UN-BEE-LIEVABLE! SWARM SENDS SHOPPERS RUNNING FOR COVER

first_imgShoppers couldn’t BEE-lieve their eyes when a swarm of honey bees gathered outside a busy supermarket.An estimated 40,000 of the Black Irish honey bees decided to make their home outside Lafferty’s Supermarket in the village of Creeslough.The shop, which is normally buzzing, was left almost empty for more than four hours before help was called to get rid of the bees. Danny Martin Lafferty, owner of Lafferty’s Supermarket, said the bees definitely took the sting out of his afternoon trade!“I looked outside and I could see people waving their arms outside. It looked like it was snowing for a while.“Then I looked closer and I could see this cloud of bees. Needless to say a lot of people were afraid to come near the shop for the afternoon while they were here,” he said.Nobody knows why the bees chose the entrance above the supermarket to gather but amazingly not one person was stung. Danny called a local bee-keeper who arrived with the necessary equipment to get rid of the swarm.The man managed to sweep the Queen Bee into a holding box before transporting it away.The bee-keeper, who asked not to be named, said he gets dozens of calls from people asking him to remove wasps and other insects each summer.“I’m a bee-keeper and I would only remove honey bees. There must be up to 40 different types of bees and wasps.“If people come across wasps or other insects then they would be better calling a pest control company. “There is still a perception out that that bees sting but it rarely happens. Most bees are so full of honey that they wouldn’t have the energy to muster a sting,” he said.Meanwhile supermarket owner Danny Martin Lafferty said the only visible remains of the unBEElieavable drama were a few trampled creatures.“That’s bees and not customers,” laughed Danny Martin.UN-BEE-LIEVABLE! SWARM SENDS SHOPPERS RUNNING FOR COVER was last modified: July 14th, 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:beesCreesloughDanny MartinLafferty’s Supermarketswarmlast_img read more

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Asian block of nations behind Anil Khanna for ITF presidency

first_imgAll India Tennis Association president Anil Khanna has the support from the Asian block of nations as he contests the International Tennis Federation election for the post of president in Santiago, Chile, on Friday.There are three other candidates in fray: David Haggerty (USA), Juan Margets Lobato (Spain) and Rene Stammbach (Switzerland).Francesco Ricci Bitti is stepping down after a 16-year term and there is a buzz in tennis circles that an Asian candidate has a realistic chance. Khanna has been a board member of the ITF and also done a lot for integrating the Asian tennis fraternity. He has often talked of how the men’s professional tour (ATP) events are heavily concentrated in Europe and Asia has taken a backseat.For a country which does not have a single player in the top 100 in singles ranking (men or women), it may appear strange that an Indian candidate is in fray for the ITF top job. However, Khanna has brought to India two Challengers, 15 Futures events and 14 women’s events carrying a total prize money of $4,95,000.He has also ensured there are an adequate number of events for juniors under the ITF banner.When Khanna spoke to the media last week he said: “I wouldn’t be contesting the election if I did not have a chance of winning.”There is no doubting American candidate David Haggerty is popular, but with two candidates from Europe contesting, votes will be split. Then again, outgoing president Ricci Bitti is also from Europe – Italy.advertisementIn all, 145 nations have voting rights at the annual general meeting where a lot of lobbying takes place. The president and 13 other members to be elected alongside will be in office for a four-year period from 2015 to 2019. There are 37 Asian countries with voting rights.There will be a first-round elimination for the president’s post and the remaining two will be involved in a straight shootout. It is no secret that the ITF, with its headquarters in London, has been dominated by the European countries. For an Asian to be considered as a candidate with a chance as good as the other three should not be a matter of surprise.After all, when late Jagmohan Dalmiya stormed world cricket’s bastion (ICC) and became president, it was seen as the start of a revolution. N. Srinivasan followed suit and it has opened up a window of opportunities for Indian sports administrators.For the record, his brother N. Ramachandran heads the world squash body.last_img read more

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