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PNGRFL AGM this month

first_imgChairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka said the agenda will include the 2017 PNGRFL Annual Reports and Audited Financials.He said a general meeting will be held after the AGM to discuss other rugby league matters.Tsaka reminded eligible delegates that travel to and from the AGM plus accommodation costs will be met by the PNGRFL and subsistence and other costs are the responsibility of the delegates and their respective leagues.He said that only the presidents or their nominated representatives from each eligible affiliate leagues in the country will be allowed entry into the AGM.The AGM will take place at the Holiday Inn starting at 8:30am.last_img read more

I quit! Federer, Djokovic benefit from Wimbledon retirements

first_imgTobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks A first-round loser at Wimbledon earns 35,000 pounds (about $45,000).“Unless you’re (in the) top 10 … it’s significant money,” said Dolgopolov, who is ranked 84th.Tipsarevic, Dolgopolov, Djokovic and Federer all said they would like to see the majors follow the ATP’s lead.“A player should not go on court if he knows he (can) not finish. The question is: Did they truly believe they were going to finish? If they did, I think it’s OK that they walk on court. Otherwise, I feel they should give up the spot,” Federer said. “The ATP has adjusted its rule, but maybe the Slams should … look at what they could do for the players to make it just a little bit easier.”At Centre Court on Tuesday, Federer and Djokovic had an easy go of things. Kerber, last year’s runner-up to Serena Williams at the All England Club, had more to do to get past Irina Falconi of the U.S. 6-4, 6-4, and Wozniacki, a two-time U.S. Open finalist, needed three full sets to edge Timea Babos 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.But it was the short men’s matches that had everyone talking.“If it’s just excruciating pain, OK, you can’t play. If something is tweaked here or there and you feel like you can give it a decent go without hurting yourself, I think they should stay out there and I think you owe it to the fans,” said 23rd-seeded John Isner, who beat Taylor Fritz 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in an all-American matchup on Court 14. “I know the Wimbledon Centre Court didn’t get their money’s worth today, that’s for sure.”Collette Sherratt, 54, a spectator who traveled from Manchester, England, to attend the tournament for the first time, sure felt that way.“I’ve been watching Wimbledon (on TV) for 42 years, and it’s been on my bucket list to come here,” Sherratt said. “I was absolutely thrilled that (I) was going to be on Centre Court, and then for that to happen, it was like, ‘I might never get to come here again.’” “I feel for the crowd. They’re there to watch good tennis. Proper tennis. At least they see the two of us, who gave it all they had. They saw other players that tried, at least,” Federer said. “It’s unfortunate that it happened.”Two other men also stopped mid-match Tuesday, 19th-seeded Feliciano Lopez (left foot) and Janko Tipsarevic (right leg), bringing the first-round retirement total to seven. That equals 2008 for the most by men in the first round during the 50 editions of Wimbledon in the Open era.It sparked discussion about whether Grand Slam tournaments should change their rules to allow players to still receive prize money if they withdraw before an event. That’s a system being employed on a trial basis this season on the ATP Tour — which doesn’t run majors — and lets someone who lost in qualifying take the spot in the main draw of an injured player.The theory behind that setup: Players who are injured won’t step on court simply to collect their prize money as an entrant, before calling it a day without finishing the match.“Even if I had a torn muscle today, and the doctor says, ‘You shouldn’t go on court, you have serious damage to risk,’ I could have faked it, stayed there for two less games, and still picked up the paycheck,” said Tipsarevic, who stopped while trailing 5-0 after only 12 minutes against Jared Donaldson of the U.S.ADVERTISEMENT “We had a little joke about it in the locker room,” Djokovic recounted, “saying we should maybe play a practice set on the Centre Court, have the crowd stay.”The short workdays for the two were quite similar. Djokovic led 6-3, 2-0 when Martin Klizan retired with a left leg problem that has bothered him for about two months; Federer was ahead 6-3, 3-0 when Alexandr Dolgopolov quit because of a painful right ankle he first twisted last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Those still go into the books as wins, allowing Federer to collect his 85th at Wimbledon, breaking a tie with Jimmy Connors for the most in the Open era. Djokovic picked up his 234th match victory at all majors, moving ahead of Connors and alone into second place in history, behind only Federer’s 315.But the way the afternoon went meant Centre Court spectators who paid 56 pounds (more than $70) per ticket, some of them waiting in line for hours, got only brief glimpses of seven-time champion Federer or three-time champion Djokovic. They did, however, have the opportunity to watch a pair of top women, current No. 1 Angelique Kerber and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, win full-length matches. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Tomic can’t ‘find any motivation’ at Wimbledon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, left, embraces Slovakia’s Martin Klizan after winning their Men’s Singles Match on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Novak Djokovic’s first-round match at Wimbledon lasted all of 40 minutes Tuesday. Roger Federer’s, which was next in the All England Club’s main stadium, went 43.When two of tennis’ biggest stars crossed paths after both advanced when opponents stopped playing because of pre-existing injuries, they kidded each other about a way to try to make it up to the fans.ADVERTISEMENT Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LSU title parade draws massive crowds Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL restaurant owner spoke last night about how she fears she has lost €50,000 in a scheme run by French businessman Francois de Dietrich.Alison Carter, an American woman who moved to Ireland in 2006, is having to work 60 hours a week to keep her restaurant in Letterkenny afloat.Ms Carter revealed how she handed over €77,500 from an inheritance from her grandmother after becoming friendly with an employee of Mr de Dietrich. “It all seemed completely above board. He was very reassuring and told me there was no question I would make money from my investment,” she said.However a few months later she asked for €27,000 of her cash back to expand her restaurant, Café Magnolia, and did eventually get it back.“He was very angry with me and told me by taking some of my cash out, I would not receive profit from the €50,000 of my investment left in the scheme.“I should have known then that something was not quite right with the scheme. But my friend told me that her relatives had all made money from it. “After I signed the cash over to his company, the woman I thought was my friend had very little to do with me. I realise now that I was used,” she said.Ms Carter, who recently had to let her Head Chef go to keep her business afloat, admits that she should have sought documentation for her investment.She has since contacted a Garda Inspector in Letterkenny who has requested she provide them with various financial documentation which she is now doing.She showed copies of those documents to a week ago.“I believe I was conned into this because I trusted someone I thought was my friend. I paid capital gains taxes on all the money I invested so I have nothing to hide. “The Gardai are aware of it and are investigating the matter. But I want people to know that this is a scam and I want people to know there is no profit and they will not make any money out of it,” she said.Ms Carter is offering free coffee at her cafe to anyone else who has lost money and has offered to help set up a support group.endsFRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ‘I’VE LOST €50,000 IN ETIC SOLUTIONS INVESTMENT’, SAYS CAFE OWNER was last modified: January 21st, 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)last_img read more

Montebello special unit’s drug seizures up in 2005

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Despite having fewer officers, a special gang and drug investigations unit seized thousands in narcotics and cash last year and confiscated dozens of weapons, including automatic rifles.In 2005, the special unit, which is down 21 officers from a decade ago, seized $377,000 worth of narcotics, confiscated $60,000 in cash and seized 61 firearms, officials said.The unit made a total of 260 felony arrests, most of them involving gangs and narcotics, said Sgt. Brian Dragoo.The investigations unit was created several years ago, after budget cuts forced Montebello Police Department administrators to consolidate drug and gang enforcement officers into a single unit, police Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez said.“Ten years ago, we had about 100 officers. Now we have 79,” he said. “Demands are high, with Homeland Security and quality-of-life issues. We want to stop graffiti and work with young people, but we just can’t do it with this staff.“We’re reactive and not proactive.”Even so, the unit seized $280,000 worth of heroin last year, $36,000 worth of methamphetamine and $55,000 worth of cocaine.In 2004, special investigations officers seized $110 worth of heroin, $11,000 worth of marijuana, $13,000 worth of methamphetamine and $2,000 worth of cocaine. They also seized $4,000 in cash and one gun.In 2005 the unit served about 75 search warrants. During one search at a home on Nov. 28, officers seized 54 pounds of marijuana, an undisclosed amount of cocaine, several rifles and handguns, and ammunition.Officials are finding ways to stretch limited resources, said Dragoo.“I think we’ve taken a more targeted approach,” he said. “We started to target more influential people, instead of trying to take down lower people in the gangs. If you take down their leader, they don’t have anybody to follow.”Narcotics and vandalism are the city’s biggest crime problems, he said.A gang injunction aimed at the city’s largest gang, barring them from congregating in parks and other public places, has worked in lessening gang problems, Dragoo said, but vandalism has been harder to combat given budget constraints.“Montebello is a prime example of the `broken-window’ theory,” he said, referring to a crime-prevention theory that holds that, left unchecked, graffiti, vandalism and urban blight lead to more serious crimes.Montebello City Council, at Wednesday’s meeting, augmented the department’s$15 million annual budget by $250,000 and promised more money in the future. That’s a hopeful sign, said Couso-Vasquez, noting that his department’s budget was cut by about $1.2 million last year. 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Job Vacancy: Magee of Donegal hiring part-time Sales Assistant

first_imgJob Vacancy: The iconic Magee of Donegal store in Donegal Town is currently recruiting for a part-time sales assistant to join their team. Magee of Donegal is renowned for providing exceptional customer service across all Departments.  We wish to recruit an experienced Part-time Sales Assistant to continue this long-established tradition in our store on The Diamond, Donegal Town. The successful candidate will have proven experience of selling high-quality womenswear and accessories and will have an engaging and enthusiastic personality. Key requirements are:-Minimum 2-3 years experience selling high quality products in a similar retail environment.Exceptional communications skills providing the customer with an unforgettable in-store experience.A good team player who also has the ability to use one’s own initiative.A passion for high-quality fashion and the desire to increase sales.The role covers a seven-day working rota so flexibility is essential.If you are interested, please forward your cv to Vacancy: Magee of Donegal hiring part-time Sales Assistant was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Townmagee 1866magee of donegalpart-time jobretailSales Assistantlast_img read more

Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea want Paul Mitchell as new sporting director

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Paul Mitchell is attracting interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal 1 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY Sky Sports revealed tense However, Sky Sports News claims the Premier League trio could be forced to look elsewhere, if the 38-year-old chooses to sign a lucrative new deal, which could keep him at Leipzig until 2025.Mitchell moved to Germany from Spurs in 2017 to become the Bundesliga club’s head of recruitment and development, but RB Leipzig are keen to tie the talent spotter down to a new long-term deal that would see him become their head of global football.It is believed that the promotion would be likely to lead to Mitchell taking over the managerial reigns at Leipzig at the end of that new contract.But United remain keen to tempt Manchester-born Mitchell back to his home city to become their first technical director. whoops huge blow Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are locked in a three-way battle to land RB Leipzig’s talent spotter Paul Mitchell as their new sporting director, according to reports.The former Tottenham and Southampton head of recruitment has been targeted by all three top flight clubs after impressing in his role at Leipzig. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL SORRY latest Arsenal have also earmarked Mitchell as their preferred replacement for Sven Mislintat, who left his role as the Gunners’ head of the recruitment earlier this season.Mislintat, 46, has recently been confirmed as Stuttgart’s sporting director.Chelsea too are keen to bring Mitchell back to London, as they continue their search for a replacement for Michael Emenalo, who quit his role at Stamford Bridge 18 months ago.last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Toledo Museum of Art Bronze Doors

first_imgWhen I attended a conference last week at the Toledo Museum of Art, I took a brief walk through the exhibit halls during one of the afternoon breaks.At the end of one hall, a pair of doors caught my attention. From afar, it looked like a story was being told in the panels. I had to look closer! The doors seemed to be made of bronze, or some other metal, and showed beautiful figures in silhouette. Each of the six panels told a story of designing and creating. Since the afternoon sun shone through the double doors, there was a lot of backlighting on the doors. (Not one of my better shots!) I couldn’t gain access to the room and instead spent time admiring the exquisite workmanship of the panels. “These doors are stunning. Do you know the backstory of the doors,” I asked a nearby museum docent. No, he replied. One of the museum development staff saw me standing outside their door and came out to chat with me.“Wish I knew something about the doors,” she said. “You’re not the first person to ask. We have a lot of museum visitors come by and ask about their history.” I was disappointed, wondering how I could find out more about the doors. On my way to the conference room, I saw Amanda Gantchev, one of the other attendees at the conference. I told her about the doors, and how I wished I could learn more. We sat down for the rest of the afternoon sessions.The Next DayI didn’t think of the doors the next morning, I was busy catching up on email messages and web project work. And then I saw the email message from Amanda. What a lovely surprise! Amanda sent me background about the doors! She contacted Alison Huftalen, the head librarian at the Toledo Art Museum, who shared some of the backstory about the doors. Here’s what Alison said:The bronze doors were designed by Oscar B. Bach, of Bach Products, Inc.They were created for the Museum in 1925 and were awarded the Gold Medal of Honor in Design and Craftsmanship by the Architectural League of New York in 1926.They were originally located in the Monroe Street Lobby at the entrance to the stairway to the Ground Floor and were relocated to the Terrace Room, outside of the café and Development in 1982.I knew there had to be a story about those wonderful doors. Thanks, Amanda!Once I knew who the artist was, I did some of my own research about Oscar Bach. Oscar Bach, Decorative Metal Artist and ConsultantA prominent decorative metalworker in the early and mid-twentieth century, Oscar Bach was born in Germany in 1884. He studied painting at the Royal Academy in Berlin and also began a four-year apprenticeship in metallic art in his teen years. At the age of 20, Bach was commissioned to design the metalwork for the City Hall in Berlin, Germany. Can you imagine?In his twenties, he traveled throughout Europe and North America, and had a studio in Venice, Italy. Bach moved to New York City in 1911. He opened a metalwork business with his brother Max, and had his first U.S. commission in 1913. Ranging from small modest decorative pieces to large architectural work, Bach’s work encompassed a number of styles, including Arts & Crafts, Gothic, Renaissance, and modern Art Deco. In addition to using a number of styles, Bach’s designs were fabricated in a diverse range of materials: bronze, iron, steel, aluminum, silver, or copper.His work was seen throughout New York City, at the Architectural League of New York, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center. One of his most well-known works is his large stainless steel mural installed in the Empire State Building lobby.Impressive!Bach exhibited at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art frequently. His work was also seen at international exhibitions; he won the grand prize at the 1911 World’s Exposition in Turin, Italy for beds he designed for Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II. From what I read, Bach was commissioned by several companies and churches across the United States for metalwork design. And there’s several local Michigan connections! Bach created the wrought iron gates at Cranbrook Art School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (1928) as well as the interior gates and chandelier in the First National Bank building in Ann Arbor, Michigan (1927).In 1942, Bach began a career as a metallist consultant for industrial firms, including Oneida, American Radiator Company, Tappan Stove Company, and others. He died in 1957 at the age of 72.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Wisteria Gates at the Detroit Institute of ArtsEver since I saw the beautiful bronze doors at the Toledo Museum of Art earlier this year, I’ve been paying closer attention to doors and gates at the gardens and museums I visit. And today, my attention to detail paid off when I found another stunning decorative metalwork piece at…In “Miscellaneous”Photo of the Week: Guardian Building in Downtown DetroitWalking around downtown Detroit, you’ll see a number of impressive buildings, from towering skyscrapers, to theaters, and historic churches. But one building that stands out for many people is the beautiful orange brick and gorgeous facade of the 40-story building at the corner of Congress and Griswold Known as the…In “Miscellaneous”Photo of the Week: Can You Hear Me Now?Wait, can you go around the block again? I saw something interesting on that building and want to check it out. That’s what I asked my husband when we were in Cincinnati, driving around downtown at dusk, looking for a place to eat dinner. We circled the block and slowly…In “Miscellaneous”last_img read more

SA scientists in stem cell breakthrough

first_img22 March 2012 A group of scientists from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have established a groundbreaking biomedical stem cell technology – a first for Africa – which could hold the key to finding cures for some of the contintent’s biggest diseases. The CSIR announced on Tuesday that its gene expression and biophysics group had generated the first induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in Africa. “The ability to grow these stem cells, a complex skill currently available at only a handful of institutions in the US, Europe and Japan, has revolutionised the way that researchers are able to investigate and understand diseases,” the CSIR said in a statement. “It also holds enormous promise in what is known as ‘regenerative medicine’ – growing new tissue to replace diseased tissue in sick individuals. “With the advances made at the CSIR, Africa is now set to benefit from this new and powerful technology.”Inducing adult cells to revert to stem cells According to the council, Dr Janine Scholefield, one of the CSIR researchers involved in generating iPSCs, had recorded video footage of rhythmically beating cells through a microscope. “The beating pattern is distinctive, and easily recognisable as heart muscle cells,” the CSIR said. “These cells, however, didn’t come from a heart, but were, instead, transformed into heart cells, from skin cells taken from an adult. “This is the basis of iPSC technology, which induces adult cells (like skin cells) to revert back into stem cells, which are cells at the earliest stage of life. These early stem cells can then be programmed to become any type of adult cell, such as skin, heart, brain and blood cells.”Vast medical possibilities The medical possibilities of iPSCs are vast, and include growing new tissue for transplanted into people suffering from various diseases. “It could be used for restoring sight by replacing defective tissue in the eye; transplanting new heart muscle cells into people with serious heart diseases; giving people with anaemia new healthy blood cells; even harnessing brain cells to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s disease,” the CSIR said. Another way of harnessing the technology is to create “disease-in-a-dish” models, by growing diseased tissue from the stem cells of sick patients. “Since stem cells can be made from a patient’s own cells, the cells contain the exact same genetic characteristics as the patient these were taken from, meaning that this tissue will be ‘sick’ in the same way as the patient.”Avoiding ethical controversies Part of the novelty of the technology lies in the fact that stem cells can be made from almost any individual with almost any disease, simply by taking a skin sample from that person. Another benefit of using iPSCs is that they bypass the ethical controversy surrounding classical stem cells, which must be taken from embryos. Scholefield will be collaborating with Professor Susan Kidson at the University of Cape Town Medical School in developing her models, allowing for the testing of possible cures, or understanding the disease, without having to subject a patient to invasive surgery or untested trial medication. Applying cutting-edge research in Africa Scholefield spent three years working with international experts at Oxford University in the UK in order to perfect the technique of creating iPSCs. She now forms part of a team of CSIR scientists with expertise in various emerging health technologies, who work to apply this knowledge in an African context. According to Dr Musa Mhlanga, who heads up the CSIR’s gene expression and biophysics group, cutting-edge medical research “is not useful to Africa if knowledge is being created and applied only in the developed world. “Given the high disease burden in Africa, our aim is to create knowledge, as well as be innovators and expert practitioners, of the newest and best technologies.” Mhlanga’s group receives long-term financial support from the Department of Science and Technology. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Wits unit aims to demystify lightning

first_img9 January 2014About 500 people are killed by lightning strikes every year in South Africa – and scientists at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg are determined to lower that number.The lightning research team, which the university formed in mid-1960s, are “really pushing the boundaries of what is known about lightning deaths and injuries”, National Geographic says on its website.“South Africa has known about the risks of lightning since 1973, when we introduced a ‘risk analysis process’ that stated exactly how dangerous lightning could be,” said engineer Andrew Dickson. “But we are still somehow accepting around 500 deaths a year.”The group of electrical engineers, anthropologists and biomedical experts are conducting experiments to understand how the human body reacts to a lightning strike, the website reports.Their findings could help doctors treat victims more effectively and improve education about lightning safety, helping to prevent casualties and even deaths.“This work has potential to give scientists a way to look at the complex human body in a very different way,” Patrick Randolph-Quinney, a forensic anthropologist at Wits, is quoted as saying. He hopes emerging research will help doctors better treat lightning injuries and assist forensics investigators in pinpointing the cause of death from a lightning strike.People in the rural areas of South Africa are particularly vulnerable as they work outdoors and the poor infrastructure provides minimal protection. There is also a lack of education about the dangers of lightning, the magazine says.Other work being done at the university highlighted by the magazine includes:Injuries: electrical engineering graduate student Harry Lee is comparing the electrical conductivity of 56 different human tissues to find out why some parts of the body are damaged more than others.Education: the group at Wits is compiling lightning safety rules to help educate the public. Two engineering students have created a computer game aimed at primary school pupils on how to be safe when there is a thunderstorm.“We don’t live in America,” Ken Nixon, a Wits university electrical engineer said. “[The popular rule] ‘when thunder roars, go indoors’ isn’t going to work because for many, indoors isn’t a sturdy building. So the way we approach these education tactics is going to be fundamentally different.”Read the full article on Unraveling the mysterious impacts of lightning on the human bodySAinfo reporter and National Geographiclast_img read more