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Captains set for HSBC Singapore Sevens

first_imgThe HSBC Singapore Sevens is set to be a massive weekend of rugby as 52,000 fans are expected to come through the doors on 28 -29 April. The 2018 series has been the most competitive to date with five different teams winning the first five rounds and just 41 points separating the top six teams.Current series leaders, South Africa have been incredibly consistent so far this year making three cup finals and narrowly missing out on a few other occasions. However, with only one tournament win this year, they’ll be looking to go that one step further this weekend and continue to build a gap at the top of the series table.”I think this weekend and the other two tournaments left in the series in London and Paris are all going to be important.” said the Blitzboks veteran, Kyle Brown”It’s important we maintain the consistency that we have, that’s exactly what we spoke about at the beginning of this season but also to go that one step further and get into the finals and finish them well at the end of the day.”Another team that have been in excellent form this year is Fiji, they’re the only team with more than one win on the series so far (Hamilton, Canada, Hong Kong).Despite this, they sit second in the table behind South Africa but will take confidence in the fact they’ve beaten them four out of the six times they faced them in the playoff stages this year. Another tournament win would be huge for their title hopes and they’ll know that going into the third last event of the 2018 series.Kenya have had a pretty successful series reaching the last two cup finals consecutively but ultimately falling short against Fiji on both occasions. However, this tournament has added significance to them, just two years ago they won their first HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event here in Singapore. “For the guys who were here (in 2016), it was all about brother hood, playing for the man standing next to you, putting in the hard work and dedication and that’s what made the difference.” said Kenya’s Oscar Ouma”There’s definitely a lot of positive sentiment, the fact that we won our first tournament here brings a lot of good memories and makes it a good place for us to play”The stage is set for another competitive series event. Can the Singapore Sevens provide another new tournament winner? If history is to go by it’s certainly a possibility. One thing is for sure, the Singapore Sevens will be rocking this weekend.The action gets underway at 11:00 local time on Saturday (GMT+8) with Scotland taking on Australia.last_img read more


D’Urban Backlands Squatters soon to benefit from potable water

first_imgThe inconvenience of joining a line to access water and fetching it for long distances will soon be a thing of the past for the residents of Durban Backlands Squatting Area. This is following an intervention by the Guyana Water Inc to bring relief.Managing Director of GWI, Dr Van West Charles in discussions with residents of D’Urban BacklandsThe squatting area aback the Chinese Embassy on Mandela Avenue, which is seeking to become regularised, is home to over 2500 persons.The residents currently access water from limited makeshift standpipes and the East Demerara Water Conservancy. While regularisation is yet to be done, GWI’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles responded to a request by village representative Mr Kyle Solomon to provide easy access to potable water to the families residing there.After being made aware of the need in the area, the Managing Director, accompanied by Mr Solomon, Dr Astell Collins of the Ministry of the Presidency and other GWI officials conducted a walk-through in the community on Friday, January 25.Later that day, a GWI technical team returned to map out the area and determine where lines are to be laid and standpipes to be erected.On Saturday last, the team held a community meeting with residents to inform them of the works to be undertaken.GWI’s Georgetown Manager Curtis Niles informed them that works will commence on Thursday, January 31 with the clearing of lands.Dr Van West Charles tours the areaFollowing this, they will move to strategically erect a total of 24 standpipes along the village tracks. He also noted that some adjustments will have to be made to some property boundaries so as to facilitate the project.Dr Van West-Charles advised against tampering with GWI’s infrastructure, noting that such actions are illegal and can cause contamination in the pipeline.“Once we proceed and we begin to layout, then we can move to the stage where you become customers because you’ll have addresses and we can arrange for you to have access into where you live. However, when that occurs you have to commence paying”, Dr Van West-Charles reminded.The Managing Director also instructed residents to desist from constructing their sanitary facilities on the boundary of the conservancy. He added that GWI’s sanitation department will be contacted to assist with the construction of sanitary blocks and septic tanks, in order to employ the correct method of human waste disposal.Solomon thanked Dr Van West-Charles, Dr Collins and the GWI technical team for promptly fulfilling their request and relieving their prolonged burden of having to fetch water from far distances.Many of the other beneficiaries also expressed their gratitude to have access to potable, running water for the first time.Tamika Stephen said “I feel happy because I have 5 children and I does use the water from the blacka so they get ringworm so I carrying them to get treatment and sometimes I throw bleach but when I ain’t get money to buy bleach, it raise up back again… I so grateful and happy”.“I live here a long time, I fetch so much water till my hand corn up so I really glad for the water and I like wear white clothes. I like at the back here and I glad they start put interest in the community”, said Mr Ziggy London, who has been a resident there for over seven years.last_img read more



first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Last week we touched on how to plan for achieving your goals.This week I am going to give you some simple tips that I have picked up over the years. When added into your daily routine, these 5 tips can be adhered to very easily and can be very effective in helping you achieve your weight loss goals.1. Using a food diary: A simple food diary can prevent you from taking in excess calories from seemingly innocent sources such as sugary drinks and cereal bars.Writing down everything that you eat and drink, means that you are holding yourself accountable for your actions. It can prevent you from making mistakes.If you are training with a friend, swap diaries once a week and hold each other accountable.2. Portion Control: How much do we need to eat at each meal? Hands up if you know?Actually keep them up, because they are a very good tool for portion control.Your hand is your very own customized meal planner. If you are small and have small hands you will eat smaller portions and if you are tall and have large hands you will eat larger portions.At each meal you should be getting in a portion of protein, a portion of carbohydrates and a portion of fibrous vegetables.a) Protein (Chicken, beef, fish) You should use the size of an open palm and should roughly be the thickness of your thumb.b) Carbs. (Potato, sweet potato, rice)You should use the same size as a cupped hand.c) Vegetables (Any vegetables, but green is best) You should use the size of a closed fist.d) For extra fats if needed, such as oils and butter for cooking, or nuts for snacking on, you will use the length and thickness of your thumb, from tip to the large knuckle. (Any nut except peanuts.) 3. Food preparation and planning:Advanced preparation of meals can prevent you from making mistakes due to work or family commitments. You can cook everything you need the night before, or in the morning when you get up. All you have to do is pack it up and bring it with you. If this all seems too much, pick two days throughout the week. (I find Sunday and Wednesday works best for me.) Prepare everything you need for the next few days. Pack it in containers, freeze it and take it out and use it as needed.4. Snack on fruit and nuts:A small snack of fruit and nuts mid-morning and mid-afternoon has been shown to be effective in weight loss and can keep hunger at bay for longer. An apple and a portion of almonds is a perfect snack.This simple yet effective way of snacking, also allows you to always have something at hand that you can have if you are caught out and miss a meal.5. Use the 90% rule:The 90% rule allows you to be consistent with something but to have some leeway throughout the week as well. An example of this is that if you planned to eat 5 meals per day 7 days per week, that is 35 meals, 90% of this would give 32, so that allows 3 free meals throughout the week. Think business lunch, family celebration or wedding etc.These are very simple, but very effective ways to create structure to your weight loss goals.For further information on Personal Training and Nutrition contact me through the link below. I’ll be back next Monday on Donegal Daily with more.#TrainSmart* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: 5 SMALL STEPS TO SUCCESS was last modified: January 19th, 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:Donegal Dailyemmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more



first_imgA Donegal grandfather has successfully completed a marathon cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head and raised €14,000 in the process for Donegal Cancer Support Services.Denis Doherty, 68, from Gleneely, received a huge reception when he arrived at Bamba’s Crown around 5pm last Friday. Needless to say a party then followed in Docs Bar where entertainment was provided by his granchildren all of who sang or played instruments to the delighted grangfather of 20.Denis said he was totally overwelmed by the response he recieved by people all over the country on their venture and on his return home on Friday.They have to-date raised over €14,000 and money is still coming in. Anyone still wishing to donate can do so by contacting him on 9367179 or donations can also be made online through paypal has been a remarkable achievement and one in which Denis is only delighted to have done in honour of the outstanding services he recieved during his ordeal with cancer a few years back. He also holds in high regard the support given to him throughout the trip by his son Michael and son-in-law Shane who cycled with him and his daughter Breda and Brother Michael who provided their essential supports throughout the journey. Breda was also instrumental in the level of funds raised in this campaign.  DETERMINED DENIS ARRIVES HOME TO A HUGE WELCOME AFTER MARATHON CYCLE was last modified: July 30th, 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:cancerDenis DohertyMizen to Malin cyclelast_img read more


Remembering the brilliant Brazilian defender Cafu

first_imgFive days, five World Cup icons left of’s countdown to the tournament’s start.The list featuring Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, looks at the greatest moments from the most iconic footballers – from great goal scorers and majestic defenders to sensational scoundrels and those who just didn’t know the rules. 2 5) Cafu: Brazil, defender (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)Desastre! Twenty-one minutes into the 1994 World Cup final, and Jorginho is limping off injured for Brazil. How can coach Carlos Alberto Parreira replace a right-back with such flair, such dynamism, such attack-minded intent?Oh, hang on a minute. There’s Cafu coming off the bench – and it turns out he is the most dynamic, attack-minded right-back in the history of the game. Cafu proved to be just that in a Brazil career spanning 16 years, four World Cups and what remains a record 142 caps. He became the only footballer in history to play in three World Cup finals. It was in the third of those, in Yokohama in 2002, that Cafu truly entered World Cup folklore. As captain of a team that strolled past Germany in the final, he hopped on to a stand not made to bear human weight, threw his medal round the back of his neck to reveal a scrawled message paying tribute to the Sao Paulo favela in which he grew up and, lifting the trophy aloft, screamed: “Regina, eu te amo!” ‘I love you,’ he was telling his wife. 2 talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.ICONIC WORLD CUP PLAYERS: BRAZIL RIGHT-BACK CAFUlast_img read more



first_imgBREAKING NEWS: NAOMH Conaill have nominated a Tyrone man to be the next manager of the Donegal Senior Football team.The Glenties club have put forward the name of their former manager Cathal Corey to take the county manager’s role.Mr Corey, a father of three who works as a sales rep for a national stove company, was the joint manager of Naomh Conaill with Jim McGuinness in 2009. The coach – nephew of Derry manager Brian McIvor –  took the club to the county title and an Ulster final against Crossmaglen in 2010.He is highly respected in the game, and in particular by Jim McGuinness.Up until now former Donegal No2 Rory Gallagher was being seen as the front runner for the position but Corey’s nomination is being seen as an ‘exciting’ development.His dedication to Donegal could be seen in an AIB promotional video taken on the day of the All-Ireland Final last month when he refused cash for his club in return for tearing up his match ticket. But he said he felt duped afterwards after the video appeared to show him rejecting the money.He said he was offered just €500, not €2,000, and that the video left out his offer to make the donation himself.He said he received abusive messages afterwards.“I said to him: look, I don’t have much money, but I’ll give my club €500 out of my own money, but I want to go see the match here today,” said Corey at the time, saying he was personal friends with McGuinness, Leo McLoone and the Thompson brothers.“They were friends of mine, and I wanted to go to that match. Leon Thompson offered me the tickets – they were their tickets they got for their family and good friends, and I didn’t want to miss the game.” But instead, he said the video (below) seemed to show him rejecting €2,000 for his Tyrone club so he can see Donegal play.Cathal said he thought nothing more of it until the following Tuesday, when he received a text message from a friend telling him he was right not to rip up his ticket. He had not seen the video that that point.“The second that I watched it and seen them giving your man a cheque for €2,000 I knew … the way people were going to be.”“It made it look like they had offered me and the other four or five people €2,000 – but that wasn’t the case. I knew I was going to get s***.” NAOMH CONAILL NOMINATE FORMER McGUINNESS COACH FOR COUNTY MANAGER’S JOB was last modified: October 17th, 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:Cathal CoreydonegalGlentiesJim McGuinnessManagerNaomh Conailllast_img read more


FOCAC starts today in South Africa

first_img4 December 2015Ties between China and Africa are expected to strengthen as the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) summit commences today. The historic event, the first to be hosted in Africa, will run till tomorrow in Joburg, South Africa.It is co-chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping, already in South Africa for a State Visit, and President Jacob Zuma.Numerous heads of African states, representatives from the African Union (AU), heads of regional organisations and multilateral organisations are also participating in the summit, which has the theme “Africa-China progressing together: win-win co-operation for common development”.The Johannesburg DeclarationA new declaration – the Johannesburg Declaration – will be adopted at the conclusion of the summit. It is an action plan to outline measures to consolidate the expanding relationship between Africa and China.The summit will pick up on key areas of co-operation that the two sides have identified. These include economic co-operation, infrastructure development, beneficiation, debt relief, industrialisation, investment promotion, market access expansion, co-operation in health, agriculture, science and technology, and education, as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges.The Johannesburg Declaration will also take into account the AU’s first 10-year implementation plan of Agenda 2063. The agenda is a continental vision for an African continent that is united, peaceful and prosperous, and which moves towards industrialisation and value-addition, infrastructure development and greater intra-African trade.China and Africa partnershipThe historical relationship between China and Africa has grown in the last few years. The oriental country has been Africa’s largest trade partner for six consecutive years and Africa is assuming growing importance as an investment and engineering contract destination for Chinese enterprises.Over the past 15 years, the trade volume between China and Africa has soared from $10-billion (R144-billion at today’s exchange rate) to $220-billion. During the same period, China’s direct investment in Africa has sharply increased from $500-million to $30-billion.China&Africa: Together we make a better world #XiJinping, African leaders to attend #FOCAC summit in S. Africa— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) December 3, 2015South Africa’s relations with China remain central to realising its developmental agenda through foreign policy as it increases efforts to implement its National Development Plan; and collaborate in agriculture, environmental affairs, trade and industry, and finance. This comes as the country continues to drive the agenda of moving South Africa forward.Arrival of Chinese presidentPresident Xi arrived in South Africa on 2 December. In his arrival statement, he said the relationship between South Africa and China was at its best and had become a model of solidarity and co-operation between developing countries.The two countries had “steadily enhanced political trust, deepened practical collaboration in all areas and engaged in dynamic people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and carried out interestingly close international co-operation”.About FOCACEstablished in 2000, FOCAC aims to promote bilateral ties between China and Africa through dialogue.This year marks the 15th anniversary of the forum. It is the first time the ministerial meeting has been upgraded to a leader’s summit. This is seen as a reflection of the developing and growing relationship between the two reporterlast_img read more


SA: a partner for growth

first_imgInvestment opportunities in South Africa will be promoted to global business and other international stakeholders at Davos-Klosters.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the South African team to the World Economic Forum annual meeting this month. (Image GCIS)The South African delegation to the 48th World Economic Forum meeting this month will be led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.The annual meeting of global leaders from business, government, civil society, academia and arts and culture, takes place from 23 to 26 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.The forum is an important platform used by South Africa to market and showcase the country to global business and other key international stakeholders. Ramaphosa will be accompanied by several ministers and business leaders, with Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba taking the lead in promoting investment opportunities in South Africa.Brand South Africa will be part of the delegation, showcasing “South Africa: an ideal partner for growth”.This year’s meeting takes place under the theme “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”, with some 2,500 participants collaborating to find ways of solving global challenges such as sustainable development, inclusive growth and managing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting therefore aims to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world,” the forum notes on its website.Co-chairs of the event include: International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde; Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg; general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in Belgium Sharan Burrow; director-general of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva Fabiola Gianotti; IBM CEO Ginni Rometty; ENGIE Group CEO Isabelle Kocher; and the founder and president of Mann Deshi Mahila Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation in India, Chetna Sinha.American President Donald Trump has also announced that he plans to attend.For more information about the World Economic Forum, visit their website.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


Hay moisture levels

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris Penrose, OSU ANR Extension Educator, Morgan County and Dan Lima, OSU ANR Extension Educator, Belmont CountyWith the limited opportunities and short windows many have had to make hay so far this year, some hay may have been made at higher moisture levels than we would like. Moisture levels have a direct effect on hay quality. What we have found to be a consistent number in the literature is 20% moisture maximum. To be more specific:Small squares to be 20% or less, Large round, 18% or less and Large squares, 16% Hay baled at 20% moisture or higher has a high probability of developing mold, which will decrease the quality of hay by decreasing both protein and total nonstructural carbohydrates (TNC) AKA energy! The mold will also make the hay less palatable to livestock and could potentially be toxic, especially for horses. Even hay baled between 15%-20% moisture will experience what is known as “sweating.” Sweating, in regard to hay bales, refers to microbial respiration, which will create heat and result in dry matter (DM) loss. A good rule of thumb is that you should expect a 1% DM loss per 1% decrease of moisture after baling. As an example, hay baled at 20% moisture that is stored and dried down to 12%; will result in 8% DM loss.What happens if we bale hay and the moisture content is too high? Bad things. If lucky, maybe the hay will only mold, but if it is too moist and starts heating, it could catch fire. If the hay heats to 100-120 degrees F, it will be fine; if it goes above that, monitor daily. Once it gets to 140 degrees F, consider tearing down the stack. At 150-160 degrees F, call the fire department, and once it gets to 160 degrees F, there will be smoldering pockets and hot spots, and gases will ignite hay when exposed to air (source: Washington State University Extension, Steve Fransen and Ned Zaugg).It can be a double edged sword in regards to losing quality by not baling, or losing quality by baling with moisture levels that are too high. Therefore, our recommendation to ensure adequate livestock nutrition this winter is to have a forage analysis done on the hay baled this year. Once you have those results, develop a corresponding supplemental feed program, if necessary, based on the nutritional requirements of your livestock.last_img read more


Ganesha idol removed from Meghalaya NIT campus

first_imgThe National Institute of Technology (NIT), Meghalaya, on Monday removed an idol of Lord Ganesha from the campus following protests from a local organisation in the Christian-majority State. The idol was installed ceremoniously in the premises in Shillong on September 23. Three days later, the Jaintia Students’ Union objected and said the idol could undermine the institute’s secular fabric and “incite communal sentiments” among the students and staff belonging to other faiths.The union suggested that the idol be replaced by the bust of a renowned personality from the field of science, humanities or literature. NIT Meghalaya’s Director B.B. Biswal declined to comment but a faculty member confirmed the removal to “respect local sentiments”.Mr. Biswal had earlier justified the installation of the idol at a common passage of the renovated office rooms of the institute. The spot, he said, had been cleaned and some staff members suggested an idol of a deity would prevent people from making the place dirty again.last_img read more