Worldwide, it is estimated that some 132 million children are orphans with an assessed eight million living in institutional care.In Guyana, child care institutions form part of the first level of response for children who cannot have parental care for reasons of orphanhood and other vulnerabilities such as poverty, abuse, family breakdown, parental neglect, disease and disability. In a report entitled, “Status of Child Protection and Foster Care in Guyana”, it was noted that in 2003, there were already an estimated 22,000 orphans in Guyana with an estimated 7000 due to HIV/AIDS. As such, this led to the previous Government partnering with UNICEF in establishing mechanisms so that families can be strengthened to provide care for children thus ensuring that institutional care is a last-resort consideration. The fruits of such partnerships were highlighted recently when the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) announced that children in institutional care dropped by 25 per cent. Statistics released by the CCPA reveal that some 165 children are being housed at the Sophia Care Centre and Half-way Home, the Mahaica Children’s Home and the Drop-in Centre. This is a significant reduction compared to earlier this year when it was reported that 700 children were in institutional care. The decline in children in such care in Guyana comes at a time when the CCPA is working with the Social Protection Ministry to develop a national policy document for children in institutional care. According to CCPA’s Director, Ann Greene, that document will be completed by the end of 2016. The national policy will be focusing on supporting, protecting and caring for children who, due to their circumstances, are placed in institutional care.Over the years, Guyana has made many strides with respect to protecting children as compared to many other countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.However, these were not without their challenges and, as such, implementing a world fit for children has not been without challenges and setbacks, some of which are greater than those occasioned by financial and infrastructural constraints.Certainly, this Administration should continue on the progress it inherited, as more needs to be done to protect children in vulnerable situations.Former Education Minister Priya Manickchand, in her then role as Human Services Minister, had said that vulnerability can be considered in terms of geographic location and economy, as well as age. In the developed and developing countries alike, it is the children who are most vulnerable.In the 2016 budget, the Child Care and Protection Agency received a budgetary allocation of $471 million and the utilisation of such will go an extensive way in ensuring that children in institutional care are placed in families, be it with the biological parents, or via adoption or foster care.The care, protection and development of all our children, in whom lies the future of humanity, are objectives that demand pride of place on our national and global agendas. Guyana, over the years, stood committed to those objectives. In moving forward, the Social Protection Ministry should ensure that despite the circumstances which lead to a child being left in care institutions, his or her education should be a priority. Education is critically important to children’s social integration and psychosocial well-being. According to research conducted by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), school attendance helps children affected by any sort of trauma to regain a sense of normalcy and to recover from the psychosocial impacts of their experiences and disrupted lives. Orphans and vulnerable children stand in particular need of an education intervention as they are most vulnerable due to economic hardships, reduced parental care and protection.In moving forward, the Ministry can begin to examine the possibility of deinstitutionalising orphanages and look to alternative forms of institutional measures that tend to recreate a family-like setting. Children’s group homes and children’s villages are the most popular forms developed which many other countries are adopting.
0Shares0000LONDON, April 21 – England centre-back Chris Smalling has extended his contract with Manchester United until 2019, the Premier League giants announced on Tuesday.Smalling, 25, joined United from Fulham in a £10 million ($14.9 million, 13.9 million euros) deal five years ago and is enjoying his best season to date at Old Trafford, having made 23 appearances and scoring four goals. “Chris has improved and developed immensely during the short time that I have been at the club and has become an integral part of the first-team squad,” United manager Louis van Gaal told the club’s website.“He always conducts himself in a very professional manner and it is also pleasing that he has scored some important goals this season, too. I am delighted he has signed a new contract.”Smalling, who can also play at right-back, has made 147 appearances for United, scoring nine goals, and has won two Premier League titles with the club.His opportunities at Old Trafford were initially limited by the presence of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, but with both players having left the club last year, he has become an important member of United’s defence.“I’m delighted to sign my new contract. I am so proud to play for such a great club,” said Smalling, whose previous contract had been due to expire next year.“We have developed as a team over the course of the season under Louis van Gaal and we are now playing as a complete unit. This is a very exciting time to be at Manchester United.“We are all determined to get back to where we belong and competing at the highest level.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
WHITTIER – After working his way up from the teaching ranks nearly four decades ago at the Whittier Union High School District, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Leo Camalich will retire at the end of this school year. Although Camalich was best known for his 22-year stint as La Serna High principal, his retirement is likely to have more of an effect on current students, faculty and staff at Whittier High. That’s because Whittier High’s principal, Loring Davies, will be stepping into Camalich’s position at the district office when he retires June 30. “During this time of significant personnel changes, I want to assure the community that there will be a smooth transition as we prepare for Leo Camalich’s retirement and Loring Davies’ promotion,” said Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. Camalich, who also served as a Rio Hondo College trustee for four years, said he and his wife, Gayle, a teacher, are both retiring at the same time and plan to move to a home in Ventura. “I have enjoyed and appreciated the mutual respect and collaboration that exists within our school district,” he added. “This is a place that encourages and promotes innovation and a desire to excel, and is a healthy and fun place to work.” Davies’ promotion to assistant superintendent becomes effective July 1. He has 15 years’ experience as a school principal, five of which he’s spent at Whittier High. A nationwide search for a new Whittier High principal will begin immediately, and officials said they hope to have a replacement for Davies in place at the school long before he leaves for the district office. “Under Mr. Davies’ leadership, Whittier High has demonstrated tremendous positive growth in all aspects,” Thorstenson said. “(He) is highly regarded by the greater Whittier educational community for being an effective, personable and positive school leader.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And even though it will be difficult to see Camalich go, Thorstenson said, the district will “continue to benefit from his efforts as a dedicated professional in the field of education for years to come.” A native Whittierite, Camalich began his career in education as a teacher at Santa Fe High. He was the New Horizons program director at Whittier High and an assistant principal at Santa Fe High before being named principal at La Serna in 1982. Over the next 22 years, La Serna was named a California Distinguished School three times and received a Golden Bell award from the Association of California School Administrators. ACSA also named Camalich, 59, the Secondary Principal of the Year in 2002-03 for its Region 15. He was promoted to assistant superintendent in 2004. “(This) has been a special place to work,” Camalich said. “I feel blessed and fortunate to have spent my entire career here.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Yet surprisingly, one of the year’s most promising innovations came from inside LAUSD itself, and was crafted by District One Superintendent Jean Brown.When educators at Woodland Hills’ Parkman Middle School voted to leave the LAUSD and become a charter school, Brown invented a way for them to stay. She encouraged the teachers’ desire to innovate and improve their school and she granted them control over their curriculum.Most importantly, Superintendent Brown listened. For Parkman’s staff and the community, it was like throwing open the windows and letting in a fresh breeze.Other district officials and California politicians might want to take a page from Brown’s book and begin putting their faith in local schools and educators as well. Consider that three of the most outstanding public schools in the San Fernando Valley are schools who realized that departing the Los Angeles Unified School District was the only pathway to real improvement. Vaughn Street Elementary in San Fernando and Fenton Avenue Elementary in Lakeview Terrace are renowned for turning out computer-literate fifth-graders and putting dreams in the minds of kids in some of the neediest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Granada Hills Charter High School is one of the biggest and most successful education-reform movements in the country. WITH the gates of our public schools firmly shut for the summer, there is change in the wind. Everywhere educators and parents turn, there is another plan emerging with promises of reforming the ailing Los Angeles Unified School District.Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s much-debated legislative initiative, if passed, could allow him to handpick LAUSD’s superintendent as well as oversee L.A.’s lowest-achieving schools. United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy has come up with his own plan, which would allow schools to apply for “waivers” from suffocating, one-size fits all LAUSD policies. Former L.A. school board president Caprice Young’s California Charter Association, which specializes in creating charter schools around the state, has so many requests for meetings with LAUSD schools, she doesn’t have enough staff to take them. And Granada’s sparkling new football field, sharply outfitted marching band, and well-paid staff aren’t going unnoticed by other L.A. schools hungry for change. The growing crop of charter schools in Los Angeles and California are the real catalyst behind the sudden interest in true education reform. Bureaucrats and politicians are racing to stop the dam from breaking.But too many of them still believe that the secret to success in education can be determined in a skyscraper. The truth is teachers are the ones who belong in the driver’s seat. Superintendent Brown has the right idea. The best way to find out how to improve education is to listen to a teacher. No one knows better where school funds are really needed than a committed educator who has dipped into his or her own wallet year after year.Our public school teachers in Los Angeles are a tried and tested bunch. They have seen pay raises granted and revoked. They have watched endless incarnations of curriculum arrive and depart. They have greeted students for decades wondering if there would be enough paper to go around. Our teachers do the sacred work of teaching our children each and every day, and there will be no reform unless we give them the freedom to meet the changing needs of kids in their own diverse neighborhoods. Real reform means putting our tax dollars as close to the classroom as we can get it. And real reform will mean more parents adjusting their schedules to be first in line to support their children’s schools. But most of all, real education reform will mean giving school teachers something they deserve a lot more of: respect.Sonja Eddings Brown is the founding parent of Granada Hills Charter High School and a member of its governing board.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd 1941-2017 1 Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has died, his family has announced. He was 75.A pivotal figure in the St James’ Park club’s rise during the 1990s, he was chairman for 10 years from 1997.Shepherd eventually sold his share of the club to Mike Ashley and recently, along with brother Bruce, was granted the freedom of the city of Newcastle.“Freddy Shepherd, former chairman of Newcastle United and chairman of Shepherd Offshore Group and Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group, sadly passed away peacefully at his home last night,” his family said in a statement.“At this difficult time the family have asked that their privacy be respected.”Born and bred in the north east, Shepherd was the owner and managing director of the Shepherd Offshore Group for more than 40 years.He set up the Triple S group in 2008 but is best known for his influential role at Newcastle.A director of the Magpies from 1992 until 2007, Shepherd served as vice-chairman to Sir John Hall as the club finished Premier League runners-up in both 1996 and 1997, playing a key role in signing Alan Shearer from Blackburn for a world-record £15million.The former Newcastle striker posted on Twitter. “So sad to hear my great friend and former @NUFC chairman Freddy Shepherd has passed away. I owe him a huge debt for bringing me home.”Shepherd became Newcastle chairman in 1997 and oversaw several dalliances with the Champions League, while his decision to appoint Sir Bobby Robson saw United finish as high as third in 2003.Unfortunately, Shepherd was unable to lead Newcastle to major success during an eventful decade as chairman, eventually selling his 28.01 per cent stake of the Premier League club to Ashley in June 2007.Having relinquished his shareholding for more than £37million, he was replaced as chairman by Chris Mort the following month.Upon leaving the club, Shepherd said: “I have had a great 15 years on the board, 10 of them as chairman and I have enjoyed every minute.“It has been a great privilege and honour to have been chairman and I would not have missed it for the world.“We have had some really exciting times and I like to think we have achieved a lot since 1992 when we took over the club.“But it was the right time for me to stand down. And in any case, once the club was delisted, my position as chairman of the PLC became redundant.“I gave it my best shot and I could not really have done any more.”Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley, who worked under Shepherd, paid tribute to a “driving force”.He said: “I was deeply saddened to learn of Freddy’s passing today. He was an incredibly passionate supporter of Newcastle United and maintained that love for the club even after he stood down as chairman.“During his time at the club as both a director and chairman, he had a big part to play in the club’s modern-day history and was a driving force in the redevelopment of our stadium and expanding its capacity to more than 52,000.“He had a huge passion not just for the club, but for the city and region it represents.“Our thoughts at this time are of course with his family and friends.”
13 13 9. Emmanuel Petit – The France international midfielder made his name with Arsenal, after linking up with manager Arsene Wenger once again having enjoyed a fruitful spell together at Monaco. Alongside Patrick Vieira, the duo formed a successful partnership at domestic and international level that brought both World Cup and European Championship success. He endured a miserable season with Barcelona in 2000/01 where he later admitted he felt manager Lorenzo Serra Ferrer did not know his position. A move to Chelsea followed, but a niggling knee injury eventually forced the midfielder into retirement. 12. Oriol Romeu – Despite establishing himself as a solid Premier League midfielder with Southampton, the Spaniard failed to represent either of these great clubs with great distinction. He joined Barcelona as a youngster, but failed to dislodge Xavi or Busquets from their holding midfield roles. Asa a result, he joined Chelsea in 2011 in a deal worth £5 million. Again, he failed to establish himself in the first team, and a succession of loan spells followed before he made the permanent switch to the Saints in 2015. 13 13 3. Samuel Eto’o – Arguably the greatest African footballer ever, the Cameroonian struck fear into the heart of defences across Europe during a five-year spell with Barca. His pace, power and finishing ability made him one of the most lethal strikers in world football. He left the club to join Inter Milan where he enjoyed more success, most notably, the 2010 Champions League in his first season. After becoming the highest paid player in the world with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011, Etoo joined Chelsea in 2013 and completed one full season at the club before leaving on a free for Everton. 13. Winston Bogarde (Click the right arrow, above, to see the whole gallery) – After impressing with Ajax at both domestic and European level, the imposing centre-half made a move to AC Milan in 1997. He lasted only six months however, and was shipped out to Barca in January 1998. His injury problems limited his game time in Spain, but he did enough to convince Chelsea to bring him to England in one of the most lucrative deals in English history. Within weeks of joining in 2000, Claudio Ranieri wanted the defender gone. However, the defender wanted to see his £40,000-a-week contract out and still trained every day. During four years, he appeared just 11 times. When asked about the transfer, he said: I may be one of the worst buys in the history of the Premiership but I don’t care. 13 13 13 13 Chelsea and Barcelona meet in an intriguing Champions League round of 16 clash on Tuesday evening.The two European heavyweights have enjoyed some classic encounters down the years and football fans will be hoping for another treat when the pair meet at Stamford Bridge.As a result of the elite status of both clubs, their respective transfer talent pools have, at times, overlapped.There are 13 players to have worn both the famous strips for both clubs throughout the years.However, as with any transfer, some have drastically failed to live up to their reputations.talkSPORT has compiled a gallery of all those players and duly ranked them, from worst to best.Click the right arrow, above, to see the whole gallery. 13 13 11. Ricardo Quaresma – A mercurial talent who perhaps never quite fulfilled his potential at both clubs, Quaresma is remembered throughout Europe more for his feats with Porto. After joining Barcelona from Sporting Lisbon, the tricky winger endured a difficult solitary season in Barcelona and eventually refused to play under Frank Rijkaard. After leaving for Porto in 2004, a disastrous move to Inter Milan saw him enjoy six months on loan with Chelsea in 2009. Suffice to say, a permanent move never materialised and he will perhaps be best remembered as a player who looks great on YouTube, but who disappointed in real life. 6. Eidur Gudjohnsen – The Icelandic striker became a cult hero with Chelsea, forming a devastating partnership with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. He played a slightly more withdrawn role when Jose Mourinho arrived in 2004, but was still effective in helping bring consecutive Premier League titles to Stamford Bridge. In 2006, he joined Barcelona and was an integral member of the squad. Although he played a lesser role behind the fearsome triumvirate of Messi, Henry and Etoo, Gudjohnsen still played a crucial part in delivering the historic treble in 2009. 13 5. Albert Ferrer – Barcelona through-and-through, Ferrer was a tough tackling right-back who became integral to Johan Cruyffs Dream Team of the 90s. He won five league titles, a European Cup, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, two domestic cups, four Supercups and two UEFA Super Cups. He left in 1998 and quickly established himself as a vital member of the team, with his experience key. He helped the Blues reach their first ever Champions League campaign in his debut season, win the FA Cup the following season and get to the Champions League quarter-finals that same year. Under Gianluca Vialli he found his first-team opportunities limited, and retied at 33 in 2003. 8. Juliano Belletti – Although he won LaLiga in his first season, the Brazilian right-back eventually fell out of favour at the Camp Nou. He remained on the bench for much of the 2005/06 season, but the impact he had at the end of that season confirmed his legendary status. He popped up as an unlikely match-winner in the 2006 Champions League final against Arsenal to break Gunners hearts. In 2007, he joined Chelsea and will be remembered fondly in west London for his long-range shooting and no-nonsense tackling. 13 13 7. Mark Hughes – The Wales international stunned Manchester United fans when he left Old Trafford in 1986 to sign for the Spanish side for £2 million. Terry Venables brought him to the club in an attempt to create a world-class partnership with Gary Lineker. However, Hughes failed to deliver and returned to United within two years. As his career came to an end in Manchester, he signed for Chelsea in 1995. He enjoyed a career resurgence in west London and lead the side to FA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and League Cup glory. 2. Pedro – The diminutive forward enjoyed a glittering career in Spain after coming through the famed La Masia academy. Blessed with blistering pace and trickery, the World Cup winner is blessed with the ability to score with either foot and has made a career out of scoring crucial goals in big games, like the opener in the 2011 Champions League final. One of the most decorated players of his generation; he is only pipped to top spot by a deserving winner… 1. Cesc Fabregas – We start this list with one of the most naturally talented midfielders of his generation. After coming through the famed Barcelona academy like Pedro, Fabregas left to join Arsenal at just 16. After developing into a World Cup winning midfielder, the Spaniard returned to his boyhood club in 2011. Following three trophy-laden seasons, Chelsea decided to part with £30 million to bring him back to London where he has since won two Premier League titles. 10. Boudewijn Zenden – Known affectionately as Bolo, the winger became one of the many Dutch imports who joined Barcelona when Louis van Gaal took over and brought him to the Camp Nou in 1998. It was another Dutchman who took his preferred left-wing position in Marc Overmars, Zenden established himself as a solid wing-back. Van Gaals departure resulted in a dip in form for the Dutchman, and he moved to Chelsea in 2001. A persistent knee injury scuppered his playing time in west London, and he eventually moved to Middlesbrough in 2003. 4. Deco – The silky Portuguese attacking midfielder was the heartbeat of the Porto side that stunned Europe by winning the Champions League in 2004. He duly earned himself a move to the Catalan giants the following summer and propelled the side to the top of European football. He acted as the perfect mentor to rising starlet Andres Iniesta, much the same way Ronaldinho took Messi under his wing. A move to Chelsea in 2008 was never particularly successful, although the fact he was past his prime made adapting to the English game that much harder.
Celtic may have sealed the title on Sunday but attentions have already turned to the next campaign and the prospect of Patrick Roberts not being around for the Euro qualifiers.The Scottish Premiership table toppers face a tug of war with the English FA over the exciting teenager because the Under-19 European championships fall at the same time as the Champions League qualifiers.And talking of next season, Derek McInnes has expressed his desire to mount a real challenge to Celtic by asking the Aberdeen board to stump up the cash.Abroad there have been title wins for PSV Eindhoven (due to a shock Ajax result) and Leipzig (which has led to one of the funniest injuries in recent memory). Meanwhile, on a sadder note, tributes have been pouring in for former Clyde and Queen of the South midfielder Chris Mitchell who lost his life at the weekend.A behind the scenes look into Celtic’s dressing room celebrations.PSV, who beat PEC Zwolle 3-1, wait to hear the full-time result from Ajax. The Dutch giants slipped up against the already relegated De Graafschap, drawing 1-1, ultimately handing the title to PSV. RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick suffers a hamstring injury as he runs away from the celebrations. Former Rangers winger Kal Naismith netted a screamer for Portsmouth at the weekend.Meanwhile, in Toni’s final home game v Verona… SNSFormer Scotland internationalist Don Hutchison turns 45 today. Thanks for the Wembley memories Don.Ross County’s Stewart Murdoch also celebrates today. He’s turning 26.
DD Culture: There’s some fantastic reasons to get out of the house, ranging from concerts to films, plays and exhibition!Rheingans Residency A very successful 3rd annual Letterkenny Trad Week ended with a sold-out concert by Billy Bragg & Joe Henry at An Grianán Theatre on Monday night January 30th.One of the highlights of the festival, artists-in-residence the Rheingans Sisters from Sheffield, said that they had a great time in Donegal and vowed to return. They had a very busy few days that included workshops with traditional music students from the University of Ulster Magee Derry and the Ceol Na Coille traditional music school’s group Coirm.They gave two great concert performances in a double-bill with Na Mooneys at the RCC and as part of the epic ‘A Family Affair Gala Concert’ at An Grianán. They also found time to film some tunes in the company of renowned Letterkenny based fiddler Seamus McGuire in the atmospheric surroundings of Fitz Howard’s guitar workshop. Swell Festival Fundraising ConcertThe First Lady of Celtic Music, Moya Brennan and her family will perform for your pleasure at the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on Saturday 4th February. They will be joined by Clann Mhic Ruairi, Kate O’Callaghan and other special guests, to create a wonderful celebration of Gaelic songs and stories.This is a fantastic opportunity to catch Moya on home turf before she embarks on a European tour promoting her upcoming album ‘Canvas’.All proceeds will go towards funding the wonderful Swell Festival on Arranmore Island that will be held this year from July 21st to 23rd 2017.IMBOLC International Music Festival, DerryYou wait all year for a traditional music festival in the Northwest of Ireland and three big ones come along at the same time.Following the success of Scoil Gheimhridh in Gaoth Dobhair and Letterkenny Trad Week, it’s Derry’s turn to host an impressive festival. IMBOLC International Music Festival started on Sunday January 29th and continues until Sunday February 5th. The final weekend boasts six first rate events with concerts by Notify / Snowpoet and by Four Men And A Dog on Friday 3rd, Duncan Chisholm / Visten and The Kilfenora Céilí Band on Saturday 4th and Anúna and Declan O’Rourke & John Sheahan on Sunday 5th. See imbolcfestival.com for further information and booking.February Drama at An Grianán TheatreAn Grianán Theatre Letterkenny has a very strong programme of drama in February starting with a lovely show for younger theatre goers called ‘Mr Mess’ by Amadan Ensemble on Saturday 4th at 2pm.‘The Big Fellow’, an exciting account of the life of Michael Collins adapted from Frank O’Connor’s biography, is performed on Wednesday 8th. ‘Wilde Without The Boy’ will be performed by Olivier Award nominated actor Gerard Logan on Friday 10th. This is a dramatisation of ‘De Profundis’, the letter Oscar Wilde wrote to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, from his cell in Reading Gaol.The Letterkenny Music and Drama Group present their 2017 festival play Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ on Friday 17th.James Joyce’s best-loved short story ‘The Dead’ is given a thrilling new operatic treatment on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23th. All shows are 8pm unless otherwise stated.Contact An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 0749120777 or angrianan.com for booking.Major Live Film Events at Century CinemasCentury Cinemas Letterkenny continues its incredible programme of Live Film events with four great shows in February. Donegal audiences can experience the best in ballet, opera and theatre from London and New York.‘Woolf Works’, the first of two shows from the Royal Ballet London, will be screened live on Wednesday 8th at 7pm. The pioneering literary work of Virginia Woolf is the inspiration for multi-award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s brilliant show.A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ will be screened live on Tuesday 28th at 7pm. This ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is a spectacle like no other, combining the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers.Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, in the National Theatre’s ‘Saint Joan’, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse London on Thursday 16th at 7pm. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of the young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the New York Met Opera’s ‘Rusalka’, Dvořák’s fairy tale about the tragic water nymph, on Saturday 25th at 5.55pm.See centurycinemas.ie for further information and booking.February at Balor Arts Centre The Balor Arts Centre Ballybofey has a number of good concerts and an important Northwest drama production coming up in February. Top traditional Irish music group The David Munnelly Trio featuring Shane McGowan on guitar and Joseph McNulty on fiddle play the Balor on Monday 6th.Their three individual styles combine well to create a blend of old traditional and new innovative compositions.The ever popular Flash Harry, the ultimate Queen tribute act, returns to the Balor on Saturday 11th.The show features hit after hit from Queens’s first single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ to Freddie’s poignant last appearance on ‘These are the days of our lives’ and all the big anthems like ‘Radio Gaga’ and ‘We are the champions’.Derry’s Sole Purpose Productions presents ‘Blinkered’ on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th, written by Patricia Byrne and directed by Shauna Kelpie.Developed in association with Siobhan O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University, Youthlife and AWARE NI, this play shines a light on the lonely darkness of depression and its impact on the family. See balorartscentre.com for further information and booking.Bulls at the RCCThe next exhibition at RCC Letterkenny from February 14th to March 25th is a major show called ‘Sire’ by Donegal artist Maria McKinney.For eighteen months in 2015 and 2016 Maria worked with Dovea Genetics (a bull stud with 90 bulls standing at stud producing semen in a controlled environment), quantitative geneticist Dr. Donagh Berry, Teagasc, genome biologist Prof. David MacHugh, UCD and Head of Veterinary Clinical Studies Prof. Michael Doherty, UCD to develop a body of work that explores the correlation between the predictive features of genomics in the development of beef and dairy cattle and how this might echo the prophesying function of the traditional corn dolly.Maria produced a significant body of work including sculpture, large scale photographs and video that was first exhibited at RHA Dublin in September/October 2016.Maria is from Inishowen and is currently based in Dublin. She was shortlisted for the MAC International 2014 and recently completed a residency in the UCD School of Science.Exhibition opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm (closed March 17th & 18th), admission is free and everyone is welcome.Dinosaur at the RCCNot content with an exhibition about bulls the RCC has had to go one bigger and have a concert by Dinosaur on Friday February 24th, as part of a Music Network national tour.The band described by ‘All About Jazz’ as “A new British jazz supergroup” are led by the “sophisticated and technically awesome” trumpet player and composer Laura Jurd and have been performing together for over six years.The result is utterly compelling live performances and a wonderfully cohesive group sound – a playful fusion of sparse, epigrammatic trumpet lines, catchy riffs, shifting dance grooves and pulsing bass lines.A recent 5 star review of their new album ‘Together, As One’ in The Guardian says “Imagine the impressionistic electric-jazz moodiness and glistening keyboard textures of Miles Davis’s ‘In A Silent Way’ seamlessly wrapped around Celtic folk melodies and interwoven with American, Scottish and north African drumming – and you might have a feel for this superb set from Laura Jurd, the young trumpeter who has made such an impact on UK jazz over four packed years.”Contact An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 0749120777 for booking.DD Culture: February jam-packed with films, plays, and exhibitions! was last modified: February 4th, 2017 by Shaun HanniganShare 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:An griananDD CultureMoya BrennanShaun Hannigantrad musicWhat’s on?
Donegal’s Operation Transformation Leader Cathal Gallagher was left speechless by the large crowds that turned out to support him on National Walks Day.National Walks Day in Donegal has been hailed as a huge success by Donegal Sports Partnership (DSP), with almost 1,000 people taking part in the four organised walks across the county last Saturday.Paramedic Cathal Gallagher, who is one of Ireland’s five Operation Transformation leaders, drew unprecedentedly large crowds out to his hometown walk in Ballyshannon. Up to 800 people of all ages turned up for the 3K in Ireland’s Oldest Town, which was attended by Personal Trainer Karl Henry from RTE’s OT series. Karen Guthrie, Community Sports Development Officer with DSP, who co-ordinated the national programme locally, said the turnout in Ballyshannon was incredible.She said: “DSP are delighted with the turnout, both for Cathal and at the other venues. Around 200 people walked at the other locations in Cranford, Stranorlar and Fintown,” Karen said.“The turnout in Ballyshannon surpassed anything we could have imagined and the event just showed the overwhelming support there is for Cathal within the community. He’s a very well-known and popular figure from being an emergency care giver in the town.“I think people are keen to get behind him and give something back. Every sports club and organisation in the area must have been represented and it was fantastic to see people of all ages and abilities in attendance which is exactly the ethos of National Walks Day,” she added. Cathal GallagherGiving his reaction to the hundreds of people who came out to support him in Ballyshannon, Cathal said he was speechless.“The support and good wishes, words of encouragement ahttps://www.instagram.com/p/Bsi22w5gaCA/nd just general goodwill being showered on me is phenomenal goodwill being showered on me is phenomenal,” he said in a Facebook post.“I’m taking part in the hardest emotional, mental and physical challenge I’ve ever contemplated. To thank everyone individually would take me forever, but I can acknowledge everyone collectively. Thank you everyone.“Your support will help me succeed. There are a couple of people I must mention. Firstly my beautiful and main motivator, Agi Gallagher and my precious daughter, Maja. I’m doing this for us, the three of us,” Cathal added.Agi, Cathal Gallagher, Kathryn Thomas and Maja (2) in BallyshannonKaren Guthrie commented that National Walks Day is designed to encourage every member of the community to come out and walk, and with Cathal being the first Donegal leader on Operation Transformation, they really celebrated that in style in Ballyshannon. Karen said: “DSP is also delighted at the numbers that took part in the other walks in the county and we extend our thanks to those communities and all our walk leaders for making it a great success. 2019 reported the biggest Nationwide Walks in Operation Transformation history with 105 organised walks and a turnout of 19,488 across the country. So it was great that Donegal was part of that success story,” the Community Sports Development Officer said.Operation Transformation is broadcast on Wednesday nights on RTE One.Featured image via @DiscoverBallyshannonMore than 1,000 follow in Cathal’s footsteps on National Walks Day was last modified: January 18th, 2019 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:Cathal GallagherDONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPNational Walks DayOperation Transformation
There are an abundance of Pokéstops and gyms at the theme parks, water parks, resort hotels, and Disney Springs, and Pokémon spawn all over Walt Disney World. Overall, the best spawns seem to happen in the Magic Kingdom because many players activate lures at the Pokéstops to increase the number of Pokémon that spawn. (A lure on a Pokéstop provides a new spawn every 5 minutes, and given how close many Pokéstops are to each other, it is possible to have dozens of spawns per hour from one fixed location.) Because of the large number of players in theme parks, gyms turn over very quickly, which makes it easier to win battles, facing off against only one or two tough Pokémon. For more of a challenge, gyms at resort hotels can have more levels, but still are relatively easy to take down.If you’re looking for a more relaxed environment to catch Pokémon without dodging crowds, resort hotels are your best bet. A resort hotel will usually have a half dozen or more Pokéstops, a gym or two, and have a good mix of common and intermediate spawns, with the occasional rare spawn.One interesting tidbit about Pokémon GO is that the images used with Pokéstops do not get update frequently. At Disney Springs, you’ll still find a Pokéstop for Pleasure Island or at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll see some featuring images from The Streets of America. It is like a miniature time capsule to see how many things have changed in recent years. Share This!With the highly anticipated release of Pokémon GO Generation 2, Pokémon trainers are on the move again, looking to “catch ’em all” and walking miles in the hopes of hatching a rare Pokémon from an egg. One local secret is that Walt Disney World is an excellent place to play Pokémon GO. Here’s some tips to help improve your Pokémon GO experience at Walt Disney World.What is Pokémon GO? Pokémon GO is an app available on iPhone and Android devices that lets you “catch” cute creatures, called Pokémon, in real world locations. Players, called Pokémon trainers, hunt for Pokémon, battle in virtual gyms, walk distances of 2-10 km to hatch “eggs” within the game, and collect objects needed in the game from Pokéstops, GPS-identified landmarks.Who on Earth is Playing at Walt Disney World?With the high prices to get through the gates at Walt Disney World, it’s hard to imagine that people would take time out of their park day to hunt Pokémon. Many Pokémon trainers that you’ll see at Walt Disney World are locals who enjoy the ability to play the game in a beautiful and easy-to-walk-around location. But there are also many other people who play Pokémon GO on their vacation. You’ll especially see people playing while sitting around before parades or fireworks or while waiting in lines.Poké-tiquetteAlthough the game itself doesn’t have a posted list of rules and etiquette aside from cautions to be aware of your surroundings and not to venture onto private property, there are some unwritten rules for Pokémon players at Walt Disney World that expand upon these.Do not enter backstage or other off-limit areas to look for Pokémon.When on a ride or in a show, especially with low lighting, turn your phone off or put it away so that light from the phone doesn’t disrupt ride enjoyment for others.Keep the volume of the app turned down so as not to disrupt others.Be extra certain to pay attention to your surroundings, especially when walking in crowds.Make sure to bring external power devices (I personally prefer the FuelRod because I can swap them out as needed in the parks), and if you need to charge from an electrical outlet, be mindful that you are not being disruptive to people in the area.If you are attempting to catch a Pokémon in a busy area, once you click on it in the app to get it on the catch screen, find a location where you will be out of the way to finish the catch.Where to Find Pokémon, Pokéstops, and GymsEven at Animal Kingdom at 6 PM, you can find some lures activated. Tricks for Getting Mileage at Walt Disney WorldOne of the more challenging aspects of Pokémon GO is getting enough mileage to hatch different types of eggs. One trick that I’ve found is that some modes of transportation around Walt Disney World move slow enough to count as walking and provide mileage towards hatching eggs, plus have the ability to use Wi-Fi or have cell service necessary to track progress. They include:Yes, this Pokéstop is too far away, in place and in time.Parking tramsFriendship boatsThe PeopleMoverLiberty BelleThe Walt Disney World RailroadKilimanjaro Safaris (and on occasion, Pokémon have been known to spawn out on the savanna)Train to Rafiki’s PlanetwatchDisney Springs/Sassagoula watercraftTomorrowland Speedway (although because this winds around in a small area, your mileage may be lower due to delay between location polling and the way the app calculates mileage).The Greenhouse section of Living with the Land (cell/Wi-Fi signal is spotty in the main ride, and you’d want to keep your screen covered to avoid causing light distraction for other guestsIf you’re looking to put on mileage the old-fashioned way, the walking trail from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Epcot, the boardwalk path around Crescent Lake, the path between the Transportation and Ticket Center and the Grand Floridian (by way of the Polynesian), anywhere around Disney Springs, and the walking trail around Art of Animation and Pop Century are great places for an easy walk to add mileage. Naturally, Epcot is the best in-park experience for walking the most distance, along with Animal Kingdom (if you are willing to make a few laps). You won’t get much mileage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and trying to power walk through the Magic Kingdom tends to be more trouble than it is worth.Regional-Specific Pokémon and Rare SpawnsFor visitors from overseas, it may come as a disappointment to hear that Niantic doesn’t consider Orlando to be part of North America, so the North American Gen 1-exclusive Pokémon, Tauros, does not spawn in this area. To catch a Tauros, you’ll need to go farther north–to places like Daytona Beach on the east coast, or Ocala towards the center of the state.But rare collectors from North America and abroad, rejoice! In Gen 2, Heracross is a region-specific Pokémon that is only available to Central and South America. By Pokémon standards, that also means central Florida, and I can personally confirm catching a Heracross at Walt Disney World (at the Beach Club resort, specifically). In addition, the tropical Corsola also spawns in the area, however I’ve not been able to find one at Walt Disney World–yet.Aside from that, Mr. Mime, Kangaskhan, and Farfetch’d cannot be caught in the Orlando area (or anywhere in North America), but you can often find them placed into gyms by people vacationing to Walt Disney World. So if you are willing to fill in your Pokédex with ones you can’t catch locally by having them recorded as seen, keep clicking on gyms. You never know what you’ll find.Looking to see rare Pokémon? Check every gym you find.Where Else Do the Locals Go?If your plans include a trip on a Disney cruise, the area around the cruise terminal does have some unique spawns. Getting to them can be tricky, however, so be mindful of your surroundings when attempting to go to a particular Pokéstop.One final note — if you are looking for a short day trip to a main hangout for Pokémon GO players, head down to Kissimmee Lakefront Park. Less than a half hour from Walt Disney World, this beautiful and expansive park often provides rare spawns, an abundance of players, and many active lures throughout the day. If hunting Pokémon is part of your vacation plans, it is worth the trip down, day or night.Anyone else play Pokémon GO at Walt Disney World? Ever caught anything impressive? Got any tips or tricks of your own? Let us know in the comments.