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Walking in Autism’s shoes

first_imgThe annual 5 mile Menlo Walk in aid of Ability West will take place on Sunday 10th February and will start at 12 noon from Scoil Bhríde Menlo, Galway City. Pictured from Left To Right: This popular event which will celebrate its 12th year has raised in the region of close to €80,000 for Ability West and is open to everyone. The walk is organised by the Kelly Family whose youngest child Andrew has Autism. Since turning 18 Andrew has transferred to the adult services of Ability West. Andrew receives a day service from New Directions and a respite service, both in Galway City. These support services are vital to him and to the family.“The transition for Andrew has been seamless from child to adult service with Ability West. Andrew is very happy in himself and it was definitely down to forward planning and an eased move from services that has Andrew in such a good happy, relaxed place, “Explained Ray Kelly, Andrew’s Dad and Chairman of the Board of Ability West.The Menlo Walk is one example of an important event where much needed funds are raised for Ability West. All of the proceeds raised for and on behalf of Ability West from the Menlo Walk will be used towards their ongoing capital programme which includes new builds, extensions and refurbishments of existing buildings, the purchase of essential aids, appliances, specialised equipment and minibuses.“The walk is a huge part of our year but also it’s all about community. The Menlo community, our friends and friends of friends who come each year and support us and Ability West. We are so delighted to have raised close to €80,000. There is tea, coffee and loads of cakes and bakes afterwards, so even if walking isn’t your thing, you can reward yourself with a slice of cake for your effort if nothing else,” said Brega Kelly, Andrew’s Mum, and co-organiser of the Menlo Walk.Ability West is a voluntary, not for profit organisation, set up by parents and friends, that provides services and supports to over 580 children and adults with an intellectual disability and autism in 13 locations with 58 centres located across Galway City and County. Ability West is also supported by local branches in communities throughout Galway City and County. These branches are made up of parents, friends and volunteers and they are greatly appreciated for the work they do. The Galway City branch is one of several branches of Ability West.Services provided by Ability West include day, residential, respite, rehabilitative training, supports towards employment, active ageing, community support and multidisciplinary supports such as speech and language therapy, psychology, behaviour support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work. Ability West is also patron of four special schools located in Ballinasloe, Carraroe, Galway City and Tuam. It is only through the continued support and generosity of the public that they can continue to deliver high quality services well into the future.A walking fee of €10 per person or €25 per family is payable on the day. For more information phone Ray on 087-7694153 or Brega on 087-6179886. Donations can also be made online through WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Annual Menlo Walk taking place this Februarylast_img read more

Galway And Dublin Name Teams For Sunday’s TG4 LGFA All-Ireland Senior Football Final

first_imgGalway and Dublin have named their teams for Sunday’sTG4 All-Ireland Senior Football Final at Croke Park. Galway Manager Tim Rabbitt has gone for an unchangedstarting fifteen from the side that beat Mayo in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. Dublin manager Mick Bohan has made two changes for Sunday’s game. 2017 Footballer of the Year Noelle Healy comes into starting line-up, along with Jennifer Dunne.Niamh Hetherton and the injured Nicole Owens are the players to make way.Tommy Devane has more…We also conclude our preview of Sundays Final by hearing from Sarah Conneely and Sarah Lynch who both spoke to Tommy at the recent Press event. We start first with Dunmore McHales’ Sarah Conneally We now hear from Naomh Anna Leitir Mór’s Sarah Lynch The Galway Team to face Dublin in the All-Ireland Final is…1. Lisa Murphy (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)2. Sinéad Burke (Ballyboden St Enda’s)3. Nicola Ward (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)4. Sarah Lynch (Naomh Anna Leitir Mór)5. Orla Murphy (Claregalway)6. Barbara Hannon (Dunmore McHales)7. Charlotte Cooney (Claregalway)8. Louise Ward (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)9. Áine McDonagh (Moycullen)10. Olivia Divilly (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)11. Megan Glynn (Claregalway)12. Mairéad Seoighe (Clonbur)13. Tracey Leonard (Corofin)14. Sarah Conneally (Dunmore McHales)15. Roisín Leonard (Corofin)Bigmatch statsPathsto the FinalGalway:TG4 Connacht FinalGalway 1-12 Mayo 3-6TG4 Connacht Final ReplayGalway 3-7 Mayo 0-9TG4 All-Ireland QualifierGalway 1-14 Kerry 1-10TG4 All-Ireland QualifierGalway 2-13 Westmeath 1-3TG4 All-Ireland quarter-finalGalway 1-12 Waterford 2-4TG4 All-Ireland semi-finalGalway 2-10 Mayo 2-9For:10-68Against:9-41Scorers:Tracey Leonard 3-26 (14f)Róisín Leonard 1-13 (6f)Sarah Conneally 0-10Mairéad Seoighe: 2-2Megan Glynn 1-5Louise Ward 2-1Leanne Coen 1-1Áine McDonagh 0-4Olivia Divilly 0-3Nicola Ward 0-1Sinéad Burke 0-1Lucy Hannon 0-1DublinTG4 Leinster SFC FinalDublin 4-11 Westmeath 1-7TG4 All-Ireland SFC Qualifier:Dublin 5-15 Waterford 2-6TG4 All-Ireland SFC Qualifier:Dublin 3-20 Monaghan 0-4TG4 All-Ireland quarter-finalDublin 5-15 Kerry 2-9TG4 All-Ireland semi-final:Dublin 2-11 Cork 0-11For:19-72Against:5-37Scorers:Sinéad Aherne – 4-19 (2-0 pen, 13f)Niamh McEvoy 4-11 (0-6f)Oonagh Whyte 2-7Lyndsey Davey 2-6 (0-1f)Nicole Owens 2-5Caoimhe O’Connor 3-0Carla Rowe 1-6Noelle Healy 0-5Niamh Hetherton 1-0Sinéad Goldrick 0-3Kate Sullivan 0-2Siobhan Woods 0-2Jennifer Dunne 0-1Emma McDonagh 0-1Aoife Kane 0-1Lauren Magee 0-1Siobhán McGrath 0-1Éabha Rutledge 0-1 Back Row L-RBronagh Murphy, Riona Ni Flahartha, Lucy Hannon, Babs Hannon, Mairead Coyne, Roisin Ni Chonghaile, Lisa Murphy, Dearbhla Gower, Nicola Ward, Aine McDonagh, Louise Ward, Sarah Conneally, Sarah Lynch, Noelle Connolly.Front Row L-RLeanne Coen, Shauna Molloy, Orla Murphy, Fabienne Cooney, Olivia Divilly, Mairead Seoighe, Tracey Leonard, Sinead Burke, Megan Glynn, Charlotte Cooney, Roisin Leonard, Amy Coen.Missing: Ailbhe Davoren print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Ethnikos claim vital win in battle to avoid the drop

first_imgEthnikos Achnas secured a crucial 2-1 away win over Doxa Katokopias on Wednesday afternoon in the Cyprus football championship, boosting their relegation hopes.The victory sees Ethnikos end the day on 35 points, level with Pafos FC who were beaten at home 1-0 by Ermis, with two rounds of the playoffs remaining.Ayia Napa and Enosis Neon Paralimni have already dropped down to the second division.Leaders APOEL have the chance to seal their fourth straight title when they host second-placed AEK in Nicosia on Thursday (4pm) Results from the Cyprus football championship on Wednesday: Anorthosis 1-1 ApollonAris 0-1 AELDoxa 1-2 Ethnikos AchnasOmonia 2-0 Nea SalaminaPafos FC 0-1 Ermislast_img

Chile 0 Germany 1 Stindl seals glory for Low’s young hotshots

first_imgLars Stindl’s first-half goal following a costly error from Marcelo Diaz came against the run of play and proved decisive for the world champions at St Petersburg’s Krestovsky Stadium, where Chile failed to force an equaliser during a tight second period. A first triumph for Germany in the competition, which traditionally serves as a dress rehearsal for the subsequent year’s World Cup, is a testament to Joachim Low’s ingenuity in selecting a team of hungry youngsters with something to prove, and may leave many members of the established first team facing a tough battle to retain their place in the squad at 2018’s main event.The result will come as a disappointment to Copa America holders Chile, who should have had enough guile and experience to come away with the trophy against a young team who struggled to match them in a 1-1 group stage draw.The attention of coach Juan Antonio Pizzi now turns to CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, in which Chile are fourth, one point ahead of Argentina, as they seek to ensure they return to Russia on the big stage in 11 months’ time.#CONFEDCUP | FT0-Germany are the 2017 #ConfedCup winners!More— #ConfedCup (@FIFAcom) July 2, 2017A rampant Chile dominated the opening exchanges, with Antonio Rudiger required to deny Charles Aranguiz inside the area in the fifth minute and Marc-Andre ter Stegen keeping out Arturo Vidal’s follow-up effort.Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Isla both had Ter Stegen and the Germany defence worried in the subsequent 15 minutes, while Alexis Sanchez narrowly failed to put away the rebound when the Barcelona goalkeeper could only parry a firm Vidal strike.It was Germany, though, who broke the deadlock, benefiting from a Diaz mistake to open the scoring against the run of play in the 20th minute. Attempting to turn under pressure on the edge of his box, the Celta Vigo player inadvertently gifted possession to Timo Werner, who forced goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to commit before squaring the ball for Stindl to pass into an unguarded net.YEESSSSS GOOOAAALLLL!!! #Werner puts it on a plate for @stindl28! #ConfedCup #CHIGER 0-1— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) July 2, 2017To their credit, Chile were undeterred by going behind and immediately resumed pressing Germany in advanced areas and at a furious tempo, albeit without creating clear scoring opportunities. They were nearly punished again on the counter when Julian Draxler and Sebastian Rudy combined to play in Leon Goretzka down the right side of the area, the Schalke midfielder firing across Bravo and wide of the far post as Chile’s all-action approach repeatedly left them exposed at the back. Another defensive mishap could have proved fatal when Gonzalo Jara played a pass straight to Draxler on the stroke of half-time, but Goretzka opted not to take a first-time shot with his left foot and Chile survived.  The frenetic pace of the opening half gave way to a cagey affair after the break, and it took until the 55th minute for a good chance to arrive, Isla’s block preventing Draxler from getting a shot on target after the Paris Saint-Germain star drove powerfully into the area. FIFA’s new Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, a contentious feature of the tournament due to its seemingly inconsistent application and the questionable decisions it has prompted, came under the spotlight again shortly after the hour mark. Jara’s nasty elbow against the jaw of Werner, initially missed by match official Milorad Mazic, saw the Serbian somehow only produce a yellow card following a review of what appeared to be an incident warranting a straight red. Having narrowly avoided going down to 10 men, Chile began to apply sustained pressure and missed a glorious chance to equalise in the 85th minute. Edson Puch snuck in to steal the ball from in front of Ter Stegen and cut it back to fellow substitute Anyelo Sagal, who blazed wildly over the bar.Tempers flared in the 90th minute when Emre Can became embroiled in a confrontation with five Chile players after bowling over Sanchez, Bravo rushing from his goal to become involved, as did Low from the touchline.Ter Stegen had to be alert five minutes into stoppage-time, parrying clear a 25-yard Sanchez free-kick to deny Chile from the game’s last sight of goal and make sure of Die Mannschaft’s unexpected triumph.last_img read more

Kane nets in sixth game running

first_imgHaving been fouled by Carlos Sanchez, Kane – after a lengthy delay caused by Colombia’s protests to referee Mark Geiger – duly kept his cool to break the deadlock from 12 yards.It brought up the Tottenham star’s sixth goal of the tournament, and also saw England’s captain equal Tommy Lawton’s 79-year-old record.Kane’s strike also sees the 24-year-old match Lionel Messi’s total record of World Cup goals, on his debut at the tournament.6 – Harry Kane is the first player to score in six consecutive England appearances since Tommy Lawton in 1939. Reliable. #COLENG #ENG— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 3, 2018 Photo Getty Images. Caption: Harry Kane celebrateslast_img

Conservation – a niche field for new careers

first_imgBy Jarryl BryanA career in conserving the environment may not be viewed as a primary career and may not even be promoted to secondary school students; but, according to experts from Conservation International (CI), the field is a niche that offers a number of rewarding career opportunities.Spatial data analyst Kerryann InsanallySpeaking during a recent panel discussion, spatial data analyst Kerryann Insanally and communications coordinator for Conservation International, Sarah Parrot, urged that consideration be given to careers in the field of conservation — a global response to the climate change phenomenon.Insanally noted that, throughout their school lives, students are usually urged to set their sights on primary careers such as medicine, law or engineering, causing many youths to have a disconnected perspective on nature; but it is important that an analysis be done on young demographics in order to better understand what they do care about.“How can they recognise their role as a citizen even though they are young?” she rhetorically asked. “We have a young student — less than 25 — as a biologist, who started off wanting to do medicine and then realised he didn’t even want to do this; he didn’t even like blood. Then, thinking about conservation biology, he started a tremendous career path in Jaguar field work and bird inspection. These are niche fields and things that young people are passionate about. It’s just the exposure, and having that knowledge at an early age that (you) don’t just have to be a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer.“There are many other fields (that young people can be engaged in); like my field, for instance,” she declared, explaining that as a spatial data analyst, she uses remote sensing or satellite imagery in order to monitor what is happening on the ground and in forests.“So these are not things that are taught in primary education. They are new fields, and I think that if at an early age the young people can tap into that, that’s where we can get that thrust we are looking for,” she explained.“Globally, there has been a shift (from the mainstream). After pursuing studies in certain fields, they want to make sure you come out with a specific specialisation. So they are already heading in that direction, especially countries in the developing world, the Caribbean and so.”She noted that with the advent of climate change, these academic and professional fields have taken on new meaning; and it is an undeniable fact that persons are feeling the effects of climate change.“It is felt in different ways in different countries and by people on the ground. The farmers themselves, the people that use the rivers (etc), they know that things are not the same. So yes, climate change has been a very big thrust,” she declared.The group also stressed the importance of ordinary people getting more involved in conserving the environment.The group is expected to have a meeting with Education Minister Nicolette Henry, and Parrot emphasized that anything to get children more involved — whether through arts or clubs — would be helpful.Government recently split the Ministry of Education, creating a Department of Education which reportedly would drive innovative reforms.During a recent engagement with the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA), Finance Minister Winston Jordan explained that theMoE’s Department of Education would increase focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).Green policyAnd expounding on the importance of natural capital, Insanally noted that, compared to other countries, Guyana has an abundance of natural capital. “Going green is a country’s natural capital. What are these resources that we have that we can depend on? When we say ‘going green’, we’re not just talking about the environment; we are talking about livelihood and people’s use of the environment,” she explained.Insanally noted that Guyana relies heavily on the environment. This, she said, means everything: from fisheries to agriculture to forests to the extractive industries; all are important contributors to Guyana’s economy. She also observed that rural and hinterland communities depend on their natural environment in different ways than coastland dwellers and city residents would interact with it.“As a country, talking about a green policy is actually a commendable step. It’s a global perspective. It’s not something Guyana is doing on its own,” she said. “Guyana is part of a unique eco-system called the Guyana Shield… We have a lot to offer to the world…, and these are things that we need to protect and ensure that we are putting things in place to sustain,” she advised.She also noted that while the indigenous people of Guyana, with their strong spiritual connection to the environment, are traditionally viewed as the protectors of the environment, protecting the environment is everyone’s business. She thus stressed that more inclusive policies and involvement are needed from the citizenry.“There is something (we all can protect) — the conservancy, the blacka, the cane fields. All of these things are nature, but we perceive them in different ways,” Parrot said. “That is what the nature campaign is built on: How do we speak to different Guyanese groups in their particular sub-cultural context?” she explained.“Nature is not just something beautiful found off the coast. Nature is found everywhere, wherever you live in Guyana; and you need it,” she advised.The panel was asked about protecting the environment in view of the diverse economic activities carried out by sections of society, such as loggers and miners, and Insanally sought to dispel the perception that conservationists wanted a blanket ban on such activities.“I think that is the biggest misconception about conservation. When we say ‘conservation’, we mean using things sustainably. So yes, we have to use our forests. We cannot say you cannot mine or log or extract minerals. Essentially it is to become more efficient in what you do. In that way, you’re conserving the eco-system around you. For the foresters, it is ensuring that they don’t log near to rivers. And these are practices that are already in place. We’re just ensuring that (those practices are) kept and done more efficiently,” she explained.Conservation International is a non-profit environmental organisation with a Mission Statement that entails protecting nature and its biodiversity. Formed in 1987 and based in the United States, the organisation works in more than 30 countries and with over 1000 partners, ranging from governments to indigenous groups, multinational corporations, community leaders and international inter-governmental partners.In the case of Guyana, the local branch assists in recommending courses of action, shaping policy, and creating a development model.last_img read more

Public Health Ministry hosts National Medicines Policy consultation

first_imgA section of the gathering at the Public Health Ministry’s consultation on the formulation of theNational Medicines PolicyThe Public Health Ministry on Monday engaged stakeholders in a consultation on the formulation of the National Medicines Policy, which is expected to be modernised, affording stakeholders the opportunity to have an authentic documented piece of legislation with clear guidelines for them to follow.Monday’s consultation had several objectives: Establish a medicines policy committee and conduct a rapid assessment of actual situations in the pharmaceutical sector in Guyana; develop a roadmap and prepare the second draft medicines policy and distribute it to all parties involved and have a peer review done by stakeholders, which include practitioners, pharmacists, experts, manufacturers, researchers and consumers.In addition, the organisers were also expecting to have in hand a collection of comments and preparation of a second draft for a consensus workshop; establish the National Formulary/Essential Medicines, Standard Treatment Guideline, Therapeutic and Pharmacovigilance Committees.The consultation at the Pegasus Hotel was held under the theme, “Strengthening Pharmaceutical Management and Services through National Medicines Policy Review and Implementation”, and Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence challenged pharmacy officials to embrace change in a sector previously governed by archaic legislation and grounded in disarray. She said that policies merely provided guidelines to help decision-making to achieve rational objectives and were not “set in steel”.She said that it was critical to overhaul the legislation to help deal with the constant short supply of drugs that create a nightmare for doctors to treat their patients. She noted that unless corrective measures were implemented swiftly, the health system would continue to be defective and ineffective.“It means, therefore, that the existing policies, legal and regulatory frameworks and interventions must be re-evaluated and updated. Policy decisions must be evidence-based and tailored to meet the specific needs of our population and health services,” she said.“Let me hasten to assure you that the Ministry of Public Health and by extension, the Government of Guyana, is strongly committed to ensuring healthy lives and the well-being for all at all ages, so it is opportune and imperative that all of us, as stakeholders of our citizens’ well-being, continue to look and assess the existing management systems and strengthen them and make changes where need be, so that the systems can become efficient and effective and accessibility and adequacy of the supply of safe, essential, quality and scientifically sound drugs and medical products can be realised in all health facilities in all regions,” Lawrence added.Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud said that over a decade ago, steps were taken by pharmaceutical officials to clean up the untidiness, but the process was stymied by a lack of commitment.“Organisers anticipate that with the establishment of the new Health Authority there will be full participation and leadership in the Integrated Health Services (HIS); the delivery of quality, effective and responsive health services and prevention measures and improvement in the physical, mental and social wellbeing of all peoples,” Dr Persaud said.He added that the updated policy was required to present a formal record of values, aspirations, aims, decisions and medium-to-long-term commitment of the Government; define the national goals and objectives for the pharmaceutical sector, and help set priorities.Dr Persaud told participants that the fresh policy would also help identify the strategies needed “to meet those objectives and identify the various actors responsible for implementing the main components of the policy (and) to create a forum for national discussions on these issues and resolve them to all access to medicines.”last_img read more

Al-Attiyah stripped of Dakar opening win

first_imgMini driver Al-Attiyah, the 2011 champion, had finished first on the 170km timed stage between Buenos Aires and Villa Carlos Paz, clocking 1 hour 12 minutes.That was 22 secs faster than Argentina’s Orlando Terranova, also in a Mini, and 1min 04secs ahead of American Robby Gordon behind the wheel of a Hummer.But seven hours later, Al-Attiyah was punished for travelling at 68km/h in a section of the stage where the limit was 50km/h.He was penalised two minutes and relegated to seventh place on the stage with Terranova declared the winner ahead of Gordon and South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers in a Toyota.Veteran Peugeot drivers Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel placed eighth and 10th respectively at 2 mins 06secs and 2 mins 35secs.It was also a miserable first day for Roma as the Spaniard’s Mini broke down after just 10km and he eventually ended the day being towed home in 135th place and six and a half hours off the lead.Peterhansel, an 11-time champion, admitted that he did not drive flat out with a marathon stint to follow over the next two weeks.“It was a bit stressful to tackle the first special when you don’t know how strong you are,” said the Frenchman.“We eased into the race, without taking too many risks, gently, keeping a watchful eye on all the dials… We’re trying to learn about the car. We had no clue how far we could go.”In the motorbike section, Britain’s Sam Sunderland on a KTM was fastest in 1hr 18min 57secs, five seconds faster than Paulo Goncalves of Portugal on a Honda and 1min 12secs ahead of last year’s winner Marc Coma on a KTM.This year’s rally features a gruelling 9,000 kilometres trek through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia before arriving back in Buenos Aires for a January 17 finish.Former winners Sainz and Peterhansel were spearheading the Peugeot campaign as the French car-makers returned to the Dakar Rally for the first time in 25 years.Their ultimate goal was to win but at the very least they were expected to prevent the Minis from completing another clean sweep of the auto podium.Peterhansel took second place last year for Mini behind then teammate Roma.Peugeot won the Dakar for four successive years from 1987-1990 when it was still staged in Africa.This year’s event, the seventh in South America since its enforced transfer for security reasons from Africa, is the 37th of all time.The 2014 race takes the Dakar caravan from the Atacama, the driest spot on the planet, to the Iquique dunes and crossing the Andes at the highest point on Argentina’s Route 40, the 4,970m mountain pass of Abra del Acay.In all, there will be 4,600km of special stages including a 781km time trial from the Bolivian city of Uyuni to Chile’s Pacific Coast.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ARGENTINA, January 5 – Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah was stripped of victory on the opening stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday for exceeding the speed limit while defending champion Nani Roma saw his hopes shattered.last_img read more

Kenya’s bid to host 7s RWS confirmed

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 4- The International Rugby Board confirmed that Kenya is among 25 unions that formally confirmed interest in hosting a round of the popular HSBC Sevens World Series from the 2015/2016 season. IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “This unprecedented response truly reflects the enormous prestige and appeal of Rugby Sevens in the global sporting market place ahead of our Rio 2016 Olympic Games debut.” “The submission features a blend of interest from every continent and includes existing and emerging Rugby markets. It reaffirms Rugby Sevens as a young, exciting and thriving sport that is reaching out, engaging and inspiring new audiences around the world.” “International Rugby Sevens is truly competitive, showcasing great skill and speed to full, vibrant stadia and strong and ever-growing global broadcast audiences and that is why we believe that Rugby Sevens will be a great fit for the Olympic Games and also why the Olympic Games will be great for Rugby.” “We look forward to collaborating with each interested party as we look ahead to the next phase of the process.Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Mwangi Muthee, speaking to local sports website said, “Everyone loves Sevens Rugby. I hope the world will find coming to our country a unique experience and that we shall prove capable of playing our part in developing rugby to more heights.”KRU with their main sponsors, Kenya’s largest telecom company Safaricom Limited, recently launched a committee to work on the Kenya bid to have their annual international Sevens tournament in the capital, Nairobi – the Safaricom Sevens — included in the World Series.The KRU/Safaricom bid committee finished their work in time of the expression of interest deadline which closed on February 28.The deadline for tender submissions for Unions interested in hosting Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 is December 5, 2014 with IRB Council selecting the winning bid at its May 2015 meeting. The deadline for formal tender submissions for hosting a Sevens World Series tournament is set for June 27, 2014 and the 2015/16 Series hosts will be selected by IRB EXCO in October 2014. The dual process follows a detailed strategic review of Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Sevens World Series hosting models and key overall considerations include growing hosting and participation opportunities for the 119 IRB Member Unions, tournament format, increasing Sevens-related global commercial model values, and for the series specifically, the number of events in the calendar. The full list of Unions that have expressed an interest to tender for IRB Sevens World Series 2015/16 is: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, USA, Wales.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cellular tower placed on hold

first_imgSullivan was one of many people who asked the council to deny a permit for the proposed 60-foot tower, made to look like a pine tree. The tower would have been placed in the parking lot of the Second Church of Christ, 8705 Catalina Ave., Whittier. “I know they told us health issues are something that cannot be considered as part of this, but shame, shame to whoever said that,” Sullivan said. “It could possibly endanger the health of our children.” City Attorney Dick Jones told the council federal law pre-empts local governments and they aren’t allowed to consider health effects of the tower. Jerry Bushberg, a consultant for T-Mobile, said federal standards for emissions are set 50 times below the level needed for safety. Potential radiation from the tower at the church is 0.4 percent of the federal standard, he said. WHITTIER – An East Whittier school board member Wednesday praised a Whittier City Council decision to ask a telecommunications company to look for another site for a cell tower. The Whittier City Council voted 3-2 late Tuesday to continue until Aug. 14 consideration of a cell tower on a church property about 150 feet away from East Whittier Middle School. The council directed a representative for T-Mobile to look at two other nearby locations that wouldn’t be near the school. “We’re pleased they’ll look for other sites,” said Christine Sullivan, a board member for the East Whittier City School District. Bushberg said the radiation coming from the cell towers is no different than from television frequencies. “The frequencies on the cell sites are simply just a reallocation of the UHF TV bands,” he said. “People have been exposed to these same waves for many years.” Sullivan didn’t buy Bushberg’s explanation. “We may not know for years down the road how (the radiation) can affect our children,” she said. Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer and council members Joe Vinatieri and Cathy Warner voted for the delay. Councilmen Bob Henderson and Greg Nordbak voted no. “There are concerns of neighbors,” Vinatieri said. “I would like to ask the applicant to have a look at the Cingular site and also check to see if another site might work.” Vinatieri was referring to a nearby cell tower owned by Cingular that is located at a medical building across the street. (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more