first_imgNewsLocal NewsCharity wedding fair for Clare’s Wish FoundationBy Liam Togher – October 31, 2013 579 Limerick sings from the rooftops to thank frontline workers LIMERICK’S first ever charity wedding fair will be staged at the Clarion Hotel on Sunday November 24 in aid of Clare’s Wish Foundation.The event incorporates a fashion show by the Hillary Thompson modelling agency and will feature more than 30 stands, all of which will pledge a small amount for the charity.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There will be stands for bridal wear, men’s wear, limousine hire, florists, photographers, wedding cakes, video booths and hair and make-up, among others.This landmark event is also a major step for Clare’s Wish Foundation, which was launched last month at Thomond Park by founder Kevin Clancy. He set up the charity to honour his late sister Clare, who was born with spina bifida and died at the young age of 24.The foundation grants wishes for people with life-threatening illnesses and, before her death, Clare’s dream of meeting her idol Red Hurley came true. Kevin explained that the singer has kept in touch with the family since then, even going as far as turning up as a surprise guest at the charity’s launch night.Kevin said: “Red came down from Dublin for the launch and he sang on the night without any backup. He has said that he might do a gig for us next year with his band and he has been great.“It came as a major surprise that he turned up and, even though he had said he would come down to Limerick some time, I was shocked to see him. That was a massive thing for us.”He added that he came up with the idea of a wedding fair due to his previous work as a limousine driver, a job in which he gained numerous contacts within the wedding industry.The Clarion Hotel has offered a room for free for the event on November 24, with the charity wedding fair taking place from noon to 5pm. Print Oxfam Limerick calls on decluttering locals to do the #JoeyChallenge4Oxfam – a donation drive with a twist Three Limerick charities receive Aldi Community Grants donations Facebook Linkedin Generous Keith gives the shirt off his back to children’s charity Twittercenter_img Previous articleAfter Dark – Trick or Treat for Temple StreetNext articleMunster’s Andrew Conway loving life in Limerick Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Pieta ask people to share their sunrise this Saturday Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email TAGScharityClare’s Wish FoundationfundraisingKevin Clancywedding fair WhatsApp Limerick Charity getting sweet treats from Shannon Heritagelast_img read more

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first_imgIndonesia’s foreign debt growth slowed down in the first quarter as foreign investors sold off Indonesian assets over fears of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday.The country’s external debt, which includes borrowing by both the government and the private sector, was recorded at US$389.3 billion, a growth of 0.5 percent year-on-year (yoy). That represents a slowdown in the annual growth rate from 7.8 percent at the end of the previous quarter.Government foreign debt contracted 3.6 percent to $181 billion in the first quarter as foreign investors sold Rp 145 trillion ($9.75 billion) in Indonesian assets during the period and flocked into safe-haven assets such as gold and US dollars. Public sector debt, including those raised by the government and the central bank, amounted to $183.8 billion. “The decline in the government’s external debt was caused by capital outflows from the bond market, as well as payments of matured sovereign debt papers,” BI wrote in a statement.“The management of the government’s external debt is conducted in a prudent and accountable manner to support government spending toward productive sectors to promote economic growth and improve public welfare.”Private sector external debt, which includes those raised by state-owned enterprises, grew 4.5 percent to $205.5 billion during this year’s first three months, slower than 6.6 percent growth recorded at the end of last year.“This is due to contraction of external debts in the non-financial institutions and slower expansion of external debt in the financial institutions,” BI said.Private sector external debt was largely disbursed to four sectors, namely mining, manufacturing, financial services and insurance and electricity, gas and steam procurement. The sectors accounted for 77.7 percent of the private sector external debt.The central bank deemed the overall external debt level healthy as the foreign-debt-to-gross-domestic-product (GDP) ratio was recorded at 34.5 percent by the end of the first quarter, down from the previous quarter’s 36.2 percent. Long-term loans account for 88.4 percent of the current outstanding debt.Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgSIX young cyclists taking part in a mini ‘Tour’ event in Co Donegal have been treated for various injuries after being caught up in yesterday’s freak downpours.All of the cyclists were hurt during falls at the first day of the event around Gartan.All were treated for their injuries – mainly broken bones – at Letterkenny General Hospital. The Errigal Youth Tour will continue today. YOUNG CYCLISTS HURT DURING GARTAN YOUTH RACE was last modified: August 3rd, 2014 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:crashcyclistsgartanlast_img read more

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first_imgSunderland star Adam Johnson is capable of making a late charge for England’s World Cup squad, according to Black Cats boss Gus Poyet.The former Manchester City winger scored his first top-flight hat-trick as Sunderland won 4-1 at relegation rivals Fulham, breathing new life into their hopes of beating the drop.And Poyet believes Johnson has what it takes to be part of Roy Hodgson’s plans in Brazil this summer.He said: “I will try to help put him there. Am I looking forward to him playing against Uruguay? No! I will have to send some messages about him!“I think he’s a terrific lad. He needs to play for a team that passes the ball and gives him the ball at the right time.“In the last two to three weeks, it’s been working better for us and it’s allowed Johnno to perform.“If Johnno makes the World Cup, we will stay in the Premier League for sure.”YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks goalie Aaron Dell is still projected at the moment to be the backup to Martin Jones this season. There’s little question, though, that Dell needs a return to form after a disappointing year in 2018-19.Dell, 30, had a 10-8-4 record and a .886 save percentage last season, a considerable drop-off from the numbers he posted the year before when he was 15-5-4 with a .914 save percentage.Some of that, of course, had to do with the skaters around him and the more wide-open style …last_img

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first_img9 July 2009The financial crisis has crippled the social and economic development of less-developed countries and put the United Nations Millennium Development Goals at risk of never being reached, says South African President Jacob Zuma.Speaking on Wednesday following a meeting of the G5 emerging countries – China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico – on the sidelines of the G8 Summit taking place in L’Aquila, Italy, Zuma said a global response was required to combat the crisis.He said the world was confronted by multiple crises that included the current economic crisis, food insecurity, energy scarcity, climate change, and the global spread of influence, and that Africa was often the worst victim.“We are here because we believe that the challenges that affect the world today can only be resolved through peaceful cooperation, global dialogue and, most importantly, coordinated action.”Global response requiredThese crises required a global response involving developed and developing countries in a partnership of cooperation and mutual respect.“We recall the decision of G5 Foreign Ministers meeting at the UN General Assembly last year to deepen dialogue among member countries to enable a more effective response on these issues,” Zuma said.He called for more worldwide measures to resolve the crisis, eliminating trade protectionism, finalising the Doha talks as soon as possible, and increasing assistance to developing and less-developed countries.Mexican President Felipe Calderon said the emerging economies should play an even more important role in addressing the global issues. They should unite and strike consensus so as to help developing and less-developed countries better resolve the challenges of climate change and food security, he said.Economic, financial reformBrazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the G5 leaders’ meeting was an important platform on addressing economic and financial problems, adding that the G5 should make full play of the meeting to push the international community at large to better address the global financial crisis.He appealed for tightening monitoring and regulation of international financial system and giving up trade protectionism, so as to drag the world economy out of crisis as soon as possible.Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the meeting that the consensus reached at the G20 Summit in London should be implemented.The global financial crisis was closely relevant with food crisis and energy crisis, Singh said, calling for worldwide cooperation to address the challenges that run across the globe.Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

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LAC80LAC78DEN 23, LAC 22+1.3– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality CHI87.09.5DET6.96.015.51519 CHI54CHI52CHI 25, MIN 20-3.9– This season, Dallas has figured out that Elliott can be featured as a receiver, too. His role in the passing game2Measured by targets per game. has more than doubled since his rookie season and is up dramatically from 2017, too. This has been especially the case the past two weeks when Elliott’s running and passing has accounted for 388 of Dallas’s 733 scrimmage yards (53 percent)Of course, the Cowboys are just one ill-timed stinker away from wrecking their season, too. Using our ELO projections, only one game in Week 12 holds more importance for the playoffs than Washington-Dallas: MIA12.79.8IND22.39.719.51460 Roquan SmithBears8th62.6Average Source: Pro Football Focus NO74NO76NO 48, PHI 7-1.0– SEA67SEA56SEA 27, GB 24-11.2– LAR54LAR53LAR 54, KC 51-3.7– SeasonReceptionsReceiving YdsTargets DEN4.14.1PIT96.63.17.31548 For a 5-5 team, things are looking better than average for the Dallas Cowboys. Their division is a train wreck. The Giants are lilliputian, the Eagles are grounded, and Washington is without its starting quarterback. The Cowboys, somehow, are the ones who seem to have the best shot of making the playoffs.We’ll know a lot more after Dallas and Washington play in a Thanksgiving showcase on Thursday. Washington is 6-4, but has a far lower Elo than Dallas (1504 vs. 1542), and Washington’s quarterback is now perma-journeyman Colt McCoy after Alex Smith gruesomely broke his leg in his last game. The Cowboys are still only 46 percent likely to make the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projections, but a win against Washington would go a long way. That the playoffs are even within sight is a stunning reversal of fortune from earlier this month, when a home loss to the Titans dropped Dallas to 3-5 and had observers calling for head coach Jason Garrett’s head. Making matters worse, star linebacker Sean Lee injured his hamstring again in the Titans loss. The last time that happened, Dallas’s defense went down with him.Dallas tried to guard against another Lee injury by fortifying their linebacker corps in the 2018 draft. Their first-round pick, Leighton Vander Esch, was expected to be too inexperienced to adapt quickly to the NFL game, but has turned into easily the best linebacker at the top of his draft. NE96.92.9NYJ0.20.23.11480 Dallas already lost to Washington in Week 7 on the road, 20-17. And if they somehow lose to McCoy (career 7-18 as a starter including 1-3 for the Redskins when he last started in 2014), Dallas would be two games back and Washington would control the first tiebreaker with only five games remaining. In that improbable scenario, the Cowboys would find themselves suddenly all-but removed from playoff contention and hurtling instead to an offseason of probable tumult and coaching change.But according to our projections, Dallas has a 65 percent chance of winning on Thursday and avoiding all that. PHI20.35.3NYG0.30.55.81467 BAL37.48.4OAK0.00.08.41436 SEA45.0%+/-22.7CAR61.5%+/-21.644.31564 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. Vander Esch has not only replaced Lee, he has arguably surpassed him. Last year, Dallas lost four of their five games without Lee, giving up 13 more points per game 1This stat includes opponents’ defensive points scored and 46 more rushing yards. But this year, with Vander Esch replacing him as starter for five games, Dallas is better — allowing 30 fewer rushing yards per game and 2.4 fewer points. Dallas is now 4-1 when Lee hasn’t played, and Vander Esch single-handedly changed the outcome of Sunday’s game.Vander Esch is the second Dallas blue-chip defender that general manager and owner’s son Stephen Jones has found relatively cheap in the draft. 2017 Pro Bowl defensive end and sack-master Demarcus Lawrence was grabbed in the second round in 2014.Lawrence’s ability to generate pressure allows the Cowboys to blitz infrequently, just 20.8 percent of the time, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. This may limit big defensive plays — the Cowboys have just four interceptions this year — but it seems to prevent big plays by the opponents, too. They have one of the most efficient units in football as measured by yards opposing offenses must gain to score a point.Much of that stat is driven by red zone success, which is viewed by many as random. But Dallas combines efficiency in the red zone with an ability to stop teams from getting there at all. The Cowboys rank near the top of the league in opponents’ red zone possessions per game.Dallas’s defense has to be efficient because the offense lacks explosiveness. The offense has put up just 34 plays of 20 or more yards this season, tied for 25th in the league, according to Pro-Football-Reference. Even after the addition of wide receiver Amari Cooper, who cost Dallas a 2019 first-round pick, Dallas’s passing game is stuck mostly in neutral. Prior to Cooper joining the Cowboys in their eighth game, Dallas was 28th in yards per pass play. Since then they are improved slightly, but still rank 23rd.The most important change to the Cowboys passing offense hasn’t been Cooper but a player who was already on the roster — running back Ezekiel Elliott. TEN55TEN51IND 38, TEN 10+1.9– The best matchups of Week 12Week 12 games by ranking of average Elo ratings (using the harmonic mean) plus ranking of total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions CAR57CAR64DET 20, CAR 19-9.9– ATL9.06.0NO99.80.36.31615 WSH62%HOU51%HOU 23, WSH 21+11.9– Elliott is a bigger part of the passing gameEzekiel Elliott’s involvement in the Dallas Cowboys’ passing game, 2016-18 TB0.50.3SF0.00.00.41397 LAC83.15.7ARI0.00.05.71476 DAL46.322.4WSH54.720.142.51522 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS PER GAME FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersBe sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive. It simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times, helping you see how likely each team is to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. And if you want to prove you can pick better than Elo, you can also face off against the algorithm in our prediction game. In addition to bragging rights, you’ll be playing for the chance to climb up our giant leaderboard.Using data from the prediction game, here are the matchups in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: BAL67BAL60BAL 24, CIN 21-6.9– MIN52.317.3GB16.413.731.01522 Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN Stats and Information Group Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 20172.626.93.5 JAX0.91.0BUF0.90.71.61432 Leighton Vander EschCowboys19th84.1Good OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION Tremaine EdmundsBills16th49.6Below average PIT68PIT70PIT 20, JAX 16-0.5– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 11Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 11 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Rookie LinebackersTeamDraft PositionPro Football Focus Grade ATL62ATL60DAL 22, ATL 19+0.7– 20162.124.22.5 ARI68ARI65OAK 23, ARI 21+2.4– 20184.234.15.5 CIN24.59.0CLE0.30.59.41408 NYG52TB51NYG 38, TB 35-4.4– Playoff %Playoff % TEN36.220.2HOU84.113.033.21516 Dallas’s rookie linebacker was a stealRookie linebackers drafted in the first round by Pro Football Focus’s grade Rashaan EvansTitans22nd55.4Average Elo beat the field again in Week 11, picking up 23.3 points on the average reader to give the algorithm its 10th win of the season. The readers were right to think Deshaun Watson and the Texans would beat Washington, but they were dealt blows by the Lions (who beat the Panthers) and Seahawks (who beat the Packers). Readers have now lost 37.7 points on average by picking the Panthers this season, which is the second-most of any team behind the Patriots.3Who helped Elo take readers to the cleaners with losses to the Lions and Titans.Congrats, however, are in order to Voris Struck, who led all identified users in Week 11 with 93.4 points, and to the wonderfully named Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who took the season-long lead with 778.4 points. Thanks to all 12,421 of our players — and if you haven’t played yet, you can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo this week.Additional reporting by Neil Paine.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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first_img Barbados Prime Minister speaks to country ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian; said country is preparing for 6-12 feet storm surge Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Related Items:barbados, cable and wireless, colombus international, phil bentley Stinky sargassum blamed for marine disaster; dolphins, flying fish and turtles trapped Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Apr 2015 – The telecommunications competition is heating up, not just locally… but regionally as Cable and Wireless today revealed to the Turks and Caicos that it now owns 100% of Columbus International Inc which equates to around 720,000 customers in 42 countries and a fibre optic network linking nearly all of the Americas. This is a massive buy out, and it was approved just days ago and already Columbus International Inc, with its subsidiary, Columbus Networks has closed its operations in headquarter Barbados. The report is grabbing international headlines and CEO of C&W, Phil Bentley, who visited the Turks and Caicos last year explained in a media statement that: “Most of the markets we operate in have approved our integration plans and therefore today we can start to release some of the $1.5bn investment monies we have set aside to provide our customers with an unrivalled telecommunications experience, improving coverage, reliability, products and speeds, and providing a welcome boost to both jobs and the economy in the countries in which we operate.” While Marketwired is reporting that the value of the acquisition is over $3 billion dollars, Cable and Wireless Plc explains it has spent $1.85 billion dollars on the deal. They call it ‘transformational’. Bentley noted that as part of the integration process, the Company “is undertaking a full review of all the brands we currently operate under, including the Flow and LIME….” In a statement, Columbus explains: Similarly, the combination of the two businesses supports CWC’s new strategy and its four primary areas of focus: Drive Mobile Leadership; Accelerate Fixed-Mobile Convergence; Reinforce TV Offer; and Grow Business to Business and Business to Government sectors.last_img read more

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