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McConalogue urges government to find solution to save Parentstop

first_imgA long-term solution to ensure the survival of the vital supports and services provided by Parentstop, must be found by the government as a matter of urgency, according to Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal, Charlie McConalogue.Speaking ahead of a planned meeting tomorrow, the Donegal TD said it is vital that funding can be found as a matter of urgency to ensure the continuation of the free and confidential support service for parents.He said: “Parentstop has offices in Letterkenny, Carndonagh, Downings and Donegal Town and has supported hundreds of families across the county. “There was a great deal of shock when they announced that they will have to close at the end of the year due to lack of funding and it is important that a solution can be found to prevent this happening”.The Fianna Fáil TD said there is a unanimous agreement across Donegal on the importance of the service and insisted the government must step up to the plate now and help save it.H said: “I know there is an important meeting planned tomorrow and that will give the government the perfect opportunity to show its real commitment to saving Parentstop and keeping it operational in Donegal.“At this stage, there is no time for more lip-service from the government. This meeting will provide them with a perfect opportunity to show they are behind the service. “They need to find the relatively small amount of funding necessary to keep Parentstop going, not just in the short-term, but as an ongoing resource for the county.” McConalogue urges government to find solution to save Parentstop was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Charlie McConaloguefianna failParentstoplast_img read more

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Why the Giants sent Tyler Beede to the minors after the best start of his career

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Tyler Beede tossed seven brilliant innings in a dominant victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday and was rewarded with a trip back to the minor leagues.Yes, after the best start of Beede’s young career, he’ll spend the All-Star break in the minor leagues.The Giants announced the decision to option Beede on Wednesday, but the Giants discussed the transaction with him prior to his second career win.It was initially unclear if Beede would start Tuesday’s game after his …last_img read more

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Derek Carr’s brother blames Josh Jacobs for fumbled toss

first_imgThe Carr family sticks together.Darren Carr, the brother of Raiders QB Derek Carr and head football coach of Bakersfield Christian High, protected Derek’s good name Sunday with a quick tweet after an Oakland turnover.Early in the third quarter of the Raiders’ game in London against the Bears, Derek Carr threw a toss right past running back Josh Jacobs. The Bears eventually recovered the fumble and scored on the ensuing possession.Khalil Mack recovers the fumble vs his former team!#CHIvsOAK …last_img read more

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Bell named Ohio Pork Council Director of Membership Outreach

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to welcome Melissa Bell to its staff as the Director of Membership Outreach, beginning May 29, 2018. In this new role, Bell will organize all OPC events and develop or maintain relationships with key investors, members and partners of the organization.“The Ohio Pork Council is excited to have Melissa join our team,” said Rich Deaton, President, Ohio Pork Council. “We know her experience, talents, and passion for agriculture will be a great addition to our organization.”Prior to joining OPC, Bell served in various roles within the agriculture industry. Most recently, Bell served as the Sponsorship Development Consultant at the Ohio FFA Foundation, and prior to that as the Executive Director for the Foundation. Formerly, Bell served as the Regional Supervisor and Organizational Director with Ohio Farm Bureau. Bell also worked as the Coordinator of Admissions for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Bell received a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Organizational Communication from Otterbein University and a Master’s degree in Human and Community Resource Development from The Ohio State University. Currently, Bell is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Agricultural Education at The Ohio State University.Bell resides in Zanesville, with her husband Matt, on his family’s sixth generation family farm. She is the proud parent of four children, Brady and Reily, 15 year-old twins, Delaney, 11, and Baylor, 3.last_img read more

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Summertime, and the Living is Easy

first_imgYou may or may not be aware of this, but I have spent much of the last three years writing Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction, the first textbook on residential green building, with my friend and associate Abe Kruger. It was finally published in January, and as of February 4th, we were ranked as high as 192,000 on Amazon’s bestseller list!Check out our first review on Treehugger.com. There will be a full review of the book on GBA soon, but in the meantime, at my editor’s suggestion, I am going to recap some of the core concepts we cover in the book, including some of the awesome illustrations that accompany the text.Porches and patios and decks, oh my!Chapter 10, “Outdoor Living Spaces,” addresses the value of including porches, decks, and patios in homes. While the type of outdoor space and the amount of use they will get is very climate-specific, when they are properly designed and constructed, they can add value, save energy, and help occupants enjoy the outdoors.Now, I realize that designing and building outdoor spaces isn’t exactly brain surgery, but plenty of people don’t consider the implications of what type of structure they are building, how it will affect the interior space, and, most critically, how to attach it to the house to avoid structural problems. One major consideration with outdoor spaces is their effect on sunlight – consider using covered porches to keep out excess sun in warm climates and on west-facing windows, but avoid them in colder climates and on north-facing windows that let in even light that doesn’t overheat the house.Screened porches in climates with flying insects but moderate temperatures make great spots to relax – napping on a porch is one of my favorite pastimes.Avoiding dumb mistakesProbably the biggest issue with outdoor spaces is properly connecting them to the house in a way that doesn’t compromise the weather barrier. I have read too many stories about deck failures causing major injuries and death. Too many decks are just bolted to the house with no consideration of how to integrate them with the weather barrier to keep water out of the structure.Another challenge that many builders don’t pay enough attention to is properly sealing open porches above living space. In my humble opinion, they should probably be completely avoided, but sometimes you can’t — so when you do build one, make sure to do it right.Another issue with porches is making sure that there is a complete air seal where the roof connects to the house wall or roof. All too often there are big thermal bypasses that allow outside air to get into the wall or roof area, compromising the thermal envelope.The pros of outdoor living spaces outweigh the cons, but, like any part of a home, the work must be done properly to insure long-term durability and performance. It matters less what you do, and more that you do it properly.last_img read more

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Parental guidance: Playing for fun, dad unwittingly sets Krizziah on lane to greatness

first_imgAteneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP Finals MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Taboras have gone a long way since the days when Junky was bringing young Krizziah Lyn to the bowling centers, unconsciously exposing her to the sport whenever he unwinds in the bowling alleys of Ever Gotesco Commonwealth.But the itch to knock down pins soon bit Krizziah, and one fateful afternoon, the then-14-year-old asked her father if she could give it a try.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“She told me she wanted to play,” recounted Junky, unbeknownst of the potential his daughter possessed. It didn’t take long, though, as the girl who was throwing balls for fun gave the elder Tabora a glimpse of what her future holds, scoring 243 points in their game.“As a bowling aficionado, it brings me great pride to see my child excel in the sport I love,” said Junky. That passion drove Krizziah to continuously hone her craft, earning her a ticket to her first Bowling World Cup in 2012 and finally, got her in the semifinals of the 2017 event, where she dispatched Rocio Restrepo of Colombia, 249-222. On the cusp of greatness, the younger Tabora found a familiar face as she faced regional rival Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman of Malaysia for all the marbles.But even before the title clash, Junky had a premonition of sorts with the way his daughter has performed this year. “We had a dinner and I told her that I felt we had a bit of a trend. She won bronze (in the women’s team of five) in SEA Games, and then silver (in the women’s team of four) in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Maybe, we can get gold this time because I can see that her practice runs have always been good,” he shared.Then, the pins started to fall as Krizziah confidently downed her frames against the equally motivated Malaysian foe.Though the match was tense at first, the 26-year-old Tabora gained a bit of a breathing room midway through the match as she scored strikes in frames five to nine, building a 167-133 cushion and prompting the Malaysian opponent to give her a low-five in an apparent admission of defeat as the crowd started to buzz with anticipation.Though the noise, Junky remained silent as she waited for his daughter to finish off the frames, waiting for the moment all the pins dropped before he celebrated.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next But fate works in mysterious ways, and with that, Junky found himself in an unfamiliar position, not as a player but among the crowd, as he and wife Thelma prayed for the heavens for their daughter fighting for flag and country at the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES On the 10th frame, Krizziah first had a spare before closing the match with another strike to end the game, 236-191 as her father jumped in jubilation with his arms spread out, celebrating her triumph in the crowd.“I was really waiting for that moment when the ball hit the bowling pins. It was only there when I felt I could celebrate,” said Junky, as his daughter gave the Philippines its first World Cup conquest after CJ Suarez’ victory in 2003 and become the eighth Filipino Bowling World Cup winner. Tabora also joined the ranks of legends Lita dela Rosa and Bong Coo to win the plum in the women’s division, a first for the country in 38 years.Junky would have to wait a full hour before Krizziah made it out of the lanes and into his arms, giving her a tight hug to cap off what was an amazing night for the Tabora family.Though the Tabora partiarch is well aware of what this Bowling World Cup victory means, not just for Krizziah but also for the whole bowling community, he’s just hopeful that this will open the floodgates for the public to reinvigorate its interest for the sport of bowling.“With the publicity given to her accomplishment, I’m wishing that bowling will once again rise here in the Philippines,” he said.But Junky is aware that for that to happen, the burden should not solely lie on the athletes reaching for the stars, but also for the powers-that-be to provide the support the sport needs to compete on a world-class level.“It’s hard to dream. We never thought that this will happen to Krizziah. Again, all we wanted was for her to enjoy. But if I have a wish to the Lord, I’m wishing that the bowling team can win gold in the Asian Games. It’s more appealing to the ear if it’s the Philippine team and not just the individual,” he said. “But for us to do that, we need to have better facilities and ample budget. If we get that, it won’t be too far-fetched that the Philippine team gains a good finish in those tournaments.”center_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Krizziah Lyn Tabora with her parents poses with her trophies which she won in winning the 53rd Qubica AMF Bowling Worldcup held in Hermosillo Mexico during an interview at Paeng Bowl in Eastwood City, Pasig on Sunday, November 19, 2017. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE“I never thought she would get to the level where she is right now. I only wanted her to enjoy the sport I loved,” the 62-year-old businessman said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

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Enjoy the luxury trail in New Zealand

first_imgWonderfully weird wilderness, trekking, kayaking, being outdoors, adventure sports, wine country, juicy lamb, The Lord of the Rings landscape and of course, the ubiquitous sheep. When I was told that I’m going to New Zealand that’s what I imagined. And that’s exactly what I got with a couple of whale sightings and a day of swimming with 300 dusky dolphins thrown in. All this was exhilarating, exciting and expected. What surprised me, and delighted me, were the luxurious lodges and the fashionably styled boutique hotels. Who would’ve thought such pretty things would exist in exceedingly (albeit charmingly) casual NZ? Not I.But I’ll happily admit how utterly erroneous I was. I got into a water taxi in Picton, an adorable harbour town in the north-east corner of the South Island, fully prepared to be taken once again to the untamed outback to do the whole living in nature with bare essentials thing as is customary in NZ. Man, was I in for a treat! Bay of Many Coves, accessible only by boat or helicopter, is in the lap of nature but is far from basic. The couple who run this 5-star resort greeted me with saying, “Welcome to a place where there’s lots to do and nothing to do.” They were not wrong. Set deep in the woods of Marlborough Sounds (an adventurer’s paradise) the activities you can indulge in boggle the mind. Horse riding, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, scalloping, clay bird shooting, bird watching, excursions through the world-renowned coastal Queen Charlotte track of towering native forest and regenerating bush, trekking over ridges and into beautiful coves, motor yacht cruising, eco cruising… the list goes on and on.The cherry on top for someone like me who hates group and/or package anything, is that you can do it all in your own time, away from the crowds and with minimal hassle. The hotel will arrange it all for you and send you off happily with an expert guide and a gourmet picnic.After spending a vigorous day of discovering magical waterfalls and Alice in Wonderland like plants and insects, I felt virtuous enough to try the doing the nothing part. I lazed in the hot tub, soaked in the sun by the heated pool and pretended to read my book in between spa treatments. Then I guiltlessly polished a chilled bottle of organic Seresin sauvignon blanc from the local vineyard and ate a specially prepared steamed salmon with a lemon and shellfish foam on a cluster of white asparagus–it exploded like spring in my mouth.The next little gem of sumptuousness was to be found up on a tree. The Yber modern but romantically rustic rooms in Hapuku Lodge, 20 miles from the buzzing little seaside town of Kaikoura, are suspended 30 ft from the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove. The room is encased in 360 degrees of glass wall and the vista is unique. From one side you see the snow-capped mountains and green valley dotted with sheep and on the other you see the blue expanse of endless ocean. I had the most memorable exhibitionist shower gazing out into the vast open for all the world to see but of course being NZ there is not a soul to play voyeur. All this comes at a price and will set you back about NZ$ 700 per night but who said good things come cheap? If you do end up there, make sure you notice the bespoke wooden tables in all different shapes and sizes that have been funkily created from a single piece of log.En route my search for the next lush stop (this time perhaps a castle balanced on top of a rock), I made a tiny detour to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim. I have no great interest in flying machines but this particular one is chaired by filmmaker Peter Jackson. He is a World War I enthusiast who has the best personal collection of aircraft memorabilia from that period. Being an award-winning director of the most technically unflawed trilogy, he has cleverly got his special effects team to design and construct the displays which are so dramatic that they easily shock and awe. The museum is a real life hangar as well as a flying club, so many of the ancient aircrafts are not only the real deal but are in good flying condition. My favourite was seeing how ridiculously primitive and utterly dangerous some of the early flying contraptions were. To keep warm at the altitude the open craft was high enough to fly, they had to wear layers of sheep skin and fur, a lot of flyers froze to death before crashing! We’ve come a long way to have our flat beds in our individual egg like suites. The mind shudders at thought of doing Delhi-Auckland back then!On my way back home I needed one last luxury fix, so I checked straight into the wonderfully modish Hotel De Brett in the centre of Auckland. The building is supposedly iconic and has been ‘reinterpreted’ into a 25-room boutique hotel. The rooms are chic; white with an art deco-meets-new age minimalism that is quite arresting. Each room has been individually designed but they all have the thick, handwoven striped carpet custom made by Michelle Deery. The bathroom floor is heated and resembles Prem Chopra’s opulent den in the ’70s!There was a beautiful big mama singing the blues in the famous Housebar, as I sat in front of the roaring open fire, downing one too many of the aptly named cocktail Fallen Angel. This stylish haunt within the hotel has three adjoining rooms all providing an inimitable ambience so you can choose according your mood. As the crooner climaxed to crescendo, the cheer of the Kiwi merrymakers too travelled through the leafy courtyard, engulfing the elegant dining room and rising right up to the glass roof atrium. When I awoke I was nursing my head in the egg cabin 30,000 ft above solid ground. I waved goodbye to the enchanted land of richness and said a silent prayer of gratitude to all those daredevils who had bravely defied gravity in their crude machines so that today I could hop across the globe in, and to, luxury. Fact fileGetting there: Delhi/Mumbai-Singapore-Auckland on Singapore Airlines. Fare: Rs. 53,000 approximatelyWhen to go: October to April, though there is much to do through the year.Plus SaysStay:Bay of Many Coves, Marlborough Sounds; www.bayofmanycoves.co.nzHapuku Lodge, Kaikoura; www.hapukulodge.comHotel De Brett, Auckland; www.hoteldebrett.comEat: Must try the wines of New Zealand, especially from the Marlborough region. You must also try pavlova, a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer nna P?vlova.Shop: Check out the various arts and crafts markets in all the cities, where you can get Maori wood, bone and pounamu (jade) products.See / Do: Well, you can’t come to NZ and not try bungee jumping! But don’t forget there is much to do beyond it. For further information, log on to www.newzealand.comFYIAdventure in luxury: If you are the outdoorsy soul who cannot be happy without a bout of adventure, try something new. Flightseeing is a unique way to explore New Zealand’s many charms from the air. Hop aboard a small plane or a helicopter and get a bird’s eye view of some of the most stunning sights in the world. Log on to www.newzealand.comHot Deal Tree house deal: NZ$ 795 for two per night in a Tree House at Hapuku Lodge. Includes: bottle of champagne, dinner and breakfast.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Warm-up game against Sri Lanka great opportunity for us: Sanju Samson

first_imgThe-two day warm-up game might be a practice match for Sri Lanka but Board President’s XI captain Sanju Samson on Friday said they won’t be taking it as a tour game and will look to make the best of the opportunity.Promising wicketkeeper-batsman Samson was named skipper after Naman Ojha, who was the captain initially, dropped out due to injury.”We will have a team strategy. It’s a practice match for them but it’s not a practice match for us,” Samson, 22, told reporters on the sidelines of their training session at the Jadhavpur University 2nd campus ground.”Every individual in the team has really put their heart together to perform very well in the past many years and it’s a great opportunity for them. It’s only one match but it’s a great opportunity for each and everyone. We should take this as a great chance to perform and go out there and succeed,” the highly-rated Kerala player added.On the opposition who lost to India at home 0-9 across three formats the last time the two sides met, Samson said: “It’s a very good quality side. They have lot of talented and experienced players also. As I said before, it’s a great chance to play against a very good Test side. So we will be looking forward to beating them in the coming match tomorrow.”Before coming here, the islanders, led by Dinesh Chandimal, whitewashed Pakistan 2-0 in Tests in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but lost in the limited overs matches 0-5.advertisementQuizzed about the team’s plans against the visitors, Samson said: “No there are a lot of new guys in the Sri Lankan team so we will take some time to know them. It’s a very short thing. We don’t have enough time to look at their team and plan accordingly.”Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will be the man to watch out for in the bowling department for Sri Lanka.Samson underlined the fact that playing against a “legend” like him would be hugely beneficial for them.”He is a very experienced guy and it’s a practice match for him but a great opportunity for us to play a bowler like him. He is a legend and one of the greatest spinners Sri Lanka has ever seen. It’s a great opportunity for us to go out and play him,” Samson said.In 85 Tests, 39-year old Herath has taken 405 wickets.Samson and co. have not received any message from the senior team, he said.Samson added that despite assembling at such a short notice, there won’t be any problem in gelling as a unit as they know each other well.”We are playing one match. It’s only a one two-day format and we all know each other well. We have been playing in the domestic season, matches from many years before and we know each other. We have played against (each other) and also together. So we know each other well to have a good match tomorrow,” Samson said.Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three Test matches, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals over the next one-and-half months in India. The first rubber starts November 16 at the Eden Gardens.The Sri Lanka team also practised on Friday morning for close to two-and-half hours.Squad:BP XI: Sanju Samson (captain & wk), Abhishek Gupta, Akash Bhandari, Avesh Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Jiwanjot Singh, Ravi Kiran, Rohan Prem, B. Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal, Sandeep Warrier, Anmolpreet Singh.last_img read more

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10 months ago​Leicester loanee Benkovic reiterates Celtic desire

first_img​Leicester loanee Benkovic reiterates Celtic desireby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City loanee Filip Benkovic has admitted that he wants to stay at Celtic for the rest of the season.The 21-year-old is on loan at the Scottish champions, where he has impressed this season.He is a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers’ team.”I really hope I will stay here until the end of the season,” Benkovic told the Scottish Sun.”It’s not a decision for me but the Leicester coach has said I can stay here and that’s good for me.”I think staying here for a year will make me improve as a player. Coming from the Croatian league to the English Premier League is a very big difference.”I was only there for one month but I saw it was a big step up. I think this step, coming to Scotland, can make me better.”The least I can do is give 110 percent for the coach, the team and the fans.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months ago​Juventus boss Allegri questions need for Arsenal midfielder Ramsey

first_img​Juventus boss Allegri questions need for Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri has questioned whether he needs Aaron Ramsey in his squad.Reliable reports in Italy have suggested the player will sign a contract with Juve when his deal at Arsenal runs out in the summer.And it is common for Juventus to sign top players when they are available on cut price or free deals. But their coach Allegri may not want Ramsey.”I can already rely on five top midfielders. They are so good that I need nobody,” Allegri said in a press conference.”Tomorrow [Coppa Italia game against Bologna] we must maintain our focus or we’d have lost a target”. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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