28 Dec
2019

COMMUNITY: RAPHOE LAUNCH SENIOR ALERT SCHEME

first_imgRAPHOE NOTES:Raphoe Family Resource Centre: International Women’s DayThe Family Resource Centre would like to thank all those who contributed to or attended our International Women’s Day celebration on Tuesday 8th March in The Volt House Hall. Participating organisations included Raphoe FRC, Raphoe Community in Action, Raphoe Tidy Towns CE Project, Donegal ETB, The Friday Club, The Tuesday Ladies, Raphoe Art Group and The Diamond Writers who kindly entertained us with a selection of their short stories-funny and sad. We wish them well on the forthcoming launch of their second collection of stories and writings. Thanks to the Diamond Writers for donating 2 copies of their first book and to Mary Mc Granaghan for donating the beautiful spring flowers arrangement for the impromptu quiz. A coffee morning was also held on the day with the following amount raised for the Marie Keating Foundation-€270.92 and £2.01. Thanks to all who donated. A very special thank you to all those who baked or donated foodstuff particularly Harriet Kilpatrick, Jacqueline Gallagher, Jacqui Kilpatrick, Patricia Tinney and Marie Porter.Wellness WorkshopThe Wellness Workshop held on Thursday 10th March facilitated by S.O.S. in collaboration with the Family Resource Centre was a tremendous success with 45 participants in attendance. We hope that you all gained sufficient advice and support on taking responsibility for your own emotional health. We would like to thank the two S.O.S. facilitators Caroline and Robert for delivering such an informative workshop. Sincere thanks to Racheal and Pearl O’Donnell for the lovely scones, Marie Porter for the delicious soup, Jacqueline Gallagher, Patricia Tinney and Melanie Sweeney for the tasty sandwiches, and to Patricia Porter for all her help on the day. Date for your diaryThe Family Resource Centre will this year again host ASIST training on Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th May. The 2-day workshop trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It provides opportunities to learn what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep safe and get more help. This is an updated ASIST and those who have completed the training 2 or more years ago are encouraged to attend again. Contact the Family Resource Centre on 074-9145796 or 087-3641503 to book a place or Sarah Meehan, ASIST Coordinator for Donegal on 071-9852000/086-0421040 or sarahm.meehan@hse.ieDrop-in TuesdaysDrop-in Tuesdays will commence in the Family Resource Centre in the Volt House on Tuesday 5th April 2016 from 10.30-11.30am. The Drop-in provides the opportunity for members of the community to call in for a cup of tea and a chat. Local and daily papers will be available so you can catch up on local, national and international news. The Drop-in is free so why not come along and join us?50-50 Bonus BallThe winner of our weekly 50 / 50 Bonus ball was Peter Mc Clintock, winning number 47. To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Seniors Alert SchemeThe objective of the Seniors Alert Scheme is to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities through the provision of personal monitored alarms to enable older persons of limited means to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind.Funding is available under the scheme towards the purchase of equipment by a registered organisation i.e. personal alarm and/or pendant. The associated monitoring and service charges must be paid by the participant. A person will be eligible if he or she is:· Aged 65 years or older; and· Of limited means or resources; and· Living alone, living with another person who meets the eligibility criteria; and· Resides within geographical area of the relevant registered organisation; and· Able to benefit from the equipment supplied; and· Are prepared to maintain contact with the registered organisation.Raphoe Family Resource Centre has now taken over the administration of the Scheme.   Therefore,  if you or anyone you know are eligible for the scheme please do not hesitate to contact Laura at Raphoe Family Resource Centre on (074)9145796 or 0873641503 or alternatively call into our office located on the second floor of The Volt House, Raphoe.Raphoe Boxing ClubThe boxers and officials at the Raphoe Boxing Club would like to extend a sincere thanks to everyone at Raphoe Road Runners for their generous donation from their very successful New Year’s Day 5K. It is greatly appreciated by all at the Boxing Club.Congratulations to local girl Aoife McGinley who represented the Clanree Hotel in this year’s Donegal Rose Selection.  Well done from all at the boxing club.On Saturday last Raphoe boxers Liam Crawford and Tom Doherty were part of the Co. Donegal team that travelled to Ennis in Co. Clare to box at a major inter-county tournament in the Ennis Community Centre.  Liam Crawford turned in a veteran’s display of ring craft when he outpointed Clare’s Lee Lyons.  Tom Doherty gave a good display of guts and courage only to lose out to Adam Grant.  The team result was Donegal 6 bouts, Co. Clare 6 bouts.On Sunday next Liam Crawford and Liam McMonagle will compete in the N.W. Zones Championships in Clonmany C.C.   The winners here will go on to the Ulster Finals on Sunday 13th March in Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh.Raphoe Badminton ClubRaphoe Badminton Club’s Annual Badminton Tournament continues in the Recreation Hall with usual events run. Finals will be played on Friday 11th March. For further details contact Joe Magee on 074-9145451 (after 7pm), Sammy Magee on 074-9145444 or check out the Raphoe Badminton Club page on Facebook.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, The Volt House. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.COMMUNITY: RAPHOE LAUNCH SENIOR ALERT SCHEME was last modified: March 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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21 Dec
2019

Donegal school receives humanitarian award from GOAL

first_imgPupils from Creevy National School near Ballyshannon in Co. Donegal have received a very special award from Irish humanitarian response agency, GOAL, for their part in a unique programme on global issues.The bright young minds in teacher Carmel Magee’s Fourth Class completed a number of GOAL Development Education workshops, earning them a Certificate of Achievement for their ongoing commitment and dedication to the programme.One programme the students took part in was an hour and a half long drama-based workshop to help them better understand the struggles ordinary people face in some of the countries GOAL works. Not only are these children committed to making the world a better place, they have shown admirable enthusiasm towards fundraising, raising almost €600 for GOAL’s Jersey Day in 2018.GOAL Development Education Officer, Mura Tierney, who worked closely with the students in Creevy, said:“I was very impressed by the humanitarian ethos of the school and the way staff and students alike were passionate about justice and human rights. The children were very enthusiastic workshop participants and asked great questions. I admire their dedication to humanitarian work and commitment to each workshop they took part in.”She said GOAL’s Development Education programme would not work without the commitment of school teachers throughout Ireland who care and nurture young minds each day. Creevy NS Fourth Class Teacher, Carmel Magee, said the GOAL programme helped her better engage her young pupils about global issues:“Getting involved with GOAL’s Development Education programme has helped the children become more aware of the difficulties that some people endure each day. The work was presented in an enjoyable and fun way, but when completed the children had gained so much knowledge. It was great to see the impact it made on the children, and how they were coming up with ideas on ways that we could improve the world through changing our habits as well as raising money.”The students involved were thrilled with the award and had the following to say:“Doing work with GOAL made me feel concerned about other people in other countries and it made me feel like I needed to help other people more. I also realised that when I helped it made me feel brighter too.”“GOAL made me more aware of the struggles that other people live in.”“Working with GOAL this year has helped me because now I know what pain and suffering people are going through. We can help them by raising money for them and I would love to do it again.” GOAL offers free workshops to primary schools nationwide. For more information  visit https://www.goalglobal.org/schools/Donegal school receives humanitarian award from GOAL was last modified: June 11th, 2019 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:Creevy National Schoolgoallast_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Parts of Pune flooded as Mutha canal wall breaches

first_imgParts of Pune city were inundated on Thursday following a major breach in the right wall of the Mutha canal, causing damage to homes situated along the Mutha riverfront area.Rescue teams and Fire department authorities, who rushed to the spot said there was no loss of life and that all people who were in harm’s way had been evacuated.According to authorities, the wall of the canal’s right bank caved in sometime after 10:30 a.m. in the morning, leading to flooding inside hundreds of shanties and slums in the city’s Parvati area, affecting more than 5,000 residents living in these parts. “The situation is under control now. The flow of water reduced by late noon,” said a fire department official.Irrigation department officials immediately stopped further discharge of water from the Khadakwasla dam — one of Pune’s lifelines — to the canal following the breach and said the matter was being investigated.Angry residents Angry residents surrounded Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak when she visited the homes of those afflicted. “All our utensils and savings have flown away. If this had occured at night, it might have led to great loss of life. The city’s politicians only come to us for votes during election time, but are least bothered in maintaining any infrastructure,” said an irate resident.Ms. Tilak however said that the Pune civic body had, in the pas,t warned the Irrigation Department authorities about repairing the canal wall, but the Irrigation authorities allegedly failed to take cognizance of it.“The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will do everything to provide respite to those afflicted by this incident. We will make provisions for lodging those residents in temporary homes whose shanties have been destroyed by the discharge. We will make sure they are recompensed,” said Mayor Tilak.Smaller mud homes and tin-shed shanties across a 12-km stretch from the areas around the Khadakwasla dam to the Dandekar bridge were hit by the breach. Police personnel, who rushed to the spot, stopped traffic along the Dandekar bridge which remained submerged owing to the sudden flooding.“This is sheer negligence on part of authorities. The canal wall caved in owing to the tremendous force of the discharge from the Khadakwasla dam. The discharge has been going on at the rate of an excessive 1200 cusecs of water for more than a month. The question arises as to who authorized this discharge which could have proven fatal,” said noted city-based environmentalist and RTI activist Vivek Velankar, speaking to The Hindu.Demanding an explanation from the irrigation authorities for the sheer lack of maintenance of the structure, Mr. Velankar noted that the decision to release water was all the more mystifying as the city’s water needs were satisfied for the moment and the rains had stopped.“Currently, the city requires only 300 cusec of water to fulfill the needs of those living in the Cantonment area. So, what was the motive behind this excess discharge which put strain on the canal walls?” he said.The 140 km-long Mutha canal built during the period of the British Raj, which conveys the water from the Khadkwasla dam to Indapur tehsil, has scarcely been subject to audits on part of the State of civic body authorities. “This incident clearly proves the lack of any frequency audits to check the condition of the canal wall. The prime reason for this negligence is the eternal conflict between the State Irrigation Department and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) with both bodies passing the buck when it comes to maintenance of any structure,” said RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar, speaking to The Hindu.last_img read more

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27 Nov
2019

Why Rahul Dravid is the best man to assist Indian team in England

first_imgRahul DravidAfter it has been learnt that batting legend Rahul Dravid will join the Indian team in an advisory role to prepare for the tour of England, it would be interesting to have a look at his track record against the English.When India visited England the last time in 2011, they miserably lost the four Test series 0-4 which was followed by their 1-2 loss at home in 2012-13. Dravid was India’s best batsman in the 2011 tour with 461 runs, three centuries and a staggering average of 76.83.Also, who can forget his 602-run total in the four-Test series against England in their backyard in 2002 that got him the man of the series award? Talking of English conditions, Dravid had also emerged as the top scorer of the 1999 World Cup tournament with 461 runs from eight games at an average of 65.85 and a strike rate of 85.52.This time, Dravid will be with the team till the start of the first Test on July 9.”Rahul Dravid, former India captain, has accepted a request from the Indian team management, to support and advise the team in its preparatory stages of the tour of England, given his vast experience and knowledge of the game,” PTI quoted Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel as saying in a statement on Sunday.”He will be with the team till the beginning of the first Test.”India have already played a warm-up three-day match against Leicestershire (June 26-28) and will take on Derbyshire in another practice game July 1-3.advertisementIndia will then play five Test matches against England from July 9 to Aug 19 followed by five One-Day Internationals (ODI) from Aug 19 to Sep 5 and a lone Twenty20 International at Birmingham on September 7.last_img read more

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