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first_imgA crowd of supporters, local and national representatives turned out for the third ‘Solidarity with Sudan’ protest of the month in Letterkenny.The peaceful gathering at Market Square last Saturday was organised by 2019 local election candidate Thoiba Ahmed in response to the violent political crisis in her home country.Ms Ahmed’s protest highlighted the recent series of massacres that took place across Sudan by the Janjaweed militia in their campaign to suppress the uprising against toppled dictator Omar Al Bashir. “Thoiba Ahmed was a candidate in the County Council elections in Letterkenny, and I got to know and respect her during that campaign,” says Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh who showed empathy when listening to Ms Ahmed talk of the atrocities occurring in Sudan.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh and Thoiba Ahmed at the Solidarity With Sudan protest“I am here today to support Thoiba in her call for peace in Sudan, an end to violence, and a return to dialogue with a view to establishing democracy and lasting peace in a region that has suffered the loss of almost half a million lives in a few short war torn years. I hope that today’s event will help to raise awareness among our own community to the plight of ordinary people in Sudan,” said Cllr Kavanagh said.Councillor Gerry McMonagle attended the protest because “for me, it’s in my DNA; I was raised educated of the history of Ireland, the military rule and colonialism.” “As Irish people we can relate with what is happening in Sudan; any State in the world where physical force and military intervention has been exercised has never been successful. I fully support the people of Sudan and their right to democracy and self-determination” he added. Thoiba Ahmed, Thomas Pringle TD and supporters at the Solidarity With Sudan protestThomas Pringle TD said: “It’s vitally important that we as Irish people support the struggles of the people of Sudan in trying to have a government that looks after the needs of their people.”“A government that works on behalf of the citizens is the least that people demand and can expect. We in Ireland should expect the same,” Pringle TD added.Thoiba Ahmed at the Solidarity With Sudan protestMs Ahmed confirmed that another protest will take place at Letterkenny Market Square on 29th June from 2pm-4pm. No event is planned this week due to the Donegal Rally, but demonstrations will continue ‘until the demands of the people of Sudan are realised’, according to Ms Ahmed.She commented: “By recognising our shared humanity, we build connections that overcome the divisions of cultures, religions, and ethnicities. There’s a shared sense of responsibility when it comes to responding to the cries of help and confronting injustice.”Local support grows at Sudan solidarity protest was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:letterkennyprotestSolidarity With Sudanthoiba ahmedlast_img read more

first_img19 November 2012The Springboks controlled the first half and then put together a second half of bone-jarring defence to hold off a determined Scottish onslaught and record a 21-10 victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.As it was in their 16-12 defeat of Ireland, South Africa managed to exert their game on the opposition for only half the contest. In the other half, they were forced to repel wave after wave of attack.After the game, Bok coach Heyneke Meyer admitted to being unhappy with his team’s performance in the second half. “I was disappointed with the second half because I really thought we had done everything we had set out to do in the early part of the game,” he said.‘Awesome’Nonetheless, he was hugely impressed by his charges’ commitment in defence, which he described as “awesome”.“We’ll take the win – it was ugly, but that’s how you win trophies, especially the World Cup,” he said, which would not have excited South African supporters still looking for more from the team on attack. Then again, it was the right result when reflecting on the last time the teams met in 2010 when Scotland won 21-17 and prevented the Springboks producing a Grand Slam winning tour.Whether or not victory was achieved with the kind of rugby that wins World Cups is debatable. World Cup winners would usually deal with the Six Nations’ wooden spoon team more convincingly – witness New Zealand’s 51-22 victory a week earlier – while the defensive battle for the title might come later between two more highly ranked sides.AttitudeCaptain Jean de Villiers commented: “Defence is not something you can coach entirely. It comes from within and the attitude you show there reflects your attitude towards the team and its cause.”Scotland’s coach Andy Robinson said: “Last week we were facing speed when we played the All Blacks, this week it was physicality. They were the toughest team we’ve played against. They showed the gulf that exists between the sides.”Flyhalf Patrick Lambie was included for the Ireland and Scotland tests after displaying good form in the Absa Currie Cup and dictating play. Yet, one gets the feeling, his natural game is being curbed in the international game and he is being asked to be too much like his predecessor, Morne Steyn, relying mostly on the boot set up play.A sideways moveIt all seems like a bit of a sideways move. If Lambie has been selected on the basis of his form, one would hope that he would be allowed to exhibit it, but his natural attacking instincts appear to have been curbed by coach Meyer’s conservative approach. Sure, the Springboks have won against Ireland and Scotland, but those wins would likely not have excited or impressed many of the team’s supporters.One man who has made a massively positive impression, though, is flanker Francois Louw. He was all over the field against the Scots, making tackle after tackle and stealing ball. His work rate is superb and effectiveness equally good. And his form was a continuation of the fine showing he put up against Ireland.In the continuing absence of Bismarck du Plessis, Andries Strauss has proved himself an international class hooker. On Saturday, his lineout throwing was pin-point. He was scrumming was strong and he also scored two tries, one after good work at the back of a rolling maul, the second as the result of excellent anticipation, leading to a fantastic one-handed interception, which he turned into a try.First pointsThe Boks’ first points at Murrayfield came from a turnover forced by Francois Louw, which became a penalty, converted by Lambie.Before that, however, there was an interesting call by referee George Clancy, who penalised South Africa for obstruction from a lineout. The Scots appeared to engage the maul and then disengage, but Clancy ruled they had never contested the maul, resulting in the obstruction call.Greig Laidlaw levelled the score at 3-3 after Scotland won a penalty at a ruck after 10 minutes, but Lambie nosed the men in green and gold ahead after 14 minutes when Laidlaw was offsides at a lineout.TryMidway through the half, captain Jean de Villiers opted against an easy penalty kick at goal and had Lambie kick for the corner. From the lineout, the Springboks drove for the try line and tore apart the Scottish defence to allow Strauss to crash over for his first try. A missed conversion left South Africa 11-3 ahead.Laidlaw had a chance to reduce the deficit after South Africa were penalised for playing the ball on the ground at a ruck, but he hooked his effort.After a strong run from Francois Louw, Scotland conceded a penalty by entering the ruck from the side and Lambie’s successful kick at goal extended South Africa’s lead to 14-3.Scotland skipper Kelly Brown followed Jean de Villiers’ example when he chose to kick to touch instead of taking a kick at goal, but fast and strong Springbok defence kept the home team out until Louw forced a penalty at a ruck.Big leadThe teams went into half-time with the visitors in charge and they soon improved their position when Strauss pulled down a pass from scrumhalf Mike Blair and ran through to dot down next to the uprights only six minutes into the second half. Lambie added the extras to make it 21-3 in favour of the Boks.From that point on, however, Scotland dominated field position and possession.Just five minutes after the Boks’ scored their second try, Henry Pyrgos, on for Blair at scrumhalf, sliced through the middle of a lineout close to the South African line to go over untouched after a clinically executed set move. Laidlaw’s successful conversion made it South Africa 21, Scotland 10, but more importantly it lifted the home crowd and team.Successive charge-downsOn the hour-mark, the Scots charged down two Springbok kicks in succession and came close to scoring, but they could not find a way through after forcing a five-metre lineout.With only 10 minutes remaining, the Scots again kicked for touch, but went unrewarded. A number of penalties went their way until, with four minutes left, replacement lock Flip van der Merwe was shown a yellow card for entering a ruck from the side.Eightman David Denton drove his way to within centimetres of the line and Tim Visser knocked on as the Scots continued to exert heavy pressure on South Africa.With time almost up, Scotland were stopped after they took a penalty quickly and possession was turned over.Turn overScrumhalf Ruan Pienaar booted the ball downfield and when the Springboks were awarded a kickable penalty they chose not to kick at posts, but instead knocked the ball into touch to seal a hard-fought victory.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgIn a CNBC interview interview aired on Monday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates suggests that Windows 8 and Microsoft’s Surface tablet line could ultimately dethrone Apple’s iPad from its global tablet crown because iPad “users are frustrated.”Yikes! I guess Gates has access to the really good stuff.Office Should Be EverywhereLast month, I took Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to task for delaying the arrival of Microsoft Office productivity suite on devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system. I was hoping Gates would set Ballmer straight. Unfortunately, Gates appears as confused as Ballmer – and equally tied to thecontracting PC ecosystem over which Microsoft has long ruled.(See also Ballmer’s Latest Blunder: No Office For iOS And Android Till 2014)It’s great that Gates cares so much about user frustration. Only, in this case he gets it exactly wrong:A lot of (iPad) users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents. So we’re providing them something with the benefits they’ve seen that has made that a big category but without giving up what they expect in a PC. If you have Surface or Surface Pro, you have the portability of the tablet but the richness in terms of the keyboard (and) Microsoft Office of the PC.Wrong, wrong, wrong.Users are not clamoring for iPad to be more like a PC. If anything, users want their PCs to be more like the iPad. So far at least, the market makes that pretty darn clear: In the most recent quarter, Apple sold 19.5 million iPads – compared to 11.8 million in the same quarter last year. The Surface? Not so much. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Ballmer#bill gates#iOS#iPad#Microsoft Office#Windows#Windows 8 According to IDC tablet sales data, of the 49.2 million tablets that shipped this past quarter, the Surface accounted for a paltry 0.9 million – 1.8% of the market. In other words, the Surface barely rises above a rounding error. Worse, it’s not just the Surface. As IDC notes: “(All) Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets continued to struggle to gain traction in the market.” The combined total of Windows 8 and Windows RT sales across all vendors hits a still-minuscule 1.8 million units.That’s about what Apple’s iPad line sells in a week.Gates Doubles Down On Ballmer’s Mobile StrategyEarlier this year, Gates surprised analysts when he publicly stated that Microsoft’s mobile strategy was “clearly a mistake.” Many observers believed we would soon witness a rapid turnaround in the company’s mobile strategy – including the Surface and Windows Phone. No such luck. Today’s Bill Gates is completely on-message with Steve Ballmer:Windows 8 is revolutionary in that it takes the benefits of the tablet and the benefits of the PC (so) if you have Surface and Surface Pro you’ve got that portability of the tablet but the richness in terms of the keyboard and Microsoft Office of the PC.Gates is looking in the rear view mirror. While the global Windows user base of 1.25 billion is indeed massive, the PC market is no longer growing. Apple’s iOS – iPhone and iPad – are poised to surpass Windows. And Apple’s iOS is going to be only the second most popular personal computing platform – after Android.(See also Windows Phone, Still An Underdog, Comes Out Swinging.)Rather than touting the add-on Surface keyboard and the tablet’s support of Office, Microsoft should be focused on porting Office to what will soon be the world’s two most popular personal computing platforms – iOS and Android. As I said last month, “There was a time when Apple needed Office to be on the Mac. That time is past. Now, Microsoft needs Office to be on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.”The numbers don’t lie: For  the past quarter, the tablet market – which includes Surface – grew 142%. In stark contrast, the PC market fell 13.9%. brian s hall The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … (See also The Real Reason Windows Phone Is Failing.)Inexplicably, Gates and Ballmer don’t seem to see what everyone else is looking at. The market has spoken, and the market does not want to be tied to the PC. Microsoft has an opportunity to leverage its strengths in productivity software to the leading platforms, but is too stubborn to let go of its dreams of Windows dominating the mobile space. Clinging to the proverbial ‘stay the course’ message is exactly the wrong thing for Microsoft to say and do.Image of Bill Gates courtesy of Shutterstock.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgIn this month’s MFLN Military Caregiving webinar, the topic at hand was “Respite,” with an emphasis in understanding the value of respite care for family caregivers. As the month of June draws to a close, let’s recap some of the items and key takeaways you can use in your work with clientele from ‘The Value of Respite for Family Caregivers’ training.Respite care is a term used by professionals who work with family caregivers on finding ways to care for themselves. This month’s webinar presenter and caregiver consultant, Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D. defined respite in her training as essentially “having ME time.” No matter if we are professionals or family caregivers, we can all use a little “me time.” The question is, “Do we really understand the importance of caring for ourselves and alternative care solutions?”If we look back at Dr. Brintnall-Peterson’s presentation, she identified potential benefits to using respite such as, reduce caregiver stress, improve health and well-being, minimize precursors to abuse and neglect, and strengthen marriages and family stability. She also discussed the two types of respite care: (1) home-based respite and (2) out-of-home respite. If we break down the two types of respite care further, examples include:Home-based respite: professional services; sitter companion services; family and friendsOut-of-home respite: Assisted living facilities; residential facilities; camps; retreats, hospital type programsThe June caregiver training also increased awareness of available respite resources for both caregivers of wounded service members and those caring for individuals with special needs. What was so unique about this particular professional development webinar was that the presenter engaged participants with thought-provoking questions and scenarios on how they would respond to their particular clientele using the information they learned in the training. Dr. Brintnall-Peterson left participants with six key takeways to use when reflecting on their caregiver clientele and caseload. Review the image below and think about your own caregiver clientele and how these tips can be helpful as you work through your cases.If you missed this month’s caregiving webinar, The Value of Respite for Family Caregivers, there is still time to watch the recording and receive continuing education credit or a certificate of completion.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 26, 2015.last_img read more

first_imgTyler Tio shoots Ateneo past Family Mart-Enderun for 2nd straight win LATEST STORIES In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. In the track-and-field community in Connecticut, the dominance of Miller and Yearwood has stirred resentment among some competitors and their families. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Andraya Yearwood hears the comments, usually from adults and usually not to her face.She shouldn’t be running, they say, not against girls.ADVERTISEMENT Yearwood, a 17-year-old junior at Cromwell High School, is one of two transgender high school sprinters in Connecticut, transitioning to female.She recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. The winner, Terry Miller of Bloomfield High, is also transgender and set a girls state indoor record of 6.95 seconds. Yearwood finished in 7.01 seconds and the third-place competitor, who is not transgender, finished in 7.23 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMiller and Yearwood also topped the 100-meter state outdoor championships last year, and Miller won the 300 indoors this season.Critics say their gender identity amounts to an unfair advantage, expressing a familiar argument in a complex debate for transgender athletes as they break barriers across sports around the world from high school to the pros. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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I always try to focus most on all of the positive encouragement that I have received from family, friends and supporters,” Yearwood said. “I use the negativity to fuel myself to run faster.”Connecticut is one of 17 states that allow transgender high school athletes to compete without restrictions, according to Transathlete.com, which tracks state policies in high school sports across the country. Seven states have restrictions that make it difficult for transgender athletes to compete while in school, like requiring athletes to compete under the gender on their birth certificate, or allowing them to participate only after going through sex-reassignment procedures or hormone therapies.The other states either have no policy or handle the issue on a case-by-case basis.Yearwood acknowledges she is stronger than many of her cisgender competitors, but says girls who are not transgender may have other advantages.“One high jumper could be taller and have longer legs than another, but the other could have perfect form, and then do better,” she said. “One sprinter could have parents who spend so much money on personal training for their child, which in turn, would cause that child to run faster.”ADVERTISEMENT Transgender girls who are not taking hormone treatments related to gender transition may not compete in female competitions, the organization said.Jon Forrest, whose daughter is teammates with Soule, is among a group of parents seeking a similar change to Connecticut’s state policy.He said they’d like to see the state adopt a hormone standard or allow transgender girls to run with other girls but have their results placed in a separate exhibition category.“The facts show Glastonbury would be the state champion based on cisgender girls competing against cisgender girls,” he said. “You don’t realize it until you see it in person, the disparity in the ability to perform.”Lungarini said the state organization is not in a position to perform hormone testing of athletes and simply relies on the schools to tell them who identifies as male or female.Yearwood’s coach, Brian Calhoun, said his runner also matters. As Yearwood kneeled behind a teammate, braiding her hair between races at another recent meet, Calhoun said the track team and community have provided the runner with a safe, welcoming place to be.“There’s never been an issue in our town,” he said. “These kids, many of them have known Andraya since elementary school. They know who she is. So when she signed up, the attitude was: ‘OK, Andraya is running with the girl’s team. Here we go.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miller, who declined to be interviewed for this story, has said that if she felt a competitor had an unfair advantage, it would simply push her to try to improve.One of their competitors, Selina Soule, says the issue is about fairness on the track with wider implications. The Glastonbury High School junior finished eighth in the 55, missing out on qualifying for the New England regionals by two spots.Soule believes that had Miller and Yearwood not run, she would be on her way to race in Boston in front of more college coaches.“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” she said. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.”The Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports in Connecticut, says its policy follows a state anti-discrimination law that says students must be treated in school by the gender with which they identify.“This is about someone’s right to compete,” executive director Glenn Lungarini said. “I don’t think this is that different from other classes of people, who, in the not too distant past, were not allowed to compete. I think it’s going to take education and understanding to get to that point on this issue.”Joanna Harper, a medical physicist and transgender runner from Portland, Oregon, says the issue isn’t that simple. She believes there needs to be a standard based on hormone levels.Until hormone therapies begin to work, genetic males have a distinct advantage over genetic females, she said. Most transgender teens don’t begin hormone therapy until after puberty. Younger teens can be on puberty-blocking drugs, but puberty is very individualized and testosterone levels can vary greatly from one transgender girl to another, she said.“The gender identity doesn’t matter, it’s the testosterone levels,” said Harper, who studies transgender athletes. “Trans girls should have the right to compete in sports. But cisgender girls should have the right to compete and succeed, too. How do you balance that? That’s the question.”Yearwood is hoping to qualify for this year’s National Scholastic Athletics Foundation national championships in March. The group recently adopted new rules allowing pre-pubescent girls to participate with their affirmed gender, though no ages are specified. Post-pubescent transgender girls must have completed sex-reassignment surgery and “a sufficient amount of time must have passed” after the operation or hormone therapy “to minimize gender-related competitive advantages.”last_img read more