EMMET RUSHE: EVERY MEMBER OF THE DONEGAL SQUAD IS A TRUE CHAMPION

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: The All Ireland Championship 2014 has now been and gone.There was joy, there was heartache and there was huge disappointment for the 35,000 Donegal fans that travelled to Croke Park and for the 125,000 back in Donegal who were glued to their televisions.This collective heartache however is nothing compared to the near grief that the Donegal squad themselves would have felt at the final whistle. How many of you reading this knows what it takes to become a champion?The post-mortems were done in every home and in every pub in the county last night. We all have our opinions on whom or what was to blame for our “loss” yesterday. However, we should remember that every single man, on the pitch, on the bench and in the backroom team, is a champion. They have done us proud. The only post mortem that matters is that of the team. Its function will not be to assign blame. It will be to reassess; to look forward to next year.I’m sure some of you think that you know what it takes to become a champion, but I would hazard a guess that what you think it takes to become one, and what the reality actually is, are two very different things.Most people would have an idea of the training and the games and the travelling involved, but that is only a small part of it. What the Donegal squad put themselves through day in and day out is on par with any professional team.The difference is that our 26 man Donegal squad are not professionals.They are amateurs who are playing at a professional level.Under the direction of Jim Mc Guinness, the past 4 years have been some of the best that Donegal GAA has ever seen.The level of professionalism that Jim has brought to the squad and has instilled into the players is simply outstanding. To quote Joe Brolly;“Jim Mc Guinness has taken a stag party and turned them into a well oiled machine”This level of professionalism comes at a price however.They do not have the luxury of being able to train when it suits them. They do not get paid for what they do.They sacrifice time with their partners and wives.They sacrifice time with their families and children.They have to fit training around their jobs and their college work.They play for clubs and college teams who need these guys to field out for them also.Their off season is practically non-existent.They go through early morning weight sessions and late night field conditioning sessions.But that is what they signed up to.The 26 man Donegal squad do not see this as a problem.They see it as the honour and a privilege that it is to play for your county.This is something that some people simply don’t get.People can’t understand what drives them; why they sacrifice so much for so little.That, however, is the difference between a recreational sports person and a champion.A champion has a mind-set that is single minded and all encompassing.Their focus is on one thing and one thing only; the win.As the teams progress further into the All Ireland football championship, their focus becomes greater; the taste for victory becomes sweeter.Then on the day the All Ireland final finally comes, these guys step out in front of 83,000 noisy fans and pour their hearts out for 70 minutes until one team is raised to the heights of joy and the other team are slammed into the depths of despair.We could see this at the end of yesterday’s game; pain etched on the faces of the players.It is said that you should be gracious in victory along with defeat.This afternoon, Michael Murphy stayed on the pitch until after the presentation of the Sam McGuire and went over to each of the Kerry players as they came down the steps and shook each of their hands.That is the mark of a true champion.#TrainSmartEmmet Rushe is Donegal Daily’s health and fitness columnist.EMMET RUSHE: EVERY MEMBER OF THE DONEGAL SQUAD IS A TRUE CHAMPION was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 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:donegalemmet rushefitnessKerrylast_img read more

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Charlotte Maxeke’s home to become a museum

first_img9 March 2015The house of struggle stalwart Charlotte Maxeke, one of the leaders of the famous 1956 Women’s March, is to be converted into a museum and interpretation centre, Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza announced on Sunday.Mayathula-Khoza delivered the keynote address on behalf of Gauteng Premier David Makhura at an event held at Kliptown’s Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication to mark International Women’s Day,She said remembering Maxeke in this way would enhance “the clarion call of the UN Women’s Beijing +20 campaign: Empowering women, empowering humanity – picture it!”She said the Gauteng government had proposed the theme, “Make it happen: together moving Gauteng city region forward for women” for this year’s International Women’s Day celebration.‘Gender priorities’“We decided to partner with women from all walks of life and sectors in this celebration to give expression to gender priorities . and to showcase programmes and direct service-delivery initiatives to improve women’s lives in partnership with women’s organisations,” she said.Charlotte Maxeke (nee Manye) was born in Ramokgopa in the Polokwane (Pietersburg) District on April 7 1874. A religious leader, social worker and political activist, she is known as the “Mother of Black Freedom” in South Africa.Maxeke’s name has been given to the former Johannesburg General Hospital, which is now known as the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Durban has a street named after her and the South African Navy has named a submarine in her honour, the SAS Charlotte Maxeke.Mayathula-Khoza said the provincial government was also celebrating the 1954 Women’s Charter, which aimed to unite women in common action for the removal of all political, legal, economic and social obstacles and to strive for women’s rights.The MEC praised the provincial government for the achievements in improving the quality of lives of women: “We have removed laws, regulations, conventions and customs that discriminate against women. More women today occupy positions of power in all spheres of life. We continue to accelerate the implementation of gender equality and women empowerment policies.“We are determined to pursue the goal of 50/50 representation in all decision-making positions. In fact here in Gauteng, we have 60% of women representation in the [provincial] cabinet . and 50% representation of women in the Gauteng legislature,” she said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Area-wise rental cap for metros on the anvil

first_imgTenants may soon get to breathe a little easier. The government is mulling fixing the maximum rental rates in all pockets of various metros on the lines of circle rates. The circle rates are indicative price levels below which rate properties cannot be bought or sold in respective circles or areas.”The government is planning to come up with a new rental law for the landlords and tenants that will regulate the irrational rental hikes in the metros. It will rationalise the rentals,” a senior official at the Union ministry of urban development told Mail Today.The ministry has shortlisted seven cities – Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune – where the new law is expected to kick off. “Realty prices and rentals are already overheated in these cities. There is a huge influx of people every year to these cities. (So), they need a separate rent control act,” the official said.The new law, which will be part of the proposed Model Residential Tenancy Act 2011, envisages reforms, such as scrapping the state rent control laws that impose a ceiling on rents in various housing markets .”Like the circle rate, there will be rentals for every pocket which will be updated every quarter based on the demand and supply. It will protect the tenants from unreasonable demands,” the official added. The new proposal, if it gets implemented, will mandate that landlords cannot keep their houses vacant for more than three months and where such properties are kept vacant for more than three months, the owner would have to pay double the property tax. Also, rent for the existing tenant would be frozen for 24 months and the landlord would have to intimate tenants two months prior to hiking the rent.”It will release the stock of housing available for rentals. Also, the ministry is mulling recommending tax reliefs on rental income to boost rental housing. But it will be limited to the metros,” the official added.The proposal follows a delegation of property owners from Delhi and Mumbai meeting the Union urban development minister Kamal Nath last Thursday to call for reforming the country’s archaic rental laws.”All the rental laws and Acts are old and have become archaic. There is a need for serious reform. This new rental law for metros will be useful both for landlords and tenants,” the official said. The Centre has already proposed a Model Residential Tenancy Act, which will be implemented across the country by the states. The ministry has already sent the draft to the states for consultation and feedback.”Rent control and housing are state subjects. So, the Act cannot be binding on the states. But we are forming a uniform law across the state,” the official added. The proposed Act aimed at controlling rentals however, is not an entirely new initiative. A draft Delhi Rent Act, 1995, still remains to be notified thanks to political pressure. Also, the tabling of the Delhi Rent (Amendment) Bill, 1997, is pending and awaits passage in the coming monsoon session of Parliament.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

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Liberals unhurt Tories not helped by scathing SNCLavalin report Poll

first_imgJoan Bryden , The Canadian Press OTTAWA — A new poll suggests a scathing ethics report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall — and it hasn’t helped the Conservatives.Indeed, the Leger poll suggests the two parties were locked in a dead heat, with the support of 33 per cent of voters, as they jockey for position at the starting gate for the Oct. 21 vote.Liberal support was unchanged from last month, despite last week’s damning report from federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion, who concluded that Trudeau violated the Confict of Interest Act by pressuring his former attorney general to halt a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.Conservative support was down three percentage points from last month, despite the party’s best efforts to re-ignite public outrage over the SNC affair, which propelled the Tories into a commanding 13-point lead over the Grits at the height of the controversy last April.The poll put support for the Green party at 13 per cent, up one point and ahead of the NDP at 11 per cent. Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party of Canada stood at four per cent.The online survey of 1,535 eligible voters was conducted Aug. 16-19 for The Canadian Press and weighted to reflect the makeup of Canada’s population. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said the latest results suggest voters have largely put the SNC-Lavalin affair behind them and moved on to issues that affect them more directly — at least for now. The two main parties are back in a “neck-and-neck race,” which is where things stood in February before the SNC controversy rocked the Liberal government, costing Trudeau two cabinet ministers, his most trusted aide and the country’s top public servant.“I think that those who changed their mind on the PM and turned their backs on him did that in the spring already,” Bourque said in an interview.But he said other Canadians appear to be fatigued with the issue and may be thinking “regardless of what I think of the behaviour of the PM, at the end of the day how does this change my life and that of my children, which is nil.”Still, Bourque warned that “doesn’t mean that it won’t come back to haunt the prime minister” during the campaign, particularly should the RCMP decide to investigate, as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has repeatedly pressed the Mounties to do.The Conservatives and New Democrats will continue trying to revive the controversy today at a meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee, where they’ll move to invite Dion, Trudeau and others to testify about the ethics report.However, the Liberals hold a majority on the committee and are likely to block the bid to magnify the report just a couple of weeks before Trudeau officially fires the starting gun for the election.The poll put the Liberals back into a solid lead in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. The Conservatives enjoyed a commanding lead in Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan, with 55 per cent support in both regions.The Liberals had the advantage in the two most populous provinces, where more than half of the country’s 338 seats will be up for grabs.In Ontario, home to more than one-third of the seats, the Conservatives appear to be suffering a “spillover effect” from the unpopularity of Doug Ford’s provincial Progressive Conservative government, Bourque said. The Liberals enjoyed the support of 38 per cent of Ontarians, compared to the Conservatives’ 30 per cent, the Green’s 14 per cent, the NDP’s 13 per cent and the People’s party’s three per cent.In Quebec, home to SNC-Lavalin, the Liberals stood at 34 per cent, compared to the Tories’ 27, the Bloc Quebecois’ 18, the Greens’ nine, the NDP’s eight and the People’s party’s four per cent.Dion concluded that Trudeau broke ethics law by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene to stop the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on corruption charges related to contracts in Libya.Trudeau has acknowledged that he wanted Wilson-Raybould to reconsider her refusal to overturn a decision by the director of public prosecutions, who decided last fall not to invite the Montreal-based engineering and construction giant to negotiate a remediation agreement. Such an agreement would have allowed the company to avoid the risk of a criminal conviction, which would result in it being barred from federal contracts for 10 years.While he has taken full responsibility for the mistakes that were made, Trudeau has refused to apologize. He has insisted that he was only standing up for the interests of SNC-Lavalin’s 9,000 employees, pensioners and suppliers, who stood to be negatively affected by the potentially crippling cost of a conviction.Scheer maintains Dion’s report suggests the prime minister’s conduct went beyond a violation of ethics law and warrants a criminal investigation into possible obstruction of justice.Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet over the affair in late February, followed shortly by cabinet ally Jane Philpott. Both women were subsequently booted out of the Liberal caucus and are running for re-election as Independent candidates.last_img read more

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Partha Chatterjee kicks off 2day Kala Utsav in Salt Lake

first_imgKolkata: The two-day state level Kala Utsav (Art Festival) kicked off at Central Park fair ground on Monday. The event was inaugurated by state Education minister Partha Chatterjee in the presence of senior officials of School Education department.”Our government’s activities is not merely limited to learning as per syllabus. We constantly strive to get the best from our school students and encourage them in cultural and extra-curricular activities. The best performers at the state level will get the chance to perform at the national level,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe department has already organised Kala Utsav at the district level and from there 800 students have been selected to perform in the two-day state level competition. The participating students are showcasing and competing with each other over four folk art forms like theatre, music, dance and visual arts. “It is our constant endeavour to ensure that students with talents in different art forms and extra-curricular activities get recognition from the districts, state as well as at the national level. I will advise the parents to encourage their wards to participate in activities which the latter have a knack. I am confident that in the days to come there will be someone among these students who will be making Bengal proud,” the minister said. Noted singer Shibaji Chattopadhyay, who was present at the inaugural programme, lauded the efforts of the Education department for encouraging students in such cultural activities. “Our state is known for its culture whose roots are very deep,” Chattopadhyay said.last_img read more

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Fire breaks out at building in Kasba

first_imgKolkata: Fire broke out on the third floor of a five-storied building in Kasba on Wednesday morning. Four fire tenders were pressed into action and the fire was controlled almost after an hour. One fire brigade official fell sick due to the smoke and was admitted later at Ruby General Hospital.According to locals, on Wednesday morning at around 9 am, they noticed smoke coming out of the third floor of a five-storied building located at 165, Rajdanga Main Road. Sources informed that the fire broke out in the office of a renowned jewellery merchant. They immediately alerted the occupants of the building and helped them evacuate. Police and fire brigade were informed as well. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSoon, four fire tenders reached the spot and started spraying water on the third floor. Though firefighters were spraying water, the entire floor was filled with thick black smoke. After a few moments, some firefighters went up to the second floor with water jet hose. While spraying water, a firefighter identified as Debabrata Chakraborty, who is the sub-officer of Pragati Maidan fire station, felt breathless due to the smoke. He was immediately rushed to Ruby General Hospital on a Kolkata Accident Rescue and Medical Assistance (KARMA) ambulance of Kolkata Police and was subsequently admitted there. At around 10.05 am, the fire was controlled but due to the heat, firefighters kept on spraying water to cool down the walls and floors. It was assumed that the fire might have occurred due to an electrical short-circuit but it is yet to be confirmed by the technical experts of the fire brigade. The extent of damage is yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

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