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DONEGAL VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS EASE PAST DOWN TO REACH FINAL

first_imgAn Dún 0-8 Dun na nGall 3-9Donegal were quick off the blocks scoring three quick goals to set the scene for a semi final victory.A goal on two minutes by Cian Mulligan followed by a soft penalty awarded to Donegal’s vice captain Willie Gillespie and converted by Donegal’s top scorer Darragh O Connor. O Connor was on hand again minutes later to put the ball in the Down net for the third time. At the end of the first quarter Donegal were leading 3-1 to 0-1. To their credit the Down management made a couple of changes and for the remainder of the half dominated mid field and were always a threat with full forward giving Rory Quinn giving Shaun Mc Laughlin a torrid time.Indeed minutes before the half Down forward hit the post to miss a score that would have changed the complexion of the game.The second half was again dominated by Down possession but with Jack Scally now martialing the dangerous Quinn the mourne men never seemed likly to get the goals hat would bring them back into the game.The teams traded four points each before a second goal for Mulligan put an end to proceedings for the day. While Donegal were the better team onthe day the scoreline does injusdice to a Down team that eliminated Tyrone in the first round.Donegal will now play the winners of Cavan and Monaghan which is being played in Brewster Park at 11 am today. This will see Donegal defend their Ulster title with the game pencilled for Brewster Park next Thursday evening.Donegal manager Joe McKelvey said he was pleased with his players efforts but stressed that they have won nothing yet.DONEGAL VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS EASE PAST DOWN TO REACH FINAL was last modified: November 23rd, 2012 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

MEN APPEAR IN COURT AFTER MAN LEFT WITH FRACTURED SKULL

first_imgTwo men have appeared in court in relation to an attack in which a man was set upon and his skull was fractured.Gerard Ward, 31, and Thomas McDonagh, 37, appeared in Letterkenny District Court this morning amidst a very strong Garda presence.A number of Gardai stood at the front and rear of the courthouse while detectives led the two men into court. Garda Detective Paul Harte told the court that he arrested both men under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.It follows an incident in which a 31 year old man was attacked in the Glenard Park area of Letterkenny on Friday night last.The man, named locally as Dermot Kildea, was attacked by a number of men.In a follow-up operation three houses were raided by members of the Garda Armed Response Unit. An assortment of weapons including hockey sticks, batons, baseball bats and legs of chairs were seized.Garda Supt Vincent O’Brien told the court that the attack was very serious and that a man had his skull fractured a required 22 staples to his head.One of the conditions of the bail for Mr McDonagh was that he reside away from Letterkenny as Supt O’Brien said he feared an escalation of matters.The court was told that both men Gerard Ward of 9 Fernhill, Letterkenny (pictured left) and Thomas McDonagh, of 42 Hazelbrook Crescent, (pictured above) have outstanding bench warrants.The case has been adjourned for legal reasons. AT HEARING – STRICTY © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Pictures Copyright donegaldaily.com.COMMENTS ARE CLOSED ON ONGOING COURT CASESFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily MEN APPEAR IN COURT AFTER MAN LEFT WITH FRACTURED SKULL was last modified: February 20th, 2012 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:MEN APPEAR IN COURT AFTER MAN LEFT WITH FRACTURED SKULLlast_img read more

ARSON PROBE AS FIRE ESCAPE MAN ADMITS: ‘WE WERE LUCKY TO GET OUT’

first_imgGARDAÍ have launched an arson investigation after a flat fire which left a woman and her nephew being rescued by fire crews.“Someone set our apartment building on fire,” said Martin Toye.The incident happened yesterday evening at the Westside Apartments off Letterkenny’s Main Street. The fire sent thick smoke over the area.Martin and his auntie were taken to safety once fire crews had extinguished the flames.It’s understood the garda investigation relates to a sofa and other furniture being set alight in an unoccupied flat.Some residents had complained in recent days that the empty flat wasn’t secured properly. “It seemed as though the whole building was alight at one stage,” said Martin.“We were trapped inside and had to be rescued. It was a lucky escape as far as I’m concerned.”Fire crews bring the residents to safetyGardai, ambulance crews and fire personnel all attended the scene of the blaze.Gardai later said that those inside the flat were fortunate the alarm had been raised when it was.One resident said: “This is crazy. “Those people could have been burned alive.“People shouldn’t have to live in fear like that.”Martin said he had yet to speak to Gardai.“No, I haven’t spoken to them yet, but I would like to know what happened.” ARSON PROBE AS FIRE ESCAPE MAN ADMITS: ‘WE WERE LUCKY TO GET OUT’ was last modified: November 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:arsonfireGardainvestigationletterkennylast_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICE: SLIMMING WORLD CLASSES EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT IN RAPHOE

first_imgRaphoe Family Resource Centre:AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME:Tuesday; 3-4pm 3rd & 4th Classes Homework Support; 4-5pm 5th & 6th Classes Drop-in;Wednesday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time;3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support;Thursday; 2-3pm Junior & Senior Infants Play time; 3-4pm 1st & 2nd Classes Homework Support.Parents/guardians of 5th & 6th Class children please note that Tuesday from 4-5pm is now drop-in with activities such as pool, table-tennis etc. Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.RAPHOE WALKING GROUP Wanting to become fit or fitter in 2015? Don’t’ like to walk alone? Joining Raphoe Walking group could be the answer! The Walking group meet every Thursday morning at 10.30am. All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa.WOMEN’S GROUPThe Women’s group meet on a fortnightly basis and it take place on Mondays from 8pm. Dates for February are as follows – Monday 9th February and Monday 23rd. The Women’s group have been together for many years. We chat, we help each other out, make crafts, have cooking demonstrations, plan activities for International Women’s Day and have many social outings throughout the year. If you would like to be a part of this group, don’t hesitate to come along.RAPHOE SOMETHING SPECIAL The Something Special Support group’s next meeting is taking place on Tuesday 10th February 2015. The group meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm. If you are apparent/guardian of a child with delayed communication or learning skills or Autism Spectrum Disorder, you will find support, advice and information by attending this support group. New members are always. Date for your diary – On the 10th March, an Autism therapist will be coming to talk to the group.If you would like more information about the support group please contact Melanie on 0749145796 / 0873641503.YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKER INTERNSHIP:Applications are now being invited for Youth Development Worker Internship with the Family Resource Centre. The Internship will be of 30 hours duration per week for a period of 9 months. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of youth work and youth work practice to include enhancing the personal, social and educational development of children and young people; mentoring and supporting young people; recruiting, training and supporting volunteers. The Youth Development Worker will have good organisational skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to work on own initiative or part of a team, be reliable and responsible, empathetic, non-judgemental, warm and friendly and be willing to work unsocial hours if required. An application form can be downloaded from www.jobbridge.ie and please note that only eligible jobseekers can apply for the Internship.DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:The Family Resource will be hosting a one-day workshop on Thursday 7th May on recognising and understanding self-harming. The workshop will run from 9.30am-4.30pm. To book a place please contact Laura on 074 9145796/087 3641503.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:The Club Meet every Friday in the Volt Hall from 10:30am until 1pm. For further information please contact the Secretary on 074-9145462 or the Tidy Town Office on 074-9145692.VALENTINES NIGHT COME DINE WITH ME FUNDRAISERRAPHOE TOWN FC SEEKING HOSTS TO HOLD A NIGHTS FUN FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND RAISE SOME MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR OUR NEW PITCH.If you’re already a fan of the show, you know the drill. But for those of you who don’t know what we’re talking about, the idea is simple: Just invite a few of your family or friends over for a dinner, asking each friend for a donation, enjoy a nice meal with excellent company, and raising money for Raphoe Town FC. You DO NOT have to organise any entertainment we have already done all that for you.Following your dinner party we have organised a Valentines Disco in Friels of Raphoe free of charge to all hosts and guests of your dinner party.You want to be a host so what do you do next?1. Pick a group of friends who you think would be interested and fun company give them a call and invite them over for some food.2. Call us immediately to let us know you are interested and we will provide you with passes for the Valentine Disco for you and your guests.3. Remember to let them know that all it’s all for a great causeIf you would like to be a host on the night or you would like to seek more information, Please contact: Shane on 0872143230 or Theresa 0879354016LIFFORD YOUTHREACHAre you currently out of school or education, or thinking about leaving school?Would you like to get your education back on track and gain some valuable skills and qualifications?Lifford Youthreach may be the answer…..Lifford Youthreach is an education centre that engages with early schools leavers, or young people who may be at risk of not completing their Junior Cert, Leaving Cert or Leaving Cert Applied. Youthreach is a full time programme. We operate 9 – 4 Monday to Thursday and 9 – 1 on Fridays. Young people receive an allowance for attending the programme depending on their age.SLIMMING WORLDDo you want to achieve your weight loss dreams in 2015. Well now you can with our new Streamlined Extra Easy Plan, even easier than before. And power up your weight loss with our new weight loss boosting eating plan. If you would like to know more, come along to one of our warm and friendly groupsEvery Thursday night at 7pm in the Volt hall RaphoeOr contact Geraldine on 0863348048 I look forward to seeing you soonEMPOWERING PARENTSDESSA ‘Empowering Parents’ training programmeThis is a new 6 week programme for parents with children with disabilities under the age of 12. It’s local and it’s free of charge. It won’t solve all your problems, but it will offer you information and advice which will help you to see things differently and to find ways of getting what you and your child need. You’ll be with other parents who are in a similar situation, so there will be lots of opportunity for getting and giving real support.DESSA, The Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency is funded by the department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to develop and deliver social inclusion initiatives to people with disabilities and their familiesWhat does the training programme entail?“Empowering Parents” will:• Show you new ways of thinking about your children’s disability, which will help you to see new possibilities and ways of doing things• Tell you about your child’s rights, and how to achieve them.• Explain who can help you get what you need from public services and your local community.• Help build your confidence and keep your spirits up.“Empowering Parents” will be run one morning a week for 2.5 hours for 6 weeks. Each session involves lots of lively discussion and group activities, and there are hand-outs to take home so you can refer to them later.Venue: Cheshire Apartments, Long Lane, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalTime: 10am – 12:30pmDates: Monday 2nd FebruaryMonday 9th FebruaryMonday 16thWednesday 11th FebruaryMonday 23rd FebruaryMonday 30th FebruaryRefreshments will be providedFor more information and to reserve your place, please contact: Margret Larkin, DLDC on 074 91 27056 or mlarkin@dldc.orgST, MARYS GAELIC 4 MOTHERS & OTHERSSt. Marys Gaelic 4 Mothers & OthersStarting back 4th March @ 8:15 pmif you are 18 years and over andwould like to get fit, learn a new skill, have fun andmeet new friends then this is the team for you!CLOTHING COLLECTION FOR REFUGEESOn Sunday 8th February you are asked to bring any spare clothes, belts, shoes and handbags to St. Eunan’s Chapel between 9am and 2pm. All funds raised in this country-wide collection will go to “Homes From Donegal” a charity building homes in the Central African Republic for some of the one million refugees displaced by war there. See homesfromdonegal.com for moreCOMMUNITY NOTICE: SLIMMING WORLD CLASSES EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT IN RAPHOE was last modified: January 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CommunitynewsNoticesRaphoeSlimminglast_img read more

Better Health Through Nature

first_imgHumans were meant to thrive in the environment.  We sequester ourselves from the natural world at our own peril.Allergies.  Asthma.  Auto-immune diseases.  These and other maladies may have roots in the modern habit of disinfecting everything and spending most of our days indoors.  Growing evidence suggests that contact with plants and animals in the great outdoors builds up our immune systems, and vigorous exercise can prevent and cure many health problems.  Finally, some natural substances, sometimes from the most unexpected places, are showing more benefit than synthetic drugs.Back to the farm:  Science Daily reported on a study from Aarhus University that correlated farm exposure to better health.  “The immune system benefits from life in the countryside,” the headline reads.  While it was known that children raised on the farm had fewer allergies and better resistance to disease, this new study shows that adults can benefit, too: “Adults who move to farming areas where they experience a wider range of environmental exposures than in cities may reduce the symptoms of their hypersensitivities and allergies considerably.”  This further confirms the “hygiene hypothesis” that too much antibacterial soap and cleanliness can actually turn the immune system against us; we all need to get dirty to a reasonable extent.  This gives the immune system practice on real targets instead of our own cells.I got rhythm:  Are you a night owl?  An early bird?  Having a hard time getting up in the morning, or falling asleep at night?  For most of human history before the 1930s, when electricity became widely available, people lived by the rising and setting of the sun.  Electric lights do weird things with our internal timing mechanisms.  A week of camping, Science Daily said, can re-synchronize your biological clock to sunrise and sunset.  Researchers found it brings the night owls and the early birds closer to the same schedule.  Our bodies were made to be tuned to the environment; for instance, our skin produces vitamin D when exposed to sunshine; the fresh air filled with plant scents is a stress reliever; the green of a forest is soothing to the eyes.Natural diet:  Tomatoes have lycopene; red grapes have resveratrol; fruits have flavonoids; watermelon has citrulline; these are just samples of “nature’s marvelous medicines” found in plants.  Plants make tens of thousands of compounds, some of which are known to have beneficial effects on the heart, the immune system, and cancer prevention.   Studies on the benefits of a diet rich in natural foods, reducing processed food, are too numerous to list, but here are a few recent examples.  The niacin (vitamin B3) found in many fruits and vegetables is a “fountain of youth” according to a new study reported by Science Daily, which also found that antioxidants are not panaceas; our bodies apparently need some free radicals in moderation.  “Be nice to your bacteria,” Medical Xpress wrote, emphasizing our symbiotic dependence on gut flora for good health.  Another Medical Xpress article examined the benefits of the Mediterranean diet with its use of olives and olive oil.  Dietary flavonoids were discussed by Science Daily.  Who doesn’t enjoy watermelon?  National Geographic gave five reasons it’s good for you; Live Science topped that by listing 4 benefits of chocolate.  Reporting on a medicinal tea from a certain tree, Science Daily spoke of “Nature’s Library” of plant compounds waiting to be deciphered.  Even if you don’t want to become a vegetarian, you can benefit from these compounds by adding more plant food to your diet.  It’s best to eat it natural when you can; for instance, Medical Xpress found that juicing removes many of the nutrients, and doesn’t make you feel as full as eating the whole fruit or vegetable.An active life:  Big news this week is from a study published in BMJ, reported on LiveScience, that found exercise is just as effective as medication for treating heart disease, stroke and pre-diabetes.  Trial participants on pills fared no better than those who exercised, although the combination was even better.  Popping pills alone, though, doesn’t provide all the benefits of getting outdoors into the fresh air.  Sadly, most adults don’t get enough exercise, the BBC News reported.Natural pain killer:  You’ll never guess where to find a pain-killing medicine that is just as effective as morphine, but non-addictive.  Read Medical Xpress’s article about centipede venom.  That’s right; the nerve toxin from the Chinese red-headed centipede blocks a well-known pain channel without causing habituation.  “Forget about using opioids to relieve pain, this drug could mean you don’t have any pain to relieve,” a researcher said.  “It would be totally [sic] new class of drug.”  There’s also hope for a new class of natural mosquito repellants, now that the DEET receptor has been identified in insects.  Science Daily said that comparable compounds will probably be “found naturally in fruits, plants or animals” that can be developed into safer alternatives than the 60-year-old DEET chemical.Most of us are too busy, we know, to eat right and exercise, but think of it as an investment.  If a healthy diet and a little time each day for exercise paid big dividends, wouldn’t you want that kind of payoff?  The question should be how you can afford not to.  More energy, better quality of life, less stress, fewer chronic illnesses, insurance against life-threatening conditions – these are all available to anyone willing to build a few new habits.  Even talking a short walk every day or two can work wonders.  Give up the fried, processed, barbecued stuff; your taste buds will adjust within about a month to healthy food.  God has given us a huge spread of tasty plant foods to not only enjoy but improve our lives.  It’s not hard to learn how to prepare and enjoy them.  We’re not here to prescribe a vegan diet (there are healthy animal foods, too) – many people have special needs – but it make sense for creationists to “think Eden” a little, when God said everything He had made was very good and the first humans were vegetarian.  That was the original plan.  Sure, the curse has changed a lot, but the world is still filled with good options.  “Everything created by God is good,” Paul said, “and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5).  The operative phrase is “created by God.”  He didn’t create fatburger trees and leaves made of pizza.   As for exercise, think about Bible characters, who routinely walked long distances in hilly country.  It cannot be good for anyone to sit in an office chair all day, staring at a computer under fluorescent lights.  We were made with legs and arms and whole systems that are itching for activity.  Get outdoors and see a tree once in awhile.  Take walks out in nature.  Go camping and experience the natural day-night cycles of sun, moon and stars.  One might almost say that taking care of the body is a kind of worship, acknowledging and caring for the good design in our earthly tabernacle.  Learn to like what’s good for you; that’s a good motto in general for living life to the fullest on God’s green Earth. 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Why You Must Plan Your Sales Calls

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now An ounce of sweat is worth a pint of blood. –George S. PattonI was giving a sales call planning workshop to a group of salespeople. I asked them to take ten minutes to complete a sales call plan for a mock presentation. They had all of the information and tools they needed to complete the exercise. At the ten-minute mark, I called for them to stop working on their plan and present their work to the group.They groaned. The whined. They complained that I didn’t give them enough time to complete the call planning exercise. Now I had them. Feigning anger, I shouted: “Are you kidding me? You guys have never spent ten minutes planning a sales call in your lives. I gave you ten minutes more than you’ve ever taken.” We all busted out laughing because we all knew it was true, and I had made my point.Most salespeople don’t plan their sales calls. They believe that, because they’ve made some great number of sales calls in the past, they don’t need to plan their sales calls. But this is a terrible strategy for creating—or winning—an opportunity. The truth of the matter is that you are much better off planning a sales call, identifying the outcomes you need, aligning your call with your sales process, and preparing to create value for your client.A sales call is a live performance. It’s a good part improvisational, because your client can throw all kinds of things at you. But there isn’t any reason to not to plan how you want the call to go. There is no reason not to spend the ten minutes it takes to plan your parts.You plan your sales call because it makes you a professional. You share your agenda with your client and you give them proof of your professionalism.You plan your sales call because it makes it increases the chances that the call will go the way you intend it to go. If you have defined the outcomes you need, you improve the odds of achieving them.You plan your sales call because it allows you to follow your sales process, completing all of the tasks and gaining all of the commitments you need to increase the odds of actually winning an opportunity.You plan your sales call because it is what professionals do, because it increases the odds that you get the outcomes you need, and because it allows you to create the kind of value for your dream clients that makes it easy for them to agree to the commitments you are asking them to give you.QuestionsDo you plan your sales calls?How much time does it take to plan a sales call?What could you gain by spending ten minutes preparing for a sales call?What would the discipline of planning calls do for your ability to execute on your sales process? How would this discipline help you when you plan for really big calls?last_img read more

BJP MP demands release of Bhim Army chief

first_imgBJP Member of Lok Sabha Udit Raj on Friday demanded a slew of measures for Dalit outreach, including the release of Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ and for providingreservation in the lateral entry of joint secretaries that the Centre hadjust proposed.“The leader of the Bhim Army Chandrashekhar Azad should be released. He has been adequately punished. We demand his release,” he told reporters.“There should be SC, ST and OBC reservation in the 10 joint secretary posts that are being opened for lateral entry.” Mr. Raj said adding that he would meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press for thedemand.He also demanded that reservation be extended to the private sector.However, he said that he was saying this not in his capacity as a BJP member or a Lok Sabha MP but as a citizen and a social activist whose organisation hd been working for Dalit causes for long.Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Raj condemned the attack on a minor Dalit boy in Gujarat for wearing the Mojdi, a traditional type of shoe.Expressing concern over the “dilution” of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Supreme Court, he claimed attacks on Dalits had increased after that.Mr. Raj also demanded that cases slapped on Dalits after the Bharat Bandh to protest the introduction of procedures for the application of the SC/ST Act should be withdrawn.last_img read more

New Delhi’s Pollution Problem Prompts Diplomats to Pack Their Bags

first_imgIt’s a life that many envy: plush salaries, international schools for the children and wine-soaked parties on weekends. But for New Delhi’s diplomatic corps, the sweet life is missing one key ingredient: clean, breathable air.Pollution levels in India this month are so bad that diplomats are fretting about whether to stay or leave. Some, like Costa Rica’s ambassador, have already left the city after developing respiratory problems. Others are calling in sick to work or worrying about their children’s health. Some missions, according to the Indian Express, have even moved nonessential staff to nearby countries such as Singapore.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has traveled extensively to boost India’s international image and attract foreign investment, including a recent trip to Manila, where he met leaders at the summit for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. But his efforts may be getting scuppered on home ground, as diplomats gasping for air report home about the debilitating pollution crisis.“I’m a living proof that our planet is dying today, coughing as i write with my indian bronchitis,” wrote Mariela Cruz Alvarez, Costa Rican ambassador to India, in a blog post.Pollution levels in Delhi peaked in November. Levels of carcinogenic PM 2.5 particles in the air were 70 times over the safe limit as prescribed by the World Health Organization, and the air quality index reached 999 micrograms per cubic meter, the highest instruments can measure. A number of factors contributed to the spike, including crop burning in surrounding states, construction and vehicles in the city, and a lack of wind to blow the dust away.A recent study in the British medical journal Lancet linked 2.5 million deaths in India in 2015 to pollution.Responsibility for curbing the pollution quickly descended into a finger-pointing match, with state and central government ministers blaming each other for the crisis. Modi’s environment minister, Harsh Vardhan, in a television interview underplayed the impact of pollution, saying that it could not be directly linked to deaths. “No death certificate has the cause of death as pollution,” he said.In the end, little has been done and the main remedy still appears to be waiting for the wind to blow it away – a response that no doubt has also made it into the diplomatic dispatches home.By Thursday, the government had already rolled back several measures introduced over the weekend to curb the smog, as the haze lifted and air quality readings slightly improved. Trucks were allowed to reenter the city and construction was allowed to resume.Many among the diplomatic community remained concerned about their health as readings continued to show unhealthy levels of pollutants in the air.Although shielded from the smog that most Delhi residents live in by air purifiers and gas masks, diplomats said pollution hampered work. “You cannot sit inside a room and conduct diplomacy. . . you have to go out and meet people,” an unnamed French official told the Express.Thai ambassador Chutintorn Gongsakdi formally wrote to Bangkok requesting that Delhi be made a “hardship” posting, usually reserved for conflict zones, which would allow Thai diplomats posted here more perks, including air purifiers and medical checkups as well as trips back home and extra days off as compensation for having to live in smog.One unnamed diplomat told the Express that the length of postings to Delhi had been shortened by a year. Others said they were considering cutting short their stints. “I fought hard to come to India,” an unnamed European diplomat said. “After a year and a half, I don’t think I’m ready for any more. I will try to go to another place next summer, after I finish two years here.”In diplomatic schools, air purifiers are whirring at full speed. The Lycée Français reportedly has 65 air purifiers. The American school may introduce covered outdoor play areas for physical activity, the Express reported.© Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

US Hoopsters Draw China

first_imgThe U.S. will open the Olympics against China and also will face Venezuela and Australia after being drawn into what appears to be the easier men’s basketball group.The Americans will be in Group A, which will also include two teams that will be determined after three qualifying tournaments in July.Group B includes Spain, Argentina, Lithuania, host Brazil, Nigeria and the remaining July qualifier.The U.S., which has won the last two Olympic gold medals, is the No. 1-ranked country in the world. Spain, Lithuania and Argentina are Nos. 2-4 and Brazil is ninth.Australia, China and Venezuela, which qualified by winning their regional zone championships, are all outside the top 10.But the July tournaments feature strong teams such as France, Serbia and Greece, so the Americans could end up with two more strong opponents.The three six-team tournaments will be held from July 4-10, giving the winners an early start on having their teams ready for Rio.“So we know that they’ll not only be excellent teams, but they will already be on a roll when they get to the Olympics,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement.“We know that repeating as gold medalists at the 2016 Olympics will be a challenge, and that’s what makes winning a gold medal such an amazing accomplishment.”The draw was conducted in Mies, Switzerland, at the headquarters of FIBA, basketball’s world governing body.The Olympic competition opens Aug. 6 and the top four teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IPL 2019 Auction: Jaydev Unadkat at base price of Rs 1.5 crore, Brendon McCullim at Rs 2 crore

first_imgA total of 226 Indians and 120 international players have been shortlisted for the upcoming Indian Premier League auction, with nine players keeping their base price at INR 2 Crore.The likes of Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Lasith Malinga, Colin Ingram, Shaun Marsh, Corey Anderson, Sam Curran, Angelo Mathews and D’Arcy Short will have the base price of the INR 2 Crore.Jaydev Unadkat, who was the most expensive player at last year’s auction at INR 11.5 Crore and was released by Rajasthan Royals after a sub-par performance, has the highest base price of INR. 1.5 Crore among Indians. Unadkat shares the said base price with nine other foreign players – Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Rilee Rossouw, Luke Wright, Alex Carey and Liam Dawson.Yuvraj Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami and Axar Patel have kept their base price at INR 1 Crore, among 19 other players.The eight IPL franchises were asked to submit their final shortlist of players by 5 PM, December 10 for the remaining 70 spots, while the auction will take place on December 18 in Jaipur.The auction will conducted by Hugh Edmeades in the absence of popular auctioneer, Richard MadleyNumber of players from each country: India – 226, South Africa – 26, Australia – 23, West Indies – 18, England – 18, New Zealand – 13, Afghanistan – 8, Sri Lanka – 7, Bangladesh – 2, Zimbabwe – 2, USA – 1, Ireland – 1, Netherlands – 1.Also Read | Full list of retained players and purse remaining for each teamAlso Read | Indian Premier League 2019: Delhi Daredevils now Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | Malinga back in the pool, Finch and Maxwell opt out of auctionadvertisementlast_img read more