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Arch buys Westmorland Retail Park for £36m

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Let’s all ‘do a Hannah’

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Galway Ladies Wins Connacht Senior Football Title

first_img24 June 2018; Galway captain Tracey Leonard lifts the trophy following her side’s victory during the TG4 Connacht Ladies Senior Football Final match between Mayo and Galway at Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** TG4 Connacht ladies senior football final Galway 0-17 Mayo 1-12center_img By Declan RooneyTracey Leonard played a captain’s role as her six points fired Galway to a sixth TG4 Connacht senior title in the last seven years and to victory over arch rivals Mayo at MacHale Park.A Fiona Doherty goal and six points on a bright return to action from Cora Staunton kept Mayo in touch, but despite having Charlotte Cooney sin-binned during the second-half, Tracey Leonard and Mairead Seoighe kicked the winning points late on as Galway claimed back-to-back victories.After winning the toss Mayo captain Sarah Tierney elected to play against the strong breeze in a scorching Castlebar venue, and it was the Tribesgirls that made that most of that advantage early on.Roisin Leonard got them off the mark after 29 seconds before Nicola Ward and Tracey Leonard made the most of gaping holes in the heart of the Mayo defence to kick scores.Following her late introduction to the team before throw-in Staunton’s first involvement was to balloon a fifth-minute free high across goal, but she soon found her target on the heels of a Niamh Kelly point to cut Galway’s lead to 0-3 to 0-2.Galway continued to exploit the space in front of the Mayo full-back line and Aine McDonagh stretched their lead after nine minutes. That lead was four points by the 18thminute as Tracey and Roisin Leonard landed good scores, but a sweet Staunton point from distance kept Mayo in touch and they only trailed 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time.Grace Kelly could have put a point between the sides straight after the restart but her free came back off the post, and it was Galway who then kicked on through Roisin Leonard.Staunton then took on the free taking duties from the right and got Mayo back in the game, and after Seoighe worked hard to score for Galway, Staunton gathered a break to score for Peter Leahy’s troops.Niamh Kelly’s direct running saw Mayo close to within a point, and when Charlotte Cooney was sin binned in the 45thminute Galway faced a real test.Galway responded with points from Sarah Conneally and Emer Faherty, but a stunning goal from Fiona Doherty pulled Mayo back to within a point with ten minutes remaining. Sinead Cafferky levelled matters with a great score four minutes from time, but Tracey Leonard and Seoighe hit two quick scores to put Galway out of sight.Galway now go on to face Waterford and the losing Leinster finalists in the group stages, while Mayo take on the Leinster champions and Cavan.ScorersGalway: T Leonard 0-6 (2f), R Leonard 0-3 (1f), M Seoighe 0-3, E Faherty 0-1, N Ward 0-1, O Divilly 0-1, A McDonagh 0-1, S Conneally 0-1.Mayo: C Staunton 0-6 (4f), F Doherty 1-0, N Kelly 0-2, G Kelly 0-2 (1f), S Cafferky 0-2Galway: L Murphy; S Burke, S Lynch, F Cooney; C Cooney, N Ward, E Faherty; A McDonagh, C Cormican; O Divilly, T Leonard (c), A Davoren; M Seoighe, R Leonard, L Coen.Subs: S Conneally for Coen (39), N Connolly for Lynch (39), L Ward for R Leonard (54), D Brennan for Davoren (60).Mayo: A Tarpey; E Lowther, S Tierney (c), D Caldwell; K Sullivan, R Kearns, D Hughes; F McHale, C McManamon; N Kelly, F Doherty, S Cafferky; G Kelly, S Rowe, C Staunton.Subs: O Cannon for McManamon (55), M Corbett for Hughes (56), S Howley for G Kelly (57).Referee: G Carmody (Roscommon).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Nelson Leafs Hockey Club looks to build on success of past KIJHL campaign

first_img Treasures report spoke to some of the challenges the team faced this past year. Viala said even though there was success in the playoffs, there was additional financial costs due to travel expenses. The Society continues to look at ways of improving our financial framework as we move forward in the years to come. The Leafs are continuing to support plans to expand the bottle depot and the community that it serves as we feel that the depot is an integral part in the regions recycling passion. Head coach Mario DiBella reports that he and his staff are working hard on building on their success from last year. The pieces for that build has already started to take shape as the recruiting process is coming together. “Thank you to all the Nelson Leaf Board members for their tireless work behind the scenes,” said Leafs Vice-President Corey Viala, who chaired the meeting after President John Dooley was unable to attend.“A special thank you goes to three Board members who have decided not to let their names stand for another year — Lauretta Wilson, Gioconda Gordon and Randy Craik — for their years of support and dedication to the Nelson Leafs’ Society.”Leaf head coach Mario DiBella is back behind the bench for another term with the hockey club.Viala said DiBella will be without assistant coach Sean Dooley, who has decided not to return, but instead, focus on his young family.Viala thanked DiBella and his staff for a “incredible season” both on and off the ice. “The Nelson Leafs went further into the playoffs since 2009 and we look forward to another successful year,” Viala said.Nelson won both the Murdoch regular season — 33-9-2-0-3 — and playoff titles, defeating Grand Forks and Castlegar before losing out to eventual KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters in the Kootenay Conference Finals in six games.Other highlights from the meeting include: A special presentation to the Nelson Leafs Volunteer award — Carmen Richichi. Richichi has been a volunteer for many years and the Leafs Hockey Society to recognize Carmen as a key part of that volunteer group. The Nelson Leafs have already commenced work on building on a successful past season in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League by welcoming three new members to the board following the team’s Annual General Meeting at the NDCC.Yvonne Vulcano, Bob Bourke and Stathis Dimopoulos join second-year members John Dooley, Corey Viala, Jeff Wright and Peter Payne on the 2018-19 Leafs executive.Secretary-treasurer Karilynn Carr was also re-elected to the board for the upcoming season.center_img There was a huge increase to the Leafs social media campaign. Viala said the club is developing more ways to reach fan base with increasing information about the team, the players and special events through our social media.   The Autism Awareness Campaign continues to be a successful part of what the Nelson Leafs do off the ice in the community. Every aspect of the campaign was embraced by the community, the Board, the coaching staff as well as the players. The Leafs managed to raise over $1,500 for the program and look forward to continuing these types of campaigns in the future. The Leafs Bottle Depot, experiencing some challenges over the years, has seen a huge improvement in operations this past year thanks to new manager Greg St. George. The Leafs want to thank St. George for his tireless work as the depot is an integral part of the Nelson Leafs Society.last_img read more

Nantahala Ranger District planning two prescribed burns this week

first_imgThe U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct two prescribed burns this week on the Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest, weather permitting.On Thursday, November 16, a 1200-acre burn is planned in the Sugar Creek area of Little Canada in Jackson County. On Friday, November 17, a 1762-acre burn is planned in the Round Mountain area of Jackson County on the state line with South Carolina.The goal of these understory burns is to reduce hazardous fuels on the forest floor to prevent future catastrophic wildfires and improve wildlife habitat.Public and firefighter safety is the highest priority. Be aware of the potential for smoke and firefighter traffic near the burn areas.For more information contact the Nantahala Ranger District office at 828-524-6441.last_img read more

Internet promotes African freedom

first_img. Malou Mangahas of the Philippines, Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Uganda and Brenda Burrell of Zimbabwe accepted the Breaking Borders award on behalf of their organisations in Santiago, Chile. MEDIA CONTACTS • Global Voices Founder: Ethan Zuckerman [email protected] Founder: Rebecca MacKinnon [email protected] Executive director: Ivan Sigal [email protected] MD: Georgia Popplewell [email protected] • Bosco Uganda Fr. Joseph Okumu 0772 613517 [email protected] • Bosco USA Gus Zuehlke 1 (574) 255 1437 [email protected] [email protected] • Kubatana.net +263 4 776008/746448 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Google’s SMS internet for Uganda• Eassy to go live soon• Chile on top of Chile quake data• African reality TV fights HIV• Talk 11 languages on your phoneTwo African organisations are among the three winners of the inaugural Breaking Borders awards, given by Google and alternative media group Global Voices to those fighting for free expression via the internet and other technology platforms.The winners are Kubatana.net from Zimbabwe in the advocacy category, Uganda’s Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach (Bosco) for technology, and the Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism for policy.Supported by Thomson Reuters, the awards honour groups who use the internet to give voice to those once silenced, make the activities of governments more transparent, and standing up for the rights of dissidents.Global Voices is a community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.The winners were announced in Santiago on 6 May at the Global Voices Summit, a gathering of internet activists from 60 countries have gathered. The awards were launched on 3 November 2009, when Google and others marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the aim of celebrating how the internet has become a vital ally in worldwide efforts to advance freedom and political change.“This is particularly true at a time when dissidents, journalists and bloggers remain under severe pressure in the online and offline worlds,” Bob Boorstin, Google’s director of public policy, said in a statement.An international jury of experts reviewed nominations from around the world and chose the awardees in three categories: advocacy, technology and policy. Each group wins a US$10 000 (R75 000) grant to further their work.The winners are:Kubatana.net – Zimbabwe (advocacy)An online community for Zimbabwean activists, Kubatana uses the internet, email, SMS, blogs and print materials to broadcast information to the public. Cited for its extraordinary contributions while operating under in a tense and dangerous political atmosphere, Kubatana’s contributions also include an online library of more than 16 000 human rights and civic reports together with a directory listing over 240 NGOs.Beyond its significance as a resource for information on Zimbabwe, Kubatana has also developed Freedom Fone, innovative software that marries the mobile phone to audio voice menus and SMS to give citizens new ways to communicate.Bosco – Uganda (technology)Bosco was cited for its tremendously effective and creative use of long-existing technology to foster social and economic development and peace building in rural communities of northern Uganda.Launched in April 2007 as Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach, Bosco began as a solar-powered, long-range wireless computer network covering locations in camps for internally displaced people across the Gulu and Amuru districts. Low-power computers and VoIP phones were installed in schools, health centres and parish offices, bringing internet, phone and intranet connectivity to remote areas.Bosco’s long-term vision is to build collaborative, web-based networks. Today it focuses on Web 2.0 training, online digital ethnography and collaborative online communication mediums between internet sites.The Philippines Centre for Investigative Journalism – Philippines (policy)An independent, not-for-profit media agency, the PCIJ was founded by nine Filipino journalists in 1989 – with borrowed office space, an old-DOS-based computer, a second-hand electric typewriter, and office furniture bought from a thrift shop – to promote the values of investigative reporting in fostering good governance, freedom of expression, and the people’s right to know.In 20 years, the PCIJ has produced 500 investigative reports, two dozen books on journalism and governance, five full-length films and dozens of video documentaries. It has conducted a hundred training seminars for journalists in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, and won over 120 national and international awards.The PCIJ maintains a multimedia website, an institutional blog, a database site on politics and governance, and institutional accounts on Twitter and YouTube.last_img read more

“Passed my SHRM-CP..Yooohoo!!!”

first_imgCongratulations to all human resources professionals who recently passed the new SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam.  Many of the newly certified were so excited, they jumped onto Twitter to share their awesome accomplishment.We caught up with Cecilia Parra, Brandon Ambrose and Jon Thurmond to learn more about what it means to have the SHRM Certification. Q. Why is it important for you as an HR professional to have a SHRM CP or SHMR SCP certification?Parra: In this competitive and ever changing environment it is important to me to keep up with the latest news, trends, laws and changes in human resource practices, not only to benefit my career and personal development and growth, but for the benefit of my internal customers and my organization. It is, in my opinion, a great way to be recognized as a knowledgeable professional in the industry. ~ Cecelia Parra, SHRM-CPAmbrose: The SHRM CP is important to me because it serves as a culmination of my experiences and knowledge, backed by SHRM’s testing process. That shows my peers and potential employers that I am a well-versed and dedicated HR professional. ~ Brandon Ambrose, SHRM-CPThurmond: Before I got into HR, I taught public school.  I consider myself a lifelong learner and have encouraged those that worked for me over the years to pursue HR certifications and education, however never felt that I had time and resources to do it myself.  After losing my job a couple years ago, I found certifications were very appealing to potential employers as they demonstrate not only that you have the knowledge but you’ve committed to continued learning and growth.  Based on a coffee conversation with a trusted HR peer earlier this year, I signed up for the SCP exam. ~ Jon Thurmond, SHRM-SCPQ. Tell us about your experience preparing for and taking the SHRM CP or SHRM SCP exam?Parra: I have many years of experience in Human Resources in different industries, so I decided to do the self-study and bought the books. It was a lot of material, and a lot of reading, there was no way, despite my practical knowledge (although it helps to apply the competencies) that I was going to be able to pass that test without reading and reviewing the material at least once. It was extremely beneficial. ~ Cecelia Parra, SHRM-CPAmbrose: I utilized the SHRM Learning System to study. Packed the books for lunch each day and read them at home on my Kindle. ~ Brandon Ambrose, SHRM-CPThurmond: I’m extremely fortunate to be a member of Richmond SHRM locally.  They encourage members to pursue certification by offering certification study groups and study materials.  I was able to utilize the chapter’s copy of the SHRM Learning System, which proved invaluable in prepping for the exam.  I felt well prepared after reading the materials and taking the practice tests. ~ Jon Thurmond, SHRM-SCP Share your SHRM Certification experience on Twitter (#SHRMCert) and via the SHRM Certification LinkedIn Group.center_img Q. Certification is not a destination it’s a journey. What’s your next step for your professional development and your SHRM Certification?Parra: I am now … working on keeping with the re-certification credits for the SHRM-CP certification I just received. ~ Cecelia Parra, SHRM-CPAmbrose: I am definitely interested in pursuing the SHRM-SCP in the very near future. ~ Brandon Ambrose, SHRM-CP     Thurmond: With the pace of change we’ve seen in our profession over the last several years, I’m constantly learning something new.  I look forward to continued participation in local SHRM events, #Nextchat on Twitter (which I can’t recommend enough), and am especially excited to take part in the national conference next year in Washington, D.C.! ~ Jon Thurmond, SHRM-SCPlast_img read more

Alibaba to break records on Singles’ Day

first_imgAlibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Singles’ Day sales is speculated to break all the previous records. This has been said because of the increased and still increasing number of internet services if analysts were to be believed. The number of retailers is higher than last year in terms of participation than which again is another reason that showcases strength. And hence expectation for this year is high.The “11/11 Shopping Festival” is the world’s biggest 24-hour online sale according to Alibaba, which began in 2009 with just 27 merchants on the company’s Tmall.com. They offered fabulous discounts to boost sales. Long back, young Chinese formulated Single’s Day to be held on 11th November, commonly known as 11/11 to basically celebrate or lament their single-hood. Eventually it got evolved as a big shopping festival in the world for 24 hours. Alibaba did a smashing business during the last year’s festival. According to Alibaba, selling of more than Rs. 36,900 crores of goods has been reported. This has happened during its annual Singles’ Day online shopping. The customers quite literally grabbed on the heavy discounted goods crossing last year’s records.The air is full and there is a substantial buzz. Thanks to the pre-orders. Somewhere near mid-October as promotions for the Single Day, pre-orders were started by Alibaba. During this period, the customers could reserve a product by paying a deposit for it and the remaining amount on the Sale day that is 11th Nov.Alibaba also said, ” This year’s festival is global, reaching shoppers in more than 200 countries .”advertisementlast_img read more

Villager hacked to death by Naxals in Dantewada

first_imgRaipur: A villager was hacked to death allegedly by Naxals on suspicion he was a police informer in Chhattisgarhs Dantewada district, police said on Friday. The body of Budhram Tati with his throat slit was found near Perpa village in the Kirandul police station area on Thursday evening, a senior police official said. A Maoist leaflet recovered from the spot stated that “whoever works as a police informer for money will meet the same fate” in ‘jan adalat’ (Naxals kangaroo court), he said. Denying Tatis association with police, the officer said the victim was a native of Tikanpal village in the Kirandul area, located around 400km away from the state capital Raipur, and was working as a labourer. A search operation has been launched in the area to trace the assailants, he added. A similar incident was reported in the area on September 14 when another villager Mirya Manjal was killed by Naxals who suspected him to be a police informer. Security has been tightened in the forests of Dantewada ahead of the September 23 bypoll in the Naxal- affected assembly constituency. The bypoll in Dantewada, reserved for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) community, has been necessitated following the death of sitting BJP legislator Bhima Mandavi in a Naxal attack in April this year.last_img read more

Lahore A Pakistani court on Monday accepted the p

first_imgLahore: A Pakistani court on Monday accepted the plea of Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to transfer a terrorism financing case against him from the anti-terrorism court Gujranwala district of Punjab province to a court here on the ground that there is a “threat to his life”. On July 17, Saeed, a UN-designated global terrorist, was arrested in connection with the terrorism financing case while on his way from Lahore to Gujranwala. Prior to his arrest, the top 13 leaders of the Jamaat-ud- Dawah, including Saeed and Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki, were booked in nearly two dozen cases for terror financing and money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportLahore High Court Chief Justice Sardar Shamim Ahmed held the hearing on Saeed’s petition and accepted it when the government law officer raised no objection on it. Saeed’s advocate A K Dogar said his client is kept at Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore but he is taken to Gujranwala, some 80kms from Lahore, on every appearance before the anti-terrorism court there in connection with a terrorism financing case. He said shifting Saeed from Lahore to either Gujranwala or Gujrat anti-terrorism courts may entail threat to his life. Besides, the government has to make elaborate security arrangements on his shifting to the ATCs outside Lahore, he argued. Accepting his plea, Justice Shamim allowed the trial of Saeed in the terror financing case registered in Gujranwala district in the Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court.last_img read more