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first_imgTwo running pals have stepped up for a Dublin marathon challenge in aid of the North West Simon Community.Jim McCahill and Derek Campbell, who both work at Letterkenny University Hospital, agreed to enter the Dublin Marathon this month for a worthwhile cause.Things were getting off on the right foot before Jim unfortunately had to withdraw due to illness. But his pal Derek is now taking up the baton and will run the marathon for both of them.Derek, who is from Glenswilly, has increased his training to do himself and Jim proud in Dublin on October 27th. He has upped the miles on his Sunday long runs as part of his programme and was a noticeable figure on the Glenswilly roads close to his home in recent months.Derek is now in the final preparation phase with less than two weeks to go to Marathon Day. Both Jim and Derek’s running journey started just two years ago. They both joined a training group with a view to getting a ‘bit fitter’ and ‘losing a few pounds’. As time progressed and both got fitter Jim came up with the idea that both should enter the marathon and help out a charity at the same time.They both agreed that the North West Simon Community, which prevents and resolves homelessness, will be the benefactor of their charity fundraising effort.Jim and Derek have set a very modest target of €500 and they are hoping that, with generous donations, they can surpass the goal. Every little helps!If you would like to support the duo please visit: Hospital workers take charity challenge in their stride was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:charityDerek CampbellDUBLIN MARATHONJim McCahillRunninglast_img read more

first_imgEden Hazard and Gary Cahill have been dropped and Baba Rahman makes his first Premier League start as Chelsea make five changes for the visit of Aston Villa.Hazard is omitted in favour of Pedro and Cahill is replaced by Kurt Zouma.Ghanaian Rahman plays at left-back to allow Cesar Azpilicueta to move to right-back, replacing the injured Branislav Ivanovic.Ruben Loftus-Cheek also starts, alongside Ramires in central midfield, with Cesc Fabregas pushed into a more advanced role and Diego Costa returns up front after suspension.Aston Villa make four changes from the side which lost to Stoke in their last game.Kieran Richardson starts at left-back ahead of Jordan Amavi, while Jordan Ayew, Jack Grealish and Carles Gil come in for Jose Crespo, Jordan Veretout and former Chelsea youngster Scott Sinclair.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Baba; Loftus-Cheek, Ramires; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Costa. Subs: Blackman, Cahill, Matic, Mikel, Oscar, Hazard, Remy.Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Richardson; Westwood, Gueye; Gil, Grealish, Ayew; Gestede. Subs from: Bunn, Bacuna, Amavi, Crespo, Sanchez, Traore, Sinclair.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe Airbus A330-200 is the first of the58 aircraft in SAA’s fleet that will carrythe Mandela Day logo. SAA chairperson Cheryl Carolus, centre,surrounded by flight staff. Inside, each seat has a branded headrestcover, and various audio-visual materialavailable in-flight will ensure the spreadof the campaign’s message.(Images: Michelle Oberholster) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang  NMF communications manager  +27 11 547 5600 • Fani Zulu  SAA Corporate Affairs  +27 82 451 0457 RELATED ARTICLES • SAA to fly non-stop to New York • Bid for in-flight mobile use • Mvezo school a legacy of Mandela • Cheesekids ready for Mandela Day • New low-cost airline for rural SAJanine ErasmusSouth African Airways (SAA) has launched its 2011 Mandela Day campaign with the unveiling of the first of its fleet of specially branded aircraft that will carry the initiative’s logo, and message, around the world.Viewed as a symbol of faith in the human spirit, the Mandela Day logo, currently seen on SAA’s brand new Airbus A330-200, will soon adorn the national carrier’s entire fleet of 58 aircraft.The 222-seater – 186 economy and 36 business class berths – arrived in February 2011 and is one of six ordered from commercial aircraft sales and leasing company Aircastle Limited.A two-engined craft, it will replace the more fuel-hungry four-engined A340-200. SAA will take delivery of the remaining five before the end of 2011.Changing the world a step at a timeThe logo, which marks the UN-proclaimed International Mandela Day, features a silhouette of the raised-fist statue of the former president that stands outside the gates of the Drakenstein Correctional Centre in Paarl, Western Cape province.Mandela spent the last three years of his 27-year jail term in the low-security facility, previously known as Victor Verster prison.Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor said that the focus of this year’s campaign was to provide schools with libraries and ensure that children have school books. In this, he said, the foundation is working with NGOs such as Breadline Africa, which converts old shipping containers into useful resources such as classrooms, soup kitchens and daycare centres.On the 67 minutes of community service asked of those taking part in the campaign, Dangor said, “We don’t expect big changes overnight, but if we can change the world one step at a time, we’ll make a difference.”The event will be marked by various activities all around the country, driven by organisations and individuals alike.During the campaign, SAA passengers will be able to watch and listen to multimedia material on the Mandela legacy.A treat for childrenFor Mandela Day 2011, SAA plans to treat 93 children – one for each year of Mandela’s life – to their first flight. The statesman is well known for his enduring love of children, and this year’s youngsters have been selected from each of the country’s nine provinces.They will fly to the foundation’s offices in Johannesburg, where they will be treated to a birthday party in Mandela’s honour, and receive school uniforms, backpacks, books and other special gifts including the children’s version of the Mandela autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.Getting involved“It’s only right that our generation picks up the baton and finishes the race that our parents and Mandela’s generation started,” said former activist and SAA chairperson Cheryl Carolus at the unveiling.She said that SAA is committed to good corporate governance, and to ensuring a future for South Africa’s children and improving their quality of life.“These causes are close to our hearts,” said Carolus. “And as corporate South Africa, we can accomplish so much more if we work together.”Member of Parliament Buti Manamela agreed. “We want to mobilise not just Parliament, but all sectors of society, to work together. As a people we have the power.”Manamela said that the older generation didn’t get things done by sitting back – they got involved.“In those days there was no sense of entitlement, no expectation that the government must do it all,” he said. “The only way to accomplish change is to change the attitudes of selfishness that prevail today.”Mandela Day activitiesThe UN General Assembly passed a resolution in 2009 declaring 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, as an international day for people around the world to take action and inspire change.Stella Anyangwe, representative of the UN office in South Africa, said that the global organisation had planned a number of activities in its missions in various countries.These include public services such as planting trees and painting handrails in Central Park. At the UN’s New York headquarters in New York, a small Mandela exhibition is on display during July.People can share their special Mandela moments or their 67 minutes of action on the UN’s official Mandela Day Facebook page.Other international activities include the circulation of a message about the importance of Nelson Mandela Day in all six official UN languages; the screening of a 15-minute video and the film Invictus, followed by a discussion; UN radio programmes that focus on the event; and a dedicated Mandela Day website.last_img read more

first_imgSonia Chanu (left) with the silver medal, Sandhya Rani (right) with the bronze and Augustina Nwaokolo with the gold in the women’s 48kg weighlifting event on Monday.Hosts India opened their medal account in Commonwealth Games weightlifting competition when Soniya Chanu bagged a silver medal and Sandhya Rani Devi clinched a bronze in the women’s 48 kg class at the Jawaharlal Nehru sports complex today.Later in the evening, in the men’s 56kg competition, Sukhen Dey clinched the silver while the bronze was bagged by Srinivas Rao. The gold medal was won by Malaysia.Dey’s total lift was 252 kg while Rao’s was 248. It took India’s tally of medals to four on the first day. The host nation is aiming to finish second behind Australia, who’ve already claimed four gold and two silver medals today.Chanu cleared 167 kg to stand second in the event behind Nigerian woman Augustina Nwaokolo who hoised 175 kg to win the contest. She also created a new Games record. Sandya Rani took the bronze with a total clearance of 165 kg.Chanu and Nwaokolo were tied with the same clearance of 94 kg in the snatch competition but the latter, who weighed marginally less than the Indian woman, settled the issue in the clean and jerk category by clearing 8 kgs more.India’s Srinivasa Rao clinches the bronze for the 56kg weighlifting category on Monday. Chanu, coach dissatisfied with performance Chanu said she was disappointed about not winning the gold medal.”I am sad I could not win the gold medal,” said Chanu, who had to settle for a silver medal. She said pressure had nothing to do with her below-expectation performance.advertisementCoach Harnam Singh wasn’t too pleased.”I am not at all happy as we were sure to win a gold medal. I want to say sorry to all Indians for our performance,” Singh said.The coach blamed the slip-ups of his weightlifters on “coordination issues” but said the country could still hope for two gold medals.”We expect 10-12 weightlifting medals of which two should be gold,” Singh said.Tennis makes debut, India off to a good startIndia put up a dominant show on the debut day of tennis at the Commonwealth Games as all three singles players recorded easy wins and star pair of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza also began their quest for gold by storming into the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles.Leander Paes and Sania Mirza accept cheers after beating St Lucia in the first round mixed doubles game. Top seeds Leander and Sania rounded of the day for India in splendid fashion as they trampled the poor St Lucia combination of Stacey Nykita Roheman and Alberton Richelieu 6-1 6-0 in just 39 minutes.Before that Rohan Bopanna, Rushmi Chakravarthi and Poojashree Venkatesh scored dominant victories in the singles against their weak opponents.The only blot on India’s otherwise perfect day was 3-6 6-3 3-6 defeat of Bopanna and Nirupama Sanjeev against the top seeded Australian pair of Paul Hanley and Anastasia Rodionova in the mixed doubles first round.Bopanna had opened India’s account with an effortless 6-1, 6-4 win over Uganda’s Rober Buyinza in the first round of the men’s singles while Chakravarthi demolished Lesotho’s Pinki Agnes Montlha 6-0, 6-1 in the women’singles.Young Poojashree Venkatesh booked a second round berth with a 6-0 6-0 annihilation of Lesotho’s Nthabiseng Eunicia Nqosa in just 40 minutes.Badminton: India trounce Kenya 5-0 Saina Nehwal beat Kenya’s Joseph Mercy Mwethya 21-11 21-4. Ace shuttlers Chetan Anand and Saina Nehwal led from the front as India took less than an hour to inflict a humiliating 5-0 defeat on Kenya in a lopsided match of the preliminary stage of Group D in the badminton mixed team event of the Commonwealth Games at Siri Fort here today.Chetan started the proceedings for India, streamrolling Victor Odera Munga 21-7 21-13 in 14 minutes in men’s singles, while Saina then swelled the lead to 2-0 with a thumping win over Joseph Mercy Mwethya 21-11 21-4 in the women’s singles in just 11 minutes.Indian men’s doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas then zoomed past Victor Munga and Patrik Kibet 21-5 21-5 to hand the home team an easy win over the African outfit in 12 minutes.Women’s hockey: India held to a draw by ScotlandReigning silver medalist India had to split points after being held to a 1-1 draw by a lowly Scotland in their opening Pool A match of the women’s hockey event at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here today.advertisementThe Indians fought back from a 0-1 deficit through Jasjeet Kaur Handa (45th minute) after Scotland took the lead in the third minute from a Holly Gram field goal.Jasjeet Kaur Handa scores in the 45th minute. The Indian eves had a mixed day in office, displaying contrasting hockey in both halves. While the home team looked out of sorts in the opening period, they dominated proceedings after the breather.India looked clueless in the first half, sparkling only in patches, while the Scots were by far the better side on display as they combined well to put pressure on the opponent’s defence on numerous occasions.In front of a sparse crowd that gathered at the stadium here, India conceded a goal early in the opening half, and from there on, played the catch-up game in the rest of the half.Archery: India dominate Day 1The wind changed its course at the Yamuna Sports Complex in the eastern fringes of the capital, but that did not break India’s rhythm as the recurve archers adjusted to the condition to dominate the ranking round on the opening day of their event.However, the ride wasn’t so smooth for the compound archers as they had to fight it out against some of the best.Rahul Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar occupied the top two positions after returning scores of 679 points and 676 after two rounds of 36 arrows over a distance of 70m.Cadet world champion Deepika Kumari pipped two-time Olympian and 2007 World Finals champion Dola Banerjee for the top spot in the women’s recurve.”Today, the wind direction was opposite (than in previous days). From the last few days, it was from left to right but today, it was from right to left. But we did well to adjust, I am really happy with the show,” Indian chief coach Limba Ram told PTI.Teen sensation Deepika, fresh from her World Cup final stint in Edinburgh, was in her elements as she scored 662 points. Veteran Dola shot 658, while Naomi Anne Folkard of England was third with 642.”I am feeling really good, its only the ranking round hopefully we will do well in the championship round as well,” Deepika told reporters.Indian archers pose before Monday’s competition.Indian swimmers’ best ever effort not good enoughIndian swimmers made a maiden entry into a final in the Commonwealth Games before ending up sixth on a day when the formidable Australia clinched three of the five gold medals on offer today.Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington of England had to settle for a bronze as the Aussies made merry with three gold and two silver medals at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex.South Africa clinched a gold bronze apiece while Canada bagged one gold and two silver as three new Games records were set. England picked up two silver and one bronze while Wales scopped up and Scotland got a bronzeEarlier, riding on a fine effort by India’s biggest hope Virdhawal Khade, the Indian 4x100m freestyle relay team advanced to the final.advertisementThe Indian quartet of Khade, Anshul Kothari, Arjun Jayaprakash and Aaron D’Souza clocked 3:28.06s in the heats to qualify for the final with a sixth place finish.In the final, Khade swam a brilliant 49.87 in the final lap to help India clock 3:27.14 and better their qualifying timing.But poor support from the other three members, Arjun Jayaprakash (52.99), Anshul Kothari (52.64) and Aaron D’Souza (51.64), forced India to settle for an identical sixth place in the final.The strong Australian quartet of Kyle Richardson, Eaamon Sullivan, Tommaso D’Orsogna and James Magnussen bagged the gold with a meet record of 3:13.92. England (3:15.05) got the silver and South Africa (3:15.21) the bronze.Injuries hit Indian gymnastic squadInjured Indian gymnast Rohit Jaiswal being taken away on a stretcher after a mishap during the Artistic Gymnastics event of the Commonwealth Games at IG Stadium on Monday. Plagued by injury to two of their players, India finished sixth, even as Australia swelled their medal tally with a gold in the men’s artistic gymnastics at Indira Gandhi Stadium here today.Australia won the gold with 259.050 points in the men’s artistic team subdivision two competition on the Vault, while England, who led into the final rotation, finished with the silver medal with 256.750 points.Canada bagged the bronze with 248.500 points.Australia became the third country to win the men’s team event in gymnastics artistic.Canada (four times) and England (twice) were the only two CGAs to win this event in the history of the Games.The Australia men’s team that won the artistic gymnastics event on Monday. All 21 medals in this event have been now divided between Australia, Canada and England.Indian coach Vladimir Chertkov however appeared optimistic despite their sixth place finish.”This is not the end — we look forward. I have seen tremendous improvement in the performance of the team. We have (already) qualified for the (2010) World Championships. The main challenge for our team is landing. So we focus a lot on that.”last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool striker Salah named Caf African Football Player of the Yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been named Caf African Football Player of the Year for the second time in a row.Salah saw off competition from Reds teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to scoop the award yet again.Salah enjoyed a stellar 2018 as he led the goalscoring charts at home and in Europe.He netted 44 times in all competitions last season.And Salah’s fine form saw Liverpool end up in the Champions League final, which they lost to Real Madrid.Salah also represented Egypt at their first-ever World Cup in Russia. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgChelsea duo Kovacic, Ampadu substituted in Croatia-Wales stalemateby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu were both substituted in Wales and Croatia’s 1-1 stalemate on Sunday.Tottenham’s Ben Davies went through the back of Kovacic right on the stroke of half-time, with the midfielder not returning after the break.Three minutes into the second half Bruno Petkovic clattered into Ampadu from behind, with Ampadu quickly being replaced by Joe Merrell.Gareth Bale’s goal cancelled out Nikola Vlasic’s ninth minute opener, keeping Wales’ hopes of qualification for Euro2020 alive. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgLONDON – The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.Cambridge’s board of directors suspended CEO Alexander Nix pending an investigation after Nix boasted of various unsavoury services to an undercover reporter for Britain’s Channel 4 News.Channel 4 News broadcast clips Tuesday that also show Nix saying his data-mining firm played a major role in securing Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential elections.Nix said the firm handled “all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting” and said Cambridge used emails with a “self-destruct timer” to make its role more difficult to trace.“There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing,” he said.In a statement, Cambridge’s board said Nix’s comments “do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.”Cambridge has denied wrongdoing, and Trump’s campaign has said it didn’t use Cambridge’s data.Facebook also drew continued criticism for its alleged inaction to protect users’ privacy. Earlier Tuesday, the chairman of the U.K. parliamentary media committee, Damian Collins, said his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data. He said Facebook officials “have been misleading to the committee.”The committee summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.“It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process,” Collins wrote Zuckerberg. “Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.”Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate also called on Zuckerberg to testify. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Facebook’s latest privacy scandal a “danger signal.” She wants Zuckerberg’s assurances that Facebook is prepared to take the lead on security measures that protect people’s privacy — or Congress may step in.Facebook sidestepped questions on whether Zuckerberg would appear, saying instead that it’s currently focused on conducting its own reviews.The request to appear comes as Britain’s information commissioner said she was using all her legal powers to investigate the social-media giant and Cambridge Analytica.Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.“Our advice to Facebook is to back away and let us go in and do our work,” she said.Facebook has weathered many such blow-ups before and is used to apologizing and moving on. But the stakes are bigger this time. The latest scandal has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network, though there isn’t much of anywhere else to go.Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the U.K. investigation. However, Denham’s office said the firm failed to meet a deadline to produce the information requested.Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that the data provisions act requires services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.Chris Wylie, who once worked for Cambridge Analytica, was quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.Wylie has agreed to be interviewed by Democrats on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. A date has not been set, and it’s unclear if Republicans on the panel will attend.On Tuesday, Wylie said he found Facebook’s reaction to the revelations bizarre. He told an audience at the Frontline Club in London that before the story broke, Facebook had agreed to work with him to improve its platform. But he said he was blindsided on Friday with a news release that identified him as a suspect in the case.Cambridge Analytica found itself in further allegations of wrongdoing. Britain’s Channel 4 used an undercover investigation to record Nix saying that the company could use unorthodox methods to wage successful political campaigns for clients.In footage released Monday, Nix said the company could “send some girls” around to a rival candidate’s house, suggesting that girls from Ukraine are beautiful and effective in this role.He also said the company could “offer a large amount of money” to a rival candidate and have the whole exchange recorded so it could be posted on the internet to show that the candidate was corrupt.Nix says in a statement that he deeply regrets his role in the meeting and has apologized to staff.“I am aware how this looks, but it is simply not the case,” he said. “I must emphatically state that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called ‘honeytraps’, and nor does it use untrue material for any purposes.”Nix told the BBC that the Channel 4 sting was “intended to embarrass us”.“We see this as a co-ordinated attack by the media that’s been going on for very, very many months in order to damage the company that had some involvement with the election of Donald Trump,” he said.The data harvesting used by Cambridge Analytica has also triggered calls for further investigation from the European Union, as well as federal and state officials in the United States.On Tuesday, a dozen consumer-advocacy organizations pressed the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. to investigate whether the release of data violated an agreement Facebook signed with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances.The move comes after Bloomberg News first reported the FTC could already be investigating. The FTC hasn’t confirmed the investigation but said it takes “any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously.”___AP Technology Writers Mae Anderson and Anick Jesdanun in New York and AP writers Mary Clare Jalonick and Richard Lardner in Washington contributed to this story.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales gained 0.1 per cent to $63.1 billion in April.The small increase came as gains in machinery, equipment and supplies and the food, beverage and tobacco subsectors were offset by a drop in the motor vehicle and parts subsector.The agency says wholesale sales in volume terms were unchanged.Sales were up in three of the seven subsectors.The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector climbed 2.3 per cent to $13.0 billion, while the food, beverage and tobacco subsector rose 1.9 per cent to $12.1 billion.The motor vehicle and parts subsector fell 4.0 per cent to $11.5 billion.last_img read more