Breaking: Minister sends in Air Corps chopper and soldiers to fight Donegal fire

first_imgThe Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, has scrambled Air Corps helicopters and army personnel to the scene of a serious gorse fire in West Donegal.The huge fire, in the Annagry and Loughanure areas, is out of control and in danger of coming into contact with homes.At least eight sections of Donegal Fire Service have been battling the blaze for the past five hours. They have been supported on the ground by scores of local volunteers who are risking their lives to beat out the flames.Local TD and Leas Cheann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher called on the Minister for Defence to mobile the Aer Corps and soldiers in a bid to halt the spread of the fires.He has criticised how long it has taken the Minister to make a decision on the matter.“The Minister has just called me to confirm the approval has been given for a helicopter to travel to Annagry and that army personnel are also being sent to assist Donegal “Myself and Donegal County Council requested the Minister to send up the Aer Corps four hours ago and they have only mobilised them a short time ago and I am very disappointed that it took so long.“We cannot delay this any longer as these fires are out of control. We must stop this fire as it spreads towards homes,” he said.There is still no indication as to how the latest fires started.Donegal County Council also made a decision to employ a private company to bring in a helicopter to spread water over the flames.The eater for the choppers is to be taken from nearby lakes and then spread over the most dangerous areas. Among those battling the blaze is local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig.“It is very intense. As soon as the fire service get it under control the wind whips up the flames again.“The community response has been amazing but we are still in the middle of trying to bring this under control,” he said.It comes just days after two homes were destroyed two homes in Annagry. Breaking: Minister sends in Air Corps chopper and soldiers to fight Donegal fire was last modified: April 26th, 2019 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:Air CorpsArmyblazedonegalfiresoldierslast_img read more

Half-time: QPR 1 Derby County 0

first_imgTjaronn Chery’s brilliant left-footed strike – his third goal in his last five matches – put QPR ahead.In-form keeper Alex Smithies played a big part in Rangers’ 24th-minute opener at Loftus Road, where the home side have grown in confidence since taking the lead.Smithies threw the ball to James Perch near the halfway line and the full-back galloped down the left and delivered a perfect cross to Chery, who guided the ball into the net with a sublime volley.Earlier, Sebastian Polter, back in the QPR starting line-up along with Clint Hill, Matt Phillips, Junior Hoilett and Alejandro Faurlin, went close with a long-range shot that went just wide.And four minutes after his goal, Chery tried his luck with another left-footed effort that that flashed narrowly wide too.Rangers went close again seven minutes before the break, when Phillips was just unable to connect with Hoilett’s left-wing cross.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hill, Perch, Faurlin Henry, Phillips, Chery, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Konchesky, Tozser, Petrasso, El Khayati, Mackie, Washington.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA companies urged to ‘Adopt-a-School’

first_imgCongress of South African Trade Unions secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi roused the crowd with a passionate speech on the ills of the current education system. reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. The accord further states that businesses must adopt schools that are performing poorly and subsequently implement whole school development programmes. Brand South Africa’s director of stakeholder relations, Iggy Sathakge, said the launch came ahead of a national roll-out of the Adopt-a-School campaign, with the aim of delivering quality education to all underdeveloped schools. On 13 July, an accord was signed by businesses, labour and the government as a pledge to ensure that every South African child was in a classroom and every teacher was teaching. Vavi emphasised the lack of progress made in provinces like the Eastern Cape and said the crisis manifested profoundly in this province because the Department of Education was dysfunctional. He added that a website would launch within the next month that would monitor the role businesses were playing in their chosen schools. He added that it was not just up to teachers to ensure children were educated but that all members of communities, including churches, families and police, should be accountable as well. “If a business adopts a school, they may conduct an analysis of what a school requires and then provide what is needed,” said Sathakge. Initial focus on three provinces According to the recently signed accord, organised labour, business and community organisations must aim to adopt between 100 and 200 schools by the end of 2011. Depending on this year’s success, the programme will be expanded to target between 500 and 1 000 schools in 2012. “This campaign will demand accountability. Those who have mismanaged the education system must be dismissed,” he said to a cheering crowd. Key points of the accord The accord also states that the parties involved in the Adopt-a-School campaign will agree to work together to change the mindset of teachers, pupils and parents to rebuild the part of the education system that is dysfunctional. As a means to monitor progress, Sathakge said that partners would report regularly on the roles each business had played. 3 October 2011 The launch took place in Butterworth as the town was recognised as a hotspot for dysfunctional schools. Sathakge said the campaign’s initial roll-out would take place in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Sathakge said the majority of citizens lacked a strong educational foundation, which was supposed to have been acquired at primary school level. As a result, when they got to university, they tended to drop out. More than four hundred community members braved the rainy weather to gather at the Caley Sports Ground in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape for the national launch of the Accord on Basic Education and Partnerships with Schools campaign on Sunday. A number of companies have already committed themselves to the campaign, including banking group Absa, the Industrial Development Corporation and food manufacturer Nestle, which is providing bursaries to pupils. It concludes by saying that the campaign aims to produce fully functional schools with the so-called Triple T foundations of a good institute. These include effective leadership and management; teachers arriving in class on time and teaching for the full period; and making teaching materials available. He said that communities must adopt a zero tolerance approach towards lazy teachers and those who used female pupils as sexual objects. “The challenge is greater in these three provinces, and special attention will be given to schools in these areas,” he said, noting that the matric pass rate had been dropping in these regions in recent years. He added that there would be no specific timeline for the campaign and that it would operate for as long as necessary to reach the objective of providing quality education. Demanding accountability Run by the Department of Basic Education, the National Economic Development and Labour Council, and Brand South Africa, the campaign encourages businesses to “adopt” schools and donate educational facilities to them. He also said that, countrywide, most children from poor backgrounds were stuck in dysfunctional schools, adding that: “60% of those schools do not have laboratories and 60% of pupils are pushed out of the education system before they reach grade 12.” “The premise of the campaign is to build requisite skills at primary level education,” said Sathakge, after acknowledging that the nation’s skills level was low and at risk of staying that way.last_img read more

Amritsar train mishap victims’ kin seek government jobs

first_imgThe families of people killed in a train accident during a Dasara celebration in Amritsar in 2018 staged a protest outside Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s residence in Amritsar demanding government jobs. About 60 people were mowed down and 72 injured by a train that hurtled through the crowd which had spilled onto railway tracks while watching a Ravana effigy burn. Mr. Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, was the chief guest at the event held on October 19, 2018.The protesters alleged that the Sidhus had failed to honour their promise of ensuring a government job for a family member of each victim.They claimed that Mr. Sidhu had promised to adopt the families that had lost their earning member and to bear their monthly kitchen expenses. Besides, they claimed, he had promised free education for the next of kin of all victims.The protesters, residents of Mr. Sidhu’s Amritsar East constituency, demanded to know the outcome of a magisterial inquiry. They also demanded that responsibility be fixed for it and the guilty be punished.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had ordered the inquiry into the incident. A 300-page report was submitted to the Punjab Home Secretary in November 2018.The 30 families ended the demonstration after police officials informed them that the Congress leader and his wife were away.last_img read more

St. Pierre set for comeback fight vs Bisping at UFC 217

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Bisping, who had eight fights during St. Pierre’s break, is eager to add another big name to his improbable late-career surge of victories. Bisping defended his belt against Dan Henderson last year, and St. Pierre is a second straight opponent who isn’t among the top middleweight contenders for his title.The fight has been attacked as nothing but a money grab for Bisping and a desperate attempt by UFC to give MSG some star power in a year that has lacked in must-see main events.But the fight legend is back and Bisping would walk out of the cage with the biggest name win of his career should he stop St. Pierre. GSP was at UFC’s pinnacle in his prime — but a four-year layoff could be cruel to the fighter.“Why would I not want to come back, fighting Michael Bisping for the title in the Madison Square Garden, this mythical place?” St. Pierre said. “I would be fool to not take this opportunity.” FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, Britain’s Michael Bisping, left, and Canada’s Georges St. Pierre face off during a news conference in Toronto, to promote their upcoming UFC 217. At center rear is UFC President Dana White. The pair square off on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)NEW YORK — Georges St. Pierre waved his hands as a conductor would to a chorus of “G-S-P” chanted by fans wrapped in Rising Sun headbands inside Madison Square Garden.“These are your people? These are your people, Georges?” fighter Michael Bisping chirped as he dismissed the rising cheers with a wave.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GSP is back for his people and on top of a UFC card one more time.But is it for the final time?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSt. Pierre (25-2) was one of the UFC’s biggest stars and pay-per-view draws during his long reign atop the 170-pound division, but the Canadian star walked away in November 2013. After a lengthy sabbatical, he returns Saturday to headline UFC 217 in a 185-pound championship bout with Bisping (31-7), the gritty English veteran who won the middleweight championship in a surprise upset of Luke Rockhold last year.St. Pierre, now 36, left UFC as one of its biggest box office draws, holder of the second-longest winning streak in the promotion’s history and with enough stardom to grace the cover of a video game.center_img MOST READ View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC St. Pierre, who hasn’t revealed any career goals beyond claiming Bisping’s 185-pound title, hasn’t decided if this bout would be his last.“Nothing for sure,” St. Pierre said. “Sometimes you win the fight and you could lose and sometimes you lose but you should have won. It depends how it happens and how I will feel and depend on a lot of stuff. But I don’t see myself going away for a long time so it’s going to be a good match.”St. Pierre hasn’t lost since April 2007 when Matt Serra took away the 170-pound belt. St. Pierre reclaimed the title later that year and beat Serra in a rematch shortly afterward.But St. Pierre didn’t fight between April 2011 and November 2012 while recovering from a torn ligament in his right knee. He bounced back from injury with wins over Carlos Condit, Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks.He beat Hendricks, who has a fight on the 217 card, by split decision, then decided it was time for a hiatus. St. Pierre had lamented the stress of his prominence in the sport, saying his obsessive nature prevented him from enjoying life while maintaining the focus necessary to train for title fights.“It’s hard on my nerves, but when I close my eyes at night, I give myself the choice would I want to be there or not,” St. Pierre said. “Yes, I want to. I don’t do it because I have to do it, because I really want to. I’ve never been forced to do anything I don’t want to in life, but I felt like I had that pressure from outside and I was stuck into a pattern. Now, I am doing it and I’m happier than ever.”GSP smiled and appeared happy on the MSG stage as foul-mouthed Bisping tried his best to rattle him with trash talk to fuel the fight.“There’s no other place and moment I want to be,” St. Pierre said. “I’m back now.”Bisping yelled, “I’ll retire him!”Robert Whittaker, the interim middleweight champ, could be on deck for the winner in a fight to unify the belt. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Four years later, St. Pierre returns to a UFC world that blew up into a $4 billion company without him.His fights with Nick Diaz and B.J. Penn that drew two of the biggest buy rates in UFC history have been passed six times, notably by cards headlined by Conor McGregor. Ronda Rousey came (and went?) and bulldozed her way into becoming a mainstream superstar. St. Pierre’s 12-fight winning streak that he takes into Saturday has been topped by Jon Jones and matched by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson. And it was McGregor again, with a championship belt draped over each shoulder, who was announced Friday as the EA Sports UFC 3 video game cover boy .But the use of a PS4 controller may be the only way to make sure McGregor steps into a cage any time soon. With Rousey, McGregor and Jones all sidelined, and UFC struggling to build a new crop of pay-per-view stars, the big attraction for 2018 just might be a blast from the past in St. Pierre.Another change, MMA wasn’t even legal in New York the last time St. Pierre fought. He’ll top UFC’s fourth card in the state in 12 months and the first at MSG since a McGregor-headlined show helped draw an arena-record gate of $17 million.Cody Garbrandt defends the 135-pound belt against T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts the 115-pound women’s title on the line against Rose Namajunas in the other two big PPV bouts.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NBA rescinds technical fouls on Kevin Durant, JaMychal Green

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, and Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green jaw at each other during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 132-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NEW YORK— The NBA has rescinded technical fouls called on Golden State’s Kevin Durant and JaMychal Green of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.The players were called for double technicals early in the third quarter Thursday night at Staples Center as they jawed at each other. The Warriors won 132-105 and lead the series 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Both players protested the call, and the league rescinded it Friday.Durant had been ejected from Game 1 with a double technical and he had accumulated three of the seven fouls allotted before the NBA would issue a one-game suspension until the latest tech was withdrawn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDurant said after the game Thursday that he hoped the foul would be rescinded because he doesn’t want to jeopardize the two-time defending champions going forward. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Nadal surprised as ‘super solid’ Djokovic exits Monte Carlo DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe Touch Football Australia websites are breaking new records at this year’s 2006 National Touch League.The TFA website broke the all-time visitors website with the last 3 days all climbing to new levels. Finals day for the NTL saw over 1600 people view around 10,000 pages on the website, equating to around 110,000 hits for the day.Tuesday (travel day and rest day) saw another 1300 people visit the site and view around 9,000 pages, while day one of the seniors saw around 1500 people reading the stories and news on approximately 9,500 pages.The TFA Sporting Pulse results website TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITE is also breaking all records during the 2006 NTL. It seems that Touchies Australia wide are beginning to make use of the website which lets you view pages and pages of draws, results, ladders and also statistics for touchdown scorers.Sporting Pulse contacted TFA staff yesterday to let us know that the TFA Sporting Pulse results website was the most requested Sporting Pulse website Australia-wide, with over 22,000 pages visited (equating to 100,000 hits).It’s fantastic to see people at home using the TFA website and the TFA results website in tandem.The TFA website is providing great stories, daily summaries and also images from photographers Sporting Images, while the TFA Sporting Pulse results website is updated after every round and provides up to date results and ladders for everyone watching from home.If you’re interested in keeping up to date on the news after the NTL, simply sign up to the ‘Subscribe’ section on This will enable you to receive by email TFA newsletters, information, special offers on merchandise and other member-only information. Unlike many other subscribe sections, you will not be bombarded by junk emails, it will be kept to a minimum with only important information distributed.Finally, why not join the TFA Tipping Competition? There is a link on the front page where you can join to tip in the NRL and AFL against your Touch-mates Australia wide.Prizes will be announced soon, but in the meantime, sign up, the NRL has only just begun and the AFL kick-off is just a few weeks away.So sign up and keep in Touch post-NTL!last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri admits plans to sign new winger

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri admits plans to sign new wingerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he wants to make a new winger signing in January.Sarri says a wide player rather than a new striker is the priority.“I have the option with Hazard in this [central] position,” said Sarri. “We have Morata and Hazard who can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last two or three matches.“At the moment I don’t need another striker. Maybe another winger. “Now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, so I have the option for striker but have no option for wingers.” last_img read more