I didn’t know Manus Kelly the rally driver.Unlike so many other people across Donegal, I wasn’t brought up on rallying.But I did know Manus Kelly the man. Perhaps not as well as so many others who mourned his utterly tragic loss last week.But I knew Manus to stop and chat to and have a laugh with. And you always had a laugh with Manus.The last time I spoke to him was a couple of days before he died doing one of the things in life he loved doing.I was in Italy on holiday with my family and he was making the final preparations for this year’s rally. But he wasn’t calling in his own interest but in the interest of others.He wanted me to put in a press release on Donegal Daily urging people to be safe around rally time and to drive carefully and to think of others.I told him I was on holiday but I’d get it sorted through the office for him.He called me a bollox and said something about me being on another holiday and that was the last time we spoke.On Sunday afternoon last I sat down in a bar on a campsite in Italy surrounded by Cavan fans waiting for the Ulster Final to start. I check the Donegal Daily site and noticed that three stages of the rally had been cancelled because of an “incident.”Before I could even check to see what had happened my 15-year-old son showed me a snapchat from one of his friends which simply said ‘RIP Manus.’I just muttered to him that the fella who posted that should be ashamed of himself as I dismissed it out of hand.My phone started to vibrate then to Whats App messages and texts and I knew then that something was dreadfully wrong. I went to my wife who was down beside a lake swimming and getting ready to come up to join us to watch the game.She turned to me and was on her mobile phone and I knew by the look on her face that it was true.I watched the game and thought of the likes of Michael Murphy and Aidy Glackin and if they knew about Manus before they took to the pitch.In truth, I didn’t really watch the game but just thought about Manus and his family, about his wife Bernie and his mother and father Donal and Jackie.I ultimately thought of his kids. Only last week I sat having a cup of coffee in Tobins in Letterkenny and Manus and Bernie’s two eldest sons Mandy and Charlie were in having a sandwich.I know them both through our local Glenswilly GAA club. Two mischevious lads who you wouldn’t change for the world.They laughed at each other and as they ran out the door I had to call out after young Mandy that he had forgotten his coat. He thanked me and away they went.Manus would have just thrown his eyes up to heaven and laughed at the two lads and muttered something like “they’re some bucks.”I’m dreading meeting the Kelly family as much as I want to tell them how sorry I am for the loss of Manus and to apologise for not being at Manus’ funeral and wake.Decent people. No-nonsense people. Community people. People people.We came back from holiday on Saturday night and we headed down to Manus’ grave to say a prayer and to pay our respects.Pictures of him on the grave amidst fresh floral tributes with poignant messages from family members.For some unknown reason which I am ashamed of I became angry with Manus for being behind the steering wheel of that car.But deep down I know he loved it like all the other things in life he loved including Bernie and the kids, his family, his work and his community.I turned from his graveside and looked across the skyline above the graves at Conwal towards Bomany which had turned an unforgiving black with rain-swollen clouds.I have only black thoughts when I think of Manus and how, like so many others, we didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him.I’m trying to think of the many, many happier times when he made me laugh be it down in his café, out on the sideline in the park at Glenswilly or just a casual meeting on the street.It’s difficult but we have to try.To eventually smile and remember Manus with fondness in the passing of time rather than to think about his sad and sudden passing is what his legacy should be.Thanks for being you, Manus.SM.THANKS FOR BEING YOU, MANUS was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 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:donegalglenswillyManus Kellyrallytribute
12 November 2003As companies worldwide respond to increasing cost and efficiency pressures, South Africa is well placed to become a favoured international location for outsourced call centres and business process outsourcing.Traditionally, countries such as India and the Philippines have led the way in servicing markets for the United States and Britain, among other countries. South Africa is quickly catching up, however, thanks to a range of factors working in its favour.World-class service levels of call centre staff, time-zone compatibility with Europe, high rates of fluency in English, a (still) favourable exchange rate and an advanced telecommunications industry have all contributed to the growth of South Africa’s call centre industry.South Africa became an even more attractive location to set up these businesses when a second undersea fibre-optic telephone link with Europe, along the east coast of Africa, was established in February. Another fibre-optic link runs along Africa’s west coast.Dialogue UK opens shop in Cape TownIn March, British company Dialogue UK put R20-million into a call centre in Cape Town. The company’s investment is expected to rise to R70-million in the next three years, while the call centre’s staff complement is set to rise to 600 from 110 by early next year, reaching 1 500 by 2005.Dialogue UK’s local operation, Dialogue Communications, already services several multi-nationals operating in South Africa, including Shell, Pfizer and British American Tobacco, as well as a number of nationwide newspaper and other publishing groups.Since its acquisition of the local call centre, Dialogue UK has added a number of major UK names to its client list, including mail order business Truebell and Lexchatsafe, a company that monitors children’s use of the Internet in the US and UK markets.Dialogue chairman Jason Drew told the Business Day newspaper that South Afica has enormous potential to become a major destination for outsourced contact centres from the UK, the US and the Netherlands.Dialogue UK’s decision to invest in South Africa was prompted, among other things, by the “cultural fit” between SA and the UK, and what Drew described as South Africans’ “natural tendency towards service”.Drew told Business Day that, according to an international report on the industry across a range of countries, South Africa’s skilled call centre workforce worked harder than its international counterparts – 243 days a year at 42 hours a week, compared with an international average of 220 days a year at 36 hours a week.“Until recently the majority of UK companies outsourcing their customer contact services tended to look to companies in India, since operational costs are lower than in the UK and Europe”, Drew said.“However, continually interrupted power supply issues, the marked time differences and a productivity rate lower than in South Africa, are encouraging organisations to consider this country, which offers excellent value and is supported by high standards of local telecommunications, banking, financial services and IT.”According to Business Day, the call centre industry worldwide was predicted to generate an income of US$59-billion in 2003 to match the growing demand in areas such as financial services, home shopping, cellular telephony and healthcare.The paper reported South Africa’s share at an estimated R523-million, but noted that the country had the capacity to increase this share significantly as its full potential was recognised and more foreign companies established call centres offshore.Other globlal call centres in SAGlobalTeleSales, Lufthansa’s Cape Town call centre, was set by the German airline in 1999 to fulfill its “follow-the-sun” 24/365 phone channel strategy (“Hours of Operation: 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year”, the company boasts on its website.) GlobalTelesales reportedly handles between 100 000 and 120 000 calls a month for Lufthansa.Active Contact Solutions was reportedly the first British outsource company to set up shop in Cape Town. The company has over 60 call centre seats in Cape Town servicing its UK customers. According to its website, the contact centre “has contracts with leading South African banks, a worldwide motor company, a leading South African FMCG company, and runs outbound debt chasing for a credit card company. It also runs several mail order contracts.” Offshore costs, according to the website, “are approximately 20% cheaper than those of UK call centres”.Swiss-based outfit Mindpearl (formerly known as Qualiflyer Customer Care Centres) runs a state-of-the-art facility in Cape Town. The call centre has 129 workstations, employs 125 poeple, and has the capacity to grow to 650 seats and 500 employees by 2005. According to the SA Technology Vanguard, while MindPearl’s clientele includes airline and travel companies, future operations will also be focused on the financial sector in South
MOST READ Keeping the ice frozen isn’t easy in Malaysia, a steamy, winterless country where snow is unheard of, temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees C (68 F) and humidity hovers at 80 percent.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockeyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Malaysia’s coach, former Hungarian international Kristof Kovago, said his players were used to a bit of water on the rink — and even saw it as an advantage.“It is common in Southeast Asia because the weather is way too hot and very humid, and there are a lot of people inside (the venue), so it’s very difficult to keep the temperature down,” he said. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments “We’re used to it, that’s our advantage actually. We’ve practized a lot in this kind of situation,” Kovago explained.READ: Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey “It’s more sticky, so the puck will not slide. So a lot of times, you try to control the puck and you’ve just lost it because it will get stuck in the water.“So it’s not really an advantage but we got used to it, so we learned to play in these kind of conditions.”Turning up the heatADVERTISEMENT In this photo taken with a tilt and shift lens, Indonesia’s players warm-up before their ice hockey match against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANPuddles on the rink didn’t dampen enthusiasm as ice hockey made its Southeast Asian Games debut in tropical Malaysia, a country with no winter months but with ambitions in winter sports.As the hosts beat Indonesia 10-3 in the first SEA Games ice hockey game, marshalls with squeegees had to mop up water after the ice started to melt in the first period.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sunday’s game was at Kuala Lumpur’s brand new national ice skating stadium, in the heart of a suburban shopping mall which remains partially under construction.The rink, described by Indonesia’s coach Gary Tan as the best in Southeast Asia, has had a few teething problems and it was previously blanketed by a thick fog, before staff adjusted the temperature settings.On Sunday the rink was ringed by hundreds of enthusiastic fans, raising the temperature beyond normal levels.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA Games“In the first period they found it difficult to skate but eventually they were able to skate well and overall the play was quite good,” said Hisham Yahaya, Malaysia’s team leader.“They’re used to soft ice. The ice here isn’t very hard but they’re able to adjust.”Ice hockey remains in its infancy in Southeast Asia and is usually played by small groups of enthusiasts.Indonesia’s team have only been together for a matter of months, and they are playing only their second tournament after making their debut at this year’s Asian Winter Games in Japan.READ: 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur“This is a milestone in the bigger development of this super-beautiful sport, ice hockey,” said Indonesia’s captain, Jonathan Sudharta. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockey “Asia is not known for ice games but I think this is a great milestone to develop this even further in the future.”He added: “It’s a beautiful rink compared to what we have in Indonesia, so we don’t want to complain about the wet or anything.”Tan, Indonesia’s coach, also brushed off any concerns about the surface, saying a few puddles were “normal” in Asia.“I’m happy for the development of the sport of ice hockey. It’s a stepping stone, we waited a long time for this,” he said.Figure skating and speed skating will also make their debut at the SEA Games, a biennial competition
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Didn’t get much better in the second set, and Williams wound up with eight aces while facing zero break points, and a 20-13 ratio of winners to unforced errors.In other action, No. 8 Kei Nishikori beat Joao Sousa 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-2, and No. 15 Daniil Medvedev defeated No. 21 David Goffin 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-3.The woman Williams lost to in last year’s chaotic U.S. Open final, Naomi Osaka, dusted herself off after tumbling to the court and erased a big deficit by taking 11 of 12 games to beat No. 28 Hsieh Su-wei 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.No. 6 Elina Svitolina also put together quite a comeback to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 against Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, while No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova eliminated No. 21 Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-3.“I was … struggling,” said Svitolina, who was treated by a trainer after the second set. “I just told myself, ‘I’m going to die or win.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Unlike any of Serena’s foes until now, both Venus (with seven) and Halep (with one) have won a major title.Yastremska had never won so much as a single match at any Grand Slam tournament until this one, but she showed that she’s capable of top-notch play during wins over 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the first round, then 23rd-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro in the second.She was born in 2000, the year after Serena won her initial major, and grew up cheering for someone she calls “a legend.” Yastremska recalls swinging her racket in the living room at home while watching on TV at age 8 as her favorite player competed.Surely, everything felt a tad different up-close-and-personal with the 37-year-old American in Rod Laver Arena.Right from the start, Yastremska appeared a bit jittery, missing 9 of 10 first serves and double-faulting three times while getting broken in each of her opening two service games. By the end of the first set, the teenager had 13 unforced errors, nine more than Williams.ADVERTISEMENT Williams grabbed a pair of service breaks and a 4-0 lead after less than 15 minutes and was well on her way to yet another easy-looking victory. When it ended, Williams placed her arm around Yastremska, who wiped away a tear.“I thought she did really amazing. She came out swinging,” Williams told the crowd. “To be so young, I thought she came out really ready to go.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNot only has Williams won every set she played this week — and 20 in a row at Melbourne Park, dating to the start of her 2017 run to the title — but she’s ceded a total of only nine games through three victories.Things could finally get interesting in Week 2, though, as Williams bids for an eighth trophy at the Australian Open and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title in all: She will face either her older sister, Venus, or No. 1-ranked Simona Halep next. Those two were scheduled to meet each other Saturday night. MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño United States’ Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Maybe Serena Williams will be tested in the Australian Open’s fourth round, because no one has come close to making her work too hard so far.Playing clean and powerful tennis, Williams overwhelmed 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DeMarcus Cousins fouls out of Warriors debut in win over Clippers
Even though the Indian players have begun to assemble in Mumbai to depart for Sri Lanka, the coaching staff is yet to be finalized. Keeping up with the current pattern in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decision making, a committee will finalise who will assist the recently announced head coach Ravi Shastri.The unnamed BCCI committee which has equal representation from Committee of administrators (COA), BCCI office bearers and professionals in the board will meet on Tuesday in Mumbai.They will sit in judgement of the decisions made by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. They checked on Rahul David and Zaheer Khan ‘s availability and confirmed their willingness to take over as batting and bowling consultants for the national side respectively.The COA after first wholeheartedly complimenting the CAC legends for ‘their comprehensive recommendation covering all aspects of the coaching requirement’ have clarified these were mere recommendations. The committee now will have to try and arrive at a decision regarding the appointments of Dravid and Zaheer.The BCCI headquarters was buzzing with activity from Monday itself as the batting coach Sanjay Bangar came calling to meet the CEO Rahul Johri and General Manager MV Sridhar, Cricket Operations Rahul Johri, with whom he had spent a lot of time in West Indies last week. BCCI sources who have been working overtime of late told India Today this was ‘to ascertain the new coaching contracts stand the test of new conflict of interest guidelines’.advertisementThis is also an indicator that David and Zaheer despite being consultants may not be allowed to earn from another coaching assignment in conflict (IPL). If Zaheer’s requirement is for a very limited period, it may up to him to say thanks but no thanks. This may simplify matters for head coach Shastri, who sources tell us wants his ex-team mate Bharat Arun as the bowling coach.Acting BCCI President CK Khanna who reached the headquarters a day before the meet to take stock, told India Today — “Please don’t conclude that there is any confusion. Let the committee meet than decide if there is any confusion.”He also thanked the CAC, whose decisions were being reviewed for ‘its fantastic work in bringing in the changes’.
Posted on December 1, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)During emergency situations and periods of displacement, reproductive health is sometimes lost in the mix of the problems that arise. However, just because other problems arise doesn’t mean that women don’t need access to health services. A woman doesn’t stop being pregnant if she becomes a refugee. Additionally, the search for durable solutions to displacement often takes years and people shouldn’t be expected to entirely put their lives on hold during a time of displacement.For example, the Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda (seen in the video below) is populated largely by Rwandan refugees who fled in the wake of the 1994 genocide, many of whom arrived between 1998-2002 after spending time as refugees in Tanzania. The average time spent in a protracted refugee situation is 17 years. As a result, paying attention to maternal health in emergency and protracted refugee situations is necessary.One example of integrating maternal health and refugees come from the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), which has developed the Minimum Initial Services Package for Reproductive Health. Additionally, with funding from MHTF, WRC is advocating for integration of maternal and reproductive health into disaster risk reduction policies and working with governments to design disaster plans with reproductive health components.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
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Four years ago, in his freshman season, David Lighty and the Ohio State men’s basketball team traveled to play at the University of Florida. “I really didn’t know what to expect going down there my first time.” said Lighty, now in his senior season. “We knew they were good, but when you get down there, it’s kind of unreal, the support they have from all their fans.” Now, with a new batch of freshmen making their first road trip, No. 4 OSU returns to Gainesville to play the No. 9 Gators at 6 p.m. tonight. After an exhibition against Walsh and the season opener last Friday against North Carolina A&T, Florida will be the first ranked opponent the Buckeyes have played this year, something that excites coach Thad Matta. “This will be a great test,” Matta said. “They’re a very experienced team with everybody back. Going on the road with six new guys, you’re looking at a Big Ten type of game.” Despite returning four starters from a season ago, the talk surrounding this Buckeye team remains focused on the newcomers. Freshman Jared Sullinger started alongside Lighty, seniors Dallas Lauderdale and Jon Diebler, and junior William Buford against both Walsh and A&T last week. Though the lineup is by no means set in stone, Matta said he feels comfortable starting those five and plans to do so tonight. Though Sullinger might continue to get starts, freshmen Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft have been just as good so far. In the 102-56 win over North Carolina A&T, Thomas scored 24 points, and Craft handed out nine assists, both team highs, despite playing just 20 and 22 minutes, respectively. Craft, who is the only true point guard the Buckeyes have, will likely see the most playing time at that position as the season progresses. Although Buford started last week, it was Craft who seemed most comfortable. Often, both Buford and Craft were on the floor at the same time, with Buford moving off the ball as a shooting guard, his natural position. Diebler, who was coached by Craft’s father in middle school, said he doesn’t expect the freshman to be fazed tonight. “I’ve known him since he was in like third grade,” Diebler said. “Aaron’s a kid who’s so mature for his age. You see how he plays — he’s tough. He knows what we’re going up against and knows that it’s going to be a tough game for us. I know he’ll be ready.” Although Diebler was quick to praise Craft and the rest of the freshmen, he knows a road game against a top-10 team is like nothing the new class has faced before. Unfortunately, Diebler said, there isn’t much his younger teammates can do to prepare. “You can’t prepare for the crowd being loud and everyone against you,” Diebler said. “Just the mindset of going on the road has to be different. You really have to come focused.” As hard as it is, Matta was cautiously optimistic that his team will be ready. “I’ll probably know in the locker room before the game,” he said. “They’ve been pretty focused, and we’ve talked a lot about that there’s two types of teams that go on the road, one that goes to have fun and one that goes on a business trip.”
One hundred twenty minutes of game time. Two weeks of actual time. Sept. 3, and Sept. 10. However you look at it, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season. How the university determined that number, along with the $250,000 fine levied against the coach, is less clear. “We work with consultants, The Compliance Group, and we look at precedence in cases that have occurred over the years,” athletic director Gene Smith said during Tuesday’s press conference. TCG, which OSU contacted Jan. 21, provides “compliance services to intercollegiate athletics departments and conference offices,” according to its website. TCG counts 45 Division I schools on its client list, 12 of which are from BCS conferences and two of which — Wisconsin and Michigan — reside in the Big Ten. “We wanted to make sure we had, at our disposal, people who had been through this type of case before,” Smith said. That TCG and OSU based these sanctions on previous NCAA investigations, the case requires some context. When former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez violated NCAA rules by having too many coaches on staff and by allowing his team to practice too many hours, the program was put on probation for more than a year and practice time was reduced. The coach received no direct punishments. In Division I basketball, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has been suspended for three Big East games — less than 10 percent of his team’s games — next season for over-contacting recruits with text messages and phone calls. Tennessee suspended basketball coach Bruce Pearl for eight SEC games this season and fined him $1.5 million for lying about having recruits at his home. The eight games are just more than 25 percent of the Volunteers’ schedule. It seems that OSU and TCG have determined Tressel’s violation to be less severe than those of Pearl, but more so than those of Rodriguez and Calhoun. The two-game suspension makes up almost 17 percent of the Buckeyes’ schedule. “We and come to kind of a sweet spot based upon this particular case. All cases aren’t exactly the same,” Smith said. “We just felt like the combination of a two-game suspension and the financial fine was kind of in line with cases that we were familiar with.” If the NCAA agrees, Tressel will have to find a sweet spot on his couch for the first two games of next season.