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Free Irish lessons offered to Donegal families for taking in students

first_imgFamilies in Co Donegal are being offered FREE Irish language lessons if they take in students for a local Irish college.Organisers of the Teelin Gaeltacht College in the south-west of the county have been inundated with students looking to learn the language.Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne has been welcoming Irish language learners for over 60 years with the support of the local community and families. Over 200 teenagers attend the 2019 courses, resulting in the college’s best since the early 2000s.But now organisers are fearful they won’t have enough host families to house the students next summer.“We are seeking new families to help us continue the College and strengthen our community of local families and Mná Tí, says Dr. Pádraig Ó Tiarnáigh, Chairperson of Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne.“We could not keep our doors open without the families that support the college at present and we need to bring new families on board this winter to ensure that we can deliver courses in summer 2020 and beyond,” he added. “The support we’ve received from Béal an Phobail, the south Donegal Irish language planning initiative backed by Údarás na Gaeltachta will allow us to run a strong campaign.”As well as free Irish lessons, a €2,000 start-up grant is available from Roinn na Gaeltachta to ensure homes are ‘student-friendly’ and meet relevant safety requirements.Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne is offering an additional €1,000 start-up grant to help cover additional costs that may arise.The Teelin College is offering Irish language support for interested families that may be lacking confidence with their spoken Irish.Expressions of Interest are being sought from homeowners in Teelin and the surrounding areas. An information session will take place in the Irish College Teelin, 7pm, Friday, 27 September. Members from the college management committee along with a representative from the Department of the Gaeltacht and a current member of the Bean an Tí team will give a short presentation on the night and will answer any queries or questions.Further information is available on the Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne Facebook Page or by emailing [email protected]: Coláiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne is an Irish language summer college located in Teelin, South west Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way. The College was founded in 1955, and it celebrated 60 years established last summer. The college runs three summer courses each year for young people in the Donegal Gaeltacht.Free Irish lessons offered to Donegal families for taking in students was last modified: September 17th, 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:grantsirishlanguagelessonsstudentsteelinlast_img read more

Swaggy P’s blunt assessment: Warriors coach Steve Kerr rolls the best joint in the NBA

first_imgThe Warriors’ Steve Kerr has a reputation as a player’s coach.  And not just because he famously let his players coach themselves in a 2018 game against the Phoenix Suns (won by the Warriors 123-89).Take it from one of his former players.In a wide-ranging phone interview with 95.7 The Game on Thursday, Nick Young, who won a championship ring with the Warriors in the 2017-18 season, dropped this interesting tidbit regarding his former coach. With a glint in his eye if we know our Swaggy P.N …last_img

Hockey India and IHF in talks for merger

first_imgThe sports ministry has granted Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) more time to consider its proposal of setting up a unified body to run the game in the country, and the two rival associations have been in talks in the last few days to reach a consensus in the matter.The government has proposed to enlarge Hockey India’s executive committee to co-opt members of the IHF, as well as increasing the strength of their working committee for the same purpose.While Hockey India accepted the proposals readily, there was hesitation on IHF’s part as they felt that the suggestions were loaded in their rivals’ favour.HI general secretary Narinder Batra.”We have had a discussion with IHF in the past few days and another round of talks are lined up on Tuesday,” Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra told Mail Today on Sunday.”The issue of co-option was discussed by the ministry with both the bodies before making it public. We have accepted them. We don’t know why they raised objections.”You cannot say something in a closed room and something else outside. ( Former IHF president) KPS Gill and ( present chief) RK Shetty were part of Hockey India for our elections, but resigned later.” Hockey India’s executive committee met in Bhopal on Sunday and authorised Batra to take decisions in this regard.Hockey India have also included two associate members – Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Sashastra Seema Bal – under its wing.”More teams have applied for membership and we are looking into it,” Batra said.advertisementThe sponsorship deal with Sahara is also nearing expiry and the Hockey India secretary general said work was on to have a new deal in place soon.”Sahara have the first right of refusal, but we will have to look at our requirements also. If a better offer comes from somewhere else, we will definitely consider it,” he said.The Bhopal Senior Men’s Nationals are the first under the aegis of Hockey India, but the federation has plans to hold agegroup tournaments in months to come.”The junior nationals, for both men and women, are expected to be held in July with Ranchi as the likely venue.”The sub- juniors for men will be held in Hyderabad in September, while Pune will stage the corresponding event for women soon after,” Batra added.last_img read more

CAG report on CWG mess tabled in Lok Sabha, Oppn guns for Sheila

first_imgThe heat is on Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The 800-page CAG report, which indicts the chief minister for financial irregularities during the Commonwealth Games, was on Friday tabled in Parliament.  The report has blamed the Sheila Dikshit government for several infrastructure contracts given before the Delhi Games. Dikshit is expected to hold a cabinet meeting on Friday to decide on the next course of action. Dikshit who was attending a function in Delhi even as the CAG report was tabled appeared unfazed by the developments. “Let me see the CAG report first. Good system is in place to punish guilty in CWG and 2G cases,” she told reporters. The opposition, which is baying for the CM’s blood, even saw a conspiracy in the delay in giving the CAG report to MPs. BJP maybe fighting corruption charges in Karnataka, but that hasn’t stopped the party from demanding Dikshit’s resignation. “We have been raising the issue of corruption in the CWG for a long time. Few people are in jail in this regard. There cannot be two standards for corruption. Sheila government must go,” BJP spokesperson Rajeev Pratap Rudi told reporters in Delhi. Senior BJP leader Balbir Punj also demanded the Delhi CM’s resignation after CAG report on CWG. Meanwhile, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said there was a procedure in Parliament on CAG reports, which will be followed and that can’t be pre-empted. The charges Dikshit has been indicted for a host of financial irregularities in the CWG projects executed by her government. The most gaping irregularities were found in the street lightling projects undertaken during the Games last year. The CAG has found that:  A firm Space Age, disqualified for street lighting, was irregularly declared fit after it made a plea before the Delhi Chief Minister. Space Age had applied in the lucrative imported luminaries category and then ended up supplying low-cost luminaries made by a Saudi Arabian firm.  The Saudi make cost just Rs 5,040 a piece even as Space Age pocketed Rs 25,704 each for the same from the government, making a neat profit of Rs 2.68 crore.  The CAG report says that the CM’s decision to go for imported luminaries led to overall extra expenditure of Rs 31 cr.  The winning tender of Sweka Powertech had many over-writings and corrections, apparently in a bid to inflate profits.  The report further faults the Delhi government saying that street-scaping contracts worth Rs 4.87 crore per km were awarded in an ad hoc manner.  These street-scaping and beautification contracts led to an overall loss of Rs 101 crore to the exchequer.  The Delhi government’s indictment doesn’t end there. The report also blames it for incurring avoidable expenditure on road signages. The report states that PWD didn’t facilitate healthy competition by ensuring sharing of work between two major retro reflective sheet manufacturers, 3M and Avery Denison. The anti-competitive bidding process led to a higher procurement cost, leading to overspending by about Rs 15 crore. The Delhi government has also been criticised for accepting a single tender at a higher rate, which led to a loss of Rs 1.40 crore. The designs for signage and subsequent awarding of work were revised, affecting quality and costing the exchequer dearly.  There is criticism for irregularities in the development of infrastructure ahead of the sporting extravaganza. The CAG specifically points out the bloated contractor’s profit and overhead (CPOH) charges of 37.5 per cent instead of the CPWD-stipulated 15 per cent.  The report says the PWD accepted overwritten, corrected bids for the Barapullah Nallah flyover project.  The bid for the Ring Road bypass project was also manipulated, costing the exchequer an extra Rs 6.23 crore.  The auditor also held Delhi government responsible for accepting the suspension model for the foot overbridge near the JLN Stadium that collapsed days before the Games.  The CAG report says that Infrastructure, Leasing and Financial Services Ltd was paid an exorbitant amount to remove debris from some CWG sites.  In the face of such damning allegations, it looks like the Delhi CM will have a lot of explaining to do in the days ahead. The report has reportedly pointed out that Spage Age, one of the disqualified firms bidding for street lighting, was declared qualified “irregularly” after it made a plea to the chief minister.advertisementlast_img read more