Our protest was justified – Powell

first_img PROTEST NOT NEW WESTERN BUREAU: Orville Powell, president of newly crowned Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions, Montego Bay United (MBU) , said he has been stung by the callous way in which ‘The Establishment’ treated his club in the build-up to Sunday’s final against Portmore United, which precipitated what is now regarded as the ‘Respect Protest’. Powell told The Gleaner that the decision taken by MBU was to bring attention and awareness to the careless attitude of some people involved in administering football locally and that of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA). “Our protest was justified and justifiable,” stated Powell. “We thought at the time the best way to bring to the people’s attention what was really going on was to use the biggest stage for local football – the Premier League final – as a staging ground of this protest,” he said. “Now that it was a success based on what people are now saying, I would think we achieved our goal, which was simply to highlight how badly run certain aspects of our football product is,” Powell noted. In protest, MBU turned up for Sunday’s final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex five minutes before the scheduled 4 p.m. kick-off clad in black with white letters on the back of shirts worn by the players spelling ‘RESPECT’, the word spelt with one letter each on the back of the shirts of seven players – when they turned their back to the crowd – who stood in the front line. Then there was another part to the message: ‘IF YOU WANT TO GET IT, YOU MUST GIVE IT.’ For Powell, there could be no bigger stage than the live televised final of the nation’s top league, beamed to some 24 countries. “All my players agreed that that was the way to go. We are all a family at MBU, and we felt more than disrespected by the PLCA among others about how they went about business leading up the final,” stated Powell. He said not being invited to a meeting with the PLCA, at which the date and time of the game was changed necessitated the club taking a stand. “Lest the public forgets, we at MBU started this very same protest two years ago, when we stated the PLCA – and football in general – needed to be managed with transparency. That was only the beginning. “Now, on top of the lack of transparency, among other issues, this club has clearly been to some degree insulted. Matters leading up the final against Portmore only made it worse, so we took the stand we did, and as I said, we are willing to face the consequences of our actions because in all fairness, our actions are about doing the right thing,” Powell said. MBU went on to defeat Portmore 2-1 to claim a second Premier League title in three years, and while delighted with the game’s eventual outcome, Powell declared that the protests will continue until change is made to how football is governed locally.last_img read more

Sam Hunt wins Hit to Pass

first_img1st: Sam HuntMain Event:1st: Bradyn Rouble2nd: Sam Hunt3rd: Jason WestgateTotal Weekend Points:1st: Sam Hunt2nd: Bradyn Rouble3rd: Gord BeaumontThe Hit to Pass was raising money for The Canadian Tire Camp, which collects funds to send children to camp. The event raised over $500 for the cause.Up next for the Taylor Speedway is the Doug Babcock Memorial June 23rd and 24th. 1st: Joe KeithlyDrag Race: 1st: Matt RossellTrophy Dash:1st: Bradyn RoubleFirst Rollover:1st: Jason WestgateMain Event: Advertisement 1st: Kyle O’Donnell2nd: Sam Hunt3rd: Gord BeaumontMini Sprints:1st: Anthony Seguin2nd: Colten BeaumontLawn Mowers:1st: Dexter Shimey2nd: Mike Peters3rd: Jayden WhitfordSunday:Drag Race:1st: Matt RossellTrophy Dash:Advertisementcenter_img TAYLOR, B.C. – The Hit to Pass raced through Taylor this weekend at the Taylor Speedway.The event saw over ten racers compete, while over 275 spectators watched the action.Sam Hunt drove away with the competition and was declared the winner as he scored the most total points in the Hit to Pass.- Advertisement -Results from the Hit to Pass can be found below:Saturday:Best Appearing: Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA PONZI scheme boss has been told today he must serve six years in prison after a €1.6M swindle.Eamonn Kelly took cash from people in Donegal, Wexford and Dublin offering them massive returns on their ‘investments’.But the whole thing was a con and instead Kelly pocketed the cash. He had forged bank and solicitors letters in which he promised investors a 30% return on their money within six months.He claimed to be buying valuable property in the UK.Kelly, from Ballyfermot, was appealing his six year sentence but a judge said today he would not reduce the sentence to protect those who had been left destitute by his actions.PONZI SCHEME BOSS ORDERED TO SERVE SIX YEARS FOR DONEGAL SWINDLE was last modified: September 27th, 2013 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:EAMONN KELLYinvestorPONZI SCHEME BOSS ORDERED TO SERVE SIX YEARS FOR DONEGAL SWINDLESWINDLElast_img read more


first_imgA man almost blinded his 3 year old daughter when he threw a glass jug in a rage at his wife’s lover.The case was heard at Letterkenny District Court.Prince Asamoah attacked his wife and her new partner when he entered her home in Letterkenny. The woman and her four daughters were left terrified in the house at 84 The Grange on June 5th last.Letterkenny District Court was told Asamoah arrived at the house and a huge argument started which saw the accused challenge his wife’s new lover to “settle this like a man.”The court heard that Asamoah picked up a chair and then a set of pliers and tried to attack the man but he was stopped.He then threw a glass jug at him but he ducked and the jug smashed spraying his three year old daughter with glass.The little girl needed stiches to the wound and pictures of her horrific injuries were handed into the court.Judge Paul Kelly said “The photos are horrifying. Hopefully they have healed up. And luckily it doesn’t appear to have damaged her eye.”Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had harboured hopes of a reconciliation with his wife but that was not meant to be.Asamoah faced charges of assault causing harm, assault, trespassing and criminal damage.He said he was very sorry and felt so guilty about hurting his daughter.Judge Kelly adjourned the case against Asamoah of 64 Hollywell Woods, Swords, Co Dublin for a probation report.GIRL, 3, HIT WITH GLASS IN FACE DURING HOUSE ROW was last modified: November 27th, 2013 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:daughterfaceglassLetterkenny District CourtThe Grangelast_img read more


first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 09.01.12 Well done to all the teams that collected medals at the Minor Board Presentation Night last Friday in the Silver Tassie. 2011 was a fantastic year for the club’s Minor Board with titles being won in most age groups. Congratulations to Ciaran & Mary Maguire on winning the Minor Board People of the Year. Special thanks to All-Star Kevin Cassidy, our Special Guest for his time and kindness. Thank you to everyone that helped out on the night. The Nomination Papers are out by e-mail for our AGM that will be held in the Clubhouse on Sunday, January 29th at 1:30pm. If anyone requires a form by post, please contact Charlie McAteer All completed nomination forms must be returned to Charlie no later than Friday, January 20th. Late forms will not be accepted.Congratulations to Rose Boyle and Ciara Grant who were both nominated for Best Secondary School Sports Girl at the Donegal Sports Star Awards.O’Donnell Park will host the NFL Div. 1 game v Laois on Feb. 12th. A meeting will be held shortly to discuss arrangements.There was one winner in this week’s Lotto Draw. The winner matched 3 numbers and wins €100. The numbers drawn were 1-4-7-22 and the winner was Brain McAleer, Stoney Falls house, Lis Monaghan. Winnings as always can be collected in Blake’s Bar, Main St. Congratulations to Cathal Harvey and his bride Suzanne on their recent wedding.Congratulations to Alma and Seamus on their engagement.We extend our sympathies to the Treacy and Gallagher families, Glencar on their bereavements.  GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 9th, 2012 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Ballyshannon Sprint Triathlon – Photo Special!

first_imgSeventeen club members  from Letterkenny Triathlon Club made the relatively short trek to Ballyshannon for the popular sprint triathlon. They acquitted themselves well with a lot of prizes coming back through the Gap.Fergus Callaghan was fifth winning his category closely followed by Peter O’Donnell and John Conaghan in sixth and seventh respectively. Siobhan Gallagher was ninth and best woman overall. Times overall were impressive even considering the 23k cycle route! Letterkenny Triathlon Club have been very busy lately, competing in 5K runs, getting involved in cycling events, and organising a Duathlon before Aidan Callaghan’s departure to Kona.Ballyshannon Sprint Triathlon – Photo Special! was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ballyshannon sprint triathlonCYCLINGletterkenny triathlon clubphoto specialRunningSWIMMINGlast_img read more

Azusa drug, gun probe continues

first_imgAZUSA – Police said on Wednesday they expect more people to be arrested in a $1.1 million drug and weapons bust in an industrial warehouse on the northwest side of town. About 200,000 Ecstasy pills, which go for at least $5 a pill on the street, were found along with a cache of guns, which Azusa Sgt. Tim Harrington said he couldn’t put a value to. Capt. Sam Gonzalez said the FBI will eventually take over the case. “With the size and amount recovered from that lab, there has to be more involved than just one person,” Gonzalez said. Mihran Nishan Panian, 32, of Pasadena is expected to be arraigned in federal court next week. Panian was arrested Monday on suspicion of transporting and selling a controlled substance and is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail at the Inmate Reception center in Los Angeles, authorities said. marianne.love@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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


first_imgDONEGAL is set for a brilliant blast of summer, forecasters said today.Temperatures of up to 22C or 23C will hit the county early next week – with long range forecasts saying it will last for at least five days.This image from UK forecasters shows a high pressure over Ireland next Monday. And Donegal will be at the centre of it.It follows another warm day today across the county, although it has been mainly cloudy.Irish Weather Online forecaster Peter O’Donnell says we may see a bit more cloud and mist over the next day or so.“But after that it is looking very pleasant indeed,” he added. Met Eireann forecasters agree.This is their forecast for the next few days.A mix of cloud and hazy sunshine this weekend with isolated showers. Settled conditions for next week and warm with temperatures reaching into the low twenties.Showers will die out on Friday evening and it will be mainly dry Friday night with some clear spells. It will stay mild with lowest temperatures around 12 or 13 degrees in a light northerly breeze with mist or fog patches forming.Saturday will be mostly dry with hazy sunshine, but scattered light showers will occur. Top temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees in light northerly breezes with onshore sea breezes developing along coasts. Sunday will be mostly dry with just the odd light shower and some hazy sunshine. Top temperatures 20 to 22 degrees generally, but 17 to 19 degrees in the north in the northerly breeze.The early days of next week will see settled conditions with a lot of dry weather, good sunny spells and temperatures reaching into the high teens to low twenties. Winds will be light mainly northerly, but with sea breezes developing during the afternoons along coasts.AT LAST! SUMMER HEAT ON THE WAY, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: June 12th, 2014 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:donegalDonegal Dailyheatheat wavesunny weatherlast_img read more

What’s a Hairy Wood Ant Good For?

first_img(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A humble, rare ant might help humans learn how to communicate better with networks.  It’s just one of many ways nature is inspiring technology that approaches perfection.Hairy wood ants are being studied in England for clues to improving telecommunication networks, the BBC News reported.  Researchers have actually found a way to outfit a thousand of the little crawlers with radio transmitters, allowing them to monitor their movements.  The ants don’t mind, because they can carry up to two times their own weight.  One project member compared ants’ to-and-fro movements with telephone networks.  “How to move information through that network is sometimes done with ant-like analogies,” he said.Chlorophyll extracted from green plants is being harnessed for a new generation of solar cells, LEDs and lasers, PhysOrg reported.  Did you know that chlorophyll is the world’s most abundant organic material?   Calling nature “an infinite source of inspiration,” the article described photosynthesis as a “perfectly functioning process,” an example of “Complicated mechanisms developed by nature [that] arouse astonishment in many researchers.”  People “can only dream of duplicating” photosynthesis and many other “structures and systems” found in the living world.Pigments from purple bacteria were used to make light-gathering antennas at Washington University in St. Louis.  The researchers wanted to “avoid the laborious synthesis typically required to make designer light-harvesting antennas,” so they put the bacteria to work for them.  “Fortunately light-harvesting antennas from purple bacteria are modular devices that self assemble under appropriate conditions,” they found.  Leaves are green because they reflect some of the light.  These engineers, by employing multiple pigments that “talk” to each other, hope to squeeze even more energy out of the rest of the spectrum in their lab-made “sun sponges” composed of rings of proteins, half natural and half engineered.  See Science Daily.Plants and insects that can pull water out of the air are inspiring “fog harvesting” techniques by MIT scientists offering help to residents in Chile where fresh water is scarce.  PhysOrg tells about a vertical mesh they are developing, and includes video clips of how it works better than previous efforts, producing up to 12 liters per day in the mountains bordering the dry Atacama desert.  The systems require no power and are easy to set up.  Because “nature has already done the hard work of evaporating the water, desalinating it and condensing the droplets. We just have to collect it,” one project member said—just like beetles do on their exoskeletons and some plants do on their leaves.Morpho butterfly wings are being used as templates for “carbon nanotube networks that can convert light to heat and replicate DNA sequences,” according to New Scientist:But their creation isn’t just inspired by nature. It is a real hybrid of butterfly wings fused with nanocarbon that imitates traits found in nature but is also tough to reproduce through technology alone. It could potentially play a role in digital diagnosis of disease, power flexible microscopic photovoltaic cells or even help create soft wearable electronics.A researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology basically “hardened” the pattern that is already present on the butterfly wing.  How does the butterfly use it?  “The surface of Morpho wings are essentially covered in nanoscale solar cells, honeycomb-like structures that trap light, much like a fibre-optic cable, and convert it to heat to keep the insect warm in cold environments.”  Not only that, the patterns are super-hydrophobic (water resistant) and self-cleaning.  Why not just use the pattern that is already there?  “The resulting hybrid gives the term ‘bio-tech’ new meaning,” the article states, explaining how the electrically-conducting carbon nanotube pattern can be used to replicate DNA, too.  Science Daily published a short summary.Your nervous system has inspired a flexible, flat ion-conducting film that could some day turn your smartphone screen into a speaker.  New Scientist discussed the “bio-inspired speaker” that “uses clear gel to play music.”  The embedded video shows the transparent gel responding to the whole range of sound frequencies and playing music over a computer screen.The team that created the device, led by Zhigang Suo of Harvard University, took inspiration from the way electric signals are transmitted in the human body. There, the flow of charged atoms called ions – rather than the electrons that carry charge in electrical devices – is what allows neurons to share information or trigger the heart to beat.The technology “could one day be used to build both noise-cancelling windows and music-playing smartphone screens,” the article states.Your inner ear is inspiring a new generation of hearing aids.  PhysOrg stated that “A healthy ear is much better at detecting and transmitting sound than even the most advanced hearing aid.”  Improving them, therefore, can’t do better than to study the original:Today’s hearing aids—which send amplified signals to the whole cochlea—cannot duplicate this location- and frequency-specific amplification, and understanding how the cochlea accomplishes this may lead to major advances.“Several groups around the world are devising electromechanical cochlear prostheses, or next-generation cochlear implants. Understanding the micro-mechanical machine of the natural cochlea will inspire and guide these developments,” says Dr. [Elizabeth] Olson [Columbia University].Your brain is inspiring the ultimate computers of the future.  PhysOrg marveled at today’s computer devices and hand-held smartphones, but admitted, alas, that “Despite their ability to perform thousands of tasks in the blink of an eye, none of these devices even come close to rivaling the computing capabilities of the human brain.”  To get out of the chip-based rut, inventors are going to have to learn from how the brain is organized, armed with a $500,000 NSF grant:“By mimicking the brain’s billions of interconnections and pattern recognition capabilities, we may ultimately introduce a new paradigm in speed and power, and potentially enable systems that include the ability to learn, adapt and respond to their environment,” said Barney Smith, who is the principal investigator on the grant.They are working on “new device technology that exhibits similar electrical response to the neural synapses” and consist of “entirely new computing chips that mimic how the brain processes information,” the article continues, noting that such a bio-inspired computer of the future will also use an order of magnitude less power.  But can it run on potatoes?Your dog’s nose is still the technology to beat in odor sensing.  A new sensor made using “rational design,” announced by Science Daily, is “almost” as sensitive as a dog’s nose.  But can it fetch a duck in water?Biomimetics has revitalized science and opened the door for intelligent-design thinking back into academia.  None of these articles needed Darwinism.  The only one that came close was a dumb statement in the chlorophyll article that personified Nature, saying, “Nature has had 5 billion years to develop structures and systems that people can only dream of duplicating.”  No, it had six days, not millions of years ago but thousands, when the ultimate Designer spoke this technology into existence by the power of His word.  As all biomimeticians will acknowledge, the product “was very good” – inspirational, even.last_img read more

Family basks in Vijender Kumar’s success

first_imgNothing beats an Olympic medal in India. With it comes a lot of glory and money. It can change the life of not only those who win it, but also their family.Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Kumar ‘s success story is one such example. While Vijender gained star status in India, his brother Manoj Kumar, an ex-national level boxer and ex-armyman, and father Mahipal Singh are now among the A-listers in Haryana.Top politicians, including chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala drop in whenever they come to the airport near the village.Vijender has invested his money smartly and his property dealer brother has helped him in that endeavour. “Vijender owns property in posh areas like DLF, Gurgaon, and Punchkula,” said Vijender’s uncle Vedpal. Apart from that, the boxer owns a fully air-conditioned three-storey house in the village where a highcapacity generator ensures constant power supply.Manoj left the Army after Vijender’s success at the 2008 Olympics. He has turned into a property dealer and is quite happy in his new role. He said that Kaluwas took centrestage after Vijender’s medal and the village now has proper roads.”Earlier, it was a secluded village. Kaluwas is widely known for Vijender and his medal has brought a lot of prestige to our family and village,” Manoj told Mail Today. He said Vijender’s feat encouraged the villagers to take up boxing as a career.”Sport blurs social boundaries. Earlier, boxing in the village was mainly a sport for higher castes, but now parents from other sections of society are sending their children to academies,” he said.advertisement”Our family had been known for producing boxers for a long time, but after 2008 many boys from the village took up boxing seriously and now around 25 of them have got government jobs through the sports quota,” he said.Success comes at a price, for Vijender’s family, it’s the freedom of roaming around in the village and nearby areas, which has become a thing of past.”Now at least one TV van is stationed permanently outside our village home. The number increases whenever Vijender is in the village. Earlier, we used to play cricket with the village boys, but we can’t afford that freedom since we are chased by media wherever we go,” said Vedpal.last_img read more