A Donegal Guide Leader who attended an international leadership seminar in France has returned home all set to make a positive impact on her local community.Eimear McElchar, a Leader with Convoy Guides, was one of 11 Irish Girl Guides (IGG) members to participate in the Juliette Low Seminar, which took place simultaneously in 18 countries around the world.The Guide Leaders jetted off to hubs across the globe, including to Poland, Switzerland, Oman, Madagascar, Mexico and New York while three stayed in Ireland to participate in the Irish hub, which took place in Gormanston Park, Co Meath. The young women were among 500+ young Guide Leaders from around the world to take part in the international seminar, which is organised by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) every three years.It was the first time for it to take place in different locations at the same time and IGG was honoured to be selected as one of the host nations.The 500+ participants all followed the same Lead Out Loud programme to help them develop their leadership skills. Each of them has pledged to share these skills with girls and young women in their own communities.Assuming each participant reaches 200 girls over the next two years, a total of 100,000 girls and young women will be empowered to also lead and bring about positive change in their communities. Eimear said taking part in the French hub, which took place at Noisy le Grand, just outside Paris, had been “an amazing experience”.She added “Getting the opportunity to go and learn all these new amazing skills and focus on becoming a better leader myself so that I can inspire other girls through my project was a fantastic experience,” she said.“Meeting other women from all over the world and hearing their stories and what they are planning on doing for their 100 Girls Project was truly inspiring,” she continued. “The week was intense, but interesting and full of laughs. I am so grateful to Irish Girl Guides for giving me this opportunity.”Irish Girl Guides welcomes new youth members from age 5-30. Ladybirds are 5-7 years old, Brownies 7-10, Guides 10-14 and Senior Branch members aged 14-30. Volunteer Leaders from age 18+ are also welcome (no previous Guiding experience is necessary as training will be provided). See www.irishgirlguides.ie or 01 6683898 to find out more.Convoy Guide Leader Eimear has “amazing experience” at leadership seminar was last modified: December 15th, 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:Convoy GuidesdonegalEimear McElchar
Ally Del Grande put on a show Friday afternoon, pitching a pair of complete games as St. Bernard’s swept its Little 4 Conference opening doubleheader against visiting South Fork at Washington Elementary School by scores of 4-3 and 8-2.The senior struck out a total of eight batters on the day and at one point in game two, accounted for nine consecutive outs thanks to a couple strikeouts and more than a few nice fielding plays.“Ally is a great competitor,” St. Bernard’s head coach Alan Borges …
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Anthony GrederDTN Managing EditorOMAHA (DTN) — U.S. winter wheat is starting off the 2019 growing season in the best condition in three years, according to USDA’s first weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.For the week ended March 31, 2019, winter wheat was rated 56% in good-to-excellent condition, well above 32% at the same time last year and the highest initial good-to-excellent rating in three years. Nine percent of the crop was rated poor to very poor, well below 30% last year.Top winter-wheat-producing state Kansas reported 55% of its crop in good-to-excellent condition, far better than 10% at the same time last year. More problems with the crop are being seen in Ohio and Michigan so far.For the other crops USDA included in its report this week, planting was progressing at a near- to above-average pace. Sorghum was 13% planted, compared to 8% last year and a 9% five-year average. Cotton planting was 4% complete, compared to 6% last year and a 3% average. Rice was 12% planted, compared to 15% last year and a 12% average.Oats were 25% planted as of March 31, compared to 22% last year and a 25% average. Emergence was at 25%, compared to 21% last year and a 23% average.Nationwide, soil moisture was considerably higher this year than last year at the same time. Based on reports from 48 states, topsoil moisture nationally was rated 8% very short to short compared to 24% last year and 92% adequate to surplus compared to 76% last year. Subsoil moisture was rated 8% short to very short compared to 28% last year and 92% adequate to surplus compared to 72% last year.National Crop Progress SummaryThisLastLast5-YearWeekWeekYearAvg.Cotton Planted4NA63Sorghum Planted13NA89Oats Planted25NA2225Oats Emerged25NA2123Rice Planted12NA1512Rice Emerged2NA53**National Crop Condition Summary(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)This WeekLast WeekLast YearVPPFGEVPPFGEVPPFGEWinter Wheat27354511NANANANANA111938284Anthony Greder can be reached at email@example.comFollow him on Twitter @AGrederDTN(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
The Delhi High Court on Friday quashed a Delhi government circular giving preferential treatment to city residents over others at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in east Delhi as a pilot project.A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V.K. Rao said it led to the creation of a “class within class” of identically placed citizens which was “impermissible”.No justification The Bench also rejected the State government’s defence that the decision was taken due to lack of facilities, saying that the State “cannot avoid or shirk away” from its constitutional obligations on account of financial constraints or lack of infrastructure and manpower.The court did not approve of the State government’s decision to classify patients as Delhi residents and non-residents based on their voter identity cards, saying such a classification “was based on no reasonable justification”.Soon after the verdict, State Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the government will challenge the decision in the apex court.The court decision came on a petition by NGO Social Jurist, filed through advocate Ashok Agarwal, challenging the October 1 circular issued by the State government regarding commencement of the pilot project.Quashing the circular, the court said it classifies identically situated persons differently for the purpose of granting them medical facility “without any rational basis” and therefore, it cannot be upheld.The Bench said the circular proposed to achieve the goal of decongestion and avoid situations like assault on doctors, but to do that the government was practising a classification which was prohibited under the law. The Bench noted that as per the circular, non-resident Delhi patients were given a light-blue coloured OPD card and facilities of free medicines, pharmacy and investigations were denied.
After a delay of over a year, the air shuttle service by SpiceJet was launched between Hisar and Chandigarh on Tuesday under the Regional Connectivity Service. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar flagged off the service and also become the first passenger to take the flight to Chandigarh.To begin with, the air travel has been started through a small seven-seater aircraft, later 18-seater and larger aircraft would also fly from Hisar. SpiceJet would provide the service of two flights between Hisar and Chandigarh daily. The flights will take off from Hisar at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and from Chandigarh at 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m and the one-way fare has been fixed at ₹1,674. For booking, SpiceJet will soon set up its own call centre at the airport and after a week the process of advance booking would start, for which the company had to complete some formalities.After Hisar and Chandigarh, SpiceJet would gradually expand its air services from Hisar to Delhi, Jammu, Dehradun and Shimla. Interacting with media persons before taking the flight, Mr. Khattar said that it was a historic day for the people of Haryana. With Hisar airport, the dream of many people of the State had been fulfilled, as now they could take air flights from their own. He said that Hisar airport would be linked with Rapid Rail Task Force System from Delhi and the distance from Delhi to Hisar could be covered in just 90 minutes. For this, the work on railway line between Rohtak and Hansi was in progress.Phased developmentMr. Khattar said that Hisar airport would be developed as an international-level airport in three phases. For this, 4,200 acres had been made available and the process of providing 3,000 acres of additional land was in progress. The Chief Minister said the length of the runway, which is 4,000 feet at present, would be increased to 10,000 feet, which is a required set criteria for an international-level airport.He said that hangers would be constructed in the second phase. In the third phase, the work of increasing the length of the runway and other civil works would be completed. Mr. Khattar said that Hisar airport would be the most suitable option to reduce the air traffic pressure at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.
fAs expected, the BCCI has confirmed that Gautam Gambhir will miss the entire tour of the West Indies to recuperate from his shoulder injury.Yuvraj Singh will also be unavailable for the full tour. Yuvraj is suffering from an upper respiratory infection, with a small patch of pneumonitis in the left lung. Joining the injury list is swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag, who had opted out of the IPL mid-way on account of his shoulder injury that needed to be operated up.Suresh Raina will lead India against the West Indies during the LOIs. APSuresh Raina will lead the Indian team for the ODI series and a T20 match, while offie Harbhajan Singh would be his deputy. Shikhar Dhawan and Manoj Tiwary have been named as the replacements for Gambhir and Yuvraj.Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gambhir, who aggravated his shoulder injury during the last league game against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League playoff, had been advised six weeks’ rest by the KKR physio Andrew Leipus. The BCCI then received a report from the Indian team physio before taking a final call on the southpaw’s availability for the tour to West Indies. The selection committee, led by Kris Srikkanth, met in Chennai on Friday to pick the Test squad and decide the captain for the first half of the tour. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar requested that he be allowed to spend time with his family. He will, therefore, not play the Test series. However, he will be available for the full tour of England that follows.advertisementParthiv Patel too finds a place in the squad. Virat Kohli and Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund are the only uncapped players in the Test squad.Limited-overs squad: Suresh Raina (capt), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh (vc), Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan.Test squad: M S Dhoni (Captain), V V S Laxman (Vice Captain), M Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel.ScheduleDateMatchVenue4 June 2011Only Twenty20Queens park oval, Trinidad6 June 20111st one dayQueens park oval, Trinidad8 June 20112nd one dayQueens park oval, Trinidad11 June 20113rd one dayViv Richards stadium, Antigua13 June 20114th one dayerViv Richards stadium, Antigua16 June 20115th one dayerSabina Park, Jamaica20 June 20111st test matchSabina Park, Jamaica28 June 20112nd test matchKensington Oval, Barbados6 July 20113rd test matchWindsor Park, DominicaNo 1 team, No 2 squadOn a day when chief selector Srikkanth tried his best to sound confident by saying ‘we have selected the best side’, questions are being raised if the IPL is being given too much prominence at the expense of the national pride.While it is believed it’s a depleted side, Srikkanth may beg to differ: “Let’s not go deep into the issue. Sachin deserves rest. Some people are not well.”So, even as cricket analyst Charu Sharma, while talking to Headlines Today, seemed to concur with Srikkanth, saying, “Injuries you can’t control. Some players need rest”, senior sports journalist Gulu Ezekiel maintained players were giving ‘national duty’ a go-bye. “While cricketers are willing to carry niggles through IPL, they skip international matches,” Ezekiel said.”What if India lose the series 5-0 and their numero uno status in the ODI? There will be more questions then. Plus, it’s very offensive that the BCCI is sending a second-rung team to the West Indies. It’s a slap in the face of the Windies, who have a great cricketing tradition. If India want to show West Indies are dispensable, such arrogance is shameful,” Ezekiel told Headlines Today, adding, “Indian fans are not fools. If we lose the No 1 status, there will be huge backlash.”
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The center from Turkey was acquired from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade in September 2017 and averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds in 115 games over two seasons. He had become frustrated after first losing his starting spot and then any spot at all in recent weeks.General manager Scott Perry says Kanter “passionately embraced our franchise and our city,” adding that “he is a courageous individual and we thank him for his many contributions both on the court and in the community.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMatthews was acquired last week from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade and played in two games. The veteran swingman is averaging 12.8 points this season.Players on an NBA roster have to be waived by March 1 in order to be eligible to sign with another team an appear in the postseason. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES LeBron James blasts timing of Mavs’ Harrison Barnes trade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – Enes Kanter #00 of the New York Knicks looks on in the third quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2019 in New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The New York Knicks have waived Enes Kanter and Wesley Matthews, allowing them to sign with other teams for a playoff run.The Knicks were unable to find a trade before Thursday’s deadline for Kanter, their former starting center who had fallen out of the rotation altogether with New York having the worst record in the league and focusing on its younger players.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series:Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense?“Everyone knows he’s a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going,” Chicago’s Dwyane Wade said after Bradley scored 24 points to lead Boston to a 108-97 victory and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.“You expect him to do what he does defensively, but we gave up 24 points to him tonight. He hurt us offensively tonight more than anything.”Isaiah Thomas also scored 24 for the Celtics, the top seed in the East. After the road team won each of the first four games, the Celtics won at home in Game 5 to earn a chance to eliminate the Bulls on Friday night in Chicago. A Bulls victory would force the series back to Boston for a decisive Game 7 on Sunday.Al Horford had 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics. Bradley’s 24 points were a career playoff high, but after watching him hold Bulls star Jimmy Butler to 14 points — and just one foul shot — Celtics coach Brad Stevens praised Bradley’s defense.“Jimmy Butler’s a hard guy to guard. Dwyane Wade’s a hard guy to guard. You’re not going to stop those guys, but you just try to make it as hard as possible,” Stevens said. “Avery … has done a really good job.”Butler, who shot 23 free throws in Game 4 and made 19, was 0 for 1 on Wednesday.“I was trying to eliminate letting Jimmy Butler get to the free throw line. That was my goal this game, and I feel like I did it,” Bradley said.Wade had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. But Wade and Robin Lopez were called for technical fouls 32 seconds apart with just under five minutes left, helping the Celtics to a 20-5 run that turned an 84-84 game into a 15-point Boston lead.The Bulls cut it to nine before Horford got loose for a dunk, Wade missed a 3-pointer and then Horford fed Jae Crowder for a layup that made it 108-95 with 99 seconds to play.Despite the technical fouls, there was little of the tension that characterized Game 4, when Butler and Marcus Smart got in each other’s face on the court and continued the criticism in their postgame comments.The Celtics started slowly on their home court, making just one of their first nine shots to fall behind 12-4. Boston missed its first eight 3-point attempts before making three in a row at the end of the first quarter.TIP-INSBulls: Before winning the first two games of the series, Chicago had only won one playoff game in Boston ever — Game 1 of the 2009 first round. … Butler brought the ball down with 6.2 seconds left in the third quarter and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bulls an 81-79 lead. … The Bulls had 16 turnovers that led to 23 Boston points. The Celtics only had six turnovers, leading to four Bulls points.Celtics: There were at least nine members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in the crowd, and a handful of players from the Boston Bruins as well. … Thomas missed his first four shots and didn’t make a basket until a second-chance 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in the first half. … Gerald Green made his third start, but he played less than 13 minutes and finished with two points after scoring 18 with seven rebounds in Game 4.RONDORajon Rondo, who was the point guard on the 2008 Celtics team that won the franchise’s record 17th NBA title, did not play for the third straight game because of the broken thumb and strained ligament in his right wrist. He was on the court handling a basketball with his left hand before the game, then sat on the Bulls bench in a suit — this one with sleeves — and cheered on his teammates.The Bulls fell to 0-3 without him in the series, with Wade largely taking over as point guard in Game 5.CARRY ONBulls coach Fred Hoiberg made waves after Game 4 when he questioned whether Thomas was getting away with carrying the ball when he dribbled.Thomas took exception with the suggestion, saying it was the way he’d dribbled his entire career and was no different than the style of other All-Stars such as LeBron James and Rondo.The final question to Hoiberg Wednesday was whether he’d had spotted any illegal dribbles from Thomas in the Game 5 loss.“No,” he said, before walking out.JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
BTIG, LLC announced today that it will host its 16th BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.The event is part of a global initiative supported by the firm’s institutional trading clients, a growing list of celebrities and dedicated employees across four continents.Video: BTIG CHARITY DAY 2017Each year, the firm donates to hundreds of charities, many of them focused on children and others in need. Celebrities that have committed to join the event this year so far include: Beth Ostrosky Stern, Brian Cashman, CC Sabathia, Eli Manning, Grant Hill, Mark Messier, Petra Nemcova, Victor Cruz and many more. BTIG plans to announce additional celebrity participants in the coming weeks.Clients and celebrities participate by nominating well-deserving, non-profit organizations to support through the event. All-star athletes, business leaders, models, actors, actresses, journalists and other cultural icons act as celebrity guest traders, build excitement for the event and appear as ambassadors for their charities of choice. “We are proud of our ability to deploy our global resources on Charity Day. As our business expands, Charity Day remains a solid aspect of our culture,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. “Alongside clients and our celebrity guest traders, we are able to make a difference for causes that are personally meaningful to them.”Since pioneering its first Commissions for Charity Day in 2003, BTIG has donated more than $45 million to hundreds of charitable organizations, including more than $5 million from this event in 2017.