GC Foster principal takes a dive at swimming pool project

first_imgThe state of the swimming pool at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport has been a sore point for decades. Current principal of the institution, Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, said it will cost $91 million to repair the facility, which has never been used since it was built in 1980. In late 2014, Minister of Sport Natalie Neita-Headley had announced that Government would be donating the funds to repair the pool via the Sports Development Foundation. However, Graham-Royal told The Gleaner yesterday that she had since learned that the funds, which had been earmarked for the pool work, had been spent on refurbishing the synthetic track at the institution, which was reopened last October. The track cost $171 million to repair. Graham-Royal said because of the clay soil at the Spanish Town-based sporting college, repairing the track had cost much more than the projected figure. Successive principals over the last few years have threshed around with the idea and as recently as 2008, the estimate to repair the Olympic-sized swimming and diving pools was at $50 million. GETTING THE MONEY Graham-Royal, who became principal of the institution in 2014, said fixing the pool will be her next ‘big’ project and said she does not intend to begin the project until she is sure she has all the money to complete it as she does not want to start and not be able to finish. “(I need) at least three quarters of it because it wouldn’t make sense; it means work would have stopped,” she told The Gleaner. Students of the school, who train to be teachers of physical education, must now use a tiny pool in Old Harbour for swimming lessons. “So I have to pay more than $10,000 monthly for them to learn to swim. You’re not a complete PE teacher until you’re able to swim,” Graham-Royal, herself a graduate of the G.C. Foster College, who later studied abroad, said. “When I went to the University of Mainz in Germany to study, I could not graduate until I learned to swim,” she added. Meanwhile, Graham-Royal also noted that the institution as also losing money as there were some interested parties who would have used the facility had it been operational. “Just this morning some students from a university in Canada called. They had a contingent of 50 and wanted to come for the summer,” she said. “So we are missing all of that. We really do need some private sector injection. We can’t do it otherwise,” she concluded.last_img read more

Paging Sen. Pacquiao: Mr. Roach calling, calling

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Pacquiao eyes comeback fight in Kuala Lumpur, says source Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer So who faulted?Pacquiao would cry he had been set up following the monumental upset by Horn.There were claims Roach failed to demand attention from the fight referee while Horn proceeded to foul and manhandle Pacquiao during the championship.There was nothing clear. But there’s a big possibility Pacquiao would not be seeing action in the April 14 card Top Rank has prepared for him.Pacquiao has not communicated with Arum after it was announced he has been billed to fight former world champion Mike Alvarado. Pacquiao had said he would rather clash with Argentine punching machine Lucas Matthysse, reigning WBA welterweight champion.Top Rank announced Arum might end up tapping IBF super flyweight Jerwin Ancajas to fight in the cofeature to the Horn title defense against the unbeaten sensation Terence Crawford.Latest word from the Pacquiao camp said the fighting senator will not fight in the Arum April 14 card. Pacquiao’s office said the eight-division world title winner finds it “insulting” to fight in a nonheadlining event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Based on an eyewitness account, the two prominent world boxing figures failed to communicate.Roach was left to cool his heels, while Pacquiao busied himself in front of the mirror, attending to his hairdo.It was a very awkward situation for both.It took long, but the rift was more or less confirmed following Roach’s claim of Pacquiao’s continued disregard.Veteran promoter Bob Arum, and all those involved with the Pacquiao career, have remained puzzled.Did this start with Roach’s obvious mishandling of the crucial situation when he kept calling for a knockout in the championship rounds against Horn?ADVERTISEMENT Needless to say, the Hall-of-Fame boxing coach chiefly credited with charting Pacquiao’s path to boxing superstardom is at a loss.Roach told Pugmire he has called Pacquiao at least five times. He got no reply.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMaybe he has changed his phone number? Roach wondered.Pacquiao was last seen with Roach in Brisbane last July. The scene was inside the dugout, after Pacquiao had lost his WBO welterweight crown to Australian Jeff Horn. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netIn a report by the eminent Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, it was asked if Freddie Roach has been fired as trainer of Filipino world boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.The same report wondered if Pacquiao’s boyhood ally and longtime Roach deputy Buboy Fernandez has been promoted to full-time trainer.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img read more

With LeBron gone, Eastern Conference set for a new champion

first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 9, 2017 file photo Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, and Gordon Hayward look on from the bench during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston. Last season hopes were high for the Celtics in the preseason with a new-look roster that included Irving and Hayward. Five minutes into the season opener everything changed with Hayward’s gruesome leg injury. It happened again late in the season with Irving was lost to knee surgery. With both back and healthy, Boston is embracing being called the presumptive favorites in the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, file)The roadblock has been removed. With LeBron James gone, the path to the NBA Finals from the Eastern Conference is open again.Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and more are hoping to win the race to it.ADVERTISEMENT 8. Detroit — A full season with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin together should be enough to get the Pistons back into the postseason.IN THE MIX9. Cleveland — Kevin Love and the remainder of the Cavaliers that James left behind should still be good enough to fight for a spot in the top eight.10. Charlotte — The Hornets will host an All-Star Game in February. They’ll try to host playoff games in April.FACING LONG ODDS11. Orlando — Steve Clifford is the latest coach to try to mix a collection of young players into one that can defend enough to be a decent team.12. Brooklyn — Nets made a seven-win improvement last season even while being dismal at defending and rebounding. Do either better and they can take another leap.13. New York — Kristaps Porzingis remains out indefinitely while rehabbing a torn ACL, so new coach David Fizdale will give rookie Kevin Knox an early green light.14. Atlanta — Trae Young may be exciting to watch, but he won’t be able to stop another long season of losing in Atlanta.15. Chicago — The Bulls of Tom Thibodeau were veterans who always defended hard. The Bulls of Fred Hoiberg have been none of the above. “It’s great that LeBron has taken his talents out West because it opens up the doors for not only a lot of these young players, but these organizations now. Fresh blood, something new to kind of see who can compete for that Eastern crown.”The Celtics nearly won it last year, falling to the Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. They were without the injured Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, and now that the two stars are healthy and have rejoined Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and the rest of a deep team that made a valiant run without them, Boston is probably the favorite in the East.But there’s intrigue beyond that, which rarely existed during James’ reign. Philadelphia finished strong in its first season with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons playing together, and now might get a full one with 2017 No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz joining them after his shoulder problems last season.Toronto shook up a 59-win team by firing coach Dwane Casey and shipping DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio in the trade for Kawhi Leonard, and Indiana bolstered a team that took Cleveland to seven games in the first round.Any of them have a chance to get to the place that James wouldn’t let them.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Lakers-Warriors most-watched NBA preseason game ever on ESPN “An appearance in the finals is going to be sweet,” Embiid said.A look at the East, in predicted order of finish:PLAYOFF BOUND1. Boston — Depth of talent is not only tops in the East, but comes closest in the NBA to rivaling Golden State’s.2. Philadelphia — If either Simmons or Fultz develops a jump shot to open things up more for Embiid, look out.3. Indiana — Victor Oladipo has emerged as an All-Star and the Pacers are balanced behind him.4. Toronto — If Leonard is fully healthy and motivated, Raptors added a top-five player to a 59-win team.5. Milwaukee — Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to make the Bucks fun to watch in their new arena.6. Washington — John Wall and Bradley Beal will give the Wizards plenty on the perimeter, but they need Dwight Howard provide a boost on the interior.7. Miami — Heat won’t want to send Dwyane Wade into retirement without one final playoff appearance. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title WHAT TO KNOWCANADA’S CHANCE: The Raptors gambled on acquiring Leonard from San Antonio, and now Toronto has a year to show him it’s worth sticking around when he becomes a free agent next summer.BEST MAN: A popular question after James left was who is the best player now in the East? Irving, Embiid, Antetokounmpo and Leonard are among those who can make compelling cases.HOWARD’S HEALTH: Dwight Howard has sat out his first preseason with the Wizards because of a balky back, the kind of injury that can sometimes linger, and Washington needs a presence in the middle no matter how good its backcourt is.OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW? Cleveland and Boston met in the opening game in the East last season and ended up squaring off in the conference finals. This time, it’s Boston and Philadelphia to open things in the East and they’ll be good candidates to close them.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college James ruled over the East for eight years, making four straight trips to the finals from Miami and then moving back to Cleveland in 2014 and getting there every year since.From Boston to Indiana, up north in Toronto all the way down to Atlanta, teams would emerge with what they thought was a title contender only to see James send them home for the summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNow King James has abdicated his throne and moved to Los Angeles, and there should be rejoicing in the land he left behind.“It’s a new lease on life in the Eastern Conference,” said Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Reggie Miller, who faced a similar situation when he played in the East during the era of Michael Jordan’s Bulls. 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Pres. Weah Constitutes Business Climate Working Group

first_imgPresident George Weah’s acquaintance visit at the NIR allowed him the opportunity to understand not only the operations of the agency, but people’s responses to the services delivered at the agency.President George Weah over the weekend constituted a Business Climate Working Group with a mandate to explore evolving challenges, and prospects of the Liberian business environment, and work out helpful plans and strategies towards improvement, an Executive Mansion has said in a release.The President, according to the release, has directed the Working Group to identify quick “low-hanging fruits” in the business climate, and deliver them in the shortest possible time.President Weah has also requested the Working Group to submit a “Plan of Action” to his office to enable him take appropriate actions that will address challenges within a reasonable period.The biting decline in Liberia’s business environment over the last four years has come to the attention of the President, and therefore, he finds it an exigent imperative to act as swiftly as possible to resolve the situation.The Business Climate Group, the release said, is further requested to deliver its preliminary report to the President within six weeks.The members include the ministries of Finance and Development Planning as chair; State and Presidential Affairs; Commerce, and Labor.Others are the Liberia Revenue Authority, Liberia Business Registry, Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Liberia Business Association, Representatives from the International Development Community and the National Investment Commission.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition says DPP acted “vacuously”, vows to move to the High Court soon

first_imgDPP’s dismissal of charges– Nandlall receives acknowledgement on request for review In establishing that the powers exercised by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack are reviewable, the Opposition’s legal representative and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has said he will be moving to the High Court shortly to challenge the DPP’s decision to drop five private criminal charges made against five Government Ministers over various acts of alleged corruption.Nandlall said, “Having terminated the first two (charges), I am not surprised that these others have been terminated. It is quite unfortunate that the DPP is exercising her powers in the manner in which she has done… I will have to go to the High Court to challenge the termination of these challenges.”The former AG maintained that the DPP acted vacuously. “On what basis has she terminated the charges? The reasons advanced are foolish. And good governance is not part of the responsibility of the DPP and the fact that the charges have not been reported to the Police is not a basis.”According to him, the DPP had nothing to review and it now brings to bear that the DPP acted without evidence. He maintained that when one exercises discretion, they must have materials before them.“And there is nothing before her. If she had requested of me what evidence I have to support these charges, and I was not able to produce the evidence, or I provided evidence that is not acceptable or not sufficient, then in that case one could have concluded that she did not conclude her discretion vacuously.” However, he said that the decision could only be best described as “frivolous and vexatious.”Asked whether he has had any updates on his formal request to have the DPP review the charges made against former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Special Purpose Unit (SPU) Head Winston Brassignton, Nandlall told Guyana Times that the only response he has received is a letter of receipt thanking him and expressing that the content of the letter is duly noted.“That is the scant regard that the DPP holds for the citizenry of the country. Most importantly it smacks of bias, it shows deep prejudice and it’s an act of unequal treatment before the law. One cannot also discount that every time the AG speaks and expresses an expectation that the DPP will act, the DPP acts. So in my view and in the view of the average Guyanese, the DPP has lost credibility in their eyes and that office cannot be considered independent,” the Attorney concluded.While the DPP is yet to respond to the criticisms made by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which claimed that her office may be compromised, the Government came to her defence and said in a statement on Thursday that the DPP is independent, no one can instruct her. Minister of State Joseph Harmon has also rejected allegations that the Ministry of the Presidency issued instructions.“That is a malicious report, nobody can instruct the DPP. The DPP is an independent office and the DPP exercises her responsibilities without interference from anyone. I can say categorically, that nobody, no senior personnel from the Ministry of the Presidency instructed the DPP, so that is a malicious report,” the Minister said.Charges were first filed against Dr Singh and Brassington on April 12, 2018. The duo was charged with three counts of misconduct in public office contrary to common law in Georgetown. The matter was called up before the court on the said day and adjourned until May 7.Days after, the Opposition filed criminal charges against former Health Minister, Dr George Norton and current Health Minister Volda Lawrence. They were charged with regard to the sole sourcing of drugs for the Georgetown Public Hospital from ANSA McAL Trading Limited. The other issue pertains to the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to be utilised as a drug bond at a cost of $12 million monthly.The private criminal charges were also filed against Finance Minister Winston Jordan; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson; and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine. The charges against the Ministers alleged a breach of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million for the construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project.last_img read more

Morrison up for B.C.’s Senior Male Athlete of the Year

first_imgLast year was his ninth international senior season, during which he was the 1,500 metre champion, competing in his sixth career World Single Distances Championships in the Netherlands. He competed in all six World Cups and the World Cup Final, winning three medals in the process: a silver medal and bronze in the 1,000 metre and silver in the 1,500 metre.Morrison received the nomination in the Senior Male Category, and is up against some stiff competition.He will be up against fellow Olympian Ryan Cochrane, who won both Silver and Bronze medals in the long-distance swimming category at the 2012 London Games.- Advertisement -Morrison is also taking on professional cyclist Ryder Hesjedal, who athletic achievements reached a high point this past summer, placing first overall at the 2012 Giro d’Italia.Morrison and his fellow nominees will have to wait to hear their name read out loud until March 7, when the 47 annual awards are held, this year taking place in Vancouver’s River Rock Show Room.Former winners of the award include NBA All-Star Steve Nash, as well as the Man in Motion, Rick Hansen.Advertisementlast_img read more

Morris ton hands Barbados U-17 title

first_img– spirited Guyana end on highAntonio Morris stroked a title-winning century as Barbados upset Guyana by six wickets to claim the 2018 Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Under-17 Championship title.It was a hard-fought battle in Round 5 between the two sides on Tuesday with Guyana batting first and posting what looked like a good enough 181-9. Captain Sachin Singh’s form continued as he hit a top-score of 32 while Dwain Dick (20) was the next best scorer among bits and pieces contributions from other players.Barbados’ bowling wasn’t fully lethal as a few of their bowlers contributed with two wickets apiece.Their real prowess was exhibited in the run-chase, which ended up being a stroll in the park after Morris clobbered an unbeaten 101 from 81 balls, including six fours and four sixes.Barbados in the end reached 184-4 despite a spirited bowling spell from Nigel Deodat, who grabbed 3-25 in vain for Guyana. While Guyana’s entire innings was a little over three hours, the Bajans knocked off their target inside two hours with Morris being named Most Valuable Player (MVP) for his sizzling ton.Guyana, meanwhile, ended the tournament in third place on 19.2 points trailing second place Trinidad and Tobago on 20.5 points and winners Barbados on 20.6 points. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Break the silence, save a life

first_imgBusinesses that can provide jobs for unemployed residents and provide the amenities that other areas take for granted are wary of locating in black communities where homicide rates are high. A recent St. Petersburg Times article reported that some blacks in Tampa have organized an effort to stop the “don’t snitch” culture that permits killers to remain free. Many of the group’s organizers are related in some way to a youngster killed by a fellow black. Consider this sobering portrait of blacks and homicide and other serious crimes from a recent U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics report: Although blacks comprised only 13percent of the population in 2005, they were victims of about 49 percent of all homicides. The bureau estimated that 16,400 murders occurred in the United States in 2005. Of that number, 8,000 victims were black, 93 percent of those victims were killed by other blacks and 77 percent of those murders involved firearms. Most black victims were between 17 and 29. Many people, including police officials I have spoken with, say that fear prevents most blacks from snitching. I agree that some residents remain silent out of fear, but I suspect that the fear factor receives too much weight. I have come to believe that an untold number of blacks have grown as insensitive to black-on-black murders as they have to other black-on-black crimes. For one thing, the high number of homicides in their communities has made many blacks inured to all but the most sensational killings that receive a lot of press. “I expect somebody to shoot somebody every week around here,” a St. Petersburg woman who lives in a predominantly black neighborhood said a few weeks ago when I asked if she had known a man who had been killed recently. “I don’t go near my windows at night. They shoot guns around here all the time. I don’t pay attention when they say somebody got shot. I just try to make sure it won’t be me one of these days.” I am not a sociologist, but I suspect that many blacks in high-crime communities have all the symptoms of the abused-person syndrome: We have been cruel toward one another for so long we have internalized the belief that such cruelty is normal. Those of us who have internalized the cruelty think nothing of treating other blacks likewise, thus perpetuating the cycle without apparent end. Each day I open the newspaper and switch on TV news, I brace myself for yet another murder. With each killing, I feel sadness, regret, helplessness, anger and shame – shame of being associated with such people in any way. Because I regularly write about this issue, I receive a lot of hate mail from both whites and blacks. White letter writers remind me that blacks are “animals” and “cause all of America’s social problems.” Black letter writers see me as the “enemy of people” and a “sellout” because I condemn blacks for killing one another without taking into account the nation’s history of racism. To whites, I have nothing to say. To blacks, I have one message: We need to start snitching. Only we can stop black-on-black murders. Until then, I will be adding names to the Wall of Black Death. Bill Maxwell is an editorial writer and columnist for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. His e-mail address is maxwell@sptimes.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Bill Maxwell Cedric “C.J.” Mills. Isaiah Brooks. Tedric Maynor. Felicia Hines. Vinson Phillips. Kurt Anthony Bryant. Amuel Murph. Alfonso Williams. These names are forever inscribed on my private Wall of Black Death. My wall contains the names of black people killed by other black people, along with those believed to have been killed by fellow blacks, in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area since May. I will update the roster as new deaths are reported. More are sure to follow. I do not have answers as to how to stop blacks from killing their brethren. But I do have an answer for catching some, if not all, of these murderers. Snitch. Nationwide, however, too many blacks refuse to help the police identify, find and arrest killers in their communities. To enjoy a decent quality of life in their communities, blacks must begin to help the police. Studies show that homicides, especially unsolved homicides, destabilize low-income communities. Needless to say, many of the nation’s black communities have individuals and families with low incomes. last_img read more

He’s back! John Still returns to take charge of Dagenham

first_img1 John Still John Still is back as Dagenham manager for the third time.The 65-year-old has signed a contract with the League Two strugglers which runs to the end of the 2016/17 season.Still ended his last spell as Daggers boss in February 2013 to take charge of Luton Town.He went on to lead the Hatters into the Football League after a five-year absence but was sacked earlier this month after almost three years in the job.Now he has taken charge of Luton’s League Two rivals, replacing Wayne Burnett, who was axed after a run of one win in 16 games left the Daggers in the relegation zone.Still told www.daggers.co.uk: “I’m delighted. The club has been important to me since I was 15 years old. I’ve spent a lot of time here as a supporter, player and manager.“We’re in a difficult position so it’s really important we can try and do some things that can keep us in the Football League.”Still first managed Dagenham in 1992 and spent two years in the job before leaving for Peterborough.His second spell at the club lasted from 2004-2013, during which he guided the Daggers from the Conference to League One.last_img read more

PROCEEDS FROM KILLYBEGS’ MAYOR’S BALL GOES TO AUTISM UNIT

first_imgKillybegs Mayor, Mark Nesbitt, and committee member, Anne Marie Bourke, with some of the children at the Niall Mór NS special autism unit, teacher, Nodlaig Clerkin (left), headmaster, Michael McGuinness (right) and special needs assistants, Leona Rawdon, Mairead Lovett and Dona Quinn.Preparations are being finalised for what promises to be the party of the year in Killybegs; the Mayor’s Ball which will be held in the Bay View Hotel, on Saturday, September 26.Mayor Mark Nesbitt is shining up his chain of office and polishing his speech for the big night.With a maximum of 300 tickets available, at only €25 each, it looks at this stage that many people will be disappointed as bookings are coming thick and fast.Not surprising, really, as the proceeds are going to buy equipment for the Autism Unit in the Niall Mór National School. And, for the first time, a deserving citizen will be named “Killybegs Person of the Year”. This award has been generously sponsored by Killybegs Credit Union.Before the sumptuous meal, there will be a champagne/Guinness & Oysters reception, beginning at 7pm, with Sarah on the piano.Mayor Nesbitt and committee member, AnneMarie Bourke, paid a visit to the Niall Mór school and met some of the children at the Autism Unit there, which caters for an area from Bundoran to Glencolmcille to Dungloe.They met headmaster, Michael McGuinness, as well as teacher, Nodlaig Clerkin, in charge of the unit. Said Ms Clerkin: I cannot say enough in praise of the Special Needs Assistants, Dona Quinn, Mairead Lovett and Leona Rawdon. This work just would not be possible without them.” The unit opened in 2008, using pre-fabricated units on the school grounds. A dedicated classroom, kitchen and an occupational therapy room was officially opened in 2013, catering at present for six children.The Niall Mór NS has a staff of 24, made up of 15 teachers, 7 Special Needs Assistants, an office administrator and a speech therapist catering for a total of 186 pupils.Said Principal McGuinness: “We are so appreciative of this help through the Mayor’s Ball. Department of Education funding goes a certain distance but, to go that little bit extra, we have to rely on funding such as this. The type of equipment needed is very specialised and very expensive”, he added.“In order to give the children every possible chance, we want to get as much as we can and this allows us to do that”, Master McGuinness said.Pupils in the Autism Unit are of various ages and can be catered for up to age 18, depending on need. The school also has a dedicated Speech and Language Unit and a class for children with mild to moderate learning difficulties.PROCEEDS FROM KILLYBEGS’ MAYOR’S BALL GOES TO AUTISM UNIT was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 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:autism unitKillybegsMAYOR’S BALLlast_img read more