Last week we announced a competition run by DP Foods where you could win your entire Christmas dinner for free simply by liking and sharing a post on DP Foods’ Facebook page.We’re delighted to announce the winner is Celine Doohan from Gortahork.Celine wins a 6kg turkey, 4 kg gammon, 3kg duck, 2kg breadcrumbs, a bag of Yorkshire pudding, 1 kg of sprouts, and 2 kg prawns. Not to forget about dessert, which is arguably everyone’s favourite part of dinner, Don is also throwing in a large cheesecake and a huge four liter tub of ice-cream for Celine and her family to enjoy!DP Foods, owned by Don Pearson, is one of Donegal’s biggest and best food suppliers. Supplying companies such as Mc Gettigan’s hotel chain, the Silver Tassie, Rosapenna Hotel, Arnold’s Hotel, An Grianan Hotel, as well as shops and butchers throughout the North West.The Pearson family have been producing the finest turkeys in Donegal for over 30 years, and in the lead up to Christmas Don is shifting his market to cater for the general public along side all his catering customers. DP Foods have built up a reputation for having the most delicious and succulent turkeys in the North West“I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to take part and for all the positive response to the new page. Check out the Facebook page now for a complete stock list available for Christmas.”“All our turkeys are processed here in our farm in St Johnston and I take great pride in the fact that year on year we produce some of the best turkeys to be found anywhere in the country.”“Our order book is proof of this, with not just the numbers but the number of returning customers year on year.”Get your Christmas dinner sorted out early by checking out DP Foods’ Facebook page to view their extensive stocklist where you will find everything to suit any and every size of household. Don accommodates for all catering needs; large and small, with a wide range of products and services available, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!Fancy a hassle free Christmas with no last minute Christmas dinner kerfuffle? Get in touch with DP Foods on 087 2119099 to see how they can help.DP Foods provide everything from starters to desserts!Winner of DP Foods’ Christmas dinner prize revealed… was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)
James DeGale says he is determined to make a statement on his North American debut this Friday.Harlesden’s former Olympic champion will defend his WBC Silver super-middleweight title against Sebastien Demers at Casino Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Canada.It will be his first fight since a points victory against Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull back in December.A clash with Alexander Brand, set for March, was postponed.“I just want to show my fans what I’m made of, show them what I’ve got and show them what I’m about,” he declared.“I’m feeling good, very good, I haven’t been out of the gym since the beginning of the year.“Obviously I’ve had a couple of fights cancelled on me and postponed, but I’m a true professional – I’ve been in the gym training hard.“It means a lot to be making my debut in North America. I travelled a lot as an amateur, travelled the world, but I haven’t done too much as a pro to be honest.“With [promoter] Mick Hennessy and Hennessy Sports’ contacts out in Canada I’ve got this opportunity, so I’m really looking forward to it.“I want to put on a great performance out there – slick, skilful, showcase my skills and put on a fantastic show.”Canadian Demers, 33, unsuccessfully challenged Arthur Abraham for the IBF middleweight title in 2007 and boasts 31 wins from 36 contests.His last fight was against another former world champion, Allan Green, who beat him on points in November.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
By Evan Webeck/CorrespondentSEATTLE — Trading in a weekend in Big Sur for one in Cleveland might sound like a downgrade. But for Liam Hendriks, it was just the call he was waiting for. He’s even willing to eat the nonrefundable deposit.These are the sacrifices one has to make when he gets his first All-Star call as Hendriks did Friday afternoon, as a replacement for the Rays’ Charlie Morton.Despite leading all American League relievers in ERA and earning the AL Reliever of the Month honor for …
NAPA — Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock performed the warmup act on reporting day, but the real action begins Saturday morning when the Raiders hold the first of 16 scheduled practices on the grounds of Redwood Middle School behind the Napa Valley Marriott.The Raiders coach and general manager fielded questions on a variety of topics Friday, keeping to themselves the fact that wide receiver Antonio Brown would wind up on the non-football injury list and miss some practice time — one estimate was …
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While the flood situation due to discharge of excess water from dams improved in Pune city, it remained extremely grim in urban and rural pockets of Kolhapur and Sangli districts in on Tuesday where continuing showers completely threw life and communications out of gear.Authorities said an estimated 25,000 people stranded in Sangli, Kolhapur and Satara were evacuated by locals and disaster management teams, including those of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).Milk supply to these districts will be hit as the Kolhapur District Milk Cooperative, known as Gokul, has decided to shut supply operations on Wednesday in view of the adverse rain and water-logging situation.People in low-lying areas were taken out in boats and shifted to schools run by the civic bodies of these districts even as water began flooding urban pockets of Kolhapur and Sangli. Schools and colleges in these districts remained shut on Tuesday and are likely to remain closed on Wednesday too.Power supply to more than 85,000 consumers in Kolhapur was temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure, said officials from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL).Residents of Gaganbawda, Panhala and Karvir tehsils in Kolhapur were hit hard by the rains.More than 105 earthen dams and other water systems in Kolhapur, including canals, have been submerged by the rising river water levels, while more than 20 bridges in Sangli have gone under water. With the swollen Panchganaga river flowing well above the danger mark at 51 feet, residents and authorities in Kolhapur fear a repeat, or worse, of the 1989 and 2005 floods.Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil in a statement said, “I appeal to the residents of Kolhapur not to panic and cooperate with the district administration in their rescue efforts… NDRF teams are trying to move people to safe zones. A Navy team and an Army column of 80 personnel with four boats are on their way.” He said the situation in Kolhapur was worse than in 1989.“In 2005, the Panchanganga touched 53.5 feet mark. Going by the present situation, it could well exceed that figure…with communications with other districts severed, Sangli and Kolhapur could face an acute milk and fuel crisis if this situation persists for the next 48 hours,” advocate Amit Shinde, a resident of Sangli district, told The Hindu.While water from dams paralysed traffic on national and state highways and internal roads, Kolhapur was completely cut-off from Pune, Bengaluru and the Konkan region.Inter-district trains like those connecting Sangli with Karad (in Satara) were suspended as rail tracks were flooded.Meanwhile, Satara district authorities said the discharge from Koyna dam was increased to 1,19,777 cusecs (cubic foot per second) late in the afternoon, leading to heavy flooding in several talukas.A team of around 25 NDRF jawans was involved in rescue operations alongwith district authorities, especially in the Patan and Karad talukas of Satara.In contrast, the situation seemed slightly better for residents in Pune city, as discharges from major dams were considerably reduced on Tuesday.P.B. Shelar, executive engineer of the Khadakwasla irrigation division, told The Hindu that discharge from the had been brought down to 18,491 cusecs by late afternoon from 45,000 cusecs.Discharge from the Mulshi and Pavana dams too were reduced, easing the flood-like situation in the city’s low-lying areas.On Monday, rising levels of the Mula River had led to some connecting bridges between Pune and the Pimpri-Chinchwad being temporarily shut. However, with the water levels going down today, traffic police opened up six bridges in the Aundh-Baner area.Meanwhile, Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram declared a holiday on Wednesday for schools and educational establishments in Bhor, Velhe, Maval and Mulshi talukas of Pune district.
A total of 13 people were killed and 11 injured in two road accidents in as many districts of West Bengal on Thursday, the police said.While seven persons died in South 24 Parganas district, six others lost their life in an accident in Malda.Five members of a family and two others returning from the Kolkata airport were killed when their MUV fell into a roadside pond at Ucchekhali under Bishnupur police station area in South 24 Parganas, the police said.Driver abscondingThe accident occurred at around 6 a.m. after the driver lost control of the vehicle during rain. All the seven persons, including three women, died on the spot due to drowning, the police said. The driver fled after the accident.The deceased have been identified as Akkas Ali, his wife Salina Bibi, son Altab, daughter Esmatara, brother Munnaf, and two others — Meeraj Sheikh and Fulijan Bibi.In Malda, six persons were killed and 11 injured when a speeding lorry rammed a stationary SUV carrying wedding guests, the police said. The accident occurred at Bakharpur under Kaliachak police station area. The SUV was waiting by the side of National Highway-34 for other vehicles going to the same wedding. The guests were on their way from Kaliachak to Gajol in the same district, Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria said.The SUV fell into a roadside ditch after it was hit by the lorry at around 12.30 a.m. and three of its 17 occupants were killed on the spot. Two others succumbed to their injuries in the Malda Medical College and Hospital where all the victims were initially taken.Mr. Rajoria said six of them were later referred to a hospital in Kolkata and one died on the way. The other injured persons were under treatment at the Malda hospital. The driver fled with the lorry after the accident but was later arrested from Gajol, the SP added.
Meredith today announced it acquired the Parenting and Babytalk brands from Bonnier. The two magazines will effectively be absorbed into Meredith’s existing Parents and American Baby brands. Following the deal, subscribers of Parenting and Babytalk will begin getting Parents and American Baby instead starting with the September issues. In the meantime, Meredith will port over popular editorial features and columns from the former Bonnier titles into Parents and American Baby. But starting this fall, Parenting and Babytalk will essentially cease to exist in print. Parenting.com, however, will continue to operate as part of the Parents network of sites. A sale price wasn’t released, but Meredith says the acquisitions will not have a material effect on performance. According to PIB numbers, Babytalk was down about 37 percent in ad pages in the first quarter this year compared to the same period in 2012. The 2.2 million circ Parenting was down 29 percent in ad pages in that same period.The sale follows a succession of events out of Bonnier since Dave Freygang took over as CEO after Terry Snow’s departure in January. The company sold its skiing titles to Active Interest Media at the end of April and shut down its Caribbean Travel + Life brand last November. But none of this points to anything as dramatic as a wholesale selloff by Bonnier, says Freygang in a pre-emptive statement following the deal announcement. “I want to make this point perfectly clear: This divestiture following last week’s sale of the Mountain Group should not be taken as the dismantling of the company,” Freygang says. “Our parent company, Bonnier AB in Sweden, reminds us that it plans for generations, not years — we adhere to that theory. This choice was a difficult but necessary one to ensure the company is well positioned for the future.”According to a spokesperson, Bonnier lost money last year and the snow sports and parenting brand deals are designed to put the company back on track to profitability. In the case of the parenting titles, the deal also signals the difficulty magazines have if they’re not number-one in their markets. “We were not number-one in parenting,” says the spokesperson, “Parents is—by a wide margin. At this point, we don’t believe that in the foreseeable future we could make these titles number-one.” As it stands, Bonnier now has titles in outdoor, travel and epicurean markets and, says the spokesperson, the company will continue to review opportunities for further rightsizing as well as acquisitions. “Bonnier is continuing to look at properties that fit into those categories,” says the spokesperson.
Sushma Swaraj.Fiery, feisty and indefatigable, former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who died on Tuesday, was a leader who fit many roles in her long political leader. She might be remembered best for giving an all-new dimension to the role of foreign minister by being proactive in reaching out to Indians in distress in foreign lands.But looking back, it was equally important to have contested against Sonia Gandhi in Bellary on the Congress leader’s electoral debut in what was billed as a evideshi bahu’ versus ebharatiya nari’ contest. Bellary was then a Congress safe seat and for the BJP it was important to fight against the then-new Congress president because the latter’s foreign origin was an important political issue at the time.Her brief tenure as Delhi chief minister was important too, for she broke a glass ceiling as the first woman chief minister of the state. That was about as important as being the youngest cabinet minister at 25 years in the Haryana cabinet in 1977.Her proximity to Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart LK Advani was what led to her rise. She was one of the four Advani acolytes who came to be known as the D4, the four powerful leaders from Delhi who pretty much dominated the party at the time: Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and M Venkaiah Naidu.It was because of the power that they wielded that two of the D4 came to occupy top positions in the party structure when the BJP was in opposition during UPA rule — Sushma Swaraj was the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha and Arun Jaitley was the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha.Being outspoken and clear-headed got her into the headlines. What perhaps contributed to that was her confidence in herself — and that she was never afraid to walk alone. Perhaps that was why she allowed media persons to walk up to her and ask questions. Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.IANSFor her supporters, there might have been mixed feelings about some of the controversies surrounding her — like facilitating the foreign travel documents of former cricket administrator Lalit Modi in 2011 and dancing at Gandhi Samadhi in Rajghat while staging a protest. Her explanations, forceful though they were, had appeared less than fully convincing.She got into a spot of bother when a photograph of her apparently blessing the controversial Bellary brothers appeared in the media. Behind the damage limitation exercise that followed were rumours of her face-off with a prominent party leader because she thought she was taking the fall for someone else’s association with the Bellary duo — that while the BJP leader had backed them, she was being made to look poorly in public because of the photograph. Party insiders say that even though she had moved on from the episode, she never forgave the BJP leader.Sushma Swaraj might not have been in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inner circle but she held her own, often winning praise from the Prime Minister for her role as External Affairs Minister. Delhi’s insidious grapevine had suggested that she was asked to contest for the Lok Sabha this year but she declined, citing health reasons. The truth about that might never be made public.Women politicians, even the fiery among them, often come to be regarded as mother figures in their later years. Sushma Swaraj was no exception and her role as External Affairs Minister endorsed this image of her. But, behind that amiable exterior was a politician of immense calibre and top-grade firepower. Indeed, those who saw her for the first time were often surprised that she was not quite tall.Hours before she passed away, Sushma Swaraj had tweeted her congratulations to the Prime Minister and Home Minister for the decision on Article 370. Here too, she had a role to play — through her speech in the Lok Sabha in 1996 when she spoke on the BJP’s plan to remove Article 370, which is in the party’s core agenda, along with a uniform civil code and building a Ram temple at Ayodhya.For a committed BJP leader, it is likely that she would have been at peace following the government’s decision on the contentious constitutional provision.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Sabein Burgess spent nearly two decades behind bars for a murder he always insisted he had nothing to do with. Now, a federal jury has given final vindication to the wrongfully convicted man by awarding him $15 million in his lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and two detectives.Sabein Burgess stands outside his mother’s home in Baltimore, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. A federal jury awarded $15 million to Burgess Tuesday in his lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department and two detectives. Burgess, who spent nearly two decades in prison after being wrongfully convicted of killing his girlfriend, was released in 2015 after being exonerated. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)But the big award by a federal jury is nearly an afterthought for the 47-year-old Burgess, who was released from prison in 2014 after being exonerated and awarded $15 million late Tuesday.“My lawsuit was never about the money. It was about clearing my name and proving that I was used as a scapegoat to close the case,” Burgess told The Associated Press on Wednesday at a relative’s home in a troubled section of Baltimore.Immediately after the verdict Tuesday, Burgess told reporters gathered outside a courthouse that “justice has been served.” A day later, he pondered whether it finally brought him closure after a two-decade personal tragedy.“I’m very happy for the verdict. But my losses were so severe. I lost my father and my grandma while I was locked up. I had a daughter born within days of my trial, and when I came out she was 19 ½ with two kids. The one thing I had for all those years was the truth. They couldn’t take that away from me,” he said, bundled up in a jacket inside a toasty living room.Burgess spent nearly two decades in prison after being convicted in 1995 of killing his then-girlfriend, Michelle Dyson. He was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison for the 1994 slaying.In a civil trial, Burgess accused now-retired homicide detectives Gerald Goldstein and Steven Lehman of pinning the crime on him without pursuing other credible leads. Burgess had found Dyson fatally shot in the basement of the Baltimore home they shared. The lawsuit alleged that the detectives conspired to fabricate gunshot residue evidence used to convict him.In a strange twist, a childhood acquaintance of Burgess who was serving a lengthy prison term for attempted murder and armed robbery also repeatedly implicated himself in the killing. The National Registry of Exonerations, a law school project that tracks U.S. exonerations, said Charles Dorsey wrote multiple letters to Burgess’ trial lawyer in the late 1990s saying he killed Dyson along with another attacker.Burgess was finally freed in 2014, thanks to the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, an advocacy group that started working on Burgess’ case in 2011. Prosecutors eventually dropped charges.His lawsuit said the case was not an isolated event, but rather the result of “policies and practices of pursuing wrongful convictions through reliance on profoundly flawed investigations.” Shawn Armbrust, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, said Wednesday that she hoped this week’s federal jury verdict will help “prompt Maryland officials to start taking the issue of wrongful convictions seriously.”Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis told The Baltimore Sun that authorities planned to appeal the $15 million jury award, which he said would “be a regrettable and unanticipated hit on the budget.”“There will be an appeal without question,” Davis told the newspaper. “We really thought we had a very strong case on the facts and the law.”For Burgess, the grinding years in prison as an innocent man have certainly taken its toll.He said he “came close” to losing his mind at points during his incarceration and spent lengthy periods in solitary confinement. Although he’s been focused on strengthening his relationships with family and friends since getting out in 2014, he also wants to help bring about changes in the criminal justice system.“My hope for the next 10 years is to really try to make a difference in somebody else’s life. Maybe help somebody in jail who is innocent find what was so hard for me, which was justice and freedom,” he told AP.___David McFadden on Twitter: www.twitter.com/dmcfadd