Primary school children in Hanover got a new experience with exposure to the sport of basketball, at the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) clinic and seminar, which took place at Watson Taylor Park in Lucea.”This is the first time that most of these kids had ever seen or played basketball,” noted INSPORTS officer, Calvin Martin.”There had not been any such activity for primary school kids. They were very excited, and for the kids it was a new experience playing a new sport that they had not played before,” he added.”The project focused on the fundamentals – passing, dribbling and shooting – and there were over 50 kids.”Martin, who is also president of the powerful Southern Conference Basketball Association, noted that the clinics are part of the agency’s drive to develop the sport right across the island, and they will be conducting another in a couple months.”INSPORTS is doing a lot of work with primary schools in different sports. In January, we’re going to be doing another one (basketball clinic), but the date has not been set as yet,” he outlined.”Then after GSAT there’s going to be a tournament,” he said, relating to the final-year examinations forprimary school children.
The Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL) on January 13, presented a new set of uniforms to her service men and women in the mining town of Yekapa.The new outfits, which are estimated at US$ 80,000 include a set of uniform with vest, well protective booths, helmets, batons and other items.According to Mr. Frederick A. Duwor, an official of SEGAL, the presentation of their new sets of uniforms, was part of the commitment made to their officers and the management of ArcelorMittal in keeping the safety policy of the company intact.He added that the protective helmets will only be used by security officers, who will be assigned up the mine not for those who will take assignment at other posts.SEGAL has about 800 personnel in Yekapa alone. Those personnel are manning assets belonging to ArcelorMittal.About 30 of their officers are women and it is one the leading employers in Nimba County.The lead investigator of ArcelorMittal Security in Yekapa, Francis Bangura, has hailed SEGAL for making Yekapa safer for the past one year.Bangura said crime reduced drastically to zero in Yekapa because of SEGAL officers, who are committed to their duties.“Crime rates reduced to zero in Yekapa because of your commitment to duty,” he said.In regard to the new uniform, he said, “SEGAL had gone extra mile in their commitment to this company and I want to urge you officers not to use these uniform recklessly.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It was the least Murphy could do for her longtime friend after her Trojans defeated Quinn’s Bruins for the fifth consecutive time, 62-55 in front of a school-record 9,749 fans Saturday afternoon at the Galen Center. “As a competitor, you can’t think like that in a game, that somebody is your friend. You just want to win,” said Murphy, who finished with a team-high 13 points. “But I have a ton of respect for her.” Most WNBA experts expect Quinn to be among the first three players selected in the WNBA draft this spring, but for all of her accomplishments at UCLA, she hasn’t had much success against the Trojans. USC has beaten UCLA in a variety of different ways during its streak in the series. Saturday, the Trojans’ balanced offense and physical defense down the stretch were the difference. Nine players scored for USC (15-9, 9-5). Murphy (13 points, 11 rebounds) and seniors Jamie Funn (10 points, seven rebounds) and Jamie Hagiya (10 points, five assists) led the way, and USC’s bench outscored UCLA 15-0. “Our bench usually does some damage for us,” UCLA coach Kathy Olivier said. “Today they didn’t. “Every time Noelle caught the ball, she was swarmed. That’s what’s happened all year. We need other people to step up when that happens.” USC vs UCLA LOS ANGELES – It was probably somebody else’s job, but Shay Murphy insisted on doing it herself. So she grabbed the glass of water from a USC staffer, walked in front of the group of media assembled for UCLA’s press conference and set it down in front of Bruins senior guard Noelle Quinn. Quinn smiled a bit, then nodded at Murphy. Quinn finished with a game-high 18 points, 14 of them in the second half. Lindsey Pluimer added 14 points. UCLA (13-13, 7-7) led for all but 30 seconds of the first half and took a 29-28 lead into halftime. The Trojans amped up their defensive pressure in the second half and took the lead for good on Hagiya’s 3-pointer a few minutes into the second half. With the scored tied 55-55 with 3:53 remaining, the Trojans went into a full-court press and forced UCLA into five turnovers. The Bruins did not score another point. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
In 1995, Westlands sued, claiming federal officials reneged on their obligation to help them dispose of the toxic runoff that deformed millions of migratory birds in the 1980s. The bureau is also continuing discussions with the region’s water districts on an alternative plan that would turn the drainage problem over to farmers in return for a stake in the San Luis Reservoir and miles of federal canals, agency spokesman Jeff McCracken said. FRESNO – In a move to resolve a decade-old legal tussle, federal officials have announced a $2.6 billion plan to retire almost 200,000 acres of tainted Central Valley farmland and clean up salty runoff from surrounding areas. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation signed off on the plan Friday as a proposed resolution to a lawsuit brought by a powerful water district that has sought to force the federal government to clean up the polluted runoff. The plan “fulfills the requirements” of the courts, which have determined the federal government must help drain the tainted water in the Westlands Water District, which covers western Fresno and Kings counties, according to the agency. Along with halting irrigation on a wide swath of farmland, the bureau’s plan would also create a system to collect, treat and reuse the runoff, which carries concentrated levels of selenium, a naturally occurring trace element. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now the president is asking for patience for this one last attempt to leave in an orderly way. Any connection between the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and Iraq – always tenuous at best – has been lost, and the pattern of lies, mistakes and miscalculations has forced Bush to replace his entire war team from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on down. The failure to secure the capital city sums up the entire war in Iraq. After four years, the United States has failed to achieve even that, and now Iraqis themselves often look back to the tyranny of Saddam Hussein as a better time than today. It’s quite clear to the president and to the American people that there’s an end in sight to the war. There has to be. It can’t go on. And very likely it’s an end that no one is going to feel very proud of. Probably the best that can be hoped for is to secure Baghdad and broker some sort of end to the civil war and violence – surge or no surge in U.S. troop levels. Bush has one last chance to eke out any victory in Iraq. But he should realize the clock is ticking. There’s only so much patience that the country has left. ON the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war, President George W. Bush finally conceded, albeit obliquely, that the original goal of ushering a Western-style democracy into Iraq was no longer achievable. “At this point in the war, our most important mission is helping the Iraqis secure their capital,” he said in a gloomy speech Monday when he asked Americans to give him some more time to do this one thing before giving up on the chaotic country altogether. The speech was a recognition that the Bush administration’s goals and mission have changed from complete victory to merely finding a way to get out without being accused of cutting and running. It was also a recognition that support for the war is waning sharply among Americans who are tired of the years of fighting that have accomplished nothing quantifiable other than casualty figures and civil war.
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1 Morgan Schneiderlin in action for Southampton Morgan Schneiderlin says he is still desperate to play more football for Southampton.The midfielder has been linked with a move away from the south coast since the summer when a number of Saints stars moved on.Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked with the Frenchman who has had a slow start to the season due to injury.But he is over his groin problem now and played the second-half of the match against Liverpool at the weekend.“I’m fully fit,” he said after the 2-0 loss. “It was a good thing for me today because I felt sharp, I felt good, so hopefully I can kick on.“I can’t wait because I am hungry, because I missed a lot of football.”
Premier League clubs spent a record £419.5million in the last January transfer window.Those deals included Liverpool’s £75million signing of Virgil van Dijk and Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United. Diego Godin is one of the first names on the team sheet at Atletico Madrid 11 Frenkie de Jong has become a regular starter for the Netherlands 11 11 “If he has no injuries from now until January, when he can play, I think he can be fit without any problems,”Pellegrini said. “It depends on the work he will do. The most important thing is not to try to do it too fast.”Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon)Clubs linked: Arsenal, Liverpool, EvertonValue: £40millionNdombele has become one of Europe’s breakthrough stars after impressing in the Champions League.The France midfielder scored in back-to-back games and starred in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Tuesday night. 11 Eric Bailly has not been at his best this season 11 Christian Pulisic is a man in demand City are reportedly preparing to offer Ajax €70 million plus €20 million add-ons for their star man.Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)Clubs linked: Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, LiverpoolValue: £60millionDe Ligt is being monitored by top Premier League clubs.At the age of just 19, he is captaining Ajax and a regular in the Netherlands national team. His international defensive partner Van Dijk even reckons Liverpool are keeping tabs on him. 11 Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho left the Reds to complete his long-awaited switch to Barcelona for a whopping £142million fee.It’s set to be another big-spending window as clubs at either of the end of the table look for a boost in the second half of the season.Here, talkSPORT.com looks at the top 10 biggest Premier League transfers that could happen in the 2019 January transfer window.Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)Clubs linked: Arsenal, LiverpoolValue: £75millionThe young France forward was left out of Barcelona’s matchday squad against Real Betis earlier this month. He had reportedly angered Barcelona chiefs after failing to inform them he would miss training with a stomach bug on the Thursday leading up to the game. 11 Godin’s contract runs out at the end of the season and he is yet to sign an extension, leaving the door open for United.The 32-year-old, regarded as one of the world’s best defenders, would tighten United’s leaky backline.Frenkie de Jong (Ajax)Clubs linked: Manchester City, Man UnitedValue: £60millionDe Jong has been compared to Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff. He started all four of the Netherlands’ Nations League games as they won their group to advance to next year’s semi-finals.The 21-year-old, a defensive holding midfielder, would be able to learn from Manchester City stalwart Fernandinho if he completes his expected move to the Etihad. Andreas Christensen in action for Chelsea He has enjoyed a mini-resurgence of late, scoring an injury-time equaliser against La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday. However, his Nou Camp future looks bleak.Barcelona would want to recuperate most of the £96million they paid for Dembele last year, but Arsenal and Liverpool could offer a slightly lower fee.Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)Clubs linked: Chelsea, LiverpoolValue: £70millionPulisic is set to discuss his Borussia Dortmund future in January. Chelsea and Liverpool are waiting in the wings if the USA international, whose contract expires in 2020, decides to leave.The 20-year-old has fallen behind England winger Jadon Sancho in the pecking order at the Bundesliga club. Matthijs de Ligt is a commanding defender Ousmane Dembele has not shown his true form since moving to Barcelona Virgil van Dijk has transformed Liverpool’s defence It seems De Ligt will be spoilt for choice when choosing his next move.Eric Bailly (Manchester United)Clubs linked: Arsenal, TottenhamValue: £25millionBailly started the season as Manchester United’s first-choice centre-half, but has fallen out of favour with Mourinho.In his previous two league starts, he conceded a penalty in a 3-2 defeat to Brighton before being hooked off after 19 minutes with United trailing 2-0 at home to Newcastle. Tanguy Ndombele caught the eye in Lyon’s shock defeat of Manchester City in September Phil Jones was named on United’s bench ahead of Bailly in their goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday, which proves how far the Ivorian has fallen.Arsenal and Tottenham are rumoured to be keen on Bailly, whose Old Trafford days look numbered.Samir Nasri (free agent)Clubs linked: West HamValue: FreeNasri is training with the Hammers in a bid to earn a contract. The Frenchman’s 18-month doping ban ends on January 1.He worked with West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini during their time together at Manchester City – and the Chilean is keen to sign him if he proves his fitness. Arsenal and Everton are understood to have sent scouts to watch Ndombele in action this term.Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)Clubs linked: AC MilanValue: £20millionChristensen is still waiting to make a Premier League appearance under Maurizio Sarri. He has expressed his discontent over his playing time after falling behind David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Gary Cahill in the pecking order. He has three-and-a-half years left on his £500,000-a-week contract which raises his market value – but if there’s a club to get an expensive deal done – it’s PSG.Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)Clubs linked: Manchester UnitedValue: £25millionThe Red Devils were linked with the Atletico Madrid captain towards the end of the summer transfer window. Mourinho has been desperate to strengthen his defence and you can see why – they have conceded 21 league goals this season – the most of any top-10 club. 11 11 11 Samir Nasri and Manuel Pellegrini worked together at Manchester City 11 Alexis Sanchez is said to be growing disillusioned at Old Trafford Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has insisted Pulisic will remain in Germany until the end of the season, but if his playing time does not improve, he could force through a move to the Premier League.Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United)Clubs linked: Paris Saint-GermainValue: £40millionIt’s almost a year since Sanchez moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal. He has managed just four goals in 30 appearances, losing the trust of manager Jose Mourinho.The Chilean has been dropped in big games against Manchester City and Chelsea this season and was not even in the squad against Young Boys on Tuesday night. AC Milan have been linked with the Denmark defender and could sign him on loan with an option to buy at the end of the campaign.
More than 160 brave souls climbed Errigal today to raise awareness of Autism across the county.Many well-known local faces including mountaineer Jason Black, chef Martin Anderson and former Donegal footballer John Gildea scaled Donegal’s highest peak. Everyone donned some blue clothing as a tribute to all those working with autism in Donegal.And once they go to the top, there was plenty of tweeting to be had by these brave volunteers.MORE THAN 160 CLIMB ERRIGAL FOR AUTISM AWARENESS was last modified: April 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Autism AwarenessclimbErrigal
A doctor has launched a bid to find his Donegal relatives so he can bring his father’s remains home.Ben Stevens, a paediatrician in Hertfordshire in the UK, was left at a London hospital by his mother as a baby and later adopted when he was five by a loving family.The 35-year-old began searching for his birth parents around six years ago. However he was heartbroken to discover that his father, Gerry Monaghan, from Co Donegal, had died tragically in a suspected hit-and-run just one year earlier.The news was especially tragic as Ben learned his father, who was aged in his late 40s when he died, lived just 30 minutes from Ben’s London home.He told independent.ie “I contacted my social worker and they told me had died. That was a bugger!“Only seven people went to his funeral. It was only 20 minutes away from my house and I would love to have been there.”Despite this Ben made contact with his father’s partner Heather and the pair became instantly close. It was only then that Ben saw a picture of his father for the first time. He admits that it was an emotional experience. “I saw some pictures of Gerry and it was like looking in the mirror. We are so alike.”But tragedy was to strike again just six months later when Heather died suddenly.“That was a bugger as well,” he said. “I was just really getting to know her and I was learning all about my father and the type of person he was.”Ben did make contact with his birth mother and met her once but she then cut off communication.Now the London doctor said he would like to find his father’s family but he told Independent.ie that he doesn’t know very much about them.He explained that his father was born in the mid 60s and was originally from Co Donegal. Ben believes his father had one sister but isn’t aware of any other family members. “I am fascinated to know more about my birth father. I would like to know about where he grew up and my family. I don’t think a lot of them talked to Gerry as he had problems with the drink.“I would like to meet my relatives and to say “Hi”. I would like them to see that I turned out pretty okay I am a paediatrician and I have a very happy life.”Ben said he wants to bring his father’s ashes to Donegal and the family home.“At the moment they are in a house and I don’t think that’s great. I would like to take them somewhere nice.” If you have any information on the late Gerry Monaghan, please contact us at email@example.comDoctor in bid to find his late dad’s Donegal relatives was last modified: August 9th, 2017 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:daddonegalGerry Monaghansearch
Within a technical context, platform has typically been used to describe the ways computer hard wiring and software frameworks are designed and combined to enable software, particularly application software, to run.More recently, though, the term is being used to describe the sorts of open, freewheeling communications environments that produce significant, often far-reaching intellectual, scientific or technological innovations. While the term platform within this context typically is associated with the social networking that has grown out of Web 2.0, some writers maintain that platforms have essentially been with us throughout the modern age.In his book “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural Science of Innovation,” science writer Steven Johnson cites Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) as one of history’s best examples of a significant platform, though there have been many others.The shock that followed the Sputnik crisis in 1957 prompted two young physicists employed by the laboratory, William Guier and George Weiffenbach, to test a series of hunches related to the launch, which first involved tracking the satellite’s 20 megahertz signal with equipment available at the lab. This led to another observation: that they could use the Doppler effect to track the satellite’s precise speed and location.Several weeks later, at the prompting of one of the lab’s administrators, they also reverse processed what they had learned: in other words, they discovered that it was possible to locate a ground position based on the precise location of an orbiting satellite.This insight ultimately enabled the Americans to hoist the Soviets with their own petard by developing technology that enabled U.S. Naval submarines to use an orbiting satellite to deliver nuclear-tipped missiles into Soviet territory with devastating accuracy.However, this was only the beginning: these insights formed the basis of what we know today as GPS (Global Positioning Systems), which affects all of us in our everyday lives, from printing Google maps and navigating cars through congested streets, to enabling mountains climbers to negotiate treacherous ascents up steep inclines.Reflecting back more than 50 years later, Guier and Weiffenbach credited the open, freewheeling intellectual environment for producing the conditions in which these sorts of ideas could connect and spawn new ideas and innovations.The APL had served not only as a laboratory, but also as a highly generative, highly innovative platform.As Johnson stresses, one of the remarkable things about platforms is their open-ended nature. The effects that grow out of these environments, while typically unpredictable, often confer humanity with significant, if not immense, benefits over the long-term.Within this networked era, platforms have taken on greater significance. The increasing levels of social networking that have followed Web 2.0 have also rapidly enhanced and accelerated the formation of these types of open-ended platforms.Johnson and other technology pundits believe that the highly generative platforms that have emerged from this networking are only the beginning of a process that will confer immense benefits on humanity throughout the next century.Author: Jim Langcuster This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.