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first_imgAN RNLI crew on exercises with their new lifeboat were left stunned today – when up to 50 dolphins came alongside.The crew were out in their new Shannon Class lifeboat when the pod turned up.“We were out training this morning in the Dunree are and we came across a pod of around 40-50 dolphins,” said crew member Frank Murphy. “We haven’t seen a pod this big in the lough before or have so many swim around us,” he said.Customers using the Lough Swilly ferry between Buncrana and Rathmullan have also reported several sightings in the past two days.Dolphins are drawn to the engines of the boats and often swim alongside.The latest sighting of so many dolphins comes after dozens turned up this summer off Malin Head – and more of the marine creatures have been bobbing alongside the Gola Island ferry off Gaoth Dobhair. Some scientists want the waters off Donegal declared a marine national park.You can view video footage taken by the RNLI crew here:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lough-Swilly-RNLI/252395128302393?sk=timeline LIFEBOAT CREW STUNNED AS POD OF 50 DOLPHINS ARRIVE IN LOUGH SWILLY was last modified: August 17th, 2015 by John2Share 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:dolphinlifeboat crewLough SwillyRNLIlast_img read more

December 22, 2019 0

Half-time: Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgChelsea were frustrated in a goalless first half at Villa Park after Nemanja Matic saw what looked like the opener ruled out.The Serbian bundled in at the far post late in the half but Chelsea’s celebrations were cut short as referee Chris Foy chalked it off for handball.The Blues looked the more likely to score, with recalled Brazilians Oscar and Willian both firing narrowly wide.The fit-again Fernando Torres has impressed with his workrate but fired wastefully wide of the near post in his only clear sight of goal.The home side’s best moments have come on the break, with Christian Benteke the focal point.The big Belgian headed wide from Fabian Delph’s teasing cross and also fashioned a firmly struck volley just wide of Petr Cech’s far post.After Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Hull earlier in the day, Chelsea will not be wanting to drop crucial points in the title race.However Jose Mourinho also has one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League second leg at home to Galatasaray and has shuffled his pack, with Samuel Eto’o, Frank Lampard and Andre Schurrle dropping out.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Salah, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 21, 2019 0

South Africa shifts focus to child protection

first_imgChildren’s rights will come under thespotlight during Child Protection Week,and beyond.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) A green ribbon, worn during ChildProtection Week, shows solidarity with the cause of children. MEDIA CONTACTS • Abram PhahlamohlakaDept of Social Development media liaison+27 12 312 7475 RELATED ARTICLES • Non-violence campaign kicks off in SA • SA children taught the game of life • Presidency talks to children • Facelift for KZN children’s hospital • SA families give back on Mandela DaySource: BuaNewsProtecting the nation’s young and most vulnerable will take centre stage come 31 May, as South Africa enters a seven-day show of solidarity with the cause of its children.Child Protection Week will be officially launched by Social Development minister Bathabile Dlamini on that day, and the objective this year is no different to previous years: looking after South Africa’s youngsters.The week-long campaign is an opportunity to raise the profile of children, and to mobilise community action and response to breaches of child protection. There is always the expectation that the week will go further in awakening awareness beyond the seven days.This year’s campaign, which marks 14 years since the launch of Child Protection Week, will take place under the theme Tshwaragano ka bana – Working together to protect children.As part of the launch to be held at Abraham Kriel Childcare centre in Johannesburg, Dlamini will talk about planned activities, as well as the government’s ongoing programmes, including alternative care, social assistance and other measures to address child abuse, neglect and exploitation.Talking to South Africa’s childrenThe highlight of the launch will be the child participation programme, where a panel comprising Dlamini, the Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Member of the Executive Council for Health and Social Development Ntombi Mekgwe, and Lulu Xingwana, the minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, will hold a dialogue with children on a range of matters affecting them in their communities.Representatives of NGOs and international development agencies such as Unicef and Save the Children will also take part in the discussion.“Families and communities are the first line of response,” said Dlamini.She added that the aim of Child Protection Week campaign is to strengthen families and communities, and encourage them to play a role in the early identification of children that need support, so that they can speedily be linked with appropriate services provided by government and community based organisations.Other activities to take place during Child Protection Week and beyond include the launch of the Early Childhood Development campaign on 1 June at KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga province; the launch of a children’s services directory in Durban on 2 June; commemoration of the International Day for Families on 3 June in uMthatha, Eastern Cape; and the commemoration of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking on 26 June at Sasolburg in the Free State province.Wear the green ribbonThe government and childcare organisations urge South Africans to wear the green ribbon during Child Protection Week to show their support for the rights, care and protection of the child. The green ribbon means:Protection of children;Green signifies life and growth;Nurturing our children will give them hope;Wearing a green ribbon is a token of care and support;Stand up and commit to enforcing children’s rights.last_img read more

December 18, 2019 0

Pork industry scholarship applications are open

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Board announces the opening of applications for its pork industry scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. The eight-year-old program is open to juniors and seniors in college who plan to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field, or will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school and major in a discipline with an emphasis on swine. This year, the National Pork Board will award up to 21 scholarships totaling $48,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000.“We invite any student who meets the scholarship criteria to submit an application,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director for the Pork Checkoff. “This is an excellent opportunity for the next generation of young people studying in swine-related fields to get some needed recognition among their peers and get some financial assistance.”The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at www.pork.org/scholarship. The deadline for application submission is Feb. 17, 2017. Recipients will be notified in April and the related funds will be available for the Fall 2017 semester.“The pork industry is committed to continual improvement in producing safe, wholesome protein,” Hostetler said. “Key to achieving this goal is identifying and developing the next generation of leaders and decision-makers, which is the driving force behind this scholarship program.”Approximately 80% of previous pork industry scholarship winners have pursued advanced degrees as they prepared to serve the industry as veterinarians, nutritionists, reproductive biologists and management consultants.Specific questions about the Pork Industry Scholarship program should be directed to Chris Hostetler at [email protected] or (515) 223-2606.last_img read more

December 17, 2019 0

CMA CGM Enhances Moroccan North EuropeTurkey Links

first_imgzoom French container shipping giant CMA CGM has upgraded its Moroccan coverage by deploying six services linking the country with Russia, Europe and the Middle East and enhanced its FEMEX service between North Europe and Turkey by adding new ports of call.The six services, DUNKRUS, AGAX, CISS, AGAPOV, NADOR MED EXPRESS and EPIC2, feature ten weekly calls in Moroccan ports.The first three services, offered by CMA CGM and its subsidiary OPDR, will link Morocco with Northern Europe and Russia.With the remaining three services, the group said it will directly connect Morocco to France, Spain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.The company said it introduced the services “to meet the increased demand” due to the beginning of the export season in Morocco.Separately, CMA CGM said it will consolidate its FEMEX service jointly with Danish shipping company Seago, Maersk Group’s subsidiary, as well as with German-based Hamburg Süd. The new service will be operated by five 6,500 TEUs vessels: 2 by CMA CGM, 2 by Seago and 1 by Hamburg Süd.“The first southbound phase for this new service will be performed by “CMA CGM Rabelais” which will reach Rotterdam on December 2,” CMA CGM said.According to CMA CGM, new ports of Felixstowe, Valencia and Piraeus will be added to the service’s former existing rotation.The current calls at Casablanca and Constanta are transferred on new dedicated short sea services, the company said.The revised FEMEX rotation will be as follows: Felixstowe (United Kingdom), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Bremerhaven (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), Marsaxlokk (Malta), Piraeus (Greece), Gebze, Ambarli, Gemlik, Aliaga (Turkey), Marsaxlokk, Valencia (Spain), Tangiers (Morocco), Felixstowe.last_img read more

October 23, 2019 0

Manipal Hospitals launches first of its kind Suraksha Card

first_imgNew Delhi: Manipal Hospitals has launched first of its kind ‘Suraksha Card’, a healthcare privilege membership programme aimed at providing best of hospital care to the patients at affordable costs.The benefits of Suraksha Card include unlimited OPD consultations for a year, 15 per cent discount on lab & radiology investigations, 10 per cent discount on pharmacy, one preventive health check package worth 499 free in a year, free ambulance pick up, free home sample collection and 10 per cent discount on IPD – room rent only. These benefits can be availed for a year with a one-time payment of Rs 2000 per person. In addition, the beneficiaries can also add their family members by availing the card for Rs 3,000 for 2-4 members and Rs 4,000 for 5-6 members.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 0

Ohio State searching for 1st win against top15 team under Urban Meyer

Coach Urban Meyer huddles with members of the Ohio State football team prior to a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternIn Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s three seasons in Columbus, the team has achieved 31 victories — not one of which came against a team ranked inside the top 15.If OSU (7-1, 4-0) wants to achieve that first “signature” victory, its best — and possibly only — shot this year is set to come on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., when it takes on No. 7 Michigan State (7-1, 4-0).“I think (the players) know that already … this is a game to get the respect that Ohio State deserves and has had in the past,” Meyer said Monday. “You have to go compete and win this game and it’s going to be a task. But that’s real.”The Spartans are currently the only top-25 team sitting on OSU’s schedule.Senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said he understands the importance of grabbing that signature victory when it comes to regaining national respect and improving OSU’s postseason résumé.“I think people for the past three years have said that we have just beaten up on teams (that) aren’t good or whatever they say, and that when it comes down to it, we can’t win a big game,” Bennett said Monday.“I just think that’s the hype around Ohio State, is that we don’t win big games, but it’s important to win this game because they’re a great opponent, and if you want postseason dreams, you’ve got to keep winning.”OSU had a chance to shake that stigma last season against the then-No. 10 Spartans in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game. However, the Buckeyes were unable to hold onto a fourth-quarter lead, as MSU took them down to win the Big Ten title, 34-24.The Buckeyes then had a second chance to topple a top-15 team in the Orange Bowl, when they took on then-No. 12 Clemson. Again, however, the Buckeyes let a fourth quarter lead slip away as they fell, 40-35.“I think we’re lacking one (a signature win) a little bit, and that win (against Michigan State) would mean a lot,” junior linebacker Joshua Perry said Monday. “It would be great for our goal. Since I’ve been here, we haven’t won a Big Ten Championship and I know that we’d like to do that, so to be able to go up there and win would obviously do a lot for that.”The highest-ranked team that OSU has defeated with Meyer at the helm was then-No. 16 Northwestern last season. The best ranking a team that OSU defeated has ranked at the end of the season under Meyer was No. 24 after the Buckeyes beat then-No.20 Michigan two seasons ago and the Wolverines fell for spots in the poll to end the season.However, tight ends and fullbacks coach Tim Hinton said he does not believe that OSU will be intimidated by the tough opponent.“The thing is, when you come to Ohio State University, is there any reason you don’t want to play in these kind of games?” Hinton asked. “You sign up for this. And this is what it’s all about. National TV, prime time and all that kind of stuff and getting an opportunity to play a great opponent and a Big Ten opponent and all those things are exactly why you signed up to come to Ohio State.”Bennett said that being the underdog against a top-10 team is something that his teammates aren’t shying away from.“I think we like it,” Bennett said. “This team is interesting to me because for the first time since I’ve been here, except for maybe my sophomore year, guys have really relished being looked at as overrated, or whatever it is. We’re here to prove something, we’re here to show that we’re a complete team, and it doesn’t really matter where people rank us.”Perry agreed that being the lower-ranked team on the road could actually end up helping with the team’s focus and intensity.“It feels good to be an underdog sometimes, because then a lot of people are looking at you and trying to see what you can do in that scenario,” Perry said. “A lot of the training we do here, you’re in a scenario where you either go or you don’t, so this is going to be a good one for us.”Bennett said the team’s motivating factor in beating its top-10 opponent is not shaking the national perception of the team, but rather winning each game as it comes.“It’s not about making sure everybody loves us in the country or respects us in the country, it’s about winning games and making sure that we have a chance to go where we want to go in the postseason,” Bennett said. “This game is just important for that because it’s the next game, and we have to win because they’re a good opponent.”OSU’s game against Michigan State is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. Saturday. read more

September 28, 2019 0

Guardiola makes World Cup pledge to Man City stars

first_imgSixteen members of the Premier League-winning squad are heading off to Russia this month, more than any other club in world football as Pep Guardiola says he will be available for talks about anything Manchester City players wish to talk during the World Cup, according to Manchester Evening News.England defender John Stones thanked Guardiola for improving his game and plans to take up the manager’s offer this summer.“I think the thing for me is how he has made everything so simple. He has taken my footballing brain to another level,” he said.“Everyone thinks they know football and different systems but when I turned up at City and trained with him it was like a new door opening that I never thought would be there.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I will definitely speak to him in the tournament. He’s very open. He said we can call him or text him whenever we need to, 24 hours a day.“I was a big part of that. I didn’t come back how I was before [after a November injury] and that was upsetting from a personal point of view. Then I came away with England and got injured. I was concussed, then was ill and then got injured again. It was like a chain effect.“But everyone was brilliant with me, and the title success was good to be a part of. I was always pushing and fighting, and sometimes you have to bide your time. That is what I did and, even when I wasn’t playing, I still wanted to be a positive influence for the team. That is what the senior pros have done in the past.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019 0

Liverpool agree to sign Roma star Alisson

first_imgLiverpool have ‘overall agreed’ a deal to sign Roma star having been on the lookout for a new goalkeeper this summer as Brazilian ace Alisson Becker has been high on their top priority target.The 25-year-old stopper have also been linked heavily with Real Madrid and reports have claimed this week that they are leading the race to sign him too, according to Daily Star.But now Italian outlet TMW says Liverpool are not giving up on his signature and they claim that Alisson ‘has overall agreed” a move’ to Anfield and the Reds are ‘working harder and harder’ to get their deal done.Speculations also suggest Jurgen Klopp’s side are in talks with Roma over a £57m transfer this summer as TMW add that Alisson is likely to wait until after the World Cup before he makes his final decision on his future.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…While Liverpool, Real and Paris St-Germain are interested, the keeper could opt to stay put at Roma.Alisson looks set to start as Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in Rostov on Sunday. They then take on Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.Alisson recently spoke out about the rumours surrounding his future and expressed his desire to get everything sorted before Brazil’s World Cup gets underway.last_img read more

September 18, 2019 0