Share A Dream Foundation pledges to continue helping most vulnerable children…

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Previous articleCall for tolls to be removed at Limerick TunnelNext articleMore than 100 children waiting over a year for speech therapy David Raleigh DESPITE being stymied due to Covid-19 restrictions, Limerick’s Share A Dream Foundation has pledged to continue helping Ireland’s most vulnerable children, following the death of its founder, after a local garda today presented the charity with €40,000 from a mammoth mountain climb. — COVID-19 — “With Ciara and Dad passing away it was a double whammy, but with Covid we are leaving Dreamland closed for the next month or so, and we’ll see how the guidelines go. The problem that I have is that Dreamland is really interactive, kids play together, and they put on uniforms and so on, so we are trying to manage that,” he explained.“One of the big things is, the kids that the Foundation helps would have underlying conditions, and they wouldn’t be in top health, so they have to be watched even more carefully, so there is a lot to it at the moment.”A “number of ideas” are being considered for its much anticipated re-opening.“Maybe we could look at individual families coming and give them the use of the centre, or individual schools benefiting from it, rather than immediately opening it up to the public.”“Dad left it in good condition, and what Ken has done has bolstered it again, so there is definitely no plan to close down or anything like that, we are definitely going forward.” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash The Share A Dream charity is still reeling from the deaths of its manger Ciara Brolly last May, and founder Shay Kinsella last July, when both died from cancer.Last month, Garda Ken McDonald humped a 26kg rowing machine up Carrauntoohil, rowed 10km on the summit, carried the machine back down the mountain again, and was joined all the way by Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris.McDonald was behind the construction of the country’s first ever children’s garda station at the charity’s ‘Dreamland’, a unique centre in Limerick where non-able bodied kids and their able-bodied friends and siblings are facilitated in inclusive play.Last year the facility was smashed up by raiders who robbed the premises on two separate occasions, and today Garda McDonald presented the centre with a €40,000 cheque raised from the climb.“I promised Shay that I would raise €30,000 to repair the damage caused after two break-ins, and I pledged that I would climb Ireland’s highest peak, and row 10400m to raise the money, and today I returned to Dreamland and handed over a cheque for €40,000 outside the garda station that I built,” Garda McDonald said.The presentation ceremony was “bittersweet” for all those who shared in the garda’s dream.He added: “I am delighted to have fulfilled my promise for Share A Dream, and I’m saddened that Shay was not here to accept the cheque, but I’m also happy to know that his son John and the team at Dreamland will continue his amazing work.”John Kinsella confirmed that, while Dreamland is presently stymied from operating under Covid-19 restrictions, it will continue making fulfilling dream days and events for Ireland’s most vulnerable children.“For the last few months of his life Dad was focussed on Ken and the climb and how brilliant he was raising money in such tough times, and Ken had struck up a big relationship with Dad as well, so it was great to see what Ken has done and how much he had raised, but there was a sad tinge today that Dad wasn’t here to see it,” Mr Kinsella said. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Email Print TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostShare A Dream Linkedin Twitter LimerickNewsShare A Dream Foundation pledges to continue helping most vulnerable children after Garda raises €40,000 from mammoth mountain climb fundraiser, despite threat from Covid-19By David Raleigh – September 7, 2020 225 Donations to the garda’s fundraiser will be accepted until September 7 via www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11382942_kenneth-mc-donald-s-page.html Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live 04/09/2020Garda Ken McDonald pictured with the rowing machine (weight 30kg) which he carried up Carrauntoohil and rowed 10,400 kms which is 10 times the height on the mountain. In doing so he gathered €40,000 for The Share A Dream Foundation.Pictured here at Dreamland, Limerick presenting a cheque to Una Brolly and John Kinsella, son of Share A Dream Founder, Shay Kinsella.Pic: Press 22 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img read more

NCW Issues Notices To Amit Malviya, Swara Bhasker, Digvijaya Singh For Allegedly Revealing Hathras Victim’s Identity

first_imgNews UpdatesNCW Issues Notices To Amit Malviya, Swara Bhasker, Digvijaya Singh For Allegedly Revealing Hathras Victim’s Identity LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 Oct 2020 4:23 AMShare This – xThe National Commission for Women (NCW) has issued notices to BJP IT Cell head Amit Malavya, Congress MP Digvijay Singh and actress Swara Bhaskar, seeking explanation on their Twitter posts, revealing the identity of the victim in the Hathras Gang Rape case, along with a direction to remove these posts immediately. On October 2, the BJP leader tweeted a 48-second video, suggesting that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe National Commission for Women (NCW) has issued notices to BJP IT Cell head Amit Malavya, Congress MP Digvijay Singh and actress Swara Bhaskar, seeking explanation on their Twitter posts, revealing the identity of the victim in the Hathras Gang Rape case, along with a direction to remove these posts immediately. On October 2, the BJP leader tweeted a 48-second video, suggesting that the Hathras victim was strangulated, and not raped. The video, allegedly an interaction between the victim and a reporter, clearly showed the victim’s face. It may be noted that disclosing the identity of a victim of rape/ sexual assault is prohibited under Section 228A IPC and is punishable with imprisonment up to two years and fine. Emphasizing the same, the Commission said, “the Supreme Court had held that the bar on disclosure under Section 228 A (2) of the IPC was not confined to just the name of the victim but actually meant that the “identity of the victim should not be discernible from any matter published in the media””.The Commission also issued separate notices to Bhaskar and Singh, stating that it had “come across several Twitter posts wherein the picture of the victim of the alleged gang rape incident was used.” It further noted that these tweets are “widely circulated” by their followers. Thus, the Commission has required all of them to provide a satisfactory explanation to the Commission and remove and refrain from transmission of such pictures/ videos on the social media. Next Storylast_img read more

Coaching can make difference in football

first_imgWith the emergence of Colorado and Washington State as legitimate Pac-12 contenders, it is clear as ever how important coaching is in college football. The strength of a conference can be directly tied to the prowess of its head coaches, and right now the Pac-12 is undergoing a power shift.All it took for the Big Ten to return to national prominence was an infusion of coaching talent. Add Jim Harbaugh, Urban Meyer, Paul Chryst, Mike Riley and James Franklin in the last few years and the conference is significantly better than it was just five years ago. Overnight, the conference has been rebranded from an also-ran to this year’s strongest contender to the SEC in terms of national dominance.Hopefully, the same will be true for the Pac-12 as well. The trajectory of a program is determined by the man at the helm. A bad hire can have rapidly drastic consequences, as is the case of Oregon. Mark Helfrich appears to follow the same pattern as Larry Coker at Miami and Frank Solich at Nebraska — great assistants without the skillset to keep a program dominant. In just two years the team has gone from a national-title favorite to battling for a .500 season.In contrast, Chris Petersen at Washington took an underperforming and somewhat poorly coached, yet loaded Washington roster and turned it into a juggernaut within three years. Mike MacIntyre has turned in an arguably more impressive performance at Colorado, building up a dormant program into a respectable foe in only four seasons.The upper echelon of decision-makers in the conference would be sorely lacking if Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham wasn’t mentioned. No coach consistently develops prospects into talented team players, while dominating the junior college recruiting pipeline. The fact that graduate transfer defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu was a rotational player at best at Utah and is now an integral part of the USC defensive line speaks to the excellence in coaching and developing Whittingham and his staff possess.The coaching talent continues down the Pac-12 conference, with standouts at both Arizona schools and unique offensive minds at the northern California universities. While Gary Andersen has struggled thus far at Oregon State, his track record is impressive and he looks to be in the nascent stages of a building a program that brings back memories of Riley’s best years as the coach of the Beavers.All of this coaching talent bodes well for the conference as a whole. After losing tremendous coaches to other jobs in Riley at Oregon State, Harbaugh at Stanford and Kelly at Oregon, the Pac-12 teams have done a good job of reloading and creating a more competitive atmosphere.For USC, the problem with is the playing field has been leveled. It appears that Oregon and Stanford’s days as the pride of the conference are over, and one would have hoped that USC would have been better prepared to reassume that mantle. There is still some hope, as USC probably has the most talented and dynamic quarterback in the Pac-12, which it hasn’t had in quite a while.However, over the grand scheme, coaching will determine if USC rises to the top or stays a notch below. The location and brand of Trojan football will always bring in top flight recruits, but only coaching and development will dictate whether or not USC is a playoff contender or on the fringe of competing for a Pac-12 South title.The jury is still out on Clay Helton’s coaching prowess. Ignoring his in-game coaching decisions, which have improved of late, his most important attribute might be what he can do from March to September in terms of coaching his players up. The team is more disciplined and more fundamentally sound than in years past, and if Helton can build on that and harness the immense raw talent he has at his disposal, USC could be elevated as a program — and he could as a coach as well.UCLA football is dealing with its own coaching issues. Their season may be a case study in what happens when a questionable offensive coordinator gets the keys to a Ferrari. It crashes and burns when the driver attempts to turn it in an off-road vehicle.  The Bruins this season are a testament to how important coordinators are as well.Hopefully, USC takes notice to the team across town and continues to coach and scheme to its players’ strengths instead of whatever is going on at UCLA. The Trojans no longer control their own destiny this season, but they have a chance to determine the fate of the program for years to come. Coaching will be the lead navigator. The hope is they follow the roadmap laid out by Washington, Utah and Colorado.Those programs are quality brands with excellent captains. USC, with the right person behind the wheel, has the chance to be a Bugatti, leaving everyone behind in the dust.Jake Davidson is a senior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

Kids Chess Tournament kicks off today

first_imgWhile the local senior chess players prepare for their international engagements at the 43rd World Chess Olympiad slated for September 2018, the younger players will soon get a chance to move their pieces about when the Wendell Meusa Foundation hosts yet another Kids Chess Tournament.This competition is scheduled for July 31 (today) to August 3 and is open to all junior players, whether they are locally based or not.The organisers of the tournaments have indicated that one of their aims is to be able to register local junior players with the World Chess Federation (FIDE) through the Guyana Chess Federation where they can gain regional and international recognition after obtaining their FIDE ID and ratings.The competition is set to bring together the best of the best junior players from schools and organisations across the country and abroad, who will be competing together for the first time since they met in the National Junior Chess Championship last February.Reigning National Junior Chess Champion Joshua Gopaul has already booked his spot in the intense competition, while runner-up and third-place player Ghansham Allijohn and Jaden Taylor have also confirmed their participation in the competition.However, the competitor to beat will be Ethan Lee. After finishing fourth at the national competition, Lee went on to snatch the St Stanislaus chess championship and the Marian Academy Senior title. The young man came out victorious in the last Kids Tournament hosted by the Wendell Meusa Foundation. Other participants from Marian Academy include Ronan Lee, Jonathan Stepheny, Odit Rodrigues and Andrew Ali.Fairly new to the chess scene is Rajiv Lee of Queen’s College; the young man currently possesses a slight advantage over most of the players. Lee is being personally trained by Anthony Drayton, who recently secured his FIDE Master (FM) title at the Sub Zonals which went down in Jamaica in June.Young females such as St Stanislaus student Jessica Calender have registered as well and newbies like Angel Rahim of St Joseph High are expected to turn out.Other players such as 12-year-old Alia (Harrison College) and eight-year-old Asher Gafoor (St Angela’s Primary) from Barbados have confirmed participation along with 10-year-old Rashad Gilgeous, who resides in the USA and his brother Kyle Gilgeous. Also participating are nine-year-old Jibril Ali, Triston Singh and eight-year-old Arysh Raghunauth of Mae’s Schools, Primary Department.Registration for the tournament is set at US$5 (G$1000) and is open to junior chess players under the age of 20. Time control is 1hr + 30 minutes per player in a seven-round Swiss Format. The first pawn will be pushed at 09:30h at the American University of Peace Studies, Lot 135 Sheriff & Fourth St Campbellville, Georgetown, Guyana. Interested persons/parents can contact Wendell Meusa at 664- 0124.last_img read more

West Ham and Birmingham keepers linked as Warnock is said to want Kenny

first_imgLeeds United boss Neil Warnock wants to sign Paddy Kenny from QPR, who are eyeing Robert Green and Ben Foster as potential replacements, according to The People.Kenny knows Warnock well.Kenny, whose contract expires in 2013, was signed for Rangers by Warnock and also played under him at Sheffield United and Bury.Warnock’s Loftus Road successor Mark Hughes was linked with Birmingham keeper Foster before the transfer deadline and it is now claimed that West Ham’s Green is also on his radar.The People also suggest that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is to hold face-to-face talks with Jose Mourinho about a return to Stamford Bridge for the Real Madrid boss.France coach Laurent Blanc is also said to have been sounded out, but Mourinho is apparently willing to discuss taking his old job back.But The Sun on Sunday say Abramovich has ruled out taking Mourinho back to the club.Abramovich is said to be interested in appointing Capello.It is claimed that although Mourinho has been linked with the manager’s position, Abramovich has no intention of appointing him.A Blues source is quoted as saying: “There is absolutely no way Roman will go back in for Jose — no way.“Russians never go back, they replace things rather than fix them and they never admit they are wrong.“While Roman continues to own the club people should forget about him returning.”The Sun on Sunday also say that Salomon Kalou, whose Chelsea contract expires this summer, is a target for Tottenham and Arsenal as well as Bayern Munich and clubs in France, Russia and Spain.Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday suggest Fabio Capello is ready to return to England to manage in the Premier League, which will apparently alert Abramovich to the possibility of appointing him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors-Heat cheatsheet: Dwyane Wade’s last hurrah at Oracle Arena

first_imgOAKLAND – Heat star guard Dwyane Wade will play his final game at Oracle Arena Sunday night as the Warriors try to win their fourth straight.Read all about the matchup below.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 5:30 p.m.Heat projected starting lineup: Kelly Olynyk, Josh Richardson, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow Heat Stock Report: Despite holding the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Heat are playing well defensively, allowing just 105.6 points per game, the …last_img

Is Windows Azure Suitable for Startups?

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams Last week we wrote about the services that Y Combinator startups use. For hosting, Amazon Web Services and Rackspace were the most popular services. Windows Azure was noticeably absent. But why? A topic turned up on Quora, citing our post and wondering why the lack of adoption.The topic has sparked a bit of discussion. The consensus: Azure is better suited for larger enterprise operations.That does make sense to some degree. We’ll just have to see by how much.The people who make up Azure are a smart group. Under Bob Muglia, a real push started to attract more developers. That became apparent at the Professional Developers Conference, which was not a huge event but did have a core group there developing on numerous platforms such as Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 and the Azure marketplaces. Muglia is leaving Microsoft so questions are out there but the structure is in place for his successor.Further, the tablet market will continue to drive a startup community to Azure. And BizSpark is no wilting effort. The official Microsoft blog states some of the results for the program since the effort began in 2008:Since then, about 35,000 startups from all over the world have enrolled in the program, which provides early-stage businesses with fast and easy access to software development tools and platforms as well as a network of 2,500 network partners – including venture capital firms, university incubators, consultants and angel investors – interested in helping startups grow.Microsoft will also focus on synchronizing connected devices this year, which will be a driving feature as devices are optimized for users. That alone will help drive development. Our bet is that synchronization will be a driving factor in the sale of Windows Phone 7 and tablet devices.Commenters on Quora have a different perspective. They state that Azure is just not the right choice for startups, citing better suitability for large enterprises, the costs and productivity differences between it and platforms such as Heroku, which actually runs on Amazon Web Services. What Commenters Say About Why Azure is Better for the Fortune 500Startups are disruptive. Microsoft caters to Fortune 500 companies. Using Azure means startups adopting one vendor as opposed to an open source community with large pools of available software engineers. The costs are higher compared to platforms such as Heroku. It can cost at least $40 per month for each site a user sets up. To set up an app on Heroku is free. It can take longer. One developer commented that for typical Web apps they are ten times more productive with Ruby on Rails than the Microsoft. Rails was built for the Web. Microsoft originally built its stack for the desktop.Azure is a platform, which is a same reason that Google App Engine is not represented either. Amazon and Rackpace are infrastructure providers, which provide the flexibility to build your own stack, which gives far more flexibility than a platform, which at some point will pose limits to the developer. On a final note, there are some praises for Windows Azure. Martin Wawrusch critiqued Azure but ended by saying that it is a great platform and he wholeheartedly recommends it. He even said that the SQL Azure engine is years ahead of the competition, serving as a good fit for backend processing for a startup. He does also say he would however not use it for any front end work in a startup environment.There are still open questions about Azure. It’s not ruled out as a platform. It has potential for considerable success. The question is its comparison to other offerings on Amazon or Rakspace. For now, those offerings are more popular and should continue to be so for at least the year ahead. Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing#Cloud Providers center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th place

first_imgLATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines had the early momentum in the third set putting up a 10-4 lead but Chinese-Taipei managed to score seven straight to take an 11-10 lead.Captain Chen Wan-Ting then finished off the no.79 team in the world with a brutal crosscourt kill.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 shutoutAlyssa Valdez, who had 13 points to lead the Philippines, was disappointed with how they squandered their edge but said they have to move on and end the tournament on a positive note.“We definitely wanted to win, but we just couldn’t hold on,” said Valdez in Filipino. “But, again, this is a learning experience because there was the regret because it would’ve been a huge difference if we were able to get at least one set.” Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments MOST READ “One set could’ve tilted the game but we’re here and we just have to accept the loss and move forward.”Wu Wei-Hua had 14 points to lead Chinese-Taipei while Chen, who came in as a substitute in all the three sets, and Hsiao Hsiang-Ling had nine points apiece.Jaja Santiago helped the Philippines’ cause with 10 points.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Chinese-Taipei earned a shot at the fifth place in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after taking down host Philippines, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19, in the classification stage Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The 55th-ranked team in the world is set to face Vietnam for the battle for the fifth spot while the Philippines will once again match up against Kazakhstan for a crack at seventh. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Videos: Texas And Baylor Just Engaged In A Bench-Clearing Scuffle

first_imgAn interior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas is destroying No. 12 Baylor, 17-0, after the first quarter. The score is ugly, but not as ugly as the bench-clearing incident which just occurred. After Baylor reserve quarterback Lynx Hawthorne tossed an interception, the red-shirt junior chased down Texas DB Duke Thomas, who recorded the pick. Hawthorne slammed Thomas down near the Longhorns’ sideline, and some UT players took offense. In the videos below, you can see Texas safety Kevin Vaccaro (No. 18 in white) leave the bench and fall on top of Hawthorne. This resulted in a 15-yard penalty, but more significantly, served as the beginning of all hell breaking loose.Baylor players sprinted from the far sideline to join the fray. While it didn’t look like any punches were thrown, the two teams did scuffle and trade a lot of angry words. Some players had to be held back. 18 off the bench for Texas & PJ Locke shoving QB down after play standing over him. Almost got ugly in Waco. https://t.co/RjEkVxYco7— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) December 5, 2015Here is the Baylor-Texas (kinda) brawl. https://t.co/xdne86QhnJ— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) December 5, 2015Amazingly, Vaccaro’s penalty was the lone one assessed after this near-melee. Things have since settled back to normal in Waco.last_img read more

Reports: Florida Quarterback Will Grier Likely To Transfer

first_imgA close up of a Florida Gators helmet sitting on the field.7 Oct 2000: A view of the Florida Gators football helmet taken on the field during the game against the LSU Tigers at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainsville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Tigers 11-9.Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /AllsportIn six games for the Florida Gators this season, quarterback Will Grier was extremely impressive. Grier threw for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions, and completed over 65-percent of his passes, leading UF to a 6-0 start to the season. After being suspended 12 games for performance enhancing drugs, Grier will not be eligible to play until mid-way through next year, but according to a multiple reports, it is unlikely that his next game comes as a Gator.I can confirm Scout report that QB Will Grier is transferring from #Gators. Approached coaching staff about it last week.— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) December 19, 2015 Here’s more from Scout’s Bob Redman. Team sources have informed FightinGators.com that Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier approached the coaching staff this week and asked for a transfer. …Last week, Jim McElwain said that Grier would be back with the program January 5, after being asked to stay away from team activities and allow the team to play through the season without the distraction of Grier being around and unavailable.Despite the ability to return and compete for the job again, one which he wouldn’t be allowed to play until October 15, 2016 against Missouri, sources are telling FightinGators.com that Grier will likely transfer to another program.Redman notes that there is a chance that Grier stays, but assuming this decision stays, it is a huge blow to a Florida team that became very inept offensively without Grier. If he transfers to another FBS program, he will sit the entire 2016 season, and return as a junior in 2017.[Scout]last_img read more