Letterkenny Gaels Club Notes.The U-12 hurlers brought down the curtain on their competitive season for this year as they played in a blitz in Randalstown on Saturday last. The lads won three of their opening games and were unfortunate to lose out on the final.Letterkenny Gaels Ladies are delighted to announce their Winter Ladies Football Training program. During the winter months the Circuit based training will take place indoors at the Gaels Clubroom on the Thorn Road. The training for 16’s to adult continues every Friday evening from 6.30-7.30pm. For the younger girls from 12-16 years football/Circuit training is on every Monday from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at the clubhouse.Training is open to all and new members are especially welcome.Letterkenny Gaels in association with AIB are delighted to announce a new and exciting customer offer that sees AIB build their partnership with the GAA and support the re-embedding of AIB back into the heart of local communities.From today with the purchase of every new AIB Home Insurance policy, they will reward customers with a payment of €50 to Letterkenny Gaels GAA club. And the good news for us is that there is no cap on how many reward payments can be made to our club. The Club is already registered for this offer so don’t forget to nominate Letterkenny Gaels if you take out your policy with them.AIB Home Insurance offer very competitive prices and club members are encouraged to seek a quotation from them when renewing your Home Insurance.The GAA Adult + Cards are now available to club members and can be purchased online. The purchasing of the card has benefits for both the holder and our Club. For more details on this please see Club Facebook page.As we count down the weeks until Christmas, club members are reminded that Letterkenny Gaels merchandise, which includes training tops, track-suits, jerseys, hats, scarfs etc. can be purchased in Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure.The indoor Camogie training continues every Friday evening at the LYIT from 6-7pm. Hurls and helmets provided. New players most welcome.The outdoor underage football training has also concluded for the season. Please see Facebook in the coming weeks for dates and venues for indoor training.The indoor underage hurling continues every Thursday from 6.30-7.30pm in the Aura. Helmets and hurls will be provided for new players. The term will run for nine weeks before Christmas and six after. All welcome.Lotto numbers for last week were 9, 10, 15 & 16. No jackpot winner. Match 2 was Seamus Bradley, Friends of the Gaels.Bingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €3050. Lines are €40 and Houses are €130. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. All welcome.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGael Letterkenny Gaels U12 hurlers perform brilliantly at blitz was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsSport
Selebogo Molefe runs the Open for Business campaign on behalf of Virgin’s Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, a programme that provides entrepreneurs with practical business workshops. (Image: Lifesgud)MEDIA CONTACTS• Selebogo Molefe Lifesgud+27 11 039 6121RELATED ARTICLES• Meet a top social entrepreneur• Meds on wheels for positive change• Young people: own your destiny!• Yes, it is rocket scienceTiisetso TlelimaRather than simply throwing cash at the problem, social entrepreneur Selebogo Molefe has joined hands with German social development organisation Zenzela to help destitute young South Africans become more independent, autonomous and self-sufficient through a programme called Changing a Million Lives.The vision behind Changing a Million Lives is to empower teenagers who live in shelters by equipping them with knowledge and skills. When these teenagers leave the shelters at the age of 18, they often have nowhere to go. But this programme gives them the opportunity to make something of their lives.“A lot of these kids fall by the wayside when they leave shelters,” explains Molefe, the project’s pioneer. “Although the shelters do something positive by rehabilitating them, there’s only so much they can do. They don’t have enough resources and the government can only do so much in terms of grants.”The idea is to put the teens in touch with companies – depending on the career path they want to pursue – so that they can learn the ins and outs of the respective industries. So far, the project has benefitted eight youngsters from shelters across Johannesburg, including Kliptown Youth Centre, The House Group and Othandweni Children’s Home in Soweto.The teens are integrated into the workplace during the school holidays. They are mentored and given practical work experience.Molefe and his business partner Phakiso Tsotetsi, use their connections in the corporate world to link the beneficiaries with the companies so that they can get career advice, while Zenzela helps them handle any psychological problems they may have.“We teamed up with our friends from Germany because they are social workers and they have a passion for Africa and kids,” Molefe says. “We had access to corporates and we needed someone who could help the kids with the psychological stuff.”Building solid relationshipsThe programme’s intention is to provide a space where the youngsters can build solid relationships with the companies. Its desired outcome is that the relationships built must be strong enough to prompt the company to take in the teen after the programme, and even send them to university or college to study.“We want them to be sustainable so that they can also make a difference,” Molefe points out.Changing a Million Lives recently took two youngsters, Thabo Mbele from Kliptown Youth Centre and Meshack Mbangi from Othandweni Children’s Home, to Miami in the US for a seven-month long working holiday. The two were enrolled in youth and cultural exchange programmes called Students J1 Work Travel and Seasonal Work USA, which gave them a chance to work in five five-diamond hotels in the US and Canada. This allowed them to hone their skills in the hospitality sector.The programme covered their accommodation and living costs; however, Molefe had to raise money to cover their flights, which he did through various sponsors.Mbele returned to South Africa four months ago and is now volunteering at the shelter where he once stayed. He plans to further his studies in 2013, using the money he earned overseas. Mbangi is still working in Canada at a ski resort called Whistler Blackcomb. He will return home in February 2013.Changing a Million Lives began at the beginning of 2012, and operations have been somewhat haphazard. Molefe’s dream is to formalise the initiative and he has, in the past few months, been vigorously campaigning to get more people on-board so that the project can benefit more young people.“I want to formalise it into a programme,” he explains. “My main mission is to connect these kids to people who can help them. From there, on they can start their own relationships.”Sometimes what these teens need is someone who will talk to them and make them feel like they matter, adds Molefe. “You have to find out what their dreams and aspirations are, and try to mentor them.”Brought up in a Christian home, Molefe and his siblings were taught to lend a hand to the needy whenever they could. Growing up in the streets of Hillbrow in the 1990s, where prostitution and drugs were rife, Molefe knew he would have to help turn his environment into a better place.He has since worked with numerous charities in Hillbrow, including Twilight Children. Today, he sits on the board of The House Group, an inner city charity that rehabilitates destitute and abused girls.Life’s goodApart from his philanthropic work, Molefe is a forward-looking businessman who has a passion for people. In 2009, he started a company called Lifesgud.com, a lifestyle brand that specialises in creating unique experiences through niche events and decor. Lifesgud.com also designs and sells bean bags, ottomans, tents and mobile flooring.Although he runs a thriving small business that has attracted big clients such as Nedbank and Deloitte, things haven’t always been easy. Molefe recalls his first job as a hairstylist at a salon opposite the Universal Church in downtown Johannesburg. “I wasn’t a great stylist but I had a lot of customers because I would listen to their problems,” he says.When the hairstyling job dried up his uncle, who had been contracted to build Newscafés across the city, took him in. He worked as a cement mixer for his uncle’s construction company.It was only in 2000 that business opportunities started opening up for him. He teamed up with his friend to start a clothing label called Umoba, which sold ethnic, funky jeans and tops. Initially, the business did very well – the pair got their clothes into the Y-Shop and dressed celebrities such as prominent DJ Rude Boy Paul.However, like any start-up there were challenges and they eventually had to close shop. “There was a problem [with] delivery because there was no commitment from the designer,” explains Molefe. “I couldn’t sell without the other part doing what it was hired to do, so we were getting a lot of backlash from the clients.”At the time, he was renting a lavish property that had a swimming pool and a tennis court in Lombardy East, a suburb east of Johannesburg. After the clothing business fell through, he started organising private parties and matric dance after-parties on the property to make the rent.“My housemate was into the LG brand and we would often sit there and say, ‘Life’s good,’” he recalls. And that is how the brand Lifesgud.com was born. Today his business employs five people and he hopes to grow it until he can employ 50 people, directly or indirectly.The Hook Up DinnerMolefe also runs the Open for Business campaign on behalf of Virgin’s Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, a programme that provides entrepreneurs with practical business workshops. Occasionally, he also gives talks to entrepreneurs and owners of small, medium and micro enterprises on how to use social media for businesses.In August, he launched an initiative called The Hook Up Dinner. It’s a monthly network session where entrepreneurs can get together and share ideas on how to grow their businesses.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIn what has been a tale of two Ohio growing seasons, the state’s corn crop has seen a widely divergent set of challenges, but may have similar harvest challenges that need to be monitored closely this harvest season.While some northern corn suffered from delayed planting, excessive moisture and then dry conditions that could lead to stalk integrity concerns this fall, the lush growing conditions in the southern two-thirds of the state led to a nearly ideal early season for corn (and diseases).“From U.S. 30 south seems to have a lot higher incidence of gray leaf spot (GLS) compared to what I’ve seen in the north,” said Roy Ulrich, DEKALB Asgrow technical agronomist. “We had GLS start on corn a lot earlier than we have typically seen. Last year we really didn’t start to see GLS until the middle or end of July in southern Ohio. This year we started picking up GLS at the end of June or first of July — almost a full month ahead of last year. This wasn’t a big surprise because we had the heat and then we had all that rain in June so we had plenty of moisture to get GLS to sporulate, get inoculum on the plants and start infecting fields. It was probably the highest GLS pressure I have seen in my 9-year career. It was pretty aggressive.”As temperatures dropped off a little later in the summer it changed the corn disease dynamic.“We hit the end of July and early August and temperatures relaxed. We saw GLS slow down. It was still out there at high levels but now we have seen northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) pick up in some areas,” Ulrich said. “Disease pressure is a lot higher than what we typically see, but we still see differences as to how severe that disease pressure is within products and between fields based on how they lay and their rotation.”Those summer conditions will have an impact on harvest this fall.“Early disease pressure put stress on the plant from a photosynthetic standpoint so it couldn’t produce as much energy as it would like to and, when you couple that with the really high nighttime temperatures that increase respiration rates, the plant was burning more energy than usual. Those plants could have cannibalized some of their stalks early in the season trying to get enough nutrients to move to the ear for grain fill,” Ulrich said. “We have a scenario where we could have some stalk integrity issues going into the fall. Any of those fields with higher disease pressure are at higher risk because the plant wasn’t able to produce as much energy during grain fill. Then August completely flipped the weather pattern on us and the plants may not have cannibalized the stalks like they would have if the high temperatures would have continued.”Pest issues could also contribute to stalk concerns this harvest.“In corn-after-corn fields, it was easy to find corn rootworm beetles. Rotated acres are more hit and miss. In some rotated non-traited fields we definitely saw more beetles than we have in recent years, but other areas we didn’t see it,” Ulrich said. “The corn-after-corn fields were pretty much at economic levels this year, but those corn-after-soybean fields, I am not sure.”At this point in the season, to get the most out of the 2018 corn crop, it needs to be monitored statewide for stalk integrity and for any late introduction of ear rots. Harvest needs to be prioritized accordingly, for corn in northern or southern Ohio. This column was contributed by Ohio’s Country Journal for DEKALB
At least five Maoists, including two women cadres, were killed in an exchange of fire with security personnel inside the Bejingiwada reserve forest near Sanyasiguda village under Kalimela police station of Odisha’s Malkangiri district in the early hours of Monday.The site of the encounter is barely 2 km from East Godavari district in adjoining Andhra Pradesh.Speaking to The Hindu, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Jagmohan Meena said that based on intelligence reports on the presence of a Maoist camp in the region, two groups of commandos of the Special Operation Group (SOG) launched an operation on Sunday evening.It was believed that Maoist leader Randev alias Deba Madhi, who heads the Kalimela Dalam of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), was present at the spot, along with some key Maoists from Malkangiri district.According to sources, Randev managed to escape from the spot.‘Biggest operation’Odisha Director General of Police R.P. Sharma said this was the biggest operation against Maoists in Odisha in the past three years. He said the bodies of five Maoists and arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot of encounter. All those killed were in Maoist uniforms.According to Mr. Sharma, two self loading rifles (SLR), one INSAS rifle, one .303 rifle, one grenade, ammunition as well as backpacks and other materials were seized from the site of the shootout.
Congress should not be left out in U.P., says Salman Khurshid While an official announcement is yet to be made, the formula for an alliance of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal seems to be ready in Uttar Pradesh, with the parties showing little interest in accommodating the Congress, sources say.SP and BSP leaders said the leadership was less inclined to include the Congress, and at best would leave just the Rae Bareli and Amethi seats for the grand old party. However, they said the seat-sharing arithmetic was “still fluid”, and the final call would be taken by Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. “Alliance is confirmed. But the final decision will be taken by the national president,” said a senior SP leader on Sunday on condition of anonymity.The leader said while the exact formula for the 80 seats would be revealed “any time”, the two top leaders of the parties had reached an understanding over the arrangement. The SP would also accommodate its ally, the Nishad Party, while the RLD is expected to get a few seats.Also Read No to Rahul vs ModiSources said that Mr. Yadav met Ms. Mayawati recently to discuss the arrangement and that the two parties were in constant touch. They said the announcement was being delayed till the last minute to give the BJP minimum chance to come up with an alternative narrative. “Who knew till the last moment in Phulpur and Gorakhpur, and then in Kairana about the support by the BSP and then fielding of the RLD candidate,” the SP source said, illustrating his point. The SP believes that the Congress does not bring in any “add-on” votes, and its leadership is apprehensive that giving the Congress space in U.P. would, in turn, make the election about “Rahul Gandhi vs Narendra Modi”.A BSP source also said that the talks between the two parties were “conclusive.” “Everything is finalised, people are waiting for the declaration,” he said.While it is being speculated that Ms. Mayawati will make the announcement on her birthday on January 15, BSP general secretary Satish Mishra last week told reporters outside Parliament that “this is not how birthdays are celebrated”.Sources in the BSP are also apprehensive that an alliance with the Congress would not only reduce the party’s bargaining power but also not ensure any positive transfer of voters. “The 1996 election is a bad experience. The Congress votes did not get transferred to the BSP. Besides, by committing to a pre-poll alliance with the Congress where Dalits have traditionally voted, the BSP would lose its independence as a political force,” said a BSP leader. The alliance with the SP was based on a “natural formula and old experience,” said the leader.According to the BSP leader, the seat-sharing formula would be based on the positions acquired by the parties in 2014, though sources said Ms. Mayawati had been adamant on at least 38 seats. The final difference between the SP and the BSP number will not be much, an SP leader said. While the BSP had scored a zero in 2014, it stood second in 34 seats. The SP won five and came runner-up in 31. The RLD was second in Mathura.The BJP won 71 seats, while its ally, the Apna Dal, added two more. This time around, the BJP also has to accomodate another ally, the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, which is breathing down its neck over the implementation of the sub-categorisation of the OBC quota.R.D. Tripathi, senior journalist from Lucknow, said the SP-BSP alliance would be potent enough on its own. He said the Congress fighting as a separate force will not only help the party but also damage the BJP more. “It is seen that when Congress combines with either the SP or the BSP, the upper caste voters get inclined to vote for the BJP,” said Mr. Tripathi, giving examples of the 2017 Assembly poll and the 1996 election.Mr. Tripathi said that by fighting alone, the Congress can be an alternative for the floating voters and the upper caste voters angry with the BJP but not willing to join the SP-BSP alliance.“Not just arithmetic, the SP-BSP alliance will be about chemistry, as there is rural distress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s credibility is down and Yogi Adityanath’s governance has been poor,” said Mr. Tripathi.