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Safety of aviation sector to be boosted

first_img…Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system before year-endThe Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems which are aimed at bolstering safety in the aviation sector will become fully operational before the end of the year.GCAA Director General Egbert FieldSpeaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d), Egbert Field said this would put Guyana ahead of the United States, since their mandatory commencement date is January 1, 2020.The ADS-B Systems are currently installed at the Kaieteur, Port Kaituma, Annai and Kamarang air traffic control towers. The satellite stations at Port Kaituma and Kamarang are up and running. The two at Kaieteur and Annai are yet to come on stream; this is as a result of the uplink of the data being slower as a result of insufficient bandwidth.“We have entered an agreement with E-governance to supply us with the bandwidth. They ran all the cables and necessary equipment to the tower at Timehri and we are awaiting the installation of the IP address. That should be taking place very shortly, which will activate the other two stations,” Field explained.The Director General said the GCAA has included necessary elements of the ADS-B equipment which must be installed in aircraft in its regulation. He noted that the ADS-B programme was critical and necessary for Guyana’s aviation sector. Operators are urged to install the complementary equipment, the transponder, on their aircraft.“On a weekly basis, I see documents where operators are asking for permission to do the modification of the aircraft to have the system installed. So, we are moving ahead and by the end of this year or before, we will be looking at moving from the test mode to fully operational. So, [we] will be ahead of the US in the implementation of the ADS-B,” the Director General explained.An ADS-B system is one that allows an aircraft to determine its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcast its location, enabling it to be tracked. The systems were installed last year, upon acquisition of the simulator.last_img read more

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Youth slapped with rape charge

first_imgA 20-year-old farmer was on Thursday remanded to prison for allegedly raping an 11-year-old child who was on her way home from school.Vladimir Lawrence, of Yupukari Village, Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him.Police stated that between December 4 and December 6, 2019 at Yupukari Village, he engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.The matter was heard in-camera. According to information, the victim and the defendant are known to each other since they live in the same neighbourhood.It was reported that during the period mentioned in the charge, the child was riding her bicycle going home from school when the accused stopped her and requested sex.The court heard that the child refused and the accused then pulled her off the bicycle, dragged her into the bushes and allegedly raped her.After committing the act, the accused placed the child back on the bicycle and was taking her home when the child’s father saw them on the bicycle and questioned his daughter, who related what had occurred.The matter was reported to the Lethem Police Station and the accused was later arrested and charged for the offence.Lawrence was remanded to prison until December 17, 2019 and was slated to appear in the Lethem Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

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Kansas rallies to win Big 12

first_imgat Michigan 61 Greg Oden scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help the Buckeyes win their 14th game in a row. After trailing by six, the Buckeyes held the Wolverines scoreless for the final 3:54. At No. 4 Wisconsin 52, Michigan State 50 Kammron Taylor’s 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining lifted the Badgers, who avoided going into the postseason with three consecutive losses. No. 6 Memphis 64, SMU 61 Chris Douglas-Roberts had 19 points with the key basket late and the Tigers won their 19th consecutive game. At No. 7 Texas A&M 94, Missouri 78 Antanas Kavaliauskas scored a career-high 26 points to help the Aggies win their regular-season finale. At No. 9 Georgetown 59, Connecticut 46 Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Hoyas ended a decade of frustration against the Huskies and clinched at least a share of the Big East regular-season title. At No. 10 Nevada 69, New Mexico State 65 Marcelus Kemp scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and Nick Fazekas had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Wolf Pack. No. 11 Southern Illinois 53, Bradley 51 Matt Shaw’s tip-in with 3.2 seconds remaining lifted the Salukis in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. At No. 20 Marquette 75, No. 12 Pittsburgh 71 Wesley Matthews and David Cubillan scored 20 points each to keep the Panthers from clinching a share of the Big East regular-season title. At No. 17 Oregon 70, Oregon State 49 Bryce Taylor scored 22, Aaron Brooks had 18 and the Ducks won their final three games of the regular season. No. 18 Butler 67, Loyola of Chicago 66, OT A.J. Graves, the nation’s second-leading free-throw shooter, hit six foul shots in the final 53 seconds of overtime to lead the Bulldogs to the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament in a game in Fairborn, Ohio. Arkansas 82, at No. 19 Vanderbilt 67 Gary Ervin scored 21 points to keep the Razorbacks’ slim NCAA tournament hopes alive. No. 22 Notre Dame 73, at Rutgers 66 Colin Falls scored 22 points and Russell Carter had 17 as the Irish clinched a first-round bye in the Big East tournament. At No. 24 Maryland 79, North Carolina State 59 Mike Jones scored 21 points in his final home game for the Terrapins’ seventh consecutive win. Eastern Kentucky 63, Austin Peay 62 Josh Taylor converted a layup with 2.9 seconds left to give the the Colonels the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship in Nashville, Tenn. and earn a berth in the NCAA tournament. The title. Governors won the regular-season Belmont 94, at East Tennessee State 67 Andy Wicke and Andrew Preston each scored 18 points and the Bruins won a second straight Atlantic Sun Conference tournament championship and NCAA tournament bid. At Winthrop 84, VMI 81 Torrell Martin had 17 points to lead the Eagles to the Big South Conference tourney title and NCAA tournament spot. Davidson 72, at College of Charleston 65 Freshman Stephen Curry scored 29 points to lead the Wildcats back to the NCAA tournament by winning the Southern Conference tournament championship. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAWRENCE, Kan. – Julian Wright figured Kevin Durant would slow down eventually if Kansas just kept doing what it was doing. Wright had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the third-ranked Jayhawks overcame a 16-point deficit and another electrifying performance from Durant to beat No. 15 Texas 90-86 Saturday to claim its fifth Big 12 championship. Durant, the conference leader in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, was unstoppable as the Longhorns (22-8, 12-4) took a 51-35 lead late in the first half of the Big 12 title showdown. With Kansas double-teaming Durant, other Texas shooters got open looks and at one point the Longhorns hit 12 shots in a row. Kansas put together a 24-7 run after he got hurt and took a 59-58 lead on Wright’s basket. “I just wanted to suck it up and play for my team,” said Durant, who limped noticeably much of the second half. “They picked me up while I was out, so I just took the pain and tried to suck it up for the team.” Durant finished with 32 points. No. 1 Ohio State 65, center_img Durant, a candidate for national player of the year, made 10 of his first 14 shots and scored 25 in the first half. But the 6-foot-9 freshman crumpled to the floor with an ankle injury with about 11 minutes left in the second half and was not the same player when he returned from the locker room. “Durant was on fire the first half,” Wright said. “We just tried to keep playing defense the way we were taught to play it and tried to limit his easy points. But he was awesome.” last_img read more

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Lincoln Red Imps to finish the job and send Celtic crashing? CORAL DD

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.After Henrik Stenson’s sensational Open triumph, attention now turns to the PGA Championship in New Jersey later this month.Rory McIlroy is the 7/1 favourite, world number one Jason Day is 8/1, Jordan Spieth is 11/1, while Stenson is 16/1 to secure a second straight major success.On Wednesday night, Celtic will aim to avoid a humiilating European exit when they host Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League second qualifying round.Brendan Rodgers’ side lost the first leg to the part-timers of Gibraltar but the Hoops are fully expected to triumph at 1/33, while the Red Imps are 40/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Netflix admits throttling

first_img “We have unbelievably high customer satisfaction ratings,” Hastings said during a recent interview. “Most of our customers feel like Netflix is an incredible value.” The service’s rapid growth supports his thesis. Netflix added nearly 1.6 million customers last year, giving it 4.2 million subscribers through December. During the final three months of 2005, just 4 percent of its customers canceled the service, the lowest rate in the company’s six-year history. After collecting consumer opinions about the Web’s 40 largest retailers last year, Ann Arbor, Mich., research firm ForeSeeResults rated Netflix as “the cream of the crop in customer satisfaction.” Once considered a passing fancy, Netflix has changed the way many households rent movies and spawned several copycats, including a mail service from Blockbuster Inc. Netflix’s most popular rental plan lets subscribers check out up to three DVDs at a time for $17.99 per month. After watching a movie, customers return the DVD in a postage-paid envelope. Netflix then sends out the next available DVD on the customer’s online wish list. Because everyone pays a flat fee, Netflix makes more money from customers who only watch four or five DVDs per month. Customers who quickly return their movies in order to get more erode the company’s profit margin because each DVD sent out and returned costs 78 cents in postage alone. Although Netflix consistently promoted its service as the DVD equivalent of an all-you-can eat smorgasbord, some heavy renters began to suspect they were being treated differently two or three years ago. To prove the point, one customer even set up a Web site – www.dvd-rent-test.dreamhost.com – to show that the service listed different wait times for DVDs requested by subscribers living in the same household. Netflix’s throttling techniques have also prompted incensed customers to share their outrage in online forums such as www.hackingnetflix.com. “Netflix isn’t well within its rights to throttle users,” complained a customer identified as “annoyed” in a posting on the site. “They say unlimited rentals. They are liars.” Hastings said the company has no specified limit on rentals, but “`unlimited’ doesn’t mean you should expect to get 10,000 a month.” In its terms of use, Netflix says most subscribers check out two to 11 DVDs per month. Management has previously acknowledged to analysts that it risks losing money on a relatively small percentage of frequent renters. The risk has increased since Netflix reduced the price of its most popular subscription plan by $4 per month in 2004 and the U.S. Postal Service recently raised first-class mailing costs by 2 cents. Netflix’s approach has paid off so far. The company has been profitable in each of the past three years, a trend its management expects to continue in 2006 with projected earnings of at least $29 million on revenue of $960 million. Netflix’s stock price has more than tripled since its 2002 initial public offering. A September 2004 lawsuit cast a spotlight on the throttling issue. The complaint, filed by Frank Chavez on behalf of all Netflix subscribers before Jan. 15, 2005, said the company had developed a sophisticated formula to slow down DVD deliveries to frequent renters and ensure quicker shipments of the most popular movies to its infrequent – and most profitable – renters to keep them happy. Netflix denied the allegations, but eventually revised its terms of use to acknowledge its different treatment of frequent renters. Without acknowledging wrongdoing, the company agreed to provide a one-month rental upgrade and pay Chavez’s attorneys $2.5 million, but the settlement sparked protests that prompted the two sides to reconsider. A hearing on a revised settlement proposal is scheduled for Feb. 22 in San Francisco Superior Court. Netflix subscribers such as Nathaniel Irons didn’t believe the company was purposely delaying some DVD shipments until he read the revised terms of use. Irons, 28, of Seattle, has no plans to cancel his service because he figures he is still getting a good value from the eight movies he typically receives each month. “My own personal experience has not been bad,” he said, “but (the throttling) is certainly annoying when it happens.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The little-known practice, called “throttling” by critics, means Netflix customers who pay the same price for the same service are often treated differently, depending on their rental patterns. “I wouldn’t have a problem with it if they didn’t advertise ‘unlimited rentals,’ ” Villanueva said. “The fact is that they go out of their way to make sure you don’t go over whatever secret limit they have set up for your account.” Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix didn’t publicly acknowledge it differentiates among customers until revising its “terms of use” in January 2005 – four months after a San Francisco subscriber filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that the company had deceptively promised one-day delivery of most DVDs. “In determining priority for shipping and inventory allocation, we give priority to those members who receive the fewest DVDs through our service,” Netflix’s revised policy now reads. The statement specifically warns that heavy renters are more likely to encounter shipping delays and less likely to immediately be sent their top choices. Few customers have complained about this “fairness algorithm,” according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. SAN FRANCISCO – Manuel Villanueva realizes he has been getting a pretty good deal since he signed up for Netflix Inc.’s online DVD rental service 2 years ago, but he still feels shortchanged. That’s because the $17.99 monthly fee that he pays to rent up to three DVDs at a time would amount to an even bigger bargain if the company didn’t penalize him for returning his movies so quickly. Netflix typically sends about 13 movies per month to Villanueva’s home in Warren, Mich. – down from the 18 to 22 DVDs he once received before the company’s automated system identified him as a heavy renter and began delaying his shipments to protect its profits. The same Netflix formula also shoves Villanueva to the back of the line for the most-wanted DVDs, so the service can send those popular flicks to new subscribers and infrequent renters. last_img
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Smith fills in admirably at COC

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Cougars play Monday at Rio Bravo Country Club in Bakersfield, then play April 24 in the 36-hole conference finals at Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley. Following that comes the May 1 Southern California Regional. If the Cougars finish among the top four regional teams, they’ll play in the May 8 state championship. “I think the team has a pretty good chance of doing well,” said Smith, who qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2002. “The 5-6 men win championships for you, and those guys are starting to develop.” Joe Greiner and Riley Marshall shot even-par 72s to lead Canyons at Rancho San Marcos. Phil Martinez (74), Edgar Reyes (76), Young-Bin Paek (77) and Kyle Mar shall (81) completed the Cougars’ scoring. Still going strong: Former Santa Clarita Valley junior golf standouts Melanie De Leon and Angela Villela continue to excel out of the area. Charlie Smith, the former Hart High standout who in 2000 played on the second of College of the Canyons’ three men’s state championship teams, is back at Canyons as an assistant coach and making the most of on-the-job training. Smith on Monday took over for longtime Canyons head coach Gary Peterson, and the Cougars won the sixth Western State Conference tournament of the season, finishing three strokes ahead of runner-up Bakersfield and doubling their conference lead over second-place Santa Barbara. “It’s different,” Smith said about being in charge, with Peterson out of the state making college arrangements for his daughter. “I remember some of the things coach told me when I was playing that I didn’t like, and now I hear myself saying those same things.” Canyons (31-5) shot 371 to win the seven-team WSC tournament at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara, outdistancing Bakersfield (374) and host Santa Barbara (382), which finished third to fall to 27-9 in conference with three tournaments remaining. Villela, now a sophomore at San Fernando High, won the girls’ B Division of the Los Angeles City Junior Championship by seven strokes Monday, finishing 78-77-72-227 on the Encino and Balboa golf courses at Sepulveda Basin in Encino. Last summer, Villela was a top-10 finisher in the Long Beach Women’s Championship, then qualified to play in junior-pro team competition in the Champions Tour’s First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. De Leon, the 2004 state girls junior champion and 2004 Daily News Girls’ Golfer of the Year at Saugus High, is challenging for Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors at University of Nevada. She led Nevada in scoring during the fall season with a 76 average – best among freshman in the conference – and has been the Wolfpack’s low scorer in two of the first three spring tournaments. De Leon posted a personal spring best of 74 at the Fresno State Invitational and placed sixth overall in the Anteater Invitational at San Diego. Amira on target: Valencia junior Louis Amira played some of his best golf of the season Saturday through Tuesday, compiling a 9-under-par, 72-hole 280 with rounds of 69-70-73 in the L.A. City Junior, then a 68 in the Oak Park Invitational. He tied for first Tuesday in the Oak Park event at Sterling Hills Golf Course in Camarillo, losing to Oak Park sophomore Alex Kang on the first hole of a playoff. In the L.A. City Junior at Griffith Park’s Wilson and Harding courses, Amira placed fourth behind three-time winner and 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur titlist Sihwan Kim of Fullerton High (67-71-69). Valencia finished second in team scoring at the Oak Park Invitational, shooting 224 to fall two shots short of St. Bonaventure of Ventura. Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (225), Oak Park and Arroyo Grande (both 226), Ventura (236), Harvard-Westlake’s B team (241), Oaks Christian of Westlake Village’s B team (243) and Calabasas, Loyola of Los Angeles and Oak Park’s B team (all 244) rounded out the top-10 in the 32-team competition.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

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LIFFORD ATHLETES SECURE IRISH TEAM BERTHS WITH SUPERB RUNS

first_imgAnne Marie and Natasha after their superb runs. Pic by Gerry Farnan.Another chapter in the resurgence of Lifford AC was written yesterday in the Phoenix Park, Dublin when Senior athletes Ann Marie McGlynn and Natasha Adams had two outstanding runs to claim Irish vests for forthcoming international meets.The Gerry Farnan event marks the opening of the Irish Cross Country season in which Ireland’s leading senior, junior and masters cross country runners participate. The double European cross country champion of 2011 and 2012, Fionnuala Britton, commenced her seasons by winning the Gerry Farnan in each of those years and yet again, Britton was in action yesterday having just returned from altitude training in France.It was in a field of this class that both McGlynn and Adams took to the starting line.In McGlynn’s case, a top four berth would secure selection to the Irish team for the Lotto Cross Cup in Antwerp, while Adams knew a top four placing in her Masters event would secure a first Irish vest for the upcoming international in Wales.In recent months, all the superlatives have been written about Lifford AC athletes and their performances and progress. However, yesterdays race by Ann Marie and Natasha was simply outstanding from start to finish. Fionnuala Britton, as expected, led straight from the gun and opened up a big gap early in the race. While a group of up to ten runners tried to keep with Britton’s blistering pace, Ann Marie ran a composed race off this chasing pack.As the race progressed, Ann Marie worked her way through the field and on the last lap, dug deep into her reserves to pick the front runners off one by one to work her way through to a fourth placed finish behind internationals Britton, Sara Louise Tracey and Laura Crowe.This secures an international vest for Ann Marie, certainly turning back the clock to such appearances many years ago, and showing she is coming back to her very best.While Ann Marie ran a composed race, the same could be said of Natasha Adams, whose consistent pace was evident throughout the race.Going into the race, Natasha would have settled for a fourth place in the Masters.However, after her front running Masters victory in Donegal last week, Natasha showed her fearless nature by mixing it not just with the Masters, but with the top class senior opposition in this race. From an early stage, Natasha led the Masters race with Kilmore’s Jackie Carthy not far behind. Going into the last lap, Carthy closed the gap on Natasha, but with about 800m to go, the Lifford girl put some distance between the two to claim the Masters title and a well deserved first Irish vest.A thoroughly satisfying day out, great to see the Lifford vest at the forefront of such a high quality race, and fingers crossed for even better days to come.LIFFORD ATHLETES SECURE IRISH TEAM BERTHS WITH SUPERB RUNS was last modified: October 21st, 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:athleticsCross CountryIrelandLIfford AClast_img read more

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Success at John J. Doherty Cup

first_imgFEATURES: The competitive John J. Doherty Memorial Cup took place on Sunday 25th with Richard Spratt taking the trophy home.With the awful weather of late, Sunday 25th was the busiest day of the week and taking prime spot on the first tee at Barnhill were Cat 4 members who were playing for the prestigious John J. Doherty Memorial Cup.With a field of almost thirty entrants it was the ever improving ‘form’ player Spratt who took the trophy home when returning a winning score of 35pts. In second place was the ‘also ran’ of so many competitions this year, Victor Byrne, scraping through on B.O.T. with 33pts from John Bradley while Pat Mc Garrigle and Adrian Daly collected the ‘nines’ prizes with 17pts and 20pts respectively. Guest member prize was won by no other than Kate Gallagher. Congratulations to all Cat 4 members for their support during the year and appreciation to Padraig Mullenny for his photographic services on presentation night. Sunday’s confined competition was won by Cat 4 handicapper Victor Byrne [23] who proved that just a few pars are required for a winning score. Having played ‘handicap’ golf on front nine, Victor’s back nine of 20pts gave him the edge over single figure member Michael Collum [7] whose birdie at 2nd had him record a one over gross 37 front nine but double bogey’s at 12th and 16th left him short of winning points. Best gross of the day was returned by Darragh Mc Menamin with 31pts. gross.Congratulations to the club’s 2016 Murphy Maintenance sponsored Doubles MatchplayChampions Enda Mannion and Conor Friel who defeated the father and son partnership of Dessie [snr] and Dessie [jnr] Shiels in an enthralling final on Sunday.Played in wet, showery conditions, Enda and Conor took early control of the match with the help of some astute ironplay and, on the slow paced greens, went into a three [3] hole lead thru fifth which was held until the turn. With the Shiels’ readjusting to the inclement weather on the back nine, it was too and fro from tee to green over the next six holes with the winners holding steady for a 4&3 win, the match ending on the 15th.Congratulations to both pairs in reaching the final of this hard fought competition and to the new, 2016 champions, Enda and Conor.Congratulations to 2016 Murphy Maintenance sponsored Club Singles Matchplay Champion Philip Cassidy who defeated Eunan Mc Garrigle in one of the tightest matchplay finals witnessed at the club in a number of years when the two adversaries required a play-off hole to decide the title!With Philip having gone one up at 1st, [Hall Door] Eunan pulled level at 3rd after having gone through the green and proceeding to chip-in for birdie. From then, the game went too & fro between both players with neither ever being more than one up on the other.Taking the turn advantage Eunan one up, all square once more thru Settlement [11th] until par three 16th when Phillip went one up for first time since first hole only for Eunan to win back at Aughaninshin [17th] and with 18th halved, match went to play-off hole at 1st.With the course playing longer than normal from blue tees, the first mistake of the day was made by Eunan whose three iron found OB on right whilst Philip’s ball found fairway. Following a second ball from Eunan over the trees to within ninety yards of the green, Philip slightly pulled his second to the greenside bunker from where he came out short and proceeded to putt to three foot. Meanwhile, Eunan ‘wedges’ to ten foot, misses the putt, finishes for a six and concedes the match to Phillip. Played once again in the upmost sportsmanship manner and respect, congratulations to both players for such an exciting, quality golf match. Congratulations to the club’s ‘Seniors’ team [over 50’s] who came away from Portsalon G.C. on Sunday last with a magnificent 2 & 1/2 matches [v. 2 &1/2] against a very strong and fancied Portsalon team in this, the Donegal Seniors Matchplay final.A massive plus for the Kevin Kiely led squad who are looking to retain thistrophy from 2015 with the 2nd leg scheduled for Sunday 16th October at Barnhill. Congratulations to all involved and best of luck in the return leg.Hard luck to the Tommy Doherty led u16 club team who were defeated over two legs by Dunfanaghy Golf Club in the final of the Donegal Boys u16 Matchplay competition.The two matches, both home and away, showed a great future for golf in Donegal, were played with the upmost sportsmanship, courtesy and respect for one another and, in general, these young men were great ambassadors for their clubs.Congratulations to Dunfanaghy on their win and I’m sure that all these juniors will be meeting each other in many matches in the future.Just a reminder that the club fundraising Race Night takes place on Friday October 29th in the clubhouse. Horses can be purchased from Anne Condon or any committee member.Members are asked to have patience with the ongoing maintenance work being carried out on the course over the next few weeks.   Success at John J. Doherty Cup was last modified: September 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfjohn J. Doherty Memorail Cuplast_img read more

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STEERING RACK OF FARMER’S CAR WAS HELD TOGETHER WITH BALING CORD

first_imgWilliam McGeehanSOME farmers use baling cord to keep their trousers up.But Co Donegal farmer William McGeehin used it….to keep his car on the road. Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that officers were shocked when they spotted McGeehan driving in a clapped-out rusting Nissan Terrano.Gardai stopped William McGeehan, 56, when they noticed his jeep was swaying from side to side and appeared to be down on one end.Upon closer inspection they discovered the Nissan Terrano had a number of serious defects.As well as being heavily rusted, it also had bald tyres, broken indicators and the steering column was held together by baling cord.The car wasn’t taxed and it had no insurance.Gardai told Letterkenny District Court they stopped McGeehan of Glenkeragh, Newmills in Creeslough on September 18th, 2012.The vehicle was immediately seized.“It wasn’t fit to drive so it had to be taken away on the back of a lorry,” said Inspector Harrison.The vehicle was subjected to an examination by an NCT expert and found to be in an extremely dangerous state.Judge Paul Kelly said the condition of the vehicle could have resulted in a serious accident.“It’s obvious that the condition of the vehicle made it a death-trap,” he said.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said the jeep had been on McGeehan’s farm for a number of years and had only been used that day because the farmer’s other car was broken.The vehicle has since been scrapped, he added.He asked Judge Kelly not to put McGeehan off the road saying he had a child with a heart defect and regularly needed to attend hospital in Dublin.Judge Kelly imposed fines totalling €550.McGeehan was fined €200 for no insurance, €150 for the defective steering and €200 for having bald tyres. The other charges were taken into consideration.The judge told McGeehan that he should consider himself lucky that he was not being put off the road.McGeehan has a number of previous convictions, including one for spitting at two nephews in a row over land.Earlier this year he was banned by a judge from speaking to his brother for three years in a separate case.STEERING RACK OF FARMER’S CAR WAS HELD TOGETHER WITH BALING CORD was last modified: December 20th, 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:CreesloughLetterkenny Courtwilliam mcgeehanlast_img read more

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Paddling through Northern Cape paradise

first_imgAs the Orange River approaches Augrabies Falls it divides into numerous channels before cascading down the 56-metre high waterfall.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) An aerial view of the aptly-named Orange River, with surrounding vineyards, in the Upington region. (Image: Orange River Wine Cellars) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gawie Nieuwoudt  GKCM organiser  +27 82 550 4664 RELATED ARTICLES • Paddling for a good cause • From the city to the wild • Paddlers in the pink for cancer • Take a diamond tour in Cape Town • SA maps its priority freshwater areasAvashnee MoodleyThe Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon, which took place in the Northern Cape last weekend, is set to become an annual drawcard in the province.The inaugural three-day event attracted nearly 100 participants and hundreds of visitors, who made the journey to a fascinating region that boasts both semi-desert areas and lush vineyards in the valleys of the Orange River.The route took paddlers along the Gariep – better known as the Orange – River from the town of Upington to Kakamas, Khamkirri and Augrabies.Winners Lance King and Heinrich Schloms received R26 000 (US$3 400) in prize money. Michael Mbanjwa and Sibonelo Zondi finished second, with Pierre-André Rabie and Gavin White claiming the third spot.Development teams from seven-times Dusi winner Martin Dreyer’s Change A Life Academy also showcased their talent, with Nzuza Zonele and teammate Kwanda Hlope finishing fourth overall and fellow academy members Ngidi Skhumbuso and Nhlanhla Cele coming in fifth.The women’s race was won by Abby Adie and Hilary Pitchford, who finished in eighth place overall.The total purse was around R207 000 ($27 000).A dream realisedThe event was the brainchild of local resident and paddling enthusiast Gawie Nieuwoudt, who fulfilled a long-held dream to organise a canoe race on South Africa’s longest river.“I love paddling and I am in love with this beautiful river, so I always thought it was wrong not to have a proper race here,” he says.As this was the first race of its sort in the Northern Cape, organisers believe the economic benefits were not as large as they might have been. However, they agree that the province will benefit from the immense exposure it received in the tourism sector, and of course the next time will be better.“As the race grows there will certainly be bigger economic advantages,” says Nieuwoudt, adding that he hopes the Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon would become a legendary race, like the world-famous Dusi.The 99km scenic route was planned by Nieuwoudt and other well-known paddlers, who wanted visitors to enjoy the challenge, and also hoped to promote the Northern Cape region as an adventure destination.The event afforded both paddlers and visitors a glimpse of the vastness of the Green Kalahari and its diversity, which is largely unknown to many South Africans and international tourists.The Green Kalahari region is found along the banks of the Orange River. It borders Botswana and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the north, reaches past Upington in the south, and extends from the Namibian border in the west to the famed diamond fields in the east of the province.The Northern Cape offers a kaleidoscope of scenic beauty ranging from the Green Kalahari itself, to the impressive natural wonder of the Augrabies Falls – named from the ancient Khoi word aukoerebis, meaning “Place of Great Noise” – Namaqualand’s floral splendour and the diamond-mining tradition of Kimberley.Nieuwoudt says he had had three goals in mind before the race. They were: “to host an excellent canoe marathon for the paddlers; to promote the Green Kalahari as an adventure destination; and to create a lasting development programme to teach previously disadvantage communities the sport of paddling.”The first two objectives had been met, he believes, and the newly launched canoe club will address the third objective.Spectacular natural beauty, and great winesAmong the attractions participants and spectators experienced were the spectacular Augrabies Falls, sundowners at the Oranjekom viewsite in the Augrabies Falls National Park, wine tastings at the Orange River Wine Cellars, and visits to the Khamkirri Game Reserve.The wine route is a must for any oenophile’s tour itinerary, as 10% of South Africa’s vineyards are to be found in the Orange River valley and the southern Kalahari.The hot, dry but, fortunately, irrigated areas along the Orange River in the least populated part of the country are home to thousands of hectares of leafy vineyards, producing robust everyday wines.This is the home of the main office of the Orange River Wine Cellars, the largest wine cooperative in the southern hemisphere and, judged on the number of tons harvested, the second-largest in the world.last_img read more

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