A Donegal-based sportsman has pulled off a major coup after becoming the highest ever Irish finisher in the International Dogsledding Championships in Canada.Com Burns, who is originally from Mayo but has lived in Letterkenny for many years, actually came sixth overall in the race.And considering the 40 yea old electrician only took up the sport four years ago, many are tipping him for greater things in the unusual event. Colm did Ireland and Donegal proud when he arrived home sixth in the ‘six dog pure breed’ race in Quebec at the weekend.The result has delighted sporting colleagues who are hoping his placing will help Ireland secure a top international ‘dry land’ event.Irish dog sledding federation secretary Mandy Hines said Burns’ achievement was “just superb.”“It was an incredible result for Colm and for our sport here in Ireland. “It’s the highest placed Irish competitor we’ve ever had and he was up against top countries like the USA and Canada.“Thanks to Coillte we have the best trails in Europe right here in Ireland for the non-snow dry land version of the sport and this will help us secure top international events which will be a massive boost for tourism.”Colm said “I only took up the sport properly four years ago so to be representing my country in one of the biggest event of its kind was special.“I suppose my fascination with the sport began when I was very young because I loved husky dogs.“I eventually got one and then another and all these years later I have six of them.” He said he couldn’t believe it when he heard you could race the dogs here in Ireland and decided to take up the sport four years ago.“We have modified sleds for all weather conditions and I do my training in forest parks,” he said.Due to quarantine laws, Colm had to hire six local huskies for the Daaquam 2012 Les Internationaux de traîneau à chiens du Canada (Canada International Championship of Dogsledding).He competed over two ten-mile races in temperatures of -11c on Saturday and Sunday to secure sixth spot against more than 20 other teams. Ireland’s increasing presence in the sport was recognised by the fact the Canadian organisers picked Kilkenny man Fintan Morrisey as head marshall for the weekend races.“It was a great weekend for our sport,” said Mandy Hines.DONEGAL DOGSLEDDER MAKES HISTORY WITH BEST EVER IRISH FINISH was last modified: March 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:COLM BURNSDOGSLEDDINGletterkenny
Former police officer Pradeep Sharma, who resigned form the force last week, also joined the Sena on Friday. The former encounter specialist is likely to contest from Nallasopara Assembly constituency. Meanwhile, when asked about the seat-sharing discussions with the BJP, Mr. Thackeray said “everything has been decided between us”. In a sarcastic remark directed at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Shiv Sena chief said, “I will wait for the Chief Minister to prepare a list of Shiv Sena candidates and which seats we can contest. Then I will put that list before the party and we will decide how to move forward.” In 2014, the BJP and Shiv Sena had fought the Assembly elections separately after failing to arrive at a seat-sharing arrangement. The Shiv Sena welcomed another leader from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) into its fold on Friday. After resigning as MLA in the morning, former NCP State president Bhaskar Jadhav joined the Sena in presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence, Matoshri, in Mumbai.“I have no grouse with anyone. I was a Sena worker before I joined the NCP. If I have said any objectionable things about Sena or Uddhavji in the past, that was my immaturity and misunderstanding. But since Uddhavji is welcoming me in the party, that means he has a soft corner for me even today,” Mr. Jadhav said. The leader, who was an MLA from Guhagar, left the Sena in 2004 to join the NCP. He has been a minister in successive State governments and a known NCP face in Konkan.
Barcelona and Real Madrid won their matches Sunday with the Spanish league title race now guaranteed to go to the final round.Neymar scored a hat trick for Barcelona in a comfortable 4-1 win at Las Palmas, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pair of goals for Madrid in a 4-1 home victory over Sevilla.Madrid scored with an unusual goal by Nacho Fernandez, who sent a quickly taken free kick into the net while the Sevilla defense and goalkeeper were preparing to set up a wall.The results left the rivals even on points, with Barcelona ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker. But Madrid can retake sole possession of the lead on Wednesday when it plays at Celta Vigo in a game postponed from February.Madrid needs four points from its last two games to secure the title regardless of Barcelona’s result against Eibar at home next weekend. Madrid’s final game is at Malaga.”In these next two games we need to keep doing the same thing that we have been doing so far,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “It’s what has taken us this far.”Madrid is trying to win its first league title since 2012, while Barcelona is seeking its third straight La Liga trophy.Atletico Madrid secured third place and an automatic spot in next season’s Champions League with a 1-1 draw at Real Betis, while Sevilla guaranteed fourth place and a chance to reach the European competition through the playoffs.Sporting Gijon became the third and final team to be relegated despite a 1-0 win at Eibar. It needed Leganes to lose at Athletic Bilbao, but the recently promoted club drew 1-1 to remain in the top division for a second straight season. Deportivo La Coruna also guaranteed a place in the top flight after a 0-0 draw at Villarreal. Granada and Osasuna had already been demoted.advertisementVillarreal, Athletic and Real Sociedad are the teams still fighting for the two Europa League spots.
(Eds: Updating with more quotes) New Delhi, Jun 15 (PTI) It is turning out to be bonanza time for consumers as companies, ranging from apparels to car manufacturers, woo them with attractive discounts ahead of implementation of the GST next month. While apparel manufacturers are trying to liquidate old stock ahead of the new tax regime, automobile companies are attempting to draw buyers to showrooms with attractive limited period discounts of up to Rs 2.5 lakh across a range of vehicles sold in the country. Brands such as Levis, Reebok and Woodland are currently on a clearance mode offering high discounts. “The retailers do not want to keep much of stock because the remaining stock will move to the GST regime and the margins would then vary. No brand can sell the entire stock before July 1 but they are trying to do the maximum,” Woodland Worldwide MD Harkirat Singh told PTI.He said the GST has come just ahead of the usual seasonal discount and the brands have slightly advanced their offers. Woodland is currently offering up to 40 per cent discount on maximum of its items. On select items the discount is even more. An employee at an exclusive store of Levis here at the Capital said the company sent instructions to “clear old stock by offering these discounts as soon as possible because of the GST”.Levis is offering buy-two get-two scheme on most of its items. Similarly, footwear majors Reebok and Bata are also offering up to 50 per cent discount. Future group multibrand retail format Centrals Chief of Marketing & Head of Customer Loyalty Jitendranath Patri said discounts have also been offered keeping in mind Ramzan shopping.advertisementThe GST Council has decided to tax man-made apparel up to Rs 1,000 at 5 per cent, while those costing above Rs 1,000, will attract 12 per cent. At present the total tax incidence is around 8 per cent depending upon the states. On the automobiles front, Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, Mahindra and Mahindra and Ford India have all come out with different schemes that are valid for June only. Dealers of the countrys largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki are offering discounts between Rs 25,000 and Rs 35,000. Similarly, M&M is offering benefits ranging between Rs 27,000 on Scorpio to Rs 90,000 on XUV500 till June 30. Hyundai Motor India dealers are offering discounts ranging between Rs 25,000 on Elite i20 and all-new Xcent to Rs 2.5 lakh on premium SUV SantaFe. Honda Cars India, on the other hand, is offering up to Rs 14,500 discount on its hatchback Brio, Rs 50,000 on compact sedan Amaze, Rs 17,000 on premium hatchback Jazz and Rs 60,000 on B-RV under a special scheme valid during June.”We are giving price protection to the customers for cars retailed from June 10 to June 30 which means that customers will buy the car at pre-GST price now. Post GST implementation whatever the difference in ex-showroom price it will be returned back to the customer by the dealer,” a Honda Cars India spokesperson said.Japanese carmaker Nissans dealers are also offering benefits of up to Rs 80,000 on sports utility vehicle Terrano and around Rs 25,000 on small car Micra.Industry analysts said the companies have been forced to come up with the discounts as potential customers have held back on purchases expecting prices to come down after the implementation of GST. Under the GST rates, cars will attract the top rate of 28 per cent with a cess in the range of 1-15 per cent on top of it.While small petrol cars with engine less than 1,200 cc will attract 1 per cent cess, that with a diesel engine of less than 1,500 cc will attract 3 per cent cess. Large cars with engine greater than 1,500 cc and SUVs with length more than 4 metres and engine greater than 1,500 cc will attract a cess of 15 per cent. Already, Ford India has announced discounts of up to Rs 30,000 on its compact SUV EcoSport, sedan Aspire and hatchback Figo to pass on benefits of new tax rates under GST. German luxury car maker Audi has slashed prices of its models in India by up to Rs 10 lakh till June 30. Rival BMW also said it is offering “benefits up to 12 per cent” on ex- showroom prices that include GST benefits. Besides, Mercedes Benz has announced reduction of prices of its vehicles produced in India by up to Rs 7 lakh. Tata- Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has cut prices of select models by up to Rs 10.9 lakh. In the two-wheeler space, niche bike maker Royal Enfield is pre-emptively extending the GST benefits to its customers while Bajaj Auto has also announced reduction in prices of its motorcycles by up to Rs 4,500 to pass on the expected benefit of GST to customers.advertisementThe Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) said discounts are being offered as traders are worried over cash flow.”The nearing of GST has caused a discomfort amongst the traders as they are worried over the cash flow that might occur during GST implementation therefore, offers are being introduced,” said CEAMA President Manish Sharma.He further said that businesses will be normalised over the next two-three months of operations. PTI PRJ KRH MSS RKL MR MKJ
APTN National NewsA long-awaited first degree murder trial is in its second week in Miramichi, New Brunswick.The case involves a 32 year-old Esgenoopetitj First Nation man accused of killing his 16 year-old cousin in 2009.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine was at the trial and filed this report.