A young man who came to Donegal to complete a pre-marriage course ended up getting drunk and crashing his car.Letterkenny court.Gerard McConville, 24, came to the county with another couple and ended up socialising after a meal on February 2nd last. The young electrician struck the Port Roundabout in Letterkenny before colliding with a chip van.He later failed a breath test.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said it was an unfortunate incident.Judge Paul Kelly fined McConville of 21 Suffolk Street, Belfast, €300 and disqualified him from driving for 2 years.MAN DOING PRE-MARRIAGE COURSE GOT DRUNK AND THEN CRASHED CAR was last modified: February 20th, 2014 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:GERARD MCCONVILLEJudge Paul KellyLETTERKENNY DISTRCT COURT
The attorney for Luke Walton on Tuesday emphatically denied accusations of sexual assault on the part of the one-time Warriors assistant coach and newly hired head coach of the Sacramento Kings.“The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, and her claim is not credible,” Mark Baute said in a statement to several media outlets. “We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”TMZ broke the news Monday afternoon, reporting that a sports journalist had filed a civil lawsuit against Walton for assault …
It’s summertime in South Africa, and time to head for the beach. The country has more than 2 500 kilometres of coastline, stretching from the cold waters off the arid West Coast region, southwards around the tip of Africa, and heading up again all the way to the lush St Lucia estuary in the east.Footprints on a beach near the village of Keimouth, where the Kei River flows into the sea, on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape.Here’s some insider info on South Africa’s best beaches, to help you make the most of your time at the seaside.West CoastThe West Coast is less crowded than most of the coastline in summer. It’s not as lush as the other side of the country, and the water is pretty darn cold, but there are some major attractions.The birding is great – particularly in places such as the West Coast National Park and the little-known Verlorenvlei near Elands Bay.Watersports enthusiasts can kitesurf or windsurf or paddle in Langebaan, surf at Elands Bay or a dozen other great spots, and there are some fun horse rides.The West Coast Fossil Park is a spectacularly rich source of fossils of prehistoric mammals, and it’s a great place to spend half a day or so with the kids – or without them.And if you like seafood, do lunch at Muisbosskerm near Elands Bay. It’s a West Coast tradition.This extremely casual establishment consists of a simple shelter right on the beach. You’ll be served the freshest imaginable seafood cooked on an open fire and served with homemade bread. It’s a shoes-and-shirts-optional kind of experience.And there are some good wine farms around. The Sea Point public swimming pool in Cape Town looks over the ocean. (Image: Jeffrey Barbee, Media Club South Africa. For more photos, visit the image library.)Cape TownCape Town has some of the best beaches in the world, but the water is also pretty chilly. Hang out on Clifton if you want to spot an A-list celebrity, go to Muizenberg if you want to learn to surf, see the penguins on Boulders Beach, or rub shoulders with the local bronzed wrinklies at Fish Hoek – possibly the most perfect of South Africa’s beaches.There is so much to do in Cape Town. Honestly. Be warned, though: you won’t find parking anywhere near the beach, and you’ll have to get up early to stake out a square metre of sand for yourself.Cape Town is the city of choice for the brave of heart. Learn to dive, try sandboarding, paddle a kayak in the sea, hike through the Table Mountain National Park or do a tandem skydive with Table Mountain in the background.Brave the summer wind and go kite surfing or windsurfing. Go wild. For something a little different, try riding a camel near Noordhoek Beach, take your kids to Butterfly World near Paarl where they can stand mesmerised by a living kaleidoscope of psychedelic wings flitting past their noses, or visit an ostrich farm to get close to these weird and wonderful birds.Walking up Lions Head on a full moon evening, watching the sun set and the moon rise and walking down in the silvery light is so great, it’s worth braving the crowds to do. You will not be alone. You won’t be alone at the Kirstenbosch Sunday Concerts either, but it’s also worth doing that. And don’t forget the wine …Southern CapeHermanus on the Southern Cape Coast, which is also called the Overstrand, expands to bursting point in December with wall-to-wall people, but some of the other smaller towns are not quite as crowded. Well, only just.Gansbaai is the centre of the shark cage-diving industry so you could eyeball a great white. You could do a wine-tasting tour through some of the most southerly vineyards in the world, visit the southernmost point of Africa at Cape Agulhas, or explore the huge sea cave at Arniston.While it is pretty crowded here, you’ll still find some long, lovely beaches to walk on. Close to Cape Agulhas, in the small farming town of Bredasdorp, is South Africa’s only dedicated shipwreck museum – attesting to the challenging waters around the southernmost tip of Africa. The beach at Nature’s Valley looks out at the hills and tangled indigenous forest of the Tsitsikamma National Park. (Image: Rodger Bosch, Media Club South Africa. For more photos, visit the image library.)Garden RouteThe Garden Route is heaven – tangled forests and deep river gorges fronting lovely long white beaches or craggy headlands. The southern right whales have gone back to Antarctica for the summer, but there are dolphins aplenty, and you may spot some humpbacks or even Brydes whales, either from shore or on a boat trip.You could do an escorted hike along the coast, either on the beaches near Mossel Bay, through the wetlands between Wilderness and Knysna, or along the spectacular rocky coastline of the Tsitsikamma National Park.If you’re looking for more than sun, sand and sea, you could do a tree-top canopy tour, brave the highest bungy jump in the world, mountain bike or hike in the fabulous Harkerville Forest, abseil a waterfall into the mysterious Kaaimans River, take a gentle cruise or paddle up the beautiful, forest-fringed, cola-dark Keurbooms River, or explore the magnificent wetlands of the Wilderness National Park.Wilderness has some of the best and most scenic paragliding in the country. There are more golf courses than you could shake a club at, and your credit card is likely to go into a hypoglycaemic coma with all the fabulous craft shops, art galleries and other tempting delights.You can also watch some of the best polo in the world in Plettenberg Bay, but if you’re thinking of staying there and you haven’t booked your accommodation by now, you’ll probably have to sleep in your car. And you can even get in a game-viewing fix. The yacht basin in East London. (Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more photos, visit the image library.)Eastern CapeThe Eastern Cape is the place for a real beach holiday. Port Elizabeth, East London, Jeffreys Bay, Cape St Francis and, to a lesser extent, Port Alfred are quite big centres but they still revolve around the beach.Port Elizabeth is family-friendly, with a beach for every reason. If you head out to the wild side near Sardinia Bay, you can find an almost deserted stretch of sand to walk on – yes, even in December.Close by you’ll find fabulous malaria-free game viewing in the Greater Addo Elephant National Park and a range of smaller private game reserves, including Shamwari and Kwandwe.Not far from Port Alfred is the fascinating little town of Bathurst, with a range of cultural and historical attractions. A bit further afield in Grahamstown you can explore interesting and unusual museums, including the National Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, the National English Literary Museum, the International Library of African Music, and the Observatory Museum, which houses the only genuine Victorian camera obscura in the southern hemisphere. Best of all, it’s another of those really quiet places, as all the students and scholars leave town for the holidays, and it’s a quick drive to the beach at Port Alfred.Jeffreys Bay is the surf centre of the universe – at least to the cool surfer dudes who hang out there. But if you’re a really cool surfer dude, you should load your boards onto the roof of your battered kombi and head off to one of the secret breaks on the Wild Coast. The Wild Coast gets its name from both the raging and unpredictable ocean off its ragged coastline and its remote subtropical interior. A dog wanders the beach at the famous Hole in the Wall on the Wild Coast. (Images: Rodger Bosch, Media Club South Africa. For more photos, visit the image library.)Wild CoastNo-one is really sure where the Wild Coast begins and ends, as it has – over the years – expanded almost to the outskirts of East London. The Wild Coast is magic. The climate and vegetation is subtropical, with mangrove forests, turquoise lagoons, long, deserted beaches and small scattered settlements where people live much the same way they have for centuries.You can hike long or short sections of the coast while spending the night in a hotel or guest house, so you don’t have to carry food and sleeping bags and tents and things along with you. Phew!The Wild Coast is a great family holiday destination – some families have been visiting the same place year after year, for generations.And almost every settlement has at least one vibey backpackers, too. Some of the best are in Cintsa and Coffee Bay. It’s also a great cultural destination, as almost every hotel or backpackers along the coast has a good relationship with the people who live nearby.For a really interesting cultural and genuine ecotourism experience, you can’t beat Bulungula near Coffee Bay – and that’s never crowded.Be warned, though. Fabulous as it is, it is a real cultural adventure and, if your comfort zone is quite small with big, high walls you may suffer some culture shock.South CoastThe Mtamvuna River marks the boundary between the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and things are very different on its northern bank. The South Coast consists of a string of beautiful beaches, river mouths and lagoons all fringed by an almost continuous ribbon of coastal development – hotels, malls, housing developments, camp sites and small towns.It’s not remotely peaceful but it is loads of fun. The beaches are long and lovely and mostly family-friendly, the diving is utterly superb, there are golf courses around every corner, and there is a range of accommodation to suit every budget.Just inland is the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve, where you can watch some small game or indulge in a range of adventures including white water rafting, abseiling and gorge swinging. Hotels line the beachfront of Durban’s North Beach. Toss a couple of notes to the sand sculptors who create fantastic ephemeral works of art on the beaches of Durban. (Images: Graeme Williams, Media Club South Africa. For more photos, visit the image library.)DurbanJeffreys Bay is not the surf capital of South Africa. Durban is. The only surf museum in the country is here – on the beachfront – and the surf is great.The beaches are a cultural experience. Bronzed surfers rub broad shoulders with elegant, sari-clad matrons strolling the sand, and bead-bedecked traditional healers collect sea water in plastic bottles while charismatic preachers perform al fresco baptisms, and small children build sand castles.The city extends virtually to the high water mark and harassed, deskbound wage slaves shuck their jackets and ties at lunchtime to jog along the beachfront or catch a quick wave.Durban is the easiest seaside destination to reach from Johannesburg. With all those Gautengers in town you’ll be challenged to find a quiet spot on the beach in December, but you’ll never be bored.Toss a couple of notes to the sand sculptors who create fantastic ephemeral works of art on the beach, buy a basket from the craft sellers, and take a ride in a rickshaw.To find out more about what lies under the warm Indian Ocean, visit the water rides and aquariums at uShaka Marine World, where you can – literally – swim with the fishes.And before you leave, don’t neglect to get a taste of bunny chow – a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread filled with spicy Indian curry, and Durban’s signature contribution to world cuisine.North CoastThe North Coast is rather like a more refined version of the South Coast. It’s a bit more tropical, and maybe a bit wilder but the developers seem to have been a tad more restrained – or at least more discerning. Only a tad.As well as awesome beach options, there is the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board in Umhlanga Rocks, where you can find out more about these fascinating, beautiful and much-maligned animals.Numerous exclusive golf estates and resorts lie tucked away behind the dunes. The fish traps in Kosi Bay on the Maputaland coastline have been operated y the same family for hundreds of years. (Image: Jennifer Stern)MaputalandMost of the Maputaland coast is incorporated into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, formerly the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, which is a world heritage site.This whole area is a paradise of sub-tropical beaches, fabulous wetlands, fascinating cultural destinations and spectacular game reserves, including the exclusive Phinda Private Game Reserve and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, where you will see more rhino than you can imagine.There are interesting hikes, and you can paddle on the St Lucia estuary to check out the crocodiles, hippos and birds.The fishing is good, and the small town of St Lucia seems to be overrun by fishermen with big four-wheel drives. The fishermen also hang out at Sodwana Bay, but there they’re outnumbered by the divers who flock there in droves to explore Africa’s most southerly coral reefs. It’s pretty crowded, but it’s worth it.North of Sodwana it gets uncrowded indeed, where you can stay at one of two luxury lodges, either Thonga Beach Lodge or Rocktail Bay, and do some relaxed diving.Alternatively, you will have had to book a long time ahead to get into one of the few more affordable KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife options.For a truly fantastic and crowd-free experience you could head to the northernmost coastal resort in South Africa – Kosi Bay. It’s a long estuary consisting of four interlinked lakes, each with its own character. Explore the traditional fish traps in shallow crystal clear water surrounded by mangroves, snorkel with colourful tropical fish in the estuary mouth, or paddle the deep cola-dark waters of the fourth lake to visit the most southerly naturally occurring raffia palm forest in Africa.Do a short one-day or multi-day horse trail, or take a guided walk on the beach at night to look out for nesting turtles. KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife does trips, or enquire wherever you’re staying. December is perfect turtle-watching time.Last but not leastWherever you choose to go on this beautiful coast, play it safe. Use loads of sunscreen and a hat, save your sundowners for sundown and don’t drink and swim, and be realistic about your abilities. It’s a big ocean out there.But most important – have fun. Take all your toys – the frisbee, the beach bats, the picnic, the bucket and spade – and all your favourite people, and go back home a few years younger.
27 FebruaryThe third test match between South Africa and Australia, which gets under way at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday, will form part of the country’s 20 Years of Freedom celebrations, the Department of Sport and Recreation said on Wednesday.A number of activities have been lined up around the test, starting on Friday with a coaching clinic at Khayelitsha Cricket Club, where 150 learners from the area will have an opportunity to interact with 15 coaches.Former cricketing greats including Gary Kirsten, Paul Adams, Monde Zondeki, and Peter Kirsten will be in attendance, along with players from provincial side the Cape Cobras.Three-hundred learners from selected schools will be transported to the stadium to watch the test match on the fourth and fifth days.Freedom PlaqueOn Saturday, Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula will hand over a 20 Years of Freedom plaque to Cricket South Africa, the Australian Cricket Association, and Proteas’ great Jacques Kallis.On Sunday, there will be a gala dinner with 200 former cricket players and administrators to celebrate Kallis, who retired from test cricket after South Africa’s series against India in December. The dinner will also celebrate Cricket South Africa’s achievements.OptimisticMeanwhile, the Proteas’s recent 231-run win over Australia, which levelled the three-test series at 1-1, has left the squad in an optimistic mood ahead of the series decider.Proteas coach Russell Domingo said the positive energy has given his squad the edge heading into the deciding test.‘Winning is important’“A breakfast area a day after winning a cricket game and losing one are two totally different areas,” Domingo told the media on Wednesday afternoon. “Winning is important, no matter how you try not to emphasise the importance of winning because you want to focus on your processes.“The general vibe around the team after a good win has so much more energy than after a loss. There is a lot of tension after a loss, reflection and what-ifs, but after you win you try and emphasise the reasons you have been successful.“There is a good energy around the side; guys know that they have played more to their potential, probably not their best, but to their potential in the last test match.”FieldingUnusually for the South African team, a key department that they will have to improve on to perform at their clinical best will be the fielding, which has been a let-down in the first two matches.“We always pride ourselves in our fielding,” Domingo said. “We have generally fielded well and taken some great catches, but it’s like everything else in the game, if you put one or two down there is always a little bit of anxiety around it.”Last Newlands meetingThe Proteas held their first training session at Newlands on Wednesday afternoon, the same venue where they famously dismissed Australia for only 47 in their second innings in November 2011. Although the current Australian team contains many of the players involved in that game, which South Africa won by eight wickets, Domingo said memories of the match wouldn’t be a major concern for the visiting team.“I don’t think it makes too much difference,” Domingo said of the scarring. “They have played great cricket between that test match and over the last few months. I’m sure they will probably look at the highlights over the next couple of days and see what happened. There will be a little bit of anxiety, but that is part of it.”Warner’s allegationsDomingo also commented on David Warner’s jibes at the Proteas, in which the outspoken Australian opener suggested that the South Africans had deliberately scuffed the ball in Port Elizabeth to create more reverse swing, and described the allegations as “disappointing”.“It’s always a bit disappointing when guys throw those sort of accusations around,” Domingo admitted. “We are a seriously motivated team and I suppose he has added 10% towards our motivation levels after the comments he has made.“We pride ourselves on playing the game as openly and as honestly, so those comments have definitely motivated us.”SAinfo reporter and Cricket South Africa
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For twenty years or so, companies like Pilkington (Spacia) have been cranking out R-5ish (center-of-glass) vacuum-insulated glazing (VIG). The attraction of glazing units with a very thin profile, relatively low weight, and a high level of performance is strong, particularly for retrofit applications. But it sure seems as though we have been promised commercially available VIG with double that thermal performance for more than 10 years now. (See Images #1 and #2 in the Gallery, as well as this 2009 blog post by Alex Wilson.) The technological challenges for this level of performance have been significant, and so have costs. My good friend and colleague, Charlie Curcija — senior researcher in the glazing program at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab — is the guy I always go to for the latest and greatest news on high performance glazing. He says we very well could be there:RELATED ARTICLESVacuum-Insulated Windows‘Superwindows’ to the Rescue?Report from the International Builders’ ShowDoes Vacuum Insulation Make Sense? “The breakthroughs required for R-10+ VIG were in three areas: One, producing uniformly flat tempered glass (this is important for pillars to stay where they are supposed to); Two, having temperable low-e (Guardian was one of first companies, if not the first to develop temperable low-e); and Three, developing a low-temperature edge sealing process, so that glass does not de-temper.” According to Curcija, who recently returned from Asia, there are about seven or so Chinese companies that are producing VIG in the R-10+ range (center-of-glass) and just one being produced in the U.S. (by Michigan-based Guardian Glass). Guardian just did a big press event at an AIA conference for their two commercially available VIG products. And then there is Florida-based VIG Technologies, a company that uses LandGlass VIG from China. So, we’re are all set and just need to talk about pricing, right? Are the products even available? Not so fast; both Guardian and VIG Technologies are still very tight-mouthed about the major U.S. window manufacturers they claim to be working with. Apparently, you can’t order product from either of these VIG producers or any window manufacturers to date. There are real VIG installations in the U.S.: VIG Technologies has units installed at Viracon headquarters in Minnesota (Viracon is the largest glazing manufacturer in the U.S.) and Guardian has some of their units installed as retrofits at Eastern Michigan University (see Images #3 and #4 in the Gallery). By all reports, these units are performing really well. Curcija observed the Viracon units on a cold winter day and said that the units looked great and the thermal comfort near the units was impressive. Robert Densic, Eastern Michigan University’s manager for planning and design, is working on some initial Guardian Glass installations as a proof-of-concept project for much broader applications of VIG products across the campus. So, what is the hold up? A lack of industrial capacity One trusted window industry source told me this: it’s really hard to focus on and marshal resources for new high-performance glazing when the industry is as stoked as it is right now. Charlie Boyer, vice president of research & development for Viracon, backed that up. He said, “We are very interested in this technology but we simply don’t have the capacity right now and are not quite ready to make the very substantial investment required to set up a whole new facility for VIG.” Additionally, when I asked Guardian Glass some very pointed questions about commercialization, one of their written responses was: “The Guardian Vacuum IG team is focused on multiple industries, with commercial refrigeration leading the way. We have partnered with Anthony International, the leader in the refrigeration door industry.” Huh? Refrigerator doors? Another trusted industry source told me this: no one in the window/glazing industry has seen any third-party certified laboratory testing of the new VIG product using the industry standard, ASTM E2190, “Standard Specification for Insulating Glass Unit Performance and Evaluation.” This testing includes temperature extremes and accelerated aging/weathering testing. (For more information on this standard, including descriptions of specific tests, see “Certification and Testing for Insulated Class units.”) A new standard If you lose the vacuum seal on these IGUs, the thermal performance does not fade — it crashes. There is a new standard being developed specifically for stress-testing VIG: ISO/DIS 19916-1, “Glass in building—vacuum insulating glass – Part 1: Basic specification of products and evaluation methods for thermal and sound insulating performance.” Rob Tenent of the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is gearing up for a project looking into the specific stress testing needs of VIG, working with Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL). Frankly, no one seems to know, or is willing to state, whether these new VIGs require stress testing tuned to their performance or properties. But that is exactly what this NREL/LBNL project is about. The refrigerator door market All of this concern could be one of the reasons that Guardian Glass is focusing on the refrigerator door market: While the temperature difference from inside to outside the refrigeration units is large, it represents a fairly steady delta-T. I am not saying that the VIG seals or long-term performance are suspect; I am saying that no one seems to know or be willing to talk openly on this issue, and it is really important. How much do these IGUs cost? What about costs? Not surprisingly, it’s impossible to get this sort of information from VIG Technologies or Guardian Glass at this point. But here is what Curcija learned while in Asia: Chinese VIG producers gave manufacturing costs of up to 1,500 Yuan/m2. Using $1 = 6.7 yuan and roughly 10 sf/m2, that equates to $22 per square foot. In the U.S., it’s typical to multiply manufacturing cost by 3 to get the consumer price (glazing installed in a window), which would mean $66/s.f. for consumer buying windows with VIG. Note that this price does not include any tariffs. For comparison purposes, standard double-glazed IGU in the U.S. is about $10/s.f. retail, with Passive House triple-glazed windows in the range of $30 – $70/s.f. New VIG from Guardian Glass (made in the U.S.) and VIG Technologies (made in China) are poised to make serious inroads into the high-performance glazing market in the U.S. They are not cheap, but if their long-term thermal performance can be verified, they may very well be worth the cost. In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. 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They were the favourites for the World Cup title and both India and Sri Lanka have made it to the finals after eight matches. Here’s how the two teams progressed.IndiaDateMatchVenueResultSat 19 FebIND vs BANShere Bangla National Stadium, MirpurIND won by 87 runs Scorecard | Match reportSun 27 FebIND vs ENGEden Gardens, KolkataMatch ends in tieScorecard | Match reportSun 06 MarIND vs IREM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru (Bangalore)IND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportWed 09 MarIND vs NEDFerozeshah Kotla, DelhiIND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportSat 12 MarIND vs SAVidarbha Cricket Association Ground, NagpurSA won by 3 wktsScorecard | Match reportSun 20 MarIND vs WIMA Chidambaram Stadium, ChennaiIND won by 80 runsScorecard | Match reportThu 24 MarIND vs AUS2nd Q-finalSardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, MoteraIND won by 5 wktsScorecard | Match report Wed 30 Mar IND vs PAK 2nd Semifinal Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali IND won by 29 runsScorecard | Match reportSri LankaDate & TimeMatchVenueResultSun 20 FebSL vs CANMahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, HambantotaSL won by 210 runs Scorecard | Match reportSat 26 FebPAK vs SLR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboPAK won by 11 runsScorecard | Match report Tue 01 MarSL vs KENR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 9 wicketsScorecard | Match reportSat 05 MarAUS vs SLR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboMatch abandonedScorecard | Match reportThu 10 MarSL vs ZIMPallekele International Cricket Stadium, KandySL won by 139 runsScorecard | Match reportFri 18 Mar 02:30 PM ISTNZ vs SLWankhede Stadium, MumbaiSL won by 112 runsScorecard | Match reportSat 26 MarSL v ENG4th Quarterfinal (D)R.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 10 wktsScorecard | Match reportTue 29 MarSL vs NZ 1st SemifinalR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 5 wktsScorecard | Match reportadvertisement
Tobacco will soon be a thing of the past in the land of wrestlers. In a first, the mahapanchayat in Noida’s Sarfabad village has vowed to eliminate tobacco and its products in a bid to secure a healthier future for its youth.The panchayat has asked the village residents to abstain from selling or using tobacco. Such products would be a strict no-no for the younger generation henceforth.Initiated by the wrestlers-dominated community of the village, the move is aimed at urging the state government to impose a blanket ban on the use of tobacco products. The plan will act as a pilot project and subsequently spread to other rural pockets of the district.The panchayat has given its final word on the social menace and anybody found violating the same will have to pay dearly.Shopkeepers of Sarfabad village set fire to their tobacco products to show their support.Over 20 shopkeepers in the village brought their tobacco products and destroyed them in a bonfire to express support for the move.According to Sukhbir Pehelwan, a wrestling coach and organiser, the panchayat has completely banned tobacco and its use in the village.”Anybody found selling tobacco or its products would have to shell out Rs 1,000 as fine. Whoever is found chewing tobacco will be fined Rs 500. And we have decided to reward any person who informs us about anyone selling or using tobacco with Rs 100. The fines will be realised by the panchayat itself,” Pehelwan said.”If other states such as Haryana and Gujarat can ban it, why can’t Uttar Pradesh? A health recent ministry report has disclosed rising number of cancers in the country are caused by tobacco use. It has not only become a health hazard but a social evil. We aim to eliminate it completely,” he said.advertisementThe members of the panchayat would, on Monday morning, hand over a memorandum to district magistrate MKS Sundaram, addressed to the state government urging it to impose the ban at the earliest.”We have thought to make Sarfabad a model village in eradicating the use of tobacco in the state. We would soon begin awareness programmes in other villages too. We have given time to the government till August 30. If it does not do anything about it, we would turn this campaign into a movement,” Subodh Yadav, an international wrestler and 2011 Asiad gold-medalist said.Five villages in Noida – Sarfabad, Sorkha, Garhi Chowkhandi and Behlolpur have practised wrestling as a traditional sport and have produced numerous state, national and international players. Sarfabad, with a population of around 10,000, has over 150 professional wrestlers, practising the sport at various forums. Of them, three have wrestled on the international level while around 50 have participated in national events.Though the panchayat has started the campaign against tobacco, it would soon add alcohol to the list to prevent the younger generation of the village from falling prey to wrong practices which can only harm their health, a panchayat member said.
LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 32-year-old had expressed pre-tournament caution regarding the health of his knee — a worry which appeared to be groundless after a 76-minute masterclass.“I’m happy for this very positive start. I had good feelings on court,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNadal collected the opening five games of the afternoon in 17 minutes as he set the tone for another dominant display in the principality.He was equally in control during the second set, where he saved three break points in the fourth game and two more in the sixth. Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem, who lost to Nadal in Paris last June, beat Slovakia’s Martin Klizan 6-1, 6-4.Thiem, who won the Indian Wells title over Federer, made a successful switch to his favourite surface as he prepares for the pre-French Open sequence of events.Fourth seed Thiem won with a break in the final game after Klizan held a 40-0 lead.Upbeat ZverevAlexander Zverev rediscovered traces of his best form with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime.The German, locally based, reached the third round as he tamed the 18-year-old who broke through for a Miami semi-final last month.The 21-year-old Zverev played the semi-finals in Monte Carlo a year ago but has yet to hit his stride this season.That may be starting to change.“This is the first time this season I’ve felt really healthy,” said Zverev, who lost prematurely at both Indian Wells and Miami, as well as in Marrakech last week.“I’ve been training well but haven’t been able to take that into matches. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments “I live just 500 metres from here, I’m comfortable on this court. I’m starting to feel better about my game.“I’m really ready for the clay season.”Zverev swept the opening set in 30 minutes but had to get through a series of three straight breaks of serve between him and his opponent before finally advancing in 78 minutes.The third seed will next face Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who reached the third round when French opponent Gilles Simon withdrew because of back problems.Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas moved ahead, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5.“I need to maintain my focus, my concentration, my aggressive mindset when I’m on the court,” Tsitsipas said.“If all these are combined, then I have nothing to fear and I have nothing to be afraid of when I’m on the court.“This is the first big clay court tournament, not everyone is very well prepared for that. It’s been a long hardcourt court season before the clay.”Britain’s Cameron Norrie defeated Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, while Pierre-Hugues Herbert stunned 2018 finalist and fifth seed Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-4. Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at then end of their tennis match on the day 5 of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament on April 17, 2019 in Monaco. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters.The 11-time champion showed no sign of the knee problems which forced him to quit ahead of an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer a month ago.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated ‘We’re excited’: Knicks have hopes for lottery, free agency Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It was a great start, it’s good to be back here,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner said, keeping talk of his knee to a minimum.“I can’t pretend to not have pain at all, but professionals normally play with pain,” Nadal said.“It’s part of the sport at the highest level and it’s no limitations at all. I was able to move well and be confident with the things that I did.”Bautista Agut has now lost to his Spanish countryman in all three of their meetings, while Nadal improved his incredible record here to 69-4 as he takes aim at a fourth consecutive title at the event.“This is just the first match and it’s been a very positive start,” Nadal said. “The results say that.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles