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Tullygay girls ‘bake’ it count for the hospice!

first_imgA group of young girls from Tullygay between Letterkenny and Glenswilly are continuing to ‘bake it count’ for the Donegal Hospice.The young neighbours once again came together to host a bake sale with all the proceeds raised going to a very worthy cause.This is the fourth year the girls have hosted the bake sale at Shiela and Martin O’Donnell’s home. This year the girls managed to raise a brilliant €325.25 for the hospice through their hard work.The girls presented their cheque to the hospice this week.Tullygay girls ‘bake’ it count for the hospice! was last modified: August 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:bake saleCakesglenswillyHospiceletterkennyTullygaylast_img read more

Big third quarter propels Pleasant Valley past Eureka in first round of NorCal playoffs

first_imgChico >> Leading 26-23 at halftime in the first round of the state playoffs, the Pleasant Valley High girls basketball team heard a message from head coach Tyler Newton.“This could be our last game,” Sirena Tuitele summarizing what was said. “We didn’t want it to be our last game.”Or to put it another way, “We got chewed in halftime. That really woke us up,” Chloe Mayer said.The Vikings played like it in the third quarter, scoring 21 of the first 23 points of the second half as they went on …last_img read more

In God They Trust

first_img“Like the 63 nayanmars (Tamil Shaivaite saints), you have been given the 63 seats. You should accept it with the same amount of bhakti like the nayanmars,” declared M. Karunanidhi while climbing down from his three-day-long game of brinksmanship over seat-sharing with the Congress.(From left) Stalin, Rajathi and Kanimozhi with Karunanidhi (sitting)The invocation of religion by the staunchly atheist DMK patriarch reveals his acute vulnerability. This is not the first time that Karunanidhi has played the politics of threat and blackmail with an ally. He has done it before with the UPA and he did it earlier with the NDA. He is used to coming out on top, but in this latest battle with the Congress, it would seem that he has finally lost, whatever the pretence might be.The 2G scam has taken a heavy toll on the DMK and the Kalaignar. More than former telecom minister A. Raja, the ageing DMK chief is worried about the fallout of the scam on immediate members of his family. The corridors of Delhi are abuzz with talk that the CBI may summon his daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, and wife Rajathi for questioning in the fast-expanding probe into the 2G scam. The direct implication of either Kanimozhi or Rajathi in the scam will be disastrous for the party and for Karunanidhi personally. CBI will submit a status report to the Supreme Court on March 15 and a chargesheet on March 31. Karunanidhi’s decision to accept the 63- seat demand of the Congress, after threatening to withdraw his ministers from the UPA Government over the same demand, came only after he received assurances from the Congress on his family and the 2G probe, say sources involved in the negotiations.advertisementAssurances from the Congress are clearly not enough in difficult times. The first family of Tamil Nadu politics, in a sharp departure from the party’s traditions, is seeking divine help and astrological advice in its effort to win the Assembly elections, despite all the negative publicity that the party has earned from the 2G scam.As a leading scriptwriter in the 1960s, Karunanidhi had penned fiery dialogues in film after film that conveyed a strong sense of rationality, and questioned several superstitions. That was in keeping with the tradition of the Dravidian movement, which was built on the foundation of rationalist ideology. Today, the DMK patriarch sports a yellow shawl, some say on the suggestion of an astrologer.Karunanidhi with his family at the millennium celebration of Thanjavur’s Big Temple in 2010It isn’t just Karunanidhi who is looking to astrologers for advice. The DMK leader’s second family (wife Dayalu and son M.K. Stalin) and third family (wife Rajathi and daughter Kanimozhi) have also sought the advice of astrologers. The predictions of one family astrologer will bring little comfort to the beleaguered family. “I had already predicted this downfall for the DMK a few years ago. Based on the stars, I had advised them to perform certain poojas at some of the famous temples, only to slow down the effect,” a family astrologer told India Today on the condition of anonymity. He says though the stars are good for Karunanidhi now, the stars of his son Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi do not show signs of victory.Recently, Rajathi embarked on a spiritual tour across Tamil Nadu. A few weeks ago, she visited the famous Nellaiyappar temple in Tirunelveli to offer prayers. Accompanied by state it Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna, she offered prayers to Goddess Sri Gandhimathy and Lord Nellaiappar (Lord Shiva) at the temple. Priests performed archana and special deeparadhana during her 50-minute visit. Rajathi also visited the Nava Tirupathi (nine sacred Vaishnavite) temples near Tirunelveli during her state-wide tour.Karunanidhi has been following other superstitions in the last year. During the millennium celebrations at Thanjavur’s big temple in 2010, he avoided the main entrance because of a political jinx. It is believed that Indira Gandhi had to step down from power and M.G. Ramachandran suffered a stroke after they visited the big temple through the main entrance. That has prompted political leaders visiting the Shiva shrine to enter from the side entrance instead.Recent events have only strengthened a growing trend towards religiosity in Karunanidhi’s clan. During the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the wily patriarch’s son and DMK strongman from Madurai, M.K. Alagiri, launched his election campaign from a famous temple in Madurai after receiving full temple honours. Kanimozhi visited the famous Vaishnavite shrine Shri Rangam a few months ago. She and her mother Rajathi offered prayers at the Punnainallur Mariamman temple in Thanjavur when they visited the city for the temple’s millennium celebrations in 2010.advertisementKarunanidhi’s heir apparent and state Deputy Chief Minister Stalin visited the godman Sathya Sai Baba to seek his blessings. Rajathi even touched his feet. Kalaignar has also met Mata Amritanandamayi and Isha foundation’s Jaggi Vasudev in the recent past. When questioned about his new found affiliation to religious and spiritual leaders, Karunanidhi said he found nothing wrong in coordinating with religious persons willing to contribute to the welfare of the people.Hindu mythological metaphors are playing an important part in the DMK’s election campaign-there are several instances where Karunanidhi and Stalin are pictured as Lord Krishna and Arjuna, from the Bhagvad Gita, in the party’s election posters. The DMK has on earlier occasions used religious metaphors to propagate its own government’s programmes. In October 2009, an advertisement in the print media marking the launch of the government’s flagship medical insurance scheme had the Hindu god of death ‘Yama’ on a ferocious bull, slinging a rope on an old man in his death bed. But just before Yama’s rope reaches the old man, a hand with a full-sleeved white shirt and betraying just a hint of a yellow shawl grabs the rope to save the ailing man. The advertisement read, ‘Kaalamveesum kaiyetrai thadukka kalaignar kaapeetu thittam’, meaning Kalaignar insurance scheme to thwart the rope of Yama.For the moment, it is the Congress that has thwarted what could be 86-year-old Karunanidhi’s last act of drama in a long career in politics. The DMK chief must hope that the theatrics would help drum up the morale of the party rank and file who have the difficult task of defending the party and Raja against corruption charges. Karunanidhi’s brinksmanship with the Congress may have served some purpose in signalling to the cadres that it was the DMK that had the power to spurn the Congress, and therefore still held the upper hand in seat-sharing negotiations.The assurance that he reportedly received from the Congress party on the 2G probe may not mean much since the CBI is reporting directly to the Supreme Court on the investigation. But the DMK chief has few options. He is facing the prospect of losing power to Jayalalithaa. His arch-rival will go after his family tainted by the 2G scam. Losing power at the Centre at the same time would only make the DMK more vulnerable. That is a scenario from which even gods would find it difficult to rescue Karunandhi, his wives, sons and daughter. After six decades in politics, Karunanidhi should have known that reality when he finally accepted the Congress party’s “unreasonable” demand for 63 seats on March 8.- with Anand Natarajanlast_img read more

The Elders Urge Zimbabwe To Cease The Violence

first_imgThe Elders today call on all parties in Zimbabwe to show restraint and calm as the country decides its future.Led by Kofi Annan, The Elders condemn the violence and tragic deaths that followed the 30 July vote.Following a pre-election visit to Harare in July to encourage a free, fair and transparent process*, The Elders urge all political parties to publicly recommit and adhere to the Peace Pledge signed on 26 June, refrain from violence and its incitement, and confine any challenge to the election result to the due process of law.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, the Kofi Annan Foundation and Nobel Peace laureate, said:“The scenes of violence that have erupted in parts of the country after the election are completely unacceptable. We call on all those responsible to step back from the brink, and give the people of Zimbabwe the opportunity of a peaceful transition to democracy.“The election process must be completed fairly, freely, and with the utmost transparency. Nothing other than the democratic will of the people should be allowed to determine the future of Zimbabwe.”The Elders commend the Zimbabwean citizens who voted peacefully in huge numbers, making this one of the largest voter turnouts in Zimbabwe’s history.The Elders welcome President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcement of an independent investigation into the violence in Harare on 1 August and urge him to make every effort to curtail any further excessive use of force by the armed forces. The Elders also welcome the statement of the International Election Observation Mission condemning the violence and encouraging all sides to show restraint.Furthermore, The Elders call on the MDC Alliance and all opposition parties to promote peaceful engagement, await the announcement of official results, and to use the courts and legal channels to air any grievances regarding the electoral process.The Elders also appeal to the armed forces to remain neutral during these testing times, and allow the police authorities to manage issues of public order.Mary Robinson, Elder, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said:“We are deeply saddened by the scenes of violence that have followed the largely peaceful voting in Zimbabwe.“Whatever the facts of the election result, it is clear there has been a significant breakdown of trust in the process across Zimbabwe. The country’s political leaders and its military must lead by example by demonstrating restraint, respecting due process, and appealing in the firmest terms for calm.“The Elders urge all those who seek a peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe to return to meaningful dialogue and put the long-term future of the country and its citizens centre stage.”last_img read more