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FSJ Soccer Club outdoor season registration opens on new website

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Soccer Club and Northern Strikers have announced that registration is now open for the upcoming 2017 outdoor soccer season.The club announced the start of registration today, which can be done on the club’s new website: www.fsjsoccer.com. FSJSC Media Director Amy Titley says that there are several differences this year, apart from the new website. In a release, Titley says that this year, more all-girls teams have been added. The club also needs coaches needed for the U8 development boys and girls teams. For players and coaches of the Northern Strikers, coaching applications need to be submitted to the club by March 22nd. Northern Strikers Development and Competitive tryout times will be posted on the website on Friday, March 3rd.For more info, visit www.fsjsoccer.com.- Advertisement –last_img read more

`Pacman’ now under NFL review

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first_imgWhen Adam “Pacman” Jones got out of his Corvette while a SWAT team served a search warrant at his Georgia home last year, a drug investigator said the sports car reeked of marijuana. As officers questioned him, the Tennessee Titans cornerback acknowledged he couldn’t pass a drug screen for another week or two. But Jones said he would be ready to pass it when the NFL tests him, according to the police report of March 23, 2006. Pruitt said they also found no marijuana in the Corvette but the car’s interior smelled of smoke. He said Jones admitted smoking in the car while driving down from Nashville. “I don’t know what NFL policy is. It doesn’t concern me. But I asked him why would you take your livelihood and the money you make playing in the NFL and throw it away for some stupid marijuana? Can you answer that for me? I don’t understand why you would do that,” Pruitt told The Associated Press on Thursday. “He says, “We know when we’re going to be tested. We know months in advance when we’re going to be tested. I stop using two months ahead of time.’ ” Drew Bledsoe on Thursday. Bledsoe, who lost his quarterback job to Tony Romo after six turnover- and sack-plagued starts last season, was one of a number of aging players cut as teams adjusted their rosters to get more salary cap room for the free agent period that begins Friday. Among the other transactions on Thursday: Wideout Joe Horn, one of the leaders of the New Orleans Saints during their 2005 season in Hurricane Katrina-enforced exile. Wide receiver Keenan McCardell, who turned 37 in January, was released by San Diego. He had 36 catches last year, his 15th in the NFL. San Diego also let go two troubled players: linebacker Steve Foley, who missed the season after being shot by a policeman, and safety Terrence Kiel, who pleaded guilty last month to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas. Pittsburgh cut linebacker Joey Porter, an outspoken sack specialist whose trash-talking was one of the subplots leading up to the 2006 Super Bowl, won by the Steelers. The Lions agreed to trade All-Pro cornerback Dre’ Bly to the Denver Broncos for running back Tatum Bell, offensive tackle George Foster and a fifth-round pick. Minnesota released three former starters: cornerback Fred Smoot, tight end Jermaine Wiggins and tackle Mike Rosenthal. The New York Jets locked up receiver Jerrico Cotchery on a long-term deal. A couple of other veterans stayed on by extending their contracts. One was the oft-injured running back Fred Taylor, who now is signed with Jacksonville through 2010. The other is 35-year-old defensive lineman Bryant Young, the last member of the San Francisco 49ers from the Super Bowl years. Young, who was a rookie on the team that won the title after the 1994 season, agreed to stay on for one more year. Carolina got under the $109 million cap by renegotiating the contracts of quarterback Jake Delhomme and defensive end Mike Rucker. That cleared about $5 million in cap space. NFL news As expected, the Dallas Cowboys cut Federer advances Roger Federer is troubled with his strokes, finding flaws in a game some consider peerless. Now he hopes a tougher opponent will raise the level of his tennis. The world’s No. 1 player defeated Serbian teenager Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, Thursday to reach the Dubai Open semifinals. Federer’s big rival, Rafael Nadal, did not fare as well, losing to Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, 7-6 (5), 6-3. This was the second time in three matches Federer dropped a set. Not a cause for alarm in most players. Then again, this is Federer. “I definitely think my forehand is not working like the way it usually works,” he said. “Some half-court balls, I usually put them away in my sleep. But I can’t quite do that here for some reason, so that’s a bit of a worry.” Federer also dropped a set to Denmark’s Kristian Pless in the first round Monday. On that day he broke Jimmy Connors’ record with his 161st consecutive week atop the ATP rankings. On Thursday, the Swiss star committed 52 unforced errors and needed more than two hours to advance to a semifinal against Germany’s Tommy Haas. Wi leads Honda Charlie Wi was playing in the John Deere Classic two years ago when some fans recognized him. That is, they thought they recognized him. “My caddie overheard one of the spectators saying, `Oh, that’s Michelle Wie’s dad. He got a sponsor invite, too,”‘ said Wi, who – like Wie – missed the cut at the John Deere in July 2005. “I thought that was hilarious.” If Wi continues to play the way he did Thursday, more people will know who he really is. Bolstered by a birdie-birdie finish, Wi shot a 5-under 65 in windy conditions at PGA National, giving him a one-shot lead over Bernhard Langer after one round of the Honda Classic. He missed only two fairways, connected on 17 of 20 putts inside 25 feet, and made a 40-footer for birdie at the par-4 13th. “Today was definitely my day hitting the ball,” said Wi, who has made only 14 cuts in 30 previous PGA Tour starts, but finished tied for ninth earlier this year at the Buick Invitational to make a career-best $130,000. “And I’m really happy that when you have the opportunity, you capitalize on it.” Australia’s Brad Kennedy shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead over Mike Weir, Stephen Gallacher, Peter Hanson and Graeme Storm after the first round of the Johnnie Walker Classic in Phuket, Thailand. Briefly A dentist to the rich and famous has filed a $7 million lawsuit against the estate of late New York Yankees pitcher Corey Lidle, claiming his home was destroyed when the ballplayer’s small airplane crashed into his apartment building. Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal says in court papers that after Lidle’s Cirrus SR-20 aircraft crashed into the Manhattan building where he lived with his wife and teenage son, they had to vacate their 43rd-floor apartment. Rookie Anthony Hamilton scored in each half, including the final goal, as Chivas USA rallied to tie Cal State Fullerton, 3-3, in an exhibition. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jones’ most recent brush with police was at a Las Vegas strip club where three people were shot and one man paralyzed Feb. 19. This week, it became public that he is charged with another felony in another case in Georgia last year, which prompted the search for drugs at the home he bought for his mother. The Titans, waiting for Las Vegas police to conclude their investigation, again declined to comment Thursday on the latest reports in Georgia involving their best defensive player. Attorney Manny Arora of Atlanta, who has been representing Jones, did not immediately return a message by The Associated Press. Jones was charged with possession of marijuana after being arrested in Fayette County, Ga., just south of Atlanta. That misdemeanor charge was dismissed in January, although his mother, Deborah Jones, and a friend were convicted. The prosecutor said Thursday the friend spent some time in jail. Capt. Mike Pruitt, head of Fayette County’s drug task force, didn’t find out about the dismissal until Wednesday when reports of the arrests first surfaced. The prosecutor said the charge was dismissed because no marijuana was found on or near Jones. center_img Jones has drawn police interest at least 10 times since the Titans made him their top draft pick in 2005. He now has the NFL’s attention, too. On Thursday, NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed Jones’ behavior is being reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy. last_img

Angels’ win full of Black comedy

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first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Angels manager Mike Scioscia took a playful shot at new San Diego Padres manager Bud Black after the Angels’ 6-4 victory Wednesday. Black was Scioscia’s pitching coach with the Angels the previous seven seasons. After embracing Scioscia and Angels owner Arte Moreno following Wednesday’s game, Black said that the Padres’ organization has been great, and that he still keeps tabs on the Angels. “I’m just glad they’re in the other league,” Black said. “They just play the game. That’s what we plan to do.” The 49-year-old Black signed a two-year contract with the Padres that includes a club option for a third year. He pitched 15 seasons in the majors with Seattle, Kansas City, Cleveland, Toronto and San Francisco, making 296 starts with a career 121-116 record and 3.84 ERA. Bochy was not offered a contract extension after guiding the Padres to consecutive NL West titles. He then became the San Francisco Giants’ manager. Howie Kendrick tripled, doubled, drove in one run and scored another for the Angels. Justin Speier gave up a homer and walk and struck out two in his spring debut. “Buddy’s a different kind of manager,” Scioscia said. “Look at him. He’s got that (lineup card) sticking out of his pocket and everything.” Black, who took over for Bruce Bochy as Padres manager during the offseason, made his first trip with his new team to Tempe Diablo Stadium, where he had helped Scioscia prepare Angels pitchers during past spring camps. center_img Marcus Giles led off the game for the Padres with his first homer of the spring. San Diego’s Clay Hensley gave up two runs, one earned, in the first inning then pitched two scoreless innings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A JANUARY FLIGHT BRINGS WONDERFUL HOPE FOR DONEGAL’S GOLDEN EAGLES!

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first_imgDonegal’s most successful pair of breeding Golden eagles were spotted again this week. Pic courtesy of the Golden Eagle Project.It may only be the early days of 2015 but Donegal’s Golden Eagles are showing promise that their population could swell again this summer.The project’s most successful pairing of eagles have once again been spotted on their favourite ledge at Glenveagh National Park.Between them they have managed to breed six wild Irish Golden Eagles. Below is a report from Lorcan O’Toole, the co-ordinator of the Golden Eagle Project.January 7th: The Glenveagh pair of Golden Eagles have been roosting in the National Park for the last two weeks. This morning, I managed to see them as they left their favoured ledge at 8.41 am. It was still quite dull in the shaded glen at that time.The pair’s female hatched in May 2001 near Assyant, Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. She was released in Glenveagh in August 2001. So she is approaching her 14th ‘birthday’ this May. The picture was taken at her nest site in 2009, when she (Yellow Horizontal Bar) reared two chicks. The two yellow wing tags have since fallen off, but the small radio back, minus the long aerial, can be seen occasionally above her feathers. She has a slight kink in the centre of her tail, where two new feathers have not yet quite reached their full length. She bred in the Bluestack Mountains in 2005 and 2006 before abandoning her territory and mate and moving back to Glenveagh. She paired up with a male bird (Blue 3), collected from Skye in 2002, and has been with him since. Both birds were seen for 8 minutes this morning as they sailed in tandem along the slight ridge winds above the Glenveagh valley, before disappearing out of site.This pair have reared 6 wild Irish Golden Eagle chicks between 2007 and 2013. It is only another short few months before they hopefully breed again in March.Over the holiday period, the three other pairs in Donegal were seen on their respective territories also.Though it was only a relatively short, and distant, sighting, it was nice to see these older eagles soaring effortlessly, at day break, on a brisk January morning. Once again, we will keep our fingers crossed as the next breeding season quickly approaches!A JANUARY FLIGHT BRINGS WONDERFUL HOPE FOR DONEGAL’S GOLDEN EAGLES! was last modified: January 12th, 2015 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:donegalglenveagh national parkGolden eaglesLorcan o’Toolenestinglast_img read more

WHY I’M CALLING OUT CONOR McGREGOR – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY

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first_imgWalshyHe’s a brave man our Paddy Walsh. He’s only gone and called out Conor McGregor. Having once swatted two bluebottles in the one day in the old People’s Press office on the Port Road in Letterkenny, he comes with a bit of a reputation. But calling out The Notorious One – he’s asking to get his ass whooped!MIXING IT BUT I STILL DON’T GET IT!A few complaints flowing in this way about the column’s failure to mention one Conor McGregor. Massive in the States by all accounts – they’re even hailing him as the Muhammad Ali of the MMA – and a sporting hero to the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger who has promised to be at his next fight.Big over here too so much so that fans are already booking flights and tickets for the title fight which is scheduled to go ahead in Las Vegas in the summer. They reckon McGregor will be a multi-millionaire within the space of a few years.Paddy Walsh says Conor McGregor doesn’t scare him. We’re sure Conor is petrified!They call him ‘The Notorious” and he’s got a T.V. series to prove it. All in all something to be shouting from the rooftops and writing about in a sports column.But I ain’t got it yet. Not McGregor himself but the actual discipline he fights in. I can take one martial art at a time but a mixed version? I’m struggling with it just as I imagine I would be if I was in the arena with the Irishman. It’s the toughest of sports to be sure but as for cheering him, or other like minded mixed martial arters, in front of the television, I’m some way off from that scenario.Even if it’s still head and shoulders above curling and indoor bowling.SIX NATIONS; UNDER 20’S; AND A TIDY NUMBER EIGHTWhile the rugby focus will be turning to the Six Nations in the next week, spare some of that attention for the Ireland under-20 squad and their participation in the RBS Junior Championship and particularly one Stephen McVeigh.The number eight, who plays with Buccaneers R.F.C. in Athlone, boasts the strongest of Donegal links and after already having turned out with the Irish under-19 team, looks as close to certain as it’s possible to be to represent his country at full international level. Son of Frances Jackson from Ballybofey, and the late Derek McVeigh, who was born and brought up in Church Street in Letterkenny, Stephen has been earning the proverbial rave reviews following his performances for the Westmeath team and his appearances for the under-19 team.He’s a former student at Clongowes Wood College and was on the side that reached the Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final last season. Apart from his ability on the rugby pitch, he also apparently shows up well on the Gaelic fields where he has played with Tubberclair.Indeed, his Twitter account would not alone suggest the keenest of interest in Gaelic football but also a handful of supporting references to the county of his parents’ birth – ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ and ‘Up Donegal’ being passed on to his social media followers in recent times.Those under-20 matches involving Ireland in the Six Nations tournament generally get decent television coverage so look out for the young man with the number eight on his green shirt. He may be the nearest to a current Donegal rugby international we’ll get for the foreseeable future.RORY STARTS THE ENGINERory GallagherNever mind that thumping defeat at Owenbeg in the opening fixture of the Dr. McKenna Cup – this weekend’s Donegal/Derry clash represents an altogether different ball game and one which should generate a greater interest level among both sets of fans.Local rivalry, not to mention a couple of Allianz National League points, is at stake when the teams take to the field at MacCumhaill Park on Saturday night. And it’s from here on in that Rory Gallagher and his background unit might feel the pressure that the successful McGuinness era has left behind.Four years to claim an All-Ireland Senior Championship crowd and three Ulster Senior titles? Yeah, no pressure. Not that Gallagher strikes me as the sort to endure sleepless nights when it comes to maintaining the good fortunes of a Donegal panel on which he will undoubtedly leave his own mark.Thanks to the McKenna Cup, he’s also had the opportunity to have a look at some of the younger flock emerging from the local club scene (not too long ago that our county players had the reputation of emerging from too many clubs in the shape of the ones that go thump in the night and suffered accordingly on the field of play; I’ve no doubt that the new bainisteoir will instill the same measure of discipline into the current squad as his predecessor did to prevent a step back into those occasionally sozzled times).It will, of course, be too early to judge the Fermanagh native on this weekend’s performance alone or indeed the following week’s trek to Croke Park for another crack at the Dubs but by the end of the League campaign we should have some idea of what to expect from the Rory Gallagher era.His new charges to overcome the team led by the man who propelled Donegal to a 2007 league title and could have gone further had he, Brian McIver, remained on at the time.THE CUP THAT CHEERS – AND JEERSSome collection of online sneering, sniggering and sniding between Friday night and Saturday morning. The teams had hardly got back into the dressing-room at the Abbey Road stadium when it all kicked off. United humiliated. United shamed. A side made up of multi-million euro worth of talent made to look very ordinary at the hands, and feet, of a League One outfit. And quite apart from the glee of the A.B.U.’s, there must have been particular satisfaction for the supporters of, say, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur as they anticipated advances into the next round of the F.A. Cup with home ties against teams they’d expect to dispose of reasonably comfortably.But the online barbs were only hotting up. Oh football, you mad, crazy game you, you still throw them up – and out – just when we’re not anticipating it.Last week, I mentioned here the tidy 17,000 euro picked up by a punter at Ladbroke’s in Letterkenny when he correctly predicted the outcomes of eleven matches between the English Premiership and the Football League. So what odds would have been available on a treble involving Bradford overcoming Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after being two nil down; Middlesborough not alone holding City at one end of the Ethiad Stadium but scoring twice themselves while they were at it; and rock bottom Premier League strugglers, Leicester City, netting twice in the final seven minutes to dismiss the Spurs from the Cup at White Hart Lane?Well, one particular Dublin punter found out to some extent – he, or she, placed a 15 euro treble on Bradford, ‘Boro, and Leicester to win and arrived home with 25,740 euro in their back pocket.I say to some extent because you’d be quite sure that the same punter would have been later questioning their own judgement in only slapping a fiver on it when had they doubled or trebled the stake they could have won enough to bail out a Greek island.On the football itself, Dubliner, Mark Yeates, netted the fourth goal for Bradford taking advantage of a neat slip-through by Jon Stead. Funnily enough, a few weeks ago, I had seen the latter scoring on the Football League Show and wondered just how many clubs he has gone through in his career? Nine is the answer as it happens but few moments to match that of last Saturday when he scored once, had a direct say in two of the other goals and generally caused havoc for Jose’s men.What a weekend in the F.A. Cup. And then there was the Derryman racing through to get in a well struck shot on goal only for a Lifford man to brilliantly claw it around the upright? Eunan O’Kane up against Shay Given, Bournemouth against Aston Villa, but it’s the Donegal representative who has gone through to the next round and getting in some much needed match practice at the same time.SPORTS STAR AWARDSA word of loud praise for the organisers of the Donegal Sports Star Awards which takes place in Letterkenny this Friday night.The awardees will be well received and rightly so. They, whoever they may be, have come through a year of hard slog and dedication to their sport and will reap the rewards – this time away from their chosen arenas. Indeed the same goes for all the nominees who have been given due recognition as a result of their efforts.I was at last year’s awards ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel and the work that is put into organizing, not just the night but the whole thing – a series of meetings that stretch back months – can only be admired.They deserve some awards of their own for ensuring that the achievements of our sporting participants don’t go unrecognized at the end of the year.STEVIE WONDEROccasionally a weekend morning can find me at an athletics meeting (though only to watch, not to participate which, as anyone who may have seen me puffing my way down the street – or even down the hallway – is probably self-explanatory) and such was the case on Sunday week last when I was enjoying an open competition – our thirteen year old was running in it – hosted by Olympian A.C. at the Templemore Sports Complex.And there I got chatting to a man who, it turned out, had more than a passing acquaintance with sport in Donegal, and, more specifically, soccer. He was recalling his spell with Finn Harps back in the early days of the club and his regular forays into the old summer cup competitions in this county. Lining out with the likes of Swilly Rovers and Lagan Harps and remembering playing alongside, or against, Joe Logan, Eunan ‘Busty’ Blake, and Richie Kelly and many others besides. Recalling, too, Patsy McGown and Bobby Toland and other great characters of the era.A native of Killea – also Richie Kelly country – he has been resident in Derry City for many a long year where he, sometimes, runs into the great Brendan Bradley – “a real gentleman” – out for his constitutional.And his name? Stevie Wilkinson, a character himself, and one to whom I could have spent a couple of hours listening to had the sprint events not to be about to get underway and had he not to head away in any case. Some, out there, of an older vintage will no doubt remember him.NINETY MINUTES AND NINETY DEGREESAs part of the ‘Save the Church Lane’ campaign in Letterkenny, they’re holding what’s being called a ‘Mood Wall’ tomorrow night which will help generates ideas for the Cathedral Quarter Project and prompt a few journeys down memory (Church) Lane.Not too many will know this but a piece of true sporting history was made in that very same quarter a few decades back. For it was here that surely the world’s only right-angled soccer pitch was located.It was in Danny Caddye’s garage grounds where a few of us would assemble every so often for a three or four-a-side game with one goalmouth situated on a ninety degree angle from the other, adding a whole new meaning to the term ‘taking a corner’. And there we performed as happy as the long summer evenings would permit even if there is one particularly painful memory from it.That came when yours truly attempted to head clear from one of the’ goalmouths’ – an open garage door – missing the ball completely but not the upper frame of the entrance where head collided fiercely with wooden frame and wooden frame won by a knockout. Well, not quite a knockout but close and one hell of a throbbing headache for a few days afterwards.Ah, those were the daze.NEW FIRMHard to believe but Celtic and Rangers are shaping up for their first ninety minute encounter in over three years this weekend. And when you think they used to meet nearly every other weekend.Anyway, I asked Ben at work what did he think of football in Scotland?“I think it would be a great idea,” he replies.Celtic to win and Rangers to ask for all the gate receipts.WHY I’M CALLING OUT CONOR McGREGOR – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: January 28th, 2015 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:Donegal Dailysports columnWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more

KCCA FC draws Madagascan side in Champions league

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first_imgFormer KCCA FC striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma (left) in action against Premere de Agusto in the first round of the CAF Chaampions league last year. File photo.FOOTBALL–Two-time defending Azam Uganda Premier League champions KCCA FC have been drawn to face Madagascan outfit CNaPS sport in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions league 2018.The Kasasiro Boys are families with this round and have made it a habit of some how going to the first round.KCCA FC last season faced Angolan side Premire de Agusto whom they defeated by away goals rule having defeated them in Kampala 1-0 and loosing the second leg 2-1.The Kasasiro Boys had an experience to remember last term as they were only eliminated by an 80th minute strike by 2016 Champions Mamelodi Sundown’s attacker Athoney Laffor which meant that the reigning Ugandan league winners had lost the fist round fixture 3-2 on aggregate.CNaPS have won all five of the last Madagascan league championships and hope to have a good run in the CAF Champions league this time round.Last year, they managed to defeat Botswana side Township Rollers in the preliminary round on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate score.However, the Madagascan outfield where also eliminated at the first round stage as they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Cameroonian giants Coton Sport Garoua.The first leg of the tie will be played between 9th and 12th Febraury will the return legs will be played a week later.CNaPS are based in one of Madagascar’s biggest city, Miarinarivo and host there home games at the Stade Municipal de Toamasina.Pic. Former KCCA FC strikr Geoffrey Sserunkuma(left) in action against Premere de Agusto in the first round of the CAF Chaampions league last year.Commentslast_img read more

21st annual ‘Bealtaine’ festival is launched

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first_imgThe 21st Annual Bealtaine Festival was launched by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Gerry McMonagle in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Tuesday.Bealtaine is an annual festival which celebrates and promotes creativity in older age people during the month of May and is one of the highlights of the Cultural Services calendar. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Be our guest’.Entertainment at the launch was provided by Donegal’s own Patsy Cavanagh, and was followed by an excerpt from the play ‘The Barber of Moville’ by the Mockingbird Theatre Group. This play is on tour in barber shops throughout Donegal during the Festival. Bealtaine 2018 in Donegal is part of a country wide celebration of creativity in older age. Throughout Bealtaine, Cultural Services works to bring a wide range of cultural and art events to our older generation in venues throughout Donegal. During 2018 events will range from exhibitions, sean nós dancing, plays, storytelling, yoga, reminiscence sessions, historical walks and talks, computer classes, indoor bowling competition, chairobics, and Colour Me Beautiful workshops. Local talent Fergus Cleary, Patsy Cavanagh, Virgil Quinn and Aussie Bryson will also provide entertainment at events during the festival.You can download a programme listing information about events in libraries, Taobh Tíre centres, theatres, arts and community venues and in the Regional Cultural Centre at www.donegallibrary.ie or you can pick up a programme at your local library. 21st annual ‘Bealtaine’ festival is launched was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

QPR, Spurs, Newcastle and others said to be after Inter striker

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first_imgQPR want Inter Milan’s Luc Castaignos and face competition from Newcastle, Liverpool, Everton, West Ham and Tottenham for the striker, according to the Daily Mirror.Linked with Inter striker.It is claimed that West Ham are keen to take the 19-year-old on a season-long loan, while Rangers boss Mark Hughes wants to sign him outright.Hughes is said to have had a £3m bid for Castaignos rejected and plans to return with an improved offer.The Mirror also say Blackburn want to sign Jamie Mackie from QPR for £3.5m.It is suggested that a move for Mackie, who suffered a broken leg at Ewood Park last year, may open the door for a possible exchange deal involving Rovers’ Junior Hoilett.The Daily Mail mention Sheffield Wednesday’s apparent interest in Rangers’ Joey Barton, as do The Sun, who quote Owls boss Dave Jones as saying: “I wouldn’t be frightened of bringing him here if he became available.”Meanwhile, Chelsea will have to pay over £60m to land Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani and Brazilian playmaker Oscar in a sensational double swoop, The Sun say.The Blues are apparently ready to pay £35m for Uruguayan star Cavani, while club owner Roman Abramovich is said to have sanctioned a £25m deal for Internacional’s Oscar.The Mail say Cavani wants a pay deal worth £150,000 a week if he is to move to Stamford Bridge and also report that Josh McEachran will hold talks with Roberto Di Matteo this week to discover whether he is in the Chelsea manager’s first-team plans.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Evergreen Gardenex turns nine

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first_img20 April 2004The ninth edition of the evergreen Gardenex Garden and Flower show takes place at The Dome @ Northgate from 22 to 25 April, presenting an opportunity for trade buyers to view new products, delving into traditional as well as new markets.Gardenex has become the premier show of its kind in South Africa, providing a platform for local and international representatives from the flower and plant industry to exchange ideas and technology, while highlighting a wide variety of industry leaders in flora, gardening and landscaping.The show attracts a large number of foreign exhibitors and visitors, while many official delegations attend to explore opportunities for co-operation on technical and commercial matters.Visitors will also find floriculture and landscaping products and services, garden furniture and accessories, and interesting design ideas. It’s all about diversity, innovation and opportunity.Gardenex 2003 attracted just short of 24 000 people, confirming the expo as the largest and most popular floriculture show in the southern hemisphere.The organisers, South Africa RAI, say exhibitors will include:Manufacturers of hothouses and tunnels, agricultural equipment and machinery, garden and gardening equipment.Chemicals,fertilisers and ancillary technology and services.Nurserymen, seed growers, fresh produce growers, marketing associations and distributors.Flower growers, importers and exporters.All related consumer gardening products, services and hardware.Simon Robinson, director of South Africa RAI, said the exhibition would bring together “over 170 of the country’s finest breeders, propagators, growers and general suppliers to the floriculture and landscaping industries.“Past exhibitors have found Gardenex to be an effective method of targeting specific niche markets in a cost-effective way, marketing their products and services to suppliers, distributors and the general public.“Gardenex 2004 exhibitors and visitors are invited to take part in a multi-faceted programme of colourful, interactive industry events. The events will provide insight into horticulture and landscaping and will give flower and garden enthusiasts the opportunity to see for themselves the spectacular results that they can achieve in their own gardens.”For more information, visit the Gardenex website.Source: South Africa RAIlast_img read more

South African scientist leads triple black hole discovery

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first_img26 June 2014Cape Town astronomer Roger Deane and a team of South African-funded researchers have discovered a trio of closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than 4-billion light years away – confirmation of the country’s fast-growing expertise in the field of radio astronomy.The discovery of the triple black hole system, the tightest trio of black holes known to date, “is remarkable since most galaxies have just one at their centre” and suggests that closely packed supermassive black holes are far more common than previously thought, Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa said in a statement on Friday.SKA South Africa funded the research leading to the discovery, which has been published in the scientific journal Nature.“Four South African institutions – the Universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape, as well as Rhodes University and SKA South Africa – are represented by the research team, which is a very positive confirmation of the dynamic and significant radio astronomy which has developed rapidly in South Africa,” SKA SA project director Bernie Fanaroff said in a statement on Monday.“The discovery demonstrates that South Africa has the scientific and technical expertise to be a world leader in radio astronomy and to contribute directly to gravitational wave experiments that will provide fundamental insights not only to astronomy, but also more broadly to physics.”According to SKA South Africa, multiple supermassive black hole systems are thought to have a significant impact on the way galaxies evolve, particularly through their impact on stars and gas as they spiral in towards one another.When these black holes get very close to one another they are expected to emit gravitational waves. Einstein predicted these ripples in space-time a century ago, and the giant Square Kilometre Array and MeerKAT radio telescopes being built in South Africa have been designed in part to detect them.The research team used a technique called Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) to discover the inner two black holes of the triple system. This technique combines the signals from large radio antennas separated by up to 10 000 kilometres to see detail 50 times finer than that possible with the Hubble Space Telescope.The discovery was made with the European VLBI Network, an array of European, Chinese, Russian and South African antennas, as well as the 305-metre Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.“Although they were predicted theoretically, these exotic back hole systems have remained elusive for decades,” Fanaroff said. “This discovery suggests that they are more common than previous observations have shown and predicts that the radio telescopes we are building here in South Africa and Africa will be able to discover many more.“This highlights the high-impact science that will be done with the African VLBI Network, the planned radio telescope comprised of an array of converted telecommunication dishes. It also connects the type of science done with VLBI arrays with the experiments to be performed with MeerKAT and eventually with the SKA.”Research team leader Deane said it was extraordinary that the trio of black holes, “which are at the very extreme of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, are orbiting one another at 300 times the speed of sound on Earth.“Not only that, but using the combined signals from radio telescopes on four continents we were able to observe this exotic system one-third of the way across the Universe. It gives me great excitement, as this is just scratching the surface of a long list of discoveries that will be made possible with the Square Kilometre Array.”The SKA project is an international effort to build mega radio telescope about 100 times more sensitive than the biggest existing radio telescope. The first phase of the SKA will be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia, with eight southern African countries partnering with South Africa during the second phase. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and conclude in 2024, at an estimated cost to the 10 SKA member countries of €1.5-billion.South Africa, meanwhile, has begun erecting the 64 antennas that will make up the MeerKAT radio telescope, the country’s precursor to the SKA, at the SKA South Africa site outside Carnarvon in the Northern Cape.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more