Stars of tomorrow shine

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Volunteers and boats needed for Galway Bay Swim

first_imgI’ve Got Your Back: Debra Coffey, Co. Clare, Norma Carty, Wexford and Claire McLoughlin, Galway pictured at the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim for Cancer Care West.Photo : Murtography Each swimmer needs a boat to follow and track their swim, organisers are again this year asking any boat owner to get in contact with the hope they can volunteer their services on the day. The most suitable boat type is a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat ) fitted with an outboard engine and we are again asking people to help support the swimmers in this year’s swim across the Bay, “explained Ciaran Oliver of Galway Bay Boat Tours.Ciaran went onto say, ‘ideally we are looking for Ribs and small motor boats, but any other suitable pleasure craft between 5 and 8 metres would be considered.  However we are urging people to get in touch and we can then pull together resources from what we have and ensure that this swim is again a safety success.”The swim which is now sold out will see close to 130 swimmers taking part this year it is now one of Ireland’s biggest and longest one day swims. Starting from Auginish in Co. Clare and finishing at Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill, the swim is a distance of roughly 13 kilometres….if you swim straight.This year there will be 65 solo swimmers and 65 relay swimmers taking part in teams of 2,3 and 4 swimmers. Since the swim began 13 years ago, 569 people have swum the Bay and this year again it will be a mixture of swimmers who have completed the swim every year and complete novices.Last year’s swim raised €108,000 for Cancer Care West and we are hoping to beat that this year. The monies raised will help fund the expansion of our support services for cancer patients including a counselling service for children and a dedicated gym rehabilitation space for cancer patients.The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim will take place on Saturday July 21st. People are invited to go down to Blackrock diving tower, Salthill to welcome the swimmers home from 12 Noon.To volunteer or for more details check out or on Now in its 13th year, the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West returns to the waters of Galway Bay this July. Safety is a priority for the swim, each year the event reaches out to the maritime community in the west to support the swim through boat support. The annual Galway Bay Swim which will take place on Saturday 21st July is looking for volunteers and boats to assist in this year’s race. I’ve Got Your Back: Debra Coffey, Co. Clare, Norma Carty, Wexford and Claire McLoughlin, Galway pictured at the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim for Cancer Care West. Photo : Murtographyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Nyanza hosts Malt Golf show

first_imgClub Captain Tobias See says in spite of the heavy rains that have been experienced lately, the course is in good condition. “We do not expect flooding and even though the course is wet, it is manageable all the same. Golfers will be playing fairly long and we are positive it will be an exciting tournament,” he said.He however, remained cautions that the slippery course might pose a challenge to the high handicapped golfers. “We expect they might be thrown out of their element given the slippery and wet course but the low handicapped golfers are sure to manage just fine,” he added.Morning action begins at 7am and the afternoon tee off is scheduled for 1.30pm. “We intend to begin very early because of the huge field of golfers. Nyanza Country Club is 11-hole and with so many players the earlier we start the earlier we can finish,” the captain explained.He tipped home golfers for glory charging, “I have absolute confidence in Nyanza Club and I feel that players from Kakamega, Kericho, Mumias and Kisii will be in for a treat from handicap 6 golfer Peter Owino and J. C. Lee of handicap 22 who will pair up with me.” Nyanza Country Club is located near the shores of Lake Victoria, something the Captain says adds to the golfing experience. The 2011 calendar closes at Limuru Golf Club on December 17.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, December 8- Over 100 golfers will converge at the 11-hole par 70 Nyanza Country Club on Saturday for the sixth leg of the Tusker Malt Golf Carnival- the penultimate tournament of the 2011 calendar.The huge field of golfers have been drawn from host Nyanza, Kisii, Kericho, Mumias and Kakamega and will be battling for top spot in the scenic lakeside region.last_img read more


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West Ham 2-1 Man City: Hammer blow for champions as Sakho strikes again

first_imgDiafra Sakho scored for the sixth successive Premier League game as West Ham inflicted a Hammer blow to Manchester City’s title bid with a 2-1 victory at Upton Park.Morgan Amalfitano opened the scoring for Sam Allardyce’s side and Sakho added a second to continue his remarkable run in front of goal, before David Silva’s superb curling strike set up a frantic finale.But West Ham, the season’s surprise package, held out to claim a third consecutive victory and maintain their grip on fourth spot.For City, the deserved defeat, which follows a disappointing draw with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League in midweek, will do significant harm to their chances of retaining their Premier League title.Manuel Pellegrini’s side remain second in the table, but are five points behind leaders Chelsea, who will have the opportunity to increase their lead when they travel to Manchester United on Sunday.City may have won their previous three Premier League games, but West Ham went into this clash high on confidence having stormed into the top four following victories over Liverpool, QPR and Burnley in recent weeks.They can now add the champions to their list of victims.City had started brightly, with Sergio Aguero’s dipping half-volley from 25 yards forcing Adrian into a bright stop, but West Ham, with Alex Song pulling the strings in the centre of midfield, began to take control.Joe Hart had already been forced to make a point-blank stop from Enner Valencia’s header on 19 minutes and it came as little surprise to see him picking the ball out of his own net just two minutes later.The superb Song released Enner Valencia down the right and the Ecuadorian skipped all too easily past Eliaquim Mangala before pulling the ball back across the six-yard box for Amalfitano to tap home at the far post.City immediately went in search of an equaliser, and Edin Dzeko fired over from a corner, but the hosts were always a threat on the break and went close to adding a second when Stewart Downing’s header looped narrowly over.Adrian then showed great reactions to deny Aguero and ensure West Ham went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.City began to grow into the game after the break and the Hammers had a lucky escape when Aguero’s close-range strike crashed off the underside of the crossbar before Adrian kept out Yaya Toure’s rebound.But, as City pressed, the Irons were dangerous on the counter, with Song feeding Valencia on the right of the penalty area, who cut the ball back to Sakho and his shot looped just over.And Sakho was not to be denied as he became the first player to score in all of his first six starts in the top-flightAfter Aaron Cresswell had floated over a deep cross, the summer signing from Metz climbed to nod the ball inside the far post. Hart clawed it out, but the GDS correctly signalled it had crossed the line.The champions looked beaten, but hit back immediately when Silva brilliantly curled the ball into the far corner after cutting in from the right and bamboozling the home defence.There were five minutes of stoppage time, and Adrian palmed away a 25-yard drive from substitute Stevan Jovetic as City pushed to salvage a point, but West Ham held out for a hard-earned – and well deserved – win. Diafra Sakho celebrates 1last_img read more

Newborn found dead in closet

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Los Angeles Police Department Juvenile Division is investigating the case, along with the Department of Children and Family Services and the coroner’s office, said Officer Mike Lopez of LAPD media relations. No arrests were immediately made and an autopsy was expected to be performed early this week. ———————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An autopsy was pending today on a newborn found dead in a closet at a family’s home in South Los Angeles, police said. The newborn’s mother showed up at Huntington Park Hospital yesterday morning, bleeding heavily, CBS2 reported. The girl initially denied having given birth, but eventually admitted to leaving the newborn in a closet at home, according to the TV station. The child was found in the closet, unconscious and not breathing, the TV station reported. last_img read more

Four UC professors propose admission process changes

first_imgExpanding comprehensive review also would make it more difficult for high school students to prepare for UC because “their eligibility will be based on factors that can’t be quantified,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BERKELEY – A group of University of California professors on Friday proposed changing the way the UC system admits students by putting more emphasis on an applicant’s personal background. The proposal comes 10 years after California voters approved Proposition 209, a ballot measure that banned the consideration of race or gender in public hiring, contracting and education. The report, called “UC `Eligibility’: The Quest for Excellence and Diversity,” was presented Friday at a symposium at UC Berkeley on the impact of the 1996 voter initiative. UC now draws new freshmen from the top 12.5 percent of high school graduates. From that pool, campuses select students using “comprehensive review,” which looks at factors such as whether a student comes from a poor family or overcame hardship. Under the new proposal, automatic eligibility would be narrowed to the top 5 percent or 6 percent of high school graduates. A second group of students would be selected based on comprehensive review. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system The report, written by four UC professors, doesn’t spell out exactly how the second group would be selected, but suggests that a GPA of 2.6 or better might be a cutoff point. Any changes in UC admissions would have to be approved by UC’s governing Board of Regents, but supporters of the proposal hope it will open up public discussion on how students are selected. The report’s authors say UC’s current system is unfair because students from low-performing schools often don’t have access to college prep and honors courses and, therefore, have less chance of earning eligibility. Using comprehensive review to look at more applicants – rather than using it only after they pass the eligibility threshold – would be a better method, said Boalt professor Goodwin Liu, co-director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, which sponsored the symposium. “There’s a lot more to picking good students than simply looking at their grades and their test scores,” he said. But backers of Proposition 209 said any changes to UC’s admissions policy must be race-neutral. last_img

McInnes praises Aberdeen attitude in Paisley victory

first_img“I thought there was good intensity and appetite from the players, but we needed some more thought and calmness a lot of the time.“I didn’t think there was a lot in the match and a set piece has decided the game. We had one or two good opportunities to add to our lead but thankfully two was enough for us today.“We beat St Mirren earlier on in the season at Pittodrie and some of our play that day was sparkling. But it’s the same three points today. Credit to St Mirren because they kept going but I’m really pleased with the effort and the result.”McInnes also praised forward Cosgrove who netted the winner in the second half following a stunning Dean Lyness save. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes praised his side’s appetite as they saw off St Mirren 2-1 to move up to fourth in the Ladbrokes Premiership.Stevie May and Sam Cosgrove netted for the Dons who have now won three of their last four, while Cammy MacPherson registered his first goal for the bottom of the table Buddies.And it was the fact the Dons ground out the three points on a wild Paisley day that pleased McInnes the most.“It was a really scruffy game”, he explained. McInnes said: “His game is in a good place at the minute. He was outstanding against Livingston in midweek and he’s been really effective for us again.“Goals also give strikers added confidence so we hope he can continue to be relevant in the opposition box.”St. Mirren boss Oran Kearney praised his side’s character despite the defeat that leaves them bottom of the table, below Dundee on goal difference.“I think we did enough to get something out of the game,” the Northern Irishman said.“We showed a bit of character after going behind which was pleasing because it’s something we had spoken about recently.“We got ourselves back into the game and started the second half quite well.“I felt we were getting to a stage of the game where they were starting to get anxious and we could possibly grab something on the counter.“The timing and the manner of the second goal was disappointing. The key thing with set-pieces is that if you don’t win the first ball you win the second one. It was just disappointing that the ball came out to their player.”last_img read more

Case of Whooping Cough at Bradie Shrum

first_imgMinton said parents of the student notified the school as soon as she knew her child had pertussis and the school worked proactively to notify the parents.Dr. Kalen Carty spoke on WSLM’s Morning Show – Coffee Club – this morning about the sickness.“The first symptoms of pertussis are similar to the common cold,” she said. “But the good news is that t’s very treatable. It’s a good thing to check your medical records and make sure everyone is up to date on their vaccines — adults and children.”Symptoms include a low fever.Dr. Carty said after a week or two, the cough will become worse. “Your child may develop coughing fits, or spasms, followed by vomiting or trouble catching their breath. Sometimes, younger children will have a “whoop” sound after a coughing fit,” she said.The letter from school stated : “Although your child may appear healthy in between coughing fits, please do NOT send your child to school if he or she has any of the signs and symptoms of pertussis. If you think your child may have pertussis, call your child’s doctor immediately so your child can be treated. Please return the doctor’s note to the school. If your child comes to school with these symptoms, you will be called to take your child home and will need to take him/her to a doctor to be checked for pertussis.”If your child has symptoms of pertussis, please take the school letter to your child’s doctor as a reference.Keeping your child up-to-date with pertussis vaccine helps prevent disease, but the Indiana State Department of Health IISDH) has identified cases of pertussis in children who have received all their pertussis shots. Check to make sure all members of your family have been fully vaccinated against pertussis. Your physician or the Washington County Health Department should be able to help you determine if vaccination is needed for your family.You can find more information about whooping cough on the ISDH website: A case of pertussis (whooping cough) has been identified in Bradie Shrum Elementary School and some children and staff may have been exposed either in the classroom or on the bus, according to  a letter sent home yesterday to parents from Bradie Shrum Elementary Principal Brent Minton.“We want you to be alert for the symptoms of pertussis listed below should they occur in your child,” wrote Minton.last_img read more

SA aim high at Under-20 World Cup

first_img“We are a good side, we have a lot of talented players and I think we can cause some upsets during the tournament,” Masango continued. “For most of us, this is going to be new experience, but we are looking forward to it. We want to learn a lot and achieve as much as possible.” With an attack-conscious defence and an inventive midfield, South Africa’s biggest flaw is their blunt spearhead. Still, they did enough to upset Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria at the CAF African Youth Championship in Rwanda at the beginning of the year, and ran eventual champions Ghana close in a memorable semi-final. “I think it will be naive for anyone to judge our capability based on our friendly matches. We are going to Egypt to compete and people will see that.” What might be comforting for the South African coach is the return to top form of some of his most trusted youngsters. Masango has been a revelation at Kaizer Chiefs this season, and is seemingly enjoying his new role on the right flank. Thulani Serero has also been in fine form for Ajax Cape Town. 21 September 2009 “We are aware that it’s not going to be easy, but we are determined to succeed, and that is what matters,” Masango said. South Africa have lost back-to-back matches in preparation for Egypt 2009, but coach Serame Letsoaka is quick to point out that results are not the priority in the tournament build-up. “We wanted to test new combinations, we have some new faces in the team and we had to give them a run,” Letsoaka said. Impressive in Rwanda The 2009 Fifa Under-20 World Cup kicks off in Egypt on Thursday, and in-form playmaker Mandla Masango believes South Africa’s youngster are capable of pulling off an upset or two. “One thing’s for sure, we are going there to compete, we are going to give it our all,” Masango told last week. Players in form If he can rediscover the form that drew comparisons with Benni McCarthy at his best, maybe South Africa can realise their ambitious goals on Egyptian soil. For a while now, forward Kermit Erasmus has been hailed as the country’s next great number nine. Now on loan at Excelsior from fellow Dutch side Feyenoord, Erasmus is one of the most potent weapons at Letsoaka’s disposal. Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more