Ballyshannon Sprint Triathlon – Photo Special!

first_imgSeventeen club members  from Letterkenny Triathlon Club made the relatively short trek to Ballyshannon for the popular sprint triathlon. They acquitted themselves well with a lot of prizes coming back through the Gap.Fergus Callaghan was fifth winning his category closely followed by Peter O’Donnell and John Conaghan in sixth and seventh respectively. Siobhan Gallagher was ninth and best woman overall. Times overall were impressive even considering the 23k cycle route! Letterkenny Triathlon Club have been very busy lately, competing in 5K runs, getting involved in cycling events, and organising a Duathlon before Aidan Callaghan’s departure to Kona.Ballyshannon Sprint Triathlon – Photo Special! was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ballyshannon sprint triathlonCYCLINGletterkenny triathlon clubphoto specialRunningSWIMMINGlast_img read more

De Jong on PSG move I havent made a decision yet

first_imgAjax midfielder Frenkie De Jong claims to not have come to any decision over his future yet, amid strong interest from some of the biggest clubs in EuropeThe 21-year-old continues to impress this season in Amsterdam with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City all interested in his services.Recent reports have suggested that PSG are now the front-runners for De Jong with fellow young star Kylian Mbappe endorsing the move.But De Jong insists no decision over his future has been made.“No, I definitely haven’t made a decision yet,” De Jong told Voetbalzone, when asked whether an agreement with PSG has been reached.The Netherlands international played in Ajax’s spectacular 3-3 draw with Bayern Munich in their final Group E match of the Champions League.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…A Dusan Tadic double had given Ajax a 2-1 lead before Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman restored Bayern’s advantage.However, Nicolas Tagliafico’s 95th-minute equaliser ensured Ajax would get a point with both teams being reduced to 10-men.“In the first half we were not good enough,” added De Jong.“We were a bit ill at ease because of the difference in formation. In the second half, we had a different game plan, we played much better. Until the equaliser, we reached a very high level.“We felt we could have won, but then there was the red card. They attacked more because they had an extra man. Then they had a red card, and the game was open again.“It was crazy until the final whistle.”last_img read more

Three more flu deaths reported in San Diego County

first_imgThree more flu deaths reported in San Diego County KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 12, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 12, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three deaths due to flu complications were confirmed in San Diego County last week, bringing this flu season’s death toll to five, county health officials announced Wednesday.According to the county Health and Human Services Agency, a 77-year- old woman died due to influenza B on Dec. 1, and a 49-year-old man died from influenza A complications on Dec. 4. The county also received a delayed report of an 80-year-old woman’s Oct. 15 death from influenza B. All three had additional health problems and had not received this flu season’s vaccination.At this time last year, the county had received four reports of flu- related deaths.“Influenza deaths are very unfortunate but serve as a reminder that the flu can be deadly, especially for at-risk populations,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “Vaccination is the best protection against the flu. The vaccine is safe and effective and can help save lives.”Lab-confirmed influenza cases nearly doubled during the week of Dec. 2- 8 compared to the previous week, according to the county’s weekly flu report, which lists 199 flu cases vs. 102 the week before. The county has confirmed 650 flu cases so far this season, nearly half of the 1,083 reported cases at this time last year.Last flu season, 342 San Diego residents died due to flu complications. Most victims were 65 or older, had additional medical issues and did not receive the flu vaccination. The death toll was the highest since the county began tracking flu season data nearly 20 years ago.County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months or older receive the flu vaccine every year. Health officials strongly advise the vaccination for people with a heightened risk of serious flu complications, like pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes.County residents can get vaccinated at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents can also call 2-1-1 or visit the county’s immunization program website,, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Songkick Concert Technology Tool To Shutter Operations

first_img Songkick: Concert Technology Tool To Shutter Operations Why Is Songkick Shuttering Operations? songkick-concert-technology-tool-shutter-operations Ticket-selling platform to fold at the end of October 2017Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 16, 2017 – 9:39 am Songkick, the British-based company that allows fans to track their favorite artists and purchase concert tickets in a direct, will cease operation by the end of October 2017, according to a Variety report.Recently, Songkick has been engaged in a legal battle with Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, over allegations of antitrust violations and anticompetitive behavior. Though the company will no longer be in business, the litigation will continue. “I’m sad to write that on October 31, Songkick will bow to pressure from Live Nation and Ticketmaster and complete the shutdown of all ticketing operations (including the design and maintenance of artist web pages) we began earlier this year when Ticketmaster and Live Nation effectively blocked our US ticketing business,” founder/CEO Matt Jones wrote in a letter to the company’s clients. “Our antitrust, trade secret misappropriation and hacking lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster will continue unabated.”Founded in 2007, the company made its mark by selling tickets directly to fans via artist websites and fan clubs. According to its website, more than 15 million music fans worldwide use Songkick. Some of the many artists who have used Songkick’s ticketing infrastructure include Adele, Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Mumford & Sons. Nielsen: Radio Reaches 98 Percent Hispanic Listeners WeeklyRead more Twitter Email Facebook News last_img read more

Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma uses interesting analogy to deny merger rumours

first_imgA Muslim bride wears ornaments during a mass wedding ceremony in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad November 14, 2007 (image strictly representational).Reuters fileAxis Bank, India’s third-largest private sector bank, continues to be in the limelight since the buzz about its merger with Kotak Mahindra Bank started a few weeks ago. The bank was quick to dismiss the rumours. To make things more clear, CEO Shikha Sharma said suitors would be disappointed as the “bride” (Axis Bank) was not interested.Read: Sensex, Nifty likely to cheer BJP’s bull run in BMC elections”It’s good to feel like a beautiful bride that everybody is aspiring for, but the point is that if the beautiful bride is not putting up her hand for marriage, then you can have a lot of suitors but there won’t be a marriage,” Shikha Sharma of Axis Bank told the Economic Times.The earlier denial by the lender was more formal and muted.”In this connection please note that in light of repeated reports appearing in some sections of the media, we reiterate that the said news is baseless and unsubstantiated,” the bank had informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) last Monday.The third quarter results of both the banks were in sharp contrast to each other, as reported a few days ago.Downbeat Q3 results of Axis Bank Axis Bank’s net profit had plunged 73 percent to Rs 579.60 crore in the December 2016 quarter (Q3) as against Rs 2,175.3 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal. Net interest income (NII) rose 4.1 percent to Rs 4,333.7 crore from Rs 4,162.1 crore.Net non-performing assets (NPAs) as a percentage of total advances rose sharply to 2.18 percent in Q3 as against 0.75 percent in the corresponding quarter in fiscal 2016. Total advances stood at Rs 347,175 crore; retail lending accounted for 43 percent of total advances at Rs 149,538 crore.As of December 31, 2016, the bank had a network of 3,211 domestic branches and extension counters situated in 1,946 centres, and 13,726 ATMs. The government of India holds 12 percent in Axis Bank through SUUTI and an additional 18 percent via state-run life insurer LIC and other non-life, public sector insurance companies. Axis Bank was in the news post demonetisation for all the wrong reasons.Kotak Mahindra Bank Q3 results were upbeat On  the other hand, Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) had reported a 39 percent rise in its Q3 net profit to Rs 880 crore in comparison to Rs 635 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal. NII increased 16 percent to Rs 2,050 crore in Q3 from Rs 1,766.21 crore in the year-ago period.Net and gross NPAs of KMB stood at 2.42 percent and 1.07 percent, respectively.The bank had 1,348 branches as of December 31, 2016. Total advances stood at Rs 129,261 crore, of which retail lending was Rs 51,582 crore.India’s biggest lender by advances is public sector State Bank of India (SBI) while the top private sector lender is ICICI Bank. HDFC Bank is the second-largest among private banks.On Thursday, Axis Bank shares closed at 528 apiece, ICICI Bank ended at Rs 284 and HDFC Bank lost marginally at Rs 1,394. The stock markets were closed on Friday on account of Maha Shivaratri.Meanwhile, State Bank of India informed stock exchanges on Thursday that its merger with five associates – State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur– will come into effect from April 1, 2017.  The Connaught Place branch of Axis Bank in New Delhi, December 15, 2016.IANSlast_img read more

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya atrocities

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees arrive from Myanmar after crossing the Naf river in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf. AFP file photoPressure tightened on Myanmar Monday as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on the country’s military, which is accused of driving out more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated “ethnic cleansing” campaign.The call from Human Rights Watch came as the UN General Assembly prepared to convene in New York, with the ongoing crisis in Myanmar billed as one of most pressing topics.The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighbouring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children.There are acute shortages of nearly all forms of aid, with many Rohingya huddling under tarps as their only protection from monsoon rains.Myanmar’s government hinted Sunday that would not take back all who fled across the border, accusing those refugees of having links to militants whose raids on police posts in August set off the army backlash.Any moves to block the refugees’ return will likely inflame Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina, who will press the UN General Assembly for more global pressure on Myanmar to repatriate all of the Rohingya massing in shantytowns along her border.Human Rights Watch also called for the “safe and voluntary return” of the displaced as it urged governments around the globe to punish Myanmar’s army with sanctions for the “ongoing atrocities” against the Rohingya.Call for arms embargo“The United Nations Security Council and concerned countries should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to end its ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims,” the group said in a statement.It called on the UN General Assembly to make the crisis a priority, urging countries to issue travel bans and asset freezes on Myanmar officers implicated in the abuses, as well as expand arms emargoes.“Burma’s senior military commanders are more likely to heed the calls of the international community if they are suffering real economic consequences,” said John Sifton, HRW’s Asia advocacy director.Myanmar’s government has defended the military campaign as a legitimate crackdown on the Rohingya militants, who first emerged as a fighting force last October.On Sunday Myanmar’s Information Committee accused those who fled to Bangladesh-more than a third of the Rohingya population-of working in cahoots with the Rohingya militia, a rag-tag group of fighters armed with mostly rudimentary weapons.“Those who fled the villages made their way to the other country for fear of being arrested as they got involved in the violent attacks,” the statement said.“Legal protection will be given to the villages whose residents did not flee,” it added.The violence has gutted large swaths of northern Rahkine in just over three weeks, with fires visible almost daily across the border from the Bangladesh camps.Some 30,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus have also been displaced by the unrest.While the world has watched the refugee crisis unfold with horror, there is little sympathy for the Rohingya inside mainly Buddhist Myanmar.Many Buddhists revile the group and have long denied the existence of a Rohingya ethnicity, insisting they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.last_img read more

Record in Hilsa production State minister for Fisheries

first_imgHilsa fish. Prothom Alo File PhotoState minister for fisheries and livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khosru on Wednesday said that the country has exceeded the previous record in producing Hilsa, bagging the first position in the world, reports BSS.“For the first time in history of 46 years after independence, the country has surpassed the previous record of Hilsa production which was 299,000 tonnes in 2008-2009. In the current fiscal 517,000 tonnes of Hilsa was produced,” he told a press conference marking the 27th National Fisheries Week at the Department of Fisheries (DoF).The state minister said that besides holding the first position in producing Hilsa, Bangladesh now stands fourth in producing Tilapia, third in producing open water fish and fifth in cultivated fisheries.He said that with the directions of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, a ‘Hilsa Development Trust Fund’ involving Taka 30.5 million has been established, for sustainable production of Hilsa in the country.The fund will also provide emergency financial security to the fishermen, he added.The state minister said the government has taken initiative to introduce 10 long-liner commercial fishing trawlers and seven purse seiners to catch deep sea fish side by side with increasing production of Hilsa.The conference was told that for the first time on 26 June this year, 3,188 square kilometres in Nijhum Dwip in Hatiya has been declared as ‘Marine Conservation Area’, for the conservation of the biodiversity there.Moreover, recent research and artificial breeding of rare fish has increased their availability in the market.Earlier, at 8.00 in the morning, a colourful procession led by the state minister was brought out from the fisheries department.To mark the ‘National Fisheries week-2019, the prime minister is expected to distribute ‘National Fisheries Award 2019’ at 10.00am today (Thursday) among 17 institutions and individuals for their contributions to the sector.A weeklong fishery fair will be held on the premises of the Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB) in Dhaka.Besides, three-day fisheries fair will be organised at the district level. A five-day technology based fisheries fair will be held at Mymensingh.Fish fries will also be released in ponds, haors, canals and rivers across the country during the week.last_img read more

Modi distributes ministries in India

first_imgNarendra Modi (R) takes the oath of office as India`s Prime Minister at the President house in New Delhi on 30 May 2019. Photo: AFPFollowing is the list of Ministers in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi:Narendra Modi: Prime Minister, also in-charge of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; and all important policy issues; and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.Cabinet Ministers: 24* Amit Shah: Home Affairs.* Rajnath Singh: Defence.* Nitin Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.* Nirmala Sitharaman: Finance; Corporate Affairs.* S. Jaishankar: External Affairs.* D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Chemicals and Fertilizers.* Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.* Narendra Singh Tomar: Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Rural Development; Panchayati Raj.* Ravi Shankar Prasad: Law and Justice; Communications; and Electronics and Information Technology.* Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries.* Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment.* Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’: Human Resource Development.* Arjun Munda: Tribal Affairs.* Smriti Irani: Women and Child Development; and Textiles.* Harsh Vardhan: Health and Family Welfare; Science and Technology; and Earth Sciences.* Prakash Javadekar: Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Information and Broadcasting.* Piyush Goyal: Railways; and Commerce and Industry.* Dharmendra Pradhan: Petroleum and Natural Gas; Steel.* Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority Affairs.* Pralhad Joshi: Parliamentary Affairs; Coal; and Mines.* Mahendra Nath Pandey: Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.* Arvind Ganpat Sawant: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise.* Giriraj Singh: Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.* Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: Minister of Jal Shakti.Ministers of State (Independent Charge): Nine* Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Labour and Employment.* Rao Inderjit Singh: Statistics and Programme Implementation; Planning.* Shripad Yesso Naik: Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Defence.* Dr. Jitendra Singh: Development of North Eastern Region; Prime Minister’s Office; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Atomic Energy; and Department of Space.* Kiren Rijiju: Youth Affairs and Sports; Minority Affairs.* Prahalad Singh Patel: Culture; Tourism.* Raj Kumar Singh: Power; New and Renewable Energy; Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.* Hardeep Singh Puri: Housing and Urban Affairs; Civil Aviation; and Commerce and Industry.* Mansukh L. Mandaviya: Shipping; Chemicals and Fertilizers.Ministers of State: 24* Faggan Singh Kulaste: Steel.* Ashwini Kumar Choubey: Health and Family Welfare.* Arjun Ram Meghwal: Parliamentary Affairs; and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.* General (Retd.) V. K. Singh: Road Transport and Highways.* Krishan Pal: Social Justice and Empowerment.* Danve Raosaheb Dadarao: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.* G. Kishan Reddy: Home Affairs.* Parshottam Rupala: Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.* Ramdas Athawale: Social Justice and Empowerment.* Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti: Rural Development.* Babul Supriyo: Environment, Forest and Climate Change.* Sanjeev Kumar Balyan: Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.* Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao: Human Resource Development; Communications; and Electronics and Information Technology.* Anurag Singh Thakur: Finance; and Corporate Affairs.* Angadi Suresh Channabasappa: Railways.* Nityanand Rai: Home Affairs.* Rattan Lal Kataria: Jal Shakti; Social Justice and Empowerment.* V. Muraleedharan: External Affairs; Parliamentary Affairs.* Renuka Singh Saruta: Tribal Affairs.* Som Parkash: Commerce and Industry.* Rameswar Teli: Food Processing Industries.* Pratap Chandra Sarangi: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.* Kailash Choudhary: Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.* Debasree Chaudhuri: Women and Child Development.last_img

What Do Voters Think About Immigration in The Hometowns of Sen Ted

first_img Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaHarris County Republicans gather at a debate watch party in Houston to watch Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke spar over immigration, other issuesWhen it comes to immigration, we know where Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke stand. Their constituents are another story. At the Republican Party Headquarters in Houston, a crowd shouts, laughs and applauds as they watch the final debate between the candidates.Of the issues discussed, border security strikes a chord with the audience. They cheer on Cruz after he says he’s gained the formal endorsement of the National Border Patrol Council.Sonny Khatua is watching. He says he supports Senator Cruz and President Trump, and believes people should come to the United States legally.“My family, my parents, we waited 20 years to become American citizens,” Khatua says.“So if the Dreamers want to come, they can get in line. They can do the legal thing. They can do the right thing,” he says. Photo: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public MediaKhatua wants the U.S. to be tough on illegal immigration.“We need to remove, deport violent, illegal criminals,” he says. “And also a huge amount of funding needs to go to keep building the wall. That’s very, very important. Especially to us legal immigrants.”About 10 miles southeast, security officer Edward Lawrence stands outside the Bank of America Center, in downtown Houston.Lawrence says of course he’ll be voting in the midterms – for Congressman Beto O’Rourke.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaElection signs at an early voting location at Spring First Church, in Spring –a suburb north of Houston– on October 28, 2018.As for immigration, Lawrence says, “it’s not fair for somebody to be deported back to Mexico just because they don’t have a green card. I mean, unfortunately, I know that’s the law here in the U.S.”He also believes in better border security. But “security is one thing,” he says. “But this wall? Uh uh. Nah. Too much to do.”Around the corner, in a cafeteria underground, Houstonians share opinions as diverse as the city.An older white man says immigrants ought to assimilate and learn English. An IT worker from India says the legal immigration system needs to be more efficient. And a Latina paralegal says she’s for Dreamers and against family separation, but may not get around to voting.And that’s just in Houston. So what do folks think on the other side of the state?Mallory Falk/KRWGA mural outside Gussie’s bakery in El Paso, Texas.Gussie’s Tamales and Bakery, in Central El Paso, is just a few miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border. The glass cases here are filled with Mexican pastries – and, for the holiday season, iced with shapes like pumpkins and bats.Paola Silva rings up customers behind the counter. This may be Beto O’Rourke’s hometown, but she says she’s not really following the midterm elections, “cause of work and everything.”But she is concerned about one issue in particular: Dreamers.“I think it’s really important for those people to keep studying and working because we’re all the same, honestly,” she says.That’s a common sentiment, in this border community.Hector Mata is buying tamales at Gussie’s. He came to the U.S. from Mexico and eventually gained citizenship. Now, he says, he feels a great sense of responsibility to use his vote to demand change.Mata says there should be more opportunities for people without documents, so they can get decent jobs and take care of their families. He says pushing for this change is the least he can do after the support he received when he first arrived in the country.A few miles away, at the El Paso County Courthouse, Rebekah Patnode just cast her ballot.“I couldn’t wait to get out and vote immediately for Beto O’Rourke because I might get hit by a bus tomorrow and I needed to cast my vote while I could,” she says.Patnode grew up in New England and lived all over the country before setting down roots in El Paso.“It’s the safest place that I’ve ever lived,” she says. “But I kind of want to unpack that and I resent the idea that we have to defend our community as being safe just because it is a predominantly brown community.”In the second Senate debate, Ted Cruz said El Paso is safe because of the border wall.“El Paso is right across from Juarez, one of the most dangerous cities in the world,” he said. “Three thousand murders last year. There’s a wall there. That wall is one of the tools you use to protect us.”Patnode’s voting buddy Arianne Rodriguez see things differently.“I come from immigrants,” she says. “I’m first-generation on my dad’s side. We don’t need a wall. We don’t have an abnormal amount of violence.”She wishes the rest of the state understood that.From the El Paso borderlands that Beto O’Rourke calls home to the international port of Houston where Ted Cruz lives, voters are thinking about immigration. Next week, we’ll find out which Senate candidate Texans decide best represents their vision. 00:00 /04:38last_img read more