RNLI tow broken down boat to safety

first_img Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – September 16, 2020 Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook RNLI tow broken down boat to safety WhatsApp Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleDail set to return this evening with Junior Ministers stepping inNext articleCouncil invite applications under Community Enhancement Programme News Highland Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Volunteers from Lough Swilly RNLI have been praised after bringing a broken down boat with five people on board to safety. The alarm was raised shortly after 11am yesterday morning with the Irish Coast Guard tasking the RNLI to a cruiser four nautical miles off Fanad head.It’s understood that the boat suffered mechanical failure. The crew towed the boat to Rathmullan pier.The All Weather Lifeboat returned to Buncrana to be refuelled and made ready for service. Twitterlast_img read more

“Azalea Lace Bugs”

first_imgAs another winter turns to spring, bears aren’t the only things coming out of hibernation. Azalea lace bugs are waking up, too, and will soon damage prized azaleas if homeowners don’t take action. Azalea lace bugs are the main pests of landscape azaleas, say University of Georgia entomologists. The insect with the beautiful, lacy wings can cause ugly damage to azalea foliage. Lace bugs feed on the underside of leaves and extract the contents of the upper layer of cells. This causes the azalea leaves to appear bleached or mottled. Braman said a properly scheduled insecticide application will get rid of these nymphs before they mature and have time to lay eggs.”If you don’t kill them before May, they will have laid eggs, and you’ll have to spray several times,” she said. If not controlled, azalea lace bugs can produce four generations from spring to fall. “If you kill this first generation,” she said, “you may not have to spray again.” UGA entomologists urge homeowners to use less toxic insecticides to save the good bugs in the landscape. “Using less toxic insecticides allows you to conserve beneficial insects like the parasitic wasps and spiders that feed on lace bugs,” Braman said. “Horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps have been around a long time,” she said. “People are using them more now. But you need to remember that these are strictly contact insecticides.” Contact insecticides must be sprayed on the insects. They work best on soft-bodied bugs like aphids and lace bugs. “They have no residual activity on the leaves,” Braman said, “So beneficial insects can walk on that leaf surface, after the fact, and not be killed. Good contact with lace bugs on the underside of the leaves is important for good control.” Download the grayscale .TIF — 1.63 M If homeowners don’t spray for azalea lace bugs, Braman said, young plants will suffer the most damage.”In our research,” she said, “we have observed that older plants, those that have been in the landscape for several years, can withstand more lace bug damage. They can tolerate some damage because they have well-established root systems and are not already under stress like a newly transplanted azalea.” Braman said this is one reason homeowners keep replacing young plants year after year. Kris Braman, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said early spring is the perfect time to check plants for azalea lace bugs. Controlling them now, while they’re young, is the key, she said.”The azalea lace bug spends the winter as an egg inside your azaleas’ leaves,” Braman said. “Now that the temperatures are warming, the eggs are beginning to hatch. And newly emerged nymphs are beginning to feed.” Download the color .TIF — 6.54 M. “If you wait too long to spray, the nymphs will become egg-laying adults. And you will have to fight all stages of lace bugs,” she said. “Unfortunately, the egg stage is not affected by insecticides.” Download the color .TIF — 5.58 M. Download the grayscale .TIF — 1.40 M.last_img read more

Year 2016: A year of big money sport deals

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Money flooded into sport in 2016 faster than ever before and flooded out in the shape of fatter salaries for the stars who have become multi-million business brands.Paul Pogba’s world record transfer to Manchester United set the tone for a year of big money deals that handed the French 23-year-old wealth beyond the dreams of most of his Old Trafford fans.But even Pogba has got a long way to go to catch up with gold-plated stars like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes, who banks just short of $1.7 million (1.6 million euros, £1.4 million) a week in salary and endorsements.Pogba’s five-year contract to join United may have raised eyebrows among football fans and critics but top-flight managers and sports business insiders had already priced-in mega transfer inflation.The explosion of TV rights made the Pogba contract possible, flooding the coffers of the English Premier League, making a mockery of economic austerity and the jobless queues.And the tide of high finance in sport did not stop there. TV income rose 40 percent for Germany’s Bundesliga while the US NBA enjoyed a vintage financial year and Formula One motor racing attracted a multi-billion dollar US takeover bid.Three years after Welshman Gareth Bale set a world record transfer figure of 101 million euros (around £80 million) for his move to Real Madrid, Pogba upped the ante with his 105 million-euro transfer to Manchester in August despite his failing to set sparks flying for France in Euro 2016.Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told the Daily Mail that the moment the £8.3 billion ($10.75 billion, 9.6 billion euros) domestic TV deal covering 2016-2019 was signed between the Premier League and Sky Sports and BT Sport, “transfer values and salaries were going to go up.”– Star power – The result was not long in coming. Premier League clubs spent 1.38 billion euros during the 2016 summer transfer market window, 34 percent up on the previous year.The British game’s star power also spilled over into foreign markets, where broadcast rights sell to the highest bidder. The biggest deal to date was signed in November with Chinese video streaming service PPTV for 600 million euros.Elsewhere in Europe the Bundesliga cashed in hugely with a TV deal worth 3.48 billion euros over the next three years, a near 40 percent jump on the past year.If economic hardship tightened the purse strings somewhat in some other parts of Europe, the cash flowed thick and fast in basketball in the United States, where TV income tripled and the sport generated global revenue of $5.2 billion (4.8 billion euros) with operating profit of $900 million, a record, according to Forbes.At the same time, NBA clubs saw their value rise by an average 13 percent with the New York Knicks topping the financial league at $3 billion.With TV income up sharply since last year — and slightly higher than Premier League levels — NBA clubs are pushing up salaries, with LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers seeing his $23 million dollar paycheck boosted to $30.9 million for the 2016/17 season.Formula One was also a big winner in the financial stakes. The sport deemed to be in severe decline still managed to attract the high rollers with US firm Liberty Media, run by billionaire John Malone, buying out F1’s parent company in a deal which values the sport at $8 billion.Formula One is gambling on gaining more exposure worldwide, including in the United States, hoping to generate an even wider revenue stream in the future. Logically, that will translate as even more money in the bank for the big stars.last_img read more

Reason why Manchester United didn’t sign Virgil van Dijk – Jose Mourinho!

first_imgAdvertisement fwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs82s3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Etn0t7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) q2Would you ever consider trying this?😱1gbbeCan your students do this? 🌚pr9Roller skating! Powered by Firework History probably would have been much different had Viirgil Van Dijk been a Manchester United player. Information has surfaced that there was only one thing between the Dutch defender and United – Jose Mourinho.Advertisement A piece from the Independent UK reads : “You wouldn’t have a situation, like at United, where a player’s name can suddenly be thrown out at such meetings from nowhere. You wouldn’t have a situation, like at United, where Jose Mourinho actually said no to bidding for Virgil van Dijk in the January 2018 window because he didn’t want a centre-half at that point, only to then decide he absolutely needed one above anything else a few months later. The thinking is far too joined up at City. The different parts of the club are all joined up. One complaint at United is that there is nothing really wrong with the scouting, as such, it’s that the departments don’t seem to complement each other. They’re not feeding an overall plan.”Advertisement The conclusion that can be drawn from this eye-opening analysis is that United are an agent-driven club and counterparts like Liverpool and Manchester City make sure their potential transfers are in alignment wiith their football philosophy and system.Jose Mourinho depended on Smalling, Jones, Rojo and mainly Lindelof, none of whom have yet justified why they deserve to play for United. Perhaps , one different perception would have changed the current state of the club.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

R1.8bn housing project launched

first_img23 July 2007The Gauteng housing department, Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality and banking group Absa launched a R1.8-billion mixed-use housing project – the largest in the province to date – in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, on the weekend.Like the Cosmo City development north-west of Johannesburg, the Chief Albert Luthuli Housing Park will be a mixed-income development, featuring both bonded and government-subsidised houses as well as amenities such as parks, clinics, schools and police and fire stations.Sipho Mashinini, director of Absa property development arm Absa Devco, told Business Day that 10 300 houses would be built over the next three years, with the bonded houses expected to cost between R180 000 and R300 000.Speaking at Sunday’s launch, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa said the project aimed to provide quality, affordable housing “in an environment that allows integration across economic and racial divides and closer to opportunities for economic activities.”Building social cohesion in South Africa, Shilowa said, required a break from “apartheid spatial planning that separates people according to wealth and colour and dumps the poor in places far from areas of economic opportunities and social advancement.”The launch of the project coincided with the 40th anniversary of the death of Albert Luthuli, president-general of the African National Congress from December 1952 until his death in 1967, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Singapore Airlines flying high

first_imgSingapore Airlines is a big winner in the annual AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards taking out Best Long Haul Airlines Asia/Pacific, Best Economy Class and being rated 3rd in the rating agency’s Top Ten.AirlineRatings.com the world’s only safety and product rating website promotes excellence and innovation in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards.Best Long Haul AirlineThere is little surprise that Singapore Airlines has won Best Long Haul Airline for Asia/Pacific as the airline has been at the forefront of long-haul flying for decades.It was the launch customer for the Boeing 747-400 which started non-stop flights from Singapore to London in the early 1990s and it also operated A340-500s on the ultra-long-range non-stop routes from Singapore to New York and Los Angeles.The airline also pioneered seat back videos for economy passengers and has been relentless in its innovations for all cabin classes.Recently the airline unveiled a new business class along with premium economy.This year Singapore Airlines started taking delivery of a large fleet of revolutionary Airbus A350s and it will soon receive the Boeing 787-10.Best EconomyThe airline has always been a leader in the economy class product going back to the 1960s, when as Malaysia-Singapore Airlines, it introduced free headsets and free drinks to economy passengers.And the innovation has never stopped with the airline continually upgrading its in-flight entertainment system which has always been an industry leader.Read Geoffrey Thomas’s review of Singapore Airlines service hereWorld RankingTo be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort.AirlineRatings.com developed its unique seven-star rating system after two years of evaluation and consultation with the industry’s governing body the International Civil Aviation Organization.For the yearly ranking the editors of AirlineRatings.com, some of the most experienced and awarded, combine four major international industry and government audits, with another nine key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings to arrive at a ranking.According to AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief the editorial team is “looking for leadership, airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class.”This year Singapore Airlines is ranked 3rd.last_img read more

Poll: Why Does Green Building Matter?

first_imgEveryone has their own reason for wanting to build green. A couple of years ago as a fun little experiment I asked people at Building Science Summer Camp what the most important aspect of Green Building was. I expected a pretty straight across the board “Energy Efficiency” answer. I wasn’t surprised to get health, global warming, durability, and forest conservation as answers, but I was surprised that I got them so frequently.That was before the Great Recession and the Big Housing Bust. Now, in hindsight, with energy prices skyrocketing, McMansions absolutely on the way out, and the housing industry looking for the next answer, what do _YOU_ think is the most important aspect of Green building? This week’s poll allows multiple answers because we at GBA understand that green building is not a one-dimensional topic. Please only vote for your top two topics. See Also: Green PrimerWhy Is Green Building Suddenly Such a Big Deal? Energy Use Is the Most Important Aspect of Green Building If you vote for the ‘Other’ choice, please leave a comment below to fill us in on your reasoning.What Is The Most Importyant Aspect of Green Building?online surveyslast_img read more

Johnson hopes timing is right for another US Open title

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ “I sit down when I go down the stairs now,” Johnson said with a smile. “I slide down on my butt.”Stairs were the only thing that could stop him earlier this year. A winner of three straight tournaments — against the strongest fields of the year — Johnson slipped in his socks going downstairs to move his car in the rain on the eve of the Masters and bruised his back so badly that he had to withdraw the next day.He hasn’t won in four starts since then, and his game hasn’t looked as sharp as it once did. He concedes he lost some momentum.Even so, he is the betting favorite at the 117th U.S. Open on a course that would appear to suit his game perfectly, especially with more rain Wednesday afternoon and a forecast for occasional storms on Friday and Saturday. The greens are soft enough that Johnson is getting yardages to the hole, knowing his shots won’t bounce away too far.“I hope they play it all the way back on every hole,” he said. “Why not? It’s going to be soft. I hope it’s windy. I hope it’s long, but it doesn’t matter.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage As much as he hates missing cuts, the Memorial two weeks ago was a good time for Johnson to have a weekend off. It allowed him to spend two days in Wisconsin getting to know the longest course in U.S. Open history, realizing that he would be a late arrival to Erin Hills because of some important family matters.River Jones Johnson, his second son, was born on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe finds out Thursday whether his game is in shape for Johnson to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 28 years, but his mood couldn’t be better. About the only thing to fear, outside of the thick fescue that frames the fairways at Erin Hills, is the house where he is staying.It has a double-spiral staircase. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “You’ve got to be lucky, have it be the right time,” Strange said. “Dustin is more dominant than anybody who has ever done it back-to-back because of his length and the whole bit. But you still have to do it.”Johnson starts out Thursday morning with the last two U.S. Open champions, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth. It’s a comfortable group, especially with Spieth, a close friend, his partner from the Presidents Cup and his regular pro partner in recent years at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Plus, he has the personality for the U.S. Open. It’s a mental test, and Johnson’s brain is not very cluttered. Paulina Gretzky gave birth to their second child on Monday in Los Angeles. He flew to Wisconsin on Tuesday and got in 18 holes. He played nine holes Wednesday.Asked how he handled the range of emotions for such a whirlwind week, Johnson shrugged.“You just do it,” he said. “I wish I had an explanation on how I do it, but I don’t. … But now I’ve got to play golf. This is why I’m here. I’m here to play golf. I’m here to compete.” Dustin Johnson hits a drive on the 12th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. APERIN, Wisconsin — Dustin Johnson wrapped up his final day practice round for the U.S. Open just as the sky began to rumble and the horn sounded to stop play at Erin Hills.The timing couldn’t have been better for the world’s No. 1 player, as it has been the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Johnson isn’t one to feel much pressure — he doesn’t show much, anyway — even playing his first major as the No. 1 player in the world.If anything, the pressure is on the USGA in how they set up the golf course, and the meteorologist to give an accurate forecast of the wind. There are a few holes at Erin Hills where if the tees are all the way back and the wind shifts into the players, some won’t be able to reach the fairway or will face blind shots.“It’s nerve-wracking, honestly, more than most Open sites,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said.Johnson isn’t the only long hitter whom Erin Hills favors. Rory McIlroy, who crushed U.S. Open scoring records on a rain-softened course at Congressional in 2011, was delighted to feel the soft turf under his feet.Jason Day is starting to turn his game around, finally. Along with his power, Day is an expert with the short game, which should come in handy around the greens that feature shaved slopes instead of dense rough.Johnson, however, is such an intimidating figure that even Curtis Strange is a little nervous.Strange, who now works for Fox Sports as the on-course analyst, won the 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill to become the first player since Ben Hogan (1950-51) to win the U.S. Open in consecutive years. “Move over, Ben,” Strange famously said after his second title.“I’ve got to tell you, it’s tailor-made for Dustin Johnson,” Strange said after his first look at the course.The Masters (three times) and the PGA Championship in stroke play (twice, by Tiger Woods) have fewer back-to-back winners than the U.S. Open, but it’s the major that has gone the longest without a repeat winner.The closest call for Strange was in 2005 when defending champion Retief Goosen had a three-shot lead at Pinehurst No. 2. He shot 81 in the final round. Four-time champion Jack Nicklaus never went back-to-back. Neither did Woods.last_img read more

Ribery hoping that Boateng stays at Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Franck Ribéry is hoping that Jerome Boateng will decide to remain at the club for next season after Arturo Vidal’s exitThe Germany international has been strongly linked with a departure from the Allianz Arena this summer after previously revealing his desire to test himself elsewhere before the end of his playing career.And Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Boateng has entered negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over a summer move, although the German club has yet to receive a formal offer for the centre-back.“I hope he stays with us because he is very important with his presence, and for me he is one of the best center-backs in the world,” Ribéry said on OneFootball.The former France international conceded that it will be difficult to replace Vidal after the Chilean completed his €18m move to Barcelona.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“This is a difficult situation for us, Arturo was a really great player and also a good person, he has always been positive, has brought a lot of fun, it is a pity,” he said.“We have to wish him and his family good luck.”But, on the bright side, Ribéry is enjoying things under new Bayern boss Niko Kovac.“He brings discipline to the team, loves his job and has a lot of energy, he’s a motivator,” said the wideman.“It works well with him because he knows when we have to work very hard on the pitch and when we need to be free.”last_img read more

Gracia is impressed by Watfords crazy match

first_imgHis club and Bournemouth scored six goals in 27 minutes, or four goals in just a six-minute spell in yesterday’s English Premier League gameWith a 2-0 lead, Watford though it could get the victory against Bournemouth yesterday.But the local team never gave up and the game ended up in a 3-3 draw after four goals were scored in a six-minute lapse.And Watford boss Javi Gracia is impressed at how crazy the game went.“We conceded in the moment two goals from two free-kicks,” said Gracia to the club’s official website.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“We had to defend better. I knew we needed to defend well because I was sure Bournemouth would create chances because they always do it.”“We conceded two goals from two free-kicks and it was difficult to accept,” he added.“After that, we competed well and we were looking for victory until the end.”“Maybe if it could have worked differently but we kept working. It was different moments in the game,” he added.“We started well and after they scored two goals as well it was a moment without control but we controlled it better in the second half and were more organized to contain them.”last_img read more