Our protest was justified – Powell

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Orville Powell, president of newly crowned Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions, Montego Bay United (MBU) , said he has been stung by the callous way in which ‘The Establishment’ treated his club in the build-up to Sunday’s final against Portmore United, which precipitated what is now regarded as the ‘Respect Protest’. Powell told The Gleaner that the decision taken by MBU was to bring attention and awareness to the careless attitude of some people involved in administering football locally and that of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA). “Our protest was justified and justifiable,” stated Powell. “We thought at the time the best way to bring to the people’s attention what was really going on was to use the biggest stage for local football – the Premier League final – as a staging ground of this protest,” he said. “Now that it was a success based on what people are now saying, I would think we achieved our goal, which was simply to highlight how badly run certain aspects of our football product is,” Powell noted. In protest, MBU turned up for Sunday’s final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex five minutes before the scheduled 4 p.m. kick-off clad in black with white letters on the back of shirts worn by the players spelling ‘RESPECT’, the word spelt with one letter each on the back of the shirts of seven players – when they turned their back to the crowd – who stood in the front line. Then there was another part to the message: ‘IF YOU WANT TO GET IT, YOU MUST GIVE IT.’ For Powell, there could be no bigger stage than the live televised final of the nation’s top league, beamed to some 24 countries. “All my players agreed that that was the way to go. We are all a family at MBU, and we felt more than disrespected by the PLCA among others about how they went about business leading up the final,” stated Powell. He said not being invited to a meeting with the PLCA, at which the date and time of the game was changed necessitated the club taking a stand. “Lest the public forgets, we at MBU started this very same protest two years ago, when we stated the PLCA – and football in general – needed to be managed with transparency. That was only the beginning. “Now, on top of the lack of transparency, among other issues, this club has clearly been to some degree insulted. Matters leading up the final against Portmore only made it worse, so we took the stand we did, and as I said, we are willing to face the consequences of our actions because in all fairness, our actions are about doing the right thing,” Powell said. MBU went on to defeat Portmore 2-1 to claim a second Premier League title in three years, and while delighted with the game’s eventual outcome, Powell declared that the protests will continue until change is made to how football is governed locally. PROTEST NOT NEWlast_img read more

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Freeway widening project kicks off

first_imgNORWALK – With the freeway din of big rigs and cars rumbling in the background, local and federal officials gathered Thursday to kick off a $1.2 billion project to widen the Santa Ana (5) Freeway eight miles from Buena Park to the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Santa Fe Springs. City leaders from Santa Fe Springs, La Mirada and Norwalk and Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, attended the ceremony at the Lowe’s home improvement store parking lot. It came about a month after the California Transportation Commission approved full funding for the project. Those state dollars – $387 million – made up the last pot of funds needed to complete the I-5 widening project, which has been in the works for more than a dozen years, officials said. “I can’t tell you what a great day today is, to see where we’ve progressed,” said Norwalk City Councilman Mike Mendez, who chairs the I-5 Joint Powers Authority that has worked since 1992 to help make the project a reality. The JPA is made up of leaders from the six cities affected by the freeway widening: Norwalk, La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs, Downey, Commerce and Buena Park. It has partnered with Caltrans, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Federal Highway Administration. “We held public hearings and community meetings last year and there was no opposition to this project,” Mendez said. “Most of the comments we heard were, `It’s about time!’ “So let’s go ahead,” he added. “Let’s build it.” In February, the CTC threw project leaders a curve when it said it would only provide half of the $387 million for the project. It caused an uproar among JPA members and Napolitano, who quickly appealed to U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters for help in getting more funding. Soon after, Napolitano said, the CTC reconsidered and decided to fully fund the project. “As far as I’m concerned, this project has the most priority in Los Angeles County,” Napolitano said. “It’s 18 miles of bottleneck. “There are 228,000 vehicles that pass through here every day, and that’s expected to increase to 275,000 by 2020,” she added. “The only way to deal with it is to expand the freeway and allow \ to move.” Construction isn’t expected to begin until 2010, officials said, but six of about 20 affected homes along the 5 freeway, just west of the Lowe’s store, have already been acquired and demolished. Lowe’s will lose a portion of its parking lot to accommodate the widening, as will a Ford dealership near Carmenita Road, said Norwalk City Manager Ernie Garcia. The project will also include the reconstruction of the existing two-lane road interchange at Carmenita Road in Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk. Funding is being provided by the CTC; California State Transportation Improvement Program and Proposition 1B, the $4.7 billion state transportation bond approved by voters last year; MTA Proposition C; federal sources; and other transportation appropriations, officials said. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE GLENSWILLY 5K

first_imgCLEARLY many of those who ran tonight’s Glenswilly 5k weren’t among those who celebrated into the early hours with local players Michael Murphy, Gary McFadden and Neil Gallagher.Otherwise they wouldn’t have come up with superb runs in tonight’s Glenswilly 5k!Here’s the results: Glenswilly Finale 5k 2012 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 151 16.29 Peter Gibbons JM Letterkenny A C 2 167 17.21 marcus mcClintock M40 Letterkenny A C3 1 17.42 McKenna Aidan M40 Letterkenny A C4 160 17.49 Glen Duncan SM Letterkenny A C5 261 18.22 Niall O’Donnell Walker Individual6 21 18.26 Sean Boyle JM Letterkenny A C7 155 18.33 Raymond Birch SM Individual 8 262 18.40 Dayle Gallagher JM Letterkenny A C9 29 18.42 Cormac Callaghan JM Individual10 20 18.50 Denis Shiels M40 Individual11 19 18.52 Ciaran Odonnell M40 Lifford A C 12 257 19.14 Sean Crossan M40 Letterkenny A C13 159 19.16 Charlie O’Donnell SM Letterkenny A C14 260 19.20 Brian McIntrye Walker Individual15 164 19.22 Sean McFadden SM Letterkenny A C16 165 19.22 Kirsty McElwaine JW Letterkenny A C17 265 19.35 John Cannon M55 Tír Chonaill A C18 169 19.55 Darren Price SM Individual19 161 20.01 Phil Boyle M40 Letterkenny A C20 171 20.02 Stewart Magee SM Individual21 8 20.04 Irene McFadden SW Letterkenny A C22 5 20.06 Raymond Richie M55 Letterkenny A C23 24 21.02 Garvan McCloskey M45 Letterkenny A C24 31 21.05 Naoise Enright SM Letterkenny A C25 6 21.27 Paul McAteer SM Individual26 25 21.41 Bill Vaughan M45 Individual27 47 21.46 Kevin Deeney SM Individual28 10 21.48 Alan McGinley JM Lifford A C29 185 22.05 cathal Roarty M45 Letterkenny A C30 253 22.12 Sean O’Donnell M50 Individual28 September Page 1 of 5 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club31 170 22.15 Declan McElwaine SM Individual32 48 22.19 Anthony Deeney SM Individual33 23 22.25 Tommy Hill M45 Letterkenny A C34 45 22.29 James Kelly JM Individual35 39 22.44 Aoife McElwaine SW Individual36 33 22.51 Eugene Mc Ginley M40 Individual37 168 23.30 Bernard McDyre M45 Individual38 267 23.31 John Anthony Mullen M40 Letterkenny A C39 158 23.33 CJ McGinley M40 Letterkenny A C40 172 23.41 sabrina Mackey SW Individual41 41 23.52 Michael McDaid SM Individual42 36 23.58 Patrick Doherty JM Individual43 30 24.15 Shane Dunleavey JM Individual44 37 24.32 Sean McGinley JM Individual45 32 24.35 Stephen McDaid SM Individual46 327 24.44 J G SM Individual47 54 24.45 Mark Mc Ateer JM Individual48 254 24.58 Claire Harkin SW Individual49 55 24.59 Shane Mc Ateer JM Individual50 256 25.04 Bernie Crossan W40 Letterkenny A C51 273 25.12 Jim Hynes M60 Finn Valley A C52 301 25.25 Sharon McAteer Walker Individual53 252 25.59 Mark Nelis JM Individual54 9 26.05 Conor McGinley JM Lifford A C55 162 26.40 Daniel McDaid JM Individual56 173 26.55 Amanda McGrath SW Individual57 11 26.57 Ben Connolly JM Lifford A C58 269 27.23 Daithi Gildea Walker Individual59 268 27.24 Lee Gildea SM Letterkenny A C60 17 27.35 Rosaleen Forde W40 Individual61 308 27.40 Brian McHugh Walker Individual62 22 27.51 Jimmy Harte M50 Letterkenny A C28 September Page 2 of 5 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club63 38 28.00 Conor McGinty JM Individual64 40 28.07 Amanda Gallagher SW Individual65 16 28.16 Mary Doherty W40 Individual66 7 28.19 Caoimhe Friel Walker Individual67 156 28.21 Paddy McGinty SM Individual68 178 28.21 Sean Gallagher Walker Individual69 251 28.22 Kyle Cannon JM Individual70 266 28.36 Rachel Mullen Walker Individual71 320 28.44 Rachel Browne Walker Individual72 166 28.47 Michaela Dunl;eavy JW Individual73 264 29.14 Sonia Spratt JW Individual74 263 29.14 Megan Spratt JW Individual75 305 29.14 Lorna Spratt Walker Individual76 157 29.34 Sheral Hetherington SW Individual77 42 30.21 Matthew McDaid JM Individual78 18 30.58 Josie Gallagher W40 Individual79 28 30.58 Nadine Friel Walker Individual80 184 31.15 Nicola McDaid Walker Individual81 15 31.19 Bernie Odonnell W45 Milford A C82 46 31.45 Catherine Kelly JW Individual83 163 31.45 Mhairi Clare McDaid JW Individual84 27 32.02 Roise Quinn Walker Individual85 255 32.27 Mary Duddy SW Individual86 307 34.46 Mary McHug Walker Individual87 323 36.23 Emma Tinney Walker Individual88 325 36.24 Aisling Higgins Walker Individual89 314 36.32 Oisin McGrenra Walker Individual90 312 36.32 Martina McGrenra Walker Individual91 12 36.32 Brid McDaid Walker Unattached92 313 37.24 Martin Gallagher Walker Individual93 26 37.35 Katie Lapsley Walker Individual94 186 38.11 Louise Walker Walker Individual28 September Page 3 of 5 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club95 187 38.11 Karen McHugh Walker Individual96 272 39.44 Mick Murphy Walker Individual97 34 39.50 Frances McBride W40 Individual98 332 42.22 Michaela Gallagher Walker Individual99 309 42.23 Niamh McHugh Walker Individual100 331 42.25 Grace Gallagher Walker Individual101 13 42.46 Orla McDaid Walker Inishowen A C102 14 42.49 Aindrea Ward Walker Individual103 3 43.14 McKenna Ursula Walker Individual104 4 43.45 McKenna Rachel Walker Milford A C105 2 44.10 McKenna Pat Walker Letterkenny A C106 49 45.15 David McGinley Walker Individual107 334 45.29 Caoimhe Wherity Walker Individual108 304 45.29 Maeve Murphy Walker Individual109 303 45.29 Niamh Walsh Walker Individual110 56 45.29 Emily Mullin Walker Individual111 175 45.55 kim McGrath Walker Individual112 333 46.05 Liam Gallagher Walker Individual113 176 46.12 Mary Diver Walker Individual114 150 46.20 Nicole Sherdin Walker Individual115 149 46.21 Eileen Mc Connell Walker Individual116 174 46.33 Keisha Diver Walker Individual117 319 46.52 Elaine McFadden Walker Individual118 321 47.25 Ann Toner Walker Individual119 302 47.25 Bernie Walsh Walker Individual120 322 47.25 Joanne Tinney Walker Individual121 324 47.25 Bella Mullen Walker Individual122 335 47.25 Deirdre Bonner Walker Individual123 271 47.33 Rachel Carlin Walker Individual124 316 47.33 Deirdre McDaid Walker Individual125 315 47.33 Marie McDaid Walker Individual126 274 47.33 John Wallace Walker Individual28 September Page 4 of 5 Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club127 43 47.56 Sean McDaid JM Individual128 154 49.14 Megan Burke Walker Individual129 317 49.59 Brendan McGinley Walker Individual130 318 49.59 Jackie Gallagher Walker Individual131 177 51.45 Paul McDevitt SM Individual132 179 51.45 Siofra McDevitt Walker Individual133 330 52.10 Eoghan O’Donnell Walker Individual134 326 52.10 Anita O’Donnell Walker Individual135 51 52.10 Elijah McGinley Walker Individual136 52 52.10 Sarah McGinley Walker Individual137 50 52.10 Liz Gallagher Walker Individual138 53 52.10 Hannah McGinley Walker Individual139 328 52.33 Martin O’Donnell Walker Individual140 153 52.38 Josephine Burke Walker Individual141 152 52.38 Frances Mc Connell Walker Individual142 311 55.55 Lisa McGrath Walker Individual143 182 56.15 Ruby Anne McCloskey Walker Individual144 183 56.15 John McCloskey Walker Individual145 180 56.22 Avril McCloskey Walker Individual146 181 56.22 Layla Rose mcCloskey Walker IndividualTotal Runners: 14628 September Page 5 of 5RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE GLENSWILLY 5K was last modified: September 28th, 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)Tags:RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE GLENSWILLY 5Klast_img read more

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Former USC star Russell dies in crash

first_imgDarrell Russell, a former standout USC defensive lineman whose promising career was derailed by drugs, was killed in a high-speed car crash early Thursday. Russell, 29, was a passenger in a car driven by former USC teammate Michael Paul Bastianelli that went out of control about 6 a.m. and hit a curb, tree, newsstand, fire hydrant, light pole, another tree and an unoccupied transit bus, Lt. Paul Vernon said. Both Russell and Bastianelli, 29, were unconscious when firefighters arrived. Russell died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Bastianelli died at UCLA Medical Center. “He was a hell of a guy,” Raiders receiver Jerry Porter said. “He just never found the strength to get going again after the all the trouble he got into.” “He became so big and so much into himself that he didn’t want to do what it took to stay in the league,” Kennedy said. “He had a couple of chances and he could just never right the ship, could never get it right. … As much as I tried to help him, I had to realize that, he’s ultimately a grown man, he’s going to have to make his own decisions. That’s always the way I’ve treated people, with respect. The reason I’m so upset now is that I wish I could have done more to maybe prevent this.” Russell tested positive for drugs again and was suspended indefinitely in July 2004. In September 2002, prosecutors dropped rape charges against Russell, claiming they could not prove he videotaped a woman being raped by two of his friends in January 2002. Russell talked about his problems this summer at the NFL’s rookie symposium, which is used to teach new players what pitfalls to avoid in their careers. “He was trying to teach people that, ‘I am a prime example of what not to do in certain situations,’” Raiders safety Calvin Branch said. Kennedy last talked to Russell about a year ago, when Russell said he was hoping to get his life back in order so he could resume his NFL career. That never happened and his friends are left to wonder what might have been if Russell had been able to keep himself clean. “The sky’s the limit. He would still be dominating today,” Kennedy said. “I might have had a chance to play with him in a couple of Pro Bowls if he had just lived up to the potential of what he first showed in college and a little bit in the league.” 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Russell, the No. 2 overall pick by Oakland in the 1997 draft, had a promising start in the NFL before substance abuse problems ruined his career. He had 28 1/2 sacks in five seasons with Raiders, making the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999. “Darrell was a good guy, he really was. He was a big kid like me that had a big heart,” said former Raiders offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy. “He couldn’t say no to anybody. That’s what had a big deal with his demise, especially in the NFL, because he couldn’t let his friends go, from San Diego. He couldn’t let his past go. He always wanted to try to take care and do for other people. It ended up bringing him down.” Russell was suspended three times for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and his career never really recovered. After being released by the Raiders at the end of his second suspension, he played briefly for the Washington Redskins in 2003 and was released before training camp by Tampa Bay the following year. Russell’s first suspension came after he failed a drug test, forcing him to miss the first four games of the 2001 season. The NFL does not disclose details of substance-abuse violations. The league’s policy covers a wide range of issues, including the illegal use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Russell was then suspended again in January 2002 for testing positive for the club drug Ecstasy. He was released by the Raiders in October 2003, shortly after being reinstated by the league. last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – Sign up now for the city’s annual excursion to the 2006 Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 2.Tickets are now available but only on a first-come, first-served basis.The cost is $90 per person.Tickets can be purchased at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave.Check-in will be at 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 2. For more information, call (562) 464-3430. `Orphan Train’ subject of lecture WHITTIER – The monthly meeting of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society will be held at 1 p.m. Jan 21 at the Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave.Speaker Anne Browning will discuss the history of the “Orphan Train,” which from 1850 to the 1920s took more than 150,000 orphaned and abandoned children from East coast cities to new homes in the West. From 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Christine Johns will present the first of two parts on Ancestry.com. A beginner class taught by Caroline Rober will be from 11 a.m. to noon.For more information visit www.cagenweb.com/kr/wags or call (626) 919-1713 or (562) 695-5431. Pioneer High offers adult voice class WHITTIER – Adult vocal development classes are available from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Pioneer High School music room, 10800 E. Benavon St.The class develops articulation, projection, stage presence, andd solo, group and ensemble singing.Registration for the class is $35 in cash. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 1300. Ballroom dance class in La Mirada LA MIRADA – The city will offer lessons in ballroom dancing beginning Jan. 13.It will teach smooth dancing of the fox trot, waltz and team rhythm dances such as swing and Cha Cha.A partner is required but no experience is necessary. Ages 18 and older are eligible. Price of the 10-week class is $50 and will be held from 7:40 to 8:40 p.m.For information, call (562) 943-7277. Association presents eight local artists WHITTIER – The Whittier Art Association will present Bob Bates and Friends featuring works by eight local artists during January with an artists’ reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Whittier Art Gallery, on the corner of Painter Avenue and Mooreland Street. Rio Hondo sponsors youth competition WHITTIER – The Rio Hondo Symphony Association will host its 38th annual Young Artists Competition on Feb. 5 at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts.Winners of the competition will receive $1,500 and appear as soloists with the orchestra on May 7. For more information, call Dr. Fay Weber at (562) 631-5262. From staff reports 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’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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DONEGAL SFC FINAL IN DOUBT AS NAOMH CONAILL ‘WILL’ LAUNCH AN APPEAL

first_imgCiaran Bonner was black-carded during Glenswilly’s Donegal SFC semi-final win over Naomh Conaill. However, it has since emerged that referee Jimmy White should have sent him off. He didn’t, and now Naomh Conaill are launching an appeal.Naomh Conaill GAA club ‘WILL’ lodge an appeal for a replay after the club held an emergency meeting last night to discuss the Ciaran Bonner card incident.Bonner was awarded a black-card by referee Jimmy White, following a cynical challenge on Dermot Molloy in the closing stages of their semi-final victory over Naomh Conaill.However, Bonner was already on a yellow and should’ve been sent off. Instead he was shown a black-card, and was substituted Oisin Crawford.The game was level at the time of Bonner’s dismissal, but substitute Crawford scored the crucial point which edged Glenswilly back in-front in stoppage time.Glenswilly full-back Eamon Ward sealed the win with a point shortly after.However, members and officials of the Naomh Conaill GAA club met last night to discuss the situation further. A club member confirmed to Donegal Daily this morning that following the meeting, the club have decided to launch lodge an official appeal.It’s believed the club have until 12pm today to submit the appeal to the Donegal CCC to have the game replayed.There appears to be a precedent for ordering a replay for a similar alleged incident in a Munster Colleges match last January.When Kerry’s Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne were ordered to replay their match with Cork’s Colaiste Chriost Ri.DONEGAL SFC FINAL IN DOUBT AS NAOMH CONAILL ‘WILL’ LAUNCH AN APPEAL was last modified: October 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Black-cardCiaran BonnerDonegal SFCGAAglenswillyNaomh ConaillnewsRed cardrefereeSportlast_img read more

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RTE’s Nationwide discovers Donegal gems in special feature episode

first_imgAll eyes will be on the north west this Friday when RTE’s Nationwide puts Donegal tourism in full focus.The programme will show three reports from across Donegal on Friday 12th January at 7pm.A historical railway report, a trip around the Donegal Garden Trail and a celebration of the Glencolmcille Folk Village are all in store for viewers. RTÉ North West Correspondent Eileen Magnier will visit Bundoran to hear about the 60th anniversary of the closure of the Great Northern Railway.Mary Harte will explore a few spots on the Donegal Garden Trail, showcasing a lesser known tourist attraction that is growing in east Donegal.Eileen Magnier will also meet the team at the Glencolmcille Folk Village. The museum marked its fiftieth anniversary in 2017 and the thirtieth anniversary of the man who founded it. The programme will examine the life of the pioneering Fr James McDyer, who sought to promote tourism in the rural village that had been ravaged by emigration.Tune in to RTE One this Friday 12th January at 7pm to see the programme. Featured image from Glen Folk Village RTE’s Nationwide discovers Donegal gems in special feature episode was last modified: January 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundorandonegal garden traildonegal tourismEileen Magnierglen Folk VillageNationwideRTETVlast_img read more

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No Barriers receives €120,000 funding boost for Donegal’s own Exoskeleton Suit

first_imgNo Barriers Foundation proves itself as a LEADER in supporting disabilities in hard to reach communities with the announcement of a 75% grant for the purchase of a revolutionary suit.The “No Barriers Foundation” committee have announced and acknowledged generous funding received from LEADER for the purchase of a revolutionary one size fits all “Exoskeleton Bionic Rehabilitation Suit”. Front Row: Left: Johnny Loughrey (Director and Lead Physio for The No Barriers Foundation) Michael Gallagher (CEO No Barriers Foundation) Aisling McGee (LEADER Project Officer) Back Row Left: Sonia McGarvey Secretary No Barriers Foundation and Frank Kelly (Rural Development Manager)The project will allow people living with physical and intellectual disabilities to get active within their communities in Donegal. The Exoskeleton Robotic Suit is a wearable bionic suit in a ‘one size fits all’ design. It will ultimately allow persons with disabilities in hard to reach communities access to modern, innovative equipment which ultimately will change their lives, both mentally and physically.Johnny Loughrey (Director and Lead Physio for The No Barriers Foundation), Jennifer Smyth (Former gymnast prior to suffering from a Spinal injury- has been using the Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton as part of her rehabilitation where she is based in England- follow her progress on her Blog ‘Jennifer’s Journey’), and Kim Gregg (Specialist Neuro Physiotherapist)This equipment is revolutionary and will transform the area of Neuro Rehab within the community in Donegal. The No Barriers Foundation CLG Committee is a voluntary group of people who are dedicated to the wellbeing of people with certain disabilities in Donegal. The Committee includes experienced health professionals including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and GPs, all of whom provide formidable and sustainable management of the organisation. No Barriers Foundation are based in Letterkenny, however although they intend to roll out the service in the town initially it will be followed by further additional geographically centres located around Donegal, ensuring clients have access to the Suit within an acceptable distance to home. As part of the experience a specially trained physio therapist will accompany and assist the service user at all times.Speaking on behalf of DLDC, Frank Kelly, LEADER, said the funding will have a massive impact on those with limited mobility / disability in Donegal. Mr Kelly said: “Funding under the Basic Services measure of LEADER targeted at “hard to reach communities” is a perfect fit with this project”. LEADER will contribute funding of €121,035 to the project at a grant rate of 75% with the No Barriers Foundation committee contributing in excess of €40,000 of their own funding fundraising to the project. In Letterkenny, LEADER is implemented by Donegal Local Development CLG, Partner to the Donegal Local Community Development Committee, Donegal County Council and the Department of Rural & Community Development through grant aid received under The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development in Ireland 2014-2020: “Europe investing in rural areas.”The purchase and launch of the Exoskeleton Bionic Rehabilitation Suit is due to be announced in the coming months.For more information, contact No Barriers Foundation: Call:  0749111010  Email: www.nobarries.ie or alternatively find us on Facebook: No Barriers FoundationNo Barriers receives €120,000 funding boost for Donegal’s own Exoskeleton Suit was last modified: January 30th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ExoskeletonFoundationno barrierslast_img read more

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Elegance of Earth System Visualized

first_imgAn award-winning NASA animation shows the earth as a well-defended, dynamic, life-enhancing system.This is an entry that needs to be watched, not read.  Science Magazine, National Geographic and Live Science reported the winners of the National Science Foundation “2013 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.”  Proving its theme that “Science and engineering’s most powerful statements are not made from words alone,” the winner in the video category was a collaboration by NASA Goddard and Global Science and Technology, Inc., entitled, “Dynamic Earth Visualization Excerpt: Coronal Mass Ejection and Ocean/Wind Circulation,” part of a planetarium show named “Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine.”The video is best seen full-screen on YouTube.  Watch it now; it speaks for itself.Need more evidence of our Privileged Planet?  Look at how many independent factors work together in precise synchrony to permit a stable habitat for life.  The magnetic field is just our “first line of defense” against the solar shooting gallery, the narrator says.  The beneficial sun’s rays that get through the magnetic field and atmosphere are the life-enhancing photons that power dynamic systems in the atmosphere and oceanic currents, driving a gigantic heat engine with “countless moving parts” that distributes temperate climate around the globe and even brings viability to the deep ocean.  Everything works together to make our planet breathe and thrive.  Venus, Mercury and Mars lack these mechanisms for defense and productivity; that’s why they are all dead, lifeless worlds.  What a wonder we inhabit!  As the documentary The Privileged Planet (available on YouTube) explains further, these are just a few of several dozen factors that make earth not only a habitable planet, but the ideal platform for scientific discovery.  One might think it was designed.For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), “I am the Lord, and there is none else.”  Isaiah 45:18(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Tomorrow’s Hope: Nic Haralambous

first_imgFounder: SA RocksWhy is Nicholas Tomorrow’s Hope?It’s rare to find someone who is so passionate about something that, even after a full day’s work, they are willing to invest a good few hours more to seeing that passion grow.Lucky for us, Nic’s passion just happens to be this wonderful country we all live in, and his mission in life to use his technical skills and resources to make sure that everyone knows about it.Eighteen months ago, he was just an IT guy frustrated with reading scathing blogs from South Africans living abroad. But instead of just venting over the water cooler with some of his mates who might feel the same, Nic channeled his frustration into a blog – SA Rocks – which actively seeks to find one positive thing about South Africa 7 days a week, 365 days a year.It’s obvious that Nic is part of a new generation of active citizens who are using technology to mobilize people to shift their mindsets and reassess their attitudes and behaviours.So you might not find Nic serving up soup to the homeless at 6am, because it’s just not his style. But what you will find him doing, every day of the year, is slaving over a hot laptop in order to serve us with positive news about our fabulous country.In his own words .“Technology is an incredibly mobilising medium. Instead of going out and mobilising 10 people to help a charity, I’m mobilising 20 000 every month to believe in the same thing, and that mind shift I believe is mobilising.”Fast FactsNic has blogged every day for the past 18 months and never fallen short of a positive point about SA to share.Nic works full-time for The Mail and Guardian.Nic blogs every day of the year for about 2-3 hours.SA Rocks was runner-up for SA Weblog of the Year at the SA Blog Awards 2008.Eighteen months ago, SA Rocks averaged 1 000 monthly visitors. Today it attracts on average 20 000 visitors a month.Where can I learn more?To find out more about Nic and his mission in life, visit SA RocksStory published on SAinfo on 22 August 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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