Donegal childcare providers call for funding boost ahead of pre-budget briefing

first_imgChildcare providers from Donegal will attend a special pre-budget briefing event in Dublin next week to call for greater investment in early years in Budget 2020.Hosted by Early Childhood Ireland, the event will see providers meet local representatives at Buswells Hotel, close to Leinster House.It is understood that TDs and Senators from the Donegal constituency are expected to attend the event. Early Childhood Ireland is calling on the government to prioritise the establishment of a dedicated early years agency in Budget 2020.Childcare providers representing its 108 members from across Co. Donegal will join fellow members from elsewhere in Ireland at the pre-Budget event, where they will share their experiences of delivering quality services for babies and children and call for greater funding and supports in the forthcoming Budget, including the establishment of this important agency.Speaking ahead of the event, Frances Byrne, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Early Childhood Ireland, said:  ‘We are very proud to welcome our Donegal members to Dublin for this important pre-Budget briefing.“This is a vital opportunity for TDs and Senators from across Co. Donegal to hear directly from our members about their experiences in delivering quality early years supports to local families and communities.’ She continued: ‘Ireland has, unfortunately, a long history of underinvestment in children’s earliest experiences.“We currently invest the lowest amount per capita of any EU country in early years, meaning our members face significant ongoing challenges in providing sustainable services for children and families,” she added.“At today’s event, local representatives from Donegal will have a unique opportunity to hear from our members on what is needed to ensure our youngest citizens, and the people supporting and nurturing them every day, can thrive,”Ms. Byrne concluded: ‘The establishment of a single overseeing and funding agency, and greater investment in early years and in the dedicated staff of the sector, is imperative if we are to ensure universal quality experiences for children, sustainability for providers, and affordability for parents.’Donegal childcare providers call for funding boost ahead of pre-budget briefing was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

HSU softball signs four

first_imgFour recruits from across California have signed letters of intent and will take the field with the Humboldt State softball team in 2020. The 2019 class includes Taylor Culp (Chico, Calif.), Shania Evans (Ceres, Calif.), Chloe Koll (Pine Grove, Calif.) and Isabell Starr (Tracy, Calif.).“We are very pleased with our 2019 recruiting class,” Humboldt head coach Shelli Sarchett said. “We were able to fill some spots that will be open when we graduate our strong senior class, with athletic and …last_img

Yes, Patriots are amazing. But are they the luckiest team in the NFL?

first_imgAnd so it is that the luckiest team in the history of the NFL has tied the Pittsburgh Steelers with six Super Bowl championships.In any book of quotations, the saying “luck is the residue of design” ought to have the emblem of the New England Patriots as an illustration. Good fortune smiled on the Patriots in Atlanta Sunday in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. It almost always does.That’ … Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.last_img

Sudafrikanische Wildtiererlebnisse

first_imgBushveld AbenteuerEs gibt nichts Vergleichbares zum afrikanischen Busch, und keinen besseren Ort auf der Erde fur Großwild. Neben seinen bekannten Nationalparks, bietet Sudafrika eine Fulle privater Schutzgebiete, alle ausgezeichnet fur Wild- und Vogelbeobachtung geeignet.Oder schließen Sie sich Überlandausflugen oder gefuhrten Safaris an, bei denen Sie sich zurucklehnen und darauf konzentrieren konnen, das Wild zu entdecken, wahrend jemand anderes fahrt.Fur die absolut typische Wildtiererfahrung besuchen Sie Lowveld am Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West oder die Provinzen von KwaZulu-Natal, wo Elefanten elegant durch den Busch schreiten und Lowen sich in der Tageshitze von einer langen Nacht des Jagens erholen.In der Provinz Gauteng, wenig mehr als eine Autostunde entfernt von Asphaltdschungeln wie Pretoria und Johannesburg, sehen sie Lowen, Elefanten, Buffel und hunderte weitere Arten in ihrer naturlichen Umgebung.Am Westkap mit seinem unterschiedlichen Klima und Vegetation finden Sie zwar keine Elefanten und Lowen, dafur aber Springbocke, Kap-Bergzebras, Buntbocke, schwarze Gnus und viele andere.Das Ostkap bildet den Übergang zwischen Westkap und den lowveld Wildgegenden. Die Provinz entwickelt sich rasch zu einerm beliebten Safariziel, nicht zulest wegen seinem Malariafreien Status. Der Addo Elephant Nationalpark wird standig erweitert und wird sich uber gewaltige Bandbreite an Biomen, vom Meer bis zu den Bergen erstrecken. Es gibt ebenfalls einige fantastische private Schutzgebiete in dieser Provinz, am bedeutensten Shamwari.Golden Gate Nationalpark in der Free State Provinz ist gut bekannt fur sein Hochgebirgswild wie Elen-Antilopen und schwarze Gnus.Das Nordkap ist sehr trocken und ganz bestimmt nur etwas fur Kenner, aber es gibt dort auch einige wunderbare Wildtierausflugsziele. Augrabies Falls National Park ist zumeist sehr malerisch hat aber auch eine ausgezeichnete Tier- und Vogelwelt. Der Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, der erste landerubergreifende Park Afrika’s, ist bekannt fur seine gewaltigen, schwarzmahnigen Kalahari Lowen, seine eleganten Spitzbocke oder Oryx-Antilopen, die es hier in Hulle und Fulle gibt.Biologische VielfaltSudafrika verzeichnet den dritthochsten Grad biologischer Vielfalt der Welt, es kann sich ruhmen, sieben Haupttypen von Erdbiotopen oder okologischem Lebensbereichen, mit ganz eigenen Umweltbedingungen und verwandten Gruppen von pflanzlichem und tierischem Leben sein eigen zu nennen.10% der bluhenden Arten finden sich in Sudafrika und es ist das einzige Land der Erde, welches ein komplettes Pflanzenreich innerhalb seiner Grenzen sein eigen nennt.Die Cape Floral Region, eine der acht Welterbestatten von Sudafrika, schließt acht geschutzte Gebiete ein, die sich vom der Kaphalbinsel bis zum Ostkap erstrecken, uber eindruckvolle Berg und Meereslandschaft und mit einer der hochsten biologischen Pflanzenvielfalt der Welt.Der iSimangaliso Wetland Park, der erste Ort Sudafrika’s, der in die Welterbeliste eingetragen wurde, ist nur ein Juwel der sudafrianischen Kustenlinie und mit einem einzigartigem Mosaik an Ökosystemen – Sumpf, Seensysteme, Strande, Korallenriffs, Feuchtgebiete, Waldgebiete, Kustenwalder und Grunland – unterstutzt es diese erstaunliche Vielfalt an Tier-, Vogel- und Meeresarten.SAinfo reporter, mit Material von South African Tourismlast_img read more

Finding our way again: South Africa’s Aids journey

first_imgAs South Africa prepares to host the International Aids Conference for the second time, it’s worth reflecting on the massive strides the nation has made in combatting the pandemic in the last 16 years – and the challenges we still face, writes Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, co-chair of the South African National Aids Council. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president and co-chair of the South African National Aids CouncilSixteen years ago an 11-year-old South African boy, tiny for his age, stood alone on a huge stage. He had a microphone in his hand and a smile on his face. And he spoke truth to power.“I hate having Aids because I get very sick,” he said. “I get very sad when I think of all the other children and babies that are sick with Aids… Babies are dying very quickly…”The occasion was the 13th International Aids Conference, held in Durban in July 2000. The boy was Nkosi Johnson. He died just a few months later.This year, as South Africa prepares to host the International Aids Conference for the second time – in Durban again, from 18 to 22 July – it’s worth reflecting how different Nkosi Johnson’s story would have been today.Since then, South Africa has done much to tackle HIV, rolling out the world’s largest treatment programme to its citizens and improving primary healthcare. Sixteen years ago HIV infection was a death sentence, particularly for the poor and vulnerable – and especially children. In 2000, in South Africa, the lifetime risk of dying of Aids was as high as 50%.Today HIV is a chronic condition, controlled as many chronic conditions are – such as diabetes – with medication. Children like Nkosi Johnson, infected at birth, now live, flourish and grow into healthy adults.This progress, and the lives saved, is borne out by South Africa’s life expectancy. After years of steady improvement in the late 20th century, it suddenly dropped to a low of 51.7 years in 2005. At the same time countries such as India and Brazil continued their steady rise.Thanks to our HIV treatment programme, life expectancy has begun to rise again. Today, Statistics South Africa puts our life expectancy at 60.6 years for men and 64.3 years for women.Why the change? What happened in 2005? In 2005 South Africa embraced the problem with energy, rolling out a massive antiretroviral treatment programme through its public health system.Today our response to HIV is framed by broad global policy – including our own National Development Plan, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals – to vigorously provide comprehensive treatment and care to as many as possible.We know treatment alone is not enough. Our policies and programmes also aim to change risky behaviour and find solutions to the social and economic conditions that make people vulnerable to HIV infection.In 2010, the fight against the epidemic was ramped up with the launch of the world’s biggest programme to test for infection, the HIV Counselling and Testing campaign. Within 18 months of the launch of the campaign, which is ongoing, a full 18 million South Africans, over a third of the country’s population, had tested and knew their HIV status.Today, about 10 million South Africans take the test every year. Testing is a major weapon in the fight against HIV. Simply knowing they are HIV-positive makes people far less likely to risk infecting others.The fruits of South Africa’s decade-long fight against HIV can also be found elsewhere. Aids-related deaths have declined from 345 600 in 2005 – when the disease claimed half of all deaths in the country – to 151 000 in 2014, when 29.2% of all deaths were Aids-related.Significantly, the transmission of the virus from mother to child during or after birth has dropped from 70 000 babies in 2004 to fewer than 7 000 in 2015.In 2000, when South Africa hosted the International Aids Conference for the first time, people living with HIV had no access to treatment and the country was under attack by the global community for its stance on HIV and Aids.Today, we have more than 3 million people on publicly funded antiretroviral treatment. We aim to have 4,2 million people on treatment in the next two years.But HIV is a powerful enemy. There are still problems to be unearthed and tackled. One is a worrying prevalence of new HIV infection in adolescent girls and young women. It is estimated that some 2,000 young women aged 15 to 24 are infected by HIV in South Africa every week. This is by far the highest rate of infection in any age or sex category – and one of the highest infection rates in the world.HIV thrives in conditions of ignorance and poverty, and in situations of gender inequality. This infection rate is intertwined with other critical social problems directly experienced by South Africa’s young people: high rates of teenage pregnancy, high school drop-out rates, widespread sexual violence and high youth unemployment.In an effort to tackle the problem, in late June 2016 South Africa launched the National Campaign for Girls and Young Women. This aims to fight practices that put adolescent girls and young women at risk of HIV, such as unsafe sex, destructive behaviour, and drug and alcohol abuse.Another goal is to build adolescent girls and young women’s confidence and resilience, and give them greater economic opportunities. It will also target men, encouraging them to help effect the crucial, fundamental change in South Africans’ sexual behaviour.Working with NGOs and local Aids councils, the new campaign will encourage men – both young and older – to use condoms, stick to one sexual partner and not prey on young girls and women. It will task men with joining the call for safer sexual behaviour and an end to violence and the abuse of women.The project is supported by over $140 million in funding from the US and German governments and the Global Fund. It will be rolled out over the next three years to 51 municipalities with the highest incidence of new HIV infections. At its core is the principle that our best weapon in South Africa’s new battle against HIV and Aids is knowledge and education.It is clear that having the largest treatment programme on the planet isn’t enough. As we welcome the world to the 21st annual International Aids Conference on 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day – we must remember that it is only through education that we will find our path towards an Aids-free generation.last_img read more

CBI quizzes news portal CEO

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday interrogated Narada News portal CEO Mathew Samuel in connection with a sting operation he claimed to have carried out five years ago, agency sources said. In the tapes that surfaced in 2016, ahead of the Bengal Assembly polls, persons resembling senior Trinamool Congress leaders and an IPS officer are seen accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours.Mr. Samuel, who had been questioned by the agency on earlier occasions, too, appeared before the CBI on Monday afternoon at its Nizam Palace office, sources said. The CBI made its first arrest in the case last month when it apprehended IPS officer S.M.H. Mirza, who is currently in judicial custody. Prominent TMC leaders and Ministers, including Subrata Mukherjee, Subhendu Adhikary and Sougata Roy, and senior BJP leader Mukul Roy, who quit the Mamata Banerjee-led party two years ago, have also been quizzed by the probe agency over the past few weeks in the case.last_img read more

Fear The Beard: James Harden on a roll, revives Houston

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As Harden has been piling up points, opponents are searching for ways to slow him down. He’s often asked about the different things teams have thrown at him and seems amused at the varying tactics.“I’ve been seeing double teams, triple teams, zones,” he said. “I’ve been seeing it all these past few weeks.”During this streak more than one opposing coach has considered it an accomplishment to limit Harden to less than 40 points.Kenneth Faried, who signed with Houston last week, has had to defend Harden in the past and noted the mindset he had when faced with that task.“He’s going to get 30,” Faried said. “It’s going to happen. So you might as well just mark that down in the book. You’ve just got to make sure he doesn’t get the 60 points.”In the days following his 61-point show at Madison Square Garden, the Beard was asked if he feels like he’s un-guardable right now.“I mean, I’ve always felt like that,” he said with a sly smile and laugh. “So I don’t know about now, but I’ve had that feeling. It’s just confidence. That’s all it is.”Houston went 12-5 in 17 games without Paul, who returned over the weekend. The Rockets have won three straight to improve to 29-20 and are in fifth place in the Western Conference. While they’ve made strides since a terrible start had them near the bottom of the conference, Harden and Houston know they need to get much better if they hope to bring the team its first title since 1995.That, Harden says, is why he doesn’t like all the talk about his high scoring and why those close to him know they shouldn’t discuss it either.“Nobody can praise me,” he said. “None of my friends and close family, I don’t want them to be talking about it. We’ve got a long way to go.” Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “When we left here we thought he was really good and then somehow, some way he’s gotten even better,” he said. “Last year he was the MVP and now he’s even better and it’s a credit to him, his work ethic and the passion that he plays the game with.”Harden led the league in scoring last season for the first time by averaging 30.43 points a game, but injuries to Chris Paul and Clint Capela have forced him to carry an even bigger load this year and he’s averaging in NBA-best 36.33.If he keeps this pace up for the rest of the season he would be the first player to average more than 36 points a game since Michael Jordan averaged 37.09 in in 1986-87. If the season ended today, Harden would have the seventh-highest scoring average in NBA history behind that season by Jordan, which ranks fifth, and five seasons by Chamberlain.His average is seven points higher than Steph Curry and Anthony Davis, who are tied for second with 29.3 points a game. But as much as Harden is scoring, he’s also finding ways to get his teammates involved, and his 8.2 assists a game are tied for fourth in the league.“I know the attention I draw on the court and the defense is locked on me so I try to help the guys get their opportunities to make it easier for them to score,” Harden said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 5 years after ‘snow jam,’ storm takes aim at Super Bowl city “I love to hoop,” he said. “I love to just be out there and the grind.”He scored 40 points in Houston’s win over Orlando on Sunday night to extend his stretch of consecutive 30-point games to 23, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history behind three such streaks by Chamberlain. In 13 games this month, last season’s MVP is averaging 44.1 points. He has scored at least 40 points in eight games in January, including two 50-point games and a franchise-record 61 in a win over the Knicks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s remarkable,” teammate Eric Gordon said. “I’ve been around a lot of big-time players and he’s for sure the best scorer I’ve ever been around and he does it so easily. It’s a credit to him. He’s one of the best scorers ever.”It isn’t only Harden’s teammates who have been wowed by his work. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who worked for the Rockets from 2011-16, gushed about him. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates the 114-110 over the New York Knicks at the end of the game at Madison Square Garden on January 23, 2019 in New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — James Harden has been scoring at a pace not seen since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1960s.He doesn’t want to talk about it, of course. He never does, whether things are going well or not. But it is clear he is enjoying this because his scoring outburst has coincided with Houston climbing the standings, back among the top teams in the Western Conference after an early-season slump.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

8 days agoTottenham manager Pochettino still has faith in Dele Alli

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham manager Pochettino still has faith in Dele Alliby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is backing Dele Alli to return to form. The midfielder was dropped from the latest England squad after an indifferent start to the season.”I have had some conversations with Dele over the last two or three years,” Pochettino said. “It’s a process.”He’s young, 23, but I love the way he’s working hard to be the best, to find the best form. That is a process that needs time, too.”I think he’s very close and he is doing well.”It was a good opportunity for him in these last two weeks to work hard and clear things up in his head. And for us to help him find his best form.” last_img read more

Ontario launching public awareness campaign on cannabis legalization

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario is launching a public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of using recreational cannabis and promote social responsibility ahead of the legalization of marijuana next week.Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said the ads will emphasize the province’s rules around the sale and consumption of pot, as well as measures to protect children and the community.“Our message will remain clear,” Mulroney said Tuesday during a speech at Toronto’s Empire Club. “We will plainly tell Ontarians how our children, communities and roads will be protected, and how we will work to combat criminals.”Mulroney said the advertisements will run next week in traditional media as well as on digital and social channels to reach a younger audience.“It should go without saying that these ads do not promote cannabis use or the cannabis market,” she said. “(The ads) will focus on social responsibility, including the serious health and addiction risks of short- and long-term cannabis use.”Last month the Progressive Conservatives announced they were moving to a private retail sale model, shifting away from the previous Liberal government’s plan to sell pot in publicly owned shops. Under the Liberal plan the province would have had 200 pot stores by 2020.The Tories estimate their plan will see between 500 to 1,000 shops licensed a short time after legalization with no cap placed on licences.Mulroney said the Liberal plan would have failed because there would not have been enough stores open after legalization.“If I could be frank, we concluded that such a system was incapable of seriously competing with the illegal market and in turn would leave our communities more vulnerable and susceptible to the underground market,” she said.The provincial government has said it would sell recreational cannabis online when it is legalized on Oct. 17, with private retail stores set to be in place by April next year.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will regulate the marketplace, and will have the power to grant — and potentially revoke — licences as well as enforce provincial rules on cannabis sales. On Tuesday, Mulroney emphasized the agency will focus on enforcement and emphasized the presence of the agency’s embedded provincial police unit during her remarks.“Nobody in Ontario has the right to a cannabis retail licence,” she said. “The AGCO’s due-diligence process will be strictly applied and thoroughly enforced, and the role of the public commentary in this process is real.”The Opposition New Democrats said the government’s ad campaign was coming far too late.“The government has known about the Oct. 17 date for quite a while,” said NDP legislator Peter Tabuns. “I think what we’re going to have now is a very rushed process.”last_img read more

Move Up Here community recruitment program wins award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) awarded the City of Fort St. John with the Economic Development Marketing Innovation Award for the ‘Move Up Here’ recruitment program.The ‘Move up Here’ program was created in partnership with local businesses and organizations as a way to help recruit skilled professionals to FSJ. The program shares resource-based information in a visually appealing way to draw newcomers to the north.Businesses have access to share this free program giving potential new workers more information on opportunities in the area and the benifits of living in the north. “To be recognized by the BCEDA for our Move Up Here recruitment program is a tremendous honour and speaks to the quality and effectiveness of the materials created,” stated Acting Mayor Lilia Hansen.Businesses wishing to use the ‘Move Up Here’ program materials are can contact the Strategic Services department at 250.787.8150 or [email protected] view more on ‘Move Up Here’; CLICK HERElast_img read more