Tennis camps serving up a summer of fun across Donegal

first_imgParks Tennis, one of Ireland’s largest and most popular tennis programmes, is returning to five venues across Donegal this summer.Children love these low-cost active camps which cater to girls and boys between 5 and 17 years during the month of July. Participants will enjoy learning new skills and making friends in a fun environment. Bookings will take place this Saturday, 22nd June (details below).Coaching is provided over 4 weeks from 1st to 26th July, so it is fantastic value as all equipment is provided. Donegal Parks Tennis Camps will take place at: Rathmullan Tennis ClubRamelton Tennis ClubBuncrana Tennis ClubCuldaff Tennis ClubLetterkenny Tennis ClubFee: Any two weeks for €30 per child or family rate €80Registration: Secure your child’s place at the above venues on Sat 22nd June 12 noon – 1.30pmEnquiries: Mary 087 9773957 or marytbarry@gmail.com Parks Tennis welcomes all children irrespective of previous tennis experience and prides itself on a child-centered approach with a focus on enjoyment and participation.The emphasis throughout all programmes is on:structured tennis sessions combined with fun and gamesteaching new tennis skillsmaking friends in a relaxed and friendly atmosphereproviding a thoroughly enjoyable overall experienceintroducing a sport for lifeParks Tennis invites your children to enjoy what may well be a new sporting experience at a very affordable cost.Contact   Mary 087 9773957 or marytbarry@gmail.com for further information.Tennis camps serving up a summer of fun across Donegal was last modified: June 18th, 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:activeParks TennisSportSummer Campslast_img read more

All I Want for Christmas… ideas for everyone at Irwin Expert Electrical

first_imgIt’s last-minute shopping time, but there’s no need to panic when there are gift ideas to suit everyone at Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny and Buncrana.It’s time to wrap up our All I Want for Christmas video series with a look at super presents for everyone on your list.Whatever your budget, there are great gifts at the Irwin Expert showrooms at unbeatable prices. The stores are both open this Saturday and will be open from 1pm-5pm this Sunday 22nd December. They are also open this Monday and until 1pm on Christmas Eve.And if you really can’t decide, why not let your loved one choose their own gift with an Irwin Expert Gift Voucher – available in store and accepted in both Letterkenny and Buncrana. One for All vouchers and ShopLK gift cards are also accepted.Check out the top Irwin gift ideas this Christmas:Dyson Airwrap CompleteApple iPad Apple iWatchJBL Bluetooth SpeakersSonos SpeakersKenwood KMIX MixersKenwood ChefNinja Foodi Multi Pressure Cooker and Air FryerNinja Air FryerShark Duo Clean Cordless VacTassimo Coffee MachineNespressoLG TVsPanasonic TVsIrwin Expert Electrical Gift VouchersWe have Gift Vouchers now available at our#Letterkenny & #Buncrana Showrooms – Someone special in your world deserves one.Google Nest MiniGoogle HomeFitbit WatchesGarmin WatchesIrwin Expert Electrical’s Christmas Gift Experts will be delighted to help you choose the perfect Gift. They also accept SHOP LK vouchers.They are so thankful to their customers for shopping local and choosing Irwin Expert Electrical as their preferred Home Appliance, TV, Computer Centre & Household Electrical Retail Store for in the North West.Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny Showroom – Port Road, Letterkenny (Behind Browne Printers – Opposite Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana Showroom – Maginn Avenue, Buncrana.Follow Us on Facebook : www.facebook.com/irwinexpertAll I Want for Christmas… ideas for everyone at Irwin Expert Electrical was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:all i want for christmasbuncranaGiftsIrwin Expert Electricalletterkennyvideolast_img read more

Nuclear power holds promise for South Africa

first_imgNuclear energy is not something to fear says NECSA’s Xolisa Mabhongo.(Image Credit: IAEA) • Khi Solar One: renewable energy for the ages • Electrify Africa: bringing light to the dark continent • Joburg to produce its own electricity from landfill • Green buildings sprouting in South Africa • Portable plant makes fuel from waste Sulaiman PhilipSouth Africa has allowed its spare power generating capacity to fall to its lowest level. Despite emergency measures the country has still had to deal with blackouts. It is difficult to imagine a bigger shambles.Work on building load generating capacity that should have begun a long time ago, is only now beginning. But, the groundwork has begun on a nuclear build programme that will cost between R300-billion and a trillion rand.“When we sit down with vendors finance options are among the questions we ask,” Xolisa Mabhongo explains. The Corporate Services Group Executive of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa) sits straight-backed in a chair in his office at the Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre, close to Hartbeespoort. “From where I am sitting we cannot afford to not look at all the options available to us.”Mabhongo launches into a list of different funding models that South Africa could consider to fund its nuclear build, just one aspect of the country’s energy plan. The newest plant in Finland is being funded by that country’s biggest private sector energy users. Not only are their energy needs met but they earn revenue from energy they feed into the national grid.A Russian built plant in Turkey will be owner-operated for the first 20 years of the plant’s life before ownership is transferred to the Turkish government. The French power utility is funding its new build programme using its own cash reserves. “It’s as if Eskom were so rich it could take the money out of its own pocket and build a nuclear plant.“We need to spend the money; it’s a matter of which [finance] options we choose. Nuclear power plants are expensive to build but they are the cheapest to run,” Mabhongo concedes before explaining that Koeberg produces the cheapest electricity in South Africa. Renewable resourcesThe government’s Integrated Energy Plan foresees 43% of the country’s future energy needs being met by renewable sources. Nuclear will produce just 23% of its future energy needs. “Nuclear is not in competition with renewables. The issue is that renewable plants have a very limited lifespan. You have to recapitalise them every 20 years; with nuclear its lifespan is 60 years. To maintain coal plants are costly; the opposite is true of nuclear. At the end of the day, we need the electricity for our economy to grow.”Beyond securing a reliable power supply, the planned nuclear programme is about revitalising the country’s nuclear industry. At the end of the project, the government expects the country will be producing enough power to be able to export it without putting a strain on domestic need. There are also ancillary industries that will come out of the build, including a new South African nuclear industry able to export technology into Africa.Mabhongo points to the success of the nuclear industry in South Korea. It took that country 40 years to build a nuclear industry from scratch, at first using imported technology. Now it is an exporter of Korean-produced nuclear technology. This is the future Mabhongo sees for the industry in South Africa. “We have mastered the nuclear cycle. Now we need to move on to become a country that designs, licences and exports nuclear power plants.” Finding vendorsFor now South Africa is busy identifying vendors. Media reports that the government had signed contracts with Russia are a misunderstanding of the process the country is following. “Understand it as a simple tender. Companies know they will either win or lose so they tender for different contracts. We are dealing with vendors who are currently building around the world – in the United Arab Emirates, in Finland, in France and Argentina. Across the world new nuclear builds are sensitive; perhaps we have not explained the process adequately in our conversations with South Africa.”This is international best practice, Mabhongo explains, a process designed to allow technology companies to share sensitive information while South Africa gets the all the data it needs to make the right choice for the South African environment. “The next stage is the South African team reporting back on what they have heard to the energy security subcommittee of parliament. Based on these reports the cabinet will decide on the technology to be acquired and set the time frames for the process. The intergovernmental agreements do not mean that we have committed ourselves to anything.”South Africa’s Integrated Resources Plan for 2010 to 2030, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, envisages 9 600 megawatts (MW) of additional nuclear capacity by 2030. This plan follows on from a 2006 plan that was shelved for, among other reasons, the global economic meltdown in 2008.South Africa has experience with mega projects, Mabhongo reminds us. Some have seen delays and cost overruns, but he does not foresee the same happening now. He expects that the government will, with support from the private sector, be able to deliver power from a new reactor by the 2023 target date. “There have been delays and cost overruns, but these have been factored into the planning. Of course we don’t want these factors to stop progress. Even the third generation reactors we are looking at are designed and built in such a way that costs and delays are minimised.” Economic benefitsMabhongo stresses another factor that remains at the top of government thinking. “We want the economic benefits of the new build to accrue to South African entities. We want to create jobs in South Africa, and we want more skills coming out of the new build.”The first new nuclear plant may not meet the government expectation of 80% local content and skills, but that is simply a result of the innovation being brought to our shores. Once the programme is running, localisation targets will be set and must be met.“This project is first and foremost about localising as much as possible and we stand on a strong foundation because we have built the capacity. We have world-class construction companies, engineers, technicians and artisans. Maybe we don’t have enough for the new build but we have experience.”There will be other positive spin-offs that will accrue from nuclear: businesses that manufacture components for South Africa’s revitalised nuclear industry. Engineering services and consultants working across the three or four possible sites will be needed for years to come.As Mabhongo points out: “These are some of the spin-offs from the South African nuclear industry. People need to understand that we are not a scary industry; we are in your everyday world.”last_img read more

FD Webinar| Polishing our Protective Shields: Exploring Ways to Protect Youth from Violence

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPexels[Alone, November 13, 2016,CC0]It is no secret that youth can be profoundly impacted by acts of violence such as bullying, teen relationship violence, and school shootings. The question that weighs so heavily on the minds and hearts of parents, teachers and service professionals alike is what can be done to mitigate the potentially negative consequences of experiencing these types of violence.On March 22, 2018, at 11:00 am ET, Dr. Lauren Marlotte will be facilitating a 90-minute webinar on the impact of violence on youth and providing participants with information on trauma-informed approaches to “polishing the protective shields” of youth and parents in the face of danger and violence.There will be an opportunity for participants to receive FREE CEUs for this event! If you are unable to attend the live event, the webinar will be archived for viewing at your convenience. CEUs will be available for the archived event until March 22, 2019!We hope you will join us for this important webinar and share with others who may be interested in learning with us!This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Flying V survives close call, draws first blood in D-League semis

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City this December Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESFlying V survived a testy challenge from Centro Escolar University and hacked out a gritty 65-61 Game 1 victory to draw first blood in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With the Thunder holding a precarious 63-61 lead with 21 seconds left, Gab Banal drew a huge charging foul on the driving Rod Ebondo to halt the Scorpions’ fightback from nine-points down, 59-50, before Jerick Cañada iced the win with two freebies in the final 3.6 ticks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games FLYING V 65 – Teng 17, Banal 12, Salamat 12, Torres 6, Austria 5, Dionisio 4, Thiele 3, Cañada 2, Paredes 2, Tampus 2, Koga 0.CEU 61 – Ebondo 20, Aquino 17, Wamar 9, Cruz 8, Jeruta 6, Casiño 1, Fuentes 0, Guinitaran 0, Intic 0.Quarters: 14-13, 31-32, 54-46, 65-61. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flying V almost lost the game after Thomas Torres was slapped with a flagrant foul penalty one on Orlan Wamar with 21.0 left, but CEU’s diminutive playmaker uncharacteristically muffed both shots.Altamirano reiterated that for the Thunder to advance to the next level, they should have their A-game on the defensive end for Game 2.“We need to do a better job in controlling the rebounds and blocking out their bigs. We just have to continue doing that because we’re gonna need more of that, especially in the second game,” he said.Rod Ebondo was dominant anew in the glass, scoring 20 points and pulling down 27 rebounds, two boards shy of the record 29 set by Jay-R Taganas in the 2015 Foundation Cup.Art Aquino added 17 markers and four rebounds in the losing effort for the Scorpions.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Read Next K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments “I think when it comes to those situations, you really have to assert yourself defensively,” said coach Eric Altamirano. “I think this game really boiled down to the stops. We were able to make the crucial stops, especially the one Gab had on Ebondo. But overall, we had to grind it out since CEU played a really good game.”Jeron Teng flirted with a triple-double as he tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists, while Banal got 12 markers on a 3-of-6 shooting from threes, to go with five boards, and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEric Salamat also chimed in 12 points, three rebounds, and three dimes in the conquest, which stretched the Thunder’s winning run to 11 straight games.Game 2 is on Tuesday, still at the Ynares Sports Arena. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Blazers hand Suns worst loss ever in season opener

first_imgIt was the most one-sided season-opening loss by any team in NBA history and the most one-sided loss by the Suns in any game in their 49 years.Suns coach Earl Watson said he was “embarrassed” by what happened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad as they could,” Watson said. “They didn’t have no sympathy.”Damian Lillard scored 27 points and Pat Connaughton added a career-high 24 points, making 4 of 6 3-pointers for Portland. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “It’s going to be hard for me to sleep tonight,” the Suns’ Devon Booker said.The Blazers dominated even though they were without one of their best players, guard C.J. McCollum, who was suspended one game for leaving the bench area during a tussle involving the Suns’ Alex Len and Caleb Swanigan in a preseason game a week ago.“That was a great way to start the season,” Stotts said. “I was really pleased with our defense through the whole night. Offense got off to a slow start but picked up.”Portland led 60-35 at the half and outscored the Suns 64-41 in the second. The Blazers led by as many as 58, for a time flirting with the most one-sided game in NBA history, a 68-point blowout of the Miami Heatby the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 17, 1991.The Suns shot 31.5 percent to Portland’s 49 percent, made 7 of 27 3-pointers to the Blazers’ 14 of 24 and were outrebounded 57-33.Phoenix had the league’s second-worst record last season at 24-58 and looked at least that bad throughout the opener. The Suns have not made the playoffs in seven seasons, the longest drought in franchise history. They are trying to rebuild with youth. That takes time and some painful moments, such as the one Wednesday night.Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting. Booker added 12 on 6-of-17 shooting. Bledsoe was 1 for 6 on 3s, Booker 0 for 3.Portland’s bench outscored Phoenix’s 61-26.After Booker’s 13-footer tied it at 17, Lillard sank a layup and the Blazers bolted away from there. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Bledsoe’s three-point play cut the lead to 45-35 with 4:38 left in the third quarter, but Portland scored the final 15 points of the half 60-35 at the break.The Suns shot 29 percent in the first half (14 for 49) to Portland’s 44 percent (22 for 50). Phoenix was 1 for 11 from 3-point range in the first two quarters to the Blazers’ 7 of 13. Most tellingly, the Portland bench outscored its Phoenix counterparts 24-0.It only got worse (or better from Portland’s perspective) after that.The Blazers led a numbing 98-55 entering the final quarter.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: The one-game suspension, for taking a few steps off the bench in a preseason game, cost McCollum $165,000. … Connaughton, a fourth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, had a previous career high of 15 points. … Portland had six players in double figures. … Blazers have won four consecutive season openers. … Trail Blazers don’t play their home opener until next Tuesday against New Orleans.Suns: Len sat out the game with a sprained left ankle. He was injured in Saturday’s practice. … Rookie Josh Jackson started and made a 3-pointer with his first shot, but was 3 for 9 the rest of the way with only two rebounds. … Marquese Chriss made 1 of 5 shots and had one rebound and five fouls in 12:05 minutes.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Indiana on Friday night.Suns: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Shabazz Napier of the Portland Trail Blazers high fives Pat Connaughton after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 18, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Trail Blazers defeated the Suns 124-76. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — If the Phoenix Suns were a Broadway show, they’d close for good after opening night.The Suns weren’t just bad in their 124-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener on Wednesday night. They were historically awful.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments UFC president calls Jon Jones ‘biggest waste of talent ever’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Trail Blazers outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Suns from the opening tip.Portland tied the second-largest margin of victory in franchise history. Only a 50-point win against Cleveland (129-79) on Nov. 21, 1982 was larger.“The obvious statement is we played really well,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.The 48-point rout exceeded Denver’s 139-93 (46-point) victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on opening day in 1987.The blowout also topped Phoenix’s 44-point loss to Seattle (151-107) on April 2, 1988.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READlast_img read more

Asian Games, Commonwealth Games medallists enthrall audience at Mind Rocks 2018

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Two Peace Region accountants named to CPABCs Board of Directors

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Two accountants from the Peace Region have been named to the Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C.’s Board of Directors for this upcoming fiscal year.The CPABC held its third Annual General Meeting in Vancouver on June 27th, and announced that Gavin Still from Fort St. John and Ben Sander from Dawson Creek will be serving on the Association’s Board of Directors for fiscal year 2018/2019. Still was announced as the Board’s First Vice-Chair, while Still will be serving as a regular director.Barry Macdonald FCPA, FCA has been elected as Chair of the CPABC Board of Directors and is joined by Sander, Geoff Dodds, CPA, CA, and Stanley Chang, CPA, CGA on the Governance Committee. The pair are the only two Directors on the CPABC’s Board to hail from Northern B.C. Of the 17 members of the Board, only six hail from outside Vancouver. Two are from Vancouver Island, while the other two are from the Southern Interior.last_img read more

Congress’ trajectory of subversion

first_imgThe idea of the motherland is a sacred notion for a majority of Indians. Indians are patriotic people, passionate about the security and safety of their motherland. They wish her to be great; expect her to be protected, to be strengthened and to see her leaders work hard to make her self-reliant, self-sufficient and sturdy. What has caught the imagination of people in the last five years is Narendra Modi’s unrelenting action in trying to achieve exactly that. As Arun Jaitley, one of those who has closely seen him since the early days recently argued that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has demonstrated during the last five years his indefatigability towards making of New India, a power to reckon with. Many India observers across the world have marvelled with India’s pace of decision making and implementation.” Modi’s mantra of making India great has once again caught the mass imagination. On Modi’s part, there has been no slackening of pace in his commitment and in the delivery of his promises. These promises were made across the spectrum from ameliorating and transforming lives at the grassroots to establishing India as a global power confident that she shall play a leading role in directing the agendas of the 21st century. The latest evidence of Modi’s cohesive and organised action to establish India on the world stage was evident when India succeeded in eliciting worldwide condemnation for Pakistan’s complicity in carrying out terror attacks on India. India also elicited support in the UN to blacklist and sanction terrorist Masood Azhar. In solidarity with India, the international community felt deeply disappointed at the fact that China once again blocked the move. The results of the friendships that Modi had globally forged in the last five years, the unprecedented outreach that he had initiated as part of India’s foreign policy – his trips abroad– and his creative, as well as tenacious, diplomacy has been most visible since the Pulwama terror attack. While Congress president Rahul Gandhi rejoices at China’s success in blocking Masood Azhar’s listing, and his minions see and interpret it as a snub to Modi, the people at large stand disappointed by the Chinese hold and continue to further close their ranks in solidarity with Modi, who they see as being uncompromising on terror, and bullish, dogged and unrelenting when it comes to India’s national security. The “original sin” of gifting away – bartering away India’s strategic advantages to China – was that of Nehru’s; in the last few days, that debate has been conclusively settled against Congress, especially its ruling dynasty. As BJP president Amit Shah points out in a scathing column, both the refusal to take up India’s seat in the UNSC and the referring of the Kashmir issue to the UN, were the original sins of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, sins which continue to prove costly to India. The tears shed at the Batla House encounter to eliminate terrorists, the push for inaction after 26/11 when Sonia Gandhi called the shots – Rahul Gandhi was tangoing in his Delhi farmhouse just after terrorists had carried out the massacre in Mumbai – the support to urban Naxals who set the agenda and create narratives for separatists and extortionists including plotting to assassinate Modi, the support for the “tukde tukde” network across India especially in select universities, the repeated attempts to stall an upgrade of India’s defence forces, the repeated questioning of any action that India has taken, in the last five years in response to terrorism, the habit of referring to Jaish terrorists in respectful terms, indicates that Congress under Sonia and Rahul Gandhi has dumped whatever little it possessed of its nationalist orientation and temperament. For Congress, the last two decades or so has been a trajectory towards subversion. A decade in power saw Congress turn India into a passive absorber of terrorism, it saw the ludicrous formulation by the then Congress Prime Minister that Pakistan too was a victim of terror and therefore had India’s sympathies. It saw India function as an appendage, a soft state with an unimaginative, halting and hesitant approach when it came to defending herself against aggression. The defanging of India’s national security was one of the most comprehensive contribution of the Congress mindset, apart from the debilitating insistence that India could only survive as an oligarchy of dynasties, that every national institution had to be compromised, that nepotism was normal and accepted public-behavioural trait, and that Indian democracy lives to serve the ‘Dynasty.’ The decade before Modi’s advent on the national scene was one long lightless phase in which such attempts were made, and often succeeded. A fall back to the mindset which defined that phase will only push back our collective march and weaken our collective will to see a new India. Modi continues to restore faith, continues to plug the leaks, to heal the cores, to erect new edifices for which he is attacked and abused. His triumph will prove the death of this mentality of subversion that has been allowed to go unchecked for decades. The social and political formations that stand against this emotion and conviction for the national good and have worked to dilute or weaken these have never succeeded in striking deep roots in India’s political soil. Congress, because of its enunciation of anti-Indianness, is now getting increasingly deracinated while the communist parties, who have been at forefront of trying to weaken the nationalist psyche of the Indian masses, continue to wither away. Each has found in the other the support in this destructive game. Congress resorts to politics of confusion while the shrinking communist parties, in the name of the proletariat, continue to peddle their false line of an India that is in perpetual conflict and clash, in which exploitation and communalism dominate. So thick is the partnership that the CPI(M) general secretary has given up all pretensions of being a Marxist ideologue and has degenerated into a loyal spokesperson of the Congress party. This degradation has consumed the habit of debate, of ideological adherence, and of cadre discipline and commitment in the party. Neither party has a leader nor a leadership which has a vision of India’s future. Can they ever hope to succeed in their negative anti-Modi alliance? They have no acceptance among people, they have no capacity to read new India’s mind and the summer of 2019 will only reinforce their irrelevance. (The author is Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

World-class autism care township to be set up in Bengal, says CM on World Autism Day

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, said that a world-class autism township will be set up soon to provide training to autistic children and adults.In a tweet, Banerjee said: “Today is #WorldAutismAwarenessDay. We must create more awareness about autism among the people. You will be happy to know that a world-class autism township will be coming up near Kolkata where autistic children and adults will receive training, treatment and boarding facilities.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThis comes as a significant announcement for autistic children in the city, as they would get various facilities at the proposed township. The township will be built as a one-of-its-kind initiative by the Bengal government in association with a private firm, on a 52 acre plot at Sirakol in South 24-Parganas at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. The project is expected to be completed by 2023. It can be mentioned that the project was first announced during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) in 2018. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe children and adults suffering from the developmental disorder can receive training, treatment and boarding facilities at this township. The township will also have provisions for training teachers who would be dealing with those suffering from the disorder. The main purpose of the township is to provide holistic development of those suffering from autism. World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day which falls on April 2 every year and aims to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder through various programmes. According to a senior state government official, the township will be the first of its kind, not only in the country but also in the world. There will be facilities for accommodating 350 residents, apart from a daycare centre having a capacity of accommodating over 200 children and adolescents. A guest house will also be set up, where parents of those receiving training can stay for a few days. It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has started introducing units for autistic children at various government-run hospitals. Among other medical colleges and hospitals in the state, the NRS Medical College and Hospital runs a unique autistic care centre, where a large number of patients from across the state visit.last_img read more