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AN OPEN LETTER FROM A GENUINE RALLY FAN: ‘THESE PEOPLE DO NOT REPRESENT US’

first_imgGenuine fans at the rally.Open letter By Rally Fan Joe McDaidDear Donegal Daily,Over the past few days I note various headlines around the subject of Rally Weekend, with articles highlighting the arrests numbers, public order offences, and videos of incidents of foolish and outright dangerous driving on our roads. Indeed the comments Judge Kelly made this morning (Monday 20th June) causes me both concern and embarrassment as it does to thousands of other genuine fans. To be fair, the point I raise is addressed in the articles published by the media and on the various Garda Press releases, but I believe there needs to be an ever clearer distinction made between genuine rally fans and “car culture boy(and girl) racers” so that genuine fans such as myself and the thousands of other rally fans who attended are not smeared and tarnished by the actions of the few.Moreover we don’t want to find ourselves in the position that the event itself is jeopardised because of this outrageous behaviour.I highlight this matter as I have been a rally fan all my life; I have never missed a Donegal Rally and I have travelled to various WRC events throughout the world.However I consider myself not even remotely associated with the “car culture boy racers” and it hurts me that ordinary people who are not familiar with the sport understandably mix the two – One can see this by reading the comments posted on various published articles. In the 25 odd years that I have followed the Donegal Rally, I personally have never engaged in the behaviour we so often see highlighted. I never had a penalty point, never had a speeding fine, a parking fine, not even a cross word from a member of An Garda Siochana.And this highlights the point I try to make. I am one of the thousands of genuine rally fans out on the stages on a wet windy Sunday morning, supporting our favourite driver(s) and crews.We are not the one’s driving around like lunatics, doing circles in front of Letterkenny Court House, or keeping people awake at 3 in the morning with loud exhausts. We are not the ones drink driving or drug driving, we are at home with our families or in our hotel rooms reading maps and planning the route for the next morning. We are analysing the times of competitors and reviewing footage from our cameras.Ask any person standing on a wet hedgerow on the side of Knockalla at 7am on a Saturday morning were they racing around the town at 3am the previous night and they will all respond the same … not a chance!The rally event seems to be only an excuse for an element of individuals to come to an area with the intention of engaging in driver lunacy. Incidentally, most of these individuals will profess if asked, that they have no idea who is leading the rally, who is still competing or even where the stages are. Therefore on behalf of the thousands of genuine rally fans, I kindly ask the public to be mindful of the fact that an overwhelming majority of the people coming to the County for the weekend are law abiding, hard working family (men and women) that are passionate about motorsport and completely condemn the actions of the “few” .As a Donegal resident, I would like to thank everyone involved in the organisation, planning and executing the event. As always it was run to the highest standard with professionalism and safety the epitome of the event. It is a privilege to attend and we should be blessed if this event continues long into the future.Finally, I wish to thank An Garda Siochana for the effort and organisation that went into policing the roads over the weekend, both myself and my passengers felt safe as we travelled between stages as there was an obvious Garda presence on the roads. I am appalled that so many were arrested but I’m confident that if a demographic of those arrested was released, we would find that few of them are genuine rally fans.Yours sincerely JoeLetterkennyAN OPEN LETTER FROM A GENUINE RALLY FAN: ‘THESE PEOPLE DO NOT REPRESENT US’ was last modified: June 26th, 2017 by John2Share 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:at the Topaz Donegal International Rally in Letterkenny. Pic: Clive Wassondonegalletterkennyrallylast_img read more

TNPL 2019: R Ashwin slams quickfire 37 after promoting himself to No. 3 for Dindigul Dragons

first_imgIndia off-spinner R Ashwin continued his good run with the bat as he hit a quickfire 37 for Dindigul Dragons in their Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2019 opener agianst former champions Chepauk Super Gillies in Dindigul on Friday.Ashwin top-scored for Dindigul Dragons as they defeated former champions Chepauk Super Gillies by 10 runs in the season-opening match of TNPL. Super Gillies, who missed injured Vijay Shankar, were restricted to 105 for 9 in 20 overs in their chase of 116 after M Silambarasan picked up a 4-wicket haul for the Dragons.Ashwin, who leads the Dindigul Dragons, walked out to bat at No. 3 after his team lost opener Hari Nishanth as early as the 2nd over of the match. Earlier in the evening, Ashwin had lost the toss and the Dragons were sent in to bat on what was seemingly a difficult pitch for batsmen.Ashwin though played a few elegant shots during his 19-ball stay at the middle. The India all-rounder smashed 37 runs, including 5 boundaries and a six as he took the Super Gillies bowlers to the cleaners.Ashwin has been in fine form with both the bat and the ball. The Test speciallist had a dream run in the county season in England as he picked up 23 wickets and hit 167 runs in 3 matches for Nottinghamshire.Incidentally, R Ashwin was caught and bowled in the 9th over by his Kings XI Punjab teammate M Ashwin, who is the lead leg-spinner for the Super Gillies.Meanwhile, Ashwin is on at the other end! The Dindigul skipper showing no signs of the any jet lag! 3 fours and a six so far from his willow!Catch his boundarieshttps://t.co/KQVm5walFS VIDEO SCORECARD or Download the TNCA LIVE APP! #CSGvDD #NammaPasangaNammaGethu pic.twitter.com/99WPl2miy7advertisementTNPL (@TNPremierLeague) July 19, 2019Ashwin’s dismissal triggered a collapse as the Dindigul Dragons went from 69 for 3 to 113 for 9. The home team finished with 115 for 9 in 20 overs. M Ashwin picked up 2 wickets in his four-over quota while R Alexander was the pick of the bowlers for the Super Gillies as he finished with figures of 11 for 3 in 4 overs.R Ashwin is set to play for Dindigul Dragons throughout the 4th season of TNPL. The new season features 8 teams and will be played between July 19 and August 15.Meanwhile, Chepauk Super Gillies missed captain Vijay Shankar, who is still recovering from the toe injury that cut short his World Cup 2019 campaign in England. Kaushik Gandhi led Super Gillies in the absence of Vijay Shankar on Friday.Also Read | Euro T20 Slam 2019 Draft: Full squads and players list of 6 teamsAlso Read | MS Dhoni has no immediate plans to retire, says longtime friendAlso See:last_img read more

Is binge-watching bad for students? Here’s what you can do about it!

first_imgChildren today live in a world of instant gratification, with everything available immediately at the click of a button. In times of flash-fiction, microblogging, and 140-character tweets, patience doesn’t exactly run high.Not long ago, watching a television series meant a near agonising wait of an entire week before a new episode of the show finally aired. Though frustrating at times, the gap allowed for many animated discussions and wild predictions of what was to come next. A lot has changed with the proliferation of online streaming – and though one can’t deny the convenience of watching content on demand, this transition has come with it’s share of psychological implications.As we get engrossed in the lives of characters and move from one cliffhanger to the next, our brain continuously produces dopamine, the neurotransmitter which activates the reward center of the brain and gives a feeling of a high.As individuals remain glued to their screens, they tend to ignore other aspects of life – be it academics or friendships.For many, it provides an escape from otherwise difficult life situations – a maladaptive way of coping with stressors. In a way, excessive viewing also promotes social isolation, wherein people get cocooned in front of their screens and do not experience the need or opportunity to spend more time with friends and family members.Here’s how binge-watching affects your health:At the same time binge-watching can significantly impact one’s health as well, leading to difficulties in sleep, changes in eating patterns all the while promoting a more sedentary lifestyle. At the same time, we also must be cognizant of the impact of the specific content being watched – over five decades of research has established that children learn by observing the actions of others, be it real or reel life.advertisementHow to safeguard children against the negative impacts of binge-watching:Given these concerns, media literacy is the only way forward to safeguard children against the negative impacts of binge-watching. Students need to be given skills to differentiate between what’s real and what’s notAs adults, we need to have conversations with students about what they’re watching, so that we’re able to help them filter the plethora of information they passively consumeAt the same time, there needs to be a balance watching shows and movies need not be harmful. In fact, besides being a source of enjoyment and entertainment, there is lots that children and teenagers can learn about the world from watching diverse contentRather than watching an entire series at one stretch, students must be encouraged to intersperse watching videos with other forms of recreation. Sports and other outdoor activities, reading books, as well as artistic pursuits such as music, art or dance need to be given due importance.Children learn from watching adults:At the same time, we must remember that children learn from watching adults. As parents, many of us have let go of our own hobbies, instead choosing to spend most of our free time in front of the screen, catching up with our favorite shows. If we truly want young students to take a break from the screen, it’s time we introspect and do the same ourselves.Authored by Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare.READ: Why we cannot stop playing PUBG: Gaming addiction health problems and why no one talked about a Candy Crush banRead: Game-based learning benefits: The new education process that can change everythingRead: Gaming as a career option: Lucrative career options in the gaming industrylast_img read more

La Loche reclaims school that was scene of tragedy

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been one month since the devastating tragedy that left four people dead and seven critically injured in a remote Saskatchewan Dene community.Now, with support pouring in from around the country La Loche is proving that the strongest support they have is each other.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has this story.last_img