FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Tyler Smith and Houston Baptist’s Christopher Welch are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Smith’s league recognition is the first for the Cowboys in the outdoor season, while Welch’s honor is the second for the Huskies after decathlete Scott Boon claimed the award last week.Welch, a freshman, posted a Southland-best triple jump of 15.73 meters (51-7.25) to claim top honors in this weekend’s Houston Alumni Invitational hosted by the University of Houston at the Carl Lewis International Complex.Meanwhile, Smith’s running this weekend earned him a first-place medal in the 200-meter race to go with another gold garnered by his 4 x 100 relay squad at the McNeese Spring Time Classic in Lake Charles, La.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Tyler Smith, McNeese – Sr. – Stonewall, La.Smith posted a new personal-best of 21.0 seconds in his 200-meter race win. The time gives him the fifth-best mark in the Southland this season and is tied for the 46th-best posting nationally.The senior was also a part of the winning 4 x 100 meter relay team that broke the tape at 41.08 seconds.Honorable Mention: Ryan Cleary, Abilene Christian; Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist – Fr. – Dickinson, TexasWelch’s winning leap bettered the runner-up competitor’s jump by more than a foot and a half. The output represents the seventh-best jump in the West region and 13th best in the NCAA this season. The freshman’s victory helped the Huskies to a third-place team finish in the meet.Honorable Mention: JaCorious Jeter, Northwestern State; Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
The large crowd which attended the meeting to voice their concern and the Garda vetting debacle.More than 150 early childhood providers attended a meeting hosted by the Donegal Child Care Network in Letterkenny to voice their concerns over what they is the “senseless situation” they find themselves in relating to Garda Vetting.The Donegal Child Care Network (DCCN) is a representative body made up of both privately and community managed early childhood services across County Donegal.The current problem relates specifically to Garda Vetting for students on early education and health and social care training programmes. Currently, training organisations process all GV forms for students. Following communication with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Donegal training organisations have been informed that they cannot, under the Data Protection legislation, share this with a third party – in this case the childcare service.However, childcare providers who do not have a copy of the full Garda Vetting disclosure form on file for any students on their premises are being deemed non-compliant as per the Child Care Pre-School Services Regulations from January 2014.Childcare providers at the meeting voiced their concern over the insurance implications for early childhood providers in that, if a service is deemed non compliant in Garda Vetting, in the event of a child protection issue arising in a service – a pre recorded non-compliance in this area creates an insurance loophole.Pre-School Inspection Services have confirmed that there is a clash between 2 pieces of legislation in this instance – Data Protection Legislation and Pre-School Inspection Legislation. They also confirmed that this issue has been in discussion between the Child and Family Agency (previously HSE), the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Data Protection Commissioner for the past 18 months. During this time they have failed to reach a resolution and childcare providers are now at the cold face of the problem.Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager was invited by the DCCN to speak at the meeting and advised childcare services of the correct documentation they had to have on file to avoid a judgement of non-compliance during an inspection.She further advised that the most likely solution in the long term was that all Garda Vetting would be processed directly by the childcare service going forward but this would not solve the immediate bureaucracy chaos due to an existing backlog in Garda Vetting processing times.Currently there are an estimated 500 students requiring placement across a variety of training courses.Gillian Lowry for DCCN said ‘Childcare providers feel they are being put under pressure to accept student placements to solve a problem that wasn’t of our making and we are urgently calling on the appropriate agencies to resolve the situation immediately’. DONEGAL CHILDCARE NETWORK VOICES ITS ANGER AT GARDA VETTING DEBACLE was last modified: February 5th, 2014 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:Donegal Childcare NetworkGarda vettingletterkenny
A powerful impact involving a dump truck and a transport semi unit left both vehicles with substantial damages after they collided. The collision happened around 2:30 p.m. at Puerto Aventuras with one of the involved trucks partially breaking through the overpass barrier. Federal police were the ones who attended to the accident, reporting only minor injuries to the drivers, but significant damage to both vehicles. 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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — Traffic was backed up along the Playa del Carmen-Tulum highway for several kilometers Tuesday after two industrial vehicles collided.