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Rooney explodes: “It seemed that the footballers in England were guinea pigs”

first_imgThe suspension of competitions due to the expansion of the pandemic will cause a restructuring of the calendars. The Derby County player proposes on The Times the following: “We would love to play until September if the season continues. It is our job. As long as we know we are safe to play and that it is a safe environment for spectators, we will play. The next World Cup will take place in November and December 2022, so you can really take advantage of this situation to say that we will finish the 2019-2020 season later, and then we will prepare for 2022 starting the next two seasons in winter … “. Wayne Rooney has exploded and has done so against the British football authorities for what he considers to be a clear lack of reaction to suspend matches due to the coronavirus crisis. Last Friday, after learning the positive for the COVID-19 from Mikel Arteta, Arsenal coach, the decision was made in the Islands to stop all football until April 4. “Why do we wait until Friday? Why did Mikel Arteta have to get sick for England to make the right choice?Asks the Derby County player in a column on The Times.“For the players, the staff and their families, the week has been worrying, one in which we have felt a lack of leadership from the government, the FA and the Premier League. After the emergency meeting, the right decision was finally made. Until then, it almost seemed like footballers in England were treated like guinea pigs. “Rononey complained, assuring that he would never have forgiven the English authorities if a member of his family had contracted the virus through him. “The rest of the sport (tennis, Formula 1, rugby, golf, soccer in other countries) was closing and we were told to continue. I think many footballers were wondering: ‘Does this have to do with money?’. Fortunately, football finally made the right decision and we had to suspend. If people’s lives are in danger, it must come first. “last_img read more

‘Early preparation will be key for Azkals’

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC DUBAI—For a team known to defy odds, the Philippine Azkals look like they would need a miracle to survive their group in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup next year here.But team manager Dan Palami thinks the squad will need something more tangible.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Central Asian side Kyrgyzstan, which lost to the Azkals twice in friendly matches in 2016, was also drawn with the Philippines in Group C during the official draw ceremony at Armani Hotel inside the iconic Burj Khalifa here.The top two teams from the six groups and the four best third placed will qualify for the knockout stage.Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband, who was on stage as one of the draw assistants, is already looking forward to the challenge of creating a stir in the continent’s most prestigious football event.“I wanted a World Cup team in there, we got Korea. In China and Kyrgyzstan, we got two teams that we’ve played against and we’re familiar with,” said Younghusband. “This is on another level. This is where we want to be as a football country and hopefully this is just the start.“We’ve been trying to do this  over the last 12 years. We’ve done it before. We’ll have to do the same this time at a higher level so we’ll have to do it against China and South Korea,” added Younghusband. “Anything can happen in football. It’s up to us to take on the challenge.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH teams fall after brave stand In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “We [need to] start preparing immediately, talk to sponsors, the Filipino community here,” said Palami. “We will leave no stone unturned in preparing for this tournament.”The way the draw turned out for the Azkals, anything less than ideal preparations would be disastrous.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“There are no easy draws for a debutant team like the Azkals,” said Palami. “We just have to prepare well. Korea and China would want to be in champions, but we can give them a surprise.”South Korea—a team bound for the World Cup for the ninth straight time in Russia this year—and China, a powerhouse squad that walloped the Azkals in a friendly last year, stand in the way of the Philippines’ hopes of reaching the knockout round of the quadrennial tournament. View comments MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Tyson Fury to start comeback against 39-year-old Seferi

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Seferi has lost only once, at heavyweight against Manuel Charr in September 2016, and he has been significantly more active than Fury, fighting four times since Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.He represents the type of opponent Fury and his new promoter Warren have targeted since next month’s date was confirmed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSeferi is expected to be durable without posing a significant threat, giving the 29-year-old Fury the chance to shed some of the ring-rust that will have accumulated over the course of their scheduled 10 rounds. He will also be his first opponent since working with new trainer Ben Davison following his split from uncle Peter Fury.Tyson Fury and Warren plan for him to fight at least twice more before the conclusion of 2018, in an attempt to continue to build the stamina he has worked on since gaining and losing so much weight while he struggled with depression. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Former British heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury (L) poses for a photograph with promoter Frank Warren at a press conference to publicise his return to the ring at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, north-west England on April 26, 2018.Tyson Fury says he could beat reigning world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder with “a hand tied behind my back” as the British fighter nears his comeback after more than two years out of the ring. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFLONDON — Tyson Fury will launch his comeback against 39-year-old Albanian Sefer Seferi, his promoter Frank Warren announced Sunday.The former IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion finally returns to the ring at the Manchester Arena on June 9 after an absence of more than 2 1/2 years, and in Seferi fights an opponent who is a career cruiserweight.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wright, Phoenix earn character-building win heading into All-Star break Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

‘Prioritize Youth Development,’ Says Amb. Ajisomo

first_imgAmbassador Babatunde O. Ajisomo, Special Representative of the President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Liberia, over the weekend underscored the importance of youth development at last Friday’s closing exercise of the Young Political Leadership School (YPLS) before the holding of the October polls .The YPLS, he said, is designed to build the political leadership and organizing skills of young people who have chosen to pursue a career in politics and to transform their communities for the best.The program exposed young people to electoral politics, the campaign process, public speaking, and leadership skills. They also learned about campaign communications, press relations, research, polling and voter targeting thereby preparing them for transformational political leadership to serve their communities.The graduates are expected to undertake a 12-week citizen engagement, work on campaign teams, facilitate community forums that bring voters face to face with the candidates, document campaign promises and serve as community leaders/volunteers.NAYMOTE executive director, Eddie Jarwolo, who was in charge of the training, said despite the evidence that young people constitute about 65 percent of the nation’s population and that the ages between 18-32 constitute 55 percent of registered voters in Liberia, the dividends of youth participation in national decision-making and the political process are inadequate. To compound this malaise, the youth face increasing challenges ranging from the lack of basic social services to unemployment, multiple forms of inequalities and exclusion, among other setbacks.Any program that promises to develop the minds of the youth to remain peaceful, Amb. Ajisomo believes, is the best alternative to dissuade their individual or collective minds from potential abuses in a prevailing volatile situation.And because of that, he cautioned Liberian youth to shun vices that have the tendency to disrupt the upcoming elections, calling on them to rather stay the course of peace so as to develop their full potential during and after the elections.It has been my great pleasure to meet each of these groups during their seminar, and many afterwards, but I can assure them of ECOWAS’ help to a small number of the graduates that would organize themselves to write a project proposal to my office.”“We’ve had high expectations for the school: what participants would learn, friendships made across party lines and the leadership that YPLS graduates would demonstrate in their own political activities, and we have not been disappointed,” Ajisomo told the graduates. Amb. Ajisomo Two previous speakers who urged the graduates to choose peace instead of violence during and after the elections, were Lilieth Whyte, Economic Officer at the US Embassy in Monrovia, and Elizabeth Mary Lanzi Mazzocchini, Program Manager-Education and Social Service, European Union Delegation to Liberia.The one week YPLS capacity-building semester, which started July 31, ended on Friday, August 4. It brought together 100 young political leaders from various political parties, university student leaderships, youth-led organizations, youth candidates in the upcoming October elections, and young professionals who are passionate about improving democracy through effective youth leadership and participation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)center_img Some of graduates listening the speakerslast_img read more

PPP questions mysterious deaths of 4 GGMC workers

first_img…claims deaths may be linked to mercury poisoningThe parliamentary Opposition has raised questions over the recent deaths of four Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) staffers; a matter that has seemingly been shrouded in an information blackout.In a statement issued on Friday, the party expressed condolences to the relatives of the deceased staffers, whose names were given as Dwayne De Jonge (ranger), Latchman Chiti (surveyor), Leroy Green (carpenter) and Clement Proffit (lab technician). According to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the issue is one that must be addressed urgently by the relevant authorities.The Party also raised possible links to the mercury poisoning that had afflicted workers at the GGMC during amalgam burning exercises. According to the PPP, all four men were documented to have been affected by mercury poisoning.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and junior Minister Simona Broomes“These four deaths, which follow each other in such a short period of time, should be a cause for serious concern. It is disturbing that the Government and the GGMC have been reluctant to inform the staff and public about actions taken to ensure protection of not only staffers, but also those in surrounding communities.”“This is not a political issue,” the Party continued. “The PPP will support the Government of Guyana to ensure that every effort is made to guarantee the health and safety of our people. We therefore urge immediate action by the relevant authorities, including management of the GGMC and the Ministry of Public Health, to ensure the occupational health and safety standards are in place.”The Guyana Gold BoardAccording to the Party, precautionary measures such as testing and treatment for all staff must be operationalised by the GGMC and the Public Health Ministry. The cost for this, the Party advised, should be borne by the GGMC.“The PPP also supports the sourcing of specialists to respond to this matter before it becomes a bigger health crisis,” the party added.Calls by this publication to Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and his junior Minister Simona Broomes went unanswered. When contacted, a top-level official within the Ministry was also at a loss to provide information about the men. He could only confirm that the men were employed at the GGMC and indeed died but did not have any more information.When contacted, President of the Guyana Civil Servants and General Workers Union (GCS & GWU) Gregory Gaspar declined to comment on the issue. According to Gaspar, he could not confirm the deaths of the men.Sources have informed this publication, however, that the men died in close proximation with the last one as recent as a few days ago.Mercury exposureA few months ago, a number of GGMC staffers had walked off the job citing concerns over exposure to mercury. The decision resulted in the authorities trying to mediate around the issue.Following the discovery of high levels of mercury in its laboratory, which is in the GGMC compound, the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) had contracted the services of Trinidad-based Kaizen Environmental Services to conduct an independent investigation of the effect of the emission, and that company has said the mercury levels are back to normal.According to the report, the study was conducted on March 28, 2018, at 10 locations primarily located within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commissions’ compound and the surrounding areas.“The mercury (Hg) levels monitored at all 10 locations were within the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (US OSHA) eight-hour Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL),” the report stated.Out of over 130 staffers tested, it was discovered that more than 60 reported high levels of mercury in their system. Trotman, appearing before the National Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee, had subsequently revealed that the Gold Board had moved its gold burning operations to a private dealer.last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Man City and Man United make approach for Barcelona star

first_imgManchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have all enquired over the availability of Barcelona star Sergio Busquets.The midfielder is expected to hold contract talks with the Spanish side in the summer as he looks for a deal which will see wages equal that of the club’s highest earners.The 27-year-old’s current contract expires in the June 2019 and he has yet to be told that an extension with improved terms will be offered.That, according to Sport, has sparked interest from both Manchester clubs and PSG.The trio have now contacted Barcelona to see if there is any chance of a transfer taking place this summer.City, who will be coached by Pep Guardiola next season, are said to be particularly keen and willing to spend over £60m for Busquets’ signature. Sergio Busquets in action for Barcelona 1last_img read more

Zell says newspapers share blame for woes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I think the newspaper industry has stood there and watched while other media enterprises have taken our bacon and run with it,” he told the annual meeting of the Inland Press Association, a newspaper trade group representing about 1,200 papers in all 50 states. “It’s too much complacency.” He cited the rise of the Internet, the cross-selling of different forms of media and the advent of 24-hour news channels as serious challenges that newspapers have not met well. The industry as a whole, Zell said, has been “standing there and letting this happen while Rome is burning.” The real estate magnate declined to comment on his specific plans for Tribune, which owns 11 daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, 23 TV stations and the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are to be sold as a condition of the deal. Zell has agreed to invest $315million in the media conglomerate. Once the deal is completed, he will own warrants entitling him to buy 40 percent of the company for between $500 million and $600 million, with an employee stock ownership plan and Tribune management controlling the remainder. Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Ginocchio told the trade association earlier that the short-term outlook for newspapers is “scary.” He doesn’t foresee industrywide revenue growth in newspapers until 2011 and earnings growth until 2012. “Most investors think the newspaper industry is going to be run over by the Internet,” he said. Despite the industry’s worsening revenue and circulation trends, Zell said he still sees Tribune as a good investment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Dave Carpenter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – Billionaire investor Sam Zell told a group of newspaper executives Monday that the industry’s woes result partly from complacency in responding too slowly to rapid change in the business, comparing it to Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Zell, who will become a major player in the industry when an $8.2 billion buyout of Tribune Co. that he led closes, said newspapers must become more disciplined and focused and do a better job selling their product. last_img read more


first_imgWe are still getting reports of storm damage across the county.Some of you have even sent in your storm pictures.We’ll publish all the pictures you send in. But remember – be careful out there!    A sign of the times! A signpost for Kincasslagh is damaged in the storm.     A stray trampoline comes to a rest after a short journey near Annagry. A tree partially blocks a road outside Ramelton. THE STORM – AS CAUGHT BY DONEGAL SNAPPERS! was last modified: January 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalphotosstormlast_img read more


first_imgJoe McHugh TD has confirmed the Government’s decision to extend the Fodder Importation Transport Scheme for an additional two weeks, and to double the Imported Transport Subsidy to €2 million.Speaking yesterday in Letterkenny, Deputy McHugh said it is a difficult time for farmers.But the Fine Gael TD said Minister Simon Coveney is very aware of these difficulties. “This is a difficult time for farmers in Donegal and throughout the country. Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine Simon Coveney TD and the Government are acutely conscious of the challenges that farmers face in sourcing and providing fodder to stock, and of the difficulties with growth and ground conditions. This is a matter of ongoing discussion within the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party.“Today Minister Coveney has extended the Fodder Importation Transport Scheme for an additional two weeks, and he has doubled the Imported Transport Subsidy to two million euro.” RELIEF FOR DONEGAL FARMERS AS FODDER SCHEME EXTENDED FOR TWO WEEKS was last modified: May 10th, 2013 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:fodderJoe McHughlast_img read more


first_imgThe final countdown…DONEGAL’S marathon election count is over – three days after it all began.The final count in Letterkenny – where 10 seats were decided – saw a late battle between independent Donal Cullen and Sinn Fein councillor Mick Quinn.And Cllr Quinn held his seat. Liam Blaney (FF) topped the poll. Ciaran Brogan (FF) and John O’Donnell (Ind) followed before James Pat McDaid (FF) completed a treble for Fianna Fail.Ian McGarvey had to wait until the early hours and was followed at 4.25am by Jimmy Kavanagh (FG).There was mixed emotions in the Fine Gael camp as popular former mayor Noel McBride lost his seat.Michael McBride (FG), Dessie Shiels (Ind) and the Sinn Fein duo of Mick Quinn and Gerry McMonagle complete the Letterkenny Electoral Area line-up.   ELECTED (LETTERKENNY); THEY THINK IT’S ALL OVER, IT IS NOW – McBRIDE, McMONAGLE, SHIELS AND QUINN ELECTED was last modified: May 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dessie Shielsgerry mcmonagleLetterkenny vote overMick Quinnlast_img read more


first_imgWalshyHe’s been on the terraces of Old Trafford, the corporate boxes of Croke Park and the Shed at Finn Park for that matter. But nothing made him prouder than to see the Donegal Under 14s Ladies GAA team win their first friendly. Walshy is back.RUGBY IN ROME AND DONNA’S DENEvery time an Irish team takes to the field in Rome for an international, my thoughts turn on two issues. Can Ireland win and won’t there be some craic in the Druid’s Den pub this afternoon and long into the night? And no doubt after the final whistle was blown at the Olympic Stadium last Saturday, there were quite a few green shirted supporters making their way to the Via San Martino Ai Monti 28 for this bar’s famous hospitality and equally famous refreshments. And if you happen to have Donegal blood flowing through your veins, you’re guaranteed an even warmer welcome if that’s possible.For this fine establishment is owned and run by Letterkenny woman, Donna Kilcawley, and her Italian husband, Tonino, and, along with a couple of sister pubs (Druid’s Rock being one of them), is a draw for many an Irish visitors and a sizeable proportion of home grown patrons also.I’ve only been there once – herself and myself celebrating a wedding anniversary with a trip to the Eternal City a few years back – and it was everything I’d heard it to be. We were hardly through the doors before its proprietor, recognising a couple of familiar faces and accents, was welcoming us with an embrace and taking time out for a long chat and an exchange of news from home.A social hot pot is the Druid’s Den and Donna receives many a Donegal head and regular contingents from Letterkenny. And the food’s almost as good as it once was in the old Dolphin café on Letterkenny’s Main Street which was established by Donna’s grandmother way back in the thirties but sadly is no more. Not a classic performance by Ireland in their 2015 Six Nations opener though not as tame as some pundits were making out even if you’d have to fear – and fear greatly – for this Italian team when they travel to Twickenham this weekend and there’s not even a Druid’s Den there for them to drown any sorrows they can expect to have.As for Joe Schmidts men, they’ll likely be welcoming back Johnny Sexton for Saturday’s clash with the French who weren’t wholly convincing in disposing of Scotland in Paris in their opening game.We’re already been told by those in the know that the Ireland/England encounter at the Aviva in the third series of fixtures is the one that will decide the destination of this year’s Championship. France will have their own views on that one and will arrive in Dublin with plenty to prove and the playing personnel with which to prove it.Meanwhile, encouraging wins for both the Irish women’s team and the under-20’s – Donegal connections in both squads – in their opening matches and they’ll also be hoping to follow up with victories on home soil this weekend.MICHAEL AND MIKE The real All BlackThere’s a couple of great rugby related advertisements for Guinness (the original All Black) currently doing the rounds on television and one of them features probably the greatest – with due apologies to Fred Cogley – commentator of them all, Bill McLaren. Here was someone who could make the most mundane match spring to life with a neat turn of phrase and a descriptive sentence (“he’s like a demented ferret up a wee drainpipe”) that would have you hanging on every word and smiling at most of them.Sadly, the great man passed away in 2010 but if there’s one man who goes close to equalling him for passion and that pertinent phrase, it surely has to be R.T.E. radio microphonist (there’s a new word for you), Michael Corcoran. It’s not an easy thing to do but somehow he provides you with pictures as well as sound, coloured images from the game he’s commentating on (even for those of us with black and white radio).“Consternation in the Italian defence….it’s like ordering drinks after closing time”, he described one particular Irish foray into enemy territory.Tune in with a radio for the T.V. coverage of this weekend’s game and get the picture. FROM DUBLIN TO DUBAIIt’s difficult to understand why Donegal players would want to swap the hills of Donegal for the golden sands of Dubai this weekend.So the record reads to date: victory over Derry and defeat against Dublin. And now there’s another ‘D’ on the horizon in the shape of Dubai (I still fancy Dubai to be too hot for them).Not the most encouraging of National League performances by Rory Gallagher’s men under the lights at Croker particularly as their hosts started with just four of the team from last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.Too many errors and not enough creation but hardly a game, and a result, to get too wound up about. Of course, you’ll always want to beat the Dubs but the next best thing to not beating them is to do so when it really matters come the summer months. And Gallagher and his team will need the time to make that scenario a reality.Meanwhile, Offaly manager, Pat Flanagan, has reacted to the fact that his team have only conceded a miserly eight scores in two matches by voicing the hope that they wouldn’t be labelled the “new Donegal”. The new Donegal? Offaly? “You wish, Pat”, as one social media subscriber put it.Individual performance of the weekend? Colm O’Neill’s outstanding display for Cork against a Monaghan team I still feel can make this year’s All-Ireland semi-final stages.Pass of the weekend? The one by Sean Cavanagh that led to Tyrone’s goal against Mayo in the Ulster side’s 1-11 to 1-7 win. Did someone say Mickey Harte his and team were on the way out?And finally on the G.A.A. front, a bus pulled up at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny last Saturday morning bearing a placard inside the windscreen with the words: “DONEGAL LADIES”. Making their way to Sligo for their first challenge match of the season was the girls under-14 squad and returning with a victory.And a batch of proud parents there to see it including this one.BARRY’S SPIRIT Thank you very much Mr Byrne!Over three decades since his World Featherweight title triumphs, Barry McGuigan still pops up on our television screens either in his guise as a boxing pundit or in his role as manager of the current World Super Bantamweight champion, Carl Frampton.Occasionally, too, the Clones Cyclone emerges in a reality T.V. show or some other unexpected quarters. Last Sunday night was one of these when he featured on the R.T.E. series ‘The Meaning of Life’ where host, Gay Byrne, interviews well known personalities in respect of their spiritual beliefs.It hasn’t been the easiest of lives for the Monaghan man. He lost both his father and his brother to tragic early deaths while his daughter was diagnosed with a form of leukaemia at the age of eleven, thankfully recovering.And his successes in the ring were shadowed by the demise of one of his opponents, Young Ali, in a fight in London in 1982. McGuigan won the contest with a knockout in the sixth round but Ali never recovered from a coma which he lapsed into and died five months later.So you might well have understood had the affable former boxer engaged in a similar rant against God and all things spiritual as was the case with British comedian, Stephen Fry, in the previous week’s ‘The Meaning of Life’.But, no, McGuigan still holds firm to his strong religious beliefs. Still believes in God and is convinced, even under the probing gaze of Gay Byrne, that he will some day meet his father and brother again (though as he put it himself, hopefully not for a long number of years yet).This particular edition of the programme didn’t garner the publicity the previous week’s one did but it should have. For surely here was a much more courageous and heartfelt stance than the one adopted by Fry. Undoubtedly, as far as this viewer is concerned, a win on points for the Irishman.BONE BREAKERHe has broken just about every bone in his body at some stage in his career but kept coming back for more. And now it will, as he admitted himself this week, be his heart that will break when he finally climbs down off the saddle at the end of the current season.For someone who wouldn’t know his horse from his elbow, I have nevertheless followed the career of Tony McCoy from a distance and what a career it has been. A total of 4,315 winners over jumps in Ireland and Britain including 289 in that record-breaking 2001-2002 season. Thirty winners in the prestigious Cheltenham Festival and victory in the 2010 Grand National. And even the day after he announced his pending retirement, the Northern Irishman rode Carlingford Lough to victory at Leopardstown in the Hennessy Gold Cup.Up to this week, only McCoy’s wife, Chanelle, and the man who employs him, JP McManus, knew of his intentions – his parents and best friends kept as much out of the loop as the rest of the racing world.Ironically one of the first text messages he received was from a man who wouldn’t be sending too many to McManus. “It was a very powerful message,” McCoy was quoted as describing the text from Alex Ferguson. “I’d be worried about divulging the words, it was very personal. But it almost made me cry again.”Even the man who once brandished that famous hairdryer can salute a fellow sporting great with the appropriate wording to leave a lump in the throat.HARRY’S GAMEI was close to putting the mortgage on it – and good luck to it, it’s been hanging around long enough – when Sunday night’s Match of the Day 2 announced the line-up for the Goal of the Month competition. For despite the fact, in this humble opinion, that at least three of the other efforts were better goals, the one that ultimately claimed it for January was the one registered by the man of the moment, Harry Kane. And, yeah, I know I promised never to mention him in these quarters again until he declared for the Republic of Ireland but you certainly can’t keep him out of the news (even as I write he has just netted an equalizer for the Spurs at Anfield following up that dramatic double in the North London derby).Naturally the Match of the Day crew have been calling – no, demanding – his inclusion in the England squad and that is a sooner rather than later scenario.He seems like a player with his head screwed on and is without a doubt a pure footballing gem. But you’d have to hope the English media don’t now place too much of a strain on his shoulders given their record with past hopefuls they had earmarked for greatness and who subsequently fell away into the lower divisions.GREY MATTERGrateful thanks to Paul Hume for this one. You’ve heard by now of the film that’s being released this week in Derry?Fifty Shades of Greyhound……MR EASTWOOD, BONEBREAKERS AND IT SURE IS HOT IN DUBAI – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY! was last modified: February 10th, 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:Walshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more

QPR and West Brom keen on Argentina star – report

first_imgQPR and West Brom are on the trail of Argentina star Cristian Ansaldi, according to The Sun.The Rubin Kazan full-back, 25, is said to have been attracting attention from a host of top clubs, including Chelsea.A number of today’s papers pick up on comments made by Joey Barton’s agent Willie McKay, who believes the QPR midfielder may join Marseille with Stephane Mbia moving in the opposite direction.Meanwhile, Chelsea are considering making a final improved offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany international André Schürrle, according to The Guardian.The Bundesliga outfit are reported to have turned down a £16m offer for the 21-year-old forward.The Sun say Chelsea’s Michael Essien is being lined up for a £10m move to Fenerbahce.The Daily Mail say the Turkish club are preparing an £8m bid for Essien and have also enquired about Blues midfielder Raul Meireles.And Fulham have again been linked with a move for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.The Daily Mirror say the Whites, Aston Villa and Sunderland are all keen on the England international.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Redwood Acres Racing: Titles up for grabs as season near’s end

first_imgEureka >> The 2017 season at Redwood Acres Raceway is quickly coming to an end. With only two weekends of racing left on the 3/8-mile paved oval, the battle for the track championship in all six divisons will likely come down to the wire. The fight in the California State And Federal Employee’s Credit Union Roadrunner Class is between two drivers. Currently, Daniel Buell holds a narrow nine point lead over Nick Ford. Tim Ratzlaff has an outside shot at the championship as he’s 38 points behind …last_img read more

Diamonds: local crafters get a cut

first_img9 October 2007The State Diamond Trader has entered into a deal with mining giant De Beers that will see it acquire 10% of all diamonds mined in South Africa enabling local crafters to cut and polish the gems, thereby adding more value before they are placed on the market.Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said this week that the deal aims to boost the downstream industry in South Africa, to a point where a considerable amount of value-addition to the country’s minerals is done locally.She also described the deal as “a big leap towards transformation”, as the diamonds would be sold on to mainly emerging crafts-people in the diamond industry, enabling previously excluded people to participate actively in the country’s economy.De Beers non-executive director Barend Petersen said that the company fully supported the government’s initiatives, describing the signing of the agreement as “a great day” in the history of the diamond business in South Africa.The State Diamond Trader was established on 3 September and, according to chief executive Abby Chikane, is expected to be able to supply its clients with rough diamonds for beneficiation by January 2009.De Beers will also provide the trader with technical expertise and intellectual property as it begins its work in earnest from November this year. The service and licence agreement with De Beers provides a “security of supply” that will allow for a quantifiable amount of the stones to be sold to the clients of the State Diamond Trader.Chikane pointed out that the trader would be buying diamonds at a market-related price, and subsequent pricing of the polished produce would “definitely not” be above the market rate, while the trader would itself be run on a cost-recovery basis, with the intention of passing profit margins on to its clients.In terms of the value of the agreement, 10% of South Africa’s annual production of diamonds, amounting to around US$1.4-billion, would be about $140-million (about R960-million).All diamonds purchased by the State Diamond Trader will have to comply with the Kimberley Process Certificate Scheme, which seeks to keep illicitly mined and conflict diamonds off the market.‘Not the end, just the start’Sonjica said the 10% quota assigned for sale to the State Diamond Trader was “not the end, just the start”, but added that the government was being careful not to be too drastic in ensuring that value is added to South Africa’s minerals before they are exported.She said however, that the idea of buying 10% of diamonds for local beneficiation by emerging cutters and polishers “will expand to other minerals”.In the meantime, the government is also focussing on intensive training of local diamond cutters and polishers, though Sonjica conceded that South Africa does currently falls short of the ideal level of skills for value-addition to diamonds.This was being addressed, whe said, with a group of aspiring crafters being sent to China to learn cutting and polishing skills. The government is also talking with Senegal about the possibility of South Africans being trained there.She said the government was not looking at subsidies for emerging beneficiators, but was considering incentives – not necessarily monetary incentives – to encourage more people to participate.Sonjica added that the government was also working with the Industrial Development Corporation to improve access to finance and skills training.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Magazines on the iPad? HP’s MagCloud Makes it a One-Click Deal

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Gorgeous, image-rich magazines with long-form content, published periodically. Sometimes it feels like that’s what the iPad was made for. On its second birthday from inside HP Labs, the do-it-yourself magazine publishing service MagCloud is launching a new feature that lets any magazine on the platform become iPad optimized with a single click. I’m really excited about this. It’s not the Wired iPad app, yet. But it is a whole world of other magazines. Hacker Monthly: The Print Magazine of Hacker News on the iPad? Zip!Art Nouveau Magazine on the iPad? Bang! Mowmentum: The Magazine for the Lawnmower Racing Community…on the iPad? Boom.Above: The magazine rack. Below: Scrubbing through the pages.In addition to iPad availability, the print on demand part of MagCloud is growing more sophisticated as well. Publishers can now choose to put a spine on their magazines (which should be a big improvement), the page limit has been raised to 384 pages and, perhaps most importantly, HP will now ship printed magazines anywhere in the world.But it’s the iPad publishing and reading that interests me most. Publishers can opt-in to allowing readers to click on a link to download a magazine to the Magcloud iPad app.This is especially if price points can settle into something reasonable. I told HP’s Andrew Bolwell that what I really wanted were magazines priced like iPhone apps. Give me really good $2 magazines and I’ll buy them all day long. A $10 magazine on the iPad? Probably not. “I personally believe that the same is true for content,” he told me. “I hope the market will come to a point where content on the iPad is priced below the threshold of consideration on price.”Right now MagCloud supports simple PDF uploads, but the future is wide open, Bolwell says. Possibilities include multimedia, DRM-free publishing (there’s DRM today) and an HP-powered ad network.“We want to offer the option for people to do anything they want in the digital space,” Bolwell says. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Will HP Moonshot Ignite Or Fizzle?

first_imgIf anything, give HP credit for historical parallels: when John F. Kennedy wanted to shake the U.S. out of a calamitous post-war funk, he gave Americans something to shoot for: the Moon. It’s very much in that spirit that HP’s management is hoping their latest Moonshot server product line will revitalize a company that’s been mired in declining hardware sales.Based on early indications, there is a good chance that this launch will be successful.Moonshot is not your typical server, with a single set of processors and memory storage sitting in a racked box, just one among many such boxes tightly networked together in racks and racks of such servers, filling up data centers, sucking in power and pumping out heat like a furnace. No, Moonshot is very much different.What We KnowReports have indicated that Moonshot servers will be small, cartridge-like devices only take up 6% of a current server’s space. Cartridges can be slotted into enclosures that will hold 45 of the microserver units. It is estimated that a standard server rack can hold anywhere from 10-40 enclosures, similar in look and feel to the Project Redstone development server configuration pictured above.This configuration will use 89% less power, early reports have stated. From a cost standpoint, that’s huge: not only are you knocking down your electric bill by nearly 90% per server, but low-power chips mean far less heat energy is created from voltage leakage and alway-on processors. Less heat means less money spent on cooling.“To put in that perspective, if just 10 large web services providers switched their traditional x86 servers to Moonshot, they could save a combined $120 million in energy operating expense and nearly one million metric tons of CO2 per year. The equivalent of taking over 180,000 cars off the road for a year,” CEO Meg Whitman said on a recent HP earnings call.Another unique feature of these devices: they aren’t tied to a single type of processor. Sure, there’s Intel chips in there, represented in the form of the low-power Atom processors, but there’s also support for ARM-based chips as well, from a variety of manufacturers. Multiple flash-based or standard hard drives are supported, too.That means you can order exactly the hardware combination you need, instead of trying to port your applications to a single rigidly defined hardware platform. Theoretically, you could build a single private cloud that would run applications built for multiple architectures, each application talking the the Moonshot unit that has the architecture it needs.What We Don’t KnowThe big unknown, at this point, is how much these microservers will cost. That’s going to be a key difference to whether these are truly going to reach their destination or just fizzle on the launchpad.Looking at HP’s ProLiant Gen8 servers, the low-end starts at $885 for the DL100 model, and $899 for the starting DL300. The question is, how many Moonshots equal the equivalent in processing power and storage of one of these full-sized server? If you tell me, hypothetically, that it would take five Moonshots to equal one DL100 (and trust me, I have no idea at this point) and each Moonshot costs $250, then that would be a problem, even factoring in the expected overhead for the customization costs that might be built in to the units.But, tell me that Moonshots will cost $150 with the same hardware specs, and I’d be all ears.Until we get the details on the price and the specs, there’s no telling how successful these will be. If HP were smart, they wouldn’t price these things out of the ballpark… and not just to attract sales from existing standard server owners. They also have to make prices attractive to keep potential customers from shifting over to a public cloud environment – a more difficult scenario every day as providers like AWS and Google keep lowering their prices.And even if Moonshots do take off, expect this to be a slow launch. Like the first moments of a Space Shuttle launch, when the rockets seem to just creep upwards, so too will Moonshots take a while to be widely deployed. Developers have to figure out how to work with them, and IT managers have to find reasons to put them on the procurement lists. To take off in the private cloud sector, there needs to be support from platforms like OpenStack and CloudStack soon.A lot is riding on this launch for HP, which could bring change to the IT industry as a whole: if a truly flexible low-power system can be introduced, the potential for savings and environmental benefits for the enterprise will be impossible to ignore.Image courtesy of HP. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Related Posts Tags:#HP#microserver#Moonshot center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more