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‘Pay it Forward’ draw to benefit five local causes

first_imgA novel charity draw has been launched to appeal to the generosity of local businesses in the run-up to Christmas.Businesses are being asked to support charities by ‘Paying It Forward’ if they win prizes in this year’s Bumper Christmas Draw supporting St. Eunans Cathedral Parish Youth Ministries.Up to €2,000 in prizes have been donated to the fundraising initiative. The selected four local charities are the No Barriers Foundation, Little Angels Association, Donegal Hospice and St Vincent de Paul.Businesses who enter the draw can nominate any one of the charities to receive a prize. Proceeds from the draw will be donated to the Youth Ministries, while the nominated charities will be in with a chance of winning prizes such as a TV, holiday vouchers and much more.Tickets are €50 per card and business will be visited by volunteers in the coming days seeking support. Karen McGlinchey is the organiser of the Pay it Forward draw. She said: “Thanks and appreciation is extended to all our local businesses without whose support, many charities would struggle to be sustainable.”The draw will take place on 14th Dec 2019.  ‘Pay it Forward’ draw to benefit five local causes was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Snooping near Snoopy — Take a Deep Breath (GC4M0KY) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedMaybe it’s over there? — To Too Two Easy (GC1XA6W) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 13, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”High energy! — Fission around the bend (GC1NGRD) — Geocache of the WeekMay 28, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Geocaching: The Video Game — LostSailRs: Uncharted Waters (GC55CDQ) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 9, 2014In “Geocaching with Kids” Snoopy and Woodstock on top of the geocache. Photo by geocacher Syclone0044Geocache Name:Take a Deep Breath (GC4M0KY)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:3/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:A great gadget cache is tough to build. First, you have to come up with a clever idea. Then you have to plan, buy supplies and actually put them together—not to mention troubleshoot if there are problems. This geocache goes a step further by not only being a clever puzzle, but also a piece of art. The geocache owner placed this geocache on his own property and says that the neighbors just think it’s a neat decoration, but geocachers come from far and wide to make this find and award another Favorite Point.What the geocache owner, Doctor Dolittle, has to say:“It’s relaxing for me to putz around in the garage with wood and tools.  I had in mind creating a cache theme matching the veterinary clinic location.  Also, I hoped to create a puzzle that was intuitive, would make people laugh but wasn’t too difficult. Snoopy and Woodstock have always been favorites of mine, but it took a year for them to pop into my head….Creating it took 24 man hours and $80 in material costs. The gracious logs and favorite points make my effort, time and cost worth while.“Do you want more great hides in your area? You can make it happen by doing two simple things:1) Use your favorite points! I have met many Geocachers who hoard them, give them out only rarely or say they don’t use them because they don’t believe in them. That just doesn’t make any sense. They don’t cost anything but two clicks of a mouse.2) Take the time to write a good log on a quality cache. TFTC is not acceptable unless it’s a sign, light post or a guard rail Geocache. Write a gracious originally written log even it’s only two sentences long. If you enjoy writing, please feel free to expound! Some people use creativity or unique details in their logs to make them fun for others to read. Those are the best!“These things will positively reinforce the best hiders in your area to continue hiding for you. Good hides require time, effort and expense. Favorite points and writing good logs cost you nothing, but give so much gratification to your hiders. Lastly, when you see them at social events go out of your way to tell them about a cache hide they created that you really enjoyed!”What geocachers are saying:“This is another example of just how creative geocachers can be. Thanks so much Dr. D for this very fun cache. Another favorite point coming your way.” – wisjanine“Glad to have finally solved the puzzle and retrieve the log. We met lots of travel bugs visiting Snoopy’s house today, looks like a cozy place to stay! Thanks for putting the extra effort on this cache for others to enjoy, very well done.” – SparkSeeker“Wow….. Awesome. . Never seen anything like this. Thanks so much for the great adventure.” – LindavePhotos:Woodstock’s favorite perch. Photo by geocache owner Doctor Dolittle.A little green trackable checking out his new home. Photo by geocacher pezmonTwo happy geocachers after the find. Photo by geocache owner Doctor Dolittle.What was the last geocache you gave a Favorite Point and why? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Wardrobe issues causes Olympic stress for French skaters

first_imgRead Next Aguero involved in clash with Wigan fan after City’s defeat Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises It was during the final element, when Papadakis leaned back in Cizeron’s arms, that her costume rode upward to reveal her breast. The performance was being shown live on international television, and people immediately began posting screen-grabs of the incident on social media.“Our coverage of ice dancing was live tonight. Once a competitor’s brief wardrobe issue became evident, we purposely used wider camera shots and carefully selected replays to keep the issue obscured,” NBC said in a statement to The Associated Press. “We have edited the video for all television encores and online replays.”It was the second wardrobe mishap during the skating program at the Pyeongchang Games. American-born ice dancer Yura Min, competing for South Korea, had the back of her costume come unclasped during her short program with partner Alex Gamelin in the team competition.Papadakis and Cizeron, considered the biggest threat to Virtue and Moir for gold, still managed to gain level-four marks for all their elements save their final straight line lift. That left the French duo less than two points behind their Canadian training partners on a packed leaderboard.It’s unclear whether the judges docked the couple for the wardrobe issue. The rules state losing any part of a costume, even a hair clip, can lead to a one-point deduction.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES “It’s a little bit frustrating to know that it’s not because of something that we did,” Cizeron said. “It’s just a costume issue, something as stupid as that, so it’s a little bit disappointing.”Papadakis was nearly in tears as she approached reporters after the routine, which is required of any Olympic competitor after competition. But she was in better spirits an hour later, when she no doubt realized that her chance of a gold medal was still intact.“It was pretty distracting, kind of my worst nightmare happening at the Olympics,” Papadakis said. “I told myself, ‘I don’t have a choice. I have to keep going,’ and that’s what we did. I think we can be proud of ourselves being able to deliver a great performance with that happening.” MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. When the clasp became unhooked, the 22-year-old Papadakis was more worried about holding up her outfit than making sure her twizzles and rhumba were in sync. Her swinging short program with partner Guillaume Cizeron at the Pyeongchang Olympics was threatening to go down in history alongside Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction during her halftime performance at the Super Bowl.“I felt it right away and I prayed,” Papadakis said. “That’s about what I could do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSomehow, the French couple kept things together through most of their Latin program, producing a score of 81.93 points Monday that left them second behind Canadian stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.Not all the program, though. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform during the ice dance, short dance figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)GANGNEUNG, South Korea— The first notes of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” had just played when Gabriella Papadakis suddenly became aware that people were about to see a whole lot more of her shape than she had planned.The French ice dancer’s glittering emerald costume at the Olympics had come unhooked at the neckline and later in the routine her left breast was exposed live on television.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Delhi Police justifies crackdown on Baba Ramdev, followers before SC

first_imgThe Delhi Police on Friday filed its reply in the Supreme Court justifying crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his followers on the night intervening June 4-5. In their affidavit, the city police blamed Ramdev for causing chaos that led to violence that night. Denying lathicharge, the police said they cracked down because the congregation at Ramlila Maidan was illegal. They said the congregation was allowed just for a yoga camp and not for any other purpose. The city police filed their reply on Ramdev’s arrest before the bench of Justices B.S. Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar, which had on June 6 issued notices to Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai and Delhi Police Commissioner B.K. Gupta asking them to explain by June 20 why Ramdev and his supporters were evicted in such a manner. The Delhi Police said it was forced to retaliate after supporters of Ramdev pelted stones and flower pots when the policemen tried to reach the stage from where the yoga guru was addressing his supporters. The police said their crackdown was necessary as the congregation of Ramdev’s 65,000 supporters was illegal. They said permission was granted for a yoga camp of 5,000 people and it was withdrawn after the numbers started swelling. The police denied that Ramdev’s supporters were lathicharged. They however admitted to the use of tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

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Gambhir says that playing for India will always remain on top of agenda

first_imgEver since Gautam Gambhir took the field for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League with a shoulder injury, there has been a raging debate about whether the current crop of Indian cricketers value playing for their franchise more than their country.However, for Gambhir himself, the club versus country debate means nothing and answering the critics is not his concern.”I don’t want to answer anyone. It is all about being clear to your own conscience. The passion of playing for the country and the joy of representing every Indian across the world can never be replicated. Wearing the blue jerseys means a lot,” he told MAIL TODAY on the sidelines of the India Today Youth Summit.Referring to his decision to make himself unavailable for the Champions League T20 qualifiers, Gambhir said: “It was purely a medical call taken by my doctor. If he had given me the green signal to play, I would have been out their leading KKR.””All the talk about players being ready to fulfil club commitments doesn’t hold true in this case as I will not get any extra money for playing in the Champions League.”Not for once did it occur to me that I should skip the Champions League to please the critics. My doctor feels that I am still not ready to play a match. If we qualify for the main stages and I am allowed to play by my doctor, I will definitely take the field.”Gambhir feels that player management is a must in the modern scenario where teams are playing round the year. “As players we want to play as much as possible when we are doing well, but it is important that players who play in all the three formats are preserved well so that they can play longer and are fresh physically as well as mentally.advertisement”In the modern game, mental fatigue also needs to be avoided. It is important that every country has a pool of 25 players who are talented enough to play at the international level,” he said.No Indian fan can forget Gambhir’s knock of 97 in the final of the World Cup – a pressure cooker situation.Re-living the experience, Gambhir said: “It is every cricketer’s dream to win the biggest prize in the 50-over format of the game. I still believe I should have been a part of the squad in the 2007 World Cup.”But after the disappointment of not getting picked for the World Cup, came the high of winning the 2007 World T20. So that brought about a belief that everything is destined. “After the first few matches of the 2011 edition, came an article by Ian Chappell that I should be dropped and that egged me on and the rest is history.”After the purple patch under ex-coach Gary Kirsten, the drubbing against England under new coach Duncan Fletcher has come as a rude shock for fans.”Every captain and coach is as good as the team. Gary was a very hardworking person and he made us believe in ourselves. He reaped the rewards of the efforts he had put in with the team and deserved every bit of the success.”And after three years, you would obviously miss the person. But life goes on and we must respect his decision to quit and spend time with his family.”As far as the comparison is concerned, it is too early to judge Fletcher and we need to give him time to adapt,” said Gambhir.last_img read more

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2015 Really Was The Bizarro Peyton Manning Season

From a lot of angles, Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time. His second Super Bowl win, however, came in decidedly un-Peyton-like fashion, with Manning riding in the wake of an all-time defense while doddering well below replacement level for most of the season. Perhaps this is karma, a just reward after a career of — with a few exceptions — being shackled to some of the worst defenses ever to run deep into the playoffs. It’s the popular line of thinking, at least, and popular enough to dig a little deeper. So: Just how bad were Peyton’s defenses in his best years?Here’s a look at the statistical profiles of Hall of Fame and near-Hall of Fame QBs from the modern era — this includes the defensive and rushing support each received throughout his career, but especially his prime. To find this, I took each passer’s performance in a few categories — completion percentage, yards per completion, touchdown percentage, interception percentage, sack percentage — and sorted them by their percentile relative to the league in any given season. I then weighted each season to give more weight to a player’s best years according to value over replacement (like I did with Ken Griffey Jr. here). Then, I did the same for Defense-adjusted Value Over Average for both rushing offense and defense. PERCENTILE VS. LEAGUEDVOA FROM… Brett Favre78558257704763 Terry Bradshaw48788643616282 Roger Staubach79707983407375 Ben Roethlisberger81797157355968 It’s been a stunning reversal, the likes of which we haven’t really seen from such a good QB before; the only possible exceptions were the final full seasons of Marino, Ken Stabler and Joe Theismann’s careers. Those performances all came in the service of mediocre teams, though. Somehow Manning actually turned an even more extreme version of this formula into a championship.We aren’t sure if the Super Bowl was Manning’s final game, and it’s hard to speculate about how this changes Manning’s legacy (not that a paltry two titles will ever satiate the “Count The Ringz!!!” crowd anyway). But even if Manning happened to be dragged to a championship in the final throes of his senescence by Von Miller and Denver’s ferocious defense, it’s hard not to appreciate the strange symmetry after Manning spent a career elevating middling and worse teams with his brilliance. Troy Aikman88384677788056 QUARTERBACKCMP%YD/CMPTD%INT%SK%RUSHING OFFENSEDEFENSE Carson Palmer69597551775547 Peyton Manning91648870956052 After breaking down the characteristics of Manning and his teams over the years, it’s amazing to see how sharply the usual tendencies were inverted along Denver’s path to the championship. On average, Manning’s teams were middle-of-the-pack on defense, and a shade better than that at running the ball. That was more than enough to rattle off an absurd string of 10-plus-win seasons, because Manning was very good — if not completely and totally great — in every facet of passing the football. His average defense was worse than that supporting Brett Favre, Joe Montana or Steve Young, and the running game was less efficient than what Tom Brady, Drew Brees or John Elway was working with.Manning did have a lot more help than Dan Marino, but he also bested him across every passing category — like a more accurate, deeper-throwing version of the Dolphins great, who got the ball out just as fast but was more careful with it. And since we’re looking at percentiles instead of raw output, the differences between eras soften, though they don’t completely disappear.That was prime Peyton, however. This year’s version was far, far worse, particularly in categories where he once excelled. To wit: His rates of completions, touchdowns and interceptions, each typically among the top 30 percent of regular QBs, all dipped into the bottom quarter of passers this season. Meanwhile, his defensive support, usually in the middle of the pack, zoomed up to the best in football. Dan Marino74577866945030 Tony Romo80778259606954 Ken Anderson83526784486945 Warren Moon74537159705259 Kurt Warner93828944676061 Joe Namath42886839924930 Aaron Rodgers82799388367759 Bob Griese86558756458750 John Elway59646367637649 Drew Brees90528267887031 Jim Kelly76647947656456 Dan Fouts81697160875530 Steve Young98719078428267 Donovan McNabb45677285457972 Sources: pro football reference, football outsiders Tom Brady77688485787852 Philip Rivers82738167644333 Joe Montana93327484717369 read more

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PUBLIC NOTICE CLOSURE TO WINDWARD ROAD ACCESS OFF LEEWARD HIGHWAY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 5, 2017 – Providenciales – The motoring public on the Island of Providenciales is advised that the access to windward road or Glass shack and Menzies corner as it is commonly called and to Leeward Highway turning right from the same road is closed. Motorist will be able to make a left turn coming out of Windward Street onto Leeward Highway and make a left turn into Windward Street off of Leeward Highway.The decision to close off this access was taken following intense discussions between various Government agencies as to the best course of action to take to manage the flow of traffic at this junction of the Leeward Highway. Serious concerns arose as a result of the number of accidents that occurred on Leeward Highway and Windward Street which resulted in fatalities, extensive damage to property and grievous bodily injury. Previous attempts to manage traffic at this junction proved futile as motorist have not been adhering to signs erected, advising of a left turn only resulting accidents continuing to occur.Access to the glass shack area can now be gained at the roundabout at First Caribbean and industrial park road or motorist may travel to the Suzie Turn roundabout, make a right at the roundabout, travel down to Windward Street and make a left turn.  Coming out of Glass Shack and getting onto Leeward Highway, traveling in easterly direction can be access through Paradise Road onto Discovery Bay exiting at the Junction next to Shell Gas station.The Road Safety department along with the other Government agencies with responsibility for Traffic management take this opportunity to appeal to the motoring public to pay strict attention to the rules of the road and the signs that are erected. Every effort is being made to ensure safe driving on our streets.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

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TCI maintains BBB Credit Rating from Standard and Poors

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 10th 2017: Global rating agency Standard and Poor’s has maintained its BBB+ rating for the Turks and Caicos. The latest means an upward movement from stable to positive , marking the fourth consecutive year with the strong grading. The rating comes after an S&P team visited the islands in June where it met with officials and sectors within the country. The agency’s report says it expects the TCI’s economy to grow, and “steadily strengthen over the next three years”.It anticipates growth to come primarily from continued recovery in its largest visitor market, the U.S., as well as growth in public spending. S&P anticipates these trends to allow the GDP per capita to reach $25,753 in 2017.However, one concern the agency mentions, “the TCI’s growth prospects is subject to volatility, as more than half of its GDP comes from tourism, making it vulnerable to external shocks.” The BBB+ rating is a strong factor in attracting foreign direct investment to TCI and building confidence amongst its existing business community.Meanwhile, the Honourable Premier, Sharlene Cartwright Robinson attributes the steady rating to works done to the retirement of the TCI $170M bond, the national wealth fund established, and the achievement of all the indicators outlined in the Public Finance Management Framework.The Premier says her government will ensure the required positive and sustainable injections into the TCI economy is upheld, while she adds that public and private sector reforms remain on the cards to improve TCI’s infrastructure.#MagneticMediaNews#Standard&PoorsTCIcreditRatingBBB+ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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