More than 14,000 people are to descend on Letterkenny for the Oireachtas Rince Uladh 2013 / Ulster Irish Dancing Championships from 20th November until 24th November 2013.This event is being held in the Mount Errigal Hotel for five whole days in the form of high class competitive entertainment.It is estimated that in excess of 14,000 people will attend the championships from all over Ulster and some bordering counties during this five-day major cultural event. Irish dancing is becoming more popular than ever before and it is a mecca showcase for those young (4yrs – 21yrs) performing and competing in the traditional art of Irish dancing at national and world level and for the impassioned audience it attracts from all over the global Celtic community.It adds a festival dimension to the gateway town as an out-of-season event and will benefit the neighbouring towns as well.Letterkenny Town Mayor, Paschal Blake, said “It is an honour for Letterkenny to host the Ulster Dancing Championships once more in 2013. I extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to everyone who wishes to view and experience Irish Dancing at its ultimate best and to explore what the Ulster Dancing Championships event holds in store for the avid Irish dancing enthusiasts and local communities. Letterkenny has a great range of facilities to cater for everyone and I hope that everyone will enjoy their stay in the area”.Seamus Neely, County Manager said that he welcomes Oireachtas Rince Uladh back to Letterkenny for 2013 after Buncrana’s successful hosting for 2011 and 2012. He also said Donegal County Council is fully aware of the cultural, social and economic benefits that an event such as Oireachtas Rince Uladh brings to the community of Letterkenny and County Donegal. He wishes the organisers and all concerned every success. This is a Donegal County Development Board lead initiative, under the auspices of Donegal County Council, and is supported and funded by the Letterkenny Town Council. ULSTER IRISH DANCING CHAMPIONSHIPS LIGHTFOOTS ITS WAY TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Irish DancingletterkennyUlster Championships
John Terry makes his first Chelsea start in five weeks as one of three changes to the line-up that lost at Everton last week.Terry’s return means Branislav Ivanovic reverts to right-back and Cesar Azpilicueta switches back to left-back, with Kenedy pushed into a more advanced role.With Diego Costa suspended, Loic Remy gets the nod up front for his first home league start of the season.Oscar comes in to midfield as Nemanja Matic and Pedro drop out.West Ham also make three changes, after the 1-1 draw at Manchester United last time out.Adrian returns in goal, after Darren Randolph played in the FA Cup, while Emmanuel Emenike and Andy Carroll drop to the bench.Enner Valencia starts a league game for the first time since 13 February, while Diafra Sakho plays up front.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry,Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Kenedy; Remy. Subs: Begovic, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Pato.West Ham United: Adrian; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Lanzini, Payet, Valencia; Sakho.Subs: Randolph, Oxford, O’Brien, Obiang, Song, Emenike, Carroll.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
17 October 2011 National Geographic has named South Africa’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden as one of the world’s best picnic spots. Kirstenbosch, which was established in 1913 to conserve and showcase the diverse flora of southern Africa, is widely celebrated as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Picnicking is a favourite local pastime, and the tranquillity and beauty of Kirstenbosch makes it one of the most scenic places to relax on the lawns and enjoy a truly South African spread. “Being listed by National Geographic is a big international acknowledgement,” says Sarah Struys, events and centre manager at Kirstenbosch. Struys adds that one of the many attractions of the garden is that it has been positioned as a leisure destination, instead of just being a botanical garden where people can only view plants.‘Accessible to everyone’ “This makes it accessible to everyone. You don’t have to be a botanist or horticulturalist to enjoy Kirstenbosch,” she says. Visitors to Kirstenbosch can also view the permanent stone sculpture display and other indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Struys says that picnicking at Kirstenbosch became a popular activity when management introduced the Summer Sunset music concerts at the garden 20 years ago. The concerts are held on Sunday evenings during the summer months, from late November until early April. Over the years, Kirstenbosch has featured many of the best local bands and artists, such as Freshlyground, Arno Carstens, Johnny Clegg and Goldfish. International artists such as Michael Buble, Josh Grobin and Cliff Richard have also performed at the concert venue. The Kirstenbosch concerts have also been recognised internationally. In 2007, Time magazine featured them as one of the top things to do in Cape Town. It also described Kirstenbosch as a “garden of musical delights”.Treasured natural heritage Kirstenbosch was the first botanic garden in the world dedicated to preserving a country’s indigenous plant life. The garden is home to more than 7 000 rare and threatened species. It is adjacent to the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and many hiking enthusiasts use the Skeleton Gorge hiking route, starting at Kirstenbosch, to hike up the slopes of the mountain. Both the TMNP and Kirstenbosch form part of the Cape Floristic Region Protected Area, which was proclaimed a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippine youth team vies for a top two spot in Pool A Friday night after splitting its first two assignments in the Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.Led by Filipino-Nigerian AJ Edu, Batang Gilas looks to win over Poland and Turkmenistan to advance to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The young Filipinos kicked off their campaign with a 19-17 triumph over Israel before falling short against the favored Netherlands, 13-10, Wednesday night.Edu and Juan Gomez di Liano fueled the Philippines’ comeback against Israel that turned an 11-14 deficit into an 18-15 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBatang Gilas also rallied to tie the Netherlands at 10, but Maik Bouwer sealed the win for the top seed.The Netherlands topped Pool A at 2-0 in Day 1, while the Philippines—with Encho Serrano and Rhayyan Amsali also in the lineup—wound up tied at 1-1 with Israel and Poland. Turkmenistan remained winless in two outings. Bradley: Pacquiao still can fight vs young guys Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the next round.Last week, the Philippine men’s 3×3 squad bowed out in the first round with a 2-2 record in France. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games
zoomImage Courtesy: Exmar Belgium’s vessel owner and operator Exmar has become a part of the 30,000m³ ballast-free LNG carrier joint development project (JDP).The partners in the JDP, namely Dalian Shipbuilding, GTT and Lloyd’s Register, welcomed the new member and launched the second phase of the project on April 17 in Shanghai.The first phase of the project performed by DSIC, GTT and Lloyd’s Register developed a new design of LNG carrier, fully compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s new ballast water management convention (BWMC), and using membrane containment systems.It showed the potential for competitive advantages for the ship-owners, combining environmentally-friendly features with increased efficiency. It also indicated potentially lower construction and operational costs. The 30,000m³ B-FREE LNG carrier design received an Approval in Principle from Lloyd’s Register in December 2017.Phase II of the project aims to develop the design further, and to validate the initial results achieved during Phase I by applying more detailed analysis and verification, including model testing.“The ballast-free concept is a well-suited solution in the context of a shipping world with growing environmental requirements and concerns. By eliminating the need for ballast water, there is an absolute certainty that no invasive species will be transported on board of the vessel,” Pierre Dincq, Managing Director of Shipping at Exmar, said.Moreover, the ballast water treatment plant can be omitted, reducing the maintenance requirements and the energy consumption of the vessel which has a positive impact on the CO2 footprint of the vessel, Dincq continued.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A longtime Miss America Organization staffer has been named its executive director of operations.Karen Nocella’s appointment was announced Wednesday. She will oversee day-to-day activities in the organization’s Atlantic City office.Nocella has worked for more than 30 years in public relations and marketing. She joined the organization in 2008 as a tour manager for Miss America and has served as business manager and executive director for promotions and licensing.Before joining Miss America, Nocella worked in public and community relations for the Philadelphia Phillies.Nocella’s appointment is the latest change for the organization since leaked emails surfaced late last year showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance and intellect of former Miss Americas.Haskell resigned Dec. 23. Most of the previous board members also have resigned.
LONDON — European Union diplomats are meeting to finalize the draft divorce agreement between Britain and the bloc, amid a warning from Spain that it will oppose the deal if it isn’t guaranteed a say over the future of Gibraltar.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted that Britain and Spain “remain far away” on the issue and “if there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”Spain wants the future of the tiny British territory at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula to be a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.Spain doesn’t have a veto on the withdrawal agreement, which does not have to be approved unanimously. But it could hold up a future free-trade deal between Britain and the EU, which would require approval of all 27 EU nations.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – No date has yet been set for the trial of Leon Wokeley, who is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Pamela Napoleon nearly four years ago.Wokeley, who is also charged with arson and indecency to human remains in connection with Napoleon’s death, appeared in court on Monday, June 11th for a hearing that would set a date for his trial. He entered a plea of not guilty to all three charges he’s facing at an arraignment hearing in Fort St. John on May 23rd.Wokeley’s lawyer Georges Rivard said that no date was set at Monday’s hearing because more steps need to be taken before the trial begins, though he did not elaborate on what those steps were. Wokeley is next scheduled to appear in court in Fort St. John on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:00 a.m.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says that a plan has been implemented to allow evacuated residents of the Old Fort subdivision to gather their belongings and vehicles, and to also prepare their empty homes for the coming winter.The PRRD’s Emergency Operations Centre says that the plan has been developed with a contractor who is experienced in working in emergency situations and has the equipment and resources to assist evacuees.“At this time, it is not safe for ANYONE to enter the evacuation order area – from land or by water. Volunteers MUST NOT enter this area and MUST not transport anyone to the EVACUATION ORDER area,” said the PRRD in an update on its website. The Regional District added that the plan will be put into action once word is received from a geotechnical engineer that the hillside above the community is stable enough that it will not suddenly fail.On Tuesday, the Regional District cancelled Temporary Entry Permits for Old Fort residents to retrieve belongings from their homes, after geotechnical engineers from Westrek Geotechnical Services said that stress cracks in the hillside above the community have continued to form and land slippage has also been observed, causing the Old Fort Road to crack, buckle and slip.