first_img42% fee hikeIn light of widespread outcry by parents over the burdensome fee hike by Mae’s Schools, a team from the Education Ministry on Tuesday met with the administration of the private institution to discuss the matter.According to the Ministry, there will be another meeting following Tuesday’s fruitful discussions.Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson, along with a team from the Ministry and the administration of Mae’s School following a meeting on Tuesday“The two sides met and had a fruitful discourse with a view of arriving at a resolution that is acceptable to the school and parents of children at the early possible time. In two weeks, the MoE and the Mae’s team are scheduled to have another interface on the way forward,” the missive from the Education Ministry detailed.The Ministry’s team during the meeting was led by Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson, and comprised of Legal Officer Kellyanne Payne-Hercules; Private School Coordinator Doodmattie Singh, and National Parent Teachers Association Coordinator, Nadia Hollingsworth.Meanwhile, the representatives from Mae’s include: Lucinda Mc Curdy, Administration (Ag); Megan Archer, Director – Primary; and Shaundell Beckles, Deputy Director – Primary.Over the past weeks, parents of students attending Mae’s Schools have been complaining bitterly over the increase of fees of up to 42 per cent for some levels. The school has justified the fee hike, saying it is to support increasing operational costs.However, some of the frustrated parents staged a peaceful picketing exercise outside the school on Monday, protesting the excessive increase.The parents explained that they are not against a reasonable increase, but the current figures are almost exploitative. To this end, they called for Government’s intervention.About four years ago, then Education Minister Priya Manickchand, had tabled the Education Bill of 2014, which was read in Parliament in 2014. Then in 2017, the MoE had said the regularisation of all private education institutions will be provided for under the new Education Act.When contacted concerning the status of the new Education Act, the Education Ministry (MoE) said, “The matter has to engage Cabinet, Opposition and all other stakeholders on the matter reference to the Bill.”This is not the first time that parents of children attending the Mae’s Schools are protesting a decision by the school’s administration. In May 2016, several parents of students in Grade Five staged a protest, claiming that they had paid $20,000 for extra lessons that were not being delivered.Meanwhile, at least one other private education institution – School of the Nations – have since indicated that it too will be increasing its fees, but assured that it would not be as significant as those imposed by Mae’s.last_img read more

first_img 2. Costa Rica (Copa America) 38. Russia (Euro 2016) 40 40 40 Kits have been a hot topic over the past few weeks.With the Copa America and the 2016 European Championship finals taking place this summer, a whole host of fresh uniforms will take centre stage.There has been some upset – England fans are divided by the kits Roy Hodgson’s men will don in France – but there has also been delight over new releases.So with this in mind, it’s only natural to indulge in a little ranking. talkSPORT has ranked every kit that’ll be on show at Copa America 2016 and the Euro 2016 finals this summer, from best to worst – check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 17. Slovakia (Euro 2016) 40 20. England (Euro 2016) 23. Peru (Copa America) 40 40 35. Romania (Euro 2016) 40 40 33. Wales (Euro 2016) 40 40 40 7. Republic of Ireland (Euro 2016) 26. Spain (Euro 2016) 40 40 40 40 40 40 4. Germany (Euro 2016) 14. Uruguay (Copa America) 40 10. Jamaica (Copa America) 40 30. Czech Republic (Euro 2016) 37. Ukraine (Euro 2016) 34. Albania (Euro 2016) 40 27. Sweden (Euro 2016) 40 12. Paraguay (Copa America) (pictured left) 25. Chile (Copa America) 40 28. Brazil (Copa America) 29. Argentina (Copa America) (pictured left) 40 13. Panama (Copa America) 40 40 9. Haiti (Copa America) 6. Belgium (Euro 2016) 19. Hungary (Euro 2016) 16. Italy (Euro 2016) 40. Colombia (Copa America) – click the arrow above, right, to see our full power ranking of every home Euro 2016 kit 15. Mexico (Copa America) (pictured centre) 36. Bolivia (Copa America) 40 18. Iceland (Euro 2016) (pictured right) 3. Croatia (Euro 2016) 40 32. Ecuador (Copa America) (pictured centre) 21. Austria (Euro 2016) (pictured right) 11. France (Euro 2016) 5. Northern Ireland (Euro 2016) 31. Switzerland (Euro 2016) 40 40 40 40 40 40 8. USA (Copa America) 40 40 22. Portugal (Euro 2016) 24. Poland (Euro 2016) 40 39. Venezuela (Copa America) (pictured centre) 40 40 40 40 1. Turkey (Euro 2016)last_img read more

first_imgMOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin had sharp words for his critics and stark reminders of Russia’s nuclear might at an annual news conference Tuesday in which he sought to burnish his image as a competent leader at the helm of a great and fast-growing country. Playing to a crowd of about 1,000 journalists for about 3 hours, Putin gave an upbeat assessment of his six years in office and a defiant warning against foreign meddling in Russia’s affairs. At least three times during the marathon news conference – most of it televised live nationwide – Putin voiced pride in the economic achievements during his two terms, reeling off indicators that improved last year and favorably comparing the situation to the state Russia was in when he came to power on the last day of 1999. High oil prices have helped Russia’s economy rebound significantly from the economic collapse of 1998, and Putin said gross domestic product grew by 6.3 percent in 2005, with real incomes also rising. “There’s only one response they deserve,” Putin said, making a dismissive spitting sound that drew titters from the crowd. Putin defended Moscow’s support of Uzbekistan’s bloody crackdown during unrest in the ex-Soviet Central Asian country in May and dismissed critics who say Russia is unfit to chair the Group of Eight leading industrial nations this year. He said Russia’s economic progress proves its policies are effective and that as a nation still developing and dealing with poverty, Russia “understands the problems of developing nations better than other G-8 members.” Besides, he added, “Can anyone in this room imagine solving nuclear security problems without the involvement of Russia, a key nuclear power?” Dismissing accusations he has replaced Cold War nuclear strength with energy supplies as a lever of political influence, Putin quipped: “We still have enough missiles.” He went on to boast that Russia has tested new nuclear-capable missiles that he said can easily penetrate any defense system. “How can I put this mildly?” he said. “It’s not that these missiles are a response to missile-defense systems. For them, it’s all the same whether there’s a missile-defense system in place or not.” But as he often does, Putin alternated his warnings with reassurances for the West, saying Russia will be constructive in providing energy security and has no plans to further nationalize the crucial oil sector. Along with his state-of-the-nation address and a question-and-answer session with ordinary Russians connected via video links, the news conference is one of a series of annual performances for Putin, who clearly enjoyed himself as he fielded 64 questions in the soaring Kremlin auditorium. 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card He found cause for celebration in Chechnya, ravaged by two wars in the past 12 years, saying one of the greatest political achievements in 2005 was bringing the republic into the “constitutional fold” with November parliamentary elections that completed a campaign to restore local government structures. The news conference coincided with Russia’s decision to join the United States, Britain, France and China to recommend Thursday that the International Atomic Energy Agency should report Iran to the U.N. Security Council for its nuclear activities. But Putin also spoke amid growing concern in the West over his moves to curtail representative democracy and tighten control over the economy and politics. Defending a new law that restricts activities of nongovernmental organizations, Putin called the organizations an important check on the authorities but emphasized they must not be “governed by puppeteers from abroad.” Putin said Russia welcomes constructive criticism but has no use for the words of Cold War throwbacks “who do not know what is going on in our country.” last_img read more

first_imgKELLY’S TOYOTA have announced a sponsorship deal with Co Donegal Olympian Chloe Magee – and you could say she is absolutely delighted.Badminton star Chloe and her brother Sam have been named in the squad for the forthcoming European championships.Chloe had a great run of form recently to make sure she will compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Raphoe woman has also signed a sponsorship agreement with Kelly’s Toyota in Letterkenny.Said Chloe: “It is not only a joy to be driving around in a brand new Kelly’s Toyota Rav 4 jeep but it always is a great feeling to have a massive sponsor like this who believes as much in my career as me.“After a quick stop in Donegal to say a massive thanks to Kelly’s Toyota and showing off my new wheels it was back to business and straight back to Dublin for the Nationals!”Magee won both the ladies singles and mixed titles last weekend in Dublin and next week flies out with the Irish team to the European Team Championships in Holland where the women face Russia, Slovenia and Slovakia. The Men’s team play Germany and Israel. The selected teams are:WOMEN: Chloe Magee, Alanna Stephenson, Jennie King & Sinead ChambersMEN: Scott Evans, Tony Stephenson, Sam Magee & Niall Tierney.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on’S TOYOTA PUT OLYMPIAN CHLOE IN THE DRIVING SEAT was last modified: February 13th, 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:KELLY’S TOYOTA PUT OLYMPIAN CHLOE IN THE DRIVING SEATlast_img read more

first_imgPRIZEWinnerAddress1st2 x All Ireland Tickets + €250Geraldine Kelly73 An Cladrach, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo2ndHydro Hotel, LisdoonvarnaMary KellyAn Post, Donegal Town3rd250L Home Heating OilNiamh O ConnorBruach Abhna, Clar Rd, Donegal4th€250 SuperValu VoucherRich FichterRamelton5th€250 CashKieran BradleyRailway Road, Killygordon, Lifford6th€250 CashAlison DunnionKeadew Lower, Barnesmore, Donegal7th32″ Widescreen TVSeamus KeoghGrange8thSolis Lough Eske Hotel DinnerRory O DonnellRorys Autos, Donegal Town9thHarveys Point County Hotel VoucherAnna CallaghanFinabanes, Donegal Town10th€2,000 CashBarry TraversDerrykillew, BallyshannonGAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB DRAW WINNERS was last modified: September 27th, 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:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB DRAW WINNERSlast_img read more

first_imgWHITTIER — The theme song for SpongeBob SquarePants might not be well received at a symphony orchestra performance, but it got a big round of applause Wednesday at Murphy Ranch Elementary School. As part of Rio Hondo Symphony Association’s Music Education Program, cellist Wendy Velasco played SpongeBob’s kooky song for fourth-graders at Murphy Ranch. She travels to area schools to introduce students to string instruments like the cello, violin and viola. “Music is pictures made with sound. So use your imaginations while I play,” she told the students before sawing the horse-hair bow across the strings of a cello. Since music education programs were reduced or eliminated in many schools because of budget cuts, including campuses in East Whittier City School District, programs like the symphony association’s are like rain in a drought, said symphony spokeswoman Dorothea Cummings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This is the second year that we do not have primary or fourth- and fifth-grade music education,” said East Whittier City School District Superintendent Dorothy Fagan. “Any help is very nice as long as we can take advantage of it. We don’t have buses to transport the students.” Murphy Ranch Principal Chrys Verner said she hopes the program will inspire students to pick up string instruments when they get to middle school. “This is an introduction to instruments to build their interest,” she said. Velasco travels to schools in Whittier school districts, the Rowland Unified School District, and to schools Pico Rivera and Santa Fe Springs. She teaches up to three classes each week, and will reach about 11,000 fourth- and fifth-graders this year. Brass and woodwind instruments also are taught in the program, and have been since 1988. But, until last year, there was no funding to have a string instrument program. “Strings are the most important section of the orchestra,” Cummings said. Velasco added, “They’re the backbone.” Velasco told captivated students that strings can make higher or lower sounds, like a “baby” and a “grandpa.” Then, she demonstrated by playing the theme from the movie “Jaws” on a high-pitched violin and a bass cello. Students giggled, and begged her to play it again, but she moved on to explaining concert manners. “When we go to a concerto concert, we behave differently than when we go to a rock concert,” she said. Students eagerly picked up the manner of shouting “bravo” and listening quietly while she played. When it was time to ask questions, students wanted to know why Velasco tapped her foot when she played, whether she had ever made up her own song and if it is hard to read music. Teacher Emily Peery said that the MEP had visited her class earlier in the year to talk about woodwinds. “They loved it,” she said. “She brought enveloped with pictures of all the instruments in them for each student.” Velasco ended the program with the biggest hit of the day — the theme song from SpongeBob SquarePants. Students hollered the words of the song, “SpongeBob SquarePants” in unison, to the song’s melody. — Sandy Mazza may be reached by calling (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img “Regardless of the governor’s decision, we must not succumb to violence,” Wesson said. Despite the concerns, Los Angeles police have received no credible threats of possible violence no matter the outcome of Williams’ case, according to Lt. Paul Vernon, a department spokesman. Police have no plans to deploy more officers or step up security, he said. “We don’t want to unduly concern the community over unconfirmed rumors,” he said. Officers question the depth of Williams’ support among local street gangs, Vernon added, saying the Death Row inmate had been unfamiliar previously to many younger generation gang members. Sheriff Lee Baca had no immediate comment, said department spokesman Deputy Steve Suzuki. Calls to Williams’ representatives were not immediately returned. Williams’ backers say his teachings from prison – through a series of books and talks by phone – have persuaded many to avoid gangs. Many celebrities have joined his cause, saying he has redeemed himself on death row. Williams, 51, was convicted of killing Yen-I Yang, 76, Tsai-Shai Chen Yang, 63, and Yu-Chin Yang Lin, 43, in a robbery at a Los Angeles motel the family owned. Albert Owens, 26, a 7-Eleven clerk, was gunned down in a separate robbery in Whittier. Last week, the California Supreme Court rejected a request to reopen Williams’ case amid defense claims that he was connected to at least three of the killings by shoddy forensics. The U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts have ruled against Williams, whose 1981 death sentenced would be commuted to life without parole should the governor approve clemency.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Wary of public anger over Stanley Tookie Williams’ pending execution, local leaders on Friday called for peace if the Crips gang co-founder is put to death next week for four shotgun murders in Los Angeles County. Authorities have received reports of possible plans to commit violence if Williams is denied clemency, calling the threats a “credible concern.” “What we picked up is enough to make us believe that there will be an attempt in some isolated places for violence,” Robin Toma, executive director of the county’s Commission on Human Relations, said at a news conference at City Hall. Toma declined to provide further details, but said schools and various county areas could be targeted. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has yet to decide whether to grant Williams clemency in the 1979 murders. Williams, who is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison, would be the 12th inmate executed since California reinstated the death penalty in 1977. In Los Angeles, four City Council members urged calm in the next several days while asking local religious leaders to promote peace among their congregants and open their churches to those upset by the case. Though community opinions about Williams vary, even a small group could provoke widespread civil unrest, said Councilman Bernard Parks. He alluded to the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of white police officers in the beating of African-American motorist Rodney King. “All you need is a few to disrupt the entire city,” Parks said. Councilman Herb Wesson implored Williams’ supporters to follow his message of nonviolence. last_img read more

first_imgPaul is welcomed back in Donegal last night.Little battler Paul Doherty arrived back in Donegal to a hero’s welcome last night.Paul, 6, underwent groundbreaking surgery in America in a bid to help him walk for the very first time.We think this is one of the pictures which best sums up little battler Paul Doherty!Paul and his family have spent the past month in St Louis having had two major operations. But it was all worth it when Paul, who was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which left him in a wheelchair, returned to Killygordon.Neighbours and friends had decorated the local school and even made Paul a special ‘Welcome Home’ banner on the school gate.Paul’s amazing mum Ann-Marie is determined her son will be given every chance to one day walk through the gates of his school.Ann-MArie said “It was a great feeling to be driving into our own house this morning. Luke, Ava and Paul had a good sleep on the plane and did major exploring when they got home. “Thanks to whoever put up the welcome sign on the school gate… He felt like a superstarTo everyone who did so much at the house with balloons, banners, made soup and sandwiches and had the house gleaming for us. You know who you all are…. Thank you.”But above all people, Ann-Marie, who spearheaded a campaign to raise €60,000 to help Paul get an operation, knows the family still face an uphill battle.“We have a long road ahead, a lot of physio, swimming and home exercises. YOU all have given Paul an enormous gift and we will do all we can to achieve his dream to walk. It will take time but we will get there. This operation has changed his life and future,” she said. AMAZING PAUL ARRIVES BACK HOME IN DONEGAL TO A HERO’S WELCOME was last modified: March 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKILLYGORDANoperationpaul dohertylast_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE REPORTSBrian Mc Cormick CupArea Finals Letterkenny AreaMilford United 2 Kilmacrennan Celtic 1Milford United overcame local rivals Kilmacrennan Celtic in a tense and exciting Area Shield Final at Moyle View Park by two goals to nil. Kilmacrennan started strongest and took the lead after 15 minutes when Timmy Burke tapped home a Mickey Mc Laughlin cross. Milford responded well dominating the final 25 minutes of half scoring twice through Adam Seerinha and then a goal from Gary Merritt. The second half was a tough encounter with both teams pushing hard for a goal. Caolan Mc Gettigan had a few good saves but gilt edge chances fell to Merritt and Seerinha but both failed to convert. Milford clinched the Area Shield and now face St. Catherines in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup semi-final.Donegal Town AreaSt. Catherines 3 Cappry Rovers 1S.t Catherines hosted Cappry Rovers in the Area Final of the Brian Mc Cormac cup. St Catherines started quickest and had a few good chances in the first twenty minutes but couldn’t make a breakthrough. Cappry opened the scoring on twenty five minutes when Luke O’ Farrell tapped home at the back post after a counter attack. St. Catherines were back on level terms on thirty five minutes when Barry Rose scored. The Saints went into the lead in the forty third minute through Shane O’Rourke who finished to the bottom corner with a shot from the edge of the box. Cappry dominated the second half and will be disappointed not to have found an equaliser. Barry Rose sealed it for St Catherines in the 88th minute with his second of the day.Gweedore AreaGlenea United 2 Gweedore United 1Glenea won the Area Final with a hard fought victory in the Brian Mc Cormick Cup. Both sides had early season rust and were finding it difficult to create any clear cut chances. As the half progressed Glenea started to get on top through the efforts of Dean Mc Carry and Daniel Cannon. Liam McFadden had to make a good save from Sean Coll on 30 minutes after the ball broke to Coll in the box. Glenea opened the scoring on 35 minutes when after good work down the right by Daniel Cannon his cross was headed home from close range by Dean Gallagher. Gweedore had a chance to equalise on 40 minutes when after good work by Ciaran McFadden and John Mc Laughlin the ball was moved onto Jamie McGee but he dragged his effort wide. In the 2nd half Glenea started brightly and looked to double their lead but it was the away side that started to dominate the game and on 70 minutes Gweedore equalised when Shane O’ Donnell scored direct from a free-kick. Both sides pushed hard for a winner and just as it looked like extra-time Glenea found a winner on 85 minutes when after a good run down the left Shane Coll saw his cross headed goal wards by Dean Mc Carry, only for Brian Gallagher to clear off the line but his clearance landed at Sean Coll and he drove the ball home. Best for Glenea were Sean Coll & Daniel Cannon while Paul Doogan & Liam Mc Mullan were best for Gweedore Utd. Mick Lagan was the referee with Con McLaughlin & Michael McFadden on the lines.Lifford AreaCastlefin Celtic 5 Raphoe Town 1Castlefin won the Lifford Area Shield Final of the Brian McCormick Cup for the third year in a row after a comprehensive victory over Raphoe on Sunday. Castlefin took the lead in the 15th minute when Ronan Tourish picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box and went on to score. Castlefin doubled their lead in the 25th minute when a Ronan Tourish through ball to his brother Barry saw him shoot to the corner of the net. Just before the break Damien Mc Annaney made it three nil after he reacted to a loose ball from a Peter Bryson header which was cleared off the line. Raphoe pulled a goal back in the 70th minute when Christy Bogle scored from the penalty spot after Peter Mc Glynn was fouled in the box. Five minutes later JP Malley made it 4-1 to Castlefin after he hit a first time shot to the net from a Simon Mc Glinchey pass. Ronan Tourish completed the scoring in the 85th minute when Castlefin were awarded a penalty for hand ball. Tourish`s penalty was saved by the Raphoe keeper but he converted the rebound.  DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE: MILFORD, GLENEA AND CASTLEFINN WIN AREA FINALS was last modified: August 30th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:area finalsDonegal Junior LeagueResultslast_img

first_imgThe Cranes team that started against Sao Tome in FebruaryThe Uganda National football team, the Cranes will take on Niger and Central African Republic in international friendlies at the start of next month.This development was confirmed by credible sources which also informed that the team will conduct a training camp starting on 28th of May.This will be the second training camp under head coach Sebastian Desabre after holding one in February which saw the Cranes face off with Sao Tome and Malawi at Namboole.The Frenchman insists that he still has a number of players to look at before deciding the lot with which he will work with.This will be Desabre’s second international friendly windowThe February window saw Azerbaijan based Farooq Miya and Edrisa Lubega who plays for Floridsdorfer Athletiksport-Club in Austria not turn up as they both decided to stay with their respective clubs.The pair along with other players that Desabre will choose are expected to turn up this time round in the last training camp before the AFCON 2019 qualifier with Tanzania.Uganda will take on the East African neighbors on 09-09-2018 at Namboole before a double header with Lesotho the following month.Geoffrey Sserunkuma’s 83rd minute strike was all that Uganda needed to win the first game 1-0 away to Cape Verde and attain maximum points.The Cranes currently lead group L with three points from one game, Lesotho and Tanzania occupy second and third with a point each.Comments Tags: Geoffrey sserunkumaSebastian DesabreUganda Craneslast_img read more