first_imgPupils with the helicopter at IllistrinA Donegal school still has its head in the clouds after a surprise visit by the Irish Coastguard – complete with helicopter! Scoil Naomh Fiachra in Illistrin are still recounting yesterday’s amazing events.Irish Coast Guard winchman and paramedic Mr Conal Mc Carron was delivering a talk to Ms Mc Claffertys and Mrs Ferrys first classes at the time. Irish coastguard member Conal McCarron gives one lucky pupil a lift!He gave the class advice about how to stay safe in the water and also told them what to do in the case of an emergency. The pupils were captivated by his knowledge and experience in both sea and cliff rescues. One child Fintan Hassan even had a chance to try out the harness.Mr Mc Carron had just finished a wonderful powerpoint presentation on their work when he received a call on his walkie talkie.Then out of nowhere they heard a helicopter hovering loudly above the school. The pupils could not believe their ears. There was much excitement.All 480 pupils rushed out to welcome the helicopter land at the school football pitch. The anticipation and excitement was compared to the visit of the Donegal football team players in 2012. The pilot and co-pilot for this rare visit were Mr Brendan Jackman and Mr Pauric Slattery.The winchman operator was Mr Michael Treacy and the winchman was Mr Darren Torpey.The crew invited all pupils on board the Sikorsky S92. All children had the opportunity to view the cockpit and look at the emergency equipment on board. They even got to jump out of the helicopter at the end! The crew were brilliant with the pupils and Mr Mc Carron along with the pilots and winchmen answered many questions.Dont look now but I think a helicopter has landed at out school!There are four Coast Guard helicopter bases in Ireland. These are located in Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo.The Coast Guard helicopters carry a crew of four, two pilots and two winchmen. The helicopter can go 200 miles off the coast at a speed of over 100mph. The crew were from the Sligo base. Mr Mc Carron organised this special surprise visit through the Irish Aviation Authority.Mr Conal Mc Carron has two sons in the school Óran and Alan. They were very proud to see their daddy become the school hero for the day. This is the Irish Coast Guards first Donegal school visit in a number of years. So Scoil Naomh Fiachra feels very privileged.Mr Feeney and the staff and pupils at Illistrin wish to thank the Irish Coast Guard for a great visit and for the fantastic work that they do in saving lives. This visit will be followed by a visit from the Fire Service, Ambulance Service and Gardaí as part of The Emergency Services Awareness month in first class.Irish Coastguard member and Letterkenny man Conal McCarron tells pupis about his exciting job.COASTGUARD SWOOP IN ON DONEGAL SCHOOL FOR SURPRISE VISIT! was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Conal McCarronIllistrinIrish CiastguardScoil Naomh Fiachralast_img read more

Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge

first_imgThe Letterkenny Rugby Club have had to postpone their ‘Tackling Muckish’ fundraising challenge due to bad weather.The Senior Team had set out to build a rally car on one of Donegal’s highest mountains today, but the lack of visibility made it too dangerous to attempt the climb.Deciding that it’s better safe than sorry, the challenge was put on hold. The team have set the provisional date of 31st August to try again.The Tackling Muckish challenge will be no easy task for the group, as they will carry car parts up the mountain and assemble the car on top. The challenge will raise money for Pieta House and the rugby club and is kindly sponsored by McCafferty’s Bar Letterkenny.You can still support the fundraiser now by donating to the GoFundMe page or contacting members of the Letterkenny Rugby Club.Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge was last modified: August 10th, 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:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBtackling muckishlast_img read more

SA develops sustainable blue economy strategy

first_img10 June 2014 The South African government is developing a blue economy strategy to help realise the full potential of its marine resources, Dr Monde Mayekiso, the deputy director general of the Department of Environmental Affairs, said at a meeting in Port Elizabeth on Monday. “South Africa has large ocean spaces and we are beginning to appreciate the value of this vital national asset and how it can contribute to our livelihoods and economy,” Mayekiso said. He said technology was helping to unlock the country’s marine resources, the sustainable use of which could make a meaningful contribution towards job creation in years to come. “Much of our ocean remains unexplored and … there is a need to urgently gather information and describe what resources are available and how they can be used sustainably,” he said.White Paper The White Paper on the National Environmental Management of the Ocean (Nemo) was gazetted on 29 May. Approved by Cabinet in December 2013, Nemo aims to govern activities and marine stakeholders to ensure optimal and sustainable use of the marine environment. The ocean economy has been identified by the National Development Plan as one of the key drivers to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030. Mayekiso noted that the policy would help give effect to the environmental rights in the Constitution. The general statutory framework is provided by the National Environmental Management Act and other relevant legislation, which envisages on a high degree of co-operative governance between organs of state pursuing economic development and those tasked with environmental responsibilities. “A number of key areas such as aquaculture, marine transport, offshore oil and gas exploration are crucial in growing the economy, providing much-needed jobs and improving prosperity while ensuring environmental sustainability and integrity,” Dr Mayekiso said. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

It’s March – Time for TechStars’ Startup Madness Tournament

first_imgTags:#events#start Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… March means March Madness, of course – the time of year when eyes turn to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, one of the most watched sports events of the year. The startup accelerator TechStars is getting in on the action with its own “bracket-style” tournament to find the next big startup. It’s picking 64 startups to face off in Startup Madness.Rest assured, tech startups, the tournament won’t test your free throw prowess or talent on the basketball court. The startups in Startup Madness will compete for votes from the public via the user-comparison website This or That. The public will be able to vote once per match-up, and the company who gets the most votes advances to the next round.The Tournament winner will receive over $25,000 in valuable prizes, including $12,000 in Rackspace hosting credits, $5,000 in advertising on Seattle 2.0 web site, and an invitation to “TechStars for a Day.” Finalists and semi-finalists will also receive an invitation to that TechStars event.In order to qualify, your startup needs to have a live, usable public website or an accessible demo, and you need to have not raised more than $250,000 in investment or revenue in a single year. TechStars companies or alumni aren’t qualified. The deadline to nominate startups is Wednesday, March 9. You can nominate a startup here or you can tweet “Hey @TechStars, I nominate [the startup’s twitter handle] for the @StartupMadness Tournament.”center_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Passive House Institute U.S. Schedules Conference

first_imgPassive House Institute U.S. says that it is now accepting both papers and presenters for its annual North American conference, scheduled this year from September 10-14 at the Marriott San Francisco Waterfront.PHIUS was still firming up its speakers and other conference details, and said it would have registration links posted at its website later in the week.In the meantime, the organization announced the basic framework for the conference, including pre-conference technical workshops on September 10-11 covering topics such as WUFI-Passive, mechanical systems, and multi-family buildings.The main conference takes place September 12 and 13 and will include four two-hour tracks each day. On September 14, there will be a bus tour of projects in the area.An unrelated conference, the North American Passive House Conference, will take place this year in Portland, Maine, also in September. The Maine conference is sponsored by the North American Passive House Network.last_img read more

Five naxals held in Chhattisgarh

first_imgFive naxals were arrested from two places in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, the police said on Tuesday.While three cadres were picked up from Potenar village under Jangla police station limits, two others were held from the forest of Basaguda police station area on Monday, a local police official told PTI. Separate teams of District Force and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were involved in these operations.Those arrested from Jangla area are identified as Lekam Balram (38), Alma Rama (32) and Aalam Pandu (51) who all are lower-rung cadres, he said, adding that Balram and Rama were carrying reward of ₹10,000 and ₹5,000, respectively, on their heads.Two cadres who were arrested from the forest of Chipurbhati and Putkel villages are identified as Veko Podia (27) and Punem Hunga (27), both active members of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangthan (DAKMS), a frontal wing of Maoists, he said.They all were allegedly involved in incidents of torching vehicles, putting up Maoist pamphlets and posters and damaging roads, the official said.last_img read more

Kusal Perera 153 scripts Sri Lanka’s miracle 1-wicket win vs South Africa in Durban Test

first_imgBrief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 304/9) beat South Africa (235 & 259) by 1 wicket to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in 2-match series. Kusal Perera (153*), Dhananjaya de Silva (48), Keshav Maharaj (3/71). ScorecardKusal Perera played the innings of a lifetime and pulled off a miracle victory for Sri Lanka on Saturday, scoring 153 not out off 200 balls, as the visitors beat the hosts by 1 wicket to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series in Durban.Chasing a daunting target of 304, the Lankans were reduced to 83 for 3 on Day 3 and had lost half their side at 110 on the fourth day when Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva joined forces to add 96 runs for the sixth wicket.De Silve departed on 48 but Perera carried on and batted smartly with the tail-enders to take Sri Lanka closer to the target.He brought up his second Test hundred in just 146 deliveries in the 74th over of the fourth innings and went on to cross his highest score of 112 with a six to reach 112 with Sri Lanka needing 52 runs at that stage. The shot also took the team past 250.for Kusal Perera, His second century in Tests! #SAvSL #KJP Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) February 16, 2019His last wicket partnership with Vishwa Fernando had reached 26 runs by then with Perera scoring all the runs while the latter didn’t even open his account for 15 deliveries.The Proteas strangely decided not to take the second new ball after the 80-over mark by which time Sri Lanka had reached 262, needing another 42 runs to win with Kusal Perera on 120 and Fernando yet to get off the mark after facing 20 deliveries.advertisementSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was visibly under pressure by that point and had multiple discussions with veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn who was operating from one end.After the second meeting with the skipper in the 81st over, Steyn finally decided to take the new ball with one ball left in the over and Fernando on strike, but the latter managed to survive yet again.With Kagiso Rabada being introduced into the attack, Perera decided to take him on and carried on playing his shots. He was unable to get the strike back in the 83rd over and with Steyn operating with the new ball, Fernando had to survive or find a way to get off strike.In the second ball of the over, Fernando managed to edge the ball past second slip to collect five runs to get off the mark and get Perera on strike again for the third ball. Against all odds, Perera smacked a six over deep mid-wicket off the fourth ball to bring down the deficit to just 23 runs. The shot also brought up the fifty-run partnership for the final wicket with Fernando scoring just 5 runs from 23 balls.Perera smashed another two sixes off the next two overs from Steyn and Rabada to take Sri Lanka within touching distance from victory which finally came in the third ball of the 86th over as the left-hander finished the match with his 12th boundary to trigger massive celebrations at the Kingsmead stadium.Perera and Fernando’s unbroken partnership for the final wicket reached 78 off 95 balls, which is a record for Sri Lanka against South Africa in Test cricket. Fernando just managed 6 runs in the incredible stand. The win was also Lanka’s first in Durban after 7 years.WHAT.A.VICTORY! Sri Lanka won the 1st Test vs South Africa by 1 wicket!Kusal Perera 153 NOT OUT!SA 235, 259 vs SL 191, 304/9 (85.3 Ovs) #SAvSL Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) February 16, 2019For the dejected Proteas, Keshav Maharaj finished with 3 wickets while Dale Steyn and Duanne Olivier bagged two wickets.Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada took a wicket each but the combined force of all these top-class bowlers just couldn’t dislodge the final Sri Lankan wicket and thus, ended up on the losing side despite dominating the match for the better part of four days.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 4 in Durban: As it happenedAlso Read | Kusal Perera speechless after pulling off epic Test victory vs South Africa in DurbanAlso Read | Kusal Perera take a bow: R Ashwin lauds Sri Lankan match-winner after Durban Test heroicslast_img read more