In Pictures: Abbeyleix NS officially open new autism unit

first_imgSEE ALSO – 20 things you’ll never forget about doing your Leaving Cert Rugby Pinterest WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 5th June 2018 Twitter TAGSScoil Mhuire NS Previous articleAll this week’s Laois GAA fixturesNext article20 things you’ll never forget about doing your Leaving Cert Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In Pictures: Abbeyleix NS officially open new autism unit Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Home News In Pictures: Abbeyleix NS officially open new autism unit News Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Abbeyleix National School open Aras Naomh Brid Pupils, parents, teachers and locals basked in glorious sunshine recently as Scoil Mhuire NS Abbeyleix officially opened its new autism unit.The school celebrated the official opening of Áras Naomh Bríd, a three classroom integrated unit for children with Autism.Scoil Mhuire have been providing this service in different guises since 2006 and now provide an integrated education to 18 children with ASD in the school.Construction began in January 2017 and the project was completed in March 2018.The new facility caters for pupils aged from 4 to 13 and contains a number of features. These include three specially adapted classrooms, a kitchen, a multi-sensory room, soft playroom and ancillary rooms, together with a general purpose classroom.It has three full-time teachers supported by six special needs assistants.Principal Aidan McEvoy did a marvellous job compering the day and Bishop Denis Nulty performed the official blessing.He also visited the new garden. Thanks to Margaret Slevin for sending these pictures our way: Facebooklast_img read more

D&G Bus adds an Optare Metrocity and Solo

first_imgStoke-on-Trent operator D&G Bus has added to its already extensive fleet of buses from Optare (01977 687200) by taking delivery of a Metrocity and a Solo.They join an existing fleet of 26 Solos, 11 Versas and two Metrocitys, and will operate from Adderley Green depot on service 16 between Hanley and Leek or Buxton.The 10.8m Metrocity seats up to 40 passengers, while the 9.2m Solo has 31 seats, and both are powered by Euro 5 engines.Says Managing Director David Reeves: “We have always found that Optare products perform very well when it comes to fuel economy, and we have been pleased with the performance of the two Metrocitys that we purchased last year.”“I am delighted that this longstanding customer has chosen to purchase more Optares,” adds Optare Business Development Manager Steph Baker.last_img read more

Former Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott Selected To Lead Ozark National Scenic Riverways

first_imgJason LottNPS News:OHAHA, Neb. – National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Bert Frost announced today the selection of Jason Lott as permanent superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri. Lott has been serving as the acting superintendent since January following the retirement of Larry Johnson. “I am pleased to welcome Jason as superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways,” Frost said of the selection. “Jason is an exceptional leader and he will work to develop strong relationships with the local communities and park stakeholders.”Commenting on his appointment, Lott said, “I’m very excited about joining the team at Ozark Riverways. The history, folkways, and rivers of the Missouri Ozarks are a special place, and I’m looking forward to working with the communities and staff for this opportunity to serve at the nation’s first scenic riverway.”Lott most recently was superintendent for Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. He has been with the National Park Service (NPS) since 2002. He previously served as superintendent for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona for three years, and Resources Program manager for Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Texas for five years, where he was named the 2005 recipient of the NPS Director’s Award for Natural Resource Management in a Small Park.In addition to serving as superintendent at Bandelier, Lott also serves as the NPS New Mexico State coordinator. Recent honors include being the recipient of the 2018 Leadership Los Alamos’ Distinguished Alumnus Award and the 2011 NPS Intermountain Region Director’s Award.   Lott is a 21-year veteran with the Army National Guard, having served 20 years as an enlisted soldier with a deployment during Desert Storm, and as an officer who served as a Company Commander for the 1086th Transportation Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Lott retired as a captain in 2007.  Lott holds a master’s degree in History with an emphasis in Cultural Resource Management from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. He and his wife Wendy and their two children are looking forward to exploring all the area has to offer.last_img read more

Haiti’s Youth and Sports Minister Resigns

first_img“Many parks and sports centers that cost large sums do not meet our needs in this area and do not promote the rational practice of sport,” he said, adding that “several of these infrastructures are in poor condition or remain incomplete when the funds have been disbursed. “Indeed, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that I have a very high idea of ​​politics and the use that must be made of it to lead this country finally towards better horizons. And I, steeped in these ideals that define me, I cannot give up, believing at the height of my being that the poison of the country is not in my approaches. Although I have the feeling of not having committed any failure. I have decided to resign from my office as Minister of Youth, Sports and Civic Action,” he wrote. His resignation letter follows statements made at a news conference where he indicated that “what we found as sports infrastructure is insignificant. PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Youth and Sports Minister, Max Attys, has tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe, indicating that he was stepping down even though he does not regard himself to be a failure. “Prime Minister, I have endeavoured to fulfill my responsibility, taking care in my duties as in my personal behaviour, to always respect the requirements and the lines set by your Government. CMC Youth and Sports Minister, Max Attys In his letter of resignation, Attys said that he wanted to thank Jouthe and President Jovenel Moise for affording him the opportunity to be of service to the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. “It is unacceptable that the State spent hundreds of millions and at the end, we do not even have a sports field worthy of the name.The money of the State which was to build sports centers across the country has been diverted (and) I think that public action must be put in motion,” he added.last_img read more

Winter Olympics participation a potential roadblock in NHL CBA talks

first_imgIn the weeks since the NHL and NHL Players Association opted against re-opening the current collective bargaining agreement, negotiations have continued between the two sides.Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported Saturday the league and the PA held conference calls aimed at working toward a CBA extension in the coming months. He indicated they have shared business interests to address, including the establishment of a clear calendar of international events. The players’ willingness to take part in future Olympic tournaments could be a potential sticking point in the current CBA extension talks. However, it’s probably not the hill they’re willing to die on.Escrow deductions remain the biggest issue for the players. After several years of having up to 15 percent clawed back from their paychecks and getting little of it back by season’s end, they want a different system to lessen escrow’s bite. Post-career health care and revisiting how hockey-related revenue is determined are also among their concerns.It’s difficult to believe the players would derail real progress toward long-term labor peace by making the Olympics their line in the sand. Ultimately, more money in their bank accounts will likely trump the pursuit of Olympic glory. Johnston claims the players still have a strong interest in best-on-best international competition. They’re willing to take part in another World Cup of Hockey tournament, but only if it’s part of a larger plan that includes the Winter Olympics.Top 25 under 25​​: Ranking hockey’s best young stars for 2019-20The league remains keen to hold another World Cup, as well as staging future Global Series of regular-season games outside North America. But according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the team owners have no interest in Olympic participation.Daly told’s Adam Kimelman the owners don’t see the Olympics as useful to their business.“It’s highly disruptive to our season, puts our players in jeopardy of injury with no financial benefit to the NHL or its clubs,” he said.The same arguments could be made against the World Cup of Hockey. Granted, that preseason tournament doesn’t disrupt the regular-season schedule. However, it takes each teams’ best players out of training camp at a time when coaches and general managers attempt to evaluate their respective rosters for the coming season. The players still face the same risk of injury regardless of which international tournament they’re skating in.Financial benefit is the biggest reason behind the owners reluctance. Being a preseason tournament, the World Cup of Hockey doesn’t affect hockey revenue related to the regular-season schedule. Furthermore, all revenue derived from that tournament is divided between the league and the players.Since NHL players first appeared in the 1998 Winter Olympics, the league hasn’t seen any significant increase in the popularity of its product. The owners grew increasingly unhappy over shuttering the league at mid-season for two or three weeks to allow their players to participate.MORE: Who will win the 2019-20 Calder Trophy?Perhaps the biggest reason behind the owners’ unhappiness was because the International Olympic Committee (IOC) stopped covering travel, insurance, accommodations and other costs for NHL players taking part in Olympic action. The league declined a $20 million offer from International Ice Hockey Federation to cover those costs for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.As Johnston noted, the league would not only have to change its stance, but also conduct separate negotiations with the IOC regarding those cost.last_img read more

Hughes ‘Pumped’ here

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM In the words of Dave Hughes, “to be alive is ridiculous.” The veteran comic has spent 20…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Banner season concludes for Nelson Figure Skating Club; Ice Show May 10

first_imgThe Nelson Figure Skating Club completed a successful season on ice with a trunk load of hardware.Despite starting out the season with a a number of club skaters competing for the first time, coaches Yoshie Measures and Sarah Gower saw a vast improvement from last season.Starting in February, 15 skaters competed at the Kootenay Regional Championships in Beaver Valley, entering 40 separate events, the most for the club since 2008.Eight of the skaters captured medals, with Charly DeFouw skating a beautiful program to win the title of West Kootenay Champion in the Star 5 under 13 freeskate event and Morgan Sabo nailing her axel jump to collect the silver medal with her Riverdance inspired program. Sabo followed up with a first place finish in the Elements 1 event. The medal streak continued with high finishes across the Elements categories as Lila McKechnie and Helena Keating captured Silver and Bronze respectively in Elements 1, Isabella Kroker Kimber won Silver in Elements 2 and Charly DeFouw Bronze in Elements 3.The remainder of the medals came in the Solo Dance categories with Helena Keating winning Silver and Lila McKechnie taking Bronze in the Jr. Bronze Dance Solo 1 category. In Junior Bronze Dance Solo 2 Mallory Pinske scored Silver while Isabella Kroker-Kimber rated Bronze.Courtney Shrieves won Bronze in the Jr. Silver category, Charly DeFouw finished with Bronze at the Senior Bronze level and at the Senior Silver level Christina Champlin and Breanna Tomilin captured Silver and Bronze respectively.Despite the positive result Gower and Measures are looking for Gold finishes at next year’s competition with the goal of winning Barclay Trophy awarded to the team with overall highest scores.Ice Show to Close Out SeasonThe final big event of the year is “Express To The Stars”, a musical tribute to the golden age of train travel. As always, all members of the club perform from the tiniest tots to the most seasoned skaters with music from “Madagascar”, “Polar Express” and much more.The show will be performed on May 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.last_img read more

NBA: Westbrook, Harden spark triple-doubles to record pace

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Harden ranks fourth among NBA scorers with 28.4 points a game but has a league-best 11.9 assists and 8.2 rebounds a game.Westbrook is on pace for 36 triple-doubles, which would fall short of the single-season record of 41 achieved by Robertson in 1961-62. Wilt Chamberlain is second with 31 in the 1967-68 season.Only two more triple-doubles this season would allow Westbrook to match his total from last season of 18, level eighth in NBA history. His 53 career triple-doubles rank sixth in NBA history and top all active players.Westbrook’s Thunder are 21-15 this season with 46 games remaining, sixth in the Western Conference, while Harden’s Rockets are 27-9 and third overall in the West.Harden, who has 18 career triple-doubles, and Westbrook have each scored 50 points this season in a triple-double effort, a feat that had not been done since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar achieved it in 1975.ADVERTISEMENT Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake PLAY LIST 00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake00:50Trending Articles01:38GCTA mess: BuCor given til March to review records of PDL returnees01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes That’s on pace for 97 for the full season, well ahead of the NBA record of 78 set in the 1988-89 campaign and last season’s second-best total of 75.Westbrook leads the NBA this season with 16 triple-doubles while Harden is second with nine and Cleveland star LeBron James ranks a distant third with three this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe most recent for Westbrook came December 31 when he finished with 17 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds. But he reached a triple-double in only 19 minutes, just off the fastest triple-double ever record in NBA history, Jim Tucker’s 17-minute effort in 1955.Westbrook is averaging 30.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists a game in a bid to become only the second player in NBA history with a triple-double season average. Hall of Fame legend Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists a game in the 1961-62 campaign for the Cincinnati Royals, now the Sacramento Kings. EDITORS’ PICK Tiger impressed with how far Trump can hit at 70center_img MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus js/rcwSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) hugs his former teammate, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook after an NBA basketball game in Houston, Thursday Jan. 5, 2017. The Rockets defeated the Thunder 118-116. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and assists leader James Harden of Houston are leading the league on a record-shattering pace for triple-doubles in a season.So far this season, there have been 42 triple-doubles — double-digit production in three statistical categories in a single game.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA View commentslast_img read more

Stunning four bedroom home in Kerrykeel is on the market for €575,000

first_imgA stunning four bedroom detached house with beautiful Mulroy Bay views is on the market in Kerrykeel for €575,000Extending to 295 sq m (3,175 sq ft) approximately, situated on a private, elevated site extending to 0.53 Ha (1.32 Acres) approximately. Superbly laid out modern, spacious, accommodation finished to a high standard throughout with superb uninterrupted views overlooking Murloy Bay, Broad Water towards Marks Point, Fanad and Devlinreagh, Carrigart. Facilities and amenities nearby or within a short drive include the glorious Ballymastocker Beach, 18 hole golf courses at Portsalon and Rosapenna, fishing, walking, hill climbing, etc.Letterkenny, the principal town of the county with excellent shopping facilities is within a comfortable 30-minute drive. The City of Derry Airport is within a comfortable hour drive and Belfast International Airport within two hours.Special Features:180 Views overlooking Mulroy Bay.Bright, modern, spacious architecturally designed accommodation.Extends to 295 sq m approximately.4 Reception Rooms.4 Ensuite Bedrooms.High quality fixtures, fittings and appliances throughout to include American style Siemens fridge / freezer, Ilive electric oven, 7 burner gas hob with interchangeable hot / grill plate, Siemens extractor hood, two electric waste compactors, Siemens dishwasher and Siemens steam oven, Norcool large drawer fridge, Gaggenau wine cooler, Siemens washing machine and tumble dryer.German high gloss kitchen with Italian polished countertop.Italian porcelain tiling and timber flooring throughoutUnderfloor and oil fired central heating.BEAM central vacuum system.Elevated position.Paved patio areaElectric gates.Monitored security alarm system.Septic tank and mains water.You can view the full listing by Sherry Fitzgerald/Rainey here.Stunning four bedroom home in Kerrykeel is on the market for €575,000 was last modified: December 23rd, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:KERRYKEELpropertySherry Fitzgerald Raineylast_img read more