which has been probing a scam unearthed in the discovery of massive irregularities in the Learner Drivers’ Theoretical Examination written on April 12 of this year, has reportedly concluded its investigations. This newspaper has not yet been informed of the findings of the investigation, but has been told that candidates who wrote the examination on the said date have been receiving result slips from the Traffic and Transport Office of the Traffic Department at Eve Leary, Georgetown, informing them of their performance.When this publication attempted to obtain further information from Police Public Relations Officer Jairam Ramlakhan, it was related that the matter has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.A few months ago, major irregularities surfaced in the Learner Drivers’ Theoretical Examination set by the Guyana Police Force, in that 174 persons were registered to write the examination, 106 persons presented themselves to write the exams, 207 scripts were submitted at the conclusion of the examination, and 155 of those scripts had been completed.According to the GPF, preliminary inquiries have revealed a complete breach of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) governing the administration and conduct of the Learner Drivers’ Theoretical Examination. Initial inquiries have also revealed that a senior subordinate officer who had been mandated to oversee this examination, in collaboration with two pastors from the Cops and Faith Community Network partnership with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and three junior GPF ranks, had left the venue shortly after the examination had commenced, and did not return.It was further reported that a junior subordinate officer who ought not to have been at the examination venue had presented himself there, and had spent some time before subsequently leaving.The GPF has said that since members of the Cops and Faith Community Network became involved in the invigilation of the Learner Drivers’ Theoretical and Practical examinations, there has reportedly been significant reduction in the opportunities for corruption, complaint and allegations; thus their voluntary involvement will continue.Just days ago, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) also discovered some illegalities relative to forged drivers’ licences and other irregularities. The GRA said it has discovered that some unscrupulous members of its staff were working in collusion with outsiders and members of the public to issue forged drivers’ licences, certificates of compliance, and registrations. While announcing that details surrounding this development will not yet be divulged, the GRA announced that an investigation has been launched and is ongoing. The GRA has also revealed that those individuals who were part of the illegal operations have been sent on leave.last_img read more

DD Gardening: It’s time to give your plants some extra support

first_imgCome summer the garden will be packed, summer flowering perennials will be arching high above surrounding plants, their flowers reaching for the sky, and then a windy day comes and your previously spectacular blooms lies double over and broken, its top heavy blooms falling victim to a summer gusts.It’s best to start supporting your garden plants long before they actually need it and now’s the time to get cracking with this.A support added now can in turn be hidden by the plants growing foliage, and hopefully there will be little of the support to be seen, and giving a more natural look to the support offered. Advertisement I use the analogy of trying to install a support on a plant in the middle of the summer is like trying to squash someone into a corset – it just doesn’t look right!Supports can come in many shapes and styles. A simple support can be an old mesh hanging basket, sitting upside down over a Peony Rose can offer some support 8” off the ground, the Peony growing through the basket, hiding the basket with its foliage.Other simple supports can be a circle of fencing placed around Delphiniums, the Delphiniums growing up through the middle of the fence and the foliage disguising the fencing, but benefiting from the support offered. Advertisement Investments made in good supports, such as wrought iron, pay dividends long into the future, while we may think €15 spent on supports is expensive when compared to the €6 price of the plant, a few years of broken flowers and untidy borders and the supports suddenly makes it look like great value!When visiting your garden centre this week look out for some Fluted Plant Supports and Grow Through supports, these are not only wonderfully practical but when used in the garden won’t take away from the colour of your plants.DD Gardening: It’s time to give your plants some extra support was last modified: May 27th, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare 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:GardeningGareth Austinplantsummersupportlast_img read more


first_imgA driver thought he had simply hit a manhole cover when he reversed over a child in his bin lorry.Bin lorry driver Alex McDaidAlex McDaid, (pictured right) fought back tears today as he recalled the incident in which little Patrick McDonagh died. The three year old was killed when the 34 ft lorry reversed over him when he was chasing a ball at Ballymacool, Letterkenny.McDaid, 60, a father-of-five, revealed he didn’t know there was anything wrong until he heard screaming and then saw a woman running down the road with a child in her arms.Mr McDaid, a driver with Ferry Refuse Company for 12 years, pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing death on February 16th, 2010 but pleaded guilty to not holding a valid driving license.The accused said “On a lot of estates you get manholes and they are a little but higher. When you are cutting around corner your wheel is sliding … you will get that little bump.“I got the bump and heard the screaming but I didn’t know what at was at the time.“I got out of the lorry and by this time the lady, Mrs McDonagh, had come out and I didn’t know it was a child. She ran down the road and by the time I got down to the front of lorry she was down the road. I then saw a pool of blood,” he said.The father and mother of the late Patrick McDonagh Jnr, Patrick McDonagh Snr and Shirley McDonagh.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told an autopsy on Patrick, who was a twin, died a short time later as a result of severe trauma to the brain.Garda Sgt John McFadden of the Garda Traffic Corps examined the scene just a couple of hours after the fatal accident which happened just after 11.30am.He said the conditions were good and that the bin lorry was in good condition.He added that speed was not a factor and the lorry was travelling at 5kph.He also agreed that Mr McDaid reversed into the cul-de-sac estate because it would have been “difficult but not impossible” to turn at the bottom of the road.Prosecuting barrister Patricia McLaughlin said Mr McDaid didn’t take the adequate safety precautions and that is why Patrick McDonagh died.“He was reversing up the street when he couldn’t see around him. There were other ways he could have done it.“He could have had his assistant off the lorry and directing him. If you take the chance of this size then you have to do anything you can to ensure you do it safely.“This didn’t happen instantaneously. It happened quickly. There was significant time for which a driver diving a vehicle properly could have seen a child.“The way Mr McDaid was maneuvering the vehicle left no chance for Patrick McDonagh.“It was his choice. It’s very sad that he has to live with this but we are all accountable for our actions,” she said.Defence barrister Christopher Meehan said the tragedy was quite simply an accident.“This was a most unfortunate accident. I suggest that 99 times out of 100 it would have been a near miss.“I’m sure we’ve all had near misses when children or animals run out into the road.“It is as poignant as it is tragic but it is not a situation where we seek around to blame someone. Some things are accidents – pure and simple,” he said.The jury is expected to deliver a verdict in the case tomorrow.BIN LORRY DRIVER THOUGHT HE HAD HIT MANHOLE WHEN HE REVERSED OVER CHILD was last modified: May 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Alex McDaidballymacoolbin lorryDIEDPatrick McDonaghlast_img read more

All eyes on Fed in jittery times

first_imgNEW YORK – The mighty Federal Reserve. It’s more powerful than a ballooning housing market, able to stop inflation in a single bound. And, if it slips, if it uses its superpowers unwisely, if it goes too far, it could push the economy into recession with just a nudge of its pinkie. That’s one way of looking at the nation’s central bank. Under outgoing Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, it has become the main way. The Fed is seen as the arbiter of all things economic, the capital of Moneyland, with Greenspan as its ruler and resident hard-to-understand genius. With the chairman’s seat at the central bank expected to turn over to Ben Bernanke in January, it’s time for a reality check. Just how powerful is the Fed? The Fed has two missions, said Quincy Krosby, chief investment strategist at The Hartford, the Connecticut-based insurance company. Its primary mandate is price stability, keeping inflation at bay. Its secondary charge is maintaining an environment of sustainable economic growth, which is interpreted to mean sustaining jobs. Citigroup’s chief global equity strategist, Ajay Singh Kapur, quotes an old market adage, “Economies don’t die of old age; they are always murdered by the central bank.” Eight of the last 12 recessions were preceded by Fed rate hikes, he said, a figure that is mentioned and repeated often by the “all-powerful Fed” school of Wall Street strategists these days. This is nonsense, said Sandy Lincoln, chief market strategist at Wayne Hummer Asset Management in Chicago. There are factors that are far beyond the Fed’s control, Lincoln said, such as the introduction of the euro, the globalization of the economy and the current sharp increases in commodities prices. “The Fed doesn’t murder economies,” he said. “The Fed doesn’t create these cycles. … They can get it wrong, but over the last 30 years, they’ve gotten it right more often than they’ve gotten it wrong. At the critical time, they really got it right.” For instance, former Fed chairman Paul Volcker hiked rates “to a fare-thee-well” after inflation spiked in 1981, Lincoln said. Greenspan acted decisively after the Black Monday market crash in 1987. The Fed reassured investors the day after Black Monday by saying it would serve as a source of liquidity. The president of the New York Fed, E. Gerald Corrigan, persuaded banks and securities firms to continue to extend credit and settle trades. Most people haven’t heard of Corrigan, who left the New York Fed in 1993, after 25 years with the Federal Reserve system, but he played a key role in saving the day. “We’ve attributed all kinds of powers to the Fed chairman,” Krosby said, but the Fed works as a team and the team today “is very experienced. Not just the chairman, but the governors and the staff.” While investors are growing impatient with the Fed’s rate hikes, it’s important to remember that at the start of this tightening program, rates were at a 45-year low. “It was like war time,” Krosby said. What the Fed is trying to do is take the air out of the housing bubble, slow down the larger economy and see employment edge slightly lower. “The key is a slowdown, not a crash,” she said. Still, when the Fed has finished, people will get hurt, she said. Speculators could be in particular trouble. “The more leveraged you are, the more vulnerable you are to losing,” she said. “Instead of flipping condos, you could be flipping burgers – and I don’t think the Fed cares. What the Fed cares about is the average American.” Even those who believe in the Fed’s superpowers don’t necessarily think the Fed is an institution to fear. “Think of this Fed-induced slowdown like hitting the ‘Reset’ button on the economy,” Wood wrote. “Short term it can be grueling, but longer term (it is) good for stocks: It lowers interest rates, lowers inflation, works of excesses and creates the expectation for increased corporate profits. Mostly, it will get the Fed off our back.” What he’s saying is that only the Fed can call off the Fed. Now, that’s power. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals To achieve its missions, the Fed has two main tools: regulate the money supply and increase or decrease short-term interest rates. More money plus lower interest rates are the tools of an “accommodative” Fed, a Fed trying to spark economic growth. If the Fed decreases the nation’s money supply and raises interest rates, it is tightening, trying to slow the economy and stave off inflation. After 12 rate hikes in a row, the short-term federal funds rate is at 4 percent, a four-year high, and Wall Street watches the Fed with the rapt attention a parent gives a small child who is playing close to the street. “We have said it before, and we shall say it again: The key to next year’s economic and financial market performance hinges upon the Fed not overreacting to the perceived inflation threat,” a recent Merrill Lynch research report said. When the Fed released notes Tuesday from its most recent policy meeting, traders bid stocks higher after sensing a glimmer of hope that an end to the Fed’s rate hikes was in sight. News that the Fed might stop giving strong hints about where rates are heading was the top story in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal. Wrote Stephen Wood, portfolio strategist at Russell Investment Group, “It is Fed interest rate policy that drives economic cycles. In the context of today’s financial news flow, investors would do well to remember that oil, terrorism, natural disasters, etc. gain significance relative to current Fed policy.” last_img read more

Nine new Irish language support teachers for Donegal schools

first_imgDonegal is to get nine new Irish language support teachers bringing to 43 the number of such posts across the county.It follows an allocation of €1.02m under the Irish Language Assistants Scheme for the 2018/2019 school year.The news has been welcomed by Minister of State Joe McHugh and Pat the Cope Gallagher. The figure represents an increase of €230,000 on the amount sanctioned for the current school year2017/2018.The announcement was made by the Minister of State McHugh in the context of a specific measure set out in the Action Plan for the Irish Language – recently launched by Minister of State McHugh, which committed to providing increased investment in support of the Scheme.This means that an additional 32 schools can be considered for inclusion for the coming school year in addition to the 104 schools currently participating in the 2017/2018 school year.This ultimately means that a total of 136 schools can be considered for recognition in the coming school year. The Minister of State said: “This significant additional funding being provided by my Department represents the outworking of the commitment contained in the Action Plan 2018-2022 for the Irish language in support of the Policy on Gaeltacht Education. Not only will this increased allocation support the implementation of the Policy but it will also be of practical assistance in further support of the language planning process.”The Minister of State said that valuable work is being undertaken under the Language Assistants Scheme to provide young people in Gaeltacht regions with additional language acquisition and enrichment opportunities.“The work being undertaken by the language assistants provides valuable support to participating Gaeltacht schools in order to ensure that the Irish language continues to thrive and be passed on to coming generations in Gaeltacht areas.”Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher said he has been exerting massive pressure on the Government to approve these additional posts over the past year.He said “Shock was expressed last year when some of the schools were omitted from a previous announcement made by the former Minister in the Department, meantime over the past year I have raised the matter in the Dáil as part of debate on the issue and I also questioned the Minister directly, whilst continually lobbying the Department on the matter. “I wish to congratulate the successful schools which have been approved the Cuntoirí teanga in todays announcement. The additional resource will be of immense benefit to your school and the pupils, the Cuntoirí teanga scheme which was brought in by a previous Fianna Fáil Government has made a massive impact on the revival of the spoken language in our schools throughout the Gaeltacht areas.“Our language will continue to require additional supports as we plan for the revival of Irish as a more spoken and used language in our schools and communities, this is an important first step but more will be required to be done over the years ahead.”The grant is structured as follows:• €230k sanctioned for an additional 32 qualifying schools. Each of the additional schools has registered as a participant in the Department of Education and Skills Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme. • The additional schools consist of 16 primary schools and 16 post primary schools – details of the additional schools that will be deemed eligible are highlighted in yellow in the table below.• This allocation is in addition to the €790,000 sanctioned for 104 schools for the 2017/2018 school year.• In the 2017/2018 school year, 94 language assistants were employed as part of the scheme, 28 of whom were employed through Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne and 66 through Muintearas Teo.The following table sets out the schools eligible for inclusion in 2018-19.Co DonegalS N Cholmcille, An TearmannS N Mhuire, Caiseal Ceann DromaS N Naomh Bríd, Na DúnaibhS N Cholmcille, Dhuibhlinn RiabhachS N na Sráithe Móire, Leitir CeannainS N Ghlasáin, an CraoslachPobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Na Doirí BheagaS N Loch an Iubhair, AnagaireS N Dhubhtach, AnagaireS N Phádraig, DobharS N Mhuire B&C, Na Doirí BeagaS N Adhamhnáin, LuinnighS N Chonaill, An Bun BeagS N Oilibhear PluinceidS N Bhríghde, Min’a CladaighS N Caiseal na gCorr, Gort an ChoirceS N Cnoc na Naomh, Doire ChonairePobalscoil Chloich Cheann FhaolaS N Naomh Dubhthach, Machaire RabhartaighS N Fhionnáin, An FalcharrachS N Gort an ChoirceS N Leitir Mhic na BhairdS N Árainn Mhór IIS N Árainn Mhór IS N Taodhbhóg, An ChlocháinS N An Choimín, An ChlocháinS N Duchoraidh, An DuchoraidhS N Min an Aoire, An CharraigS N Chartha, Chill CharthaS N Na Carraige, An CharraigS N A Chaiseal, Gleann Cholm CilleS N Éadan Fhionnfhraoich, Na GleanntaS N Cholmcille, Baile na FinneS N Mhin Teineadh De, Ard a’RáthaScoil an Aingil Choimheadaí, An ChéididhScoil Chróine, An Clochán LiathS N an Bhreacaigh, Ard an RathaScoil Naomh Colmcille, ToraighPobalscoil na Rosann, An Clochán LiathGairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha MórGairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, An Leadhb GharbhColáiste na Carraige, An CarraigColáiste Phobail Cholmcille, Baile ÚrNine new Irish language support teachers for Donegal schools was last modified: July 9th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:Announcementdonegalirish languageteacherslast_img read more