Irish Blog — L.V. Rogers Bombers continue Ireland tour

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers are currently traveling the roads of Ireland on Rugby tour.The team, which has been raising money to help offset the costs, left last week from Nelson and opened the tour with a 27-5 win over the Balgriggan Rugby Club.LVR Vice Principal Frank Marisco, who is with the team on the tour along with coach Michael Joyce, has graciously accepted the challenge of blogging the tour for The Nelson Daily. Here’s Frank’s latest entry.Wednesday, March 16A little bit of a sleep this morning and then on the bus to the ferry port at Rosevaal. It’s about one hour from Galway along the coast. The landscape is quite interesting and Michael our driver provides running commentary all the way. He’s a real life encyclopedia- complete with full truths, half truths, and pure fiction. The skies are clear but the winds are gusting when we leave port and head to the Aran Islands. There are about 800 permanent residents living here and the language spoken is Gaelic. After a 40-minute ferry ride we disembark and head to the American Bar for- guess what – soup and sandwiches. It is about 11a.m. and there are already a couple of the locals sitting at the bar sipping their pint of Guinness. We all rent bicycles and head out to explore the island. Blustery winds, rock wall upon rock wall and the odd  cow, sheep, or horse grazing  in a paddock with lots of history on the island dating back more than 1000 years.  The kids have a great time exploring and taking in the unique geography and fascinating past of the island — there are a few daredevil photos snapped at the ancient cliff fortress by rugby players with more intestinal fortitude than myself. Back to the American Bar for burgers and chips and then it is back on the ferry for our return trip to Galway. A big dinner at the GBC restaurant and then it is a couple of free hours to discover the town – then lights out and another day is in the bag. St. Paddy’s  day tomorrow with the second biggest celebratuion in Ireland. The boys are excited.Tuesday, March 15Another great breakfast at the greasy spoon and then it is on the bus for a four-hour drive to Galway. The scenery is quaint with lots of small farms and rolling hills. Most of the kids take the opportunity to have a nap and catch up on some needed sleep. Arrive in Galway and the sun is shining. Check into the Sleepzone Hostel and then it is Soup and sandwiches at the Galway Bakery Company. Always good to see the boys well fed. After a couple of hours of wandering around town it is time to get down to business. We take the bus to the Newcastle training grounds for a session with Nigel Carolan. Nigel is the Youth Development coach for Connaght Province and is EXCELLENT! He runs the boys hard for two hours and then we return to the hostel for a shower and then it is off to supper – turkey, ham, mash, veges, the whole nine yards. A couple of hours to check out the town and then it is back to the hostel and time for bed.last_img read more

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Overcrowding fears at Letterkenny halting site

first_imgDONEGAL COUNTY Council has been granted Circuit Court orders to remove unauthorised occupants from a Letterkenny halting some.Concerns were raised by the Chief Fire Officer about overcrowding, which prompted the action. Donegal County Council brought the matter to Letterkenny Circuit Court against Francis Crumlish, Dana Crumlish and Tom McDonagh, all of Canal Road Group Housing Scheme, Neil T Blaney Road, Letterkenny.The halting site has seven halts and eight houses, all of which have approved tenants.Gareth McGrory, BL, for Donegal County Council., said the site was ‘under strain with over occupancy’.“What has happened is a developing problem,” Mr McGrory said.“Unauthorised tenants turn up, park their caravans and occupy it. Significant fire safety concerns have been expressed.”Ms Dana Crumlish, speaking in court, said she resided at the address for eight years. Gardaí, she said, had seized her caravan and she had been placed in a house in Letterkenny. “I got my van back from the guards and released to the site,” Ms Crumlish who has two sons, aged 17 and 15, said.In October, Judge Eoin Garavan granted an order preventing the defendants from occupying the lands, but put a stay on the order to allow residents engage with DCC in an attempt to find emergency accommodation.Judge John Aylmer said he was not going to look behind the order made by Judge Garavan.“He has taken the view that an order should be granted in favour of the Council,” Judge Aylmer said.“He put a stay to allow them to engage with the Council for alternative accommodation. This is not a court of appeal. If you want to appeal, your will have to go to the High Court.”The defendants outlined a willingness to engage with the Council.Ms Crumlish said she did not want to leave the site. She claimed to have been offered accommodation for only one night and for one child, which was not suitable to her.Mr McGrory said he believed the defendants did not reside there on a permanent basis.“They come and go,” he told the Court.Judge Aylmer said Ms Crumlish would have to ‘haunt the place’ (the Council offices) looking for alternative accommodation.Overcrowding fears at Letterkenny halting site was last modified: November 25th, 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:Donegal County CouncilHalting SiteJudge John AylmerletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

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QPR v Hull player ratings

first_imgSee also:Austin misses penalty as Rangers are beatenQPR boss hails Ferdinand despite errorQPR seeking talks with striker RemySignings close as QPR edge towards Fer dealQPR winger Phillips given a run-outFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Odisha Braille press fails students

first_imgDue to lack of manpower, the only Braille press of Odisha situated in Berhampur has not been able to print textbooks for class VIII students since 2016. As a result, visually impaired students in different schools have suffered. Principal of the ‘Red Cross School for the Blind’ in Berhampur, Nabin Chandra Satpathy said their students had to toil more because Braille books were not available.Textbooks for class VIII had been changed from 2016-17. “We could manage to get the English textbooks typed in Braille by a social organisation in Bhubaneswar. But for other textbooks that are in Odia, students were asked to write them down in Braille. Teachers had to put in extra effort to make students understand the changes in course,” said Mr. Satpathy.The situation is the same in more than 60 such schools in Odisha.last_img read more

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10 months ago​Nasri set to earn West Ham deal after Wilshere injury

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Nasri set to earn West Ham deal after Wilshere injuryby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSamir Nasri is getting closer to earning a contract at West Ham United.With news that Jack Wilshere will be out for a while with another injury, the Hammers are speeding up plans to offer Nasri a deal.The veteran has come through a drugs ban and is available on a free transfer.The Evening Standard suggests that boss Manuel Pellegrini wants Nasri to add some creativity to his midfield.The Frenchman has previous Premier League experience with Arsenal and Manchester City. last_img

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10 months agoSouthampton striker Gabbiadini fields first foreign offer

first_imgSouthampton striker Gabbiadini fields first foreign offerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini is preparing to leave England this week.Sky Sports says Real Betis, AC Milan and Fiorentina are all in contact with Gabbiadini.And Gabbiadini is the subject of ‘concrete offers’ from ‘at least one’ of the trio.The striker is now ‘weighing up his options’, given his lack of game time under new Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Video: Jalen “Teez” Tabor Buys Local Homeless Man New Shoes

first_imghomeless man new with new sneakers.Periscope/_31FlavorzJalen Tabor, Florida’s All-SEC cornerback, is having a very interesting week. On Wednesday, the Gator defensive back was suspended for a practice fight with tight end C’yontai Lewis which reportedly involved swinging helmets. On Friday, he fulfilled a very cool promise to a local homeless man.Friday morning, Tabor tweeted that he saw the man, who had no shoes, and said he was going to buy him a pair.Seen a homeless man with no shoes on today , going to go buy him some shoes— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 19, 2016Trying to make his day a little better— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 19, 2016Gotta give back to those who are less fortunate than you— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 20, 2016An hour later, he streamed the interaction on Periscope. He gave the man a pair of sharp blue sneakers, and $22 for food.LIVE on #Periscope https://t.co/eKdtYQ3qYz— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 20, 2016Sometimes in life you do nothing wrong but God wants to see how you handle adversity— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 20, 2016Jalen Tabor is one of Florida’s best players, and definitely among the Gators most interesting personalities. This offseason, he’s made numerous headlines for his very outward trolling of SEC East favorite Tennessee, which has not won a game against Florida since 2004. The Vols are an interesting target for Tabor, however, as he was one of two UF players suspended for their game last season.After the reported fight with Lewis, Tabor will also miss this season’s opener against UMass at home. The Minutemen shouldn’t really stand a chance at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, but a practice fight is a pretty common occurrence in football, and one that rarely warrants a full game suspension, so one can imagine how bad it must have been.Last season, Tabor started nine of Florida’s 13 games, racking up 40 tackles, four interceptions, and scored two touchdowns off of the picks.last_img read more

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Rookie party leader chided for wearing jeans in Manitoba question period

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba politician changed his pants after being chided for wearing jeans in the legislature chamber.Dougald Lamont, the Liberal leader who was first elected in July, found himself in the spotlight when NDP house leader Nahanni Fontaine stood up at the end of question period and complained that Lamont was wearing jeans.Fontaine said the informal trouser attire violated the dress code in the chamber, and she asked legislature Speaker Myrna Driedger to correct Lamont.Driedger said the dress code only specifies “contemporary business attire” and does not specifically forbid jeans.But she said it has been a long-standing practice by previous legislature speakers to not allow them.After question period, Lamont went to his office for a meeting and later came back to talk to reporters with new pants on.“This is not even worth talking about,” Lamont said Thursday, before being prompted for more comment.“I’ve been wearing (jeans) for a while … and I thought it might be considered contemporary business attire.”last_img read more

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Ashley Greene And Chris Daughtry Take Part In Super Sweet Toy Drive

first_imgAshley Greene, Chris Daughtry, Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Tom Sandoval, Stephen Kramer Glickman and Drake Bell rolled up their sleeves up to design cupcakes for children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Super Sweet Toy Drive at Duff’s Cake Mix on Tuesday, March 17th at 6pm.Rachel-Ann Mullins, Stephen Kramer Glickman, Ashley Greene and Chris DaughtryCredit/Copyright: Lisa RhymerGuests donated over two vans full of toys for the children and teens at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Ashley Greene posed for photos with fellow celeb pal and event organizer, Stephen Kramer Glickman. The Twilight star brought a huge teddy bear (perfect for upcoming Easter holiday) and Superman and Despicable Me gift boxes for the Toy Drive. Ashley designed adorable cupcakes that she took photos of later and gave away to one of the fans on the street as she was leaving. Chris Daughtry donated a guitar for the silent auction – which raised a generous donation for the Children’s Hospital.Chris Daughtry with a Batman cake that he decoratedCredit/Copyright: Lisa RhymerAubrey Anderson-Emmons and Nolan Gould posed for photos in the Duff’s Cake mix photo booth while Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix stopped by to decorate a few cupcakes before getting distracted by the original Batman vintage car parked outside of Cake Mix.Ashley Greene getting into decoratingCredit/Copyright: Lisa RhymerAwesome gifts for the silent auction were also generously donated by Hasbro, Gentle Giant Toys, Crosley Records, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, Gibson Guitars and many more. All benefitting CHLA, and hoping to make a difference in these children’s lives.last_img read more

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Fear of jejune enthusiasm

first_imgAs India awaits the verdict on the new national government, exactly after 10 days from now, diplomatic circles are worried about a repeat of the same or worse scenario in the corridors of international relations should Narendra Modi return to power. After a microanalysis of the performance of Modi government’s five years in the areas of international affairs, most of the foreign relations experts feel that his comeback as the prime minister would be a huge setback in transforming India into a strong, booming, and associative country. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyDuring the Modi regime, social bickering, and general hostility affected India’s ability to run a successful foreign policy in the neighbourhood. Our shrinking influence in the India Ocean region and in South Asia is a direct outcome of Modi’s lack of foreign policy homework. Modi government’s random and immature dealings with our neighbours have resulted in a serious dislocation in our relationships in our immediate ambit. Be it Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal or Bhutan, we only have alienated friends. Also Read – The future is here!Modi has always been in election mode after becoming prime minister in 2014. For the first two years, he was in the playfulness of a massive election victory. For the next two years, he made himself overburdened with the pleasure of being the sole saviour of his Bhartiya Janata Party in state elections. Finally, his whole focus is on somehow winning the 2019 general elections. Therefore, for a full five years, Modi has been running a mad race for self-gratification. He spared no opportunity to hug fellow world leaders without having any strategic perception. He believed in the self-assumed power of his personal charisma in dealing with foreign policy matters. But his jejune enthusiasm for developing personal chemistry miserably failed, especially with China and with our other immediate neighbours. Modi is not one of those to accept their mistake. He belongs to a breed which does not learn from the mistakes. Foreign policy wizards are of the opinion that unless an alternative diplomatic strategy is adopted, India will not be able to maintain its international position in times to come. It requires a change in the leadership of the government because Modi will again prove to be Modi and it would make any different policy articulation impossible if he is at the helm of affairs for next five years also. Modi will never realise that hugging a world leader does not lead to any pledge in international diplomacy. He will always refuse to accept that personal charisma cannot be a foreign policy tool in dealing with world powers. He is not able to understand the importance of intensive homework when it comes to performing on the global stage. What he has said in a boastful manner in his various TV interviews during electioneering, anyone can predict that Modi will not accept the fact that his hug diplomacy has totally failed and different approaches are crucial in regaining the trust of our neighbours, including Pakistan and China. Only a prime minister with a changed mindset will be able to take India into a new foreign policy direction. Serving tea with own hands, taking to a dinner out in a small isolated restaurant, changing the costumes three times a day and putting forward uninvited one-sided hugs are not something that can be defined as using soft power. In a world undergoing multi-power disorder, you need a more specific, sincere and well thought out approach. But Modi’s perpetual denial mode is the principal hurdle in presenting India as a country with liberal, stabilised and comprehensive ideas in the world rung. I know several foreign policy scholars who were staunch supporters of Modi till five-six years back and expected that his hyperbole of diplomatic reforms would be translated into action once elected. All of them are now lamenting to the wall. They describe the Modi government as a government in which ‘only Modi counts’ and a government that is ‘bowing to the powerful and bullying the weak’. These scholars see Modi as compulsorily deferential to the US and China. The net result of this has been the neglect of old friends like Russia and Iran. According to one of the prominent diplomacy scholars, ‘there is no coherent vision driving the frenzied visiting and eventing that we have witnessed for some time’. In fact, the situation around us and the world over has changed drastically over the past few years with the coming to power of new authoritarians, or “alpha-males” in China, the US, Russia, Japan, Turkey and India. It needs major corrections. India is in a situation where it cannot rely on any other world power to promote its prosperity. Why any other established power would like to see a potential competitor rising? Therefore, our way forward lies in true strategic autonomy. The US nowadays is pulling back and unwilling to underwrite an international order. China is moving in a blankness in an ever-expanding manner. India’s real strategic focus should be on China. The multi-faceted provocations from China require an Indian response across the entire rainbow of power — from economics to politics to military to ideas. Pakistan is a key distraction but unity of the subcontinent requires neutralisation of Pakistan too. Can we hand over the responsibility of facing these challenges to Modi again? Can Modi alter the path of India’s foreign policy? Is his diplomacy track record convincing for India’s bright and sustainable global future? Will he be able to dilute his obstinacy so that India can march in the right direction of foreign affairs? There is a serious wave of apprehensions in the Central Hall of Indian diplomacy. Unless our next government ensures that it will listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten; foreign policy course is bound to be directionless. India has to enhance its economic and border safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. Foreign policy is effectively the assertion of many individual countries intersecting on the global marketplace. It is not something that you can decide on your whims and fancies. You have to figure out how to get your interest served in a way that meets the interests and needs of these other countries you deal with. In international relations, a great deal has to do with historical circumstances and sense and perception of people. Foreign policy summits are no Lady Gaga events. Formal or informal, they always have outcomes in formal shape. When we thump our chests for any surgical or crude strike, we must realise that when diplomacy ends war begins. The next Prime Minister of India has to be vigilant of the fact that the purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for his own sentiments of hope or indignation; it is to shape real events in a real world by safeguarding our national interests at the same time. Modi, therefore, does not qualify for the top job again. (The author is Editor & CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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