first_imgThere was much sadness in West Donegal yesterday when one of the county’s longest-serving doctors hung up his stethoscope.Dr Lochlann McGill has served as a GP across Co Donegal for the past 36 years.He attended to his last patient at Falcarragh Health Centre on Friday. And Dr McGill received a huge surprise when staff at the local nursing unit organised a farewell party for the much-loved GP.The occasion was organised by matron Margaret McClean and attended by many of the staff who have worked with Dr McGill down through the years.Matron McClean spoke of Dr McGill’s kindness he always showed towards his patients and his courteous manner towards his staff.Along with Dr McAteer, Dr McGill was instrumental in setting up the community nursing unit in Falcarragh. Dr McGill, he lined out with Cloughaneely GAA team in his day, said he was now looking forward to practicing his love of the Irish language and spending more time with wife Carmel and his extended family.He can also get more time to take regular dips in the sea close to his home.A full retirement function has been planned for Dr McGill in August. SADNESS AS DOCTOR RETIRES AFTER 36 YEARS SERVING DONEGAL was last modified: June 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:Dr LochLann McGillFalcarragh Health Centreretireslast_img read more

Klein making her impact felt

first_imgNothing has changed for Brittany Klein. When it came to high school girls soccer, very few, if any, could match the skill and athleticism of the former Arcadia High School star. It’s the same at Santa Clara, where Klein is slowly becoming one of the top players on West Coast and in the country. “Brittany is the prototypical (Santa Clara) midfielder,’ Broncos coach Jerry Smith said of his latest protege. “(She’s) very skillful and tactically aware, meaning she’s a wonderful student of the game and brings great vision. “She’s in the mold of many of our past play-making attacking midfielders, like an Aly Wagner … able to spin the ball and curve the ball, and thread needle-type passes. Brittany will ultimately be one of the best passers in college soccer.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Klein is almost there. The 5-foot-3 sophomore midfielder started 11 games last year and was selected to the West Coast Conference All- Freshman team after helping traditional-power Santa Clara to the Division I Final Four. She’s started strong this season, earning all-tournament selections at the ACC/WCC Challenge and the Santa Clara adidas Classic. She has only one goal and an assist through the first five matches, but Klien’s best attribute is not scoring but putting her teammates in the best position to score. But Klein, the 2003 California State Player of the Year during her senior year at Arcadia, is first to admit it wasn’t exactly an easy transition from playing against the best in the CIF-Southern Section to the elite of the college game. “It’s a whole different game,’ Klein said. “It’s faster and more physical, but it forces you to play better and up your game. You are forced to adjust to help the the team and play at the increased pace. My freshman year, it went OK. I had to adjust as quick as possible. “But like I said, playing at this level definitely helps you become a great player. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by some great players (at Santa Clara).’ center_img Klein is also well aware of the winning tradition that Smith started in the 1980s. The Broncos, whose alumni includes former World Cup star Brandi Chastain, have advanced to the past 16 NCAA Tournaments, 10 Final Fours and won a national title in 2001. “Santa Clara is the place you want to come to,’ Klein said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to play here. I feel fortunate.’ Now she wants to add to that winning tradition and so far she’s done a good job of it. Santa Clara advanced to the national semifinals last season and went into last week ranked third in the country after beginning the season 4-0-1. The Broncos also knocked off top-ranked Notre Dame, who ended Santa Clara’s season in 2004. “I don’t have any individual goals, other than to improve my game and play well,’ Klein said. “As a team, we want to make the Final Four again. That’s our goal. But we have to take it game-by-game. If we do that, we can think about winning our (conference) and then hopefully advance to the Final Four. “But each game is a learning experience. You have to play each game and take nothing for granted.’ Klein isn’t the only former local girls soccer player to have success in college. Others include Pasadena Poly’s Haley Hunt, who is at Stanford, and Monrovia’s Kim Lloyd, who is at Utah. Hunt, who has started all five games for the Cardinal this year, was second team All-America and first team All-West Region last season. Lloyd was second All-Mountain West Conference last season. She has two goals and two assists in six games this season. Steve Ramirez can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2161, or by e-mail at[EP 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Thursday, August 10.Kay NEESONThe death has taken place August 8th 2017 at her home of Kay Neeson (née Doherty) 15 Olympic Drive, Strabane and formerly of Drumbane, Doneyloop. Beloved wife of the late Eddie, much loved mother of Andrew, Edward, Damien, Martin and Lauretta and sister of Josie, Christine, Andy, Bernadette and the late Philip, Charlie and Mary.Reposing at her home on Wednesday (August 9th) from 2p.m. Funeral leaving her home on Friday (August 11th) at 9.25a.m. for Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Melmount at 10a.m. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons, daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren brother, sisters and family circle. Donations in lieu of flowers please to Strabane & District Caring Services. Family time please from 11p.m. to 11a.m. Michael BUCHANANThe death has occurred of Michael Buchanan, Glenree, Carrigart, Donegal / Waterside, Derry.Removal from the Eternal Light Chapel of Rest this Wednesday evening, 9th August, at 5.30pm to Glenree. Funeral on Friday, August 11th, to The Church of St. John the Baptist, Carrigart for Requiem Mass at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to Brain Tumour Ireland. Wake tonight, Wednesday, for family and close friends. Open wake all day tomorrow, Thursday. Family time from 11pm to 11am and on the morning of the funeral.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: August 10th, 2017 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:obituarieslast_img read more

South Africa in the Washington Post

first_img Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB) The supplement, titled South Africa Now, was included in the 6 October 2010 edition of the newspaper. It features contributions by Professor Anton Harber, Caxton chair of journalism at Wits University, veteran journalists Simon Barber and John Battersby, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Mark Cutifani, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, US ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips, Jann Turner, the director of hit South African movie White Wedding, and Miller Matola, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. Barber, who is also the Washington-based US country manager for Brand South Africa, commissioned Big Media to produce South Africa Now, and edited it in collaboration with Mary Alexander, the former editor of “With my background as a journalist, I have tended to question the value of supplements like these, figuring they would mostly go unread and land up on the bottom of birdcages,” said Barber.Truly reflective of Brand South Africa “Recently, however, Bric nations such as Russia and China started doing supplements in the Washington Post that were actually interesting to read, so I began to have second thoughts. What clinched the deal for me was knowing I could enlist the talents of Big Media’s writers, editors and designers. “I was confident we could put something together something that was truly reflective of Brand South Africa and which would get read not just by Washington decision makers but by the captains of global finance who would be in Washington for the IMF/World Bank annual meetings when we published.” Printed in full colour, South Africa Now features photography from the image library as well as a stunning American-style op-ed illustration by multi-award-winning South African graphic journalist Francois Smit. It was designed by Irwin Manoim, Big Media’s creative director. A newspaper production and design expert with 30 years in the industry, Manoim is a joint founder and former editor of the Mail & Guardian and of the pioneering internet venture, the electronic Mail & Guardian.The message is: South Africa matters “The message of South Africa Now is that South Africa matters, that it’s a country of smart, creative people who have their own ways of doing things and who are making a difference globally,” said Barber. The supplement leads with an exploration of South Africa’s ambitious efforts to balance a growing economy with the need to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, with the most recent example being plans for a huge, US$21-billion, 5,000 megawatt solar park and a smaller solar installation on the island where Nelson Mandela was once jailed. The front page also features a look at Soweto, a book by Jodie Bieber, the South African photographer now most famous for the now-iconic and shocking Time magazine cover featuring the mutilated face of 18-year-old Afghani girl Aisha. Elsewhere in the supplement, Motlanthe looks at Africa’s place in the new economic world order. Harber discusses media freedom in South Africa, Matola reports on efforts to fix Africa’s brand, and Turner writes about the “normal, crazy, mixed-up country” that inspired White Wedding. Want to read more? Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB). First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. South Africa’s unique mix of energy, humanity, sheer doggedness and uncanny problem-breaking ability are showcased in full colour in a six-page supplement in the prestigious Washington Post newspaper, titled South Africa Now and produced on behalf of Brand South Africa.last_img read more

New positions to strengthen SA research

first_imgFour chairs in education were awarded in addition to the seven existing chairs, with some of the new chairs focusing on higher education challenges, while the existing ones focus mainly on primary and secondary education issues. In addition to the nine existing chairs in the area of Square Kilometre Array (SKA), one chair was awarded in this area, making it to a total of 10 chairs in SKA-related areas. This will increase the number of research chairs in South Africa to 154. Source: BuaNews University of the Western Cape – 7Stellenbosch University – 6Tshwane University of Technology – 6Rhodes University – 5Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – 4University of Cape Town – 4University of Johannesburg – 4University of Pretoria – 4University of the Free State – 3University of KwaZulu-Natal – 3University of the Witwatersrand – 3Cape Peninsula University of Technology – 2North West University – 2University of Venda – 2Central University of Technology – 1Durban University of Technology 1University of Fort Hare – 1University of Limpopo – 1University of South Africa – 1 Seven new chairs in rural development, food security and land reform were added in addition to the three existing chairs in this area. In addition to the 13 chairs in health, 12 more were awarded with a strong focus on diagnostics and drug discovering, while others were in areas of health policy and rural health development. The distribution of the new chairs is as follows: Priority areas of development 14 February 2012center_img Its main goal is to strengthen the capacity of country’s universities to produce high-quality postgraduate students, research and innovation outputs. Pandor said she was confident that these new positions would improve South Africa’s international research and innovation competitiveness while responding to the socio-economic challenges facing the country. Since the SARChI’s inception in 2005, the government has invested over R1.1-billion in the programme, which is managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF). Improving SA’s competitiveness Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has announced that a total of 60 new research chairs will be awarded to universities across South Africa over the next three years. In awarding the 60 new chairs, special consideration was given to the country’s universities of technology, rural-based institutions, and those that have not yet participated in the programme. The thematic areas in which the chairs have been awarded are a direct response to the five priorities of government, namely the creation of decent work and sustainable livelihoods, education, health, rural development, and the fight against crime and corruption. The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) is a flagship initiative of the government, designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation in South African science.last_img read more

Puzzling Over a Lawsuit Against MN GreenStar

first_imgNext Monday, a judge for the Second Judicial District Court in Minnesota’s Ramsey County is scheduled to preside over a hearing for a lawsuit filed by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities against Minnesota GreenStar, a green-building certification program. In its complaint, filed on December 9, BATC alleges that it owns intellectual property key to GreenStar’s program, including a checklist for certification of new homes contained in its green-home construction guidelines.The suit also alleges breach of contract and nonpayment of loans.The conflict is a curious one. BATC was a founding member of GreenStar, which was formed in 2007 when Minneapolis-based Green Institute received a $40,000 grant to develop a green-building certification program. The institute, a nonprofit environmental group, collaborated on the project with a number of industry experts, and also received help from BATC and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Minnesota chapter. The program’s four employees worked out of BATC’s headquarters and the homebuilder association struck a $306,418 loan agreement with the fledgling certification group, which had adopted the name MN GreenStar. BATC also invested $50,000 to help develop the program guidelines.Divergent strategiesBATC and GreenStar parted ways in October after GreenStar rejected BATC’s offer to assume financial and operational control over the program. The split apparently was precipitated by BATC’s desire to steer GreenStar in a more user-friendly direction and away from its current, whole-house approach to construction and conservation. Some builders complained that GreenStar was difficult to use – a complaint GreenStar has acknowledged and said it is addressing – but GreenStar officials were concerned that BATC’s approach would undermine the rigorousness of the program. So BATC announced it would establish a program that it said would be easier for builders to follow and attract a bigger share of the homebuilding market. The association also asked GreenStar to start making payments on the loan, whose first payment, GreenStar’s attorney, Patrick Burns, has said, is due this month.“We continue to be strong in green building,” BATC’s executive director, David Siegel, told media source Finance & Commerce in early November. “… We just have a different vision of how to get where we want to go.”At a December 13 hearing, Finance & Commerce noted, Judge Gregg Johnson granted a temporary order restraining GreenStar from “selling, licensing, destroying or altering the new homes checklist” pending the next hearing on the suit, scheduled for January 24. Although BATC has declined to comment on the litigation (we also weren’t able to find mention of the complaint on the BATC website), GreenStar attorney Burns pointed out that the restraining order doesn’t actually prevent GreenStar from operating.“The judge,” he said, “is allowing MN GreenStar to still use both the new and remodeling checklists to certify new and ongoing projects while the dispute is litigated.”Probing possible motivesA couple of observers – former attorney and current LEED AP and construction consultant Chris Cheatham and Michael Anschel, owner of Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build in Minneapolis and a GreenStar developer and current board member – have been speculating about what is behind BATC’s action.For example, in a recent guest post on Construction Law Musings, a blog site run by Virginia-based construction lawyer Christopher Hill, Anschel points out that the new-homes program is based on a remodeling program that was built with a combination of state funds and about “$1 million of in-kind volunteer time from builders, remodelers, architects, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, utilities, the University of Minnesota, and (Minnesota’s) Office of Energy Security. In short, the design, algorithm, look, feel, shape, scoring, values; the expression of the idea, were all created outside of BATC’s narrow scope of work and small $50K investment. The two programs differ by fewer than 60 lines of text, and the remodeling program clearly precedes the new homes program from inception to launch. A thin platform on which to rest one’s case.”Anschel also notes that BATC in 2007 signed a memorandum of understanding with the Green Institute and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry to help with the legal work necessary to make GreenStar a fully operational nonprofit, securing intellectual-property releases from the remodeling and new-home programs’ authors and establishing copyrights for the programs and the GreenStar name and logo. But he adds that beyond the memorandum of understanding, intellectual property rights aren’t addressed in any of GreenStar’s bylaws.Abandoning the whole-house approachPerhaps more critical to the lawsuit’s potential effect on construction standards is what, Anschel says, is likely behind BATC’s attempt to put GreenStar out of business. He writes in his blog post that, shortly before BATC and GreenStar parted ways, he had discussed BATC’s certification preferences at a meeting with a number of BATC officials, including David Siegel, BATC’s board president, Gary Aulik, and the association’s public policy director, James Vagle.The BATC team, Anschel writes, said association officials made it clear they intended to develop a BATC certification program that, at its lower levels, would allow self-certification and, at higher levels, “decouple” core components of the GreenStar program so that builders could pursue certification separately for components of their choice – water conservation, say, and community impact – rather than meet GreenStar’s whole-house requirement, which addresses energy efficiency, resource efficiency, water conservation, indoor environmental quality, site impact, and community impact.Siegel told Finance & Commerce in early November, however, that BATC is committed to third-party verification and, during negotiations intended to give BATC operational control of GreenStar, had no intention of undermining the program.GreenStar attorney Burns told Finance & Commerce he hopes the suit can be settled before Monday’s hearing. Anschel writes that he expects BATC, which during the December 13 hearing was required to post a $150,000 bond or have the entire restraining order revoked, will in fact make a move before the hearing, but he doesn’t sound hopeful it will be a positive one for GreenStar.last_img read more

JJP workers unhappy over support to BJP

first_imgSupporters of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) have been venting their anger on social media platforms over the party’s decision to extend support to the BJP to form government in Haryana. The supporters, mostly youth, have been posting angry messages and videos accusing JJP leader Dushyant Chautala of “betrayal” and “going back on his words”.Tiktok videosThe supporters uploaded videos on Tiktok, a social media video app, burning the flags and bands of the party. They accused Mr. Chautala, the former Hisar MP, of betraying the mandate to the party which, they claimed, was against the BJP.The JJP, formed after a split in the Indian National Lok Dal in December last, won 10 seats to emerge as a kingmaker in the State following a fractured mandate, with both the BJP and the Congress falling short of the majority mark in the 90-member Assembly. The party had extended support to the BJP based on a Common Minimum Programme which includes 75% reservation to local youth in jobs in Haryana and increase in old-age pension.The core vote bank of JJP comprises the Jats, a dominant caste in Haryana, who are believed to have voted against the BJP accusing it of caste-based politics targeted against them. Around 20 people, mostly Jat youth, had died in police firing in 2016 during the BJP rule, further pitting the community against the party.A large majority of Jats in rural areas are also engaged in farming and the farmers’ distress has been a major issue this election. The farming community has been angry with the BJP allegedly for failing to implement the Swaminathan Commission report.The messages on social media platforms comprised videos of Mr. Chautala at various political meetings attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. The supporters also shared an old video of Mr. Chautala’s grandmother from a hospital bed accusing him of betraying her husband Om Prakash Chautala for his political ambitions. Some party cadres vowed not to support the party ever again. A few others said that they could accept the JJP supporting the Congress, but not the BJP. Congress Communication Chief Randeep Singh Surjewala also tweeted a video of Mr. Chautala’s mother and Badhra MLA Naina Singh saying that the JJP would never tie up with the BJP.last_img read more

10 Highest Paid Athletes in the World

first_imgRetired American professional boxer and a five division world champion, Floyd Mayweather tops the chart of world’s highest paid athletes. Mayweather has won 12 titles and world titles in four different weight categories. He has been ranked the greatest pound-for-pound boxer by ESPN. Here is a list of top 10 highest paid athletes in the world:NameSportPaySalary EndorsementsFloyd Mayweather, U.S.ABoxing300 million USD285 million USD15 million USDManny Pacquiao, PhillipinesBoxing160 million USD148 million USD12 million USDCristiano Ronaldo, PortugalFootball79.6 million USD52.6 million USD27 million USDLionel Messi, ArgentinaFootball73.8 million USD51.8 million USD22 million USDRoger Federer, SwitzerlandTennis67 million USD9 million USD58 million USDLeBron James, U.S.ABasketball64.8 million USD20.8 million USD44 million USDKevin Durant, U.S.ABasketball54.2 million USD19.1 million USD35 million USDPhil Mickelson, U.S.AGolf50.8 million USD2.8 million USD48 million USDTiger Woods, U.S.AGolf50.6 million USD0.6 million USD50 million USDKobe Bryant, U.S.ABasketball49.5 million USD23.5 million USD26 million USD  Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to read more

Watch: Virat Kohli can’t stop laughing after getting a wicket in Test warm-up at SCG

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli delivered with the ball after his half-century in the first innings as he sent back the centurion Harry Nielsen in the ongoing tour match between India and Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.Bowling the 124th over for India, Kohli broke through with his second delivery of his sixth over as he bowled a half-tracker at Nielsen, who was batting on a hundred off 169 balls at the time.The left-handed batsman completely mistimed his pull shot as the ball went high in the air. Umesh Yadav, who was stationed at mid-on, came under the ball and took the catch as Kohli started celebrating by raising his arms up in the air before breaking into a chuckle.All his teammates gathered around him to congratulate the skipper, who ultimately bowled 7 overs for 27 runs with one wicket.Virat kohli takes the WICKET and that reaction is priceless to watch .#ViratKohli #INDvsAUS #CAXIvIND ballond’or (@See_are_7) December 1, 2018Cricket Australia rode on Nielsen’s hundred to post 544 on the board and took a 185-run first innings lead over the world No. 1 Test team.Nielsen top-scored with 100 off 170 balls while Aaron Hardie (86), D’Arcy Short (74) and Max Bryant (62) also made significant contributions as CA XI made the Indian bowlers toil hard for nearly two days.What a moment for @HarryNielsen4, as he brings up a century against the world’s No.1 Test teamWATCH LIVE: #CAXIvIND (@cricketcomau) December 1, 2018Mohammed Shami finished with 3 wickets for 97 runs from his 24 overs while Ravichandran Ashwin managed to bag a couple of wickets in 40 overs. Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah were the other bowlers who got one wicket each apart from Kohli.Shami, Umesh and Ishant bowled over 20 overs each while Bumrah was made to bowl just 1.1 overs.Earlier, CA XI were trailing India’s score of 358 by 2 runs at stumps on Day 3 with Nielsen (56) and Aaron Hardie (69) at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails.Resuming the day at 24/0, Cricket Australia started the day on a positive note forging 114 runs for the first wicket.Overnight batsmen D Arcy Short (74) and Max Bryant (62) played brilliantly before Bryant was out in the 19th over.Apart from the opening duo, Jake Carder (38) and Sam Whiteman (35) also contributed with the bat.(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Indian bowlers struggle against Cricket Australia XI in Test warm-up at SCGAlso Read | Virat Kohli steps in with the ball as India bowlers struggle in Test warm-upAlso Read | Virat Kohli furious at run-out decision during warm-up game at SCGAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw ruled out of 1st Test against Australia due to ankle injurylast_img read more

Indian-origin boy to spin the toss coin in Australian Open 4th round

first_imgAn Indian origin boy will get the opportunity to spin the coin in the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis tournament on January 21 this year.Angad Prathap, an 11-year-old whose family hails from Kunnur but who was born, brought up and settled in Melbourne, is cutting short his annual holidays and is returning to Melbourne.Speaking to IANS, his father Prathapan Nair said that their family arrived here 10 days back for their annual vacation.”It was two days back that I got the information that our son has been selected to toss the coin in the 4th round of the Australian Open. We were scheduled to return on the 27th, but now that this good fortune has come to Angad, he and I are returning early to be on time for the toss. My wife and our elder son will watch it on TV here as they are returning only as per schedule on the 27th,” said Nair.Nair said Angad is among the top tennis players in the age group of 10 years and has won many tournaments in Victoria state. He was recently selected in the top 10 promising players under the age of 10 in Victoria state.”The toss ahead of every match is done by the best players who are age 10 and below and are selected on the overall performance at the annual tennis season in Australia that ends every September. Angad turned 11 after the season ended and he was lucky to have been selected,” said Nair.Also Read | It’s an absolute joke: Tomic’s underarm serve vs Kyrgios leaves spectators fumingAlso Read | Australian Open: Federer, Serena favourites to win 2019’s 1st Grand Slam tournamentAlso Read | Roger Federer warms up to Australian Open by leading Switzerland to Hopman Cup gloryadvertisementlast_img read more