England retain Men’s Senior Home Internationals

first_img29 Sep 2013 England retain Men’s Senior Home Internationals England retained the Men’s Senior Home Internationals at Royal County Down with a powerful final day performance against European champions Ireland, consigning Scotland to second place and the Irish to third. Despite heavy rain on the final day, the bedrock for the English success was laid in their foursomes performance, in which they produced a clean sweep to take a 3-0 lead into the singles. Then, despite a comeback win on the 18th for Maurice Kelly over English seniors champion Richard Latham, and victories for Garth McGimpsey over Richard Partridge and Michael Quirke against Tyrone Carter, England secured the necessary points to finish the job 6-3. The most crucial of these came from John Ambridge, who gained a one-hole victory over Arthur Pierse in a match that was all square playing the par five18th. But the Irishman took bogey after bunkering his drive and a solid par saw Ambridge home. Andrew Stracey’s 4&3 victory over Adrian Morrow and Chris Reynolds’ win in the final game against John Mitchell by 4&2 sealed the triumph. “It was a very rewarding result after a hard week and in some appalling weather,” said England manager Richard Palmer. “The win over Ireland on their home ground was special particularly as only one of my team had seen Royal County Down previously.” Fog on the opening day meant both sets of foursomes were cancelled so halves were agreed in each game. Just the singles were played and England began their defence of the title with a 4½– 4½draw with Scotland while Ireland beat Wales 7½– 1½. On the second day, England beat Wales 6½– 2½and Scotland overcame Ireland 5½– 3½which meant the title was a straight contest between England and the Scots. Scotland gave themselves every chance by winning two and halving one of the morning foursomes, but Wales produced their strongest performance of the week in the singles to deny them the Past President’s Trophy. Victories for Jeff Thomas, Nigel Evans and Basil Griffiths gave them the better share of the points in the afternoon’s matches, leaving the winning scoreline of 5-4 insufficient for Scotland to deny England their victory, thanks to a superior points difference. Image copyright Cashman Photography.last_img read more

Man City set to top Man U

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Louis van Gaal was careful to downplay talk of a permanent power shift in Manchester after United’s 4-2 victory over City in the most recent derby game.Old Trafford was rocking that evening in April. After four straight losses to their neighbours, United finally owned local bragging rights. City were on a downward spiral – behind their neighbours in the standings, their title defence in tatters and with manager Manuel Pellegrini’s job under serious pressure.But Van Gaal wasn’t getting carried away, and he was right.Since that painful loss six months ago, the blue half of Manchester has recovered to remain the dominant force in the city – as they have been since the end of Alex Ferguson’s 26-year tenure at United in 2013.City won six straight games after that derby, to finish the Premier League nine points above United and in second place.After two months of this season, City are in first place, the top scorers in the division and the favourites to capture the title for the third time in five years.The derby mauling in April seems a distant memory now as City head back to Old Trafford on Sunday for the 161st Manchester derby, the headline game in the 10th round of Premier League fixtures.The momentum seems to be with Pellegrini’s men, who have won their last two league games 6-1 and 5-1. City also had the advantage of playing at home in the Champions League on Wednesday – beating Sevilla 2-1 – while United had to travel back from a game in Moscow on the same night.However, United are at home – where they are unbeaten this season and have won seven of eight games – and has the incentive of potentially going top of the league with a win. United are third, tied for points with second-place Arsenal, but behind on goal difference.Arsenal are at home to Everton on Saturday.’PERFECT’ DE BRUYNEThe absence of striker Sergio Ag¸ero and playmaker David Silva, who were injured during the recent international break, has robbed City of their two most influential attacking players for the derby. But in Kevin De Bruyne, City has one of the most in-form players in the league, proving so far that he’s worth the US$85 million the club spent to make him their record signing.Pellegrini even called him the “perfect” signing after De Bruyne scored an injury-time winner against Sevilla on Wednesday.De Bruyne has been rotating, with great effect, with Raheem Sterling for central or left-wing roles in City’s attack in recent games. He is hard to pick up and his eye for a pass is arguably as good as Silva’s.Pellegrini’s biggest call this weekend is whether to recall captain Vincent Kompany, or retain the centre-back partnership of Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala.TRAVEL TIMEUnited must make a 1,600-mile journey back from Moscow on Thursday after the 1-1 draw with CSKA in the Champions League, putting the team at a disadvantage ahead of the derby, according to van Gaal.”Manchester City don’t have the travel. We have, so they have more rest,” Van Gaal said. “There is nothing you can do. They have the benefit.”United are in mixed form heading into the weekend, having lost 3-0 to Arsenal and won 3-0 at Everton in their last two Premier League games.last_img read more

VP Boakai Visits Barkedu in Lofa, Ebola Hot Spot

first_imgThe Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, visited Barkedu Town in the Quardu Gboni district in Lofa county on Monday, September 1.Barkedu Town, from all indications, is the hardest affected community in the entire country, with 172 Ebola deaths since the outbreak in May 2014.Rep. Mariamu B. Fofana, who represents the district, told the Vice President that the 172 deaths were all citizens of Barkedu Town, and there had been only 20 survivors of the virus. She appealed to the VP for more assistance to her people.VP Boakai, in response, said that the President of Liberia was concerned about the people of Lofa County and extended her condolences to the people of Lofa for the suffering they were going through.He said that all is not yet lost as there was still hope for a better life after the Ebola virus which, he pledged, will be defeated very soon.He then donated the amount of LD$30,000 (thirty thousand Liberian dollars) to the burial team in Barkedu town.Meanwhile, members of the Barkedu Development Association (BDA), based in the United States of America, are calling on the Government of Liberia to quarantine Barkedu Town.The BDA president, Abdullah S. Sheriff, said in a statement that government’s failure to quarantine the Town after the outbreak of the Ebola virus has exacerbated the situation in the area, something he described as very outrageous and disappointing, especially being the town that has so far recorded the largest number of casualties as a result of the Ebola virus.Meanwhile, Mr. Sheriff has described the State of Emergency declared by President Sirleaf early last month to contain the spread of the virus, as a good move, but added that it would not have taken place if government had been very proactive from the onset of the fight against the virus.VP Boakai also visited the Telewoyan Hospital in Voinjama, the only referral Hospital in the County, where Doctor Musa Ziannah explained some of the challenges facing the health workers at the hospital. He also spoke of the lack of sufficient health workers and equipment and called on Government for more support.Dr. Ziannah also disclosed the establishment, in the near future, of a treatment center in Voinjama MSF, which will make it easier to treat patients in Voinjama rather than taking them Foya which is about an hour and thirty minutes’ drive. He is presently in Foya, his home town, where he spent the night to see things for himself.Lofa County remains calm and hopeful, with reports of an 85% drop in new cases and deaths, according to the county health team.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SWEDE DREAMS AS EUROVISION SINGER’S BROTHER SCOOPS €88,000 IN UK LOTTO WIN

first_imgRyan Dolan (left), brother Sacha (right) and his wife Donna with UK Lotto cheque for €88,000IRELAND’S Eurovision contestant Ryan Dolan didn’t get the voting numbers to bring the title back home.But brother Sacha was singing all the way to the bank when he discovered his numbers came up in the Lotto draw.It was disappointment for Strabane singer Ryan Dolan when Ireland came last in the Eurovision Song Contest. However, it was a trip to Sweden that brother Sacha will never forget for a much happier reason – as he discovered he had won on the UK Lotto!Sacha was in Sweden with other members of the Dolan family to cheer on Ryan, who was representing Ireland in the global song contest, when the winning numbers 4, 5, 6, 20, 30, 35 and the bonus 34 were drawn on Wednesday 15 May 2013.Sacha soon discovered he had matched five numbers and the bonus ball to scoop a cool €88,804 and a further £10 when he matched three numbers with an additional ticket.Ryan Dolan (right), brother Sacha (left) at the shop where Scaha bought his winning ticket The winning tickets were actually purchased when Sacha, aged 40, was testing out a new cash payback system that he had just installed in the Costcutter store that he owns in Strabane, County Tyrone.To check that his new card payment system worked, Sacha bought £10 of Lucky Dips for the Wednesday night draw.The following morning, Sacha gave the tickets to his wife Donna before heading off to Eurovision in Sweden and the rest, as Sacha explains, is history.“I thought nothing of it as I gave Donna my tickets and asked her to check them when she got a chance,” said Sacha.“We were too excited about Ryan performing in Eurovision to even think twice about the possibility of winning. “We were enjoying a family meal at an Italian restaurant in Malmo on the Friday evening when Donna called me and told me that we’d won.“I didn’t believe it and asked her to take a photo of the ticket and send it to me. I checked the photo against the Lotto numbers online, then checked it again and again and again.“When it finally sunk in that I really had won, well then we ordered up some champagne and had a bit of a party.“At a tenner for a vodka and coke, and £100 for a bottle of champagne, it’s just as well that I won the lottery,” he joked. Donna, Sacha, and Ryan with the UK Lotto cheque for €88,000 in the shop where he bought the winning ticketSacha claims that the only thing he’s ever won in his life to date was a bottle of wine that he was ‘too young to drink’ and has promised ‘not to go mad’ with his winnings.“I’ll maybe take a couple of holidays but I won’t be going too mad,” he said. “I think I’ll be fairly sensible with the money.”Brother Ryan Dolan, who despite the disappointment of Eurovision has enjoyed a lot of success around Europe with his single ‘Only Love Survives’, was definitely cheered up by Sacha’s good news.“We’re all delighted for Sacha and Donna and it was definitely a nice consolation prize,” said Ryan.“Things have turned out so well, there’s no reason to get down. Performing in Eurovision was all about getting my name out there and it’s done the trick,” he said.SWEDE DREAMS AS EUROVISION SINGER’S BROTHER SCOOPS €88,000 IN UK LOTTO WIN was last modified: June 4th, 2013 by gregShare 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:000 IN UK LOTTO WINCAMELOTDONNA DOLANDUFFY RAFFERTY COMMUNICATIONSEurovision Song ContestRyan DolanSACHA DOLANSWEDE DREAMS AS EUROVISION SINGER’S BROTHER SCOOPS €88UK LOTTOlast_img read more

Kernans lead the way in aid of Relay for Life!

first_imgStaff members and customers from Kernans sites across Donegal have been busy collecting unwanted Clothing, Shoes, Sheets & Handbags In Aid Of Relay For Life, all this month. The first collection took place yesterday at their sites in Newtown, Tullygay Newmills, Lower Main Street Letterkenny and Drumkeen with a collection scheduled for their stores in Ramelton & Ballyshannon early next week.The early signs are good as over 100 bags have been donated with the first collection and many more are yet to come in. The Kernan Group Managing Director & Proprietor Anthony Kernan commended the efforts of his employees and thanked everyone who has donated to this great cause so far. “The response so far has been fantastic, our entire team across Donegal have got behind this and its amazing to see what a combined effort can achieve,” said Anthony.“I would like to appeal to all our customers to fill one bag of unwanted clothing and donate it to their local Kernans store where it will be weighted and turned into cash for Relay For Life Donegal”.The Kernans Community Recycling Initiative will run until the 2nd/3rd of June with a donation point on site during the Relay For Life Event.Staff at Kernans in Tullygay fill their bags!Other Events Team Kernans are Hosting This Month in aid Of RelayFor Life This Friday the 25th of May Kernans will Donate €1 from every hot beverage sold to Relay For Life Donegal between 10am-12pm. So call in for the best coffee on the road and help team Kernans support this great cause.Monday the 28th of May Kernans are Holding a Fun Run/ Walk in Aid of Relay For Life Donegal. This event starts at 7:30pm sharp at Rathmullan Beach Car Park with registration from 6:30pm. Chip Timing included. €8 for adults and €5 for kids under 18. Prizes for first man first woman and junior boy and girl. Spot prizes and Refreshments at the finish line.A Fundraiser Coffee Morning will take place in Kernans Diner Newtowncunningham on Wednesday the 30th of May from 10am-12pm with all proceeds going to Relay For Life 2018. There will be biscuits, cake, sandwiches and plenty of craic on the day so keep this date free on your calendar for a great causeKernans lead the way in aid of Relay for Life! was last modified: May 23rd, 2018 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:donegalKERNANSRelay for Lifelast_img read more

NHL Awards: Thornton, Burns finish behind deserving winners

first_imgJoe Thornton and Brent Burns didn’t come away with individual NHL awards on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. But both Sharks players can say the honors went to deserving winners.Thornton was a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which was won by New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner. Burns was a finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, which was won by Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames in overwhelming fashion.The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies …last_img

Eleven airlines take out the seven-star double

first_imgPassengers love the Emirates’ A380 bar According to AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, the airlines that have achieved the double seven-star for safety and product in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air from Taiwan, Korean Air, Qantas Airways, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.“These are airlines that are clearly standouts in the world of aviation and have dedicated years of effort to achieve these high standards,” said Mr Thomas. “They are at the forefront of innovation and operational excellence and are always on the winner’s podium collecting awards for their efforts.”Mr Thomas noted however that there were a number of airlines, such as Virgin Australia that were ‘knocking on the door’ of achieving the double. “Once it has completed its extensive makeover, Virgin Australia will be a seven-star airline. It’s only product inconsistency on a few routes that keeps it out of the seven-star category,” said Mr Thomas.Best of the low cost airlines were New York-based JetBlue Airways, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, German-based TUIfly and Denver-based Frontier which achieved a seven-star safety rating and the maximum – for a budget airline – five-star product rating.“In the case of JetBlue, Alaska Airlines and Frontier they often offer a better product than many so-called full service airlines in the US,” said Mr Thomas.last_img read more

RFS waivers drawing ire of ag

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to a recent Reuters report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved 31 of its 38 pending small refinery exemptions (SREs) for 2018. Recipients of the exemptions are not required to comply with renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).The RFS exists to drive investment in American-grown biofuels. EPA, though, allows waivers exempting small refineries from the RFS and cuts demand for biofuels.“After more than a year of constant trade escalation, President Trump seems determined to destroy the United States’ reputation as a reliable supplier of quality agricultural products. At the same time, his EPA seems bent on destroying our domestic market for renewable fuels. Together, these actions are crippling our markets, creating enormous stress in the countryside, and forcing more and more farmers into bankruptcy,” said Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. “Our farmers are growing weary of the news from this White House. They’re tired of the empty promises, they’re tired of the excuses, and they’re tired of their needs being put last.”The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) also condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s exemptions.“Less than two months after vowing to always protect and defend American farmers, President Trump is bowing to oil industry pressure and allowing his EPA to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard program, force U.S. biodiesel producers out of business, and undermine the farm economy,” said Kurt Kovarik, NBB’s Vice President of Federal Affairs. “EPA and administration personnel are well aware that the ongoing spree of big oil exemptions destroy demand for biodiesel and render the RFS program meaningless.”According to University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin, virtually all of the demand destruction from small refinery waivers is falling on the biodiesel industry. As EPA continues to hand them out to every refiner that asks, the damage to the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry could reach $7.7 billion or 2.54 billion gallons, according to Irwin.A small refinery processing 75,000 barrels of oil per day can produce nearly 1 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel per year. The refinery’s annual RFS obligation would create demand for nearly 20 million gallons of biodiesel or renewable diesel, which are the most widely available advanced biofuels. Dozens of biodiesel producers across the United States produce less than 20 million gallons each year.“Biodiesel producers are already shutting down facilities and laying off workers, due to loss of demand. The ongoing demand destruction will undercut the industry’s investments and choke off markets for surplus agricultural oils, adding to the economic hardship that farmers are facing,” Kovarik said. “The Trump administration’s action represents a fundamental betrayal of previous promises to farmers and the agricultural economy.”last_img read more

Smoke ConnectFX Nodes: Edge Detect, Filter, Flip, and Field Merge

first_imgThe Edge Matte node can also be found in the Modular Keyer. It’s here where pulling edge mattes can aid in creating Light Wrap effects with your keys…or aid in making cleaner composites.[Click for larger image]Blurring your image a bit can also effect the edge detection as more blur will create fewer edges created. This will allow you to focus on the main edges in an image and not all of the details in the image that can get in the way of creating the edge you want.Smoke’s Field MergeThe Field Merge Node is very simple. When dealing with interlaced clips, you can blend the fields together, essentially creating a progressive clip. This differs from the Deinterlace Node in that it doesn’t split the fields or lengthen the clip. It can also reduce field flicker in an interlaced clip. You can set the value at 100% for complete blending or less if needed.Field merge will soften the image, as you are blending moving fields, so the adjustment will help give you the best result. I often use field blending to create a “film-look” effect as it helps to lessen the “video” look of an image.[Click for larger image]Smoke’s Flip NodeThe Flip Node performs a very simple Flip of your image along the Vertical or Horizontal, or Both Axis. When you flip a clip vertically, you may need to reverse the fields so that the clip plays back in the proper field order.There are many other ways to flip a clip in X or Y, so why would you use this node over 2D Transform or through Action? On my MacbookPro setup, I found no difference in rendering speed between the Flip Node, 2D Transform, Action, or Axis on the timeline. This is an older node, which is why it still exists in the bin. It is fast. When you just need to flip a shot that might be in the middle of a large CFX node schematic you can just pop the node into the flow.[Click for larger image]Smoke’s Filter NodeThe Filter Node uses old school mathematical matrices on a per pixel bases to perform image processing like Blurs, Edge Detection, and Emboss to a clip. Most of the effects that you can do with the Filter Node can be done better and with more flexibility in other nodes. There are many presets you load to see how the effects are applied. The basic understanding of how a Matrix operation works is that a grid is placed around each and every pixel. The grid can be as small as 3×3 or as large as 11×11. The operation replaces each pixel with the weighted average of the pixels around it, where the weights are given by the matrix.A Matrix that looks likes this produces no change in the image.To be honest, this type of image processing was great in the 1990’s, but it has long since been practical. Smoke’s other nodes like Blur, Glow, & Bump Displace are tools built in the modern era. I am sure some old school users relied heavily on this node in the past, but not anymore. It’s my guess that this is a node you won’t ever use. If you are mathematically inclined, you may find more creative uses as you can define your own pixel comparison matrices. If you look through the presets you can find a few of the settings that still produce a unique look. Check them out and see if you can find some use for them. When dealing with softer video shot with DSLR and compressed to H.264, I do find the Sharpen Filter does do a nice job of making the edges crisper.[Click for larger image] In this post we explore more nodes inside Autodesk Smoke ConnectFX. In this Smoke tutorial we’ll show you how to use Edge Detect, Filter, Flip, and Field Merge nodes in your editing projects.This week we blitz through some simple nodes inside Smoke’s node-based compositing environment – ConnectFX. Edge Detect and Filter are the more creative tools, whereas Flip and Field Merge are more utility operations. Some nodes you may only use once year. Other nodes you use every day. In our series on Smoke ConnectFX nodes we’re breaking down how each node works and what you can do with it. So, when you need to do that ‘one thing’ you’ll know what node to use!Smoke’s Edge DetectThe Edge Detect Node will define an edge and output a matte for that edge for use further down your ConnectFX schematic. The edges are based on colors and luminance between pixels. You can choose to define edges based on RGB, HLS, Chroma, or Mono.[Click for larger image]You can set the Result output as the composite of the input image with the matte generated by the edge detection. Or, select Edge Only to output only the result of the matte generated by the edge detection. You can also choose what to output from the nodes matte output. You can choose to simply pass the original input matte through or output the created Edge Matte effect. The Edge Detection settings area is where you define the edge based on the input image. You can adjust the weight of the individual Red, Green, Blue channels. Changing these values form 100% will increase or decrease how much of that channel is being used to define the edge. In RGB, HLS, and Chroma settings, it will adjust the color of the edges created. The Threshold setting can be set for the minimum and maximum values. Think of it like the min/max settings of the 2D Histogram. The Softness setting in this area is adjusting the width of the softness between edges in your image and the gain of that softness. It will blur the edge matte and increase the luminance of it.In the Edge Effects area you can create a Double Edge which will perform a second pass of the edge detection. There are more min/max settings and Softness settings affecting the Double Edge. You can skew the softness in a direction by activating the direction button and setting the angle. This can act like a change in lighting on the generated edge matte.You have Color controls inside this node. These controls color the edge matte even further, increasing or decreasing colors.With the Use Matte button enabled, you can choose common blend modes with transparancy, used with the color correct controls to create edge effects in your image.center_img Follow all of our coverage of the new Autodesk Smoke. Please let me know your Smoke questions/thoughts/experiences in the comments!last_img read more

Milk scheme a ‘new burden’

first_imgThe Rajasthan government’s new flagship Annapurna Milk Scheme for supplying milk thrice in a week to about 62 lakh children studying in the State-run schools is set to increase the burden on teachers, who are already performing a number of tasks in addition to their main work of imparting education.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched the scheme at the Government Model Senior Secondary School at Dahmi Kalan, near here, on Monday, barely five months before the Assembly elections due later this year. The scheme is considered one of the biggest ones initiated by the BJP government. Ms. Raje affirmed at the launch ceremony that the Annapura Scheme would lay the foundation for the State’s happy and healthy future. “Every child in the government schools will get fresh, pure and nutritious warm milk three days a week. This will improve nutritional levels among children and help increase enrolments,” she said.Women’s cooperativesThe Chief Minister said the women’s milk producers’ cooperative societies would be entrusted with the task of supplying milk to schools. “This will ensure good quality of milk, as mothers do not compromise on the quality of their children’s milk,” Ms. Raje remarked.62 lakh studentsUnder the scheme to be implemented with a budget allocation of ₹218 crore, about 62 lakh students in 66,506 government schools will be provided warm milk as part of the mid-day meals. Students till Class V will get 150 ml of warm milk thrice a week, while those studying in Classes VI to VIII will get 200 ml.Teachers of government schools will be involved in the purchase of milk from the milk cooperative societies and distribution to the students. With crucial questions on the flagship scheme’s proper implementation coming up, the Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh (Shekhawat) said while the schools were understaffed, the teachers would be “overburdened” with new responsibilities.“The milk will be served without sugar because no extra budget has been allotted for it. The teachers will be burdened with the additional work of storing and boiling the milk. It will affect the standard of education and may lead to dropout of students,” Shikshak Sangh spokesperson Prakash Mishra said.Perishable itemSince milk is a perishable item and there is an inadequate infrastructure in the schools, the teachers will be unwilling to take on the extra responsibility. Mr. Mishra said the scheme would in fact encourage privatisation of education, as the Right to Education Act was being violated “with impunity” in the State.last_img read more