RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDerry desperately needs funding for social housing – Cllr HassanNext articleTwo men on trial for racially aggravated murder of Malin Head labourer in Scotland News Highland Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A reward of up to £5,000 is being offered for information on an armed robbery at a post office in Co Derry earlier this year.Two armed robbers escaped with money from the Culmore Post Office earlier this summer.Two armed robbers entered the branch in the village of Culmore on 9 July, threatening the postmaster with a gun, before escaping with what is believed to have been a substantial amount of cash.The robbers then abandoned a stolen taxi vehicle and made their way across the border on foot to Muff in Co Donegal.Crimestoppers UK and the Post Office is offering the £5,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this crime. Reward for Culmore Post Office robbery earlier this year 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News Twitter Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook By News Highland – October 4, 2012 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Allardyce maintains he will embrace the changes to the backroom staff at the Boleyn Ground. “I am enthusiastic about that idea. We all agreed that whoever comes in has to be qualified and of the right type to supplement our already highly qualified backroom staff, in whom I have complete confidence,” he said. “The appointment is absolutely down to me and the challenge is to find the right person to help us score more goals next season, because that is what we need to do.” Allardyce continued: “Style of play is crucial, but it is also important that players realise their capabilities and play to them on a consistent basis. “What we are striving for is the players playing well, as they did in the final home game of the season against Tottenham – a club who had spent many more millions of pounds than us – but not for one game, but consistently. “We will all be striving hard to achieve that consistency when we resume training and if we can regularly find that standard, then I am sure the supporters will be as happy as I will. “Entertainment value, contrary to what some people say and think, is high on my list and always has been because this is an entertainment business. “It is also a results business, though, and we need to win matches. If we can win games the right way next season then that has to be our ultimate aim and number one priority, particularly at home.” Allardyce, who took West Ham up at the first time of asking via the Championship play-off final three seasons ago, is busy looking to bring in new recruits for the challenges ahead. He said: “I am not going to make any predictions at this early stage – certainly not before looking to see what everyone else does during the transfer window – but by the time we begin the new campaign we should have a clearer picture of how far we feel we can go. “We are all aiming for a top-10 finish.” While some Irons supporters remain sceptical Allardyce can implement the needed changes, the former Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle boss is in no doubt he can lead the club forward as they look towards taking up residency in the Olympic Stadium from 2016. “The past is the past, you can’t change anything – the crucial thing is to learn from it,” Allardyce said on the club’s official website, www.whufc.com. “I am happy and proud to continue for another season as West Ham manager. “I have had good, fruitful meetings with my employers and we are all in agreement that we want to move this great club forward in a united way. “To that end we – the board, the staff, the players – are unified in wanting to create an exciting team for next season, one that is going to be better than last season. “I sat down with the owners and Karren Brady to discuss many things and the outcome of that meeting is that we are all moving forward in a very positive manner. “Things have been resolved satisfactorily on both sides and we now look forward to a productive summer and hopefully a very successful season. “We want to try and achieve at least what we did in the first year back in the Barclays Premier League, which was a top-10 finish.” The Upton Park side announced on Tuesday Allardyce would remain as manager, but that he must accept a handful of “improvements”, including a commitment to a more positive style of play with an agreement to hire a new attacking coach. Chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan are aiming for “at least a top-10 finish” in 2014/15, having for long spells battled too close to the drop zone for comfort before eventually pulling clear to end up 13th on 40 points. Press Association West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has vowed to learn the lessons of last season and move the club forward.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 group stage came to a tense climax as the last 16 was finally confirmed.Group F was wide open going into the final day, with a single goal in both games able to have completely transformed the shape of the first knockout round.While there was joy for the likes of France, New Zealand, USA, Senegal and Saudi Arabia, it was a solemn goodbye for Honduras, Vietnam and Ecuador.Away from the field of play there were mixed emotions too, as victory for Honduras was enough to catapult Germany into the last 16.Saudi Arabia’s second-half equaliser, from Abdulelah Al-Amri gave the Saudi team with 15 minutes left for play but the United States could’nt find a late winner in a 1-1 drawHowever, this left Argentina heartbroken, seeing them exit at the first stage for the second time in succession.ResultsGroup E: New Zealand 0-2 France | Honduras 2-0 VietnamGroup F: USA 1-1 Saudi Arabia | Senegal 0-0 EcuadorJust like during the first FIFA World Cup™ held in this region, a stunning goal has left the question: Did he mean it? While it was Ronaldinho 15 years ago, this year it was Allan Saint-Maximin’s audacious effort from the left flank. Cross or shot? Speaking to FIFA.com, he is in no doubt. “As I dribbled, I could see the keeper was not on his line. I couldn’t see anyone to cross to, so I said to myself: ‘Let’s try!’ It went well,” he said with a smile.A heart-warming departureAs Vietnam heard the final whistle of their debut U-20 World Cup, they knew they had not got the fairy-tale win they craved to keep their hopes alive, but that mattered not to the throng of supporters in red filling the Jeonju World Cup Stadium with noise. The departing side were cheered like heroes as they did a lap of honour to end their journey at Korea Republic.A tense, tight finaleHaving seen an above average tournament for goals across the first eight days (at 2.75/match), last day nerves seemed to grip the octet of Group E and F.The scarcity of goals in Daejeon can be in part put down to some sublime showings by New Zealand’s Michael Woud and Paul Bernardoni of France. However, the tension in Group F – and some help from the video assistant referee – saw them register the lowest daily tally of any group so far, with two.The words:“We could have won and topped this group to face [one of the third placed teams], but this is what we’ve got. We’ll take it step by step. Our next game is against Mexico and we’re ready to play!”Mouhamed Mbaye, SenegalROUND of 16-fixturesTuesday 30 MayVenezuela-JapanKorea-PortugalWednesday 31 MayUruguay-Saudi ArabiaEngland-Costa RicaZambia-GermanyThursday 1 JuneMexico-SenegalFrance-ItalyUSA-New ZealandCaption..Abdulelah Alamri secured a spot in the round of 16 for Saudi Arabia after his equalising goal against the USA.
Source: Ghana FA Referee Hamid Sessay has been handed a four match ban in respect of the Ghana Premier League match between Great Olympics and WAFA in Accra.The GFA Referees Committee took this decision after receiving two complaints from Great Olympics on the performance of the Referee.The first complaint was on a penalty claim after Gladson Awako “was heavily brought down” on 62 minute inside the penalty box.The second complaint relates to a foul on the same player in the 70th minute which Olympics again felt they deserved a penalty.After a critical review, the Committee found that the referee was correct not to give a penalty in the complaint on the 62nd-minute because the incident happened outside the box and there was no contact between the defender and the attacking player.However, it was found out that the second incident merited a penalty because the defender brought down the Olympics forward in the penalty box in the full view of the referee. The referee, therefore, made a clear and obvious error in ignoring it.The committee also found that Referee Hamid Sessay was generally not at his best for that particular game.It was therefore recommend that a four-match ban be placed on referee Sessay for the clear and obvious error. The length of the ban takes into account the fact that this is the first infraction on his part this season.
There are nearly 7 billion people on the planet earth and only 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL. What are the chances that two quarterbacks from tiny WPIAL AA schools would lead their teams on Oct. 3, 2010? Impossible, but it happened. Former Seton-La Salle star Bruce “The Polish Cannon” Gradkowski is the QB for the Oakland Raiders and former Steel Valley Ironmen Charlie Batch is the starting QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers.But it would be a mistake to overlook what the Ironmen and Rebels can do in the rushing department—especially with running backs like Steel Valley’s Delrece Williams and Seton-La Salle’s Kevin Hart. Williams is one of the WPIAL’s leading rushers with more than 1,000 yards and Hart is the scoring leader with 15 touchdowns.“We knew this was going to be a tough game,” said assistant coach Bill Stull, former Seton-La Salle and Pitt star. “Steel Valley always has great players. Charlie Batch, Luke Getsy and I played at Pitt with a good one in Tyrone Ezell.”The Seton-La Salle student section, wearing khaki shorts, white dress shirts and a tie cheered as loudly as the Steel Valley students, many dressed in superhero Ironman costumes.Steel Valley jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter after 225-pound fullback James Caldwell caught a 26-yard pass and powered his way into the end zone. David O’Brien threw a perfect strike to Mike DelSardo for an 18-yard touchdown and evened the score at 7-7. Caldwell scored with less than a minute before halftime to extend the lead to 13-7.Then, the wheels fell off Steel Valley’s wagon.The presence of the Rebels’ offensive linemen—Ben Skiff, J. J. Beggan, Will French and Jay Moog—is an unwelcome sight for most defensive players. Seton-La Salle, riding a five-game winning streak, came into the game with a blue collar attitude and wanted to show that they also have a blue chip quality quarterback in David O‘Brien.O’Brien, who finished the day 12-of-20 for 168 yards and two scores, delivered another knockout punch. Hart scored a 2-yard, game winning touchdown with 4:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. Known for his strong arm, O’Brien’s best weapons Friday night were his brain and quick feet. He committed few mental mistakes and made smart decision after smart decision when his pocket collapsed around him, often scrambling instead of forcing the ball into coverage.Human-highlight-reel running back Williams rushed for 143 yards to place himself as the WPIAL’s third-leading rusher, but the Rebels kept him out of the end zone.“Pitt recruit and Woodland Hills running back Lafayette Pitts should be playing here,” said coach Timbers. “Delrece Williams and Lafayette played in the same midget league backfield at Steel Valley. With Delrece, Pitts and Caldwell all on the same team would be perhaps the greatest backfield ever.”Many of the Steel Valley Ironmen players look like they were carved from stone, but defeating Seton-La Salle is never set in stone. The Seton-La Salle express continued its march through the 2010 season Friday, as the Rebels defeated Steel Valley (3-2) 20-13, to improve to a perfect 5-0 on the year. The Rebels used 13 unanswered points to turn back the upset-minded Ironmen at Munhall’s William V. Campbell Field. Both Steel Valley and Seton-La Salle generate a lot of attention because they have produced quarterback after quarterback with gaudy career passing statistics. BRUISING RUNNER—James Caldwell, Steel Valley’s 225-pound bruising fullback, scored both touchdowns for the Ironmen in their loss to Seton-La Salle. (Photo by William McBride)
The Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey team continues to stock pile players for the upcoming B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season as the school inked forward Kyle Golz (Surrey, B.C.) to a commitment letter for the 2012-13 campaign. Golz joins the Saints from the Pacific International Junior Hockey League’s Grandview Steelers, where he finished the 2011/12 season as the team’s top goal scorer.”Kyle brings experience and character to our line-up,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “He has a good shot, good size, and he’s played at a high level. I expect him to adjust quickly to the college game and take advantage of the opportunity to play a significant role for us in his first BCIHL season.”Golz scored 17 goals and totalled 28 points on the season despite missing 12 games to injury, and added 94 penalty minutes.In two-plus PIJHL seasons split between the Steelers and Aldergrove Kodiaks, Golz scored 32 goals and picked up 21 assists in 66 games. The 6-foot-2 centre has also spent time in the WHL and BCHL, having split the 2008/09 season between the Prince Albert Raiders and the Quesnel Millionaires. “I’m looking forward to joining the Saints and becoming a part of a growing hockey program,” says Golz, who describes himself as a skilled, strong skating power forward.”I’m excited because it looks like were going to have a solid team and I know a number of the guys who have been recruited for this season. I’d like to step in, be a top player and help the team win its first BCIHL championship.” Golz is the seventh forward and ninth player overall to commit to the Saints for the 2012/13 season. He joins fellow forwards Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL), defenceman Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL) and goaltender Stephen Wolff (Oceanside, VIJHL).
You’ve heard of the Big Bang, and the Cambrian Explosion. Now, to get the solar system started, astronomers have added a Little Bang to move things along in the naturalistic path from nothing to everything. Science Daily, Space.com and PhysOrg all reprinted a press release from the Carnegie Institution claiming that a nearby supernova led to our solar system. Alan Boss thinks he’s gotten the devil out of the details. A nearby supernova, you see, was needed in the model for two reasons: to get our sun’s birth cloud to gravitationally collapse, and to seed it with isotopes like iron-60, whose short-lived daughter radionuclides are found in some meteorites. These two requirements did not work well together. “Until this study,” Boss explained, “scientists have not been able to work out a self-consistent scenario, where collapse is triggered at the same time that newly created isotopes from the supernova are injected into the collapsing cloud.” By fine-tuning the explosion in his computer model, Alan Boss and team found a way to keep the right ingredients together. Students of solar system cosmogony may not have realized that the supernova-shock model was so plagued with difficulties. A 10-year-old conundrum regarding the need to heat by compression at the same time the cloud cools by radiation “has left serious doubts in the community about whether a supernova shock started these events over four billion years ago or not,” one astronomer commented. But now, Boss has hope again. “This is the first time a detailed model for a supernova triggering the formation of our solar system has been shown to work,” he admitted. “We started with a Little Bang 9 billion years after the Big Bang.”Well, that just makes our planet even more privileged than ever to have had such a fine-tuned explosion nearby to gently deliver our baby sun. Better not expect this to have happened so delicately around other stars. Alan Boss, you may recall, rocked the astronomical community a few years ago by proposing his heretical disk-instability model for the origin of planets, as opposed to the conventional slow gravitational accretion model, which was struggling with the problem of planetary migration (see 03/21/2006). Why this evolutionary fascination with explosions? It’s all they have, folks. In the absence of a designing intelligence, they have to look at what remains: chaos, chance and violence. From bangs and booms and flotsam and jetsam the most graceful and elegant examples of design known to man just magically “emerge” by chance. And they call creationists stupid-stitious. At least creationists have more fun. They are in church praising God, the supreme Architect of our fine-tuned universe, using their whole being – body, mind and emotions – in joyful celebrations with highly-skilled musicians employing finely-crafted instruments, singing out with all their might the glories of One who knows how to employ controlled energy toward purposeful ends:O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,Thy power throughout the Universe displayed.Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:How great Thou art! How great Thou art!Meanwhile, in dreary laboratories, morose naturalists, their minds lost in imaginary worlds, trying in vain to get their brains to emerge from a series of explosions, drone on:Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old,Sometimes I’d like to quit,Nothin’ ever seems to fit;Bangin’ around,Nothing to do but frown;Reinin’ in my models always gets me down.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
24 June 2014Johannesburg, the economic heart of South Africa, has been named as the host of the next wildlife conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or Cites.The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) will take place from 24 September to 5 October 2016.Cites secretary-general John E Scanlon said South Africa was a highly appropriate location for the CoP because of the frontline wildlife challenges the country faced.Inspiration and history“Africa is home to a vast array of Cites-listed species and South Africa is globally recognised for the Big Five,” he explained. “Holding the CoP in such surroundings should inspire all delegates. Cites parties and observers look forward to meeting in South Africa in 2016 for the world wildlife conference.”He also noted that South Africa was one of the first countries to join Cites after it came into effect in 1975 and since then the country had been active in the work needed.Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya have all hosted the conference previously.Cites is a global treaty between 181 member states. Its mandate is to ensure that trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten the species’ survival.Cites regulates international trade in over 35 000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment, according to the organisation. “The Cites permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable,” it says.Poaching on the riseThere has been an increase in elephant and rhino poaching, which are killed or maimed for their tusks and horns in South Africa. According to government figures, 393 rhinos were killed by poachers between January and April this year, an increase of 18% over the same period a year previously.Glad to have youEnvironmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said: “We look forward to welcoming Cites parties and observers to our beautiful country.” She encouraged delegates to experience and embrace the country’s biodiversity, culture, and historic heritage.Molewa also urged delegates to use the opportunity to engage in robust discussions and come up with resolutions that will take forward the work already under way regarding the trade in flora and fauna.SAinfo reporter
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces At the recent Mobile World Congress 2010, Dutch app store analytics firm Distimo presented their findings on the six largest mobile application stores in existence today: the iTunes App Store, BlackBerry App World, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. In their presentation, they analyzed everything including store size, store growth, the most popular applications and where you can find the best deal. They recently shared some of the highlights from that presentation by way of a slideshow embedded on their blog. For mobile industry insiders, some of the findings won’t be all that shocking, just common knowledge paired with statistics. However, there were a few surprises that caught us off guard, maybe they will you too. Distimo collects public application data from app stores and also offers developers an analytics tool which is used to monitor their apps and those belonging to their competitors. After examining and analyzing the data, the company releases market reports detailing their findings. Free Vs. Paid AppsOne of their most recent reports looked at which application stores have the highest percentage of free apps. Not surprisingly, the Android Market was the winner here. In an interview with Venture Beat, Distimo co-founder and CEO Vincent Hoogsteder said this was due to multiple factors: the nature of the open-source operating system from Google attracts the sort of developers that enjoy giving away their works and the open nature of the application- approval process (that is, no review board middleman exists between app creation and public release) makes it easier for casual developers to launch. Also, anecdotal evidence points to developers’ dissatisfaction with Google Checkout – paid Android apps are required to implement this payment method for purchase, a much slower process than Apple’s 1-click buying process. The different ratios of free apps versus paid was one of the findings presented during MWC 2010. In the chart below, you can see the varying percentages by store. (Note that Distimo’s findings were focused on the U.S. market only). Android has the most free applications (57% free) and Nokia has the most paid (85% paid). The next closest store to Android in terms of free is Palm, followed by Apple, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and finally Nokia. sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Games, Games, GamesAlso discussed were the popularity of applications by category. On Apple’s store, games and entertainment were the most popular categories (58% and 18%, respectively). Somewhat more surprising was the popularity of games on Blackberry, the platform often used more by enterprise and SMBs than by consumers. Here, games were also in the lead with 29% popularity to only 18% for utilities. One would have thought that would be the other way around – that corporate users would be more likely download apps that helped them work, not play. Apparently, that’s not the case.For more details on this presentation, you can view the entire slideshow on Slideshare or contact the company itself for a more in-depth marketing report. Update: Microsoft got in touch to let us know that there are now “over 1245” Windows Mobile apps available in their Marketplace. The number had increased since Distimo released their report. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Another interesting finding had to do with the prices for the paid applications. Apple, Android and Palm were all in the same range when it came to the average price for paid apps ($3.27 to $3.62). However, RIM and Microsoft were more than twice as high ($8.26 and $6.99, respectively). This didn’t necessarily have to do with the different types of applications available in each store – sometimes, the exact same app was just priced higher on other platforms. For example, Tetris was $4.99 on Apple and $6.99 on Windows. IM+ was $4.99 on Apple and $29.99 on Blackberry. Store Size and Growth: Look Out for Android! Android is now the second-largest application store, reports Distimo, with 19, 297 apps. It’s still a far cry from Apple’s 150,998 apps, though. And other competitors are farther still. Ovi, we were surprised to discover, is the third largest with 6,118 apps available while Blackberry has a respectable 4,756. Palm has only 1,492 and Windows has 693. Apple is also the fastest growing store with a shocking 13,865 new applications added per month. Android’s growth is picking up too – they now have 3,005 new apps per month (15%). Relative to the number of apps housed, Android is actually the fastest growing store. Tags:#Features#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Ahmedabad, Mar 31 (PTI) The state government has failed develop the proposed dinosaur park at the worlds largest dinosaur egg hatchery site in Gujarat, 33 years after the fossils were discovered, a CAG report said.This was despite investment of Rs 8.58 crore by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TGCL), said report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, tabled in the Assembly today.Geological Survey of India found the 6.5 crore-years-old fossils site at Raiyoli village in Kheda district in 1981-82.Around 100 eggs of dinosaurs, bones and other fossilised remains were found during the excavation. It is known to be the largest egg hatchery site in the world with home to seven species of dinosaurs.The state government had asked the forest and environment department and TGCL to preserve the site and develop Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil Park for tourism. But 33 years later, little had been done either to preserve the rich fossils or develop it as a tourism attraction, CAG noted.”Fossils at the site may provide vital information to scientists… (they) need to be excavated scientifically and studied….However, there was no research on fossils. Further, some samples were sent to Jaipur laboratory for analysis but report was not available on record (till June 2014),” it said.”Eggs hatcheries site remains unfenced. The Forest and Environment Department was not having inventory for various fossils lying at the site and no photo documentation of fossils was prepared since the discovery,” the report said.No guidelines were framed for protection of fossils, and no steps were taken to have it declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which would have given a boost to tourism and the local economy, CAG said.advertisementWith no development and preservation, only 2,284 people visited the site between 2009-14, it noted. PTI KA PD KRK PVI BAS