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COACH-LOADS RETURN TO DONEGAL AFTER YET ANOTHER FAMOUS EUROPEAN NIGHT AT CELTIC PARK

December 24, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: oysnvzlet.

first_imgCoach-loads of Celtic fans from Donegal are currently en-route back to Donegal after another thrilling night of European action at Celtic Park.Hundreds of supporters from Donegal departed early yesterday morning for the Europa League last 32 clash between Celtic and Inter Milan.Some will now be nursing headaches after a sensational six-goal encounter that rekindled memories of old. The fixture between these two sides represents Celtic’s greatest day when in 1967 the Lisbon Lions defeated the Italian giants to become the first British side to win the European Cup.Celtic Park was provoked with nostalgia prior to kick-off when surviving members of that Lisbon Lions side were paraded around the pitch before kick-off.Inter raced into an early two-goal lead, but Celtic stormed back and had the stadium rocking.Inter regained the lead just before half-time, but John Guidetti scored in the 94th minute to send Celtic fans into delirium. Both clubs have suffered a fall from grace recently and don’t always compete in the group stages of the Champions League.However, Celtic’s performance has brought renewed hope and optimism back to their supporters that they can enjoy more nights like this in the future.Life-long Celtic fan Jamie Sweeney from Dungloe posted the following on his Facebook timeline, “And people wonder why I love this football club. What a nite in Paradise!!“Deserved so much more than a draw, but we will go to the San Siro next week and put them out on their home turf!!“God bless Ronny our leader and god bless the Celtic family!! When I see the Celtic!!! Jim McGuinness took his place in the dug-out alongside the rest of the management staff and he will head off to the San Siro with the rest of the squad for the return leg next week.COACH-LOADS RETURN TO DONEGAL AFTER YET ANOTHER FAMOUS EUROPEAN NIGHT AT CELTIC PARK was last modified: February 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:celtic fcceltic parkdonegalfansInter MilannewsSportlast_img read more

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Physically disadvantaged Bangalore children find freedom in a city swimming pool

November 28, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zzqgqddue.

first_imgEleven-year-old Thomas was mortally afraid of water. Not unusual for children of his age. Then one fine morning at the Bangalore City Corporation pool, he fought his fear-and won. As he splashed about, it was obvious that this was a big accomplishment. Bigger still because Thomas has cerebral palsy. And,Eleven-year-old Thomas was mortally afraid of water. Not unusual for children of his age. Then one fine morning at the Bangalore City Corporation pool, he fought his fear-and won. As he splashed about, it was obvious that this was a big accomplishment. Bigger still because Thomas has cerebral palsy. And because he was accompanied by 44 children, who like him, are physically or mentally disadvantaged.Some suffer from cerebral palsy, a condition marked by weakness and impaired coordination of the limbs caused by damage to the brain before or during birth. Others have Down’s Syndrome, a congenital disorder due to a chromosome defect and characterised by diminished intelligence and physical abnormalities.But watching them in the pool, you wouldn’t know that. With every successful stroke, their sense of integration with the mainstream seems more complete, the smiles on their drenched faces fuller.In their midst is coach Raju Pujari, a product of the National Institute of Sports, Patiala. He looks at the splashing youngsters with pride, recalling how he first saw them a year ago at Sri Sajjan Rao Vidya Samsthe (SSRVS), a school for children with special needs. The sight tugged at his heart and he imagined taking them under his wing. That’s what he actually did, training them with the support of the neighbouring Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre (BAC), where he works.HOPE FLOATS: Pujari helps the children to improve their motor coordinationDevising a course suited for these 45 children was not easy. “In the beginning, we were not sure how to go about training these children,” says Pujari. “We had to slowly work on them and fight their fear of water.” But painstaking efforts by Pujari, other coaches and a host of volunteers eventually paid off.”Children who had no clue about hand and eye coordination began to show a marked improvement after being put into water,” says K. Shashikala, a teacher at SSRVS who has been trained to impart special education. A good example is that of 14-year-old Swathi Srinath who has Down’s Syndrome. Attending the intensive two-month programme at the centre seems to have done her wonders. Her father believes Swathi looks much more confident now.She’s not the only one. Rekha could not walk properly, but in the pool she splashes about happily. Pawan, who has cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair, but he undergoes a transformation in the water, as does Raju, who swims with the inflatable tube that keeps him afloat. Says Pawan’s mother: “We wish we had done this earlier. His stiff limbs have loosened.”That’s not an exaggeration. Studies have proved the benefits of swimming for the mentally and physically challenged. Water is believed to relax the muscles while lending firm support to the body weight. There are neurological advantages as well, because sensation is more pronounced in water.The coaches follow exercises that are designed to enhance the range of motion and coordination, besides lung capacity, breath control and overall strength. As a result, children with cerebral palsy or other problems have greater freedom of movement in water than anywhere else.Prabhavati Chandra, whose 12-year old daughter with Down’s Syndrome has made considerable progress at the pool, is even striving for perfection. Though her daughter swims very well, her left arm does not have the same extension, amplitude, speed or power as her right arm, she feels. As a result, her strokes are a bit uneven, but she’s convinced that practice will correct this.Pujari is equally confident. “There is no handicap at all as far as I can see,” he says. “What these kids lacked was opportunity.” While showing them the way, the BAC has been especially sensitive to their special needs-that children with cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome are slow learners. Since flippers have proved beneficial abroad, BAC hopes to acquire some to help the children improve their speed and posture. That would allow them to focus better on their strokes.While self-enhancement and integration are the final goals, the coaches at the centre believe that they can be achieved only through patience and perseverance. That’s instilled in the minds of the students and their parents right at the outset. As Pujari points out, it’s one step at a time. Or perhaps a stroke in the right direction.advertisementlast_img read more

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Exporters Urged to Ensure Legitimacy of Consignees

October 24, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Exporters Urged to Ensure Legitimacy of Consignees | Filed in: zuwcxmlkn.

first_imgLocal exporters are being urged to ensure that overseas sales representatives are legitimate, before they contract them to market their products abroad. The advice came from JAMPRO’s Western Regional Manager, Conrad Robinson, as he addressed a technical workshop for operators of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), held on Wednesday, March 6, at the Pelican Grill in Montego Bay. He said that feedback from exporters indicate that a major challenge has to do with engaging these sales agents or consignees. While not providing details of the problems being encountered, Mr. Robinson advised the exporters to “protect themselves when they are sending goods abroad”. “We encourage that, before you contract a consignee, you should check local chambers of commerce in the cities that these consignees operate just to make sure that the people that you are sending your products to are people, who are legitimate and registered people,” he stated. He pledged that JAMPRO “will do all that it can do to assist”. Mr. Robinson further encouraged the exporters to get their operations certified to international standards, stating that “certification is absolutely important if you are going to be able to have access to certain markets.” In stressing the importance of certification, Sales and Marketing Officer with the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ), Marcia Cohen, said that not only does it enable market access, but indicates that products are of a high standard. “It gives confidence to the consumers, who use the products, and the trading partners. When you are shipping your goods to overseas markets, there is this international acceptance, the International Standardization Organization (ISO) 9001 and ISO 1400, they are common language in trade today,” she stated. The forum, held under the theme: ‘Certification for Agro-Products’, included presentations from the Bureau of Standards, Trade Board, Jamaica Customs, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. It was organised by JAMPRO under the FINPYME ExportPlus Programme, which is an initiative of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) in collaboration with its parent organisation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The programme, which is in line with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Aid-For-Trade Initiative, seeks to improve the ability of SMEs to access export markets. It involves working with SMEs in strategic sectors to improve their competitiveness in the global market. The four major objectives are: to build export readiness of SMEs; improve market access for SMEs; increase performance and exports of SMEs; and provide export development support and assistance. The programme was launched in Kingston in October 2012. Mr. Robinson said some 10 workshops are planned, which will address various issues relating to exporting and “provide for our exporters, information that we believe will help them to improve the export product from Jamaica.”last_img read more

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Falmouth Mayor Urges Jamaicans to Preserve Culture

October 24, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Falmouth Mayor Urges Jamaicans to Preserve Culture | Filed in: nibtjzsrs.

first_img Preservation of the culture must be a duty for all Story Highlights Jamaicans should treasure the national symbols and never be disloyal but stand and keep strong Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, is urging Jamaicans to preserve their culture and learn to accept themselves.The Mayor, who was addressing an Independence civic function in Water Square, Falmouth, Trelawny on Tuesday, August 6, said preservation of the culture must be a duty for all as “independence for us as Jamaicans is more than a day; it is a pride that comes with being triumphant and free.”“Let us remember that if we are to be truly independent, we must accept ourselves for who we are. Every time we exchange the Jamaican tongue for foreign accent, we lose our Jamaican pride. Every time we adopt the culture we see on cable, we give up our culture that is uniquely Jamaican. Every time we bleach our skin we give up our right to be free. Let us remember that the greatest gift we can give our children is routed in the love for our country,” the Mayor told his audience.Mayor Wilkinson also noted that there is a strong call and yearning for Jamaicans to come together for nation building and protection of communities, especially protection of the children.He also urged persons not to become independent of each other. “The journey continues and we need one another,” he reminded.The Mayor further contended that Jamaicans should treasure the national symbols and never be disloyal but stand and keep strong.“Let us always believe in the black, the green, and gold. Let each of us look at the world and say, ‘this is Jamaica, my Jamaica, this is the land of my birth’,” he urged as he quoted from several national festival songs.The event saw the participation of uniformed groups and cultural performances from Artistry in Motion, the William Knibb Memorial High School, and other home based performers. There is a strong call and yearning for Jamaicans to come together for nation building last_img read more

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