Euro 2016 qualifiers round-up: O’Shea rescues Irish incredible point in Germany

first_img1 Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea celebrates scoring against Germany Republic of Ireland defender John O’Shea marked his 100th cap in style as he notched an equaliser with the last kick of the game to grab an incredible and invaluable point as they held Germany to a 1-1 draw.The World Champions dominated proceedings in Gelsenkirchen for long spells and it looked like being a long night for the visitors when Erik Durm rattled the crossbar after just six minutes.To say the Green Army were hanging on was an understatement as the Germans constantly poured forward. Toni Kroos was the architect of everything great about the host’s play, but goalkeeper David Forde was on hand twice to repel the midfielder.However, the Real Madrid star would not be denied a third time and eventually he broke the deadlock on 71 minutes after being allowed too much space to venture forward and dispatch a sweet effort in off the post.It was just reward for Germany’s dominance with the Irish restricted to little sight of goal with possibly their best chance coming when Robbie Keane narrowly missed out on converting James McClean’s cross.And that is what made O’Shea’s desperately late equaliser all the more surprising. With literally seconds left the Sunderland defender was somehow found in the box as he nipped ahead of Mats Hummels to beautifully flick the ball into Manuel Neuer’s bottom corner and send the travelling supports into raptures.Elsewhere in Group D, Scotland continued to make tangible progress in their hope of featuring in a first tournament since World Cup 1998 as they secured an excellent 2-2 draw in Poland.The Tartan Army did their best to minimise the vociferous home support in Warsaw but they could only succeed for so long and eventually fell behind to Krzysztof Maczynsk’s 11th minute strike.It was precisely what boss Gordan Strachan would have told his side to avoid, as the Polish midfielder capitalised on Alan Hutton’s poor clearance to sweetly send a low skidding shot in off the post.If the Scottish manager was left fuming on the sidelines, he was all smiles just seven minutes later when Shaun Maloney got the visitors back on level terms.An excellent team move involving Steven Fletcher and Ikechi Anya culminated in the Watford winger slipping a brilliant ball into the box, which gave Maloney the simplest of finishes.The Scots were clinging on to parity but they suddenly silenced the fervent home support when Steven Naismith slipped his man to divert James Morrison’s cross into the back of the net on 57 minutes.The goal came totally against the run of the play, but Poland refused to let their heads drop and Arkadiusz Milik, who scored in the shock 2-0 win over Germany, soon got the hosts back on level terms.The Ajax striker scored the pick of the goals as he picked up Artur Jedrzejczyk sensational ‘Hollywood’ crossfield ball, played a sweet one-two and ghosted past a stumbling Hutton to rifle a ruthless effort beyond David Marshall.Re-energised, the Polish went in search of the kill but Marshall repelled a blistering Robert Lewandowski strike before everyone gasped as substitute Sebastian Mila smashed the woodwork for the hosts.But Scotland would hold on to secure what could be a crucial point in what is shaping up to be a very open Group D. Republic of Ireland sit joint top on seven points with Poland, while Germany and the Scots remain three points behind.Finally, in Group F there was a shock as Northern Ireland cemented their place at the top of table with a heroic 2-0 win over Greece.Derby forward Jamie Ward got the first goal of the game after just nine minutes when he prodded home Oliver Norwood’s corner.And Norwich City’s Kyle Lafferty made sure of the victory six minutes into the second half as he sped past Kostas Stafylidis on the counter and slipped the ball into the back of the next from just outside the area.last_img read more

‘They don’t make them like this anymore’ – United fans still love him as he turns 41

first_img1 Man United icon Paul Scholes Man United fans took over Twitter on Monday to wish Old Trafford favourite Paul Scholes a happy birthday.Having played in the UNICEF Match for Children, the midfielder reminded supporters just how good he was with a goal and some claiming he could still walk into Louis van Gaal’s current side.Scholes is now 41 and fans will always have a soft spot for the ‘Ginger Prince’.Is he the best midfielder England has produced in recent times?last_img


first_imgFishing of Native Oysters in Lough Foyle is to be banned in an attempt to halt the decline of the species in the Lough.The decision covers an area where Irish Water and Donegal County Council wants to pump treated sewage from a site outside Moville.The Loughs Agency has said as part of its “precautionary fishery management approach” it planned to close the fishery before 100% of oysters over 80 mm were “fished out.” The Agency said it planned to leave approximately 30% of the oysters over that size in the Lough.A spokesperson said it was hoped these oysters would breed successfully and would help to rebuild the population.The spokesperson explained there was a minimum size at which oysters can be legally fished and in Lough Foyle this was 80 mm.Oysters below this size are considered too small and must not be landed. The estimated biomass for 2014 of 280 tonnes includes oysters which can be legally fished as well as those considered too small.This means that, in fact, the estimated biomass of oysters which are available to the fishery for the 2014/15 season is just 130 – 160 tonnes.The spokesperson added: “The Agency hopes that by putting in place a fishery closure it will be able to conserve the native oyster in Lough Foyle for future seasons.”The spokesperson said Native Oyster numbers had been declining dramatically since the mid 1900s across most of the areas in Europe where the species is naturally found.The reduction in numbers, the spokesperson added, was mostly due to “intense fishing pressure” and as a result of disease such as Bonamia which is present in the oyster stock in Lough Foyle, poor habitat quality, invasive non native species and changes in environmental conditions. The spokesperson added: “The decline of the Native Oyster in Europe has been so significant that the species has been listed by OSPAR as a threatened and/or declining species.”The Loughs Agency has been regulating the Lough Foyle Native Oyster Fishery since September 2008.At present  approximately 50-60 fishermen are licensed to fish for Native Oysters in Lough Foyle annually.The fishery has landed approximately 100-220 tonnes of oysters during the fishing season since 2008. LOUGHS AGENCY SHUTS DOWN LOUGH FOYLE FISHERY TO PROTECT NATIVE OYSTER STOCKS was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalLoughs Agencymovilleoysterslast_img read more

Gardaí contact suspects after vandalism of public bench

first_imgGardaí are currently investigating an incident in Moville where a public bench was damaged and the footage shared online.The incident occurred on Saturday the 20th July, when a number of men jumped on seating in a public area of the town.The bench was smashed through and a video of the act was shared on social media. Gardaí have confirmed that they have made contact with those believed to have been responsible. The matter is currently under investigation. Gardaí contact suspects after vandalism of public bench was last modified: July 24th, 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)last_img read more

BRICS a boost to Brand South Africa

first_imgMiller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa,at the BRICS roundtable with the FT.“One way or another this will help usachieve our country’s developmentobjectives,” he said.(Image: Nosimilo Ramela)MEDIA CONTACTS• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122info@brandsouthafrica.comNosimilo RamelaSouth Africa’s ascendance to the BRICS group of major emerging economies is a boost to the country’s brand, Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa (BSA), said at a BSA roundtable discussion with London’s Financial Times on Tuesday.“One way or another this will help us achieve our country’s development objectives,” Matola said. He added that membership of BRICS – the economic alliance that includes Brazil, Russia, India and China – puts South Africa on the centre stage of global change, rather than on the sideline, he said.“This helps us as a brand. What it says to the world is, consider us a serious economic player.”The roundtable event, held at Summer Place in Johannesburg, brought together South Africa’s top business executives and politicians to examine South Africa’s role in BRICS and the opportunities membership presented to the country and the rest of the African continent.It included a panel discussion among top CEOs, some of the best brains in South African business: Maria Ramos of the Absa banking group, Jerry Vilakazi of Business Unity South Africa, Frontier Advisory’s Martyn Davies, and Benjamin Mophatlane of Business Connexion. The discussion was facilitated by Financial Times bureau chief Andrew England.Most speakers made the point that, in addition to South Africa’s strong economy and developed infrastructure, the country’s position as the gateway to the rest of Africa gave it a valuable role in BRICS.Davies made the point that the ‘S’ in BRICS should actually stand for SADC, and not South Africa, referring to the Southern African Development Community of 15 African states, including Botswana, the DRC, Angola and Tanzania. “This partnership will not only benefit South Africa, but also the continent, as it will open up trade in Africa,” he said.Speaking before the discussion, deputy minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ebrahim Ebrahim said that while South Africa does not officially represent the continent in BRICS, its membership would give Africa a stronger voice, not only within BRICS, but also across all international platforms in which the BRICS countries are individually represented.He added that South Africa’s accession to BRICS is a natural fit. “Our positive attributes that put us in a different category include our role as a major economic player in Africa, our mineral and industrial output, our electricity generation capacity, our road, rail, ports, communication infrastructure, our sophisticated financial markets and service industries, our manufacturing capacity, our membership in the G20, and our level of industrialisation,” he said. “All these, and many more, profile us in a very positive way.”The membership was the result of two years of in-depth planning and joint efforts by the public and private sector, Ebrahim said, adding that South Africa should not underestimate its status as a deserving member of BRICS.“We agree that we do not have a major world population size in comparison to other BRICS member states, including the high-digit growth rates enjoyed by its BRICS partners,” he said.“We move from the premise that, there are attributes that fellow BRICS member-states see in us, that we choose to overlook or undermine. We also argue that, if we consistently profile ourselves as that small country on the southern tip of Africa, we will go nowhere.”last_img read more

FAA drone rule update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The FAA’s long awaited rule for drones or “small unmanned aircraft systems” (sUAS) weighing less than 55 pounds will be effective on August 29, 2016. Our previous post explained the rule’s process for obtaining certification as a Remote Pilot in Command (Remote PIC) that will apply to those who operate a sUAS for commercial uses or incidental to a business, such as for farming purposes. In this post, we focus on the operational requirements and limitations in the new sUAS rule. Farmers who want to use a drone in the farm operation need to understand and comply with these provisions. Pre-flight requirements• Registration. A person may not operate a sUAS over 0.55 pounds unless it is registered with FAA. An online registration is available at• Pre-flight inspection. The Remote PIC must inspect the sUAS prior to a flight to ensure that it is in a condition for safe operation, which includes inspecting for equipment damage or malfunctions. The FAA advises operators to conduct the pre-flight inspection in accordance with the sUAS manufacturer’s inspection procedures and provides a list of the elements to address in a pre-flight inspection in section 7.3.4 of this guideline.• Pre–flight information. The Remote PIC must make sure that all persons directly involved in the flight are informed about roles and responsibilities, operating conditions, emergency and contingency procedures and potential hazards.• Flight operators. Only a Remote PIC may fly the sUAS, or someone under the direct supervision of a Remote PIC if the PIC is easily able to gain control of the sUAS. A Remote PIC may only operate or observe one drone at a time.• Airspace. Flights of sUAS are allowed in Class G airspace, the airspace that is not controlled by Air Traffic Control (ATC) communications, which encompasses a majority of agricultural lands. A flight in Class, B, C, D and E controlled airspace requires permission from the appropriate ATC prior to flight. The FAA will establish a web portal that will allow an operator to apply for ATC permission online.• Waiver process. The operator may apply for a “certificate of waiver” that allows deviation from some of the operational requirements if the FAA determines that the flight would be safe. The operator must receive the waiver prior to the flight, so should file the request about 90 days in advance of the proposed flight. The FAA will post the waiver applications, which are not yet available, at Operating rules during flightWeather visibility. There must be a minimum visibility of three miles from the sUAS control station.Visual line of sight. The Remote PIC or the authorized person operating the drone must maintain a constant visual line of sight with the sUAS, without the aid of a device other than glasses or contact lenses. The operator may use a visual observer to help maintain the line of sight, but using an observer cannot extend the line of sight.See and avoid. The operator must yield the right of way and avoid collision with another use of the national air space.Height. The sUAS may not fly more than 400 feet above ground level.Time of day. Flights may occur only during daylight hours or no more than 30 minutes before official sunrise or after official sunset if the sUAS has anti-collision lighting.Speed. The sUAS speed may not exceed 100 miles per hour.People. A flight may not occur over persons who are not involved in the flight or are not under a covered structure or inside a covered stationary vehicle.Base of operation. Operation of the sUAs may not occur from a moving aircraft. Operation from a moving land or water vehicle is permissible if in a sparsely populated area and not transporting property for hire.External load and towing. A sUAS may carry or tow an external load if the load is securely attached, does not affect control of the aircraft, is not a hazardous substance and the combined weight of the sUAS and its load does not exceed the 55 pound weight limit.Aerial applications. Use of a sUAS for dispensing herbicides, pesticides and similar substances must also comply with the “agricultural aircraft operation” regulations in 14 CFR 137.3.Dropping objects. An operator may not create an undue hazard that poses a risk of injury to persons or property when dropping an object from a sUAS.Careless or reckless operation. A person must not operate a sUAS carelessly or recklessly. The FAA provides the example of failing to consider weather conditions when flying near structures, trees or rolling terrain in a densely populated area as an example of careless or reckless operation. After-flight requirementsProduction of records and vehicle. If requested by FAA, a person must make the sUAS or its records available for testing or inspection.Accident reporting. Within 10 days of occurrence, a Remote PIC must report to the FAA a flight operation that results in loss of consciousness or serious injury to a person or creates property damage of at least $500. Reporting can occur online at or by telephone to the appropriate FAA field office or regional center.Penalties for noncompliance with the ruleThe FAA will have enforcement authority over the new regulations. Depending upon the type and violation, civil penalties could be up to $27,500. An operator could also be subject to criminal penalties for violations that are reckless, destroy property or threaten public safety; those penalties could be up to $250,000.Learn more about the sUAS rule at read more

The Last Days Of Windows XP?

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft brian proffitt Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Windows XP, the zombie operating system that refuses to die, may be about to finally receive a killing blow to the head by the company that spawned it eleven years ago. So what will put XP out of its undead misery? Buyers of PCs running Windows 8 Pro will have the ability to downgrade to Windows 7 and Vista, but not all the way to Windows XP.Downgrades Are Not NewThis is not the first time that Microsoft has offered Pro users the capability to downgrade a new version of Windows – Windows 7 Pro users could also downshift to Windows Vista or XP if they wanted to. The downgrade feature is very narrowly available, too. Only the versions of Windows 8 Pro that come with new PCs allow users to choose to drop down to Windows 7 Pro or Vista Business. If you buy a retail version of the same software, you get Windows 8 Pro and nothing but.Making this downgrade available helps new hardware buyers keep their corporate environments homogeneous whenever Microsoft pushes out a major new release of its operating system. It also keep PC sales chugging along, since business owners are most likely to buy the Pro flavor of Windows, but if all buyers of new PCs had to get Windows 8 – or shell out for a separate version of an older OS after Windows 8’s release on October 26 – corporate buyers might think twice about whether they really wanted to add new hardware. What Will XP Users Do?The effect of this new downgrade program, however, will be most felt by the many users still committed to using Windows XP and are not ready for any newer version of Windows.According to an August 2012 survey from NetMarketShare, Windows 7 deployments have finally surpassed those of the 11-year-old Windows XP operating system. But just barely: 42.76% of desktop machines run Windows 7, just a tiny bit more than Windows XP machines, now reported to have 42.52% of the total marketshare. (Windows Vista use is still falling, down to 6.15% in August 2012).Office 2013 Rejects Windows XPAnother club to the head to the XP zombie: the upcoming Office 2013 will not be compatible with Windows XP or Vista, either. In this context, even the option to downgrade to Vista Business is almost superfluous: if the latest Microsoft applications won’t be supported on Vista, why downgrade that far back? Heck, it’s hard to fathom why anyone would want to downgrade to Vista instead of WIndows 7.But the real death-blow for XP remains the issue of what OS you can buy on new PCs. Retail versions and most pre-installed versions of Microsoft operating system do not have downgrade rights, only licenses purchased through the company’s Volume License program. In August 2010, Microsoft expanded its Volume Licensing program to include N-2 downgrade rights, where N is the most recent version of a given software, N-1 is the previous version, and N-2 is the one before that.XP Will Soon Be N-3At the time, that meant that Windows XP would be included within the Volume License downgrade path. But when Windows 8 comes out, Windows XP will become N-3, and therefore no longer available through Volume Licensing.How Windows XP users will react to these clear attempts to finish off their operating system is a huge question that Microsoft needs to answer soon. When it’s time for them to upgrade their hardware, will they still try to hang on to their beloved dinosaur, or will they finally bite the bullet and upgrade to Windows 8? Or even Windows 7?The future of second-largest OS user base in the marketplace is a disruptive wildcard.. Microsoft is counting on a lot of XP users to upgrade to at least Windows 7. Will it get them, will they go to a competitor, or will the XP zombie shamble on into an increasingly anachronistic future?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

No-show by Gurung in Darjeeling

first_imgAfter creating a sensation in the political circles of the State by announcing that he would return to Darjeeling on Thursday, absconding Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supremo Bimal Gurung did not turn up at the airport. His arrival was announced by his close aide Roshan Giri.High drama was witnessed at the Bagdogra airport in anticipation of the return of Mr. Gurung, who has been on the run since September 2017 following the violent agitation for a separate State of Gorkhaland. The airport resembled a crisis zone with heavy deployment of police personnel waiting to arrest the GJM leader the moment he landed there. Two of Mr. Gurung’s supporters—Roshan Rai and Yogendra Pradhan—were detained from the airport.Mr. Gurung had been ruling unchallenged in the Darjeeling hills from 2008 till 2017. He went into hiding after the State government slapped numerous criminal cases on him in connection with the violence during the Gorkhaland agitation between July to September 2017. More than 10 people were killed in the protests that lasted a record 104 days under Mr Gurung’s leadership.The GJM leader had announced that he would return to the hills after the Supreme Court asked him and Mr. Giri to move the Calcutta High Court for anticipatory bail in connection with the cases filed against them.Gorkhland Territorial Administration chief and once a close aide of the GJM leader, Binay Tamang said Mr. Gurung would surely have been arrested had he dared to come to Darjeeling. “He wants to create a law and order situation in the Darjeeling hills so that the elections can be postponed,” said Mr. Tamang.Poll battleThe Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, currently held by the BJP, is poised for a neck-and-neck contest between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP. Mr. Gurung’s presence in the hills may tilt the balance in favour of the BJP candidate, Raju Singh Bista, whom the GJM (Gurung faction) and the Gorkha National Liberation Front are supporting. The TMC has extended its support to Darjeeling MLA Amar Singh Rai, who also has the support of the Binay Tamang faction of the GJM.“If Bimal Gurung comes to Darjeeling it will be a major victory for us. We hope that that he overcomes the legal hurdles and arrives as soon as possible,” Mr. Bista said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Ajay Alok quits as JD(U) spokesman

first_imgFirebrand Janata Dal (United) leader Ajay Alok has resigned from the post of party spokesperson stating that he does not wish to cause “embarrassment” to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the party. Although Mr. Alok, one of the most visible faces of his party, didn’t elaborate on what might have “embarrassed” his political mentor, there have been murmurs of Mr. Kumar being upset over his party spokesperson going overboard in his criticism of the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal and the illegal immigration problem in that State. He shared his resignation letter, addressed to the party’s State unit chief Bashishtha Narayan Singh, on his Twitter handle late on Thursday night.last_img read more

Meralco suspends Kelly Nabong

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKelly Nabong will not play for Meralco on Tuesday for Game 2 of its 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series against Star.Bolts team manager Paolo Trillo relayed that the fifth-year center has been indefinitely suspended by the team after his brush with assistant coach Jimmy Alapag late in Game 1 last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “Kelly Nabong is suspended indefinitely for conduct unbecoming of a PBA player and for conduct detrimental to the team,” the executive shared in a statement.Nabong figured in an verbal spat against Alapag last Sunday. The two needed to separated in the Meralco bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFrustrated, the bruiser was seen tearing his jersey as he sat at the far end of the bench at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna before quickly making his exit after the Bolts pulled off the 72-66 victory against the Hotshots.The Fil-Am center was also the first man out of the Meralco dugout. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC San Beda evades upset, ousts Perpetual Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Bolts shoot for a 2-0 lead against Star later today at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more