Cricket seeks deeper roots in schools

first_imgDr Donovan Bennett, first vice-president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), would like to see the new Government invest more in sports at the early-childhood, primary- and secondary-school levels.This, he said, is a result of the emergence of sports as a bludgeoning industry and one rich with numerous opportunities.”Whoever forms the new Government, I would like to see them take up the responsibility of investing more in sports, primarily at the school level,” said Dr Bennett, who is a medical doctor by professional.”They need to understand that sport has now become an important industry, even as important as academics right now.”It, therefore, needs to be a part of syllabus in schools and be encouraged as a proper career choice and not just an after-school activity,” he added.Dr Bennett, a former coach, manager and now adviser of high-school cricket powerhouse St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), said neglect at that level was prominent and has been affecting the growth and development of the game.LIMITED FUNDING”Neither the WICB nor the JCA can really afford to fund cricket at the high school level,” he said.”What happens at this level is that cricket is sponsored by a few companies and sometimes individuals.”He expressed that, for example, current national coach, Junior Bennett, and himself used to shoulder the burden for STETHS in the late 1970s and 1980s, and today, the results are there for all to see.For the past two decades, they have been all-island champions and in the process produced West Indies players such as Jerome Taylor, Darren Powell and Nikita Miller.”It is hard to replicate this across the island,” he said of STETHS’ success model.”Most schools can’t afford to employ proper coaches, improve cricket facilities, or attend to good player development.”Meanwhile, Bennett, who is also a director of the West Indies Cricket Board and head of the regional governing body’s medical panel, also pointed to the financial benefits of sports.This, he said, includes occupations such as athletes, coaches and managers, as well as organisers, marketers and sports law executives.”We need to start teaching students about the total value of sports,” noted Bennett.”This includes not only the physical and mental health value, but also its economic value.”He said there is also the role of sports in national and regional development, as evidenced by the success over the years of West Indies cricket.”Cricket has over the years been used to help to shape societal values, norms and practices, and I would like to see that still happen.”For example, while there is a lot of money to be made now from playing cricket, I would like to see players demonstrating more pride, honour and privilege to represent their country and region.These cricket virtues, Bennett expressed, is more than likely to have a greater impact on players if they are taught in schools as part of the curriculum.last_img read more

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FSJ’s Gord Harris at Canadian Iron Man

first_img Janelle Morrison, a former Fort St. John resident, also did the Penticton Ironman and finished an amazing 8th overall and 1st of the 115 in her age class, passing many professional triathletes in the process. Her total time was 09:59:54 which qualify’s here for the World Championship Hawaiian Ironman, In October. She was a member of the Alberta Cycling Team and the Blizzard Bike Club before moving to Calgary. www.ferrisfastcycles.com Photo: Gord Harris at the finish line of the Canadian Ironman – SubmittedThe ‘Hammer’ hit the Iron, last Sunday….the Penticton Ironman Triathlon. Gord “the Hammer’ Harris made it through his second Ironman Triathlon in a time of 14:08:46 hours. He was racing with 2200 other triathletes from all over the world. They all did the 2.5 mile open water swim, 112 Mile bike and 26.2 mile marathon. – Advertisement -Gord’s times were: swim 1:34, bike 7:10 and run 5:06 for the total of 14:08:46 to get 51st in his age class. He last did this feat in 2006. This will be the 18th time a local area triathlete has done an ‘Ironman’.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Oregon has easy time with Arizona

first_img“I thought for us it was the best defensive performance in 10 years against Arizona,” Kent said after Oregon’s third win over the Wildcats in the last 11 games between the teams. “We put together a game plan, and my hat is off to these guys because they executed it perfectly.” Oregon will meet California in tonight’s semifinals at Staples Center. The eighth-seeded Golden Bears upset top-seeded UCLA 76-69 in overtime later Thursday behind Ayinde Ubaka’s career-high 29 points. Porter, a 5-foot-6 freshman, shot 8 of 12, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range for 21 points. He has made a Pac-10 freshman-record 87 three-pointers this season. Brooks, the Ducks’ leading scorer, had all 16 of his points in the first 13 minutes to help put Oregon ahead for good. He shot 6 of 13, including 4 of 8 from outside the arc. “The last four games we’ve played them have come down to the last two minutes,” Kent said. “I thought this would be another of those games.” The teams split their last four games, with Oregon winning by five and three points and Arizona winning by two points twice. LOS ANGELES – Oregon coach Ernie Kent received a pleasant surprise Thursday. The tight game he expected with Arizona didn’t happen. Tajuan Porter and Aaron Brooks burned Arizona by combining for nine 3-pointers, and the 16th-ranked Ducks beat the Wildcats, 69-50, in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament. center_img “It was our skill and quickness against their skill and quickness, and today we were a little bit better shooting the ball,” Kent said. That’s for sure. The Ducks shot 26-of-56 including 11-of-20 from 3-point range, while the Wildcats went 21-of-60 including 3-of-16 from beyond the arc. “Arizona’s definitely a tough team, but I also understand the capabilities of this basketball team when we’re playing at our best,” said Oregon’s Malik Hairston, who had nine points and 10 rebounds. The fourth-seeded Ducks (24-7) have won five in a row.straight, prompting Kent to say they’re peaking at the right time. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Wildcats (20-10), who have won at least 20 games in 20 consecutive seasons. Arizona (20-10) was seeded fifth – its lowest in the 10-year history of the Pac-10 tournament. “There’s no question of who played the hardest, smartest and most competitively,” said Lute Olson, in his 24th season as the Arizona coach. “It starts out front with Aaron Brooks, but Tajuan Porter knocked down shots, too. They’re a problem to defend.” Jordan Hill led Arizona with 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Gerrard’s ‘moment of madness’ borne out of frustration, claims former Liverpool team-mate

first_img1 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard trudges off the pitch after seeing red against Manchester United Steven Gerrard allowed the growing frustration over his sudden backseat role at the club to get the better of him as he saw red against Manchester United, according to former team-mate Jamie Carragher.The captain was a second-half substitute in the 2-1 defeat at Anfield, but was on the pitch for less than a minute before being being sent off for a mindless stamp on United’s Ander Herrera.Club legend, and close friend, Carragher called it a ‘moment of madness’ from the Kop hero, as fans went wild on social media in reaction to the incredible scenes.It was Gerrard’s seventh red card of his career, with two of those coming against the Red Devils and the others against local rivals Everton, and Carragher revealed his former captain has always been a player driven by his heart in key moments, rather than his head.The Sky Sports pundit said: “There’s no doubt that not playing at Swansea [in Liverpool’s previous game] and then not playing this game would be a frustration.“He’s been at Liverpool 17, 18 years, he’s always been the man, the captain, there’s never been a case where he’s been out of the team and as soon as he’s fit he goes straight back in the team.“This is the first time I think, last week at Swansea and today, that hasn’t happened, so there’ll be frustration there.“Watching the first half from the bench he’d have been disappointed, Liverpool weren’t playing well, they were losing 1-0.“But there would have been more frustration. I think he’d have been watching players in his position performing not great and thinking, ‘Why am I not playing, why am I not on that pitch?’“We said at half-time that was the right call, bring him on.“Steven Gerrard is an emotional player. You see that in his career and it’s taken teams I’ve played in into some unbelievable moments.“Sometimes he hasn’t played with his brain in terms of when he’s done well, it’s been his heart – the FA Cup final against West Ham, Istanbul [the Champions League final]. That wasn’t Steven Gerrard playing with a cold, calculated head, that was just playing from the heart. He can do special things like that.“But on the flip side of that, when he plays in games like this and he comes on maybe a bit frustrated – he’s had seven red cards in his career, four of them have been Everton and Manchester United, two each now.“There’s no doubt being a local player, the emotion of these occasions, the frustration coming into this game, has contributed to the moment of madness.”He added: “It’s a straight red there’s no arguments with that.“You can’t do that on a football pitch, he’s been rightly given his marching orders.”last_img read more

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Aodh Ruadh face Milford in Intermediate Championship semi-final

first_imgFootball:There was considerable toing and froing on Saturday before any football was played. A downpour over the early hours of Saturday morning left Tir Chonaill Park unplayable and Donegal CCC hunting for alternative venues. Ultimately the reserves championship quarter-final against Buncrana fell by the wayside, while the seniors ended up having to make the longer than expected trip to Fintra to take on Naomh Ultan. They progressed to the intermediate semi-finals, but it was a rather tougher task than the 2-18 to 3-8 scoreline might indicate. Naomh Ultan got an early jump and led by 1-4 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. Aodh Ruadh worked their way back into contention though and, with the help of a goal from Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward, hit the break 1-9 to 1-5 ahead. Dunkineely refused to back down though and early in the second half cut the deficit to a point with the scores at 1-11 to 2-7. Points from Sticky Ward, David McGurrin and Diarmaid McInerney helped Ballyshannon stretch out in front again, but Naomh Ultan raided for another goal to leave a point in it again. Aodh Ruadh once again responded with another scoring spurt with points supplied by Philip Patton, Peter Boyle, Seamus Kane and Diarmaid McInerney. In addition Oisin Rooney hit the back of the net with his very first senior score for the Ernesiders. By now there was no time for Dunkineely to claw their way back and Aodh Ruadh were through to the semi-final. They will face Milford in that last four clash, while on the other side of the draw Burt will take on the winners of Naomh Columba and Saint Naul’s after their quarter-final ended in a draw on Sunday. Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward continued his impressive form this season while Niall Harley was immense in the middle of the park and Diarmaid McInerney was accurate as ever up front. Defensively there were a lot of penetrating runs from Eamonn McGrath while Niall Murray and Michael Ward both excelled. The Aodh Ruadh scorers were Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward (1-5), Diarmaid McInerney (0-5, 2f), David McGurrin (0-2), Peter Boyle (0-2, 1f, 1 45), Paddy Gillespie (0-1), Philip Patton (0-1), Shane McGrath (0-1) and Seamus Kane (0-1).Aodh Ruadh will take on Milford in their intermediate semi-final this Saturday at noon, while the reserves rescheduled quarter-final will take place on Sunday at 1pm. The Donegal CCCC are to confirm venues over the course of the week. Aodh Ruadh under 16s failed to field for their second leg championship game with Killybegs, and so the Fishermen now progress to the next round. Thanks to the managers and mentors who worked with the team this year and the players who lined out over the course of the season.The under 13s kept up their good run with a hard earned win against Ardara in Pearse Park last Wednesday. Aodh Ruadh had a narrow two point advantage at the break and had to dog it out against a strong physical Ardara side to lead by four at the long whistle, 1-10 to 1-6 the final scoreline. Aaron Neilan fired home the goal, but this was a game where the defence was really outstanding, conceding just four points from play. Leading the way was Ryan Keenaghan with great work also by Daire Warren, Calum Doherty-Craig and Colm McGloin. The lads are training this Friday from 6pm to 7pm. We await final confirmation on next the team’s next fixture which is against Dungloe.The under 9s finished up for their season with a blitz last Saturday in Kinlough. It was a useful work out for the lads as they build towards the under 10 campaign next year. Many thanks to Kinlough for invitation and all the parents who helped out with transport on the day.Aodh Ruadh welcomed Four Masters, Derrygonnelly and Glencar Manorhamilton to Ballyshannon on Saturday for their under 8 end of year outdoor blitz. Weather conditions weren’t great to begin with, but improved as the afternoon wore on and weren’t bad by the time the last few games were played. After a great hour or so of football with four pitches going full tilt in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh it was up to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh for a typically superb spread of food by the Aodh Ruadh parents and guardians. Presentations were then made to the winners of the third skills test. The results for the 2010 age category were 1st Anthony Duffy, 2nd Manus Conlon, and 3rd Darragh McCready. The results for the 2009 age category were 1st Callum Dorrian, 2nd Antoin Duffy, and 3rd Eoghan McCadden The results for the 2008 age category were 1st Corey Sheridan, 2nd Daithí Sheerin and 3rd Garreth Brennan. These were followed by the presentations to the overall skills test winners for 2016 who were 1st Corey Sheridan, 2nd Joseph Gibbions and 3rd Eoghan ‘Blake’ Gallagher. Honourable mention to Callum Dorrian who just missed out by 3 points and Gareth Brennan who just missed out by 5 points on a top three place. The most important awards of the afternoon were presented last and went to the players who had improved most over the course of the season based on their skills test results. Patrick Clarke, Oisin McCadden and Anthony Duffy all just missed out on third in what was a very tightly fought competition. The final winners were 1st Éabha Rogers, 2nd Callum Dorrian, with 3rd place shared by Antoin Duffy and Iarla Hartin. We take a break this Friday coming before we finish the season with our indoor league in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille which runs from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays 7th and 14th October. We have pictures and an extended report from the blitz up on aodhruadh.org. Advance notice of the indoor leagues for the under 10s and under 12s. The under 10 indoor league will be staged in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays 21st and 28th October, while the under 12 indoor league will run Fridays 4th and 11th November in the same time slots.There is Bord na nÓg meeting on Tuesday, 27th September at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.HurlingOn Sunday last we hosted the annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh tournament. This tournament is in existence since 1982 and originally it was played on a town league basis. But over the last number of years it has become one of the best tournament in Ulster and we have teams from traditional hurling counties Galway and Antrim willing to travel to take part. This year’s event was no different and the following teams took part. Holders Abbeyknockmoy from Galway, their county comrades Tuam, Keady of Armagh, Loch Mor Dal gCais from Antrim and Aodh Ruadh.The tournament was played on a round robin basis so all teams were guaranteed lots of hurling, round two saw hosts Aodh Ruadh up against Loch Mor Dal gCais and Abbeyknockmoy against Keady. The hosts, playing some great hurling, had a comprehensive win over the Antrim lads and Abbeyknockmoy, determined to hold onto their title, easily defeated Keady. Round two saw Abbeyknockmoy play Loch Mor Dal gCais and Tuam taking on Keady, again Abbey had a comfortable victory while regular visitors Tuam won a close game against the Orchard lads.Round three saw Aodh Ruadh take on Keady and there was a north Galway derby between Tuam and Abbeyknockmoy. Aodh Ruadh playing with the confidence of county champions had a great victory over Keady while Abbeyknockmoy kept their impressive run going defeating their neighbours Tuam.Round four saw Aodh Ruadh taking on Tuam and Loch Mor Dal gCais clash with Keady. Aodh Ruadh qualified for the Aodh Ó Dálaigh final beating Tuam and Keady got their first win of the day against Loch Mor.Round five was to see the clash of Aodh Ruadh and Abbeyknockmoy as both teams had qualified for the Aodh Ó Dálaigh final there was no need to play their league game, but there was lot at stake in the clash between Loch Mor and Tuam as the Antrim lads were hoping to get their first win of the day and maybe, depending on score difference, qualify for the Primary League Final. However, the Tuam men going for a four-in-a-row of Primary League titles came out on top. We now had the pairings for the two finals, Aodh Ruadh were up against Abbeyknockmoy in the Aodh Ó Dálaigh final and Tuam were defending their title against Keady in the Primary League final.There was huge interest in the Aodh Ó Dálaigh final, the local lads hadn’t claimed this title since 2010. They were unbeaten all season and after claiming the county title last week they were full of confidence, but they knew they were up against a strong Galway team and a tough battle lay ahead. The lads had great support for this game, it was a tough physical encounter with some great hurling and lots of hooking and blocking as both teams gave it their all. Aodh Ruadh led at half time 1-5 to 1-2. The Galway lads got a goal early in the second half to level the game and for the next 10 minutes there was nothing between the teams as they traded scores and fought like tigers. The Aodh Ruadh boys were determined to claim this crown and they were not going to be defeated and for the last quarter of the game they were well on top and at the final whistle after eight minutes of injury time they were worthy winners on a 3-11 to 3-4 score line. There were great scenes of celebration and all were in agreement that the best team had won. There was little between them as they were level on six occasions, but Aodh Ruadh’s greater strength and hunger allowed them forge ahead at the end.While the Aodh Ó Dálaigh final captured the attention of the majority of the crowd present the Primary League was also a very hard fought affair between holders Tuam and Keady. The scores were level at half-time, but in the second half Keady’s greater hunger and tiredness on behalf of the Tuam lads proved the difference as the Armagh boys came out on top. From the playing fields it was up to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh where, as always, the Aodh Ruadh mammies catered for everyone with a great spread of food which after a long days hurling everyone was glad to see.John Rooney on behalf of Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee welcomed the Daly family and all the clubs to the presentation, he thanked all the clubs who had attended and thanked them for the efforts they made to attend he said it was much appreciated by the Daly family and all involved with underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh. He thanked the refs Peter Horan and Slyvie Maguire and the umpires Mike Lynch and Daithi Breen. He thanked all the mothers who had brought so much food on the day. He spoke of the huge contribution the late Hugh Daly made to the GAA in Donegal and Ulster and how the Daly family were carrying on his great tradition.He then called on Ms Aoibhínn Kelly Principal of Creevy National School to present the Primary League Shield on behalf of the local national schools. Aoibhínn spoke of the great skills on display in all the games and she called Tuam forward to accept their runners-up medals. She then presented the shield to a delighted Keady captain Sean O’Reilly.Michael Daly then spoke on behalf of the Daly family, he spoke of his late father and how the family were so proud to have this tournament in his honour, he thanked all involved in organising it and all who helped out on the day. He spoke of the great skills on display and wearing his Aodh Ruadh hat he was delighted to see them claim back the title last won by them in 2010. He called up the Abbeyknockmoy captain to accept the runners-up medals, and then to huge cheers Aodh Ruadh captain Aaron Cullen came forward to accept the Aodh Ó Dálaigh shield, showing the same confidence as he did on the field he made a great acceptance speech before calling forward his team and manager Denis Daly to accept their medals. All in all a great day’s hurling and plans are already in place for the 2017 tournament. We have pictures from the tournament up on aodhruadh.org.On Thursday last our under 16s played Four Masters in the league semi-final. Due to a number of injuries we only had 11 players, but by God did these 11 lads give it everything. They were a credit to the club. Although well beaten the lads never gave up and showed a great attitude. We knew it was going to be very difficult to field an under 16 team this year due to a lack of numbers, but fair play to all the lads who have made the effort and ensured we fielded for all the league games. Next up is the championship semi-final on Thursday week away to Four Masters or Setanta.LadiesThe under 16 girls made the 130 mile round trip to Portsalon for their division 2 county quarter-final last Wednesday. Aodh Ruadh got on top of matters in the first half and had established a lead by the interval. They extended that out over the course of the second half to run out 3-11 to 2-5 victors. Katherine McClay was in excellent form between the posts and she received good cover from Brianna Maher and Bronagh Kelly. Saoirse McDevitt had an excellent day in the middle of the park while up front Mary Flora Scott kept the score board ticking over regularly. We have pictures from the trip north on aodhruadh.org.The under 13s have a challenge against Kinawley this Wednesday at 6pm, in Kinawley. We will be leaving the Park at 4.30pm to travel to the game and anyone available to help with transport is asked to liaise with Barry Ward. Parents, guardians and players are asked to note the change of fixtures for our last two league games. We are away to Red Hugh’s on Sunday 2nd October and at home to Robert Emmet’s on Sunday 9th October. Both games fixed for 5pm. The girls are training this Wednesday and Friday at 6.30pm.Official openingIt’s been a tough few years about the town with the recession. You can only say fair play to those who managed to keep the show on the road at all during it. One of those was Kernan’s Spar at the top of the town. They have been a good sponsor to the club and a number of club players and mentors work there, as, I hasten to add,  is the case with numerous other businesses around the town. Kernan’s have recently concluded an expansion of their premises and are having an official opening this Thursday between 11am and 2pm. Sources close to the event tell us there may well be a Donegal GAA star present to add to the razzamatazz, so why not drop in and support the people who support your club.Abbey Centre BingoThe €400 jackpot was won by Pat Treacy of Belleek. There was no winner of the summer snowball so it now stands at €625 on 48 numbers or less. This Friday is the September big bingo, with a massive €3,225 in the kitty including the €1,000 jackpot game. Books cost just €15 or get the book and a half special for €20! First game at 9pm at the Abbey Centre.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €6,400. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 3, 5, 8, 12 and 16. In the lucky dip €20 went to the Martin Gahan, Tirconaill Street; Loretta Gallagher, Ballure Lane; Teresa Gallogly, Rathfort Crescent, Belfast; Catherine Dury, Rockfield Park, Belleek; Pat Melly, Pat’s Bar. Next draw is in Owen Roe’s with a jackpot of €6,500 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available in the following outlets: Seán Óg’s, The Market House, Dicey Reilly’s, The  Limit, Pat’s Bar, The Bridgend, Owen  Roe’s, Fin McCool’s, The Lantern, McGinley’s, Pearse O’Neill’s, McCosker’s Centra and Kernan’s Spar and at the weekly and weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. If not in, you can’t win!The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: RESERVE FOOTBALLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to info@aodhruadh.org.Aodh Ruadh face Milford in Intermediate Championship semi-final was last modified: September 27th, 2016 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:Aodh RuadhGAAIntermediate ChampionshipMilfordSportlast_img read more

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Thailand ceremonies mark low-key start to tsunami anniversary

first_img The true toll probably never will be known many bodies were lost at sea and in some cases the populations of places struck were not accurately recorded. Almost 400,000 houses were reduced to rubble and more than 2 million people left homeless, the U.N. says. The world responded with some $13.6 billion in pledges. Rebuilding has started in some places, and fishing boats and seeds have been handed out to kick-start ruined village economies. But many refugee camps are still full and their residents rely on handouts to survive. “It’s been a tough year, if anything things have gotten worse as things went on,” said Nila, a 42-year-old Indonesian woman who lost three of her four children to the waves. “I somehow feel lonelier.” On Thailand’s Bang Niang beach, hundreds of people took part in the Moken ceremony, many with scraps of cloth pinned to their backs bearing handwritten messages of support for those who survived the tragedy. Peter Pruchniewitz, 68, who was swept from his hotel room and lost a friend to the waves a year ago, returned from Zurich, Switzerland, for the ceremony. Asked why he came back, he said simply, “To remember.” On an open-air terrace at a hotel on Patong beach, more than 50 Britons observed a moment’s silence and were led in prayers at dusk. There were also signs that the legendary bustle of Phuket island’s beach and nightlife was returning to normal. The entire arc of the beach was strung with Christmas lights, and Thai hotel workers dressed as Santa entertained Western tourists nearby. Final preparations were being made for hundreds of commemoration ceremonies Monday, and the tsunami was expected to feature in Christmas prayers Sunday across the region. In the Indonesian provincial capital of Banda Aceh, workers on Saturday scaled the minarets of a 16th-century mosque to replace missing tiles and slap on a fresh coat of whitewash. Thousands of survivors have been rehoused in Aceh, but agencies say they are only about 20 percent of the total number needing new homes. The landscape in many places is still one of devastation. Former President Clinton, the U.N. special envoy for tsunami recovery, said the international community faced a “critical challenge” in following through on its promises of help. “Millions of ordinary people across the globe rallied to the immediate aid of communities devastated by the tsunami,” Clinton said in remarks published Saturday in the International Herald Tribune. “Now our collective challenge is to finish the job, to leave behind safer, more peaceful and stronger communities,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PHUKET, Thailand (AP) Amid Christmas lights strung along the beachfront, a cluster of mourners bowed their heads toward the ocean at dusk Saturday and offered prayers for the hundreds of thousands killed a year ago in the Indian Ocean tsunami. On a nearby beach, Thailand’s Moken sea gypsy tribe banged drums and chanted as offerings of candles, flowers and incense wrapped in banana leaves were pushed out to a gently lapping sea in a ceremony to ward off evil spirits. The two commemorations were a somber, low-key start to events marking one year since the Indian Ocean rose up in a massive, earthquake-spawned tsunami that left at least 216,000 people dead or missing in a dozen countries. The mourning comes as survivors and officials take stock of the massive relief operation and peace processes in Sri Lanka and Aceh, the two places hardest hit by the tsunami. Success has been mixed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In Aceh, the tsunami resulted in a cease-fire between the government and guerillas to end a decades-old separatist conflict. No such progress was made in Sri Lanka, where disputes over aid delivery and an upsurge in violence blamed on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels dashed hopes for an end to a long-running civil conflict. Bloodshed continued Saturday as two government soldiers were shot, one fatally, and troops returned fire, killing five rebels. A year ago Monday, a massive magnitude-9 earthquake ripped apart the ocean floor off Sumatra, displacing millions of tons of water and sending giant waves crashing into Indian Ocean coastlines from Malaysia to East Africa. A dozen countries were hit. Entire villages in Indonesia and Sri Lanka were swept away. Five-star resorts in Thailand were swamped, and whole islets in the Maldives temporarily disappeared. At least 216,000 people were killed, according to an assessment of government and relief agency figures by The Associated Press. The United Nations puts the number at 223,000 or more.last_img read more

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‘Hay – didn’t I arrest you before?’ Banned farmer caught again

first_imgA Donegal farmer was caught delivering hay while banned from driving by the same Garda who had prosecuted him for dangerous driving.Judge David McHugh, sitting at Blanchardstown District Court in Dublin, heard that Mark Magee has a small farm in St Johnston. Garda Shane Bonner told the court that on January 17 last, he stopped Magee on the N4. He said Magee was driving a truck carrying bales of hay.Garda Bonner told Judge McHugh that Magee was banned from driving at the time as he had been the Garda who had prosecuted him for dangerous driving.He said Magee had one previous conviction. At District Court 16 on December 13, 2017, Magee had been fined €400 and a two-year driving ban for dangerous driving.Magee, (46), Drumatoland, St Johnston, admitted to having no insurance at the N4, Lucan, on January 17, 2018.Garda Bonner said a months stay had been put on the disqualification and added that it started on January 12, 2018.Magee’s defence lawyer said his client had been under the misapprehension that he could still drive as he had not received a notification from the courts service about the ban.He said Magee was driving from Wexford to Mayo at the time he was stopped.He said Magee is a father of three and has a small farm in Donegal and has a small side business delivering hay.Judge McHugh fined Magee €250 and banned him from driving for two years.‘Hay – didn’t I arrest you before?’ Banned farmer caught again was last modified: February 8th, 2018 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:bannedcourtdonegalfarmerGardaihaylast_img read more

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Second sign-up period announced for Western Lake Erie Basin

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is announcing the second sign-up period for programs in the Western Lake Erie Basin funded by the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 299. Signed in 2018, Ohio Senate Bill 299 provided $23.5 million for soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) located in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) for nutrient management programs.ODA says that two programs have been a success so far this year, the Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer Program and the Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program. ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda announced that there are funds remaining for a second round of program sign-ups.The Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer Program encourages producers in the WLEB to establish year-round vegetative cover on eligible cropland. The program promotes the conversion, establishment, and maintenance of forage/hay land on certain cropland acres. These buffers act as another line of defense to filter surface water while allowing participants to harvest forage from the established areas. During the first signup period, 4,075 acres were enrolled in the program.The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program encourages producers in the WLEB to plant small grains such as wheat, barley, oats or cereal rye on eligible cropland. Participants must plant and harvest small grains, land apply manure, and plant a cover crop to receive a cost-share payment to help offset operating costs. The program supports the planting of small grains and cover crops for the conservation benefits and provides livestock producers with a longer season to land apply manure and nutrients. During the first signup period, 39,226 acres were in enrolled in the program.Sign-ups for the Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer and Small Grains Program began Monday.Local soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) will manage the program sign-up and verification of eligibility and crop establishment.  Producers located in the WLEB and interested in these programs should contact their local SWCD to learn how to sign up.last_img read more

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Google Apps is a Model for Larry Page to Follow

first_imgI wonder how Larry Page will view Google Apps now that he is replacing Eric Schmidt as CEO. I have covered Google Apps more than any other news about Google. The view has provided me with an example of how Google has successfully built an ecosystem. From where I sit, it seems like a pretty solid model to follow. At its core are the right components:Google DocsGoogle CalendarGMailSitesIt fits with a number of associated services. Related Posts It fits with Android and the Chrome OS.The system encompasses Google App Engine, a framework for building apps. The one thing I do miss is Google Wave. It had been developing its own community of hackers. I was sorry to see it dropped.Google Apps attracts young developers who are creating services that use data and collaborative technologies in masterful ways. You can see it in the companies populating the categories in the Google Apps Marketplace.Will Google acquire any of these companies.? Undoubtedly. But I hope the emphasis is more about how the company can continue to be that flat, frictionless community network that keeps those startups and innovative services running.If Google keeps that focus, it will continue to be a creative hub. It may have its valleys and peaks but this is a company that has as much chance as any to have the longevity of a company such as IBM.Keeping focused on successes such as Google Apps will make Google a company that lasts. That’s why I hope Larry keeps the dreams of space travel a personal hobby. The future is in the data that fills any space. Rockets are cool. But an apps ecosystem? Now that can go way further than a space ship to Mars. Tags:#Analysis#cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It’s part of a a rich code base and API network:center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Kasganj clash a ‘blot’ on Uttar Pradesh: Governor Ram Naik

first_imgIn an embarrassment for the Uttar Pradesh government, Governor Ram Naik on Monday termed the Kasganj communal clash as a “blot” on the state and asked the government to initiate measures to ensure such incidents did not recur. The Governor noted that such an incident had occurred in the State for the first time in the last 9-10 months and described it as “shameful“. District authorities in Kasganj, which witnessed clashes between two communities last week, said the situation was returning to normal even as four more persons were arrested in connection with the violence. At least three shops, two buses and a car were torched after a youth was killed in clashes following stone-pelting by a mob on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate Republic Day. “Whatever happened in Kasganj was not good. The incident there is a ‘kalank’ (blot) for UP. The government is probing the incident. It should initiate effective measures to ensure that such incidents are not repeated,” he told reporters here. The Governor’s remarks came days after Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu advised the Yogi Adityanath government to improve the law and order in the State. Asked about the situation in Kasganj, the Uttar Pradesh government spokesman and senior cabinet minister Sidharth Nath Singh on Monday said he has seen reports that shops are opening now. “The situation is returning to normal, which is a good sign,” he said.Mr. Singh attacked the SP and the BSP for blaming the BJP government for the incident. “Their comments reflect their appeasement towards a particular community. During their regimes, FIRs were not registered but our government will ensure unbiased probe into the matter,” he said. As many as 118 people have been arrested and security forces maintained a strict vigil. The Uttar Pradesh police said drone cameras had been deployed for aerial surveillance and described the situation as improving. Kasganj District Magistrate R.P. Singh said, “The situation is normal now. A cheque of ₹20 lakh has been given to family members of Chandan Gupta, who died in the incident.“His family has demanded that martyr status be accorded to him and if they give a letter, it will be forwarded to the government.” Explosives were found during house-to-house searches following which the State police chief said the stringent National Security Act (NSA) would be invoked against culprits. Under the NSA, a person can be detained without bail or trial and authorities need not disclose grounds of detention if they believe the detainee can act in a way that poses a threat to the security of the state/country or the maintenance of public order. The Yogi Adityanath-led government has stressed that the guilty would not be spared.last_img read more

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