A man sustained serious injuries to his head after being struck by a hammer in Letterkenny at the weekend.The man was set upon at around 1am on Sunday morning in the Pearse Road area, close to the Riverside apartments.A man is believed to have been attacked by two males, who used weapons, including a hammer, during the course of the attack. Garda Rafferty asked in a weekly community alert for anyone who lives in the area and who saw or heard anything to make contact with Gardaí at Letterkenny on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to two serious assaults in Letterkenny in the early hours of Sunday morning.It is not believed that the two are connected.At around 4.30am, a male was set upon at Oldtown Road. The man was waiting on a lift at Lower Main Street when he was approach by a group of makes and one female. He was verbally abused before being attacked at Old Town Road where he received ‘quite a few injuries’, Garda Rafferty said.Again, witnesses are asked to contact Gardaí at Letterkenny on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.Man injured in Letterkenny hammer attack – two serious assaults at weekend was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:assaultGardaiHAMMERletterkennyLetterkenny GardaiOld Town RoadPearse Road
The Daily Mail suggest Andre Villas-Boas is battling to keep his job as Chelsea manager.Club owner Roman Abramovich was at the Blues’ training ground on Saturday and Villas-Boas is understood to be ‘shaken’ by the visit, the paper says.Villas-Boas: ‘Shaken’It is claimed Abramovich spent half an hour with Villas-Boas demanding to know his tactics for the following day’s game against Manchester United, and spent the same amount of time in the dressing room speaking to the players after Sunday’s 3-3 draw.Meanwhile, England boss Fabio Capello’s public statement that he disagreed with the FA’s decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy dominates the news.The Daily Telegraph say Capello has put his future on the line with his show of support for the Chelsea defender.Mark Hughes may speak to Joey Barton about the player’s recent Twitter posts regarding Terry’s court case. (Related story: QPR boss may speak to Barton over tweets)And the Daily Mirror say Hughes could ban Barton from using Twitter altogether.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Chelsea made a lively start and dominated the early stages of their second Champions League game but failed to take a number of chances.Diego Costa, who started despite ongoing concerns about a hamstring injury, was denied an opener inside two minutes by a brilliant Rui Patricio block.And the Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper made a fine save to thwart Andre Schurrle, who also missed a glorious chance after being teed up by the excellent Eden Hazard.Filipe Luis started for the Blues, who left Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta on the bench.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Mikel, Salah, Willian, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Powered by a 13-run outpouring the Arcata High softball team picked up a win against its Big 5 Conference foe Eureka for the first time since 2016, beating the home team 13-6 in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Eureka High.Eureka responded in game two, however, rattling off a dozen runs of their own to beat the visitors 12-5 and claim a 2-1 series win.Game oneArcata wasted no time churning out runs in game one, scoring three in the first inning to put the pressure on Eureka before …
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/12/bang_5a95d343-6e13-482b-aab8-f1cdb5fcb4d2″]VIDEO: Garoppolo says he will work with famed throwing coach Tom HouseSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo told reporters to have a good summer — or “H.A.G.S.” in school-yearbook parlance — after the 49ers went through their final offseason practice Wednesday.And now we know what Garoppolo will do with his summer: work in Southern California with famed throwing coach Tom House. Pleased with how his comeback …
Google Earth overview of the South Africa layer. (Image: South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusSouth African online marketing company Quirk eMarketing has won an international award for innovation in digital marketing. Quirk was acknowledged for its role in creating the Google Earth South Africa layer as part of South African Tourism’s online marketing strategy. The company has also recently worked with NGO Breadline Africa on the Worldwide Blogger Bake-Off to encourage internet users to fight hunger in Africa.The inaugural E-consultancy Innovation Awards were held early in December 2008. E-consultancy is a leading light in the fields of digital marketing and e-commerce, and is also the UK’s major online publisher of internet marketing research and how to guides, as well as best practice reports.The company instituted the awards in 2008 to recognise clients, suppliers and agencies for their innovation and success. The competition, which featured 14 categories, attracted some 230 entries from all around the world.The judging panel included a stellar group of marketing experts, including Obi Felten, Google’s head of consumer marketing, Apple’s online store manager John Veichmanis, David Bainbridge of the BBC, and Spencer McHugh, head of digital and direct at telecoms giant Orange UK.The South African Google Earth layer easily caught the judges’ attention and earned Quirk top marks in the category of Innovation in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)/Natural Search. In the final round Quirk was pitted against digital marketing agency and SEO specialist Guava, and Linkdex.com, which is currently building an index of the internet based on the varying degree of influence of a web page.International acknowledgementWhile the E-consultancy award does not have a monetary component, Quirk staff is ecstatic with their achievement.“It’s fantastic to see the international community acknowledging the work coming out of South Africa,” said Quirk CEO Rob Stokes. “As one of the largest European awards in innovation, with judges from prestigious companies like Apple, the BBC and Whatif!, we are tremendously proud of our achievements and look forward to showing the world what South Africa is capable of.”Stokes added that the concept had all the elements the judges were looking for. As well as being interesting and ground-breaking it encouraged a high level of user interactivity. According to E-consultancy, Quirk’s work with the South African Tourism website elevated it above the other entries in its category.E-consultancy praised Quirk’s collaboration with Google Earth, saying that it was an extremely innovative way of engaging with visitors to the South African Tourism site. It also improved natural search visibility by driving the creation of more external links to the site.The South African layer was designed to promote the country as a top tourist destination and to help potential visitors plan their trips. It features more than 120 points of interest ranging from scenic drives, safari destinations and cultural attractions to 2010 Fifa World Cup venues. Maps, terrain and 3D satellite imagery provide visual enticement while the itinerary planner makes it easy for holidaymakers to put together a trip to remember, without having to move away from their computer.The project took about three months from initial development to implementation and, said Marketing Manager Tim Shier in his blog, meant that the Quirk team had to quickly learn an entirely new markup language (Keyhole Markup Language or KML, created especially for use in Google Earth). But the team’s fresh approach to the use of Google Earth elements, and a dedicated supporting website, has proven to be a roadmap for success.Amongst the hundreds of user-created layers, the South African layer was only the third, after those of New Zealand and Egypt, to receive official Google sanction and to be integrated into the core of the application.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org.Related articlesGoogle Earth zooms in on SABloggers to fight hunger in AfricaMedia in South AfricaGoogle with South African flairUseful linksQuirk eMarketingGoogle Earth SA layerSouth African TourismPure New ZealandEgypt Tourism
The IAS Officers’ Association of Odisha has taken strong exception to the remarks made by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan against a senior IAS officer of the State at a function here on Monday.In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Association said that Mr. Pradhan, during the inauguration of the National Data Centre of the National Informatics Centre, had “personally targeted” State IT Secretary Ashok Meena, who was attending the function on invitation.While addressing the gathering, Mr. Pradhan had remarked that senior IAS officers were unable to take decisions independently, and for every mundane issue they were seeking approval from “higher-ups”, in an apparent reference to the CMO.Others who were present at the function included Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney and State Revenue Secretary Chandra Shekhar Kumar.Demoralised officialsStating that several such incidents had been reported by field functionaries, the Association said, “This has vitiated the working atmosphere and has a demoralising effect on the officers and employees of the State government.”“The IAS Association of Odisha strongly condemns such incidents and stands by all State government employees facing such situations,” Association secretary Vishal Dev said in the memorandum.The Association requested the Mr. Patnaik to take up the matter at the appropriate level. The OAS Officers’ Association representatives also met the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat and demanded action in the matter.
Urkhao Gwra Brahma, a former Rajya Sabha member and the United People’s Party (Liberal) candidate for the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency in western Assam, says the story of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) is 5% development and 95% unemployment.But lack of development and jobs have seldom mattered in Kokrajhar, straddling 10 Assembly segments within BTC and beyond, that has suffered decades of extremism, a statehood movement, and communal violence.The electoral battle has thus often boiled down to a contest between the Bodos and non-Bodos, more intensely since the 2014 Lok Sabha election when a conglomerate of 19 non-Bodo organisations propelled Independent candidate Naba Kumar Sarania to Parliament.Non-Bodo winnerMr. Sarania, a former leader of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom, won the Kokrajhar seat in 2014 by a margin of 3,55,779 votes over Mr. Brahma. He is the first non-Bodo to have won the seat since 1957 and hopes to retain it with a similar margin “because the oppressed non-Bodos” are behind him.Though Bodos are the single largest community in Kokrajhar, the non-Bodos, including migrant Bengali-speaking Muslims —the second largest group — account for more than 70% of the population.“I will deliver a knockout punch to my rivals this time. My supporters, who are neglected in the BTC, know Assam would have been fragmented had I not been in the picture,” said Mr. Sarania, referring to the Bodoland statehood movement which has its genesis in the “divide Assam 50-50” call in the 1960s. But more than Mr. Brahma, Mr. Sarania has trained his guns on the State’s Social Welfare Minister and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) candidate Pramila Rani Brahma. The BPF, headed by Hagrama Mohilary, has been ruling the BTC since its creation in 2003 and is part of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in Assam.The 69-year-old Ms. Brahma and Mr. Mohilary are former extremists like Mr. Sarania. Their outfit, Bodo Liberation Tigers, was disbanded soon after the BTC was born. “Our focus is on development and ensuring peaceful co-existence among all the communities that enrich BTC and other areas under Kokrajhar,” said Ms. Brahma, confident of succeeding where her predecessor — fellow Minister in the Assam government Chandan Brahma, also a former extremist — failed to by finishing third in 2014.But the non-Bodos are wary of her controversial statement after the 2014 election that led to the killing of 32 Muslims, mostly women and children in BTC areas. She had allegedly accused the Muslims of not voting for the candidate of her party that year. The BTC areas were witness to ethnic violence earlier too. More than 500 people were killed between 1993 and 2012 in communal attacks that claimed the lives of Muslims and Adivasis, besides Bodos. The 2012 violence displaced more than 1,00,000 Muslims most of whom did not return. “Whether it is a Bodo or a non-Bodo who wins, all we want is an end to living in fear,” said Hareswar Nath, a farmer in the constituency’s Sorbhog area.Altogether 12 candidates are vying for the Kokrajhar seat that goes to polls on April 23.
Two youths were arrested in the early hours of Monday for allegedly throwing stones at a truck in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, killing the driver of the vehicle. Police said that six others have been detained for questioning in connection with the incident in which some stones had hit the truck at Zradipora in Uranhall locality of Bijbehara area in Anantnag. The driver, Noor Mohammed Dar, 42, was rushed to a nearby district hospital, from where he was referred to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura in the outskirts of Srinagar where he was declared brought dead. The arrested youths were being questioned to ascertain their motive behind the crime, police said, adding that the duo had no past criminal history. It is alleged that the miscreants mistook his truck for a security force vehicle and hurled stones at it, police said, adding that a stone hit the windscreen and injured Dar in the head. A few days ago, a girl was seriously injured in a stone-pelting incident in downtown city of Srinagar.