first_imgFlyers President Paul Van Nostrand says the decision on whether to play AA or AAA in part has to do with players possibly retiring from the team. If they do retire, it puts a strain on the team to compete at the AAA level as it is expensive to recruit high level players from elsewhere.The organization expects to make a decision on the team’s status in the next two or three weeks.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgPortugal boss Fernando Santos’s tongue-in-cheek response when asked why Cristiano Ronaldo is excelling at this World Cup.“These are our best boys. This matters to them. They love their country. They understand that this is the World Cup.”— Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko after Russia confounded their critics by producing the best ever start of a World Cup host nation with Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Egypt following their 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia.“I don’t know why everything is clicking for me at this tournament.”— Russia’s three-goal hero Denis Cheryshev is as bemused as most at the radical turnaround in the team’s fortunes.“You’ll see him tomorrow (Thursday). Olivier does not have the same style of play as the others. When he’s not here, we realise his usefulness even more.”— France coach Didier Deschamps on striker Olivier Giroud, who did not start their opening win over Australia.“If you could be a little bit more positive as well, that would be cool.”— Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane asking the media to lay off his France teammate Paul Pogba, who told French television at the weekend that he was “the most criticised player in the world”.“The Polish team will have to regenerate and recuperate.”— Coach Adam Nawalka’s blunt verdict after Poland’s 2-1 opening loss to Senegal.“He gets targeted a lot. He gets fouled a lot, lots of knocks.”— Philippe Coutino on his Brazil teammate Neymar, who was fouled 10 times in the five-time champions’ opening 1-1 draw with Switzerland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fernando Santos joked that Cristiano Ronaldo is in such good form because of his own coaching skills © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – AFP Sport picks out some of the best quotes at the World Cup:“He has a great coach.”last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000The position is one of a number being considered by the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 22 – Thierry Henry is in talks with Bordeaux over the vacant coach’s role, according to Sky sources.The position is one of a number being considered by the former Arsenal and Barcelona forward. French broadcaster RMC reported on Wednesday morning that he had agreed to take the role, but Sky understands talks are still ongoing.Henry, who left Sky Sports in the summer to concentrate on his coaching career, has been working as an assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez since 2016.He was part of the backroom staff that led Belgium to third place at the World Cup in Russia.The Ligue 1 side recently suspended manager Gus Poyet after he was critical of a transfer that had been made without his knowledge.Bordeaux sold striker Gaetan Laborde to rivals Montpellier and Poyet reacted furiously after their Europa League win over FC Mariupol, labelling the transfer “a disgrace”.Poyet was suspended for a week with Eric Bedouet taking over for Sunday’s league clash with Toulouse, which saw Bordeaux fall to a 2-1 defeat.Henry’s interest in the role was brought to light on Monday by his long-time manager at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger.“Yes, he wants to do it,” Wenger told Corse Matin. “He is intelligent and he has the qualities.Henry made 254 appearances for Arsenal between 1999 and 2007 and won 123 caps for France.-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img He claimed the state law in question could only be enforced by California regulators, not by workers in a courtroom. He added that Wal-Mart did not believe the lunch law allowed for punitive damages. “We absolutely disagree with their findings,” Manne said of the jury’s verdict. He conceded that Wal-Mart made mistakes in not always allowing for lunch breaks when the 2001 law took affect, but said the company is “100 percent” in compliance now. The lawsuit was filed by several former Wal-Mart employees in the San Francisco Bay area in 2001, but it took four years of legal wrangling to get to trial. The verdict comes as the company is waging an intense public-relations campaign to counter critics aiming to stop the retailer’s expansion and make it boost workers’ salaries and benefits. Paul Blank, campaign director for, an union-affiliated advocacy group that believes Wal-Mart’s policies over wages, health benefits and other issues harm families and communities, said he was delighted by the verdict. “It is a sad day when Wal-Mart provides these so-called low prices by exploiting their workers and even the law,” Blank said. The company added lower-cost health insurance this year after an internal memo surfaced that showed 46 percent of Wal-Mart employees’ children were on Medicaid or uninsured. A federal lawsuit pending in San Francisco accuses the company of paying men more than women.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND, Calif. – A California jury on Thursday awarded $172 million to thousands of employees at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. who claimed they were illegally denied lunch breaks. The world’s largest retailer was ordered to pay $57 million in general damages and $115 million in punitive damages to about 116,000 current and former California employees for violating a 2001 state law that requires employers to give 30-minute, unpaid lunch breaks to employees who work at least six hours. The damages were originally tallied as $207 million after a court clerk misread the punitive damages as $150 million. The amount of punitive damages was later clarified. The class-action lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court is one of about 40 nationwide alleging workplace violations by Wal-Mart, and the first to go to trial. The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer, which earned $10 billion last year, settled a similar lawsuit in Colorado for $50 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In the California lunch-break suit, Wal-Mart claimed that workers did not demand penalty wages on a timely basis. Under the law, the company must pay workers a full hour’s wages for every missed lunch. The company also said it paid some employees their penalty pay and, in 2003, most workers agreed to waive their meal periods as the law allows. The lawsuit covers former and current employees in California from 2001 to 2005. The workers claimed they were owed more than $66 million plus interest, and sought damages to punish the company for alleged wrongdoing. Attorney Fred Furth, who brought the case on behalf of the workers, said outside court that the jury “held Wal-Mart to account.” Wal-Mart attorney Neal Manne said the jury’s verdict, reached after nearly three days of deliberations and four months of testimony, would likely be appealed.last_img read more

first_imgDonegal TV were at the ramp to celebrate some terrific wins at the Joule Donegal International Rally.Charlie Collins gets reaction from winners Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy as well as very emotional National winners Manus Kelly and Donal Barrett. The extended pice also hears from family members of many of those who took part in the rally as well as the Mayor of Donegal Cllr Ciaran Brogan.Simply click on the video to see a terrific round-up of a great weekend in Donegal motorsport.DDTV: SPECIAL FEATURE ON THE JOULE DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 22nd, 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:Garry JenningsJoule Donegal International RallyManus Kellyrory kennedylast_img read more

first_imgA major cross border project worth almost €14million was launched this week at An Grianan Hotel in Burt, Co. Donegal aimed at improving the water quality in our waterways.‘CatchmentCARE’ is a five year project bringing together eight partners to restore the water quality in three important cross-border river catchments – River Blackwater, River Finn and the Arney River.The CatchmentCARE project will include studies on how best to tackle water quality and it will also provide a platform for cross border engagement and knowledge sharing between community, governance, policy and scientific shareholders. There will be actions to improve the quality of the rivers through restoration works to the land bordering the rivers, as well as to the rivers themselves. Further actions will enhance the capacity of shareholders to contribute to this programme of improving water quality.There are also plans to install 50 boreholes across the region to monitor water quality.Pictured at the launch of the Catchment CARE project launch are Back Row L-R, Dr. Donnacha Doody, Principal Scientific Officer, Agri-food & Biosciences Institute, Tim Irwin, Head of Water Management, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Taly Hunter Williams, Senior Hydro-geologist, Geological Survey of Ireland, Michael McGarvey, Director of Service, Donegal County Council, Ciaran Hanna, Programme Officer, Special EU Programmes Body, Con McLaughlin, Senior Engineer Donegal County Council and Paddy Boylan, Senior Biologist, Loughs Agency. Front Row L-R Andy Fanning, Programme Manager, Environmental Protection Agency Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Marcus Malley, Conservation Officer, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough CouncilCathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle welcomed project partners and invited guests to the launch event saying “Donegal County Council is delighted to be leading out on this initiative which has identified actions that go above and beyond those that agencies already have a statutory obligation to undertake and will address the core challenge of restoring water-bodies in border area catchments.“Everyone lives and works in a river catchment. Everything we do has the potential to affect waterways and ultimately the ocean and marine life. This initiative is about working collaboratively to increase the resilience of these important cross-border river catchments”. Lee McDaid, Wildlife Ranger, National Parks and Wildlife Service giving a talk a section of the group at Inch Wildlife Reserve.Led by Donegal County Council, the partner organisations are Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Agri Foods & Biosciences Institute, the Loughs Agency, Ulster University, the British Geological Survey and Geological Survey Ireland.A healthy water catchment can provide high-quality drinking water and support livelihoods such as agriculture, recreational angling and water sports. It can also support local ecosystems so plants, animals, fish and insects that depend on having healthy water can thrive and flourish.Managing our water so it can meet our current and future needs and support the ecosystems that depend on it is vital and CatchmentCARE will make a significant contribution to these aims.Welcoming the project Gina McIntyre, CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body said: “This project represents a unique cross-border partnership that will provide a platform for knowledge exchange between universities, local councils and scientific organisations. It will also deliver upon a number of core outputs within the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme that have been designed to both protect and enhance our precious biodiversity on both sides of the border and contribute towards compliance with the EU’s Water Framework Directive.”Pictured at the launch of the Cathment CARE last Thursday are Cathairleach Cllr Gerry McMonagle, Taly Hunter William, Senior Hydro-geologist, Geological Survey of Ireland, Joe Mahon, Television Presenter, Con McLaughlin, Senior Engineer Donegal County Council, Michael McGarvey,Director of Service, Donegal County Council and Seamus Neely, Chief Executiv, Donegal County Council.Well known TV presenter and broadcaster Joe Mahon was also on hand as a guest speaker at the launch and provided some thought provoking insights from his own ‘Lesser Spotted Journeys’ and on our shared responsibility to improving water quality and ensuring healthy water catchments for all. Joe remarked on how well the project logo looked and captured the ‘CARE’ components from the project, the ‘Community Actions for Resilient Ecosystems’. In launching the Project, he concluded by wishing all of the Partners involved in ‘Catchment CARE’ best wishes for the remaining years on the successful implementation of this ambitious and very significant project.This ambitious project is being funded through the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programme’s Body. Match-funding has been provided by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Northern Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in Ireland making a grand total of €13.8 million.€14 million project launched to improve Donegal water quality was last modified: June 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CatchmentCARE projectcross-BorderDonegal County Councilwater qualitylast_img read more

first_imgA squid whose scientific name means “vampire from hell” wears specs with excellent specs (that’s lenses with excellent specifications, for the pun-challenged).  Elisabeth Pennisi in Science reported on a talk given at an Arizona science conference about the vampire squid, whose “lenses are designed for seeing details, even in virtual darkness.”  Researchers studying cephalopod eyes found interesting optical features in the eyes of this species.  “Seeing clearly underwater requires a special spherical lens with a high refractive index in the center but a lower index toward the edge,” explained Pennisi.  In the vampire squid, “This gradation is achieved with progressively lower concentrations, from the lens’s center outward, of proteins called crystallins.”    How well does this design work?  Pennisi ends,After her study, [Alison] Sweeney [Duke U] is deeply impressed by cephalopod vision.  Indeed, she noted, the shipboard tests showed that the vampire squid’s lens, which appeared early in the evolutionary history of cephalopods, “has a visual acuity better than in a state-of-the-art Zeiss dissecting microscope.”Pennisi explained, “For a lens to be transparent, crystallins must stay folded and evenly dispersed to create a glassy state.”  A developmental biologist was quoted as remarking, “It’s amazing how finely tuned the squid lens is to do its job.”    For more on crystallins and how they achieve transparency, see the 08/28/2003 entry.  For another example of a finely-tuned visual system in the marine environment, read about the box jellyfish eye (05/13/2005).1Elisabeth Pennisi, “News Focus SOCIETY FOR INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY MEETING: Loopy Lens Proteins Provide Squid With Excellent Eyesight,” Science, 26 January 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5811, p. 456, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5811.456a.It’s sad that this article was suffused with evolutionary storytelling.  The biologists told a fable about how the crystallins became optimized after some ancient gene duplication event, and that the “old” crystallins were on the periphery, and the “new” ones in the center of the lens.  Moreover, this lucky accident that produced a lens superior to Carl Zeiss specifications happened multiple times in different lineages!  The fability (01/16/2007 commentary) of Darwinians is fabulous.    Pray for poor Elisabeth.  She comes up with some of the most amazing examples of design in her reports for Science (e.g., next entry) but always has to tow the Darwin Party line.  Such mandatory myopia must be causing a splitting headache.  Suggested therapy: take the blinders off.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img19 August 2005Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mphahlwa says small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) need advisory support on financial and cash-flow management to make inroads into South Africa’s “first economy”.Speaking at the launch of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) branch at Mafikeng in North West on Thursday, Mphahlwa said that even if small enterprises got financial support, most would collapse from financial mismanagement.“We are launching the Seda branch here to provide non-financial and technical support for SMME sustainability,” he said.The launch was attended by about 2 000 entrepreneurs from small and medium businesses.Mphahlwa said the government aimed to create a conducive environment for small businesses to thrive, with Seda branches being key delivery portals.“The fact that Seda provides non-financial support does not stop it exploring ways SMMEs can access funding from other institutions,” he said.Seda chief executive Wawa Damane said the agency had already held discussions with Khula Enterprise about use existing networks and channels such as Absa bank to help small businesses access funding.“If small entrepreneurs approach us for help, and we see they have good business ideas, we will refer them to Khula in Rustenburg as part of this agreement,” she said.Dawane said they had identified small-scale mining and agriculture as two key areas needing attention in the province.North West is the first province in the country to adopt the Seda model, with its first branch launched in Taung two months ago.Finance and economic development MEC Darkey Africa urged entrepreneurs to use the resources provided by the government to develop of their businesses.Africa said the province would work hard to set high standards in SMME development.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 6 January 2016 – Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela today announced the appointment of Mrs Linda Sangaret as Chief Marketing Officer of the country’s official marketing and reputation management agency.Mrs Sangaret has recently concluded a decade long tenure as South African Tourism’s Country Manager in France.  During this time, she was key to South Africa’s efforts to position the country as a destination of choice for French tourists.Between 2000-2005, Mrs Sangaret held the position of Global Communications and Marketing Manager at the Societe Generale Investment Bank in France and was responsible for the implementation of the Bank’s communications and marketing strategy in Asia and the Americas.Mrs Sangaret has also served the country as a diplomat in Paris between 1995-1999.Welcoming Mrs Sangaret to Brand South Africa, Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “Brand South Africa is pleased to have a global citizen of the calibre of Mrs Sangaret as its Chief Marketing Officer.  Mrs Sangaret will be responsible for co-ordinating national efforts to position South Africa as a competitive destination of choice in a range of areas and we wish her a successful tenure at Brand South Africa.”Speaking about her appointment, Mrs Sangaret said, “After many years of working to position my country positively on foreign shores, I am pleased to be able to showcase to the world, including South Africans, the beauty and magnificence of our country and its people.  In an increasingly borderless global world, a nation’s reputation and its competitive strengths are its biggest assets.  I look forward to the task of defining South Africa’s value proposition with a range of stakeholders so that we can leverage the best that the country has to offer to position South Africa as a world class destination of choice,” concluded Mrs Sangaret.Mrs Sangaret assumes office on 6 January 2016.last_img read more

first_imgStar all-rounder Yuvraj Singh made his debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the game against Gujarat Lions at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium yesterday.The Hyderabad crowd had come in huge numbers to watch the comeback man in action. Yuvraj though, disappointed quite a few after failing to click with the bat in Hyderabad’s five-wicket win over Suresh Raina’s men. On a wicket that was difficult for the batsmen to get going, Yuvraj hung around for 14 balls scoring only five runs in chase of 127. (Full Coverage|Points Table)Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who played a match-winning, unbeaten 47, believes his India teammate will get back to form soon. Dhawan backed Yuvraj by saying the veteran all-rounder needed some time to hit form after his injury layout.”We have to understand that he is coming back after a break and it does get difficult to score right away. It is normal for any batsman to take time to get back into that groove. We all are confident that he will do well in the forthcoming matches,” Dhawan told iplt20.comDhawan was all praise for Yuvraj’s two-over spell. SRH skipper David Warner didn’t wait to use the services of the bowler in Yuvraj. The left-arm slow bowler bowled a couple of overs yesterday and put the brakes on Gujarat’s scoring rate conceding only 13 runs.”Tonight he bowled a couple of good overs,” Dhawan said on Friday.Yuvraj a calming influenceThe Delhi batsman also shed light on how Yuvraj is a calming influence in the SRH dressing room. “He has a very calming influence on everyone and his presence in the dressing room matters a lot. The youngsters get a boost just listening to him,” he said.advertisementDhawan said it was nice to get valuable inputs on the game from the experienced all-rounder. He also revealed that Yuvraj had good words for him after his sensible 40-ball 47 last night.”Yuvraj and I share a bit of technical stuff about our batting and it is nice to get his inputs. Even today he said that I played well. He said that I had played according to the situation and played sensibly.” Dhawan said.Dhawan, who had a horrid start to the tournament, got back to scoring ways in their first game against Gujarat Lions. He hasn’t looked back since scoring four 40-plus scores which includes two half-centuries.Dhawan credits skipper Warner for his success saying the aggressive Aussie opener, who has been on top of his game, made it easy for him.”I would like to credit David Warner. He is in such great form that I have been able to take my time in the middle to get set and get those scores for the team. That level of confidence brushes off on me and it creates a sense of ease for me. There is no case of playing rash shots or the need to push hard because the guy at the other end is playing his role to perfection,” Dhawan said.last_img read more