Today’s Under 21 local action….

first_imgIn the Mid Tipp football U21 A football championship Semi final JK Brackens face Moycarkey Borris in Templemore at 2pm.In the South Tipp U21 A football league Clonmel Commercials take on Moyle Rovers in Kilsheelan at 2pmIn the West Tipp U21 A football championship Cashel King Cormacs play Galtee Rovers in Leahy Park, Cashel at 12 noon. And in the West U21 B football championship Golden Kilfeacle face Emly/Treacys in Emly at 11.30.last_img

Child Care Action Council Hosts 11th Annual Warm Hearts Fundraiser at…

first_imgFacebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Child Care Action CouncilThe Child Care Action Council will be serving up fun and generosity for their 11th Annual Warm Hearts Luncheon, raising funds for their early learning Family Services program. Community members will come together for kids on Thursday, February 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lacey Community Center. Guests will enjoy a soup buffet made by culinary students at South Puget Sound Community College, and listen to speakers discuss the importance of early learning and quality child care.Child Care Action Council provides a full spectrum of services surrounding early education from, training child care providers to meeting families in their homes to give guidance on being their child’s first and best teacher. “Our focus is our earliest learners, ages birth to 5 years old,” said Gary Burris, Executive Director of Child Care Action Council. “We know that 90% of brain development happens in the first five years and having quality early learning experiences are crucial to creating a solid foundation upon which all later learning, behavior, and health depend.”Each year, Child Care Action Council has seen its Warm Hearts fundraiser grow and become a critical piece in raising funds for their Family Services program that supports over 6,000 children in our community. Last year, Child Care Action Council was able to raise over $19,000 and the new goal for this year is $22,000. As grant funding becomes tougher and tougher to secure, this event has been a crucial component to continuing the many free early literacy and math, and family support services throughout Thurston, Mason, and Grays Harbor counties.The Family Service program encompasses a number of early learning services that nurture child development and support children and families so they can thrive. Raising A Reader is Child Care Action Council’s flagship early literacy service that brings new books into homes of 1,300 children through a book rotation program at their child care, Head Start, or ECEAP centers. This program inspires the love of reading and increases daily reading habitats.The Family Services program also funds the four Kaleidoscope Play and Learn groups, a free weekly playgroup for children and their caregivers to learn and develop through play-based activities and parent support; BlockFest that brings an interactive block exhibit to over 1,200 children in our community and promotes early math skills; SafeKids Thurston County that serves over 5,000 children and their families with resources and information on how to prevent childhood injuries in the home, at school, and on the way; and Margie’s Crisis Nursery that finds and pays for temporary child care for families when they are in a crisis situation.The foundation of support for the Family Services program is raised through event sponsorships. Leading that charge for the past four years has been WSECU as title sponsor of the Warm Hearts luncheon. In addition to the WSECU’s title sponsorship, Child Care Action Council is honored to have the following organizations support this year’s Warm Hearts luncheon: Molina Healthcare, Neil Woody McSwain & Company, Olympia Federal Savings, Alaffia, Commencement Bank, FORMA Construction, Kiley Juergens Wealth Management, TwinStar Credit Union, Bron’s Automotive, Graphic Communications, Heritage Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Nicholson & Associates Insurance, GHB Insurance, The Other Guys, Inc., Tammy’s Ceramic Shop, Timberland Bank, Sound Credit Union.If you are interested in supporting early learning opportunities for all children in our community, please join Child Care Action Council for their Warm Hearts luncheon. Reserve your spot today by emailing Child Care Action Council at or call 360-786-8907 x112.last_img read more

No longer will we be ‘one people’ or ‘one nation’

first_imgDear Editor,Recent events in our nation have brought Jean Jacques Rousseau’s famous quote “When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich” sharply to mind, for we are entering that period in our history where it is happening before our eyes. The Guyana of my youth was characterised by friendships that crossed social, ethnic and economic barriers; parents did not interfere with these relationships and being ‘rich’ or ‘poor’ was never an issue, integrity of character was the only benchmark applied. I fear that this is already under threat and two recent events show that the divide has gotten wider and is almost beyond repair.The murder of young Patrick Fraser, who was simply hanging out with friends, with no thought that anyone viewed him as any different and the shooting of Kristian Jeffery, who thought it would be acceptable to walk in the company of friends through Agricola after the Buju Banton concert are harbingers of things to come. Parents of the ‘haves’ will now be securing the gates; building the high fences, both physical and mental, to secure their offspring and friendships outside of the socio-economic circle will not be encouraged and eventually forbidden. The rich will retreat into security compounds and gated communities (already a feature) and the poor will be further isolated in ever growing pockets of despair.Inequality will always exist in non-utopian societies, but democracy, the equal power of one vote, is a check to the politicians and parties that form Governments, or so it should be. Merton’s Strain Theory states that society puts pressure on individuals to achieve socially accepted goals though they lack the means. The responsibility lies with Government to bridge this gap, unfortunately, our nation is being administered by a cabal of the most uncaring. In four short years, they have exacerbated the gap between the rich and poor to the brink of the unthinkable; they would rather destroy democracy and the balance it brings than give up the power and perks of office. The strain is being evidenced by the sharp rise in violent crime. It cannot be solved by the sponsoring of entertainment and sharing of tickets, that story of “bread and circus” has played out its usefulness aeons ago.Editor, change is upon us, the expatriate community is growing daily, their salaries far exceed even the dreams of our large middle class. They will begin by renting homes but as the history of oil development shows, they will inevitably build their secure compounds, travel in heavily armoured convoys, employ armed services to escort them and live separate from the ‘locals’. The strain will be felt by those outside those compound walls, our children will not form these bonds of friendship that enrich lives and last lifetimes; the rich will live on the hills and the poor in the valleys of despair. No longer will we be “one people” or “one nation”. The poor have started eating and Granger has put us on the menu. The only hope for all Guyanese lies in that equality promised at the ballot box on Election Day.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more


first_imgConor Gibbons scored a late, late point to send St Eunan’s through to the Donegal SFC Final.A late, late point from Conor Gibbons ensured St Eunan’s edged out St Michael’s in an absolutely thrilling encounter at Mac Cumhaill Park.There has been widespread criticism aimed at the standard of play so far in this year’s Donegal SFC, but tonight both sides served up a fantastic game of football.As expected St Michael’s employed a defensive strategy that has so far served them well in this year’s championship, and again like last Sunday night against Dungloe, St Michael’s got off to a dream start. Andrew Kelly, who was outstanding throughout, pointed after an excellent team move involving several players.Then after just five minutes, St Michael’s scored a superb goal.Quick thinking from the ever bright Colm McFadden created the goal for Brian McLaughlin.He spotted the full-forward free inside the square, and he delivered a wonderful pass to which McLaughlin expertly dispatched with his fist . It was a dream start for Tony Wilkinson’s side, but in truth St Eunan’s responded superbly.A brace of scores from Conall Dunne, and points from Dara Mulgrew, Conor Gibbons and Rory Kavanagh put St Eunan’s back in-front.St Michael’s responded to level through the impressive Brian McLaughlin, but Eunan’s edged themselves in-front again with another score from Dunne.However, St Michael’s stunned Eunan’s again with another superbly worked goal.St Michael’s turned-over St Eunan’s in possession and counter attacked at a ferocious pace. Andrew Kelly released Brian McLaughlin whose his initial effort was well saved, but Kelly was on hand to fire to the back of the net, to put St Michael’s ahead by two at the break.Half-time St Michael’s 2-03 St Eunan’s 0-07St Michael’s started the second-half brightly, and scores from McFadden and Kelly put them four points ahead early in the second-half.St Eunan’s needed a goal, and they got it, through a wonderfully well-worked move. Kevin Rafferty and Rory Kavanagh combined well to release Mulgrew who finished with aplomb to put Maxi Curran’s side right back into the game.A Conall Dunne free levelled matters before Sean McVeigh pointed a beauty with his left peg.St Michael’s stormed right back though, Colm McFadden scored an absolute peach to level the match and then Toye added another to edge Michael’s in-front again.Gibbons then levelled before McFadden pointed from a free to give Tony Wilkinson’s side the advantage as the clock ticked down.However, Eunan’s were not to be found wanting, and the score of the night came from Rory Kavanagh an absolute peach of a score from way out on the line brought Eunan’s level again, and in the context of the game at that stage was huge.St Michael’s were defended well and Eunan’s couldn’t find a way through, but up stepped Kavanagh with the wonder-score to level the match.There was still plenty of drama left, St Michael’s had a late chance to win it, but Toye failed to convert his chance, and then St Eunan’s won it at the death.They patiently worked it up the field, where the brilliant Gibbons found space before firing over to send Maxi Curran’s side to the final.McFadden had a late chance with a free, but it would’ve have been an exceptional score if he pointed, it dropped short, and referee Seamus McGonagle blew the final whistle.Heartbreak for St Michael’s, ecstasy for St Eunan’s.DONEGAL SFC SEMI-FINAL: GIBBONS THE LATE, LATE HERO FOR ST EUNAN’S was last modified: October 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCGAAsemi-finalSt EunansSt Michaelslast_img read more