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It’s Brolly Chilly in the Swilly says frrrrrrreeeezing Joe!

first_imgHundreds of people gathered in the seaside village of Rathmullan today to see GAA motormouth Joe Brolly get dumped into the sea.The controversial TV commentator was the star attraction as the county held its popular annual Polar Plunge.Wearing a Mayo GAA jersey and very little else, Brolly was true to his word and jumped into the freezing waters of Lough Swilly. Thousands of euro was raised in the process for the Donegal Special Olympics fundraising campaign.Joe Brolly takes the plunge at the Polar Plunge in Rathmullan in North Donegal in aid of the Special Olympics. 9North West Newspix)The event has become a huge crowd-pulled in recent years and last Rathmullan (with a population of only 550) raised the largest amount of money out of every Polar Plunge across Ireland beating Dublin, Cork and other big towns with €12,038.The Irish Naval Vessel, LÉ George Bernard Shaw, was present alongside Rathmullan Pier for visitors while the Gardai, army and coastguard also took part in the day.Santa kept all the children happy after he arrived on the R118 Coastguard helicopter. Members of the local Garda doing the Polar Plunge in Rathmullan.; (North West Newspix)Organiser Garda Sgt Paul Magee said there was no doubt Joe Brolly was a big attraction!“For some strange reason a lot of people wanted to see Joe dumped into the freezing waters of Lough Swilly.“Joe was true to his word and he was a great sport,” said Sgt Magee.Cllr John O’Donnell takes the plunge at the Polar Plunge in Rathmullan in North Donegal in aid of the Special Olympics. 9North West Newspix)It’s Brolly Chilly in the Swilly says frrrrrrreeeezing Joe! was last modified: December 10th, 2019 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:donegalJOE BROLLYLough SwillyPolar Plungelast_img read more

From jiggy bots to satellites for South African girls

first_img17 June 2014A group of about 20 girls from various schools in Cape Town spent this year’s Youth Day, on 16 June, building jiggy bots – tiny robots whose movements can be controlled.They were taking part in the first of a series of workshops that have been set up as an introduction to the world of electronics. The workshops will culminate in a week-long session to construct Africa’s first private satellite. The satellite will be sent to the Mojave Desert in California for launch in early 2016.The project is run by the Meta Economic Development Organisation (Medo), which hopes to build up girls’ technical skills before they matriculate. The company was motivated to launch the programme, focused on science, technology, engineering and maths, by the shortage of technical skills in the country.“The reality is, half the young women in this room, when they matriculate, are not going to have formal jobs,” Medo chief executive Judi Sandrock told The Daily Maverick. “We have to start a lot earlier.”Science and technology is for girls tooSandrock said that in 2014, only 7.5% of South Africa’s matric students passed maths with 60% and over as their overall mark for the subject. For physical science, the figure was even lower. This could lead to a big problem.Asked whether science was only for boys, participants responded in the negative. “Jeez, that’s not true,” said Grade 12 student Ovaya Mandlakhe, who goes to Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School in Khayelitsha. “At my school, girls are better [at science] than boys.”After matriculating, Ovaya would like to study medicine and become a doctor.“Anyone can do anything! There’s no such thing that boys are better than girls,” said Imaan Shaik of South Peninsula High, in Diep River.It’s aliveBuilding the robots fuelled the girls’ thirst for knowledge. “It’s amazing to see how all these bits come together to create something so technical and amazing,” said Siddiqah Latief of Pelican Park High School, near Zeekoevlei. She said she had started to love science and would like to build a career in the field.“I never thought building things could be this interesting,” said Nina-Rose Clarke, from Pinelands High School in Pinelands. “I am loving this experience. It’s so exciting to be exposed to more than just drawing and studying ideas. Constructing stuff is so much better.”A race to cap the dayA race of jiggy bots ended the workshop. Some moved in a straight line, while others staggered around. But in the end, Ovaya’s bot, named “Junior”, was victorious. “It was a shock it was so fast,” she said.Sources: News24Wire and The Daily Mavericklast_img read more

Patna University must compete among 10 best public varsities to get ₹ 10,000 cr. central grant, says Modi

first_imgShatrughan, Yashwant, Lalu absentProminent alumni of the university, local BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha; former Union Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad were conspicuously absent from the function.However, while welcoming Mr. Modi to the university, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha tweeted on Saturday “…even I got an invitation, alas very late and with a very short notice…delayed by the more loyal than the King’s people involved in the affair”. So, though “Muhabbat Karne waale kam na honge…Teri mehfil mein lekin hum na honge’… my best wishes”, he tweeted again.However, other prominent alumni of the varsity, Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ashwani Choubey and Upendra Kushwaha, were present on the dais with the Prime Minister, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Mr. Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.In bad shapeEstablished on October 1, 1917, Patna University, was once known as the “Oxford of The East”. But with the passage of time, al its past glory diminished and today it suffers from lack of teachers, staff, infrastructure and fund. “Its in pathetic situation today”, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha had said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Patna University (PU) should compete among the 10 best public universities of the country to get a grant of ₹ 10,000 crore from the central government and become a fully autonomous institution.The Prime Minister was speaking at the university’s centenary celebration function in Patna.Earlier, amid a thunderous applause of the students, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged Mr. Modi to grant central university status to the university .Mr. Modi said, “India is nowhere among top 500 universities of the world…my government has put up a challenge to 10 private and 10 public universities to fulfil some criterions fixed by the government to get ₹ 10,000 crore grant in five years and become a fully autonomous institution…Patna University too should take up the challenge and compete for it…it will go beyond its demand for a status of a central university. Patna University should also connect with its glorious list of alumna to regain its past glory…it happens everywhere.”Calls for innovationAddressing the gathering of students, former students, staff and teachers, the Prime Minister also laid emphasis on prioritising “innovation” in universities for the country’s development.“I appeal to the Patna University to be innovative for the problems of your surrounding and compete for start-ups…India has no dearth of talent as it has vast lot of young people”, he said.After the function, the Prime Minister left for Mokama, 100 km from Patna to launch several development projects worth of over ₹ 3,700 crore.PM @narendramodi visiting the Bihar Museum in Patna pic.twitter.com/QfvEKiPlWY— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 14, 2017last_img read more

Aussie blaze of glory in the pool

first_imgAustralia continued to dominate the pool at the Commonwealth Games on Friday, winning four more gold medals to increase their meet- leading total to 15.They were led by comeback king Geoff Huegill, who – completing his return from a fouryear retirement and the loss of 50 kg that he packed on while not swimming – won the 100m butterfly in 52.50 seconds. Ryan Pini of Papua New Guinea and Antony James of England dead- heated for silver.”Words can’t describe how I feel.I’ve finally put together the perfect race,” Huegill said. “The last time I swam that quickly was 10 years ago. It just goes to show that there is still hope for all the old (athletes) out there.”Australian veteran Leisel Jones, too, joined in the party, winning 100m breaststroke by two seconds to become the first swimmer in Commonwealth Games history to win two events at three games in a row.Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won the men’s 50- 100 breaststroke double, finishing it in 27.18 seconds. Glenn Snyders of New Zealand and Brenton Rickard each finished in 27.67 to share silver medals.This was South Africa’s sixth gold medal of the meet, a Commonwealth Games best for the republic.In one of the most exciting races of the meet, Australian Meagen Nay overtook England’s Elizabeth Simmons, who had led nearly all of the race, in the final metre to win gold in the 200m backstroke.Nay finished in 2: 07: 56 and Simmons in 2: 07: 90, while Australian Emily Seebohm won the bronze.Liam Tancock and Rebecca Adlington of England broke the Australian dominance. Tancock won the 100 backstroke in 53.59, followed by Daniel Bell of New Zealand and Ashley Delaney of Australia. Olympic champion Adlington added to her earlier win in the longer distance, leading from start to finish in the eightlap race.advertisement- With inputs from Agencieslast_img read more