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Ben Simmons posts triple-double as 76ers past Timberwolves

first_img“They got some easy baskets and once you get momentum, it’s tough,” said Wolves guard Jamal Crawford, who scored 13 points. “They started playing off of confidence. They hit tough shots. They played with more energy. They really took it to us.”Embiid provided the biggest roar when his acrobatic, breakaway dunk made it 79-56 with 6:39 left. After Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau called a timeout, Embiid egged on the crowd by raising his arms and screaming.Coach Brett Brown was forced to reinsert Simmons and Embiid with 2:39 left after the Wolves’ reserves cut a 29-point deficit to 111-101.Thibodeau had the Wolves foul Simmons, a poor free-throw shooter, twice intentionally. But Simmons went 3 of 4 from the line and Minnesota got no closer than nine points.“The starters were pretty flat, so that group gave us good energy,” Thibodeau said. “I thought Aaron (Brooks’) ball pressure really got us going. That brought energy to the group. And then I thought Tyus (Jones) and Aaron together were good. And Gorgui (Deng) and Cole (Aldrich) played with a physicality.”The matchup of Embiid vs. Towns fizzled with Towns struggling and getting into foul trouble. Minnesota, which entered in seventh place in the Western Conference, shot 38 percent from the field.“It’s not a one-on-one battle because every time we play I guard him the whole game and he doesn’t,” Embiid said. “I want to show that I’m the best big man in the league, but he’s really good at what he does. . I thought tonight I did a pretty good job on him.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Towns has an NBA-high 61 double-doubles. … Minnesota fell to 6-6 since Jimmy Butler’s knee injury. … The Wolves are 12-17 against the Eastern Conference and 30-15 against the West. … G Derrick Rose (right ankle) missed a second straight game.76ers: Simmons has the most triple-doubles for the franchise since Wilt Chamberlain had 31 in the 1967-68 season. … The Sixers moved alone into fourth place in the East, one game behind third-place Cleveland.FULTZ’S CALLBrown said Sixers rookie Markelle Fultz will return this season only if he declares himself ready after struggling to regain his shooting stroke following a shoulder issue.SIMMONS STATEMENT Hard to argue.Simmons had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists, Joel Embiid dazzled while getting the better of Karl-Anthony Towns, and the Philadelphia 76ers inched closer to their first playoff berth in six years with a 120-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSimmons had his triple-double by late in the third quarter. His crisp passes brought gasps from the crowd. His rebounding was solid. At 6-foot-10, Simmons is a new kind of point guard.“The play I’ve had over the season has been pretty consistent,” Simmons said. “I’m doing some things that haven’t been done in a while.” PHILADELPHIA — After his 10th triple-double, Ben Simmons was asked if he’s done enough to lock up NBA Rookie of the Year award.“I think so,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Simmons warmed up and was introduced while wearing a blue “March for our Lives” T-shirt as students from around the country demonstrated against gun violence.“For me growing up in Australia, I think there was a gun ban way back in the day where they bought back the guns and there hasn’t been any major shootings and no one carries around guns,” Simmons said. “You want kids to feel safe going to school.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host Memphis on Monday night.76ers: Host Denver on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Embiid also got his share of adoration from the home crowd. He scored 19 points, and had a left-handed block of Towns, a 3-pointer and a windmill dunk in the Sixers’ 20-4 run to start the third quarter.“That’s the second time this year that I did it,” Embiid said about the windmill. “I’m a 7-footer. I think I can jump. Sometimes I can jump high whenever I want to.”The Sixers are a confident bunch after their sixth straight win. Dario Saric added 18 points as the Sixers (42-30) ensured a winning season and moved within one win or Detroit loss from their first postseason appearance since 2012.Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points, and Towns had 15 points and 11 rebounds, but shot just 3 of 15 from the field for Minnesota as its two-game winning streak was snapped.The Sixers outscored the Wolves 39-19 in the third quarter to break open a close game.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Power is for Business

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said the essence of providing electricity in a given area is to help promote businesses that lead to improved living conditions for residents as their economy booms. According to the President, Yandohun Town, Lofa County, where a 60 Kilowatt Micro-Hydro Power Plant was dedicated, should be of no exception.Speaking at the dedication ceremony of the Micro-Hydro Power Plant in Yandohun, Kolahun district on Wednesday, February 19, the Liberian President cautioned residents, especially women, to make maximum use of the electricity by engaging in businesses that would increase their incomes and improve their lives.The President mentioned ice making, cold water processing, and rice mills as examples of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with great investment potential. She challenged the people to form a cooperative in achieving this, which would lead to more SMEs.“Do not just use this electricity to dance under light every night; it’s your opportunity to make use of your blessing. The only way you can help government fight poverty is by getting involved. This is why the hydro has been built here,” the President told a joyous crowd. “We want women to be involved in businesses because it would help empower them and improve the lives their families. You can buy an ice box and get yourself engaged in selling ice, or even buy a cooler and start to sell cold water to passersby on this road,” she added.The newly dedicated 60 Kw Micro-hydro power project is an initiative of the Government of Liberia through the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), and funded by the World Bank. The project costs around US$540,000.00; covering civil works, electromechanical equipment, a powerhouse, transmission, distribution, customers’ internal wiring and connection for the three beneficiary communities.The hydro current serves three rural communities, including Yandohun, Dangalahun I and Dangalahun II, all in Kolahun district. It presently provides reliable and affordable electricity to over 169 customers; comprising households, businesses and social institutions. Customers will pay only LD$200.00 a month regardless of how much power they consume. The power is supposed to run 24/7.The Micro-hydro power system is being managed, operated and maintained by a community management team trained under the newly established Yandohun Electricity Development Cooperative, Incorporated.The Residents of the Yandohun expressed thanks to President Sirleaf, the World Bank and the many technicians who made the construction of the project a success. They lauded government for providing them with access to affordable electricity and giving new opportunities to improve their lives.A resident of the town, Mr. Willy Kuagbah said: “This is a very important day in the history of Yandohun. I just want to express thanks to our President for this project. This electricity will help us greatly, especially our school children.”Another resident, Hannah Kamara noted, “We no longer sleep in darkness. When evening hours arrive you see everyone anxious to come and see the new face of our town under light. Our children will be happy to study their lessons upon returning from the farm because of electricity. We are very grateful to our President.”She continued, “The President said that we should get into business. I have a plan to build a modern video club if I can get a loan to start it. I want for government to start looking at ways to give us loans in Yandohun like the Central Bank is doing in other areas.The Executive Director of RREA, Augustus Goanue said the project is very unique and serves as a model for similar communities in Liberia. “Because of various socio-economic benefits associated with this project, it will greatly contribute to the RREA’’s purpose of facilitating and accelerating the economic transformation of rural Liberia,” he noted.He said in 2008, President Sirleaf approved then Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Eugene Shannon’s request to establish a prototype Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) following the drafting of the first ever National Energy Policy of Liberia.Meanwhile on February 8, 2009, Fanny Missfeldt-Ringius of the World Bank, Kristin Stroup of Energy and Security Group and the RREA boss visited Yandohun to assess the damaged 30-kW Micro-Hydro Power plant originally constructed by a Peace Corps Volunteer called Gary Duncan in 1979 with funding from United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Upon their return, a project called “Catalyzing New Renewable Energy in rural Liberia” was submitted to the World Bank for funding, which was subsequently approved. The objective of the two phase project was to help government implement a significant portion of the NEP by establishing the RREA as a functioning agency able to mobilize new renewable energy services and investment for rural areas to meet demand in a technical, reliable and affordable manner.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Governor Weeks Assures Liberians of Stable Exchange Rate

first_imgGroup photo of workshop participants along with Gov. Weeks and instructorsThe Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Milton Weeks, has assured Liberians that the bank will pursue macroeconomic stability characterized by low inflation and a stable exchange rate.Gov. Weeks said there is also a commitment to ensure increased access to financial services in all parts of the country and also to support the expansion of credit towards the productive sector of the economy, especially the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.The CBL Governor made these remarks yesterday at the start of a week-long national workshop on Economic and Financial Analysis for media practitioners and Legislative Budget Officers in Monrovia.He said additional steps will be taken with relevant parties to strengthen the legal environment to address some of the existing constraints that threaten the safety, soundness and integrity of the financial system.“We will continue to work cordially with all other government entities to champion the national agenda. I am aware that experts and practitioners have been assembled to share this knowledge, skills and experience with you on the topic,” he added.Governor Weeks used the opportunity to briefly mention a few salient issues relating to the subject matter.He said economic analysis is a systematic approach to the determination of the optimum use of scarce resources, involving comparison of two or more alternatives in achieving a specific objective under given assumptions and constraints.At the macroeconomic level, he said economic growth, stability, inflation, unemployment and external balance constitute some of the leading issues for which economic analyses can be undertaken.Therefore, he said economic and financial analysts must be armed with adequate knowledge of the subject; that they must be versed in issues such as cost-benefit analysis, economic impact analysis, trade policy analysis, economic development and growth analysis. Others include basic knowledge in macroeconomics, interpretation of financial indicators, the role of statistics in economic analysis, budget analysis, fiscal and monetary policies, financial, money and capital markets.He stated that the important aspect of economic and financial analyses concerns government policies and plans which affect the economy in various ways; that policies and plans adopted by the government at various levels are responsible for shaping the economy and must go through analysis and scrutiny.“A great challenge in economic and financial analyses especially in our sub-region is the dearth of knowledgeable professionals. The tendency is that all and sundry have assumed the ability and responsibility of analysing and commenting on government economic and financial policies.“Most of the time some of these analysts undertake their analysis without understanding the basic economic theoretical underpinnings of the policies,” he said.“Others go on to analyze without digging deep into the facts available to government functionaries, who inform the adoption of such policies and planning for such projects and programs in the first place. This sometimes results either in under-reporting or over-reporting of government policies and programs.”He said another challenge is the need for timely, accessible and quality data dissemination for economic and financial analyses and policy implementation, and that more timely and reliable data is needed in several key areas, such as the gross domestic product, inflation rates, unemployment rates, external sector and the financial sector.In the external sector, timely and reliable data is, for example, required for addressing “debt sustainability” (potential currency crises) by focusing on external positions, external debt and reserves; while in the case of financial sector soundness, for example, focus should be on developing macro prudential indicators.Being an economic and financial analyst requires professional skills, so that the output would not only be accurate but also reliable, he said.Failure to appreciate the importance of stakeholders often leads to poor collection, compilation and dissemination of economic and financial statistics, thereby rendering the corresponding economic and financial analyses spurious.Governor Weeks said: “To this end, this course is timely and very important. Since 2008 to date, the overall global economic outlook has been characterized by unsteady growth across the advanced economies, the emerging market economies, developing economies as well as the least developed economies.”Against this backdrop, the Central Bank of Liberia, through enhanced policy coordination and harmonization with the Ministry of Finance & Development Planning, has been working along with other stakeholders to institute key economic policies to recuperate the economy from the various shocks, he added.He said the CBL has continued its efforts to support the economic growth and development of the economy, including working to develop the payment system, intervening in the real estate sector through credit easing, especially for the rubber and housing sector, and rolling over some microfinance facilities, while introducing various financial services.“Given all that have been said, it is very important to have individuals considered as analysts with the expertise and knowledge to interpret as well as explain to our stakeholders and our citizenry, the policy initiatives aimed at ensuring we continue to have a stable and sound economy,” said Weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MOL AN ÓIGE -CEOLTÓIRÍ ÓGA Ó DHÚN NA NGALL INNIU AR RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA

first_imgA new generation of talented young traditional musicians and singers from around the county can be heard on Raidió na Gaeltachta today.The musicians were recorded before Christmas in Letterkenny as part of the Mol an Óige series presented by Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha.Students from Comhaltas Leitir Ceanainn, Ceol na Coille music school, Coláiste Ailigh and Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin all took part in the recording session. The first of the programmes will be broadcast today.Mol an Óige, Raidió na Gaeltachta, 18.30 -19.00.MOL AN ÓIGE -CEOLTÓIRÍ ÓGA Ó DHÚN NA NGALL INNIU AR RAIDIÓ NA GAELTACHTA was last modified: January 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ceol na CoilleColaiste AilighComhaltas Leitir CeanainnGaelscoil AdhmanainRnaGlast_img read more

JUDGE WARNS DONEGAL-BASED STAR HE NEEDS HELP FOR HIS ALCOHOLISM

first_imgWell known actor Gerard McSorley chats to a Garda as he left Letterkenny District Court. (NewspixIrl)Actor Gerard McSorley has been arrested and has appeared in court in Donegal today charged with a disturbance outside a B&B in Dublin.The Donegal-based star was fined €200 and warned to get treatment for his alcohol problems following the incident. The 63 year old star of many films including Veronica Guerin, Angela’s Ashes and Warhorse, appeared at Letterkenny District Court on foot of a bench warrant.McSorley was arrested by arrangement and brought before Judge Paul Kelly.The charge related to a disturbance outside a Bed and Breakfast on St Stephen’s Green at 2am on November 6th last.The actor had been given station bail but failed to appear before Judge Hugh O’Donnell on November 28th and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.Garda Rory Harrison, who arrested McSorley at his home at 1 Cul Na Toinne, Magheraclogher, Bunbeg gave details of the incident.He said Gardai had approached McSorley on the steps of a Bed and Breakfast following complaints that he was causing a disturbance.They warned him to stop but he continued to make desist and cause a disturbance and was eventually arrested under the Public Order Act.The actor appeared in court wearing jeans, a striped jumper and a fleece.He told the court that he did not have a solicitor but that he was pleading guilty to the charge.The court was told that McSorley, who is originally from Omagh in Co Tyrone, had a number of previous convictions for being drunk and disorderly and using threatening and abusive language.In 2001 at Kilmainham District Court, he was charged with impersonating a member of An Garda Siochana for which he was fined €50 and was also fined €200 for drink-driving on the same occasion.Judge Paul Kelly asked McSorley what he was doing to address his problems.The actor, who sat at the back of the court, stood up and spoke in a quiet voice.He told Judge Kelly that he had been receiving medical help for his condition.“I am doing everything I can to remedy this. I have spent the last five weeks in a psychiatric unit. I was released two weeks ago and I am under the care of doctors.“I’m going to AA meetings and I apologise to anybody I have hurt. This isn’t in my character to behave badly but with alcohol I have made mistakes.”Judge Kelly said the problem seems to stem from alcohol and those problems would continue unless he addressed them.“I am doing that now,” responded McSorley.The judge then warned him that if he accumulated similar convictions the courts would have no choice but to deal with him in a severe way.“On this occasion I will deal with it with a fine. Get your act together,” warned Judge Kelly.McSorley replied that it won’t happen again.He was fined €200 and was escorted back to his address in a Garda patrol car.He is due before the local courts again in June charged with careless driving.JUDGE WARNS DONEGAL-BASED STAR HE NEEDS HELP FOR HIS ALCOHOLISM was last modified: January 21st, 2014 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:AlcoholismGerard McSorleyJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtPublic Order Actlast_img read more

LADIES GAA: DONEGAL LEAGUE FINAL U-14A MATCH REPORT

first_imgDonegal Ladies U14 A Final ReportBy Arlene Gallagher (Naomh Conaill)A Great crowd gathered at St. Mary’s Pitch Convoy, For what I’m sure nobody can dispute turned out to be one of THE BEST games of under age Football seen in a long while. Referee Mr. Gerard Mc Hugh took to the centre of the of the pitch and threw in ball with Naomh Conaill’s Amy Boyle Carr getting first touch of the ball, only to have Fanad Gaels No.9 Rachel Sweeney swoop in with a great tackle which allowed her to change direction and make her run towards the Naomh Conaill’s Goals. However the Naomh Conaill Backs Niamh O’ Donnell, Caoimhe Molloy and Clodagh Boyle were on high alert as Clodagh Boyle stood tall and made her tackle stopping them in there tracks. Clodagh made a great pass to Caoimhe Molloy and Deirbhile Ward and shanan Mc Hugh were on hand to recieve the ball from Caoimhe, with a great pass from Caoimhe Molloy to Shannan Mc Hugh Ellie Mc Innes was already making her speedy run up the field Shannan took a look up and kick passed it on to Ellie, Ellie Pumped the ball in to the forwards who then had a chance a a score but sadly put the ball wide.From the Fanad Gaels kick out Danielle Mc Devitt caught the ball and with a great pass to Stella Greene, Stella made a run at the Fanad Gaels goals and scored the first goal and score of the game. Naomh Conaill Caught a bit of luck from the Fanad Gaels Kick outs with Deirbhile Ward catching a high ball and blasting it over the bar and witha low ball pass from Danielle Mc Devitt to Molly Mc Neilis Scored another goal. Naomh Conaill Seemed to have the upper hand after another kick out by the Fanad Gaels Golie Maria Dougherty, Naomh Conaill’s Arianna Bonner made a great tackle on Fanad Gaels No8 Mairead Coll to score another point. Fanad Gaels were on their toes however for the next kick out, and a great kick out it was by Maria Dougherty to No.8 Mairead Coll catching the ball mid air and making her run down the field No6 Lauren Carr was at her side with a great bit of team work from both girls Mairead Coll Broke through the Naomh Conaill defence and took her try at a goal chance, Naomh Conaill’s golie Elsa Greene stood tall and saved Mairead’s chance at goal. Elsa made a quick kick out and Fanad Gaels No.9 Rachel Sweeney was out in front of Naomh Conaill’s Kirsty Gallagher catching the high ball Kirsty made a good job of trying to dispossess Rachel but Rachel kept strong on the ball and made her run again towards the Naomh Conaill back line, But Megan Byrne was right on Rachel’s heels as she swooped in and dispossessed Rachel putting it out for a 45 for Fanad Gaels. Fanad Gaels No.6 Lauren Carr pumped the ball in towards Naomh Conaill’s goals’ and Fanads’ No.11 Mariossa Friel who scored a great point. From Naomh Conaills’ Kick out Fanad Gaels’ Rachel Sweeney won the a speedy run towards Naomh Conaill’s golie Elsa Greene and scored a powerful goal. With another goal and 1 point coming from Shannan Mc Hugh and a point scored by Amy Boyle Carr, and 2 more goals scored by Fanad Gaels No.12 Caoimhe Walsh and a point from Fanad’s Mariossa Friel meant that it was all level at half time 3-04 to 3-04.The Second half of the Game Started much the same as the First both teams fighting tooth and nail for the possession of the ball, Fanad Gaels got first touch of the ball with No.13 Fanad Gaels’ Aoife Sweeney working hard to get the ball up the field towards Naomh Conaill’s goal’s with great passing between Hannah Sweeney and Aoife Sweeney which led to Aoife Scoring the First Point and score of the second half. Fanad Gaels had most of the possession in the second half with both teams fighting hard, Fanad Gaels got another point scored by Mariossa Friel. Naomh Conaill got a 45 and Amy Boyle Carr Pumped it towards Fanad Gael’s goals and Naomh Conaill’s Danielle Mc Devitt sent it into the back of the net. Naomh Conaill were 1 point down with 12 minutes to go in the game and from the Fanad Gaels Kick out Fanad Gaels No.10 Caoimhe Walsh made a great run down the field towards Naomh Conaill’s goals and scored a brilliant goal, Leaving Naomh Conaill 1-1 down with 8 mins to go in the game. A Substitution was made and Zoe Campbell came on to replace Molly Mc Neilis with not even her first minute gone in the game Zoe Campbell dispossessed Aoife Sweeney and had a try at a point that sadly went wide. From another Naomh Conaill kick out Shana Quinn was on hand to help Amy Boyle Carr to make a run up the field towards Fanad Gaels goals which followed with Amy Scoring a goal, Naomh Conaill came back with a vengeance putting every bit of fight they had left into the game with 4 mins to go in the game Naomh Conaill were 1 point down, but Fanad were not about to give it away, From Fanad’s own kick out Mairead Coll and Rachel Sweeney showed a great bit of team work up again towards the Naomh Conaill goals, witha mighty pass from Fanad’s Rachel Sweeney to Caoimhe Walsh, Caoimhe to the dismay of the Naomh Conaill players sent the ball over the bar. With 2 mins to go in the game Naomh Conaill were 2 points down but this only seemed to rally the Naomh Conaill mid fielders and from the Naomh Conaill Kick out golie Elsa Greene made a mighty kick out to Naomh Conaill’s Arianna Bonner and with a great show of team work from Arianna and Ellie Mc Innes worked the ball well back towards the Fanad Gael goals Ellie with her keen eye Spotted Amy Boyle Carr Making a dash towards the Fanad Gael goals and kick passed it over the head of the Fanad Gael Players Amy was on her own making the dash towards the goals and had one final hurdle to get passed and that was Fanad Gaels Mighty Goal Keeper Maria Dougherty sadly Maria was no match for Amy’s Skill and Amy Drove the ball into the back of the net putting Naomh Conaill 1 point up and winning the game for Naomh Conaill. The Final score of the game was Naomh Conaill 6-5 to Fanad Gaels 5-7. As I said at the start this was one of THE BEST and most Exciting game of Under age Football both sides have seen in a while. Fanad Gaels are a credit to their Club and themselves. Congratulations Girls You All Did Yourselves, Manager’s, Mentors And Club Very Proud. And So To Are Naomh Conaill U-14 County Champions, It’s An Honour To Be Involved With Such A Great Club, Girls You All Played With Such Heart, Skill and Hunger That It Was No Wonder You All Triumphed in The End. You All Did The Club Yourselves And Us All Very Proud.NAOMH CONAILL ABU. LADIES GAA: DONEGAL LEAGUE FINAL U-14A MATCH REPORT was last modified: July 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

Milford GAA club: Exiles return for annual St Stephen’s Day match

first_imgAfter a historic season it is hoped as many as possible will join us for our Annual Dinner Dance on the 28th December in Mulroy Woods. Music will be by the Copycats and it is always a great night to catch up for those who have been away from home. Our successful U21 team from 1996 will be commemorated on the night. Tickets cost €30 and would make an ideal Christmas present.Our Annual Exiles Match will take place this St Stephens Day as we welcome home all our former players and coaches for Christmas. All those hoping to tog out are asked to be at the pitch for 12 for 12.20 throw in. It is always a great days craic with a presentation afterwards in Dustys. With our successful Under-21 team from 1996 being commemorated at the dinner dance it is hoped as many as possible of them will dust off the boots for the match. All welcome as always.This week’s lotto numbers were 5-19-20-23. No jackpot winner or match 3 winners, two winners drawn win €35 each. Mary McAteer (Bingo) and Caroline McAteer, Rathmullan. Next week’s Jackpot is €1,700Tickets for the GAA National Draw are now available from any Committee member or Senior player. Tickets cost €10 with first prize a new Opel car.  Milford GAA club: Exiles return for annual St Stephen’s Day match was last modified: December 21st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Milfordlast_img read more

Mayors run schools better?

first_imgSchool systems in New York, Chicago and Boston boosted achievement and improved efficiency after being taken over by their cities’ mayors, analysts say, supporting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s claim that the Los Angeles district would improve if controlled from City Hall. In recent speeches to civic groups and educators, Villaraigosa has invoked these mayor-run school systems as models for the Los Angeles Unified School District, second largest in the nation and plagued by dismal achievement and poor graduation rates. But some question whether it’s fair to compare LAUSD with other districts and whether the legal issues of a mayoral takeover would confound the process. “Every city is very different, and it’s impossible to extrapolate from one to another very easily,” said Michael Kirst, professor of education at Stanford University, who has studied mayoral control and testified before the Joint Commission on LAUSD Governance. “That being said, the cities that have had mayoral control were in terrible condition before that – in terms of governance and many elements of performance – so there wasn’t much downside risk.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake There might be more of a downside risk in Los Angeles, where even critics concede that Superintendent Roy Romer has brought stability and leadership to the district. And the district has had some achievement success, Kirst said – just not enough. “Bureaucracies had imploded” in other cities, he said. Chicago public schools were considered the worst in the nation, and the New York system was rife with corruption. Kirst – who’s urging Los Angeles leaders to study mayoral takeover in great detail – concurs that Chicago, Boston and New York are generally better off under mayoral control, with balanced budgets, more centralized curricula and buildings in better repair. NYC takeover In 2002, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took over the New York City school system – the nation’s largest, with 1.1 million students, 85,000 teachers and 1,406 schools. He appointed a chancellor to head up the schools and created a citywide advisory panel on education policy. Members are appointed by him and by borough presidents. Until Bloomberg took over, the school district had 32 local school boards across the city and no single curriculum. “Our feeling is that we’ve eliminated the waste and the corruption and the lack of direction that existed at the community level at the city, and we’re simply getting things done,” said Stephen Morello, director of communications for the New York City Department of Education. “The flip side of having the mayor appoint the chancellor is … you have … someone who works in lockstep with the chief executive, who is ultimately accountable.” Given the reality that a school system the size of New York’s cannot be turned around in four years, Morello said, the changes have been noteworthy, though not dramatic. In 2004, the overall four-year graduation rate reached 54 percent, up from 50.8 percent in 2002, and the 2004 dropout rate declined to 16.3 percent from 20.3 percent in 2002, he said. Also, under Bloomberg, the district negotiated a contract with the teachers union that made it less daunting for principals to discipline underperforming personnel. Now, all of the New York teachers are certified, while 15 percent were still noncertified four years ago. Blacks and Latinos are narrowing the achievement gap with whites; a single curriculum was implemented citywide; and a mentoring program was launched for all incoming teachers. Chicago improves Chicago’s 600 public schools also have improved since 1995 under Mayor Richard Daley, who appoints a seven-member board and a chief executive officer to head the system for 435,000 students. “We’ve made steady, steady progress since the mayor took over. We still have a long way to go, but it has had a huge impact,” said Peter Cunningham, Chicago schools spokesman who cited increases in test scores and attendance, as well as reductions in the dropout rate, mobility rate and truancy. The dropout rate declined from 16 percent to 10 percent in the last five years, Cunningham said. The key difference brought by mayoral control: greater accountability. If the voters are unhappy with how the schools are run, they have the power not to re-elect the mayor. “With school board members, there’s no true accountability. But everyone knows who the mayor is, and it’s a much more effective form of accountability,” said Bill Ouchi, Sanford and Betty Sigoloff professor in corporate renewal in the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. But while Villaraigosa is a vocal advocate of mayoral control, he concedes it will be a difficult challenge to make it a reality in Los Angeles, one of 27 cities in LAUSD territory. “In Chicago and New York, the boundaries of the district are the same as the city’s,” he said recently. “Here, we have all these other cities (that) have to be involved in whatever we do. It is not a simple matter of just turning it all over to the mayor.” And the California Contract Cities Association board adopted a resolution last week saying that voters in all 28 cities should determine who governs and sets policy for the district. Villaraigosa’s attorney, Thomas Saenz, said the boundary issue probably will result in the need to have a City Charter change as well as amendments to state law. “You can’t take a chance and leave any loose ends,” Saenz said. “Implementation is a long-term strategy, and that’s why we will need to look at the entire legal structure, including state legislation. You don’t want to leave anything to chance.” Fewer than a dozen of the 16,000 school districts in the nation have mayoral control, Ouchi said. Powerful mayor needed A mayor, especially a powerful one, likely would be able to set the tone and rally the community behind the cause of education as a priority, supporters said. When Daley called corporate leaders – as Villaraigosa is now doing – to urge them to “adopt” schools, they opened their wallets. Bloomberg, for example, raised $70 million in private contributions to open an academy that trains new principals. “Suddenly the whole city embraced the cause of education when the mayor took over. He is the leader of the city, and he told the whole city education is his No. 1 priority,” Cunningham said. “A board member can’t do that. It’s that kind of bully pulpit the mayor has that a nonelected school superintendent, who’s not accountable to voters, doesn’t have. “I think sometimes only an elected official has that power, that ability. I just don’t think that a school system can reform itself, and a mayor does.” In addition to greater power to get the business community involved in education and more accountability, a mayor might also carry more weight to stave off special interests, Ouchi said. The teachers union is the only one with political clout that the school board deals with, so union leaders exert a tremendous amount of control over the district and the board, Ouchi said. But this would be only one of the big unions that a mayor encounters. “A mayor is not susceptible to the pressures and desires of just that one union,” Ouchi said. “It gives him a lot more independence, and it gives him a lot more backbone in doing what he thinks is right for children, even if it’s not exactly what the teachers union likes. I think that’s a big part of why mayoral control works.” Education leaders agree that one thing is clear: Changing the governance of Los Angeles schools should not undertaken lightly; there should be extensive study before any dramatic shifts are made. “Los Angeles has been making recent gains in achievement scores. The board is not totally dysfunctional and unable to do anything, and they’re building a lot of buildings,” Kirst said. “It’s not clear that they’re in the same conditions as these other cities, so it’s a hard call. They have to study it in great detail.” Naush Boghossian, (818)713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TEEN ARRESTED AFTER 13 PETROL STATION ROBBERIES ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgA teenager has been arrested on suspicion of 13 different ‘fill and split’ incidents at petrol stations during a 24 hour period.Thirteen Donegal petrols stations have been hit.The 19 year old is being quizzed at Letterkenny Garda station.The man was finally apprehended at a petrol station in Letterkenny after different raids in Buncrana, Muff and Milford over the weekend. The man filled up his car before driving off without paying for the fuel.It is understood he was captured on CCTV at petrol stations on a number of different occasions during the theft spree.The man, who cannot be named, is believed to be from Donegal and is being held on suspicion of theft.TEEN ARRESTED AFTER 13 PETROL STATION ROBBERIES ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: August 19th, 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:Gardaipetrol stationsrobberylast_img read more

DONEGAL JOBSEEKERS CAN BOOST JOB PROSPECTS WITH FREE LYIT COURSES

first_imgLYIT is a popular choice for students and now jobseekers can complete free courses there.With 58,133 people on the Live Register in the border region in July, jobseekers in Donegal who lost their jobs during the recession and want to equip themselves with skills employers want now have an opportunity to boost their prospects by studying at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).Offered through the State-funded Springboard programme managed by the Higher Education Authority for the Department of Education & Skills, the places are free to those who qualify and the courses are delivered flexibly so that jobseekers retain their benefits and continue their search for employment.The skills taught on the programmes have been specifically selected to match the current job market and concentrate on areas where there is existing and projected growth. At LYIT, there are 78 places being provided for the current intake of Springboard students across six programmes starting during September with places currently still available on the Certificate in Digital Marketing & Business Skills; Minor Award in Wind Energy Technology (conversion course for wind turbine technicians) and Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation Management with Applied Research.The employment record of those who’ve completed Springboard courses is particularly encouraging.Jonathan O’Connor is a recent LYIT graduate from the Wind Energy Technology programme. Having first trained as an apprentice technician with a car dealership in Kerry, he commenced his skills conversion course in Letterkenny in 2013. After a stint on work placement at a site in Tipperary with ENERCON Wind Farm Services Ireland Ltd, he was hired by the turbine supplier and is currently working as an Installation Technician in Scotland.“The opportunity to get the education and training I needed to work in a growth area like wind energy was too good to miss. It was particularly good to be able to get these extra skills in such a short space of time after completing my apprenticeship in the motor trade. I’m enjoying work now and there’s no doubt that Springboard at LYIT has helped me get started in a thriving industry.” Paul Hannigan, President, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, said courses are tailored for people’s needs.LYIT President Paul Hannigan“As part of a wider drive to economic recovery and tackling the jobs crisis, we are pleased to work with Springboard in providing these very focused programmes that are tailored to help those who are out of work to keep their skills current and to make themselves very attractive to employers in areas where there are opportunities.“All six of our Springboard courses are National Qualifications Authority of Ireland-accredited with two at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications; one at Level 8 and three at Level 9 so students who complete the programmes successfully will have a fully recognised qualification up to Masters level. Since its introduction in 2011, we’ve seen good interest in our Springboard courses and many of those who’ve completed them are now in employment in Donegal or elsewhere.”Dr Mary-Liz Trant, Head of Skills and Enterprise Engagement, Higher Education Authority, added: “The HEA on behalf of the Dept of Education & Skills is delighted to work with higher education institutions like LYIT to provide education opportunities that support unemployed people in getting back to work. A particular feature of Springboard is that the courses we fund through the programme are all in disciplines where there are job opportunities and where employers tell us they have a skills shortage and anticipate further recruitment.“For those out of work in Donegal and beyond, I would encourage them to visit www.springboardcourses.ieor free-phone 1800 303523 and check what’s on offer. The programme offers a great opportunity to quickly get the skills employers want but also to have a formal qualification that reflects what you have learned. In a competitive labour market, this can be the key.” DONEGAL JOBSEEKERS CAN BOOST JOB PROSPECTS WITH FREE LYIT COURSES was last modified: September 5th, 2014 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:coursesdonegaljobseekersLYITlast_img read more