DONEGAL GYMNASTS SHOCK LONDON TO TAKE SILVER!

first_imgA DELIGHTED Donegal gymnastic team are on their way home with silver medals after an amazing performance at the prestigious London Festival of Gymnastics.Donegal gymnastics team scooped silver at the London Gymnastics Festival.The Letterkenny-based Finesse Gymnastics Display Team – 15 Donegal gymnastics ages 8-17 along with team coach and choreographer – are from all over the county.They train under the direction of team coach, Meganne Herron and team choreographer Linda Bennett. The girls qualified for the London festival of gymnastics back in May 2013. This qualification selected the top 60 teams from hundreds of teams across Ireland and Britain.The Finesse Team are the second ever Irish team to make the final stage of the festival.The team travelled to London on Friday last to compete in the event where over 1400 gymnasts participated. They competed against extremely stiff competition from across Britain and Ireland.The gymnasts performed to the very best of their abilities and executed an outstandingly solid and precise routine. Their wonderful performances led to event co ordinator, president of London Gymnastics approaching team manager, Tony King to inform him that the team had caused quite a stirr amongst other teams and coaches.This positive feedback was overwhelming. After this boast of confidence the gymnasts eagerly awaited the final results.The gymnasts were awarded with silver medals for their performance of their routine; Alice in Wonderland, just behind England’s Spirit who are coached by the same coaching team as Britain’s Got Talent winners Spellbound.This placing was accredited to Finesse’s execution, precision and clarity of theme throughout their routine. This is a huge feat for this young team especially as they are the first Irish team to receive this accolade.The team now are looking to set their sights on Europe and are aiming to qualify for European Championships in Italy in July 2014. Who knows what the future may hold for this young and talented team of girls!!! The team members are – Fiona Lafferty, Rachel Canning, Ellie King, Aoife O Connor, Molly Gallagher, Amber Beecroft, Cara Nulty, Orla Lonergan, Aoife Mc Carron, Ciara Beecroft , Adele King, Molly Nulty, Orla McCarron, Ailbhe Gallagher and Tori O Connor.DONEGAL GYMNASTS SHOCK LONDON TO TAKE SILVER! was last modified: October 20th, 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:donegalFinesse Gymnastics Display TeamLondon Festival of Gymnasticslast_img read more

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Photos: Former 49er, Raider Rod Woodson sells Pleasanton home

first_imgHall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson has sold his Pleasanton, Calif. home for $2.075 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The six-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath property that was originally listed for $2.35 million spans 4,592 square feet. It features a solar system, pool and outdoor entertaining area among many other amenities. The home was purchased in 2004 for $1.6 million, according to public records. Janna Chestnut with Alain Pinel is the current listing agent. …last_img

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Vultures on pylons study launched

first_img8 February 2008Eskom, in association with the Rhino and Lion Wildlife Conservation organisation, has launched the Vulture Enclosure research project in an effort to reduce the number of vultures and other birds from being electrocuted on power lines at Skeerpoort, in the Hartebeespoort Dam area to the west of Pretoria.Eskom said in a statement on Wednesday that the project aimed to reduce bird electrocutions in the identified danger zones on pylons with the application of cost-effective measures such as insulation covers and bird diverters.Eskom Corporate Services MD Steve Lennon said the vulture enclosure would serve a dual purpose: “Firstly, it will allow the rehabilitated vultures the opportunity to recuperate before they are released back into the wild; secondly, it will support research studies in vulture behaviour on the identified problem towers in order to prevent and limit the continuous vulture electrocutions on power lines.”It was difficult and time-consuming in the past to observe vulture behaviour on problematic Eskom structures, as mitigation methods were based on laboratory simulation studies combined with field observations and assumptions.The vulture enclosure will provide the research team with the opportunity to monitor in detail actual vulture behaviour patterns on the structures and their reactions towards various mitigation methods applied in various scenarios.The enclosure will therefore serve as a field laboratory to approve effective mitigation products and the rehabilitation of injured vultures.Vulture Programme manager Kerri Wolter believes the partnership supports work being undertaken by Eskom to address the threats that South Africa’s vultures are facing.“What we have begun for Magaliesberg is an example of what could be done throughout southern Africa,” Wolter said. “Power lines are one of our major threats causing the ongoing decline of vultures, and Eskom has shown their conservation value and drive to conserve this vulnerable species through this initiative.”“This is a perfect example of what organisations should be doing to help conserve our natural heritage.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Plus pick: Lakshadweep

first_imgStayBangaram Island Beach ResortThis is luxury at its best in Lakshadweep. The beach huts with tiled roofs augment the scenic beauty of this uninhabited island. For more privacy there are the villas. The verandahs, all thatched with palm, are galleries to the spectacular views of the sea. This resort also boasts a bar–a rarity considering Lakshadweep is alcohol free.Tel: (0484) 266 8221; www.cghearth.comAgatti Island Beach ResortYou can walk straight into this resort after getting off the plane–it’s a stone’s throw away from the Agatti airport. This eco-friendly resort offers some of the best swimming stretches in Agatti. You can fish in the blue lagoon and barbecue your catch for dinner. The best way to while away time is to laze on a hammock under coconut trees.Tel: (0484) 236 2232; www.agattiislandresorts.comEatCoconut RiceThere can be arguments and more arguments about the authenticity of this dish, which is more associated with Tamil Nadu. But this recipe with the Lakshadweep twist is something you can try at home. And it will serve you well in the sweltering heat. Just boil the rice in coconut milk, instead of water. And that’s all you need to do. A lagoon fish pickle is the perfect accompaniment but it also tastes good with regular spicy fish and meat curry.KalanjiTry this for breakfast if you are bored of omelettes and toasted bread. Kalanji is a light, flaky roti (almost feels like paper) made of rice. It is served with milk and sliced bananas. A heavier and tastier version of the kalanji is the aluura, which comes with a generous coating of eggs and raisins. This is spiced with turmeric to give the roti a dash of colour. Aluura is usually had with a glass of cold milk.ShopTuna PickleThe islands of Lakshadweep have little or nothing for the avid shopper. But if you must bring back something from here–apart from happy holiday memories–then we suggest you choose the tuna pickle. These are tiny bottles of pure delight. Rich and delicious, the chunks of tuna fish in oil and spices can make even the most mundane of meals interesting. And the best place to buy these pickles is the popular canning factory on Minicoy Island. You can also pick up cans of tuna chunks, white tuna meat and smoked tuna from the factory outlet here.SeeMinicoy LighthouseThis lighthouse, built by the British in 1885, is the only one in the country where the Tricolour is unfurled every day. The 49m-high lighthouse once witnessed the hoisting of the Union Jack every day till April 2, 1956–the day the Indian Navy took over. Built with black bricks imported from England, the view from the top of this well-maintained structure, will take your breath away. The island of Minicoy, comprising a cluster of 10 villages, is also famous for lava, a colourful dance form unique to Lakshadweep.KalpeniThis island has the largest lagoon in Lakshadweep. The shallow yet sparkling lagoon is ideal for water sports. A huge storm bank of coral debris along the shoreline is yet another attraction of this secluded island, with the small islets of Tilakkam, Pitti and uninhabited Cheriyam making a pretty picture on the waterfront.advertisementlast_img read more

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