A SPECIAL TREAT FOR PARENTS ACROSS DONEGAL NEXT WEEK

first_imgNational Parent’s Week takes place from October 22nd to 28th and celebrates the time, love and commitment given by parents everywhere.Parentstop – Donegal’s free and confidential parent support service, is celebrating Parent’s Week by offering ‘Minding Me’ time to parents across the county.Drop into any of Parentstop’s services for a free head massage, a treat for your feet, some time out, a chat and a chance to talk about any supports you may need as a parent in 2012. Minding Me takes place in:-Moville Family Resource Centre on Tuesday October 23rd between 10.30am and 1pm-Parentstop Letterkenny, Castle Street, Off Market Square, Letterkenny on Wednesday October 24th between 10am and 2pm-Donegal Family Resource Centre, Donegal Town on Wednesday October 24th between 10am and 12pm -Parentstop Inishowen, 5 Miller’s Way, Carndonagh on Wednesday October 24th between 10:30am and 1pm-Lifestart Newtowncunningham on Thursday October 25th between 10:30am and 1pm-And especially for dads: come along to Parentstop Inishowen, 5 Miller’s Way, Carndonagh on Thursday October 25th between 7:30pm and 9:30pmNational Parents Week is celebrated in association with the National Parents’ Helpline – ParentLine (1890 927 277 / www.parentline.ieParentstop is a free and confidential parent support service in Co. Donegal. Parentstop is here to help with any parenting challenges you are facing. If you want to ask a question, talk to someone in confidence, or see if you’re on the right track, then Parentstop is here to support you.There are no long waiting lists and the Parentstop team is available to talk to you once you make an appointment. With services in Donegal Town, Letterkenny and around Inishowen, one of our Parents Support officers will meet you, listen to you and give you support and advice. Whatever your concern – let’s get it sorted together.If you have family concerns and would like to speak to someone from Parentstop please phone:074-9177249 for Letterkenny and surrounds 074 9373493 for Inishowen areas086-8494038 for Donegal Town and surroundsYou can also email [email protected] for more information.A SPECIAL TREAT FOR PARENTS ACROSS DONEGAL NEXT WEEK was last modified: October 17th, 2012 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:donegalParentstoplast_img read more

Great Performance by Special Olympians- Grange

first_imgStory Highlights The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has described as “a great display” the performance by Jamaica’s team to the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. “Our Special Olympians have consistently done well, giving us much to celebrate and have certainly played their part in making Jamaica the great sporting nation that it is. The Sport Minister’s comment follows Jamaica’s 15 gold in its 33 medal haul at the Special Olympics which exceeds all previous performances by a Jamaica Special Olympics team. With the gold medals, there were 10 silver and eight bronze. The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has described as “a great display” the performance by Jamaica’s team to the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.The Sport Minister’s comment follows Jamaica’s 15 gold in its 33 medal haul at the Special Olympics which exceeds all previous performances by a Jamaica Special Olympics team. With the gold medals, there were 10 silver and eight bronze.“Our Special Olympians have consistently done well, giving us much to celebrate and have certainly played their part in making Jamaica the great sporting nation that it is.“I wish not only to congratulate the Special Olympians but to praise team support staff and officials for their dedicated service and leadership.“I look forward to welcoming home from Abu Dhabi our valiant Special Olympians on behalf of a proud and grateful nation.”last_img read more

The Warriors Could Be The 1990s Bulls Or The 1970s Bucks

1998-99Spurs1728+105✓29.478 28.942 1966-6776ers1734+103✓27.995% 2008-09Cavaliers1738+188 YEARTEAMCOMPOSITE ELOCHANGE FROM PRIOR SEASONWON NBA FINALSAVG AGE*CONT-INUITY* 2010-11Heat1702+138 That’s a pretty good group. You see Michael Jordan’s Bulls (twice), along with Tim Duncan’s Spurs and several of the Lakers’ mini-dynasties. But there are also a couple of cases of teams that didn’t quite live up to their promise. The next chart shows how many games each team won in the seven seasons after its breakthrough, along with whether it reached or won the NBA Finals.On average, these teams won 1.5 additional championships in the seven seasons after their breakthrough year.1Technically, that average could go slightly higher if the Cavaliers win the championship next year or if the Miami Heat do within the next three seasons. But the average, of course, conceals a lot of variation. Eight of the 13 teams won multiple additional titles, while the other five won no more.The Warriors look pretty good even compared to this elite group of teams, however. Their Elo rating is the second-highest — after the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls — while their average team age, 26.4 weighted by win shares, is the second-youngest, behind the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks.The Warriors have also gotten better “organically” with the same core group of talent. Their continuity percentage, which I calculate as the percentage of a team’s win shares that came from players who were also on the roster in the previous season, is 86 percent. Interestingly, going from good to great organically seems to be the more common path than doing it by signing a bunch of superstars. The 2007-08 Boston Celtics and the 2010-11 Miami Heat are the only real exceptions on the list above.Based on a nearest neighbor analysis,2Using the five categories you see in the first table in this chart: a team’s Elo rating, its change in Elo rating from the previous season, whether it won the NBA championship, its average age and its continuity percentage. the most similar team to this year’s Warriors is the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls. The Bulls’ three best players that year — Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant — were 27 years old, 25 and 25. By comparison, Curry was 26 this season, while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were 24.That’s a fortuitous comparison, of course, since the Bulls’ 1991 championship was the first of six they’d win in eight seasons. The second-most similar team, however, is the 1970-71 Bucks. They had all the talent in the world — Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor3Alcindor changed his name to Abdul-Jabbar after the Bucks won the 1971 finals.) on the same team! But after going 66-16 and romping their way to a title in 1971, the Bucks wouldn’t win one again. They ran into a 69-13 Lakers team in the 1972 playoffs and then were upset (by the Warriors) in the 1973 playoffs. They did reach the finals again in 1974 but lost to an underdog Celtics team. Robertson retired after that season, and Abdul-Jabbar left for Los Angeles a year later. And that was it.At least the Bucks were highly competitive, though, averaging 61 wins in the three seasons after their breakthrough. If the Warriors fail to win another title, it’s likely to be because of a Bucks-like circumstance of running into some other really hot team in the playoffs or blowing a couple of playoff series that they ought to win — rather than (barring an injury to Curry) because of a sudden and dramatic collapse. Winning an NBA championship is never easy. But the Warriors are very good, very young and have many players locked up to long-term contracts. Teams in similar circumstances usually haven’t been one-year wonders and instead are able to make several more runs at a championship. 1990-91Bulls1755+122✓26.795 27.282 2007-08Celtics1710+310✓28.048 1999-2000Lakers1724+110✓28.481 26.779 1984-85Lakers1736+102✓28.2100 1979-80Lakers1706+124✓27.266 *Weighted by win shares 1970-71Bucks1723+143✓25.977 2007-08Lakers1701+171 1971-72Lakers1732+199✓30.489 2014-15Warriors1796+170✓26.486 We here at FiveThirtyEight have been riding the Warriors bandwagon for a long time. Good thing they won the championship Tuesday! But now the question is how many more titles Steph Curry and company might expect in their future.Let’s take a really simple approach. We’ll identify other teams that, like the Warriors, had a big breakthrough and quickly went from being good to really great. More specifically, we’ll look for teams that had a composite Elo rating of 1700 or higher, which is a rating that we’d ordinarily associate with a championship-caliber team, and whose Elo rating improved by at least 100 points from the previous season.There were only 13 of these teams before the Warriors, it turns out. You can find them below. 1995-96Bulls1815+199✓30.289 read more

Michigan Cop Sues Police Department Says He Was Pressured

A Mundy Township police officer filed a civil lawsuit against Mundy Township and its police department alleging they pressured him to portray former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves (left) as guilty of an alleged sexual assault. Photo by Rachel Woolf/Associated Press.A Mundy Township police officer has filed a lawsuit against the township and police department, claiming that they pressured him to paint a former Michigan State basketball star as guilty of an alleged sexual assault.Officer Brian Ogle filed the suit in a Genesee County Court on May 4 accusing the department of punishing him for reporting state law violations by the township and police department to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, The Detroit News reports. Wayne County is handling the investigation into former basketball player Mateen Cleaves.In his complaint, Ogle asserts that his rights under Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act were infringed upon and says he “found himself at odds with defendants because he would not acquiesce to defendants’ pressure to portray Mr. Cleaves as guilty of sexual assault.”Per The Detroit News, the Mundy Township officer began his investigation into Cleaves in September 2015 and informed the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Nov. 17 of “suspected violations” by the township and department. In a suspected retaliation, the township informed Ogle that he was in violation of their regulations on Feb. 4, the news site reports. According to the lawsuit, Ogle was then suspended for two days without pay.He is now seeking over $25,000 for lost and potential earnings, as well as emotional damages, the Detroit Free Press reports.According to Dean Yotis, Ogle’s attorney, his client was the first on the scene of the alleged sexual assault that took place Sept. 15 and had an opportunity to interview the victim.“He concluded there had not been a crime committed. And the work environment after that was full of tension, and it got to the point that he got suspended for two days,” Yeotis said.Cleaves, who played six seasons in the NBA, is accused of holding a 24-year-old woman against her will in a Mundy Township Hotel and sexually assaulting her, according to the Detroit Free Press. The former basketball star now faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal sexual assault, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If charged, Cleaves could spend 10 to 15 years behind bars, the publication also reports.The former Detroit Pistons player took to Twitter on March 16 to deny the allegations, writing, “My family and I are devastated by these false charges. I am innocent and the allegations are without merit.”Frank J. Manley, Cleaves’ lawyer, deemed the charges “outrageous, false and catastrophic to his career.” Per The Detroit News, Manley also told reporters Tuesday that he hopes the accusations made in Ogle’s lawsuit will be promptly investigated by the prosecutor’s office.“It’s troubling to me that somehow it appears the lawsuit, if true, that pressure was brought upon Ogle to conform his testimony to a certain narrative,” Manley said.Cleaves is scheduled to be back in court on May 17, The Detroit News reports. read more

Bucks Sterling Brown Sues Milwaukee Lawsuit Reveals Officer Mocked

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation.Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court.Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on Jan. 26, when officers took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered.Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown last month when body-camera video of the arrest was released. Brown wasn’t charged with anything and three officers were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days.Eight other officers were ordered to undergo remedial training in professional communications.Video of the confrontation shows an officer approached Brown around 2 a.m. When their conversation becomes tense, the officer calls more squad cars for help and eventually eight officers are standing around Brown. One asks him to take his hands out of his pockets and a second or two later the scuffle begins. Almost immediately, an officer yells: “Taser! Taser! Taser!”According to the lawsuit, one of the officers later took to Twitter to mock Brown, saying, “Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeerPolice only released the body camera video of the first officer who contacted Brown. But additional body camera and squad car videos, obtained by WISN-TV, showed the moments after officers used a stun gun on Brown. In one, Brown is on the ground and handcuffed when an officer puts one of his boots on Brown’s ankle, holding it there. Brown doesn’t mention being in any discomfort but he questions the officer’s actions.“C’mon man, you’re stepping on my ankle for what?” Brown said. In response, the officer said he was trying to prevent Brown from kicking anyone.Other videos obtained by WISN-TV showed an officer talking with two colleagues seating in a squad car. They talked about how they could be perceived as racist for arresting a black Bucks player, with one saying if anything goes wrong, it “is going to be, ‘Ooh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist, blah, blah, blah.’”Brown told the Journal Sentinel in an interview last month that he “gave in” when police used a stun gun and that he didn’t do anything to resist because he didn’t want officers to “pull out their guns.”“I was just being smart. I just wanted to get out of the situation and get home,” he said. read more

Daughter of Educator still being held in the Cayman Islands

first_img Related Items:Bethany Gabriel Butler, cayman islands, mental health law, tamara butler UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miami Recommended for you Minister Presents Budget Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 3 Nov 2014 – Tamara Butler is still being held in the Cayman Islands as the autopsy now confirms that indeed her six year old daughter did die due to multiple stab wounds. Butler, who is the daughter of educator Claudette Clare and who grew up here in the TCI, was also treated for what were said to be superficial wounds. One report said: Mrs. Butler has remained under police guard at the hospital since then and has been admitted under the Mental Health Law while a period of observation is conducted to assess her condition and suitability for interview by the officers conducting this investigation. Bethany Gabriel Butler was discovered by police a week ago today; the autopsy results came on Friday. Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Survey Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Turks Caicos drops to 4 Island in the World Hotel owner sounds

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos Islands have dropped from the number one island destination in the world, to now holding the number four spot on the popular TripAdvisor list. During a specially held luncheon at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa last week, Chairman of SRI, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart talked about the fall and that poor service and harassment are causing it. Stewart, while here in Provo also met with the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association – all, Magnetic Media understands are gravely concerned with the crime on the world’s #1 beach – Grace Bay Beach. The outspoken Stewart said violators should be thrown into jail, and exposed that the Turks and Caicos leaders are not only out of touch, but literally impossible to reach. During the lunch, he talked about how he could call country leaders anywhere that his resorts are operating, and those leaders come to phone or return his call. Not so, he points out in the TCI. Magnetic Media was also informed that the Tourism Minister is equally as hard to get in a meeting. Stewart was visibly frustrated and expressed that the recent taxi driver contract issue, deserved at least a call from the Premier before he went public to side with drivers, who bid and lost the contract. Butch Stewart and his team reiterated that it was a business decision which should never have attracted a protest, media headlines or threats about going to court. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma Recommended for you Related Items:country, Hotel, number 4, Tci, tourism, world ranking Hurricane Irma hits TCIlast_img read more