United they stand!

first_imgPrint THE coming together of City and County Council’s into a joint local authority will spark much debate in the coming months, and even if there was a touch of anti-climax at City Hall on this Tuesday, the overall consensus is that Minister Phil Hogan’s decision is likely to result in Limerick taking on an exciting new dimension.City manager, Tom Mackey, told a meeting that he is awaiting comprehensive information to enable him fully brief the councillors and administrative staff in City Hall.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He has called a special meeting for Monday next.Newly elected mayor, Jim Long, told the Limerick Post:“We didn’t get what we wanted but the city council’s role in the new single authority will have the greater force.“I also welcome the fact that the mayoralty will be for five years and that there will be a reduction in the rate base in the city. However, there will be a loss of jobs involved – in the administration departments and a drop in senior administrative staff”.Cllr Gerry McLoughlin, Lab, said:“This will bring the rates down, which will be welcomed – we have to be pragmatic about this.”Party colleague, Cllr Joe Leddin, suggested that in advance of the merger, both councils must immediately begin the process of working together to agree an overall vision for the development of the city.“We must move quickly to establish a joint working committee to prepare an overall plan for the city – while it may take a few years to complete a financial contribution from the county council to the city, in the meantime there must be an immediate reduction in the commercial rates for the city.Former mayor, Cllr Maria Byrne, welcomed the Minister’s accession to bring the suburbs into the city administrative area.“This will allow for far better planning and development and the entire region will reap the benefit. “Castletroy, Dooradoyle and Raheen, will now be included in the city area, which will create a viable urban area with a population of about 110,000 and an authority of 184,000, which will lead to much greater efficiency in providing services, and the University of Limerick will also come into the city area”.Querying the promise of significant savings achieved through the merger, Cllr John Gilligan, said: “There will still be two council buildings with two environment departments and while there can be savings in say, bulk buying and the purchase of equipment, there’s no justification for the minister’s claim that there will be an annual saving of €15million”.Dismissing the move as “regressive,” Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, claimed there had been no demand for a single local authority.“Limerick will be unique in Ireland, with just one local authority”.Meanwhile, Deputy Patrick O’Donovan, Newcastle West, sees the change as positive.“It will benefit city and county as it makes economic sense and will ultimately serve the people more efficiently than two separate authorities”.Limerick Chamber of Commerce has also welcomed the decision, as has Kieran O’Donnell, TD.. Email Advertisement NewsLocal NewsUnited they stand!By admin – June 30, 2011 424 Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Previous articleRates strangling business communityNext articleAthea Road Races marks 10th year adminlast_img read more

Niger Tornadoes Yet to Collect N10m AITEO Cup Runner up Prize,…

first_imgNiger Tornadoes FC finished as the runner up of the former Federation Cup renamed Aiteo Cup when the oil and gas giants took over its sponsorship.The overall winner of the coveted trophy was expected to have gone home with N50m.Chairman of the Tornadoes Management Committee (TMC) Alhaji Adamu Aliyu, made the clarification when he received the chairman and members of the supporters club of the team in Minna.“Let me clear the air, we have not received the AITEO Cup money, it is something that cannot be hidden when collected, but we have received approval of the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello N10m pledge to the team”.According to Aliyu “AITEO Cup prize money is not for the team but all the stakeholders involved towards the feat that the team achieved by getting to the finals where it ended up as runner-up.”The TMC chairman told the supporters club members “to always ask questions on any issue instead of peddling falsehood.”He added that there was no reason why people should be passing information on what they did not know about the Aiteo Cup money.Aliyu commended the supporters’ club loyalty, stressing that it was responsible for the beautiful performance of the team last season.Aliyu made a donation of N500,000 to the supporters on behalf of the team and a personal donation of N100,000 “because you (supporters ) weathered the storm together with the team and the management in the last two seasons.”Earlier. the Chairman of the supporters club, Rashid Tanko Yussuf, total pledged their loyalty to the club and management committee.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Laleye Dipo in MinnaNiger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna has revealed that it is yet to receive N10m from the sponsors of the 2017 FA Cup – AITEOAlso, the club hinted wednesday that the Niger State government, owners of the team, are yet to redeem the pledge of N10m largess despite approval alreday given for the release of the money by the state governor.last_img read more

Mathare stage comeback to draw at Nzoia

first_img0Shares0000Cliff Nyakeya was the hero after helping Mathare grab a point away to Nzoia SugarNAIROBI, Kenya, June 6 – Mathare United came down twice to draw 2-2 away to Nzoia Sugar at the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma as the Kenyan Premier League returned on Wednesday with mid-week fixtures hosted in different venues across the country.Free-scoring Elvis Rupia, who is currently leading the KPL top scorer chart, grabbed a brace for Nzoia but Mathare were able to salvage a point through Samuel Olwande and Cliff Nyakea. In other results, Nakumatt FC climbed off the relegation zone to sit 12th in the standing with 20 points after thrashing struggling Wazito FC 3-0, Sofapaka beat Chemelil Sugar 1-0 while Thika United were beaten 1-0 by Posta Rangers.At the Sudi Stadium, Rupia, who was recently awarded the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) April Player of the Month, sent Nzoia ahead after striking early with a well weighted shot from range after spotting Mathare shot-stopper Robert Mboya off his line.Nzoia Sugar FC posing for team photoMinutes later, Mathare pleaded for penalty but center referee Nyabera Libese ignored after Brian Otieno handled in the box while blocking Nyakeya’s low cross.On the other end David Odhiambo forced Mboya to a super save with a lethal strike.Mathare finally levelled the scoring in the 18th minute through Samuel Olwande who raised high to nod home after connecting Omondi’s delivery to see the match head to the breather with both sides tired 1-1.On resumption, Rupia completed his double in the 59th minute after connecting to Wandera’s cross from the left with a thunderous drive.However the celebrations did not last long as Mathare restored parity in the 66th minute from a Nyakeya fine finish after being set through on goal by Clifford Alwanga.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Hosts Valparaiso on Senior Night

first_img URBANDALE, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team will look to extend its winning streak when it hosts the Valparaiso Crusaders at Urbandale High School on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m, and live stats will be available. Live Stats  The Bulldogs (6-8-1, 3-2-0 MVC) have won three games in a row, shutting out the opponent in all three matches. They beat Indiana State, 1-0, in their last match thanks to a game-winner by Abby Stephenson. It was the first goal of Stephenson’s career. Saturday is Senior Night for the Bulldogs, who will celebrate the contributions of seven players: Reilly Bertram, Ali Burke, Vanessa Kavan, Shelley Lyjak, Mattie Perry, Cassie Rohan, and Annie Schmitz. The group has won 40 games over the last four years and helped Drake to the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship. The Crusaders (1-13-1, 1-4-0 MVC) picked up their first win of the season, a 1-0 result over Evansville, in their last match. They will come to Des Moines seeking their first road win of the season, having lost their previous eight tries.center_img Scouting Valparaiso Story Links Lauren Torhorst, a 5-foot-6 junior defender, scored the decisive goal against Evansville for her team-best third goal this season. She also leads the Crusaders with six points. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Corning fast pitch team dominating at tourneys

first_imgCorning >> The Flex Fastpitch softball team of Corning, competing in the US Specialty Sports Association, took first place in the FAB 5 Tournament Aug. 27-28 and the Queen of the Hill tournament Sept. 10-11, both in Sacramento.In the Bee Sting tournament in Elk Grove in mid August, Flex Fastpitch came in second place out of more than 12 teams from Sacramento, Reno, the Bay Area and Modesto.Flex Fastpitch players are Lillee Olague, Shelby Flournoy, Lynnea Swearinger, Lyndee Flournoy, Macie …last_img

Take-away content to help pupils

first_imgOne of the furry young teddy travellers, who’ll be spreading the word in as many destinations as possible, with an admirer.(Image: Teddy Travels) The Ogle kiosk offers free educational content that can be downloaded to any mobile device.(Image: Ogle Media)MEDIA CONTACTS • Stanley EdwardsDirector, Platypus Digital+27 21 423 7245 or +27 82 458 3356RELATED ARTICLES• Tackling SA’s education challenges• Education at the movies• SA education project wins top award• Putting education first• Education goes mobile with VodacomLorraine KearneyNelson Mandela said: “Education is the great engine to personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that the child of a farm worker can become the president of a great nation.”With this quote, Ogle Media welcomed guests to its Teddy Travels Bon Voyage Party at Cape Town’s Protea Fire and Ice Hotel on International Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July. Teddy Travels is a great idea, but the concept behind it is even better: free take-away educational content saved to mobile devices.Stanley Edwards, the director of Platypus Digital, the founding partner of Ogle Media, points out that education has a central role in the cycle of poverty. To improve education, we need access to information. And to improve access to information, we need technology.It is commonly agreed that in the modern world, with its knowledge-driven economies, education is crucial. But in South Africa, education is in crisis. The biggest slice of the national budget goes to education, yet the sector is reeling: schools in Limpopo spent the first half of the year without books; teachers are accused of spending little time in the classroom; there are still schools under trees; resources are few and far between, especially in rural schools.Against this background, South Africa’s spending on education continues to grow. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan allocated R207-billion (US$25.4-billion) to the sector for 2012/13, with projections that this may rise to up to R236-billion ($29-billion) over the next three years. Basic education received R152.1-billion ($18.7-billion) – 15% of the national budget.In his budget speech on 22 February, Gordhan said provincial education spending was expected to grow by 5.9% over the next three years, from R169.9-billion ($20.9-billion) this year to R183.8-billion ($22.6-billion) in 2015.Little access to technologyBut even with this spending, the education department is running to catch up, and there is not much extra cash for computers. Access to technology is inadequate, particularly in disadvantaged schools and rural areas. Not everybody has a computer, and data costs are prohibitive.But on the upside, an estimated 27-million people under the age of 35 have access to mobile phones. Mobile is unquestionably the best platform to reach learners and to distribute educational content, Edwards says.With this in mind, Ogle kiosks were born. The kiosks offer free access to downloadable educational content.“We deliver content to pupils at no cost,” explains Edwards. This content is available on a variety of platforms – Ogle take-away content kiosks, internet, mobi, and mobile apps. “Ogle educational kiosks can provide pupils, staff and stakeholders with all the educational content they can ever want in seconds, absolutely free.”The idea is to set up a kiosk in a school, to which the staff and pupils have access. They can download the content they need, save it to their device of choice, and then use it whenever and wherever they need.In return, the school can use the kiosk to generate some income with extra utilities such as electricity and airtime purchases; fast-moving consumer content such as music, movies, ringtones and wallpapers; and low-cost financial services to parents, pupils, teachers and other community members. The school can charge a fee for this value-add use of its kiosk.“Schools use the revenue generated by the kiosks to pay for the operating cost and the capital costs of the kiosks. This self-sustaining solution can propel learners into our interconnected knowledge-driven era,” says Ogle. Participating schools get training and support from Ogle, helping them to operate sustainably over the long term as social enterprises.The solutionThe touch screen kiosk is simple to use. Users log in, fill their basket with the content they need, select a device to collect the files – such as a cellphone, MP3 player, flash stick, memory card, removable hard drive and portable media player – and download it rapidly without incurring any data costs. Then they remove their device, and can view their content anytime, anywhere on other platforms, including mobile phones, desktop computers and laptops, iPods and MP3 players, and DVD players with USB ports.Ogle says its kiosks provide video, episodes of televised lessons, audio, e-books, digital textbooks, podcasts, presentations, worksheets, and exam papers. There is content for teachers too, such as teaching support material, lesson plans, training updates and other organisational support material.Content on the kiosks is updated via satellite so it doesn’t matter if schools are in remote locations. They just require power, which can be solar power.“Unesco believes that ICT can contribute to achieving universal education worldwide, through the delivery of education and training of teachers, improved professional skills, better conditions for lifelong learning, and the potential to reach people outside the formal education process,” says Ogle.Its solution is not simply a hand-out, but is a hand-up. Adding to its long-term view, information is also available on health, career guidance, tertiary study advice, skills training, sport, nutrition and entertainment, so that pupils can get the information they need to make informed decisions about their future careers, lifestyles and personal advancement.Edwards says that at present, the kiosks are undergoing software integration, and the first one will be up and running, with all the software working seamlessly on a single unit, within the next two months.Travelling teddiesA bunch of teddy bears – 10 in all – are taking the Ogle kiosk gospel further. On their travels, they will spread the word far and wide, and raise funds to get kiosks into disadvantaged schools.The teddies each have a name and a history, and are going on their gap years. They each carry with them a passport and an information pack, and will travel with chaperones around the world. Their travels will be documented for their friends back at home, on Facebook and Twitter and other social media platforms.Each teddy will spend a minimum of 48 hours with each chaperone, who will talk to people about Ogle kiosks wherever they are – be it at business gatherings or backpackers lodges. They will be able to make donations or sponsorships easily and efficiently online, of any amount, in various currencies through GivenGain. All funds are managed by the Heart Charitable Trust.And then the teddy will be handed to another chaperone heading somewhere new. The furry travellers will accept invitations from the rich and famous, politicians, film and television stars, musicians and others. After a year of travel, the teddies will head back to Cape Town – hopefully filled with tales of adventure and derring-do, and loads of sponsorships.Edwards will also be taking some of the teddies with him to Washington DC on August 30, where he will present a paper at the Mobiles for Education conference. Edwards and the teddies will also visit New York. Another teddy is setting off courtesy of Get Away magazine.Mobiles for Education is an international alliance based in Washington DC and is supported by USAID, the United States Agency for International Development. The alliance’s objectives are to promote affordable access to low-cost technologies in education, as well as spread the awareness of the tools that are available.last_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress: Rain continued to stall planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Little to no fieldwork was completed last week due to the continued extremely wet weather, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 0.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 5. There were multiple reports of zero days suitable for fieldwork last week. There had been some additional flooding and soils were extremely saturated, causing more delays in the planting season. Winter wheat condition remained mostly fair and there were concerns of weed pressure due to the wet weather. There was very little opportunity to get any corn or soybean planting done last week. Oat planting and emergence was slowly moving along. Despite wet weather, pastures condition were mostly fair to good.Click here to read the full reportlast_img read more

A Travel Day to Miami – Episode 87

first_imgThis is what a travel day to spend some time with the family looks like. A lot of travel, and a lot of editing.last_img

Bahamas New fiasco exposed by Education Works Ministers

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #newfiascoexposedbyBannister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 27, 2017 – Nassau – Another so called, ‘fiasco’ of the Progressive Liberal Party government and this one is to the tune of $30M and involves the land for an at risk school to be called the Star Academy and built on property owned by the Seventh Day Adventist church.  Minister of Works Desmond Bannister unearthed that there is no lease, there were no payments for rent of the land and yet nearly $30M dollars was spent in construction, on what the Minister labeled a ‘fisasco.’But the former works Minister and Opposition leader in the House of Assembly, Philip Davis said the minister was misleading and explained that there were to be two buildings, one for administration and that the school was to serve as a new home for BTVI and would be used by the Technical Cadets in the evenings.Davis said the move was critical because BTVI has outgrown its current location and he said there were similar arrangements made with other churches in The Bahamas; citing that Minister Bannister conveniently did not mention that one exists with the Catholic church, that Bannister is a Catholic.  Education Minister, Jeff Lloyd also reported that despite a lease being drawn up, it was not signed and it is said that the lease is now misplaced.#MagneticMediaNews#newfiascoexposedbyBannister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Environment Ministry Supports BTVI Solar Energy Training

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 18, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of the Environment & Housing, September 15, at Charlotte House, downtown.   BTVI President Dr. Robert Robertson met with the Minister, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, to garner his support for the college’s 15-week-long dual enrollment programme.The programme is a multi-lateral partnership between BTVI and high schools to train technically inclined students — simultaneously giving them a head start in earning college credits, before leaving high school.    The idea is to provide a path to accelerating seamlessly into their area of training.Minister Ferreira said he was impressed with BTVI’s dual enrollment programme and wants to see it channel more high schoolers interested in mastering energy security vocations.The Minister remarked of his particular interest in solar energy solutions and building corporate net-metering systems.Dr. Robertson noted that within the dual enrollment programme’s 15 weeks, students meet once or twice per week, for a total of eight hours per week, and that schools participating in the programme include Anatol Rodgers High, C. I. Gibson  Senior High, C. V. Bethel Senior High and L. W. Young Junior High.   He said the actual name “Programme SURE,” which stands for Success Ultimately Reassures Everyone.Solar installation is one of the latest technical skills offered by BTVI’s Trade Career Path classes, in which students are exposed to construction trade skills such including Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry, Drywall, Tiling, Painting and Decorating building solutions.Minister Ferreira added he wants high schools in the Family Islands to participate too, and would encourage BTVI to engage solar experts to teach about the industry in the Family Islands.   He added that the Ministry would support BTVI in training more students who want to work in environmental careers, and would also work along with the University of The Bahamas.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo Caption:  Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, right, welcomed BTVI President Dr. Robert Robertson in a courtesy call at the Ministry, September 15, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more