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first_img Former Test batsman Daren Ganga, now a sport administrator with the University of Trinidad and Tobago, gave the keynote presentation where he focused on the responsibilities of a professional athlete. Cameron, whose leadership has repeatedly come under scrutiny during his tenure, said the session was a “solution-oriented” one. “The WICB continues to make efforts to facilitate the best environment for players,” he said. Among the players attending the symposium was Test captain Jason Holder, T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, along with leading T20 player Chris Gayle. The event was held ahead of West Indies’ T20 double-header against India here this weekend. FORT LAUDERDALE (CMC): The contentious memo-randum of understanding and collective bargaining Agreement (MOU-CBA) was among the topics thrashed out at a players’ symposium staged here on Wednesday by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). For four hours, members of the Twenty20 squad, along with retained players, interfaced with WICB president Dave Cameron, WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead, chief selector Courtney Browne, and players’ union president Wavell Hinds on issues such as the Future Tours, International Cricket Council events and the WICB finances. Regional first-class players were afforded access to the symposium via tele-conference. And while the meeting at times became “contentious”, Cameron said the process was aimed at “finding amicable solutions” to some of the burning issues facing West Indies cricket. “The ongoing dialogue aimed at finding amicable solutions is the main aim for us as an organisation, and we are keen on confronting the issues facing us as we seek to enhance the overall cricket product,” the Jamaican administrator said. “We will continue the dialogue. We will encourage players to voice their concerns through an appropriate medium. We will work together for a solution. “We know the players are the most important features of our brand and we wish to engage them as is necessary and required to be more competitive on and off the field.” The symposium comes on the heels of a breakdown in relations between the board and the players over the last two years, with the MOU-CBA emerging as one of the sticking points. A clash between the players and the board resulted in the abandoned tour of India in 2014, and more recently, players openly criticised Cameron and the board following the regional side’s capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in India. SOLUTION ORIENTEDlast_img read more

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first_imgTop seed Batangas Tanduay and No. 4 Valenzuela Yulz seek to close in on a semifinal clash as they battle separate foes at the start of the MPBL Anta Rajah Cup playoffs on Tuesday at Batangas City Coliseum.The Batangas Athletics, who finished the elimination round with an 8-1 record, are favored against the Bataan BaiShipping Defenders in their best-of-three quarterfinal series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Polo bets aim for 3 SEAG golds Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Batangas won its only meeting with Bataan, 88-73, at home although David pumped in a conference-high 32 points in the defeat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism The Valenzuela Classic square off with fifth seed Quezon City Royal Manila Capitals in another duel starting at 7 p.m.Batangas coach Mac Tan is wary of No. 8 Bataan, whose veteran gunner Gary David is no stranger at pulling off upsets having carried Powerade past top seed B-Meg in the 2012 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUnbeaten in three games at home, the Athletics boast a talented squad led by ex pros Lester Alvarez and Val Acuña and former collegiate star Tey Teodoro.“They are a dangerous team,” said Tan. “We can’t afford to be overconfident.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgFalama Incorporated, a food processing company that produces food products from organically grown crops, is to open its first organic food minimart in Congo Town on Saturday.Falama’s founder and CEO, Angie Howard, said the minimart will offer a variety of processed products that are totally grown organically not only by Falama but products made by other processors around the country. The minimart which will open to the public on Saturday, is a venture resulting from the supportive efforts of sponsors and partners that include ZOA organization and Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), among others, Howard intimated.Several government officials from the ministries of Agriculture, Commerce and the National Investment Commission are expected to attend the opening of the minimart.The ChallengeDespite government and private sector collaboration to improve the local agriculture sector, bad roads connecting farms to markets, limited vegetable crop storage facilities, poor agriculture market structures and poor extension services are factors overshadowing government and partner’s efforts in the country’s agriculture sector. However, over the years, the government and its partners have been working on amending agricultural policy, constructing rice storage and agro-processing facilities and providing farmers with loan schemes to upgrade their activities in the country.The opening of an organic minimart could trigger the rise of many agricultural stores around the country. It could also be another jobs generating enterprise providing suitable markets for local farmers to sell their produce. Moreover, the organic food minimart could be a precursor of organic farming practices since it will only process organically grown crops.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgFines and warnings have gone out to a few local food and beverage establishments after this year’s round of Public Health Food Premise and Liquor Control and Licensing Inspections. Two Fort St. John establishments were hit with short-term license suspensions following contraventions of their liquor licences. The Condill Hotel was given a four-day license suspension after inspectors determined the bar had served alcohol to an already-intoxicated person. The Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant faced a one-day license suspension and a $7,500 fine after an inspector deemed the restaurant was operating as a bar. As well, a Food Premise inspection on November 5th of Casey’s Pub resulted in the pub receiving a “high” risk rating, meaning an Environmental Health Officer observed a combination of critical hazards and non critical hazards which puts the public at significant risk. Several other local food service outlets received “moderate” risk ratings this year, including both the Fort St. John General Hospital and the North Peace Care Centre. You can view Food Premise Inspection reports online at http://www.healthspace.ca/Clients/NHA/NHA_Website.nsf/food-frameset and Liquor Control and Licensing Inspection Reports are available at http://www.hsd.gov.bc.ca/lclb/index.htm- Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgPantomome lead performer Sarah Terry Sweeney pictured at dress rehearsal on Friday before the ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ first matinee on Saturday at An Grianan Theatre.The Letterkenny Pantomime’s Snow White is enjoying a hugely successful run at An Grianan Theatre.Most nights are now booked out.But there are two reason why people should consider going along tonight. The first is that there are a few extra tickets available and the second is that it is in aid of The Friends of the Letterkenny Hospital.Tickets can be secured by contacting the theatre directly or by coming along tonight. EXTRA TICKETS ANNOUNCED FOR TONIGHT’S SNOW WHITE PANTO AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: January 21st, 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:An Grianan TheatreFriends of the HospitalSnow Whitelast_img read more

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first_imgThe introduction of septic tank charges under the Government’s proposed Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2011 is a discriminatory attack on rural communities, according to Donegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.Speaking in the Seanad today Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “The Government attempted to introduce this Bill under the radar last Thursday, November 3rd, with notice of its publication only give in response to a Fianna Fáil question in the Dáil.“Under the Fine Gael/Labour plans, all householders with septic tanks and other on-site systems will have to register their systems with the relevant Local Authority.  A National Register will be compiled and held by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Householders will be required to pay a registration fee of €50. Following the initial registration, householders will be required to re-register their systems at an interval of 5 years. If they wish to appeal the findings of an initial inspection they will be charged an additional €200 and could potentially have to pay further fees of €200 for subsequent inspections.  On top of all of this,  they will also have to pay the full cost of any upgrade works required, which could reach €15,000 for individual houses.“Fianna Fáil is totally opposed to this Bill and will fight tooth and nail the attempts by this Government to hit rural dwellers with septic tank charges. This charge penalises people for living in rural communities with no direct access to public sewerage schemes. Public Sewerage Schemes are heavily subsidised by the taxpayer whereas to date, no assistance has been given to rural people with their effluent systems.“I am urging Minister Hogan to explore the scenario in other jurisdictions where there is no charge associated with inspections for example in Northern Ireland and Scotland. In Scotland, all septic tanks have to be registered but the households affected do not have to pay themselves and there is no mandatory inspections while in Northern Ireland there is no mandatory inspection and the inspection costs are borne by the NI Environment Agency.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comÓ DOMHNAILL SLAMS SEPTIC TANK BILL IN SEANAD was last modified: November 9th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal septic tank chargeslast_img read more

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first_img Early California Days Fiesta will feature food, fun and history, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Camulos Ranch Museum, 5124 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Admission: $10 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and $25 for families. Call (805) 521-1506. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society 12th annual Rose Show, 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Castaic Union School District, 28131 Livingston Ave., Valencia. Admission is free. Call Kitty Belendez at (661) 296-5033 or visit www.scvrs.homestead.com. “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Canyon Theatre Guild’s eighth annual Night of a Thousand Stars gala fundraiser, 6 p.m. Saturday at Valencia Country Club, 27330 N. Tourney Road, Valencia. Tickets: $95 per person or $180 per couple. Call (661) 799-2702. Music in the Mansion will feature pianist Joshua Pifer, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the living room of the Hart Mansion at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $25 for general admission, $20 for members and $10 for children 12 and under. Call (661) 254-4584. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. America’s Walk for Diabetes will benefit the American Diabetes Association, 9 a.m. Sunday beginning and ending at Bridgeport Park, 23520 Bridgeport Lane, Valencia. Call (661) 295-0081 or visit www.diabetes.org/walk. Twig Face will perform classic British tunes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday during the Home & Garden Show at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission: $1.50 for adults and free for children 11 and under. Call (661) 259-3886. Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 297-5961 or visit www.BowWowsAndMeows.org. Nature Hike, 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Come learn about the geology, history and plant and animal life of this park. Call (661) 268-0840. Fashion Show and Boutique fundraiser will benefit Kolot Nashim Hadassah, 2 p.m. Sunday at the home of Natalie Tamsut, 23847 Valley Oak Court, Newhall. Call Laurie Morgan at (661) 259-6789 to R.S.V.P. Friends of the Santa Clarita Master Chorale will perform a benefit concert for the Santa Clarita Master Chorale, 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Tickets: $25. Call (661) 254-8886 or visit www.scmasterchorale.org. Celebrating Diversity Movie Night will feature the film “What’s Cooking,” 6:30 Tuesday at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Free ethnic appetizers will be served. Call (661) 255-4918. Senior Cinema will present the film “Hocus Pocus” starring Bette Midler, 2:20 p.m. Wednesday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Randy Lubas and the comedy team of Carl and Buzz will perform, 9 p.m. today and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for the dinner show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Amazing Race will feature local teens trying to outperform each other, throughout the day Saturday at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Proceeds will benefit the SCV Youth Project. Call (661) 257-9688 or register online at www.helpnothassle.com. Wine-tasting excursion will depart from College of the Canyons, 7:30 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $110. Sponsored by the College of the Canyons Library Associates. Call (661) 362-3493. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Newhall Art Walk will feature original works of art displayed in retail stores along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall through Oct. 31. Call (661) 286-4018. Fall Home & Garden Show will feature more than 100 exhibitors displaying the latest in home improvement, 2-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission: $1.50 for adults and children under 11 free. Call (661) 259-3886. Radio will perform, 3-7 p.m. today at the Home & Garden Show at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 259-3886 or visit www.radioband.net. “The Mousetrap” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. last_img read more

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first_imgDONEGAL WOMEN GO SO CLOSE:A two point lead at half-time, a two point deficit when it really mattered, and the Donegal Ladies team were making their exit from the All-Ireland Championships at the quarter-final stages. Had they converted a handful of chances that came their way, they, and not Armagh, would now be preparing for a semi-final in sight of the one they all want to win. But like the scoreline at the end in Clones, it’s all small margins and they still have the Ulster title locked up in the trophy cabinet to cheer them up from the despair felt when the clock ticked down to zero on Saturday.Geraldine McLaughlin did make it into the starting line-up but was unable to reach the heights of previous performances after recovery from her injury.Armagh put up a solid display and in the end, I believe, deserved to get through but nothing should take away from the efforts of their opponents, both in this game and in the matches that brought them to Ulster glory.Surely, Davy McLaughlin has put himself in the frame for Manager of the Year. Not alone did his team claim that title they did it with style with a squad that does indeed boost individual stars but nevertheless plays as a team. Coming soon – not this year sadly – to an All-Ireland Final near you.TYRONE MAKE A POINT OR TWO:And so that’s Kerry through to another All-Ireland Final as confidently predicted in most quarters. The only thing they didn’t tell us was what a quality semi-final we would witness.“It’ll be an awful game, I think,” one fan, interviewed for R.T.E. radio outside Croke Park before the throw-in, forecast. With Tyrone putting the blockers on it, he added (a Kerryman obviously).But this was no negative contest and the credit must equally go to Mickey Harte’s men for helping to make it a match for the purists even if the purists might not have revelled at all aspects of the game. Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.A penalty awarded – justly – and a penalty not given – unjustly you’d have to say on a few viewings of the incident that brought Padraig McNulty crashing  to the ground – were the talking points from the Tyrone perspective on an afternoon when we found out that Donegal and Monaghan may not have it their own way in next year’s Ulster Championship.As Joe Brolly pointed out before Maurice Deegan – he of the blinkered vision Tyrone folk and many a neutral would suggest – threw the ball in, the Red Hands have been living in Donegal’s shadow for the past five years. They may not be residing there for much longer.Kerry finished the stronger and deservedly went through, at one stage holding possession for well over a minute as Tyrone chased those shadows under which they have also been living where the Kingdom is concerned.Martin Carney, in the R.T.E. co-pilot seat, was quick to point out that if Donegal were playing that ‘keep the ball’ game, they would be labelled boring. “But when Kerry do it, it’s a masterclass,” he jibed. And what about the lifting of that eight-week suspension? Justified or not? Regular early birds of this column – particularly early birds with eagle eyes – may have noticed a bizarre preview last week for the first semi-final which, not alone was actually meant for this week, but due to circumstances well within control had I not fallen victim to a sleep induced mix-up in the respective line-outs – and thanks to those who messaged me to point it out – was basically close to a sacking offence.But thankfully the editor lifted the eight-week suspension allowing me to dive into this week’s preview which – and I’ve treble checked this – involves Mayo and Dublin.And THAT curse. You know the one, imposed on Mayo back in 1951 when the then victorious All-Ireland winners passed through Foxford as part of the victory parade home but failed to acknowledge due respect to the funeral of a local personality.The Dubs will start favourites in front of their home support and on the back of the sports pages but I have a funny feeling about this one.Curses if I’m wrong.CIAN HELPS DAD TO THE FINISHING LINE:Well, was that the youngest participant to cross the finishing line after a full marathon? Had to be. And not alone that came home in second place.Rosses A.C. runner, Ciaran McGonagle was on his way to that finishing line at the end of Sunday’s Donegal Marathon when on the home straight on the Aura track, he spotted his two year old son, Cian, standing with the family and friends on the sidelines and literally swept him off his feet to carry the delighted youngster the handful of metres to the end.Ciaran (and Cian!) were behind this year’s Marathon winner, Paul Doyle, and in front of third placed Mark Walker after an event, drenched as it was for most of the way when the clouds opted to provide their own considerable water breaks, once again proved the equal of any other from an organisational viewpoint.Ciaran McGonagleI got talking to quite a few of the participants from both the full and half marathons and that was the underlying consensus from each of them with all of them promising to be back next year.And that includes the first lady home in the full marathon, Margaret Carlin, who came all the way from her native Kerry to take part in the company of her husband, Anthony, who originally hails from Glenfin. Note: Anthony didn’t participate but was there at the finishing line to greet his spouse with a hero’s hug.An impressive performance also from Natasha Adams who was second overall in the half-marathon.I watched much of the event from outside the Station House Hotel as the rain continued to attempt to put the athletes off their strides.One question: How did some of them run with those plastic macs surely hindering their every move?It’s beyond me. Just as, I don’t even have to suspect, every single one of them would have been had I decided to break the habit of a lifetime and enter.Well done all those men and women. And not forgetting young Cian.IRONMAN SEAN:And a big well done, too, to Sean McFadden who was the second Irishman home in the Ironman Challenge in Copenhagen which was also staged on Sunday.Winner of The Race in his home county earlier this year, the Letterkenny Triathlon Club member completed the course in nine hours, fifty-two minutes and thirty-nine seconds (sometimes better to spell these things out to give an idea of what’s involved including as it does, a 3.8k swim, a 180km cycle and a full marathon).Pauric and Margaret Kelly also impressed with respective times of 11:22:12 and 11:45:28. while Damian McGoohan, also representing the Letterkenny club, clocked 11:49:03 in the event and Carrigart man, Denis Shields homed in a time of 12:03:53.And they were probably all up at the crack of dawn the following day for a 10k run if I know these athlete types.MARK MISSES OUT:No doubt Jerry Kiernan will have been mounting a “I told you so” argument for Mark English’s failure to reach the 800 metres Final at the World Championships in Beijing.The R.T.E. pundit hasn’t exactly been spraying the praise around where English is concerned and recently insisted that the Donegal athlete had made no progress over the past two years.Mark EnglishA silver and bronze medal from major championships say different but it’s likely that Kiernan will have cast a jaundiced eye over the U.C.D. student’s performance in China.“Sometimes you’re judged on whether you made it through each round, and it’s judged as a failure if you fail at the semi-final stage,” English declared after the race, almost as if he was directing his comments at one particular critic.But while an injury earlier in the season hasn’t helped his cause he himself described his fifth place semi-final race – Bosnia’s Amel Tuka was ranked as one of the favourites for the gold in the event and his time of 1:44:84 equalled the Letterkenny man’s personal best at the distance – as a “good run.”Meanwhile, he and Thomas Barr, who also didn’t make it out of the semi-finals in the 400 metres hurdles, will form half of the Irish relay team who will attempt to emerge from the heats of the 4×400 relay on Saturday.But at this stage, it appears the Irish athletics team – Finn Valley’s Tori Pena missing out on qualifying for the pole vaulting Finals – will be returning from Beijing with no medals to check in at the airport.Though at least they’ll be returning. Unlike R.T.E. – Jerry and all – who appear, along with T.V.3, to have decided that the World Athletics Championships wasn’t worth the bother of travelling in the first place.COLEMAN “OUTSTANDING” (BUT WHAT’S HE LIKE AT GAELIC FOOTBALL?)Martin Keown  knows a thing or two about defending as many an attacker will know to their frustration. So you can take his views on the current batch of defenders in the English Premiership with much more than a pinch of salt, unlike some television pundits for whom it’s all sugar and no substance.The former Gunners man was in the Match of the Day 2 studio in the company of Trevor Sinclair on Sunday night when the pair were running the eye over the Everton/Manchester City game.Sinclair had already touched positively on the performance of Seamus Coleman when Keown – whose family links with Galway could have had him wearing the green shirt in the international arena – entered the discussion, describing the Killybegs man’s display as “outstanding”.“I think he’s one of the top defenders in the game now,” the big ex-defender declared after Coleman had managed to keep the shackles – for much of the match at any rate – on City’s new signing, Raheem Sterling.Meanwhile, our Seamie has indicated his intentions to return to his native parish after his career in England draws to a close and hopes to change codes and play for his local club, Killybegs. “I was a far better Gaelic player than I was a soccer player, but you are not going to make a career in Gaelic football. I hope I can go back and play it again,” he said this week.Donegal’s All-Ireland hero from 1992 Manus Boyle – who scored the winning point for Killybegs against Kilcar in the Reserve Championship at the weekend at the age of 49 – will probably still be playing then.WORLDS APART:They say the biggest rivalry in sport can be found among your own and there’s nothing more bitter than a team-mate having a pop.Britain’s Andy Vernon missed out on selection for the World Athletics Championships and while the country basked in the gold medal winning performance by Mo Farah in the 10,000 metres, not everybody British shared in the glowing tributes. Somalia born Farah has often pontificated on his passion for his adopted nation but, tweeted the aggrieved Vernon after his latest success:“Great to hear you love to represent your country. Thank you for stopping me do the same.”Ouch! And ouch again! Last year, Vernon had insisted that Farah did not deserve his European 10,000 metres gold because he was not European. Like I say, bitter.There’s a part of me that understands how Vernon can hold such views.And it’s not that long ago that the British media were quick to pounce on Jack Charlton’s policy of picking players for the Republic when their place of birth was outside the jurisdiction.And I’m quite sure that sports followers in Somalia might also feel a tad frustrated watching one of their own climb on to the winners podium and declare his love for another.But that’s the way of the world now and the only way the likes of Vernon – there are surely other athletes with similar viewpoints and not just in the British camp – can ease their personal frustrations is by letting their feet do the talking and proving their own value out on the track and leaving the tweets to the birds.AND NEWS JUSTIN….And how about another World Championship athlete with bitterness in his heart? Nothing to do in this case with not being allowed to represent his own country but instead living under the shadow of a past doping scandal or two.Justin Gatlin will forever so be tainted but I have to say I thoroughly agree with his sentiments regarding the British media’s treatment of him before, during and after the 100 metres Final in Beijing.As Usain Bolt celebrated his victory in traditional Bolt style, the B.B.C.’s Steve Cram declared: “He’s saved his title, he’s saved his reputation, he’s maybe even saved his sport.”That was one of the kinder offerings with other British commentators and analysts both on radio and in print hailing Bolt’s win but more so voicing venom at the man who finished in the silver medal position but will seemingly never be finished when it comes to having his past dug up.Gatlin and his agent hit out strongly at what they termed the “biased” outpourings against him and the continued characterisation that dogs his every step along the track. Will he ever get a break again from the sideline snipers?The cheats have indeed shamed themselves and their sport but it somehow seems to me that some of them are never allowed forget while others are welcomed into television punditry studios and promotion of satellite coverage of, say, the English Premiership, with little, or no, barbed references to their own misdemeanours.RED FRONT:Well, weren’t the Old Trafford reds fortunate to have missed out on the services of Pedro? True, he scored on his Chelsea debut and was involved in their other two goals in the win over West Brom but, apart from knitting in neatly and causing constant problems coming in from the right wing, what else did he do?No, United are better off without him as they continue their trawl for the player to fill Van Persie’s boots though they will surely be encouraged by the surprise availability of an internationally acclaimed front man this week.But Harry Styles may want to go in another direction entirely.PADDY WALSH ON WEDNESDAY: MCLAUGHLIN FOR MANAGER OF THE YEAR, MANUS STILL HAS IT AND ‘HARTE’-BREAK FOR TYRONE was last modified: August 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Home-page Sportnewslast_img read more

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first_imgDonegal teen Conal O’Boyle is launching a protest in Lifford this morning in a call for action on climate change.The 16-year-old secondary school student will bring local children and young people to the County Council Offices at 11am for a ‘Donegal School Climate Strike’ demonstration.The young activists are seeking to highlight the frustration and discontent of school children at the Government’s handling of climate action in Ireland. Speaking to Donegal Daily ahead of today’s protest, Conal said: “We are hoping to send this message to Richard Bruton, Sean Canny and the Irish Government in a bid to bring around change.”Conal said he and his peers are refusing to rest without seeing real policy change.“We want the Green Party Waste Reduction Bill passed, the declaration of a climate emergency and a carbon neutral Ireland by 2030,” Conal said.He added: “It has become clear to me that the only ‘climate action’ being taken by the Government of Ireland is a media spin, in which Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton is trying to sell the fact that Ireland are becoming world leaders in climate action. “Although his blatant lies are being believed by the ignorant, they are not being believed by the children who wholeheartedly believe that planet Earth is being destroyed before their very eyes by Governments and corporations who only care about money.“The children of the forgotten county, of Ireland and the world have had enough, and on March 15th, we, the children of Donegal, are refusing to let this shameful damage go unnoticed.”Schoolboy Conal calling for climate action in protest today was last modified: March 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:climate changeconal o boyleLiffordprotestlast_img read more

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first_imgMolecular oxygen: you can’t live with it, and you can’t live without it.  We breathe it in constantly or else we would turn blue and die within minutes.  Yet we take antioxidants because of the harm that oxygen radicals can wreak in our cells.  Like fire, it is a useful substance, but only when tightly controlled.  In addition, in its O3 form of ozone, it is part of our planetary protection system from harmful ultraviolet rays.  Evolutionists presume there was no oxygen on the early earth.  Indeed, the presence of oxygen would have brought chemical evolution to a halt.  How and when did oxygen enter the geosphere and biosphere safely, and what effects do variations in oxygen have on life?  That was the subject of some recent science news articles.    EurekAlert reported on a Carnegie Institution study that upsets a previous evolutionary belief about the early earth.  Oxygen did not suddenly appear when organisms “invented” photosynthesis and started giving off oxygen as a “waste product,” but probably increased gradually 300 million years earlier than expected.  Since Archaen organisms could not have survived with oxygen around, the article is entitled, “Learning to live with oxygen on early Earth.”    James Kasting also reported on this subject in Nature last week.1 The ancient rise of atmospheric oxygen is of great interest because of its close relationship with evolution, but the geological evidence for this is indirect and subject to interpretation.  The consensus for more than 30 years has been that atmospheric oxygen first reached appreciable levels around 2 billion to 2.4 billion years ago, an occasion known as the great oxidation event (GOE).  But doubters of this event have remained.After presenting the evidence for an earlier oxygen increase given by Goldblatt et al in the same issue,2 Kasting considered pros and cons of the interpretation of the carbon isotope evidence.  He listed other interpretations, including the “yo-yo atmosphere theory” that oxygen levels fluctuated over time.But this would still leave some unexplained observations.  For example, the Witwatersrand gold deposits in South Africa contain detrital minerals that were washed down streams between 2.8 billion and 3.0 billion years ago.  In the presence of oxygen, these minerals should have become oxidized and dissolved.  So, either the oxygen levels were never high enough for that, or they repeatedly went up and came back down very quickly.  Or perhaps oxygen concentrations did not increase at all, and the low-MIF anomaly seen in post-GOE rocks was produced by some entirely anoxic mechanism, such as the shielding of solar ultraviolet rays by an organic haze.Clearly the air is hazy on this issue.  “The jury is still out,” he ends, “but all these contradictory observations are stimulating a lot of creative thinking.  Let us hope that this will lead to a more unified understanding of a fascinating era in Earth’s history.  The ancient atmosphere may have had a more complex evolution than we imagined.”    Jumping ahead millions of years in the evolutionary scheme, when oxygen was here to stay, the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere could have varied considerably.  What does this do to organisms?  EurekAlert reported another study from the American Physiological Society, that “Giant insects might reign if only there was more oxygen in the air.”  In fact, insects were giants in past eras.  Paleozoic strata show some dragonflies had wing spans of 2.5 feet.  Paleontologists figure that the oxygen had 35% oxygen then, compared to 21% now.  In fact, the size of today’s insects is limited by our relatively low oxygen budget, the researchers estimated.  A bigger bug needs more oxygen, but the size of the tracheae (tubes that let in the air) are limited by the leg joints.  Giantism could arise, because “when the oxygen concentration in the atmosphere is high, the insect needs smaller quantities of air to meet its oxygen demands.”1James Kasting, “Earth sciences: Ups and downs of ancient oxygen,” Nature 443, 643-645(12 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/443643a; Published online 11 October 2006.2Goldblatt, Lenton, and Watson, “Bistability of atmospheric oxygen and the Great Oxidation,” Nature 443, 683-686(12 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05169.What needs a Great Oxidation Event is the air in the Darwin Party Castle.  It is so stuffy in there it’s stifling.  Maybe science would take on giant new wings in a less suffocating environment.    It is an observational fact, though, that giant insects did once inhabit the earth.  It’s interesting to study what environmental conditions allowed for giantism, not only in insects, but in other organisms, including mammals, and what the hazards might have been: e.g., more wildfire?  Or was the oxygen increase also moderated by higher humidity?  Some of these factors can be tested by observational lab science.  The interpretation of past events, though, and when they occurred, as shown in the first article, is a yo-yo pastime.  “The ancient atmosphere may have had a more complex evolution than we imagined,” Kasting said, using evolution in the equivocal sense of “change over time.”  But when your clock is broken, and your data are contradictory, and your assumptions are circular, maintaining dogmatic allegiance to Darwinism could be called ear-aversable complicity.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more