Safety, the weather and lots of fun – what to expect at this year’s Laois GAA Cul Camps

first_img TAGSCúl CampsLaois GAAMike Henchy Home GAA Cul Camps Safety, the weather and lots of fun – what to expect at… GAACul CampsSport News Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Electric Picnic Safety, the weather and lots of fun – what to expect at this year’s Laois GAA Cul Camps Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date The first week of the GAA’s annual Cul Camps is set to get underway from Monday July 20.A total of 30 camps will be held at GAA clubs throughout the county over the coming five weeks – with the first five beginning next week.The Coronavirus has changed just about every aspect of our lives and the Cul Camps are no different – so says Laois GAA Games Development Manager Mike Henchy.The Kerry native and his team have been working very hard over the last number of weeks to ensure that the camps can go ahead this year.And speaking to LaoisToday, Mike called on parents to play their role in making sure everything goes to plan for all involved.He said: “First of all it is very important to note that people know that they cannot simply show up to a camp this year as would’ve been permitted in the past. You must register online first – we cannot have people taking part who are not registered.“Parents and guardians are a very important stakeholder this year in terms of health screening. Every parent will receive an email as their camp approaches with information on this.“A checklist will be provided and we need parents to make sure they can tick off everything. It is so important that we get real cooperation with this from parents because everything that we put in will not work unless that happens.“Following the traffic management plan as advised by the clubs when both entering and exiting the grounds is crucial. During drop off and collection, social distancing measures are in place.“The activities will have interaction in their pods as normal but again as we have our lunch or any other breaks, social distancing will be observed.“While it is also important to note that all of the children will operate in pods.“Ordinarily, we would operate a rotational model where kids would go from one coach to the other but this year in order to try control the number of people who come into contact, all children are going to operate in pods or groups.“All parents must make sure that all the things that their child brings to the camp are labelled. Their bags, waterbottle, lunchboxes and every parent must provide their child with their own labelled bottle of hand sanitizer as well.“Sanitization is extremely important and it will happen on a regular basis throughout the day.“The dressing rooms is each venue will only be used for access to the toilets and as a holding area for their bags.”With GAA facilities around the country remaining closed until later in the year, planning for the weather is something that camp organisers will really have to focus on this year.If it rains, taking the children inside isn’t an option and Mike revealed how he will be studying Met Eireann each night before each day of a camp.He said: “The weather also comes into play. We will be watching the weather very closely every evening before each individual day. If we need to make a call on whether a camp goes ahead or not, it will be done on the nigh before.“If we do get caught that the weather forecast turns out worse during a particular day than was predicted, I would ask all parents to give their child a little rain jacket that they can keep in their bags.“But if it persists being very wet or thundery, I would ask all parents to keep an eye on their phones because if we have to call a camp off, the children will not be allowed to stay indoors during the wait for collection.”So far, more than 1,800 children have signed up and it is estimated that by the time all the camps have taken place, around 2,200 will have taken part.This is down on previous years but Mike says after the year everyone has endured thus far, Cul Camps this year are all about providing a service to the children.He said: “This is not about the numbers for us this year, this is about providing a service for the children who have been locked up for so long.“We want to create a fun, enjoyable and safe environment for the kids. That is a very important message that we want to get across because this year has been very difficult for everyone – children included.“They have been taken out of school and separated from their friends and loved ones for months on end. A very difficult thing for a child so our Cul Camps this year will focus primarily on fun.”For more information on Cul Camps in Laois, click here.SEE ALSO – #LoveLaois: ‘No shows’ a low blow to hairdressers and beauticians as they cope with the new realities of doing business RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 16th July 2020 Previous articleWhat a job! Would you like to be an undercover Ice Cream taster for Supermac’sNext articleLaois pubs express their frustration as re-opening delayed until August 10 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more


Minister Hanna Urges Children to Report Abuse and Neglect

first_imgRelatedMinister Hanna Urges Children to Report Abuse and Neglect RelatedMinister Hanna Urges Children to Report Abuse and Neglect FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna is encouraging children to report cases of abuse and neglect, reminding that neglect is also classified as a form of child abuse. “If you have a parent or guardian who is neglecting you, they can be reported because at this stage of your life, your physical and emotional well-being is important and the only way you are going to feel good about yourself is if you get care, reassurance, motivation, love,” the youth Minister told scores of students from schools in Kingston and St. Andrew on Friday, (November 2). The occasion was a youth forum held at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall in Kingston as part of Youth Month activities and was organised by the National Child Month Committee. The Minister also encouraged the youth to speak up on the matter of sexual abuse, reminding them that no one has the right to touch them inappropriately. “You have a responsibility to yourself to report such acts where they happen. You are to respect yourselves and report it if anybody does anything to you that you find harmful whether emotionally, sexually or physically,” she said. Ms. Hanna also encouraged the children not to participate in underage sexual activities, informing that “by law and good moral values persons under the age of 16 are not allowed to have sex”. She said that even where young persons are older than 16 nobody – man or woman, has the right to force themselves on them inappropriately. Minister Hanna told the youth that sex can and should wait until they are physically, mentally, socially and financially ready, encouraging them to remain focused on their education and on their dreams and aspirations. Persons may report incidences of abuse to the Office of the Children’s Registry, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture by calling the toll free number 1-888-PROTECT (1-888-776-8328) or by calling 908-2132/ 822-7031(LIME) or 878-2882 (Digicel) between the hours 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Reports can also be made by visiting the offices of the Children’s Registry at 12 Carlton Crescent, Kingston 10 or by faxing the report to 908-0246 or emailing at [email protected] Under the Child Care and Protection Act (2004), it is an offence to fail to report known or suspected situations of child abuse to the Children’s Registry. The penalty for such an offence is imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of $500,000, or both. While addressing the youth forum, which provided an avenue for children to voice their views on issues that affect them, Minister Hanna reminded the youth to become active members of their communities as volunteers. “You are never too young to do community work, and you are never too young to work on behalf of other young people,” she noted. The forum was held under theme: ‘Jamaica 50: Let’s Celebrate Our Children,’ and included presentations from students of Wolmer’s Girls and Penwood High Schools on the topic: ‘Care and Protection for our Children during the Past 50 years’, while students of St. George’s College and Ardenne High School spoke on the topic, ‘Recognition and Celebration of the Achievements of Our Children during the Past 50 Years’. The forum was also attended by chairperson of the Child Month Committee, Dr. Pauline Mullings; Committee Patron, Douglas Orane; and Principal of Wolmer’s Girls School, Colleen Montague. Advertisements Contact:         Huntley Medley (Advisor/Consultant) Email:              [email protected] Minister Hanna Urges Children to Report Abuse and Neglect CultureNovember 5, 2012 RelatedMinister Hanna Urges Children to Report Abuse and Neglectlast_img read more


Tester Introduces CSKT Water Compact in Senate

first_imgU.S. Sen. Jon Tester announced Thursday that he is introducing legislation to ratify the water rights compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and while he acknowledged that it is the first step in a long process toward full congressional approval – further complicated by a $2.3 billion price tag – he said “we have to move forward.”The bill would ratify a water rights deal between federal and state governments and the CSKT that took more than a decade to negotiate. The complex measure quantifies and defines the federally reserved water rights for the Tribe and includes protections for those with existing rights, affecting water use on the Flathead Indian Reservation and throughout western Montana.In addition to the endorsement of state lawmakers, which the contentious measure received at the end of the 2015 Montana Legislative Session, the Flathead water compact must also gain congressional approval, and the timeframe for navigating that process is unclear.“This is the beginning of the process,” Tester, D-Montana, said. “If we wait for it to be a perfect storm before we move forward, it will never ever happen.”“This is a piece of legislation that has a lot of components to it, and the sooner we can start talking about it the sooner we can get it done,” he added.Speaking to reporters during a media conference call, Tester said he would be “very surprised” if the compact received approval from the current Congress, whose session ends Jan. 3, 2017, but is hopeful that the bill’s introduction before the U.S. Senate is the first step toward gaining a “critical mass” of support and moving it across the finish line.In order to achieve that bipartisan support, Tester said Montana’s full congressional delegation would have to be on board.That includes U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, who in the past has stopped short of pledging his full support of the compact, saying that funding water compacts in the current fiscal climate presents a challenging task, and that due to budgetary constraints requires a high degree of scrutiny.And if history is any precursor, the CSKT compact’s path to final endorsement promises to be a drawn-out process.It took 11 years for a compact with the Crow Tribe to pass Congress after the Montana Legislature approved it in 1999, and its final passage came only after it was attached to legislation through the Cobell Settlement, the upshot of a sprawling class-action lawsuit by Native Americans against the U.S. government.Meanwhile, the water compact with the Blackfeet Tribe still has not received congressional approval since its introduction in 2010, while a compact with the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Fort Belknap Reservation, ratified by the state Legislature in 2001, lingered for a decade before the deal was introduced in Congress, where it has yet to be decided.Tester has introduced the Blackfeet measure four times – in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016 – and introduced the Fort Belknap compact in 2012 and 2013. U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, said a recent House Natural Resource Committee’s hearing on the Blackfeet compact signified progress for the beleaguered bill.Tester, a farmer from Big Sandy, said finding the money to pay for the CSKT compact poses the greatest challenge, and is actively seeking ways to offset the price tag using money from other areas of the federal budget, such as a pool of money from the Bureau of Reclamation.“That is some serious dough,” Tester said of the $2.3 billion cost. “The vast majority of this money goes to infrastructure, but that is still a big check. And I am confident we can identify how we will pay for this compact.”CSKT Chairman Vernon Finley applauded Tester’s effort to advance the compact, saying the Tribes have worked in earnest through on-the-ground collaboration to craft a fair measure.“This is a resolution that was developed in Montana among neighbors, and we look forward to the federal government confirming for us the compromises and the discussions that have taken place to put this compact forward,” Finley said.Susan Lake, a non-tribal water user whose family owns Lake Farms near Ronan, said she was skeptical about the compact when negotiations began, but has grown to support the agreement as the tribes found solutions to make it viable for her business.“They made sure that we had enough water to grow the crops that we needed to grow,” she said. “This is a fair resolution to a complicated problem.”Proponents of the Flathead compact include Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, Republican state Attorney General Tim Fox and several of the state’s major agriculture groups, such as the Montana Farmers Union and Montana Stockgrowers Association.At the Montana Legislature’s 2015 session, the CSKT water compact stood out as one of the most prominent and divisive measures, which state lawmakers passed into law only after a series of heated debates.Less than a week after the Legislature passed the bill ratifying the compact, the opponents filed a complaint challenging the validity of the legislative action. The plaintiffs are irrigators on the Flathead Joint Board of Control, which oversees irrigation districts on the Flathead Indian Reservation.The lawsuit contends that the state constitution requires a two-thirds majority vote from the House and Senate in order for the state to receive sovereign immunity from litigation. The House passed the bill on a simple majority.The Flathead water compact is the last of seven tribal water rights compacts passed by the state. It joins both the Blackfeet and Fort Belknap compacts in the wait for federal approval.The CSKT compact was by far the most difficult to negotiate because it also addresses tribal rights outside the boundaries of the reservation. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more


Phil Lesh, Grahame Lesh Play Together From A Safe Distance On ‘Terrapin TV’ [Watch]

first_imgThe latest episode of Terrapin TV featured Phil Lesh and his son Grahame playing together live—non-remotely. The Grateful Dead bassist experimented a bit with the format of his regular webcast and provided a full 40 minutes of music from the father-son duo.The previous three installments of Terrapin TV have featured an array of musicians from Phish‘s Mike Gordon to singer-songwriter Anders Osborne. The webcast also raises money for the workers at Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads venue and restaurant in San Rafael, CA.Related: John Scofield Covers Grateful Dead’s “Standing On The Moon” For ‘Terrapin TV’ Webcast [Watch]The pair immediately distinguish this edition of Terrapin TV from the others by kicking off with “Liberty”. The somewhat controversial (depending on who you ask) Dead tune from the mid-1990s is a little tough to understand from behind Grahame’s protective mask, but the gesture shines through clearer than any lyrics. The Leshs showed that this wouldn’t be just another week of the Grateful Dead’s greatest hits played on acoustic guitars. Despite some minor technical difficulties, such as some crackling sound and a beach umbrella getting in Grahame’s face, the two rage on with “Uncle John’s Band”.Between the two songs, it becomes immediately apparent that Phil and Grahame are playing together in the same backyard. Despite the split-screen appearance of two separate clips strung together in post-editing (which passes for “live” during the pandemic), Grahame points out that the two are standing roughly 25 feet from each other. The simple act of playing with one another finally allows the musicians to explore the Grateful Dead music in the proper way that can only be done in a live setting. Unfortunately, the sound cuts out for the entire third song (where’s Owsley when you need him?) but the two roll on with “Shakedown Street” and, finally, “Bertha”.Watch Phil and Grahame Lesh perform together on the latest installment of Terrapin TV.Terrapin TV — Episode 4 — 5/25/20[Video: Terrapin Crossroads]To learn more about Terrapin Crossroads and how to help its staff, click here.last_img read more


Dacres offers advice to youngsters

first_imgFedrick Dacres has proven himself to be one of the best discus throwers that Jamaica has to offer. As an athlete who progressed through the ranks of Jamaica’s junior programme, he knows what it takes to reach the top of his sport.Dacres says that proper guidance can be the key to success for a junior athlete.Dacres excelled as a junior, becoming the first Jamaican to win gold at the World Youth and the World Junior championships in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The feat, he says, was because of the coaching he received.“For me, when I started, I never knew what I wanted out of track and field,” he said. “I was just doing it for the fun. But in my first year, my coach sold me dreams, if you understand what I mean.“The first dream was that I could make the Calabar [High School] team, the second dream that I could make Champs (ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships), then Carifta [Games] and World Youth.”Dacres believes that a good coach is essential for a junior athlete and that good ethics are formed through proper guidance. “I became very ambitious because my coach wanted it,” Dacres said. “A coach’s impact is really important for a young athlete because when you’re young, you’re very impressionable. Any dream that your coach has, you are going to want to mimic that dream.”Dacres reflected on his time as a junior and said that a major part of his development came during his time as a student athlete. “I’ve not experienced anything like Champs, and I’ve been to quite a few games in my career. I can’t really explain it, but Champs has a vibe to it, and I think that has helped me in my senior career,” he said. “At Champs, you’re supposed to deliver because you’re not just doing it for yourself.” Handling the pressure He says events like Champs are the first introduction to what the pressure of professional competition will be like.“Diamonds are made under pressure,” he quoted.Dacres sought, however, to warn younger athletes against becoming stagnant after achieving their first success. “I think young athletes are putting themselves in a place where they feel comfortable,” he said. “I’m seeing that a lot of young athletes are getting contracts, and they feel that this means they are supposed to stop the hunt to get better. For me, that shouldn’t be the case.” Gregory Brycelast_img read more


Cricket News Trent Boult And Lockie Ferguson Ruled Out Of Twenty20 Series Vs India, Hamish Bennett Earns Recall

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: New Zealand pacers Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson have been ruled out of the five-match Twenty20 International series against India which begins on January 24. Boult suffered a fractured hand when he was hit by a Mitchell Starc bouncer in the Melbourne Boxing Day Test while Ferguson broke down with a hamstring injury during the Perth Pink Ball Test. There are further injury casualties with Matt Henry also sidelined due to a finger injury sustained in the Sydney Test.Apart from the three mentioned pacers, Doug Bracewell and Adam Milne have also been ruled due to injuries. In their absence, New Zealand have included Scott Kuggleijn and Blair Tickner in the side while they have handed a recall to Wellington right-arm pacer Hamish Bennett. The 32-year-old, who last played for New Zealand in an ODI in 2017, has been recalled back to the side after two-and-a-half years due to superb form in the ongoing Supersmash Twenty20 tournament.Bennett has taken 14 wickets in 10 matches for Wellington in the ongoing Supersmash tournament and his average of 18 with an economy rate of 7.06 makes him favorite to surprisingly make his debut in Twenty20 Internationals. Bennett has played 16 ODIs and played one Test in 2010 against India in Ahmedabad. In 16 ODIs, he has taken 27 wickets with his best haul of 4/16 coming in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup clash against Kenya in Chennai.”Over the past few seasons he is consistently been one of the top domestic white-ball bowlers and we’ve been impressed how he has been able to evolve his game. We all know he brings good pace and bounce but it’s the clever variations he has added that make him such a well-rounded T20 bowler,” New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said.Mix Of Experience And InexperiencedNew Zealand’s bowling department will be led by Tim Southee, who has good experience of playing Twenty20 Internationals and has also captained the side. Kane Williamson is back leading the side after missing the Sydney Test due to flu. Martin Guptill is also back while Tim Seifert is an attacking wicketkeeper-batsman who smashed 84 in a Twenty20 International against India during the 2019 tour in Wellington.Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson sustained injuries in the series against Australia. (Image credit: Getty Images)Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme provide the experience of the batting while the bowling, apart from Southee will have the inexperience of Daryl Mitchell and Blair Tickner in their side apart from Bennett. The spin options have been sorted with Mitchell Santner back in the side after being dropped from the Tests against Australia due to poor form.India embark on a full tour of New Zealand for the first time in 11 years, having last played in all formats in 2009. The 2020 series will kickstart with two Twenty20 Internationals in Eden Park, Auckland on January 24 and 26 while the third match will be played on January 29 in Seddon Park, Hamilton. The fourth Twenty20 International will be played at the Westpac stadium in Wellington while the final game will take place at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.Also Read | Rohit Sharma Terms New Zealand Bowling Lethal, Says Team Not To Be Underestimated Despite WhitewashThe action will then shift to the three ODIs on February 2, 5 and 8 with the games being played in Hamilton, Auckland and Mount Maunganui. India will then play a three-day warm-up game against a New Zealand XI side in Hamilton followed by the two Tests. The first Test will begin on February 21 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington while the second and final Test will take place at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.New Zealand T20 squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Hamish Bennett, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee last_img read more