Emergency services conduct training exercise off West Donegal

first_imgGardaí have issued a notice to reassure the public that a training exercise is underway at Bunbeg this Sunday morning.People are advised not to be alarmed if they see the joint Garda Síochána/Irish Coast Guard operation at Machaire Gathlán Pier.The aim of the exercise is to review search, rescue, recovery operational capacity and to enhance communications between a range of organisations. Also taking part in the exercise will be personnel from, Marine Rescue Centre, Malin Head, the R.N.L.I. and Irish Underwater Council Search and Recovery Divers.The pre-planned training operation will take place from 8am to 1pm this Sunday 19th May.Emergency services conduct training exercise off West Donegal was last modified: May 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

As Raiders play their final home game, we’re moving on

first_imgWhen the Raiders play their last game at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday, there will be lots of nostalgia.Decades of winning football, although at times that’s hard to remember. Three Super Bowl victories. The memories of Jim Otto, George Blanda, Gene Upshaw, Fred Biletnikoff, Ray Guy, Art Shell, Daryle Lamonica, Willie Brown and Ken Stabler. For those in the Bay Area who grew up on Raiders football, the team brought memories that have lasted a lifetime.But it’s been like a bad marriage. We …last_img read more

Global 2010 ticket rush expected

first_img2 December 2009 A global rush for 2010 Fifa World Cup™ tickets is expected on Saturday 5 December, the day after the tournament’s Final Draw, when the third ticketing sales phase kicks off. “It’s traditionally by far the most important sales phase, as the world’s football fans will by then know who will be playing whom in the group matches,” Horst Schmidt, chairman of Fifa’s ticketing sub-committee, said this week. “The good news for all football fans wanting to experience this special event is that about one million tickets for all 64 matches and categories will become available in the third sales phase – including a limited number for the opening match and the final,” Schmidt said.Applications Applications for tickets to Africa’s first World Cup can be made via Fifa.com. South African residents also have the chance to apply for tickets via application forms available at all FNB branches across the country. Fans will have to apply within 49 days (until 22 January) for individual match tickets or team-specific ticket series. If there are over-subscribed matches or categories, or over-subscribed ticket products or categories, there will be an electronic random selection draw on 1 February to identify the successful applicants.Sales so far So far, a total of 674 403 tickets for the World Cup have been sold, corresponding to 90% of the tickets made available to date. Of those tickets, 53.6% (361 582) have been purchased by South African residents. The foreign country that has purchased the most tickets is the United States (84 103 tickets), followed by the UK (48 388), Germany (25 112), Australia (17 876), Canada (11 662), Switzerland (11 045), Japan (10 558) and Brazil (8 006).Types of tickets There are two types of ticket products available: individual match tickets for a specific match, as well as team-specific ticket series (TSTs) to follow the national team of the customer’s choice. Applicants can apply for a maximum of four tickets per match and for up to a maximum of seven matches. The maximum number of TSTs that each applicant can apply for is four. The prices for group matches range from US$20 to $160 (opening match: $70 to $450; final: $150 to $900) or R140 to R1 120 (opening match R490 to R3 150; final: R1 050 to R6 300). Category 4 tickets, the most affordable, have been exclusively set aside for South African residents. All 32 participating member associations will be allocated 12% of all purchasable tickets in the stadiums where their three group games will be played. These tickets will be available through individual websites operated by the 32 participating member associations. Football fans can also purchase authorised travel packages through participating tour operators appointed by Fifa through MATCH Event Services Pty Limited.‘Time to focus on the football’ “We’re confident that our preparations for the tournament are going extremely well,” Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said this week. “Now it’s time to focus on the teams and the stars coming to South Africa 2010, for the global football world to see who their teams will be up against, and for our host cities and residents to gear up to welcome the teams that will be heading their way. “We encourage fans in South Africa and around the world to grab this chance to get tickets for what will be an unforgettable event.” Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

In West Bengal, a peaceful election is held – by sex workers

first_imgElections in West Bengal are invariably a violent affair. But in this election, the eight candidates contesting sat in a row holding the symbols allotted to them, laughing and joking with each other.This unique election, held on Wednesday in city’s Salt Lake area, was restricted to the community of sex workers who cast their votes to elect the office bearers of Durbar Mahila Samanaway Committee (DMSC), the largest sex workers’ collective in the country with 50,000 members.Smarajit Jana, an advisor of the DMSC who oversaw the elections, said the process started in June with elections to the 45 branch committees spread across West Bengal. On Wednesday, the 180 elected representatives from the 45 branch committees gathered at a community hall in Salt Lake to elect the office-bearers . There are a strict set of guidelines for holding the polls and observers were appointed to ensure that the process was free and fair. Only those who declared themselves as “sex workers” could contest and vote in the elections. “We have been not allowed to access our mobile phones. We cannot talk to any of the voters, not even wave or smile to them,” said Bishakha Laskar, contesting for the post of the president of DMSC. Ms. Laskar’s election symbol was a ladder. Other contenders for the post were allotted symbols like the telephone and sun. Three set of ballot papers were printed for the voters to decide the top three office-bearers of the DMSC.Mamata Mukherjee, an office-bearer at the Chetla branch of DMSC, said she was a first-time voter. “There is not much difference between voting in this election and in the general election. The only difference is that there is no violence or fear here,” she said. Others involved in the process said the elections had been free and fair and without any violence. Banshi Badan Chattopadhyay, a retired school teacher, functioned as one of three observers in the poll process. “We are checking for false voters and ensuring that everything goes on as per rules,” Mr. Chattopadhyay said.Explaining the need for holding such polls, Dr. Jana said that the election not only empowered the women but also helped the office-bearers relate to the problems of fellow sex workers.Shortly after the end of the polling, Bishakha Laskar was elected as the president of DMSC, Kajal Bose as secretary and Abeda Bibi as it treasurer.last_img read more

Hot of the web

first_imgE-love: According to The Wall Street Journal, venture capitalists still love the Net, if only a little less. Investment in Internet companies by venture capital firms fell in the second quarter of 2000 to $14.75 billion, down from $15.39 billion in the first quarter. But that is still more than,E-love: According to The Wall Street Journal, venture capitalists still love the Net, if only a little less. Investment in Internet companies by venture capital firms fell in the second quarter of 2000 to $14.75 billion, down from $15.39 billion in the first quarter. But that is still more than the amount invested in the first half of 1999.Olympic Surprise: Thought the Net was supreme? Well, you have to wait a while: TV still rules, OK? Olympic officials have banned Internet video and audio transmissions from Sydney to avoid usurping TV’s broadcast rights. But you can still track the games through Olympics.com and a host of other sports sites. The exclusive Olympics site at indiatoday. comgoes up soon so watch that space as well.India View: It’s getting better. The Gartner Group’s SHARP (Surfing Habits Advertising Research and Purchase) latest outlook for India (3,000 respondents in seven metros) says it has the highest Net user growth rate in Asia-Pacific. But e-business is still low, with only a little over 2 per cent of users having paid online. Part of the reason is problems with setting up confidentiality of card transactions on the Net. The good news: a fifth of those who haven’t bought anything on the Net say they want to. There was more good news last week from a study on e-commerce by Taylor Nelson Sofres Interactive. Its 27-country survey across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America ranked India 17 among on-line shoppers, on par with Malaysia and Singapore and ahead of Taiwan.last_img read more