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DONEGAL HEROES SHOW WINNING ULSTER IS A REAL FAMILY AFFAIR

first_imgRYAN BRADLEY AND HIS WEE BROTHER BENBEHIND every great player is a great family.There’s the football families of course in the parishes and clubs of County Donegal.And then there are the real families; the mums and dads – the brothers and sister – the children who help to make victory taste all the more sweeter. Ryan Bradley posted this picture above with “my wee brother Ben” during the celebrations in Donegal Town.Then there’s the back room team – the men and women who make the management tick.Like Donal Reid physical therapist – pictured below with Donna and Roisin.DONAL REID WITH DONNA AND ROISINThen there’s the proud mum – Anne McGee. She is pictured below with her sons – proud as any mother could be.Then there’s the fan family.The players and management were a credit to themselves and the county in Donegal Town on Sunday night.They patiently posed for pictures with fans.And they must have signed a thousand jerseys through it all. We don’t think Jim McGuinness stopped smiling!Makes you proud.THE 3 MCGEES AND MUMPADDY MCBREARTY WITH FANS FIONA MCGINLEY AND LYNDA CURRANDONEGAL HEROES SHOW WINNING ULSTER IS A REAL FAMILY AFFAIR was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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49ers’ George Kittle hurt on first snap, returns to score tying TD

first_img— NFL (@NFL) November 1, 2019On that touchdown — Kittle’s second this season — Jimmy Garoppolo looked to his left, held that look, then hit Kittle across the middle. Kittle beat safety Budda Baker off the line, then stiff-armed him at the 10-yard line while racking up 20 yards after the catch en route to the end zone.Kittle finished the game with six catches for 79 yards and that 30-yard touchdown rumble. He did stay on the sideline for the Niners’ final game-sealing drive.On the game’s first play, Kittle appeared to bang his knee on the helmet of Cardinals star linebacker Chandler Jones in the backfield during a toss play to Tevin Coleman. Hall of Fame QB who once tormented 49ers now sees them as the NFC’s top playoff seed The 49ers’ best player is hurt and it looks not awesome. pic.twitter.com/AbWhm3aiuq— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) November 1, 2019Kittle slammed his fist into the turf while in pain upon landing on the Cardinals’ natural grass. He walked to the 49ers’ sideline for further evaluation in the medical tent, and, in what was a good sign, he then took a seat on the bench rather than being carted to the locker room.Related Articles With a little health and stability, Jimmie Ward finally showing 49ers, NFL what he can do FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video After the injury, Kittle was briefly evaluated on the sideline by the 49ers’ medical staff. He was able to return for the start of the 49ers’ second possession. That series, like their first one, did not yield a first down. The second series ended when Garoppolo’s third-and-2 pass to Kittle got broken up by Baker.It was San Francisco’s third series when Kittle, the team’s leading receiver last year and so far in 2019, got his revenge on Baker.–Defensive tackle Arik Armstead came out during the 49ers’ second series and took a knee on the sideline while the medical staff tended to him. Armstead felt he had something stuck in his throat, and he was back in the game in the second quarter.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. How much Jimmy G-to-Kittle is too much Jimmy G-to-Kittle? GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tight end George Kittle, the 49ers’ offensive catalyst, injured his left leg on their opening snap of tonight’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.Kittle wasn’t out long, however, and he scored a tying touchdown on a bullish 30-yard reception just before the end of the first quarter.George Kittle: UNSTOPPABLE 😱 @gkittle46 | #GoNiners📺: #SFvsAZ on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/RL3TnEyqMz 49ers on Wednesday: Where have all the defensive interceptions gone? last_img read more

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SA’s image ‘about to change forever’

first_img10 May 2010 The 2010 Fifa World Cup™ will forever change the world’s perception of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said at the opening of the Tourism Indaba trade show in Durban on Saturday. “It is in our hands to make this the best World Cup ever,” Zuma said, adding that South Africa stood to benefit from hosting the event World Cup for decades to come. “The World Cup has changed the face of this country. Not only has it revatilised our economy, but it has given impetus to infrastructural development and job creation,” Zuma said. “It is estimated that over 3.6-million additional job opportunities will be created during the tournament,” Zuma said, while the country’s public transport network had been completely revitalised, with over US$10.9-billion having been spent on upgrading road infrastructure and the taxi recapitalisation programme. “The highways between the OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria, and Johannesburg and Pretoria, are among the many roads that have been improved. The bus rapid transit system has been rolled out in most cities. The Rea Vaya bus service between Johannesburg and Soweto now transports 20 000 people a day.” By 2020, Zuma said, more than 85 percent of any South African city’s population will be living within a kilometre or closer to an integrated rapid public transport network feeder or corridor. The World Cup had “placed us on the high road,” Zuma said, while giving the country an unprecedented destination marketing opportunity. “Much has been invested in the six years leading up to kick-off next month, and investments in the tourism industry, infrastructure, airports, information technology and stadiums leaves South Africa poised to maximise growth in numerous areas going forward. “After the tournament South Africa will have more skilled people working in tourism and better tourism infrastructure to grow arrivals and foreign direct spend into the economy,” Zuma said. “The World Cup will also deliver about 350 000 more foreign visitors this year that will, in the medium to long term, result in greater repeat visits and word-of-mouth recommendations for the destination. “South Africa’s 10 World Cup-ready football stadiums give South Africa truly magnificent, capable and world-class sports venues. As important, they give the world a capable destination for global sporting and cultural events such as the world cups of other sporting codes, the Olympic Games and music concerts. “Other World Cup legacy bequests include broadcasting and information technology infrastructure that puts the nation at the forefront of the digital age in terms of digital broadcasting, high-definition television and broadband internet accessibility,” Zuma said. Indaba delegates were treated to an opening ceremony that included performances by TKZee, by South Africa’’ world-famous Drakensberg Boys Choir, and performances of the Diski Dance that has ignited the imagination of the world and the passion of the country for the 2010 football championship. “South Africa is ready for the World Cup,” Zuma said. “We look forward to welcoming the world, to hosting the world and to celebrating with the rest of the continent the first World Cup here in Africa.” Source: South African Tourismlast_img read more

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Three factors may decide fate in six Haryana seats

first_imgThe large-scale violence during the Jat reservation agitation that claimed more than 30 lives, the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in rape cases and the split in the Indian National Lok Dal a few months ago are three factors that could influence results in at least half a dozen Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana.Though the Jat and non-Jat division in Haryana is not new, but it was the large-scale violence and arson during the Jat reservation agitation in February 2016 during BJP rule that further widened the divide between the two communities. More than three years after the violence, the ghost of the stir has now returned to haunt the political fraternity in Haryana, especially in Rohtak, which bore its brunt.Seeking re-election from Rohtak Lok Sabha seat for a fourth consecutive term, Deepender Singh Hooda — though he enjoys support among the electorate — seems to have a tough electoral battle on the cards. A Jat, he has been pitted against the BJP’s Arvind Sharma, a Brahmin. It would also cast its shadow on Sonipat Lok Sabha seat where Mr. Bhupinder Hooda himself is caught in a electoral battle with BJP’s Ramesh Chander Kaushik.Besides, it could prove to be a spoilsport for BJP’s Brijendra Singhin Hisar, with reports suggesting that the Sainis, hit adversely by the reservation agitation, are annoyed with the State government for its response to the situation then. Similarly, the agitation could also hurt the prospects of Congress in Karnal and Kurukshetra tilting the scales in favour of the BJP, largely seen as a non-Jat outfit.Dera chief caseUpset with the BJP government over the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who had lent support to the party in 2014 Assembly election helping it in around a dozen seats, his supporters seem alienated this time around for obvious reasons. It could impact the prospects of BJP in Sirsa, the headquarters of the Dera, and Ambala, which has a significant support base for Gurmeet. The split in the INLD leading to the birth of JJP has, indeed, hit both the parties hard. It would hurt the prospects of both the parties in Hisar and Sirsa, held by the INLD in the outgoing Lok Sabha, the most.last_img read more

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Olympics 2012: 8 women badminton players land in fixing row

first_imgThe Chinese Olympic delegation has started investigations intoallegations that some of its badminton players were deliberately losingin the group stage of the London Olympics. “The Chinese OlympicCommittee is devoted to promote the Olympic spirit, carries forward thesports spirit of equity and justice, and opposes any kind of behaviourto violate the sporting spirit and morality,” a delegation spokesmantold Xinhua on Wednesday.The Badminton World Federation chargedeight women’s doubles players, two from China, four from South Korea,and two from Indonesia, with “not using one’s best efforts to win thematch” after two contests ended in controversy on Tuesday night.The spokesman said the Chinese delegation will take further action depending on the outcome of the investigation. World Champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China were booed by the crowd atthe Wembley Arena on Tuesday after they appeared to deliberately losepoints against South Koreans Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na in a groupmatch.last_img read more

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a month agoAtletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldo

first_imgAtletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid great Paulo Futre is convinced Joao Felix will have a huge future.Indeed, Futre says Felix will be a future Ballon d’Or winner.He declared: “Joao Felix is twenty years old, he is a champion, he can occupy the throne of the best Portuguese player when (Cristiano) Ronaldo will stop and he can also win the Ballon d’Or.” On Juventus star Ronaldo, Futre says that “he’s even better than (Usain) Bolt”.And on Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt, he says he is “a crack, like Felix, and that in the Champions League will find it easier than in Serie A”. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Agritrade Resources Wraps Up VLCC Purchase

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based Agritrade Resources Limited has finalized the purchase of a very large crude carrier (VLCC) from Marshall Islands-based shipping company Chris Tanker Corporation.Featuring a capacity of 309,300 dwt, the VLCC, which is classified by Lloyd’s Register, was constructed in December 2001.The VLCC is scheduled to join its new owner in January 2017.The company said that its wholly-owned subsidiary Fair Cypress Limited purchased the oil tanker at a consideration of USD 23.7 million.The parties earlier said that the USD 2.37 million will be paid as a deposit within three business days upon the signing of the agreement, while the remaining amount of USD 21.33 million will be paid upon the delivery of the VLCC.Following the completion of the deal, the group will own three VLCCs, “which would contribute stable, sustainable and diversified income and cash flows to the group on a long-term basis,” Agritrade Resources said.last_img read more

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Time for change on harassment including on Parliament Hill minister

first_imgOTTAWA – There is nothing new about sexual harassment on Parliament Hill, says Employment Minister Patty Hajdu, but it is time to get serious about supporting its victims and stopping it from happening in the first place.“We talk a lot about getting women into politics and if we can’t actually protect the women staffers in our own workplaces, we have a long ways to go,” the Liberal minister said Monday after she opened the debate on proposed legislation to support safe federal workplaces.“This isn’t something that’s a brand new phenomenon,” she told a news conference. “What we’re saying is actually what women have been saying, which is ‘time’s up,’ that it’s time to take action, and that we have the tools to do so.”The legislation, introduced last fall, is aimed at giving workers and employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct.Later Monday, MPs agreed with a motion tabled by NDP House leader Ruth Ellen Brosseau to fast-track the legislation, known as Bill C-65, sending it straight to the House of Commons human resources committee for further study.The proposed changes would merge separate labour standards for sexual harassment and violence, subjecting them to the same scrutiny and dispute resolution process, which could mean bringing in an outside investigator to review allegations.The proposed rules, which also apply to banks, transportation, telecommunications and other federally regulated industries, would enforce strict privacy rules to protect victims of harassment or violence.Once passed, the legislation would also allow anyone unhappy with how a dispute is being handled to complain to the labour minister, who could step in to investigate and order sanctions for employers.The new rules would also — for the first time — bring parliamentary staff under the protection of the Canada Labour Code.Staffers would also have access to a neutral third party to examine their complaints, so that they are not forced to rely upon the MP or senator who employs them, especially if that person is also the alleged abuser.That aspect of the legislation has taken on increased significance as the #MeToo movement has reached Parliament Hill, including allegations against Liberal MP Kent Hehr, who resigned from cabinet last week pending an investigation.Last week also saw Patrick Brown step down as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, months ahead of a provincial election, following a CTV News report that included an allegation of sexual misconduct stemming from his time as a Conservative MP.And then Monday, a report by Maclean’s magazine said the federal Conservative party was aware of an allegation of sexual assault against former Ontario MP Rick Dykstra, yet allowed him to remain on the ballot in the 2015 campaign.Dykstra, who left his post as president of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives over the weekend, has not returned a request for comment.The Liberals asked the opposition parties for the debate on Bill C-65 last week, before the allegations against Brown came to light.“It’s a culture where people who are victims of harassment or sexual violence do not feel safe to bring those complaints forward,” Hajdu said Monday in the House of Commons.Conservative MP Michelle Rempel responded with an impassioned speech on how what life can be like for women on the Hill, where many influential people, often with big egos, work long hours with others in precarious positions.She added that “for all the talk of feminism,” women at all levels are still used as “photo op props” and remain vulnerable to abuse.“We are still given hugs and cheek kisses that linger a bit too long,” she said. “To fit in, we still laugh at the lewd jokes and maybe even tell one ourselves, to be considered safe to socialize with and one of the boys.”She said women are shamed for standing up for themselves as well as for choosing to stay silent.“These things are used to control us, to demean us, and to silence us.”Rempel urged everyone who witnesses harassment to speak up, rather than forcing victims to do it themselves.“We cannot be bystanders any longer,” she said, calling on the government to require everyone — from volunteers and interns to MPs and ministers — to take training on how to prevent sexual harassment from happening in the first place.Of the report on how her own party handled allegations against Dykstra, she said: “Those people should be ashamed of themselves.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Delays at Sturgeon Refinery add to Alberta heavy oil price discount woes

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A new refinery touted as part of the solution to Alberta’s oversupply of heavy oil likely won’t begin processing oilsands bitumen until year-end, several months later than expected.That means 80,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen that would have been delivered to the $9.7-billion Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton is instead joining the queue to be placed on overcrowded pipelines leaving the province.Ian MacGregor, CEO of co-owner North West Refining, Inc., says multiple equipment failures have prevented the startup of the part of the refinery designed to break down heavy, sticky bitumen into an upgraded oil that can then be converted into consumer products.He says the refinery contains some 7,000 pieces of equipment and getting them all to operate in concert is taking more time than expected, with the latest setback involving a heat exchanger that was apparently damaged during installation.Sturgeon, the first new refinery built in Alberta in more than 30 years, was completed 12 months ago and has since been producing diesel from synthetic crude upgraded at an Alberta oilsands mine.MacGregor says the refinery is benefiting as high discounts on prices on stranded Alberta heavy oil have also begun to affect light oil and synthetic oil, leading to its feedstock costing as much as US$30 per barrel less than usual.He says the refinery is currently producing between 35,000 and 40,000 barrels per day of diesel.“I think we’re going to be running on bitumen by the end of the year,” he said in an interview.“It will take a while to come up to full capacity because as we put bitumen into it, we’ll find other problems.”The refinery is a joint venture of North West Refining and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which is to provide 25 per cent of its bitumen feedstock. The rest is to come from the government-owned Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission.last_img read more

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A pattern from Kargil to Balakot

first_imgNothing could be more serious than the fact that for the very first time in the history of Independent India, eight former service chiefs, including another around 150 veterans, had to write a letter to the President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to intervene against politicisation of the military in the Lok Sabha elections. Though the letter endorsed by 156 prominent army-men requests the President to take all necessary steps to ‘urgently direct all political parties’ that they must forthwith desist from using the military, military uniforms or symbols and any action by military formations or personnel for political purposes or to further their political agenda, the timing of the letter clearly shows that the army veterans are deeply upset with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to first time voters to dedicate their vote to the memory of Balakot and Pulwama. Modi had even gone to the extent of telling the young voters that if they will push the lotus symbol in EVMs, their vote will directly reach him. Election Commission has also expressed serious displeasure on Modi’s speech in an election rally at Latur in Maharashtra in which he made every effort to take political advantage of the unfortunate incident in Pulwama and a fitting reply by Indian army in Balakot. Prime Minister Modi shows no sign of any hesitation in tearing apart the election code of conduct whenever he gets an opportunity to attract voters. At different times during assembly elections held in the past five years, he never bothered to respect the basic spirit of elections in a democracy. Modi has within him strong defiance for any democratic norm. He always tried to take political advantage of the achievements of Indian Forces after taking over as the Prime Minister. I recall the last day of January 2017, when the then President Pranab Mukherjee mentioned about the surgical strikes in his address to the joint session of Parliament. Modi thumped his desk the loudest and his body language was giving all the credits to this achievement to himself. After September 2017 surgical strikes by the army across the Line of Control, Modi has spared no stone unturned in making such actions the central theme of his government’s stellar achievements. Prime Minister Modi never bothered to consider the negative consequences of using military operations to garner votes for his Bhartiya Janta Party. Even his lieutenants such as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath have gone to the extent calling the forces as “Modi ki Sena” without giving a thought that it will impinge adversely on the moral and fighting efficiency of those who selflessly serve the nation in uniform. On this, Union Minister (Retd.) Gen. VK Singh also had to criticise his party fellow UP Chief Minister. Modi government had also turned a deaf ear to 21 opposition parties who condemned the blatant politicisation of the armed forces and criticised Modi for not convening an all-party meeting amid the rising Indo-Pak tensions. Modi does not believe in the principle that national security must transcend narrow political considerations. BJP president Amit Shah had announced at the time of the elections in five poll-bound states that two key planks of his party’s electoral campaign would be demonetisation and surgical strike. But then he chose to sideline the demonetisation issue as it was heavily counter-productive and BJP focused on singing the song of surgical strikes. Similar is the situation in ongoing general elections. BJP is busy snatching the credit of various important security operations from the armed forces and scientists and adding it to its political kitty. The real issues of ruined economy, worst job market, inflation, social disharmony and rise of crony capitalism have deliberately been washed away from the national discourse. Some may argue that when Manohar Parrikar is no more amongst us, it is unfair to make any comments on him, but let us not forget how he has been credited with planning and conducting the surgical strikes of 2017, which he also had attributed to his ‘RSS training’. The fact is that Parrikar those days was spending more time in Goa for the preparations of Assembly elections than in strengthening the country’s defence. I have no idea what is there in Modi’s mind for the warriors of Balakot? But you may like to recall that how one-and-a-half year back he could make the surgical strikes the most highly decorated single operation in the history of Indian army by giving 32 awards to personnel who carried out the plan. Soon after that when Parrikar attended a BJP rally at Lucknow, the banners and posters carrying the pictures of director-general of military operations Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, who was the public face of the surgical strikes, surrounded by the photographs of Modi, Shah and Parrikar were seen at the rally venue and all over Lucknow streets. That was a trailer of BJP’s keenness for the politicisation of army. The current general election is watching a full feature film of this mindset. It is not accidental that Modi has demanded the votes from first-time voters as a return gift to him for what he has done in Balakot. He wants them to believe that only he can ensure India’s safety and security. There is a particular pattern from Kargil to Balakot through which BJP tries to fetch votes in its favour. By creating a political hype of army operations, the issues of colossal intelligence failures at strategic and tactical levels are brushed aside. BJP’s determination to extract maximum political mileage from military achievements is dangerous. We sleep safely at night because tough men stand ready all the time, but we spent sleepless nights when we see people weakening the very roots of our democratic polity by misusing army ventures to harvest their political aims. Enlightened leadership is always spiritual—spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as a domain of awareness. Our political system is fast losing the values of goodness and compassion. Unless we have insight and focused attention to change the scenario during this general election, the Indian dream will shatter for decades to come. Therefore, the electorate, especially our first-time voters have much more responsibility this time. Let’s hope for the best! (The author is Editor & CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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