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GALLAGHER AND HARKIN WINS LEO MOLLOY DARTS TOURNAMENT

first_imgLiam Gallagher wins Leo Molloy Darts Singles Some of the top players from the North West gathered in Kilcar for the fifteenth annual Leo Molloy Memorial Darts tournament held jointly in Kilcar House and John Joe’s.More than 70 players between the men’s and ladies’ tournaments took part with top class action from the off. And in a change from other years all boards started on time and everything ran smoothly as almost all players were at their designated boards when called.In the end it was young Liam Gallagher from Galway who added the Leo to the Pat Rawdon Cup he won in Killybegs in March.He joins a list of well-known players like Brendan Dolan, Martin McCloskey and Sean McGowan who have won this event, while Geraldine Harkin won the Ladies Tournament that made it’s long awaited return beating Sharon Cunningham 4-1 in the final.In the men’s final Liam beat Sligo’s Antony Mularkey 6-1 while John Porter and Paddy Boyce from Donegal were beaten semi-finalists, Andrew Gillespie was the SWDDL player who did the best getting to the quarter finals while Declan Cunningham from the Donegal League also got to the quarters. Thanks to both venues for hosting the event and special mention to John Joe’s who had a lot of work to do to get the lounge ready following storm damage earlier in the year, thanks to all who sponsored prizes and who helped to mark and check matches and to all the players for making this a great success and a fitting tribute to Leo Molloy and we hope to build on this next year and so on.FinalLiam Gallagher 6 Anthony Mularkey 1Semi FinalsLiam Gallagher 5 John Porter 1 Anthony Mularkey 5 Paddy Boyce 4Quarter FinalsLiam Gallagher 4 Andrew Gillespie 2John Porter 4 John Murray 2 Anthony Mularkey 4 Amir Quaimbao 1Paddy Boyce 4 Declan Cunningham 3Third RoundLiam Gallagher 4 Campbell Jackson 2Andrew Gillespie 4 Gerry McBrearty 0John Porter 4 Charlie Grant 2John Murray 4 John McHugh 1Anthony Mularkey 4 Clive Aitken 2Amir Quaimbao 4 Joe Gallagher 2Paddy Boyce 4 Andrew Barron 1Declan Cunningham 4 Joe Shovlin 2Full list of results on donegaldarts.comGALLAGHER AND HARKIN WINS LEO MOLLOY DARTS TOURNAMENT was last modified: June 19th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:kilcarLeo Molloy dartsTournamentlast_img read more

Goats and rural development

first_img29 August 2002Podi-Boswa (Pty) Ltd has given much-needed hope to a North West province community traumatised by the closure of local platinum mines. Spearheaded by Grace Masuku, the Podi-Boswa – which means “goat, our inheritance’ – makes up to R2 000 per goat from the animal’s meat, milk and skin.With the support of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the Agricultural Research Council and the Department of Trade and Industry’s Community Public-Private Partnership Programme, Podi-Boswa combines the power of indigenous knowledge and the value of a natural resource to give a sustainable livelihood to over 1 000 people who had been living on the brink of despair.The project is a successful rural development project that could provide a good model for sustainable development in similar outlying areas in South Africa. The business model could also be used in other developing countries where subsistence agriculture and farming is common.Podi-Boswa started in 2000, and grew to the point where, currently, it involves almost 30 villages in the province, and trains young people to make goat leather handbags, belts and purses. These products are marketed to the South African tourism industry.Grace Masuku with some of the women from her villagePodi-Boswa is one of the eight Southern African enterprises being showcased at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in August as part of an initiative of the IUCN.The IUCN is profiling these eight entrepreneurs in the hope of showing the world that there is another way that works when it comes to sustainable development, and to provide much-needed exposure for these projects.This will enable community-based natural resource enterprises take their place in local and global economies and get their issues placed on policy agendas.Asked what the Summit exposure would mean for the communities that are benefiting from Podi-Boswa, project leader Grace Masuku highlighted the things that the project needs for significant growth. These include an abattoir and a tannery – existing abattoirs are far from the villages – technical expertise, and research for better practices and product development.“We hope that by going to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, we can get the support needed to develop our project’, says Masuku.Source: International Marketing Council Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Jon Miller, July 25

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last Friday we got anywhere from a quarter to a little over a half inch on most of our fields. And the Monday before that we had about a half-inch also. Moisture-wise I think we have been some of the luckier ones in the state. Things really look just about as good as we could hope for at this point.Most of our corn is done pollinating. We have some early corn planted on April 18 and we pulled an ear at sweet corn stage already. It is progressing really well with the heat and moisture. It may be an early harvest.Most of the corn pollinated in the low to mid-80s range for temperature. We were maybe a little dry for a couple of days for pollination, but nothing severe.We brought all of the equipment back last Thursday for baling straw and called it quits. We should be between 96,000 and 97,000 bales of straw for the year, which was double what we did last year and it was tremendous. We had the weather to do it. A lot of times we’ll be baling almost until August and this year we were done last week with more bales.I am on the Trade Policy and Biotech team for the National Corn Growers Association and we had meetings last week in Washington, D.C. and the Corn Congress was after that. A good friend and good leader for Ohio, John Linder, got elected to the NCGA Board. He was the highest vote getter in the election. That is the first time ever that Ohio has had two on that board at one time. We have Anthony Bush and John Linder — both from Morrow County — on there now and Ohio should be proud of that. Ohio is well respected at the national level.It seems like there is a huge crop out there after hearing from people across the country. After talking to everyone, it may be tough for the markets to really rally much.last_img read more

INSAT: A damp squib

first_imgINSAT blasts off from Cape Canaveral: Hollow triumphFor all its pioneering role, INSAT-1A is a satellite that the Space Department may want to quickly forget. Almost the only thing that can be claimed on its behalf is that it is operational: certainly a triumph in itself, but one robbed of,INSAT blasts off from Cape Canaveral: Hollow triumphFor all its pioneering role, INSAT-1A is a satellite that the Space Department may want to quickly forget. Almost the only thing that can be claimed on its behalf is that it is operational: certainly a triumph in itself, but one robbed of much of its real value.The launch was late by 22 months. Despite that leeway, most of the related ground facilities to make use of the satellite are not in position. By the time they are, the satellite will probably have lived out its life, reduced from the planned seven years to perhaps just three because of the unanticipated burning up of vital hydrazine fuel.Even before the launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 10, some fuel had to be off-loaded from the satellite since its weight exceeded the stipulated 1,150 kg. The US National Agency for Space Administration (NASA), contracted to do the launching, had insisted that its Delta rocket would not otherwise be able to put the satellite into the required orbit.Hitches: Later, up in space, the dish-shaped C band antenna, the single most crucial part of the satellite, refused to open, blanking out the only means of communication with INSAT-1A. When all other manoeuvres failed, the scientists at ground control in Hassan, Karnataka, played their last card: firing the thrusters under the closed antenna in an effort to literally thrust the antenna open. Tests at the Palo Alto headquarters of Ford Aerospace and Communication Corporation, which built the satellite, had shown that firing the thrusters would not damage the carbon-fibre antenna.advertisementThe first firing failed, and it took a second burst, using up further precious fuel, to eventually work the trick. Meanwhile, the satellite had drifted eastward and been nudged gently back to its space home 36,000 km over the equator, at 74 degrees East. Each of these manoeuvres saw the fuel reserves drop further, and more than a fortnight after launch, problems still plagued the satellite.The solar sail, designed to counterbalance the array of solar panels on the opposite side of the satellite and give it stability, refused to open. Until it does, the thrusters will have to be fired periodically to keep the satellite in position. Space Department scientists refused to speculate on the full impact which the loss of fuel would have on the satellite’s life. But a Central minister responsible for the satellite confided that its life might not be more than three years instead of the planned seven.Even as the scientists at Hassan were struggling with the wayward satellite, moves were initiated in Delhi to inquire into the series of technical problems and the possibility of costly human error. But all this was well in the future on launch date. The blastoff had already been pushed back twice because of mechanical failures; and on April 10, there remained just two days before the booking of the space parking lot would expire. Storm clouds milled over the horizon.Uncertainties: Project Director Pramod Kale mulled over an astrologer’s prediction that the original schedule was not an auspicious ‘muhurat’ for the launch. Satish Dhawan, chairman of the INSAT coordination committee, sat quietly in front of flickering video screens monitoring activity on the launch pad. The delays and uncertainties had taken their toll, and the initial excitement had dissipated into nervous fatigue and latent tension.Back home in Delhi, officials of the ministries that would make use of the satellite fumed in frustration: none of them had been invited to witness the launching in Florida. And, days later, when the satellite began to look like a problem child, some of them would ask mockingly about the “deaf and dumb” satellite and call for accountability.”T minus 20 and counting,” intoned the commentator at the mission director’s centre (MDC) as scientists and technicians, both Indian and American, busied themselves with last minute duties. The heavens spent themselves in the nick of time, some rain clouds still skirting a near full moon in the newly washed sky. Criss-crossing searchlight beams bathed the 116-foot Delta rocket before an incredibly picturesque blast-off. A thanksgiving coconut, brought by one of the Indian scientists, was offered to the gods and, in a release of tension, the rain came down again.Disastrous Planning: In Nagpur, on the day of the launching, Mrs Gandhi was laying the foundation stone for a satellite-linked TV-radio complex that should have been ready before the launching of INSAT- 1A. Nothing drove home the disastrous planning of ground facilities as the bizarre timing of this ceremony. The final clearance for the INSAT project had been given in 1977, but the related clearances for the ground facilities came a full two years later. Charan Singh, finance minister in the Janata government, had steadfastly stonewalled the whole proposal as a waste of money. The delay he caused has virtually made it so.advertisementSome of the clearances came only in 1981. Going by the present schedule, some of the 15,000 villages in six states that are to get educational TV programmes via the satellite will be linked to the system only in 1987. INSAT-1A  may not be around by then, though the twin INSAT-1B will have been pressed into service. This second satellite was initially designed as a space stand-by. and scheduled to take over from INSAT-1A at the end of the latler’s seven-year life span. Now it seems that 1B will quickly become the primary satellite.Among all the ground facilities, only the telecommunications segment will be reasonably ready by the time the satellite is made available for operational use. But even here, only 1,400 of the 4,000 two-way telephone channels will be made use of initially. Full utilisation may have to wait till mid-1983.At the Meteorological Department headquarters in New Delhi, a week after the launch, floors were still being polished in the main satellite data utilisation centre. Computers were being tested and related equipment still being put into position.Officials in the department considered this state of readiness a minor miracle, given the inhuman schedule to which they had had to work. Construction of a six-storeyed building started only in 1979, with barely a year left for the initial launching date. For some of the equipment, indents were placed with the Directorate-General of Supplies and Disposals only in February 1981, and orders placed with suppliers in November with delivery dates six to eight months ahead.Of the 100 unmanned meteorological data collection platforms that are to transmit weather-related data to Delhi via the satellite, only eight will be in place by the end of 1982. The others will follow in batches of 24 at six-monthly intervals. Officials insist this is according to the schedule, and deny that there have been any delays. But the special receiver sets that are to be used by district officials for getting the department’s disaster warnings based on satellite data are still being developed. Fabrication of the sets will start next year. The disaster warning system may not be fully operational till 1984.Big Delay: The ministry that needed a disaster warning at least a couple of years ago was Information and Broadcasting. INSAT-1A can provide a nation-wide TV hook-up, but there is money now for only 340 special direct reception sets that will be deployed in the villages. Even these will start getting delivered only from December. In contrast, seven years ago, the Government had been able to provide-2,400 direct reception sets for the satellite instructional television experiment (SITE) programme. Manufacturers are only now being approached to produce more sets quickly.Even as the satellite hovered overhead, the ministry was looking into the feasibility of a more cost-effective way of sending TV programmes to the villages. Information and Broadcasting Minister Vasant Sathe was trying to push through a proposal to fit on to microwave towers with special antennae that would be able to receive and transmit TV signals which in turn could be picked up by ordinary TV sets in a five-kilometre radius.advertisementThis would obviate the need for the costly direct reception sets and make things move a little faster. But engineers were objecting that the microwave towers were not built to take the extra load of the special antennae. If their objections stand, the only way out will be to construct at least future towers with the strength to take the extra load.TV programme readiness is no better. The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been commissioned to do no more than 50 special school programmes of 20 minutes each: a stock of programmes that will last just 25 days at the planned rate of two programmes per day. For the rest, the ministry is falling back on existing Doordarshan programmes and dusting off cans containing old SITE programmes.Little Action: The poor programme readiness roused lively fears among scientists concerned about the uses to which INSAT would be put. Some at the Ahmedabad Space Applications Centre warned that since there was little action in hand to set up field programming centres, select the target villages, or train personnel for maintaining the community TV sets, the satellite would eventually be used for beaming feature films, a mish-mash of other entertainment programmes and sports events.The criticism implicit in that warning was lost in Delhi, where Rajiv Gandhi was said to be furious over the initial satellite failure because he would not be able to ensure nation-wide colour telecasting of the Asian Games. Space Department officials confessed that there had been pressure even earlier to allow the use of the existing experimental satellites for beaming Test cricket telecasts. They had refused on the ground that this was not the purpose of an experimental satellite; that argument will not be available in the case of INSAT.Serious use of INSAT’s television transponders would have meant beaming separate programmes for children, farmers and housewives for at least four hours a day, or about 1,500 hours a year. The programming capacity for this amount of work simply does not exist, calling as it does for probably a 50 per cent increase in total studio capacity. But, as a Doordarshan producer said, “Vasant Sathe is more concerned about making colour TV a national policy.”last_img read more

Football: Former Chelsea player Scott Parker joins Fulham as first-team coach

first_imgAdvertisementPhoto Credits: www.chelseanews24.comAs reported by Fulham Football Club’s official Twitter handle, former English professional footballer, Scott Parker has been appointed as their first-team coach.We’re delighted to announce the appointment of our former skipper Scott Parker as First Team Coach 🙌Full story 👉 https://t.co/Q187ZYxt7r#ComingHome pic.twitter.com/HBSAnzFjrt— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 4, 2018 BREAKING: Scott Parker appointed first-team coach at Fulham. #SSN pic.twitter.com/wdxYq5eFby— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 4, 2018The former English national team midfielder had a prominent career as a footballer which spanned for over two decades from 1997 to 2017.His last stint as a player was with Fulham and he retired from football in June 2017.After retiring, Parker became the coach of Tottenham Under 18s as well as their club ambassador. He also played for Spurs from 2011-2013.Now, he has returned to Fulham to join Slavisa Jokanovic’s first-team coaching staff. Read also: Football: Veteran Goalkeeper, Lee Grant joins the Red DevilsFIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 20center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoAC Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma: We’re a beautiful group

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma: We’re a beautiful groupby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma says they’re ready for the derby against Inter Milan.Milan have won two of their first three games under coach Marco Giampaolo.Donnarumma said: “We’re a beautiful group. With a new Coach it’s normal to have some difficulty at the beginning, but we’re working well.“We’ve picked up two wins from three, not playing very well, but winning helps us win more and slowly we’re getting to grips with our game.“A derby goes over everything else, it’s a game that prepares itself and gives out a lot of energy and emotion. Playing the derby is a unique satisfaction.“Samir [Handanovic] is a very good lad and a great goalkeeper, I like how he attacks the ball, plus we know all his other qualities.“With D’Ambrosio I have a beautiful relationship, he’s my compatriot and he also lives near me. I’ll surely cross him.” last_img read more

Nike Releases New Uniforms For Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, UConn And Baylor

first_imgAn overhead shot of Rupp Arena during a game.LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)We’re just one month away from March Madness, so naturally, the apparel manufacturers are starting to debut new uniforms for the top college basketball teams. Nike unveiled eight new uniforms Friday – six for men’s teams, two for women’s teams.The men’s squads for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona and Oregon got new Nike Hyper Elite’s for the stretch run. UConn and Baylor’s women’s teams were were also part of the release. A number of teams, including the Blue Devils, will debut them this weekend. From Nike:Each school’s home uniform will feature a white base with school-specific color lettering and a 26-degree speed graphic of an iconic symbol of each school across the side of the game short. The 26-degree angle of each school’s graphic was inspired by the chevron on the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket that debuted in 1978. Each graphic represents a distinctive basketball point of view, based on the roughly 1,000 directional changes, or “cuts” that a player might make in the course of a game.Here are some shots of the new digs.New Nike uniforms for Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, UConn, & Baylor pic.twitter.com/q6HykfdiCr— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) February 20, 2015Road to March is paved with @nikebasketball Hyper Elite Unis for 8 teams. Debuting this wkd. http://t.co/7ryu7iCz2S pic.twitter.com/cgXspbt3yA— Brian Strong (@briangstrong) February 20, 2015The new Disruption uniform set from Nike! Will wear when Syracuse visits Cameron. pic.twitter.com/sV0EvMGWod— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) February 20, 2015Check out the brand new @Nike Hyper Elite uniforms we will wear vs. Virginia on Senior Day 3/2! #CuseMode pic.twitter.com/qjz5Fdb6MB— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) February 20, 2015College basketball fans – what do you think?last_img read more

Mike Brey: “That Was A Big Time Win, Don’t Let Anybody Tell You That You Should Have Beaten Them By 50”

first_imgMike Brey speaks to Notre Dame after NCAA Tournament win.In Thursday’s first contest of the second round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 3 seed Notre Dame held off a wild rally from No. 14 seed Northeastern to prevail, 69-65. The Irish, more known for their offensive prowess, had to lock down defensively on the Huskies’ final possession to eke out the victory. Following the game, head coach Mike Brey kicked off his locker room speech by clarifying just how important a victory it was for the team.Here’s a clip from our locker room after our 2nd-round NCAA win. Stay tuned to @WatchND for full video. #NotDoneYet pic.twitter.com/5a1HuQW7Uz— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 19, 2015Notre Dame has had a tough time advancing in the NCAA Tournament over the years, so this was a big hump for the program. How far can the Irish go?last_img

German cable operator Primacom has signed up its 1

first_imgGerman cable operator Primacom has signed up its 100,000th internet customer.The milestone comes 15 years after the operator initially launched internet services. More recently the company has invested in an extensive fibre network build-out, bringing advanced services to a wider number of customers.Primacom customer Steffen Preiß was named as the lucky 100,000th customer and given free high-speed internet for one year.Primacom chief executive Joachim Grendel said the company would soon be able to deliver even higher speed services.last_img

Apples iPhone wouldnt even exist if it were not for Us says

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung has launched its most scathing attack yet on Apple’s iPhone, claiming that without its patents and technology the iPhone couldn’t have shifted a single unit. Apple has repeatedly accused Samsung of ‘slavishly’ copying the design of its iProducts, which has seen several Galaxy devices temporarily suspended from sale in various countries.“Samsung has been researching and developing mobile telecommunications technology since at least as early as 1991 and invented much of the technology for today‘s smartphones. Indeed, Apple, which sold its first iPhone nearly twenty years after Samsung started developing mobile phone technology, could not have sold a single iPhone without the benefit of Samsung‘s patented technology.” Samsung revealed in a trial brief.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Samsung said Apple is in no place to complain when its iPhone’s design was originally borrowed from its rivals, including Sony.“For good measure, Apple seeks to exclude Samsung from the market, based on its complaints that Samsung has used the very same public domain design concepts that Apple borrowed from other competitors, including Sony, to develop the iPhone.”The concepts Samsung is referring to are CAD mock-ups created by Apple industrial designer Shin Nishibori, who had been asked to create a “Sony-like” device based on a 2006 Businessweek interview Apple SVP Tony Fadell had circulated to Steve Jobs and Jonny Ive.In the article, Sony designers Takashi Ashida and Yujin Morisawa talked about a device with minimal ornamentation, fewer buttons and rounded corners, which served as the inspiration for Nishibori’s design.Ironically, despite senior Apple designer Richard Howarth disparagingly claiming that the design “looks old”, it ended up being the basis for the iPhone 4 four years later.Although technically Apple did not rip off Sony, the point Samsung is trying to make is that the almighty iPhone design was not plucked out of thin air and was clearly influenced by a competitor’s idea.“Samsung has used the very same public domain design concepts that Apple borrowed from other competitors, including Sony, to develop the iPhone,” argued Samsung.Credit: USwitchlast_img read more