Buncrana student gets award for top Leaving Cert Music results

first_imgA special award in recognition of the highest music Leaving Cert score in the country has been awarded to a Buncrana student. Shaun Fletcher, who receive a score of 613 points for his Leaving Cert and an A1 for his music exam in 2018, was told by examinators that he received the highest music exam in the country.Receiving the news that he would receive an award in recognition of his achievement this October, Flecther was ecstatic. He told Donegal Daily: “I was absolutely stunned because I had no idea that the award event existed and I was absolutely delighted when I received the news, I was very surprised.”The former Scoil Mhuire student, who now studies chemistry and mathematics at the University of Glasgow, revealed he has been playing music since he was six-years-old through the Donegal Music Education Partnership with music teacher Edita Labanauskiene.So does Shaun still get time to play the piano? “Yes, you’d be surprised. Even though I study chemistry and mathematics, there is plenty of facilities in the university library and I am also part of the music society and Glasgow University Choir.“And I really enjoy living in Glasgow, it is a great spot,” he added. “I am working there as well but, between my work and my course, I have found a good work balance.” Shaun has also been asked to perform for an audience at the Post Primary Music Teacher’s Association in Dun Laoghaire, where he will receive his award on the night.He continued: “I am really looking forward to playing, it will be a great experience for me because really high profile people will probably be in attendance and just getting a chance to play is always nice.”Buncrana student gets award for top Leaving Cert Music results was last modified: July 28th, 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)last_img read more

Q&A: A’s pitcher Fernando Rodney takes us under his crooked cap

first_imgFor more 2019 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.It’s safe to say Fernando Rodney is comfortable in his own skin. What else would you expect from the game’s eldest statesman and the No. 2 pitcher on the active saves leader list?If 45-year-old Bartolo Colon retires, the 42-year-old Rodney will assume the mantle of MLB’s most senior citizen.Playing for 10 different teams over 16 seasons, the right-handed, three-time All-Star has amassed 325 saves — second only to Craig …last_img

2017 Cab Cam: Crop Duster Edition

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though we’re used to seeing Cab Cams take place on the ground, in this edition, Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood hops in with crop duster Butch Fisher of Fisher Ag Service in Morrow County for a truly unique look at agriculture. Fisher is a legend in Ohio agricultural aviation with 30,000 logged hours as pilot. In this piece, Fisher is applying fungicide to wheat fields around the state with his Air Tractor 504 — a unique plane that can carry two passengers unlike most single-seater ag aircraft.last_img

Perkins, Cignal missing Jose but determined to end series early

first_imgTwo bronze medals for PH swimming star Alkhaldi LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Jason Perkins. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJason Perkins admits that Cignal HD is missing the presence of one Raymar Jose.“That guy has the most beautiful face, you got to miss that pogi face,” he said jokingly of his teammate, who is currently with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The earliest Jose can return to the team is next Tuesday for Game 3, if the series goes the distance.As much as Perkins misses his frontcourt partner, it doesn’t mean that the Hawkeyes will wait for the bruising forward to come back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd he made sure that Cignal won’t feel much of Jose’s absence, anchoring its 78-56 Game 1 destruction of CEU to gain a 1-0 lead in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals on Tuesday.Finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Perkins orchestrated the Hawkeyes’ huge 24-6 opening blast to set the tone for the game as the Hawkeyes cruised to the 22-point rout, perfectly encapsulating how strong the team has been for the past nine games. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ “We just play off each other. Our team did a good job of moving the ball, especially Pamboy (Raymundo) because he’s just a good leader and he’s really smart. Even if he didn’t get the points, he just did a good job of moving the ball,” the forward out of La Salle said. “Everybody does not want to lose. We just make sure that always go for the win.”With one more win separating Cignal from completing back-to-back championship wins, Perkins made it clear that the team is going for the kill on Thursday, with or without Jose.“I will always wait for him. I love playing with him, but there’s no forever. We have to go out and play,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

USOC leader: Athletes have right to express themselves

first_imgRead Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Forgotten man: Derrick Favors ready to bounce back with Jazz Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Last year, the USOC honored Tommie Smith and John Carlos, whose raised-fist salute during “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1968 Olympics stands as one of the seminal moments in sports protests.National anthems are played at the Olympics to honor the winners of events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUSOC CEO Scott Blackmun said: “Our stance on this is fairly clear, and we recognize the rights of athletes to express themselves.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Michael Phelps, center, carries the US flag during the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. APPARK CITY, Utah — The leader of the American Olympic movement says the U.S. Olympic Committee recognizes the right of athletes to express themselves at the Games, even though Olympic rules forbid political protests.The comments came Monday, in the wake of shows of solidarity among NFL players who were angered by President Donald Trump’s stance on kneeling during the national anthem.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

TOURISM 2 LAST (BES26)

first_imgMeanwhile, Tourism Department Director Sajiv GaunsMeanwhile, Tourism Department Director Sajiv Gauns Desai said tourists tend to take a break from adventure sports and beach holiday during monsoon and departments focus will be to now promote monsoon tourism.”Summer time in Goa has always been a season of joy and fun with all the adventure and water sport activities available across the state. However, monsoon also has a special place in thecalendarfor touristslooking for relaxation,” Desai said.”Goa is at its best during the monsoonsforits greenery, picturesquelandscaping and more. It is that time when nature flourishes. Goa takes on a more traditional flavour,” he said.Desai said tourist arrivals during monsoon (June, July and August) last year recorded 22 per cent increase as against an 18 per cent rise in 2014, which indicates that Goa is as much as a favoured destination to visit during rainy season.”The downpour have already started and soon we shall start various monsoon adventure activities carried out in the hinterland such as eco-trekking, adventure expeditions, white water rafting, which are greatly enjoyed and loved by the locals as well as tourists,” Desai said.Goa also has plethora of natural sights ranging from various waterfalls to springs that come alive along the hilly terrains, he added. PTI RPS ARS TIR BASlast_img read more

Inflation at 3.2% in July

first_imgStory Highlights Speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly media briefing on Wednesday (August 29), at the BOJ Auditorium, downtown Kingston, Mr. Wynter said data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) indicate that the increase was mainly influenced by increased electricity, water and sewerage costs; rising costs for some agricultural produce; and higher transportation costs. Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the rate of inflation rose marginally to 3.2 per cent at the end of July, a 0.4 per cent increase over the out-turn at the end of June.Speaking at the Central Bank’s quarterly media briefing on Wednesday (August 29), at the BOJ Auditorium, downtown Kingston, Mr. Wynter said data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) indicate that the increase was mainly influenced by increased electricity, water and sewerage costs; rising costs for some agricultural produce; and higher transportation costs.Mr. Wynter reiterated that the lower-than-targeted 2.8 per cent June inflation out-turn and the July figure, which fell below the BOJ’s four to six per cent target, primarily reflected stronger-than-anticipated declines in food prices since the start of 2018.The Governor further noted that the June out-turn was due to a reduction in the pass-through of oil prices, and prevailing weaker-than-expected domestic demand.Mr. Wynter said the BOJ anticipates that increased economic activity will spur the inflation to rise to the four to six per cent range, consistent with the target under Jamaica’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and not through perceived manipulation of the foreign exchange rate by the Central Bank, to which he again declared “there is absolutely no truth”.“We have not done that, we are not now doing that, and we will not do that,” he further emphasised.The Governor indicated that the near-term inflation forecast is mainly predicated on an expected increase in domestic agricultural prices, oil prices remaining elevated, and the impact of improving economic activity, supported by the accommodative monetary conditions over the last year.Of note, he added, the level of inflation expected by businesses remains anchored in the midpoint of the Bank’s five per cent target.The Governor said the rate of private-sector credit growth is also expected to influence the inflation rate.He noted that credit extended by deposit-taking institutions to private-sector businesses and individuals grew at an annual rate of 15.9 per cent at June 2018, compared to 13.9 per cent in March, and 12.4 per cent at June 2017.This expansion, Mr. Wynter pointed out, was evenly balanced between business loans – 15.8 per cent, and personal loans – 16 per cent.Simultaneously, the Governor added, “we have seen the weighted average lending rates at commercial banks continue their decline during the June 2018 quarter”.“If this acceleration in private sector credit growth continues, the resulting increase in economic activity will [also] support inflation returning to the target of four to six per cent with greater certainty. The Bank of Jamaica is going to closely monitor these credit conditions and will make further cuts to the policy rate, if required,” he said.The BOJ announced on Tuesday (August 28), that it would be maintaining the policy interest rate on overnight placements at two per cent.The Bank said this decision reflects its updated assessment that inflation will rise towards the lower end of the four to six per cent target by the January to March 2019 quarter and, thereafter, will approach the middle of the range.Mr. Wynter pointed out that the inflation path continues to reflect “some slack” in the economy, which emphasises the continued elevated risk of the rate falling below the baseline projection.The Governor said an assessment of the risks to the forecast are “balanced”, with the main upside being worse-than-anticipated weather conditions, higher-than-projected domestic demand, and faster-than-anticipated exchange-rate depreciation, with international commodity prices, particularly crude oil, skewed to the downside.“While we are now seeing some encouraging signs of the faster expansion in private-sector credit that we need, we need to be sure that it is sustained, so that the ‘slack’ [in the economy] is removed as quickly as possible”.Noting that Jamaica’s overall macroeconomic indicators “continue to reflect stability”. Mr. Wynter said this environment will enable the BOJ to “continue with an accommodative policy stance in support of expanded output and job creation, which will return inflation to the Bank’s four to six per cent target”. Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the rate of inflation rose marginally to 3.2 per cent at the end of July, a 0.4 per cent increase over the out-turn at the end of June. Mr. Wynter reiterated that the lower-than-targeted 2.8 per cent June inflation out-turn and the July figure, which fell below the BOJ’s four to six per cent target, primarily reflected stronger-than-anticipated declines in food prices since the start of 2018.last_img read more

ShoreBased Jobs Big Opportunity for Women to Join Maritime

first_imgThe shipping industry has long been male-dominated due to its characteristics of being physically demanding, dangerous, and requiring long periods away from home. Most cultures have traditionally protected women from such jobs, which led to a significant gap between the number of men and women in the maritime industry.Although things have changed when looking at the global industry, the maritime sector is still a comparatively dangerous one even in countries in which women are encouraged to play an active role in the workforce.KD Adamson, Futurist & Chief Executive Officer, Futurenautics GroupIn an interview with World Maritime News, KD Adamson, Futurist & Chief Executive Officer, Futurenautics Group, explained the reasons behind the issue and spoke on the ways to shrink the gender gap.Adamson, who will be speaking at the Asia Pacific Maritime 2018 conference, which takes place 14-16 March 2018, said that, on a broader level, what is important is not more committees, it is initiatives within organisations to bring equality in the maritime industry.She cited data from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which has been tracking diversity and inclusion in the workplace for many years now, leading to conclusions that diversity and inclusion form part of a cultural change which starts at the top with real CEO and board engagement. Adamson commented that a change in the culture of maritime organisations has to come from within and requires different thinking. As more maritime companies embark on digital transformation, they are beginning to embrace different thinking.“I don’t think we are ever going to substantially shrink that gender gap in seagoing staff. What will happen is that seagoing jobs will increasingly no longer prepare individuals for the management positions ashore and that will open the industry up to qualified women from other industries and disciplines,” Adamson said.“At the same time automation and digitalisation will see new kinds of operational jobs which are shore-based, and will appeal to a far larger number of both women and men.”“The digital transformation of shipping will see it become part of larger intelligent mobility ecosystems, and that will create a variety of highly-skilled roles which have nothing to do with the sea. That’s a big opportunity for women to join maritime. However, the percentage of women in technology is almost as appalling as the percentage of women in maritime.”Digital transformation will create a variety of highly-skilled rolesAdamson also stressed that there is a need to attract more women and provide them with training opportunities in software and mechatronic engineering to develop the emerging human-machine interfaces and AI driven services and operations that intelligent mobility is going to require.Commenting on the ways in which leading companies in the maritime industry could help push for gender equality in their businesses, Adamson said that it takes a personal and visible commitment from the men leading these companies. She added that they need to ensure female talent pipelines are created and be prepared to mentor women.Furthermore, speaking on her own experiences with gender pay gap in the maritime industry, Adamson said that her fees are the same in every industry and that no client in shipping and maritime, or anywhere else, has ever expected to pay less because of her gender.Finally, Adamson said that practical, social and cultural differences that hinder the integration process present a global issue which every industry is grappling with.“There are no simple answers or one-size-fits-all solutions I can give you in a sentence, and anyone who tries to doesn’t understand the problem.”In relation to the #MeToo campaign, Adamson said that a Swedish survey showed that there were more than 1,000 instances of sexual harassment reported by female seafarers at the end of 2017. Additionally, Adamson mentioned the instance when the journalist Rose George was described by a British maritime PR practitioner as “Shipping’s Mary Whitehouse” for objecting to the appearance of semi-naked painted women at Nor-Shipping in 2015.“Those two things are connected. When the industry works that out it’ll have a shot at creating comfortable working environments for both men and women.”Interview conducted by Erna Penjic, Editor, World Maritime Newslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,935.44, down 206.33 points). The Canadian Press Companies reporting major news:The Stars Group Inc. (TSX:TSGI). Up $1.51 or 7.25 per cent to $22.34. Shares of the online gaming company surged Friday after it announced that the Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a US$870-million lower court ruling against the online gaming company. It says Kentucky residents had sued PokerStars in 2010, about four years before The Stars Group bought the site, for gambling losses under a centuries-old statue. The Stars Group says it plans to seek the release of a US$100-million bond posted during the appeals process.Bombardier Inc. — Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by Bombardier Inc., calling the allegations of trade secret misappropriations “baseless and without merit.” The Japanese jet maker filed a motion to dismiss Bombardier’s case in a U.S. federal court in Seattle, saying the lawsuit aims to “disrupt development” of a rival jet. Bombardier sued Mitsubishi in October over allegations that some of the Quebec company’s former employees passed on documents containing trade secrets to Mitsubishi before going to work for the company.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Down 34 cents, or 4.38 per cent to $7.43. MEG Energy says it will waive its shareholder rights plan in its fight against a hostile takeover offer by Husky Energy Inc. However, the company says it continues to unanimously recommend shareholders reject Husky’s cash-and-share offer. MEG noted that since Husky announced its intention to make its offer on Sept. 30, Husky’s share price has fallen more than 30 per cent, eroding the value of the offer. The takeover was worth about $3.3 billion when proposed in September but has fallen to less than $2.5 billion because of deterioration in Husky’s share price.center_img Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up three cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $41.92, on 21.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down five cents, or 2.55 per cent to $1.91 on 19.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Down 83 cents, or 4.27 per cent, to $18.62 on 19 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Gold. Up one cent, or 0.24 per cent, to $4.22 on 18.9 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Energy. Down two cents, or 1.9 per cent, to $1.03 on 16.2 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down 81 cents or 2.5 per cent, to $31.59 on 13.6 million shares.last_img read more

Firefighters Ball raises over 65000

first_imgWinn added that the atmosphere was extra special this year, especially since the firefighters began their charitable society in 2016 to help residents with travel medical expenses. He added that the vast majority of the money raised will be staying in the local area. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The 10th Annual Fort St. John Firefighters Charity Ball brought in an estimated $65,000 after expenses on Saturday night.Firefighters Charitable Society President Adam Winn said that though the final exact tally isn’t in yet, but that at least $65,000 was raised for two causes at the event, after the ball grossed around $111,000. Winn said that the ball was raising money for the local firefighters charity that supports Fort St. John residents cover travel expenses for medical treatment outside the Peace Region. The ball also raised money for the Firefighters Burn Fund.Winn said that the he was stunned at the amount of money the sold-out event raised, especially considering that the local economy has not quite recovered to levels seen five years ago. For the tenth anniversary celebrations, Winn said that firefighters aimed to make the event more lively than in years past, with live music from CC Brooks and the Roadside Distraction and the Montney Coulees making live music a debut at the ball.last_img read more