Critical meeting ahead for future of Bluestack Foundation

first_imgThe need for funding for the Bluestack Special Needs Foundation in Donegal Town will be highlighted tomorrow, as the centre can no longer depend solely on voluntary contributions.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher, Leas Cheann Comhairle, along with other Donegal Oireachtas members, are to raise the matter of the urgent need for mainstream funding for The Bluestack Foundation and iCARE in Buncrana with the Minister for Disabilities, Finian Mc Grath T.D. on Wednesday.Interim funding of €36,000 for the Bluestack Foundation in Donegal Town was approved in February 2019. This funding was to assist the running of the organisation on an interim basis only, until a permanent funding arrangement could be sanction by the Department.The Bluestack Foundation carries out trojan work in assisting young people with disabilities in the south and the west of Donegal.The organisation has been run totally on voluntary contributions from the general public, organised by a group of volunteers.Earlier this year, the Government failed to include any disability organisation in the Northwest of Ireland in this programme. Tomorrow’s meeting with the Minister for Disabilities, Finian Mc Grath, is a critical one for the Bluestack Foundation, as it attempts to secure funding for the running of its programmes and work schedule for all its service users.The Foundation urgently requires state support in order to run on a daily basis as so many users of their services depend on them on a weekly basis.The Bluestack Foundation, on its own, deserves to be in receipt of mainstream annual funding such as the funding that can be availed of through the Ability Programme.The Foundation has a long history of helping and assisting young people with disabilities.Last year, a delegation from the organisation met with the Disabilities Minister Finian Mc Grath along with officials from the Department. Donegal TDs were also present. Leas Cheann Comhairle, Pat the Cope Gallagher, said the foundation work with families and dependents with physical, sensory and intellectual and mental disabilities and no other state agency or service is available within Donegal.“The Bluestack Foundation provides an essential service which the state ought to provide, but fail to do so in Counties such as Donegal.“It is in that context that the Minister must provide the necessary funding to secure the long-term future of the Bluestack Foundation,” concluded Pat the Cope.Critical meeting ahead for future of Bluestack Foundation was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:donegalfundingPat The Cope GallagherThe Bluestack Foundationlast_img read more

Global Cebu, Kaya draw

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But a defensive lapse just seconds after taking the lead cost Kaya maximum points as Guinean striker Sekou Sylla pounced on a scramble inside a waterlogged penalty box to fire a shot between the legs of goalkeeper Ref Cuaresma.Global moved up to third ahead of Ceres by a point, three days before the Visayas clubs square off in Cebu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Red Lions out to dominate anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Global Cebu FC warmed up for its rematch with Ceres Negros by battling Kaya FC Makati to a 2-2 stalemate on Sunday in the Philippines Football League at University of Makati Stadium.Shu Sasaki put Global on top in the 25th minute, but the home side looked poised to grab maximum points after second half goals from Jordan Mintah and Robert Lopez Mendy, who smashed home from just inside the box in the 89th minute.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View commentslast_img read more

Video: Miami Commit Dionte Mullins Makes Fantastic 1-Handed Touchdown Grab At All-American Game

first_imgA field level view of Hard Rock Stadium.MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)The state of Florida showed up big at this afternoon’s Under Armour All-American Game. Florida State commits accounted for 21 of victorious Team Highlight’s 27 points. The other six came on a phenomenal one-handed catch by Dionte Mullins, a four-star wide receiver committed to his hometown Hurricanes.Miami commit @dionte_mullins8 makes an insane catch at the UA @AllAmericaGame https://t.co/nyEsN8szIN— Scout Recruiting (@scoutrecruiting) January 2, 2016Mullins committed to Al Golden back on July 4, 2014, and will take his official visit to The U on January 15. He’s definitely a guy that Mark Richt will want to hold on to.last_img read more

Amazon Studios Shuts Down Open ScriptSubmission Program

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Here’s how Amazon Studios explained the move: “As we have grown and evolved over the last several years, we are making changes to our website and closing our open call for script and concept submissions… Thank you all for your contributions.” The division’s FAQ now includes info about the shutdown, telling visitors, “At Amazon we are always reinventing ourselves and looking for ways to become even more efficient.” The shutdown of the program was reported previously by Engadget. Since its inception in 2010, Amazon Studios has touted a technocratic approach to entertainment development — with an open submission process for scripts and projects promising to let anyone break into showbiz, and potentially have their idea turned into a movie or TV show if it was up-voted to the top of the pile.Now, Amazon Studios’ crowdsourced-script program is dead, a tacit acknowledgement by the ecommerce giant’s entertainment division that it will only produce stuff greenlit the traditional, Hollywood way.As of April 13, 2018, Amazon Studios is no longer accepting unsolicited submissions. It will continue to review and evaluate submissions it’s already received through June 30, according to a notice on its website. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Brazeau takes another cyberswipe at AFN

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau has taken to cyberspace again for another run at the Assembly of First Nations.In a Facebook posting from his Blackberry this morning, Brazeau called on AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo and his organization’s national executive to disclose their salaries.“If national Chief Shawn Atleo says he believes in greater accountability, why doesn’t he and the AFN national executive publicly disclose their salaries, travel and expenses for the public to see and set the example for everyone to follow,” said Brazeau on his personal Facebook page.Brazeau said he would not comment on the issue until the AFN’s executive and other, unspecified Aboriginal organizations, released their salaries.Atleo’s salary however, is already posted on the AFN’s web page.Atleo made $136,5000 last year, slightly more than Brazeau’s basic Senator salary of $132,300 a year.“The Assembly of First Nations believes strongly in the accountability relationship between governments and their citizens,” said an AFN spokeswoman in an emailed statement.The AFN has an executive of 10 regional chiefs, but their “director’s fees” are not public.Brazeau issued his call a day after the release of chief’s salaries across the country by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.The list, obtained under the Access to Information Act, revealed that 30 chiefs made more money than provincial premiers in 2008-2009.Nine of the chiefs listed, whose names were not revealed, made over $150,000 a year and the top earner made $247,000.Brazeau posted a YouTube video last month calling for the government to review its funding to the AFN, arguing the organization provided no services.last_img read more

Weekly football predictions Week 5

Quinn Pitcock Last week: 3-0 Overall: 9-4 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon Justin Zwick Last week: 3-0 Overall: 11-2 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon Zack Meisel Last week: 1-2 Overall: 6-7 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Alabama, Stanford Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 3-0 Overall: 9-4 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon James Laurinaitis Last week: 3-0 Overall: 9-4 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon Last week, Justin Zwick, James Laurinaitis, Dallas Lauderdale and Quinn Pitcock all predicted the same winners for the three games of the week. Lantern sports editor Zack Meisel opted to be different. He was the only participant to choose Arkansas over Alabama and West Virginia over LSU. Poor decision. Meisel went 1-2, while the other four completed a perfect week at 3-0. This week, it’s more of the same, as Zwick, Laurinaitis, Lauderdale and Pitcock all envision the same outcome for the four games selected. Zwick leads the way with an 11-2 mark, while Lauderdale, Laurinaitis and Pitcock sit at 9-4. THIS WEEK’S GAMES: No. 2 Ohio State @ Illinois No. 11 Wisconsin @ No. 24 Michigan State No. 7 Florida @ No. 1 Alabama No. 9 Stanford @ No. 4 Oregon read more

Mike Vrabel Bob Knight 10 others set for Ohio State Athletics Hall

Twelve former Ohio State athletes are ready to be cemented into Buckeye lore. The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame is set to induct most notably former Indiana coach Bob Knight and current OSU defensive line coach Mike Vrabel. Joining Knight and Vrabel in the honor are Ray Griffin (football) Pete Cusick (football), Joseph Gailus (football), Dick Schafrath (football), Rex Holman (wrestling) George Downes (wrestling), Jessica Davenport (women’s basketball), Louise Bond-Williams (fencing), Keturah Lofton (track and field) and former volleyball coach Jim Stone. All 12 inductees are scheduled to be officially honored Friday night in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The ceremony’s reception begins at 5:30 p.m. before dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. Knight, an OSU alum and former Army, Indiana and Texas Tech coach, will be inducted with the Class of 2012 this fall as the hall of fame’s first-ever recipient of the “lifetime achievement” category. According to a released statement, the purpose of Knight’s honor is to recognize “outstanding former Buckeyes who have excelled in their careers after leaving Ohio State.” Knight amassed a record of 902-371 over the course of 41 years of coaching, While at Indiana, Knight led the Hoosiers to three national championships (1976, 1981, 1987) and 11 Big Ten titles. Perhaps most notably, Knight’s 1976 Indiana team remains the last college basketball squad to go undefeated with a record of 32-0. Vrabel, who was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and back-to-back All-American selection in 1995 and 1996, still holds the university’s career sack record (36) and career tackle for loss record (26). A native of Akron, Ohio, Vrabel played 14 years as a linebacker in the NFL. Eight of those years were spent under Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, where Vrabel was an integral part of three Super Bowl championships in 2001, 2003, and 2004. In New England, Vrabel recorded 57 sacks, 11 interceptions and 17 forced fumbles, His skills for the Patriots, though, weren’t just limited to the defensive side of the ball as he scored 11 touchdowns as tight end-two of which came in two different Super Bowls for New England. The Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 1977 and has honored 261 men and 96 women so far. 108 football players have been inducted into the institution since its inception. The 12 inductees are scheduled to be recognized at halftime of the Buckeyes’ football game against California on Saturday at noon. read more

Tite dismisses Brazil as favourites for World Cup

first_imgBrazil manager Tite has dismissed suggestions that his side are now the big favourites to win the World Cup following Germany’s shock group exit on WednesdayThe Verde-Amarela secured a 2-0 win against Serbia in their Group E finale to take the top spot with goals from Paulinho and captain Thiago Silva setting up a Round of 16 tie against Group F runners-up Mexico on Monday.After the favourites Germany were handed a shock 2-0 defeat to South Korea that saw them being eliminated from the tournament, Brazil are now being widely considered as the new favourites to lift the World Cup for a record sixth time.But Tite is choosing to stick to “reality”.“We don’t live in expectations, we live in reality,” said the 57-year-old, according to ESPN.“Because we did so well during the qualifiers and friendlies we created an excessively high sense of expectation, but the World Cup is a new cycle, a new format.“We are a team who withstand pressure, who have high-quality substitutes. We look at getting stronger and improving.”Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.After a surprise draw with Switzerland in their opening game, Brazil overcame a tense end to the group stages to grab top spot in Group E and progress to the last 16 for the 13th consecutive time.And Tite will allow himself a drink to celebrate.“I’m still going to have a caipirinha tonight, I’ll allow myself!” he said.“The World Cup is made up of human relationships, you have to feel how the dressing room is established, how the players interact, the responsibility the joy, the pride, you try to balance things out.“If you’re hyper you try to slow it down if you’re a bit low you try to hype it up. In terms of the emotion of the team, there is still more to grow. Comparatively speaking, they have grown in those three matches. From here, it is only up.”Despite a shaky start to the tournament, Brazil have now won 19 of their 24 matches under Tite with the ex-Corinthians boss boasting a winning percentage of 79%.last_img read more

Romagnoli Higuain is the best striker in the world

first_imgGonzalo Higuain is the world’s greatest striker, claims his former AC Milan team-mate Alessio Romagnoli.The Argentine striker ended a disappointing five-month loan spell in January after managing just six goals in 15 Serie A games.Higuain then opted to leave Juventus once more in another loan move to Chelsea in the Premier League, where he has reunited with his old Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.After a subdued first two games in England, Higuain netted a brace in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.And now Romagnoli has announced that he rates Higuain as the world’s best striker.“No problem,” said Romagnoli via Calcio Mercato, when asked about Higuain’s departure from the San Siro in an event in Milan.“I still think he is the best striker in the world. I am sorry he decided to leave but we respect his decision.“He is a friend of mine and if he is happy I am ok with it. Now we have other players that won’t make us regret his departure”.Although Milan made sure they signed up a replacement in Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa for a €35m fee.The 23-year-old has embarked on a stunning start at Milan with three goals in as many games.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We enjoy having him [Piatek] here and we hope he can keep scoring at least one goal per game,” said Romagnoli.“We hope to win many more games so we can reach the Champions League.“Piatek’s impressed me with his desire and hunger. You can see he wants to show what he’s all about and that’s important. He’s young and on the right path.”Next up for Gennaro Gattuso’s side will a home game against Cagliari, where three points is a must if they are to remain in the top-four of the Serie A and qualify for Champions League football next season.But Romagnoli is refusing to get too carried away at this stage of the campaign.“There are still many games left and we have plenty of things to improve. There will be many direct clashes and many games that seem easy but are not,” added the Milan captain.🔵⚪️😀🥅⚽️🏃🏽‍♂️👌@ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/aRIu1bGSsc— Gonzalo Higuaín (@G_Higuain) January 25, 2019last_img read more