‘A man you can trust’: Koscielny sends World Cup best to France

first_img“He’s a man on whom you can count and I told him that if he wants to he’s more than welcome to pay us a visit,” said Deschamps.“It was a good idea and I’ve shown the letter to the players. There’s everything in there from a man who knows what an international tournament calls for,” said Deschamps.The French Football Federation have made what Koscielny said in the letter public.“The main thing is to get along with each other, all together, players and staff,” he wrote.“Everyone has to fight and go the extra yard for his teammates, team spirit is key.”“The whole nation is behind you and will cheer you on. This support, energy, pride and passion will carry you just as it did in Euro 2016,” said Koscielny, who was part of the France side that lost the final to Portugal.“This year, I’ll be on my sofa, watching on the TV and I’ll be your No.1 fan,” promised the player.The news cast an even poorer light on the 23-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who refused to be a World Cup standby player as the France squad assembled at their Clairefontaine training centre.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s injured defender Laurent Koscielny has sent a letter of encouragement to the France World Cup squad © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSCLAIREFONTAINE-EN-YVELINES, France, May 23 – Ruled out of the World Cup with a ruptured Achilles tendon, Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has written a letter of encouragement to the France squad, national coach Didier Deschamps said on Wednesday.The 32-year-old, who has 50 France caps, was stretchered out of Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid two weeks ago.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U16’S DEFEAT KILCAR IN A CRACKING GAME IN TOWNEY

first_imgFour Masters GAA News:Lotto Result: There was no jackpot winner in Week 39 of the 2014/2015 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on Monday April 13th.The numbers drawn were 5, 9, 16 and 17. The four consolation winners were Thomas McNulty, Townawilly; Marcus Meehan, Letterbarrow; Martin Gilespie, Driminin; and Larry Walsh, Doonan. Each will receive €25. Come Cook With Us Fundraiser: The Ladies and Bord an nOg are hosting a joint fundraiser on Friday 8th May in the Abbey Hotel, starting at 8:30pm. The fundraiser is a night of comedy and cooking with chef Joe Shannon and comedian Frank Forde hosting the evening, which has proven to be a big hit access Ireland with other clubs. All club members, parents, players, and locals are encouraged to attend the night, with tickets available from any underage coach/manager. Tickets cost €20 for the night, with all monies raised being reinvested in our teams. Topaz Cash for Clubs: the club has signed up for the Topaz Cash for Clubs competition, you get a stamp for every €40 or more you spend on fuel in Topaz. The club needs 300 stamps to be entered in the cash prize draws which total €200,000. Our club code is 10203, a completed stamp book can be given any senior club officer or contact Pauric Harvey (0860523905).Gluvs GAA Gloves: the TY mini company are currently selling GAA Gloves called Cluvs with our club crest and colours. If interested in purchasing a pair contact Tom O’Grady (0867358134).Social Media: The club has set up a new Flickr photo sharing page to share photos. The club can also be followed via Twitter, Facebook, TeamApp, ClubAppLive, Instagram and Youtube. Our website www.fourmastersgaa.com is currently getting updated after it was hacked last week, it be up and running again later this week.Training Times:Boys Football•U8 boys football – Thursday night (6pm to 7pm) in Tir Conaill.•U10’s on Wednesday (6:15pm to 7:30pm)•U12’s on Tuesday (5:30pm to 7pm) •U14’s on Monday (7pm to 8pm)•U16’s on Friday (5:30pm to 7pm) and U16/Minors on Monday (6:15pm to 7:15pm).Hurling•U8/U10’s on Friday (6pm to 7pm) and U12’s and above on Friday (7pm to 8pm) will return next week. Hurling contacts are Lorcan O’Toole (0871354564), U12s contact Fergal McAllister (0873445981) and U14/16 contact Mark Sweeney (0868107678). Camogie (Fridays)•U8s – Rosemary Myers 6-7pm•U10s – Breege O’Keeney 6-7pm•U12s – Laurence Doherty – 7-8pm•U14s – Michael Feeney 7-8pm• U16s/U18s – Laurence Doherty 8-9pm and Fridays 7-8pm on WednesdaysLadies Football•U12 girls football is on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm and U10 girls football starting this Thursday from 5pm to 6pm in Tir Conaill, with the Senior Ladies on Thursdays from8pm.Senior Men’s•The Senior men’s teams are currently training on Wednesday (7:30pm) in the Rugby Club and Friday nights (9:30pm) in Tir Conaill.Managers should contact Paddy Muldoon to make pitch/training bookings.Minor Boys Football: the minors lost out to Aodh Ruadh last Wednesday in the minor shield semi final by three points.U16 Boys Football: The U16’s beat Kilcar 3-09 to 2-11 in a very close game in Towney last night. They are scheduled to play Aodh Rudah at home next week in their final league game.Senior Men’s Football: the senior and reserve men’s teams lost to Naomh Conaill on Saturday night in Tir Conaill Park. The seniors lost out 4-07 to 1-07 against a very clinical Noamh Conaill team and an inexperienced reserves team lost out 4-12 to 0-06. Both team play away to Dungloe this Sunday, throw ins at 1:30pm and 3pm. All support welcomed for the lads.Camogie: well done to the the U8, U10 and U12 camogie teams that took part in the Carndonagh blitz last Saturday. Thanks goes to Rosemary Myers, Bredge O’Kenney and co for their good work in promoting the game within the club.Ladies Football: Well done to the senior ladies team who got back to winning ways on Sunday against Buncrana in the league.Donegal GAA: Karl Lacey played for Donegal in their four point defeat to Cork on Sunday in Croke Park. Well done to Donegal minors who won again on Saturday 1-06 to 1-03 against Antrim in the Ulster League, they now play Down this Saturday in Ballybofey at 12 noon. Good luck to Dylan Kennedy who is part of the minor squad. Well done to Laurence Doherty who managed the Donegal minor C camogie title against Wicklow on Saturday. Club players Aine Gilespie, Rebecca Faulkner, Sophie Doherty, and Niamh Doherty were all part of the winning squad. Well done girls!Easter Camp: Thanks goes to all the coaches, volunteers, and helpers who helped out at last weeks three day Easter Camp. Photos from the camp can be see on our Facebook page. All parents will text out when their child’s top or t-shirt arrives into All Sports.Coaching Academy: the 2015 coaching academy for 4-7 year olds boys and girls will start back this Saturday (April 18th) from 11am to 12:30pm in Tir Conaill Park and will run every Saturday morning until late June and again in September and October. Registration will take place this Wednesday night (April 15th) from 6pm to 7pm in Tir Conaill. There will be a parents information evening on Thursday night (April 16th) from 7pm to 7:45pm in Tir Conaill, with all parents asked to attend. Registration for the academy costs seven euros for the year and €2 each Saturday. There will also be a weekly mini league for this group in the Summer which will take place on a weekday and consist of all games.Virtual Sod: the virtual sod fundraiser is ongoing in the club with lots of members signing up so far. The cost of the virtual sod is €20 with all people signed up receiving a certificate and their name going on a large wall display in Tir Conaill. Contact Eamonn Gorrell (08766740053) or Deborah Rose (0879869192) if you wish to support the club in this fundraiser. All money raised goes towards the ongoing pitch developments in Tir Conaill.Scoil an Linbh Iosa 5km: the parents association from Killymard are holding 5km run/walk this Sunday at 2pm, with registration costing €5 per person or €10 per family.Pieta House Darkness into Light: the upcoming race/walk will take place early on Saturday May 9th from the St John Bosco at 4:15am. All club members are encouraged to support this fantastic event.Well done: congratulations to clubman Jason Carr who won player of the year for Plymouth Raider University Basketball team last weekend. Jason has recently broken into the senior Plymouth team which plays in the BBL across England.Club Notes: any club managers, mentors, or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email pauricharvey@hotmail.co.uk before Monday to ensure they are included.GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U16’S DEFEAT KILCAR IN A CRACKING GAME IN TOWNEY was last modified: April 14th, 2015 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:four mastersGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

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SOCCER: SWILLY ROVERS FACE LETTERKENNY IN USL DERBY BATTLE

first_imgSwilly Rovers F.C. Club News:Swilly Lotto results Mon 30th Nov 2015. Numbers drawn: 1, 10, 20 & 24.No Jackpot winner. Four 3-number winners: Kathleen Mc Daid, Rathmullan Rd, Dessie Kelly, Letterkenny, Ferdi & Bridget Toland, Ramelton & Sean Di Roisti, c/o Steve’s Cafe.Jackpot next week: €1075. Next draw in O’Shaughnessys Bar on Monday Dec 7th. Thanks.The under 12’s drew 3-3 with Mulroy Academy,  Swilly goal scorer was Lee Callan (3). The Under 14 A’s  lost  2-1 to Gweedore Celtic, Swilly goal scorer was  Conor Doohan.The under 18’s lost 4-0 to Letterkenny Rovers, the fixture was reversed to Aura Center.The game at the weekend was cancelled with both Swilly Park and Tri-agh-lough being unplayable. The match was rescheduled for  Wednesday the 1st of December away to Fanad United.  SOCCER: SWILLY ROVERS FACE LETTERKENNY IN USL DERBY BATTLE was last modified: December 3rd, 2015 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:letterkennysoccerswilly roversUSLlast_img read more

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Was calf CPR a miracle or another day on the farm?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Was it an early Easter miracle or just another day on the farm? Michelle Ramseyer thinks it might have been a little bit of both.Michelle and her husband Jeff raise around 200 cattle in an organic rotational grazing system with neighboring grain farmer, Dean McIlvaine. The Ramseyers provide the livestock and the labor while enhancing the fertility and controlling weeds on McIvaine’s farm ground for their Lone Pine Pastures operation in Wayne County, Michelle said.Michelle and Jeff Ramseyer“He actually owns the properties we have cattle on. We have 110 head of cattle and close to 80 calves on the ground now. We are a grass-fed operation. We started back in 2014 when we got the cattle. Dean is an organic crop farmer and all of the cattle are raised on organic grass. We do not feed anything other than hay and grass. Dean needed more fertility because his crops weren’t growing well. Jeff went to him and said ‘Hey we can get you more fertility, why don’t we start a grass fed operation?’ That is what we did,” Michelle said. “Our first 40 heifers were delivered in December of 2014 and we calved in March-April of 2015 and have gone from there. We graze on his cropland and we have about 200 acres of permanent pastures we will start here in another couple of weeks. We market our beef to Heinen’s Grocery Store and we have freezer beef we sell in the community though Facebook. We also have organic raised pork in an open barn with outside access.”On Palm Sunday, Jeff and Michelle went out to the pastures to check for calves in the farm ATV.“I go out with him a couple times a week. I attend ATI as a Dairy Science major, so I’m busy with that and we have four kids,” Michelle said. “It was Sunday and he wanted me to go out with him. We had had four calves that were born and he wanted to figure out which momma belonged to which calf and look at some of the cows.”That is when something caught Michelle’s attention.“We rolled up on the Kubota to a cow and a calf that were laying in an old hay pile. I said to Jeff, ‘She is laying on that calf.’ And he says, ‘No, she’s not. She’s fine.’ The momma jumped up as we got a little closer the calf just laid there,” she said. “Jeff jumped off the Kubota realizing, ‘Well, Michelle’s right.’ He ran to the calf and he picked the calf up and it was still warm. He kind of blew on its face and tried to shake it and I just went into ‘mom mode’ I think. I ran off the Kubota over to them and started mouth-to-mouth on this calf. Jeff said the first time I blew in the calf’s mouth his eyes about popped out of his head. Two more times I blew into his mouth and he started breathing on his own. He was laid out flat. His tongue was out — his tongue was blue.”The timing was extremely fortunate.“I just knew that he needed to start breathing and if he was still warm, he was suffocating. His head was under the cow and the rest of the body was not under the cow, his head was. So I knew he was suffocating, that’s the only reason he was like that. I just thought we got to get air into his lungs, and how else do you get air into lungs? I’ve taken child CPR courses and adult CPR courses. So I just did that and I also pounded on the side of his chest where I knew his heart was a couple times just to stimulate him and it must have worked because he’s up and viable now,” Michelle said. “So we happened upon this calf at the right time, because in our situation, normally what happens is we lose very little calves. But in any farming situation, you lose a calf and have no idea why this calf died. Especially beef. With dairy you usually know, but with beef all of the sudden you’ll happen on a calf and won’t know why it’s dead. So we’re very lucky.”Since then, the calf seems to be doing remarkably well.“It took him probably about 10 minutes after we got him going and he was up and wobbly and walked about 300 yards with his mom and started nursing. So we were excited we actually saved him and Jeff checked him yesterday and this morning and says he’s still nursing and he still looks good, so we’re hoping that there wasn’t any other damage,” Michelle said. “We really watch the health of our animals. It’s very important to us. I am a big softie when it comes to our calves. Those are my babies and they’re like my kids. They might not let me pet them, but we really watch our animals for care.”And while calf CPR may be a bit out of the ordinary for the farm, doing whatever it takes to care for animals in the best possible way is standard procedure for the Ramseyers and for livestock farms in general.“Right after that calf being revived, we were driving around again and the calves do this all the time — they’re laid out flat, you roll up to them and you’re like, ‘What happened?’ And they’re just laying in the sun sunning themselves,” she said. “Our hearts go in our throat every time we see an animal that is not doing well, or we think is not doing well. That type of situation happens on the farm.”Whether large or small, extreme measures for animal care are a part of every successful livestock operation. Improper animal care is more than an emotional issue, it is simply bad business for the farm.“We do it everyday. There are times when I get frustrated because we have to go check cows. Sometimes, the cows come before our family. That’s just the way it happens. There are dairy farmers out there that miss Christmas mornings. We miss family get-togethers because we have a situation at the farm we have to take care of and that’s first. We miss ball games because we have to go put fence up or we have to get cows in or we have a cow having a calf that needs assistance, and guess what, sorry kids, we’ll get you to your game but we might miss it. That’s our way of life, that’s what we do,” Michelle said. “For those people that don’t have that experience and have questions, I know not only us, but several farms that say, ‘Come, I’ll show you. I’ll show you what I do. Come to our farm. You have a question, we’ll show you what we do.’ We don’t have time to take tours every day, but we want people to realize that we take care of our animals. No matter what, we take care of our animals. That’s first. And sometimes it’s before family because that’s what pays our bills. It’s well worth it. We love what we do or we wouldn’t be doing it.”The lifestyle on the farm requires hard work, steadfast dedication to the animals and their welfare and even, on occasion, some heroic CPR. But, miracle or not, it is just another day on the farm.last_img read more

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Odisha attempts to improve work participation under MGNREGS

first_imgIn light of drought-like conditions in many districts of western Odisha and distress migration of labourers appearing imminent, the government is trying to improve the average number of days of employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) — from 38 to 65 days. The government has decided to mobilise all active job-card holders to form informal groups, which will be called ‘Shramik Sangh’. There will be one such group for every 50 beneficiaries in each revenue village.The move is aimed at ensuring job for each active card holder through close coordination with government officials at the block level. One member in each group will be assigned as a ‘mate’ and will be responsible for providing jobs to others in the sangh.“With a mandate to arrest migration and ensure effective convergence for sustainable livelihood development… we must relook at strategy for implementation [of MGNREGS]. We need to focus on active job-card holders and provide them at minimum average 70 days of wage employment,” wrote Panchayati Raj secretary D.K. Singh in a letter to all collectors.Mr. Singh said that work participation needs to be raised from 33% to 65%, and average number of days of employment from 38 days to 65 days. All collectors have been asked to ensure formation of Shramik Sangh, selection of mates, their training and meeting with government officials between August 20 and 25.Welfare schemesThe government has also announced that it will include card holders in welfare schemes and skill upgradation schemes; and extend insurance coverage and other economic benefits to them.In the past few years, the government has floated several strategies to arrest distress migration from Odisha’s poverty-stricken districts. A few years ago, entitlement of employment was increased from 100 days to 150 in migration-prone blocks. “While the entitlement of employment is 100-150 days, the government is now focusing only on 70 days. The scheme says whoever demands unskilled work will be provided. There cannot be a selective target. There is also no strategy to end late payment of wages. Delay in payment is one of the key factors in people distancing themselves from MGNREGS,” said Umi Daniel, an expert on migration issues.“To arrest seasonal migration, there should be seasonal targets for providing employment during lean period such as drought, which is looming over Odisha,” he said, adding that even 10 years after MGNREGS, Odisha was struggling to provide average 38 days of employment.last_img read more

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