Spencer ready for top-three run

first_img lacking ‘spread’ JAMAICA’S Kaliese Spencer, one of the most dominant female athletes in the 400-metre hurdles at Diamond League meets over the past three years, appears set to make that big step up to World Championships glory. While her Diamond League form has been very good the 2004 Commonwealth Games champion is yet to transfer that winning form to a major meet. Spencer has been unbeaten all season and she is one of two who will carry that tag to Beijing. The United States’ Shamier Little who is the world leader with 53.73 seconds is also unbeaten. A year ago, Spencer was the most dominant athlete in the event and posted eight of the top ten times last year with a 2014 best of 53.41. With a season best of 54.15 in winning in Oslo this season, Spencer who is at number seven on the IAAF’s world list will definitely need to go faster if she hopes to get her first medal in the event at the IAAF World Championships. She will also have fresh in her mind an incident two years ago when she was disqualified in Moscow after looking to be in the best shape of her career. Unlike previous years, the 2015 entries seem to lack the deep spread of past championships. Defending champion, Zuzana Hejnov· of the Czech Republic is just nearing her best form after recovering from injuries and after a slow start this season she has a season’s best of 53.76 – a time she did in winning at the Paris Diamond League. She will be hoping to make back to back victories and with her experience, she is dangerous. Little who won the World Junior title a year ago is improving rapidly. She appears to like to compete at the Eugene track in Oregon as she has won the World Junior, NCAA Division 1 and the United States National senior titles on the same track. She will need to show that she can run fast outside of Eugene. A few weeks ago, she won the Pan American Games title in Toronto, Canada. Beijing will definitely bring back good memories for Spencer who nine years ago became the first Jamaican to win the 400-metre hurdles title at the World Junior Championship and she will be hoping that it will be another title on Chinese territory for her and improved on her Berlin (2009) fourth place finish. In Berlin, Jamaica’s Melaine Walker won gold in a Championships record 52.42 while Spencer was fourth in 53.56. Hejnov· won two years ago in 52.83 but it is unlikely that sub-53 seconds will win at this year’s championships as no one is showing that type of form. That will give Spencer hope as anywhere in the 53.5 range will be in her zone. The defending champion and Little will be big threats along with the likes of Denmark’s Sara Slett Petersen who ran a season’s best 53.99 in placing second to Hejnov·. TOP THREE: 1. Zuzana Hejnov· (Czech Republic), 2. Kaliese Spencer (Jamaica) 3. Shamier Little (USA).last_img read more

Power – Australian for beer

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia – Scientists and Australian beer maker Foster’s are teaming up to generate clean energy from brewery wastewater – by using sugar-consuming bacteria. The experimental technology was unveiled Wednesday by scientists at Australia’s University of Queensland, which was given a $115,000 state government grant to install a microbial fuel cell at a Foster’s Group brewery near Brisbane, the capital of Queensland state. The fuel cell is essentially a battery in which bacteria consume water-soluble brewing waste such as sugar, starch and alcohol. The battery produces electricity plus clean water, said professor Jurg Keller, the university’s wastewater expert. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The complex technology harnesses the chemical energy that the bacteria releases from the organic material, converting it into electrical energy. The 660-gallon fuel cell will be 250 times bigger than a prototype that has been operating at the university laboratory for three months, Keller said. “Brewery wastewater is a particularly good source because it is very biodegradable … and is highly concentrated, which does help in improving the performance of the cell,” Keller said. He expects the brewery cell will produce 2 kilowatts of power – enough to power a household – and the technology will eventually be applied in other breweries and wineries owned by Foster’s. The cell should be operating at the brewery by September. “It’s not going to make an enormous amount of power – its primarily a wastewater treatment that has the added benefit of creating electricity,” Keller said.last_img read more

GLENTIES DECLARES ITSELF A ‘POSTER-FREE’ ZONE FOR GENERAL ELECTION

first_imgGlentiesGlenties has declared itself a ‘poster-free’ zone for the forthcoming general election.Members if the town’s Community Development Group are asking each candidate not to erect posters in the town i.e within the 50kph speed limits of the town.The group says Glenties has a proud tradition as a tidy town and each year countless hours of hard work and endeavour, not to mention a lot of money, goes into keeping the town looking in the best possible condition all year round. The committee says they feel that the erecting of election posters is an unsightly practice particularly in a town such as Glenties with its ornate street fixings and floral displays.“In previous elections we have regrettably noticed that posters have not been taken down within the allotted time and some left to fall down and lie in ditches whilst the eternal problem of discarded cable ties meant lots of sweeping for the towns hard working volunteers.“We feel that this is a reasonable request given the hard work that goes into keeping Glenties looking as wonderful as it does all through the year.“We trust that you will respect our request and again we wish you all every success and look forward to working with you all for the betterment of Glenties and its environs in the near future,” said Richard Quigley, secretary of the GCDG. Residents in Dungloe have also declared their town a sported-free zone for the elections.  GLENTIES DECLARES ITSELF A ‘POSTER-FREE’ ZONE FOR GENERAL ELECTION was last modified: February 6th, 2016 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:donegalelectionGlentiesposterslast_img read more

TAXPAYERS TO FOOT THE BILL FOR MOBILISING DONEGAL GARDAI ON G8 SUMMIT DUTY

first_imgAssistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny says Gardai will be on alert over G8 summit in the NorthGARDAI in Donegal are being mobilised for a massive security operation ahead of the G8 summit in the North.And cash-strapped An Garda Siochana will have to take the slack for the huge cost of mounting a security operation along the border counties. Around 900 Gards have been detailed ahead of the meeting in Co Fermanagh of the world’s eight biggest political leaders.Plans have also been drawn up for special courts and extra detention cells at locations along the border, including counties Donegal and Monaghan, should disorder break out.The summit of world leaders is taking place at Lough Erne Resort, in Co Fermanagh, on 17 and 18 June and a number of delegations are staying in counties Cavan and Monaghan.the south.The British Government has already said that it will pick up the bill for the the cost of the security operation in the North.But Irish taxpayers will have to wait until after the G8 summit for details of the final bill for An Garda Siochana.Garda Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny, who is in charge of the border counties, said the force is in close contact with security services in a number of countries as well as international agencies Interpol and Europol.Daily intelligence briefings are being held on both home-grown and overseas threats.“For an event of this magnitude, the what-ifs list is endless,” he said.“So, in so far as we can, plans will take account of worst case and best case scenarios.”Asst Commissioner Kenny said there are contingency plans to respond to a “mix” of threats, which includes the risk of local dissident republicans using the occasion for global publicity.But the Garda chief said they had no estimate of numbers of protesters expected into the country at this stage.A large protest is expected in Dublin and a similar one in Belfast.Surveillance of ports and airports across Ireland and the movement of people throughout the island will form a major part of the security operation.The G8 Summit will be held in the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Co FermanaghEight temporary border checkpoints are to be manned by Garda units backed up by the Irish Defence Forces, alongside rolling checkpoints by mobile patrols in Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan.Asst Commissioner Kenny warned people living along the border and others travelling across it to expect disruption in the run up to and during the summit.The Garda has also been working with the Courts Service about the possibility of special sittings and custody arrangements, should public disorder break out or in the event of an attack.Up to 4,500 PSNI officers will be on patrol during the gathering of the heads of the world’s eight richest economies, including US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.Another 3,600 officers from forces around the UK will be drafted in for what is expected to be the biggest ever carried operation carried out by the PSNI.As part of the huge security operation around the high profile event, a seven-mile stretch of Lough Erne is being closed down completely across three days while the Loughshore Road, Enniskillen, is closed until 26 June.Authorities in the UK have already revealed they expect the event to cost around £50m.Asst Commissioner Kenny said the Garda was still in the latter stages of planning and final costs, overseen by the Department of Justice and other Government departments, are not available for taxpayers in the Irish Republic.“It is a fluid, moving plan. The finer detail of the plan is only coming to light in the latter stages of it, because the countries are voicing their requirements now.”The Garda chief said the force would give a detailed account of costs after the event.“Our spending and costs are being challenged on an ongoing basis,” he saidTAXPAYERS TO FOOT THE BILL FOR MOBILISING DONEGAL GARDAI ON G8 SUMMIT DUTY was last modified: June 5th, 2013 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:AN GARDA SIOCHANAASSISTANT COMMISSIONER KIERAN KENNYBARACK OBAMACO FERMANAGHDAVID CAMERONLOUGH ERNE GOLF RESORTTAXPAYERS TO FOOT THE BILL FOR MOBILISING DONEGAL GARDAI ON G8 SUMMIT DUTYlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MALIN KEEP SURVIVAL HOPES ALIVES WITH EMPHATIC WIN OVER DEPLETED KILCAR SIDE

first_imgMalin GAA News:Malin 4-14 Kilcar 0-10 Malin overcame an understrength Kilcar side on Saturday evening to keep their hopes alive of staying in Division 1. Brendan McLaughlin and Matthew Byrne put Malin two up inside a minute before Stephen McBrearty hit back with a free. Declan Walsh replied before Dan McDaid reacted quickly, when Brendan McLaughlin’s goal shot came off the post, to slot home for a Malin Goal. Malin extended their lead with Anthony Kelly and two Matthew Byrne efforts all from play. Aidan McGinley registered Kilcar’s second point with a free. Matthew Byrne hit back for the hosts and then Anthony Kelly capitalised on the poor kick out advancing in and finished into the top corner for Malin’s second goal. Malin then scored three excellent points, the first from Seamus Doherty out on the left touchline, Declan Walsh pointed after a great team score and Paul McLaughlin ran down the right before swinging over a curling effort from out wide. Stephen McBrearty scored the last three points of the half with his first effort on goal just over the bar and two frees to leave the half time score Malin 2-10 Kilcar 0-05.McBrearty opened the second half scoring but Malin put the game out of reach right away with Brendan McLaughlin scoring under the keeper after good approach play from Stephen McLaughlin and Dan McDaid. Two more McBrearty points and Conor Doherty’s efforts were cancelled out by Brendan McLaughlin, McDaid and Christopher McLaughlin. Brendan McLaughlin and Dan McDaid added two more points before substitute Conor Byrne scrambled home a goal after Brendan McLaughlin had hit the post again, the third time he done so in the match. Kevin Campbell scored a late consolation for the Towney men.Malin team and scorers: Darragh McLaughlin, Aidan Bambrick, Damien Harkin, John C Doherty, Paul McLaughlin (0-01), Gary Farren, Seamus Doherty (0-01) Declan Walsh (0-02), Charles Byrne, Brendan McLaughlin (1-03), Anthony Kelly (1-01), Stephen McLaughlin, Dan McDaid (1-02), Matthew Byrne (0-03), Christopher McLaughlin (0-01), Subs Kieron McColgan for Matthew Byrne, Connor McColgan for Stephen McLaughlin, Conor Byrne (1-00) for Seamus Doherty and  Christopher Doherty for Brendan McLaughlinKilcar Team: Eamon McGinley, Cormac Cannon, Pauric Carr, Stephen Shovlin, Andrew McClean, Ryan McHugh, Daniel Lyons, Stephen McBrearty (0-07), Aidan McGinley (0-01), Patrick Gallagher, Conor Doherty (0-01), Mark Sweeney, Kevin Campbell (0-01), Matthew McClean and Darragh O’Donnell GAA NEWS: MALIN KEEP SURVIVAL HOPES ALIVES WITH EMPHATIC WIN OVER DEPLETED KILCAR SIDE was last modified: October 12th, 2015 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:GAAMalinSportlast_img read more

MORE THAN 5,000 FANS TURN UP FOR DONEGAL SQUAD TRAINING SESSION

first_imgWHEN Jim McGuinness was asked if he would do an open training session so that the fans could come along, he said: “No problem!”And today the only problem was that an incredible 5,000 fans turned up to watch…making the search for a car parking space in Ballybofey that wee bit more difficult!The Donegal senior players didn’t disappoint, sitting for ages as they fulfilled every single autograph request from the throngs, most of them children. Said Kathleen Campbell, who helped to organise the event: “I thought it would be a good idea for the younger ones because so many won’t be able to get tickets to the All-Ireland final.“When I rang Jim to ask if he would let people in to watch, he said he’d be delighted. It was a great day – and fantastic for the fans.“We are really grateful to Jim, the squad and the staff.”The players thought a few hundred people would turn up at MacCumhaill Park, but in the end more than 5,000 people did, many joining in the singing of ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ as they waited to meet their heroes. If you took some great pix today, send them to info@donegaldaily.com.ABOVE: MARY MCGINLEY WITH A T-SHIRT SIGNED BY THE 92 TEAM WAS THERE TO GET THE 2012 LINE-UPMORE THAN 5,000 FANS TURN UP FOR DONEGAL SQUAD TRAINING SESSION was last modified: September 9th, 2012 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)last_img read more

City no longer finest of them all

first_img San Diego proclaimed itself America’s Finest City in 1972 – ironically, to get through another rough patch. The Republican Party had moved its national convention from San Diego to Miami Beach with less than three months notice. There were allegations that the Justice Department dropped an antitrust suit against International Telephone & Telegraph Co. after it pledged $400,000 to the convention. Then-mayor Pete Wilson ordered a weeklong of America’s Finest City Festival in San Diego during the Miami convention, complete with boat races and concerts. The festival was an annual event for several years, and the title survived even longer. “One scandal gave rise to the slogan, and another, even deeper scandal has erased it,” said Carl Luna, a political scientist at San Diego’s Mesa College. Wilson, who later served as a U.S. senator and California governor, said dropping the title was “too defensive” and “very shortsighted.” San Diegans, he said, should just fix city government and “get on with living.” Most San Diegans agree. A KPBS/Competitive Edge poll last year found 57 percent of residents believed the city was still the country’s finest, mostly because of postcard-perfect beaches and nearly endless strings of sunny, 72-degree days. The finest-city slogan remains popular among weather forecasters and talk-radio hosts in San Diego, but others say it only makes the city the butt of jokes. “Even the Chamber of Commerce shies away from it,” said Steve Erie, a political scientist at University of California, San Diego. “This is a city that has run away from its slogan.” 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The San Diego Union-Tribune recently asked readers to coin a new slogan. Among nearly 500 responses: “Scandalicious,” “An eruption of corruption,” “All major unmarked bills accepted here” and “Bunglers by the Bay.” Headline writers have weighed in with “Enron-by-the-Sea” (The New York Times) and “Paradise Insolvent” (Governing Magazine). Lew said the finest-city title was erased from the Web site in August – leaving a blank blue space next to a photo of the downtown skyline – in response to the federal investigation of the city’s troubled finances. The investigation led to the resignation of Mayor Dick Murphy in April, and days later the two councilmen were convicted of taking bribes in exchange for efforts to allow touching at nude bars. And just one week ago, Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-San Diego, resigned from Congress after pleading guilty to pocketing bribes that helped pay for a Rolls-Royce, a yacht named the Duke-Stir and antique furniture. SAN DIEGO – America’s Finest City? Not any more. One of its congressmen admitted taking $2.4 million in bribes, the FBI has investigated City Hall, the mayor resigned when a $1.37 billion pension shortfall damaged the city’s credit rating and fueled talk of bankruptcy, and two councilmen were convicted of taking bribes from a strip club owner. Faced with all that ill repute, the city has quietly dethroned itself and dropped the self-bestowed title of America’s Finest City from its official Web site. “We couldn’t stake that claim anymore,” said Gina Lew, the city’s director of public and media affairs. “We were taking too many hits.” last_img read more

Donegal students speak out on social concerns as part of ‘Speak Out Tour’

first_imgSome 500 second-level students from Donegal and surrounding counties will speak out on local, national and international issues at today’s Young Social Innovators Speak Out Tour 2019 regional event in the Clayton Hotel, Sligo.Now in its 17th year, Young Social Innovators seeks to strengthen civic society by giving teenagers a platform to articulate their ideas, insights, passions and expertise.It challenges young people to creatively tackle social issues affecting them, their communities and wider society and to develop innovations that focus on the betterment of society and improve the lives of others. As part of the Speak Out Tour, teenagers are given the opportunity to make a two-minute presentation setting out their aspirations for the kind of Ireland they want to live in – a vision they are trying to bring to reality through the social innovation projects on which they are working.At today’s event in Sligo’s Clayton Hotel, students from schools in Donegal, Sligo and Mayo will outline their innovative ideas on a range of social issues such as health, poverty, climate change and diversity. Some projects speaking out today include:Loreto Secondary School – Heart 2 Heart – This group of young heart health activists is working towards spreading awareness concerning heart disease, factors that contribute to heart disease, and what individuals can do when they witness someone who is in cardiac distress.Rosses Community School – Addicted to SMOG – This team is working to tackle the persistent problem of young people’s attitudes to social media and online gaming (SMOG). Against the backdrop of Dáil100 and the upcoming local and European elections, this year Young Social Innovators is also calling on young people to ‘make your voice heard’ at a political level through a #TellYourTD campaign.21.03.19. Sligo. Young Social Innovators Speak Out Tour 2019. Here are (LR) Sarah McRory, Page Ferguson, Natasha Boyle, Dylan Birmingham, Chelsea Farrell, Eva Glenn, Caoimhe Grant, Ellie Kate O’Donnell from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Co. Donegal arriving to speak out about issues they care about. Photo by Aileen O’Hagan.Co-founder and CEO of Young Social Innovators, Rachel Collier said: “One hundred years ago, the first Dáil sat in the Mansion House in Dublin and began discussions on the formation of a democratic republic: members outlined their vision, one that put the common good, and most particularly the well-being of our children and young people, first.“At today’s leg of the Young Social Innovators Speak Out Tour, we have many of these young citizens of Ireland, who are not just setting out ideas but are actively engaged in designing solutions to address issues that affect us.”She added: “In commemoration of the centenary of the first Dail, a key theme for Young Social Innovators in 2019 is participatory democracy.“As a platform for youth voice in Ireland, we feel it is important that young people experience democracy in a real way and that young people feel that the political system is one that works for them on the issues they care about. “We see many countries, not too far away, that are suffering from a democratic deficit; where the population feel disengaged and disconnected from local and national decision making.“Our ability to engage citizens in meaningful ways is a necessary prerequisite for a healthy cohesive society, one that is fit to address the changes we know are necessary to achieve wellbeing, equality and environmental sustainability here and globally.”Donegal students speak out on social concerns as part of ‘Speak Out Tour’ was last modified: March 23rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Speak Out Tourlast_img read more

That UK Internet Filter May Block Way More Than Porn

first_imgTags:#now#pornography Related Posts Not content with forcing UK residents to opt out of porn-based filtering of their Internet service, the government of Prime Minister David Cameron may well cut off access to many unrelated Web sites as well. The Open Rights Group, a digital-rights advocacy outfit in the UK, reports that its discussions with Internet providers suggest that they will also filter a wide variety of other sites by default.Such filtering, the OSR wrote, could include:☑ pornography ☑ violent material ☑ extremist and terrorist related content ☑ anorexia and eating disorder websites ☑ suicide related websites ☑ alcohol ☑ smoking ☑ web forums ☑ esoteric material ☑ web blocking circumvention toolsUsers will still be able to opt out of such filtering, OSR reports—though in practice, relatively few people actually ever change default settings.Image via Shutterstock A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… readwritecenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more