Scattered dreams

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. Dwight Smith and his mother made several trips to Ireland over the years, reveling in the beauty of the Killarney lakes in the southwest corner of the country. When Smith’s mother died in August, there was no question she would be cremated – a request she had made often – or that her remains would be scattered near the lakes. But Smith, of New London, Conn., said he didn’t have the time or resources to make the trip now and wanted to fulfill his mother’s wishes soon. “What she doesn’t want to be is in Long Island Sound,” he said. Checking with a mortician friend, he hooked up with the International Scattering Society in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit, a sort of travel agency for the cremated dead that offered to handle for a fee all the paperwork and logistics required in taking his mother’s remains overseas. Sometime this month, one of the society’s members will scatter the ashes in Killarney, providing Smith with video or photos of the event. “I feel that it will be done in a better way than I could have done,” he said. “My mother would be happy that someone who likes doing this is doing this.” The dead are not content to just sit on the mantel anymore. As the number of cremations grow – 32 percent of U.S. deaths led to cremation in 2005, compared with 21 percent in 1996, according to the National Funeral Directors Association – the demand has risen among friends and family seeking out companies and organizations that can help them deal with the remains, either fulfilling their loved one’s wishes or finding a final resting place more exotic than a family urn. Bill Metzger, for example, said he’s seen a 50 percent increase in customers over the past year for his business, Final Flights, which uses his Piper Cherokee to scatter ashes above Southern California sites, such as La Jolla, Big Bear or the Channel Islands. He said he does six to 10 scatterings a month at a cost of $300 to $500, depending on distance and fuel prices. “When I get a call and I explain what we do, people are stunned; they didn’t know something like this existed,” Metzger said. “It just seemed an uplifting – no pun intended – happy way of doing things, as opposed to a somber scattering at sea or placing in a columbarium (crypt).” Mark Smith, president of the Chicago-based Cremation Association of North America, said the majority of cremated remains still go home with loved ones for burial or safekeeping. But his association did a study last year that found that 21.7 percent of remains are destined to be scattered, up from 17.8 percent in 1997. The most popular scattering option is water, according to the Cremation Association’s study, although land-based scattering has grown from 27 percent to 40 percent since 1997. Wes Heinmiller, owner of Newport Beach-based Atlantis Society, said his company does about 400 scattering ceremonies a year off the coasts of California and Washington state. His service costs $1,000 to $1,200 per ceremony, including the cost of chartering his 67-foot yacht. Joanie West of Crystal River, Fla., has taken a different angle on air scattering with her 10-year-old company, The Eternal Ascent Society. With the help of the family or by herself, she launches the cremated remains inside a large helium-filled balloon. Once it reaches a height of five miles, it pops, distributing the ashes to the winds. “It’s something that’s beautiful when they see it,” said West, who is setting up franchises in Las Vegas, Seattle and New Jersey and charges between $995 and $1,500 per service, depending on how far the coordinator has to travel. For the person envisioning a more localized scattering, there are numerous services willing to take the ashes to any spot on the globe. Jonathan Rose in Mountain View charges $225 to take a person’s ashes to land he owns south of Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Mountains where he’ll scatter the remains or bury them in one spot, which he said appeals to Catholics. “Mostly they want to be in the mountains; the idea of being scattered from a mile up doesn’t appeal to them,” said Rose, whose High Sierra Gardens does about 12 scatterings a year but acknowledges he could do a lot more if he worked on his marketing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

National Stadium turf specifically refurbished for Gor, Everton game

first_imgThe amazing status of the playing surface wowed Gor Mahia players who made it for their light evening work-out under new head coach Dylan Kerr.“Now this is a football pitch!” assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno marveled as he laid out cones on the pitch ready for the session.Gor Mahia players doing drills during training at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 11, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTeam Manager Jolawi Obondo speaking to Capital Sport said he expects an exciting game especially with the flat out smooth surface favoring Gor Mahia’s ‘tap and go’ game.“The field is amazing and we should have a great game here. This is what a football field should look like. It is very even and well maintained,” Obondo said.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr, who spent 15 months in Tanzania with Simba SC whose home matches were at the same pitch, was equally marveled with the new look.“I mean I kept telling them every day to cut down the grass but they never did so. You could hit a pass, go out and have a McDonald’s and return to the pitch before the pass got to the next player. The grass was too thick!” Kerr joked on the sides as Gor prepared for training.View of the National Stadium pitch in Dar es Salaam where Gor Mahia will take on Everton FC in a friendly match on July 13, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTurning up against a professional side already used to playing in well manicured lawns and to prevent the increasing risk of injury, the South England Company took over the task of refurbishing the playing surface and have done an immensely marvelous job at it.Speaking to Capital Sport, groundsman Shane McGeown, who has worked in almost all the popular football pitches including Old Trafford and St. Mary’s in Southampton, said for such a team as Everton, the state of the surface was a key concern and it had to be meticulous.He revealed that the company imported 20 bags of Rye Grass from Northern Ireland and merged it together with the already existing Bermuda grass.Rye grass is known for its quick growing nature and resistance to pests, meaning it is more eco-friendly as a lesser amount of chemicals are used on it.It is also one of the few “throw and grow” seeds that can be sown without the hassle of tilling, scarifying, or digging into the soil and destroying any of the permanent ground covers already in place.Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna dribbles the ball during training at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 11, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBermuda grass which is the most common on African pitches is valued for its exceptional heat and drought tolerance and a capacity to withstand heavy use and recuperate quickly. Its blend with Rye makes out a perfect balance in texture of the pitch. Just like Rye, it grows very fast.“The pitch was not good when we arrived here. We had to rip apart the entire surface. There was so much dead grass around and we had to get rid of all of it. We also dug up a new foundation and put up layers of sand to ensure a good foundation,” McGeown said.He added; “We had to put in new fertilizer (Everest) and also get to put in some new chemicals time and again to kill off any diseases that would eat up the grass. I think the product looks fantastic now.”The pitch has been made to European standards with the match organizers hoping to put up a superb show for the English premier League side.His only concern though is the maintenance after he leaves, though he says he might consider remaining for a further three months.“I heard that the stadium last season was used for over 40 matches. That’s insane. The most a pitch can hold should be maximum of 23 matches to ensure it remains fresh and well maintained,” the Irish pitch expert noted.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr shows off some of his skills during training at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 11, 2017.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jul 11- Record 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will square it out with English Premier League side Everton FC on a new playing surface at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, specifically laid out with imported grass for the game.The pitch has been closed for the last five weeks and sponsors of both clubs, SportPesa, have contracted renowned English Sportsground Construction and Civil Engineering Company Clive Richardson Limited for the job.last_img read more

Democratic group accuses Giuliani of money laundering

first_imgA spokesman for Giuliani denied any coordination with the initiative effort – the Campaign for Equal Representation – or the Take Initiative America committee. “This is completely independent from our campaign,” said Jarrod Agen, “and frankly it’s not an initiative that serves our campaign’s best interests.” Democrats also accused the Giuliani campaign of trying to conceal Singer’s identity. Under California law, the Campaign for Equal Representation was required to disclose its true source of funding. It identified Take Initiative America, which was created Sept. 11, but Hurth, the lawyer behind the committee, refused to disclose where the $175,000 came from. “We know that Singer intended his money to be used for the effort in California,” Harrison said, “so, clearly, TIA was nothing more than a pass-through. “In California, that’s considered money laundering.” Lehane said he’s convinced Giuliani’s campaign was behind the effort. He noted that Charles Bell, a partner with Hiltachk’s firm, gave $1,300 to Giuliani’s campaign days before the initiative was filed; Hurth had given $2,000 to Giuliani; his spokesman, Jonathan Wilcox, was a spokesman for former California GOP candidate Bill Simon; Simon himself is a co-chairman for Giuliani’s California campaign and a policy adviser. “When you went through all these folks, virtually every road ultimately led back to Giuliani,” Lehane said. “The one conclusion that one could safely draw is that it was the Giuliani campaign that was ultimately behind this.” Giuliani, in a statement last week, said he would have had no reason to be behind the initiative. “As far as I’m concerned, you can leave it the way it is,” he said. “In fact, in some ways you might consider, I think that this is a state I can win. That might actually favor some of the other Republican candidates who might have a more difficult time winning this state. I think this is a state that I’ve got a 50-50 chance of winning. So as far as I’m concerned, I wouldn’t mind leaving it that way.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Singer’s disclosure that he’d contributed to the group came a day after top campaign officials for the GOP-backed electoral initiative resigned in protest after the lawyer in charge of Take Initiative America refused to divulge the donors. Although the initiative effort appears dead – in part because funding never materialized beyond Singer’s contribution – the alleged violations are serious, said Chris Lehane, spokesman for the Democratic group. “We want to get to the bottom of this,” he said at a San Francisco press conference. Singer’s contribution, said James Harrison, the attorney who filed the complaint, raises questions about potential money laundering, illegal coordination between a candidate and an independent committee, and whether federal contribution limits were exceeded. “As an agent of Giuliani’s, Singer would be prohibited from soliciting or directing a contribution in excess of $2,300,” said Harrison, who works with San Leandro-based Remcho, Johansen & Purcell, a firm specializing in election law. “We’d like the FEC to determine what Giuliani knew, when he knew it, what conversations he and Singer had about the contribution and how TIA was created. Whose idea was it? How did it come about?” SACRAMENTO – A Democratic group filed formal complaints Monday with the Federal Election Commission and the U.S. Justice Department, accusing GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani of money laundering and violating campaign laws. In the complaint, Californians for Fair Election Reform accuse Giuliani, through his friend Paul Singer, of establishing a “front” organization to solicit illegal donations to support a ballot measure that would overturn California’s winner-take-all system of allocating electoral votes. Such a change would provide the Republican presidential nominee a chance to pick up roughly 20 electoral votes by dividing them up by congressional districts. Singer, a hedge-fund billionaire and a policy adviser and regional finance director for Giuliani, revealed last week that he was the sole contributor to the committee, Take Initiative America, which donated $175,000 to the ballot measure. last_img read more

COUNTY COUNCIL ARE MISLEADING PUBLIC ON HOUSEHOLD CHARGE NUMBER – CLAIM

first_imgThe Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaign has accused Donegal County Council of misleading the public on the numbers who have paid the Household Tax and has challenged the Council to issue a breakdown of their figures.Francis McCafferty of the campaign steering committee said the boycott of the Household Tax remains solid almost halfway through the year with nearly two thirds of households in Donegal still having paid the charge.“Not for the first time Donegal County Council has sought to mislead people by claiming earlier this week that 45% had paid the charge. This is nonsense and we challenge them to give a breakdown of their figures and explain how they arrived at this figure. “We note that while they gave their figures to a number local news outlets, they have not published an official statement on their website which can be subjected to public scrutiny.”He added the 2011 Census figures are very clear. There are 84,356 housing units in Donegal. From this we can subtract the 3,572 local authority properties and a generous estimated 700 exempted properties in other categories.“This leaves around 80,000 properties subject to the charge.“Gary Martin, Director of Finance with Donegal County Council, confirmed our figures when he told the Shaun Doherty show on Highland Radio on March 29th that the Council hoped to get around € 8 million Household Tax from 80,000 households in the county.” “Even by the Council’s own figures that 29,000 have paid the charge, this still leaves a massive 51,000 households, or 64%, who are boycotting the Household Tax. With such huge and determined opposition, there is no realistic possibility for the local authority to make us all pay. They should stop trying to do Hogan’s dirty work and stop trying to mislead us.” COUNTY COUNCIL ARE MISLEADING PUBLIC ON HOUSEHOLD CHARGE NUMBER – CLAIM was last modified: June 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:Can’t Pay Won’t PayDonegal County CouncilHOUSEHOLD CHARGElast_img read more

FOOD FOR THOUGHT! WHERE YOU AT HOMEGROWN FOOD FEST? PIC SPECIAL

first_imgLet’s talk about food! Some of those at the Homegrown Food Festival in the Aura Centre in Letterkenny yesterday. The Festival continues today, Sunday. ALL PICS BY JOE BOLAND OF NORTHWEST NEWS PIX.This fella likes a bit of Moonshine when he’s working! Martin Anderson was in great form as always!FOOD FOR THOUGHT! WHERE YOU AT HOMEGROWN FOOD FEST? PIC SPECIAL was last modified: July 13th, 2014 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:auradonegalHOMEGROWN FOOD FESTIVALletterkennylast_img read more

Tom Ince delighted to be given Premier League opportunity with Huddersfield

first_img1 Tom Ince has signed for Huddersfield Town New Huddersfield signing Tom Ince did not need any persuading to join head coach David Wagner’s newly-promoted bandwagon.Former England Under-21 international Ince, 25, has signed a three-year deal after the Terriers agreed an undisclosed fee with Championship club Derby.“To be given the opportunity to be in the Premier League with a team that’s on the up is a great feeling,” Ince told Huddersfield Town TV.“There was a lot of interest (from Huddersfield) and for a player like me, from a team which has done tremendous things last season, with a great squad of players, they achieved the dream.“When you get asked to be a part of that it’s hard to turn it down.”Ince is Wagner’s third new signing since the German steered the West Yorkshire club to the Premier League for the first time via their penalty shootout win against Reading in the play-off final.The Terriers have turned midfielder Aaron Mooy’s season-long loan from Manchester City into a permanent deal for a club record £8million, rising to £10m with add-ons, and paid a reported £3.5m to sign Belgian striker Laurent Depoite from Porto.Danish goalkeeper Jonas Lossl has also arrived on a season-long loan from Bundesliga side Mainz and Town are expected to break their club record transfer fee again to secure Montpelier striker Steve Mounie.“When I knew there was interest I was excited to see where it went,” added Ince, who admitted to becoming a fan of Wagner’s gegenpressing style of football last season.“It was great to see for the neutral and great for those not fighting at the top-end of the Championship.“Both home and away games we had with them last season, for me, were the hardest in the Championship and footballing-wise, by far the best.“It was great to see and obviously the play-off final – even I was nervous watching – it was great to see them do it and it’s great to be part of it.“It’s a club all about work ethic, pulling together and fighting for each other to achieve success and I want to be part of it.”Ince, son of former England international Paul, progressed through Liverpool’s academy and gained brief experience of Premier League action during a loan spell at Crystal Palace and at Hull.He joined Derby from Hull for £4.75m in July 2015 following an initial loan spell and signed a four-year contract.Kasey Palmer has also returned to Huddersfield on a season-long loan until June 30, 2018.The 20-year-old attacking midfielder makes the move from Chelsea having also spent last campaign at the John Smith’s Stadium, scoring five goals in 26 appearances.Wagner said: “I’m very happy to have Kasey back at the club. As we know from last season, he’s a very talented English player with high potential.”last_img read more

DOHERTY RE-SIGNS FOR HARPS

first_imgFULL-BACK James Doherty has signed on the dotted line for another season at Finn Harps.He has agreed a one-year deal after a superb 2010 with the Finn Park club.Last season the 22-year-old played every game for Harps and was voted Young Player of the Year. It was a superb turn in fortunes for James who had an indifferent start to his career.Meanwhile the Ulster Senior League will be sticking with summer football, despite a small minority wanting to return to winter games.And with weather like this, it seems the summer decision is the right one.DOHERTY RE-SIGNS FOR HARPS was last modified: December 20th, 2010 by gregShare 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

Internet fraud suspect arrested

first_imgPICO RIVERA — A man wanted by the FBI for Internet fraud was arrested Saturday at the Angels Motel by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies. Stewart Carlyle Richardson, 64, of White Lake Township, Mich., was arrested after an unidentified woman contacted the sheriff’s station and reported that her boyfriend may be wanted by the FBI, Sgt. Scott Craig said. “She said her boyfriend even showed her a flier of himself,” he said. Richardson has been a fugitive for almost four years stemming from charges he defrauded buyers on a major auction Web site, Scott said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Richardson allegedly failed to deliver collectibles that had been paid for by about 100 individuals, according to an FBI “Wanted” flier posted on the FBI’s Web site. Craig said deputies contacted Richardson at the motel, where he had been staying for about three weeks, and verified his identity. “He was arrested and brought to the station without incident,” Craig said. The FBI was unable to provide additional information concerning Richardson. — Bridget Schinnerer 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

RTE WEATHER PRESENTER’S SCATHING ATTACK ON POSTIE MICHAEL’S ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ CLAIMS

first_imgEvelyn Cusack: Scathing attack on alternative weather forecastingRTE TV weather woman Evelyn Cusack has launched on air dismissal of claims that a postman can predict the weather by looking at nature or animals.The astonishing dismissal of Michael Gallagher’s theories came just hours after the Glenfin man predicted a bitterly cold December – and a White Christmas.Michael insisted on Friday that his observations of sheep in the fields and of plants and insects led him to believe snow is on the way. Forecaster Cusack didn’t name Gallagher in her TV weather report – but her explanation came hours after Michael’s predictions went national on the internet.She took the opportunity after the Nine O’Clock news to dismiss any suggestions that animals or nature could predict the weather (or earthquakes!)“People have been asking if we will have a cold winter, and I’m afraid we can’t tell you that as forecasting only goes between five and ten days ahead,” she told viewers.“But some people ask why we don’t use signs from nature? For example can animals predict not only the weather but earthquakes. “Well I’m afraid not! There have been studies done,” she said.And she finished her report by quoting scientist Carl Sagan (and displayed the quote on screen).Sagan said: “It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion however satisfying and reassuring.”Boom!Scathing 2: Evelyn quotes scientist Carl Sagan!RTE WEATHER PRESENTER’S SCATHING ATTACK ON POSTIE MICHAEL’S ‘WHITE CHRISTMAS’ CLAIMS was last modified: November 16th, 2013 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:donegal daily weatherEvelyn CusackRTEsnowwhite Christmaslast_img read more

DONEGAL LGFA: FOUR MASTERS U14s CROWNED COUNTY C CHAMPIONS

first_imgFOUR MASTERS: Are new County C ChampionsThe Four Masters Under 14 Girls have been crowned C County Champions for 2014. The girls travelled to Convoy to face Carndonagh in the C County Final and secured their first piece of silverware with a comprehensive victory, putting in a brilliant all round performance.The girls had a long and busy season and received their just reward for their committment and huge effort over the past few months. The management team of Matthew Shovlin, Brid Mackle and Claire Brady paid special thanks to the travelling supporters who were there in great numbers at the Semi Final and County Final.This support gave the team a great lift. The future looks bright for Four Masters Ladies Gaelic Football. DONEGAL LGFA: FOUR MASTERS U14s CROWNED COUNTY C CHAMPIONS was last modified: August 4th, 2014 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:2014 C ChampionsCarndonaghFootballfour mastersLadies Gaeliclast_img read more