Bog snorkelling in Llanwrtyd Wells alternative games

first_imgActivities also include wife carrying, husband dragging, gravy wrestling, Russian egg roulette, backward running, worm charming and ditch racing.The games, in Llanwrtyd Wells, continue every weekend until 29 August.Bog snorkelling has taken place in the town for 31 years and in 2012 other activities were added as a Wales-focused alternative to the Olympics.Economy Secretary Ken Skates said it was “a credit to Wales” which “puts a smile on faces”.There will be 60 different activities and the bog snorkelling takes place on 28 August.last_img read more

Miner charged with damage to property

first_imga miner on Thursday appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, charged with damage to property.Anthony Ward, 27, of Lot 40 Goed Fortune, West Bank Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on May 16, 2016 at Kaneville, East Bank Demerara he unlawfully and maliciously damaged one 40 inch TCL television, one refrigerator and other household items to a total value of $773,000, property of Marcia Kewuley.According to Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers, the virtual complainant (VC) Kewuley, and defendant Ward, have been in a common-law relationship for two years.On the day in question, the defendant accused the VC of infidelity and threatened to kill her. He also damaged the listed items.The prosecution objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offence, the value of the items, and the fact that he has a pending matter at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.However, the defendant told the Magistrate he was willing to pay for the items.Bail was granted in the sum of $100,000 and the matter transferred to the Providence Court for June 9, 2016.Additionally the defendant was ordered to report to the Providence Police Station every fortnight until the conclusion of trial.Magistrate McLennan also advised the VC to apply for a protective order.Anthony Wardlast_img read more

Discarded Sanchez a window into Man Utd’s wasted millions

first_img0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has scored just three goals in 23 appearances for Manchester United © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 1 – Manchester United believed they were closing the gap on “noisy neighbours” Manchester City when they beat the Premier League champions to the signature of Alexis Sanchez just nine months ago.But as the Red Devils slumped to a third defeat just seven games into the new league season at West Ham on Saturday to already fall nine points adrift of City, Sanchez was nowhere to be seen. That the Chilean was deemed not good enough to make Jose Mourinho’s 18-man squad for such a shambolic display at the London Stadium speaks volumes for Sanchez’s slide since joining United in January.Prolific in four years at Arsenal and three seasons with Barcelona before then, Sanchez has scored just three times in 23 appearances under Mourinho — none of which have come this season.Mourinho’s power battle with £89 million ($116 million) midfielder Paul Pogba has drawn the spotlight from Sanchez. But Mourinho’s patience with the other marquee signing of his time in charge at Old Trafford ran out this week.Sanchez was hauled off during a 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend.He was then reportedly admonished by Mourinho in front of his team-mates for his poor form and was the only outfield player who travelled to London for the West Ham debacle left out of the matchday squad.“Look for how many months are people asking for (Anthony) Martial, Martial, Martial and saying how Alexis isn’t playing well enough,” said Mourinho justifying his decision. “This week it was time to agree and leave Alexis out.”– ‘Different football’ –Sanchez wouldn’t be the first creative player Mourinho has failed to get the best out of. United’s fiercest rivals City and Liverpool have benefited from Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne being discarded by the Portuguese during his time at Chelsea.When imploring Mourinho to attack more after being held by Wolves, Pogba defended Sanchez’s struggles to adapt from the more open football played at Barca and Arsenal.“When you play a long time with another team and you play different football in that other team you have some kind of adaptation that you have to have,” said the Frenchman.Misfiring marquee signings: Paul Pogba has defended Alexis Sanchez’s poor performances © AFP / Paul ELLISMourinho’s time at Old Trafford may be running out, particularly if he fails to summon a response when United host Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.However, the difference in the fanfare that greeted Sanchez’s signing and his production on the pitch is emblematic of the waste that is leaving United trailing in City’s wake.Courted by his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola, United boasted of dealing a blow to City in the transfer market and of generating more social media traffic than Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.Yet, that victory has proved a hollow and expensive one.United’s accounts last week revealed an 11 percent rise in their wage bill taking it to £295.9 million, £36 million more than City’s.Much of that went on handing Sanchez reportedly the most lucrative contract in Premier League history worth a reported £400,000 a week plus bonuses.United remain the world’s richest club for now, but that is not being reflected on the field for frustrated fans more interested in points than profits.The club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has put his faith in Mourinho, but his trust runs out quickly when missing out on the riches of Champions League.David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were both dismissed after failing to qualify and United are already five points off the top four.Another route into the Champions League is by winning the competition.United currently look far from contenders, but they can take a huge step towards the last 16 by moving six points clear of Valencia in Group H on Tuesday.It is the type of game Sanchez was signed for. Whether he even starts will say much about his future so long as Mourinho remains in charge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GREEN LIGHT! Tottenham granted planning permission to build new 61,000-seat stadium

first_img1 Tottenham have been granted planning permission by Haringey Council for the club’s revised proposal for a new stadium.At a meeting that ran through to 12.29am, Tottenham were given the green light to press ahead.Tottenham’s three applications were passed by majority verdicts after councillors debated the £400million development.The club intend to move into the new 61,000-seat stadium for the 2018-19 season, and the stadium will also stage NFL American football matches.In a short statement on Twitter, Tottenham said: “Stadium Update: We can announce that Haringey Council’s Planning Sub Committee has approved the Club’s new stadium proposals.”The plans must be formally approved by the London Mayor’s office. Boris Johnson has previously expressed his enthusiasm for the project.The planning proposal featured facilities tied in to a deal, announced in July, that will see at least two NFL matches played at the stadium each season over a 10-year period.Known as the Northumberland Development Project, the stadium project also includes a hotel, sports centre, health centre, homes and a Tottenham Experience, housing a museum and club superstore.The council’s go-ahead after a meeting that began at 7pm means next season should be Tottenham’s last at White Hart Lane, the club’s home since 1899. The new stadium will be adjacent to White Hart Lane.Tottenham have said they intend to play home matches at a different stadium, still to be announced, in the 2017-18 season, before moving to their new home for the 2018-19 campaign.last_img read more

Five Bulldogs Garner All-MVC Recognition

first_imgA junior from Nevada, Iowa, Stephenson has been rock solid from her defender position. She has played in 18 games, made 17 starts, and ranks second on the team in minutes played (1,574). Stephenson scored the decisive goal in Drake’s 1-0 victory over Indiana State earlier this year. A pair of freshmen from Minnesota, Goertzen (Woodbury) and Vidmar (St. Paul) have played key roles in Drake’s strong defense, a unit that ranks second in the conference in goals allowed per game (1.00). Goertzen has notched one goal and two assists on the year. Print Friendly Version Rohan earned first-team all-conference status for the second consecutive season. A senior from Palatine, Ill., Rohan is a fixture in Drake’s midfield. She has recorded one assist and two goals this season, including the game-winner against Valparaiso in the first round of the MVC Tournament. Vanessa Kavan and Cassie Rohan were named to the All-MVC First Team, Delaney Goertzen and Abby Stephenson garnered honorable mention recognition, and Goertzen and Audrey Vidmar earned spots on the Valley’s All-Freshman team.”We are very pleased for our individual award winners,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “Cassie, Vanessa, Abby, Delaney, and Audrey have worked hard to get recognized, but they are focused right now on getting a result in Friday night’s game.”The Bulldogs are in Springfield, Mo., for their semifinal matchup against Loyola in the MVC Tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday night. A preview for the game and links to a live stream and live stats are available on Kavan, a redshirt senior from Lincoln, Neb., leads Drake with three assists this season and ranks second in goals (two) and points (seven). She was named to the All-MVC Second Team in 2018. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Five Drake University women’s soccer players collected all-conference honors on Thursday at the Missouri Valley Conference Awards Banquet in Springfield, Mo.last_img read more

Check out these amazing pictures of Donegal added to Government website

first_imgMORE than 10,000 historic pictures from Ireland’s past including hundreds from Donegal have been added to a folklore website launched by Minister Joe McHugh.The new www.dú website and Photographic Collection were celebrated at an event in the National Library of Ireland hosted by the Donegal TD.The new website was designed to cater for additional new resources and functions which have been added to the dú website since it was first launched at the end of 2013. The Photographic Collection, which was also launched as part of yesterday’s event, is the latest resource to be added to the site. c.10,000 photographs from the Collection have been digitized, catalogued and made available for the first time on dú McHugh said: “This is an incredible new resource for Donegal providing a fascinating insight into our past.“A large number of the photographs date from the early 20th century. The Collection contains photographs taken by professional photographers and by collectors working with the National Folklore Commission, amongst others.“The photographs are classified under 14 different topics including: festivals; holy wells; settlement; the community; folklore collection (of course); and games & pastimes. Visitors to the site can get a sense of the work of the Commission in photographs of well-known storytellers such as Seán Ó Conaill, Peig Sayers and Tomás Ó Criomhthain. “There is also a wonderful collection of photographs taken by Michael J. Murphy while he was collecting folklore in counties such as Antrim, Armagh and Louth.“Although it’s fair to say that there is a particular emphasis on country life, towns and cities were not neglected. The majority of urban photographs relate to Dublin and especially to the folklore collection initiative which took place at the start of the 1980s. It contains an interesting record of the people, places and various aspects of life in the capital city.”In addition to this, material from each of the 26 counties that took part in the Schools’ Scheme in 1937-39 is also available on the website. Meitheal Dú, a transcription project, began in Spring 2015 and is one of the most successful crowdsourced projects of its kind in the world. Some members of the Meitheal from Ireland, Canada and the United States were in attendance at the event yesterday.Said Minister McHugh: “Fine Gael places enormous importance on our national history and heritage and on the preservation of all our folklore and historic photographs. Putting all these resources online so everyone has access to them will allow people here in Donegal to witness our past from their laptops and mobile devices. It really is a fascinating insight into our past.“The first version of dú enabled the online public to engage with this country’s heritage through the writings of 1930s school children, as gathered in the Schools’ Collection. “This new version of the website, and the Photographic Collection, will provide a new perspective on Ireland’s rich and varied heritage with thousands of photographs from different times and places made easily available via the browsing facilities. This new collection will add to the value of dúchas.ieas a digital heritage resource. The website is used, and enjoyed, not only in Ireland but all over the world and I’m sure that that interest and support will only increase with the launch of Dúchas 2.0.”The site is popular both with Irish people and the Irish diaspora. Users are located in Britain, the USA, Australia and Canada, as well as in many other countries.For specialist researchers in the fields of folkloristics, local history, archaeology, genealogy, linguistics, and a range of other disciplines, dú offers considerable research potential. The site can currently be searched by place, by person and by topic, and it has material from almost every parish in Ireland.The Dúchas project is the result of a partnership, beginning in 2012, between the National Folklore Collection in UCD, one of the largest folklore collections in the world, UCD Digital Library and Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, the Irish-medium teaching and research unit in DCU. The objective of the project is to digitize the National Folklore Collection and make it available to the public online. The project is co-funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with support from the National Lottery and by University College Dublin. The project has also benefitted from the financial support of the National Folklore Foundation.Check out these amazing pictures of Donegal added to Government website was last modified: October 1st, 2017 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:donegalMinister Joe McHughPhotographslast_img read more

New signing could make QPR debut

first_imgSummer signing Ryan Nelsen could make his QPR debut later today.The New Zealand captain recently joined his new team-mates on their pre-season visit to Germany.He was not considered for last weekend’s friendly against Trabzonspor because of his involvement in the Olympics.Manager Mark Hughes will assess the defender’s fitness before deciding whether to involve him in a game against Augsburg this afternoon.Former England international Owen Hargreaves – a free agent after being released by Manchester City – is also with the Rangers squad in Germany.See also:Nelsen agrees move to Loftus RoadNelsen confirms QPR dealFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New sites for humankind’s cradle

first_img18 July 2005The Taung fossil site in North West province and Mokapane’s Valley in Limpopo have been incorporated into South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, which includes the fossil hominid sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and environs in Gauteng.Together, the sites have been key to tracing humankind’s journey from its beginnings to the present day.The extension was granted at the 29th session of the Unesco World Heritage Committee, which ended in Durban on Sunday.Humankind’s cradle – The world’s richest hominid site, home to 40% of human ancestor fossils.The committee seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of “outstanding value to humanity”.Earlier last week, the Vredefort Dome, the world’s oldest and largest meteorite impact crater, was inscribed as South Africa’s seventh World Heritage site.The Taung childThe incorporation of the Taung site comes from the significance of the Taung skull, the fossilised partial cranium of a juvenile hominid Australopethicus africanus discovered there in 1924 and identified by anthropologist Raymond Dart.The Taung skull is an important link in human evolution. Australopethicus africanus – meaning “southern ape of Africa” – was a species of small hominids who lived 2.5 to 2.6-million years ago.Probable ancestors of modern people, the little humans had an erect, bipedal or two-legged stance and gait, small canine teeth, and hands incapable of ape-like knuckle-walking but capable of a precision grip.The discovery of the fossil was at first ignored due to the supposed significance of the Piltdown Man skull. When that find was later proved to be a forgery, the Taung fossil took its rightful place as proof that human evolution began in Africa, not Asia.The Taung site exhibits the same characteristics as the other Cradle of Humankind fossil sites.Mokapane’s ValleyMokapane’s Valley in Limpopo has outstanding universal value because its many ancient caves and sites contain a long and unprecedented record of human occupation, from the first australopithecines over 3.5-million years ago to the present.It also captures a technological record from the Early and Middle Stone Age to the Iron Age.Animal fossils include those of extinct sabre-toothed cats, giant porcupines and hyraxes. Fossiled pollen grains and indigenous crops have also been found in the valley.“We are pleased with the outcome following our application for extensions to the Sterkfontein Site,” said Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan. “They will leave a lasting legacy for many generations to come.“We, as humanity and the progeny of this land, have a genealogy with which we can trace our origins and humanity’s journey from our very beginnings through to our evolution to modern times.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s born-frees talk about life

first_imgThis year, a generation of young people turn 21 – the traditional age of majority and independence. In South Africa, they share their birth-year with the country’s democracy. A 21-year-old shares her experience as a born-free. Nokulunga Masombuka was born on 1 March 1994, less than two months before South Africa’s first democratic elections. “I’m grateful that I have rights as a black woman,” she says, “and that my parents are able to provide for me without limitation.” (Image supplied) • Born free to dream • SA’s youth can beat drugs • Foreign journalists get the inside story • Multimedia: South Africa, the United Nations and apartheid • The strength of South Africa’s democracy Melissa JavanThose young South Africans who celebrate their 21st birthdays this year can proudly say that they were born in the year their country had its first democratic election. They are the first born-frees to reach maturity.In Freedom Month – 27 April is a public holiday, Freedom Day, marking the first democratic elections – we asked young people how they had experienced life free of apartheid.Nokulunga Masombuka is from eMalahleni, previously known as Witbank, in Mpumalanga. She was born on 1 March 1994. She says she feels blessed to be a born-free. “From the stories I have heard from my parents and the movies I have watched, [apartheid] was a tough time and I don’t think I would have handled all the pain and struggle they went through.“I will cherish the time I have with my family, because if I had been born during that era, my parents would probably have been in jail while I was growing up,” she says, referring to the many people who were jailed or exiled during the struggle.She is grateful for the things she has that blacks could not have under the apartheid government. “I’m grateful for the education I received, and the fact that I don’t have to work like a slave or be treated like one,” she says, adding that she is pleased she can have white friends now too.“I’m grateful that I have rights as a black woman and that my parents are able to provide for me without limitation. And also I can walk on the streets at night without cops [stopping me].”About her interactions with different race groups, she says: ” I see them at my work place, and I have a friend who is white. Also, I socialise with them whenever I use public transportation, which is every day.”Masombuka works for a company that supplies and repairs communication radios for mines. “I am planning to further my studies.”Being a South African makes her hopeful, Masombuka adds. “I’ve seen and learned most of our history on television. Cry, the Beloved Country [movie] has shown me a lot, but it hasn’t brought hatred in me.“Instead it built love towards white people,” she says of the film, an adaptation of Alan Paton’s famous novel. “Although it was painful to watch, I can see that the generation of today can change it and I’ve learned to accept it.”Although she is worried for her generation, particularly when it comes to the economy: “the fact that we might have some difficulties in the economy. We might not be able to have the things our parents have now, because of the increase in price of things like petrol and electricity. Small things like that.”Yet Masombuka says South Africa is a beautiful country. “I love it. There’s so much to see and it is growing.”Watch the trailer of Cry, the Beloved Country here:last_img read more

Reading the box while eating my Cheerios

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I enjoyed a bowl of Cheerios one recent morning as I scanned the marketing content on the box. From experience, I’ve learned you should take what you see on a cereal box with a grain of salt. Pretty much like reading a newspaper or watching the evening news.I trace this skepticism back to my boyhood, when a cereal box in our pantry caught my eye with the promise of a free B-52 bomber model inside. The picture had me hook, line and sinker. Though my mother had already opened another box of cereal, I couldn’t resist. I opened the new box when she wasn’t looking. I had to have that B-52 right then. Naturally, the plane was buried at the bottom of the box. So, being an enterprising child, I dumped all the cereal out.And what a disappointment! The bomber had a pitiful two-inch wingspan. Definitely not what I envisioned — and not worth the fast talking I had to reel off to avoid a spanking.As a boy, I was a fan of “The Breakfast of Champions.” I looked forward to seeing who would be the next athlete featured on the front of the Wheaties box. I probably defeated the wholesomeness of the cereal when I spooned a huge dollop of brown sugar on top but not stirred in. Over it, I poured enough milk to require a bowl with sideboards. I was fussy like James Bond requesting a martini — dry with a twist of lemon, shaken but not stirred. Regardless of my morning ritual, those were the days of true champions — individuals who accomplished impressive feats. Not like today when every child gets a trophy, win or lose.But I digress, as you know only I can.Back to those little Os of oats that I now enjoy for breakfast, without added sugar. Prominently featured on the front of the box, like that B-52, is a heart with the message “Can help lower cholesterol.” (Looking back, I wonder what the Breakfast of Champions did for my heart health).I’ve read research that Cheerios can help lower your blood cholesterol. But before I switched breakfast cereals I had to weigh the fact that cholesterol is the basic material from which hormonal estrogens and testosterone compounds are synthesized. So, did I want to lower cholesterol at the possible risk of compromising my testosterone?Here’s some other information I’ve gleaned from the Cheerios box and the Cheerios website — with a well-rounded spoonful of commentary added:“First ingredient whole grain oats,” and followed by …“Simply made gluten free.” Now, wait a minute! Since when did oats ever contain gluten protein? Never. However, the Cheerios website includes a page about when Cheerios were recalled in 2016 due to “an incident that occurred at our production facility in Lodi, California, that allowed wheat flour to enter our gluten-free oat-based system.”“We have committed to sustainably source 100% of our cereal boxes by 2020.” What does “sustainably sourced” cereal boxes mean? Will General Mills own a tree farm and plant their quota of new trees every year? Or will they convert sawdust from a furniture factory to boxes? Or could they develop a box you can eat after the cereal’s gone? The General Mills website reports, “General Mills is among the largest users of post-consumer recycled paper packaging in the United States, and continues to implement innovative packaging solutions to help reduce its overall environmental footprint.”No added colors. (I guess that eliminates competition with Froot Loops.) By the way, have you ever eaten Froot Loops by sorting out the different colors to determine the difference in taste between colors? I will save you the effort, there isn’t!Contains no genetically modified grain. Of course, like gluten-containing oats, genetically modified oats don’t exist. And as the Cheerios website states: “We don’t use genetically modified ingredients in original Cheerios. Our principal ingredient has always been whole grain oats – and there are no GMO oats. We use a small amount of corn starch in cooking, and just one gram of sugar per serving for taste. But our corn starch comes from non-GMO corn, and we use only non-GMO pure cane sugar.”Most of the oats used in cereal are grown in Canada. Oats are ideal for the short growing season of northern climates. In an online General Mills interview, Canadian farmers say they consider producing oats as part of their patriotic duty. Indeed, I am impressed by their commitment. The one thing that I can assure you about breakfast: It’s the most important meal of the day. Because, if you aren’t home in time for breakfast, you’re in trouble!last_img read more