1 Aston Villa star Fabian Delph’s on-off move to Manchester City is back ON, according to reports.The England midfielder was expected to complete an £8million switch to the Etihad Stadium last weekend, only for him to perform a dramatic U-turn and opt to stay in the Midlands.But talkSPORT understands now claims the transfer has been rekindled, with pictures circulating on the internet of the 25-year-old supposedly arriving for a medical.On Saturday the Three Lions star claimed he was he was not departing Villa Park, saying: “I’m not leaving. I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.”Some reports have suggested the former Leeds midfielder was put off a move to Man City by the thought of having to play second fiddle to reported-target Paul Pogba.But Juventus’ instance that they will NOT sell the France star means Delph has reignited the move to the Etihad. Fabian Delph in action for England against Slovenia
Letterkenny University Hospital has asked patients to stay away unless they are in need of emergency medical treatment.It follows a huge spike in the number of patients who have been admitted to the Emergency Department.A total of 164 patients attended the hospital’s Emergency Department which is significantly higher than the average which ranges between 105 and 115 patients per day. A spokesman for Saolta, the communications company which represents the hospital said the emergency department is extremely busy this week.A statement said “The hospital has admitted a significant number of ill patients, many of whom remain in the ED awaiting a bed.“Yesterday (Mon) 164 patients attended the ED. This is significantly higher than the average number attending the ED, which ranges between 105 and 115 patients per day.“Given the volume of patients attending the Emergency Department, we are asking the public to only present at an ED if they are in need of emergency medical treatment. Patients should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance. Patients attending ED are prioritised, with urgent cases treated first.”The spokesperson apologised for the distress or inconvenience caused to patients who are experiencing long wait times.Letterkenny hospital asks patients to stay away as emergency cases spiral was last modified: April 15th, 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:donegalGPsLetterkenny University HospitalovercrowdingSaolta
Here’s how you can get involved with different charities this Mandela DaySouth Africa – The idea of Mandela Day (67 minutes) was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.The celebration of this day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to “recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better”, says the Nelson Mandela Foundation.“Nelson Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years, beginning in 1942 when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African. His life has been an inspiration to the world,” the foundation said.By playing your part and devoting 67 minutes of your time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.We encourage people to do more than just 67 minutes on one day, and we encourage you to support causes that really need it. Last year we shared an opinion piece about Mandela Day and doing more than just one day of good, you can read it here.Here are ten charities that are hosting Mandela Day activities that have long termbenefits for all.Cart Horse Protection AssociationThe Cart Horse Protection Association in Epping, Cape Town, is inviting the public to help them rebuild stable yards of cart horse owners. This is a long term fix for the horses and owners.If you would like to get involved, you can find their event information on Facebook here.Jedi Tedi FoundationThe Jedi Tedi Foundation was formed after Jed was diagnosed with a very rare disease. He now helps other children cope through the creation of little teddies. The foundation has joined the Mensch Network to host a teddy making session at the Gardens Community Centre from 11 am to 1 pm on Sunday 21 July. This event is part of the Mensch Mandela Day – Family & Friends Day of Action!The teddies will be donated to children who need support and hope along their journeys and for them to know that they are not alone.If you would like to get involved, you can find their event information onFacebook here.Support an animal charityThere are thousands of animal charities in need of assistance throughout the year; if you would like to get involved, you can select an animal charity close to your heart.As there are so many, instead of listing each one, we have decided to list ways you can help your chosen animal charity alternatively.Collect food and blankets, old towels, toys and any animal related items to drop off on the day.Go spend the day walking dogs, loving cats or playing with the animals who need love. Help wash kennels, animals or repair items in need of fixing.If you need more ideas, call the charity to see what they need help with.Rare Diseases South Africa (RDSA)Help children battling rare diseases by packing a ‘Be Brave Box’ this Mandela Day. RDSA have started a project that will help the children with rare diseases cope better when they have to go to the hospital. They have created the “Be Brave Box”. A box filled with useful goodies to make life a little more comfortable in the hospital.You can find out more by reading our previous post on the initiative here.Organ and Blood DonationSave lives by registering as an organ donor or go to your local blood donation centre and give blood. Both of these methods are quick and easy and will help save lives.Find out how to be an organ donor here or a blood donor here.Donate your skillsForgood is a platform that links registered charities with people who wish to donate funds, goods or skills. This Mandela Day, you can donate your skills to a charity in need.If you check the Forgood platform, you will see many are in need of business skills, bookkeeping, social media, handyman, and so much more. If you have a valuable skill, you can donate it to a worthy cause. If you cannot find a charity in need of your skills, you can create an offer post and charities can respond to you directly.You can find out more about how to donate your skills here.Feed the hungryThe Angel Network is running a food drive this year. They are collecting non-perishable foods which they will distribute to people in need. They have four drop off zones and have also given their banking details for those who cannot get to the drop off zones.If you would like to get involved, you can find their event information on Facebook here.Help develop the future sporting stars of South AfricaPlay It Forward Jozi uses their platform to collect used sporting goods and deliver them to sporting teams in need. Their goal is that every child has an equal opportunity to achieve greatness on the sporting field.If you have any unwanted sports clothing and equipment, contact the organisation here to arrange a drop off of your items.Protect the oceanSeveral charities will be hosting beach cleanups for Mandela Day. You can join them or just wander along the beach yourself and collect all the plastic and trash you find.The Cape Town Beach Cleanup is doing an event during the evening where participants are required to do 6700 steps on the beach. To get their medal, they need to hand in a minimum of 3 pieces of litter.Find out more about the event on Facebook here.Join the Knit-witsThe Knit-wits are a group who knit blankets and scarves all year around but take special care to spread their creations further on Mandela Day. If you love knitting, this is the group to join.You can find out more about how to get involved in our latest post here.All these charities accept assistance and donations throughout the year. So be sure to help them out every chance you get and not just this one day a year. Let us know what you are doing for Mandela Day this year in the comment section; we would love to see how you plan to spend your 67 minutes.Press Release: GoodThingsGuy.com
The founder and chief executive of India’s largest digital payments company has barely slept and is nursing a head cold. Having just arrived at Paytm’s office, Vijay Shekhar Sharma discovers the coffee machine is broken. No time to send out for java. He settles for tea and plunges into a vortex of meetings-parsing a government circular on mobile swipe services, war-gaming a team member’s appointment with the Central Bank the next day and viewing new app designs.It’s barely an hour into the workday.Sharma is pushing himself to extremes because he knows this is a pivotal moment for Paytm (which rhymes with ATM). Two months ago, with no warning, the Indian government said it was scrapping 500- and 1,000-rupee banknotes, in a stroke excising four-fifths of the nation’s paper money.The move was designed to curb endemic corruption. But it also had the effect of accelerating India’s transition to digital payments, and the mobile wallet market is expected to explode to 300 billion rupees ($4.4 billion) by 2022 from 1.54 billion rupees last year, according to a forecast by trade body Assocham and researcher RNCOS.No company is better placed to benefit than Paytm, which says it has signed up more than 20 million users for a total of 177 million since the government bombshell-making it by far the largest company of its kind in India. “They got in early in a country with over a billion people who lack access to traditional banking and they got a big boost from recent extinguishing of larger bills,” says Kevin Carter, founder of San Francisco-based EMQQ, an emerging markets e-commerce exchange traded fund.Despite a first-mover advantage, Sharma is taking nothing for granted. Dozens of rivals have piled into the market, and some are using Paytm’s Chinese connections against it. In 2015, Alibaba Group Holding and its financial affiliate bought a 40 percent stake in the Indian startup. The two countries have long had a fractious political relationship and Paytm’s competitors are trying to appeal to Indians’ nationalism.Sharma also recognizes the difficulties of popularizing digital payments in a nation where most people don’t have bank accounts. “There are the digitally savvy and then there are those who do not even own a cellphone,” he says. “For many of them, it is not just a leap frog but a triple leap frog.”Sharma, 38, hails from a small manufacturing town and spoke only Hindi growing up. He taught himself English while attending engineering school in New Delhi and now speaks it impeccably. A self-described hippie businessman, Sharma adores Indian street food and is prone to quoting lines from his favorite pop songs, even crooning mid-conversation. An entrepreneur since his college days, Sharma was so broke at one point he says he couldn’t afford a cup of coffee.Like founders the world over, Sharma changed business models multiple times before settling on Paytm. He founded the parent company company called One97 Communications in 2000 when fewer than 10 million Indians were online. Over the next dozen or so years, the startup variously offered a people search service, sold ringtones, hawked Bollywood movie songs and provided mobile user analytics.In 2014, Sharma moved into digital payments as millions of urban Indians began shopping online. He was steadily pushing into financial services when the government announced the demise of the two largest banknotes on Nov. 9. With Paytm Payment Bank receiving regulatory approval this month, Sharma is gearing up for the next phase of growth by starting to collect deposits and sell mutual funds and insurance in March.The currency change forced people to trade in their old notes; those with suspiciously large amounts had to explain where they got the cash. In subsequent weeks, the bills were replaced with new 500- and 2,000-rupee notes. But the exchange sparked chaos, with Indians around the country lining up for hours to trade in defunct notes and scrambling to get their hands on the new currency.Sharma is betting many will see digital payments as a logical solution, while the government is hoping the technology will make it harder for tax-dodging Indians to hide so-called “black money.”Sharma says Paytm has been signing up the equivalent of a small European country’s worth of customers every week and has attracted a range of vendors from Burger King and Domino’s to roadside tea sellers and rickshaw drivers. He says the number of transactions have almost quadrupled to 2 billion in 2016. The surge in new business prompted Paytm to double server capacity and go on a hiring spree. And it has meant extra long days for its founder, whose Twitter feed has become a fire hose of resumes, love notes and customer complaints. “Overnight,” Sharma says, “we went from a new thing to a must-have.”Paytm is shooting to be a Wells Fargo-Mastercard-Square mashup and become the go-to app for all financial transactions. Indians will be able to save, buy insurance and mutual funds and use the company’s digital payment app to shop online and in the physical world. But like any startup, Paytm is struggling to tear ahead without the wheels coming off; that’s much harder to do in India than in Silicon Valley.Consider recruitment. When demonetization hit, Sharma wanted to double headcount to 12,000 in the following weeks, then grow it again to 20,000 by the end of 2017 — a monumental undertaking. During a meeting with his human resources team, he asks why they’re having such a hard time filling 20 senior positions. The HR managers remind him that India’s fintech sector is so new that few people have the right skills. When one executive suggests poaching from consumer-products companies, Sharma cuts him off. “We should avoid the box-movers, let’s go after every growth marketing head in the startup industry.”Security is another concern. Rumors circulated last month that an anonymous group called Legion, which gained notoriety hacking prominent Indian twitter accounts, had penetrated Paytm’s servers. Meanwhile. national police are investigating users and a few employees accused of bilking the company of millions of rupees.Almost every day, Sharma asks his security team if the firewall has held. So far, so good. But he knows one major hack and exposure of customer data could lay low his young company. “There’s so much talk of Russian hackers,” Sharma tells the team, “it’s time to advance security to the top of our agenda.”Paytm is running television commercials in major cities. In one, the woman of the house gripes about demonetization and wonders how she’s going to pay her helper, seen dusting in the background. The helper pulls out her phone and says, “Didi, chinta mat karo, Paytm karo” (“Sister, don’t worry, use Paytm.”). The ads target urban Indians who have more than a passing familiarity with the mobile web and represent most of the customers who have signed up in recent weeks.But to truly succeed, Sharma must attract hundreds of millions of rural Indians. To reach them, he has taken out full-page ads in newspapers, translated the app into several Indian languages and dispatched some 6,000 salespeople to the countryside to sign up merchants. Sharma has even set up how-to-use-the-app boot camps.So far, the financial services industry is playing catchup. The nation’s largest lender, State Bank of India, finally got its mobile wallet service going in mid-December. A national cashless payment system set up by leading banks totted up a mere 250,000 transactions in the first week of December compared with Paytm’s millions. The chief of the consortium, prosaically called Unified Payment Interface (UPI), lamented that it couldn’t hope to match Paytm’s advertising budget. The government’s own all-bank app, which uses the UPI, has just been launched and is gaining traction.But rivals are waking up to the Paytm threat. In November, when the company began letting customers use its app to process credit and debit cards, card issuers warned that Paytm’s technology didn’t fully secure users’ personal information. Sharma withdrew the product the very next day. In a widely circulated video, Meera Sanyal, former CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland in India and a prominent politician, said: “We are being pushed to use Paytm which is controlled by the Chinese company Alibaba.” She exhorted Indians to use the UPI app instead. In another attack, the founder of digital payments rival MobiKwik said foreign investors’ stakes in digital payments startups should be capped to ensure consumer data isn’t ‘routed out’ of the country.If any of this fazed Sharma, he didn’t show it. After spending the day meeting colleagues he prepared to jet off for a four-city, five-day business trip. He instructed his two assistants to get cough syrup, a new pair of glasses, an inhaler and his suit from the dry cleaner for his trip to Tokyo. There, he planned to meet SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman Masayoshi Son, who he describes as “a friend of my friend,” Alibaba CEO Jack Ma. On the way back from Japan, Sharma would stop over in Mumbai to receive an Entrepreneur of the Year award.“I want to be India’s first $100 billion company by value,” Sharma says, pausing to sing along to Coldplay’s A Head full of Dreams playing in the background. “I think I’ve landed in the world where there are miracles at work,” he croons. “Head full of dreams‚ head full of dreams.”Bloomberg Related Items
The municipality chairman of Sangod in Rajasthan’s Kota district has been booked for allegedly abusing and beating up a sweeper, who was carting away a cow’s carcass by dragging it with a tractor-trailer, police said on Sunday. The municipality chairman, Devkinandan Rathore, was booked under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on Saturday for beating up and abusing contractual sweeper Rajkumar Valmiki, said Station House Officer (SHO) Dhanraj Meena. Statements recordedPolice have launched an investigation into the matter and recorded the statements of Mr. Valmiki and the eyewitnesses, the SHO said, adding that no arrest had been made so far. Mr. Valmiki told police that he was taking the carcass away on Saturday afternoon by using a tractor-trailer as there was no other facility available to shift dead animals. When he was crossing a market area, Mr. Rathore reached the spot, hurled abuses and manhandled him, Mr. Meena said citing the sweeper’s statement . Video of incidentA video of the incident was uploaded on social media but police later removed it and blocked the video’s source, the SHO said. He said the matter had been handed over to Deputy Superintendent of Police Rameshwar Parihar for further investigation. Apparently, a cow vigilante had informed Mr. Rathore about Mr. Valmiki taking the cow’s carcass through the market.
It appears bureaucrats in the department of pharmaceuticals (DoP), under the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers, are more powerful than the country’s Parliament. They can simply disregard orders of the Lok Sabha Speaker as well as chairman of Rajya Sabha.This is what the bureaucracy has done while constituting the board of governors of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali.The NIPER Act stipulates inclusion of three members of Parliament – two from Lok Sabha and one from Rajya Sabha – but DoP decided to constitute the Board without public representatives despite nominations received from the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha Chairman.According to information available on Parliament website, three MPs – Paramjit Kaur Gulshan (Akali Dal) Dr G. Vivekanand (Congress) and Dr V. Maitreyan (AIADMK) – were nominated to the Board of NIPER by respective presiding officers of the two houses. But the three names did not figure in the new Board notified by DoP in June 2011. This violates the law governing NIPER.Documents obtained under RTI show that it is not a case of simple oversight but a deliberate act to keep away MPs and public figures from the decision making body of the NIPER, which has been facing a barrage of charges relating to financial irregularities and corruption. The issue of financial bungling in the institute was raised in the Parliament following expose by Mail Today in March 2012.Internal papers relating to the appointment of the new Board in June 2011 reveal that it was the DoP which requested the two presiding officers to nominate MPs as required under the NIPER Act. But when the nominations were received, senior officials sought to create confusion that the office of the governor of NIPER was an ‘office of profit’ because members of the board are paid a ‘sitting fee’ of Rs 1,000 whenever they attend the board meeting.advertisementA director level official pointed to the amendment carried out in August 2006 to Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act 1959, which clearly states that “if any MP holds the office of chairman, director or member of any statutory nonstatutory body and is not in receipt of any remuneration other than compensatory allowance “he or she shall not disqualify from being an MP. The officer suggested that Rs 1,000 fee could be treated as compensatory allowance and not ‘sitting fee’. But his advice was overlooked and a notification was issued dropping the names of three MPs from the Board.The NIPER Act also provides for making eminent public persons or social workers members of the board. Several names, including that of environmentalist Vandana Shiva, included in the final list.The institute has been functioning without a full-time director since December 2009 when the then director had to leave under adverse circumstances. Not just this, DoP also delayed constitution of a new board.The present board, chaired by Dr V.M. Katoch, has not been responding to charges of corruption and mismanagement raised by institute faculty and some board members.
After surviving early jolts in Monday’s chase against UAE, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said his team must cut down on mistakes to have any chance of beating the bigger teams in the Asia Cup. “Today’s game showed that you just can’t relax in this format, you can’t relax in the dressing room. We are making some mistakes and you can’t afford that against the bigger teams,” Afridi said on Monday after Pakistan’s seven-wicket win over UAE. (Also read: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik gunning for revenge against India) Pakistan allowed UAE to score 129 after reducing the minnows to 3/12 before surviving nervous moments at the start of the chase.”I told my batsmen just play normal cricket, don’t go for big runs. We thought after we took three wickets we thought we would get them out for 90-100 but they played well and some shots went off for them ..(off the edges). They played well in the end. We would have like to have a match like this before playing India,” added Afridi.Pakistan allowed UAE to score 129 after reducing the minnows to 3/12 before surviving nervous moments at the start of the chase.”I told my batsmen just play normal cricket, don’t go for big runs. We thought after we took three wickets we thought we would get them out for 90-100 but they played well and some shots went off for them ..(off the edges). They played well in the end. We would have like to have a match like this before playing India,” added Afridi.advertisement
In the city where they are accustomed to savouring his magic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again failed to live up to his own exalted billing for Sweden as he went missing in their fortuitous 1-1 draw with Ireland. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) It might have been Ibra’s cross that Ciaran Clark headed into his own net to salvage a point for Sweden in their Euro 2016 group E clash but, otherwise, the 34-year-old Paris St. German hero was an anonymous figure as his side failed to manage a single shot on target.’WE LACK QUALITY'”We lack quality,” captain Ibrahimovic said following the final whistle, hinting that his team mates really had to share the blame.”When you think of the balls I got … I try, but I can do much better.” (Also read: Champions Spain dominate but lack a cutting edge) Yes, much better. For all of his dazzling performances down the years, particularly in the City of Light for PSG, Ibra has often been found wanting on the biggest stages of all and again he struggled to find any sort of rhythm in the place he has called home for the last four years.CAN ZLATAN SURVIVE IN PREMIER LEAGUE? There were echoes of his anaemic performances for PSG — he leaves the French champions on a transfer this summer — when they crashed out of this year’s Champions League against Manchester City.Linked with a big-money move and a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, the ease with which he was subdued by Ireland’s journeyman defence poses serious questions as to whether he could thrive in the English Preimer League.advertisementWes Hoolahan had put Ireland ahead just after halftime with a peach of a goal, but Clark’s howler under pressure in the 71st minute gave the Swedes a share of the spoils which they hardly deserved.Zlatan wasn’t the only one who failed to deliver, with the Swedes looking extremely nervous in the first half as they struggled to get to grips with the busy midfielder Hoolahan.The skill and trickery of Ireland’s goalscorer was one of few bright spots in a turgid opening half that was littered with errors and sloppy play, but at least the Irish defence managed to keep Ibrahimovic quiet.Centre back John O’Shea and his partner Clark combined well with combative midfielder Glenn Whelan to smother Ibra, with one of the trio shadowing his every move.”I thought the players played him exceptionally well today, I thought that we were dominant in that aspect,” Ireland coach Martin O’Neill told a media conference.”We forced him away from our goal as much as we could, it worked a treat. The players have to take great credit for that.”Ibrahimovic’s only decent chance came in the second half but he failed to get a decent connection with Martin Olsson’s cross, scuffing the ball wide with his left foot while tightly marked.ZLATAN NEEDS TO RISEOn one of the few occasions he did get free, Zlatan combined well with Emil Forsberg and John Guidetti to break down the left of Ireland’s penalty area before hammering the ball across the goal only for Clark, calamitously, to head into his own net.But even that intervention could not disguise the anonymity of Ibra’s performance.With Italy up next and Belgium waiting in the wings, Sweden’s undisputed leader on and off the field will have to up his game considerably if they are to have any chance of making the knockout stage.”We now have two matches left and we need to take the necessary points,” Ibrahimovic said.To do so, he will have to find a way of eluding defenders considerably more gifted than those fielded by the Irish.
India’s ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai on Thursday clinched the silver medal in the mens 50 metre pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup final here.Jitu, ranked seventh in the event, finished second in the qualifying round with a cumulative score of 568 to make it to the finals behind Ukraine’s Oleh Omelchuk and then narrowly lost out to China’s Wei Pang in the final to settle for silver.Jitu started strongly in the finals and shot straight into the lead, before Pang caught up.The Indian then had a poor fourth and fifth series but eventually shot 188.8 to win the second position behind Pang’s score of 190.6Only the top 10 shooters in the event, barring world number one Jongoh Jin of South Korea, took part in the event.The ISSF World Cup finals competition is the season-ending competition of the annual calendar.