Women’s Soccer Earns Team Academic Success Award

first_img“It’s always been important to our program to earn good grades,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “It’s apparent that our players want to maximize their academic experience, take advantage of the opportunity to work with professors here at Drake, and open doors for themselves in the future.” KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the 17th year in a row, the Drake University women’s soccer team earned the United Soccer Coaches College Women’s Team Academic Award recognizing outstanding success in the classroom. Senior midfielder Vanessa Kavan earned the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award on Sept. 26 as a result of her commitment on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img To qualify for the award, teams must maintain a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better.last_img read more

ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL BRAWL IN DONEGAL PUB LANDS WOMAN IN COURT

first_imgA NUMBER of women argued and fought in a pub after watching Donegal win last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, a court has heard.The incident took place on August 26 last year as patrons of the Shamrock Bar in Ballybofey watched the game.Before Letterkenny District Court today Clarissa Cairns, from Townparks, Convoy, pleaded guilty to assault, being threatening and abusive in a public place and being drunk in a public place. Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that the entire incident was captured on CCTV images in the pub and involved a row between several women.He said the footage showed 19-year-old Cairns dancing in the vicinity of two other women on the dance floor of the pub.Cairns could then be seen running out to the smoking area of the bar where the offence took place.“The camera captures the defendant arguing with another female and a row develops. Miss Cairns is involved in that row,” said Inspector Harrison.“It involves a whole pile of girls fighting with each other; it seems to go on for quite a while,” he said.Defence solicitor Donagh Cleary said Ms Cairns made a statement to Gardai saying she was very drunk on the evening in question and later apologised to all concerned.“She apologised for stuff she wasn’t certain she did do,” said Mr Cleary.Inspector Harrison added: “There was a huge amount of alcohol taken.”Mr Cleary said his client deeply regretted the incident.She was hoping to embark on a career in healthcare and had just returned from a holiday in Seville, Spain, run by the Wider Horizons Project.Judge Paul Kelly said he would give Cairns “an opportunity” as this was her first offence.He told Cairns: “When you take part in this sort of behaviour you will find it difficult to travel to other countries in future.”He ordered her to make a €150 donation to charity.The Shamrock Bar has since closed.ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL BRAWL IN DONEGAL PUB LANDS WOMAN IN COURT was last modified: September 9th, 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:All-Ireland semi-finalbrawlcastlefinndonegalShamrock Barlast_img read more

DANIEL IS NAMED PATRON FOR RELAY FOR LIFE 2014

first_imgThe Relay for Life 2014 committee. Pic by Clive Wasson.The Relay for Life Donegal 2014 has received the perfect start after Daniel O’Donnell was named the patron of the event.The committee held their official launch and information evening on Monday the 13th January in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.The response from those that attended was extremely welcoming and encouraging for the committee. A number of individuals that couldn’t attend the meeting have since registered teams. Some well-known faces at the Relay for LIfe launch. Pic by Clive Wasson.Relay’s Chairperson, Robert O Connor, was delighted to share the fabulous news that Daniel would be patron for Relay for Life Donegal 2014.If you missed the information evening and would like to find out more, visit the Relay for Life Donegal website on www.relayforlifedonegal.com.If you’d like to register a team contact Nicola McBride or any team member or alternatively send an email to relayforlifedonegalapplications@yahoo.comDANIEL IS NAMED PATRON FOR RELAY FOR LIFE 2014 was last modified: January 17th, 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:daniel o’donnellRelay for LIfe 2014last_img read more

MAN TRIED TO HEADBUTT BOUNCER OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB

first_imgA Letterkenny man who attempted to head-butt a nightclub bouncer after he was removed from the premises has been fined €150.Paul Brogan, from 5 Binnion Avenue, appeared in court charged with assault outside Voodoo Nightclub on September 14th last.The court heard that Brogan, 47, had 19 previous convictions for various offenses including intoxication and using threatening and abusive behaviour. On the night of the offense, Gardai arrived to find Brogan being restrained by nightclub security staff.At one stage he lunged and tried to headbutt a member of the security team but did not connect, according to Garda Inspector David Kelly.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had been under pressure from the sale of his family home which he said had put him “over the edge.”He added that Brogan had no real memory of what had happened and had apologised to staff and the Gardai.He is an electrician but had found it difficult to get work during the recession.Judge Paul Kelly fined Brogan €150.MAN TRIED TO HEADBUTT BOUNCER OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB was last modified: October 7th, 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:assaultcourtdonegalletterkennynightclubPaul Broganlast_img read more

HUGE TURN-OUT AS DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICES PRESENTS ITS ‘OSCARS’

first_imgYoung people, parents and youth club leaders gathered in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny for the annual celebration evening hosted by Donegal Youth Service.DYS Young Person of the Year Winner Kevin CarterThe highly energetic event is reflective of the dynamic service that works with over 5000 young people all over Co Donegal and supports almost 500 adult volunteers.The event is an opportunity to showcase the great work of the service and the diversity of work which takes place within Donegal Youth Service projects and youth clubs throughout the county. Performers on the night included Castlefinn Drummers, Ronan Friel, Dancers from Cockhill Youth Club and The World wide voices group.Special DYS recognition awards were given for Youth Initiative, Volunteer of the year, young person of the year and Youth Club of the year.The first award presented on the evening was the Youth Initiative Award, an award which recognises the projects developed by young people within Donegal Youth Service. The winner was the Youth Café Committee from Club Oige Criost Ri – a group of young people who work with adult volunteers in the planning developing and creation of a new youth café space for their peers.Volunteer Awards Donegal Youth Service has over 500 volunteers currently working with youth clubs and other DYS projects. There two volunteer awards presented on the night;The Youth Project Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Lorraine Daly who has volunteered in the Daybreak Project for 5 years and has provided invaluable support to young people to return to education.The Youth Club Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Eamonn Mc Connell who is a founding member of the Castlefinn Youth Club and has been instrumental in the success of the Youth Club and the acquisition of the new youth café.Young Person of the YearThe Young Person of the Year Award is presented annually to recognise the young people who triumphed over adversity, dedicated themselves to participation, social enterprise, volunteering and altruism. The 2014 winner is Kevin Carter from The BreakOut project for LGBT Young People. Kevin has invested his time and energy to support other young LGBT who are struggling with issues such as ‘Coming Out’. Kevin has now become a dynamic activist and advocate for the LGBT community and a young man who is a force to be reckoned with. Special RecognitionThis year, Donegal Youth Service initiated a Special Recognition Award reserved for those who go above and beyond the call of duty for the organisation. The recipients of this award in 2014 are Aisling Ni Fhearraigh and Sinead Nic Phaidin (Club Oige Chriost Ri) who have been instrumental in getting the girls in the club to become more physically active through their persistence, encouragement and showing leadership to others.All Ireland RecognitionThe Board of Directors of DYS gave a token of appreciation was presented to the young people who represented their club and Donegal Youth Service at the Youth Work Ireland All-Ireland finals in Youth Games and Youth Factor in Tralee. Donegal was well represented at the finals with Castlefinn Yc, Cockhill YC, Chriost Ri, Fanad YC and The LOFT all making the journey to represent their county. Following this year’s Youth Sport and Youth Factor National Finals, Youth Work Ireland decided to award the “Fair Play” award to the club who demonstrated sportsmanship and positive attitudes to all things youth work during the All Ireland Games and Youth Factor. This award is presented to just one club nationally and Donegal Youth Service were delighted to be in a position to present the prize to Chriost R for their commitment to showing support for their fellow Donegal Youth Clubs at the All Ireland event in June.Youth Club of the YearThe final presentation of the evening was the DYS Youth Club of the Year award, which Planet Youth and Chriost Ri shared the winners prize . This award is presented to the club which participates in the most DYS activities, events and training.The night concluded with a global cabaret performance by the World Voices Group. In closing the evening, the Regional Director of Donegal Youth Service, Lorraine Thompson, commended the work of all the young people involved in the evening. She noted that despite difficult times for the county, there is great vibrancy and dedication among the young people and volunteers and commented that “this is why we do this work”.HUGE TURN-OUT AS DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICES PRESENTS ITS ‘OSCARS’ was last modified: October 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:donegalDOnegal Youth Serviceslast_img read more

‘SUPER HUMAN’ MAN IN PRAMERICA ATTACK FOUND NOT GUILTY DUE TO INSANITY

first_imgTheo Boake pictured laving court. PIc copyright of Northwest Newspix.A man with ‘super human’ strength who had to be restrained by seven Gardai after going berserk has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.Theo Boakye broke into a technology company and attacked its €300,000 server system with a fire extinguisher. The 24 year old student later escaped Garda custody and was involved in a confrontation with several Gardai in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.However, Gardai said Boakye had incredible strength and did not react to being pepper-sprayed or being struck with batons.Boakye, described by his barrister Peter Nolan as a ‘courteous and gentle young man’, had suffered a psychotic episode on November 3rd and 4th, 2013, Letterkenny District Court was told.A jury were shown terrifying CCTV footage of Boakye jumping through a reinforced wire glass pane before going on to attack servers with a fire extinguisher.The following day Gardai were called when Boakye went berserk in a phone shop in Letterkenny when his debit card would not work.He had tried to pay for €1,700 worth of goods including smart phones on his debit card at the Carphone Warehouse shop but it was declined several times.He then smashed the machine by punching it and the manager of the store called the Gardai.When Gardai arrived, Boakye, of 76 Ballymaccol Woods, Letterkenny, reacted violently and had to be forcefully arrested.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station but escaped while being brought to hospital.Gardai Damian Mulkearns said the prisoner had ‘super-human’ strength while his colleague Garda Marcus O’Dowd said pepper spray or batons simply did not work on Boakye.Consultant psychiatrist Dr Dermot Ward said he discovered that Boakye had suffered from acute psychotic episodes during which he felt paranoid but also felt he may have special powers.He said this particular type of mental illness was more common in people from “the African race.”He added that most likely Boakye would not even have know he was committing such crimes.He added that he found Boakye to be a personable young man and that if he stayed on his medication, he was very unlikely to encounter another similar psychotic episode.The jury took a half hour to find Boakye not guilty by reason of insanity of all seven charges including assault, causing criminal damage and escaping Garda custody.Judge John O’Hagan described the case as most unusual and said that in his seventeen years as a Judge it was only the second time he had come across a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict.He discharged Boakye on the condition that he continues to attend for psychiatric check-ups, takes his medication and that he stays away from alcohol and drugs.‘SUPER HUMAN’ MAN IN PRAMERICA ATTACK FOUND NOT GUILTY DUE TO INSANITY was last modified: February 7th, 2015 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:INSANITYnot guiltypramericaTheo Boakyelast_img read more

HURLING: DONEGAL MINORS PIPPED BY ARMAGH IN HARD-FOUGHT ENCOUNTER

first_imgDonegal finished their Ulster League campaign today with a disappointing defeat at home to Armagh, this was a game Donegal should have won. They began brightly with a goal from Tom Clare, Armagh replied with a goal from Sean Mc Cabe. Donegal were well on top but couldn’t score and had a number of bad wides, Kyle Mc Grath and Jamie de Ward got a point apiece, before Armagh’s sharp shooter Mc Cabe completed his hat trick with a brace of goals in a three minute spell before half time. Donegal completed the first half scoring with a point from Oisin Rooney. Half time score Armagh 3.0 Donegal 1.3.Donegal began the second half brightly and had 1.3 on the board before Armagh got their first score of the game. Donegal were 2 points ahead when disaster struck in the form of an Armagh goal followed quickly by a brace of points for the Orchard men. Donegal fought to the end and a goal at the death by Cathal Doherty gave them hope but unfortunately they ran out of time.Final score Armagh 4.6 Donegal 3.7Scorers Aaron Mc Cauley 1.1, Tom Clare 1.0, Cathal Doherty 1.0, Jamie de Ward 0.2, Oisin Rooney 0.2, Kyle Mc Grath 0.1 and Sam Doherty 0.1HURLING: DONEGAL MINORS PIPPED BY ARMAGH IN HARD-FOUGHT ENCOUNTER was last modified: April 5th, 2015 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:armaghdonegalhurlersMinorlast_img read more

WOMAN LEFT TERRIFIED AFTER BAG SNATCH ATTEMPT

first_imgA young woman was left terrified after an attempted bag snatch in Letterkenny last night.The woman was terrified after the attempted bag snatch. Pic posed by models.The shocking incited happened just after 8pm in the Larkin’s Lane area of Lower Main Street.An eye-witness told Donegal Daily that he saw man approaching a woman from behind and then attempt to snatch her bag.The man got the bag but the woman began to scream in terror.The man ran towards Pearse Road but dropped the bag and did not get anything out of it.He escaped towards Century Cinemas and the general shopping area.There was a lot of people in the area as the popular Inter-firms 5K race had just taken place.The eye-witness told us “It was shocking to see this especially with so many people around because of the race which had just taken place.“He had some check on him. The woman was left terrified and she was screaming for ages. At least she go her bag back though.“You hear of bag snatches in places like Dublin but you rarely had of it in Donegal.“It was shocking to actually se it happening.”WOMAN LEFT TERRIFIED AFTER BAG SNATCH ATTEMPT was last modified: May 20th, 2015 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)last_img read more

GAA SFC QUARTER FINAL: MICHAELS BRUSH ASIDE MALIN TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT

first_imgThe men from St Michael’s have booked their championship semi-final berth with ease after easily overcoming the men from Malin at O’Donnell Park this afternoon.Colm McFaddenIn the end, the Creeslough side had a whopping 16 points to spare over an Inishowen outfit who were never really allowed to get into the game which finished on a scoreline of 3-15 to 1-05.Early goals by Andrew Kelly and Ciaran Gallgher had finished this game as a contest long before referee Seamus McGonagle blew even the half-time whistle. Many sensed that Malin might put it up to Michaels after dumping Gaoth Dobhair out of the competition but on the day they were no match for their opponents.Kelly, who was voted man of the match, also grabbed St Michaels third goal in the 55th minute from the penalty spot when Daniel McLaughlin was pulled down as he was going through on goal.Scores from no less than eleven different St Michaels’ men showed the authority which they stamped on this game.Many of the Creeslough team’s bigger players such as Martin McElhinney, Colm McFadden and Christy Toye all stood up to the plate to do their bit. As well s McFadden and Toye, others including Liam Paul Ferry, Michael Langan, Michael Cannon, Lee Carr and even the evergreen Brian McLaughlin got on the scoresheet.Paul McLaughlin scored a late gol for Malin but it was merely a consolation score in name and nature.There was no question it was Michaels day but it was just a question of by what margin.Declan Bonner, brought in to assist the St Michaels club in their surge for championship glory, knows it won’t be as easy the next day out.GAA SFC QUARTER FINAL: MICHAELS BRUSH ASIDE MALIN TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT was last modified: September 13th, 2015 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:CreesloughMalinSt Michaelslast_img read more

Secondary school teachers announce strike dates

first_imgThe Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) have announced seven strike dates, beginning on October the 27th, effective in over half of Ireland’s secondary schools.80% of ASTI members have voted in favour of strike action over the pay of recently qualified teachers.The strikes will disrupt the mid-term break, meaning students may have a longer midterm break than usual. ASTI President Ed Byrne said; “Recently qualified teachers spend five to six years training, including obtaining the required Master’s qualification for teaching at second-level. They are then expected to teach alongside colleagues who have completely different pay arrangements for their entire careers.”“The sense of injustice amongst all teachers is palpable. ASTI members are committed to achieving equal pay for equal work for all teachers.”“ASTI members’ democratic decision to reject the Lansdowne Road Agreement was met with an extreme and hostile reaction by the Government, including targeting young teachers’ access to job security.”“Teachers are reluctant to take industrial action or to interrupt the running of schools in anyway. However, we have flagged our serious issues well in advance and remain available and committed to a resolution through talks without pre-conditions.” The dates of the proposed strikes are as follows;Thursday, October 27thTuesday, November 8thWednesday, November 16thThursday, November 24thTuesday, November 29thTuesday, December 6thWednesday, December 7th Secondary school teachers announce strike dates was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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

Vacancy: Letterkenny bar seeks full-time bar manager

first_imgA bar in the Letterkenny area is seeking a full-time bar manager.The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years experience and will have a full knowledge of the bar industry.Please send all CVs to admin@donegaldaily.com Vacancy: Letterkenny bar seeks full-time bar manager was last modified: November 18th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Malaysia stun Canada

first_imgCRICKET. Canada finally came across a side that had the formula to take them apart and as surprising as cricket results get after posting two scores below 130 Malaysia turned out to be nightmares.The highest partnership in the Canada innings was 38 for the third wicket by Daliwal 19(37) and D. Pathirana 28(64) after openers Adhihetty 13(24) and Nitish Kumar 11(15) had gone early to opening bowlers Linayage and Wafiq.Canada Captain Nitish Kumar conceded but said the defeat was a lesson.“I Thought Today was a pretty tough day; We didn’t play well in any facet of the game, both batting and bowling, just need to get that out of the way, learn something, we’d have liked to win the game but it’s part of the game, tomorrow come back strong, improve on batting and bowling,” Kumar said.Pavandeep Singh run out the dangerous looking Pathirana and trapped Junaid Siqqiqui to shake up the Canadian middle order. His brother Virandeep saw off the dangerous Cheema to leave Canada with a major rebuilding job to do at 95/7.Saad Bin Zafar 16(49) and Nikhil Dhutta 30(60) fought back grafting a useful 44 for the eighth wicket to carry Canada past 100 and into the 130s but Malaysia finished the job when Khizar Hayat picked Dutta and Virandeep had Saad Zafar stumped. Canada eventually went all-out for a measly 141, their lowest in four games at the tournament.Malaysia Captain Ahmed Faiz said: “We beat a top team, Canada, this is a start for us. We are very happy, hopefully tomorrow will be the best for us and we can win again.”Malaysia chipped away 19 runs in the short batting session before lunch break, for the price of one wicket but with Ahmed beginning to look like the well-groomed batsman that he is and the dangerous Arudin to attack after lunch, Malaysia always had the age chasing a sub 150 score.After the Lunch break, Anwar Arudin 48(77) was expected to counter attack and he came after Canada’s bowlers with obvious intent, scoring four boundaries and two sixes. His second wicket partnership with Faiz was worth 72 at a comfortable four runs per over.When Nitish Kumar had Arudin caught behind, Malaysia needed 60, but lost key batsman Virandeep Singh early.Faiz 49 (90) remained the lynchpin of the run chase and helped guide Malaysia home for a huge scalp in the tournament; putting on 56 for the fourth wicket with Shafiq Sharif 22(42) to guide Malaysia home.Commentslast_img read more

Arsenal hope to put FA Cup heartbreak behind them when Premier League returns

first_img Tags: premier league Arsenal vs Cardiff CityEmirates Stadium, LondonTuesday, 29-01-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Mike DeanThings are not going well currently at the Emirates. Unai Emery’s side are struggling in the League and coming off a 3-1 home defeat against Man United in the FA Cup. With the League title looking out of sight for the Gunners, only a top four finish can save their season. With United hot on their heels, they know that there is no room for error against Cardiff on Tuesday evening.Arsenal expect to be without Sokratis for at least a fortnight because of an ankle problem sustained during Friday’s FA Cup defeat. Fellow central defender Laurent Koscielny bruised his jaw in that tie and is also likely to miss out.Cardiff manager Neil Warnock must decide which players are in the right frame of mind to be involved following the disappearance of Emiliano Sala. Sean Morrison remains out following an appendicitis operation.Arsenal are unbeaten in 14 competitive meetings, winning all three of their Premier League fixtures against Cardiff. The Bluebirds have lost their last six away games against Arsenal in all competitions. Cardiff’s only two top-flight victories in this fixture both came in the 1960-61 season. The Gunners have won five successive Premier League home games, and are unbeaten in their past 11 at the Emirates Stadium (W9, D2). Arsenal have won 32 and drawn one of their 33 home matches against sides in the relegation zone since a defeat by West Ham in April 2007. They are also undefeated in their 23 most recent league encounters at the Emirates against promoted sides, winning 20 and keeping 14 clean sheets. Arsenal could keep consecutive Premier League clean sheets for only the second time this season.Fulham vs BrightonCraven Cottage, LondonTuesday, 29-01-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Lee ProbertFulham have no fresh injury concerns but Aboubakar Kamara remains suspended indefinitely by the club following an incident at the training ground. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has returned to training after injury but will not feature on Tuesday.Brighton’s first-choice goalkeeper Mat Ryan is available for the first time since Boxing Day after returning from the Asian Cup. Defender Leon Balogun has overcome the illness that ruled him out on Saturday.Fulham are winless in the past six meetings, ending a five-match losing streak against Brighton with a 2-2 draw in September’s reverse fixture. Brighton have won three successive league games at Craven Cottage, scoring twice each time.Huddersfield vs EvertonThe John Smith Stadium, West YorkshireTuesday, 29-01-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Scott AttwellJan Siewert’s first match as Huddersfield Town’s head coach could coincide with the return of key midfielder Aaron Mooy after seven weeks out with a knee ligament injury. Abdelhamid Sabiri is also back in training but the game comes too soon for Philip Billing and Danny Williams.Everton remain without Phil Jagielka, while Yerry Mina is a major doubt because of a foot problem. Idrissa Gueye is expected to play after the club turned down a bid from PSG.Huddersfield are winless in 10 attempts against Everton in all competitions since a 1-0 top-flight victory in March 1956 (D5, L5). Everton have kept a clean sheet in three of their past four top-flight meetings with Huddersfield.Wolves vs West HamMolinuex Stadium, West MidlandsTuesday, 29-01-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Dean CooteWolves defender Willy Boly serves the final game of a three-match ban. They made six changes at Shrewsbury and will recall key players such as Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez and Rui Patricio.Marko Arnautovic could make his first West Ham appearance since 12 January after signing a new contract, ending speculation he may leave this month. The fit-again Ryan Fredericks could play his first league game for over two months, but Lucas Perez is ruled out after hurting his ankle on Saturday. The Hammers made six changes for their FA Cup defeat against AFC Wimbledon and regular starters such as Lukasz Fabianski, Declan Rice and Felipe Anderson are likely to return.Wolves won 1-0 at the London Stadium in September, but they have not beaten West Ham in a top-flight game at Molineux since a 2-1 victory in May 1982. These sides have contested 59 league games over the last 99 years – but a Wolves win would complete the double over the Hammers for the first time.Man United vs BurnelyOld Trafford, ManchesterTuesday, 29-01-2019 @11pmReferee: Jonathan MossMan United are flying at the moment, winning all their last 7 games ever since Ole Gunner Solksjear took over. Coming off a magnificent 3-1 win away to Arsenal in the FA Cup, they will be confident they can continue their push for a top 4 finish when they host a Burnely side that has not defeated them at Old Trafford since 1962.Chris Smalling is back in contention for Manchester United after recovering from a foot problem that has kept him sidelined since 8 December. Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini remain out, while David de Gea will return after being rested at Arsenal.Robbie Brady is doubtful for Burnley after being forced off against Manchester City with a groin problem. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Phil Bardsley face late fitness tests ahead of Tuesday’s match. The Clarets made seven changes for Saturday’s FA Cup defeat and will recall a number of key of players to the starting line-up.Manchester United are unbeaten in 19 home games against Burnley in all competitions since a 5-2 defeat in the top flight in September 1962. The Clarets have drawn their last two matches at Old Trafford (0-0 in 2016 and 2-2 in 2017), with only a stoppage-time equaliser from Jesse Lingard denying them victory there last season. Home and away, Burnley have registered just one victory in the past 26 meetings (D10, L15).  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can become the first manager to begin his reign at a club with seven successive Premier League victories. He is currently level on six wins with Pep Guardiola (at Manchester City in 2016) and Carlo Ancelotti (with Chelsea in 2009). Manchester United have been awarded seven Premier League penalties this season, more than any other side – while opponents Burnley are one of two clubs yet to be given a spot-kick (along with Huddersfield).Newcastle vs Man CitySt. James Park, NewcastleTuesday, 29-01-2019 @11pmReferee: Paul TierneyMan City are currently enjoying their best run of form this season, winning all of their last 8 games in all competitions and scoring 33 goals in the process. With Liverpool still 4 points clear at the top of the League, Pep Guardiola’s side can’t afford to slip up if they are to retain the title they won last season. Against Newcastle, they come up against a side that sits only two points off relegation despite defeating Cardiff City 3-0 in their last League game.Newcastle made seven changes for Saturday’s FA Cup defeat by Watford and will recall a number of key players, including top scorer Salomon Rondon. Fellow forward Joselu is out with a sprained ankle, while midfielders Mohamed Diame, Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yueng are also sidelined.Manchester City will monitor left-back Benjamin Mendy. He missed City’s last game after complaining of a swollen knee following his comeback from injury at Burton. Vincent Kompany is again unavailable because of a muscle problem that has ruled him out of the last six matches. City made four changes for Saturday’s FA Cup win against Burnley, and players such as David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte are likely to return to the starting line-up.Newcastle are winless in their last 22 Premier League games against Manchester City (D3, L19). It is both the Magpies’ longest winless run and City’s longest unbeaten streak against a particular top-flight opponent. The Magpies’ last league win against City came on 24 September 2005, with Michael Owen scoring the only goal at St James’ Park. Newcastle did, however, win a League Cup game at the Etihad Stadium in October 2014.AFC Bournemouth vs ChelseaVitality Stadium, DorsetWednesday, 30-01-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Roger EastNine wins, three draws and 11 defeats – that is how Bournemouth have performed in the Premier League this season. A total of 30 points has left them in 12th position, level on points with 11th-placed Everton. The Cherries are only three points off the top seven, meanwhile, and despite some poor results in recent weeks, are 11 points clear of the relegation zone with 15 matches of the 2018-19 campaign left. Bournemouth’s 3-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion in the third round of the FA Cup means that they had a free weekend ahead of the clash with Chelsea, which head coach Eddie Howe would have certainly welcomed.Chelsea will enter Wednesday’s clash with Bournemouth off the back of a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday evening. It was vital that the Blues returned to winning ways following the defeat at Arsenal on January 19 and a certain Gonzalo Higuain made his debut against the Championship side. Higuain has been brought in to score the goals that Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have lacked this season. The Argentine certainly has the credentials to be a success, but he needs to hit the ground running.Wednesday will be the 15th meeting between Bournemouth and Chelsea in all competitions. Chelsea have won 11 of the previous 14, while there has never been a draw between the two teams.Their last meeting at the Vitality Stadium ended in a 1-0 Chelsea win in December 2017 and Bournemouth have not actually overcome the Blues on home soil since September 1988.Southampton vs Crystal PalaceSt. Mary’s Stadium, HampshireWednesday, 30-01-2019 @10:45pmReferee: Andre MarrinerCrystal Palace travel to St Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday evening to take on Southampton for this exciting midweek clash.? Palace head into the match on the back of an emphatic victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup on Sunday. Roy Hodgson’s men scored twice in the first half to push aside Spurs and put their name in the hat for the next round.Southampton had a full week of rest during the FA Cup action, as the Saints were knocked out of the cup to Derby following a replay penalty shootout loss at St Mary’s. Despite missing the cup weekend their league form has been rejuvenated under Ralph Hassenhüttl, winning their past two games. The pair sit level on points in 14th and 15th place in the Premier League respectively as both clubs look to steer clear away from the relegation zone with an important win this weekend.Southampton welcomed back ?Danny Ings in their last Premier League fixture against Everton and could see Ryan Bertrand back in the squad on Wednesday. Bertrand has been out since late November and could return for the visit of Crystal Palace. Maya Yoshida continues to be absent as Japan reached the semi-final stage of the Asian Cup; Mario Lemina also remains sidelined for the Saints.Crystal Palace recently signed young Brazilian goalkeeper Lucas Perri on loan from Sao Paolo in order to recover from their goalkeeping dilemma. Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey both suffered injuries early this month leaving veteran Julian Speroni to return between the sticks. Pape Souaré will also miss out due to a shoulder injury.Southampton have had the better of the Eagles out their 107 meetings, winning 46 times and drawing 22. Their recent fixtures has seen varied results with both sides taking their share of the three points. The last stalemate between the sides came in February 2008. The reverse fixture this season saw a thrilling 2-0 win for Southampton at Selhurst Park. Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg both got on the score sheet in the second half to give Southampton the three points. That game however sparked a 12 game run without a win in the league for the Saints. Southampton also got the better of Wednesday’s opponents in the league cup when they also beat Palace by a 2-0 scoreline.Liverpool vs Leicester CityAnfield Stadium, LiverpoolWednesday, 30-01-2019 @11pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonWhile title rivals Manchester City were taking on Burton Albion in the EFL Cup and Burnley in the FA Cup, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp took his players to Dubai for some warm-weather training. The Reds headed into their winter break of sorts with a number of injury issues, which will not have fully cleared up for this return to top-flight action. Despite being knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month, though, and losing some key men to injuries, Liverpool have won back-to-back league matches to remain clear of Man City at the top. Since losing 2-1 to the champions, reducing the gap at the top from seven points to four, Klopp’s men have edged out Brighton 1-0 at the Amex Stadium – Mohamed Salah scoring a contentious penalty to settle that one – and defeated Palace 4-3 at Anfield. That thriller on January 19 gave Liverpool another chance to show their true character, as they battled back from a goal down and then 2-2 to pick up three points for the 19th time this season. The win over Palace also extended the Reds’ unbeaten run at Anfield to 32 matches in the Premier League – the longest such run in the division since Man City went 37 games without defeat between December 2010 and December 2012. Liverpool are also unbeaten in their last 19 home midweek games in the Premier League (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), winning 13 of those and drawing six since a 1-0 loss vs. Fulham in May 2012.Claude Puel never seems to be more than a couple of games away from being sacked, and three losses on the spin – including a shock FA Cup exit at Newport County – seemingly leaves him on the brink of exiting the King Power Stadium. Reports suggest that Leicester intend to push ahead with their transfer business over the remaining few days of the winter window, with Monaco’s Youri Tielemans a possible target, but Puel is surely now living on borrowed time. As well as losing to League Two side Newport at the third-round stage of the FA Cup – a decision that did not go down well with supporters due to a second-string XI being fielded – City have also lost to Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league.Dejan Lovren has returned to full training for Liverpool since the Palace win but may not be eased back into action, leaving Joel Matip as the obvious choice to fit in alongside key man Van Dijk if that is the case. Klopp still has a problem at right-back, though, as Alexander-Anorld is not over a knee issue, the versatile Joe Gomes is struggling with an ankle injury and makeshift defender James Milner is suspended. Fabinho himself able to slot into different positions, is therefore likely to start at right-back, and Georginio Wijnaldum should be available again after recently picking up a knee injury.Leicester will wait until the last minute before making a decision on Harry Maguire, meanwhile, with the centre-back limping off against Wolves in City’s most recent match. Daniel Amartey will definitely feature, but Puel does at least have options further up the field as Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray are pushing for inclusion. One man expected to start is Jamie Vardy, who has scored seven goals against Liverpool – only Andy Cole (11) and Thierry Henry (8) have managed more.Liverpool have won their last three league games against Leicester – they last won four in a row against them between February 1987 and September 1986. City have lost six of their last seven away games against the Reds in the Premier League, with their only win at Anfield coming in May 2000. The reverse fixture earlier this season ended 2-1 to Liverpool.Tottenham Hotspurs vs WatfordWembley Stadium, London Wednesday, 30-01-2019 @11pmReferee: Graham ScottMauricio Pochettino would have been confident of reaching a cup final and expected a lengthy run in the FA Cup at this point last week, but the Argentine now has a huge job on his hands to lift a side which has been eliminated from two competitions in quick succession. Losing out to Chelsea on penalties in the EFL Cup semi-finals would have been difficult to take, but witnessing his players produce a below-par display in the 2-0 defeat at Palace in the FA Cup may have left Pochettino with doubts about the strength of his squad. Toby Alderwiereld, Dele Ali, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane all played no part of the disappointment at Selhurst Park, but Pochettino witnessed how important those five men are to the club hitting their targets. Pochettino will be keen to avoid an over-reaction to seeing their hopes of a trophy this season left solely on the Champions League, although there needs to be an acknowledgement that Spurs are still moving no closer to achieving their long-term goals.Facing an in-form Watford side provides Spurs with their third significant test in less than a week, and it is going to take a big effort to find the energy levels and belief to grind out a result. The return of Son after international duty with South Korea is a major plus for Pochettino, but the attacker is likely to be as jaded as his teammates and the Spurs boss will not want to take any risks with a player who will take on extra responsibility in the coming weeks. However, it should still be remembered that this is a team who have still registered 12 points from their last six outings in the Premier League and for all of their recent criticism and fitness issues, results have still been recorded at an important stage of the season. Spurs may also benefit from a run of three successive home games in the top flight, but failure to defeat Watford on Wednesday will make matches with Newcastle United and Leicester City that little bit tougher.Many were surprised that Javi Garcia opted to make as many as 11 changes for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Newcastle, but the Spaniard was rewarded for showing faith in a set of players who have rarely let him down this season. Goals from Andre Gray and Isaac Success gave the club a deserved 2-0 win in the North-East, and Gracia was quick to suggest that he had a duty to provide chances to each member of his united squad at a time when the Hornets are threatening their best campaign in over 30 years. Watford have not finished in the upper half of the top-flight standings since ninth place was achieved back in 1986-87, a season which also saw the club reach the FA Cup semi-finals.Pochettino will hope to call upon Son for Wednesday’s game, but the forward will be assessed before a decision is made regarding his selection. Ben Davis, Alli and Kane remain out, but Moussa Sissoko should be in a position to return to the squad after a knee injury in order to take a place on the substitutes’ bench. Hugo Lloris will replace Paulo Gazzaniga between the sticks, while both Alderweireld and Eriksen will feature in the starting lineup having been rested at the weekend.Watford are likely to remain without Abdoulaye Doucoure, who is expected to be absent with a knee injury until at least the weekend. Gracia is expected to recall the majority – if not all – of the players who were rested at the weekend, meaning that Gray and Success could have to make do with a spot among the replacements.Wednesday’s meeting will represent the 48th competitive clash between the clubs, with Spurs prevailing on 30 occasions in comparison to Watford registering just eight victories. There have been eight matches since Watford regained promotion to the Premier League, and Spurs have recorded six triumphs and a draw since December 2015. However, the Hornets emerged victorious in the reverse fixture at Vicarage Road at the start of September.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments last_img read more

FUBA NBL: Power puts Falcons to the sword

first_imgSyrus Kiviri (27) top scored as Power humiliated Falcons on Friday night. (PHOTOS/FUBA)FUBA NBL 2019Friday, 31-05-2019YMCA Court, Wandegeya-Betway Power 111-50 Falcons-KCCA Leopards 87-58 A1 ChallengeWANDEGEYA – Gone are the days when Falcons were the heavyweights of Ugandan Basketball, winning six titles in the process. Currently, they have just made a return to the FUBA National Basketball League and are look like one of the sides that the big boys will consistently drub through the entire season.On Friday night at YMCA Court in Wandegeya, Emmanuel Shikuku’s side were at the wrong end of a beating as they lost 111-50 to Betway Power.Power point-guard Syrus Kiviri orchestrated the result, throwing down a game high 24 points shooting an impressive 9-12 from the field whilst converting 4 of his attempted 6 three pointers.Sixteen (16) of Kiviri’s 24 points came in the first half, one that Power dominated to the best of the word.In the first quarter, Power ran riot, posting 31 points and restricting Falcons to just 4 baskets from which they managed 9 points.In the second, Arnold Lando’s side continued with their onslaught, taking it 20-10 and ensure they held a 21 point advantage at the break.The trend continued in the 3rd with Power increasing their lead to 53 points after winning it 33-12.Lando’s charges added 27 more points in the 4th while Falcons managed 19 as Power ran out 111-50 victors in the end.Substitute Joseph Ikong posted 20 points while Gudi Nasser contributed 15 in the winning effort. The duo of Phillip Ameny and Fahmy Ssebatindira also reached double fingure in terms of scoring for Power, posting 11 points each.For Falcons, none of their players could manage double figures in terms of scoring with Vinny Jurwa and Henry Mbazira each hitting 9 points as a team high. Center, Andrew Opio registered 10 boards on the night.This is Power’s 5th victory of the campaign and takes their record to 5-4 after 9 games. They are currently 7th on the 12 team log.Falcons on the other hand, suffered their 8th loss of the season and currently occupy 8th with only two victories so far.In the other game played on Tuesday, Martha Soigi registered a double double as her KCCA Leopards’ side defeated A1 Challenge 87-58 in the Women’s division.By the end of the contest, Soigi had posted 18 points and 15 boards.KCCA dominated the early exchanges, taking the first and second quarters 21-10 and 22-16 to win the first half 43-26.The third however belonged to A1, winning it 27-23 to temporarily reduce the deficit to 13 (53-66), heading into the final 10 minutes.Sensing that A1 were plotting a come-back, KCCA upped their game in the 4th, blew away their opponents 21-05 to seal the contest 87-58.Judith Nansobya led KCCA in terms of scoring with a team and game high 25 points on the night while Cynthia Irankunda also impressed with 13 points and 8 assists.For A1, they had only two players reach double figures in terms of scoring with Georgia Adhiambo coming up with 13 and Susan Amito managing 10.KCCA Leopards’ victory sees them climb into second with a 7-1 record while A1 remain 5th having won 4 and lost 5 of their first 9 games.KCCA Leopards have now won 7 of their first 8 games in the Women’s Division.The FUBA National Basketball League continues on Saturday with four games in the Men’s divison.Saturday, 01-06-2019 fixtures-KCCA Men vs City Oilers-Our Saviour vs KIU Titans-UCU Canons vs Sharing Youth-Ndejje Angels vs WarriorsComments Tags: Ai ChallengeArnorld LandoBetway PowerEmmanuel ShikukuFalconsFUBA NBL 2019KCCA LeaopardsSyrus Kiviritoplast_img read more

CHAN Cranes beef up preps for CHAN 2020 qualifiers

first_imgUganda are trying to qualify for CHAN for a 5th consecutive time. (PHOTOS/File)CHAN 2020 QualifiersUganda vs Burundi-First Leg: September 21st (Bujumbura)-Second Leg: October 18th (Kampala)The Uganda Cranes team has on Thursday morning continued their preparations for the upcoming CHAN 2020 qualifiers.The team is preparing to take on Burundi in the second round of qualifiers having overcome Somalia earlier.They will face Burundi in the first leg slated for Septemeber 21st in Bujumbura before hosting the Swallows on October 2 in Kampala.Thursday’s training session which was held in the morning at StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo was the team’s second after an afternoon session on Wednesday.Uganda are favorites for the tie and will be expected to make light weight of Burundi,  making it to a fifth successive finals’ tournament.After losing to Tanzania in the second round of qualification and in the process, failing to reach the first edition of the finals in 2009, the Cranes have not failed to seal a spot in any of the last four finals (2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018).To reach the last edition in Morocco, Uganda defeated South Sudan 5-1 on aggregate in the first round of qualifiers before hanging on to overcome Rwanda 3-2 in the second round.The 32 Players SummonedGoalkeepersLukwago Charles (KCCA FC), Mugabi Yasin (Wakiso Giants Fc), Keni Saidi ( Sc Villa), Mutakubya Joel ( Kyetume FC)DefendersWilla Paul (Vipers SC), Kapampa Eddy (Maroons FC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Revita John (KCCA FC), Lwaliwa Halid (Vipers SC), Mbowa Paul (URA FC), Galiwango Arafat (Police FC), Benson Tahomera (Kyetume FC), Mandela Ashraf (URA FC).MidfieldersWahab Ghadafi (Onduparaka FC),  Paul Mucureezi (Mbarara City FC), Kasozi Nicolas (KCCA FC), Mutyaba Muzamir (KCCA FC), Vianney Sekajugo (Wakiso Giants FC), Sulaiman Mutyaba (KCCA FC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Sam Kintu (Proline FC), Kyeyune Saidi (URA FC), Owor David ( SC Villa ), Ssozi Yusuf ( Police FC), Kigozi Samson Andrew (Police FC)StrikersBayo Fahad (Vipers SC), Sserunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Lubega Edrisa (Proline FC)The technical team of the Uganda Cranes Head coach – Abdallah MubiruAssistant coach – Livingstone MbabaziGoalkeeping coach – Sadiq WassaTeam Coordinator – Geoffrey MassaComments Tags: BurundiCHAN 2020SomaliatopUganda Craneslast_img read more

Man who crashed hire car into telegraph pole banned from driving and fined

first_imgA company director, who crashed a hire car, was fined for no insurance and banned from driving, after the car hire company voided his insurance policy. Mark Gill, 37, of Annagh, Clonmany, was charged with no insurance and failing to produce his insurance following a single vehicle collision at Carrickafoden, Carn, on December 14, 2015. Mr. Gill was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report the accident before Carn Court last Tuesday week.However, Judge Paul Kelly dismissed these charges after the court heard that Gill contacted the car hire company and moved the car just 50 yards from the scene of the original collision.The Clonmany man was not present, however the case proceeded in his absence, with his solicitor contesting the charges.Garda Paul Lyons told the court gardaí received a report that a vehicle collided with a ditch and a telegraph pole at Carrickafoden, Carn on December 14, 2015, at 2am. He said they were told that wires from the telegraph pole were hanging low on the road.Gda. Lyons said they went to the scene and found the telegraph pole broken in half. He said the wires had been tied back into the ditch at that stage. He also found the suspected vehicle involved 50 yards away at the side of the road.‘I saw a black Mercedes Benz about 50 yards down the road, parked on a private lane,” said Gda. Lyons.“It was missing a wheel – this indicated it was quite a violent collision. There was extensive damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle, but we were unable to locate anyone from the vehicle. We removed it from the scene at 4.20am.”Gda. Lyons said he carried out enquiries and learned that the vehicle was a hire vehicle from a Budget Car Hire in Belfast. He said he contacted Mark Hill on December 23 and asked him to make a statement about the road traffic collision.“He told me his mother was in hospital but he would attend the garda station after he visited her, but he failed to appear at the station.“On January 11, 2016, I spoke with Mr. Gill again and asked him to come to the station but he said he was in England working and wouldn’t return until January 22. I asked him to produce his insurance on this date. When I contacted him again on January 22, I couldn’t get an answer. I contacted him several times over that weekend but he didn’t answer.”Hannah Carlin, Manager of Budget Avis Car Hire in Belfast told the court that Mr. Gill contacted her company to tell her about the accident.She said Mr. Gill hired the car, a black Mercedes Benz A Class, from Belfast Airport on December 10.“He said he was driving the car and was in an accident. He said he didn’t know what happened but that he hit a telegraph pole. He said there was a passenger who was badly hurt but at the end of the conversation he stated that there may not have been a passenger on with him after all,” explained Ms. Carlin.“He didn’t make a huge amount of sense. He said he was back at work in England. I told him the vehicle was not to be taken out of Northern Ireland. He told me he was living in Strabane and would come back to me with an address. I tried to contact him by phone again but to no avail.”Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn asked Ms. Carlin if his client, Mr. Gill, was insured when he left Belfast. She told the court he had purchases collision damage and theft protection waiver from them but that this only covered him within Northern Ireland.“He invalidated the terms of the rental agreement by taking the car out of Northern Ireland. Cross Border travel is subject to an extra fee and you must get permission,” Ms. Carlin told the court.“If he had the accident in Northern Ireland he would have been covered but he invalidated that.”Mr. MacLochlainn argued that there was no evidence that his client was driving the car. He also said that 50 yards down the road did not count for leaving the scene, adding that he contacted the hire company the following day.Garda Inspector David Murphy said he believed if the car had not lost a wheel in the collision Mr. Gill ‘wouldn’t have been seen for dust’.He said the Clonmany man was continually evasive and ‘never made himself available’ for Gardaí.“Everyone knows when you are involved in a road traffic collision there is an onus on you to report it to gardaí,” said Insp. Murphy.“Every opportunity was given to him to speak with gardaí but Garda Lyons was met with a lack of co-operation every time.”Judge Paul Kelly said he believed there was ‘overwhelming circumstantial evidence’that unmistakingly gives rise to the conclusion that Mr. Gill was driving the vehicle.“He had a conversation with Ms. Carlin about the collision, he had an opportunity to give evidence and refute what she says but he’s not here,” said Judge Kelly.Judge Kelly said he would dismiss the failing to remain at the scene as the car was only 50 yards away and the failing to report the accident charge.“He did contact the hire company the following day, although not in an entirely satisfactory way, but I will dismiss that charge – that just leaves the no insurance charge.”Mr. MacLochlainn argued that this insurance policy was not voided when his client crossed the border, however Judge Kelly disagreed.“I disagree entirely. I’m satisfied that the charge has been proven based on Ms. Carlin’s evidence,” he added.Insp. Murphy then told the court that Mr. Gill had previous convictions for having no licence, no insurance and no tax in 2008 and more for having no insurance displayed and no tax in 2011.Mr. MacLochlainn said he was told that his client, who is a company director of a plant hire business in Scotland with two children, had no previous convictions.Judge Kelly fined Gill €500 and banned him from driving for two years given that his last conviction for no insurance was nine years ago.Normally a second no insurance conviction is an automatic four year driving ban, however if the previous conviction is more than three years ago a Judge has discretion to reduce the length of the ban.Man who crashed hire car into telegraph pole banned from driving and fined was last modified: July 6th, 2017 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:clonmanycourtcrashdonegalhire carInishowenlast_img read more

Met Eireann issue yellow warning as gale force winds batter Donegal

first_imgMet Eireann has today issued a yellow warning for Donegal.South to southeast winds will reach mean wind speeds between 50 and 65 km/h particularly along exposed coastal areas. Mean wind speeds will be accompanied by gusts that will reach Gale force 8.Met Eireann expects to lift the warning at 6 pm. Two marine warnings are also in effect. South to southeast gales this morning and for a time this afternoon on Irish Coastal Waters from Mizen Head to Slyne Head to Malin Head, possibly reaching strong gale force 9 for a time.A small craft warning has also been issued in light of the forecast gale-force winds. Met Eireann say south to southeast winds will reach force 6 or higher today on all Irish Coastal Waters.Other counties included in the national warning include Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.To check out the sea conditions of your area, the RNLI advise you use magicseaweed.com for up-to-date sea news. Met Eireann issue yellow warning as gale force winds batter Donegal was last modified: September 23rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalMet Eireannweather warninglast_img read more

Popular GAA coach Pat Shovelin to be buried in his native Portnoo tomorrow

first_imgPat Shovelin, the late former Donegal GAA goalkeeping coach, will be laid to rest in his native Portnoo tomorrow.He passed away on Saturday evening following a battle with an aggressive and rare form of cancer, cholangiocarcinoma.Picture: Pat Shovelin with the Donegal captain Michael Murphy. He died at home at Kelly’s Meadow, Donnyloop, Castlefin, surrounded by his loving family.He is survived by wife Chrissie, Sons Ethan and Tom, mother Margaret, sister Susie, brothers Michael and Gavin and a wide family circle.Throngs of people are attending the wake in Donnyloop to pay their respects to a popular and much-loved figure, whose story touched people all across the country and beyond.Pat – goalkeeping coach in 2012 when Donegal won the All-Ireland – made public his fight with cancer, a battle he met with courage, bravery and dignity. The wake continues today from 11am to 9pm at his home.Funeral from there on Tuesday for 11am Mass at St Columba’s Church, Donnyloop with burial afterwards in St Conal’s graveyard, Kilclooney, Portnoo.Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Oncology Services, Letterkenny University Hospital or the Irish Cancer Society c/o James McGuinness & Sons, Funeral Director, Glenties.Popular GAA coach Pat Shovelin to be buried in his native Portnoo tomorrow was last modified: October 23rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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 GAADonnyloopPat ShovelinPortnoolast_img read more

Irish Water work to repair two burst water mains in Inishowen

first_imgIrish Water is working to repair two burst water mains in Inishowen this morning.Repairs are being carried out on burst mains in Drumhaggart and Ballygorman – meaning supply may be disrupted.The Drumhaggart burst main may cause supply disruptions to surrounding areas such as Drundean and Drumacross also. Works have an estimated completion time of 6pm this evening. If you need to get in touch with Irish Water about this incident, quote the reference number DON015253. The burst main at Ballygorman may cause disruptions to Inishowen, Ballygorman and surrounding areas. Irish Water hope to complete the work by 3pm this afternoon. If you need to contact Irish Water about this alert, quote the reference number DON015254.Irish Water work to repair two burst water mains in Inishowen was last modified: October 29th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:burst water mainsInishowenIrish WaterRepairslast_img read more

Breaking: Election averted as Tanaiste resigns

first_imgTÁNAISTE Frances Fitzgerald has resigned.The Fine Gael politician said she was resigning “by my own volition” and so as to prevent the country being forced into a snap general election.Ms Fitzgerald announced her resignation at 11.15am. Showing very little emotion, she insisted she was not asked to hand in her resignation.She also cited Brexit and other challenges facing the country as reasons behind her decision.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he accepted the resignation but said he did not believe it was the “right thing”.Jobs Minister Fitzgerald has been under intense pressure since the release of fresh emails last night. It’s understood Ms Fitzgerald indicated a willingness to stand aside rather than push the country to a General Election at today’s Cabinet meeting.Breaking: Election averted as Tanaiste resigns was last modified: November 29th, 2017 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:electionresignTanaistelast_img read more

High-tech Digital Innovation Hub approved for Buncrana

first_imgBuncrana is getting a Co-Lab style Digital Innovation Hub at the urban council offices in the town, Minister Joe McHugh has announced.The local Government TD has confirmed to Donegal County Council this morning that their application to develop a centre has been successful.Final funding figures will be announced when a contract with Enterprise Ireland is signed, said McHugh. “The vision for this digital innovation hub represents the ambition of the council to refurbish and extend the urban council offices in Buncrana,” said McHugh.“The plans involve the Buncrana offices becoming an innovation centre for the whole Inishowen peninsula, capitalising on the high tech skillsets and the development of new businesses, creating and supporting jobs in the area.“I want to pay tribute to Donegal County Council for their excellent application for funding and thank all those involved.“I also want to thank Minister for Business Heather Humphreys and Enterprise Ireland for including this Donegal innovation centre in plans announced around the country. I have been monitoring and supporting the application and stressing the need for this sort of high tech centre in Inishowen. “This is a good day for the county. Here in Donegal we are already developing smaller digital hubs in places like Carrigart, Kilcar and on Arranmore Island and is part of a regional focus to drive jobs in rural areas of the country. The addition of a more substantial centre in Buncrana today is great news for the county.”High-tech Digital Innovation Hub approved for Buncrana was last modified: December 12th, 2017 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)last_img read more

Tesco recalls ‘Finest chocolate cake’ due to undeclared walnuts

first_imgTesco Ireland have put out a recall for a batch of its Tesco Finest Chocolate Cake due to an allergy alert. The supermarket has notified customers that the wrong cake was placed in the box of a certain batch that may pose a health issue to people with allergies.Cakes under the batch number D32/18003 were incorrectly packed with carrot cake. The carrot cake contains walnuts which are undeclared on the label and could pose a risk to people with nut allergies. “This may make the batch unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of walnuts,” the alert said.If you have a cake under the batch number with a best before date: 17 January 2018, you can return it to the store for a refund.“Please return the affected product to store where a full refund will be given. No receipt is required. “Tesco apologises to our customers for any inconvenience caused.” Tesco recalls ‘Finest chocolate cake’ due to undeclared walnuts was last modified: January 10th, 2018 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) Tags:chocolate cakefoodrecalltescolast_img read more

Donegal businesses urged to come hear of new sales opportunities

first_imgBusinesses in Donegal interested in finding sales in a market already open to Irish trade, are being urged to make the most of the chance to come along to a workshop in the Local Enterprise Office in Letterkenny tomorrow (Thursday) to hear how they can find sales in the Dutch market.“Many Donegal businesses probably do not realise that The Netherlands is Ireland’s second most important mainland European export market and there are tremendous opportunities for growth there,” Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney said.He added that the Local Enterprise Office is delighted to have Steve Murnaghan an Export Consultant, based in Amsterdam, in Donegal for the event this week, to present an overview of the Netherlands and how companies here can explore new sales opportunities. “Steve will dispel some of mystery surrounding preparing for export, selecting and researching markets, prospecting, getting to market and gaining traction in Europe and I am certain that many businesses in Donegal could gain a lot from hearing what he has to say,” Mr Tunney added.The event in the Local Enterprise Office tomorrow afternoon is just one of many organised across the county this week as part of Local Enterprise Week.The week’s events will conclude with a marketing event in Gallagher’s hotel on Friday morning where a small number of places are still available.“We are certain that there have been terrific learning and networking opportunities for businesses every day, and I would urge those interested in discovering new markets for their business to book for the workshop with Steve Murnaghan,” Mr. Tunney said. To book events, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or send an e.mail to patricia.clarke@leo.donegalcoco.ie or phone 0749160735.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.Donegal businesses urged to come hear of new sales opportunities was last modified: March 7th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Lands to be acquired as Burtonport Sewage Scheme moves forward

first_imgThe Burtonport Sewage Scheme has taken a step forward.County councillor Marie Therese Gallagher said the compulsory purchase of lands is a major development for the scheme.She said “Irish Water has today published a compulsory purchase order for lands required for the Burtonport Sewage Scheme. This scheme is an essential piece of infrastructure for the future development of Burtonport. “Today’s announcement is a step forward for this scheme and I would call on Irish Water to engage positively with the Community in Burtonport through this process.”“I will also be in contact with Donegal County Council to ensure that the proposed scheme allows connection for both Council housing estates in Burtonport “Áltan” and “An Choill” as tenants in both these estates have been left with waste water treatment system that do not function.”“I have continuously raised the need for a sewage scheme for Burtonport over the years, and will continue to do so until this essential piece of infrastructure is delivered.”Lands to be acquired as Burtonport Sewage Scheme moves forward was last modified: March 29th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Donegal ‘flying’ against Tyrone as Thompson makes dash from brother’s wedding

first_imgDonegal have been flying in more ways than one so far in Cavan this afternoon.At half-time in the Ulster semi-final, Declan Bonner’s Donegal lead Tyrone by seven points.Ciaran Thompson replaced the injured Jason McGee after just 12 minutes. Ciaran Thompson keeps a tight grip on Tyrone’s Brian Kennedy. Photo Evan LoganThompson had to make a dash to Kingspan Breffni Park from his brother’s wedding and was flown by helicopter to allow him take his place in the Donegal panel.His older brother, 2012 All-Ireland winner Anthony, got married to Nicole McHugh in Lettermacaward earlier today.Ciaran Thompson has another engagement to attend to – toppling Tyrone! After the game, the Naomh Conaill forward will be flown back to the wedding reception, which is being held at the Blue Haven in Kilcar.Jamie Brennan’s goal, after just four minutes, gave Donegal the perfect start and the Bundoran man has kicked 1-3 as Donegal hold a commanding 1-9 to 0-5 lead.Donegal ‘flying’ against Tyrone as Thompson makes dash from brother’s wedding was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Ulster SFCciaran thompsonDeclan BonnerdonegalJamie BrennanJason McGeeTyronelast_img read more

Gardai investigate cause of Newtowncunningham blaze

first_imgGardai are investigating a blaze at a derelict building in Newtowncunningham.The blaze happened last night (Sat) and a number of fire tenders were quickly on the scene to put out the blaze.Nobody was hurt as a result of the fire. A full investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.Gardai investigate cause of Newtowncunningham blaze was last modified: July 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegalfireNewtowncunninghamlast_img read more

Donegal family heartbroken after second arson attack on future home

first_imgA Donegal family has been left devastated after their dream home was set alight, just weeks before they were due to move in.This is the second time that the council home in St Johnston was broken into and damaged this summer.Caroline Orr, her husband Christopher and their three children were looking forward to moving into the bungalow at Arda this month. But their hopes were dashed on Tuesday morning when they got a call saying that it was set on fire during the night.Damage at St Johnston home following fire on 3rd SeptemberCaroline told Donegal Daily: “They broke in by smashing a window. They knew what they were doing, they opened a kitchen window to get airflow in and they brought tools to gain entry. They set the fire in the attic.“The whole roof is caved in on the house. It’s thousands of euro in damage.“This happened before at the start of the summer. They ripped slates off the roof to make entry then. That was just the day before we were supposed to move in.” Damage at St Johnston home following fire on 3rd SeptemberCaroline said she was heartbroken over having to break the news to her children that they couldn’t move to their new home again. Her eldest is six years old and her other children are aged two and one.“This home was for me, I’ve been trying to get this house for years and finally we got it started,” she said.“I had to come home yesterday and tell my wee boy we can’t move in beside his Nana again. He was devastated.“This home was our future,” she said.Damage at St Johnston home following fire on 3rd SeptemberThe incident is under investigation by Gardaí and the fire services. Caroline is appealing for anyone who has any information to come forward if it can help find those responsible. She said: “There are cameras on houses on all the local roads here. If people can check their CCTV, it might be something small but it might help Gardaí and maybe they can run a number plate.“If anyone saw suspicious cars or anything strange I’m asking them to please call the Gardaí.”The break-in is believed to have taken place after midnight on Tuesday morning, the 3rd of September.“We just want it to stop. There are so many people hurt over this. Who would do this to a family?,” Caroline said. Anyone with any information is asked to please contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111Donegal family heartbroken after second arson attack on future home was last modified: September 7th, 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)Tags:arsonbreak-inSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Power restored following major power fault in Letterkenny

first_imgLetterkenny suffered a major power fault this evening (Sat) leaving more than 3000 people without power. Areas in the outskirts of the Donegal town were also believed to be affected.The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) responded to the incident to repair the issue, with the interruption solved shortly before 5pm on Saturday. ESB apologised for the loss of supply following the short blackout.Power restored following major power fault in Letterkenny was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Donegal family centre honoured at Charity Impact Awards 2019

first_imgThe hard-working team behind Spraoi Agus Spórt in Carndonagh has picked up another Charity Impact Award this year.The family centre last night scooped the Social Enterprise of the Year Award for the second year running.Spraoi agus Spórt provides social, recreational and educational activities to the community of Carndonagh. Spraoi agus Spórt was initially set up as a Parent and Toddler Group to address the lack of activities for young families in Inishowen.It all began when in 2010, when friends Helen Nolan, Ailbhe Hickey, Louise Grant, Helen Doherty and Kathleen Gallagher were desperately in need of a social outlet as young mothers, as were many of their friends.It has since evolved into a vibrant family hub which improves the quality of life for families in the area. The workshops, events and afterschool care play a key role in the Carndonagh community.Spraoi agus Spórt activities are hosted in five units around Carndonagh with a large team of full-time staff, freelance facilitators and Special Needs Assistants. They now over 60 fully-inclusive activities, classes and holiday camps for the whole community.The Charity Impact Awards were presented at an event in the Mansion House in Dublin on Tuesday.Presented by The Wheel, the national association of charities, community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises, the Charity Impact Awards celebrate the positive impact these organisations, and the individuals behind them, make in the lives of millions of people in Ireland and beyond.Donegal family centre honoured at Charity Impact Awards 2019 was last modified: December 11th, 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)last_img read more

QPR boss ‘to make £3m bid for Aston Villa keeper’

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes is set to make a £3m bid for Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given this week, The Sun and The Daily Telegraph report.Hughes wants a new keeper.The Telegraph say that although the likes of Robert Green and Ben Foster have been considered as possible signings, Given is Hughes’ preferred option – but Villa are likely to reject the offer.The Sun claim Given is unhappy at Villa and would welcome a move.Related West London Sport story: Hughes to make Villa an offer for Given (21 May)Meanwhile, the Daily Mail say QPR are interested in Celtic’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama.The Mail also say Chelsea have agreed contract terms with Roberto Di Matteo, who is close to being confirmed as the club’s manager, and that he will defnitely be given more than a one-year deal.The Guardian believe Di Matteo will sign a one-year contract with the option of a further year, while The Sun say he will be given a two-year deal.Related West London Sport story: Blues set to install Di Matteo as manager  Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Blues set to pip Arsenal and Liverpool to midfielder deal – report

first_imgChelsea are close to agreeing a deal to sign Lazar Markovic from Partizan Belgrade despite interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail.The Blues are reportedly set to capture the highly-rated midfielder, 18, for an initial £8m.Aston Villa and Norwich want Robbie Keane, the Daily Mirror say.QPR boss Harry Redknapp is looking to sign Keane, who played under him at Tottenham, on loan from LA Galaxy now the MLS season has finished.It is claimed the striker is not keen on a short-term return to England but that Villa, who had him on loan last season, will try to bring him back and that the Canaries are also interested.Meanwhile, The Sun say Dnipro’s Ghana international midfielder Derek Boateng will choose between a move to Fulham or Villa.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea tipped to seal Benatia signing and sell keeper Cech

first_imgThe Daily Star tip Chelsea to complete the signing of Roma defender Mehdi Benatia, who is also said to be a target for Manchester United. Italian press reports yesterday suggested that Chelsea planned to offer just over £30m for the Morocco international.And the Star say the Blues are ready to seal the deal and bring Benatia in before Monday’s match against Burnley.That would mean Chelsea would have to offload a foreign player as they would otherwise exceed the quota set by the Premier League.It is claimed that long-serving goalkeeper Petr Cech would therefore be allowed to leave for Real Madrid for £18m, with John Mikel Obi also said to be surplus to requirements.Cech could be on his way to Madrid, the Star sayMetro reports more speculation that Fernando Torres could leave Chelsea to return to his former club Atletico Madrid.And there is also speculation over the ankle injury which saw Didier Drogba limp off during a pre-season friendly in Hungary at the weekend.The Daily Mirror suggest Drogba could be out for up to four months, while the Daily Mail say a scan has shown no serious damage and the striker hopes to resume training by the end of this week. Related West London Sport story: Injured Drogba a doubt for Burnley game Drogba is hopeful his injury is not seriousMeanwhile, The Sun claim Samuel Eto’o could join Liverpool following his recent departure from Stamford Bridge.And Olympiacos are interested in re-signing Fulham’s £12m striker Kostas Mitroglou on loan, according to the Mail.For more transfer gossip, including Chelsea being linked with Loic Remy, see Monday’s round-up.See also:Chelsea reported to have made enquiry about striker RemyFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR v WBA: Zamora starts with Austin

first_imgQPR, who have Charlie Austin back after suspension, start with Bobby Zamora up front alongside their top scorer.Karl Henry plays and Jordon Mutch drops to the bench. Steven Caulker is also back in the starting line-up and Nedum Onuoha moves to right-back in place of Mauricio Isla, who has returned to his native Chile to attend the birth of his child.West Brom are without Jonas Olsson, Georgios Samaras, Chris Brunt and Victor Anichebe, who are all injured. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker, Yun, Vargas, Henry, Barton, Fer, Austin, Zamora.Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Hill, Phillips. Mutch, Kranjcar, Hoilett. West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Lescott, McAuley, Pocognoli, Gardner, Dorrans, Morrison, Varela, Sessegnon, Ideye.Subs: Myhill, Baird, Dawson, Gamboa, Yacob, Mulumbu, Berahino.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Barton denies blaming former boss Redknapp for QPR’s woes

first_imgJoey Barton has denied blaming former QPR manager Harry Redknapp for the club’s woes this season.Rangers are one off the bottom of the table and four points from safety after losing six of their seven matches since Redknapp was replaced by Chris Ramsey.Barton was quoted as suggesting that Redknapp’s signings had caused the club’s problems.But the Rangers midfielder later tweeted: “Amazing how certain media outlets ‘adjust’ other people’s words to fit their agenda’s.“For the record. I am not and have never blamed Harry. If others have an agenda that’s their prerogative.For the record. I am not and have never blamed Harry. If others have an agenda that’s their prerogative.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) March 23, 2015“Like any team sport, it is ALWAYS a collective effort. Over 38 league games, it is a collective success or failing.“Yes, culturally it is easier to point the finger at one person and scapegoat them. If it is justified, then fine but this is not.”Meanwhile, QPR legend Rodney Marsh has insisted that his former club can still avoid relegation back to the Championship.Marsh tweeted: “Call me stupid, I still believe QPR will stay up!! There are 3 worse teams.”See also:Redknapp backs Barton for managerial roleFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR v Brighton: Austin starts

first_imgCharlie Austin returns to the QPR starting line-up for the game against Championship leaders Brighton at Loftus Road.As expected, Austin comes back in with Matt Phillips switching to the flank and Karl Henry dropping to the bench.Austin, who has been nursing a calf problem, has not started a match for more than a month.Meanwhile, former QPR striker Bobby Zamora is among the Brighton substitutes.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Sandro, Faurlin; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Chery, Henry, Polter, Angella, Tozser, Emmanuel-Thomas.Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Calderon; van La Parra, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy; Wilson, Hemed.Subs: Maenpaa, Chicksen, Huenemeier, Crofts, Forster-Caskey, Manu, Zamora.See also:QPR needed Henry’s experience – HasselbainkAustin lined up for QPR return against BrightonQPR’s Hill passed fit for Brighton gameAustin will not be rushed back – HasselbainkFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Could Kevin Durant’s impending free agency reshape the NBA?

first_imgHow are you liking the NBA playoffs so far?What’s that? You’re waiting for the actual games to tip off Saturday? You’re missing out, World B.This postseason is like something we’ve never experienced. Like that take? Thanks. I borrowed it from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who is calling this postseason the Playoffs of Anxiety.“I’ve never seen a playoff situation like this where you have the standard, playing for a championship, and all the pressure of the playoffs,” Windhorst said during a recent …last_img read more

Warriors 116, Blazers 94: Steph’s shooting; Dubs depth too much for Portland

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/15/bang_38250a60-464d-41fb-bf32-fc9206dd2d92″]Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery or video on your mobile device.OAKLAND — At times, the Warriors had moments of brilliance. At other times, they showed apathy. In other words, this felt like a regular-season game.It wasn’t, though. It was Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors still prevailed with a 116-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. At …last_img read more

A closer look at Ramon Laureano’s extraordinary July

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Ramon Laureano is in a zone; perhaps best evidenced by one singular play in the A’s win on Friday night.Laureano cracked a what looked like a routine ground ball single up the middle of diamond and, sniffing out the extra maneuvers centerfielder Max Kepler would need to turn the play, whipped off his helmet and gunned to second base for a double.“That’s how he plays,” manager Bob Melvin said of …last_img read more

Human Evolution Falsified

first_imgThe title of this entry comes from the data, not from the claims being made about it.  The cover story in Cell1 this week has set off a flurry of startling headlines: EurekAlert pronounces, “Evidence that human brain evolution was a special event” and “University of Chicago researchers discovered that humans are a ‘privileged’ evolutionary lineage.”    The gist of the research by Dorus et al. from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Chicago is that there is a huge genetic gap between human brains and those of our nearest alleged ancestors.  EurekAlert explains:One of the study’s major surprises is the relatively large number of genes that have contributed to human brain evolution.  “For a long time, people have debated about the genetic underpinning of human brain evolution,” said [Bruce] Lahn [HHMI}.  “Is it a few mutations in a few genes, a lot of mutations in a few genes, or a lot of mutations in a lot of genes?  The answer appears to be a lot of mutations in a lot of genes.  We’ve done a rough calculation that the evolution of the human brain probably involves hundreds if not thousands of mutations in perhaps hundreds or thousands of genes — and even that is a conservative estimate.”    It is nothing short of spectacular that so many mutations in so many genes were acquired during the mere 20-25 million years of time in the evolutionary lineage leading to humans, according to Lahn.  This means that selection has worked “extra-hard” during human evolution to create the powerful brain that exists in humans.1Dorus et al., “Accelerated Evolution of Nervous System Genes in the Origin of Homo sapiens,” Cell Volume 119, Issue 7, 29 December 2004, Pages 1027-1040, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.11.040.We are glad to be able to announce the downfall of Saddam Darwin to end this eventful year, 2004.  Now there are just a few Darwin Party insurgents to mop up, and the public will be free of this deadly totalitarian regime.  (Would that it were so easy; it would be like Bush’s premature victory speech.)    The science outlets are spinning this story without letting go of Darwinism.  They are throwing around phrases like strong selection, intensified selection and other nonsense as if random mutations conspired to sculpt the most complex piece of matter in the known universe.  They know better.  Orthogenesis (straight-line evolution) is out.  Teleology is out.  Personifying natural selection is out, so all they have to work with are thousands of random, undirected changes over thousands of different genes that have no ability to conspire with one another.  (In fact, they counteract one another; see 11/29/2004 and 10/19/2004 headlines).  But if even one beneficial mutation is hard to find (see 03/19/2002 headline), how is any rational person to believe that thousands – “and that is a conservative estimate” – accomplished such a feat?  The gig is up, Darwin Party: surrender.  It’s over.  Throw down your arms.    The award for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week goes to Bruce Lahn for his one-liner that “selection has worked ‘extra-hard’ during human evolution to create the powerful brain that exists in humans.”  This can serve as USO entertainment for the liberation troops as they begin their clean-up operations.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Trail + Trail Mix = Health Mix

first_imgPeanuts, a staple ingredient in trail mix, are “rich in good chemicals,” reports the BBC News.  They have as many antioxidants as fruits, are high in protein and “good” monounsaturated fat.  So take some along and go on the trail, because, according to Southwestern Medical Center, “Exercise helps reduce symptoms of depression,” and EurekAlert reminds us that aerobic workouts prevent disease.So George Washington Carver was right about the humble peanut: it is delicious and nutritious.  And they bring good luck.  That’s why JPL scientists always pass the peanuts just before every important spacecraft maneuver.    You already knew these things, so what are you waiting for?  Your mind, your body and your spirit need Creation Safaris.  Look at what you missed just this past weekend – and it only took 2.5 hours.  Life is too short to be a couch potato.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Alien Engineering: Is It Intelligent Design?

first_imgThe SETI Institute finished airing a 2-part series on the History Channel called Alien Engineering (it will be rebroadcast on Feb. 18).  The series, featuring SETI Institute scientists Seth Shostak and Frank Drake, asks the following questions: Prepare for an exercise in imagination.  Suppose that an alien spacecraft crashed in the desert and we humans recovered it.  What could we learn from its engineers?  Using data gleaned from years of UFO sightings, we recreate a typical ship using cutting—edge animation, discover why aliens choose the craft shapes they do, learn how they overcome the effects of Earth’s atmosphere, defy gravity, cancel inertia, and travel faster than the speed of light!  Our experts—reverse engineers—show us what’s “under the hood” of alien craft….     With the help of leading physicists, astronomers, and engineers, we’ll decipher UFO technology: inertia cancellers, antigravity devices, wormhole excavators, teletransporters, antimatter reactors and laser weapons.     And, maybe in the process, discover the secrets of the universe… through “Alien Engineering.”   (Emphasis added in all quotes.) If this exercise in imagination belongs on the History Channel, it is history that hasn’t been written yet.  But it does lead to an interesting follow-up question that the producers (Workaholic Productions) may not have imagined.  If an alien found human engineering on Mars (e.g., the Mars Exploration Rovers), or on Titan (the Huygens Probe), or on Eros (the NEAR spacecraft) or on the moon, would they be able to reverse-engineer these and learn about us?  Would they be able to detect products of intelligence and deduce that these objects had not evolved from the surrounding materials by chance? SETI devotees hate it when we use their logic against them.  Seth & Frank are poles apart from intelligent design people, but how can they escape from this trap they have set for themselves?  They are claiming that we could reverse-engineer products we have never seen, produced by minds we have never known, and are not sure even exist.  They are absolutely certain that if alien craft landed on Earth, we would recognize them as designed.  We would be able to discern much about the designers, and we sure would not assume that starstuff had assembled craft by chance that could travel faster than the speed of light or defy gravity.  The organization of the parts for function would not only convince us that they were products of intelligence (remember the I in SETI), but would astound us and arouse admiration of the designers, even if we knew nothing about them.  So why is William Paley a has-been in philosophy of science today?  Sounds like the SETI Institute should hire his modern counterparts, like Michael Behe.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Hot Moon Epidemic Spreads to the Suburbs

first_imgA planetary symptom we might call “Enceladus fever” is apparently an epidemic.  Now, we’ve found that it infects some of the Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) beyond the orbit of Neptune.  More and more small bodies are being found with internal heat that has broken out onto the surface.  This is a big surprise.  Small bodies should have frozen solid in billions of years.    Richard Kerr reported for Science today about discussions at the Lunar and Planetary Sciences conference held March 12-16 in Texas.1  Here’s the surprise in a nutshell:What would erupting volcanoes, even icy ones, be doing on the coldest bodies in the solar system?  Temperatures hover around 50 kelvin [-370° F] on Kuiper belt objects (KBOs), which circle on the frigid dark fringes of the solar system for eons on end.  But astronomers recently have seen signs that fresh ice has formed on KBOs in the geologically recent past.  Now, researchers have calculated how a KBO, at least a larger one, might husband its primordial allotment of heat until the present day….    Somehow, relatively warm crystalline ice has formed of late on the largest KBOs, but scientists have had trouble explaining where the necessary heat came from.  KBOs have been cooling inside for billions of years, and unlike satellites such as Io or Enceladus, they do not orbit a huge planet that can spare a trickle of tidal energy to heat the smaller body’s interior.Scientists committed to the consensus age of the solar system (4.5 billion years) cannot endure any thought of revising that number down, so the challenge is to model how a small body could retain its primordial heat for 4.5 billion years.  Here’s the explanation in brief.  If the body began with enough fast-burning radioactive fuel, like potassium-40, it might get hot enough inside to differentiate into layers.  A molten core would form, surrounded by an insulating rocky shell.  A liquid ocean might form above the rock layer.  As ice expands, it might crack, propagating channels to the surface.  If there is ammonia in the mix, it might lower the melting point to permit slurries of ammonia-water “magma” to spread on the surface.    Nevertheless, a veteran planetary scientist commented, “I’m surprised it stays so hot.”  If this phenomenon is common to KBOs, maybe one of the largest – the Pluto-Charon system – could be observed up close in 2015 when the New Horizons spacecraft pays a visit.1Richard A. Kerr, “Cold, Cold Bodies, Warm Hearts,” Science, 30 March 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5820, p. 1789, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5820.1789a.The moyboys* of the Lyell Theater seem to be on the defensive these days.  The planets and moons are not following the script.  It’s supposed to be Act MMMMDVI of King Liar but they’re playing as if it’s Act CCM of a different play.  Is this a super condensed version of the show, or are we in the wrong playhouse?  The audience of the little hamlet stirs.  This is not just much ado about nothing; it’s becoming a tempest, or, as you like it, Lyell’s labors lost.  Measure for measure, all’s well that ends well, but this is looking more like a comedy of errors.  If the moyboys in desperation start singing For he’s a jolly othello,” the audience may just get up and walk out.  The timing of the crew couldn’t be worse.  Across the street, there’s a blockbuster oratorio drawing in huge crowds: The Creation.*Believers in “millions of years, billions of years.”(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Weekend Round-up

first_imgHere’s a backlog of assorted news stories worth noting before moving on to the big stories for the new month of May.PhysOrg, which makes the snake the hero of the story.  It wins by saying, “or: Snakes … may well have given bipedal hominins, already equipped with a non-human primate communication system, the evolutionary nudge to point to communicate for social good, a critical step toward the evolution of language, and all that followed.”  Why mice did not develop language and all that followed to avoid being bitten is left as an exercise.Evolving molecules.  Studying evolution by observing finches at the Galapagos is hard work, so Sarah Voytek found an easier way.  She lets molecules evolve in a test tube in the comfort of her lab at Scripps Institute.  Really.  She gets molecules to evolve by natural selection, competing for resources, just like Darwin’s finches.  How this contrived situation with fake “food” being supplied by the investigator to non-living material could say anything about the origin of species is not quite clear, but Gerald Joyce, her advisor, was pleased.  Read about it on Science Daily.Grounded pterosaurs:  National Geographic news found a Japanese scientist who thinks giant pterosaurs couldn’t fly, because the takeoff and flapping muscles required would have defied the laws of physics.  Why these giant beasts went to the trouble to evolve useless wings was left unexplained.Evolution inaction:  Robert Roy Britt is using the current swine flu epidemic to plug Darwin and punch Darwin doubters.  Swine flu is evolution in action, he said on Live Science.  He even got a Darwinist to agree: “Yes, this is definitely evolution.”  If this bolsters Darwin’s Origin of Species, Britt didn’t seem to notice that we still call it influenza after all these years.  Terry Trainor at Talk About Origins considers Britt’s article another case of misrepresenting creationism.Thank a comet:  Prof. Bar-Nun thinks comets contain the key ingredients for life, according to a story in Science Daily.  A pinch of argon, a dash of xenon, under the full moon, and he has solved an other-worldly puzzle.  “The story started between 4.6 and 3.8 billion years ago, when both the moon and the Earth were bombarded by a flux of asteroids and comets.”  It’s simple: comets slammed into earth bearing their life-giving cargo, “which eventually were dissolved in the ocean and started the long process leading to the emergence of life on Earth,” he said.  They became more complex over time, and here we are.  We got our ingredients by special delivery, Bar None.A messenger from Mercury:  The May 1 issue of Science had a special series of articles on Mercury, presenting the latest ideas from the first two flybys of the MESSENGER spacecraft.  Science Daily summarized one of the papers about Mercury’s crust.  Planetary scientists now believe that, because of all the smooth plains covering 40% of the surface, Mercury experienced much more volcanism than the moon early in its history.  See also the Astronomy Picture of the Day for May 4.Nothing to show for a decade of work:  SETI@Home is celebrating its tenth anniversary.  This distributed-processing search for intelligent alien signals utilizes spare CPU cycles from a million users’ PCs.  The article on PhysOrg had good news and bad news.  Bad news: no signal has been found.  Good news: the technology for finding nothing is getting better.Dino-mite:  Most dinosaur hunters use fine brushes and instruments to extract their prey.  Researchers at Dinosaur National Park, however, are having a blast.  Science Daily said that sometimes more force is required to extract the precious bones, so they called in some dynamite experts.  “Without their talents, scientifically important fossils would have remained locked underground in their stony mausoleum,” the article explained.  But will it take more work to reassemble thousands of bits of debris?    The bones will apparently survive intact; after all, Science Daily also reported that some dinosaurs apparently survived a planet-extinction blast from the past.  This is kind of a twist on the creationist claim that dinosaurs survived the Flood.  In the evolutionary scenario, “we already know that flying theropod dinosaurs (more generally referred to as birds) and crocodiles survived, so the possibility of pockets of survivors of other types of dinosaur is not quite as far fetched as it might sound.”  Now you have a choice of far-fetched beliefs.  Of course, believing that humans and dinosaurs co-existed “still belongs firmly in the realms of pure fantasy,” the article said.  You can trust Science Daily, can’t you? (see bullets 2, 5).Powers of darkness:  What is dark energy? asked Clara Moskowitz on Space.com.  The upshot: we don’t know, because it’s dark.  What we do know is that it shook up a lot of astronomers and made some of them believe in alternate universes, which they also cannot see.  Maybe it’s something sci-fi, like anti-gravity.  If the expansion slows, it might let multiverse proponents argue that our universe must be pushing against another.  “Maybe that’s why our universe is so peculiar,” ended Moskowitz, invoking a very apropos word for the occasion.Galaxy youngsters:  Some galaxies are “oddly young,” Clara Moskowitz reported in another article on Space.com.  John Salzer, astronomer who conducted the survey, was dumbfounded.  “It’s just hard for me to fathom, and hard for models to account for, an increase by a factor of 30,” he told Space.com.  (Astronomers think stars and galaxies are young if they have low abundances of metals, or elements heavier than hydrogen and helium.)  The team detected the 2,400 young galaxies using the Kitt Peak National Observatory International Spectroscopic Survey (KISS), which also stands for, “Keep it simple, stupid.”Brain music:  You might be able to download your own brain soundtracks and play them on your iPod, reported Science Daily.  Maybe they will help your mood.  You can listen to a sample played back on a piano.  Not quite Bach or Mozart, but it’s kind of cool, like mellow jazz.  You might not want to hear the tracks from the angry driver behind you.The automated railway in your nerves:  Scientists at USC found a kind of sorting mechanism regulating the direction of motorized trucks that deliver cargo to the plus and minus ends of your nerves, said Science Daily.  “Proteins go everywhere in the cell and do all sorts of work, but a fundamental question has eluded biologists,” the article began: “How do the proteins know where to go?”  The trucks that haul them are little motors called myosin and kinesin.  The kinesins tend to be attracted toward the axons, but the myosins pick out the ones with dendritic protein cargo, which need to go the other way, and carry them back to the dendrites.  This way, the axonal proteins always go to the axon, and the dendritic proteins always go to the dendrites.  Don Arnold called this process inefficient yet effective, leaving the reader wondering how he could make vehicles without eyes or brains do a better job.    Scientists at UC Davis, meanwhile, are modeling “how cells change gears,” says another article on Science Daily.  They think cell regulatory processes are “resilient and redundant,” just like any well-engineered system should be.Nice lice:  What could be more disgusting than lice?  Science Daily said the little pests might help calibrate the human immune system.  The best that can be said about this is that maybe the bugs are not all bad.  Professor Jan Bradley put an evolutionary spin on it: “It is possible that the immune dysfunctions we see today are the result of immune systems moulded by evolution for a set of challenges completely different to those encountered in modern times.”  Tell that to the lice-infected people in Africa where they tell us humans evolved.Nice spice:  “How plants protect us from disease” is the title of another article on Science Daily about plant products in everyday food that help us fight inflammation.  The phytochemicals from red wine, green tea, garlic, curcumin and cinnamon have curative powers.  “He who controls the Spice controls the universe” from Dune comes to mind.Encore: Speaking of health, here’s a word of encouragement for the elderly.  Science Daily reported that “Physical Activity Improves Life Expectancy And Decreases Need Of Care Among Older People.”  Like our sponsoring domain says, Creation Safaris has something for every body.This gives you a taste of the variety of material reported on Creation-Evolution Headlines usually in more depth.  We’ve offered you a tray of science hors douvres to sample and taste.  Many should not be swallowed, though.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Fish Explosion

first_imgFish are exploding in the kitchen of evolutionary phylogenomics.“The Age of Fishes” – the phrase immediately brings to mind your biology textbook or natural history museum.  What is it, class?  “The Devonian Period.”  Wrong.  Fish exploded onto the scene in the Devonian (300 million years ago on the evolutionary timeline), but diversified rapidly again in the Mesozoic to Cenozoic, 120 to 60 million years ago on the timeline – a virtual “Second Age of Fishes,” according to the authors of a new paper in PNAS that tried to paper over a “lack of a single comprehensive phylogeny” that “has limited our understanding of the evolution and diversification of this radiation” of our finny friends (Near et al., “Resolution of ray-finned fish phylogeny and timing of diversification,” PNAS August 6, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1206625109).Is it inaccurate to call these explosions?  After all, the paper discussed the “radiation” or “diversification” of fish.  Perhaps.  But the abstract and the summary on PhysOrg used evasive words that amount to “abracadabra” incidents: we are told that the fish “appeared” and “arose.”   The scientists used the more clever word “occurred” (without explaining what mutations were preserved by natural selection), while unveiling some dirty laundry in the evolutionary fish camp:This phylogeny informs three long-standing problems: specifically identifying elopomorphs (eels and tarpons) as the sister lineage of all other teleosts, providing a unique hypothesis on the radiation of early euteleosts, and offering a promising strategy for resolution of the “bush at the top of the tree” that includes percomorphs and other spiny-finned teleosts. Contrasting our divergence time estimates with studies using a single nuclear gene or whole mitochondrial genomes, we find that the former underestimates ages of the oldest ray-finned fish divergences, but the latter dramatically overestimates ages for derived teleost lineages. Our time-calibrated phylogeny reveals that much of the diversification leading to extant groups of teleosts occurred between the late Mesozoic and early Cenozoic, identifying this period as the “Second Age of Fishes.”If they were to use the word radiation the way physicists do, it travels at the speed of light – a pretty explosive speed.  Naturally, they define it differently; nevertheless, their imprecise words continue to invoke visions of instantaneous change.  As with the Cambrian explosion, no transitional forms were mentioned.  While lead author Dr. Thomas Near boasted, “The new family tree of ray-finned fish comes close to completing the book on the evolutionary relationships of vertebrates,” it is doubtful he rebuked the press release writers for saying that the fish “appeared” in the Devonian then “appeared” again later – doubtful, indeed, because he said so himself:“Half of all animals that have backbones are ray-finned fish, but we know little about their evolutionary history in contrast to other vertebrate lineages like frogs, lizards, birds, and mammals,” said Thomas Near of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale and lead author of the paper. “Fish are usually viewed as primitive in origin, but we are learning that most of the familiar living lineages of fish arose more recently — during what we might call the Second Age of Fishes.”Speaking of fish, there’s news about the alleged fish-to-limb transition, and it’s not good (for evolutionists).  “Paddlefish’s doubled genome may question theories on limb evolution,” PhysOrg announced.  The first paragraph summarizes the furrow-browing concern in the evolution camp:The American paddlefish — known for its bizarre, protruding snout and eggs harvested for caviar — duplicated its entire genome about 42 million years ago, according to a new study published in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution. This finding may add a new twist to the way scientists study how fins evolved into limbs since the paddlefish is often used as a proxy for a more representative ancestor shared by humans and fishes.These means trouble for the fish line and the human line holding the pole.  “This creates extra genetic material that adds complexity to comparative studies,” explained Karen Crow (San Francisco State).  “It may change the way we interpret studies on limb development.” How so?In the last decade, paddlefish have become a useful benchmark in evolutionary studies because their position on the evolutionary tree makes them a reasonably good proxy for the ancestor of the bony fishes that evolved into tetrapods such as humans. However, the fact that paddlefish underwent a genome duplication could complicate what its genes tell us about the fin-to-limb transition, says Crow.“Our findings suggest that the results of previous studies using paddlefish as a comparative species may need to be re-interpreted,” Crow said.You may have thought that humans were bipeds, not tetrapods (“four-foot”), even admitting that babies walk on all fours in their transitional form to adults.  The study basically tosses the paddlefish back into the river as the transitional form that got away.  But casting a good spin with this tangle of phylogeny filament, Crow found new possibilities to bring home a good fish story:Whole genome duplications are game-changing events in evolutionary history that give rise to new species or novel features within a species. They occur when a series of unlikely circumstances coincide, resulting in twin copies of every gene. When this happens, one scenario that could take place is that one gene in the pair keeps its designated function while the other is either lost or takes on a new purpose.“This extra genetic material provides the canvas for evolution to paint with,” said Crow, who studies the evolution of novelty and diversity.In short, she gave up fishing for art.It’s hard not to laugh at these people.  Their concoctions explode in the kitchen, they can’t find the ingredients, and they can’t paint, either.  Like some other famous magicians, they are always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  There’s always truck driving for the desperate.  Use laughter charitably; it may be the quickest and softest way for them to get the hint that they are clueless.  Let them know that the ID community will welcome them into a better fellowship once they quit the Darwin cult and kick the naturalistic magic habit that is its central ritual.Where have all the fishies gone? Long time passing; Where have all transitions gone? Long time ago. Where have all our stories gone? Facts have kicked them, everyone. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

More Fossils Appear Abruptly

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Two more finds show spectacular stasis – the lack of evolution.Echinoderms:  A core from the North Sea shows fossils of echinoderms (a phylum including sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers) doing just fine at an evolutionary date of 114 million years (early Cretaceous) – far earlier than previously supposed.  European scientists said, “the evidence points to an early Mesozoic or older colonization of deep-sea habitats by the modern fauna.”  This discovery causes another rethink: deep sea marine organisms are more resistant to presumed mass extinctions in the geological timeline than previously thought.  From the abstract of their paper in PLoS ONE:Our discovery provides the first key fossil evidence that a significant part of the modern deep-sea fauna is considerably older than previously assumed. As a consequence, most major paleoceanographic events had far less impact on the diversity of deep-sea faunas than has been implied. It also suggests that deep-sea biota are more resilient to extinction events than shallow-water forms, and that the unusual deep-sea environment, indeed, provides evolutionary stability which is very rarely punctuated on macroevolutionary time scales.  (Thuy B, Gale AS, Kroh A, Kucera M, Numberger-Thuy LD, et al. (2012) Ancient Origin of the Modern Deep-Sea Fauna. PLoS ONE 7(10): e46913. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046913.)The summary on PhysOrg emphasized the problem for evolutionary theory by quoting the lead author Ben Thuy, who said, “We were amazed to see that a 114 million year old deep-sea assemblage was so strikingly similar to the modern equivalents.”  Watch the two instances of “than previously thought” in this quote:According to the authors, this evidence shows that the ancestors of modern deep-sea animals have lived in these deep waters for much longer than previously thought. That this collection of fossils appears to have survived several drastic changes in oceanic climates also suggests that deep-sea biodiversity may be more resilient than shallow-water life forms, and more resistant to extinction events than previously thought.Another Cambrian explosion problem:  Priapulids are strange worms that show almost no evolution since the Cambrian explosion.  Science Daily shows a picture of a modern, living priapulid along with an article that describes how they cause selective physical pain to evolutionists:He explained: “The fossils from the Cambrian period can cause a real headache for evolutionary biologists. Instinct tells us to expect simple organisms evolving over time to become increasingly more complex. However during the Cambrian period there was an apparent explosion of different major groups of animals, all appearing simultaneously in the fossil record. We looked at priapulid worms, which were among the first ever predators. What’s remarkable is that they had already evolved into a diverse array of forms — comparable to the morphological variety of their living cousins — when we first encounter them in the Cambrian fossil record. It’s precisely this apparent explosion of anatomical diversity that vexed Darwin and famously attracted the attention of Harvard biologist Stephen Jay Gould.”Casey Luskin commented on this discovery at Evolution News & Views.Here at Creation-Evolution Headlines, we frequently publicize findings that contradict Darwinian expectations.  Here is a prime example: evolutionary biologists themselves, along with their lapdog media, state clearly and without contradiction that these fossil finds were unexpected, were surprising, and cause headaches.  The second story especially shows absolutely no evolution in 530 million years! (see Casey Luskin’s comparison photographs at ENV).  Science Daily stated clearly that [evolutionary] “instinct” told them what to expect, but “different major groups of animals” appeared “simultaneously in the fossil record.”  This reality “vexed Darwin” and still causes a “real headache for evolutionary biologists” today, 153 years later, because the situation has gotten worse since Darwin barfed over it.  How much falsification do you need?  Our pages are loaded with 12 years of evidence like this.  We need to hold this evidence up in front of the Sean Carrolls and Eugenie Scotts of the Darwin Party Propaganda Machine and confront them with it, without letting them get away with sidestepping or bluffing or red herrings.  They expected x, but they got non-x and even anti-x.  It’s game over for Darwin.  Make them face up to it.last_img read more

Lizards that Leap Over Evolution

first_imgThey may appear less evolved to Darwinians, but some lizards are world champions.World’s Fastest Tongue: According to National Geographic, the chameleon sports the world’s fastest tongue. The “remarkable performance” of these “motor mouths” astonished the researchers who watched a chameleon nab an insect, using a high-speed camera shooting 3,000 frames per second. This sluggish-looking lizard has the highest acceleration and power of all the amniotes, a group that includes reptiles, birds and mammals.The results showed that not only did the smaller chameleons perform just as well as their larger counterparts, but in many cases their tongues were actually faster and stronger.For instance, the tongue of Rhampholeon spinosus, an endangered chameleon from Tanzania and the smallest in the experiment, produced a peak acceleration 264 times greater than the acceleration due to gravity. If it were a car, the chameleon’s tongue could accelerate from 0 to 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour in 1/100th of a second.Science Magazine shows a video of chameleons extending their tongues up to twice their body length. Scientists calculate the power output of the tongue at 14,000 watts per kilogram—the highest power output for any terrestrial vertebrate, including cheetahs and pronghorns. But does anyone really need the evolutionary gloss? Is the smaller guy more fit “because small chameleons have evolved larger tongues relative to their body size, handy since they also need to consume proportionally more food to survive”? Live Science quotes an evolutionist opining, “It’s an example of morphological evolution being driven by metabolic constraints.” Then why didn’t horned lizards and snakes get this ability? The evolutionist offered a just-so story without any evidence.Learning Lizards: Monitor lizards called goannas in Australia have been trained not to eat poisonous cane toads, an invasive species that threatens their numbers. The BBC News reports, “the study suggests goannas have the ability to learn from experience and retain that knowledge over a long period of time.” They’re not as dumb as they look for primitive tetrapods newly evolved from the sea, as evolutionists would have it.Gecko Tires: The gecko is well known as a biomimetic icon. What’s new in an article on Science Daily is a creative application of the amazing adhesive power of gecko toes: tires with an adjustable grip. “Imagine a new type of tyres whose structure has been designed to have greater adhesion on the road,” this article based on the European Physical Journal begins. Applying the “fakir” principle that allows a man to lie comfortably on a bed of nails, researchers relied on “a model specifically developed to study the contact between a smooth silicon sphere and textured silicon surfaces featuring a pattern of pillars–both in the micrometric range in terms of diameter and height.” This is similar to the effect of the hairs on the gecko’s feet that can either sit lightly on a surface or press down and create adherence using van der Waals forces. “Nature is full of examples of amazing adjustable adhesion power, like the feet of geckos, covered in multiple hairs of decreasing size.”Intelligent design provided all the impetus to this story: the motivation to study these animals, the astonishment at what was found, and the application to human designs. Darwin, be gone.(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Employment equity body named

first_img28 July 2005Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has expressed confidence at the establishment of a second Commission for Employment Equity.He said that the appointment of the commission, to be chaired by Jimmy Manyi, would add impetus to the quest of achieving equality in the country’s workplaces.The commission’s members are Marlene Bossett and Lebogang Montjane from business, Tefo Raditapole and Neva Makgetla from organised labour, Mzolisi kaToni and Khulu Mbongo from the community sector, and Alfred Tau representing the state.Like the first commission – appointed in 1999 under the leadership of Mapule Ramashala – the second commission is mandated to advise the minister on codes of good practice, regulations, policy and other matters concerning the Employment Equity Act.Mdladlana said the establishment of the commission came at a time when compliance with the law was moving too slowly, with recent statistics indicating that blacks, African women and disabled people were still discriminated against in relation to appointments to influential positions.“The new commission will develop, adopt and implement strategies that vigorously respond to the very slow pace at which we are reaching the overall objectives of the Act,” Mdladlana said.He said his department was balancing enforcement of employment equity compliance with strengthening collaboration with social partners, as well as aligning employment equity with broad-based black economic empowerment, skills development and preferential procurement.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Soccer legends salute Mandela

first_img19 July 2007Around 35 000 spectators were treated to a high-scoring clash between an African XI and a World XI at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Wednesday night in the “90 Minutes for Mandela” football match celebrating the 89th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela.Perhaps appropriately, in a game honouring a man who broadcasts a message of equality for all, the spoils were shared as the sides played to a 3-3 draw.Although he could not attend the match, Mandela, who met with a number of famous world figures in Johannesburg on the day, recorded a message which was broadcast over the big screen at the ground.‘An extra special birthday’“Today is indeed an extra special birthday for me, as I have been given this wonderful gift of a football match played in my honour,” he said.“This match is more than just a game; it symbolises the power of football to bring people together from all over the world, regardless of the language they speak or the colour of their skin.”Mandela had already been kitted out for the match on Tuesday when Brazilian legend Pele, three-time African player of the year Samuel Eto’o, and Fifa Vice-President Jack Warner presented him with an official jersey to commemorate the contest. It featured Mandela’s name and the number 89 on the back, while the front featured the 46664 campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids.Blatter’s messageA message from Fifa President Sepp Blatter was also played before the game. He said: “It is a real pleasure to be able to stage this unique match to honour someone who has dedicated his lifetime to the promotion of human rights and democracy, and who has led the endless fight for freedom not only of his people, the South Africans, but of all mankind.”Pele started the match by kicking off with a ball signed by “Madiba”, the name by which Mandela is affectionately known. However, at age 66, Pele didn’t take an active part in the game.Liberian ace George Weah, although not the young and fit star he once was, showed that he still had the skills, and a touch of pace, when in the first minute he left the World XI’s defence for dead and beat goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta with a delicate chip. Unfortunately for Weah, his shot failed to get the better of the upright and he failed to score.First goalIt was the World XI who were first on the scoreboard through Ivan Zamorrano after only six minutes. Emilio Butragueno – “The Vulture” – carved open the African defence with a beautifully weighted through ball. Ruud Gullit, out wide on the right, then centred a perfect cross for Zamorrano to easily beat Andre Arendse with a header.It didn’t take the African XI long to respond. Eto’o, Kalusha Bwalya and Abedi Pele combined before Pele put the finishing touch to a well placed cross from Eto’o.With 30 minutes played, the Africans took the lead through Egypt’s Hossam Hassan, the world record holder with 167 international caps. Tunisian Zoubair Baya set him up, showing fine touch on his pass, and Hassan did the rest, exhibiting the finishing skills that brought him 80 goals for his country.HalftimeThe World XI drew level once more just before the halftime whistle, with Butragueno and Gullit involved again, along with Iran’s Ali Daei. Butragueno and Daei did the setting up and Gullit the finishing to send the teams into the break all square at 2-2.The African XI had the better of the going in the first half, but Spain’s most capped player of all time, goalkeeper Zubizarreta, showed why he had won so many caps, denying Eto’o time after time to keep the World XI in the game.Hassan, though, had found a way through in the first half, and he was in the right place at the right time early in the second half, to put Africa 3-2 in front.The World XI kept pressing for the equaliser and were eventually rewarded when Spain’s Julen Guerrero found the back of the net in the 73rd minute.3-3, and that’s how it ended.Savoured the occasionEto’o savoured the occasion, telling the Fifa website, “I got the opportunity today to realise a dream to be on the same field as Pele – a legend, a giant. And I also got to play next to great players like Ruud Gullit, my great friends and my seniors.“It was also a dream to sit next to Pele, to be able to talk to him, and meet Nelson Mandela with him. You don’t often get the chance to do things like that. It’s really incredible,” Eto’o said.George Weah, too, appreciated the occasion, saying: “To play for Mandela was the greatest thing that could have happened to me. I was here. I was present. I got my souvenir and I am so happy to have been part of the festivities.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

One million jobs in four years

first_imgCage assistants Moeketsi Momlekoa andNdlaka Mtano at the shaft at Harmony Gold Mine in Welkom, Free State. The Expanded Public Works Programme aims to give the jobless short-term work that will train them in the skills they need tofind permanent employment. (Image:Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), set up by the South African government in 2004 to fight poverty by using existing government budgets to create jobs in labour-intensive projects, has reached one of its major goals a full year ahead of schedule – it has created over a million new job opportunities.In his State of the Nation address in 2003 President Thabo Mbeki announced the new initiative, aimed at drawing at least 1-million jobless people into productive work between 2004 and 2009. Of those, 40% would be women, 30% would be youth and 2% would be disabled.The EPWP arose out of the 2003 Growth and Development Summit, which explored the causes of unemployment. The programme is the major instrument of the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) poverty alleviation strategy, working as a bridge between South Africa’s formal and informal economies.The EPWP has two major components: creating employment using labour-intensive methods, and giving people skills they can use to find jobs when their work in the EPWP is done.Although the projects have a limited lifespan, the main focus is on skills development and access to work, which allows the previously unemployed to take their first steps into the job market.Making an impactIn her annual budget speech in parliament in May 2008, Minister of Public Works Thoko Didiza said the target of a million jobs had been reached by the end of April. Exactly 1 077 801 work opportunities had been created, way ahead of the March 2009 deadline.The EPWP had also surpassed its targets for women and youth, who made up 47% and 40% respectively of those employed.Didiza cited examples of the impact the EPWP has had on the lives of ordinary South Africans. One is Samuel Mangena of Limpopo, a former farmworker who, with the help of the EPWP, brought two acres of land under cultivation, growing tomatoes and other crops. He is now so successful he is able to employ six workers full-time and another 10 seasonally. “Such a daring spirit of entrepreneurial adventure should be an inspiration to the country,” said Didiza.She also mentioned the Siyazenzela waste management project, which combines job creation with care for the environment. In the programme, modelled after one used in Curituba, Brazil, poor households collect garbage from their neighbourhoods and exchange it for food vouchers and groceries. Piloted in KwaZulu-Natal, the programme is to be rolled out to other provinces.“The majority of participants in the Expanded Public Works Programme have earned income during their involvement,” said Didiza, “which made it possible for them to support their families and invest in entrepreneurial activities that have become sustainable after they exited the programme. This has been possible because of the limited training they received while working in the various projects.”She highlighted the Kamoso Awards, initiated in 2007 to reward municipalities, provinces, and other public bodies that showed excellence in implementing the infrastructure component of EPWP in their regions. It was later expanded to include the economy, environment, and social interventions. The awards were presented in July 2008.“The EPWP has been very effective in reaching the target of 1-million work opportunities a year ahead of schedule,” the minister said. “However, we recognise that given the state of unemployment in the country, the EPWP needs to be significantly bigger.”Because of this, says EPWP chief director Ismail Akhalwaya, the programme’s targets may be revised, one of which may be the creation of 1.5-million job opportunities every year by 2014.Phase twoThe second phase of the EPWP, set to launch in March 2009, will include targets up to 2014. The DPW has studied similar systems in Argentina and India and is hoping to introduce some of those methods into phase two.The Indian National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which guarantees 100 days of work annually to at least one unskilled and unemployed person in a rural household where no one has a job, is one of the strategies studied by the DPW. This and other initiatives were on the agenda at the International Labour Organisation’s 12th regional seminar on promoting labour-intensive practices, held in November 2007 in Durban.The use of legislation to address unemployment is still a much-discussed topic, with some experts saying it could increase social dependence and corruption. On the other hand, those in favour argue that the legal route would overcome current objections regarding the temporary nature of EPWP jobs, and would cost up to R30-billion annually in wages compared with the R3-billion currently disbursed – making a far greater impact on poverty.Also under consideration is the potential contribution to the EPWP of non-state institutions such as NGOs and community-based organisations, as well as the private sector and its large number of corporate social responsibility projects.The Business Trust, an association of local companies that works with government to create jobs and provide skills training, already participates in the EPWP, committing R100-million for the programme’s first five years.The EPWP is specifically looking at proposals that will halve the number of unemployed by 2014, said Didiza, in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Under this international programme governments and organisations around the world are working to reduce poverty and provide unemployment for all, including women and the youth, by 2015.Unfortunately, only 14% of EPWP beneficiaries have found permanent jobs afterwards. But Akhalwaya says this problem will be addressed. “The EPWP is an ongoing programme,” he said, “and for phase two we will make the necessary changes to its design, including training and exit strategies, that will improve its ability to deliver on its objectives.”Poor-quality training is another problem the second phase will attempt to solve. “We are using the remainder of the period to address some of the challenges, and to lay out a much larger programme for the next five years,” he said.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSocial development in South AfricaDrive to create a million jobsUseful linksExpanded Public Works ProgrammeDepartment of Public WorksThe Business TrustMillennium Development Goalslast_img read more

Video: Surfing the skies in Soweto

first_imgSoweto is well known to Johannesburg visitors seeking a taste of the city’s African culture and history of resistance against apartheid. Now, adrenaline junkies can also board the bus to Soweto, as a project to develop a “vertical adventure centre” with a distinctive township feel starts coming to fruition. Zoopy TV takes a flying leap from Soweto’s Orlando Towers. Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 23 February 2009.last_img

Brand SA announces appointment of global PR agency

first_imgIMC appoints MS&L as part of our strategy staff to focus on the reputation management of Brand SAThe International Marketing Council of South Africa, the custodian of the South African national brand, has announced the appointment of MS&L Worldwide as its global strategic communications advisor. The appointment follows a lengthy evaluation process which included 16 responses to a public request for proposal and a six-way competitive pitch between short listed agencies.“The appointment of a strategic communications partner comes at a time of great significance for South Africa as a country. The introduction of a new government and national leadership creates a unique platform to profile our country, its economic policies and our global competitiveness. Even more important is the realisation that we undertake this effort within the context of substantial international economic uncertainty,” said Paul Bannister, the acting CEO of the International Marketing Council.“Working with a global agency network such as MS&L will allow the IMC to build the reputation of BrandSA and promote the global competitiveness in markets where we do not have a direct presence. This is a very good fit with the IMC’s collaborative approach to reputation management,” he said.MS&L will service the Brand South Africa team in 10 key markets globally and provide additional market support in countries requiring economic, trade and investment profiling. The 10 key markets include China, India, Brazil, UAE (and broader Middle East region), Egypt, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, United Kingdom, European Union and the USA.“As an agency we have been living, eating and breathing corporate brands for many years. Building the nation brand is not only an exciting challenge, but also a great responsibility – one which we are taking on with honour and pride,” said Amanda Singleton, managing director of MS&L Worldwide | South Africa, the agency’s hub for Africa.About the International Marketing of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign. There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.About MS&L WorldwideMS&L Worldwide is a leading global communications firm made up of a network of communications brands and consultancies with 54 offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Mid East, Africa and Asia, as well as an extensive affiliate network in an additional 40 markets. The agency specialises in using research, insights and technology to create and execute powerful reputation strategies that are critical to long-term client success. With a unique combination of advice, advocacy and action, MS&L delivers measurable business results for many of the world’s largest companies and most successful brands. MS&L Worldwide (www.mslworldwide.com) is a member of the Publicis Groupe (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577), the world’s fourth largest communications group.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: www.brandsouthafrica.comAmanda SingletonManaging DirectorMS&L Worldwide | South AfricaTel: +27 11 235 4300Web: www.mslworldwide.comlast_img read more

Draw ignites 2010 World Cup fever

first_img7 December 2009The 32 teams participating at next year’s Fifa World Cup™ finals discovered their fate on Friday evening when the Final Draw for South Africa 2010 took place in Cape Town.While South Africans learned that the host nation’s opening match at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 11 June would be played against Mexico, it was the Group D line-up which caused arguably the biggest stir.Germany, Australia, Serbia and Ghana will battle it out for two qualifying places for the Round of 16, meaning two nations with passionate support will depart the tournament early.There could be a high-profile casualty from Group G too, after Brazil, Korea DPR, Cote d’Ivoire, Portugal were drawn together.TV audience of 200-millionAn estimated global television audience of 200-million joined the 2 000 invited guests in the Draw hall in watching the colourful and entertaining ceremony unfold.With African sporting stars such as athlete Haile Gebreselassie, rugby player John Smit, cricketer Makhaya Ntini, and footballers Matthew Booth and Simphiwe Dludlu assisting with the Draw, along with England’s David Beckham, it was always going to be an exhilarating occasion, but the undoubted centrepiece came when the eight groups were revealed.An early highlight of the draw was the eye-catching encounter between England and USA, scheduled for 12 June, which evokes the Americans’ famous 1-0 win over their transatlantic cousins at Brazil 1950.Argentina, Nigeria and Greece will get the chance to revive their group rivalry from 1994, while the heavyweight collision between Portugal and Brazil on 25 June also has the feel of a derby. Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR, Cote d’Ivoire, Portugal Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile A night to rememberWith such an array of stars, the event dazzled from start to finish. After a welcome sequence from Lions Head, the mountain that provides Cape Town with such a dramatic backdrop, award-winning musician Johnny Clegg performed “Scatterlings of Africa”, a song made famous by the Academy Award-winning film Rain Main.Fittingly, the first speech of the night came from the man without whom a Fifa World Cup in South Africa would never have been possible: the country’s former president, Nelson Mandela.The 91-year-old, speaking in a special video message, urged his nation to make the most of their opportunity as tournament hosts. “We must strive for excellence in our hosting of the World Cup, while at the same time ensuring the event leaves a lasting benefit to all our people,” he said.Next it was time for two special presidents to take to the stage. Fifa President Sepp Blatter and South African President Jacob Zuma showed their excitement at both the Final Draw and the 2010 Fifa World Cup itself in an entertaining dialogue lasting several minutes.Giancarlo Abete, President of the Italian Football Federation, then handed over the holders’ Fifa World Cup Trophy to Blatter, confirmation that sport’s holy grail is in South Africa and ready to be contested next year.Legendary Portugal striker Eusebio, born in neighbouring Mozambique, was introduced to the crowd before examples of the “Win in Africa, With Africa” campaign were showcased before an expectant audience. Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo duly took to the stage to perform her Grammy-nominated song “Agolo”.JabulaniThe first duty of the show’s guest presenter, Academy Award-winning actress, Hollywood producer and proud South African Charlize Theron, was to show off the official 2010 match ball, adidas’s Jabulani, a name meaning “to celebrate” in Zulu.The multiple Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir continued the theme of happiness with a lively rendition of “Pata Pata” before the arrival of Draw master and Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke signalled the moment of truth.Some of the assembled coaches will have headed away feeling confident; others concerned by the task presented here; yet at least all now know what lies in store as they begin their planning and preparation for next year’s showpiece.Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

KPMG’s South African Wave

first_img KPMG’s Johannesburg staff fly the South African flag high. (Photo: KPMG) Flags big and small lined the bridge outside the auditing and consulting firm as the company’s staff waved to lunchtime traffic in central Johannesburg. Workers at KPMG fly their flags from a bridge in Johannesburg. (Photo: KPMG) 8 March 2010 The staff at KPMG’s Parktown, Johannesburg office came out in their numbers on Tuesday, 2 March to celebrate 100 days to the kick-off of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. A number of companies have come forward to show their support of the upcoming Fifa World Cup, and KPMG is clearly up there with the most enthusiastic! Football Fridays News Desklast_img read more

Glitzy Captain’s Dinner planned

first_imgA prestigious dinner will be held to honour South African football team captain Aaron Mokoena. (Image: www.safa.net)  South Africa’s national football squad captain Aaron Mokoena will be honoured at a high-profile dinner in Johannesburg on 7 June. The event will also help to raise funds for Mokoena’s charity foundation, and wish his team well for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The Aaron Mokoena Foundation, which will host the The Captains Dinner, was founded in May 2008 and uses football as a medium to teach children about healthy living and the importance of education, with the hope of developing them into successful sportsmen and women.“I believe football and sport are a fundamental part of the education of all young people,” said Mokoena. “I believe that all young people should have an opportunity to take part in a range of sporting activities. Participation is important in itself, but football and sport can also develop important values and attributes.”Well-known South African and international public figures from the world of sports, entertainment, government and business will attend the black-tie dinner, which will involve a cocktail reception, dinner, after-party and auctionThe entertainment line-up includes top South African performers such as Hugh Masekela and local R&B artist Danny K.“I am delighted to be able to host this event, which will profile and raise funds for the work undertaken by my foundation. It will be a great night,” said Mokoena.With the dinner being held just days before World Cup kick-off on 11 June, it’ll offer the ideal opportunity to wish national team Bafana Bafana well for the month-long tournament. The team have been drawn into Group A to face Mexico, France and Uruguay.Young championMokoena’s illustrious captaincy of Bafana Bafana will also be celebrated on the night.In 1999, at just 17, Mokoena was called to play for the national squad, making him Bafana Bafana’s youngest member ever. He still holds this record today. “To play for my country is a great honour. To be called up at 17 was a dream come true and I could not have been more proud,” he said.As captain, Mokoena has received the most caps in the history of the team. On the 30th May, he got his 100th cap during the team’s international friendly game against Guatemala. “In September 2009 I achieved a record of 50 caps as captain. I am all too aware of my responsibilities as captain of Bafana Bafana and understand my role as a leader who must motivate, encourage, and enthuse my fellow teammates,” he said.“The year 2010 is the most important time in our nation’s history, when the eyes of the world are on South Africa as we host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It is an exciting time to be a South African and it is an important time to be focused in order to deliver on the field at the biggest football show on earth.”  Mokoena has also led a successful football career in Europe, playing for teams such as Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax Amsterdam, Genk and Blackburn Rovers. He is currently the team captain for English Premiership club Portsmouth.last_img read more

Bafana, Mexico in thrilling opener

first_img12 June 2010South Africa’s national team raised their game in the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on Friday, holding a Mexican side placed far above them in the international rankings to an enthralling 1-1 draw – with Siphiwe Tshabalala unleashing a blistering shot to score the first goal of the tournament.South Africans around the country went into a frenzy when Bafana Bafana opened the scoring in the second half at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium – only to have their hearts ripped out when the Mexicans equalised with 10 minutes to go in the match.Confidence will grow: ParreiraBafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes the national squad will be more confident in their remaining group A matches, having navigated the nerve-wracking opening match without loss.“The first game is always a lot of pressure for both teams,” Pareirra said after the match. Both teams tried to win, and I believe in the next game the team will be more confident.While both teams started cautiously on Friday, Mexican strikers Paul Aguilar and Giovani Dos Santos caused problems for the Bafana defence, prompting some great saves from Itumeleng Khune.The Mexican players denied Bafana space on the field, closing down the link between Steven Pienaar, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Teko Modise. When Bafana did get attacking opportunities, Modise gave the ball away too easily.Shortly after Bafana striker Katlego Mphela narrowly missed a beautiful cross from Tshabalala, Mexico netted from a corner-kick, but were ruled off-side.Second half comes aliveIn the second half, Parreira replaced Lucas Thwala, who was struggling to close down Dos Santos, with Tsepo Masilela.In the 54th minute, Bafana Bafana caught the Mexicans on the counter, Teko Modise giving Tshabalala a beautiful pass. “Shabba” did not disappoint as he made a good run from an acute angle before unleashing a rocket into the far corner of the net to put his side on the lead.Bafana Bafana were all over the Mexicans after that, and should have scored two more goals, Modise having two opportunities with only the goal keeper to beat.In the 79th minute, Rafael Marquez equalised as Bafana’s concentration seemed to lapse, Tsepo Masilela leaving the Barcelona defender unmarked.Four minutes before the final whistle, it looked like Katlego Mphela was going to put Bafana in the lead again, but his shot hit the side-bar.We couldn’t have scripted it better: JordaanDanny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 Local Organising Committee, was full of praise for “the incredible atmosphere and spectacular football” during the opening match, played in front of 84 490 fans.“We could not have asked for more: a capacity stadium, a host nation with a will to win, an incredible atmosphere, and spectacular football,” Jordaan said.“It is just fantastic that the first goal of Africa’s first World Cup went to South Africa, we really couldn’t have written a better script.“Today we have established a template for every city and every town across South Africa to celebrate this World Cup. All of South Africa can be proud of what we have done in front of [a global television audience of] 500-million people.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SAA to fly non-stop to New York

first_imgThe Airbus A340-600 will be used by SAA for the long-haul flight to New York. (Image: Flickr) South African Airways (SAA) passengers will soon be able to fly non-stop to New York – a move that will also ensure faster and more efficient transfer to other popular US destinations. This comes after SAA released an enhanced flight schedule on 26 January 2011. Passengers will have more seats to choose from on the New York route thanks to a bigger aircraft, as well as more seats on flights to destinations in Africa.The revised New York schedule will be effective from 1 May this year.SAA general manager Theunis Potgieter said: “From 1 May 2011 we will offer our customers the convenience of flying non-stop between Johannesburg and New York. Our non-stop flights will allow a full day in Johannesburg with an early morning arrival in New York.“The reduced travel time results in fast and efficient connections to several key US destinations such as Boston, Chicago, Florida, California, as well as Canada and the Caribbean,” added Potgieter.The direct link will mean less travelling time for New York-bound SAA passengers, who currently have to stop in Dakar, Senegal, en route for the plane to refuel.“SAA now offers the fastest and most comfortable way to commute between Southern Africa and this major global hub. Travellers originating from other domestic points and Southern African countries like Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola, and Zambia – and as far north as Kenya and Tanzania – can now be in New York with a single, quick connection via Johannesburg,” said Potgieter.The non-stop flight will depart from OR Tambo International in Johannesburg at 8:35pm local time and arrive at JFK International Airport in New York at 6:40am, local time, the following day. The return flight from JFK departs at 11:15am, New York time, and arrives in Johannesburg at 8:40am.Marc Cavaliere, SAA executive vice-president in North America, said: “Travellers have told us that they truly value SAA’s morning non-stop service from JFK and the range of excellent, same-day connection opportunities it affords to more than 40 destinations in Africa.“But they’ve also expressed that they would love it even more if our return flight also operated non-stop. We’ve answered their calls, and are pleased to announce a return non-stop flight to New York.”SAA will use an Airbus 340-600 for the direct flight.Other routes hot up tooUsing an Airbus 340-600 will also enable SAA to grow passenger numbers on African routes, including Kenya and Namibia.From 27 February, the airline will be able to take 3 500 passengers to Nairobi, Kenya, each week as opposed to 2 918 – the volume allowance at the moment.From 27 March, it will also increase the number of seats from 5830 to 6 746 on seven of its 20 weekly flights to and from Windhoek, Namibia.This will enable more passengers to get from Windhoek to Johannesburg each week to catch connecting flights to Frankfurt, Munich, London and New York.Leading aeronautics manufacturerAirbus has been one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers for the past 40 years, after its establishment in 1970.At 75m, the Airbus 340-600 is the longest such model in operation. With three passenger classes it can hold 360 commuters, while a two-class layout can accommodate 419.It is expertly designed to fly longer distances of up to 7 900 nautical miles.SA’s national carrierSAA has become one of Africa’s leading passenger carriers over the years. It began operations on 1 February 1934 after the government of the time took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways, renaming it SAA.In the 1940s, SAA revolutionised air travel in South Africa by introducing cabin crew on domestic flights and movies on direct flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town.SAA’s cadet training programme – which has been running since the 1990s – enables previously disadvantaged South Africans to train as pilots, ensuring all crew on all flights reflect the unique diversity of the nation.last_img read more

UN launches Mandela Rules for prisoners

first_img12 October 2015The United Nations has launched the Nelson Mandela Rules, a guideline to protect the rights of detainees.Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon welcomed the Revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, describing it as “a great step forward”, on 7 October.The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice adopted the crucial revisions of the 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners at a meeting on 22 May in Vienna, in Austria. Now the Mandela Rules have been adopted by the UN General Assembly, which has published them.The @UN has launched “#NelsonMandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners http://t.co/umAMhDuzo8pic.twitter.com/x75snGO5DL— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela)October 9, 2015UN General Assembly president Mogens Lykketoft recalled the spirit of Mandela. “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails,” he quoted. “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”Lykketoft said that nations had failed to protect the human rights of prisoners. Too often, the driving principle behind prisoner treatment had been to see these individuals as entirely separate from communities and societies.“Hidden from our gaze, and indeed sometimes before our very eyes, prisoners have suffered abuse and mistreatment.”The basic outlineThe Mandela Rules “outlines that there shall be no discrimination; that the religious beliefs and moral precepts of prisoners shall be respected; and that legal representation and protection are mandated in regard to vulnerable groups within the prison populations”, reads the UN website.Ivan Šimonović, assistant secretary-general for human rights, said the revised rules were much more specific on matters such as defining the scope on solitary confinement and first-time guidance on intrusive searches, including strip and body cavity searches.But implementation could be a challenge, said Lykketoft. “The crucial challenge for member states will be to translate these rules into a reality and to increase co-operation both within and outside the UN system to improve the lives of prisoners throughout the world.”Šimonović added: “That is what Mr Mandela would have expected from us.”South Africa chaired the expert group in the revision of the Standard Minimum Rules.The Mandela Rules now contain an expanded section of basic principles, including the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The independence of health care staff is assured, and extensive restrictions are placed on disciplinary measures, including the prohibition of solitary confinement beyond 15 days.Clear and detailed instructions are provided on issues such as cell and body searches, registration and record keeping, investigations into deaths and complaints of torture and other ill-treatment, the needs of specific groups, independent inspections of prisons, the right to legal representation and more.Source: United Nationslast_img read more

South Africans get free access to parks for a week

first_imgTo build South Africans’ pride in the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage, South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering free entry to citizens during SANParks Week. It runs from 12 to 16 September.“When people take pride in the national parks, they will start to understand the importance of conservation,” said SANParks acting head of communications, William Mabasa.#FreeAccess to National Parks starts in 2 weeks. Which Park will you be visiting? https://t.co/LrfOWBBpBL pic.twitter.com/xnfKFLkVGn— SANParks (@SANParks) August 30, 2016Started in 2006, the theme of the week this year is “Know your national parks”. Access to the parks is free to South Africans with a valid identity document; however, entry will also be free to children under the age of 16 without proof of identity.“It should be noted that the free access to the parks will not include accommodation and any commercial activities in the park such as guided safaris in vehicles or guided walks, etc,” said SANParks.Mabasa said this year’s SANParks Week would include exhibitions showcasing the myriad geographical regions of the parks. “The expo will include cultural, conservation, nursery and tourism aspects from the community, rangers and various conservation entities in order to highlight the broader South African biodiversity landscape.”Click here for a detailed list of the parks taking part in the initiative.Source: SANParks and South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Portal to boost African music

first_imgNigerian hip hop artists, Yung L, Olamide, Ice Prince and Phyno, may be big in their home country but are little known outside of it. Music In Africa looks to change that, providing African musicians a platform to access network with artists around the world. (Image: Chocolate City Group) • Karoo music lends weight to TV series • South African jazz greats shine at London festival • Home-grown death metal helps ease Angolans’ pain • Music van de Caab keeps Khoi and San music alive • Voodoo funk: Ambassador of Afrobeat Shamin ChibbaMuch of the popular music coming out of Europe and the US today can trace its roots back to Africa, yet music from the continent is little known. Artists rarely find recognition beyond their own countries.But with the launch of Music In Africa, an online portal serving the continent’s music industry, African music may just get the international exposure it deserves.The South African editor of Music In Africa, David Durbach, explains that the resource is an information and exchange portal for the continent’s music sector, with a focus on education and networking among industry professionals. “We are trying to empower people working in the music industry by empowering the industry itself and by creating opportunities for the musicians. We are helping them expand their markets and their audiences not just in their own country but on the continent.”The Music In Africa Foundation is an NGO recently established with the support of the Goethe-Institute and Siemens Stiftung, two German cultural organisations with a large presence on the continent. “The plan is that these two institutes can give us a push start to becoming an independent organisation,” says Durbach. Born out of a needThough launched in July this year, the project took three years to come into existence. It was established out of a need to improve communication and reliable information between the various music industries in Africa. Because of lacks in these areas, Durbach says, African artists typically have to “crack it in Europe or the US before they [could] expand their market to the rest of Africa”.Such examples are the Ghanaian Afro-pop group, Osibisa, and South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo, both of which became popular overseas before they became widely known in Africa. “There is a huge need for networking opportunities in the industry, not just between musicians but anyone working in the industry, from producers to songwriters.“People in South Africa know very little about what is going on in Zimbabwe let alone Nigeria and East Africa. Yet there is a growing amount of interest. So there is no reason why people working in the music industry should not see themselves as part of a larger pan-African industry.”Those artists who go to the US and Europe struggle to keep in touch with their fans back home, he adds. “This is another way to bridge these two international and national markets.” Open to everyoneThe networking is not only restricted to those living in Africa; rather, it is open to the African diaspora. It is not limited by genre either. “We are not trying to discriminate. We are not saying to a rock musician in Bloemfontein or to someone making African music in New York, ‘You don’t belong on this website’. [It is for everybody who is] involved in African music in any kind of way. We try to be as inclusive as possible.”And Music In Africa is also a perfect tool for those international musicians looking to expand their reach into Africa, Durbach adds. Musicians are finding it more difficult to sell records nowadays and to make a living, they have to perform live. Africa presents local and international musicians with a lot of opportunities to make money at concerts and corporate events.With the internet, musicians are able to take more control over their careers without having to rely heavily on labels. Music In Africa therefore presents to these musicians a unique online portal to promote themselves and even link with promoters and operators for free, explains Durbach. Finding artistsMusic In Africa’s intention is to promote artists from all over Africa. It employs five full-time regional editors – based in Kinshasa, Lagos, Dakar, Nairobi and Johannesburg – whose mission is to find and chronicle music from their areas. These editors also commission articles from contributors.The website includes a directory, a magazine, news articles, updated artist biographies and educational resources. Durbach says the music education portal, which was set up in collaboration the Global Music Academy, will have multimedia tutorials on how to play instruments, music production, royalty collection and copyright law in various countries.The overview texts feature static content on specific aspects of the music industry in a particular country, such as the history of hip hop in Senegal or jazz in South Africa. “They are not written in a way that is opinionated. They are objective, Wikipedia-style entries that are simply written. Whether or not English or French is [the reader’s] first language, they will understand the content.” The futureThe organisation is already widening its reach. On 21 November, it staged launch events at the Salon International de la Musique Africaine in Dakar, Senegal and in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.Next year, Durbach says, Music In Africa will host more events such as workshops and competitions. And after all the countries of sub-Saharan Africa have been covered, it will look to break into North Africa, a region it has not covered yet.“It is a massive task and we are taking it step by step,” Durbach says of the organisation’s attempts at gathering as much information on African music as there is. “The continent is blessed with a lot of musical diversity and talented musicians and it is something that needs to be offered to the world. Music is something that we share.”last_img read more

48PCS Elastic Rubber Hair Bands Ponytail Holders : Very good product stronger as well

first_img Perfect for the ponytail of an old rocker. So far, they haven’t over-stretched, or broken. Perfect for the ponytail of an old rocker. I have thick hair and struggle to find hair bands that dont pop after 1 use- finally ive found a solution. Will be buying in bulk next time. Suit all thinknesses of hair and won’t break. These are great for think hair and minimising damage. One of the best hair bands i’ve used, they don’t stretch out like normal ones. Very very strong , every other band snap after one/two days ( male long thick hair ) these hold superb. Yes takes a week or two but well worth it. P&p packing good ok takes a while hahahaha but exellent bands for thick long hair . Very good product stronger as well. Very good product stronger as well. Excellent for all thickness. My daughter and i have thick hair and find that some bands cannot be wound round enough. These are fabulously stretchy so will stetch tightly enough around thikc hair but likewise if hair is thin then they will also suit. Omg i love this bonds, they’re stronger than i expected. Especially good for thick hair. Great for thick haired people, the name is quite wrong, don’t see why it’s only targeted towards women. So far very happy with the purchase. So far very happy with the purchase. Hair bands fairly thick and elastic enough for my hair. Last longer than other types/makes that i used in the past. Black color universal for all occasions. The only complaint i can have is the lenght of the delivery, which took few good weeks (came from china). I would definitely buy again although it should last me for long time. I have quite thick hair so a lot of bands snap on me. These are great and don’t snap :). Nice and stretchy and work well, but tend to fray little bits of white elastic after a few uses. Great stretch, the size is easily underestimated but it. Great stretch , the size is easily underestimated but it does the job very well. So far very happy with the purchaseexcellent for all thicknessyou have a new customer!Perfect for the ponytail of an old rockerGreat stretch, the size is easily underestimated but it Perfect for thick hair48PCS Black Elastic Rubber Hair Bands Ponytail Holders for LadiesProduct Name : Hair Band;Material : Nylon, RubberColor : BlackBand Girth (Not Stretch) : 13cm/ 5.1″Net Weight : 80gPackage Content : 48 Pcs x Hair Bandslast_img read more

20″ One Piece Hair Extensions wire Wavy Curly – Arrived perfect match for my hair looks great on just with

first_imgHave just got this and it looks great, it looks like it should be alot more Posted on July 28, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair Extensions I cut mine as was a bit too long, adds lovely thickness and length, friends at work have said how natural it looks and were shocked by the price. Well worth it for a extra bit of glamour for day to day. Brushes well too unlike others i have purchased. Good quality of hair but doesn’t come with clips to attach to head. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-07-28 19:55:04Reviewed Item 20″ One Piece Hair Extensions wire Wavy Curly (Chocolate brown)Rating 4.4 / 5  stars, based on  14  reviewscenter_img Have just got this and it looks great , it looks like it should be alot more money am very pleased . Just want too know do i use a brush or comb too brush it ?. Arrived perfect match for my hair looks great on just with i ordered another for more volume so i recommend you order 2. Put it in and you look fabulous. However don’t need to style or put any hair product. I am thinking to get the 2nd one. These hair extensions are fantastic and look so realistic. Good service after my item was faulty the seller refunded me in full very promptly. As for the item itself looks ok for the price you pay. Bought this for a show i was doing. Very easy to put it as its on a wire which was easily hid. The hair did get a bit matted but it looked fine on stage. It’s a great product for the cheap price. Love it Arrived perfect match for my hair looks great on just withlast_img read more

Ohio FFA Convention Fifth Session recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Fifth and final session of the 87th Ohio FFA State Convention was filled with emotion, passion and pride for the FFA. The 7,677 attendees got to hear from the band and choir, listened to an inspiring retiring address from State President Sydney Snider and celebrated with the new state officer team and the more than 800 State Degrees awarded. President Sydney Snider gave an inspirational retiring addresslast_img

Farmer cooperators needed to document effects of pipelines on soil

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Numerous natural gas pipelines have been approved across the state with installation to begin this winter and continue over the next several years. These installations are statewide projects that will collectively result in a large amount of soil disturbance. The effect of this disturbance on crop productivity, and how long it may persist is largely unknown.Ohio State Extension will be starting a pilot study to document the effects of pipeline installations on crop productivity over the next several years. We are looking for interested farmers who will have a pipeline installed through their farm to participate.Our approach will be to use paired-comparisons of 1) area disturbed by pipeline installation versus 2) adjacent area that was not disturbed. We will compare soil properties and yield maps between installation area and adjacent area over the next several years. We will need numerous sites to have scientifically robust information.Interested farmer cooperators wanting to document the effects on their farm will need to:1. Identify and GPS reference one or more paired areas on their farms. These paired areas should be as similar as possible (equally productive, same soil type, same slope, tile, drainage, organic matter, etc.)2. Have yield map files from 2015 harvest in these areas (preferably have yield maps from several previous years).3. Sample baseline soils in these areas this fall after harvest but prior to pipeline installation.4. Be committed to sample soils and crop tissue from these areas and share yield maps from these areas every year.We are calling this a pilot project because we have yet to secure funding to conduct this research. But we need baseline information before the installation for the study to be meaningful. Interested famers/ landholders can contact Steve Culman for more information: culman.2@osu.edu, (330) 263-3787.last_img read more

Meat exports mixed in December

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. pork exports posted a strong finish in 2015 as December volume was the largest since April and the third-largest of the year, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports were below year-ago levels in December and posted the first full-year value decline since 2009.December exports of U.S. pork were up 3% from a year ago to 188,410 metric tons (mt). Export value was $468.9 million, down 13% from a year ago but the highest since May. For the full calendar year, pork exports were down 2% from a year ago in volume (2.13 million mt) and 16% lower in value ($5.58 billion). Pork muscle cut exports increased 3% in volume (1.7 million mt) while falling 15% in value ($4.77 billion), but pork variety meat exports declined significantly in both volume (434,661 mt, down 17%) and value ($808.4 million, down 22%). However, as USMEF has previously noted, year-over-year comparisons, especially for pork variety meat, may not be entirely accurate due to issues with 2014 data for Japan.Pork exports accounted for 24% of total 2015 production and 21% for muscle cuts only — down from 26.5% and 22%, respectively, in 2014. Export value per head slaughtered averaged $48.31, down 23% from 2014.December U.S. beef exports totaled 94,586 mt, down 6% from a year ago and slightly lower than in November, while export value fell 21% to $507.3 million. In 2015, beef exports were down 11% from a year ago in volume to 1.07 million mt. Export value was $6.3 billion, 12% below the 2014 record of $7.14 billion.Beef exports accounted for 13% of total 2015 production and 10% for muscle cuts only — each down one percentage point from a year ago. Export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $277.87, down 7% from the previous year’s record but still up 13% from 2013.“There is no question that 2015 was a challenging year for red meat exports, with several economic headwinds taking a toll,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “But with production increasing in the year ahead in both the beef and pork industries, we cannot afford to dwell on these circumstances or back away from our commitment to the international markets. We must continue to find innovative ways to differentiate U.S. products, win back market share and regain momentum for exports in 2016. That means aggressive pursuit of new customers and new opportunities, in both emerging and established markets.” Pork exports to Mexico set fourth consecutive recordPork exports to Mexico set a new monthly record in December at 67,980 mt, pushing 2015 volume to 718,819 mt — up 6% from 2014 and setting a new record for the fourth consecutive year. Export value was down 19% to $1.27 billion, reflecting lower U.S. prices, but demand for U.S. pork held up extremely well in Mexico considering the peso was down an average of 16% versus the U.S. dollar in 2015.With several U.S. pork plants recently regaining eligibility for China, December exports to the China/Hong Kong region posted the largest volume in nearly two years at 33,691 mt (up 27% year-over-year). In 2015, exports to China/Hong Kong edged 1% higher in volume (339,056 mt) and were down 10% in value ($700.4 million). China/Hong Kong’s imports from all suppliers set a new record of 1.937 million mt in 2015, up 8%. While the U.S. industry capitalized on this trend late in the year, the European Union was the primary beneficiary, capturing about 70% market share.Exports to leading value market Japan struggled in 2015, declining 13% year-over-year in volume (406,186 mt) and 18% in value ($1.59 billion, the lowest since 2009). A recent decline in Japan’s frozen inventories indicates opportunities for import growth in 2016. But the U.S. continues to face increasing competition in Japan, especially from European suppliers.Other 2015 highlights for U.S. pork (with comparisons to 2014) included:Exports to South Korea increased 24% in volume (167,524 mt) and 6% in value ($470.2 million). Korea’s imports from all suppliers expanded in 2015 as domestic pork production recovered slowly from porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and suffered new outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease.After slumping in the first half of the year, exports to Australia rebounded to 57,763 mt (up 15%), while value slipped by 5% to $171.9 million.Exports to the Caribbean increased 13% in volume (41,143 mt) and fell 3% in value ($100.8 million). This performance was led by record-large exports to the Dominican Republic, which surged 38% in volume (23,265 mt) and 13% in value ($53.1 million).Taiwan showed renewed demand for U.S. pork in 2015, with exports increasing 29% in volume (20,278 mt) and 4% in value ($39.9 million). Korea, Taiwan, Caribbean main bright spots for 2015 beef exportsFueled by strong demand for chilled U.S. beef in its retail and foodservice sectors, beef exports to South Korea increased 7% year-over-year in volume (126,093 mt) while slipping 4% in value ($810.4 million). Korea’s imports of chilled U.S. beef were up about 40% in 2015, with U.S. market share reaching 31%.Beef exports to Taiwan increased 4% year-over-year in volume to 35,286 mt and set a new value record of $318.5 million (up 8%). U.S. chilled beef market share in Taiwan is more than 60%, the highest of any Asian destination.Exports to the Caribbean increased 1% year-over-year in volume (23,208 mt) and 7% in value ($165.7 million) in 2015. Similar to pork, the value increase was driven in large part by strong demand in the Dominican Republic ($58.7 million, up 6%), but double-digit increases were also achieved in the Bahamas ($24.6 million, up 11%) and Jamaica ($16.5 million, up 10%).While Japan remained the leading value market for U.S. beef in 2015, exports declined 15% year-over-year in volume (204,927 mt) and 19% in value ($1.28 billion, the lowest since 2012). Japan imported less beef from all suppliers in 2015, but the U.S. lost market share to Australia, due in part to the 10%age point tariff advantage enjoyed by Australian beef under its economic partnership agreement with Japan.While the weak peso affected demand for U.S. beef in Mexico, exports still topped the $1 billion mark for the second consecutive year ($1.09 billion, down 6%). Mexico reclaimed its position as the leading destination for beef variety meat exports, which increased 8% in volume (110,085 mt) and 9% in value ($290.3 million). This helped offset a decline in variety meat exports to Egypt, which fell 15% in volume (103,276 mt) but still achieved a 3% increase in value ($148.6 million). Lamb exports end tough year on high noteDecember exports of U.S. lamb were the largest since June at 1,057 mt, up 44% year-over-year, while value posted a modest increase to $1.79 million. For the full year, lamb exports declined 9% in volume (9,442 mt) and 30% in value ($19 million) as lower exports to Mexico offset gains in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Costa Rica.last_img read more

For Your InFARMation program deadline approaching

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?” is the question Ohio third-grade students are encouraged to answer by March 11 as part of a statewide essay contest. The winning student’s essay will earn an all-expenses-paid field trip for his/her entire class to an Ohio livestock farm.The essay contest is part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s (OLC) For Your InFARMation program, which offers Ohio teachers free educational materials designed to teach third-graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in the state’s economy.To participate, Ohio third-grade teachers and students are encouraged to visit www.ForYourInFARMation.com to obtain the essay guidelines and form. All essays are due March 11 and winners will be notified by April 8.“As more and more Ohio families become generations removed from the farm, it is increasingly important to educate students at a younger age on where their food comes from and the critical role Ohio livestock farmers play in feeding Ohio and the world,” said Jenny Hubble, Ohio Livestock Coalition representative. “That’s exactly the goal of the For Your InFARMation program and the essay winner’s entire class will be able to experience this concept first-hand during their field trip.”The For Your InFARMation materials were developed by OLC with an education consultant and practicing third-grade teacher. These materials support academic content standards for language arts, social studies, science and math. The curriculum also includes a variety of nonfiction reading passages to support teachers with Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.Instructional resources include:• Student Guide with a variety of nonfiction reading passages• Teacher’s Guide with complete lesson plans and links to additional resources• Ready-to-use lapbooks, worksheets and smart board lessons to reinforce key content and skillsMaterials can be downloaded, for free, at www.ForYourInFARMation.com. Students will learn about farmers and the Ohio economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food, energy and renewable resources, as well as careers in agriculture.OLC is a not-for-profit organization representing collective interests of Ohio’s livestock sector and affiliated stakeholders.last_img read more

Fhb1 fusarium head blight gene

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although not as prevalent this year, one problem that eastern Corn Belt wheat growers face frequently is Fusarium Head Blight (Scab). This disease can cause significant yield loss in addition to reduced grain quality and high levels of mycotoxins. Growers have effectively managed head scab with timely fungicide applications.One additional too available to growers for management of Fusarium Head Blight is gene resistance. The Fhb1 gene is widely recognized as an outstanding source of head scab resistance in wheat. This gene is effective in reducing the DON (Deoxynivalenol) levels in wheat, ultimately resulting in better grain quality. DON levels are a major concern in wheat because they cause animal feed refusal, sickness, and decreased weight gain.For the 2016-2017 sales season Seed Consultants, Inc. is offering a new wheat variety (SC 13S26) with the Fhb1 gene. The Fhb1 gene provides Type II resistance, which slows down or inhibits the spread of the pathogens from the initial infection site. Studies have found that the Fhb1 gene has cinsistely reduced infected grains by 27%. Although this gene provides additional protection from head scab, use of fungicides may be needed to maximize scab protection and reduce DON levels.last_img read more

Motter reflects on experiences, relationships as USB chairman

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In his year of service as the United Soybean Board (USB) chairman, John Motter of Hancock County has enjoyed many incredible experiences in his travels around the world representing the nation’s soybean growers.One of his fondest memories of the year took place fairly recently. During the beautiful stretch of October weather for harvesting in the combine cab back home, Motter donned a suit and tie for the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.The event recognized the winner of the 2017 World Food Prize and brought together international leaders, farmers, agribusiness executives, non-governmental organizations, and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food security.“My No. 1 favorite was the World Food Prize event. Norman Borlaug’s granddaughter was there and we had people from six continents and 55 countries and 50 different languages all working to reduce starvation and to make real differences in people’s lives,” Motter said. “It was during harvest, so there were not many farmers there, but it was an incredible experience.”Another highlight for Motter was seeing years of research come to fruition in the form of an improved product and a new market for soybeans.“The Goodyear announcement at the Farm Progress Show in August was special. After six years of research we now have soybean oil in the tread of a tire,” Motter said. “WeatherReady tires are now available for 77% of the passenger vehicles in North America and they outperform the tires on your car today. Soybean oil helps with the performance.”The tires feature a soy-based rubber compound, bringing forward yet another market opportunity for soybean oil and, in return, a profit opportunity for soybean farmers. The announcement of the all-season, innovative line of tires was made possible in part by the soy checkoff.“Goodyear and the soy checkoff share something special: a commitment to innovation,” Motter said. “When we started working with them more than six years ago, it was just an idea, a way to build demand for soybean oil. Now, we have a tire that shows what soy can do on the road.”Goodyear’s interest in soybean oil included a look at sustainability, a priority for many corporations throughout the United States. But, along with increased sustainability, they also found competitive advantage. Rubber compounds made with soybean oil remain soft at lower temperatures, leading to enhanced traction in dry, wet and winter conditions.“As we develop great products that anticipate and respond to the needs of consumers, soybean oil was one of the technologies enabling us to meet a challenging performance goal,” said Eric Mizner, Goodyear’s director of global material science.Improving products and creating new soy markets fit right in with the goals of the USB.“Businesses looking to use soy, even if for sustainable purposes, want to see not only a price-competitive product, but one that functions the same or better than their original product,” Motter said. “That’s why the checkoff works with companies such as Goodyear to test soybean oil and confirm its characteristics, so we can increase demand for our product and ultimately increase our profit opportunities.”Goodyear’s Assurance WeatherReady tire is now offered in a wide range of sizes for cars, minivans and SUVs on the road today.Motter has gotten to learn about agriculture in Australia, meet global food industry leaders, and get the behind-the-scenes perspective of the incredible innovation taking place with soy products. But, as it is with most things, the experiences of the last year have been incredible for Motter not just in terms of the places he has been, but also with the relationships he has developed.“What I have gotten as chairman that I wouldn’t have at another position is the industry connections,” Motter said. “We see bunches of different people and contacts and build relationships. I have a whole book of business cards. I have tried to keep track of who I met and the circumstances I got to know them.”last_img read more

Tax webinar for farmers Jan. 29

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Are you getting the most from your tax return? Farmers and farmland owners that wish to increase their tax knowledge should consider this webinar that will address tax issues important to them. Mark your calendars for Jan. 29, 2018 to participate in this  hour webinar from 10 a.m. to noon.The webinar, which focuses on tax issues specific to farmers and farmland owners will offer insight into topics such as new and proposed tax legislation as well as buying and selling farmland.OSU Income Tax Schools which are a part of OSU Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will offer this webinar on Jan. 29 from 10 to noon.The two-hour program, which will be presented in a live webinar format, is targeted towards farmers and farmland owners who file their own farm taxes or simply wish to arm themselves with more tax information that will help them to better plan for tax filing.Topics to be discussed during the webinar include:New and Proposed Tax LegislationAg Income and ExpensesNet Operating LossesBuying and Selling FarmlandRental PropertyDemolition of StructuresThe cost for the webinar is $35. To register for this live webinar, go to https://farmoffice.osu.edu/osu-income-tax-schools/2017-farmerlandowner-income-tax-issues-webinarThe OSU Income Tax School Program is a part of OSU Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.last_img read more

Michael Bailey named Ohio Farm Bureau vice president

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  1 CommentMichael Bailey of Marysville has been named vice president, strategic partnerships for Ohio Farm Bureau. In this newly created position, he will develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others. He also will be responsible for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation; OFBF Development Corporation; member benefits and services; Young Agricultural Professionals, youth and leadership development programs and Farm Bureau events.  Bailey has extensive experience in building productive relationships, creating partnerships and attaining shared goals and applied those skills in numerous senior administrative positions within state government.  At the Ohio Department of Agriculture, he served as deputy director, executive director of the Livestock Care Standards Board, senior program manager for the marketing division and executive director for the Office of Farmland Preservation. At the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, he was chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources and most recently chief of the Division of Parks and Watercraft.  Bailey is also a major in the United States Army Reserve and is concluding a period of active duty service at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom while serving in Afghanistan, he is currently a military intelligence officer with over 17 years of service.   He grew up working on his family’s dairy and grain farm in Union County, which he now owns and farms with his father. Bailey is also a member of the Union County Farm Bureau. He and his wife, Jess, are raising their four children on their third-generation farm, and they worship at Marysville Grace Church. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Bailey received his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics and a master’s degree in agricultural, environmental and developmental economics.  His addition to the OFBF senior leadership team is part of Executive Vice President Adam Sharp’s actions to realign staff teams and departments around key strategic plan areas of advocacy, membership, communication, financial strength, strategic partnerships and organizational excellence. The process began shortly after Sharp was named OFBF executive vice president in 2016. Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.  This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.Editors: A high resolution photo of Mr. Bailey is available to accompany this story.   1 Commentlast_img read more

Cooperative Relies on RFS Waivers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The farmer-owned CountryMark cooperative and fuel refinery is caught in the middle of the small-refinery exemption controversy.The company operates in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky — most of its customers at more than 100 retail stations are farmers and rural communities that have benefitted from the commodities markets bolstered by the Renewable Fuel Standard since 2005.It is — by EPA’s definition — a small refinery producing 75,000 barrels per day or less.In 2017 and 2018, CountryMark received small-refinery waivers to the RFS.It is one of the few refiners owned by farmers, and small-refinery waivers made CountryMark’s business more viable in 2017 and 2018.On the other hand, the refiner is a big supporter of the RFS. The company blends as much ethanol and biodiesel as possible and fulfills the rest of its legal obligation through buying biofuels credits.Kent Hoffman, an Indiana farmer and CountryMark board member, told DTN the refiner’s need for waivers started in 2015 when its bottom line took a hit when crude oil prices dropped. Yet costs to comply with the RFS continued to rise, he said.“In 2015 it was a huge loss for our refinery as crude oil prices collapsed,” Hoffman said.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lower crude oil prices led to a decline in U.S. production that began in the second quarter of 2015. By the end of 2015 prices dipped to below $40 a barrel — the lowest price since 2009.Click on the link to see the EIA price decline report: https://www.eia.gov/…The price of renewable identification numbers, or RINs, for all biofuels categories in 2015 remained mostly below $1 throughout the year. The highest price for any RIN in 2015 was $1.13 for a D3 cellulosic RIN on July 27, according to EPA’s database.Click this link to view EPA RIN trades and price information: https://www.epa.gov/…In 2016, the price of D3 RINs spiked to a high of $2.35 on Dec. 12, while the prices of other RINs ranged from 52 cents to $1.10 throughout the year.CountryMark’s RFS compliance costs ballooned to more than 350% of profits in 2016, Hoffman said.Refiner costs for natural gas to run the plant and maintenance was about $18.1 million, employee costs came in at around $20.4 million, he said.The costs to comply with the RFS, however, topped them all at about $22.9 million.“Over the next five years, we’re projecting $70 million for compliance costs,” Hoffman said.The refinery started as a gusher well discovered on farm ground in the southwestern tip of Indiana in the 1930s.The farmers who owned the newly discovered oil decided to cash in, so they built a 2,000 barrel-per-day refinery near Mount Vernon, Indiana. Today, it processes about 30,000 barrels per day.The CountryMark refinery brings to market about 450 million gallons of finished fuel products each year to farms, fleets and families. The refiner is owned and operated by CountryMark’s farmer cooperatives.WAIVERS NECESSARYMatt Smorch, CountryMark vice president of refining and logistics, said the process to apply for a waiver isn’t easy but sometimes necessary. The EPA asks companies for a lot of detailed financial information, so a waiver isn’t granted automatically.Because CountryMark has received waivers retroactively, he said the company is allowed to un-retire RINs it has on hand, even though it met its RFS obligation through blending and buying RINs throughout the year. Un-retiring RINs, he said, has led to more RINs flooding the market. That has created lower demand and lower prices for RINs.When it comes to CountryMark’s un-retired RINs in 2018, however, Smorch said the law allows the company to use just 20% of those credits for 2019 compliance.Since RINs prices have fallen, the company may not be petitioning EPA for a 2019 waiver.“Depending on how the rest of the year comes in and where the markets are at, and if our RFS compliance costs are not very high, with the way everything is this year we probably won’t apply for an exemption,” Smorch said.“It wouldn’t pass the red-face test.”The company supports the RFS because it understands its importance to the rural economy and its cooperative members, he said.“We’re a farmer-owned cooperative so we blend as much in our products that we can, and we incent our members to blend,” Smorch said. “Even with everything we do through blending, we are still short.”The company blends 60% to 65% of its obligation and fills the rest through RINs purchases.“We have to go out and buy credits,” Smorch said. “Typically we buy biodiesel and sell it at the diesel price. That’s part of our cost. We don’t own retail. We have branded stations but we don’t own them. With the way the RFS is set up today, mandates are so high that it’s hard to meet in the marketplace. If we fall short of blending, the waivers are a fallback.“Is applying for an exemption something we will do every year? Probably not. It really is there for a safety valve. We’re very supportive of the RFS. We’re in rural Indiana, our refinery is in the southwest part of the state. This is what saving rural jobs looks like.”BIOFUELS DEMANDEthanol and biodiesel interests contend 85 waivers granted by the EPA has destroyed biofuels demand to the tune of about 4 billion gallons since 2016.President Donald Trump reportedly is ready to make a peace offering to farm country at some point, to alleviate the sting felt in rural America where agriculture interests have doubts about where the president stands on the RFS.Smorch said he is unconvinced small-refinery waivers have led to reduced demand for biofuels, especially since the exemptions were granted retroactively.That’s because, as an example, CountryMark already blended as much biofuels as it could and bought RINs throughout the year to comply with the RFS. The company would like to blend more but doesn’t have the ability.If CountryMark decided it was going to meet its RFS obligation only through blending, it would face the daunting task of having to blend ethanol at a blend rate of greater than 12% of all of its gasoline and sell all diesel fuel at greater than B5, or a 5% biodiesel blend.CountryMark, however, is expanding its fuel offering of E15 and continues to look for other biofuels opportunities.Hoffman said the ability to ask for waivers is important to CountryMark’s business.“It is critical to our survival,” he said.“Waivers have made a huge difference on our profitability.”Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

State corn grower leaders to Trump: Uphold commitment to farmers and RFS

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State leaders of corn grower organizations in 23 states sent a letter to President Trump, calling on him to follow the law and keep the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) whole. The letter to the President comes on the heels of the Trump Administration’s most recent approval of 31 new RFS waivers to big oil companies. The 85 total waivers approved under the Trump Administration amount to 4.04 billion gallons, resulting in reduced corn demand due to lower ethanol blending and consumption and a rising number of ethanol producers slowing or idling production.The state corn grower leaders urge the President to stop the harm caused by waivers and restore integrity to the RFS by directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to account for projected waivers beginning with the pending 2020 RFS volume rule.The full text of the letter is below.Dear President Trump,We are writing on behalf of the more than 300,000 corn farmers across the country who are being negatively impacted by a perfect storm of challenges in rural America. The 31 new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to big oil companies, recently approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and bringing total waivers issued under your Administration to 85, could not have come at a worse time for agriculture.Ethanol plants in several states, including Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Mississippi have closed or idled. These closures have cost 2,700 rural jobs and impacted demand for more than 300 million bushels of corn. Corn farmers are beginning harvest and continuing to lose markets to deliver their corn. Frustration in the countryside is growing.Corn farmers are not asking for a special deal. We are simply asking, as we have been for the past two years, that your EPA uphold the law.To effectively stop the harm caused by RFS waivers, EPA needs to account for projected waivers beginning with the pending 2020 RFS volume rule. Accounting for waivers in the annual RFS volume process restores integrity to the RFS. It also allows your Administration to continue granting waivers, as allowed by the law, while keeping the RFS whole.While adding gallons and improving market access for higher blends of ethanol are all policies farmers appreciate and support, future waivers will continue to minimize the RFS, unless your Administration acts to account for waivers beginning this coming year first.We were pleased to see press reports indicating that, following a meeting with farm-state lawmakers, an agreement had been reached to address the harm caused by waivers. With more than 4 billion gallons waived out of the RFS, we appreciate you listening to our elected representatives about what is needed to restore meaning to the RFS. Farmers across the country are anxiously awaiting the release of more details about this agreement. Ethanol plants will continue to close if you don’t act soon, creating a rippling effect throughout the rural economy.Corn farmers are appreciative of your past support for agriculture and ethanol. We especially appreciate your efforts to remove the barrier to year-round sales of E15, but EPA’s current use of waivers undermines growth potential for higher blends of ethanol, reduces demand, lowers the value of our crop, and puts the outlook for the rural economy in jeopardy.Mr. President, we firmly ask that you uphold your commitment to America’s farmers and the RFS.last_img read more

It’s Always Sunny in Geocaching HQ

first_img SharePrint RelatedThrough Twist of Geocaching Fate, #PSNoBoundaries Photo Contest Brings International Space Station Travel Bug to Geocaching Block PartyJuly 8, 2015In “Community”November Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentDecember 13, 2013In “Community”North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment NowMay 19, 2014In “Community” Share with your Friends:More There’s some serious Geocaching going on in this family.Brothers Sterling and Ethan are avid geocachers, and it seems to run in the family. Their mother, Candice, wanted to teach a Geocaching unit to the 120 students in her school’s gifted children program. At the time, though, there simply weren’t enough caches within walking distance of the school.It’s always sunny at Geocaching HQ.Sterling and Ethan are pictured in the middle, with dad David in the center back, and mom Candice on the far left.Like a true geocacher, Sterling came to the rescue.Once he had 100 finds, Sterling hid four geocaches that his mother could take her students to. The class was undoubtedly a success. Within several months, many of the students had over 100 finds (and their parents were getting in on it too). Sterling and his younger brother Ethan maintain their caches carefully, and Sterling himself now has over 200 finds, with 250 in sight.We were so excited that Sterling, Ethan, Candice, and David decided to spend the day at Geocaching HQ…especially since it was Sterling’s 10th birthday. Happy birthday Sterling, and best of luck to everyone!last_img read more

Celebrate a year of medieval heritage with the Treasure of the Temple Knights GeoTour

first_imgWhat do I receive for finishing the Treasure of the Temple Knights GeoTour? Celebrating a year of adventures along Spain’s first GeoTour. In the valleys of Saja and Nansa in western Cantabria, Spain, 148 geocaches await you on the Treasure of Temple Knights GeoTour (GT8C). In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Spain’s first GeoTour, the hosts have planned a weekend full of events. This is your opportunity to find caches in an array of terrains, from the sea to the mountains, that  make this GeoTour an unforgettable experience. Spanning an area of 1,000 square kilometers, this GeoTour was developed with the cultural and environmental heritage of the region in mind. There are even specific locations designed for kids based on mythological creatures! With activities suitable for all ages, there is no better time to become a templar knight while exploring the Cantabrian landscape! Saturday, 14 September: Fiesta final 1 Año de GeoTour (celebration event). Caching options include guided routes by electric bike and stand up paddle surfing. Sunday, 15 September: join other geocachers in caring for the Saja River by cleaning it up with the “Let’s clean the Saja River Paleochannel!” CITO Event (GC8BG50)Other activities include a medieval dinner, costume contest, and equipment rental for the ferrata climb for free for a limited time from Guia de Picos to access a T5 cache! Other companies nearby will offer the equipment at a 15% discount. The anniversary weekend is full of activities revolving around caching and outdoor exploration! Join the guided tours along the medieval route of the Templar Knights to reach some of the most complicated and hard-to-reach places of the 148 geocaching treasures. What does the celebration weekend include? SharePrint RelatedSpain’s Treasure of the Temple Knights GeoTour (GT8C)September 18, 2018In “Community”France’s First GeoTourMarch 4, 2014In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community” Find all active and temporarily disabled caches on the GeoTour to earn the unique, digital souvenir for your Geocaching.com profile! Fill out the tours’ passport to track your progress and receive an exclusive geocoin once you log 100 caches. Looking for this post in Spanish? Click here.Share with your Friends:More Combine geocaching and travel to uplevel your vacations. GeoTour Hosts highlight the best of the best from their destination. View the map and complete list of GeoTours here. The hardest part will be choosing which GeoTour to do first!  last_img read more

Why Amazon, B&N and Co. Should Embrace the iPad

first_imgJudging from what we have seen so far, Apple’s new iPad will be a great device for reading e-books. The iPad will obviously come with Apple’s own e-reader software – but that’s only half the story. Users will also be able to read their Kindle and B&N e-book purchases on Apple’s new device. After all, nobody is going to stop Amazon, B&N and any of the independent e-book publishers from creating their own applications. That is, of course, unless Apple decides that these apps now “duplicate” a core feature of its own apps and decides to ban all other e-reader apps from the devices.We have to admit, though, that this seems like a highly unlikely scenario. Apple surely doesn’t want to get caught up in another Google Voice-like brawl.It’s All About the AppsThe iPad has the potential to kill off the Kindle and other e-readers – though some will always prefer e-paper displays over the iPad’s backlit display. For Amazon, the discussion between proponents of e-paper displays and those who prefer the flexibility of Apple’s color touchscreen is almost irrelevant, however. After all, the Kindle software is already available on multiple platforms – including the iPhone – and while Jeff Bezos would surely like to see the Kindle become the dominant player in this market, Amazon’s core business is selling books and not selling its own hardware devices. B&N and every other player in the e-book business will surely develop their own applications as well and for almost everybody in this business but Sony, creating hardware is more of a distraction than a core competency.As far as we know, Apple plans to sell most e-books in the iBook store for around $14.99. That’s more expensive than books in the Kindle store or the B&N e-book store, but it’s still significantly lower than the price of a hardcover book. Unlike Amazon, Apple also won’t have to subsidize the prize of the books. If anything, Apple’s pricing strategy might just give Amazon an excuse to bring its prices up to a point where it doesn’t lose money on every sale.Good for Textbooks, TooWe should also note that Amazon has had absolutely no success in positioning the Kindle as a device for textbooks. The iPad, on the other hand, seems to fulfill all the requirements of most students. The device can display interactive content and thanks to its touchscreen, optional keyboard and the ability to easily annotate text, textbooks might just turn out to be one of the iPad’s killer features.Apple’s Advantages and DisadvantagesApple’s largest advantage right now is that it’s the default e-book store on the iPad. The iPhone, however, has clearly shown that downloading a free app from the app store is something users are very comfortable with, and Amazon and B&N have enough marketing power to spread the word about their apps.The iPad is obviously a far more expensive device than the Kindle or the Nook. Even the cheapest iPad will sell for almost twice the price of a standard Kindle and users will have to pay for the 3G connectivity that is free on the Kindle, Nook and some of Sony’s Readers. On the other hand, though, the iPad will offer far more functionality than today’s e-readers. We also still have to see if Apple’s claims about the iPad’s battery life will hold up. One of the big advantages of today’s e-paper e-readers is definitely their battery life.What do You Think?Will the iPad turn out to be a great device for e-books? Or do you simply prefer e-paper and you can’t imagine reading a book on the iPad’s LED screen? Or are you afraid that the iPad will be so successful that it will kill off local bookstores?See also: ReadWriteWeb’s complete coverage and analysis of the iPad on our iPad topic page. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Apple#E-Books#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Facebook Goes Extra-Light: Announces Stripped-Down Mobile Site

first_imgTags:#Facebook#mobile#news#NYT#social networks#web Related Posts At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, Facebook announced Facebook Zero, a new stripped-down mobile version of the popular social networking site. Zero, which will go live within the next few weeks, will allow users on slow connections and basic phones to access the service through a very basic version of the site. By default, Zero will not feature any images or other bandwidth-heavy features. Facebook also plans to offer a more feature-rich version of Facebook Zero through deals with select mobile carriers.Given that over 100 million Facebook users now access the service’s mobile site, it makes sense for the company to try to cater to the widest possible variety of potential users. With Facebook Lite, the company already offers a very basic version of its service for desktop users on slow connections. This version is mainly aimed at users in the developing world.If you try to go to zero.facebook.com right now, this message will appear: Sorry, your carrier does not support zero.facebook.com. As Robin Wauters notes, chances are that Facebook plans to offer carriers the most basic version of Zero for free. Mobile operators will be able to charge for the premium version. It’s not clear if Facebook plans to take a cut of these fees. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos frederic lardinoiscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

46% of Web Users are Ready for HTML5

first_imgUpdate: as some our commenters pointed out below, we forgot to mention two things: 1) there is still some discussion over what the canonical codec for HTML5 video will be, and 2) some of the browsers that Chitika considers to be HTML5-compatible only support some aspects of the HTML5 specs. We should have made this clearer in the original report and regret this omission.Given that the HTML5 vs. Flash debate has gotten a lot of attention lately – thanks, in no small part to Steve Jobs’ declaration of war against Flash – it is good to see that so many users are already using HTML5-compatible browsers. While the market share for Internet Explorer continues to drop, Microsoft’s browser still accounts for about half of all Internet traffic. The next version of Internet Explorer will support HTML5, but given that Internet Explorer users are rather slow at updating their browsers, it will likely be a while before all of Microsoft’s users will run compatible browsers. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… HTML5 is quickly becoming an important part of the Web surfing experience, and according to online ad network Chitika, almost half of all Internet users are already using HTML5-compatible browsers. On Chitika’s network, Firefox (version 3.5 and higher) is the most popular of these HTML5-compatible browsers, followed by Chrome and Safari, with Opera coming in a distant fourth in this race. The league of HTML5-incompatible browsers is mostly comprised of different versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.Firefox 3.5+ makes up almost half of all HTML5-compatible traffic to Chitika’s networks, while Internet Explorer 8 accounts for half of all HTML5-incompatible traffic. To determine a browser’s HTML5 readiness, Chitika looked at the browser’s ability to render HTML5 video.center_img In this context, it is worth pointing out that – according to Adobe’s own data – Flash still holds a strong lead over HTML5, as it is installed on 99% of all Internet-enabled desktops. Flash Player 10, the latest version of Adobe’s Flash plugin, is now installed on 97% of all Internet-enabled computers in the U.S. and Canada. It is also worth noting that Google is one of the strongest backers of HTML5, but at the same time, the company also plans to ship Flash with every version of Chrome soon. According to Google, this is meant to ensure the best possible browsing experience for Chrome users.Image credit: Flickr user squidish. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Browsers#NYT#Statistics#web last_img read more

Factual Aims, Credibly, to Become Wikipedia 2.0

first_imgTags:#Location#NYT#web We first wrote about Factual in September and I’ve been excited about it ever since. The company’s location data seems to be getting good reviews from data consumers, but there are clearly sets that need cleaning up, too.Have you spent any time on Factual? What’s your assessment of the site’s viability? The company has assembled a very strong team, but it’s in a crowded market, too. If it can build a community of human editors, business users willing to write-back changes to its data set and strong technology to do the bulk of the heavy lifting and judgement calls on credibility, we may find the web using Factual to describe the world much like users use Wikipedia today to discuss and learn about it. That would be an exciting platform. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Imagine an online community that combines user contributions, editing and fact checking like Wikipedia, with automated data extraction like Google and complex artificial intelligence to create a rich description of the world around us that is continually refined over time. That’s what well-backed data startup Factual is aiming to create and every time I learn more about it, I fantasize about getting in and contributing to that community just like early contributors to Wikipedia did.While Wikipedia is a huge destination site, however, Factual is a data service that will be used as a platform by other sites that want to borrow the data it has captured and refined about places, people and things in the real world. Founder Gil Elbaz, one of the inventors of the technology that became Google’s advertising platform and the leader who raised money from red hot investors Andreesen Horowitz for Factual, did a fascinating interview with GPS Business News this morning where we learned more about the technology behind his site.Elbaz tells interviewer Ludovic Privat that any partner site or individual can submit a data set, a data point or an opinion about a data point.“So if you go to one of our tables and double click into a cell, you’ll find a rich history of opinions about what, for example, is the right phone number for a business. Then it’s our job to examine all these opinions and look for some sort of consensus or pattern that leads us to believe that one of them is right and one is wrong. “The job of cleaning this data, looking for spammy submissions, analyzing the sources or users that are submitting this data and then trying to boil it down into the right answer requires a lot of technology…It also comes from a sophisticated machine-learning stack that can leverage a significant proportion of the web and use various natural language technologies to structure unstructured or semi-structured data that’s on the web and pull facts from the web to validate them. “It is a living, breathing database in the sense that our partners and end-users can access our write-to API and correct things in the database in real-time and our developers have real-time access to these corrections.”Elbaz says the company is incentivizing partners to participate in the refinement of the data, including through a program where users of the data can opt-in to sharing any improvements they make back with Factual. The company announced partnerships with Facebook Places and the wildly popular social game MyTown by Booyah, earlier this month. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Sony’s Streaming Music Service Goes Live in the U.S.

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#NYT#web audrey watters Sony joins a number of music streaming services today with its launch of “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity.” The service has been available in parts of Europe since last year, and arrives in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand today.Membership will start at $3.99 a month, with a $9.99 per month subscription that will give you on-demand access to the Music Unlimited catalog and with the ability to suggest music you might like based on the songs you already own or listen to. The service boasts more than 6 million songs, giving Sony Music Entertainment and its partners in the endeavor – Universal Music Group, EMI Music and Warner Music Group Corp – the ability to sell directly to customers.The streaming service is currently only compatible on Sony-specific devices like the PS3, Blu-ray players, Sony Bravia TVs, and VAIO laptops. There are plans, says Sony, to offer it on mobile devices later this year.Streaming Subscription Service (But Not for iOS)These features of the new service all point to the current landscape of the music business – the increasing popularity of subscription services (such as MOG, Rhaposdy, and Rdio), for example, and the continuing struggles of the record industry to adapt to (declining) digital music sales. But the launch of Music Unlimited also comes on the heels of Apple’s announcement this week of its new subscription service, and the news that Apple would start to charge a 30% commission for purchases made within an iOS app. The news comes as Apple tries to gain more control over content bought and sold via apps on its platform, something that made Sony’s proposed Reader app run afoul of the new rules and fail to be accepted into the store.There were rumors earlier this week that Sony was planning on removing its music from iTunes in response to Apple, although Sony Network Entertainment COO Brandon insists that’s not the case. Nonetheless, it’s also noteworthy that Sony’s new service isn’t available on mobile devices – interesting since streaming-on-the-go is part of the benefits of streaming your music. center_img Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Where You Build May Matter More Than What You Build

first_imgOne of the things I like most about my seven-mile bicycle commute into work is the chance it affords me to just think about stuff in an unfocused way. When I drive to work (more often than I’d like) I usually have the radio on, letting the “Morning Edition” reporters direct my thoughts.Sometimes, on these half-hour meditations along Route 30, I actually come up with interesting ideas. A few years ago, one of those was a realization that I needed to dig into—and publicize—the significance of “where we build” as a new measure of the energy intensity of buildings. I had been writing about and consulting on energy consumption of buildings for nearly 30 years, but had said very little about the significance of energy use getting to and from those buildings.My interest in this issue had been piqued a few years earlier when a New York City colleague, Dan Nall, who is both a registered architect and engineer, mentioned in a lecture that he had done some back-of-the-envelope calculations showing that a typical office building required as much energy getting workers to and from the building as the building itself used. Could that really be the case? I resolved, on that bike ride, to figure that out.I spent several weeks digging into this question, then published my findings in the September, 2007 issue of Environmental Buildings News (EBN), the national newsletter our company puts out from its Brattleboro, Vermont office. That article, I think, is one of the two or three most significant that we’ve ever published.I started by collecting a bunch of data from government sources: the average commuting distance by U.S. workers; the breakdown of commuting by modes of transportation (76% is in single-occupancy vehicles); the average fuel economy of our vehicles (21 mpg); and building occupancy in square feet per office worker. Given this information, I was able to calculate the average energy use for transportation for an office building per square foot of space.I wanted to come up with a metric for the transportation energy use associated with buildings that was parallel to the metric used to measure the energy intensity of a building—for heating, cooling, lighting, computers and other uses. This is commonly reported in thousands of British Thermal Units, or Btus, of energy per square foot per year (kBtu/sf-yr). The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the average energy intensity of office buildings in the U.S. is 93 kBtu/sf-yr. If I could calculate the average energy consumption for commuting using this same metric, I’d be able to show how the commuting energy use compared with the direct building energy use. I called this value “transportation energy intensity.”The results were really interesting. Using these admittedly crude assumptions, I found that office building energy use for commuting averages 121 kBtu/sf-yr. That’s 30% more energy than an average office building uses itself. So it takes more energy to get to and from our office buildings than those buildings use directly!Even more significantly, if we make the same comparison using a new office building that is built according to modern energy codes (ASHRAE 90.1–2004), we find that the transportation energy use is nearly 2.4 times as great as the direct energy use of the building!This is really significant, because in the past few decades tremendous effort has gone into making buildings more energy efficient, but very little attention has been paid to where we put those buildings. Building location, it turns out, has a huge impact on the total energy use of those buildings.This understanding argues strongly for considering in our planning: access to public transit; the walkability of our communities; access to safe pathways for walking and biking; and zoning regulations that permit mixed-use development (combining residential and commercial development in an area). While I used office buildings to make this argument, it would also hold true, to varying degrees, for other building types, such as schools, retail stores, and houses. The most energy-efficient, “greenest” house won’t be all that green if its owners have to drive twenty miles to work or to pick up a quart of milk.The EBN article came out at an opportune time. The LEED Rating System (a way to measure the “greenness” of buildings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council) was undergoing significant change in late 2007, and based in part on my findings, the relative weighting of points relating to location and alternative means of transportation was significantly boosted. The Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago is currently working to advance this idea of “transportation energy intensity,” and I recently had a conversation with someone from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) about how to address this concept in siting new federal buildings.For me, even though I live in a rural area, seven miles from my office, this understanding of transportation energy intensity inspires me to get on my bike and enjoy that invigorating (and sometimes mentally productive) ride to work.last_img read more

Stuff I Learned at Joe Lstiburek’s House, Part 1

first_imgThe invitation was too cool to be real: My name was somehow on a list of “experts” who were invited to take part in a Building America Water Heater Expert Session on combo systems. The invite noted that the session was to be the day before Joe Lstiburek’s Building Science Summer Camp, and “it is expected that the information obtained will lend itself toward the eventual production of a guide for the best practice application of combination space and domestic water heating systems for new and retrofit residential construction.”I noticed a heavy representation of tankless water heater manufacturers, as well as researchers and giants of the industry Gary Klein and Larry Weingarten. Martin Holladay was invited as designated skeptic and naysayer, a role he served vigorously.Needless to say, I got there an hour earlyTo get us started, Hugh Magande from Rinnai ran us through the ignition sequence of the Rinnai condensing and modulating domestic water heater and discussed improvements they have made to shorten it, especially on re-starts after a brief off cycle, to reduce the “cold water sandwich” problem.Originally the systems required a ten-second cold fan run to clear any residual propane from the combustion chamber and “prove draft” before starting the ignition sequence. Rinnai has reduced this time; the new range is from 10 seconds to as low as 2 seconds to cold start and shorter for re-start after short off periods (short bursts of hot water in close sequence). Stuff I Learned at Joe Lstiburek’s House, Part 2Using a Tankless Water Heater for Space HeatStorage vs. Tankless Water Heaters RELATED ARTICLES center_img Rinnai has responded to the new ultra-low-flow faucets by dropping the low-flow limit from .7 to .4 gpm for cold start and .2 gpm for re-start, but with less than .3 triggering the shutdown. Once first burn is proved, the two central gas valves ignite and, if water doesn’t come up to temperature, two more light, then two more. Water is heated to as high as 180°F and then mixed down to the set-point by a computerized mixing valve.Setting the water temperature too cold can cause low-flame issues, so a 140°F set-point leads to the cleanest burn. Cooler intake water is directly related to better energy efficiency. At 100°F the water heater has an efficiency of 91%; at 110°F that drops to 89%, at 120°F only 88%, and at 130°F intake water it drops it to 86%.Of course, a few years ago we considered 86% efficiency to be pretty darn good, but these days we’re seeking durability and low first cost at 90% efficiency — plus the capacity to provide both domestic hot water and space heating.What could possibly go wrong with tankless water heaters?Martin Thomas from NRC (Natural Resources Canada) shared photos of tankless water heaters hooked up to small electric water heaters used as tempering tanks which provide hot water to fan-coil units for forced-air heating systems.Thomas discussed the problems encountered in these systems: reduced tankless water heater efficiency and perpetually clogged intake filters. Running the tempering loop off the tank bottom at 110°F gives limited opportunity for condensation, but as soon as the water leaving the bottom of the tank exceeds 120°F, you no longer have a condensing water heater. Worse, the warmer water makes the modulating water heater turn down to its lowest setting which, like running a car at 15 miles an hour, further reduces the efficiency of the unit.People in the audience spoke of measuring the efficiency of on-demand water heaters at about 50% when choked down in this fashion. I have certainly witnessed this problem, as well as soot build-up on heat exchangers when burning propane this way. So if you’re running a tankless water heater to maintain heat on a tempering tank for use in a radiant floor, you won’t get any benefit from using a modulating unit and very little from using a condensing unit.Non-modulating units are cheaperThe folks from Bosch were very quick to note that their units are non-modulating (and most of them are non-condensing and sell in big box stores for around $600). Here I was installing the best Rinnai and Quietside units and I would have been better off with the inexpensive Bosch from Home Depot, which would probably have allowed me to size the recirculation pump down to a Taco 006 (instead of the more expensive Taco 009s we’ve been using).Dave Hammond from A.O. Smith spoke about using a fast-acting probe-type thermistor rather than the surface-mounted aquastat typically found on the electric tank water heaters to activate and shut down the recharge pump more quickly, improving system efficiency by reducing recharge time.A casual side comment made me go “Ah ha!” — when someone spoke of wrapping thermistors in electrical tape to “prevent those problems you get when you have metal-to-metal contact with thermistors.” I’ve sure seen the problem, but never realized the solution was so simple.Rolling the tank stings two waysThe clogged intake filter problem seems to be related to debris coming from the anode rod. The problem is exacerbated by tank turbulence (AKA “rolling the tank” — when incoming water creates a current that sends hot water to the bottom of the tank and pushes cold water and sediment to the top). So using a smaller pump with a shorter run-time could reduce tank turbulence and help solve this problem.I spoke about returning the water to the tempering tank using a horizontally mounted perforated “solar” dip tube to diffuse the flow and layer the hottest water into the top of the tank, to press the coldest water from the bottom of the tank to the tankless water heater.The folks from Bosch proposed that plumbers just remove the filter after two months of operation, as their equipment only needs the filter in long enough to keep any teflon tape and pipe dope from jamming the flow. However, the Rinnai and Navien reps at the meeting didn’t jump on that bandwagon.It’s Larry Weingarten’s turnLarry Weingarten from Water Heater Rescue spoke of using a J-shaped cold-water dip tube to push debris up against the drain port, facilitating tank cleaning during maintenance.Combined heat and hot water systems increase tank cycling and accelerate aging, so tank durability is an important part of this discussion. Weingarten stimulated a glorious conversation with graphic photos of tank failures and premature anode-rod decay. He proposed the idea of buying souped-up electrically powered anode rods and avoiding soft aluminum anode rods, and he explained how to tell the difference between magnesium and aluminum anode rods by looking for a bump on the nut (bump good, flatness bad).Larry also sold me on using plastic-lined steel nipples to minimize corrosion in the transition between glass-lined steel tanks and brass or copper fittings. He also made a convincing argument to replace the plastic drain port at the bottom of the tank with a proper 3/4-inch ball valve and to take the time every year to flush the corrosive sediment.The low flow rates of modern WaterSense-listed fixtures has created problems with tankless water heaters that tempering tanks can help address. Larry led a discussion on faucet aerator designs, citing Brycor and Neoperl. You can open up your design choices in faucet selection and just swap out the aerators — the low-flow ones are even helpfully made from green plastic, so the green building rater can verify the swap. We also discussed the pressure drop of different tankless water heaters, noting that the same flow from a Taco 009 pump on a Rinnai would require a Taco 013 in a Navien.A vote for simplificationMartin Holladay pointed out (vigorously) that we were all going around our elbows to get to our thumbs, by designing and fine-tuning these complex systems when we should just give up and admit that we need one appliance to heat domestic hot water and another to heat the home. (My lead plumber, Matt McDonald, points this out to me on a regular basis, much to my annoyance.) He also noted that most of the suggested modifications to tankless water heaters used for space heating — adding a storage tank, a huge intake filter, and a circulating pump, for example — complicated the systems in the effort to restore the advantages of a cheaper tank-style heater.Martin loves wood stoves, solar water heaters, and wall-hung minisplit heat pumps, but he has a point. From my perspective, I just can’t imagine building a passive solar house without a well insulated slab floor, and I can’t imagine skipping the opportunity to put radiant piping in a slab and heating it with a water heater, especially with a solar tie-in.Someone in the audience pointed out that A.O. Smith makes the Vertex condensing tank-type water heater that doesn’t cost much more than a good condensing tankless water heater, and solves many of the problems of marrying a tankless to a tempering tank. The Vertex still hits condensing efficiencies when supplying heat and hot water (or in a radiant floor application). Up to now, condensing tank-type water heaters like Triangle Tube, Polaris, and Phoenix have been much more expensive than condensing tankless water heaters, but it appears that the Vertex at least is competitive with all but the Bosch, which appears to be what we should have been using all along.Problematical standards, againThe discussion then degraded to raging against the test standards by which these devices are rated. Most excoriated was the ASHRAE 124-2007, “Combined Heat and Hot Water Annual Efficiency Test Standard,” which prescribes supply and return temperatures which may not be the temperatures your equipment is designed for, and further requires that all “smart controls” be disabled prior to testing the equipment. The test gives no way to assess the real-world performance of a system with advanced electronic optimization.Slightly less vitriol was directed at the Canadian CSA P.9-2011 standard, and mention was made of a new ASHRAE 206 standard for heat-pump water heaters.I inserted my foot in my mouth by kvetching about how our local HVAC contractors have taken radiant heating away from the plumbers here in North Carolina through activism with their licensing board. My comment fired up the HVAC contractors in the back of the room, who took exception to my complaint. I countered that profiteering by the HVAC industry is slowing the acceptance of minisplit wall-hung heat pumps, because folks who sell ducted heat seek higher markups from systems that are ductless.We agreed to revisit it at the club house, and eventually all ended well. Last year I ticked off the spray foam industry by bringing up the halogenated flame retardant issue; this year I ticked off the HVAC guys. Joe says I’m not off the list so far, so I’ll see who I aggravate next year.The elephant in the roomWe are all expecting the manufacturers who are putting out these tank-top heat pump water heaters to come out with minisplit versions, where the compressor is located outdoors and doesn’t heat your water by cooling the air that has just been heated by your furnace, but instead harvests heat from outside the house. I assume that they are still working out the issues of stripping the heat off the coil efficiently, and I hope that they will get these products on the market soon.At this point the Daikin Altherma, Multi Aqua, Space Pak, Unichiller RC, and Aqua Products reverse-cycle chillers are too multi-purpose and expensive to economically serve the simple need to heat a tank of water with a recharge rate of 60 to 140 kBTUh (the typical range for combined heat and hot water systems). Most of these are designed to provide both modulating heat and cooling to fan-coils in forced-air applications.We need to see a convergence of these technologies, and I think a lot of that innovation will come from the folks at the annual Westford Summer Camp.last_img read more

Veterans Will Get Training as Solar Installers

first_imgBeginning this fall, some veterans who are leaving active military duty will be able to get training at one or more military bases to become solar installers, the White House said.The effort is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Instruction Training Network, which hopes to train 50,000 installers of photovoltaic (PV) systems by 2020.SunShot already supports training centers around the country. The White House announcement wasn’t specific about where the veteran training would take place, but said SunShot would partner with as many as three military bases to create a pilot program for veterans this fall.“The new training project will connect up to 30 motivated, tech-savvy military personnel at each base with SunShot-supported accredited solar training institutions,” the announcement said. “Ultimately, lessons learned from this first successful pilot will enable the Energy Department and military branches to expand solar training access to interested veterans, tapping into the Department’s nearly 400 solar training partner institutions nationwide.”The announcement came in advance of the United Nations summit on climate change last month. Other initiatives in the absence of congressional action on climate change include a $70 million program by the Department of Agriculture to pay for 540 renewable energy projects in rural areas, and stricter efficiency standards for air conditioners, the Associated Press reports. Will there be a surplus of installers?Training will cover panel installation, connecting PV systems to the grid, and how to comply with local building codes. Solar installers Vivint Solar, SolarCity, and SunPower all have pledged to interview graduating military trainees for jobs, the White House said.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a solar installer was $18.22 per hour, or $37,900 a year, in 2012.In 2012, there were jobs for 4,800 PV installers in the U.S. The field was expected to grow by 24 percent by 2022, more than twice as fast as the average for all occupations. But because the field is still relatively small, that would result in only 1,200 new jobs for installers over the 10-year period, the bureau said.It looks as if there would be many more trained installers than jobs. But one government official said the discrepancy might be explained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ narrow definition of the position. Other solar jobs would be available in related areas, such as electricians or construction workers.The bureau also said the long-term outlook for job growth depends on government incentives and PV costs, among other things. A key incentive, the 30 percent federal income tax credit on solar and other renewable systems, is now scheduled to expire at the end of 2016.last_img read more

EPA Issues Radon Reminder

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency is hoping that more people will take steps to reduce their exposure to radon, a naturally occurring, odorless gas that kills more than 21,000 Americans every year.January is “National Radon Action Month,” and the EPA has posted a variety of links to information on radon and how to lower risks from exposure. Radon is produced by the breakdown of radium and uranium in the soil and gets into houses through cracks in the foundation or via well water. Health officials estimate that one in 15 homes in the U.S. have elevated levels of radon in indoor air.Radon’s only known health effect is lung cancer. Radon substantially increases the risk of lung cancer among smokers, and it kills nearly 3,000 people a year who have never smoked.The World Health Organization says that radon is responsible for up to 15 percent of all lung cancer cases worldwide. The “action level” is not a safe levelConcentrations of radon can be tested with a simple kit. (Home Depot sells kits for about $10, and they’re also available from a number of online sources.) The EPA recommends that homeowners take steps to reduce radon levels when tests show concentrations of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) in indoor air. But because there is no known “safe level” of exposure, the EPA also suggests homeowners consider remedial steps when radon levels are between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L.“Unfortunately, many Americans presume that because the action level is 4 pCi/L, a radon level of less than 4 pCi/L is ‘safe,’” the EPA says. “This perception is altogether too common in the residential real estate market. In managing any risk, we should be concerned with the greatest risk. For most Americans, their greatest exposure to radon is in their homes; especially in rooms that are below grade (e.g., basements), rooms that are in contact with the ground and those rooms immediately above them.”Radon mitigation systems typically pull radon from inside the house and vent it above the roofline. (The EPA has published a guide describing a number of mitigation techniques and also offers advice on choosing a radon mitigation contractor.For more information on radon mitigation, see Martin Holladay’s article, “All About Radon.”last_img read more

Smart city success requires road maps, not free association

first_imgSurveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Municipal governments overwhelmed with the endless choices for smart city projects need to take a breath and plan ahead.This is the advice from Tormod Larsen, CTO of ExteNet. His Illinois-based company provides mobile connectivity via distributed networks.He says that cities are being confounded the over-abundance of grandiose smart city projects to choose from.“Part of the challenge is the cities basically go out and they want to do everything,” said Larsen. “They want a network that does gunshot detection, they want free Wi-Fi, they want meter reading, they want environmental sensors, they want information screens and they want all these different things and they want it for free.”He says the key is for cities to begin by developing a road map of desired services and then prioritize them as to which will come online earlier and which later.This enables cities to plan out and build network infrastructure that can achieve the long-term smart city vision, even if some components are targeted for years in the future.“If you have the network in place, then you at least have a base to build on,” said Larsen. “If you don’t have a network, then it’s a pipe dream.”“If you’re only focusing on different types of services and don’t take a step back and say ‘ok let me first get the network in place that has the capability of support some of these high priority services’ – and know that’s the backbone, the fundament of making it happen – you have a hard time getting off the ground,” he adds.Changing the mindsetBesides the early infrastructure planning, cities also need to also reconfigure the mindset of city planning departments towards smart city technology. Specifically, he says it is important for municipal officials to focus on agile development and not stick to the old fashioned way of doing things.“Sometimes the biggest obstacles we have to being able to build fiber or attach equipment on a pole or a streetlamp, either for a general service perspective or from a connectivity perspective, is the municipality itself,” said Larsen. “We’re hopeful they start seeing the value and the need in having a connected city or the connectivity of IoT, and that that might change.”“Where we come in today, a lot of municipalities say the only value you bring us is how much you’re willing to pay us…rather than understanding we’re coming in to offer services to the population and the city,” he says. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#ExteNet#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts last_img read more

7 Uses for Virtual Reality That You Haven’t Explored Yet

first_imgFarhan Suleman Having completed his studies in Marketing and Media, Farhan Suleman has ample experience in the field of content marketing. He regularly writes blogs pertaining to the ongoing trends and never fails to inspire his readers with an interesting read. Apart from writing, he is an enthusiastic chess player with a rating of more than 1800 Elo. Most people are of the view that virtual reality is mainly used for entertainment purposes like gaming and watching movies, but this is not the case at all. The developers of virtual reality recently conducted research where they found out that virtual reality can be used for clinical procedures to treat patients. Experts in this technology are currently developing a solution to help patients who are a victim of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). This is a solution where the patients will be given access visually to a particular situation that relates to an issue they are dealing with or traumatized by so that they can cope with the memories that haunt them.   Grooming Services Tags:#technology#Trends#virtual reality Dentist Training Virtual reality has made it possible for the automobile industry to test cars before they launch it for the general public. Manufacturing companies can test the cars that they produce in different environments and make improvements where necessary. Virtual reality can significantly reduce the number of accidents and save the lives of thousands of drivers. Virtual reality provides architects with the opportunity to see the designs of the buildings before constructing them. This enables them to make sensible predictions regarding the outlook of the building so that they can showcase the shops and apartments that will be constructed. This is the perfect way to promote investment in such properties. In addition to this, architects can also see the internal designs of the building and make the changes that are necessary to be made. With virtual reality, builders can show the complete structure to their clients before it is constructed. As technology is emerging, new gadgets are being developed on a daily basis to make the lives of people more comfortable and more convenient. One of the most astounding inventions is the introduction of virtual reality. The technology of virtual reality is perhaps the perfect gadget to create an artificial environment where people can truly live their dreams by using their imagination.The Benefits of VR TechnologyThe emergence of virtual reality has completely revolutionized the way people shop online. With this particular technology, you can try out the clothes that you want to buy without actually going to the store. In addition to this, virtual technology is used to train workers for tasks that are considered to be dangerous and life-threatening, for example; firefighters, pilots, etc. Employees get to learn a lot without the risk of danger, and this eliminates the chance of making a mistake when it comes to real life experiences. The best example would be of a doctor performing open heart surgery on a patient. Doctors can easily practice the operation and give their best performance when the actual surgery takes place.Moreover, you can use virtual reality for communication as well. Many businesses have implemented this technology for conducting conferences so that they can easily communicate with the employees and make them understand the assigned tasks. The advent of the internet has made it possible for you to communicate with your friends and coworkers with virtual reality; you will feel like the other person is in the same room as you, and it will be a fantastic experience for you as well as your employees.Opportunities with VR in 2019Virtual reality is being adopted by millions of people all over the globe because of the benefits that it delivers to users. Companies are implementing this technology to provide a unique user experience to their customers so that they can be served in the best way possible. Virtual reality has opened doors to various opportunities which are yet to be explored.Here are 7 uses of virtual reality that you might not have seen before:   Virtual reality is going to change the way people shop online. In the past, people could only see the clothes online, and they had to buy the products without trying them on. However, as technology has advanced to another level, now customers can try the garments on themselves and buy the ones that fit them perfectly. Singapore is already implementing this technology and the companies operating there are on the verge of making the whole shopping experience digital for the customers.Read: How AR and VR Technologies Revolutionizing the E-Commerce Industry? Related Posts   Revolutionize Retail Shopping People are often confused as to what hairstyle they should get when they visit a salon, especially ladies. This is where virtual reality comes in to save your day. With this technology, you can see different hairstyles and choose the one that suits you the best.  Driving and Testing Cars The military sector of the country uses this technology as well because soldiers have to undertake extensive training classes for combat and it is mandatory for them to pass such tests. With virtual reality, the military can easily simulate fighting strategies and teach the soldiers about how to deal with difficult situations when they are on the battlefield.ConclusionVirtual reality has a lot of potentials that are yet to be explored. People have not started implementing this technology in their daily routine tasks because they are still at a learning stage and the benefits of using virtual reality are not widely known. Developers are spreading the awareness of this technology through social media and websites, but it will take some time before people get used to the art of virtual reality.   Architecture and Interior Designing Clinical Therapy Follow the Puck   The Use of Virtual Reality in Military The training of a dentist is challenging and intense, and it takes a lot of practice and time for a person to become a dentist. With the emergence of the latest technological equipment, dentists are now being introduced to the virtual reality which makes the process of training much more comfortable than before. Virtual reality allows dental students to conduct practice sessions in a controlled environment which enables them to become efficient at their work. In addition to this, virtual reality provides dental students with an opportunity to observe and test their dental procedures so that they can eliminate the risk of going wrong when they perform actual surgery. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

The Children Struggle Too!

first_imgWe all play a pivotal role in helping support our military children through the process of deployment. While a soldier’s job may be to fight for and protect our freedom it should never be at the cost of the well-being of his or her child. Become aware of and validate difficult feelings (guilt, resentment, anxiety, confusion, anger, or fear)Become more sensitive to their family structure and living arrangements (some children stay with grandparents- not parents)Acknowledge that children may sense of a loss of time with the deployed parentHelp children maintain a close distance relationship with the deployed parent (allow the child to make things for care packages, record voice notes, create cards and other small gifts online, play online games with the deployed parent, leave the deployed parent Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) messages, etc.)Encourage children to journal or write down feelings they are experiencingAbove all, listen to children. Sometimes children just need to talk without being pressured or judged by others. As every military family knows, deployment is a necessary part of the job. The enlisted service member has a responsibility to the branch of service to which they belong and their responsibilities are taken very seriously. But the family they leave behind is equally important.As a military families support professional, you recognize deployment as one of the most difficult times for families. And while there’s lots of information on how deployment affects the servicemembers and their spouses, what about the impact on their children left at home with one “solo parent” and one who is deployed?The Center for Military Health Policy Research did a recent study in an attempt to explore how deployment affects the academic, social, and emotional well-being of military children. The study looked at 1,500 children aged 11-17. All the children in the study had at least one parent in the military in that 57% had an Army parent, 20% had an Air Force parent, 17% had a Navy parent and the remainder of the parents were in the Coast Guard or Marine Corps.The results showed that children with a deployed parent reported:Increased levels of anxietyEmotional and behavioral difficultiesIncreased problem behaviors, (i.e., fighting)Greater difficulties in social and emotional functioningGreater school or peer-related difficultiesSo what can we do to support these children through one of the most difficult times of their lives? As support professionals we can help the adults in the child’s life to:center_img Have some ideas of your own on how to support children with a deployed parent? Please share them in the comments section below. We would love to hear what works for the families you serve. 🙂last_img read more

TypeKit: Fonts for Adobe Video Editors and Designers

first_imgEditors/motion designers need access to good fonts just as print/web designers do. Now get access to high quality fonts for all your Adobe based projects.Building a quality font collection can get very expensive and free fonts vary in their quality (for instance, many fonts need more kerning).Luckily, Adobe is now offering Creative Cloud Members access to great fonts via TypeKit. If you need a general guide to typography, start here and here.Typekit for Creative CloudTypeKit gives you the ability to access hundreds of fonts that are synced locally to your computer. Licensing wise, you can use the fonts as you would a system font. Read the specifics of licensing here.Browsing Fonts and ListsYou access Typekit from within Creative Cloud. Clicking on “Browse Fonts” takes you to the TypeKit website.Here you can sort fonts by featured, newest and name. You can further filter fonts based on:Classification (Serif, Sans Serif)Available For (Desktop or Web)Recommended ForFont PropertiesLanguageVideos will want to select Desktop Use, as Web Use fonts are specifically for users designing websites.If you aren’t sure which fonts to use, you can also Browse Lists created by the Typekit team. Select a list to get a description of the fonts and click the heart beside any font to add it to your favorites.Manage FontsSynched Fonts lets you manage the fonts on your computer, removing those that are no longer desired. To access this tab in your account settings simply click on your name in the top right corner of the TypeKit page.You also access your account information in Manage Fonts. Though you have access to hundreds of fonts, be aware that you can only sync 100 desktop fonts at one time with a Creative Cloud membership. They offer more expensive plans if you need access to more fonts.Get more info on TypeKit here.Are you using TypeKit with your Adobe products?Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!last_img read more

Use Broken Equipment for Creative Results

first_imgDon’t throw that broken video gear in the trash! Get creative and turn your busted film equipment into a valuable new tool.Not long ago, I woke up to a loud bang and the sound of splintered glass. I knew exactly what it was. Earlier that day, I had to offload photos from a job, and I didn’t remove my ND filter from the camera. I also didn’t put the camera back in the gear bag. In my slumber, I had knocked my DSLR off my bedside cabinet.The DSLR and attached lens were fine. The variable ND filter? Not so much. It was cracked right down the center, from one side to the other.The ExperimentFrom my very first DSLR to my very first cinema camera, this variable ND filter had been the one consistent accessory that survived the transition with each new gear change. So, I was somewhat disappointed that I had to say goodbye to it. Before throwing the filter in the trash, I decided to see how much of the damage would show up in pictures and in video. Well, as you can see above, the results were surprisingly fantastic.At first, there was no noticeable difference, which was a good thing. But as soon as direct light touched the cracked filter, a sporadic flare grew across the screen. It was like lens whacking, but without the removal of the lens. Plus, the entire subject remained in focus.The InspirationI’ve been a big fan of Bruno Aveillan’s commercial work for as long as I can remember, and he’s always had this stylistic element within his work — an organic lens flare that displaces a portion of the image. While this isn’t exactly the same effect, it has similar elemental detail, as you can see in the video below.The following video from videographer Zach Ashcraft features a compilation of clips shot with a broken lens.Ashcraft said there was a large crack within the front element. As you can see from the results, the images are hazy, almost as if shot through a misting filter. There’s a lot of flaring, which is something cinematographers usually aim to avoid. However, on the flip side, it’s creating something unique.It would be put to great use in a dream sequence or perhaps a music video. The opportunities are endless — even though most are very quick to throw something away as soon as it’s damaged.Inflicting DIY DamageNow, I’m not suggesting you pick up a chisel from your garage and start hacking away at your lens collection. You can, however, find a cheap UV filter online and create some self-inflicted damage yourself.To replicate the variable ND damage, I found two incredibly cheap UV filters for £3/$5 each. These will sit on top of each other much like the variable ND (which is just two polarizers on top of each other).Gently warm the glass of the top filter (or just the solo filter, if you’ve only bought one). Then, with the end of a long screwdriver, tap the glass repeatedly until it splinters and cracks. The goal here is to make sure the glass doesn’t completely break away, but rather cracks in one, or, in this case, several directions (as seen in the cover image). Every cracked filter will give you a completely different look.If you’re looking for additional DIY video production tips, the PremiumBeat blog’s got what you need.Got any experience repurposing broken video gear? Share your story in the comments below.last_img read more

Other People Believe What You Won’t

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now What are the beliefs you have about some area in your life where you wish your results were different?Who do you know that is already producing the results you want now? What do they believe?If you were to rid yourself of unhealthy infections of the mind, what actions would you take that you are not presently taking? You don’t believe that you can make more money than you are making now. You believe that money is scarce and that it is hard to come by. You hold onto this belief even though you look around and see hundreds of people making more money than you are now.You don’t believe that picking up the phone and calling a stranger can produce appointments. You don’t believe that an old, mature technology like the telephone is better than a new technology like Twitter. You believe this even though you are surrounded by people who are picking up the phone and out-producing you.You don’t believe that you can have a much greater level of success than you have now without some divine intervention. You believe that having what you want for yourself requires that someone taps you on the shoulder, gives you permission, and anoints you as the chosen one. You maintain this belief even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.Beliefs are viruses. They are infections that spread from one mind to the next. Some people are immune to negative, limiting beliefs. Others have to go through the long, painful process of ridding themselves of the viruses that infect them.If you are willing to believe the truth, you can choose your infections. You can decide what you believe.Right now, there are people who are making more money than you are because they believe they can. They believe they create more value than others. And they believe they deserve to make more money.There are also people who believe that the prospecting methods and the sales activities that you avoid are the most effective methods for winning new business. These people are using the very same methods to produce breakthrough results.When you look around and see people succeeding at a level that you wish to attain, know that they first believed that they could succeed, and then they took massive action in that direction.Other people are producing different and better results than you are now because they believe things that you are unwilling to believe. Most of the beliefs that are preventing you from having what you want are about yourself, who you are, and what you deserve.last_img read more

Goa murder victim was raped

first_imgThe Goa police on Thursday pressed charges of rape against the accused in the murder of 28-year-old Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin in Canacona in south Goa. A post-mortem conducted at the State-owned Goa Medical College Hospital near here confirmed that the victim was raped.A brutal murderUmesh Gaonkar, Superintendent of Police incharge of the Crime Branch, told The Hindu on Thursday evening that the post-mortem report had confirmed cranio cerebral damage and constriction of neck as the reasons for death. “Rape was also confirmed,” Mr. Gaonkar said.Vikat Bhagat, a local history-sheeter and prime suspect in the case, was arrested by Goa police on Tuesday night. Bhagat has been remanded in police custody for seven days till March 21.The naked body of McLaughlin was found in a field around 150 metres from the main road at Devbag in Canacona on Tuesday morning.last_img read more

Man trampled by jumbo while taking selfie

first_imgA man was trampled to death while trying to take a selfie with a wild tusker in Odisha’s Angul district on Monday. The incident took place around 10 a.m.in Nimiribeda village.The elephant, which got separated from its herd, was moving near the village temple when Jayadev Nayak decided to take a photograph. While he was immersed in taking the selfie, the elephant closed in from behind and knocked him down before trampling him.Jayadev succumbed to his injuries while being taken to a hospital, said Chitta Ranjan Behera, Inspector of the Khamar police station.In a similar incident in September, another man was crushed to death by an elephant in Sundargarh district while taking a selfie.Herds on the move Elephant herds are attracted by paddy in the fields. Elephants have been found outside the forest limits in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenknal, Khordha and Subarnapur districts.A very large herd, comprising 90-odd jumbos, is at present traversing through the Nilgiri area of Balasore district, forcing villagers to spend sleepless nights. Forest department officials have been trying to prevent the elephants from straying into human habitation.The large elephant herd had migrated from Jharkhand to West Bengal and entered Odisha a month ago.“We have set up solar fences and dug up trenches to keep the elephants in their territory,” an official said.last_img read more

After alliance rupture, RJD will face first test in bypoll

first_imgThe first test for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), after the breakdown of the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) and imprisonment of its president Lalu Prasad after conviction in a fodder scam case, is slated to come up next month in the byelection to the Araria Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar. The seat fell vacant on the death of the RJD MP Mohammed Taslimuddin in September last year. As per rules, the seat has to be filled within six months.Mr. Taslimuddin’s son Sarfaraz Alam is now a Janata Dal (U) legislator. He had fought on the JD(U) ticket as part of an understanding between the two parties. The party is now keen that he come back and contest the seat his father once held. “He [Sarfaraz Alam] is definitely one of the candidates we are considering but there are others too. We will take a formal decision once the election is notified,” RJD spokesperson Manoj K. Jha said. Mr. Alam on his part is ambivalent and is not denying that he may switch sides for the bypoll. “I believe that cadres are the actual party. I am currently in JD(U) and will take a call once I decide to fight,” he told The Hindu. In 2014, Mr. Taslimuddin had won the poll by a margin of over 1.46 lakh votes over the BJP candidate. The JD(U) candidate came a poor third in the contest. If one were to add the votes polled for JD(U) and BJP, they easily exceed RJD’s tally by over 83,000 votes. Mr. Jha disagreed that the bypoll will be a litmus test for his party or a bellwether for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “We had won the seat in 2014 despite a Modi wave. So I am sure we shall win it once more,” he said.last_img read more

Ensure peace in Darjeeling for development: Mamata

first_imgUrging the people to ensure peace in the Darjeeling hills, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday inaugurated a two-day Hill Business Meet in Darjeeling. “You give us peace [in Darjeeling], we will give you prosperity,” the Chief Minister told the gathering which comprised a number of industrialists from Kolkata. Announcing a special incentive of ₹100 crore for the development of industry in the hills, she said: “The bandh in the hills had caused a ₹300-crore loss to the tea industry and about a ₹1000-crore loss to the entire economy of the hills.” Ms. Banerjee was referring to the 104-day-shutdown from July to September 2017, when the hills were on the boil over a violent agitation for creation of a separate State of Gorkhaland. During her inaugural address, Ms Banerjee kept referring to the need for peace and stability in the hills. “Please ensure that there is no violence, some individual leader can gain out of it but not the youths of the hills,” she said. The Chief Minister said other than tourism and tea there is lot of scope for horticulture and IT and software industry.Full cooperation “Let’s first make a start. Our government is fully ready to help you. I can also assure you on behalf of the industrialists that they will give you full cooperation,” she said.The idea of business summit in the hills was mooted by Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) chief Benoy Tamang. Mr. Tamang was appointed chief of GTA by Ms .Banerjee when GJM president Bimal Gurung resigned from the post.PTI adds: “Darjeeling is a part of West Bengal and will continue to remain so without being separated from it. I give more importance to Darjeeling than my own constituency and will continue to do this if I am ensured that peace would be maintained here,” Ms. Banerjee said.Apart from focusing on eco-tourism and adventure tourism, the GTA is identifying heritage sites which can be converted into effective tourism products, she said.The Chief Minister also said Kurseong will be developed as an education hub, while two IT hubs would come up in Kurseong and Mirik.last_img read more

Accused in facebook fake post on Parrikar, released on bail

first_imgA city Judicial Magistrate First Class(JMFC) court on Friday granted bail to Kenneth Silveira, who was arrested by Crime Branch of Goa for posting fake information about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “death” on Facebook.He was released on a personal bond of ₹10,000.In a related development, members of civil society staged a protest outside the Goa Police headquarters here on Friday morning condemning the arrest. Kenneth, 35, was arrested by the Police on Wednesday night, a day after he put a post on Facebook wall claiming Parrikar, who is currently undergoing treatment in the U.S., was “no more”. A First Information Report was filed after a local BJP worker filed a complaint with the police, and he was arrested, with investigators claiming that he was not cooperating with the probe. A few members of civil society staged a protest outside the state police headquarters accusing the police of trying to muzzle free speech. The Opposition parties have also criticised the police for arrest of Silveira, who incidentally had contested the 2017 by-poll in Panaji, where he had lost to Chief Minister Parrikar.Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap said that the investigation would continue.last_img read more

Swami-turned-Minister in M.P. moots ‘cow Ministry’

first_imgChairman of the Madhya Pradesh Gau Samvardhan Board (Cow Protection Board) Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri, who was recently elevated to the rank of Cabinet Minister, has sought the formation of a ‘cow Ministry’ in the State.As per the board’s proposal to the government, the ministry can avail a part of the funds earmarked for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) works.“When Anand Mantralaya (Ministry of Happiness) can be constituted, why can’t there be a Gau Mantralaya? Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself keeps a cow at his residence. The Gau Samvardhan Board has prepared a proposal and conveyed it to the Chief Minister,” he said.“Currently matters related to the cow are handled by the Animal Husbandry Department. We want a ministry exclusively for the cow. The cow should be kept out of animal category,” he said.“The board has a meagre annual budget of ₹16 crore and no powers, so a separate Ministry is needed,” he said.The ministry could promote “cow-related industry,” create jobs for rural youth and conduct research in the field of cow breeding, he said. Rajasthan had set up a directorate for cows, but it too was inadequate, he opined.Funds from MGNREGA“Over 1.5 lakh cows are taken care of at 604 registered gaushalas (cow shelters) in Madhya Pradesh. Around the same number roam free on roads. The number of cows is expected to increase by 25% in the next livestock census,” he said.“The board has proposed that out of MGNREGA funds (around ₹15,000 crore for the State), ₹1,000 crore can be given to the cow ministry,” he said.last_img read more

Now, law books in Braille for administrators

first_imgFor the first time, all law books required by visually impaired administrative officials in Odisha are being printed in Braille format. The law books are being transcribed into Braille and then printed at the Red Cross Computerised Braille Press in Berhampur, the only Braille press in the State. Till now 20 volumes of law books have been printed in Braille, including books on basic laws as well as service rules of government servants. According to Braille press manager Prakash Narayan Rath, 17 more law books would be printed in Braille in the coming months. “Last year two visually impaired youths qualified for the Odisha Administrative Service. There was a need for law books in Braille for their training and future operation. So in December last year, the Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department ordered printing of all law books of concern to administrators in Braille form,” said Mr. Rath. The law books that have been already been transcribed into Braille include the ones related to law and order like the Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, Dowry Prevention Act and Orissa Police Act. To help visually impaired administrators in revenue matters, Braille books on Manual of Tahsil Accounts, Orissa Survey and Settlement Manual, Orissa Government Land Settlement Act, Orissa Mutation Manual, Orissa Moneylenders Manual and Orissa Law of Mines and Minerals have been printed. Braille law books also include Prevention of Corruption Act, Essential Commodities Act, Orissa Irrigation Act, Orissa Schedule Areas Transfer of Immovable Property Act and Orissa Panchayat Samity Manual. The compilation of Government of Odisha Service Rules in four volumes and Orissa Civil Service Rules-1962 in two volumes have also been printed in Braille. According to Mr. Rath, transcribing law books into Braille will have long-lasting benefits. “In the computerised Braille press, we have saved the e-version of all these books and whenever the need arrives we can easily reprint them,” he said. Former Ganjam Bar Association secretary Manoj Patnaik welcomed the decision, saying it will encourage more and more visually impaired persons to take up government administrative jobs.last_img read more

Female dog brutalised in Goa, alleges Humane Society

first_imgThe Humane Society International (HSI)-India has alleged that a female dog was brutalised and abused by an unknown person pushing a screwdriver in the animal’s private parts in the coastal village of Siolim. In a complaint to the Goa Director General of Police (DGP), HSI-India demanded registration of a First Information Report (FIR) and criminal investigation in the case. The letter also urges DGP to issue an alert against the unknown abuser in the village of Siolim.The complaint comes a few days after recent case of brutalising of a pregnant goat by eight persons in Haryana.In a letter written by N. G. Jayasimha, MD, HSI-India, the society also demanded that a crackdown on those involved in animal cruelty can help keep such “dangerous criminals off the street.” The alleged cruelty came to the fore after the six-year-old female dog was picked up on July 19 by volunteers of HSI, India near the Siolim fish market for animal birth control surgery earlier this month.last_img read more

Tata-Centre deal to boost development in Gadchiroli

first_imgThe Union Ministry of Home Affairs has signed a pact with Mumbai-based Tata Trusts, under which the trust will provide technical support to speed up the development process of the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.The pact has been signed as part of the Centre’s Aspirational Districts Programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January, under which 115 districts have been identified and are being encouraged to catch up with the ‘best’ districts within their respective States on 49 different development performance indicators. As per this plan, the Tata Trusts will deploy two trained researchers or ‘Development Fellows’ to the district, who will assist the local administration in implementing government as well as non-governmental development projects in a cohesive manner. A statement from the Tata Trusts on Thursday said that its engagement in Gadchiroli will be similar to its ongoing participation in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and other rural upliftment programmes in the State.Gadchiroli is situated in the south-eastern part of Maharashtra and is known for its dense forests. The district has seen sporadic violence due to the presence of left-wing extremism, which affects access to official development programmes in some parts.last_img read more

Assam college insists on ‘proper uniform’

first_imgAn MLA of the Opposition All India United Democratic Front has charged the authorities of a premier college in Assam’s Nagaon district with “saffronising” the college environment by asking the students to wear “proper uniform”.There cannot be any harm if some girl students go to college in hijab and niqab , AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam said in a Facebook post.Anandaram Dhekial Phookan College Principal Surajit Kumar Bhagowati on Friday said he did not ban any religious outfit and only issued a notice before the autumn vacation asking students to wear “proper uniform”.Of the 20% Muslim students of the college, only the MLA’s daughter comes in burqa, Dr. Bhagowati said, adding that he was feeling threatened and has lodged a police complaint over the Facebook post. “All the students come to college in proper uniform as mentioned in the college prospectus. But only one student, MLA Islam’s daughter, wears burqa in college,” he said.In his October 24 post, Mr. Islam said, “No such decision (banning religious outfits) was taken in the last 60 years of the college’s existence. I would like to know where in the Indian Constitution or the State gazette notification it is written that one cannot wear such outfits.”last_img read more

Odisha to include more people in welfare plans

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced his government’s decision to provide old-age pension to an additional five lakh beneficiaries under its Madhu Babu Pension Yojana in the State.The new beneficiaries would avail of the benefits under the scheme from December 15.A total of 43 lakh people are getting old-age pension at present. While those aged between 60 and 80 years get ₹300, those above 80 years receive ₹500 every month. The Chief Minister also announced that 40,000 artists will get assistance of ₹1,200 per month under the Mukhya Mantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana with effect from December 15.Mr. Patnaik directed the District Collectors to disburse the assistance to beneficiaries under both the schemes from December 15 to 20 by organising special camps.last_img read more

Akali leader held for defacing statue

first_imgA Youth Akali Dal leader was arrested for allegedly vandalising the statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Ludhiana on Tuesday.The police said they have arrested Youth Akali Dal leader Gurdip Singh Gosha and the other accused, identified as Meet Pal Singh Dugri, would also be nabbed soon. According to the police, six to seven people were accompanying the two accused and they will be identified soon. The miscreants sprayed red and black paint on the statue at the Salem Tabri area in Ludhiana, the police said, adding that they carried out the act in full public glare and blamed Rajiv Gandhi for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. A video purportedly showing the episode has also gone viral on social media. The incident also triggered strong protests by Congress supporters at various places in the State. The protesters also threw black paint on posters of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. Strongly condemning the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked Sukhbir Singh Badal to stop indulging in petty politics and warned him that such acts would backfire on his party in the coming Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more

Forget the deal, return our water, Maharashtra tells Karnataka

first_imgMaharashtra will not sign a water-for-water agreement with Karnataka till it gets back over six thousand million cubic feet (6 tmcft) of pending supply from Karnataka which has only returned 0.078 tmcft of the total 6.787 tmcft diverted to it since 2016. The two States are now sparring over signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to exchange 4 tmcft of water on each side of the border on condition that Karnataka returns 10.787 tmcft at the end of the agreement period, senior officials said.The Water Resources Ministers of the two States have traded charges, blaming each other for the faltering deal. Karnataka Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Saturday termed the Maharashtra decision to cancel the MoU as “shocking”. “Earlier, based on our request, the Maharashtra government had agreed to release water after due payment. But now they have backtracked and are not releasing water into the Krishna river. This is an unexpected and shocking decision by the Maharashtra government, especially as it concerns drinking water,” he tweeted. He said Karnataka had paid money in lieu of water released from Maharashtra. “Even after 2016, we have paid most of the bills. Around ₹35 crore is pending now, for the release of around 5.35 tmcft of water,” he said.In response, his counterpart Girish Mahajan said unless the pending supply is fully returned, there is no question of signing a water deal. “They (Karnataka ministers and secretaries) are not even taking our calls, forget talking about the deal,” Mr. Mahajan had told reporters earlier.The MoU shows Maharashtra had plans to supply 4 tmcft from Koyna and Warna downstream of the Rajapur K.T. Weir. In return, Karnataka was to release 4 tmcft form Tubachi Babaleshwar Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS) to be used in drought-prone areas of Jath taluka in Maharashtra and Vijaypur taluka in Karnataka. Senior officials said there was no question of taking payment for the pending water and the State would only sign the MoU once the pending supply is returned. “We don’t want money; we want our water back,” said an official. The MoU documents shows the two States disagreed on the point of ‘measure discharge’. “Since infrastructure is proposed to be created parallel to the existing Tubachi Babaleshwar LIS to cater to Maharashtra’s needs, there is no need to measure the discharge at the State border,” the Karnataka government wrote in response to the draft MoU. In its reply, Maharashtra said the MoU is as good as dead. “Karnataka has expressed its inability to lift 2 tmcft in the rabi season. In short, the Karnataka government has almost denied to make available 4 tmcft at the State border, while suggesting a parallel scheme by the side of the Tubachi Babaleshwar. This suggestion is unacceptable to us,” Maharastra government said in its response. (Inputs from Bengaluru bureau)last_img read more

Winners of White House Prize for Young Scientists Share Some Advice

first_imgThis week the new winners of the most prestigious U.S. government prize for young scientists were honored at the White House, although they had to cool their heels as President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged some harsh words. The 102 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers recipients also had some advice to those hoping to follow in their footsteps. Read about it on Science Careers.last_img

Mamata, Nusrat take part in Rath Yatra in Kolkata

first_imgCalling for religious harmony and unity, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday participated in a Rath Yatra celebration organised here by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The newly elected Trinamool Congress MP from Basirhat, Nusrat Jahan, joined Ms. Banerjee at the celebration. Ms. Jahan was invited to the event by ISKCON.“We celebrate all festivals in West Bengal irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Under the leadership of ‘Didi’ [Ms. Banerjee], we believe that Bengal is the seat of peace and amity,” Ms. Jahan said, addressing the gathering from the stage. The MP was accompanied by her husband Nikhil Jain.The BJP also participated in a number of Rath Yatra celebrations where party leaders Mukul Roy and Arvind Menon were present.last_img read more

Two criminals shot dead in U.P. encounter

first_imgTwo notorious criminals were killed in an encounter with police in New Mandi area here on Tuesday, an official said.They were involved in several cases of loot and murder. Rohit alias Sandu and Rakesh were carrying cash rewards of ₹one lakh and ₹50,000 on their heads, respectively, ADG Prashant Kumar said. During the encounter, two policemen also sustained injuries, he said. Police have seized two pistols, cartridges and a motorcycle, Mr. Kumar added.last_img

NCW writes to Uttar Pradesh DGP on Unnao rape survivor

first_imgThe National Commission for Women on Monday wrote to Uttar Pradesh Director-General of Police O.P. Singh seeking a ‘free, fair and speedy’ investigation into the alleged road accident involving Unnao rape survivor.“The commission is seriously concerned about the unfortunate incident. Considering the gravity of the matter, it is required to ensure absolutely free, fair and speedy investigation into the matter and take action deemed appropriate for the crime committed. The commission also demands that it be kept apprised at every stage of the investigation,” NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma wrote in her letter.Delay in casesSenior Supreme Court lawyer and women’s rights activist Vrinda Grover says it is the delay in disposing cases that render victims extremely vulnerable.“Where a perpetrator is powerful and victim is from a vulnerable group, it is apparent that that the law is not going to take its own course and the police are not going to act in accordance with the law. So, extraordinary measures will have to be taken to ensure the girl gets justice. I have always maintained that the best form of victim protection is a speedy trial. The chargesheet in the case was filed last July, but the case has not been adjudicated yet, while the survivor’s uncle has been framed in several cases which are moving by leaps and bounds. This is a classic textbook case of what happens when a victim comes from a very vulnerable group and seeks justice.”She added that if there was any political will to ensure reversal in crimes against women and girls, that the party ruling at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh so often talks about, the accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar would have been suspended.White PaperMs. Grover says that the government must issue a White Paper providing details of what stage the case was at, why was there a delay in disposing it of, who got adjournments, what reports were sent by the court concerned to the district judge and what was the supervision being done by the High Court of such cases.According to the last NCRB report for 2016, 89.8% cases of crimes against women brought before courts remained pending.last_img read more

Bahujans must come to power: Chandrashekhar Azad

first_imgChandrashekhar Azad, the fiery Dalit activist from Uttar Pradesh shot to prominence in 2017 when he was jailed for over a year for a Thakur-Dalit clash in Saharanpur. Called ‘Ravan’ by his followers, in a subaltern challenge to BJP’s Ram, Azad famously put up a signboard in his village that read, ‘The Great Chamars of Dhadkhauli Welcome You’.The 32-year-old, who leads the Bhim Army, is seen as one of the faces of an emerging radical Bahujan movement. With his twirled moustache, iconic dark blue scarf, and Enfield Bullet, Azad makes a statement wherever he goes, and it’s obvious he was the inspiration behind the character of Nishad in the recent Bollywood film, Article 15.He is in jail again, this time in Delhi, over protests against the demolition of Ravidas Mandir, a temple for poet-saint Ravidas of the 16th century who has a large Dalit following. He met The Hindu when he was in Karnataka a few days before his arrest. Excerpts:The demolition of the Ravidas Mandir has created a new flashpoint between Dalits and the Centre. But the government says it was the Supreme Court that ordered the demolition for violating zoning norms?It was the Delhi Development Authority that sought to demolish the temple, not the Supreme Court. The government used the court to achieve its end. The issue finally boils down to respecting Bahujan cultural symbols. PM Narendra Modi visited Ravidas Mandir in Varanasi earlier this year and said he was a devotee of Sant Ravidas. Now he must take the lead in restoring the temple or his hypocrisy will be exposed. We will launch a nationwide protest demanding its restoration on the same spot.The recent Bollywood film, Article 15, had a character modelled on you. Did you see the film? There has been criticism that instead of telling the story of caste oppression from the perspective of the Dalit, the movie did it from the perspective of a Brahmin officer. What is your take on this?I have not seen the film. But the opposition to the film by the upper castes and the right wing is telling of how the entire system works against Dalits. Maybe it is not time to tell the story from a Dalit perspective in the mainstream. Maybe the film wouldn’t have released at all if that were the case. But I have heard of recent films in the South with Dalit protagonists. I feel the progressives among the upper castes need to come forward to question caste hierarchy. But it is time we lead our struggles and tell our stories and those from other castes need to support us.Many are critical of the style of Bhim Army, though not its substance. They argue that violence only begets more violence. What is your take?We have the right to fight for our rights and don’t have to tolerate any oppression. It is time our voices rang louder on the streets. Bhim Army is Ambedkarite in its outlook — Educate, Organise and Agitate. We believe nothing comes without struggle and we are ready for any sacrifice. We are not attacking anyone, but if someone comes into our homes and hits us, we will not hesitate to retaliate in self-defence. When the system is so geared up against us, what else can we do? I was blamed for the violence in Saharanpur and arrested, but nobody speaks of the violence wrecked on us. The state brands Dalits who raise their voice as Naxals, as we have seen in Bhima Koregaon, and Muslims as terrorists.Does the rise of radical Dalit leaders and their large followings among the youth indicate the failure of mainstream Dalit politics?Mainstream Dalit parties have failed repeatedly. A student who has all the resources but fails exams repeatedly cannot claim to be a brilliant student. Most of our politicians today are crorepatis; they come from dynasties that don’t know our problems. We cannot let their failure fail the movement. These parties are severely compromised on the ideological front, including in allying with a brahminical party like the BJP. As these leaders remain stuck in AC rooms, the youngsters fight on the streets, giving rise to new leaders and a militant movement.The BJP now seeks to claim the legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, even to defend the revoking of Article 370 in J&K. The BSP has supported the move. How do you view the government’s handling of Dalit issues?Brahminism is in the DNA of the BJP and its ideological mentor, the RSS. This seeks to impose the Manusmriti, which doesn’t allot any power to Shudras and Dalits. While we can become the President of India, we still cannot enter a temple. The social forces that this regime has emboldened, giving them impunity, have translated into increased atrocities against minorities, Dalits and tribals. Dalits are the biggest targets of lynchings, even more than Muslims.On Kashmir, the future of Dalits cannot be seen in isolation. It is linked with the aspirations of Kashmiris. It is better if BJP stops trying to appropriate Ambedkar as it is a legacy they can never claim and it only exposes their hypocrisy.RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has called for an open debate on reservations.The RSS-BJP has always been anti-reservation and their agenda is to subvert reservation. By giving reservation to the poor among upper castes, they have done exactly that. Reservation has always been about correcting social and educational backwardness, not economic. This government has been keen on disinvestment of PSUs, which essentially hits Dalits, as there is no reservation in the private sector. Mohan Bhagwat’s statement only reflects the anti-Dalit mindset of the RSS-BJP. We are ready for a debate on reservation with Mohan Bhagwat. Let us debate on what we have really got from reservation in the last seven decades. Even today 54% of Dalits don’t own any land. We will tell what we have gained and what we have lost because of caste in this society.The Opposition has failed to defeat BJP electorally, despite the Mahagathbandhan of the SP-BSP in UP. How can you counter the BJP, even as many aspirational Shudra and Dalit classes cosy up to the party?The only way to fight BJP is to take to the streets. They may have a majority in Parliament but we [Bahujans] have a majority on the streets. All pro-Constitution forces need to unite for this fight. Though we may have failed once, that should not deter us. More than political alliances between parties, we need to mobilise people on the ground. Any truck with the BJP is against the interests of the Bahujan community. We need to expose this and convince people.Was the SP-BSP alliance fraught with contradictions, as in the villages it is the OBCs and Dalits who are often in confrontation with each other? Is an OBC-Dalit alliance practical?We in the Bhim Army believe the Bahujan community includes all oppressed classes — Dalits, Adivasis, Shudras and minorities — and we will work towards bringing these classes together in the villages at a social level. Bahujan unity is the key to countering the larger Manuvad [parties] ruling us today.There has been an argument that the Left and Dalit movements must unite. Do you feel synergising these two mass movements is the way ahead?Bahujan politics is the politics of kamzor log (the weak) and we are ready to support anyone participating in these politics, in a pro-Constitution manner. I believe, while there may be several organisations working independently, we need to come together to fight on common issues, be it various Dalit organisations or even the Left. But enough of us voting others to make them leaders, now we want others to vote for our leadership. Historically, it is time this happened.Bhim Army is in expansion mode. Your success in UP has been organic. Can you replicate it elsewhere?Our success in UP is largely due to the Bhim Shaalas we run, evening and holiday schools in villages and slums where we educate Bahujan youth in English, help them with studies and impart political education to help them cultivate a Bahujan consciousness. Bhim Army runs 1,700 such schools in UP, which has given us a committed cadre. We will soon begin Bhim Shaalas across the country. India is a diverse land and we will factor that in. Bhim Army will be the loudest voice on the streets for Bahujans everywhere.Is Bhim Army on its way to becoming a political party or are you caught between remaining a social movement and entering electoral politics?Bhim Army is not averse to electoral politics, but it is not an organisation that is only political. We will always remain part of the larger Bahujan movement; electoral politics is only one of the means to further the cause. We follow both Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram and believe the Bahujan community, which has a majority in society, must come to power.You had dropped ‘Ravan’ from your name but now it is back?It is the people who lovingly called me Ravan for taking on the BJP. But I realised BJP was trying to polarise the people as supporters of Ram and Ravan in Varanasi when I announced I would contest against Narendra Modi. So, I announced I was dropping Ravan from my name. But now that the elections are over and people like calling me Ravan, it is back.adhitya.bharadwaj@thehindu.co.inlast_img read more

Dillinger, Durham rave about De Ocampo heading into finals

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As for Dillinger, there is nothing strange with De Ocampo thriving in big moments since all of his titles were won with the big man being hoisting the trophy up with him.“I’ve been playing with that guy for so long and as soon as he got here we meshed right from the start,” said Dillinger. “Everyone knows what Ranidel is, everyone knows his game and his accomplishments so to have a guy like that on our team, who’s been through so much, it just gives us a legitimate shot at the title this year.”Dillinger has been so accustomed to De Ocampo that he can afford to throw shade at his bearded teammate.“He’s never going too fast, he’s like the slowest guy out there but he knows how to get to his spots, I can’t see enough nice things about that guy. It’s Ranidel, Mr. Delightful!”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Improving Star’s chemistry priority for Victolero for next seasoncenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ PBA IMAGESBoth Jared Dillinger and Allen Durham have been under the bright lights of the PBA Finals.Dillinger is a proud owner of five PBA championships while Durham was the defender of Justin Brownlee in what became arguably the biggest shot in Ginebra’s championship history.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City While they have enough finals experience between them, both players will still look up to six-time champion Ranidel De Ocampo once the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup finals roll in.“He’s a huge addition,” said Durham of the veteran forward Thursday after the Bolts clinched the Finals berth with a 91-88 win over Star in Game 3 at Smart Araneta Coliseum .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You guys saw we struggled a little bit and then Ranidel came and hit a big shot, that’s what he’s been doing for years, for TNT, and now he can do it for us. I’m happy he’s on our team now.”Meralco held an 86-83 lead with less than two minutes left in overtime when De Ocampo drilled a long two-pointer that gave them an 88-83 buffer at the 1:21 mark. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Bonleon drills free throw to lift AMA past Gamboa

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They did not give up until the very end,” AMA coach Mark Herrera said. “This win will boost our confidence.”Bonleon led the Titans with 16 points, while Jaycee Ascuncion tallied 14 points, five boards, two steals and two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the second outing, Centro Escolar University rallied late in the fourth quarter to turn back Marinerong Pilipino, 70-57, for a 4-2 slate.Orlan Wamar Jr. led with 16 points while Rodrigue Ebondo and Uri Christian combined for 24 points for the Scorpions, who erected a 68-49 cushion after a 9-1 run. —CARLO ANOLIN, CONTRIBUTOR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cocolife holds off Generika LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Orlan Wamar. PBA IMAGESMario Bonleon nailed a clutch free throw as AMA Online Education slipped past Gamboa Coffee Mix, 67-66, to score its first win in six games in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.Bonleon nailed one of two free throws with 8.3 seconds left after getting fouled by Gamboa’s playing coach Leo Avenido.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more