O’Shea pays tribute as he exits manager role

first_imgHe also paid tribute to the players and their families and said he was in no doubt that the future of Tipp hurling is bright with the current crop of players. The Cloughjordan native has stepped down from the manager’s post following the Premier’s exit from this year’s All Ireland championship. Selector Michael Ryan is set to take up the mantle. Speaking on Extra Time here on Tipp FM last night, O’Shea had a special word of thanks for the Tipperary GAA fans. last_img

Kenyan Kalalei triumphs in Athens Marathon

first_imgSamuel Kalalei crosses the finish line in AthensAthens, Greece | AFP | Samuel Kalalei won the 35th Athens Classic Marathon on Sunday as Kenyan runners dominated the gruelling, largely uphill course by sweeping the top five places in the men’s race.The 23-year-old crossed the line in two hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds, ahead of Milton Kiplagat Rotich, who clocked 2:14.18, with Jonathan Kiptoo Yego in third at 2:16.08.The women’s race was won by 18-year-old Ethiopian Bedaru Hirpa Badane in a time of 2:34.18.Around 18,500 runners from dozens of countries took part in the authentic marathon which began near the tumulus erected for the Greek dead from the Battle of Marathon.Another 30,000 participated in the shorter 5km and 10km races in downtown Athens. According to legend, the 42km route from Marathon to Athens was first run by Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger who in 490 BC dashed to the city to announce victory over the Persians, before dying of exhaustion.Run on a four-lane concrete avenue through the urban districts of east Athens with a finish at the all-marble Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the 1896 Olympics, the race is a challenge for runners as much of it is uphill.RELATED VIDEO:Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Democrats Seek to Fix Federal Flood Insurance Program

first_imgLast week, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) joined U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) and other lawmakers at a Capitol press conference to announce bi-partisan flood insurance reform legislation called the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2019, which would also reauthorize the program through 2024, but cap allowable annual premium increases to 9 percent. But how high should premiums be permitted to go? Named the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019, the bill by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was unanimously approved by the House Financial Services Committee. Without increases to flood insurance premiums, that debt could continue to rise, making the program unsustainable. If the program lapses, the Federal Emergency Management Agency would continue to adjust and pay claims as premium monies enter the National Flood Insurance fund and reserve fund. If those funds are depleted, claim payments would have to wait until sufficient premium monies are received. New Jersey lawmakers are concerned about a reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program they fear could result in a dramatic spike in flood insurance premiums for Two River-area homeowners. A June 12 House bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program calls for premiums to rise annually up to 18 percent for primary homeowners and 25 percent for owners of vacation homes, commercial property owners and owners of “compromised total loss” properties until actuary rates are met. FEMA’s new Risk Rating 2.0 mapping system will help customers better understand their flood risk and provide them with more accurate rates based on their unique risk, the agency said. “After Super Storm Sandy, insurance companies outright refused to make good on their promises to policyholders and instead pointed to the fine print while denying families who had lost everything,” Pallone said. “New Jerseyans deserve a long-term flood insurance program reauthorization that improves the program based on the realities of major weather events like Sandy.” “They’ve still had to pay and now they’ll have to pay higher rates. It’s something we’ve been fighting about with the flood insurance program since 2009. It’s not fair to the North Middletown community. They receive no credit for being protected by the flood levee and the levee obviously works,” Mercantante said. The bill would provide a five-year reauthorization of the program, which is due to expire Sept. 30. Following a series of historic and devastating storms around the country, including Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, the program was reported to be $25 billion in debt as of July 2018. The bill also allows property owners located in flood-prone areas to borrow at low interest rates as a means to proactively elevate their homes rather than reacting to flood damages. It also limits how much private insurers can profit on writing policies. Pallone said the measure is to ensure the industry isn’t making “hand-over-fist profits at the expense of program sustainability.” Middletown Township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said he hopes whatever legislation is adopted will begin to treat residents in the coastal North Middletown section of the municipality fairly. Thanks to a levee that runs adjacent to Pews Creek, extending in a westerly direction from Port Monmouth Road near Monmouth Cove Marina to Route 36, “virtually no homes were flooded” during Super Storm Sandy, Mercantante said. But homeowners there still pay high flood insurance premiums. The bill also aims to trim administrative fees paid to private insurance companies, which would create a cost savings for the program without a reduction of services. “It’s not affordable,” Menendez said of Waters’ bill in a July 16 press conference. “In fact, homeowner premiums will likely double ever y four years and possibly even sooner than that.” But George Kasimos, who heads the Toms River-based organization Stop FEMA Now, is dubious, calling the last mapping change after Super Storm Sandy “a mess.” “Now they’re changing the process again and it could hit property owners in the Bayshore hard. Their mapping system hasn’t gotten it right yet,” said Kasimos. Berkeley, Brick, Lacey, Toms River and Point Pleasant recently passed resolutions denouncing aspects of the House bill for the potential premium hikes and proposed mapping updates, which they say could result in higher rates for those situated closer to bays, oceans and rivers. “In some cases around the state you’re talking about premiums that can increase by $3,000 a year. And if you try to sell that proper ty you’ll have a hard time trying to find someone who will buy it,” said Kasimos, who is also a real estate agent and broker. “It’ll be a game of musical chairs and the last guy is going to be sitting in a home he won’t be able to sell.”last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners Jungle Racing (Jim and Janet Rome of Los Angeles); Jerry Hollendorfer of Point Richmond, CA; George Todaro of Seattle; Alex Solis III of Glendale; and Jason Litt of Lexington, Ky.Today’s on-track attendance was 21,522. TRAINER QUOTES JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “The race kind of came up on paper like we thought it would. We got lucky that way. We wanted to be around third early. Mike (Smith) said if he came away from there and shot to the lead, he might try that. But it ended up the way we talked about it, so that was real good.“I was thinking you’re going to have to go get him (when California Chrome opened up turning into the stretch) and that’s what we had to do. Good for us we got to him in mid-stretch and then got past him. We’re thinking about that Santa Anita Handicap next ($1 million, Grade I, 1 ¼ miles on March 7) for sure. I couldn’t argue against it (this being his finest performance). I think you could make a case for a couple of races, but this one would be hard to argue against.“He’s still a young horse and he’s going to mature some more and I think the people who looked at him today can see that he was carrying a little more weight. He’s still training on a regular schedule which is a little bit hard for these kinds of horses, and he’s gaining weight, not losing. Asked about any vindication at this time: “No, I’m just happy to win this race and that’s the honest truth. I don’t care what happened before. I care what happened right now and what happens in the future. California Chrome has a big following, deservedly so. He deserved to be Horse of the Year. If things had gone a little bit different, I might have got a chance, but you can’t always get things to go your way . . . I’m proud of Art (Sherman) and his horse, and I’m very proud of my horse and my partnership.“I think the fans were into it and I know a lot of people were looking across the nation and that’s what we need, a great race to help things out . . . I thought Chrome’s rider moved at the right time and got to the lead at the right time. He was just saying come and get me and we came and got him and that’s the way it played out today . . .They are two great horses and they’ll probably meet up again, so we’ll what happens. It’s a long year.” ART SHERMAN, CALIFORNIA CHROME, SECOND: “You saw two of the best handicap horses in the country. We’ll see how he cools out. Dubai is still on the table. We had a helluva turnout here today at Santa Anita to see California Chrome and the match up. We are looking forward to a match up again down the line. Jerry’s horse is the real McCoy. My horse is very good, too; we just got outrun. Jerry’s horse was sitting in the garden spot; it was a great race. My horse ran his heart out and I’m proud of my horse. He didn’t give up; he ran his eyeballs out.” JANET ROME, SHARED BELIEF CO-OWNER, WINNER: “This is so much fun. I’m only disappointed Jim couldn’t be here for the big race. He’s had faith in Shared Belief ever since Alex Solis II found this horse for us. He always believed this was THE horse.“Unfortunately, at the end of last year we didn’t have good luck in the Breeders’ Cup but we knew he could do it. We feel so fortunate to be a part of this horse and to have Mike Smith . . . we couldn’t ask for a better jockey, a Hall of Fame jockey. And, of course Jerry Hollendorfer, also a Hall of Famer and we have great partners. This has been great for our family, we feel so fortunate.“I was nervous, I woke up nervous this morning. I had a feeling Mike was holding back a little bit. I was hoping he would give it his all going into the stretch and that’s the thing about Shared Belief, he’s all heart. He’s showed us that through every race, everything we’ve asked of him.“Jim is in St. Louis. He made a commitment to one of his sponsors last summer and of course he was going to honor that.” 2/2/2/2 MIKE SMITH, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “I can’t even describe that performance. He ranks right up there with the top five horses I have ever been on, with room to grow. It really was so impressive. There’s no telling what this horse can do or the potential that he can reach. I think he still has room to grow.“I’m just happy to be riding him. I learned something about him today. I’m numb right now. I’d like to see what the final time was because it felt like we flew.“There was a little jockeying around that first turn between the three of us. We were just making each other decide what they were going to do without showing one another our hands. We were pushing at each other but then we settled into a nice pace. At first I thought California Chrome was getting away from me and I know that when he switches leads he has another gear. It wasn’t good enough today but not only was it not good enough but I don’t have words to describe what Shared Belief did. Hopefully they get to meet again. They’re two great champions, they’re going to battle back and forth. Hopefully we see a race between the three of them again, Shared Belief, California Chrome and Bayern.“I would say this is the best he’s ever run but I would also say this is the best he’s ever looked. He’s not very tall but he’s made really well and he had more flesh on him today than normal. He works very fast (for that track) up at Golden Gate Fields.“I thought I got away good today; sometimes he can break a little slow. They just broke really fast and California Chrome and Alfa Bird broke really fast.”VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, SECOND: “I had a good trip. For two months off, it was a good race for him, a good effort. He will be better the next race.(Did you feel Shared Belief coming up on the outside?) “I know I had him right behind us. I was trying to open it up on him as much as I could turning from home. California Chrome just got a little tired the last 20 yards. It was an awesome race. He was running. I could feel him tire on me over the last 20 yards. But I think it’s normal. It’s the first time he’s run this year; he was out for two months. In the last race (the Hollywood Derby), it was pretty easy for him. It didn’t take much out of him, so I think after this race and the next one, he’ll be a better horse. I can tell you for the next race, he’ll be good.” -30- -more-last_img read more

SA food fund in R50m Tanzania deal

first_img30 May 2013 South African private equity food and agribusiness fund Agri-Vie has invested R50-million in the Tanzanian Food Corporation (TFC) to develop the country’s beef industry to meet fast-growing consumer demand. “There is a growing demand for quality meat products thanks to a growing middle class, increased investment, increasing awareness of food safety and the growth and development of a number of sectors in the country,” Agri-Vie managing partner, Herman Marais, said in a statement on Wednesday. Agri-Vie was established by financial services group Sanlam Private Equity and investment firm SP-aktif to drive sustainable growth in sub-Saharan Africa’s food sector. Agri-Vie’s Africa investment fund looks to invest in projects with positive development impacts and good financial returns. Tanzania’s meat industry has significant potential nationally and regionally, according to Marais. “Agri-Vie’s injection of risk capital over the next few years, the importation of genetic material from neighbouring African countries, enhanced animal foods and beef sector know-how will see the company increase production and sales many-fold,” he said. “We are proud to join the local and international founding shareholders of TFC who have developed the venture to a stage ready for significant expansion.” The TFC operations area is primarily in the Iringa region of the southern Tanzanian highlands and forms part of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, which is a public-private investment initiative to drive agribusiness output. “The operation comprises of abattoir and processing facilities, a sales and distribution channel, an estate rearing beef cattle, in combination with a supply chain for a fattening herd of cattle and sheep and an arable farming operation focusing on maize and soya as a basis for animal feeds,” Marais said. “There is also significant scope for value added products, as some 700 metric tons of processed meat are currently imported into the country annually.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

UP Governor prefers talking about biryani and kebabs when asked about rape incident

first_imgUttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi at an iftar party on Friday night. He made the remarks while talking to reporters after the feast.Biryani and kebabs are gastronomic delights whose mention is more important than the rising cases of gang rape and murder for Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi. This can be the only explanation for Qureshi brushing aside media queries on crime cases in the state, including the one in Lucknow in which the victim was tortured before being gang-raped and then murdered.”Did you taste the biryani? It was great. And kebab was also nice. Leave other things aside,” Qureshi said before walking past the cameras of television crews in Lucknow on Friday night. The UP governor made this comment after attending the roza iftar party hosted by Advocate General V. C. Mishra.The mediapersons had sought the response from Qureshi on the gang rape and murder of a lab technician of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences. A mother of two children, the woman had failed to save her husband two years ago even after donating one of her kidneys.Originally from Gorakhpur, the widow was working to ensure good education to her 11-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. Her brutalised body was found inside a school in Lucknow’s Mohanlalganj area on Thursday. But these facts apparently didn’t evoke any empathy in Qureshi, a Congressman, who has recently developed tremendous proximity with the leaders of Samajwadi Party. Qureshi, who is also the Uttarakhand governor, has been given additional charge of Uttar Pradesh.advertisementQureshi is not alone in making such insensitive comments as state Sports and Youth Welfare minister Narad Rai said crimes against women take place all over the country. “Such kinds of crime take place all over the country. I will pray to the God to give us strength to fight against the evils,” he said on Saturday. Sadly, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav still appears to be supporting his son Akhilesh Yadav’s government. “Going by the population of the state, I must say that there are many states where the rate of crime is higher than UP. We cannot stop every crime in the state. I believe the women are most secure in UP,” he said.But the insensitive comments did not end there.  G.P. Prajapati said in Amethi: “We cannot deploy a police officer for the protection of every woman in the state. After all, even the police are human.”As per a report from 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh, more than 240 rape cases have taken place in the last three months. Meanwhile, the police claimed to have cracked the gang rape and murder case and arrested three persons. The police said one of the killers wanted to marry the victim. He along with his two friends committed the crime when she didn’t agree for marriage.last_img read more

ESP Initiative Reaching More Special Needs Children

first_imgThe Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) has been improving its operations, through a Technical Co-operation Project, to better assist children with special needs.The six-month initiative, which began in September 2012, and currently funded bythe Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), seeks to provide training for child development officersin five areas of child development – self help skills, cognitive, social, emotional, and language development.Director of the ESP, Antonica Gunter-Gayle, informs JIS News that intervention of the programme has been extended to the Kingston 12 and 13 areas, so more children with special needs are being given attention.“We are now seeing an additional 52 children with special needs in these areas, and instead of monthly visits, we have officers conducting visits on a weekly basis, to stimulate children with special needs,” she says.Mrs. Gunter-Gayle notes that there are two components of the ESP, the home-based and centre-based programmes. Both programmes caterto children from birth to six years with challenges, such as cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation; and children with various forms of mental and physical disabilities, and multiple disabilities.She explains that the centre-based programme allows children with special needs to be schooled and given proper intervention in a structured environment.For the home-based programme, children are visited by child development officers at their homes and schools, who are trained in special early childhood care and development.“The officers take the intervention into the homes of these children, or into the communities. We provide additional support, because some of the children are already attending schools, which does not require us to take them out of their learning environment, so the intervention officers try to meet them where they are,” Mrs. Gunter-Gayle points out.She reveals that the home-based programme currently has a population of 1,212 children, and the centre-based has 112 children enrolled, which means that more children with special needs are being given the opportunity of reaching their fullest potential.The Director mentions that the strengthening of the programme is a step towards a brighter future for parents of children with special needs, and importantly, children with disabilities.“The children are benefitting greatly from this initiative, because there is a need for early intervention, and the additional training being offered to social development officers, allows for greater intervention. We have also extended our hours of intervention, and are offering extra physical therapy to children who are severely disabled, especially those with cerebral palsy,” she says.Parents of children with special needs are also being introduced to different coping mechanisms and strategies, to better assist disabled children, because they play a vital role in their overall development.She adds that these children are a part of the society, and should be given equal opportunities, especially ‘the right to an education’.“Gone are the days when children with disabilities are ignored, and treated as outcasts. We are now seeing disabled persons serving in capacities such as cashiers, telephone operators, computer technicians, and successful entrepreneurs. If we continue to stimulate them from birth, they will have the opportunity to excel in all their endeavours, and contribute to nation building,” Mrs. Gunter-Gayle said.She is appealing to organisations and individuals that can assist the ESP, whether in cash or kind, to call 922-5585, or visit their office at 95 Hanover Street, in downtown Kingston. More than 30,000 children have benefited from the ESP since its inception.last_img read more

Arcosanti subleases a 13 foot wall in the HDVIC to

first_imgArcosanti subleases a 13 foot wall in the HDVIC to help encourage visitors to experience Arcosanti: to take a tour, have lunch, visit the gallery at Arcosanti, buy a bell and literature, and to stay overnight. A small selection of bronze and ceramic bells are displayed and are for sale at the HDVIC.Arcosanti artists Steven Bochinski, Conrad Mcanany, Cliff Hersted and Arcosanti alumnus Larry Meagher display their work in the HDVIC Art Gallery. Other local artists also display jewelry, sculpture and painting.A variety of historic thematic maps have been donated to the museum for diplay. The general population in the area has been very supportive of the new museum and visitors center.Museum secretary Annie Wales, historian and author, stands by the growing research library of the museum. Cliff Hersted, museum treasurer, loaned most of his personal anthropological library collection to the museum.Many of the books present scholarly articles on the archeology of the Agua Fria National Monument and Arizona in general.Cliff Hersted, HDVIC Manager, explains that to become a State recognized Visitors Information Center, brochures from each of the [5] tourism regions need to be available to visitors. The 5 regions are designated “Northern AZ, AZ West Coast, Southern AZ, North Central AZ [where Yavapai County is located] and Phoenix and Central AZ.The oak display rack was donated by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce Visitors Information Center. Volunteers call the various tourist venues to request brochures for the new HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center.This is a terrific new resource, please stop by any time.Hours of operation are from 9 am to 3 pm daily.The HDVIC is located right next to the new Dollar Store, across the street from the Chevron Station at Cordes Junction. July 9, 2014The HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center is operated by the HDHM High Desert Heritage Museum, a 501[c][3] ‘Not for Profit’ Corporation. The Cosanti Foundation / Arcosanti provides co-sponsorship and significant operation support for the HDVIC.A formal application has been submitted to the AZ Office of Tourism and the AZ Dept. of Transportation for the HDVIC to be recognized as an official AZ VIC Arizona Visitor Information Center. Blue “AZ Tourist Information” directional sign will eventually be installed on I 17 and SR69 as well as the Traffic Interchange. Hours of operation are from 9 am to 3 pm daily.[photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Cliff Hersted]The facility houses the museum office, its archive and research library, a gift shop and art gallery, a snack shop, and a Visitor Information reception area. Brochures and Maps from all over AZ are available. The HDVIC is ADA compliant.Cliff Hersted, manager of the new HDVIC High Desert Visitor Information Center and an employee of the Cosanti Foundation sits at the conference table in the visitors reception area. Also seated are Annie Wales, Museum Secretary [on the left], and Lucy Corder, Museum President [center].The conference table was donated by the Dewey-Humboldt Museum. Cliff Hersted produced the historical posters hanging on the wall.On May 31. 2014 the High Desert Visitor Information Center held an ‘Open House’. About 150 people visited the celebration. Free hotdogs and cookies were served. HDHM – High Desert Heritage Museum board members were on hand to show people around and explain the operation.The “Hilltop Gang” band provided entertainment outside for the Open House celebration.last_img read more

Satellite operator Eutelsat has unveiled the winne

first_imgSatellite operator Eutelsat has unveiled the winners of its Hot Bird TV Awards.Best chidren’s channel was Russia’s Carousel. The cinema channel award went jointly to Russia’s Kino Soyuz and Sky Cinema 1 HD from Italy. Italy’s Babel won in the culture/education category, while the documentary channel award went to DMAX from Germany.SkyUno Italy won in the fiction/general entertainment category, while the lifestyle channel award went to Rai 5.France Ô won the music channel award, with BBC Arabic taking the news channel award.Best national window award went to Spain’s TVE Internacional, while the best sports channel was Trace Sports from France.The People’s Choice award went to Poland’s MiniMini, while the best new channel award went to Italian news channel TG Norba 24. The best programme award was given to Deutsche Welle TV’s The Beethoven Project.last_img read more

Marta Abad Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has app

first_imgMarta AbadSpanish public broadcaster RTVE has appointed Atlanta-based Castalia Communications Corp. to become its channels and programming distributor in North America.Under terms of the deal, Castalia will offer operators access to channels such as general purpose net TVE Internactional and news net 24 Horas. The agreement covers the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.“With a solid reputation for launching channels and programming worldwide, and a stronghold in North America, Castalia Communications is ideally positioned to strengthen the reach of our brands,” said TVE marketing director Marta Abad. “We look forward to serving new audiences in the US and Canada as the premier destination for Spanish news and entertainment.”TVE offers series such as Cuéntame Cómo Pasó, Isabel and Águila Roja, plus miniseries and made-for-TV movies.last_img read more