President presents Donegal student with Gold Gaisce award

first_imgAn inspirational Ramelton student has been awarded the highest level of the Gaisce Award by President Michael D Higgins.It was a proud day for Jessica McClean yesterday as she received the prestigious Gaisce Gold Award for making outstanding achievements in her community and in personal skills.Jessica completed her Award with Royal & Prior Comprehensive School. The Gold Gaisce Award sets five key challenges in community involvement, personal skills, physical recreation, adventures and a residential project.Seventy seven inspirational young people from across Ireland were honoured with the awards at a special ceremony in Dublin Castle on Wednesday. The ceremony was MC’d by the inspirational Sinéad Burke, teacher, writer, broadcaster, fashion-admirer and advocate for disability.Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 15-25, which is proven to enhance confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical, community and team challenges. It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to all young people to dream big and realise their potential. President presents Donegal student with Gold Gaisce award was last modified: December 5th, 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)last_img read more

Pirates crowned MTN 8 champions

first_imgShortly before the break, Klate raced into the box and beat Mathibe, but then fired past the post. 4 October 2010 “I am pleased for everyone, especially our chairman [Irvin Khoza] who has worked so hard at building the club and at last we can show him a reward.” The Buccaneers triumphed 4-2 from the penalty spot after the teams had ended regulation time level at 1-1. Daine Klate was handed the responsibility of the spot kick and he responded well by sending Mathibe the wrong way to put Pirates ahead. Orlando Pirates broke a 10-year knockout competition title drought when they captured South Africa’s MTN 8 Cup at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night after a penalty shootout win over Moroka Swallows. “I am relieved, but I am a happy man now that we have ended Pirates’ 10-year drought without a knockout trophy”, Krol said afterwards. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While Andile Jali was named man of the match and Moneeb Josephs excelled in the shootout, Krol had words of praise for Ezenwa Otorogu, who won Pirates a penalty in the first half. “I think Otorogu did a fantastic job for us up front,” he said. Pirates’ R8-million reward was the biggest prize in the club’s history, while Swallows, along with the other six teams that qualified for the competition, each took home R800 000. In the 19th minute, however, the big Nigerian won the Buccaneers a penalty after a sweet build up had set him free to take on the Birds’ goalkeeper Aubrey Mathibe in a one-on-one. Otorogu got the better of the goalie, but was brought down and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Dikgang Mabalane then had an opportunity to beat the Swallows’ goalkeeper, but his shot was narrowly wide. EqualiserWith only four minutes remaining on the clock, the Birds made Pirates pay for their missed chances earlier in the match by equalising. Morgan Shivambu got onto the end of a free kick taken by Gareth Ncaca and headed the ball past Josephs and into the goal. It all came down to penalties in the end. The teams were level at 2-2 when Nomvethe missed for Swallows. Isaac Chansa then netted for Pirates to give them the advantage. When Kagiso Mashishi missed for Swallows it gave Lucky Lekgwathi a chance to win the game. He scored and Orlando Pirates celebrated.center_img ‘I am relieved’ Second halfIt looked as if the game would follow a similar pattern in the second half when Pirates came out of the blocks strongly, once again exerting their tempo on the game. Swallows, however, appeared more resolute in defence and it took some time for Pirates to create a chance. Pirates came closest to winning the game in extra time, but Greg Etafia, who had replaced Aubrey Mathibe at half-time, saved superbly from a long range shot by Clifford Ngobeni. Pirates set the tempo from the opening kick off and showed good movement as they placed their Soweto rivals under pressure. Big things are always expected of Pirates by the club’s fans, so the silverware would have undoubtedly taken some pressure off the shoulders of coach Ruud Krol. The first half belonged almost exclusively to Pirates, with Swallows looking short of ideas and answers to the Sea Robbers’ pressure. Otorogu, who shone in the first half, spurned the first chance of the contest when he headed over the crossbar from close range. Mabalane was wide with a shot and it was Swallows who were the first to have a shot on target. It came courtesy of veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe whose volley at the back post was well saved by Josephs in the Pirates’ goal. ‘The whole team impressed me’“The whole team impressed me. They did what I asked them to do,” he added. Penalty Swallows were under the cosh, but they almost levelled matters a few minutes later. Bucs’ net-minder Moneeb Josephs needed to show sharp reflexes to stop a cross that turned into a shot by Keegan Ritchie. Great chanceThulasizwe Mbuyane had a great chance to double Pirates’ lead after 27 minutes, but he fired tamely at Mathibe, who pulled off a good save.last_img read more

Watch Summer break for political Sunday sermons

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that there will be no Sunday activities for now, since it is on a break. Replying to questions from, the Nationalist leader was asked why the traditional Sunday party activities were not being held.Following the May elections, Partit Nazzjonalista has now entered its third week of not holding its Sunday sermon. On the other hand Partit Laburista continued with its activities in the form of one to one interviews with party leader Joseph Muscat.Delia explained following the electoral campaign, people had “too much of the same thing” adding that he thinks that the electorate is now looking forward to more refreshing things rather than heavily partisan discourse. He further explained that his idea is to have a little break and then have issues which people are talking about on the agenda.Data leakWhen asked about a possible data leak to General Workers’ Union weekly newspaper It-Torċa, said that he could not understand how such claim was made when “these are petitions which were running around with loads of people involved”. Delia added the way petitions work, is that many people are involved. He denied any breach of data.READ: PN petitioners accuse party of data leak, divide and rule tacticsOn Sunday former PN’s executive committee president Mark Anthony Sammut said that each petition paper had 10 signatures and that only Ivan Bartolo had access to the complete list. Sammut along with four other PN councillors presented a petition asking the general council to convene and debate Delia’s leadership. The petition asks for a secret ballot on whether Delia should shoulder responsibility for the electoral results.center_img <a href=’” alt=”last_img” /> read more