“We hear from local leaders about how important it is to have good quality childcare to create a family-friendly community and attract employers to their cities and towns,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. “We want to work with municipalities and regional districts to help make affordable quality childcare accessible throughout the province. These grants are a strategic investment to ensure spaces are created where they’re needed most, strengthening communities and our economy.”Planning grants of up to $25,000 are available to help municipalities and regional districts identify needs and create new childcare spaces over the next 10 years.Investing in childcare and early childhood education is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Party caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.“We know we can create hundreds of new childcare spaces if we work together,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “I encourage local governments to apply for this funding, so childcare can be in reach for their residents. Next year we hope to have a lot more success stories to share.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – New provincial guidelines are allowing local governments to pair funding programs and purchase land to create new childcare spaces will help families in B.C. have better access to closer-to-home childcare.Up to $4 million to buy land for childcare centres and create new licensed child care spaces is available to municipalities and regional districts for their communities.Previously, the maximum funding available was $1 million and local governments had only one fund to draw from, leaving them to cover the costs of land purchases and additional spaces for new childcare projects.
Raipur: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was killed and another injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh Friday, police said.The skirmish took place in the forest near Chameda village in Dhamtari district when a joint team of CRPF’s 211 battalion and District Force (DF) was out on an anti-naxal operation, a police official told PTI. He said the patrolling team, comprising around 50 personnel of the CRPF and 10 of the DF, had launched the operation on April 3 in the interiors of Khallari and Borai police station areas. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On Friday morning, when security forces were advancing through Chameda, around 150 km from Raipur, a group of Naxals opened fire on them, leading to a gunfight, the official said. He said Naxals fled when security forces retaliated. “Head Constable Harish Chand was killed in the incident while Sudhir Kumar got injured,” the official said. Reinforcement has been rushed to the spot and efforts are on to evacuate the body and the injured personnel, he added. The incident occurred a day after Naxals ambushed a team of security forces, killing four BSF personnel and injuring two others in Kanker district of the state.
New Delhi: Behind every successful journey, there is a lot of struggle and heartbreak that goes unnoticed. Done with the celebration and the post-match presentation at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma took a trip down the memory lane as he walked back into the dressing room after lifting the IPL trophy for a record fourth time. With the noise settling down and the feeling of being the champions sinking in, Rohit took the boys down to May 20, 2018. A loss to Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) at the Feroz Shah Kotla saw the Mumbai Indians’ journey end as they failed to qualify for the playoffs. This very team, which on Sunday was the cynosure of all eyes, had people questioning their ability and prowess. But the skipper had the back of the boys when things went downhill and the boys repaid the faith with the title this season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIt has been learnt that Rohit, after Sunday’s summit clash, in his speech inside the dressing room mentioned how he believed in the boys even when the chips were down and he was extremely proud of how they came back with a bang this season. “Last year after we couldn’t qualify for the playoffs in Delhi, I told you all that this is a damn good team we have. Our run (2018 season) didn’t go as expected, but I believed that this team can do wonders. Today we have shown our character. This is the hallmark of our team. We believed in each other till the last minute. Each one of you was exceptional this season and I am just the lucky guy who gets to lift the trophy. So, thank you to all the boys, support staff, management and everyone for being a part of this wonderful and historic journey,” Rohit said in his victory speech to the boys. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIn fact, sources in the know of developments said that this year too, Nita Ambani and Akash had a word with the boys after their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on April 28. Speaking to the team in a huddle after the game, both the owners had told the boys to believe in themselves and their abilities. In fact, Akash had told the boys to avenge the defeat when the two teams would meet again at the Wankhede Stadium in a week. Not only did the boys avenge the loss with a resounding nine-wicket win, but they also went on to win the remaining two games of the season to be crowned champions.
Rabat – The Bank of China considers opening a representation in Morocco, Executive Vice President of the Bank Yue Yi, currently on a working visit in Morocco, said on Monday in Rabat.“We hope to open in the near future a representation of the Bank of China in Morocco,” Yue Yi told the press following a meeting between a Chinese delegation and head of government Abdelilah Benkirane. The said delegation came to inspect the Moroccan market economically and financially to study the feasibility of setting up a branch in Morocco, he said. Yue Yi also expressed the will by the financial body to discover business opportunities in the national market with the aim of reinforcing economic and investment ties with the Kingdom.
Casablanca – Morocco’s business climate is one of the best in the Arab world, Mohamed Fahd Al-Hamadi, president of the Moroccan-Saudi Business Council, said.Speaking at a meeting with members of the Moroccan-Saudi Business Council, Al-Hamadi stressed that the Kingdom of Morocco offers a favorable business climate for foreign investments given its political, economic and financial stability.Welcoming the quality of bilateral relations between the two kingdoms, Al-Hamadi noted that Morocco and Saudi Arabia, which enjoy strong economic potential, endeavor to increase trade exchanges between the two countries in all fields. Tackling the issue of maritime transport, which remains an obstacle to import-export operations for some products, he said that to remedy this situation, the two sides are studying to open a maritime line between the two kingdoms which should boost the volume of bilateral trade.
PORTLAND, Maine — The nation’s clam haul is steadily dwindling, and a push to try to save it in the state with the largest industry is dividing harvesters, conservationists and scientists who question whether proposed new measures will help.Maine is the country’s leading producer of soft-shell clams, which are steamed or used to make New England staples such as fried clams and clam chowder. The harvest has fallen in recent years to the point where the nationwide haul for 2017 and ’18 was the lowest for any two-year period in more than 60 years. In Maine, the shellfish business is challenged by growing populations of predators that eat clams and a declining number of clammers.The Maine Legislature is set to consider a bill that would allow municipalities to establish their own minimum and maximum size limits for shellfish. Proponents, including presenting Democratic Rep. Joyce McCreight, said the change would allow towns to set stricter parameters than the state’s minimum of 2 inches.The new limits would allow towns to protect larger clams, which have the ability to reproduce more as they get older and bigger, McCreight said.“They can leave clams in the ground. Possibly, that would produce more seed and allow the clams to reproduce,” she said, adding that increasing the harvest is “definitely the goal.”McCreight’s proposal is up for a public hearing Tuesday that clammers said would be well attended — but the harvesters aren’t necessarily all on the same page about it.Wendell Cressey, a clammer who lives in Harpswell and digs clams in Harpswell and Arrowsic, said the current statewide minimum standard of 2 inches is adequate.“By leaving a clam until its 2 inches, it has a chance to seed out more clams, which makes a future,” he said.But Chad Coffin, a Freeport clammer who is president of the Maine Clammers Association, said it’s a better idea to lower the minimum size to 1 1/2 inches. Protecting the largest clams makes sense, he said. But when a clammer discards a clam that is too small to be legally harvested, it runs the risk of being eaten by a predator before it reaches market size, Coffin said.Both clammers agreed the state’s harvest is in rough shape.“The biggest thing to understand is, overall, clam landings are terrible,” Coffin said.Skeptics of the proposal also cite concerns about the piecemeal approach of applying town-by-town regulations. Brian Beal, a professor of marine ecology at the University of Maine at Machias, said he supports lowering the minimum harvesting size of clams, which is not part of McCreight’s proposal, and placing a maximum standard, which is. And, he said, the new rules need to be applied coastwide.The clams are susceptible to predators such as green crabs and milky ribbon worms that have become bigger problems as coastal waters have warmed, Beal has said.“Those clams are being consumed by predators that are thanking the state of Maine for allowing them to have a meal. I want to give them to the clammers. I want people in the state of Maine to benefit from those clams,” Beal said.Maine soft-shell clams are typically called “steamers,” and they’re harvested in tidal mud from towns such as Scarborough and Yarmouth in southern Maine to Cutler and Lubec near the border with Canada. They’re harvested in some of the state’s most rural coastal areas, and also in its seaside cities.Clammers in Portland, the state’s largest city, brought in some $35,000 in clams last year, when the state harvest was worth nearly $13 million at the docks.The state’s clammers harvested a little more than 1.45 million pounds of clam meat in 2018, up slightly from the previous year. But the 2017 total was the state’s lowest since 1930, and last year’s was still the least since 1959.The nationwide harvest has fallen as Maine’s has, with the harvest also down from a decade ago in other clamming states such as New York and Massachusetts.Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press
In the most recent survey just one in five classroom teachers thought behaviour was “very good”, compared to almost half of senior staff. But he added: “I think the vast majority of headteachers try to be as honest and straightforward and play a straight bat as they can.”Mr Bennett said that the Government should introduce a nationally standardised survey to record behavioural issues in schools and provide schools with more guidance on how to deal with the most disruptive pupils. In response to the report Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, said that the Government would be reviewing its guidance on mental health and behaviour in schools. An Ofsted spokesman said: “Good behaviour and effective behaviour management are essential for learning, pupils’ personal development and well-being, and for keeping pupils safe in schools. “We will discuss with the Department for Education matters identified for government which are relevant to Ofsted and consider in detail the recommendations for inspection.” Mr Bennett said that school leaders were afraid to report behavioural problems because they wanted a “positive interpretation” of their school to be presented publicly. In an interview Mr Bennett said that some headteachers put a “spin” on data because of “perverse incentives” which mean they are desperate to put their school in a good light. He also said that some schools do not record incidents such as lateness as misbehaviour, while others do, meaning behavioural data can be “misleading”.”I’m sure that in some circumstances yes, there probably are some headteachers who are perhaps a bit more conscious of the fact of putting spin on data,” he said. Compliance is only one of several rungs on a behavioural ladder we hope all our students will climb, but it is a necessary one to achieve first British children have a behaviour problem because teachers think telling them what to do is “oppressive”, the Government’s behaviour tsar has warned.Former teacher and behaviour expert Tom Bennett, who was appointed by the Government in 2015 to examine behaviour in schools in England, said that there is a “national problem” with pupil behaviour which is not being taken seriously enough. In a report he said teachers were afraid that telling pupils what to do would curtail their freedom. Students must become “compliant” in order to be free, he said, and teachers’ worries that telling them what to do would be oppressive was an “impediment” to better behaviour. Under a section titled “Is expecting good behaviour oppressive?”, he said: “The belief that directing student behaviour is harmful to their development is a serious attitudinal impediment to developing schools with better behaviour cultures”.He added that pupils had to be taught “self-restraint or self-regulation” in order to be “truly free”. In the report he said: “To be in control of one’s own immediate inclinations or desires and fancies, is a liberty far more valuable than the absence of restraint. “Compliance is only one of several rungs on a behavioural ladder we hope all our students will climb, but it is a necessary one to achieve first.”Quoting Russian-born philosopher Isaiah Berlin, he added that schools should not simply discourage bad behaviour but encourage “good habits of study, or reasoning, or interacting with adults, coping with adversity, or intellectual challenges”. The report suggested that behavioural issues in schools were more serious than the Government realised because Ofsted reports and headteachers’ views did not accurately represent the scale of the problem. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
By Gavan Casey Ironically given his bemusement at the time, O’Regan is now Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Nutritional Advisor at CrossFit Returns in the pair’s hometown. He concludes that “anyone who’s played with Peter O’Mahony isn’t surprised that he’s made it this far.”All said, it strikes as more surprising in retrospect that O’Mahony didn’t captain his school to victory over O’Regan’s Christians in that ’07 final. Instead, it was his Munster teammate-to-be and 2015 AIL winner Scott Deasy, a year O’Mahony’s senior, who led ‘Tation’ to provincial honours.The Lansdowne fly-half learned of O’Mahony’s Lions captaincy in Italy, where he and dozens of Munstermen past and present will attend Duncan Williams’ wedding on the same day as the first Test. Naturally, he and O’Mahony’s holidaying teammates aren’t exactly shocked by Warren Gatland’s decision. More surprising, according to Deasy, was the rapid nature with which a young O’Mahony established himself as a senior leader within the Munster ranks, while still in his early 20s.“It’s a funny one,” he says, “because, as everyone knows, school is kind of hierarchical, so Pete as a fifth year would have deferred to the sixth years because there was quite a few of them in the team. He wouldn’t have spoken much but we were very much aware of his ability on the pitch. He was instrumental in our cup run that year.“Everybody knows about his line-out prowess, but his ability in the line-out was evident then as well. He dominated both offensive and defensive line-outs. Schools rugby has come on an awful lot in the 10 years since, and we wouldn’t have been massive gym-goers, but I do remember at eight o’clock every morning before school, Pete, Kellogs and the forwards would go in and do line-outs for half an hour.It’s been covered plenty this week, but he’s a very intelligent player. Even at that stage, when he was only in fifth year, a lot of plays went through him. But from a leadership perspective, he led through actions rather than words.”Deasy graduated from Pres a year before his younger teammate, and spent three years in Munster’s academy. Such was O’Mahony’s progress when he joined his former schools captain in the underage ranks, however, both were awarded development contracts at the same time, with O’Mahony having spent a year less at academy level. It’s a trajectory which has continued apace.“All of the young guys were kind of bit-part players, but then in the 2011 season Pete was the first of our generation, along with Stephen Archer, really, to kick on into the first 23, whereas a lot of us were only covering if internationals were away.“He was playing week in, week out while a lot of us were still playing Munster ‘A’ and AIL. He ended up captaining a pre-season game against Gloucester or London Irish, I think, when he was only 20 or 21. We were all suitably surprised, but he’s never really taken a step back from there.“2011/2012, just as he was breaking into the Irish team, he was brought into the leadership group in Munster as well. It would have been Dougie Howlett, Paulie, ROG and Pete, and Pete would have been only 21 or 22. They had eyes on him to groom him for the captaincy or a leadership role, and he hasn’t disappointed in fairness to him.” Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThat he hasn’t, and no more so than during a year when his inherent ability to galvanise a collective has been especially important.“He will grow into being a special leader of this group of men,” Rob Penney said when appointing O’Mahony as Munster captain in 2013. Those words could scarcely have rung truer three seasons later, as the Cork man, overcome by the untimely loss of Munster’s head coach and a legendary figure in Anthony Foley, fronted up to the cameras at a press conference ahead of the southern province’s Champions Cup fixture with Glasgow.And then came the game itself, and O’Mahony’s response to Jonny Gray’s assertion that Munster were ‘too emotional’ when speaking with referee Jerome Garces, who had pleaded for calm.“Don’t fucking tell us what emotions we should have,” O’Mahony barked at his opposing captain, with a sharp push of Gray’s chest. Donncha O’Callaghan, who relayed the moment in a recent Times piece, described it as ‘the day we all saw our little brother grow up’.A leader throughout – PBC, Ireland U18, Ireland U20, Munster, Ireland, Lions midweek, Lions Test 👊@peterom6 pic.twitter.com/kb1Fg1Y0Zg— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) June 21, 2017There have been countless similar and more subtle moments since which aptly portray just what O’Mahony meant to his fellow Munstermen during a season when they needed him most.On 4 November last year, Ospreys trailed their hosts 19-0 during their Pro12 visit to Cork, but had a line-out on Munster’s 10-metre line. O’Mahony, as is his wont, had already pinched two Ospreys throw-ins, and so the Welsh region’s hooker Sam Parry aired the ball out in an attempt to bypass him at the front.Up went O’Mahony again, this time to the stratosphere, and ripped another one from beneath Lloyd Ashley’s nose to a guttural cacophony of noise. However, in his efforts to foil the Ospreys’ set-piece once more, O’Mahony jumped free of his lifters, violently crash-landing on his head, much to the concern of both fans and referee Marius Mitrea. On noticing O’Mahony lying motionless beneath the ensuing ruck, the Italian sharply blew his whistle.The Munster man rose immediately once the cage of bodies cleared, perplexed at why the game had been halted. Mitrea’s query as to his wellbeing was dismissed with a blasé wave of the hand. Niall Scannell, who checked in on his felled captain from over his shoulder, caught a brief glimpse of O’Mahony’s face and burst into laughter before preparing for the resulting scrum.Axel’s passing came mere months after the birth of O’Mahony’s first child – a daughter, Indie. Both doubtless accelerated his emergence as the undeniable colossus we’ll see lead the Lions into the belly of the beast on Saturday. Within the space of half a year he was no longer the young skipper, but a father figure on and off the pitch, with dependants on either side of the whitewash.The captain was suddenly forced to assume the role that Foley had represented within the context of his own career. 45,453 Views Their dynamic was indeed special. Foley, relatively inexperienced in his role, perceived his leader to be almost an extension of himself, and had enormous trust in O’Mahony’s capabilities as a catalyst within his ranks, even when the latter was injured for a prolonged spell. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOAt a Monday morning video session following Munster’s woeful 24-7 defeat to Leinster at Thomond Park in December 2015, Kiwi recruit Tyler Bleyendaal – whom Foley had bent over backwards to vouch for – fell foul of O’Mahony, and indeed reportedly welled up such was the lambasting he received from his captain.This was a team session of the soul-searching variety, no holds barred, with O’Mahony leading the meeting having watched Munster’s heavy defeat from the stand while still crippled by the ACL tear which had ended his World Cup. He vociferously labelled Bleyendaal ‘a 10 that can’t kick the fucking ball’ after the fly-half’s paltry display with the boot, leaving his teammate on the precipice of tears as the rest of Munster’s players braced themselves for the aftershock.It was O’Mahony’s childhood friend Simon Zebo, or as he referred to the outside back, ‘a fucking British and Irish Lion and Ireland international that can’t fucking defend’, who took the brunt of his second onslaught. This wasn’t school.Zebo, by all accounts, returned serve, but O’Mahony was taking names, as he had been entrusted to do.Bleyendaal and Zebo were dropped for Munster’s 9-7 victory over Ulster at Ravenhill the following weekend.Played together for 22 years,what a captain & player..well deserved #832 pic.twitter.com/RCsbxe7asl— Simon Zebo (@SimonZebo) June 22, 2017Both would subsequently prove their mettle in the intervening 18 months, and both rallied around their captain when he needed them most last October.It won’t have been similar rollickings which have seen O’Mahony named captain for Saturday’s Test, but rather what such tirades represent: An obsession with honest, balls-to-the-wall endeavour. It’s a trait he’s possessed since early childhood.“He was always obsessed,” O’Mahony’s younger brother, Mark tells The42. “He still is, really. Everything revolved around the rugby ball. Like, he definitely shaved a hundred points off his Leaving Cert because of the effort he put into rugby. 100%, he did.“He always seemed like a man with a plan I suppose, really, like. I remember when we were kids, we’d come home from school and he’d sit me down and make the plan for the evening. Sure I didn’t know what the hell was going on. Why did we even need a plan, you know? I was about five. But he had his head screwed on from a young age and just knew what he wanted to do.He came in home one day – he was only a week into college – he came in the front door and flung his bag on the floor. And he goes, ‘Nah, I’m not going to stick this at all. I’m just going to play rugby for the rest of my life’. I just remember laughing in his face about it. He couldn’t have proved me more wrong, I suppose, really.24-year-old Mark this week earned an honours degree in CIT, but has had his thunder stolen somewhat. “Forever in his shadow,” he laughs, “and I’ll never get out of it now!”His elder brother’s studies might have been swiftly parked as he pursued rugby at full-tilt, but one piece of academia which sticks in the memory recently resurfaced in the O’Mahony household, much to the entertainment of the family.“We found a piece of homework belonging to him from second year of school. It was like an A4 sheet where you had to write something for every letter of the alphabet. Obviously most letters had some association with the rugby, and the teacher had written a big message at the end saying, ‘Obviously rugby is huge in your life. Maybe some day you’ll get to wear the Munster jersey or even the Ireland jersey if you’re lucky enough’.“It’s funny to look back on things like that.”It’s funnier looking forward, as the man who watched many a Lions Test alongside his big brother gears up to watch one in altogether different circumstances. He’s still coming to terms with it.“It was bizarre, all right, to hear he was named captain. He thought because he was injured for so long, and the way CJ Stander was playing, that he hadn’t a hope of going on tour. He felt there was an outside chance that just maybe he’d get on the plane, but more than likely he was never going to make it. He felt he didn’t have enough time.“Even remembering watching Lions tours with him on the TV years ago, and we’d be saying, ‘Look at those men out there. The best of the best. Imagine you were in that position’.“It’s actually insane that my brother, who’s only three years older than me, is now in that position. And this time I’m watching him on the TV.”Of course, many would argue that there’s nothing sane about Peter O’Mahony, at least as soon as his studs touch grass. And yet, for all the fawning incredulity which surrounded his confirmation as Lions captain, it was merely an affirmation for Peter O’Mahony, who aged 15 sacrificed summer holidays so that one day he might achieve exactly this.He was a man with a plan all along.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share2179 Tweet Email1 ‘We were barely finished the Junior Cert and Pete had us in on our summer holidays doing line-outs’ Peter O’Mahony’s Lions captaincy might have come as a surprise, but he’s been building towards Saturday since he was a child. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/3461064 It was after Junior Cup when we were allowed to start lifting in line-outs. We were barely finished the Junior Cert and Pete had us in on our summer holidays doing line-outs, three days a week for the whole summer. Bear in mind this was to get ready for the Bowen Shield in fourth year. He was a leader from the start.“In third year we got beaten in every game, but in fourth year we got to the final. That’s when we started becoming a team, I suppose.“I think 11 of our team went on to play for Ireland underage. Pete was genuinely the main reason why, I suppose, because he kind of galvanised us with an element of professionalism long before any of us were anywhere near that. But go back to under-12s with Con’ – he was the exact same.”A year after that 2006 Bowen Shield final defeat to arch nemesis Christians, a portion of that Pres crop reaped revenge on their crosstown equivalents. On the biggest day of their lives to that point, Kelleher benefitted from an audacious O’Mahony offload, with the back row having taken two defenders out of the game before putting the ball in Kelleher’s bread-basket, to crash over for Pres’ second score after Zebo had broken the deadlock.“Beautiful offload all right,” says the man known colloquially as Kellogs. “He was still lucky I had the gas to get in from halfway, but yeah, it was a sumptuous assist I guess.”Time distorts all memories, of course. One which Kelleher recalls more clearly was an exchange he had with O’Mahony while practicing his line-out throws moments before kick-off in that ’07 final. It was this brief discussion, and not merely O’Mahony’s offload, which had the most profound effect upon his own performance that grey afternoon in Cork.“I remember missing every line-out in the warm-up, and Pete grabbed me on the way in. He says, ‘Come on, get your head together and forget about that. You’re the best fecking thrower around, so don’t worry about it’. Something along those lines, like. Maybe not exactly that. But honestly, whatever he said, it did make me think: ‘Forget about the warm-up, it’s about the game’. And sure I don’t think we missed a single line-out in the game itself.”‘I thought I was ready for it, but he hit me the hardest I’ve ever been hit in my entire life’Billy O’Regan wore the red of Pres’ opposition that day, and came out on the wrong side of a bruising encounter. O’Mahony’s ferocity was more than evident in that ’07 final, he says, but it was hardly surprising to O’Regan himself, who had first felt his friend’s wrath on the field a couple of years prior.“My earliest memory of playing against him would have been in the group stages of the Bowen Shield a few years before Senior Cup,” he says.“Literally within the opening two minutes, he took a short ball off a ruck. I thought I was ready for it, but he hit me the hardest I’ve ever been hit in my entire life. I’m not just saying that. Before I knew it, our team was standing in a huddle and I was asking what the score was. The game had just kicked off!“Jack Bransfield, the prop next to me, was like, ‘would you cop on? You’re fuck-arsing around now, let’s get serious!’ I couldn’t understand what was wrong with Jack, or what I was doing wrong, and then I realised, ‘Jesus, whatever just happened to me there must have been absolutely horrendous’. That was my first collision with Pete.“Playing against him you’re thinking you’re just not going to win a line-out, like. You’re just not going to win a ball at any stage. He was too good a line-out operator. Him and Kellogs, in fairness, they made a formidable duo.”O’Regan, however, remains one of the few who has played on either side of the O’Mahony divide. Having battled against him for several years at schools level, he later lined out alongside him in the inter-pros. But that wasn’t his only first-hand experience of O’Mahony’s life-long mission to make a living from the oval ball.“Playing with him then for Munster under-19s, he was a pro from the beginning. His attention to detail, the aura and the respect he held was just special,” he says, “but I was chatting to my mum about it last night, and she reminded me that back in third year of school, after Junior Cup, he came down to Derrynane with us, and he had his boxes of protein.“I remember he spilled protein all over the dining room floor, and he was going ballistic. Sure I didn’t even know what protein was, and I remember just thinking, ‘Oh no, Peter’s gone off on another one, here’. He was there: ‘Fuck sake! Fuck this!’“But it just shows that even at 15 or 16, he had his nutrition down to a tee. It was a mark of the man. HE’S BEEN AFFECTIONATELY labelled a ‘mongrel’ on tour, but the Lions captain might best be described as a purebred.Peter O’Mahony has spent the bones of his 27 years building towards tomorrow morning. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOGrowing up in Broadale, Douglas, Cork, it wasn’t so much posters of Irish rugby icons which adorned his walls, but rather photographs of a young O’Mahony standing waist-high to leviathans of the southern hemisphere. Pictures with Francois Pienaar and Jonah Lomu, to name just two, were both prized possessions and proclamations. To ordinary rugby fans their status within the game was near mythical; to a schoolboy from Cork, their greatness was attainable.The last time the British and Irish Lions beat New Zealand in a Test at Eden Park – their sole victory at the 117-year-old stadium – was in 1959, and it was another Irishman, Ronnie Dawson, who captained the cream of the crop from either side of the Irish Sea.At 7:35pm local time (8.35AM Irish time), a 27-year-old O’Mahony will aim to emulate the Dublin hooker’s success, and will join a scarcely populated pantheon of rugby greats from his region in being entrusted with Lions captaincy.The plaudits from all corners of this nation have been more than forthcoming, column inches filled by the dozen as to how and why he deserves the honour. It’s just as well he’s 18,000 kilometres away or he’d puke. O’Mahony’s greatest strength as a leader is that it’s never about him only, and never has been. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOJust over 10 years ago, Simon Zebo’s magic aided he and O’Mahony’s school, Presentation Brothers College, in seeing off bitter rivals Christians 13-3 in the Munster Schools Senior Cup final – equalling the red half of Cork school rugby’s 27 senior titles.As an Arctic wind whipped in over the North Terrace and blew towards the Sunday’s Well end of what was then Musgrave Park, Zebo fielded a wayward clearance kick from Robbie O’Donoghue and sidestepped two defenders just behind the halfway line. The seven subsequent seconds saw him rinse his opposition winger and sell a kick-dummy before accelerating past oncoming fullback Odhrán Mulrooney and touching down in the right-hand corner. It remains one of the finest tries ever seen on that turf.A 17-year-old Peter O’Mahony’s impact on that final, however, was even more omnipotent than that of the dazzling right winger outside him. He’d spent three years trying to drag his team from the doldrums.“When we were in second year of school, our team was dreadful, really,” recalls Peter Kelleher, who starred as hooker in that now iconic Pres side. Jun 23rd 2017, 8:00 PM Analysis: What will the first Test between the Lions and All Blacks look like?Overshadowed by Lions, but Ireland a joy to watch at tail end of historic season Follow us: the42.ie Friday 23 Jun 2017, 8:00 PM 20 Comments Short URL
Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis announced on Thursday that the new social security database known as Ariadne will start operating from the new year. The new database will be used to collect data on status changes from four different sources and not just notaries, as previously planned.A meeting chaired by Vroutsis on Thursday examined the progress of the interconnection of the network’s sources. Ariadne will be launched on January 1, 2013, and is expected to be fully operational as of March 1.Transitions and status changes will be made known to social security funds by the following sources, depending on the cause: births and deaths from registry offices, marriages from the Finance Ministry, cohabitation agreements from notaries and divorces from the courts.The new system should mean no further census of pensioners will ever be required again, after the deadline for the registering of pensions to widows and unmarried daughters by their recipients expires on February 28, 2013. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
ELSTAT (Greek Statistics Authority) has released its latest figures on retail, according to which there was a significant 14.2 per cent drop in the retail turnover during April. The Greek Statistics Authority data indicate that all sectors have been affected by the turnover fall, including super markets: Fuel and automobile lubricants: -16.9 per cent Super markets: -16.3 per cent Food, drink and tobacco: -16 per cent Pharmaceutical and cosmetics: -12.4 per cent Clothing and footwear: -9.6 per cent Books and paper goods: -5.3 per cent Furniture, electrical and white goods: -4 per cent Shopping malls: -2.5 per cent Compared to a year ago, the April 2013 volume index of fuel was reduced by 14.2%, while the turnover value ratio of fuel (in current prices) was reduced by 14.7%.Source: tovima.gr Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Les Initiatives Océanes pour un littoral nettoyé en communautéLes Initiatives Océanes propose aux citoyens de se rassembler pour nettoyer les côtes, les berges, les rives et les fonds marins les 22, 23, 24, et 25 mars prochain. Elles représentent ainsi le plus grand rassemblement écocitoyen d’Europe.Dans le cadre de leur 17ème édition, les Initiatives Océanes organisées par la Surfrider Foundation Europe, invitent les 22, 23, 24, et 25 mars prochains, tous les citoyens à investir le littoral. Objectif : le nettoyer des déchets qui s’accumulent de plus en plus à certains endroits sans que rien ne soit fait. À lire aussiQuelles sont les maladies médiévales et exotiques qui font leur retour en France ?Mais en plus de nettoyer les plages, les Initiatives Océanes constituent des opérations de sensibilisation à la problématique des déchets aquatiques. Un problème qui ne cesse de s’accroitre ces dernières années mais qui réussit à mobiliser du monde. En effet, les Initiatives Océanes sont organisées chaque année depuis 17 ans dans le monde entier. En 2011, près de 40.000 participants se sont ainsi rassemblés sur plus de 1.200 missions. Comme le rappelle le site de l’opération, il faut savoir que chaque seconde, 206 kilos de déchets sont déversés dans nos océans. D’où un besoin d’agir régulièrement pour éviter au maximum que ces détritus ne s’amoncellent. Plus de 400 nettoyages sont programmés pour cette année et comptent déjà de nombreux inscrits.Pour trouver les opérations le plus proches de chez vous, consultez la carte ou la liste de tous les nettoyages par ici : www.initiativesoceanes.orgLe 2 mars 2012 à 18:35 • Maxime Lambert
KEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of people showed up for a big race in the Florida Keys.The ninth annual Key Largo Bridge Run spanned 18 miles, as runners took on the 65-foot-high Jewfish Creek Bridge, Saturday.Racers came representing 17 states and Germany, but the winners of both the men and women’s divisions were Florida residents.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has extended a Winter Weather Advisory for the Western Kenai Peninsula, including the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer,and Cooper Landing in effect until 1 am, Friday December 8th. * WHAT…Mixed precipitation occurring. The ice will result in difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute. Additional snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of around one tenth are expected.* WHERE…Western Kenai Peninsula mainly north of Anchor Point.* WHEN…Until 1 AM Friday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The coolest temperatures will be along the Inlet in Kenai and Soldotna where a mix of snow and freezing rain are expected. Warmer temperatures inland and to the south may result in plain rain as temperatures hold above freezing. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times in snow.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov.
Clocks roll back Sunday with the end of daylight saving time, but the bill to eliminate the clock change for good in Alaska is still rolling forward.Download AudioRep. Wes Keller addresses the Alaska House of Representatives, March 16, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Senate Bill 6 would eliminate daylight saving time and petition the feds to switch Alaska to Pacific time. Rep. Wes Keller, a Wasilla Republican, chairs the interim subcommittee taking up the bill Friday morning.“Primarily, just hearing, you know and getting more input,” Keller said.He’s got some changes in mind that don’t affect the bill’s two core concepts, including a title change to put the Pacific time zonepart front and center.“All of Alaska would be on the same time as Seattle” — for half the year — “And that would be great for commerce and everything; that’d be a great plan. And I never heard anybody that was against that plan. We just want to make sure, enhance that part of it. Make sure that it’s well discussed, and test that premise to see if it in fact it has the degree of support I believe it did. The testimony we had was all anti- getting rid of daylight saving time. Not anti- going on Pacific time, as I recall,” Keller said.The Senate passed the bill 16-4 in March.
A fire broke out in a textile mill in Konabari BSCIC industrial area of Gazipur early Monday.Kaliakair fire service station officer Kabirul Alam said the factory, Kader Compact Spinning Limited, caught fire around 2:00am and soon engulfed the factory.On information, nine units of fire fighters from different areas including Joydebpur, Tongi, and Kaliakair rushed to the area to douse the flames. The two-storey tin shed factory is located at Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation area in Konabari.The reason of the fire could not be known immediately.
US President Barack Obama gets emotional as he delivers a statement on executive actions to reduce gun violence on January 5, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC. AFPBarack Obama closes the book on his presidency Tuesday, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters felled by Donald Trump’s shock victory.Obama’s last trip on Air Force One will be a pilgrimage to his adoptive hometown, where he will address a sell-out crowd not far from where he accepted the presidency eight years ago.Diehard fans—many African Americans—have braved Chicago’s frigid winter to collect free tickets, which now sell for upwards of $1,000 a piece on Craigslist.The First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will come along on for the ride.Obama’s cross-country trek would be a sentimental trip down memory lane, were it not slap-bang in the middle of a tumultuous presidential handover.Trump has smashed conventions, vowed to efface Obama’s legacy and hurled personal insults left and right.The 2016 election campaign has raised serious questions about the resilience of US democracy.In a virtually unprecedented move, US intelligence has accused the Kremlin of tipping the electoral scales in Trump’s favor.Democrats, cast into the political wilderness with the loss of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives plus a majority of statehouses, are struggling to regroup.With an approval rating hovering around 55 percent, Obama will hope to steel them for new battles ahead.Lead speechwriter Cody Keenan said the address will be about Obama’s vision for where the country should still go.“It’s not going to be like an anti-Trump speech, it’s not going to be a red meat, rabble rousing thing, it will be statesman-like but it will also be true to him,” Keenan told AFP. “It will tell a story.”Life after White House -Trump’s unorthodox politics has thrown 55-year-old Obama’s transition and post-presidency plans into flux.Obama, having vowed a smooth handover of power, finds himself being increasingly critical of Trump as he prepares to leave office on January 20.After that there will still be a holiday and an autobiography, but Obama could find himself being dragged backed into the political fray if Trump were to enact a Muslim registry or deport adults brought to the United States years ago by their parents.Having vowed to take a backseat in politics, Obama’s second act could yet be as politically engaged as Jimmy Carter—whose post-presidency has remade his image as an elder statesman.Many Obama aides who had planned to take exotic holidays or launch coffer-replenishing forays into the private sector are also reassessing their future and mulling a return to the political trenches.Obama’s foundation is already gearing up for a quasi-political role—funneling idealistic youngsters into public life.Presidential precedent -Presidents since George Washington have delivered a farewell address of sorts.Washington’s final 7,641-word message—which is still read once a year in the Senate by tradition—contained warnings about factionalism and interference by foreign powers that seem oddly prescient.But speechwriter Keenan sees few obvious templates: “Bush and Clinton did theirs from here (the White House), George H.W. Bush went to West Point, gave a foreign policy speech,” he told AFP. “They are all totally different.”The trip to Chicago is not just for nostalgia, Keenan indicated.“The thread that has run though his career from his days as community organizer to the Oval Office is the idea that if you get ordinary people together and get them educated, get them empowered, get them to act on something, that’s when good things happen,” he said.“For him, as someone who started as a community organizer, whose campaign was powered by young people, ordinary people, we decided we wanted to go back to Chicago.”“Chicago is not just his hometown, it’s where his career started.”And now it is also where Obama’s presidential career will effectively end.
Share Ed MayberryCouncilmember Dwight BoykinsCouncilmember Dwight Boykins said the mayor and his colleagues have approved the funding for the reconstruction of more than 7,400 linear feet of concrete pavement roadway, plus sidewalks, street lighting and underground utilities.“There will also be improvements to drainage and the storm sewer system within and around the vicinity of this project,” he said. Over $21 million in funding has been allocated for the improvements, which are on a “worst first” basis.Ed MayberryHeavy trash collection vehicle for District D“This is a Rebuild Houston project,” Boykins said. “That money that you pay out of your water bill — this is what’s paying for this street. It’s a Rebuild Houston project out of dedicated street and drainage funds.” The project also includes the planting of trees. Barry Ward with Trees for Houston envisions native trees with long-term sustainability.“When everybody kind of gets together, and we’ll go out, they’ll say ‘I want this, or I want that,’ I will give you a pro and a con, and there’s a pro and con for every single tree that you put in,” Ward said. The funding also covers the purchase of a Solid Waste heavy trash collection vehicle for District D, to clean up illegal dumping.Boykins said the state recently increased the penalty for illegal dumping.“These are the new rules — where if you are caught, you will pay a $4,000 fine and up to 30 days in the Harris County jail,” Councilmember Boykins says these improvements are a good way to pay homage to Dr. King. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:20
The District of Columbia will move the primary election date from September to June permanently if Mayor Muriel Bowser signs a recent piece of legislation.D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and former Council Chair Sterling Tucker admire a photo of Tucker that was unveiled at the Wilson building in May. (Photo Courtesy of D.C. Council)On May 16, the D.C. Council passed The Primary Date Alteration Amendment Act of 2017 which moved the date of all future D.C. primary elections to the third Tuesday in June, starting with next year’s election which, according to the bill, would be scheduled on June 19, 2018. Allen’s bill was moved as emergency legislation, which means it would take effect immediately.“This bill needs to move quickly to provide potential candidates with sufficient time to plan to run for public office, to allow the board of elections enough time to make necessary preparations for the election, and to ensure that voters are aware of the change in date and able to participate at the polls,” Allen said in a statement.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) is expected to sign the bill.Allen, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, authored the legislation because the elections board indicated that under present law, it would not be able to meet federal law requiring overseas ballots for the general election to be mailed no less than 45 days before the general election.Allen also said moving the date to June avoids conflicts with schools that serve as polling places and avoids any federal holidays during the two-week early voting period to maximize voter turnout.The 2018 primary voting date was scheduled for Sept. 4, 2018, the first Tuesday in September and the day after the Labor Day holiday.Allen’s bill comes in time for the 2018 election cycle in which the District’s mayor, attorney general, council chairman, and Wards 1, 3, 5, 6, and two-at large council positions are in contention.“The bill allows the city to be in compliance with federal law,” Kevin B. Chavous, president of the D.C. Young Democrats, told the AFRO. “Plus, there have been a number of changes in the primary date in recent years and that has confused people. Allen’s bill provides permanency.In 2016, the primary date was June 16 but in 2014, it was April 1. In 2012, the primary election took place on April 3 while in 2010, it was held on Sept. 14.Since the advent of Home Rule in 1973, primary elections were held in September but changes were made in 2012 to accommodate the presidential primary season. In 2014, the April 1 date stayed because the D.C. Council failed to change the date in time and there were concerns about overseas ballots.Ronnie Edwards, longtime member of the Ward 5 Democrats and the D.C. Democratic State Committee and an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 5, told the AFRO he favors September as the primary date, conceptually. “From June to November to me is a long time for a primary winner getting ready to assume office,” Edwards said, inferring that Democrats generally win the general election in the District. “I don’t like the change that Allen’s bill makes but let me be clear, it is better than holding the primary in April. That is really too much time.”Edwards said that the September primary “allows candidates to get signatures and meet people through the crucial summer months.”“Anything is better than April, where getting signatures on the ballot and campaigning in the winter months is cold, difficult, and challenging,” he said.Tony Donaldson Jr., a Ward 1 resident and D.C. State Board of Education at-large candidate in 2016, agrees with Edwards on the point of campaigning in the summer. “I was running for an office in the general election that required no primary,” Donaldson told the AFRO, “but I would say that in the summer there is nicer weather and you can engage people more. Charles Allen’s bill gives people more time to campaign.”
Qatar Airways’ inaugural flight to Penang, MalaysiaQatar Airways’ inaugural flight to Penang, MalaysiaQatar Airways’ first non-stop flight to Penang touched down today at Penang International Airport, inaugurating the award-winning airline’s second destination in Malaysia, as it continues its robust expansion plans throughout South East Asia.Qatar Airways flight QR 850, operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, departed Hamad International Airport on Tuesday at 02:30 and arrived at Penang International Airport at 14:30 on 6 February 2018.The delegation was led by Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ehab Amin, and was accompanied by His Excellency Mr. Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, the Malaysian Ambassador to the State of Qatar.The VIP delegation was greeted in Penang by His Excellency Mr. Essa Bin Mohamed Al-Mannai, Qatari Ambassador to Malaysia; His Excellency Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang; Datuk Badlisham Bin Ghazali, Managing Director, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Mr. Ooi Chok Yan, Chief Executive Officer of Penang Global Tourism.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to launch direct flights to Penang, a long-anticipated addition to our global route network. Our Kuala Lumpur service started in 2001, and it has since grown to a triple-daily direct non-stop service to and from Doha. We are tremendously pleased to now be able to offer our passengers another exciting destination to experience in this beautiful country.“The addition of Penang to our global network comes as part of our continued expansion plans throughout Eastern Asia, as we have recently launched direct services to Thailand’s Chiang Mai and Pattaya, as well as adding additional services to Krabi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.”His Excellency Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, said: “We offer a UNESCO World Heritage city that is captivating in not only our cultural diversity and religious harmony but also in offering our natural beauty and world class tourism products. Let your senses be invaded by sights, sounds and smells that will entice you to come back for more.”Managing Director of Malaysia Airports, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, said: “With the current triple-daily frequencies to Kuala Lumpur catering to the many passengers travelling to destinations in North America and Europe, we believe that the same demand for these destinations from Penang is growing rapidly. As one of the busiest airports in Malaysia, Penang International Airport recorded seven million passenger movements last year.“It is without doubt that the airport is the hub for northern Malaysia, bearing potential for increased connectivity. Having worked together for the past 17 years, we take pleasure in welcoming Qatar Airways, which will be another great addition to the existing internationalairlines at Penang International Airport. With this new route, Qatar Airways will be the first Middle Eastern carrier to offer non-stop flight service from Doha to Penang, a city well known for being a UNESCO World Heritage City. The long haul flight to Penang will also bring a great expansion in tourism opportunities in Malaysia. We definitely look forward to creating many more memorable moments with Qatar Airways.”At a press conference held at the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang shortly after the inaugural flight arrival, Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ehab Amin, announced the Penang route will be boosted to a four-times-weekly frequency effective 1 July 2018.Until then, Qatar Airways will fly three times a week to Penang with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which features 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class, with spacious cabins and specially-designed interiors.From ornate temples to tropical gardens, the sights and sounds of Penang reflect the city’s rich cultural heritage. Holidaymakers and business travellers alike will be enchanted by the country’s magnificent scenery. Penang, known as the gourmet capital of Malaysia, offers a host of culinary delights to please the palate. Penang is also the most frequented destination for retirees in Malaysia.The award-winning airline first launched service to Malaysia in December 2001, and currently operates a triple-daily service to Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.Qatar Airways seamlessly connects passengers from Malaysia to more than 150 destinations across six continents via its award-winning Hamad International Airport. As part of its continued expansion plans, the airline also recently launched services to Chiang Mai, Thailand and St. Petersburg, Russia, and plans a host of exciting route launches for 2018, including Thessaloniki, Greece; Canberra, Australia and Cardiff, United Kingdom, to name just a few.The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines operating a modern fleet of more than 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.The award-winning airline has received a number of accolades recently, including ‘Airline of the Year’ by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition. In addition to being voted ‘World’s Best Airline’ by travellers from around the world, Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including ‘Best Middle East Airline,’ ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.’Flight Schedule:Tuesday, Thursday and SaturdayDoha (DOH) to Penang (PEN) QR850 departs: 02:30 arrives 14:30Penang (PEN) to Doha (DOH) QR851 departs: 20:30 arrives 23:20Source = Qatar Airways
Share On Tuesday, CoreLogic will release its report giving insights into U.S. Home Prices in December with a forecast from January. The report, titled “U.S. Home Price Insights” features an interactive view of CoreLogic’s Home Price Index and is designed to provide an early indication of home price trends. The report also forecasts home price levels for single-family homes and highlights markets that are currently priced above the median national home price and those that are underperforming.According to the last home price insights report for November 2018 with forecasts from December, home prices were expected to increase by 4.8 percent on a year-over-year basis from November 2018 to November 2019. On a month-over-month basis, home prices were expected to decrease slightly by 0.8 from November 2018 to December 2018.“The rise in mortgage rates has dampened buyer demand and slowed home-price growth. Interest rates for new 30-year fixed-rate loans averaged 4.9 percent during December, the highest monthly average since February 2011. These higher rates and home prices have reduced buyer affordability. Home sellers are responding by lowering their asking price, which is reflected in the slowing growth of the CoreLogic Home Price Index,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic.Here’s what else is happening in the week ahead:President’s State of the Union Address, Tuesday 9 p.m. ESTCoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, Tuesday, 9 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Apps, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTEllie Mae Millennial Tracker, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ESTJerome Powell Speaks, Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTFreddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Thursday 10 a.m. EST February 1, 2019 1,357 Views CoreLogic Ellie Mae Home Prices HOUSING loans mortgage 2019-02-01 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Week Ahead: Which Housing Markets are Overvalued?