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first_imgGardaí in Donegal are urging people to ‘Keep the surprises for your holiday’ this summer by taking steps to prevent vacant homes being burgled.Homeowners are being warned secure their properties during the summer months, where one in four burglars enter the property through an open door or window.Today, 19th June, is the EU Focus Day on Domestic Burglaries. The campaign urges people to take care when on holidays and not to post pictures on social media until they have returned.  Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Graham Kavanagh said: “Whilst burglary rates have been falling, particularly in winter months, we cannot be complacent.“I would advise home owners to secure their properties during the summer months, where one in four burglars enter the property through an open door or window. Thefts of tools, equipment and bicycles increase by a third during the summer. An unlocked shed or unsecured bike are easy targets for the burglar.“Remember to make your home look occupied, particularly if you intend to be away for an extended period. Once your home is locked and alarmed, ask a neighbour to regularly check your property, use timer switches or apps to turn on lights, cancel deliveries, tidy the garden and watch what you post on social media. Keep the surprises for your holiday and not when you return.”If you are planning a holiday, note the following tips from Gardaí in Donegal:  Home Security • Whether at home or going out, turn on some lights.• Lock all doors and windows.• Use your house alarm.• Store keys safely, away from windows and letterboxes.• Record details of valuables and don’t keep large cash amounts at home.Vacant Houses • Ask a trusted neighbour to conduct frequent checks of the property and take note of anything suspicious.• Ensure house alarm is set.• Install timers on internal lights and motion detectors on external lights.• Ensure the building doesn’t look neglected; cut grass, trim hedges etc.• Ask a neighbour to collect your post.• Inform your local Garda station when the premises will be vacant.Social Media • Don’t post status updates about your holidays while you’re still away.• Don’t post pictures while you’re away.• Respect other people’s privacy, don’t tag others while they are on holidays.• Avoid posting upcoming travel plans.• Consider turning off the location sharing setting on your phone’s camera app. Advertisement Garden/Landscaping • Don’t help the burglar; safely store away ladders, tools etc.• Use quality locks on garden sheds, chain valuable property, tools, bikes etc. within.• Property mark and photograph valuable possessions.• Tidy up gardens and shrubbery, this improves visibility and creates the illusion of an occupied home.• Consider defensive planting, e.g. thorny plants around the perimeter for extra security. Garda warnings issued over home burglaries this summer was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgDiego Costa returns to the Chelsea starting line-up after suspension and John Mikel Obi comes in for the banned Nemanja Matic against Newcastle, who welcome back Fabricio Coloccini, Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback.Coloccini has had a calf injury, while Sissoko and Colback are available again after serving suspensions.Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, S Taylor, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Colback; Ameobi, Perez, Cabella. Subs: Alnwick, Williamson, Haidara, Anita, Gouffran, Riviere, Cisse. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Ramires, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img


first_img26 July 2010 Journalists from across the world have hailed Cape Town as one of the world’s friendliest and most beautiful cities, according to a report compiled by the city’s tourism agency. Cape Town Tourism interacted with 750 international journalists during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, taking them on a number of tours to show them the various faces of the city, the organisation’s chief executive Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, said during the release of the report last week. ‘World in one city’ Freelance journalist Vincent de Vries from the Netherlands said the best of the world could be found in Cape Town. “I have been everywhere, from Mongolia to Vancouver, from Beijing to Rio de Janeiro, but my visit to Cape Town, during the World Cup Soccer, where I stayed for more than five weeks, ruined my ambition to see the whole world in 10 years,” De Vries said in the report. “Why? Because I fell in love with the Mother City! Now I don’t have to travel around the world any more, because Cape Town is the world. “The V&A Waterfront is like Europe, the food is perfect like in Asia, the weather is fantastic like South-America, the people are as friendly as in Australia and the ambitions are as high as in the USA,” De Vries said. “I fell in love with this marvellous city and will return time and time again.”‘A truly special place’ Duncan Castles, who writes for Britain’s The Observer, said he had travelled and lived in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, but had never been to a city that made such an immediate impression on him. “The setting is breathtaking, and waking up each morning to Table Mountain’s flitting mood is a joy,” Castles said in the report. “Then you add in the friendliness of the people, the quality of the food and wine, and Cape Town’s sense of fun, and you have a truly special place.” Edward Lawrence of CBS TV Network in the US said he had initially had a “huge fear” of visiting South Africa because he had always heard that it was dangerous for American tourists, but that his urge to see the World Cup had made him throw caution to the wind. “From the time I stepped off the plane in Cape Town, I felt welcomed by the people there – from the cab drivers to the bed-and-breakfast owners,” said Lawrence. “I was able to take advantage of being a tourist in Cape Town, and it was amazing. I saw and experienced so much and will definitely return to Cape Town.”‘Beautiful’ Zheng Daojin of Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, described Cape Town as “one of the most beautiful places on earth … My impression of the beauty, of the nature and the people of this city will stay with me forever. Thank you for the most fantastic time.” Andres Kudacki, a photographer and filmmaker from Argentina described the city as “amazing … It is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, and I was surprised and amazed during my stay here. From the Waterfront to Khayelitsha – I loved each part of Cape Town.” BuaNewslast_img read more


first_imgHustlers have a fire in their belly. They have a burning desire roaring like a fire inside them. They can’t not take action. This is why they don’t need someone to motivate them. No one ever has to ask a hustler to do the work that will produce the results they need. No one ever has to ask them to make the call or have the uncomfortable conversation they need to have. That fire consumes any fear they might have had.The non-hustler is missing this fire. There isn’t anything burning so brightly inside them that they absolutely have to take action. This doesn’t mean that there never will be, and it doesn’t mean that they are incapable of ever being infected with a purpose so big that they feel compelled to hustle. But it does mean they don’t have it now, or they would be hustling.The fire burning in a hustler’s belly has them taking action before their feet even hit the floor in the morning. They are thinking about what they want and why they want it as soon as their eyes pop open. As they are going through their morning rituals, their mind is constantly drawn back to their goals, their initiatives, those things that are driving them forward. The fire burning in their belly keeps them laser-focused on what they want and drives them towards it.The non-hustler wakes up waiting for the world to act on him. He isn’t proactively pursuing his goals, so he waits for someone to give him directions and tell him what he needs to do. His morning ritual consists of spending time dreading going to work and hoping that something good might eventually happen to him. The not-yet-a-hustler doesn’t live his life intentionally; he is the victim of accidents.Finding Your FireIf you don’t yet have this fire in your belly, you need to spend time working on discovering your real purpose, that one thing that gives your life meaning and allows you to make the contribution you are here to make. Once you find this, you will feel the spark. Once you find that spark, we’ll all help build a roaring fire by fanning the flames. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


first_img“I’m sticking to the brand that we are still the underdogs since we won just one game,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, who is looking for his third NCAA crown.Behind the heroics of Robert Bolick, who had nine of the last 11 points of his team, the Lions grabbed Game 1, 94-87, before a huge crowd last Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDonald Tankoua and Davon Potts also made an impact for the Lions, combining for 42 points as they spoiled the Pirates’ perfect record.San Beda skipper Javee Mocon said their team’s experience in pressure situations remains their only edge against a Lyceum team which has depth and firepower. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next “This is the finals,” said Mocon. “This is a test of character. We would like to show everybody that although Lyceum has all the heart, we want to show that we have a bigger heart because we are champions.”The series opener followed the trend of the two elimination round meetings between the two powerhouse squads won by the Pirates. Only this time, the Lions found their stride in crunch time with Bolick doing most of the damage.But instead of sulking shortly after their first loss in 19 games, Lyceum coach Topex Robinson owned up to the defeat and vowed that his troops will be ready for war on Thursday.Robinson was particularly happy with the way the Pirates fought even after the Lions took a comfortable nine-point edge heading into the final seconds.“The players—we could have just rolled down and died,” said Robinson. “But they just wanted to fight. That’s how we always honor the game, by giving our best until that final buzzer. We’re not gonna just roll down and die.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOn the cusp of a 10th title in 12 years, San Beda isn’t letting go of its underdog label the way Lyceum isn’t giving up on its dream of nailing a first NCAA crown.After pinning on the Pirates their first NCAA Season 93 loss in Game 1 of the title series, the Red Lions hope to come out strong and sew up the crown Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Pressure on for Azkals after draw vs Nepal MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more


first_imgIndia’s all-round superiority and class proved too hot to handle for Ireland as they lost the 2nd T20 international in Dublin by 143 runs to concede the series 2-0 to the visitors.Chasing a daunting 214 for victory, the Irish innings couldn’t even last the full 20 overs and folded for 70 as India equalled the second largest margin of victory by runs in the shortest format. Pakistan had hammered West Indies by the same victory margin in Karachi earlier this year.Ireland’s innings lasted just 12.3 overs with spin-twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picking up 3 wickets while Umesh Yadav got 2. Debutant Siddharth Kaul also managed to get a wicket with Andrew Balbirnie being his maiden victim in international cricket.India vs Ireland, 2nd T20I: Match HighlightsThe scorecard read a sorry tale for the Irish with just four batsmen managing to score in double figures. Captain Gary Wilson top-scored with 15 runs while William Porterfield made 14.This was Ireland’s second-lowest total in T20 internationals while India managed to bowl out the opposition under 80 for the first time in this format.This is also India’s largest margin of victory by runs beating the previous-best win margin of 93 runs against Sri Lanka in Cuttack last year.#TeamIndia clinch the two match T20I series 2-0.#IREvIND pic.twitter.com/MaUa8lUVS8BCCI (@BCCI) June 29, 2018Earlier, India rode brilliant half centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Suresh Raina, and an explosive cameo from Hardik Pandya to post a massive 213/4 against Ireland in the second and final T20 International here on Friday.advertisementComing back to the side after missing Wednesday’s opener, Rahul grabbed his chance with both hands, striking a quickfire 36-ball 70, comprising three fours and six sixes to set the tone with a 102-run second wicket stand with veteran Raina, who also made the most of his chance with a 45-ball 69, including five fours and three sixes.Innings Break!#TeamIndia post a formidable total of 213/4 in 20 overs (Rahul 70, Raina 69, Hardik 32*)#IREvIND pic.twitter.com/Ncdk3bDYybBCCI (@BCCI) June 29, 2018Pandya (32 off 9 balls; 4×1, 6×4) then applied the finishing touches to the innings, milking 39 runs off the final two overs to push India’s total past the 200 run mark for the second consecutive time.Already 1-0 up in the two-match T20I series, the visitors tested their bench, making four changes to the playing XI which also saw a change in the batting order.Put into bat, India overcame the early loss of skipper Virat Kohli (9), thanks to a positive approach by the left-right combination of Raina and Rahul.Rahul, on the other hand took on the off-spinner Simi Singh, clobbering him for two sixes and a boundary before sending Boyd Rankin to the cleaners en-route his 26-ball half century even as India reached the 100-run mark midway through the innings.With the visitors comfortably placed at 128/1, Rahul and Raina continued their dominance over the bowlers until veteran Kevin O’Brien managed to break the partnership with the wicket of the right-hander off his very first ball.One ball later, O’Brien struck again with the wicket of new man Rohit Sharma for a duck which brought Manish Pandey (21 off 20; 4×1) to the middle.The right-hander played a steady knock even as Raina continued his belligerence at the other end to bring up his fifth T20I half century before quickly falling prey to O’ Brien’s slower delivery in the 18th over.The departure of Raina brought in the dangerous Pandya, who found the stage perfect to launch an all-out attack on the Irish bowlers, which saw India’s total swelling over the 200-run mark.India had won the first match by 76 runs as they posted 208 for 5 after being put into bat and then restricted the hosts for 132 for 9 in 20 overs.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more


first_imgNew Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White on Tuesday said due to logistical complications it would not be feasible to have a homecoming celebration for the World Cup runners-up team.White said the team appreciated the endeavours to arrange a homecoming function upon arrival. However, the players’ different post-tournament arrangements have prevented them from being part of the celebration.He further said that there were discussions with the New Zealand government regarding an opportunity to recognise the 15-man squad once all had returned.”We’ve been in conversations with the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson, and are mindful of the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for a welcome-home celebration,” White said in a statement.”At the moment, however, with some players arriving back at different times, some not arriving back at all, and others having alternative playing commitments, it’s just not practical. Hopefully, given the interest surrounding this, we can organise something appropriate in the weeks to come,” he added.White acknowledged the support from New Zealand and said the team is keen to have the chance to publicly express their appreciation and gratitude.New Zealand lost the World Cup final to hosts England on the basis of boundary countback rule after both the 50-over and super-over were tied at the Lord’s on July 14.Also Read | As a nation we all aged a year in that Super Over: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda ArdernAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgChelsea youth coach Joe Cole: Liverpool title favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youth coach Joe Cole says Liverpool are title favourites.Cole says Manchester City have “weaknesses” that make Liverpool firm favourites for the Premier League title.“I said it a couple of weeks ago, I said this team’s got everything, they’re fully equipped to win the league and you’ve seen that today with the performance of [Virgil] Van Dijk and [Andy] Robertson,” Cole said on BT Sport.“More importantly I think I put them now as firm favourites because I can see little weaknesses with Man City.“With Liverpool we’ve had to trawl through to find half a weakness, maybe Trent [Alexander-Arnold] gets exposed a little bit because of the system.“They’ve got everything, they were fantastic today and if they don’t win the title this year they will probably go down as the best team not to win it, because they’re fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says it has suspended the licences of an oil and gas producer after no one answered its 1-800 emergency phone line when one of its hydrocarbon handling facilities appeared to be leaking.In a notice on its website, the regulator says it has yanked licences for nearly 30 wells, a similar number of pipeline segments and four facilities from Insch Commodity Ltd., a Warburg, Alta.-based company.It says the apparent leak was reported in an anonymous call to the Drayton Valley, Alta., office of the AER on March 13.An AER inspector visited the site west of Edmonton on March 20 and observed hydrocarbon pooling on soil and vegetation which potentially could migrate into a nearby waterbody. The inspector called the emergency number on a sign on the site and no one answered.The AER has ordered Insch to hire an environmental contractor to clean the affected site. The company is also to inspect, clean and shut down all of its other sites, and is being given 14 days to confirm it has done so.The AER says in its order the company also has failed to provide a security deposit or pay its 2017 contribution to the Alberta orphan well fund, which is used to reclaim oil and gas sites left behind by operators who can’t or won’t do the work.There was no immediate response to messages left at Insch’s Warburg contact number on Monday.last_img read more


first_imgCALGARY – Bryan de Lottinville’s relationship with charities is complicated.As the founder and CEO of Calgary-based Benevity Inc., the 58-year-old wants to help as much as he can by providing his multinational corporate clients like Nike, Coca-Cola, Google and Apple with software solutions that more efficiently extract money, volunteer hours and general “goodness” from employees.But he really wishes there were fewer than two million charitable organizations from around the world in his cloud-based database. And that they could be a little more organized in how they collect and spend money.“Charities, there are way too many of them,” he says during an interview.“If they were companies, they wouldn’t survive. Someone would come along and roll them up into an efficient infrastructure. But in the not-for-profit sector, all it takes is one or two well-intentioned donors to keep something alive that would be better combined with something else.”The giving business is giving back for Benevity, which took over three floors of a brand new seven-storey building on the north side of the Bow River in downtown Calgary late last year and is already looking to expand into a fourth floor.The company has come a long way from 2008 when de Lottinville decided to execute his idea to reinvent corporate giving.From four software developers working in a tiny office over a shawarma shop, the company has grown to employ 425 people, mainly in Calgary, but also in offices in Victoria, San Mateo, Calif. and Gloucester, U.K.This year it expects to distribute about $1.2 billion to 150,000 charities around the world.The Benevity system is all about choice and options, de Lottinville says.Participant companies can design their programs to allow any level of matching for any term by any group of employees. They can support as many or as few charities as they wish. They can also use the system to handle grant requests.About 87 per cent of donations via Benevity are distributed electronically, compared with only about eight per cent of the $390 billion per year in donations to charities in North America.Most of Benevity’s revenue comes from extracting a 2.9 per cent “support fee” from donations made by about 300 big corporate clients, with the fee capped for large individual transactions.Like many software-as-a-service businesses, Benevity isn’t making profits — yet. De Lottinville says the equity investments allow the company to grow bigger, more efficient and, hopefully, profitable.Last year, Benevity was hired to track a program at Telus Corp. through which the telecommunications company gives $1 per volunteer project hour worked to a charity of the employee’s choice. This year, it asked Benevity to organize its donation-matching program for its 28,000 staff in Canada.“They have created this system where they already interface directly with charities,” said Jill Schnarr, Telus vice-president of corporate citizenship. “Before … there was a huge administrative burden.”In January, the company announced that General Atlantic, a US$25-billion New York-based growth equity investment firm founded by American philanthropist Chuck Feeney, had become a major owner and partner with an undisclosed investment.Since then, Benevity bought companies in the U.K. and California to expand its geographic reach and gain access to their brand name clients.The financial injection allowed de Lottinville to pay back with interest the 40 or so small private investors who initially invested in Benevity — he jokes they thought they were making a charitable donation at the time. The company was also able to reduce the stake held by JMI Equity of Baltimore, which initially invested $38 million in 2015.Alex Crisses, managing director at General Atlantic, said it decided to invest in Benevity because it is “truly different” than the other companies in the space.“It’s really about employee engagement and making sure employees feel valued,” he said.He said General Atlantic is a long-term investor with no pre-set targets or liquidity timetable. It has a presence on Benevity’s board of directors but fully supports de Lottinville’s vision.De Lottinville is talkative when discussing business but turns quiet when asked if his childhood growing up in Ottawa shaped his interest in helping others. When pressed, he concedes it’s a factor, and part of the reason he volunteers with YWCA Calgary.“I grew up with a single mom and she was a vulnerable person, so some of that is personal resonance,” he said.His business resume starts with training as a lawyer in Ottawa and working in Toronto with a corporate finance practice.There he met Mogens Smed, founder of a company that made modular construction components in Calgary.The two hit it off and he joined Smed International as an executive in the mid-1990s. He helped grow it from $20 million in annual revenue and 200 workers to $300 million and 2,500 staff before it was taken over by a competitor in 2000.De Lottinville then joined iStockPhoto as chief operating officer. It was one of first multi-sided platform businesses to employ user-generated content and crowdsourcing. It was sold for $50 million to Getty Images in 2006.Building and selling businesses paid handsomely but the “recovering lawyer” said he yearned to do something to make the world a better place.He decided he lacked the skill and patience to work directly for a charity. He made an angel investment in a “consuming for good” software loyalty program startup but it failed miserably.Benevity satisfies both his entrepreneurial and philanthropist sides.De Lottinville said his latest goal is to find a way to help companies work together on big projects — water conservation, for example — instead of donating to multiple charities all trying to do the same thing.The efficiency appeals to him.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more