GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE ANNOUNCE APPOINTMENT OF MARTIN MCKINLEY AS RESERVE TEAM MANAGER

first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA News:The club are running a Last Person Standing competition to coincide with the start of the National Football and Hurling leagues.The winner’s prize will be dependent on the number of entrants. Entry fee for the competition is €10 and every entrant has 2 lives. Entry forms available in local outlets, on the club website (link available through the Facebook page Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal), or by email (ncolmcillelastpersonstanding@gmail.com ). Closing date 6:00 pm Saturday 31st January. The club will be holding a Come Dine with Me event on Saturday April 11th. Contact Alison Ferry (0879154559) if you’re interested in hosting. There will be a social night at the clubhouse to round off the event.There will be an Activate GAA warm up course at Glenswilly on Monday (26th) at 7:30. All existing coaches or people thinking of coaching should try to attend.Naomh Colmcille CLG is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin McKinley as Reserve team manager.Registrations are now open to all senior players (€50), junior players (€10), adult members (€25) and families (€50). Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559). The club Constitution is now available to view on the website. The SGM has been re-scheduled to February 23rd at 8:00 pm in the clubhouse. Anyone with any amendments must have them in writing to the Secretary 14 days prior to the meeting. The only amendment changes dealt with on the night will be the ones that have been received in writing.Any person currently coaching or intending to coach any age group are asked to make an effort to attend a coaching course this year. Courses run from the end of January up to March. Everyone must have a minimum of the Foundation and child protection courses. Please let Barry O’Hagan or Gerard McFadden know if you will participate as soon as possible.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule. Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors / Reserves. Training on Tuesday 27th at 7:00 pm. Bring boots and runners.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players. Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 1, 9, 15, 17, 18 and the winners are Catherine Clarke, B. Barrett and Fiona and Aoife Dowds who win €25 each.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE ANNOUNCE APPOINTMENT OF MARTIN MCKINLEY AS RESERVE TEAM MANAGER was last modified: January 25th, 2015 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:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

A mountain of experience behind new path at Sliabh Liag

first_imgA monumental project has been completed to offer a new experience to visitors at Sliabh Liag. Here, we find out about the extensive engineering behind the new path:When visitors walk the new upland path to Sliabh Liag, the towering sea cliffs in south Donegal, they walk across stones that came from another part of the hills, a few kilometres away.But that natural look does not come easy – it took a lot of work in extreme weather to get the job done. More than 160,000 people visit Sliabh Liag each year, and the new path is designed to ensure that they can enjoy the cliffs, while protecting the environment into the future.The new 2.5 kilometre stretch of upland path is a key element of the new €4.95 million Sliabh Liag Strategic Development Project, which includes a visitors centre and transportation hub, car parks, a ranger station, and enhanced roads access.The new path at Sliabh Liab which has been designed to ensure the protection of the unique landscape amid growing visitor numbers.The council also hope the path can serve as an example for similar works across Ireland and further afield.Drawing on expertise from McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltd, a firm based in Scotland with extensive upland experience, the council is the first local authority in the Republic of Ireland to undertake this type of mountain path works. “The quality is of a very high standard and will set the benchmark for other works that may be happening in the country,” Shaun Paul Murphy, Executive Engineer with the council, said.Ross McGowan, managing director of McGowan’s, was in Shanbally, outside Teelin, this week for the official opening. While the Donegal project offered challenges, McGowan’s experience meant they brought lessons learned in the Scottish hills to the work.Ross McGowan from McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltd who worked with Donegal County Council and the local community on the new path at Sliabh Liag designed to ensure the protection of the unique landscape amid growing visitor numbers.“We have three teams of five people in Scotland, so we have 15 people working all year-round doing mountain path work,” he said. “So it’s something that we do all the time.”McGowan tries to use local stone for paths, for their natural look. Here, the council and McGowan’s, in consultation with National Parks and Wildlife, agreed to use to stone from the scree slopes on the hillside at Sliabh Liag.But that meant weeks of careful selection by hand of hundreds of tons of suitable stones from the scree slopes. The new path at Sliabh Liab which has been designed to ensure the protection of the unique landscape amid growing visitor numbers.“Every single stone we picked was hand selected,” Ross said. The methodology for the work is quite sensitive and skilled, “and you really have to cover your tracks, so basically no one would know we’ve been there,” he said. They replaced stones in the scree with bits of moss and other stone to ensure no gaps were left.“Once we had that stone, and the right kind of stone, the job was made much more easy,” Ross said.Still, they had to contend with the weather. The lifting of stones to the path site was done by helicopter, and severe winds led to five airlifts being cancelled. There was hail and wind chill factors that brought temperatures well below zero. Still, McGowan crews lost just one day on site due to weather, working from October of 2017 to May of 2018.Ross credited the training and equipment they provide their crews. “It’s all about mindset and mentality, because you’re in an extreme environment,” he said. In a way, generations of Donegal people helped to determine the path route. James Kelly, Senior Executive Engineer with Donegal County Council, said the council provided McGowan with a corridor that followed the most heavily travelled path to the cliffs, one carved step by step over the years. That coincided with the area where the most erosion was taking place, and McGowan determined the final route within that corridor.The path creates a single, defined route through some difficult and steep sections. Ross explained that choosing a path line requires looking at ascent and descent. On the way down, people often have their heads down as well; most erosion takes place on the descent. Blocking stones have also been placed at strategic sites.“Paths are built to keep people on them,” Ross said. The work also includes stone drainage works to protect the path and reflect natural drainage.James said the council wanted to acknowledge the support of Fáilte Ireland, and particularly the contributions of Derek Walshe and Joan Crawford.He also wanted to thank local landowners for their cooperation, saying the project would not have been possible without them.“We’re grateful for the ongoing cooperation from those landowners during the whole construction process,” James said, noting in particular landowners in the townlands of Cappagh, Croaghlin, Shanbally, Ballymore, and Lergadaghtan.McGowan brought in the local community, council staff, and others, holding two days of training in the hills to demonstrate stone pitching for steeper stretches, aggregate path work on the flatter sections, and drainage and landscaping.“We’re always keen on community engagement,” Ross said. “We can use our expertise to build this, but we’re quite keen to pass that on to locals so that they can maintain it.” It’s a way of giving back to the community, he said.Acknowledging that there were lessons learned over the entire project, James said that the council has delivered a fine project to be enjoyed for generations to come.A mountain of experience behind new path at Sliabh Liag was last modified: May 15th, 2019 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:McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltdsliabh liaglast_img read more

Taking the I-Pledge for safer roads

first_img11 November 2011The Imperial I-Pledge road safety campaign, launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday, challenges South African motorists to help create a culture of safe, friendly road use in the country in the only way that works in the long run: by changing our own attitudes.The campaign, launched within the company in July, and now extended to the South African public at large, encourages people to signal their commitment to road friendliness and safety by visiting www.ipledge.co.za and taking the I-Pledge.With over 25 000 pledges taken among Imperial employees since July, the challenge is now open to all South Africans – be they motorists, bus and truck drivers, bikers, cyclists or pedestrians – to add their numbers, and voices, to the campaign.People can also keep updated and help advocate for safer, friendlier roads by following @IPledgeZA on Twitter and the I-Pledge group on Facebook.‘Road safety starts with every one of us’“The essence of the campaign is that road safety starts with every one of us,” Tak Hiemstra, Imperial’s executive director for strategic development, said in a statement.“As a group, we started with ourselves by encouraging our employees to personally pledge their commitment to better behaviour on the roads. It made a real difference in our attitudes. We are now driving the campaign to the South African public to change their behaviour as well.”Speaking at Tuesday’s launch, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said that road crashes in South African resulted in at least 40 deaths every day, 1 000 deaths every month and about 14 000 a year, costing the country in the region of R60-billion annually.‘Not just the responsibility of law enforcement’Making the country’s roads safer was not just the responsibility of law enforcement, but the collective responsibility of everyone in society, Ndebele said. More specifically, road safety campaigns would only succeed when road users changed their attitude towards the rules of the road.The I-Pledge campaign also encourages companies – especially those with company fleets – to implement stringent road safety policies to improve compliance to basic rules such as the wearing of seatbelts and not using mobile phones when driving.“Companies such as Imperial Holdings have taken an important step towards helping change the attitude that government alone must stop the carnage on our roads,” Ndebele said. “Imperial and other such companies represent the broadening of the movement for road safety.“I urge the entire private sector to adopt Imperial’s commitment to prioritise road safety in the workplace.”SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 13, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mother Nature becomes a little bi-polar in our latest forecast. We have cold air that wants to stay in control through the end of this week, but it has to endure some moderating pushes coming from the south and west. Then, next week, we look to get warm enough that approaching systems have more rain potential than snow. Overall, we are lowering our expectations of a white Christmas down to about a 20% chance – but we still can be bailed for a white Christmas by a Christmas day storm.  Here is how we see it at this time.A warm front tries to lift into west central and southwest Ohio today, but cannot get much farther north and east than that. The low pressure center that spawned this warm front will work into west and NW Ohio later this afternoon, and crosses the rest of the state overnight. We should see some snows associated with that low passage. These snows do not look as impressive as they did 24 and 48 hours ago and they do not extend as far south. But right now we do not think we are going to waver from our thoughts of 1”-4” of snow. There is potential for much higher totals over and north of Lake Erie…but they do not look to drift south at this time. Those snow totals are clearly north of I-70, and honestly, a good bit of those snow totals will be seen north of US 30. Areas between US 30 and I-70 may end up closer to a coating to an inch. We will see. Coverage north of 70 will be around 80% for at least some snow, and only 10% coverage of even snow flurries south of I-70 tonight into early tomorrow. By noon tomorrow, all action will be off to the east.High pressure behind the system keeps us dry and sunny through the balance of Thursday into early Friday. Northwest winds pick up Friday midday and that may bring some lake effect snows back to northern Ohio later Friday afternoon and Friday evening. WE can see a coating to 2 inches in northern Ohio, particularly NE Ohio, but nothing farther south.We should see a bit of a break for Saturday, and temperatures will start to moderate. Then, Sunday looks to turn wet. Strong south flow ahead of our next weather system takes temperatures up to the point where rain breaks out late Sunday morning over southern Southwest Ohio and moves north-northeast from there. Rain totals can be from .25”-.5”, and just south of the river we can see some .75” rains that we have to watch to make sure they don’t try and surge up into southern Ohio.  Farther north, temps don’t climb quite as much. We see a large chunk of the area from US 30 northward topping out only near 35 degrees Sunday.  That is warm enough for rain, but also cold enough for sloppy wet snow. So, liquid equivalent precipitation can be up to .5”, but we can see a mix of rain and wet snow in the north. 90% of the state sees some kind of action on Sunday.Next Monday we go drier behind that system, and we stay dry through Thursday morning over most of the state. The exception will be northeast Ohio, especially Tuesday. This will be another push of lake enhanced action. IT may not be all snow, but there will be some minor action around Tuesday afternoon and evening in NE OH, with liquid equivalent precipitation of .25” or less. Temperatures moderate through the period, and will be normal to even slightly above normal by midweek next week. Our final front of the 10 day period arrives late next Thursday overnight into Friday the 22nd. This front again brings mostly rain, as the cold air waits to arrive until after the moisture is gone. We look for .25”-.75” of rain over 70% of the state. That system will be the one that puts the nail in the coffin for a white Christmas, unless cold air can come faster.Dryer the 23rd into the 24th. Extended models are suggesting a potential late Christmas Eve system that goes through Christmas day. This system has good moisture potential…and if cold enough, may bail out those wanting a white Christmas. But, for now, it is far enough out that we are just going to watch it and see the track it wants to carve out.last_img read more

CubeTree: Drilling Comments Down to the Cell in a Spreadsheet

first_imgalex williams 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Products CubeTree is launching a new service today that makes documents into items that can support comments, adding a new dimension to how users can interact with spreadsheets, slides on a presentation and other content. “Social documents,” is what CubeTree calls the ability for users to comment on documents. The company, which is exhibiting at Enterprise 2.0, is one of the new players to the collaboration space.CubeTree considers itself one of the new breed of players in the Enterprise 2.0 space that is defined by conversation more than content.Like a number of the new players, CubeTree leverages activity streams.The company focuses on three main components:Profiles: Users create a profile that drills down to where the person sits in the office, who is in the next cube and other detailed information that gives a picture of their work day. It reflects their activity stream; where they have commented; wiki pages they are editing and other information such as pictures of whiteboards from meetings.Groups: Formed when a user wants control over who has access to information. Groups may be public, private or extended to partners, customers and other parties outside the organization.Feeds: Collection of activities about the things that interests the user. This may be the people, the groups or topics the user follows. These all appear in an activity stream where users may comment on what appears.Here’s a demonstration of the “social document” features that CubeTree is launching today:last_img read more

Dope scandal: Sports ministry orders probe, foreign coach sacked

first_imgUnion Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the doping scandal involving at least eight athletes, including the members of the country’s gold-winning relay race team. The sports ministry also directed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to relieve all foreign coaches attached to these athletes. “I have asked for his removal. He has already been removed,” Maken said referring to Ukrainian athletics coach Yuri Ogrodnik, who is being blamed primarily for the use of banned drugs by the athletes. Maken said the government would take appropriate steps once the inquiry panel, to be headed by a retired high court judge, gives its report. He said the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) would set up increased surveillance on sports persons. He also ordered to set up stricter monitoring facilities at all national training centres. The number of doctors at these centres would also be increased. Maken promised strict action against officials involved in the dope scam. “It is seen that the officials and coaches are left scot-free. So the ministry has decided to take action against officials and coaches alongside the athletes so that such things do not occur in future. I have sought a report from SAI within three days after which we may take action against the erring officials of NIS Patiala also,” Maken said. Golden girls Ashwini Akkunji and Priyanka Panwar had tested positive for anabolic steroid in tests by NADA on Monday. Both of them have been suspended provisionally. Earlier, their relay race team-mate Tiana Mary Thomas had failed a dope test during the national inter-state championships in Bangalore. CWG and Asian Games gold medallist Sini Jose had also flunked dope tests earlier along with top quartermilers Mandeep Kaur and Jauna Murmu, long jumper Hari Krishnan and shot putter Sonia. Ashwini was held back on Monday while she was on her way to Asian Athletics Championship going to begin in Kobe, Japan on July 7. With Ashwini and Priyanka testing positive, India’s chance at winning a medal at 4×400 metre relay event in London Olympics next year seems to have dashed. Seven of the eight athletes have tested positive for methandienone or methandrostenolone, which is an orally-effective anabolic steroid used for muscle growth by bodybuilders. The substance is readily available in various countries without prescription but it is included in the list of prohibited substance of the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA).advertisementlast_img read more

FN Education Council AFNOttawa deal carries assimilating and paternalistic nature

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe proposed First Nation education bill partly unveiled this past Friday will still retain the “assimilating and paternalistic nature” of its previous incarnation, according to a Quebec First Nation education organization.The First Nations Education Council released an analysis Monday of the agreement between Ottawa and the Assembly of First Nations on education which was announced Friday. The deal would see the introduction of a proposed bill governing on-reserve education called the First Nation Control Over First Nation Education Act.The proposed bill, which is in its final draft, is expected to be tabled in the coming months.Ottawa is expected to negotiate with the AFN and First Nations leaders on the bill’s final content, according to the agreement.The council said available information is still limited about the proposed bill and it based its analysis what has already been released publicly. The council found that many of the elements of the previously named First Nations Education Act rejected by chiefs have not been scrubbed from its current incarnation.“The current agreement made between the AFN and the federal government has retained several disputed elements of the bill presented in October,” said the council. “The name of the draft bill was changed…to create an illusion of a major change, while the bill in its present form goes completely against the First Nation jurisdiction and control of First nation education.”The deal would see the 18 year-old two per cent a year funding cap on First Nation education lifted after the next federal election. Ottawa also promised to commit $1.252 billion over three years for core education funding along with a new yearly 4.5 per cent escalator. The agreement would also see the federal government invest $500 million for infrastructure over seven years beginning in 2015-2016.Yet the education council, which counts 22 Quebec First Nations as members, cast a skeptical eye on the promised cash, including concern over the wait reserve schools face before they see any changes and that the main chunk of many and funding changes would only take place after the 2015 election.“Is there an analysis that shows that this funding is based on needs? How is the funding calculated? Is it new money?” said the council. “Do we have the guarantee that the current programs will not be cut or recycled to meet the announced budget?”Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office refused to provide a breakdown of the funding, saying that the announcement would be included in Tuesday’s federal budget. A Valcourt spokesperson also emailed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech from Friday to APTN National News.The council also raised concerns that the AFN-Ottawa agreement was silent on funding for post-secondary education.“(There is) no mention of the need to implement a funding formula that takes the current reality in schools into consideration,” said the council.The council also questioned how the proposed legislation could both enable First Nations to implement cultural and language programs while also requiring adherence to provincial standards.“There are no provincial programs or standards for teaching languages and culture,” said the council.The council said the new proposed bill would also “increase the power of the government to determine the operation of on-reserve schools by legislating a requirement First Nation schools teach curriculums that meet provincial standards.First Nations already agree to meet those standards through their funding agreements with Ottawa.The council also said the bill would “impose’ a provincial model on communities through First Nation education authorities.“These school authorities, thus named by the federal government, will become federal agencies,” said the council.The council said any control First Nations would get under the bill would be purely “administrative” in nature“An agreement was made giving the minister the go ahead to introduce a bill in the House for which we do not have all the details that an act going completely against First Nations aspirations will be adopted,” said the council. “All it took was a promise of future and uncertain funding to accept the unacceptable-increased government control over our institutions and the obligation to fall in line with provincial standards and policies.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more