first_imgStunning KilcarDonegal County Council is to seek a meeting with Bord Failte to explain why Kilcar has been left off the Wild Atlantic Way signage route.The issue was raised by local county councillor Niamh Kennedy at today’s meeting of Donegal Municipal Authority.The stunning village and its breathtaking coastal route has ben left off the tourism body’s plans for signage for tourists. Cllr Kennedy’s motion read “That this MD along with Failte Ireland reconsider, investigate and resolve the reasons why Kilcar village and the coast road at Kilcar is bypassed (Wild Atlantic Way and Signage).”Cllr Kennedy was told that the council will forward this proposal to Failte Ireland and request a meeting to discuss the matter.FAILTE IRELAND ASKED TO INVESTIGATE WHY KILCAR LEFT OFF W.A.W SIGNAGE was last modified: October 13th, 2015 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:donegalkilcarsignageWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Watch: “I was at Rory Gallagher festival and I loved it”, says Brian Kerr

first_imgHaving been in Ballyshannon at the Rory Gallagher Festival this week, Brian Kerr wasn’t too amused by Imagine Dragons’ pre-game showing at the Champions League final.Former Republic of Ireland manager Kerr spent a couple of days in Ballyshannon at the end of the week.Tonight, Kerr is one of Virgin Media’s match analysts for the Champions League final between Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. In the build-up, Imagine Dragons played to the crowd – but Kerr feels the supporters should have been allowed create their own atmosphere.“The music bit of it, to me…look I was at Rory Gallagher festival the last couple of days and I loved it. If Rory could come back from the dead and play tonight it’d be brilliant,” Kerr said.“And I’d put him on ahead of yer man, but anyway — other than that, I’d say that this is a waste of time; they should just let the supporters sing on and create that atmosphere.”Virgin Media’s coverage is fronted by Annagry native Tommy Martin. ”If Rory could back from the dead and play it would be brilliant”Brian Kerr is not a fan of the music before the Champions League final unless it was Rory Gallagher. 😂😂😂 #VMSport #UCLfinal— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) June 1, 2019 Advertisement Watch: “I was at Rory Gallagher festival and I loved it”, says Brian Kerr was last modified: June 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BallyshannonBrian KerrChampions LeagueLiverpoolmadridRory Gallagherrory gallagher festivalTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Half-time: QPR 0 Ipswich 0

first_imgJunior Hoilett was in the thick of the action as Bartosz Bialkowski kept QPR at bay during a largely one-sided first half at Loftus Road.The Ipswich keeper produced a double save after just 30 seconds, pushing away Matt Phillips’ shot and Massimo Luongo’s follow-up.And Hoilett missed a great chance for Rangers when he was unable to find a way past Bialkowski after Phillips’ low cross fell to the Canadian at the far post.Hoilett then had a long-range effort saved and, on 27 minutes, elected to shoot rather than square the ball for Phillips or Conor Washington, and again Bialkowski made the save.The lively Hoilett also curled an effort wide of the target five minutes before the break, and James Perch fired into the side netting following good work on the right by Phillips.In the final minute of the half, Hoilett was involved yet again, this time volleying wide after being teed up by Sebastian Polter’s lay-off.Washington is making his full debut, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – who is still waiting for his first home win as R’s boss – having opted to start with both the recent signing and Polter up front in a 4-4-2 formation.New signing Nasser El Khayati is among the QPR substitutes.QPR (4-4-2): Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Faurlin, Luongo, Hoilett; Washington, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Chery, Mackie, El Khayati, Angella, Tozser, Petrasso.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Let the flames begin! Flying diver ignites SEA Games

first_imgMalaysian athlete Nur Dhabitah Sabri lights the torch during the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2017.  AFP PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through Malaysia’s national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron at the climax of a glittering Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony on Saturday.The 18-year-old rising star was suspended high above the Bukit Jalil stadium floor in Kuala Lumpur, carrying a flaming torch, at the end of the four-hour extravaganza.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Katropa fields Rice, try to catch up with leaders MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malaysia, who have given the 29th edition the tagline “Rising Together”, are aiming to top the medals table for only the second time by matching the 111 golds they won on home soil in 2001.Ahead of the opening ceremony, they have already made a strong start with seven golds to lead the table ahead of Singapore and Thailand, who both have three.The Games retain a distinctly regional flavor, with Olympic sports like swimming and athletics contested alongside Asian favorites such as pencak silat, sepak takraw and wushu.They are a big source of national pride in the fast-growing region of about 650 million people, which all too often finds itself outclassed on the world sporting stage. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img View comments Games mascot Rimau, a fluffy Malayan tiger, flew into the stadium on a wire, after LED-lit pedal cars and flag-wavers wearing glittering gold suits had entertained the crowd.Fans watched video messages from Malaysia’s badminton and squash stars Lee Chong Wei and Nicol David, who are busy with world championships commitments, and cheered the succession of marching bands.After the Games had been declared open, the stadium erupted in song as hundreds of dancers waving silver palm trees and waving red-lit parasols gave the event a carnival atmosphere.Olympic silver medal-winning diver Pandelela Rinong passed the flaming torch to Nur Dhabita, who took off slowly towards the 40-foot (12-metre) cauldron and lit it, setting off a blaze of fireworks.The biennial SEA Games, formerly the Southeast Asian Peninsula Games, have been running since 1959, when the region was still emerging from its long era of colonialism.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Earlier a flying tiger, shiny gold suits and a parade of marching bands took center stage as the two-week Games opened in a blaze of color.More than 4,000 athletes from 11 nations strode into the newly refurbished, 87,000-capacity Bukit Jalil stadium, which was sold out for the vibrant show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTorrential rain early on failed to dampen enthusiasm as the hosts put on an entertaining spectacle before Malaysia’s king, Sultan Muhammad V, declared the Games open.About 4,200 athletes are competing for 404 gold medals in sports ranging from boxing and equestrianism to petanque, speed skating and lawn bowls at the popular and unique SEA Games. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Team India looks to avenge 2006 ODI loss to West Indies

first_imgA depleted Indian cricket team, sans senior players such as Sachin Tendulkar and regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Wednesday left for the West Indies to compete in a Twenty20 game and a five-match One-day series, starting from June 4.Led by Suresh Raina, the Indian team boarded a connecting flight to Barbados via London at 0230 hours from the Chhattrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.India will play a Twenty20 in Trinidad (June 4) and five ODIs – on June 6 (Trinidad), June 8 (Trinidad), June 11 (Antigua), June 13 (Antigua) and June 16 (Jamaica).The One-day series would be followed by a three-match Testrubber in Jamaica (June 20- June 24), Barbados (June 28-Jul 2) and Dominica (Jul 6-Jul 10).The Indian squad for the ODIs and the lone Twenty20 is without nine players who were part of the World Cup winning team under Dhoni.The players missing out include the rested trio Dhoni, Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, the injured troika Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Ashish Nehra and an unwell Yuvraj Singh.S Sreesanth and Piyush Chawla have been dropped.Dhoni and Zaheer will join the team for the Test matches along with VVS Laxman, Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, and Sreesanth.When India last toured the Caribbean Islands in 2006 under Rahul Dravid, the side scripted history by beating the home team (1-0 in a four match rubber) in a Test series for the first time in 35 years.However, the team will certainly look to change the 1-4 thrashing it got in the fivematch ODI series then.Dhoni reaches homeadvertisementIndia’s World Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Wednesday received a grand welcome in Ranchi as he returned home for the first time in four months.Accompanied by wife Sakshi Singh Rawat, Dhoni was greeted by hundreds of drum beating and cheering fans at the Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi.Sporting an army fatigue-like outfit, Dhoni smiled and waved at his fans before boarding a waiting vehicle which drove down to his residence at Harmu, where several fans greeted him.”Badhai ho (congratulations), Mahi (as Dhoni is known in Ranchi) for winning the World Cup after 28 years,” a fan shouted at the top of his voice while cheering for Dhoni.After leading Team India to World Cup victory on April 2, Dhoni spearheaded Chennai Super Kings to their second consecutive Indian Premier League (IPL) title after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 28.After the IPL final, Dhoni had said that he had been out of home for about four months and his first destination would be Ranchi. Dhoni would stay for some days at home before leaving for the West Indies for India’s Test series.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane’s deal.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool have opened talks with Mane over extending his contract.According to reports from France, negotiations have already started between Mane and Liverpool, with the club keen to tie down their forward.Mane’s current contract runs until 2023, but with the Senegal international fast becoming one of his side’s standout stars, the Reds, it appears, are keen to keep the forward for the foreseeable future.The former Southampton man scored twice as Jurgen Klopp’s side made it five wins from five in the Premier League, leaving them top of the Premier League table with a five point lead over Manchester City. last_img read more

The road ahead

first_imgAugust 5 is a historic day for the country as the Modi government had scrapped Article 370 and Article 35A pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir in one stroke. A complex issue, which many prime ministers had been grappling with unsuccessfully for the past 70 years, Prime Minister Modi has resolved it boldly within the first 100 days in his second term. As a bureaucrat friend remarked with half a page Presidential order and four hours of debate and discussion in the Rajya Sabha, Jammu and Kashmir as a state disappeared and in its place emerged two Union territories—Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The political reason for clubbing Jammu and Kashmir might be to make the state a Hindu majority gradually. Also Read – A special kind of bondPolitically, Modi emerges much stronger. Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah get kudos for the bloodless coup. “We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370,” reads the BJP’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ for Lok Sabha elections 2019. Articles 35A and Article 370, among other issues, including national security, nationalism and terrorism had become major election issues. Interestingly, the Congress Party had promised in its manifesto that nothing will be done or allowed to change the constitutional position on Kashmir. Now that the BJP is heading the strongest government at the Centre in 30 years after having secured a massive majority of its own in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, there was pressure from the RSS and the VHP for repeal. Also Read – Insider threat managementArticle 370 of the Constitution grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, while Article 35A empowers the state legislature to define the state’s “permanent residents” and their special rights and privileges. It also bars a Kashmiri woman from getting any property rights if she marries a person outside the state. Modi-Shah duo took everyone by surprise by planning the whole operation in complete secrecy. The opposition complains that there were no consultations with stakeholders. In fact, while the bill was brought to the House, the two former chief ministers–PDP chief Mehboobha Mufti and the National Conference leader Omar Abdullah–were kept under house arrest in Srinagar. Getting the bill passed in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling party is in a minority was indeed a feat for the treasury benches. Congress feels outfoxed. Modi’s success in the Upper House was also due to the division in the opposition ranks. Many opposition parties like the BJD, TRS, YSRCP, BSP and AAP sided with the government isolating Congress, Trinamool Congress and a few other parties. However, all regional parties of the state, including the National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (J&KPM) and others opposed the measure. Now that Parliament has endorsed the proposal, managing the aftermath is the challenge ahead. Modi believes that the measure would solve the Kashmir problem and bring peace and prosperity to the state. While there are no immediate signs of violence in Jammu and Kashmir as massive forces have been deployed, it is too soon to dismiss any trouble. The genie is out of the bottle and it is not known whether it will turn uncontrollable. There are some who fear it might turn out to be another Palestine. Secondly, the state has been degraded but has the government thought of an economic plan for the development of these two UTs? As Amit Shah had noted in his speech in Parliament while presenting the bills, crores of rupees have been sent to the state for development but it never reached the people. The economic plan is a must for the future and the government is yet to disclose it. Thirdly, Pakistan too must have been taken by surprise by this coup. Enthused by the good reception Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan received in the US recently with promises of more aid to bail out its economy, the Pakistani establishment is upbeat. Encouraged by all these, it cannot be ruled out that Pakistan might instigate some violence in Kashmir. Also, Valley is vulnerable to Taliban and other terror organisations like Al Qaeda and ISIS. There is also the danger of more homegrown terrorism and the emergence of more Burhan Wanis. Pakistan might also take it to the United Nations as Kashmir can no longer be on the agenda and also seek US intervention. Above all, most Kashmiris in the valley feel betrayed. The state government and the Centre must do everything to assuage their feeling of alienation and fill up the trust deficit. Bringing normalcy in the valley should be the top priority. Overall, while doubts may linger about the response from the Valley, Modi has earned huge political capital by this measure. If the Apex court gives a green signal by November, BJP is ready to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya too. There are many who believe that if elections were held tomorrow, Modi might even beat Rajiv Gandhi’s record of getting 405 seats in 1984. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Corporate kaleidoscope

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind presented the Swachh Bharat Award to POWERGRID under PSU Corporate Category for significant CSR contribution under the initiative of Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) and Swachh Bharat Kosh (SKP) at an event organized by Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti at Vigyan Bhawan. The award was received by K Sreekant, CMD POWERGRIDPower Finance Corporation Limited has been awarded with the ‘Swachh Bharat Award 2019’ for its significant CSR contribution under the initiative of Swachh Bharat Kosh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Jal Shakti Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation handed over the award to P K Singh, Director (Commercial) in a function held at Vigyan Bhawan Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFour AAI airports viz. Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh and Indore won nine ACI ASQ Awards (in total) for the year 2018 in different categories. I N Murthy, Member (Operations), AAI along with his team consisting of G Chandramouli, RED (Western Region); S P Yadav, RED (Eastern Region); Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, SVPI Ahmedabad Airport; S C Hota, Airport Director, BPI Airport, Bhubaneswar; Suneel Dutt, Airport Director, Chandigarh International Airport and Aryama Sanyal, DABH, Indore Airport received the ACI-ASQ Awards at ACI’s Global Summit & Awards held recently in Bali, Indonesia Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNLC India Ltd, as part of Swachch Bharat Mission initiated activities to create awareness amongst public about the importance of cleanliness by organising various events like “Seashore cleaning, park cleaning, Street Play, and mass rally in Silver Beach, Cuddalore” recently. Bhoomipooja works at all water bodies was performed in the presence of farmers and general public of respective villagesNSIC signed MoU with Government of Sikkim on September 6, 2019 for the promotion and development of MSME sector in the state of sikkim through NSIC package of services for the growth of MSME sector. The MoU was signed by P Udayakumar, Director(P&M), NSIC; Dr Thomas Chandy ,Additional Chief Secretary ,Government of SikkimBirendra Kumar, Attache, EOI, seen lighting lamp. Abdul Azim, Member COA – EPCH & Raj Anand, India Representative of Maison&Objet are seen with him. The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is participating in “Maison&Objet 2019” being held from Sept 6-10, 2019 and has set up a stall in Hall no 5A (Unique & Eclectic Sector) at the venue Paris Nord Villepinte, Francelast_img read more

Mikmaq report denounces Mother Canada statue

first_imgAPTN National NewsA report by a Mi’kmaq scholar denounces the controversial Mother Canada statue.The statue is part of a war memorial proposed for a National Park in Cape Breton, N.S.Critics say the statue will pave over a pristine part of the Cape Breton Highlands.The Mi’kmaq say it will also pave over Aboriginal rights and title.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

Exit polls show tight Sicily race for centreright 5Star

first_imgMILAN – The last important vote before Italy’s national election took place Sunday in Sicily, where 4.6 million citizens were eligible to cast ballots for a new regional governor.Exit polls released after polling stations closed indicated a tight race between centre-right candidate Nello Musumeci and the populist 5-Star Movement’s Giancarlo Cancelleri. Both parties hope a victory in Sicily will give them momentum heading into the national race early next year.Ballots were not set to be counted until Monday morning.A victory by Musumeci would restore the island’s traditional political order after four years of a centre-left administration. On the other hand, a victory by the 5-Star movement would hand the populist party control of its first region, a complicated one with lagging economic growth, high youth unemployment and an embedded Mafia culture.The Sicily vote has turned into a proxy of sorts for national politics. All the major national party leaders, including former Premier Silvio Berlusconi for the centre-right, 5-Star Movement founder Beppe Grillo and Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi, converged on the island in recent weeks to stump for their candidates.Musumeci, a former Catania provincial president, has been backed by Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, the anti-EU Northern League and the right-wing Fratelli d’Italia, as the centre-right seeks to regain control over the island it governed for most of the last two decades.It remains unclear, however, to what extent a centre-right victory in Sicily would consolidate the alliance on a national level, where Berlusconi and Northern League leader Matteo Salvini are locked in a battle for dominance.“Although the centre-right is running united, the party leaders haven’t campaigned together and the key question of the leadership of the alliance remain unresolved,” said political analyst Wolfango Piccoli of Teneo Intelligence consultancy.The 5-Star Movement has made clear it won’t enter a coalition with any other party, weakening its chances of running a majority government even if it is the largest vote-getter.“That would make things even more complicated,” said Giovanni Orsina of Rome’s LUISS University, noting that 5-Star mayors in both Rome and Turin were facing political difficulties. “Imagine adding to that another complicated situation. I think they would be very happy not to win — to get a very good result, but to lose.”Renzi, who stepped down as Italy’s premier after a constitutional referendum he staked his political future on failed last December, has been the least visible on the Sicily campaign circuit. Analysts say the risk is that the Democratic Party candidate falls behind that of the far-left.The Democratic Party is becoming increasingly splintered and Renzi has been broadly criticized for such political missteps as his recent opposition to the confirmation of the Bank of Italy governor.“The left is a nightmare,” Orsina said. “Renzi is starting to become a tragic figure, showing how to lose everything in just a few months, from being the centre of the electoral system to becoming an electoral liability.”last_img read more