The race is on for the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards

first_imgThe race is on for secondary school students to apply for this year’s Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards – one of Ireland’s largest youth recognition programmes.The 14th Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards were launched today at Pramerica in Letterkenny to shine a light on the commitment and dedication of young people’s volunteering efforts across Ireland by encouraging students to apply for their 2020 awards.One of Ireland’s largest youth recognition programmes, the initiative aims to give young people a voice who are making their communities a better place to live while inspiring others to take action. The top 20 honourees each receive €500 with two finalists winning €1,000 for their preferred charity and a once in a lifetime trip to Washington, D.C. Run in partnership with the National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), the awards celebrate youth volunteers who are passionate about a range of topics including homelessness, mental health, disabled rights, animal cruelty, caring for the young and elderly, plus many more.Pictured at the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards launch are Naomi Hegarty, Executive Sponsor, Spirit Student Ambassador David Giles and Nikki Bradley. Photo- Clive Wasson.“There is a new generation of young people who are taking a stand for what they believe in and empowering others to take positive action in areas that they are passionate about,” said Naomi Hegarty, vice president, Risk Management, Pramerica Systems Ireland during the launch event. “There is so much amazing volunteering work going on in communities across Ireland and we want these brilliant young people to enter the awards to get the recognition they truly deserve.” “At Pramerica we are committed to supporting youth volunteers and we want to acknowledge and reward those who continuously and unselfishly sacrifice their spare time in order to make a positive impact through their actions,” Hegarty added: “Small contributions can make a big difference, sometimes the smallest deeds like spending time with an elderly neighbour can have the biggest influence on someone’s outlook and our awards programme is about making sure these acts don’t go unnoticed.” The 2020 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards are split into two categories including the Junior category, for students under the age of 16, and the Senior category, for students under the age of 19. Applications are now open at www.pramerica.ie/spirit.Students must register and apply via the online system by 24th October 2019 and their completed application is then submitted to their principal for review/submission with a deadline of 8th November 2019. All students who submit an application will receive a Certificate of Merit. A judging panel, including people from charitable organisations, education and Pramerica, will select 20 Finalists and the two All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year which will be announced on 5th February 2020. The race is on! Pictured at the launch are Naomi Hegarty, Executive Sponsor, Spirit Student Ambassador David Giles and Nikki Bradley. Photo- Clive Wasson.The race is on for the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards was last modified: September 26th, 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:Pramerica Spirit of Community Awardslast_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with The Durban Play House to promote Constitution

first_imgBrand South Africa partners with the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Durban Play House to Promote the Constitution Amongst South African Youth Johannesburg, Tuesday 22 May 2018 – Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Durban Play House, will host a three-day youth activation that aims to promote affinity to South Africa’s Constitution which has been hailed as “the most admirable Constitution in the history of the world.”The three day activation hosted at the Play House which commences today, until 24 May 2018, will  stage a Gibson Kente’s play “HOW LONG?” . This  will be  the first time since it was banned in 1976. Brand South Africa identified this as an ideal platform to promote Constitutional Awareness, and the Constitution’s protection for  freedom of speech, by exposing school learners to the Theatre to watch the  play.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Stakeholder Relations, Ms Mpumi Mabuza said: “These programmes use the Constitution as a catalyst for pride and patriotism in order to encourage active citizenship amongst South Africans.Our aim is to deliver practical insights and knowledge about the Constitution to  inspire allegiance and patriotism  through engagement with the youth.”South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP)  outlines steps that South Africa should take in order to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030, with specific objectives and outcomes on how the country can move forward in realising the NDP’s goals.“In relation to this – Brand South Africa has been identified as one of the key delivery partners of Outcome 14 (Social Cohesion)  to promote awareness of South Africa’s Constitution – focusing on fostering constitutional values, the promotion of equal opportunities & inclusion,  influence anti-xenophobic behaviour, and drive social cohesion across society through increased interaction among South Africans.And as part of the these objectives, Brand South Africa has embarked on programmes that seek to promote awareness of the Constitution by highlighting the fruits of freedom in order to popularise the Constitution,” added Mabuza.The production is currently running at the Playhouse Opera theatre until 27th of May 2018 and includes a cast of 49 professional South African actors, choreographers, artists, composers, directors, producers and theatre personnel.The production will consist of 26 acts and promises to create national and global awareness of South African historic events.Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing.A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Join the conversation:Facebook: Official Brand South AfricaTwitter: @Brand_SAFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Rosario practices but likely out of Gilas lineup vs Australia, Japan

first_imgMOST READ The 26-year-old Rosario attended practice on Tuesday at Meralco Gym, his first on court appearance after suffering a bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday, but could only watch his teammates during the scrimmage.His potential absence is an additional blow to the Gilas frontline, which already lost Raymond Almazan and Calvin Abueva after Reyes dropped them from consideration for the February window last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough the situation was tough, Rosario understood the precaution and accepted his fate given his health status.“The team knows my situation so I’m just practicing, doing shooting. I still can’t participate in scrimmages because anytime that I feel dizzy, it might be dangerous,” he said. “The neurologists advised that I could only do light practices for three days before we can assess my situation.” LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Abueva hopes to get second chance at Gilas, vows to redeem self Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes isn’t willing to roll the dice as he virtually ruled Troy Rosario out for the February window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“He’s cleared to practice, but he’s really not cleared to play,” Reyes said on Tuesday. “He’s cleared to do some light workouts, shooting drills, but not really full contact. We’re not keeping our hopes up high for him to be able to join the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Rosario did promise to make his presence felt by showing up to every Gilas practice, an evidence of his unwavering dedication to the program.“I’ll attend our practices everyday. [TNT] has a game tomorrow, but I’ll still go here first before I go to the game,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

a month agoAC Milan consider move for Tottenham fullback Serge Aurier

first_imgAC Milan consider move for Tottenham fullback Serge Aurierby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are considering a move for Tottenham fullback Serge Aurier.The Serie A side are looking for an alternative for Andrea Conti.Sport Mediaset says they will target Aurier in January.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is yet to be convinced by the Ivory Coast international.The Argentine could be open to selling Aurier if he can find a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Parent Place for Mount Salem by End of March

first_img The community of Mount Salem, in St. James, will have a Parent Place by the end of March, while several parenting seminars are on for Western Jamaica starting February 16.According to Chief Executive Officer of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), Kaysia Kerr, the agency is procuring equipment for the facility, which will facilitate the development of parenting skills for persons in the area and be an outlet for them to get crucial support.“(It) will offer psychosocial support, literacy intervention, skills building, and ongoing parent education,” Miss Kerr told JIS News.She said ineffective parenting has been identified as some of the reasons for much of the antisocial challenges in many communities, and the seminars will seek to provide meaningful responses with relevant professionals.The events form part of the NPSC annual support for parents whose children will be sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).“We are going to have a cadre of persons – psychologists and others – who will interpret data, so that we can respond on spot to what we are seeing,” Miss Kerr informed.The first seminar will take place on Friday (February 16) at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Montego Bay starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by the second on Saturday (February 17) at the Hopewell Primary and Junior High School in Hanover at 3:00 p.m., and the third at the Mount Salem Primary and Junior High School in St. James on Sunday, February 18, beginning at 3:00 p.m.“The interventions are very important because, as parents, we can always improve our skill sets,” Miss Kerr said. She said ineffective parenting has been identified as some of the reasons for much of the antisocial challenges in many communities, and the seminars will seek to provide meaningful responses with relevant professionals. Story Highlights According to Chief Executive Officer of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), Kaysia Kerr, the agency is procuring equipment for the facility, which will facilitate the development of parenting skills for persons in the area and be an outlet for them to get crucial support. The community of Mount Salem, in St. James, will have a Parent Place by the end of March, while several parenting seminars are on for Western Jamaica starting February 16.last_img read more

One More Reason To Raise A Fist At Boston Sports The Bruins

DALJ. BennT. SeguinA. Radulov201360.6 None of this is to say the Bruins are a one-line team — they’re far from it. Rookie forwards Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk have already chipped in with 11 goals each, and rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy5McAvoy recently underwent minor surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, but is expected to return in two weeks. is building a solid case for the Calder Memorial Trophy. And David Krejci is a pretty decent second line center, too: He’s scored 24 points in 29 games, and he’s winning 56.3 percent of his faceoffs, by far the best mark of his career.Boston will lose in regulation again — Marchand, who is serving a five-game suspension, and McAvoy’s temporary absences should ensure this happens sooner than later. But there’s nothing in recent memory suggesting Boston’s top line will cease to be a possession beast any time soon.6All three forwards finished in the top ten in Corsi percentage in 2016-17. If they keep getting (and burying) their chances — and if Rask’s ascendancy holds up, which his dazzling career implies it might — the Bruins might find themselves playing hockey in June again. TBLV. NamestnikovS. StamkosN. Kucherov261957.8 TMLeft wingCenterright wingForVS.For % Each member of the line must be on the ice for a goal to qualifySource: Left Wing Lock NYIA. LeeJ. TavaresJ. Bailey241955.8 Goals TORZ. HymanA. MatthewsW. Nylander24972.7 BOSB. MarchandP. BergeronD. Pastrnak21387.5% For the first couple months of the season, the Boston Bruins had more problems than they could handle. They had lost more games than they had won. They were firmly out of the playoff picture. Top-line center Patrice Bergeron and his linemate Brad Marchand had both missed time with injuries. So had second-line center David Krejci. Goalie Tuukka Rask was a husk of his former self, and looked for a moment as though he might lose his starting job. Matt Beleskey, who the Bruins decided to pay $19 million because he had a handful of good weeks during the spring of 2015, had been placed on waivers.1He cleared them and now plays for Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence.This was a team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy as recently as 2013-14, and that had a core made up of several skaters who’d played in two of the past seven Stanley Cup Finals. This was also a team that had failed to qualify for two of the past three postseasons, and that hadn’t won a playoff series since they beat the Detroit Red Wings in the spring of 2014.But since a loss to the Washington Capitals in mid-December, the Bruins have been damn near untouchable: They are 14-0-4 in their last 18 games. The Bruins looked like basement dwellers a few months ago, and now pundits are wondering whether they’re legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. But are they for real, or is this streak just a tantalizing aberration?The Bruins are a balanced hockey team — seven skaters have at least 25 points — but much of their recent form can be attributed to the extraordinary play of a rejuvenated Rask and the top line of Bergeron, Marchand, and David Pastrnak, which has established itself as one of the best in the NHL.In his last 18 starts, Rask has lost exactly zero games in regulation; in his prior 13 starts, he had won just three. During his recent dominant stretch, Rask has stopped 94 percent of the shots he’s faced; during his disastrous stretch, he stopped just under 90 percent of the shots he faced.2Not what you’d expect from the NHL’s all-time leader in save percentage.Goaltender play is notoriously unstable, so these gulfs in Rask’s performance aren’t actually as shocking as they seem on the surface. Even if Rask’s save percentage regresses and he stops roughly 92 percent of the shots he faces for the rest of the season, the Bruins will be in good shape.To explain the dominance of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak, the best place to start is their possession numbers. Bergeron is yet again among the league’s elite faceoff takers, winning more than 57 percent of his draws.3That number drops a bit to roughly 53 percent on power play draws, but Bergeron can be forgiven — unless he’s the man in the penalty box, teams often task their best faceoff man with taking draws on the penalty kill. Among qualifying skaters, all three on Boston’s top line rank in the top 50 in Corsi percentage,4Adjusted for score, zone and venue. which estimates a player’s possession rate by measuring the percentage of shot attempts directed at his opponent’s net versus his own net while he’s on the ice. And because the Bruins’ top troika are sending so many shots toward their opponents’ nets, all three also rank in the top 15 for goals per 60 minutes.Among lines that qualify, only 11 others in the NHL have a higher combined shooting percentage than the combination of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak. And their goals for percentage — which takes the total number of goals scored while a line is on the ice together and calculates the percentage of those goals that were goals scored by the line — is by far the best in the league. LOSA. IafalloA. KopitarD. Brown201360.6 VGKR. SmithW. KarlssonJ. Marchessault321666.7 PHIC. GirouxS. CouturierJ. Voracek231069.7 COLG. LandeskogN. MacKinnonM. Rantanen291467.4 The best among the best lines in the NHLThe top 10 lines in the NHL in goals scored while playing 5-on-5, by percentage of goals for CGYJ. GaudreauS. MonahanM. Ferland251267.6 read more

Chevertons swimming career a whirlwind of success

The past three months of Samantha Cheverton’s life have been amazing — but you wouldn’t know it while sitting down with the soft-spoken swimmer at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. In February, she won the Big Ten individual title in the 200 freestyle. In March, she garnered four All-America honors at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Then, in April, something even greater happened. Cheverton qualified for the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Championships for Canada at the trials in Victoria, British Columbia. The championships will be held August in Shanghai. Cheverton won two events, the 200 and 400 freestyle with personal bests times of 1:58.80 and 4:09.67, respectively. “That was really unexpected,” she said. “I made the team but also won two events. I had never won an event at nationals before.” The swimmer from Lachine, Quebec, was not the only one surprised by it. Coach Bill Dorenkott felt the same when he saw the results. “I was at home, and when I saw the results on my computer I started screaming,” he said. “My wife came in and asked what’s wrong.” Cheverton had experience with this song and dance before. The year prior, it was the same routine with all three events falling within 10 weeks of each other. However, this time she felt better prepared and more at ease. “I think our training at the beginning of this year was a lot tougher, more intervals. Maybe that helped me have three solid meets in a row,” she said. “And that’s tough to do not just physically but mentally and emotionally.” Cheverton did have one other thing to help her through it all: her team. “Big Tens is really our focus. We don’t even really talk about NCAAs until it’s over,” she said. “The one thing I love about college swimming is that it is still a team sport. You want to do well so you can get points for your team.” Her fellow OSU swimmers made sure they were there in Canada, in some way, supporting her. “Through Facebook and other means you are always getting messages encouraging you. When I won the 400 free(style), I got like 1,000 text messages from people saying, ‘Good job!’” You wouldn’t know by her post-race interview how excited she really was. “People made fun of me because they pull you out of the pool and immediately interview you when you win,” Cheverton said. “Apparently I sounded not excited at all, but I think I was just in shock.” Though she finished her degree in psychology in December, Cheverton has already started working on a second degree, in human development and family studies. She will take some time off from swimming to recuperate, then focus on the task ahead. Dorenkott said he feels there can be more swimming in her future. “It’s another step in her development as an athlete,” he said. read more

Kerry Coombs Ohio State cornerbacks will be good and ready for 2015

Then-redshirt-freshman Gareon Conley (19) makes a tackle during a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor“There is tremendous value in appreciating what you’ve earned.”Those were the words of Ohio State cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs on Tuesday when he addressed the media after spring practice No. 9.Coombs, now entering his fourth season at OSU, said the Buckeyes should be able to reflect on and celebrate the school’s eighth national title from 2015, but they also need to focus on the task at hand.For now, part of that task is replacing Doran Grant at cornerback as spring practice rolls on.But while one corner spot remains open, the other has been locked down by redshirt-sophomore Eli Apple, who Coombs said has impressed throughout spring practice.“Eli was coming off of an illness last spring, and we didn’t have any idea of how he was going to play,” Coombs said Tuesday. “I thought he had a very good season and I think he has had a much better offseason and spring than he has ever had.”Apple accumulated 53 total tackles last season and added three interceptions while playing in all 15 games, including 14 starts.He also led the team in pass breakups with 10, edging out Grant, who totaled nine in his senior campaign.But even though Apple has momentum heading into 2015, Coombs said the returning starter is not yet a complete product.“He is not finished, and he knows that. We talk about that all the time,” Coombs said. “(I am) really excited about him.”As for the position mirroring Apple, Coombs seemed to have narrowed the competition down to two players.Redshirt-sophomore Gareon Conley was the first name out of Coombs’ mouth when asked about the other corner spot, and he added that Conley has bulked up this offseason.“Gareon has had a very good spring. He has put on weight, he has put on strength,” Coombs said. “He showed up at 168 pounds, now he’s 190 pounds. He is a very fast player, (and) his skill set continues to improve.”Conley played sparingly last season, totaling 16 tackles to go along with two pass breakups. He earned a start against Michigan State, but was replaced by Apple after giving up an early touchdown.Coombs also named a player who is getting his first taste of college football spring practice.“(Sophomore) Damon Webb, this is his first spring. It’s a lot, it’s hard. He is playing corner and nickel and he is handling it extremely well,” Coombs said. “He is one of the most competitive players on the team.”And while the two-horse race might come down to Conley and Webb, Coombs added he is hopeful that redshirt-freshman Marshon Lattimore will be available next week for full-speed drills.Lattimore suffered a season-ending injury toward the beginning of the 2014-15 season.With a number of young players set to make an impact in 2015, Coombs said he still believes his unit will be able to maintain the success of the press-man coverage defense that was implemented last season.“They will be good and ready,” Coombs said. “I love my room right now, I love my unit. They are really working at the craft of studying themselves, grading themselves every day; they show up ready to work.”The Buckeyes are set to play their annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 18 before starting the 2015 regular season on the road against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 7. read more

Mata and Matic confident of a resurgent United

first_imgManchester United duo of Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata are confident their side can still mount a serious title challenge despite a poor start to the new season.The Red Devils beat Burnley to end a run of successive defeats and currently six points behind leaders Liverpool after four games.Asked whether United can afford any further slip-ups considering the gap, Matic said: “Of course, but they (United’s rivals) also have to win all games, and I think that’s impossible.“Someone needs to lose to drop the points and it’s still too early to say something.“We will see in March where we are because in March you can see who is fighting for the title, who is not, who is fighting to be in the top 4. It is still too early.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“We have to start to win the games and I think we played well, like we played first half against Spurs, I think we did well.Meanwhile, Juan Mata told the club’s official website: “On a personal level, the afternoon didn’t start so well for me when I found out I wouldn’t be involved in the game.“But two things helped me to feel better about myself – the result and the atmosphere from our fans in the stands.“The passion, spirit, intensity, and energy that comes from the fans is the engine that drives football.“The club is special for a lot of reasons, and undoubtedly one of them is all of you out there. You struggle along with us when we lose and celebrate with us when we win, just like yesterday.”last_img read more