Donegal campaigner’s delight as county gets new wheelchair accessible bus route

first_imgThe National Transport Authority has announced it is to add 40 new wheelchair accessible buses to rural routes including Donegal. The news has been welcomed by local disability campaigner Vicky Matthew who has been campaigning for a route from Ballyshannon in recent months.The Donegal woman had launched a petition calling for routes to be updated and is due to hand it to TDs at Leinster House next week. Vicky had revealed how she would be prevented from attending college in Sligo from SeptemberShe told him she aims to attend college in Sligo in September if Bus Éireann could not provide a wheelchair-accessible bus from Ballyshannon.However, the NTA has now revealed that 40 new wheelchair accessible buses are to be rolled out – the first of which comes to Donegal in August.The buses are due to be delivered by August. The NTA said Bus Éireann is also working on a ‘number of accessibility projects nationwide.’ Ms Matthew told Newstalk: “This means that me personally, I am going to be able to go to college,” she said.“But it doesn’t stop here. The petition is for wheelchair-accessible public buses on all routes nationwide so next week, I will be going up to the Dáil to hand this to the Minister for Transport.”She thanked everybody who has been involved with her campaign and signed or shared her petition.She said the campaign helped her raise her voice to “be heard that wheelchair accessible buses are a basic human right.”“I am grateful,” she said. “Today is a big step forward for people with disabilities getting the services they need.” “Please keep signing and sharing the petition. I will keep campaigning until every wheelchair user in the country is able to access public buses but today is a victory.“Thank you everybody.”The change has been welcomed by Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle and Independent candidate for Donegal Electoral Area Valerie McNulty.Deputy Pringle said: “I’m delighted to see that after much campaigning particularly by activist Vicky Mathews that Bus Eireann have finally responded to the needs of people with disabilities. This is an important development as people with disabilities who live in rural Ireland suffer disproportionately from a lack of public transport.” Valerie McNulty also welcomed the news saying: “I worked hard alongside Thomas Pringle to get an answer from the relevant authorities for a number of months now on this issue. This move is setting a precedent for other areas to follow so that all barriers for people will disabilities can be removed.”“I look forward to the rolling out of the buses this August in time for the start of the new college year and will keep the issue of accessible transport on the agenda going forward” concluded McNulty.Donegal campaigner’s delight as county gets new wheelchair accessible bus route was last modified: April 5th, 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:Ballyshannonbus eireannbus routeDisabilitydonegalViky Mathewswheelchairlast_img read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State faces off against struggling Quincy in first round

Senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir (10) of the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes attacks the net against Quincy on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The Buckeyes defeated the Hawks in three sets. Credit: Magee Sprague | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team (20-5, 11-3 MIVA) begins MIVA tournament play on Saturday against the Quincy Hawks (12-18, 0-14 MIVA) at St. John Arena. As an eight seed in the tournament, the Hawks were defeated handedly by the Buckeyes twice in the regular season, losing 3-0 in both matches. Though Quincy finished with 12 wins during the regular season, none of them came in conference play.Despite having many new players on the roster, head coach Pete Hanson said he was proud his team finishing first in the conference and clinching home-court advantage for both the quarterfinal and semifinal games.“We put ourselves in the position to host the playoffs here in Columbus as long as we keep winning,” Hanson said. “All the new faces that we put on the floor this year and having them come together and accomplish that is a pretty big thing.”Saturday night’s match will kick off tournament week, something senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir said he’s looking forward to, even with all the outside stress of the Spring Semester winding down. “It’s the hardest part,” he said. “You have all the school stuff that is going on and at the same time the finals, the final papers, all that stuff, and you have to really handle everything at the same time—but that’s what makes it the best because it’s the most intense thing.”Hervoir said it’s important for the team to go back to what it has done all season.“It’s important to remember that if we are here it’s cause we deserve it and that we can actually win and remember our potential,” Hervoir said. “We are a good team, we’re a really good team—and also remember to play together because that’s how we’re going to win.”If the Buckeyes beat Quincy, they will play the winner of the Lewis and Fort Wayne quarterfinal matchup. Ball State, McKendree, Lindenwood and Loyola will be competing for a spot in the final on the other side of the bracket. Ohio State will take on Quincy in the MIVA quarterfinal at St. John Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday. read more

FIFA reports no suspicious behavior in World Cup bets

first_imgAn analysis showed that the betting turnover for the tournament was an estimated 136 million Euro globallyFIFA and it’s service provider Sportradar found “no suspicious behavior” in betting houses around the world.In an article published by Keir Radnegde, the international federation there were no problems during the 2018 Russia World Cup.This means that an analysis by its partner found that the betting turnover was an estimated 136 million Euros.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“Croatia had the highest average betting turnover per match, and in all likelihood, would have been a very profitable team for bookmakers globally,” a statement read.“Besides various measures taken by FIFA to prevent and address potential situations of risk associated with match manipulation prior and during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the competition was closely monitored for any instance of suspicious betting patterns around matches,” the football federation said.According to the report, no games during the tournament were found to be suspicious of match manipulation or betting fraud.last_img read more

Video New second wall freekick routine goes horribly wrong

first_imgWe’ve seen many genius methods when it comes to set-pieces over the years, but Japan’s “second wall” idea went horribly wrong for one unlucky fellaLast year, a Japanese high school reformed the way set-pieces are taken in the country with a method like none other seen before.It involves a three-player-wall, linked arm in arm, edging slowly back from the ball and towards the defence.Now a Sunday League side have introduced something similar, but it did not end well for the guy who got hit in the face.In the video below, two players in green stand in front of the wall in an attempt to confuse the free-kick taker.Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.But it ended in disaster with one of the two green players lying on the ground after being hit in the face as play resumed.There has been no update on him since, but don’t be surprised if he woke up with a large ball print etched across his face after seeing this.The greatest and most inventive free kick I have ever seen— Mario (@MMLe0) August 20, 2018last_img read more

Valencia midfielder ped off at Fellainis goal despite handball

first_imgMarouane Fellaini’s late effort in the first group match between Valencia and Manchester United is still creating controversy.Despite a handball by Fellaini in the build-up, his goal gave the Red Devils a 1-0 win over Valencia in their first group meeting. The Spanish squad will be playing their final group game against Manchester United for a chance to make it to the Europa League next year.Valencia’s Carlos Soler said the team got mad at the situation, but they want to move forward.“It’s true that the hand of Fellaini if he hadn’t scored, we would have the opportunity still intact, so I have no more comment for this,” the midfielder said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Obviously, we are a bit p***ed off with the situation, but we cannot change it so we will have to look forward.”Pressure is mounting on Valencia boss Marcelino, with his side currently in decline in all competitions.“I know how the club thinks about me and the feelings they have for me, so I’m not doubtful in this aspect,” Marcelino said.“I feel absolutely sure about my position in the club and also I think that coaches should always have their priorities clear, and my experiences as a coach tell me my priorities should be trying to improve our results and I am convinced this will happen, that we will get better.”last_img read more

Three School Records Fall at the Victor Lopez Classic

first_imgMen’s 100m 4. Sterling Warner – 10.72 (+0.4)6. Donald McClinton – 10.81 (+0.4) HOUSTON, Texas – Alexis Gibbons, Gabriela Leon and Morgan Zacharias each set school records to cap off the final day of the Victor Lopez Classic. The Cardinals finished with seven wins and 21 top three finishes.  Men’s 100m (Section B)19. D’Onte Blount – 11.74 (-0.3) The Cardinals will split up for competition next weekend, participating in the Texas Relays March 28-30, the Raleigh Relays March 29-30 and the Ole Miss Classic on March 30. Men’s 400m (Section B)1. Anthony Crandon – 48.12 Makenli Forrest won the discus with a career best toss of 55.76m/182-11. Marcus Jegede wrapped up the field event wins for the Cardinals with a leap of 7.68m/25-02.50 in the long jump. Women’s 100m Hurdles4. Sydney Hill – 14.158. Kelsey Heyward – 14.54 Men’s 200m (Section B)7. Anthony Crandon – 22.09 (+0.5)9. Sterling Warner – 22.15 (+2.5)18. Tyler Ettel – 22.71 (+0.5) Women’s Javelin 8. Addie Wanner – 36.52m/119-10 Men’s Long Jump1. Marcus Jegede – 7.68m/25-02.503. Anthony McRoberts – 7.36m/24-01.7514. Aaron Johnson – 6.70m/21-11.75 Women’s High Jump2. Alivia Ash – 1.73m/05-08 Men’s High Jump2. Anthony McRoberts – 2.03m/06-082. Luke Nichols – 2.03m/06-086. Skyler VanMeter – 1.93m/06-048. Dominic McClinton – 1.88m/06-0212. Clay Moss – 1.83m/06-00 Women’s Discus Throw1. Makenli Forrest – 55.76m/182-115. Gianna Gaul – 46.24m/151-086. Lilli Popovich – 46.11m/151-03 Story Links Gibbons leaped a personal best of 6.39m/20-11.75 on her third attempt in the long jump.  With the mark she broke Charachesicia Lockhart’s long jump record of 6.34m/20-9.75 set in during the 2012 season, winning the event.  Women’s 100m (Section B)2. Angel Amadi – 12.04 (+1.6)4. Jo Bond – 12.05 (+1.6) Men’s Javelin12. Clay Moss – 39.98m/131-0214. Dominic McClinton – 37.53m/123-01 Women’s Triple Jump3. Nika Karpenko – 12.22m/40-01.254. Renate van Tonder – 12.10m/39-08.50 Women’s 200m2. Sharnae Alston – 24.41 (-0.4) Women’s Shot Put1. Rashida Harris – 15.59m/51-01.758. Victoria Farley – 14.10m/46-03.25 Women’s 100m5. Sharnae Alston – 11.92 (-0.4) Men’s 200m2. Donald McClinton – 21.20 (-0.5) Women’s 400m Hurdles6. Kelsey Heyward – 1:05.01 Men’s 4x400m 4. Louisville ‘A’ – 3:18.31 (Crandon, Jones, Warner, Ettel)10. Louisville ‘B’ – 3:31.49 (Dom. McClinton, Johnson, Blount, Weaver) Louisville swept the shot put with Cade Richeson winning on the men’s side and Rashida Harris winning on the women’s side. Richeson heaved a 17.60m/57-09 for the win while Harris threw  a personal best of 15.59m/51-01.75. Victor Lopez ClassicMarch 23, 2019Track | Houston, Texas Men’s 400m Hurdles (Section B)2. Kameron Jones – 54.45 Women’s 100m Hurdles (Section B)1. Kayla Alexander – 14.03 (+0.1) Women’s Pole Vault2. Morgan Zacharias – 4.20m/13-09.253. Gabriela Leon – 4.20m/13-09.255. Aliyah Welter – 3.80m/12-05.50 Women’s 4x100m2. Louisville – 45.50 (Alston, Amadi, Bond, Alexander) Men’s Pole Vault6. Lucas Weaver – 4.76m/15-07.25 Women’s 200m (Section B)5. Angel Amadi – 24.62 (+2.6)9. Jo Bond – 25.00 (+2.6)25. Sydney Hill – 26.09 (+1.0)38. Addie Wanner – 27.22 Men’s Shot Put1. Cade Richeson – 17.60m/57-09 On the track, Kayla Alexander clocked a 14.03, winning the 100m hurdles. Anthony Crandon collected his second-straight win in the 400m with a time of 48.12. Men’s 110m Hurdles (Section B)4. Aaron Johnson – 15.05 (-0.5)12. Dominic McClinton – 15.97 (-0.6)19. Clay Moss – 19.35 (-0.6) Leon and Zacharias each cleared 4.20m/13-09.25 in pole vault to break the previous record of 4.18m/13-8.50 held by Chanel Krause and Leon. Zacharias finished second in the event while Leon finished third.  Women’s Long Jump1. Alexis Gibbons – 6.39m/20-11.752. Renate van Tonder – 6.27m/20-073. Gabriela Leon – 6.13m/20-01.509. Kayla Alexander – 5.63m/18-05.75 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more