first_imgFINN HARPS could go bust in four weeks – unless they can find €48,000.That’s how much debt the Ballybofey club has.Club officials are planning a fundraising drive to settle the debts. Otherwise the football team could be kicked out of the league.FOUR WEEKS TO SAVE FINN HARPS FC was last modified: November 7th, 2011 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)last_img read more



first_imgGardai have said that other matters may come before the court in relation to a serving member of the Defence Forces already charged with having explosives.Irish Soldier Mark Cassidy leaving Letterkenny courthouse. (NWNewspix)Private Mark Cassidy, 29, appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning. No bail was sought by Cassidy’s solicitor, Eugene Burns, and the case has been put back until next Monday.Garda Inspector David Kelly said directions had been received from the Director of Public Prosecutions but said that “there may be other matters brought before the court.He also asked for Cassidy’s legal team to give Gardai time to carry out the relevant checks on people being put forward as independent sureties.Cassidy had been brought to a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court last Thursday amidst tight security.Cassidy, of Grianan Vale, Ballyederowen, Burnfoot, faces two charges of possessing explosives at the same address on Monday February 19th.He is charged with having an explosive substance and also possessing 87 twelve gauge shotgun cartiridges.Detective Garda Michael Carroll told that sitting of the court that he arrested him on Tuesday, February 18th and put the two charges to Cassidy but the accused made no reply.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison had said he was objecting to bail because of the seriousness of the offences and because Cassidy had no permanent address in the Republic.SOLDIER BOMB CASE – GARDAI SAY OTHER MATTERS MAY COME BEFORE COURT was last modified: February 24th, 2014 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:bombbulletsBurnfootcourtdonegalexplosivesMARK CASSIDYsoldierlast_img read more


Paidha suspend head coach Muhammed Kiseka

first_img Tags: Muhammed Kisekapaidha black angles Paidha are currently bottom of the standings (file photo)ZOMBO – Paidha BlackAngels has suspended head coach Muhammed Kiseka over misconduct.This was confirmed by club Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Fred Akena on Wednesday evening.“It is true that the coach Muhammed Kiseka was suspended for a period of six (6) months for misconduct, said Akena.“Management will further convene to discuss the remuneration during his six months on the sidelines.The club has appointed Charles Ssenyange to take care of the head coach’s duties while Kiseka serves his suspension.Paidha Black Angels is currently bottom of the Uganda Premier League standings with just one win in 15 matches as they have accumulated 7 points.They host Ndejje University this Friday in Arua as the Bar Okoro stadium awaits to be passed fit to host matches.Comments last_img read more

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Letterkenny council offices to close for funeral of Dessie Larkin

first_imgThe Letterkenny PUblic Services offices will remain closed tomorrow (Fri) from 11.30am until 1.30pm in honour of the late Dessie Larkin.Mr Larkin, aged 48, a former councillor and Mayor of Letterkenny, died suddenly on Monday last.His funeral takes places at St Eunan’s Cathedral tomorrow. Letterkenny council offices to close for funeral of Dessie Larkin was last modified: March 21st, 2019 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:closecouncil officesDessie Larkinfunerallast_img read more

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49ers’ Garoppolo has led through humility, all the way back to high school

first_imgAs the 49ers arrived at Levi’s Stadium for pre-training-camp physicals, Joe Staley, Richard Sherman and Robbie Gould, three of the team’s most- experienced players, came to the media room to meet with reporters.Then the franchise quarterback was ushered in.Jimmy Garoppolo entered and ended up in news conference purgatory, standing between the bank of microphones at the podium and a backdrop with the 49ers logo on it. After a few hard-to-hear questions and answers, a TV cameraman stopped the …last_img read more

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South Africa secures new Benz contract

first_img7 December 2010 He said the automaker expected to see more investors and new suppliers, all with the latest technologies coming to the country, a move which will strengthen the entire automotive value chain. Mercedes-Benz South Africa has announced that it will be one of the manufacturers of the next generation C-Class, and will invest a further R2-billion in its East London plant in order to produce the luxury sedan, which will hit global markets in 2014. “This success is not least due to the great efforts of the East London plant’s team and its stringent application of the Mercedes-Benz production system with its robust processes and rigorous quality standards.” Skills development and training Niefer pointed out that the company recently exported the 100 000th C-Class built in East London, adding that the company should also reach the half-a-million mark of C-Class vehicles produced locally since 1994, which marked the model’s start of production in South Africa in the first quarter of 2011. “This new, additional investment follows numerous significant investments, totalling over R5-billion that Daimler AG has made in South Africa over the past 10 years.” “We will bring more than a dozen new technologies to South Africa in the car and production processes,” Niefer said. “MBSA will localise more than 40% of the components for this new vehicle.” “Today is very special, as we can now go full steam ahead with our preparations to build the next generation of this successful Mercedes-Benz model.” The three other Mercedes-Benz plants selected to produce the next-generation C-Class are located in Germany, China and the USA. MBSA’s future export programme will include building both left- and right-hand drive C-Class models for export to markets in Africa and the Asia Pacific region. “The plant has the capacity to add a third shift, which means it will be able to run 24 hours per working day depending on market demand,” said Niefer. “We have a flexibility agreement with the union which will help to achieve high output and maintain stringent quality standards at the same time.” “This working arrangement with [the National Union of Metalworkers of SA] and our shop stewards is testimony to the high level of maturity in our relationship with the union.” “Our employees and their unwavering dedication and passion for the product, their commitment to quality work and their loyalty to the company contribute tremendously to its key strengths,” he said. Niefer said the Mercedes-Benz plant in East London followed global processes and standards outlined in the Mercedes-Benz production system for all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars plants. Global processes and standards “MBSA has also managed to provide us with a business and production plan that is competitive globally,” said Bernhard. “Hence, our decision to also build the next-generation of our C-Class at the East London plant is a logical step. The R2-billion investment is expected to further enhance the positive economic impact of Mercedes-Benz’s activities in South Africa, both directly through its own operations as well as indirectly through component suppliers. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Vote of confidence “Daimler AG is delighted to include South Africa among the four manufacturing locations around the world to build the next-generation C-Class – the most popular model within the Mercedes-Benz passenger cars range,” Wolfgang Bernhard, board member of Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), said in a statement this week. This will require a significant expansion of the technical capacity of the plant to 65 000 units per year. “With the pledged support of the South African government, MBSA plans to make optimum use of the South African regulatory environment and leverage the advantages presented through the government’s Industrial Policy Action Programme, as well as the Automotive Investment Scheme and the future Automotive Production Development Programme,” Niefer said. The adaptations for the next-generation C-Class in the plant will take place in a phased manner along with the continued production of the highly successful current C-Class right up to run-out. “We have had immense success in South Africa with the C-Class, and we have exported to left-hand drive markets since 1998 and to right-hand drive markets since 2000,” MBSA chief executive Hansgeorg Niefer said, adding that he was delighted with the announcement and the “vote of confidence” in the local operations. Working with unions The Mercedes-Benz plant in East London has repeatedly been recognised for its excellent production quality by JD Power and Associates, and is one of the best manufacturing plants in the industry. The investment also provides for extensive skills development and training locally and in Germany, as well as for new plant and equipment, and the introduction of some of the very latest manufacturing technology.last_img read more

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Managing parasites in small ruminants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThe sun is out, the grass is growing and livestock in Ohio are out on pasture contentedly grazing. There is something special about the relationship between animals and pasture on a farm but there are challenges as well, including parasites.“Worldwide, producers are losing billions of dollars to parasites through production losses and actual animal losses. They are more of an issue in the Eastern U.S. because our grazing areas are more concentrated than in the West. Issues with parasites increase this time of year when temperatures are 50 to 104 degrees F. Beyond this range, their survivability decreases significantly,” said Brady Campbell, program coordinator of the Ohio State University sheep team. “When it is hot, humid and wet they thrive. Now everything is out on pasture and when it is wet and dewy it is a problem. Dew is actually how the parasites travel up and down the forage and that is when the sheep are doing most of their grazing in the morning and evening.”Small ruminants including sheep and goats are facing increasing issues with resistance to anthelmintics — dewormers —used for treating parasites.Haemonchus contortus — the barber pole worm — is the most detrimental and difficult parasite to manage in small ruminants. Photo provided by Brady Campbell.“There are several parasites for small ruminants but Haemonchus contortus — the barber pole worm — is the most detrimental and difficult to manage. It is a bloodsucker that causes severe anemia. It attaches to the abomasum, the true stomach. We get a decrease of nutrient uptake and get scarring and damage to the stomach. The animals are less efficient, especially the young animals, because they do not have an immune system developed,” Campbell said. “Anthelmintics kill the parasites, but when resistance develops those resistant genetics are the only ones passed on.”The parasite situation for every farm is unique and needs to be managed accordingly.“Every farm is different with different strains of parasites,” he said. “There is no silver bullet with management.”Campbell is currently working on a number of different research projects looking at different angles of parasite management to address the challenges of resistance in small ruminants.“Previously, the easiest way to manage them is anthelmintics, but we are seeing that continual use has led to anthelmintic resistance. The reality is that not every animal needs to be treated and the continual overuse of those products has led to resistant populations of parasites. If we get to the point where dewormers do not work we’re not able to save these lambs for example. You can also see losses in reproduction efficiency, decreases in wool quality and challenges with overall performance as well,” Campbell said. “There are only three drug classes. There are different trade names but only three drugs. We need judicious use in using anthelmintics, like using the FAMACHA technique to look at the lower eyelids. If we are just treating the animals that need it, it will help. Keeping records is important and tracking the genetic lines that have the most problems with parasites is important.”When drugs are no longer viable management option, or there are efforts to maintain long-term efficacy of dewormers by minimizing drug use, different management strategies can be implemented. When working with sheep and goats, effective management requires an understanding of Haemonchus contortus.“Understanding the life cycle of the parasites is important. If you do, one of the easiest management strategies is grazing and forage management. One thing we can do is rotational grazing. We suggest a three-day rotation cycle. The total life cycle for the barber pole worm is approximately 22 days. The animal will consume the infected larvae and then the larvae attaches to the abomasum and becomes reproductively mature in about 18 days,” Campbell said. “At that point the females begin laying their eggs. The female can lay 5,000 to 10,000 eggs a day. The eggs end up out on pasture in the manure.”The eggs are resilient and do not hatch until the proper conditions are present.“Eggs overwinter on pasture. They need a hot, humid climate to emerge from the oocyte,” he said. “They can also lay dormant in the animal for part of the year as well. The biggest time for shedding parasite eggs is at birth because that is a stressful time for the animal. Then these parasites thrive in hot, humid weather in the forage canopy.”The time frame from egg to adult sets the basis for grazing management.“They can mature from egg to infective larvae in four days. If we only allow the animals to graze for three days in a particular area, the animals are moving before the eggs can become infective larvae,” Campbell said. “Grazing in one spot for anything less than three days is helpful. In some of our trials we are waiting anywhere from 21 to 36 days for the animals to come back to those pastures.”Some breeds offer management options through natural parasite resistance.“There are different sheep breeds with resistance — St. Croix, Texels, Katahdins. The parasite starts to affect them like other breeds and then their immune systems take over and they rid themselves of the parasites,” Campbell said. “A lot of those are down south where the parasites are worse due to the heat, humidity and environmental conditions.”Parasites can also be addressed through species diversity on a pasture.“Mixed species grazing can be beneficial as cattle help break the parasite cycle and they are good to graze after sheep because of that,” Campbell said.Campbell’s research is taking a look at a number of separate and combined management practices.“We’re looking at different combinations to see what works best. We are looking at delayed weaning too. Some of our research shows that lambs that remain with their mother to 120 days performed better than lambs weaned at 60 days and placed on pasture,” he said. “About half of the early-weaned lambs needed treatments of dewormer and delayed weaned lambs did not need any treatment at all. Milk has a bit of an anthelmintic effect. It coats the abomasum and does not let the parasites attach. Milk is a huge source of protein too. We know that stress reduction is effective in reducing problems with parasites. We are looking at fall lambing and alternative annual forages too for parasite control.”High tannin forages including chicory, birdsfoot trefoil and plantain are natural anthelmintics. Some producers plant those forages heavily in one paddock and run their animals through every 21 to 30 days.Tillage can be another tool in parasite control.“One way we can really hinder parasites is by creating an anaerobic environment by tilling the ground over. We have completed one trial and we are doing more,” he said. “We also created a naïve pasture from converted cropland that has never had sheep on it before. We are going to compare that to permanent pasture that has been grazed by sheep for several years. We’re checking to see parasite densities. We are also trying trials that increase protein intake to help them cope with parasite infections.”Another of Campbell’s studies is using an ear tag that monitors each animal’s activity, like a pedometer.“We can monitor activity, steps they take and we can collect an external body temperature,” Campbell said. “We can tell if an animal is infected based on activity and body temp. These tags record the data throughout the day. We may be able to detect parasitism at an earlier point with these ear tags. Earlier detection could lead to lower production losses. Once they get clinical signs it is pretty bad. We can hopefully minimize losses that way.”Another tool being used in Campbell’s research is an elutriator, basically a big filter. “We put forage samples in it and it can test the density of parasites on the pasture. Not many other people are doing that,” he said. “We are going to use that with our grazing trials and our naïve pasture to see what management practices have the biggest impact on parasitic density.”Regardless of what strategy is being used on a farm, when adding new pastures and bringing in new animals, it is important to understand the history to prepare for the increasingly challenging future of parasite management.“Be cautious about the animals you are buying and the parasite management strategy they have been on,” Campbell said. “Parasites are a huge problem in our industry. I want to help famers save animals and money. Hopefully some of this research can help do that.”last_img read more

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ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas Defeats Alexander Zverev to Reach Semis on Tournament Debut

first_imgLondon: Stefanos Tsitsipas coasted past defending champion Alexander Zverev in straight sets to advance to the last four of the ATP Finals on Wednesday after Rafael Nadal came back from the dead to keep his title hopes alive.The Greek tyro, 21, broke his big-serving German opponent three times in the Group Andre Agassi match to seal a 6-3, 6-2 win at London’s O2 Arena. The straightforward victory, which took Tsitsipas’s head-to-head record against Zverev to 4-1, was in sharp contrast to the earlier match, in which Nadal produced an astonishing comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev.AWESOME performance from @StefTsitsipas 🙌The Greek defeats Zverev 6-3 6-2 to guarantee his place in the semis at the #NittoATPFinals 👌🎥: @TennisTV— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 13, 2019 The Spanish top seed was on the brink of defeat when facing a match point at 5-1 down in the deciding set but stormed back to win 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).”Today is one of those days that one out of 1,000 you win and it happened today,” said a delighted Nadal.The 19-time Grand Slam champion, who also beat Medvedev in the US Open final, said earning a break back in the deciding set had infused him with confidence.”When you have the first break, 5-3, then you are only one break away,” he added.”And I know from my personal experience how tough it is to close out matches, especially when you have two breaks in front and you lose the first one. From that moment I thought I can have a chance.”TSITSIPAS POUNCESTsitsipas grabbed the contest by the scruff of the neck at end of the first set, breaking Zverev in the eighth game and served out for the set.The Greek then broke in the opening game and the fifth game of the second set as Zverev struggled to produce the same level of tennis that propelled him to victory against Nadal on Monday.”I was really surprised by my performance today,” said the sixth seed, who beat Medvedev earlier in the week and who is yet to drop a set in London on his tournament debut.”I did everything right and once again it was not just me out there but a whole bunch of people, excited people that came to support me. It was a crew situation.”The second semi-finalist from Group Andre Agassi will be decided on Friday.Dominic Thiem has already secured one of the qualification spots in Group Bjorn Borg, leaving Federer and Djokovic to scrap it out on Thursday for the remaining place from the four-man pool. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevATP FinalsATP TourDaniil Medvedev First Published: November 14, 2019, 1:24 PM ISTlast_img read more

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first_imgAsked if it was a difficult decision to play at the India Asked if it was a difficult decision to play at the India Open, Saina said: “When you are good again, when you are fitter again, you need to play. You never know when it might come back again. Every year there are these events. It is basically two events to play. It is an Olympic year. So maintaining ranking is also important. “After next month, I guess in June and July I will get time to train and get back to my 100 percent. It is much better now. It is all about playing more and more matches.” The Olympic bronze medallist will once again carry Indias hopes at the Rio Games and Saina said she will have to be physically and mentally stronger ahead of the prestigious event but there is still time for that. “Olympics is a high pressure tournament. Anybody can win. There are many top players. Every top players play with a lot of pressure when you perform well because all eyes are on you. It is not easy. “Physically, I have to be well prepared for sure as I need more match practice but mentally also I have to be strong. But I guess there is enough time for that. There will be still one and a half months to go for the Olympics after May, so no need to bother now,” she said. Asked how the competition level has changed compared to 2012 London Olympics, Saina said: “The game has become faster. Not only from China, other country also playing well. Wang Shixian is still playing finals, Li Xuerui is again another player. Tai Tzu Ying, Nozomi Okuhara, Carolina Marin is also good. The Korean girl Sung Ji is also there. It is a positive sign. The sport has become more global.” PTI ATK PDS PMadvertisementlast_img read more


Mary Kom fails to qualify for Rio Olympics

first_imgIn a major upset, five-time world champion MC Mary Kom failed to qualify for the upcoming Rio Olympics after losing in second round of the AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championships in Astana today.The London Olympics bronze medallist, fighting in the 51 kg category, lost 0-2 to Germany’s Azize Nimani.Nimani proved too good for the seasoned Manipuri, who needed to reach the semi-finals to secure an Olympic berth.SPLIT DECISION Mary took off aggressively but Nimani managed to keep her at bay by fighting from a distance.In fact, Nimani hardly attempted any attack on the Indian in the opening two minutes but managed to connect a few counter-jabs to take the initial edge.Mary Kom continued to be aggressive in the second round as well, connected much better but failed to get the judges nod, who again ruled in favour of Nimani on a split decision.Gaining in confidence, Nimani stuck to her game plan and forced Mary Kom to let her guard down.Mary threw herself aggressively at the German, whose punching was far from clean. Nimanis defensive tactics frustrated Mary Kom, who quite literally threw herself at the German to connect.However, the determined attack failed to yield the desired results for her as Nimani was declared winner on a split vote.SARITA, POOJA IN FRAY Sarita Devi (60 kg) and Pooja Rani (75 kg) are the other two Indian boxers left in the fray. Both of them have made it to the second round. The tournament is the final qualifying event for women boxers in thethree Olympic categories of 51kg, 60kg, and 75kg and has 12 Rio ticketson offer.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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