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first_imgChicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) hangs on the rim after dunking the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of a NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Chicago. The Bulls won 112-110. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — After missing one potential winning shot in the final seconds, Zach LaVine was determined to give himself another opportunity.He made good on the second chance.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Chicago stretched the advantage to 85-74 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third on a 3-pointer by Payne — his fifth of the quarter.The lead was 88-78 with a minute remaining in the third before Charlotte ran off 11 straight points — capped by Tony Parker’s jumper — to grab an 89-88 edge with 10 1/2 minutes to play in the fourth.After the teams traded baskets and the lead for a few minutes, the Hornets seemingly took control with a 103-98 lead with 5 1/2 left. The Bulls, though, rallied to tie it at 105 on a Payne 3-pointer with 3:34 to play.That set the stage for LaVine’s stretch drive.“I love his attack,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I love the way he goes after the rim and gets into the paint.”CAN’T MISSLaVine actually tried to miss the second free throw with 0.5 seconds left, but his awkward line drive bounced off the rim and through. “That’s crazy, right?” he said. “I really tried to miss that. It was only point-5 seconds left, so if I would have got it off the rim, the game would have been over.”KEEP SHOOTINGPayne, starting in place of injured Kris Dunn, missed both of his shots in the first half before getting hot. “My mentality was just to keep being aggressive and Zach kept finding me,” Payne said.TIP-INS Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Cameron Payne scored all of his career-high 21 points in the second half, going 7 for 11 on 3 pointers for Chicago in the opener of the home-and-home set with the Hornets.Kemba Walker had 23 points on 5-for-14 shooting for Charlotte.“I thought we missed some open looks, but they did a great job on the defensive end,” Walker said. “They play hard. They really deserve that win.”The Bulls had a 54-53 halftime lead mainly thanks to 35 bench points. Jabari Parker had nine, and Cristiano Felicio and Chandler Hutchison had eight apiece. The trio combined to go 10 for 14 from the field. Before Wednesday, Felicio hadn’t played this season and Hutchison had a total of three points in two games.“We just did not defend well enough in the first half,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said. “That was unacceptable defense. Especially when shots aren’t falling, you got to be on your defense.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kawhi Leonard stars anew as Raptors match franchise-best start at 5-0 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LaVine made two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to give the Chicago Bulls their first victory of the season, 112-110 over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.With the score tied at 110, LaVine missed a jumper with seven seconds left. Charlotte called time to set up a potential winning play, but LaVine forced a turnover on the inbounds pass, giving Chicago the ball back with five seconds to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe was fouled driving to the basket to set up the winning free throws. He finished with 32 points for his fourth straight 30-point game to start the season.“I wasn’t going to miss again,” LaVine said. “They were going to have to foul me or I was going to get a dunk.” MOST READ Hornets: Borrego, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Walker each were assessed technical fouls in the first half.Bulls: F Bobby Portis injured his right knee early in the fourth quarter and did not return. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday … Dunn sprained the MCL in his left knee on Monday against Dallas and will be sidelined four to six weeks. Dunn injured the knee in the second quarter, but continued to play, finishing with nine points and seven assists before fouling out.UP NEXTHornets: Host Chicago on Friday night.Bulls: At Charlotte on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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first_imgKailondo Petroleum Managing director, Atty. George Bobby KailondoEPA terms businessman as defiantThe Supreme Court over the weekend placed a stay order on a planned demolition exercise of a recently constructed filling station property of businessman George Bobby Kailondo on the Samuel K. Doe (SKD) Boulevard. The demolition exercise, which should have taken place on Saturday, June 23, was to be carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for what it termed as blatant violations of its order by businessman Kailondo.It, however, took the intervention of the high court, which is the final arbiter of justice in the country, to give a lifeline to the property as a task-force comprising men from the EPA, Liberia National Police (LNP), Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and others were already poised to carry out the demolition exercise.According to the EPA’s Executive Director Nathaniel Blama, the EPA and its collaborating partners had finalized preparation for the exercise when he received a writ of prohibition from the Supreme Court but will wait till the outcome from the cited conference.“We had planned demolition of some illegal structures erected on the Mesurado Wetlands along the SKD Boulevard near the Police Academy Junction in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.EPA Executive Director Nathaniel Blama at the press conference in Monrovia“One of the structures includes a gas station built by Mr. George B. Kailondo in complete violation of the environmental laws of Liberia. But the exercise will be halted for now because of the Court writ,” he said at a press conference on Friday.Executive Director Blama noted that with complete disregard to the international convention and the Environmental Protection and Management Law of 2003 of Liberia, Mr. Kailondo built on waterways and in the wetlands—ignoring several warnings from the EPA and the Ministry of Public Works.On Friday June 23, the EPA wanted to demolish the station, which the EPA says has blocked waterways and is contributing to the flooding in the community, after the proprietor (Kailondo) ignored several halt notices from the EPA.Blama indicated that Kailondo has been very disrespectful to the laws of Liberia and it is comical that he would run to the court to benefit from the laws that he does not regard.On September 17, 2015, Kailondo was sent a letter instructing him that the EPA could not give him the go-ahead (or grant him permit) to carry-out the construction exercise.“He was also written on February 3, 2017, asking him to halt all activities pertaining to the ongoing construction of the gas station,” said Blama. “Weeks later on February 23, 2017, we communicated with the businessman and provided him a 30-day period to embark on the demolition process as the date of receipt of said notice.”In spite of all of the notices served him, Mr. Kailondo defied and ignored the EPA’s warnings and completed the construction of the Filling Station at a designated RAMSAR site under the International Convention on Wetlands.The area is one of few Ramsar Sites in the country. These wetland designated areas are of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.The Convention on Wetlands, known as the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental environmental treaty established in 1971 by UNESCO, and came into force in 1975. It provides for national action and international cooperation regarding the conservation of wetlands, and wise sustainable use of their resources.But Kailondo’s defiant action contravenes the above law, according to EPA director Blama, and is punishable by penalties including but not limited to fines of up to US$50,000, closure, imprisonment and/or criminal prosecution, where applicable, under the laws of Liberia.“It is in view of the above that the EPA placed an immediate halt to the operations of the filling station and in 30 days [resolved] to demolish the facility to reclaim the site,” Blama noted.He indicated that Mr. Kailondo’s action is injuring the environment. However, sources are indicating that Mr. Kailondo is trying to buy time that would allow him to recover at least a portion of his expenses on the filling station. He is reported to have informed the Court that he took loans to have the station constructed and it would be a heavy loss if the property is demolished at this early stage.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_imgUniversity of Guyana, Turkeyen CampusThe probe into the bomb threat at the University of Guyana (UG) in May last is still ongoing but investigators are making progress with the optimism of nabbing the culprit(s) involved.This is according to Crime Chief (ag), Michael Kingston, who during a recent telephone interview with Guyana Times stated that at this point, the police’s Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) is still in the process of analysing “some records”.He explained that the investigating arm of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) that is handling this matter is “heavily dependent on some other agencies”. As such, in order to ensure that accurate information is provided to the police so that ranks can peruse, it would take some amount of time for the case to be successfully solved and closed.Though Kingston stated that he could not provide too many details about the investigation, he noted that two of the agencies involved in the process are the two leading telephone companies – the Guyana Telephone Telegraph (GTT) and Digicel.In May last, although a clean sweep of UG’s Turkeyen Campus revealed that there were no bombs or explosive devices hidden, Crime Chief Lyndon Alves had stated that the GPF will continue to investigate this matter until the culprit is arrested.At that time, he stated that the CCU had just added this matter to the list of cases that it is aggressively pursuing.“As you [are] aware, the last time that we would have investigated, someone is presently before the court so we are hoping, working diligently, to get to the bottom of it. We are trying to get the source. We don’t know how long that would take us, how demanding that will be, but we will try, we need to get closure.”He had also explained that the safety and security of UG’s Turkeyen Campus rest solely on the tertiary institution’s administration.“If assistance is needed and they make a request to the Commissioner of Police, Leslie James, which will be looked at to determine how best we can assist. I mean, if a crime is committed the police are mandated to investigate it as is the case now.But in terms of their security and operations and what they do to secure the campus and the persons frequenting there then they will have to make those decisions.”However, following the threats, classes at the University were suspended but the situation was returned to normalcy after receiving the go-ahead from the GPF’s Bomb Unit. UG’s Vice-Chancellor, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, in a recent statement to the media said that he is thankful that the threat was a hoax while commending the professionalism of the GPF’s bomb squad in handling the matter.“These inconsiderate and dangerous acts cause considerable physical and psychological stress and are particularly disruptive at this crucial time for thousands of students and dozens of invigilators. My hope is that we do not experience any such acts going forward,” the VC said in the statement.On May 24 last, chaos broke out at UG’s Turkeyen Campus when news spread that someone threatened to blow up several sections of the campus by reportedly setting bombs at various locations at the tertiary institution.The threats were initially sent to a number of online news outfits and the situation was promptly reported to the police.In the threat, the alleged sender “Jack Ryan” stated “I have placed 20 bombs across the University of Guyana campus which are hidden from plain sight. Attached to this bomb is a timer which can be remotely activated/deactivated”.The sender also uploaded an image of the alleged handmade explosive device. He also stated that the timer was set for eight hours before destruction.“The bombs will be activated at exactly 15:00h unless my demands are meet,” the message stated.However, in a subsequent message, the sender related that students must leave the campus after which he will make his demands.In February, 25-year-old UG student, Sheneza Jaffarally, who is alleged to have made several bomb threats to the tertiary institution, was able to secure bail to the tune of $10,000 from the High Court through her lawyer.This was after being refused bail by two Magistrates. Jaffarally was charged under the Telecommunication Act. She pleaded not guilty to the charge, which alleged that on February 5, 2019, at Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD), she sent by means of a public telecommunication system, for the purpose of causing needless anxiety to the staff and students of the University of Guyana, a message which she knew to be false.The incident, which caused UG to shut down for a short time, also resulted in the institution beefing up its security.Acting Crime Chief, Michael Kingstonlast_img read more

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first_imgManchester United have been linked with a £10million move for Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger.The German midfielder is seen as the perfect man to organise the Red Devils midfield.Schweinsteiger has won everything there is to win in the game, including the Bundesliga title, German Cup, Champions League and World Cup, and a move to Old Trafford would be seen as something of a coup for Louis van Gaal’s side.Watch Bastian Schweinsteiger’s best bits above and leave your thoughts on Manchester United’s move below…last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“There’s going to be a Judgment Day when all of this is over,” school board member Richard Vladovic said. “There’s been more spent than we know, and I’m sure there are other ancillary costs such as the overtime, the additional processing and the communications. “It’s bigger than we all believe. We need to look at it totally. I want an accounting of everything – every nook and cranny,” Vladovic added. Some say many of the school board’s closed sessions in recent months have been dominated by discussions trying to get to the bottom of who is to blame for the fiasco. It’s “imperative that the district seek cost recovery against this vendor,” Assemblyman Kevin de Le n wrote in a letter to Superintendent David Brewer III last week. De Le n urged LAUSD officials to “aggressively pursue compensation from Deloitte Consulting,” which was paid $55 million to roll out the system smoothly. Officials at de Le n’s office could not be reached for comment. United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy said he thinks it’s the “nature of a dysfunctional organization that prevents (LAUSD) from moving forward.” Under terms of the various contracts for the payroll system, third parties, including teachers, cannot sue Deloitte directly for breach of contract. Instead, UTLA sued the district over the problems, but the case was thrown out of court. Arguments in an appeal are to be heard next month, Duffy said. Some members of the LAUSD’s police officers association have also filed a suit that’s still pending against the district. “Even if the case gets thrown out, you make the attempt on behalf of the organization and on behalf of the employees. You do it because it’s the right thing to do,” Duffy said. “The district is foolish if they’re not going ahead with the suit because they hold the strongest chip in the game: They can destroy Deloitte & Touche in the court of public opinion, and they should because Deloitte has destroyed lives and hasn’t delivered what it promised to deliver – accurate checks on time.” But LAUSD general counsel Kevin Reed said district officials are working with Deloitte to resolve the issues and have not yet reached the point of suing. A lawsuit could tie up the process in court for years without any immediate resolution to the problem, officials have said. “We have not reached a moment in which it’s become clear we have to sue them to get the problem fixed,” Reed said. “We’re still at a moment where we’re entitled to presume the good will of the folks at Deloitte and try to make sure the district is going to be made whole and given the benefit of the bargain we have in the contract.” Meanwhile, however, costs for the payroll system are continuing to balloon, and the school board continues to approve consulting contracts to fix the problem. LAUSD’s new chief information officer, Tony Tortorice, who rolled out the same type of electronic system for his former employer, the Los Angeles Community College District, predicted hiring consultants will not stop “for a while.” Tortorice had told the board last week that LAUSD’s original budget was underestimated for implementing a system of such size and complexity. As a general rule, he said, an organization should expect to spend 1 percent to 1.5 percent of its annual budget for each year of implementation. “Over a three-year period, $300 million is not unusual for these types of organizations to experience,” he said. “You can try to spend below that.” The district still has to roll out the third phase of the system, which involves computerized purchase orders. “Much of the problem you’re facing right now is you’re underbudget(ing). Quite frankly, you need to spend this money to have these people on board for remediation. They need these resources,” he told the board last week. But board members questioned the efficiency of spending money for consultants with no stake in the project, no loyalty to the LAUSD and no assurances that they’re doing a good job. “I’m really worried. I’m not an expert, but I think we can do it for less. I can’t agree to $300 million for three years. I’m not sold on that just because someone tells me I need to be,” Vladovic said. “This is supposed to support instruction, not drain it.” School board member Tamar Galatzan said the district has taken a piecemeal approach, reacting to each problem with a “never-ending stream of these contracts” and no way to measure success. “I keep questioning all of these costs,” Galatzan said. “I’ve never seen a plan that included all of the consultants, all of the costs, who’s responsible for what, where the money’s coming from, how long it’s going to take. “Nothing exists that resembles a transparent, cohesive plan.” But district administrators maintain the system will be stabilized in January. They say errors related to flaws in the system have been worked out and now just human errors remain as employees adjust to the system. The overall district error rate in October was 5.91 percent, which dropped to 1.27 percent in December. A good indicator of progress is a drop in the number of people going to assistance centers about their checks, administrators said. In early November, 759 people went to a help center, but the number in early December was 237, and most of them did not claim system-generated problems, said Dave Holmquist, LAUSD’s interim chief operating officer. “That’s a good sign that things are well on the road to recovery,” he said. Errors on other employees’ checks have been less than 1 percent for months, but problems remain for teachers and other certificated personnel. But Tortorice said the district will not be able to reach its error-rate goal of about 0.5 percent on the certificated payroll if it does not simplify the process – namely by eliminating annualized pay. The district is still negotiating with the union to eliminate the process in which LAUSD spreads teachers’ pay for 10 months of work over 12 months so they receive a check year-round. “We know what the defects are, and we continue to work on them, but we need that simplification (of eliminating annualized pay) to have the long-term health of payroll,” Tortorice said. “We’ll never get it to sub-0.5 percent without simplification.” The teachers union fought for annualized pay for 25 years, and the district made the decision to roll it out in February along with the new system. “They never should have instituted annualized pay the very moment they brought on a new system,” Duffy said. District administrators also insist that the production of end-of-year tax forms, or W-2s, will go smoothly. They claim LAUSD’s gross overpayment is about $53 million, with about $15 million currently outstanding. About 60 percent of people contacted for overpayment have either paid back the district or agreed to pay it back, totaling about $14 million. But the district has already lost about $6 million in waiving payment for employees who owed $250 or less because it would cost the district that amount to recoup the money, Tortorice said. And LAUSD officials are also scrambling to correct faulty reports to the California State Teachers’ Retirement System so there is no negative effect on the retirement accounts of current and retired employees. Holmquist said the district has learned it “rolled this out too fast.” “We didn’t spend enough time preparing for (the) rollout,” Holmquist said. “We did it too quickly, and we risked a lot, and we went live all at once, and we’ve been playing catch-up ever since.” For the latest school news, go to www.insidesocal.com/education.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ten months after installing a new computerized payroll process that has been roiled by glitches, Los Angeles Unified officials now say costs for fixing the system and completing its rollout could top $210 million. The system, with an original price tag of $95 million, has underpaid or overpaid thousands of employees, and last week district officials said hiring consultants to fix it has already ballooned the cost to $132.5 million. And some officials are questioning the district’s transparency on all the costs associated with the system, noting that at least $6 million will be forfeited by allowing some overpaid teachers to keep the money. Some are also questioning why the district has not yet sued the company that rolled out the system. The state Legislature has begun to lean on school officials to recover at least $10 million that Deloitte Consulting has spent to hire a consultant to address the problems. last_img read more

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first_imgSpeaking to Georgie Bingham, the 37-year-old said: “I’d always been quite reserved with my car choices but I was playing for Liverpool, I was playing for England and I thought ‘you know, I can make the step up now, I’m worthy’, so I bought an Aston Martin.“I was only four or five days in driving it, I was a little bit embarrassed anyway, I didn’t feel comfortable in it all. I was driving through Cheshire, pulled up at some lights alongside Roy Keane and he looked at me like I was something on the bottom of his shoe! I had the shades on, listening to garage music, thinking I was the man and he firmly let me know I wasn’t the man!“As he sped off, I looked at myself in the mirror and I sold the car that week. I took about a 20 grand hit on it.” Crouch had an absolute mare back during his Liverpool days Peter Crouch told a brilliant tale involving Roy Keane on talkSPORT.The former England, Liverpool and Tottenham striker recalled how he was once shamed into selling his car – an Aston Martin – just a few days after buying it all because of a chance run-in with ex-Manchester United captain Keane. 1 🚗 “I pulled up alongside Roy…💩 …and he looked at me like I was something that was on the bottom of his shoe.”😂 @PeterCrouch’s story about how Roy Keane made him sell his car is so, so good… pic.twitter.com/JApaaGmwUz— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 11, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgA terrific turn-out of more than 170 runners took part in the Danny McDaid 15K in Letterkenny today.Launching last years Danny McDaid 15k road race are from left Brendan McDaid, Danny McDaid, Siobhan Doherty-Barrett, Station House Hotel and Neily McDaid.Keith Shiels from the Foyle Valley club was the first man home in a terrific time of 48.45 followed closely by Henry O’Neill from the Finn Valley Club.The first lady home was the ever-improving Lifford AC athlete Anne Marie McGlynn in a time of 54.59 – outstanding running. Here is a list of all the participants in the race and their times.Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 44 48.45 Keith Shiels SM Foyle Valley2 11 48.59 Henry O’Neill SM Finn Valley A C 3 36 50.30 Greg Roberts SM City Of Derry4 127 50.40 Gary Slevin SM City Of Derry5 19 50.58 Pauric McKinney M45 Inishowen A C6 179 51.41 Gary Crossan M40 Letterkenny A C7 47 51.54 James Brown M40 City Of Derry 8 32 52.44 Michael Black SM Individual9 107 54.15 Phelim Glynn M45 Dunboyne AC10 40 54.59 AnnMarie McGlynn SW Lifford A C11 122 55.25 Sean Murphy M40 Trim AC 12 71 56.01 Kieran Crawford SM Letterkenny A C13 153 56.28 Noel Diver SM Rosses A.C.14 155 56.55 Hugh Duffy SM Cranford A C15 41 57.33 James Crampsie SM Individual16 22 58.01 Bill Duncan M50 Lifford A C17 46 58.10 Andrew Wallace M40 Foyle Valley18 168 58.23 James Crossan SM Lifford A C19 28 58.30 John Daly M40 Letterkenny A C20 25 58.42 Sammy McAnney M50 City Of Derry21 73 58.47 Jude O’Donnell M40 Individual22 13 58.50 John Duffy M45 Shettleston Harriers23 80 59.02 Liam Doherty SM Cranford A C24 27 59.13 Tom Thompson M45 Finn Valley A C25 180 59.20 Michael Logue SM Rosses A.C.26 157 59.25 John Conlon SM Letterkenny A C27 67 59.33 Gerry McMonagle M50 Letterkenny A C28 138 59.43 Raymond Birch SM Letterkenny A C29 125 59.48 Darren Wallace SM Foyle Valley30 132 59.57 Dara McNulty M40 Foyle Valley11 August Page 1 of 6Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club31 136 60.22 John Wallace SM Individual32 51 60.34 Aidan McKenna M40 Letterkenny A C33 152 60.51 Gareth Kerrigan SM Milford A C34 81 61.02 Pauric Breslin SM Individual35 160 61.05 Seamie Ferry M45 Individual36 18 61.14 Brendan Boyle M50 Killybegs A C37 158 61.32 Patrick Brennan SM South Sligo AC38 105 61.37 Paul Kelly SM Lifford A C39 39 61.41 Patrick Mahon SM Individual40 1 61.43 Kieran Coyle SM UnitedHealthGroup41 123 61.47 Damien McBride SM Milford A C42 52 61.49 Padraig Friel SM Letterkenny A C43 33 61.56 Ciaran O’Donnell M40 Letterkenny A C44 116 62.11 Paddy Ward M60 Letterkenny A C45 66 62.19 Sean McMenamin M50 Inishowen A C46 102 62.21 Richard Shannon M40 Omagh Harriers47 108 62.28 Leslie Haire M40 Individual48 176 62.33 Barry Coyle SM Individual49 98 62.45 Martin McGinley M40 Individual50 50 62.54 Michael Burke SM Individual51 133 63.02 Paul Dillon SM Newtowncunningham52 99 63.20 Paul Cosgrove M45 Letterkenny A C53 53 63.34 James Gibbons M50 Milford A C54 161 64.00 Paul Dillon SM 24/7 Triathlon55 45 64.10 Eamon Cush M45 Individual56 139 64.20 Martin Dunleavy M45 Foyle Valley57 130 64.34 Michael Collins M45 Inishowen A C58 128 64.43 Michael McHugh SM Milford A C59 166 64.56 Sheila Regan SW Letterkenny A C60 34 64.57 Philip Callaghan M40 Inishowen A C61 167 65.05 Mark Gillen SM Individual62 100 65.16 Nick Fowell M40 24/7 Triathlon11 August Page 2 of 6Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club63 43 65.44 Sarah Marie Doherty SW Inishowen A C64 142 66.10 Mick Harkin M40 Inishowen A C65 137 66.25 Seamus Nallon SM Individual66 145 66.27 Michael Madden SM Letterkenny A C67 95 66.32 Adrian Callaghan M40 Letterkenny A C68 91 66.35 Denis Bonner M40 Individual69 31 66.54 David Chaney M40 Finn Valley A C70 129 67.00 Donal Mulholland SM Individual71 114 67.06 Ray McGrory SM Milford A C72 61 67.27 Rhona Dunne SW Donore Harriers73 17 67.40 Perter Middleton SM Individual74 147 67.42 Paddy Hannigan M50 Individual75 89 67.57 Gabriel O’Leary SM Castlefinn Running76 76 68.01 Marie Boyle SW Letterkenny A C77 146 68.17 Charlie Sweeney SM Letterkenny A C78 58 68.26 Ciaran Bobair M40 Individual79 82 68.29 Paul McGee SM Rosses A.C.80 103 68.39 Stephen Cunningham SM Individual81 117 68.53 Tom Bangert M50 Individual82 87 68.56 Paul Lee M45 Individual83 115 68.57 Brian Boyle SM London Heathside84 26 69.05 Michael McClennand SM Individual85 113 69.10 Michael McMenamin M45 Finn Valley A C86 141 69.12 Martin Anderson M45 Finn Valley A C87 16 69.17 Julia Mullen W40 Tír Chonaill A C88 38 69.19 David O’Carroll SM Individual89 75 69.22 Peter McKinney M50 Inishowen A C90 151 69.29 Brian Doherty SM Milford A C91 112 69.31 Rodney Irwin M40 Individual92 149 69.45 Gavin Harris SM 24/7 Triathlon93 150 69.46 Kenny O’Donnell SM Finn Valley A C94 119 69.55 Brian mcMonagle SM Letterkenny A C11 August Page 3 of 6Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club95 88 70.00 Martin O’Donnell M40 Individual96 72 70.03 Damien McGlynn SM Letterkenny A C97 159 71.12 Paul Shields SM Individual98 62 71.17 Maolise McHugh SM Individual99 135 71.31 Noel Lynch M45 Letterkenny A C100 154 71.36 Simon Stephens SM Individual101 35 71.48 Joseph Casey M45 Individual102 83 72.05 Mark McCafferty M45 Finn Valley A C103 92 72.26 Paddy McCambridge M50 North Belfast Harriers104 96 72.41 Carl Crossan SM Individual105 5 72.45 Liam Mc Kinney SM Eglinton Road Runners106 156 73.17 James Doherty M60 Milford A C107 49 73.19 Daragh Kelly SM Individual108 48 73.19 Ciaran McHugh SM Individual109 93 73.23 Ita McCambridge W50 North Belfast Harriers110 121 73.31 Kevin Doherty M50 Individual111 143 73.36 Gloria Donaghey W50 Finn Valley A C112 15 73.46 Claire Flood W40 Tír Chonaill A C113 104 73.47 Lester Dobson M40 Letterkenny A C114 21 74.24 Eamon O’Boyle M45 Individual115 20 74.38 Sabrina Mackey W40 Individual116 23 74.44 Kieran Duffy M50 Individual117 181 75.43 PJ McMenamin SM Individual118 131 75.50 Breege Collins W45 Inishowen A C119 78 75.57 James McBride M60 Individual120 70 76.18 Naoise Enright SM Letterkenny A C121 69 76.31 Phil Boyle M40 Letterkenny A C122 57 76.39 Danny Higgins M40 Individual123 74 76.45 Thomas Cullen SM Individual124 101 77.08 Pat Byrne M50 Killybegs A C125 84 77.16 Gareth Patton SM Individual126 55 77.19 James McErlane M45 Run LK11 August Page 4 of 6Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club127 97 78.11 Sadie McDevitt W45 Rosses A.C.128 4 78.20 Austin Mc Laughlin SM Eglinton Road Runners129 2 78.31 Patrick Mc Bride M50 Unattached130 65 79.06 Garvan Boyce SM Individual131 144 79.06 Kevin Doherty M40 Individual132 59 79.26 Paul Duddy M40 Individual133 42 79.49 Jackie Harvey W50 Tír Chonaill A C134 79 80.09 Linda McDaid SW Inishowen A C135 120 80.15 AnnMaarie Dalton SW Individual136 60 80.40 Stephen Roarty SM Individual137 14 80.50 Vivian Frazer W45 Kirkintally138 3 81.28 Louise Finlay SW Eglinton Road Runners139 126 81.34 Mark Donaghey M40 Lifford A C140 85 82.11 Francesca Patton SW Individual141 118 82.58 Jane McGee W45 Trim AC142 9 82.59 Joanne Bryson SW Eglinton Road Runners143 12 83.35 James Sharkey M40 Individual144 111 83.40 Fiona Ferry SW Individual145 86 83.40 Emer Alexandra SW Castlefinn Running146 24 84.30 Edel Dunlop W50 Individual147 164 84.35 Ethna Cox W40 Individual148 94 84.58 Stephen Sweeney SM Individual149 148 85.07 Pearce Enright M45 Individual150 124 85.11 Stephen Lynch SM Individual151 110 85.15 Olivia Gillen SW Convoy Running Club152 77 85.27 Sean O’Donaile M45 3 D Tri153 37 86.13 Alva Griffen SW Individual154 68 86.27 Ann Doherty W45 Individual155 163 86.27 Liz Gallagher SW Individual156 7 86.51 Liam Mclaughlin M50 Individual157 106 87.54 Elaine Connolly SW Individual158 90 88.56 Pauline O’Connor SW Individual11 August Page 5 of 6Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club159 29 90.01 Bridget Friel W40 Milford A C160 177 90.01 Yvonne O’Donnell SW Milford A C161 64 90.13 Eileen Duggan W40 Individual162 134 90.14 Breda McBride SW Individual163 54 90.40 Isobel Gardiner W45 Run LK164 56 90.57 Deirdre Connolly W40 Individual165 6 91.08 Sarah Coll SW Individual166 140 91.26 Michelle Donaghey W40 Inishowen A C167 109 92.06 Sinead Kelly SW Raphoe Runners168 30 92.27 Sean O Farrell M50 Individual169 162 94.04 Lorna O’Donnell W45 Rosses A.C.170 10 94.35 Mary Mc Cafferty SW Eglinton Road Runners171 178 98.25 Trisha Jordan SW 24/7 Triathlon172 63 100.46 Damien Doherty SM IndividualTotal Runners: 172KEITH SHIELS IS FIRST HOME IN DANNY MCDAID 15K AS 172 RUNNERS TAKE PART was last modified: August 11th, 2013 by 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first_imgGarth Brooks has said it is a case of five shows at Croke Park or none at all.Garth Brooks says it’s five shows or none at Croke Park.The singer has released a statement tonight following the decision by Dublin City Council to allow only three of the singer’s proposed five shows.He said “I can’t thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel. “I have faith that Dublin City Council will make the best decision for the people of Ireland.“For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another.”Mr Brooks’ comments follow the decision by Dublin City Council to allow only three of the proposed five shows later this month.Thousands of Donegal fans could be left devastated after the council said there would be no shows on either the Monday or Tuesday night as had been scheduled. Following the Council’s decision the promoter of Mr Brooks’ Croke Park concerts raised the possibility there will be no shows by the country singer at the GAA venue, while the GAA said it will assess the implications of DCC’s decision.The council said allowing all five concerts would have caused unacceptable levels of disruption to the local community.About 400,000 tickets have been sold for the proposed five sold outs shows, including 70,000 to people travelling from overseas.Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions said he was disappointed that the local authority denied permission for concerts on Monday 28 July and Tuesday 29 July.Mr Aiken told RTÉ News that the singer was devastated by the decision and felt that it is not fair that 160,000 people will not be able to attend those shows. He said that the Croke Park performances had grown from an initial two shows to a much bigger customised production, which would be a once-off event that would not be replicated anywhere else in the world.The production costs were scaled on this basis and it was not possible to simply stop two of the shows, he said.GARTH SAYS IT’S FIVE SHOWS AT CROKER OR NONE AT ALL was last modified: July 4th, 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:Croke ParkdonegalfansGarth BrooksShowslast_img read more

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first_imgSome of the most abundant unicellular organisms in the ocean are diatoms.  Physicists are eagerly studying the optics of their pill-box-like shells, because they can manipulate light in surprising ways.  Imitation of diatom light tricks may lead to biosynthetic devices like improved drug delivery systems and solar cells, an article on the BBC News said.    The “intricate designs of their silica shell walls” are not just geometrically pleasing (03/19/2002) and strong (02/19/2003) and artistically awesome (07/21/2004).  Scientists have found that they strongly diffract light.  Their optical qualities may work to spread the light evenly throughout the cell bodies of these organisms whose light-harvesting chloroplasts depend on light.  Maybe this accounts for the particular patterns on species of diatoms that come in “all shapes and sizes” and inhabit almost every body of water on the planet.    The article speculated about the evolution of diatoms.  “Why have diatoms evolved these nanostructures?” reporter Elisabeth Mitchell asked.  The even diffusion of light seemed to offer a satisfactory explanation for her.  She added one line, though, that wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Nature started to evolve complex colour and light manipulating systems during the Cambrian explosion – about 500 million years ago.”    Moving right along, Current Biology1 mentioned another creature with a remarkable ability to respond to light – in this case, moonlight.  The creature is the Palolo worm of the South Pacific.  Foster and Roenneberg were talking about lunar effects on biological behavior when they said,One well known example will suffice to illustrate lunar related rhythms in the animal world.  The Palolo worm (Eunice viridis) is found on several coral islands near to Samoa and the Fiji Islands.  The palolos reproduce by swarming during the last quarter of the moon in October and November.  The terminal parts of their bodies drop off and float over the surface of the water, releasing sperm and eggs.  The natives of the Samoan Islands have known this for centuries and predict the date and time of day when the emergence occurs so that they can be ready to catch the worms for food.  Studies have attempted to determine whether it is the direct effect of lunar illuminance which stimulates swarming.  This seems unlikely because cloudy or clear whether [sic] conditions have no effect on the spawning date.  Furthermore, the Palolo worm lives at depths of 3-5 metres within coral rocks, where moonlight would not easily penetrate.  Studies in an allied species of polychaete worm have demonstrated that moon-related rhythms in behaviour continue in isolation from any environmental influence.  Collectively the data suggest that the Palolo worm and other polychaete worms have an endogenous circa-lunar timer.In other words, these sea worms don’t need to see the moon to know when it’s up.  They can tell when it is just the right hour of the right month of the right time of the year to come up and spawn.  As for what kind of accurate lunar calendar it uses, and how it arose, they didn’t say.  Another paper by Wilcockson and Zhang in Current Biology2 discussed sea creatures that adjust their biological rhythms to the tides: “crustacea, annelids, molluscs, fish and even a few insects.”  As to how that kind of timekeeping evolved in such a diverse array of creatures, they could only speculate, “Moreover, marine animals pre-date their terrestrial relatives and the question arises as to whether circadian clocks could have originally evolved from tidal oscillators?”    Speaking of the moon, do we exhibit lunar rhythms?  Foster and Roenneberg denied that the moon affects human behavior.  They discounted all the urban legends about human “lunacy” and said, “there is no convincing evidence that the moon can affect the biology of our own species…. the moon appears to have no effect upon our physiology.”  As evidence, they provided a table of studies that disprove all alleged effects of the moon on human behavior and biology, despite the ongoing strong beliefs of many people to the contrary.  “If an individual expects certain behaviours to occur with the full moon,” they said, “then selective recall and/or selective perception will reinforce this view.”  Humans are strongly responsive, though, to the 24-hour day – as any jet-lagged businessman can attest.  How that evolved, they could only speculate.1.  Foster and Roenneberg, “Human Responses to the Geophysical Daily, Annual and Lunar Cycles,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 17, 9 September 2008, Pages R784-R794, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.07.003.2.  Wilcockson and Zhang, “Circatidal Clocks,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 17, 9 September 2008, Pages R753-R755, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.06.041.Human biology can be affected by the moon by intelligent design.  Didn’t Foster and Roenneberg realize that the Jews were commanded to the blow the ram’s horn each new moon?  Doesn’t the sight of a full moon generate design and purpose to sit by the lake on a date?  Isn’t the phenomenon of a lunar or solar eclipse a cause for intelligent humans to purposefully go outside and view the awesome sight?  Only when thinking of humans as biological robots can a scientist say there is no influence.  A mind with choice can do what genes alone cannot.    Human minds can also investigate nature and appreciate the design in creatures that exhibit optical perfection and accurate timekeeping.  One might notice that diatoms and worms are among the simplest of organisms (but see 10/01/2004), lacking the brain power to plan, design and execute the systems embedded within them.  It is sad that some observers believe in implausible miracles.  There are plausible miracles, you see.  One that is implausible is that optical perfection sprung into existence in a Cambrian explosion.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgLearners who are part of the Bokamoso Cross Mentorship Programme gathered at the Nelson Mandela Foundation to share stories of their personal growth in the past year. (Images: Shamin Chibba)More than 50 participants of the Bokamoso Cross Mentorship Programme gathered at the Nelson Mandela Foundation for the initiative’s final event of the year, held on Saturday, 28 November.The gathering of mostly Grade 11 learners was meant to give them an opportunity to talk about the lessons they had learnt through participating in the programme over the past year.The schoolchildren took part in 10 workshops centred on its five pillars, namely: leadership; history, culture and heritage; personal development and wellness; academic excellence; and social responsibility, said Bokamoso’s founder, Tebogo Moalusi. Bokamoso founder, Tebogo Moalusi, said he is getting learners to become selfless servants to people of South Africa. For Moalusi, the programme attempts to prepare the pupils for the world after school. “We’re sending these kids out [into] the world and we want them to have a base in terms of being able to dig deep and understand what leadership truly is about.”This was also the reason the event was held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “We all know Mandela was a great figure as a leader and one of the most important figures on giving back to society broadly. So we came here to give them a context and a narrative that will allow them to find something within them once everything becomes a little bit difficult going forward.”Brand South Africa gave Bokamoso its vote of confidence by donating R750 000 to the initiative over the next three years. Brand South Africa’s manager of civil society, Thoko Modise (left), hands over one of three cheques to Bokamoso. Brand South Africa is donating an accumulated R750 000 to the group over the next three years.LEARNERS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCESDineo, a learner from Johannesburg, said the visit to Constitution Hill, an event Bokamoso held earlier in the year, brought her closer to history. Learning about South Africa’s past touched her, she said. Fellow learner Cailtyn said the visit made her realise that we should not make the same mistakes twice.The highlight for Grade 11 learner Lebo was the time spent with the elderly. “We made them less grumpy,” she said.Others felt they had become empowered through Bokamoso and had grown emotionally. Bokamoso held its final event of the year at the Nelson Mandela Foundation so that learners could understand what leadership is all about. Moalusi co-founded Bokamoso in 2007 with four other members, all of whom felt tired about working in the corporate world without giving back to the community. “Corporate just swallows you up and you forget to play your part,” he said. “So [starting Bokamoso] was a yearning to be part of the solution.”Bokamoso’s track record was successful, said Moalusi. “We got great testimonies from learners who paid homage to the contribution Bokamoso had made. The first bunch of learners have gone through matric, they went to varsity and now they are getting their first jobs.”He hopes participants carry with them three important leadership traits after they leave Bokamoso: the will to serve, courage and passion. “If you’re not able to serve I don’t know how you would lead. A lot of people today are not courageous enough to make difficult decisions. You have to be brave enough to be unpopular but do things for the right reasons. And there is so much we can find that [is] negative and tell a difficult story, but passion and positivity is great fuel for leadership.” Watch Bokamoso’s 2014 finale videolast_img read more

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