Good Old Days!

first_imgIt is time for the fall sports season to get underway.  I was thinking back to the good old days when each new season was a guessing game as to how many young athletes would show up for the first practice.  In most cases the numbers were very high.  Today, if you haven’t made the team by the first of June there is no reason to come out in most instances.The summer is no longer a time to enjoy the good weather and free time from school.  It is the pre-season for the fall sports.  First of all, summer break is only 9 weeks instead of 3+ months.Families have to plan vacations for the first of July because that is the only time coaches are required to take time off.  The State Fair is mostly during school now.  Very few athletes join 4-H any more.  It just isn’t like it used to be!last_img read more


first_imgRay Durack’s Donegal senior hurlers continue to their march to a possible promotion spot.The team recorded their fourth win on the trot with an easy victory over Louth at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny this afternoon.Ronan McDermott led by example with a superb display of stickwork to leave the game over as a contest at half-time on a scoreline of 3-7 to 0-3. Louth tried to get back into the game after the restart but they were always facing an uphill task.Donegal eventually cantered home 3-13 to 0-10 and face Fingal next. DONEGAL HURLERS BRUSH ASIDE CHALLENGE OF LOUTH was last modified: March 24th, 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)last_img read more

Centre acknowledges Bengals 915 SGDP hike

first_imgKolkata: Agreeing upon the state’s demand on inclusion of various parameters for calculation of the State Gross Domestic Product (SGDP), the Centre has acknowledged the increase of the same by 9.15 percent in Bengal in the 2017-18 financial year. This comes at a time when India’s GDP is 6.70 percent.Most importantly, the growth in the manufacturing sector in Bengal in 2017-18 is 10.20 percent, whereas it stands at 5.74 percent for India.The revised figures of the SGDP, Gross Value Added (GVA) and the growth in industry, including the state’s achievements in manufacturing, mining, electricity and construction sectors will be submitted to the Fifteenth Finance Commission that recently visited Bengal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state Finance minister Amit Mitra expects that the Finance Commission would consider the new figures in making its recommendations, as it had stated during its visit: “let the differences over the SGDP get settled first.”The Finance minister said at Nabanna on Thursday: “The Centre’s acknowledgement of the increase of 9.15 percent SGDP in 2017-18 has been informed to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose administrative review meetings, that have ensured proper implementation of all projects, played a crucial role in the increase of the same.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe further said that increase in capital expenditures in the state has played a crucial role in the increase of the SGDP. Mitra said in the same breath that the capital expenditure in the state in 2010-11 was Rs 2,225 crore, which increased to Rs 21,561 crore in 2017-18. Explaining the state’s demand on inclusion of various parameters for calculation of the SGDP, Mitra said: “Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) has started using Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) data 21 for assessing the GDP. The MCA data is prepared on the basis of sample tests carried out in all the states. So there was no segregated figure and at the same time, there was no clear picture on the industries taken into consideration to calculate the GDP. Our expert team held meetings with CSO authorities and urged to take state Public Sector Utilities, local bodies, non-departmental enterprises, autonomous bodies, etc. into consideration to calculate the GDP. Finally, they had agreed upon the same, following a series of discussions. It is a great success for Bengal.”In the Industry sector, Bengal has witnessed a growth of 16.29 percent in 2017-18, compared to 5.54 percent for India.The state’s GVA stands at 9.59 percent compared to 6.50 percent of the country. The GDP in current prices is Rs 10.20 lakh crore. The target was Rs 10 lakh crore.last_img read more

North Dinajpur administration starts holding mini collectorates in every GP

first_imgKolkata: The North Dinajpur district administration has started the process of holding mini collectorates in every Gram Panchayat to ensure that every single villager gets benefits of the people friendly schemes of the Mamata Banerjee government.”The aim behind this mini collectorate is to reach every single doorstep. We have already held such a camp at Chainagar Gram Panchayat area under Hemtabad Block, in coordination with the block level officials of the Panchayat. We will hold similar programmes in all the 98 Gram Panchayats to provide on the spot services for enrollment in government schemes,” a senior official of the district administration said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the people inhabiting the villages of North Dinajpur have to travel a long distance to the district headquarter at Karnajora for availing various government facilities. They have to face a lot of hassle for the journey and at the same time, have to incur a reasonable travelling expense. “This will save their time and expenses. Most of the people living in the remote areas hail from poor financial backgrounds and travel expense is a huge burden for them,” the official added. The Panchayat level camps will have officials from Land & Land Reforms, Food & Supplies, Backward Classes Welfare, Self Help, Social Welfare, Transport and various other departments. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holds administrative meetings at every district from time to time, to ensure that the people of the state derive the benefits of the government schemes. Inspired by Banerjee, the district magistrate of North Dinajpur Arvind Kumar Mina will now be taking his district officials to the remote areas so that people get facilities right at their doorstep. “We will listen to the problems of the people and try to solve them right at the spot,” a senior district official said.last_img read more

Summer savings are here with Club Meds new promotion

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Summer savings are here with Club Med’s new promotion Tags: Club Med Posted by MONTREAL — Club Med’s new ‘Hello Summer’ sale allows clients to book a seasonal getaway starting from $1,549 per adult, per week, including extra perks.In addition to savings, travellers enjoy free upgrades, free first checked luggage, no single supplement, and free stay for kids under four years old. All this on top of spacious accommodations, gourmet dining, sports and activities and Children’s Clubs.Club Med will also be extending its summer vacation deals for Punta Cana and Cancun Yucatan in June, July and August. Deals start from $1,699 per adult, per week, with flights included from Montreal or Toronto. Offer lasts until May 31.Moreover, the $50 incentive for each air-inclusive booking for Punta Cana and Cancun Yucatan in July and August is extended until June 20.Bookings must be made before June 20, 2017 for travel before Dec. 22, 2017. Monday, May 15, 2017 last_img read more