MCNULTY EXPECTED TO RETURN AS HARPS HEAD TO GALWAY FOR PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

first_imgFinn Harps could welcome Damien McNulty back into their side for tonight’s pre-season friendly with Galway United at Terryland Park.McNulty had a superb season last year and was named Finn Harps Young Player-of-the-Year.The former Limavady United and Coleraine defender is regarded as one of the best players in the league and his return will be a welcome boost to Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan. McNulty had surgery on a shoulder problem at the end of last season and has been undergoing rehab since.It’s expected he’ll play some part tonight, with an appearance from the bench most likely.Tony McNamee will also return to the Harps XI after he missed Tuesday night’s friendly win over an Inishowen League Select side.The game will come too early for Harps centre-half Packie Mailey. He’s continuing his intense rehab programme with physio Michael McGlynn but is expected to be fit for the start off the season which kicks-off next month at Tolka Park.MCNULTY EXPECTED TO RETURN AS HARPS HEAD TO GALWAY FOR PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY was last modified: February 13th, 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:Damien McNultyFinn Harps FCnewssoccerSportlast_img read more

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Ban on Letterkenny hospital visitors enters third week

first_imgDue to a very significant number of flu cases, Letterkenny University Hospital is asking for the public’s assistance to prevent the spread of infection from the flu and to minimise the chances of it being brought into the hospital.The hospital is reminding members of the public that visiting restrictions remain in place and they should not visit the hospital.Seán Murphy General Manager Letterkenny University Hospital said, “We are appealing to people to co-operate with the visiting restrictions so that we can protect the many very sick patients in the hospital. “In exceptional cases only, family members may arrange an appointment with the ward manager to visit critically ill patients. To arrange an appointment, please call the hospital on 074 9125888 and ask to be put through to the manager on the ward who will decide if an appointment to visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward or the welfare of the visitors.“We understand that it is difficult for people not to visit family and friends particularly as the visiting restrictions have been in place for more than 2 weeks now. However, anyone carrying the flu virus can spread it for 1-2 days before developing symptoms and up to 5 days after symptoms develop. You may be spreading the flu and not even know it.“Our staff are working very hard to care for the many seriously ill patients in the hospital and we need to do everything we can to support them and protect our patients from additional risks of the flu virus.“We are appealing to people to co-operate with hospital staff. Visitors who arrive without prior agreement from the ward manager will be asked to leave. This is necessary to protect the many very sick patients in the hospital who are vulnerable to infection. It is critical that their care and treatment is not further complicated by the flu. Ban on Letterkenny hospital visitors enters third week was last modified: December 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fluletterkennyluhvisiterslast_img read more

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South African producer gets Olympics for Korea

first_imgRay Maota South Koreans celebrate after the cityof Pyeongchang was chosen as the2018 Winter Olympic Games host city inan overwhelming first round victory,scooping 63 out of 95 votes.(Image: Rianovosti) Caroline Rowland, executive directorand founder of New Moon, said shehoped South Africa would consult hercompany if it decided to bid for the2022 Commonwealth Games.(Image: BBC)MEDIA CONTACTS• New Moon+44 20 7479 7010RELATED ARTICLES• Olympic community gathers in SA• Green Goal gets top IOC award• Cannes triumph for SA films• SA short films in international festivalCaroline Rowland, a Rhodes University journalism graduate, has helped the South Korean city of Pyeongchang win the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, with her evocative visuals of the alpine resort.The Welkom, Free State-born producer showcased the city’s hosting ability in the films New Horizons; Best of Both Worlds and Heroes, which eventually saw it overcome competition from France’s Annecy and Munich in Germany.UK resident Rowland was present to witness the announcement during the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) 123rd session, held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, of Pyeongchang as the host for the 2018 Winter Olympics.She said: “I think Pyeongchang had the most amazing story, which they told very well. The presentation team were sensational.”Rowland expressed her delight that her films were so well received, and said that she felt privileged to be part of such an emphatic winning bid.Pyeongchang was chosen as the host city in an overwhelming first round victory, scooping 63 out of 95 votes. Annecy got seven votes while Munich received 25 votes.Winning the bid meant South Korea became the fifth country after France, Italy, Germany and Japan to host the Winter Olympics, Fifa World Cup, World Athletics Championships and a Formula One car race. The 2018 event will be the country’s first Winter Olympics.South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said: “Pyeongchang’s victory is a victory for the Korean people, and I thank them.”Helping cities win bidsThrough her production company New Moon, Rowland was instrumental in London’s successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.New Moon has also produced films for Sochi, a Russian city on the shores of the Black Sea, which won its bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The company also helped Qatar with its 2022 Fifa World Cup campaign.“London’s message was that it’s a city that can inspire young people around the world to take up Olympic sport,” said Rowland.New Moon shot a short film, Inspiration, in South Africa, showcasing children from four continents drawing inspiration from the Olympic Games to become athletes for London’s 2012 Olympic bid. The other Rowland production was Sport at Heart.The executive director and founder of New Moon said she hoped South Africa would consult her company if it decided to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.New Moon leading the wayThe former competitive swimmer, horsewoman and skier is based in London and is modest about her achievements.“I’m really not sure I personally have any influence over the media at all,” she said in a newspaper interview.“However, New Moon is leading the way in redefining how production companies work to create content that is appropriate for delivery across the platforms now available.”Rowland says the proudest moment of her working life was standing in London’s Trafalgar Square when the 2012 Olympic host was announced.She said: “It was incredible to have seen Steven Spielberg’s and Luc Besson’s films for New York and Paris in those presentations and having this creeping feeling that our film had a greater impact.”What a week for DurbanDurban was a hive of activity during the first 10 days of July.The annual Durban July, one of South Africa’s most popular horse races, took place at Greyville Racecourse on 2 July, and the IOC held its annual meeting from 4 to 9 July at the city’s International Convention Centre.The wedding reception for Prince Albert II of Monaco and his South African bride, former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, took place on 7 July at the lavish Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, just north of Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal coast.The 400 guests included European and African royalty, politicians, and sport and showbiz personalities.last_img read more

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Salford Group rolls out new air carts and tillage models

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Salford Group continues to raise the bar in the seeding and tillage equipment sectors with the introduction of several new products this summer. The global agriculture equipment manufacturer has rolled out a giant air cart, the AC4000L dry/liquid hybrid quad tank, and two new additions to its Independent Series line of tillage equipment, the vertical tillage I-2200 and a hybrid tillage specialist, the I-4200.The AC4000 is the company’s largest implement to date in the large-scale air cart class. The new four-tank offering is available in an all-dry 945 bushel configuration, as well as a hybrid dry/liquid configuration to match the real needs of large acreage operations. Known as the AC4000L, the dry/liquid hybrid features 550 bushels of dry capacity across three tanks, along with a massive 4000 gallon liquid tank.“We’ve had a lot of requests from customers to incorporate liquid fertilizer into our carts. Larger acreages really tighten the seeding window. This leads to producers towing three implements at once, one for seeding, a second for dry product and a third for liquid. These trains can reach over 130 feet long,” said Brad Baker, Product Manager for Salford’s Seeding and Independent Series equipment lines. “The combined machines are high capacity, but cumbersome to operate and potentially dangerous to transport and maneuver. We took producer feedback and engineered the AC4000L to carry liquid and dry product for a safer machine that is simpler to operate.”Salford has introduced new offerings to its signature tillage lineup, the Independent Series. The I-2200 and I-4200 each mark a bold leap forward in Salford frame technology that allows these new models to carry Salford’s latest blade mounts on 5-inch spacing. The tighter blade spacing creates more aggressive operation while maintaining the benefits of Salford’s patented true vertical tillage design.The I-2200 is one of Salford’s more aggressive true vertical tillage designs, making it a highly formidable and productive piece of machinery. It combines the Coil-Tech Coulter II 1 5/8” independent blade mounting system of the I-2100 with the five-inch spacing of the I-1200. This unique combination allows for excellent seed bed preparation, thorough residue sizing, and effective mechanical weed control. It also features 60 percent more down pressure than the Salford Coil Tech I and deeper penetration into tough ground conditions.The I-4200 is more aggressive yet, combining concave blades and wavy coulters to achieve the residue mixing capabilities of the I-4100 with the field finish characteristics of an I-1200 or I-2200 (five-inch spaced models). The front two rows of the machine utilize the same rubber cushion concave blade coulters and spacing found on the I-4100. The I-4200 is compatible with all Salford seeding and fertilizer application attachments, including Switchblade™ hydraulic shanks. This allows multiple operations to be combined into one pass, therefore multiplying the productivity factor of the machine.“The introduction of these two new pieces of equipment is more evidence of Salford delivering on its promise of building equipment for soil health,” said Salford National Sales Manager (Canada) Jim Boak. “What we mean by soil health is not only getting better yields, but also helping to preserve the soil for the long term and helping our customers get a greater return, not only on their equipment investment, but on preserving the family farm for future generations.”About Salford Group Salford Group, with facilities in Iowa, Georgia, Ontario, Manitoba, and Russia, is a global leader in the manufacturing of tillage, seeding, and precision nutrient application equipment. The company dedicates its ongoing innovation efforts to precision, durability, versatility in the field, and improving the economics of farming for producers worldwide.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Sourav breaks his silence over snub

first_imgBreaking his silence after being ignored in the IPL auction, Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said he was always transparent in whatever he did as a cricketer.Sourav Ganguly”I never did politics. I would not have been here if I did politics. With my practical experiences I say whatever you do, you will not be at the top all the time,” said the former India skipper during a programme in Kolkata.”So when you are at the top, be transparent. The rule is same for all, be it in politics or sport. As a leader you must tell the truth. They might not like it but it’s important to be clear with your colleagues,” Ganguly said.Having retired from international cricket, Ganguly continued playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the IPL Kolkata team for the first three seasons. However, none of the 10 franchises showed any interest in him in the IPL auction for the fourth season of the League.But, the 38-year-old former captain insisted that there was no age for retirement. “As long as you perform, age is not a bar for retirement,” he said. Referring to Indian cricket’s Big Three – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman – who are at the fag-end of their career, Ganguly said the selectors should be careful to avoid an Australia-like crisis.”Look at the Australians. In one series it was Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Warne and McGrath. That’s too much of a void to fill so quickly,” Ganguly said. Ganguly said the magnificent trio should retire in phases. “I don’t see them retiring very soon as long as they keep performing. But the selectors have to remember one thing that they make sure that they don’t finish together, so there will be a lot of void.” “So the selectors have to be careful to make sure that they go one at a time and not all together so that you get in the replacements and get them ready. “Also it’s important to get in the replacements in a home series so that they go to an overseas tour with runs and confidence behind them.” “You saw Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series in South Africa. He struggled a bit but it was difficult condition to bat in there as well. So it’s important that they go in phases.”advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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a month agoWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: The result today damages me a lot

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: The result today damages me a lotby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores fears for his players after their 8-0 thrashing by Manchester City.He apologised numerous times to the club’s supporters following the thumping loss, but claims that the nature of the performance makes his position as coach more difficult.”We know how tough is the Premier League and every single match,” said Sanchez Flores.”When we accepted the invitation of the club to come here, to lead the team, we knew we were going to play against Arsenal and we were going to play against Manchester City.”It’s not about the margin you have when you come or not. Pep said yesterday in his press conference we know it’s not about you as a coach, it’s about the results.”So, of course, the result today it damages a lot myself, but one week ago, the results supported me. “We can see more than one week, we can see longer than one next match. It’s like this, so we need to live with this kind of consequence. It’s like this, it’s our work.”First we have to say sorry to the fans because they came to the stadium waiting for a good performance from the team and it was very difficult to be on the pitch today.”After 30 seconds we realised it would be very tough and then after 15 minutes it was impossible to play like this.” last_img read more

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Gov’t Awaits Environmental Study on Goat Islands

first_imgStory Highlights CHEC has indicated Goat Islands as its first choice for a trans-shipment port Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, said that the Government would not be making any decisions on the development of Goat Islands until a study commissioned by the Port Authority of Jamaica on the environmental impact is completed and assessed.CHEC has indicated Goat Islands as its first choice for the proposed development of the trans-shipment port and economic zone under the Global Logistics Hub Initiative.Addressing Jamaica House press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on September 11, Dr. Davies said the proposed development would make Goat Islands the most significant project executed under the logistics hub.“Depending on…receipt of a formal proposal and a final decision, this would perhaps be the most significant initiative because you would have both a trans-shipment port as well as an economic zone,” the Minister said.The proposed investment of approximately US$1.5 billion by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) would represent a key development milestone for Jamaica and could have a significant positive impact on the country’s development agenda.The study is expected to be completed by the end of September.Through the Global Logistics Hub Initiative, the Government intends to take advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled to be completed in 2016.The aim is to create a range of special economic zones throughout Jamaica, including industrial parks, urban business districts, and technology parks. Multi-national companies will be invited to set up operations to provide value-added activities geared towards the international community.Other key elements of the initiative include development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a trans-shipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon. The proposed investment is approximately US$1.5 billion GOJ would not be making any decisions on Goat Islands until the study is completelast_img read more

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Flimsy fences ferocious dogs Canadas top pot expert on weeds path to

first_imgTORONTO – Even though Ernest Small was the biggest legal grower of legal marijuana in North America back in the 1970s and is the federal government’s foremost pot expert, the Canadian researcher is in disbelief that the country is on the cusp of legalizing the drug’s recreational use.The principal research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, who was recently named to the Order of Canada last week for his vast body of work, says the atmosphere around marijuana in government and law enforcement circles was “repressive and conservative” for decades.“I would never have predicted that we would come to this. … There was not the slightest suggestion that one day, marijuana could be a legal commodity,” he said in an interview. “It just didn’t seem possible.”Now, there are more than 80 licensed producers of cannabis in the country, all of whom are ramping up production to be ready for the July 2018 deadline for the legalization of recreational marijuana across the country, while pot company stocks have been on fire for months.But looking back, Small had to aggressively plead his case with the government to allow him to begin researching weed, when he joined as a researcher in 1969.At the time, the now 77-year-old had just finished his doctorate in plant evolution from the University of California. Before landing in the Golden State, he said he had “no idea what drugs were, no idea what hippies were.”“It was just a total culture shock. And nevertheless, I did become quite interested in the cannabis plant because that was the thing that students, and even my professors were doing. And I was interested as a botanist in studying it as a plant.”Small said he convinced the government to allow him to study what was “basically verboten” by focusing on pot’s risks and how research could help law enforcement depress its use. He was eventually able to convince Health Canada to give him the green light, he said.The government also wanted, at the time, a standard supply of marijuana for experimental purposes. And in turn, Small was involved in establishing a two-acre pot crop at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, at Health Canada’s request.“I actually grew several tonnes of marijuana, and at that time more legal cannabis anybody in the world, at least in North America,” Small said.However, the outdoor plot only lasted for one summer in 1971, after being “raided frequently.”Small describes a “very flimsy fence” around the plot, as well as guards and “very ferocious dogs” on hand to protect it.“It very quickly became apparent that teenagers were doing a lot of the raiding. And we could not expose them to these dogs, so the dogs were kept chained up, ” he said. “We didn’t have searchlights… so the whole plot was a sitting duck.”After one summer, the operation was later moved indoors until roughly 1980, when the department of Agriculture decided it didn’t want to grow cannabis on the premises, he said.Subsequently, Small said he grew legal cannabis in association with the private sector, on private land.Small was also closely involved in selecting the strain of marijuana that is now the basis of all licensed medical marijuana in Canada.“It was a reasonable strain, easily producing 12 per cent THC,” he said.Today, Small noted, there are stronger strains with different balances of cannabinoids — chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers which give pot its medical and recreational properties.Still, Small believes that cannabis is now “on the verge of huge changes that are agriculturally significant, in terms of the productivity of this plant.”While most other crops have undergone the so-called Green Revolution, which has boosted agricultural production, cannabis has been left behind, he said.“The green revolution phase has totally been overlooked, because, of course, it’s been illegal most of the last century,” he said. “We are standing on the verge of huge changes that are agriculturally significant in terms of the productivity of this plant. It’s just a mind-boggling situation. There is no other crop but cannabis that is in this remarkable situation.”When asked whether his research, or recreation, has ever involved dabbling in pot himself, Small responded, “Hell, no.”He said if there is even the slightest odour of cannabis at a party, he immediately leaves. It’s an approach he intends to keep up with, even after July 2018.“I’m as pure as the driven snow,” Small said, adding that he does not drink alcohol or coffee either. “The simple fact is I’m entrusted with an enormous responsibility. And I am not going to, and have never, considered compromising that.”last_img read more

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Ohio State womens track and fields Khadevis Robinson ready for challenge

No current or former Ohio State track and field athletes qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, but the Buckeyes’ newest track and field coach did.Khadevis Robinson, who competed in the 800-meter run in London and also at the 2004 Athens Games, was announced as an assistant coach for OSU women’s track and field on Aug. 30. Robinson will lead the cross-country program and coach the track and field team’s distance runners.Before accepting the OSU position, Robinson had served in the same coaching capacity at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for the men’s and women’s teams since January 2011. Under his guidance, junior Kelsey Williamson earned indoor and outdoor 800 meter Mountain West Conference indoor track and field championship titles, while senior Brett Zorich qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the same event.OSU women’s track and field coach Karen Dennis said she was impressed by what Robinson achieved in his time at UNLV, and believes it will translate to success at OSU.“When I looked at what Khadevis had done at UNLV, he was really getting some solid performances out of some women who I didn’t think had the talent,” Dennis said. “I didn’t think they had the same talent and depth that we have. I thought we have good, better talent, but we just weren’t getting the performances.”Robinson said he is excited for his new opportunity.“I’ve coached at almost every level … but I hadn’t coached at a big university,” Robinson said. “I like challenges and this will be a great challenge for me.”Robinson’s accomplishments as a professional athlete include four U.S. indoor titles and four U.S. outdoor championships in the 800 meter.A graduate of Texas Christian University, Robinson was also the 1998 NCAA champion in the 800 meter. He failed to qualify out of the opening heats of the 800 meter in both of his trips to the Olympics, but at 36 years old, he was the oldest competitor in the event in London.Robinson explained how his success as a professional athlete on the track has helped him achieve success coaching.“What it comes down to is really being able to relate to the athletes,” Robinson said. “So if they’re going through something, you can say, ‘Well, I know how you feel because I’ve gone through this also.’”Dennis said that while Robinson’s athletic success increased his appeal as a candidate for the job, there were other factors as well.“Well, I think that any time you’ve got somebody that’s coming in from the Olympics, sure they’re attractive,” Dennis said. “But at the same time, that wasn’t the sole reason. I would’ve still considered him as a strong candidate because I’m looking for somebody that showed results. I felt like he’s a good motivator, he’s very articulate …. and I felt like that’s what our kids needed.”Dennis said there were “probably 80 applicants,” and about 30 of them were what she would consider “strong, qualified applicants.”But Robinson stood out.“When it came to interviewing and bringing people on campus, he just proved himself. He just moved to the top of the pack,” Dennis said.An athletic spokesman stated that Robinson’s annual salary is $60,000.An Olympic runner on the track and a Division I coach on the sidelines, Robinson has had to learn how to balance two challenging jobs. He described the balance as “very, very, very, very, very difficult.”“If I was just running and not trying to be top 10 in the world, or making the Olympic team, it wouldn’t be as difficult because competing at the highest level is extremely difficult,” Robinson said. “On the other hand, some of the same things I tell my athletes, I can hear myself saying it to myself when I’m competing. So it gives me accountability, because when I tell some of the athletes I’m coaching to be A, B, C and D, then it makes me be accountable to doing A, B, C and D when I’m competing also.”But Robinson said coaching is a way for him to fulfill what he believes to be his purpose in life.“I think everything in life has a purpose,” Robinson said. “I found out my purpose is to inspire, motivate and help others. That’s my purpose in life. It just so happened that God blessed me as an athlete to be able to get my message out.” read more

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SAINTS have been awarded Category 1 Academy status

first_imgSAINTS have been awarded Category 1 Academy status following a detailed assessment of their performance and structure.The club has been rated as ‘outstanding’ in recognition of the excellence of their junior development programmes from age 12 upwards.Under the accreditation process, clubs are assessed in three key areas:Quality of leadership and management – the strategy and vision of the Academy and progress made;How well Academies meet the needs of players – the welfare, education and safeguarding that is in place;Delivery of player development system – the approaches used to optimise the development of players through to first grade and England. Saints joined Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings and Wigan Warriors in being rated as outstanding.Five other clubs – Bradford Bulls, Huddersfield Giants, Hull Kingston Rovers, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Catalans Dragons – were rated as ‘good’ after making significant improvements over the last 12 months.Castleford Tigers were rated as ‘requires improvement’ but the assessment recognised the strides the club has made since last year.London Broncos and Salford Red Devils did not reach the required standards for Category 1 standard.Saints Academy has been rated as outstanding every year since the grading process began.last_img read more

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