Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community By Steven Miller – 30th July 2018 Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Scoil Mhuire Portlaoise The old Scoil Mhuire primary school building in Portlaoise has been purchased by Laois County Council from Portlaoise parish – and it will be used to as a new home for two of the county’s biggest local music groups.The school has been vacant for the last year since the new combined Holy Family school moved to a site at Aghnaharna just off the Stradbally Road.The 1.2 acre site is at the back of the old Shaws building on Main Street. It hasn’t been disclosed how much the site has been sold for.“It is proposed in the short term to use the vacant school, comprising 1,161 m2 for the purposes of providing music and performing art education to over 600 young people in the county under the direction of the Laois School of Music and Music Generation Laois,” said CEO of Laois County Council John Mulholland during his monthly report under the Corporate Affairs and Information Technology section.Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that gives young people access to high quality performance music education in their locality. Laois School of Music is the Council’s music education scheme, run alongside the Laois-Offaly Education and Training Board. Currently they are both based on Railway Street.The decision was warmly welcomed by Cllr Willie Aird as “a very good choice”“We have to have a place for Music Generation – there is 600 people using it.“It’s not appropriate for them to be moving from A to B to C and it’s not fair on the people delivering the classes either.“It’s a gem of Portlaoise and I’ve said all along that it’s not an area that could take huge development.“It’s very good news on behalf of Laois County Council and I would like to praise the CEO for his foresight.”“Members should also note that in the medium to longer term the site is of strategic importance in developing the them of ‘Fort Protector’ and in exposing further heritage assets in the centre of Portlaoise town,” added Mr Mulholland.Meanwhile, Mr Mulholland also added that preparatory work has commenced on compiling the 2019/2020 Register of Electors.SEE ALSO – Laois Labour councillor calls on Brendan Howlin to resign Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Previous articleContradictory messages surrounding Portlaoise Hospital – FlemingNext articleLaois councillors rubber-stamp decision to sell land to Glanbia Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. TAGSCllr Willie AirdLaois County CouncilLaois School of MusicMusic Generation LaoisPortlaoise Rugby Facebook Home News Council Council buy old Portlaoise primary school to use as new home for… NewsCouncil Council buy old Portlaoise primary school to use as new home for local music groups Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook
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Welcome to our Sunday Sports MATCH TRACKER of the All-Ireland Minor Football Final between Galway & Kerry, Croke Park 1pm. FULL TIME: Kerry 0-21 Galway 1-14 A Trojan effort from the Galway lads but Kerry make it 5-in-a-row – Thanks for your company – Gerry MurphyAnd, they add another from play. Kerry 0-21 Galway 1-14Games is fizzling out…Kerry have another free in…..another free? another point. Kerry 0-20 Galway 1-14Eanna McCormack comes in for Matthew Cooley60+1 Oisin Gormally pegs one back for Galway. Kerry 0-19 Galway 1-14There will be 6 minutes of added time60′ Another for the Kingdom. Kerry 0-19 Galway 1-1359′ Falvey adss another and put 2 between the sides. Kerry 0-18 Galway 1-1359′ That man Paul Walsh kicks a point. Kerry 0-17 Galway 1-1355′ Lavel again…Tomo Culhane with a lovely score. Galway 1-13 Kerry 0-16Cian Hernon comes on to the Galway team54′ Kerry back in front Begley with a point from play. Kerry 0-16 Galway 1-1253′ Paul Kelly levels it again with a fine point from play. Galway 1-12 Kerry 0-1550′ Cathal Sweeney off injured….Conor Halbart comes in47′ Begley points for Kerry, they’re back in the lead. Kerry 0-15 Galway 1-1146′ Daragh Rahilly answers straight away …level again. Galway 1-11 Kerry 0-1446′ Tomo Culhane kicks a beauty for Galway. Galway back in front. Galway 1-11 Kerry 0-13Oisin Gormally on for Aidan O’HalloranTom Culhane comes in for Daniel Cox44′ Matthew Cooley levels it again from a free. Galway 1-10 Kerry 0-13Yellow Card for Kerry’s Dan Murphy42′ Dylan Geaney puts Kerry into the lead. Kerry 0-13 Galway 1-942′ All square Rahilly points with his left foot. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1239′ Dylan Geaney dances through the Galway defence and points for Kerry. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1138′ Oisin McCormack comes on the Galway team in place of Sean Horkan38′ Cheap free given to Kerry. Paul Walsh gets the point. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-1036′ Another goal chance for Galway…saved and out for a 45. That is missed on this occasion.35′ Kerry get the opening score of part 2. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-9Yellow Card for Tony GillSECOND HALF UNDERWAYHALF TIME: GALWAY 1-9 KERRY 0-8.30+2 Killian Falvey adds another, Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-830+1 Paul Walsh tags on a point for Kerry. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-7There will be 2 minutes of added time.29′ Conor Raftery kicks his second point of the game. Galway 1-9 Kerry 0-627′ Another point for Kerry Daragh Rahilly. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-626′ Killian Falvey answers for Kerry. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-525′ Liam Judge now gets on the score sheet. Galway 1-8 Kerry 0-424′ GOALLLLL for Galway…Tony Gill finishes a brilliant Galway team score. Galway 1-7 Kerry 0-422′ Another free in for Galway. Matthew Cooley makes no mistake. Galway have score 6 points in a row. Galway 0-7 Kerry 0-421′ Matthew Cooley slots a sublime free from pout the field. Galway 0-6 Kerry 0-419′ Captain Conor Raftery puts Galway into the lead. Galway 0-5 Kerry 0-4Tom Culhane replaces Daniel Cox on the Galway team….blood sub17′ Free in for Galway…..over the bar by Matthew Cooley. All-square…Galway 0-4 Kerry 0-416′ Great chance of a goal for Galway as Eoghan Tinney tries to palms the ball into the net….saved by the Kerry goalkeeper!15′ Eoghan Tinney narrows the gap with his first of the game. Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-310′ Matthew Cooley lands a lovely point for Galway: Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-29′ Free for Kerry pointed by Paul O’Shea…that was for over 50 metres! Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-17′ Kerry’s Paul Walsh adds a third. Kerry 0-3 Galway 0-15 ‘ Another point for Kerry from play Kerry 0-2 Galway 0-1. Centre back Dan McCarthy4 Mins: Point from a 45 for Kerry from their Captain, Paul O’Shea. Galway 0-1 Kerry 0-122 seconds: Opening score for Galway Ryan Monaghan comes from the back and finishes a good team move. Galway 0-1 Kerry 0-01 pm. GAME ON!print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Donegal has had its fair share of Lotto wins recently, but it wasn’t the county’s lucky day this time around, as Ireland’s newest multi-millionaires were revealed.A large family syndicate from Naul in Dublin has come forward to claim Tuesday’s massive €175.4m EuroMillions jackpot.It was revealed today that six sisters will share the winnings. The lucky ticket was sold at Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul. A family spokesperson, who is married to one of the syndicate, said: “This is unbelievable. It will take us some time to get our heads around this win and to organise ourselves.”The win has been described as a ‘dream come true’ for the close-knit clan, who are mostly retired.The family spokesperson added: “We know this is a huge story and there is great excitement over this win.“We need time to let this news sink in and to prepare to collect our winnings. We are a normal family and we don’t want this to dramatically change our lives.” The €175M jackpot represents the biggest ever lottery win on the island of Ireland.Ireland’s newest EuroMillions winner comes forward was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
South African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel (Image: World Economic Forum)Wilma den HartighSouth African economists have commended Finance Minister Trevor Manuel for a responsible and realistic budget in a difficult economic climate, with the consensus that it will give momentum to a slowing economy.In his budget speech to parliament on Wednesday, Manuel reassured South Africans that they would not bear the full burden of the international economic downturn thanks to South Africa’s sound banking system, healthy fiscal position, credible monetary policy and appropriate foreign exchange regulations.Dr Azar Jammine, director and chief economist at Econometrix, described the budget as “sensible” in light of the economic crisis and difficulties ahead.“It exploited the economic climate we are in beautifully,” Jammine said. He said it is also positive that the greatest areas of spending are in housing, community development, education and health.The largest adjustments to spending plans go to poverty reduction. Some R25-billion will go to provincial budgets – mainly for education and health care – while R13-billion will go to social assistance grants. The school nutrition programme gets an extra R4-billion, and R2.5 billion goes to municipalities for basic services.Manuel also announced that, over the next three years, infrastructure grants to municipalities will total R67-billion, and a further R45 billion will be spent on the Breaking New Ground housing programme. Together with investment in roads and public transport, these constitute a considerable expansion of public sector spending.“These are rightly prioritised as part of our response to the current deterioration in employment and economic activity,” Manuel said.Business Unity South Africa (Busa) also endorsed the realistic message of the 2009 budget. Raymond Parsons, deputy CEO of Busa, said the budget is in line with his organisation’s view that a supportive fiscal package is necessary.“This will help cushion the negative impact of the economic downswing on growth and jobs in South Africa,” Parsons said.Busa believes that while it is important to stabilise the economy this year, it is also essential to focus on measures that will help to lay the foundations for the next economic upturn. Parsons said Busa supports the continued infrastructural spending, investment in education and improved health facilities. It also welcomes, in particular, the increase in the VAT threshold.“Small businesses play an essential role in creating job opportunities,” he said.The Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) expressed similar sentiments. It said that the budget accurately recognises the unique challenges of the current context and responds boldly to them.“The Minister of Finance’s Speech dwelt at length on the impact of the current financial crisis on the South African economy and public finances, but moved decisively to ensure that the impact would be ameliorated for South Africans,” said Idasa’s Len Verwey.The budget deficit announcement of 3.8% also attracted much attention. Manuel said that although the budget deficit will rise to 3.8% of GDP next year, debt service costs will remain moderate over the next three years (at about 2.5% of GDP).“This is possible because we have had the courage to make the right choices over the past decade,” he said.Idasa said the deficit of 3.8% is far larger than budget balances proposed in the last decade but nevertheless described it as a “bold, assertive response to the unique challenges of the present”.Busa pointed out that while the deficit-before-borrowing is a little higher than expected, it believes that the budget has been able to combine flexibility and prudence in a manner that is positive for business and consumer confidence.Jac Laubscher, Group Economist at Sanlam, said the budget is very much a response to the global financial and economic crisis. It is also mindful of the adverse impact it will have on the economy and the people of South Africa.Laubscher said that the budget shows less confidence than in recent years because of the uncertainty of when and how the crisis will end. However, he believes that the shift to a more expansionary fiscal policy will be supported by an expansionary monetary policy, together with a more competitive exchange rate. In time these should have the desired effect. He is also pleased that the budget is still focused on enhancing the long-term sustainable growth potential of South Africa.Idasa pointed out that Manuel was also right to see the roots of the present crisis less in the “impersonal workings of global financial systems” and more in the absence of an international democratic system of economic and financial governance that equitably and transparently regulates the relations between states.Clearly, international markets need positive reforms, and South Africa seems well poised to play a leading role in representing developing country interests and perspectives in debates on these reforms.As expected, the budget was not without its lighter moments. In announcing this year’s increases in “sin taxes” – duties on tobacco and alcohol products – Manuel a participant in his online Tips for Trevor campaign, which encourages members of the public to give suggestions for the budget.Manuel said: “Mr At du Plooy has written to ask, ‘Please be a little more lenient on the tax on whisky for the old folks. We have so little to enjoy, you know things that used to happen after dark, no longer happen. All we have left to enjoy is a little entertainment before supper.’“He asks for leniency, reminding me that this will ultimately be for my own benefit as well. A bottle of whisky, Mr du Plooy, goes up by R3.21.”Related articlesSA tops for budget transparency Motlanthe reassures the nation SA’s finances all in order Infrastructure development in South Africa Upbeat budget despite global gloom Useful linksSouth African National Treasury – Budget 2008 EconometrixInstitute for Democracy in South AfricaBusiness Unity South AfricaOpen Budget Initiative
As part of its ongoing focus and expansion into emerging markets, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) signed an agreement with its Ghanaian counterpart on Tuesday to provide advisory and technical consultancy services on all airport-related matters in Ghana.In a statement, Acsa said the partnership with the Ghana Airports Company would see the two working together “more closely in technical, operational, commercial and strategic business development aspects of the aviation industry”.Ghana was experiencing “phenomenal” growth in air traffic, with domestic traffic growing by more than 30% a year, while international traffic was growing by 10% a year, Acsa said.‘Catalytic partnership’The memorandum of understanding provided “a positive example of a catalytic partnership between two diverse nations to provide the required infrastructure to boost the continent’s growth”, the statement said.The Ghanian airports company is responsible for planning, developing, managing and maintaining Ghana’s airports, including Kotoka International Airport in Accra, three regional airports, as well as other airfields.Dzifa Aku Attivor, Ghana’s Minister of Transport, said Ghana’s burgeoning economy had put enormous pressure on the country’s airports, especially that of Kotoka in Accra. The upgrade of facilities was essential and this would include the building of a new terminal, she said.“We did not have to look far for a highly recommended partner to provide us with advisory services,” she said, citing Acsa’s success in showcasing Africa’s abilities through its successful airports expansion and management programme for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Expansion programmeThe partnership form part of South Africa’s strategy to drive business co-operation across the African continent, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said.“It is pleasing that Ghana has acknowledged South Africa’s eminence in the development and management of world-class airports by entering into an agreement for us to provide multidimensional assistance for their aggressive airport expansion programme,” she said.Acsa already has in place existing partnerships with GVK for the management of Mumbai International Airport in India, and with Invepar at Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Bongani Maseko, the chief executive of Acsa, said the memorandum would be a catalyst for infrastructural development that would boost the continent’s growth.“The focus on Africa remains critical to our business in order that the continent earns its deserved place as a meaningful contender in the global economy,” he said. Acsa is responsible for South Africa’s nine major airports.Source: Airports Company South Africa
The World Health Organization (WHO) mostly works to reduce the physical toll of disease. But last week it turned to another kind of harm: the insult and stigma inflicted by diseases named for people, places, and animals. Among the existing monikers that its new guidelines “for the Naming of New Human Infectious Diseases” would discourage: Ebola, swine flu, Rift Valley Fever, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and monkey pox. Instead, WHO says researchers, health officials, and journalists should use more neutral, generic terms, such as severe respiratory disease or novel neurologic syndrome.Many scientists agree that disease names can be problematic, but they aren’t sure the new rulebook is necessarily an improvement. “It will certainly lead to boring names and a lot of confusion,” predicts Linfa Wang, an expert on emerging infectious diseases at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong. “You should not take political correctness so far that in the end no one is able to distinguish these diseases,” says Christian Drosten, a virologist at the University of Bonn, Germany.Naming diseases has long been a fraught process. Badly chosen names can stigmatize people, as did gay-related immune deficiency, an early name for AIDS. They can also lead to confusion and hurt tourism and trade. The so-called swine flu, for instance, is not transmitted by pigs, but some countries still banned pork imports or slaughtered pigs after a 2009 outbreak. 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The new guidelines, released 8 May, aim to smooth the process. “The WHO had to do something to take itself out of the firing line,” Drosten says.Given that news of a new pathogen often spreads quickly, “it is important that an appropriate disease name is assigned by those who first report” the disease, WHO’s guidance notes. Following the guidelines, it adds, could “minimize unnecessary negative impact of disease names on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare, and avoid causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups.”To that end, new disease names should not include geographic locations; the names of people, occupations, animals, or food; or “terms that incite undue fear” (such as unknown, fatal, and epidemic). Instead, the names should use generic descriptions of symptoms (respiratory disease or watery diarrhea) and specific terms describing patients, epidemiology or the environment (juvenile, maternal, seasonal, summer, coastal), as well as pathogen names and arbitrary identifiers (alpha, beta, 1, 2, 3).The group that came up with these recommendations met “more than a few times” over the course of a year, says Kazuaki Miyagishima, director for food safety, zoonoses, and foodborne diseases at WHO, and a member of the panel. Among the ideas they discussed: naming diseases after Greek gods, using a system similar to the one used to name comets or alternating male and female names as is done with hurricanes.”But while naming a hurricane Katrina may not offend people, if we do it for a disease, it’s not just a hurricane for 1 week. It will make its way into the history of human suffering,” Miyagishima says.The guide is well intentioned, but goes too far, says Ian Lipkin, a virologist at Columbia University. “I don’t see how it will be helpful to eliminate names like monkey pox that provide insights into natural hosts and potential sources of infection,” he says.It could also become harder to easily distinguish diseases. For instance, under the new rules, Marburg disease (named after a city in Germany) might have been called filovirus-associated haemorrhagic fever 1, while Ebola (named after a river) might have been filovirus-associated haemorrhagic fever 2. Such bland names “lose something that is more than just quaint,” says Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Drosten adds that geographic names are sometimes justified. It was clear that MERS, for example, was associated with the Middle East. “Would it have been better if we had named it novel betacoronavirus clade C, type 1?” he asks.The new rules make for more difficult names, Miyagishima admits. “But we think we have left a fairly large area for freedom. We do not want to kill the creativity of researchers completely.”Linfa Wang knows all about the difficulty of naming diseases. Two decades ago, he named a virus and the disease it causes after Hendra, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia; he still gets angry calls from residents complaining that the name has hurt property values. These days his strategy is to “go small.” Recently, he named a new henipavirus isolated in a neighborhood called Cedar Grove simply Cedar virus.Virologists encountered other sensitivities with Norwalk virus, named for a city in Ohio. The pathogen is the only species in the genus Norovirus and usually that name is used. In 2011, however, a Japanese individual asked for a change because many people in Japan carry the surname Noro. The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses recommended using “Norwalk virus” instead.Acronyms are another good solution, says Ab Osterhaus, a virologist at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, because they keep names short (another WHO recommendation) and people often forget what the letters stand for. But even acronyms can cause controversy. In 2003, WHO officials coined SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) to describe a novel pneumonia spreading in Asia, partly to avoid a name like “Chinese flu.” SARS did not go down well in Hong Kong, however, which is officially known as Hong Kong SAR, for special administrative region.Giving new diseases a number may be the only way to avoid such issues, researchers say. There is precedent. Growing up in China in the late 1960s, Wang remembers that diseases had digits. “I was really scared of number 5 disease,” he recalls. “I don’t know why, you just really did not want to get disease number 5.”
Before leaving for Mongolia for the Women’s Asian Championships, the much talked-about topic in India was whether five-time world champion Mary Kom will cope with the challenge from the Chinese boxers.Mary Kom’s toughest rival has been China’s two-time world 51kg champion Ren Cancan, who defeated her in the semi-finals of the 2010 Asian Games. But not only did Mary Kom avenge her defeat, beating Cancan at the Asian Championships in Mongolia, her victory was also a fitting reply to her detractors who had doubted her ability to perform consistently at the top level. “People used to say I am ageing, I am short and I can’t play up to the rising standard of the women’s boxing. But I always believe in hard work, so I remained silent and worked hard on my weaknesses. This victory is a reply to all those who doubted my ability,” Mary Kom, who has won her all three Asian titles in the 46kg category, told Mail Today. “People have blamed me for killing youngsters’ chances in the camp. But I am a supporter of fair competition and I say it again that if anyone can prove she is better than me, she has to first beat me in the ring,” she said.The standard of women’s boxing, which will make its debut at the Olympics this year, is on the rise. Like a champion, who realises the changes quickly, Mary Kom understood the importance of improvement after her defeat at an Olympic test event in London last year. She changed her base from Patiala to Pune to focus harder on individual training. The mother of two worked on her defence and learned the technique of landing punches in bunches.advertisementShe said the training played a major role in her success at the Asian stage. “The decision to shift to Pune helped me the most. Since I trained alone in Pune, I could focus on my defence in a better way. Since I am short, I sparred against tall boxers in order to cope with the height problems. These two aspects help me put up an improved performance in Mongolia,” she said.With the medal, she also boosted her chances at May’s World Championships – the solitary qualifying competition for the London Olympics. “The main thing about my victory is that I achieved it in the 51kg which is an Olympic category, and beating a two-time world champion has also boosted my confidence. I want to cash in on the momentum at the World Championships since playing and winning at the Olympics is my ultimate goal,” she said.
The Indian Navy has invited job applications from unmarried male candidates for the post of Sailor under sports quota (02/2014 batch) in various disciplines. Interested and eligible candidates have to send their applications by April 30, 2014.The candidates will initially be recruited for 15 years, subject to successful completion of the training.Vacancy details:1. SailorStipend: Rs 5,700 per month (during training period)Pay Scale: Pay band of Rs 5,200-20,200 with grade pay of Rs 2,000 + MSP of Rs 2,000 + DA (on completion of training)a. Direct Entry Petty OfficerThe age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 22 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 12 examination or equivalent examination in any stream.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level team games at junior/senior level or represented a university in Inter-University tournament or he should have attained minimum 6th position in Senior National / 3rd position in Junior National / 3rd position in Inter-University meets in individual events.b. Senior Secondary Recruitment (SSR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 12 examination or equivalent examination in any stream.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level at junior/senior level or he must have represented a university in an Inter-University tournament.c. Matric Recruits (MR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 10 examination or equivalent examination.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level tournaments.(Selected candidates will be enrolled as Cooks/Stewards)advertisementd. Non Matric Recruits (NMR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 6 examination or equivalent examination.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level tournaments.(Selected candidates will be enrolled as Sanitary Hygienist)Selection procedure: The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the trials and the prescribed medical examination to be conducted at INS Hamla, Mumbai.How to apply: Interested and eligible candidates can obtain the application forms from the official website: http://www.nausena-bharti.nic.in/sailor_entry.phpThey need to send their applications along with a recent colour passport size photograph (with blue background) with their name and signature on the reverse side by ordinary post to: The Secretary, Indian Navy Sports Control Board, 7th Floor, Chankya Bhavan, Integrated Headquarters, MoD (NAVY), New Delhi- 110021.The envelope (brown) containing the application should be superscribed with: The type of entry, sports discipline with achievements.Note: Each candidate is required to send only one application.Important dates:Last date for receipt of applications at the office: April 30, 2014May 7, 2014 (for candidates from the states of North-East, Sikkim, J&K, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Minicoy Island)