Our triathlon gal ‘proud at home’

first_imgJames finished fourth in the women’s triathlon this morning.She said the New Caledonian was to quick from the start and she tried her best to catch her.James said she was happy to improve in her second Pacific Games because she finished back in the pack in 2011.Meanwhile, Rosemary Arua in her first triathlon at Games level finished last.last_img

What Happened to the UL Faculty-Student Alliance?

first_imgDid we not, in an editorial, call the UL faculty-student demand for Dr. Wede Brownell to go “an unholy alliance”?We surely did; and now look what has happened: Wede is now gone and… these same students are now bitterly complaining against their infamous faculty collaborators.We also prayed editorially that the UL authorities and the government should not “throw UL to the wolves.”  Alas!  Wede is gone and now the students are finally seeing the true colors of their faculty: selfish, corrupt, non-committed.Yet the students are themselves hypocritical, aren’t they?  Many of them know only too well how they got admitted and even promoted—by paying money—or sex.  That is how the UL faculty and staff gratified themselves or made additional money.  Remember that when Dr. Emmett Dennis first became UL president, they offered him a brown envelop with money as his share of the admissions loot (booty, plunder)?So what did the students expect, that the faculty would suddenly change their spots?  Did the students not learn from their mothers’ knees and in elementary school that “leopard never changes its spots”?Our Diplomatic Correspondent Joachim Sendolo, who is himself trying to get a second Bachelor’s degree from UL,  reported that the students are protesting the absence of their faculty from classes.  He said the students are facing the identical problem Dr. Wede Brownell was trying to solve: teachers teaching at so many other universities and  schools that they have little time for their full time faculty positions at UL!Well.  The students are now caught in the same old corruption conundrum (problem) that their erstwhile provost was endeavoring to solve.  But faculty attrition (wearing down) was not the only problem she met when she joined the UL few years ago.  She also embarked upon breaking the admissions corruption scheme.  She was never forgiven for that and, in the minds of the scheming staff/faculty, she had to go! They did not rest until they got some of the students to make and put on their heads a coffin and march in a funeral procession for their provost!Now the students are missing the water when the well has run dry.Dr. Brownell’s successor, Dr. Walter Wiles, is one of those individuals who, though highly efficient and committed, always wears a smile on his face.  Alas, he has quickly learned—or so we hope—that a smile alone will not do in the face of a faculty resolute and determined to remain embedded in their corruption syndrome.His challenge—and that of Dr. Dennis, the Faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees—is to face the problem for what it is: find an answer to the problem, even if it means weeding out those faculty members firmly rooted in their corruption and keeping the few who are hopefully different.Dr. Dennis must also now scout around universities in West Africa and elsewhere to ask for immediate faculty help.  It is a crisis that must be properly resolved—not by appeasement.  As the world painfully learned with Hitler in 1938, and now with Putin in 2014, appeasement will not do.UL has to call a spade a spade and play the cards accordingly and decisively, if our oldest institution of higher learning is to regain its lost prestige and move forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Legendary manager joins Berahino debate: ‘It’s completely unacceptable for a player to strike!’

first_imgBassett endured similar circumstances when Dutch forward Pierre van Hooijdonk, who he labelled a ‘waste of space’, refused to play during his time at Forest, and the 70-year-old feels Berahino is obliged to honour his contract.“It’s completely unacceptable for a player to go on strike. They’ve signed a contract and if the club don’t honour that the player is straight onto the PFA who come down on them like a tonne of bricks,” Bassett told talkSPORT.“If he refuses to play then the club can suspend him and fine him two weeks wages every two weeks but of course it’s no help to the club and no use to the player.“You have to accept that if the clubs can’t agree a fee you’ve got to get on with it – you never know what might happen six months later.”Berahino’s public damning of Peace has cast the spotlight over the Baggies chairman after he continually blocked the 22-year-old’s proposed exit, and Bassett claims neither protagonist, Peace or Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, are to blame for the fiasco.He added: “Peace is entitled to ask what figure he wants for Berahino. It’s not up to him to decide what he thinks it is unless there’s a buyout clause in his contract.“You can’t blame him for trying to get the maximum money he can and you can’t blame Levy for only being prepared to go so far.“The buying club thinks that the selling club will get desperate right at the death or the other club hangs on and they hope they get the figure they want.“There’s brinkmanship the entire time – these things always get left to the last moment.” 1 Former Wimbledon and Nottingham Forest manager Dave Bassett has become the latest footballing figurehead to discuss the Saido Berahino transfer furore, stating it is ‘completely unacceptable’ for a player to go on strike.Tottenham had two deadline day bids rejected for the West Brom striker, who duly took to Twitter to vent his frustration and pledged never to play for the Baggies again while chairman Jeremy Peace is still at the helm.last_img read more


first_imgSt. Eunan’s GAA Club 2011 Development Draw Results:1st Prize €10,000: Brendan McGlynn, Stackarnagh, Churchill; (Seller: Gareth McGlynn)2nd Prize Weekend for 2 in Dublin (in association with McEniff Hotels): Martin Coll, Ballyboes, Falcarragh; (Seller: Martin McHugh) 3rd Prize 1,000 litres Home Heating oil (in association with Top Oil) Martin Bond c/o AIB, Letterkenny; (Garvan McCloskey)4th Prize Digital Camera (in association with Magee’s Chemist) Willie Boyle, Drumkeen; (Frankie Doherty)5th Prize €500: Jack Sullivan c/o Greg Sullivan Golf Course Rd.; (Eugene Sullivan)6th Prize 32” LCD TV (in association with Curry’s) Anne McHugh, c/o Errigal College; (Vincent McGlynn) 7th Prize €200: Margaret Gallagher, c/o Neil Browne; (Adrian Shiels)8th Prize 6 months membership to Mt. Errigal Leisure Centre (in association with Mt. Errigal Hotel): John McKeever, Ballymacool; (Dickie McGranaghan)9th Prize €200: Diarmaid O’Tuama, Wicklow;  (Alma Kavanagh)10th Prize 1 week Mediterranean Holiday worth €1,000 (in association with Liberty Travel): Tom Mohan, c/o Tir Conaill Gaels, London. (Brian McBrearty)ST EUNAN’S €10,000 PRIZE DRAW WINNERS ANNOUNCED was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:ST EUNAN’S GAA DRAW RESULTSlast_img read more


first_imgA GARDA specialising in missing persons will today co-ordinate the renewed search for missing American tourist Kelly Jones.The Georgia woman, 41, had spent ten days in Glencolmcille before going missing last Saturday. Extensive searches yesterday failed to find her, but a new search began at dawn today, starting at the Malinmore Adventure Centre hostel just outside the village.Garda John McGrory, a member of the Donegal Mountain Rescue team, will lead today’s search.“We will try to re-trace Kelly’s steps,” said co-ordinator Brian Murray.“We will keep searching until we find her. We are being joined in today’s search by mountain rescue teams from Sligo and Leitrim.” Yesterday’s sweep around Sliabh Liag failed to find any trace of her.Among the volunteers who took part were members of the Sliabh Liag Hill Walkers organisation.Spokesman Patrick McBrearty told donegaldaily.com: “We have been helping the Coastguard and DMR teams wherever and whenever we can.“We are experienced walkers and know the terrain very well and we felt we could help – even in a small way – to search for Kelly Jones.“We understand Kelly is a keen hill walker and we want to do our bit to help to find her.“We joined the search on Tuesday and will continue on Wednesday morning after a briefing from the Garda. “Our volunteers will search every day until Kelly is found.”SEARCHING FOR KELLY: COMMUNITY OUT IN FORCE AS SPECIALIST LEADS TEAM was last modified: September 21st, 2011 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 mountain rescue teamGlencolmcillekelly jones missing personsearch teamsSliabh Liag Hill Walkerslast_img read more


first_imgA public meeting will be held this week to set up a Text Alert Network in the Killygordon/ Castlefin area.The meeting will take place tomorrow evening (Tues) at 8pm in the Castlefin CPI Centre.Please come along if you want to be included in the new Text Alert network to cover the Finn Valley area.MEETING TO SET UP TEXT ALERT IN KILLYGORDON/CASTLEFIN AREAS was last modified: June 29th, 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:donegalfinn valleytext alertlast_img read more

Can Warriors’ Damion Lee cement an NBA future?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MEMPHIS – In a little less than a week, Damion Lee will chart out a goal he hoped to accomplish this season with the Golden State Warriors.The goal: play well enough that an NBA team has no choice but to keep him on its roster.“I have to keep proving myself and trying to get better,” said Lee, citing his defense and strength. “I’ll continue to try to grind and …last_img read more

Matt Millen is back, and it provides a lift for rough year in Raiders’ family

first_imgOAKLAND — Finally, a feel good story for the silver and black.It was a gloomy off-season for the Raiders, one that went far beyond wins and losses. That feeling was at least temporarily lifted Saturday evening by the presence of Matt Millen in the broadcast booth less than eight months after a Christmas Eve heart transplant that saved his life..Millen, who worked as an analyst with Rich Gannon along with play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins on the local Raiders television broadcast, was his …last_img read more

Boeing expects 737 MAX efficiency improvements to continue

first_imgPhoto: Boeing Boeing expects to continue a 737 family tradition of continuous improvement with its new fuel-efficient planes and sees scope for the kind of efficiency gains it saw with the successful “Next Generation” family.The US manufacturer’s  737 MAX aircraft are 14 per cent more efficient than the latest NG’s but they are 20 per cent more efficient than the planes that introduced the type in 1998.This is because in 2001 the company added winglets to the NG and in 2008 it reduced the weight of the aircraft with a carbon brake system. Further aerodynamic and engine improvements in 2011 reduced the fuel burn of the NGs by 6 per cent over their 1998 counterparts. The boost was in addition to an improvement of about 13 per cent between the introduction of 737 classics in the 1980s and the NG.The MAX program’s chief project engineer and deputy program manager, Michael Teal, expects similar efficiency improvements to occur with the new aircraft.“Our expectation is absolutely,’’ he says about continuing the “family tradition”.  “So, yes, we continuing to look at learnings from the flight test program where we can improve the drag of the airplane and I know the engine company as well is looking at their opportunities.“Together,  our expectation is we’re just going to continually improve the product similar to what we did on the NG family.’’Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Boeing’s single-aisle workhorse achieved another milestone on Thursday when the MAX-9 conducted its first flight over Puget Sound near Seattle.The aircraft took off from Renton, the 737’s manufacturing base, and completed a successful flight of two hours and 42 minutes during which flight crew Christine Walsh and Ed Wilson performed tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities.The MAX 9, with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers and a range of 3,515 nautical miles, will undergo comprehensive flight testing ahead of customer deliveries in 2018. It is the second variant of the MAX family to take to the air and the smaller MAX 8 is due to enter service next month.The MAX 8 has the same range as the MAX 9 and is able to carry up to 200 passengers in a single class configuration or 162 passengers in two classes.The smallest member of the family, the MAX 7 is due to complete final assembly in the fourth quarter of 2017 with first delivery scheduled in 2019. The longer-range MAX 7 will be the aircraft best suited to operations in hot and high conditions.Currently being offered to airlines, but yet to be confirmed, is the MAX 10X.Assuming it gets the response it needs from airlines, firm configuration for the MAX 10X is scheduled for the end of 2017 with delivery around 2020.Teal sees this as an aircraft, with its capacity to up to 12 additional passengers compared to the MAX 9 and a similar range, that could be attractive in the lucrative Asia-Pacific market. “That is going to put an aircraft in the marketplace with lowest seat-mile costs compared to any of the competitor’s aircraft and bringing more revenue in with that additional 12 seats,’’ he said. “So I think that airplane is very, very well suited to that marketplace.’’The MAX range is competing with the Airbus A320neo family, which is already in service and has also has proved popular with airlines.Boeing says its planes have lower operating costs than the A320neo family and so far it has 3700 firm orders from 86 customers.  It is ramping up production to cater for the demand and expects to be producing 57 a month by 2019.Read: Boeing 787-10 and AirbusA319neo have first flights.The biggest boost to the MAX’s efficiency has been the CFM LEAP-1B engine but there are also aerodynamic tweaks to the wings and the tail that allow it to deliver its 14 per cent better fuel burn.The MAX AT winglet improves the aircraft’s lift over drag by creating an effective span, according to Teal.“We’ve proven it in the flight test program by measuring it. We are getting efficiency improvements from it.Boeing engineers also improved the aft body aerodynamics from the flat tail design that has adorned the aircraft since 1967 by changing the shape to improve drag.There are also fly-by-wire spoilers to improve the handling characteristics and a new electronic engine bleed system that can vary the air pulled from the engine according to the passenger load.Internal improvements include a move from five screens on the flight deck to four bigger displays that are common to the B787 and B777X and are designed to improve situational awareness.At the same time, it has retained commonality with the NG so that less than a day’s training using a laptop is required to move between the two.There is also an onboard network system that holds electronic data on key aircraft parameters in one storage space that allows airlines to access the plane’s health management systems wirelessly during flight or the ground.Maintenance personnel can now also check for problems from the flight deck displays and decide whether an aircraft can continue on with minimum equipment list fault.“That is to improve the dispatch reliability of the airplane,’’ says Teal, who says he expects that reliability to be close to the NG’s 99.7 per cent from the get-go. “Airlines from around the world have been working with us on that system and their mechanics have been on the airplane and they just love it.”It’s really going to improve the maintainability and the reliability of the aircraft.’’From a passenger standpoint, the MAX family features the Boeing Sky Interior that has been available since 2011 and optional space bins that allow wheelie bags to be stored on their sides.last_img read more

Man pushed off moving train dies, another injured in Haryana

first_imgA 30-year-old man was killed and his friend sustained head injuries after the two were allegedly pushed off the moving local train on the Delhi-Agra route near the Asaoti Railway Station here on Saturday, by a group of teenage students following a minor altercation. Three of the accused were arrested, while the fourth managed to escape.Same stationThe incident comes less than two months after Junaid, a minor Muslim boy from Khandawali village was stabbed to death, and his older brother seriously injured in a similar fashion, by a group of men, following an argument over a seat in a local train at the same railway station.The deceased in the present case has been identified as Devender Kumar, a resident of Mohan Nagar in Palwal. Lalit, 29, who was injured in the incident, belongs to Tikri Brahman village in Palwal.Superintendent of Police, Haryana Railway Police, Kamal Deep Goyal told The Hindu that the accused, all of them students, were headed to Agra for a fun trip when they entered into an altercation with the accused on the train around 8:30 p.m. “One of the accused students got down at Asaoti railway station to fetch drinking water from a tap. He had an argument with the duo travelling on the footboard of the train when he tried to board the train and asked them for the passage. Later, his friends also got embroiled into it and the four allegedly pushed the two off the moving train,” said Mr. Goyal.Three caughtThree of the accused were caught by fellow passengers and handed over to the police at the Palwal Railway Station, but the fourth managed to jump off and escape when the train slowed down. “He will also be arrested soon,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Faridabad Railway Police, Mohinder Singh.The three have been identified as Manmohan alias Mohit, Vipin Gupta and Maniket Jaiswal. While Maniket belongs to Faridabad, the other two belong to Delhi.Though the accused maintained that the duo fell off accidentally during the scuffle, the police have registered a case of murder and attempt to murder under the Indian Penal Code based on the statements of fellow passengers.Devender, who worked at a workshop in Ballabgarh, is survived by his wife and four children, including two girls. Lalit also works at a lathe machine in Ballabgarh and would usually travel with Devender on his way back home. He was admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre and discharged on Sunday evening.last_img read more