Residents in parts of West Donegal have been without water in recent days – and some homes have not had water since Saturday.The community of Mín Doire Dhamh in Gaoth Dobhair has been struggling without water for the past three days.Doire Chonaire, Machaire Rabhartaigh and Glaise Chú have also been affected by outages. One Montessori in Machaire Rabhartaigh did not get their supplies restored until this morning.Irish Water crews have been working on the burst water main in Mín Doire Dhamh today and expect to have supplies restored by 2pm.Local Councillor Michael Cholm MacGiolla Easpuig said he has called for an emergency meeting with Irish Water on the issue.“Irish Water refuse to meet on request,” Cllr Mac Giolla Easpuig said. “These issues are a clear indication of the failure of the previous governments to invest into water infrastructure. Especially at the time of the so-called Celtic Tiger, when there was a surplus of money, they were ignorant to the needs of the infrastructure, or they actually didn’t care. “What needs to happen now is huge investment needs to be made into water infrastructure.“In the best interests of the community, the State needs to return the water service so the Council can deliver,” he said. West Donegal residents hit by lengthy water outages was last modified: August 27th, 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)
By: Sara Croymans, M.Ed., Molly Herndon, MS, & Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTAdapted photo: Pixabay[Sunrise Ocean Sea Coast by MartyNZ, November 7, 2015,CCO]MFLN Family Development, Family Transitions, and Personal Finance teams presented a two-part series on Military Retirement titled “Retirement Ready? Effective Strategies for Military Families”. Part I on November 1 was a traditional webinar while Part II on November 8 offered an opportunity for participants to continue the discussion that was initiated during the first event. The purpose of this blog is to highlight the topics that generated a lot of interest and discussion, indicating the importance of the topic. Many resources are highlighted that were shared by participants and facilitators. In addition, we want to continue the discussion on the retirement topic so please share your thoughts, ideas, resources and strategies by commenting on this blog!The Transitional Side of RetirementQ. What strategies can be used to help Service members and their families realize that the stages of grief experienced during the retirement transition are “normal” and that they are not alone?A. Participants provided the following responses:People are often relieved when they realize that others are experiencing similar challenges and stressors …They should attend TGPS! (Transition GPS) as it is really good at preparing them and reminding them what is in store, out there (civilian world). And being with others who are having a similar experience provides a great informal support system!Sometimes it can help to digest big changes in little pieces so then it’s not overwhelmingNot sure exactly how it would show in the retirement situation, but I deal with Surviving family members of deceased Soldiers and we find that the grief isn’t a straight line, and it can come up years later as new life events happen. I.E. when a child gets married, the grief may re-emerge as the family wishes the DSM was there for the event.Each individual goes through the stages at different paces and varying levels of progression & regression during the process.Grief is very personal.The grief cycle is not a linear transgression.If we’re not paying close attention we can interpret frustration, grief etc. (especially in men I think) as angerThe Psychological Side of RetirementQ. What are some of the biggest challenges faced in military retirement, from a psychological perspective?A. Participants provided several responses to this question, including:The longer the member is in service, the harder it is to get back to civilian lifeSomething that civilians may have never even considered is the fact that SMs now have to change their wardrobe entirely, which can be stressful and frustrating.The higher the rank in the military one has, the harder it can be to adjust to civilian life where that rank probably doesn’t matter. SMs oftentimes find themselves having to prove themselves all over again to the civilian world after retirement.Many younger retirees are faced with the challenge of finding a new career altogether, as their job in the service may not have a “match” in the civilian world.For those people who were raised in the military and then married into the military or became SMs themselves, they may not have any idea how to be a civilian or live in the civilian world.Finding a purpose that is similar to serving in the military.Q. What have you found to be helpful in working through the challenges listed above?A. Participants provided several responses to this question, including:If you are a service professional, assist the families in compartmentalizing their challenges and focus on one at a time rather than all of them at once. This helps with the anxiety that can be felt in trying to “fix” everything all at one time.Providing opportunities for the retired SMs and their families to participate in functions and activities to assist with the transition and in making them feel less isolated.Assisting SMs and their families early in the process of retirement (like right when the decision is made to retire) and covering every aspect of retirement rather than just the financial piece or just the psychological piece.Helping SMs feel like they have a purpose by encouraging them to reach out to organizations or people in the community that mean something to them so that they can get involved somehow.The Financial Side of RetirementQ. What are some concerns service members have about retirement issues?A. Webinar participants offered the following responses:Where do they want to live?Questions about state benefits and I suggest they check out myarmybenefits.us.army.mil; they have a benefits library that lists state taxes and waivers for car and homestead exemption. Also school benefits and more.Questions about VA disability.Will the money last?Questions about Social Security.Service Member can start off on Active Duty and transition into National Guard or the Reserves and retire with 20 yrs, but they become a “Grey Area Retiree” & their retirement starts at age 60.Q. Where will income come from in retirement?A. Webinar participants shared these comments:Some are counting on GI bill money for income.Almost all people I counseled planned to get another job after military retirement. The concern was “how much do I have to make to be comparable to military pay?”I hear from a small portion of service members that they want to start a business, which is great if they have ideas, drive and initiative. But many service members are somewhat short on knowledge of industry and business to make their idea turn into a small business that survives the initial start-up phase.The Small Business Administration centers in most states can help military personnel who might want to start a business.Q. What about IRAs?A. One webinar participant offered this tip:IRA to TSP: many service members have been told they should roll their TSP over to an IRA. Watch out! It might be a better choice for some to roll their assets INTO their TSP account, which will still belong to them long after they leave federal service.Keep the Conversation Going!If you missed Part 1 of the Retirement Ready? Effective Strategies for Military Families program, watch the recording of the webinar here. To view the conversation in Part 2, the recording can be accessed here.In addition to the resources identified above in the Q & A section many others were shared throughout the conversation, including:Online Resource Guide from the Retirement I webinar, listing articles/research, blogs, calculators, websites, and webinarsTransition related resources:www.ruralmn.umn.edu website provides great resources on staying resilient including the publication Change: Loss, Opportunity and Resilience“More than Money Decisions” chapter in Planning Ahead for Retirement publicationPsychological related resources:Emotionally Focused Therapy resources:Good Therapy.orgPsychotherapy.netFinancial related resources:What is your R3? Retirement Readiness Rating2016 Retirement Confidence Survey ResultsBallpark Estimate – retirement savings planning toolMy Retirement Paycheck from the NEFE (National Endowment for Financial Education)Monte Carlo retirement calculators such as MoneyChimpBlended Retirement Talking PointsMarch 13, 2017 webinar on Blended Retirement SystemWe want to know! What concerns do you hear from Service Members as they plan for retirement? What strategies & resources do you utilize when working with them? Please share your insights on these topics by commenting on this blog.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, Sara Croymans, M. Ed., and Molly Herndon of Military Families Learning Network. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
On August 21, 1986, lightning struck earth. On that day, 31 years back, a boy who would become the fastest man in the planet, was born somewhere at Sherwood Content in Jamaica.Usain Bolt, in his years as a sprinter, smashed records and set new ones – some of which may well remain untouched.The Lightning Bolt as he is called is perhaps one of the most celebrated athletes in the world of sports and why shouldn’t he be?Bolt is the first runner to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory and he also holds the world record as a part of the 4×100 metres relay for Jamaica.Reuters PhotoHe has won a total of 19 gold medals in the Olympics and IAAF World Championships combined.8 OLYMPIC GOLDSHe is 12th in the list of most gold earned in Olympics with 8, tied with Ray Ewry of the United States. The only two athletes other ahead of him with nine gold medals are Paavo Nurmi of Finland an Carl Lewis of the United States.He won gold in all the three events at the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Summer Games as well. (Usain Bolt reveals injury details and rounds on doubters)Reuters PhotoBut was stripped of one medal earlier this year after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter failed a drugs test for the Beijing Games in 2008. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GOLDSHe won 11 gold medals from four World Championship events.In 2009, Bolt won gold in all the three events he took part in (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay), Two years later at Daegu, he won gold in 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay. In Moscow 2013 and Beijing 2015, Bolt again swept all the three events, winning gold in all three events.advertisementRECORDSBolt created a world record in 100 metres sprint when he clocked 9.69 seconds in the Beijing Games in 2008 only to break it a year later with 9.58 seconds in 2009 at the World Championships. It is the biggest improvement since the start of electronic timing.He has twice broken the 200 metres world record, setting 19.30 in 2008 at the Summer Games and again beat his own record the next year at the Championships by completing the race in 19.19 seconds.He has also helped Jamaica to three 4×100 metres relay world records, with the current record being 36.84 seconds set at the London Games in 2012.TRAGIC FAREWELLAP PhotoHis life as an athlete has been nothing short of a fairytale and he was expected to go out on a high at the World Championships in London this month.But sports stories can’t be scripted and Bolt’s wasn’t either. After the steep rise came the dramatic fall.He finished third behind Justin Gaitlin and Christian Coleman in the men’s 200 metres sprint earlier this month and earned a bronze in his last-ever solo race. But, that was not it. Fate had something even worse planned for the Jamaican. He pulled a hamstring and fell down the ground failing to complete the relay race — his last ever professional one — Jamaica finished last. However, an athlete of his calibre won’t stay down long and he refused to get in a wheelchair and crossed the finish line with the assistance of his teammates to end a glittering career on a tragic note.Humbled ????? pic.twitter.com/SvFL2LlMKB- Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 13, 2017Extra Special #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/O5jqRqotRw- Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 6, 2017
A Tripura minister was caught on camera groping a woman ministerial colleague on stage during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Agartala.A video has surfaced on social media of Tripura minister Monoj Kanti Deb putting his hand in the waist of Social Welfare and Social Education Minister Santana Chakma in an indecent manner. The young tribal leader was seen quickly pushing away the BJP minister’s hand.Modi ji2,9,2019 ku tripura pucha ohaEk udgatan pe tripura ki #bjpneta ki halat dekiye #santanachakma minister social welfare bar bar inki kamar par hat dalte #manojkantideb minister of youth affairs ek minister honeki bad khud suraksit nahi@abhisar_sharma @dhruv_rathee pic.twitter.com/oc0x2F8Aj8Zakaria Ahmed (@zakariaahmed332) February 10, 2019Tripura’s opposition Left Front demanded state Minister Monoj Kanti Deb be sacked for “touching” his woman ministerial colleague in an “indecent manner” during PM Modi’s rally on Saturday (February 9, 2019).”Monoj Kanti Deb must be sacked and be arrested for touching the woman minister in an extremely indecent manner on the stage from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and others addressed the public gathering,” Left Front convener Bijan Dhar told the media.”The male minister has publicly harmed the modesty, sanctity and dignity of the lone woman minister of Tripura at a public platform where the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister and other important personalities were present.”Some tribal-based parties are also trying to organise agitations soon to demand the resignation and arrest of the minister.advertisementContacted for his response, Deb, who holds the Food, Youth Affairs and Sports portfolios, told news agency IANS over phone from his home town Kamalpur in northern Tripura that he has no comments on this issue.The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party dismissed the demand, while hitting out at the Left Front for “character assassination”.BJP spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee, however, said that the Left Front, after raking up non-issues against the BJP government, has now “started character assassination of BJP ministers on false and non-issue matters”.”The woman minister has never made any statement and complaint on the issue raised by the Left parties. Why are the Left parties doing this dirty politics?” he asked.(With inputs from IANS)ALSO READ | MeToo: Here’s what 11 women journalists have accused MJ Akbar ofALSO WATCH | PM Modi faces black flags from protestors on reaching Guwahati
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace chairman Parish: These kids set to follow Wan-Bissaka…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is delighted with the progress of their young players.Parish expects more to follow Aaron Wan-Bissaka into manager Roy Hodgson’s first team.He told the club’s website, “…our U23s and U18s both won their respective leagues, which were brilliant achievements for our Academy. “Aaron’s progress through the ranks has been something to celebrate, but he’s not the only one to force his way into Roy’s plans. Sam Woods and Ryan Innis made their first team debuts, whilst James Daly, Nya Kirby and Giovanni McGregor have made the first team bench this year. It is an exciting time to be a young player in our Academy.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Benfica president Vieira: Mourinho? Money is no problemby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBenfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has the financial backing to hire Jose Mourinho.The sacked Manchester United manager has been raised by Vieira as a replacement for the sacked Rui Vitoria.There’s been claims Mourinho’s personal demands would be too much, but Sport says the president has said “the money is no problem”, opening the debate again.Vieira insists he had not spoken to Mourinho though. Bruno Laje is working as interim coach for now and the president said that he will stay in charge until the end of next week. Mourinho is a free man after being sacked by Manchester United.
Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld hosted the Baby Buggy Summer Dinner, in partnership with Vanity Fair and supported by Giorgio Armani, at their home in the Hamptons on July 26.Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian and Jessica Seinfeld Attend Baby Buggy Summer DinnerCredit/Copyright: BFAAmong the guests were Alec Baldwin, Rachel Zoe, Roger Berman, Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick, Nacho Figueras, Delfina Blaquier, Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos, Alina Cho, and Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor.Hilaria and Alec BaldwinCredit/Copyright: BFABaby Buggy, founded by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing families in need with essential equipment, products, clothing, and services for their infants and children up to age 12. With an extensive network of community-based organizations across the country, Baby Buggy has donated more than 7.3 million items to thousands of children.Rachel Zoe and Roger BermanCredit/Copyright: BFA
Gianluigi Buffon is expected to complete his move to Paris Saint-Germain this week after agreeing on a two-year deal, reports Calcio MercatoThe 40-year-old is out of contract at Juventus at the end of this month and had been expected to retire from professional football at the end of this season.However, Buffon held a press conference last month and announced that he would be leaving Juventus after 17 years and confirmed that he had retracted his decision to retire this year.The 2006 World Cup winner has received a numerous amount of offers and is now set to complete his free transfer to PSG this week with an announcement expected either on Tuesday or Wednesday.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The move will likely see current PSG number one Areola being relegated to the bench, who has now accepted the likely hood of his “idol” joining the Ligue 1 champions.“Buffon is my idol and I could find myself working with him, we’ll see what happens,” he told Telefooot.Reports state that Buffon has agreed to a two-year contract that will see him earn €7m per season plus bonuses and will allow him to take on an ambassadorial role for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Real Madrid have reportedly named Marcos Alonso as a replacement for Marcelo, should he leave for Juventus this summerAlonso has made 88 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea since arriving from Fiorentina in 2016.However, it is understood that the 27-year-old would be open to returning to boyhood club Real Madrid at some point in the future.Mundo Deportivo reports that there is still a possibility that Marcelo may depart for Juventus before the end of the transfer deadline on Friday.Apparently, Real have now approached Chelsea to initiate talks over signing Alonso.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Although the 13-time European champions would rather retain Marcelo for this season having already parted with star player Cristiano Ronaldo last month.The Portuguese star is keen to reunite with his good friend at new club Juventus.Meanwhile, Chelsea are unlikely to want to lose Alonso at this stage of the summer transfer window.The Spanish left-back has started each of their three Premier League games this season and still has another three years remaining on his contract.
Vinicius Junior’s agent, Frederico Peña, is convinced that the Brazilian youngster will win the hearts of everybody sooner than expected.The main talk of the week despite all detractors has been Vinicius Junior without question, the new Real Madrid talent who has brought back hope to all the Madridistas that were heartbroken after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.Every single week that the fans looked at what the Portuguese player was doing in Italy, most of them wept because of how much they missed Ronaldo.They really needed a “pick me up” in the form of a new talent who could get them back on track, they believed that Neymar or Mbappé were the only answer for this void that Cristiano left.But they never imagined that Florentino Perez had an 18-year old ace up his sleeve in the form of Vinicius Junior, the Flamengo prodigy who is already making an impact in the club and has everybody in Madrid longing for a new star to be born.The lad’s development was delayed due to Julen Lopetegui’s ineptitude and inability to recognize talent in front of his very eyes, it was clear that Vinicius had something different the club needs right now and he could’ve saved the Spaniard’s career but his ego was bigger than that.HASTA FINAL, VAMOS REAL!! 💪🏾⚽️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/ex6OLWymmb— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 3, 2018Now that Santiago Solari has given him the chance to shine, the lad has seized the opportunity and sparked a worldwide debate about his role in Real Madrid despite his age.While there are still a lot of incredulous people who keep mocking the kid, the reality is that he has managed to change the landscape for Real Madrid overnight, Santiago Solari is even deciding right now if the lad is good enough to start the game against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.But looking at the people who are closest to him, his manager Frederico Peña is one of the people who are convinced of the player’s talents and he predicted that everybody will see Vinicius for what he truly is very soon: one of the best players in the world.Por ser quem sou e por tudo que superei na vida, eu te agradeço Deus 🙌🏿⚽️🤩 pic.twitter.com/5LOhi32YPS— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 4, 2018Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Vinicius has enamored the fans because he is a natural born winner. He truly hates losing and the fans love that about him,” said Peña to Diario AS.“Watching him play really is a gift, but I still amaze with thinking that he still has so many years ahead of him to improve even further. He is growing little by little as a player.”“We are hoping that he becomes part of the starting eleven very soon, but Vinicius is the first one who knows how difficult this is because the squad has great quality. Isco, Asensio, and Bale are all established players inside the team.”Although it’s also true that in football, everything can change in a matter of seconds. I obviously don’t think he is the team’s leader right now, he still needs to adapt to this new country, the language, and the culture.”It’s very important for Vinicius to go step by step, he is far too young to be the leader of the squad right now. However, nobody will stop ‘Vini’ once they give him enough confidence.”“He is aware that he will have to endure a lot of pressure if he wants to be a big player for Real Madrid, he also knows that he will have to give that extra effort. Right now, he already is delivering excellent performances.”“He isn’t scared of anything and he has a strong mind to go through any type of situation, everything is happening so fast for him.”“Every single player feels pressure, Vinicius feels it as well because he is human. But he does have an advantage with it because he already lived pressure back in Brazil,” he concluded.#UCL 🤩🔝 pic.twitter.com/wjCucdNdAa— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 6, 2018How long do you think it will take Vinicius to become a part of Real Madrid’s starting eleven? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.