The prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards Ceremony will be streamed live for the first time this Friday 27 September at 7.30pm on the Donegal County Council website www.donegalcoco.ie.Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and Chair of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award Committee believes that this will open up the event to a wider global audience.“We are delighted to be live streaming the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards ceremony from the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana allowing us to bring what is always a very special event to a wider audience” says Cllr. Crossan. “This means that family and friends of the recipients who don’t have the opportunity of travelling to Donegal for the event will be able to see the recipients being honoured for their outstanding achievements and in particular for their support of the diaspora.“It also means that Donegal people and those with a love of Donegal located all over the world will be able to tune in and join us for an evening that celebrates and remembers one of the county’s most illustrious sons the late Tip O’Neill.”The four notable members of the diaspora that are set to be honoured at this year’s award ceremony are author and playwright Frank McGuinness; Dublin based businessman Pat Doherty; US based attorney Patrick C. Dunican Jr, and; US based businessman Daniel J. Hilferty. On Thursday 26 September, each recipient will share their own life story during a special event with Professor Paul Moore at Ulster University, Magee. The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards were first hosted in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tip O’Neill whose maternal grandparents hailed from Inishowen in Co. Donegal and have become a cornerstone of the work of the Donegal Diaspora initiative as it continues to reach out across the globe to all those with a connection to Donegal.Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development with Donegal County Council explains that “this year will see the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Awards kickstarting an exciting 10 day celebration of all things Donegal through the new Donegal Connect initiative. These events will be showcasing Donegal as a great place to visit, to live in, to work in and to invest in.”For more on the Tip O’ Neill Awards weekend including the Tip O’Neill Golf Challenge on Saturday September 28th at Ballyliffin Golf Course and the packed programme for Donegal Connect check out www.donegalconnect.com .Tune in for first live streaming of prestigious Tip O’Neill Awards was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councildonegallive-streamingTip O’Neill
Miss Earth South Africa director, Catherine Constantinides, shows learners from Midrand Primary School how to plant trees. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Africa Day was celebrated on Wednesday, 25 May, and what better way for former and current Miss Earth South Africa participants to recognise it than to plant a tree.The Miss Earth South Africa organisation was at Midrand Primary School in Gauteng to celebrate Africa Day with learners by helping them plant 15 trees on the school grounds. Learners were also taught to stop littering, to recycle and to have pride in their environment.Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Catherine Constantinides, instilled the message “Waste stops with me” and encouraged learners to take it to their homes and communities. She also told learners to be proud of Africa. “Some people call it Africa. We call it home,” she said.Spokesperson for Miss Earth South Africa Ella Bella Constantinides said the catchphrase is meant to teach children to take responsibility of waste and recycling. “[Waste stops with me] is where we understand that energy waste stops with me, food waste stops with me and water waste stops with me. Learners must stop and ask, ‘How can I take this into my home? How do I tell my parents what it is we need to be doing at home?’”Planting trees in the school was part of the lesson teaching learners to take responsibility for their environment, said Ella Bella. “Every day, learners will pass the trees knowing they planted them and they’re taking ownership of them.”Waste management service provider for Johannesburg, Pikitup, partnered with Miss Earth South Africa at the event. Two Pikitup mascots, known as the Eco-Rangers, were on hand to teach learners to keep their school clean using the catchphrase, “Reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink”.Participants of the 2016 Miss Earth South Africa were at Midrand Primary School to plant trees and teach learners how to take care of their environment.Fifty-four trees for 54 nationsElla Bella said the Miss Earth South Africa organisation planted 54 trees in different parts of Johannesburg on the day, signifying the number of countries in Africa. “The 54th tree was planted at 54 on Bath, and that tree was planted to create a bit of awareness: 54 trees and 54 countries that make up the African continent. It means people want to plant trees and get out into nature and create something special.”She said the event should remind all Africans that we need to take care of our immediate environment. “We need to make such a noise that people should understand that we’re fighting for our home. Our home is Africa, it is South Africa; our home is the Earth.“We need to understand that we need to look after our planet but before that we have to look after our people and the people on this continent are important to us.”Pikitup Eco-Rangers used the catchphrase “Reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink” to make their message memorable to learners. Miss Earth South Africa empowers womenElla Bella said that as an organisation, Miss Earth South Africa seeks to empower women through environmental education. “We need to look after our immediate environment. We need to understand that every action in South Africa has a ripple effect, not just in the country but in Africa as well.”One of the 2016 participants from Gauteng, Bhijal Parbhoo, said she decided to enter the pageant as she feels she wants to make a real difference to South Africa. Parbhoo, who runs a women’s and kids’ wear store, said she loves putting a smile on people’s faces. “I feel there has to be someone to make a difference in South Africa and I really want to make a contribution to it.”
I asked, you answered. The Kansas State game was voted Oklahoma State’s most likely to lose on the remainder of their schedule. I agree. It’s probably the only one OSU won’t be favored in (depending on how the TCU game shakes out), and OSU has only won once there since 1988.Kansas State has also won 81 percent of its games at home since 1990. I know that has nothing to do with this year’s team, but I’m pretty sure Mike Gundy knows he’s in for a war on Saturday.Or at least that’s what he’s preached to his players.“It’s a tough place to go to and they’re very disciplined and they don’t make mistakes,” said lineman Zach Crabtree. “Coach Gundy has talked about that and so we have to play a clean game. That’s what will give us a chance to go up there and beat them.“Coach Gundy compares it to a boxing match and that’s what it’ll be like. They’re going to get their punches and we’re going to get ours, but we just have to keep chipping away and at the end of the fight, we just need to have a little bit more than they do.”“They’ve always been a physical group, and that’s kind of what (Kansas State coach Bill) Snyder’s always been about,” added quarterback Mason Rudolph. “They’re a well-disciplined unit and a good team all around, especially on the defensive side of the ball.”Which game is #okstate most likely to lose before making it to Norman for a potential B12 title match?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 1, 2016On to your comments.Laith: K State. We’re coming off a big win. And it’s never ever easy against K State, home or away. Not to mention we haven’t won there in how many years? I actually feel much better about Tech at home with their lack of defense and running game. And TCU is just laying an egg this year.BJ: K-State easy pick here. Always play us well, especially in Manhattan. And let’s face it, nobody is talking about it, but TCU had been very mediocre since joining Big 12 other than the last 2 years of Boykin running the air raid. 7-6 in 2012, 4-8 in 2013, and 4-4 this year.KS Pokes Fan: K-State by a big margin. The Snydercats won’t beat themselves. We will have to stop the run and that doesn’t seem likely. K-State will try to control the tempo of the game as they always do. We can’t score if they have the ball. Then comes the OU game. Their running game will be hard to stop. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Other position previews: RB | CW | WRThe Oklahoma State offensive line has taken plenty of criticism over the last three or so years — and for good reason. But around the halfway point of the 2016 season, the group finally began to hit its stride under the tutelage of Greg Adkins. The result helped contribute to the Cowboys most effective ground-game showing since 2012.But “improved” is not “elite” and the unit loses two-year starting left tackle Victor Salako as well as Michael Wilson who has either been a starter or at least a key contributor at guard for the last three seasons.During his post-Alamo Bowl press conference, Mike Gundy spoke about the loss of Salako and Wilson.“It’s exciting to be around young men like that,” Gundy said. “We’re going to miss those guys, yes. Wilson has been a warrior for us. He ought to get a degree in kinesiology without even going to class with all the treatment he’s had, the medical help, the rehab. Then Victor Salako was awesome. What a great take for us to bring him in and start two years at left tackle. A great young man. Humble. Makes 3.5 GPA, is going to graduate, never says a word. Great family.“But now we have to have two other guys step up. We have young guys in our program. What’s helped us is I think we’ve settled in on how we want to run the ball, more so than we have in those three years that weren’t very exciting running the ball.”Two years ago, Adkins took over a bare cupboard in terms of depth, but he’s gotten the group this far. Let’s see who he’ll have to work with in 2017. As far as next year’s depth goes, I think there could still be some shuffling around, but this is a good place to start.2017 Projection RG3Matt KegelRS Freshman6-5295 It’s possible that Crabtree — who has been the starter at right tackle the last two seasons — may move to the left tackle spot if the coaching staff is not as confident in Victor Salako’s would-be replacement.Mason Rudolph is the Cowboys’ single most important player. They need to keep him off the turf as much as possible. Highly-touted JUCO transfer Shane Richards figures to compete with the likes of Matt Mucha, Dylan Galloway and Teven Jenkins for the tackle spot opposite Crabtree.Marcus Keyes and Larry Williams should retain their starting roles at either guard spot with several other guys ready to compete for time like Lemaefe Galea’i and youngsters Matt Kegel and Johnny Wilson.Brad Lundblade should continue as the starting center. We’ll leave Johnny Wilson as his backup for the time being.It’s important to remember that Adkins is not opposed to moving guys around. Early in 2016, when the Cowboys were struggling in pass protection and the running game, there were several guys shuffled in and out of rotations before they found one that worked.While the offensive line saw improvement towards the end of last season, the group gets even younger with the departure of Salako, Wilson and with the news of redshirt junior Brandon Pertile’s transfer from the program. And since the Cowboys only having one 2017 OL prospect currently committed with just two weeks until signing day, the pressure will be on Greg Adkins to hit on these young guys he’s brought in.Gundy spoke about his desire to roll guys in and out almost like hockey line changes. This coming spring and fall are all about building continuity up front. Hopefully, the unit is working as one by September. LT2Matt MuchaRS Junior6-5300 C1Brad LundbladeSenior6-3300 C2Johnny WilsonRS Sophomore6-3305 LG3Deonte NoelRS Junior6-2330 LG2Jesse RobinsonRS Senior6-5315 C RT2Dylan GallowayRS Freshman6-5279 Depth ChartPlayerClassHeightWeight RG1Larry WilliamsRS Senior6-4318 RT1Zach CrabtreeRS Senior6-7310 RT3Teven JenkinsRS Freshman6-6290 LG1Marcus KeyesRS Sophomore6-3300 LT1Shane RichardsSenior6-8330 RG2Lemaefe Galea’iRS Junior6-4325 LT3Dylan GallowayRS Freshman6-5279 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Vincent Taylor, Jhajuan Seales, Jordan Sterns and Chris Carson talk about their impressive Pro Day performances on Thursday in Stillwater. Seales was exceptionally great as he rocked a 4.4 40-yard dash and showed off a 41.5-inch vertical.All 32 NFL teams were represented on Thursday and the following 17 players worked out.Chris Carson, Vincent Taylor, Ashton Lampkin, linebacker Devante Averette, linebacker Jordan Burton, running back Rennie Childs, kicker Ben Grogan, tight end Blake Jarwin, defensive tackle Motekiai Maile, fullback Keegan Metcalf, safety Derrick Moncrief, cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, offensive lineman Victor Salako, wide receiver Jhajuan Seales, safety Jordan Sterns, tight end Zac Veatch and offensive lineman Michael Wilson.More to come on a successful outing for these Pokes. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
In a day of thrilling matches, of which the Mens and Womens matches were almost a replica and went into a drop-off, the Sharks have taken the Mens and Mixed Championships while Cobras have claimed the womens. Mens OpenThe final match of the day provided another thrilling display, with Sharks completing the hat-trick of titles in the Mens Open, after defeating Mets in a drop-off. In a rematch of last years grand final, Sharks were first to score the persistence of Troy Skinner, after having one dive touchdown disallowed, he was successful on the second. Mets found Matt Prouse outwide, not once, but twice, scoring in almost two identical sets of play to take the lead 2-1. In a see-sawing battle, Jason Stanton scored for the Mets in the final minutes of the first half, giving them the lead 5-4. The second half was dominated by solid defensive displays by both sides. The Mets increased there lead 6-4, and looked to be in control, shutting down all of Sharks options in attack. Two quick touchdowns in the dying minutes leveled the game, sending the match to a drop-off, in a repeat of the Womens final. Both sides made errors, turning the ball over several times. At three-on-three and with the crowd on its feet, Sharks Drummaine Dayberg-Muir found the line after a number of attempts, securing the third consecutive title for the Sharks. Player of the Final: Jason Stanton (Mets)Player of the Series: Drummayne Dayberg-Muir (Sharks)Womens OpenIn a thrilling match which went down to a drop off the Cobras have claimed the 2007 Womens Open title. The Cobras were quick to start, with Kelly Jones scoring the opening two touchdowns on the wing. Mets responded with two of their own, Giselle Martin finding Maribel Ziade in the corner for the first, and individual skill of Stephanie Sorrensen the second. With scores locked at 3-all at half time, neither team was able to gain momentum, with a slow finish to the first half. Mets came out firing, scoring on the opening set. Cobras Rebecca Tavo returned the fire on the next set, as the crowd responded to the increased intensity. As the match became more heated Cobras’ Kelly Woods and Mets’ Sarah Hamilton each spent some time in the bin. With scores locked at 5-all at full-time, the match headed to a drop-off, where both teams had numerous opportunities to score, but couldn’t capitalise. Down to three-on-three the Cobras found an overlap, and Sam Hopkin crossed in the corner to take win the championship 6-5.Player of the Final: Giselle Martin (Mets)Player of the Series: Amanda Judd (Mets)Mixed OpenThe Mixed Open division has a new champion after five years, with the Sharks defeating the Hornets 12-9. In a high scoring encounter the Sharks were first on the board with John Andrews diving through a small gap to cross the line. The Hornets, the dark horse team of the tournament, scored in the following set through Tim Penny. The Sharks looked the in form team however, gaining leads of 3-1, and 5-2 at stages in the game, but the Hornets wouldn’t lie down, trailing at the break 6-4. Hornets began to gain momentum, John Dalton scoring the opening try in the second half. The Sharks stepped up a level, scoring several quick touchdowns extending the lead to 10-7, Hornets continued to score, but only at the rate of the Sharks, and Sharks took the title 12-9.Player of the Final: Ricky Best and Amy Fong (Sharks)Player of the Series: Ricky Best and Amy Fong (Sharks) For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Everton chasing Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunezby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League interest is growing in Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez.Marca says Arsenal and Everton are keen on the 22-year-old Spaniard.The Gunners have already sent scouts to Athletic matches several times to watch Nunez this season.His contract with Bilbao runs to 2022. The deal includes in the amount of €30m.
Jonathan Williams missed the 2015 season at Arkansas, but the former Razorback star did not go undrafted as a result. Williams went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bills, and at today’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere, we got our first look at Williams in his full Bills uniform. Williams was an immensely popular Razorback. The Bills will definitely have a few more fans down in The Natural State, especially if Williams carves out a significant role with the team.
06Sep House approves Chatfield bill averting election confusion in Sault Ste. Marie Categories: Chatfield News Sault Ste. Marie City Manager Oliver Turner, right, testifies in support of the bill Wednesday before the House Elections and Ethics Committee. At left is Chris Hackbarth, director of state and federal affairs for the Michigan Municipal League.The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Lee Chatfield providing a one-time solution for communities dealing with a mix-up over the filing deadline for candidates seeking local office.Chatfield, of Levering, introduced the bill following a mistake in Sault Ste. Marie that would leave a number of candidates intending to run for city office off the November ballot.“While the circumstances that resulted in the need for this legislation are not ideal, it is my job to fight for the people of my district and ensure they have a smooth and fair election process,” Chatfield said. “This bill eliminates the confusion, while also providing some accountability measures to safeguard against similar mistakes in the future.”A state law passed in 2014 requires nominating petitions for candidates seeking office be filed at least 15 weeks before the August primary. However, Sault Ste. Marie’s city charter still identifies the filing deadline as 12 weeks before the primary. The mix-up means the names of five candidates running for city council and two running for mayor could be left off the ballot, despite the fact that they filed before the 12-week cutoff provided by the city clerk.The cities of Tecumseh, Bessemer and Lake Angelus made similar errors.Chatfield’s legislation ensures mayoral and city council candidates who filed petitions with the necessary signatures will be placed on the ballot for the November election.The bill requires the four cities in need of the legislative fix abide by the following accountability provisions:The city clerk must attend annual training seminars.The city clerk must submit nominating petitions, calendars and correspondence regarding elections to the Secretary of State (SOS) for approval.The SOS will conduct post-election audits after the November 2017, 2018 and 2019 elections.The SOS will conduct an administrative audit this summer and report findings by Feb. 28, 2018.There will be pre-election precinct election inspections and training. State Rep. Lee Chatfield, right, speaks on behalf of his legislation to ensure mayoral and city council candidates in Sault Ste. Marie who filed petitions with the necessary signatures will be placed on the ballot for the November election. Rep. Bronna Kahle, of Clinton, joins him before the House Elections and Ethics Committee.In addition, an amendment made during the legislative process would impose a $2,500 civil fine on the four affected communities, which would be used to offset costs associated with the additional tasks required of the Secretary of State’s Office.Chatfield said he’s pleased the House took quick action on the measure, and is hopeful for similar results in the Senate.“State law requires absentee ballots go out to military and overseas civilian voters by Sept. 23,” Chatfield said. “Time is of the essence if we’re going to give these communities enough time to print ballots and send them out by the deadline.”Sault Ste. Marie City Manager Oliver Turner joined Chatfield this morning to speak on behalf of the bill in front of the House Elections and Ethics Committee.“The proposed legislation would preserve the integrity of our local elections process, promote stability, and would not imperial the ability of all of our voters – including overseas veterans – to vote,” Turner said.House Bill 4892 now moves to the Senate for consideration.###
State Rep. Gary Glenn today voted in favor of legislation to protect public services and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan.The reforms emphasize proper reporting from local governments to pinpoint ones that may be in financial trouble due to underfunded retirement plans. The legislation mirrors recommendations from a task force assembled earlier this year by Gov. Rick Snyder.“Our first responders put their safety on the line every single day to make sure the rest of us are safe,” Glenn, of Williams Township, said after the legislation was approved in the Michigan House. “We are taking important steps with this legislation to help ensure the benefits that have been promised to police and firefighters are available when they enter their well-deserved retirement.”