It takes a Donegal man to beat off a savage shark – with his bare hands!Irish-Australian pro-surfer Mick Fanning has hit headlines around the world after he fended off the fearsome beast while taking part in a competition in South Africa. Mick’s father John is from Malin Head and emigrated to Australia in the 1970s.The surfing star, 34, is proud of his Irish roots and has the Fanning coat of arms tattooed on his left arm and has visited the Inishowen Peninsula in recent years.The dramatic footage of Mick shows him paddling out to take part in the J-Bay Surfing Open when all of a sudden a huge fin appears.The shark can then be seen attacking Mick as he attempts to battle desperately to get back on his board. Mick said: “I just saw fins. I just punched it in the back. I felt something grab, get stuck in my leg rope and instantly jumped away. And it just keep coming at my board.”He’s proud of his Donegal and Irish roots too.“I love it there, those are my roots and love it when we’re home,” he said.Simply click on the video to see Mick’s dramatic escape. DDTV: IT TAKES A DONEGAL SURFER TO BEAT OFF A SHARK WITH HIS BARE HANDS! was last modified: July 21st, 2015 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:attackMalin Headmanshark
Keep the Dream 196, or KTD196, is a Tzaneen-based organisation helping make youngsters’ dreams come true by providing support and care, particularly for orphans, caregivers and vulnerable children.Keep the Dream works in areas where communities are under extreme pressure from unemployment, lack of healthcare, growing poverty and high rates of HIV/Aids infections.The training programme also helps children develop their self-discipline and team work skills and introduces first aidMany children are their families’ sole breadwinners, after parents have succumbed to the illness, or have travelled to look for work.“We work with orphans and vulnerable children in particular,” says Louise Batty, one of the organisation’s founders.Batty is a professional nurse employed by the Department of Health and was seconded to a local home-based care organisation in Tzaneen.“These children enter the programme with low self-esteem, [low] self-confidence and a hopeless outlook towards life. Seeing all of this change quickly as the kids progress through the programme is awe-inspiring. They become so confident and purpose-filled in their outlook and their actions.”Keep the Dream 196 took off in 2003 when a Choice Trust focus group, comprising 180 home-based care volunteers, expressed concerns over problems facing the orphaned and vulnerable children in their villages in the north of Limpopo.Batty, with primary school teacher Elizabeth Mabuza, laid the organisation’s foundations, with 13 girls participating in their initial programme. By the end of the year they had managed to train 50 new volunteers and had more than 1 000 kids in the programme.“We have been in existence for 10 years this month (November); we started with 13 girls and now we have 2 456 children in 91 different sites around Greater Tzaneen Municipality,” says Batty.“We see the impact of our work every day and it is so encouraging to see these kids go on to become contributing members of society after overcoming so much.”THERAPY, SKILLS AND COMMUNICATIONThe organisation runs a number of projects, training caregivers and children in communication and leadership skills. It also tackles reproductive health, teaches caregivers and children about their legal rights and responsibilities, and facilitates group therapy developing “circles of support” with the children.The three-year KTD196 Food for Life training programme teaches young people how to harvest water, to compost and cook, practise subsistence farming, and marketing and basic bookkeeping.The organisation runs a number of projects, training caregivers and children in communication and leadership skillsThe training programme also helps children develop their self-discipline and team work skills and introduces first aid.Keep the Dream offers remedial classes for those who have had to drop out of school to care for younger siblings or sick family members. It helps families apply for social grants, and helps older children apply for scholarships and bursaries by providing access to information and computers.Batty says what moves her most about working with the children is that, “they’re not happy with the status quo of the now, the crime, corruption and despair; they want to be part of the solution and make a real difference in the lives of others and they do that now, not when everything is going right for them but now when life is tough and they don’t have parents or enough food or resources. They share what they have and do what they can. This is humbling to watch and be a part of.“Their past is a stepping stone to their destiny and not a stumbling block or a millstone around their necks.“They are the new South Africa.”PLAY YOUR PARTFor more information on Keep the Dream, visit their website. To learn more about how you can help contact Louise Batty via email or call her 074 274 2080.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced a one-time loan waiver for small and marginal farmers up to ₹50,000 each from their outstanding short-term debt in the 2018-19 State budget presented in the Assembly here on Monday. While this move will cost ₹8,000 crore to the State exchequer, no new taxes were imposed in the budget.The budget, which gave sops to almost every section of the population, was perceived as a populist one, coming in the wake of her party’s defeat in the recently concluded by-elections in Rajasthan.This was Ms. Raje’s last budget in her present tenure, as the State goes to polls in December this year.Ms. Raje also announced ₹650 crore tax relief and ₹44,135 crore expenditure on the development, infrastructure and social security schemes in the budget. “I have sub-divided the areas of budgetary expenditure to reach out to the maximum number of people and made the best use of public money,” Ms. Raje, who also holds the Finance portfolio, said.The budget proposed a total outlay of ₹1,07,865.40 crore on schemes and projects, with 40.92% going to social and community services and schemes. In the planned outlay, the power sector received 25.08% and rural development sector 13.42% of the allocations. Ms. Raje said all expenditures would be within the limits of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act.The Chief Minister also announced exemption to small and marginal farmers from the payment of land revenue and establishment of a State Farmers’ Debt Relief Commission as a permanent institution for settlement of crop loans on merit basis.A provision of ₹15 crore was made for entrepreneurship development under the Skill Training Scheme, while interest-free loan of ₹2 lakh will be provided to people engaged in mechanical works and two years’ child care leave will be given to women employees. A new project for development of water catchment areas will also be undertaken at a cost of ₹151 crore.The estimated fiscal deficit for 2018-19 is ₹28,011.21 crore, which is 2.98% of the Gross State Domestic Product, while the estimated total revenue receipt for the year is ₹1,51,663.50 crore. The budget had the estimated revenue deficit of ₹5,454.85 crore without the effect of the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana.In the tax proposals, Ms. Raje announced 50% exemption in stamp duty for the establishment of IT, entertainment and tourism sector units, 10% increase in SGST-based investment subsidy and an increase in the maximum limit of interest subsidy in a year for agro-based industries and services from ₹5 lakh to ₹7.5 lakh.‘Directionless’The Opposition Congress described the budget as “directionless” and said the BJP government would not be able to implement the announcements in the limited time it has. Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said the crop loan waiver would not benefit thousands of farmers who had obtained loans from the institutions other than the cooperative banks. He also expressed surprise that the social security pensions had not been increased for any category of eligible people.
‘Humiliated’ Steve Smith says Australia lacking prideAustralia lost the three-match Test series 2-0 as they lost eight wickets for 40 runs before lunch to crumble to an innings and 80-run loss on Day 4 of the second Test at Hobart.Hobart Test: Faf Du Plessis lauds ‘relentless’ South Africa attackSouth Africa have now won their last three series in Australia, following victories under Graeme Smith in 2008 and 2012.7 reasons why the last year was great for SaniaSania Mirza who turns 30 today, is on top of the doubles ranking for a staggering 84 consecutive weeks.Andy Murray beats Marin Cilic in ATP World Tour Finals openerMurray was tested for much of his opening match at the ATP finals but still came out on top, playing in his home country and beating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2.Formula One thankful for near-miss in BrazilOn a rainsoaked afternoon that saw the race twice stopped and re-started with the safety car deployed five times, there were also those who felt the sport had erred too far on the side of caution.
Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2015 Metro Cup grand finals on Saturday. Men’s PremierDodgers 7 defeated Country Club Colts 6Player of the Final – Ethan TaylorWomen’s PremierCountry Club Colts 5 defeated Southern Storm 4Player of the Final – Hayley MaddickMen’s Division OneDodgers 8 defeated Uni Rebels 2Player of the Final – Scott PrinceWomen’s Division OneSouthern Storm 9 defeated Country Club Colts 4Player of the Final – Bec GouldingMen’s Division TwoCountry Club Colts Senior 5 defeated Uni Rebels Junior 4Player of the Final – Jason CampbellWomen’s Division TwoUni Rebels Junior Gold 7 defeated Uni Rebels Senior Blue 3Player of the Final – Tegan Phillips To see highlights from finals day, please visit the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus.Related LinksMetro Cup Finals
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde coy over plans for Chelsea striker Morataby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is coy over talk of a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata this week.Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri fuelled speculation Morata could be set to depart Stamford Bridge when he told reporters on Friday: “If Morata will go to another club we will need a replacement.”Valverde was coy on Barcelona’s reported interest in the Spain international when he was asked directly about Morata ahead of Sunday’s visit of Eibar.”I can only say the same thing,” Valverde said. “That he’s a great player, that he’s at another team and that we respect that a lot.”
Duke KyrieDuke is just three days away from beginning its national title defense. The Blue Devils open up Friday night against Siena, but there are over a dozen former players currently in action in the NBA.Like other programs with a large number of NBA alumni, Duke does a good job of playing up its track record on social media. It did so again tonight with a quick “Duke in the NBA” graphic on Twitter. Pretty self-explanatory. There’s background music, as images of ex-Dukies in NBA gear appear and flow from one to the next. Duke forever. #DukeintheNBA #BannerHunters #TheBrotherhood #DukeFam pic.twitter.com/3DnvM2cVcF— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) November 11, 2015How many members of the 2015-16 Blue Devils will join these guys in the professional ranks next year?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met families supported by Child Bereavement UK this week, which supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.The Duke has been patron of the charity since 2009.The royal couple was greeted by crowds of well-wishers as they visited the charity’s offices near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.Meeting staff, volunteers and supporters at Child Bereavement UK, The Duke said: “It’s fantastic what you are doing. I’m so proud to be a patron of the charity. Please keep up the good work.”The Duke and Duchess met bereaved families and saw first-hand some of Child Bereavement UK’s support groups for bereaved children, young people and parents. They experienced the activities of the charity’s Young People’s Advisory Group, a forum for bereaved young people to share their experiences and help develop resources. Daniel, age 14, said: “They had a chat with everyone and they seemed like very nice people. It was pretty exciting.”The couple also met bereaved young children and their parents, where children took part in creative activities designed to help them express their feelings. They also met a Parents’ Support Group for parents following the death of a child.Juliette, whose two children Aidan, 13, and Elysia, 7, attend children’s groups at the charity said: “Child Bereavement UK has been so helpful because they understand – they’ve dealt with children who have been through similar things to us.”Her son Aidan said of the Young People’s group he attends: “It’s just really helpful, it just cheers me up. The stuff that we do is really fun, and if I’ve had a bad day at school or something like that, I can go to that club and I just feel much better.” On meeting the Duke and Duchess, Juliette added: “They made the families feel very much at ease. William was very funny actually, and really interactive, both of them, with the children, which was lovely to see.”Chief Executive Ann Chalmers said: “It was wonderful to have both the Duke and Duchess here to visit us and to experience Child Bereavement UK’s work first-hand. They both showed great compassion, warmth and understanding, and I don’t doubt they will have been moved by what they heard from the bereaved families and children they met.”Source:ChildBereavementUK.org
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has voiced his opinion that Mexico will be the main rivals of the Bundesteam in the FIFA World Cup group.Ahead of the beginning of the World Cup in Russia, ter Stegen has revealed he sees Marco Fabian and Carlos Salcedo’s Mexico challenge Germany in the group as they have already been announced. He said they should not be underestimated.“Every one of us wants to win the World Cup and to do this, we want to get into the tournament with good feelings and with a good result against Mexico,” ter Stegen said, according to the official website of the Bundesliga.“They are the strongest team in our group, together with us, and they’ve come a long way in recent years.”Ter Stegen: Messi deserves to decide his Barca future Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Marc-Andre ter Stegen insists Lionel Messi has earned the right to decide his Barcelona future amid fears he could leave next summer.“We’re going to prepare well in the coming week and we want to prove that we are the best team in the group.”He also went on to add that he is ready to do anything for the big prize.“It’s difficult for me, but I am giving all my support to the team so that we can win the World Cup, which is all that I want.”“It’s not just about quality, but also fortune and your form on the day that matter,” he continued. “There are many good nations, like Brazil and Spain, who are always up there, but we hope to start with a victory.”