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first_imgDaniel and baby OliviaPROUD grandad Daniel O’Donnell holds his granddaughter Olivia for the first time.Majella’s daughter Siobhan – and partner Gavin – are proud new parents.And look how proud Daniel is in this picture…  PROUD GRANDAD DANIEL MEETS LITTLE OLIVIA FOR THE FIRST TIME was last modified: August 4th, 2015 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:babydaniel o’donnellgrandadolivialast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Steelhead season on hold due to rising rivers

first_imgWhile most guides and sport anglers are taking a well-deserved break before the winter steelhead season kicks into high gear, several storms are once again bearing down on the North Coast.Rain is in the forecast for at least the next seven days, which just might keep the rivers at unfishable levels well into next week.The Smith and Chetco will be the first to drop and clear, and the plunkers should arrive in force. The Humboldt rivers, including the Mad, Eel, and Van Duzen, will need a little …last_img

Talks to launch African trade bloc

first_imgInfrastructure development is key toAfrica’s economic integration. President Jacob Zuma announced thelaunch of the free trade negotiations.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zanele MngadiSpokespersonThe Presidency+27 12 300 5431 or +27 82 330 1148RELATED ARTICLES• New bridge to boost African trade• World Bank sharpens African focus• China-Africa relations to deepen• SADC free trade area launchedBongani NkosiA free trade area (FTA) among regions in Southern and Eastern Africa will be developed in the next three years to boost economic integration between at least 26 nations on the continent.Negotiations to determine the nature of the free trade agreement were kick-started by South African President Jacob Zuma at a tripartite summit in Johannesburg on 12 June 2011.Heads of states from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) countries also attended the meeting.The start of FTA framework negotiations is an important milestone, said Zuma.Developing the FTA is necessary if the regional blocs are to succeed in improving trade among each other. The trade bloc will help reduce barriers between participating nations, as it cuts out import quotas and trade tariffs. It is seen as a regional economic integration scheme.Negotiations, which include calculating how even gains can be made from trade and investments, usually take a number of years to conclude. Free trade agreement negotiations between the US and Chile began in 1992, but were only formalised in 2003.Intra-African trade is yet to break the 10% threshold. Zuma attributed this to problems of infrastructure unavailability, unequal development between countries and regions, and constraints in supply chain and manufacturing output, among a range of other factors.“All these have severely constrained our efforts at growing intra-Africa and inter-regional trade,” Zuma said.“These challenges will need to be urgently addressed in the framework of the Tripartite FTA if we are to succeed in raising the current levels of intra-Africa trade from the low base of 10%,” he added.Developing infrastructure Nations must take into cognisance the need for improved infrastructure as they gear up for a free trade agreement.“Regional and continental infrastructure development is of fundamental importance to the realisation of Africa’s economic growth and development imperatives,” Zuma said, “and to ensure greater trade integration and global market space”.“As regional leaders, we carry a particular responsibility to serve as champions in driving industrial and infrastructure development both at the regional and continental levels.”Until robust road and rail infrastructure from Cape Town to Cairo is introduced, nations such as China, which trade with the continent via sea, will continue to dominate its markets.Zuma commended the “positive progress” made on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s (Nepad) North-South Corridor infrastructure project. The project includes the development of road and rail networks that connect South Africa to North African nations, as well as the laying of extensive broadband fibre-optic cables.“We urge the three regions (SADC, EAC and Comesa) to work together better to make the infrastructure project succeed,” he said.Zuma serves as a member of the Nepad High Level Sub-Committee on Infrastructure alongside heads of governments of Algeria, Benin, Egypt, Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal.South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel was announced as Zuma’s right-hand man in October 2010 to assist him in his committee duties. “Minister Manuel and I will work closely together to ensure that South Africa fulfils its continental responsibilities on infrastructure,” Zuma said at the time.Priority infrastructure projects as identified by the Nepad committee include the Kinshasa-Brazzaville road rail ridge project; water management, river and rail transport infrastructure projects in Egypt and the Dakar-Ndjamena-Djibouti rail and road project; among others.Work is has also begun on the Trans-Saharan gas pipeline. The 4 128km natural gas conduit, part of the Nepad North-South Corridor Infrastructure Project, will run from Nigeria to Algeria.Private sector cooperationAt the summit it was agreed that governments must mobilise the private sector to take part in FTA discussions and infrastructure development. Zuma noted that the sector and civil society were already participating in the negotiation process.“They will constitute the key drivers, in partnership with governments, in robustly growing inter-regional and intra-regional trade to the greater benefit of our continent,” Zuma said.last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — November 28th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The final Ohio Crop Progress Report for 2016 was released on Monday.Harvest is essentially completed, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 27th . Winter wheat is in good condition. Warm temperatures this fall allowed the majority of produces to finish harvest and complete some tillage and spraying work for next season. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 3 percent of the State was rated as in “moderate drought” while another 45 percent was rated “abnormally dry”.Click here to read the entire reportlast_img

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package from The CDC

first_imgChang(ing) Social Norms to Support Parents and Positive Parenting:This section covers the rationale for changing social norms and multiple approaches such as public engagement and education campaigns, as well as legislative approaches to reduce corporal punishments. The CDC’s technical package has a wealth of information that can be extremely useful to professionals in a community capacity. We at MFLN Family Development highly recommend exploring the technical package to better educate yourself in techniques to help individuals and families. If you would like to read the CDC’s Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect technical package, you can access it here:https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/can-prevention-technical-package.pdfBe on the lookout for our future blogs on some of the other technical packages offered by the CDC.This post was written by  Caitlyn Brown of the  MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Provide Quality Care and Education in Early life:Many professionals already recognize the importance of quality care and education in the critical periods of a child’s development. This section discusses the different approaches that could be implemented in a community to increase care and education such as: pre-school enrichment with family engagement and improved quality of child care through licensing and accreditation. This section also thoroughly discusses the evidence that supports each of these approaches. Strengthen Economic Supports for Families:This section covers economic approaches that communities can take to strengthen a family’s financial security through the following ways: child support payments, tax credits, state options for managing federal nutrition assistance programs, assisted housing mobility, family-friendly work policies, paid leave and flexible consistent schedules. By Caitlyn BrownCenters for Disease Control Technical Package- Preventing Child Abuse and NeglectThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently began to create and distribute programs aiming to help disseminate information to the public. These Technical Packages encourage the community to take advantage of gathered evidence and practices in a variety of topic areas. This blog covers the first of multiple Technical Package resource posts and focuses on preventing child abuse and neglect. This particular technical package looks at the most recent research and provides techniques for professionals and communities to assist in preventing child abuse and neglect. Each report section discusses the rationale for the topic and approaches to implementing the prevention strategy in the community; and then shares the outcomes of such techniques. Below, we summarize some of the highlights from the Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Package.last_img read more

Dipa Karmakar finishes fourth in women’s vault final despite broken ankle

first_imgIf the Asian Games had a medal for grit and determination, Dipa Karmakar would’ve been up on the podium receiving it on Wednesday. Instead, she was left to hide her tears behind a hundred-watt smile after finishing fourth in the women’s vault final.The daughter of a weightlifting coach in Tripura stood at her starting mark, waiting to do the same ‘handspring to double salto’ manoeuvre that had fetched her a surprise Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medal earlier this year.The difference was that this time, she stood there with a hairline fracture in her right ankle.As the crowd of 2,000 appreciative and knowledgeable gymnastics fans waited with bated breath, Dipa didn’t think of the 10 painkillers she had had to pump into her five-foot tall, 49kg body in order to get to that starting point. All she could think of was the vault in front of her and the difficult landing ahead that would put her either among the medallists or the also-rans.Dipa sprinted and completed the two-and-a-half-somersault manoeuvre. But as she landed, her hand touched the mat. It had gone wrong at the end, and once the giant scoreboard confirmed her score and a fourthplace finish, Dipa couldn’t hold back her tears.For the support staff who had shared in Dipa’s agony, it was heartbreaking to see the earnest 21-year-old girl’s dream shattered. Ditto for the handful of Indian fans who had come to cheer for her with the hope that she could keep up with Olympic gold and silver medallists and a world championship silver medallist.advertisementTo be sure, few athletes would have attempted to compete with a crack in the ankle. But Dipa wanted the special Asiad glory for herself and the country, and wanted to do it with the ‘Pedinova’, the move named after a famous gymnast, that had landed her in the national consciousness with her exploits in Glasgow.Dipa walked through the tunnel back to the basement in silence, gently adjusting the white-coloured band which kept her long hair tied back neatly. While the medal ceremony took place, the young Indian was waiting for the mandatory dope test.”I am disappointed,” Dipa told Mail Today as she fought back tears. “Had my hand not touched the floor, I could have even won silver. I did the high vault which not many people in the world attempt,” she added proudly.Asked about having 10 painkillers a day, Dipa was frank: “I wanted to compete with a broken foot and am not disappointed with my performance. I came to Incheon wanting to win a medal.”She will now take a break to get her ankle treated. The next year is a big one where Dipa will compete at the world championships in Glasgow.”A bronze there can get me an Olympic quota place,” she said. Gold eventually went to Unjong Hong of China while Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan took silver. Vietnam’s Ha Than Phan wore the bronze medal around her [email protected]last_img read more