Backs Gio Aplon – DHL Western ProvinceBjorn Basson – Vodacom Blue BullsJuan de Jongh – DHL Western ProvinceAdrian Jacobs – The SharksElton Jantjies – MTN LionsPatrick Lambie – The SharksCharl McLeod – The SharksLwazi Mvovo – The SharksOdwa Ndungane – The SharksWynand Olivier – Vodacom Blue BullsRuan Pienaar – UlsterMorne Steyn – Vodacom Blue BullsForwards Heinrich Brüssow – Toyota Free State CheetahsJean Deysel – The SharksDean Greyling – Vodacom Blue BullsAlistair Hargreaves – The SharksRyan Kankowski – The SharksWerner Kruger – Vodacom Blue BullsAshley Johnson – Toyota Free State CheetahsJohann Muller – UlsterCoenie Oosthuizen – Toyota Free State CheetahsChiliboy Ralepelle – Vodacom Blue BullsDanie Rossouw – Vodacom Blue BullsJohn Smit (captain) – The SharksDeon Stegmann – Vodacom Blue BullsAdriaan Strauss – Toyota Free State CheetahsFlip van der Merwe – Vodacom Blue Bulls CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 07: John Smit with his team mates during the second day of the South African national rugby team training camp at Florida Park, Ravensmead on July 07, 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS John Smit, the most capped internationl Captain leads his team during training Captain John Smit will lead a squad of 27 players drawn from the Springboks’ preliminary Rugby World Cup squad on the away leg of the Castle Tri-Nations Series, it was announced on Friday.Smit, the most capped international captain in Test rugby, will win his 103rd cap against Australia in Sydney on July 23. A week later the Springboks play New Zealand in Wellington.The squad features youth and experience, as well as recognising Vodacom Super Rugby form. There are five Rugby World Cup winners in the squad as well as six uncapped players in flyhalf Elton Jantjies, scrumhalf Charl McLeod, loose forward Ashley Johnson and props Coenie Oosthuizen, Werner Kruger and Dean Greyling. All but Greyling have appeared in non-cap matches for the Springboks.“We’ve rewarded players who have performed outstandingly in Vodacom Super Rugby,” said De Villiers, “although the injury situation has also been critical. But there is a backbone of experience and it means that all our leading players will receive Test exposure this year.”The squad was selected following medical assessments, which identified that a number of players were carrying injuries and required immediate rehabilitation to avoid the risk of break down before the end of the international year. The tour squad will assemble in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon and leave for Australia on July 15. Castle Tri-Nations tour squad:
NewsLocal NewsCharity supporters become charity clientsBy admin – January 5, 2012 523 GENEROUS benefactors who had once been first to put their hands in their pockets to support good causes, are now forced to turn to those same charities for help with putting food on the table.Both the Vincent de Paul and the Shannon Lions club found themselves at the homes of former contributors this Christmas. But instead of collecting a cheque, they were bringing one.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “People are embarrassed by this. But we always say to them that we’re delighted to be able to help after their having previously supported us,” VdeP regional president, Michael Murphy, told the Limerick Post.According to Mr Murphy, those who were self employed are among the hardest hit.“These are the people who would always have been so generous, making contributions at Christmas and other times. When their business fails, they have no social welfare to resort to, and a lot of people are in that boat because during the Celtic Tiger years, there were so many who set up in business for themselves”.Cllr Tony McMahon is president of the Shannon Lions club and says this is a phenomena which his organisation has encountered.“There are people who were contributors, some of them now in need of our assistance and we do what we can for everyone who needs us, but we couldn’t possibly meet the enormous need out there”.The organisation has particularly noticed an upsurge in requests for help with heating bills and fuel bills, and it’s getting more difficult to meet all of the requests for help.“We certainly want to thank everyone who supported us but, in the coming years, I think I will have to be recommending to our organisation that we must reduce the base of people we will help”.This Christmas, Vincent de Paul brought seasonal cheer to a massive 2,000 families in the region, a large increase on previous years.Back to Mr Murphy: “The big corporate sponsorship has dried up but we continue to be amazed and humbled by how generous ordinary people are when we have an appeal”. Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleThreat to council servicesNext articleNew signings for Limerick FC admin Facebook WhatsApp Email Print Twitter
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Mrs. Weah (2nd from right) posed with others.First Lady Clar Marie Weah has been making a case for Liberian girls relative to education in Paris, France, recently, a release from the First Lady’s office in Monrovia has said.According to the release, Madam Weah elaborated on the current situation of girls’ education in the country at an event organized by French First Lady Madam Brigitte Macron.Madam Weah also craved for support from Mrs. Macron to augment efforts by the Liberian government in ensuring that girls not only enroll, but remain in school.She believes that investing in girls’ education is crucial for achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development in Liberia and across the world.According to the release, advocating for girls’ education is part of Madam Weah’s flagship program through the She’s You Movement, aimed at empowering women for a better and prosperous Liberia.The event, held on the sidelines of the Paris Forum under the theme, “Educating the Girl Child,” also brought together several African First Ladies. But the meeting between Madame Macron and her African counterparts seek to set the stage for more engagements at the upcoming 28th Africa-France Summit scheduled for June 2020 in Bordeaux, France.Meanwhile, Madam Weah is headed for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to participate in the Global Business Forum (GBF); Africa Business Women Luncheon in Partnership with Dubai Business Women Council.The exclusive round-table lunch event, scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2019, is aimed at sharing experience about opportunities and challenges for women in business while exploring potential synergies.Dubai’s most prominent businesswomen, along with CEOs and young entrepreneurs from across Africa and the UAE, are expected to attend the Summit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
If music and craic is your thing then the Muckish Music Fest is the place for you to be.The festival takes place in McCarry’s Bar in Drumaneany, Kildarragh on August 9th to 11th and it promises to be a weekend to remember this summer.Each day will be packed with something for everyone including the kids. While parents can kick back and enjoy the best of music, there’ll be a kids’ disco and even a bouncy castle over the weekend.From Cliona Hagan to Kewltic Kaos and the David Craig Band, the list of music goes on and on.And a massibe marquee means that there’ll be plenty of room for everyone to relax in comfort and dance the nights away.In fact, there’s so much on it’s difficult to decide when you can have a rest! The following is the full list of what’s happening so you can pick and choose.See you in Kildarragh for the Muckish Music Fest!Friday 9th of August7:30pm to 9:00pm – Ailish McBride9:30pm to 11:00pm – Cliona Hagan 11:30pm – Live DJ til lateSaturday 10th of August2:00pm – Kids Bouncy Castles5:00pm to 6:30pm – Kids Disco in the Marquee 7:30 to 9:00pm – Last Orders9:30pm to 11:00pm – Keltic Kaos11:30pm – Live DJ til lateSunday 11th of August – Sunday is our charity day in aid of Little Angels School Letterkenny2:00pm – Charity Vintage Vehicle Run – Use any vintage vehicle and come and join us to raise money for a good cause Just €5 entry5:00pm – Charity Auction Event – Something for everyone at this auction. Enjoy the fun7:30pm to 9:00pm – Martin Cuffe & the off the Kuff Band9:30pm to 11:00pm – The David Craig BandThe Muckish Music Fest set to be a weekend to remember! was last modified: July 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalKildarraghMuckish Music Fest
Heavy rains and release of water from Gangapur dam into the Godavari river caused a flood-like situation in some areas of Maharashtra’s Nashik district on August 4. More than 20,000 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water was released from the Gangapur dam on August 4 morning, which led to the Godavari river flowing above the danger mark, an official at the district collectorate said. This also caused water-logging around some temples located on the banks of the river, he said, adding that the water reached up to the neck of the Dutondya Maruti, a statue of Lord Hanuman on the river bed, and was just a few feet below the Ram Setu bridge. Heavy rains continued to lash the city and tribal- dominated tehsils of Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar, Peint, Surgana, Nashik and Dindori on August 4, he said. In the 24 hours that ended at 8 am on August 4, the Trimbakeshwar tehsil received 315 mm rain, followed by Igatpuri-220 mm, Peint-200 mm, Surgana-180 mm, Nashik-84 mm, Dindori-68 mm, Niphad-25.3 mm and Kalwan-27 mm, as per data provided by the collector’s office. At 8 am, around 26,150 cusecs of water was also released from Darna dam into the river following the heavy showers, according to the data. Around 60 people from Saykheda village were shifted to a safer place, as the river Godavari was in spate in the area, a district administration official said.
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini PonnappaThey are a formidable force. Fresh from the crowning triumph at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Jwala Gutta, 27, and Ashwini Ponnappa, 21, are determined to be to the badminton world what the Williams sisters- Serena and Venus-are to tennis. Power and pizzazz, style and sport,,Jwala Gutta and Ashwini PonnappaThey are a formidable force. Fresh from the crowning triumph at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Jwala Gutta, 27, and Ashwini Ponnappa, 21, are determined to be to the badminton world what the Williams sisters- Serena and Venus-are to tennis. Power and pizzazz, style and sport, gloss and grit, the duo hope to bask in the renewed interest that badminton has attracted after the winning ways of their more famous compatriot, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal.It hasn’t been easy. Gutta, born to a Chinese mother and Andhra father, has been battling both the Badminton Association of India as well as the buzz of divorce from fellow player Chetan Anand for the past year. Both refuse to talk about it but all is over between them. And the occasional presence of ex-cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin and his sons Ashaduddin, 19, and Ayazuddin, 18, in her company in public has only fuelled speculation. “Personally, I have gone through a tough phase and to come out of it to win a gold is an unforgettable experience,” says Gutta candidly.Ponnappa has been luckier, coming from a Coorgi family, with working parents who have had to relocate to Hyderabad. Together though they make up for each other’s flaws. “We are distinctly different. Ashwini is a very hard hitter and I am very good at the net. She too plays well on the net, so even if I go back, she can take care of things. That makes ours a deadly combination,” explains Gutta, on why she split from her former partner Shruti Kurien.Ponnappa couldn’t be happier, though she did have her initial reservations. She was quite in sync with her former partner and childhood friend, Nitya Sosale. For the last 10 years, the two, beginning in the juniors category, had won four national championships. Gutta, on the other hand, was a senior, far more experienced. “I was taken by surprise when Jwala asked me. I could not make up my mind and so turned to my coach Vimal Kumar who asked me to go ahead,” recalls Ponnappa.The advice of the former national champion worked for both. Playing together for the first time two years ago, they discovered that they clicked. “On court she is constantly talking to me-always motivating. And if I have something to tell her, she’s very receptive too. It’s a two way communication, which is very important especially when playing doubles. It’s all about the partnership,” says Ponnappa.Indeed. Gutta is an experienced doubles player, having played mixed doubles as well with Valiyaveetil Diju. “It is technically a totally different game for I have to face a man in the mixed doubles. There is a change of role from that in the women’s doubles,” points out Gutta. “What is common is that both have to combine and play in tandem. I am used to that.” Apart from their amazing equation with each other, they have also had the advantage of the Indonesian coach Atiq Johari that the government brought in to improve the fitness of the Indian badminton players in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.Now, eyeing brighter prospects beyond the gold they just won, the two are keeping to a strict training regimen. What also works for them is that both are based in Hyderabad, as they can practise and train for at least three hours, six days a week at the wellequipped Pullela Gopichand Academy. The Chinese, Korean and Indonesian players who they face on the Asia, Super Series and World circuits offer a daunting challenge. “But they are not always unbeatable,” says the flamboyant Gutta, with a wave of her hand, confident of overcoming odds with their strategic mix of offensive and defensive play. The demure and soft spoken Ponnappa agrees.For the duo, there is a lot of fun and drama in life besides badminton. They get along well off court as well, hanging out and even shopping together. Gutta does have a higher public profile though Ponnappa, who moved from Bangalore to Hyderabad only two years ago, is as she admits “rather on the quieter side”. Ponnappa reads fiction, “mostly the romantic kind and occasionally serious, substantive stuff”, listens to Western music, and is in the final year of her B.Com. course at the city’s St. Mary’s College.For Gutta, life begins and ends at badminton. “I do not have time for anything else except family and friends. I love sleeping and it’s crucial for my game too. The only other thing that I love to do but don’t have time for is going out shopping with my mother,” says Gutta who works as an executive officer at Bharat Petroleum. “They have told me to treat badminton as work and to visit the office occasionally as a hobby,” she says laughing.Mothers are important to both. “My mother, Yelan, left her family in China and came with her grandfather who was staying at the Sevagram Ashram, Wardha, to study and translate the works of Mahatma Gandhi. It was here that she met my father, Kranti Gutta, and is now very much part of Indian culture. Here for the last 30 years, she has learnt the language and the way of life in India,” says Gutta, who has a younger sister Insi, now doubling as a ‘notso-efficient’ manager. Her unusual name comes from IN for India and SI for Sino. “My father found it to be a catchy one,” smiles Gutta.Ashwini is also the elder sibling-her brother Appanna is a first year engineering student in Bangalore. Sports runs in the family. Her father, M.A. Ponnappa, who works at the Reserve Bank of India, played hockey for Karnataka. Her mother, Kaveri, is employed with New India Insurance in the city. “She handles a lot and that has made her strong. She’s very much my role model,” says the adoring daughter, who works as a grade one assistant with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC).Perhaps it is the inspirational influence of their mothers that has also raised the duo’s awareness about gender bias which is pronounced particularly in the badminton bureaucracy. “I am not from a modern family but a typical Telugu one. My father faced a lot of criticism when he used to take me for training in the early days. Some called him crazy,” says Gutta. Things have improved but there is still a lot of discrimination-women still get half the opportunities that men do in sports. “What makes it worse is the favouritism irrespective of your performance. It’s unfair,” says Gutta.For Ponnappa, it’s all about learning from others. “I have not faced gender inequity like girls have in the North. That is possibly because I was brought up in Bangalore. But my mother is wary about sending me out alone and things like that,” she says with the guilelessness of someone who has just stepped out of her teens. “Women everywhere are breaking barriers while we as a team are putting our heart and soul into the game.” You can hear the sound of yet another glass ceiling shattering. Double takeJwala on Ashwini: She is fearless, smashes hard, learns fast as her grasping power is very good. But needs more tours as she is new to the international circuit.Ashwini on Jwala: She is extremely confident and shows it on court. She is also powerful at the net. and an effective communicator, an asset during doubles play.Perfect holidayAshwini: Relaxing at a resort or going out on the beach. Spending time with animals. I will run a horse orphanage after my badminton years.Jwala: Lazing around. I love sleeping. Check into a nice hotel, order room service and enjoy its spa. That’s my dream vacation.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
The signing followed a more than hour long discussion between Prime Minister Holness, his team and the Vice Governor and his ten man delegation. Significantly, the Vice Governor and his delegation came directly from China with the sole intent of returning with a signed Framework Agreement for the development of the Project. Executive Vice- Governor, of Gansu Province in China, Huang Qiang, says his government is ready to invest up to US 6 Billion Dollars to develop an Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone alongside the JISCO/ALPART operations in Nain, St Elizabeth. This announcement came at the signing of a Framework Agreement on Thursday and follows closely on the heal of a Non-Binding Agreement of Intent (NAI) on September 21 last year, between Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry and Governor of Gansu Province, Mr. Tang Renjian in China. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who witnessed the signing, has thrown the full weight of his office and the Government behind the project, by assigning Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to work alongside Minister Henry and their Gansu counterparts, including the Vice Governor, to expedite the further development of the project. Story Highlights Executive Vice- Governor, of Gansu Province in China, Huang Qiang, says his government is ready to invest up to US 6 Billion Dollars to develop an Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone alongside the JISCO/ALPART operations in Nain, St Elizabeth. This announcement came at the signing of a Framework Agreement on Thursday and follows closely on the heal of a Non-Binding Agreement of Intent (NAI) on September 21 last year, between Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry and Governor of Gansu Province, Mr. Tang Renjian in China.Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who witnessed the signing, has thrown the full weight of his office and the Government behind the project, by assigning Dr. Horace Chang, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to work alongside Minister Henry and their Gansu counterparts, including the Vice Governor, to expedite the further development of the project.The signing followed a more than hour long discussion between Prime Minister Holness, his team and the Vice Governor and his ten man delegation. Significantly, the Vice Governor and his delegation came directly from China with the sole intent of returning with a signed Framework Agreement for the development of the Project.The visiting party not only included the top brass from two of the world’s leading and largest construction and shipping companies from China, China Construction and COSTCO Shipping, but also The Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Jamaica, Niu Kin Bao , Chairman Chen Chun Ming of JISCO Group and top management of JISCO /ALPART.The size of the investment for this contemplated development is of major significance for both Jamaica and China, in that it is the largest investment ever contemplated in Jamaica and it’s the first overseas investment for Gansu Province. It’s intended to move Jamaica from exporting raw materials to developing value added manufacturing and fabrication industries, led by the Bauxite/Mineral Sector.The Spirit of Cordiality, Co-operation and Commitment dominated the discussions and resulted in the Vice Governor inviting Prime Minister Holness, Ministers Henry and Chang to attend the Premier Construction Conference in Gansu this September.Jamaica and China have both agreed that the political, administrative and procedural preliminary activities will begin immediately, in order to be able to announce the next phase when the parties meet in China in September.
Turkey was appalled when Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced his pledge to annex Jordan Valley if he is elected to power again in the upcoming polls. Jordan Valley is the eastern-most part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank that borders Jordan. Terming such a proposition as dangerous and racist, the Turkish government regards itself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and has never shied away from criticising Israel. Netanyahu’s intention to annex Israeli settlements in the wider West Bank upon his re-election, however, speaks of matters beyond Israel-Palestine conflict. The Turkish Foreign minister expressed through a tweet that “The election promise of Netanyahu, who is giving all kind of illegal, unlawful and aggressive messages before the election, is a racist apartheid state”. He went on to add that “Will defend rights and interests of our Palestinian brothers&sisters till the end”. As expected, for the Palestinian people, Netanyahu’s statement came as a threat to any hopes of peace. Israeli PM’s bombastic announcement is indeed a cynical play of electorally motivated right-wing nationalism and this brings to the table some discussion over furthering the cause of right-wing politics in general. In the Indian context, a parallel may be drawn with its Hindu nationalist government realising its aim to disempower Article 370 which conferred special status to J&K. In a very dramatic move, the Indian government bifurcated the state and turned Ladakh and J&K into UTs. This constitutional provision was in many ways discriminating and alienating, systemically separating the people of J&K from the rest of India. The idea to do away with such a provision and bring that state at equivalence with all other Indian states resonated with the common Indian to a great extent. And upon achieving the target, the country to be most unsettled by this was Pakistan, pretending concern for the Kashmiri people when all it really cares about is the territory. The Indian government, however, accomplished this by way of not just fulfilling a promise but keeping in mind the best interest of the common people of the region. Exploiting sentiments of nationalism for electoral gain is no new thing but outraging sentiments of people is not justified. The way to calm uproars is to promise and deliver development.
Father Joe’s Villages opens more temporary beds for homeless during rainstorm January 9, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Father Joe’s Villages Tuesday announced a temporary increase in the number of shelter beds it is providing as the first rainstorm of the season continues.During especially cold and wet weather, Father Joe’s will expand its overnight services in partnership with the city Housing Commission. Its East Village building at 1501 Imperial Ave. has space to provide shelter for 250 people.The nonprofit opened its doors Monday night to provide cots for the homeless and also provided them with dinner and breakfast, according to Deacon Jim Vargas, chief executive of the nonprofit.“Last night we were blessed to have 99 individuals here during the evening hours, a number of them were families and children,” Vargas said. “We will continue to do that throughout this winter season when the need arises.”The shelter will be open again Tuesday night, and Father Joe’s officials expect to offer the increased number of beds several more times during the rainy season.The shelter will generally open when it falls under 50 degrees at night or if there is a significant amount of rain, Vargas said.“The reality is we need to do better with those of our neighbors who happen to be on the streets,” Vargas said. “We as a community really need to come together and provide more housing” on a permanent basis.The nonprofit already provides shelter to some 2,100 people in San Diego each night, officials said. Posted: January 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Storm Watch, Weather FacebookTwitter