YSI Excellence Award honours innovation at Loreto Letterkenny

first_imgThe school community at Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny is celebrating a remarkable achievement this week after winning a Young Social Innovators Schools of Excellence Award.The school has won the accolade for being a dedicated member of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) Schools Network for many years.Loreto Letterkenny will proudly hold the title alongside hundreds of schools throughout Ireland who have discovered the benefits of youth-led social innovation education. YSI Teams from Loreto Letterkenny have garnered great success at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards for many years. Transition Year teams won two awards at the 2018 Awards held in Croke Park this past May. Each year, the YSI programme supports thousands of young people to explore social issues that concern them and come up with a variety of responses.F.R.E.E. – For Refugees Entering ÉireMoved by images and reports of the war in Syria, the ‘F.R.E.E. – For Refugees Entering Éire’ team are making refugees feel more at home in their community through the creation of Welcome Packs for new families.Better Safe Than SorryThe ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’ team worked with An Garda Síochána, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Donegal County Council to create a ‘Safe Zone’ in their town which includes a free phone to call a taxi and Garda-monitored CCTV. The teams were mentored by teachers Siobhan McKeague and Dearbhail Keys. YSI Mentor Ms Siobhan McKeague has praised the Schools of Excellence award as a fantastic achievement for the school. Ms McKeague said: “We are so proud of all the students. The students have been putting in years of work into YSI so this recognition is very welcome.”The prestigious award will serve as a motivational boost for all, Ms McKeague added.“We have a standard to keep up now. It will make the students want to aim higher.”“I have to give credit to the students in previous years. Without their hard work you wouldn’t get to this high level. We have such fantastic motivated students who put in great work on their projects.” The new TY classes can look forward to another year ahead implementing innovative ideas to benefit the community.Nora Friel, principal of Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny and YSI Speak Out MC Dayl CroninSpeaking at the North West YSI SpeakOut earlier this year, Nora Friel, Principal of Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny said: “YSI has been running in our school for many years and it has been a huge success. It has provided our students with opportunities to make a difference, be innovative, creative, reach out to others, work together and change lives. The positive impacts of our students’ involvement with YSI has extended far beyond the school community.”YSI Co-Founder and CEO Rachel Collier said: “Our member schools which demonstrate an extraordinary and on-going commitment to engaging students and teachers at both junior and senior levels in social innovation action for a fairer, more inclusive and equal society, are presented with our School of Excellence Award. Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, is one such extraordinary school and I applaud the dedication to social justice and innovation which it promotes by engaging in YSI programmes.”YSI’s Schools of Excellence Awards were launched by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny in March 2014. Applications are now open for YSI’s Social Innovation Action Programmes for Senior and Junior Cycles. Visit to learn more about the programme.YSI Excellence Award honours innovation at Loreto Letterkenny was last modified: September 14th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:awardLoreto Secondary Schoolyoung social innovatorslast_img read more


Latest New Century Scholars Inducted At SCC

first_imgMost academic ceremonies at Southwestern Community College pay tribute to what current students have already accomplished in their pursuit of higher education.The annual New Century Scholars induction instead celebrates the bright collegiate future awaiting several dozen area middle schoolers.More than 40 seventh graders from Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties walked across the Myers Auditorium stage on Nov. 18 and received certificates signifying the promise of a tuition-free SCC education set to begin in the year 2025.“Every one of these students has been hand-picked by middle-school teachers, and we could not be more excited to know they’ll be walking across this very same stage to receive their associate degrees eight years from now,” said Freya Kinner, New Century Scholars Coordinator.Lena Wilson, a graduate of the program, served as the featured speaker and encouraged this year’s inductees to take full advantage of their opportunities.More than 2,400 students have been inducted as New Century Scholars since it was established in 1995. The program provides resources and support to students as they navigate middle and high school – preparing them for a successful experience in college without worrying about the financial aspect.New Century Scholars is supported entirely by private donations and provides last-dollar tuition assistance.“At Southwestern, we are extremely proud to be a part of this wonderful program that has provided a brighter future to so many young people in our service area,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC President. “We are blessed to live in a region with so many generous individuals who make New Century Scholars possible year after year.”In addition to working toward their high school diplomas, New Century Scholars are required to participate in community service activities that encourage leadership skills and explore potential future career options.To support this program, donations may be made at or by check to New Century Scholars and sent to the SCC Foundation, 447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779.For more information about New Century Scholars, contact Freya Kinner, SCC’s New Century Scholars coordinator at or 828.339.4477.last_img read more


In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 7, 2017

first_imgShare This!It’s been a fun week in Orlando this week. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the theme park love being given (mostly, of course, courtesy of Jimmy Fallon.) Have you been enjoying all the excitement?This week, we learn about a Disney sing-along hitting theaters, take a look at a rumor that keeps getting stronger, and so much more! Are you ready? Let’s go!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors That gondola system rumor just isn’t going away. Matter of fact, it seems to be picking up steam.You may have missed it, but the Main Street Electrical Parade is continuing through August 20 at Disneyland! Hooray! Who else is excited? President of New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line Karl Holz will be retiring from Disney. Learn who his successor is.Are the tables being removed from Disney Cruise Line’s verandah rooms? It would certainly appear that way.Get your singing voices ready! Beauty and the Beast sing along version will be hitting theaters starting today! Does this sound like something you would do?I love how happy Jimmy Fallon is about his new attraction! Seriously….look how happy he is!If you missed any episodes of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week where the show was live from Universal, make sure you catch them! I thought they were super fun and entertaining.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose Crossbody Bag by Danielle Nicole and send it to with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.Savelast_img read more


Review of the official World Cup website

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I did enjoy the VideoArchive, which is an excellent way to waste a couple of hours in front of your PC!It’s also great to see Fifa/Yahoo taking advantage of the broadband age and makinghistorical World Cup footage available on the Web. In fact the Video section in general isfantastic and features a wide range of video content. Because the World Cup games are onin the wee hours of the morning my time, I’m particularly enjoying the Match highlightsvideos (btw it hasn’t stopped me staying up far too late to watch the World Cup – hencemy bleary eyes currently!).  The MatchCast feature is potentially the best feature, as it’s a livestats/chat/graphics dashboard that runs while a game is in process live. Personally I’mnot in the habit of using my computer while watching TV, but I can imagine MatchCastwould be very useful in integrated TV/PC platforms – like Media Center for example.Perhaps a little ahead of its time for most of us right now, but if you’re a verydedicated fan – then the opportunity to chat to other fans and check stats on your PC,while watching the TV for the game itself, might be a very useful thing. Fan Photos isbasically an invitation to use Flickr, which is good to see. I also noticed that Yahoo!Answers is being used for World Cup questions – and is promoted at the bottom of thehomepage. ConclusionOverall, great use of video on the official site and MatchCast is a promising feature(I’ll be interested to find out how well used it ends up being). Lots of Yahoo propertiesare integrated into the site, but to be honest I felt the community aspects were fairlyconservative – IM, games, uploading photos, 360 blogs, etc. Blogging could’ve been made alot more central to the experience, in terms of promoting it more and putting it high onthe homepage. Also largely missing – enabling users to personalize their World Cupsite and utilize interactive widgets/web services. So overall I’d rate the site a 7 out of 10, but there’s room for improvement. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus I actually didn’t see any evidence of blogs on the site navigation, but a searchrevealed that users can create a Yahoo 360° SuperFanBlog under the banner “The 12th Man”. So that’s why I couldn’t find blogs on the menu– because it’s cryptically labeled “The 12th Man”! Here’s anexample of a fan’s blog – it’s pretty much the basic Y! 360 experience. center_img Related Posts The official FIFA World Cup website is run by andco-branded with Yahoo. A Washington Post story today highlights the interactive and multimedia features of thesite – including blogs, chat, and three- to five-minute video highlights for all of the64 games. Also in lieu of live webcasts (not possible I presume because of TV rights),the site offers something called “MatchCast” – which is described as “a kind of animatedtelecast of the game that graphically displays players on the field, ball location, timeouts and live scores.”So the website is really a showcase of the latest in Yahoo’s social Webtechnology – for a mass audience that is (in other words, expect a fair degree ofconservatism).Positioning Jorge Consuegra, generalmanager of Yahoo’s FIFA partnership, told Washington Post: “Creating a global communityaround the biggest sporting event in the world — that’s the biggest step for thissite.” How they’re creating this community is through the Yahoo product line – Flickr, 360,Answers, Desktop toolbar, chat, MyYahoo, etc. If anything, these community tools arescattered a bit haphazardly around what is a very large website. Not too many of the‘community’ features are promoted on the homepage, which indicates that the site is stillvery much positioned as an information and World Cup news portal. FeaturesYahoo technology is integrated throughout the site, including Flickr integration and promotion. A lot of the news and information on the site ispretty straight-forward and probably similar to what you would’ve seen on the 2002official website. But it’s comprehensive and that’s the main thing. There’s also theusual ‘official site’ suspects – polls, screensavers, shop, fantasy game, etc. Ifanything there are too many navigation options, as I had trouble findingthings. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web#Yahoo 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Why We’re Desperately Awaiting Feedsqueezer

first_imgWhen the RSS management company Feedburner was acquired by the internet goliath Google back in May of 2007, some people were excited, others were concerned. On the one side, there was hope that putting Google’s weight behind the struggling service would improve the speed with which feeds were updated. Plus, there would be the option to put AdSense in feeds, which pleased some publishers. Others, however, felt that that the move gave Google too much power over the syndication marketplace. One of the people concerned was Dave Winer, one of the world’s first bloggers and an RSS pioneer. At the beginning of this month, he posted a link toFeedsqueezer, a Feeburner competitor that may end up being the only viable option we’ll have when it comes to feed management. Though he didn’t provide any context for the link, we found it interesting as well.Feed Management: The Internet Monopoly Surprisingly, feed management is one service where there aren’t a million different options available. Unlike Web 2.0 sites like Twitter and Friendfeed, whose competitors are plentiful and varied, FeedBurner stands alone. Years ago there was Feedpass, but it never got off the ground. These days, as Allen Stern just noted on CenterNetworks, the only other viable option is Pheedo, a service that offers basically the same services as FeedBurner, but also seems to come with the same set of issues: feeds don’t update too quickly, much less in real-time. Obviously, this lack of true competition is a giant, gaping hole that everyone is waiting for someone to fill. That’s why we have our eyes pinned on Feedsqueezer service, hoping that something will come of it. Feedsqueezer, the Upcoming Alternative to FBToday, the Feedsqueezer homepage is nothing more than a promise of what’s to come: a feed management platform that delivers analytics, SEO, feed re-distribution, content delivery, and more. There’s a quiet Twitter account and an unused GetSatisfaction page set up for the service. The one employee representing the service there is “gadgetboy,” aka John Federico, a marketing and business development representative whose prior experience includes serving as VP of Marketing for BlogTalkRadio, Senior Strategist for IconNicholson, Sr. Director of podcasting for Audible, Inc., and more. The only clue we have to Feedsqueezer’s progress is yesterday’s one (and only) tweet that announces “getting schooled in all things EC2,” a reference to Amazon’s “Elastic Compute Cloud” service where it appears Feedsqueezer will be hosted. At least a day old tweet appears to be progress. Now, more than ever, publishers need a real alternative to Feedburner. Anyone interested in signing up for the beta can do so from the Feedsqueezer homepage. Who knows? It’s worth a shot. Update: We mistakenly reported that FeedSquuezer was Winer’s own project in our initial coverage. Winer is in fact not associated with the service in any way and we apologize for the error in reporting. The confusion resulted from his statement on his blog: “I also volunteer to help get a Feedburner competitor on the air…update:Feedsqueezer.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts sarah perezcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#web last_img read more


Marketing Day: Scaling website analytics, future of agencies, marketers and IoT in 2019

first_img Posted on 18th January 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Scaling website analytics, future of agencies, marketers and IoT in 2019 Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Get proven SEO & SEM tactics – attend SMX in San Jose in 2 weeksJan 17, 2019 by Marketing LandIn 2019, A.I., voice assistants, mobile-first, video, and visual search will reshape the picture of successful search marketing. Smart marketers who want to stay sharp in the New Year are attending SMX® West in San Jose, January 30-31… less than two weeks from now.Crawl, walk, run and fly: The 4 stages of scaling website analyticsJan 17, 2019 by Jeffery ChealIt’s time to identify where you are with your data practices and learn how to get to the next stage of your website analytics process.What working with tech brands taught me about the future of agenciesJan 17, 2019 by Ming ChanAs brands become more tech-integrated and act more like nimble startups, agencies must provide the agility, velocity and production processes to be successful.Here’s why you should take a deep dive into data to optimize your conversionsJan 17, 2019 by Laura RobinsonA thorough audit of tracking tools can improve your CRO framework because knowing your platform will help you think about how to best use it for your specific business strategy.How are marketers using IoT in 2019?Jan 16, 2019 by Robin KurzerTell us your IoT plans in our short poll; we’ll share the answers in a future story.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:New Salesforce tools let marketers create mobile apps without developersJan 17, 2019 by Barry LevineNow, marketers and admins can create and publish iOS and Android apps with pre-built components and a few clicks.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:CEO Activism: Inside Comms and Marketing, Weber ShandwickFacebook poaches Google’s AR/VR engineering lead to take over Portal team, TechCrunchHow Twitter Will Ensure Brand Safety For Video Advertisers In 2019, AdExchangerMarketing Psychology in 2019: Make Your Mark Digitally, MarketoMerkle Launches 2019 Marketing Imperatives, A CMO’s Roadmap to People-Based Marketing, Business WireOmnichannel Customer Experience: How Much Is too Much?, CMS WireRemoving Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior from Russia, Facebook NewsroomWhat makes an email bounce? What marketers need to know, My EmmaThe post Marketing Day: Scaling website analytics, future of agencies, marketers and IoT in 2019 appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Marketing Day: Scaling website analytics, future of agencies, marketers and IoT in 2019 Marketing Day: Scaling website analytics, future of agencies, marketers and IoT in 2019You are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more


GALLERY: Ateneo wins UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball crown

first_imgThe Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Malditas save PH from shutout FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPHOTO BY Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img Thirdy Ravena shares Finals MVP glory with teammates Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Relive Ateneo’s championship moment in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball finals through photos.The Blue Eagles survived rival La Salle, 88-86, in Game 3 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles02:49Robredo: 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 MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


Mavericks bolt clear

first_imgBy BEN HARRISDefending Elite Eight men’s champions NSW Country Mavericks will be hard to rein in as they hold a four-point advantage on the competition table.The Mavericks remain unbeaten after day two of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour on Thursday.They opened their account with an 8-7 win over NSW Mets in the grand final replay then finished off the day with a 10-4 hammering of The Alliance.Mavericks had led as much as 7-3 in the game against the Mets only for the two-time grand finalists to fight back in the second half.It was the Mets’ third loss in three years of the Elite Eight competition at the NTL.Michael Mousa’s troops are third on the table behind Queensland Outlaws on percentages.The Outlaws enjoyed 7-3 and 9-4 victories over NSW Rebels and NSW Scorpions respectively.Following their day one performance that saw them with two draws and a win, Queensland Chiefs are in fourth spot thanks to a 7-5 win over The Alliance and a 6-5 loss to the Rebels.Queensland South Stingrays have a fantastic opportunity to jump into the top four when they take on The Alliance and the Chiefs on day three.It will be hard for the Rebels and Scorpions to make the top four while The Alliance will be playing for pride on Friday.The highlights of day three in the men’s competition will be the Mets-Outlaws match at 12.20pm and the Chiefs-Stingrays clash at 3.50pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – – LinksMen’s Elite Eight day twolast_img read more


CMHC reports annual pace of housing starts slowed in December to 216980

first_imgOTTAWA – Housing starts in Canada hit their highest total in a decade in 2017, but are expected to slow this year, economists said Monday.BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic said the full-year tally of housing starts for 2017 came in at 221,000.“Canadian homebuilding activity had its best year in a decade in 2017, backed by underlying demographic support and strengthening labour markets in the country’s largest provinces,” he wrote in a report.However, he noted that this year the number of starts is expected to moderate closer to the 200,000 level, with a record number units under construction to start the year.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Tuesday the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts for December of 2017 came in at 216,980 units, down from 251,675 units in November. The six-month moving average for December was 226,777 compared with 226,178 in November.The housing agency said the overall decline in the annual pace of housing starts in December came as the pace of urban starts fell 15.1 per cent to 198,132 units for the final month of last year.The pace of multi-unit urban starts slowed 22 per cent to 135,176, while the rate of single-detached urban starts increased by 4.7 per cent to 62,956 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 18,848 units.The housing market has been identified as a key risk to the economy and been scrutinized by economists and policy-makers.Rising interest rates and more stringent lending rules are expected to weigh on the market this year.Royal Bank assistant chief economist Paul Ferley said the total number of starts for 2017 were up 11.4 per cent from 198,000 in 2016.“Looking ahead, our expectation is that recent tightening of mortgage lending, further official interest rate increases in both Canada and the U.S. and current poor affordability in a number of key markets will contribute to housing starts continuing to trend lower.“Our forecast assumes that starts will drop to 195,000 this year and 185,000 in 2019.”last_img read more


DDay for May as she seeks backing for draft Brexit deal

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face her divided Cabinet in a bid to win support for a draft Brexit deal with the European Union.Negotiators from the two sides have reached agreement on divorce terms, including a plan to resolve the key issue of the Irish border.But pro-Brexit lawmakers in May’s divided Conservative Party are angry, saying the agreement will leave Britain tethered to the EU after it departs in March.Failure to secure Cabinet backing will leave May’s leadership in doubt and the Brexit process in chaos.If Cabinet supports the deal Wednesday, it needs approval from the EU at a summit in the next few weeks. Then May will need to win backing from Parliament, where pro-Brexit and pro-EU legislators alike are threatening to oppose it.The Associated Presslast_img read more


Star recruits big departures Notable names in and out of the 2019

first_imgNDPMaria Augimeri (Humber River-Black Creek, Ont.): Toronto city councillor for over three decades, challenging longtime Liberal MP Judy Sgro.Min Sook Lee (Toronto-Danforth, Ont.): Documentary filmmaker and activist, running in Jack Layton’s former riding.Svend Robinson (Burnaby North-Seymour, B.C.): Prominent former MP from the NDP’s left wing and Canada’s first openly gay member of Parliament.Emilie Taman (Ottawa Centre, Ont.): Former federal prosecutor and professor at the University of Ottawa, challenging Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.Rudy Turtle (Kenora, Ont.): Chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation, which has struggled for generations with the effects of industrial mercury poisoning.GreensDennis Drainville (Gaspesie-Les-Isles-de-la-Madeleine, Que.): Retired Anglican bishop of Quebec, anti-poverty activist, one-time MPP in Ontario.Greg Malone (Avalon, N.L.): Co-founder of the CODCO comedy troupe and major figure in the Newfoundland and Labrador cultural scene.Pierre Nantel (Longueuil-Saint-Hubert, Que.): Two-term member of Parliament for the NDP, which expelled him when word got out he was exploring a candidacy for the Greens.People’s partySteven Fletcher (Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley, Man.): Former federal Conservative cabinet minister, Manitoba MLA and disability advocate.Renata Ford (Etobicoke North, Ont.): Widow of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, running on his and Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s home turf.Salim Mansur (London North Centre, Ont.): Retired political-science professor and writer, specializing in the harms of multiculturalism.Bloc QuebecoisDenis Trudel (Longueuil-Saint-Hubert, Que.): Actor and longtime French-rights activist. OTTAWA — Parties try to recruit star candidates to take down veteran MPs, show they’re serious about governing if they win, and demonstrate that they’re renewing themselves. Here are some of the federal parties’ big catches this campaign:LiberalsSteven Guilbeault (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Que.): Founding member of Equiterre, a major Quebec environmental organization. Parties also have to contend with retirements, defections and (occasionally) MPs they no longer want. Some of the best-known examples this time:LiberalsRodger Cuzner (Cape Breton-Canso, N.S.): Nova Scotia Liberal first elected in 2000 who held his seat through thick and thin.Mark Eyking (Sydney-Victoria, N.S.): Like Cuzner in the riding next door, elected in 2000 and a stalwart for the party ever since.Andrew Leslie (Orleans, Ont.): Former general, senior adviser to leader Justin Trudeau, chief whip who never made cabinet, quitting after one term.Jody Wilson-Raybould (Vancouver Granville, B.C.): Former B.C. Aboriginal leader and Crown prosecutor. Former justice minister expelled from caucus after the SNC-Lavalin affair. Running as an Independent.Jane Philpott (Markham-Stouffville, Ont.): Physician. Former health minister expelled from caucus after the SNC-Lavalin affair. Like Wilson-Raybould, running as an Independent.ConservativesBrad Trost (Saskatoon-University, Sask.): Prominent member of the Tories’ social-conservative wing and former leadership candidate. Lost in a nomination challenge. First elected in 2004.Kellie Leitch (Simcoe-Grey, Ont.): Former labour minister and leadership candidate. Pediatric orthopedic surgeon. First elected in 2011, recruited by then finance minister Jim Flaherty.Rob Nicholson (Niagara Falls, Ont.): Former minister of foreign affairs, justice and defence who was a steady, experienced hand in Stephen Harper’s governments. First elected in 1984 and has served continuously since 2004.NDPNathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley, B.C.): Former finance critic and leadership candidate. First elected in 2004.Murray Rankin (Victoria, B.C.): Former justice critic who entered politics after a long career as a prominent lawyer in B.C. First elected in 2012.Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie Jaimes-Nunavik-Eeyou, Que.): Lawyer and Cree leader before entering politics. Former leadership candidate. First elected in 2011.Helene Laverdiere (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Que.): Academic and former Canadian diplomat. First elected in 2011, defeating then-Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe.The Canadian Press Sylvie Frechette (Riviere-du-Nord, Que.): Olympic gold medallist in synchronized swimming and Oxfam ambassador.Richard Lehoux (Beauce, Que.): Former head of the Quebec Federation of Municipalities and 19-year local mayor, challenging former Tory Maxime Bernier who’s now leader of the People’s Party.Justina McCaffrey (Kanata-Carleton, Ont.): Internationally known wedding-dress designer.Tom Pentefountas (Laval-Les Iles, Que.): Lawyer, former vice-president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and former senior figure in the Action democratique du Quebec provincial party. Sandra Pupatello (Windsor West, Ont.): Former Ontario cabinet minister from a prominent Windsor family. Challenging longtime NDP MP Brian Masse.Tamara Taggart (Vancouver-Kingsway, B.C.): Former news anchor for CTV in Vancouver and advocate for cancer patients after her own bout with a rare form of gastrointestinal cancer.Adam van Koeverden (Milton, Ont.): Olympic gold medallist and world-champion kayaker, challenging Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt.ConservativesGeorge Canyon (Central Nova, N.S.): Juno-award-winning country singer and actor.Angelo Esposito (Alfred-Pellan, Que.): Former first-round NHL draft pick.last_img read more


Several fall ill at Modis rally in Buniadpur

first_imgBALURGHAT: There was complete pandemonium as around 100 people fell ill and several got hurt at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in South Dinajpur’s Buniadpur on Saturday. Modi had come in Buniadpur to address a public rally for party candidate Sukanta Majumdar.A stampede-like situation broke out when a section of supporters tried to barge into the inner ring of the rally and the barricades were almost broken. Several women and children fell ill due to the afternoon heat. However, local BJP leaders and workers were seen inactive regarding the issue. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”There was total chaos in the rally. Around 100 people including women and children fell ill due to the heat. They were lying in the field without any medical assistance,” said an irate local resident. According to a source, there was a lot of initial enthusiasm in the area to see a Prime Minister for the first time during poll campaign, since Independence. There were several people standing outside the venue but it was alleged that no BJP leader was seen actively managing the crowd. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe state government had, however, deployed sufficient policemen to tackle any untoward situation. A police officer said there was huge traffic congestion after the rally. Heavy vehicles including buses and lorries, along with cars and autos were seen standing for about two hours on both sides of National Highway 512. “The situation was the worst today. Policemen faced a tough time in managing the situation. Several were found missing following the pandemonium,” a police officer said. The saffron party has likely targeted the Balurghat seat, speculating defeat in other parts of the country.last_img read more


Swimming Transition on Ohio State coaching staff met with positive early results

Ohio State women’s coach Bill Dorenkott will now become the coach of both swimming and diving teams. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsA drastic change in the coaching staff of Ohio State has done little to affect the team’s performance thus far.The Ohio State women’s (1-0) and men’s (1-0) swimming teams finished their first meets competing under the same coaching staff for the first time in program history last Friday with dominant wins against Kenyon women’s (0-2) and men’s (0-2) teams. The Buckeyes won gold in every event, and seemed to thrive under their new coaching staff.The transition came following coach Bill Wadley’s retirement after 26 years at the helm of the men’s swim team. Coach Bill Dorenkott, who had previously coached the women’s team for nine years, is now the head coach for both teams.Dorenkott believes the transition will be beneficial in the long run.“I’m certainly biased, but I feel really good about the staff we put together and I feel like the staff is doing a very nice job of meeting our athletes’ needs,” Dorenkott said.The change to having both teams swim as a single unit has also been smoother than initially thought, Dorenkott said. The coach said the men’s team has welcomed the change, and views it as an opportunity to grow as a team.“I think change runs contrary to human nature. Most people gravitate toward things they know already,” Dorenkott said. “The fact the men have fully embraced the change because I had worked with the women for nine years is really pretty remarkable.”Senior Jack Barone believes the combination of teams has the potential to bring about new possibilities.“I think the coaches put a lot of focus on individualizing everything, kind of seeing what each swimmer needs,” Barone said. “Something we were all really excited about was getting a little more specialized training-wise and just in general.”Sophomore Molly Kowal found the transition to training with the men’s team challenging at first, but said it has ultimately helped the women.Kowal added that the union of men’s and women’s teams under Dorenkott has built a bond between the two teams, as the personal connections have provided overwhelming support during competition.“They definitely push the girls more in practice, because obviously the guys are going to be the better swimmers,” Kowal said. “So, they’re just pushing the girls to try harder and to try to keep up with them, which is helpful.”Although Dorenkott has added the men’s team to his list of responsibilities, he has not changed his coaching philosophy that he takes to leading his players during the week in practice since he was just coach of the women’s team. His weekly routine focuses on the preparation needed for competition.While Dorenkott believes the outcomes of each meet cannot be predetermined, he said the week of practices leading up to the competition can provide a glimpse of what’s to come.“When you talk about winning, you can’t control that,” Dorenkott said. “So, we can only prepare, control the effort we put into it. So, game day coaching, there’s not a lot of adjustments to be made in swimming. It’s kind of just managing the actual game day process, whether that’s warming up, warming down, giving a little bit of feedback.”The changes to the team’s operation have been positively received thus far, but Dorenkott said there is still work to be done. He said the team’s attention to detail will need to improve in order to compete later in the season. Dorenkott cited a relay disqualification in last week’s meet against Kenyon, in which a swimmer left the block before the previous swimmer touched the wall, as an example of where the team could clean its technique.The Buckeyes will hope to begin cleaning up the small details of their swims against Denison and Akron at 6 p.m. Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The men will compete against Denison, while the women will swim against Denison and Akron.“Everything’s a lead-up or a build-up to [the postseason in] February and March,” Dorenkott said. “A good book has 10 unique chapters, it’s not the same chapter again and again and again. So, we want to be early-November good against Denison and Akron and we want to be late-November good when the [Ohio State Invitational] comes along. Hopefully, we’re cleaning up the things we need to clean up based on feedback we’re getting from meets.” read more


Rafa Benitezs tactics surprised Maurizio Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has admitted that he was surprised by Rafa Benitez’s negative tactics in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at Newcastle on Sunday.Chelsea continued their winning run with a 2-1 victory at St James’ Park, but it was the way that Rafa Benitez set up his Newcastle team that baffled Maurizio Sarri.“I was surprised at Rafa,” he told Sky Sports.“In Italy, I have never seen him play with five defenders so I was really surprised.“The match was very difficult, they were so low and compact, it was impossible to have spaces.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We got better in the second half but it was a very difficult game.“I think we showed improvement because the match was difficult it was not easy to play well.”He also spoke of Eden Hazard’s man-of-the-match performance.“Eden has played very well,” Sarri added. “Maybe it was better if he played for 75 or 80 minutes, but (Mateo) Kovacic asked for the sub so it was impossible [to take him off].”last_img read more


Florentino Perez hails Modric talent and clubs values

first_imgSpanish giants Real Madrid had their Christmas meal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday as it is the traditional and the club’s president Florentino Perez gave an address where he lauded club’s Ballon d’Or winner, Luka Modric.Modric’ emergence as the winner of the award means Madrid has produced winners of the trophy in the last three years as Cristiano Ronaldo won the last two editions while with the club. .“We are already focused on winning the Club World Cup,” said Perez in a report obtained by Marca.“These players are already part of history and the legend of Madrid.”“Among them is Luka Modric, winner of the Ballon d’Or and The Best, representing the talent and values of Madrid.”Report: Zinedine Zidane could also want N’Golo Kante Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 Following his policy of signing French players for Real Madrid, it has been reported that Zidane might like N’Golo Kante.As we continue with our…“You are direct witnesses to one of the best stages in the club’s history,” Perez continued.“For the first time, we are European champions in football and basketball, a worldwide milestone.”“This successful stage is thanks to the unity of Madrid, unity that allows us to have stability.”“The stadium on Sunday was an example of the values of sport,” he said.“The passion of sport coexisted with the values of sport.”last_img read more


Commonwealth Athletes Show Strong National Pride and Commonwealth Country Fellowship

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games held Official Opening ceremonies on July 18, 2017 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, during which the athletes representing their respective countries participated in an “Athletes’ Parade.”There was buzz of excitement as the athletes waited to parade in this historic Games, the first event of a series that will take place in the Americas.Behind the scenes all of the athletes filled the old sports centre area, waiting to parade in the stadium in their national colors with flags and other paraphernalia.  With all the countries filling the sports centre one would think that the world was so large, yet we are all connected.  Many of the athletes at the Commonwealth Youth Games already knew other athletes from different countries by competing in different events around the world or by meeting one another at boarding schools and colleges.Many more connections were made as they waited to march, as the young athletes went around trading country pins and showing respect and well wishes to their opponents. The vibe was a great balance of strong national pride and Commonwealth country fellowship.Story by: Sydnei IsaacsPress Release: BISPHOTOS: Highlights of the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 Official Opening Ceremony, Athletes’ Parade, and festivities, July 18, 2017 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.  (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)last_img read more