Progressive Donegal women launch focus group with aim of ‘Empowering Women’

first_imgWomen in Donegal are invited to take part in a focus group to share their experiences, to explore the issues that affect their participation in public life and to look at how their participation can be increased.The focus groups will be conducted by Empowering Women in Donegal in Moville and Burtonport on 13th November, and Bundoran on 21st November.The focus group will allow participants the chance to share their valuable insights about factors affecting life in Donegal with other women. They want to hear from women from all backgrounds including refugees, asylums seekers, migrants and immigrants to add to the richness of this research.Empowering Women in Donegal is part of the ‘The Next Chapter’ cross-border PEACE funded project that looks to improve the representation of women in public and political life.Empowering Women in Donegal highlighted the low female representation in council, according to a CSO report released earlier this year: with only three out of 37 sitting Donegal County Councillors’ were female.After the May local elections, the number rose to four, which is the highest number of Council seats held by women in local history. This group aims to support and encourage women from all walks of life in Donegal to live fully and courageously. We are bringing together women who are interested in becoming involved with issues that affect them in regards female representation and participation.We shall come together and support each other in calling for women’s equality and to bring about change for the Donegal region on civic issues.Public Participation is where those affected by decisions have a right to be involved in the decision-making process. The Public must have a contribution and influence in decisions, so that is the principle that Empowering Women in Donegal is based on. It sets out to mobilise social change in communities across Donegal so to nurture aspirations for a better, shared future.“We are very excited that our Donegal Chapter of women as part of our The Next Chapter Project is now on its way to become the independent Empowering Women in Donegal group and reaching out to other women in the county as part of their work.“This is particularly important given both the rural isolation that these women might experience and the isolation of County Donegal within an Irish national context,” says Mary McDonald, the Regional Co-ordinator of The Next Chapter Project. Discussions in the focus group will be focused to help understand the issues and concerns affecting the communities.This will then be compiled into a report intended to prompt change by having it sent out to local and national representatives.Progressive Donegal women launch focus group with aim of ‘Empowering Women’ was last modified: November 4th, 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)Tags:donegal womenlast_img read more

Sterling should commit his future to Liverpool, says mentor

first_imgRaheem Sterling’s former coach says he has no doubt the teenager will commit his future to Liverpool.There has been speculation about Sterling’s future as his representatives have been discussing a new deal for him at Anfield, with Chelsea and Arsenal said to be showing an interest.But Steve Gallen, who took Sterling to QPR and battled in vain to keep him there before the player’s move to Merseyside in 2010, does not believe he would be tempted back to London.“I’m sure he’ll stay there and I hope so – he should do,” said Gallen.“I read about him supposedly wanting all this money but I know Raheem just wants to play football and he’s at a great club.“If Raheem wasn’t a pro footballer he’d be back at St Raphael’s estate in Neasden kicking a ball around – he just loves to play.“You read all this stuff about him but I know what a great kid he is. He’s an absolute diamond and we always knew he’d go on and be a star.“We knew it from when I first brought him to QPR at the age of 14. Paulo Sousa was the manager and invited him to train with the first team.“At the end of the session the players stood there and applauded the lad. They could see even then what a player he was going to be.”See also:Sterling assured over Liverpool role 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Paradise basketball teams receive warm welcome from Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND — Tori MacKay walked through the tunnel and was overcome with shock, disbelief and nearly on the brink of tears.MacKay and the Paradise High girls and boys basketball teams were invited by the Golden State Warriors to attend Wednesday’s night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena.However, the teams were surprised with courtside seats to watch the pregame shoot around, a gift bag and were recognized on the court during halftime. When shown on the video board, the arena …last_img read more

Games all set for a gala opening on Sunday

first_imgAn illuminated view of Commonwealth Games village near the Akshardham Temple, in New Delhi. PTIAbout 7,000 men, women and children will dish out a show of India’s cultural heritage in a gala Commonwealth Games opening ceremony with the icing on the cake being Maestro A R Rahman’s performance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.With most of the tickets already sold out, the two-hour ceremony, scheduled from 7 p m, will start with President Pratibha Patil and Britain’s Prince Charles expected to declare the Games open in front of a packed stadium of 65,000 capacity on Sunday.The 619-member strong Indian contingent will be led by Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra who will carry the Indian flag during the ceremony.Delhi sports new look for CWG | CWG: IAF to provide security | Delhi welcomes Queen’s batonEven as tennis sensation Sania Mirza will not be part of the Indian march-past as the Hyederabadi ace has preferred to rest, badminton star Saina Nehwal, Beijing Olympic Games bronze medalist boxer Vijender Kumar and wrestler Sushil Kumar will be among the six who will carry the baton during the formal part of the pageant.There will be seven segments — including Rhythm of India, Swagatam, Tree of Knowledge, Yoga, Great Indian Journey and Oscar winner composer A.R. Rahman’s rendition of the CWG anthem ‘Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto’ — in the nearly three-hour ceremony.The guest panel will include International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennel, New Zealand Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, Monaco’s Prince Albert II and Presidents Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives and Marcus Stephen of Nauru.advertisementHosts India are aiming to break into the traditional rivalry of champions Australia and England who have been fighting it out for top two slots in the past.The Aussies, who have topped the gold and total medal tallies at the past five Games and are expected to once again be confirmed as the number one nation, have sent their largest ever team to an off-shore multi-discipline sports event in a bid to continue their reign in Delhi.Although the country’s high-water mark of 221 medals (84 gold, 69 silver and 68 bronze) at the 2006 Melbourne Games is unlikely to be surpassed in India, team officials expect another gold rush.Australia’s record gold medal haul came at the 1994 Victoria Games in Canada with 87.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

a month agoSheffield Utd manager Chris Wilder: A ridiculous win

first_imgSheffield Utd manager Chris Wilder: A ridiculous winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United won away for the first time on their return to the Premier League at Everton.A Yerry Mina own goal and a late Lys Mousset strike condemned Everton to defeat at Goodison Park.Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said afterwards: “We’re delighted. It was just a ridiculous game. That’s possibly the worst we’ve played all season. We didn’t play anything like our best today but managed to win the game.”Everton put a lot of balls in our box, which opened us up a bit in the first half. Out of possession we were really good. The goalkeeper and our three defenders did really well. I think they had a million corners today.”We rode our luck a little bit – we certainly didn’t have any last week. Everybody says that to stay in the Premier League, your home form has to be spot on. We’ve reversed that thought process.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

SSA Pacific Faces Penalties for San Diego Forklift Accident

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Marine cargo handler SSA Pacific has received citations for willful and serious safety violations following the investigation of a fatal forklift accident at the Port of San Diego.On January 3, a longshoreman was driving a forklift into a transit shed when he collided with a concrete support column and suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from the forklift.An investigation by California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) found that the employee was not wearing a seatbelt and that the forklift had multiple safety devices disabled, including a seatbelt warning buzzer and mast interlock system designed to disconnect power from the hydraulic lift when the operator is unseated.Cal/OSHA issued six citations totaling USD 205,235 in proposed penalties to SSA Pacific, a division of Seattle-based international marine cargo handler SSA Marine.The citations issued included four serious violations for the employer’s failure to ensure that forklift operators use seatbelts, properly maintain and inspect forklifts, ensure operators were effectively trained and for improperly altering forklift safety features. A general violation was cited for the employer’s failure to establish and maintain an effective heat illness prevention plan.SSA Pacific was also issued a citation for a willful-serious violation as the employer failed to ensure workers perform a forklift safety check at the beginning of each shift and report unsafe conditions, a violation the company was cited for in 2016 following an accident inspection at the Port of Long Beach.last_img read more

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens changes name of Femmes ballet after criticism

first_imgAdvertisement The Montreal-based Grands Ballets Canadiens has changed the name and theme of its show Femmes, after women criticized the company for commissioning a ballet touted as a tribute to women but choreographed by three men.The Grands Ballets was also criticized for the way it promoted Femmes, which included online ads with a picture of three male dancers trapped in ice, as well as language that promised the performance was a way for three “distinguished” European choreographers to “explore one of our culture’s most generous symbols: woman.”The ballet’s name has been changed to Parlami d’Amore, Italian for “talk to me about love,” and will feature explorations of “this universal theme” of love, according to a release from the company. Advertisement This is the promotional photo for the ballet Femmes, featuring dancers James Lyttle, Matthew Duff and Ruben Julliard. The new ballet, now to be called Parlami d’Amore, has been criticized over its marketing language and because its three choreographers are all men. (Sasha Onyshchenko) Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Commentary Devoted NBA fans wont miss David Stern

When I heard that NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed a potential blockbuster deal that would have sent former New Orleans Hornets and all-star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers last season, I said a bunch of things that can’t be run in print. Well, Christmas came early for me this season as Stern said Thursday he would retire as league commissioner, effective Feb. 1, 2014. The NBA’s deputy commissioner, Adam Silver, has been selected to take his place. The decision to try and bar Paul from the Lakers, I thought, was the most blatant abuse of power I have ever seen by a professional commissioner. Los Angeles and the Hornets negotiated what they considered a fair deal and made it league official, only to be renounced hours later because one person, Stern, didn’t think it was “fair.” I understand Stern found a loophole. At the time, New Orleans’ team was up for sale. Consequently, the Hornets fell under the ownership of Stern and the NBA. Stern said the league made a decision “in the best interest” of the Hornets. Many people speculate that Stern’s decision was made due to enormous pressure from multiple owners, most notably Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers. But countless NBA analysts disagreed and felt the deal was more than adequate. Personally, I think most owners believed the league was getting too top-heavy with talent and smaller market teams would no longer be able to compete at a championship level. Now, if you fast forward to present day, the Lakers look like the predominant favorite to represent the Western Conference and the only team who can challenge the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. But today, Lakers fans only have one question: What could have been? Keep in mind, the proposed three-team deal that Stern vetoed only included current Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and former Laker Lamar Odom in exchange for Paul. Comparatively, the Aug. 10 four-team trade that sent former Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the Lakers only featured injury-prone center Andrew Bynum from the purple and gold. So conceivably, the Lakers could have assembled a Western Conference version of the Miami “Big Three” with Howard, Paul and guard Kobe Bryant. As the New York Yankees of the NBA, the Lakers always seem to get who they want. Key acquisitions of longtime Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash and Howard have made painful memories of the failed Paul deal disappear. I’m not saying Stern robbed the Lakers of a title last season, but he sure didn’t help. Over the last few seasons, the Lakers have been torched by point guards and Paul is arguably the best at his position. What I am saying is that I hope Silver leaves the dealing to the general managers. Stern caused more harm than good and devoted NBA fans are not sad he’s leaving. Here’s to a bright future and let’s hope we see a “Silver-lining” with the new commissioner. read more

2018 Big Ten Football Preview Purdue Boilermakers

Location: West Lafayette, Indiana2017 record: 7-6 (4-5 Big Ten) Head coach: Jeff Brohm 2018 record: 1-3 (0-1 Big Ten) All-time record vs. OSU: 14-39-2 has happened thus far in 2018:Purdue has been better than its 1-3 record might suggest. With two losses that ended with last-second field goals, the Boilermakers’ three losses have been by a combined eight points. In losses to Northwestern and Missouri, Purdue came back from double-digit deficits in the first half to fall short in the waning moments of each game. Purdue recorded its first win of the season against then-No. 23 Boston College, beating the Eagles by 17 on Saturday. In that win, Purdue’s defense had four interceptions and held the Eagles to a 25 percent success rate on third down. On the offensive side of the ball, redshirt senior David Blough threw three touchdowns with 296 passing yards. Impact Player:Wide receiver Rondale Moore has exploded onto the scene as one of the nation’s standout freshmen for the Boilermakers. This season, he leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (372) and in receptions (33). He can be dangerous in the ground game as well, recording a 76-yard touchdown run against Northwestern in the season opener.Strengths:Certain teams have an identity when it comes to their strengths in football. For Purdue, it’s the play of the quarterback. Blough is ranked second in the Big Ten in passer rating (164.2), and passing yards (990). He is currently tied for first in the Big Ten among qualifiers with just one interception. Purdue has the No. 2 pass offense in the Big Ten, averaging 318.3 passing yards per game, while completing 68 percent of passes thrown. Weaknesses:In one word, inconsistency. Purdue can be explosive offensively and defensively stout. Nonetheless the Boilermakers have gotten off to slow starts, and haven’t been able to finish close games. In two of its three losses, Purdue has not been able to strike first. In the loss against Northwestern, all of the points Purdue gave up were in the first half. In each of its losses, Purdue has had the chance to win and failed to capitalize on it. read more