Past The Finishing Post

first_imgCaymanas Park Results for November 30, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1100 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE*1. #5 BILINGUAL LSteadman2 54.02. #3 SHE’S A LEGACY LAllen 52.5 1L3. #2 SILVER ROCKET HPottinger2 51.0 3-1/2L4. #4 MILAGRO SMuir 54.0 2-3/4LWIN: $72.00PLACE: $62.00, $114.00, $101.00Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.0Winner : 2yo ch filly – FEARLESS VISION – ELECTRIFYINGTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ELIAS HALOUTEBred by ELIAS HALOUTEQu: $299.00 Ex: $253.00Trifecta: $212.00Race 2 1600 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. #8 SCAR BebHarvey2 54.02. #2 FIERY PATH AndreePowell4 50.0 1-1/4L3. #10 SWEET DIMENSION SMuir 53.0 4-1/2L4. #9 TASHIE BABY HPottinger2 50.5 5LWIN: $81.00PLACE: $63.00, $138.00, $124.00Final Time : 1:40.3 Splits : 23.4, 47.0, 1:12.1Winner : 4yo ch colt – PERFORMING MAGIC out of LADY SARKA by LAKE CONISTONTrainer : PARCHMENT,WAYNE D Owner : WAYNE D PARCHMENTBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Qu: $972.00 Ex: $1,166.00D/E: $136.00Superfecta: $4,287.00ALTY McKENZIE MEMORIAL CUPRace 3 1600 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)*1. #4 JESSIE JAMES BebHarvey2 53.52. #1 NO MONEY FRIEND AChatrie 54.0 3L3. #7 PLAY STATION PParchment 53.5 2-1/4L4. #5 COMPUTERIZE OWalker 55.0 NeckLate scratch : #6 MINNIFFIAWIN: $102.00PLACE: $64.00, $114.00, $127.00Final Time : 1:41.3 Splits : 24.2, 47.1, 1:13.0,Winner : 8yo b horse – STORM CRAFT – JESSICATrainer : RYAN DARBY Owner : NADONBred by GEORGE MILESQu: $499.00 Ex: $298.00D/E: $195.00Superfecta: $1,917.00Rolling Triple: $447.00Race 4 1300 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #10 GOFORHOME AntThomas4 49.02. #13 JAGRETEE LSteadman2 53.5 1/2L3. #7 CONNOR AndrePowell3 52.0 2L4. #1 ICE PRINCESS RLahoe 53.0 Sh.Head5. #8 BREEZY OEdwards3 50.0 1-3/4LLate scratch : #3 WISE JOHNNYWIN” $173.00PLACE: $74.00, $100.00, $304.00Final Time : 1:24.0 Splits : 23.1, 48.2, 1:15.4,Winner : 4yo ch filly – LEGAL PROCESS – SWEET JADETrainer : GARY GRIFFITHS Owner : GARY GRIFFITHSBred by PHILIP AZARQu: $564.00 Exacta: $985.00D/E: $554.00Trifecta: $4,579.00Hi-5: $67,398.50Rolling Triple: $775.00Race 5 2000 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST. ALL. II1. #7 DELIGHTFUL BRENDA OMullings 50.52. #1 ACAPULCO SMuir 52.5 Neck3. #5 OLD BRAETON RLahoe 52.0 2-1/4L*4. #6 DUSSELDORF BebHarvey2 53.0 1/2LWIN: $307.00PLACE: $112.00, $67.00, $64.00Final Time : 2:09.3 Splits : 25.4, 53.2, 1:17.2, 1:42.1Winner : 3yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – DOLLS’ DELIGHTTrainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : DSTL & ASSOCIATESBred by DESMOND LEWISQu: $731.00 Ex: $1,231.00D/E: $899.00Trifecta: $1,622.00Rolling Triple: $5,267.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) – F&M1. #5 QUICK CHIC JPatterson2 50.02. #3 FREE RANGE BebHarvey2 52.5 1/2L3. #4 CHEXIMAKIT PFrancis 53.0 1-1/2L4. #8 PARTY CITY RLahoe 52.5 1-1/4L*5. #13 QUEENOFSAINTROSE SMuir 54.0 1LLate scratch : #6 ROSY PARKSWIN: $347.00PLACE: $269.00, $80.00, $259.00Final Time : 1:22.4 Splits : 24.0, 47.4, 1:14.3,Winner : 4yo gr filly – HE’STHEREALTHING – RACING MACHINETrainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : SYDNEY ROMANBred by ELIZABETH DACOSTAQu: $627.00 Ex: $1,432.00D/E: $4,361.00Trifecta: $3,208.00Hi-5: $14,275.00Rolling Triple: $25,893.00Pick-4: $125,000.00Super-6: $52,924.90Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JULY 29.1. #11 REIGN OVER ALL OWalker 53.02. #1 RULES OF THE CAT RLahoe 55.0 11-1/2L*3. #8 UNCLE G JPatterson2 50.0 3/4L4. #7 MAGIC CITY WHenry 51.0 1-3/4LWIN: $183.00PLACE: $84.00, $146.00, $162.00Final Time : 1:00.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.1Winner : 6yo b horse – OUTRIGGER – REIGNING HEROINETrainer : RENEX BURRELL Owner : RENEX BURRELLBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $3,763.00 Ex: $4,785.00D/E: $792.00Superfecta: $11,160.00Rolling Triple: $24,964.00Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I)1. #12 BIG AL JPatterson2 52.02. #14 SON OF TAQARUB JInnis3 51.0 3L3. #8 SHARP SKIRT PFrancis 52.0 3/4L4. #3 PHOTOGENIC BebHarvey2 52.5 Sh.Head5. #13 PERFECT ASSET OWalker 53.0 1-3/4LLate scratch : #10 YOUR HEARTBEAT, #15 TWILIGHT PRINCESSWIN: $193.00PLACE: $91.00, $293.00, $194.00Final Time : 0:59.4 Splits : 23.1, 46.2,Winner : 3yo ch colt – MARKET RALLY – HONEYOFALADYTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner : DWIGHT CHENBred by DWIGHT CHEN & DENNIS CHIN-YOUQu: $3,284.00 Exacta: $4,735.00D/E: $1,179.00 (11-10) $173.00 (11-15) $293.00Trifecta: $18,379.00Hi-5: $79,599.00Rolling Triple: $12,405.00Race 9 1100 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE*1. #8 ROYAL ASSAULT LSteadman2 53.52. #3 TALENTED TONY K BebHarvey2 52.5 1-1/4L3. #7 ROYAL VIBES JErwin 53.0 1-1/4L4. #2 LADY SHANKARI JPatterson2 48.5 2-1/2LWIN: $102.00PLACE: $57.00, $140.00, $136.00Final Time : 1:05.0 Splits : 22.2, 45.0Winner : 4yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – MAYKEN JOYTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : DEBORAH NUNES-BOORMAN & TARA NUNES & S.NARINESINGH & E. HALOUTEBred by MARK H. A CROSKERYQu: $433.00 Ex: $724.00D/E: $501.00Superfecta: $2,852.00Rolling Triple: $2,694.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II)1. #16 CODED CITIZEN HLewis 52.02. #4 SURE STEP AntThomas4 50.0 Head3. #15 JASON’S GOLD HPottinger2 50.5 Neck4. #14 SMASH AMUSEMENT JPatterson2 50.0 1-1/4L5. #11 BUCKALUCK PFrancis 52.0 NeckLate scratch : #1 RAMONA, #10 DANGOWIN: $1319.00PLACE: $202.00, $301.00, $360.00Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – CODED WARNING – GOOD CITIZENTrainer : CARL ANDERSON Owner : CARL ANDERSONBred by CARL ANDERSONQu: $15,956.00 Ex: $54,667.00D/E: $8,136.00 (8-1) $91.00Trifecta: $51,308.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $115,631.75Rolling Triple: $48,913.00Pick-4: $239,624.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $13,909.80 (5 OF 6) Carry-over : $1,210,156.35Pick-9: $152,644.50 (8 OF 9); $1,590.00 (7 OF 9)Carry-over : $4,400,342.10PlacePot 8 : Carry-over : $294,960.00last_img read more

McGregor ‘might never fight again’ after boxing bout, says UFC head

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES With the mega fight set to take place next month at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, United States, White lamented how the massive pay day could persuade the UFC lightweight champion to never fight again.“I had a bunch of guys who worked for us in the UFC and made a bunch of money and they’re gone now,” the UFC executive told reporters during the MayMac press tour, as relayed by MMA Fighting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“You just don’t know, if he’s going to come in and make this kind of money, he might never fight again,” he shared.White’s claim, meanwhile, contradicts McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, who said McGregor will return to the octagon sometime in December. Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite PH golfer Yuka Saso to miss SEA Games LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments UFC president Dana White. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images/AFPAfter reports that Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s  upcoming bout with Conor McGregor will be his last, UFC president Dana White discussed the possibility of the Irish superstar walking away from fighting as well.READ: Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor boutADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commissioncenter_img MOST READ Whether or not the Irish sensation chooses to return to his roots after the biggest fight of his life, White said he’d accept whichever path Conor chooses.“That’s part of the deal, you know?” he said. “This kid has done a lot for the sport, a lot for the company and this is the fight that he wanted, so we’re going to give it to him. And if this is the end of his career, then it is what it is.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

GRA to provide incentives for informants

first_img$70B lost in tax evasion– as entity seeks to crack down on tax fraudBy Jarryl BryanIn a bid to crack down on the billions it is losing to tax avoidance and other assorted criminal activities, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) will be using recently passed laws and other legislative avenues to build its intelligence network. It is understood that this includes providing financial incentives to whistle-blowers.According to GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia, this practice is one supported by the law.GRA Commissioner General, Godfrey Statia“It’s allowed in law. We just have to put things in place and the Minister has to sign off on it, and then we’ll be able to pay them,” he stated recently. Also providing information on this plan was head of GRA’s Custom and Trade Administration, Lancelot Wills.According to Wills, the Witness Protection and the Protected Disclosures Act are the most relevant laws to the issue. He also noted that the Revenue Protection Act had a role to play in the regulatory framework.“Owing to the magnitude of (effects) that could follow a disclosure of such nature, it may be treated under either regime. We intend to implement a system of protection of revenue by way of information gathered in accordance with the law,” Wills related.The Protected Disclosures Bill 2017 was passed on January 18, while the Witness Protection Bill 2017 was passed the next day. In them are provisions for a witness protection programme, administrative centre, and stiff fines for blowing covers. The Revenue Protection Act of 1933 is actually more concise where paying informants is concerned.According to Part 2 of the Act, “The Minister may authorise the payment from moneys provided by Parliament for the purpose of such rewards to such persons as he may think fit, in order to secure the efficient protection of the revenue and for the prevention, discovery, suppression, and prosecution of offences against the customs and inland revenue laws…and regulations relating to mining and State laws.”FraudAt a press conference held last week, Statia had related that the entity had lost 40 per cent of its revenue for last year, or some $70 billion, through tax evasion. He complained that the situation exists at all levels, and has implications for overall budgetary allocations.“If we collected $170 billion last year, 40 per cent is $70 billion. And if you collect $70 billion more, I’m sure the Minister of Finance would be able to balance his budget. I’m also sure that all the capital projects we would like to have and see started would be completed. But you have tax evasion at all levels.”At the level of customs, he noted that there is a lot of under-invoicing. “Or if they don’t do that, they would use incorrect codes. If you could actively collude with the broker, you would see a simple analysis would show that people have been using incorrect descriptions to get past that. We have lost all discipline. Value systems have broken down. And it’s countrywide… we have to face it.”According to Statia, the entity has been dealing with the problem by utilising its Law Enforcement and Investigation Division, and going after defaulters. In addition, more staff rotation has been employed. Asked about the status of these cases, Statia related that several individuals were presently before the courts.Vehicle smugglingThere is also the issue of vehicle smuggling. Statia related that over 2000 vehicles have entered Guyana from Suriname but did not return. Purchasing the vehicles and then bringing (them) over with false number plates is a practice designed to cheat the system of duties.“You found that thousands of vehicles were being imported from Suriname and Brazil and were not going back and (were) using old registration numbers,” Statia related. “You also found that people were abusing the process using fake vehicle numbers, fake diplomatic numbers, and all these things. The other day I saw a DPL 501. Nowhere in the United States Embassy (are there) 501 vehicles.”Statia affirmed that the Government has not abandoned a project to introduce number plates with special security features, but rather that it was put on the back burner as conflict arose regarding jurisdiction.According to the Tax Chief, there was some uncertainty as to whether his entity should handle the project or the Ministry of Public Security. He noted, however, that the project should get under way in 2018.last_img read more

Protesters march for immigration rights

first_imgVeteran Latino activist Javier Rodriguez, organizer of the downtown march, insisted the smaller numbers were insignificant to the overall national campaign of securing a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in America today. “There are 600,000 women in danger of deportation with 3.3 million children, and we want those united,” he said. “We do not want those families separated by raids and deportation.” Officials attributed the decline in the number of marchers to a number of issues: Absence of threatening legislation such as last year’s ill-fated congressional bill that would have made felons of illegal immigrants; the passive roles taken this year by Spanish disc jockeys, who last year urged attendance at the marches; and warnings to students from school, city and religious leaders to stay in school – urging them to debate the issue in classrooms and not the streets. Marchers praised At City Hall, City Councilwoman Janice Hahn commended the marchers on their passion for a most important issue affecting their families. Then, impressing upon the crowd the importance of gaining citizenship and the right to vote, she said: “We’re going to elect a new president of the United States next year and `she’ may be the person to bring us together around the issue of immigration.” By midafternoon, many protesters joined a second march that had begun in the Third Street and Vermont Avenue area and moved to MacArthur Park for a late afternoon rally. “We can’t just come to rallies. We can’t just be in marches. We’ve got to call offices of Congress people,” Cardinal Roger Mahony told thousands of protesters gathered at the park. Mahony has been an outspoken advocate of the mostly Catholic Latino immigrant community. L.A. school officials reported that only a fraction of the 71,942 students who skipped classes last year missed classes Tuesday. Just 1,480 students were out Tuesday, they said. Even in smaller numbers, the marches again were a spectacle of urban politics – a gigantic peaceful demonstration amid a sea of flags and homemade signs; protesters tooted kazoos, chanted “S se puede!” and “USA!” while waving banners reading “Stop the Raids!” “Immigrants are the Backbone of America” and “We Are Americans, Too!” Among the most moving signs was one carried by 6-year-old Felicidad Torres: “I am an American. Please don’t deport mommy and daddy.” Felicidad’s father, Carlos Torres, is a construction worker who immigrated illegally to the United States from Mexico eight years ago. The next year, he met and married Felicidad’s mother, Concepci n Lara, an immigrant from El Salvador. Felicidad was born in L.A. the following year. “We pay our taxes. We contribute. We’re not on welfare,” said Lara, a maid for an American family on the Westside that gave her the day off to attend the march. “All we want (is) to not live in fear (of deportation), and to one day get our legal papers, maybe even our American citizenship.” Wearing white Like most of the marchers, Felicidad and her family wore white shirts and blouses to symbolize the peaceful nature of the demonstration. Last year’s marches and rallies, whipped up by nationally syndicated Spanish-language radio disc jockeys, met with some success in defusing a short-lived congressional proposal that would have made illegal entry to the country a felony. But this year, two disc jockeys changed their messages. Eduardo Sotelo, known as Piol n, launched a campaign to collect a million letters in support of immigration changes, promising to deliver those letters to Congress himself. Ren n Almend rez Coello, known as El Cucuy, began urging legal residents to become citizens and vote. “Last year’s march was a one-day, once-in-a-lifetime mobilization,” said Mike Garcia, president of Local 1877 of the Service Employees International Union in L.A. Others also said some momentum for this year’s protests softened in the wake of new immigration-reform legislation introduced in March by Reps. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., that actually includes citizenship for illegal immigrants. A similar bill is expected in the Senate soon. The Gutierrez-Flake bill calls for allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to become legal residents by leaving the country, then returning. It also allows illegals living in the United States as of June 1, 2006, to remain on six-year work visas. During that time, they must take English and civics lessons and pay a $2,000 fine and back taxes. Last Saturday, President George W. Bush urged Congress in his weekly radio address to come together on immigration, calling it “a critical challenge” before the nation. One of those who listened to – and praised – the president’s radio message was Salvadoran immigrant Juan Romero Mejias, who said he works three jobs so he can one day bring his wife and four children he left behind in his homeland. “I love this country and I, like so many others, have made my choice and am here today to make a statement,” he said. “We love this country, and the opportunities it offers people willing to work hard and sacrifice.” (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Speaking to reporters late Tuesday, LAPD Chief William Bratton said 15 of his officers were struck by plastic bottles and other items thrown by a handful of protesters who were “clearly intent to cause a disturbance.” He said there was one arrest made, that the vast majority of protesters were peaceful and he would thoroughly examine reports that the LAPD’s response was excessive. “If officers behaved inappropriately, we will deal with that,” Bratton said. Fire officials said three people were taken to a nearby hospital and others were treated for minor injuries. Police estimated the day’s crowd at about 25,000, a far cry from last year, when two protests drew some 650,000 people and virtually shut down parts of L.A. Thousands of white-shirted immigrants and their supporters marched through downtown Los Angeles and near MacArthur Park on Tuesday, calling for a far-reaching immigration policy that will allow undocumented workers to keep their families together in the United States. Carrying signs, banners and American and Mexican flags, a crowd much smaller than organizers or city officials anticipated took its May Day protest for immigrant workers’ rights to City Hall. Other marches were held in cities from Phoenix to Detroit as part of a nationwide effort. The peaceful demonstrations erupted in chaos at the end of the day, when more than 200 police in riot gear began clearing protesters out of MacArthur Park. Witnesses and news reporters said that with little or no warning, police began firing rubber bullets into the crowd, which included children and families. “(Police) started moving in and forcing them out of the park, people with children, strollers,” said Angela Sambrano, one of the rally’s lead organizers. last_img

St. Mary’s Convoy 5K to take place next Tuesday

first_img5KSt Mary’s 5K walk/run will take place on Tuesday 9th August at 7:30. Registration at clubhouse from 6.This race is part of the Donegal Grand Prix Series. Under 14sSaint Mary’s U14 Shield WinnersClub newsCongrats and well done to the U 14 boys who not only won the Ulster Feile they also won the U 14 Shield Final in an exciting game versus Muff. Thanks to Ryan Kettle and Anthony Browne who looked after the team this year.U 16 boys lost out to Letterkenny Gaels on Wednesday and will take on R. Emmets this Wednesday check Facebook for details.U 16 Girls away to Glenfin check Facebook for details.Seniors and reserves were beaten at the weekend.Training as normal for ladies and men.Well done Kelly Wilson & Niamh Mailey and to all the Donegal Ladies and management on their win at the weekend. Next up is Dublin!Well done to the Donegal senior and minor squads on their wins at the weekend. Congratulations to the newlyweds Marie and Liam Mc Mullan.St. Mary’s Convoy 5K to take place next Tuesday was last modified: August 2nd, 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)Tags:5kconvoyGAAst marys gaalast_img read more


first_imgWalshyIt may be the last day of the year but Walshy’s keyboard is still full of venom. This week he sticks the boot into Chelsea and Newcastle, looks for a pay-rise (snigger, snigger!) and tells the story of a hammer that was missing for 28 years! And that’s before he puts a two-footed tackle in on the Convoy Centre of Excellence.PITCH PERFECT? FAR FROM ITThe Centre of Excellence in ConvoyThe closed up notice has been posted at the so-called Centre of Excellence for the foreseeable future. Apparently, the pitches at the G.A.A. venue in Convoy are in poor shape due to over-use and inclement weather. While the whole concept of such a centre was, and is, an admirable one, you’d have to say – as this column pointed out a number of weeks ago – that the tag ‘excellence’ hardly befits it in its present state. And this was before the playing surfaces cut up so badly.A row of portacabins do the scantest of justice to the name while the lack of sheltered accommodation, particularly for unused players and officials on the sidelines, puts the venue well behind most other G.A.A. arenas in the county.There’s been a lot of money spent on this facility to date – the purchase of the 26 acre site alone topped €1.3 million  – eight years on from when it first got off the ground and while there are plans for a spectator stand and work is ongoing on the development of two further pitches, it still cannot by any stretch of the imagination be deemed a centre of excellence.A centre of some progress to be sure but nothing more as yet. HAMMER HEADSAfter 28 years, Letterkenny RFC stalwart Jim Moore finally got hammered!It’s St. Stephen’s Day, 1986, and Letterkenny Rugby Club official, Jim Moore, is helping to put up the uprights for the annual Kee Cup fixture between a Ballybofey/Stranorlar select and their counterparts from the Cathedral Town.Jim gets the loan of a lump hammer from Seamus Culhane to help him with the job. Yeah, a bit like that lump hammer you can see in the accompanying picture.In actual fact, precisely that lump hammer.For this is Jim taking the opportunity to present said hammer back to Seamus – a mere twenty-eight years almost to the day when he first took possession of it! Not, it should be said, that Seamus was running around frantically looking for it or that Jim had deliberately avoided giving it back. It was just that he had misplaced it and finally came around to discovering it in his garage.Hence, the specially organised presentation on the occasion of last Saturday’s Exiles/Veterans match against the Letterkenny 2nd’s at Dave Gallaher Park where Seamus was acting as touch judge.The Exiles/Veterans won the game but there were no reports of anyone being hammered.MARK HIM OUT FOR 2015 Not surprisingly as the year draws to a close, sport is recognising those achievements from 2014 which hit the headlines. None more so than Mark English’s magnificent bronze medal in the 800 metres in the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.Monday’s edition of the ‘Irish Times’ hails the Letterkenny man’s feat – or even his feet – as one of the abiding memories of the year with the paper’s athletics correspondent, Ian O’Riordan recalling that the great Sebastian Coe was also 21 years of age when he claimed a European bronze in the 800 metres back in 1978. And look what the British middle distance runner went on to achieve subsequently?English also features in a two page spread in the ‘Irish Runner Yearbook’ which is currently on sale.It’s the safest of bets that we’ll be reading a lot more about him in the year(s) to come.FACING OFFENCEIt’s not like Seamus Coleman to go down easily – for starters, he doesn’t play for Chelsea! – so when he was laid out in his own penalty area in Everton’s match against Newcastle United you knew something was afoot. Or in this case, aface.Seamus ColemanNewcastle’s Papiss Cisse was clearly captured on camera having dug an elbow into the cheekbone of the Killybegs native and while the referee and his assistants apparently missed the incident – Cisse went on to score in the Toon’s 3-2 win over the Toffees to add salt into the wound – the English Football Association did not with the result that the Senegal striker (sic!) was facing a charge of violent conduct.The only way to stop this type of action is to impose serious bans on the culprits, as in ten matches or more, and for their own clubs to cancel a couple of pay cheques or, better still, direct them to some worthy charities.But what did Cisse get for his assault? A mere three matches to sit on the sidelines and mull over his offence.Meanwhile, is there a possibility that the next time Coleman and Cisse meet on the pitch, the Donegalman could be doing so in the colours of Manchester United? Rumours still going the rounds that the Everton and Republic of Ireland full-back could be destined for Old Trafford in the January transfer window or, at the very least, next summer.Growing up in Killybegs, Coleman was an avid United fan so such a move would have a young lad’s dream attached to it even if he did insist he was happy at Everton when he signed that five year contract not too long ago.FIXTURE GLUT? YOU’RE HAVING A LAUGH…Manchester United boss, Louis Van Gaal, and Sunderland manager, Gus Poyet, have become the latest of many to moan about the “hectic” Christmas /New Year schedule for English Premiership clubs.“If you want to see the best players performing well, you need to make sure you are not playing every two days. It is not needed,” the Uruguayan hit out before the Black Cats faced Aston Villa on Sunday, a couple of days after their 3-1 home defeat to Hull City. And Van Gaal was equally critical of the quick turnaround even though he named the same starting side for United’s match at White Hart Lane (0-0) that lined out against Newcastle United forty-eight hours previously.You always get it at this time of the year. Harping on about the unkind fixture list and the glut of games pencilled in for decision.Those of us of a certain vintage will recall the days when the top flight clubs in England used to face into THREE matches in the space of FOUR days and not a whimper from the managers or players of the time. They just took it as part and parcel of the game at the time.And what entertainment for the supporters of that era. Goals galore and the occasional teams getting a trouncing one day only to turn out a day later to wallop some other side.I can distinctly remember a thrilling 4-4 draw between Derby County and Manchester United at the old Baseball Ground back in 1970 during one of those Christmas fixtures. Three goals in one four minute spell and a footballing spectacle for all.The Derby team of those days was the one managed by Brian Clough and featured some outstanding players. And in the opposition one George Best.There’s a ‘You Tube’ video of the game somewhere which I couldn’t access but I did manage to track down some of the online comments on the match from a few years back when, presumably, the video was put up.“Look at the pitch, the fancy dans who play now wouldn’t even walk on it,” one observer remarked. How true.Four years ago, a fan, Keith Richardson, posted this comment on that Derby/United game: “I was there. I was 22 years at the time…. Boxing Day…. Derby did have a great side thanks to Clough and Taylor and by the way George Best was the greatest player I have ever seen and I have seen Matthews, Finney, Moore, Charlton and Pele at Hillsborough playing for Santos. I just wished he had been English, we may have retained World Cup…”.Sadly, Bestie never got the opportunity with his native Northern Ireland to perform on the greatest stage of all but he did shine on many another stage, not least the Baseball Ground in this particular Boxing Day fixture.Thrilling days when football meant much more than pocketing obscene weekly salaries and complaining about having to play a couple of game in three days.HISTORY AND HUGHThe late Hugh Duffy – who many moons ago, God help him, attempted to teach me history and Latin at St. Eunan’s College – was laid to rest last week in the blazer of his beloved Letterkenny Golf Club.Someone pointed out to me that he was the club captain when the L.G.C. transferred from its former nine-hole course at Crievesmith to the existing eighteen holer at Barnhill back in the mid-sixties. If so, he was undoubtedly at the clubface of local history.While never having taken up the game – apart from one summer away from the classrooms of St. Eunan’s when I attempted (successfully as it turned out) to single-handedly remove as many divots as I could – I can vaguely remember the course at Crievesmith and the subsequent move to Barnhill where, initially, an old farmhouse was deployed as the clubrooms. And after that, it was green for go for the Letterkenny Golf Club and a sense of major achievement for old stalwarts such as Hugh Duffy. May he rest in peace.COACH LOADS TO A HARPS FRIENDLY!During the Christmas season, I was directed to a book entitled “Come With Me To Ireland’, written by one Philip Ward who resides in Cambridge in England.Published in 1972, he details a visit to Donegal Town during a fair day where he observed coaches “taking soccer supporters to a friendly against Portadown” in Ballybofey.That’s right, coaches plural. To a friendly match. Against Portadown. You’d be hard pressed to fill a minibus for a Harps friendly game against the Ports or any other Irish League side these days. 0r, the cynics might suggest, any other game for that matter.NEW YEAR WISHESWalshy celebrates getting a 10c pay rise for the New Year with well-known photographer Brian McDaid.Finally, may I wish you the Happiest of New Years and hope that your sporting dreams come true. Just as long as they involve Finn Harps winning promotion to the Premier League; Donegal claiming both Ulster and All-Ireland glory; Seamus Coleman signing for United (see above); and the sports editor agreeing to a 300% pay rise for this column…GETTING HAMMERED, MARKING OUT ENGLISH AND WE’RE UNITED FOR SEAMIE – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: December 31st, 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:donegalSportWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more

Raiders will be on HBO’s `Hard Knocks’

first_imgALAMEDA — Get ready for the Raiders on the HBO series “Hard Knocks.”One of five teams eligible for the inside-training camp look by the network, the Raiders will be this year’s feature attraction, a source told the Bay Area News Group Tuesday. The NFL announced the union between the cable network and the Raiders on Twitter, and the network as well as the Raiders later sent out announcements.#HardKnocks with the Oakland @Raiders ☠️Coming to @HBO on August 6! …last_img read more

Scientists Are Studying Your Garden for Ideas

first_img51; Your garden plants are visited by a butterfly and various insects as you sip tea in a lawn chair.  Did you have any idea that inventors are watching the same things with an eye to making money?  Or that military officers are getting ideas from the garden to use against the enemy?  Biomimetics – the imitation of nature’s designs – is on a roll, because some of the best design ideas are right in your yard.It’s a bird; it’s a plan:  Watch the video clip of Matt Keennon’s ornithopter at PhysOrg.  It’s a robotic mimic of a real hummingbird – size, shape, wings and all.  Like the real thing, it can hover and move in all directions.  The military wants to use such devices as “spybots” to enter buildings with tiny cameras.    The hummingbird makes it look easy: “Manager of the project, Matt Keennon, said it had been a challenge to design and build the spybot because it ‘pushes the limitations of aerodynamics.’”Moving plants:  Schoolkids are often delighted with touching the leaves of the sensitive plant, Mimosa, and watching how they instantly fold up.  PhysOrg reported that University of Michigan researchers are sensitive, too: they are leading studies of moving plants that are “inspiring a new class of adaptive structures designed to twist, bend, stiffen and even heal themselves.”    Where could these efforts lead?  “When this technology matures, [Kon-Well] Wang said it could enable robots that change shape like elephant trunks or snakes to maneuver under a bridge or through a tunnel, but then turn rigid to grab a hold of something,” the article ended.  “It also could lead to morphing wings that would allow airplanes to behave more like birds, changing their wing shape and stiffness in response to their environment or the task at hand.”Solar plants:  What uses sunlight better than a leaf?  Penn State researchers are trying to copy photosynthesis, reported PhysOrg, in order to make efficient fuels.  “Inexpensive hydrogen for automotive or jet fuel may be possible by mimicking photosynthesis,” the article said, “…but a number of problems need to be solved first.”  Thomas Mallouk at the university has only achieved 2-3% hydrogen so far.  He needs to aim for 100%.  His team is trying to figure out how to handle the “wrecking ball” of oxygen produced by his experimental solar cells, and how to channel electrons so they stop recombining.  Plants make it look so easy.Hear thee:  Chang Liu at Northwestern is fascinated by the hair cells of the inner ear.  Like many researchers with the biomimetics bug, he “is using insights from nature as inspiration for both touch and flow sensors – areas that currently lack good sensors for recording and communicating the senses.”  He’s not all ears; “Hair cells provide a variety of sensing abilities for different animals: they help humans hear, they help insects detect vibration, and they form the lateral line system that allows fish to sense the flow of water around them.”    This multi-application potential of nature’s design particularly impressed him: “The hair cell is interesting because biology uses this same fundamental structure to serve a variety of purposes,” Liu said.  “This differs from how engineers typically design sensors, which are often used for a specific task.”  Synthetic hair cells might be useful for anything from robots to heart catheters. Fly me a computer:  Last week’s Science (Feb 11) had an article by Jeffrey Kephart about “Learning from Nature” to build better computer networks.1  What, in nature, did he have in mind?  Fruit flies.  “Studying the development of a fruit fly’s sensory bristles provided insight into developing a more practical algorithm for organizing networked computers,” the caption said on a photo of the little bug’s bristly head.    Kephart explained that biomimetics has a long history.  “The tradition of biologically inspired computing extends back more than half a century to the original musings of Alan Turing about artificial intelligence and John von Neumann’s early work on self-replicating cellular automata in the 1940s,” he noted.  “Since then, computer scientists have frequently turned to biological processes for inspiration.  Indeed, the names of major subfields of computer science—such as artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms, and evolutionary computation—attest to the influence of biological analogies.” (Note: evolutionary computation is a form of intelligent design, in which a scientist or computer selects outcomes from randomly varying inputs according to purpose-driven goals.)Crawl me a network:  Speaking of IT, ants are inspiring new ideas for computer networks.  According to PhysOrg, “Ants are able to connect multiple sites in the shortest possible way, and in doing so, create efficient transport networks,” scientists at the University of Sydney are finding.  Even without leaders, they solve this complex problem by making many trails and pruning them back to the best ones.    Ants are not the only inspiration for the next generation of networks: “The findings sheds light on how other ‘simple’ natural systems without leaders or even brains – such as fungi, slime molds and mammalian vascular systems – are able to form efficient networks, and can help humans design artificial networks in situations lacking central control,” Dr. Tanya Latty said.Firefly probe:  Science Daily told how scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs have made a probe of hydrogen peroxide levels in mice based on the chemical that makes fireflies glow: luciferin.  Their device seems reminiscent of Doc Bone’s hovering probe that could detect problems non-invasively: the new probe “enables researchers to monitor hydrogen peroxide levels in mice and thereby track the progression of infectious diseases or cancerous tumors without harming the animals or even having to shave their fur.”    How did Christopher Chang come up with this neat idea?  “The fact that in nature fireflies use the luciferin enzyme to communicate by light inspired us to adapt this same strategy for pre-clinical diagnostics,” he said.  Their PCL-1 probe has already passed a milestone and has found that hydrogen peroxide, “nature’s disinfectant,” is continuously made even in a healthy body.  Now they are working to improve the sensitivity of the probe.Roach model:  Hopefully your garden experience was not interrupted by seeing a cockroach in the kitchen when getting your tea out of the refrigerator.  Even so, Israeli scientists at Tel Aviv University are finding things to admire in the beasts: PhysOrg said, “Ask anyone who has ever tried to squash a skittering cockroach – they’re masters of quick and precise movement.”  That’s why “Tel Aviv University is using their maddening locomotive skills to improve robotic technology too.”  While we’s getting grossed out with bugs, the article added, “Cockroaches are not the only insects that have captured the scientific imagination.  Projects that highlight both the flight of the locust and the crawling of the soft-bodied caterpillar are also underway.”  Good.  Get them out of the house and yard and give them to the scientists.Chang Liu had one of the best recent summations of why biomimetics is such a hot trend: “Using a bio-inspired approach is really important,” he said.  “Nature has a lot of wonderful examples that can challenge us.  No matter how good some of our technology is, we still can’t do some of the basic things that nature can.  Nature holds the secret for the next technology breakthrough and disruptive innovation.  We are on a mission to find it.”1.  Jeffrey O. Kephart, “Computer science: Learning from Nature,” Science, 11 February 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6018 pp. 682-683, DOI: 10.1126/science.1201003.As stated before, biomimetics provides a breakthrough that can bring scientists together.  Evolutionists do not have to worry about how these things evolved, nor waste time and energy making up stories or building their shrines to the Bearded Buddha.  Creationists do not have to mention God and risk alienating their colleagues who don’t want to hear the design argument for God’s existence.  Everyone can agree that the designs in nature, however they arose, are fascinating, important, and worth imitating.  The public will benefit from the inventions that result.    Follow the biomimetic research lead, and pretty soon Eugenie Scott will be out of a job, because all scientists will be marching together away from Darwinland and into the promised land of nature-inspired technology, talking design without any need for help from those who already knew intelligent design is the inference to the best explanation.  The ranks of the Darwinists will shrink by attrition.  Why?  Nobody will be looking to them for answers (re: stories), when practical science based on design is winning the hearts and minds of everyone.  Books and lectures on garden-variety intelligent design will, by then, seem perfectly natural.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Transport Minister calls for thorough investigation following Grayston Drive bridge collapse

first_imgAfter the walkway bridge on Grayston Drive, Johannesburg, collapsed on the afternoon of 14 October that has killed two people and injured 22, transport minister Dipuo Peters called for a thorough investigation into the incident and has passed on her sympathy to the families affected by it.Minister of Transport Dipuo PetersJohannesburg, Thursday 15 October 2015 –The Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters has called on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation following the collapse of the bridge carry structure on Grayston Drive, Sandton yesterday.The structure is part of a walk-way bridge that was being constructed for the estimated 10 000 pedestrians who cross the Grayston off ramp from Alexandra to Sandton and vice versa daily.Minister Peters says there’s a need to unearth the reasons behind the tragic incident which claimed two lives and left others injured, in order to prevent a recurrence in the future.“I wish to convey my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families of the people who sadly perished due to the incident. I equally wish a speedy recovery to those who sustained injuries,” says Minister Peters.The Minister says the construction is an important aspect of the overall development of economic infrastructure currently underway to improve access to Sandton.“Sandton is a critical economic hub not only for South Africa, but the continent and the world at large. It’s for this reason it’s called “the richest square mile in Africa. Seamless accessibility into Sandton is critical for both motorists and pedestrians hence the need for such infrastructure,” says the Minister.She has commended the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng provincial government for their swift response to the incident. She says their interventions including availing free public transport services to affected people is an act of proactive leadership.The section of the M1 highway affected will remain closed while investigations continue. Minister Peters appeals for calm and patience while the highway remains closed to allow investigations to continue and the subsequent clean up operation.For further enquiries contact Tiyani Rikhotso on 0835701275.last_img read more