Email WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Print Previous articleCouncillors accused of inciting residentsNext articleBell X1 return to INEC admin Linkedin Twitter NewsLocal NewsRyanair axe 18 Shannon routesBy admin – November 19, 2009 635 MID-WEST holidaymakers, leisure travellers and the business community were stunned this week to learn that Ryanair were not taking internet bookings for their popular routes from Shannon airport from next March.In fact, several destinations have already been cancelled. Those who purchased holiday homes in sunny climes such as Spain and Portugal, because of the ease of access from Shannon, contacted the Limerick Post to express their anger that the routes will no longer be available to them.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Ryanair flight schedule from late March will be skeletal, with daily flights to just two UK airports; Gatwick and Stansted.The remaining flights available will be once weekly to Malaga, Nantes and Tenerife, twice weekly to Mallorca and Wroclaw in Poland, and three times weekly to Paris.Destinations to be axed are Shannon to Murcia, Alicante, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Carcassone, Faro, Lanzarote, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Krakow, Liverpool, Milan, Venice and Lodz.Flights to Manchester have already ended.Those who have second homes or family living in these locations; those who are from these locations living in the Midwest, or tourists who are merely interested in holidaying in these popular spots, will now have to travel to Cork or Dublin, to access them.Anyone who now attempts to book flights to these destinations for the end of March onwards, will find no flights available on Ryanair’s website.The Post has also learned that Ryanair’s seven Shannon-based engineers will be reduced to one, with the remaining six being offered alternative employment abroad.In early November, the airline had claimed that the Government’s “insanely stupid €10 tourist tax”, introduced in April of his year, was leading to the loss of more than four million passengers for Irish airports. They reduced the number of aircrafts based at Shannon from six to three this Winter and are now fulfilling threats to further reduce aircrafts to just one as of Spring 2010.Continued on page 4.Speaking to the Limerick Post earlier this month, Shannon airport chief Martin Moroney, said that, if implemented, Ryanair’s threats would reduce traffic through the airport from nearly three million to just two million passengers for 2010.He stated that Ryanair’s demands were not realistic, saying: “We must operate the airport commercially and we do require some payment from airlines to land and use facilities”.Ryanair’s announcement will act as a huge blow for the entire region, with local politicians suggesting that the airport town will now become a ‘ghost town’.In a further blow to Midwest access, Iarnrod Eireann are to reduce their direct train services on the Limerick to Dublin route each way, though there will be an increase in connecting services at Limerick Junction.
NEW DELHI, India (CMC): Twenty20 World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite once again put his all-round qualities on display with a superb Man-of-the-Match effort as Delhi Daredevils trounced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 27 runs in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. In his first game in two weeks, Brathwaite belted a whirlwind 34 from a mere 11 deliveries as Delhi stormed to 186 for eight off 20 overs after being asked to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The West Indies all-rounder then returned with his medium pace to claim three for 47 as KKR were restricted to 159 all out off 18.3 overs. Six outings First game Off-spinner Sunil Narine, meanwhile, claimed three for 22 from three overs. West Indies Test and one-day captain Jason Holder finished with none for 35 from four overs in his first game of the season. In reply, opener Robin Uthappa stroked 72 from 52 balls, but Suryakumar Yadav, with 21, was the only other batsman to pass 20, as KKR collapsed. Brathwaite proved the architect of their demise, slicing through the middle order with a potent spell. He removed the dangerous Yusuf Pathan for 10 in his first over – the eighth of the innings – before accounting for Yadav in his third over and Rajagopal Satish for 17 in his final over. For Delhi, the victory was their fourth in six outings and it moved them into second spot on eight points while KKR lost their third in seven games and slipped to third, remaining on eight points. Brathwaite was a vital part of Delhi’s revival after the hosts slipped to 32 for three in the fifth over. Karun Nair top-scored with 68 from 50 deliveries, adding 105 for the fourth wicket with Englishman Sam Billings, whose 54 came from 34 balls and included three fours and two sixes. When Nair and Chris Morris (0) fell in the space of three deliveries in the 17th over, Delhi were stuttering on 137 for five, but Brathwaite and Billings put on a frenetic 37 off just 12 balls to give the innings impetus. The first two deliveries that Brathwaite faced disappeared for boundaries and he followed up by smashing left-arm spinner Brad Hogg over square leg for six in the next over, which leaked 18 runs. In the final over, he slammed the first ball from West Indies teammate Andre Russell over midwicket for six, but fell to the next delivery, caught at short fine leg off a slower ball. Seamer Russell conceded only four runs from the remaining four deliveries to finish with the excellent figures of three for 26 from his four overs.
African maths students are to benefitfrom a network of training centres, whichwill boost the continent’s complementof skilled scientists and researchers.(Image: AIMS South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lisa LambertCommunications, Perimeter Institute+1 519 569 7600, x5051• Arun SharmaNextEinstein South AfricaRELATED ARTICLES• SA hosts world science meet• New online university to fight cancer• Science university for Botswana• R50m for new research posts• SA-Uganda science agreementJanine ErasmusThe Cape Town-based African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a postgraduate academic institution, is to be the model for three maths training centres on the continent.The three centres are expected to serve as a nurturing ground for more world-class African mathematicians.According to cosmologist Neil Turok, founder of AIMS South Africa, the goal is to build 15 such centres across Africa by 2020, possibly in countries such as Botswana, Egypt, Rwanda, Madagascar, Mozambique and Uganda.The project, dubbed NextEinstein, is Turok’s brainchild and has already led to the opening of a second AIMS centre at the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria.NextEinstein aims to boost capacity for scientific and technological education, research and development in Africa.The South African-born Turok is currently the executive director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, taking up his position after a stint as the Chair of Mathematical Physics at the UK’s Cambridge University. The non-profit Perimeter Institute, which focuses on scientific research and educational outreach, is to disburse the funds.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the new venture in July 2010, saying that his government was pleased to support research into science and technology, as millions of people in developing countries already lead better lives because of it.The first centre is to be launched in Senegal in September 2011, with others in Ghana and Ethiopia following soon afterwards. The Senegalese government has allocated about US$1.3-million (R9.4-million) towards the facility, and has donated a parcel of land near the coastal city of M’bour, about 80km south of Dakar.The Canadian government has also pledged its financial support for the project, to the tune of C$20-million (R140-million). The money will go towards the construction of AIMS centres over the next four years.“With the announcement of major support for the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Canada is also pioneering the sharing of knowledge and expertise as a route to development,” said Turok. “Just as ideas and innovation are the foundation of Canada’s new economy, they will be the basis of Africa’s future economic, educational, scientific and governance self-sufficiency.”Africa’s young EinsteinsAll of the new centres will be based on the Cape Town model, established by Turok in 2003. AIMS South Africa receives sponsorship and support from British philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof, eminent physicist Stephen Hawking, South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, US actor Forest Whitaker, and business tycoon Sir Richard Branson, among others.Academic partners include the Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Western Cape universities locally, and the Cambridge, Oxford and Paris-Sud-XI universities abroad. An enthusiastic teaching body of both local and visiting lecturers ensures that tuition is of the highest quality, and often at no charge.According to the centre’s director Prof Barry Green, there is no shortage of willing teaching staff, and he felt confident that the other AIMS centres wouldn’t have any problem in attracting lecturers either.“AIMS is now generating a stream of well-prepared students entering many advanced areas of science,” said Hawking in 2008. “The NextEinstein plan, to create AIMS centres all over Africa, is even more exciting. Its implementation will have a major impact on the continent’s development. Not only will this be vital for Africa, I believe it will be important for the future of science because science needs Africa’s talents.”The theoretical physics genius, who attended the Canadian announcement, added that he was looking forward to meeting Africa’s potential young Einsteins.AIMS South Africa has already seen over 300 mathematics graduates from various African countries successfully complete the training course. With their skills and knowledge now at a globally competitive level, these students are able to apply to universities around the world for admission to postgraduate degrees. Many have been accepted into courses in Europe and the US, while others have successfully completed postgraduate degrees at South African universities.About 60 students are currently enrolled, but the expanded AIMS network of 15 centres will see about 750 scientists graduating across the continent each year. This bodes well for the future of African science and technology.The M’bour institute will take in 35 students for the 2011-2012 academic year. The centre’s director Mamadou Sangharé said that it would employ local lecturers, but also draw foreign teachers from its own pool of partnerships, particularly those with French universities.
An IAS officer in Uttar Pradesh has issued a public apology days after he taunted some Dalit leaders of the BSP for their “expensive” attire and cars when they had gone to a primary school to take stock of a case of alleged caste discrimination in the mid-day meals.Posted as District Magistrate of Ballia, Bhawani Singh Khangorat’s apology came after he was trolled by Dalits and Ambedkarite social media users who posted photos of shoes, cars and wrist watches to highlight what they described was his “casteist” outlook.Stressing that certain reactions on social media had shown “a mirror” to him, Mr. Khangorat admitted to not giving due respect to the BSP activists.”It was my mistake. It was also childish to refer to somebody’s watch, shoes or car. It didn’t occur to me then, but now I feel it,” said Mr. Khangorat in a statement posted on Twitter.The controversy dates to August 29 when the DM visited the Rampur-1 primary school in the Purvanchal district to probe if reports of non-Dalit students shunning their Dalit classmates during mid-day meals and also bringing their own plates from home to avoid contact, were true. While the DM dismissed the reports as prima facie baseless, he courted controversy with his remarks targetting a delegation of BSP workers who had reached the school before his team.Mr. Khangorat had on August 29 said he was “astonished” to find “big cars” parked outside the school when he reached the spot.”I don’t know which party they belonged to. But from their attire they looked like politicians…full-white clothes, expensive shoes and expensive watches. It seemed like they are big, rich-type of people,” the DM told reporters after he asked him to comment on BSP chief Mayawati’s tweet demanding action over the incident.Later, a video showed the DM taking a swipe at BSP zonal coordinator Madan Ram for his attire, further fuelling Dalit ire. In the video, Mr. Khangorat can be seen pointing at the BSP leader and saying ,”₹25 lakh ki gadi (car) mein safed posh,” before following it up by asking him the cost of his shoes and wrist watch.The BSP leader countered the DM by saying that he was “making false allegations.” The DM then accused the BSP delegation of engaging in “only theatrics.”Visibly put off, the BSP leader exclaimed that an official of the rank of a DM didn’t like him wearing shoes costing ₹700. “When the DM’s mentality is such, you can imagine the situation,” said Mr. Ram.In his apology note, the DM says he had no idea about the caste or party of the people who had reached the primary school before him and that he found their presence odd.He also claims he initially did not believe that they were there to actually resolve the issue as they rejected his offer to tag along with him in the probe.”Whatever it was, it was my mistake to humiliate them that way,” the DM said. He also said that since the issue pertained to “innocent children,” he found it hard to remain objective. “From the bottom of my heart, with folded hands and my head bowing, I apologise…,” he said, if his behaviour was thought to be disrespectful towards any community or group.
Former India coach Greg Chappell has revealed that his insistence on pushing Sachin Tendulkar down the batting order against his wish during the 2007 World Cup led to a “breakdown” of relations with the iconic cricketer.Just before the 2011 World Cup, Chappell, now an Australian selector, has broken his four-year-long silence on the issue which had caused an upheaval in Indian cricket.Chappell now says that faced with a similar scenario he would have handled Tendulkar differently and left it to the batsman to pick his own place in the order.In a book on Tendulkar titled SACH, written by noted sports scribe Gautam Bhattacharya, Chappell has recalled the entire spat but insisted that he and Tendulkar buried the hatchet within a few days of the controversy.”At the outset let me clarify I never ever doubted Sachin Tendulkar’s commitment to the side. The only time I talked about him was in relation to the team’s World Cup venture. If you talk about a breakdown in relations, that possibly happened only around this time. Basically we differed on his batting order in the West Indies,” Chappell said in an interview published in the book which is due to hit the stands this week.Chappell said the conditions in the West Indies demanded a power-hitter in the middle order and the choice was between Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar. Since Sehwag refused the offer to come down the order, Tendulkar was approached who agreed reluctantly.”It wasn’t just me alone. Rahul Dravid was also involved in the thinking which felt the matches were going to get decided in those middle overs and you needed the brilliance of either a Sachin or Sehwag to play in that position,” Chappell revealed.advertisement”Sehwag didn’t seem very keen. So we sat down with Sachin who in any case was the first priority. We put it down to him and he seemed reluctant. He thought top-of-the-order was the best place for him as it has always been.But we were still in the discussion as Rahul and myself were convinced no other batsman in the team would be able to do it. Sachin finally agreed. Next day he got back to Rahul.Though he made it known that he was not happy doing it. He felt that his reputation demanded two places higher in the order,” he recalled in the interview.In hindsight, Chappell said he would have given the same suggestions but would have allowed Tendulkar to decide.”…that experience has taught me a lesson. Today confronted with a similar situation I would still put the idea across to him and explain. But if he shows any kind of discomfort I won’t push. I would let him decide,” Chappell said.Soon after the debacle, Tendulkar gave an emotional interview to a daily in which he said his commitment to the team was questioned by Chappell but the Aussie said the two had a chat and parted ways amicably.”With Sachin, I later on had a face-to-face chat. There was an issue about a write-up which had come out in the Times of India. We spoke the next day and I would like to believe parted on good terms. As I said earlier the only disagreement we had was over his place in the batting order which now is a thing of the past,” Chappell said.The former Australian captain went on to say that he admires Tendulkar for the ease with which he handles expectations of over a billion fans in a cricket-mad country.”During my years as the Indian Coach how people vied for a minute’s attention from him irrespective of wherever he went! Emotionally and physically it must be very draining to cope up with that sort of attention day in and day out. But he has handled it remarkably well.”He must be the most singlehanded devotee cricket has ever seen. Cricket has taken up so much of his life that at times you would wonder what is he going to do once he gives up the game!” he said.Chappell reiterated that his decision to quit as India coach was made before the 2007 World Cup disaster and the reason was clash of ideas with the BCCI.”I had presented the BCCI my road-map for the project Commitment to Excellence and they approved it. Yet there was a clear philosophical clash as to which direction the Group needed to go. I for one wasn’t prepared to compromise. If I had conceded then there would be no fight,” he said.advertisement”But I wanted to remain true to my beliefs and cricketing thought’s bottom-line ? it wasn’t going anywhere and whatever I had set out to do remained unattainable. That is why I decided to quit which was much before the World Cup.”So to set the record straight once again Sachin’s statement in the press against me had nothing to do with my discontinuing as the coach. As I said earlier we had parted on good terms,” he added.- With PTI inputs
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Mumbai: Bolstered by the historic para-badminton World championships gold, Manasi Joshi has now turned her eyes on making the cut for next year’s Paralympics and said she is focussing on mixed doubles as SL3 category is not part of the Tokyo Games.Joshi on Sunday clinched her first gold medal in the World Championship at Basel in Switzerland by defeating defending champion Parul Parmar 21-12, 21-7 in the women’s singles SL3 category. However, the Indian is aware that she does not have a singles event at the next year’s Tokyo Paralympics, and hence is concentrating on the mixed doubles category to make it to the quadrennial event.”I don’t have a singles event at the Paralympics, unfortunately. But I am training for the mixed doubles with my partner Rakesh Pandey and the current ranking is 13 and we need to be in the top six (to qualify). So we are working to make sure that our rankings gets better,” said Joshi told PTI.Joshi, who trains three sessions a day at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, feels shuttlers from Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Germany will pose a challenge in their pursuit for a Paralympics qualification.Joshi, who had lost her left leg in a road mishap in 2011, had previously won a bronze in the 2017 edition and described the current win as one of her biggest achievements.”It is one of the biggest achievement as of now (for me). Winning a medal at the Para Badminton World Championship is quite a big deal because the event happens once in two years,” Joshi said.”Previously the event happened in 2017 where I had come home with a bronze medal. (So by) converting the colour of the medal and making it directly gold, I have come a long way.”Overall, India bagged 12 medals at the recently-concluded championship. 2020 Paralympics2020 Tokyo gams2020 Tokyo Paralympicsbadminton First Published: August 30, 2019, 10:23 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Nairobi, Oct 14 (AFP) Seven top Kenyan officials will be slapped with corruption charges over the alleged misappropriation of over USD500,000 during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the public prosecutor said Saturday. In a statement, chief prosecutor Noordin Haji named former sports minister Hassan Wario and two-time Olympic gold medallist Kipchoge Keino — who headed the Olympic committee — as among those to be charged. “During the Rio Olympics, the government set aside 544 million shillings (USD5.4 million, 4.6 million euros) to facilitate athletes’ participation in the Games,” read the statement. “Unfortunately part of the funds were mismanaged thus denying the athletes proper facilitation.” Graft is rife in Kenya, with millions of dollars of public funds going missing each year, and the country was left red-faced in 2016 over graft during its Olympic campaign which also saw athletes’ team uniforms stolen by officials. “The impact of corruption and siphoning of funds meant for the facilitation of our sports men and women has a negative impact on their ability to perform optimally,” said Haji. The seven suspects were given until Monday to turn themselves in, and will face six counts of abuse of office, and four counts of failing to comply with laws on the management of public funds. The charges cover embezzlement, the purchase of unauthorised air tickets, overpayment of allowances and expenditure on unauthorised persons, all to the amount of 55 million shillings. (AFP) SMNSMN
The Qld Junior State Cup will be held at Glasshouse from July 7-9. The divisions are boys and girls Under 11, 13, 15 and 17. Keep an eye on the Queensland website for all the nomination forms and conditions of entry. Touch SA has loads of big news this week…they are holding a level 1 coaching course throughout June/July. It’s a great opportunity to expand your basic knowledge and skills in coaching and to help those that you coach…if you’re interested check out all the info on www.touchsa.com.au Peter Topp is on annual leave until April 26th, in the interest of his email inbox please try to not send him too many emails, especially large ones, as he will be unable to answer them for several days. Touch SA’s best Open players battled it out over the weekend for the Mitchell Cup, with the Mariners taking both the Mens and Womens Open titles over the Rangers. For all the results and the SA Open Squads that were named following the competition, check out www.touchsa.com.au The 2006 NSW Affiliate Conference is being held this weekend, 22-23 April at the Bankstown Sports Club. To check out the program or for more information, visit the NSW Touch website. ACT Touch are looking for officials for their Under 18 National Championships sides, check out www.acttouch.com.au for more info. Keep tuned to the TFA website for a great story out of Touch SA….Game Development Officer Andy Crawford has just traveled Pitjantjatjara Lands (Pit Lands) in the North West of SA, for a week long development program. The Northern NSW Eagles and Hunter Western NSW Hornets are both holding upcoming annual general meetings. Check out the dates, times and venues at www.nswtouch.com.au The Sporting Images photographs from the 2006 NTL are up on www.sportingimages.com.au for viewing and purchase. Just go to the website and find the Touch section and scroll through the pictures. It’s a great opportunity to purchase a souvenir or perhaps a present for a family member, friend or coach. Touch Football Queensland have announced their sides for the 2006 State of Origin competition, check out www.qldtouch.com.au. Welcome to another edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, it’s the post Easter edition and after several days of bunking down with roast dinners and endless Easter eggs, we’re all back at work ready to go for another week…The Fox TV coverage on the National Touch League package has been well received, with countless compliments received in the office for the standard of the coverage, commentary and footage. Check out the TFA website later this week for a full story on the coverage. Touch SA are also running an Affiliate Training and Information day on Sunday August 27, from 10am-3pm. There is no cost to the affiliate and is open to all. The day will cover several different topics, for the full list check out the Touch SA website. The TFA tipping competition is heating up, with ‘Richo’ sitting on top of the NRL standings with ‘Smitya’ also on 29 points. Richo, if that’s you Glen Richardson Touch Football Queensland Development Officer, well…we’re after you. In the AFL competition ‘Mexican’ is holding a two point lead after round 3, but with their results going backwards each week a large group are on Mexican’s tail and next week’s tips look like they could provide some difficult choices. Dubbo is hosting the 2006 NSW Touch Country Championships on 27-28 May at Lady Cutler Reserve. For more information visit the NSW Touch website. In Victorian news, a chilly wind did nothing to discourage teams fighting for the prize money at the 2006 Victorian Country Knockout. For the full story, check out www.victouch.com.au Remember, if you have any info for the weekly edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch please email [email protected]
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd leave Alexis at home for Spurs tripby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is out of Manchester United’s squad for the trip to Tottenham.The Manchester Evening News says Sanchez was one of nine players missing from the United squad that travelled to London by train on Saturday.The Chilean limped out of his side’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading with a hamstring problem and doesn’t appear to have recovered in time.Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini were also missing.One man that has travelled is Paul Pogba. The Frenchman was initially a doubt for the fixture after picking up a knock against Reading.