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Donegal’s taxi drivers to gain suicide prevention skills under new initiative

first_imgTaxi drivers in Donegal are set to gain potentially life-saving skills under a new Taxi Watch Suicide Prevention scheme.The innovative project, which started in Derry, trains taxi drivers with suicide prevention skills and teaches them how to help somebody who may be in distress or‍ feeling suicidal.Taxi Watch recognises the value of taxi drivers and night taxi drivers, in particular, as front-line service providers who have direct contact with a large and varying cross section of the community. The project will be launched in Donegal at an event in Letterkenny next week by Local Link Donegal, with support from the HSE’s Connecting for Life Programme.All Taxi and Hackney drivers in Donegal are invited avail of this opportunity to come and learn about Taxi Watch on Monday 21st January from 11.30am – 1.00pm at the Function Room, Century Cinemas, Letterkenny.Through Taxi Watch, drivers get basic training and support which will enable them to be more aware and better equipped to respond appropriately should they find themselves in a situation where there is potential of a suicide or to recognise the signs of a potential suicide.“So far, initiatives in Derry, Kilkenny and other parts of the country have saved hundreds of lives and it is hoped that the Donegal taxi and hackney drivers will become important players in the current county wide effort to reduce suicide,” said a Taxi Watch Donegal spokesperson. “Please come along and avail of this opportunity to hear and learn all about this great “hands on” initiative – Taxi Watch!”For more information contact Local Link Donegal on 074 9741644Donegal’s taxi drivers to gain suicide prevention skills under new initiative was last modified: January 11th, 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:connecting for lifeLocal Link Donegalsuicide preventiontaxi watchlast_img read more

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Tigers open season with clutch victory over Wausau East

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU – In a game of missed opportunities, the Marshfield football team took advantage of its final one.The Tigers had two turnovers, a dropped touchdown pass, two missed extra points, a missed field goal and numerous other dropped passes, but in the end they made the most of the final time they had the ball.Marshfield drove 80 yards in 1:05 and Nick Hoheisel ran in from 11 yards out with 42 seconds to go to lift the Tigers to a 19-14 victory over Wausau East in the teams’ season opener Friday night at Thom Field.Hoheisel ran for 99 of his game-high 212 yards in the fourth quarter and scored all three Marshfield touchdowns in the win.“We want to make a statement that last year is in the past and this year is now, and we’re trying to improve game by game and take it one step at a time,” Hoheisel said. “I have the easy part. My big guys up front, they move everything for me. I just get to find the open spot, find the green, and go.”After going through a 2-7 season last year, getting back in the win column to open its new season was huge for Marshfield, head coach Denny Goettl said.“The boys know what we needed to do this year,” Goettl said. “It’s a lot of getting over things and trying to rejuvenate ourselves. We’re not going back to that season, the guys are here now and this is what we’re doing. The greatest thing to happen tonight was our kids saw, and fought through, adversity. We dropped a ton of passes, we missed tackles, we missed field goals…you could see the emotion on their faces and that’s what is important tonight. It was a great first game.”Marshfield struck first when Hoheisel returned a punt 17 yards and scored on a 25-yard run on the next play to put the Tigers up 6-0 with 6:36 to go in the first half.The lead was short-lived, however, as East needed just three plays to strike back. On third-down and 17, quarterback Kyle Daniel hit Thomas Dunbar for a 60-yard touchdown pass and the extra point put East up 7-6.That lead held until late in the third quarter when Marshfield pulled back ahead.Quarterback Tyson Slade connected with tight end Zach McManus on passes of 17 and 9 yards, and Hoheisel had three straight runs to cover the final 39 yards of the drive – the final one coming on a 16-yard TD scamper. McManus’ extra point kick made it 13-7 with 3:59 left in the third.East needed just two plays on its first drive of the fourth quarter to regain the lead. A 9-yard run by Levi Treinen and a 15-yard late hit penalty moved the ball to the 35 where fullback Chad Simon took it the rest of the way on the next play. East made the crucial extra point to go back on top, 14-13.“It’s that bend but don’t break attitude,” Goettl said of the Tigers’ defense. “We’re playing some guys both ways, half time. We’re playing five sophomores on this team and three of them are on defense. Every game will make them that much better.”East missed a field goal on its next possession following a Marshfield fumble, and the Tigers looked poised to regain the lead with a long drive.Hoheisel had five rushes for 53 yards and the Tigers reached the 8 before McManus missed a field goal with 4:07 left.The Tigers’ defense was able to force a punt and get the ball back to the offense with 1:47 remaining. Slade hit Isaac Huettl for a 46-yard pass on fourth-and-7 from the 43 and Hoheisel scored on the next play to give Marshfield the lead.East reached Marshfield 35 with 8 seconds to go before Daniel was intercepted in the end zone on the final play by Mason Metz.“Nick’s playing with a chip on his shoulder,” Goettl said. “He’s a senior. He got dinged up a couple of times last year, and he’s playing for him and us and for everybody. He’s a tough kid. The line said to just keep giving it to him. I love how everyone is playing for each other.”Marshfield opens its home schedule with a nonconference game against D.C. Everest on Aug. 28 at Beell Stadium. The game begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of Tigers 19, Lumberjacks 14Marshfield 0 6 7 6 – 19Wausau East 0 7 0 7 – 14Second QuarterM – Nick Hoheisel 25 run (run failed), 6:36.WE – Thomas Dunbar 60 pass from Kyle Daniel (Sharrod Harper kick), 4:20.Third QuarterM – Hoheisel 16 run (Zach McManus kick), 3:59.Fourth QuarterWE – Chad Simon 35 run (Harper kick), 11:34.M – Hoheisel 11 run (kick missed), 0:42.Team StatisticsFirst downs: Marshfield 14; Wausau East 13.Rushing (att-yards): Marshfield 37-248; Wausau East 41-165.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Marshfield 6-19-89-0; Wausau East 7-21-150-1.Penalties (no.-yards): Marshfield 6-44; Wausau East 10-74.Fumbles (total-lost): Marshfield 2-2; Wausau East 0-0.Punting (no.-avg.): Marshfield 6-38.5; Wausau East 6-34.5.Individual StatisticsRushing: M, Nick Hoheisel 25-212, Tyson Slade 11-33, Braden Bohman 1-3. WE, Chad Simon 15-95, Levy Treinen 12-37, Kyle Daniel 11-17, Gabe McGinnity 2-9, Landon Krueger 1-7.Passing: M, Slade 6-19-89-0. WE, Daniel 7-20-150-1, Alex Becker 0-1-0-0.Receiving: M, Isaac Huettl 2-51, Zach McManus 3-33, Bohman 1-5. WE, Thomas Dunbar 5-134, JP Lacy 1-9, McGinnity 1-7.Punting: M, McManus 6-38.5. WE, McGinnity 6-34.5.Fumble recoveries (defense): WE, Reggie Brown, Cory Courneya.Interceptions (defense): M, Mason Metz.Records: Marshfield 1-0; Wausau East 0-1.last_img read more

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SANParks teaches conservation

first_imgA computer lab worth R820 000 has been handed over to Masiza High School in Mbaula, Limpopo. Grade 12 pupil Khanyisa Chauke thanks SANParks on behalf of the students and hands over a certificate to Mr Sibiya.(Images: SANParks) MEDIA CONTACTS • William Mabasa  SANParks head of public relations  and communications +27 12 735 4363 RELATED ARTICLES • New Sanparks educational centre • Free entrance to SA national park • Kruger Park booked out for 2010 • Vultures need our helpMusa M MkalipiA computer laboratory for Masiza High School in Mbaula, Limpopo, worth nearly a million rand; an administration building at Dumisani High School in Cork, Mpumalanga, worth just over two million rand – these are just two of the corporate social investment (CSI) projects of South African National Parks (SANParks).The group’s CSI programmes focus specifically on improving the lives of people neighbouring its wildlife reserves. “In the past, our approach to community development was more of providing access to benefits that accrued from our business,” explained the Kruger National Park’s managing executive, Abe Sibiya. “We have now added the issue of corporate social investment whereby we have begun to provide facilities and resources that can benefit the whole community.”A total of R820 000 ($81 390) was spent on 32 computers as well as the refurbishment of the building in which the computers are kept at Masiza High School. The aim was primarily to benefit the pupils, but also to help the community of Mbaula Ranch as a whole. “The school applied for the project and on the basis that we are today living in the information age, a computer lab was the most appealing to us,” said William Mabase, the head of public relations and communications at SANParks.CSI is not the only way SANParks is promoting education. The organisation introduced its Social Ecology Programme in 1996, which was aimed at creating opportunities for communities that surrounded national parks so that they could also benefit from the parks’ activities. “Since then, communities have been benefiting in many ways, but in 2012, after SANParks adopted a new vision of ‘SANParks connecting to society’, the CSI department was created to give effect to the new vision,” explained Mabase.The aim was to uplift the standard of living of people, especially those in poor communities. According to SANParks, for the next five years its CSI programmes will focus on education through the provision of required infrastructure, libraries, science laboratories, extra classes as well as water tanks. At Dumisani High School, for example, R2.2-million ($21 8383) was donated for the new administration block.Educating the youthFor poor and rural communities, SANParks has pledged to support the implementation of programmes that promote access, benefit sharing, and socio-economic development towards the improvement of communities next to national parks. Environmental education is crucial in this context.SANParks has various programmes in place to teach students and equip them with skills to take care of the environment in which they live that attract more than 170 000 pupils a year. Through its Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI), for example, students are taught about the significance of climate. KGSI started in 2010 and targets urban areas. These regions are targeted, Sibiya said, because residents here were not exposed to national parks and awareness of conservation. By 2012, SANParks had hosted a total of 22 808 participants, 95% of whom – 21 633 – were students. Numbering 1 175, teachers made up the balance.Seven schools in Gauteng are involved in KGSI at present. They are learning about waste management, food gardening, recycling, water conservation and greening. KGSI is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education.Another programme, Kids in Parks, is a partnership between the national Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks and Pick n Pay, the second largest supermarket group in South Africa. It provides opportunities for pupils and teachers to use national parks as learning environments. Kids in Parks workshops deal with topics such as environmental ethics on three-day sponsored tours to national parks.Each year, Kids in Parks takes 5 000 children to parks, exposing them to activities such as mountain climbing and horse riding. According to Pick n Pay, the goal of the programme is to broaden the perspectives of under-privileged children by investing in the beauty of the land so that future generations can enjoy a sustainable environment.SANParks also runs the SANParks Social Science Student Support Programme at the University of Pretoria, a multi-year programme that supports tertiary learning and research. Through its own initiatives and support from the National Lottery Distribution Fund, bursaries are offered to students. The programme started in 2011 and focuses on students in the social sciences and heritage conservation fields.last_img read more