first_imgDogs from all over Donegal (and their owners!) are invited to an exciting charity Dog Show at Castle Grove Country House Hotel this weekend. The expansive lawns of this Letterkenny hotel will be a dog’s paradise on Saturday 1st September as dogs of all breeds and sizes enjoy a fun day out in aid of Irish Guide Dogs and Animals In Need Donegal.Castle Grove Dog Show. Photo: Vanessa BradyThe top draw of this day out is the amazing array of prizes on offer for winning pooches. Category winners get their own trophies and their owners get fantastic vouchers to treat themselves too. With a BBQ, family fun activities and a raffle, this day promises to be a great Saturday afternoon for all.Castle Grove Dog Show. Photo: Vanessa BradyCompetition Categories include:SmallMediumLargeBest DressedBest Owner LookalikeBest Overall (judged from each category above)Do you think your dog has what it takes to win? There is still time to register by contacting Castle Grove on Tel: 0749151118 Email: reservations@castlegrove.com or Message on Facebook @castlegrove1695The cost of entry is €10 per dog. All proceeds from this event will be donated to support the Irish Guide Dogs Association and Animals In Need Donegal. Beneficiaries of Castle Grove Dog ShowGuest judge on the day is Dog Groomer Noel Friel, with special guest Jennifer Doherty advocating the importance of Guide Dogs. Jennifer has recently worked on an awareness and fundraising campaign for Irish Guide Dogs in honour of her first guide dog O.J.Through charity events such as the Castle Grove Dog Show, funds can be raised to train a pup to become a Guide Dog or Assistance Dog and bring life-changing benefits to people with blindness or autism.Animals in Need are a voluntary, non profit animal charity who rescue stray and abandoned animals in Co. Donegal.Castle Grove Dog Show. Photo: Vanessa BradyAll are welcome to come along and take part in the Castle Grove Dog Show from 2pm-5pm on Saturday 1st September. Dogs must be pre-registered to compete and all dogs must be kept on leashes please.Don’t miss this family fun day – it will be pawsitively great! Check out the Facebook event for more information and updates: Castle Grove Dog ShowDonegal dogs invited to a barking brilliant day out was last modified: August 28th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:animals in needcastle grove country house hoteldog showeventsirish guide dogsThings to doweekendslast_img read more

first_imgRockets drop to 5-6 in Cloverbelt EastBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN — Gilman held Spencer to 27 percent shooting and defeated the Rockets 58-39 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game Friday night at Gilman High School.Gilman (5-9, 2-9 Cloverbelt East) led 31-20 at halftime and outscored Spencer by eight in the second half to win by double digits.The Rockets (7-7, 5-6 Cloverbelt East) made just 14 of 47 shots from the field and were outrebounded 40-23 in the loss.Liz Endreas scored 11 points to lead Spencer.Spencer hosts Rib Lake in a nonconference game Monday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Pirates 58, Rockets 39Spencer 20 19 – 39Gilman 31 27 – 58SPENCER (39): Liz Endreas 4-12 3-4 11, Lexi Baehr 1-11 5-6 8, Kaily Northup 3-6 0-0 7, Sabrina Vircks 2-6 0-0 4, Jessica Becker 2-3 0-1 4, Courtney Buss 1-3 0-0 3, Shaelee Neitzel 1-3 0-0 2, Mckenna Brecht 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Claire Drews 0-1 0-0 0, M. Burt 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 14-47. FT: 8-11. 3-pointers: 3-9 (Buss 1-2, Baehr 1-3, Northup 1-3, Burt 0-1). Rebounds: 23. Turnovers: 16. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-7, 5-6 Cloverbelt East.GILMAN (58): Kayla Chause 5-7 2-2 13, Cooper Sherfield 6-10 0-0 12, Grace Grunseth 4-8 2-6 11, Evelyn Fryza 3-7 2-3 8, Taylor Hendricks 3-10 2-3 8, Camryn Skabroud 2-5 0-0 4, Amanda Wisocky 1-1 0-0 2, Lydia Syryczuk 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Baker 01 0-0 0. FG: 24-49. FT: 8-14. 3-pointers: 2-10 (Chause 1-1, Grunseth 1-2, Fryza 0-1, Hendricks 0-3, Skabroud 0-3). Rebounds: 40 (Sherfield 15). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-9, 2-9 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

first_imgDingaan Thobela established himself as a charismatic, gifted fighter and a favourite of the South African public.Former boxing champion Dingaan Thobela is known as “The Rose of Soweto”.(Image: Cara Viereckl, via IOL)Brand South Africa reporterDingaan Thobela has proved himself as one of South Africa’s most talented boxers, although perhaps not the most hardworking fighter. The charismatic Thobela started his professional career in 1986 as a junior welterweight, but has since moved up to the light heavyweight ranks – representing a rise of almost 16 kilograms.He has even spoken of possibly campaigning as a heavyweight whether he was serious or not remains to be seen.After an amateur career that saw him win 80 times and lose just three bouts, Thobela’s first professional fight pitted him against Quinton Ryan, a bout he won in four rounds. The slick-punching Thobela was held to a draw in his fourth fight, but proceeded to win 25 fights in a row over the next five years, registering 19 wins by knockout along the way.Dingaan Thobela starts his professional career in 1986 as a junior welterweight, but later moved up to the light heavyweight ranks – representing a rise of almost 16 kilograms. (Image: African Ring)Fighting outside South AfricaAs he scored more and more wins, Thobela became increasingly marketable and began to fight outside of South Africa. In 1990, three of his five fights were in the United States and all three ended in victories, two by knockout over Pascual Aranda and Mauricio Aceves who he both disposed of in the fifth round.In 1991, Thobela’s three contests were all won on points, and in 1992 he fought only twice, defeating Tony Foster over eight rounds and stopping Peter Till in nine rounds.At the beginning of February 1993, “The Rose of Soweto” took on Tony Lopez for the WBA lightweight title. Lopez had previously fought twice against South African boxing legend Brian Mitchell. Mitchell, who retired as WBA champion after 13 successful title defences, had fought Lopez in Sacramento on both occasions. The first bout ended in a controversial draw and Mitchell left the matter in no doubt the second time around.Controversial lossThobela discovered how difficult it was to win in Lopez’ backyard when he lost on a controversial points decision. Four months later he faced Lopez at Sun City, and this time he captured the title.Thobela made his first defence in October, but came up against a superior fighter in the unbeaten Orzubek Nazarov, who claimed a convincing 12-round decision. Thobela challenged for the title again in March 1994, but Nazarov had his number and won over 12 rounds in a repeat of his previous victory. Later in the year Thobela faced journeyman Karl Taylor in England and was surprisingly knocked out in the eighth round of their contest.In 1995 Thobela got back on track with five victories, all of them by knockout, and added a further two KO victories by June 1996. However, matters went haywire again for “The Rose” when he faced Geoff McCreesh in November. McCreesh, who came into the fight with a record of 15 wins and three losses, mostly against little-known British opponents, stunned Thobela in the second round, sending the South African to the canvas for a huge upset victory.Beaten by a journeymanIn his next fight, in March 1997, Thobela was beaten by American journeyman Willy Wise, who came into the fight with 21 wins – only six by knockout – three losses and four draws. The South African was favoured to win, but Wise secured a points victory.Questions were being asked about Thobela’s commitment, but he secured a big win later in the year, defeating fellow South African Gary Murray on a fourth-round TKO. In 1998 he fought only once, drawing against Carlos Baldomir over 12 rounds. Thobela looked rusty and out of shape and doubts grew about his boxing career.However, he returned for two fights in 1999. He won in seven rounds against Walter Danett, but was beaten on points by Cornelius Carr for the WBF middleweight title.World title winIn early 2000 he won a points decision over Soon Botes to earn a crack at Glen Catley’s WBC super middleweight title. The Briton was heavily favoured to retain his crown, but Thobela, way behind on all three judges’ scorecards, staged a strong finish, dramatically knocking Catley out with only seconds remaining in the bout. He was once again a world champion.As had happened previously, Thobela was unable to defend his world title, losing to Canada’s Dave Hilton on a controversial points decision in Montreal. Shortly afterwards, Hilton was jailed for rape and Thobela was given another crack at the title against Eric Lucas in November 2001. He struggled to make the weight, however, and Lucas dominated the fight before winning on a TKO in the eighth round.Thobela was a natural: a gifted boxer who, at the the height of his career, established himself as a charismatic, gifted fighter and a favourite of the South African public.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgIs the big city life getting to you? Can’t wait to get away from it all? Simply Bangalore has caught the travel bug too this month so give in to temptation before the good weather runs out and take the first road out. Get set and read on as we,Is the big city life getting to you? Can’t wait to get away from it all? Simply Bangalore has caught the travel bug too this month so give in to temptation before the good weather runs out and take the first road out.Get set and read on as we scrounge through popular travel hubs and adventure hotspots as well as carefully hidden secrets to bring you the best weekend getaway options.Nature’s lapChikmagalur: This coffee town is no longer just a far-flung quaint hamlet, but has become a popular weekend spot for Bangaloreans. Located in the foothills of the Mulayanagiri range of hills, Chikmagalur is a nature lover’s paradise and there’s not much to do here except appreciate nature. A visit to this town will help get rid of your worldly worries and rejuvenate you with its natural beauty and fresh air. One can drive further down to Ayyanakere, barely 18 kms away from Chikmangalur, from where the view is breathtaking. Sit by the fresh water lake which is surrounded by seven hills. Another 56 km away is the picturesque hill station of Kemmanagundi-head there if you’re interested in trekking. Of late, Chikmagalur has seen considerable development in star hotel groups setting up properties here. One such notable project is The Serai, sprawling luxury resort nestled among verdant coffee estates. After a long day of sightseeing or trekking along one of the hills, this is an ideal place to unwind at. One can also opt for budget accommodations or homestays.Chikmagalur is about 3,400 ft. above sea level, making it relatively cooler than other parts of the state even in the summer. The town is about 220 km from Bangalore, where regular buses ply from.advertisement Fact fileGetting there: Take the NH 206.Distance: 250 km.Stay: The Serai.Call: 40012200; theserai.inCost: Rs 15,000 onward per nighSoul colourShravanabelagola: Between the Vindyagiri and Chadragiri hills is a snapshot of history. The largest monolithic statue in the world-58 feet tall and weighing about 80 tons stands here at Shravanabelagola. The sacred site for Jains, it’s close to Hassan and approximately 150 km from Bangalore. This peaceful place is mostly meant for prayer. There’s a Sanskrit Pathshala where one can study the language and shastras. There are some temples and other monuments close by that you can visit on foot but the statue of Bahubali is the most noteworthy. It really depends on whether you want to learn about history, take in nature or immerse yourself in the Jain culture. This is a great place for photography, so don’t forget to carry your camera. When here, indulge in the variety of south Indian and traditional Jain cuisine. Shravanabelagola is best accessed by road although there are no direct buses from Bangalore. Accomodation is plenty, there are many places to stay at. Fact fileGetting there: Take the NH 48.Distance: 150 km.Stay: Hotel Raghu.Call: 08176-25723.Cost: Rs 300 onward per nightSomething fishyCauvery Fishing Camp: No longer is fishing considered an American family bonding activity. More and more Bangaloreans are taking time out over the weekend to head out for fishing trips at one of the three locations along the banks of the Cauvery River at the Cauvery Fishing Camp. One can fish for Mahseer, but to support conservation of fish, you will have to return it to the river right after you catch it. Then you can also visit the Bheemeshwari Fishing and Nature Camp just 100 km from Bangalore, off the Kanakpura-Kollegal highway. Another 6 km further is The Doddamakali Nature Camp and just a short distance from there is the Galibore Nature and Fishing Camp. All these fishing camps are close to the city, making the trip stress-free and tireless. Keep your eyes peeled for animals like sambar, spotted deer, jackals, elephants and even leopards-apart from the 200 species of birds that flock to this region.The best season to visit is during the monsoons from June to August, when the river is swollen, teeming with fish, and the forest is lush.Accommodation is available at each of the camps. Options include log huts, tented cottages, and bamboo huts. In addition to fishing, one can take a guided trek through the surrounding dense forest area and even warm their toes at the evening campfire. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Kanakpura-Kollegal Highway.Distance: 100 km.Stay: At the Fishing Camps. Call: 40554055.Cost: Rs 4,000 to Rs 6,000 per night.Spice it upCoorg: The monsoons around August bring the place to life but also make it quite messy with slushy mud, making it difficult to walk and drive. Leeches also pose a bit of a problem. So a good time to visit is in spring when the worst of winter has passed but summer hasn’t yet set in. Getting there by road is the best option.There are several ways to experience Coorg ranging from homestays to hotels and the higher end luxury resorts. And you can decide whether you want this to be an escape from crazy city life, an educational trip for the kids or an adventure-packed holiday.Tours of plantations are available if you just want to walk around extensive green grounds. Although the most common crop is coffee, spices like pepper, cardamom and vanilla are also grown and paddy fields cultivated. The Valanoor Fishing Camp is great during October through May where you can try hooking a mahseer, catfish or eel in the teeming backwaters of the Cauvery near Kushalnagar. Maybe even a crab or two. For the young at heart, there is river rafting, trekking and quad biking.If you’re lucky, you might be able to go home with some Civet Coffee. Not for the faint hearted, this delicacy is prepared from coffee beans that have passed through the Civet cat’s digestive tract. Infused with enzymes and amino acids, the beans sell at Rs 5,000 per kg.advertisementFact fileGetting there: Take the NH 17.Distance: 250 km.Stay: Orange County Resort.Call: 41911170; orangecounty.inCost: Rs 15,000 onward per night.On a heritage trailHampi: Once the seat of power of the Vijaynagar Empire, Hampi has since been christened a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its temple ruins. Pay a visit to the Vittala Temple, the jewel in Hampi’s extravagant architectural landscape and spend a few moments by the iconic stone chariot. Eating in Hampi can be enjoyable because of the sheer number of options available. For local fare, head to the area around Virupaksha Temple. Hampi Bazar is dotted with kiosks and restaurants serving idly, dosa and thali meals. But the most famous of all is Mango Tree restaurant, ironically nestled in a banana plantation. Once there, order their Nutella pancakes and banana dosas. Travel to Hampi between November and March, when you can avoid soaring temperatures, but don’t forget to carry sunscreen. Do watch out for stray monkeys that are known to grab purses or food. Fact fileGetting there: Take the train to Hospet or drive on NH 7.Distance: 350 km.Stay: Not many hotels in Hampi. Stay in Hospet, 13 km away.Cost: Rs 400 onward per night.Divine blissTirupati: A religious centre for many devout from across the world, Tirupati might be religious tourism at its best or worst, depending on how you look at it. Regardless, it is a must visit destination at least once, just to see the scale of it, if nothing else. The hill town of Tirumala near Tirupati is known globally for the Lord Venkateshwara Temple which is also the most visited place of worship in the world. A common practice here is to take a dip in the tank adjacent to the temple before the darshan as the waters are considered sacred. After your visit to the temple, check out the Chandragiri Fort, the last capital of the Vijaynagar Empire situated on the banks of the Swarnamukhi River, atop a huge rock. The sound and light show organised in the evenings here narrates the history of the fort and the glory of the Vijaynagar Empire with special attention to interesting details.-Mona Ramawatadvertisement Fact fileGetting there: Drive down NH 7 and turn at NH 18 to reach Tirupati.Distance: 525 km.Stay: Hotel Bliss.Call: 0877 2237773.Cost: Rs 3,000 onward per night.Down memory laneMysore: The city of Mysore, which is about 150 km away from Bangalore has many wonderful things to offer. Steeped in history dating back to the 16th century, it has played a pivotal role in the reigns of rulers like the Wodeyars and Tipu Sultan.Home to the glorious Mysore Palace of the Wodeyars, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions after the Taj Mahal. The building looks resplendent when illuminated with its 97,000 bulbs against an inky night sky. The galleries sporting life-size regal portraits, and other magnificent rooms like the Diwan e Khas and Public Darbar Hall are open to public on all days of the week at a nominal fee. Make time for a visit to the nearby Brindavan Gardens, where colourful fountains against the landscaped backdrop make for a lovely sight, particularly in the evening when the place is lit up. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, located close by is worth the effort for a leisurely boat ride where you can spot some of the varied species of migratory birds that make their home here for some part of the year. Mysore offers the conveniences of a city while retaining the charm of a smaller town. So, the roads are smaller, traffic is less and prices are lower than the booming metropolises! Don’t forget to buy exquisite silk sarees and sample some mouthwatering Mysore Pak that Mysore is known for. The weather is pleasant throughout the year and is easily accessible by rail or road-the new Bangalore-Mysore highway is a pleasure to drive on. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Bangalore-Mysore Highway.Distance: 150 km.Stay: Hotel Viceroy.Call: 0821 2424001.Cost: Rs 2,000 per night.Healthy holidays! Soukya: A little more than 20 kms from the city, close to Whitefield, is a holistic healing centre that allows you to relax and rejuvenate. An Ashoka tree lined driveway leads you to Soukya International Holistic Health Centre.Spread across 30 acres, this healing centre provides treatment to those suffering from various illnesses- from serious ailments like cancer and multiple sclerosis to those with conditions like arthritis and diabetes. The Center is also open to guests who may be fit but just want to improve the quality of their life. Depending on an individual’s diet, sleep patterns, personal history and emotional wellness, special health programmes are designed to suit each guest.It might sound a little like a hospital, but it’s actually a resort that is a holistic retreat. There are three categories of rooms to choose from but none have a television. Cable television is accessible only in the common room at specified hours. Yoga sessions are held throughout the day at the yoga centre. The food served here is only vegetarian and specially designed according to the guest’s diet plan. Although the lush green property looks beautiful during the rains, it is best to visit Soukya during drier months so that you can make the most of the beautiful landscaped outdoors with swimming and long walks. Indoor treatments include the luxurious Turkish bath and hydrotherapy. So, discover the joys of Soukya amid the sound of wind chimes and chirping birds. Fact fileGetting there: Drive down to Whitefield. Distance: 25 km.Stay: Soukya International Holistic Health Centre.Call: 28017000; soukya.comCost: Rs 10,000 onward per night.Coastal retreatPondicherry: Home to popular meditation centre and township, Auroville, this former French colony in Tamil Nadu is unlike any place around for miles. Located on the languorous Coramandel coast about 300 km from Bangalore, it is best reached by road. It is hot through most of the year although temperatures dip slightly in December, making that the most pleasant time to visit. Hotels for varying budgets as well as upmarket beach resorts are plenty, but rooms are limited so it is best to make reservations. Children below three years are not allowed in the ashram and photography as well as access to certain parts of the settlement is only allowed with prior permission from authorities.The 1.5 km stretch of lazy beach is the pride of the place. It is dotted with sights like the heritage town hall, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi and an old light house. There are five major shopping districts where most common purchases include cloth, pottery and aromatic non-toxic incense sticks. The hot sellers here are jams, jellies and preserves. While Indian food is available, we recommend you sample some of the European food that the region is known for. Treat yourself to some sweet and milky South Indian filter coffee after your meal.Fact fileGetting there: Take the NH 7.Distance: 300 km.Stay: Ginger Hotel.Call: 020 66292929; gingerhotels.comCost: Rs 1,000 onward per night.Valley of flowers Kodaikanal: One of the most popular holiday spots, Kodiakanal which is 450 km from Bangalore, witnesses a number of Bangalore and Chennai natives as well as tourists from other parts of the country. Given its elevation, it is much cooler than its neighboring cities. In fact, it was set up in 1845 as a place to recover from the tropical diseases that were rampant on the plains. The rolling hills are covered with blooming flowers, meadows and grasslands. Fruit trees share space with rhodendrons, magnolias and dahlias and the valleys are dotted with towering eucalyptus trees. Cyprus and acacia are also in plenty. Cascading streams make their way past enormous rocks and waterfalls gush forth. The Kodaikanal Lake is a popular attraction for all age groups and one can hire boats and bicycles here. At the local bazaar, woollen clothes are sold at affordable prices. Also on sale are flowers, fresh groceries, meat, snacks, handicrafts and medicinal herbs and oils.There are several hotels and restaurants here spanning a range of budgets. If you’re planning to travel during peak season between April and June, make hotel reservations well in advance and prepare for crowds because the place gets quite packed. Fact fileGetting there: Take the NH 7.Distance: 450 km.Stay: Carlton Hotel.Call: 022 26051821; krahejahospitality.comCost: Rs 8,000 onward per person.last_img read more

first_imgRobin van Persie celebrates after scoring a late goal for Man Utd against ChelseaRobin van Persie rescued Manchester United with a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw with leader Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.The Netherlands striker rammed home a loose ball from 10 meters to make amends for his error that helped Chelsea take the lead in the 53rd minute through veteran striker Didier Drogba.Drogba met a corner from Cesc Fabregas with a towering header that should have been kept out by Van Persie, who was supposed to be guarding the near post.Chelsea looked like seeing the game out until right back Branislav Ivanovic was sent off in stoppage time for picking up a second booking for a foul on Angel Di Maria. United scored from the resulting free kick, with Van Persie pouncing after Marouane Fellaini’s header was parried out by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Chelsea’s lead has been cut to four points by surprising Southampton but Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten team is now six points ahead of third-place Manchester City, arguably its biggest rival for the title.Didier Drogba celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Chelsea against Man UtdStill this was an opportunity lost by Chelsea, which threw away two points in Manchester like it did a month ago a month ago when conceding late in a 1-1 at City.”Is it a good result? I don’t think so,” Mourinho said. “Was it a good performance? Yes.”advertisementUnited stayed 10 points behind Chelsea but is showing great fighting spirit under Louis van Gaal, having also scored late in a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Monday.”I’ve said to the players we could have won,” Van Gaal said. “And when you can do that again the best team in this league at this moment it is a good sign.”I am pleased that they are fighting to the end.”A draw was arguably a fair result in a match that pitted two of world football’s best tacticians in Mourinho and Van Gaal, who mentored the Portuguese coach during their time together at Barcelona from 1997-2000.They shared a warm embrace before kickoff for their first head-to-head meeting since the 2010 Champions League final. On that occasion, Mourinho’s Inter Milan beat Van Gaal’s Bayern Munich for a win for the pupil over his master.Four years on, they are widely regarded as two of the most wily, respected managers around and it was always likely to be a tight, tactical affair at Old Trafford. That was how it turned out.Robin van Persie scored in the fourth minute of the stoppage time to deny ChelseaThe first half ebbed and flowed with each goalkeeper having only one genuine save to make. Courtois spread himself well to deny Van Persie, who had run onto a through-ball from the lively Adnan Januzaj in the 23rd minute as United made the faster start.At the other end, Drogba – starting a league game for the first time in his second spell at Chelsea with top scorer Diego Costa and Loic Remy unavailable – drove a shot at goal from Oscar’s cut-back but it was kept out by the feet of David de Gea.De Gea did even better to deny a low shot from Eden Hazard at the start of the second half after the winger dribbled through the heart of the United defense. However, the goalkeeper wasn’t helped by the defending from the resulting corner.Drogba drifted to the near post and leapt above the diminutive Rafael de Silva to meet an inswinging cross from Fabregas with a header that flew between Van Persie and the near post. Van Persie had left his position on the post, only to belatedly retreat and was off-balance when the ball went past him.The Dutchman made up for it with his late intervention in the final scheduled minute of injury time.”It was not our best performance. That’s a pity, because at this moment you have to show yourself against the better teams,” Van Gaal said. “But we have created more chances than Chelsea.”last_img read more