Donegal among highest in country for teaching primary pupils in Irish

first_imgThe number of pupils being taught through Irish in a primary school in Donegal is one of the highest in the country in the recent school year.Irish as the primary language of education has risen steadily from 6.4 per cent of primary pupils in 2000 to 8.1 per cent in 2018/19.The majority of schools – 147 with almost 38,000 pupils – are located outside Gaeltacht areas, according to a report. More than 10 per cent of pupils in the county are offered classes through Irish.Other areas with rates over 10 per cent include Cork city and county, Galway county, and Monaghan.In contrast, Cavan has the lowest rate at less than 1 per cent of pupils, with only one school in the county offering classes through Irish.An Foras Pátrúnachta, the largest patron of gaelscoileanna, has welcomed the recent initiative announced by the Education Minister Joe McHugh to increase access to Irish-medium education. Donegal among highest in country for teaching primary pupils in Irish was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

QPR can beat Spurs – but we still fancy Barca over Chelsea

first_imgChelsea will take a valuable lead into their Champions League second leg in the Nou Camp, but we still don’t think it will be enough against Barcelona.Chelsea are 6/1 from 8/1 with BetVictor for the Champions League with Barcelona even-money favourites and Real Madrid 11/4 and Bayern Munich 4/1.Barcelona are 2/9 to win the second leg with Chelsea 12/1 and the draw 11/2.Given the lack of an away goal, the 2/1 for Chelsea to qualify makes plenty of appeal, although Barca have never been at their best in the narrow confines of Stamford Bridge.Didier Drogba was the man of the hour as far as Chelsea supporters are concerned but his histrionics did not go down very well with everyone.Can Drogba stay on his feet?The referee will have to make many difficult calls in the second leg and some will revolve around whether or not they allow the trainer onto the field to treat the Drog. We have a market and bet:How many times will the Chelsea physio treat Didier Drogba on the pitch in the Nou Camp? (Drogba must start or bets void):0: 3/11: 6/42 or more: 11/8With the other semi-final also fascinatingly poised we are asking can you name the finalists next month and bet:Barcelona v Real Madrid 11/8Barcelona v Bayern 2/1Chelsea v Real Madrid 4/1Chelsea v Bayern 5/1The Blues also have a vital league game this weekend against Arsenal, who are 1/8 to finish in the top four with Chelsea 7/4.Roberto Di Matteo is sure to make changes from the side that played at Wembley and at Stamford Bridge for the Emirates, but they still look a big price at 14/5 to take all three points with Arsenal a shade of odds-on at 20/21 and the draw 11/4.QPR are 8/11 to be relegated and with Blackburn (Norwich) and Bolton ( Swansea) facing winnable home games before their late kick off with Spurs, they will know where they stand in relation to the other clubs in fear of the drop.Spurs, who badly need the points for their Champions League aspirations, are 10/11 favourites with Rangers 16/5 and the draw 27/10.We think Mark Hughes’ side can add to Spurs’ recent woes.There is a fragility to Spurs that the Hoops can exploit and if they can cope with Bale I see no reason why Spurs won’t go the same way as Liverpool and Arsenal.Fulham entertain the very much in-form Wigan after their near-fortnight break.It should be a cracker and the hosts are a shade of odds-on at 9/10 with the draw at 13/5 and the Latics at 7/2.The World Snooker Championships begins in Sheffield on Saturday and we at Betvictor are offering money back on losing bets in the outright market placed pre-event if Ronnie O’Sullivan lands a fourth title.Judd Trump is our 9/2 favourite and I think he can go one better than last year when runner up to John Higgins.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR fans on Twitter fearing Smithies exit after Huddersfield play-off triumph

first_imgSome QPR fans on Twitter are concerned Huddersfield’s promotion to the Premier League could lead to them re-signing Alex Smithies.The goalkeeper has been outstanding since being signed from the Terriers, who beat Reading in the Championship play-off final to clinch a place in the top flight.They have recently been tipped to move for Smithies if they went up, so the outcome at Wembley has worried some Rangers supporters.Hopefully Huddersfield don’t try to re-sign #Smithies from us now they’ve got promoted! Can’t see us hanging on to him if they come in #QPR— Scott Crowley (@Scotty17Crowley) May 29, 2017Now I am worried Huddersfield might snatch Alex Smithies. #htfc #QPR— Yousef Marafi® (@Yousef_QPR) May 29, 2017Oh well, bye bye Smithies #QPR #Hudds— Lager Lout (@lagerlout1966) May 29, 2017Congratulations to @htafcdotcom for showing us all what’s possible on a modest budget. If you want Smithies back, get yer wonga out! #qpr— Steve S (@RuislipR) May 29, 2017And a recent poll on Twitter suggested Huddersfield fans are hoping Smithies will return.#HuddersfieldTown fans, would you like to see #QPR GK Alex Smithies re-signed this summer? #HTAFC #Terriers #Huddersfield #QPRFC #EFL— Football Polls (@FootballPolls30) May 24, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New animal rehab centre for CT

first_imgWillow the honey badger was the firstresident of the new rehab centre, and willreportedly be released soon. SPCA wildlife unit ambassador LewisPugh with Willow.(Images: Lewis Pugh) The wildlife unit is often called outto help in cases of conflict betweenpeople and animals.(Image: Cape of Good Hope SPCA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sarah Scarth   Communications manager, CoGH SPCA  +27 21 700 4140 or +27 83 526 1604 (a/h) RELATED ARTICLES • Wildlife experts to gather in SA • New lost and found website for pets • ”Human polar bear” makes Himalayan swim • Centre for the protection of penguins • EWT making tracks in conservationLyndon JafthaThe Cape of Good Hope SPCA opened its first short term wildlife rehabilitation centre in May, and can now offer 24-hour emergency service and short term care, all year long, to animals in need.Rehabilitation centres are a safe haven for injured and sick animals, and in a country rich with wildlife, there will always be a need for such centres. They allow animals to recover from trauma before being released back into the wild, or offer them a safe place to live the rest of their lives should they not be able to be returned to their natural habitat.The Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) SPCA, is the largest and oldest SPCA in South Africa, and is situated in the Cape Flats area of Grassy Park. For this bustling area, a short term rehabilitation centre was just the thing to provide emergency treatment and short term care for an ever-increasing number of displaced, injured and sick animals.Because of urban spread, animal exploitation and the ever-present desire for exotic pets, CoGH SPCA has been dealing with animal emergencies since 2000 and was sorely in need of such a facility.The organisation did some research into international procedures and sought advice from numerous experts before approaching the designers, Rondebosch-based 4th Dimension Studios. The centre was then built by leading construction and renovation company R+N Masters Builders next to the SPCA inspectorate offices.With the bulk of the funding coming from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, as well as CoGH SPCA’s reserve funds, the building costs amounted to R4.6-million (US$559 000).Making a positive differenceThe official opening took place on 2 May and was attended by, among other dignitaries, Marjorie Letoaba, a senior manager at the National Lotteries Board, and Lewis Pugh, a well-known environmental campaigner, motivational speaker and adventurer who’s also the ambassador for the wildlife unit of the CoGH SPCA.“We now have one of the best registered facilities in the world, capable of making a positive difference to the lives of just about every wild creature that we are likely to encounter,” said CoGH CEO Alan Perrins in his opening speech.The Cape Town area is well known for its wealth of natural resources, with several reserves, a national park and a long coastline falling into the greater Cape Town metropole. This results in an increasing number of human/animal conflicts.Between April 2010 and March 2011 – just one year – CoGH’s wildlife unit responded to 230 cases involving over 1 000 animals. Investigators delved into 183 cases of cruelty and dealt with 476 issues of conflict between humans and animals. There are also plans to inspect 14 facilities for captive wildlife.“Often all that the displaced animal needs is somewhere safe, warm and quiet to recover before being released back to the wild,” said wildlife unit supervisor Brett Glasby, speaking at the opening ceremony.“For those with injuries, such as burns or wounds, or those that are emaciated and dehydrated, we now have the facilities to provide specialist treatment and care.”Top-class facilities for wildlifeWhile CapeNature, which focuses on biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape, is able to provide some assistance, this is inadequate because the establishment’s wildlife management programme is more focused on research and science.The CoGH SPCA’s new facilities have been endorsed and welcomed by all relevant parties, including local and provincial environmental authorities as well as the national SPCA body.As well as saving animals in distress, it will serve as an educational centre where young people starting out on a career in wildlife management can learn the correct techniques.The rehabilitation centre accommodates all animals, and has aquapens, reptile rooms, aviaries and outdoor enclosures, as well as quarantine rooms, an operating theatre and a kitchen, because different animals eat different types of food. It also has two fully equipped emergency vehicles.Some of the animals currently in care include a honey badger – the centre’s first resident, named Willow – a bearded dragon, a puff adder, a Cape cobra and a black crow. Pugh was very taken with Willow and kept his Twitter followers and Facebook likers up to date with the animal’s progress. His latest note revealed that Willow would be released soon.“…our task now is to secure support from individual, trust, foundation and corporate donors who care as much as we do about the welfare and conservation of our wildlife,” Perrins said.Donations of supplies such as straw, blankets, lawn and soil, shade cloth, or kitchen items as well as volunteers to clean enclosures and monitor the animals would be welcomed by the CoGH SPCA.They can be contacted on +27 21 700 4158/9 or +27 83 526 1604 after hours.last_img read more

Apple’s Next EarPods Could Be The Ultimate Wearable Device

first_imgIn late 2012, Apple finally replaced the iconic white earbuds that came with every iPod and iPhone since 2001 with a new design: EarPods, a three-year labor of love, claimed to be a one-size-fits-all headphones solution for the human ear.An update to this ubiquitous accessory could make a big splash in the wearables market, defying while also supplementing expectations of Apple’s iWatch.The Ear Up ThereIn-ear headphones are the wearable device we don’t think about. Like a wristband, it has contact with our skin—and if you listen to music when you exercise, you know it’s a fitness device. And as you can tell just by looking for the white wires dangling from people’s ears, they’re popular. I reviewed EarPods when they first came out. They were better than earbuds in every way.That’s why I find this rumor, posted anonymously on the Secret app Thursday morning, particularly intriguing. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Many observers believe that iOS 8, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads, will have substantial new health features. Some believe the long-rumored iWatch could be the primary way Apple captures data from our bodies to feed into this new software. But Apple could release an alternative way for customers to get in on the health action without needing to throw down serious cash for a presumably expensive smartwatch.A (Financially) Healthy SolutionEnter the EarPods.“Apple, I don’t think a lot of people of realize, is one of the biggest providers of speakers in the entire world,” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s VP of iOS and iPod marketing, told me back in 2012. “Think about it: Sound is so important to our product, we integrate sound and speakers in just about every product we do.”Apple sells its normal EarPods for just $30. Comparable headphones from Beats cost $100, which means Apple has left itself plenty of room to sell premium headphones that can actually do more than rival headphones. But what more could you want your headphones to do, besides play quality sound? Apple’s patent portfolio offers a few hints.Check out this image from a March 2007 patent application. It proposes headsets with “one or more integrated physiological sensors” designed to help users track performance metrics. As you can see in the image, the sensor could be clipped onto one’s earlobe, and thus be able to transmit pulse and oxygen information. Another patent application filed in August 2008 described a similar monitoring system that could “be used to monitor user activity, such as during exercise or sporting activities. The positioning of the monitoring system can also facilitate sensing of other user characteristics (e.g., biometric data), such as temperature, perspiration and heart rate.”It would make sense for Apple to build these smart EarPods: Physicians have tried to develop similar in-ear monitoring systems that can inform doctors about cardiovascular risk factors, which would allow them to provide vital preventative care. The science is there. Researchers believe the ear is the “[ideal] location for an integrated wearable vital signs monitor … for both physiological and mechanical reasons.”Unfortunately, a health-oriented in-ear solution has never been perfected, especially at a mass scale. One reason why: Fitness devices are sexy, and send the message that you’re into exercising and taking care of yourself. Medical-device manufacturers have never been known for their fashion sense, and a health-oriented device sends the message that you’ve got a problem.Apple’s proven design sense and marketing skills would avoid these problems handily.EarPods and iOS 8 could help keep users healthy, without the suggestion of illness. The key will be designing subtle interfaces for this information. If you’re exercising, you’ll want to see vital signs like heart rate at a glance without needing to dig for it. Apple’s solution could be as simple as displaying one’s pulse or oxygen levels as iOS notifications—or perhaps Siri could read off the data.The danger of delivering this functionality using headphones is that they take a beating, getting plugged in, yanked out, and stuffed into pockets multiple times a day. I own two different sets of EarPods and both of them are dysfunctional. The wires are still highly vulnerable to movement and tangle too easily, while the volume and play controls simply don’t work anymore. Apple will have to put as much thought into those basics as fancy new features to make EarPods usable as wearable health devices.If Apple wants to popularize “getting healthy,” it will need to offer a stylish, comfortable, and most of all durable product that plays music, carries phone calls crisply, and—as a side benefit—captures data from our bodies. If Apple can pull off these basics, which are imperfect features in the current-generation EarPods, owners of Apple’s next version should be very happy customers.It also fits Apple’s pattern of improving devices until they are transformed. The humble EarPod, turned into the ultimate wearable. With all of its competitors looking at their wrists, will Apple beat them all to our ears?Lead image by Victor Anwar; patent illustrations courtesy of U.S. Patent And Trademark Officecenter_img dave smith Tags:#Apple#apple earphones#apple earpods#apple headphones#apple smartwatch#Apple Watch#earbuds#earphones#earpods#earpods 2#iOS 8#iWatch#wearables Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

2013 Super Trans Tasman Series Announcement

first_imgSeveral years ago TNZ and TFA formed a joint venture under the banner of Trans Tasman Test Series and committed to play Open grades each year and Youth and Masters grades every other year. For the first time all three will fall in the same year. There will be 24 international teams from the two countries delivering an exciting display of Touch at its best in the world to a lucky NZ crowd. The venue will again be at the spectacular Trusts Stadium in Henderson, Auckland and will be run from Tuesday, 5 February to Sunday, 10 February 2013.For more information, please click on the attached media release. Related Filessuper_trans_tasman_2013_media_release-pdflast_img

NSWTA Junior Regional Championships Results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Junior Regional Championships held at Jubilee Park in Wagga Wagga on the weekend. 14’s BoysHunter Western Hornets 3 defeated Sydney Scorpions 214’s GirlsSydney Scorpions 2 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 116’s BoysSydney Scorpions 6 defeated Sydney Rebels 216’s GirlsSydney Scorpions 3 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 018’s BoysSydney Rebels 6 defeated Sydney Mets 518’s GirlsHunter Western Hornets 6 defeated Sydney Scorpions 4To view some photos from the weekend, please visit the NSWTA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/nswtouch. Related LinksJunior Regionalslast_img

10 months agoMan Utd players want job to go to Solskjaer

first_imgMan Utd players want job to go to Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has already won over Manchester United’s players.The Mirror says Solskjaer was put in charge until the end of the season, while the United hierarchy carry out the process of recruiting a new full-time successor to the sacked Jose Mourinho.Although Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remains the first-choice of the board, the Old Trafford giants’ players would be happy for Solskjaer to get it.The fan-favourite former Red Devils striker has pushed his claim to stay in charge beyond this season by rattling off five wins in his first five games — and many of his squad would like to see him get the nod.Solskjaer’s inclusive man-management style, in contrast to predecessor Jose Mourinho’s divisive approach, has been welcomed by United’s squad, particularly the forwards.The 45-year-old, currently ‘on loan’ from his job managing Molde back home, has made no secret of his desire to keep the job on a permanent basis, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to be extremely impressed by the start he has made in the role. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: I want to win everything; ask Klopp why he selected that team

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: I want to win everything; ask Klopp why he selected that teamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he always takes Cup competitions seriously.City meet Burton Albion in the first-leg of tonight’s Carabao Cup semifinal.”I prefer it to be in the four competitions as far as possible,” Guardiola said. “When Wigan put us out of the FA Cup last season, I was sad. I take the cups seriously.”Guardiola believes City can handle all four competitions providing he rotates his side carefully. Jurgen Klopp attempted a similar trick on Monday night but suffered defeat at Wolves, which leaves Liverpool with a lighter load. The Premier League champions could end up playing eight more domestic matches than Liverpool should they reach the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals.”I’m not involved in what my opponents do,” Guardiola said. “The reality for Jurgen is he knows exactly what happened.”I’m not the right person to judge what the others do because I don’t like it when others judge our decisions.”You cannot survive in any league in the world fighting for the title with just 12 or 13 players. It’s impossible. You need a bigger squad and every player has to be a top player. “Since I arrived we’ve played Manchester United with a lot of young players (in the 2016 League Cup). It was the same the second season, the same the third season, that’s what happened.”Against Rotherham we played with nine players who didn’t play against Liverpool and the nine were a good selection.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMarcelino in stunning Batshuayi attack: Not to Valencia nor Primera standards

first_imgMarcelino in stunning Batshuayi attack: Not to Valencia nor Primera standardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino launched a furious attack on Michy Batshuayi after their Copa del Rey defeat to Sporting Gijon.Marcelino blasted the on-loan Chelsea striker in an amazing personal attack.”I think we have to bring players in for up front. It is clear that patience in some cases has already run out. In the first minute we could have put ourselves ahead. It’s the clearest chance I’ve seen in six months of competition and we did not even shoot at the goal, this is not like a player from the Primera nor Valencia,” the coach fumed in reference to Batshuayi, who was hauled off at halftime.He added that “I do not make the changes to point to anyone. I make the changes depending on the performance I see. Of the effort, of the intention, of what I see. I try to be fair and from there I modify.”Interestingly, on-loan Derby striker Nick Blackman featured for victors Sporting Gijon. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more