DONEGAL CLASS SIZES HIGHER THAN EU AVERAGE

first_imgThe Department of Education released figures showing Donegal primary school classes had an average of 23 students. The EU average is 20.The average class size in the country was 24.7. The Pupil-Teacher ratio in primary schools nationwide rose from 16.2 to 16.4 in the school year 2012/2013. The EU average is 14.The average class size in the country was 24.7. The EU average is 20.There was a total of 18985 pupils in primary schools in Donegal, 146 of those were in special schools.Primary school teacher numbers increased across the country in the last school year by 250 to 32,175. Secondary teaching staff numbers dropped by over 400. There were 12553 pupils attending Donegal secondary schools last year.  DONEGAL CLASS SIZES HIGHER THAN EU AVERAGE was last modified: September 4th, 2013 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:educationschoolslast_img read more

Man fined over incident after drinking ‘north of 20 shots of vodka’

first_imgA MILFORD man who consumed ’somewhere north of 20 shots of vodka’ has been fined for a public order incident.Lee McLaughlin (24) of 4 Moyle Road, Milford, was before Letterkenny District Court over an incident at Port Road, Letterkenny on September 15 last. Sergeant Jim Collins told the Court that Gardaí observed McLaughlin stepping into a fight between two females and pushing one of them.McLaughlin became abusive shouting ‘f*** off’ to members of the public and was arrested by Gardaí.Solicitor for McLaughlin, Mr Rory O’Brien, said his client had no recollection of the night in question due to his ‘high level of inebriation’.“He had a complete and utter black out,” Mr O’Brien said. “He drank a ridiculous amount, somewhere north of 20 shots of vodka. It was remarkable that he was standing.”Mr O’Brien said that McLaughlin, accompanied in Court by family members, wanted to apologise for his behaviour.Judge Paul Kelly warned McLaughlin that he was in a downward spiral and needed to ‘get a grip’.McLaughlin was fined €150 and given four months to pay.Man fined over incident after drinking ‘north of 20 shots of vodka’ was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Judge Paul KellyLee McLaughlinLetterkenny District CourtMilfordlast_img read more

New York Mets to sign former San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik

first_imgJoe Panik is heading home.The former San Francisco Giants second baseman has signed a contract with the Mets that will allow him to return to his home state of New York. Several other outlets reported Friday morning that the two sides had agreed to a deal, and the Mets announced the move hours later.The Yonkers native was designated for assignment by the Giants on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to a tenure that included an All-Star appearance, a Gold Glove honor and a World Series title.Pani …last_img read more

TFA Reaffirms Commitment to Inclusion and Deaf Sports Australia (DSA)

first_imgDate:  22 and 23 AugustLocation: DarwinVenue: Darwin High SchoolTime:  22/8 – 10am – 12.00pm23/8 – 8:00am – 9:30am. ACTNT Hearing impairments currently affect one in five Australians with that number expected to increase in coming years.The commitment by TFA to those who may describe themselves as deaf, hard of hearing, hearing impaired or a cochlear implantee, is another example of how the sport aims to improve the inclusiveness and experience for participants in the sport. As well as creating an environment where persons with a hearing impairment feel comfortable participating and be a part of the Touch Football community.Against this backdrop, Touch Football Australia (TFA) also announced this week the re-signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Deaf Sports Australia (DSA).The purpose of the MOU is to increase the number of participants who are deaf or hard of hearing in Touch Football, through: community based initiatives; the creation of specific material for hearing impaired persons; as well as the identification of development pathways in Touch Football.For further information, please visit www.touchfootball.com.au or www.deafsports.org.au.Head down to the above venues and witness first-hand something you don’t see every-day: a completely silent Touch Football match with all participants wearing ear muffs and no verbal communication allowed. Date: 24 August, 2017Location: CanberraVenue: Reconciliation Park, Parkes ACTTime: 12.00am – 2.00pm TFA is again proud to support Hearing Awareness Week with a focus on the fragility of hearing health and ways to protect it. Hearing Awareness Week (20-26 August) aims to eliminate the stigma, isolation, lack of work opportunities, and the associated health issues to improve the overall quality of life for people with deafness or hearing impairment.The first community initiative for TFA and Deaf Sports Australia in 2017 is the annual Silent Sports Challenge. The event this year will be held across two key locations, Canberra and Darwin; both centres will host Touch Football events to raise awareness of inclusion and encourage a place on the touch football field for everyone, as follows.last_img read more

10 months agoGuardiola excuses Sterling as Man City beat Leicester in Cup shootout

first_imgGuardiola excuses Sterling as Man City beat Leicester in Cup shootoutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have reached the Carabao Cup semifinals after beating Leicester City on penalties.A poor quality shootout saw the home side miss three penalties while a dinked effort went wrong for Raheem Sterling before Oleksandr Zinchenko stepped up to emphatically thump the decisive kick into the top corner to take his side through.Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead in the first half through Kevin de Bruyne’s first goal of the season – a sweet, low drive into the bottom corner.Leicester were poor in the first half but regrouped at half-time and levelled the contest through Marc Albrighton’s well-struck effort before crumbling in the shootout.Guardiola said afterwards: “A tough game, it is always difficult at Leicester. We played with a guy who is 17 years old and some injured players, it was a good game.”Raheem took that decision [to chip his penalty], unfortunately he missed it but that is OK.”Asked about Jose Mourinho’s sacking, he added: “I am always sad for the manager when that happens. We are alone in that situation. I am close to all of the managers. You are sacked when results are not good.”He doesn’t need me, he is so strong. I wish him all the best and he will be back soon.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoBarcelona exploring prospect of signing Chelsea striker Morata

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona exploring prospect of signing Chelsea striker Morataby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are exploring the prospect of signing Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Sport says Barcelona are pondering a loan swoop for Morata.The out-of-favour Blues forward has just five goals in 16 Premier League games this term.Barca are undecided over whether to sign a striker in the winter window but Morata is among the names they are considering should they decide to bolster their frontline.The Catalan giants have apparently already enquired about Morata’s situation but are yet to make a formal offer to the Blues.Barcelona have allowed Munir El Haddadi to leave for Sevilla, which could open the door for them to swoop for Morata. last_img read more

14 days agoKane raps teammates as England slide to first qualifying defeat in ten years

first_imgKane raps teammates as England slide to first qualifying defeat in ten yearsby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane rapped team-mates as England slid to their first qualifying defeat in ten years.Skipper Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s men a perfect start with a fifth-minute penalty before the Czech Republic’s pair Jakub Brabec and Zdenek Ondrasek rocked the Three Lions.Kane fumed: “It was down to us. We went ahead early and had the perfect start to an away game. After that we were sloppy with the ball, they scored not long after, and we just didn’t move it as quickly as we normally do.“We weren’t fighting, we weren’t pressing as much as we do. We gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the first half.“We had a couple of chances to put the game to bed but didn’t and unfortunately gave one away at the end. It’s a bit of a wake-up call.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Brings The Doom And Gloom As He Breaks Down Wisconsin’s 2016 Schedule

first_imgColin Cowherd goes through Wisconsin's football schedule.YouTube/Colin CowherdOn his show, FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd has been going through the schedules of major college football programs and giving his early projections for the upcoming season. He likes Michigan and USC this fall, but when it comes to the Wisconsin Badgers, his breakdown is not nearly as encouraging.Cowherd’s four biggest factors that play into his prediction are:1. The loss of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to LSU.2. The graduation of Joel Stave.3. Wisconsin’s schedule: “the toughest schedule I think I’ve seen in the Big Ten in years.”4. The defense is strong in the back, a bit weaker up front.Here is Cowherd’s full breakdown: That is a 6-6 season, with wins over Akron, Georgia State, Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, and Minnesota, and losses to Alabama, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, and Northwestern. He’s not wrong about the schedule; the Badgers play the four best teams from the 2015 Big Ten season in a row from September 24 to October 22. Yikes.last_img read more

Pak openly practises terrorism no scope for dialogue with it EAM Jaishankar

first_imgLondon: Pakistan openly practises terrorism and there is no scope for negotiations until Islamabad reins in its financing and recruitment of militant groups, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said. Jaishankar was responding to the recent opinion piece written by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Kashmir in the New York Times where he argued that it was urgent to begin discussions while a “nuclear shadow” hovers over South Asia. In an interview with POLITICO in Brussels, Jaishankar said the idea was a nonstarter while Pakistan “openly practises terrorism”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Noting that he hasn’t had time to read Khan’s Friday op-ed, the External Affairs Minister, who was in Brussels last week, said there was no hope of negotiations until Pakistan reins in its financing and recruitment of militant groups. “Terrorism is not something that is being conducted in dark corners of Pakistan. It’s done in broad daylight,” he was quoted as saying in the report. India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016 by Pakistan-based terrorists, maintaining that talks and terror cannot go together. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Responding to the situation in Kashmir after India ended its special status, the minister said the security restrictions across the Valley would be eased in the “coming days”. He said the internet and telephone outages were needed to stop the activation of “terrorist assets” and to prevent “people who are doing violence to contact each other”. “How do I cut off communications between the terrorists and their masters on the one hand, but keep the internet open for other people? I would be delighted to know,” Jaishankar said. “I would suggest to you that in the coming days you will see an easing up progressively,” he said. This should involve a reduction in the number of extra security forces, he said, adding that he wanted the police sent back to their original duties soon. “Frankly they have other jobs and other things to do,” Jaishankar said. He also denied that there was a Hindu nationalist agenda in removing Kashmir’s special status in order to allow more non-Muslims to buy property there and muscle aside the Muslim majority. “The kind of people who say this are people who don’t know India. Does this sound like the culture of India?” he asked. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi on August 5 abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. Pakistan has been trying to raise the issue at various international fora, but India has maintained that it is an internal matter and has asked Islamabad to accept the reality. During his visit to Brussels, Jaishankar met president of the European Parliament David Sassoli and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who urged dialogue between India and Pakistan, the report said. Mogherini “stressed the importance of steps to restore the rights and freedoms of the population in Kashmir,” Mogherini’s office said in a statement. On India’s relations with US President Donald Trump, Jaishankar broached the challenges posed by a potential tit-for-tat tariff war, India’s interest in resuming purchases of Iranian oil and US reservations about India’s acquisition of S-400 surface-to-air missiles. Discussing Trump’s increasingly hard stance on Indian tariffs, the minister said India was in a mood to compromise. “Like any relationship, there’s give and take…Our expectation is that our trade ministers will sit down in the near future. I think many of these issues are eminently [open] to resolution,” Jaishankar said. He said energy-hungry India’s desire to purchase Iranian oil was “rather complicated” and that he hoped for “greater clarity”. On arms’ purchases from Russia, Jaishankar said he was not going to be deterred from a “solid, time-tested” relationship with Moscow, the report said. “We would not accept any country telling us who to buy weapons from and who not to buy from,” he was quoted as saying in the report.last_img read more

Potbased medical pet products closer to fruition as research grows

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian pets are a few steps closer to getting their paws on pot-based medical treatments in Canada as more cannabis companies research marijuana’s efficacy for companion animals.Canopy Growth Corp. is the latest medical marijuana company to enter the potentially lucrative pet market with its announcement this week that it will embark on a Health Canada-approved clinical trial to research the use of cannabis-based products to treat animal anxiety.The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Dr. Shane Renwick says there’s been a flurry of cannabis-related pet health research as Canada’s laws on recreational cannabis crystallize ahead of legalization on Oct. 17.The association’s national issues and animal welfare manager expects there to be more clinical trials in the pipeline going forward.“We hope that there will be the research required to allow safe registered products on the market in the not-too-distant future… It will offer alternatives in a lot of cases to medications we’re currently using for a variety of conditions,” Renwick added. “So it’s an exciting potential that we see.”Dr. Renwick said the association’s members have fielded many queries from clients asking about treating their pets ailments, such as pain, with cannabis. However, there is no legal avenue for veterinarians to prescribe pot, unlike for medical physicians, and not enough clinical evidence to support it, he added.The association is hopeful that Health Canada will eventually approve some cannabis-based veterinary health products that its members can prescribe for their pet clients, and each clinical trial approval brings them “one step closer” in the process, he said.Many cannabis companies have been positioning themselves to cash in on the drug’s potential for pets as the country prepares up to for legalization of cannabis for adult use this fall.Canopy on Wednesday announced it got the green light from the Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada for its research into the use of cannabidiol, also known as CBD, enriched oil to treat anxiety in certain animals. The research will be conducted by Canopy Animal Health, a division of Canopy’s affiliated research arm.“The use of natural-occurring cannabinoids as a therapy for companion animals is a logical new forefront of medical discovery… These trial approvals mark a significant milestone on the journey of making cannabis-based drugs accepted and recommended by veterinarians,” said Marc Wayne, managing director, Canopy Health Innovations, in a statement.CannTrust Holdings Inc. in April entered into a letter of intent with Grey Wolf Animal Health Inc. to develop cannabis products to support the well-being of pets. B.C.-based True Leaf Medicine in 2015 established True Leaf Pet Inc. to produce hemp-based products for sale worldwide.True Leaf said that in its 2018 fiscal year, sales of pet products totalled $1.4 million, up 280 per cent from the previous year.It’s tough to quantify the size of the nascent market for cannabis products for pets.In 2017, sales of cannabis products marketed for pets at medical and adult-use cannabis dispensaries was nearly $7 million in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, according to BDS Analytics. In Colorado, sales of pet products grew 49 per cent in 2017, versus growth across all product categories at 15 per cent, it said.The pet pot segment growth, however, comes from an initially low base and its hard to gauge demand, said Greg Shoenfeld, vice president of operations for BDS Analytics, based in Colorado. However, in an increasingly competitive cannabis landscape, catering to pets can be a differentiator, he said.“Being able to develop a presence with the pet loving consumer could be a point of strength,” Shoenfeld said.Renwick believes there is a “huge” demand for safe, tested cannabis-based products for pets. The CVMA has been advocating that veterinarians should have the same ability as medical physicians to prescribe them as well.“Our pets are living longer, generally, cancer and other illnesses can produce a good deal of pain and discomfort for animals near the end of their lives,” he said.“And owners today are much more cognizant of wanting to alleviate any suffering that animals might endure.”last_img read more