Charity case

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Pirates were coming off an 83-81 loss to Perpetual Help courtesy of a last-gasp basket by Prince Eze that denied them a potential elimination-round sweep.“This game was a big opportunity for us to get better and try to be better versions of ourselves and that was a good win for us,” said Robinson.  —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next “We might have lost that game (against Perpetual) but after that game we did charity with Little Brave Hearts, an institution that takes care of kids with Down syndrome,” said coach Topex Robinson. “As much as we have to cry about losing a game, these kids are fighting for their lives. There’s so much more to winning and losing basketball games.”But unlike before when they had a game up on hard-chasing defending champion San Beda, the Pirates now only have a winner-over-the-other cushion over the Red Lions, who kept up the pressure with an 82-75 victory over San Sebastian in the other game.San Beda now shares the same win-loss mark with  Lyceum (13-1) as both programs chart their course toward another possible championship showdown.Arellano slipped to 4-9, half a game up on San Sebastian’s 4-10 card.MJ Ayaay, Spencer Pretta, Raymar Caduyac and Jeff Santos also punched in double figures for Lyceum.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ryder Cup new test for Tiger Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES By the time they got back to the basketball court, they were back in business.Lyceum crushed a listless Arellano, 113-79, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Arena to move within a win of clinching a semifinal berth in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJaycee Marcelino scored 21 points to lead six Lyceum players in double figures. Reigning MVP CJ Perez brought up the rear of that list with 10, but he was within sniffing distance of a triple double after also finishing with 10 rebounds and nine assists.And just like that, the Pirates notched a 13th win in 14 outings. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Instead of wallowing in the gloom of having an elimination round sweep yanked from under their feet, Lyceum’s Pirates decided to spend time doing charity work.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Justice Minister, Chief Justice Meet Behind Closed Doors

first_imgOn Monday, January 20 Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Christiana P. Tah, held a closed-door discussion with the Full Bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia, a source in the Chief Justice office told the Observer.Cllr. Tah was accompanied to the meeting by her legal team, which included Cllr. Varney Sherman, the national chairman of the ruling Unity Party and Cllr. Frederick Cherue, Senior Senator of River Gee County.The outcome of the one-hour meeting between the Justices and the Minister was not disclosed.However, our source the meeting was intended to discuss Cllr. Tah’s petition (appeal) for re-argument against her six-month suspension by the Full Bench.A similar meeting, according to our source, was cancelled last Friday, because of the absence of some of the Justices.Our source, who is also a legal expert explained that a “Petition for Re-argument” can only be considered if one of the Justices was to approve of it.Interestingly, the meeting comes at the close of the October 2013 Term of Court.Cllr. Tah was suspended on Friday, January 10, from practicing law within Liberia for six (6) months by the Supreme Court.The action followed after she was held in contempt for  disrespecting the High Court,  by allowing FrontPage Africa’s managing editor, Rodney D. Sieh, ‘Compassionate Leave’ from prison to seek medical attention as prayed for by Mr. Sieh’s attorney, Cllr. Beyan D. Howard.Cllr. Howard was also declared barred, for three months, from practicing law.It can be recalled that a former Justice Minister during the late President Samuel K. Doe’s regime, the late Cllr. Jenkins Scott, was held in contempt by the Supreme Court.Cllr. Scott was later suspended for two (2) years from practicing law in the Court.That decision was quickly reversed by the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, after his petition for re-argument was accepted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Senate Receives US$5M Ebola Fund Report

first_imgFollowing days of debates calling on the National Task Force on Ebola to report on how US$5 million which that body approved for use in the fight to contain Ebola, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who chairs the task force, Thursday, September 25, presented to the Senate an expenditure report covering the month of August.The President’s communication came hours after the Senate plenary had voted unanimously requesting the Ebola Task Force to make report to that body on how the amount of US$5 million approved for the fight of Ebola was expended.According to the communication dated September 22, 2014, addressed to the President, Pro Tempore of the Senate Gbehzohngar Findley, President Sirleaf said the report is the first covering up to date deposits and disbursement through the Ebola Trust Fund.Her communication also submitted a three-month budget covering August-October, which she said was received from several implementing agencies with responsibility for the national response to the anti-Ebola fight.President Sirleaf firstly spelled out in her letter that during the three months, the implementing agencies’ budget as requested, will be US$34,820.98.According to individual implementing agency budget for the three months, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare submitted a budget of US$29,283.57 which will be used for health related inventions; Ministry of National Defense, for its lead on national security and support to quarantine will receive US$1,057.08; the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization gets US$432. 20 for enforcement of border control; Liberia National Police budget for enforcing rule of law and support quarantine is US$1,721.78; the Ministry of State will receive US$320.000 for community water kiosks/outreach; Ministry of Internal Affairs gets US$1,114.21 for lead on burial/cremation and community engagement; for communication dissemination, Ministry of Information receives US$550,000; the Program Management (Command Center), and the Ministry of Gender and Development are budgeted for US$300,000, and US$33,014 respectively.After a month of implementation, President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that approximately US$4.7 million was disbursed to the various implementing agencies against their budgets submitted, leaving an undisbursed balance of approximately US$1,069,094.91.The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare received US$2,882,000.96; Ministry of Defense US$352,000.36; BIN received US$357,000.45; LNP US$346,000.32; Ministry of State received US$130,000; Ministry of Internal Affairs US$484,000.98; Ministry of Information received US$17,000.50, while the Program Management Command Center received US$100,000 the Ministry of Gender is yet to receive allotment, bringing the total expenditure to US$4,668,003.57.In her letter, President Sirleaf displayed a requested expenditure for September 2014, which she said is subject to evaluation, at US$5 million with the same implementing agencies as beneficiaries.The National Task Force leader informed the Senate that towards meeting the needs of the implementing agencies, a total of US$5,737,098.48 consisting of US$5,624,250 and L$9,400,000 was paid into the Ebola Trust Fund as donations from the government (US$5M), individuals and organizations.Among the highest donors to the Ebola Fund, according to President Sirleaf’s communication, are the Central Bank of Liberia, US$100,000; National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), US$150,000; CGC (Chinese Company), US$100,000; Tony Elumelu, US$100,000; LPRC, US$75,000; and CEMENCO, US$25,000, among several individuals and organizations.From the three months budget submitted by implementing agencies, President Sirleaf said the emergency request of US$20 million based on an initial assessment by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is inadequate to the fund response efforts.“We must therefore intensify our resource mobilization efforts both locally and internationally to secure funding for national response. Towards this end, we have begun engagement with the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund…A more comprehensive report which captures the totality of support will be prepared.”President Sirleaf pointed out that with regards to accountability, the entities to which disbursement have been made are responsible to ensure that funds are used for the purpose detailed in their strategies and budgets. “They are to observe financial rules as much as possible without prejudice to the need for flexibility in procurement rule due to the urgency involved.”Additionally, she said a staff of the Internal Audit Agency works with the Finance Team, and the General Auditing Commission has provided input to facilitate post transaction audits.Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Senate was requested to make copies of four-page communication and distribute them among the various Senators for deliberation on Tuesday ensuing.­ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Millers accuse GRDB of “runaround” over owed $2B in rice payments

first_img…entity mum on concerns as ripple effects reach farmersBy Shemuel FanfairThe Guyana Rice Development Board’s (GRDB) move to dishonour its financial obligations to pay rice millers is having far-reaching effects across the rice industry, as farmers continue to decry that the non-payment for their produce is affecting their sustenance in the vital agricultural sector.Following the expressed dissatisfaction of farmers with respect to their non-payment from millers, Guyana Times reached out to several millers, who confirmed that the Agriculture Ministry’s sub-agency, GRDB, owes them in excess of $2 billion dating back to 2017.Agriculture Minister Noel HolderThe Rice Producers Association in recent days claimed that the GRDB failed to execute payments since August 2017 despite having the requisite resources. This revelation followed reports this newspaper carried which quoted farmers in the Essequibo island of Wakenaam as saying that millers have not paid them since March 2018 for the previous crop.Information recently disclosed to this publication stated that millers, who are facing financial challenges of their own, have been in constant dialogue with the GRDB which, according to them, has not responding with positive word on when they would be paid.GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan“GRDB owe we from since last year. How can we be able to pay the farmers? We couldn’t bear the credit anymore, we asked GRBD to help us,” a miller who declined to be identified stated.Guyana Times understands that the rice was shipped from last year under a deal with Panama but to date, the GRDB is said to be giving millers the royal “runaround” for payments.It was disclosed that there was a meeting with several millers and senior operatives with GRDB some two weeks ago where the entity committed that it will pay millers within “next week”.According to what was observed, the “next week” comment has been running for a few weeks and the millers continue to be indebted to farmers, with some individual rice producers owing hundreds of millions of dollars to farmers. At that meeting, a source said, millers told GRDB how the non-payment was hurting the industry and that they urgently needed the money that they were owed.Fearing to go public with their grievances, millers are accusing the GRDB of having received some of the payments but not giving the funds over so that they could clear their debts. Just recently, a ship heading to Mexico docked at local shores, but it is unclear when millers would obtain GRDB payments.“It’s not the miller’s fault, GRDB holding up the money. In previous times, if GRDB owe us, they would pay us but they are saying that the Minister did not give the okay to pay… they [told] me next week [on] Monday morning,” a miller related.“GRBD owes millers over $2 billion… the Government used to pay the millers and wait on the Panama money to come in,” another miller who owes farmers in excess of $300 million explained.They collectively decried the extensive ripple effects that the ongoing situation is having on all stakeholders.“We got to give back the farmers advance on fuel, fertiliser, cash advance, plus we got to bring down we overdraft at the bank. It got ripple effect, they (GRDB) owe all the millers,” the long-standing miller stressed.When Guyana Times contacted GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan on Saturday for a clarification on these matters, he disconnected the call when he heard it was someone from this newspaper. Subsequent calls to his number went unanswered.Additionally, sources told this newspaper that Hassan highlighted to millers that he had to check with Agriculture Minister Noel Holder before he could respond to their concerns over payment. This publication also called Minister Noel Holder for a comment on the issue, but this number went directly to voicemail. In late May, Wakenaam farmers had informed this publication that their miller, Wazir Hussein had not paid them for paddy he had purchased since March, although converted same into rice. The farmers disclosed that having to go for months without payment put them under grave financial strain, and they are now beginning to default on loan repayments, which is affecting their livelihood and sustenance. In April, Essequibo rice miller Arnold Sankar won a $99 million lawsuit against the GRDB for its failure to pay for paddy it asked him to supply. In its award, the court granted to Sankar the full sum of $99,670,273, which he lost as a result of the Rice Board’s breach of the paddy-supply deal. In 2017, Guyana secured a new rice deal with Mexico under a $3.8 billion contract that created a market for over 60,000 tonnes of paddy. The first batch was shipped in June of 2017.last_img read more

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Diving into a Land Rover adventure

first_imgCARMEL The woods on the hillside above Quail Lodge are dark, deep, narrow and steep. And Justin Demayo wants me to take a leap of faith. It’s a strange request, too, because the nose of the new silver Land Rover LR3 HSE is pointing downhill at such a jet-fighter attack angle that we strain against our seat belts. The route down is rutted and tree-lined, sort of a mogul run for four-wheel-drive fanatics. Palms sweat as I realize that my wife, Chris, and I are totally out of our element (off a road instead of on one). Especially when Demayo says, “OK, release the parking brake and take your foot off the brake pedal.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“You’ve got to be kidding me,” I reply, staring straight down the slope and looking for an escape route because bailing out the driver’s door isn’t an option now. It’s blocked by a tree trunk. But he’s the teacher, and we’re his students. Off come the brakes. And the Rover creeps down the severe slope, rocking from side to side as I steer through some muddy ruts. It’s possible because a technology called Hill Descent Control tames the Rover’s 300hp Jaguar engine. It automatically restricts downhill speed using the antilock brakes and keeps the vehicle from careening out of control. “That was so cool,” the wife exclaims, her eyes and smile both wide. Then she navigates the slope. And picks a better line than I did. And we do the same sort of thing over and over all day on the 100 acres that make up the West Coast location for the Land Rover Experience Driving School. Of course, there is preparation, which takes place in the morning on a relatively flat section not far from the lodge’s golf course, which is not visible because the trees are so dense. Demayo goes over approach angles – the line from where the tire meets the ground to the lowest point of the vehicle, usually the front and rear bumpers. The rear line is longer. These angles are important because they help the off-road driver avoid undercarriage damage. The longer rear angle means we can’t necessarily exit a trail depression the same way we entered it – to avoid damaging the back of the vehicle. “We don’t want to have to walk out of here, we want to drive out of here,” Demayo says. He also notes that we need to be aware of where the bottom of the Rover is at all times in relation to the ground under it. And while on a paved surface we can usually get away with driving just the front of the vehicle, off-road we need to drive both the front and the rear. That means pointing the side mirrors down to get the best possible view of the rear wheels. “You have to be more aware of the rear end of the vehicle than the front end,” Demayo said. We also get a primer on the array of controls located just behind the shifter. The brain of the Rover The vehicle’s brain is the Terrain Response system, which controls a wide range of functions and driving modes – general; slippery conditions such as grass, gravel and snow; either on-road or off-; mud and ruts; and sand. Switching between the modes also affects throttle response. The Dynamic Stability Control feature manages wheel torque in a variety of situations. Electronic Traction Control and the antilock brakes make sure the Rover’s footing remains as firm as possible. And the descent control works in reverse, too, because some slopes are just too steep to climb, though we won’t find one this day. Demayo also explains the high-range and low-range options, which generally handle on-road and off-road conditions, respectively, and the strange sounds the Rover will sometimes make is this technology at work. After a familiarization spin, he says he’s done driving for the day, turns the vehicle over to us and settles into the passenger seat to guide us about the course. This terrain is ideally suited for this kind of driving. W. Lawson Little, Quail’s president, said the area was once part of Rancho San Carlos, and the trails are 40 to 50 years old. After the company bought the land, it made the trails passable again. “Land Rover was looking for a West Coast site and came to Quail and just fell in love with it,” he said of what would become the off-road school’s classroom. The fact that the lodge is on the same property as the course (the entrance is opposite the golf course’s clubhouse) was also a good selling point, Lawson said. Isabelle Defourny, location manager for the school, said it might take six hours to drive all the trails available to the instructors. They focus on expedition driving. “You are driving off-road to reach a destination. You want to reach your destination … with a vehicle, be prepared to do the right thing off-road and then return safely,” she said. Back to basics While the Land Rover gives the driver a lot of technical assistance off-road, some basic skills need to be developed. I’ve driven on a racetrack and through slalom courses where things basically come at you very fast from one direction. On the school’s course, things usually come very slow, but from all different directions. A driver has to be aware of sharp rocks that can cut a tire, and of things to the side and above the car that can cause damage, such as tree trunks and branches. For example, a right or left turn, simple maneuvers on-road, take time to learn off-road. In most cases, Demayo would have us pull up to a point where we would initiate the turn and then stop. Then we would check the rear clearance, turn the wheel as far as possible, and slowly pull away. After lunch, we head into the heart of the course, and Demayo prompts us to take even more aggressive angles as we become more comfortable with the Rover and its capability. At one point, when the vehicle is leaning sharply to the right, he has me stop to discuss the next maneuver. I’m more worried about falling on top of him or the Rover rolling over. I’ve got a strong urge for forward motion, not chitchat. Later, on a section called the Roller Coaster, Demayo has to get out of the Rover and jam some rocks under the right rear wheel so we can continue on our way. Eventually, after zigzagging over rocks, we make our way to the Quarry, the highest point on the course, and pause briefly in front of what looks to be an impossibly steep slope so we can plot the best route up. The Rover handles it with ease. On the climb back up, the instructor has me pause the vehicle on several instances with either a front or rear wheel well off the ground. By now, I’m rather worn out from hours of total concentration. And my wife states what I’ve sensed since that first plunge downhill. “I want one of these.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 818-713-3743160Want 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

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Donegal schools make a date with Bord Gais Energy

first_imgJoshua and Eathan Duffy with their grandmother Bridie O’Kane with Colm, Caobhan and Paul Hegarty who received their Boad G‡is wall planners and calendars from Lucy from Real Nation at Letterkenny Educate Together National School. Photo Brian McDaidBord Gáis Energy is helping parents and children including Letterkenny’s Educate Together National School settle back into school by gifting helpful calendars.The calendars were created based on results of the recent survey which has shown how busy children are after school, with 84% of parents saying that their children take part in sporting and other activities including GAA, soccer and speech and drama.Bord Gáis Energy is currently offering the back to school ‘bonus’, which includes a €100 electricity cash back as well as great savings on their gas and electricity. Neisha and Cassie Lunn receive their Bord Gáis Energycalendars and planners which were presented recently at Educate Together in Letterkenny.Dara and Shay Berkeley who received their Bord Gais back to school calendars for Lucy from Real Nation at Educate Together. Photo Brian McDaidCara, Adam, Holly and Ashling Gordon pictured as they receive their back to school planners and calendars Photo Brian McDaidChristian and Natasha Cinquemani with their Bord Gais back to school calendar and planner which were presented at Letterkenny Educate Together Nation SchoolJennifer, Aoife and Rebecca Gallagher picture with their Bord Gais school planners and wall calendars which were presented at Educate Together in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidRebecca Boyle pictured as she was presented with her back to school wall planner and calendar from Arron and Lucy from Real Nation who made the presentation on behalf of Bord G‡is at Educate Together school in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidDonegal schools make a date with Bord Gais Energy was last modified: September 9th, 2016 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:Bord GaiscalendarsdonegalLetetrkenny Educate Togetherlast_img read more

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Mesut Ozil will join Arsenal for pre-season tour of Singapore, confirms Emery

first_imgMesut Ozil will be included in the Arsenal team for the club’s pre-season tour of Singapore, manager Unai Emery has confirmed. Sami Khedira attempts to console Ozil after a shock defeat to South Korea sent the Germans packing The 29-year-old also saw his form and commitment to Arsenal questioned during the latter stages of last season, with former Gunners defender Martin Keown claiming Ozil was not ‘giving everything’ for the common cause.Ozil signed a new, bumper contract at the Emirates Stadium in January when it appeared he was more likely to follow Alexis Sanchez out of the door.Speaking on Thursday, Emery said he intends to help Ozil return to his best in the forthcoming campaign.“We are here to help every player,” he said when asked how he will ‘fix’ Ozil’s form.“For us Mesut is a very important player…today he is on holiday and I want him to relax good and I want, when he comes back with us, to start with a good mentality.” Ozil has been on holiday since Germany’s early exit from the World Cup group stage, and is yet to return to pre-season training.But the playmaker, who recently took the Gunners’ number ten shirt, will return in time to fly out with the rest of the squad on July 22 and will take full part in their tour in the east.Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi – who were also eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage – will also join the club on their pre-season travels.New boss Emery has already begun work with those players who did not play in this summer’s tournament in Russia.The Gunners coasted to an 8-0 win over non-league Borehamwood in the Spaniard’s first game in charge on Saturday. Ozil arrived home from the World Cup amidst heavy criticism following Germany’s embarrassing exit center_img 2 #UnaiBegins 👋 pic.twitter.com/ODCapBjATc— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 14, 2018Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick and new signings Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi were also involved.Speaking on Monday, Emery told Arsenal Player: “All the players are the same.“They have the same holidays. I know Iwobi, Elneny and Mesut Ozil. He’s coming with us to Singapore the first day.”Arsenal face Emery’s former club Paris Saint-Germain and Europa League holders Atletico Madrid in Singapore as part of the International Champions Cup.Ozil came in for fierce criticism for his underwhelming displays at the World Cup as the 2014 winners surprisingly finished bottom of their group. 2last_img read more

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DONEGAL SURFER EASKEY GRADUATES WITH RESEARCH PhD ON….FISHERIES POLICY!

first_imgSHE’S made headlines for being the first woman to surf on a beach in the Islamic Republic of Iran.Now Donegal woman Easkey Britton is making more headlines for her studies.Her research project at the University of Ulster looked at the social value of small scale fisheries to the local economy and the impacts of policy change on their livelihoods are poorly understood or considered in fisheries policy! Not bad for a woman named after a fish!The research, which highlights social cohesion and mental wellbeing in fishing communities and households as priorities for policy makers, was carried out by Rossnowlagh native Easkey who this week was awarded a PhD at the University’s summer graduation ceremonies at Coleraine.Easkey explained: “Similar to those in other parts of the world, small-scale fishers in Europe face many challenges, like market competition, fisheries decline and increasing competition for access to marine resources. Despite their numbers, small-scale fisheries have tended to get relatively little attention in fishery management debates.“The new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which is still under negotiation and expected to enter into force in 2014, is likely to introduce specific new measures for small-scale fisheries. That raises challenges: is there appropriate knowledge on small-scale fisheries and what governance arrangements would best achieve the policy goals?” The sea has always figured prominently in Easkey’s life and although she is now making waves in academic circles, she is much better known as one of Ireland’s top female surfers.Born into Ireland’s first surfing family, Easkey is even named after her parents’ favourite wave – which takes its meaning from the Irish for ‘fish’.She has a hugely impressive list of surfing accomplishments under her belt including: five times Irish National Champion; International Billabong XXL Big Wave finalist (Women’s Performance of the Year Award), 2011; three times Intervarsities Champion; former British Universities champion and Women’s British Pro Tour champion.She has also scored a number of notable firsts: the first woman to score a perfect 10 at the Irish National Championships; the first woman to surf Ireland’s most famous big wave, Aill na Searrach; the first woman to surf in Iran and she is now to feature in ‘Waves of Freedom’, a documentary on engaging women in sport in Iran.Easkey admits that her whole life has been shaped by the sea. “Surfing is my greatest passion in life and has given me my drive and focus. The biggest lessons in life I’ve learnt have been through surfing or from being able to experience life through that lens. It’s mind opening, healing, energising and both inspiring and humbling.”She is now working as a post-doctoral research fellow on ‘Too Big to Ignore’, a global research project on sustainable fisheries led by the Memorial University of Newfoundland and is currently based in the Centre for Maritime Research in Amsterdam (MARE).Not surprisingly Easkey, who has taken on a new role as Clean Coasts Ambassador for Ireland, 2013, says one of her biggest challenges is finding the time to fit everything in.Amsterdam and its environs are not renowned for surfing but Easkey says the ultimate place for her to unwind is still the sea. “Whether you’re after a 20 foot wave or just happy to be in a 2 foot whitewash, the feeling you are searching for is the same. It’s that buzz you get from simply being in the ocean.”DONEGAL SURFER EASKEY GRADUATES WITH RESEARCH PhD ON….FISHERIES POLICY! was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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 SURFER EASKEY GRADUATES WITH RESEARCH PhD ON….FISHERIES POLICY!easkey brittonRossnowlaghlast_img read more

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ST EUNAN’S WELCOME FUNDING FOR FLOODLIT ASTRO-PITCH

first_imgO’Donnell Park in Letterkenny is to get a new floodlight astro-turf training areaST EUNAN’S GAA club is planning new winter facilities at O’Donnell Park, it announced this evening.It follows the allocation of a grant to the club announced by Minister Michael Ring today as part of a €1M funding initiative to sports clubs in Donegal.St Eunan’s say the grant will help provide a new floodlit all-weather pitch at the grounds in Letterkenny. Club Treasurer Niall Doherty said: “I am pleased to confirm that St. Eunan’s GAA Club in Letteekenny have received provisional confirmation of a grant of €‎80,000.00 under the 2015 Sports Capital Programme.“This funding is to be put towards much-needed floodlit artificial playing surface development.“The club would like to thank Club Member Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh and Minister Joe McHugh for their support in securing these vital funds.”  ST EUNAN’S WELCOME FUNDING FOR FLOODLIT ASTRO-PITCH was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2Share 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:astro turffundingJoe McHughO’Donnell Parksports capital grantlast_img read more

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Mercury’s Magnetic Field: Another Attempt to Save Theory from Data

first_img Planetary magnetic fields are astounding in their diversity.  Mercury has a small global field (but should not); Venus, our twin, has essentially none; the gas giants all have fields but those of Uranus and Neptune are extremely tilted and off center, while Saturn’s is almost perfectly aligned with its pole axis.  According to theory, this cannot be.  Earth, fortuitously, has a perfect field to shield its inhabitants from cosmic rays and solar flares, but its strength is dropping rapidly.     In this “golden age of planetary discovery,” we should soon be gathering more data to explain these mysterious phenomena.  If trends continue, however, each solution will breed new problems.  At this point, it does seem quite incredible that tiny Mercury should retain any global field at all, if it were really 4.5 billion years old.  Note the surprise in Lincoln’s writing over this mystery: “against expectations…would have…should have…a rethink was needed.”(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Nature Feb. 121 restates a puzzle about Mercury known since the Mariner 10 encounters (1974-5): …why, against expectations, does Mercury have a global magnetic field? The planet’s diminutive size means that it should have cooled quickly after it formed.  Any molten core would have become solid, or almost completely so.  A magnetic-field-generating dynamo in an outer core (as is the case for Earth) should have long since seized up.  But the news from Mariner 10 meant a rethink was needed, and since then attempts to account for the magnetic field have centred on how the core might have remained largely molten. Tim Lincoln mentions a new theory by Aharonson et al. published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2004) that maybe the original field was frozen into an uneven crust.  We may not be able to tell until the MESSENGER spacecraft, launching this May, sends back its first data in 2007.last_img read more

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