Claregalway GAA Planathon Launched

first_imgThen Barry spoke to JeanneAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. As part of the planning permission for the development they were required to plant a shelter bed around the perimeter. Followed by KevinAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. In 2011 Claregalway GAA club purchased twenty acres of land in Knockdoemore, on which they have now developed 3 full size playing pitches, a state of the art club house and a walk way around the perimeter of their grounds. This development not only caters for the hundreds of  Ladies and gentlemen, adults and children members  but also for various organisations that are active in the Claregalway area. On a daily basis groups such as the Clare River Harriers Athletics Club, Claregalway Scouts and the local Foroige club can be seen making full use of the amenities. Mike Laffey of Claregalway Scouts and Sheila Fahy from Clare River Harriers spoke about the importance of Knockdoemore park for their respective organisations and Jeanne Sampie who gave the view of Greensod Ireland who have been educating local school children about the impact the project will have on the bee population.First up was Mike LaffeyAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Finally Barry spoke with Mary Collins and Kevin Fitzpatrick of the event sponsor Boston Scientific. Mary and Kevin outlined why the team in Galway felt this was a project they felt they could align to and Kevin also outlined how proud the are of the impact.Boston Scientific Galway are of the impact the organisation has on the economic life of the City and its  surrounding areas.Mary spoke first to BarryAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. On Tuesday our own Barry Cullinane went along to the launch of a the Claregalway GAA club Plantathon where he spoke to a number of people including Tony Clarke, retired regional manager with Coillte, who along with Sean Flanagan, retired Teagasc manager is overseeing the project. Tony spoke about the species of trees and hedging being planted as well as the importance of the plantation to the local wildlife that may have been disturbed during the development of the lands in Knockdoemore.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Barry also spoke with John Morrin, Claregalway Chairman who gave all the details of how the community is coming together for this project and how the people of the area can support the effort.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The local Clubs who use the 20 acre Knockdoemore Park, located between Claregalway and Lackagh are clubbing together in a bid to plant their boundaries and walkway areas in trees, hedging and shrubs before Mothers Day. The “Clubbing together” efforts of the Sporting and Community Groups involved received a timely boost this week with the news that Galway Based Medical Company, Boston Scientific are to be the main sponsor of the initiative.The organisers are seeking local support too and in return for a contribution of €100 for a business pack, €20 for a Family Planting or €10 per individual , a tree and or hedging plants will be planted in your name. Your name will be listed on a register which will be located in the club house, as well as being listed on the website. You can also book your tree and have it planted in your mother’s name before Mothers Day by going online on or you can come to the sales desks to pre – purchase trees which will be open at the Knockdoemore Clubhouse from 11 -2 pm this Saturday 3rd March.Pictured at the launch of the project were Sheila Fahy Clare River Harriers, John Morrin Claregalway GAA Club, Eilis McEvoy Claregalway Scouts with Mary Collins and Kevin Fitzgerald of Boston Scientific. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Claregalway GAA club Plantathon takes place on National Tree Planting Week (March 4th – 11th) Patrons who wish to support the project can contribute €20 per family or €10 per individual to purchase a tree. For more information you can contact a member of the committee of visit The local Clubs who use the 20 acre Knockdoemore Park, located between Claregalway and Lackagh are clubbing together in a bid to plant their boundaries and walkway areas in trees, hedging and shrubs before Mothers Day. The “Clubbing together” efforts of the Sporting and Community Groupsinvolved received a timely boost this week with the news that Galway Based Medical Company, Boston Scientific are to be the main sponsor of the initiative.The organisers are seeking local support too and in return for a contribution of €100 for a business pack, €20 for a Family Planting or €10 per individual , a tree and or hedging plants will be planted in your name .Your name will be listed on a register which will be located in the club house, as well as being listed on the website. You can also book your tree and have it planted in your mother’s name before Mothers Dayby going online on or you can come to the sales desks to pre purchase trees which will be open at the Knockdoemore Clubhouse from; 11 -2 pm this Saturday 3 RD March.Pictured at the launch of the project were members of the many groups involved with Kevin Fitzgerald and Mary Collins of Boston Scientific. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy.last_img read more

Del Bosque hints he may stay after Euro 2016

first_imgSpain coach Vicente del Bosque has opened the door to staying on after next year’s Euro 2016 tournament should the holders qualify as expected.Del Bosque, who took over from the late Luis Aragones after Spain’s triumph at Euro 2008, has previously suggested he will step down after the competition in France, where La Roja will be chasing an unprecedented third straight continental title.Spanish media have reported that soccer federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar is trying to persuade the 64-year-old to stay on until the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Del Bosque appeared to leave that possibility open in an interview with Spanish radio on Thursday.“I think that in football matters you don’t have to be very rigid,” he told Cadena Cope when asked about his future.Del Bosque is a hugely popular figure in Spain after leading the national team to a maiden World Cup victory in 2010 and a second consecutive European title two years later.However, some felt that a fresh start was needed after Spain’s failure to advance beyond the group stage at last year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.Among names to have been linked to the Spain job are Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, Sevilla’s Unai Emery and Rafa Benitez of Real Madrid.Spain can make sure of their place at Euro 2016 with a win against Group C minnows Luxembourg in Logrono on Friday.last_img read more

Road Trip – Soesdyke-Linden Highway

first_imgAlong both sides of the Linden Highway, countless trails can be seen making their way from the asphalt into the unknown. Hidden from view are villages, schools, resorts and farms. We made our way through one such trail that promised to take us to Splashmins Eco Adventure Park. It’s a short drive from the highway to our destination.Alas, we arrived on empty stomachs, but we had planned to do our very own cooking on the premises. Fried chicken and fried rice were on the menu that day. Our trusty mate Omali was the chief cook for the occasion. As prepared as we were, we had a single kahari in our possession which meant that the rice and chicken could not be cooked simultaneously. Naturally, the chicken had to be fried first, based on this logic: “we need some cutters budday”. Little time was wasted.To the fishes! Omali and I remained with our precious chicken while the three enterprising anglers made their way to the waterfront with rod in hand.They returned without a catch, citing the water level as the main deterrent to fish in the area. We took it with a grain of salt. Funnily enough, we had forgotten to bring salt with us. Thankfully, the chicken was seasoned the night before. However, our fried rice did not fare well. In our defence, it was perfect, save for the lack of salt. The rice was wonderfully boiled (albeit without a strainer – we drained it by the spoonful), mixed with finely chopped vegetables, two entire packets of fried rice seasoning, and of course, the ever-present Chinese sauce. It was quite possibly the blandest fried rice we had ever tasted, but we were hella proud.All in all, it was a day well spent. Good people, great music, hilarious conversation and dare I say, tasty food (leff we, the ketchup is a frivolous detail). Enjoy the remaining photographs, of water and sky. By Lakanand SinghAfter two months of planning, indecision and busy weekends our road trip up the Soesdyke-Linden Highway came to fruition. Was it my idea? No. Did I plan the excursion? Again, no. I did, however, invest in fishing line, hooks, two yari-yari rods and tagged along with my brother and three of his friends.Journeying along the stretch of the Soesdyke-Linden Highway has always been, for me, one of the more enjoyable road trips in Guyana, second only travelling along the coast to East Berbice (granted, I haven’t had the chance to traverse the red road to Lethem). The opportunities for great photographs are almost endless. Factor in the undulating landscape and winding roadway between the sandy hills and pits and you’re sure to have your very own portfolio.last_img read more

New Lockheed airship takes short test flight

first_imgPALMDALE – An experimental airship built in secret by Lockheed Martin emerged from a hangar Tuesday morning for a short test flight around U.S. Air Force Plant 42. Lockheed Martin has not disclosed the purpose or technical details about the craft, which it said is being used to test airship technology. “We have not done any public discussion about the airship. It’s an independent research and development effort so it’s coming from our own dollars,” Lockheed Martin spokeswoman Dianne Knippel said. Silver and marked “Lockheed Martin” with the “Skunk Works” logo on its tails, the airship drew onlookers at a popular aircraft-watchers’ spot on Sierra Highway at Avenue N. Accompanied by a helicopter, the craft cruised up and down the installation’s runways at low level, making several tight turns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It’s kind of hard to hide a blimp,” Knippel added. Built in Palmdale, the craft first flew Jan. 31 and is designated only as P-791. Of the designation, Knippel said: “That’s just a number we pulled out of a hat that says Program No. 791. It doesn’t mean anything.” Airships have drawn new interest from American military officials. Lockheed Martin and Tarzana-based Aeros Aeronautical Systems Corp. were hired last year by the Pentagon to study possible designs for a giant airship capable of transporting soldiers and gear around the world to battle areas. Code-named “Walrus,” the new airship would fly using a combination of lighter-than-air gas – like conventional blimps or World War I zeppelins – and aerodynamic lift generated by the craft’s shape, as well as thrust vectoring. The trade publication Aerospace Week suggested in an article published last week that P-791 is a hybrid aircraft like the proposed Walrus, combining both buoyant gases and aerodynamic lift. P-791 is not connected with Walrus, Knippel said. In addition, a Lockheed Martin division in Ohio is building for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency a prototype high-altitude airship that could be used for spotting enemy missiles, acting as a communication relay, monitoring weather, or other tasks. Airships have a military history dating back two centuries. Hot-air balloons were used to watch enemy forces by Napoleon’s armies and served both the North and the South during the U.S. Civil War. Germany sent airships with rigid frames – the zeppelins – to bomb London and Paris during World War I. The United States had rigid-frame airships after World War I, but they crashed and burned. During World War II, the U.S. Navy hunted Nazi submarines with frameless blimps. Through the first years of the Cold War, blimps with radar watched for Soviet bombers. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com160Want 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

Arsenal FC team news: Predicted Gunners XI to face Middlesbrough

first_imgArsenal are battling to save their season after a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace left them seven points off fourth place in the Premier League table.A trip to Middlesbrough, with their miserly defence, is up next on Monday night for the Gunners, who do still have games in hand on most of the teams above them.Thankfully for under-fire boss Arsene Wenger, both Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny are rated as having an 80 per cent chance of starting against the struggling Riverside outfit.The game does, however, come too soon for both Lucas Perez and Davis Ospina and they will remain out.So, who will Wenger pick to face Boro? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Arsenal XI, in squad number order, to face Middlesbrough… 11 11 11 7. Alexis Sanchez (left-wing) 11 8. Aaron Ramsey (central midfield) 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Arsenal XI, in squad number order, to face Middlesbrough… 29. Granit Xhaka (central midfield) 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 20. Shkodran Mustafi (centre-back) 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left-back) 14. Theo Walcott (right-wing) 11 11 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 24. Hector Bellerin (right-back) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) last_img read more

Jacob Murphy relishing Premier League challenge with Newcastle United – LISTEN

first_imgJacob Murphy is confident he can be a success for Newcastle United as he prepares to make his Premier League bow.The Magpies new boy – a £12.5million signing from Norwich City last month – is set for his top-flight debut against Tottenham at St James’ Park on Sunday.Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT at the 2017/18 Premier League launch day, the 22-year-old winger said: “It will be amazing for me. I have had a little taste already of it but when Sunday comes around it is going to be an immense atmosphere and I can’t wait.“I am a confident boy. Any pressure that is given I will only take that in my stride and show what I can do on the pitch.“It is a massive fan base and there will be expectation but being at a club like this, it something we are all going to have to deal with.”last_img read more

Bluetooth Disclaimer for Disneyland App

first_imgShare This!I’ll be the first to admit, I’m one of the people who rarely updates apps until it becomes necessary. With my trip next week to California, I figured it probably was time to update the Disneyland app. When I launched it, I saw this interesting and very non-standard opt-in box.Because Disneyland does not have MagicBand capability to trigger surprise moments (like seeing it’s a small world wish you Goodbye at the end), it is not surprising that the use of the Disneyland app will take its place. If you keep Bluetooth turned off on your cell phone, or if you opt out on this screen, you may find limitations for some of the interactive features in Galaxy’s Edge. Of course Disney doesn’t want to spoil the magic by giving away all their secrets, but this unusual opt-in box gives some interesting food for thought about how the magic happens in the theme parks.last_img read more

WordCamp Columbus 2016: Using Google Accelerated Mobile Pages with WordPress

first_imgLike the over 150 WordPress users in attendance, I was thrilled to be at the 2016 WordCamp Columbus last weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Three days focused entirely on learning, sharing, and talking with others who work with, design, and develop WordPress? What a great way to spend the weekend!This was my fourth WordCamp Columbus. And I was looking forward to meeting in person someone who I’ve been chatting with for quite a while on Twitter: Mike Hale. With Mike speaking about Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), something I’ve yet to implement on any sites, I couldn’t wait for his talk. Here are my notes. According to the AMP Getting Started page, AMP is a great method to build web pages for static content that render fast.AMP offers a stripped down version of web posts. By removing elements (JavaScript, third-party scripts) that slow down content display, mobile user experience is improved.Potential benefits of AMP: mobile-friendly content and better page speedOriginally developed for news sites, Google announced earlier this month that it was expanding beyond news to mobile sitesAMP only works on posts, not pages, archives, or custom post typesIs AMP right for your site? Costs you nothing to get started, go ahead and experiment. But test it on a non-production site first.To get started using AMP, install the free AMP WordPress plugin, created by AutomatticAMP consists of three components: AMP HTML, AMP JavaScript (JS), and AMP Content Delivery Network (CDN)When AMP is implemented on a site, all the posts on your site will have “/amp” added to the URL. In addition, some AMP specific tags will replace HTML tags in your code. AMP will strip out header, footer, sidebar, and navigation menu on your site. With the AMP plugin, you can customize the display on your AMP pages, adding the header, footer, navigation menu, and featured images back in.For AMP pages, all CSS must be inline and must be less than 50K in sizeNo third-party JavaScript can be added to your AMP pages. External resources must define static dimensions.Form elements aren’t allowed on AMP pagesYou can validate your AMP pages online or via the Chrome AMP Validator extensionThoughts About AMPMike’s presentation was packed with people, so I know I wasn’t the only one curious about AMP, how to implement it, and what it could mean for mobile user experience.With AMP’s expanded reach to mobile, Mike’s talk gave me the information I needed to give AMP a try, on a test site. At the end of Mike’s talk, I asked if anyone in the room had added AMP to their site. No one raised their hand. Guess we all have some work to do!Mike graciously published his AMP presentation slides on SlideShare. Oh, and for those interested, Mike and I met early Saturday morning, just after the welcome. We hugged, chatted about WordCamps, travel, and finally getting to meet each other in person. 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…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: September 2, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll find out whether to leave tables off the table, learn about Google Accelerated Mobile Page in WordPress, discover how to reduce content shifting on page load, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post…In “Web design & development links”WordCamp Columbus, Food Trucks, and CigarsAnytime you can can spend two days meeting new people and talking about food trucks, cigars, and WordPress, has to be a fantastic way to spend your time. And for only $40? And you get a cool t-shirt? Last week I had the pleasure of attending WordCamp Columbus, along with…In “Conference”WordCamp Columbus Returns for Seventh Year, Expands to Three DaysReturning for its seventh year, WordCamp Columbus will be held July 17–19, 2015 at two locations: the Ohio 4H Center at Ohio State University and the Vue in the Brewery District. The annual event will have learning and networking opportunities for every WordPress user, from beginner to expert. And for…In “WordPress”last_img read more

Anti-Aids momentum ‘must not be lost’

first_img1 December 2011It has taken 10 years of sustained effort and investment for the world to achieve its current momentum in the fight against HIV/Aids, creating the “very real possibility of getting ahead of the epidemic” – but only if the momentum is not lost, says the United Nations.Growing access to HIV/Aids treatment and prevention services has resulted in a 15 percent decline in new infections over the past decade and a 22 percent drop in Aids-related deaths in the past five years, the United Nations (UN) said on the eve of World Aids Day on Wednesday.“There is now a very real possibility of getting ahead of the epidemic,” the World Health Organisation’s Gottfried Hirnschall said when releasing a report on the global response to the pandemic. “But this can only be achieved by both sustaining and accelerating this momentum over the next decade and beyond.”New science, technologies, approachesAccording to the report, advances in HIV science and programme innovations over the past year have raised hope for further progress in the future.It is crucial that new science, technologies and approaches be applied to improve the efficacy of HIV programmes, especially during the current global economic uncertainty and related austerity measures, said the report.Some of the successes include improved access to HIV testing services, evident in the fact that 61 percent of pregnant women in eastern and southern Africa now receive testing and counselling for HIV, up from 14 percent in 2005.An estimated 48 percent of pregnant women in need of effective medicines to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV received them last year.Antiretroviral therapies (ART), which improve the health and well-being of those infected and stop further HIV transmission, are available now for 6.65-million people in low- and middle-income countries, which account for 47 percent of the 14.2-million people eligible to receive them.Treatment costs outweighed by economic gainsThe report also argues that investment in HIV services could lead to total gains of up to US$34-billion by 2020 in increased economic activity and productivity, more than offsetting the costs of ART programmes, as healthier people are better able to engage in financially gainful activities.Despite the progress, more than half of all infected people in need of antiretroviral therapies in low- and middle-income countries are still unable to access them. Many do not even know that they are infected.Some countries are still not tailoring their programmes to meet the needs of those most at risk or in need. In many cases, vulnerable groups – including adolescent girls, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, prisoners and migrants – remain unable to access HIV prevention and treatment services, the report notes.Paul De Lay, deputy executive director of UNAids, cautioned that funding shortfalls could undermine efforts to roll back the disease. “To reach these targets, we estimate we need between $22-billion and $24-billion per year by the year 2015,” De Lay said.“Today we are falling short by $7-billion. Now, more than ever, ending Aids requires a unified approach of governments, multilateral agencies, NGOs, foundations, the private sector and individuals.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Boeing 747-8F to join Qantas Freight

first_imgImage: Boeing. They may not sport a red tail but Qantas will retain a connection with the  “Queen of the Skies” after announcing two Boeing 747-8F freighters will join its freight fleet.The freighters will replace two Boeing 747-400Fs operated on the Flying kangaroo’s behalf by Atlas Air and will be painted in Atlas livery.Due to start service in late July,  the wet-leased freighters will serve Qantas’s existing network between 10 key cargo hubs in Australia, China and the US.READ: Qantas changed training after 747 upset near Hong Kong.Qantas mark the end of its long love affair with Boeing 747 passenger aircraft when it retires the last plane in 2020 but the association will live on through the freighters.The 747-8 freighters feature a longer fuselage than the 747-400F with up to 20 percent more freight capacity with space for seven extra pallets.Fuel efficiency also benefits from a wing redesign and GEnx engines.Qantas Freight operates 14 freighters and manages belly freight on Qantas and Jetstar passenger flights.Its customers have a choice of more than 5,000 weekly flights to over 80 destinations within Australia and 1700 weekly flights to more than 20 countries internationally.“We are seeing strong growth in demand driven by e-commerce, fresh produce, electronics and mining equipment across our international freight network,”  Qantas Domestic and Freight chief executive David Andrew said in Thursday’s announcement.“The newer, more efficient Boeing 747-8F will allow us to provide a better service for our customers with additional freight capacity and even greater reliability for time-sensitive shipments.”The announcement came as the International Air Transport Association Wednesday released data showing global air freight demand fell 4.7 percent in February compared to the same month a year ago.This was the fourth consecutive month of negative year-on-year growth and the worst performance in the last three years.The Asia-Pacific, the world’s biggest air freight market, was particularly hard hit with February freight-tonne-kilometres down 11.6 percent on last year.The North American market suffered the smallest decline at 0.7 percent, while Latin America was the only region where year-on-year freight demand grew.IATA said headwinds for the freight industry included global trade tensions as well as weakening global economic activity and consumer confidence.“Cargo is in the doldrums with smaller volumes being shipped over the last four months than a year ago,” IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said.“And with order books weakening, consumer confidence deteriorating and trade tensions hanging over the industry, it is difficult to see an early turnaround.“The industry is adapting to new markets for e-commerce and special cargo shipments. But the bigger challenge is trade is slowing.“Governments need to realize the damage being done by protectionist measures. Nobody wins a trade war.”last_img read more