Over 41 communities in Donegal will be saying The Big Hello! this May Bank Holiday Weekend. The Big Hello! supports communities to host events in their local area in order to strengthen community ties and help tackle the problem of social isolation.Donegal was awarded €10,000 as ‘The Big Hello!’ campaign throughout the country that aims to host events in local areas in order to strengthen community ties and help tackle the problem of social isolation. Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has expressed his delight at the response by communities in Donegal to The Big Hello! initiative which was launched last month.Minister Ring said: “I’m blown away by the response that there has been from communities in Donegal. It’s going to make for a really enjoyable and exciting May Bank Holiday weekend in the county.“Over 790 events have been confirmed nationally, with more to come. In fact, I’m confident that we will surpass our target of 1,000 events throughout the country.”Some of the organisations hosting The Big Hello! events include: Coiste Forbartha Chnoc FolaClonmany Youth & Community Resource CentreLetterkenny Community Heritage GroupCuldaff Development Assoc/Tidy TownsMinister Ring continued: “I’m delighted that people in Donegal have taken to The Big Hello! concept so enthusiastically. It is a great reflection of the strong communities that we have.“I now urge people to reach out to their neighbours, especially those who may be elderly or vulnerable, and try to get them involved in their local event.“In a world where people are spending less time in their communities and more time at work, it is important to find new ways to connect people and focus on the importance of neighbours.“With our busy lives, it can be hard to make as much time for each other outside of our network of family, friends and social media contacts.“Sadly, many people living among us are experiencing social isolation and loneliness. I firmly believe that this initiative can help people to connect or re-connect with their neighbours and communities. “I am really looking forward to attending The Big Hello! events throughout the country over the May Bank Holiday weekend.”Over 41 Donegal communities will be saying The Big Hello! this May Bank Holiday was last modified: May 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
John Terry and Eden Hazard return to the Chelsea side for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Samuel Eto’o, also back from injury, is on the bench. The Blues, level at 0-0 from last week’s first leg, start with Fernando Torres up front.Chelsea: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Hazard, Willian, Torres.Subs: Hilario, Kalas, Van Ginkel, Oscar, Schurrle, Ba, Eto’o.See also:Five things Chelsea’s victory at Anfield provedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Pune: Veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Thursday alleged that some parties were trying to smear his reputation and target his movement by linking it with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).Mr. Hazare said there were some reports in the media recently that an activist Kalpana Inamdar, who was part of his new core committee before his indefinite hunger strike on March 23, was a relative of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.“Several new activists were chosen from different parts of the country to be part of my core committee… Ms. Inamdar was one of them. However, some articles reportedly said she was a relative of Godse and that I had entrusted the reins of my agitation to her,” said Mr. Hazare. He clarified that Ms. Inamdar, was only managing the stage at the start of his hunger strike at Ramlila Maidan.“Neither I nor my agitation for the demand of Jan Lokpal have had any ties with the Sangh. Yet, through local media, my agitation is being given an RSS slant by falsely linking Kalpana Inamdar with the Sangh and Nathuram Godse. In fact, I was not even acquainted with Ms. Inamdar prior to my latest agitation,” he said, adding, however, that he was “not perturbed at the smear campaign against him.”Without naming anybody, Mr. Hazare hinted that the allegations were perpetrated by both ruling and opposition parties whose feathers, the octogenarian crusader claimed to have ruffled with his movement demanding a Jan Lokpal.Mr. Hazare said he was in consultation with his lawyers and was soon planning to file a defamation suit against some parties in the Bombay High Court.Mr. Hazare’s week-long ‘indefinite’ strike at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi witnessed a noticeable decline in participation as against 2011. Mr. Hazare, however, stressed that his movement had exposed the corruption of several leaders within the ruling and opposition parties.“There is this conspiracy to taint me for links to the RSS. For several decades, I have steered clear of any party or individual and have thought only for the welfare of society,” he said.
Photo taken from Floyd Mayweather’s Instagram accountMMA fighter Conor McGregor switched to the boxing ring to make one of the richest professional fights in history possible and now Floyd Mayweather hints he might return the favor.Mayweather, who hasn’t fought since knocking out McGregor in that boxing match last year, teased fans Friday night by posting a picture on his Twitter page of himself wearing mixed martial arts gloves and standing in a UFC cage.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He said “Come at the king, you best not miss…”Mayweather’s August fight with the Irishman was supposed to be his last as it secured his perfect 50-0 record. But the American has retired several times only to negotiate “comeback” fights for bigger paydays. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “Billion Dollar Man,” Mayweather said in the tweet.Mayweather and McGregor’s cross-combat fight in August failed to live up to the hype in the ring as veteran Mayweather easily outpunched the inexperienced McGregor, but it did well at the box office.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe contest generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America, trailing only Mayweather’s 2015 world title boxing match with Filipino Manny Pacquiao that generated 4.6 million buys and earned $600 million. It is the second time this week Mayweather has teased his fans with the idea. Earlier this week he posted video on Twitter and Instagram of himself shadow boxing in a cage. AFP official booed out of forum Davis’ 43 points lead Pelicans past Thunder Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises
It is celebration time in Madurai! For, so swift and sudden has been the change that it has lifted the people of this temple city from their despondency. With a new government taking over, the air of freedom seems all pervasive in the former fiefdom of M K Alagiri.”What next?” is the question that invariably lingers in the minds of the people, who are secretly gleeful at the increasing discomfiture of the Union Minister.With his close aides in jail, the DMK patriarch’s elder son is rattled at the prospect of his turn being perilously close. These were the people with whom the ‘Prince’ ruled the southern districts, holding his court in Madurai. Now his wings have been clipped. The sheen of invincibility too has vanished, resulting in his isolation.Alarm bells started ringing when the police first laid their hands on ‘Pottu’ Suresh, a school drop-out turned Man Friday of the Union Minister. Widely seen as the alter-ego of his master, he came to wield immense power with many bureaucrats, seeking transfers and plum postings, waiting for his appointment. So much so, Jayalalithaa chose to call him Deputy CM as Alagiri was considered the CM of the Southern districts.It was a meteoric rise for someone who was an unsuccessful roadside vendor close to two decades ago. Earlier, Suresh was known with the prefixes ‘nighty’ and ‘bajji’ for selling women’s accessories and then hot ‘bajji’ in the Town Hall Road. Sporting a huge tilak (‘pottu’ in Tamil) after associating with netas, it became his new identity. His final destination was Alagiri and within a short period of time, he edged out old timers and entered the Minister’s inner circle. “Pottu’s words are mine and should be complied with,” was Alagiri’s reported diktat.advertisementNone of the DMK leader’s courtiers, who gained prominence and power, had any stature. Neither were they from the party ranks nor from the family association. The less said the better about their vice- like grip. In spite of their humble beginnings, they have come to flaunt huge wealth which, even the DMK old timers could not digest. Worse, they were despised by the public for unleashing a reign of terror. The more notoriety they earned, the more dependable they became for their master.Doing his bidding without any hesitation is their only creed. No wonder, with the DMK’s crushing defeat in the assembly poll Alagiri’s cronies were expected to face the music. But, none had expected that the crackdown would expose and disarm the ‘ Prince of Madurai’ so soon.His lieutenants who landed in prison include, ‘Attack’ Pandi, an accused in the Dinakaran attack case, G Thalapathy, former MLA, and ‘Essar’ Gopi, accused in the murder of former DMK Minister Tha Kiruttinan. Those awaiting police action include Deputy Mayor P M Mannan, also an accused in the Kiruttinan case.These are only samples as the list is not exhaustive.More than keeping them as henchmen, the DMK satrap went a step ahead by elevating them as senior functionaries in the party. Ever since the pyrrhic victory in the 2009 Tirumangalam bypoll, which was the beginning of the cash for vote syndrome, Alagiri’s writ was never challenged. Despite their criminal background, he got his associates elevated to the DMK Executive Committee as well.Though the Dinakaran and Kiruttinan cases ended in acquittal, the spectre of their revival has come to haunt Alagiri and his associates.As the noose is tightening around Alagiri, no tears are shed either in the party or in the city, which he has made his home for well over two decades. ‘He who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind’ is the reason proffered by the ordinary citizen about the fate that has befallen the DMK strongman and his associates.A man is judged by the company he keeps. It is more so in public life where none can escape scrutiny of one’s conduct.This is particularly true of Alagiri, who, given a long rope by his octogenarian father, turned out to be a law unto himself.He has no literary or intellectual pretensions like his father, who keeps the company of discredited writers and poets, to sing paeans. If the Dravidian movement could be called as anti- intellectual and anti-democratic for parading the halfbaked as scholars and thugs as leaders in the public domain, Alagiri could well be seen as its logical culmination.Wily Marans bunk DMK rally When the DMK took to the streets protesting Jayalalithaa’s ‘politics of vendetta’, one man invited the wrath of party workers by being conspicuous by his absence – Dayanidhi Maran. Both the Marans have flown to distant Indonesia where they are holidaying with their families. The DMK rank and file is not ready to forgive the indiscretion of the duo, who are seen as parasitic time servers. Their grouse is that the Marans consider themselves above the party. Having enjoyed power, they were expected to stand by the party at the time of distress is the chorus in DMK circles.advertisementMaybe mounting troubles could have forced them to stay away from the massive protest in which over one lakh party workers, led by the M K Stalin, courted arrest. With the patriarch taking a back seat, it was left to his younger son to shoulder the leadership. Even a limping Khushboo was seen getting into the police vehicle, raising the morale of the party which is reeling under the ruthless crackdown by the AIADMK government.And this being the first major agitation of the DMK after the humiliating electoral defeat, Maran junior’s absence was not taken kindly.Further, this has marginalised him after his exit from the Union Cabinet. “Are they attempting to make peace with the czarina in order to protect their business interest?” is also a question that is doing the rounds.Babus to face music nowAfter the netas, it’s the turn of babus who ruled the roost during the Karunanidhi regime to face the music. ADGP Jaffer Sait, former state Intelligence chief, has been placed under suspension. This follows a vigilance raid last week at the residences of Sait, his relatives and close associates.He has been charged with acquiring a prime plot in the name of his wife under the social worker category and building flats for sale together with another aide of Karunanidhi. In the run-up to the assembly poll, the EC transferred him to West Bengal following allegations by the Opposition. He preferred to go on leave and was vacationing in Bangkok. The buzz in the corridors of power is who will be the next to face the music.Left gets it wrong, againOnce again the Marxists have proved that they are twice removed from reality. On the emotive issue of Eelam, the CPI(M) has been treading the beaten path, by calling for unity among Tamils and Sinhalese. But, in the aftermath of the colossal human tragedy in Sri Lanka, the party’s formulation has made it a laughing stock among the pro-Tamil groups.In mobilising public opinion it is no match for its Dravidian counterparts. Concerned at the CPI too marching ahead of it in raising this issue, the party General Secretary Parakash Karat came here last week to parrot the worn out formulations. Even its sympathisers are red faced at the party living in the past. Will the Marxists see sense?Jaya seeks to revive dam dispute With Jayalalithaa back in the saddle, the Mullaiperiyar (Mullaperiyar in Kerala) dam issue could gain added momentum.advertisementIt is the lifeline of the six southern districts of Tamil Nadu which are facing the threat of desertification as storage level has been brought down to 136 in 1979 following Kerala raising safety concerns. Later the dam structure was strengthened as per Centre Water Commission guidelines. But, storage is no more the bone of contention with Kerala now pressing for a new dam even after the Supreme Court ordered reverting storage to the original 152 ft in phases.As a first step towards protecting her turf, Jayalalithaa has opposed the Centre’s Dam Safety Bill, objecting to certain clauses which she finds are detrimental to the state. As in all other issues, her bte noire Karunanidhi stands discredited.He had called off a fast due to pressure from the Congress. This presents her an opportunity to outsmart the old fox. Further, it would help her to rob the wind out of the sails of Vaiko and other pro-Tamil parties whose voice has turned shrill against Kerala.
Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Read more Reuse this content Share on Twitter Marcelo has defended Tottenham Hotspur against accusations they are, to use the phrase coined by Pep Guardiola last month, “the Harry Kane team”, but admitted that the striker’s absence would have a profound impact on Real Madrid’s return Champions League fixture against Spurs at Wembley.With the England striker’s participation in Wednesday night’s match still uncertain – though Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday that he was “very confident” the player would be fit – the Real left-back said that while the result of Kane’s late fitness test would “make a big difference”, Tottenham would present a profound test of his team’s currently unreliable form. Harry Kane news “For me it does make a big difference if he is not fit,” Marcelo said. “Kane is a very important player, but Tottenham are far more than just one player. I’ve seen many of their matches and I’ve seen Harry Kane do great things but I’ve also seen the rest of their team produce great things out on the pitch. For us the most important thing is not just to think about Kane but rather to consider the group, and be ready to take on the team as a whole.”Should either side win at Wembley they would guarantee their progress from Group H with two games to spare, but though Real are unbeaten in Europe this season their domestic form has been worrying, with Sunday’s shock defeat at Girona leaving them eight points behind Barcelona after 10 league matches. “Despite everything we’re not going to lose our heads,” said Marcelo. “We need to stay cool, calm and collected at this moment and work hard to put things right.”The Brazilian’s coach, Zinedine Zidane, suggested that there were aspects of Real’s current troubles that he actually enjoys. “After a defeat of course people aren’t happy but in some ways I actually like this,” he said. “I like the motivation of a big match coming, so we can get back to winning ways. This is something that inspires me. When the going gets tough, that’s when I’m at my best. Life after all is like this: there are hard moments but you need to work through them and come back stronger.”Like Girona, Tottenham play with three central defenders, a formation against which Real have struggled at times under Zidane. “I think Mauricio Pochettino’s doing a fantastic job, not just with the team but building a club that now has very high aspirations,” said Zidane. “But I don’t see playing against three defenders as a particular problem. We play sometimes against three at the back, against four and against five, and tomorrow we’ll see what Tottenham are playing. You may think they’ll play with three at the back, but we’ll find out what their formation is tomorrow.” Share via Email Topics Real Madrid Dele Alli’s Spurs return against Real Madrid adds spice to Wembley meeting Tottenham Hotspur Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Champions League
Been wondering lately what you’re meant to do when you realise your coaching accreditation has reached the expiry date or is soon to expire? The ATA has updated the criteria and forms used for renewing your coaching accreditations (level 1, level 2 and level 3). These can be accessed by the links provided or through the My ClubTouch site. Use the Touch Coach link and then enter Coach Information, then Level 1 or Level 2 Update. LEVEL 1 COACH UPDATE LEVEL 2 COACH UPDATE LEVEL 3 COACH UPDATE In the top left hand corner of each page you will see a ‘download file’. This is the file you will need to download, print, fill in and return to your State office and ATA. All coaches will also need to sign and return the Code of Ethics form to the ATA with payment of $16.20, this can also be found on the My ClubTouch site or by using this link. CODE OF ETHICS FORM Payment can be made by cheque or money order, as well as by credit card. Simply ring Dave McMurray at the ATA office on (02) 6285 2703 to pay by credit card over the phone. These links will provide you with information on the re-accreditation procedure, as well as forms to download, print, fill in and return to the ATA office. Feel free to contact ATA if you have any queries about this process. By Rachel Moyle, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville excited to see Rashford at top of his gameby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville is delighted seeing Marcus Rashford at the top of his game for victory at Newcastle.Rashford, 21, took his tally to three goals in four games with Solskjaer in charge against Newcastle and Neville said his improvement comes from replicating United teammate Anthony Martial in front of goal.Rashford has held his position as United’s first-choice striker since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal and Neville says watching the forward is a delight.”Rashford playing up front has been fantastic,” he told Sky Sports. “I love him to bits.”150 games nearly at the age of 21; the potential is enormous.”It’s actually now stepping up beyond potential, to where he will be a top-class player.”
Arsenal boss Emery: Banega a very good playerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted his admiration for Sevilla ace Ever Banega.Banega has been linked with a move to Arsenal this month.And Emery says, “I know this player and he’s a very good player.”I cannot tell you more.”I can say to you that the club is working, the club is telling me the different situations in each moment. At the moment, we haven’t had any news today about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say