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first_imgThe final of the Quick Draw 350 is the feature race at tonight’s greyhound racing in Lifford.There are 12 races on the card and the runners are (first race 8.00pm):Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Corner Plane; 2, Glencroft Belle; 3, Roe Lark; 4, Ardnasool Kagawa; 5, Ballard Charlie; 6, Group Hi Power. Race 2 (350 yards): 1, Ballougry Bound; 2, My Last Chance; 3, Freddys Trooper; 4, Mullrook Kofi; 5, Tommys Loch; 6, Bold Cola.Race 3 (350 yards): 1, Gabbys Tango; 2, Original Song; 3, Coolcholly Kate; 4, Monacetta; 5, Head Up; 6, Mizen Magic.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Tegans Luck; 2,  Dreenan Saorla; 3, Tommy Lees Buddy; 4, Blue Rhymer; 5, Youonlyliveonce; 6, Hades Decent.Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Fernisky Quinn; 2, Nannyvonne; 3, Tarmac Patch; 4, Dundian Big Ted; 5, Do It Boy; 6, Maid of More. Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Spinning Ridge; 2, Westwood Lee; 3, Imperial Falcon; 4, Lisnastrane Dude; 5, Drumcrow Oscar; 6, Ballard Blue Ivy.Race 7 (525 yards): 1, Imperial Swan; 2, Drumsna Royal; 3, Harebell; 4, Hather If; 5, Fridays Warsaw; 6, Ballybun Glen.Race 8 (525 yards): 1, Turbine Tulip; 2, Fridays Maybe; 3, Tahina Keavey; 4, Leosal; 5, Titanic Bound; 6, Shes a Timebomb.Race 9 Quick Draw Final (350 yards): 1, Drumsna Lilly; 2, Saberry; 3, Backdoor Bucko; 4, Alien Eyes; 5, So So; 6, Golden Pearl.Race 10 (525 yards): 1, Tullna Island; 2, Spinning River; 3, Drumsna Pixie; 4, Doctor Bill; 5, Tahina Sonya; 6, Matts Madison. Race 11 (575 yards): 1, Spotty Totty; 2, Lillie Mais Boy; 3, Hather Ma Man; 4, Hanoras Dream; 5, Dirt Bird; 6, Follom Eva.Race 12 (525 yards): 1, Ballinclare May; 2, Mullrook Lornie; 3, Whoop Whoop; 4, Seagrave Bolt; 5, Rocky High; 6, Drumcrow Robert.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: July 2nd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

‘Máire’ commemoration in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair this Saturday

first_imgSéamus Ó Grianna (‘Máire’) from Rann na Feirste died exactly 50 years ago in November 1969. He was a prolific creative writer and journalist who wrote more than 30 novels and short stories the most notable being ‘Caisleáin Óir’ and ‘Cith is Dealán’.He also wrote a number of books based on his youth and the history of the area – ‘Rann na Feirste’, ‘Nuair a bhí mé óg’, and ‘Saol Corrach’. He spent most of his life in Dublin working in the Civil Service. He spent 18 years working on the two major Irish Dictionaries – De Bhaldraithe and Ó Domhnaill.On Saturday night, 30 November at 8pm, two plays about Séamus Ó Grianna will be performed.Aisteoirí Rann na Feirste will present ‘Grasta ó Dhia ar Mhicí’, an adaptation by Niall Mac Eamharcaigh of one of his most famous short stories.The cast is Aodh Óg Ó Duibheanaigh, Pól Ó Searcaigh, Niall Mac Eamharcaigh, Mairéad Mhic Grianna agus Suzanne Uí Ghallchóir. The other play ‘Maire’ is a dramatic portrayal of his life and works written by Noel Ó Gallchóir. The cast is Noel Ó Gallchóir, Lucaí Nic Gaotháin, Seán Pól Ó Gaoitháin, Máire Ioannidis, Colm Mac Giolla Easpuig, Suzanne Uí Gallchóir and Manus Ó Duibhir.There will also be a number of Séamus Ó Grianna songs performed on the night. Both plays were very well received in Rann na Feirste during the comóradh there in October.Beidh oíche i gcuimhne ar Shéamus Ó Grianna (‘Máire’) in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair ar an Satharn 30ú Samhain ar 8 i.n. Léireofar an dá dhráma ar éirigh chomh maith sin leo ag Comóradh Mháire i Rann na Feirste i mí Dheireadh Fómhair. Léireoidh Aisteoirí Rann na Feirste ‘Grásta ó Dhia ar Mhicí’ bunaithe ar ghearrscéal Mháire, curtha in oiriúint don ardán agus a léiriú ag Niall Mac Eamharcaigh. Sa dráma, tá Niall é féin, Aodh Óg Ó Duibheannaigh, Pól Ó Searcaigh, Suzanne Uí Ghallchóir agus Mairéad Mhic Grianna. Léireofar chomh maith an léiriú ar Shaol agus ar Shaothar ‘Máire’ a chuir Noel Ó Gallchóir le chéile. Pairteach ann tá Lucaí Nic Gaoithín, Seán Pól Ó Gaoithín, Colm Mac Giolla Easpaig, Maire Ioannidis, Suzanne Uí Ghallchóir, Manus Ó Duibhir agus Noel Ó Gallchóir. Ba Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríghde a léirigh é. Beidh amhráin de chuid Shéamuis Uí Ghrianna a gceol ar an oíche fosta.‘Máire’ commemoration in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair this Saturday was last modified: November 27th, 2019 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)last_img read more

The other South Africa: small people, big ambition

first_imgJustice MalalaIt was not what we were looking for.My friend Joseph and I were looking for a car wash. These businesses have sprung up with a vengeance in South Africa’s villages and townships. Most only operate on weekends and are started by young schoolboys to make some pocket money for themselves.They are cheap, efficient and, most importantly it seems, communal. While your car is being washed and polished (for a mere R20 plus tip), you sit around on chairs provided by these young entrepreneurs, chat to friends and have a beer.The car wash establishments in Temba township, just north of Pretoria, were chock-a-block last weekend. So Joseph and I found ourselves driving north out of the township, past several villages and still not finding any joy.It was late afternoon when we came across the oddly-named village of Dertig (“thirty” in Afrikaans) and finally spotted it. A ramshackle corrugated iron roof held up by four wooden pillars, with a sign scrawled in white paint, this was the car wash establishment we were looking for. It was empty and I drove my car in.It was when we got out the car that we saw it. It was a football match.The sun was going down in the west and it cast long shadows of the sweating boys as they ran around the football field. We got our beer out of the car, went to the side of the field and joined the hundreds of spectators hollering and egging their teams on. One of the car wash attendants ran over with two camping chairs.“We like our customers to relax,” he said with a smile.And so the sun went down over the small village of Dertig, with a football game in front of me and a beer in my hand, with a horde of people screaming their lungs out for their teams, and there was something there. I was not sure what it was.Perhaps it was the ambition of the young players, all teenagers, who told me afterwards that they hoped to be spotted by some big-name teams and one day become national stars. Perhaps it was the young car wash boys, all schoolboys making a little pocket money for the week ahead, who seemed obsessed with making me happy by working like demons to bring my car to a high state of shininess (something I am not obsessed with).But sitting there, surrounded by all these amazing, ambitious people, and feeling totally happy and relaxed, reminded me of how easy it is to forget some of the real joys of this country: the ambitious and incredibly positive people, the beautiful sunsets, the clear night skies and the fat stars of my childhood.As someone who writes columns that largely concentrate on the politics of the country, and someone who criticises many of our government’s positions, it is sometimes easy to forget the real, “small” people who make this country work.In essence, I am saying the country of crime and HIV and other challenges we face and criticise our government for is not the only country. There is another South Africa, a questing, ambitious, hungry South Africa. It is a South Africa away from the news headlines, a South Africa hidden from the foreigner. This is a place of dreams and ambitions.I saw it again this week when I spent some time in Mamelodi township, just 15 minutes north of the Pretoria city centre, where the HM Pitje Stadium is undergoing massive refurbishment.There, too, I found all these young people who seemed not to be held back by the problems our country faces. They were rushing off to put in tender bids or position themselves for some or other opportunity.It is not that these young people are not aware of the problems that bedevil the country. These are the same people who have friends who have died of Aids or are living with HIV. These are the same people who see friends with great potential being sucked in by crime.These disappointments and hardships make them even more determined to build a better future for themselves.Their determination and optimism is what I saw this past weekend. Theirs is an aspect of life that we all – South Africans and foreigners – sometimes ignore as we agonise over the supposedly “big questions”.I hope we can confront the real big questions: how the poorest of the poor are toiling daily to lift themselves up and out of poverty, how the government and the rest of civil society can augment their efforts, and how we can all do our bit to make this a better country.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.last_img read more

Queen’s Baton Relay visits South Africa

first_img11 February 2014 The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in Johannesburg on Monday on the last leg of its African tour. It will spend five days in South Africa. Similar to the Olympic torch relay, the Queen’s Baton Relay travels around the world prior to the Commonwealth Games. This time round it will visit 70 nations over 288 days, covering about 190 000 kilometres on its way to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Message from the Queen The relay left Buckingham Palace in London on 9 October, after Queen Elizabeth had placed a message to the Commonwealth in the heart of the baton. The message forms the visual core of the baton design and is illuminated from within by LED lights, but is unreadable until the opening ceremony in Glasgow on 23 July. Within the baton is a granite “gemstone”, native to Scotland, which is gifted to each Commonwealth nation and territory. It can only be released by opening a clever puzzle mechanism. On Monday, the baton was taken around Johannesburg accompanied by South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, who was also acting in his capacity as the Commonwealth Games Federation’s vice-president.‘Enormous symbolism’ British High Commissioner Judith McGregor was also on hand after joining the relay for the Swaziland and Lesotho legs. “The baton passed through places of tremendous historical importance and it has enormous symbolism, especially for the younger people,” McGregor said. “I’m delighted and proud to be with you here on behalf of the British government.” At the Soweto Aquatics Centre, Sam and McGregor addressed school children from Orlando West High School. “Look at this baton very carefully,” Sam said. “When you watch this baton and its message being read out by the Queen on 23 July, you can say that you saw this baton when it came to South Africa.” Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy said in a statement: “We welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to South Africa and it is a reminder of the importance of participating in the Commonwealth Games. As Sascoc, we celebrate our achievements in our 20-year democracy and we hope this inspires the youth to be great achievers.” The 2014 Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow Scotland from 23 July to 3 August. SAinfo reporter and South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committelast_img read more

Conversations on Nation Brand alignment to be held

first_imgBrand South Africa in collaboration with the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, will host various stakeholders at the Gauteng Investment Centre on Thursday 08 June 2017 as part of its workshop to build South Africa’s competitiveness and a cohesive image of the South African Nation Brand. Just how is a nation brand marketed? This is one of the many questions Brand South Africa and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development will try to answer at the nation brand workshop. (Image: Walter Knirr, Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Tuesday 06 June 2017 – The workshop conversations aim to enable stakeholders to assess their role in contributing towards building the Nation Brand and how existing efforts to build a cohesive Nation Brand can be further strengthened.Brand South Africa continuously works with stakeholders around the country on an ongoing basis to bring these conversations, as it is imperative that all stakeholders understand how they can work together to position South Africa as a competitive investment, tourism and business destination.Ms Toni Gumede, Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Government asserts that; “the Nation Brand alignment workshops are a critical part of achieving coordinated and coherent manner of presenting the country. This year we aim to further drive these conversations to all stakeholders, making it inclusive and diverse with the core message, to build a strong Nation Branding.”Topics for this Gauteng session will include “the importance of building a sustainable brand” presented by Mr Bob Mabena and a case study on Nation Brand alignment presented by the Gauteng office of the Premier.Participants will also engage in the Nation Brand Masterclass and site tour of the Gauteng Investment Centre.Media is invited to participate in the workshop as follows:Date : Thursday 08 June 2017Time : 08h00 -16h00Venue : Gauteng Investment Centre, The Place,1 Sandton Dr, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196RSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail [email protected] number 081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

Holiday Outlook for eReaders and eBooks: Even Better Than Previously Thought

first_imgThere can be little doubt that eBook and eReaders are having a breakout year. Today, Forrester Research moved its original projection of 2 million US eReader sales in 2009 up 50%. Forrester now expects that 3 million eReaders will be sold in 2009 and that 30% of these will sell during the holiday season. Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps argues that sales are growing much faster than expected because of falling prices, better retail distribution, and the media buzz that currently surrounds eBooks and eReaders. For 2010, Forrester projects eReader sales of up to 10 million.Now that the competition among eReader manufacturers is heating up, a larger number of US retailers, including Best Buy, Costco, Target and Walmart have started to devote shelf space to eReaders. According to the Association of American Publishers, eBook sales since June have gone up 149% for the year and the industry now generates $14 million in sales every month.Reasons why Forrester is revising its forecast:Prices came downMore content available and accessibleRetail distribution improvedMedia buzzOne of the main reasons why Forrester is correcting its forecast is the fact that prices have come down (and this report was actually written before the Amazon announcement). In addition, Forrester also sees increased consumer awareness thanks to the current media buzz around eReaders. While the Kindle was mentioned 8,680 times in news stories in 2008, it has been mentioned over 15,700 times in 2009 already (including the month of September). In addition, the fact that more content is now available and that manufacturers like iRex and Sony are backing the open ePub standard is also opening up the market to buyers who previously weren’t interested in Amazon’s closed Kindle ecosystem.Outlook for 2010: Even BetterFor next year, Forrester expects that Barnes & Noble will become serious competition for Amazon. With the iRex Digital Reader 800 and the forthcoming Plastic Logic reader, B&N will be able to offer its customers a lineup of eReaders that can easily challenge Amazon’s Kindle – though not in the international market that Amazon just entered yesterday. Forrester also expects that Apple’s mythical tablet could become a major force in the eReader market, though for the time being, the Apple tablet is obviously nothing more than a rumor.Clearly the eReader market is growing at a rapid pace. Just yesterday, when Amazon unveiled the reduced prices for its Kindle 2 and the launch of the AT&T-powered “U.S. & International Wireless” version of the Kindle 2, Amazon’s CEO and founder Jeff Bezoz pointed out in an interview with the New York Times that whenever Amazon offers both a Kindle and paper version of a book, 48% of total sales now come from the digital Kindle edition. In May, this number was 35%. While Amazon doesn’t release sales numbers for the Kindle, these numbers are only possible if Amazon has sold a lot more Kindles than most analysts previously thought. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img frederic lardinois Tags:#E-Books#news#NYT#Trends#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

U.S. Army Nutrition Initiatives session and the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE)

first_imgby Robin AllenI had the pleasure of attending FNCE 2017 in Chicago, Illinois Oct 21-24, 2017 celebrating its 100th anniversary.  Since I have not attended in 10 years this was quite an experience!  The FNCE app was incredible, networking, learning, and exhibits with new product and obviously sampling were all highlights.As the Social Media Specialist for the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and concentration area I was looking to network with active duty military Dietitians.  I hit the jackpot when I attended “ENHANCING THE U.S. ARMY PERFORMANCE THROUGH KEY NUTRITION INITIATIVES”.The presenters were:COL Joanna Reagan, MS, MHA, MSS, RDN COL Chad Koenig, MS, RDN, CSSD, CSCS, EP-C MAJ (P) Bethany Deschamps, Ph.D., RD, LD, CSCS MAJ Tamara Osgood, MS, RD, LDBelow are the highlights:1 in 20 Active Duty Soldiers fails the Army Physical Fitness test annually.Performance Triad (P3) https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/campaigns/perftriad/Pages/default.aspx : A public health initiative designed to improve Soldier’s readiness and resilience by improving sleep, activity, and nutrition (SAN).Get quality sleepEngage in ActivityImprove nutrition17% of active duty Soldiers are clinically obese.Failure to meet the weight standards is the #1 cause for separation from the U.S Army.Eat Well, Perform Well Go for Green (G4G) https://www.hprc-online.org/page/Go-for-Green, which I have discussed before is improving Commissary, Exchange, Dining Facilities healthy options.  This includes the fast food chains which operate on Military bases.  Also improving food placement by putting vegetables and the front of the Dining Hall lines instead of at the end.Healthy Army Communities (HAC)The 4 R’s” Retention, Readiness and Resiliency and Recruitment.In 2010, 27% of recruits did not qualify for the military due to failure to meet the height and weight standards. https://www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/resources/healthy-army-communitiesThe national obesity problem is affecting the Army’s ability to get new recruits.Commissaries are now offering shopping tours, cooking classes, healthy grab and go options and Meal replacement options.Military Nutrition Environment Assessment Tool (m-NEAT) https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/healthyliving/n/Pages/HealthyEatingEnvironment.aspxAn assessment tool used to evaluate the installations’ environment and policies related to promoting a healthy lifestyle.Designed to assess health promotion specialists, Dietitians, food services and Commanding officers in developing action plans.Many of these initiatives are being implemented force-wide.  I have just touched on some of the highlights of this presentation.  For more information please visit the websites that were listed.  Look for a future webinar from the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration area for a more in-depth look and these programs and evaluation of results.What programs are you using to enhance military readiness?This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Oklahoma State fans not sold on Clint Chelf

first_imgDid you guys watch Bedlam last year, or no?QB fan vote results1. JW Walsh 72%2. Other 12%3. Wes Lunt 9%4. Clint Chelf 7%— O’Colly Sports (@ocollysports) August 31, 2013You voted for a guy who doesn’t even go to school at OSU anymore!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Jamaica Winter Olympics Coverage

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 13, 2018 – Kingston – In another move to bring customers closer to the things they love most, Digicel has partnered with SportsMax, the Official Broadcast Partners of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, to provide exciting sports coverage to over 13 million customers.  With 13 channels providing live and delayed content, customers will get the best in sports coverage on their TVs and on-the-go with the PlayGo app.Transforming the way the region experiences the winter games, SportsMax will be broadcasting in full HD and providing multiple viewership options across 25 countries through traditional cable TV, mobile and free-to-air television.  Digicel has the largest fibre to the home cable network and fastest internet speeds in the region, so this coupled with the ease of access to TV for all PlayGo subscribers gives SportsMax phenomenal reach across the Caribbean.“We know our athletes will carry their tropical spirit and sunshine to compete in PyeongChang and even though we don’t have winter here, our athletes are still able to compete on a global stage among the best in the world” said Peter Lloyd, Director of Marketing at Digicel Caribbean Limited.  He added, “We’re very proud of them and what they’ve achieved so far, because just qualifying for the winter games is an impressive feat and we want to support them in the best way we can, and that is by providing our customers with the best viewing experience to cheer our athletes on.”Olly McIntosh, CEO of IMC and SportsMax said, “As the official broadcast partners of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, we’re excited to bring the best coverage of the games to our viewers across the region.  The partnership with Digicel has enabled us to reach everyone, whether they’re at home or on-the-go through the PlayGo app for all Android or Apple users, regardless of network provider.”In addition to the content from the games, SportsMax will produce and air daily shows, features and highlights covering all the activity.  Smartphone users everywhere can download the PlayGo app from the Google Play store or Apple Store and watch the games no matter where they are.  This puts the control in the viewers’ hands, allowing them to determine how and when they want to experience the games.Customers in select Caribbean markets will also get free access to watch the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games on the PlayGo TV app with an active Quick Pick bundle and can enjoy the games wherever they go with one hour free streaming each day, so they can catch the action on-the-go without sacrificing their data.Release: Digicellast_img read more

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