DD Motoring: Remembering Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly

first_imgby Brian McDaidA month has passed but still, the cars arrive from all corners of Ireland to pay their respect or just for a chat at his graveside.A friend of Mandy’s, James Mc Carville lands from Monaghan and meets Mandy’s brother Teighearnán and they both head up to the graveside. Advertisement I decided to give them space and I took a spin out to Glenswilly.It’s a fine summer’s evening, there’s a crowd of young ones saving the hay and building the bales into a stack in the old sports fields near Rashedoge.Taking a left, I head on up the Glen and the school soon comes into view. Great days of celebrations flood my mind. The sight of three former pupils, Michael Murphy, Copper McFadden and Neil Gallagher landing in the gate of their old school in 2012 with the Sam Maguire in their hand would be a dream come true for many.Sam Maguire arriving at Glenswilly N.S with former pupils Michael Murphy, Copper Mc Fadden and Neil Gallagher. In 2012. Photo Brian McDaid.A few years later for me the day former pupils Damian Gallagher and Manus Kelly landed in that same school gate with the national and international silverware in their hands following that year’s Donegal Rally. Advertisement That was an image I’ll never forget.Agnes Wiseman former vice principal at Glenswilly National School pictured with her two former pupils Donegal Rally winners Manus Kelly and Damien Gallagher who were back as special guests for the school prize giving Photo Brian McDaid.On the wall in the school hall behind Manus and Damien with their silverware including the Jim Kennedy Memorial was a collection of pictures of a bandaged up Neil Gallagher (Mandy’s Cousin) lifting the National League title, next to that Copper Mc Fadden was lifting the Dr. Maguire County Final Cup and Michael Murphy in the middle lifting the All Ireland Sam Maguire Cup.Parish achievements don’t come much higher than this.By now, the road has taken me to McFadden’s and I take another left turn and I’m soon on the start of the Breenagh Stage.Coming to the point on the road, where just over a year ago, I had arranged to meet Manus to do a portrait of him in the run-up to the defence of his title for the third time. That night Manus was there waiting.Tonight Glenswilly is looking picturesque but the road is a lonely one for me.Manus was looking for rain that year and his wish was granted and over Breenagh he rattled his opposition.The old cottage along the Breenagh Stage where Manus Kelly granny was reared. Photo Brian McDaid.Driving along the road past where the old sheep dip once stood I look across at the old cottage where Mandy pointed out the home that his Granny was reared. The Breenagh Stage wasn’t used this year but the round bale positions markers can still be seen and are a nice memory of the year Manus won his hat-trick in 2018.WaitingFor them who worked with Manus, every time the door opens at Uptown Cafe or at his offices opposite the Mount Errigal Hotel they are just expecting Mandy to walk in.For me it’s the hopeful gaze into every Tailored Facility Solutions van that I meet on the roads thinking for a moment I am going to see the outline of Manus behind the wheel, and his familiar wave that I have taken for granted since I first got to know him.Sometimes it’s hard to express what you really want to say.Its 36 years since a Donegal crew first won the Donegal rally, and I still haven’t got around to telling Vincent Bonnar and Seamus McGettigan how proud I was of them back in 1983.Manus Kelly at the finish ramp at the Mt. Errigal Hotel with Donall Barrett after their win in the National in 2015. Photo Brian McDaid.I was there on that Fanad Head Stage when it was them who came through the stage first in their Ford Escort instead of Bertie Fisher who was leading the event.Fisher was to drive through later in his rearranged Opel Manta. Bonnar pushed on to record the first-ever win by a Donegal man, that’s the problem with local heroes.We just assume that they will know how much we think of them even if a word of praise for them never passes our lips.Old woundsDeath is very hard to except at the best of times and in the case of Manus it becomes more difficult when someone departs this life at such a young age.We try and place simple facts of where we were and what we were doing and say them over and over to ourselves that we associate with the time that Sunday we received the devastating news.Then in our mind, we end up opening up old wounds that we thought were healed long ago.For me, my mother’s death, also at 41 years of age, just three weeks short of her 42nd birthday in 1970 floods back from 50 years ago.She was laid to rest in Conwall along what was then the new perimeter wall.Now her grave is in the middle of the same graveyard and Mandy’s grave in now along the new perimeter wall.Along with trying to come to with terms with the loss a friend and a hero his passing is also making me relive memories of me as a five-year-old losing a parent.I’m now on the road back from Glenswilly were once the bump on the bridge of the old road was. I’m automatically looking over the Graveyard wall again now in search of Mandy’s grave.The three trees together along the wall is my reference point, Manus would love that, a tree for every win.As his grave comes into view there are now even more people up at his graveside this time, so tonight I will give my visit a miss.New careerTwo months ago on the 26th of May at ten minutes to eleven on a Sunday night at the nearby Aura Leisure Centre, Manus had a Donegal win of a difference.He was elected to the Donegal Co. Council to represent his area.That familiar smile from Cllr. Manus Kelly on the Sunday evening of his election to the Council. Photo Brian McDaid.This was a different stage that we were used seeing him on but he took his victory with his typical Manus Kelly infectious joy, something everyone around him wanted to be part of.It was the start of what was looking like a very promising political career.My last conversation with manus was at his first and only area meeting of the Letterkenny and Milford Municipal Council.That day Mandy and Kevin Bradley were the new kids in the block a week or so before the Donegal Rally which both of them would be competing on as drivers.Along Lough Swilly, which flows out to the Atlantic between Inishowen and Fanad Head, the sound of Manus Kelly’s rally car that gave us so much joy followed by success with his first-ever outright win on the very last stage on 2016 Donegal Rally, was also going to give us so much sorry.I was there you would hear and see him for the very last time when his car left the road that Sunday.In our hearts and for along time to come he will remain the “King of the Hills of Donegal”On what was one of the most heartbreaking days of what was the biggest wakes witness in Donegal fellow competitor and former winner of the Donegal.Declan Boyle filled the Glen once again with that familiar old sound of a flat-four Subaru that Manus won the Donegal three years in a row. Declan and Mandy’s son Charlie led the funeral cortege to its final finish.On his approach to the very last corner just off the “Conwal straight” Boyle put the Subaru on the right-hand side of the road to make sure he would get in the narrow graveyard gate with one cut.That high gear Subaru reflected exactly how we all felt that day as it struggled to make it way over final few feet up through the cemetery on Manus final journey.Beautiful gestureOne of the bravest and most beautiful gestures on that very emotional day was that of Manus Kelly’s wife Bernie who did what she felt Manus would have wanted and presented her husband’s title to the 2019 winner, Sam Moffett with the winning laurels.Now Conwall has two ‘Kings of Donegal’ within its cemetery walls. The first one was buried there nearly seven hundred years ago in 1258 AD.His name was Godfrey O’ Donnell. Back then his people called him the Chieftain of Tyrconnell.Mandy Kelly near the start of the Breenagh stage just over a year ago. Photo Brian McDaidHis grave is believed to be along the wall at the ruins of the 7th century Abbey.A passage from a poem penned about that Donegal chieftain all them years ago has something very familiar to the way we feel over these last few weeks at the loss of our present-day King of Hills of Donegal, Manus Kelly.Donegal yet died he there all gloriously,A victor in the fight,A chieftain in his people’s head,A warrior in his might,They dug him there a fitting grave,Upon that field of pride,A lofty cairn the raised above,By fair Lough Swilly side.B.MCD.DD Motoring: Remembering Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)last_img read more

Earn Gems by playing your part for Madiba

first_imgThe Gem app can be used on both smart and feature phones, rewarding South Africans for playing their part and doing good work in their communities by paying them a virtual currency known as Gems. (Image: Gem)Priya Pitamber“You want to make a difference?” asks the video from Going the Extra Mile – also known as Gem. “You’re ready to help, but don’t know how? What if there was something you could do? What if your good deeds helped you?”Gem is a mobile rewards platform for South African who want to play their part in society. Opening a Gem account is quick, easy and free, and can be done on both smart and feature phone. App users who have helped a cause are immediately eligible to win virtual rewards known as – you guessed it – Gems. The Gems can be used to buy airtime or data, prepaid electricity, or even movie tickets.Brand South Africa, as part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship, has partnered with the Gem project for July – Mandela Month. Organisations served by the app need help from fellow citizens with donations of clothing, help with homework, job shadowing, skills development and much more.“The app is a social development drive that aims to mobilise communities within themselves so that they can help each other rise,” David Shields, co-founder and director of the Gem project, said during the launch of the partnership at the Nelson Mandela Foundation this morning.“Volunteers are encouraged to donate their Gems back to needy causes during Mandela Month. In order to ensure continuity and mobilise support even beyond Mandela Month, corporates are also encouraged to donate Gems so that they can be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis.”Forget rands, I want Gems“Users earn Gems by doing community work, for example separating waste or planting trees,” Shields told tech blog Smile and Mobile last month. “Users download Gem via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1 # or as an app.“Once they’ve signed in, they are able to see which volunteering opportunities are available in their area. When they’ve decided on a day and a place, the app tells them how many Gems they’ll earn as a token of appreciation.”The Gems are donated by corporate and public sector sponsors, and distributed evenly to the social partners that host events.“Gem not only rewards people for volunteering their time at charities but also helps impact on behavioural change, such as rewarding people to go for HIV and pregnancy tests,” says Shields. “Or recycling their waste at schools and varsities.”The big ideaCo-founded by Shields and Camilo Ramada, the idea came about two years ago, but the non-profit organisation was only established in September 2014.“One night Camilo and I were chatting about the South African socioeconomic situation,” says Shields. “More specifically, about how people are immobile to creating opportunities to do good – particularly if communities don’t acknowledge and appreciate such behaviour.”Both Ramada and Shields have worked extensively in the digital industry, and know the power of mobile. “Camilo is a pioneer in mobile payments and has been at the forefront of the industry for over 10 years,” says Shields. “I’ve done media, PR and digital marketing for a variety of brands.”Shields says the app helps create online relationships between civil society, the public sector and business. It allows these different entities to work hand in hand to achieve a greater goal: social development.“By helping others, people have a chance to help themselves and by doing so, are able to network and create tight knit communities that contribute to long-term networking and social cohesion.”Play your part during Mandela MonthBrand South Africa’s partnership with Gems is part of the organisation’s “Play your Part for Madiba” campaign, also launched today.“This partnership is not only an extension of the commemorative month’s activities and actions of goodwill by South Africans,” Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Sithembile Ntombela said at the launch. “We also hope that the nation will continue to contribute to positive change because a nation of people who care deeply for one another, and the environment in which they live, is beneficial for everyone.“This is our call to action so that every day can become a Mandela Day!” Volunteers having fun with the kids at Olico Youth Centre, Diepsloot. Everyone is thoroughly enjoying Winter School! pic.twitter.com/EswB3rGWZA — GEM (@GEMproject_) July 2, 2015   Your good vibe words for the day… Go on, make it happen. pic.twitter.com/j2kd8Zb5Jf — GEM (@GEMproject_) June 18, 2015last_img read more

A roundtable with young farmers on the issues hitting them

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience noted another year of exciting speakers, engaging networking, and good fun this past weekend.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood and Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese sat down with farmers Rose Hartschuh of Crawford Co., Ron Burns of Union Co., and Luke Dull of Montgomery Co.last_img

“DSOM – Minero las piedras” GC273NE GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 21, 2011

first_img SharePrint RelatedGhost Ship GC2HM40 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK September 19, 2011September 19, 2011In “Community””Wahe Ka-Ho-Nee” GCJZDX Geocache of the Week – March 7, 2011March 8, 2011In “Community””Triglav 2864” GC14N3H GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 27, 2012February 15, 2012In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Dark Side of MallorcaThe warning is clear: “Never go alone!” This difficulty five, terrain five geocache challenges adventurers as they descend below the surface of the island of Mallorca.The cache page for “DSOM – Minero las piedras” (GC273NE) weaves a ghostly story of phantom voices and those who did not obey warnings turning to stone. ‘DSOM’ stands for ‘Dark Side of Mallorca.’Pullermann & Tossiman hid the small size cache in 2010. Some 35 geocachers have logged smileys on the geocache and it has received 23 Favorite Points so far.The cache page tells the story of Pedro, the ghost of the stones. The cache owners tempt geocachers to hunt for the cache: “Do you want to unveil Pedro’s secret? His ghost may live in an old can which is hidden very well somewhere in the quarry. To locate it, you have to follow Pedro’s traces. But be careful, never walk alone…”Dark Side of MallorcaTo find the final location of this Multi-Cache, geocachers must use clues collected at several waypoints. When they finally reach the location of Pedro’s ghost they discover artifacts which lead them to the final cache container. Geocachers must also use specialized climbing equipment and are advised to take extreme caution.One geocacher reports completing this geocache took his group seven hours. He also said “DSOM” was one of his favorite caches. Other logs on the cache page read, “Wow wow wow!” Followed by a string of smileys.Dark Side of MallorcaContinue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the globe. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com. If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.com.last_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 4

first_imgLa Salle had just one game this week and Mbala punished University of Santo Tomas with 29 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.READ: La Salle bounces back, clobbers USTHis performance came after the Green Archers’ 98-87 loss to University of the Philippines.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the longest time, Thirdy Ravena has lived under the shadow of older brother Kiefer.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Alejandro almost single-handedly carried the Bulldogs in Week 4.The wingman averaged 23.5 points this week as he tried to lift the Bulldogs in every conceivable offensive way against Ateneo and Far Eastern University.Guard: Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMatt Nieto is no longer one-half of the Nieto twins, technically he is, but he’s now distinguished himself as man of his own.The third-year Eagle has shown why he’s an invaluable piece of the Ateneo puzzle that has now won its first six games.Nieto lit up against University of Santo Tomas and finished with a career-high 22 points, 12 of which came from long distance. He, then, followed it up with a decent 12-point outing against FEU.Honorable mentionsChibueze Ikeh (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Chi Ikeh. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoy oh boy have the Blue Eagles dominated this season and big man Chibueze Ikeh featured spectacularly in one of their better wins.Ikeh had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in their 96-83 win over NU and not only did the 6-foot-8 center show his muscle underneath he also displayed a sweet stroke never before seen in his three-year career as he went 2-of-2 from deep. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Indians get AL-best 102nd victory, beat White Sox For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Center: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHere’s a question, is there a center right now in the league better than the reigning MVP?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter representing Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket, Ben Mbala went back to business.And that business was dominating the competition in the UAAP.center_img MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Jordan Sta. Ana (UST Growling Tigers)Jordan Sta. Ana. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUST had the misfortune of facing the top two teams in the league, Ateneo and La Salle, in the same week and this led to its record plummeting to a sorry 0-6.Bright spots are hard to come by in the Growling Tigers season but wingman Jordan Sta. Ana tries to change that.Sta. Ana is not a shooter, and he knows it, with practically all of his points coming from drives and free throws and he averaged 17.5 points this week while putting his body on the line against the Blue Eagles and Green Archers’ frontlines. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But this season, Thirdy has come to his own as Ateneo’s leader.Thirdy isn’t the type of player to dominate opponents with scoring, but he does it in a variety of ways.In the two games Ateneo played this week, Thirdy averaged a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds a game while also putting up 4.5 assists per outing.Forward: Vince Tolentino (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Vince Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVince Tolentino is not a scorer, but he proves his worth through his hustle plays.The forward has made a name for Ateneo as a player who’s willing to do the dirty work.Prior to facing NU, Tolentino averaged 6.4 points a game with most of his scoring options coming off drop passes from teammates and open layups.Then Tolentino showed his offensive wares against the Bulldogs, punishing Matt Salem with constant drives to the basket en route to a career-high 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.Guard: J-Jay Alejandro (NU Bulldogs)Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netForget that J-Jay Alejandro spells his first name in a certain way, or that National University lost both of its games this week. The end of the first round is nearing and the Final Four picture is starting to form.Ateneo has been flawless and La Salle, well the champion is hell-bent on ending its rival’s streak.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

‘No favorite, no underdog’ in Ginebra-Meralco series, says Tenorio

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “There’s no favorite and underdog in this series. It’s going to be 50-50,” Tenorio told INQUIRER.net.“There are no injuries to either team and they’ve also added firepower in Ranidel,” he said, singling out the veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, who has been a perfect fit for the Bolts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 33-year-old Tenorio said both teams present a difficult matchup to each other.The Gin Kings have the size advantage with the 7-foot Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar upfront while the Bolts flaunt a versatile roster led by the do-it-all import Allen Durham. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s gonna be a really, really tough matchup for both teams. Not only for us. Of course, we’re going to make things hard for them and definitely, they will also make it difficult for us,” Tenorio said.Both Grand Slam coaches Tim Cone and Norman Black acknowledged the other team’s edge heading into Game 1 on Friday in Lucena.“I think Meralco is probably the most balanced team out there. It’s going to be hard for us to dictate match-ups with them because of their versatility,” said Cone, the only coach to win two Grand Slams. “Durham changes things.”“They are the biggest team in the league. They’ve shown this conference that they can overpower teams. We have Durham, we can go big or small but whatever we do, we’re never going to be big as them,” Black said.Ginebra won last year’s finals on a buzzer-beating triple by Justin Brownlee in Game 6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio sees the finals rematch against Meralco as dead even ahead of tipoff.Tenorio has a point. Both teams are healthy and the Bolts have brought in additional firepower to level the return of Greg Slaughter to the Gin Kings and the acquisition of Kevin Ferrer from the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Meralco has been on a redemption tour ever since that painful loss and Tenorio thinks the Gin Kings have very little room for error.“We just have to be ready, we just have to be composed and focused every possession this series. We cannot blink our eye, it’s like one blink and we’re dead.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mavs take tempered expectations into Nowitzki’s 20th seasonlast_img read more

Gujrat in a new avatar

first_imgAt Shaam-e-Sarhad, resort in KutchIndia’s longest coastline, splendid beaches, shore temples and forts, the country’s first marine national park, Harappan citadels more than 4,000 years old, ancient Buddhist caves, last habitats of the Asiatic lion, bird sanctuaries, handlooms and handicrafts trails… sounds like a tourist paradise? Gujarat has every reason to feel like one though it has never been much on the radar of travellers, Indian or foreign, with the label of an industrial state with no real tourism initiatives worth talking or writing about.This looks set to change. The growing corporate lifestyle is beginning to reap a bumper crop of upmarket hotels and international restaurants, spas and golf courses, art galleries and cultural complexes. The change over the last five years is dramatic-a state where golf courses were restricted to army cantonments now has golf clubs, corporate golf courses and even golf housing complexes. The corporate groups too are investing in heritage restoration and handicraft promotion as part of their social responsibility.Craft meets contemporaryA rural artisan at Rann Riders finds a customerA classic example of this new trend in tourism is the HM Craft Park, which draws visitors to the village of Bhujodi near Bhuj. Designed to resemble a traditional village in Kutch, this sprawling complex is all about a maze of rooms where artisans practise their art. From carpenters to woodcarvers-who turn out perfectly proportioned miniature dhows and bullock carts-to blacksmiths creating metal bells, this craft park is a journey through the colourful repertoire of all that Gujarat has to offer to the lover of arts and handicrafts.Says Bhojraj Dhoriya, a weaver specialising in mashru, a combination of silk and cotton threads used to make a fabric, “Handicrafts have been part of the life and culture of Kutch for centuries… Thanks to corporate support and NGO intervention we have more platforms such as the HM Craft Park, the Crafts Resource Centre at Kukma, the outlets of NGOs like Shrujan, Qasab and Kala Raksha.” Even more emphatic is Samat Tej Singh, who weaves carpets, rugs and blankets from camel and goat hair. “As we live in villages like Kuran which are very close to the Indo-Pak border, artisan communities like ours can hardly hope to have visitors. These new initiatives have helped us to know our markets,” he adds.Rural livingA young member of a Kutchi tribeKutch is an example of a fast-changing Gujarat. Along the road from Anjar to Kandla are a string of sprawling resorts that offer 3-4 star facilities, plush rooms, conference halls, sports and recreational areas, and party lawns. These are often booked for weddings, receptions, parties and corporate events.Of greater interest to travellers is Shaam-e-Sarhad in Hodka, one of the villages in the Banni grassland region, known for its high concentration of craftswomen. The drive to Hodka from Bhuj goes through the grasslands where you can see men and boys herding camels, sheep, goat and other livestock. On the way you can visit villages like Sumrasar Shaikh and Bhirendaria for a glimpse of a variety of embroidery styles.You enter Shaam-e-Sarhad through a reception area decorated with handicrafts. The highlight here is the interpretation of the village architecture of Kutch in the form of cottages that resemble bhungas (roundhouses), complete with mud-plastered walls decorated with mirrors and finger paintings. Each cottage comes with a patio overlooking the countryside. The resort employs people from the village, trained in housekeeping and understanding modern guest requirements by hospitality professionals, with much of the revenue going for community welfare projects.Beaches go boldHM Craft Park at BhujodiBesides crafts-based tourism, Kutch has also signalled the birth of beach tourism in Gujarat with the resort in the palace estate of Mandvi. This palace estate, which has been the location for Bollywood blockbusters Lagaan and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, has the majestic Vijay Vilas Palace as its centrepiece and a privately-owned beach. The Maharao’s nephew has started a resort here that is themed on the Raj-era camps that were set up during hunts and weddings at princely states. The 10-tent cluster offers direct access to the beautiful private beach facing an unending view of the deep-blue Arabian Sea waters. Beachside amenities include a thatched-roof restaurant open on the sides where you can enjoy the meal while savouring the breeze and views of the sea.Hip AhmedabadA vintage car at the Auto World DastanWhile rural tourism has taken Kutch by storm the city of Ahmedabad has mushroomed malls, hotels, restaurants, sports and spa facilities over the last decade. Among the most recent additions to Ahmedabad’s list of attractions is the Auto World at Dastan, the private estate of art connoisseur and car collector Pranlal Bhogilal. As you get to the estate, which is about 20 minutes’ drive from the city’s airport, the first impression is of greenery. The museum has an open-sided pavilion dedicated to American cars from the Twenties and the Thirties while the larger pavilion after this has pre-World War models. A highlight of the collection is the large number of cars that Bhogilal has acquired from Maharajas and Nawabs that have beautifully finished custom coachwork, ornate and personalised interiors, and rich tapestries. This includes coach-built 1920s and ’30s Rolls Royce from the erstwhile princely states of Himachal, Rajasthan and Gujarat, and a superb Hispano Suiza from Alwar.There are also cars from wealthy families like a 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25 Sedanca Deville from the Jewish Gubbay family of Kolkata. Ulrich Schmid-Maybach visited the museum to see the 1937 six-cylinder Maybach SW38 designed by his grandfather Karl Maybach, and Christie’s international director rated the thematic display of the museum among the best he has ever seen.Another unique aspect of Ahmedabad is the Heritage Walk, which is perhaps the only walking tour in India that has operated successfully for a decade as a daily departure except on a few public holidays. The tour begins from the Swaminarayan Temple, near the railway station at Kalupur, and takes you through parts of the walled city that are not accessible by car. This is a good way to explore the old quarters called pols which comprise narrow lanes lined by three-storey havelis with ornate facades, wooden balconies, carved brackets and exquisitely carved doors. The walk ends at the Jamma Masjid, a 15th-century mosque in the Indo-Saracenic style with a fabulous arcaded facade and the prayer hall with rows of domes. The House of Mangaldas Girdhardas, a heritage hotel, offers audio-guided tours with an MP3.Golf greensThe 18-hole course at Kensville Golf and Country ClubFor those who want to stay in a golf resort the Kensville Golf and Country Club in Ahmedabad offers upmarket rooms done in pleasing colours and motifs that go with their location in a golf course. The 18-hole golf course has a Jeev Milkha Singh signature hole, rolling greens and water features, and flower beds. Kensville is a good base to visit Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, which is about 15 km from the clubhouse.Wildlife watchAsiatic wild ass at Little Rann of KutchEven more interesting for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts is the Wild Ass Sanctuary covering about 4,900 sq km of the Little Rann of Kutch and neighbouring villages in Surendranagar, Mehsana and Kutch districts. A vast expanse of salt-encrusted plains with patches of vegetation, the Little Rann is the abode of the highly endangered Indian wild ass, not seen elsewhere, besides the endangered Indian wolf, desert and Indian foxes, chinkara gazelle and a variety of bird species characteristic of scrubby desert habitat. There are wetlands here as well where you can see thousands of flamingos, hundreds of pelicans, massive flocks of cranes, and a variety of ducks.A good place to stay near the sanctuary is Rann Riders at Dasada, 90 km from Ahmedabad, which started as a small four-room camp and has grown over the last few years to become a sprawling resort. The owners maintain a fleet of open vehicles for the desert safaris in the sanctuary. A special feature of the resort is the area given over to artisans to exhibit their skills and sell their wares. You can watch weavers at work on rare weaves like ikat and tangaliya, Rabari women doing their distinctive style of embroidery, and the Mir girls making beaded bangles.Another wildlife reserve that has been getting much attention from resort owners recently is the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, the last remaining habitat of the Asiatic lion. Gir also has a healthy population of leopard making it one of the best big cat sighting reserves in all of India.The Gir Birding Lodge has an enviable location in a fruit orchard at the very edge of the wildlife sanctuary with its mangoes, berries and stone fruits bringing in birds from the forests. The main lodge has the dining and sitting rooms overlooking a part of the sanctuary. Some guests have claimed to have sighted a lion or leopard over morning or afternoon tea on the balconies. Another good resort is the Lion Safari Camp, which has plush tented accommodations among palms and mango trees. A more contemporary-style resort at Gir is the Gir Jungle Lodge, which offers 36 rooms in a garden setting with a swimming pool, ayurvedic centre, spa and gym.With a successful blend of tradition and the modern, Gujarat, indeed, has reinvented itself in the last decade.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement Fact fileHM Craft Park Near Bhujodi Village (about 20 minutes drive from Bhuj Airport); tel (02832) 240 495/496; www.hmcraftpark.comShaam-e-Sarhad Hodka (about one hour drive from Bhuj airport); tel: (02803) 296 222; www.hodka.inBeach at Mandvi Palace Vijay Vilas Palace, Mandvi, Kutch; tel: (02834) 295 725; www.mandvibeach.comAuto World at Dastan Dastan Estate, Kathwada, Sardar Patel Ring Road, Ahmedabad; tel: (079) 2282 0699Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad Call CRUTA Foundation for bookings; tel: (079) 3982 4116, 2657 4335; timings: 8a.m. to 10.30a.m. dailyKensville Golf & Country Club Bavla-Nalsarovar road; tel: (079) 4000 2900, 2692 5729Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary 90 minutes from Ahmedabad via Sanand. Forest department office tel: 079 372 3500Rann Riders Dasada village, District Surendranagar; tel: (02757) 280 257; www.rannriders.comGir Birding Lodge At Bambaphor Gate, Sasan Gir; tel: (0)98240 72075; e-mail nwsafaris@hotmail.comLion Safari Camp Hirneshwar Temple, Village Balcheel, Sasan Gir; tel: (079) 4026 3333; e-mail: ahmedabad@palacesofindia.comGir Jungle Lodge Sasan-Junagadh Road, Sasan Gir; bookings tel: (011) 2585 4147last_img read more

Lou Williams leads Clippers’ rally from 25 down to beat Pistons

first_imgWilliams finished with 39 points. Detroit’s Blake Griffin had 24 points and 11 rebounds against his former team, and Reggie Jackson added 29 points for the Pistons.“Devastating is the word for that game. I thought we played some of our best basketball all season in the first half. We were engaged and we were moving the ball,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “In the second half, we didn’t send Lou Williams the right way all half. Everyone in the league knows which way Lou wants to go with the ball, and we let him do it every time.”The Pistons led 40-22 after a first quarter in which they made eight 3-pointers. Los Angeles took three timeouts in the game’s first 5:25, but that didn’t do much to stem the tide.ADVERTISEMENT DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 02: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers celebrates a second half basket with Mike Scott #30 while playing the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on February 02, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Los Angeles won the game 111-101. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPDETROIT — The Los Angeles Clippers wiped out a 23-point deficit in less than nine minutes.Then Lou Williams took over.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The rally from 25 down was the largest regular-season comeback in Clippers history. They rallied from 24 down against Chicago in 2004. Detroit led 65-47 at halftime. It was still a comfortable margin until the very end of the third, when the Clippers — who were starting a six-game road trip — began to make a game of it.Williams made a pair of 3-pointers during his 16-point tear in the fourth. Los Angeles outscored the Pistons 35-14 in the final period.TIP-INSClippers: Montrezl Harrell scored 16 points and Mike Scott added 15. Only one starter was in double figures, and that was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 14. … Los Angeles has had a bigger comeback than this in the postseason. The Clippers rallied from 27 down against Memphis in 2012.Pistons: Detroit finished 17 of 42 from 3-point range, going 6 of 22 in the second half.FAMILIAR FACESThe Pistons gave up Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic in the deal for Griffin. Those three combined for 23 points Saturday.Griffin outscored them by one, but didn’t get the win.“We just did a poor job picking it up on defense,” Griffin said. “Down the stretch in the third quarter, we had some turnovers — I had a turnover — and we missed some shots. When that happens, you have to sit down and play defense, and we didn’t do that.”IN RELIEF LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes UP NEXTClippers: Visit Toronto on Sunday.Pistons: Host Denver on Monday night. The Clippers’ reserves came in averaging a league-best 51.3 points per game, and they outscored Detroit’s bench 80-17. The Pistons’ starters outscored their Los Angeles counterparts 84-31, but it wasn’t enough.It was a 3-pointer by Scott that tied the game at 89.“Lou was the star, but if you had a second star it was Mike, and it was on both ends,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought Mike became extremely physical defensively on Blake, and I thought that made a big difference.” View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Zion Williamson’s 29 leads No. 2 Duke to rout of St. John’s US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Williams scored 16 Los Angeles points in a row during a torrid fourth-quarter stretch, and the Clippers dominated the final period of a 111-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.The Clippers trailed by 25 in the second quarter and were down 83-60 in the third before storming back to tie the game at 89 in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was 91-all before Williams scored every Los Angeles point during a decisive run that put the Clippers up 107-96.“When you’re down big like that, you try to get it to 12. Then you try to get it to eight at a certain point, try to get it to six and give yourself an opportunity to win the game,” Williams said. “Like clockwork, we were hitting all of those spots, and we gave ourselves an opportunity to go win the game at about the eight-minute mark.”last_img read more

10 months agoRomero reveals Solskjaer has ‘restored happiness’ at Man Utd

first_imgRomero reveals Solskjaer has ‘restored happiness’ at Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer restored happiness to the playing group.The Norwegian has gone five from five since taking over as caretaker manager last month.And Romero believes that the players are enjoying their football.”We’ve had a great run,” Romero told the club’s website.”Not just the results, but the way in which we have won the games as well. Scoring five goals in one match was a big boost to confidence and was really something.”What we’re showing now, after a great Christmas, is only right for a club of this stature, [it] proves what we can do. The run we’ve had over Christmas and new year is testament to that.”[The manager] knows what he wants to achieve – both for the club and us as individuals. On the pitch and within the club, he has made it very clear from the outset so we know the expectation of us inside the club and externally.”You can see he has brought to the club a certain happiness and it is going well.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more