Over the last eighteen years Team Hope have delivered shoebox gifts to over 3 million children living in some of the poorest parts of the world.They say; “To children who think they’ve been forgotten, your kindness shows they haven’t been!” Next Thursday marks the official launch of the appeal in Inishowen at 7:30pm at The Exchange, Buncrana.From Thursday you can drop off your boxes to Supervalu Buncrana, Supervalu Carndonagh, and Serenity House Moville, until Wednesday 16th of November.All you have to do to take part in this fantastic initiative is to fill a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts and drop it off at your local drop point before November 11th. Their volunteers then check through the boxes for customs and safety requirements, seal them, and send them on their way.Their partners deliver the shoebox right into the child’s hands – in hospitals, schools, shelters, churches, orphanages, community centres or family homes. Here are the five simple steps to follow:Grab a Shoe box or a plastic container would be great! Wrap the box and lid separately with Christmas paperPrint Label and choose who you want to give your Christmas Shoebox to and what age.Fill the box Get as creative as you like and have some fun with this !Close the box Include €4 in your leaflet envelope either on top of the gifts or taped to the inside of the lid. To make it easier you can donate your €4 on our secure on-line site. With elastic band – please don’t seal with tape as we need to check contents to comply with regulations.Drop it off To your local drop off point closest to you before November 16thA list of things to put into the boxes include;TO WRITE – Items for school – like a pen, pencil, copy book, paper, colouring book, felt pens, sharpener, eraser, solar calculator. TO WASH – Some hygiene items – toothbrush and toothpaste, soap (wrapped please), facecloth, hairbrush, comb.TO WEAR – Small clothing items – a hat, scarf, gloves, socks or underwearWOW ! – A treat – sunglasses, game, small Irish gift, a photo of yourself, sweets (must be in date until at least March 2017), make up, a small musical instrument, toys like a doll, a car, cuddly toy, skipping rope, yo-yo, a finger puppet.For more check out their website. Christmas Shoebox Appeal to begin collections next week was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:charityCHristmaschristmas shoeboxInishowenpresentSANTAshoebox appeal
Many Chelsea fans on Twitter savoured reports the Blues could hijack Tottenham’s attempt to sign Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.Reports emanating from France claimed that the Blues were willing to offer more money than Spurs for Sissoko.Some Chelsea supporters have likened it to their signing of Willian in 2013, just seven days after the Brazilian had a medical at Tottenham.Sissoko to #CFC scenes if we nicked another one from Spurs!! #WillianAllOverAgain #DeadlineDay— Rosco (@McIntoshRosco) August 31, 2016From Willian to Batshuayi and now Sissoko? Tot’ham won’t surely forgive us #CFC #DeadlineDay— OLUWAFEMI #CFC (@hefhemcoded) August 31, 2016Okay Luiz is possibly happening 👀 would be even better if we rob Sissoko from under Spurs’ nose !! #CFC— Ash Bradders (@Ash_Bradders) August 31, 2016Are we gonna let Spurs do the medical before signing Sissoko #CFC— Andy Bull (@grumpy_bull) August 31, 2016We are about to do another one on Spurs. If Sissoko performs like he did in Euros then bring him Conte. #CFC #TransferDeadlineDay— Chelsea FC 🙂 (@CFC_Everything) August 31, 2016Chelsea gazumping Spurs for Sissoko would make for a funny story, but it’s probably not true #CFC #SillySea… https://t.co/K0pMAlXozg— Chelsea boy (@ChelseaDubai) August 31, 2016I honestly don’t want Sissoko to sign for Chelsea, but I’ll never pass up an opportunity to russle Spurs/Spurs fans on #DeadlineDay.— Blue is the Colour (@allinCFC_) August 31, 2016Some Tottenham fans, meanwhile, chose to turn their ire on club owner Daniel Levy…Can you imagine the meltdown on here if CFC get Sissoko. Levy will be utterly despised by all Spurs fans. #unforgivable— Tottenham Pochspur (@YidLegend) August 31, 2016Wouldn’t it be nice if for one window Daniel Levy didn’t let Chelsea ruin our plans #thfc #Sissoko— James Cooper (@JimmyBCooper) August 31, 2016If we end up embarrasing ourselves again and Chelsea mug us off over Sissoko there is only Levy to blame, get the deal done quick, no excuse— who’s name (@MarkThomas2002) August 31, 2016Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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ShootingMen’s 50m rifle prone qualification: Hariom Singh, Surendra Singh Rathod, Gagan Narang (6.30am) Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol qualification stage 1: Gurpreet Singh, Vijay Kumar, Rahul (6.30am) Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol qualification stage 2: Gurpreet Singh, Vijay Kumar, Rahul (10am) Women’s 50m rifle prone final: Meena, Tejaswini Sawant, Lajja Gauswami (8.45am)TennisMen’s team semi-final: India vs Chinese Taipei (7.30am)SwimmingMen’s 50m freestyle heats: Arjun Jayaprakash, Virdhawal Khade (6.45am) Men’s 100m breaststroke heats: Sandeep Sejwal (7.15am) Men’s 200m backstroke heats: Rohit Havaldar, Rehan Poncha (7.45am) Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay heats: India (7.50am)Cue sportsWomen’s 6-red snooker singles preliminary match: Pillai Viswanathan (7.30am) Women’s 6-red snooker singles pre-quarterfinals: Chitra Magimairajan) Women’s 9-ball pool singles preliminary match: Neena Praveen, Meenal Thakur (5.30pm) Men’s carom 3 cushion singles last-16 match: Goel (10.30am); Dharminder Singh (2pm)WeightliftingMen’s 69 kg: K Ravi Kumar (2pm)HockeyMen’s preliminary group B: India vs Hong Kong (12pm)Water PoloWomen’s Group A match: ndia Vs Kazakhstan (12pm)ChessMen’s individual round 5: Sasikiran Krishnan, Surya Sekhar Ganguly (12.30pm) Women’s individual round 5: Harika Dronavalli, Tania Sachdev (12.30pm) (All are Indian timings)
OTTAWA – The Liberal government wants to see gender equality in Canadian sports — from the local arena to the Olympics — by 2035, a vision articulated in a federal budget aimed at increasing opportunities for women and girls.The long-term target comes with $30 million over three years to get the ball rolling towards that goal, including for data and research to figure out why fewer women and girls take part in sports or other physical activity than do men and boys.“Once we better understand why women and girls choose not to participate in sport, or move into the senior ranks of coaching or management of sport, we can then work to remove those barriers,” Jocelyn Sweet, a spokeswoman for the Department of Finance, wrote in an email Wednesday.The budget said the money would also support innovative practices to tackle the problem, as well as efforts by national sports organizations to promote a higher rate of participation of women and girls, both on the ice and behind the bench.Statistics Canada estimated in 2010 that about one-third of Canadian men regularly participated in sport, compared with just one-sixth of Canadian women.In a report released last fall, the House of Commons heritage committee recommended setting specific targets for getting more women and girls involved in sport.Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity, called the funding a historic step that she suggested could finally provide the momentum necessary to change the numbers in a meaningful way.“The gap is just so stubborn,” said Sandmeyer-Graves, who warned against the conventional belief that it’s just the way things are.“I don’t think that we should be satisfied with the fact that girls and women participate and need less than men and are reaping the benefits of sport less than boys and men.”The details remain to be seen, but sports organizations are hoping it means help for their ongoing efforts to achieve a greater balance.Gord Grace, CEO of Ontario University Athletics, said he would welcome any support for recruiting and retaining more female athletes at a crucial age.“We know that a lot of females drop out of sports once they get out of high school or above the age of 17,” Grace said.There are about 10,000 student athletes that compete in the system, and less than half are female, he added — a statistic that is partly skewed by the fact that one of the biggest sports is football, which has no teams for women.Sandra Murray-MacDonell, CEO of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, said her organization offers teams for men and women in all its sports, but is still fighting systemic barriers to getting female athletes into top coaching positions.The association has a female apprenticeship coaching program that is designed to get graduating college athletes into the coaching profession, she said — but while about 66 per cent do become coaches, they remain in assistant coaching positions or become head coaches at lower-level clubs, she added.Part of the problem, said Murray-MacDonell, is that the hiring practices at colleges ask for head coach experience, setting up a catch-22 that forces those women to build up their resumes elsewhere.“We’ll have to look at some of those barriers,” she said.Those barriers to girls can crop up right at the community level, added Sandmeyer-Graves.“In a lot of instances, it’s really hard for girls’ teams to get spaces to play, because the boys’ teams are really grandfathered in,” she said, meaning girls have to pay higher prices to get space and time at private recreational facilities.“That can almost be like a tax on being a girl in the system.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
Guwahati: Assam’s five Lok Sabha constituencies, which are all set to open the battle of the ballots in the state on Thursday in the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls, are likely to see a straight contest between the ruling BJP and the Congress. The constituencies are Kaliabar, Tezpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur. Although there are seven candidates in the fray for the Kaliabar Lok Sabha seat, the constituency is likely to witness a straight battle between sitting MP Gaurav Gogoi of the Congress and Asom Gana Parishad’s (AGP) Moni Madhab Mahanta. The AGP has forged an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party to contest the general elections. Kaliabar, a Congress stronghold, was previously represented by former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, his brother Dip Gogoi and now by his son, Gaurav Gogoi. On the other hand, the AGP’s Mahanta had served as Vice President of the powerful All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) before joining active politics this year. He is seen as a popular student leader in the Kaliabar area. For the BJP, winning the Kaliabar seat will mean ending the Gogoi’s dynastic rule in the constituency. Similarly, the Tezpur constituency is also heading for a straight contest between BJP candidate Pallab Lochan Das, the state’s Labour Minister, and former bureaucrat MGVK Bhanu fielded by the Congress. The Tezpur seat used to be a Congress stronghold but that changed with the victory of the AGP’s Joseph Toppo in 2009. In the 2014 polls, BJP’s Ram Prasad Sarmah won against Toppo. Replacing Sarmah, who hails from the Gorkha community in the state, has upset his supporters. But fielding Das, who comes from the tea garden community, is in the interest of the community’s voters in Tezpur, a major deciding factor in the constituency. Meanwhile, Bhanu is banking on his contribution towards the small tea growers in Assam while he was the chairman of the Tea Board of India. Tezpur has a substantial number of small tea growers, who could play a major role in the forthcoming polls. A 1985 batch IAS officer, Bhanu has made Assam his second home even after his retirement and has been appreciated for his contributions. The Jorhat constituency also used to be a Congress stronghold with the late MP Bijoy Krishna Handique winning the seat for six consecutive terms since 1991. The seat was won in the 2014 polls by the BJP’s Kamakhya Prasad Tasa. The BJP has however, replaced Tasa this time due to a strong anti-incumbency factor working against him in Jorhat and gave the party ticket to the state’s Power Minister, Topon Gogoi. According to BJP sources, replacing Tasa was a well planned move to quell the peoples’ opposition to the saffron party over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. With a sizable Tai Ahom electorate in the constituency, the BJP believes that the Bill might affect its poll prospects in Jorhat and that a new face might help the party. The Congress is banking on former legislator Sushanta Borgohain to regain lost ground for the party. In Dibrugarh, there is a straight battle between the BJP’s sitting MP Rameswar Teli and Congress veteran Paban Singh Ghatowar. Both Teli and Ghatowar hail from the tea community. Congress’ Anil Borgohain will fight it out with sitting BJP MP Pradan Baruah in Lakhimpur. Incumbent Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal represented the Lakhimpur seat in the 2014 polls. Baruah contested the by-polls and won the seat in November 2016 after Sonowal vacated it to become the state’s Chief Minister.
New Delhi: The Finance Ministry has asked all departments to undertake a review of government guarantees given by respective ministries to their CPSEs or entities. The review should undertake aspects like the discharge of repayment obligations or interest obligations as per terms of the loan agreement and covenants and conditions met, the Finance Ministry said in an office memorandum. Besides, the details of CPSEs or entities due guarantee fee paid on time to the government should also be submitted. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Finance Ministry has extended date for submission of these details to April 30 from April 10. Guarantees are contingent liabilities have the potential to impact the financial performance of the government. In another circular, the ministry said FRBM Rules stipulates that government cannot guarantee more than 0.5 per cent of the GDP of the respective financial year to CPSE/entities. All ministries and departments are requested that prioritised guarantee requirement for 2019-20 may be worked out to include only such proposals where the loan agreement can be signed and guarantee agreement can be executed during the year.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team will see postseason action for the second straight year after receiving an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes will face Atlantic Sun Conference champion Lipscomb (24-6) at 6 p.m. Friday at the Thomas J. Frericks Center at the University of Dayton. “They’re a very good all-around team,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “They run things very fast, they’re efficient and they don’t make a ton of mistakes.” Lipscomb is a change of pace from the big, powerful teams the Buckeyes face in the Big Ten. “They’re a little bit different from the teams we’ve seen because of their speed and how they run their offense,” Carlston said. “They have six or seven just all-around great volleyball players.” The Buckeyes are going to have to tweak their game plan for a new type of opponent, junior middle blocker Kelli Barhorst said. “We’re really going to utilize their left side because they are a shorter, scrappier team,” she said. “We’re going to use our power against them.” The Buckeyes are glad to see the Big Ten gauntlet end but realize that their schedule has prepared them for tournament play, senior outside hitter Katie Dull said. “Every week in the Big Ten, every game it was like, ‘OK, this is the most important match of the season,’” she said. With a record of 22-11 and a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten, making the tournament wasn’t a sure thing for the Buckeyes. Carlston said the selection show was a nerve-racking experience for the team, watching all the schools get picked in front of them before they finally got selected to the last bracket. “It was a very nervous moment for us,” Barhorst said. Carlston said the goal heading into Friday’s match is getting the team healthy. “We’re trying to get everyone healthy this week so we are ready to go at full strength Friday,” Carlston said. The Buckeyes hope that, with the match being close to home, there will be a swarm of scarlet and gray in the stands. “We’ve got the band going, we’ve got a bus or two going, we’ve got Block ‘O,’” Carlston said. “You never know who is going to make the road trip.” If the Buckeyes win Friday, they will advance to play the winner between Horizon League champion Butler (21-9) and Atlantic 10 champion Dayton (27-3) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) serves the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team will be playing for more than a win when it takes the court against No. 20 Illinois.OSU (16-12, 4-12) is fighting for a berth in the NCAA Tournament this season, after dropping 10 of their last 12 matches.“Right now, we’re fighting to get into the tournament,” junior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said.The Buckeyes are scheduled for a chance to better their ranking as they host two Big Ten opponents this weekend. OSU is set to play No. 20 Illinois at 7 p.m. Friday before welcoming Northwestern for an 8:30 p.m. match Saturday.“This weekend we need to win, period,” sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell said. “We need to come out with two wins, and we’re working really hard this week to get them.”OSU has experienced both positive and negative streaks so far this season. The Buckeyes started off with 13 straight wins, before losing two, winning one and then losing eight consecutive matches. Since then, OSU is 2-2, but still searching for a boost.Beyond looking to increase their chances at making the NCAA Tournament, the players will be aiming to honor three departing seniors on the squad as well.Seniors outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary, libero Davionna DiSalvatore and defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo, will be honored during Senior Night against Illinois.Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said sending her teammates out on top would mean a lot.“A couple weeks ago, we decided we are absolutely playing for our seniors,” she said. “We don’t want their careers to be done. We love our team and we don’t want it to be over yet.“Ending on a positive note would be a positive for everybody.”Leary said her time has gone by “really fast,” but she is looking forward to facing the Illini and Wildcats.“We’ve had a good week of practice, so I’m excited to see what our team can do,” Leary said. “They’re two really big games for us and we just need to take one game at a time.”While Senior Night will have already passed, the three veterans are not scheduled to play their final home games until Nov. 27 when OSU hosts No. 2 Penn State. After taking on the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes are scheduled to wrap up their 2013 regular season with a road match against Iowa Nov. 30.
Ivan Rakitic has set his sights on helping the current Croatia side surpass the historic achievement of the 1998 World Cup team by making it to the final on WednesdayThe Barcelona midfielder again scored the decisive penalty in the shoot-out against Russia, after doing so in their last-16 tie with Denmark, to book Croatia’s place in the last four for only the second time in their history.“We worked so hard and gave everything we had to get through to the semis. I think for a country like Croatia it is impressive and we want to keep going further,” said Rakitic, as stated on IOL.“We want to enjoy this victory and not put more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998 — what they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Next up for Zlatko Dalic’s side is England on Wednesday with Croatia now aiming to go one step further than the side from two decades ago by reaching the final of the tournament.“I hope we can outdo them. Their generation are more than heroes for us,” added Rakitic.The winner between Croatia and England will earn a place in the World Cup final against either France or Belgium.