PICTURE SPECIAL AS TV3’S IRELAND AM BROADCASTS LIVE FROM SUNNY HARVEY’S POINT HOTEL

first_imgNoel and Majella at Harvey’s Point todayTV3’s Ireland AM was broadcast live from Harvey’s Point Hotel in sunny Donegal this morning.Hotel host Noel Cunningham of course doubles up as the celebrity man on the show.And he persuaded the TV3 team to come to the county for the day. Majella O’Donnell, Jody Gallagher and Roly Daniels – and of course the Donegal Town Community Band – were all on hand to give Alan Hughes a warm welcome.(And nobody will remember that rain shower! Sure the ducks loved it!)   PICTURE SPECIAL AS TV3’S IRELAND AM BROADCASTS LIVE FROM SUNNY HARVEY’S POINT HOTEL was last modified: August 7th, 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:donegalHarvey’s Point HotelIreland AMMajella O’DonnellNoel CunninghamTV3last_img read more

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SA to repatriate pair killed in Somalia

first_img20 June 2013 State-owned defence technology company Denel says arrangements have been made to repatriate the bodies of the two South Africans who lost their lives in a bomb attack on a United Nations compound in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday. The two, who have yet to be identified, belonged to the African Union Mission for Somalia (Amisom) and were among the 15 people who were killed in the attack. An unconfirmed number were wounded. No Denel employee is reported to be among the injured. In a statement, Denel said the two belonged to a contingent of personnel from the company’s humanitarian demining operations, Mechem, and were providing camp management services to the UN operations in the region, which included the management and provision of catering, cleaning and logistical support as well as mine protected vehicles in the region. Denel said it would only release the identities of the deceased after their next of kin had been informed. Chief executive of Denel, Riaz Saloojee, has expressed deep sadness at the loss of lives, saying the company will do everything in its power to provide emotional support to the families of the deceased. “This is a very unfortunate incident, but Denel will continue to support all peace-keeping efforts carried out under the auspices of the United Nations and the African Union. In this instance our employees lost their lives while they were providing services to the UN’s peacekeeping efforts in the region,” Saloojee said. The remaining employees of Denel in Somalia have been moved to facilities under the protection of the United Nations Office for Project Services, where they are reported to be safe. Denel said it will provide support to local and international agencies that have already started to investigate the incident. “Investigations into the incident are continuing and we will inform South Africans as information becomes available,” Saloojee said. Al-Qaida linked Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia have claimed responsibility for the raid, saying they used a car bomb and suicide attackers to blast their way into the fortified base in central Mogadishu near the airport. It is the first major assault targeting the UN since its agencies started relocating to Mogadishu after a 20-year absence. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Modi’s ‘badbola’ remark triggers talk of wrinkle in saffron alliance

first_imgWhile the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena appears to have been finalised, statements made by leaders of both parties — including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark on the Ram temple on Thursday — have ignited speculation that all is not well in the partnership.The fact that Mr. Modi made no direct mention of the Sena in his rally in Nashik, but made a comment about a badbola (loudmouth) leader from Maharashtra who wouldn’t stop talking about the Ram temple, raised eyebrows. The only leader from Maharashtra who has recently been talking about the Ram temple and even visited Ayodhya is Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Both parties have also locked horns over the Metro car shed in Aarey colony. While Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray has opposed the proposed removal of trees for the car shed, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has termed the youth leader ‘misinformed.’ Moreover, Mr. Fadnavis recently also indicated that the government could reconsider the decision to scrap the oil refinery project at Nanar in Konkan, which was key to forging the BJP-Sena alliance before the Lok Sabha election. Sena leader and State Transport Minister Divakar Raote had on Wednesday demanded that the BJP and Sena contest an equal number of seats in the Assembly polls, failing which the alliance was unlikely. Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut supported the statement. In response, BJP leader Girish Mahajan said, “The alliance is bound to happen. Those who have no say in the seat-sharing talks must not comment on the issue.” Mr. Mahajan expressed confidence that issues in the seat-sharing arrangement will be resolved within two to three days. BJP president Amit Shah will be in Mumbai on Sunday to address a public rally on the abrogation of Article 370. According to sources, during his visit, the BJP is likely to take a final call on the alliance with Sena.last_img read more

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I have been able to work successfully on my flaws: Dravid

first_imgRahul Dravid was a satisfied man after his marathon innings of 191 and more so because he had been able to get rid of the few technical glitches he had developed in his batting of late.”I had not batted well against the left-arm pacers during the Australia series. (He was troubled by Doug Bollinger and Mitchell Johnson). So I went back to NCA and worked on my flaws with the coaches there and also spoke about it to Gary(Kirsten).”Basically, I was opening the face of the bat towards cover and that was causing trouble. So when Andy McKay was bowling, the idea was to play as straight as possible. That was one area I worked on,” said the hero of India’s third day’s play.His poor run before the New Zealand series came in for a lot of criticism but Dravid felt that there was no point thinking about that.”Look questions are bound to be asked if you are not scoring runs. It’s just that when you are 23 or 24, people ask different questions and when you are 37 or 38, they ask different questions. That’s part and parcel of modern day cricket and you have got to accept that. The best way to come back is to score runs.”As far as I am concerned, I have never really bothered about the questions. It’s always been about how I feel emotionally, physically and spiritually and whether I am giving my hundred per cent or not. These are a few boxes I always mentally tick before a series,” he told the reporters.advertisementDravid, however, felt that credit should go to the bowlers for dismissing New Zealand for 193. “New Zealand have batted very well in the series. We have scored excess of 450 quite often but it’s the bowlers who helped us in getting a big lead. The first session on Tuesday will be very crucial.”If we can get a few wickets till the ball is new and hard just like their bowlers did it today, it would be great. The pitch is still pretty flat and the ball isn’t turning much. It’s still a good batting track. Once the ball gets older it will be easier for the batsman to settle down and score runs,” Dravid assessed.Although seven among the top eight in the batting order got runs in the series with the exception of Suresh Raina, Dravid said the series in South Africa will be a different ball game altogether.”It’s always nice to have runs as it gives you the confidence. Having said that, we have to be aware that the conditions in South Africa will be completely different.”Dravid also said that one shouldn’t be too harsh on young Raina as this is a learning experience for him.”He is having a rough time but we all know that he is a terrific talent. Test cricket is a hard school and he will only learn from these experiences. We have all seen in ODIs how good he can be once he gets going. Hopefully, he will score runs in South Africa.”When asked how difficult it is to bat long hours at this age, he smiled and replied, “It’s always difficult to bat long hours irrespective of your age. It can physically and emotionally exhaust. Personally, I like batting for long hours because then only I can score runs.””Hope I can bat pretty more like Viru one day,” he said with a grin.Dravid also admitted that except Virender Sehwag, none of the Indian batsmen have been able to completely dominate Daniel Vettori.”Vettori has had control over Indian batsmen. Save Viru who has successfully attacked him, none of us have been able to dominate Vettori which has given him the opportunity to carry on bowling from one end and rotate the pacers from the other end,” he said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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