Rosberg edges Hamilton as Mercedes dominates in Bahrain

first_imgSAKHIR, Bahrain (AP):Nico Rosberg kept the upper hand on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by setting the fastest time in yesterday’s practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Formula One’s top team dominated again.Rosberg, who won the season-opening race in Australia and the final three races of last season, set a best time of 1 minute, 31.001 seconds at the Sakhir circuit, a quarter of a second faster than Hamilton.”We were very quick on one lap and also on the longer runs, so I’m really looking forward to qualifying and the race,” Rosberg said.Mercedes was in a league of its own, with third-place Jenson Button of McLaren 1.3 seconds off Rosberg’s time. That was an encouraging performance for McLaren, which has been on a slow development path with engine partner Honda since last season.Ferrari, which appears to be Mercedes’ main challenger this season, was further off the pace. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, followed in sixth by Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to park the car trackside due to a loose nut on his left rear wheel late in the evening session.Ferrari believes it has better pace over longer runs than the brief bursts in practice and qualifying, and also demonstrated much better acceleration from the standing start than Mercedes in the season opener, yet Vettel recognised his rival’s strength.THE BENCHMARK”Mercedes are the benchmark. They have looked really competitive this afternoon and this evening, but hopefully, we can be a bit closer,” Vettel said. “The car feels all right. There’s bits and bobs we can improve.”Max Verstappen was fourth fastest for Toro Rosso, the Red Bull pair Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo was seventh and ninth, respectively, and Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa eight and 10th. Williams is set to use a redesigned front wing today.The heavily criticised rolling elimination format for qualifying will be used again today. The format resulted in an embarrassing anticlimax in the final Q3 session in Melbourne as teams sought to preserve tires rather than attempt to improve times. The teams met on race day in Australia and resolved to revert to last year’s qualifying system but could not unanimously agree at the F1 Commission on how to alter it, so rolling elimination remains.Renault driver Kevin Magnussen is facing a grid penalty after failing to stop and have his car weighed when directed to do so during yesterday’s evening practice session.last_img read more

UMC, DCS End 2-Day Stakeholders Round Table Discussion

first_imgThe Department of Community Services of the Liberia Annual Conference (LAC) of the United Methodist Church (UMC) has ended a two-day round table discussion for the extension of the Community Integrated Education Program (CIEP). The exercise is part of efforts to buttress national government in her quest to implement development programs across the country. Ms. Emma Okai, the director of the Department of Community Services (DCS), said her department is a not-for-profit development arm of the UMC and has been operating since 2006 by providing those necessary facilities to various communities throughout the country. Such projects include installation of hand pumps, clinics, schools, guest houses, as well as under taking agriculture initiatives, among others.The two-day round table discussion was held in Gbarnga, Bong County from July 10 to 11 at a resort, which brought together stakeholders from Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties.According Ms. Okai, the round table discussion is mainly aimed at knowing the areas of needs of the communities and how the needs of participants would be addressed.She further indicated that DCS is set out to make practical the Missions of the Church to provide concrete, holistic, sustained and Comprehensive development for God’s people irrespective of religion, nationality, sex, color or creed, all across the length and breadth of Liberia in all basic areas of human development.Also speaking on behalf of the participants, Nimba County Health Officer, Dr. Collins S. Bowah, commended the UMC DCS for hosting such an important event, which gathered the development needs of the locals.Meanwhile, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Brown, the Monrovia District Superintendent of the LAC, who represented Bishop John G. Innis, congratulated their Norwegian partner, Mission Alliance, for being a blessing to the church and to Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese bandit killed in Suriname ID’d as taxi driver

first_imgThe Guyanese who was killed by Surinamese law enforcement on Saturday, was identified as Rodwell Wiggins, 34, a former taxi driver attached to the Oasis Taxi Service.Reports are that Wiggins was among four persons killed by Surinamese lawmen during a shootout moments after they carried out a brazen daylight robbery on a supermarket.Another man has been identified as Furgel Grant, 31, of Suriname. Grant had escaped from prison four years ago. He was convicted of a series of armed robberies and only spent one of the five years he received at the Hazard Prison before escaping. The third dead man is yet to be identified but is said to have been a Jamaican.Guyana Times understands that the four men, two of whom were masked, entered a supermarket and held the proprietor and his partner at gunpoint and demanded cash.One of the workers managed to raise an alarm and the Police were summoned. Upon seeing the Police vehicle, the gunmen opened fire, shattering the windscreen. In retaliation, the Police returned fire, fatally wounding three of them.One was subsequently arrested and taken to a hospital where he is receiving medical attention under guard.When contacted, local Crime Chief Hugh Jessemy told Guyana Times that he is not in direct contact with his counterparts in Suriname, but confirmed that the Guyana Police Force was apprised of the situation.When contacts were made with the taxi service, his ex-colleagues refused to provide any information and even denied he worked at the taxi service.Suriname police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Kobe’s streak is OK for now

first_img “That’s not what basketball is about,” Jackson said. “Basketball is about playing as a team and finding a functioning level.” The Lakers have gone 3-0, with Bryant scoring 48, 50 and 45 points, since he returned from a two-game suspension. Yet Jackson was left talking to his other starters Tuesday at practice about seizing their own opportunities in the triangle offense. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita There is a balance between Bryant and the others. And Jackson is hoping to find it. “When it doesn’t produce wins, that’s the fine line,” Jackson said. “And then players have to be playing spontaneously, with the freedom and they also have to feel like they’re a part of it. If they are, then they play at a better level.” Bryant still has a ways to go to match what Chamberlain did in November 1962, when he scored 45 points or more in nine consecutive games. Bryant, Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor are the only players in history to have had even a four-game streak. Jackson, meanwhile, told reporters the story about a fateful conversation he had with Michael Jordan after he first took over as Chicago Bulls coach. Jackson told Jordan simply that he was shooting and scoring too much for the good of the team. “If you can shoot 50 percent or close to 50 percent … then that makes sense for us as a basketball team because we’re getting accomplished what we have to get accomplished,” Jackson said. “If you can’t, then it detracts from the best nature of the team and the best opportunities the team has.” EL SEGUNDO – As long as the Lakers keep winning, coach Phil Jackson will come along for the Kobe Bryant scoring show, which now has led to talk of an MVP season and the mention of Bryant’s name among the NBA’s all-time greats. But Jackson is far from enamored with the numbers – four consecutive games of scoring 45 points or more, the first player to do so since Wilt Chamberlain in November 1964 – that Bryant has put up. center_img It has been the perfect storm for Bryant to showcase himself as a scorer. He returned from suspension, which gave him a couple of days away from the game, to find the Lakers having lost five in a row and out of the Western Conference’s top eight. Bryant also has flourished this season in moving from the backcourt to the wing, an attacking position rather than one with the responsibility of getting others involved. He can almost direct the ball into his hands on offense, especially when posting up, while his teammates have struggled with the triangle’s ins and outs. Bryant is shooting 44.3 percent this season and has taken 30 or more shots in 14 games this season. “That’s not a line that I have to walk anymore,” Bryant said. “My role is, if they need me to put points on the board, I do that. If I’m double-teamed, triple-teamed, I don’t have anything rolling, I kick the ball out to my shooters.” Bryant has accounted for a staggering 34.9 percent of the Lakers’ scoring in the games he has played. He had 45 points Monday night against Indiana on 14 of 32 shooting, with 14 points in the first quarter and 17 in the fourth. Jackson has played Bryant the entire second half of the past two games, with Bryant showing some effects at the end of the Pacers game. He missed four free throws in the fourth quarter, uncharacteristic for an 80 percent foul shooter. The only question tonight might be how long Bryant stays on the court against the Portland Trail Blazers, who have lost six in a row and were accused by coach Nate McMillan of quitting in a 118-89 loss to Miami on Sunday. The Blazers do have the self-proclaimed Kobe stopper in forward Ruben Patterson, who has been coming off the bench. Jackson jokingly said he hoped Bryant would score 50, the Lakers would score 150, and everyone would be happy. Then there were the words of rookie center Andrew Bynum, who finished two pick-and-rolls with Bryant for baskets Monday. Bynum was asked what he thought of the exhibition Bryant has put on. “Every time he comes out of the game, all I say is put the hero back in,” Bynum said. “It’s like a video game, he’s just going out there and scoring a crazy amount of points.” Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 ross.siler@dailynews.com 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

DDTV: Lughnasa Legends Festival will take you back to 395AD at Grianán Fort

first_imgFéile Grianán Áiligh has revealed the line-up for its Lughnasa Legends’ Festival!According to co-organiser, Tracey McRory, the 2016 Festival is the most ambitious event the group has undertaken in its five year history. The renowned Harper and Lughnasa Legends’ Bean a’Tí said: “Féile Grianán Áiligh’s Lughnasa Legends’ Festival is taking place at Grianán Fort on Saturday, August 6, from 1.30pm to 7.00pm. It will feature 170 artists drawn from Counties Donegal, Derry, as well as the Diaspora in Scotland and the United States.”“I would describe the festival as an eclectic mix of musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers, performing at Grianán Fort, a beautiful, natural amphitheatre, ‘the most compelling antiquity by far in Donegal’ and contributing to a joyous celebration of our Island’s rich musical, cultural and linguistic heritage!”“The Féile Grianán Áiligh Lughnasa Legends’ Festival is a twenty-first century re-imagining of the entertainment which would have been on offer in 395AD Grianán Fort. That is when Eoghain, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, established himself as a ‘competent and strong leader’ at what was regarded, even then, as an ancient seat of royalty.”“We will be welcoming the Inishowen Traditional Music Project, the North Texas School of Traditional Music, the Cairngorm Ceilidh Trail (Scotland), the Ceolan School of Irish Music (Moville) and Coirm (Letterkenny) to the Fort. Sandra McKay and Eilidh Mac Donald, Gaelic singers from the Scottish Isles, and dancers from the McKinney (Burt) and Hegarty (Buncrana) schools, amongst others, will also be gracing the Lughnasa Legends’ Festival stage. With Set, Step Céilí and Sean Nós dancing, there’s definitely something for everyone,” added Tracey. Grianán Fort lights upThroughout the Lughnasa Legends’ Festival, visiting musicians and audience members will also have the opportunity to learn more about this historic site, from the professional tour guides present.The Féile Grianán Áiligh’s Lughnasa Legends’ Festival will culminate with a spectacular finale.Photo by Lorcan DohertyTracey McRory said: “An ensemble comprising all of the Festival’s musicians will truly bring Grianán to life, as the evening shadows fall!”Traffic and access restrictions will apply during Féile Grianán Áiligh’s Lughnasa Legends’ Festival. There will be a park and ride service in operation. The cost is €5 per person with under twelves going free.There will also be a variety of food outlets present at Grianán during the Festival. The event is also a strictly alcohol free.John Creedon interviews a young man at Féile Grianán ÁilighAll Féile Grianán Áiligh Lughnasa Legends’ Festival updates are available on Twitter and Facebook. DDTV: Lughnasa Legends Festival will take you back to 395AD at Grianán Fort was last modified: July 27th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:inishowen traditional music projectlughnasa legendslast_img read more

MULLACHDUBH BAND STILL MARCHING AFTER 135 YEARS

first_imgThey are 135 years old and the Mullachdubh Fife and Drum Band once again marched proudly through their village on St Patrick’s day.Three fife and drum bands left Mullachdubh old school with 80 plus members on St’Patricks day to parade the traditional route to mass in Kincasslach. The old Mullachdubh band have marched the route since 1881 and the wee band celebrated 25 years with The Gathering of former members to parade with the current All-Ireland champions to celebrate the quarter century of the Wee Band.In Mullachdubh the saying is,”Band may come and bands may but The Mullachdubh band goes on forever.”MULLACHDUBH BAND STILL MARCHING AFTER 135 YEARS was last modified: March 18th, 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:Mullachdubh Fife and Drum Bandlast_img read more

RYAN TUBRIDY GETS A ‘SPECIAL’ WELCOME IN DUNFANAGHY

first_imgRTE star Ryan Tubridy was greeted by a huge crowd this morning in Dunfanaghy as he broadcasted his live show from the town square.Tubridy is in Dunfanaghy as part of a special feature he’s doing on the Wild Atlantic Way. Tubridy received a warm welcome from locals yesterday evening and visited bars in the locality last night in which he played pool and pulled pints of Guinness! This morning, a massive crowd greeted Tubridy with cafe’s and shops in Dunfanaghy opening early to accommodate the RTE star and the crowds in attendance.Tubridy was also presented with a Donegal speciality in the form of two litre bottles of McDaid’s Football Special and Smooth Banana.Local café Muck ‘N’ Muffins presented him with a personally made mug to celebrate his visit to the scenic seaside village. #wildatlanticway RYAN TUBRIDY GETS A ‘SPECIAL’ WELCOME IN DUNFANAGHY was last modified: June 10th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Planetary Wanderings

first_imgHere are news briefs that are out of this world:Death Star Sighted:  On August 2, the Cassini Spacecraft took the best-ever pictures of Mimas, the little moon of Saturn with a huge crater Herschel that makes it look like the Death Star from Star Wars.  Why this little moon should be one of the most heavily cratered objects in the solar system, when nearby Enceladus is not, is a mystery.Aurora at Saturn:  Saturn put on a light show for Cassini, reported press releases from Jet Propulsion Laboratory and University of Colorado.  The planet’s own version of aurora australis was viewed from a better angle at more wavelengths recently, and was portrayed in lovely aqua blue against the butterscotch planet’s south pole.Mars Too Deadly for Human Travel:  Damping ancient dreams of humans walking on Mars some day, National Geographic News reported that “space weather” (solar radiation) could be too dangerous to make a manned mission feasible.  A solar flare storm like those seen in recent years (see 11/06/2003 entry) could be like placing astronauts in the path of nuclear explosions millions of times more powerful than those made by man.  Unless some new method of shielding is devised, politicians and managers may consider it too risky to send humans into the cosmic shooting gallery for years at a time.  A powerful storm missed Apollo astronauts by just months in 1972.  Even if humans survived the 9-month flight to the red planet (10/01/2002), the Martian surface environment does not offer the same protection as Earth (see 08/07/2003 entry).  See also the press release from University of Warwick.Titan Is Dry as a Bone:  Contrary to earlier predictions (10/16/2003), R. A. West et al. wrote in Nature1 that the lack of specular (mirror-like) reflections from Earth-based radar echoes indicates that Titan (Saturn’s largest moon) lacks global oceans.  The BBC News took this to mean that Titan is as dry as a bone.  Even the sighting reported near the south pole makes the lake interpretation seem unlikely.Enceladus Is Hot Topic:  Science2 took note of the announcement of cryovolcanism on Enceladus (07/14/2005).  Richard Kerr wrote, “the close-up encounter has only deepened the mystery of how a body as small as Enceladus can come up with enough energy for such an active geologic life.”  Treating it as a special case is “uncomfortable” to planetary scientists.  Leaving the solution as a mystery, Kerr concluded, “Theoreticians will have to redouble their efforts to hammer out a moon they can live with.”Mars Soil Mystifies:  Science3 published a story by Amos Banin, “The Enigma of the Martian Soil,” that suggested we still know very little about the Martian surface, even since Viking, Pathfinder and Mars Exploration Rovers have studied it up close.  Though we have more data, we have new questions.Mars Traffic Jam:  Add a fourth spacecraft to the orbital speedway around Mars.  The new Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched successfully Thursday morning, August 11, carrying the biggest camera ever launched to the red planet.  It should be able to see objects the size of a card table on the surface when it begins its primary science mission in November 2006, and can transmit 10 times as much information per minute as previous orbiters.  A flood of high-res photography is coming.  MRO will provide several times as much data about Mars as all previous missions combined, said project manager James Graf. 1R. A. West et al., “No oceans on Titan from the absence of a near-infrared specular reflection,” Nature 436, 670-672 (4 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/nature03824.2Richard A. Kerr, “Cassini Catches Mysterious Hot Spot on Icy-Cold Enceladus,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5736, 859-860, 5 August 2005,[DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5736.859a].3Amos Banin, “The Enigma of the Martian Soil,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5736, 888-890, 5 August 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1112794].The Enceladus-Mimas dichotomy may force scientists to re-examine assumptions about cratering rates.  If impactors flying around the solar system do not pummel nearby objects equally, then either some moons are able to cover the craters, or the impactors are not randomly distributed.  Cratering rates are commonly assumed in determining ages of surfaces.  If you cannot constrain the density and frequency of impactors, and if the weathering processes are not well known, then crater-count dating is an exercise in guesswork.    Planetary scientists will have to redouble their efforts to hammer out not only a moon they can live with, but a solar system they can live with.  This has two connotations.  First, the solar system is a deadly place; this underscores the beauty and habitability of our privileged planet.  Second, evolutionary scientists accustomed to thinking in billions of years can’t live comfortably with young phenomena like Enceladus, and a Titan that should have accumulated deep oceans of methane or ethane by now.  If you are unconstrained by long-age assumptions, can you live with these findings?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

First World Forestry Congress for Africa

first_img4 May 2011For the first time in its 85-year history, the World Forestry Congress will come to Africa. The congress’s next gathering, held under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), will take place in Durban in 2015.The announcement was made just before the February launch of 2011 as the International Year of Forests, a declaration of the UN General Assembly.“What we need during the International Year of Forests is to emphasise the connection between people and forests,” said the FAO’s assistant director-general for forestry Eduardo Rojas, “and the benefits that can accrue when forests are managed by local people in sustainable and innovative ways.”During its 140th session, held in December 2010, the FAO decided that Durban’s International Convention Centre (ICC) would be the ideal venue for the upcoming 14th congress, a week-long event.The ICC is fast growing in status as an international convention venue and is also scheduled to host the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) later in 2011.South Africa’s national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) will host the world’s forestry experts in 2015. With 7 000 participants from 160 countries flocking to the previous event, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2009, an estimated 10 000 delegates will make their way to Durban for the next event.The local economy is expected to benefit from the congress to the tune of R100-million (US$13.7-million).South African experts presented scientific papers and participated actively in South America, an experience that stood them in good stead when bidding for hosting rights for 2015. The city of Durban was easily able to snatch the prestigious event from its closest rival, Hyderabad in India.“We are extremely excited that we have won the bid to host this large conference at which many important discussions will take place regarding global forestry issues,” said the ICC’s acting CEO, Jeremy Hurter.According to Daff, South Africa’s involvement in the global dialogue on sustainable forest development has led to its vital contribution to the International Arrangements on Forests, a device of the UN Forum on Forests.The upcoming World Forestry Congress will also boost the country’s contribution to the conservation of the Congo Basin forests, through the Congo Basin Forest Partnership which was set up in September 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.Looking after our forestsThe World Forestry Congress was launched in Rome in 1926 and takes place every six years. The event addresses a range of current silvicultural issues such as forest policy, biodiversity, international dialogue and socio-economic implications.In its 2008 publication titled Practical Guidance for Sustaining Forests in Development Cooperation, the World Bank reported that over 1.6-billion people depend on forests to survive, and a further 100-million have found employment in forestry-related industries.The organisation also said that 80% of the world’s remaining terrestrial biodiversity is found in forests, and about 66% of the entire world’s species live in forest areas.In addition, the leafy regions play a vital role in the regulation of the earth’s climate because trees trap carbon dioxide. FAO data suggests that trees and their surrounding soil hold as much as 1-trillion tons of carbon – double the amount found in the atmosphere. It’s not hard to see why trees are so important to the continued survival of the planet.The UN plans to use 2011 as the opportunity to raise awareness among policy makers and the public of the need to conserve, protect and manage forests in a sustainable way.According to the FAO, about 130 000 square kilometres of forest – and a tragic 100 animal and plant species – are lost every year to deforestation, whether because of conversion of forests to arable land, unsustainable logging, human encroachment, or bad land management practice. The World Bank estimates that these activities are responsible for up to 20% of annual greenhouse gas emissions.Green South AfricaSouth Africa is home to one of the largest human-made forests on earth – the city of Johannesburg. A report on the city’s website states that although there are some 10-million trees growing in Johannesburg, it is classed as an urban forest rather than a rain forest because it doesn’t get enough annual rainfall to qualify as the latter – albeit human-made.Elsewhere in the country, about 1.3-million hectares of South Africa’s surface area are covered by lush green planted forests, used for commercial purposes. The forestry sector employs almost 170 000 people, and adds R16-billlion ($2.2-billion) to the national economy.South Africa also has rich indigenous forests, which have been inventoried by Daff and are now closely monitored and protected. Some 530 000 hectares of dense growth occur mainly along the coastal areas and the eastern and southern escarpments, as well as in isolated valleys and ravines.A number of these natural forest regions, such as the Tsitsikamma National Park – now encompassed in the Garden Route National Park – are important tourist attractions.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Scott Metzger, Nov. 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished everything up last Friday night. We got the double-crop beans done to get harvest wrapped up. That is always a good feeling but you’d always like another 500 acres of corn.I think the double-crop beans were around 42 or 43 bushels per acre for an average.  I think the highest we had for a field average was maybe 47 bushels and maybe the low was 40 — they were good. In 2011 we had some that were pretty similar to that in the 40s. We just had the right growing season for them this year. Having a late frost and rains at the right time really helped. They look like the quality of the first crop beans. It was still wet, but most of our double-crops were on tiled ground so that helped.This was the best corn crop we have ever had. The beans were above trend line but not a record for us. Overall, 2017 was a challenging year but it all really panned out weather wise.We are contemplating whether we put on a shot of insecticide and a low rate of herbicide on the wheat this fall to get a little more protection out there. We haven’t pulled that trigger yet and I don’t know with the price of wheat if that will pay. A couple of neighbors have tried and had quite a bit of success with it.We also wanted to get a cover crop on all of bean stubble so we are going to get the drills out today and run hard this week to see how much we can get done. We may try to get some corn stalks fall sprayed too.last_img read more