Naomh Conail have failed in their bid to have their Senior Championship semi-final against Glenswilly brought to a replay.The Glenties side had appealed the game to the county board in relation to the black carding of Ciaran Bonner in last Sunday’s semi-final at O’Donnell Park.They claimed that Bonner had received a previous yellow card before being black-carded by referee Jimmy White. This would have meant that Bonner would have got a red card and Glenswilly could not have brought on a replacement.Ironically the player who replaced Bonner, Oisin Crawford, scored one of two late frees which dragged Glenswilly over the line.Naomh Conail presented their case to the county board last night but it was rejected.It is yet unclear as to the reasons why the appeal was rejected. The final between St Eunans and Glenswilly will now go ahead at MacCumhaill Park at 4pm on Sunday. GLENTIES APPEAL REJECTED AS FINAL GOES AHEAD THIS SUNDAY BETWEEN GLENSWILLY AND ST EUNANS was last modified: October 30th, 2014 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:GAAglenswillyGlentiesSt Eunans
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)The San Jose Sharks advanced to the Western Conference final after defeating the the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7.The team captain Joe Pavelski who has been out since a hit in Game 7 of the previous series returned to the ice. He immediately made an impact scoring the first goal of the game. He ended up with a score and an assist in his return.Pavelski celebrated two other times with teammates as Tomas Hertl …
Justin Foxton and his wife Cathy aretackling the challenge of finding lovingfamilies for abandoned babies. Babies live in a cheerful environment andreceive the best of care until they areplaced with their new family.(Images: Justin Foxton)MEDIA CONTACTS • Justin FoxtonThe Baby House+27 31 561 4282 or +27 82 354 1839RELATED ARTICLES• Fighting crime by saying hello• Community crime-fighting at its best• SA children taught the game of life• HIV lessons: starting with the young• New eye care unit for KZN childrenJanine ErasmusWith initiatives such as Stop Crime Say Hello, marketing whizzkid, social commentator and self-titled passionate South African Justin Foxton is committed to changing the country for the better.After a five-year stay in the UK, Foxton returned to his home country in 2008 and, concerned by the situation of crime and violence – and the South African attitude to that situation, which was often one of apathy or helplessness – he became determined to do something.Now in its fourth year, Foxton’s social initiative Stop Crime Say Hello encourages citizens to communicate and treat their fellows with dignity and respect, rather than live in fear of each other. All it takes is a simple “hello” – and, Foxton argues, one small act of friendship could easily lead to bigger ones.Believing that an earlier intervention could have an even greater positive effect, some months ago Foxton launched a new project aimed at helping to promote an environment of peace and tolerance in South Africa.Under the umbrella of The Peace Agency, his own NGO that works towards social justice, he has set up the Baby House, a crisis centre and place of safety for orphaned and abandoned babies.Foxton and his wife Cathy run the centre, which opened in mid-2010, from their own home in Umhlanga, north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.The Baby House is registered with the Durban branch of Child Welfare, and with Habit – the HIV Abandoned Babies and Infants Trust.It’s one of three Habit baby homes run in the area by that organisation, to care for babies in the transition phase between abandonment and placement in an adoptive or foster family.According to Foxton, the couple converted a portion of their house in order to run the centre from there.“We have four cots and a dedicated team of supporters and carers who help us keep the babies safe until a suitable family has been identified,” he says.Although this may seem like a small contribution compared to the enormity of the national situation of hundreds of thousands of abandoned children, he concedes, you have to start somewhere.And if more people set up baby houses, more babies would find loving homes.“We’re just ordinary people,” he says, “but this way we can make a difference in our community.”The centre is small for a reason, says Foxton. “We don’t want to become another orphanage, but by keeping our operations to a manageable scale we know we can do the absolute best for the kids who end up with us.”Rapid response to a desperate situationOne of the big reasons for abandonment is sheer desperation. A new mother may not have the means to even feed her baby, or an HIV-positive mom can think of no way to give her new-born a chance at survival other than to leave the child near to where she knows help is available – a church, clinic, or hospital.However, a rapid response and antiretroviral medication within 72 hours of birth cuts down on the mother-to-child HIV transmission rate.“In the last 18 months we’ve had 11 babies, and not one has left us with HIV,” says Foxton.They’re not orphans, he adds – they’re just babies, and there should be no stigma attached to the fact that they will be adopted.“We work closely with Child Welfare to find exactly the right parents for our babies.”The aim is to get all Baby House infants adopted, but within a reasonable period so that adoptive parents don’t miss out on milestones such as teething, crawling and walking.Moreover, the team works hard to ensure that on the big day each infant is in the pink of health. Babies are clothed, fed, medicated, inoculated, and generally fussed over by the willing band of helpers, many of whom are volunteers who give up an hour here and there to care for the infants.The team wants every adoption to be excellent, says Foxton. Prospective parents will get to spend time with their baby and bond with him or her before the final handover, and they will receive a comprehensive file of their child’s progress so far, along with many photos.Adopting need not be difficultFoxton also aims to unify players involved in adoption in South Africa, and “get conversations going about adoptions”, so that any problems can be streamlined.He says that the process of adopting is not as smooth as it could be, mainly because the state has made it unnecessarily difficult. While the children do need to be protected, and the existing legislation – the Children’s Act of 2005 – does this effectively, there are a few hiccups in the system.For instance, when an abandoned child is found and is ready to be adopted, the agency is compelled to take out an advertisement in local newspapers for 90 days, to give the mother, father or other family the chance to come forward and take responsibility for the child.In an interview in November 2011 with a Durban newspaper, Foxton cited the example of a child who was at the Baby House for eight months because there was no free space in the newspaper to place the required advert.When a mother gives up her child for adoption, she has 60 days after signing the consent form to change her mind. In both cases, Foxton believes the deadline should be 21 days for the sake of the child, especially if he or she is in an overcrowded institution where caregivers have many children to look after and may not be able to give any more attention than the bare minimum.“Otherwise, adoption is not entirely the daunting process that it’s made out to be – in most cases the parents are vetted within six weeks and they have their baby within months.”There are also cultural stumbling blocks. In traditional communities especially, the thought of giving a child up for adoption is unthinkable. There’s even a proverb that claims it takes a village to raise a child.But this mindset comes at the expense of healing for the nation and, says Foxton, it is time for a rethink.“It is important to know where you came from, to have an identity, but equally important is our African philosophy of ubuntu, where we care for each other. We believe that the two concepts can go hand in hand.”Reducing crime by identifying social needsIn the three and a half years since the launch of Stop Crime Say Hello, says Foxton, the organisation has identified a number of issues which create an environment conducive to crime.“Also, we’ve established that social crimes constitute the vast majority of all those committed in South Africa, 90% in fact.”Often these crimes are committed by young men between the ages of 16 and 25.“Mentorship and a good, strong example set by older men are critical if we are to help these boys stay away from a life of crime.”And many of these young criminals are orphans, says Foxton, for whom crime is their only way of surviving.“We have to consider our citizen responsibility to these kids,” said Foxton, “and ask ourselves what helping role we can play. Unless we step in to improve the situation, social issues like crime will never be resolved.”
Mandela’s nudibranch, a quaintly appealing species of sea slug. (Image: Wikipedia) Nelson Mandela Avenue in Dakar, Senegal.(Image: Brian McMorrow) Wits University bestowed an honorary doctorate on Nelson Mandela on 6 September 1991 – but the institution is not the first to honour him thus.(Image: Wits University) The magnificent Strelitzia reginae “Mandela’s Gold” is seen here in abundance in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.(Image: Kirstenbosch)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lee Davies Communications systems co-ordinator Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Renovated Mandela archive • Old bones take Mandela’s name • Mandela prison anniversary marked • Robben Island revisited digitally • Liliesleaf: keeping the memory aliveJanine ErasmusIt’s not only South Africa that has a penchant for naming things after former president Nelson Mandela – there are numerous streets, bridges, educational institutions, buildings, organisms, flowers, statues and monuments around the world that bear his name.With the help of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, we bring you a far from exhaustive list of some of the places where Mandela’s name can be found.In South Africa citizens are used to driving down Nelson Mandela Boulevard in Tshwane, wandering through Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, crossing the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, attending the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, living in the Nelson Mandela residential hall at Rhodes University, visiting the Nelson Mandela Museum in the Eastern Cape, trekking the Madiba heritage trail in the Eastern Cape, or holidaying at the swanky Mandela Rhodes Place in Cape Town.But in Purmerend, Zoetermeer and Arnhem, all in the Netherlands, residents there have their own Mandela Bridges, as do the people of Utrecht, Belgium.And just as Bloemfontein residents have their Nelson Mandela Drive, so do the people of Castries, St Lucia, in the Caribbean. In Paris, France, pedestrians can stroll along the Avenue du President Nelson Mandela in Arcueil, located in the city’s southern suburbs, while there is a Nelson Mandela Boulevard in Caracas, Venezuela.Dakar in Senegal boasts the Avenue Nelson Mandela, and there are more Mandela Avenues in Glamorgan, Harlow and Falkirk, UK; Georgetown, Guyana; and Schrijndel, Netherlands, as well as a Mandela Road in Culemborg, Netherlands, and Uyo, Nigeria.The UK has several versions of Mandela Close and Mandela Way respectively, and there is a Mandela Highway leading into Kingston, Jamaica. Not to be outdone, the authorities in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, have established the grandly-designated Nelson Mandela Highway Road, and there are Mandela roads, places, paths, parkways, interchanges, links, courts and streets all around the world.In Italy, there is a municipality or comune named Mandela, situated in the province of Rome, about 40km northeast of the Italian capital. A few cities have named stadiums after Mandela – besides the Nelson Mandela Multipurpose Stadium in Port Elizabeth, there’s one in Port Louis, Mauritius; in Kampala, Uganda; and in Torrevieja, Spain.For those who want to do their own long walk while remembering the elder statesman, the Madiba hiking trail in the Eastern Cape passes through his home town of Qunu. The Mandela Garden in Leeds, UK, as well as the Nelson Mandela ornamental garden in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, UK, the Nelson Mandela Park in Montreal, Canada, and Mandela Park in Hoorn, Netherlands, offer a chance for peaceful contemplation.You can even wine and dine in his presence by proxy, at the Café Mandela in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Mandela Bar at Bristol University, or Madiba Restaurant in New York, which has served up peace and love since 1999.Mandela’s former wife Winnie has not been left out – in 1983, the New York City square in front of South Africa’s UN mission became the Nelson and Winnie Mandela Plaza.Port Louis, Mauritius; New Delhi, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Hague, Netherlands; Tunis, Tunisia – it seems unlikely that any other world icon has so many tributes in so many places.Not just roadsMandela’s passionate belief in education is reflected in a long list of schools, scholarships, programmes, awards, libraries, centres, chairs, bursaries and funds – not just in South Africa or even the continent, but far beyond. A few of them are the Ecole Nelson Mandela, in Bamako, Mali, the Mandela Children’s Learning School in Compton, US, and the Mandela Institute for Human Rights in the Palestinian National Authority Area, Jerusalem, Israel. Students at the Nelson Mandela Educational Centre in A Lama, Spain, the Nelson Mandela State International School in Berlin, Germany, the Mandela Supplementary School in London, UK, and the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution in New Delhi, India, study under the gaze of one of the world’s most ardent champions for the education of youth.The Australian High Commission in South Africa awards 20 Australia Mandela scholarships annually, given to academic staff who wish to study for their masters’ degrees at Australian institutions. At the University of Michigan, the Dubois-Mandela-Rodney postdoctoral fellowship is given to scholars studying Africa or the African diaspora. A Mandela scholarship fund administered by Leiden University in the Netherlands offers African postgraduate students the chance to study for a year at the university. The Mandela Rhodes Foundation supports the development of leadership capacity in Africa.Needless to say, Mandela himself has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, life memberships, civic honours, freedoms of towns and cities, and various other accolades. According to the Mandela Centre of Memory, the statesman has collected more than 1 100 of these honours over the years.They include the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, which he won jointly with then-president FW de Klerk, and an honorary doctorate in liberal arts from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1997. He can also add the Civil Order of the First Class from the Sultanate of Oman (1999), the Order of the Lion of Malawi (2001), the freedom of the city and county of Cardiff, Wales (1998), and honorary citizenship of Canada (2001) – the first time in history that the honour was given to a living person – to his list, as well as hundreds more.There are a host of living creatures, organisms and plants named after the former president, such as Protea cynaroides Mandela, which was revealed in 1988 as an 80th birthday present; Triacanthella madiba, a species of springtail named by scientists at Stellenbosch University; Australopicus nelsonmandelai, an extinct species of woodpecker named in 2012; an indigenous species of African orb-weaver spider named Singafrotypa Mandela in 2002; the Paravanda Nelson Mandela orchid, named in 1997; and the beautiful Strelitzia reginae Mandela’s Gold, named in 1996.Some unusual offerings include a landfill site in Georgetown, Guyana, an apartment block in the long-running British television sitcom Only Fools and Horses, called Nelson Mandela House, and a fundamental nuclear particle discovered at Leeds University in 1973 and named the Mandela Particle.Then there is the nudibranch, or sea slug, Mandelia Micocornata, named in 1999. However, this gesture was eclipsed by the naming of an entire family and genus of sea slugs after him – family Mandeliidae, genus Mandelia.Poems, stamps, aircraft, racehorses, trees, gold coins and medallions named after him or bearing his likeness – there is seemingly no end to the respectful tributes bestowed on this symbol of reconciliation and forgiveness.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kelley Tilmon and Andy Michel, Ohio State University ExtensionWe have heard a few reports of either bean leaf beetles or grasshoppers increasing in soybeans. As we start to approach the end of the growing season the larger concern with these insects is the potential for pod feeding, rather than foliage feeding. Pod feeding directly impacts grain quality. Crop stage is also an important consideration. Late-planted fields or double-cropped soybeans which are still green when other fields are drying down can be “trap crops,” attracting both bean leaf beetles or grasshoppers leaving the other fields. Such fields bear close watching.Evaluation of pod injury should be based on inspection of all pods on 10 randomly selected plants. Be sure to sample at least 100’ into the field to avoid making your entire decision based on field edges, where damage can be worse than in the field as a whole. On each plant sampled, count the number of total pods and the number of pods exhibiting pod injury, and then determine the percent pod injury based on the 10 plants inspected. It is important to estimate percent pod injury on inspection of the entire plant. Treatment is justified if the percent pod injury approaches 10 to 15%, and beetle adults or grasshoppers are still present and active in the field.When making a treatment decision, also consider the pre-harvest interval of the insecticide you’re considering — which can be an important consideration at the end of the season as harvest approaches. For more information visit our factsheet at https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/ENT-23.
At a Symposium in Barcelona in late May, Gartner announced a list of four elements that “Define the Leading Edge of IT Change”.Social Network InteractionCompanies should tap and solicit input from communities of their customers.Competitive Rule BreakersTo stay level with global competitors from places like China and India, companies will need to seek out innovation and be filling to accept risk. “Imagine what’s possible and design how to get there.”Changes in Technology OwnershipVirtualization, Commoditisation, IT modularity and free communication have reduced the emphasis of importance on hardware and software ownership. Company value now comes from business processes and relationships.IT should be used as a Tangible DifferentiatorTo be effective, technology needs to be strategically focused on solving business problems and improving business processes. Technology for technology’s sake can be expensive.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting See also:Online Retail Thriving: 8% Growth Expected This Holiday SeasonTop Internet Trends of 2000-2009: E-commerce Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#e-commerce#Trends#web Last night we wrote about Forrester’s prediction that online holiday retail sales will grow 8% this year to $44.7 billion. comScore had similar numbers about the growth of online retail – toy web sites grew 9% in October, as did the retail apparel segment. Online personal finance service Mint.com has joined the festive statistics parade, with data analyzing some of the U.S.’s leading retailers. Mint analyzed spending data and compared it to one year ago. The data is for top performers in the third quarter this year, based on “average monthly spend per user versus recession lows.”Interestingly, Mint’s data says that Q4 sales will not be as good as last year – which is the opposite of what Forrester predicts. However Mint does say that consumer electronics and clothing are set to rise in Q4.Check out the charts below and compare them to Forrester and comScore’s data.The highlights, via Mint.com:Aeropostale – the clothing retailer is up 10% year-over-year, having grown consistently quarter over quarter.Best Buy – the electronics retailer is up 1% Q3 year-over-year, hit a recession low of -7%.Fry’s – while competitor Best Buy’s sales exceed where they were at this point last year, Fry’s remains down -7% year-over-year (though it’s up from a -16% recession low).J.Crew – the clothing retailer’s lowest point was -3%, but it has since entirely corrected and even improved sales 4% year-over-year.Sears – the department store’s sales are up 8% over this time last year, having dipped to -10%.Target – after an initial drop to -8% in Q109, Target has halved that loss and is currently down only -4% year-over-year. richard macmanus
A multi-party delegation from Goa comprising BJP and Congress MLAs met Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Monday and urged the Central government to find ways to resume mining in the State. The delegation was led by senior minister Sudin Dhavalikar. On February 7, the Supreme Court directed that all mining activity in Goa’s 88 operational iron ore mining leases be stopped after March 15 and the leases be issued afresh after obtaining new environmental clearances. In the memorandum to Mr. Gadkari, the delegation which also included Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane (BJP), Speaker Pramod Sawant, and Congress MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar, sought mining leases in Goa be renewed by 20 years, instead of being issued afresh.“We have expressed our concerns to the Central government that re-issuing the mining leases afresh, as directed by the Supreme Court, will result in stopping of mining activity for more than a year, which is an economic loss for Goa and its people,” Mr. Halarnkar said. The delegation is expected to meet Union Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar later in the day. However, within the Congress in Goa there is a divided opinion over the renewal issue, with its senior MLA Aleixo Reginaldo demanding that mining leases be auctioned to ensure that the State benefits the most from its natural resources.Goa’s private sector mining is in trouble since 2012 when Justice Shah Commission exposed an estimated ₹35,000 crore illegal mining scam, triggering a ban on mining in the State. The ban was later revoked in 2014 with the Supreme Court laying down strict regulations and a cap of 20 million tonnes of extraction per annum.