Rosie Connolly from Letterkenny normally likes to take her time when she goes shopping.But there was no time to waste when she popped along to the brilliant Home Store + More at the Letterkenny Retail Park yesterday.Rosie with her mum Teresa and her haul of goodies!Rosie was the winner of a competition organised by the store which gave contestants the chance to grab as many items as possible in just a minute and stuff them into a trolley to keep. Needless to say, Rosie didn’t waste any time checking prices but covered the shop floor like a professional shopper with a wallet-full of somebody else’s money to spend!Supported by her mum Teresa from Booragh in Ramelton and some other friends, Rosie managed to nab a staggering €1,083 worth of goods in just four minutes.Staff at the shop were delighted for Rosie and wished her well as she left the premises to fill her car. Staff at the new store which is proving hugely popular with locals are planning plenty of other novelty promotions as the store continues to grow even more popular.Rosie’s €1,083 trolley dash at Home Store + More! was last modified: April 11th, 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:competitiondonegalHomestore and MoreletterkennyRosie Connolly
9 July 2015The South African swimming team have their eye on the prize at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships, starting on Monday, 13 July in Glasgow, Scotland.South African world champion, 24-year-old Kevin Paul, is defending his title in the men’s breaststroke during the tournament. Paul holds that it’s all about having confidence in your preparation and team.“Confidence is the biggest building block to success,” he said. “I’ve trusted my coaches and the process up until now. A good performance in Glasgow will only confirm that we are on track.”Team workPaul has nothing but praise for his teammates. “We have a very motivated squad this year with a mix of guys and girls that have competed on the international stage before.” Paul said. “There are a few that will be competing in their first World Championships as well.”He said it is a great opportunity for the younger generation to gain this sort of an experience at an international level to continue South Africa’s proud Paralympic legacy.From Glasgow to Rio de JaneiroFor the athletes participating in Glasgow, it is the last hurdle to next year’s Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Paul sees this competition as the final big step before Rio next year, which he says is “the ultimate goal”.“We have had a solid year of training and have been working on a lot of new things since I made the move to a new squad and coach at the beginning of last year,” he explained. His coaches, Graham Hill and Dellon Dannhouser, also trained another of South Africa’s medal-winning swimmers, Chad le Clos, who won gold in the 2012 Olympics.This is the third time Paul is competing in the World Championships.“I feel that anyone that makes the final will have a good chance of putting together a solid performance,” he observed. “But training in an environment with a strong group of able-bodied swimmers has matured me as a swimmer and I’m looking forward to seeing the result in Glasgow.”About the competitionThere will be over 580 athletes from 70 countries competing in the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships. This is the seventh edition of the competition.South Africa hosted the event in Durban in 2006. At the end of that competition – 549 athletes from 49 countries took part – Great Britain topped the medals tally with 52.Source: International Paralympic Committee
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New Delhi, May 9 (PTI) Indias greatest ever Olympian Sushil Kumar strongly feels that panels similar to one headed by Justice RM Lodha to clean up the BCCI mess, is required to bring in more accountability and transparency in functioning of National Sports Federations (NSF). “I dont mind if we have a Lodha Panel for all National Sports Federation (NSFs). It will only help increase the accountability and transparency of the associations. The coaches need to be accountable. We are in need of qualified coaches,” Sushil said during a Sports Conclave organised by the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB). In fact RSPB secretary Rekha Yadav, who has represented the institutional unit during various BCCI meetings, agreed that cricket boards impressive infrastructure is pretty much in place. “Much maligned that the BCCI is, one has to admit that they have put in a nice system in place,” RSPB secretary said during a panel discussion. India won three medals at the 2008 Olympics and doubled its tally in the 2012 edition but the two-time medallist feels that the nation couldnt cash in on the glass ceiling that was broken after Abhinav Bindras first individual gold medal and his own bronze. “I think we couldnt cash in on our performance in Beijing Olympics. Although we got six medals in London, we didnt improve as a sporting nation. The planning and preparation left a lot to be desired.” Five-time World Champion MC Mary Kom spoke about lack of qualified support staff (coaches and trainers) that has been the bane of Indian sport for the longest time. “I remember once we had a boxing coach. After a few days, I made some enquiries about his credentials and found out that he has got his NIS degree in basketball or football. And that man later got Dronacharya award also,” Mary Kom recollected as the entire audience including other panelists, Sushil and Bhaichung Bhutia, were in splits. “We have seen doctors who would give you tablets to cure headache if you have a heel injury. There have been times when I havent had a masseur,” said Mary Kom. Gymnast Dipa Karmakars coach Bisweswar Nandi said had it not been for Sports Authority of India (SAI), the sport would have been long dead due to federations apathy. “For the last four years, we have not had any National Gymnastics Championship because there are two associations claiming to represent Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI). Who is responsible for this? Thanks to SAI that we still get proper training facilities,” said Nandi. The Dronacharya awardee spoke about lack of checks and balances while appointing foreign coaches. “We have this fascination for foreign coaches. A few years back, an American coach was roped in and he had some degrees having passed a few theoretical exams but not practical knowledge. “Now this man was after my life that I am ruining Dipas career trying to perfect her Produnova. Later, it was found out, he was physically challenged and couldnt show technical movements. This is how the federation recruited coaches,” Nandi said. Indias former football captain Bhaichung Bhutia feels that while franchise-based private leagues are welcome, there is question mark about their contribution to development of sport at the grassroot level. “Kolkata Knight Riders is a popular franchise but what is their contribution for development of cricket at the grassroots?” he asked. PTI KHS BS BSadvertisement
Through a new White House-led initiative, First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise, is helping connect children in need across the country with access to thousands of e-books.The initiative, announced by President Obama at the Anacostia Library in Washington, is part of a broad effort to ignite kids’ love of reading by improving access to digital content and public libraries.Through the initiative, called Open eBooks, major publishers are providing $250 million worth of e-books to children from low-income families for free, including 10,000 of their most popular titles. The books will be accessible through an Open eBooks app, currently being developed by the New York Public Library, the Digital Public Library of America and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Together, the organizations will curate and deliver the e-books to programs and classrooms serving low-income students.The app and all the e-books will be made available to programs and classrooms serving children in need through First Book. Anyone working in the lives of children in need is urged to sign up with First Book at www.firstbook.org/register.“This historic partnership recognizes the need to increase access to books – in all their forms – to children growing up in low-income families,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “Access to books is critical for children to develop their reading skills, yet books are scarce for millions of our children. First Book works directly with hundreds of thousands of educators and community programs serving children in need, and we are eager to help connect them and others with these digital resources to spread the joy of reading.”Commitments from publishers include: • Macmillan: Providing unlimited access to all of the K-12 age-appropriate titles in their title catalog of approximately 2,500 books. • Simon & Schuster: Providing access to their entire e-catalog of books for children ages four to 14, comprised of 3,000 titles. • Penguin Random House: Committing to provide an extensive offering of their popular and award-winning books. • Hachette: Offering participating students access to a robust catalogue of their popular and award-winning titles. • Candlewick: Providing unlimited access to all relevant children’s and young-adult e-book titles in their catalog. • Bloomsbury: Providing unlimited access to over 1,000 of its most popular titles. • Lee & Low: The leading independent publisher of multicultural books is providing unlimited access to over 700 of its titles. • Cricket Media: Offering full digital access to all of its market-leading magazines for children and young adults, including Ladybug and Cricket. • HarperCollins: Providing a robust selection of their award-winning and popular titles.Additionally, the participation of the partnering organizations and libraries includes: • First Book: Will connect its growing national network of 175,000 classrooms and programs serving children in need with access to the Open eBook app, as well as work to bring new programs into the network. • The Institute of Museum and Library Services: Investing $5 million to support the development of the e-reader app and tools and services to help the public more easily access e-books and other digital content. • The Digital Public Library of America: Their network of librarians will volunteer with the New York Public Library to help make sure popular books reach the most appropriate audience. DPLA, in conjunction with Recovering the Classics, is also adding age-appropriate public domain titles whose text and cover art have been redesigned by leading graphic designers and artists. • New York Public Library: Developing a cutting-edge e-reader app and working with industry and technology leaders to improve the experience for students.In addition to Open eBooks, the President also announced a complementary effort, the ConnectED Library Challenge, with more than 30 communities making a commitment to put a library card into every student’s hand so they can access the programs, learning resources and books available at public libraries.